Monday, October 26, 2015

Halloween at the State Parks!

It is officially Halloween week! If you are still trying to make up your mind about what to do with your little goblins you might consider the state parks!

In addition to providing fun for your family, you will also get to take in the beauty of the fall colors! I was driving this weekend and I kept pointing out beautiful trees to my husband.

Most of the Halloween events offered by the parks have already come and gone but  here are a few that you still have time to catch!

Just a word of warning several of these events aren't suited for kids under 10 years old.

Cave-in Movie, Oct. 31

Cascade Cave is offering a family-friendly movie inside the cave! (The film has not been selected. Check the park later.) The price is $5 per person at the door. Make sure you bring your own chairs because seating isn't provided! 

Tour of Terror, Oct. 30-31

Cumberland Falls is a totally different place at night! There are lots of stories supernatural events that have taken place in the area. Guides will take you on a tour of of the park that you will never forget. Not recommended for children under 10. Your adventure will begin at the visitor center near the falls area. Cost is $10 per person. Tickets will go on sale at 7 p.m. each night at the visitor center.

Haunted Frontier, Oct. 29-31

Want to take a walk through one of the oldest and haunted cemeteries in Kentucky? Then head to Old Fort Harrod State Park! The experience starts at dark and lasts until 10 p.m. for only $5 a person. This activity is not recommended for children under 10. 

Ghost Walk, Oct. 30-31

White Hall State Historic Site  is offering an alternative to the typical haunted house. "Ghosts" will come out of the darkness to tell the incredible stories of the Clay family, but in a theatrical history lesson tour that is very family-friendly. Afterwards, guests are treated to hot apple cider and cookies. Tickets are $10 per person and are by reservation only. Tours run from 7-9:30 p.m.

There is more information on the KY State Parks page. 
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Friday, October 23, 2015

Kentucky Burgoo

After you and your family have raced through the corn mazes and picked the perfect pumpkin this weekend chances are you are going to have a serious appetite worked up! Sometimes after a day of running around dinner out doesn't sound appealing.

So grab your crockpot and get ready to fix your family a tasty meal to come home to after a day of fun!

This is my father - in - law's recipe for Burgoo, a dish native to Kentucky. Don't let the name burgoo scare you off. This is very similar to a hearty stew.

Kentucky Burgoo:

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 pounds pork shoulder or country ribs, cut into large pieces (3 to 4 inches wide)
2 pounds chuck roast, stew meat, or other inexpensive cut of beef, cut into large pieces (3 to 4 inches wide)
5 chicken legs or thighs (bone-in)
1/2 green pepper, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1 celery rib, chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 quart chicken stock or broth
1 quart beef stock or broth
1 28-ounce can of crushed tomatoes
2 large potatoes
1 bag of frozen corn
1 bag of frozen lima beans
Salt and pepper
4-8 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce


1 Heat vegetable oil on medium-high heat in a large soup pot (at least 8 quart size).  When the oil is shimmering hot, working in batches brown all the meats.  Make sure not to over crowd the meat or it won't brown properly. Let the meat pieces get well seared. Put the meat in the crockpot.

2 Add the remaining ingredients to the crockpot and cook on low for 5 hours.

3. Strip the chicken off the bone and discard skin if you want. Break the larger pieces of meat into smaller, more manageable pieces.

To serve, taste one more time for salt, and add either more Worcestershire or salt if you want. Serve with crusty bread or cornbread and a bottle of hot sauce on the side.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Trick or Treat at the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass!

Every year it seems like there are fewer and fewer houses in our neighborhood participating in Halloween. I don't exactly know why, but I do know seeing disappointed little ghosts and goblins makes me sad!

This year at the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass you and your kiddos can trick or treat at the outlet mall! The event lasts from 2 until 5 on October 31st (Halloween). Heck with those hours you can trick or treat at the outlet shops AND go home and trick or treat. Who knows maybe you will score some spooky good deals.

For those of you who aren't familiar with the location the outlets are located in Simpsonville just off I-64. You can see it from the highway!

If you are one of the first 150 families to visit guest services then your kiddo will receive a FREE trick or treating bag!

If you and your family go make sure to send pictures!
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Friday, October 16, 2015

Robbery on the Rails at Kentucky Railway Museum!

Photo Courtesy: Kentucky Railway Museum

It seems like to me that every time I turn around the Kentucky Railway Museum, in New Haven is hosting another fantastic event.

That being said get ready to mark another event on your calendar! The weekend of October 24th and 25th you can be apart of a train robbery!

This train robbery happens on both Saturday and Sunday at 2pm! The excursion lasts for 2 hours and takes you through the Rolling Fork River Valley.

Photo Courtesy: Kentucky Railway Museum
The robbery features actors on horseback and law enforcement throughout the train to protect the passengers.

The best part of this event is that a portion of the proceeds go to support the Crusade for Children. So, if you go think about bringing a little extra cash for a donation. It isn't required but if you could it sure would be nice.

You can purchase tickets here.
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Monday, October 12, 2015

Corn Mazes in Kentucky

We have covered the pumpkin patches around our great state. Let's move on to the fun of corn mazes! There are several around Kentucky, so without further adieu here is our list of corn mazes around Kentucky.

