July baking is always ruled by the Ohio State Fair! This year I entered three classes and won 1st in the Gingerbread! I am so excited and I’ve already spent my $50 King Arthur Flour gift card fifteen ways to Sunday (not that it won’t be here until September…ha!). I’ll share the recipe once I can link to it in the Dispatch (!).
I know that Baby C is still a bit too young to understand the whole ‘experience as a gift’ thing but we really like that philosophy here in this house. While he might not remember exactly, we wanted to get that started early! We booked tickets for a ride on Thomas the Train (our little dude is quite the ‘choo choo’ lover) when he was visiting the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. We drove up on Saturday morning, had a blast riding Thomas, seeing all the other train related activities.
We were meeting friends from lunch and had an hour to kill so we popped literally around the corner to the Cuyahoga National Park Visitors Center and took a look around, saw the river (C had a really hard time not jumping into the Cuyahoga) and picked up our traditional National Park coffee cup. We had a lovely BBQ lunch and then headed back south. Our overtired dude did not nap well in the car and since he is up we stopped at the new outlet mall on our way home. I forgot it was Memorial Day weekend and it was so busy so we didn’t stay too long.
Sunday we kept it low key and cooked out at home. Monday was a pool day and cook out at my parents house. C loves the water so much and it’s so much fun to see him get more and more confident in the pool.
M closed on Friday night so I watched more Next Food Network Star than I should have. Seeing Bobby Flay and Giada in action – I can definitely see those affair rumors because WOWZA are those two flirty!
Saturday morning I lounged around then spent the afternoon shopping with my mom (at the fabric store) and sister (at the tack shop). We all spent the rest of the afternoon lounging at the pool and grilling out. I threatened to drag my sister and her best to Jeni’s for ice cream but no god-fearing Columbusite knows better than to turn down Jenis. We rounded out the evening by stopping by Studio 35 for a drink with two of M’s coworkers and their wives.
Sunday morning brought more sleeping in – HELLO HOLIDAY WEEKEND! I hit up the grocery store and ran a few errands. We just grilled up some hot-dogs and corn on the cob and rounded out the evening with Despicable Me 2.
Lucky for me, M was also off on Monday! So we headed out to my parents to pick up Lexi the Wonder Dog and take her hiking with us. We went to Great Seal State Park, sort of near Tar Hollow. It’s named because it contains the hills that are represented on the Great Seal of the Great State of Ohio. We did the Sugarloaf Mountain trail and part of the Shawnee Ridge trail – it was pretty hilly so we took a few breaks to let Lex rest. It was great to be in much older forest with less undergrowth and fuller canopy coverage. Great Seal State Park has a lot less camping than Tar Hollow and was less busy – I can’t wait to go horse camping there!
After our hike, we spent the afternoon in the pool. The weather was perfect all weekend – hot but not too hot and sunny but not too sunny.
chicago dog at sonic after our hike!
Monday 5/18 – buffalo cauliflower
Tuesday 5/19 – leftovers
Wednesday 5/20 – lemon caper tuna sandwich
Thursday 5/21 – buffalo cauliflower
Friday 5/22 – baked fish with waffle fries
Saturday 5/23 – burgers at my parents
Sunday 5/24 – hot dogs and corn on the cob