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February
23

The 10 Best Burger Joints in Cleveland, Mapped

It's no secret that Cleveland is home to an incredible dining scene. It has long been a topic of conversation among publications like the Los Angeles Times and Thrillist, and while local haunts like Sokolowski's University Inn and new hot spots like Lola typically garner all of the attention, we'd like to give some love to the burgers. In this city, there is no shortage of burger options. You can go simple at an old-school drive-in, or step it up a notch at a locavore eatery with a rooftop view. Either way, the beef is likely sourced from right here in Ohio, and the flavors mix together just right. Next time you're smacked with a burger craving, check out these 10 incredible joints around town!

Heck's Cafe

2927 Bridge Avenue, Cleveland OR 35514 Detroit Road, Avon Heck's Cafe has two Cleveland locations — one in Ohio City and one in Avon. The Ohio City spot is tucked into a historic, 120-year-old townhouse with indoor garden seating, and the Avon restaurant features a new warehouse setting with an industrial feel. And although the atmosphere is second to none, locals flock here for the gourmet burgers and locally sourced fare. Keep it simple with the Heckburger, or take it up a notch with the Market Burger, which features braised short ribs, bearnaise sauce and arugula.

Johnny's Little Bar

614 Frankfort Avenue, Cleveland Johnny's Little Bar is a secret spot tucked just around the corner from the more upscale Johnny's Downtown, and features a no-frills atmosphere, neon lights, a jukebox, and burgers worth bragging about. The restaurant veers away from bells and whistles, offering just the essentials on a half-pound burger with cheese alongside house-made chips.

Burgers 2 Beer

1938 Euclid Avenue, #100, Cleveland and several other locations

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Burgers 2 Beer brings burgers to life with creative ingredients, adventurous recipes and delicious grass-fed beef. There are 26 different burger options on the menu, and each is more clever than the last. For instance, the Luther, one of the restaurant's most popular burgers, is served on a glazed donut and topped with bacon and cheese, and the Like Butta Baby is drizzled with truffle butter and topped with bacon, Cajun brie, crispy fried onion straws and caramelized balsamic onion jam. Are you hungry yet?

B Spot

28699 Chagrin Boulevard, Woodmere and two other Cleveland Locations B Spot is owned by The Chew host and Iron Chef star Michael Symon, so you would naturally expect the burgers here to be at the top of their class — and you would be right. There is a lot of hype surrounding B Spot, which features bologna, brats, beer, bourbon and (of course) burgers! The award-winning Fat Doug features coleslaw, pastrami, swiss cheese and Cleveland's favorite Stadium Mustard. If that doesn't strike your fancy, there are 12 more to choose from, as well as a build-your-own option.

Hot Dog Diner

5494 Pearl Road, Parma Don't let the name fool you — there's more than just dogs at the Hot Dog Diner! In fact, the pierogi burger is the reason we come back to this spot again and again. The perfectly seasoned burger comes topped with grilled onions, cheese and a full pierogi — all of which is stacked on a fluffy and lightly toasted bun. It truly is a little bite of heaven, and it rings in at an easy $4.99.

Swensons

14510 Cedar Road, University Heights and seven other locations

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Swensons is actually known as basketball star LeBron James' favorite burger joint in town, and we're not surprised in the least. The old-school drive-in eatery serves a simple menu of burgers, fried dishes, sides and shakes, and although the venue doesn't take itself too seriously, the food is nothing to scoff at! Grab the Galley Boy, which is an award-winning double cheeseburger topped with two special sauces.

Stevenson's Bar & Grill

800 E 200th Street, Cleveland This laid back, no-frills sports bar has long established itself as a neighborhood hangout. Locals might come for the cocktails, draft beer and multiple tvs screening current sporting events (go Cavs!), but we suspect the popularity comes from the burgers. The patties come single or stacked, and are topped with grilled onions, melted american cheese, tomatoes, pickles and lettuce — the usual suspects.

The Greenhouse Tavern

2034 East 4th Street, Cleveland

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The Greenhouse Tavern is conveniently located downtown right on the pedestrian strip, and is a fantastic place for an easy dinner or lunch at any time of day. The upscale spot boasts a gorgeous rooftop patio and inventive new American fare. We like to start our meal off with the foie gras and clam appetizer before moving onto the lamb burger, which features a luxe cheese fondue, champagne shallot mignonette and tangy yogurt sauce. Yum.

Bar Cento

1948 West 25th Street, Cleveland Nestled in the heart of historic Ohio City, Bar Cento features a European-inspired menu focused on local, seasonal and sustainable ingredients. The Ohio Beef Burger features — you guessed it — local grass-fed beef! The patty is beautifully sandwiched in a warm griddled bun, and topped with caramelized onions, port salut cheese, lettuce and tomato. There isn't much to it, but with flavors this good, it's best to keep it simple.

The Rail

400 Great Northern Mall, North Olmsted and four other locations

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This local chain is all about supporting local. Everything from the beer to the burgers is sourced from right here in the state, and the staff celebrates the local community by hosting "beer school" classes in collaboration with local breweries at the restaurant. We're fans of the Local Yokel burger, which features Swiss cheese, local thick-cut bacon, and a fried local egg atop a 100% local beef burger and toasted bun. All menu items can be substituted with a veggie burger or chicken burger for no additional cost!
February
23

How to Spend a Weekend in Ohio's Amish Country

In the heart of Ohio, you'll find a little slice of heaven. Ohio's Amish Country is tucked between Cleveland and Columbus, and features gently rolling hills, captivating morning mist, colorful sunsets, charming farms and magnificent homes. The area itself is certainly idyllic, and the residents here appreciate their natural surroundings by living the old-fashioned way — celebrating their heritage by spending their time crafting artisanal products, gardening, and farming. But while the Amish enjoy a more simple way of life, it is far from boring. There are so many things to see, do and eat in Amish Country, and it is certainly worthy of a weekend getaway. Come dine in the cozy farm-to-table restaurants, get lost on the back roads, take a tour of a cheese factory, and stay overnight in one of the warm, hospitable inns. We guarantee you will gain a new appreciation for this beautiful country — an appreciation that will bring you back time and time again. The country lies within Holmes County and includes 10 different small towns, all within easy reach of each other. We gathered up the best things to see, the best restaurants, and the best places to stay in the area to help you make the most of your weekend. Enjoy! What to Do

