Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Wandering Wednesday | New Palestine's Frosty Boy Drive-in

Have you heard of a soda "jerk"?
My grandma would tell us of a local ice cream shop where she was a Soda Jerk. For the longest time I thought she was joking. Who would call someone a jerk?

A soda jerk made plenty of great childhood memories. A long trek on a bike was worth the ice cream that you had to lick fast on a hot summer day. Maybe it was laughing with friends because there is ice cream on your nose. 

Last week my kids did have great belly laughs with cold ice cream. The grandparents love to spoil the kids and sometimes parents too at Frosty Boy. It often brings back memories of having ice cream with my grandparents.

The pineapple whip just might have you dreaming of the beach.


You could just end up with ice cream on your nose.


Hey an Ice Cream Fu Manchu will do too. Cold treats are not the only thing the kids love at Frosty Boy. After playing at Brookville Road Church FREE indoor play place we have to stop for corn dogs. I have to get the Tenderloin. It's always cooked just right, crunchy with the perfect amount of lettuce and tomato. Oh and I have found that I love pickles on top too. Something my fellow Fortville Mama just figured out too at the recent 2016 Tenderloin Throwdown event in Greensburg! Finish it all off with a ice cold cherry Dr. Pepper, oh yeah! This makes the whole family happy after a morning of play.

So if you are in the South side of Hancock County make sure to stop at Frosty Boy. It's worth the wait and just might make a few memories. This week's whip flavor is strawberry. Yum!

May - July 2016 Wandering Wednesdays brought to you by Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation and The Waterpark. There is so much to enjoy this year! Check it out.  All thoughts and opinions are our own. Thank-you to the businesses that help support Fortville Mama. Your support is allowing us to make 2016 even cooler than 2015!






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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Wandering Wednesday | Backyard Bastille Day

This year we're wandering all the way to France! Well just virtually. We've gotten so many messages from readers asking about Indiana's Bastille Day celebration. The organizers of the celebration did decide to take a year off, but they were kind and provided us a fun guest blog post from Gabrielle Hendryx Parker with ideas on how you can capture the fun of Bastille Day in your own backyard! 



5 Tips to Celebrate Indiana Bastille Day in Your Backyard


Every year the French celebrates Bastille Day on the 14th of July to commemorate the start of the French Revolution (1789). The event is very similar to our Independence Day and traditionally also ends with fireworks. While our company Six Feet Up hosted the Indiana Bastille Day event for 7 years in Fortville, we are taking a break this year, so there will not be a celebration in 2016. However this doesn’t mean you can’t hold your own Bastille Day celebration at home! Here are 5 tips to have fun and celebrate many Hoosiers’ French heritage:

1 - Play French Musique

Here’s a quick and cheap way to add a French note of “je-ne-sais-quoi” (literally “I don’t know what”) to the atmosphere: just go to Spotify or Apple iTunes and search for French songs. A great playlist on Spotify can be found at https://open.spotify.com/user/a_vante/playlist/7KL36UD1OwUoSAoKc2HJmE


As a bonus, you can have your little ones draw French flags and place them around.

2 - Enjoy French Food

The French love their pastries, quiches and crêpes. All are great picnic items, which will put you in the mood for a great outdoors-y experience. Trader Joe’s is a great source of frozen French pastries such as chocolate croissants and almond croissants. And you can probably snatch some “Petit Ecolier” cookies at Target or Meijer. Just top it off with a refreshing glass of “Diabolo menthe”, a Parisian favorite in the summer that consists of a blend of mint syrup with French limonade (a kind of sweet ginger ale).

3 - Pétanque

If you go to France in the summer, you’ll surely see many people play a game of boules in parks. “Pétanque” is the equivalent of bocce balls and is played by over 30,000 people in France. This is a great way to enjoy the outdoors with friends and family and the simplicity of the game is sure to please everyone. More can be found at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P%C3%A9tanque (note that you can buy petanque sets on Amazon for about $40).

