I’m linking up with Amanda for “Tell Me About Your Town.” Here’s the thing: we live in the suburbs on the north side of Indianapolis. While we don’t live in Indianapolis proper, it is still kind of “our town” and I did live in the city for about 7 years so I know parts of the city pretty well. There are great restaurants all over Indianapolis, but I tend to divide it up into three general locations: 1) downtown 2) Broad Ripple and 3) the north side. I haven’t spent a lot of time in Broad Ripple since I graduated from college, and I know it has changed quite a bit since then, so I’m going to focus on downtown and the north side of town.
We had low expectations for Halloween this year. We live in an apartment that never has any trick-or-treaters, and we don’t have any kids ourselves, so there really wasn’t much to enjoy. However, we got an invitation from our friends Adam and Lacey to hang out at their place. Dave has known Adam for a very long time. They went to the same high school, and then lived together for two years at Purdue. I first met Adam and his wife, Lacey, at our wedding just over a year ago. It was the first time that Dave had a chance to reconnect with them in a while because they had been living in Ft. Wayne, which is a couple hours away from where we’ve been living in the Indianapolis suburbs. BUT…Adam switched jobs earlier this year, and that job meant that Adam, Lacey, and their two boys needed to relocate RIGHT NEAR US! I was thrilled when I heard they were thinking about making the move, and even more excited when I heard it was actually happening. They bought a house that is right between where we’re living now and where our house is being built, so even when we move we’ll still be close to them.
I was really excited for Adam and Lacey to move down to the Indy area because Dave doesn’t really have any of his old friends from home around here. I was also excited because I had really enjoyed talking to Adam and Lacey at our wedding, so I figured we would all get along really well (and I think I was right!). Apparently when Adam and Lacey lived in Ft. Wayne they had a Halloween tradition of having people over for chili. And seriously – what a brilliant idea! Chili can cook unattended in the slow cooker during the trick-or-treating time, and then it’s a nice hearty meal that will warm you up when you’ve back inside from the cold. Speaking of cold, it was a really chilly Halloween this year in Indiana. We actually got SNOW yesterday – which is something I would complete expect in Canada, but it’s definitely not normal for Indiana.
I don’t like to head over to any get-together empty-handed, so when Lacey invited us to come over I immediately started thinking about what I could bring. As a baker at heart, my mind always goes to desserts, and I knew that I already had all the ingredients for my favorite fall cookie in my pantry.
I got this pumpkin cookie recipe from the mom of one of my teammates on the Butler golf team. She used to bake these for the team when she came to watch tournaments in the fall. Everyone absolutely loved them, and I’m so glad I have the recipe so I can make them for myself (and Dave, who likes them a lot as well!).
I squealed a little inside when I saw today’s #Blogtober14 prompt (“favorite fall recipe”) because I love talking about food. So today I’ll be sharing a recipe for apple crisp (aka Apple Betty) with y’all.
This is apple season. My Facebook feed is filled with parents taking their kids to pick apples, and there are giant baskets of apples staring you in the face when you walk into the grocery store. I had ordered 7 Gala apples in our most recent Green B.E.A.N. bin. The last time I made this recipe I definitely didn’t use the right type of apples, because it wasn’t nearly as good. The sweet flavor and the softer texture of the Gala are definitely the way to go, in my opinion.
Overall this recipe is pretty easy, even if you’re not the most avid baker. You don’t need fancy mixers or anything like that, and most of the prep work is just cutting up the apples.
Sliced Gala apples – approximately 3 cups (6 or 7 apples)
Granulated sugar – 1/4 cup
Butter – 1/4 cup (room temperature)
Brown sugar – 3/4 cup
Flour – 1/2 cup
Start by greasing your baking dish with butter.
Wash, peel, and slice all of your apples and place them in the greased baking dish.
Another week down, and it’s time for round two of Friday Favorites! I have a decent amount to share for my Five on Friday today, so I’ll be dedicating one and two to my favorite blog reads this week, number three is my favorite purchase of the week and four and five are little life updates from the Mathew household.
Parenting Choices: When a Parent Crosses the Line – A Dish of Daily Life
Michelle has some great content on a lot of different topics. I particularly love her recipes. But this week I’m sharing one of her “op-ed” pieces because I agree with her 100%. Honestly, I don’t really have the guts to post such an opinionated piece, but I’m really glad that Michelle is braver than me! Here’s the gist: a woman posted a blog post about how she provided her 14-year-old daughter with her first joint. As a mother of teenagers, Michelle provides a great response (in my opinion).
Celebrating the Bride – All the Joys
Not only am I linking up with Meagan for Friday Favorites, but I’m sharing one her posts from this past week because it just looks delicious.
