halloween and beyond

Wow!  The Fall has flown by and I’ve been remiss at sharing what I’ve been up two over the past few weeks.  Our family thoroughly enjoyed Halloween and Thanksgiving and everything in between.  The beautiful Bluegrass weather has been many outdoor festivities possible!  Here’s a photo recap of our last several weeks!

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halloween past

ppumpkinwimage by dthoskins

Halloween is Saturday!  I can’t wait to see all of the adorable trick-or-treaters!  My little guy is going as an astronaut (2nd year in a row—new costume) and who knows what his dad and I will be commanded to be.  Here are some photos from last year’s trick-or-treating (during which it started to snow!):

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What are your Halloween plans?

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fall tablescape

falltablescapeimage by KGreeneOwens

Across the bluegrass, we love to put out potted mums on our porches to usher in the new season, but what do you do to decorate inside?

Add some fall flair to your dining table with gourds and pumpkin colored flowers.  This fun, patterned tablecloth from Target (no longer available) adds a touch of whimsy to this elegant table setting.

What are your favorite ways to decorate for fall?

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butternut squash soup with creme fraiche and chives

butternutsquashsoupimage by KGreeneOwens

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

leaf peep: Natural Bridge State Park

Clockwise from the top:  The Skylift at Natural Bridge; Shadows of my hubby and I on top of the Natural Bridge in the Red River Gorge;  Underneath the bridge–the sky was so blue!

My fall day-trip pick this year is Natural Bridge State Park.  This is a favorite spot for my husband and I for hiking and taking in great views of the Red River Gorge.

It looks like the leaves will definitely be peaking this weekend, which makes the easy drive (about an hour southeast of Lexington) even more pleasant.  When you arrive, you can either drive up to Hemlock Lodge and hike, or if you are looking for something less strenuous, you can follow the signs to the Skylift which carries you straight up to beautiful views of and from the bridge.

Even if you decide to take the Skylift up, you can still get in a good hike from the top with several trails of varying lengths to choose from.

There were two huge rocks that looked as though there were faces carved into them in two separate areas of the park.  Left: Facerock on the Hood’s Branch Trail; Right: Facerock on the Skylift ascension (Sidenote: Skylift Ascension would be an awesome Styx tribute band name).

If you go down on the Skylift, check out the fudge in the gift shop.  Tip: Hash out your fudge plans during your hike instead of on the Skylift.  It’s hard to resist fudgey thoughts as you descend toward the inviting little cabin that is the gift shop.  My husband and I spent half of our Skylift time discussing impending fudge–rookie mistake–the Skylift ain’t cheap, so enjoy every minute.

Above: A DIY Instagrammed (is this a verb yet?)  photo of the bridge from Lookout point, which is easily accesible from the Skylift

Trail maps are available at both Hemlock Lodge and Skylift gift shop.

If you go:

Natural Bridge State Park
2135 Natural Bridge Rd
Slade, KY 40376

Follow signs to either Hemlock Lodge or The Skylift.

The Skylift is open daily at 10am and runs through the last Sunday in October.  Adults $10, Children 12 and under $7 (children 3 and under free), Seniors $8, Military $9.  Call Hemlock Lodge for more info at (800) 325-1710.

All images by dthoskins

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It’s not too late to get a great view and walk off some of those holiday eats.  My pick for a post-Thanksgiving day trip is to the Pinnacles in Berea, Kentucky.  The trail head begins at the Indian Fort Theatre which is also the location of the Berea Craft Festival.  A 6.6 mile loop (which can be broken down into smaller hikes) takes you to several scenic vistas including the East and West Pinnacle, the Buzzard’s Roost, Devil’s Kitchen, Indian Fort Lookout, and the Eagle’s nest.  Click HERE for a trail map.

 

A view from the Buzzard’s Roost

After your hike, check out the local arts and crafts in downtown Berea and grab a bite at the historic Boone Tavern Hotel.

If you go:

From I-75 south, take Berea exit 76, Hwy 21, go left (east) into Berea. After passing
the small business district and Berea College, come to the intersection where
Hwy 25 splits off left (see Boone Tavern Hotel on left). Continue on Hwy 21 to
the right. From this point drive 3 miles; look for unmarked driveway(s) on the
left side of the road, turn into rather large parking lot. At the head of the
lot, note sign reading ‘Indian Fort Theater.’