Saturday, August 15, 2009

Summer Newsletter 2009

Berry Springs Lodge
Summer Newsletter



We have had a mild summer so far this year.  July has been terrific.  Most of the days have been in the low 80s and nights in the 60s.  Hopefully it will continue into August.  The back to nature promotion is doing great!.  The photos are items brought from recent guests.  Thank you to all that have stayed with us so far this year and brought some great items. We wish we had room to put them all in this newsletter but we will add them in the following ones as they grow.. Mom and Dad are back for the summer and fall, and as an extra bonus Patrick's sister Lynn is also up for the summer.  Of course we put them all to work.  Sue snuck away the first part of July and went up north to her parents 50th anniversary.  Patrick's other sister Sherry came and cooked breakfast for a few days.  Sorry to all the guests that were here that week!  Just kidding she did a great job!  PJ  cooked the other mornings  and did a very good job as well.  He came up with a new breakfast that everyone loved.  It was stuffed french toast topped with banana fosters.  We will put that in the Sues' recipes section.  Correction!  PJ's recipes section!!!!
Again we want to thank you for being our friends and guests.  Hope to see you all soon.

Thank you, and God bless


Patrick's   "Home Inn-Provements" 

I have not had that many outdoor projects this summer except for helping Sue plant trees, flowers and shrubs that we received from the back to nature promotion.  A little outside painting and a lot of mowing this year.  I let PJ do the hard stuff and I just mow up by the lodge.



"Back to Nature"  

Special Discount 
Starting March 1st through December 31st 2009 we are offering "Back to Nature" discount special.  Save $40.00 per night on weekdays and $20.00 per night on weekends.  It's real simple to get the discount.  You just need to bring something with you that comes from nature.  You can bring a flower to plant, a small tree or bush.  It could also be as simple as a rock for a Zen garden or a leaf for a scrapbook.  We want you to use your imagination!  You can be as creative as you like!



Available when you stay 2 or more nights.



Berry Springs Lodge Bed & Breakfast is now on Facebook.   Become a fan! 





Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales
All summer long hear tales, mountain music, and learn the lore of the Smoky Mountains on the sidewalks of downtown Gatlinburg. Fourteen acts nightly. 5 - 10 p.m.


Stringtime In The Smokies in Pigeon Forge 8/14/2009, 8/15/2009


 P.J.'s  Recipes     

 Hi everyone.  I finaly out did my mom's breakfast and made dad proud!  Try it you will like it or come to the lodge and I will make it for you.


Stuffed French Toast Topped with Bannana



serves 6


1 loaf Italian or french bread cut into 12 quarter inch slices

1  8 ounce package cream cheese, ( I let cream cheese sit out for 10 minutes to soften then I whip with a mixer with a quarter cup chopped pecans and a quarter cup maple syrup, refrigerate cream cheese over night.)

6 eggs

2 cups of milk ( i like to use buttermilk)

1 tsp vanilla

dash of cinnamon


1. Slice bread, spread cream cheese between 2 slices

2.  Mix eggs, milk, vanilla and cinnamon in seperate bowl, set aside

3. Preheat griddle

4. Use a generouse amount of butter on griddle and dip french toast and cook on both sides until golden brown. Keep warm in oven set at 200 degrees.


Banana Foster topping


6-8 bananas

half stick butter

half cup brown sugar (adjust to taste, more or less)

dash cinnamon


1. Melt butter and brown sugar in fry pan , add cinnamon

2. Peel and slice bananas and add to butter mixture, you can add a little half and half to make more syrup. ( you can cheat by buying banana syrup in grocery store and adding to butter mixture)

3. Cook until bananas just start to soften

4. Spoon on top of french toast and enjoy.


Events Calendar





My big project has been the web site.  We did it again!  It seem every few years I get the itch to try to make it better.  I always wanted larger photos in a rotating flash format with music.  Now that most people have faster internet I felt it was time.  I found a local flash designer that was able to give me what I wanted with exceptional fast download even on systems with slower speeds.  Please check it out and let me know what you think.  We even have a blog page.  I am still figuring out how to use it.  I guess next is twitter, facebook etc...  

 Again thank you for your help and spreading the word.

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