Sunday, October 19, 2014

Get Out & Explore: Events and Festivals for the Week/Weekend of 10/24-10/26

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
  • Oct 24-26, Pelican Festival
Reelfoot Lake State Park, Tiptonville, TN
  • Oct 24-26, River Arts Festival
South Main Street, Memphis, TN
  • Oct 25, Sixth Annual Tennessee Cigar & Brew Festival
Jackson Fairgrounds, Jackson, TN



Middle TN
  • Now - Oct 26, Ghouls at Grassmere
Nashville Zoo at Grassmere, Nashville, TN
  • Oct 24-26, Nashville Flea Market
Tennessee State Fairgrounds, Nashville, TN
  • Oct 24, Hip Donelson Farmers Market
2730 Lebanon Road, Nashville, TN
  • Oct 24, Annual Spaghetti Day Lunch & Dinner
Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center, Mt. Juliet, TN
  • Oct 24-26, EquiFest of Tennessee
Williamson County Agricultural Exposition Park, Franklin, TN
  • Oct 25, Tap Root Farm Ranch Rodeo
Williamson County Agricultural Exposition Park, Franklin, TN
  • Oct 25, Spirits of Rock Castle
Historic Rock Castle, Hendersonville, TN
  • Oct 25, Brenthaven Cumberland Presbyterian Church Bazaar
516 Franklin Road, Brentwood, TN
  • Oct 25, 10th Annual Re-Enactment Walk of the 1838 Bell's Route of the Trail of Tears
Downtown, Fayetteville, TN
  • Oct 25, Cannon Creek Bluegrass Concert
Rocky River Community Center, Rock Island, TN
  • Oct 25, Cedars Antique Motor Show benefiting the Lebanon High School FFA
James E. Ward Ag Center, Lebanon, TN
  • Oct 25, Fourth Annual Boo Bash Dash benefiting CASA of Robertson County
Travis Price Park/Springfield Greenway Trailhead, Springfield, TN
  • Oct 25, Manchester Harvest Bootique Craft Show
Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center Holiday Inn Express, Hartsville, TN
  • Oct 25, McClain Christian Academy Annual Benefit Airsoft Tournament
Bad Karma Airsoft Field, Lebanon, TN
  • Oct 25, 15th Annual Mt. Juliet Homecoming & Music Fest  
563 Main Street, Mt. JulietTN
  • Oct 25-26,  Autumn Artisan Showcase
Pickel Field House Gym, Volunteer State Community College, Gallatin, TN
  • Oct 25-26,  Music City Halloween Rod Run
Holiday Inn Express, Nashville, TN
  • Oct 25, Wags to Witches Fur Ball Bash
Riverview Ballroom, Clarksville, TN
  • Oct 25, Jazzmania 2014
The Factory at Franklin, Franklin, TN
  • Oct 25, Cheekwood Harvest
Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art, Nashville, TN
  • Oct 25, Jazz on the Lawn: Handsome White Boyz
Beachaven Vineyards & Winery, Clarksville, TN
  • Oct 25, Day of the Dead Art Crawl
Coleman Park, Nashville, TN
  • Oct 25, ALIVE Festival
oneC1TY, Nashville, TN
  • Oct 25, Regions FREE Day - Hauntings at the Hermitage
The Hermitage, Nashville, TN
  • Oct 25, 26th Annual Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational Barbecue
Lynchburg Square, Lynchburg, TN
  • Oct 25, Zombie Walk
The Center for the Arts, Murfreesboro, TN
  • Oct 25-26, Whispers from the Past: An All Star Weekend
RippaVilla Plantation, Spring Hill, TN
  • Oct 25, United Methodist Women Fall Extravaganza
First United Methodist Church, Hendersonville, TN
  • Oct 25, Harvest Days
Cannonsburgh Village, Murfreesboro, TN
  • Oct 26, Trunk or Treat
Newton Nissan of Gallatin, Gallatin, TN
  • Oct 26, Community Trick or Treat Event
Belle Meade Plantation, Nashville, TN
  • Oct 27, Robertson County Historical Society Chili Supper Fundraiser
Springfield Senior Center, Springfield, TN


East TN
  • Oct 24- Nov 01, Trick or Treating in the Cave at Cherokee Caverns
Cherokee Caverns, Knoxville, TN
  • Oct 25, Steve and Ruth Smith
Heritage Hall Theatre, Mountain City, TN
  • Oct 25-26, 39th Annual Mountain Makins Festival
Rose Center, Morristown, TN
  • Oct 25, Mountain Makins Festival
Rose Center, Morristown, TN

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Get Out & Explore: Events and Festivals for the Week/Weekend of 10/17-10/19

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
  • Oct 17-18, Annual McNairy County Quilt Show & Sale
The Springs United Pentecostal Church, Bethel Springs, TN
  • Oct 17, Fall Arts & Crafts Festival
Bartlett Hills Baptist Church, Bartlett, TN
  • Oct 18, Fall Folklore Jamboree
highway 70/79 North, Milan, TN
  • Oct 18, Hatchie Fall Fest
Court Square, Brownsville, TN
  • Oct 18, Caravan of Stars 28
Carl Perkins Civic Center, Jackson, TN
  • Oct 18, Celebrate Art Fall Festival
Casey Jones Village, Jackson, TN
  • Oct 19, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, TN



