Tag Archive | Kentucky Derby

and we have a WINNER!

In Louisville this week… So much to do… Too much to mention…

My favorites…

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Our Belle of Louisville won!

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Pegasus Parade…

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Derby Day Winner!… American Pharoah…

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The traditional Kentucky Derby Drink…  “Mint Julep”
Ingredients
2 ounces Early Times Kentucky Whisky
1 tbsp simple syrup (sugar and water at a 1:1 ratio and heated until combined)
6 mint sprigs

crushed ice

Prep Time:2 minutes

Total Time:2 minutes

Yield: 1 Cocktail

Preparation

Muddle a few mint leaves in the bottom of your mint julep cup, then fill with crushed ice.

Add one tablespoon of simple syrup and two ounces Early Times Kentucky whiskey.

Stir gently until glass frosts.

Garnish with a fresh mint sprig, sip and enjoy.

4th of JULY Plans…

I have company this 4th of July… A cousin and her husband from Tennessee

It’s raining here… so our plans for a cook out might not happen… but, that won’t keep us from doing a few things…

We will be going to Forest Edge Winery for a wine tasting… Never been… So new to us as well as them…

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We hope to catch the new Lone Ranger Movie tonight… after dinner out somewhere…

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The Derby Museum probably will be our next stop… It’s located at Churchill Downs where the Kentucky Derby is held…250px-Churchilldownslogo

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It is a wonderful museum with a panorama video of Derby Day… in full circle of the room…

Quite nostalgic… bringing a little quiver to my heart and pride of living in this wonderful state…

If weather permits… a trip to Huber’s Farm in Indiana… known for an abundance of fresh produce…

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a petting zoo… ponds… cheese/wine store… homemade breads/pies/ice/cream… craft items

and a wonderful restaurant serving home-style portions of all of their items grown on the farm…

Now, if we do all of this… that we have planned…we will be in need of a rest day for sure…

talking , laughing and reminiscing of our childhood days…

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My 4th of July Centerpiece…

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Our beautiful USA Flag…”Star Spangled Banner

Happy Fourth of July to all of my Friends and Family…

A time to remember our Independence and be grateful to all who have served our country in times of Peace and War!

Yummy or Yucky???

After watching the Kentucky Derby… Kennedy and I decide to make the cookies I bought…

“Shortbread”… made by Betty Crocker

If you notice in the photos her left hand is in a cast… playing outside… she tripped and broke her wrist…

But, she did an awesome job with one hand!

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I’ve tasted shortbread before… Not overly sweet…but, sweet… kinda like a soft sugar cookie

“Lorna Dunes” come to mind… pre-packaged…510ER53HXPL__SX300_

Good!…

All you have to do is mix the dry mix from the package with two sticks of butter/ margarine

untill forms a soft dough

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Pat out in a rectangular shape or use a rolling-pin

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Cut into small rectangles

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Pierce  holes using a fork…

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Bake at 375 degrees for about 8-10 minutes…

They don’t get very brown… slightly on the bottom and tops…

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Cool and eat…

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WRONG!… we tasted and they were just awful!…

No sweetness what so ever!… just doughy…

disappointment for sure!…

Our sweet fix was not to be had!…

All of Kennedy’s hard (easy) work to no avail!…

I even looked on the package to see if I had left out something!… but, no… we had followed the directions just right!

So, not to waste them… I gave them to the birds this morning… Unbelievably… They seemed to really enjoy them…            OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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They’ve eaten over half of them already …

I guess you could say, They were…” for the birds!”

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Oaks Yesterday…”Run for the Roses” Today!

Today is The Kentucky Derby #139 … “The Run for the Roses“… here in Louisville

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It is the Horse Race all dream to be in if you are an owner, trainer or jockey

Rain is showing up throughout the day… but, I assure you… the Race will go on… and the people will arrive at the gates… dressed in their finery for show… or in casual dress for the fun…

People have been in line since 3:00 am…

They run to get their favorite spots set up in the Infield

Of course those with the dollars will casually come in later and go to Millionaire’s Row k8282612 k0373390 where they will mingle, drink and eat… and of course show off their Derby Attire of picture perfect dresses/hats/shoes for the ladies u30387456  … and suits/hats for the guys…

The colors are just awesome!

