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Hello again Dear Reader, It’s so good to see you again. 2020 IS OVER! Vaccines are well underway. The holidays are behind us. We have a couple of cold winter months ahead, and then spring is not all that far away. All of us hope and pray that life will begin to return to some sort of normalcy. Hang on: we’ve made it this far. As the saying goes “It’s always darkest right before the dawn.” In the meantime, we are so excited to bring you our first issue of 2021. Keen, eagle eye observers will have noticed Dolly Parton on our cover. Our theme is “Southern Comforts” and Dolly is the Queen of Southern Comfort. In addition to all the many reasons we love Dolly, she recently donated one million dollars of her own money to help support the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine, just recently approved for Emergency Use Authorization. Now, we love her even more. She is helping to save lives. Baby, it’s cold outside, and we have some great recipes to warm you up and delight your friends and family. Nothing like a crockpot simmering for hours to make the house smell amazing. Ready to be inspired? Meet Kathy Plomin and Pat Gradek of 100 Women Lexington and learn about their remarkable achievements in helping our community. Mya Price is changing fashion for everyone. Fit, Fab, and Over Forty is back. Meet those who are making their health a priority, even during a pandemic. If you are a car lover like me, check out our “Drive” feature. We have four leading auto dealers proudly featuring their incredible new 2021 models. Perfect time to take a test spin. One of our most popular features each issue is TOPS Tour of Homes, and this month we are featuring a couple of stunners, one from Atchison Heller and Dennis Anderson’s Penthouse. And you will meet some of Lexington’s “TOP” realtors to help you buy and sell your dream home. It’s cold outside, but the real estate market is red hot. Go for it! Thank you for being a loyal reader, and as always, please support the local businesses you see in this magazine. They need your support now more than ever, and also help make TOPS magazine possible. Let them know you appreciate them.

r e b r a Y Keith Until next month,

Editor’s Picks Hello Friends! Welcome to the first TOPS 2021 Editor’s Picks page! I’m excited to bring you new selections each month that will tickle your fancy while supporting our amazing local businesses. Enjoy!

Wrap Up In: KC Equestrian Wear Cashmere Wrap from Monkee’s of Lexington

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Snack On: Big Whisk Green Chili Jam Read This: Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics by Dolly Parton with Robert K. Oermann

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Digital Playbook

SOCIAL MEDIA. MANAGED. People crave connection on social media, and the companies that create authentic connections with their customers will thrive — but it’s becoming harder than ever.

Brands Need an Authentic Voice: Social media interactions between brands and consumers used to primarily consist of short scripted replies to public comments, but times have changed. To effectively connect with audiences on social, brands must find an authentic and approachable voice that encourages consumers to start organic conversations. Responses must be timely, personal, and consistent with the company’s voice to ensure customers don’t feel like they’re getting replies from a script.

Social Is a Participatory Newsroom: Audiences are passionate about being a part of the stories of their time, so brands need to have a newsroom mentality to stay on top of trends. Consumers generally welcome brands that get involved from the start by offering timely, relevant content. By contrast, brands that push out content later are more likely to be ignored or even mocked.

Involve Your Audience: 95% of in-house marketing teams said they find creating engaging content to be one of their biggest challenges. At TOPS Digital we can reduce your workload and increase credibility by allowing us to create and develop content or by inviting consumers to submit user-generated content (UGC) in the form of photos or videos. UGC improves performance on every digital marketing channel and increases time spent on websites, email click-throughs, and online purchase conversions. Also, you can consider letting TOPS digital host a social contest tied to a brand campaign or product launch to boost your digital customer engagement.


WHY USE SOCIAL MEDIA: • Building brand awareness and gathering insights • Driving engagement and participation • Generating social conversions and sales leads • Deliver superior customer service

SET MEASURABLE GOALS • Metric: Audience Size- Fans/Followers • Why it Matters: Shows how many people are willing to engage with your brand • Sample Goal: Increase your following and engagement by [insert number here] Once you have established a following of consumers that are engaging with your brand, it’s then important to create content that they want to see, otherwise they will unfollow you. When developing content make sure you are speaking in your companies tone and voice to make sure they know they are getting this content from a real person and that you care about their interest. We’ve been working with Kitchen Concepts for the past 3 months, managing their social media and paid social. Here is what our client is saying about our partnership efforts: “Over the past 3 months we’ve had the pleasure of partnering with Chad & Lindsey at TOPS Digital. We’ve been able to contribute 30 leads back to their organic and paid social efforts. That is 10 qualified a month for new kitchen or bath designs! They are about to launch our new website and additional digital tactics, and we can’t wait to see our continued success.”

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“O, Sunshine! The most precious gold to be found on earth.” - Roman Payne, novelist and poet For people suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder, these words from Roman Payne could not be truer. When Old Man Winter comes and snatches that precious sun away, a portion of the population feels their energy, positivity, and wellbeing go with it.

Exit Golden Sunshine..

Seasonal Affective Disorder, also appropriately known as SAD, is a type of depression that accompanies a change in the seasons. According, “People with SAD experience mood changes and symptoms similar to depression. The symptoms usually occur during the fall and winter months when there is less sunlight and usually improve with the arrival of spring. The most difficult months for people with SAD in the United States tend to be January and February.” SAD affects about 5% of the population and is more common among women than men. Though the exact reason for SAD has not been determined, it is believed to be associated with the shifts in people’s natural biological clocks and circadian rhythms which occur as the days grow shorter. SAD’s symptoms include depressed mood, reduced energy, changes in sleep and eating patterns, difficulty concentrating, and overall malaise. If you feel SAD has a hold on you, there are some steps you can take. SEEK SUNSHINE. Make time each day to get outside and soak up those golden rays. FAKE IT ‘TIL YOU MAKE IT. Many who suffer from SAD opt to invest in a light therapy lamp, which emits a bright light that mimics the sun while filtering out harmful UV rays. These lamps are thought to boost mood by increasing natural serotonin levels. The usual recommendation is exposure to a 10,000 lux light box for 20 to 30 minutes a day. Seek doctor supervision. MOVE THAT BODY. Exercise boosts mood by prompting the brain to release endorphins throughout the body, which boosts our mood and aids in concentration.

Enter Winter Blues BY DONNA ISON

EAT YOUR GREENS. During bouts of SAD, craving carbohydrates is common, as they cause the brain to emit feel good chemicals like serotonin and dopamine. However, unlike exercise, the effects of carbohydrates are short lived and result in a crash in energy and mood, so it’s best to focus on foods with natural sugars, valuable vitamins, and fiber, like fruits and vegetables. VALUE VITAMIN D. Otherwise known as the sunshine vitamin, Vitamin D is essential for strong bones and muscles. Vitamin D is naturally produced by our bodies when exposed to the sun. Therefore, maintaining a proper Vitamin D level in the sun’s absence may require a supplement. However, if SAD is severely compromising your ability to function on a daily basis, or you have thoughts of self-harm, reach out to a medical professional immediately. Both medication and psychotherapy have proven effective in treating SAD. In the meantime, heed this wisdom from poet, Anita Krizzan: “Spring will come and so will happiness. Hold on. Life will get warmer.”

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If you haven’t taken a personality test, you’re probably in the minority. Personality tests are questionnaires used by workplaces, religious groups, schools, branches of the armed forces and therapists to reveal our aptitudes and attitudes. They use selfreflection as a way to uncover our motivations as well as our opportunities for growth. They help us think about how we relate to other people and understand our unique needs in everyday situations. While they’re not a science by any means, they can be a powerful tool for self-improvement. The Enneagram is one way of understanding and categorizing personalities. This system features nine personality types. It began with a diagram of how our personalities change with stress (disintegration) and growth (integration). From that, the RHETI (Riso-Hudson Enneagram Type Indicator) test was created to help us understand our basic personalities and how we change as we face life’s struggles. Versions of the RHETI can be taken for free online, though the “official” test can be taken at

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ideal of “higher values,” even at great cost. At their best, they are wise, inspiring and champions of truth. At their worst, they can be self-righteous, intolerant and cruel. Famous 1s: Plato, Joan of Arc, Nelson Mandela, Margaret Thatcher, Martha Stewart, Spock


The Helper

Caring for others is an essential part of this person’s personality. They are sincere, friendly and people-pleasing. They want to be loved and express their feelings for others. They may be the “mom” of their friend group. If they’re unable to demonstrate their helpfulness or don’t get appreciation in return, they may struggle with a feeling of worthlessness. At their best, they’re deeply humble and generous. At their worst, they are coercive or needy. Famous 2s: Dolly Parton, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Ann Landers, John Denver, Elizabeth Taylor

The Reformer This person is typically rational and sometimes perfectionistic. In all things, they want to have integrity and balance. They strive to improve themselves and things around them. They want to live above criticism. They tend to have a strong sense of purpose that leads them and strive after an

The Achiever Self-assured, success-oriented, imageconscious. These people are like the CEOs of the Enneagram. While they may be charming and professional, they can also be

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overly concerned with what others think of them. This personality is driven to be successful or to serve as a role model. Their fear of failure can make them somewhat of a performer. At their best, they’re authentic and self-motivated. At their worst, 1s tear others down or do whatever it takes to avoid humiliation.

Famous 6s: Edgar Hoover, Marilyn Monroe, Tom Hanks, Mark Twain, Richard Nixon

Famous 3s: Augustus Caesar, Tiger Woods, Don Draper, Oprah Winfrey, Deepak Chopra, Tony Robbins

Generally extroverted, spontaneous and versatile, this may be the “fun” friend that helps you get out of your shell. They can become scattered or over-extended if they let their urge to seek new experiences run rampant. If they can rein in their impulses, this personality can find joy just about anywhere. However, they have to keep an eye on their nearconstant FOMO. At their best, 7s are joyous and grateful. At their worst? They can be erratic or dangerously impulsive.


The Individualist

Sensitive, dramatic and expressive 4s are generally creative people. They are often very honest with themselves and open about their feelings. However, they may feel like “something” is missing or that they’ve always been “different” from others. They might see themselves as uniquely talented and just as uniquely disadvantaged. At their best, they’re inspired and transformative, while at their worst, they’re self-pitying or tormented. Famous 4s: Frederic Chopin, Miles Davis, Stevie Nicks, Prince, Kate Winslet, Virginia Woolf

The Investigator This person is alert, insightful and curious. They love to develop complex ideas and can become preoccupied with their thoughts. They can be visionary pioneers but also live somewhat isolated from others around them. They may develop many skills in their lifetime. At their best, they may make incredible discoveries and find new ways of looking at the world. At their worst, they may reject social attachments or be cynical and argumentative. Famous 5s: Stephen Hawking, Albert Einstein, Agatha Christie, Mark Zuckerberg, Julian Assange


The Loyalist Security is vital to this personality type. They are committed in their relationships with others and will expect others around them to be similarly trustworthy. They can often foresee problems and help teams come together to solve them. But because they’re so focused on connection, they can also be somewhat suspicious of others or anxious. At their best, they’re a true leader, independent while working equally with others. However, at their worst, 6s may feel defenseless or persecuted.


The Enthusiast


Famous 7s: Thomas Jefferson, Amelia Earhart, Elton John, George Clooney, Miley Cyrus

The Challenger Assertive 8s can be a misunderstood bunch. Their protective, domineering ways can seem stifling to others, but they’re generally motivated by proving their self-reliance. They can harness this energy to be inspiring heroes. They enjoy taking on challenges and can often lead others to great things. At their best, 8s are courageous and self-confident. At their worst, 8s let their need to control situations get away from them or may even become destructive. Famous 8s: Winston Churchill, John Wayne, Russell Crowe, Dr. Phil, Serena Williams


The Peacemaker “Go with the flow” is a lifestyle for this type. Trusting, agreeable and receptive, this easy-going personality wants everything to go smoothly. 9s want to create harmony and may let their desires fall by the wayside to achieve peace. They often have a remarkable ability to bring people together but can sometimes lose themselves in a group. At their best, they are fully connected to themselves and others. At their worst, 9s minimize problems or become resigned.


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Famous 9s: Princess Grace, Mister Rogers, Abraham Lincoln, General Colin Powell, John Goodman •


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When we were dreaming of the perfect issue to kick off the new year, the first two words that came to mind were “Southern comforts.” After the trainwreck that was 2020, everyone deserves a little comfort. And no one gets comfort quite like the South. Cooking is about nourishing bodies and bringing people together around a table. But for anyone who has experienced a proper Southern spread, you know: Southern cooking about so much more than feeding one another. It’s about making the most with the least and transforming humble ingredients into something that feeds the spirit. Think about your favorite Southern dishes. Your mind is probably dredging up a hearty bowl of chicken and dumplings, a spread of beer cheese and crackers, honey-drizzled cornbread with soup beans or collard greens, bourbon-drenched bread pudding, fried catfish with crunchy hushpuppies, boiling hot burgoo, steamin’ hot biscuits and a gallon of sweet tea. The thought of each dish is like a balm for the soul, soothing you

with the memory of a full belly and the glow of love. We can’t help but think of the ways this past year changed our relationship with food. Like Southerners who came before us, we felt the call to stretch the ingredients in our pantries to ease our families through an uncertain time. Getting carryout was no longer a weeknight treat, but instead an important connection to our neighbors, a gift we gave and received from our community. A Thanksgiving without sweet potato pie, sweet potato casserole and sweet potato rolls reminded us that every gathering around a table is something to cherish and celebrate. As we head into 2021, let’s hold those lessons close to our hearts. Let’s remember our gratitude for the cooks in our homes and the food industry workers we visit around town. Let’s stay curious about what’s in our cabinets and available on grocery store shelves, finding new ways to create (and savor!) delicious bites. Let’s nourish our communities and share our favorite foods with everyone around us. Let’s get cookin’!

