Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Chicken Noodle Soup - Crockpot Chicken Soup Recipes

 Chicken Noodle Soup - Crockpot Chicken Soup Recipes: "A crockpot chicken noodle soup, with chicken, onions, carrots, celery, and noodles.
2 1/2 to 3 1/2 pounds chicken pieces
4 cups water
4 cups chicken broth
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste, depending on saltiness of broth
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 leek or small onion chopped
1 carrot, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1/4 cup parsley, chopped
1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram or basil
1 bay leaf
6 ounces noodles"

Come to the Smokies & make your family some good soup to sip on while they look at the fabulous views from their luxury log cabin!!! They will never forget the vacation meals & memories made with their families here.
Smoky Mountain Log Cabin

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

There's Moonshine in the Smokies

GATLINBURG, TENNESSEE - Tennessee Moonshine will be available legally for the first time when Ole Smoky Distillery opens for business in Ole Smoky Holler at 903 Parkway in downtown Gatlinburg. The distillery will have a grand opening celebration on Friday, July 2 and will offer free tours, free samples of moonshine to adults over 21, and moonshine for sale.

Ole Smoky will offer a number of moonshine products: original unaged corn whiskey moonshine, apple pie moonshine, sweet tea moonshine, and peach moonshine. Moonshine cherries will be available for purchase during the holiday season. The Ole Smoky recipes are the product of the hard work and experience of local families who have made moonshine in the mountains for over a century. Dave Pickerell, who served as the Master Distiller for Maker's Mark for over 15 years, assisted with the refinement of the recipes in order to ensure a superior mountain - made moonshine.

A highlight of the facility is the authentic working moonshine still where visitors will learn the science of the distilling process as well as the history and lore of moonshining in East Tennessee. Ole Smoky is the only distillery in the state dedicated to moonshine products. Proprietors Joe Baker, Tony Breeden and Cory Cottongim place a particular emphasis on celebrating their mountain heritage as well as the historical significance of the moonshine craft in sustaining families during hard economic times of the early 20th century.

"Moonshine played an integral role in the daily lives of families in this region," said Baker. "Too often, people rely on the stereotype of a backwards old man making a cheap, dangerous product. In truth, a lot of good people made and sold moonshine in order to feed and clothe their families. Without moonshine, many mountain families would not have survived."

Ole Smoky is the first federally licensed distillery in the history of East Tennessee, and is currently one of only four distilleries operating in the state. Jack Daniel's and George Dickel received their licenses before Prohibition, and Prichards Rum opened their Tennessee facility in 1999.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Activities to Enjoy in the Smokies

Luxury lodges, log cabins, chalets, and condominiums are located throughout the valleys and mountains of Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge/Sevierville, provide accommodations ranging from rustic to lavishly elegant. The Smokies supply an endless array of recreational activities. Visitors come to hike through the vast forests, fish in the beautiful creeks, whitewater raft, camp in the backcountry, horseback ride, and photograph the beautiful, scenic views.

Just outside the Park are the towns of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville featuring an unlimited supply of incredible shopping, dining, amusements, events and entertainment.

Visit the largest collection of Titanic memorabilia in the World, take an aerial tram to the top of the mountain, learn to horseback ride & zipline, shop for handmade mountain crafts or take the family to the Minor League Baseball ballpark. Everything your imagination can think to do is located in the valleys of the Smoky Mountains.

Trolleys operate throughout Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg offering affordable, air-conditioned transportation to hundreds of locations. They run throughout Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge. You can park & ride, so don't worry about parking or walking to each place.

Come to the Smoky Mountains on vacation! Your family will have more than enough to do for fun and entertainment. The Smokies will provide you with endless memories!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Improve your relationship with an Escape to the Mountains

Make sure you do a relationship check-up and see if you need to rejuvenate your connection with your significant other. Romance often fades away throughout the busy lives of Americans each year. Ward off the possibility of being another statistic, by doing something special for your spouse or loved one occassionally throughout the year.

Vacations are a great way to get the romance rekindled for a healthy relationship. Consider taking a vacation to the Great Smoky Mountains. Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg, TN is a tremendous option for couples wanting to get away from their busy lives in the City or Suburbs. I highly recommend reserving a log cabin with such special amenities as a jacuzzi, hot tub, fireplace, beautiful mountain views, walking trails nearby, porch swing, or indoor swimming pool. Spending quality time in the mountains without all the everyday distractions could be the special boost you need to revitalize a tired or broken marriage. It will also create memories that will last forever. These types of memories create a special bond that may have been fading, or just needed to be rejuvenated. Use important dates like Valentine's day, his/her birthday, or an Anniversary to set-up this romantic getaway to the mountains!

