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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Fresh Green Beans

When I was a little girl my grandparents had a wonderful vegetable garden every year. I think of it as wonderful now, but tHeN....I didN'T. I don't remember working in the garden or even going into the garden to pick anything. What I remember is ... BreAKinG beAnS. Momma, mamaw, and Aunt Linda would be sitting on the porch with pans in laps, stringing and breaking and talking...having a good time. I guess some days they had too many beans, so the children had to help. That was me and my cousin. I don't remember if my cousin was unhappy about the situation, but I sure was.

 One summer we had so many beans to break, it cut into my playtime and I didn't like that at all. I said I would never eat green beans again.....and I didn't for years.

  Now, as an adult I love beans. I love planting them, watching them grow, and getting in the garden early to pick, then starting the process of stringing and breaking. And don't forget the shellies. For the past couple of years I haven't had a garden. I miss that summertime therapy. Thank Heavens for Farmers Markets.

Mitch loves fresh green beans. I love the smell of the freshness as I begin to break into them, stringing as I go unitl I have a handful then snap. Break into about 1 inch pieces, then wash before placing them into a pot.

There are many seasonings for fresh green beans. Today I cooked Paula Dean style...lots of butter and seasoning salt. If I have a ham hock I will add that to the pot, yumm seasons them up nicely. I have added olive oil, salt and pepper with a few new potatoes...they're really good this way too.

Perfect for a Sunday dinner. The house smells great and the reward is delicious!

In memory of my mom..Barbara, my grandmother Dona and my Aunt Linda. I hope we get to experience the good ole' days in Heaven, I can't wait to see them again.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Our Wedding Day

On October 30th 2010 I married my best friend!
It was early summer when we decided on a fall wedding. We had big plans of renting a huge cabin in the Smokies, so all of our families could be with us for a few days before our wedding day. We found a beautiful cabin and were thinking about a place for the ceremony. A field next to a creek or a big beautiful barn where a bluegrass band could play was our plans. We also wanted to have a smoker with some barbeque, smoked corn, baked beans and sweet tea. So...those were the plans.

 We had been going to this new, cool place where bluegrass bands played once a a cave! It's a nice drive over to McMinnville TN to Cumberland Caverns which is also the home of Bluegrass Underground. Well we went over to the show in June and Mitch said " why don't we get married here, in the cave?" I thought it would be fun and different. And for an October wedding..what better place than a cave, especially an October 30th wedding. We love something different and we wanted our day to be a celebration as well as a wonderful lifetime memory for everyone. So we scheduled a meeting with the manager Teddy and the producer Todd at the next show. Todd scheduled Donna Ulisse and The Lonsome River Band. Wow, we never dreamed of having such tallent play at our wedding. This built even more excitement.
No one could believe we were really going to get married in a cave. It's not like we're spelunkers, we just like "unique" and FUN! Planning was pretty simple as we wanted to keep it simple. Sometimes as I was planning and shopping I would drift off into a dream of white linen table cloths and monogrammed chair covers with a bow on the back...and then I would SnAP back into reality and remember I needed fall colors of beautiful oranges, reds, and yellows....and purple for an extra splash of color. I wouldn't have had it any other way. I bought a variety of beautiful pumpkins and mums. I used lots of candles....and straw. (kept far apart in the decor) For the splash of purple I used purple table covers, remember we were in a cave and everything IS and GETS... DiRty, but thats ok.

Here we are getting ready to go up on stage. The crowd had no idea they were about to be guest at a wedding, but I think they were excited and happy about the surprise. I hadn't been nervous until I saw the crowd, so I couldn't look. I thought Mitch would be the nervous one, but he was as calm as ever. Oh what a HaPpy DaY!

 The biggest surprise to me was Mitch's "I Do" it was " I do...I do...I really.. do" The cowd LoVEd it!

                                                                   I LOVED it MoRe.

 Teddy, the manager of Cumberland Caverns, was sweet enough to perform our ceremony. He told about how the cave was formed by two rivers running thru it and crossing paths, just like our paths crossed.
Mr & Mrs Mitch Gann

As you can see the cave is enormous. It doesn't feel like you're in a cave at all. And it is always around 63 degrees year round.

                                                         This is Mitch's favorite picture!

Everyone loved my bridal jeans. Mitch wanted to get married in jeans and boots, he wanted me to kind of match, but I wanted something a little special. My sister and I went to the fabric store to find fabric to make a shirt for Mitch. While there I looked at the bridal fabric and to see the beauty and detail of it I laid it across my jeans to have a dark, contrasting background and WaLla.....there it was. My special outfit. Everyone raved over my jeans, they were pretty cute. So now I'm in the process of making these "Fancy Pants".
 We ran over to Nashville for a few days honeymoon. We had a great time. Rode the horse and carriage thru town and visited all the shops up and down the strip.

Our last night we were invited to be guest at The Loveless Barn. We had a great time. If you ever go to Nashville on a Wed night, this is a place to go. It is a small venue for really good music.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Prints and giclee's and stickers and magnets,and cups and t-shirts and bags......getting ready to hit the road with the chickens. Excited about the prints annnnd the giclee's, they look like photographs on paper. Kinda nervous about dropping them off for their photo shoot. This family of chickens continues to grow.
I will post pix of the newest soon. His name is Junkin' Chicken.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Pickin Chickens-The Individuals

Today I completed the individual Pickin' Chickens. Now to get them ready for the cave. Yes...the cave, 333 feet below ground, July 23 Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver and Becky Schlegal will be performing. So lots of printing to be done. Mugs, t-shirts, bags, and prints will be available at the show. For more information on the show go to