Thanksgiving Greetings!

November 20, 2012

So Thanksgiving is only a couple of days away! Can you believe how fast the time flies? While your family is hustling and bustling, we’d like to take a few moments to just take a look at the holiday itself . . . and maybe even offer some delightful recipes for your feast.


Thanksgiving is one of those iconic American holidays, one where we travel to spend time with family, where we give thanks and celebrate the bounties in life, and where we feast. It’s around this time that our children spend their last day before the holiday learning about Pilgrims and Indians, and making colorful hand-traced paper turkeys. We all know the legendary beginnings of the Thanksgiving celebration as surely as we know our own birthdays. But let’s go over the history a little bit as we peer past the Macy’s parade, and the cornucopias of leaves and pumpkins.


Thanksgiving, as we all know, began with the Pilgrims as they celebrated their first harvest in the early 1600’s. But, unlike our modern version of the event, their Thanksgiving lasted 3 days! Can you imagine cooking for that long? Still, this little event fast became a tradition, and during the Revolutionary War, the Continental Congress made a habit of appointing several thanksgiving days a year. But the holiday we know today didn’t come about until the Civil War, when President Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day. He chose the final Thursday in November, as the year was drawing to a close.


So why is Thanksgiving not on the last Thursday of the month this year? Well, you can thank good old F.D.R. for the change. In 1939, Roosevelt decided to push back the holiday – as that year also had five Thursdays in Thanksgiving, and he wanted a longer holiday spending season. This decision didn’t necessarily go over well, especially when Roosevelt tried his act again the next year – pushing Thanksgiving even farther back, to the third Thursday. Half of the states decided to go against his executive order, while Texas – unable to decide between the traditional date and the new one – took both days as a national holiday (two weeks in a row!)


Growing tired of the dispute over which day to celebrate (or maybe simply unwilling to cook huge feasts twice in one month), Congress switched Thanksgiving back to the last Thursday of the month. And then promptly changed their mind and declared Thanksgiving to be on the fourth Thursday of November. Thankfully, it wasn’t changed again.


So, now that Thanksgiving is right around the bend, we’re all no doubt looking forward (or not) to the arduous yet rewarding task of preparing Thanksgiving Day dinner. The following are some ideas and recipes that you might find useful for your Turkey Day.



Bacon-Stuffed Turkey

So what if, no matter what you do, your turkey just doesn’t come out right? What if it’s always dry, despite the fact that you have a basting timer set for every ten minutes? Well, a good solution is to stuff your turkey. With bacon. I know, you might be thinking, “I’ve already got the stuffing, the veggies, the dressing, etc.!” But really, you should consider this tasty twist. It may not be the healthiest variation, but if you’re looking for a fantastic taste (and are already devoted to an after-holidays cleanse), this is the way to go. Plus it’s simple.


So, just prepare your turkey like normal, and stuff some bacon in the cavity (uncooked; it will crisp up in the oven). Make sure to poke some holes in the turkey to help further moisturize your bird (this helps the juices that you baste with to really sink in). And then stick your turkey in the oven and wait.



Berry-Sauce Pork Loin

If you’re looking for a holiday alternative to your normal turkey option (or a backup plan), this is the perfect thing!



Pork Tenderloin

Red wine





Minced garlic

Onion Powder

Italian herbs


First thing, you’ll want to prepare that Pork Tenderloin. Place it in an oven-safe dish and add a ¼ cup of water. Make holes all over the top of the tenderloin (as many as you can without mincing the meat). Rub the garlic, onion powder, and Italian herbs onto the tenderloin. Pour a liberal amount of red wine (it can be cheap!) over the loin. You’ll want the liquid to go halfway up the side of the meat. Leave to marinate.


Pour berries into a small pot (as many as you’d like), add a splash of wine, and enough water to cover all of the berries. Bring the berries to a boil and stir for five minutes. Take the berries down to a simmer. Allow to simmer until berries are soft, stirring occasionally. Take the concoction off heat and let stand for fifteen minutes. Pour over your pork loin and cook at 400 degrees until done.