Use this time away to show your appreciation for your loved one. You could communicate about how great it is to get away & just focus on each other. Take time to talk about what you haven't been able to because of time restraints, schedule with kids, or having other priorities. Take a short drive to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, or just take a quality walk on the mountain roads or trails surrounding your cabin. Making breakfast in the morning or grilling out a nice dinner is also a great way to take advantage of your in-cabin amenities. Simply, sharing coffee & conversation outide on the porch of your cabin rental can give you that relaxation or release you've been starving for in recent months. It's amazing how a simple weekend away in nature can be just what the doctor ordered for your relationship or marriage. So escape to the Smoky Mountains today!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Gatlinburg: A family tradition

Visitor Information for Gatlinburg, Tennessee: "Somewhere between the first ride and the last hike, it will dawn on you. You're getting a true mountain experience. Gatlinburg really is the perfect place for your family vacation and to stay and play.
Gatlinburg, Tennessee, is full of amusements and is surrounded by the nation's most popular national park. Whether you stay here for two days or a week, with your entire family or just the two of you, it will be a vacation you'll remember for a lifetime. Most of the visitors have been to Gatlinburg before. Perhaps it started with their parents or grandparents, but now it's an annual retreat. If you've never been here, then it's time to start a tradition of your own.
No matter where you stay in Gatlinburg, you will be nestled in the mountains. Great views abound. Choose from a wide range of hotels, motels and cabins. You can't go wrong with either selection. Whether it's the 'something for everyone' aspect of this fun mountain town or the allure of the surrounding natural beauty, this is the perfect family tradition.
You've seen mountains before. But nothing can prepare you for the awe-inspiring beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park." This information is brought to you by Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce.
I can say from my own experience, that Gatlinburg is an excellent place for family vacations and romantic getaways. It seems like it is a perfect tradition to getaway to the mountains, take in some nature, and escape the chaos of the "real" world. After initially staying in a hotel downtown Gatlinburg, I won't forget the 1st time I stayed in a log cabin perched above the City of Gatlinburg in 1987. It was an amazing experience with the solitude, the elevation, & the views of Downtown Gatlinburg. It was our home away from home, and my father ended up purchasing the place about two weeks later from the Land of Lincoln (Illinois). Thus, it became our place to visit and continue a family tradition of vacationing in the mountains of Southeastern Tennessee. Try it & you'll always come back!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Gatlinburg offers Autumn events in 2010

"The Smoky Mountains are a great place to visit for the Fall with your family & friends. The Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair, Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival, Annual Taste of Autumn, and Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament are just a few of the reasons to come experience Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge throughout the days of Fall.Old-fashioned hayrides, arts & crafts, country music, fall decorations, and exhibits are designed to entertain visitors to the Great Smoky Mountain area. So make your reservations today to book a cabin rental with Aunt Bug's Cabin Rentals. They will set you up with a fantastic mountain cabin with fireplace, full kitchens, grills, hot tubs, gamerooms, and beautiful mountain views. Then, you will not only have time to relax & chill out with family & friends, but you'll have daily activities to keep everyone busy during their mountain vacation.Autumn colors are a bit unpredictable, especially when you try to plan to view the leaves at their 'peak' beauty. However, it is easy to predict that the views will be breath-taking & fabulous. So make those plans now to visit the Smoky Mountains this Fall. I promise you won't be disappointed.

Autumn Events in the Smoky Mountains

Friday, September 10, 2010

Gatlinburg Cabin Owners Provide Expert Advice on the Hidden Gems of the Area

In addition to our comments and posts about the Smoky Mountains, we are welcoming our current homeowners to submit their favorite things to do, places to eat, hike, and be entertained in Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge.  We also welcome our guests to submit their favorites as well.

Kandy Kisses #1251Cabin near Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge

Our favorite things to do in the Smokies include hiking to Laurel Falls or any of the many falls, hiking the quiet walkways in the park, strolling the downtown shops after a great meal at Smoky Mountain Brewery, visiting The Christmas Place in Pigeon Forge, and tubing down the Little Pigeon River.

Betsy and George- Kandy Kisses 1251