Saturday, February 23, 2013

Miller's Grocery Is a Winner


Greg and I recently took a trip to Christiana, Tennessee where we enjoyed a delicious meal at Miller's Grocery.  Originally, it was a grocery store, but it is now a country cafe.  It has served the railroad community for over 75 years.  We first found out about Miller's Grocery when they were selling food at a festival that we attended last fall. 

Miller's Grocery has a distressed, rustic look both inside and out.

We were there on a Sunday when they have their buffet.  And, what a feast it was!  We certainly didn't leave there hungry!

We loved the salads,

the breads,

the main dishes,

 and especially the desserts. 

In fact, Miller's Grocery was Tennessee Magazine 's  winner for best "place for dessert" in Middle Tennessee for 2012.

Anna, who served our drinks, took our picture, since we were celebrating my birthday.  (We'll celebrate my special day with other family members later this month.)

We plan to go back on a weekend night when we can enjoy special live musical entertainment while we dine.

Miller's Grocery
7011 Main Street
Christiana, Tennessee 37037
(615) 893-1878
See for more info.

Positive thought: "You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win." -Zig Ziglar
Thanks for visiting!  Until next Sunday, Becky

Sunday, February 17, 2013

A Day in the Lives of Kallie and Mitzi


Kallie and Mitzi are Greg's and my pet children.  I'm sure those of you who have pets can relate to that!  Animals are special.  They have thoughts and feelings similar to humans.  In fact, you could say that our animal friends are fur people.

                                                                Kallie and Mitzi

Our two cats are litter mates that we adopted from the local animal shelter, but with personalities that are very different, just like human children.  They are five years old, but Kallie (a calico) acts more maturely (most of the time!) than Mitzi (a tabby).  She's just like a mother, watching over Mitzi who still acts like a kitten, and probably always will.  Kallie is rather shy around other people, whereas Mitzi is very outgoing.  She's a people-fur person.  They're pretty typical.  They mostly love to eat, sleep, play, and watch birds.

I love taking pictures of these two, and thought I'd share some of those with you today.

Here they are-a typical day in the lives of Kallie and Mitzi through pictures:

                                                                  Breakfast Time

A Morning Nap

                                                              Just Hangin' Around


           What does Kallie see out the window?  (See the next photo for the answer.)

                                                            View from the Window

                                                                  Time to Play!

                                                                A Place in the Sun

                                                                  Close to You

                                                                A Cat Spat!

                                                            Friends Furever

Now, you might want to take pictures of your own pet, if you have one.  Bet you'd have fun!

Positive thought: Do something special for God's creatures this week.  Feed the birds, buy a special treat or toy for your pet,  play with your pet, donate your money or time to your local animal shelter, etc.  Doing this just might help bring more joy to your own life.

Thanks for visiting!  Until next Sunday, Becky

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Wall Candy Has Art, Crafts, and Framing


(Although Wall Candy is no longer in existence, you can see what a wonderful place it was through this blog post.)

Wall Candy in Columbia, Tennessee is a great place to visit if you need lovely art to grace your walls or custom frames for your pictures.  Perhaps you'd like to have handmade pottery to decorate your home or beautifully-designed jewelry to adorn yourself.  Wall Candy has this and much more.

                             Becky Arnott's Artwork on Display  (Hey, that's mine!)

Courtney Payne and her mother Mary Helen Payne are the owners of Wall Candy.

                                                           Courtney Payne

Courtney told me that they have art classes once a month, and that they plan to have pottery and jewelry classes later.

The day I was there, oil-and-acrylics artist Susan E. Jones was teaching an art class at Wall Candy.

                                                  Susan Jones with Her Art Display

They have open house the first Thursday of every month from 5:30 PM-8:30 PM where you can meet and mingle with many of the local Wall Candy artists who attend these events.  Live music and refreshments are provided for everyone's enjoyment.

Bottom line: If you're looking for one-of-a-kind handmade items for yourself or unique gifts for others, this is the place to stop and shop!

"Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known."
-Oscar Wilde

Wall Candy
116B W. 7th Street
Columbia, TN 38401
Mon.-Sat. 10-5 or by appointment

Positive thought: Occasionally, it's nice to do something special for others, and for yourself!
Thanks for visiting!  Until next Sunday, Becky

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Pie Sensations is Sensational!


You know that Pie Sensations in Columbia, Tennessee is something special before you even walk through the door.  The unique window displays lure you right in, where the charm continues. 

Owners Becky Odom and Jean Mouser decorated the place themselves with a pie theme in lovely shades of green and pink. 

Bonnie Callewaert created the charming wall murals.

As if all this weren't enough, their pies and other delicacies are superb!

                                                                   Grasshopper Pie

Greg and I first tried their pies around Christmas.  We had the delicious chess pie for our personal Christmas Day celebration, and later took the award-winning turtle pie (a three-time first-place winner in the Tennessee state fair) to a family Christmas get-together, and what a hit it was!

                                                                      Turtle Pie

Pie Sensations has more than pies.  There are cobblers, cakes, truffles, and whoopie pies.   (I gave whoopie pies as Christmas gifts to the apparent delight of the recipients!)

They have about any kind of pie or cake you can possibly imagine, and more.

We're not the only ones who are fans of this wonderful more-than-a-pie shop.  It seems to be a favorite of the locals, and the not-so-local. 

It even got the attention of Lynn Crawford of "Pitchin' In."  She tried their sweet potato pie, created by Jean Mouser, and Lynn said it was the best sweet potato pie she'd ever tasted.  In fact, Pie Sensations was recently filmed, and will appear on the Food Network sometime soon.  Check their Facebook page for the exact date.

Bottom line:  If you like tasty sweets as we do, you'd love this place!

Becky Odom, daughter Moki, and Jean Mouser (not pictured) will be happy to help you when you visit their wonderful pie shop.  Check out their Valentine's Day specials!

Pie Sensations
26 Public Square
Columbia, Tennessee
Open Tues.-Fri. 10-5, Sat. 10-2

Positive thought: "Pawpaw always said: 'I only like two kinds of pie & cold pie'." (From a wall mural in Pie Sensations)
Thanks for visiting!  Until next Sunday, Becky