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Our Stay at Greystone Lodge in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

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Our Stay at Greystone Lodge in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Gatlinburg, Tennesse is one of our favorite places to travel. Located about an hour from Knoxville, Tennessee, it’s a great place to get away for a weekend or even a quick day trip to visit The Great Smokey Mountains.

4 years ago, we took a fun ride up to Gatlinburg and I shared all the fun things we did in THIS BLOG POST. I go into detail on where we stayed, where we ate, and what activities we did all in a day. Be sure to check it out if you’re planning a trip!

We stayed at The Greystone Lodge On The River, in the Two-Room Family Suite Queen with Bunk. We had such an amazing time that we knew we would be back to stay there again. Here are some of our personal pictures of that room.

We traveled back to Gatlinburg this past week for a quick little girl’s trip during spring break and booked our stay again at The Greystone. 

Peaceful Location

The location is one of the best parts of the hotel. Located across the street from both Ripley’s Aquarium and Anakeesta, it’s in the heart of the city without being on the main strip.

It’s located right on the river so you’ll love hearing the gentle sounds of the water below. Listen closely and you may even get to hear and see a duck or two. The cute ducks are another reason my girls love staying there.

Many Room Options

Since it was just 4 of us, we booked the double queen executive room and it was perfect for two adults and two kids. My girls were a little disappointed we didn’t get the family suite again but it was already booked. They loved having the bunk beds.

Free Complimentary Breakfast

I do wish I would have taken a photo of the free complimentary breakfast buffet they serve. They have everything from cereals, bagels, to eggs and biscuits and gravy and it’s all delicious. It’s a great perk when you’ve got a hungry family to feed in the morning and don’t want to wait in line for a table elsewhere.

There are many other amenities available like an outdoor swimming pool (open April-October), a fitness room, and complimentary parking.

With its breathtaking river views and walking distance to everything in downtown Gatlinburg, you can’t go wrong with at stay at The Greystone Lodge On The River.

This post and second stay were not sponsored. All opinions are my own.

TikTok Feta Bake

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Looking for a quick dish to whip up for tonight’s dinner? Try this easy TikTok Feta Bake with pasta, tomatoes, feta cheese, and seasonings!

TikTok Feta Bake

If you’ve been on TikTok or Instagram the past few months you’re sure to have seen this feta pasta dish in your feed. Since my middle child is a vegetarian, we thought we’d try this dish so we could all enjoy it.

With just a few simple ingredients, we had a delicious dish that everyone could enjoy. I found the recipe on Pinterest and we’ve made it twice in the past few weeks.

TikTok Feta Bake

With the current prices of groceries getting higher and higher, I loved that I could make it for under $15 and it was plenty for all of us to eat. Next time, I may try adding rotisserie chicken pieces into it for extra protein for us meat-eaters.

Here’s the recipe for this delicious TikTok Feta Bake:

TikTok Feta Bake

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups Cherry or Grape Tomatoes
  • 4 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 block Feta Cheese
  • 16 oz Cooked Pasta
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Garlic Powder

Instructions
 

  • Preheat Oven to 375 Degrees
  • Add Tomatoes to Baking Dish
  • Drizzle with 2 TBSP of Olive Oil
  • Place Feta Block in the Middle of Baking Dish
  • Drizzle with Remaining Olive Oil and Sprinkle Seasonings
  • Bake for 35 Minutes
  • Remove Baking Dish and Mix Ingredients
  • Add in Cooked Pasta and Serve

TikTok Feta Bake

Looking for more delicious recipes? Try these out:

Sausage, egg, biscuit, and gravy casserole

Our Thick & Hearty Firehouse Chili Recipe

My favorite low carb / keto meals

Easy 5 Ingredient Biscuit and Gravy Casserole

Sausage, Egg, Biscuit, and Gravy Casserole

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Sausage, egg, biscuit, and gravy casserole. Using 5 simple ingredients, you’ll have a delicious breakfast in no time!

Sausage Egg Biscuit and Gravy Casserole

This delicious recipe popped up as a TikTok video a few weeks ago and I immediately knew it would be a hit in my house.

Canned biscuits are a staple in my house so we love recipes that we can incorporate them into. With a few more simple ingredients, we had a warm and delicious breakfast casserole on this cold winter morning.

Recipe up next!

Sausage, Egg, Biscuit, Gravy Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 8 count canned biscuit dough
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 – 2.64 ounce package country gravy mix
  • 1 lb sausage
  • 1/2 cup milk

Instructions:

    • Preheat oven to 350
    • Grease a 13×9 baking dish
    • Brown the sausage and drain
    • Cut biscuit dough into 4 pieces and line bottom of the baking dish
    • Layer sausage over biscuits
    • Whisk eggs and milk together then pour over sausage and biscuits
    • Make gravy according to instructions and pour over everything.
    • Bake for 35-40 minutes

Sausage Egg Biscuit and Gravy Casserole

Sausage Egg Biscuit and Gravy Casserole

Looking for more recipes? I’ve got some really great ones below!

