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Monday, March 23, 2015

Mama Tip Tuesday! Get Grease Tickets Before They're Gone

Well-a, Well-a, Well-a, Uh...Tell me more, Tell me more...Was it love at first sight?

Yep, 100%!

Tonight I got to sit in for a special media preview of the GREASE production at Ten West Center for the Arts taking the stage starting this Thursday evening! 

Oh my gosh, so impressed! 



Tickets are flying out the door, so our Mama Tip Tuesday for you this week is get them before they're gone! Saturday is already sold out. Friday night is close to sold out. Thursday evening might be your only chance.

Here Are Our Top 5 Reasons You Don't Want To Miss GREASE This Weekend at Ten West:

  1. The actors are awesome! Everyone is totally in character and belting out some of your favorite Grease tunes. The opening number actually gave me the chills it was so good!
  2. There's an actual car on stage!
  3. Andrew Okerson isn't just behind the scenes this time. He's playing in the live band on stage too! Nice touch.
  4. You get to experience the magic of the arts for an awesome price! Thanks for being family-friendly affordable, Ten West. This mama appreciates!
  5. There are little tidbits of spot on humor delivered beautifully from the actors throughout. 

Don't miss it, peeps.


February-March 2015 Mama Tip Tuesdays brought to you by F.C. Tucker Agents Julie Preston and Stephanie Wilson. 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 2015 even cooler than 2014!



*** New in 2015, advertising sponsorship available with Fortville Mama. Sponsor a single post or bring our viewers Mama Tip TuesdaysWandering Wednesdays 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.

Hancock County Treasures - J. Scott Photography

Like Coming Home

Photo Credit: J. Scott Photography
I recently sat down with Jamie and Brandy Owens of J. Scott Photography, which is based in lovely Fortville. My very favorite thing they had to say was this... "Coming from a small town...Fortville was like coming home." That line right there makes my heart sing. I love it when people adore Fortville and embrace its specialness. The Owens take it a step further. They capture all that is exceptional about Fortville time and time again via their art.


Photo Credit: J. Scott Photography
Talking with Jamie and Brandy is just so easy. They are such down to earth individuals. They shared with me a few of their favorite reasons why Fortville is such a great place. I have to agree, their reasons are some of my very same ones as well. People still wave here, call you by name on the street and say hello. Then there's the train. The beautiful comforting sound of the train going through the middle of town. Oh and let's not forget the historic buildings up and down Main Street. A goldmine of backdrops for a pair of talented photographers.

What brought J. Scott Photography to Fortville a little over 3 years ago... A chance encounter really. Their daughter dances for Accented Motions Dance Studio. Back then the studio had just moved to Fortville from another location, relocating to the bottom floor of Ten West Center for the Arts. The Owens were often in Fortville just hanging out while their daughter had classes and thought to themselves hey, why not look here for studio space! They were able to find the perfect space and the property owner even built it out especially for them. It was a match made in photography heaven.

The Owens quickly made themselves at home in the community with the launch of a fun project - Faces of Fortville. Through this project they embraced the community of Fortville and those familiar friendly faces along Main Street. You can find Faces of Fortville prints on display in Indulge Cafe on Main Street Fortville. Jamie puts it best, "When I moved my photography studio to Fortville in 2011 I became part of a community. In my old location, I was just a photographer in an office space."

They continue to put a unique light on the town of Fortville through their photography of local events, such as Bastille Day. They often shoot family and senior photos with Fortville as the beautiful backdrop. Our favorite J. Scott Photography project of recent has to be Ballerinas in the Wild! You can see a showcase of these prints on display (and for purchase) at Indulge on Main Street Fortville.

The idea came to Jamie in a roundabout way. A fan of unconventional photography but never really a fan of projects such as "trash the dress", but more so "fish out of water" themed shoots; Jamie has been working on beautiful shots of local ballerinas in places they wouldn't normally be found. It's a creative outlet for him in his downtime, and really his gift of art to the world. One of our favorite locations Jamie has shot the Ballerinas in the Wild series is Fortville, but he has also photographed in locations like IMS during the month of May too! That location was one of the most fun for all involved. Everyone was out of their element, including spectators. There was even an older gentleman there to watch time trials that wanted to get up and dance along with the ballerinas!


