Take a break from your day and enjoy a virtual train ride on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad Gorge Steam Train Ride offering beautiful Fall Foliage.
We look forward to the up coming holidays, and while they may be different this year, with so many changes brought on by Covid-19, we will be in the kitchen preparing our favorite dishes none the less.
There is just something about the aroma of Beef Stew, Chicken and Dumplings, Chili and Pumpkin butter with other wonderful recipes we tend to forgo during the hot summers that are now already on our minds.
Check out our boards on Pinterest for Fall Recipes!
Wishing everyone a very happy Fall.
244 years ago America declared independence from Great Britain on July 4, 1776. Picnics, Party’s and heading to the beach will be on the agenda for some and for others because of the Covid-19, the celebration of Independence Day will be different this year.
Even if your staying at home why not bring out the yummy 4th of July Barbecue, Side Dishes, Salads, Desserts and decorations adorned in red white and blue to celebrate.
Check out our 4th of July Pinterest Board. We have delicious recipes for Bar B Que, Desserts, Side Dishes, Decoration’s and more fun.
Have a great 4th of July and remember to drink responsibly. Don’t drink and drive or let someone you know!
Happy 4th of July!
St. Patrick’s Day, will be celebrated this year on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 by many people with delicious Corned Beef and Cabbage, green beer and wearing of the green. It is a tradition in Ireland for the people in the parades and celebrating on the side lines, to wear a lot or a small collection of green clothing. Even some with shamrock pins. These plans could change in Ireland and around the world because of the Coronavirus.
In the United States the oldest and largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade is put on every year in New York City. This parade has been around since 1762 and 2020 would have been its 258th year. Unfortunately this year because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) they have cancelled the parade
You can still celebrate at home…
Just who is St. Patrick? Many sources agree his real name was Maewyn Succat. He was born in Roman Britain. When he was about sixteen he was captured by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Ireland for 6 years. In those 6 years he worked as a herdsman, prayed daily and found strength in his faith.
As legend states, St. Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland. The basis of this legend is that the origin of the snake as a pagan symbol. Therefore the tale of St. Patrick driving out the snakes can really be taken as a sign of driving out paganism from Ireland. Patrick (Maewyn Succat.) died in 493 AD.
Corned Beef and Cabbage is it Irish?
Actually the traditional dinner of Corned Beef and Cabbage is not an Irish tradition but an American tradition started by Irish immigrants. The local meat in Ireland in the 1700’s was pork served with potatoes. Find out here how pork and potatoes become corned beef and cabbage and why it is the go to dinner for St. Patrick’s Day.
In 1925, “corned beef and cabbage” was voted to be the favorite dish of New York City.
If you are celebrating, please drink responsibly. Make sure you have selected a designated driver before you party. Please Don’t Drink and Drive.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day
Hopefully you are about finished your Christmas shopping or are to the bottom of your list. But what about an unexpected guest arriving for your holiday fare and you have no gift. Or a neighbor or co worker brings you a little something, you will want to return the kindness. Be prepared ahead of time…
A homemade food gift with the recipe makes a thoughtful gift with a personal touch. . Add a few decorations to a mason jar with your famous holiday cookies inside or a mixture for a special hot chocolate with a hand written recipe attached with some ribbon makes it special. Know someone who loves to bake? Give them a jar with a scrumptious brownie mix inside. Make these up ahead of time and you will be ready for the unexpected…
Delish.com has over 22 recipes in a jar from MM Cookies, Chocolate Peppermint Cookie Mix, Granola, Pancakes, Hot Cocoa, bread muffins and more. Check out their slide show with links to mixes in a jar recipes Here.
Here are some idea’s from MixesInaJar.com
Know someone who would love something other then food?
There are over 250 gift jar idea’s to choose from including breads and muffins , coffee and teas, breads and soups and more.
Merry Christmas :]
Candles can be a great way to decorate for the holidays and can be inexpensive to do. You can display candles on a fireplace mantel along with your garland or use them on coffee tables, at your entrance and of course the dining table where you will enjoy a holiday feast.
The FamilyHoliday.net has wonderful ways to decorate with candles and offers links with even more amazing information.