Sweet Potato Pecan Pie



1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

1 cup cooked and mashed sweet potatoes

2 eggs, beaten

¾ cup light brown sugar

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

½ teaspoon salt

½ cup dark corn syrup

1 cup evaporated milk

1 ½ cups chopped pecans

2 cups heavy whipping cream

3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar

¼ cup hazelnut liqueur

¼ cup pecan halves


1.     Preheat oven to 375 degrees F

2.     Prepare dough for one 9 inch pie. Refrigerate until ready to bake

3.     Blend together butter, sweet potatoes, eggs, brown sugar, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, salt, corn syrup and evaporate milk. Pour filling into crust and sprinkle with chopped pecans.

4.     Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until inserted knife comes out clean. Set aside to cool

5.     Beat together whipping cream, sugar, and liqueur until soft peaks form. Top pie with whipped cream and pecan halves.


Recipe obtained from


Enota Mountain Retreat

1000 Hwy 180,  Hiawassee GA 30546

(706) 896- 9966      email:

official web site:



Greetings, Friends of Enota!

Suppose you’re in the middle of cooking a big dinner,  and, come to find out, you’re missing an ingredient or don’t have enough of an ingredient. This post is to help you find a solution other than that last-minute drive to the store… saving you time, gasoline, and frustration.

What if you’re making  buttermilk biscuits, but find that you don’t have enough buttermilk?

 1/4 cup whole milk plus 3/4 cup yogurt will make 1 cup of  “buttermilk”… you really won’t be able to tell the difference!

Or, what if you’re baking Grandma’s recipe for chocolate cake only to find that  the kitchen elves ate some of your baker’s chocolate?

3 Tablespoons cocoa plus 1 Tablespoon shortening or butter equals one square of baker’s chocolate.

What if you’re making gravy, but find the cornstarch box empty?

Use 2 teaspoons flour as a substitute for 1 teaspoon of cornstarch.

Say you’re baking a cake,  and you drop your last eggs on the floor?   Now what?

Generally in baking you can replace one egg with three Tablespoons cornstarch!

Don’t have enough flour for that baking project?

1 and 1/2 half cups ground rolled oats  will substitute perfectly for 1 cup all-purpose flour.  (Grind the oats in a coffee grinder or food processor).

Not enough lemon juice?

 For a  small amount, use 1/2 teaspoon vinegar in place of 1 teaspoon lemon juice.  Other substitutes: any citrus juice, or try orange marmalade – depending,  of course,  on the recipe.

Also, you can get more juice from a dried up lemon if you heat it for 5 minutes in boiling water before you squeeze it!

Mayonnaise ran out before the ‘tater salad was moist enough?

Substitute cottage cheese,  sour cream,  plain yogurt,  or cream cheese – or a combination of these.  (Potato salad made with cream cheese is absolutely delicious!)

Didn’t have quite enough sugar for that recipe?

Brown and white sugars can be used interchangeably.  Or, substitute 3/4 cup honey for 1 cup sugar, and reduce the other liquid in the recipe by a Tablespoon or two.

Oh, no! You’re almost ready for the big event only to realize that you forgot the whipped cream!

Beat an egg white until stiff;  add 1 mashed banana and sugar to taste, beating it all together.

Another substitute for whipped cream:  Cool 1/2 cup evaporated milk in the bowl in which you will later beat it; (cooling it in the freezer for about an hour is best… Also, cool the beaters, whether electric or hand-operated.) Whip the well-chilled evaporated milk until it is at the soft peak stage; then beat in 3 rounded Tablespoons sugar. Use immediately.

We hope you’ve learned a

new tip or two to help you in

the kitchen and prevent your

having to make yet another trip to the

grocery store!

For a delightful change of pace, reserve a vacation cabin here at Enota.  The Fall season is a wonderful time of year to visit the North Georgia Mountains.  We’d love to see you.

Enota Mountain Retreat

1000 Hwy 180,  Hiawassee GA 30546

(706) 896- 9966      email:

official web site:

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

November 21, 2011

Greetings, Friends of Enota.

Today, as we rapidly approach Thanksgiving – and a month or so of high-fat, high-cal, high-sugar fetes – let’s think about trying  some “substitution” recipes to decrease the fat,  calories, and  sugar.  The following are  recipes sure to please even the pickiest eater, yet be kinder to your waistline and general health:

Cran Apple Sauce

Use this in place of sugary

gelatin salads to decrease

your holiday sugar intake!

