Food for Friday

We just received a new cookbook at the store, Smoky Mountain Magic, from The Junior League of Johnson City, Tennessee.  Wow!  This one is packed with over 300 pages of wonderful recipes.  After last week, I really feel the need to share something healthier, so here is a salad recipe that you can easily prepare with low- or no-fat ingredients for a healthy and tasty addition to your well-rounded meal.

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2 C cubed Jonathan apples (or any tasty red apples)
1 C shredded Swiss cheese
1/2 C chopped dates
1/2 C chopped celery
1 C shredded or finely chopped cabbage
1 T horseradish
2/3 C mayonnaise

Combine apples, cheese, dates, celery, and cabbage.  Mix horseradish with mayonnaise and  toss gently into salad.  Serve on a bed of crisp lettuce.  Serves 4.

Oh, man, I’ve got to stop doing this before lunch ~ unless I’ve prepared and brought the dish with me to eat!  This just makes my mouth water.  One page over in the recipe book I noticed a favorite of my family, Cucumber Mousse ~ yuuuuuummmmmy right down to the Worcestershire sauce…did you ever think to put those two ingredients together?  It works.

Call and ask for item 276008 – I’m getting ahead of the game with some of these cookbooks, sorry!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

C = Cup; T = Tablespoon

A Mountain Quiltfest

The 15th Annual A Mountain Quiltfest opened yesterday here in Pigeon Forge.  Whether you are a quilt maker yourself or just love the beauty and skill of the craft, this is the event for you.

More than 20,000 quilt enthusiasts will be in town through the weekend.  Eight talented instructors from across the United States are offering classes for all skill levels at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center and Music Road Hotel Convention Center.  Quilts are on competitive display at both locations.  Check out the 2008 winners here.

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

Two for Tuesday

I found a most clever glass ornament in the store yesterday.  At first glance, it was a darling penguin that caught the camera’s eye, looking very cute and shiny and bright.


It wasn’t until I moved it to capture a better angle that I discovered, hiding on the other side, this equally darling snowman about to hurl a snowball at me!


Does this count as two???

Well, if not, how about a Firefighter figurine?  We offer lots of ornaments and figurines representing many professions in the store, but, as always, it’s a snowman that caught my eye.


Hey, it’s almost Friday!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

Food for Friday

If you live in the Knoxville, Tennessee area, you need to check out the newest Indian restaurant on the west side of town, Taj.  Had dinner there last night with family, and I can’t wait to have my leftover Chicken Makhani for lunch today!  The makhani isn’t even on the menu, but the chef at Taj was happy to cook up the three dishes we wanted that weren’t listed.  The naan bread was hot and buttery and light and delicious.  The samosas, both veggie and meat (lamb) were terrific.  I could go on…..

I haven’t found an Indian cookbook in Christmas Place yet, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed!  Until then, how about a recipe from Ruby Ann’s Down Home Trailer Park Cookbook, by Ruby Ann Boxcar.  Ruby Ann’s smokin’ hot on the cover here!


Cooking’ so good, folks will be turnin’ off the wrestlin’ channel just to come ‘n’ get it!

Beautician, international entertainer and singer, and syndicated columnist Ruby Ann Boxcar lives with her husband Dew and their three dogs in a two-story double-wide pink trailer home at the High Chaparral Trailer Park in Pangburn, Arkansas.

Let me just say, these trailer park folk don’t know from low cal – you have to get to Chapter 12 on page 171 to find a main dish (past appetizers, drinks (featuring gallons of grape soda), bread, cookies, candy, desserts, and helpful hints – it’s all about priorities!).  Here’s one to entertain the kids.

Grill Master & Friend, Department 56

Grill Master & Friend, Department 56


10 hot dog buns, toasted
6 oz corn chips
10 hot dogs, grilled
1 lb chili
1/2 head iceberg lettuce, shredded
1/4 lb Government cheese, melted

Line the buns with the chips, add the hot dogs, and top with a large spoonful of chili, lettuce, and cheese.

Look, this one included lettuce – what can I say, I tried!  This book is quite a hoot – it includes a map of the trailer park and a history of each of its residents.  Call and ask for item 285076 (couldn’t find it on the site).  A great gag gift or stocking stuffer for the right person!

We’re planning on a warm and sunny early spring weekend to welcome Daylight Savings Time here in East Tennessee – hope it’s fantastic for you, wherever you are!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

Winter Wonderland


As promised, a few pictures of the late winter snow we received Sunday night!  We are so very blessed with beauty here, and it is our pleasure to share it with you.  Makes you think, “hey, it’s less than 300 days until Christmas!”


That's Gatlinburg in the valley below.

That’s Gatlinburg in the valley below.


You can bet that is some COLD water!

You can bet that’s some cold water!



Think warm, Christmas thoughts – lights on the Christmas tree, a roaring fire in the fireplace, packages piled high, hot cocoa on the stove.  It’s never to early to start thinking Christmas Place!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

Two for Tuesday

I enjoy the whimsical things in life, and these animal ornaments fit right in when I noticed the little tags they bear – oink, moo, and baa.  That just makes me laugh!

Down on the Farm Ornaments

Down on the Farm Ornaments

And now for something totally elegant…a handsome deer pair with stylized metal antlers, decorated with holly and carved seasonal landscapes.

Deer Figurines

Deer Figurines

Aren’t they extraordinary??

We’re having a cold, sunny day here – I have hesitated to mention the snow on the mountains because ours is mostly beautiful when so many others were snowed under this week.  I’ll have some pictures to share tomorrow, nonetheless – you’ll enjoy.

~Janet @ The Christmas Place