4 - Lanterns

Bastille Day celebrations often include a candlelight procession at dusk. This is a fun and beautiful tradition that most children relish. You can make your own lantern using an empty and rinsed clean soda bottle (2 liter preferably). Remove the label. Cut the top of the bottle off. Wrap the body with colorful tissue paper. Pierce 2 diametrically opposed holes about 1/2 in from the top of the edge. Run a picture frame wire through the holes to make a lantern handle. Twist the ends of the wire to secure the wire in place. Then find a 2 feet long tree limb and attach the end of it to the wire using a rubber band. Drop a tea light into the sand at the bottom of the bottle. Wait for dusk and light the bottle up. The more the prettier! Then play the “Marseillaise” (the French national anthem) and have your little ones march around your block with the music. Be sure to take pictures!

5 - Fireworks

Just as the 4th of July, Bastille Day traditionally ends with fireworks. Fortunately, the French celebration takes place 10 days AFTER Independence Day, which means that fireworks are usually dirt cheap by now! Be sure to snatch a bunch and invite your friends, family members and neighbors to enjoy the show. 


And if going outside isn’t your idea of fun, what about playing “Les Misérables” on Netflix?

 - Gabrielle

May - July 2016 Wandering Wednesdays brought to you by Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation and The Waterpark. There is so much to enjoy this year! Check it out.  All thoughts and opinions are our own. Thank-you to the businesses that help support Fortville Mama. Your support is allowing us to make 2016 even cooler than 2015!




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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Artisan Thursday | Perfect Local Fresh July 4th Backyard BBQ

Are you excited for this weekend? Us too. I love a long July 4th weekend, especially when the weather looks as nice as it does right now! Woot! Woot!

Are you making lists and checking them twice for your perfect backyard BBQ spread? We can help! Why not think about adding a little local fresh to your table this year? The Fortville Farmers Market is just the ticket! It takes place every Thursday from 4-7 p.m. in the parking lot of Fortville Nazarene Church.



Check out 5 farmers market items sure to add a local fresh flare to your celebration.

  • Tomatoes - Think burger toppings; cherry ones for pasta salad, a layered salad, veggie trays or kabobs! Find them with Miller Produce.
  • Greens - Again burger toppings or a awesome layered salad in a trifle bowl! Gorgeous. Find it with Nana's Herb Garden or Brawners Greenhouse.
  • Fresh Local Cheese - Make those burgers extra delish this year with fresh local cheese, cube some for that pasta salad or make a cheese platter. Why not be fancy and encase some inside a burger! Find it with Blue River Natural Foods.
  • Peaches - Have you ever had a grilled peach with ice cream on top! Harker Family Farms will have some today!
  • Baked Sweets - Not a baker? Stock up on artisan sweets from the market and make everyone think you slaved away in the kitchen for days. Wink! Find it with Brooke's Cookies.



Okay we're feeling fab today, here's a bonus idea. Grab some blueberries and strawberries from the market if you find a vendor with some (if not, try Tuttle Orchard in McCordsville or Fresh Thyme in Fishers) and make our simple and awesome flag cake for your family's July 4th celebration! It's one the kiddos can totally help with! Click here for a how to blog from earlier this week. 


Happy July 4th weekend!


May - September Artisan Thursdays brought to you by The Fortville/McCordsville Chamber of Commerce. Thank-you for your support of Fortville Mama and local family fun in and around Hancock County, Indiana. All thoughts and opinions are our own. Thank-you to the businesses that help support Fortville Mama. Your support is allowing us to make 2016 even cooler than 2015!


*** Advertising sponsorship available with Fortville Mama. Sponsor a single post or bring our viewers Mama Tip TuesdaysWandering Wednesdays, Artisan Thursdays, Fit Fridays or Hancock County Treasures blog series. Or why not be super cool and go all out and be our title sponsor? Email pamediasolutions(at)gmail(dot)com to learn more.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Wandering Wednesday | Fortville July 4th Fun



We're not wandering far this week, because Fortville is totally where it's at this weekend! We're kind of known for our July 4th fireworks display. Each year people comment on it and say WOW I never knew and we're so coming here every year now! I find it funny that people seem to think just because we're a small town, our celebration of our nation's birthday would be small too. Nope, not in #fabFortville! We do it up right.



