HARVEST BIKE RIDE + SYMPHONY GALA + CHURCH + FIVE INGREDIENT CHILI

I am exhausted just thinking about this past weekend. It was epic enough to re-cap and while it was extremely busy, it was a good one. On Saturday, I attended the Harvest Ride, which began at the Chase Legacy Center and took us to four urban farms located within the downtown Indy area.

I had seen postcards advertising the ride everywhere – even at the counter of Invoke, so I was determined to go. My fellow adventurer, Annie, was also down to ride. Purdue Ag Extension organized the ride and they did a great job of dividing us into two groups, handing out canvas swag bags, and leading us to the farms without any mishaps. Everyone wanted to be in the first group and our leaders quickly realized there were a few liars among the group because the two groups were a bit…..unproportional.

Overall, it was a great ride and I would do it again, but it was not what I expected. Farms, food, and bikes are a few of my favorite things, but Annie and I both commented that it was different than we had imagined. The farmers did a great job answering questions, but I would have appreciated more snacks – we did receive a cookie from Wildwood Market near the end. It was hot, I was eaten alive by mosquitoes, and a lot of riders were hangry.

South Circle Farm was my favorite to explore since I have purchased their produce, but I never realized how close they are to downtown. They supply produce to Tinker Street, Milktooth, and Wildwood Market. I love sharing these untold stories about our city, which is probably why I love my job and working with Dig IN so much.

After about three hours, Annie, her friend Matt, and I made the decision to bail. We knew I wouldn’t make it back to my car at the Chase Legacy Center by 5:00 if we stayed with the group. They were ready for a beer and I needed to shower and pretend to do something with my hair for the gala.

img_6002

img_6004

img_6005

img_6012

img_6015

img_6016

img_6018

img_6020

Onto the gala for the opening season at the Indianapolis Symphony. If you know me, you know I love the ISO. I recently became a member of their Forte young professional group, which is a treasure trove of perks. The opening night featured a few star studded guests – George Takei read a short history of Abraham Lincoln because, why not? This is Indiana and we do what we want. The Star Trek guy and witty man on Facebook is a natural choice. They also did a nice Gershwin medley and Hoagy Carmichael’s Stardust. If you went to IU, you will remember the Hoagy statue next to the Dagwood’s and Starbuck’s on Kirkwood.

It’s always fun to get dressed up and it was an excuse to wear my emerald green ball gown that I scored for $45 a few years ago. I’m going to let you in on a secret: I buy a lot of my formal dresses from Lula Kate when she has sample sales. There are always sizes 0 and 12 left, so I cash in and then have my mom hem them. Lula Kate is the epitome of Charleston prep and she almost always includes pockets – she understands how I feel about snacks.

The back – Add pearls and Lula Kate does not disappoint. It’s the comfiest.

img_6023

Wine was enjoyed and I was all about getting my picture with the Indy sign.

img_6040

On Sunday, I went to church with a work colleague. She is a fellow writer and one of the sweetest people I have ever met. Her presence just makes you happy. We share a love of polka dots, new notebooks from Target, and apparently Jesus too. I have tried out a variety of churches since living in Indy and while I have not disliked any of them, I instantly felt welcome at this one.

The sermon was about being single, so it was very timely. He reminded me of my pastor in Fort Wayne – approachable, funny, and able to translate the Word through his personal stories. He teaches in a way that is relatable.

I want to avoid my blog from becoming a relationship advice column, so I will just leave you with a few quotes that I wrote in my notebook:

  • “We are hardwired for relationships.”
  • “Your reputation is wrapped together with your spouse and you will forever be socially tied.” This seems obvious, but if you ask yourself on your next date if you would be comfortable having that person represent you in public, at events, through their actions – do you see a future after evaluating this? While I live a fairly public life and I share through this blog, I do so by staying true to myself.
  • “Do not wait for marriage to be in the image of God.”
  • “Accepting singleness, whether temporary or permanent, does not hinge on speculation about answers God has not given to our list of whys, but rather on celebration of the life he has given. I am not single because I am too spiritually unstable to possibly deserve a husband, nor because I am too spiritually mature to possibly need one. I am single because God is so abundantly good to me, because this is his best for me.” – Paige Benton Brown 
  • All of the sermons are archived on their website, so you can listen to it later. I went to the downtown location, but they also have a church in Midtown.

Bible, notebook, and cookies. Church necessities.

img_6045

After almost an entire month of 90 degree days, September decided to actually start acting like fall. It was cold and rainy today, so I was craving something hearty and warm. I saw Gimme Some Oven’s photo on Instagram today and decided I had to make it after a Leadership Indy event that I attended after work. With only five ingredients, this is the best pick-me-up after a long day. That and chili is the perfect excuse to use an obscene amount of cheese as a ‘garnish.’

I went with ground chicken because the beef and turkey options were not stellar tonight at the Marsh on Mass Ave. Besides, the chicken is so healthy that it only seemed right to add a glass of wine and ice cream to get me through the first presidential debate.

FIVE INGREDIENT CHILI

Recipe via Gimme Some Oven

  • 1 lb. ground beef, turkey, or chicken
  • 1 small white onion
  • 3 (15 oz.) cans diced tomatoes with green chiles (Red Gold if you can find it – gotta support Indiana brands)
  • 2 (15 oz.) cans beans, drained (black beans, kidney beans)
  • 2 Tbsp. chili powder ( eyeballed this and added a lot)
  • Toppings: shredded cheese and sour cream (sometimes I use a dollop of plain greek yogurt)

DIRECTIONS

  • In a large stockpot, cook ground beef or turkey over medium-high heat until browned, stirring frequently.
  • Using a slotted spoon, transfer the cooked beef or turkey to a separate plate and set aside.  Reserve 1 tablespoon of grease in the stockpot, and discard the rest.
  • Add the onion to the stockpot and saute for 4-5 minutes, or until soft.
  • Add remaining ingredients and the cooked beef or turkey to the stockpot, and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Serve immediately, garnished with optional toppings if desired.

fullsizerender-2

fullsizerender-1

A very sweet friend gave this to me today. Dog moms get it.

fullsizerender

Xx, Libby

One thought on “HARVEST BIKE RIDE + SYMPHONY GALA + CHURCH + FIVE INGREDIENT CHILI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s