Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Run For The Roses

A few years ago, I posted this tasty Run for the Roses pie that I made for a Derby dinner we attended at our friend's home. They have a huge TV (we have never had one) which is great for watching the Kentucky Derby. I actually enjoyed watching the race, and we all chose our horses that we wanted to win.  Our dinner group is hosting  another Derby day this year, and I was asked to bring this special pie for what is perhaps the "Greatest Two Minutes in Sports".

To celebrate the Run for the Roses, you'll need a pie crust, eggs, unsalted butter, sugar, flour, pecans, chocolate chips and bourbon whiskey.  Instead of the 1/4 cup of bourbon whiskey that the recipe called for, I used 2 TB and decreased the sugar to 3/4 cup.

A hat is believed to bring luck to the jockeys, horses and your bets. This is my hat that I made and will be wearing (again). 
Joe's hat :-)
And if you must, you could wear this Vineyard Vines shirt with The Mint Julep recipe for a mere $55. We saw this at the designer outlets in Manchester Village, VT.




Have you listened to Dan Fogelberg's song.... Run For The Roses? I have a special place in my heart for horses that race. My aunt and uncle have raced horses for a living for over 50 years, and their two sons also race at Vernon Downs. They take such good care of their horses, and even in their 80's now, they still go to the barn every day until noon. When we were children, they would leave us tickets at the "Will Call" at the track, and we thought we were pretty special having family that raced horses. LOL  If their horse won first place, we were invited into the winners circle for the photo. The good ole days.

If you'd like to sing along, here are the lyrics :-) Youtube

Born in the valley
And raised in the trees
Of Western Kentucky
On wobbly knees
With Mama beside you
To help you along
You'll soon be a growing up strong

All long lazy mornings
In pastures of green
The sun on your withers
The wind in your mane
Could never prepare you
For what lied ahead
The run for the roses so red

And it's run for the roses
As fast as you can
Your fate is delivered
Your moment's at hand
It's the chance of a lifetime
In a lifetime of chance
And it's high time you joined in the dance
It's high time you joined in the dance

From sire to sire
It's born in the blood
The fire of a mare
And the strength of a stud
It's breeding and it's training
And it's something unknown
That drives you and carries you home

And it's run for the roses
As fast as you can
Your fate is delivered
Your moment's at hand
It's the chance of a lifetime
In a lifetime of chance
And it's high time you joined in the dance
It's high time you joined in the dance

Debbie

Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..

18 comments:

  1. Everything is pretty..the pie..yes the hat..and the words about your aunt and uncle..not sure if I have heard the song..will have a listen:)

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    1. Thanks Monique! The song is like a Christmas song this time of year. I listen over and over :-)

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  2. I remember your pie! Enjoy the race:@)

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  3. Gosh Debbie, what a wonderful post, so full of meaning and memories for you! I loved playing the DF song while reading this, I played so much of his music in my days past. Oh yea, the pie looks wonderful too. And Joe's hat - purely awesome. ;) Enjoy the Derby!

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  4. I love to watch the greatest 2 minutes of sports Debbie! Your pie is calling my name, I want a slice for breakfast!! Have fun at the party!
    Jenna

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  5. Debbie, I love the story about your aunt and uncle and the horse races. I've always thought it would be fun to attend the Derby. The only horse race I've seen was by serindipity. I had gone to an Antique Salon at the Paris Hippodrome, the tents for the show were set up inside the center of the race track with no idea that a race would also take place. While we were enjoying an lunch alfresco, the horses raced by around the track. It was truly exciting!
    Have a fun time at the Derby Party. That's a great idea and your cake looks delicious!

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    1. Sarah, what a pleasant surprise to see the horses on the racetrack at the Antique Salon! Vernon Downs, our local track, opens tonight. If it wasn't so rainy here today, I would go cheer on my cousin's horses. I love going in the summer :-)

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  6. Mmmmm I remember your pie, Debbie! I love both your hat and Joe's, and your story about your aunt and uncle. Have fun at the party! Your pie will be a winner! xx

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    1. Kitty, I would love to share a slice of this pie with you. It is so decadent!

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  7. Great photos! That pie looks positively delish!!! Have a great week, Debbie.

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  8. Love the pie! Love the hats...too much fun. What a story about your Aunt and Uncle. My grandparents always went to the horse races. Happy Tuesday.

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    1. I'm sure your grandparents loved the races. It was more popular 50 years ago, and now that we have OTB, it's not as well attended. TGIF Linda!

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  9. What a delicious pie, Debbie! What a wonderful story of your aunt and uncle and the racing horses. I can see why the races mean so much to you.

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    1. Thanks Susan! The pie is very decadent and nice shared for a dinner party.

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