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Bourbon Crafting, Wine, and Some Fishy Art

Hello friends!  I am back from our vacation and have some fun stuff to share. First, I have some fun drinks to share with the T-day Gang over at Elizabeth's blog . While in Louisville, Kentucky, I did the Bourbon Craft Experience at Barrels and Billets next door to the Louisville Slugger Factory (hubby went the Baseball Museum instead). The experience involves tasting their bourbons and then mixing the different types to find the best mixture for you.   I tried a bunch of mixtures and did not like any of them, BUT I learned a lot and had fun. Definely worth the money.  I also tried a new to me wine bought on our trip - 1000 Stories.  I bought it because of the buffalo and the bourbon barrel aging, and I loved it! I will try and find it somewhere around here if I can (it is a California red so I have a chance).  I also have some art to share.  I have been working on the fun fish theme at **ART*JOURNAL*JOURNEY* , but haven't had time to post and of my pages.  I finished this one
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Graduation Pictures, Pot Still Bourbon, and Art

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