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Let me warn you right now that this is going to be a long and photo heavy post, but it is full of awesome Kentucky made products so it is so worth reading until the end. Last Saturday, C & I travelled to Lexington, Kentucky for the 5th annual Kentucky Proud Incredible Food Show.  This is the first time that we have gotten to attend, but hopefully it will not be the last.  I really had no idea that so many food products were produced right here in the Commonwealth and we couldn’t taste test and buy every one of them, but I wanted to let you know about a few of our favorites.

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We started out the day by watching a demonstration by the headliners of the show, Jamie and Bobby Deen.  They were so funny and entertaining and the time flew right by while we were watching them.  Jamie was throwing candy out to the audience during the show while they were cooking. 

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The Marketplace was almost overwhelming. There were so many booths and so many people that I really had to focus in and get my bearings to navigate.  C & I looked at most of the booths and tried a few samples. 

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There were some beautiful handmade wooden kitchen items for sale as well.

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Of course, with my sweet tooth, I was loving the bakery and candy store displays! The first photo is the Midway College Bakery booth.

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Can you believe all of this is produced right here in little ol’ Kentucky?  It really took my breath away and these photos don’t show half of what was there.  Now, let’s get to the goodies we actually got to try and purchase.  Yum! 

One of the first items we tried was flavored popcorn from A-maize-ing Caramel Corn, which is produced in Georgetown, Kentucky. We tried (and bought) the caramel and cheddar versions and they were so good!

Macarons have been the hot sweet in the blogging world for a little while now, but I haven’t taken the time to try them because they are hard to make.  Actually, I had never gotten the chance to even taste one until Saturday. 

La Petite Sucre out of Winchester, KY, had the prettiest display of macarons in many flavors for sale.  I decided to try a salted caramel one and it was tasty, but it was not what I expected at all.  The cookie part is very crunchy and it has a delicious creamy filling.  My first macaron experience was a positive one, but I probably won’t be trying them at home any time soon.

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Another Kentucky product that I have heard a lot about but had never tried was beer cheese.  The first beer cheese booth we came to was Larry Mac’s Beer Cheese.  C & I both tried a little on a cracker and thought the same thing: YUM!  Needless to say, a little package of that came home with us.  Larry Mac’s booth was really cute as well.  Loved the pepper lights!

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Speaking of peppers (how’d you like that segue way), we also found some tasty salsa as well.  Me Salsa is based in Louisville, Kentucky and is made with a special kind of pepper.  They are in the running for a small business grant, so please click over to their Facebook page and give them a like. On the same condiment note, we also purchased a bottle of homemade ketchup called Grandma Carolyn’s Ketchup which is also made in Georgetown.  I can’t wait to try this in a meatloaf or just on a big ol’ juicy hamburger.

 Blue Bell Creameries was giving away a full scoop of their ice cream so, of course, we had to partake of that as well.  C & I both got Dutch Chocolate and it was so creamy and tasty. 

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Last, but definitely not least in my book, was Cellar Door Chocolates.  Oh my goodness!!!!  It would be worth the trip to downtown Louisville just to go to their store and get more chocolate.  Mercy!  I bought the Brown Sugar Pecan Bark and the Sea Salt Almond Bark and it was almost gone by Sunday afternoon.  It is divine!

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So, this was my haul for the day.  I could have bought so much more and just had to control myself not to over do it.  I may not be able to wait until next year for some of these products.  Hmmm, I wonder if they ship?

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Beautiful views along Kentucky Hwy 68 from Nicholasville to Harrodsburg, KY:

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Good morning and happy almost-Halloween, folks!  Are you ready to hand out candy to all of the little ghosts and goblins in your neighborhood?  We sure are and I hope the weather takes it easy on us that day.  There is a chance for some nastiness, but hopefully it will not be too bad.  It is hard to believe that the end of October is this week and we are staring down the barrel of the holiday season.  Shew, this year has flown right by and there doesn’t seem to be any slow down in sight.  I guess we just better hang on and enjoy the ride!

This past Saturday, C & I went to Lexington, KY for the Kentucky Proud Incredible Food Show and I had a blast!  There will be a full (and I do mean FULL) recap on my Thoughtful Thursday post this week so come on back and check it out.  Also, I will have a few photos from Saturday as well on a Wordless Wednesday post.  The sun was being shy Saturday, but I did manage to snag a few pretty shots of the scenery between home and Lexington.

I have several new recipes on the list to try this week, plus I will probably have a new dessert also that is not listed because I haven’t made up my mind what it will be.  Our church is having their annual chili supper next Saturday night so I will, of course, have to take some chili and a sweet treat.  Happy Halloween and fall, y’all!!

Bubble up pizza

Easy taco melts (new) with fresh fruit

Beef enchilada dip (new) with chips & salad

Pizza night

Chili

Honey orange pork tenderloin (new) with potatoes and salad

Please join me at I’m An Organizing Junkie for Menu Plan Monday.

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Meatloaf is usually a family pleaser here so I am always happy to find a new variation to try.  This recipe from Kraft has an Italian flair that I really like and the stuffing mix was a tasty alternative to bread crumbs or crushed crackers.  I did have to substitute from the original recipe since the Stove Top stuffing for chicken has chicken fat in it and I am severely allergic to all things chicken.  Bummer!

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1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes

6 oz. dry stuffing mix

1 lb. extra lean ground beef

1 egg

1/4 cup finely chopped onion

1/2 cup shredded Italian cheese (I used Fiesta blend because that is what I had.)

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Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Mix the tomatoes with the stuffing mix and set half aside.  Add the beef and egg to half of the stuffing mix, combining thoroughly.  Press in a greased 8 inch square baking dish.

Combine the remaining stuffing mixture with the onions and spread over the top of the meat mixture.  Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes.  Remove the foil and sprinkle the cheese over the meatloaf.  Bake uncovered for 10 more minutes or until meatloaf is done (160 degrees in center).

 

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This week’s prompts are red/snapshot so I went searching for some red in the nature around me.  There are still a few things to find.

Sumac berries:

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Dogwood berries:

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Dogwood berry macro shot:

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Welcome to today’s edition of Book Beginnings hosted by Rose City Reader.  Today I am presenting the first lines from “The Templar Legacy” by Steve Berry:

PARIS, FRANCE

JANUARY 1308

Jacque de Molay sought death, but knew salvation would never be offered.  He was the twenty-second master of the Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and the Temple of Solomon, a religious order that had existed under God’s charge for two hundred years."

I really enjoy historical fiction and this book weaves history with a story set in the present as well.  It is full of adventure and foreign locations so I kept Google handy while I read this story so I could see the locations for myself.  It helps me set the scene in my mind.  I am excited to read the rest of the series!

When I started reading this book, the characters seemed very familiar and then I realized that I had a read one of Mr. Berry’s books in this series already.  “The Templar Legacy” is the first so I will have to re-read the other in order to continue the story.

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A walk in the woods on a full moon evening…

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