2 c. sugar 2 T cocoa 1/2 c. milk 1 stick of butter 1/2 c. of peanut butter 3 c. of oats 1 tsp. vanilla

For cake: 1 box white cake nix 1 box instant cheesecake pudding 1 1/2 c. buttermilk 4 eggs (separated) 1/2 c. vegetable oil 1 1/2 c. flaked coconut 1 c. chopped pecans 1 tsp. almond flavoring

Mix sugar and cocoa in pan

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees.

Add milk and butter

In large mixing bowl add the cake mix, pudding, buttermilk, eggs yolks and oil.

Bring to a full boil, continue to boil for 2-3 minutes Add peanut butter Add oats and vanilla

Beat for 2 minutes with electric mixer at medium speed. Fold in whipped egg whites and beat another minute.

Let cool/harden and enjoy!

Add pecans, almond flavoring and flaked coconut and mix with a rubber spatula.

From TOPS staff: Haley Norris

Pour batter into 9 x 13 inch pan that has

Spoon out onto wax paper at desired size

been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Bake for 45 minutes. For Frosting: 4 T butter, softened 8 oz. cream cheese, softened 2 T cream 2 1/2 c. confectioners’ sugar 1 1/2 c. flaked coconut 1/2 c. chopped pecans 1 tsp. vanilla extract In a medium mixer bowl, blend the butter and cream cheese with electric mixer. Add the confectioners’ sugar and enough cream to make it a smooth spreading consistency. Frost cake with frosting and sprinkle with coconut and pecans From TOPS staff: Diana Gevedon

12 oz. raisins 4 oz. brandy 3 oz. unsalted butter 4 lbs. Sister Schubert Rolls 2 qts. + 3 c. heavy cream 3 c. liquid egg 32 oz. granulated sugar 2 1/2 T vanilla extract 1 T cinnamon Cut the rolls into 1/6 squares and place in large mixing bowl. (Let bread sit out to dry some. It will absorb more of the cream.) Pour heavy cream over bread and soak for 30 minutes. Place raisins and brandy into the skillet and flame off brandy (which means to catch the brandy on fire and remove from heat, continually stir the raisins with a rubber spatula until the flame has gone out) then add the butter and set to the side to allow butter to melt. Put liquid egg, vanilla, cinnamon and sugar into large mixing bowl and blend. Next add the raisins, butter and brandy mixture to mixing bowl and blend with rubber spatula. Once evenly blended, add to the bread mixture and fold it in gently so bread doesn’t break down. Pour mixture into buttered hotel pan. Once you have evenly spread out the mixture, take your rubber spatula and scrape out remaining liquid from the mixing bowl. You want to use this liquid to pour around the sides of the pan or any posts that need additional liquid (this gives a good edge to the pudding).

1 bread pudding portion ½ T butter oil 1 half banana (into 5 slices) 2 oz. caramel sauce 1 T bourbon/banana liquor mixture Warm bread pudding portion. Place butter oil in sauté pan and allow to get hot.

Bake at 250° in oven for 1 hr. 30 min. and rotate every 30 min.

Place bananas in sauté pan and get a quick saute on bananas without breaking them down.

Check the internal consistency of the pudding to see if it is done (insert a toothpick in several different areas; if it comes out clean, it is done. If pudding is on the toothpick, then it needs to cook a little longer.)

Add caramel sauce to pan and allow sauce to get hot and bubbly.

With the pudding being internally done, you now want to turn the oven to 350° and brown the top of the pudding, about 5-10 min. When completely cooled, cut into 15 equal pieces and refrigerate.

Deglaze the pan with the bourbon/banana liquor mixture. Place banana slices on top of bread pudding and pour sauce over the entire pudding, allowing it to pull within the dish. Top with powdered sugar, whipped cream and a sprig of mint. (Note: these recipes were slightly adapted from Carson’s Food & Drink production recipes.) 362 E Main St. | Lexington, Ky | (859) 309-3039

Bourbon adds a subtle f lavor to baked goods... but when used in recipes that aren’t cooked, things can get pretty boozy! Plan accordingly, especially if you’re serving kids! 1/4 c. Maker’s Mark® Bourbon 2 large eggs 1 c. sugar 1 stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled 1 1/2 c. pecans, toasted and coarsely chopped 1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips

4 1/2 c. cocoa 1 T baking soda 4 c. melted butter 3 c. boiling water 12 c. sugar 12 eggs 9 c. flour 2 T vanilla 1 1/4 tsp. Salt 6 c. nuts, chopped Stir cocoa and baking soda in mixing bowl; blend in 1 cup of melted butter. Add boiling water all at once and stir until mixture thickens. Stir in sugar, eggs and remaining butter; stir until smooth. Add flour, vanilla and salt; blend completely. Stir in nuts. Pour into two large pans sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes. Frost while still warm. For frosting: 5 T. butter 1/3 c. milk 1 c. granulated sugar 1 c. chocolate chips Heat butter, milk and sugar until well blended. Add chocolate chips and stir constantly until melted but not overcooked. Season’s Catering |

3 overly ripe bananas, mashed 1/3 c. butter, melted 1 c. sugar 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1/4 tsp. grated nutmeg 1/4 tsp. cinnamon 2 eggs, beaten 2 c. flour 1 tsp. baking soda 1/4 tsp. salt 1/2 c. walnuts, chopped Always start with your wet ingredients! Beat the two eggs then add in your melted butter and vanilla extract. Whisk in all your dry ingredients until nicely combined. In a separate bowl, mash your bananas), then, add to the mixture last. If desired, add in the chopped nuts of your choosing right before baking. Pour mixture into a nonstick loaf pan (I lightly run butter all over the pan). Preheat oven to 375 degrees and bake for one hour. Your house is sure to smell Heavenly! From TOPS Staff: Courtney Desrochers

For the pie crust: 1 3/4 c. all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling 1/4 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. sugar 1 stick chilled unsalted butter, cut in pieces 3 T ice water To make the crust: In a food processor, pulse 1-1/4 cups flour, salt and 1/2 teaspoon sugar to mix. Add the cut pieces of butter and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal with pea-sized pieces. Sprinkle the ice water on top and pulse until large clumps form. Press the dough into a disk, wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. On a lightly floured work surface, roll the dough into a 12-inch round. Fit into a 9-inch pie dish. Tuck in the overhang and decoratively crimp the edges. Freeze while heating the oven to 425 degrees. Remove crust from freezer and line with parchment paper. Place pie weights or dried beans on top and bake crust at 425 degrees for 25 minutes or until crust is dry around the edges and just beginning to brown. Meanwhile, make the filling: In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and sugar. Continue whisking while adding the butter and then the bourbon. Stir in 1/2 cup of flour until well-combined. Stir in the pecans and chocolate chips. Pour into the warm pie shell. Bake until the filling is set and the top golden, about 30 minutes. Cool in the pan on a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature. Courtesy of:

Easy Divinity 2 egg whites, room temperature 2 1/4 c. sugar 1/2 c. water 1/2 c. corn syrup 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

1 c. butter 1 c. peanut butter 1 tsp. vanilla extract 3 1/2 c. powdered sugar

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Melt peanut butter and butter with vanilla in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir until combined and completely melted. Remove from heat and add the powdered sugar in, a cup at a time. Stir to combine. If desired, you could add chopped peanuts or miniature chocolate chips. Pour into an 8” pan that’s well-buttered (or lined with parchment paper) and press into corners. Refrigerate until cool before cutting. From TOPS Staff: Amanda Harper

2 T unsalted butter 1 c. sugar 1/2 c. sorghum syrup 1/2 c. corn syrup 1 tsp. baking soda 2 c. roasted peanuts Melt butter over low heat. Add sugar, syrups and baking soda and increase heat. Cook until the mixture reads 300 degrees on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat. Stir in peanuts. Pour mixture into a greased 9x12 baking sheet and allow to cool for around half an hour. Break the brittle with the handle of a wooden spoon. Adapted from Red Truck Bakery Cookbook

Microwave sugar, water and corn syrup on high for four minutes, stir. Cook until 260 degrees on a candy thermometer, about 6 minutes. (Stop to stir and read temperature about every 2 minutes). Heat a skillet over medium heat. Beat egg whites to stiff peak stage. With mixer running on high, slowly Add the mince beef), garlic. pour(ground the syrup in a onion steadyand stream. Beat 15 minutes, or until it loses its gloss and holds shape. Stir in vanilla. Cook until the beef is browned and onions are softened Drop by spoonful onto waxed paper. and beginning translucent. Let to dryturn overnight. Drain any accumulated fat and cool.


Cook shells in boiling water according to package directions (about 10 minutes), drain and rinse with cool water.

Twinkies Assorted candy and dried fruits Green fruit leather Chocolate syrup Slice Twinkies into 1” sections. Slice 1” wide strips of fruit leather long enough to wrap around the sections of Twinkie. Lay flat on a serving tray. Place candy and fruit into the cream filling. Serve with chocolate syrup for dipping and be the embodiment of class and style. Chopsticks are absolutely optional.

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T here’s something fun about vintage advice! T his comes from a 1930s-era Boyd County newspaper, courtesy of a mysterious “L.H.” Some of these tips hold up nicely, while other items are best left in the Depression. See what you think of these “helpful” cooking hints!

Did you know? To keep icing soft, add a pinch of baking soda to the whites of the eggs before beating them, then beat in the usual way and pour the hot syrup over beaten eggs, and it will be creamy. Before heating milk in a saucepan, rinse the pan with water and it will not scorch so easily. A few whole cloves in a kettle of fat, give doughnuts a nice flavor. When making egg custard pies, always heat the milk to the boiling point before mixing with the eggs. If this rule is followed, the undercrust will be crisp. To brown pies and tarts, use a small pastry brush and brush them with milk before putting them in the oven, and to glaze pies, brush them with the white of an egg if you wish them to be shiny brown. Next time you cook fresh peas, try this method: Wash the pods well and drop into a kettle of boiling water. When done the pods come to the top and the peas stay on the bottom. They have a lovely flavor when cooked this way. Celery tops, save and dry, put them into glass jars and use to flavor sales, salads, stew, etc., when cery [sic] is not on hand. When using molasses and it is not as dark as desired for ginger bread or cookies, add a tablespoon of melted chocolate to molasses and spices, and you will find it improves the flavor. In placing dishes on ice, place a rubber ring under the dish to keep it from slipping.

1 c. butter, melted (2 sticks) 1 1/3 c. sugar 4 large eggs 2 c. buttermilk 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. salt 2 c. all-purpose flour 2 c. yellow cornmeal 1/2 c. diced jalapeùo pepper (2 large peppers) Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together melted butter and sugar. Add the eggs and whisk until combined. Add the buttermilk and baking soda and whisk to combine. Add the flour, cornmeal, peppers, and salt. Using a spatula stir until just blended. Do not over mix. Pour batter into a greased 13x9 pan. Bake for 38 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool for at least 15 minutes before trying to cut. J. Render’s Southern Table & Bar 3191 Beaumont Centre Cir. | Lexington, Ky

8 large eggs 2 c. + 6 T heavy cream 5 oz. + 2 oz. shredded sharp cheddar cheese 4 c. fresh corn kernels (or 5 c. frozen corn) 1 small poblano pepper, roasted, peeled, seeded and diced (small like a corn kernel) 4 tsp. flour 1/2 tsp. baking powder 5 T sugar 1 1/2 tsp. salt 1/2 oz. melted butter Mix 5 oz. cheese with corn and poblano peppers. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. In a food processor, pulse 1/4 of the corn/cheddar/pepper mixture with 2/3 cup of the heavy cream. Then add it back to the original corn mixture. Whisk the remaining heavy cream with the cracked eggs. Add the dry ingredients to the corn mix. Whisk in the wet ingredients. Finish with melted butter. Pour the mixture into a sprayed 9x13 inch casserole dish.

10 okra pods, sliced 1 beaten egg 1 c. cornmeal 1/2 tsp. Cajun seasoning 1/2 c. vegetable oil

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Stir okra into beaten eggs and let soak for 10 minutes. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients. Dredge okra, coating evenly. Drop okra gently into hot oil. When okra begins to brown, reduce heat to medium. Cook until golden and remove to drain on paper towels.

Bake, uncovered, on 275 degrees for approximately 1 hour, until the eggs are set and it is lightly golden on top. Cover loosely with sprayed aluminum foil if the top browns before the center is set. Top with remaining shredded sharp cheddar before serving. Enjoy! *Casserole can be baked a day ahead and reheated, covered, on 350 degrees for approximately 25-30 minutes, then add the sharp cheddar topping and enjoy! Dupree Catering + Events |

Deviled Tomatoes From The Rumford Complete Cook Book, originally published in 1908. Some of the steps are a little unclear, so enjoy experimenting with this one!

1 can of chickpeas 16 oz. cream cheese 1/2 c. buffalo sauce 8 oz. sharp cheddar 8 oz. mild/or interestingly seasoned cheddar 1 T onion powder 1/2 T garlic powder 1/2 T paprika sprinkle of pepper Set out cream cheese to soften for 30-60 mins. Grate your cheeses. Rinse and drain chickpeas.

4 firm tomatoes 1/3 cup butter Seasoning of salt and pepper 4 level tablespoons butter 2 level teaspoons sugar 1 level teaspoon mustard 1 whole egg 1 hard-cooked egg yolk 1/4 cup vinegar

butter until tender. Keep

Peel and slice the tomatoes, season, and cook in the first

water, till thick. Pour over the

hot while the sauce is being prepared. Cream the four tablespoons butter, sugar and mustard; add the hard-cooked and raw eggs, then the vinegar and seasoning. Cook in the upper pan, over hot tomatoes, and serve hot.

