National Mac ‘n’ Cheese Day – July 14th

National Mac ‘n’ Cheese Day – July 14th

Ahh, yes. The beloved comfort side dish: mac and cheese. Serve it as a meal in itself or to compliment food served and kids / adults alike will love you forever and ever. Beauty comes in various forms with this decedent feast: baked, boxed, spiral or elbow noodles, homemade, easyMAC, and so much more. You know you have a certain favorite! The Romanski Group even agrees that at get-together holiday events, the Mac and cheese can’t be made by just anyone. There needs to be a track record of their knowledge before they’re the designated maker. Fortunately, there are a few corporate Mac and Cheese professionals out there who make it a breeze for us to deliver deliciousness to our families. Additionally, they celebrate National Mac and Cheese Day by gifting you and yours something extra! Here are a couple fun facts about Mac and Cheese, a cheesy recipe and a few businesses to watch on July 14th to see how they’ll deliver! History of Mac and Cheese According to a Smithsonian Magazine article, Mac and Cheese first came onto the scene to fulfill need for the, “cheapest protein possible.. At times, cheese itself has shared a similar trajectory. Cheesemaking, which began [long] ago, was originally about survival for a farm family or community: taking a very perishable protein (milk) and transforming it into something less perishable (cheese) so that there would be something to eat at a later date. Many of us today think of cheese in the context of tradition, flavor, or saving family farms, but a basic goal—whether a producer is making farm-made cheddar or concocting...
Holiday Baking Guide

Holiday Baking Guide

There are many things that truly make the Christmas season what it is, and most of those things revolve around tradition. Each year, things such as the treasured Christmas farm visit and perfect tree hunt, gift exchanges of all kinds- family and friends or white elephant, filling stockings, Christmas movies, and holiday baking all top that wonderful list. Holiday baking is one of our favorites on that small list! There are so many memories to be made in the kitchen together. Holiday baking and sharing the kitchen space is about making memories together. The mess won’t be there forever. These honorable mention recipes that we’ll mention further down the blog include classic favorites, new ideas, candies, and savory selections. We’ll just add in a couple of each. But first, here are our tips to best enjoy the time. Be present. Intentionality goes a long way. Turn off screens and engage each person present in conversation.On the flip side, maybe take the phone out for a bit to take pictures. Pictures of the time will take you back in time for years to come, and they’ll help you remember everyone exactly as they are now. Add in holiday music!Prep! Preparation will take much of the stress away. Make sure you have all the necessary ingredients, pre-read the baking instructions to make sure there’s no extended sit times for the dough, gather all the correct equipment, and so much more! Clean up together. Serve each other and do the dishes as you go! It’ll really help the flow of life.Have fun! Don’t stress.Keep on the lookout in 2021 for a new...
DIY Christmas Gifts

DIY Christmas Gifts

There are so many people in our lives that we can go the extra mile for and lavish gifts upon for the Christmas season. There’s the immediate family who take up the bulk of the Christmas care, but what about the mail man or garbage/recycle crew and the frontline workers you know or have cared for you in a special way this year? Gift giving and delivery might look a little different for Christmas 2020, and that’s okay. There are online options to send a treat far and wide, but actually, there’s another route available. You can always send a DIY care package made with love. Mail it directly to a friend or family member far away or just set it out for the folks whom you want to say, “I appreciate you and your service.” Here are a few budget friendly DIY Christmas gift ideas to get your creative mind a-turnin’. Christmas Goodie Mason Jars This is one of the most versatile and unique wats to gift friends and family. You can do so much with a mason jar! Who knew? Christmas Cookie JarsChocolate Mug CakeStove Top Potpourri KitChristmas Morning Pancakes In a JarHomemade Soup Mix in a Jar Home Spa Treats At home spa treatments are a always a great idea for the well maintained people in your life. There are tons of ways to attack this beast! Here’s a short list. Lavender Tub TeaHomemade Bath BombsPeppermint Bath SaltDIY Hand Cream for Overwashed HandsRosemary Mint Shaving CreamHomemade Hand Sanitizer WipesSugar Scrub CubesCoffee Ground Body Scrub Hot Cocoa Bombs These trendy little golden gifts will have all the...
Small Business Spotlight:  Best New Restaurants Near Purdue

