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My husband over at Great Lakes Prep and I have been very busy these past months. We have finally made our dream of owning a Midwest apparel and prints brand come true!  All of our products are made in the USA by hard working American citizens.  My husband uses his Midwest upbringing and surroundings as inspiration for his designs.  And by the way did I mention, he hand draws many of the designs, converts them into usable files, sends them to print makers, keeps track of inventory, processes orders, completes the photography for items, responds to questions, created and runs the website and is the accountant for the whole operation?  I am one proud wife here ladies and gentleman!  Plus it’s not a bad gig to model for all the awesome products!  Check out the website to order some new gear or just to look at all cute pics of our adorable golden retriever Wrigley!



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Today is a beautiful day!  One of those days that just makes you happy and excited for the Summer season ahead.  My husband is working on his culinary talents and made a very yummy meal of buffalo chicken grilled cheese and fresh green beans.  I remember when he didn’t know how to boil spaghetti!  This was certainly an improvement.  Yum!

Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese Recipe Courtesy Nick Yoder at Great Lakes Prep (be sure to check out his blog)

Ingredients (makes enough for 2)

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breaks
  • 4 slices whole wheat bread
  • Franks Hot Sauce
  • Butter for the outside of the bread
  • 4 slices of pepper jack cheese
  • salt/pepper/paprika/cayenne/garlic powder to taste


Season the chicken breasts to taste with the spices (we like it hot so Nick coated the chicken liberally).  Cook over medium heat in a saucepan until cooked through.  In the meantime, butter each slice of bread and place two slices of cheese inside, with the butter side out.  Grill on griddle over medium heat until browned and cheese is melted, flipping once to ensure both sides are browned.  Remove from heat and set aside.  When chicken is almost done, coat with Frank’s Hot Sauce and cook about 1 minute more.  Remove chicken from pan and cut into small slices.  Place inside container with lid and shake to coat with more Frank’s if desired. Then place chicken inside the grilled cheese for a yummy buffalo chicken sandwich!

Here’s what else is on the agenda tonight:

  • People watching on the front porch with Wrigley (our beautiful golden retriever)
  • Reading In-Style (just got the new issue with Sofia Vergara)
  • Watching the last episode of Friday Night Light’s on the computer
  • Bonfire, enough said.


Chelsea ❤

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Hey Everyone!

This post is going to be a fun one. “Why?” you ask.  Well it’s going to be fun because it’s all about my baby, who’s name happens to be Wrigley.  You might have guessed by now that my baby happens to be a four legged, furry ball of love.  We got Wrigley when he was 8 weeks old from a local farm and it has been love ever since.  We had his name picked out before we even met him.  When we got to the farm a huge, red and wet golden retriever met us. This was apparently Wrigley’s dad, Duke, and he was absolutely beautiful.  There were tiny red puppies running all over the yard, and we were greeted by a man who looked like he was straight out of the Beverley Hillbillies, overalls and everything!  I simply said, “I want the smartest and most well behaved one you have.”  He pointed to our Wrigley and said, “That would be the one there.”  Nick picked him up like he was a football (Nick’s never had a dog before) and Wrigley stared up into his eyes, not even wiggling in the odd position he was being held.  I almost teared up, it was so cute.  It was like Wrigley was looking up into the eyes of the man he knew would be his best friend and “dad”.  We immediately said, “We want that one!”  The very next week we were there with a check to pick him up.  He rode on my lap the whole way home and I really did cry then.  It’s funny how one little puppy can mean so much, like growing up and making your first little family.

(Wrigley with his “cousin” Skywalker Werner)

When he was really tiny he would climb into the shower with me, even though he hated the water, just because he didn’t want to let me out of his sight.  He slept with his head on the pillow right next to mine (even though we swore we were going to train him to sleep in a cage at night)!  He was a breeze to train and even got moved up from the beginners training class to the intermediate 3/4ths of the way through at Petsmart.  He isn’t perfect though, he certainly has his bad habits, which include being scared of inanimate objects including trashcans and mailboxes, having to go poop at least 3 times when we go on a walk (and occasionally in my sister’s basement) and shying away from strangers when they catch him off guard.  But hey, if those are the worst habits he could have, I consider myself lucky.  He has been with us through everything, including our engagement and wedding. Everyone who meets him absolutely loves him, and who could blame them?  So this one is for my first “baby”, Wrigley.  We love you more than words could say!  The following pictures were taken by Kate Podjan Photography.




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After much convincing from my husband over at Great Lakes Prep I have finally started my own blog!  After some debating I thought a general lifestyle blog would be best to showcase all the wonderful and crazy things that happen over here at the Yoder household.  I guess I will start where we started.  We met on December 23rd, 2005 after having talked on the phone and emailing back and forth for 2 weeks.  Get this…we were 17!  I lived in the sleepy little town of Edwardsburg, MI and my husband (then crush) lived in Goshen, IN-right over the border.  We met when I clicked on his name on a social networking site and thought he was super cute-so I sent him a message.  Never one for subtly-I go after what I want.  After scooting around our parents we managed to meet and go on our first date which I will never forget.  We went to Steak and Shake for dinner (where I dropped my phone about 5 times and had to make up ALL of the conversation) and then we went to a movie (King Kong) where I learned that when my hubby is nervous he makes these odd little sounds in the back of his throat.  I also learned that he is the type of guy who will put his arm around you for the whole duration of a two and half-hour movie.

The years flew by with a few red lights (I wish they would never end) and a couple of promises to never be apart.  After my senior year I went to college an hour away at Western Michigan University (Go BRONCOS!) and came home every weekend to see my man play football (they went all the way to state that year 2007), play basketball and run track.  Some may say I missed out on some fun college days, and maybe they’re right, but I say I made the best investment in a wonderful future with a wonderful guy.  On the days we weren’t together I walked uphill both ways, in the snow to class with my best friend from high school (who’s name also happens to be Chelsie, just spelled with an ie).  I also decided that instead of becoming a journalist, I wanted to become an Occupational Therapist.  I applied and got in to the program on my first try-I think it was meant to be.  That started the next whirlwind of the next 4 years where I would be swept through the program and earn my bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Nick chose to go to Butler University (4 hours away from Western Michigan) on the prestigious Eli Lilly Scholarship.  This decision definitely caused some growing pains-but we made it through.  I put a lot of miles on my car and so did he.  I don’t think we went one weekend without seeing each other.  Most people thought we were insane but I knew the truth, ok well maybe we were a little insane but we were also in love.  Nick and I happen to be two very determined people and nothing stops us when want something and the dream of us was the biggest and best thing that ever happened to us.  We are yin and yang.  Where I am impulsive and passionate and obsessive, Nick is calm, steady and thoughtfully patient.  But most of all our faith in God pulled us through and brought us to this place.

Which reminds me to continue the story!  We got engaged in October 2009 and were married on June 18th, 2011 in Saint Joseph, MI.  The wedding was everything we hoped it would-a great party and a celebration of our romance.  Now we are living and working in Indianapolis, IN with our amazing, wonderful, cute, smart puppy Wrigley who is about to turn 2 on March 7th!

So now that you have read the introduction to my story here is some info on what is to come!  Please expect further stories about getting married (the process, the pictures and the wonderful outcome), Wrigley and his amazing-ness, my favorite recipes (I love to cook and bake), my DIY projects (I love to craft and decorate), pictures of our cute little rental in Broad Ripple (one of the coolest places to live in Indy), stories of my 4 best friends, what it’s like being an Occupational Therapist at age 24, travel, travel and more travel around the Midwest and other places, and our crazy and loving family.

Thanks for reading!

Chelsea, otherwise known as Mrs. GLP

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