Hand mix cream cheese, sauce and spices. Then mix in everything else, saving about 1/2 cup of one of your shredded cheeses. Put into pan and bake on 325 for 35 mins. Stir around at 20 min. mark. Before serving, put extra cheese on top and pop back in the oven to melt. Sprinkle paprika on top before serving. Tips: Can also be made in a crock pot. Put into a different dish before serving if you got it all over the sides of your pan in the oven and it’s not cute From TOPS Staff: Megan Martin

6 hard boiled eggs (see notes) 1/4 c. mayo 2 T horseradish 1/2 dill 1/4 ground mustard 1/4 tsp. salt Cut eggs in half. Scoop out yolks into a bowl. Mash. Add other ingredients. Pipe into reserved cooked egg whites. Sprinkle with paprika or pepper.

How to boil eggs: Place them in a saucepan where they’re not crowded: they should have room to move around. Cover with water and add an inch extra, for good luck. Bring to a rapid boil. Cover the pan with a lid and remove from heat. Set a timer for 11 minutes. Fill a large bowl with water and ice. Move hot eggs carefully into the ice water using tongs. Let cool for 10 minutes and

remove the shells gently. Side note: Making deviled eggs is more of an intuitive sport than a logical one. There is always leftover filling, so get in there and taste it as you go. One thing to bear in mind is that once they go in the fridge (if they make it there), the filling will suck up moisture. Err on the side of having a filling that’s a touch gritty rather than going too smooth and having soup in your eggs later on.

I know it’s been a minute, but it’s impossible to forget the fun (and consternation) of a potluck gathering. Everybody shows up at the party — or church function, or family reunion, or funeral — bearing a covered dish. The lifting of every lid is like playing culinary Russian Roulette: will there or will there not be Jell-o under there?

love and concern with a covered dish. We’re as likely to pull a potluck together for a family following a funeral as we are for our neighbors and friends to enjoy the Fourth of July (and honestly, the spread doesn’t look too different, give or take a few watermelon stars.)

And let us not forget the countless salads, not one of which bears any lettuce at all; ramen noodle salad, friendship salad, pasta salad, chicken salad, potato salad, Jell-o pretzel salad, cornbread salad, Watergate salad and more.

Many potluck recipes originated between the Depression and the swingin’ sixties. Companies learned early on that including recipes on their packaging helped harried cooks figure out what to do with the ingredients, and the ease of those recipes made doubling or tripling the recipes a snap (and inexpensive, to boot) for potluck gatherings. When Nabisco came across recipes for banana pudding using their Vanilla Wafers (they didn’t shorten the name until the 1960s), they slapped it on the box and made the dessert a Southern potluck staple.

As best as food historians can tell, the modern potluck came about during the Great Depression. It makes sense: rather than putting the burden of hosting a gathering on any one person, the cost and labor was shared among all the guests. The tradition carried on fiercely in the South, where we show our

So there’s tradition in the mix with every bite, a sense that the gathering isn’t quite complete without that one dish, that magic ingredient. It’s a treasure to get to experience the beloved recipes of others, and the price of admission is just a single casserole, made from the recipe on the box.

We all know the hits, right? Grape jelly meatballs, pimento spread finger sandwiches, 7-layer dip, coleslaw, ham roll-ups, deviled eggs, corn pudding, hamburger dip, cheese balls and Frito pie on every styrofoam plate.

1/2 loaf crusty white bread, sliced 1 lb. fresh bulk pork sausage 10 oz. sharp Cheddar, grated 2 c. half and half 1 tsp. dry mustard 1 tsp. salt 5 large eggs, beaten

1 lb. pork sausage 1 tube refrigerated crescent rolls 2 c. mozzarella cheese 8 eggs 2 c. milk 1/2 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. pepper

Unroll your crescent roll dough into a greased 9x13 baking dish. Press dough together over seams and holes.

Brown sausage until cooked and crumbled.

Bake, uncovered, 40 minutes. Let sit 10 minutes before serving.

1 3/4 c. flour (all-purpose is best) 2 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. baking soda 2 T brown sugar 1 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg 1/4 tsp. ground ginger 1 3/4 c. buttermilk 3/4 c. sweet potato puree 2 eggs 1 tsp. vanilla extract

eggs and vanilla, whisking until smooth.

Sprinkle sausage and cheese over the dough.

Cut the bread into cubes. Spread in the bottom of a buttered 9x13 casserole. Brown sausage over medium heat until cooked. Drain fat. Spread over bread. Top with cheese. Combine half and half, dry mustard, salt and eggs. Pour over cheese. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight. Bake the casserole at 350 degrees until set, about 50 minutes. Allow to set at least 10 minutes before serving. From TOPS Staff: Townes Rawls

& e s i R S hine! 1 lb. pork sausage 1/2 c. flour 2 c. milk salt and pepper Brown sausage over medium heat until cooked and crumbled. Add flour. Cook until dissolved. Stir in milk. Cook while whisking until gravy thickens. If it’s too thick, you can always add splashes of milk. Season to taste. Serve over warm biscuits.

Mix dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, combine buttermilk and sweet potoato. Add

Gently combine wet and dry ingredients. Butter or oil your skillet or griddle. Ladle batter into skillet, forming pancakes of your desired size. Cook until bubbles form and the griddle side is golden. Flip and cook the other side until golden. These are great with toasted, candied pecans, maple syrup, powdered sugar or just plenty of butter.

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Can we let you in on a little secret? Southerners like to act as if making biscuits is some Heaven-sent talent that they’re just born with. But the truth is, biscuits are a finicky creature! Getting the right lift and flakiness is a bit of an art, and not one you learn by sheer geography. Add to that one more uncomfortable truth: everybody’s got a different mental picture of the ideal biscuit. Some like ‘em sky high and pillowy soft while others like a stout little buttery thing that’s all crunch. Buttermilk or no? Lard or shortening? Squares or rounds? It all comes down to preference. So while we can’t recommend one recipe as the end-all-be-all of Southern biscuits, we can tell you that the tips to achieving biscuit perfection are more or less universal. Unless you’re in New England. Then the first tip for better biscuits is get the heck outta there. - Always use fresh baking powder. That can your momma had is as good as toast. Baking powder has an expiration date, and yes, that date actually matters. The leavening action fizzles out over time, especially with humidity. (Which brings us to the second part of this tip: store your baking powder as far away from your steamy stove as you can manage in your kitchen or pantry.) - Preheat the dang oven. Again, yes, this actually matters. Putting biscuits into a cold oven prevents the leavening from working its magic. - COLD. Cold butter. Cold buttermilk or milk. And handle those biscuits as little as possible to keep it all cold. Warmth causes the leavening to literally fizzle out. Cold is also the key to flakiness (this tip applies to pie crust, as well!) - Measure everything correctly. I know you think you’re measuring everything the right way, but odds are good you’re cutting out important steps. Google this topic and see what you’ve been getting wrong. - No sides. Don’t put your biscuits onto a sheet pan that has sides: they won’t bake as evenly. - Socially-distanced biscuits. If you want your biscuits to have browned sides, place them at least an inch apart. If you want them to reach higher, place them closer together (or touching if the recipe says so) and they’ll rise together. - One cut, one biscuit. Cut with confidence. Press your biscuit cutter, knife or bench scraper straight down, then pull straight up: no twisting or jiggling. That is, if you’re cutting at all. Drop biscuits are welcome here too. - Freeze the extra dough. Make more than you want (is there such a thing?) and store the extras in the freezer in a zip-top bag for up to a month. Bake them from frozen and double the normal cook time (Write the cook time right on the bag, for your convenience.)

My biscuits are always... CRUMBLY. You may be measuring your flour or fats wrong. (I already told you to Google this!) You also may be using the wrong kind of fat: “diet” or “low-fat” fats are not acceptable substitutes here. My biscuits are always... TOUGH. That’s probably overhandling. You’re probably kneading it like a loaf of bread or stirring too much, which is creating gluten. My biscuits are always... DOUGHY. Unfortunately, ovens vary. If you’re pulling them when the crust is nice and golden, you may need to look into a different pan. Try an insulated baking pan, then cook a bit longer. My biscuits are always... NOT FLUFFY. Your fat may not have been crumbled up enough. Look for coarse crumbs. My biscuits are always... STUCK. Your dough might not have enough fat in it. Back to the problem with incorrect measuring! You can always just line the baking sheet with parchment paper.

Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes Yield: 4 servings Serving size: 1 cup grits and about 10 shrimp 2 1/4 c. low-sodium chicken broth 1 1/2 c. fat-free milk 1 1/4 c. quick 5-minute grits 1/2 tsp. salt 1 c. shredded Wisconsin sharp white cheddar cheese 1/2 tsp. black pepper 1 pound medium shrimp (about 40), peeled and deveined 1 T Old Bay seasoning 1 T extra virgin olive oil 2 tsp. minced garlic 4 green onions, thinly sliced In a medium saucepan, bring the chicken broth and milk to a boil. Gradually whisk in the grits and salt. Reduce the heat to mediumlow, cover, and cook the grits, stirring occasionally, until they start to thicken, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the cheddar and pepper. In a large resealable bag, add the shrimp and Old Bay. Seal the bag and give it a few shakes to evenly coat the shrimp with the seasoning. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and green onions and cook until the green onions begin to soften, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the shrimp to the skillet and cook on both sides until cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes. To serve, spoon 1 cup of the grits into a bowl and top with about 10 shrimp. Nutrition Information Per Serving: (1 cup of grits and about 10 shrimp) Calories: 425 Fat: 14g Carbohydrates: 46g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 5g Protein: 31g Recipe Courtesy of is the nation’s go-to source for all things pop culture and speaks to fans that eat, sleep and play amidst today’s prevailing trends and provides an authentic, one-of-a-kind view of the contemporary landscape.

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts 1 c. freshly grated parmesan cheese 1 c. mayo 1 tsp. garlic powder 1 1/2 tsp. seasoning salt 1/2 tsp. pepper Mix mayo and seasonings together.

1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts 2 tsp. Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning & Salad Dressing Mix 1 tsp. chili powder 1 large onion, diced 2 cans (4 oz. each) diced green chiles 2 cans (15 oz. each) Great Northern white beans, drained and rinsed 3 c. chicken broth optional garnishes: fresh cilantro, shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, diced avocados

Spread over chicken in baking dish.

Place chicken breasts in yourcrockpot. Sprinkle with seasoning mixes and chili powder.

Bake at 375 for 45 minutes.

Stir in the onions, green chiles, beans and chicken broth.

From TOPS Staff: Jennifer Baker

Cover. Cook on high for 3-4 hours (or on low for 6-8 hours.) Remove chicken, shred and add back to the slow cooker. Cook on high, just until warmed through and slightly thickened. Serve warm, topped with garnishes!

2 lbs. good beef (for stew) 2 c. diced onions 2 c. potatoes (quartered) 2 c. carrot chunks 2 c. celery (cut up) 2 small cans mushrooms (drained) 2 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. pepper 5 heaping T tapioca (in the baker’s aisle) 1 tsp. sugar 3 c. V-8 Juice Mix all together in large covered dish and bake 5 hrs. at 250 degrees. (Do NOT brown meat first.) Serve with hot bread. From TOPS Staff: Fran Elsen

From TOPS Staff: Chad Howard

1 lb. dried pinto beans bacon or ham 1 large onion, chopped Pour beans into a large bowl and cover with water. Let soak overnight. Drain. Cook your bacon or ham in the bottom of a large sauce pan, adding rendered bacon fat, if necessary. Transfer to a paper towel to drain. Saute onion until tender in same pan, coating with the fat. Stir in your beans. Cover with water or chicken stock to 1 inch. Bring to a boil then reduce heat. Half-cover the pot and cook for an hour. Stir in your meat. Season to taste with salt, pepper or hot sauce. Serve with cornbread and sliced raw onion.

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Note: Soup beans are very much a “make do” recipe. You’re welcome to add in additional seasonings, like bay leaves or garlic. If you’ve got a ham bone or ham hock, it’s certainly welcome to join the party. If you’d like to put cooked collard greens in your finished bowl, that’d be mighty tasty!

Toast your cheese sandwich with a little butter in a skillet. Shove it at ‘em and go take a bubble bath.

If you feel like your soup beans are a little thin, trust that it will thicken up as you reheat it. In the meantime, add crumbled cornbread to the bowl for an authentic Appalachian bite.

1 smoked or roasted chicken cooked, hot 12 oz. gnocchi, fresh or packaged 2 oz. olive oil 1 T garlic, minced 12 heirloom cherry tomatoes 8 cloves garlic 12 oz. roasted chicken stock 3 T butter, cold 4 T basil leaves, ripped Parsley or spring herbs Carefully remove the rib, breast and back bones from the hot chicken; separate the breast quarter from the thigh/leg quarter, cutting each quarter in half. Place each piece skin-side down in a hot oiled cast iron skillet in a 400°F oven to crisp the skin for approximately 3-4 minutes.

Add the gnocchi into salted boiling water and cook until they float. In a sautĂŠ pan, over medium-high heat, add the oil and garlic to flavor the oil. Add tomatoes to the pan and quickly toss in the garlic oil, then drain. Add the cooked gnocchi and garlic cloves, tossing to coat (all 30 seconds). Ladle the roasted chicken stock into the pan, bring to a quick boil, swirl in the whole butter; add the torn basil leaves. Neatly divide the chicken into large warm bowls, arrange the tomato- gnocchi mix around the chicken in the bowls. Pour the hot stock over and around the chicken; garnish with parsley or herb sprigs. OBC Kitchen | 3373 Tates Creek Rd. Lexington, Ky | (859) 977-2600

When my son was five years old, he asked what I was making for dinner. I paused and contemplated the question as I had nothing planned. With one eyebrow cocked and his cute little finger waving in the air, he blurted,” Well, whatever it is, I know it’s gonna be marinated!” The fact that my five-year-old kiddo even knew the proper context of the word “marinated” cracks me up to this day. But it is not all surprising, as he and his brother have been subjected to lacing up shish kebabs since they were able to walk.

green beans swimming in bacon grease. Oh, and let’s not forget, yeast rolls drenched in warm succulent butter. A nice glass of Kentucky bourbon on the rocks, a UK basketball game and BOOM: an evening to be reckoned with. However, foods do not need to be fattening to be fabulous. Experimenting with fresh herbs and spices is exciting and a great way to enjoy tasty meals without the guilt. Substituting low-fat milk for cream, using fresh vegetables versus canned and an air fryer instead of deep frying are just a few examples.

