Why? Weekends!

It was a long, family-and-turkey filled weekend, so let’s get right into it! We had two Thanksgiving dinners: one on Wednesday night and one on Thursday. On Wednesday, we went to Matthew’s sister’s house. Our contributions to the dinner were a butternut squash side dish (recipe here) and this adorable turkey cake from Michael Angelo’s Bakery.

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The cake was as tasty as it was cute and all the kids (big and small) loved it!

On Thursday, we had my family over for Thanksgiving. Since I graduated from law school, I’ve been preparing our Thanksgiving dinner and I really love doing it! From my great grandmother’s pumpkin pie recipe to Eastern European favorites like dumplings and sauerkraut, the table is filled with traditional foods.

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This year, I took advice that I received at Pier W’s Tour of Italy wine dinner and served Prosecco with both dinner and dessert. It was a crowd-pleaser and paired well with all the foods!

Friday was spent picking out our Christmas tree…

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…and starting to decorate the house, too. Jeffrey has his own small tree in his room, which he really loves!

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Saturday evening, we headed downtown for Winterfest, which returned to Public Square this year. Before heading to the tree lighting, we stopped in at the Keep it Local Cleveland Winter Market, with lots of great local artisans like Pope’s Kitchen, Fear’s Confections, and Distinct CLE Crates, and a visit with this guy, too!

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Then it was off to Public Square for the lighting of the giant Christmas tree, as well as all the other trees and displays around the Square.

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The new Public Square has quickly become a favorite gathering place and it’s so nice to see the lights and ice rink back there this year, too. I always went to the tree lighting with my mom as a kid and I love continuing that tradition with Jeffrey.

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Winterfest has grown to encompass so many different areas of downtown, with shopping, music, ice skating, and all kinds of family-friendly activities. After the tree lighting, we popped over to Bloom Bakery for complimentary cookies and hot cocoa, which was the perfect sweet way to end the evening!

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On Sunday, we went to dinner at The Capital Grille for my Dad’s birthday. Even after all the Thanksgiving eating, we somehow found room for more food! I ordered the bone-in ribeye with porcini dust and aged balsamic. So rich, so perfectly cooked, so good!

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Our table shared side dishes of mushroom risotto, wild mushrooms, and sweet creamed corn with bacon. Matthew and I also shared the lobster and crab cakes for our appetizer and my Dad’s complimentary birthday dessert of a mini cheesecake and mini espresso flourless cake was delicious, too!

And you might not believe it, but The Capital Grille really is family-friendly! Jeffrey loved his cheeseburger and ice cream trio. Our server was attentive and friendly to his needs and we all had a wonderful experience! This is a steakhouse that really delivers!

So, that was our weekend! A seamless transition from one holiday to the next and lots of fun, too! How was your Thanksgiving weekend?

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