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Chicken Pomodori Panini and a giveaway!

Last week, I was invited to Indiana’s first Corner Bakery Cafe located in Carmel at Clay Terrace to see the space and eat some delicious food. (And it *was* delicious.) The cafe just opened mid-August.CornerBakeryCafe_National_Logo

A quick disclaimer: I don’t make it up to Carmel very often. I really only go there when I’m visiting or meeting friends. It’s a good 30 minutes from my house without traffic, so I generally stay closer to home, though each time I make the trip I marvel at the beautiful green spaces, the clean and pretty retail centers and grocery stores and simply at the sheer MULTITUDE of cool shops and spaces that we don’t have in urban Indy.

But my jaunt up to Corner Bakery Cafe (during rush hour even) was worth it once I arrived. With a ton of windows, I was loving all the natural light immediately as I walked in and it’s very family-friendly. And then the food arrived.

Since I’m gluten-free, I was a bit nervous about what I might be getting into since the menu isn’t very GF friendly at first glance. But make known that you’re gluten-free and there are several substitutions that will leave you full and happy with your meal.

I sampled the Anaheim Scrambler (eggs, bacon, tomatoes, green onions, cheddar cheese and avocado) with fresh fruit and it was wonderful, light and seasoned perfectly. The cafe brings in over 40 fresh fruits and veggies each day – and I could taste and see how fresh the ingredients were.

And then I ate the most amazing sandwich I may have ever tasted: the Chicken Pomodori Panini. It’s traditionally served on sourdough (which holy cow, looked amazing) but mine was served on a gluten-free wrap. And I loved it. (I was trying to figure out some better, more elegant way of stating that, but I just couldn’t. I simply loved it.)

Chicken Pomodori Panini pic

Here’s the second to best part of my visit to the cafe: they gave me the recipe for the Chicken Pomodori Panini to make at home! And… to share with you. 🙂

Chicken Pomodori Panini from Corner Bakery Cafe

Ingredients

  • 2 slices of Sourdough Bread (or any other bread or wrap of your choice)
  • Butter
  • Garlic Butter
  • 4 slices of Provolone Cheese
  • 3 oz. of Sliced Chicken
  • 1 oz. of Roasted Tomatoes
  • 3 leaves of Fresh Basil
  • 1/2 oz. of Fresh Spinach
  • 1/2 oz. of Pesto Mayo

Instructions

  1. Butter both slices of break on the outside and brush the inside of the bottom slice of bread with garlic butter.
  2. Layer two slices of cheese, chicken, roasted tomatoes, fresh basil and spinach.
  3. Add the last two slices of cheese and top with the second slice of bread.
  4. Grill to golden perfection on a panini grill, adding the pesto mayo just before removing from the grill.
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The recipe is so simple and you could easily prepare the sandwiches at home and take to a tailgate and heat on a charcoal grill instead of a panini grill for a tasty and different addition to traditional tailgate fare.

But here’s the best part of my visit to Corner Bakery Cafe: they gave me $25 in gift certificates to give away to one lucky reader! All you have to do is comment below and tell me your favorite Corner Bakery Cafe menu item OR your favorite tailgate food (since it *is* football season after all).

Want a second entry? Share this post on Facebook or Twitter then come back and leave ANOTHER comment stating you did so. (Make sure to leave a link to the share or tag me in it so I can see that you really did share it.)

Now go visit the Clay Terrace Corner Bakery Cafe! (And invite me. 🙂 ) Did I mention they have free wifi? 😉

 

Giveaway Details: This giveaway will run through Sunday, September 27th. One winner will be randomly selected and notified by email. The winner will have 24 hours to reply to my email or another winner will be selected. No exceptions.

Winter Woven review

One of my favorite local Indianapolis artists is Kyle Ragsdale. We have two “Kyles” (as we like to call them) hanging in our home. So last month when I saw that he was the artist for a new children’s book I was PSYCHED.

