kentucky derby recipes

whether you will be in louisville for the derby festivities
or recreating the event outside of the bluegrass,
one of the best traditions includes all the incredible derby recipes.

here are my recommendations for mastering your own version
of the kentucky derby, recipe style.

derby pie
chocolate bourbon pecan pie
1/2 (15-ounce) package refrigerated piecrusts; 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans; 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate morsels; 1 cup dark corn syrup; 1/2 cup granulated sugar; 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar; 1/4 cup bourbon or water; large eggs; 1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted; 2 teaspoons cornmeal; 2 teaspoons vanilla extract; 1/2 teaspoon salt
Fit piecrust into a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate according to package directions; fold edges under, and crimp.  Sprinkle pecans and chocolate evenly onto bottom of piecrust; set aside.  Combine corn syrup and next 3 ingredients in a large saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly, 3 minutes. Remove from heat.  Whisk together eggs and next 4 ingredients. Gradually whisk about one-fourth hot mixture into egg mixture; add to remaining hot mixture, whisking constantly. Pour filling into prepared piecrust.  Bake at 325° for 55 minutes or until set; cool on wire rack.
recipe from here.

mint juleps
the official drink of the kentucky derby is the early times mint julep, which the mint julep glass is the most popular souvenir for guests - and a collector's item!ingredients:2 cups sugar; sprigs of fresh mint; crushed ice; early times kentucky whisky; silver julep cups.
directionsmake a simple syrup by boiling sugar and water together for five minutes. Cool and place in a covered container with six or eight sprigs of fresh mint, then refrigerate overnight. Make one julep at a time by filling a julep cup with crushed ice, adding one tablespoon mint syrup and two ounces of Early Times Kentucky Whisky. Stir rapidly with a spoon to frost the outside of the cup. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.
recipe from here.

  • hot brown
  • ingredients:  4 thick white bread slices; 3/4 pound sliced roasted turkey; mornay sauce; 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese; 3 plum tomatoes, sliced; 8 cooked bacon slices 
  • directions:
  • 1. Preheat broiler with oven rack 6 inches from heat. Place bread slices on a baking sheet and broil 1 to 2 minutes on each side or until toasted.
  • 2. Arrange bread slices in 4 lightly greased broiler-safe individual baking dishes. Top bread with turkey slices. Pour hot Mornay Sauce over turkey. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  • 3. Broil 6 inches from heat 3 to 4 minutes or until bubbly and lightly browned; remove from oven. Top sandwiches with tomatoes and bacon. Serve immediately.
  • recipe from here.
bourbon balls
(16-ounce) package powdered sugar; 1/3 cup bourbon; 1/4 cup butter, softened; 50 pecan halves (about 1 1/4 cups);  2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate morsels; 1 tablespoon shortening
Stir together first 3 ingredients until blended. Cover and chill 8 hours.  Shape mixture into 1-inch balls. Gently press pecan halves into 2 sides of each ball. Chill 8 hours.  Melt chocolate and shortening in a saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat. Dip bourbon balls in chocolate, and place on wax paper.  Chill 1 hour or until hardened.
recipe from here.

kentucky burgoo
2 lbs beef shank; 2 lbs chicken legs; 4 Quarts of Beef Stock; 4 Quarts of Water; 2 pounds of potatoes, peeled and diced; 2 cups of carrots cut in circles; 2 cups okra; 1 cup of shredded cabbage; 1 Quart of tomato puree; 1 Quart of canned tomatoes; 2 cups of corn; 1 cup of dried Lima Beans; 2 cups of diced celery; 4 cups of diced onions; ½ bottle of red wine earthy not sweet; ¼ cup Worchester sauce; 3 Cayenne Pepper pods

