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Monday, January 15, 2018

"Angry Birds" & Miss Olivia's Table

 Mine, all the seeds are mine.  Wait who's that near the water dish? 

 My hawk squeal is evidently getting rusty.

It's too cold to move...

Our budding herbalist came down to visit for several days last week.  She's a big fan of tearooms so we lunched at Miss Olivia's Table in Maryville one day before she had to leave.

 Here she is with Miss Olivia herself.

Miss Olivia's is a casual tearoom/sandwich shop that you might consider stopping by for lunch on your way to the Smokies.   They serve an excellent chicken salad croissant, my favorite of the sandwiches on the menu, and I love the Summer Tea as did the budding herbalist.

We were seated in the sun room and watched a squirrel scamper among the trees as we wait for our food.  (It was raining so a silhouette is about the best my phone could do.)

Budding Herbalist had the strawberry trifle for dessert.  She gave it 5 stars.

Have a great day y'all!
Some sheep farms in Scotland dye their sheep for the tourists to enjoy as they tour the countryside. 

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Smoky Or Smokey, There's a Difference Y'all

  • Hello from the foothills of the Great SMOKY Mountains!  -  Where there is no "e" 
  • in Smoky.  I know, it's a bit surprising, isn't it?  A number of very sweet, well 
  • meaning folk have messaged me over the years to say that Smoky should have 
  • an "e", but it actually doesn't as seen in the photo below in this photo taken at one        
  • of the Park's entrances
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  • There is a place for the "e" in Smokey, though,   We've all seen the ads and 
  • commercials that have imprinted that rogue "e" indelibly in our minds.  
  • Smokey Bear has an "e" in his name so we'll just blame the spelling confusion 
  • on him.  Somehow, it just naturally transfers when we refer to the Great Smoky 
  • Mountain National Park, but truly, there's no "e" in the Smoky Mountains.Image result for smokey bear images

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Fall in the Foothills

We had a frosty morning on Monday that left most of the morning glories limp. I had taken this photo last month on a
balmy 80°F day.

The Grands and I made our annual pilgrimage to Kyle Carver Orchards in Cosby, Tenn.

  We had lunch in the restaurant then, as usual, we bought more apples than we should have.  ;)

This handy apple peeler-corer-slicer made quick work of the preparations for apple butter and fried apples.  It has a lever that draws the rubber pad on the bottom up so it will suction to a countertop or other solid surface and remain stationary during use.

Love my kitchen tools.

Before we traveled to Virginia for the wedding that I'd made the mints for, I made turtles to add some culinary interest to the 4-hour trip.

The recipe is here if you're interested in making them for the holidays or just because they are sooo delicious.

The recipe makes a lot of them so you can half it if you like.

These rose petals are from our Peach Drift Roses, and they smell divine.  I plan to use them in the next batch of soap I make.

Dyed sheep graze in pastures in Bathgate, Scotland for tourists to photograph and buzz about.
Hope you are having a lovely fall.