I curl up on the soft leather couch, under a warm, cozy blanket that smells of a woodsy blend of oak leaves, mown hay, warm amber, and pine.  I take a deep breath in an pull the blanket a little closer to my face, just so I can enjoy this scent one more time.  The cabin around me is small but so cozy and warm. There is a small crackling fire in the stone fireplace across from me.  And there are photos of family everywhere–on the built in bookcases next to the fireplace to the hall that leads to the barn door bathroom.  There is no visible television in sight, so instead I decide to read a book from her library of books. I only read for a little while, and then I drift off in to a deep slumber.

AND THEN I WAKE UP….Dang it!  That was all just a dream about visiting Penny’s house…and I realize I’m still here…writing this blog. Quite the disappointment!!

No, but for real…tonight I am going to be introducing you to one of my very favorite places on earth…and I am not even kidding. TURKEY KNOB FARM…eeek! Ladies, I literally get giddy when I talk about this place.  For six years, I have had the “blessing” of spending many evenings around the kitchen island at Turkey Knob, watching Miss Penny prepare the most delectable meals. We have shared many meals, laughs, and even tears around her table…but the one thing that we always talked about was the idea that she needed to share her gift of hospitality, creativeness, and love for the “simple life” with others.  Penny Arnold, the owner of Turkey Knob Farm, has a gift of making you want to linger just a little longer when you are at her home or in her presence.

AND…FINALLY…I can say she is opening Turkey Knob Farm for all to enjoy.  AND I AM SO HAPPY FOR HER AND EXCITED THAT ALL OF YOU GET TO ENJOY IT AS I HAVE FOR MANY YEARS!!!

AN INTERVIEW WITH MISS PENNY, of TURKEY KNOB FARM

1.  First of all, how did you come up with the name Turkey Knob Farm?
I built my cabin on a knob on my parent’s farm…on my favorite spot in the woods. I’m surrounded on three sides by a small creek several feet below my cabin. Wild turkey roost in the woods and love to eat the thousands of acorns around here. On occasion, I have had over thirty turkeys in my yard.  
 
2.  Can you explain…what is Turkey Knob Farm?
At the same time I was dreaming of building a cabin, I also had a stressful job that required many hours. I decided when I was at home I wanted to feel like I was on vacation. My parents and I designed and built the cabin during the summer of 2008.  It provided me a wonderful sense of peace and comfort…so much so that I decided to share it with my friends and family. Since then, I started teaching cooking classes and added a menagerie of quirky farm animals to my family. After encouragement from my friends (like the Glamour Farm girls!), the idea of a Christmas tree came to me (I love Hallmark Christmas movies!). TKF will hopefully be a place for families to create simple and sentimental memories with one another over the holidays.  
3.  Is this something you ever thought you would be doing?  Speaking of that what were your past occupations and  what are you currently doing?
I dreamed of having a store since I was a small child, so I’m not surprised I took on such a bizarre scheme! After a little over 20 years as a teacher and principal, I wanted to slow down. What did I do? Took another principal job of a very small school…and started a new business…not exactly slowing down.
4.  What are your hobbies?
I love to cook, paint, re-purpose furniture and basically mess around at my home. I’m always working on something.
5.  Now, I know you love to cook and you are a fabulous cook at that, what is your very favorite dish to make?
Crud…that’s a difficult question. I love creating sauces for regular dishes, taking them up a notch.
6.  Is there anyway people can enjoy your cooking?
My cooking classes will be available in the spring and summer. I will make homemade baked goods and drinks for the Christmas store, including blueberry sour cream muffins, orange cranberry scones, pumpkin white hot chocolate, spiced cider and more.
7.  When will Turkey Knob Farm open to the public?
The Christmas tree farm and store will only be open on the weekends between the end of October through December. We are opening on Saturday, October 29, after our local Fall Festival Parade.  Otherwise, we’ll be open on Thursday and Friday evenings from 5-8p.m. and on Saturdays from 10a.m.-8p.m. I have also had a few inquiries and reservations for small, private receptions/parties after the Christmas season.
8.  What can we expect to see on any given OPEN weekend at Turkey Knob Farm?
TKF’s slogan is “Remember. Celebrate. Experience…life in the country.” I want people to enjoy the simplicity of country life; to put down their cell phones and create memories with their own family and friends, rather than observing the experiences of others on facebook.
9.  Is this a family project or will you be running The Farm on your own?
While I own the farm, my parents have been immersed in the project, as well. My dad, with some help from my uncle and brothers built the store; my mother has assisted in the ordering of merchandise and setting up displays; my nieces and nephews have worked around in here in various ways; my aunts and cousins have bought items for the store and have taste-tested different gourmet coffees. It’s definitely a family affair…that’s how we work.
10.  What kinds of things will you have inside your store?
We will have hand-painted signs and ornaments, artwork, candles, Christmas decorations, olive oils, balsamic vinegars, jams, jellies, candy and baked goods and drinks.
11.  What all services do you offer at Turkey Knob?
People can shop in the store, pick out a pre-cut premium tree, sip some cider on one of the porches, pet and feed the animals, make s’mores over the fire, listen to Christmas music and take a tractor/wagon ride around the farm.
12.  How can we get in contact with you?
I have a facebook page for TKF with photos and recipes. My website is not fully constructed, however it is www.turkeyknobfarm.com. Please feel free to email me at turkeyknobfarm@gmail.com.
13.  Now we want to know a little more about you!
         a.  Full Name:  Penny Lynn Arnold
         b.  Hometown: Louisville, IL
         c.  Favorite Book: Too many to choose from…read daily from the Bible
         d.  Favorite Movie: The Patriot and The Christmas Card
         e.  Favorite Food: Pizza
         f.   Favorite Scent: Lavendar
         g.  Favorite Vacation Spot: Fish Creek, Wisconsin in Door County!
         h.  Lipstick or Lipgloss: L’Oreal’s Spiced Cider Lipstick
          i.  Coat or Vest: Vest
         j.  Smores with Chocolate or No Chocolate: Ugh! You can’t have s’mores without the chocolate!!!
         k. Coffee or Hot Chocolate: hot chocolate with a splash of coffee
         l.  Sweet or Unsweet Tea: sweet 
14.  Penny, is there anything else you would like to add?
Life is too hectic anymore. We need to slow down and enjoy the simple things in life. I pray Turkey Knob Farm encourages families to embrace one another and to make memories.

Last Friday, our GF Media Crew and Models had the wonderful opportunity to do our Thanksgiving Photo Shoot at Turkey Knob Farm.  To say they fell in love would be a slight understatement.  The didn’t want to leave.  We seriously had the best day ever.  It was so relaxing and enjoyable, which is unusual for a “big shoot” day!  I hope you enjoy our pics and please let me know if you have any questions.  As always email me at stephanie@glamourfarms.com
Also, for those of you who live around here, please go visit Turkey Knob Farm. This is a family activity/tradition you will not want to miss.  AND…for those of you who live far from us, why not pick a weekend and take a road trip to visit us (Glamour Farms) and Turkey Knob Farm…we could sure set you up with a fun weekend away!  Let me know if you need any travel tips…I love helping plan trips!!

Love & Many Blessings,
Stephanie