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Restaurant Row

The Best of the Highlands!

Restaurant Row

Everyone in Louisville knows how much our city prides itself on supporting local business. We shop in locally owned boutiques, support local bars, and buy local and farm fresh food for our families. But above all else, we love to eat at local restaurants! Louisville, KY is known for its numerous locally owned and operated dining establishments, and a large portion of these can be found in one 3 mile stretch.

 Restaurant Row, located in the unique neighborhood of the Highlands, is Louisville’s most densely restaurant-populated spot in the city. One cruise down Bardstown Road, and you can easily see why the area attracts so many locals on a daily basis. Unique bars, eclectic shops, and award-winning eateries line the street making Restaurant Row one the city’s favorite hangouts.

Restaurant Row

Louisvillians looking for a casual dining experience might check out Ramsi’s Café...

A Fun and Easy Easter Dessert

Every bunny loves a cake!

A Fun and Easy Easter Dessert

Looking for a way to celebrate Easter and the beauty of spring? How about a bunny cake?! The kids will love creating this together, and it certainly makes for a fun dessert to share with the family after a big Easter dinner. You can get as crazy as you’d like with this one too. Just let your creative juices flow!

You will need:

A box of your favorite cake mix. (Or bake from scratch!)

Icing. (We like using white to make decorating a little easier.)

Shredded coconut. (If you don’t like coconut, texture can be added by pulling a fork over the icing.)

Black gel icing.

Jelly beans, colored icing, or other...

St. Patrick's Day Marshmallow Treat Bars

St. Patrick's Day Marshmallow Treat Bars

There is just nothing quite like the sweet taste of homemade marshmallow treat bars. They are one of those deserts that you can easily change up to fit any occasion. Making a Valentine’s Day treat? Add red food coloring and chocolate chips. Need a last minute Christmas dessert for a family get-together? Mix in some sprinkles and stack them in the shape of a Christmas tree. The variations are truly endless!

With St. Patrick’s Day this week, try out this easy recipe for a super fun take on this classic family favorite. The kids will love to help make them too!

The ingredients you’ll need:

- 6 cups of crispy rice cereal

- 10 oz bag of mini marshmallows


Our Favorite Mint Julip

Louisville Real Estate Pros Mint Julip

Spring fever may be a somewhat universal sentiment. The weather warms, the days grow longer, and our energy levels and moods lighten. In Louisville, however, the appearance of peaking tulips and crocus also sets hearts to thinking ahead to Derby time! While the redbuds and dogwoods are blooming in the front yard, you can find me digging around in the side yard shadows for mint for our Juleps and I set to making simple syrup for this magical elixir.

My secret? Simple syrup, as you probably know, is 2 parts sugar and 1 part water. Don’t boil the water, just slowly warm and dissolve the sugar. The secret for the perfect mint julep is to put some mint leaves in the water while creating the syrup, thus infusing the syrup with minty flavor. I allow the syrup to cool, pour it in a mason jar with some more mint leaves and store it in the fridge for a couple of days. When the time comes to partake 1 1/2 ounces of the syrup to

3 ounces premium Bourbon*, over ample crushed ice, garnish with a sprig of mint. It is NOT okay to substitute Tennessee Whisky; this is Derby time, friend! This is the perfect cocktail to share with friends, but works just fine on your porch swing with a good book as well.

Enjoy and happy Derby!!!!

*On May 4, 1964, the United States Congress recognized Bourbon Whiskey as a "distinctive product of the United States." The Federal Standards of Identity for Distilled...

The Day I Met Jenny Lawson, the Bloggess

The Bloggess in Louisville with Gerri Willis

Have you ever really, really, really wanted to meet someone famous? For me it was Jenny Lawson, author of Let's Pretend This Never Happened. When I heard she was going to be in town for a book signing I was over the moon excited! I knew I had to get Jenny something special, especially since it seemed like she was coming to Louisville just to say Happy Birthday to me! 

So I commissioned my friend Lindsey to make her a special gift. 

The Bloggess in Louisville with Gerri Willis

At first Jenny was all, "Sure, I would love to open this gift! Even if it is wrapped and I have tons of people waiting for me"

The Bloggess in Louisville with Gerri Willis

"Wow, You did such a great job wrapping this, do you work for the CIA keeping things under wraps?"

The Bloggess in Louisville with Gerri Willis...

Elite College Basketball Finding a Home in Louisville

Louisville Real Estate Pros: U of L college basketball

College basketball lore has long been dominated by tales from Tobacco Road, the legendary area in North Carolina that includes the basketball programs at Duke, North Carolina, Wake Forest, and North Carolina State.  But the honor of top college basketball hotbed may be moving to some new real estate—...

Locust Grove Miniature Workshop and Showcase

If I weren't already busy with the 2013 Louisville Real Estate Pro Summit, I would already be registered for the $40 Miniatures workshop going on at Locust Grove this Saturday, February 15th, 2013. 

Locust Grove KY Louisville Real Estate Pros

Each participant gets a corner room, flooring, a table (to construct) and a chair (to upholster). 
Kid's under 14 are welcome to attend as long as they have a parent present. 
Don't forget, if you want a cheap, neat activity for the kids, run by Locust Grove during visiting hours ( From 10am-4:30pm M-Sat and 1-4:30pm Sun) and drop a donation in the box to see the exhibit of miniatures and dollhouses. You won't be disappointed!
My Dollhouse Louisville Real Estate Pros
This is my dollhouse- halfway finished!

Thanksgiving with the Louisville Real Estate Pros

November is a month of gratitude and thanks. It is a time when many gather around the dinner table in anticipation of a great feast. Variations of turkey and dressing are baked in households across the Louisville area. It is a time to share and celebrate with our families and friends. Some reminisce on delightful past memories or funny stories while others are busy making new memories of their own. This is really a wonderful time of the year. It is amazing how a little thankfulness can change a person’s outlook, even if just for a day. Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a bountiful feast or to have all of their family present. Remember those that are homeless or hungry and think of them the next time you see a holiday donation bucket. Take time to thank a service man or woman for their service to this great county. Many of them have missed several holidays with their family as they were fulfilling their duty as soldiers and paying a debt most of us could never repay. We have so many things to be thankful for. The team at Louisville Real Estate Pros would like to share their Thanksgiving happenings and a few recipes. Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!

 Gerri WillisThe most memorable Thanksgiving I had was when we went to my Grandma's house in Paris Ill (we took our standard poodle Duke with us). They left the bird to cool a minute in the kitchen and Duke jumped up and ate it in a flash. Dad said Duke was taking one for the team since Grandma's turkey wasn't known to be the tastiest.  

I'm most thankful for my family that loves me, my friends that understand me and my boss that gives me the flexibility in my work so I can be the mom I want to be at home.  

My plans are to have family at my house and to decorate the tree after dinner....