1. Put meats, stock, and water in a large kettle and bring to a slow boil. 
Let simmer 4-6 hours, skimming from time to time.
2. Remove meat from kettle, and pick off discarding bones. 
Strain broth, and return meat and broth back to kettle.
3. Add remaining ingredients and cook down until stew is 
very thick, about 6 – 8 hours. 
4. Season with salt, pepper and perhaps a shot of Tabasco.  
Serves 12.
recipe from here.
beef tenderloin with henry bains sauce
(9-ounce) bottle chutney; (14-ounce) bottle ketchup; (12-ounce) bottle chili sauce; (10-ounce) bottle steak sauce; (10-ounce) bottle Worcestershire sauce; 1 teaspoon hot sauce; 1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened; 2 teaspoons salt; 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper; (4 1/2- to 5-pound) beef tenderloin, trimmed; Dinner rolls
Process chutney in a food processor until smooth. 
Add ketchup and next 4 ingredients, and process until blended. 
Chill sauce at least 2 hours.
Stir together butter, salt, and pepper; rub over tenderloin. 
Place on a lightly greased rack in a jellyroll pan.
(Fold under narrow end of tenderloin to fit on rack.)
Bake at 500° for 30 to 35 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted into thickest portion of tenderloin registers 145° (medium-rare). Loosely cover tenderloin with aluminum foil, and let stand 15 minutes before serving. Serve tenderloin with sauce and dinner rolls.
recipe from here.

please, let me know what you made and how it turned out!
happy, happy derby!!

oh the memories

it's monday and the weekend has flown by and are simply memories now
... until next weekend which is derrrrby! hallelujah! 
want to know how crazy the world is? 
get this -- lee and michael, the two in the middle are sisters. 
lee and i have been best friends since we were born. 
michael and sam have been best friends since they were born. 
when i was 17 years old, sam because my stepsister. 
so the four of us had a gals dinner and it was the best time ever. 
i love these girls so much and love how the world works. 
4 sisters; 4 best friends!

friday night, my hot date and i went to a new restaurant, st charles exchange. the service was out of this world terrible so after i insisted on speaking with the manager, we got a free meal out of it and a free next-time-we-visit-which-will-be-never free meal.

but the old fashioned and the martini's were good.

can you see little tiny woodford in the midst of my dad's dark pants?! the four of us did a little bit of golfing since my dads back yard is a golf course.

how precious. 
but then i was heartbroken because i realized my puppy isn't a puppy anymore.
this is his too big for him hoodie turned into a tank top muscle tee. 

this girl is getting so excited for DERBY week and all the upcoming festivities!

what did you do all weekend?


why i blog

confession: this is one of my first times to link up but i'd basically do 
anything for my fellow blonde blogger, leslie.
the question: why i blog

my answer: i started blogging in may of 2009 because honestly? i was bored to death at my job working at a bank. a girl i went to college with had a blog and it was the most amusing thing i had ever read, in a hilarious but not meant to be funny type of way. after several months of reading it, i thought, i could do this. i have a lot of things to say and no one really listens anyway so maybe this is my chance?

i started kentuckyblonde as my own personal time-taker-upper until it was time to get off work and then i'd go home and not really think about it until the next work day. i used it mainly for a place to keep design inspiration and a place to document my smart aleck comments and thoughts and use sarcasm without having to hear it in my valley girl voice. 

eventually, the content became more personal, i started getting a couple more visits than just myself and before i knew it, i was telling stories about other bloggers to my friends in real life. this blog became part of my everyday life and a part of who i am. 

this blog has given me:
the opportunity to become friends with incredible, inspirational, 
funny, intelligent, professional women from all walks of life; 
an understanding of why it is important to be different; 
confidence in my writing and putting myself out there;
freedom to say what i want and use the excuse of:
if you don't like it, don't read it.
beautiful photos to adore; 
strong opinions;
a passion for photography that i never knew excited;
memories in a place other than my memory.

