It was absolutely devastating to hear that the famous Notre Dame cathedral is burning down. I went to visit the Notre Dame when I was in Paris last year in the Spring of 2018. It was one of my favorite attractions, definitely at the top of my list. As a remembrance of the Notre Dame Cathedral, I thought I would share some of the pictures I took while visiting.
The grandness of the interior hall is absolutely beautiful.
Here are a few photos of the museum that is located within the cathedral. The loss of so much history is devastating.
Notre Dame has some of the most beautiful stain glass throughout the cathedral. Hopefully some of it will survive the devastating fire.
The relics and tombs that line the sides and back of the cathedral were important artifacts of history.
Unfortunately, the front facade is all that may be left intact.
Our prayers are with all of those affected by this devastating fire in Paris. We are thankful that there were not any causalities that are known at this point in time.
Miller’s Ale House is an American restaurant located in Cool Springs Galleria on 7087 Bakers Bridge Ave, Franklin, TN. It is also within 4 minutes of the Cool Springs Galleria mall. From both inside and out, it looks like they took over the building from what used to be a Logan’s Roadhouse. It has similar décor and style of Logan’s. However, the improvements have made it better than Logan’s. The atmosphere of the restaurant is comfortable and casual. It is definitely geared towards watching sports and games on the TV, and would be great for friends and groups getting together to watch football, basketball, golf, etc. The staff members were very personable and attentive, while taking good care of the customers. They have a wide selection of food and beverages to choose from, a full bar including beers, wine, signature cocktails, and soft drinks. When customers arrive, they will find seating in the dining room and bar area with the option of a booth or a table.
Their open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday from 11 am to 12 am, and Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 2 am. The menu offerings are better than what Logan’s has become, and it makes me think of the old Logan’s menu from 5 or 6 years ago. The food is good, prices are reasonable, and I would definitely return there for another meal.
Appetizers were the biggest hit at our table with southwest chicken eggrolls and pot stickers being the tastiest and a favorite. The steaks were good, but can be compared in quality to Texas Roadhouse or Logan’s.
The southwest chicken eggrolls are served with sweet corn, roasted red peppers, black beans, jalapeños, Monterey jack, cheddar and mozzarella cheeses, white queso, and garlic-lime crema.
Next, the pot stickers were served with pork dumplings, shredded cabbage, scallions, and sweet Thai chili sauce. Customers have the option of having the pot stickers pan fried or steamed. I chose to have them pan fried, which were amazing!
For dinner, I had the flat iron steak with boom boom shrimp. This includes a 7-ounce flat iron steak with 10 boom boom shrimp, and two sides, which I chose mashed potatoes with gravy and a Caesar salad.
Finally, the best part of the meal was ordering dessert. They had a few delicious options to choose from, but my table decided to go with the Capt. Jack’s Buried Treasure. This dessert was definitely shareable for 3 or 4 people, which everyone at the table thought was great. It is a triple layered vanilla ice cream cake, Oreo cookie crust, Heath Bar crunch crumble, caramel and hot fudge sauce.
Char Steak Lounge is an American restaurant located on 14 South Washington Ave in Cookeville, TN. The atmosphere of the restaurant is rustic and very comfortable.The staff is also very personable and attentive, taking good care of their customers. They have a wide selection of food and beverages with a full bar including local craft beers, wine, mixed drinks, and soft drinks. The entrance has a beautiful stone bench with a waterfall cascading down the etched glass with the Char logo, which has colored lights that are constantly changing.
Customers have the option to be seated in the dining room at a booth or a table, or in the bar area. The booths are quite tight, so I like to sit at a table. Their seating is flexible and can easily accommodate large parties by putting tables together.
The food is all homemade, reasonably priced, and very delicious. They are open for lunch Monday through Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm, and dinner Sunday through Thursday from 4 pm to 9 pm, and 4 pm to 10 pm on Friday and Saturday. Brunch is served on Sunday’s from 10:30 am to 2 pm. Drink specials are every night from 9:00 pm to close, and Happy hour is from 2-6 pm which include $5 appetizers, $2 draft beers, and $4 wine. They offer live music after 9 pm during most evenings.
They are well known for their steaks such as Prime Rib and Filet Mignon. We also had the Grannie’s Meatloaf and Rattlesnake Pasta.
The Prime Rib is dry rubbed and slow cooked to medium rare. It is served daily starting at 4 pm with an option of with au jus, raw horseradish, or a creamy Dijon horseradish sauce. Customers have the option of choosing a size between the 9 oz, 12 oz, or 16 oz. It is also one of those meals that go fairly quickly, so it’s best to order it while they have it in the restaurant.
The Filet Mignon is an 8 oz juicy steak served with a choice of two sides.
The Rattlesnake Pasta is fettuccini noodles tossed in a spicy Caribbean alfredo sauce with broccoli and mushrooms.
Next, the Grannie’s Meatloaf, is a special served every Friday during lunch. You also have the option of one side, two sides, or three sides. I had the Caesar salad and mashed potatoes and gravy as my side, which were very good.
Finally, for dessert we ordered the New York style cheesecake, double chocolate cheesecake, and the brownie sundae. The desserts were all very delicious. My favorite was the brownie sundae. When ordering the brownie sundae, customers have the option of adding nuts on top, which I didn’t do since I’m not a big on nuts on desserts.
