Exploring Greeneville, TN

Last weekend, we jumped at the chance to explore Greeneville, TN with our friends. Here’s a quick guide…


Don’t miss Pal’s frenchie fries and peachy tea. (Eat at the only Pal’s with indoor seating at Greeneville Commons too!)

Pelican’s Snoballs on Tusculum Blvd is an excellent treat on a scorching summer day!



Andrew Johnson Historic Site is located in downtown Greeneville and was well done! Park Rangers host free tours where you can learn not just about Johnson’s home, life and politics, but also local Civil War history. The kids took advantage of the Junior Ranger program and had a blast.


Davy Crockett’s birthplace in Limestone, TN is about 20 minutes outside Greeneville. It was also interesting, maybe just a little less so than AJ’s house. It was hot and humid, so the animals (chickens, pigs, and ponies) on the homestead were quite fragrant, but the park rangers on the site hosted a corn silk doll craft that saved the day.


Early Sunday morning, we hiked Margarette Falls. The rocks on the trail were slippery and the elevation change was challenging for me but not for anyone else! I can be a bit of a safety patrol, but the others put up with my complaining and we finally made it to the top waterfall, about a mile and and half straight up! Overall the moderate hike was scenic from beginning to end and totally worth the effort. The only grumble (aside from mine) was the lack of bathrooms at the trailhead, not even a port-a-john.



We stayed at the Hampton Inn because we knew late Saturday we had some extra time to let the kids swim, so we needed a hotel with a pool. But if I didn’t have kids with me, the General Morgan Inn would have been my top choice. Built in the 1880s and renovated around 1996, the hotel is the perfect place to stay for a historical getaway.

Happy travels to you!





Have you ever read the introduction of a book and felt the need to shout to the world that EVERYONE HAS TO READ THIS?!?!

Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood is so cleverly funny and has grabbed me from the very beginning, that I can’t help but share. I am seriously tempted to call in sick this afternoon just so I can keep reading!

Any other must-devour-in-one-sitting books you are reading?? Please share!



Granola with Local Honey

My summer breakfasts are very low maintenance. While I would love to eat eggs and bacon every morning, I don’t have the energy. Most often it’s peanut butter toast or a quick smoothie.

But when I find a little extra time and my uncle gives me some honey, I like to make a batch of granola to pour over some yogurt and fresh berries.


Here’s what I add:

  • 4-5 c old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 c nuts/seeds (pumpkin, flax, chia, almonds is what I had on hand)
  • 1-2 tsp dark brown sugar*
  • 1-2 tsp local honey
  • 1/2 c coconut oil*
  • sprinkle with salt

Spread on a cookie sheet and bake 20-30 minutes. Let it cool completely and store in an airtight container.

*More oil and sugar (or coconut flakes) would make it more clumpy, sweeten/moisten to your taste.

Take care!


We Did It!- Giant Wall Hanging!

My daughter and I finished her wall hanging!

She picked shades of blue and aqua from the bulky yarn section of Joanns, and it took about a hour or two last Saturday to pull it all together.

We used these instructions from A Beautiful Mess, and the most complicated part was the wire and hanging the piece. Altogether about $50, but we have a lot of yarn leftover, so we could have economized a bit better.

Happy Crafty Monday to you!


Mulberry Trade

Our neighbor discovered this tree in their backyard last night! They had blackberries previously growing in that area and thought this tree was some kind of offshoot (but without thorns)! My cousin helped us identify it as a mulberry tree.

We picked some of our raspberries and traded her for the opportunity to pick some of those super-sweet mulberries. It’s a mature tree, so next time we need a taller ladder if we want to pick more than a cup or two to snack on.


A Sweater for Sofia

My Entrechat sweater is finished. It barely took a minute for the newborn size!

Now I need to decide on the hat… Should I use my bunny button as inspiration and make Bunny Tail by Susan B Anderson in more Quince Chickadee pink?


With a few solid white gowns (my personal favorite baby pj), won’t this make a perfect baby gift?


Birthday Revelations

  1. I might not be a “yes” parent, but I am a strong “maybe.” Being open and embracing new phases helps me see my children as individuals. Perfection is hard to relate to. I pick realistic role models and that’s also the kind of mother and friend I want to be.
  2. I love a good plan and a list of tasks. It soothes me to write it out, even if I lose or abandon it.
  3. Exercising feels good. When I trained for the half marathon, I got to a place where running quieted my mind. I am back to being out of breath, so I would like to get to that place again.
  4. Keeping a gratitude list is an awesome way to keep my mind focused on positivity. Sometimes it’s just in my head, sometimes in a journal, but always it gives me peace.
  5. I need a creative outlet. I love knitting, escaping in books, and sketching out plans on how to achieve different goals (and just permission to let my mind wander for an hour works just as well).

Another year, another list (it feels so good to write it out, try it!!!)


On the needles currently:

Entrechat Shrug