Friday, July 2, 2010

Lallie, New Design and a Recipe

Good morning Y'all!  Lots of things to talk about today.

First, Little Lallie.  For those of you who missed out on the adorable Fourth of July dress I made for Lallie and the Etsy shop, here it is in action!  Today is Fourth of July day at school and they are having a parade, so of course, I had to deck her out in full red, white and blue!  I love that her teachers taught the kids all about the American flag this week, so Lallie has been coming home talking about our famous colors!
(Note - hair has not yet been cut.)


How are you liking  my new blog design?  Husband likes the pink and green better as it's more me and Southern Living: Preppy Style then the black/pink/white with shoes.  BUT and it's a big BUT....I designed it!  Yes, I did this all by myself.  I edited the HTML code, I worked in photoshop, I cut and pasted and searched for clip art and I am loving that this is all mine!  I have lots of other little tricks up my sleeve and am looking for pink/green so I can go back to my signature colors, but rest be sure.....I will never have a stationary layout again.  It will always be changing.

Of course, I would love to spread the wealth of knowledge (note, I said "knowledge"), so be looking forward to a post on websites and etsy shops you can search so that you too can create your own custom blog design.  Fun stuff!


Last but not least, a recipe.

I'm on a Kentucky kick.

I gave you the recipe for a Kentucky Derby Pie HERE.  (Well, I found out why everyone calls is something different, "Kentucky Derby Pie" is actually a registered trademark).

Today, I'll give you a recipe for the Kentucky Hot Brown (note....not Hot Brown, it's the Kentucky Hot Brown).  This fabulous dish, which I grew up eating with Cheddar sauce instead of Swiss at Patti's 1880's settlement in Grand Rapids, Kentucky, originated at the Brown Hotel in Louisville in the early 1900's.
It is originally made with turkey and Swiss sauce, but a lot of places have begun substituting ham and Cheddar sauce and some even call it a sandwich.  I beg you to try eating this with your hands and not a fork, you will not be successful.  Moving on, if you want to be original, you must go with this recipe from Nick Sundberg at the Brown Hotel (click HERE for info).

•3 ounces turkey breast, roasted, sliced
•1 slice toasted white bread
•2 slices tomato
•2 slices bacon, cooked and drained

•2 ounces butter
•3 ounces flour
•3/4 cup cream
•1/4 cup milk
•1/2 cup Swiss cheese, grated
•salt and white pepper to taste


Heat butter and add flour. Whisk and slowly cook for 5 minutes. Whisk in cream and milk and heat. Whisk in cheese until melted. Season. Simmer for 30 minutes. Sauce should be very thick.
Quarter toast and place in an oven safe dish. Top with turkey and tomatoes. Cover well with sauce. Bake at 400° for 10 minutes. Garnish with bacon.


Coming up next week:
Meal Planning - A start to a new lifestyle?
Blog Design - How did I do it?  You can do it too!

Hope Y'all have a fantastic Fourth of July!  We'll be swimming, BBQ-ing and hanging out at the waterfront watching the fireworks!


  1. I am so impressed that you did this all by yourself, my love!! It looks beautiful and so YOU! I'm snagging that new button right now!

    Your sweet Lallie is just a doll. I love her! Happy weekend!

  2. LOVE your new design!! Great job girl!

    And your little girl is so precious. If I had a little girl, I'd grab one of those dresses as fast as I could after seeing how cute she looks in it!

  3. I love those pig tails!!!! What a cutie! I like the new lay out a lot - especially since you created it yourself!

  4. Great job on the dress and your new blog look! I am trying to work on mine next task is my header. It may take me awhile... but yours looks great!

  5. Love your new blog look. So different, and I'm impressed you did all by yourself.

    As for Lallie's outfit, it's just precious! Hope the parade and your weekend go well. Still so jealous that you've got a pool in this heat. :)

  6. You make me want to try to cook that but I don't like tomatoes...I need Lallie to come to my 4th of July picnic with me wearing that dress. Ship her up here please. And just because I'm an editor by nature, it's "rest assured" not "rest be sure." I love you! Rock on! GW

  7. Cute picture! The dress is adorable.

    I love Ky Hot Brown's. I make them all of the time and I use cheddar rather than swiss. They are yummy!

  8. as usual she's adorable!
    (i thought for a split second when I saw the pic on my dashboard that you chickened out on the haircut!)
    The blog layout is VERY impressive. High five for learning how to deal with the HTML "gobble dee gook"!!

    Have a fabulous 4th!

  9. Now what's not to love about a Hot Brown? I know them well, even if I'm not from Kentucky. I posted a recipe for these on my blog too, but yours varies a little, I'll try yours.
    I'm going to try the pocket meal planning too, sounds kind of fun, yeah?
    Happy Fourth!
    PS........Sorry, but I'm happy to see Lallie still has her beautiful long hair. I know the day will come when you have to cut it, but it is soooo adorable.

  10. As a Kentucky gal, loved seeing your tribute to Kentucky recipes. Hot Browns are sooo good! My mom makes a really good one. And, Derby pie is a perfect dessert.

  11. Hey sweetie, OMG I am SO IMPRESSED with your crazy coding skills! You are amazing! Have a wonderful holiday weekend, Miss Lallie is just too too cute in her darling dress. You are one talented lady! :) Happy fourth dear friend!! xoxox

  12. I am very impressed with the design skills. But I have to agree with husband, I like the pink and green better. Can't wait to see what else you come up with.

  13. Designing your own blog? Very impressive! I like it.

  14. Happy 4th of July weekend!! Yeah I just gave my blog a little makeover too and it's amazing what a difference it makes- I think yours looks great! xox