Few things can offer a home the atmosphere of creating an amazing meal. The planning, preparing, cooking and serving can be as simple or complex as your schedule, passion level and budget will allow. And anyone who knows me is aware that candles and music are always involved when I cook. Even if the TV is going and I am making something as simple as a grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup, there will be candles and music.

Oh, and back to marinating! Vegetables and meats that have been hanging out in a freshly made marinade are to die for and require little to no oil or grease to be packed full of flavor.

Being from Kentucky, most of us know all about Southern comfort foods. Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, fried corn and

Yes, this Kentucky girl is all about southern comfort. And, evidently, marinating. Just ask my (now) fifteen-year-old son.

1 pound ground turkey 1/2 package breakfast hot sausage 3 cans tomato sauce (8 oz) 1 small can tomato paste (6 oz) 3 garlic cloves, minced 1 onion, diced 4 T catsup 1 T brown sugar substitute 2 tsp. Italian seasoning 1 T pepper 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. crushed red pepper Heaping handful fresh cut basil 2 T Worcestershire sauce Dash soy sauce 9 whole wheat lasagna noodles 3 eggs, beaten 1 carton reduced-fat ricotta cheese 1/2 cup parmesan cheese Minced fresh parsley 1 1/2 cups part skim mozzarella cheese

Make noodles per directions.

This year I encourage you to get cooking! Make those memories and spoil yourself and those around you. Turn on some tunes, light a candle and dive into the world of tantalizing smells and tastes.

In a large skillet, cook ground turkey and hot breakfast sausage and set to side. Sauté onion and garlic until tender. Add tomato sauce, tomato paste, all spices, basil, Worcestershire sauce and soy sauce. Let simmer. In a large bowl, combine eggs, ricotta cheese, parmesan and parsley. Spread meat sauce into a 13x9 inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Layer with 3 noodles, half of the cheese mixture, 1 1/3 cups sauce and 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers. Top with remaining noodles and sauce. Cover and bake for 55-60 minutes or until bubbly. Top with remaining cheese. Bake 15-20 minutes until cheese has melted. Let sit for 15 minutes, then sprinkle with parsley. From Buffy Lawson

1 Chuck Roast 2-3 pounds 2-3 large carrots 2-3 red onions 4-5 stalks of celery 4-5 Idaho potatoes 3-4 boxes of low sodium beef broth Two 14 oz. cans tomato paste Two 14 oz. cans diced tomatoes Kosher salt Black pepper Vegetable oil Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place a heavy bottomed pan or iron skillet over high flame. While skillet is getting hot, season the chuck roast liberally with salt and pepper. Add ¼ cup vegetable to skillet. When oil reaches the smoking point, add chuck roast. Brown on both sides 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until meat is evenly caramelized. Add seared chuck roast to a roasting pan. Smear both cans of

This is a twist on spaghetti a traditional Italian pasta dish featuring garlic, olive oil, and chile. The fresh breadcrumbs soak up the spicy oil and garlic in a most delicious way. Be sure to brown the breadcrumbs well, or they’ll be soggy in the finished dish. Ciabatta breadcrumbs are best for this dish, but you can use any mild-flavored bread; leave the crusts on for the best texture. If I need to save time, I use Ritz crackers tossed in melted butter in the oven for 5 min. Top with Freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Kosher salt 1/2 c. best-quality extra-virgin olive oil Pinch crushed red pepper flakes 1 1/2 c. coarse fresh breadcrumbs (with crust), preferably from a ciabatta loaf or Ritz Cracker topping 6 medium cloves garlic, finely chopped 1/4 c. finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley 3/4 lb. dried spaghetti, or linguine Freshly shredded Parmesan Cheese 1 tsp. of Weyler’s chicken powder (I use chicken base in almost every dish I cook. It’s that little “something” a lot of dishes are missing.)

tomato paste on the roast. Add enough beef stock to slightly cover the meat and both cans of diced tomatoes. Cover and place in the preheated oven for 1 1/2 hours. While roast is cooking peel and chop carrots into 1-inch circles and reserve. Chop celery into 2-to-3-inch pieces and reserve. Peel onions and slice into 1 inch circles and reserve. Wash potatoes and set aside to chop later. After 1 1/2 hours, pull the roast out of the oven, uncover and check the seasoning of the broth. You will want it to be slightly salty. Slice potatoes in half long ways and cut again into 1 to 2 inch half moons. Add remaining ingredients to the roasting pans. Cover pan and place back in oven for another 2 hours or until vegetables and meat are fork tender. Enjoy! Coles 735 Main | 735 E Main St. Lexington, Ky | (859) 266-9000

Heat the oil and red pepper flakes in a skillet over medium-low heat until sizzling, about 5 minutes. Stir occasionally. Raise the ehat to medium, then add the breadcrumbs. Cook while stirring until deeply golden, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook about 1 minute, until breadcrumbs are brown and crisp. Remove from heat. Stir in parsley and season with chicken powder to taste. Prepare pasta according to package instructions in salted water, then drain. (Don’t worry about getting all the water off your noodles. A little left in the colander will help everything stick.) Top off the dish with breadcrumbs after plating. Serve sprinkled with parmesan. From TOPS Staff: Jayme Jackson

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SHHHHHH… It’s sleepy time down south. I have the sweetest little night light that greets me with that saying every night before I go to bed. Where is it from? Why The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Yes, West Virginia and in my opinion it’s the best thing the state ever did. 50

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First, just go ahead and Google the Greenbrier. Right now. It’s an unexpected representation of days gone by when men were gentlemen and ladies were well, ladies. It’s the first place that I ever was served french fries in a mint julep cup. Decorated by the famous Dorothy Draper, The Greenbrier showcases a wonderland of over-thetop interior design meets elegance. Upon arriving and taking in the ambience, I loved the décor but as I started to break down the design elements, I noticed that nothing really matched. Red, burgundy and pinks paired with a myriad of shades of green with black and white checked flooring. The crazy thing is that it all seems to flow together.

I could talk about the décor of the Greenbrier and Dorothy Draper for days, but the hotel founded in 1778 has so much more to offer. It has several lovely shops, a world renown spa, golf and skeet shooting all while sitting on top of a Casino that also has a hidden Cold War-era Presidential Bunker. Please book a long weekend, take the drive and be transported into another world.

“T here seems to be within all of us an innate yearning to be lifted out of our own lives into the realm of charm and make believe.” Dorothy Draper

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Looking to continue the inspiration into your own home? Then you must pick up In The Pink: Dorothy Draper by Carleton Varney for the perfect coffee table read!

the drive

4.5 hours from Lexington, KY

must shop

Carelton Varney Home. Varney was Dorothy’s understudy and now owns the rights to her collection. What a lucky man!

must eat

The french fries in the silver cup and a slice of Italian cream cake with Lemon Coulis from Drapers Cafe. You won’t be dissapointed.

travel tip

While you are there, mosey on over to the cute revitalized downtown of Lewisburg.


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it comes to the word “comfort”, what’s the first thing that pops into your mind? For us, it’s our bed! Who doesn’t love that perfectly made bed that you get to turn down every night after a long day. You pull the sheets back, slide right in and instantly feel the warmth and comfort that you’ve looked forward to all day long. Not only is comfort important, but style as well. You want to be able to look at your bed and see the coziness, not just feel it. Be that person who’s proud to make their bed because it’s just too pretty not to! Having a classic southern headboard is important to create that perfect foundation to build from. Pair it with the softest set of sheets and an assortment of throw pillows and you’ve got yourself a bed anyone would gladly jump right into... that is if you’re willing to share!

Opt for sheet sets that have a soft and airy pattern. It adds some detail while not being overpowering in the style as a whole.

Choosing a headboard in a simple shade of white or taupe with natural wood elements creates the perfect backdrop for a southern bed.

Wentworth Sheet Set available at Serena and Lily

Bodil Upholstered Panel Headboard available at Wayfair

If your more of a solid, staple sheets kinda girl, then you can’t go wrong with shades of white, ivory or gray.

When picking the perfect mix of throw pillows, don’t be shy on textures. You can include a few within the same color family, but each have their own unique stitching and details. Plus, you can’t go wrong with a monogramed lumbar pillow to be the finishing touch!

Linen Core Sheet Set in Haze available at Brooklinen

Tahoma and Highland Pillow Cover available at Serena and Lily | Monogramed Lumbar pillow available on MonogramsEtcNC Etsy shop

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Stay warmer this winter with these ideas...

Cozy up to the White Mountain Hearth Vail vent-free gas fireplace | Barnhill Chimney

Morgan Home draft guard will help keep the wintry breezes out. | Bed Bath & Beyond

This space heater is probably the best-looking one you’ve ever seen. | Vornado

Yeah, it’s an inflatable hot tub... ‘nuff said. | Coleman

Spicy bites will warm you from the inside out! | Carryout from your favorite restaurant 56

Let Kentucky’s spirit warm you with every sip. | Bardstown Bourbon Company

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A foot massager that warms those toes. | Homedics

Nest learning thermostat figures out your schedule and adjusts itself! | Google

Neck and back heating pad to keep you comfy and toasty. | Kohl’s

The trucker’s secret. | HotHands

If towel warmer was on your cozy bingo card, congrats! | Costco

MaxxDry boot dryer helps you get back on your feet in a hurry. | Dick’s Sporting Goods

The Happylight® simulates sunshine to help banish SAD. | Verilux

Soak it all away in the bath. | Pursoma

This sassy candle smells great. Plus it’s basically a very tiny fireplace, so win win. | Pirie Boutique

The Limited Edition KFC Firelog smells like their signature 11 herbs and spices when it burns. Yum? | Walmart January 2021 |


10 Easy Ways to Stay Warm Inside ⬛ Try adding cinnamon or cayenne pepper to some of your food and drinks. Spicy! ⬛ Hats are the best way to keep the warmth close to your body. Scarfs are a great idea, too. ⬛ Replace lighter curtains with heavier drapes. ⬛ Bake! Using your oven will keep the whole house feeling warmer... and it will also smell pretty great. ⬛ If your bed is against an exterior wall or under a window, move it away a bit. ⬛ Make sure your heating system is properly maintained for peak efficiency. ⬛ Work out at home! A cozy scent warms the whole house. | Norwalk Furniture & Design

⬛ Use those throws you got for Christmas. ⬛ Use a humidifier to make it feel warmer (it works!) ⬛ When all else fails... snuggle up!

“Two-person Slanket” is a phrase we never thought we’d type, and yet... | Slanket

Discover rich, cozy coffee blends with your morning cup of Joe. | Coffee Times Coffe House

A rechargeable “Heat Bank” to keep your hands warm. | Zippo

Spa services like hot stone massage are the perfect way to treat yourself in January!


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Unmistakable, Unforgettable Traits of a...

good Southern Woman

Southern Hospitality is Real, Y’all

Being a gracious host is one of the hallmarks of a true Southern belle. It’s your first instinct to make people feel at home in your home. A pitcher of sweet tea is never far away when guests show up at your door. And when they leave, you’re waving from the porch.

You Love the CATS So maybe you don’t talk all the stats or follow all the blogs, but you have big opinions about the coaching staff and who’s going to stand out on the field or court this season. You have plenty of blue in your closet, you have a favorite tailgating recipe and you know that the soft serve at Rupp is heavenly.

You Understand the Subtleties of “Bless Your Heart” This one, simple phrase can have a hundred meanings. And you know how to use ‘em all. From “oh, that’s so awful!” to “wow, you’re an idiot,” you know it’s the graceful way to say your piece without full-on speaking your mind. Truly, an art form.

You Never Gossip… Except When Ya Do You would never lie about somebody. But you would tell the truth about them to a very close friend of yours who you think would possibly find that truth hilarious, scandalous or newsworthy. And if someone brings gossip your way, you have the good grace to reserve judgement. For later. When you’re on the phone with your best friend.

Southern Terms of Endearment Honey. Sugar. Darlin’. Sweetpea. Dumplin’. Punkin’. Sweetie. It’s a small way to make people feel welcome, loved and special… whether or not you actually remember their real name.

Food is Your Love Language It doesn’t matter if it’s a funeral or a picnic, a tailgate or a party. You’ve got a casserole that can be ready in 40 minutes. (Which just so happens to be how long it takes to set your hair.) Whenever a friend or family member is sick, sad or stressed, you are there with all their favorite comfort foods. You also gladly take food when it’s offered to you, and you know the golden rule of receiving food from friends: you never return a dish empty.

Family is Everything You love ‘em, even if they’re a mess. Especially if they’re a mess. You try to uphold your family name and do your people proud. Lord help anybody who comes for you and yours. And, of course, you have a select set of friends who may not share your blood, but you consider them kin all the same. You’re just as protective of them, if not moreso.

You Ask A�ter Their Mama “How’s your mama doin’?” One question that means so much. You remember to ask those around you about their families and you check in whenever someone is in poor health. You’re not shy to let people know they’re in your thoughts and prayers. (Okay, and mayyyyybe in some of your gossip.)

Dress the Part You know exactly where your hemline and neckline should fall for every occasion and season. Your patterns, accessories and colors might be bold, but you know exactly how much “extra” is just enough. You’ve never been overdressed or underdressed in your life, even if that means showing up just a few minutes past the hour. (After all, everyone knows Southern women are never late: everyone else is just early.)

Whiskey in a Teacup You look sweet. But everyone who knows you is well aware that you pack a secret punch. You’re fierce when it comes to family and friends. You don’t take anybody’s B.S. lying down. And sure, maybe you cuss a little bit. But you do it all with grace, wit and tact. Just like your momma taught ya.

