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Hello, again!

Ok. here goes…as many of you know, Picture Perfect Cooking was my first blog that I began about five years ago.  It is still active and full of the recipes, photos, and book reviews from that time. 

For some reason, about a year ago, I just stopped blogging.  The space just didn’t feel right anymore and it seemed like there was always some kind of post deadline that I needed to meet.  The link parties I participated in got to be a burden instead of fun.  When that happened, I knew I needed to step back.  Suddenly, the blog was not just a creative outlet anymore, but had turned into a job and an unpaid job at that. 

So here we are almost a year later and the blogging bug bit me again, but this time I am going at it a little differently.  This new space will still have photos, book reviews, inspirations, and, yes, a few recipes, too, but I am not going to have a set post schedule or participate in link parties at least for a while.  Hopefully, that means no blogging pressure or stress. 

Welcome to my world part 2!

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C & I visited Jackson’s Orchard and Riverview at Hobson Grove in Bowling Green, KY recently and it is a beautiful place.  Click here for Riverview’s history.










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Playing with the panorama function on my phone’s camera…





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While I was browsing Pinterest one winter evening, I found this gardening pin and knew it was something we had to try.  The topsy-turvy pots are just so whimsical and cute and…well, you get the picture.  C really loves to build things and put things together so I showed him the inspiration and we got to work. 

It turned out to be pretty simple and just required a five foot metal rod purchased from Lowe’s, 5 clay pots, gravel, potting soil and flowers.  I am not sure what size rod we bought, but it was small enough to fit through the flower pots’ drainage holes but big enough to be sturdy.  C drove pushed the rod into the ground as far as he could and still have enough to hold all of the pots.


Then thread the largest of your pots onto the rod.  Line the bottom with gravel , tilt the pot to one side, and fill with potting soil  Next year, we will probably get a bigger pot for the bottom so it will offer more support.


Continue to do the same with the rest of your clay pots.  When you get to the top one, push the road down into the dirt so it doesn’t show after the pots are planted.

I used Pretty Much Picasso Supertunia petunias in mine and I love the contrasting colors of the blooms.



This turned out so great and C already has engineering ideas on how to make it even better next year.  Happy gardening!

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A few shots from a beautiful January day in Kentucky…






Ellie says that there is something in the air.  Is it Spring?  I wish!!


Eenie in mid-roll.  He’s so rotten.



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A few of our favorite special ornaments:


I am trying to learn how to get the “bokeh” effect in photos.  It is a decent start.








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For this Thoughtful Thursday post, I would like to take you on a virtual Christmas home tour.  I love to put up Christmas decorations so C & I decided to try some new things this year.  Let’s start with the outside décor…

I have used a plain green, lighted wreath and small trees for the front door for a few years, but this year I decided to add some decorations to the wreath/trees combo and also add a lighted garland.  I love the way it turned out!  C & I decided we need to beef up the garland a little next year, but it is a great start.


We also added LED net lights to the shrubs by the front porch.




This is on the opposite end of the house and we love this little vignette.  When the tree gets bigger, we plan to put the packages around it but it is just a little too small for it right now.


When you come through the front door, this is the first view:

I love using the stacked baskets with fresh greenery to hide extension cords.


Here is the dining room:


My dad found these place mats and napkins while he was packing.  I remember cross-stitching those napkins myself about 20 years ago.


I love the way the tree looks at night.


My mom’s nativity scene is also in the dining room.


On to the kitchen, where I finally gave in to the burlap/chevron craze.  I have had the tree for a few years and have used cookie cutters on it the whole time, but this was the perfect place to add the trendy burlap and chevron. 



The centerpiece on our breakfast table is a simple trifle dish filled with fresh greenery and glass “food” ornaments.


The “big” tree is in the living room and it is full of our special ornaments.  Some of these we have had since we were children, some are collectible and some we have bought on trips and special occasions.  We can’t forget to hang our stockings too!  We even have one for Ellie.


I don’t do much in our master bed and bath, but I did decorate our guest bathroom this year with a few little touches. My mom had a few Santa items, including the cross stitched Santa that I made back in 1992, that she loved so I incorporated them all together in this room and they fit perfectly.  I added the little tree and canister this year. 





I have an announcement to make…the upstairs is finally finished!!!  Can I get a woo-hoo!?!?!?  My refinished yard sale hutch is in the hallway and all of the bedrooms have furniture as well.  There are not a lot of Christmas decorations, but I did put a little in the hallway.  The small tree has collectible miniature ornaments and I filled the basket with fresh cut greenery.  The hutch has some of my mom’s gardening books along with a few of my favorite cookbooks.




I hope you have enjoyed the virtual Christmas home tour!

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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.




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. 




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. 






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



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






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.


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!


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. 


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!


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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A walk in the woods on a full moon evening…







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