Wednesday, May 30, 2018

After a delightful lunch at Maggiano's in Nashville, Bruce and I are celebrating handing in the final chapters of my upcoming book (April 2019) with University of Tennessee Press titled Trails of Tennessee: Taproots and Timeless Recipes. Looking over my blog way back in 2011, I realized I've been writing about traveling the trails of Tennessee long before I thought about writing the book. In fact, I wrote the song Trails of Tennessee first! Great song!! Click on then click on the cd cover to listen.

In honor of Tennessee's seventeen state-owned historic sites (Taproots) and what they ate (Timeless Recipes), I'm including a favorite recipe from my 1975 edition of the Better Homes and Gardens Heritage Cookbook for Rose Geranium Cake.

This delicately flavored Rose Geranium Cake I baked today was one answer to the shortages of flavorings in the South during the Civil War. Rose geranium leaves (pictured here) provided a tasty substitute for unavailable flavorings. This cake is as delicious as it looks!! The recipe is included in my forthcoming book Trails of Tennessee: Taproots and Timeless Recipes published by The University of Tennessee Press, April 2019.

I hope to see you along the trails of Tennessee!

Monday, April 9, 2018

I am pleased to announce my manuscript, titled Trails of Tennessee: Taproots and Timeless Recipes, has been approved for publication by the editorial board of University of  Tennessee Press. The book is due to be released April, 2019. Based on our seventeen state-owned historic sites and what they ate from their agricultural yield, my book idea began with a song I wrote (and love), Trails of Tennessee.  Click on 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Sam Davis State Historic Site

The drive south on I-65 from Nashville to The Giles County Historical Society in Pulaski, Tennessee has a charm all it's own--even in January; its rich, undulating barren acreage-keeping secret its fruitful future.

Bruce, my husband, and fellow adventurer, and I drove the leisurely hour and a half stretch of highway to see the Sam Davis State Historic Site Monument and learn more about the life of young patriot and Confederate hero, Sam Davis.

We were given a friendly, thorough tour of the historic city and spent the afternoon enjoying three memorials erected in honor of twenty-one-year-old Sam Davis, his life and times. We understand, now, why he chose to be hanged rather than reveal the name of his commanding officer to the "Federals."

In the words of Sam Davis:

If I had a thousand lives, I would give them all here before I would betray a friend or the confidence of my informer?

The town of Pulaski is a gem. The historic district is, indeed, a study in 19th century architecture.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Women Who Make A Difference Luncheon Kingsport, Tennessee

I so enjoyed speaking at the July 5th Greater Kingsport Tennessee Republican Women "Women Who Make A Difference" luncheon. Peggy Snapp. President of GKRW, presented me with a lovely certificate as we celebrated July 4th with my DAR award-winning song "Wives of the Signers" (of the Declaration of Independence) and toasted the steady hands and hearts of the women who helped birth our country. A typical July 4, 1776 luncheon was served along with Abigail and John Adams' favorite dessert, " Apple Pan Dowdy." Our friend, brilliant photographer, Jeffrey Stoner brought some of his unique images, and dear friend, Carol Heimbach was on hand for the celebration. Several candidates for the Tennessee senate attended. I'm casting my vote for Tony Shipley and his lovely, talented wife, Susan.

Monday, January 25, 2016

"The Story of Abigail Adams"

My first non-fiction children's story "The Story of Abigail Adams" will be published in February's edition of Focus on the Family's 'Clubhouse Magazine.' !!! Clubhouse Magazine is geared toward kids 8 -12 years old. "The Story of Abigail Adams" is based on my National Society Daughters of the American Revolution First Place Award-Winning Song, "Be Like Abigail (Ode To Abigail Smith Adams.)" Clubhouse Magazine, and Clubhouse Jr. Magazine are excellent publications for young minds. I'm honored to be able to contribute. Thank you, Eva Marie Everson! To God be the glory!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Rocky Mount State Historic Site

Last week, Bruce and I took a drive up to beautiful East Tennessee. Rocky Mount State Historic Site was built by William Cobb in 1772 and served as the territorial capitol of the S.W. Territory between 1790 and 1792. Cobb hosted First Governor of the S.W. Territory, William Blount here until Blount moved to Knoxville. Our re-enactor and Executive Director Gary Walrath, and his wife were very informative. We thoroughly enjoyed the journey along the trails of Tennessee. The small building is the kitchen, where a slave, Ruth, shared her skills and recipes. Loved it!
Slave Kitchen
Rocky Mount
Executive Director, Gary Walrath with re-enactors.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Fort Nashborough Luncheon ~ Wives of the Signers

On the beautiful campus of Vanderbilt University, in the University  Club where we meet monthly, my Fort Nashborough Chapter celebrated the last Daughters of the American Revolution luncheon of our season with an awards presentation. I believe Fort Nashborough received the most recognition for outstanding service of all the chapters in the state of Tennessee. We also welcomed several new Daughters including my friend, Kathy Saine, and her daughter, Katie, who is considered a new 'Junior.'

My song, "Wives of the Signers," a tribute to the wives of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, won 1st Place in state and nationally in the American Heritage Music Composition category - which I sang as a salute to the wives of the signers.

Wonderful Ebraile  and William Mwiserwa received our Community Service Award for their work with missions in Rwanda. Their heart wrenching, inspirational story of escape from Rwanda--but not without losing 70 members of their family--unfolded with not a dry eye in the house. 

Toasting God and the wives of the signers singing my award-winning song, Wives of the Signers

Bruce, me, our Fort Nashborough Regent, Ellen Jordan, Ebraile and William Mwiserwa
Bruce, Susan Winchester, Helen Mackie, Debbie Laidlaw, my friend and new Daughter, (on my right) Kathy Saine, and her daughter, Katie, and Jennifer Watts-Martin.