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chintz Originally a woodblock printed, painted or stained textile, this print originated in India. It was all the rage in Europe during the 18th century, and the pattern flooded Southern port cities as colonial Americans sought to try the trend. From the halls of Mount Vernon to the Sugarbakers of Designing Women, chintz has always appealed to the Southern aesthetic. The key to making chintz work in a modern home is selecting a single color to pull through your decor, especially if you’ll be using multiple prints. Utilize neutrals and bold architectural elements to offer visual breaks from the pattern. Not sure it’s right for you? Subtle, monochromatic chintz prints might be your perfect match! It adds visual interest without overwhelming the eye.

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stripe Ticking stripe fabric was invented to keep feathers or straw from poking through old mattresses. The durable fabric was inexpensive and readily available, and families began using it, first for children’s clothing, then men’s suits. Today, we love ticking stripe for all sorts of uses, but it’s especially fantastic on furniture. The herringbone weave makes it sturdy enough to stand up to everyday use, but the darling stripes give tons of visual interest without a hefty price tag (usually!) Because the pattern is relatively subtle, you can use these stripes just about everywhere. In red and blue, this pattern can take on a nautical feel; in beige or sage, it can feel positively luxurious.

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Worried about overdoing it? Remember: it’s all in the trims!

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If you’re ever out in the garden, you probably know that a trellis is an interwoven frame that’s made to support climbing plants. Trellises can take on elaborate decorative styles. In the South, you’ll see trellises just about everywhere.

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Trellis patterns mimic that look with bold, graphic lines in interlocking repeated patterns. It brings to mind the outdoors and the joy of Southern architecture and gardens like you’d see in New Orleans, Charleston and Savannah. It’s best to use this bold pattern sparingly. It’s ideal for a small bathroom or powder room. This pattern can also offer visual interest in a kitchen that’s filled with plain white cabinetry. It’s great on throw pillows, as well! Pair your trellis print with florals: it’s a natural fit!

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plaid From Madras to Buffalo, we’re mad for plaid in the South! Plaid allows so much room for decorating flare. There are countless iterations of plaid and it allows a wide range of color to be employed in a structured pattern: it’s no wonder designers love the stuff! Gingham is a subset of plaids that’s more subtle. While it came our way via Europe, this inexpensive fabric was an instant hit in the South. Just ask the folks at Draper James. If you’re stuck in a decorating rut, give plaid a try. It can be a quick way to introduce new colors into your decor. Gingham can easily bring visual texture to a room. Madras check can bring just the right amount of wild to a space while remaining thoroughly traditional. Photo courtesy of Katie Considers

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Dolly Rebecca Parton is truly the queen of country music. She has 26 career number one singles and 42 Top-10 country albums. She’s one of the most-honored country music stars of all time, and member of numerous halls of fame. Dollywood is one of the most popular attractions in Tennessee. Heck, the first cloned sheep was even named after her. The cultural influence of this five-foot-tall singer-songwriter (and author, actress and philanthropist) is incalculable. But while her voice is amazing, her songs are unforgettable and her outfits are truly iconic, we think that what makes Dolly Parton -- the unofficial patron saint of the South -- so incredibly special is her heart.

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Early Life

Dolly’s humble beginnings in east Tennessee brought love of family, music and faith into her life early on. One of twelve siblings, she attended the church her grandfather pastored and began singing there publicly by age six: at age seven, she picked up a guitar. Her father, an illiterate farmer and construction worker, inspired her business savvy and pride in country living. She once said, “I see so much of my family in the things that I do. And I love and embrace that.” She recorded the single “Puppy Love” at 13 and appeared at the Grand Ole Opry. She graduated high school and moved to Nashville the next day. She signed a record deal at 19 with a label that insisted she stay in the bubblegum pop lane. When a song she wrote (and sang on, uncredited) hit number 6 on the country charts, her label finally saw things her way and she boldly released her first country single: “Dumb Blonde” (an anthem of blondes everywhere).


Some say she joined The Porter Wagoner Show and the rest is history. But that’s one chapter of her life where her kind heart truly shines through. She had lots of success with the show and her partnership with Porter, but by 1974, she knew it was time to go her own way. She wrote “I Will Always Love You” as a professional goodbye; she played him the song and he seemed to give his blessing. Despite later suing her for breach of contract, she continued to respect Porter as her mentor. They rekindled their friendship by 1988 to sing a duet together. She even helped him out of tax troubles by buying his production company, then gifting it back to him. She was at his bedside the day he died. Parton’s kindness certainly doesn’t end there. She has invested millions of dollars into business ventures in east Tennessee, helping create a tourism economy in the area. In 1986, Dolly bought an interest in a local theme park and reopened it as Dollywood; today, that park sits on 150 acres and has over 3 million visitors each year. She is credited with bringing jobs and money to the formerly-impoverished area. To honor her father, she started a literacy program known as Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library that mails one book per month to each enrolled child from the time of birth through kindergarten (in 2018, the program donated its 100 millionth free book). Her charity, the Dollywood Foundation, works to support causes like the American Red Cross and HIV/AIDS-related charities. From helping to preserve the American bald eagle to starting a telethon to help raise money for victims of the 2016 Great Smoky Mountains wildfires, her organization has done good for the South and the nation as a whole. Most recently, Dolly was in the news for donating $1 million towards COVID-19 vaccine research at Vanderbilt University; her donation helped fund the Moderna vaccine. She encouraged others to give to this cause. “I felt like this was the time for me to open my heart and my hand and try to help,” she explained.

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In spite of being ranked by Nashville Business as the wealthiest country music star, she has always maintained her humble, self-effacing style. She’s the first to crack a joke about her “Backwoods Barbie” image: “I know some of the best Dolly Parton jokes. I made ‘em up myself.” She also holds onto her faith. “I always ask God to work through me and let me be a light of some kind and help in this world, so I always pray for that, and I always want to do good,” she once said. She’s also said, “You can be rich in spirit, kindness, love, and all those things you can’t put a dollar sign on.” With an incredible spirit of determination, bucket loads of talent and a sturdy sense of humor, Dolly will forever be one of the most influential, important women to come out of the South.

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“I tried every diet in the book. I tried some that weren’t in the book. I tried eating the book. It tasted better than most of the diets.” - Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business

“I look totally artificial, but I am totally real, as a writer, as a professional, as a human being. A rhinestone shines just as good as a diamond.” - Elle Magazine

“If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.” -Dolly Parton

“I had a gift of rhyme and a big imagination and that’s just how I started… and how I’m still a-goin’.” -Los Angeles Times

“You need to really believe in what you’ve got to offer, what your talent is—and if you believe, that gives you strength.” -Billboard

“Don’t be so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.” -Dolly Parton

“I’m not offended by all of the dumb blonde jokes because I know I’m not dumb… and I also know that I’m not blonde.” -Dolly Parton


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must read, must stream:


The History of Swear Words Stream it on Netflix: January 5 You know from the title whether this one is for you. Let Nic Cage and a host of celebrities guide you through the wild history of dirty wordies. Obviously, one to watch once the kids are in bed.

Pieces of a Woman Stream it on Netflix: January 5 Vanessa Kirby stars as a woman dealing with all-consuming grief in the year-long aftermath of an unsuccessful home birth. Expect lots of tears in this emotionally fraught drama.

The White Tiger Stream it on Netflix: January 22 Based on the novel of the same name, this drama follows the ambitious driver for a rich Indian family. He works to escape poverty and become an entrepreneur.

Bride of the Sea Eman Quotah: Read it January 26 This novel explores questions of identity. Told across two continents and four decades, this family drama tells the story of a young woman wrestling with her parents’ dreams for her.

Let Me Tell You What I Mean Joan Didion : Read it January 26 While it’s not a new thriller, this is a collection of 12 previously uncollected early Didion essays. Get a glimpse into the mind and writing process of this beloved author.

The Push Ashley Audrain: Read it January 5 A pyschological drama about motherhood? This immersive novel will have you questioning everything right along with the main character. This tense, original work is a page-turner.

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Women Uplifting Women

As of this year, 100 Women Lexington has donated half a million dollars to improve the lives of women and children in Kentucky. Learn about this incredible organization founded by some amazing Lexington women. BY DONNA ISON | PHOTOS COURTESY OF 100 WOMEN LEXINGTON January 2021 |


In 2013, friends Kathy Plomin and Pat Gradek came up with a unique strategy for supporting non-profits that provide services to women and children. They envisioned an organization that could funnel funding from a single source while still allocating donations based on each member’s individual choice. And so, 100 Women was born.

the Bluegrass Community Foundation. The agencies currently supported include Arbor Youth Services, CASA, Child Development of the Bluegrass, Chrysalis House, Greenhouse 17, New Opportunity School for Women, One Parent Scholar House, Ampersand Sexual Violence Resource Center, Refuge for Women, and The Nest.

Plomin, a three-term-12th District Councilmember and former President/CEO of the United Way of the Bluegrass, says, “The intent was to build a wider net of local financial support from women for women. Our members allocate their annual dues of $1000 among ten local non-profits that provide essential services to women and children in our community. We just recently crossed the milestone of having raised and distributed more than $500,000 to these non-profits.”

In addition to financial support, the members of 100 Women become advocates and ambassadors for the agencies, educating themselves and the community about each non-profit’s mission. According to Plomin, “At every 100 Women membership gathering, we have several agency representatives who attend and share updates on their programs and needs. As a result, there is a greater awareness of support services available for women and children in central Kentucky.”

Though in its current incarnation, 100 Women has only been in operation for seven years, its roots reach back to 2004 when a group of women joined forces to help fund a new domestic violence shelter after the YWCA’s local shelter was forced to close its doors. This effort resulted in the opening of Greenhouse 17, which now serves 17 counties, providing support, counseling, advocacy, shelter, and education to those affected by intimate partner violence.

Lori Clemmons, executive director of Arbor Youth Services, states, “It is clear that 100 Women cares about kids. With their ongoing support of Arbor Youth Services over the years, we have been able to provide meals, clothing, compassionate care, and so much more to Lexington’s most vulnerable youth. During such a trying year with the pandemic, these women prioritized supporting the community and provided financial support at a time when other funding was uncertain or decreased. We appreciate 100 Women and their dedication to Kentucky’s kids.”

Currently, ten agencies receive continued support from 100 Women. Each chosen agency meets the criteria of providing services for women and children, being located in central Kentucky, and passing a “Good Giving” assessment set forth by

It is not just the agencies who benefit; the women who make up the organization get to see firsthand how their contributions change lives. Asked about the most rewarding aspect, Plomin

“The intent was to build a wider net of local financial support from women for women. Our members allocate their annual dues of $1000 among ten local non-profits that provide essential services to women and children in our community.”


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says, “I believe for our members, including myself, it has been the satisfaction to witness the collective impact our organization has had on our ten non-profit partners. The funding has been sustainable and is a resource the agencies can depend on an annual basis, and it is not restricted.” In spite of the organization’s name, over 150 women have been members throughout the years. “We have an annual renewal process that usually occurs in the fall each year. However, due to the challenges facing nonprofits this year, many members paid their annual dues earlier in the spring to provide much-needed funding at a very uncertain time,” Plomin states. As with all organizations, the pandemic has limited 100 Women’s ability to meet in person, welcome new members, and mark their latest milestone. Plomin says, “We wish we could all get together to celebrate our half-million-dollar achievement. However, we are spreading the word to our community through resources like TOPS magazine and appreciate your support.” •

To learn more about this organization, find 100 Women Lexington on Facebook!

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ya Price’s philosophy is concise but cogent: “When we look good, we feel good. When we feel good, we generate positive energy that impacts the way we make others feel.” However, Price realized the fashion industry did not make “looking good” accessible for a significant segment women. She says, “I observed a gap in the clothing selections for women considered to be plus-size. Since middle school, I’ve been a size fourteen. Despite numbers, all women deserve style and choice.” So, in 2017, Price launched More Than Just Your Average (MTYA), an online vintage and thrift boutique for women size 12 and up who find it challenging to acquire inspiring pieces in a typical store. MTYA caters to individuals who want to “step outside of their comfort zone and embrace their originality.” Price says, “I believe all women should be celebrated through fashion, no matter their size or shape. All women deserve equal access to pieces that empower them every day and also put a smile on their face.” Inspired from childhood by her grandmother’s church outfits and mother’s colorful collection of accessories, Price believes in being bold and brilliant when it comes to both fashion and life. This is reflected in her favorite saying, “Be the fruit loop in a sea of cheerios.” Price offers equally fearless style advice to women:

“When you get dressed in the morning, do so in a way that allows you to feel like you can take on the world.” Price is a Lexington native who attended Paul Laurence Dunbar High School before going on to receive her BA from Centre College and a Master’s degree from the College of Agriculture’s Community and Leadership Development Program at the University of Kentucky. Price now resides in Washington DC where, alongside running MTYA, she works for Feeding America, a national hunger relief non-profit that serves as an umbrella organization for 200 food banks across the nation. Though no longer a full-time resident of Lexington, Price cherishes her time here. She states, “I’ve enjoyed Lexington’s continued progression and growth over time. Lexington is an ever-evolving city of hopes, dreams, passions, and a jewelry box of many untapped opportunities.” As far as her own future and its possibilities, Price states, “I recognize I have the opportunity to reshape the plus-size conversation by empowering women; building encouragement and confidence; inspiring women to find their originality; and building a community of love, support, and inspiration. I’m powered to continue pushing, motivating, uplifting, and encouraging women around the world.”

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Ready for a Life Change in 2021? We readily pay for personal trainers and gym memberships, manicures and pedicures. Shouldn’t our mental health, happiness, and relationships receive the same priority? There’s tremendous value in investing in therapy and coaching.