this blog has followed me through
grad school, graduation, losing a dog, losing a family member,
heartbreak, lost friendships, finding the love of my life,
bringing a new puppy home, becoming an aunt, quitting a job,
travels, holidays, wedding planning, craft successes, 
craft failures, showers, parties, celebrations, and 
from a single girl to a married old lady.

the most important part of kentuckyblonde blog though
would be the relationships and friendships i've made through the years.
if you're not a part of it - don't judge and don't try to understand.

there are no words for how special the bond is between 
bloggers which is ironic since we're known for our words.

not too long ago, i posted this, about the journey of this blonde in this blog
and the main reason i blog still remains to be true:

i blog because of you.



ultimate derby guide: social

if you're new around here, welcome!
if you're not new around here, you probably already know about
louisville's best drinking spots mostly from my single days just from reading.

louisville's night life is pretty great on a regular basis.
but derby time, there are always a million things to do.
for the sake of organization, i've narrowed the best places by location.

St Matthews Area
this is the area i frequent most. there are about five bars in walking distance with young professionals, good bands, late night eating, drink specials, and popular among the locals. 
specific recommendations : 

this is an awesome area, especially around derby time. bardstown road goes on forever... it's the louisville version of the "vegas strip" ...if you will. the people watching is incredible and the pubs you'll find are diamonds in the rough. 
specific recommendations :
o'sheas, molly malones (different than st matts), 

i'll be honest - i only go here basically for bachelorette parties. but if you're in from out of town, you should definitely check it out. it's everything anyone would want if you're aiming for a night you won't remember with friends you'll never forget. 
specific recommendations :  

Derby Special Parties
barnstable brown party - if you're a high roller, this is your place. the doublemint twins host this gala where all the celebs are sure to visit. unfortunately, the $1,250 per person tickets are sold out but it's also known to have numerous party crashers. 

Randoms But Not to be Overlooked!
jim porter's good time emporium - if you're interested in learning more about the louisville cougars, rednecks, true characters, and a guaranteed incredible night, go to jim porters. hint: there may or may not be a woman on a swing. each room is a different theme and amazing.

no matter where you end up going, you will have a great time!
but make sure you don't drink and drive! 



ultimate derby guide: eat

with DERBY 139 right around the corner, 
churchill downs is busy prepping for celebs, grooming horses, 
distilling bourbon, watering roses, and shining the mint julep cups.

if you're lucky enough to be one of the 150,000 attendees,
you will need this ultimate derby guide for the week of events. 

we will begin with my favorite picks of places to eat and drink
because let's face it: that's the point of derby time.

north end cafe
no matter what time of day you find your stomach growling with hunger, i'd send you here. the breakfast, the lunch, the dinner, the wine. it's all wonderful. they serve tapas style in a very relaxed and calm atmosphere. i've never had poor service or bad food and i've always left full and ready for my next visit. they have two location - frankfort avenue and bardstown road. i'll leave you with three important words: bloody. mary. bar. 

village anchor

located on the east end of louisville, this new-ish spot is a must-go. their brunch is freaking phenomenal and the perfect meal whether its after a late night or prepping for a long day. their dinner is extraordinary and they always offer some type of drink special. the real kicker? tuesday nights. it's 10 buck tuesdays around there and the greatest thing invented. you get a glass of wine (or beer) and a full entree that i usually have some to take home. 

captains quarters
captains quarters is right on the river with gorgeous views and tons of fun. you'll usually find a rockin' band and flowin' drinks. dinnerwise: i'd clearly recommend the hot brown. you probably don't know what that is, which makes me sad, but it will change your life. mark my words. 

jack frys
my mouth just started watering. jack frys should not be the dinner choice after a long day at the track if you're stumbling and may or may not have nodded off at any point of daylight. this nice, traditional, historical restaurant is the recipient of numerous louisville awards and i can guarantee you will not leave here disappointed. the rule: you must invite me.

