Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wordless Wednesday - French Camp Village

Time to relax on the front porch.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

French Camp Bed and Breakfast

French Camp Bed and Breakfast - B&B Jr.

French Camp is located on the Natchez Trace Parkway at mile marker 180.7. Louis LeFleur established a stand here in 1812. At French Camp there is an old village set up that you can look around and even go into some of the buildings. They also have a bed and breakfast here as well that is right near the village. There is 3 cabins and 4 rooms that you can rent. We stayed at the B&B Jr. cabin for a night and absolutely loved it. Before we left we were wishing we could spend another night here, but we had reservations further up the Natchez Trace that we had to get to. I guess we need to go back to French Camp and stay for a couple of days.

When we first walked into our little cabin, I felt like we walked into another time and place. The cabin is a log cabin that has a large open floor plan downstairs with a living area, kitchen area, dinning area and a separate bathroom downstairs. Upstairs there are 2 bedrooms and a bathroom.

The wood stove in the living room area.

The downstairs living area has a TV, wood stove, and seating area. The couch has a pull out bed ( that is why the bedding is there on the couch). We absolutely loved that it has a wood stove. They do have some books under the TV.

The living room area with the dinning room area in back.

The kitchen.

The upstairs has 2 bedrooms and a bathroom. We loved that the staircase was near the outside wall and you could see the old logs as you walked up the stairs.

The stairs leading upstairs.
The bedrooms were just perfect. The sheets were amazing. I have no idea what kind of sheets they use, but those were the best sheets we have ever slept between. One bedroom has a double bed, and the other one had 2 single beds. My only complaint about the double bed was that it was too high for this short person. I had to climb into bed. But that wasn't that big of a problem.

The master bedroom.

The second bedroom with 2 twin beds.

Trunk between the two twin beds.

Since this is a bed and breakfast, breakfast is included. A breakfast is cooked Monday through Saturday for you and served in the main house. But Sunday morning breakfast is delivered to your cottage. Ours was put in a basket and left on our kitchen table. It consisted of individual orange juice containers, fruit, muffins, and granola bars. We  also had a Keurig coffee maker and had several coffee's for it.

To find out more about the French Camp Bed and Breakfast go here. 

Another view of the B&B Jr.


Monday, April 21, 2014

Weekly Goals for the week of April 21, 2014



This past week was a little rough with getting ready for Easter and I am still battling a cold, but I was still able to get some things done.
  1. Finish reading Delivering Happiness- A path to profits, passion and purpose by Tony Hsieh.
  2. Continue going through the living room, cleaning, getting rid of stuff and organizing.
  3. Do something fun as a family this week.
  4. Work on an ebook I have been thinking about doing.
  5. Relax on the porch with my husband. Drink coffee and talk. Instead of sitting on the porch swing we opted to go to McDonald's and get coffee and then sit at the park.
This week will be another busy week around here. Here is what is on my priority goal list for this week.
  1. Finish reading The Women of Duck Commander.
  2. Write 2 book reviews.
  3. Continue going through the living room, cleaning, getting rid of stuff and organizing.
  4. Work on an ebook I have been thinking about doing.
  5. Do something fun as a family.
I am hoping this week will be a good productive week here and get lots of things done.

How about you, what is on your list of goals for this week?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Weekly Goals for the week of April 14, 2014


Last week was a very busy week around here with getting ready for the Passion Play that 3 of the family members was in. We had 3 performances and 2 dress rehearsals. So that in itself made for a very interesting week.

Here is what was on my Priority list for this past week.
  1. Continue reading The Other 8 Hours by Robert Pagliarini.
  2. Continue going through the living room and cleaning, getting rid of stuff and organizing.
  3. Get our garden in the ground.This has got to be done this week.
  4. Get through the Passion Play weekend. This is very physically tiring but worth it all. 
  5. Finish reading Voyage with the Vikings as a family.
 For some reason last week was a really productive week despite being out of the house for so long. Hopefully this will be the case this week also.

 Here is what is on my Priority list for this week:
  1. Finish reading Delivering Happiness- A path to profits, passion and purpose by Tony Hsieh.
  2. Continue going through the living room, cleaning, getting rid of stuff and organizing.
  3. Do something fun as a family this week.
  4. Work on an ebook I have been thinking about doing.
  5. Relax on the porch with my husband. Drink coffee and talk.
 I have purposefully made this weeks list of goals easier since I think the family is needing to have an easier week after our hard week last week.