Middle TN
  • Oct 16, Third Thursday on Main Free
Historic Downtown Square, Gallatin, TN
  • Oct 16-18, Clay Harris Theater Production of "Trick or Treat"
Hickman County Fairgrounds, Centerville, TN
  • Oct 17-18, CultureSmash Nashville
Music Valley Event Center, Nashville, TN
  • Oct 17, Franklin Wine Festival
The Factory at Franklin, Franklin, TN
  • Oct 17, Smyrna Seniors Center Bean Dinner by the Smyrna Lions club
Lifepoint Church, Smyrna, TN
  • Oct 17-18, Mid-South Barbecue Festival
Historic Downtown, Mount Pleasant, TN
  • Oct 17-18, Tractors & Trucks Shackle Island collectors Club Annual Show
Long Hollow Jamboree, Goodlettsville, TN
  • Oct 17-18, Family Harvest Days
Rutherford County Baptist Church, Smyrna, TN
  • Oct 17-19, 33rd Annual Indian Education Pow Wow & Fall Festival
Hunter State Park, Hermitage, TN
  • Oct 17-26, "Monty Python's Spamalot"
The Arts Center of Cannon County, Woodbury, TN
  • Oct 17, The Tennessee History Festival
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, Nashville, TN
  • Oct 18, Stewart County Open Horse Show
245 Sandy Road, Dover, TN
  • Oct 18, Choir Day
St. John Missionary Baptist Church, Hartsville, TN
  • Oct 18, Middle Tennessee Dutch Oven Gathering
Barton Springs Campground, Normandy, TN
  • Oct 18,  Silent Auction & Hamburger Supper
St. Paul Methodist Church, ManchesterTN
  • Oct 18,  All-You-Can-Eat Fish Fry
131 E. Commerce Street, Lewisburg, TN
  • Oct 18,  Sewanee Arts & Crafts Fair
Shoup Park, University of the South, Sewanee, TN
  • Oct 18, Arts & Ag Harvest Market
Grinder's Switch Winery, Centerville, TN
  • Oct 18, Food, Fiddlin', & Fun VII
Downtown, College Grove, TN
  • Oct 18-19, Webb School Art & Craft Show
Various Locations, Bell Buckle, TN
  • Oct 18-19, Music & Molasses Arts & Crafts Festival
Tennessee Agricultural Museum, Nashville, TN
  • Oct 18-19, Oktoberfest
Wilson Bank & Trust Main Office, Lebannon, TN
  • Oct 18-25, Super Fall Foliage Excursion Train to Cookeville
Tennessee Central Railway Museum, Nashville, TN
  • Oct 18-19, Bell Buckle Downtown Show
Downtown, Bell Buckle, TN
  • Oct 18-19, Intergalactic Bead Show
Tennessee State Fairgrounds, Nashville, TN
  • Oct 18, The Tennessee Beer Festival
Two Rivers Mansion, Nashville, TN
  • Oct 18, Cheekwood Harvest
Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art, Nashville, TN
  • Oct 18, Blocktober Fall Block Party
Marathon Music Works, Nashville, TN
  • Oct 18, 2014 Elks Craft Bizarre
Sparta Civic Center, Sparta, TN
  • Oct 18, Fall Festival
Hamilton United Methodist Church, Antioch, TN
  • Oct 18, NOLS Exploration Film Tour
Cookeville Performing Arts Center, Cookeville, TN
  • Oct 19, Pedestrian Paradise
Elmington Park, Nashville, TN
  • Oct 19, Here Come The Brides Bridal Show
The Factory at Franklin, Franklin, TN

 

East TN
  • Oct 17, Barter Theatre's "Wash, Rinse, Spin Dry"
Heritage Hall Theatre, Mountain City, TN
  • Oct 17-19, 2014 Knoxville Gem Mineral Society Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show
Kerbela Shrine/Masonic Temple, Knoxville, TN
  • Oct 17-19, Foothills Fall Festival
Downtown, Maryville, TN
  • Oct 17-19, On Cosby Festival
Smokey Mountain Visitors Center "On Cosby", Cosby, TN
  • Oct 18, October Sky Festival
Arrowhead Park, Oliver Springs, TN

Friday, October 3, 2014

Simply Sinful Brownie

I hope everyone had a great week.  We have a simple dessert recipe for you today.  It's an over the top chocolate fantasy!

Sinful Brownie


Ingredients:

1 lb - Cookie Dough
2 - 10oz Brownie Mix Packages
1 - Package of Resse's Miniature Peanut Butter Cups

1.  Lightly Grease/Butter an 8x8 casserole baking dish and preheat the oven to 375 F.

2. Spread the cookie dough evenly across the bottom.

3.  Place a layer of Reese's peanut butter cups.

4.  Prepare both packages of brownie mix according to package directions and then pour over the cookie dough and peanut butter cups.

