Any excuse to celebrate!

We have a family tradition in our house to become completely obsessed with horse racing for about 24 hours. Truthfully, our family’s obsession with the Kentucky Derby is derived from the TV hype, Secretariat and complete coincidence.

Last year's Derby celebration

Last year’s Derby celebration

For some unknown reason {that I attribute to my mother}, I almost always have the morning news shows on when I am at home. For better or for worse, these shows always find a way to create hype as they exploit {any} big televised event into an excuse to host a party– like the Kentucky Derby. I got suckered in.

My 5 year-old has a fun, but crazy fascination with Secretariat–which derived from the Disney movie starring Diane Lane. {recall him singing “oh, happy day”, from this same movie?}  I will admit, if we are going to have to watch and re-watch any movie over and over it is a decent choice.  And while he is reenacting the horse races, at least his is also getting exercise.

The coincidence factor is what surprises me every year the most.  Our spring weekends are generally always busy, but some how the afternoon of the Derby we are always completely free or stuck at home — which makes it a perfect time for a family party!

Happy Boys!

Happy Boys!

We made special flag for the horses and we each picked two to cheer for. {My horse won}

We made special flag for the horses and we each picked two to cheer for. {my horse won}

This was our special cocktail. Lemonade with frozen strawberries, yum.

This was our special cocktail. Lemonade with frozen strawberries, yum.

the race feast-- most importantly THE KENTUCKY DERBY BARS

the race feast– most importantly THE KENTUCKY DERBY BARS

Recipe for THE KENTUCKY DERBY BARS::

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

For the crust-  2 cups graham cracker crumbs ( 1package smashed) –Danny’s favorite part! + 3 Tbs. melted butter ……mix and press into 8×8″ pan.

For filling- 1 cup sugar + 1/2 cup flour + 2 eggs beaten +1/2 cup butter (melted, but cooled) + 1 tsp. cinnamon + pinch cayne pepper + 1 tsp. vanilla + 1 cup shelled, chopped peacans + 1 cup  chocolate chips (we used a minxture of dark chocolate mini chips and dark chocolate big chunks) +pinch of coconut (as desired)…. mix dry ingredients first, then put in wet – pour into pan with graham cracker crust.

Bake for 30-40 minutes or until it has set. Let cool before cutting, ENJOY! Perfect with a glass of milk.

Favorite horse in one hand, homemade pizza in the other!

Favorite horse in one hand, homemade pizza in the other!

simple fun

simple fun

This celebration is completely stress-free, low maintenance and just pure fun– they way life should be– which definitely is something to celebrate!

Cheers!

DeLynne

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