Lots of pumpkin patches in the area have corn mazes but not all, so if you are wanting to do both make sure you check with the farm first.

 Gallrein Farms

Mullberry Orchard 

Devine's Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch Were else but Kentucky can you find a corn maze tribute to American Pharaoh?

Kentucky's largest corn maze is in Mayfield Kentucky and is called A-Maize-ing Farms

Trunnell's Farm Market 

Union Corn Maze and Hayride

Gardner Family Farms and Corn Maze

Thomas Dairy Farm and Market

Bi-Water Farm

Chaney's Corn Maze 

Just Piddlin' Farm

Sunny Acres Farm

Hinton's Orchard 

Kinman Farms 

White Oak Pumpkin Patch 

Sally Gap Pumpkin Patch 

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Jack-O-Lantern Spetactular

October is the time of year for carving pumpkins, or if you are like me dreaming up ideas for cool ways to carve pumpkins...and not doing it. 
I digress. 

Starting this weekend, the jack-o-lantern spectacular opens to the public. The event is located at Iroquois park and I am just going to be up front here, is a little bit on the pricey side. Sunday - Thursday the price is $12 for adults and $9 for children. Friday - Saturday the price for adults is $15 and $12 for children.  However, it is an experience that is totally unique. 

The trail of pumpkins winds through a 1/4 mile trail of Iroquois park and features over 5,000 intricately carved pumpkins. 

Check out some of these pictures from their Facebook page. You can find more information on their website

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Shadows of Federal Hill

Tis the season for all things spooky, and an upcoming event in Bardstown is no exception.

The event takes place October 23 and 24 at My Old Kentucky Home State Park.

The tour of My Old Kentucky Home begins with a walk up a latern-lit path to the visitor's center, complete with a 19th century hearse. An undertaker will lead guests into the Federal Hill mansion with the mood set by (presumably) spooky music.

In each room of the mansion, participants of the tour will see visitors and residents of the mansion, even Stephen Foster makes an appearance!

Here are more details from the website:

“Shadows of Federal Hill” is an hour-long ghost tour experience that begins each evening at 6 p.m. Admission is $16/adults and $10/children, and includes Victorian treats (cookies and candy), a fortune teller and hay rides.

Make it a haunted weekend and overnight in Bardstown, one of the most haunted places around, according to world-renowned Certified Ghost Hunter Patti Starr, who conducts ghost treks through the streets of Bardstown every Saturday night (with Fridays added in October). Several of Bardstown’s 17 bed and breakfast inns are known to be haunted, including the Jailer’s Inn and Old Talbott Tavern.

Be sure to let us know if you take part in this adventure! 

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Distilleries to Visit in Kentucky

It is a well known fact that Kentucky is a haven for Bourbon lovers. There is a whole bourbon trail, that caters to those who want to learn more about the spirit. Did you know that the commercial production of moonshine is really taking off here in the bluegrass state?

I thought it might be fun to provided a list of all the different distilleries in Kentucky that invites visitors in for tours. Keep it handy, you know in case you ever have a moment away from the kids!

Let's start in Bardstown, shall we?

Heaven Hill

Barton 1792


Four Roses (this is only their warehouse tours and technically in Cox's Creek but it is VERY Close)

Jim Beam Stillhouse (again technically Clermont but super close to Bardstown.)

Next up the small but mighty Lebanon. 

Kentucky Cooperage

Limestone Branch Danville

Wilderness Trail Distillery

Near the Frankfort/Versailles/Lexington Area

Buffalo Trace

Woodford Reserve

Town Branch Distillery

In Bowling Green 

Corsiar Distillery


Casey Jones Distillery

Around Louisville 

Evan Williams Bourbon Experience

Copper and Kings

In Paducah 

Paducah Distilled Spirits

Kentucky Mist Moonshine Distillery

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Five Fantastic Festivals in October

October is the perfect month for venturing somewhere new.  The scenic routes around the state are full of colors - so even the drive makes for a part of a perfect outing.  Here are five awesome festivals taking place this month that we think are worth getting to!

St. James Court Art Show (Louisville, early October) - This is a staple!  Set in the historic Victorian district of Old Louisville, this festival is an eclectic mix of shopping, entertainment and art.  It has something for everyone - even the kids.  

Hunter's Moon Fall Festival (Grand Rivers, early October) - There are three days of fun for this festival complete with a pancake breakfast, a pageant, a parade, stage with entertainment and a kids area.  There's a trolley around town for free and......cake walk - need we say more. 

Mt. Washington Fall Festival (Mount Washington, Mid-October) - This festival is made possible by the local Lions Club.  Car show, fish fry, carnival, wild west show, vendors and more.  It's FREE!

ColorFest at Berheim (Clermont, Mid-October) - It's a celebration of exactly what it says,the gorgeous colors of the season.  Berheim is great all year round, but perfect in the fall.  Crafts, hayrides, slingshots - what's not to love?   Free admission ($5 environmental fee per car for non-members)

Woolly Worm Festival (Lee County, late-October) - Does the name say it all?  What a name, right?    It's everything you want in a festival - stages full of random entertainers from animal acts to bluegrass music, a car show and.....a woolly worm race you won't want to miss.


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