Yesterday… was The Longines Kentucky Oaks #139“The Run for the Lillies“… Oaks-139-fillies_2 also called Lillies For The Fillies… PINK…PINK…PINKis seen everywhere!

Started in 1875 on May 19thChurchill Downs was known as the Louisville Jockey Club at that time..

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The Kentucky Oaks is among the most popular races in American horse-racing society… It has such a great attendance… At least 1000, 000 people every year… this year 113,820

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“The Princess of Sylmar” was the winner yesterday…

Horse Racing: Kentucky Oaks

Jockey: Mike Smith and Trainer: Todd Pletcher

This year Rosie Napravnik is the female jockey to watch… She is considered to be one of the world’s best jockeys!… She will be riding Mylute

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By age 7 she knew she wanted to be a jockey

and has fulfilled that dream with more than 1500 race wins… she became first female jockey to win the Kentucky Oaks in 2012 aboard “Believe You Can”… appropriate name I would say… and she came in 9th in 2011 Kentucky Derby aboard “Pants on Fire”… 

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I will be watching from our living room this year… on the TV  k1651217… which is not a bad seat to have… especially since it’s raining…

Watching my two youngest Grandkids while Mom and Dad can party at a friends…

We always have a pretty good time…

Sloppy Joes k1039519 … Macaroni/cheese…k11792924…Corn k12667995 on the menu…

Foods they like!

Maybe let them bake cookies   k9620047  or make homemade pretzels

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I’ve got the horse names printed out for our drawing… We always have a “pot” of sorts… 25 cents… maybe even a dollar… k11239620 …

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We will cheer our horses on like we were sitting right in the Grandstand!

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Kentucky Derby: Derby Celebration Wreath!

I chose to reblog about the events of Derby Time here in Kentucky … from a blog I did in May 2011… (my previous blog)… Take a look!

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It pretty much depicts all of the events we have going on… Not all of them of course… The list goes on and on… We usually hit a few… Being older… no little ones at home anymore… but, TV does a pretty good captioning of everything!

The only event I would say… that requires you being there… is “Thunder Over Louisville” Thunder_logo …The fireworks display on the Ohio River … which is our “downtown” Louisville…

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It is done on a bridge that crosses over into Indiana

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The noise… the smells… the people… just has to be experienced for itself…

The booms from the fireworks is just like being in a thunderstorm without the rain… It’s deafening!… and makes your body just shake… and your heartbeat seems to explode in your chest…

My Forsythia Wreath has been transformed into a Derby Celebration… to hang on my door and greet visitors…

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The rusty horse was from a windchime that had seen better days…

Representing the finest Race Horses and The Winged Pegasus…

The Louisville Cardinal Bird depicts our NCAA Basketball Champions… the University of Louisville Cardinals!…

Both teams… boys and girls (who came in runner-up)… will be the grand Marshalls for the Pegasus Parade

GO CARDS!

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The Festival in itself is just awesome… so many activities… and with the purchase of a Pegasus Pin… you get free admission to all events…

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The jockeys and horses at the KY Derby… so colorful… in their brightly colored silks…

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The Twin Spires… such an awesome symbol of Churchill Downs

and Belle of Louisville River Boat… racing for victory in the Great Steamboat Race!

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 Trophies given out to the winners…

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The ladies in their Derby hats… a tradition of the Derby! 

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Red Roses hung from the neck of the KY Derby Winner in a blanket form… made locally…

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139 Years of Traditions…

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The first Saturday in May… A short fast race with awesome impact!

Pajamas Will Do For Today!

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It’s been a lazy day for me… It’s 4:00pm and I have yet to get out of my PJ’s … I haven’t been lazy! … I’ve cleaned both bathrooms … made beds… cooked… ran vacuum  … checked emails /Facebook   … and watched a movie… which I liked a lot!

