Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Berry Springs Lodge Creamy Hot Chocolate

Berry Springs Lodge Creamy Hot Chocolate

Ingredientshot chocolate

  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

  • 6 1/2 cups hot water

  • Mini Marshmallows (optional)

  • Directions

    In a large saucepan, combine sweetened condensed milk, cocoa, vanilla and salt; mix well. Over medium heat, slowly stir in water; heat through, stirring occasionally. DO NOT BOIL. Top with marshmallows, or whipped topping if desired.


    Tip: Chocolate can be stored in the refrigerator up to 5 days. Mix well and reheat before serving

    Tuesday, August 30, 2011

    Tennessee Football Game at Neyland Stadium

    October 8th 

     times still TBA

    Vols vs Georgia                                      Go Vols!


    Monday, August 29, 2011

    Berry Springs Lodge Scrumptious Strawberry Shortcake

    strawberry shortcakeScrumptious Strawberry Shortcake


    • 3 cups all-purpose flour

    • 1/4 cup white sugar

    • 4 teaspoons baking powder

    • 3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

    • 1 cup butter

    • 2/3 cup heavy cream

    • 1 egg, beaten

    • 3 cups sliced fresh strawberries

    • 3 tablespoons white sugar


    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

    2. In a large bowl, mix flour, 1/4 cup sugar, baking powder and cream of tartar. Cut in butter with pastry blender or two knives. Stir in cream and egg. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead 2 minutes. Press into a half-inch thick sheet. Cut into squares. Place on baking sheets.

    3. Bake in preheated oven 20 minutes, or until golden. Sprinkle 3 tablespoons sugar over sliced berries.

    4. Let shortcakes cool before splitting and filling with sugared berries.

    Sunday, August 28, 2011

    Tennessee Football Games at Neyland Stadium

    October 1st

    Vols vs Buffalo                                          GO

    times still TBA                                       VOLS!


    Saturday, August 27, 2011

    Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

    Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

    sandwich cookie


    • 1 (18.25 ounce) package dark chocolate cake mix

    • 1 (18.25 ounce) package low calorie chocolate cake mix

    • 4 eggs

    • 2/3 cup vegetable oil


    • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

    • 2 cups confectioners' sugar


    1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Lightly grease cookie sheets.

    2. In a medium bowl, stir together the dark and light chocolate cake mix. Add the eggs and oil, mix until well blended. Roll dough into 2 inch balls, and place them onto the prepared cookie sheet. Flatten the balls slightly with the back of a spoon.

    3. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, until firm. Let cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.

    4. To make the filling, beat the cream cheese and confectioner' sugar together until smooth. Spread between two cooled cookies.

    5. Use Ice Cream to fill instead of cream freeze for 1 hour serve immediately from  the freezer.

    Friday, August 26, 2011

    Dollywoods 2011 Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration September 28 - October 29

    2011 Season Dates: September 28 - October 29

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    Fall at Dollywood will lift you up with the biggest Southern gospel festival in the Smokies—four weeks featuring FREE concerts!  (All concerts included with Dollywood admission.)

    Watch visiting crafters at work throughout the park as the country’s most talented artisans showcase their artistry with up-close demonstrations.  Handmade treasures for the home, unique collectibles and stunning artwork create an impressive craft exhibit you won’t find anywhere else.

    Special dishes, all prepared with a taste of fall, showcase some of the harvest season’s most celebrated recipes, including a booth devoted to Dollywood’s signature fried green tomatoes. 




     Singing News Fan Awards
    Dollywood's National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration gets under way with one of the Southern gospel music industry's premier events--the Southern Gospel Music Association's Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and the Singing News Fan Awards on Sept. 28.  Harvest Celebration Gospel Performers
    Southern gospel music takes top billing during the month long festival with FREE concerts.  

    Harvest Celebration Crafters
    Each fall unique artisans share their crafts withhundreds of thousands of visitors during the Harvest Celebration.     




