Monday, August 31, 2009

Last Minute Labor Day getaway Special

Last minute Labor Day getaway special is available at Sweet Gum Bottom Bed and Breakfast in Andalusia, Alabama. Place your reservation in the next day and a half and you may have the rate of $99.00 for the room of your choice. A two night minimum applies for the Lindsey Paige Suite for Labor Day weekend only.

Relax and enjoy your "labor" free weekend here at the bed and breakfast. Lay in the hammock, take a nature walk, enjoy a little shopping or just do nothing at all! It is your choice!

Please mention that you saw this special listed on our blog to receive this discount. We look forward to having you!

Ricky and Laura Oswald

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Here she is...Miss Abbigail Barnett

Well, she has finally arrived! Abbigail Ashley Barnett (Ashley after her Dad). 7 lbs 4 oz, 191/4 inches long, born at 7:24, Wednesday August 26th, 2009. She is a beauty!

Mom and baby are doing well, not sure about Dad. LOL. They are coming home today, so I hope to have more pictures soon!

Take a look... here is Abbi and her big brother Jonathan.

Ricky and Laura Oswald
Pop Pop and Lollie

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

I did it, I finished the little smocked dress

Well, I did it...I finished the "perfect little smocked" dress complete with matching slip. Just in the nick of time, too. She is suppose to arrive in this world around 7:00am on Wednesday, August 26th, 2009. That's tomorrow!

Beth (the Mom) ask that I make it in white swiss batise with ecru lace and smocking. Her great-grandmother had given her a pair of crocheted shoes when she was born, so we planned the dress to match them. Both have little pink roses on them. So sweet!
I will try to have pictures posted by Thursday. Keep us in your prayers!

Ricky and Laura Oswald

Monday, August 24, 2009

A Garden Wedding in Alabama

Tara Cox became Mrs. Matthew Stapp in an afternoon garden wedding in Andalusia Alabama. It was a beautiful day with low humidity. Just wonderful for a garden wedding. They chose 5:00 for their intimate ceremony. With just the two of them, they stated their vows to one another under the jasmine covered pagoda. Sweet Gum Bottom is perfect for a romantic, private marriage. We have a package that includes the location for the ceremony in any of the garden areas, a simple wedding cake for two, and photos on CD for you to keep. For more information on this package, please check out the web site

Best Wishes!

Ricky and Laura Oswald


Saturday, August 22, 2009

The Smocked Dress

Well, the time is drawing near. We are expecting our first grand-daughter this coming week. And as most of you who know me, I am behind. I wanted to have the "perfect" little smocked, handsewn dress for her to wear home from the hospital, but as usual I am last minute doing it. But I am sure that I will have it ready for her as soon as she arrives.

I will keep you posted on her arrival and will try to get a picture of the "smocked dress" up as soon as I finish it.

Wish me luck!

Laura Oswald
Sweet Gum Bottom Bed and Breakfast

Monday, August 17, 2009

The Jeffcoats chose an Alabama wedding chapel

Raymond Jeffcoat and Jo Ann Birge chose an Alabama wedding chapel for their intimate ceremony. Friends and family gathered at 5:00pm to join them in celebrating their marraige. The chapel was simply decorated and was simply beautiful! White columns were draped with greenery and accented with purple ribbons.

Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Jeffcoat for choosing Sweet Gum Bottom Wedding Chapel! We wish you the very best and many years of happiness!

Ricky and Laura Oswald

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Chocolate chip less cookies

My daughter lindsey knows that I am not a fan of chocolate chips. So she tried her own recipe and left the chocolate chips out. This has got to be the best chocolate chip less cookie I have ever put in my mouth. It has a great texture of a chocolate chip, but no chocolate, Yea.

Lindsey has become a very good little cook since she got married (May). I am very proud of her and I am sure she would not mind me sharing her cookie recipe.

Hope you enjoy it as much as we do here at Sweet Gum Bottom. Try it and email me and let me know what YOU think.

Chocolate Chip Less Cookie

1 cup butter-soft
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 t vanilla
2 eggs
21/4 cup plain flour
1 t soda
1/2 t salt
nuts if desired

Preheat oven to 375
Cream butter and sugar, brown sugar and vanilla. Stir in eggs. Beat well.
In another bowl mix dry ingredients. Gradually add dry mix to butter mix. Stir till mixed good. Add nuts.
Drop by teaspoons on cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 min. cool and enjoy!

Ricky and Laura Oswald

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Bed and Breakfast Association of Alabama Inspection

As our inspection for the Bed and Breakfast Association is coming up tomorrow, I thought I would take a minute and explain a little about the B&B Association of Alabama. Upon opening, you are inspected with an overnight stay required. Every other year each B&B is re-inspected by the Assoc. This is to insure that each and every bed and breakfast performs to a certain standard set by the state organization.

When you see a "Bed and Breakfast of Alabama" flag (green) on a front porch or a link like the one below, you can rest usured that Inn is in good standing with the association of Alabama.

These guidelines are there to protect you, the guest, and to make sure that you are comfortable and safe. Each B&B is different but all should uphold the high standards set by BBAA.

Next time you are looking for an Alabama getaway, consider a romantic Bed and Breakfast! We would love to have you stay with us at Sweet Gum Bottom Bed and Breakfast!

Ricky and Laura Oswald

Monday, August 10, 2009

Back to School Romantic getaway

Well, it is back to school for Andalusia and Covington County Schools. This has been a short summer!
Take this time (since the kids are on a schedule now) to sneak away to Sweet Gum Bottom. Take some time out for a little romantic getaway.
This month our special is a one hour lake ride on beautiful Gantt Lake. Call today to reserve your spot.
See you soon!

Ricky and Laura Oswald

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Dinner and Dancing

We are offering a new package for our Bed and Breakfast guests. Dinner and Dancing. The romantic package includes the room of your choice, a romantic dinner for 2, and a one hour, private, ballroom dance lesson. You will be given instructions to dance a complete song.

The romantic dinner includes: fresh garden salad, marinated "Sweet Gum Bottom" rib-eye steak, baked potato, bread, and a delicious dessert, tea or water.

You may choose from three dance styles: Waltz, Foxtrot or Swing. These lessons are designed for those who have never had any dancing experience. So take your shoes off and dance a "jig", cause no one is looking!

See you soon at Sweet Gum Bottom Bed and Breakfast!

Ricky and Laura Oswald