Category Archives: My Life

Early Mornings At BoilermakerAg

Hey Everyone! Long time no blog- sorry about that- but i wanted to let everyone know that I’m still here so early this morning I recorded a little message to give you a little update on things.

Early Mornings At BoilermakerAg

Happy Tuesday Everyone! Hope to be back blogging soon!


Happy St. Nick’s Day!

St. Nick’s Day is a tradition that my family has celebrated as far as I can remember. If you aren’t familiar with this special day, the tradition of St Nick’s Day began in Europe and is celebrated mainly by the Catholic and Episcopalian Church to remember St. Nikolkaos of Myra who was a bishop that helped others by placing a coin in a needy person’s shoe or boot when they didn’t know.

Now, St. Nick’s Day is celebrated on December 6th and the tradition is for children to put their shoe outside their bedroom door and a special gift or surprise will be there in the morning for the good children, and the bad children received a lump of coal. This is also how the tradition of the Christmas stocking began. Instead of using the shoe or boot, we use a Christmas stocking.

Usually, my parents sent us something every year but this for St. Nick’s Day I sent a present to my family. Since we we’re able to be together today, I sent them this lovely little E-card. 🙂 They loved it so much that I decided to share it with you!

So please enjoy this little gem 🙂


Mystique Winery & Vineyard – Southern Indiana’s Newest Stop on the Hoosier Wine Trail

As I sit here with all of this warm weather, (SERIOUSLY? 70 degrees in DECEMBER?) I have decided that it would be a perfect evening to enjoy a glass of wine outside and embrace the few hours of daylight we have left. And to add to that, my wine of choice for the night would be the new Hoosier Red I got at the Mystique Winery and Vineyard grand opening event last month!


Never heard of them? WELL…. Let me telllllll you, they are awesome!

Mystique Winery is a new vineyard, winery, and tasting room that recently opened in my small hometown of Lynnville, IN. Never heard of it?  (Trust me, it exists.)

Lynnville, IN

How cool right?! I was extremely excited to learn that we now had a winery in my hometown!

Mystique Winery is a family venture that started as a dream back in 2008 by the Clutter family with the first planting of vines in 2009 consisting of Niagra, Steuben, Vignoles, and Chambourcin grapes.

(DidYouKnow: It takes 3 years to get a crop off of a vine. Talk about needing to have patience!)

It has been a long journey for the Clutters, but through hard work and dedication, Mystique Winery & Vineyard has finally become a reality.

Patti and Steve's children, Seth (L) and Zeb (R) and their wives Heather and Jennifer are all involved with the winery and were busy bees the day of their grand opening.

Patti and Steve’s children, Seth (L) and Zeb (R) and their wives Heather and Jennifer are all involved with the winery and were busy bees the day of their grand opening.

A couple facts about Mystique Winery:

  • It is Warrick County’s first winery nestled on the knobs of Lynnville, Indiana.
  • They’re also a part of the Hoosier Wine Trail.
  • They have a Mardi Gras themed tasting room that is perfect for visiting with friends and enjoying Mystique’s southern Indiana hospitality. (To learn more about why they chose a Mardi Gras theme, check out the article on them from the Evansville Courier and Press.)
  • They have outdoor seating and a fire pit – this would be perfect for my evening scenario I mentioned at the beginning! (If only I was in southern Indiana right now…)
  • Fact: They have great wine!


Their Grand Opening was on November 17, 2012 and it was a HUGE success! Owner Patti Clutter said, It was an awesome day and we were so in awe of the support from Warrick County, family and friends. We had over 25 worker bees that worked their tails off all day and the parking attendants said we had over 1200 people and possibly a lot more!”

They had activities all day starting at 11a.m. and were busy even past dark! It was a great time and I definitely want to back! Due to other obligations that day, I didn’t make it until around 4p.m. but it was still a blast! I did miss the Honey Vines who they had perform, but I heard they were AWESOME! I ended up purchasing their Christmas CD so I still got a little taste of their music.

