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  • Pendleton teen creates dazzling dress from scratch for prom date

    PENDLETON, Ind. – High school prom is a big moment in many teenagers’ lives. Pendleton Heights senior Addi Rust dreamed of finding the perfect dress, and thanks to her date, she wore something truly unique. Up until a few months ago, Parker Smith, a Pendleton Heights junior, had never sewn anything in his life. This past February, Parker’s prom date Addi found a dress she loved, but it was outrageously expensive. She jokingly said, “Parker, why don’t you just make my prom dress!” […]

  • Anakin and Skye went to prom together on May 4–Star Wars Day–so obviously it was destiny

    PENDLETON, Ind. – It’s prom season across central Indiana, and we love seeing all the pictures of cute couples dressed in their very best. But we just can’t get over this pair from Pendleton! Meet Anakin and Skye! Yes, it’s quite the coincidence these “Star Wars” fans went to the big dance together, but what makes this even more perfect is their prom was on May 4—Star Wars Day! Anakin Allison is a senior at Pendleton Heights, and he was named after Anakin […]

  • Make a giant version of your favorite oatmeal cream pies

    Recipe courtesy of Kylee Wierks of Kylee’s Kitchen Ingredients For the cookies 1 1/4 cup flour 1 cup quick oats 3/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup Challenge butter, melted 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract For the maple cinnamon cream filling 1/2 cup Challenge butter, softened 2 cups powdered sugar 2 Tablespoons heavy cream 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon maple extract 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon salt Directions For the oatmeal […]

  • Morel motherlode: Indiana man finds 40 pounds of mushrooms

    SULLIVAN COUNTY, Ind. – Springtime in Indiana means one thing—it’s morel mushroom hunting season! Nick Cullison, of Hymera, has been mushroom hunting for many years. It’s a lot of work, but as you can see by these photos, it can certainly pay off. Cullison says he found 40 pounds of mushrooms in four days while hunting for them in Sullivan County just south of Terre Haute. Cullison says it’s a family affair, and he hopes to pass the skill along to future generations. […]

  • Easter Garden Chocolate Cheesecake is fun and easy to make

    Recipe courtesy of Kylee’s Kitchen Easter Garden Chocolate Cheesecake Yield: Serves about 6 people Ingredients 2 (8-ounce) blocks Challenge cream cheese, softened 1 cup powdered sugar 1/2 cup sour cream 1/2 cup heavy cream 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 8 ounces dark chocolate, melted and cooled to room temperature 1 Oreo or chocolate graham cracker pie crust 12 Oreo cookies, crushed 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut 3 drops green food coloring Other Easter candies like chocolate eggs and peeps for decoration […]

  • 7-layer basketball court dip will score big points during March Madness

    This game day dip will score big points as college basketball fans prepare to watch the Final Four this weekend! Recipe courtesy of Kylee Wierks of Kylee’s Kitchen 7-layer basketball court dip Ingredients 8 ounces Challenge cream cheese, softened 1 cup sour cream + 1 extra cup to draw lines on court 1 packet taco seasoning 16 ounces guacamole 32 ounces refried beans 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese Additional toppings: black olives, green onions, tomatoes, pico de gallo, etc. Directions Mix cream cheese until […]

  • Encourage your family to eat more spinach with enchilada recipe on National Spinach Day

    Spinach is a superfood with a wide range of health benefits, including lowering blood pressure, bone health, and boosting memory. But many people aren’t eating enough of it. The Richard Fairbanks Foundation study that was released earlier this month shows that only 8.6% of adults in Indiana consume the recommended number of greens. I think a lot of time people don’t eat spinach because they either don’t know what to do with it or they think they don’t like it. […]

  • Dublin Coddle is tasty Irish comfort food perfect for St. Patrick’s Day

    Dublin coddle is comparable to an Irish stew. It’s made with potatoes, onion, sausage, and bacon. Traditionally, it was a good way to use up any extra meat lying around on Thursdays—this was at a time when Catholics didn’t eat meat on Fridays. It’s still a mainstay on Irish menus  and is very popular in Irish pubs because it’s tasty, comforting, and very filling. Recipe courtesy of Kylee Wierks of Kylee’s Kitchen Dublin Coddle Ingredients 6 slices bacon 1 pound pork sausages (Irish bangers or brats […]

  • VIDEO: Indiana police officer gets emotional during his final call

    GARY, Ind. — A Gary police officer shared a video of himself becoming emotional during his last radio call with the police department, and the video is getting a lot of attention on Facebook. Jeston Walker’s last day with the Gary Police Department was February 28 after seven years with the department. He can be seen tearing up in the video during his final call as officers encourage him, thank him, and wish him well. “I appreciate all the times […]

  • Make a bowl of cereal—literally—for National Cereal Day

    It’s National Cereal Day, so we recommend eating a bowl of cereal. No, cereal-ously, eat a bowl made out of cereal! Cereal Bowl Yield: Makes about 1 medium-sized bowl Ingredients 1/4 cup Challenge butter 3 cups marshmallows 5 cups small grain cereal (like Fruity Pebbles or Cocoa Pebbles) Directions Melt the butter in the microwave for about 1 minute, or until melted. Stir in the marshmallows and microwave 1 more minute. Stir until marshmallows are smooth. Add cereal and carefully stir until […]

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