Sunday, October 19, 2014

Papa Kayjoe's Bar-B-Que, Centerville, Tennessee

Welcome!

(Or, as comedian Minnie Pearl used to say, "Howdeeeeee!")


When Greg and I visited Centerville, Tennessee for the first time during the "National Banana Pudding Festival" (Please see my 10/12/14 blog post.), Greg spotted a barbecue place that he said he'd like to visit sometime, so few days later, we went there.  Greg doesn't fool around when it comes to barbecue, for I think he's its biggest fan.  He's to barbecue as Popeye's Wimpy was to hamburgers!

Anyway, the barbecue place we visited in Centerville, was called "Papa Kayjoe's Bar-B-Que" that just recently had its fourteenth anniversary.

During our previous visit to Centerville, I hadn't gotten a very good look at Papa Kayjoe's, so I was really impressed right off with the way it was decorated on the outside, very professionally, by the owner, who's not even a decorator, (but he is a minister, as well as the owner!)


The inside also has some interesting things on the walls.



Minnie Pearl, whom I quoted at the beginning of this post, and wrote about on last week's post, is, of course, Centerville's most famous daughter.  She is featured on the wall, below.


If you don't know about Minnie Pearl, just Google her name, and you can read all about her!


Papa Kayjoe's was even featured in "Southern Living" magazine! 

As if this weren't enough, this barbecue place and its owner were also on the "Cooking Channel."

We had no idea that this place was so famous and well received, even nationally!

Now, on to the best part-the food!


Our appetizer!


My Delicious Meal (I didn't get a picture of Greg's barbecue sandwich, as he had already eaten half of it before I could aim my camera in his direction!  Anyway, he said it was great, and declared that it was the very best barbecue he'd ever eaten!, and that's saying a lot for Greg for he is a barbecue connoisseur.)


Greg, with Tonya, who was very helpful and efficient.


Decor, as Well as Souvenirs of a Really Special Place 


Enjoying the Porch Swing Before Our Trip Back Home

F.Y.I.
Papa Kayjoe's BBQ
119 West Ward Street
Centerville, TN 37033
931-729-2131
Check them out on Facebook!

-"Take the back roads instead of the highways."-Minnie Pearl

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Positive Thought: "Take time for the quiet moments, as God whispers and the world is loud."-Unknown
Thanks for visiting!  Until next Sunday, Becky

Sunday, October 12, 2014

"National Banana Pudding Festival"

Welcome!

Greg and I recently enjoyed a wonderful event in Centerville, Tennessee, the 5th annual "National Banana Pudding Festival" which has been selected as one of the "Top 20 Events" in the Southeastern United States.  The festival is near Grinder's Switch Rail Station, the inspiration for comedian Minnie Pearl's fictional hometown, Grinder's Switch.  (She actually did live in an area near Centerville, however.)



The "National Banana Pudding Festival" has a banana pudding cook-off  where contestants hope that their banana pudding is the best.  Then, there's a banana pudding auction where those puddings are auctioned off.

There's even a "Puddin' Eatin' Contest."  (That sounded tempting, but Greg and I were just not up to that one!)

(I always have been fond of banana pudding, and I'm sure that's what attracted me to this festival.  It's the ultimate Southern (U. S.) comfort food.  When I was growing up, both my mother and our housekeeper would often make our family some really delicious banana pudding which was probably our favorite dessert at that time.)

"Some foods are so comforting...that to eat them is to be home again after a long journey."-Eli Brown

(I was really pleased to see a cookie ad in the festival brochure that was advertised as "The perfect cookie for banana pudding..." that was Non-GMO certified, etc., etc.!  People are waking up to the truth!  The word is getting out!  Fantastic!)

Then there was the "Puddin' Path" that for $5.00 you can try ten different banana puddings made by ten different nonprofit organizations.  You vote for your favorite, and the winner gets the title of "Best Banana Puddin'."


Some of the names for these puddings were-"Moon Pie Banana Puddin,'" "Cinnamon Roll Banana Puddin,'" and "The Elvis."

There were also several other things at the festival besides banana pudding:


Lots of Arts and Crafts (I even found a nice Christmas gift!)


Entertainment


Good Food Besides Banana Pudding

Interesting People-


Beauty Queens


A Mini Minnie Pearl


Unusual Characters

If you missed this year's festival, don't despair, you can just mark your 2015 calendar for the first weekend in October!

F.Y.I.
"National Banana Pudding Festival"
www.bananapuddingfest.org

"Grinder's Switch is a state of mind-a place where there is no illness, no war, no unhappiness-where all you worry about is what you're going to wear to the church social, and if your feller is going to kiss you in the moonlight on the way home.  I wish all of you a Grinder's Switch."-Minnie Pearl

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Positive thought:  "Let's make these the good old days."
Thanks for visiting!  Until next Sunday, Becky





Sunday, October 5, 2014

A Brief Glimpse Back at the End of Summer

Welcome!

In my "End-of-Summer Fun" blog post (9/22/14), I told about our visit to the Nashville Farmers' Market.  That same day, Greg and I also visited the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park which is adjacent to the Farmers' Market.


The Bicentennial Park is located in downtown Nashville.  It opened in 1996 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Tennessee becoming a state.  In 2006, this park was the number one tourist attraction in Nashville.  In fact, in 2011, it was listed as one of the top ten public places in the United States.

The park has several interesting features.  One of them is the "Pathway of History" which is a 1,400-foot wall inscribed with Tennessee's history.


Greg, who loves history, read only about a third of the information on the wall.  The rest is something to look forward to on our next visit.


I was fascinated with the "Rivers of Tennessee Fountains" which represent the main rivers, etc. in the state.


