Birthday Weekend

Guys! It’s Monday! And I’m doing a weekend recap! Lately I’ve been slacking on recapping our weekends on time and they haven’t appeared until Wednesday.
Anyway, here are a few highlights from my birthday weekend:

I painted some shelves for the nursery, which we hung up, as well as arranged and set up some other things. It’s all coming together and I think we’re pretty much ready for baby girl’s arrival!

Saturday evening we had a little picnic & ice cream date at Mrs. Curl (apparently we can’t get enough this summer) in the perfect summer weather.

I noticed in the ice cream line that I can’t see my toes anymore. #37weeks

Sunday morning (my actual birthday) we headed to our church’s annual picnic & baptism. It was such a blessing and encouragement to see so many take that next step in their faith and then to fellowship with everyone during the picnic.

Sunday afternoon, I opened my gifts from Loren (these shoes!!), took a nap, then later on that evening we ventured downtown for dinner at¬†Tinker Street. I was pretty set on having tiramisu for my birthday cake, so we found a place that did takeout and went and enjoyed it on the Circle. Eventually we came home and started a movie – the perfect ending to a perfect low-key birthday. ūüôā

I hope you had a lovely weekend!

Taste of Cincinnati

This past weekend we were in Cincinnati and ventured out¬†to the nation’s longest running culinary arts festival (Taste of Cincinnati)¬†with our friends Caleb and Chelsea. Basically, a few streets are blocked off downtown and several of Cincinnati’s top restaurants set up booths to sell “tastes” of their best food. We walked down the whole length of the¬†festival to scout out our options before deciding on what we wanted. Even between the 4 of us, we only tasted a fraction¬†of the food options, but they were all delicious (not everything we ate made it on camera). There was rain in the forecast for that afternoon, but it never came and it was the perfect afternoon for wandering around stuffing our faces with delectable food.

Pork tacos
Frozen lemonade
Banana acai berry smoothie

Salted caramel Belgian waffle

Chicken kabob with rice

Sauerkraut balls
Creme br√Ľl√©e – by far my favorite item of the day

Key lime cream puff

Thanks for the fun, Cincinnati (and Caleb & Chelsea ūüėČ )!

Anniversary/Babymoon Trip (Michigan City, IN)

I’m finally sharing 100 million pictures from our anniversary trip last weekend! We had a hard time deciding where to go this year (not too far from home, not too pricey, etc.) and finally decided on Michigan City, IN. We had heard that the Indiana Dunes were pretty amazing, and since Michigan City is on¬†Lake Michigan, we knew there would be some beaches. And of course I made sure there were at least a couple of good places to eat and get coffee. The weather was perfect (warmer than we were expecting!), and we had a lovely time. The perfect little anniversary/babymoon getaway.

Where we stayed:
We found a cozy little little Airbnb – In the woods, about 10 minutes from food and the beach, with a few walking trails on the property.

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Food Bump Weekend

This weekend in Cincinnati makes up for the lack of excitement and pictures of last weekend.

Friday¬†¬†afternoon we headed to Cincinnati for a maternity shoot with the super talented¬†Sarah¬†(can’t wait to see the pics!!), and after the official shoot, Loren and I headed around to find this mural¬†to take a couple more pics. We then headed to Coffee Emporium so I could finish up work for the week. After grabbing a quick dinner, we met up with Loren’s parents at his grandma’s for the rest of the evening.

Saturday morning, Heather and Marcus joined us for a delicious pancake and bacon brunch at Mom and Dad’s. Loren did a little photoshoot for Mom and Dad, then we spent the rest of the afternoon just chatting.

Later on, we met up with Caleb and Chelsea for our monthly get-together. We changed it up this time and met up downtown Cincinnati for some window shopping, doughnuts from Holtmans, a most amazing dinner at The Eagle, and coffee at Coffee Emporium. Always a good time together! After all the good food and conversation, Loren and I headed back home to Indy.

Sunday after church, we laid pretty low for most of the day, but did venture out to take dinner to some friends who had just moved.

A great weekend filled with lots of great conversation!

Happy first day of spring!

Weekend Brunch at Milktooth

Instead of listing everything we did this weekend, I’m just going to post about one of the highlights.
We decided to push our date night from Friday night to a brunch date on Saturday. I really wanted to go on a hike since the weather had been nice all week, but then a storm came through Friday night brought the cold again. So we opted for brunch instead. I’d been wanting to introduce Loren to Milktooth ever since I went with some of my coworkers for my birthday, and it finally happened. Milktooth is just open for breakfast and lunch and was pretty hopping that morning, but we didn’t mind waiting to be seated while we sipped some of their delicious coffees.
Each of their menu entrees has some kind of unexpected, yet delicious, twist. Like the cranberry walnut & TP caerphilly cheddar grilled cheese with black truffle honey and local sunny duck egg that Loren ordered and the sourdough carrot cake waffle with shredded carrot, pineapple cream, spiced maple and walnuts that I ordered. Both were delicious!! Their fresh-pressed orange juice is also worth noting.
Overall, a fun date exploring another local eats of Indianapolis.

