4th of july recap

Here’s a little photo recap of our fun 4th of July:

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A little family photo op on the porch.

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The milder temps made it a perfect day to be outside, although we did skip the pool.  The park for a friend’s birthday party was a great alternative.

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 We spent the day hanging out at the park and playing with friends and family.  So much fun!

4thofjuly5This little guy got to enjoy fireworks for the first time this year.  He was decked out in his pjs and his headphones (just in case!) for the show at our neighborhood park.  He loved them so much that we headed downtown to catch the city’s show.

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Hope you enjoyed a fabulous 4th!

katherine Greene

4th of july faves

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I love the 4th of July!  Here are a few of my favorite things about this holiday:

  • Grilling out!  Everything tastes better on the grill.  Tired of hamburgers or hotdogs?  Try this delicious alternative (pictured above).
  • Anything with flags.  I love the flag cake recipe.  It is a crowd-pleaser every time and it is very fun for the kids to decorate.
  • Cute red, white and blue ensembles.  Isn’t it flattering for everyone?
  • Fireworks!  We are going to try to make our local display this year.

What are your favorite traditions for the 4th?

katherine Greene

have your own backyard adventure

…and not necessarily in your literal backyard.  I know that I talked about some of our favorite past Kentucky day trips, but there are so many other beautiful (and often hidden) outdoor places to enjoy.  Over the weekend, we got to explore an amazing old mill in Versailles, KY that was the site of a friend’s wedding.

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Could anything be more “Kentucky”?  Love checking out new spots with my handsome husband.  It was fun to snap a few photos under these lush trees and down by the creek!

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What are your favorite hidden Kentucky spots?

katherine Greene

favorite ky day trips

Looking for somewhere fun to head this summer?  Try one of these awesome Kentucky day trips.  These are some of the most lovely spots in our great state:

Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill {Versailles, KY}

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Cave Run Lake {south of Morehead, KY}

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Pinnacles {Berea, KY}

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Natural Bridge {Slade, KY}

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Happy travels!

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derby recap

I hope that your Derby Day was fantastic!  My family loves to celebrate the Derby—with beautiful hats, good food, silly wagers and laid-back fun.  In fact, we are such fans of the days festivities that our family dog is named KY Derby (she goes by Derby, for short).

We managed to snap a couple of photos to commemorate the fun this year, including one with my son and I posing with the Derby stick pony he made.  I was excited for an excuse to wear my new Lilly for Target dress.  (Really—I’m obsessed with these Lilly prints!)  My oversized Lands End tote was full of wine and bourbon as we headed out the door to our party.

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Before the race, we enjoyed sipping mint juleps and we followed the face festivities with a homey, “Kentucky dinner” of ham, fruit salad with honey yogurt sauce, hashbrown casserole, asparagus, and corn pudding.  We topped it all off with a delicious Eton Mess parfait for dessert.  Yum!

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It was fun to kick-back and enjoy our family’s company and our delicious feast.  While its fun to be at the excitement of the track, in my book, you can’t beat the peaceful atmosphere of a party at home.

How did you spend your Derby?

katherine Greene

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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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