5 years

Bluegrass THREADS is thrilled to be celebrating 5 years!  Five years feels momentous—we’ve made it!

This blog has been a source of personal inspiration and growth during the first five years of my son’s life, the loss of my father, job transitions, big moves and many of the other changes (good and bad) over this half decade.

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To celebrate and commemorate this milestone, I want to highlight these top 5s—the most read and shared stories of the past 5 years:

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sweet treats

Who doesn’t love something sweet?  In honor of my Dad, I thought I’d share a few of our family favorites:

frozenberries

Frozen berries with white chocolate sauce (image by AHOwens)

raspbars

Raspberry bars (image by dthoskins)

321Cake!

3-2-1 Cake (image by dthoskins)

pinacolada dip

Pina colada dip (image by AHOwens)

cookies

Oatmeal raisin cookies (image by dthoskins)

As my Dad always said, “Eat dessert first!”

katherine Greene

last minute mother’s day gifts

Phew!  May is a busy month!

While we love to celebrate Mother’s Day each year, my family often feels cramped be the other festivities of the month (weddings, graduations, spring festivals, etc.)  This means that we are often working last minute to get together gifts for our mothers and grandmothers.  We want to be thoughtful, but the gifts need to also be easy and done in a flash.

Here are some of my favorite Mother’s Day last minute gifts:

Flowers

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image by KGreeneOwens

This lovely box is filled with two plantable flowers.  It was a perfect gift for my mother-in-law, an avid gardener.

Have a bit more time?  Try one of these DIY carnation spheres.  Very easy.  Very impressive.

 

Food

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Take an hour to whip up a tasty treat.  These chocolate madeleines are divine.  Or enjoy homemade or store-bought cupcakes you can display for an afternoon cup of coffee and dessert.

Treat your mother or grandmother to lunch, whether it is homemade or not.  Buy your food and re-plate at home.  Everything looks more lovely on real dishes.

 

Beauty

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Treat your loved one to a pampering manicure or pedicure.  You can even tag along for a fun afternoon together.

A summery scent, like Lilly Pulitizer, is sure to please at this time of year.  I like the price tag, too.

 

My gift buying guide is two-fold: is it something the recipient would treat themselves to? and would I appreciate receiving it?

Personally, I’d take any of the above, but I am personally hoping for a clean house and some extra sleep.

 

Happy Mother’s Day!

katherine Greene

pecan pie muffins

I am a complete pecan pie addict—it is hands-down my holiday favorite!  That’s why when I saw this Trisha Yearwood recipe for Pecan pie muffins, I was in.  What a fun addition to a Thanksgiving holiday gathering, served as a sweet treat later in the day or a sugary hit before Black Friday shopping begins.

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What you’ll need:

Nonstick cooking spray
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup brown sugar, packed (I prefer dark brown for this recipe)
1/2 cup all-purpose flour (I used gluten-free rice flour)
2 large eggs
1 1/3 sticks butter, melted

 

Step by step:

1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place paper liners in 9 muffin cups and spray with nonstick cooking spray.  This is very important because the muffins are impossible to remove intact when you don’t use the cupcake liners.

2.  Combine the pecans, sugar and flour in a bowl. Make a well in the center of the mixture.

3.  In a separate bowl, beat the eggs until foamy.  I used a whisk, but you could also use an electric hand mixer.  Add the melted butter and stir to combine. Pour the egg mixture into the well in the dry ingredients, stirring until just combined

4.  Spoon the batter into the cups, filling each almost full. They will not rise much.  Bake until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in a muffin.  This was exactly 20 minutes.

 

These muffins were e perfect sweet addition to my brunch table.  They are best when eaten at room temperature, so they are a great make-ahead dish.

Happy baking!

katherine Greene

pretty pink baby shower

I’ve talked recently about my crusade to prove that everything for baby boys can be cute (see here, here and here).  Both Diana and I are Mamas to baby boys, so we are partial to all things blue, but even we must admit that we had a ball co-hosting this cute baby girl shower for our friend, Elizabeth, and baby Madeleine.

Throwing a shower truly is more fun when you share the work between friends.  Here are a few of the pretty, pink details:

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These flower spheres are fun to make–and deceptively easy.  Check out how here.

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I was thrilled to work again with the fantastic Cutting Board Catering (Elizabeth is the best!).

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Could there be a lovelier spot to paint canvases for baby Madeleine?

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Another post soon about this fun nursery art project.

Special thanks to Alice for all her adorable touches (the gorgeous flower sphere, banner and fun painting project)!

katherine Greene