Monday, September 20, 2010

Menard's 244th Birthday Celebration

Sunday, October 3rd, from 1pm-4pm the Friends of the Menard Home will be celebrating Pierre Menard's 244th birthday on the back porch of the home. Historically dressed volunteers will be helping to celebrate by serving refreshments, while giving tours of the home, gardens and summer kitchen.

Please come out and see the wonderful changes that have taken place at the Menard Home this year. The Home has received a new lighting system, the chimney work has been completed and the front landscaping of the home has a whole new look. It’s a very exciting time to visit the home and see the changes that have taken place this summer.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Just a Quick Reminder

We just want to remind all of you that the Menard Home will be hosting the 3rd Annual Garden Walk this coming Sunday, May 2nd, from 1-4 pm.  As an added bonus members of the Mississippi Valley Art Guild will be on hand displaying their artwork of the Menard Home. 

As always this event is solely sponsored and paid for by the Friends of the Menard Home. 

We hope to see all of you on Sunday! 

Photos of Chimney Repairs in Progress

Contracting is being done by Lake Contracting and subcontracting by Diecker-Terry, Masonry, Inc. out of Marissa, IL. You be the judge

The Current Condition & Maintenance Issues of the Menard Home

If you don't like the photos, please call and write our Legislatures. Addresses can be found in the right hand column of this blog.

Maintainance Issues at the Menard Home

Houston We Have a PROBLEM!!!!!

This is what the southeast dormer looks like from the attic. The light you're seeing is daylight...guess what happens when it rains!?!!???!!!

Houston We Have Another Problem!!!

Houston We Have Another Problem!!!
This is what is happening in the nursery with all the heavy rain.

Baked Whole Pumpkin

1 (5-7 lb) pumpkin
6 Whole eggs
2 Cup Whipping cream
½ cup Brown sugar
1 tablespoon Molasses
½ teaspoon Fresh grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
¼ teaspoon Ginger
2 tablespoon Butter

This dish was a favorite of George Washington. While it was called a pie in the old days, it's certainly not what we call a pie now. Here the custard pie is found inside the pumpkin and the whole thing is to be served up with a bit of anticipation for a very different pumpkin dessert. Cut the lid off the pumpkin just as you would for a jack-o'-lantern. Remove the seeds and save for toasting later. Mix the remaining ingredients together with the exception of the butter. Fill the pumpkin with this mixture and top with the butter. Cover with the pumpkin lid and place in a baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 to 1-1/2 hours, or until the mixture has set like a custard. Serve from the pumpkin at your table, scraping some of the meat from the pumpkin with each serving. This is an interesting substitution for the usual pumpkin pie.

Herb Garden

The Menard Home Herb Garden has an extensive collection of herbs which were used during the 19th Century. These herbs were not used just for cooking but were also used for medicinal purposes as well.

The Menard Home Herb Garden in Early Spring 2008

Closed is Closed!!!!!!! 12/01/2008-04/22/2009

Closed is Closed!!!!!!! 12/01/2008-04/22/2009
Please remember this, least we forget and history repeats itself. Be ever vigilant and protect our beloved home.