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Christmas Music Makes The Season Special 🎶🎅🏻
Saint Nick can pick a mean guitar 🎸

Every year I try to refine my ‘Top 10 Christmas songs’ to enjoy for the season. Christmas music is playing as I write this 🎅🏻 I hope you enjoy the music of the season as much as I do…
Top 10 Christmas List for 2021…

1- Hard Candy Christmas – Dolly Parton

2- Tennessee Christmas – Alabama

3- Christmas in Paradise – Mary Gauthier

4- 25th December – Everything but the girl

5- Thankful for Christmas – Hayes Carll

6- Christmas Island – Jimmy Buffett

7- Christmas in Hollis – Run DMC

8- Merry Christmas from the Family – Robert Earl Keen

9- Please Come Home For Christmas – Eagles

10- Jingle Bell Rock – Daryl Hall & John Oates

This list should get you tapping, singing along, smiling and crying! 

Merry Christmas y’all!

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
http://www.cartercountry.com



It’s a ’Regional’ Southern Thang! | Do YOU Drink ’Boiled Custard’

I’ve been doing a Friday ’Call In’ Radio show for 20 years now. It’s a lot of fun and I’m lucky enough to be able do it with local friends who are the best in the business! The call in questions change with the seasons, which is Awesome! It’s totally caller driven, so we never know what we will be talking about 😊 Doesn’t that sound fun? Well, it is… 😎

Yesterday a caller brought up Boiled Custard, which is a holiday drink around these parts. Several people had never even heard of it… (West TN transplants 😎). So I proceeded to wax poetic on how good it is and how I grew up having it every year around the Christmas season. My ‘MiMi’ stood at the stove stirring and stirring the cook pot to make the homemade treat every year and as a boy I would wait and watch her with great anticipation…

Its a regional thing only available bottled around West TN, North Mississippi and Parts of Southern Kentucky.

When I met the girl who later became my wife, her family also enjoyed Boiled Custard – I knew it was written in the stars for us after that ❤️
So, Heres a Boiled Custard Christmas 🎄 story for all of ya’s – My mother in law moved down to Florida for work soon after Jo and I were married, at Christmas time, she couldn’t find Boiled Custard anywhere down there 😳 Oh NO!! She called everywhere, even called the Dairy Companies in the region… No dice! She Talked about it so much that all her friends wanted to try it too! So, Jo and I pack several coolers full of bottled Boiled Custard and drove all the way down to Pensacola NAS and took part in an Epic Christmas Party that Spotlighted the West TN, ‘Drive or Die’ treat – Boiled Custard! Boom 💥 It was a hit and every drop was drank! Almost everyone there wanted the recipe to be able to enjoy it again…

Now if you’ve never tried it and don’t live close, you can forget about running to the store and buying a few bottles… So I am gonna share my Grandmothers ’secret’ family recipe with you! Just remember, stir, stir, stir! DON’T let it stick to the bottom or its all for naught…

Era Carter (MiMi’’s) Homemade Boiled Custard

Ingredients –

  • 1 Gallon Whole Milk
  • 1 dozen eggs 🥚 (separate yolks&whites)
  • 2 Cups White Granulated Sugar
  • 4 heaping Tbsp corn starch
  • Cap of Vanilla Extract

In a large stockpot mix sugar, cornstarch and a little milk to get started. Then add beaten egg yolks and stir/blend well until smooth. Stir constantly over medium heat and slowly add the rest of the milk. Simmer and stir until thickened (You don’t actually boil it!). Once thickened remove from heat and allow to cool. Beat your dozen egg whites, adding a little sugar until you have stiff peaks, then fold into cooled custard mix. Immediately refrigerate and serve when fully chilled.

There is nothing like a cold glass of boiled custard with a piece of Pecan Pie ❤️ Takes me right back to my MiMis kitchen…

Many people add a little TN whiskey 🥃 to their Boiled Custard for taste & that is completely up to the individual. As for me, I drink mine strait up 😊

Merry Christmas

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
http://www.cartercountry.com



Sunday Reflections…

What a beautiful morning! A quick, early walk this morning was perfect! Leaves are really showing color now 🍁 and many are falling in good number… Its about time for a good early Fall clean-up and burn 🔥 It really helps clear the way for later in the season.

Then its back in the house for breakfast 🥞 🍳 No brunch today! Too much to do and see outside on this gorgeous Fall Day! 🍁🍁🍁

Pancakes 🥞 on Sunday is kinda the house rule…

Only 1 week from today is Halloween 🎃… Get out and look around before the show is over!

“October is the month for painted leaves. Their rich glow now flashes round the world. As fruits and leaves and the day itself acquire a bright tint just before they fall so the year near its setting. October is its sunset sky; November the later twilight.”

~ Henry David Thoreau

Mark C.



Sunday Reflections…

Good day to everyone! Just finished a great brunch and sat down to finish my Blog that I started late last night… We finished up our last event of the season last night, and it was a FUN one! A local artist and friend for over 30+ years, Matt Brown came to the nursery last night with a literal truck load of art and paintings and we set up our Nursery as his Gallery of Art 🖼 We called it ’Art in the Garden’ and it was a very unique and a very special evening. We even set up a ’Blacklight Room’ in the Koi Shack to showcase some of Matts unique pieces. I’ll tell the rest of the story with a few pictures of last night.

Matt Brown (featured artist) and Charlotte Powell Vaughn (his mom) and Conor McGregor… 😊

What a great evening! Matt and I have been friend’s for many years now, Maybe its because we both work with our hands to make unique, artistic creations? Our mediums are very different, but I think his Artwork within the gardens and by my Waterfalls was pretty Awesome! And it brought a bunch of people out to enjoy a night of Art and enjoyment, another win-win!