I had my Grandkids over last night… We watched the Kentucky Derby 

on TV… drawing names of horses out of a bowl… We each had 4 horses since there were five of us… The pots were enormous! $3.00 for the Winner…$2.00 for 2nd Place…and a $1.00 for 3rd place… No argument about the amount… We were having fun!… Poppy and Carson were putting stones down along the sidewalk… and got finished just in time to watch the Big Race… We watched and rooted our horses to victory… Carson winning 1st… He is 7, so $3.00 was great for him!… I won 2nd Place which went back into my purse for them to spend later… and Uncle Doug won 3rd… which he in turn gave to Kennedy… She told us how she was saving her money for something she had her eye on… So he contributed to her fund.

We then left for the park which is near my house… having sprinklers turned on… lots of playground equipment  … and an ice cream man that rides through in his truck…What more could you want?… They ran… climbed… whirled… spinned… got wet… played catch… and by the time we left I could see them wearing down.

They were hungry… so popcorn chicken  and macaroni /cheese  was fixed… and afterwards homemade ice cream was on the agenda… Cookies and Cream  was the flavor… Packing ice and rock salt around the container of milk and mix… Plugging it in outside… and letting it do its churning thing… No cranking anymore… I find it enough trouble just to get the maker out… have all of the ingredients… and keep it packed… to ever want anything but, an electric one … It was really good, although I would double the recipe next time.

After the guys passed the football  outside… us girls pushing ourselves in the swing … and watered flowers … we were ready to settle in and watch a movie… I could see eyes were getting very sleepy and when both asked for back rubs… I knew it wouldn’t be long… Covers were gotten out… The TV turned down low… and before you knew it… Silence and heavy breathing was all you could hear… My angels were asleep! They are never any trouble!…But, as you see… we stay very busy… That could be why I’m still sitting here in my pajamas writing this… Guess I better get a shower and be ready to watch my favorite TV show… and then bedtime will be here… maybe I’ll just put on clean PJs  …what’s the use of getting dressed now!

“A Winged White Horse!”…

This was last year’s blog on the Pegasus Parade in my city of Louuisville, KY… Instead of “Absolutely Pegasus” leading the parade…the winged inflatable has been renamed “Peggy Bank”… The Grand Marshall this year isCyndi Lauper and will be singing her hit song, True Colors before the parade begins… This parade impacts our local economy in the tune of $22 million now… with  the Parade theme being “Family- Fun-Games”…

The Pegasus Parade was this evening in downtown Louisville…About 235,000 people attend…lining the main street of Broadway that runs East/West through the city…This parade began in 1956 with 4 volunteers and a budget of $640.00 …of course that has changed drastically!…The Pegasus Parade is the oldest event of the Kentucky Derby Festivities…It is always on the Thursday before the Kentucky Derby which is always on the first Saturday in May…We have lots of traditions… The parade is led by “Absolutely Pegasus” which is the name of the inflatable balloon that is in the shape of a beautiful white-winged horse… In the parade are floats, marching bands, giant inflatable cartoon characters, equestrians and celebrities…There is a Parade Grand Marshall chosen to ride in a convertible …Some of the past Grand Marshalls were John Wayne , Raymond Burr , Loretta Lynn , Muhammad Ali and Michael Landon …The theme for this year’s Parade is “Heroic Adventures…”Pegasus” is derived from Latin…and the story is from Greek Mythology …Pegasus was an immortal winged white horse…lived in the palace of Zeus …He carried thunder and lightning for Zeus…Later Pegasus was placed amongst the constellations…His rising, marked the arrival of the warmer weather of Spring and Seasonal Thunderstorms…It seems to fit perfectly at this time of year  in Louisville …Pegasus like our Kentucky Derby Race Horses …the warmer weather in May …and an unexpected thunderstorm just around the corner to keep things interesting…I’m looking forward to watching …and will probably get goosebumps  as I always do…as I see that Winged Horse flying through our streets…