5.  Bake for 45-50 minutes.

6.  Let cool 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 28, 2014!


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Simply History: The Bell Witch

Welcome to October! Yes, it's time for Halloween with spooks and creeps. I wanted to start us off with a Spook from Tennessee. The entity is known as the Bell Witch. The Bell Witch is the most famous haunting in America. The story begins in Red River, which is now known as Adams, Tennessee in 1817, when John Bell Sr. began to be terrorized by the spirit of a witch. The Bell family had moved to Tennessee from North Carolina in the early 1800's. Mr. Bell was a farmer and had expanded his property to around 328 acres. It was during this expansion that he happened to come across a woman by the name of Kate Batts. According to legend, Kate had a disagreement with Mr. Bell over a slave and also believed that he had claimed/stolen some of her property that was adjacent to his. From then on, she was known to have cursed the Bell family regularly in public, so when the haunting began in 1817, many believed that Kate had conjured up a spirit to get even with the Bell family. The haunting began when John Bell came across an odd creature in his pasture. He was said to have shot the creature but it soon vanished. Later that evening, the home was disturbed with knocking on the doors and windows, the sound of wings on the ceiling and rats gnawing at the bed posts. The family did not find any evidence when they arose the next morning and decided to keep quiet about the events. Unfortunately, the haunting was only beginning. The "Witch Spirit" continued the assault on the family. Blankets would be ripped from the beds of their children, milk and sugar spilled across the kitchen floor and even food pulled from the mouths of the children. Betsy Bell was one of the children that the spirit seemed to focus on. She was subjected to being struck, pinched and having her hair pulled. Lucy and John Junior were mostly spared from the torture. However, John Jr. was said to have had many long and intense conversations with the witch spirit and held great animosity towards it. The children were not the only ones to deal with the spirit. The witch spirit disliked the family's slaves and would torture them with beatings, and not allow them to enter the home. One slave would carry an axe and "witch ball" to protect himself. No visitor to the property was safe. The future President of the United States, General Andrew Jackson, owned property in the town and insisted on visiting the Bell family due to all the stories. When Jackson came upon the property, the wheels of his wagon became stuck by an unforeseen force. The General was quoted as saying "By the eternal boys, this is the witch." The spirit replied, "All right, General, let the wagon move on. I will see you again tonight." The wagon was then released from the unforeseen hold and they continued on to the camp site.  When the evening came, a witch hunter was brought in to rid them of the evil. Soon, the sound of light footsteps was heard and a voice stated, "Alright, General, I am on hand and ready for business." The witch hunter had brought a gun with a silver bullet to shoot the witch spirit, but the gun would not fire. The hunter then ran from the tent in terror, proclaiming that he was being stuck with needles and had been grabbed by the nose. The spirit then stated, "How the devil did run and beg; I'll bet he won't come through here again with his old horse pistol to shoot me. I guess that's fun enough for tonight, General, and you can go to be now. I will come tomorrow night and show you another rascal in this crowd." Andrew Jackson was excited about the prospect for another visit, but his party did not want to stay any longer and he returned to Nashville. The haunting continued for several years and many believed that it caused the death of John Bell Sr. on December, 20, 1920. It was said that the witch spirit even crashed his funeral by singing vile drinking songs. You would think that after the death of Mr. Bell, the witch spirit would subside, but she did not. There are many stories left to tell about the Bell Witch, but it would be a very long blog post to tell you of them all. You can find out more online, or you can bravely visit Adams, TN and ask her yourself! I hope everyone has a great rest of the week, and be sure to join us again on Friday, for our Recipe of the Week! Till the next Haunting!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Get Out & Explore: Events and Festivals for the Week/Weekend of 10/01-10/05

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! Join us on Wednesday when we will tell you about a Tennessee Haunting: The Bell Witch! Have a fun and safe week! :)


West TN
  • Now-Oct 17, 23rd Annual Festival of Quilts & Fine Needlework
Bank of Ripley, Ripley, TN
  • Oct 3-Nov 1, Spooky Nights
Shelby Farms Park, Memphis, TN
  • Oct 3-5, Reelfoot Arts & Crafts Festival
Reelfoot Lake, Tiptonville, TN
  • Oct 4, Mid-South Classic Collector Car Auction & Swap Meet
50 Fiberglass Road, Jackson, TN
  • Oct 4-5, 70th Anniversary of Saipan Re-Enactment
111 Perry Switch Road, Jackson, TN
  • Oct 4, Cordova Arts & Crafts Festival
Community Center, Cordova, TN
  • Oct 4, Oktoberfest
Henry County Fairgrounds, Paris, TN
  • Oct 5-11, 47th Annual Davy Crockett Days
Davy Crockett Cabin Museum, Rutherford, TN