This year it gets even better. The fireworks display is set for July 2nd, which allows you to enjoy here first, then fireworks on the 3rd at Saxony and on the 4th at maybe Blast on the Bridge in Geist or downtown Indy or even CarmelFest. Fireworks three nights in a row! Genius! 



Okay so here's the 411 on Fortville's celebration brought to you by The Fortville/McCordsville Chamber, The Town of Fortville and main sponsor Fireboulder, which includes a parade again this year! Get your bike directions ready kiddos! Line-up starts at 5:00 p.m. and the parade kicks off at 6:00 p.m. There will be prizes! 


Different parade route this year. Check it out.


Food vendors galore! Or pack a blanket and your own picnic! Either way Landmark Park will be hopping from 5p.m. on!


What: Fortville July 4th Celebration
When: July 2nd kicking off with a parade at 6 p.m.
Where: Landmark Park

Lastly, putting a show of this size is costly. The organizers are taking donations from area businesses and individuals right now. You can drop off your donation at the Fortville Greenfield Banking Company location. Just let them know it's for the fireworks account. 

Oh and what else should your long July 4th weekend include? A dip at the awesome Waterpark at the Monon Center in Carmel! One of our most favorite local Waterparks! Check it out, you'll fall in love too. So much to keep everyone busy and happy, from slides, lazy river, zero entry pool, FlowRider and an enclosed smaller kids area. Give it a whirl. 



May - July 2016 Wandering Wednesdays brought to you by Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation and The Waterpark. There is so much to enjoy this year! Check it out.  All thoughts and opinions are our own. Thank-you to the businesses that help support Fortville Mama. Your support is allowing us to make 2016 even cooler than 2015!




*** Advertising sponsorship available with Fortville Mama. Sponsor a single post or bring our viewers Mama Tip TuesdaysWandering Wednesdays, Artisan Thursdays, Fit Fridays or Hancock County Treasures biweekly blog series. Or why not be super cool and go all out and be our title sponsor? Email pamediasolutions(at)gmail(dot)com to learn more.

Mama Tip Tuesday | July 4th Flag Cake

Our Hoosier July 4th Tradition

I love simple traditions. Oh who am I kidding I just love traditions. I our family has tons of them. I think they bind us together in certain ways.

For July 4th weekend, we seem to have several. Some are old and some are newly added. We love spending time with family, grilling out, the pool or the lake, a parade and of course our simple July 4th flag cake. My kiddos ask for it every year. They love baking it, spreading the cool whip and gently placing the berries. We've been making our 4th of July flag cake since little man was 3. He's almost 10 now and baby girl almost 6. Wow how the years fly by!




So what do you need? 

July 4th Flag Cake Recipe

  • One prepared box cake mix, can be white, yellow or chocolate (your choice)
  • One container of whipped topping
  • 2 cups strawberries (sliced)
  • 1/2 cup of blueberries

If you want to get extra fancy, you can poke holes in the cake and fill with strawberry and blueberry syrup and let it soak in.

Enjoy the sweet moments, laughs and giggles with this simple patriotic family fun tradition.

Oh and speaking of blueberries. Our Mama Tip Tuesday sponsor Tuttle Orchards has their blueberries days coming up. Do you love to freeze and have fresh in other seasons? Us too!




July 9th is the day to pick up your 5lb boxes of blueberries at Tuttles. To get yours, you need to pre-order before Tuesday, July 5th at midnight. Blueberries come fresh from Garwood Orchard in Northern Indiana. Some of the best blueberries of the year are typically ripe the week after July 4th. You can order here: http://orders.indianapolisorchard.com/ Cost is $20/5lb box if you pre-order. You save $2 as typically farm store price is $22. You can also read more about other happenings on Tuttle's blueberry day here: http://www.indianapolisorchard.com/blueberry-day-tuttles/

Tuttle Orchards is our June Mama Tip Tuesday sponsor. Thank-you for your support of Fortville Mama and local family fun in and around Hancock County, Indiana. All thoughts and opinions are our own. Thank-you to the businesses that help support Fortville Mama. Your support is allowing us to make 2016 even cooler than 2015!