harvest is known for its local and fresh produce and its organic atmosphere. they have unique drink specials and incredible food. i've confirmed the rumor to be true: 80% of their food comes from farmers and growers within a 100-mile radio of the city. if that ain't fresh, i don't know what is! harvest is located on market street which is closer to downtown and a perfect location for out of towners that want a hometown feel. 

jeff rubys
oh you fancy, huh. oh you must've come to louisville to spend big bucks at the derby. well, my friend, you're in luck! head straight to jeff ruby's, located downtown, grab a martini and a spot at the bar (or a booth) and wait for the celebs to appear. this hot spot is a crazy fun atmosphere with every type of food you're craving. sushi? steak? salad? what baby wants, baby gets if you're here. 

for a laid back feel, i'd go for these places: hammerheads, game, meat, and cafe lou lou

traditional louisville favorites: veranese , del friscos, wagners pharmacythe brown hotel (because after all, they did invent the hot brown), ruths chris - i know, its not a louisville exclusive, but you can't go wrong. located on the 16th floor of the historic kaden tower, you'll get incredible views of derby city.

will i be seeing you around for the derby festivities??

up next -- ultimate derby guide: the social life!


oscar baby

i'm a big believer in formal introductions...
blogworld, meet oscar.
oscar, meet blogworld.

my best friend, cat, and her husband curt, had a baby boy!!

was born on april 17, 2013 at 6:56 pm
weighing 9 pounds 9 ounces and 21 inches.

pure perfection. 
aunt jayme and baby oscar. 

i am completely in love with this little nugget
and could not be happier for curt and cat to kick off the baby season with a bang!

oscar - welcome to the world, big guy! you hit the jackpot with parents!

love you OG! 

bottom four pictures from bellababyphotography.com


april 18, 2011

was the day my life changed forever.
i became an aunt to the most incredible little nugget in the world,
colton alexander.

dear colton, 
from day one, you had my heart. 
i promise to answer any question you ask me
and teach you some of life's most important lessons...
like God and how to make a hard boiled egg. 

someday, i'll teach you my dance moves that will surely 
continue to be the life of parties. 
i'll teach you how to play nothin' but a hound dog
on the guitar. or maybe i'll just buy you guitar lessons?

its true, i'm your godmother and it makes my heart 
so incredibly full to know i'm a part of your special life.

i never would've imagined the feelings a person can experience
when watching the two loves of their life
love each other so much. 
you and your uncle john adore each other.
but whatever you do, don't ever let your uncle john be
responsible for any keys. you'll find out why when you're older.

c, this is your last birthday as an only child.
you are going to be the best big brother come july.
i pray and hope you will be the type of big sibling
to your new brother or sister as your mama has been to me.

ohh little precious boy. 
you are hilarious and make us laugh all the time.
you are talking up a storm and make full sentences
and never, ever cease to amaze me.

c- i am sorry that you inherited my biting when frustrated trait. 
from experience, i know you'll grow out of the biting phase
by the time you have your drivers license. 
unfortunately, like me, you'll never grow out 
of hating the feeling of grass. it's itchy, i know.

you are the absolute light of the family and such an incredible baby. 

my eyes fill with tears and my heart fills with excitement
when i think about the journey ahead of you
and how blessed i am to watch you grow. 

i hope you don't mind, i hope you don't mind
that i put down in words
how wonderful life is while you're in the world.

i love you more than you'll ever, ever know. 

love - captain. nayme. 


case of the mondays

after our weekend of no plans turned into a non-stop couple of days, 
it's safe to say i now have a case of the mondays.
friday night, we celebrated brians (johns brother) birthday 
by going to a new louisville restaurant named game. 
i felt like i was in a foreign country with food choices like kangaroo, venison, and antelope. 
i got a wild hair and ordered the special which was a camel burger!

when brian's only birthday wish was the sas survival handbook,
i immediately began thinking of the differences of boys and girls.
why in the world louisville, kentucky would you ever need to know how
to survive in any climate in any situation?? 
but, what baby wants, baby gets. :) 
needless to say, if i'm ever stranded anywhere, i'd hope brian would be there
to save my life since he'll clearly know how to survive.  