PS: We are gonna do this again! 💥

“Each of us are flowers in the garden of life we bloom, 
We all bring a different light to brighten the daily gloom. 
We all posess great potential to inspire our fellow man, 
To offer peace and love is a choice we all should plan. 
We can each bring joy to a life filled with sadness, 
Just through a soft touch or word spoken in gladness. 
We can also bring peace to those with a troubled mind, 
Bring hope to a broken heart joy from the daily grind. 
For every flower has something beautiful to share, 
That has special meaning to someone, sometime, somewhere, 

But our time is short, just like a season, 
As autumn advances with purpose and reason. 
We all have these gifts and we must take a chance, 
If we spread peace and love it’s the garden we enhance… 

Enhance the garden… 
Spread the love… The peace will follow…”

~ Cosmic Dreamer

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

Mark C



Sunday Reflections…

As I was sitting this morning writing My blog, my phone chirped… Text message. It was my cousin Kim. She lives along the gulf coast not too far from where the approaching Hurricane Ida is coming ashore. Outer bands of rain are already creating localized flash flooding and the winds are strong. She said they are going to ride it out, told me she loved me and asked for prayers 🙏🏻

Hurricanes bring heavy wind and floods so they are always a threat. But my cousin Kim and her brothers and sisters grew up down there and they have rode out many a storm.

That’s me in the redneck Santa hat with my sister and our Mobile Alabama cousins. We try to always get together around the holidays ❤️

So today I’m gonna say a special prayer for Kim and all the folks down on the Gulf Coast. Ida is coming and she’s bringing a mess with her 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Your welcome to join me in saying a prayer for all the good folks down there as well 🙏🏻

“I have both the violent turbulence of the storm and the quiet promises of God in the storm. And what I must work to remember is that something is not necessarily stronger simply because it’s louder.”

~ Craig D. Lounsbrough

Have a great Sunday afternoon ☀️

Mark C.



Sunday Reflections…

Misty, foggy, overcast weather can be very relaxing, especially on a Sunday Morning… This morning has been fairly simple.
1st. I changed out my hummingbird feeders.

Then I fertilized the hanging baskets on my porch

then I decided to fix biscuits and gravy for breakfast 🍳

We have been eating “healthy” for a while now… But it ain’t nothing a good Biscuit and Gravy breakfast won’t fix!

Y’all enjoy your day!

“One old wives’ tale says that every foggy day during August equates to a day of snowfall during the following winter. Some also use this tale in more general terms, meaning that if there is a lot of fog throughout the month of August, there will be a lot of snow throughout the upcoming winter.”

~ Farmers Almanac

Mark C.



Memory Plants | Throwback Thursday | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Throwback Thursday is always a great day! Especially when the throwback memory is Flowers 🌺 I’m always talking or writing about something I planted with my Grandparents, here’s another group of perennial flowers that are really showing out right now…

Those white spikes blooming are an old fashioned Perez flower called Gooseneck Loosestrife. My grandmother got these many years ago up in the mountains and we planted them in this spot way back then. They bring up a wonderful memory each year as they bloom.
As you see, they spread 😊 If you look closely to the left, you can see a goose looking at you from within the flowers.

That’s my #throwbackthursday for the week. I hope you are having a good one!

Here’s to great Memories and to great Memory Plants.

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
http://www.cartercountry.com

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Sunday Reflections…

I’m having my coffee and thinking about what’s next today… It’s Father’s Day! And lunch is at my house… I’m counting my blessings this morning ❤️

My dad through the years, with me and friends and his brother as well. Happy Father’s Day to all the other “Dads” out there!

I think of my dad, my grandfather’s and so many great men that I looked up too all these years. Role models, teachers, providers, hero’s ❤️

I think of my son as well. He made me a dad😊 And will one day make a great one himself!

A little collage of my boy, the kid who made me a Father and helped me become a Dad…

Happy Fathers Day to all the Dads, Pops, Fathers and Daddy’s out there! Today is YOUR day!

He never looks for praises.

He’s never one to boast.

He just goes on quietly working

For those he loves the most.

His dreams are seldom spoken.

His wants are very few,

And most of the time his worries

Will go unspoken, too.

He’s there… a firm foundation

Through all our storms of life,

A sturdy hand to hold onto

In times of stress and strife.

A true friend we can turn to

When times are good or bad.

One of our greatest blessings,

The man that we call Dad.

~ Karen K. Boyer

Mark C.



Throwback Thursday

A timely throwback memory. My cousin Kim is in town for graduations and a few other things, so I pulled up a few old pics and made a little collage of Kim and family down through the years. Cousins are very special family! We are as close as siblings and even better friends than if we were brothers and sisters 😊

It’s so nice getting to spend some time with family that you grew up with. Lifelong memories ❤️

Here’s to #Throwbackthursday!

Mark Carter



Sunday Reflections…

My day started early… straightened up the house a little, straightened up outside and on the porch a little… Cleaned the grill real good, cut up veggies and sliced salmon filets, etc etc. Getting ready for Mother’s Day lunch is a bit of work, BUT, worth every minute of the effort! ❤️

Mom came over and ate and we all had a good visit.

I meant to get good pictures of the plated food before it was all eaten… Oh well, I guess it was good 😊 By the time I remembered, there wasn’t much left…

What’s for dinner? “Grilled Salmon with Mango salsa, mixed roasted vegetables, broccoli slaw, Mac & Cheese with bacon, and mixed fruit salad”. Y’all come!

I got a picture with all the moms in the room together. Pretty awesome if you ask me. My mom and sister and My wife and her mom.

It’s been a while since everyone could be together at the same time. So it was a great day on many levels!

“Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; A mother’s secret hope outlives them all.”

~ Oliver Wendell Holmes


Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms out there! What would we do without y’all?!

Mark Carter