Middle TN
  • Now-Oct 25, Baker Mountain Farm Fall Festivities
Baker Mountain Farm, Spencer, TN
  • Now-Oct 7, Group Dog Training Class
Franklin Dog, Franklin, TN
  • Now-Oct 31, Walden Pumpkin Farm
8653 Rocky Fork Road, Smyrna, TN
  • Now-Oct 31, "If These Walls Could Talk" exhibit
Sutton Homestead, Granville, TN
  • Now-Nov 1, Grandaddy's Farm Corn Maze, Fall Market, Pumpkin Patch & More!
454 Highland Ridge Road, Estill Springs, TN
  • Now-Nov 1, Bell Witch 2014 Fall Festival
Bell School Ground, Adams, TN
  • Now-Nov 2, 14th Annual Cedarwood Pumpkin Patch
6794 Nashville Highway, McMinnville, TN
  • Oct 1-31, Fall Fun Seasons
Sycamore Springs Farm, Jamestown, TN
  • Oct 2-3, Tennessee Green Industry Expo
Music City Center, Nashville, TN
  • Oct 2-4, Upscale Barn sale
White Farm, Lafayette, TN
  • Oct 2-4, Roller Coaster Yard Sale
Various Sites, Byrdstown, TN
  • Oct 2-4, The Hayloft I Fall Barn Sale
The Hayloft at Port Royal, Clarksville, TN
  • Oct 3, NHC Murfreesboro's Fall Fest Alzheimer's Awareness Block Party
420 N. University St, Murfreesboro, TN
  • Oct 3-4,  Oktoberfest
Clarksville Speedway, ClarksvilleTN
  • Oct 3-4,  Miss Tennessee USA & Teen USA Pageant
APSU Music/Mass Communications Building, Clarksville, TN
  • Oct 3-4,  Humphrey's County Antique Tractor & Engine Show
Humphrey's County Fairgrounds, TN
  • Oct 3-4, The Belmont Community Art Show & Sale
Christ the King School, Nashville, TN
  • Oct 3-4, Arts in the Appalachians
Historic Downtown, Gainesboro, TN
  • Oct 3-4, Manchester Old Timers Day
Downtown, Manchester, TN
  • Oct 4, Civil War Living History & Monteagle Homecoming Displays
16 Dixie Lee Avenue, Monteagle, TN
  • Oct 4, Million Dollar Mile Yard Sale
Bockman Way & Highway 70, Sparta, TN
  • Oct 4, Train Robbery Excursion Train to Watertown
Tennessee Central Railway Museum, Nashville, TN
  • Oct 4, Lewisburg Lions Octoberfest
Lewisburg Downtown Public Square, Lewisburg, TN
  • Oct 4, Williamson County Master Gardeners Association Fall Plant Sale
Carnton Plantation, Franklin, TN
  • Oct 4, Whiskey Runners 2014 Cruisin the Hollow
Wiseman Park, Lynchburg, TN
  • Oct 4, Waynesboro Harvest Festival
Downtown, Waynesboro, TN
  • Oct 4-5, 152nd Anniversary Re-Enactment of the Battle of Riggins Hill
Historic Collinsville, TN
  • Oct 4-31, The Cooper Trooper Foundation's Pumpkin Patch
530 Cool Springs Blvd, Franklin, TN
  • Oct 4, Autumn Street Fair
Downtown, McMinnville, TN
  • Oct 4, Art In The Park
J. Travis Price Park, Springfield, TN
  • Oct 4, Art In The Park
Our Town City Park & Courthouse grounds, Shelbyville, TN
  • Oct 4, Milky Way Farm Mud Mall
Milky Way Farm, Pulaski, TN
  • Oct 4, Smith County Fall Funday
Smith County Ag Center, Carthage, TN
  • Oct 4, HPC Third Artisan Craft Fair
Hermitage Presbyterian Church, Hermitage, TN
  • Oct 4, Sona Fest
Dudley Park, Nashville, TN
  • Oct 4-5, Spring Hill Country Ham Festival
Tennessee's Children's Home, Spring Hill, TN
  • Oct 4-5, National Banana Pudding Festival & Cook-off
Centerville River Park, Centerville, TN
  • Oct 4, Jazz on the Cumberland
Granville Veteran Park, Granville, TN
  • Oct 4, 2014 Greater Nashville Heart Walk
Vanderbilt University Sports Field, Nashville, TN
  • Oct 4, Cheekwood Harvest
Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art, Nashville, TN
  • Oct 4, Second Annual Festival of Hope & Superhero 5K
Charlie Daniels Park, Mt. Juliet, TN
  • Oct 4, The Grape Stomp Festival
O'More College of Design, Franklin, TN
  • Oct 4, Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival 2014
Centennial Park, Nashville, TN
  • Oct 4, Fall Fest featuring fundraising for Local Pet Rescues & Open House
Nipper's Corner Pet Medical Center, Nashville, TN
  • Oct 4, Main Street Festival
Historic Downtown Square, Gallatin, TN
  • Oct 4, The Macaroni & Cheese Festival
Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, Nashville, TN
  • Oct 4, Lotz House 6th Annual Antiques Appraisal Fair
Lotz House, Franklin, TN
  • Oct 4-5, Fall Fest at the Hermitage 2014
The Hermitage, Nashville, TN
  • Oct 4-5, Handmade Harvest Vintage Farm Fair
J. Alexander Farm, Bethpage, TN


