Getting in the Holiday Spirit

I can’t believe how fast December is flying by – and I don’t mind it one bit! I love the holidays and with each day that passes, we are one day closer to going home and seeing my family for the holidays.

This weekend I started feeling in the holiday spirit – mainly because it included some COLD weather, baking and gingerbread house making!

I started off the weekend and made this graham cracker toffee from Two Peas and their Pod and she’s right – it’a addicting! 

Before the flurries hit us, I also got in a run this view. I feel lucky to live so close to a path that runs along some lakes.

Saturday included a LOT of errands. We went to Target to do some holiday shopping for our adopt a family, Old Navy for some more adopt a family (and FW) shopping, Home Depot and then out to lunch. It had been a while since I went to Boaz and I still love their bowls!

That afternoon, we made some sauce and then B made homemade pizza. We bought some all beef pepperoni at a local butcher shop and OMG it is so good. What a difference it makes.

That night, B and I also caught up on some Game of Thrones (we are lost done with the season!) after FW went to bed. I never would’ve thought I would like the show – but I really do enjoy it too much!

Sunday was our Ladies Craft Beer Society holiday brunch! Nicole hosted and we made gingerbread houses. FW got to hang out with some of his other baby friends and semi help make the gingerbread house … can that be my excuse as to why it doesn’t look so great? 😉

The rest of the day included a little walk and playing in the “snow” we had gotten (just a dusting from Winter Storm Benji) before dinner with B’s family.

We had brownie sundaes for dessert. I strongly believe that it is never too cold for ice cream.

Some questions for you:

  • Did you get any snow this weekend?
  • What’s your favorite dessert?

I’m linking up with the weekly wraps!

Where Did Fall Go?

Okay, where the heck did fall go? I feel like we went from summer to winter in a week. And I’m not okay with that.

For example, here was the temperature when I woke up to go for a run Saturday morning.

Granted, it was earlier than I typically wake up on Saturdays but still – feels like 11? BRR! Still, I bundled up in two jackets (yes, 2), some running tights (Skirt Sports Go the Distance Tights were perfect!) and made it out the door.

Part of the way through my run I was greeted with this beautiful sunrise, so I can’t really  complain.

And when I got home, B and FW were just getting up. B made FW and I pancakes, so it was a pretty good start to my Saturday!

Shortly after breakfast, we bundled up (it was now closer to 26 degrees – much warmer!) and went for a walk.

Then, it was time for the activity that ended up taking most of my Saturday, a benefit for the Carmelite nuns. The event includes some holiday shopping, AND  a fashion show!

Two of my sisters-in-law participated in the fashion show – how fun 🙂 

The event went much longer than I thought, so by the time I got home and B and FW got home, it was pretty much dinner time! We ordered some local thin crust pizza. YUM.

And because my event fell through, the evening ended with watching some more of Season 2 of Stranger Things! I love the show.

Sunday morning, we decided to go on a literal bagel run! B, FW and I ran to the local bagel shop with FW. It was not nearly as cold as it had been on Saturday, but we still bundled up FW. Doesn’t he look so excited to be on the run?

We got some DELICIOUS doughy bagels. These bagels are probably the closest to NY bagels I’ve found in CLE.

That afternoon, I had Lulu’s baby shower! Her baby girl is coming in January and she had a beautiful shower with great decor, friends and games.

I even won one of the games!

That night ended with spaghetti and meatballs with B’s family. One of my favorite meals and perfect for a cold night!

So that was it! Another delicious, fun, but COLD weekend. Here’s to a good week!

Questions for you:

  • Did the weather get cold near you yet?
  • Do you like baby shower games?

I’m linking up with the weekly wraps.

Another Rainy Weekend in the Burbs

It was another rainy weekend here in Cleveland. But we made the most of it and didn’t even stay inside the whole time!  After what felt like a long week, B and I decided to go out to dinner Friday night. We took FW to Tommy’s, a local restaurant known for their vegetarian food, meat pies AND milkshakes (I know, funny combo … but I guess it works).

I had a tempeh burger and fries (super large platter of fries not pictured).

We of course had to get one of their famous milkshakes. B and I split the amazing mocha shake. I’m not usually a milkshake lover, but this one was amazing. FW ha a sip and loved it- we had to pull it away from him!

Saturday morning we decided to out for a family run with the Bob. We picked up our niece and went for a run around the lakes.

In the afternoon, FW managed to only take a 15 minute nap — butI had plans to make brownies, so that’s what I did. They came out super chocolatey. 