The book is called Winter Woven and is about a nine year-old girl who receives a scarf as a gift and loses it.Winter Woven cover

The touching and vivid story about loss and a desperate search is written for an older child (8+ through adulthood) but even those younger will be drawn in by the amazing oil paintings gracing the pages of the book.

Winter Woven example

As you can see above, the words are even illustrated, lending wonderful ways of changing tone and rhythm while reading.

Winter Woven beautyI’ll be honest – I love this book mainly because of the scenes captured by Kyle. And of course, the scenes couldn’t be created without the lovely story written by local author Garrett Curry. Simply the fact that two local artists, one of painting and one of words, collaborated to create this book makes me love it even more.

You can purchase this gorgeous 11×11, 32-page, hard-back book on Etsy for $24.99. Go! Buy it now for your kids for Christmas! It’ll be a beautiful addition to your bookshelf or coffee table and you’ll be supporting local artists. There’s not much better than that.

 

Disclosure: I received a digital version of this storybook to write this review and will receive a hard copy as well. As always, ALL opinions written here are my own and are only influenced by my deep love for the work of Kyle Ragsdale. 🙂

 

Fresh Artistry Review

Sometimes I plan dinner for the week, go to the grocery and actually make what I plan.

Sometimes my son locks himself in my bedroom while I’m getting ready for work. And because our house is over 100 years old and still has the original doors which only lock from the inside, it’s cheaper to saw holes in the walls between closets to get him out (and get in to unlock the door) than it is to ruin a $400 door.Lucas in the wall

On those days, dinner doesn’t get planned. The meat doesn’t get taken out of the freezer. The 13 ingredients to make a nice, fresh dinner don’t get prepped. And we end up eating chicken nuggets and mac and cheese.

This is where Super Man should come flying in to save dinner with a great fresh meal ready for me to make.

But wait! That’s not Super Man! It’s Fresh Artistry!

What is Fresh Artistry? Fresh Artistry is a service that delivers locally designed recipes and fresh, proportioned ingredients to your home. Fresh Artistry helps you make chef-grade meals for your family without the hassle.

It’s pretty smart (and amazing) actually. You choose a meal (up to 3 per week) from their 7-recipe menu online and they deliver ALL THE INGREDIENTS to your door. And not just the ingredients, but measured and packaged separately with complete and SIMPLE instructions included. If you can read and follow a recipe, you can’t mess this up. It is SO CONVENIENT. And delicious.Fresh Artistry Ingredients

We were able to test out the service for a meal. We got the Peach-Chipotle Glazed Chicken with Smashed Potatoes and Green Beans. I was a little nervous about the glaze since my husband and half of my kids are pretty picky eaters. The meal was delivered to me the same day is was packed in a box with an insulated liner and ice packs. The ingredients were fresh and pre-measured for an easy and quick prep before cooking. Since the recipes are tested extensively and focused on short start-to-finish times, it was a breeze to follow and cook. Simply eliminating the shopping and prepping for a chef-grade meal made me feel like I could cook a fresh, local and delicious meal even on busy nights.

Even better? MY WHOLE FAMILY LOVED IT. Even picky Adam, who doesn’t like peach anything, asked for more of the glaze (which I put on the side just in case because of my family’s tastes). He actually even said he’d consider PAYING for the service! (If you know my husband AT ALL, you know this is a HUGE statement.)Fresh Artistry Meal

The website says the family plans should feed 2 adults and 2-3 kids, but it fed my whole family (2 adults and 4 kids ages 12 to 1.5), which will cost you about $30 per meal. They also have smaller plate plans for smaller households (which run about $20 per meal) and delivery is free for either plan.

Fresh Artistry is fully launching it’s services TOMORROW, Friday 12/5. I encourage you to try it out. Because I already make most of our meals from fresh, local ingredients, we probably won’t use the service regularly because of our budget, but we’ll definitely do it again. One of the things I loved is that my kids all wanted to try it – which is CRAAAAZY because usually when I make new things NO ONE wants to even taste it, but because this was kind of like getting carry-out (just cooked at home) my kids thought it was like eating restaurant food. Which apparently changes whether or not they even TRY new foods. (Whatever.)

