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Friday, June 29, 2012

Beat the Heat This Weekend!

We’re pretty sure one of the only events that has made it onto YOUR radar for the next few days is that big, record-breaking heat wave we’re experiencing.

So, in order to help you beat the heat, our “What’s Happening” list for this weekend is not only some local events, but a complete list of our area spraygrounds/spraypads.  Can you believe that 32 of the 33 are FREE and located right in your area’s parks?!  Have a great weekend, and try to stay cool!

Modern Spraygrounds-interactive and/or complex spray elements with electronic timing
Algonquin Park -- 1614 Cypress Street
Baxter Square -- 301 S. 12th Street
Beckley Creek Park -- 1310 South Beckley Station Road
Breslin Park -- 1388 Lexington Rd., 40206
California Park -- 1104 S. 16th St., 40210
Crescent Hill Park -- 3110 Brownsboro Rd
Farnsley Park -- 3100 Wedgewood Way
Iroquois Park -- 5216 New Cut Rd.
LaPorte Park -- 2529 Bank Street
Long Run Park -- 1605 Flat Rock Rd.
Louisville Zoo -- 1100 Trevilian Way (requires Zoo admission
Nelson Hornbeck Park-- 709 Fairedale Rd.
Petersburg Park --5008 Indian Trail
Riverview Park -- 8202 Greenwood Rd.
Shawnee Park-- 4501 W Broadway
Shelby Park -- 600 E. Oak Street
Waterfront Park -- downtown (two separate spraygrounds available)
Wyandotte Park --1104 Beecher Street

Traditional Spraypads- converted wading pools with a single obelisk that sprays water
Bingham Park -- 160 Coral Ave., 40206
Boone Square Park -- 1935 Rowan St., 40203
Central Park -- 1340 S 4th St., 40208
Cherokee Park -- 745 Cochran Hill Rd., 40206
Chickasaw Park -- 1200 Southwestern Pkwy., 40211
Elliott Square Park -- 630 S 28th St., 40211
G.G. Moore Park -- 626 "M" St., 40208
George Rogers Clark Park -- 1024 Thruston Ave., 40217
Huston Quin Park -- 4105 S 1st St., 40214
Parkhill Road -- 1703 S 13th St., 40210
Portland Park -- 640 N 27th St., 40212
Russell Lee Park -- 3701 Southern Ave., 40211
Tyler Park -- 1501 Castlewood Ave., 40204
Victory Park -- 1051 S 23rd St., 40210
William Stansbury Park -- 2302 S 3rd St., 40208
This list was courtesy of the Metro Parks department.

6th Annual Louisville Sustainable Living Fair- Friday, June 25, 5-9pm; FREE event on Rastetter Ave. in Louisville, between Payne St. and Frankfort Ave.

Crescent Hill Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration- Saturday, June 30, and Sunday, July 1; located at the Peterson-Dumesnil House grounds; parade starts at noon on Saturday, children’s activities, live music, and a Pet Show on Sunday; plus, fireworks on both nights at 10pm

Blue Star Museums- for all of you military families, read about the FREE admission your family will receive to many of our local museums {Plus, going to a museum is a great way to stay cool!}

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Peach & Strawberry Shortcakes

Today's recipe is courtesy of Louisville’s own Catherine McCord of weelicious.

(Makes 8 Shortcakes)
2 Cups All Purpose Flour
2 Tsp Baking Powder
3 Tbsp Sugar
1/2 Tsp Salt
1/4 Cup Unsalted Butter, cold and cubed
3/4 Cup Milk
1 Peach, pitted and diced
1 Cup Strawberries, stemmed and quartered
1/2 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
1 Tbsp Honey

1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
2. Place the first 4 ingredients into a food processor and combine.
3. Add the cold butter and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal.
4. Place the mixture in a bowl, make a well in the center and pour in the milk. With a fork, slowly stir until the ingredients are just combined.
5. Place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead about 5 times.
6. Pat the dough out into a rectangle and cut out about eight 3-inch rounds using a circular cookie cutter or the rim of a glass .*
7. Place the rounds on a sheet pan, bake for 17 -19 minutes and set aside to cool.
8. In a separate bowl, combine the peaches and strawberries.
9. In another bowl, mix the yogurt, vanilla and honey.
10. Cut shortcake in half through the middle, place a large spoonful of fruit mixture in the center, a heaping of yogurt honey sauce and top with the remaining shortcake half.
11. Continue making the shortcakes and serve.

*Option: you can brush the tops lightly with milk and sprinkle some sugar on the rounds before baking if you desire for extra sweetness.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Atlantis Water Park Giveaway

When the temperatures start soaring, head on over to Atlantis Water Park in Clarksville, IN.  With water slides, a wave pool, and a children’s splash park, there’s fun for the whole family.
We’re so excited to be able to give an Atlantis Water Park prize package to 2 lucky winners.  Each prize package includes:
  • One Night Stay at Holiday Inn Lakeview located next to Atlantis Water Park
  • Four Atlantis Water Park Day Passes
  • Four Breakfasts & One Large Pizza with Liter of Coke at the Holiday Inn Lakeview
Enter below for your chance.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Reservations for the night’s stay must be made in advance by calling the hotel direct 812.283-4411 and reservations are based on availability. Also, the One Night’s Stay is not valid during citywide conventions, New Year’s Eve, or the Kentucky Derby Weekend.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Staying Safe in the Sun

Seeing my dad go through the Mohs procedure multiple times for squamous cell cancers and recover from melanoma surgery has turned me into a hat-wearing, sunscreen-slathering fool. Unfortunately, I have extremely sensitive skin, which means...

Monday, June 25, 2012

A Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari Giveaway Do-Over!

That’s right!  We’re having a “Do-Over”! 

So, here’s your last chance to win if you haven’t already won tickets from us to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari.  Click here to go directly to the post to enter.

Totally Wacky!

We have an interesting and fun summer cake recipe for kids to help with that we have used with our kids growing up and now, their kids. It’s part science experiment, in the surprising chemical reaction of the ingredients, and part Baking 101, in its simplicity, which makes it attractive on both counts for young helpers. It is 100% fun, delicious, and enjoyed by all!
1-1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
3 Tbsp cocoa
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 Tbsp white vinegar
6 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 cup cold water

Sift all dry ingredients into a loaf pan. Continue to stir the dry ingredients together in the loaf pan with a fork. Make 3 holes in this dry mixture with the fork. In the first hole, pour the vanilla. In the second hole, pour the vinegar. (This is the interesting part, because kids enjoy watching the chemical reaction of the vinegar with the soda already mixed in with the dry ingredients). In the third hole, pour the vegetable oil. Add the water and mix with fork. No need for a mixer! This is also a good cake recipe if you have egg allergies or simply have none on hand. Bake at 325 degrees for 30-35 minutes.
When cool, empty cake from pan and frost with a white buttercream frosting. Go patriotic by adding blue and red icing, and finish by dusting the cake with red, white, and blue sprinkles.

Contributed by Kathy Bolger, Senior Graphic Designer, Today’s Woman magazine
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