Kentucky Derby | Delicious Eats

Kentucky Derby is upon us and kicks off this coming weekend with Thunder over Louisville, which means you have 2 weeks officially to plan your Derby meal. So you better get started and take this from a southern girl from Kentucky here are some great and delicious eats that you should add to your list!

Some of  the food you must have on Derby Day at your derby party to make people really feel like they are at the track or in Kentucky (if you don’t already live there) are Hot Browns, Derby Pie, and Mint Julep’s. You could add in some small pimento cheese sammies, and benedictine spread if you would like for appetizers but the others are a must!  I am so Kentucky we had hot brown’s at my wedding!  So I scoured the internet, and with the help of some friends who know I love food and Derby, found some of the best recipes for you I think out there! So get your shopping list ready, and Happy Eating!

For your Hot Browns why not make individuals! I saw this recipe on Damaris Phillips show “Southern at Heart” on Food Network the other day, and OH MY it looks soooooo GOOOD!!!

Image Credit: Hot Browns with Pimento Cheese Mornay

Or you could have these Hot Browns for breakfast, I might just make them for saturday.  The Blog Half Baked Harvest walks you through this delicious breakfast/brunch, but again just dive in if you think it is delicious! I plan on trying these if not saturday sometime very soon!  How delicious do these Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwiches Jalapeno Cornbread Biscuits and Honey Bourbon Bacon look?

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Image Credit: Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwiches on Jalapeño Cornbread Biscuits with Honey Bourbon Bacon.

Why not something deliciously sweet and wonderfully gooey! I have two choices! One for the throw together at the last minute cook and one for OH MY that looks so good I don’t care how much work it takes! The first Pie is again by Damaris Phillips “Southern at Heart” show on Food Network (the girl is from Louisville how could I not love her)! Just a very Simple Derby Pie! By the way if you don’t know Derby pie is a more decadent pecan pie, meaning we add Chocolate and Bourbon to it! BOOM Delicious!

Image Credit: Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie

This next amazingly decadent delicious look dessert is from a site that was just introduced to me this week by a friend, knowing I love all things derby and food! Thank you Allison! The Blog Half Baked Harvest walks you through this dessert step by step, but again just dive in if you think it is delicious! I plan on trying these sometime this summer when I have some time and the ice cream will freeze perfectly in my freezer!  How delicious do these Kentucky Derby Mini Chocolate-Pecan Cakes with Vanilla Bourbon Smash Ice Cream look? and who doesn’t want to eat a cake like this out of a jar on the back porch with the sun beaming down on your skin?

Kentucky Derby Delicious Eats

Image Credit: Kentucky Derby Mini Chocolate Pecan Cakes

Then finally there is booze! Well Mint Julep’s because you can’t have a Derby party without bourbon! So again here are two what seem to be quite delicious Mint Julep recipes! The first instead of carrying around your glass and getting your hand all cold, why not put the booze on a stick and call it a popsicle! Sounds brilliant to me!  How about this Mint Julep Popsicle recipe? Again Allison gets the credit for introducing me to Honestly Yum, and I thank you for that!

Kentucky Derby Delicious Eats

Image Credit: Honestly Yum

Lastly one more recipe from Damarius!  Her Mint Julep recipe is classic simple and easy. The only that you all need to know is you must serve a mint julep in a pewter cup that has been frosted in the ice chest!  If you are from Kentucky or the South for that matter I am sure you have one that was given to you at your baptism or when you were born, let’s just say “It’s a Southern Thing”!  The key to the Mint Julep is the Simple Syrup, GOOD BOURBON, and the muddling of the mint! So go make 1 or a pitcher and enjoy over crushed ice!

Kentucky Derby Delicious Eats

Image Credit: Mint Julep Party Pitcher

*these are my opinions and I was in no way swayed to provide this post, I just LOVE both these shops and wanted share them on my blog during Derby week*

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Baseball Opening Day | Detroit Tigers

Baseball opened today!

The Detroit Tigers (my team) open at home today against the Yankees, its going to be a cold but beautiful baseball game in Detroit. Baseball means so many things!  The boys of summer are back, spring is really here (whether it believes it or not), and no team can break my heart again till the fall! Baseball was introduced to me as a little girl when I would go visit my grandparents and my grandpa would fall asleep with Tigers games on the TV. My mom taught me how to keep score the old pencil and paper way, and I caught a couple (or dad did) baseballs at the games. Baseball is truly America’s game!

The tigers have not won the World Series since 1984, the year after I was born, so maybe I was a good luck charm :)  They have however won the pennant in recent years 2006 and 2012 both ending in losing to the Cardinals, and Giants in the World Series. Ohy, couldn’t get past Boston 2 years ago in the ALCS (who ultimately won the World Series), and then 2014 couldn’t get past the O’s in the first round of the playoffs. Last year let’s just not talk about it. Let’s get out of the ALCS and win the World Series!

So here’s to the Boys of Summer!  I am so ready to see them play, cheering on the whole team all the way to the World Series!

 

*and just for a little spot for my Husband (he is an orioles fan) they opened at home on 4/4/16  against the Minnesota Twins*

and a couple photos of us enjoying a spirited game of the Tigers v. O’s with our great friends Earl and Katie! We will definitely be going to games with them again this year and probably toting the new baby along, but maybe not Tigers games as we always seem to lose when I watch them play in Baltimore :)

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Happy Opening Day to everyone!

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Dexter turns FOUR

Dexter turns Four! Happy 4th Birthday Dexter!  Cookies kisses and cuddles for you all day!

Dexter has been the light of our life for the last three years! and now has a loving brother who is twice his size.

– Loves to chase his ball no matter the conditions outside.

– Loves to antagonize his brother

– Rules the roost

– Lives for good treats

– thinks he is a tiny little lap dog

– chases everything out of the back yard with his brother

– they are a team and I love them and our life with them

This little boy turned 4 today! Dexter has been a great big brother to Finnagan for 2 years and I think he is ready to try his big bro duty again with #babygilfrich2016 he is a great protector of mom, a lover of everything that walks in front of the house, will live for catching a squirrel or cat, and will always always always be my first born. Dexter I know where you came from and My mom and sister spent hours on the road with your sick little self to get you home to your forever place! You might not be able to read but mommy daddy and finnagan love you very much.

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Blizzard 2016 | Snowzilla

The Blizzard of 2016 we knew it was coming for a week, we prepared, bought the essentials, hooked up the ROKU, readied the house and the dogs, and hunkerd down in pure bliss that we were going to get so much snow! We think we got about 28 inches of snow in the end, but really after about 10 inches it just becomes awesome :)

I will say i have lucked out with a very in shape husband who has been able to shovel our sidewalks and around our cars as we wait no 24 hours in for the plows to show up. Guess there is a benefit to being pregnant during a snowstorm! Well enough babbling here you can see how much we enjoyed it and the boys enjoyed it.  Can’t wait until next year when we get to take #BabyGilfrich2016 out into the snow.

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Finnegan turned TWO

OMG this little dude from Operation Paws for Homes rescue who we claimed as ours on 3/16/2014 turns TWO today! Seriously how can it be that our 85 pound marmaduke is two years old!

– Loves his peanut butter kong

– Loves to antagonize his brother

– Is still gated in the hallway and our bedroom (baby steps)

– Lives for good treats

– thinks he is a tiny little lap dog

– chases everything out of the back yard with his brother

– they are a team and I love them and our life with them

Our little toy I promise was NOT eaten by our big loof.

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