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So as you all have probably realized – I am obsessed with peanut butter. I found this recipe online and the great thing about it is that it is 21 Day Fix approved so it’s a great treat for those trying to watch what they are eating but still craving something savory. I decided to whip up this treat for my husband and I while we were stuck at home during the Blizzard of 2016! We ended up getting over 3 feet of snow!  This bark was super easy to make and only took a few minutes
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Davy Crockett Makes Whiskey?!?

14 August, 2013, 0 comments, on

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Located in the heart of Gatlinburg, TN the Davy Crockett’s Tennessee Whiskey distillery offers up free tasting and a great shop filled with souvenirs and product to purchase onsite. We stumbled across this shop on our way through town and the sound of bluegrass music lured us in.


A live band played in the front while the store workers conducted tastings in the back.

Our favorite product at this location was the Wild Fire Cinnamon Whiskey. This creamy cinnamon flavored whiskey went down so smoothly with just the right amount of kick. We bought ourselves a bottle and enjoyed some later that evening over rocks and declared it the best souvenir of the trip!


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Smoky Mountain Brewery

14 August, 2013, 0 comments, on

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While in Gatlinburg, TN be sure to swing by the Smoky Mountain Brewery for some beers and pizza. This family style micro-brewery and restaurant was packed when we arrive on Saturday night at 8pm. We got ourselves some of their hand crafted beers.

The favorite of the group was the Windy Gap Wheat Beer which they describe as a refreshing light ale, light gold in color, with a natural cloudiness. It is very comparable to a Blue Moon and was the perfect addition to our Margherita Pizza. 

This restaurant is located in an old ski lodge and has a fantastic atmosphere. It overlooks both the town of Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains. Be sure to ask for a seat by the large floor to ceiling windows for the full experience. We were lucky enough to come in for a late dinner which led right in to a full night of live music from a local band.

Overall the service, beers, and food were all wonderful but the atmosphere, views, and music put this restaurant over the top and onto our must visit list!


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A Visit To the Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery

8 August, 2013, 0 comments, on

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In the heart of Gatlinburg, TN, Ole Smoky Moonshine makes its home. Upon arrival you are greeted with the sounds of bluegrass music being played in the courtyard.


When you enter into the open air store you will pass by shelves of many great products, most made with moonshine. Some of these items include Pickles, Pickled Okra, BBQ Sauce, Hot Sauce, Jams, Jellies, Garlic, and so much more. These items are made with less than 1% Ole Smoky Moonshine.


bbq sauce

After passing through these products and an assortment of fun souvenirs you will reach the tasting area. Be prepared to show your ID and have a taste of all the products they make. Over 10 different flavored moonshines can be tasted during your visit. Some of our favorites were Apple Pie, Peach, and Blackberry.

wall of moonshine

Ole Smoky Moonshine is the first federally licensed distillery in the history of East Tennessee. They do all the distilling right at the shop in downtown Gatlinburg and you can even see them making it while you visit. This is a must see when passing through East Tennessee and you will not be disappointed.

still moonshine


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Summer Memories...

10 July, 2013, 0 comments, on

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Summer memories for me always revolve around food.  When we loaded up the family truckster and headed to the shore, we’d always stop at the produce stand on the way.  The produce was local, fresh, and oh so tasty.  My mind wanders to homemade peach ice cream and fresh tomato or BLT sandwiches.

With that in mind – we decided to try out some of the OLD SCHOOL ice cream makers and make my Nannie’s peach ice cream recipe.   Electric ice cream makers  seem to be a lost art – they are not readily available at the local store or event the Walmarts we visited but we easily found two types online.  Back to my grandmother…….she made some amazing peach ice cream from the same recipe for over 50 years.   We figured – why mess with perfection – so we struck out to re-create magic.  For the second batch, we substituted blackberries instead of peaches.  

The secret recipe – SHHHHHH!!!!!!!!


We prepared two ice cream makers.


Cut up the peaches into small pieces – make them smaller than pictured.

eagle being poured
Simply mix everything into a bowl.

Put everything into the ice cream maker cylinder and add milk.

You take the cylinder and get it into place and get it spinning.  Then carefully add ice and rock salt. The secret here is get a good balance of salt and ice.  This will freeze everything into ice cream.  After about 15 – 25 minutes the cylinder will stop spinning (because it is frozen).  


Once it is frozen and complete, drain all of the water out of the machine and then pack down with ice – cover with a towel to keep it frozen until you serve. “

“Delicious Peach”

“Refreshing Blackberry”

After we rolled away from the table from all the cream and fatty deliciousness……we surmised that we didn’t cut the peaches into small enough pieces but Nannie’s recipe has held up after all these years.  The blackberry was just as good and our neighbors actually preferred it over the peach. Now it is time that you go out and try…….

Have fun with your summer and make sure you Drink. Eat. Relax.

SJ Duvall

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Finger Lickin’ Good Wings

7 March, 2013, 0 comments, on

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If you know me you know that I could eat wings every day. They are by far my FAVORITE food. I like them fried, fried twice, grilled, smoked, and baked! I love cooking wings at home not only because the smell of them baking in the oven consumes the house but because they come out even crispier in the oven then they do when deep fried in a restaurant.

We love Weber Grills Kickin Chicken Spice – it has the most amazing flavors and for wings it’s the perfect amount of spice to make them hot but not overwhelming.


We just buy our wings in a normal package at the grocery store – a package usually has about 14 wings so we each get a 7 wing serving like you would at most restaurants. We take the wings directly from the package and put into baking pans.


raw chicken

Then we just coat in our Kickin Chicken spice and bake in the oven at 350 for 1.5hours. We like ours extra extra crispy so if you want your skin a little less crisp you can take them out after 1 hour. 


Let them cool for a second otherwise you will burn your fingers but these wings will fall right off the bone! I choose to just eat mine with the spice while others dip theirs in different bbq and hot sauces. We have also done the wings like this old bay style and with beer can chicken spice but have decided kickin chicken is by far the best. We top this meal off with a couple of beers!

Tonight we decided once we were done to engage in a friendly game of Skipbo – try it out its lots of fun!



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