Sunday, September 21, 2014

Get Out & Explore: Events and Festivals for the Week/Weekend of 09/22-09/28

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! Have a fun and safe week! :)

West TN
  • Sept 24-27, Unreal Film Festival
Evergreen Theater, Memphis, TN
  • Sept 26-28, 16th Annual Buck Creek St. Jude Trail Ride
Weaver Farms, Alamo, TN
  • Sept 27, Adamsville Music Festival
Adamsville City Park, Adamsville, TN
  • Sept 27, 13th Annual Antique Radio Show
Main Street, Henderson, TN
  • Sept 27, Heritage Festival with Arts & Crafts & Antiques
Historic Court Square, Covington, TN
  • Sept 27, Sardis Antique Farm & Home Show
City Park, Sardis, TN
  • Sept 27, One Way Music & Arts Festival - Huntingdon Heritage Day
Huntingdon Court Square, Huntingdon, TN
  • Sept 27-28, Arts Round the Square
Downtown Court House Lawn, Paris, TN

Middle TN
  • Sept 25-26, Heritage Days
Historic Sam Davis Home & Plantation, Smyrna, TN
  • Sept 26-27, 41 A Kiwanis Arts & Music Festival
Downtown Tullahoma, TN
  • Sept 26-28, Tennessee Craft Fall Fair
Centennial Park, Nashville, TN
  • Sept 26-28, Glen Leven Farm Family Harvest Days
The Land Trust for Tennessee's Glen Leven Farm, Nashville, TN
  • Sept 26, Campus School Fall Festival Fundraiser
Campus School, Murfreesboro, TN
  • Sept 26-27, Southern Fried Festival
Downtown Columbia, TN
  • Sept 26-28, TACA Fall Craft Fair
Centennial Park, Nashville, TN
  • Sept 26-28, Nashville Flea Market
Tennessee State Fairgrounds, Nashville, TN
  • Sept 26-27, 14th Annual Montgomery County Antique Tractor & Engine Show
4-H Club Grounds & Pavilion, Clarksville, TN
  • Sept 26-28, 14th Annual Buffalo River
1690 Airport Ridge Road, Linden, TN
  • Sept 26-28, 25th Annual Music City Mopar Club Car & Truck Show
Wilson County Fairgrounds, Lebanon, TN
  • Sept 27, Patterson Park Fall Arts & Crafts Show
Patterson Park, Murfreesboro, TN
  • Sept 27,  Remembering WWII: Re-Enactment & Swap Meet
Linden Courthouse Square, LindenTN
  • Sept 27,  Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show Plus Swap Meet
Ricky Woodard Park, Westmoreland, TN
  • Sept 27,  Garrett's Hero run 5K and Fun Run/Walk
Thompson's Station Park, Thompson's Station, TN
  • Sept 27, Annual Celebrate Mt. Juliet Walk
Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center, Mt. Juliet, TN
  • Sept 27-28, Teddy Bear Two Music Festival
Wilson County Fairgrounds, Lebanon, TN
  • Sept 27-28, Civil War Nashville 1865
Fort Negley, Nashville, TN
  • Sept 27-28, 33rd Annual Mt. Juliet Pow Wow
Mundy Memorial Park, Mt. Juliet, TN
  • Sept 27-28, Greater Murfreesboro Kennel Club's All-Breed Dog Show
Middle Tennessee State University Livestock Center, Murfreesboro, TN
  • Sept 27, Color of Fall Car Show
On the Square, Woodbury, TN
  • Sept 27, Antique P.a.c.e Car Show
Martin Methodist College, Pulaski, TN
  • Sept 27, Patterson Park Fall Craft Show
Patterson Park Community Center, Murfreesboro, TN
  • Sept 27, Fall Festival: The Dog & Pony Show
Thompson's Station Park, Thompson's Station, TN
  • Sept 27, Chili Cookoff, Car Show & Crafts
Hannah Pickett Park, Monteagle, TN
  • Sept 27, 3rd Annual Storytelling Festival
Standing Stone State Park, Hilham, TN
  • Sept 27, Fall Mile Long Yard Sale Trip
Tennessee Central Railway Museum, Nashville, TN
  • Sept 27, Cheekwood Harvest - Birds of Pray Shows
Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art, Nashville, TN
  • Sept 27, Jazz on the Lawn: CJQ
Beachaven Vineyards & Winery, Clarksville, TN
  • Sept 27, New Hope Community Church SeptemberFest
New Hope Community Church, Brentwood, TN
  • Sept 27, RecoveryFest Nashville 2014
East Park, Nashville, TN
  • Sept 27, 10th Annual Holy Trinity/Montessori Oktoberfest & Kids Rock
HT Lutheran Church, Nashville, TN
  • Sept 27-28, Homesteads Apple Festival
Cumberland Homestead Tower Museum, Crossville, TN
  • Sept 28, Fall for Cheekwood, A Family Benefit
Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art, Nashville, TN
  • Sept 28, Glen Leven Farm Family Harvest Day
The Land Trust for Tennessee's Glen Leven Farm, Nashville, TN

