Thursday, December 12, 2013

I'm Here!

Please tell me how it is mid-December already? Time is just flying by, more so than usual. I swear, it was just December 1st. I have so much blog content to share with you, but I've been busy and feeling uninspired to sit down and write when I do have a moment. I have another Taco Tuesday to share with you, "R" and I knocked another restaurant off of my 2013 To Dine List, we've been cooking, and a new breakfast and lunch spot just opened in Downtown Cleveland that I want to share with you.

In the meantime, here's a peek at what I've been up to...

"R" and I decorated for the holidays.
On the hunt for ugly Christmas sweaters at some local thrift stores, I found some great home goods instead! Including, some classic French Onion soup bowls. Which prompted us to find a recipe and whip some up that night.
You never know what you'll find. I also picked up a great orange vase and a serving bowl.

My Christmas surprise for "R" was ruined by very obvious packaging and UPS showing up at 7:30PM to deliver (there were tears), but...we did get to use his new Vitamix early.
It was worth every penny. It came with a great recipe book, and within minutes of throwing in some vegetables, wine, and chicken broth, we had HOT soup, ready to serve. Magic. But, how come no one talks about how a Vitamix sounds like a jet engine? I thought the thing was going to explode.

I also walked the A Christmas Story House 5k with the Liver Life Challenge team.
It was absolutely freezing, but fun. The race medal and tee were totally worth it.

We also attended a media preview of the Carnival Couture, hosted by The Republic of Artists, taking place this weekend. This Cleveland pop-up marketplace will feature designers, artisans, and other independent businesses for a three-day shopping experience.

• Friday, December 13th - 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Carnival Couture Holiday Party)
• Saturday, December 14th - 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
• Sunday, December 15th - noon to 5 p.m.

The Republic of Artists | Market at Miles Pointe | 4925 Pointe Parkway, Warrensville Hts.

$2.00 admission

We had a great time walking around, and viewing of all the vendors' goods.
Art, clothing, accessories, home goods, sweet treats...something for everyone. We've still got our eye on a great Ohio metal piece for the kitchen. This event is a way to get some last-minute holiday shopping in, while supporting local businesses.

Phew, I'm even tired just writing about everything that we've been up to. What's your December been like so far?

I promise, more coming soon!

Disclosure: I am an employee of the American Liver Foundation, and manage the Liver Life Challenge team. I was invited to the media preview of Carnival Couture and attended with a guest for free admission.


Sarah @ Cooker Girl said...

Congrats on the Vitamix, my husband just got me one too! I was disappointed that it came in a box blazing Vitamix for all to see and possibly steal from my porch (and in your case ruin the surprise). I getup before Kevin and he mentioned that the noise wakes him while it's running. I've had it for about a week and I love it!