NCAA Hall of Champions

May 31, 2011 at 7:35 pm (Uncategorized)

Every since I moved to Indy, I have wanted to check out this place.  However, they suffered from a very large fire and had to rebuild.  Its been open for two years, but I have been a lazy butt.  This is also the place I would love to get married in.  They have beautiful ballrooms and they are right on the canal.  Perfect for some awesome pictures.  Anyway, at some point, I realized it was a little silly to talk about where I wanted to get married when I hadn’t even seen the inside of the darn place.  So when my family was looking for something to do, I suggested the Hall of Champions. 

I COMPLETELY recommend this place!  Its a mere $5 to get in and is very interactive.  Downstairs are displays with some basic history of 23 different sports.  There is a huge display just about women’s sports history.  But upstairs is where all of the interactive games are.  We could play basketball, football, soccer, baseball, high jump, etc.  We got a great work out in.  If you have a free day, take a walk on the canal and stop by the NCAA Hall of Champions!

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Indy 500 2011

May 31, 2011 at 7:26 pm (Uncategorized)

I can’t believe this is my 4th Indy 500 living in Indiana. Once again it was a blast! Everyone arrived on Friday and headed to Carburation Day. I opted to work that day. The forecast was for cold and rainy. Not my cup of tea. After work, I met up with the gang at a bar right outside the track called the Winner’s Circle. It is a very disgusting bar that I would never step foot into except for one day a year. However, we like to take over the joint and just have a good ole time.

Afterwards, we went to dinner where we ended up dancing on the table in our private room and taking WAAAAAYYY to many shots.  Jeez, I love family time.  Saturday was the parade which might be my favorite day.  It is the one day that I don’t have to drive (although I ended up driving this year) and who doesn’t love a parade? 

 

We ended up at Kilroys after the parade for a late lunch and then all the kids went back to my house for a night of, again, too much drinking.  Sunday morning came way to work.  My dad was at my house at 8:15am ready to hit the track.  It was a great day.  The race was full of passing, minor wrecks, and lots and lots of lead changes.  I can’t tell you how long a race can drag on when someone is just dominating and unless its your driver, its not worth.  I had a very nice surprise towards the end of the race.  Last year, I decided to become a fan of Betrand Baguette becaust LBH, who doesn’t love that name?  Well, he didn’t do crap last year and almost didn’t have a ride this year.  However, on Sunday, he was looking pretty good and at one point took the lead from dumb ole Danica Patrick and lead until his car about ran out of gas.  So close!

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Eagle Creek Pizza

May 18, 2011 at 12:39 pm (Uncategorized)

As you all know, I’m obsessed with Groupon, Living Social, Eversave, etc.  I love these sites.  What a great idea to give people the opportunity to learn about new things in the city, different restaurants, and other places of business.  And you get it at a discount!  I had seen the Living Social come through for Eagle Creek Pizza, but its not a very convenient place for us.  But then a friend on Facebook posted a link to the coupon and raved about the joint.  So I immediately bought it (twist my arm, huh?).  So last night Chris and I went to try this place out after he got off work. 

On their Facebook page, they put in several areas to call your order ahead of time even if you are dining in.  They get very busy and they don’t want you to wait.  So I call at 5:30 and order our pizza to which the girl seemed very confused.  “You’re not coming in until when?”  I hate that.  Don’t tell me to do something and then act confused when I do it.  Oh well.  End result?  Dinner cost us $1.06 last night $11.06 if you count what I paid for the coupon.  We opted for the pesto, olives, and GOAT CHEESE (my fav!).  And then we added chicken to give it some kind of meat.  It was delicious!  I loved the big chunks of goat cheese on it.  I’m not sure how they afford to make that pizza.  I made a lasagna once with goat cheese and it cost me $10 just for the cheese!  And here is the end result:

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Saffron Cafe

May 11, 2011 at 2:31 pm (Uncategorized)

A coworker of mine started an international dining club about a couple months ago.  The idea was to try a different ethnic food once a month.  I love this idea!  But due to budget reasons, I was unable to go the first couple of times.  This month, I was ready to go.  We were headed to Saffron Cafe, a Moroccan restaurant downtown.  Of course, I had already checked out the menu and felt comfortable that I would find something I could eat.  I got Kafta Kababs which are ground beef rolls seasoned and dipped in a red pepper flake sauce.  They were pretty good!  I liked the seasonings.  We sat a table with a very nice couple.  We all shared food so we could try different things.  I loved the entire concept and Ally and I had a great time meeting people and trying new food.  I definitely recommend trying out the restaurant.  I can’t wait to take Chris there and try something different!  I believe next month is a German cafe on the northeast side.  Yum!!

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Mother’s Day Weekend

May 9, 2011 at 1:50 pm (Uncategorized)

For Mother’s Day this year, we invited Chris’ parents to come down and visit for the weekend.  Denny had some time off due to some minor surgery so we took advantage.  They came in town late Friday afternoon.  I unfortunately got home late due to having to run by the 500 Mini Marathon Expo.  I made some dinner for everyone and had to hit the sack.  I was meeting Colleen at 6:15 am at work!

I met Colleen and her husband at work the next day and her husband dropped us off at the Mini Marthon so that we didn’t have to worry about parking.  It was almost perfect weather.  A little overcast, but warm and not raining!  We walked the 5K in 53 minutes.  I thought that was pretty good considering we were slowed down in the beginning by all the people trying to run by us and then we had to stop for a bathroom break.  I think when I ran the 5K I did it in 43 minutes so 10 extra minutes and not have my knees killing me?  Perfect!  Colleen said she was very surprised at how easy it was and was asking when our next 5K was!?  Ummmmmm, hahaha.

Then I came back and Leta (Chris’ mom) wanted to take me to my first Moose Lodge.  I’m not sure if I mentioned, but membership at Leta’s Moose Lodge has been thin so she asked if she could buy me a membership.  Sure, I don’t care.  But I didn’t think I would ever actually go into one.  Well, I got to go to two Moose Lodges this weekend.  The first one we went to was closed but they let us come in and have a beer.  The second one we went to was very nice, but kind of far away.  I still don’t really understand the Moose Lodge concept.  But I did see that they have 50 cent taco nights and 2 for $20 filet mignon nights so I plan to take advantage. 

Afterwards, we came back to get ready for our Kentucky Derby celebration.  Leta got us all hats to wear and prizes for first, second, third, and last.  This is Leta and I in our finest attire. 

We got pretty tipsy on Saturday night.  We were in the mood to celebrate.  On Sunday morning I got up early and made brunch for everyone.  I made french toast casserole, tomato and spinach strata, manadrin orange salad and bacon.  I did take pictures, but it didnt look as appetizing on the camera as it did in my belly.  So maybe when I make it again, you will see better pictures.  Here are the links:

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/spinach-tomato-strata-10000000521985/

http://www.frugalupstate.com/recipes/recipe-overnight-french-toast-casserole/

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