East TN
  • Sept 22-Nov 01, Dollywood's National Gospel & Harvest Festival
Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, TN
  • Sept 27-28, Exchange Place Fall Folks Arts Festival
Exchange Place Living History Farm, Kingsport, TN
  • Sept 27-Oct 25, Pigeon Forge Rotary Club Craft Festival
Patriot Park, Pigeon Forge, TN
  • Sept 27, Public Lands Day & Cleanup
Norris Lake, Andersonville, TN
  • Sept 27, Appalachian Heritage Festival
Scott County Museum, Huntsville, TN

Friday, September 19, 2014

Simply Potato Skins

Potato Skins
Happy Friday!  It's Football Season and snacks are on the menu.  Today, we will share our recipe for potato skins.  The key is to deep fry the skins in oil before you add the cheese and bacon.


3 Medium Potatoes
Shredded Cheese
Bacon Bits
Sour Cream

1.  Wash and then wrap the potatoes in aluminum foil. Bake in a preheated oven of 375 F for 1 hour-1 1/2 hours.

2.  Remove the potatoes from the oven and discard the aluminum foil.  Allow to cool 10-15 minutes.

3. Cut the potatoes in half and scoop out the centers to make a bowl.  Make sure not to scoop all the way to the skin.  You want to leave some of the potato on the inside to hold it's shape.

4.  You will fry the potatoes in oil for 3 minutes in a deep fryer (or deep skillet) at 350 F.

5.  Place the potatoes on a baking sheet and fill with cheese and bacon.

6.  Put the potatoes back into the oven and broil them until the cheese begins to bubble.

7.  Remove from the oven, add some sour cream and enjoy!

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, September 14, 2014!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Simply Fall Planting

The cool crisp nights are starting to creep in us, so it's time to prepare for Fall.  I love this time of year. The harvests are almost done and we are beginning to look ahead for next year's spring.  It may seem unusual, but now is the perfect time to begin planting. You may think it strange, but the ground temperatures are perfect to plant your new trees and shrubs.  In the spring, the ground is still warming to optimal temperatures, so planting in the fall allows the roots to start developing immediately. You will also want to plant your spring bulbs. If you have Irises and/or Hostas, now is the time to divide them.  Peonies are best transplanted in the Fall as well.  Keep in mind that you will still want to water the plants regularly until the ground begins to freeze.  A few other benefits of Fall planting is that the bugs and pests are starting to dwindle, and the weather is usually not as volatile as the Spring.

I hope everyone has a great day, and we'll see you on Friday for the Recipe of the Week.  Till next time!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Get Out & Explore: Events and Festivals for the Week/Weekend of 09/15-09/21

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 fall plantings. Have a fun and safe week! :)

West TN
  • Sept 15-20, Henderson County Fair
Fairgrounds, Lexington, TN
  • Sept 19-20, Midsouth Homesteading Conference & Festival
Payne Gamebird Farms, Arlington, TN
  • Sept 19-20, 10th Annual Memphis Dulcimer & Folk Gathering
Second Baptist Church, Memphis, TN
  • Sept 20, Hall of Fame Weekend Car & Truck Show
Freed-Hardeman University, Henderson, TN
  • Sept 20, Celebrate Munford
Downtown Munford, TN
  • Sept 20, Burnt Church Community Center Bluegrass Festival
Burnt Church Community Center, Savannah, TN