We brought the brownies over to Dave and Anson’s house – they just had their second baby, a beautiful girl, Mara! It’s crazy how big FW looks compared to a newborn.

That night, we grabbed takeout at one of our favorite Little Italy places, Valentino’s. I’m a fan of their pizza. 

And after putting FW to bed, it was time to FINALLY watch some Stranger Things!

Sunday morning FW slept in again (until like 7:30), which was amazing. We started off the day with some French toast, made by B!

After breakfast, B got busy on some housework and FW and I went out for a run. He passed out just as we returned home, so we decided to go for a walk in the rain to Stone Oven to pick up a loaf of their bread.

When we got back, FW got to help B with some of the housework.

After running some errands, it was time to watch the NYC Marathon!

Watching Shalane win was amazing. I may have teared up when she crossed the finish. Such a great race to watch and such a great finish! And of course, Meb. Can you tell I love the race? It was a great end to my weekend!

Some questions for you:

  • Did you watch the NYC Marathon?
  • What’s your favorite dessert?

I’m linking up with the weekly wraps!

Date Night, Days with FW and Baby Brunches

For having a weekend with little on the schedule, it seemed pretty jam packed again. I don’t know how that happens? As much as I love getting out and doing stuff, I am longing for a weekend where I can lay on the couch, eat popcorn and catch up on Netflix and reading …

Anyway, here’s some of the fun stuff we did this weekend. We started out with a date night for B and me. It was a belated birthday dinner!  We went to Nuevo, a local Mexican restaurant and had some great food. We shared some guacamole, fried plantains, tacos al pastor AND carne asada.

After, we ended up picking up Katie, B’s sister, who was babysitting FW, some pizza in Little Italy. So of course while w were there, we stopped off at Presti’s for dessert!

Saturday, B had plans to paint, so my job was to occupy FW most of the day. So, here’s what we did.

We tok a long walk in the morning. 

We even walked to the nearby lakes. I think FW enjoyed it – he didn’t sleep!

We also played and read a lot in his room. I’m getting sick so there was some playing with tissues (clean ones, of course!).

We also checked out the local library. We’d never been there and I think FW liked it a lot! He played with some of the toys and loved the fish tank. 

Saturday night included some takeout pizza (with eggplant on mine, yum!) and a little relaxing, which was definitely called for.

Sunday morning started with a  brunch/baby shower for Anson! She is due in about two weeks with baby #2, so Lulu and I organized a get together at Le Petit Triangle. I had some great French toast with lemon curd and berries. Their French toast is on challah and so good!

After that, we went to the West Side Market to get in some grocery shopping.  It had been forever since we shopped there and it was so nice to be back!

Love shopping here!

That afternoon included some chores (including raking) and then spaghetti and meatballs at B’s parents house. Pretty much the perfect fall meal.

Questions for you:

  • Did it feel like fall where you are this weekend?
  • Do you like eggplant on pizza?

 

I’m linking up with the weekly wraps!

A night out!

What a weekend. B and I finally had a laid back weekend with not much planned and it was much needed. We were able to have some fun, relax, run, be productive AND get a night out!

Friday was a good night and our night out. B and I had a babysitter (his sister) because we had plans to go out! I had an event that night – the 25 under 35 Movers and Shakers Awards where I was being recognized!

After the awards, we hung out a bit with Christy and Cari and then B and I went out for dinner!  We went to Alley Cat and had some great food – we shared some clam chowder, oysters and an amazing lobster roll.

I’m still drooling over that lobster roll. It brought me back to the East Coast – and trips to Maine and Cape Cod. YUM!

Saturday morning started out with a run, 4 total miles (3 at 9 min/mile pace). Followed by a trip to West Side Market and Gallucci’s to pick up some groceries for the week. I am trying to do better at meal planning and we have dinners for all week planned out!

both are so excited to be photographed at the market

For lunch, we hit up Boaz Cafe which may be my new favorite restaurant. B had a lamb roll up and I had a make your own bowl – chicken, baba and so many more great toppings. The food is so good and so fresh and so affordable (his lamb roll and my giant salad were $11 total!!).

Saturday afternoon I did something I haven’t done in forever- i baked cookies while B and FW napped! It was great- I made something quick (bars) but it was so nice to get back to baking. I’ve missed it!

