Why? Weekends!

Other than our visit to Kringle’s Inventionasium, the weekend was a nice mix of going out and staying in. On Friday morning, Jeffrey and I met up with friends for story time at the Cleveland Heights Noble Neighborhood Library.

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One of the great things about this library is that the children’s area is downstairs, away from the rest of the library. This lets the kids play, sing, and have fun without bothering the other patrons.

Friday and Saturday evenings were both much-needed nights in. I got to use some of our Fresh Fork Market provisions to make some tasty meals. Friday night, I made caramelized butternut squash (recipe here) and cider-Dijon pork chops (recipe here).

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This was like fall on a plate! Saturday, I made roasted Brussels sprouts and cauliflower with glazed carrots (recipe here) and lemon parsley swordfish (recipe here). I need to make time to cook real meals at home more often!

On Sunday, the whole family met up with friends for a Kindermusik Thanksgiving-themed class and a lovely dinner afterwards at Fire Food and Drink.

Matthew and I both started our meal with the pumpkin soup, which was rich, creamy, and delicious.

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We also both chose the crispy duck confit with mushroom spaetzel for our entrees. Matthew got the large portion (pictured) and I got the small, which has one piece of duck rather than two.

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You know I can’t resist ordering duck and this was a particularly good choice. The crispy skin, the richness of the mushrooms, and the smoky duck flavor made this a perfect dish.

While Fire doesn’t have a kids menu, you can order things like grilled cheese, buttered noodles, or cheese pizza to keep the little ones happy with good food too. Also, the popovers on the appetizer menu seemed to be a winner with kids and adults alike.

For dessert, I couldn’t pass up the popcorn sundae, with salted caramel sauce and pecans. While it’s not popcorn pot de crème, it was definitely tasty!

The staff at Fire did a great job keeping our whole table fed and happy and the three kids did an amazing job of behaving and eating and having fun. It IS possible for the whole family to enjoy a nice meal out and not just at Panera! I don’t get to Shaker Square enough, either, so this was a good reminder to visit more often.

So, that was my weekend. I’m glad I had some down time to rest up for the busy holiday week ahead! How was your weekend?

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