*** Advertising sponsorship available with Fortville Mama. Sponsor a single post or bring our viewers Mama Tip TuesdaysWandering Wednesdays, Artisan Thursdays, Fit Fridays or Hancock County Treasures blog series. Or why not be super cool and go all out and be our title sponsor? Email pamediasolutions(at)gmail(dot)com to learn more.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Wandering Wednesday | $1 or FREE Kids Summer Movies

Today's Mama Tip Tuesday is simple. It's just the 411 on all the FREE or low cost kids summer movies close to #fabFortville.


  • Goodrich Hamilton 16 IMAX at Hamilton Town Center in Noblesville has kids summer movies every weekday at 10 a.m. The movie changes weekly. Just a $1 per kiddo. This week is The Peanuts Movie!
  • At Legacy Cinema in Greenfield enjoy FREE movies each Wednesday at 10 a.m. This week is Minions.
  • At Regal Village Park Stadium 17 (off 146th on the Carmel/Westfield line) kids summer movies are a $1 each Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 a.m. this summer. 






Why not make a day of it? Movie and the pool! The Waterpark (part of Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation's the Monon Center) is the place to try. So much to keep everyone busy and happy, from slides, lazy river, zero entry pool, FlowRider and an enclosed smaller kids area. Give it a whirl. 


May - July 2016 Wandering Wednesdays brought to you by Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation and The Waterpark. There is so much to enjoy this year! Check it out.  All thoughts and opinions are our own. Thank-you to the businesses that help support Fortville Mama. Your support is allowing us to make 2016 even cooler than 2015!



*** Advertising sponsorship available with Fortville Mama. Sponsor a single post or bring our viewers Mama Tip TuesdaysWandering Wednesdays, Artisan Thursdays, Fit Fridays or Hancock County Treasures biweekly blog series. Or why not be super cool and go all out and be our title sponsor? Email pamediasolutions(at)gmail(dot)com to learn more.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Mama Tip Tuesday | #fabFortville Main Street Shops to the Rescue

Main Street #fabFortville saved Father's Day this past weekend.

Do you ever find an idea on Pinterest that you want to come to life? 

I found this while scouring the pins looking for something low cost and creative, I came upon this.



I was in a time crunch and thought where could I get the supplies I needed quick. Jennifer's Flower Boutique came to the rescue and supplied me with just about everything I needed. The greenery, floral foam and plastic pieces for the lotto cards. The kids enjoyed every little bit of her shop too! If you haven't stopped in recently you should, she's really made it unique!


We wandered down the street to find matching pottery since I had 3 to make. We came upon The Vagabond Girls. I was drawn to these pieces of pottery. They were simple and they went with what I had from Jennifer's.


Putting everything together was easy peasy and the kids got to help too!



Whatever project you are doing, there is always great advise to be had from our friendly #fabFortville Main Street Shops! Don't be afraid to wander till you find what you are looking for! Oh and here's a great excuse to wander this weekend! 



Speaking of great local advise! Our Mama Tip Tuesday sponsor, Tuttle Orchards has great guided u-pick green bean days coming up very soon. Want to learn about local fresh from an expert? Tuttle's is one of the best!

Tuttle Orchards is our June Mama Tip Tuesday sponsor. Thank-you for your support of Fortville Mama and local family fun in and around Hancock County, Indiana. All thoughts and opinions are our own. Thank-you to the businesses that help support Fortville Mama. Your support is allowing us to make 2016 even cooler than 2015!



*** Advertising sponsorship available with Fortville Mama. Sponsor a single post or bring our viewers Mama Tip TuesdaysWandering Wednesdays, Artisan Thursdays, Fit Fridays or Hancock County Treasures blog series. Or why not be super cool and go all out and be our title sponsor? Email pamediasolutions(at)gmail(dot)com to learn more.