That evening we stayed in and after FW went to bed, made some pizza and watched a movie. I love homemade pizza, especially when B is the one making it! (which is always)

We ended up watching Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, which was just an okay movie. The real reason we watched it is because I went to high school with the real Mike and Dave (Dave was my year) and I had to see what the movie was about. I know it is only loosely based on the story (the real wedding wasn’t in Hawaii – it was in NY and my friend’s sister ended up going ha) but it was still funny to watch. Would I recommend the movie? Ehh, it was okay …

Sunday morning started with 6ish miles on the treadmill and then some meal prep.

Then it was time to check out some Open Houses! FW actually was napping and we missed one of the houses but the second one was nice. I really liked the house, so we shall see … then we ran some errands – and FW sat in the grocery cart for the first time!

And I got kombucha. Yum!!

That night we spent the evening at B’s parents house for our traditional Sunday dinner but this time WE cooked for B’s mom’s birthday! We made homemade pasta, with asparagus, peas and onions. I didn’t get to snag a photo, but it was great!

And that was about it. The weekend ended and now it’s time for conquering Monday. Here we go!

Some questions for you:

  • Do you ever make homemade  pasta?  Yes, B and I make it probably about once a month or so?
  • Do you like kombucha? Yes, I’m addicted to it, especially the homemade kind from my local tea shop!

I’m linking up with Katie and the weekly wraps.

WIAW: Pizza Fridays

I love Fridays. For many reasons. Like many people, Fridays signify the end of the work week and the beginning of the weekend.  But also, it’s PIZZA AND BEER DAY in our household! Fridays typically mean B and I grab patio drinks or a drink somewhere and then B makes pizza (or we order it … I prefer when we make it) and I get to eat it. Pretty enjoyable. And that’s exactly what this post is – last Friday’s eats for this What I Ate Wednesday!

Breakfast was some homemade granola. I tried out a new recipe. It wasn’t as sweet as my typical batches but also not as clumpy. I really liked the way it turned out – I may be sharing it soon!20160518_213934

After breakfast, it was still early (and I was still on maternity leave), so B and I took FW out for a little morning walk.

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And then it was bath time. For FW. I know it’s not food- but it was still a big part of my day.

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Lunchtime came and I was starving. I was supposed to have lunch plans, but they fell through so I was super happy to have some food at home. Egg whites, spinach, sweet potato (with cinnamon and coconut oil) and avocado. 20160923_130841

For snack? An apple from when we went apple picking. 

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And per usual – Friday beers! We found a patio with seats and I had my first pumpking – my favorite pumpkin beer!

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I mixed it with my other favorite pumpkin beer, Warlock. Pumpking and warlock together are SO GOOD!

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AND as usual – it was PIZZA night! I had a few slices (maybe more than the slices pictured below) of the pepperoni mushroom pizza we made.

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And that sums up my day of eats. Now, can you see why I love Fridays?

  • What’s your favorite kind of pizza topping?
  • Do you like pumpkin beer? What’s your favorite fall beer?

WIAW: TGIFriday Eats (Yes, there was ice cream)

I love Fridays. I often have quite a few meetings on Fridays which makes the day go by fast. Plus, it’s a day I know that even if I’m tired, I can almost always sleep in the next day, which helps me get through the day. No, it’s not Friday yet – sorry! BUT I am sharing with you my Friday eats for this week’s What I Ate Wednesday. And yes, it ended with ice cream 🙂 But it started with a run!

Friday morning started with a run with B. The weather was in the 60s when I woke up, and B had said he’d run with me the night before. So we started with 5 miles. Don’t worry – at 8 months pregnant, I stopped many many times.

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I was starving for breakfast. I enjoyed a modified version of my overnight oats (no yogurt or nut butter on this version), with cinnamon and a banana. And then some fruit on the side – an orange and  a mango.

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For lunch, I had some leftover roasted veggies – cauliflower, zucchini and sweet potato, plus a few bites of avocado and a veggie burger.20160422_125453

Also had a bunch of cashews and a few almonds.20160422_131249

Snack time that afternoon meant some strawberry tea (from our Mexico City trip) and some granola/cashew clusters. Disclaimer – i had more than just these 5 bites.20160422_144430 20160422_165629

B and I had a date night planned and we opted to go to a bar and watch the Cavs game. So we had the ultimate bar food – pizza and wings!20160422_193046 20160422_194443

After dinner, we hit up a local ice cream joint.

i had vanilla peanut butter ice cream. And in full disclosure, I was SO stuffed I couldn’t really finish the whole cup. 20160422_205616

And that was my Friday day/night eats.

Some questions for you:

  • Are you more relaxed with your eating on Fridays than during the rest of the week?
  • What’s your favorite pizza topping(s)?

