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fall favorites revisited

In honor of our favorite time of year, these are some of our favorite things:

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  • Keeneland opens Friday, October 4 and runs through October 26
  • These pumpkin bars are the flavors of the season.
  • Is there any fall look that’s complete without boots?
  • Add some drama to the rich fall clothing colors with a bold, red lip.
  • No October is complete without a trip to the pumpkin patch!  Will you carve yours or do this?
  • After carving your pumpkin seeds, enjoy this tasty snack.

What are your favorite fall things?

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first day of fall

We adore fall in the bluegrass!  One of the best things about fall is the beautiful color changes.  What’s your favorite place to leaf peep?  One of ours is the gorgeous Lexington Cemetery.

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butternut squash soup with creme fraiche and chives

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Is it fall yet?

I absolutely love this time of year–great weather, beautiful leaves, awesome clothes and delicious dishes.

What is it about fall food that is so wonderful?  Besides indulging in any and all things pumpkin, this is what I’m loving to cook now.  It is a perfect start to a meal in a cute ramekin or it can be a wonderfully hearty entree topped with fresh chives and creme fraiche.  Yum.

Do you have any favorite fall recipes?

katherine Greene

fall style faves

Of all the things we love about fall, the clothes may top the list.  We are already drooling over and dreaming of Keeneland looks.

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Polyvore by dthoskins

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Polyvore by dthoskins

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Polyvore by dthoskins

What do you love about fall style?

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diy: carnation sphere centerpiece {guest post by Alice Greene}

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As you know, I love to entertain but I also love to have fresh flowers in my own home on a fairly frequent basis. This can get expensive very quickly so I thought I would share one of my favorite ways to use a relatively inexpensive flower – the miniature carnation.

For this project you will need:

  • a container – my favorite is a julep cup or a candlestick
  • a floral oasis foam sphere.  Be sure your oasis and the container are compatible in size.
  • lots of carnations. I prefer to use only one color for a monochromatic impact and I usually need about 4 dozen miniature carnations depending on the size of the floral ball.

Step by Step:

First, I soak the floral oasis ball in water for about 30 minutes. I drain it on paper towels.  Then I set it on top of the candlestick or julep cup. Press down slightly so it won’t roll off or you can attach it with some floral tape. During this time you can begin cutting your carnations leaving about a half-inch of stem to stick into the oasis. I usually begin in the center of the ball and make sort of a “mohawk” and then fill in on either side until it is nice and full.

I have tried it several ways with the mini-carnations being very tightly spaced and more far apart and both times it looked lovely when complete. In fact, some of my guests have even commented that they weren’t sure the type flower until they were able to do a closer inspection.  These centerpieces have lasted a couple of weeks after the event so I would not hesitate to prepare them a little in advance for your event (3-4 days). That way you have less to do on the actual day of the gathering. I have actually used the same flowers for two different events and just changed the ribbon that had been tied around the julep cup.

Become a fan of the carnation!

Alice

Alice is a native Lexingtonian and quintessential southern lady, who enjoys cooking, baking and entertaining. 

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Thanks, Alice!  If you have something you’d like to share with our readers about bluegrass living and style, send us an email at katherine@bluegrassthreadsky.com or diana@bluegrassthreadsky.com.