“My Kids!”…

Derby was a good time for many class lessons …Louisville located on the Ohio River with so many traditions, customs and historical landmarks …was great for History/Geography lessons…Mathematics became more interesting when you were estimating how fast the Gigantic Hot Air Balloons were flying in the wind…and where they might land due to weather conditions …Yes, Science pops it’s head in there …We had fantastic Art lessons when Derby pictures were colored, Derby Hats and Jockey Silks   were designed…Our Bake Shop tried it’s hand of making a, consisting chocolate chips, pecans, sugar and butter…a little Bourbon  if you like…but, not OUR version…We were at school! …Topped with a little whipped creamYUMMY!…The kids wrote stories or read stories about  Louisville traditions incorporating English of course and Language Arts…The story of the Pegasus came up as the students watched it leading the Pegasus Parade…and of course the question of, “Do some horses really have wings?”…”I’ve never seen one!”…so another lesson had to be taught about the “Mythical” white horse with wings…”What is Mythology?” they would then say…and so our lessons continued on and on and on…even after the race was won!

“Do You Hear ?”… I Believe It’s “Thunder!”

We will be having Thunder tonight… but, not because of a thunderstorm… No rain is in the forecast… Cloudy and much colder though… The Thunder will be coming from our 2nd Street Bridge that crosses between Louisville, KY and IndianaZambelli Internationale has been working for days to set up this awesome fireworks display

It is the 23rd “Thunder Over Louisville“… one of the opening ceremonies that starts the Kentucky Derby Festival activities… We’ve been several times… Sitting in the hot sun… rain… cold temperatures… but, we always walk away saying, “It’s was worth it!”…”It was awesome!… You just have to see and hear it in person to understand!”… You feel the ground shaking and your heart beating wildly in your chest…

There’s an Air Show with about 100 planes… sky divers and acrobaticsTwo helicopters fly in around 8:45pm with two gigantic American Flags waving in the night air… spotlighted for all to see… There are “Warthogs”… “F4 Phantoms”… “F22 Raptors”…

One of the biggest crowds was in 2007… it was called “Magic of Thunder“… 850,000 in attendance… In 2006… 800.000 attended “Thunder Country”… and this year… 2012 … it is called “A Star-Spangled Blast”…

There is music blaring… concessions of all kinds… Bring your lawn chairs… a blanket… a cooler with drinks and eats of your own… and be ready for a most enjoyable time!… “The Great Lawn” is where you want to be… down by the Ohio River

Sponsors that provide this terrific show areHorseshoe Southern Indiana Casino”… Louisville Gas & Electric Company”… “Meijer”… “United Parcel Service“… and “McDonald’s also donates a % of their large drink sales…

The admission to most of the festivities is the one-time purchase of a $5.00 “Pegasus Pin”… Thunder included… T-shirts and sweatshirts abound with the Thunder Theme… Some display the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Poster illustrated by Andre’ Freman… depicting our Kentucky Derby beautifully!…

Sorry to say… it is just too chilly for us tonight to attend…but, will be watching it on TV and feeling so proud of our city’s accomplishments in putting on a wonderful… entertaining… “thunderous” show!

My Version of the “Derby Fascinator”!

The Kentucky Derby will be on May 5, 2012 this year… It’s always the first Saturday in May… Living in Kentucky at this time is quite special!… There’s The Hot Air Balloon Race … The Steamboat Race on the Ohio River… a new boat “American Queen”  will be competing with our “Belle of Louisville” and the “Belle of Cincinnati”… The Pegasus Parade  … The Chow Wagon… The Run for the Rose’… Bedlam… Thunder Over Louisville  …and that’s just to name a very few of the activities and events

Today the YMCA that I belong to… had a Derby Luncheon… The cost is minimal… There were probably around 30 of us that attended… The lunch consisted of baked chicken, BBQ Pork , Green Beans, Mashed potatoes, 7-Layer Salad, Macaroni Salad and Hot Rolls… Delicious!… Tea, Coffee and Water to drink… Pecan  and Apple Pie + Chocolate Chip Brownies for dessert… Delicious!

