Derby Day Recipes and Inspiration Friday No. 63

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I’m so excited to be a part of the Derby Day Week Celebrations along with some amazing Kentucky Bloggers!

There are a few traditions associated with The Kentucky Derby that are a must.  Horses, Hats…and Mint Juleps!  First consumed in the late 1700’s, the granddaddy of cocktails, The Mint Julep, was traditionally served on Kentucky Derby Day.
Comprised of a few simple ingredients, mint is the defining component of this popular Southern drink.
Served with Kentucky Colonel Mint and a high quality bourbon (also a Kentucky native) this cocktail is sure to please the most discerning and sophisticated among us!
and of course if you want to really serve these drinks properly…you must serve them in a silver mint julep cup!
Classic Derby Day Mint Juleps
from At The Picket Fence

1/2 ounce simple syrup
3 mint sprigs

2 oz. high quality bourbon (we love Makers Mark!)

Muddle the sugar, one mint sprig, and the bourbon in a mint julep cup or rocks glass.
Add crushed ice and garnish with the remaining mint sprigs. (Serves 1)
The perfect accompaniment to a mint julep is a slice of Kentucky Derby Pie.  This is our families Kentucky Derby Pie recipe, and it couldn’t be a more simple but decadent pie to make.
Kentucky Derby Pie
from At The Picket Fence
1 cup sugar

1/2 cup flour

2 eggs, slightly beaten

1 stick butter, melted

1 cup pecans
1 cup high quality semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tsp. vanilla
1 unbaked pie shell (homemade or store bough roll out shell)

Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees. Mix sugar and flour together well in mixing bowl.  Add eggs and melted butter, blend together well.  Add coarsely chopped pecans, chocolate chips and vanilla, mix well.  Pour mixture into unbaked pie shell.  Bake for 40-45 minutes and light golden brown on top.  Allow to cool for 20 minutes. (Serves 8)

If you are hosting a Derby Party this Saturday, you can’t go wrong with serving these two classic Derby Day recipes, your guests will think you are a Derby Day Diva!
Check out all of this week’s amazing Derby Day Posts from my fellow Kentucky Bloggers!

We kicked off Derby Week over at The 2 Seasons, where we got a history lesson on the Kentucky Derby.

Up next, the fabulous Carmel of Our Fifth House showed us how to incorporate the most important aspect of the Derby into our home decor, the horse…of course!

Then we headed back over to The 2 Seasons for a lesson on hats and hat making!
The lovely Kari Anne of Thistlewood Farm is teaching us how to monogram our own glasses (us Southerners love a monogram!) and is sharing a great Lemonade Mint Iced Tea recipe.

Be sure to stop by and visit all of these amazing and talented gals…

and a big thank you to the fabulous mother daughter team of Janette and Jordan at The 2 Seasons for hosting this great Derby Day Party!

Now ya ready for some fabulous features from last week?!



This kitchen makeover from Blissful Blooms will definitely put a smile on your face! With all of these charming details, you wouldn’t believe how this space started out. It is definitely an amazing transformation!

Our friend Richella from Imparting Grace shared her beautifully redone Guest Bedroom.
Our bags are packed and we are on our way Richella!  Two beds, two sisters…perfect, right?
We promise not to jump back and forth on them like we did on the one’s at our Grandma’s house years ago!

and since we’re hanging out in your bedrooms, we just had to share Erin’s, from How to Nest for Less, beautiful  master bedroom makeover.  She installed wood paneling in her beautiful master bedroom makeover and gives a full tutorial on how they created this look, you could be installing some yourself in no time!


Kristin of A Vintage Fairy did an incredible job on this PB Knock-Off! For literally a fraction of the price (the Pottery Barn piece was $999!) she gave this a wonderfully vintage look and we love the two tone paint treatment on the doors.

Angie from Postcards from the Ridge upcycled this their dining room buffet into this gorgeous bathroom vanity.  She shares the step by step instructions of this beautiful makeover!

This harlequin table makeover from Rukmini at Trumatter is fabulous! She shares how she painted it as well as how she was inspired be her Granny.


Jo-Ann from Growing in Grace showed us how to make this darling House Number Flower Hanger!
We love any kind of two-for-one project!

Kendra from the The Good Life, Adventuring Through Goodwill, created this adorable ruffled dress…out of a bed sheet! Isn’t it adorable? We applaud your creativity and ingenuity!

Aimee at It’s Overflowing showed us how to knock-off this beachy Pottery Barn vignette, for just a few dollars! Makes us so ready for summer!


Rebekah from Woven Home shared this guilt free Strawberry Trifle with us last week…guilt free?! We’re all over that!

Pulled Pork Pizza with Caramelized Onions and Apples? Yes please! This recipe came to us courtesy of Ashbee Design and all we can say is that we might have drooled a little bit when we saw it.

and Lori from The Stonybrook House shares her “world’s best” Homemade Granola Recipe with us, who wouldn’t want to start the morning out with a big bowl of such loveliness!


Meredith of I Am a Mother Seeking, allowed us a glimpse into how she honored her daddy on the anniversary of his death by celebrating his life. Thank you Meredith for sharing this with us!

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  1. says

    I want a mint julep, those look delicious! Great features this week, as always! Thanks for hosting such a fab party girls, you sure are the hostess with the mostess.