Visit Yoder's Amish Home

6050 SR 515, Millersburg

Visit Yoder's Amish Home

Get a taste for the authentic Amish experience at Yoder's Amish Home. The 116-acre farm opened for tours in 1983, allowing a sneak peek into this simple and effective way of living for the first time. Take a tour of the two houses onsite as well as a barn full of farm animals, and learn the history, customs and faith of the Amish people. You can also see more of the natural beauty from the cab of an authentic Amish buggy, which is something you must experience while in the area! 

Shop for Furniture at Homestead Furniture

8233 OH-241, Mt Hope If you're looking for a new coffee table or rocking chair, there's no better place to find it than Homestead Furniture. Amish-made furniture is characterized by its gorgeous style and durability — and is made exclusively with oak. That said, the furniture comes in a variety of styles, and you can bet that it was made either onsite or within a 30-mile radius! Come find a craft piece that will serve as a family heirloom for generations.

Feed the Animals at the Farm at Walnut Creek

4147 County Highway 114, Sugarcreek

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The Farm at Walnut Creek houses more than 500 animals from six different continents, including buffalo, llamas, giraffes, deer, elk and so much more! During your visit, not only will you have a chance to see all of these animals, but you can enjoy feeding them from the comfort of your own car (or from a horse-drawn wagon)! Here, you can also experience a working farm in action and view the farmers sowing seeds, growing produce, canning, milking, quilting and baking.

Visit the Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center

5798 County Road 77, Berlin You can't leave Amish Country without visiting Behalt. This 265-foot round mural proudly displays the complete history of the Amish and Mennonite people, and is absolutely a marvel to behold. Behalt is the central attraction at the cultural center, but you can also witness a Pennsylvania-style pioneer barn, a restored Conestoga wagon, and several other historic artifacts.

Indulge at Coblentz Chocolates

4917 Walnut St, Walnut Creek

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Perusing the sugar-laden aisles at Coblentz Chocolates is an adventure for any chocolate fiend. You'll find glass candy jars filled with colorful confections, an impressive lineup of unique gifts and collectibles, a candy playhouse for the little ones, and of course, tons of chocolate. Whether you're a fan of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, fruit-filled chocolates or chocolate-dipped treats, you're sure to find something to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Find a Non-Electric Souvenir at Lehman's

4779 Kidron Rd., Dalton This family-owned shop has been in business since 1955, and has established itself not only as a local favorite, but also a tourist destination. The grand store is housed in four pre-Civil War-era buildings, and features an impressive collection of old-fashioned treats, antiques, non-electric appliances, gardening tools, toys and more. If you thought that sounded like a large selection, you're absolutely right — Lehman's has something for everyone.

Take a Tour of Heini's Cheese Chalet

6005 County Road 77, Millersburg Cheese is one of the most famous products from Ohio's Amish Country, and you can see the process in action at Heini's Cheese Chalet. The business has been family owned and operated since 1935, and is the primary outlet for Amish dairy farms in the region. Heini's Cheese has more than 35 different cheese varieties, all of which are prepared in house. You can embark on a cheesemaking tour on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to see the process up close, and if you fall in love with a particular cheese, you can always shop for it online!   What to Eat

Tarragon at the Inn at Honey Run

6920 County Road 203, Millersburg

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The Inn at Honey Run is one of our favorite places to stay in Ohio's Amish Country, and the in-house restaurant is definitely one of the reasons why! The Tarragon is an award-winning restaurant featuring new American cuisine. Everything on the menu is crafted with fresh and seasonal ingredients, and the dishes reflect the traditions of the region.

The Chalet in the Valley

5060 Ohio 557, Millersburg Enjoy authentic Austrian, Swiss and Amish Cuisine in the heart of Amish Country. The Chalet in the Valley is located in an idyllic Alpine cabin-style restaurant, and features fondue, grilled sausages, schnitzel, wurst and more! Take note: this spot is closed from Mid December through February so the staff can enjoy an annual vacation.

Boyd and Wurthmann

4819 East Main Street, Berlin The charming atmosphere at Boyd and Wurthmann makes it a favorite for locals and visitors alike. The family-owned restaurant boasts freshly baked pies, hearty and satisfying portions for lunch and dinner, and a full breakfast menu.

Mrs. Yoder's Kitchen

8101 OH-241, Millersburg Mrs. Yoder's Kitchen gives diners an authentic Amish Country dining experience through family-style dinners and a hearty breakfast buffet served daily. You'll find old-fashioned fried mush (more delicious than it sounds — we promise), homemade sweet rolls, roast beef and chicken. All of it is cooked to perfection and served with a smile!   Where to Stay

The Inn at Amish Door

1210 Winesburg St, Wilmot The Inn at the Amish Door is truly a one-stop shop. The inn is within walking distance to some of Amish Country's best attractions, and features an incredible restaurant and bakery on site. Stay in a gorgeous, ornately designed, Victorian-style room with fabulous views of the surrounding countryside. Even if you don't choose to stay here, make sure to grab something at the bakery, which boasts warm pastries and freshly baked breads.

The Inn at Honey Run

6920 County Road 203, Millersburg

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The Inn at Honey Run landed on our list of the most romantic getaways in Ohio, and for good reason. The boutique resort sits on 56 acres of breathtaking landscape, and feels worlds away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Choose one of the inn's 39 charming guest rooms or opt for a private suite or romantic cottage instead — all options come complete with a cozy ambience and a beautiful view!

