Why? Weekends!

It’s not often that my weekends start on Thursday evening anymore (who misses college sometimes? *raises hand*), but this weekend I got to start to unwind before 5pm on Friday. I met up with a handful of other hearty souls who braved the weather to attend the JCU Alumni social at Willoughby Brewing Company.

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Over beers and pizza, we warmed up and chatted all things JCU and beyond. We also collected donations for The Labre Project, in which students prepare meals and distribute needed personal items for the homeless.

I of course took home a crowler (Willoughby Brewing’s genius 32-ounce take-home can) of our favorite Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter, along with a baked potato pizza, both of which were perfect for a cold and blustery evening.

The JCU Alumni Office has a ton of great holiday events coming up, including Breakfast with Santa and a swanky grown-up Christmas reception. You can find out more and register for these events online.

On Saturday evening, I met up with Alicia for a special yoga class taught by one of my favorite yoga teachers, Ylonda at Inner Bliss Yoga Studio. I used to take Ylonda’s classes regularly when she taught at Nishkama Yoga and have always found her to be challenging and inspiring (and a lot of fun).

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Saturday’s class not only involved a tough vinyasa flow, but also began and ended with chanting and included Ylonda’s amazing cello skills. It was an intense 75 minutes and the energy in the room at the end of class was palpable. It made me realize that I need to prioritize getting back to my mat, both for my body and my mind!

After class, a bunch of us headed over to Sweet Melissa for dinner. I started with the soup-of-the-day, cream of asparagus, and a Breckenridge Brewery Christmas Ale, a seasonal favorite.

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Both were perfect warm-me-up starters. For my entree, I chose the pulled chicken risotto, with butternut squash and dried cranberries.

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This was a really tasty dish and all of the flavors shone through individually. The portion size was perfect too! Since we were at Sweet Melissa, I couldn’t pass up dessert, but got it to take home and split with Matthew. The cassata cupcake was a good choice, although I would have liked a bit more filling.

IMG_0948Overall, it was a perfect evening that nurtured my body and my soul in a lot of ways! I’m never disappointed when I make time for yoga (or my favorite yogis)!

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Sunday was spent mostly around the house, although we did take Jeffrey to a fun Kindermusik Thanksgiving party (no pics, as I refuse to spoil his Turkey day outfit before the big day). I love how Kindermusik also has holiday-themed events in addition to the regular classes!

Matthew and I did a ton of cooking with our Fresh Fork items, including a Brussels sprout, potato, and ham hash with egg white and Hollandaise on top for breakfast; a delicious apple cake; and roasted Brussels sprouts and salmon for dinner (recipe here).

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All in all, it was a lovely weekend! How was yours?

***Disclosure: I am a member of the board of the John Carroll University Cleveland Alumni Chapter. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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