Why? Weekends!

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It’s been a great holiday weekend so far! On Saturday, Matthew and I hosted our third annual cook-out. We always have such a great time having friends and family over for hamburgers, hot dogs, beer, cornhole, and general summer fun and relaxation.

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As hostess, I completely failed at taking pictures, but it was a wonderful group of people from all parts of our lives, from Matthew’s high school friends to my college roommate and her new husband to newer but no less dear friends.

As more and more of our friends start their families, we’ve noticed a change in the cook-out though. Three years ago, we were kicking people out well after midnight, after many rounds of drinks and lots of stories by the outdoor fire pit. This year, the last guests left around 9pm, giving us time to clean up, get Jeffrey into bed, and even get a decent amount of sleep ourselves. No less fun this year, just a different way of doing things!

On Sunday, I decided I needed an evening to hang out with my two favorite boys. I had plans to go to a yoga class and while I definitely need to find time to get back into my flow, I decided what my soul needed more than downward dog was time with my family. We ended up checking out the Cleveland Scene Pig and Whiskey event.

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There was tons of tasty BBQ, whiskey and beer, live music, and other vendors. Before we got our BBQ on, I popped into The Wandering Wardrobe for a bit of shopping. I’ve been following the shop on Instagram and loved all the cute clothes available. Stepping inside the truck is like being in a mini boutique and I scored two very pretty tops for very reasonable prices.

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You can follow the truck around while the weather is still nice and then from November until January, Wandering Wardrobe will have pop-up space in the Warehouse District.

Of course, you can’t go to Pig & Whiskey without enjoying some of both, which Matthew did. Since I’m not a fan of whiskey, I stuck with just the pig.

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I had the pork belly sandwich and smoked mac ‘n cheese from Smoke Ring BBQ. My only regret was not going for the hot sauce, as the medium didn’t pack much of a punch. But the food was tasty and it was nice to have pork options other than ribs or pulled pork.

This was the inaugural year for Pig  and Whiskey, but hopefully it will be back next year! While the beer distributors were local, it would be nice to see some hometown beer options in the beer tent and some lower-priced whiskey (most were between $7-$10 for a shot). Overall, we all had a great time!

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Hope you are enjoying your holiday weekend!

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