  2. says

    I could use a refreshing mint julep after a long afternoon in the hot, humid OH weather. Planting flowers in the heat isn’t fun. LOL What wonderful features, girls! :-)

  3. says

    Thanks LOTS for the SUPER FUN feature and thanks so much for hosting! Kentucky was one of our FAVORITE states to visit as we drove from TX to PA and then back another route!!! I’ll have to see if we can play next time I visit my baby sister!!! XO, Aimee

  4. says

    Ohhh. . . thank you so much for featuring my guest room! The beds are made and just waiting for you two! Come right on!

    Your Mint Juleps and Derby Pie look decadent and oh so good. I like Maker’s Mark, too, as well as Woodford Reserve, Knob Creek, and Blanton’s. I’m a fan of your native Kentucky drink! I once dated a boy who hailed from Bourbon County–but alas, he was from a family of teetotalers, so I don’t know if he ever actually drank any bourbon. Of course, he’s nearly 50 years old now and has lived in Lexington his entire adult life; surely he drinks juleps on Derby Day! :)

    Thanks so much for this wonderful party. I’m excited to be linking up my front porch makeover–and I’m so glad to FINALLY be getting some projects done around here!!

  5. says

    HI Gals,
    Loving Blissful Blooms kitchen – the mismatched stools are great!

    I wish I could put on a big hat, sip a mint julep and meet you at the Derby! But the Derby pie is the next best thing!

  6. says

    Great features today. Thanks for hosting. Today I discovered iPiccy and Collages, seems to have a few less and a few more features than Picnik but whew! collages made easy again.

  7. says

    Those silver goblets of mint juleps looks gorgeous! Hope your Derby Day is filled with delights.
    Thanks for hosting. ~ Sarah

  8. says

    it’s a hot one
    out there today
    so i could sure go for
    a frosty mint julep right about now

    and don’t you just love
    amy’s new kitchen?

    i guess great minds
    think alike;)

    all linked up girls

    have a wonderful weekend
    and thanks for hosting!


  9. says

    The pie recipe looks amazing! I can’t wait to try this recipe. Going to the Kentucky Derby is on my bucket list! :) It’ll never happen… Thanks for hosting! ~ Jamie

  10. says

    Mmmm. Those mint juleps sound so good. I can’t wait to try the recipe.
    Thanks so much for featuring our master bath vanity. I feel honored to have shown wight the other great features. I love the pb knockoff especially. Have a fabulous Derby weekend!

  11. A Pretty Life in the Suburbs says

    Oooh, I have never had a Mint Julep before! I think there is one in my very near future – they look so good!
    Thanks for hosting!

  12. says

    an honor to be featured here, really, alonside those wonderful links which I am gonna visit immediately! I have never heard of Mint Juleps but I think now that I have Im gonna try and see how it unfurls.

    Thank you Heather and Vanessa for featuring my table makeover. You all have been very generous and cute and sweet and one of my biggest inspirations.

    Have a wonderful day.

  13. says

    Your photo of silver mint julep cups is one of the prettiest things I’ve seen, and your Kentucky Derby week celebration such a fun idea.

    Thank you for hosting your party. What a busy week!

  14. says

    Your pie and julep photos are beautiful. They look like the BHG pros took them for you. That’s how good they are!!!! I will definitely be making your pie today. Thanks for participating in the Derby Week Event with us.

  15. says

    Yum the derby pie sounds so good. I am going to be making my simple syrup today in preparation for our derby party and the famous mint juelps! Thank you so much for participating in Derby week and have a great derby day!

  16. says

    Hi, Vanessa and Heather. This is my first time linking up here. I really enjoyed what you shared today. I’ve never been to the Kentucky Derby, but the hubs and I used to own and ride horses a lot. We did visit the Kentucky horse park in Lexington, which was a lot of fun! I also like that you highlight some of the different posts that other bloggers share here!
    Blessing to you both – Ann

  17. says

    Hey, Happy Derby time. It is baby shower time here!
    Thanks for featuring my pulled pork pizza with caramelized onions. I’ve made it three times now it will become a regular feature in the menu rotation for sure.
    And thanks for hosting. It keeps us being able to share and gather inspiration.
    Have a great weekend everyone!- Marji

  18. says

    It was so fun celebrating KY this week with you all! I’m definitely going to try your Derby pie recipe. In years past I’ve always ordered mine and had it delivered but there’s nothing like a home baked pie is there? Is it bad that I’ve been trying to decide which would be better- a julep before a margarita or a margarita before a julep. LOL! I can’t forget it’s also Cinco de Mayo- I am 25% Mexican after all. 😉

  19. says

    Gorgeous pictures! I’ll be making BOTH these recipes this weekend! I need to pick myself up some of those silver julep chalices though! I’m very new to your blog but I’m loving it! Thank you so much for hosting!
    Kim @ Sand & Sisal

  20. says

    Love your features. The guest bedroom redo really took my eye as did the pulled pork pizza. Oh Yum! And that Derby Pie. I have got to have a piece! Have watched Secretariat twice now this week. A fun movie to celebrate the Derby with.

    Also you two. I was in line at Joanns Fabric today and perusing their magazines and came across the April issue of Romantic Homes. I opened it and there you two were….blog and all. I was THRILLED for you! And you so deserve that feature and shout out from them. You gals have such an incredible blog and do so much for the blogging world. I was just busting my buttons for you. I feel like a proud Mamma!! So enjoyed reading it. Congratulations ladies!!!


  21. says

    Hi, glad to make it to the party before it was over! Thanks for putting it on. Love the Derby Day Recipes. The images are all so enticing! Keep up the good work.



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