Wordless Wednesday: Girls’ Weekend Edition

I’m back from an amazing girls weekend in DC! I had such a good time laughing, drinking wine, eating, gossiping, and exploring the area with Jane and Melgar. Instead of a wrap up post  — where I’d share with you details of our Friday night wine and Mediterranean dinner, Saturday run and excursion to old Alexandria, pedicure and dinner with Steve & Emily at an awesome Vietnamese place — here’s a photo collage.


It’s time for a girls’ weekend!

TGIF! I am so excited and ready for this weekend. Not because of the busy past few weeks and upcoming weeks I have in store – but because this weekend I’m having a mini-reunion with two of my best friends from middle school – Jane and Melgar!

wow, were we really that young? (Melgar is far left, I’m in white, jane is in back right)

It’s kinda crazy that we’ve known each other since 1997- through strange crushes, our first drinks, braces (well, not me), weird intramural sports, obsessions with Leonard DiCaprio (well, that may have only been me), high school, drivers’ tests … okay, I’m getting all sappy just thinking about how much our live have changed and how much we’ve been through and how awesome it is that even though we all went to different colleges, and live in different cities AND states, we’re still bffs.

Old collage I made with some photos of us (Yes, I was that girl. Who made collages for her friends. Pretty awesome.)


We’ve grown!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Probably not as wonderful as mine – but we can’t all be so lucky.

Tuesday is the new Friday

I don’t know what it is, but it seems like every Tuesday I have happy hour plans this summer. Not that there’s anything wrong with happy hour on Tuesday (or Wednesday, or Thursday, or Friday), but lately, Tuesdays seem to be rocking. Taco Tuesday? $1 Burgers? Bogo Burgers and trivia? It seems like Tuesday’s where it’s at. Looking for something to do tomorrow night? Here’s a quick roundup of some of the fun things I’ve been up to and hearing about Tuesdays:

Hodge’s: Happy Hour specials (like every other day) PLUS Tuesday is 2 for $40 (1 starter, 2 entrées & bottle of wine)

Zocalo: Taco Tuesday! Stop by for $5 margaritas (all night!) and $1 tacos. They also have a whole specialty taco menu that’s slightly more than $1 but so delicious!

Tacos and Margaritas at Zocalo!

Bar Louie: Tuesday means $1 burgers at Bar Louie! Toppings are extra, but it’s easy to still get a decent burger for under $5. Another plus? You can sub chicken breast or turkey burger for beef with no added charge!

Bob Golic’s: Tuesday is Trivia Night at Bob Golic’s! It’s free to play and other specials include $3 large domestics and buy one get one free burgers. There are two trivia games, starting at 7 (and finished by 9:30), and two winners of the $15 Bob Golic gift card. Guess who won game #2 last week?

Trivia Champs – Half of Team Airplane

What’s your favorite way to spend Tuesday evening in downtown Cleveland?

A Schroon Lake Wedding – Congrats Mitch and Becca

Phew. Do you ever have those wonderful, fabulous weekends that are tons of fun, yet leave you needing another weekend to recover? Well, this weekend was one of those weekends.

My weekend somehow started on Wednesday. B and I hit the road after work for the long drive to Schroon Lake, where we’d be celebrating the marriage of Mitch, a close college friend, and Becca, who we somehow had not yet met. The 9ish hour drive ended at around 2 a.m., when we woke up Mitch and Becca and decided to hang out and talk about their upcoming wedding and some fun old memories until the wee hours.

Thursday morning I had to work, so I plugged in my laptop and sat outside while the boys (B and Mitch) swam in the lake and went for a boat ride. I couldn’t really complain about missing out – Mitch’s mom had made us an amazing breakfast (eggs over easy, toast, fruit and bacon) and I was able to sit outside and get my work done while enjoying some amazing views.

 Schroon Lake

The view from my office for the day – Schroon Lake

Thursday night, we checked into the B&B where we were staying and then headed to the pre-wedding dinner and met most of Becca’s family and friends. We stayed out at the local bar for a little while before heading back to the B&B and cabins where everyone was staying to hang out until the wee hours of the night (notice a pattern?).

B and I at the “Rehearsal” dinner

the groom and his new wedding/birthday gift – a mini helicopter

Friday morning was the wedding day! Mitch, his friends, B and I hit up downtown Schroon Lake and Pitkin’s, a favorite local diner, for breakfast (me: Western omelet with hash browns; B: 2 pancakes, 2 slices of bacon, 2 sausages). The plan had been to go for a hike or golf during the day with Mitch before the wedding, but right when we decided we’d meet up, it started to downpour. And not just  a little, misty rain – but the skies opened up and Schroon Lake experienced more rain than it had all summer. Two hours before the outdoor wedding was to begin. The rain didn’t stop. The wedding was moved from the gazebo in downtown Schroon Lake to underneath the porch at Mitch’s Lake House – which ended up being perfect and gorgeous! And of course, as soon as they were married, the rain stopped and we were able to enjoy the evening, dancing outside, by the lake, under the stars. After the wedding, we again went back to the cabins to party and I even learned a little ukulele!

Bride and Groom – no more rain!

Schroon Lake wedding day

B and I at the Lake House Wedding

Stalking the family photo – check out the gorgeous backdrop!

Saturday morning, Mitch’s friends again ended up at Pitkin’s for brunch before the full day of celebration (aka Lakefest) was due to begin at 11 a.m. Since the day’s festivities were starting with a BBQ, I convinced B we didn’t need to hit up the diner again, but instead could go for a run. Score! It was hot and humid, and we only ran around the town, but it felt good to get my legs moving before another day of festivities.