Go here www.freshartistry.com/faq to read more about the company, how it got started and some details I haven’t included here. And give it a shot. I think you’ll be extremely pleased. And you’ll be supporting a local business which always a plus.

small things and the Indiana State Fair {GIVEAWAY!}

A couple weeks ago in church, I was kind of put in my place.

See, I’ve always been very irritated with how poor people eat. I’m not gonna lie. Standing in line behind someone using food stamps to purchase crap food has always been a huge struggle for me. And I was always so confused why women couldn’t figure out what WIC vouchers cover.

And then my eyes were opened by one comment at church: People who live in poverty don’t have access to grocery stores that provide good food choices – they live by gas stations and convenience stores.

So I started doing some research. I found my zip code in Indianapolis (46202) has the highest percentage of population below the poverty level. Poverty

Want to know something even crazier? There’s only ONE major grocery store in my ENTIRE zip code. One Kroger that we lovingly call GK (Ghetto Kroger) or Kroghetto. Not a single Marsh, Meijer, Aldi or Target. When I search for “grocery stores in Indianapolis 46202” only Kroghetto shows up. How are people living in poverty, heavily relying on public transportation, shopping at grocery stores with healthy food options? They simply aren’t.

To research further, I looked at the WIC food requirements. Have you seen them?! Holy details Batman. Take a look: http://www.in.gov/isdh/files/WIC_Program_Booklet_English.pdf. Seriously. Just take a few minutes and look at the requirements of what you can purchase with WIC. Two examples:

  1. You can only buy a dozen large or extra large white eggs (not medium, not 1/2 dozen, not brown, not cage free, not even the brand Eggland’s Best).
  2. You can only buy peanut butter in 16 – 18 oz. jars and you cannot buy: spread, organic, mixed with jelly, marshmallow, honey, Smucker’s Natural, Fifty 50, Jif Omega 3, Smart Balance, Krema, Better’n Peanut Butter, Health Valley, Reese’s, or even natural peanut butter.

These are only two examples. There are so many restrictions on even healthy items you can buy it would take a crazy amount of time to plan and then also to shop. It makes my head swirl and I’m a completely competent, seasoned, healthy food grocery shopper. Add taking your kids with you to the grocery store with you and I think I might lose it. For real.

So when I read about easy simple ways I can help my community feed those who are hungry, I get excited. Insert another thing I get (overly) excited about: the Indiana State Fair. Put them together?! YEEHAW!!!

Indiana State Fair attendees who follow the Indiana’s Family of Farmers (IFOF) Recipe Trail at the fairgrounds will help feed the hungry (and receive a kitchen towel printed with a food safety tip). For each person who finishes the trail, IFOF partners with Feeding Indiana’s Hungry (FIsH) to donate one pound of food to food banks across the state. Last year, recipe trail travelers donated $8,372 worth of food. Let’s do better this year.

All you have to do is collect recipe cards from 10 locations around the fairgrounds and bring them to the IFOF booth at the DuPont Food Pavilion where you’ll receive your towel and get counted as a donor of a pound of food. (Extra perk: The booth also features a chance to register for a grand prize of a Frigidaire® chest freezer.)

One side of the IFOF recipe card features a recipe from a real farmer around Indiana and highlights Indiana’s commodities such as pork, beef, poultry, soybeans, corn and dairy, along with an Indiana wine pairing. (Yay!) On the reverse side of the card, fairgoers will meet the farmer and read a personal story from his or her family.

