Why? Weekends!

I wanted to hold off to do an evening edition of the Weekend Recap, so we could squeeze as much juice out of the unofficial end of summer as possible. So, here’s our weekend:

Memphis Kiddie Park

On Friday, Jeffrey and I met up with friends for a play date at Memphis Kiddie Park. This park is the perfect size for small kids, with just the right amount of rides to keep them entertained, but not overwhelmed.

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Jeffrey’s favorite is the roller coaster, but I still managed to convince him to enjoy some of the “tamer” rides like the carousel and the train, too.

Downtown Willoughby Corn Roast

I love me a good festival and I also love me some good sweet corn. So, of course I couldn’t miss the Downtown Willoughby Corn Roast.

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We enjoyed Mexican street corn and cheeseburgers from The Wild Goose/The Morehouse/Fiona’s Coffee Bar & Bakery folks. There was live music and bounce houses to enjoy, too.

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And we snuck over to Fiona’s after our dinner for some Mitchell’s Ice Cream (try the sundae with Fiona’s homemade mini donuts…yum!) The Corn Roast is in its early stages and still small, but I’m hoping it will grow bigger each year!

Good Home Cooking

Between Friday night at home and Sunday at my mom’s, we enjoyed some yummy home cooking! On Friday night, I made this Cheesy Ham and Gruyere Bake (recipe here) but added in some hatch chiles from Heinen’s for some extra kick.

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My mom made way too much delicious food when she had us over on Sunday, but my favorite was this tomato tart, which looks complicated, but is easy to make and so delicious (recipe here.)

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It’s tomato season, so don’t pass this one up!

Lake Metroparks Farmpark

On Sunday, we attended a birthday party for one of Jeffrey’s friends at the Lake Metroparks Farmpark.

We got to see lots of critters, as well as take a wagon ride through the Farmpark.

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We also enjoyed the birthday party classics of pizza and cake, although the dirt cups were my personal favorite!

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The Farmpark is a great place for a birthday party (we had Jeffrey’s second birthday party there)! It gives your guests lots of things to do and see beyond just eating and opening presents and it makes a theme pretty fun and easy too (ours was Elmo on the Farm.) Stay tuned for some grown-up happenings at the Farmpark tomorrow…

Air Show Family Picnic

One of my favorite Cleveland summer traditions going back to when I was a kid is watching the Cleveland National Air Show.

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Last year, Jeffrey saw some of the planes from a downtown parking deck and really enjoyed it. So, this year, I wanted to find a fun way for him to see the Air Show, but realizing that he’s not ready to sit out at Burke Lakefront Airport yet.

Which is why I jumped at the Great Lakes Science Center‘s Air Show Family Picnic. You got admission to the Science Center, lunch on their outdoor deck, and a great view of the Air Show. When there was a break in the action (or Jeffrey just needed a break), we could pop inside and explore the Science Center. Plus, there were experiments and bubbles set up outside to keep kids entertained too.

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The Air Show views were outstanding (including quite a few flyovers of the deck we were on) and it was the best way to experience the Air Show with a three year old!

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So, that was our weekend! I think we sent off summer in style! How was your long weekend?

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