Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day is held every year on March 17th. It is to honor St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. It originally started as a religious feast, but is now a holiday full of celebration and tradition around the world. Check out this post for a traditional recipe, fun around our town, and fun facts. 

Corned Beef and Cabbage may just be the most famous dish to eat on St. Patrick's Day. Fix this recipe, the family is sure to love. 

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 2-3/4 hoursYIELD:10 servings
1 corned beef brisket (about 4 pounds) with spice packet
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 bay leaves
3-1/2 pounds small potatoes (10-15), peeled
8 medium carrots, halved crosswise
1 medium head cabbage, cut into wedges
3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 to 1-1/2 cups reserved cooking juices from corned beef
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1/4 cup horseradish
MUSTARD SAUCE (optional):
1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1. Place brisket, contents of seasoning packet, brown sugar and bay leaves in a large Dutch oven or stockpot; cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 2 hours.
2. Add potatoes and carrots; return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, just until beef and vegetables are tender, 30-40 minutes. (If pot is full, remove potatoes and carrots before adding cabbage; reheat before serving.)
3. Add cabbage to pot; return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until cabbage is tender, about 15 minutes. Remove vegetables and corned beef; keep warm.
4. For Horseradish Sauce, strain and reserve 1-1/2 cups cooking juices; skim fat from reserved juices. Discard remaining juices. Prepare sauces as desired.
5. Cut beef across the grain into slices. Serve with vegetables, Horseradish Sauce and, if desired, Mustard Sauce.
6. Horseradish Sauce: In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat; stir in flour until smooth. Gradually whisk in 1 cup reserved juices. Stir in sugar, vinegar and horseradish; bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Cook and stir until thickened. If desired, thin with additional juices. Season to taste with additional sugar, vinegar or horseradish.

7. Mustard Sauce: Mix all ingredients. Yield: 10 servings.

Local Celebrations:
Quaker Steak & Lube

The Roaming Gnome

Three Jimmy's 

1. We really should wear blue. His color was St. Patrick's Blue. The color green wasn't associated until the 18th century. 
2. Saint Patrick was British. 
3. The Chicago River has been dyed green every St. Patrick's day since 1962. It takes 40 tons of dye. 
4. There's no corn in Corned Beef and Cabbage. 
5. There are no female leprechauns. 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Historic Places: Elkmont

Located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Elkmont is definitely a treasure to find. What appears to be a "Ghost Town" actually started as an Appalachian Club vacation community. 

The land was once owned by Little River Lumber Company and in 1910, they started selling off the land in order to create an elite private social club. Later the Wonderland Hotel was purchased and the Wonderland Club was created. This area quickly became a favorite vacation spot among wealthy East TN families. Elkmont became the home for the birth of the National Park. 

In 1926, Colonel Wilson B. Townesend, the owner of Little River Lumber Company, sold the 76,000 acres so that it could be turned into the national park. While most people in park boundaries were forced to sell their land and relocate, those in the Elkmont area were able to sell their cottages at half the price in exchange for lifetime leases. Most of the leases expired in 1992 and the final two expired in 2001. 

Much debate occurred on whether to protect these structures or to let the park return back to its natural state. In 1982, the park wanted all structures to be removed. However, in 1994 several were placed on the historic registry preventing them from being demolished. 

Fast forward to today, where the park has decided to preserve 19 structures and raze 55 structures. In 2017, 4 structures will be preserved and 29 will be demolished. Work is expected to begin March 6 and be completed by May 26. The preservation of the 4 structures is estimated to cost $383,000 dollars. Most of the structures being kept are in the Daisy Town area of Elkmont. The 1st 6 structures are estimated to be removed from the "Millionaire's Row" section between March 6 and March 24th. The remaining 23 structures will be removed from "Society Hill" between March 27 and May 26. If you want to see some of these structures before they are removed you better act fast. 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Valentine's Day

Looking for the perfect thing to do with your loved one or even the whole family. Check out this post for some great ideas!

Local Goat New American Restaurant
2167 Parkway Pigeon Forge

Valentine's Day Four Course Meal Special for two only $50. You save $15 off the regular menu price. 

Shared Appetizer
• Cheese Fondue
Salad (choice of two)
• Small House Salad
• Small Strawberry Salad
Main selections (choice of two)
• 6oz Sirloin Special with Crab cake and Steamed Broccoli
• 10oz Prime Rib with baked potato
• Grilled Salmon with sautéed Broccolini
• Pecan Crusted Chicken with honey butter sauce and Whipped Sweet Potatoes
• Teriyaki Kabobs with Steamed Broccoli
• Seared Ahi Tuna Steak with Asian stir fry
Shared Dessert
• Chocolate Fondue

Special Drink offerings in addition to the food special:
Valentine's Champagne cocktail with real 24 carat gold flake and a Love Potion cocktail for two.

