Sunday, August 31, 2014

Get Out & Explore: Events and Festivals for the Week/Weekend of 09/01-09/07

I hope everyone is having a great weekend! We have compiled a list of festivals and events that are happening around Tennessee for the upcoming week/weekend. You will find that the listings below are divided into three categories based on the areas of the state. I hope you find the list useful. Please feel free to leave a comment if this was beneficial for you. If you have an event you would like for us to post, please let us know! We will see you on Wednesday, when we post another segment on re-purposing old materials. Have a fun and safe week! :)


West TN
  • Sept 1-6, Dyer County Fair
Fairgrounds, Dyersburg, TN
  • Sept 5-6, Horseshoe Riverbend Festival
Various Sites, Clifton, TN
  • Sept 6, Friendship Festival
Gibson Baptist Church, Gibson, TN
  • Sept 6-7, Germantown Festival
Civic Center Complex, Germantown, TN
  • Sept 6-7, Sessions in the Park Indie Music Showcase
Pepsi Pavilion, Memphis, TN


Middle TN
  • Sept 1, African Heritage Festival
Global Mall at The Crossings, Antioch, TN
  • Sept 1-6, Dickson County Fair
Fairgrounds, Dickson, TN
  • Sept 5, Taste the Beef Chili & Star Challenge
Pulaski Square, Pulaski, TN
  • Sept 5-6, Cookeville Fall Funfest
Town Square, Cookeville, TN
  • Sept 5-6, Clarksville Riverfest Celebration
McGregor Park, Clarksville, TN
  • Sept 5-7, Nashville Home Decorating and Remodeling Show
Music City Center, Nashville, TN
  • Sept 5-7,  Nashville's Italian Lights Festival
Saint Pius X, Nashville, TN
  • Sept 5-14, Tennessee State Fair
Tennessee State Fairgrounds, Nashville, TN
  • Sept 5-7, 27th Annual Pioneer Days Antique Tractor Pull and Gas Engine Show
747 Chapel Hill Pike, Eagleville, TN
  • Sept 6, Steward County Bazaar
Dover Visitor Center, Dover, TN
  • Sept 6,  Grinders Switch Music & Arts Festival
Downtown Square, CentervilleTN
  • Sept 6,  Here's The Beef, TN's Largest Tailgate on the Square
Pulaski Square, Pulaski, TN
  • Sept 6-13,  Lincoln County Fair
Lincoln County Fairgrounds, Fayetteville, TN
  • Sept 6, 8th Annual Taste of Hope
The Avenue, Murfreesboro, TN


East TN
  • Sept 1, Hooray for Harriman Labor Day Festival
Downtown Harriman, TN
  • Sept 1-6, Sevier County Fair
Fairgrounds, Sevierville, TN
  • Sept 5-6, Cagle Community Association Quilt Show
Cagle Community Center, Dunlap, TN
  • Sept 5-7, Fall Roan Mountain Naturalists Rally
Roan Mountain State Park, Roan Mountain, TN
  • Sept 5-7 , Mountaineer Folk Festival
Village Green Area, Pikeville, TN
  • Sept 5-14, Tennessee Valley Fair
Chilhowee Park, Knoxville, TN
  • Sept 6, Wings Over the Big South Fork Airshow and Antique Car Show
1870 Airport Road, Oneida, TN
  • Sept 6, Memories on Mulberry Antique Show & Sale
Courthouse Lawn, Loudon, TN
  • Sept 6, Country Christmas Craft & Produce Fair
Greeneville Farmer's Market, Greeneville, TN
  • Sept 6-7, Twenty Third Fall Festival
Sequoyah Birthplace Museum Grounds, Vonore, TN
  • Sept 6-7, Repticon Knoxville Reptile & Exotic Animal Show
Knoxville Expo Center, Knoxville, TN
  • Sept 6-12, Bledsoe County Agriculture Fair
Fairgrounds, Pikeville, TN


Friday, August 29, 2014

Simply Raspberry Jam

Raspberry Jam
Happy Friday everyone!  I have another yummy jam recipe to share.  I know it seems like I'm obsessed with jam, and you are correct, I am!  I hope all of you are having a great growing season as well, with plentiful harvests!  And as always... don't forget to share!

Ingredients:

7 Cups - Raspberries
5 Cups - Sugar
2 TB - Fruit Pectin
2 TB - Lemon Juice


Makes about 6 - 8oz jars.

1. Make sure to wash your raspberries and remove any stems.  At this time, you can also get the water and canning jars ready since they will need to bathe in boiling water for 20 minutes.

2. Place the raspberries into a large pan and use a potato masher to mash the berries (or use a juicer to take out the seeds if you don't like them in your jam, I prefer seeds since it reminds me of my grandma's jam). You will then boil them on medium-high for 20 minutes.

3. Add the pectin, lemon juice and gradually stir in the sugar and boil for another few minutes, or until the jam begins to congeal.  You can check by using the spoon test.  Stick a spoon into the jam and then lift it out.  The jam should mostly stick to the spoon and slowly run off.

4. Remove any foam from the top of the jam, then pour into hot sterilized jars. Wipe the rims of the jars to make sure they are clean from any jam droppings, place on the lids and lightly screw on the rings (you will tighten them after the final bath). Place back into the hot boiling water for another 10 minutes.

