Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Artisan Thursday | Freezer Corn How To Guide

How To Freeze Summer Sweet Corn


We're in full summer swing and all that glorious local fresh is in ready supply - peaches, tomatoes, watermelon and of course SWEET CORN! Our families love eating it all! Most times they are grabbing the peaches right as I get home from the market and begging for the sweet corn for dinner that night. They definitely LOVE their local fresh from the Fortville Farmers Market (Thursdays 4-7 p.m. in the Nazarene church parking off off of Garden St or 1000N).


I've often heard people talk about freezer corn this time of year. I've wondered how to do it and truth be told, I'm a little intimidated and wonder if I'd do it wrong and it would all be no good come winter. Well, Indy Homeschool inspired me this year. She advised that it is just so yummy and really not that hard to do. So, if Steph can do it, then this mama must be able too. Let's give it a whirl.

First things first, the ideal ear of corn is ripe but not over ripe, kernels still tender, easily punctured and the kernel juice is milky.

What you need:

  • Fresh corn on the cob (Approx. 1.5 ears per serving)
  • 1 Large pot of boiling water
  • Plenty of ice
  • Vacuum food sealer or good quality freezer bags (a heavier version that protects better against freezer burn)
  • 2 large bowls, one for cold water and ice and one for the corn
  • sharp knife
  • large spoon


Here's the steps:

1. Start with fresh corn on the cob from the Fortville Farmers Market - as fresh as you can get. Really, it has to be freshly harvested, peeps, for the best freezer corn. Don't let it sit.


2. Get the largest pot you have filled ¾ full with hot water, get it heating to a full rolling boil..

3. Next, get a LARGE bowl filled with ice and cold water. You may need to buy a bag or two of ice if you are planning make a bunch.

3. Husk the corn and remove the silk.

4. Blanch the corn in the boiling water about 4-6 minutes.

5. Cool corn immediately in ice water to prevent overcooking. Drain.

6. Cut kernels from cob with a very sharp knife! A neat tip is to use a bundt pan. Just put the pointed end of the ear into the hole in the middle of a bundt pan and cut, kernels fall off nicely into the pan. You can just freeze the corn on the cob as well. However, I don't know many that do it that way.

7. If you have a vaccuum food sealer you can use that to seal in bags. If not, freezer bags work too, just make sure to get as much air out of the bags as possible.

8. Label and date the bags with a sharpie and place them in the freezer for later use. Most will last up to 12 months in the freezer, if you did a good job getting the air out.

9. When you are ready to serve the corn, pop in the microwave (from frozen) to just heat up. Usually 3-4 minutes.

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!


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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Kids Day at the Fortville Farmers Market

It's Kid's Day at the Fortville Farmers Market! 


In celebration of back to school, the market is going all out for our kiddos. There will be a chance to win 1 of 9 backpacks, games, lucky ducky giveways, surprises at each booth and FREE barrel train rides. Don't miss it. 


Plus one kiddo will win a grand prize of all the back to school goodies they need to kick the year off right. 


 Plus the ice cream bus will be there! Cool treats.


See you there today 4-7 p.m. and every Thursday in the Fortville Nazarene Church parking lot off Fortville Pike and Garden Street. Follow the market here: https://www.facebook.com/FortvilleFarmersMarket




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!


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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Wandering Wednesday | Love in Beech Grove at Napoli Villa

A Couple Indiana Love Stories, Plus Authentic Italian

Where did you and your significant other fall in love?

Our love story unexpectedly began at Napoli Villa Italian Restaurant. My now husband knows how to impress a lady, right? His mama made sure he was a gentlemen and does things such as open car doors on a dates. After our original plans of going to the Cheesecake Factory failed (an hour and 30 minute wait), he knew where to go. The funny thing is that my now sister-in-law ended up joining us that evening too. She's been a server there for over 12 years. I ended up talking to her more then him. The next day when she went out with their parents, she told them to start saving for a wedding! She knew I was going to be family.


8 years later, 3 kids, a house, cars, dog, cat, 20 chickens and 10 ducks. We are still madly in love with one another.

Guerino Cento started Napoli Villa in 1962
I'm pretty sure love is what started the quaint restaurant where we fell in love. Guerino and Carmela Cento had a passion for Italian food that made people come back again and again. And the labor of love and passion for Napoli Villa has been carried by their daughter Antoinette Pizzi (who my kids call Mama Pizzi) she became the sole owner in 1968. The same recipes and passion is utilized today. The meatballs are made fresh daily  by hand and cooked to perfection by order. These days, Antoinette's son (Gino) and daughter (Carmelina) play a big role in operations of the restaurant. 


Who can resist a night out with your sweetie or sweeties and amazing authentic Italian?




Our babies love to eat here too. I'll never forget Mama Pizzi coming out of the kitchen with my oldest in her arms. She was in her glory with olives on the tips of her fingers.


With all the love that goes into the food and atmosphere, it makes me wonder what other love stories are within its walls. If you have not wandered down to Beech Grove's Napoli Villa you are missing out on a night to remember. Wander on over soon and 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!






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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.