Thanksgiving 2017 in Indianapolis

Hey friends!! How are you this morning? It is always hard to get back into the swing of things after a nice holiday break, but it sure feels good to be back in a routine.  We celebrated Thanksgiving this year in Indianapolis with my in-laws.  We switch each Thanksgiving and Christmas between my parents and my in-laws and it seems to work pretty well for us.  We are on the same schedule with my sister and her boyfriend/his parents so my parents either get all of us or none of us. 😉  This Christmas we will be in Nashville, which will also be the first time we haven’t had to travel for the holidays since living at home in high school. 🙂 I am pretty excited to get to enjoy our decorations this year and spend a little more time enjoying the holidays rather than traveling.  

Last Wednesday we left for Indianapolis.  It is about a 4 and a half hour drive so it wasn’t bad at all.  We arrived to see our “agenda” on the nightstand.  My mother-in-law is the cutest.  

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We had some soup for dinner at home and called it an early night.  Somehow both dogs and my husband ended up in my bed (my TWIN bed) for a movie to end the night.  I kinda love the snuggles though. 😉 

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Thanksgiving morning we woke up bright and early to head to the annual Drumstick Dash.  The proceeds from the race go fight homelessness in Indy.  My brother-in-law and I ran while my husband, other brother-in-law, and mother-in-law walked.  

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Thanksgiving day was spent just hanging around the house, watching movies and playing cards until it was time to start cooking.  

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We only eat in the dining room on special occasions so that makes it kinda fun!  

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This year we opted for a less traditional meal of surf and turf and lots of sides!  We made steak, lobster, scallops, a delicious salad (romaine, goat cheese, craisins, apples), green beans, roasted carrots, a mashed potato casserole and a sweet potato casserole!  We all agreed it was one of the best meals we have ever had!! 

 

Riley is sporting a new look these days and he wanted to show ya’ll… 🙂 

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Friday evening we headed downtown to the Pacers game!  It was a really close game and they ended up winning it right at the end!  

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I am SO thankful for this guy.  He is my rock.  

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As you can see I didn’t take as many pictures as usual.  I am really trying to focus on being more present and living in the moment.  We had such a fun time in Indy with family and I am already missing my mother-in-law’s amazing cooking.  🙂  We headed back to Nashville on Saturday afternoon to avoid the Sunday traffic and to have some time at home before heading back to work.  We cleaned the whole house, unpacked, did a few loads of laundry, did grocery shopping and meal prepping, completed some Christmas shopping and put up more decorations.  It is such a wonderful feeling going into a new week feeling refreshed and prepared!  I hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving with your loved ones!!

Questions:

  1. What was the highlight of your Thanksgiving?
  2. What is your favorite Thanksgiving side dish?
  3. Do you travel each year for the holidays?

Better Late Than Never Weekend Recap 11.19.17

Hi there!  How was your Thanksgiving weekend?  Ours was wonderful!  We spent Thanksgiving in Indianapolis with my in-laws and had a great time!  I am working on a recap of our time in Indy, but in the mean time I am going to share pictures from the previous weekend.  

My mom and I decided that our small gift to neighbors, friends, family and coworkers (my husband’s and mine) would be homemade Christmas cookies this year.  So we picked a couple Saturdays to put on the books for cooking baking! 

We started last weekend and got about halfway done. 🙂 

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Riley was waiting for the scraps. 😉 

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This time of year really makes me miss my granny.  She and my mom baked Christmas cookies every year.  We still use a lot of her recipes with her precious handwriting.  I am so lucky to be able to carry on the tradition with my momma.  

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Riley and I worked on putting together all of the boxes for the cookies.  It was no easy task. 😉 

We made sure to shop for our in-laws early this year so we didn’t have to ship gifts.  That prompted me to shop for everyone so I started the wrapping last weekend too.  It sure is nice to get Christmas shopping done early so we can just enjoy the holiday season.  

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We still have our pumpkins on our front porch, but we started decorating inside just a bit.  This will be the first year we have not had to travel for Christmas (we will be with my family for Christmas and since they live in Nashville we don’t have to travel to see them).  My sister and her boyfriend will come from Dallas with their two pups for the holiday and I can’t wait!!  

My mom and I did lots of shopping for Christmas decorations last weekend (I can’t wait to shop you guys all of them once they are up!) and that included lots of lights!! I spent the rest of the weekend doing this… 

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We took a little break from baking and decorating to go to Costco with my mom so we could get a membership!  We had one back when we lived in Cincinnati, but since then there has not been a convenient store location.  Thanks mom! 

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Last Monday we tried a new-to-us restaurant called Whiskey Kitchen.  We had heard great things but just hadn’t had a chance to go.  

