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.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Hancock County Treasures | Like Peas and Carrots, Baggott and Tambasco

We've not had a post in this series in a bit. It really takes something or someone very special to qualify for a Fortville Mama Hancock County Treasures post. We are happy to say this topic hits it on all notes. 

A week or so ago Ashley and I got to tour the new Griggsby's Station in Greenfield. We loved our sit down with Mike and Abi Tambasco! Together with Hancock County's Chris and Amy Baggott, they are partners in The Mug in Greenfield, and are collaborating on Griggsby's Station and a few new ventures soon to be popping up in Irvington! All four are Greenfield natives and love Hancock County as much as the mamas do! It truly shows in all they do. In our minds, they pretty much all go together like peas and carrots. It's a family venture at it's best! Yes, peeps they're related. 



We've been huge fans of Greenfield's The Mug since it opened. Farm to curb goodness for the whole family. From the delish pork fries that Coach Man can't get enough of, to the amazing tenderloin, ultimate BLT and the porkalicious Cuban sandwich. We've never had anything that wasn't wonderful at The Mug. Plus the kiddos love all the games they have for us to enjoy while we dine.



And with the same team at the helm for Griggsby's Station how could it not be awesome as well?! So here's the 411 on all the coolness that will be Griggsby's Station.






Our favorite tidbits about Greenfield's Griggsby's Station:
  • The name is a nod to a beloved and famous Hancock County resident - James Whitcomb Riley. It's the title of a poem he penned in 1904. The poem is actually printed on one of the walls inside Griggsby's Station.
  • The building that houses the new gastro pub has a great history itself. Built in the 1800s, it first housed a tombstone mason, then  a grocery, a tire store and an antique store. Lot's of local history within the brick walls. 
  • Tons of local flair. They will even highlight an original sour mix recipe from Greenfield's own Father Aaron from St. Michael's church! Can't wait to try that!
  • Lots of artisan features throughout too including the handmade artisan bar top and tables, local fresh from local farms on the menu, local beer and a local chocolate treat made special for Griggsby's Station!
  • Upstairs and outdoor dining eventually too! 
  • They make their own buns, pickles and sauces, including the mayo! Dedication peeps!
  • It won't be just plain bar food. It's going to be amazing fresh made artisan menu items, that seasonally change! 
  • Abi and Mike are amazing! I love that so much of their love and elbow grease is in Griggsby's Station. You can definitely tell it's their newest baby! Make's us think of our own Fox Gardin and Jake and Toby!
Okay let's get to the food that will be on the menu to start:


  • A grilled peach and mixed greens salad with a warm champagne vinaigrette and fresh goat cheese. Oh my! 
  • House sliders with homemade buns with Gruyere cheese baked in and homemade pickles! 
  • Amazing farm fresh Asian chicken wings
  • Sirloin with a artisan chimichurri steak sauce, over charred watermelon
  • Beer soaked chili cheese fries
  • House rub carnitas, confit in lard, hit with a cast iron skillet to crisp deliciousness
  • Tyner Pond Farm Bologna fried to perfection
Simple bar food, but executed at the highest level. We love it! They are definitely filling a void here in Greenfield. 



Griggsby's Station feels like home to us and the Mamas will definitely be back for a few girls' night out sessions. The front bar table by the window, that's where we'll be. We can't wait! Plus we're so trying the French press coffee in a vintage mug. I'm picking the Campbell's Tomato Soup mug! 

Cheers to Mike and Abi, and the amazing Chris and Amy too! Well done on the newest Greenfield addition! 



Oh and breaking news peeps! A Mug and Griggby's Station are coming to Irvington this fall too! Woot! A perfect fit for the coolness that is Irvington!

- The Fortville Mamas (Jen and Ashley)





*** Our thoughts are our own. 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.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Artisan Thursday | Fortville Farmers Market Favorites

It's going to be a gorgeous day for the Fortville Farmers Market! Will you be there? 4-7 p.m. in the parking lot of Fortville Nazarene Church.



Ashley and I love local fresh and great artisan finds! Today we thought's we'd share with you our top 7 favorites at the Fortville Farmers Market.


  • Artisan Soaps
  • Local Honey
  • Gorgeous Fresh Produce 
  • Brooke's Cookies
  • Farm Fresh Eggs
  • Squeaky Fresh Cheese Curds
  • Local Farm Fresh Meats
What are you favorites?





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.