Carmel Christkindlmarket 2018

Carmel Christkindlmarket 2018

Looking to experience something different this Christmas? This event is about an hour away from Lafayette, IN, but it’s worth the drive! Imagine taking a step into Europe and experiencing a traditional Christmas Market. At the Carmel Christkindlmarket, you and your family have an opportunity to do just that! According to the website, “The Christmas market tradition stretches back to Saxony, Germany during the middles ages. Over the centuries, the joys of the traditional Christmas markets spread from town to town, and around the world! Christkindlmarkt is the German name for the traditional Christmas market, literally translated as ‘Christ child market.'”   What is at the Carmel Christkindlmarket? Beautifully decorated booths line the walkways serving up fresh baked pretzels and wursts, handmade wood working, ornaments, hot drinks, and more. Click here to view a web page dedicated to describing the traditional items available at the Carmel Christkindlemarket. This page mentions all of the handmade crafts you’ll find along the way followed by detailed descriptions of each thing! They also describe the traditional German food available as well. We recommend you grab a wurst and a mulled wine from the Glühwein Pyramid. Click here to view a map and vendor list.   What’s there to do at the Carmel Christkindlemarket? As far as entertainment is concerned, there is plenty to do for the family. Full market tours are available. Overall, there are many German inspired shows and performances. There is an ice skating rink in the middle of all the market’s beauty. It’s a wonderful spot to land with the fam. However, we recommend planning ahead if you desire to ice...
A Very Merry Main Street 2018

A Very Merry Main Street 2018

Join Downtown Lafayette, IN, along with the entire community, in taking their first breath of holiday seasoned air. This is our 3rd annual “A Very Merry Main Street Christmas Parade”, and it will be a wonderful day to spend in Downtown Lafayette, IN. We hope to see you there!   Parade Details This Saturday evening, December 1st, 2018 from 5:30 – 8:00 P.M., the Greater Lafayette Commerce is hosting a lighted Christmas Parade, signalling the official kick off of the season. The theme of the parade includes and is inspired by all things Christmas: lights, music, nativity, Santa, reindeer, elves, and more! Visit Indiana says, “The holiday lighting ceremony and Indiana’s largest holiday parade is a magical Saturday evening downtown.” You’ll see local fire trucks decking the halls, the Boilermaker Express (of course), plenty of local businesses and friends alike getting festive, and don’t miss the Purdue “All- American” Marching Band. The parade will take place on Main Street from 11th to 2nd Streets. Parking can be found along most side streets, and also in parking garages scattered throughout Downtown Lafayette, IN. The ease in parking throughout downtown is one thing we love about Lafayette, IN! The Facebook Event Page has place for commenting if you have any questions or concerns! You can also find up-to-date information on this event page! One more detail: consider coming early in the morning to attend the Holiday Mini Market or the Ugly Sweater 5K! Or in the afternoon to stop by local shops for some Christmas shopping! There are many fun, trendy places to buy unique jewelry, such as Two Tulips or Artist’s Own. There’s also thecandy cane tour...
Spotlight on Dull’s Tree Farm

Spotlight on Dull’s Tree Farm

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The Christmas season in upon us, and here in North Central Indiana, it really is the most wonderful time of the year. There are many places throughout Indiana who exhibit this, but Dull’s Tree Farm is something special. On the Dull’s Tree Farm website, they claim, “Christmas is a way of life” for this family on the farm. They were voted Indiana’s Best Tree Farm on the Visit Indiana Website. So, who better to get your tree from? Join Dull’s Tree Farm this year in Thorntown, IN to get your Christmas tree and you won’t regret it!   Types of Trees Available at Dull’s Tree Farm Each family has their own tree huntin’ style, but Dull’s Tree Farm has something for anyone. Choose and Cut, pre-cut, and balled (live) trees are available for purchase. Here‘s an explanation from the website about their tree selection this year: “In 2018 we will be cutting straight south of the house. There will be Scotch Pine, White Pine and Canaan Fir trees to choose from to cut. We realize that we do not have enough trees in the field to meet our current customer demand so we do ship in fresh Fraser Fir trees from other growers as well. Even though we weren’t able to grow some of these trees on the farm we guarantee they have the Dull’s Tree Farm seal of approval!” The trees range from 4′ to 10′. If you want a larger tree (11′ to 16′), you’ll have to call ahead and order. Dull’s Tree Farm also provides live tree care information on their...
Leftover Ham and Turkey Meals

Leftover Ham and Turkey Meals

Now that Turkey Day has passed, what on earth will we do with all of these leftovers? There are many simple things to do with such as making sandwiches, tacos, or casserole. However, here are a few recipes to check out to use up all of that leftover turkey or ham!   Turkey Leftovers Turkey Stock from the turkey bones (Martha Stewart) INGREDIENTS 5 pounds leftover turkey bones (with some meat still attached), broken into large sections if necessary 1 pound yellow onions, skins on, halved or quartered depending on size 1/2 pound carrots, cut into 4-inch lengths 1/2 pound celery stalks, cut into 4-inch lengths 1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorns 8 sprigs parsley INSTRUCTIONS In a 3-gallon stockpot, combine all ingredients and fill with enough cold water to cover everything by 3 inches when submerged (about 6 quarts). If you don’t have a large stockpot, use two smaller pots. Bring to a rapid simmer over high (do not boil); reduce heat until bubbles barely break the surface. Simmer until flavorful, about 2 hours, skimming stock with a ladle every 30 minutes. Keep the stock at a bare simmer; a hard boil would evaporate too much liquid and make the stock cloudy. Any fat that remains after skimming can be easily removed once the stock is chilled. Strain stock through a fine-mesh sieve. Discard vegetables. Remove meat from bones and save for another use; discard bones. Let stock cool completely before refrigerating. (To store, refrigerate, up to 1 week, or freeze, up to 6 months.)   Turkey Bone Soup (Cooking with K Food Blog) INGREDIENTS 1 turkey carcass 6-8...
Thanksgiving Activities for the Family

Thanksgiving Activities for the Family

On behalf of our team, The Romanski Group of Greater Lafayette, IN would like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. We hope your time is well spent with family and friends, giving thanks for all that you have. There are many ways to give thanks, but, overall, thanks giving is a state of the heart. There are many ways to be thankful no matter how much you have or what you have going on at the time. We hope that these few ideas help you to be present in the time that you have with those closest to you!   Activities to do on Thanksgiving with Family and Friends An oldie-but-goodie is to go around the table before you eat, asking everyone to share one thing they’re thankful for. If you have small children this craft is super fun! Make a Thankful Tree. Go into the yard and collect a few sticks to out into a mason jar, forming a “tree.” Then, cut out some leaves from construction paper, and have everyone in attendance write down something they’re thankful for on it. Hang each leaf from the sticks with yarn! This is a super fun and easy craft! Make wreaths! If you guys are feeling extra creative, scrounge up some decor and make wreaths! Of course, watch football! But maybe take it outside during half time and play your own game. This makes for some serious memories, and it’ll help counteract the extra plates you ate. Run in a Turkey Trot! Click here to view some in the Lafayette, IN area! Build gingerbread houses! Walmart and other stores have plenty...