I hope you had a great weekend as well!

Layered Taco Dip

This taco dip is an old family favorite and one we used to take to youth group and other events all the time. Even though we always hoped there would be some left, the dish was usually licked clean. It’s the perfect appetizer or snack for any event – time to start planning that Super Bowl party!

Layered Taco Dip

1 (8 oz) can refried beans
hot sauce, to taste
1 tsp cumin
1 cup  guacamole
1 cup sour cream
2 cups salsa
1 cup Mexican cheese, shredded
1 (6 oz) can chopped olives
1/4 cup green onions, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
tortilla chips

Throw the refried beans in a small pan over medium-low heat. Add a few dashes of hot sauce. Stir well. Add the cumin.
Spread the beans in the bottom of a 9×13 glass dish. Next, layer the guacamole over the beans, then the sour cream. Spread the salsa over the sour cream.
Sprinkle on the cheese, olives, green onions and tomato. Refrigerate 1 hour before serving with tortilla chips.

Enjoy and try not to eat the whole dish yourself!

1 Down, 51 to Go

This first weekend of 2017 was pretty quiet and quite nice.

Friday {date} night, Loren and I had dinner at home then decided to go out for a fancy dessert. We got a recommendation from a friend and headed downtown to Tinker Street Restaurant¬†for their famous S’more Pot de Creme (chocolate mousse with marshmallow creme) and Tinker Street Layered Parfait (mango and raspberry sorbet). Both of the desserts were fantastic and we definitely want to go back for dinner sometime. It was so fun to have this¬†little date and explore a little more of Indianapolis!

Blurry phone pic, but proof that Loren was also there ūüėČ

Saturday Loren was in Cincinnati all day shooting another wedding, but I stayed home this time to get random projects and cleaning and errands done. Nothing too exciting to report there.

Sunday afternoon after church, lunch and naps, we decided to get out of the house for a couple of hours and spent some time at Quills Coffee reading and journaling. We closed out the weekend making dinner together and preparing for a busy week ahead.

I hope you had a lovely first weekend of the year!

Five on Friday // 11-11-16

Cereal is my love language. Well, cereal and Doritos and gummy bears… But I could eat cereal for every meal. So today I’m sharing some of my favorites!

ONE // Cap’n Crunch Berries. My top favorite. I could probably eat a whole box in one sitting.

TWO // Rice Krispies. I like to eat this plain or mixed with one of the sweet cereals.

THREE // Apple Jacks. Cinnamon apple deliciousness. I like to eat these dry sometimes.

FOUR // Cinnamon Toast Crunch. More cinnamony crunchy amazingness.

FIVE // Golden Grahams. The perfect mixture of honey, brown sugar and crunchiness.

What’s your favorite cereal?

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Five on Friday [fall soup edition] // 10-21-16

The crockpot is on low, the soup is simmering and my home smells delicious. It’s soup season!
Here are some of my favorite fall soups, once again courtesy of my Pinterest page.

Seriously, The Best Healthy Turkey Chili - Perfectly spiced healthy chili made with lean ground turkey, kidney beans and corn.:

ONE // Chili. I finally found my favorite chili recipe, that I still like to tweak a little every time I make it.

Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Copycat Recipe - This copycat recipe is so easy to make and tastes a million times better than the original!TWO // Zuppa Toscana. This is one of my all-time favorites. Whenever we {rarely} go to Olive Garden, this is a must have.

Creamy Chicken and Corn Soup with Potato and Bacon.:
THREE // Creamy Chicken Corn Chowder. I haven’t actually made this one yet, but it’s on my list!

5-Ingredient Easy White Chicken Chili -- make it in the slow cooker or on the stovetop in minutes! | gimmesomeoven.comFOUR // White Chicken Chili. Sometimes is like white chicken chili better than red chili.

Super quick and delicious thai coconut soup packed with rice and chicken. Definitely a winner!FIVE // Thai Coconut Soup. I’ve only made this once, and it was delicious and I definitely need to make it again soon!

What is your favorite soup?

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Apple Picking at Tuttle Orchards

As mentioned yesterday, we went to Tuttle Orchards this past weekend and I thought it deserved a whole post on its own. Tuttle Orchards are about 40 minutes northeast of us, and definitely worth the drive. Not only do they have rows upon rows of apple trees for picking, but also a pumpkin patch, sunflowers for picking, a corn maze, hayrides, farm store, grill that serves lunch and a Sweet Shop with caramel apples, apple cider slushies, & homemade fudge. The perfect place for a date or taking your whole family!
We went kind of late in the apple picking season, so by that time¬†there were¬†just Red Delicious and Golden Delicious left. You can bet we gathered plenty of those and I can’t wait to make some apple crisp¬†and apple sauce, and of course dip them in caramel sauce. ūüôā
After picking apples, we visited the Farm Store, then headed to the Sweet Shop for some apple spice & pumpkin spice doughnuts and apple slushies before grabbing lunch from the Grill.
It was a perfect fall day and we will definitely be going back next year!

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Thanks for stopping by!

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