Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Year in Review

Since we are now into 2017 I thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of my blog articles of 2016.  If you missed any of them you can catch up!  I have written about our garden, vacations, restaurants and products.  I hope you enjoy this quick review.

The air fryer – a big and continued ‘thumbs up’.

The air fryer is still in my home and I have no intentions of getting rid of it – ever!  I am thinking about buying a second one.  For all of you who love fried foods, you can ‘fry’ in the air fryer and it is much healthier for you.  I cannot say enough good things about the air fryer.  No matter what brand you buy they all work the same way.  I bragged about mine and I will continue to brag about it.  Some of the things we tried are:  bacon wrapped shrimp, coconut shrimp, chicken fried steak, wings (several times and my husband the non-chicken lover loves them) and various forms of potatoes.

If you are still on the fence about an air fryer – jump off the fence on the fryer side – you have a 50/50 chance of loving it.  But, please note, you really need a cookbook.  Usually a very limited number of recipes comes with the air fryer so you really need to get a decent cookbook.  Just today I received one I ordered from Amazon – written by, non-other than Paula Deen.  I can’t wait to check it out.

The Heavenly Cafe and BBQ, Decatur, TN – still on our ‘go to’ list.

This is still our quick and easy go-to place.  We probably eat there three times a month.  I stick with their chicken sandwich which I do ‘custom order’ and they oblige me! As with the other owners and other names of this location, they never seem to be very busy.  That’s not a good thing for a restaurant, but it does give us quick service when we go.  Seriously, I hope they make it since the owner really cares and she is a nice person!  They are open for breakfast but they are not open on Sunday.

The Lake House Restaurant,  Ten Mile, TN – not sure if it will open again or not.

When they opened sometime in summer they had normal days of operation.  By the time we discovered them they had cut back to Friday/Saturday/Sunday.  We went several times and then all of a sudden they had issues.  One week they couldn’t open due to a fire outside which filled the place with smoke.  Another time they couldn’t open due to the fact the owner/cook was in an accident.  You can’t just close a restaurant and expect your customers to hang around waiting.

A few weeks ago I send them a message on Facebook asking what the special were for that day.  The response I got was, and I am not quoting, just paraphrasing:  Business was slow around the holidays so we closed for the winter.  I was told to check back around mid-January.  Again, a business is not going to last under these circumstances.  There are other restaurants at the lake that don’t close.  I wish them luck.  If they get their act together they could do very well there.

Mother Earth Meats, Marryville, TN – planning our next trip there.

I can’t say enough about their meats.  Yes, it costs more than at the grocery store but it is a much higher quality meet.  I am willing to pay more for something that I can chew.  We have been back several times and will continue to do business with them even though they are more than two-and-a-half-hour round trip from our home.  We try to get there early in the morning, get out meat and then head to The Shrimp Shack, which is just a few miles away.  Nothing like some fresh shrimp to go with the good steak!

The Garden of Eatin' – a small plot with big impact.

Since it is winter that means no veggie garden.  Our little 8 x 16 raised bed has been put to bed for winter and we are already anxious for spring and the goodies it will provide us.  One thing I really miss is my fresh Swiss Chard.  Nothing like a nice big pot of Swiss Chard straight from the garden…oh dream on…but thankfully I have some in the freezer!

Thinking of spring, warm weather, gardening – those thoughts are keeping me going through this little cold spell we’ve had here in Tennessee.  When it’s 4 degrees and a blanket of white my mind turns to warm places, warm thoughts and warm people!

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