The Victoria Station at the Sugarcreek Village Inn

206 Factory St NE, Sugarcreek The Victoria Station provides a unique lodging experience for anyone visiting Amish country. You'll be able to choose between two traditional railroad cars, each featuring a few different guest rooms with all the accommodations you need. Victoria Station is located on the Sugarcreek Village Inn's property, so guests can enjoy the spacious front porch to watch the sun go down.

The Barn Inn Bed & Breakfast

6838 Co Rd 203, Millersburg

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The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast estate is situated on what was once a 90-acre dairy farm. And although that antique charm has not faded, the inn is so much more than just a simple red barn. In fact, the inn has won several awards for its unique atmosphere and hospitality, including the top 30 list on bedandbreakfast.com. You'll enjoy modern-day comforts here, including fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, and restaurant on site and a full-service spa.

Enjoy your trip!

February
23

10 Cincinnati Garden Shops and Greenhouses that Will Make You Wish You Had a Green Thumb

The snow is melting, the flowers are blooming, and warm-weather days are becoming more common. Spring is finally here, which means it's finally time to get those gardens started and ready for the sunshine! Nothing melts away the winter blues quite like a trip to your local greenhouse, so we rounded up our 10 favorites in Cincinnati. All of these garden centers offer a large selection of bedding plants, succulents, vegetable plants and more. And even if you weren't graced with a green thumb, most of these spots are family owned, and the staff is happy to help guide you to success! Happy planting!

A.J. Rahn Greenhouses

4944 Gray Road, Cincinnati | Facebook | Instagram

Photo courtesy of Daniel Smyth A.J. Rahn Greenhouses

A.J. Rahn Greenhouses has served the Cincinnati area since 1890. That's nearly 130 years of experience growing and nurturing beautiful gardens — so we know where we're going for recommendations! The center is still owned by the same family (now in the fifth generation), and offers a wonderful selection of houseplants, flowers, succulents, vegetable plants, fruit plants and more. If you look in the flower beds, you might also see an adorable calico cat (Cali) sleeping among the greenery.

Funke's Greenhouses

4798 Gray Road, Cincinnati | Facebook Funke's is one of the best local spots to shop for herbs and veggies. The staff is always working to expand its collection, which now includes a fantastic selection of peppers, heirloom tomatoes, heirloom squash, okra, eggplant and more! And the culinary and medicinal herbs are even more varied. Everything is grown on site, so you can count on your choices being completely GMO and pesticide free! To ensure the freshest products available, the greenhouse is only open from late March to mid November.

Joe Cappel's Garden Center

8730 Cheviot Road, Cincinnati | Facebook | Instagram

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Joe Cappel's offers all of the common bedding plants you might expect alongside several hard-to-find, unique varieties! The company was started by Joe himself while he was still in highschool. He realized he had a passion for landscaping after working a part-time job, and chased that passion with everything he had. His hard work has paid off, and his company is blooming more than ever. Even if you don't have a game plan when you walk in, Joe, his younger brother Dan, and the rest of the helpful staff will help you figure things out! The motto here is that beautiful landscapes don't just happen, they are created. Bonus: Not looking forward to tackling this project yourself? Joe and the team also offer landscaping, lawn care and even snow removal services.

Burger Farm & Garden Center

7849 Main Street, Cincinnati | Facebook Burger Farm & Garden Center is not only a fabulous local place for stocking up on gardening supplies, it's also a fun destination for the whole family. Here, you'll find a large variety of fresh and colorful plants as well as several kid play areas and a place to purchase ice cream on site. The fun continues year-round as the center throws holiday-themed events and attractions for Halloween and Christmas. The gorgeous barn that houses the retail center is one of the oldest in Hamilton County and includes timbers that date back to before 1880 — the sight alone might be worth the trip!

HJ Benken Florist & Greenhouse

6000 Plainfield Road, Cincinnati | Facebook | Instagram This family-owned florist and garden center has been around since 1939. And though the shop has evolved over the years to fit the times, it has stuck to its original values of sustainability, friendly service and high quality products. The team is also conscious of its budget-savvy customers, and offers a value pack of popular seed annuals in a mixed container! Meander through the aisles of beautiful flowers and succulents to amp up your indoor or outdoor plant collection, or order a bouquet from the in-house florists to add some color to your dining room table.

Holscher Hackman Garden Center

6088 Harrison Avenue, Cincinnati | Facebook Most greenhouses and garden centers liquidate their supply when the cold weather hits, but that is not the case at Holscher Hackman. Instead, the company stocks up on unique and colorful plants at that time to give their customers the best selection year-round! And if you're looking for a difficult-to-find item, the staff is happy to help you track it down. Of course, even if you're not readily looking for gardening supplies, the greenhouse is still a joy to visit. The venue is so gorgeous that the staff often tells guests to enjoy their "walk in the park" while they're shopping around.

Pinecrest Nursery & Landscaping Company

9883 Cincinnati-Columbus Road, Cincinnati | Facebook

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This family-owned spot is a favorite for landscape design and garden materials in the Tri-State Area, offering a large selection of evergreen trees, shrubs, colorful bedding flowers, decorative items and water garden supplies! Although the staff goes out of their way to ensure the highest quality products, the company offers a six-month guarantee! If any tree or shrub purchased dies within the first six months, you can have it replaced.

White Oak Gardens

3579 Blue Rock Road, Cincinnati | Facebook | Instagram White Oak Gardens is your one-stop shop for anything garden related. The center offers a large selection of trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, vegetable plants and herbs, but you can also find pre-made container gardens, mulch and soil, and other materials for lawn care. You're free to shop at your leisure, but if you have no idea what you're doing, feel free to turn to the staff for assistance! They are happy to guide you in your design, and also offer landscape installation, design and maintenance services if you would prefer to leave it to the experts.

Northgate Greenhouses

3150 Compton Road, Cincinnati | Facebook | Instagram The histories of Northgate Greenhouses and Cincinnati's iconic Findlay Market are tied together. The Greenhouses company started in 1920 with founder Doc Krismer, who worked alongside his son to grow fruits and veggies year round to sell at the market. The business is still family owned, and offers a fabulous collection of flowering and vegetable plants to make any garden glow. During your visit, make sure to strike up a conversation with the knowledgeable staff — they are all happy to provide personalized plant tips and gardening ideas!

