The Studio on the Lake in Tennessee

The Studio on the Lake in Tennessee
The Studio on the Lake in Tennessee


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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Blue Heron Studio Travel Accomodations

Day Breaking

It's no secret that we enjoy waking up every morning to a new and eventful day.  Having acreage in the Upper Cumberland area of Tennessee gives us pause to reflect on what is important and meaningful.  In 2005, we started the Blue Heron Studio with the intentions of bringing the best in art instruction to groups of students that could stay and enjoy what we have found here.  That lead us to the building of "The Barn" on the property.  We now rent the barn thru our website,,flipkey or airbnb.

This summer has proved to be a busy season with lots of guests taking advantage of this very serene rental.  We have been so fortunate to make many new friends.  We like to say that "They come as guests, and leave as friends."  So if you are in the market for a late summer get a way or a chance to enjoy the Fall Foliage season of the Upper Cumberland, just check out our listing on either of the two sites.  We would love to have you come and visit!

Hope to see you soon!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Happy Birthday, America!

Happy Fourth of July, America!

It is so easy to get caught up in the plans for the Fourth, that to truly realize what the day means gets lost!  I like to remember all the men and women who fought to make and keep our country free thru the years.  I also like to remember all the troops and individuals who are standing firm to keep our country safe on this very day and every other day as well.  This holiday is so much more than potato salad and fireworks, and yet those are the very things that can bring us cause to reflect on the possibilities of the day and connect us to our family members.  Even though this post is past the holiday on July 6th, I wanted to share some photos of our fun day and a favorite family recipe that has been passed down the years.  For a long time my parents enjoyed boating on Kentucky Lake,  LeaAnn and Charlie Dowd were some of their best friends and they had a boat there as well.  This recipe was given to my Mother by LeaAnn.  It became a contest between the two, who could make the best version on holidays such as the Fourth of July.  In honor of these two wonderful women and the little competition it sparked, here is the famous recipe.  Please enjoy.  And remember, you don't have to wait until the Fourth to enjoy it!

German Potato Salad

6 Potatoes, Cooked and Diced
3 Hard Boiled Eggs
1 Onion, Chopped
1 Green Pepper, Chopped
1 Jar Pimentos
9 Slices Bacon, Cut into Small Pieces

Fry Bacon until Crisp.  Remove from Pan.  Reserve Drippings and Make Sauce:

Bacon Sauce

1 Tablespoon Flour
1/2 Cup Vinegar
1/2 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Water

Brown Flour in Bacon Grease.  Add all Ingredients, Plus Salt and Pepper to Taste.  Add this to Potato Mixture!  This Recipe can be Easily Doubled for a Larger Crowd!  Enjoy!

Also in keeping with family traditions, we spent the day on the boat at Willow Grove Marina on Dale Hollow Lake in Tennessee.  

Happy 239th Birthday!!

or  1,673 in Dog Years!