New Year Beans And Greens Recipe

New Year beans and greens recipe.

New Year beans and greens recipe, a Southern tradition.

New Year Beans And Greens Recipe. What is behind the Southern tradition of eating black-eyed peas and collard greens on New Years day? Some folks say the people in the South were once so poor that is all they could afford but we know the truth. First and foremost this perfectly combined dish is delicious! Second, Southern superstition supersedes even flavor sometimes. Eating peas represents good luck in the new year. It is said that diners should eat one pea for every day of the year. That is 365 peas y’all. The greens represent money, and who does not want some of that in 2019? Eating greens ensures that your coffers will be full throughout the year. There is only one thing this dynamic duo of flavor need to accompany them in our opinion – cornbread!

HeySmokies culinary factoid: Are peas beans? They are officially both legumes so tell us your decision on the HeySmokies Facebook page.

Cooking beans and greens is a simple task that everyone should try at least once. Here is our classic recipe.

Black-eyed peas recipe:


One nice sized ham bone

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park Remains Open During Government Shutdown

Great Smoky Mountains Remains Open During Government Shutdown.

Great Smoky Mountains Remains Open During Government Shutdown.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Remains Open During Government Shutdown. During the partial shutdown of the federal government due to the lapse of appropriations, Great Smoky Mountains National Park will remain as accessible as possible while still following all applicable laws and procedures. Roads and trails that are seasonally open will remain accessible to visitors, but emergency and rescue services will be limited. The park will not be operating campgrounds, picnic areas, restrooms, or providing trash collection services.

Great Smoky Mountains Association has entered into an agreement with the National Park Service to fund Sugarlands, Oconaluftee, and Cades Cove visitor center operations and associated restroom facilities from Saturday, December 22 through Tuesday, January 1. In addition, the concessionaire for the Cades Cove Campground Store, Tsiyahi, LLC, has entered into an agreement with the National Park Service to fund store operations and associated restroom facilities on December 22-23 and December 26-30. This holiday period is traditionally one of the busiest weeks in the park.

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Romantic Smoky Mountain New Years Activities

Gatlinburg New Year's Eve Celebration!

Gatlinburg New Year’s Eve Celebration!

Romantic Smoky Mountain New Years Activities. There is no place more romantic to be on New Years than the Great Smoky Mountains! Lovers have long know that the Smokies can inspire the most modest among us to do a little smooching. With so many things to share with your honey you will have no trouble feeling the love.

New Years at The Island

The Island is a great place to visit year round but you will not believe the fun planned for this holiday. Take a stroll through the shops and find that special something that Santa forgot to put in your stocking. Take a spin on The Wheel for a romantic vantage point of the Smoky Mountains. As the sun goes down grab a bite and enjoy some live music by the amazing dancing fountains. After dinner get in the mood to celebrate with a jar of moonshine or a craft beer and wait for the show to begin. The fun kicks off at 9:00 p.m. with a concert featuring Jackie Lee, The Young Fables. At midnight the ball will drop and the fireworks will soar.

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Christmas Cookie Recipe

Heysmokies Christmas cookie recipe. Photo credit - Black Star

Heysmokies Christmas cookie recipe. Photo credit – Black Star

Christmas Cookie Recipe. When the holidays arrive in the Great Smoky Mountains there are many HeySmokies sweet treat favorites but the traditional Christmas cookie is a must. We make a double batch to share with friends and neighbors. If there are any left over, and there never are, we freeze them until our next cookie craving! We hope you enjoy this time honored recipe and have a delicious holiday.

Christmas Cookie Recipe:

3 3/4 cups all-purpose flower

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup softened butter

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups refined sugar

Icing Recipe:

2 cups confectioners’ sugar

4 teaspoons light corn syrup

4 teaspoons whole milk


Continue reading… Raises Money To Rescue Orphaned Black Bears raises money to rescue orphaned black bears.

Appalachian Bear Rescues’ Lisa Phillippen and HeySmokies’ Brad Knight are excited to announce the donation box program benefitting orphaned black bears. raises money to rescue orphaned black bears., a travel blog showcasing events in the Smoky Mountain region, and Appalachian Bear Rescue announce their “HeySmokies Sticker Donation Box” partnership to raise much needed funds for the local non-profit organization.

HeySmokies began its donation box program in the summer of 2015 and raised more than $11,000.00 for Pets Without Parents, a local no-kill animal rehab clinic. After the demise of Pets Without Parents in 2018 the search began for a new beneficiary. Appalachian Bear Rescue, which has worked tirelessly for decades to rescue and rehabilitate orphaned black bears, proved a perfect fit for the HeySmokies fund raising program.

“We are thrilled to partner with for their donation box program,” said Dana Dodd Appalachian Bear Rescue executive director. “The funds we receive will give cubs a second chance at life in the wild!”

The donation boxes are distributed to local businesses in Smoky Mountain communities, and provides its colorful, round logo decals free in each box to encourage contributions. To date, more than 100,000 HeySmokies stickers have been shared with generous fans and visitors.

“We were sad to learn Pets Without Parents was closing their doors earlier this year but were proud that we were able to help many great pets find loving homes.,” said HeySmokies owner Brad Knight. “The response from business owners and the public has been overwhelmingly positive allowing further expansion of the program. We are excited to continue the program and thrilled to partner with ABR’s work rehabilitating orphaned black bears. The black bear is an iconic symbol of the Smoky Mountains and catching a glimpse of one in the wild is always magical.”

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