Ball & Biscuit, Bru Burger & Delicia

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Last week I experienced three new restaurants in Indy that everyone must try! It’s nice to switch it up once in awhile and try new places that you’ve never been. Friday night us girls went for drinks and cocktails on Mass Ave. After Bakersfield told us that they had a two hour wait we found ourself venturing to Bru Burger across the street and Ohhh myyy I am so glad we did! 

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The menu includes the Provencal, piled high with red-onion jam, herbed goat cheese, and sauteed mushrooms, along with The End, a beef bomb loaded with horseradish Havarti, caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato, and a fried egg. It’s not just the toppings—the all-important bun-to-burger ratio is spot-on, they have tons of sides to choose from mac and cheese, fries, the PBR-battered onion rings with slightly sweet housemade ketchup it was all amazing!

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Friday night we made a stop to Ball and Biscuit before having dinner at Bru Burger. Not only do the people of Indianapolis love the atmosphere of this bar but so does Esquire magazine, as it topped their Americas Best Bar list. This bar offers an assortment of prohibition cocktails and a small tapas menu on the South end of Mass Avenue.

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The night before Bru Burger I met up with my friend Morgan to finally try the restaurant Delicia! This modern eatery had an amazing atmosphere! It was so chic with tons of colored pillows, big booths and a brick wall creating a relaxing vibe. Delicia has an upscale menu offering many styles of Latin cuisine and their food was absolutely amazing! I would go back in a heart beat!

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Check out this list of twenty-five more of the best places to eat in Indy!

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How to Wear: Palazzo Pants

I’m sure some of you are starting to notice by now the newest trend this summer! The comfy, lightweight, 70s themed palazzo pants are back in action and couldn’t look any cuter! The best part is that they look fabulous on any body type! Not only can they be dressed up for an evening night out but they’re also great paired with a t-shirt for playing during the day! Here are some of my favorite ways I have seen them paired! Note: I love the polka dot top with the floral print bottoms!

Keeping up with a good fitness routine can be a roller coaster ride. Running three miles a day on the same 3 mile route can become extremely boring within a matter of months. When you’re stuck in a rut and unable to find motivation to exercise try switching things up a bit in order to get back on track.

My roommate and I have been doing the same workout classes every week since November. Monday we do kickboxing, Tuesday boot camp & Wednesday body works. Now that it is starting to get nice out, it’s time to do our workouts outside! I have recently started to run outside on the Monon Trail and have found it to be much easier to keep motivated with a change of scenery! I downloaded the Run Keeper App for my iPhone and couldn’t believe how much easier this makes it to track my distance and my calories burnt! 

If you to are sick of your weekly routine try switching up the machine you’re using or adding a little twist into your normal workout. If you run on the treadmill everyday, try the elliptical instead. Or try adding an interval workout into your routine, to spice it up! 

I have also found that during your workout, listen to a new artist on your phone, listen to a new book on your e-reader, or watch a movie on your smartphone. It will help pass the time, and energize you mentally in the process.

Happy Running!

Thoughts for today! Remember to live in the present and stop worrying about the past and the future!

“I’m no longer spending my life chasing time. Today is what it is. Tomorrow is what it will be. I’m not going to overthink any of it. Wherever I am at the moment is where I’m meant to be…there’s no better feeling than giving the present your full attention”

How is tomorrow already Monday? This weekend has gone by way too quickly but overall it was a great weekend! This is my 4th food post this week…whoops I must be really hungry! I have to share with you my all time favorite snack…

Guacamole and chips!

What you’ll need:

3 Haas avocados, halved, seeded and peeled
1 lime, juiced
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 medium onion, diced
1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
1 clove garlic, minced

Directions:

In a large bowl place the scooped avocado and add lime. Using a potato masher or a fork add the salt, cumin, and cayenne and mash. Then, add in the onions, jalapeno, tomatoes, cilantro, and garlic. Serve with chips and enjoy!

Ultimate Grilled Cheese

I am on my way to visit my brother in Muncie tonight before he becomes a college graduate in just a few weeks! This afternoon was one of those days when I just didn’t feel like going to the store and stocking up on a bunch of groceries so I made something with what I already had in my fridge. And why is it that those recipes always turn out to be the best ones? Go figure!

