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free local concert at opera house {central kentucky concert band}

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Need a fun outing for Cinco de Mayo (pre-margaritas, that is), the Central Kentucky Concert Band is performing a free concert at the Lexington Opera House on Sunday, May 5 at 3 pm.

“The C3 concert will feature several great musical offerings including “Celebration Fanfare” [Reineke], “Third Suite” [Jager], “Carlyle Trilogy” [Halferty], “Amparito Roca” [Texidor], “Toreador Song” from Carmen” [Bizet, featuring Peter Pickett and TJ Thomas] and “Malaguena” [Lecuona].  Featured Soloist Charlie Kahn will share his incredible artistry with the North American debut of “Concerto del Simun” by Ferrer Ferran.” (CKCB)

Hope to see you there!

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peachy & pregnant

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Above: My maternity inspired Polyvore set.  Click the image for where to buy

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green smoothie goodness

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This is a favorite go-to easy breakfast treat!  Surprised to hear that a green smoothie is a treat?—You haven’t tried the right recipe yet.

I personally love this one.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 banana
  • 2/3 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/3 cup frozen mango
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 2 large handfuls of organic baby spinach (it is much more tender)

Step by Step:

1.  Add the spinach and water to your blender and pulse until pureed.

2.  Add the banana and frozen fruit and pulse until pureed.

3.  Serve and enjoy!

This recipe makes 1 large smoothie or 2 small ones (perfect for an afternoon snack to share).  My 2.5 year old is particularly fond of this smoothie, so mine is usually divided into two.

I’ve read that for optimal nutrient absorption, your green smoothie should be consumed by itself and you should not have eaten 40 minutes prior or again for 40 minutes after.  You won’t mind!  The smoothie is incredibly filling and lasts me well until lunchtime.

Give it a try!  You might be surprised.

katherine Greene

daytrip: a taste of Japan

Whether you are a local resident, or just visiting Central Kentucky, let this daytrip transport you to another culuture right here in the Bluegrass!

Above: The end of the line in the production of the Toyota Camry

To begin your journey, take a free tour of the the Toyota Motor Manufacturing plant located in Georgetown, Kentucky.  This 45 minute tour is a fascinating glimpse into the Toyota Manufacturing process and philosophy.  See how they make the Toyota Venza, Camry, Avalon and hybid models from rolls of steel to a finished product.  Make sure you make reservations in advance because the tours fill up quickly.  Click here for tour information.

After your tour, travel to Lexington for a bite to eat at Osaka Japanese Restaurant.  Good service and delicious food, Osaka offers sushi, noodles, tempura, and beautifully comprised bento boxes.  Enjoy a complimentary pineapple to finish your meal.

Source: sushiday.com via Sarah on Pinterest

 

After lunch, stay in town and check out the origami exhibit located in the atrium of the University of Kentucky’s William T. Young Library.  The exhibition, running now through May 24, 2013 is co-sponsored by the UK Asia Center and UK Libraries and is free and open to the public.  Click here for more information.

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Above:  Origami crane created by Diana.  Click here for the video tutorial;  photo by dthoskins

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diy menus

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When I have guests at my home for a dinner party or special event, I always like for them to know what will be served.  It is nice as a guest to know what is coming next.  Will there be dessert that I should be saving room for?  Plus, a menu is a fun take-home for your party goers to remember their lovely evening.

Both of the menus above were for parties for my in-laws birthdays.  (I love the color nail polish that I was wearing in the top shot—Candy Pop!  Thank you to my mom for lending her hands in the lower image).  For each one, I simply used a box of fun card stock stationary that went with the theme of the event.  It is a great way to use up stationary and you can even mix and match designs for an interesting twist.

I like to situate my menus at each place setting, like at the parties I hosted below.

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Are you ready for a party yet?

katherine Greene

raspberry bars

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photo credit: dthoskins

I am a complete raspberry fanatic, so these raspberry shortbread bars are a personal favorite.  I served them at a recent family brunch as the dessert (the crumble topping includes granola—so that makes them breakfast food, right?).

You can find this easy recipe here.  My one note on the recipe is that the crumble topping needs to be pressed on, so that the bars stand up to cutting.

 Enjoy!

katherine Greene

fun gift pillow

It is truly better to give than to receive.  That has always been my philosphy!

I love seeing the look on a loved ones face when they open their present, big or small.  This is one of my favorite birthday gifts that I had made for my father-in-law’s 65th birthday (more on that party later).  He is an avid sailor, so I had a pillow made for him by the fabulous boys at House by JSD.  If you haven’t been to House yet, you should check out this amazing store.  It is a Bluegrass Threads favorite!

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The coordinates are those of the city where he was born and raised, Bowling Green, Kentucky.

I just love creative and personal gifts like this!  Wouldn’t this be fun for a graduation gift?  A pillow of your hometown to take with you to college.

 

What are your favorite gift ideas?

 

keeneland style

It’s that time of year again!  Keeneland, a true bluegrass institution, opens April 5th and runs through the 26th of the month.  I especially find the April meet to be a fun and fashionable, as everyone sports their new spring looks.  Since its not quite sundress weather for me, here’s my style inspiration:

 

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Polyvore by kgreeneowens

Will you be there?  What will you wear?

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