Mitch’s Lake House, Decorated for the Wedding

After arriving back at the lake house, B and I enjoyed a pontoon ride, tubing, a speed boat ride, and some swimming before it started pouring again. The rest of the guests were supposed to arrive around dinnertime, and again, like clockwork, as soon as everyone had arrived, the rain stopped. This time, a gorgeous rainbow appeared. We enjoyed dinner, more dancing, corn hole (somehow B and I were the reigning champs?), beer pong, and more made up games back at the cabins until late.

full rainbow!

Back to Pitkin’s – image from Yelp

Sunday morning, B and I woke up early and met up with everyone at Pitkin’s once again. Same order for most of us (yes, another Western omelet), but there was a  bittersweet feeling as most of us had to get on the road for our trips back to our prospective home towns. Nobody was traveling quite as far (most of his friends had stayed close to home, in the Connecticut, NYC area), but we all knew the 4 days of Mitch and Becca’s wedding weekend had come to a close. B and I hit the road after another amazing greasy brunch and were able to even stop by my parents’ house on the way back, who had just returned from their travels abroad to visit my brother in Turkey and Scotland. We didn’t make it back to Cleveland until late, but it was worth it.

Cheers Mitch and Becca – thanks for including us in your special day and we hope to see you soon!

Another Summer Weekend is Gone

I can’t believe that summer is almost over and the first weekend in August has come and gone! And what another great, fun-filled weekend in Cleveland it was. Friday, after working late and a somewhat stressful week, B and I decided to stay in. Boring? Perhaps. But with a bottle of red wine, a pizza from Vincenza’s and a movie from our Netflix plus the Olympics to keep us busy, I was more than content.

Saturday morning B and I hit the gym for an indoor workout, as of course as soon as we headed outside it looked like rain. Notice a pattern here? Same thing happened last weekend. Anyway, after our workout, it of course cleared up, so B and I hit the golf course for a STEAMY round of golf. It was my third time ever playing a round, and I have not only gotten worse, but nearly melted in the heat. I apologize to the guys who were behind us and had to wait as I slowly got the ball closer and closer to the hole. After golf, we hit up Yogurt Plus in Rocky River to enjoy our soft serve creations. I meant to take a photo to share my Thin Mint, Cookies and Cream and Cake Batter Yogurt Creation, but of course I forgot to and instead ate it up before even taking out my phone.

love me some E 4th (and LOVE Samantha’s stilettos)

Saturday night, a group of us went out to celebrate my coworker Samantha’s birthday (which is actually today! Happy Birthday Samantha!!). We grabbed dinner and drinks on E. 4th, and bar hopped from Flannery’s to Greenhouse Tavern’s Rooftop to Wonder Bar before the torrential downpour/crazy storms hit downtown.

Group at GHT – Devin and his gf, Sarah and her bf, Samantha, B and me

Late night on GHT’s rooftop. Love the lights!

After the bars, we decided to watch some DVRed episodes of Through the Wormhole, a new show on the Discovery Channel by Morgan Freeman. The show will blow your mind! And, after a few beers and/or cocktails the show gets even weirder. Trust me. Don’t believe me? Here’s the description of the show: “Hosted by Morgan Freeman, Through the Wormhole explores the deepest mysteries of existence — the questions that have puzzled mankind for eternity. Can we eliminate evil? What is nothing? Is there a superior race?” See? Mind blowing.

Sunday morning we dropped Samantha back at her apartment and decided to grab brunch at Panera before heading back downtown for a lazy day. And by lazy day, I mean I baked, grocery shopped, napped, went for a run, napped some more, caught up on the phone with some college friends made dinner, then went to bed. A perfect, relaxing Sunday!

How was your first weekend in August?

Butterfinger Cookie Bars

This week, my office his hosting another event to support this weekend’s Pelotonia event – and this time we’re hosting a potluck! I of course wanted to use the occasion to bake something from my ever-growing baking recipe wish list and Pinterest cookies page, but how to choose? I decided to share my baking Pinterest boards with Samantha, whose birthday is the same day as the potluck, and asked her what she’d like to try. As soon as she mentioned the Butterfinger Blondies recipe, I knew that was it. I had to make them! And they came out divine! Love Butterfinger candy? Love cookies? Then you’ve gotta try out this simple recipe.

butterfinger cookie bars and butterfinger cream frosting

Butterfinger Cookie Bars with Butterfinger Cream Frosting (from Six Sisters’ Stuff)

Here’s what you need:

For the cookie batter:

  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs (I used 1/2 c Eggbeaters)
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp coarse sea salt
  • 2 cups roughly chopped Butterfinger Bars (I chopped up 17 Fun Size bars)

For the frosting:

  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped Butterfinger Bars (approx 5 Fun Size bars)

Here’s what you do:

For the cookies:

  1. Cream butter and sugars in mixing bowl.
  2. Add the vanilla and eggs and mix until incorporated.
  3. Slowly add the dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking soda) until just evenly mixed.
  4. Using a spatula, stir in the chopped Butterfinger bars.
  5. Spread in a 9×13 baking dish. Batter will be sticky!
  6. Bake for 25 minutes at 350° preheated oven. Toothpick inserted into cookie bars should come out clean when completely done.
  7. Cool before frosting.

For the Butterfinger cream frosting:

  1. Cream the butter and shortening until mixed together.
  2. Slowly add in you powdered sugar. After desired consistency is achieved, mix together thoroughly.
  3. Stir in about half the chopped Butterfinger.
  4. Spread Butterfinger cream frosting on your cooled cookie bars.
  5. Sprinkle the rest of the chopped Butterfinger on top of the frosting after spreading.
  6. Cut into squares and enjoy!