Middle TN
  • Sept 15-21, Westmoreland Mule Days
Westmoreland Expo Center, Westmoreland, TN
  • Sept 17-21, Americana Music Festival & Conference
Various Venues, Nashville, TN
  • Sept 18-20, Upper Cumberland Quilt Festival
Algood United Methodist Church, Algood, TN
  • Sept 18-20, Fall Equinox Festival
Long Hungry Creek Farm, Red Boiling Springs, TN
  • Sept 19-20, Ninth Annual Cannon County Gospel Jamboree
Justin Pemberton Covered Arena, Woodbury, TN
  • Sept 19-20, Step Back in Time
Henry Horton State Park, Chapel Hill, TN
  • Sept 19-21, St. Luke International Fall Festival
10682 Old Nashville Hwy, Smyrna, TN
  • Sept 19-21,  African Street Festival
Hadley Park, Nashville, TN
  • Sept 19-21, Fall Heritage Festival
Downtown Cowan, TN
  • Sept 19, Park(ing) Days
Downtown Nashville, TN
  • Sept 19-20, Sweet Tea & Shopping Fall Frenzy
Bottom View Farm, Portland, TN
  • Sept 20,  Bethel Annual Fish Fry
4357 Skelley Road, BethelTN
  • Sept 20,  GladeFest Family Fun Day
Wilson Bank & Trust, Mt. Juliet, TN
  • Sept 20,  Greenway Art Festival
Old Fort Park, Murfreesboro, TN
  • Sept 20, Celebration Pet Day & Fair
2119 Midland Road, Shelbyville, TN
  • Sept 20, Run4Don 5K Run/Walk
330 Birch St., Gainesboro, TN
  • Sept 20, Gallatin Sertoma Club Truck & Tractor Pull
Triple Creek Park, Gallatin, TN
  • Sept 20, Scottsboro/Jordonia Antique Tractor Show
4550 Eatons Creek Road, Nashville, TN
  • Sept 20, Germanfest
Faith Lutheran Evangelical Church, Lebanon, TN
  • Sept 20, The Great Food Truck Festival
Lenox Village Pavilion Area, Nashville, TN
  • Sept 20, Nashville Beer Fest
East Park, Nashville, TN
  • Sept 20, Hands on Nashville Day
Metro Nashville Public School Sites, Nashville, TN
  • Sept 20, Music City Mutt Strutt & Dog Day Festival
Centennial Park, Nashville, TN
  • Sept 20, Shepherd Fest
G Level Gallery TPAC, Nashville, TN
  • Sept 20-21, Daniel Smith Days
Historic Rock Castle, Hendersonville, TN
  • Sept 20-21 Music City Food & Wine Festival
Public Square Park, Nashville, TN
  • Sept 20-21, San Gennaro MusicFest
Cathedral of the Incarnation, Nashville, TN
  • Sept 21, Cody Adcock Childhood Cancer Awareness Motors & Music Benefit
The Smiley Hollow Old Fashioned Hayride and Barndance Company, Goodlettsville, TN
  • Sept 21, 6th Annual Susan G. Komer Upper Cumberland Race for the Cure 5K Run
Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN

East TN
  • Sept 18, Camp R2R Brimston
Brimstone Recreation, Huntsville, TN
  • Sept 19, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
Historic Downtown, Bristol, TN
  • Sept 19-20, Nine Mile Bluegrass Festival
Nine-Mile Volunteer Fire Department, Pikeville, TN
  • Sept 19-21, Knoxville Flea Market
Knoxville Expo Center Knoxville, TN
  • Sept 19-20, Foothills Quilters 13th Quilt Show
New Providence Presbyterian Church, Maryville, TN
  • Sept 20, Luttrell Bluegrass Festival
Luttrell City Park, Luttrell, TN
  • Sept 20, Haunting in the Hills Storytelling
Bandy Creek Campground, Oneida, TN
  • Sept 20, Arts in the Park
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park, Morristown, TN
  • Sept 20-21, Overmountain Victory Trail Celebration
Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area, Elizabethton

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