fall leaves

It’s not too late to get a great view and walk off some of those holiday eats.  My pick for a post-Thanksgiving day trip is to the Pinnacles in Berea, Kentucky.  The trail head begins at the Indian Fort Theatre which is also the location of the Berea Craft Festival.  A 6.6 mile loop (which can be broken down into smaller hikes) takes you to several scenic vistas including the East and West Pinnacle, the Buzzard’s Roost, Devil’s Kitchen, Indian Fort Lookout, and the Eagle’s nest.  Click HERE for a trail map.


A view from the Buzzard’s Roost

After your hike, check out the local arts and crafts in downtown Berea and grab a bite at the historic Boone Tavern Hotel.

If you go:

From I-75 south, take Berea exit 76, Hwy 21, go left (east) into Berea. After passing
the small business district and Berea College, come to the intersection where
Hwy 25 splits off left (see Boone Tavern Hotel on left). Continue on Hwy 21 to
the right. From this point drive 3 miles; look for unmarked driveway(s) on the
left side of the road, turn into rather large parking lot. At the head of the
lot, note sign reading ‘Indian Fort Theater.’

turkey time

Cooking a turkey can be super scary, but there are many recipes and techniques to be found on the internet.  For what its worth, here’s my procedure that I have tweaked over the years.  My best advice is to read your laboratory instructions at least twice before attempting any experiment.  Happy Thanksgiving!

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Unwrap Turkey and remove giblet packs (you’ll find them inside both the neck and body cavities).  Rinse and pat dry
  3. Salt and Pepper inside the body cavity
  4. Stuff Turkey cavities (neck and body) with prepared stuffing if desired
  5. Tie Drumsticks together with kitchen string and pin
    neck with skewers or long toothpicks
  6. Rub about one tablespoon of butter under the skin of each breast and thigh (4 tablespoons butter total)
  7. Rub the outside of the turkey completely with olive oil
  8. Salt and Pepper the outside of the Turkey
  9. Place meat Thermometer in the thickest part of the thigh
  10. Cover Turkey with aluminum foil.  IMPORTANT:  Make sure you place the meat thermometer outside of the foil so it can easily be seen when you open the oven.  Place turkey in the oven for 25 minutes. Set the timer!
  11. When the timer goes off, turn down oven temperature to 350 degrees 
  12. 30 Minutes before the Turkey is done, remove cover and baste twice at 15 minute intervals (this probably occurs around 140-150 degrees)
  13. Take Turkey out of oven when your meat thermometer registers 165-170 degrees in the thickest part of the thigh
  14. After taking Turkey out of the oven, immediately remove stuffing to a warm covered serving dish.  Then, place Turkey on warm serving dish, cover, and let rest for 30 minutes.  Pour drippings from Turkey into a skillet for gravy if desired

Gravy Time:

Heat Turkey drippings, 1/4 cup of flour and two cups chicken broth (I use Swanson Natural Goodness) in a non-stick skillet over med-high heat until thickened.  You must stir constantly!  Add 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and a few shakes of garlic powder to taste.

Please post any questions or comments below!

beautiful place cards

Place cards are an excellent idea for any dinner party.  Try these beautiful ones from Martha Stewart for your Thanksgiving table.

Lady apples are an elegant and fun way to mark your guests’ places at the dinner table. As an alternative, you can use pumpkins or any other small fruit with a stem.

{image via sassysuppers.blogspot.com}

What you’ll need:

Cardstock in fall colors
Decorative scissors such as scallop or pinking
Small hole punch
Ribbon or twine
Lady apple, jack-be-little pumpkin, or other small fruit with stem

Step by Step:
1. Fold card stock and cut out leaf shape freehand with decorative scissors. Punch hole in side of leaf.

2. Write name of guest on leaf. Thread ribbon or twine through hole, and tie in place on stem.

local style: Lauren

We love local style, so we wanted to ask some of Lexington’s stylish to share their thoughts on fashion.

First up is Lauren, who is currently studying Fashion Merchandising at the University of Kentucky.


Describe your personal style…

My personal style is a mix of classic staple pieces such as blazers,
jeans, and scarves, mixed with a very feminine and girly touch. I love to
accessorize and mix and match pieces that I already own with new pieces to
update my wardrobe!

What are some style challenges that you face, and how do you deal with them?

I’m very short and petite so finding things that fit me well and most
importantly flatter my size can be very challenging at times. I overcome these
challenges by wearing more tailored fitting clothes that show off my shape and
stay away from less form fitting pieces.

White after Labor Day–do or don’t?

White after Labor Day is a do and don’t for me. I would absolutely still
wear a white blazer or winter white skirt with tights. But I am pretty big on
putting my white jeans away for the season.

How important is hair and make-up to your personal style?

Hair and make-up is always important to my personal style. While I do
not wear much make up, the right accents of blush, eye liner, and eye shadows
can go a long way for a look! I love mixing up my hair styles between wearing it
all the way down, to up in a high slicked back ballerina bun. (It may not sound
cute, but I swear it really compliments some outfits to have your hair
completely out of your face!)

Which are the accessories that you never go without?

My two most important accessories are a watch and earrings. I hardly
ever leave the house without at least one of them on!

What is your must have for fall?

My must have for this fall would be tall tan riding boots. They can help
complete almost any outfit and I love pairing them with leggings and skinny

Thank you so much Lauren for taking the time to share your thoughts!

keeneland gift shop

{photo via kintera.org}

One of my favorite local holiday open houses is at the Keeneland Gift Shop.  So many of my favorite brands are sold there: Longchamp, Barbour, Vineyard Vines and more.  Free monogramming and personalization is offered on Keeneland merchandise purchased during this event.  You should definitely check it out!

Wednesday, November 23 thry Saturday November 26 from 9-5 pm.

Sunday, November 27 from noon-5 pm

CLOSED Thanksgiving Day

Sale is located in the Entertainment Center, not the regular gift shop.