I got the salmon that came with a yummy salad and green beans.  My husband got the fried tomato BLT and loved it too! 

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After dinner we headed downtown for the Predators game.  They won! woo!!  A little date night on a Monday night is definitely a nice way to start the week! 

That is all for today!  I will pop back in later this week to share pictures from our Thanksgiving!! I hope you all have a wonderful week!!

Questions: 

  1. How was your Thanksgiving?
  2. Have you started shopping for the holidays?
  3. Do you do any annual baking during the holidays? 

Weekend Recap 11.13.17 Wedding in Captiva Island

Good morning!!!  I hope you are having a nice week and had a nice weekend!  Ours started early on Wednesday morning when we headed to the airport to catch our flights to Captiva Island.  My oldest friend, Dana, got married this past weekend!!  Dana and I went to preschool together, lived in the same neighborhood growing up, went to elementary school together and then reconnected about 4 or 5 years ago when we both lived in Cincinnati.  

Jon and I arrived Wednesday afternoon and headed straight to a late lunch on the water before making it to the resort.  This was our view as we crossed the bridge. 🙂 

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We were exhausted from traveling all day so we were in our pajamas and in bed by 7pm.  It was lovely.  

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A little while later we were greeted with a knock on the door from the hotel staff that dropped off a welcome bag from the bride and groom that included schedules of the weekend activities. 

Thursday morning we headed to the gym before laying at the pool for a couple hours.  After a while, one of us got restless (…it was not me… I could lay at the pool all.day.long.) so we headed to our room to change for a round of golf.  There is a 9-hole course on the resort property (we stayed at South Seas Resort). Okay, I didn’t actually golf… I drove the golf cart and painted my nails while my husband played. 🙂 

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We lucked out with amazing weather the entire weekend.

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After golf we got cleaned up to go to dinner at Harbourside Bar & Grill.  We opted for a table outside since the weather was beautiful.  

 

We shared some shrimp to start while we admired all the yachts parked at the marina. 🙂 

After dinner we headed over to the beach where the bride and groom hosted a welcome party with drinks and dessert for all their guests.  

On Friday morning Jon had plans to play golf with the groom and some boys so I opted for a workout and some relaxation at the pool.  Before we knew it, it was time to get ready for the wedding!  We hopped on the trolley, which took us out to a beautiful location overlooking the ocean.  

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How cute is the bride and groom’s little boy all dressed up in a suit? 

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The ceremony was beautiful!!  The bride and groom read their own vows , which always makes me cry.  🙂 After the ceremony, the trolley took us to the golf course where the reception was held. 

I’m not quite sure if you can get much prettier than this venue.  

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I mean really?!?!  How amazing is that sunset!!!

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After cocktail hour, speeches, and dinner, it was time for dancing!

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The beautiful bride, Dana, and I.  It was just a tad bit windy. 🙂

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Saturday morning we headed to the pool for a few hours.  We ordered lunch poolside and this salad was sooo tasty!

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Later in the afternoon we headed to the beach to meet up with some friends to hang out for a little while.  

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Once we were nice and toasty, we headed back to the room to clean up for dinner.  We went to Harbourside Bar & Grill again since it was so close to our room.  We got a different type of shrimp to start this time and it was really good!  The sauce was amazing.  I can’t remember what my husband got, but I got the red snapper and it was SO yummy!!  

After dinner we stopped by the bride and groom’s house to say hi before heading back to our room.  Our flight wasn’t until Sunday afternoon so we got to sleep in a bit, hit the gym, and take our time packing up before hitting the road for the airport.  We had such a blast in Captiva, but we sure were happy to see our pups again!!  We really missed them. 🙂 

I hope you guys have a wonderful week!!  I am hoping to have my post about our DIY dining room table up next week!  Can’t wait to show yall!! 

Questions:

  1. How was your weekend?  What was the highlight?
  2. Do you like seafood?
  3. Where is the best wedding destination you have ever been to? 

 

Weekend Recap … Birthday Celebrations, A Benefit Concert, Yummy Food, and A Winery

Hey friends!!! I hope your week is going well!  Mine has been kinda crazy, but I am pretty happy today because we are headed south today for a wedding this weekend! 

Before we head out I wanted to recap last week’s events because there were plenty of them!  My mom offered to take Jon and I out to breakfast for my birthday.  My mom suggested The Cafe at Thistle Farms, which is a new cafe in town with an amazing mission of empowering and employing women that have been affected by trafficking, prostitution, and addiction.  

I got the yogurt with homemade granola and fruit and it was really good!

