Casa’s Inspired Garlic Knots + Indy Condo Tour

My favorite lobbyist, mentor, and friend recently described these butter drenched garlic knots that he had at Casa‘s (a Fort Wayne Italian institution) and I immediately put it on my ‘to make’ list. These are fairly easy to make once the dough has risen and you’re ready to pop these delicious bites of heaven into the oven. You can always speed up the process and buy store bought pizza dough, roll it out and tie your knots.

I have also included a quick tour of my condo in Indy after many requests for photos, descriptions, and sources for my random, eclectic decorating. This blog has become a space for not only food, but lifestyle, design, rambling thoughts, and hopefully inspiration to live your life colorfully! Disclaimer: I had one friend read this before I hit ‘publish’ and she commented that most people would not share where they bought items for their home or how little it cost. If I have learned anything about myself as I get older, it is to be comfortable with who you are. Those who judge you based on material possessions or the cost of something are not your friends anyways. As you will see, my condo is a haphazard collection of items that make me happy. I have included prices for items that I can remember and most came from Target, Furniture Row, Home Goods, and Etsy. While some items are one of a kind or might not be available anymore, I hope you’re inspired to organize an area of your home or add a personal touch you may not have thought of.

After weeks of looking at apartments to rent, my realtor finally said to me, ‘Why don’t you just buy?” The lightbulb went off. After meeting with financial planners, it was the right choice and I was finally investing in my home and not just throwing $1,500 away every month. I also think you take more pride in your home when you own it and I love having a space that is all mine. We looked at several houses in the neighborhoods surrounding Indy, but after living downtown for five years, I couldn’t imagine having to drive to work again or not be able to walk to the grocery store or meet my friends for happy hour at a moment’s notice. So, I got a little less space for my money, but you cannot beat the location. The courtyard is perfect for Winston and I love my neighbors. I also like being closer to Mass Ave than to the Circle. It’s a different vibe and I notice something new about the area almost everyday.

Mass Ave is a five block area with fun shops, theaters, art and nightlife. Everything is local and adds a certain flair to downtown Indy. I love Silver in the City for quirky gifts to send to friends, Pizzology, Bru Burger, Ralston’s tap room, the Flying Cupcake, even the Starbucks is uniquely Mass Ave.

MASS AVE

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BRU BURGER

“HEYYYYYYYY” – Winston

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MOVE IN DAY (It rained, which was fitting) and according to Instagram, I moved 15 weeks ago.

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BEFORE

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The cabinets were brown before and I had them painted white

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AFTER

Navy suede chairs from Target, initial pillow from Target, and sunshine pillow from Paper Source.

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A photo wreath from Amazon, a flag I stole from my brother’s room at my parent’s house, a map of Indianapolis from the 1920’s that I found at Eastern Market in DC and a program from the State of the Union when I interned in DC in 2008.

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My collection of presidential buttons that I can’t help from adding to. Two photos from a photographer in DC. Gingham curtains in my bedroom from Country Curtains and my diploma from IU.

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The dining room table is from Rustic Hutch, which is sadly just a memory. Where do Fort Wayne residents get their toile and fancy furniture now is beyond me. The duck canvas is from a little boutique in Fishers that went out of business. I bartered and got it for $80. I love ducks and the colors work well with my living room. The hutch is two pieces and I got it at Kittles a few years ago. I use it to store my wine glasses and extra china.

My mom made the plaid curtains, the red chest is from Home Goods (and stores board games, stationary, and shoeboxes of photos and cards), and the round gingham ottoman is from Target.

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I saw this couch and instantly knew I had to have it. I ordered it from Furniture Row and the bright yellow color made me happy. I call it my ‘yellow submarine.’ My mom made the pillows and I picked out the fabric at Calico Corners in Indy. The painting was done by an artist in Jacksonville, FL and my parents gave it to me as a Christmas gift last year. They saw it at the Covington Art Fair and said the bike reminded them of me.

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The silver knobs are from Menard’s and I had to buy a lot of them. Thanks to my mom and her skills for putting all of them up after the painter was done. Handy key holder from Target. Polka dot bowl hand painted by a woman in Clayton (STL) that I bought at least five years ago at the Broadripple Arts Fair. The magnetic spice board and the canisters are from the Container Store. I also bought the labeled stickers too. The professional grade KitchenAid mixer, aka the love of my life. It was my college graduation gift from my parents. The wicker basket tower is from Pier One and I use it to store my mason jars full of baking supplies: flour, sugar, etc. The cookbook holder is from Crate and Barrel (I love Ina!) and the monogrammed dog bowl is from the Monogram Shop in Fort Wayne.

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I bought these baskets to hang in my laundry room. Old MMM campaign sign and a red mail sorter from TJ Maxx. The print of the Statehouse was my gift as a IN Senate intern. The instagram frames are from Tiny Prints and I love that you can change them out. This is on the wall facing my half bath and it is a great conversation starter when I have guests over.