TGI Fridays

Nino's Pizzeria and Eatery
105 Long Spring Roads #8 Sevierville

Nino's Valentine's Day Special: Two filets, two lobster tails, veggies and potatoes with two side salads and fountain drinks - $49.95 all inclusive. Call 865-365-4444 or come in to make your reservations. (regular menu available)

Holston's Diner
Holston's. Dinner for two, 49.95
Roasted Beet and Pear with Micro Greens, Gorgonzola, Pecan Dust and Champagne Vinaigrette.

Grilled Ribeye with Shallot Wine Sauce and Fresh Day Boat Flounder en Papillote
with Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes and pan seared Sugar Snap Peas
Pink Lady Apple Rose
Frangelico Amaretto Truffle
Raspberry Mint Coulis

Can't find a sitter or want to include the entire family? Check out these ideas!

1. Rethink Gifts....Valentine's Gifts should pass the GIFT test. Do they create more Gratitude, Intimacy, Fondness, and Trust among you or do they just impress? Gifts should be heartfelt and do not need to be store bought. Homemade Valentine's, a letter of appreciation, or certificates for massages are all meaningful. 

2. Get up early and open gifts before enjoying a breakfast of heart shaped treats. 

3. Let your kids know your love is with them all day by slipping notes in their backpack, lunch boxes, or coat pockets. 

4. Make the dinner move festive by having a dance party before, make sure to include a slow dance for the grown ups. 

5. At the dinner table, have everyone take turns telling why they appreciate each person. 

6. Spread the love by making Valentines for friends, family, neighbors, and classmates. 

7. Create a telephone Valentine chain by calling someone and telling them why you love them. Tell them to pass it forward by calling someone else. 

8. Order takeout and have an indoor picnic. 

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Smoky Mountain Strong

November 28, 2016...A date that will always be remembered by residents, visitors, and lovers of Sevier County. A devastating fire caused catastrophic damage, but what we have seen is our community rising from the ashes. Our community is continuing to overcome this destruction by pulling together and through the receiving of support from those near and far. Here’s some great upcoming events that will continue to fuel the support our community needs.

Smokies Strong: A Bluegrass Celebration

2-day celebration featuring a lineup of bluegrass music’s top artists. Tickets proceeds benefit the Dollywood Foundation Wildfire Scholarship fund. Artists include Volume 5, Flatt Lonesome, The Grascals, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Jimbo Whaley & Greenbriar, Dave Adkins Band, Newton, Barry Bales & Friends, and the Lonesome Rive Band.
Doors open at 4 pm each day...Concert starts at 5!
Tickets are $30 for one day or $50 for both days.
Check out for more info!

Our Rivers Run Strong:

Saturday, April 29, 2017   8 am-6 pm
Enjoy a day of fly fishing. This event is for all the locally affected fisherman of the Smoky Mountains.

Lunch and dinner will be provided by Lit Barbeque.  Enjoy a day filled with fishing, live music, food, and fellowship.
Space is limited; to sign up send your info to Make sure to include all sizes of clothing, shoes, and experience level. All gear will be provided or you can bring your own.
For more information, check out

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sevier County Flashbacks

Sevier County sure has changed a lot through the years, we have seen many businesses come and go. Roads have been built and life has formed where there was once just trees. Check out our latest post for some fun, flashback memories!

Twin Islands hotel was built in 1951 and located near the Aquarium in Gatlinburg, TN. Sadly, it has been torn down and being replaced with Margaritaville Resort!

Who remembers riding the Waterboggan in the 80's? Slide off the mat and lose your hide!

Ogle's Waterpark was a top summer destination in Pigeon Forge...taking a ride on any of the 6 slides, splashing in the wave pool, or enjoying an ice cream cone was the best way to spend the day. Now, Walden's Landing sits where Ogle's Waterpark was. 

Porpoise Island located off Sugar Hollow Road took guests to Hawaii. You couldn't miss the Dolphin, Sea Lion, Bird, and Hula shows. The roller skating birds were a favorite of many. In the midst of the Hawaiian theme, there was even a deer ranch nursery. Porpoise Island was favored my many in the 70's and lots of people have fond memories. 

Who remembers taking a date to the Midway Drive-In????

Hope you enjoyed the Blast from the Past!
-The Derosia Team

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Traditions, Superstitions, and Resolutions...oh my!

Check out our latest post for fun ways to ring in the new year or ways to celebrate throughout the year!

Traditions around the World:
  • England: First guest for the year is supposed to bring fortune. In order to be allowed in a person's home, you must bring a loaf of bread for the kitchen, drink for the head of the house, and coal to light the fire. 
  • Denmark: Keep a pile of broken dishes by the front door. People will even throw dishes at their friend's door. It is believed that those who have the most broken dishes outside their door have the most friends. 
  • China: People paint their front doors red to symbolize happiness and good fortune.
  • Brazil: Lentils signify wealth and prosperity, so people eat dishes made with them.
  • Wales: When the clock strikes midnight people open their back door and then shut it to symbolize letting out the old year and locking out any bad luck that came with it. Upon the 12th chime of the clock, they open their door to welcome the new year in. 

