Monday, November 30, 2015

The Comedy Barn

The Comedy Barn Theater is nestled in the great Smokey Mountains of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Winner of the funniest show, this family friendly variety show features live music, magicians, ventriloquists, comedians and much more! Currently in it's 20th year of entertaining audiences with three show opens during the year: The Family Comedy Show, Comedy Critters Pet Show and A Christmas Show.

I recently had the opportunity to attend the Comedy Barn Christmas Show. The Show featured live Christmas music and dancing. Clog and tap dancers filled the stage with synchronicity and made me wish I had learned tap dancing as a kid. The cast members seemed happy to perform and enjoyment of the Christmas season. Their cute costumes and set also added to the fun!

The show also incorporated animals. These animals seemed highly trained and well treated. Their two handlers seemed like they genuinely care for the animals and their not just an animal but their pets. I personally have a soft spot for pigs so when two pigs came out and performed tricks I was highly impressed. I loved every minute of it! They also featured some dogs doing really cute tricks which included riding a scooter!

We've seen famous ventriloquists before but the Comedy Barn has a gem! Stephen Knowles is a highly skilled ventriloquists that can even make his puppets sing. He can do several voices, sing, blow bubbles while singing and have conversations with his puppet. He is highly entertaining and incorporates comedy into his routine. His personality comes across as genuine as he talks and interacts with the audience.

If you find yourself in Pigeon Forge, don't miss out on The Comedy Barn. They currently offer two shows nightly at 5:00 & 8:15 p.m. Tickets are reasonably priced and don't forget to ask about any discounts! They offer a full concession stand incase you get hungry or thirsty. They also offer tons of great stuffed animals and joke items. There is even some fudge incase you get a sweet tooth!

Friday, November 20, 2015

5 Tips to Get the Perfect Bird

No one wants this to happen to them on Thanksgiving day...
If you follow these five simple tips your Thanksgiving turkey should turn out perfect!
1. Use the roasting rack
Most people use their roasting pan to cook their turkey in the oven. Before you throw your turkey in the oven you'll need to make sure you've got your pan ready. Don't make a rookie mistake by leaving the roasting rack out of  your roaster pan. You want to make sure that your turkey isn't laying flat on the bottom of the pan. If it does it could lead to overcooked, dry meat or worse burnt.
2. Thaw Out.
Most people don't realize that it takes a frozen turkey four days of being in the refrigerator to thaw out completely on the inside. So that means by Monday you need to move your turkey from the freezer into the refrigerator. It's said that a turkey can thaw 4 pounds a day while it's in the fridge... so do the math and make sure you give your bird enough time to thaw out. The last thing you want is a still frozen turkey when it comes time to start preparing it.
3. Stuff it!
Most tables have a bowl of stuffing for you to fill up your plate. Don't forget that the majority of your stuffing needs to be inside your turkey. Stuffing your turkey helps the juice stay inside of the bird and in the meat. It adds flavor to the turkey and helps hold the heat within and cook the inside. In our families stuffing we use apples, celery, and a stuffing mix with no high fructose corn syrup.
4. Baste your bird!
Juice runs off and out of your turkey during it's oven time. If you use a basting spoon or turkey baster you can suck those juices up from the bottom of your pan and squeeze/pour them all over your bird again. It will help keep the meat nice and juicy! Due this every time you uncover your turkey to check it's progress.
5. Brown it at last!
Browning is crucial in getting the perfect turkey. Once you know your turkey is done on the inside it's time to finish it up on the outside. You'll need to uncover your turkey and expose the skin to the heat. You'll also want to lower the temperature for the remaining time on your timer. Keep an eye on your turkey during the browning time. You wouldn't want your skin burned after making the perfect turkey on the inside.
Don't be shy! Show of this year's Thanksgiving turkey with the hashtag #myturkeybird

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Theater Thursday

It's Thursday and that can only mean one thing... it's Theater Thursday! This week's featured movie is a movie that fits perfectly around Thanksgiving and transitions into Christmas... You've Got Mail.

Meg Ryan stars as Kathleen Kelly, a local New Yorker who owns a small book store called The Shop Around The Corner. The shop was her mother's and when her mother died she passed it on to her. Her shop has three workers and it's her passion. Then you have Joe Fox (Tom Hanks), a native New Yorker who's a third generation box store owner of a large chain bookstore named after them: Fox Books.

When Fox Books announces to the neighborhood that they'll be opening a Fox Books Superstore, Kathleen isn't worried. Her staff on the other hand realizes this could put their store and jobs into jeopardy. A few days after the announcement, Joe happens to go into The Shop Around The Corner while spending the day with his aunt and brother and meets Kathleen. When he realizes that she's the owner of the store he hides his identity from her. In the next few days they meet again and his identity becomes known to Kathleen. She's shocked that he's the owner behind the giant superstore that's putting small shops out of business.

Once Fox opens, Kathleen's store begins to struggle. At the same time she confides more and more with an anonymous man that she's been chatting with on AOL. They both choose to remain anonymous with each other and never give specifics. When her world starts to get out of control due to her store she goes to him for comfort. Joe on the other hand confides in his friend who works for him and while he may have a little crush on Kathleen he won't let his business suffer because of it. Will these two be able to be friends? Will her business survive? Watch this movie and find out!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Wedding Wednesday

We only have 25 days until our wedding! It's crazy to think that over a year of planning is finally get down into these last few weeks! Since our wedding is occurring during the holiday season we have a lot to finish before Thanksgiving and then before our actual day. Being so close to our wedding date and still a few weeks out our vendors are scheduling final appointments and expecting final payments. This past week I tackled the following things and finished them:

Finished the programs
Paid the Cake off
Ordered the Bridesmaids gifts
Ordered our guest sign in photo book
Scheduled our final venue appointment
Scheduled our final DJ appointment
Finalized our linens with the venue
Received our cake topper
Received our tote bags
Did our final appointment with the videographer
This week I need to finish our place cards. I need to reach out to our florist (who is super hard to get a hold of but a genius) to confirm the final order and send her the final payment. I need to get ahold of a few stragglers and ask them if they are coming or not because we never received their RSVP cards. I need to order the flower girl/ring bearer gifts. I need to buy two sharpies for people to sign our guest book and special items we will have planned. I also have to make sure three vendors get their final payments! Oh and meet with our photographer to go over our final shot list. I think I should be able to get all of these done in or around Thanksgiving. Let's cross our fingers!