  1. Our Thick & Hearty Firehouse Chili Recipe
  2. My favorite low carb / keto meals
  3. World’s best + easiest peanut butter cookies
  4. Easy pumpkin dump cake

Find all my recipe blog posts HERE!

Crochet Temperature Blanket (UPDATED)

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How To Crochet A Temperature Blanket

Crochet Temperature Blanket (UPDATED)

Hello Love!

I’ve been crocheting for almost 10 years now and up until a month ago, I had never heard of a crochet temperature blanket. I saw THIS POST on Pinterest early January and I instantly fell in love.

How To Crochet A Temperature Blanket

I used the same color scheme Burgundy and Blush used and I’m so excited to see how the colors all mix together.

How To Crochet A Temperature Blanket

There are many ways to make this blanket and a quick search on Pinterest may quickly have your head spinning. When picking colors, I decided to go with 10 tones and decided to split the temperatures by 10’s as well. I do fear I won’t be using that granite color often though because the Tennessee Valley rarely has days that cold. It may end up being my border color.

How To Crochet A Temperature Blanket

I grabbed a notebook to keep track of all my temps. Like I said above, instead of crocheting a row for every day of the year, I’m doing a row for an average of two days so it isn’t a massive blanket.

How To Crochet A Temperature Blanket

Here’s the beginning of the blanket. The first few days of the year were on the warm side so it was nice to start the blanket with the light taupe color and then get into the linen and ivory colors. I’m loving the pop of the spa color for that warm blue.

How To Crochet A Temperature Blanket

Here’s a glance at the weather website I use to grab all my temperatures.

And voila! January is complete. I love how the colors look so beautiful together and I’m excited to see how the rest turns out.

February

February saw a nice warming trend where most days were in the 50s and 60s. We had a small cool snap or two but I’m glad it’s starting to pull toward the warmer colors.

 

KEEP CHECKING BACK!

I’ll update this post every month so be sure to stop back by to see the progress of my crochet temperature blanket! Be sure to subscribe to my newsletter so you don’t miss a thing.

Christmas Tablescape with Coton Colors

Christmas Tablescape with Coton Colors

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A special thanks to Coton Colors for sponsoring today’s Christmas Tablescape with Coton Colors blog post!

Christmas Tablescape with Coton ColorsHello Love!
Welcome to our cozy by candlelight dining room.
Christmas Tablescape with Coton ColorsOur Christmas theme this year is Cozy by Candlelight and I extended it into the dining area this year.
Christmas Tablescape with Coton ColorsMy dear friends at Coton Colors teamed up with me again this year to show you some of their fabulous Christmas tableware for this Holiday Season. You may remember that they helped me create this adorable setting last year and when I decided to move those pieces to my china cabinet, they gifted me these beautiful pieces this year.

Christmas Tablescape with Coton ColorsI stuck with the same buffalo plaid dishes that I had before but decided to accent them with the Christmas Stocking design, as it matched my table runner, chargers, and cloth napkins that I’d been using for years. The brass candlestick holders and white tapers were perfect for cozying up our December dinners.
Christmas Tablescape with Coton ColorsI hope you enjoyed this little peek into our Christmas Tablescape with Coton Colors. You can grab all these pieces here:

You can read more of my Coton Colors posts here:

Christmas China Cabinet Decorating with Coton Colors

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Christmas China Cabinet Decorating with Coton Colors by Shaw Avenue
Hello Love!
Last year I got the cutest Christmas Holiday dishes from my dear friends at Coton Colors.
Christmas China Cabinet Decorating with Coton Colors by Shaw Avenue
My china cabinet is not something I decorate every season but I knew this Christmas season I wanted to decorate it with these adorable buffalo plaid and Christmas village tableware.
Christmas China Cabinet Decorating with Coton Colors by Shaw Avenue
It seriously couldn’t have turned out any more perfect with the addition of the fake snow and mini trees.
Christmas China Cabinet Decorating with Coton Colors by Shaw Avenue
Grab all these pieces here:

Vintage Christmas Village Platter

Vintage Christmas Village Salad Plate

Buffalo Ruffle Dinner Plate

Buffalo Mug

Christmas China Cabinet Decorating with Coton Colors by Shaw Avenue

You can read more of my Coton Colors posts here:

Red and White Christmas Tree and Mantel

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Cheerful Farmhouse Christmas Tree and Mantel Using Red and White by Shaw Avenue

Hello Love!