5. Remove the jars and place them on a wire rack or on a surface that can withstand the hot jars.  Be sure to allow a few inches of space between the jars and let them sit for 12-24 hours for the jam to set and the lids to seal with a "pop."

Have a great weekend and check back with us on Sunday, when we will let you know what events/festivals are happening around Tennessee for the next weekend. If you missed this weekend's list, you can find the post on our blog from this past Sunday, August 24, 2014!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Simply Garden Accent Lighting

Mason Jar LED Light
Welcome back everyone!  Today, we are going to discuss a simple way to set up accent lighting in your garden.  Earlier this year, we set up a large butterfly garden and have been planting all summer long.  It is looking great and we hope to have a posting very soon once we complete the project.  While we were working, we decided that a little lighting would be a wonderful addition to the garden.  We were clearing out a brush line this summer and found some old iron fence posts, so we decided to use them as the base and put mason jars on top. Jason cleverly thought that we should use colored mason jars with solar lid lights like our friends in Atlanta have at their home. I like to have colors "pop" in the garden, so I found some cool blue mason jars which stand out among the green foliage. The solar LED lights have worked great and put out the perfect amount of light to accent the garden.  The solar lids are easily found on Amazon under Colonial Tin Mason Jar "2 Solar Lid Lights."  The solar panels are built into the tops and are water resistant, so you can use them anywhere outdoors.  However, I would assume that submerged in a pond or fountain would not be a good idea, but I may try and see what happens!  You never know unless you try, right?  Anyhow, I hope all of you have a great rest of the week, and we'll see you on Friday for our Recipe of the Week!  Till next time!

Butterfly Garden with Mason Jar LED Lights

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Get Out & Explore: Events and Festivals for the Week/Weekend of 08/25 - 09/01

I hope everyone is having a great weekend! We have compiled a list of festivals and events that are happening around Tennessee for the upcoming week/weekend. You will find that the listings below are divided into three categories based on the areas of the state. I hope you find the list useful. Please feel free to leave a comment if this was beneficial for you. If you have an event you would like for us to post, please let us know! We will see you on Wednesday, when we post about creating your own mason jar garden lights. Have a fun and safe week! :)


West TN
  • Aug 25-30, Gibson County Fair
Fairgrounds, Trenton, TN
  • Aug 28-Sept 07, Tennessee Soybean Festival
Downtown Martin, TN
  • Aug 29-Sept 07, Delta Fair and Music Festival
Agricenter International, Memphis, TN
  • Aug 30, WLOK Stone Soul Picnic
Tom Lee Park, Memphis, TN


Middle TN
  • Aug 25-30, 147th Robertson County Fair
Robertson County Fairgrounds, Springfield, TN
  • Aug 28, Live on the Green 2014: Featuring Capital Cities, All Them Witches
Public Square Park, Nashville, TN
  • Aug 28-30, Summertown Bluegrass Reunion
Highway 240, Summertown, TN
  • Aug 28-30, Clay County Moonshine Daze
Courthouse Square, Celina, TN
  • Aug 29-Sept 01, Benton County Bargain Highway
Bargain Highway Route, Benton County
  • Aug 29-Sept 01, Tennessee Cup
Richard Sigel Soccer Complex, Murfreesboro, TN - Rotary Soccer Park, Smyrna, TN
  • Aug 29,  Annual Spaghetti Dinner
Smyrna Senior Center, Smyrna, TN
  • Aug 29-31, Short Mountain Disc Jam and Music Festival
Short Mountain Distillery, Woodbury, TN
  • Aug 29-Sept 6, White County Agricultural Fair
565 Hale Street, Sparta, TN
  • Aug 30, 14th Annual Camper's Night Light Contest
Standing Stone State Park, Hilham, TN
  • Aug 30,  Clarksville Sunrise Rotary Club Sunrise Century Bike Tour
Rossview High School, ClarksvilleTN
  • Aug 30,  Habitat for Humanity Mud Run
Cane Creek Park, Cookeville TN
  • Aug 30,  Collinwood Old Timer's Day
Ralph M Hughes Park, Collinwood, TN
  • Aug 31, 30th Anniversary Party at Falls Mill
Falls Mill, Belvidere, TN
  • Sept 01, Palmer Annual Labor Day Celebration
2135 Main Street, Palmer, TN


East TN
  • Aug 25-30, Claiborne County Fair
Fairgrounds, Tazewell, TN
  • Aug 25-30, Cumberland County Fair
Fairgrounds, Crossville, TN
  • Aug 30, Knoxville Boomsday Festival
Downtown Knoxville, TN
  • Aug 30-31, Fairfield Glade Labor Day Arts & Crafts Show
Fairfield Glade @ the 4way, Crossville, TN
  • Sept 01 , Labor Day Celebration
Sneedville City Park, Sneedville, TN
  • Sept 01, Marion County Cruisers Annual Labor Day Car Show
Ball Park, Powells Crossroads, Marion County
  • Sept 01, Harrogate's Annual Labor Day Celebration
Harrogate City Park, Harrogate, TN
  • Sept 01-06, Sevier County Fair
Sevier County Fairgrounds, Sevierville, TN

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