Contea from John Conti: Kentucky Proud and Delicious

What Would You Expect from the People who Make John Conti Coffee???

Contea Iced Tea from John Conti

Contea Tea Bags, from John Conti

One of my favorite places in Owensboro is Nona’s Downtown Market. The beautiful market is filled with delicious Kentucky food and gifts – “local pride” fills the air and it’s a beautiful thing. It seems that each time I go, I see something new. Seriously, I’m half certain little Kentucky elves restock the shelves each night.

I recently bought a big box of John Conti Tea, cleverly called Contea. Iced tea is an obsession with me, so the big beautiful box more or less just flew off the shelf at me. It had “me” written all over it..

  • tea
  • Kentucky Proud (based in Louisville)
  • the box is purple – my favorite color!

I’ve loved John Conti coffee for as long as I can remember and, each time I have coffee at a Kentucky State Resort Park, I thank God for the fact that they’re smart enough to serve John Conti coffee.

I honestly had no idea they made tea, but as soon as I saw the word “Contea,” I knew I was looking at John Conti tea and automatically knew it’d be special.

The box I bought was the sort of box you’d expect a Crazy Tea Chick to buy – big… gloriously big. This box had 24 Family Size Tea Bags (translated: HUGE) and it honestly seemed to last forever… even for me.

Contea Iced Tea Bags

Contea – Delicious Iced and Hot

While the box says “Premium Fresh Brew Iced Tea,” it does, of course, make excellent hot tea too. The iced tea is refreshingly delicious and the hot tea is some of the best hot tea I’ve ever enjoyed – and, come on now, anyone with a tea blog called “Crazy Tea Chick” knows her tea!

As with a lot of Made in Kentucky foods, I buy them the FIRST time because, like me, they’re Kentuckian and proud of it.  I buy them the SECOND time because they are outstanding. Many times, I’ll run into a particular Kentucky Made product that becomes my “go to”  brand – such as Trifecta Barbecue Sauce. I buy it each time I need barbecue sauce because, quite frankly, it tastes the best!

While (unfortunately) Contea isn’t in grocery stores, I will go out of my way to find it. It’s just that good.

Besides, I’m not gonna lie, I’m pretty wild about the purple box.

You can find where to buy John Conti Coffee and Contea on John Conti’s website.

John Conti Contea Tea

Lake Barkley State Resort Park’s Dinner Theater Presents “Death by Disco”

Join the Fun on October 3, 2015 at 7:15 pm

Lake Barkley at Sunset
Lake Barkley at Sunset: Always Beautiful!
When Lake Barkley State Resort Park’ has one of their Dinner Theaters, there’s only one thing you need to do… clear your calendar. They are, without exception, outstanding. Great food, lots of laughs, and memories you’ll chuckle at for years to come.

From Lake Barkley State Resort Park:

Lake Barkley State Resort Park’’s dinner theater series is presenting another “murder mystery” where you, the audience, try to figure out “who done it!”

Make plans to enjoy “Death by Disco” on Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. This murder mystery – about a new club opening — will be performed by Wild Card Productions of Nashville.

This dinner theater will take place at Lake Barkley State Resort Park’s convention center. Reservations are required. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

While piecing the clues together you will also enjoy a special buffet. Tickets are on sale for $45 per person. Limited seating is available, so get your tickets now!  For tickets or additional information call the lodge at 1-800-325-1708 or email

Also See:

Lake Barkley State Resort Park features a lodge, cottages, the Windows on the Water Restaurant, a seasonal campground, 18-hole golf course, fitness center with indoor pool, marina, fishing, tennis courts, hiking trails, gift shop, and recreational and nature programming. 

You’ll Never Guess What Mellow Mushroom’s Cooking Up Now!

Hamburgers AND Veggie Burgers are Now Available...

Mellow Mushroom is at it again – cooking up deliciousness and making sure they have something for everyone.

After 40 years of perfecting pizza, Mellow Mushroom, is adding beef and veggie burgers to an already eclectic menu. These burgers were previewed at select locations in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina & Texas this summer, but as of October 1, 2015 they will be available at Mellow Mushroom locations nationwide.