W.H. Shroyer Nursery

9791 Winton Road, Cincinnati W.H. Shroyer Nursery is a family-owned business dedicated to helping DIY gardeners create the perfect landscape. The spacious greenhouse occupies 18,000 square feet, and is filled to the brim with colorful flowering plants, fresh produce grown on-site, hanging plants, succulents and more. When winter rolls around, this is also a fantastic place to find your holiday garland or Christmas tree!
February
16

The 9 Best Places to Get Hot Chocolate in Cleveland

When you're craving something soul-warming and sweet, hot chocolate is the obvious choice. The simple beverage can be made in thousands of different ways, but whether you choose spiked or virgin, fun flavors or a large dollop of fluffy whipped cream, it's bound to be delicious. We rounded up our favorite hot chocolate spots in Cleveland, so next time the craving hits, you can skip the research and get right to sipping. Enjoy!

Civilization

2366 West 11th Street, Cleveland
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The Mexican hot chocolate at Civilization is flavorful, decadent, and worth coming back for again and again. The traditional bevvie is amped up a notch with notes of cinnamon and almonds. Enjoy sipping it in the gorgeous Flandermeyer Drug Building in the historic Tremont neighborhood, and make sure to order a pastry while you're there. 

Sweet Moses

6800 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland
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Sweet Moses, a charming old-fashioned soda shop located in Gordon Square, is perhaps the ultimate spot for sweet treats — and the hot chocolate here is no exception. The shop uses a traditional recipe from 1911, and the mug is topped off with your choice of a large homemade marshmallow or a dollop of whipped cream.

Phoenix Coffee

1700 East 9th Street Cleveland (and five more locations)
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When Phoenix opened more than 25 years ago, it established itself as a destination for coffee lovers. The shop has since expanded to include five cafés around the city, as well as its main roastery on Clair Avenue. Hot chocolate lovers should not miss the chance to stop in, as all of the chocolate syrups are made in-house using organic ingredients! 

Blackbird Baking Company

1391 Sloane Avenue, Lakewood
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Blackbird serves up hot chocolate that is both decadent and light at the same time. The perfect balance is achieved by adding two kinds of dark chocolate to the bottom of the mug and covering it with frothy, steamed milk. Once the concoction is stirred, it's a little cup of heaven.

The Root Cafe

15118 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood
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The Root Cafe, located just a short drive away in Lakewood, is a favorite among vegans and vegetarians. All of the ingredients are organic and sourced from local farms and community gardens, which means that the flavors are way above standard! Accompany your meal with a warm cup of Mexican hot chocolate — made with cinnamon, cayenne and a bit of vanilla, the bevvie achieves a perfect balance of spicy and sweet.

The Chocolate Bar

347 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland
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We couldn't leave the Chocolate Bar off this list. As the name suggests, the restaurant specializes in anything chocolate related, including an impressive lineup of desserts. But the drinks are reason enough to give this place a chance. The hot chocolate menu alone includes more than 12 options with innovative flavor combinations. One of our favorites is the spiked orange chocolate — rich dark chocolate with a hint of orange extract and orange liqueur. And don't worry, there are non-spiked options too.

Dewey's

13201 Shaker Square, Cleveland
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Located in the heart of Cleveland's Shaker Square, Dewey's serves up locally roasted fair trade coffees alongside fresh soups, salads, sandwiches and pastries. People flock here for the friendly service and brilliant flavor combinations! Take the Irish hot chocolate, for instance. The shop's already decadent hot chocolate recipe is taken to the next level with a splash of Irish cream.

Erie Island Coffee Company

2057 East 4th Street, Cleveland
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    Erie Island Coffee Company might just have some of the best coffee in Cleveland, but it would be a shame to overlook the hot chocolate! Sip yours in the charming space in downtown, which boasts friendly staff, a comfortable atmosphere, and views of city life through the windows.

Prosperity Social Club

1109 Starkweather Avenue, Tremont
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Hot chocolate isn't just for kids — adults need a sweet treat every now and then too! For those occasions, head over to Prosperity Social Club. This eclectic bar and tavern serves the usual suspects (wine, beer and craft cocktails) but also a fabulous winter warmer called the Hot Chocolate Social. The creation is a house-made cocoa recipe spiked with Godiva white chocolate liqueur, Stoli vanilla liqueur and Grand Marnier. And it's all topped with whipped cream, of course. Happy sipping!
February
16

11 Essential Brunch Spots in Akron and Canton

When the weekend rolls around, nothing resolves the stresses of the previous week like brunch. It's the best time to gather with loved ones to catch up and enjoy a delicious plate of food while you're at it. As a matter of fact, brunch might just be our favorite meal of the day — who's with us? We gathered up our favorite brunch restaurants in the Akron and Canton area for your next morning outing. With heaping plates of hash, buttery biscuits and gravy, stacked eggs Benedict, and mimosas galore, these local hot spots never disappoint. Happy brunching!   Akron Area

Burntwood Tavern

2291 Riverfront Parkway, Cuyahoga Falls
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Photo courtesy of the Burntwood Tavern

The Bloody Mary bar at the Burntwood Tavern is the stuff of legends. First, choose a Tavern-infused vodka (jalapeño, garlic, bacon, and the like), and then bolster it with your choice of mixers, hot sauces, horseradish and accoutrements. Once you've made your dream bevvie, enjoy brunch classics with a modern twist. Standouts include the prime rib eggs Benedict, the smoked bacon crepes and the nutella-stuffed French toast.