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I bought a really cheap frame at Michael’s that was missing the glass and added a cork board. Ta da! Instant bulletin board to hang in the hallway leading to my room. I had to have the light blue chair and ottoman for reading and it fits perfectly in my room. The chair set was a little more than $300 from Wayfair. The pillows are from Costco and are actually outdoor pillows. I also bought two in a blue stripe and they are on my adirondack chairs on the porch.The mirrored nightstand is from Target for $80. The stuffed bear is from Harrod’s in London.

The gingham bedskirt is from Country Curtains and the map of DC is from an artist at Eastern Market that I bought in 2008 when I lived there. It was $100 and I remember saving up my cash for weeks before I finally bought it.

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Photos of my grandparents on their wedding day and my grandmother that I look and act like. I treasure these photos and it reminds me of the strong ladies that came before me.

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Hooks from Target for hats, scarves, and purses, placard sunshine gift from my mom, Harry Potter print from Etsy, and a collapsible drying rack from Amazon in my bathroom.

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The monogrammed pillow case is from the Company Store and the bike pillow is Tommy Hilfger from Macy’s.

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I bought two stackable shelving units from Furniture Row and filled them with my folded clothes. Sweaters, shirts, and pjs on one side. Skirts, shorts, and pants on the other. I organized them by season and color/pattern. This kind of organization is when you realize you have a problem with stripes and ginghams.

The wicker baskets on the top are from the Container Store and I have belts, headbands, bowties, and tank tops organized in each.

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The walk-in closet, which is a bit of a disaster. It needs a major overhaul.

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A nautical mason jar soap dispenser from TJ Maxx, four Lilly Pulitizer inspired prints from Etsy that I framed for my bathroom, and a silver tray from Target to display items that I use everyday.

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I changed the knobs in the bathroom. I bought silver knobs for my kitchen and then these for my bathroom. The half bath didn’t need them. I found them at Menard’s and thought they had the best selection.

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My back porch inside the courtyard

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White fence from Home Goods – One of the BEST purchases I have ever made

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My beautiful neighborhood

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Winston strutting his stuff like a city dog.

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GARLIC KNOTS

Recipe via Simply Recipes

  • 3/4 cup warm water (you want this really warm!)
  • 1 package (2 teaspoons) of active dry yeast (always check the expiration date on the package – I have made this mistake)
  • 1 3/4 cups bread flour (regular flour will also work, but the bread flour will give you a crisper crust)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

Garlic butter

  • 5 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup parsley, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Sprinkle the yeast on top of the warm water and let it sit for 5 minutes. Stir to combine and let sit for another 5-10 minutes, until it begins to foam.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and sugar. Make a well in the center of the flour and pour in the olive oil, then the yeast-water mixture. Mix this together to form a soft dough and knead for 5-10 minutes. Shape the dough into a ball and lightly coat with olive oil. Put it in a large bowl, top the bowl with plastic wrap and set it at room temperature to rise.

When the dough has doubled in size, after several hours, cut it in half. Set out a large baking sheet and line it with a silpat or parchment paper. Take one half of the dough and cut it in half. Flatten into a rough rectangle about 5 inches long 1/2 inch thick.

Using a sharp knife, slice the dough into strips of about 1 inch wide by 5 inches long. Cut these strips in half. Take one piece and work it into a snake, then tie it in a knot. The dough will be sticky along the cut edges, so dust these with flour before you tie the knot. Set each knot down on the baking sheet and repeat with the remaining dough.

Once all the knots are tied, paint them with a little olive oil. Loosely cover them with plastic wrap and let them rise again until doubled in size, anywhere from 90 minutes to three hours or so. Toward the end of this rising period, preheat the oven to 400°.

Uncover the knots and bake in the oven 12-15 minutes, or until nicely browned on top.

Melt the butter in a small pot and cook the garlic gently in it just long enough to take off that raw garlic edge, about 1-2 minutes over medium-low heat. Add the salt and parsley and stir to combine.

When the knots are done, take out of the oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Paint with the butter mixture and serve. These are best warm, but are good at room temperature, too.

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One thought on “Casa’s Inspired Garlic Knots + Indy Condo Tour

  1. Hi, Libby!!

    I’m not sure if you even remember me, but we took a few Political Science classes together at IU. I saw this post on FB, and fell down the rabbit hole of your blog (in the best possible way). As someone who is really trying to learn how to cook, I find this all to be very aspirational. And, as someone who would generally like to be the best version of myself, I find it inspiring. Your blog about genuine compliments made me literally cry because the last true compliment I received was from a sick relative. It made me realize the power of giving compliments and practicing random acts of kindness, so thank you for that.

    Additionally, and very randomly, I love these photos because you are one of the only people I know who seems to collect political campaign buttons – the other person being my father. Everywhere I go, I search for buttons for him. It made me smile to see someone else collecting them.

    Anyway, I’m so glad to see you’re doing well, and Winston is beyond adorable. Thanks for inspiring me.

    Steph Sautter

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