East TN
  • Oct 1-Nov 11, Scarecrows on Main
Downtown, Mountain City, TN
  • Oct 2, Fifth Annual Taste of Monroe
Downtown, Madisonville, TN
  • Oct 2-5, 20th Annual Sycamore Shoals Quilt Show
Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area, Elizabethton, TN
  • Oct 3-4, Unicoi County Apple Festival
Downtown, Erwin, TN
  • Oct 3-5, National Storytelling Festival
Downtown, Jonesborough, TN
  • Oct 3-5, Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival at Arrowmont
Arrowmont School of Arts & Craft Campus, Gatlinburg, TN
  • Oct 4, Annual 12-Mile Yard Sale
Clinch Valley Road between Route 70 & Route 30, Rogersville, TN
  • Oct 4-5, Appalachian Heritage Day & Founders Day Celebration
Various Sites, Rugby, TN
  • Oct 4-5, 38th Annual Hancock County Fall Festival
Fall Festival Site, Sneedville, TN
  • Oct 4, Kingston County Fair
Fort Southwest Point, Kingston, TN
  • Oct 4, Maryville College Harvest Craft Festival
Clayton Center for the Arts, Maryville, TN
  • Oct 4, Newport Harvest Street Festival
Downtown, Newport, TN
  • Oct 4-5, Jewelry & Bead Show
East Ridge Community Center, East Ridge, TN

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.




Ingredients:

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

Friday, September 12, 2014

Simply Homemade Salsa

Homemade Salsa
Hello everyone!  I have a really easy recipe for you today.  The growing season is coming to an end and we are harvesting the last of our crops.  If you are like us, you probably have a ton of tomatoes and peppers. I have used them for salads, sandwiches and canning.  Now, we are using them for homemade salsa!




Ingredients:

4 C - Chopped Tomatoes
1/2 C - Chopped White Onion
1/2 C - Chopped Green Bell Pepper
1/2 C - Chopped Sweet Banana Pepper
1/3 C - Chopped Cilantro
2 TB - Lime Juice
1 TB - Ground Cumin
2 Tsp - Sugar
2 Tsp - Garlic Powder
2 Tsp - Cayenne Pepper

You will just need to combine all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix thoroughly.  That's it!  How simple, right?  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 7, 2014!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Simply Fall Decor

Corn Stalks
I hope everyone is having a great week.  We are going to discuss fall decor today.  I know, the heat hasn't gone away yet, but we cross the unofficial line into fall after Labor Day.  While we finish up our gardens and get ready for fall plantings, make sure to think about what you can save from the garden for decorating. I always like the dried out corn stalks, so I made sure to keep all mine this year.  Also, I planted a small patch of cotton this year. I love the look of them when they dry out and have all those puffy balls of cotton poking about the limbs. If you thought ahead this year and planted gourds and pumpkins, you should be coming up on the perfect time to harvest them. You can also dry out some vegetables like okra.  Just look around your yard, even some of the wild and unruly plants can offer some interesting decor around your home.  We have thick and twisted trumpet vines, so we usually cut them up and use them for our Halloween themes.  Trees are another great source to think about. The leaves haven't started changing colors around here, but don't forget to collect them when they do.  So let out your creative side and see what you can come up with.

Cotton

 Leave us a comment on what plants you use for fall decor!  Have a great rest of the day and we'll see you on Friday for the Recipe of the Week.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Get Out & Explore: Events and Festivals for the Week/Weekend of 09/09 - 09/14

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 homemade fall decor. Have a fun and safe week! :)


West TN
  • Sept 9-14, West Tennessee State Fair
Fairgrounds, Jackson, TN
  • Sept 13, Cotton Pickin' 5K Run/Walk
First United Methodist Church, Somerville, TN
  • Sept 13, Fayette County Cotton Festival
Somerville Square, Somerville, TN
  • Sept 13, Hornsby Fall Family Fun
Hornsby City Park and Hornsby Elementary School, Hornsby, TN
  • Sept 13, Cooper-Young Festival
Cooper Young Historic District, Memphis, TN
  • Sept 13, Obion County Cornfest
Kiwanis Park, Downtown Union City, TN