The Blue Door Cafe & Bakery

1970 State Road, Cuyahoga Falls
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The Blue Door Cafe & Bakery is a longstanding favorite in Cuyahoga Falls, and there's no mystery as to why it's so popular. The cozy bakery offers a wide array of freshly baked pastries, farm-fresh fare, coffee drinks, morning cocktails and more. Standouts include the Ricotta Cheese Pancakes, the chocolate-rubbed rack of lamb, and the fried chicken with a jalapeño cheddar buttermilk waffle.

Bomba Tacos & Rum

3900 Medina Road, Akron
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Located in the Montrose Center Plaza, this colorful spot serves up authentic Mexican street food in chic, modern digs. For brunch (weekends from 11 am to 3 pm), enjoy huevos rancheros, breakfast tacos, carne asada hash and more alongside an impressive lineup of coffee and breakfast cocktails (jalapeño paloma, anyone?).

Bricco

1 West Exchange Street, Akron 
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The vast brunch menu at Bricco is enough to make anyone hungry. Here, you'll find interesting and flavorful items like breakfast pizza (complete with scrambled eggs, gravy, bacon, tomatoes, hashbrowns and cheese), fried pickles, risotto balls, eggs Benedict, burritos, breakfast sandwiches and more. You can enjoy all of it in the chic dining room, located in the heart of downtown Akron.

Honeymoon Grille 

3458 Manchester Road, Akron 
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Open daily for breakfast and lunch, Honeymoon Grille never fails to impress with its flavorful dishes and friendly service. The restaurant opened its doors in 2013, and became an instant sensation in the Portage Lakes neighborhood. Locals flock here for the no-frills breakfast specials, which are filling, cooked to perfection, and served with a smile.   Canton Area

The Twisted Citrus Cafe and Bakery

1649 N. Main Street, North Canton
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This bright and airy locale is the perfect place for a relaxed weekend brunch! The menu is globally inspired, but still includes all of your favorite breakfast classics — with a twist. We are particularly smitten with the corned beef hash, the Maui Waui French toast (topped with piña colada compote), and the deep south omelette with sausage gravy, but you can't go wrong with anything on the menu!

The Fieldcrest Estate

1345 Easthill Street Southeast, North Canton 
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Complete with a custom omelette making station, a meat carving table, a waffle bar, bbq ribs, fresh seafood, mac & cheese, pastries, and a salad bar, Sunday brunch at the Fieldcrest Estate is not just a meal — it's an event. You are guaranteed to leave with a satisfied smile and a full belly.

Samantha's Restaurant

4954 Portage Street NW, North Canton
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Gluten-free brunch-lovers will find solace at Samantha's Restaurant. While there are plenty of brunch classics (think: omelets, Benedicts, loaded bagels and more), there is also an entire gluten-free menu with lots to love. The food is always flavorful and served piping hot, and the atmosphere is friendly and bright.

Cultured Coffee & Waffles

309 Cleveland Avenue NW, Canton
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Established in 2013, this cozy little concept brings a bit of brightness to downtown Canton. Here, you'll find flavorful, fair trade coffee drinks, but the real standout here is the waffles. These creations are fluffy and decadent, topped with a wide variety of ingredients both sweet and savory. If you come a bit later in the day, you can also experience the waffle burgers — a delicious patty sandwiched between the famed waffles. Are you hungry yet?

Pete's Restaurant

4223 Tuscarawas Street West, Canton
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Locals flock to Pete's Restaurant for its personable service, hearty entrées, and no-frills atmosphere. It has established itself as a community staple over the years! Breakfast items include fun items (like loaded fries with eggs, bacon, sausage cheese, and more), but also an impressive lineup of classics. Regardless of what you choose, your meal will be served with a smile!

John's Bar & Grille 

2749 Cleveland Avenue Northwest, Canton 
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This family-owned restaurant comes complete with charming, old-school decor, a friendly atmosphere, and a delicious breakfast menu crafted with locally sourced ingredients. You can grab a simple breakfast with eggs cooked any way you like them, but we recommend branching out to try some of the Greek-influenced dishes, like the gyro omelet or the Grecian spinach fries.
February
10

9 Akron and Canton Area Homes You Will Fall For At First Sight

February is the month of love (here's looking at you, Valentine's Day). And even though many of us are focusing on planning date nights to celebrate, we don't think romance deserves all of the credit. We're currently falling in love with these beautiful homes in the Akron and Canton area, and we think that they might wow you as well.   If you're looking to buy in the Akron and Canton area (or if you just love looking at picturesque properties), take a look at these gorgeous homes for sale.

A Charming Brick Home in an Irresistible Location

This home is for sale at 2910 Dunbarton Avenue Northwest, Canton | Listed by Steve Neisel

The charm of this gorgeous, four-bedroom brick home is absolutely irresistible. Located on a half-acre lot in walking distance to Brookside Country Club, the home offers large rooms, original hardwood flooring, built in bookshelves, a modern eat-in kitchen, and even an indoor racquetball court.

A Tastefully Updated Gem

This home is for sale at 313 Alexander Court, Copley | Listed by Mary Yoder

This charming four-bedroom in Copley is a gem that you will not want to miss. The home has been tastefully updated, and now includes covetable features like hardwood floors, stainless kitchen appliances (and stone countertops), large windows throughout, fun lighting fixtures and a spa-like master bathroom. See for yourself!

A Home That Stands Out in the Best Way

This home is for sale at 3180 Dunstone Avenue, Akron | Listed by Tammy Grogan

This elegant home in Akron spans more than 2,800 square feet and includes four large bedrooms. The location in Hyde Park truly can't be beat, but we are also drawn to the modern kitchen with a subway tile backsplash, the enviable master suite with vaulted ceilings, and a fabulous living room perfect for entertaining.

A Spectacular Home with Quality Craftsmanship

This home is for sale at 6742 Glengarry Avenue Northwest, Canton | Listed by Rana Tawil

Located in the gated Estates of Glenmoor, this spectacular home occupies two lots and features quality craftsmanship throughout. Residents will enjoy unparalleled luxury with a two-story great room, a grand chef's kitchen, warm hardwood flooring throughout, elegant detailing, an updated luxury bathroom and a balcony overlooking the picturesque scenery. In the summer, outdoor entertaining is made easy with an outdoor kitchen and two large patios.

