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Next Sunday, Try This Sundae Breakfast at Home

One of the most-requested breakfasts at the Folkestone Inn Bed and Breakfast is their French Toast Sundae. And innkeepers Steve and Eva Clayton are graciously sharing their recipe with Postcards From The Smokies readers.

French Toast Sundae

Serves 6

5    eggs
2    cups Half n Half
1    Tbsp. vanilla extract
1    Tbsp. cinnamon
1    Tbsp. sugar
1/8    tsp. nutmeg
12    slices French bread, sliced 1-inch thick
Crushed cornflakes, enough to coat one side of bread
Fresh sliced fruits, in season
Whipped cream

Preheat griddle to 375 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, whisk eggs and Half n Half until well combined. Add the vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar. Dip bread into mixture but do not soak. Dip one side of the bread into cornflakes.  Repeat with all slices.

Add butter to griddle and cook bread with cornflakes side down first. Flip when golden brown. Turn and cook other side. Place two slices on plate and top with fresh fruit. Add dollop of whipped cream. Serve with maple syrup.

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“Reflects our collective happiness and joy at being in the Smokies”


Fifty years ago, Carlton and Gloria Parker began taking their young family camping at Deep Creek. It was the beginning of a family tradition that continues today. Granddaughter Erika Anchors, who contributed this Postcard, says the annual camping trip is “an unofficial family reunion of sorts”.

“This year we had over 20 people attend,” she explained. “We spend one glorious week every year immersed in the beauty of what is Deep Creek. We tube, hike, play in the creek, throw rocks, eat s’mores, and sing old Beatles songs around the campfire.  Afterward, there’s nothing in the world like going to sleep listening to the sound of a roaring creek. The Smoky Mountains have a special place in each of our hearts. It truly feels like a second home to us.”

So what about the photo? Erika explained, “We are definitely unique, and all have unusual senses of humor. A few years ago, we inadvertently began a ‘tradition’ of sorts. We always go to Miss Sue’s store to get ice cream, and then someone had a brilliant idea to take a picture outside the store.” Erika’s caption explains the silliness of this year’s family photo: “Reflects our collective happiness and joy at being in the Smokies.”

Photo by Sue Miller, Smoky Mountain Campground

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A Minimalist’s Smoky Mountain Getaway


With all there is to do in the North Carolina Smokies, sometimes the best getaway involves doing next to nothing.

Photo by J.R. vanLienden

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