Greetings from Dan and Tammy in Northeast Tennessee! We believe sipping sweet tea on a porch swing improves the taste, fried chicken should be crispy, and meals should be for sharing, love, and laughter. When our kids were young, we posted kitchen rules to reinforce mealtime manners. Rule number one was no singing at the table. We broke that rule every single meal. We invite you in to The Kitchen! We want you to feel comfortable to make (or break) your own family meal time rules.
While raising our children, mealtimes were prioritized. We sat and talked together about what each person was enjoying about life, opportunities, and ideas.
Dan started each morning by preparing a warm, homemade breakfast for the children and in the evenings, I (Tammy) baked the biscuits that Ma Deyton trained me to mix and rollout. We continue to celebrate and meet with our children and grandchildren. We all still prefer Appalachian comfort tastes from family heirloom recipes.
Hospitality is another trait we admire and try to incorporate into our daily lives. We had just completed construction of a barn in 2001, when friends began asking if they could hold social events in it. Before long, the barn was filled with more skating parties, showers, and weddings than the John Deere tractors it was built to house.
Before we realized what was going on, weddings and receptions became our labor of love. To accommodate a church, we remodeled an 1850's horse barn in 2016. "The Gatherings" barn and attached pavilion also serve as a wedding ceremony, reception area, and event space for larger celebrations for our guests.