Middle TN
  • Sept 10-13, Humphrey's County Fair
Fairgrounds, Waverly, TN
  • Sept 11-13, Eighth Annual Living History Weekend
Historic Lairdland Farm House, Cornersville, TN
  • Sept 12-13, Lake Tansi's Autumn Leaf Festival
Lake Tansi, Crossville, TN
  • Sept 12-13, Bell Witch Old Time & Bluegrass Festival
Old Bell School Grounds, Adams, TN
  • Sept 12-13, 2nd Annual Owen Bradley Music Festival & Talent Show
Ricky Woodard Community Park, Westmoreland, TN
  • Sept 12-14, Gospel Music Festival
Loretta Lynn's Ranch, Hurricane Mills, TN
  • Sept 13, Regions FREE Day at the Adventure Science Center
Adventure Science Center, Nashville, TN
  • Sept 13-14,  Music City Hot Wing Festival & Craft Brew Sampling
Public Square Park, Nashville, TN
  • Sept 13-14, White Oak Craft Fair
Arts Center of Cannon County, Woodbury, TN
  • Sept 13, 32nd Annual Standing Stone Marbles Festival & National Rolley Hole Championships
Standing Stone State Park, Hilham, TN
  • Sept 13, Wine on the River
John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge, Nashville, TN
  • Sept 13,  Made in Nashville
Centennial Park - Event Shelter, NashvilleTN
  • Sept 13,  Arts & Antiques Festival
Goodlettsville Main Street, Goodlettsville, TN
  • Sept 13,  Frolic on Franklin
Historic Downtown, Clarksville, TN
  • Sept 13, Jazz on the Lawn: Tina Brown
Beachaven Vineyards & Winery, Clarksville, TN
  • Sept 13, Pioneer Days on the Mountain Heritage Festival
Cumberland County Community Complex, Crossville, TN
  • Sept 13, Old Timers Festival
Veterans Memorial Park, LaVergne, TN
  • Sept 13, Singer-Songwriter Day
Charlie Daniels Park, Mt. Juliet, TN
  • Sept 13, Nature Fest 30th Anniversary
7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview, TN
  • Sept 13, Sherry's Run 5K Walk/Run
Wilson Bank & Trust, Lebanon, TN
  • Sept 13, Swing a Club for Scholarships Second Annual Golf Tournament
Bear Trace Gold Course, Tims Ford State Park, Winchester, TN
  • Sept 13, Dairy Hill Stampede 5K & 10K
Middle Tennessee State University Dairy Complex, Lascassas, TN
  • Sept 13, 12th Annual Wings of Freedom Fish Fry
Smyrna Airport, Smyrna, TN
  • Sept 13, Fish Fry/Fall Fling
Lambuth United Methodist Church, Gallatin, TN
  • Sept 13, Seventh Annual Not Just For Kids Fair
Rock Creek Park, Lewisburg, TN
  • Sept 13-14, Mountaineer's Day Festival and Hero Sunday
265 14th St, Tracy, TN


East TN
  • Sept 11-13, Third Annual Quilt Show & Craft Show
Greenback Heritage Museum and Greenback Depot, Greenback, TN
  • Sept 12-13, New Midland Plaza Fall Arts & Crafts Fair
New Midland Plaza, Alcoa, TN
  • Sept 12-13, Days of the Pioneer Antique Show
Museum of Appalachia, Clinton, TN
  • Sept 13, Historic Blountville Flea Market & Antique Fair
Blountville Historic District, Blountville, TN
  • Sept 13, BSF Bluegrass and Bike Festival
Oneida City Park, Oneida, TN
  • Sept 13 , Cemetery Lantern Tour
Laurel Dale Cemetery, Rugby, TN


Friday, September 5, 2014

Simply BBQ Rib Prep

I hope everyone is having a great Friday!  Today, we have a prep tip for grilling ribs.  I know it isn't exactly a recipe, but it's still food related.  It seems that everyone is always trying to find an easy way to make bbq ribs without over cooking them. We learned this trick from our friend's that live in Lebanon, TN.  First, you will simply marinade your ribs with your preferred recipe for 8 hours.  The next step is the trick for tender ribs. You will boil them for 45 minutes on the stove.  Next, you will slather on your favorite bbq sauce and grill them for about 3-5 minutes on each side.  It's really simple and makes for a tender rib every time!

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 31, 2014!


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Simply Re-Purposing Materials

I hope everyone is having a great week!  Today, I am going to tell you about some re-purposed materials we used for gardens.  The materials came from a friend's property that was going up for sale.  They used to have an asphalt tennis court, but had decided many years ago that it was no longer needed.  Instead of just destroying and dumping the court, they broke up the pieces and used them as the border for a raised garden.  We loved the idea so much, that we agreed to take the asphalt pieces for our own raised beds.  Why spend hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars at the local box store for brick or stone, when you have a durable material at your disposal?

Tennis Court Asphalt Pieces for Raised Bed

Our friend also had several cedar posts that they were not using, so we took those to use as border fencing as well.  We simply cut the posts the same length and stacked them on top of each other two pieces deep. Then, we drilled holes at the ends and hammered Rebars (each 2 feet in length) into the ground to hold them in place. It was incredibly easy to do, and the borders match the overall feel of our log home.

Cedar Post Border

I love having friends that share their creative ideas, along with their extra materials which would have otherwise gone to the dump!  It just goes to show that the more you give, the more you receive.  For this reason, I always encourage people to share their abundance with those around you.  It can be food, clothing, shelter or any number of things.  You don't have to necessarily find someone in need, since a gift of kindness is just as important. Have a great rest of the week, and we will see you on Friday with our Recipe of the Week!

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

Friday, August 22, 2014

Simply Cinnamon Pear Jam

Cinnamon Pear Jam
Happy Friday everyone! We're still in the heat of the summer, but fall is right around the corner.  The jam recipe we have today has become a staple around our home during the fall.  The color, smell and taste is perfect, especially for Thanksgiving turkey, but I'm getting way to ahead of myself!  You can use any pear for this recipe, but I like to use Asian Pears.

Ingredients:

5 Cups - Chopped Pears
2 1/2 Cups - Sugar
2 TB - Fruit Pectin
1 TB - Lemon Juice
1 TB - Ground Cinnamon

Makes about 6 half pints.

1. Make sure to wash your pears and finely chop them, or you can use a food processor.  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 pears into a large pan and heat on medium until they begin to boil.

