The Gathering Place Cafe – Greeneville TN

We recently took our camper on our first camping trip!  We went to Davy Crockett Birthplace campground in Limestone, TN.  On the last night of our trip, we decided to go out for dinner.  It was a welcome respite from outdoor cooking!  We tried to get in to the Butcher’s Block, but it had an hour wait list.  After consulting TripAdvisor again, we headed for The Gathering Place Cafe.  I called ahead to see how busy they were, explaining that we could arrive by 7:30 (they close at 8 pm).  I  was told that outdoor seating would soon be available and my name was added to the list.   [Read more…]

BEYBLADE BURST event at Ovation Brands restaurants #TastyTreats2017 #giveaway ends 7/2

Disclosure: I received a Beyblade package for posting. Opinions shared are mine.

Our kids love Family Night at Ryan’s, but they’re ecstatic about the Beyblade Blast promotion!  We received an Ovation Brands promotional package that includes the Beyblade Blasts Epic Battles Set (2 launchers, 2 tops, and stadium) and 4 free meal tickets.  One lucky reader will receive the same package!  [Read more…]

STEAM activities – Nancy Drew Codes & Clues app #giveaway

Disclosure: I received a prize pack just like the one the giveaway winner will receive! Opinions shared are mine.

STEAM is one of the biggest buzzwords in education right now.  You might also see variations of this idea, such as STEM or STREAM.  This ideology  incorporates high-interest learning tasks with technology skills such as coding or investigating science concepts.  During the summer months, it can be a challenge to keep kids engaged in these activities.  Apps like Nancy Drew Codes & Clues are a good solution to the summer learning loss problem.

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Save time in the kitchen with Vidalia Chop Wizard

Disclosure: This Vidalia Chop Wizard was sent to me for review. Opinions shared are mine. I used my Amazon affiliate link in this post – if you make a purchase through this link, I may earn a small commission (used for giveaway prizes).


This week, it was my turn to take a meal to our small group Bible study. My daughter begged me to take meatloaf, which is one of her favorites. It’s a great comfort food! I was given the chance to try the quick-cutting Vidalia Chop Wizard, and it saved me several minutes on this entree.  I was able to prep the entire dish before leaving for Sunday School! [Read more…]

Scratch Pizza in Johnson City, TN

Don’t drive by.

Just, don’t.

I know what it looks like.  I know what you expect.  Trust me on this.  You NEED Scratch pizza[Read more…]

Family Night featuring GSN’s IDIOTEST #giveaway ends 3/21

Disclosure: I will receive a prize pack, too. How great is that?! Opinions shared are mine.

They’re at it again! Ovation Brands portfolio of restaurants – Old Country Buffet, Ryan’s, Hometown Buffet, Country Buffet – and Furr’s Fresh Buffet have rolled out a new Family Night promotion.  This time, they are featuring a theme based on GSN’s IDIOTEST!  As you know, our family loves to have dinner at Ryan’s.  Family night is especially a treat because of the cotton candy, games, and other attractions that makes the meal stand out from other restaurants. [Read more…]

Container gardening made easy

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Houseplants cower in fear when I come near, but somehow I am able to keep vegetable plants alive.  Maybe it’s because Mother Nature helps me out with rain.  Gardening is my favorite summertime activity.  Seeing my husband enjoy a tomato sandwich made from homegrown ‘maters warms my heart.  My kids love zucchini when it’s baked into sweet bread.  Our garden always produces more than we can eat, so we love to share the bounty with neighbors and friends.  Like I said, I’m not a natural green thumb.  So, my secret is this: Container gardening.

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We’re saying Cheers in 2017 with an Ovation Brands giveaway

Disclosure: We received a prize package from Ovation Brands. Opinions shared are mine. Cheers in 2017 to you, too!


Remember America’s most lovable bear in a coat?  He’s being featured in the new “Beary Great” Family Night promotion from the Ovation Brands® portfolio of restaurants- Ryan’s®, HomeTown® Buffet, Old Country Buffet®, Country Buffet®– and Furr’s Fresh Buffet® . The New Years promotion is centered on teddy bears and adventure. We’ve always been impressed with the interactive activities provided during Family Night.  Be sure to visit your local Ovation Brand restaurant every Thursday from 4p.m. to close, with activities taking place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. [Read more…]

Make a fresh start in 2017 with Krystal #giveaway ends 1/14

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Is your kitchen gear starting to look a little tired? Make a fresh start in the new year with fun new kitchen accessories and some meal ideas!  We received two Krystal packages (one is shown above) and one lucky Savings in Seconds reader will win some goodies for the kitchen, too!  [Read more…]

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