Ohio Thanksgiving

And the winner is…….Bonnie! Congratulations, I hope you enjoy these yummy chocolates, I’ll send them out soon!

Since I last posted, I have enjoyed a quick trip to Ohio to visit my dad and family and have an early Thanksgiving. My sister and I went and left the hubbies to take care of the kiddies and kitties. We left on Saturday after a couple of flight delays.

Silly faces on the plane:


Saturday evening we got in and my dad and Vickie picked us up at the airport.

We celebrated our first evening there with my favorite pizza in the world: Penso’s! No other pizza compares.


We watched a movie and sipped Vickie’s yummy apple pie moonshine. This stuff takes and smells exactly like an apple pie, crust and all. It could be dangerous.


Sunday was a fun relaxing day. We loafed around the house and leisurely made a Thanksgiving feast:

It was delicious. We got to see my little sister and brother-in-law and his kids, my aunt Lori stopped by, and my little brother Matthew popped in for a fast visit before he went to work:

I didn’t get a picture of everyone 😦 Too busy having fun.

Monday morning, we met my brother bright and early for breakfast at Bob Evans, then we all went to visit the site of our former house where we grew up. The house was destroyed in a fire caused by the owner who dad sold it to. It was strange being up on that hill standing in the place where there used to be walls that held so many memories:

Then we went to Warther’s Musuem and had my knives sharpened. Mooney Warther was a master carver whose talent is mind-boggling. If you are ever in the area, do yourself a favor and go to the museum and be prepared to be amazed. They also sell the best knives, and every few years, I cart them all the way from Florida to get them sharpened. they also refinished my wood storage block, just like new.


Then we drove around a bit to kill some time before my beloved Eiler’s candy store opened. We stopped to see the new turf in the stadium where I cheered the mighty Tornadoes on to many a victory:


We drove by my very first home where this journey all began 36 years ago:


Then to buy out Eiler’s:

We continued our fun day in Amish country with a trip to Walnut Creek to gather up some Amish treats:

Then to Kids Collection, a cute toy and furniture store owned by my friend Summer:

If you leave near by, stop out there for some great gifts for the kiddos. Summer had great suggestions of what to get my twin niece and nephew for their 4th birthday coming up.

Finally we stopped by the Swiss Heritage Winery and cheese house. We stocked up on swiss cheese and had a fun wine tasting:

A fun day out in Northeastern Ohio. We went back to the house and starting preparing another great meal. The famous great grandma Yockey’s fried swiss macaroni and cheese.

And just like that, our mini vacation and early Thanksgiving came to an end 😦 Wish we could have stayed longer.

But I was so excited to get back to my husband. Although, I only got to see him briefly at the airport before he had to fly out to Texas for work. We had dinner together at Carrabba’s at the airport. He came back the next day, only to fly out again Thursday 😦 I don’t like this work traveling 😦 But it does make the time we are together even that much better.

We had a fun weekend together. Friday, just snuggling on the couch, sleeping in Saturday morning, then going to the Tampa Bourbon and Brew fest. My friend Nichole had extra tickets, thanks Nichole!

We had a bourbon drink and chatted for a bit, but our grumbling tummies soon led us to Guadalajara Mexican Grill

Great food, great company, great night!

Sunday we slept in again, I’m enjoying this sleep thing and taking full advantage of it, because I know it won’t be like this forever.

After a lazy morning, I laced up and hit the pavement for 4 miles. It was perfect running weather, and the best run I have had in a LONG time! Then we got dolled up and went to our favorite date night spot, Cooper’s Hawk. Wine tastings are my favorite thing, and we had a coupon for $25 for earning enough points in their wine club, so we went for a tasting and dinner.

We split the life balance menu Mediterranean salad, and I got the scallops.

There is a lot to do this week with Thanksgiving and a birthday party to plan. I better get to it. have a great week 🙂


An Oxford Exchange Giveaway

The Oxford Exchange in Tampa is a very special place for me. Not only is it the most beautiful interior space in Tampa, it is where I married the love of my life just 4 short months ago.


Last night I went back for the first time since that perfect day for a holiday Blogger Event. We started the evening with wine and champagne in the bookstore. Then we had a couple of Chef Erin Guggino’s appetizers. She created the menu for my wedding, and everyone was very impressed with the food. They said it was the best wedding food they had ever had!). Last night we enjoyed her Butternut squash shooters and dried figs with Goat Cheese and Toasted Walnuts:


Fololwing, we enjoyed 2 Tebella Tea Company & Buddy Brew Coffee pairings with mast brothers & Dandelion Chocolate:

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We then learned a little about 7th Avenue Apothecary from Owner Erin Grossman and her cousin:


We mingled in the gift shop and I spent some time with two of my favorite blogger friends Nicole from Casa de Crews:


And Rachel from In Wed With Love:


Finally we gathered for a design/history tour of the building and my own private little side notes tour of my wedding (“this is where I got into my dress, this is where my cake was”, etc…)

I was sad to see the evening come to an end, I had so much fun reminiscing, experiencing OE in a new way, and hanging out with my friends.

But the goody bag on the way out cheered me up. Packed with yummy kettle corn, a cookie, and a pumpkin clove candle, as well as a preview of the menu at OE’s newest venture: o.e.market. looks like a great place to grab a unique sandwich and a fresh juice. Can’t wait to try it.

And I have something for one lucky winner to try. All you have to do is answer one question, and you will be entered to win these 3 chocolate bars from Mast Brothers & Dandelion Chocolate:

chocoAnswer this question in the comments below and I will pick a random winner on Friday, November 22.

What are you thankful for this holiday season?