You can find the recipe cards at:

  • Exposition Hall (Rose Acre Farms booth)
  • DuPont Food Pavilion (3 stops: Purdue, Indiana Beef, Indiana Wine & Grape Council)
  • Habitat for Humanity Ag House
  • Indiana Farm Bureau Building
  • Glass Barn
  • Normandy Barn
  • Pathway to Water Quality
  • Final stop/recipe redemption point: IFoF booth at DuPont Food Pavilion

While I know going to the state fair and completing the recipe trail isn’t going to fix poverty, it *is* going to help. What’s that saying? Sometimes the smallest things can have the biggest impact? I mean, you’re already going to the fair, so you might as well do a small recipe trail. It’ll have an impact. I promise.

OH WAIT! You don’t have tickets to the state fair yet?! LUCKY FOR YOU because, thanks to my fine friends at Indiana’s Family of Farmers, I have a 4-pack of Indiana State Fair tickets to give away! (Which opens FRIDAY by the way! YEEHAW!!!)

All you have to do is leave a comment telling me your favorite thing about the Indiana State Fair. Easy peasy, but required.

Want additional entries? Earn up to two additional entries by completing each of the following:

  • Share this post on Facebook (and come back leaving me a comment telling me you did so).
  • Follow me on Twitter (@katieunscripted) and tweet about this giveaway, linking back to this post. (Something like “Win 4 tickets to the @IndyStateFair where you can do the @FamilyofFarmers recipe trail benefiting @FeedINsHungry. http://wp.me/p2QiXQ-m2”) Again, come back and leave me a link to your tweet.

(Sorry, while you’re welcome to share and tweet all you’d like about this giveaway, only one FB share and one tweet will count. Giveaway runs from now until 11:59pm on Friday, August 1st. Winner will be contacted via email and will have 24 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. No exceptions.)

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Disclosure: As an IFOF Ambassador, I received four tickets to attend the Indiana State Fair and four tickets for this giveaway. This is a sponsored post. Though, as always, all thoughts and opinions are completely mine. (Let’s be honest – my love for the fair isn’t news to anyone.)

Wet. Cold. PROUD.

Last Saturday morning, all I wanted to do was turn around and come home as I drove to my final Refuel Runner Ambassador Program race. Refuel Runner Pre-Race

It was pouring. It was freezing. And I was wavering.

But then I remembered my last post. About there always being an excuse. And I couldn’t let rainy and cold weather be my excuse. Because if I let either one be my excuse that morning, I’d always let something be my excuse each and every time I didn’t feel like exercising in the future. It was time to step up.

So I ran 3.1 miles with about 40 other stupid really dedicated people. To top off the rain and cold, the Rock My Run music app I had just downloaded the night before wouldn’t work without wifi (even though it said it would and I downloaded the mixes I wanted to my phone). So I ran in the rain and cold, by myself, with NO music.

It was really quite miserable to be honest. The only thing that kept me going was getting out of the crappy weather. Oh, and the funny old(er) dude that I passed early on who kept yelling “You’re my inspiration!” at me the entire rest of the run that he was behind me.

I finished in 36:42, which was an 11:48 pace (my goal was 12:00).

And while I was happy that I beat my goal, I was more proud of myself that I actually RAN THE RACE. That I didn’t turn around and drive home. That I didn’t use anything as an excuse.

Wet. Cold. PROUD.

This is a big step for me, friends. Keeping myself accountable rather than waiting for someone else to keep me accountable. It’s huge.

And while this was my final race with Indiana Dairy, this was definitely not my last race. I’m hoping to run one 5k a month through the fall. And it’s not the end of refueling with chocolate milk either. That’s for sure.

I’d love for you to join me. If it’s not actually running a race with me, choose to keep yourself accountable. Choose to not make excuses. Choose to be proud of yourself. And choose to drink chocolate milk. 🙂

 

Refuel Runner Ambassador

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I am working with Indiana Dairy and their Refuel Runner Ambassador Program. I’m super excited to be part of the program and to share with you my opinions and experiences. Of course, those opinions and experiences are all my own. Now go refuel with chocolate milk.

