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Holiday decorating can be as simple and elegant as using red and white on your tree and presents. For other holiday decorating ideas see the article on page 32.

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Pecan Pie for the Holidays

This pie continues to earn accolades long after my mother wrote the recipe down for me. It's easy and delicious - enjoy!

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup dark corn syrup (blue label Karo)

1/4 tsp. sale

1 tbsp. flour

2 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

1 tbsp. melted margarine

1 1/4 cup pecan halves

Beat sugar, syrup, salt, flour, and eggs together until just mixed.

Add vanilla, margarine, and pecans.

Pour into unbaked pie shell (thawed, if originally frozen).

Carefully turn pecan halves so they're right side up for a more attractive look, using a fork.

Bake in slow (300°F) oven for 1 hour or until filling is set. Cool on rack. Slice and serve with whipped cream or ice cream.


Sweet Potato Crisp

This recipe is courtesy of Mrs. Michael Richardson of Franklin, TN (Jolene.) It is served annually at the Thanksgiving Night in the Hunger Fight annual fundraising supper at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church which has raised thousands of dollars to feed and educate children in Haiti. It's been served to many groups and families, over the years that it's become a holiday favorite.

3 cups sweet potatoes (peeled, cooked and mashed)

1/2 cup butter

1 cup sugar

2 eggs 

1/3 cup milk

1 tsp. vanilla

Mash cooked sweet potatoes, stir in all other ingredients and put into a 9 x 13 greased casserole dish. Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes. Put the topping on for the last 10 minutes of baking time. 


1 cup brown sugar, packed

1 cup pecans

1/3 cup flour

1/3 cup butter, softened

Mix all of the topping ingredients together and place on top of the sweet potatoes for the last 10 minutes of the baking.





HBAMT Home Show Slated February 13-15

If you’re considering remodeling or redecorating your home, or would just like to see what's new in home improvement, the HBAMT's Home Show slated January 13-15 at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds is a great place to start. Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 per person and children aged 12 and under are admitted free of charge.



Shopping in Franklin

Scattered throughout Franklin is a wide range of independently owned shops offering a large array of goods, ranging from antiques and home furnishings to gifts and decor items.
Park on or near Main Street (there are a couple of garages to expedite parking) and plan to walk much of the downtown area.


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Pantone, an X-Rite company and the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, recently announced that PANTONE 15-3919 (Serenity) and PANTONE 13-1520 (Rose Quartz), are both the PANTONE® Color of the Year selection for 2016.



In The Garden: Why Didn't My Hydrangeas Bloom This Year?

Every year, at least one client asks me this question. As with any living thing in nature, the question “why?” often has several answers that could apply. Here are some of the reasons why hydrangeas don’t bloom…

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