Northeast Ohio Bucket List Events | October 1 - 8

Northeast Ohio Fall Bucket List of Events in Cleveland and surrounding suburbs | iNeedaPlaydate.com

Hello October!

Who's tired of pumpkin everything, yet?  Nope?  Me neither!

This weekend is Goblins in the Garden at the Holden Arboretum and a butt-load of  Halloween fun starts all over Northeast Ohio.  So excited!  I really, really am!  I love this time of year!

Goblins in the Garden at the Holden Arboretum

Check out the list of fall favorites.  


Kahlua Chocolate Chip Cookies

In my never ending quest to find the perfect booze inspired chocolate chip cookie, I would like to present - Kahlua and chocolate chip.

I am not really on a quest to find the best booze in a cookie recipe, I just seem to always have just enough liquor left over to add to my baking and today is no different.  I had intended to make Bailey's chocolate chip cookies but it seems we have Kahlua this go around.  Not sure why we have Kahlua but I would like to thank the fine country of Mexico for combing coffee and rum together in one bottle.  And, probably who ever brought Kahlua to our house. 

In this recipe I used just enough white sugar to make them a little crispy plus I recommend under cooking to keep them from getting too hard.  If you would rather have a softer cookie, replace the white with light brown sugar.

Kahlua Chocolate Chip Cookies


Looking Back on Our Summer in Northeast Ohio

Summer Favorites | Looking Back on Our Summer in Northeast Ohio

RD is in preschool!  And, as I was helping fill in her "get to know me" form one of the questions was "What was your favorite activity this summer?"

As I waited for her to answer, I went over all of her possible answers...

We spent a weekend showing another family all around Cleveland and our absolute favorite places.

LEGOS and Nature: Making Connections at the Cleveland Botanical Garden

The kids went to their first Parade the Circle at Wade Oval in University Circle.

Parade the Circle at Wade Oval in University Circle


Sick of Following My Dreams

I'm sick of following my dreams...

From the time we are young we are told to follow our dreams, do what you love and you'll love what you do, and on and on...  To that I say - hooey.

If I did what I loved I would be watching TV all day long with breaks to go to the movies.  Who can honestly make a living at that?  Sure, there are some who do and to them I say - kudos.  But, it is unrealistic and quite mean to tell the youngsters that their career can be anything they dream when really it is only for some but not most.

There was a time when working in a factory or as a receptionist was a very respectable choice.  There is nothing wrong with an honest day of work if you are proud of what you do and are satisfied.  If you are not satisfied, by all means go for the golden ring, but don't shame those who just want a paycheck so they can spend time doing what they love outside of the nine to five world.

Am I settling?