1/3 cup apple juice

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup sugar

1 12 ounce bag fresh cranberries

2 apples, peeled, cored, and chopped

In a medium non-reactive saucepan, dissolve sugar into juice over a medium heat. Stir in cranberries, apple cider vinegar and chopped apples. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until cranberries pop and sauce thickens.
Makes about 4 cups.

“Smashed”  Red

Potatoes w Garlic

High on flavor, nutrition,

and good looks; yet low in

fat! Hooray!

2 pounds Red potatoes, washed and cut into pieces

6 garlic cloves, peeled

1/3 cup fat-free milk

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/3 cup fat -free sour cream

Chives, freshly chopped

Boil potatoes and garlic cloves in a large saucepan for 20 minutes until potatoes are tender. Drain and return to pan. Add milk and sour cream to potatoes and garlic. Mash with a potato masher until you have the desired consistency. Use a little more milk if you prefer thinner mashed potatoes. Stir in pepper; then, garnish with some chopped chives, as desired.  Serves 6.

Best Green Beans

Sure to become a family

favorite, yet contains far less

fat and sodium than green

bean casserole!

2 slices turkey bacon, diced

1 Tbsp. Olive Oil

1/2 cup minced onion

1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1/2 cup boiling water

1 teaspoon lemon juice1 tablespoon butter

salt and pepper to taste

Cook the bacon in olive oil in a large  skillet over medium-high heat until crisp, about 10 minutes;  remove  with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel-lined plate; return the skillet with the reserved bacon grease/olive oil to the stove.
Cook the onion in the bacon/olive oil drippings until soft, 5 to 7 minutes.

Stir in the green beans and red pepper flakes; cook another 2 minutes. Pour the boiling water into the skillet and cover the skillet immediately; steam on low heat for about 15 minutes.  Add the butter, lemon juice, salt, and pepper; cook and stir until the butter is melted, 3 to 5 minutes. Sprinkle the cooked bacon over the beans to serve. Serves 6.

So, there you have it! Three great recipes… three great ideas for making  healthy substitutions as part of your Thanksgiving feast.   Even if you only use one of them, you’ll be a little bit healthier this holiday season.

We at Enota wish you a safe and blessed Thanksgiving. If you’re “in our neck of the woods”,  come visit us during the holidays. We’d love to see you!


Enota Mountain Retreat

1000 Hwy 180,  Hiawassee GA 30546

(706) 896- 9966      email:

official web site:

To Enota Retreat we go!

Yes,  Hello,  again,  Enota Readers!  How ’bout giving Mom a break from Thanksgiving cooking and spending the long Thanksgiving weekend at Enota?  Today we’ll talk about just some of the many activities and pleasures the entire family could enjoy…

Thanksgiving Feast:

Gather with us  for a

traditional Thanksgiving

Feast,  Thursday Nov 24th

at 2:00pm in the Dining

Hall.  Menu will include at least:

Tender Roasted Turkey with Stuffing,  Delicious Baked Ham, Tender Cooked Rice,  Fluffy Mashed Potatoes,  Homemade Gravy, Delicious Sweet Potato Casserole,  Green Beans,  Corn,   Field Peas,  Home Made Macaroni & Cheese,  Warm Rolls and Butter, Full Salad Bar,  Cranberry Sauce,  Pumpkin Pie,  Apple Pie and Pecan Pie, and more . . . !

Sit by the warm stone

fireplace and enjoy the

beautiful holiday


The traditional parades and football will be playing on the TV in the lodge.

Reservations are required for the Thanksgiving Feast; we need to know how many to expect, so please RSVP to 706-896-9966 with the number of adults and children attending. You also are welcome to personalize the feast with dishes brought from home – If there is something your family traditionally enjoys for Thanksgiving, feel free to bring it!  It can only add to the blessings everyone will surely experience!

$23.00- Adults (12 and over)

$11.00 – Children (3-11)

(no charge for children under the age of 3)

Weekend Activities:


Enota also operates as a certified organic farm and has over 300 family friendly animals (chickens, bunnies, goats, cows, horses, and more) on our farm. Adults and children are welcome to help with our daily feedings. The duck pond in front of the lodge is extremely popular and everyone has fun feeding the ducks. Help feed the animals, milk the cows, and gather the eggs – fun for the kids! Meet at the farm at 4:00 p.m. daily.