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After breakfast my mom and I headed to East Tennessee on a little road trip.  I had to go to work so she decided to tag along!  After work we headed to Cru Bistro and Wine Bar which I have been wanting to try for some time.  

I got the salmon, my mom got a pizza and we ordered some Brussel sprouts to share!  We both thoroughly enjoyed our meals. 

After dinner we relaxed in the hotel and applied our facial masks. 😉 

The next day after a full morning of work we grabbed lunch at Panera before hitting the road.  I am currently obsessed with their autumn squash soup.  It is SOOO delicious!

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Less than an hour after getting home, Jon and I were out the door for a fun date night.  We decided on Henrietta Red for dinner.  

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I had been once before for drinks and have been wanting to try the food ever since!

We got a ceviche to start, I got the scallops and my husband got the fish and we both raved about our meals!  

After dinner we headed to The Ryman Auditorium to see Sheryl Crow for a benefit concert.  The show was absolutely amazing!!

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Friday night we just took it easy and hung out at home because we had plans on Saturday and I was pretty exhausted from traveling and being out late on Thursday night.  Saturday morning we went for a nice long walk with the pups and I couldn’t help but admire the beautiful changing leaves.  I just love fall!

Saturday afternoon we headed to Natchez Hills Winery at Fontanel for some wine tasting with our friends to celebrate my birthday!!   

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My sweet friend Rachael organized the event and had balloons, gifts and decor waiting for me when I arrived. 😉 

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After our tasting we bought a few bottles of wine to enjoy outside before our dinner reservation.  

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Such a fun day!

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For dinner, we just hopped on over to the restaurant at Fontanel called Cafe Fontanel.  There was a live band playing (they sung Happy Birthday to me :)) so that made the night so much fun!  I got the fennel crusted salmon, which I loved!  Rachael even brought me a gluten free almond cake from a local vegan bakery!  Everyone came back to our house after dinner for some ping pong and relaxing!!  It was such a great extended birthday weekend celebration and I am just so grateful to everyone who made it so special!  I have such amazing friends!!!

We are heading to the airport to chase the warmer weather!!  Have a great rest of your week!!

Questions:

  1. What is your favorite cake flavor?
  2. Have your tried any new restaurants lately?
  3. What was the highlight of your weekend? 

Better Late Than Never… Halloween Weekend Recap

Hi friends!!!

I hope you all are doing well!  I am pretty happy it is the weekend as this week has been a long one.  I have been dealing with an especially painful back/neck alongside some debilitating migraines all while trying to figure out the best dosage of some new meds for my current issues.  It has been very exhausting and I have been traveling a lot for work on top of all of it.  Whew… I know that was a mouthful.  Sometimes we all just need to vent a little, right?  I am keeping my head held high in hopes that this new doctor I am seeing will be able to figure out how to fix my pain instead of just coat it.  I think I will do another recap of whats going on with all my back/neck pain in a later post.  

Onto happy things… how was your Halloween?  I just love seeing all the pictures of everyone dressed up!  You guys… guess what?  We had 2 trick-or-treaters!  2!!!!! What the heck!! I was looking forward to seeing a bunch of kiddos in their costumes, but I guess our street just isn’t the place to be.  I also think next year I will prop open our front gate so that more people know we are home!  

So last weekend we had a special visitor.  My bestie Erin from Cincinnati came to town on Friday night for a weekend full of fun.  On Friday night we had plans for dinner at Park Cafe with some friends!  

The girls!

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A few of us got the grouper.  It was delicious!

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The whole gang!

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We had a fun time eating, drinking and chatting the night away at a local bar after dinner.  Such a fun night!

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Saturday morning we went on a run in the park with the pups, crafted for our halloween costumes and took some naps.  My husband caught me sleeping with my pups and shoes on. 🙂  I rarely take naps, but love when I get the chance to. 

Erin and I got super crafty and made some homemade costumes for Saturday evening.  

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On Saturday evening we headed over to my friend Rachael’s house for a drink with friends.  I just had to get a picture with sweet little baby Cooper.  (My mom was so jealous… she tells Rachael she is going to steal him all the time.) 

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I copied my sister’s costume idea from a few years ago and decided to go as a stoplight to keep it super simple.  Well that turned into suggesting everyone should be a different road sign.  Well then somehow my clean, simple idea turned into making the traffic signs naughty.  😉 

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Traffic signs in the dark!

 

 

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A few of us stopped by a friends Halloween house party before heading to the main event of the evening.  

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The crew!

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We had a blast dancing the night away to some new and old toons.  The next day we grabbed a quick lunch before Erin had to get on the road and I had to get some chores done!  This salad was everything!! 