Welcome to my farmhouse living room, decorated for Christmas! Keep reading to see how I decorated my Red and White Christmas Tree and Mantel.
Cheerful Farmhouse Christmas Tree and Mantel Using Red and White by Shaw Avenue
This year, I stuck with the same red and white scheme that I used last year but made a few tweaks to the tree and mantel.
Cheerful Farmhouse Christmas Tree and Mantel Using Red and White by Shaw Avenue
I bought new berries from Hobby Lobby to add to my tree and brought out some old garland with holly and berries to match.
Cheerful Farmhouse Christmas Tree and Mantel Using Red and White by Shaw Avenue
The newest addition to my living room decor is both the basket stockings from Dresden & Company and my basket tree skirt from Longaberger.
Cheerful Farmhouse Christmas Tree and Mantel Using Red and White by Shaw Avenue
The tree skirt is sold HERE and the basket stockings HERE. You can also buy the metal tags HERE. I stuck them on with glue dots and wore my kiddos names with a chalk marker, both from Hobby Lobby.
Cheerful Farmhouse Christmas Tree and Mantel Using Red and White by Shaw Avenue
Hope you enjoyed this mini tour of our living room!
Merry Christmas!

How To Make Pumpkin Spice Thieves Household Cleaner

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Pumpkin Spice Young Living Thieves Cleaner
Hello Love!

Wanna give your Young Living Thieves Household Cleaner a little autumn boost?!  Simply add in 10 drops of Orange, 5 drops of Cinnamon Bark, 2 drops of Clove, 2 drop of Nutmeg, and 2 drops of Ginger into your mixture and enjoy that fun spicy smell while you clean all the things!

Want to see how I made it? Check out THIS VIDEO!

Our Thick & Hearty Firehouse Chili Recipe

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 Our Thick & Hearty Firehouse Chili Recipe

Our Thick & Hearty Firehouse Chili Recipe

Here’s the recipe for our thick & hearty firehouse chili!

You’ll need:

3 large cans of Bush’s chili pinto beans

1 can Bush’s chili kidney beans

1 can Bush’s chili black beans

2 packets of chili seasoning

1 green pepper 

1/2 an onion

1 package of hamburger meat. 

 

Cook low and slow for 6+ hours!

 

Jimmy Buffett Party

A Pirate Looks At 40: A Jimmy Buffett Inspired Birthday Party

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Thanks, Happy Everything!™ by Laura Johnson for sponsoring this A Pirate Looks At 40: A Jimmy Buffett Inspired Birthday Party post!
A Pirate Looks At 40: A Jimmy Buffett Inspired Birthday Party
It’s really hard to believe we’re here already…40 years of age. Even though I still have a few more months before I hit the big 4-0, it’s still hard to believe that it’s just around the corner.
A Pirate Looks At 40: A Jimmy Buffett Inspired Birthday Party

My husband isn’t a huge fan of parties but I knew that we needed to make this one a little special. When I met my guy in high school, he always wore Hawaiian shirts…and they were really cool back then either. 😉 But he wore them because he LOVED Jimmy Buffett.

A Pirate Looks At 40: A Jimmy Buffett Inspired Birthday PartyJimmy Buffett has an awesome song called “A Pirate Looks At 40” and I knew it would be the perfect theme.A Pirate Looks At 40
I jumped on Amazon and ordered some party supplies, pressed off his old Hawaiian shirts, and brought out all my older Happy Everything! plates and serve ware, along with a few new pieces and it all turned out beautifully.A Jimmy Buffett Inspired Birthday Party

You can read more of my Coton Colors posts here:

A Pirate Looks At 40
His cake was the cutest cake I’ve ever seen. We ordered an almond-flavored cake (his favorite) from our favorite local cake maker and she did a fantastic job making it Hawaiian style. Isn’t it the cutest?!
A Jimmy Buffett Inspired Birthday Party

A Pirate Looks At 40

Thanks to everyone who came over and celebrated his big day with up and a special shoutout to Happy Everything!™ by Laura Johnson for sending us these special pieces to decorate with for Jas’ A Pirate Looks At 40: A Jimmy Buffett Inspired Birthday Party!

A Jimmy Buffett Inspired Birthday Party

You can grab all these pieces and more HERE:


Wooden Big Happy Everything! Serving Board
White Stripe Big Happy Everything! Bowl
Summer Car Big Attachment
Pirate Flag Big Attachment
Salted Margarita Big Attachment
Black Stripe Happy Everything! Cake Stand
Gold Knob Large Glass Dome
White Stripe Happy Everything! Cake Server