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43 One of our own: Jennifer baker Her proudest wellness accomplishment: I lost 150 lbs. How she stays motivated: Mentally being aware that your weight fluctuates. Allow yourself to go up or down 5 lbs. without getting frustrated. Advice for others: Have one cheat day a week! Her favorite ways to stay active: I keep exercise equipment around the house and work out while watching TV. I LOVE dancing with Just Dance Wii! Favorite healthy snack: Cashews or carrots! Yum! 81

Tiffany Smith Hayden 41 Favorite ways to stay active: I do strength training four days a week. I also do yoga. How she stays motivated and encouraged in her wellness journey: I have learned to be disciplined because motivation is fleeting. I stay encouraged because I come from a family history of cancer and preventative measures matter! Advice for others: Give yourself the permission to expand beyond routines, self doubt and limitations. You have the ability to change yourself, your habits and your life. Proudest fitness achievement: Deadlifting 225 lbs. Favorite healthy snack: Peaches with cottage cheese

Favorite ways to stay active: I love group fitness classes of any kind – strength training, barre, TRX and cycling. How she stays motivated: As a business partner and instructor at CycleYou, I teach several classes a week so I’m lucky that fitness is part of my career. But when I’m having a hard time getting motivated, good music always motivates me. I just try remind myself of how great I’m going to feel when I’m done. Advice for others: Make a little time each day to just move! Fitness doesn’t always have to be a super challenging, full hour workout. Most of all, if you haven’t found that type of exercise that you just “love”... keep looking, you will find it!! Favorite healthy snack: Chips and Screamin’ Mimi’s salsa!

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jody shoup 44 Favorite ways to stay active: I love hiking with my boyfriend and our dog; being active together in the outdoors is marvelous. I like to mix in other fun activities like inline skating and rowing. I don’t skip weight work: being in the gym makes me feel strong. How she stays motivated: I enjoy the structure of my triathlon training and it helps to keep me motivated. I know that I feel my best when I’ve taken time to take care of me. Advice for others: Create healthy habits! Wellness must be cultivated daily. Proudest fitness achievement: I was thrilled to travel to South Africa for the Ironman70.3 World Championships and later to Switzerland with Team USA. Favorite healthy snack: Apple slices with peanut butter

Favorite ways to stay active: I teach a cycle class two days a week at CycleYOU Lexington, and also participate in other core and strength classes on my days off. Taking walks with my 2-year-old daughter is also a great pasttime and a way to unwind after a busy day. How to stay encouraged I try to maintain a positive attitude through all circumstances and look at the BRIGHTEST outcome, even when the weight is heavy. As my self-penned tattoo says, “...only I can re-cycle me.” Advice for others: Do not ever be discouraged to just TRY. It takes time. It takes dedication. You will slip, and that is okay. The key is getting back on track for a better YOU. Proudest fitness achievement: I challenged myself to run 6 races in a year (I hate running, BTW.) My first was a small 3K and it took me 42 minutes. My sixth was the Bluegrass 10K, and I finished that in 57 minutes. I was so very proud of that!

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Favorite ways to stay active: I enjoy some of your less traditional exercises. For me that’s kettlebells, yoga or even some light combative sports, like boxing or jiujitsu. How he stays motivated: Being in the military, I’m required to maintain a certain level of fitness. I love the fact that working out is scheduled as part of my workday. Staying flexible at 45 and remaining competitive at work keeps me motivated. Advice for others: Find a way to do a little everyday or couple of days rather than overdoing it once or twice a week. Be intentional with trying alternatives to sugar: you’ll eventually find ones that work for you and your family. Favorite healthy snack: I enjoy fruit as a snack, usually a banana.

Favorite ways to stay active: I work out twice per day training for triathlon. On average, I’ll train 15 hours per week. I joined the Army National Guard 2 years ago and fly helicopters as the unit flight surgeon (taking care of Army aviators). One day each week, I fly for the Kentucky Nat’l Guard. How he stays motivated: I like to schedule a marathon or triathlon during the upcoming year and look forward to traveling to and competing in the race. I love to train and enjoy the company of my fellow triathletes in my training. Proudest fitness accomplishments: To date, I have completed 27 Ironman events and finished 33 open marathons... not including triathlons. Advice for others: Do something every day. The only impediment to completing anything is YOU.

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42 Bryan Raisor Favorite ways to stay active: Outdoor activities, like golf, hiking and biking. Monday-Friday I start the day with a 5:30 AM workout to get my mind right. It gives me energy and a positive attitude for the day. How he stays encouraged: I’m highly motivated to stay healthy and active to be around and physically engage with my family. I am competitive by nature and have accountability partners to help keep me going. Advice for others: Love who you are. If you don’t, then do something about it! Stay positive: positivity is a choice and is made everyday! Proudest recent fitness achievement: Completing the Burpee Challenge really pushed me for the month of May, doing 50 Burpees everyday under 8 minutes! Favorite healthy snack: ONE Bars (Birthday Cake flavor)!

Favorite ways to stay active: I like strength training. And I do a lot of walking as a local real estate agent! How she stays encouraged in her wellness journey: I enjoy setting health goals and trying new activities to keep me motivated. Proudest fitness accomplishment: I ran my first half marathon at age 40! Advice for others: Always keep moving and love yourself... all of you! Favorite healthy snack: Almonds

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Isabel Yates 96 Favorite ways to stay active: I enjoy participating in the YMCA zoom classes and walking in the neighborhood. How she stays motivated: Debbie Dean and her YMCA Jumpstart class! Debbie is a marvelous instructor and friend to all! Proudest wellness accomplishment: When I was 85 and in a fashion show at the Kentucky Theatre. Received much applause and attention! Advice for others: Keep your mind and body moving everyday! Favorite Healthy Snack: Apple slices.

Favorite ways to stay active: Reform Pilates! How she stays motivated: I love the way I feel when I eat heathier and work out. I have more energy, sleep better and it’s a huge mental health booster. Proudest wellness achievement: My favorite wellness achievement is finally taking the step and time for myself to start exercising after the birth of my second child. I’ve always been petite, but gained 60lbs with her. While I lost 40 of those pounds after she was born, it took me 6 years to make myself a priority and lose the other 20lbs. I think sometimes as working moms, we feel guilty about taking extra time for ourselves. But it is important and you and your family are worth it! Her advice: Exercising should be something you look forward to, so find a workout time and routine you love... and make it a priority. Favorite Healthy Snack: Pomegranate seeds.

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IT’S NOT IF WE Fayette Alliance is a non-profit dedicated to achieving smart growth in Lexington-Fayette County through land-use advocacy, education, and research. What do we mean by smart growth? Smart growth:


Encourages infill and redevelopment by building on vacant or underused properties, like parking lots, or re-developing existing buildings, like empty office buildings, for new purposes to better serve our community.

Houses our neighbors at all income levels by creating options that are diverse and affordable, including duplexes, fourplexes, and other “missing middle” housing. Research tells us that neighborhoods with a variety of income levels and backgrounds are more prosperous and benefit the entire community.

Improves transportation options by increasing density along corridors, reducing traffic and emissions, and enabling Lexingtonians to live near where they work and play.

Responsibly uses land inside the Urban Services Boundary (“USB”) which is already served by infrastructure like transportation, water, sewers, and other utilities. Expanding the USB and increasing urban sprawl is expensive and that cost is placed on our citizens. Further, research shows expansion would not solve our housing needs. The USB expanded in 1996 to include an additional 5400 acres. 51% of those acres are still available for development and no affordable housing has been built.

Invests tax dollars into our neighborhoods for improvements like people and bike-friendly roads, sidewalks, tree canopy, traffic management, water quality, and sewer systems.

Increases supply and access to Affordable housing by updating our city’s outdated planning and zoning policies, using Zone Ordinance Text Amendments like Floor to Area Ratio, Parking Requirements, and Open Space to modernize zoning and make development more feasible. Join us in supporting these efforts by reaching out to your Councilmember!

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GROW, IT’S HOW Fayette Alliance believes Lexington-Fayette County will be the model for sustainable, equitable growth by balancing and connecting our vibrant city with our productive and beautiful Bluegrass farmland. More than ever, as we consider the historic injustices our community continues to reckon with, achieving this balance means intentionally addressing infill, housing, and equity issues that impact our city and promoting community-driven investment without displacing our most vulnerable neighbors. Join us in this important work by visiting to donate, learn more about our work, and sign up for our newsletter!

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savin’ face


story by Jayme Jackson

couple of months ago, I had the privilege of having my makeup done by Lexington’s top “makeup magician” Brittney Moses. Britt has dolled up the faces of the most beautiful people in Lexington be it on their wedding day, magazine cover shoots, tv commercials, book covers, billboards just to name a few. Needless to say, I was honored. Now, Y’all know that I LOVE makeup, a full face of coverage makes me feel invincible but, as I am getting a bit older my makeup routine has needed an update. The shimmers and heavy powders that I have used for the past 20 years are now highlighting fine lines and creases. Enter, Britt Moses is a professional makeup artist that understudied with the world renown celebrity makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic. I asked Britt to give us gals some makeup tips as we head into 2021 and here is what she said: too much powder. Give your skin a subtle glow by only powdering under 1 Using the eyes and in the T-zone. The rest of your face should be able to breathe and glow.

techniques that will not work for their features. Just because a Youtuber 2 Trying does it, doesn’t mean it looks good on everyone. Check out your own features! Are

your eyes hooded, lips already plump, skin textured? Use tried and true techniques for your unique features.

shimmer past the lid up into the crease and brow area. Shimmer shows 3 Using up…. everything. A light shimmer on the lid is gorgeous, and can really make the

eyes stand out and look fresh. However, when a shimmer goes up past the lid, the entire eye look becomes “muddy” and undone. Contour your crease with a matte brown instead.

blending properly. Blend dark colors with lighter colors within the same 4 Not family. When you think you’re perfectly blended, best to go ahead and blend some more.

Now, the list goes on with more tips than I can list in this article, but I can tell you that I am an offender of every rule… I have to say that Britt managed to make my complexion look 5 years younger with less makeup that still made me feel like I had full coverage. I’ve been playing around with her techniques and I can see a positive difference. In the words of my daddy “every barn needs a coat of paint” but there is nothing like having a professional painter. For tips, tricks and inspiration I would encourage you to check out Britt on her IG and You will quickly learn that her beauty is not only skin deep.

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Just like Dolly says, “The higher the hair, the closer to Heaven”. When you’re looking for that classic southern blowout or a head full of bouncy curls, look no further than downtown Lexington’s newest salon, Suites of the Bluegrass. This salon is changing the game when it comes to maintaining both the quality and style of your hair and looking good while you’re at it! Located in the historic Melodeon Theater Hall on Main Street, you can treat yourself to a spa-like experience with a view.


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Whether your hair is freshly washed or rocking curls that are 3 days old, there’s a beautiful southern hairstyle you can acheive... with a little help that is. Don’t be afraid of product when it’s used the right way; you’d be surprised what a little dry shampoo and texturing spray can do! Blogger Caitlin Covington shows us all how it’s done!

The Bouncy Curls

Imagine.. you’ve just washed your hair and somehow all of those curls fall in just the right places. You can’t get much more southern than a head full of bouncy, luscious curls. Since achieving this look requires a few tools, it’s super important to use a heat protectant spray before the styling begins. A crowd favorite is the Living Proof Restore Instant Protection Spray, which you can apply on damp or dry hair. From there, the best tool to get those perfect, not-too-tight curls is the InfiniPro by Conair 2-in-1 Stainless Styler. This tool is seriously the best of both worlds with a straightening and curl feature. This will help you achieve those beautiful curls that will last all day long.

The Party Pony

So you’re on day 2 and you’re going from work to date night... this is your go-to! Rock those curls a second day by working in some texturizing spray to really get some tease and grit to create the perfect height to that pony. A good product to lean on would be the Sexy Hair Healthy Sexy Hair Surfrider Dry Texture Spray. Once you’ve got your pony in place, go back in with your heat tools and touch up those curls to perfection. This is such a cute updo you can rock from day into night!

The Top Knot

Now you’ve hit day 3 and your calendar is filled with errands and lunch with your momma... cue the top knot. Once you’ve reached the third day of curls and a little bit of product, your hair will be ready to do pretty much whatever you ask of it. You’ll first want to start with some of your go-to dry shampoo because we all know a little shine starts to sink in by this time. Then. if you feel like you need a little more hold, follow up with some more of that texture spray to really get a good shape. Now you’re ready to plop it all up top and rock that 3 day old hair. Trust me, you’re not the only one and to be frank, the 3rd day is always my favorite. Are you a stylist and looking to take the reins on your career and be your own boss? Inquire about open suite availability! @ s u i t e s o ft h e b l u e g r a s s

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the JEANeology of the perfect fit for your shape We all have our own shape and size, and the same goes for our jeans. Denim comes in so many shapes and sizes, which make them the perfect staple for any woman’s closet. But which style and silhouette is the perfect one for you? The length, the waist rise, flair or straight... the options are endless. We’re here to break it down for you so the next time you’re out shopping, you’ll know just what to look for!


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the RISE

(aka, to cover or not to cover...)

The first place to start is the rise of your jeans and by rise we mean how high the top of your waistband reaches your navel. Now, we all know the low-rise trend made it’s debut in the early 2000’s, and these staple jeans are still being made. This can be the most flattering on many shapes. You may be on the bandwagon for bringing the 90’s mom jeans back with a good high-rise pair of denim. Either way you go, there’s a flattering choice for every shape!

Low Rise

Mid Rise

High Rise

Things to Know Before Jean Shopping 1. Define Your Size Designers list their sizing differently, so it’s important to compare and decide what size will be the best and the most comfortable for you.

Low Rise This style is categorized by jeans that hit about 2” below the navel and right on the hips. Now, for you curvy ladies, this might not be the best choice... but for thoes women with an athletic frame and slimmer waist, they can really pull off this style with comfort! Mid Rise This height is the average of the three and falls right below the navel. Not too low and not too high. A good mid-rise jean is a popular choice for all women as it’s very figure-friendly and can flatter all body shapes. High Rise

2. Understand the Fit Pay attention to wording and style names when shopping for jeans. Words like “curvy”, “stretch”, “mid-rise”, etc will help you get an idea of the fabric and how the style will fit on your body.

