Why? Weekends!

Hope everyone had a nice weekend and stayed warm! Due to not feeling 100% and being under directions to “lay low,” some of my plans ended up changing, but it was still a fun weekend nonetheless.

On Saturday, Matthew volunteered with Playhouse Square Partners at the annual Tinsel Town event. Big thanks to Amanda‘s husband Scott for filling in for me as a volunteer!

photo 1The Palace Theater lobby was filled with crafts, holiday fun, Santa, Slider, and much more. It was a fun afternoon of holiday magic. Matthew assisted with the “Snow Children” craft and said he had a great time. I was so bummed to miss it!

photo 2On Saturday evening, Matthew and I had a low-key date night planned. We started with dinner at Vero Pizza Napoletana. We both wanted some traditional Neapolitan-style pizza and were not disappointed! I chose the Filetti, with garlic, basil, fresh mozarella, cherry tomatoes, sea salt, and EVOO.

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The flavors were simple, clean, and delicious! Matthew chose the Diavola, with tomato, fresh mozarella, sausage, Calabrian chiles, and parmesan-reggiano.

photo (1)The Calabrian chiles really had a bite, but the sweetness of the sausage helped balance the pie. We really enjoyed our dinner and will definitely be back to this unassuming little pizza shop. Oh, and make sure you save room for gelato! There’s a chocolate hazelnut that tastes just like eating scoops of Nutella!

From there, we went to see “Dear Mr. Watterson” at the Cedar Lee Theatre. Matthew is a huge fan of Calvin & Hobbes, so when I heard the movie had a limited engagement in Cleveland, I knew we had to go!

photo 3The documentary is a love letter from Calvin & Hobbes fans to the creator of the comic strip. While I remember reading Calvin & Hobbes, the movie certainly gave me a deeper appreciation of the comic. I also had no idea that Bill Watterson is from Chagrin Falls!

The movie is playing at the Cedar Lee until December 12, so check it out if you have a chance!

On Sunday, we were supposed to take part in the Jingle Bell Run/Walk to benefit the Arthritis Foundation, but that didn’t fit in the “laying low,” so we missed out on the chilly fun! From the pictures I saw, it looked like everyone had a great time!

I spent Sunday hanging around the house, making Christmas cookies from old family recipes, which are my favorite this time of year. I even have some recipes in my grandma’s handwriting, which I just love to use.

Two of our nieces even came over to help with the baking!

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How was your weekend? Did you check out the Ohio City Christmas Festival or any other festive happenings?

***Disclosure: Matthew and I are members of Playhouse Square Partners. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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