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whatever wednesday: what do you wanna do?

Wanna win a giveaway? Head over to Monday’s post on how to stock your pantry with healthy options. You can win a $50 Whole Foods gift card from Whole Foods Cedar Center! You have until tonight to enter – the winner will be announced on Thursday morning.

Wanna follow some top Twitter folks? I am so so honored to be included on this list of the Top 10 Cleveland Twitter Follows for 2012 from Live in CLE! Check out the full listing as a few of my favorites are included – all are great suggestions!

Wanna attend a blogger meetup? The Ohio Blogging Association is here to help!

  • On Wednesday, January 18th: With the help of the kind folks at Whole Foods Market Cedar Center, we’ll be holding a Build A Better Pizza Party! We’re working on a few surprises as well – definitely going to be a fun, tasty night! (RSVP here!)
  • On Tuesday, February 21st: Happening at Wine & Design in Tremont, Miss WineOH will lead us through a tasting of 6 affordable wines with light appetizers as each wine is discussed and additional wine/blogging tips shared. (RSVP with pre-payment instructions here!)
  • On Monday, March 12th: We’ll return to the Cleveland Foodbank to give back to our community by volunteering our time at this Cleveland institution. (RSVP here – please provide your email for follow up instructions!)

Remember: bloggers AND blog supporters are all welcome to attend OBA events – join us in 2012!

Wanna attend an even BIGGER blogger meetup? Fitbloggin’ early bird tickets went on sale this morning!


Visit the event’s website to purchase tickets (early bird will go FAST) and get more information. I had a ball last year and am hopeful I will be able to attend this year. Cross your fingers all works out!

Wanna play some flag football? The Cleveland Area chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association is looking for some volunteers for an upcoming event:


Organizers need ladies to play in the flag football game, as well as coaches for the teams and planning committee members. Interested in any of that? Visit http://www.bvbcle.org/ and sign up!

Wanna know what I’ve been doing for the past week?

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A sinusitis/double ear infection will seriously kill any momentum you’ve got from heading into a new year. It will however help you to develop a habit of taking far too many pictures of your dog. At least I’ve got a built-in heating blanket.

What do you wanna do this Wednesday?

a good day for a thankful thursday

Today, I need to ground myself in the fabulous things around me. This Thursday, those things that I am thankful for include:

…for making a huge pot of my butternut squash and carrot soup on Monday. This time, I roasted the veggies for an hour before combining them with the chicken broth and blending the heck out of it. So good when served with some Trader Joe’s apple chicken sausage and grated Romano cheese.

…these fun images from lululemon that I found while doing some personal Christmas shopping:

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I definitely tweeted this one to Hans:

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…being able to take a pup walk to our polling location on Tuesday night. It was a beautiful evening in Cleveland and I was happy to be able to get outside one more time before that dreaded white stuff starts to appear…

…this beautiful bracelet recently found on Etsy that needs to find its way on my wrist:


…and the message of this similar one:


“The beauty of doing nothing”. Beautiful.

…the new “Advancing Practice Class” at Nishkama Yoga. Part vinyasa flow, part workshop, it’s 90 minutes where I get to really push myself in my yoga practice. Since attending it, I’ve gotten into poses I never thought possible: headstands, arm balances, binds. It’s really exciting to see the growth that can occur when you slow down the flow to discuss all the positions you come across along the way.

…for making popovers. I’m all about Alton Brown’s rule of don’t buy any kitchen unitaskers, but I love making these dinner rolls for my family:

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It’s so fun to watch them pop up over, and the entire pan is gone by the end of dinner!

…the post currently sitting in my drafts folder that I am afraid to hit publish on. Hoping to have the courage tomorrow. Stay tuned…

What are you thankful for today?

apple picking at Heavenly Hill Farm

Author’s update on 9/2/2013: This post was written in 2011. As of this day, Heavenly Hill no longer allows pets on their location. Please plan accordingly if planning to visit!


Every October, I look forward to our fall tradition of apple picking. There are plenty of farms around the Greater Cleveland area – check out Pick Your Own’s site for a great listing – but we like to hit up a smaller one near Whipps Ledges: the Heavenly Hill Farm in North Royalton.


I brought my two favorite guys for the task:


Heavenly Hill sells a bit of everything including apples, pears, honey – all from the farm – as well as veggies, cider, pies and local goods.


During their peak season, Heavenly Hill also feature a bunch of family fun activities, including free hayrides around the property.


We grabbed a few buckets and headed out back to the orchard where several lines of apple trees greeted us.


Heavenly Hill features 22 varieties of apples that are seasonally available to pick from September 1st through October 31st.  The cost is 75 cent per pound when you pick your own – so much cheaper than what’s been in the grocery store this year.


Hans jumped right in and starting snagging some Cortland apples:

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Before you knew it, he had a nice assortment of varieties. I, on the other hand, had my hands full with a certain golden retriever:


Grady was SUCH a handful! Notice the tongue sticking out in both of those photos! While Hans finished up tracking down some Golden Delicious apples, I calmed down the VP of Fuzz.


Afterwards, we stopped by the picnic area by Whipps Ledges to enjoy the beautiful Fall day. We sat on a blanket, ate an apple and read while Grady continued to be all excited to be out of the house. It was a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon and I’m hoping we get to do it one more time this season.

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So does Grady.

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