Inspiration Friday Party No. 14

It’s the week of Inspiration Friday #14 and it’s Derby Week!  Since Heather is a Kentuckian, we couldn’t let the week get away without a nod to this most famous of horse races…The Kentucky Derby!  It is so fun to live in the state of Kentucky during Derby Time! The Hot Brown is a very famous local sandwich originally created in Louisville, the home of the Kentucky Derby. Here’s a little history of this fabulous sandwich: 

“Chef Fred K. Schmidt at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky, created The Hot Brown sandwich in 1926. In the 1920s, the Brown Hotel drew over 1,200 guests each evening for its dinner dance. The band would play until late, and when the band took bread, around midnight; people would retire to the restaurant for a bite to eat. Bored with the traditional ham and eggs, Chef Schmidt, delighted his guests by creating the Hot Brown.”

It was to my delight when I opened my Southern Living Magazine and saw their tribute to The Hot Brown..and their adaption of the sandwich..Kentucky Hot Brown Tart.  I couldn’t wait to make this to celebrate the Kentucky Derby!

It was beyond fabulous and an elegant way to share the famous and unique flavors of The Hot Brown Sandwich.  

It smelled so fabulous while it was baking, and tasted even better!  Wish you all could join me for a piece of tart, a mint julep and to watch the “fastest two minutes in sports!”

You can print off the recipe and celebrate the Kentucky Derby in style with this Hot Brown Tart!

This recipe has been shared at:

Quit Eating Out: Saturday Swap
Designs by Gollum: Foodie Friday


And now onto this week’s Inspiration Friday Features!

Lisa from House Dressing shared with us this great tutorial on how you can make your own Restoration Hardware inspired pillows! 

You can read more about how Lisa made these fabulous Restoration Hardware Knock Off Pillows at House Dressing: Restoration Hardware Salvaged Tarp Pillow

Up next we have two different kitchen remodels…can you tell Heather’s on a kitchen kick?

We have featured Rachel from Low Country Living, and some of her fabulous remodeling projects from their first home, but we couldn’t resist sharing her latest project with you.  They recently moved and this was the kitchen they inherited…

Rachel has been featuring the ongoing remodeling of the kitchen as well as step by step tutorials, including some from her very talented husband.  Here is where they are right now…

Head over to visit Rachel and her incredibly talented husband to see previous posts on their project as well as step by step tutorials

We gals were so excited when we saw the next project that was shared last week at Inspiration Friday.  We have often wondered if we had any gentleman friends here at the fence..and now we know we do!  Mikey at Shabby French Cottage shared his fabulous French Farm Kitchen Remodel.  Not only is it beyond beautiful it was created on a very limited budget!

We invite you to visit Mikey’s French Farm Kitchen Project to see many more incredible photographs as well as a cost break down!  We think you will be as amazed as we were!

Now, you know that we normally tend towards featuring folks who are newer to our blogging community. But we just couldn’t resist sharing this next one!  We wanted to end our features on a playful sharing Michell from Girl in Air’s Vintage Toy Phone Booth she created for her children!  

So adorable!
Michell has a fabulous blog with incredible projects and a warm heart! If you have never been over to Girl In Air, than we invite you to pay Michell a visit!
Now, don’t forget to grab your Featured At Button if you were featured at today’s party or during the week as a Facebook Feature! We have started featuring several links during the week on our Facebook page, so make sure you join us over there to see if you are featured! (did we say the word feature enough?? grin.)

Thank you so much for joining us for Inspiration Friday at the Fence,
When you are done linking up head over and party with the other “Friday Party Friends
The lovely Courtney at French Country Cottage
Our beautiful friend Alison from Stuff and Nonsense
Stuff and Nonsense

And the gracious Debra from Common Ground


  Now all ya PARTY PEOPLE it’s time to link on up…here’s the rules!

  •  Friend At The Picket Fence in some capacity
  • Link Up any post you’ve written that has Inspired You and will Inspire Others-it can be a home improvement project, craft, recipe, story, devotional…if it inspires link it up!

  • Be sure to link back to your original post and not just your url (main blog address)

  • Please post our button (code in the sidebar) or a text link on your blog so others can join in the fun! (MANDATORY)
  • Visit another guest Please try and visit at least the link directly above and below you!  We are trying so hard between writing posts, homeschooling, and taking care of our visit everyone’s posts. Sometimes we miss one and for that we apologize.  It makes us feed good knowing others are visiting people as well!  Thank truly means a lot to us! 

Today’s Inspiration Friday is sponsored by

our At The Picket Fence May Etsy Shop!
If you are interested in being a featured Etsy shop of the month please contact us!


  1. says

    Thanks for hosting, ladies!! I linked up my Raspberry bars and FINALLY painted the coffee table! Great features this week…I am off to check out that kitchen AND your tart!

  2. says

    I’m excited to be joining you this week. It’s about time I got a little more done around the house. Most of my time lately has been spent caring for my husband in the midst of his heart surgery, but I did get a couple of little things done this week.

    I LOVE Hot Brown! We usually make it Thanksgiving weekend using leftover turkey. And I ordered it at a restaurant in Lexington once. I stayed in Louisville for several days once, but didn’t get to do any fun restaurants there. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  3. says

    OMG! Seriously! Thank you so much for the wonderful write up! That was so wonderful to pop by and see myself featured!!

    I do feel new to blogging….a little over a year ago I didn’t even know what a blog was….crazy how much my blog has grown…

    Thank you so much for sharing with your readers!

  4. says

    Oh My Golly Gosh! I can’t believe I was featured! I came to check out the Derby stuff and BAM (a la Emril Lagasse) there I am!
    Back to the Derby stuff… I’m going to a Derby Party on Saturday compleat with Juleps and Wagering, any hot tips?
    Thanks again for the Shout-Out!

  5. says

    Just once I would like to go to a Derby Party. I would suck it up and host one myself, but I think I’m the only one of my friends who would like it.

    In other news… I love Mikey’s kitchen.

  6. says

    Hey sweet girlfriends! Im sorry I havent been around AT ALL the last few weeks…im still fighting these Shingles! And now if caught a headcold!

    I linked up a post in honor of MOMS…

    Thank you for always throwin a good party!


  7. Kim @ Quit Eating Out {Soon to Become Recipes To Run On} says

    Thanks for linking to Saturday Swap. I cannot believe this recipe…. it sounds so good! A hot brown in a TART? Yum. Great idea. Have a super weekend!!!

  8. Courtney ~ French Country Cottage says

    Hi there girls~ just stopping back to say thanks so much for sharing this at my party this week! :)

  9. says

    I just wanted to say thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment at my blog. I know I was a late link up. But I am so happy that I found your party!!! Thanks for hosting.

    Kadie @ Seven Alive

  10. says

    Thanks so much for stopping by ‘Just Dream, Jelly Bean’ and taking the time out to feature my lil ole hairpins on your facebook page! Awesome! Glad they brought back some good memories for you and your sis…
    Have a beautiful week
    ~ Jill


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