Monday, December 30, 2013

Happy New Year...New Years Day Traditions here in the South

Happy 2014 Everyone

New Years Day Traditions here in the South
Hog Jowls
Black Eyed Peas
Corn Bread

 I probably need to explain what a hog jowl is. Some Northerners have never heard of this cut of pork. It's the "cheek" of the hog. It tastes and cooks similar to thick cut bacon. It's a tough cut that is typically smoked and cured. Hog jowl is used to season beans and peas, or fried and eaten like bacon. 

 Do you know why black-eyed peas are lucky on New Year's Day? As with most superstitions, there are several answers to the question. Typically, the belief that black-eyed peas are a lucky New Year's meal is especially popular in the south.

 Collard greens (or any greens) sub for cabbage in the south because that's what we grow here in the late fall. The southern tradition: each bite of greens you eat is worth $1,000 in the upcoming year.

Corn bread represents pocket money or spending money. It's another soul food we eat on New Year's. The tradition stems from the color of the bread. It's color represented "gold" or "coin" money. Plus, it goes well with collard greens, peas and pork. 

It is said if you eat this meal on New Years day you will have a very prosperous and lucky year ahead!

You should try might just make this unique meal part of your New Years Celebration year after year! 

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Gatlinburg New Years Eve Celebration Ball Drop & Fireworks Display

Gatlinburg New Years Eve Celebration Ball Drop and Fireworks Display

 Gatlinburg will welcome the arrival of 2014 in unique style with its 26th Annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show around the intersection of Parkway and Historic Nature Trail at the base of the Space Needle late Tuesday night, December 31.
 At the stroke of midnight on December 31, 2013, fireworks will blast off the rooftop of the 400-foot tall Space Needle with music choreographed for the show produced by Pyro-Shows of LaFollette, Tennessee.  The Space Needle has added sequencing LED lights to the tower, making for a spectacular display. 

Leading up to midnight, there will be free music and entertainment in the parking lot adjacent to the Gatlinburg Convention Center.  Actress Rachel Grant will host “Witness The Impossible,” a Las Vegas style stage show beginning at 11:00PM.  SUPERHUMAN Chad Netherland and Mentalist Bill Gladwell will amaze the audience with an electrifying showcase of mental and physical abilities including; Man vs. Machine SUPER-BIKE hold, the Human Bullet Catch and stunning mental predictions.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Christmas Breakfast Candy Cane Cherry Cream Cheese Danish Recipe

Christmas Breakfast Candy Cane 
Cherry Cream Cheese Danish

Cake & filling
3(8 oz. each) pkgs. refrigerated crescent rolls
8 oz. cream cheese
1/4 cup powdered sugar

1 egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla or almond extract
21 oz. can cherry pie filling

1/2 cup powdered sugar
2-3 teaspoons milk

Quick and easy to make! Enjoy!

Have a  very Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 16, 2013

The Traveling Red Chair visits Berry Springs Lodge

 Dec 13, 2014 Traveling Red Chair visited us!

Earlier this week we had a special visit from the Traveling Red Chair and we thought we would share it with you! You can visit the link to see all of the places it has been so far!

                    Stopped by Berry Springs Lodge on December 13, 2013

 It was cold outside! 
                           They invited me in to warm up by the fire!

 The Lodge was decorated for Christmas. 
                              The tree reminded me of my cousin Holly.
           After feeling warm and toasty I felt a hike would be a in order.

                                  I found a canoe and took it for a spin.

                          Across the water I found myself ship wrecked
                          on a Nude Beach!! Good thing I had a fresh
                          coat of paint!
                          P.S. Found out that it was not really a nude
                          beach. It was a joke of the owners Son.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Scrapbook Weekend Getaway 2014 at Berry Springs Lodge

 Announcing Berry Springs Lodge 2014 
Scrapbook Weekend Getaway! 
Jan 31-Feb 2, 2014

Ladies you do not want to miss this weekend getaway!
The cost will be the same as last year $205.00 per person for entire weekend (based on 2 guests per room)
 If anyone wants to come in on Thursday night the rate will be $150.00 for that night.
 The weekend starting on Friday; Includes, a week-end full of scrapbooking (traditional or digital), fun, food, fellowship, door prizes, gift bags, new ideas, handouts, & teaching sessions.  We have a great group of sweet/fun ladies who attend year after year. The food, hospitality, accommodations, & mountain view are wonderful! 
 Please give us a call 865-908-7935 or you can go to our online reservations system to reserve.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Gatlinburg's Winter Magic Tunes & Tales

Winter Magic Tunes & Tales

Through the holiday season, Gatlinburg visitors can meet characters and storytellers and enjoy caroling along the Parkway in downtown Gatlinburg, TN every Friday and Saturday evening. Dickens-style holiday carolers dressed in traditional Victorian era costumes stroll along the Parkway in downtown Gatlinburg from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
Most performers will do a brief opening show together at 5:00 pm in The Village and then another opener at 5:30 in Baskins Square.   Most performers will have scheduled staging areas for 15 minute shows on the hour and half hour on a rotation basis.
 We will have a closing performance at 8:45 pm each night as Reagan Terrace Mall – the “Yule Log Finale”.  As you know the old ‘Hoedowns’, now known as the “Smoky Mountain Shindig”, are always a popular performance!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Ober Gatlinburg in the Winter

Ober Gatlinburg Winter Sports
 December 23 thru March 16
Hit the slopes at Ober Gatlinburg. The resort offers snow tubing, ice skating, an alpine slide, aerial tramway, dining, shopping and more.



Tubing SESSIONS scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 5:
 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
$20 Per person, ages 3 and upTicket sales open at 10:30 am
Tubing sessions may sell out and/or be delayed or
canceled due to weather and temperature changes.


For information please call:

(865) 436-5423
Snow Report: (800) 251-9202
or visit our website at

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Berry Springs Lodge Christmas Gift Certificate Special

Are you looking for that perfect last minute gift for the person who has everything! Well look no further! Let us take the stress off of your Christmas list with this amazing Gift Certificate Special Offer! Have a fantastic day! Hope to see you soon!

Purchase a "TWO" night Weekday (Sun -Thurs) Gift Certificate to be used February 1st, 2014 to September 31st, 2014 and save up to $200 off the regular rate..

Regular Rate: Special:

Queen Room: $416.00 $250.00 Includes Tax

Fireplace Room: $460.00 $300.00 Includes Tax

Hot Tub Room: $508.00 $325.00 Includes Tax

Deluxe Suite: $550.00 $350.00 Includes Tax

Must be purchased by December 31 and is not valid with any other specials, offers, weekends, holidays or during October.

Certificates are also available in dollar amounts from $50.00 to $1,000.00

For more information or to purchase a gift certificate please call us toll free at

1-865-908-7935 or 1-888-760-8297
Merry Christmas to All!