    Thursday, August 25, 2011

    Berry Springs Lodge Moist Apricot Muffins

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    1 cup chopped dried apricots
    1 cup boiling water
    1 cup sugar
    1/2 cup butter, softened
    1 cup fat free sour cream 

    2 cups all purpose flour
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 tablespoon orange zest
    1/2 cup chopped pecans


    Put apricots in the boiled water to soak for 2 minutes. In mixing bowl, cream sugar and butter. Add sour cream and mix well. Combine dry ingredients then stir into creamed mixture until moistened. Pour water off apricots and fold apricots, orange zest and pecans into batter. Fill muffin tin with paper muffin cups and spoon batter into each muffin cup so that it is 3/4 full. Bake at 400 degrees for 18-20 minutes. Enjoy!

    Wednesday, August 24, 2011

    Sevier County Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival

    September 15-17, 2011 blue grass festival
    Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival  - Enjoy three days of music from the nation's best Bluegrass musicians. (865) 397-7942

    Tuesday, August 23, 2011

    Berry Springs Lodge Delicious Breakfast Pizza

    sausage-breakfast-pizza-sliceBreakfast Pizza


  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten

  • 2 tablespoons butter 2 (8-inch) pizza crusts

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 cups shredded jack cheese 

  •  fully cooked sausage crumbled 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan

  • 1 medium tomato, diced

  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

  • Directions

    Set up grill for direct cooking over medium heat. Oil grate when ready to start cooking.


    In a medium pan over medium heat, scramble eggs in butter; set aside.

     Lay out pizza crusts and brush each with oil. Top with eggs, cheese, crumbled sausage,parmesan,tomatoes  and Italian seasoning.

    Serve hot, cut into wedges.

    Monday, August 22, 2011

    Tennessee Football games at Neyland Stadium

    September 10th

    Vols vs Cincinnati       

    3:30 pm                                           GO BIG ORANGE!



    Sunday, August 21, 2011

    Oatmeal Pecan Pancakes

     Oatmeal Pecan PancakesOatmeal pecan pancakes


    • 1 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats

    • 1 cup all-purpose flour

    • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

    • 2 teaspoons baking powder

    • 1/4 teaspoon salt

    • 1 1/2 cups milk

    • 2 eggs, lightly beaten

    • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted

    • 1/2 cup chopped pecans


    1. In a bowl, combine oats, flour, brown sugar, baking powder and salt. Combine milk, eggs and butter; stir into dry ingredients just until blended. Fold in pecans. Pour batter by 1/4 cupfuls onto a lightly greased hot griddle; turn when bubbles form on top of pancakes. Cook until second side is golden brown

    Friday, August 19, 2011

    Berry Springs Lodge Quick Fix Breakfast Eggs in a Basket

    Eggs in a Basketegg-in-hole-th2


    • 4 slice(s) (1-inch thick) brioche

    • 3 tablespoon(s) unsalted, butter, melted

    • 1/4 teaspoon(s) salt

    • 1/8 teaspoon(s) freshly ground black pepper

    • 4 jumbo eggs


    1. Set the broiler to low. Punch out a 2 1/2-inch hole from the center of each bread slice. Stir the melted butter, salt, and pepper together and brush the mixture on both sides of the bread slices and cutouts, including the inside of the hole.

    2. Toast the slices and cutouts of bread on a large nonstick skillet over medium-low heat until golden. Flip the bread and crack an egg into each hole.

    3. Cover and cook until egg sets -- 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Place the skillet under broiler just until the white is fully cooked. Serve immediately.

    Thursday, August 18, 2011

    Robert Tino's Smoky Mountain Homecoming

    Robert Tino's Smoky Mountain Homecoming

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    - located at the Robert Tino Gallery and Farm off Hwy 66, next to Buddys BarBQ. Smoky Mountain Homecoming unveils Robert Tino’s latest mountain print. This event will feature two days of art, bluegrass music, storytelling, mountain crafts and displays, kids games, petting zoo and pony rides, kids art classes, antiques, and a farmers market.  Admission is free.  (865) 453-6315 or 1-800-675-6961

    Tuesday, August 16, 2011

    New in August to Pigeon Forge The Lumberjack Feud

    Planning a vacation to Pigeon Forge, TN?

    The Lumberjack Feud will be opening in mid-August 2011 and we currently have tickets available for September 10, 2011 and on!calendar 2011 v2

    Monday, August 15, 2011

    Gatlinburg Fishing Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament

    Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament

    (Sept. 25 – 26) –fishing

     The 11th Annual Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament is open to adults or children – and equally challenging for both visitors and locals, with multiple categories to be contested in this largest trout tournament in the Smokies.