saturday morning was quite lovely. 
my boys (john and woodford) and i walked up to plehn's bakery,
ordered some doughnuts,
claimed a bench outside
and enjoyed the weather, sunshine, and company.

along our walk, i saw this beautiful tree that made me stop and stare.
i was so excited to see a little birds nest nestled up top!
spring in louisville is seriously the best.

my hubby sure does spoil me rotten, don't he? ;)

we planted our day away and i can't wait for the upcoming garden post to share with y'all.
after a full day of gardening, woodford and i relaxed on the hammock.
if i love my human children half as much as this guy,
they're lucky.

i forgot to take pictures, but saturday evening:
curt and cat came over. cat's due date was april 12.
that's right, WAS. she's still pregnant.
but she's a trooper and a heck of a lot pepper/nicer/happier than i would be!
so keep them in your thoughts and prayers!

it's becoming a sunday ritual to tuck my little guy into bed.
even puppies need covers, a back tummy rub, 
a stuffed animal (or favorite kitchen towel) to snuggle,
and some lullabies after a long weekend.

what'd you this weekend?


it's friday it's friday

in true throwback thursday fashion, i'm a day late.
and not only a day late, but the pic was actually stolen borrowed 
from my sisters instagram! 
my parents knew from a young age that i would be a rock star
and began the solo cup training from birth. 
thanks parents.
im sure brandi glanville is super pumped about being collaged
with muddy paw prints and puppys first tooth.

1. i can't put the book down. seriously. 
her honesty is purely entertaining and i love the hollywood secrets.
2. woodford lost his first tooth!!!  i was such a proud mama.
3. but then i became an angry mama when i had to clean him 
and change my clothes during my lunch break 
when he found his love of playing in mud. 

{follow me on instagram here.}
i have a lot of siblings, but i love them all. 
in age order - jessie, tori, lauren, alex, jayme, paige, sam. 
and johns siblings - peter and brian. 

that's one heck of a family! 

and last, but certainly not least ...
happy happy birthday to johns little brother, brian!
you are the best 23 year old brother in law i could ever image and
i thank god for you every day. 
i can't wait to celebrate tonight!


weddings, weekend, and winner!

it's the triple W post! Weddings, Weekend, and Winner!

on saturday, we had two weddings and both were beautiful! i forgot to take pictures at the first one (oops) but took a few at the second one! 
one of my favorite parts of this wedding was definitely the music choices. 
it was not necessarily a traditional wedding but it was 
absolutely intimate, personal, and a perfect reflection of their relationship as a whole. 
sam and brittany were both glowing the entire time 
and i couldn't be happier for them. 

she walked down the aisle to "this girl is on fire" and it was beautiful! 
i'm secretly jealous that she's that awesome and 
could pull off such an unexpected song!

their first dance was a thousand years by christina perri. 

i forgot to take a full picture of my dress, 
but you get the idea with the beading.
{sorry bout the crotch shot}
and the final four games were on saturday,
with the louisville game beginning at the same time as the ceremony.
so clearly john had the game on his phone during the nuptials. 
and despite the 8-0 score in the pic, louisville won.

my husband. of almost 6 months, crazy. 

so sunday was spent at john's dad's house on the back porch 
under a blanket and a fire in the fireplace. its paradise.

woodford was tuckered out after the long weekend, 
and his leg hanging off his bed is the perfect expression
of sunday evening. 

giveaway winner!
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one more thing!
i know i'm a KENTUCKY fan and not a LOUISVILLE fan (they're total rivals) but, i am a proud redneck from kentucky so i'd be thrilled if louisville won the national championship game tonight, but only since UK will clearly be taking home the trophy next year. ..so send your positive thoughts and vibes to the ATL for the bluegrass state to take a victory two years in a row. gotta love basketball. 


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