  • Eating black eyed peas and greens-brings good luck and prosperity
  • Don't take anything out of the house on the 1st or you might lose things during the year-Don't take out the trash or even take food to a friend. If you are taking something somewhere on the 1st, it should be left outside
  • Kiss someone at midnight to bring affection throughout the year-alone...try kissing the dog or cat
  • Don't cry---crying on the 1st could bring unhappiness throughout the year
  • Loud noises-make loud noises to ward off the evil spirits

Each year people make a commitment to do more or less of something during the upcoming year. Here's a list of resolutions for homeowner's:

  • Make extra payments to shorten the time until your mortgage will be paid in full-doing so will save you money!
  • Pay off a 2nd mortgage
  • Refinance your mortgage
  • Fight your property tax assessment-if your house value has dropped, your taxes should to
  • Score homeowner insurance discounts-home improvements could lower your insurance rate
  • Make your mortgage payments on time!

The Derosia Team wishes you and your family a healthy and prosperous New Year!!!!


Sunday, December 18, 2016

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Christmas time is a great time to celebrate friends, family, and the spirit of giving. A ravaging wildfire may have caused destruction in our area, but from this we see that the Christmas Spirit is alive and well in our area. So many local businesses, residents, and visitors have stepped up to make sure that everyone in our area has a very Merry Christmas and remembers the reason for the season! There are truly angels walking among us. 

Check out this post for some fun activities to do with the family, yummy recipes, and a few options to enjoy Christmas dinner out on the town!

Make a snow globe

You'll need: a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid; a plastic figurine; waterproof glue; distilled water (you can also use boiled and cooled tap water); liquid glycerin (available at crafts stores); glitter. Let your child pick out the figure, then glue it inside the lid and let the glue dry. Fill the jar with water, a squirt of glycerin (it helps the glitter swirl) and the glitter. Screw on the lid tightly, then flip!

Give Peace a Wreath
  • Paint clothespins and an embroidery hoop.
  • Glue clothespins onto the hoop.
  • Cut two felt leaves and glue near the top of the hoop.
  • Glue small felt circles and buttons to the leaves.
  • Thread a string through the top of the hoop.
  • Cut a dove shape out of felt. Glue a teardrop wing to each side. Decorate with feathers.
  • Add a black-marker dot eye to dove.
  • Pierce the beak of the bird with a scissor tip and slide a one-inch piece of white floral wire through the slit to make an olive branch.
  • Attach two felt leaves to each end of the wire.
  • Glue dove to the wreath.

Raspberry and Almond Shortbread Thumbprints 

Raspberry and Almond Shortbread Thumbprints

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Recipe By:Dee
"Shortbread thumbprint cookie filled with raspberry jam, and drizzled with glaze."


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together butter and white sugar until smooth. Mix in 1/2 teaspoon almond extract. Mix in flour until dough comes together. Roll dough into 1 1/2 inch balls, and place on ungreased cookie sheets. Make a small hole in the center of each ball, using your thumb and finger, and fill the hole with preserves.
  3. Bake for 14 to 18 minutes in preheated oven, or until lightly browned. Let cool 1 minute on the cookie sheet.
  4. In a medium bowl, mix together the confectioners' sugar, 3/4 teaspoon almond extract, and milk until smooth. Drizzle lightly over warm cookies.

Apple Cranberry Relish 

Apple Cranberry Relish

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Recipe By:Karen Dunn
"This relish has a great flavor especially with the addition of celery! Chopped pecans or walnuts can be added if desired."


  • 2 navel oranges
  • 2 (12 ounce) packages cranberries
  • 2 apples - peeled, cored and chopped
  • 2 celery, chopped
  • 3 cups white sugar


  1. Grate peel of orange; reserve. Peel oranges and discard white membranes. Separate oranges into sections and place half in a food processor or blender. To the food processor add half of the cranberries, apples and celery. Process until coarsely chopped. Transfer to a bowl; repeat with remaining oranges, cranberries, apples and celery. Stir in sugar and reserved orange peel. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Restaurants open on Christmas Day: (Not an exclusive list, call restaurant for confirmation)

  • Corky's Ribs and BBQ
  • Hard Rock Cafe
  • Captain Jim's Seafood Buffet
  • IHOP
  • JT Hannah's
  • Regan's House of Pancakes
  • Calhoun's Pigeon Forge
  • Applewood Farmhouse
  • Blaine's Grill
  • Bubba Gump Shrimp Co
  • Calhoun's Restaurant
  • Crawdaddy's Restaurant and Oyster Bar
  • Crystelle Creek
  • Flapjack's Pancake Cabin
  • Johnny Rocket's
  • Loco Burro Fresh Mex Cantina
  • No Way Jose's Cantina
  • Puckers Sports Grill
  • Seasons of Ober Restaurant
  • Slice Pizza Bakers
  • The Smoky Mountain Brewery
  • TGIFriday's 
  • The Melting Pot