Photo Credit: J. Scott Photography
Photo Credit: J. Scott Photography
Photo Credit: J. Scott Photography
Photo Credit: J. Scott Photography
Photo Credit: J. Scott Photography
Photo Credit: J. Scott Photography
Ever a creative eye for the perfect shot, we love J. Scott Photography wedding photos too! They have a way of capturing moments in time that should forever be savored. Jamie and Brandy say that they just love being there to document such a special day for families. They tease each other that Brandy is good for the safe shots and Jamie is always looking for those shots that showcase the stories that should forever be told. 

He loves the eyes too. In Jamie's opinion, they tell so much about a person. William Shakespeare was very wise... they are a window to the soul. Back in 1997 when Jamie was fresh out of college, he swore that he would never be a wedding photographer, but then came his sister's wedding (the first he ever shot, and an evening wedding via candlelight at that. One of the hardest types of shoots.) and the rest is history. Check out this sampling of some of Jamie and Brandy's gorgeous wedding photography. I sure wish I knew about their work when Coach Man and I wed some 15 years ago now!

Photo Credit: J. Scott Photography
Photo Credit: J. Scott Photography
Photo Credit: J. Scott Photography
Jamie is the official photographer for InsidetheHall.com (as a lifelong IU fan, his dream job really), Accented Motions Dance Studio, University High School (where he also teaches photography) and Noah's Ark Preschool. He and Brandy own J. Scott Photography together and often work side by side on projects. They really are the perfect creative mix and complete opposites in so many ways, but that is exactly what makes them amazing! 

You can find their work for sale via their website, you can book them for a family photo, senior photo or a wedding or hire them as official photographers for your business too! You can also see J. Scott Photography on display in Fortville at Indulge Cafe on Main Street!

My absolute favorite photo Jamie has snapped is this recent one from the #fabFortville blogger event in February! Thank-you, Jamie. You definitely captured a moment in time and are ever the kind gentleman photographer! Brandy, I sure hope you guys diversify someday soon and bring a used book store with an adorable shop cat to Main Street Fortville. It would be a perfect fit! You both are treasures, and I hope you stay in Fortville for years and years to come.

Photo Credit: J. Scott Photography
January-March 2015 Hancock County Treasures brought to you by Moody's Butcher Shop - Geist Location. 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 2015 even cooler than 2014!



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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Fortville Mama Feature - Indy Zoom Groom

This Wednesday we are taking a little break from Wandering to share with you the awesomeness of Haley Brown of Indy Zoom Groom. She is one of our newest sponsors at Fortville Mama, and we're 100% in love with her to your door premier pet grooming services!

A few weeks ago it rained and rained on 8 inches on snow. Yuck.

Nobody wants to go out in that or clean up after muddy paws! I have to say Haley the owner of Indy Zoom Groom is a girl after my own heart! At your door service! It's definitely not easy getting out of the house these days especially with 3 kiddos in car seats. My youngest is almost 4 months and screams the moment you place him in the seat. Have I mentioned how hard it is to leave the house?!

Want to know more reasons why I love this to-your-door service? Haley is super sweet. My dog loved her instantly. He just had that look in his eye. Usually he's a bit apprehensive around strangers but this wasn't the case with Haley. Could she have ties with Cesar Millan? We will never know.


Here is my lovely 3 legged Brittany Spaniel, Remi. The kind that loves to roll in who knows what when we visit my parents in the country. He also has a strong dislike for baths. However, he hopped right in Haley's super cool and well thought out van. He must have thought he was going on an adventure. This boy turned country dog loves to get dirty on the weekends!


Haley started with a little rinse then a good scrub down. This was his favorite part. The scrub down that she puts so much love into! Then a good rinse and blow dry. At that point I got out of the van to snap some pictures and take it all in! Remi hair was everywhere, and he was having the time of his life. She even cleaned his ears! Then clipped his nails and trimmed some of the long stray hairs. After his visit with Haley he was all fresh and clean - a new man!


Overall Indy Zoom Groom was the perfect choice for us. The to-your-door-service was a god-send for this busy mama of 3 young ones. I recommend her to all!






February-May 2015 Wandering Wednesdays brought to you by Indy Zoom Groom. 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 2015 even cooler than 2014!