3. Add the lemon juice, pectin, cinnamon and gradually stir in the sugar. Boil for another 20 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 20 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 17, 2014!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Simply Hummingbirds

Hummingbird
Summer would not be complete without the humming of the Hummingbird.  We make sure to provide a feeder for these delicate creatures, so we can enjoy watching them buzz around the kitchen window.  It's easy to prepare the feeder.  I would recommend you purchase a feeder that is already red, so you don't have to add any artificial coloring to the sugar water mixture.  Some say that the color does not matter, but I have many friends that tell me the Hummingbirds will pass the clear feeders and go towards the red ones.  So, I would just go with what we know works well and keep with the red feeders.  The sugar water is really simple to make.  You just need to thoroughly mix a 1 to 1 ratio of plain white sugar and water.  You will then pour this mixture into the feeder and hang it in a low traffic area of your yard.  Also, unless you already have Hummingbirds, you will need to wait for them to find your feeder. When we first set up our feeder, it took about 2-3 months before they started coming around.  Now, we have about 6 of them that are continuously coming and going.  It's so nice to be working in the kitchen and look out the window to see these beautiful creatures humming about.

Hummingbird Feeder
Hummingbirds are actually only found in the Western Hemisphere. They span the continents from as far north as southern Alaska, down to the southern tip of Chile.  The varieties of these birds are numerous and area specific.  Their name comes from the fact that they make a humming sound with their wings.  They can flap their wings up to 80 times per second!  Also, they can fly in any direction and even upside down.  The legs of the Hummingbird is only for perching and are not used to walk or hop with them. So, you can imagine how much energy is must take for these birds to be flying around all the time.  They do have to feed often since they have a fast heart rate, high body temperature and quick breathing.  The Hummingbird's primary food is nectar, tree sap, pollen and insects.

I hope you will set up a feeder for these beautiful creatures, if you have not already.  Enjoy the rest of your week friends! Check back with us on Friday, when we will have our Recipe of the Week!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Get Out & Explore: Events and Festivals for the Week/Weekend of 08/18 - 08/24

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 attracting Hummingbirds.. Have a fun and safe week! :)


West TN
  • Aug 23, Enville Fun Day
Enville Community Center, Enville, TN
  • Aug 22-24, Memphis Gift & Jewelry Show
Memphis-Cook Convention Center, Memphis, TN


Middle TN
  • Aug 15-23, Wilson County Fair
Wilson County Fairgrounds, Lebanon, TN
  • Aug 19-23,  Franklin County Fair Tennessee
Southern Tennessee Agricultural Pavilion, Winchester, TN
  • Aug 19-24, Maury County Fair
Maury County Park, Columbia, TN
  • Aug 20-30, Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration
Celebration Grounds, Shelbyville, TN
  • Aug 22, Free Swing Concert & Dance Lessons
Riverwalk Park Farmer's Market Shelter, Columbia, TN
  • Aug 22-23,  Wartrace Community Wide Yard Sale
Throughout WartraceTN
  • Aug 22-24,  Father-Son Adventure Weekend
Deer Run Retreat, Thompson's Station, TN
  • Aug 22-23,  Music City Festival & BBQ Championship
Riverfront Park, Great Lawn, Nashville, TN
  • Aug 22-24, Nashville Flea Market
Tennessee State Fairgrounds, Nashville, TN
  • Aug 22-24, World Music & Food International Festival
Centennial Park, Nashville, TN
  • Aug 23, The Stone Fox Presents Nashville Outlines Festival
The Stone Fox, Nashville, TN
  • Aug 23, Cedar Ridge Bluegrass Concert
Rocky River Community Center, Rock Island, TN
  • Aug 23-24, A Showcase of Newly Constructed and Remodeled Homes Parade of Homes
Throughout Cookeville, TN


East TN
  • Aug 18-23, Appalachian Fair
Fairgrounds, Gray, TN
  • Aug 22-23, Eighty-Ninth Fiddlers Convention
Old Mill Music Park, Laurel Bloomery, TN
  • Aug 22-24, Knoxville Home Design & Remodeling Show
Knoxville Convention Center, Knoxville, TN
  • Aug 22-23, Plateau British Car Club Rugby British Motorcar & Motorbike Show
Throughout Historic Rugby, TN
  • Aug 23, Scenic City Chorus Aca-Fest 2014 Show
Frierson Theatre, Girls Preparatory School, Chattanooga, TN
  • Aug 23, Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival
Ijams Nature Center, Knoxville, TN

Friday, August 15, 2014

Simply Zucchini Bread

Zucchini Bread
What do you do when you have way too much zucchini?  You make zucchini bread!  The recipe we have today is from Jason's family, and I absolutely love it.  You can make one big loaf or two smaller ones with this recipe.

Ingredients:

3 C - Flour
2 1/2 C - Sugar
1 tsp - Salt
1/4 tsp - Baking powder
1 tsp - Baking Soda
1 tsp - Allspice
1 tsp - Cinnamon
2 C - Shredded Zucchini
1 C - Crisco/Vegetable Oil
3 - Eggs
3 tsp - Vanilla Extract
3/4 C - Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Combine flour, sugar, salt, baking power, baking soda, allspice and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl.  Mix well.