I tried several of their wines and they even had wine slushies! (To. Die. For!) Here were a few of my favorite wines:

If you like dry wine, the Bacchus was good but my favorite of the day was the Hoosier Red! it is a signature wine of the Hoosier Wine Trail and will be good with just about anything.

If you like dry wine, the Bacchus was good but my favorite of the day was the Hoosier Red! It is a signature wine of the Hoosier Wine Trail and will be good with just about anything.

By the end of the evening, my family stopped by too so it ended up being a fun family outing!

I want to encourage EVERYONE to stop by if you are in southern Indiana and pay them a visit! Also, make sure to check them out on their website, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

Congrats and hope you enjoyed this cake during your celebration!

Congrats and hope you enjoyed this cake during your celebration!

I want to send out a personal congratulation to Mystique Winery and Vineyards and the whole Clutter family for a GREAT JOB WELL DONE on opening their Winery!

Next time, I definitely have to get one of their T-shirts!

“Peace. Love. Wine. Exit 39”*Exit 39 is the Lynnville exit for all you out-of-towners ;)

“Peace. Love. Wine. Exit 39”
*Exit 39 is the Lynnville exit for all you out-of-towners 😉

Mystique Winery Opening In Lynnville, IN – Don’t Miss It!

My little hometown of Lynnville, IN is a thriving metropolis one stoplight town, like many small towns in America, that I love dearly. It has the basics – gas station, grocery store, bank, hair salons, high school, a couple restaurants and now… a winery. WAIT, what? A WINERY? IN LYNNVILLE?

(If you were from that area, you would understand my surprise.) But regardless, how awesome!

The Clutter family from Lynnville started the journey of building their vineyard and winery in 2008 with nine rows of grapevines. And now, with a lot of hard work and determination behind them, they are proud to present the grand opening of Mystique Winery and Vineyard!


This Saturday – TOMORROW – they are having their Grand Opening Event and everyone should definitely stop by!

Here’s the 411:

Mystique Winery and Vineyard Grand Opening Event

Saturday Nov. 17, 2012

13000 Gore Rd. Lynnville, IN 47619

11am – 6pm

(Or as Patti says, until the last person leaves) – gotta love that small town hospitality 🙂

There will be wine tasting, (wait, duh Chels, of course there will be wine tasting, I mean, it is a winery), tours, and a whole lot more! The Honey Vines (Andrea Wirth & Melanie Bosza) will also be playing from 12-4p.m. and from what I’ve heard, they’re pretty awesome.


I’ll have a full blog about Mystique Winery coming soon, but make sure to stop by their grand opening event tomorrow! You won’t be disappointed!

Hope to see you there!

Global Eats Indy – Cuban!

Hey Indy Foodies!

If you haven’t been keeping up with my Global Eats Indy posts, here’s the deal. A group of my friends and I travel to a new restaurant each month to try a new type of cuisine  in Indianapolis and then I kindly report back here on my blog to let you know how it was! Any other ethic foodies out there? Check out our Italian and Turkish adventures if you missed them.

On our third excursion we traveled to Tata Cuban Cafe in downtown Indianapolis. It is a cute little cafe located on Market St., and its one of those hidden gems that might be easy to miss, but SOOO worth the journey to find it.

Sorry for the overly bright sign… but isn’t this a cute storefront?

I was excited for this trip because I first discovered my love for Cuban food when I was in Disney World at Bongos Cuban Cafe. (Side note – MAKE this a stop on your next Disney Trip. Great atmosphere and awesome food!) Ok, back to Indy…

A few ground rules about Tata Cuban Cafe:

1. It is tiny. They only seat about 40ish? Maybe not even that many. But it kind of adds to the atmosphere, making it feel like a family restaurant in a small town.

2. They do not serve alcohol. But DON’T let this be a deal breaker for you. We typically give reviews on the culture’s traditional beverages, but the main thing is the food. There are plenty of establishments nearby to get refreshments afterwards if you so choose.