Small Business Spotlight: Best New Restaurants Near Purdue

As the skyline around Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN physically rises, there are many additions to the surrounding area. Life on campus at Purdue University constantly dreams of development and innovation and growth, and we hold the privilege to see it unfold before our eyes. Projection by the president, Mitch Daniels, calls for higher attendance, and therefore, we’ve seen many developers come and build new apartment complexes for housing, new store fronts for convenient shopping, and new restaurants and establishments for growing entertainment and night life experiences. Here are a few best new restaurants we’ve seen pop up as a result of all things growing! Cheers to the hope ahead! Restaurants on and around Purdue University’s Campus Big Woods Restaurant (Northwestern Ave.): Signature pizzas, craft beer, burgers, and more! Click here to view the menu! Yatagarasu (Chauncey Ave.): Japanese Noodle shop! This is a second location in the Greater Lafayette, IN area. SO yummy! Click here to view the menu! The Tap (State St.): The TAP is a 21 and up establishment. Food items include fresh tacos, artisan pizzas, cheese boards, burgers, dessert, and so much more! 8eleven Modern Bistro (Grant St. – inside the Union): American cuisine including all things breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, dessert, and wine! This restaurant has something for everyone. View the website for menu information. Leaps Coffee and Artisan Pastries (Grant St. – inside the Union): “Grab ‘n’ go goodness!” This menu changes daily because it depends heavily on local production and availability. Click here to view the constants! State 19 (State St.): State 19 majors in night life and drinks, but they...
Hillside Acres Family Farm

Hillside Acres Family Farm

What’s your favorite thing about Fall? Warm apple cider on a cool day? Or maybe you love a sweet treat in a freshly fried apple cider donut or popped kettle corn? Do you love going to the Indiana countryside during Harvest season and watching the Harvest moon rise? Is it the actual act of choosing the perfect gourd for your home decor and taking Insta-worthy photos? One of our favorite parts of the Indiana Fall y’all season includes all these things! Visiting local pumpkin patches never gets old, and we’re here to highlight one here in Greater Lafayette, IN that checks all the Fall party-boxes: Hillside Acres Family Farm. Hillside Acres Family Farm Welcome to the farm! Get ready for ALL the fun things and beautiful memories to come. Unique features include: apple picking, the country store, 7 acre corn maze, and so much more. Here’s a little introductory snippet from the Hillside Acres website: “It is owned and operated by part of the Hufford family- Brent & Gina, Caleb & Bethany, and Reuben & Megan. We began this new adventure together and opened in the fall of 2018. Hillside Acres is at the same location as the former Skiles Farm Market just outside of Rossville on 600 West and only 20 minutes from Lafayette. … We have several special events planned this year. The last day of our 2020 fall season is October 31st. Thank you for supporting our family owned business.” There you have it. When you step foot on the property, you’re joining the family traditions. Pick the perfect pumpkin. Take the photo in the photo booth. Ride...
Indiana Bed and Breakfast Destinations

Indiana Bed and Breakfast Destinations

Cool nights with changing colors on the leaves create the perfect staycation vibes here in great old Indiana. Have you seen some of the rolling hills and canyon formations we’ve got going on? Consequently, the question arrises of where you should go or stay, and additionally, we’ve an answer for you! Bed and Breakfasts are really perfect in so many ways. However, during this specific time with COVID-19, we want to point out that Bed and Breakfasts are essentially designed with social distance in mind. Here’s an updated list of all things Indiana B&B! Before booking a room, please be sure to contact each destination for their current COVID-19 procedures and stay guidelines. Nestle Inn (Downtown Indianapolis, IN): Okay, this B&B takes a turn for the wild side with claims such as: “Not your grandma’s B&B” and WE LOVE IT. Enjoy different touches including modern touches, Downtown Indianapolis location, WiFi, breakfast options, cooking classes, and so much more!Songbird Prairie (Vaparaiso, IN): Mentioned in Midwest Living Magazine as one of the best B&B’s in the Midwest, this is one to check out!Schenck Mansion (Vevay, IN): Also, mentioned in Midwest Living Magazine as one of the best B&B’s in the Midwest! It’s a beautiful location to behold!Cabins and Candlelight (Colfax, IN): Just twenty miles from Lafayette, these cozy little cottages are perfect for a weekend getaway. The cabins include a fireplace and Jacuzzi, and it is definitely a level of relaxation the doctor would order. It is a sweet little place!The Stone Cabin Inn (Dull’s Tree Farm; Thorntown, IN): The old log cabin is on a Christmas Tree Farm, and it is a favorite...