A Custom-Built Beauty on a Spacious Lot

This home is for sale at 7362 Braucher Street Northwest, North Canton | Listed by Jean Wackerly

This custom-built, four-bedroom beauty is situated on a private, 9.1-acre lot in the covetable Jackson Township. The schools in this area are unparalleled, which is why many families with younger children seek out this neighborhood. The property itself features an abundance of natural light in every room, desirable updates, and a warm, welcoming vibe that makes the house feel like a home.

A Home That Would Make Joanna Gaines Proud

This home is for sale at 3715 State Street Northwest, North Canton | Listed by Meredith Wagler

If you're looking for the perfect, Joanna Gaines-inspired farmhouse with old world charm, look no further. This property has it all! The home was built in 1880, and though it has been restored and updated, it has not lost any of its historic character. The kitchen features a gorgeous island with stone and wood detailing, and the open layout of the home makes it easy to travel from room to room. We are also major fans of that shiplap in the master bedroom!

The Best Home in the Best Neighborhood

This home is for sale at 7566 Woodway Road, Northeast, Canton | Listed by Matt Chase

This remarkable build in Canton is situated in a charming neighborhood offering a community atmosphere, a clubhouse with a pool, plenty of other amenities, and easy access to restaurants, shopping and highways. The home boasts an open layout, plenty of spaces for entertaining (including a downstairs den and a patio), a two-car garage, and abundant natural light throughout.

Lakeside Living at its Finest

This home is for sale at 5319 South Island Drive Northwest, Canton | Listed by Debbie Bachtel

Live the laid-back, lakeside life you've always dreamed of in this gorgeous Canton home. The property overlooks Lake Cable and offers sunrise views from the bedroom windows. Park your pontoon out front and enjoy a casual cruise on the water after a busy day at work, or simply set up lawn chairs and take in the picturesque scenery.  

A Lovely Cape Cod-Style Home

This home is for sale at 1996 South Cleveland Massillon Road, Akron | Listed by Tammy Grogan

Situated on a quiet street in Akron, this Cape Cod-style home is about as lovely as it gets. The front lawn and outside of the house are perfectly manicured for curb appeal, but the inside is just as gorgeous! The open floor plan makes the space seem bright and welcoming, and the kitchen is equipped with modern upgrades. On summer evenings, take a refreshment out onto the back patio and enjoy the peacefulness of a private backyard!

Are you smitten yet?

If you've fallen head over heels for one of these homes, contact us for an in-person tour. It could be love!
February
9

11 Road Trip Destinations Within 6 Hours of Columbus

There is no shortage of options when it comes to planning a vacation from Columbus — whether it's for spring break, a honeymoon or just a casual getaway. The John Glenn Columbus International Airport offers direct flights to hundreds of destinations all over the world, but there are also plenty of fun spots within driving distance. In fact, you probably won't need to drive more than six hours to find a dream vacation spot, and some are right here in our backyard. We rounded up the best road trip destinations within six hours of Columbus, so grab some snacks, roll the windows down, turn up the music and hit the road! Adventure awaits.

Hocking Hills

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Distance: 57 miles, 1 hour 10 minutes What to Do: This popular, outdoorsy destination is filled with some of the most interesting scenery in the country, from breathtaking sandstone cliffs and waterfalls to caves and colorful forests. During the day, you can hike, bike and fish your way around the hills, or visit the charming towns nearby — complete with art galleries and farmers' markets. While locals and visitors alike flock to Hocking Hills for the camping, we highly recommend booking a cabin for a weekend or longer — there's just so much to see here! Most of these cabins are outfitted with hot tubs, fireplaces, hammocks and spectacular views (of course). Things to See Along the Way: Ohio's Ravenwood Castle is near Hocking Hills, and is one of the 14 coolest castles in Ohio. Consider stopping by for a meal or even staying a night on your way to or from. Where to Stay: The Cabins at Hocking Hills

Cincinnati

Distance: 107 miles, 2 hours What to Do: There is no shortage of fun activities in the Queen City, whether you're a foodie, an outdoor adventurer or a history buff. In fact, we came up with 50 things that should be on your Cincinnati bucket list! The city is also home to Over the Rhine, which is quickly rising the charts as one of the coolest neighborhoods in America. Regardless of what you decide to see and do while you're here, you should start every day off at one of the area's best coffee shops, and finish it off with happy hour at a local hotspot. You'll also need to have Cincinnati-style chili at least once to see what all the fuss is about. For an added dose of history (and to see Cincinnati from another angle), explore the historic Ohio River on a tour with BB Riverboats. Top off your trip by seeing a show at one of the 9 coolest music venues in town! Things to See Along the Way: Visit the strange collectibles shop in Loveland, Memento Mori. You're sure to find a few conversation starters. Also make sure to stop by the Golden Lamb in Lebanon — the oldest operating hotel in Ohio that is also rumored to be haunted. Make a reservation for dinner or even stay the night! Where to Stay: Hilton Cincinnati at Netherland Plaza

Sandusky

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Distance: 116 miles, 2 hours 30 minutes What to Do: The city of Sandusky boasts 22 miles of shoreline within its city limits, and is known for its perfectly manicured parks and architecture. Basically, it is the definition of a charming lakeside town. Sandusky is also home to the widely renowned Cedar Point amusement park, which spans 364 acres and is dubbed the "roller coaster capital of the world," but also includes a beach for lounging in the sun, a water park and resort-like amenities. Things to See Along the Way: Seneca Caverns, located in Bellevue, is one of the area's largest underground caverns and also one of America's most fascinating geological wonders. Don't miss it! Where to Stay: Hotel Kilbourne

