Why? Weekends!

I went into this weekend feeling like we didn’t have much planned, but we certainly managed to fill the time! After school on Friday, I took Jeffrey to Playground World. Since last Friday’s unseasonably warm weather, he keeps asking to go play outside, so I figured an indoor playground was the next best thing.

He had a great time and burned off a lot of energy, so much so that he ended up just chilling in a hammock for awhile!

Friday evening, we stayed in and enjoyed a tasty dinner with shrimp and asparagus penne (recipe here) paired with the North Coast Syrah from CLE Urban Winery.

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The spicy Syrah was a perfect match with the pasta, which had a bite from red pepper flakes. I’m really impressed with CLE Urban Winery’s selection of wines (plus, I love the names and labels)!

On Saturday, we all bundled up and headed to the Lake Metroparks Farmpark. It’s the season at the Farmpark when there are lots of new lambs and kids. We even got to see some one-day old baby goats.

We also got to take advantage of Maple Sugaring Weekends. There are lots of special activities, from sampling maple syrup and maple candy to tapping a maple tree by hand. Jeffrey loved the sweet maple candy!

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Maple Sugaring Weekends continue March 11-12 and all the activities are included with your regular paid Farmpark admission.

You can also see tons of handmade, award-winning quilts at Quilts 2017, at the Farmpark through March 29.

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So, whether you like baby animals, maple syrup, or warm blankets (or all of the above), the Lake Metroparks Farmpark has something for you right now!

Since we came home with a quart of delicious maple syrup, it seemed only right to make breakfast for dinner on Saturday night. This was my first time making homemade pancakes (recipe here) and while my flipping skills need work, the result was quite tasty.

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I also made Fresh Fork Market breakfast patties (a delicious combination of bacon and sausage) and Pope’s Kitchen Bloody Mary’s. So much local goodness in one meal!

Sunday morning, I got up and out bright and early to meet up with my friend Abby for a class at Barre3 Legacy Village. It was the perfect start to my week, with a great workout provided by our teacher Kylie.

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Kylie incorporated a lot of familiar yoga postures into the class, so I felt right at home. And having a friend to shake and quake with made the tough parts of class much easier!

When I got home, I discovered Matthew and Jeffrey making macarons. Yup, you read that right. Well, I suppose I earned a cookie or two after the barre class, right?

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Sunday evening, we met up with friends Elizabeth and Andrew and their daughter Mia for dinner at Brim Kitchen + Brewery. This is our second time at Brim and I’ve yet to be anything less than fully impressed with both the beer and the food.

I had the Fe-BLUE-Larry beer, a fruit beer that wasn’t overly sweet. It was 8.3% ABV, but was deceptively easy-drinking. We all shared the Chips & Dip appetizer, with edamame hummus, avocado mash, and golden beet puree (my favorite of the three yummy dips).

For my entrée, I got the mac and cheese and added grilled skirt steak. The steak was perfectly done and added great flavor to the already tasty mac and cheese.

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Brim Kitchen + Brewery is quickly becoming a go-to spot for us. Their “Full Glass, Full Plate, Full Heart” motto comes through in everything they do!

So, that was our weekend! How was yours?

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