Enota’s stocked trout pond is a great place for the kids to catch a fish or to catch dinner. We can supply you with the poles and no license is required. This is a catch and keep pond only with everything you catch at $6.00 per pound. Stocked with about 500 trout averaging 1.25 pounds.

Another way to fish is in the National Forest adjoining Enota’s property. The state stocks the creek running along Road 180 and a Georgia license is required.


For peaceful & restorative massage sessions we suggest Reflexology, Hot Stones, Polarity, Swedish, Shiatsu or a blend of the above.

For more therapeutic massage which would encompass chronic pain, injury, stiffness or a preference for deeper work we offer:  Deep Tissue, Connective Tissue,  Neuro-Muscular Therapy,  Range of Motion, stretches.

Add-Ons: Body Scrubs, Aromatherapy, Warm moist treatments using Clays, Healing Salts or Yogurt and Spice Rubs (varying prices:$10-$25)

All of these services include a blend of modalities. After meeting with you we will create a massage that personally meet your needs.


A full body aroma therapy session involves the mind, body, and spirit. While any massage may have aroma therapy as an add- on (for the benefit of their senses and their tissue) this particular therapy uses essential oils to bring balance to the body.

Whether you suffer with allergies, stress, fatigue, or other conditions, we are able to use specific strokes, apply essential oils along meridians and the spine, and work with your breathing technique, etc. to bring a presence of tranquility and health. Enjoy! Rejuvenate!

Most sessions take 90 minutes. Please allow additional time for consultation and preparation. Pricing is $100 per session.

There are also many holiday

goings-on going on nearby!

Helen, GA:

FESTIVAL OF TREES:  This event is hosted by the White County Chamber of Commerce and begins on Friday, November 25, 10 am to 10pm. View the beautifully decorated trees and wreaths throughout Unicoi Lodge.

Another great Christmas event is the Christkindlmarkt which comes from the German tradition of booths set up in the center of town with  gift items, decorations, and an assortment of  foods, drinks and candied treats.  The Christkindlmarkt will be in the Helen Market Platz on November 25, 26 and 27 and on December 3 and 4, beginning at 10:00 a.m. and lasting until 6:00 on Friday and Saturdays and 5:00 on Sundays.

There are also many wonderful shops to enjoy in Helen. Y’all could surely find some unique and special holiday gifts on this outing.

Blue Ridge, SC:

OLD- FASHIONED HOLIDAY CELEBRATION:    The day starts off with Tuba Christmas on the main stage at 11:00 followed by Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus arriving on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway at 12:30.

Visit with Santa, the Gingerbread Man, etc,  and have photos taken in the gazebo in downtown Blue Ridge City Park free of charge.  Live reindeer, childrens trackless train rides and much more.

The lighting of the ‘Great Tree’ takes place at dusk.  Downtown shops will be open late so bring the whole family for a holiday of fun.

Oh,  there’s more we could mention;  but,  suffice to say that should you decide to spend the Thanksgiving weekend here at Enota,  you won’t be bored and you won’t be disappointed!


Enota Mountain Retreat

1000 Hwy 180, Hiawassee GA 30546

(706) 896- 9966 email:

official web site:

Hello again, Friends of Enota!

Today we are going to

continue  our  discussion

of common heart problems,

what to do if they occur, and

some of the ways we can help

prevent them.

What Not to Do:

Never shrug off heart attack symptoms or  try to make excuses for your symptoms.  Even if you’re not sure it’s a heart attack, don’t hesitate to get help. The actions you take within the first hours after a heart attack could save your life.  Emergency Room doctors and nurses  will all tell you that there exists a “golden hour” wherein cardiac distress can be managed best… After that golden hour has passed, the chances of complete recovery plunge.

What To Do:  Take Action!

