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

Rise from the Ashes

November 23rd, 2016-----A date that will forever be etched in the minds of residents and visitors of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and areas surrounding it. A man-made fire began in the Chimney Tops area of the national park. The steep terrain made firefighting efforts difficult. Fast forward 5 days when high winds coupled with extreme drought conditions caused this situation to quickly escalate out of hand. Embers were carried miles away sparking fires throughout Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. To create an even worse situation high winds caused down power lines and transformers to blow creating more fires. This devastation resulted in more than 20,000 acres burnt, 2,460 structures damaged or destroyed, 14 fatalities, and 191 injuries or illnesses. 

Yes, the devastation appears insurmountable, but as Mayor Mike Werner said best, "We are Mountain Tough, and We have a Strong, Strong Faith in God"!

As residents and business owners were coming to terms that their homes and businesses were now a pile of ash, community members and supporters of our area were pulling together. The resources in our area are something you have to see to believe. Residents who had nothing more than the clothes on their back were bombarded with more help, then they knew what to do with. Distribution centers are having to turn away donations, because there simply is no more room in our town to store supplies. Bottled water is definitely not in short commodity. Throughout the county you can see pallets of supplies stacked and shrink wrapped just waiting for when residents might need something. The help in our community is not going away either. Resources will remain available as long as our community members need them.

Residents dig through what is left of their homes to try to find just something that connects them to everything they have ever known. Our town will rebuild and come back stronger and better than ever, because we are Mountain Tough and have so much support from near and far. We can't wait to see our community rise from the ashes!

-The Derosia Team

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Thanksgiving Feast


Visiting our area from out of town?
No family in the area?
Don't want to go grocery shopping?
Don't want to dirty your kitchen?

Whatever the reasons, if you don't want to cook a Thanksgiving meal, the multitude of restaurants in our area offering a traditional feast will surely not disappoint! Read below for some great choices, but be warned just reading this post will make your stomach growl and your mouth water!

Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant
Serving a Thanksgiving Feast from 10:30 am to 9:00 pm
Adults $25.99 and Children 10 and under $9.99
All the traditional fixings and more: Applewood Julep, Apple Fritters with Apple Butter, Vegetable Soup, Prime Rib with Au Jus, Roasted Turkey with Gravy and Stuffing, Apple Glazed Sugar Cured Ham, and more!

Bennet's Pit Barbeque
Serving a Thanksgiving Buffet from 11;00 am to 8:00 pm
They are offering a full Thanksgiving buffet or you can order a family feast for $100. You must pre-order the feast prior to Thanksgiving. This includes a 12 lb Turkey, 4 qt of Mashed Potatoes, 2 pt of Gravy, 4 qt of Dressing, 4 qt of Veggies of your choice, 15 Rolls, and 2 Pumpkin Pies. 

Corky's BBQ
Serving all Thanksgiving Favorites from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
Dine in on a traditional Thanksgiving dinner featuring turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. Get it to go if you would rather feast at home or need something to take to a family dinner!

Harpoon Harry's 
Serving a Traditional Thanksgiving Feast with a Seafood Twist 12:00-8:00 pm
Enjoy a huge Thanksgiving buffet with all your favorite foods, but also enjoy some seafood options to shake things up a little! Need some more....they are also offering their crab bucket menu.

Mama's Farmhouse 
Offering all you can eat Thanksgiving Dinner 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
Serving a traditional Thanksgiving Meal family style. You get turkey, ham, dressing and your choice of five sides. Don't forget that your meal comes with desert. As always, their meal is all you can eat!

Margaritaville Restaurant
Serving a Thanksgiving Feast 11:00 to 8:00 pm
They will be offering their regular menu and signature margaritas. Or you can enjoy their Thanksgiving Feast featuring Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Stuffing, Honey Garlic Green Beans, Cranberry Sauce, and Pumpkin Pie with Whipped Cream. $18.99 for adults and $10.99 for kids 12 and under.

Old Mill Restaurant
Serving a full Thanksgiving Meal 10:30 am to 8:30 pm
One of the most popular choices in our area, they do not offer reservations on Thanksgiving day. However, do not let that deter you from enjoying a delicious feast! Adults are $25.99 and Kids under 12 are $8.99. They are serving all the delicious Thanksgiving foods including turkey, cornbread dressing, giblet gravy, and cranberry sauce. The corn chowder & fritters, ambrosia fruit salad, and roasted prime rib of beef are offerings that can't be missed!