The beef burger (Carnie) is made of 100% choice, all natural, certified Black Angus Beef. The beef is humanely raised and minimally processed, using no additives or ammoniated procedures. It will be available with Swiss cheese, caramelized onions, romaine lettuce, tomato, pickles and garlic aioli spread.

The veggie burger (Herb), which can stand up to any beef patty, consists of kale, quinoa, roasted mushrooms, and brown rice among other seasonings and vegetables. These hearty, house-made patties are made with the highest-quality ingredients. The veggie patty will be prepared with Cheddar cheese, romaine lettuce, tomato, sweet onions and fresh avocado.

It seems to me that Mellow Mushroom does absolutely everything right.  I can’t wait for the one in Owensboro to open!

Also See: Bowling Green Mellow Mushroom Review  (Raving Review, that is.)

Mellow Mushroom Burger

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park is Renovating their Golf Course

The Course will Close this Weekend and Reopen in the Spring of 2016

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park Golf Course

Pennyrile Forest State Park’s Golf Course

The beautiful golf course at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park  will undergo a renovation this fall and winter.

As a result, the course will be closed starting Sept. 25 and will reopen in the spring of 2016. The dry summer weather has been especially tough on the greens. The greens at the 18-hole course will be aerated and reseeded this fall.

Season passholders will be allowed to play at other nearby courses at Lake Barkley State Resort Park and Mineral Mounds State Park. They will be given a prorated pass for 2016.

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park has a lodge, cottages, restaurant and hiking trails. The resort is 20 miles northwest of Hopkinsville on KY 109 N. From Interstate 69, exit at Dawson Springs and take KY 109 south.

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park Golf Course

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park’s Beautiful Golf Course

See more pictures of Pennyrile Forest State Park  (including the golf course) on Genuine Kentucky.

Corn Maze At Green River Lake Opens September 19, 2015

The Maze Will Be Open Through October 31

Corn Maze at Green River Lake
Corn Maze at Green River Lake State Park
A cornfield maze that is free to visitors at Green River Lake State Park will be open Sept. 19-Oct. 31.

The maze will be open from 8 a.m. until dark each day. The maze, located on State Park Road off of Lone Valley Road, is a joint project of the park and the Friends of Green River Lake.

There will be an admission charge on Oct. 17 during the park’s “Haunted Maze” with times to be announced. The proceeds will be divided between Green County FFA and The Friends of Green River Lake. The friends group uses funding to make improvements around the lake. The maze is an image of the FFA logo.

For more information, call Green River Lake State Park at 270-465-8255.

Green River Lake State Park sits along an 8,200-acre lake and has a campground, marina, mini-golf, gift shop, picnic area, hiking trails and 22.5 miles of horseback riding trails. Green River Lake State Park is south of Campbellsville on KY 55.

Photo Credit: John Humpress.

Tobacco Barn Candle Sold at My Old Kentucky Home State Park

Other Kentucky Candles are Also Available at the Park

My Old Kentucky Home Tobacco Barn Candle

My Old Kentucky Home Tobacco Barn Candle

If you haven’t visited the My Old Kentucky Home State Park recently, here’s a friendly reminder to do so asap. The park is a one-of-a-kind experience that’s just perfect in every way.

My Old Kentucky Home has a little extra incentive for you to pay them a visit soon – candles! If you love candles even half as much as I do (I have at least one flickering during all waking hours), you’re going to have to check out their fun line of Kentucky accented candles. These candles include a “Tobacco Barn Candle” that has apparently become really popular.

The candle, made by Kentucky Green Studio in Paris, Kentucky, has the scent of tobacco curing in a barn and is sold at the park’s gift shop. Other candles, which are also related to the history of the park, include: Doo-Dah!, Mint Julep, Bacon, Meadow in the Bloom, Muscadine Wine, Blackberry Wine, and Hard Times.

The candles (which would make wonderful Christmas gifts) each cost $16. Call the park at 502-348-3502 for orders and information.

