Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Scrapbooking

Recently attended ScrapJam Scrapbook Retreat in Covington. I do love to scrapbook, in fact you could say that I'm quite passionate about it. I've been doing this since high school, however not at the same level I am at now. I have gone totally digital now and it's so much easier for me to keep everything together. And the biggest thing is when I attend these retreats I bring my laptop, scanner, external hard drive, and a few extra things and I'm good to go , in essence one bag with my supplies. The others are lugging in all of their paper, stickers, cutting tools, punches, and all sorts of paraphernalia in large rolling carts (I know because I do still have a couple of those!) There is one girl that even brings her own printer now, I do you love you Rhonda, but gosh that's a pile of stuff!!!
There is always a theme to our retreats and this year's was western and they even included a beautiful cake for us to enjoy on Saturday night!! Here are a few pictures from the retreat.
Fun cake

Our room and my buddy Suzanna Zumbro who sat across from me!!

Pegi Henderson helping Judy.

Rhonda Kennedy with some cool glasses with lights.....she bring her own printer!!!

I love it because I do love actually looking at my pictures and remembering the events. I want to remember my families history and preserve it for the future generations as well.
As a result of this love and passion, and finding myself retired at this point, I am considering starting a business that will put together scrapbooks. This is for those that just can't get those photos organized, or get their memories put together into a digital scrapbook that can be shared with family. 

Do you think there is a need or possibility that this type of business would fly?? I've mentioned to a few of my friends and at least two mentioned they wanted one for gifts for family for Christmas! I'm still exploring this option and what prices and services I would offer. Do you have any specific requests/suggestions for what I might include? Please leave a comment and tell me what you think! Then look for future posts announcing plans!!


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Leftovers in their less visible form are called memories.  Stored in the refrigerator of the mind and the cupboard of the heart.  ~Thomas Fuller

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Oxymorons

I've been driving by this sign oxymoronic sign for weeks......
wondering how they would do this. Well I stopped today and bought one! I'm not a coffee drinker, but LOVE hot chocolate and thought I would try this out!!
Here it is......
It is definitely hot chocolate, not just chocolate milk, that has been frozen. Not sure whether they use the blender, but it is quite liquidy as well, with bits of frozen hot chocolate that you can crunch on as well. Of course there was lots of whipped topping which added to the concoctions goodness!! I think this may be the next recipe I might try to perfect in my own kitchen!!

Have you seen any oxymoronic* signs that make you want to try something??? Or do you have this recipe already and want to share???


*oxymoron- rhetorical device or figure of speech in which contradictory or opposite words or concepts are combined for effect.

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"The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.
Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home.
The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude... I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.
And so it is with you... we are in charge of our attitudes."
~Charles Swindoll~

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Woodford Reserve....On the Kentucky Bourbon Trail


Visiting Jordan in Kentucky this past weekend was such fun! It's great to visit and see her of course, but beyond that, she is getting to work in one of the most beautiful areas of our country. If you haven't been to the Lexington area in Kentucky, you just must do so. Of course I'm a bit partial and I freely admit it that, but those horse farms are some of the most beautiful places!

There are some other things to do as well and this weekend we decided to visit one of the distilleries that is in Versailles, KY, Woodford Reserve. It is part of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. ALL of the bourbon available is made within 75 miles of this distillery. Woodford is the smallest of all of the distillery's, but it's one of the older working distilleries in the area. It's nice to see such a small operation doing very well.
We visited on Sunday, which doesn't open until 1pm, however there were enough people there at noon, that they actually opened early! We got in on Tour #1 of the day, and learned all about bourbon making!
Did you know that All bourbon is whiskey, but not all whiskey's are bourbon?? They have been brewing bourbon here on this property since the early 1800's.
Start at the Visitors Center which is where you purchase your ticket and can see the story of bourbon making visually here with some nice displays. Also the history of spirits in the U.S. history which have affected their industry.

 The tour begins in the distillery. The buildings are made of the limestone found all over Kentucky and they are gorgeous! They are on the National Historic Landmark registry as well.





It all begins with the corn.....and grain of choice.
Next is the fermentation process. This is why Woodford Reserve is so small, they only have 4 vats with which to work. They don't mind being small, they prefer and market the quality.
These are the three still used for making the bourbon and this is what makes Woodford Reserve unique. They are the only bourbon makers that still their mash three separate times.
 

Now's it's time for the bourbon to go into the barrels. All barrels are made of white oak by coopers. Do you know what a cooper is??? They are the artisans that make the wooden staved barrels by hand out of the white oak. These barrels are what give the bourbon their flavor. The bourbon will remain in these barrels for a period of years.....not a specified time at Woodford, but must pass the taste test prior to being bottle and available for sale.

This is the barrel storage warehouse!! Again another old beautiful limestone building. It is heated to be a part of the evaporation process of the bourbon flavoring as the temperature heat and cool.



 This is what one section of the barrel storage looks like inside the warehouse!

When the tour is complete it's back to the Visitor's Center and if you are over 21 you get a shot glass of Woodford Reserve Bourbon. We also decided to eat lunch here and they have a number of great lunch choices. They have a great deck outback and wraps around to the front porch so there are lots of places to enjoy your bourbon and lunch!
The views are quite nice as well since they are surrounded by horse farms as well. If you've ever been to Lexington you are aware that you will find horses of all shapes and sizes and made out of or covered with all sorts of items. These are two that were on the Woodford Reserve property.


Very enjoyable tour and learned more about Kentucky as well. Soon I will have to continue on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and compare the other distilleries to Woodford Reserve.



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