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it’s not goodbye

It is hard to believe that Bluegrass Threads has been writing about stylish bluegrass living for the past four years (April 1, 2011 seems so long ago).  Certainly a driving force and integral part of those four years has been the breathtaking images taken by blog co-founder, Diana.  Her aesthetic vision has always been a guiding force of Bluegrass Threads and it has been my pleasure to work with her over the past four years (and eight fabulous years of friendship).

I’m sad to announce that she finds herself moving away from the bluegrass to the heart of Texas.  Luckily, this farewell is not the end, Diana will be a guest contributor, as her schedule allows, and her images past and future will grace our posts.

Lots of love, dear Diana.  The bluegrass will always be your home.

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Love these three!  image by dthoskins

I hope, dear readers, that you will join me in wishing my sweet friend all of the best in this new journey.

xo

katherine Greene

expecting {bluegrass baby}

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Above: my 6 1/2 month baby belly- thanks so much to Lindsay from Shrimp Salad Circus for the photo tips–I could have never gotten this pic without a remote!

Yes, it’s true!  I am expecting a baby in July and I wanted to share with you the fun and delicious way that I revealed the gender of our little one to friends and family:

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photo by dthoskins

Cupcakes!  Take a bite and surprise…It’s a boy!

I decided to go with one of my favorite muffin recipes from Giada De Laurentiis, and used the frosting as a filling as well as a topper.  These muffins are very sweet and can definitely pass as cupcakes.  People seemed to enjoy them, so here is my slightly modified version of the recipe:

Banana Muffins (Cupcakes) with Mascarpone Frosting

Ingredients

Muffins:

  • 3      cups all-purpose flour
  • 1      teaspoon baking soda
  • 1      teaspoon salt
  • 1/2      teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2      teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2      teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2      cups sugar
  • 1      cup vegetable oil
  • 3      large eggs
  • 1      tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 4      ripe bananas, peeled and coarsely mashed

Frosting:

  • 3      ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 6      tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/3      cup mascarpone cheese, room temperature
  • 3      tablespoons honey
  • 1/2      cup chopped walnuts, toasted (optional-I leave these out when using this recipe as cupcakes)

Directions

Line 18 muffin cups with paper liners. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Whisk the flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a medium bowl to blend. Beat the sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl to blend. Stir in the banana. Add the dry ingredients and stir just until blended.

Divide the batter among the prepared muffin cups. Bake the muffins on the middle rack until the tops are golden brown and a tester inserted into the center comes out with no crumbs attached, about 25 minutes. Transfer the muffins to a rack and cool slightly.

For the frosting/filling:

Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and butter in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in the mascarpone cheese and then beat in the honey. Set aside half of the frosting.  To the other half, add the food coloring of your choice.  Using a filling tip, fill a pastry bag or cake decorator with the colored frosting and fill the cupcakes.  I actually sprang for a contraption for the frosting/filling and I loved it!  Click here to see what I used.  Frost cupcakes with remaining uncolored frosting.

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It’s our blogaversary!

It’s hard to believe that Bluegrass Threads is two years old!

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photo credit: dthoskins

 

We are so thankful to readers like you, who make this all worthwhile.

To many more…

 

welcome to bluegrass THREADS!

About Katherine:

Above: Katherine at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

27 year-old Lexingtonian

life-long romantic married to her wonderful husband, loving life with a sweet baby boy

likes movies (especially the classics), baking, throwing parties and entertaining, shopping for the best deals in town, taking long walks & playing with her golden retriever

 

About Diana:

Above: Diana, loving the beach on Montauk Island, New York

married

has resided in Lexington for the last 17 years

loves birdwatching, cats and dogs, reading, photography, hiking, fitness, shopping for antiques and collectibles, the beach, and of course–a great outfit!

contact me at diana@bluegrassthreadsky.com

 

Dear Readers,

Welcome to bluegrass THREADS! We are so excited to share with you some of our favorite things with a focus on central Kentucky living.  We are two friends devoted to:

  • finding and creating affordable fashion
  • eating and making good food
  • supporting local businesses and products
  • sharing our favorite tips and tricks, places, products, recipes, stories, photos, and diy projects

Most importantly, we wanted to create a space for you to converse about your lifestyle in the bluegrass.  So….. let’s start some bluegrass THREADS!

All the best,

-Diana & Katherine