When I first moved to town, 14 years ago, one of my favorite places to hang out and sing was a little coffee shop called Jammin' Java. We met some wonderful people there, including the owner, David Asch, and his family. It just so happens that two of his sons now also own and operate restaurants downtown. One is McCreary's Pub, and the other (owned By Graeme and Corrie Asch) is the Franklin Mercantile.
The atmosphere is pure southern charm. Mismatch tables and chairs, pastels, fresh flowers, and mason jars for drinking. Food choices include classics like salad, chicken salad or pimento cheese, soups, sandwiches. Many of these items are given a signature twist. There are kids choices also. It's so enchanting, that it also has been featured in Southern Living Magazine.
Okay, so if you have already been here before, did you know that they are more than a lunch place?? They now serve breakfast Monday through Saturday starting at 7:00 am, and dinner Thursday through Saturday until 9:00 pm.
This is also a great place to consider for events, as they will reserve tables for you! Last time I was there I saw a wedding shower taking place that looked amazing.
Check out their website to sign up for coupons and special events at www.franklinmercantile.com.
Gluten free oats make this a great gluten free and dairy free dessert. SO YUMMY.
2/3 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup vegetable oil (I usually omit this)
5 T unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 cup (gluten free) rolled oats
1 tsp. vanilla
In a saucepan over medium heat combine the maple syrup, oil, cocoa, and cinnamon. Boil for three minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in the peanut butter, rolled oats, and vanilla until well blended. Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto waxed paper and chill until set, about 30 minutes.
This is Eric's new favorite. It seems so basic, but is unbelievably refreshing and light. Perfect accompaniment for a summer dinner.
1 bunch romaine, or other favorite lettuce
2 T olive oil
juice of 1 lemon (2T)
1 garlic clove, crushed and chopped
salt and pepper
Cut the tomatoes and cucumbers into tiny cubes. Finely chop onion, and tear lettuce into bite sized pieces. Shred the carrot. Mix tomato, cuke, onion, carrot, and lettuce together in a large bow. In a separate small bowl, mix together olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper. Stir in salt to taste. Pour dressing over salad and toss lightly. Sprinkle with pepper, and serve.
Aren't we always looking for new burger recipes??? We tried this one and loved it. The mushrooms are chopped finely, so if you're kids don't like them, they won't even notice:) This is also a great way to stretch a budget, it makes 8 burgers with only 1 lb. of beef. For a gluten free/dairy free option just wrap the burger in a piece of iceberg lettuce!
1 1/4 cups small mushrooms
1 small onion, chopped
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 cup whole-wheat bread crumbs (or gluten free bread crumbs)
1 tsp. dried mixed herbs
1 T tomato paste
salt and pepper
Put the mushrooms and onion in a food processor until finely chopped. Pour into a bowl, and add all other ingredients.
Shape into 8 patties. Can cook in a frying pan, under the broiler, or on the grill about 12-15minutes turning once!
This recipe is simple, but amazingly yummy. Loved by big people and little people alike at our house. Great for the grill, too.
Also gluten and dairy free!
4 ears of corn, cooked and quartered
8 slices of turkey bacon, halved
8 portabella mushrooms, halved
2 chicken breasts, cut into 8 pieces
2 T olive oil
1 T fresh lemon juice
1 T maple syrup
salt and pepper
Mix oil, lemon juice, syrup, and salt and pepper. Brush some over the chicken. To thread the skewers, start with a chunk of corn, then wrap a mushroom half with a slice of bacon and add that next. Add a piece of chicken. You should go through this process twice for each kabab. Brush with remaining dressing. Broil for 8-10 minutes, turning once. Baste occasionally with extra dressing. Can also be grilled.
Makes 8 kababs. Great served with rice and salad!
Hey girls! Have you heard about groupon.com yet??? Just wanted to make sure you did. Basically, they sell a coupon a day just for our Nashville area, you just have to give them your email address so they can send you the info. We just bought one last week for the Red Pony, $50 for $25. Yes, I said THE RED PONY!! One of our favorites. Now, my hubby is getting one for The Mad Platter - 50% off!!
Here's the link: http://www.groupon.com/r/uu1163663
Every summer, we ask ourselves, "What are we going to do to keep the kids from sitting in front of the TV and vegging the entire summer away!?" No way, FranklinMom.com to the rescue. Here we go again - our third year in a row. Here are tons of Kid-Friendly Summer Fun Ideas for the Franklin Mom...Make this the best summer ever!
FREE or low cost:
FUN, BUT COST MONEY!!