3. Make sure to look at the walls! They have a lot of cool pictures of people who have eaten there and festive decorations.

Anyone look familiar?

4.  Every single thing on the MENU is good! The entrees are listed in Spanish, but even if you don’t habla Espanol, you can’t go wrong! Be adventurous!

We all had a hard time picking what we wanted but here were a few of our favorites:

Courtney had the  El Guaso Cuban Sandwich – Cuban sandwich made with roasted pork, ham, swiss cheese, pickles and mustard, and hot pressed on Cuban bread. This is a good dish for someone who isn’t that familiar with Cuban food. It’s a classic!

Yum! Who doesn’t love a good hot pressed sandwich?


I had the Ropa Vieja Habanera – Shredded beef marinated with citrus juices,mojo criollo, mixed with grilled onions and peppers. Served with white rice and sweet plantains.

I thought it was neat how each component of the meal came in small portions. Great presentation!

Everything was soooooooo good! Did I mention that it was good? Well if I didn’t, it was good!

Not only is the food to die for, the price is good too! Their whole menu ranges from $5.00 – $19.99. Thats a deal if you ask me.

Overall we had a great time at Tata Cuban Cafe! It was nice to catch up with some great friends, meet some new ones, and enjoy a new type of cuisine. Oh and a fun little treat, we were the biggest group in there so the owner, Alfredo Gonzalez, came out to chat with us and even took our group picture to add to the Tata Facebook page!

Great group of Global Eats Indy girls!

Have any of you ever been to Tata?

Check out this video from their website to learn more about them!

Alfredo is a very fun guy! He really takes traditional Cuban elements and incorporates them into every aspect of the Cafe. I will definitely be going back there sometime soon!

I’m still full just thinking about all the great food we ate at Tata’s, but there’s no rest for the weary! Next up – Vietnamese food!

Anyone ever been to Long Thahn Restaurant? I’d love to hear any tips on what to order!

Until then, it’s time to call it a night for this #GlobalEatsIndy gal. TA TA! (Late night joke if no one caught that) 🙂







So there’s this pair of boots… Aaanndddd they’re gorgeous. My fellow blogger The Farmers Trophy Wife is giving a pair of Shyanne boots from Boot Barn away and I would LOVE to be the proud owner of these magnificent boots. I don’t know if it will help me but can you vote for me on her blog? Or at least check it out? She’s a great blogger by the way and posts super cute outfits!

Plus you better believe that I will blog about my adventures with the boots so be sure to check back!

The Farmer's Trophy Wife

Don’t I know it!?!

Ok, here’s the deal, BootBarn contacted me eons ago, they wanted to send me some boots (!!) in exchange for an honest review on my blog.

Free boots? AND they ship to Canada?!?!?!

I’m in!

AND they sent a pair along for my husband!

I was liking Boot Barn more and more all the time!!

The boots arrived here via UPS (it was fun having them attempt to find the farm!) and I pulled them out of the box. The leather smell was devine…even my kids noticed and commented! I picked the red ones, because for one, I don’t own a red pair, and two, never in a thousand years would I go out and BUY red, but free?! Sign me up!! And to be honest, they aren’t so much RED as a soft cranberry or super dark pink. And I like that. Based on the website…

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Life Has Taken Over My Life

Hey everyone!

Woah! I have totally dropped off the radar for the past several days, even weeks – it’s been forever since I’ve blogged last.

I’m sorry for taking an unannounced blogging hiatus, but frankly, life has taken over my life.

I’ve been insanely busy lately – here’s a sneak peek just to give you an idea:

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Went to two of the five weddings I have this summer!

Working at the Marion County fair!

My poor car bit the dust… 😦

Planned and attended my 5yr class reunion!

And had a great time with friends at the pool and experienced my first Indy fireworks at Geist!