Flushed cheeks. Wet hair. Chocolate milk.

I’m good at making excuses. Excuses for not going to bed early enough, for not eating healthy enough, for putting off work until the last minute, for not doing the dishes. I can keep going if you’d like. No?

But most of my excuses center around one thing: not exercising.

Too tired. Too busy. Too much cleaning to do. Boys didn’t nap at the same time. It’s too cold outside. I hate the treadmill. Too tired. Too much laundry. JUST WANT A MINUTE ALONE SITTING ON THE COUCH DRINKING MY COFFEE. Too tired. Candy Crush. Pretty nails. Too tired.

But this? The feeling of flushed cheeks, a good shower after a good work-out and cold chocolate milk?post work out

It feels so good.

I remember this each Monday night after my zumba class. (An aside, if you’re in Indy and looking for a great zumba class, come with me!) But I so quickly forget by the time I get home from work on Tuesday afternoon. Because all the excuses come rushing back.

During Sunday’s sermon, our pastor said something that has stuck with me: your schedule (your calendar, the way you spend your day) is a picture of how you spend the life God has given you. So I’m going to be open and share with you my schedule:

MWF:

  • Alarm at 7:15 to get girls up and ready for school.
  • Adam takes girls to school at 8:15.
  • Care for boys until girls get home from school at 3:30.
  • Homework with girls until 4:30 or 5:00.
  • Dinner prep and make 5:00 – 6:00.
  • Dinner at 6:15.
  • (On Mondays I’m gone for zumba from 7:10-9:00).
  • Isaac to bed at 7:15.
  • Bigs to bed at 8:00.
  • Bed around 11:00.

T & Th:

  • Alarm at 6:15 to get ready for work/kids ready for school.
  • Leave at 8:15 for work.
  • Work until 2:45 then pick up kids from daycare/school.
  • Homework with girls until 4:30 or 5:00
  • Dinner prep and make 5:00 – 6:00.
  • Dinner at 6:15.
  • Isaac to bed at 7:15.
  • Bigs to bed at 8:00.
  • Bed around 11:00.

Okay, so let’s get rid of the excuses. On MWF, I have 7 hours of time during the day that I watch the boys. Very seldom do they nap at the same time, but I can totally hop on the treadmill for 30 minutes while he watches his one allowed morning screen time instead of checking my email or social media or just sitting with him being lazy. If Isaac doesn’t nap in the morning, then I’ll know I can run during their afternoon naptimes. There. MWF Done.

Now T&Th. I have a good 2.5 hours between the kids going to bed and me going to bed. I’m pretty tired by 8:30 on the days I work, so I’m going to bank on exercising MWF during the day. If I miss one of those days, there’s NO REASON I can’t get my butt moving for 30 minutes on the treadmill or go for a run outside once the weather gets warmer.

No more excuses.

And more exercising means one last excuse: to drink chocolate milk after work-outs. And that’s an excuse I’ll gladly keep.

What’s your excuse? Want to share your calendar with me? I bet I can find 30 minutes of time if you’re willing to put aside the excuses. We can keep each other accountable.

Want to start this weekend with a NEW schedule? Run with me on Saturday morning! I’m doing one more #WinnersDrinkMilk Indiana Dairy Refuel Runner Ambassador race. And it’s for a great cause. It’s the Race for Roofs 5k to benefit Englewood Community Development Corporation. You can still register and you can even get $10 off your registration fee, making it only $15 (go to my friend Cherie’s website for more info).

 

Refuel Runner Ambassador

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I am working with Indiana Dairy and their Refuel Runner Ambassador Program. I’m super excited to be part of the program and to share with you my opinions and experiences. Of course, those opinions and experiences are all my own. Now go refuel with chocolate milk.

An Update and Easy Artichoke Dip (they totally go together!)

At the end of 2013, I said I was going to start loving myself more. I wasn’t exactly sure how that looked, emotionally, spiritually or physically, but I knew I needed to do it for more than just myself.

