Pretty Place, the name that holds to its promise. The breathtaking views of the Southern Appalachian mountains at Pretty Place are stunning! Many people have experienced a sense of solitude and comfort and leave refreshed after visiting this peaceful place.
The chapel was built in 1941 by Fred W. Symmes and is part of the YMCA Camp Greenville.
Even though it was a cloudy day when I visited, I left with a sense of wholeness. A word of caution, check their website due to its popularity, the chapel is closed to the public for weddings and private events, and days and times are subject to change at any time. So, make sure you have a backup plan if the chapel is booked with an event.
It’s so rare to capture a hawk on a trail camera. We feel very lucky to have captured footage of this guy (on the right) that landed at the back of our cabin. I love the attitude and entitled stare at the camera. 🥰 To read more about hawks in South Carolina visit Wild Bird World.
Choppin’ broccoli…choppin’ bro-co-lie. Oven-roasted broccoli is crunchy, tender, and quite delicious. It’s easy to prepare and makes a great side dish with everything.
Broccoli is my favorite side dish. There are so many options for making this recipe. Add a little soy sauce and ginger and you have a lovely Asian side dish. Alternatively, add freshly squeezed lemon with parmesan and you have a Mediterranean side dish. And add crushed walnuts with raisins or cranberries and you have the perfect Holiday side dish. The possibilities are endless!
Here are videos of a cool coyote that showed up at the back of our cabin. This guy is fearless and hunting for prey. Coyotes don’t hibernate and remain active in the winter and throughout the year! To read more about coyotes visit Wildlife Boss.
Extra cheese please!! For all the cheese lovers… this is a fun recipe that is crispy, salty, and satisfying. Parmesan crisps are my favorite snacks. I love adding them to my salads instead of crackers.
Also, you can serve parmesan crisps with soups or any pasta dish. Plus, it makes an excellent party appetizer and looks elegant on a charcuterie board.
Adorable fawns have been hanging around our backyard. We are happy to have captured this footage and excited to share this with you! 😀❤️👍 By the way, did you know that fawns are well camouflaged and have very little odor? This self-defense mechanism helps them hide from predators. Fawns instinctively lie motionless when approached by a predator. This behavioral adaptation has helped the white-tailed deer survive for ages.
“What do you call yourself?” the Fawn said at last. Such a soft sweet voice it had! “I wish I knew!” thought poor Alice. She answered, rather sadly, “Nothing, just now.” “Think again,” it said: “that won’t do.” Alice thought, but nothing came of it. “Please, would you tell me what you call yourself?” she said timidly, “I think that might help a little.” “I’ll tell you, if you’ll come a little further on,” the Fawn said. “I can’t remember here.” So they walked on together through the wood, Alice with her arms clasped lovingly round the soft neck of the Fawn, till they came out into another open field, and here the Fawn gave a sudden bound into the air, and shook itself free from Alice’s arms. “I’m a Fawn!” it cried out in a voice of delight. “And dear me, you’re a human child!” A sudden look of alarm came into its beautiful brown eyes, and in another moment it had darted away at full speed.” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland / Through the Looking-Glass
The bears are very active this summer. The videos below show them enjoying themselves around 10 pm, playing in the rain, and searching for food. The mother bear is training her cubs to be independent. The cubs are exploring by themselves and are on a quest for some adventure! They will begin hibernating in late fall and will remain in their dens until Spring. So, it’s time to party-hardy before the summer is over!
“Grizzly bears and black bears generally do not eat, drink, defecate, or urinate during hibernation. Bears live off of a layer of fat built up during the summer and fall months before hibernation.” —Yellowstone, NPS
To read more on bear hibernating information click here.
Which do you like better, coyote or raven? Please let us know. Both have the same instincts of survival and behavioral patterns. Read more from fellow blogger Jane Kessler, on Coyote Yipps website click here.
“Except for feather, fur, size, beak, teeth—well, almost everything important—there are similarities between these two very disparate critters.” —Jane Kessler
Here are trail camera videos of the coyote and raven.
During this heat wave, I have been looking for a yummy way to add a little more pizzaz to my salads. Cornbread croutons were the missing ingredient! They are sweet and flavorful and easy to make. Plus, they go well with any soup or by themselves as a crunchy snack. You can store the leftovers in an airtight container and reheat in the oven for 5 mins.
For this recipe, I took a shortcut and purchased a pre-mix box from King Arthur. Of course, you can make it from scratch as well.
Preheat oven to 375° degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
Cut corn bread into cubes. Note: If using fresh cornbread let it cool for 10 mins. before prepping.
In a large bowl, add the cornbread pieces. Add olive oil, salt, and pepper. Gently mix until all the ingredients are combined.
Place the coated pieces of cornbread onto the baking sheet.
Bake for 20 mins. or until golden.
Store the croutons in an airtight container. Tips: Reheat for 5 mins. in the oven the next day for extra crispiness. Cornbread croutons last for 1 week in the refrigerator.
Keyword cornbread, croutons, gluten free