Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Haunted Fortville

Things That Go Bump In The Night
...in Fortville

Make sure to get all the way to the bottom folks. There is a spooky giveaway contest!

Just ask the coach man, I like to scare myself silly with shows like Ghost Hunters and if you're old school, Unsolved Mysteries. Not really the horror movie kind of stuff, but the "real" story kind of stuff. I watch with a blanket pulled up to my nose so I can quickly bring it up over my eyes if need be. I'm completely intrigued by the paranormal, so it's only natural that I'm ultra intrigued by paranormal in Fortville!

Just down the street from me is the Ivy House Bed and Breakfast. It's rumored that Al Capone used to visit long ago and illegally gamble within it's walls. HGTV's If Walls Could Talk featured the B and B and noted that gambling items were found both behind a furnace and inside garage walls. Haunted Places also reports an experience with the piano within the B and B.

Photo courtesy of Ivy House website.
Recently I had a fun chat with one of the owners of Indulge Cafe in Fortville. Their building is quite old and has multiple floors. Long ago it housed one of the first car dealerships in the area. Cars were stored on the 2nd floor and brought up and down via a large service elevator. It is rumored during that same time frame the basement included a speakeasy that Al Capone visited often. Employees of the cafe have heard loud footsteps above and things falling down the stairs. Once there was a loud clanging of what seemed like objects falling down the stairs. They went to investigate and found a bunch of pocket change all over the stairwell, as if it were thrown down the stairs.

If you read my Indiana State Museum: American Spirits exhibit recap, you know I love the era that includes flappers, bootleggers and gangsters! To think...Al Capone thought Fortville was cool enough to hangout here often! Just maybe in a speakeasy in the basement of the now Indulge! I love it! We'll just overlook the whole criminal thing for a minute. I just love that just maybe we're a slice of that period's history!

Moving on...my newest creepy Fortville destination providing for haunted intrigue - Ten West Center for the Arts! There's been quite a few interesting incidents over the years. You can read about them here and watch a spirit interaction as well. Love the flashlight thing! Decide for yourself, haunted or not. My favorite part of Ten West is the passage from the church to the parsonage. I love hidden doors and tunnels. When those are present there is always a back story or two to go with!

Picture courtesy of Ten West.
In the spirit of all that is creepy and in celebration of one of my favorite holidays, we have a spooky giveaway contest for you!

Ten West is hosting a showing of Hocus Pocus (rated PG) on Halloween evening starting at 8:30 p.m. Gives you plenty of time to enjoy trick or treating and then head over for a fun family movie to cap off the evening! There will be an all ages costume contest with CASH grand prize, yummy movie concessions and additional prizes of gift certificates for Indulge and Famous Dave's at Hamilton Town Center (provided by the amazing Fortville/McCordsville Chamber of Commerce)! It's the place to be on Halloween evening after dark! Tickets are $5 per person or $17 for a family four pack.

BUT, we have your chance to WIN a family four pack of tickets and go for FREE! Contest ends at noon on October 29th. See below for details on how to enter.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Hancock County Treasures - The Mug

The Modern Car Hop

This past week the crew and I visited The Mug in Greenfield for a bite to eat after a fun afternoon at Piney Acres Farm in Fortville. We were all starving and The Mug didn't disappoint - tasty choices perfect for every member of the family abound! 

We had tried to visit one night earlier, but they were so popular right after opening their doors that they ran out of food a few times. Instead of being upset, we knew that it just must be that good and that we needed to make a point to come back and give it a try. Our suspicions were right on! Oh my gosh such tasty food! When everything is fresh, it's amazing, And if it's amazing and in high demand, I think you are going to have that from time to time, where you just sell out. Way better than having a freezer full of processed stuff. Have you seen an episode of Kitchen Nightmares with Gordan Ramsey? He would advise you that fresh is always better and running out is normal, if you are awesome!

Picture courtesy of The Mug Facebook
The coach man and I got their HUGE tenderloin sandwiches. Fried of course. If you're gonna do it, go all the way. Little man got chicken tenders and baby girl got a cheeseburger. We all had their fries. So crispy! Absolutely delish! Coach man was amused that the fries came in the old fashioned wax paper bags. He said that's how they used to come at the Dairy Queen in Delphi when he was little and often went with his beloved Grandma. I happen to think the wax paper bag makes a difference. Keeps them crispy longer. Yum!

We all got their yummy root beer. Once again, awesome! If it hadn't been so chilly the night we went, we would have tried their ice cream as well. We chose to sit at their adorable umbrella tables after we ordered, but you can also order from your car as well in the parking spots that surround the restaurant. Each has it's own menu board and button to push to place your order. Once you push it, a server with a cute pink bandanna comes to take your order. I guess that gives us something new to try for our next visit. That and a corn dog. I saw one on their Facebook that made my mouth water the other day!

I love that right outside the restaurant is a chalkboard that highlights all the local fresh currently being sourced that goes in the made to order delish food items. The night we went these were the names on the board. All local. All vendors we adore! Isn't it so cool to know where your food comes from?! 

Another thing that I really liked was so simple but yet so great when you have kiddos! They had sidewalk chalk! The Fortville Mama kiddos had a blast drawing while we waited for our order. They made spaceships, the pig from the sign, the flag, their names...they tagged up the pavement all around our table. Nothing like happy little kiddos patiently awaiting their food. Smart move The Mug, smart move.

Until we meet again, stay amazing The Mug. If I were you, I'd follow them on Facebook, so your mouth can water too.

We'll definitely be back soon. There are corn dogs and ice cream to be had. Oh and those delish crispy fries.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Mama Tip Tuesday! EASY Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

You might notice I have a BIG pumpkin craving of late...

Around the fall each year, it's always one of my favorites! There's something about the cold weather that just makes you want a pumpkin latte, pumpkin pie, pumpkin cheesecake and the list could go on.

So why not pumpkin for breaskfast? Don't mind if I do!

Let's make Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls (and cheat a little bit)

1 roll Cresent rolls
1/4 canned pumpkin puree
1 tbps pumpkin pie spice
1 tbps ground cinnamon
Sugar to garnish
2 tbps butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp milk

Preheat oven to 375. Unroll the crescent dough, mend the seems. Combine pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon.  Spread evenly over dough then sprinkle with sugar. Tightly roll. Cut individual pinwheels.

Cook for 15 minutes till golden brown.

Combine all frosting ingredients slowly adding in milk to desired consistency.