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I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!!! 

 

Weekend Recap 10/22/17 Friends in Town, A Finished Project and a Charity event

Hi friends!!!  We made it half through the week!  I am headed out of town today for work until the end of the week, but I thought I would pop in and catch up with all of you first!

How was your weekend?  Too short like mine? ;). The previous weekend my in-laws were in town for a couple days and so we could all go to the Monday night Titans versus Colts football game.  My in-laws live in Indianapolis so they were excited to come down and watch the Colts.  We all got to go in the suite with my husband’s company so that was nice too since it was a little chilly!

The whole crew!

You guys.. I just had to show y’all this.  I am obsessed with honey crisp apples.  I used to only buy cheaper apples, but once you get a taste of the more expensive ones aka honey crisp apples, you can’t ever go back.  I was excited last week when they were on sale so I did have to spend over $10 on a couple apples!  Well last Friday I asked my husband to stop by the grocery store for a couple of things.  He took this picture as proof that the store was sold out of my favorite apples because he knows that I would have questioned him. :). He (and I for that matter) think it is ridiculous to spend a ton of money on apples so he had to have proof he wasn’t just getting the cheap ones to save money. 😉 Who else loves honey crisp apples??  Aren’t they the best?

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Friday night my husband took me on a little date night for some sushi and wine.  Afterwards it was so nice outside we actually walked about a mile back home so we could enjoy the night.

Later Friday evening our friends, Mary and Luke, from Cincinnati arrived and we caught up for a couple hours before heading to bead.  Saturday morning was an early one.  My mom does a lot of charity work during her retirement and one of the events she organized this year was the Food Panty day where we got enough food delivered to sort and organize to pass out to 250 families.

My mom recruited my two besties and we all got the privilege of wearing these beautiful orange vests because we were assigned “table captains.”  🙂

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After the event we met up with our friends for lunch at House.

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We made Mary take a picture on the pumpkin afterwards.  🙂

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After a few hours we got ready for dinner and drinks with friends.  We had dinner at Sea Salt. It was really tasty, but the entree portions were pretty small.  I got this harvest salad to start and the grouper for my entree.

Afterwards we headed to a few bars downtown to meet us with some friends and listen to some live music.  We stayed out for a couple hours and then called it a night!

We spent the majority of our Sunday cleaning the house, meal prepping and finally finishing our new dining room table!!!  I am going to share all about it in a separate post soon!! I can’t wait to show you guys pictures!!  I am off to East Tennessee so I will see you all soon!! Have a great Wednesday!!

Questions:

  1. Highlight of your weekend?
  2. What is on your agenda for this week/coming weekend?
  3. Favorite warm drink? 

 

 

Weekend Recap 10.15.17 Home Projects and a Wedding with a Special Guest

Good morning friends!!  Well we are halfway through the week already!! I am heading out of town for work today just for one night so I will keep this short!! I hope you all have the best day! 

We had a pretty relaxing weekend even though we had quite a few plans.  Saturday after working around the house all day we got ready to head to The Cordelle in downtown Nashville for our friends’ wedding!

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They had a private ceremony so we arrived at 5 for the cocktail hour.  We had a blast sippin some drinks and mingle on the beautiful porch.  The guest book was super unique so I have to share with you guys.  They had a Polaroid camera and each guest/couple took a picture of themselves and put it in the guest book and signed it!  I thought this was such a neat idea so that you can actually remember all the people who were at your wedding years down the road. 

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The tables were decorated with cute little succulents.  

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At one point Jon was watching our dogs and talking to them through the phone and our security camera at home…. 

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Jon and Ben were actually roommates in college junior and senior year.  I met both of them on the same night at a party at their house that our mutual friend took me to. 

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So happy for the newlyweds!  

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Cute dessert table!

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After dinner there was dancing and cake cutting! 

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Little did the groom know that his bride had a big surprise planned for him.  The bride and groom are huge Nashville Predators hockey fans too.  

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In walked Gnash, the Predators mascot to surprise the groom!  It was such a fun surprise… especially for all the kiddos at the wedding… and me! 🙂 

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Gnash even hit the dance floor!  

We had such a blast!  I just love weddings and how unique they all are to fit the couples’ personality so well!  

After lots of work around the house, my in-laws arrived Sunday afternoon.  My mom and stepdad took us all out to dinner at our favorite Bricktops for a yummy meal.  I got the grouper and the waitress suggested I get it blackened and it was amazing!!

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Such a fun time with our families.  

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Have a great day!!!

Questions:

  1. What was the highlight of your weekend?
  2. What is your favorite part about weddings?
  3. What is your favorite type of dessert?