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Making the (cover) cake

In Features, Life in Kentucky by Kentucky Living

Ever wonder what it takes to make a masterpiece of a cake like the one that appears on the May cover of Kentucky Living magazine? Jessica Haskell, owner of Sweet Surrender Dessert Café in Louisville, filmed steps of the process. Take a look at this video for behind-the-scenes footage:

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A perennial Mother’s Day

In Features, Life in Kentucky by Kentucky Living

What better way to spend a beautiful spring day like Mother’s Day than by giving the gift of perennial flowers? Perennial flowers by definition are herbaceous plants that have a life cycle that lasts more than two years. From a gardener’s perspective, this is good because you don’t have to physically plant them again each year and your investment will last for many years. When selecting perennial flowers in the garden …

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Derby fashion 2016 | Inside tips to look great at the track

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Let’s talk Derby! The Kentucky Derby is beyond unique and special for its place on the sporting calendar. The Churchill Downs tradition is also one of the most fashionable sporting events in the world. Derby is your chance to sport the brightest spring colors and patterns with the best accessories you can find to celebrate the most exciting two minutes of sports. Men and women both have endless options to …

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Grass is bluer in Kentucky

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To me Kentucky is long, narrow winding roads that lead through hardwood forests and endless acres of horse farms. It is long periods of solitude broken up with good ‘ole honest fun. My notebook lists key words that describe Kentucky. Words such as horses, Buffalo Trace bourbon, and pickup trucks describe this state, as do deer, eagles, and farms. Words to describe the people of Kentucky are gracious, friendly, funny, and friend. …

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Cap, Gown, Diploma. Party!

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All across the state, another school year winds down for the summer. Diplomas are being awarded. Graduation caps tossed high in the air. And 2016 graduates everywhere are marching to the traditional “Pomp and Circumstance.” Now, for many families, there’s still one thing left to do—celebrate! These tips from our readers and from the pros will help get your party started. Party for three Since fourth grade, college student Colleen …

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Healthy Homes

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We see our homes as safe havens, protected spaces. But even the nicest of houses can contain health hazards. Fortunately, there are ways to spot the hazards and minimize or eliminate them. Poor indoor air quality, lead paint, fall hazards, mold: conditions in your home—some obvious, some hidden—can affect your family’s health. Consider these facts from the National Center for Healthy Housing: • Air quality inside your home can be …

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How To Hire A Home Contractor

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When it’s 100 degrees outside and your air conditioning won’t kick on, it’s tempting to call the first—or cheapest—contractor you can find. But that can be a mistake. “I hate to say it, but in the world of contracting there’s a lot of scams out there, and a lot of scam artists. It’s buyer beware, and a lot of times your cheapest price is not going to be your best …

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Head off health issues in the home

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The ideal way to maintain healthy homes and properties is to practice prevention in addressing the hazards before they become dangerous, and using a holistic approach that tackles many hazards at once, according to the National Center for Healthy Housing. Here is the Center’s checklist for creating a healthier home. These costs are based on a typical two-story, single-family home, but can vary depending on location. Drain pan. Install a …

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Pantone 2016 colors of the year

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Pantone Color Institute experts recently announced its 2016 colors of the year—Rose Quartz and Serenity. The pale pink and almost baby blue palettes are calming and lend themselves beautifully to home décor as well as fashion, housewares, packaging, and other industrial uses. According to Stephanie Pierce, senior manager of the design studio for MasterBrand Cabinets, “One of the most exciting things about Pantone’s new color of the year is that …

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