    Sunday, August 14, 2011

    Spiced Cider ( Wassail)

    Get ready for Fall with a delicious hot spiced Cider... Wassail

    4 1/2 c. sugar

    2 1/4 pt. water

    24 whole cloves

    9 Cinamon sticks

    4 1/2 c. Lemonade

    4 1/2 Juice

    3 gal. apple ciderwassail3

    Mix sugar, water, cloves amd cinnamon sticks. Bring to boil and boil for 10 miutes. Remove from heat, cover and let stand for 1 hour. Romove cinnamon sticks and cloves. Add Lemonade and orange juice. mix with 3 gallon of apple cider and refrigerate. Drink it cold or hot its delicious either way!

    Saturday, August 13, 2011

    Gatlinburg 14th Annual Taste of Autumn Gatlinburg Convention Center

    Put this on your calendar to attend!  September 15th

    5pm Gatlinburg Convention Cener

    14th Annual Taste of Autumn - Sample signature dishes from the area's finest restaurants. Enjoy live entertainment, live auction with a cash bar. Proceeds benefit United Way of Sevier County. Doors of the Gatlinburg Convention Center open at 5 p.m.taste of autumntaste of autumn booths

    Friday, August 12, 2011

    Blueberry French Toast Bake

    Blueberry French Toast Bake

    1/2 c. all purpose flourbaked blue berry french toast

    1 1/2 c. milk

    1tbsp sugar

    1/2 tsp vanilla

    1/4 tsp salt

    6 eggs

    10 slices french bread 1 inch thick

    cut into 1/2 inch cubes

    1-3 pkg cream cheese

    cut into 1/2 inch cubes

    1 c. fresh blue berries

    1/2 c chopped walnuts ( Optional)

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees

    Grease 13x9x2 inch baking dish

    beat flour, sugar, milk, salt, vanilla, and eggs until smooth

    stir in bread cubes until coated

    Pour mixture into dish and top evenly with cream cheese cubes, blueberries and nuts

    Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour

    uncover and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown sprinkle with powdered sugar amd serve with warm maple or blueberry syrup

    Thursday, August 11, 2011

    Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival

    (Sept. 15 – Oct. 31)harvestSmoky Mountain Harvest Festival

     – Fall decorations, old fashioned hayrides, events, entertainment, and local craft exhibits can be seen throughoupumpkins festivalt Gatlinburg.

    Wednesday, August 10, 2011

    Homemade Pancake mix

    Homemade Pancake Mixbuttermilk pancakes

    Wow... your significant other with Made from scratch pancake mix with just 4 simple ingrediants... yummy!

    9 c. all purpose flour

    1 c. sugar

    1/4 c. baking powder

    1tsp salt

    Combine together and store in an air tight container at room temperature until ready to use!

    to make 12 of the fluffiest pancakes you will ever make

    1 2/3 c. homemade pancake mix

    2 eggs

    1/4 c butter, melted

    1tsp vanilla

    1 3/4 c seltzer or club soda

    blend to gether until a smooth batter

    pour 1/4 cupful om a hot griddel and cook until bubbles form on batter side flip and 1 to 2 minutes and or until lightly golden brown top with your favorite fruit or hot maple syrup and enjoy!




    Tuesday, August 9, 2011

    Gatlinburg Festival Annual Taste Of Autumn

      Annual Taste of Autumn

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    Sept. 15leaf

    Featuring the fare of the area’s finest restaurants and businesses, the performance of jazz performers John Celestin and Peggy Smith, the Taste of Autumn returns to the Gatlinburg Convention Center on Thursday, September 15, all to benefit the United Way of Sevier County.

    Monday, August 8, 2011

    Homemade fall Granola

    Homemade fall granola is actually fantasticand hearty anytime!

