Saturday, May 7, 2011

Derby Day 2011

Our newspapers have been full of Kentucky Derby news for several weeks!
These are from today's  Lexington Herald-Leader

I love trivial fun facts. 

Our local TV coverage began at 8:00 a.m. today and will run through the last race.

These are just a few of this morning's commentators.
Gotta love those Derby hats! 

Our family will be watching the 137th Kentucky Derby on TV,
along with most Kentucky folks.   

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Happy 10th Birthday!

Princess KJ share her birthday with Cinco de Mayo,
therefore, we decided to celebrate at a local Mexican Restaurant.

No, Grandma and Grandpa don't spoil her with gifts!

The celebration included an interesting serenade by the servers
 and fried ice cream for dessert! 

Yep, AJ got into the act, too!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Campbellsville Handmade Cherry Furniture

This story began on July 11, 2010 when GJ, the hubby, AJ and I drove to Campbellsville, Kentucky to order custom handmade cherry furniture.  Why go all the way to Campbellsville Handmade Cherry Furniture when we live in the Berea "the crafts capital of Kentucky" and we have fine furniture makers here?

The reason is because in 1988 my mother gave me her early 1960's dining room cherry furniture made by the McMahan family in Campbellsville.  I have memories of that original trip, to Main Street Campbellsville, KY,
when my parents purchased the furniture. 
My mom was so proud of her cherry dining room table, six chairs and open-top Jackson press. 
They sat proudly in the dining room,.  The drop leaf table was set up many times over the years for holiday
and special-occasion dinners lovingly prepared by my mother.    
After the tragic death of my brother, my only sibling, in 1984, family meals and celebrations moved to our home. 
My mother gave me the furniture when we moved into this house.   

After the 2009 renovation of our house, and  several years of collecting teapots and china,
 we decided to add a larger Jackson Press and Corner Hutches to store my accumulation of "treasures." 

We traveled to Campbelllsville on July 11, 2010, and placed the order with Eugene McMahan. 
GJ was a little unsure about size of one of the custom corner hutches, so we went back the first weekend of August to finalize the measurments and design.  On that visit, we met Linda McMahan, Eugene's wife. 
Their son, Patrick, is in the business with Eugene. 

We had several phone conversations with Eugene and Patrick over the next few months. 
Our five custom-made pieces of dining room furniture were completed and set to be delivered on October 21, 2010.
We were so excited!  My furniture was set to arrive just two days before the big BHM fundraiser tea.

Then tragedy struck the McMahan family when their building burned to the ground on October 15, 2010,
with our finished five pieces of furniture and two more large orders scheduled for delivery.

Words can not express how shocked and sad we were for the McMahan family
 and the loss of their heirloom tools, stacks of cherry wood, and the business.

Members of the McMahan family have been making cherry furniture since 1930.

Fortunately, Eugene and Patrick had insurance on the business,
 and rebuilt the building, searched for tools and wood and started over.
We visited on March 18, 2011, shortly after the new building was completed.

And, on Friday, April 29, Patrick McMahan brought our finished furniture!
(1) the Jackson Press (below)
(2) the custom-designed small Corner Hutch (below)

(3) the custom extra large Corner Hutch (below)

(4) the "regular sized" Corner Hutch
(5) And, something I have wanted since I became a tea lover...
a Tilt-Top Tea Table

We are delighted with our new furniture!

We were the first delivery since the devastating fire of October 15, 2010.

We lived with stacks of plastic totes of china since October, but it was worth the wait!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Southern Living and Sweet Tea

The May 2011 issue of Southern Living® is infused with sweet tea recipes, and recipes using sweet tea.
A Sweet Tea Icebox Tart  and a pitcher of Sweet Tea is featured on the front cover. 
The lovely article contains recipes and information on "23 New Ways to Enjoy Tea From Platter to Pitcher."

My family's favorite recipe for sweet tea is the one I made for the baby shower on Sunday.

Linda's Citrus Tea Punch

7 regular-sized tea bags or scoops of loose leaf tea

4 cups boiling water

1 1/2 c. sugar

1 (6 oz) can frozen orange juice concentrate

1 (6 oz.) can frozen lemonade concentrate

10 c. water

Pour boiling water over tea bags in a glass container (I use a Pyrex 8 c. measuring cup)

Cover and steep 5 minutes; remove tea bags

Add sugar and stir until dissolved.

Pour into a one gallon container and add other ingredients (makes 1 gallon)

Refrigerate and serve over ice

Monday, May 2, 2011

A Fun Baby Shower

Cristina, in the center, was the guest of honor at a baby shower on Sunday afternoon I
co-hosted with Debra (left).  Jean, Debra's mother-in-law (right) served punch and helped us
with hostess duties at the fun event.

The bountiful table!

Cupcakes decorated with booties.

Many good friends attended.  Thanks Lori for keeping a list of the gifts.

Cristina with our KJ and a poem AJ wrote for the occasion.
Every baby needs a special bear. 

Friends of all ages attended.


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