Cleveland

Distance: 143 miles, 2 hours 30 minutes What to Do: This city on the shores of Lake Erie is a wonderful place to spend the weekend — although there are so many incredible cultural attractions and museums you could easily hang out here much longer! Tour the area's six most historic neighborhoods or (if the weather is nice enough) visit a nearby swimming hole. Our favorite things to see in town are the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the historic West Side Market, the Great Lakes Science Center, and the Terminal Tower. If you're looking to get some shopping in, the Cleveland Arcade is an exquisitely ornate indoor mall with amazing restaurants and elegant shops. Finally if you're a fan of the iconic movie, A Christmas Story, tour the Christmas Story House in the Tremont neighborhood — we triple dog dare you. Things to See Along the Way: Grandpa's Cheesebarn, located in Ashland, is a family-owned spot selling fine cheeses, smoked meats and candies — the perfect road trip snacks! Also just before the city limits is Cuyahoga Falls, a charming city named for the falls in the heart of town. If you'd like to extend your trip a bit, we also highly recommend the charming Treehouses at the Mohicans, located in Glenmont. Each treehouse is custom designed for a cozy (and photo-worthy) experience. Where to Stay: The Kimpton Schofield Hotel

Indianapolis

Distance: 176 miles, 2 hours 40 minutes What to Do: The beautiful skyline, cultural attractions and exciting sports scene makes Indianapolis a fun road trip destination for people from all walks of life. While you're here, window shop on Massachusetts Avenue and step back in time when you step into Stout Shoes — the oldest shoe manufacturer in the country. Also make sure to wander down Canal Street. At one end, you'll find the Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial and the Indiana State Museum, and on the other, the limestone monument to the USS Indianapolis. You'll also have to visit the Indianapolis Zoo, the White River State Park and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (if you're a racing fan). Finish off the day at the Rathskellar, which features a gorgeous beer hall and views of the skyline. And if you'd like to stay for dinner, you can enjoy top-notch German food! Things to See Along the Way: The trip to Indianapolis is a very straight shot, but you'll still have the chance to grab lunch in Dayton (or stay awhile and explore the city). Where to Stay: The Conrad

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  

Distance: 185 miles, 3 hours What to Do: In Pittsburgh, you'll find a stunning skyline, a vibrant nightlife, a constantly evolving dining scene, and plenty of interesting cultural attractions. This nearby hub was named as one of the 17 Best Places to Travel by Harper's Bazaar, and lucky for us, it's within easy reach at just three hours away! It's impossible to experience everything this town has to offer in just a few days, but highlights of your trip should include the Andy Warhol Museum or the Carnegie Museum of Art for art enthusiasts, Butcher & the Rye for foodies, and a visit to Heinz Field or PNC Park for sports fans. And we're going to go ahead and add on the Strip District  — because everyone will enjoy that. Things to See Along the Way: Along the way, you'll have opportunities to visit the historic town of Zanesville and the Toy and Plastic Brick Museum in Bellaire. Where to Stay: The Distrikt Hotel

Ann Arbor, Michigan

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Distance: 186 miles, 3 hours and 15 minutes What to Do: Ann Arbor is undoubtedly one of the most charming towns in the Midwest, and if OSU fans can look past the fact that it's home to the University of Michigan, they are bound to enjoy their time here! Ann Arbor was recognized by Business Insider as one of the coolest small towns to visit in 2018, and by Forbes as the number one best college city in America. In fact, it's been listed on so many "top 10" lists, it's difficult to keep track of them all! While you're here, make sure to keep an eye out for the fairy doors — artist-designed miniature doors hidden on walls or in entryways in downtown. You should also make sure to rent a canoe or kayak at Gallup Park and grab lunch at Zingerman's, a historic marketplace that serves as a gathering place for locals and visitors alike. When it comes time for a refreshment, take a self-guided brewery tour through town! Favorites include HOMES Brewery, Arbor Brewing Company, and Jolly Pumpkin Café and Brewery. Bonus: If you're looking for a bigger city to explore, Detroit is less than an hour away! Things to See Along the Way: We recommend stopping for lunch in Maumee, a charming town located just outside of Toledo. Grab some supplies and have a picnic by the river, or simply spend an hour or two roaming town. Where to Stay: The Bell Tower Hotel  

Niagara Falls

Distance: 350 miles, 5 hours What to Do: You might have seen the stunning falls on postcards or on a list of the country's most popular attractions, but did you realize they're within easy reach of Columbus? Don't miss an opportunity to see the majesty for yourself. The Discovery Pass is the most economical way to see it all, offering admission to all of Niagara's most popular attractions, including Cave of the Winds, the Adventure Theatre, Maid of the Mist, and the nearby Aquarium. The scenery is spectacular year-round, so regardless of when you choose to visit, remember to bring a camera. Extend your trip and visit Toronto. The city is located just a short drive past Niagara Falls on Lake Ontario's northwestern shore and has cultural attractions, restaurants and the like to keep you entertained for days. Things to See Along the Way: The scenic drive along Lake Erie on I-90 E provides plenty of opportunities for picnicking on the beach! We recommend stopping for lunch in Cleveland before hitting the road, and maybe perusing the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame while you're at it. Where to Stay: Prince of Wales Hotel  

Chicago, Illinois

Distance: 355 miles, 5 hours and 30 minutes What to Do: There is so much to see and do in the Windy City, from thrilling theatre shows and comedy clubs to interesting museums and extraordinary restaurants. Take in the sights (and ride the ferris wheel) at Navy Pier, experiment at the Museum of Science and Industry, take a picture with the bean in Millennium Park, marvel at the history of the Field Museum, or view the fish at the Shedd Aquarium. Ready for a cocktail? Opt for the Chicago Athletic Association, a luxe hotel with multiple floors offering different experiences — you'll find a casual pub with games on the second floor, and incredible views in a swanky atmosphere from Cindy's on the top floor. Things to See Along the Way: Enjoy lunch (or stay the night) at the halfway point in Indianapolis before continuing your trip! Where to Stay: The Chicago Athletic Association  

