The Zarb Homestead

Living natural and healthy on a simple budget

Horseback Riding in the Smoky Mountains February 19, 2013

Back in August of last year, I purchased a few vouchers off the website Half off Depot when they were having a great sale going on. You could get 50% off the already marked-down price, came out to be 75% off most of the deals. In the deals I purchased was an 1 hour, 5 mile, horseback riding for 2 in the mountains complements of Adventure Park in Pigeon Forge, TN. Being hectic around the holidays we did not have a chance to put them to good use but since they were going to expire on 2/25 of this month we decided to brace the cold weather and give it a go.

On Sunday, we layered up in our long underwear putting all our cold weather gear into good use and drove to the mountains. The high in Knoxville that day was 41 degrees and normally in the mountains it is about 10 degrees below that but the sun was shining and it made for a gorgeous day. We arrived about 30 minutes early because we were excepting traffic but there wasn’t any. Our group was to take off at 2:00 so we checked out the stables at 1:30 and walked around the place for 30 minutes until our group was called to meet up at the stables. I was pleased to see that the stables were newer and well kept. All the horses were in good health condition matter-of-fact many could cut back on the sugar cubes.


There were 8 of us total in the riding group and everyone had little to none when it came to riding experience. I was the most knowledgeable of the group and that was frightening because I have not been on a horse since high-school and then I was bucked off and could not walk for days. Thankfully, experience was not required because the horses knew the trail well and all you had to do was hold on their reins and they lead the way. Everyone got their horse handpicked to meet their needs by our trail guy. My horse was named Max and he was a black gelding male that was tame and eager to hit the trial. My husband rode old Josephine. She was slow and wide horse but very tame and super sweet. They were the the caboose of the 8 horse line and I rode just in front of them.

I am sure I was smiling the whole time because I really enjoyed myself. It was so serene and tranquil being outdoors in the mountains horseback. I did not even mind the cold weather. For my birthday my husband and I are planning to go horseback riding in Cades Cove. They have a nice horseback riding trails in the loop but sadly they do not open until March 10th, so I will have to wait a few more weeks.

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If anyone is interested about this trail and would like to try it you can find more information at


Project 365: Weeks 6 & 7 February 17, 2013


Heidi cat giving us her profile


My new purse from Earthbound Trading Company


My rose my father-in-law gave me


My Valentines Day Orchids  from my husband


If it fits it ships


Spending the day at the parents house and hanging out with Gizmo


My Valentines Day steak dinner my husband cooked me


Mr. Mal rocking his tie dye shirt


Horseback riding in the mountains


I have been working on my sewing area, starting to look good


Clean tank, well it doesn’t look clean until the next day


Homemade sticky buns


Weenier dog race at the Ice Bears Hockey game


Sewing Project #2: Three Tier Skirt February 5, 2013

As promised, I accomplished my next sewing project the three tiered skirt. I purchased my pattern from Wal-Mart and my fabric material online. I adore this skirt! As many of you know, I am amazed by the night sky and tend to be a little nerdy so I thought this was the perfect fabric pattern for me. It is planet material is 100% cotton and the top 2 tiers materials are from a bed sheet that I do not use. After cutting and then re cutting due to the fact I did not account for the black bed sheet fabric does not stretch. Once I finished the first time, I tried it on and discovered it would not go over my legs. Frustrated and sleepy, I had to put it away for a day before I seam ripped it apart and tried once more.

This Sew Simple pattern, as the name states, took me 2 days to accomplish but I am happy with the results and learned a lot from this one.

My next Sew Project is a shirt. Wish me luck and patience because I will need it.

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Project 365: Week 4 and 5 February 4, 2013

Here are my pictures from Week 4 and Week 5 this year. I know, I know, I am late again, story of my life.


Ladybugs, really?


Ladies Night at Coal Creek Shooting Range


Nothing like homemade bread


Still working on getting more fruit in my diet


Ice Storm Khan


Making fresh rolls, yum


Not too much snow this time.


Hard to see, but that is Blackie Cat watching the bubbles screen saver


Waking up to a snowy morning. Notice the claw marks in the screen? Never sleep with the window open when you own a husky.


Finally, after 9 years I am a top rated seller. I just sell stuff I don’t use anymore I guess that is why it took so long 🙂


Mr. Mal snuggling with a snuggie