    2 c. rolled oatsgranola

    1/2 c. wheat germ

    1 c. chopped almonds

    1/2 c. sunflower seeds

    1/2 c. pumpkin seeds

    1/4 sesame seeds

    1/4 tsp. salt

    1/4 c. corn oil

    1/2 c. granulated maple sugar

    1 c. raisins

    yogart and honey for serving

    Preheat oven to 325 degrees

    stir together oats, wheat germ, almonds, sunflower, pumpkin, sesame seeds and salt in a large mixing bowl. add oil and stir until the entire mixture is coated evenly. Spread mixture out in a roughly even layer on a sheet pan and bake for 20 minutes.

    Remove from oven after 20 minutes and coat with sugar and stir until all mixture is blended. let stand and cool. Once granola is cool stir in raisins and store in an air tight container. Serve over your favorite yogart or drizzle with honey.

    Sunday, August 7, 2011

    Pigeon Forge Shades of the Past Rod Run XXIX

    Shades of the Past Rod Run XXIX - at

    Dollywood’s Splash Country.

    Sept. 9-11shades

    For more information

    call Dan Draper at 865-995-2009

     or visit

    Saturday, August 6, 2011

    Black Bean Salsa

    Black Bean Salsa


    1 15oz can of black beansCreamy-Black-Bean-Salsa-Recipe

    1c. whole kernel corn (Canned or fresh)

    1 medium tomato, diced

    1 small red onion, diced

    1/4 c. lime juice

    1tsp. cumin powder

    red pepper flakes to taste

    1 c. salsa

    Drain and rince beans and corn. Add remaining ingredients, mix well, Serve with tortilla chips

    This is a great make-ahead dish Refrigerate overnight. Enjoy!

    Friday, August 5, 2011

    Sevierville's Sevier County Fair

    Sevier County Fair -

    Sept 5-10sevier fair

    Traditional hometown fair with a midway, carnival rides, games, contests and concerts at Sevier Co. Fairgrounds.

     (865) 453-0770

    Thursday, August 4, 2011

    Creamy Peanut Butter Pie Topped with Hot Fudge and Peanuts!


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  • 1/3 cup heavy cream

  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar

  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup

  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1/8 teaspoon table salt

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped

  • Peanut Butter Pie:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature

  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar, plus 2 tablespoons, divided

  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter, at room temperature

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, plus whipped cream, for garnish, optional

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 ounces shaved milk chocolate

  • Chopped peanuts, optional

  • Directions

    1 (9-inch) baked chocolate cookie pie crust

    Sauce: Add the cream, brown sugar, corn syrup, cocoa powder, salt, and vanilla extract to a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Reduce the heat to a simmer and add the chopped chocolate. Stir continuously until the chocolate is melted and the sauce has thickened, roughly 3 to 4 minutes. Let the sauce cool for 10 minutes before serving.

    Pie: In a large bowl combine the cream cheese, 3/4 cups confectioners' sugar and the peanut butter until the mixture is light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.

    In a separate bowl, whip the heavy cream until thick and light. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar and vanilla extract. Continue to whip until stiff peaks form.

    Carefully fold the whipped cream into the peanut butter mixture. Pour the batter into the pie shell, sprinkle with the shaved milk chocolate and freeze for 4 hours.

    If desired, serve with the hot fudge sauce, whipped cream, and chopped peanuts

    Wednesday, August 3, 2011

    Tuesday, August 2, 2011

    Creamy Delicious Coconut Cake

    coconut cakeIngredients

    • 1 (16 ounce) package white cake mix

    • 1 (14 ounce) can cream of coconut

    • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

    • 1 (16 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed

    • 1 (10 ounce) package flaked coconut


    1. Prepare cake according to package directions. Bake in a 9x13 inch pan. Cool completely.

    2. In a small bowl combine cream of coconut and condensed milk.

    3. Poke holes in cake with a straw. Pour milk mixture over cake and spread with whipped topping. Sprinkle coconut over cake.

    4. Serve chilled.

    Monday, August 1, 2011

    Sevierville THE DINER "Cruisin' for the Kids" - Cruise In-

    September 24, 2011

    THE DINER "Cruisin' for the Kids"  - Cruise In- Trophies for Best of Show, THE DINER Pick, THE DINER RATS Big Cheese, 2 PM to 9 PM, Games, Drawings & Prizes before 9 PM. Music by Gary's Sound Machine. diner 2