And between all of wedding cake, fair food, and 4th of July treats, I’m still attempting to stay thin- so I attempt to stick with running and going to Zumba. But I’m even struggling with that because of the 100+ degree days. They’re really cramping my style.

Can anyone relate to this craziness?

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve enjoyed every minute of it!

But anyway, the point of this blog is to assure you that I haven’t fallen off the earth, I am still alive, and I will blog again!

So stick with me here people! 🙂

Happy Friday Y’all!

Real World Noblesville

Hey Everyone!

It’s been a long time since I last posted a blog, but it has been a very busy yet exciting time in my life! I graduated from Purdue in May and have since moved up to Noblesville, IN to start working for Beck’s Hybrids as a Marketing Associate.

After graduation, I was very busy getting ready for the big move. I got to spend a lot of quality time with my mom shopping for furniture and things for my new apartment. We have a lot of fun painting, antiquing and reupholstering my furniture—it was hard work, but very cool when we finally got it finished!

We were working right down to the wire, but we got everything in and packed into the trailer to head north. The actual day of the move was a crazy one too because we were coming up and back in one day. I was at least. My whole family and boyfriend Tyler helped move me up there, but Tyler and I had to come back that night because we were both in his brother’s wedding.

Check out the pictures below of some stuff we worked on…

I am finally getting settled in to my new place and am excited for visitors to come see it. The apartment complex is nice and I am meeting new people every day. I do wish it wasn’t a 3.5 hour drive home, but it could be much farther so I have to stay positive.

The adjustment has also been easier because I get the pleasure of having my sister live with me for the summer! She has an internship in Edinburg so we have been getting to spend a lot of quality time together to make up for being 4 hours apart at college.

A lot of changes have been happening, but I like this new chapter of my life so far. I am in my second week of work at Beck’s and have been learning a lot already.

Check back soon for my next blog about my transition into the “Real World”. (Don’t worry; I’m not joining the reality show) 🙂




Am I Really a Senior Already?

Yesterday I updated my Facebook status, which I commonly do, but after I wrote it, it made me come to a realization—my college career is almost over!

My status:

Chelsea Nord

“It has officially started… I’m going to my first senior “going away” event… and this is only   the first of many to come…Can’t believe graduation just over three weeks away AAH!  Senior Salute for Purdue Athletics tonight!”

After this realization that I will be forced to grow up soon, I thought it would be a good idea to write my next blog about the unique senior events I will be getting the privilege to attend during the next couple of weeks.

  1. Senior Salute:

As my status says, the first event was last night. I am a student assistant in the Sports Information Office here at Purdue so last night we got to attend the “Senior Salute” banquet with all of the other seniors in Purdue Athletics. It was a really neat experience! We had a wonderful dinner up in the Shivley Club of Ross Ade Stadium and as our gift, we were granted a complimentary one-year membership to the John Purdue Club!

2. Senior Send Off:

The Purdue Alumni Association and PASE are sponsoring a free event for seniors today where they will be giving away free Subway as well as giveaways, and useful information for life after graduation. It was supposed to be in Memorial Mall, but due to weather, it is now in the Armory from 11am-2pm. Can’t wait to get my free subway and try to win some prizes!

3. Ag Comm Junior/Senior Dinner:

Every year in the agricultural communications department, we have a end-of-the-year dinner for all juniors and seniors in the major. We use this as a good opporutunity to share some senior experiences with the juniors and give them a peek into what they can look forward to next year. Some of our faculty and staff also attend this event so it is another good way to better connect with them and build resources for the future. This year our event will be tonightat 6:00 at Toscana Italian Grill & Bar. I’m definitely excited to spend some quality time with my Ag Comm family!

These are just a few of the special events I get to attend this week, and there are many more to come as graduation quickly approaches. It’s going to be a scary, yet exciting couple of weeks!

Don’t forget to stay on the lookout for more South of State Street blogs from my partner Sarah Hann and I!

Stay dry everyone!

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