Honest Abe Blog

Stories about Honest Log Homes, Log Cabins & Timber Frames Homes

The Honest Abe Log Home Blog shares stories from Honest Abe Living Magazine and other sources of interest to log home enthusiasts. Check event schedules. Read company news, announcements and industry news. Find out about new products. Browse photos from new construction and new house plans. Also featured on the Honest Abe Log Home Blog are recipes from our friends Southern Grace Farmhouse, McFarland Creek Outdoors and Lodge Cast Iron.

January Honest Abe Living Online Now

January Honest Abe Living Online Now

The first Honest Abe Living interactive magazine of the new decade is now available online at Honest Abe Living. In the January 2020 issue you’ll read an interview and peruse a photo gallery of a new, custom log cabin. Fulfilling a 30-year dream, the featured...

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Back to the Basics…using what you already have

Back to the Basics…using what you already have

The start of a new year brings many things. For me it means a fresh start on my home and my décor. What it almost always means as well is a very empty wallet from all the holiday spending. I have two growing boys who are past Tonka trucks and Matchbox cars and onto...

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Janie Smith’s Cauliflower Lettuce Salad

Janie Smith’s Cauliflower Lettuce Salad

"A kitchen is the heart of our home and always has been. Growing up we always knew one thing, we would all sit down at the table together and enjoy a meal mom (Janie Smith) had made. No matter how many hours she had put in at work or how exhausted she was, she always,...

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Tammy’s Place at Baskins Creek

Tammy’s Place at Baskins Creek

Following the devastating 2016 fires at Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Honest Abe Log Homes was chosen by Tammy Dollish and her family, with the help of Greg and Melissa Watson of Honest Abe Cookeville, to recreate the family's mountain cabin.  Tammy's Facebook page...

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Rain Barrel: Inexpensive, Yet Valuable to Homeowners

Rain Barrel: Inexpensive, Yet Valuable to Homeowners

Hey, hey, little  playmate, come out and play with me And bring your dollies three. Climb up my apple tree, holler down my rain barrel, Slide down my cellar door, and we'll be jolly friends forever more.  Most of us sang the nursery song without giving a thought to...

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Enjoy Honest Abe Living’s Holiday Issue

Enjoy Honest Abe Living’s Holiday Issue

We are so honored to bring you the December 2019 Honest Abe Living – honored because it showcases the ongoing relationships we maintain with homeowners who chose Honest Abe to create their forever home. This month you’ll see photos of and read about four houses...

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The most wonderful time of year…

The most wonderful time of year…

Most see the holiday season as the most wonderful time of year, but let’s just be honest for a minute. For those of us who are the shopper, the chef, the decorator and not to mention all of life’s normal jobs we carry all year long, this time of year is a lot. Ladies...

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New Log Cabin on Christmas Tour

New Log Cabin on Christmas Tour

The Godseys’ Dream Home Featured on Christmas Log Home Tour Rick and Dany Godsey’s new log cabin will be open to registered visitors during the 2019 Honest Abe Christmas Log Home Tour hosted by Honest Abe Crossville. Register here. The Godsey home is located near the...

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November 2019 Honest Abe Living

November 2019 Honest Abe Living

The November 2019 issue of Honest Abe Living features an interview with the owners of a new 15-room log home in the Virginia Mountains along with photos from their personal album and more about the floorpan they used. Read how an Honest Abe homeowner brought the...

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Fireplaces…the must haves and have to haves

Fireplaces…the must haves and have to haves

Fireplaces are increasingly becoming a must-have for home buyers. Whether your home already has a fireplace or you're looking to have one added into your space, it's vital to know that there are different types to choose from. Whether you love an indoor fireplace over...

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Honest Abe Homeowners Featured in Two Publications

Honest Abe Homeowners Featured in Two Publications

  Currently on the newsstands are nationally-distributed magazines featuring the new houses of two customers of Honest Abe Log Homes.   The Teslia timber frame in Fentress County, Tennessee, is featured in the Nov. 2019 Timber Home Living magazine in a...

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Dumas Walker Memorialized in Intriguing Hit Song

This article was published in Larry's Country Diner and Country Family Reunion Magazine about a Moss, Tennessee, (where our headquarters is located) resident whose story inspired a hit song. By Claudia Johnson “Well, let’s all go down to Dumas Walker’s.” This...

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Kenny and Wanda Rogers’ Chili

Kenny and Wanda Rogers’ Chili

2 lb. turkey meat or lean ground beef, browned and drained 1 large yellow pepper 1 large red pepper 1 med. onion 2pkgs. McCormick Chili mix 2 large cans or 4 small Italian recipe style tomatoes 1 8 oz. can tomato paste 2 large cans kidney beans Add to taste: sugar,...

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Loretta Lynn’s Ole Fashioned Apple Pie

Loretta Lynn’s Ole Fashioned Apple Pie

Winesap or any sour apple makes a better pie. Pie Filling Mix the following and put into the prepared crust. 5 or 6 apples, sliced thin 1 t. cinnamon 1 T. butter 2 T. all-purpose flour dash of ground nutmeg My Pie Crust (one top and one bottom) 2 1/2 c. all-purpose...

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Five Employees Who Share Honest Abe’s History

Five Employees Who Share Honest Abe’s History

By Rick Denton As Honest Abe celebrates its 40th year of business, I can’t help but think of the people who have helped guide the company through the years. The five I want to concentrate on for this article are Jackie Cherry, Thomas Dulworth, Jimmy Scott, Anna...

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The 6th Annual Doug Smith Memorial 5K Fun Run and Walk

The 6th Annual Doug Smith Memorial 5K Fun Run and Walk

On Sat., Oct. 28, 2019, 135 participants and other supporters gathered at Dale Hollow Dam Campground and ran or walked for a cure. The course was a nice flat course through the beautiful campground and walking trail just below Dale Hollow Dam. The runners and walkers...

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Honest Abe Living October 2019

Honest Abe Living October 2019

October’s Honest Abe Living online interactive magazine features an interview with the owner of a new lakeside log cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains and download the plan. Enjoy colorful photos of a custom log cabin in rural Kentucky. Download a...

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Gaining Living Space

Gaining Living Space

How to gain more square footage with what you already have It is officially fall and with that we can finally get out of the house and enjoy the crisp air that the new season brings. Enjoying time outdoors, relaxing or entertaining, is one of my most favorite things,...

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Faith Hill’s Coca Cola Cake

Faith Hill’s Coca Cola Cake

Recipe for Coca Cola Cake Sift together: 2 c. unsifted flour 2 c. sugar Heat to boiling the pour over the flour mixture: 2 sticks butter 2 T. cocoa 1 c. Coke Add: 1/2 c buttermilk 1 t. baking soda 2 eggs, beaten 1 T. vanilla 1 1/2 c. mini marshmallows The batter will...

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Commercial Structures

Commercial Structures

Log or Timber Frame construction makes durable, beautiful commercial buildings. Honest Abe Log Homes is not just a designer, manufacturer and builder of log and timber residential properties. Over the past 40 years, we’ve helped numerous organizations, governmental...

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    January 25 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Honest Abe Living

Blog articles are included in our monthly, interactive online publication – Honest Abe Living, which can be read here.