Monday, December 5, 2011

A Holiday Tour

The Webster House was selected by the Saginaw Symphony to be part of their 2011 Holiday Housewalk on December 1.  Many hours were spent decorating the house, both inside and out, for the special event.  One of six homes on the tour, 767 people walked through the Webster House that day.   Decorations, candlelight, live musicians and fresh floral arrangements set a stunning atmosphere.  Many people were introduced to the Webster House for the first time and were amazed by its beauty and history.  See our photo gallery for pictures.

The volunteer coordinator provided some treats for the volunteers throughout the day.  The recipe for one of them follows.  The bars are easy to make and delicious!

Cranberry-Macadamia Bars
•1 pouch Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix
•1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
•1 egg
•1/3 cup butter or margarine
•1/4 cup packed brown sugar
•1 cup sweetened dried cranberries
•1 cup macadamia nuts, coarsely chopped
•1/2 cup while vanilla baking chips
•1 teaspoon oil

Blend cookie mix, 1/3 cup melted butter and egg until soft dough forms.  Press dough in bottom of greased 9-inch square pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.  Heat 1/3 cup butter, brown sugar and cranberries over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil.  Spoon and spread cranberry mixture evenly over partially baked cookie base.  Sprinkle with nuts.  Bake 10 to 15 minutes or until light golden brown.  Cool completely.  In resealable freezer plastic bag, mix baking chips and oil; seal bag.  Microwave on High 30 to 45 seconds, squeezing mixture in bag every 15 seconds until smooth.  Cut 1/4-inch from corner of bag; drizzle over top.  Cut into bars.  Makes 40 bars.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

It’s Just Peachy

Peaches are in season and so good right now.   We thought we would share our Peach and Blueberry Buckle recipe.

Peach and Blueberry Buckle

Position a rack in the lower third of the oven.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Butter and flour a 10 x 2 inch round cake pan or a 9 inch square baking dish.

 Streusel Topping:
•1/3 cup sugar
•2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
•2 tablespoons unsalted butter
Blend until crumbly and then add ½ teaspoon cinnamon and ¼ to ½ cup finely chopped nuts.

Halve, pit and cut into small chunks:
•1 large peach
•Combine with 1-1/2 cups blueberries

Whisk together:
•1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
•2 teaspoons baking powder
•½ teaspoon salt

Combine in another bowl and beat until slightly fluffy:
•¼ cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
•1 cup sugar
•1 large egg

Gradually beat in:
•½ cup milk

Add the flour mixture and stir just until the dry ingredients are moistened and the batter is smooth.  Gently fold in the fruit.  Spoon into the prepared pan and spread evenly.  Sprinkle the topping evenly over the batter.  Bake for 50 to 55 minutes until the top springs back when touched and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Let cool in the pan on a rack for at least 20 minutes before serving.

Simple!  Enjoy!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Judge Webster’s Ancestors Return to the Webster House

This past weekend two great-granddaughters and one great, great-granddaughter of Judge Webster were guests at the Webster House.  They are the granddaughters and great-granddaughter of Amelia Webster, whose childhood portrait hangs in our parlour – and you could actually see some family resemblances!  Their father was born here at the Webster House before Amelia and her family moved to the house next door.  They invited their uncle, who was born in the house next door and still resides in Bay City, to join them during our wine and cheese social hour.  A few other family members showed up as well.  It was a great reunion and they were all delighted to see that their ancestor’s home has been so beautifully restored and is being shared with so many people.  Our other guests were equally pleased to hear a little history about the Webster family.  The ladies enjoyed their stay so much that they are planning to return when they can stay longer and continue their research of the Webster family.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Quite the Production

Photo Courtesy of Sandrs Schulberg

The Webster House is full of history, so it was with great pleasure that we were able to host film producer Sandra Schulberg when she recently brought a piece of history to Bay City, a film documentary of the Nuremberg trial.

Bay City historian Dave Rogers contacted Ms. Schulberg, requesting that she bring the film to Bay City. He felt it was particularly fitting to show it here as Bay City resident and WWII veteran Andrew Wendlend was a member of the honor guard during the Nuremberg trial. The film, titled “Nuremberg: Its Lessons for Today,” was restored from an original documentary produced by Ms. Schulberg’s father.

While the original film was produced at the request of the United States government, it was later suppressed, never released in the United States, and ultimately forgotten. Ms. Schulberg has spent the past six years restoring the film. It was shown at the State Theatre on August 2 as a fundraiser for Bay City veterans.

Bay City was just one stop in many cities across the country. In Michigan, it was shown at the Traverse City Film Festival and at the Detroit Institute of Arts. It will be back in Michigan in November, when it will be presented at Central Michigan University. To learn more about the film, go to

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Inside isn’t the only place to relax at the Historic Webster House

Social media (sorry Facebook) takes a backdoor to our backyard pergola. Our guests can now step into our garden and engage in an intimate outdoor fireside chat face-to-face. Come enjoy our new amenity on any cool summer evening. See you soon!