3. Add in the Crisco/vegetable oil, shredded zucchini, eggs and vanilla extract and thoroughly mix.

4. Mix in the semi-sweet chocolate chips.

5. Pour the mixture into a greased bread pan and bake for 45 minutes or until the center is fully cooked. You can check by inserting a toothpick or knife into the center of the bread and then remove.  If it comes out clean, with no gooey residue, then it's done. 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, August 10, 2014!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Simply Kitchen Tips

Hi, everyone.  I am going to share some kitchen tips today.  You always seem to run into a situation in the kitchen that no book really handles, so here is a short list of things to help you out!  It's just a little bit of useful information.

1. Grinding or Chopping Sticky Fruits - If you use a food processor, heat the blades thoroughly in boiling water before using, or use a heated knife or scissors.  By heating the cutlery, the fruits will not stick to the blades.

2. Souring Milk - Add 2 teaspoons of lemon juice or vinegar to 1 cup of milk and heat for 1-2 minutes, or till the milk begins to curdle.

3. Colored Sugar - Place the white granulated sugar (preferably coarse) on waxed paper.  Add the food coloring a drop at a time.  Work the color into the sugar with the tips of your fingers until evenly distributed.

4. Seasoned Flour - Add 1-2 teaspoons of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper to each cup of flour and mix thoroughly.

5. Cooking Eggs in Shell - Do not place the eggs into boiling water since this will cause the eggs to be tough and leathery.  You want to place the eggs in cold water and heat the water slowly to boiling.

6. Scalding Milk - To keep the milk from scorching, rinse the pan with hot water before using.

7. Keeping Lemons Fresh - Place them in a glass jar, fill with water and cover tightly.

8. Baking Apples - To keep the skin from wrinkling, slit in a few places before baking.

9. Cut Fruits -  Sprinkle with lemon or pineapple juice to keep the fruit from discoloring.

10. Cooking Macaroni or Spaghetti Noodles - Add 1 Tablespoon of cooking oil or shortening to prevent "boil overs."

These are just a few different tricks to use in the kitchen.  We'll continue to post new techniques in future posts, so be sure to keep in touch!  Check back with us on Friday, when we will have our Recipe of the Week!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Get Out & Explore: Events and Festivals for the Week/Weekend of 08/11 - 08/17

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 everyday kitchen tips. Have a fun and safe week! :)


West TN
  • Aug 11-16, Obion County Fair
Fairgrounds, Union City, TN
  • Aug 14, Homeschool Drop-in Days
Pink Palace Museum, Memphis, TN
  • Aug 15, National Apple Week
The Children's Museum of Memphis, Memphis, TN
  • Aug 16, WS "Fluke" Holland's 60th Rockin' Anniversary
Carl Perkins Civic Center, Jackson, TN
  • Aug 16, Free Scarecrow-Building Seminar
Lichterman Nature Center, Memphis, TN
  • Aug 16-17, Wings Over Halls Airshow
Halls Veterans' Museum, Halls, TN


Middle TN
  • Aug 12, The John Conlee Show
Palace Theatre, Crossville, TN
  • Aug 14,  Music at the Market with Todd London Jazz Trio
Downtown Gallatin, TN
  • Aug 14-16, 59th Annual Trousdale County Fair
Trousdale County High School, Hartsville, TN
  • Aug 14-16, "Lunch"
Hickman County Fairgrounds, Centerville, TN
  • Aug 15, Highballs & Hydrangeas
Cheekwood, Nashville, TN
  • Aug 15-23,  Wilson County Fair
James E. Ward Agricultural and Community Center, Murfreesboro, TN
  • Aug 15-30,  "Shout"
The Arts Center of Cannon County, Woodbury, TN
  • Aug 15-23,  Wilson County Fair
Fairgrounds, Lebanon, TN
  • Aug 16, Wine on the WestSide
Historic West Side, Cookeville, TN
  • Aug 16, Music on the Square
Downtown Waverly, TN
  • Aug 16, Southern Arts Revival
Mount Pleasant Community Center, Mount Pleasant, TN
  • Aug 16, A Night of Jazz, Food and Fun
The Blue Building, Sparta, TN
  • Aug 16, Sumner County Live, Love, Latch! Potluck Brunch and Family Fun Day
Municipal Park, Gallatin, TN
  • Aug 16, Stewart County Open Horse Show
245 Sandy Road, Dover, TN
  • Aug 17, Wilson County Fair Donkey Show
James E. Ward Agricultural Center, Lebanon, TN


East TN
  • Aug 11-16, Cocke County Fair
Fairgrounds, Newport, TN
  • Aug 11-16, Greene County Fair
Fairgrounds, Greeneville, TN
  • Aug 14-23, Jefferson County Fair
Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Jefferson City, TN
  • Aug 15, Big Ridge State Park Bluegrass Festival
Big Ridge State Park, Maynardville, TN
  • Aug 15, Border Bash Concert Series
400 & 500 Blocks, Bristol, TN
  • Aug 15-17, KidsStyle Tour and Fashion Camp
Tanger Five Oaks Factory Outlet Center, Sevierville, TN
  • Aug 17, Davy Crockett's 228th Birthday Celebration
Crockett Tavern Museum, Morristown, TN

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