Don’t Miss the Strawberry Patch Barn Sale~ Sept. 6th – 8th

It is almost here and I can’t wait!!! I have been excited about checking this sale out since I heard about it a few months ago! The Strawberry Patch sale will begin next Thursday (Sept. 6th) for a sneak peak night and run through Saturday (Sept 8th). It will be held down the road in Hartsville, TN.

Look at the location! What a beautiful place to shop for treasures!  The sale looks like it is straight out of Country Living~ absolutely adorable! You can check out pictures from the spring sale on the Strawberry Patch Blog or their Facebook page.

Looking forward to seeing Annie Loo Handmade there with her beautiful maxi dresses and Then & Again Marketplace with all kinds of treasures and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.


Sara Beth


What to do with a Spaghetti Squash?

We planted a whole bed of Spaghetti Squash this year and I had never even eaten one. I had heard great reviews and they all proved true. I LOVE IT!!! Making it again for dinner for the 3rd night in a row 🙂 Spaghetti Squash is an awesome substitute for carb lovers. For a cup of Spaghetti Squash there are only 10 grams of carbohydrates and 42 calories vs. regular pasta that has 42 grams of carbohydrates and 221 calories per cup. That is a big savings without sacrificing taste or using  low fat – artificially produced products.

The Great Spaghetti Squash

The first night I cooked one and topped with Parmesan cheese and butter. To cook them, simply cut in half, scoop out the center where the stringy fibers and seeds are, and then place with the insides face down on a cookie sheet. (It is best to line your pan with tin foil)

Bake for an hour at 350 degrees

Bake at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes but just keep an eye on it. I cooked one for over an hour and it came out too mushy. Once baked, take a fork and scoop the insides and it will just become very stringy. Top with butter and Parmesan and bake for another 15 minutes right side up.

Baked Spaghetti Squash with Parmesan, Pepper and Butter

We had plenty left over from the night before so last night I added spaghetti sauce to it and then topped with Parmesan & mozzarella cheese, basil and crushed red pepper. I then baked it for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees. I think I liked it better than real Baked Spaghetti! (And loved knowing I wasn’t eating so many carbs.)

Baked Spaghetti-Squash

With the seeds you have scooped out, you can roast them just like you would pumpkin seeds. Place on a baking sheet and bake at 170 – 200 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Cooking them for a short time at a low temp helps to keep the healthy oils from leaking out.

toss with a little sea salt

Have you ever cooked a Spaghetti Squash? Would love for you to share any good recipes you might have!


Sara Beth

The Southern Intitute

A Few of My Favorite Things… (at the moment)

So first to begin- I promise I am going to get back in the swing of things and start blogging again. When we got home from the World’s Longest Yard Sale, we played catch up and have been finishing Tweety. I will be rejoicing the day we finally get to go camping! Pics to come soon! So, life is getting back to normal (whatever that is) and I will be back blogging daily soon.

I was thinking about my favorite things and thought I would share. Some of them are new and some are just things that make me happy!  Maybe this will become a weekly thing. It is good to think about what makes you happy and incorporate those things into your daily life. So here it is :

1. Noosa Yogurt- I just saw this at Kroger last week and decided to try some. I was sooooo impressed- really I can’t get enough! It is so good and perfect with fruit and granola for breakfast or an afternoon snack. Love the Blueberry one too! It can be found in the organic section.

By far the best yogurt I have ever had!

2. Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer- It is tinted so looks great on and is 100% Natural. Plus, it gives your lips that cool tingly feeling.  I have it in a Berry and Cherry. (Berry is my favorite)

Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Shimmer

3. Essie nailpolish in Turquoise and Caicos. I had never used Essie and was always loyal to OPI but I think I may be switching! They have some great colors and I think it stays on as well as OPI.

Essie: Turquoise & Caicos

4.  San Pellegrino sodas in Blood Orange, Lemon, Orange & Grapefruit. These are the perfect refreshing soda made with real fruit juice and real sugar! I like to add fresh mint leaves to mine. I went to 3 different stores looking for these and found that they are in the water section- under the San Pellegrino water.  Aren’t the cans pretty! Great addition to a summer party.

I love everything about these! The color, the packaging and the flavor.

5. Black-Eyed Susan flowers in blue Mason Jars- I just love the look of these! My mom and grandmother have them planted everywhere. They take off and spread like crazy! My sister-in-law and I have already planned that we are planting a big bed of them next year. They just make us happy!

Don’t they make you happy!?

6. Homegrown Tomatoes- I think our crop came in late because of the weather and the mocking birds kept eating them but when they really started there has been no stopping them. I have at least a 100 in my kitchen waiting to be canned. Never canned tomatoes but it is on the list- I think for tonight! Any tips???

Tomatoes, Tomatoes, & more Tomatoes!

7. The Lumineers: An awesome new band that has been on tour with Old Crow Medicine Show. (Unfortunately, they didn’t open for their Nashville show.)  They played their own show last night in Nashville but it was sold out. Check them out!  Listen to their album on their site here.  Totally love their sound!

(Also, If you haven’t been to a show yet at the Fontanel, you must! It is the best new venue in Nashville!)

OCMS at the Woods Ampitheater at Fontanel

That’s it for today! Hope everyone is feeling super blessed!

The joy of the Lord is your strength! ~ Nehemiah 8:10

Sara Beth

Pickin’ at the World’s Longest Yard Sale 2012

This was our 4th year to set up on Signal Mnt. for the World’s Longest Yard Sale. It takes a lot of energy to get everything ready to go but we always have a great time once we are there. Last Wednesday,we rented a Uhaul and headed to the mountain pulling Vee (our 1970 VW). The goal is always to sell enough to drive home in Vee instead of renting another Uhaul.

Packed and ready to hit the road
Packed and ready to hit the road

We began selling bright and early on Thursday morning and sold through Sunday afternoon. It was raining when we got there and raining when the sell ended but other than that the weather was perfect.

Our booth

Every year we have one featured item. This year it was 25th anniversary yard sale shirts. Our friend Valerie, came up with an awesome design and the t-shirts were a hit! People were asking if we could have them printed on Christmas ornaments and hats- Ha~ maybe a thought for next year! We still have a couple left that I will be listing on my etsy site soon. I will post when items are up but here is a link for now 🙂

the back with a small version on the front
Our 3 beautiful t-shirt models

One of the best parts of the weekend was all of the people we got to meet. Here are a few of my favorites:

The Cowboy


The Farmer


The Hippies (AKA as Elmer and Mom)

We couldn’t do it without my mom! She works and sells the whole time and makes everything look so good.

The girl with the crazy hat

We loved that family stopped by on Saturday and got to spend the day with us. Also, a big THANK YOU to the Boehm family & my Aunt Sara and Uncle Sam for the hospitality and letting us take over there house for 5 days.

I think my niece has it in her blood too.  She brought stuff to the sale and then yesterday pulled out all of these clothes at my mom’s and tried to sell them to us.  I think we are going to have us a yard sale partner!

Selling and playing

So we completed our goal and came back in Vee and my moms car. The weekend was a success and lots of memories were made. If you haven’t been to the sale before, make plans to go next year! It is always the first weekend in August and you won’t be disappointed 🙂

Until next year…


Happy Pickin’!,

Sara Beth