Head on over to their article for Easy and Elegant Christmas Candle Decorating Ideas
Better Homes and Gardens also offer pretty ways to decorate with their Easy Christmas Candle Displays and you can find those ideas Here!
Do not burn candles unattended
Do not allow candles to burn in a draft
Keep candles away from reach for children and pets
Keep away for all flammable objects
Happy Holidays :]
The preparation of the Turkey starts with whether it is fresh or frozen. No one wants to wake up Thanksgiving morning to a half frozen turkey, so defrosting ahead of time is essential. According to the USDA you will need at least 1 day per 4 -5 pounds of turkey defrost in the refrigerator.
Here is a chart for thawing in the refrigerator:
4 to 12 pounds – 1-3 days
12 to 16 pounds – 3-4 days
16 to 20 pounds – 4-5 days
20 to 24 pounds – 5-6 days
There is another method you can use by submerging the wrapped turkey in cold water and changing the water out every 30 minutes.
4 to 12 pounds – 2 to 6 hours
12 to 16 pounds – 6 to 8 hours
16 to 20 pounds -8 to 10 hours
20 to 24 pounds – 10 to 12 hours
Now that you have a defrosted turkey it’s time to move onto the next steps , preparing, stuffing and flavor.
Easy Roast Turkey for Beginners for the Holidays!
Stuffing with Sausage
How To Carve A Turkey
Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!
While you are getting your day ready and crossing things off your to-do list, have some fun prepared for the rest of the family.
Start the day off with the 92nd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade November 28th, which starts at 9 a.m. and goes to 12 pm in all time zones. If you cannot be there in person, watch it from home on NBC and Verizon 360 livestream. See Macys website for more…
Have fun playing Thanksgiving Bingo! Go Here to download Bingo Cards just for Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving table just for the kids
Make a table cloth from brown paper and size it to your table. Add drawings for the kids to color in.To draw out Turkeys, trace around your hand and in between fingers with a black marker. Make sure that the your fingers are spread out flat on the paper. Add a dot for the eye, a beak, wattle, legs and feet. You could also draw and outline of Pilgrims and Indians, pumpkins or whatever Thanksgiving theme you would like. Place a small cup with a few crayons on table in front of each chair. If you would rather have coloring pages or get ideas for drawings at each seat, go here for free pages you can print out.
Have a pumpkin hunt
No, you don’t use real pumpkins for this hunt. Most of your craft stores should have plastic mini pumpkins already to go for you. Depending on how many kids will be participating, will determine how many pumpkins you will need. You can hide them inside or outside or both. Have a number on one of the pumpkins that will lead to a big prize and numbers on random pumpkins for smaller prizes, this way everyone will win something.
Great Photo Op
Let them be a Pilgrim or Indian! Easy to do out of paper and construction paper. Get instructions for the Pilgrim Hat Here, Bonnet Here also an Indian Headdress Here and Turkey headband. Have the kids participate or make them up ahead of time. Once they have them on get a memorable photo.
Thanksgiving is a special day for family and friends. People will travel far and wide to make it home for the love of family and the Turkey Feast. Make this a safe holiday and please don’t drink and drive.
Thanks Kristen! Happy Thanksgiving!
It’s Halloween coming up, are you ready for a party? Whether you decorate a little or for a haunted house it does not have to cost you a lot if you are creative. Even the food can be a part of the fun decorations.
It’s Halloween, are you ready for a party? Whether you decorate a little or for a haunted house it does not have to cost you a lot if you are creative. Even the food can be a part of the fun decorations.
Go over to our Pinterest Page Halloween for Party Decoration and Treats Ideas
Here are some of the pins for creating great food and decor for Halloween:
Chocolate Dipped Candy Corn Rice Crispy Treats
Spooky Halloween 7 Layer Dip Recipe
Mini Caramel Apples Recipe
Halloween Mummy Jalapeño Poppers
Halloween Table Decorations
DIY Spider Web Ball Jars
Five Easy Halloween Games For Kids
11 Ways to Make Your House Look Haunted
34 Inspiring Halloween Party Ideas for Adults
Keep Halloween stress free and safe as you can. Visit the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) for safety tips from costumes to trick or treating. Check out Halloween Safety Tips
Happy Halloween :}