Nashville, Tennessee

Distance: 380 miles, 5 hours 40 minutes What to Do: There's a reason Nashville is called Music City. The southern town lights up every night with local and national acts performing live either in grand venues or bars on Broadway. In fact, many well-known musicians credit Nashville for their big break. During the day, explore the shops, restaurants and cafes along 12 South, a colorful street and gathering place. Here, you'll have the opportunity to take a commemorative photo or two against the beautiful murals in the area, or big up a custom bouquet from Amelia's Flower Truck. Also, you can't visit Nashville without tasting the city's famous hot chicken! Hit up Hattie B's, which is known to have some of the best in town. After your meal, lounge in Centennial Park (which features a gigantic copy of the Parthenon), visit the Country Music Hall of Fame, and roam through Germantown. By night, you can wander up and down Broadway and visit the honky tonk bars, or see a concert at Ryman Auditorium Things to See Along the Way: The trip down to Nashville is an exciting one! You'll go through Cincinnati and Louisville, Kentucky on your way. Where to Stay: The Omni Nashville Hotel  

Traverse City, Michigan

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Distance: 430 miles, 6 hours 30 minutes What to Do: Outdoor enthusiasts will find solace in Traverse City, which provides a vast outdoor playground for visitors and locals alike. Bike or paddle your way along the miles of scenic trails and coastline, try your luck at fishing, or enjoy a serene hike through the forest. While you're here, don't miss Sleeping Bear Dunes, known as one of the most gorgeous spots in the country. You'll need some provisions after all of that adventuring! There are plenty of vineyards in the area worth exploring (including Left Foot Charley and Mari Vineyards). Things to See Along the Way: Traverse City is a little over six hours away, but the beautiful scenery and fun tourist attractions along the way make it worth including on this list. Make sure to take at least a bit of time (maybe even a day or two) exploring Ann Arbor and Detroit, and drive through the Huron-Manistee National Forest. Where to Stay: The Grand Beach and Sugar Beach Resort Hotels

Enjoy your trip!  

February
2

13 Kid-Friendly Crafts and Recipes from Local Bloggers

Quality time with the kids is a time worth treasuring, whether you're hitting the trails together for a summer bike ride or battling it out with snowballs in the backyard. But when the weather isn't cooperating with your family plans, cabin fever can set in quickly. We don't think that rain or snow should put a damper on family fun, so we rounded up some amazing crafts and recipes from local bloggers to keep everyone entertained! Next time you're wondering how to turn a snowy or rainy day into a day worth remembering, try one of these. You will experience just how quickly time goes when you are busy creating. CRAFTS

Make Your Own Sidewalk Chalk | Moments With Mandi

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Sidewalk chalk will never go out of style. Even as adults, we love going outside with the kids to help them draw a game of hopscotch. Make your own chalk in a variety of colors using this fun formula by local blogger, Moments With Mandi.

DIY Backyard Bird Feeders | Collect. Make. Explore

These backyard bird feeders are as cute as they are practical! Grab some popsicle sticks and set up a craft station with your kids. After the feeders are assembled, fill them up and let your little ones find the perfect hanging spot.

Sharpie Oil Painted Mugs | At Home on the Bay

These sharpie-painted mugs make for super sweet gifts, but are also great for displaying in your own cupboard. You can make the design sweet and simple, or let the kids create a charming work of art with the markers. The sky is the limit!

LEGO Crayons | I Heart Naptime

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What's even better than building with LEGOs? Coloring with them. These fun, LEGO-shaped crayons are every child's dream, and they are so easy to make. You could use this same recipe to make crayons in your other favorite shapes — all you need is a fun mold! RECIPES

Corn Dog Muffins | Moments With Mandi

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This easy-to-follow recipe puts a fun twist on a classic corn dog. Have your kids help you cut up the hot dogs and assemble the muffins, and you'll have a delicious, hassle-free lunch or snack in no time. Don't forget that ketchup and mustard for dipping!

Wafer Cookie Pops | Adventure Mom

These wafer cookie pops are just as fun to make as they are to eat! Well, okay, almost as fun. Adventure Mom Blog created this tasty spin on a classic cake pop that is entirely customizable and fun for a rainy or snowy day with the kids. Enjoy!

PB & J Stuffed French Toast | Saving 4 Six

Two of your child's favorite meals will collide in this decadent breakfast entrée. The recipe by Saving 4 Six is fun, delicious, and not nearly as complicated as it seems.

Jello Playdough (and Cookies!) | I Heart Naptime  

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In such vibrant, beautiful colors, these cookies are almost too pretty to eat (read: almost). Jamielyn of local blog, I Heart Naptime, created the recipe for these jello cookies. But before sticking them in the oven, she recommends letting the kids create fun, stacked, play dough creations. Afterwards, they can help mold and mash the cookies — and eat them, of course.

Strawberry Lemon Shortbread Bars | On Sutton Place

These sweet and tart strawberry lemon bars are the perfect rainy-day project. The lemon flavor is fresh and bright, and the strawberries make for a fun surprise in each bite. Ann from On Sutton Place also points out that blueberries would be a great substitute. Find the recipe here.

Mini Pizzas | Home Made Modern

Forget ordering pizza in, these mini 'zas are just as fun to make as they are to eat. With just a few simple ingredients, you'll be well on your way to a fun snack or lunch.

Pretzel S'mores | Mom Needs Chocolate

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S'mores aren't just for campfires anymore — this pretzel variation is easy to make inside on rainy or snowy days, and is guaranteed to keep your kids smiling. That is, if you're willing to share.

Granola Cookie Cups | Designed Decor

DeDe from Designed Decor created these perfect granola cookie cups for the days you're craving a little crunch. She used a ginger snap granola, but it could be done with any flavor! Have your kids help mix everything together and form the cups, and these will be finished in no time.  

Buckeye Marshmallow Pops | Lemons for Lulu

You can't have a true Ohio baking day without Buckeyes! Of course, those take quite a bit of time to make. This easy variation from Lemons for Lulu maintains all of the classic Buckeye flavor without all of the work.

Happy Crafting!

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