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

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!