And I’ll tell you it’s been harder than I thought.

I think it’s been hard because I’ve only had about 10 good nights of sleep in over 9 months (since Isaac was born). And that might be a gracious number. I’ve been so sleep deprived that it’s been wearing me down in all aspects of my life. But I’m committed to loving myself better even through the tiredness, so I’ve been trying hard to keep up with a few things.

First, I’ve been trying to pray for other people more. I decided that I needed to use my day time better at home so when I’m feeding Isaac alone or putting him down for a nap, I pray for many of you during that quiet time instead of checking email or social media on my phone. I encourage you to put down your phone or computer the next time you have 10 extra minutes and pray for a few people instead.

I’ve also been trying to exercise regularly. I’ve been going to a Monday night Zumba class a friend teaches with some friends and besides it making me sweat, it’s also a ton of fun dancing around a high school gym with a bunch of friends. (And other strangers too, but I just don’t look at them and pretend they aren’t there, hoping they do the same with me!) And I’m signing up to run another 5k in March so I’m excited about that.

The other thing I’ve been doing is trying to eat only when I’m hungry. I have a really bad habit of eating just to eat or eating way too much after the kids go to bed. And by eating only when I’m hungry, I think about WHAT I’m eating too. I’m trying to eat things that are healthier and will keep me fuller, longer. And I have to keep reminding myself that since I’m still breastfeeding I need to be really conscious of what I eat. And one thing I’m horrible at is eating protein. I don’t love meat and while I normally fix a pretty balanced dinner with fruits and veggies, I struggle with getting enough protein to get all of the essential amino acids my body needs to build and maintain muscles and help my body work properly.

But what I’ve realized is that I still need to eat food that SOUNDS good to me too or I’ll go on a binge. So I’ll eat a sliced banana with peanut butter (protein!) and 1/2 a cup of chocolate chips so that I don’t end up eating 14 handfuls of chocolate chips. The other thing I’ve learned to do is to use yogurt in recipes to make them healthier and increase the protein content as well. Yogurt contains high-quality protein that provides all the essential amino acids your body can’t make on its own, so I try to use it whenever I can as a substitute in recipes.

One food I’ve been craving for weeks has been creamy, rich artichoke dip. Artichoke Dip

Like I’ve been searching for recipes several times a week finding recipe upon recipe using loads of sour cream and mayonnaise.  I even bought marinated artichokes at Trader Joe’s last week. Even though I already had some in my cabinet. The exact same jar.

So today I decided I needed to make an easy, healthier artichoke dip that would hit the spot. All you need is three ingredients: artichokes, plain yogurt and cheese. SO easy. And SO much healthier than the recipes I had been finding online. And it has a TON of high-quality protein because of the yogurt and cheese.

Easy Artichoke Dip 

Easy Artichoke Dip

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. marinated artichokes, drained and chopped
  • 1/2 cup plain, whole milk yogurt
  • 3/4 cup cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375*.
  2. Combine artichokes, yogurt and 1/2 cup cheese in a bowl.
  3. Spread into a chafing dish or pie plate.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup cheese on top and bake until bubbling around the edges (about 5 min).
http://katieunscripted.com/2014/02/easy-artichoke-dip/

I used 1/4 cup Parmesan and 1/4 cup Cheddar and Monterrey Jack in the dip and another 1/4 cup Cheddar and Monterrey Jack on top. It was all I had and it was SO GOOD. But use the cheese you like best to make it your own.

I’m hoping to find more recipes that use yogurt (or that I can use yogurt as a sub) so that I can still enjoy some comfort food while taking better care of my body. Have a yogurt recipe to share with me?! I’d love to try it! Leave a link in the comments or email it to me at katieunscripted @ gmail.com.

 

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Disclosure: As an Indiana Dairy Ambassador, I was sponsored for this post. Though, as always, all thoughts and opinions are completely mine.