The Great Pumpkin Puree

Every year I continue to find ways to be more self-sustaining. Last Fall, I got the idea of making my own pumpkin puree from my cousin Mandy. It is such as easy process and I made enough to last me through my newest batch of homemade pumpkin bread. I have used it to...

Chili Weather Is Finally Here

One of my favorite things to make when the weather begins to cool down is chili. And after living in Indiana for nearly half of my life now, I can tell you there is definitely a difference in Texas chili and what Hoosiers call chili, or what I refer to as chili mac. I...

Indie in Indy

Welcome to Great Indie Movies When most people think of Indianapolis they think of the Indy 500, the Indianapolis Colts, the Indiana Pacers, etc. What people don't know is that we have so many cultural things to be proud of, including our ample number of film...

Plum Crazy

One of the many not-for-profits that I work with is Middlewest Film Institute. It is a new organization located in the Fountain Square area. As a Board member, I meet with the group every few weeks as we establish our programming and develop our long-term strategy. A...

Chicken Wings & Peach Jam

I get so excited when Spring comes around, the flowers are in full bloom and the Farmers Markets have opened with fresh vegetables, fruits and homemade goods. I always try to hit up at least two Farmers Markets on Saturday mornings. My favorite things to pick up...

Pickles Anyone?

Yesterday was the official day for canning pickles. This year, I got a canning partner who is also a long-time friend, Thaymer. She has been canning for years but this is her first time to can pickles. We started off at 9 AM at the Noblesville Farmers Market. We had...

My Day with The Pioneer Woman

About two months ago, I was walking through Target's book section and a cookbook caught my eye. I didn't really have time to look too much at it but decided to buy it because of the beautiful cover and vibrant pictures inside. I quickly flipped through it and saw not...

Something Delicious is Popping Up

For the past several months we have instituted a new Friday night ritual which includes going to dinner at The Roost followed by a family movie event downstairs in our new home theater. This weekend we changed it up a bit because Ryan had a friend in from out of town...

A Great Weekend All Around

Friday was Peyton's last day of school. She is now officially a second grader and I couldn't be more proud of the young girl she has become. She is beautiful, thoughtful, compassionate, artistic and brilliant! We did our typical Friday night dinner at The Roost...