Saturday, January 20, 2018

5 Things Friday

Five little things that made me happy this week.

1. Buffy - I honestly think she's always at the top of the list. This little nugget more precious with every passing day. 
2. Braving the storm to go see my favorite Johnny Cash tribute band. The weather was frigid but the music was hot! If you like Johnny Cash, definitely catch on of these shows.

3. The annual #CookerGirlSupperClub Soup Party. Nothing is cozier than gathering with friends and slurping a bunch of delicious soup.
The craziest soup of the night was Julie's Split Pea Soup with Grilled Hot Dogs and Hot Dog Bun Croutons. Sounds weird but it actually was quite good! The hot dogs added the same salty savouriness as the ham normally would. So fun!
Yes, we have more than soup.
Sarah's homemade french bread is always a HUGE hit! Plus she send everyone home with a loaf. 
4. Trying King Cake for the first time! We were very lucky to have Sarah's brother in attendance at the soup party. He brought a taste of his former home of New Orleans to the table and it was delicious!
5. Bar 32 for a blogger social. This bar at the top of the Hilton offers unbelievable views, great cocktails and tasty appetizers. We loved seeing the frozen lake. When it's warmer they open up the open air patio. Swoon. Make sure you ask them to validate your valet parking for a reduced rate.

And one more bonus - I finally bought my domain name! Can't believe it took me almost 7 years to do this. Thankfully nobody else bought it while I was farting around! So as of yesterday, I am officially Stay tuned for more exciting changes on the blog this year.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

21st Annual Red and White on Thursday Night Giveaway

January means lots of things: the end of the holidays, making resolutions, cold and snowy weather. But there is also a really fun event to help get you out of the funk - Red and White on Thursday Night! This annual fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation is the perfect way to shake off the winter blues and help raise money for a great cause.

January 25, 2018
5:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Quaker Station at The University of Akron
135 S Broadway St
Akron, OH 44308
Red & White on Thursday Night presented by Cleveland Clinic Akron General is a night of great food and drinks. Indulge in dishes from Akron’s best chefs, craft beers and local and international wines. In addition, highlights of the event include exciting raffles and a unique auction, and an exclusive VIP Lounge featuring specialty cocktails. All proceeds benefit the Arthritis Foundation’s mission to conquer and cure arthritis. VIP guests will enjoy food and wine pairings from Gervasi Vineyard and The Twisted Olive and specialty cocktails from Brown-Forman.
Eat Drink Cleveland wine grapes cookies

This year, there will also be craft beer from Hoppin' Frog, Hi Ho Brewing Co, Mucky Duck Brewing and Rhinegeist.

Buy your tickets online or enter to win two tickets by doing the following:

1. Follow Arthritis Foundation and Eat Drink Cleveland on Twitter and tweet the following: 

I want to win tickets to @ArthritisFdn #AkronRedWhite from @EatDrinkCLE. You can enter too. #akron #giveaway

2. Enter on Instagram - go to this picture and follow the steps.

3. Comment on this blog telling me what chef or restaurant you are most interested in trying.

Contest ends Sunday and will be announced on Monday.

Read about my experience at last year and find out more about this year's event on Facebook.

** Disclosure: I was provided two tickets in exchange for helping to promote
 this event and well as tickets to giveaway. **

Friday, January 12, 2018

Happy 2018!

Happy New Year!

I hope your 2018 is off to a great start. I've been quiet for awhile and I'm a little late in posting this because ever since all the super fun holiday celebrating, I've been sick. Just like all of you, right? It's just a sinus infection but it's been kicking my butt! This coupled with the arctic weather has made me hibernate more than usual. But maybe I'm not late, I'm just on trend.

I did manage to contemplate the end of 2017 and think about starting the new year. I love the quite time after the holidays to reflect on the past year and look ahead.

Like every year, there were ups and downs. Some of the highlights were:

  • Starting a new job which I love
  • My Mom improving a lot from her stroke last year
  • Spending some major quality time with my bestie in NC
  • Visiting The Lakehouse Inn & Winery and Ashtabula County - stay tuned for more details about that!
  • Buffy turned 16
  • We went on three trips to breweries: Kalamazoo, Lake Chautauqua and Columbus
  • I met a whole bunch of new local bloggers and we're have been having some great meet ups
  • Went to the first annual Donut Fest
donuts, cleveland, Jack Frost, Peace Love and Little Donuts
Tickets for this year's go on sale today at noon! Pro tip: Bring a doggy bag.

The hardest thing we went through this year was finding out that Buffy has breast cancer. Lots of tears were shed as we tried to figure out what was best for our furry little baby. We decided to move forward with the surgery and thankfully she not only survived, she has done better than we ever expected. The news wasn't 100% good because it's Stage 2, but for now, she is doing really good. Having a senior pet is hard but we hope to keep on spoiling her rotten for many more years.

Image may contain: cat and dog

Do you make resolutions? This year I didn't make any specific list. I'm just trying to focus on a couple things. First of all, I'm trying to be better. Eat better. Be better about exercising. Be a better friend, daughter, wife. I'm hoping that just working towards this one word will make it easier to stay focused.

Part of the whole "being better" thing is me trying to be better to the planet. This includes shopping with intention, reducing food waste and trying to decrease my impact on the environment.

We're also working on being better gardeners and increasing our garden this year. We joined our Community Garden last year and learned a lot. Our best crops were cucumbers, kale, Asian greens and cherry tomatoes. Our biggest disappointments were peppers, beets and brussels sprouts. 

Finally, while I didn't make a list of resolutions, I do like lists! So I'm trying journaling for the first time. I purchased this book because it's weekly not daily. I feel like daily is unrealistic for me and would pretty much ensure failure. I can totally dedictate time once a week to focus on positivity, joy and happiness. I feel like it's going to a great $12 investment!

What hopes and goals do you have for 2018?