1. Gentry Farm - full for 2010, but already begin planning for 2011.
2. Camp Widjiwagan (YMCA).
3. VBS (Vacation Bible School) or Kids Church Day Camp Programs - there are too many to list them all, but here are some of the more popular ones in the Franklin area: The People's Church, Forest Hills Baptist, Christ Community Church, Fellowship Bible Church, Brentwood Baptist, Thompson's Station Baptist.
4. Velocity Sports Camps.
5. Upward Basketball…Call 373-7518 for more info.
7. The Little Course Camps. There are overnight and day camps and clinics available.
8. Carnton Plantation….June 16-20. 9-2:00.
9. YMCA…Clubhouse Summer Camps. A Monday-Friday from 1:30-3:30 camp. Camps including mad science, flying machine,martial arts, photography. Call for details at 373-YMCA. Also, there is a day camp or overnight camp at Widjiwagan. This is a local favorite!! Check it out.
10.Williamson County Technology Camp- Full this year. You must register within a couple of hours of the event opening or else you are put on the waiting list (we've learned this from experience). Free to students, make movies.
11.Williamson County Parks & Recreation Camp @ local elementary schools. These start at 7:30am and run until 5:30pm.
12.Whipporwill day camp
13.The Frist Center - art camp for kid (Nashville).
14.Kids On Stage-- A camp for the arts.
15.Bravo Creative Arts Center - Nurture your child's creativity and artistic gifts.
16.Adventure Science Center - Camp Quest (Nashville).
17.Gymnastics "Funtastic Camp" at Let it Shine.
18.Harpeth Gymnastics - Swim and Gymnastics camps available.
19.Cheekwood Summer Camps
20.Franklin Farm Camp - Workin on the farm can be fun!
21.Fine Arts Summer Academy - an intensive program for young musical artists of all ages and abilities. This camp is run by our friends, the Annie Moses Band. We highly recommend it because we know the hearts and passion of the people behind it.
22.Pump It Up - Jump-N-Art Summer Camp.
23.Sips N Strokes - Kidz Camp - 2 sessions.
24. A-Game Sports and Fitness Camps. For kids of all ages. An amazing selection of sports and fitness options.
25. Chris Johnson Football Camp - At Battleground Academy - One day only - June 16.
26. D1 Nashville (Cool Springs) - Summer Activity Camps (Ages 7 - 18).
PARENTS NIGHT OUT
Rock Island State Park… waterfalls, hiking, fishing, camping, cabins.
Kentucky Down Under….open 8-6pm.
Gold N Gem Grubbin….dig for gems, camping, and more. North Georgia.
Great Wolf Lodge…indoor waterpark/hotel. Lots of fun. Also with a location in Cincinnati, OH.
Montgomery Bell State Park…in Burns near Fairview. Camping, fishing, cabins, etc.
Beach Bend….Kentucky. Campgrounds, race track, amusement park, water park.
Bucksnort Trout Ranch….McEwen Tennessee.
Fall Creek Falls…..hiking, golf, cabins, pool, etc.
Tennessee Aquarium….in Chattanooga.
Mammoth Cave…Open from 8:00-6:15 daily,
Holiday World - located in Santa Claus, Indiana. Free Sunscreen and Drinks.
Big Splash Adventure Water Park - French Lick, IN. Check out the surrounding hotels and brand new Go Kart Center in the area. We were surprised at how much fun we had during our Spring Break.
Creation Museum - Near Cincinnati, OH. Adults are $21.95, Kids ages 5-12 $11.95, Kids under 5 FREE.
King's Island Theme Park - Today is the last day to sign up for their summer discounts.
And, if that's not enough...check out these general Summer Fun Ideas for the Whole Family.
As always, please send us your suggestions and events that we haven't listed. You make our website even better when you contact us. Have a great summer Franklin Moms!
We go to a little church called The Nest here in Franklin. It is amazing how in a little congregation, there are so many amazing and talented people. One of them is a sweet friend, Rachel Jones. Rachel has ministered to children for many years, has two of her own, and is now a grandmother. Not only is she experienced in a lot of things you and I face, but she is one of the most godly women I've ever met.
She recently put together a Mom's Prayer Journal that I am very excited about. It helps you to pray through certain topics like "A Heart Like His" and "Fears, Anxieties, Pain," etc. The prayers are literally verses straight from God's Word. You can pray through one child at a time, and there is space to journal what happens during that time.
I've not finished yet, but I will say that after I began this for my oldest child, the first thing I got to journal was that he asked to be baptized!
You can check these out at her website, which is www.momsprayerjournal.com.