Monday, April 18, 2016

Springtime in East Tennessee

Isn’t springtime wonderful!  It’s a season of rebirth, color and hope…

Here’s a view of some redbud trees mixed in with our dogwood trees just off our back deck…

This view is from our screened in porch looking out toward Tellico Lake.  In a very short period of time we won’t be able to see the lake or any of our neighbor’s homes other than the one close in to the left…

Another sure sign of spring…JD, the owner of the home we are allowed to share with him, back on the screened porch catching some warm morning sunshine!

A beautiful spring day and we decided to celebrate by making the drive over to Tellico Plains for lunch at the Tellico Grains Bakery.  We’re just lucky that this bakery isn’t closer to our house… The temptation would be strong to completely forget about that low carb diet.

The Tellico Grains Bakery was very busy on this beautiful day.  We arrived just before the lunch crowd hit while they still had some goodies in the bakery case as well as a decent selection of bread.  Tellico Grains Bakery has been open in this location since 2003.  They must be doing something right, don’t you think?!

I ordered my favorite sandwich for lunch…the “Waucheesi Club”.  This sandwich is constructed with thinly sliced smoked ham, roasted turkey, Benton’s Bacon, pepper-jack cheese, red onion, mayo, Dijon mustard, lettuce and tomato on toasted Sourdough bread.  This sandwich is very satisfying indeed!

Laurie ordered the “Sandwich Joe’s Italian”.  It’s made up with Genoa salami, pepperoni, Benton’s prosciutto, provolone, pesto mayo, pepperoncini’s, black olives, red onion, Dijon mustard, lettuce and tomato on an Herb Flatbread roll.  This is Laurie’s standby favorite at the bakery…

 Thinking back on it, if we’d just stopped with our sandwiches, from a dietary point, there would be no harm, no foul… But hey, the bakery case was loaded with goodies plus we needed some fresh bread to make some bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches for dinner the next day!

We ‘restrained’ ourselves…sort of.  We ‘only’ bought 4 each of the coconut cookies and oatmeal raisin cookies. (The oatmeal raisin cookies are the best ever!) But then we did buy 2 of the blueberry scones and 2 of the raspberry scones…breakfast for the next 2 mornings.  We also picked up a loaf of Tellico Grains’ sourdough bread for those BLT’s… 

FYI, Tellico Grains Bakery is located at 105 Depot Street in Tellico Plains Tennessee.  Phone: 423-253-6911.  The Bakery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 8 AM to 4 PM.  Website:

Just click on any of the photos to enlarge them…

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Take Care, Big Daddy Dave 


  1. I am really missing spring in the mountains this year and thank you for a dose of it, especially the red buds. Both sandwiches look great, but it's really hard to go to a bakery without bringing home a few goodies...

  2. ONLY four cookies!!!:) That BLT looks delicious! I wanted to make one the other day but we don't have bacon here, only pancetta and it's not really the same thing. Bravo Dave, you know more about Garibaldi than I do! We Sicilians hold on to him but a book came out recently that depicted here more of a mercenary than a hero. A town in Sicily even took down his statue! I guess history is not exactly as what we were taught, everything is being questioned nowadays.

  3. I love autunm bt what lovely is spring David. I love spring too.
    Love these sandwichs !!!