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A Little Bluegrass For Ya'll

   Some may already know, but I am from the bluegrass state...Kentucky. Home of KFC, Daniel Boone, UK Wildcats, Maker's Mark, and the famous Derby. That being said, can you believe that I've NEVER in my 25 years of life been to any of the horse races? No Derby, no Keeneland, no Churchill Downs...until now. And WOW what an experience! I seriously bet on every single race that day and ended up coming out on top. Good thing I don't live closer or I might become a gamblin' gal.

Churchill Downs in June
One of the winning horses
Something else I enjoyed at the track? The Derby Mint Julep...it was delicious! The first sip I almost gagged because the whiskey was so strong, but I got over it quick. LOL!


Mint Julep Recipe
Ingredients
10 mint leaves
1/2 teaspoons sugar
2 1/2 oz Jim Beam Kentucky Bourbon, or other bourbon
crushed ice
1 oz, or more, water to taste

1. Add mint leaves to glass and muddle or crush with a spoon. Gently bruise leaves to extract mint flavor.
2. Add sugar and bourbon (I make a simple syrup and do it that way sometimes). Stir to combine. Add crushed ice and water to taste.
Too bad it was empty

Taking a break from betting

Being overseas is great and there's nothing I would change, but going home to visit everyone was such a blessing (it had been a year). It was also a very special visit for me and my mom because she got married...yours truly was the maid of honor. It was a simple wedding that was done beautifully and I was thrilled to be able to take part in the celebration with the rest of my family.
3 Generations
Other great memories made on my 2012 visit back...
T-Rex made a come back...thankfully he spared me this time
Me and my best friend Cheyenne. Who drove 9 hours to come stay with me for a week. She's awesome

Our adventure to the Amish community in Liberty, KY.


 I'm not the type of person that gets home sick, I never was as a child either. But living apart from family definitely makes a person cherish each minute of the time spent with the people we love. I am blessed to have such wonderful people in my life!

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