Grilled cheese sandwiches take me back to my childhood days! I have always loved a warm cheesy sandwich dipped in tomato soup. All you need is the following ingredients:

-2 pieces of whole wheat bread

-2 slices of Kraft single cheese

– cream cheese spread

-shredded mozz cheese

Trending: Bar Carts

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Cheers! It’s Friday! Are you guys as in love with the bar cart trend as I am? Recently, I have been on the hunt for an old bar cart for Jake’s apartment. I love the idea of a well stocked bar cart having a place in someone’s home or apartment. Being able to offer someone their drink of chose or stocking it up with coffee and flavorings adds a nice touch to any kitchen. A lot of the gorgeous bar carts in stores these days are pricey so I’m loving the idea of all of the DIY bar carts I have been seeing online!  Want to add a bar cart loaded with style to your own home? Check out some of these great ideas.

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Loaded Baked Potato & Chicken Casserole

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We all have our favorite comfort foods and one of my top choices is anything involving cheese and/or potatoes. While home over the weekend my mom stumbled across a loaded baked potato & chicken casserole on Pinterest. It’s not a complicated dish and only takes several ingredients. There are a lot of recipe variations online, but here’s the one that she prepared and it was a hit!

Ingredients

3 – 4 medium russet potatoes, scrubbed and diced
        (about 1.5 lbs. or 4 1/2 cups)
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced
4 slices bacon, cooked crisp, cooled and crumbled
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
4 green onions, sliced (green parts only for low-FODMAP/low-fructose)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9” x 9” baking pan.
  2. Spread half of the diced potatoes in bottom of pan. Place the diced chicken breasts evenly on top. Season chicken with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Sprinkle with half the bacon crumbles, 1/2 cup of the cheese, and half the green onions.
  3. Spread the remaining diced potatoes on top, followed by the remaining bacon, another 1/2 cup cheese, remaining green onions and another 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Pour heavy cream over top of casserole and then dot with the butter. Cover with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour. Uncover and bake another 30 minutes. In the last few minutes of baking, sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup cheddar cheese and bake until melted. Yum!

Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs. Everyone knows how to make this Easter favorite side dish right? Last weekend at home I helped my mom prepare Easter dinner and made deviled eggs for the first time. It was a success!

INGREDIENTS
  • 6 eggs, hard boiled and peeled (I boiled them lightly for 15 minutes)
  • 4 teaspoons sour cream or you can use miracle whip/mayo
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon relish
  • ½ teaspoon yellow (prepared) mustard
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • Paprika for garnish
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Slice eggs in half lengthwise and place yolks in a small bowl. Mash the yolks using the back of a fork.
  2. Mix the sour cream, relish,oil, mustard and salt into the yolks and stir until well combined. I also added a spoonful of sugar.
  3. Spoon the yolk mixture back into each white egg half.
  4. Sprinkle with paprika and serve or refrigerate for later.

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DIY: Earring Bracelets

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It has been awhile since I have written a DIY (Do-It-Yourself) post. Growing up, I  always loved doing craft projects, making things & coloring.  At age 7, I was selling friendship bracelets, beaded animals and hemp woven necklaces to make some extra cash.

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While at home this weekend for Easter my mom gave me a couple bags of her old clip on earrings and showed me an idea she had seen off of Etsy. Anyway, after finishing one bracelet I was hooked. Not only did it turn out really cool, I couldn’t believe how simple it was. These bracelets will make unique holiday gifts, so I’m excited to pass along this simple tutorial. So here it goes, my friends…

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What you need:

  • Vintage Clip on Earrings (garage sales, goodwill, salvation army)
  • Bracelet Blank (Hobby Lobby) $3.99
  • Metal Cutters
  • Super Glues

As far as the glue goes, make sure you purchase one that dries clearly and is for metal products.

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I pried the backs off of each earring using metal cutters. After removing the clips off of each earring I arranged the earrings in a row and then glued them to bracelet blanks and linked them together. 

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Enjoy!