My Old Kentucky Home State Park includes the historic mansion called Federal Hill. Construction of Federal Hill was started by John Rowan in 1795 and was completed in 1818. The historic home is the subject of Stephen Foster’s song, “My Old Kentucky Home,” which is also the Kentucky state song. The park also has an 18-hole golf course, campground, picnic area and a summertime theatrical production – “The Stephen Foster Story.”

Read more about My Old Kentucky Home State Park on the Kentucky State Parks’ Official Website!


Pictures of the Day Celebrating One Week Till Autumn!

If Only Ragweed Would Pack Up and Move...

Owensboro Autumn Picture

Autumn in Kentucky… Beautiful, In Spite of the Sneezing

I hate to brag, but I have epic allergies. There are times I get into sneezing jags and, literally, lose count of the ACHOOs. Ragweed is one of my worthiest opponents. As an enemy, he’s nearly unmatched.

And yet…. I cannot get enough of this time of year. It’s exactly a week until Autumn officially arrives and I’m in an absolute state of bliss – even with all the sneezing.

As you may have noticed, the rotating pictures at the top have moved from Summer to Autumn.  I’ll be adding more to the rotation (see what I did there… even in a Benadryl fog, I still have it), so be sure to watch for more changing leaves, pumpkins, and maybe even a ghost or two.

Probably not real ones.


Even though Summer has all but moved on, be sure to keep visiting all of Kentucky’s State Parks, the Land Between the Lakes Recreational Area, Mammoth Cave, Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley, and on and on. Each of these places are as beautiful in the fall and winter as they are the spring and summer.

In fact, many times you’ll see more wildlife simply because the trees will hide them less during late autumn and winter.  You’ll also experience smaller crowds and less traffic during these two seasons… just another reason I love them as much as I do.

More Kentucky Autumn Pictures:

Panther Creek Park

2015 Jerusalem Ridge Bluegrass Music Celebration

Wednesday through Sunday, Rosine is the Place to Be...

Jerusalem Ridge Bluegrass Celebration 2015

Keeping Bluegrass Music Alive and Rocking!

Excitement is building for the 2015 Jerusalem Ridge Bluegrass Music Celebration that’ll begin in just a matter of hours.

The annual celebration, which began in 2001, honors traditional Bluegrass music, as well as the “Father of Bluegrass,” himself, Bill Monroe.  Generations of Bluegrass fans use festivals and celebrations such as Jerusalem Ridge to introduce future generations to music many Kentuckians consider “ours.”

Campbell Mercer, producer and promoter of the event, credits hundreds of volunteers who are donating their time and effort to preserve Bluegrass music.

“We try to make it as traditional as possible, as close as to the way it was when Bill Monroe was growing up in this area.” – Campbell Mercer

The festival is at Mercer’s farm (near Monroe’s birthplace) at 5520 U.S. 62.

The music festival used to be held in the fall, but this year is being moved up to Wednesday through Sunday (September 16 – September 20).

From the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer:

This is the second year there will be an open microphone for bands or single acts on the opening day of the festival. Square dancing is returning Saturday on the main stage.

On Sunday after the usual graveside church service at Rosine Cemetery, there will be Church in the Wild on the main stage at the festival grounds.

“The fellow that officiates that church service grew up with Bill Monroe,” Mercer said. “So that’s living history.”

There will be some new bands coming in this year, as well as traditional bluegrass, old time folk music, or mountain music.

Performances start at noon Wednesday, 10 a.m. on Thursday, 9 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, and noon on Sunday, rain or shine.

About 35 bands are scheduled this year including Larry Sparks and the Lonesome Ramblers, Larry Gillis and his Hard Driving Swamp Grass Band, The Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show, Becky and the Butler County Boys, Alan Sibley and the Magnolia Ramblers, King’s Highway, Annabelle Watts, and more.  – Bobbie Hayse, Messenger-Inquirer

For more information, including ticket prices (children under 12 are free), visit Jerusalem Ridge Festival or call 270-315-5151

Did You Know? The Jerusalem Ridge Festival is a A USA Today Top Ten Bluegrass Event!

It’s Finally Here: Owensboro Air Show 2015!