3. Let the “Wash” work for you Want to feel slimmer or elongate your legs? Go for a darker “wash” in the denim you’re choosing. This means opting for a darker color versus the lighter shades. Want to show off your long legs? Choosing a lighter denim or distressed look will accentuate those features!

For all of you ladies who love a good “waistcinching” feel a high-rise jean is the style for you. With a waistband hitting at or above the navel, this has become a go-to trend for denim. As the 90s have shown us, these jeans have a magical way of slimming the waist and accentuating the hips so you can’t help but love them. A high-rise silhouette is a popular staple for curvier women with more of an hourglass or pear shape, but can still flatter an athletic frame just as well.

4. Take a 360° approach Before making a final decision, take a look from all angles in a 3-way mirror. That way you can see how they look from the back and sides as well as the front view. Want to test them even more? Try sitting down on a bench or do a couple of squats. If you still feel comfortable and they didn’t lose any form then they’ve passed the test!

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the SKINNY Despite the name, this style has nothing to do with actual figure... it’s called “Skinny” because this jean is the sknniest at the ankle thanks to that marvelous stretch denim. Pair these with a stylish oversized sweater to accent the fitted bottom.

the BOYFRIEND Loose in fit and most of the time distressed. This pair of jeans has made it’s way into the go-to choice for most women. Pair it with a fitted top and cute pump and you’ve got yourself a winning look.

BODY TYPES: All Silhouettes! 10” High-Rise Skinny Jeans in Wendover Wash, TENCEL™ Denim Edition | Available at Madewell

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the HIGH-WAISTED As mentioned earlier, a high-rise silhouette is a popular staple for curvier women with more of an hourglass or pear shape, but can be loved by all women as long as you find the perfect pair with the perfect inseam. Have fun with this style!

the STRAIGHT This is your laid-back version of the Skinny jean. If you’re not a fan of anything too restricting, then opting for a straight leg might be your style! Pair this jean with a stylish flat and blazer for a classic look.

BODY TYPES: All Silhouettes! 11” High-Rise Flare Jeans in Arbordale Wash | Available at Madewell

BODY TYPES: Apple, Hourglass, Athletic Stovepipe Jeans in Boxmoor Wash | Available at Madwell


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the BOOTCUT More of a classic gal? You can never go wrong with a bootcut jean. Plus, with a cropped ankle height, you can pair these with an adorable pair of booties for a trendy winter look! BODY TYPES: Athletic, Hourglass Curvy Cali Demi-Boot Jeans in Larkspur Wash | Available at Madewell

the FLARED The flared jean can come in wide range to fit your personal style. Whether it’s a normal flare or bell-bottoms, this jean can compliment most body types. Oversized tops pair well to give that trendy 70’s vibe. BODY TYPES: Hourglass, Pear 11” High-Rise Flare Jeans in Mersey Wash | Available at Madewell

the VINTAGE A perfect pair of vintage, distressed jeans are hard to beat. They truly are a staple all women should own. With their more faded color and distressed features, they flatter petite figures beautifully. BODY TYPES: Athletic, Petite The Perfect Vintage Jean in Phillips Wash | Available at Madwell

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Summer and Cameron met at their workplace, Central Bank. “We were both born and raised in Kentucky,” Summer explained. “We both have such a deep love for the state because it’s where our families are. Family is the most important aspect of both of our lives.” Their wedding ceremony was held at Central Christian Church. They both wanted to keep the memories of loved ones close. Summer carried her great grandmother’s brooch on her bouquet. She had cufflinks custom made for her groom that had Cameron’s late uncle’s signature on them. To make the day even more special, Cameron’s cousins played the music for the ceremony. For Summer and Cameron, the most memorable moment was seeing one another for the first time. “We opted not to do a ‘first look’ because we wanted that special moment to be as I was walking down the aisle with my father,” Summer said. “It was one we will never forget.” The couple chose The Apiary for their reception, which they loved for its architectural interest and beauty. “The huge windows, the brick and stone, and the fireplaces that were roaring all night long! It felt cozy but elegant. We were told that The Apiary had the best food in Lexington, and creating a memorable experience not only for ourselves but also our family and friends was important to us,” Summer explained. Her advice for other brides-to-be? “Designate someone to make sure you eat!” Guests were transported to the venue by Gold Shield vans, helping everyone stay dry in spite of the rain. As they entered the reception, they were greeted with a glass of prosecco and appetizers to enjoy while they waited for the wedding party to arrive. The bride wanted the day to reflect a simple, elegant style that felt like a cozy winter night. Silver and blue details were interwoven throughout the décor to reflect the January wedding date. The warm glow of candles illuminated the beautiful floral centerpieces by Doug Smith Designs. Summer said, “He was able to take my simple vision and turn it to life!”

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Summer remembers being surrounded by the people they loved most, dancing the night away. (They both love live music, so having a live band was important to them!) In retrospect, though, they wished their guest list had been even larger. She explained, “If we had it to do over, we would work on the budget to invite more friends – especially if we had known the pandemic was on the horizon and that we wouldn’t be seeing anyone for months!” Still, Summer would echo the timeless advice of brides everywhere: “As easy as it is to say, it’s so true: don’t stress over the small things! Enjoy the process, enjoy the day. Looking back now that it has been a year, I can laugh at the small things that seemed so stressful at the time. We never thought our first year of marriage would be spent stuck at home during a pandemic!”


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When it comes to planning your winter wedding and you’re out shopping for that perfect show-stopping gown, try to think outside the box with your sleeves. Look for gorgeous details like embroidery, illusion lace and even draping. Incorporating these elements into your wedding dress will add some flair to what may seem like a simple sleeved gown. The answer is Yes! You can stay warm and look great too!


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Cat Emotions


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Cats are expressive creatures who use verbal and nonverbal language to communicate with their pet parents. Learning how to interpret your feline friend’s behavior will reveal a lot about their cat ear emotions and the important role ears play in conveying information. Just as cat tail language reveals what a cat is thinking and feeling, cat ears move with emotion, too. “Like a sophisticated satellite dish turning to pick up a signal, the cat’s external ear, or pinna, rotates up to 180 degrees to locate and identify even the faintest of squeaks, peeps or rustling noises,” said Animal Planet. With close observation, you’ll notice a pattern of various cat ear emotions revealed by even the subtlest gesture.

Neutral When a cat’s just being a cat, their ears are facing forward in what’s called the neutral position. Neutral ears indicate that a cat is feeling happy and relaxed and wants to chill out. When your cat’s ears are in neutral, it’s a great time to take advantage of their friendly mood, so now’s the time to carefully pick up that cat and get your snuggles!

Straight Up and Forward A cat will move its ears into this alert position when they want to pay closer attention to what’s going on around them. Your cat wants to know, “What’s that noise? Who’s there? What’s going on?” Sometimes, their ears are even facing different directions! Cats who are inclined to patrol their home exhibit this ear position and make great guard cats. In addition to “confident, curious cats,” pointed out PAWS Chicago, “a cat who is hunting or playing will also keep [their] ears forward to collect as much auditory information as possible to execute a successful pounce.” Are your cat’s ears pointed up? Engage them in some fun. Twitching A cat whose ears rotate with quick, sudden movements is a cat who is on a mission. As an extension to the “straight up and forward” move, a cat will move their ears back and forth (and shake their backside) when they’re ready to execute the attack. This is another great opportunity to indulge your cat’s hunting instincts, being sure to direct their attention to toys and not your feet. If your cat twitches frequently and paws at their ears, contact your veterinarian to rule out ear mites or other underlying health problems. Low and Sideways If your cat’s ears are flattened against their head in “airplane mode” — as if they’re about to take off in flight — it means that they’re frightened or nervous, and it could lead to aggressive behavior. When a cat’s ears are in this position, the cat is telling you that they’re uncomfortable and need some space. Your cat may hide in their favorite spot until they’re feeling more secure, so it’s important to respect their bubble and their privacy. Low and Facing Out In this position, a cat may be signaling that they’re not feeling well, said Best Friends Animal Society. Cats are experts at hiding an illness, but this ear position helps to identify if they’re under the weather. If you suspect that your cat isn’t feeling so hot, pay close attention to other possible signs of illness, including observation of their eyes and tail, and share your concerns with your veterinarian. When it comes to understanding a cat’s body language, the ears have it. Cat ears move with emotion and purpose, opening up the lines of communication between you and your furry friend.

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At Home DIY

Indoor Winter Activities Winter with little kids (in the middle of a pandemic) is hard! Long gone are our outdoor playdates, and the messes that we could leave outside. Unless there’s snow to play with, we’re stuck inside. With that said, while our options may be limited, we can still have lots of fun inside, too! Check out these four ideas to keep your littles busy during these cold, winter months!

Snow Slime I know, I know...slime gets a bad wrap with parents but the kids LOVE it. This recipe is super simple, and it’s not the “stick to your fingers” kind of slime. Simply mix 4 oz. (1 bottle) white Elmer’s glue, ½ tbsp baking soda, and 1 tbsp contact solution. We added some iridescent glitter and foam beads for some extra snow fun!

Block Bath Can I get an amen for a good afternoon bath for the kids?! I’ve been known to throw my kiddos in the bath when we just need something to do, or when I need to get some work boys have always loved it! A block bath, though...those are special! Simply throw those MegaBlocks in the bathtub and let them play. The kids think it’s so cool to build IN the bath, and the blocks dry out perfectly!


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At Home DIY Water Snow Table You know that water table you had outside all summer, bring that bad boy inside when the kids are begging to play in the snow, but the weather is miserable! This works especially well for toddlers. The snow is all fun and games, until you get outside and the cold takes away the fun. We’ve done this numerous times. We throw a big blanket down, and bring the snow inside. It’s the best of both worlds!

Play Tray This is another great one for the toddlers! I simply rounded up anything in my house that would resemble snow: from cotton balls, to poms, to foam beads! Then I threw in some little winter trees I was using for decor and the construction vehicles. This kept my almost two year old entertained for almost 20 minutes, and that’s saying a lot for my busy guy!

I’m all for using what we already have at the house to make an ordinary day stuck inside a fun one. Hope you’re able to make the best of the coming days this winter with your littles! J ESSI T U RN ER Fruitful Phases Blog @fruitfulphases

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arper Woods is a unique, new and maintained community of 41 homes in a great location on the corner of Armstrong Mill Road and Kenesaw Drive. This gated private community is designed by Steve Graves and built by Atchison Heller Construction Company. It blends a timeless farmhouse architecture with modern conveniences and features to create a remarkably efficient and livable community of homes. The original home plate on this farm has been totally renovated and three more models have been customized with many of the details that are available in the homes offered here. Prospective homeowners can choose from existing models or customize one of five floor plans that Steve Graves and his staff have designed to build in this planned development.

Our two story Grayson model is on premium lot #7 fronting the neighborhood green space that has two 400 year old Burr Oak trees. It includes an upgraded kitchen with an oversized island with plenty of cabinet space. Other upgrades include 3X6 subway tile backsplash, stainless vent hood, microwave drawer, premium wood flooring & upgraded crown molding. Standard features include James Hardie board siding, maple soft close cabinets, quartz countertops, custom tilework and the kitchen-family room combination area that is extremely livable. This home has a firstfloor master with a curb-less tile walk in shower. Upstairs has a second master and two more spacious bedrooms. There is plenty of storage space in the oversized garage and much more.

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The first Elizabeth model is a 2000 square foot ranch on a full additional 2000 square foot basement that backs up to a tree lined creek that runs through the property. An open floor plan combines kitchen, dining and living areas for space designed for today’s lifestyle. Three covered areas complement the floor plan with plenty of comfortable outdoor living space and make this a very comfortable and special home.


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The first Georgia Model is a story and a half three bedroom home with a first floor master and everything you need on the first floor. This home is located on one of the four premium lots that enjoy the Burr Oaks up close and personal right off the front porch. It has an open plan that can accommodate a variety of lifestyles.

There is also our Reese plan, a two story three bedroom home on a walkout available and under construction with several other sites available to customize this or another plan on. The Atchison and Heller team has a lot of experience planning and building maintained communities in Central Kentucky. The Village at Rabbit Run on Harrodsburg Road and The Tradition at Parks Edge next to Jacobsen Park are two of their most successful and sought after communities for those looking for maintenance free living. Residents enjoy a high level of maintenance care and comment that they can lock the doors and be gone for months without a worry that their homes exterior will be well taken care of. Harper Woods homeowners will have the same experience as these other established communities of homes with another exceptional collection of homes.

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2020 was a challenging year for many people and industries, and it was no different in the real estate market. Inventory was down significantly from prior years, while sales continued to grow. As a result, competition and home values increased, but there were new challenges in viewing homes, and getting buyers and sellers to the closing table. Despite the challenges of 2020, Kim and Rick helped many buyers successfully navigate the competitive landscape and submit creative, winning offers. In addition, they assisted many sellers with marketing, staging, pricing and negotiating strategies that led to successful sales of the sellers’ homes. As a team, their backgrounds and experiences complement each other extremely well and provide buyers, sellers and investors with a distinct advantage in the real estate market. If you are looking to buy or sell in 2021, call the Zander Team!

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For 30 years, Anderson Communities has been building a better place to live in central Kentucky.


all started with a single house and a local pharmacist who had a knack for real estate and vision to “build a better community” one home at a time. When Dennis Anderson wasn’t behind the counter at the pharmacy, he was out finding properties to purchase, renovate, and return to the community as improved, safe, and affordable housing. Seeing the potential and need in the city’s housing market, Anderson discontinued his pharmacy practice to focus full time on real estate development and took on the role of owner/president of Anderson Communities. By 1993, he had remodeled more than 100 homes, improving many of Lexington’s existing neighborhoods. In the mid-nineties, Anderson turned his attention towards mixed-use developments, which incorporate both housing and commercial real estate space with the goal of forming a greater sense of connection between the residents as well the business owners with whom they regularly interact. Anderson is considered a pioneer in the mixed-use community sector, paving the way for growth citywide.