*** New in 2015, advertising sponsorship available with Fortville Mama. Sponsor a single post or bring our viewers Mama Tip TuesdaysWandering Wednesdays 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, March 17, 2015

Mama Tip Tuesday! Guinness Corned Beef and Cabbage

Guinness and Corned Beef Together? 

What Could Be Better?!

I love everything about St. Paddy's day. I get my love for it honest. My dad is all Irish with his red hair and pale complexion. My grandma (his mom) would march in the St. Patrick's Day parade in Minnesota. I'm sure it was a little cold in March, but she sure loved her heritage and embraced all the festivities. I am reminded of her often this time of year, as she passed away 17 years ago. This is why I cherish St. Patrick's Day!


This amazing woman raised 6 kiddos and worked all her life as a prenatal nurse. She was as sweet as could be. I know if she was alive today she would still be celebrating this day. So in her honor I'm sharing my tried and true corned beef and cabbage recipe! It's super easy!


Guinness Corned Beef
3-5 lbs Corned Beef brisket
1 can or bottle Guinness
1 cup Brown sugar 

Remove brisket from package and rub with brown sugar. Then slowly pour beer over brisket. Cook on low in Crock Pot for 8-10 hours. I add carrots in too! Then when you are ready to serve, steam cabbage on stove for 10 minutes to go along with the beef. Then add on top of your brisket for 30 minutes to soak up flavor!

Enjoy!


February-March 2015 Mama Tip Tuesdays brought to you by F.C. Tucker Agents Julie Preston and Stephanie Wilson. 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 2015 even cooler than 2014!



*** New in 2015, advertising sponsorship available with Fortville Mama. Sponsor a single post or bring our viewers Mama Tip TuesdaysWandering Wednesdays 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.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Wandering Wednesday - A Btown Foodie Experience

Bloomington, A Remarkable City for Food Connoisseurs

This week's Wandering Wednesday is a guest blog post from Jenny's lovely sister Angel and her quick-witted husband Dave, who Jenny loves to refer to as Bargersville Daddy! With Bloomington being one of their most favorite destinations, when the Devour Btown invite came, there wasn't a more perfect pair to go experience and tell us all about it... With out further adieu here's Angel and Dave...



The luck of the Irish landed in our lap early this March when my husband and I received an invitation to attend the Devour Btown progressive meal this past Sunday. This special invite included a tasting experience at 3 highly regarded Bloomington restaurants. 



This is the first year for Devour Btown. The event included over 30 restaurants and ran from Feb 25th – Mar 8th. Bloomington is a remarkable city for food connoisseurs; there’s a foodie experience at the ready around every corner of the city. It’s always easy for this family to find a reason to drive a few miles down Highway 37 to enjoy a wonderful meal at one of the many fine restaurants that Bloomington has to offer.


Refined Hospitality at Scholar’s Inn


The first stop of the afternoon started with appetizers at Scholars Inn. Signature martinis and generous helpings of Cured Calamari over mixed greens, Black Truffle Steak Frites and Mornay Mushroom Flatbread were served up for all. 

As we delighted in our delicious food and drinks, our high energy hosts (Lyle and Kerry Feigenbaum), graciously shared the story of the history of the restaurant and the evolution of their dream that became a reality in Bloomington, IN. The charm and romance of the Scholars Inn setting sets the stage perfectly for making memories in celebration of a milestone event or simply enjoying a peaceful escape with some dear friends. Our time at Scholars Inn simply flew, and we were off to our next stop.



Just Like the Warm Embrace of a Friend at Upland Brewing Co.


As we walked through the door of Upland Brewing Co., we immediately had the sense of coming home to an old friend. The atmosphere was relaxed and warm. We were surrounded by the low hum of pleasant conversation and tables were filled with lots of smiling faces. 

Within moments of arriving we were quickly served selections of every entree featured on the Upland Brewing Co. Devour Btown menu. To make sure that everyone had an opportunity to try all of the menu offerings, the entrees were served family style. 




We were hard pressed to pick a favorite between the flank steak marinated in Helios Pale Ale, the Pistachio Crusted Trout, the Smoked Pork Chops and the Zucchini Parmesan. Each entree was cooked to perfection and exquisite! The side dishes that accompanied the entrees were just as flawless: roasted herb baby red potatoes, sauteed spinach, asparagus and garlic mashed potatoes. Chef Padraig Cullen, please do tell the magic you worked on the asparagus and the rest of this magnificent feast. 