A few more popular choices: Golden Corral, Cracker Barrel, Applebees, and Shoney's will all be offering a Thanksgiving Meal!

The Derosia Team wishes you and your family a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Check out next month's post for can't miss Christmas Activities and Shows in our Area!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Happy November

Happy November!

TEMPERATURES are cooling, LEAVES are falling, BEARS are scavenging for food, TURKEYS are calling, and CHRISTMAS LIGHTS are being turned on! That can only mean one thing in the Sevier's NOVEMBER!

There is lots to see and do throughout the year which each month being just as magical as the one before. The events in November are sure to not disappoint. Check out this month's post to find several can't miss activities and a recipe for one of my favorite things...PUMPKIN PIE!

 Sevierville Winterfest Kickoff -November 7, 2016
3:00-7:30 pm

The 2016 Sevierville Winterfest kickoff event, dubbed “Music, Lights and Magic,”  takes place in the heart of the city at the municipal complex downtown. Free food, local entertainment, kids' games and fireworks make this event fun for everyone! The evening wraps up by turning on the area's first Winterfest lights.
Sevierville Convention & Visitors Bureau, 110 Gary Wade Blvd. in Sevierville TN

Pigeon Forge Winterfest Kickoff- November 8, 2016

Winterfest Kick-off
4:00 PM: Kids Area opens up Days Gone By Old Time Games
5:00 PM: Activities start from stage National Anthem presenting of colors: Mayor and City Manager to speak recognize Volunteer of the Year Grace Stottlemeyer
5:15 PM: Count down to lights being turned on *in Patriot Park only immediately followed by 3-4 minutes of fireworks
5:30 PM: Entertainment starts from stage: Jimbo Whaley & Greenbrier, Pistol Creek Catch of the Day & the Pigeon Forge Community Chorus: Note some members of Pistol Creek will be strolling through park earlier entertaining
6:00 PM: FREE Trolley Tour of Lights rides will start
Local Girl Scouts will be selling hot drinks and cookies and they will have Winterfest shirt sales also.

 Gatlinburg Winter Magic Kickoff and Chili Cookoff- November 9, 2016
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the Parkway in downtown Gatlinburg.

City dignitaries will signify the start of Gatlinburg Winter Magic with a ceremonial lighting of more than 3 million lights throughout the city while thousands sample from more than 25 vendors from area restaurants and businesses.
This year’s event features great musical acts throughout the night performing on multiple stages.
5:00 The Greenbrier Band (will perform 4 times throughout the evening. 5:15 Grassabillies
5:30 & 6:00 All Sauced Up Hot Chili Eating Contests
6:00 Winter Magic Kickoff lighting 
6:15 Tara Thompson (headliner)



  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin
  • 1 (14 ounce) can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Whisk pumpkin, sweetened condensed milk, eggs, spices and salt in medium bowl until smooth. Pour into crust. Bake 15 minutes.
  2. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F and continue baking 35 to 40 minutes or until knife inserted 1 inch from crust comes out clean. Cool. Garnish as desired. Store leftovers covered in refrigerator.

Happy November....check back later in the month for the best places to get a Thanksgiving Feast without having to dirty your kitchen!


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Local Favorite: 3 Jimmy's

Local Favorite:
3 Jimmy's Restaurant
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Tourist destinations like Sevier County have their share of chain restaurants, but it is the small individually, owned establishments that the locals hold near and dear to their hearts. These restaurants are often off the beaten path or offer delicious favorites that keep the locals and guests to our area coming back often!

3 Jimmy's is located at 1359 East Parkway in Gatlinburg, TN. It is found on the corner of the Parkway and Glades Road and is a perfect place to stop if you are touring the Arts & Craft Community. 

They offer BBQ & Hearty American meals that you can enjoy inside or on the covered patio. They are known for their award winning smoked wings, but everything on the menu is delicious. They also have regular live music. They are open 11 am- 12 am every day.
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3 Jimmy's offers nightly entertainment. Need to relax-check out the live music Feeling brainy-check out the team trivia! Feeling groovy-check out Karaoke! Feeling musical-Bring your instrument to open mic night! 
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Looking for a new breakfast spot? They offer a breakfast buffet every Saturday and Sunday. You can get breakfast from 7:00 am to noon. Find all the normal breakfast treats, such as biscuits & gravy, eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, and more. 

They even offer delicious pizza...and yes they deliver!

Let us know if this is one of your favorite spots!

Happy Fall Y'all-
The Derosia Team!