Rarely does The Kentucky Derby coincide with Mother’s Day.  The Kentucky Derby is always the 1st Saturday in May.  Mother’s Day is the 2nd Sunday in May.  This year May 1 fell on a Sunday …and voila…both are happening this weekend!

(Could this possibly be related to a leap year?)

All I know is:  I thought Mother’s Day would fall next weekend (the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass always ends on Mother’s Day)… my daughter is traveling home this weekend to celebrate MD with me… and I am not home…Hitting the road early today!

Red as in roses seems appropriate for Mother’s Day and The Kentucky Derby as in Run For The Roses.  Two desserts appropriate for this weekend.

Strawberry Preserve Cake courtesy Frances Stone.

The strawberries are red and make me happy!

Frances Stone's Strawberry Preserves Cake photo by Kathy Miller


  • 2 1/2 cups sifted cake flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teapsoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup strawberry preserves
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • Red food coloring
  • For The Icing
  • 1 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups heavy cream (cold)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line 2 9" round pans with parchment paper. Lightly coat with baking spray (Pam)
  3. In a large bowl whisk together dry ingredients. Set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl beat butter and sugar on medium high with electric mixer, approximately 4 minutes until batter is light and fluffy.
  5. Add preserves.
  6. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well and scraping down sides of bowl.
  7. Add vanilla and enough food coloring to achieve desired color.
  8. Reduce mixing speed to low. Add flour mixture alternating with buttermilk, ending with flour.
  9. Divide batter into 2 pans.
  10. Place on center rack in oven. Bake 25-35 minutes. Test with wooden pick. Pick should come out clean when inserted in the center of cake.
  11. Cool completely on wire rack.
  12. For The Frosting
  13. In a large mixing bowl whisk confectioners sugar, cream cheese and vanilla on high speed until fluffy.
  14. Slowly drizzle in COLD cream. Whisk on high speed until peaks form.
  15. Frost the cake completely with icing.
  16. Garnish with strawberries.

By Frances Stone via KathyMillerTime


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 Kentucky Pecan Pie (many times referred to Derby Pie or Run For The Roses Pie)

This is decadent…the bourbon makes it.


  • 1 deep dish pie crust
  • 1 1/4 cups, semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 4 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup Karo light corn syrup
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons Bourbon
  • 1 1/2 cups pecan halves
  • 3 tablespoons Bourbon


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place the pie crust on a baking sheet. Cover the bottom of the crust with the chocolate chips.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the next six ingredients until well blended. Slowly stir in the pecans. Pour mixture into the pie crust.
  3. Bake at 350 for 50-55 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. After pie comes out of the oven, sprinkle with remaining Bourbon. (I baked for 70 minutes in my oven).
  4. Allow to cool completely before serving.

By KathyMillerTime


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Mother’s Day is a time to appreciate the mothers who are still with us.

A time to remember the mothers who are gone.

A time to gather with one’s children.

Come celebrate with me.  I’ll save you a seat at the table.


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