The Best Relaxing Place to Visit is Pretty Place in S.C.

Pretty Place (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

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. 

Southern Appalachian Mountains (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022
Diagram of the Southern Appalachian Mountains by Kurt Roinestad
WLTX 19 Pretty Place

The chapel was built in 1941 by Fred W. Symmes and is part of the YMCA Camp Greenville.

Outside: Pretty Place (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022
Sign at Entrance: Pretty Place (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022
Inside Pretty Place after descending the stairs (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Pretty Place Chapel
Autumn: Pretty Place Chapel

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. 

Leaving Pretty Place (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Warm Wishes,

Debra Roinestad

Website for Pretty Place click here

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Hawk on Trail Camera, S.C.

Hawk: Trail Camera, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Hi Friends,

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.

Warm Wishes,

Debra & Kurt


Hawk: Trail Camera, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022
Hawk, Birds of America (1827) by John James Audubon, etched by William Home Lizars.
Goshawk female (Accipiter gentilis) 1929, illustrated by the von Wright brothers.

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Fawn & Deer: Trail Camera, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

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Roasted Broccoli

Roasted Broccoli (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

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! 

Kind Regards,

Debra & Anna

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Dana Carvey, SNL sketch: Choppin’ Broccoli
Roasted Broccoli (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022
Cartoon by Debra Roinestad (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Roasted Broccoli

The Comfy Cabin
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound broccoli, trimmed
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 425°
  • In a large mixing bowl, add the trimmed and washed broccoli. Add olive oil, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. Mix well until combined.
  • Add the broccoli to a sheet pan.
  • Roast for 20-25 minutes, until stems are crispy.
  • Remove from oven and serve immediately.
Keyword broccoli

Eat Healthy (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

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Coyote Trail Camera Videos (One Cool Coyote)

Coyote: Trail Camera, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Hey Everyone,

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.

Enjoy the videos!!

Debra & Kurt

All Trail Camera Videos (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

All Trail Camera Videos (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

All Trail Camera Videos (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

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One Cool Coyote, art by Debra Roinestad (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

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Parmesan Crisps

Parmesan Crisps  (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

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.

Warm Regards,
Debra Roinestad

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Cartoon by Debra Roinestad (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

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Parmesan Crisps

The Comfy Cabin
Total Time 12 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup fresh parmesan cheese, shredded

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350° F.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Scoop 1-2 spoonfuls of parmesan cheese. Repeat and space about ½ apart. (Note: I made my parmesan crisps about 2" in diameter)
  • Bake for 6-8 minutes until crisp and golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and let them cool down for about 4 minutes.

Notes

Optional: For extra flavor add Italian Seasoning.
Keyword cheese, parmesan
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Fawn Trail Camera, S.C.

Fawn, Trail Camera (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022
(c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

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.

For more information about fawns click here.

Enjoy the trail camera videos!

Kind Regards,

Debra & Kurt

All Trail Camera Videos (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

All Trail Camera Videos (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

All Trail Camera Videos (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

All Trail Camera Videos (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

All Trail Camera Videos (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022
Fawn: Vintage Illustration, Image In The Public Domain

“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

Fawn: Vintage Illustration, Image In The Public Domain

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Bears Trail Camera, S.C. (A Beary Likely Story)

Black Bear, Trail Camera (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022
Bear Close-Up, Trail Camera (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

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! 

Warm Wishes,

Kurt & Debra


“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

All Trail Camera Videos (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

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Party-hardy before the summer is over
Vintage bears preparing for celebration illustration, by Edward Penfield

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Coyote vs Raven Trail Camera, S.C.

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

Trail Camera, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Here are trail camera videos of the coyote and raven.

Enjoy friends!

Debra & Kurt

Coyote: Trail Camera, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022
Coyote, Artist: Unknown (Illustration Free Public Domain)
Raven: Trail Camera, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022
Raven from Birds of America (1827) by John James Audubon, etched by William Home Lizars. Original from University of Pittsburg.

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Gluten Free Cornbread Croutons

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.

Cornbread Croutons (c) The Comfy Cabin 2022
Spinach Salad with Cornbread Croutons (c) The Comfy Cabin 2022

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.

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King Arthur Gluten Free Cornbread (c) The Comfy Cabin 2022
After: Cornbread Croutons (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022


Note: You can use regular cornbread if you do not have anyone in the family that has a gluten allergy. This recipe works well for both!

Warm Regards,
Debra Roinestad 🌿

Gluten Free Cornbread Croutons

The Comfy Cabin
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Salad, Side Dish, Snack
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups cubed cornbread
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil optional: coconut oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions
 

  • 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.
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