ALEWINE POTTERY

ALEWINE POTTERY

I consider the art of making pottery to be part of my Appalachian heritage. From a young age my parents encouraged my older sister and I to learn how to “throw” at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. I was most certainly the child who got gold stars for effort behind the pottery wheel but my sister, Katie, really found her niche and she is still working with clay all these years later at Alewine Pottery. Continue reading “ALEWINE POTTERY”

WELCOME TO CLEVELAND

WELCOME TO CLEVELAND

Hello 2019! I can’t believe I’m writing my first post of the new year. The holidays seemed to jet passed me in a blur. I think this year I’ll put up my Christmas decorations BEFORE Thanksgiving like a heathen and everyone else can just deal. Last week, Chris and I went to Ohio to see family and we spent one of our days in Cleveland. This city has A LOT to offer. Here’s what we did during our short visit… Continue reading “WELCOME TO CLEVELAND”

WHAT JOE IS GETTING FROM SANTA PAWS

WHAT JOE IS GETTING FROM SANTA PAWS

It’s no secret that Joe is my favorite non-human. He is the short and chubby love of my life. Since we don’t have kiddos Joe Joe gets presents from Santa Paws each year. When buying a gift for someone, even your dog, you should start by making a list of their favorite things. My kid likes to eat, nap, and chew so his gifts revolve around those themes. He’s in desperate need of a hair and nail trim so that gift will be added last minute. This might sound like less of gift and more of a punishment because some dogs hate baths and Joe is no different. He is, however, hopelessly in love with the grooming ladies at Pet Smart and they love him in return so he will be over the moon. Continue reading “WHAT JOE IS GETTING FROM SANTA PAWS”

THAT’S CHRISTMAS TO ME

THAT’S CHRISTMAS TO ME

Since I grew up in Sevier County, going home and seeing all the decorations feels like Christmas to me. I love to watch my hometown go nuts for the holidays. I look forward to driving to my dad’s store on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge and seeing the “12 Days of Christmas” scenes. God help me, I even like to drive the spur on the way to Gatlinburg at night just so the darkness of the tree cover can open up to an electric light parade. I wanted to share with you some of my favorite places to visit in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge to ring in the Christmas season. Continue reading “THAT’S CHRISTMAS TO ME”

THE ONLY SUGAR COOKIE RECIPE YOU WILL EVER NEED

THE ONLY SUGAR COOKIE RECIPE YOU WILL EVER NEED

My mother-in-law gets asked to make her sugar cookies for every family function of the year. I’m not much of a cookie fan so I didn’t understand what all the fuss was about. I think I first had them on the Fourth of July. She shaped them into American flags and I got my paws on one before she made it red, white, and blue. One bite. That was it. I was done for. I’ve never had a better sugar cookie in my life and neither will you. Trust me, this is the only sugar cookie recipe you will ever need. Continue reading “THE ONLY SUGAR COOKIE RECIPE YOU WILL EVER NEED”

CHRISTMAS CARD PHOTOS

CHRISTMAS CARD PHOTOS

I wanted to share these photos taken by Tara Hodges with Sweet Snaps based out of Kingsport, Tennessee. She shot our wedding photos and we continue to fall in love with the way she captures our little family with her camera. Of course Joe had to be in our Christmas card picture since we’re all Kiblers now and he’s no longer illegitimate. October 28th was a big day for him, too. I hope you enjoy these snapshots of us.

 

We wish you a very merry Christmas and a bountiful new year. We pray for God’s protection and provision in your life. We thank you for being on this journey with us. I want to personally thank you for taking the time to read my posts here on “You, Me, and Tennessee”. Your support means more than you know.

Until next time,

Carly

CANDY CANE CHRISTMAS DANISH

CANDY CANE CHRISTMAS DANISH

If you’ve ever been invited to a Christmas party and had no idea what to bring I’ve got you covered in 6 simple steps. This candy cane danish is made of strawberry and cream cheese goodness that will have everyone coming back for more. I promise you’ll put in minimal effort for maximum crowd pleasing. While it might not be the most friendly dessert for your waistline, I’m pretty sure Christmas calories don’t count. Continue reading “CANDY CANE CHRISTMAS DANISH”

ICE SKATING DATE NIGHT

ICE SKATING DATE NIGHT

Traditions are a part of Christmas for lots of couples and Chris and I are no different. I already mentioned that we started a new tradition for our tree this year. However, one tradition that hasn’t changed is our annual ice skating date. When Chris asked me to go ice skating the first year we were together I was excited because I thought it would be like a Hallmark movie. We would glide along the ice like two lovebirds in Market Square, drink hot cocoa, and question how we ever lived apart. False. Y’all, I could not have been more wrong. Chris skates as smooth as butter melts and I look like a newborn baby deer on ice. Over the years I’ve gotten better at skating but Chris literally skates circles around me because hockey. That’s why. Really though, we end up having the best time when we go ice skating and it reminds me why I love my husband so much. Continue reading “ICE SKATING DATE NIGHT”

CHRISTMAS VACATION

CHRISTMAS VACATION

Every year around this time I wonder what it would be like to go on a big vacation at Christmas. I think it would be special to visit a new city during the season that is famous for love and good cheer. I’m sure if you were to go back to the same place any other time of year the city would leave a different impression. Christmas lights act as a sort of face lift for communities everywhere. Suddenly what was dull is sparkling and illuminated. The eye is drawn away from imperfections toward the brightest beauty. After drooling over social media posts from all over the world, here is a list of places I hope to someday spend my Christmas vacation.  Continue reading “CHRISTMAS VACATION”

SEARCHING FOR SANTA

SEARCHING FOR SANTA

No Christmas season is complete without a trip to see Santa but you have to know where to find him. As a Pigeon Forge insider, I feel obligated to share the best place to visit Santa with my amazing readers. I thought I’d begin my search at The Inn at Christmas Place. They have plenty of rooms so maybe Santa lives here. Come with me to have a look around! Continue reading “SEARCHING FOR SANTA”