WHITE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES + GIPC INDY MAYOR AWESOMENESS + TSWIFT SHAKES IT OFF

This was one of those weeks where I had something every night after work and while some of the events are fun, it makes that occasional night of cooking + Jeopardy + yoga pants so appealing. I’ll give you a quick re-cap of two of the highlights. I had the honor of attending the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee’s 50th anniversary dinner. GIPC (you say it like ‘gypsy’) has a long history of leadership in the Indianapolis community and they brought together the last five mayors for a discussion on stage. I was in nerd heaven. Current Mayor Greg Ballard got in a jab about Mayor Peterson leaving him plans for a cricket field in Indy, which did happen! Lugar and Hudnut were the oldest and most adorable on stage. Like two old friends that really respect each other. Hudnut was a little sassy and very bold – this might be his last public appearance or at least his last among this distinguished group of former mayors. He spoke about RFRA and the importance of inclusiveness – ensuring that our city is welcoming to everyone, black, white, purple, gay, straight.

Mayor Ballard spoke about the importance of seeing a vision for the future and staying one step ahead of other cities. It is crucial to make Indy a rockstar city and competitive. I have a special place in my heart for Senator Lugar as a Lugar Series grad and am always beyond excited to see him. He has given a lot to this state and I am forever thankful for the experiences I have had. That said, government gets a bad rap, sometimes deservedly so, but there are so many elected officials and people in government that really do work hard and have constituents’ best interest in mind. Lugar shared his memories of April 4th, 1968, the day that MLK was assassinated and Robert Kennedy was in Indy. Lugar was mayor at the time and not only is April 4th his birthday (my dad’s too), but it became an unforgettable day in history. If you haven’t seen his speech,  I highly recommend it. It is especially relevant right now with Ferguson, Baltimore, and heightened tensions across the country.

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Mayors Lugar, Hudnut, Goldsmith, Peterson, and Ballard

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Red dress, navy blue blazer and leopard shoes. Business on the top, party on the bottom.

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On that historical note, a small part of me died inside on Wednesday when I missed the second GOP debate for TSwift. Yes, that’s when you know you have serious problems. TSwift was worth it – I had never been to a true pop concert and was amazed at the little girls wrapped in Christmas lights with lit up signs. Most of Indianapolis had craft time at their houses on Wednesday afternoon. To illustrate the power of TSwizzle, I bought my ticket for $150 and my seat was in the second to last row. As someone with migraines and past vertigo issues, it was not ideal, but it also did not stop me from shaking it off. The ticket scalpers outside were selling tickets for $500.

A group of us met up at Palomino (fancy, I know!) before hand for half priced bottles of wine, which was a nice complement to the concert. Our dancing skills improved and we were a happy bunch. I really liked the videos that they showed in between every few sets of songs. Her friends, Lena Dunham, Haim the band, Selena Gomez, and others were asked questions about their sisterhood squad. Every girl needs a really good group of girlfriends and I could not agree more with their sentiments. Also, who doesn’t love baked goods? I would bake with TSwift. I might even share my chocolate chip cookie recipe with her.

She also had some advice for the youngins in the audience and while we kind of rolled our eyes about some of the love advice (TSwift has had her share of experiences, aka great material for her songs), there was a moment that hit me. She said, “If someone can’t love you in ALL of the phases of your life, then it’s not worth it.” I’d like to think I’ve had love in lots of relationships, but the phases comment is such a true statement. Was I loved when I was at the Cleveland Clinic and felt worthless? Was I loved when I was between jobs? Life is not about all the good times – there are a lot of bad ones too. We all need that person that is there for every phase and handles it with grace, patience, faith, and of course love. Let that sink in, nine year olds!

My TSwift inspired outfit and my wingman, Winston

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Red lips are a must – at the Palomino with Ali

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FRANZ!

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Just 14,000 people hanging out in downtown Indy

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The bracelet lit up when she came on stage and changed colors depending on the song

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Stopped to see my brick outside St Elmo’s on our walk home

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Onto the recipe! A group of us at work rented the handlebar bike, where you drink beer, sing songs, pedal (or not pedal), while being the most obnoxious bunch down Mass Ave. So, I thought cookies were necessary for this adventure tomorrow. I am not a big white chocolate fan, but I thought I would mix it up. Macadamia nuts are also a great addition to this, but I once spent $18 on macadamia nuts when I was an intern and never again! Also, freezing the chips before hand really does help the chips stay solid while they bake.

WHITE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

Recipe via Food

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

Cream together the butter and eggs until smooth. Add the granulated sugar followed by the brown sugar. Add the flour 1 cup at a time. Add vanilla, salt and baking soda. Add the white chocolate chips.

Bake for 12-13 minutes. They will continue to bake a bit on the cookie sheet after you have removed them from the oven, so do not worry if they seem too soft.

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Words of wisdom from one of my favorite writers, RM Drake

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