If you experience any of these symptoms, or are with someone who is experiencing them, call 911. Then, chew and swallow an aspirin (unless you are allergic to aspirin, of course!)  Taking an aspirin  at the onset of heart attack symptoms may prevent the formation of additional small blood clots blocking blood flow through clogged arteries. Thus,  heart muscle damage may be prevented or delayed. This can buy  time to get to the hospital for further evaluation and treatment.

The Cost of  “Feasting”

Wow.  A Thanksgiving meal  (or any other large meal) can easily exceed 4000 calories!  I clearly remember my Anatomy and Physiology professor describing the effects of a “pigout” on the various body systems. I will describe a few of them today:


After a large meal, cardiac output is increased.  The increased cardiac workload is  diverted to the digestive system.  The intestines require increased circulation in order to digest the high volume of food;  this can take up to six hours.

Meanwhile other organs – including the brain and the heart – are somewhat deprived of blood/oxygen, making them more susceptible to stress and damage.

At the same time, the high carbohydrate content of a meal such as Thanksgiving increases insulin production.  This elevated insulin level can prevent normal relaxation of the coronary arteries. Elevated triglycerides – from eating a meal high in fats and carbs – impairs the function of the coronary arteries’ lining.  The coronary arteries are inflamed and less elastic.

Bloodwork done on patients who have “enjoyed a high fat pigout”  often reveal high levels of inflammatory markers such as C-Reactive protein.  Inflammation is never a good thing for any part of the human anatomy!  And, of course, the heart is no exception!

Meanwhile, there is usually a rise in blood pressure after consumption of a large meal.  If the coronary arteries already have  areas of inflammation,  the “feast” may result in those inflamed patches rupturing, which leads to blockages and heart attack.

At the same time, the high salt content of a typical Thanksgiving dinner can easily trigger an episode of Congestive Heart Failure in persons with this condition.

The Gastro-Intestinal System:

After a large meal the body reacts by producing huge amounts of gastric acid.  This is the body’s effort to process or digest the big meal. Large amounts of gastric acid   can cause acid reflux, which can continue for as long as 12 hours!

The high fat content of a typical holiday feast can also bring on a gallbladder attack in people with gallstones or chronic gallbladder disease (without stones).

Ask any E.R. doctor or nurse and they will tell you that the symptoms of the above conditions mimic those of a heart attack.


If, in addition to overeating, you also choose to drink alcoholic beverages, the chances of physical problems increase.  These include the possibility  of auto accidents on your drive home, poor sleep due to indigestion, extreme elevations in insulin, dehydration, or waking up the next morning with acute gout as well as a hangover!

So, What DO We Do?

Here are some tips on how to keep from overdoing it at the Thanksgiving feast:

Don’t skip breakfast or lunch to “save calories” so that you can eat more at the  feast.  Do the opposite!  Have a protein snack an hour or so before the meal.

Eat salad first.  Starting any meal with a salad is a good idea; the salad provides fiber which your digestive system needs to help process the other foods. Plus, having a salad will make you feel fuller faster.

Avoid finger foods/snacks set out before the meal.  These usually  pack a wallop of calories, fat, sugar, and salt! If you’re tempted by the hors d’oeuvres,  volunteer to help in the kitchen, go for a walk outdoors, etc.

Taste everything you want to taste, but take small portions.  Try to resist second-helpings, and, if you don’t really like something, don’t eat it!  Meanwhile, eat slowly and stay involved in the dinner table  conversation.

If you must drink alcohol, limit your intake to one glass of wine.  Also, drink at least one full glass of water.

Go easy on dessert…  ’nuff said…

This author recently attended an early Thanksgiving dinner.  The hosts are vegetarians, so the menu wasn’t the typical “Turkey-Day” feast… We had fabulous food and an even-more-fabulous time.  It  CAN  be done! So there you have it.  We hope you’ve found this post educational and informative as well as entertaining.

For a great Autumn or Winter getaway, book yourself a reservation at Enota Mountain Retreat. It is beautiful here all year long, and there are always plenty of things to do and places to go.

Enota Mountain Retreat is offering a Thanksgiving Feast on Thanksgiving Day – November 24th, 2011, at 2 PM.   For details,  call us or see our website,  as listed below.   We’d love to see you!

Enota Mountain Retreat

1000 Hwy 180,  Hiawassee GA 30546

(706) 896- 9966      email:

official web site:

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