My Weekend: One Sentence Per Photo

Happy Pi Day! We had another good weekend in Cleveland. It included TWO comedy shows, a 5 mile race, some good meals out and ended with a pizza party to celebrate B’s mom’s birthday. Here are some of the highlights – everything I accomplished this weekend, one sentence per photo.

Friday night comedy show – one of my faves, Pete Correale (from my favorite podcast).

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Saturday morning – St. Malachi Church Run! starting line

Post 5-mile race and rocking the bump 😉

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Post-run brunch with BC Cleveland Alumni.brunch

Groceries at the West Side Market – soon-to-be open on Sundays!20160312_135905

Dinner with B’s parents at The Black Pig and look at that pork shank!

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Sunday morning meal prep.

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Coffee with a view at Rising Star (indoor greenery). 20160313_123733

Spending the rainy day walking and registering.

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Pre-Pi Day pizza party for B’s mom’s birthday for dinner!

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Some questions for you:

  • What’s your favorite pizza topping(s) – are you a plain or one topping pizza or multi topping pizza person? Love all the veggies and then some on my pizza! So deluxe pizza with lots of toppings.
  • Do you have a favorite podcast? I love Serial or the Pete & Sebastian show.

I’m linking up today with ErinKatie and the weekly wraps.

Valentine’s Weekend in Photos

It was a great weekend in CLE! Yes, it was cold. Yes, it snowed. (Yes, it’s February) BUT my parents were in town from NY so I got some good quality family time in, which you can’t beat. Here’s a quick recap of the weekend, in photos. I’m going to attempt just 3 words (or fewer) per photo. Here we go!

Friday night pizza.

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My favorite treats.

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Saturday weather check.

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Family bump photo!

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My favorite breakfast.

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Cleveland Bazaar! cleveland bazaar

Parents +Inlaws Dinner

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Valentine’s Day baking

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My favorite lunch

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Art museum

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Like father

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Beautiful museum atrium

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Love my momma

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8 years old!

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Phew, that was hard! I’m not good at not rambling, I suppose.

Anyway, what a GREAT weekend. It’s so nice to have my parents in town – I miss them a lot these days and am so glad they came EVEN in the cold winter. But hey, at least it was warmer than NY?

Some questions for you:

  • Did you get any good treats for Valentine’s Day?
  • Do you do meatless Fridays during Lent?

As usual, I’m linking up with Erin for my weekend snapshot post, Katie for MIMM and the weekly wraps.

A Weekend In NY

For those of you that know me, you probably know that I’m a native New Yorker. I was born around New York City and lived in Staten Island for the first several years of my life before moving upstate. The majority of my mom’s family still lives in and around Staten Island and New Jersey, but B and I haven’t made the trip back in more than a year.

It’s funny because it’s almost true …

So a few months ago, when we got the invite to my cousin’s surprise birthday for this, I knew we had to go – I’d get to see my family, introduce B to Staten Island AND get to see my mom for her birthday, too.

It was a great weekend – not only did we get to see family, but I got to show B some of our old favorite Staten Island spots.

The weekend actually started off early – Friday morning with a 10 mile run with B and Mary. Getting up at 5:30 to run on a vacation day isn’t what I usually like to do – I love my sleep! – but it had to be done.

This photo sums up how I felt.

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At least we ended with a treat from Restore!

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Then we got on the road to New York. We stopped first to visit my Aunt Glad. She just got moved into hospice, so I’m glad we got to see her in her new space.

Then, we headed to Staten Island to meet up with my parents. We enjoyed pizza at one of our old favorite spots, Deninos. The pizza was sooooo good.

veggie slice and salad.

veggie slice and salad.

Saturday morning, after an easy 5k shakeout run in the hotel,  it was time for the party. It was so great seeing my family and celebrating.

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The party was at a restaurant on the shore, so we took a nice walk after the party along the beach. There were so many people out – it was the picture perfect day!

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We were too stuffed for a real dinner after the party, but of course there is always room for dessert. We enjoyed Ralph’s Italian Ice for dessert – another SI tradition. The cannoli ice was delicious!

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Sunday morning started early – I said good bye to B and then my parents and I were off to the airport. We had a trip planned to see my brother in California! Another early morning, but waking up early to travel is something I can do every so often.

And now we’re off to California! I’ll share another update after the trip. But until then – have a great week!

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Some questions for you:

  • Do you live near or far from your family?
  • Have you ever been to the Jersey Shore?

PS – Linking up with Running N Reading and Her Heartland Soul today again!