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Park Plaza Apartments, Anderson Communities’ high-rise apartment complex in downtown Lexington, is arguably one of the company’s most recognizable communities. Anderson can attest to Park Plaza’s perks firsthand, as he occupies a topfloor penthouse. The space embodies the best of luxury apartment living with an open floor plan that combines warm wood, sleek metal, industrial details, and a neutral palette of white and shades of gray. Pops of color, original art, and modern furnishings throughout bring visual interest to this calm, contemporary oasis. Standout features include the silver tile backsplash, built-in kitchen island table, and stone corner fireplace But the pièce de résistance is the view provided by the floor to ceiling windows that grace every room. Even from the comfort of the rectangular soaking tub, Anderson can look out and see the cityscape. This is, of course, one of his favorite features, but there is so much more he appreciates. Anderson says, “It is about the urban lifestyle, having quick access to everything, including work and recreation. Walking to an evening of fun—dining, movies, opera, sporting events, art viewing, it’s all within a few steps of Park Plaza. And, I love just sitting on the balcony viewing the church steeples, parades, fireworks, the sunset, and moonlit evenings.”.

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Along with the other residents, Anderson can also take advantage of the many amenities that abound at Park Plaza, such as a 24-hour state-ofthe-art fitness center, an after-hours concierge service, 24-hour package lockers, and even a bark park and pet spa for pampering furry friends. Adding unique amenities is just another component that came from Anderson Communities’ commitment to, first and foremost, listening to customers and then providing the qualities they prioritized in a place to live. This approach is a key factor in the company’s extraordinary growth. When gathering information, they found people longed for a safe, well-kept, convenient environment conducive to forming relationships with access to permanent green space and walking trails. Each Anderson Communities’ property incorporates these elements. According to Anderson, “We build secure-by-design communities, not just a place to park your car and sleep. We provide a fun place to live, a place where neighbors become friends, a place near dining and entertainment. You can enjoy maintenance-free living from a high-rise downtown apartment, a midtown bungalow, a suburban cottage, a traditional home or townhome, or a garden-style apartment.” Consumers also yearn for a property manager that treats them with respect and truthfulness. According to Anderson Communities Regional Manager Casey Mudd, “Listening to our residents and customers, Anderson Communities learned very early that consumers were tired of seeing an advertised price only to discover a lengthy list of required add-on charges. So, today Anderson Communities customers can relax and appreciate an environment with no hidden fees.”

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The company also heeded their residents’ desire for customer convenience, and therefore Anderson Communities provides eight local locations with consultants ready to assist. Mudd explains, “Today, many real estate owners and property managers are large national firms, with locations in Chicago or New York. That is not the case at Anderson Communities. We started with a single home in Lexington over thirty years ago. Today, our Main Office is still located in Lexington and one hundred percent of our operations are located inside of Kentucky.” Being local allows Anderson Communities to provide 24-hour emergency maintenance. Of course, in addition to the many choices of rental properties, Anderson Communities offers those wanting to own a new home the opportunity to build. Their Harmony Home Builder division offers a wide array of floor plans, price points, and locations as well. For their dedication to excellence, Anderson Communities has received numerous awards, including Bluegrass Tomorrow’s Vision Award, the Mayor’s Award for Best Suburban/Infill Project, the State Homebuilders Association President’s Award for Innovative Design, and the Home Builders Association of Lexington’s Development of the Year Award on three separate occasions. Looking forward, Mudd says, “We are continuously growing whether that is adding to our preexisting communities or creating new mixeduse communities. We are never stagnating; we are always looking for the next opportunity for our residents, customers and employees. The future is bright, and we are excited to continue to build better communities.”


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SWITCH “My favorite thing about Traditional Bank is that even though we are a small client, when we walk through their door, it’s like we are the only client they have. When our phone call comes in, they are not too busy. The phone rings, they answer it right then. They are there for me.” PATRICIA J. KNIGHT, CPA

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LexLive? Wondering what’s up with the new entertainment venue on the corner of Broadway and High? You’re probably not alone! First of all, the project was originally going by the name of its parent company, Krikorian Premiere Theatres. Mid-2020, they changed the name of the complex to LexLive, a moniker that appropriately reflects the multi-hyphenate nature of the venue (it also happens to be a lot easier to Google.) As of press date, there hasn’t been a firm opening date announcement. However, construction seems to be more or less complete. State COVID restrictions will likely impact the rollout of the complex’s opening, but it’s definitely coming soon! LexLive will boast the largest movie screen in the state (the LFX screen is over 80 feet wide!) along with luxury recliners and a state-of-the-art sound system in their 10 movie theatres. Thirteen lanes of bowling, an arcade and three bars will help the spot attract more than just moviegoers to the prime downtown location. To get the latest info and check out menus, visit

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Winter is the perfect time to purchase a vehicle or order a new model to start the new year off right and in style. We’ve compiled the perfect lookbook of 2021 models to help you along your car shopping journey. The spes, the colors, we’ve got it all.


F-150 | 2021

the specs


Starting at MSRP Seating Capacity



3.3L Ti-VCT V6 with 290 Horsepower Torque

265 lb-ft

MPG up to - City/Hwy


Fuel Capacity (Standard Range)

23 gallons


the specs

Starting at MSRP


Race Red

Velocity Blue

Stone Gray

Carbonized Gray

Space White

Agate Black

Oxford White

Available in many trim levels and options

bronco sport | 2021

Seating Capacity


Cargo Space

65.2 cu.ft.

Targeted Torque

190 lb-ft

Fuel Capacity (Standard Range)

16 gallons

Kodiak Brown

Oxford White

Iconic Silver

Carbonized Gray

Cactus Gray

Rapid Red (extra cost)

Shadow Black

Area 51

Available in many trim levels and options

975 East New Circle Road, Lexington, KY 859-274-4751 •

cx-5 | 2021

the specs


Starting at MSRP Seating Capacity


Cargo Volume (seats down)



186 lb-ft

MPG up to - City/Hwy





the specs

Starting at MSRP Seating Capacity


Towing Capacity

3,500 lbs Torque

320 lb-ft MPG up to - City/Hwy

22/28 Engine


Polymetal Gray Metallic

Machine Gray Metallic

Deep Crystal Blue Mica

Sonic Silver Metallic

Jet Black Mica

Eternal Blue Mica

Snowflake White Pearl Mica

Soul Red Crystal Metallic

Available in many trim levels and options

1029 East New Circle Road, Lexington, KY 859-402-1356 •

Polymetal Gray Metallic

Machine Gray Metallic

Deep Crystal Blue Mica

Sonic Silver Metallic

Jet Black Mica

Eternal Blue Mica

Snowflake White Pearl Mica

Soul Red Crystal Metallic

Available in many trim levels and options

cx-9 | 2021


QX80 4WD | 2021

the specs


Starting at MSRP

Towing Capacity (up to)

8,500 lbs

Smart Features

Apple Carplay and Android Auto Engine

400 HP 5.6L V8 MPG up to - City/Hwy


Seating Capacity


the specs

Starting at MSRP


295 HP 3.5L V6 Towing Capacting (up to)

5,000 lbs

Smart Features

SiriusXM® Travel LinkTM + INFINITI InTouch™ system MPG up to - City/Hwy


Seating Capacity



















QX60 AWD | 2020

QX50 AWD | 2021

the specs


Starting at MSRP

Seating Capacity


Smart Features

Apple Carplay and Android Auto MPG up to - City/Hwy

22/28 Engine


the specs

Starting at MSRP Seating Capacity

Q50 3.0T AWD | 2021


Smart Features

Apple Carplay and Android Auto MPG up to - City/Hwy

20/29 Engine








300 HP V6 - available up to 400 HP










268 HP 2.0T engine

801 East New Circle Road, Lexington, KY 859-263-2848 •


Genesis GV80 | 2021

the specs


Starting at MSRP Smart Features

Genesis Touch Controller Engine

I4 2.5 T-GDi MPG up to - City/Hwy


Fuel Tank


Seating Capacity


the specs

Starting at MSRP


6.2L V8 engine Cargo Volume (behind 3rd row)

25.5 cu. ft.

Smart Features

15” diagonal multicolor Head-Up Display with Apple CarPlay® Fuel Tank Capacity

24 gal

Cayenne Red Tintcoat

Midnight Blue Metallic

Dark Sky Metallic

Satin Steel Metallic

Summit White

Onyx Black

Hunter Metallic


Smokey Quartz Metallic

Seating Capacity

Brunswick Green

LIma Red

Royal Blue

Gold Coast Silver

Melbourne Gray

Savile Silver

Vik Black

Matterhorn White


GMC Yukon Denali | 2021

Hyundai Palisade | 2021


the specs

Starting at MSRP

Seating Capacity


Smart Features

Android Auto™ & Apple CarPlay® MPG up to - City/Hwy




the specs

Starting at MSRP Seating Capacity

Hyper White

Sierra Burgundy

Moonlight Cloud

Lagoon Silver

Becketts Black


Steel Graphite

291-hp 3.8L GDI V6

Nissan Rogue | 2021


Smart Features

Apple CarPlay® integration on 8in touch-screen display MPG up to - City/Hwy

27/35 Engine

Scarlet Ember Tintcoat

Caspian Blue Metallic

Super Black

Gun Metallic

Glacier White

181-hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder

3380 Richmond Rd, Lexington, KY 859-263-5020 •


XC90 | 2021

the specs

$49,995* Starting at MSRP Engine

Direct Injected Turbocharged Engine Seating Capacity


MPG up to - City/Hwy


Horsepower w/ Premium Gasoline

Up to 400* hp T8 model only

the specs XC40 RECHARGE-ELECTRIC | 2021


Starting at MSRP

Cargo Volume (rear seatbacks down)

48.9 cu.ft. 0-60mph

4.7 sec

Long range

+200 mi ~80% charged

40 min

Onyx Black Metallic

Sage Green Metallic

Crystal White Metallic

Fusion Red Metallic

Glacier Silver Metallic

Bursting Blue Metallic

Thunder Gray Metallic

*pricing varies on trim line and options.

Black Stone

Bright Silver

Pebble Gray Metallic

Denim Blue Metallic

Pine Gray Metallic

Thunder Gray Metallic

Crystal White Metallic

Onyx Black Metallic

Ice White

*pricing varies on trim line and options.

1500 E New Circle Rd NE, Lexington, KY 859-266-2161 •

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clarke & boston: the keys to big blue victories? #bbn commentary by larry vaught | photo courtesy the sec network Sometimes it’s easy to forget that what seem like the simplest lessons can still be hard to learn, especially for a freshman in the University of Kentucky basketball spotlight. “We didn’t know how to handle being down when it happened,” said UK freshman Isaiah Jackson said early this season. “I feel like we are going to keep growing, so when the season gets toward the end, we will be better and things will work out in our favor.” Kentucky had way more chances to adjust to being down early this season than at any time in John Calipari’s tenure at UK. Now can Kentucky overcome its rough start this season to find March success again as it has so often under Calipari? The Kentucky coach says yes. The Wildcats were a preseason top 10 team and had the nation’s top recruiting class last season. History shows that Calipari has turned teams with early-season question marks into postseason winners. For that to happen this season, who are the players Kentucky needs to mature and emerge the most? — Terrence Clarke heads the list. He’s an enormous talent who has been feeling his way into the go-to role that Calipari has envisioned for him – including playing point guard as needed – since the day he committed to UK. “Clarke is as gifted as any kid that has come to Kentucky,” ESPN analyst Jimmy Dykes (a former UK assistant coach under Eddie Sutton) said. “Cal is doing a nice job getting the casual parts out of him with some tough love, and he is learning every day. He does things few guys can do, but he has got to stay consistent with his energy. He can’t disappoint at times. He has to be the guy.” — BJ Boston is 1A on the list. Like Clarke, he was highly ranked and considered one of the next one-and-done stars at UK, but he has to become a better shotmaker and ballhandler. “Boston can really just twist and turn his body and score in a lot

of ways,” Dykes said. “[Boston] is a fighter and a very talented player. He’s got to be a guy that takes extreme pride in being a guy that we call upon to get buckets, and it is our job to teach him that,” Kentucky assistant coach Joel Justus said. Sporting News college basketball writer Mike DeCourcy believes Kentucky will go as far as Clarke and Boston can take it during March. “You are talking about elite, dynamic wings who could be gamechangers on both ends of the floor, and should be,” DeCourcy said. “Brandon is not ever going to be a sturdy defender. He’s not built for it, but he can be very disruptive with his length and knock balls loose and block shots because he is playing against smaller players less physically gifted than him. I think Terrence can do the same. “They do not have to be great shooters but have to be consistent shooters, something they both are capable of doing. They have to understand quality shots. Every team they have been on, they have been the most talented player and very few times could they be stopped. Now they are still talented but are going against guys who have a better understanding of how to stop them. As they get a better understanding of that, they’ll get a lot better.” Kentucky has a chance to be elite defensively with its length and athleticism. Jackson could be one of the best shot blockers/ rebounders Calipari has had at Kentucky. They have to get more physical, something Calipari stresses almost daily. Still, to be elite in March, the offense has to be the catalyst. “The have to figure out who they are offensively to be elite,” Dykes said. “Cal will figure it out. He’s good at that. Until then, they have to win with defense, rebounding and speed. But to be elite in March, their offense has to be elite, and that’s where Boston and Clarke have to be the guys to make it happen.” •

“Now can Kentucky overcome its rough start this season to find March success again, as it has so often under Calipari? The Kentucky coach says yes.” January 2021 |








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