hoosier mama pie company on chicago ave.

Pie shops have a strong butter smell. Or should, anyway. Hoosier Mama Pie Company on Chicago Avenue smells exactly that: butter and more butter.

Owner/baker Paula Haney, an Indy native, opened her pie shop on Chicago Ave. in 2009, and her pies might be the best in the city. The pie crust is buttery, flaky goodness. The fillings range from strawberry rhubarb (my fave), apple (classic), Fat Elvis (chocolate, peanut butter, and bananas, natch), to different custards and chess arrangements. Dieters beware, pie lovers rejoice. You can fork the pie menu here.

one tail at a time and the tiny dog 500 race

I love to support a great dog rescue org, and Chicago’s One Tail at a Time might be my favorite. When they announced their Tiny Dog 500 race, I knew I was all in.

People who love dogs–I get them. And people who want to reduce the number of euthanized shelter dogs–I get them, too.

Tiny Dog 500 was a fun event. Tiny competitors of varying sizes.

To see these little ones sprint down the track was more fun than I anticipated. One owner wagged a McDonald’s bag containing a cheeseburger at the finish line, and her dog hustled quickly and won the race heat.

Until next year, OTAT, and tiny dogs everywhere.

more interesting

Trees, shrubs, and ground cover are more interesting than I give them credit for. These white pine needles resemble a July 4th fireworks show.

This shrub’s colors move from evergreen to a frosty blue grey.

And then this ground cover is just so fun. The stems look like spring action toys–if you pushed on them, they would spring right back.