We were especially impressed to learn how much of the food on the menu is sourced locally!




Chef Padraig and his team were available for our questions throughout our entire visit and gladly shared the stories of the journey that led them to Upland Brewing Co. While the Dragonfly IPA and Upland Wheat Ale flowed freely all through the course of our meal, the team shared their expert opinion on alternate brews that could have worked just as nicely.




A Transnational Adventure for the Senses at FARMBloomington

Just when we didn’t think our Devour Btown experience could get any better, our group arrived at FARMBloomington. It had been explained to us at the beginning of the progressive meal that we would finish the day with “a bite of dessert” at FARM. Imagine our surprise when Chef Daniel Orr guided us to the Root Cellar Lounge and revealed an impressive array of desserts that covered the entire length of the bar top. 



Every imaginable delicacy right before our eyes: sweet pâté, chocolates, fruits, gourmet cheeses, mousse, cakes, meringues, cookies, baklava, pastries and more. But these were not ordinary, everyday desserts; these were pairings of flavors that we would have never dreamed to join together. Each and every one, a standalone work of genius! There were also champagne and fruited waters to accompany the collection of desserts. Over and over again, our group indulged and delighted in these simple and wonderful treats. His passion for his art was evident as we listened to Chef Orr describe the ingredients in each of the desserts..

His menu is seasonal and Chef Orr is steadfast in his commitment to local and fresh ingredients. FARM is a restaurant that works hard to feed all the senses. The FARM experience is a meal that you will still be thinking back on with pleasure for several days afterwards. Every place you look around the restaurant, there is something of interest in the decor to catch your attention. The background music is both refreshing and enjoyable in its diversity.




We asked each of the chefs to share some of their personal favorite Bloomington restaurants. While a couple of the eateries named are well known, we did gain insight to some new “must try” places that we will be visiting very soon.

My humble advice is do not miss the next Devour Btown!. But more importantly do not wait for it to come around again before you treat yourself to the many wonderful dining experiences that Bloomington, IN has to offer.

Bloomington is truly a jewel right in your own backyard.


-Angel and Dave


February-May 2015 Wandering Wednesdays brought to you by Indy Zoom Groom. 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 2015 even cooler than 2014!



*** New in 2015, advertising sponsorship available with Fortville Mama. Sponsor a single post or bring our viewers Mama Tip TuesdaysWandering Wednesdays 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, March 10, 2015

Mama Tip Tuesday! Italian Sausage Cheesy Kale Stuffed Shells

Shew that was a mouth full. Literally!

Last night I made one of my favorite dishes - Italian Sausage Cheesy Kale Stuffed Shells! It started with a recipe online that I've made so much and changed so much, that it's become my own! It has become a family favorite and guests love it too!


Here is my recipe!

1 lb Italian sausage
1 28 oz jar of spaghetti sauce
16 oz large shells
16 oz mozzarella cheese
15 oz ricotta cheese
1 cup cottage cheese
2 large eggs
1 package of frozen chopped kale (chopped or creamed spinach is good too)
2 tbps garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
2 tsp dried parsley
2 tsp dried oregano


Preheat oven to 350
1. Cook shells according to instructions. Drain in strainer then cover with towel.
2. Cook Italian sausage in skillet then drain grease. Set aside to cool for a few minutes.
3. Drizzle and spread a little sauce on the bottom of a 9 x 14 glass pan. 
4. In a large bowl mix cottage cheese, ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese (reserve some 1/2 cup for topping), eggs, kale and spices. Then mix in sausage.
5. Stuff mixture into shells. Don't be afraid to really fill them! This recipe makes a lot!
6. Use the remainder of the sauce to cover the top.
5. Cover with foil and pop in preheated oven.
6. Cook for 45 minutes.
7. Sprinkle with cheese and cook for another 5 minutes.


Enjoy.

Maybe with a glass of wine? Someone else can do the dishes. Right?
February-March 2015 Mama Tip Tuesdays brought to you by F.C. Tucker Agents Julie Preston and Stephanie Wilson. 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 2015 even cooler than 2014!



*** New in 2015, advertising sponsorship available with Fortville Mama. Sponsor a single post or bring our viewers Mama Tip TuesdaysWandering Wednesdays 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.