October 2014

Fall is here and the wind can be a force to be reckoned with.  It is most definitely time to whip out the scarves.  I really love to crochet, so I have my fair share of scarves around the house.  I was trying to think of something to add to scarves to make them a little more fun and I got it!  Pom poms! 

The Central Appalachian Mountain region is rich in farmland. Despite the terrain and the weather, farms and ranches throughout the ten-state region produce fruit, vegetables, breads, dairy and meat year round. Most of the enterprises are small, family-run operations — sometimes, their land has been in the same family for generations. Some may even be organic.

Apple Strudel, apples, country food, country cooking

Fall always changes my appetite. I leave the taste for fruit salads behind and long for more comfort foods. One of my favorites is Apple Strudel. This year I wanted to add a healthy touch to the pastry and substituted 1/2 cup regular flour with a 1/2 cup of flax seed flour to add in some Omega 3 to the mix. As you can see below in the picture, the flax seed changed the color of the pastry a tad. But don't worry, it only enhanced the flavor.

Garlic, Bacon, cabbage, recipes, country food

Try this mouth watering Garlic, Bacon and Cabbage recipe. Great for these cool Fall nights!


Visiting the Blue Ridge Mountains of WNC isn’t complete without a visit to the beautiful - Biltmore Estate and what better way to enjoy Fall than experiencing this remarkable house. The temperatures are cooling but the blaze of color is just getting heated up. You still have time to take advantage of the many activities to do while on the estate.

Looking for somewhere fun and unique to take the kids this fall? Enjoy a scenic ride through the majestic mountains of Western North Carolina and visit the Tweetsie Railroad theme park.
When I was up at my Dad’s garden recently, I saw where he had been burying potatoes in the ground, and I snapped a picture. It reminded me of a story about my Great Grandfather, Burly Azor Suddreth.

Pineapple sage is one of my favorite herbs all year round, but in the fall, she shows her beautiful autumn display, joining the many other breathtaking displays that nature has to offer!

Pineapple sage (Salvia elegans) is a fragrant flowering plant native to Mexico and Guatemala, where it grows naturally in the forests of oaks and pine trees. Here in the Appalachians, it is only an annual plant because it cannot tolerate the cold.

Blackberry Farm, Walland, TN
The Inn is a 4,200-acre estate where the Bealls and their children share their love of good food, fine wine and the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains with guests year-round.
Can woolly worms predict the weather? Woolly worms are a tiger moth caterpillar. Legend has it that they can determine if the coming winter will be mild or harsh.