Why? Weekends!

***A bit of blogkeeping: Congratulations to Kayla (Comment #1), randomly-selected winner of two tickets to Come Out to Play to benefit the Children’s Hunger Alliance. If you didn’t win, you can still purchase tickets online.***

I feel like every weekend between now and Labor Day is just packed, as we try to make the most out of the rest of summer! On Friday night, Matthew and I attended Twilight at the Zoo…stay tuned tomorrow for a recap of all the wild fun there!

Saturday was Matthew’s birthday, so we had a whole family day planned. We started with cupcakes for breakfast, as all birthdays should start.

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I picked up these giant filled cupcakes from Cakes to You. We had the German chocolate and raspberry champagne and they were delicious!

Then we headed to Memphis Kiddie Park for some great family bonding time. I can remember going to Memphis Kiddie Park when I was little and my mom can even remember going when she was little! So, it’s pretty cool to be able to take Jeffrey there.

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All the rides at Memphis Kiddie Park are for children under 50 inches tall. Jeffrey can safely ride on everything and he loves all the rides, especially the boats! The carousel, train, and roller coaster are rides that adults can go on with their kids. Admission is free and the ride tickets are reasonably priced ($19 for 10 tickets or $31 for a book of 25 tickets plus coupons).

After the Kiddie Park fun, we popped literally right next door to the Cleveland Metroparks Big Creek Reservation for a picnic lunch. It was a really fun family afternoon!

That evening, after Jeffrey went to bed, Matthew and I enjoyed a nice dinner at home. As much as we enjoy going out, sometimes it’s nice to stay in, relax, and enjoy some quiet time. I made filet (from Pinzone’s Market Fresh Meats), scallops with a champagne vanilla butter sauce (from Lobster Brothers; recipe here), twice-baked potatoes, and asparagus.

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It was pretty tasty, if I do say so myself! And all in all, it was a great way to celebrate Matthew’s birthday!

On Sunday, we attended the National Hamburger Festival at Lock 3 Park in Akron. There were a lot of delicious hamburger options (although I’d love to see more places offer sliders so you could try even more varieties), as well as a craft beer tasting, inflatables and more fun for kids, live music, and on and on.

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Matthew and I both enjoyed burgers from Smoke: I had the Gilroy 5 Cheese Burger, with a five-cheese blend, basil pesto mayo, and carmelized onions, and Matthew had the Dirty Vegas Burger with balsamic, cheddar, caramelized onions, spinach, and fried egg. They were messy, tasty, and juicy! I was impressed with the high quality of the burgers in a festival setting! We also enjoyed some Parmesan tater tots from The Beachcomber Truck.

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We couldn’t pass up dessert from Southern Thangs Food Truck! I had the deep-fried s’more and Matthew had the bacon sundae. Over-the-top decadent deliciousness!

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It was a good time checking out a new-to-us festival! I think it’s safe to say we’ll be back for more meaty goodness next year!

How was your weekend?

***Disclosures: I was asked to help promote Come Out to Play, Twilight at the Zoo, and the National Hamburger Festival. In exchange, I received complimentary admission tickets to these events. As always, all opinions, as well as all food purchases at the National Hamburger Festival, are 100% my own.***

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