There were guessing games about  facts of the Kentucky Derby … It’s funny how you go “blank” until you hear the answers and we all say, “Oh , Yeah!… I knew that!”… Each time someone got a right answer they were to take a Silk Red Rose  from vases on the tables… The one with the most Roses won… No, I didn’t win… but, I did get 1 Rose… We had Horse Racing… with Paper Horses colored by the YMCA Daycare… So cute!… I won this race … only to find out the winner was the one who came in last BUMMER!… but, cute idea… They received a Derby Cup with the names of the Last Place Finishers of each Derby

Later… I did have to compete with the runner-up of the race I had thought I won… and this time I did win and a Garland of Red Silk Roses was placed around my neck… Just like the winning Derby horse receives  … Although they get REAL Red Roses… a blanket to be exact… crafted by ladies… stitching on one rose at a time the night before the race…

Some of us participated by wearing Derby Hats fashioned any way we wanted… I made my sister-in-law’s and mine… similar to the “Fashionista” Hats  worn at Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding  in England … They were actually called “Fascinators”… Basically a headband with feathers, a flower, ribbons and Derby symbols… They turned out quite cute… but, we didn’t win… another “Bummer”… because I felt we were deserving… Oh, well… I’ll just have to wear my little hat on Derby Day and hope it brings me luck in picking the winner  …

“The Winning Hat!”

“Another Creation!”

“More Pretty Ladies!”

“My Fascinator Derby Creation”…

 Myself with Sister-in-law…

“Running for the Roses”

Today is the “Run for the Roses”! …Actually more people know it as “The Kentucky Derby“…  to be exact …I’ve never attended the Derby…and have lived here in Louisville  all my life …I’m sure it would be awesome! … but, I have been content to watch it on TV either at a Derby Party or in my living room…Today it will be just my husband, one of my sons, two of our Grandchildren and myself…No invites this year…So I’ll put the names of the horses in a cup and let our little group pull out names until they are gone…and we’ll cheer on our horses until they reach the Finish Line! … We’ll have a little “pot”  of money  to win…The kids will love that!…It doesn’t take much to make us happy…The first Garland of Roses  was talked about in1883…actually roses were given to the ladies at an after Derby party by a socialite, E. Berry Wall …after that in1896 the Garland of Red Roses became a tradition…The Garland is made by the Kroger Company at this time…554 Red Roses sewn on a green satin blanket…There is a crown of roses in the center…a single Red Rose with green fern and ribbon stands upright symbolizing the struggle and heart necessary to reach “The Winners Circle”…On one end of the garland is the Seal of the Commonwealth of KY and the Twin Spires of Churchill Downs and # of race  on the other end… The garland is presented by the Governor of Kentucky …In 1981, Dan Fogelberg  wrote and sang  the song “Run for the Roses” …It has become the traditional song  for that part of the Kentucky Derby… The Stephen Foster   song, My Old Kentucky Home is the traditional song sung when the horses exit the paddock  and head for the track  …At this time not many eyes are dry  and a wave of self-pride consumes your body for the wonderful state we live in…KENTUCKY!

 

“MY Kids!”…

At times I felt our kids were running a race of their own…trying to overcome obstacles that had been given most from birth…If lucky, they were sent to school to expand what knowledge they had…because whatever we are given…I have seen it improve with hard work and determination…There were many struggles…steps forward … steps back …but, as those colts, geldings and fillies…most of them had the heart to push forward…After working with my Special Kids I came to the conclusion they were all “Winners”just some a little slower running the race than others…I’m sure a Garland of Roses will be given to each in the end…

Excerpt from “Run for the Roses”…Dan Fogelberg

 And it’s run for the roses
As fast as you can
Your fate is delivered
Your moment’s at hand
It’s the chance of a lifetime
In a lifetime of chance
And it’s high time you joined
In the dance
It’s high time you joined
In the dance —