Archive for May 3rd, 2013

OK, so those of you who have been following my posts about the “Snowout” here at the New Hampshire homestead, the official date for 2013 is… May 2!

That’s right, overnight from Wednesday to Thursday this week, the very last of the snow patch (on the north corner of the house behind the barn) finally melted. Hopefully this is it for snow this year. However, like our friends in the Midwest right now, you really can’t rest until June. According to one wise woman I met at the Post Office the other day, the “weakness of the forsythia” so far this spring means there is one snowfall left.

Whatever the case, I am pleased to note that on the same day the snow patch melted, I spotted the very first bloom in the garden from the dozens of bulbs I planted last fall: This lovely daffodil.


Tomorrow is the first Saturday in May, which means it is Kentucky Derby day. In honor of this classic race, today’s Friday Finds are Derby-themed. Don’t worry, they are not ALL about good Kentucky Bourbon.

FF: The Equestrian Pillows of French Laundry Home

KD1For some reason horses look good on pillows. Case in point: The Equestrian Pillows of French Laundry Home available from Neiman Marcus.

About the Equestrian Pillows of French Laundry Home: “Add an equestrian touch to any bed linens ensemble with these accent pillows from French Laundry Home. Made in the USA. Red pillow with piping and embroidered bit is made of cotton. Burlap pillow with stenciled horse/horseshoe design is linen and cotton.”

See all the French Laundry Home products available from Neiman Marcus here.

FF: Artist Wooden Horse Model from the National Gallery Shop

KD2OK, so I figured how to get another post out of London’s National Gallery – the Artist Wooden Horse Model which will inspire you to paint the magnificent beast that run the Derby.

About the Artist Wooden Horse Model from the National Gallery Shop: “This beautiful wooden horse model is a replica of an artist’s antique. When it wasn’t practical to paint from life, this type of horse model would be used. The horse can be posed in a variety of positions, thanks to its fully-articulated joints and adjustable brass supports. Fully articulated and poseable, this wooden horse brings the anatomical and equine drawings of Leonardo da Vinci to mind. Leonardo studied the anatomy of many animals, often comparing them with humans, although he appeared to have a particular fondness for horses. He even planned a giant sculpture of a horse but this wasn’t completed until almost 500 years after Leonardo’s death.”

See the Artist Wooden Horse Model and all the great products in the National Gallery Shop here.

FF: The Derby icon in your pocket

K4If you have more than a few quarters hanging around, it is likely you have the Kentucky State Quarter which features a horse and the words “My Old Kentucky Home” from the official state song and the anthem of the Derby.

About the Kentucky State Quarter: “Released on October 15, 2001, this is the 15th coin released in the 50 State Quarter Program and the fifth released in 2001. Kentucky, admitted into the Union on June 1, 1792, themed the coin, My Old Kentucky Home. It features the stately mansion, Federal Hill and a thoroughbred racehorse positioned behind a fence in the foreground. The coin is inscribed: My Old Kentucky Home; Kentucky; 1792; 2001; and E PLURIBUS UNUM.”

Learn more about the Kentucky State Quarter here.

FF: The time honored Early Times Mint Julep recipe

KD3The classic cocktail to sip while watching the Kentucky Derby (in person or at home) is of course the Mint Julep. The folks at Kentucky Whiskey-maker Early Times, makes a pre-made Mint Julep in a commemorative bottle. And for those do it yourselfers (those of you like me who want to go easy on the mint and heavy on the whiskey) Early Times offers a great Mint Julep recipe.

About the Early Times Mint Julep: “The Mint Julep has been the traditional beverage of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby for nearly a century. Early Times Kentucky Whisky has been privileged and honored to be a part of that tradition. The Early Times Mint Julep Ready-to-Serve Cocktail has been ‘The Official Mint Julep of the Kentucky Derby’ for more than 18 years. Each year, almost 120,000 Early Times Mint Juleps are served over the two-day period of Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby weekend at Churchill Downs Racetrack. That’s a feat that requires more than 10,000 bottles of Early Times Mint Julep Ready-to-Serve Cocktail, 1,000 pounds of freshly harvested mint and 60,000 pounds of ice.”

Find out more about the good Kentucky Whiskey of Early Times here.

Read more about Early Times Mint Julep’s commemorative bottle here.


Find out everything you need to know about the Kentucky Derby here.

Visit the home of the Kentucky Derby – Churchill Downs – here.