Owensboro is THE Place to Be This Weekend

Owensboro Air Show 2014

Pictures from Last Year’s Air Show

I’m so excited about the Owensboro 2015 Air Show that I’m finding it difficult to sit still today. Not only is it difficult to concentrate on anything but the upcoming weekend, the planes flying overhead (yesterday and today) make me just want to stay outside and watch the sky!

Tonight is actually one of my favorite parts of the entire Air Show weekend – the chance to get a close up look at a lot of the aircraft and even meet some of the pilots.  The event takes place a the Owensboro Regional Airport from 4:00 to approximately 8:30 pm. Admission is   $2.00 per person/Kids 10 and under free.

As the sun sets,  a few performers will take to the sky to entertain the crowds. Fireworks will follow. Food and drink vendors will be on site.

Now, why would you want to be anywhere else?!?!

For all the information you’ll need for the upcoming events, check out the Owensboro Air Show website. You’ll also find some pretty amazing videos to watch too.

Whatever you do, make plans to spend a lot of time in Owensboro this weekend. For places to eat, check out our Owensboro Restaurant Reviews.



Eat at Mellow Mushroom in September to Help END Childhood Hunger in America!

Funds raised support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign

Mellow Mushroom No Kid Hungry

Click HERE for More Information on How You Can Help

I love companies with a heart and don’t mind shouting it out for the world to hear. When someone takes the time and effort to give back, it’s a beautiful thing to see. When the effort involves precious children, beautiful doesn’t seem to do it justice.

Below is a press release from Mellow Mushroom. I hope you’ll…

  1. Read it.
  2. Share it all over social media.
  3. Eat at a Mellow Mushroom near you as many times in September as possible!

From Mellow Mushroom:

More than 16 million American children live without consistent access to food. This September, for the 4th consecutive year, Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers is joining thousands of restaurants nationwide to support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign by raising funds in their restaurants. During the month of September at Mellow Mushroom, there are four exciting ways to be a part of this initiative.

  1. Make a donation at of $10 and receive a FREE small cheese pizza.
  2. Make a donation at of $25 or more and receive a FREE small cheese pizza and a limited edition House of Shroom t-shirt.
  3. Purchase Mellow Mushroom’s limited edition House of Shroom kids’ t-shirt at and Mellow Mushroom will donate $1 to No Kid Hungry.
  4. Share your Mellow Mushroom moments on Instagram using hashtags #MellowCupcake and #NoKidHungry and a $3 donation will be made on your behalf to No Kid Hungry.

Each $1 raised is equivalent to 10 meals for hungry children. This year Mellow Mushroom’s goal is to raise $150,000, providing 1.5 million meals for children without food. “Childhood hunger is a very serious issue in this country. We are humbled to be involved with a cause that can help find a solution,” Annica Kreider, VP of Brand Development for Mellow Mushroom says.

In 2014, the 8,661 participating restaurants raised $8.9 million for the No Kid Hungry campaign. These funds are used to raise awareness of child hunger in the U.S., create public-private partnerships that align kids with the resources they need, support nutrition programs like School Breakfast and Summer Meals, and educate kids and their families on how to cook healthy meals with limited resources.

Since the launch of the No Kid Hungry campaign in 2010, Dine Out for No Kid Hungry has increased more than 600% with an average of double-digit growth.

For more information about Mellow Mushroom please visit

About Mellow Mushroom

Mellow Mushroom was founded in 1974 in Atlanta, Georgia.  This franchise, operated under Home-Grown Industries of Georgia, Inc., is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. For over 40 years, Mellow Mushroom has been serving up fresh, stone baked pizzas to-order in an eclectic, art-filled and family-friendly environment. Each Mellow is operated with a unique feel focused around great customer service and high quality, locally sourced food. Follow Mellow Mushroom on their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


No child should grow up hungry in America, but one in five children struggles with hunger. Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign is ending childhood hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day. The No Kid Hungry campaign connects kids in need to effective nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals and teaches low-income families to cook healthy, affordable meals through Cooking Matters.  This work is accomplished through the No Kid Hungry network, made up of private citizens, public officials, nonprofits, business leaders and others providing innovative hunger solutions in their communities. Join us at

Again, Please…

  1. SHARE.

Read my Bowling Green Mellow Mushroom Review here.