See? Looks delicious, right? Meagan made it for a bridal shower, and I’ll definitely be tucking the recipe away for use in the future! Continue reading Friday Favorites
Phew! That’s all I’ve got to say after this long weekend. But let me start from the beginning…
I picked Dave up from the airport after his work trip to Minneapolis on Friday evening. We immediately headed to one of our favorite restaurants – Boombozz. It’s got great food, and rarely has much of a wait (even on a Friday night). Dave spent the rest of Friday evening and Saturday resting up from his week-long trip.
On Sunday we got up and did one of our infamous “big grocery shops.” Dave and I have two different theories of how we should shop for groceries. Because of our limited storage space in the apartment, and because of the fact that our apartment is on the third story (with no elevator) I think we should do small frequent shops. This means I’ll often text Dave in the middle of the day and ask him to pick up a few items on his way home from work (the grocery story is literally right across the street from our apartment complex). Dave doesn’t like this idea…at all. He prefers me to plan out 1 to 2 weeks of meals in advance and shop for them all at once so that he never has to go to the grocery store in between. I have several problems with this solution. First, we don’t have room to store that many groceries at one time. This point is proven by the fact that our fridge is stuffed and we have absolutely no counter space at the moment because all of our food doesn’t fit into our very tiny pantry. Second, we will still manage to run out of things (like milk and OJ) within the next 1-2 weeks and we will still inevitably have to make more trips to the grocery store. Anyway, because we had been out of town we were pretty low on food so I agreed to a massive shopping trip, although I’m kind of regretting it because now I don’t have any food prep space. Continue reading Memorial Day Weekend Recap
I wrote about some of our favorite household items from the registry last week. This post is dedicated to my favorite kitchen items because they need an entire post of their own.
Cookware and Bakeware
I knew for YEARS before we got engaged that I wanted Le Creuset cookware / bakeware for my kitchen. They’re expensive, but they’re soooooo nice. We don’t have room in our kitchen to store everything right now, so I’m really looking forward to unpacking some of the pieces once we get in the house. We received a stock pot, fry pan, pitcher, bread pan, pie pan, and an oval gratin, all in Marseille Blue. Then we purchased the butter dish and a second bread pan with gift cards, and Dave got me the spoon rest for Christmas. Big thumbs up for everything Le Creuset. Continue reading Wedding Registry: Top Picks (Part 2)
There was a restaurant near my high school called Fiesta Fresh. It is the best Mexican restaurant that I’ve ever come across. It was tasty, reasonably priced, and conveniently close, so I ate their a lot. My order never changed. The staff (who spoke just enough English to take your order) would yell “shrimp quesadilla!” every time I walked in the door. It’s a bit harder to find good fresh sea food in land-locked Indiana compared to coastal South Carolina, so I don’t eat shrimp nearly as much as I used to, but I still love it. I saw a post about roasted tomato, corn and shrimp quesadillas from Michelle over on A Dish of Daily Life, and I was inspired. Last week I didn’t have time to slow roast the tomatoes, so I still haven’t made her exact recipe, but I plan to in the near future. Quesadillas are such a great summer meal!
My mom is one of those mothers that is the envy of almost all other mothers. Most moms give their kids Kraft macaroni and cheese. Not my mom. I’ve actually never eaten Kraft macaroni and cheese. True story. After growing up on my mom’s homemade recipe, the Kraft version looks…well…kinda gross. Maybe it’s the artificial food dye, maybe it’s the “cheese powder” or maybe it’s just that it’s not baked. I know that I have no idea how busy mom’s can be because I’m not a mother, but I do know that my mom made the time to make this for our family. So with that in mind, it’s my opinion that all moms should try making homemade macaroni for their kids.
I was SO excited to get our first Green BEAN delivery. Since I moved in with Dave I’ve been doing the vast majority of our grocery shopping at the big grocery store across the street. It’s by far the most convenient option around us, which is the only reason I keep going back. I really don’t like the store at all, and most of the time I really don’t like their produce section (except for their red bell peppers, I’m always baffled as to why the rest of the produce stinks but they have nice red bell peppers).
Despite all of my cooking posts, I much prefer baking to cooking. I’ve been baking in the kitchen with my mom for as long as I can remember. She is an amazing baker, which is even more impressive when you know that her mother didn’t bake or cook at all. Today I’ve decided to share a peanut blossom recipe. These cookies are always popular (except with the peanut-allergic crowd). My husband came home last night and promptly started chowing down on them. I made about 6 dozen, so I suggested that he take some in to share with the group of guys he is working with this weekend. He didn’t like that idea too much…he said he wanted to eat them all himself. *sigh*