How about you, What is your goals for this week?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Traveling the Natchez Trace


Have you ever dreamed of going back to a simpler way of life? Well, we have found that there is a place where you can almost go back in time and see the way life used to be. A place where time almost stops. A place where you can slow down and enjoy nature, history and a slower pace. The Natchez Trace is exactly where you can find all of this.

The Natchez Trace Parkway, a 444 mile road that follows along the same route as the original Natchez Trace that went from Natchez, MS to Nashville, TN. The Natchez Trace is an old Indian trail. In the early 1800's through the mid 1820's, people would float crops, livestock and other materials down the Mississippi River on wooden flatboats. After they got to Natchez or New Orleans and sold their goods and flatboats they would walk or ride horseback toward home along the Natchez Trace. As more and more people used the Natchez Trace some stands or inns started to crop up to provide lodging, food and drink to the travelers of the trace. There have been many people travel the trace and some of the famous ones are: Gen. Andrew Jackson, Meriwether Lewis (he actually died along the trace), John James Audubon, Jefferson Davis, and Ulysses S. Grant.

I first heard about the Natchez Trace years ago and since that time I have wanted to travel the whole Trace. This past February, we finally traveled the whole Natchez Trace from Natchez to Nashville. We did do part of the Natchez Trace about a year and a half ago, but I have always wanted to drive the whole thing. So we decided to actually do that. We spent 4 days driving the Natchez Trace and stopping to explore things along the way. Even though we spent 4 days on the Natchez Trace we still didn't see and do everything we wanted to. I guess we will have to take another adventure on the Natchez Trace.

There is so much to see and do along the Natchez Trace.

Some of the things that you can do along the Natchez Trace are:

  • Mount Locust, this is a restored plantation and historic stand.
  • The Sunken Trace, an original section of the trace that is actually sunk down due to all the foot traffic.
  • Cypress Swamp
  • Indian Mounds
  • Unknown Confederate grave sites
  • Meriwether Lewis Monument
  • Tobacco Farm, where you can see how tobacco was produced.
 Here is some pictures of the things you can see.

The beginning of the Natchez Trace Parkway in Natchez, MS.



The Sunken Trace


On the Sunken Trace

Cypress Swamp

Walking on the Cypress Swamp tour.
At the Emerald Mound

Emerald Mound

Unknown Confederate grave

Tobacco farm

Tobacco drying
Our trip traveling the Natchez Trace was a fun and exciting trip for us. We can't wait to travel the Natchez Trace again.

To find out more about the Natchez Trace be sure and go here. Or you can go to the National Park service website and look it up from there.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The 2014 Ultimate Blog Party

 Ultimate Blog Party 2014

This is my first year participating in the Ultimate Blog Party from 5minutesformom.com . I am so excited to meet some new friends and reconnect with some old ones.

Let me introduce myself. My name is Karen and I live on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. I tell people we are as far south as you can get in Mississippi. We live only about 1/2 a mile from the beach. I love to go down to Hwy 90 and drive along the scenic road and look at the water.

The Biloxi Lighthouse

One thing that has always amazed me about this area is that we actually have a lighthouse that sits in the middle of a 4 lane hwy. I love to go past this lighthouse when we  drive down Hwy 90 in Biloxi, MS.


It is amazing that I have been here for over 20 years and I love it here. I am originally from Long Island, New York, where I lived till I got married to my best friend, Larry. Together we have 3 kids; Daniel, Katie and John.

At the top the Arch in Saint Louis, MO

I have been blogging here at Families Around the Kitchen Table since September of 2010, but I have been blogging since around 2008. My first blog was over on Homestead Blogger.  Besides this blog, I also blog about Disney over at Exploring the Mouse.

Families Around the Kitchen Table is a blog about families and families getting together and enjoying each other. Here you can find things about travel, homeschooling, family outings, frugal living, as well as any number of other things.


Some of my favorite activities are:
  • reading
  • spending time with my family
  • drinking coffee with my hubby on the front porch
  • planning a Disney vacation
  • looking at the changing fall leaves
  • walking on the piers at the beach, especially at sunset 


Thank you for stopping by.

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