The "Tennessee Amphitheater" has 2,000 seats and is used for special events.

On an earlier visit to the park, Greg and I enjoyed looking for our town on the "Tennessee Map Plaza" which is a 200-foot wide granite map of Tennessee.


This is a picture of our state capitol, taken from the park.


The day we were there, there was even a dog competition.


We'd had a full day and were all tuckered out, but we vowed to come back and finish exploring this interesting park devoted to the great state of Tennessee.

Here's an informative website that you might enjoy: www.naturalnews.com.  (Disclaimer: I am not a health expert.  I only do what's right for me.  I'm not responsible for what anyone else decides to do as a result of what's written on my blogs.)

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Positive thought: "Beautiful pictures are developed from negatives in a darkroom.  So if you see darkness in your life, be rest assured that a beautiful picture is being prepared."-From purehappylife.com
Thanks for visiting!  Until next Sunday, Becky

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Columbia Fall Festival

Welcome!

Columbia, Tennessee starts fall off right every year with it's wonderful "Southern Fried Festival" in downtown Columbia, Tennessee.  This is Greg's and my third year attending, and we believe it just gets bigger and better every year.


The weather was perfect for us, partly cloudy to cloudy with temperatures in the upper seventies.  There was a light breeze with no rain.

The weather set the stage for a great celebration of fall.


There were plenty of things to keep you entertained.




We really enjoyed going through this old bluegrass bus.


There was, of course, country music.


Deputy "Barney Fife" with his patrol car is an annual favorite.


There were plenty of things to keep the children entertained.


Since I love animals, I really enjoyed taking pictures at the petting zoo.

There were lots of arts and crafts, etc. booths.



I found this pretty bracelet for only $4.00, including tax.  I also started my early Christmas shopping here.  You can find such unique gifts at festivals, plus, you're helping out the local economy,

There was plenty of food for lunch (Some of us here in the South still sometimes call the noon meal "dinner"), and snacks.



Greg loves that barbecue!

We plan on returning to the "Southern Fried Festival" next year, if like the old Southern country saying goes "the Lord is willin' and the creek don't rise."

F.Y.I.
www.southernfriedfest.com

(All of the meals that Greg and I eat at home are mostly organic, and when we go to work, we take our meals with us so that we are in better control of what we consume.  We eat out only one day a week, and then we try to make careful food choices wherever we happen to be.  We eat sweets once or twice a month.)

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Positive thought: "Each morning comes with a gift: a brand new day!"-"Woman's World"
Thanks for visiting!  Until next Sunday, Becky

Monday, September 22, 2014

End-of-Summer Fun



And, welcome fall!


Greg and I have been pretty busy lately, hence, the delayed blog post.  One reason we've been busy was we were having fun this past weekend in-Nashville!  Now, that's the kind of busyness I like!

Specifically, we went to the Nashville Farmers' Market which is not your average farmers' market.  This one is really large!  A friend had told us about it several months ago, and we're so glad we finally got to go see and experience it.


Nashville Farmers' Market has several parts to it:

There's the farm side, of course-


There was plenty of produce!




This seems to be a great year for pumpkins!

Then, there's the flea market part-


There were bargains galore!

Finally, there are the Market House restaurants and shops-


Greg and I decided that since it was the next-to-last day of summer, we'd enjoy dining outside in the fresh air and warm sunshine.



Love that barbecue! 


A cupcake for dessert, anyone?


So,come and hitch up your bicycle to a rack, and enjoy!

For more information on this great place to visit, see their website at:
www.nashvillefarmersmarket.org

Greg and I now have 100 photos on iStock, and we're adding more every week.  Click the link below to check out our latest photographs.
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Positive thought: "Travel and change of pace impart new vigor to the mind."-Seneca
Thanks for visiting!  Until next Sunday, Becky













Sunday, September 14, 2014

A Variety of Positive Things

Welcome!

I'd like to share with you a variety of positive things on this blog post today.

According to the Mayo Clinic, people who engage in positive thinking tend to be healthier.  They suggest that during the day, you:
-Change your thoughts from negative to positive.
-Smile and laugh.  Develop a sense of humor.
-Follow a healthy lifestyle.
-Surround yourself with positive, supportive people.
-Say good, encouraging things about yourself.  (Like-"I am a likable person." )

One example of changing from negative to positive self-talk:
Change "I can't do this." to "I will do my best to accomplish this."

Becoming positive is a gradual process.  Just try going in a more positive direction, and you might find yourself being a lot more positive before you know it!

"We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses."
-Abraham Lincoln



Judy Samples and Millie Crum volunteers at the June Tolliver House in Big Stone Gap, Virginia wanted me to announce that they are having a fundraiser for the Tolliver House.  The event is Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 1:00 PM.  You pay just $15.00 and get to make several projects for fall, Christmas, and a gift card envelope.  To reserve a space for a fun time making crafts, call 276-523-4704 or 276-393-7674 for more info.  (P.S.  You don't need any special skills or equipment to do this.)

What a great opportunity to enjoy yourself and to help the June Tolliver House at the same time!

This past weekend, we had a tasty meal at my brother and sister-in-law's house (everyone brought something for the meal), and celebrated three birthdays at the same time!


Happy birthday to Julie, Nick, and Greg whose birthdays are all within three weeks of each other.

Check this out: Yesterday, I put another blog post on my "Spirit Photographs" blog (www.spiritphotographs.blogspot.com).  It's entitled "Our Paranormal Adventure in a Park-Part Two."

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Positive Thoughts: -"...spread positivity!"  -"Be helpful.  When you see someone without a smile, give them yours." -Zig Ziglar  (Both quotes from "Woman's World")