Meatloaf and meatballs have always been a favorite in my family. It’s Super Bowl Sunday and I want easy finger foods, as well as a meal for later in the week. I decided to make a large batch of meatloaf, and turn the rest of the meatloaf mixture into meatballs.You can also make an extra-large batch of meatballs for a huge gathering. This recipe is super easy, and is also great for parties, gatherings, and sports events such as the Super Bowl. It is a very versatile recipe. You can do many different things, such as meatball subs, meatball sliders, lasagna, meatloaf, wedding soup, and pasta with meatballs. I look forward to reading all your comments!
Things you need:
8×8 pan or a loaf pan
4-5 pounds of hamburger
2 portabella mushrooms chopped (You can also use any type of mushrooms.)
8 oz Thai chili sauce
¼ cup of bread crumbs
½ cup old fashioned oats
2 cloves of garlic chopped
2 green onions chopped
1 colored pepper chopped
1/8 cup of Banana peppers chopped
Dash of banana pepper juice
Italian seasoning (optional)
2 jars of chili sauce
1 jar of currant jelly (melted)
Using your mixing bowl, add in hamburger, mushrooms, eggs, Thai chili sauce, bread crumbs, old fashioned oats, banana peppers, and banana pepper juice.
Next, take your frying pan and add the chopped garlic, green onion, and colored pepper and sauté them.
Add into meat mixture, and mix well.
Split the mixture in half.
If you want to make meatloaf out of half the mixture, add half of it to 8×8 or loaf pan. Put in refrigerator or freeze for later in the week Bake at 375* for one hour.
With the other half, roll into balls and place on baking sheet lined with aluminum foil.
Bake meatballs for 20 minutes at 350*.
Next, take your crock pot, and dump chili sauce and stir in melted currant jelly.
Place meatballs in crock pot and let cook throughout the day.
Mint ice cream, has always been a favorite of mine. For Christmas this year, since Mint is such a popular flavor during the holiday, I decided to try making a Mint chip pie. This is my first time making this type of pie, and I’m really happy with how it turned out since it was my first try. This recipe is super easy to make and only requires a few ingredients. It is great for holiday parties. Also, hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. I look forward to reading all your comments!
Things you’ll need:
6 oz Graham cracker crust (You can also use an Oreo crust)
24 oz Mint ice cream
Whipped Cream (You can also use cool whip, but it gets soft very fast.)
Green or Red Food Coloring (Optional)
Take your Mint ice cream, and spread into the Graham cracker crust.
Place in freezer for 20 minutes or until firm.
Using your food coloring, place two drops and swirl into pie. (I used green on this pie.)
Cheddars Scratch Kitchen is an American restaurant located on 1375 Interstate Drive in Cookeville TN, and is not far from Tennessee Tech University. The atmosphere of the restaurant is comfortable and casual. The staff is also very personable and attentive taking good care of their customers. They have a wide selection of food and beverages to choose from a full bar including spirits, local craft beers, wine, and soft drinks. When customers arrive, they will find seating in the dining room and bar area with the option of a booth or a table. The food is all homemade, reasonably priced, and very delicious. Their open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday from 10:30 am to 11 pm, and on Friday and Saturday they are open from 10:30 am to 11 pm.
We had the combo platter with Top Sirloin Steak and Shrimp, combo platter with Top Sirloin Steak and Chicken Tenders, Chicken Tender platter, and the Bacon Cheeseburger. The Top Sirloin Steak with Shrimp is a 6 oz steak served with either grilled or fried shrimp with a choice of two sides. I chose mashed potatoes and a house salad.
The combo Top Sirloin Steak with Chicken tenders is a 6 oz steak served with hand breaded chicken tenders and a choice of two sides.
The Chicken Tender platter is served with hand breaded chicken tenders with a choice of two sides.
The Bacon Cheeseburger is as described. It comes with four slices of bacon, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions, and honey mayo. Any sides are an additional charge.
Finally for dessert we ordered the Cheddars Legendary Monster Cookie, which is served with vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, whipped cream, and a cherry. You can also ask them to add nuts if you like nuts.
Unfortunately, the cookie did not hold up to its name. I have had it in the past, and this time it was a lot smaller than what it normally is because it usually fills the whole pan. I’m not sure what happened, and it was definitely not worth $6.00. Hopefully, the next time I go back the food quantity goes back to the way it was in the past. All the portions were much smaller, but the prices remain the same. It used to be a great value to eat at Cheddars Scratch Kitchen, but I don’t think it is as good a value anymore. If you are interested in checking out Cheddars Scratch Kitchen, click here: https://cheddars.com/our-story/
Cranberry sauce is one of my favorite dishes to have on the table during the Thanksgiving holiday. Usually for Thanksgiving, my family and I buy the canned cranberry sauce in order to save time, but this year I decided to make my own. I wasn’t sure how it would turn out at first, but it was very simple to prepare and very tasty! I have included the recipe down below, so you can try making it for this upcoming Thanksgiving.
Makes 8-10 servings
Things you’ll need:
2/3 cup water
2/3 cup sugar
1- 6oz bag of whole cranberries
Add water and sugar to saucepan, and let it boil.
Add the cranberries, and return to a boil.
Turn the heat down to low, and stir occasionally until cranberries are purple, or the skin pops. 40 min for 1 hour for full bag.
Remove from heat, and let it sit at room temperature.
Put in bowl and serve immediately, or put it in the fridge until ready to serve