Gracehill Gazette
Smoky Mountain Highland Games at
 Maryville College 


Scottish Highland Games at Maryville CollegeBoth the Smoky Mountain  Highland Games, held on the
campus of Maryville College, and TroutFest at the Townsend Visitor Center were both rousing successes this past weekend. With three couples staying at Gracehill, we ran the gamut in activities AND lack thereof!  One local couple never left the property once they arrived and spent   the time planning a trip outside the U.S.  Another, staying for four days, and in the area for the first time, jammed in as much as they could from Chattanooga to the Museum of Appalachia.  The third couple, Jennifer and Barry Burgess, here again for TroutFest, also attended the Highland Games.  They graciously let me use Barry's photo at left.  He loves fishing, she loves kayaking.   When they returned to the B&B on Friday, Barry mentioned he caught quite a few trout.  I said, "I thought you went kayaking."  Definition of multi-tasking follows: he said, "We did! Caught them while we floated downstream" in... 

Black Tie Class, Blue Jean Comfort
Gracehill Bed and Breakfast Summer Sunset

Yes, I Know You Come For the View, but This Time of Year,
It's All About the Gardens...

Gracehill Bed and Breakfast Gardens
Rear Patio, Rhododendron, May Night Salvia, and Zinnias Are All Blooming
Four more :-) Baking Awards Come to Gracehill ! 
Blueberry Almond Coffee Cake
Blueberry Almond Coffee Cake and It's Blueberry Picking Season!

This is the third year in a row I've written about blueberry recipes. I guess when you have a winner you don't rock the boat, and I do love those little blue suckers!  We are freezing about a 100 pounds a year from our local U pick at Falls Blueberry Farm (check hours and days open before going).  At the Blue Ribbon Country Fair last fall, we picked up a first place ribbon for the Blueberry Almond Coffee Cake, pictured above, won second place for our Tea Cakes, and a second place for Elvis Presley's favorite pound cake. 

Layering the above Blueberry Almond Coffee Cake
Layers of dough, blueberries, grated almond paste, repeated and finished of with a layer of dough. 


So- for three years in a row at the Fair, we've taken home 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ribbons in the "pound cake division".  I suppose I should try baking something else.  My favorite pound cake was the 3rd place finisher which contained, what else? Blueberries of course!  


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Pumpkin Pancakes w/Carmelized Pecans, Whipped Cream and Ginger Syrup
Oops!  Corrected Link to Now
World FAMOUS Pancakes.
Last month I included the recipe for Pumpkin Pancakes with a bad link. In the meantime, I entered the recipe in's Facebook Breakfast Recipe Contest.  Conducted  like "March Madness", with 30,000+ people voting over several weeks, we missed first place by 35 votes.  Runner up in an international cook off works for me, with the credit going to this great tasting and easy to prepare recipe!  Don't wait for Thanksgiving to try them.


 May-June 2012
 volume 10     
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