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Gatlinburg TN

Hello Everyone!

I can’t believe September is almost over! We have been pretty busy this month so that’s probably why… Dad’s birthday was the 16th so to celebrate it we went to Gatlinburg TN for a few days. It is one of our most favorite places to go! Whenever we go down there we always stay at a cabin which is so much fun (and easier than a hotel). My brother found us a cabin that sleeps 12 for $100 but in the end it was lowered to $78. So we were very excited about that. 😀 The 2 little girls (16 months and 3 years) had never been to TN before so I really loved seeing them experience for the first time all the sights and little things that we love!

Some of the places we like to visit while we are there are the Aquarium, WonderWorks (affectionately known to us as “the Upside Down House”, and on this last trip we discovered mini golf! We got several pictures from the first two places but with 10 people playing mini golf there wasn’t time to take pictures… 😉

Here are just a couple of pictures from the Aquarium!

This was a new exibit that we saw for the first time and it was really cool! It’s a penguin tank and they added these little tunnels where you could crawl under the penguins’ water that they swim in. The penguins all had cute little names too….


This was a really cool and huge fish that we saw in the shark tunnel! I can’t remember it’s name though…..


Thought this was a cool picture…


And here are some pictures from the “Upside Down House”.

Picture of the outside……


Leave it to the older boys to turn the rock climbing wall into a racing spot and competition. 😉 They even timed themselves……


MG on the Bed of Nails


This thing was new and it was really cool. There was a timer and a wall of little circles that light up and you have to see who can hit the most circles when they light up (kind of like that wack-a-mole game)….


This is their 4 story rope course. Yes, that’s right, I said 4 story high rope course. I don’t have an issue with heights but this thing was scary!


I was really happy to see that they added a few more little kid games. The 2 girls really enjoyed this “Lite Brite” sort of thing.


My little Pumpkin….. this face pretty much sums her up…. quite the character….. 😉


The bubble room.


Enjoying this giant play house!


They have this exhibit about the Titanic, and it has a bucket of water that is as cold as the water was when the ship sank and there’s a timer. Well, I got to around 9 seconds and my bother got up to 3 minutes!!! Then Mom made him pull it out…. The man who was working said the record for someone holding their hand in it was 25 MINUTES!!!! O_O


And here is everyone but Dad in front of our cabin.


I got this picture of Pumpkin making faces on the way home….


Well, there are some of the things that we did while we were down there! Hope your week has been Fantastic! 🙂

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Garlic Potato Wedges

Greetings everyone! 🙂

Hope you all had a lovely weekend! Our priest was gone for the week showing some Polish friends of his around VA, so we asked our substitute priest over for breakfast on Sunday and my 4 brothers (each) had a lacrosse game so we spent several hours watching them. Then we ended the day with homemade Chinese food and White Collar. Have any of you seen White Collar? It’s a really good TV show that we have just gotten into!

So, tonight we had these delicious
French fries! What’s really interesting about this recipe (I think) is that you mix all the seasoning together with the vegetable oil. Also it calls for mixing cornstarch in with the oil and seasonings as well. All the other recipes for fries that I have, tell you to brush the potatoes with oil and then sprinkle the seasoning over them but they never are coated all the way, never truly crispy or just…. boring sometimes….

But this recipe really hits the spot! I remember the first time I made them- I was doing school and I had earlier found this recipe on Pinterest. Well, whenever that happens I have a hard time focusing on school because I want to try whatever new recipe I found, so I took a break and whipped these up as a mid afternoon snack. My whole family kept coming though the kitchen saying “What smells so good?!”. Needless to say, the whole tray was gone as soon as they were done! 😉

(My little sister walked through the kitchen tonight while they were cooking and saw them in the oven and yelled “We’re having those?!! I love those!!!) 😉

Garlicky Potato Wedges


5-6 medium potatoes (1lb)
1/2 tsp Dried Oregano
1-2 Tbs cornstarch
5 garlic cloves chopped
1 tsp Red chili powder/Cayenne pepper*
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp black pepper
3 Tbs Veggie/olive oil
Salt to taste


1) Preheat your oven to 450.** Combine all the ingredients, except the potatoes, in a large mixing bowl.

2) Cut your potatoes into wedges. Dump them into the bowl with the oil/seasoning mix. Stir until the wedges are coated.

3) Spread them on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 30-45*** minutes. Sprinkle with salt and serve with ketchup! Enjoy!!

* Unless you know you can handle the heat, I would suggest using the chili powder and just a light sprinkle of the cayenne for a little kick.

** The blog where I had originally gotten the recipe and directions is not working for me, so that’s the temperature I cooked mine at.

*** As I said above , the blog i got the recipe from wasn’t working, so this is how long I cooked mine. But since I was cooking for 10 people, there were more potatoes to cook so mine were in the oven for an hour…. 🙂


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