Weekend in Lexington, KY doing pins :)

Weekend in Lexington, KY doing pins :)

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This weekend we traveled to Lexington, KY. I am from Harlan county in southeastern KY.  So Lexington in central KY is all new to me. I was able to accomplish sixteen pins. (Places & things pinned by others on Pinterest.)   I also got to scratch off two items on my bucket list!
My hubby bought us two tickets to a UK game along with two nights in Lexington for one of my Christmas gifts. The UK game had been on my list for years! The other was seeing the Mary Todd Lincoln home for our Abe journeys. The ticket stub has been placed in the Blessings Jar too!

My sixteen pins I accomplished:

1. & 2. UK game @ Rupp Arena

us in front of uk

3. Lexington, KY


4. Mary Todd Lincoln home  (will visit again when museum is open)

The Mary Todd Lincoln house has the distinction of being the first historic site restored in honor of a First Lady!  She moved here with her family when she was fourteen.  Her and Abraham Lincoln along with their three boys visited here too.

Mary Todd Lincoln house

5. Finally tried a KY tradition of a Hot Brown sandwich

From Wikipedia:  The Hot Brown is an open-faced sandwich of turkey and bacon, covered in Mornay sauce and baked or broiled until the bread is crisp and the sauce begins to brown.  A Hot Brown Sandwich is a hot sandwich originally created at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, KY, by Fred K. Schmidt in 1926. It is a variation of traditional Welsh Rarebit and was one of two signature sandwiches created by chefs at the Brown Hotel shortly after its founding in 1923.

The variation I had was Turkey and ham on a potato cake with gouda cheese and bacon on top.  It was tasty!

hot brown

6. Tried Kentucky Burgoo soup

From Wikipedia: Burgoo is a spicy stew, similar to Irish or Mulligan Stew, often served with corn bread or corn muffins.   A typical burgoo is a combination of at least three ingredients: a combination of beef, pork, chicken, and mutton, often hickory-smoked, but other meats are seen occasionally; Vegetables, such as lima beans, corn, okra, and potatoes; and a thickening agent, such as cornmeal, ground beans, whole wheat, or potato. Traditionally, soup bones were added for taste and thickening.  Mine didn’t have mutton, I don’t think, lol.  I am going to find a recipe online to try it at home.  So stay tuned! 

7. Stayed at the Hyatt Saturday and also ate dinner at the Blue Fire Bar & Grill inside

8. Bought the grandbaby its first UK item (UK sock monkey)

UK sock monkey

9. Went to a place that Guy Feri had visited on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives (JJ’s Mcbrewesters Smokery).  The chicken and pulled pork were really good!

10. Kentucky sign

KY sign

11. Had lunch at Sawyers where a local recommended … A Lot of the UK ushers were eating there too.


12. Visited a friend in Nicholasville, KY.  This is a beautiful area outside of Lexington.

Billie and me

13. Ohio sign

ohio sign

14. Indiana sign

indiana sign

15. Stayed at the Campbell House Friday night … mixed reviews on it.


16. Seen the UK cheerleaders


I have been to twenty-four states and two countries and Kentucky is still the most beautiful place on earth to me! Each part of the state has a unique beauty so be sure to check it out! Friendly people, great shopping, the Mary Todd Lincoln home museum, and an amazing basketball team make Lexington worth visiting again for us! (along with friends and niece in Nicholasville to visit too) I also want to see the Horse Park and Keeneland my next visit. Go Blue!

A special thanks to my hubby for the gift of a lifetime to scratch the UK game off my bucket list!!

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