Camping and Hiking in the Great Smokey Mountains in Gatlinburg Tennessee

Neal and I enjoy camping and hiking in the Great Smokey Mountains in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. In this post, I share about one of our favorite campgrounds, our favorite hiking trails, and other hiking and camping tips.

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Strawberry Pretzel Salad Recipe

As we prepare for family coming for the 4th of July, one of our favorite recipes is strawberry Pretzel Salad.

It is a refreshing and delicious salad but can also be served as a dessert. It is a perfect blend of sweet and salty. We first experienced strawberry pretzel salad many years ago when we ate at All Steak Restaurant in Cullman, Alabama. We have been enjoying it for many years since!

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Building Retaining Walls, a Concrete Path, and Steps

In this post, we share the steps for creating retaining walls, a 7-foot wide concrete path, and steps to our dock. This is a major project and beyond our skill level and capacity (we also don’t own a bobcat) so we hired an experienced contractor. However, Neal did all the electrical. He and I also built the steps, ramp, and railing, and all the finishing work.

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Advice for Transitioning to Retirement

Many of us work hard most of our adult life and look forward to retirement. However, transitioning to retirement can be a little challenging for some of us. In this post, I offer some suggestions and advice for those preparing for or who have recently retired.

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How to Chalk Paint an Oak Dresser

This post shows you each step for chalk painting a dresser, which includes, sanding, chalk painting, sanding off the chalk paint in strategic spots, and sealing with polyurethane.

Below is a before picture of the oak dresser. This was my husband’s childhood dresser.

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The Basics of Composing

My recent passion is growing beautiful flowers and I am also venturing into gardening. Composting is a vital part of this process. In this post, I will share the purpose of composting, things to put in your compost, what not to put in your compost, containers or areas for composting, the magic formula for composting, and how to use compost. (I will continue to update this post with additional composting tips.)

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