Saturday, May 19, 2012

Breakfast and Bocce - Doesn't Everyone?

May 19, 2012: Here at the Gillum House Bed & Breakfast in West Virginia we are involved with many things that sometimes overlap a bit. THAT is what makes being an innkeeper interesting. One thing that helps is having really nice guests and a husband who will serve what I cooked for breakfast on mornings like today.

Liz is a vegetarian, not a Vegan, and I have enjoyed preparing breakfasts for her. So far she has had my sour cream & chives with 3-cheese egg bake with my herb bread and our baked oatmeal with vanilla yogurt. This morning was a brand new recipe that turned out VERY nicely. It is Spinach & Potatoes with fennel seeds Hash. I grabbed the camera just before taking the dish into the dining room so you do not see the honeydew and papaya fruit bowl with a sprig of mint from our herb garden. She also had herb bread toast.
Spinach Potato Hash with Fennel Seeds
As soon as the serving dish hit the table, the innkeeper turned into a bocce player. The City of Shinnston WV has 2 tournament grade (under roof with lighting) bocce courts. Today, the United Way had a fundraiser tournament. WesBanco Bank, Fairmont Federal Credit Union, WYK Associates, WBOY-TV, WAJR-FM, Pepsi, City of Shinnston, and Harrison County United Way fielded teams for the Tournament.
Reuben Perdue throws his first bocce ball
Reuben Perdue of WAJR-FM is usually putting his body through discomfort for charity but this time it was to be pure fun and since the WAJR-FM staff bailed on him, Reuben recruited Steve Hamilton, a member of Reuben’s Facebook Morning Edition Fan Club, Carla Hinerman, Municipal Judge for the City of Shinnston, and Kathleen Panek, innkeeper.
Marie Battles presented the Trophy
In our first game, we were surprised to win over the WesBanco Team led by Joe Flynn who drove down from Pittsburgh to play. Thank you, Joe! Then we beat Fairmont Federal Credit Union in the second winners’ round. Then we lost to WBOY and to the City of Shinnston, placing third in the Tournament.    
Marie Battles of the United Way presented the Trophy to WBOY-TV who had a helping hand from one of the ladies from WKY Associates to replace one of their ladies who had to leave to cover a story. It was a fun day that raised money for a great Cause.
Bocce leagues in Shinnston WV start on Monday, May 21. The next scheduled Tournament is the Italian Heritage Festival Bocce Tournament on August 25. Come play in Shinnston!