2020 Holiday Gift Guide: DRINK

Welcome to part three our of 2020 gift guide! This is certainly a year like no other, and so we’re sharing ideas for local gifts and experiences. Small businesses all need our support more than ever, and our four-part gift guide follows our travel mantra of Food, Park, Drink, & Art. Read part one, all about food and part two, all about parks/plants/outdoor activities!

So now we present part three: DRINK!

Watershed Distillery Holiday Bourbon Bundles

Watershed released a perfect little three-pack of 175 ml bottles bundling their bourbon, Old Fashioned mix, and new barrel-strength bourbon. Their full lineup of spirits is available, too, including a 375 ml Old Fashioned (perfect stocking stuffer) or a big 1.75 liter jug of it. watersheddistillery.com/holiday-bourbon-bundles

Bottles of Ohio Pop Co. Pop

Remember, we’re in Ohio. It’s pop, not soda. Give the pop collector in your life a selection from this new company producing flavors like cherry, lemon-line, orange, root beer, cola, ginger beer. They’re made with Ohio-grown beet sugar. ohio-pop.com

Middle West Spirits Bourbon Cream

Middle West Spirits has been on a roll, too, launching a couple new whiskeys meant to pair with BrewDog beers. Their big addition this year is a smooth and creamy bourbon cream. middlewestspirits.com/spirits

Coffee Beans, Canned Brews, & Subscriptions

Coffee is a constant on my Christmas list. I always love getting new beans to try. Order bags from local roasters like Thunderkiss Coffee, Crimson Cup, Brioso, Ramble Coffee, Mission – many of which offer local delivery or easy pickup at their stores. Granville Coffee has gift packs, while Florin Coffee offers coffee subscriptions, for the gift that keeps giving. Many places are doing canned or bottled coffees, like Thunderkiss cold brew, ROST bottled coffees, Jennings Java canned drinks.

Spritz Tea

Spritzers and seltzers are enjoying their day in the sun, and deservedly so. They’re refreshing on their own, perfect for mixing, and offer a lighter and usually gluten-free alternative to sipping beers. We’re getting plenty of local options these days, too, including Spritz Tea. Spritz features flavors like Bright Citrus, Pink Guava, Golden Peach, and Wild Acaí. spritztea.com

Root 23 Simple Syrups

For folks who love to mix their own drinks at home, Root 23’s all natural flavored simple syrups are a must. They come in individual flavors like blueberry mint, cherry almond, vanilla ginger, plus little mixer and starter kits. root23.com

Simple Times Mixers

The same goes for Simple Times Mixers! The all-natural pre-made mixes allow you to create a variety of drinks by just adding your preferred booze. Look for seasonal flavors or mainstays like the pineapple mule or blueberry basil lemonade. simpletimesmixers.com

Beers

Just like coffee, beer is a standing item on my Christmas lists. So many more breweries have turned to bottling and canning their beers in 2020. Random Precision bottles their sours, Wolf’s Ridge has created a huge list of bottles and specialty bundles, Seventh Son cans and delivers, Olentangy River Brewing just started canning, Nocterra has tons of stuff in cans, Zaftig features stouts and other big beers. You get the picture.

A Sip + Play Night

Wolf’s Ridge Brewing and Kingmakers joined forces to create Sip + Play nights. You and your group sign-up, receive a pack of WRB brews, then log in virtually for a combined beer tasting and game night! kingmakersfun.com/sip-and-play

Bottled Cocktails

One of the good things to come out of 2020 is the permanent law allowing bottled cocktails and drinks to-go. That means that, while we can’t belly up at our favorite bars, we can savor (and pass on as gifts) cocktails to go from spots like Lawbird, Service Bar, The Bottle Shop, Huli Huli Tiki Lounge, and many others.




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Cowboy Casserole

Cowboy Casserole is a family favorite made with seasoned ground beef in a creamy sauce, corn, cheese, and topped with crispy tater tots. It’s irresistible!

If you love easy casserole recipes, also try this Tuna Rice Casserole and this Chicken Divan Casserole.

A wooden spoon taking a scoop of cowboy casserole out of a baking dish.

Tater Tot Casserole

This is a tried and true family favorite. When you need a quick and easy recipe that everyone will love, this is the answer. From the creamy ground beef sauce all the way up to the crispy tater tots, this recipe is as deliciously cozy as it gets. It takes less than 15 minutes to assemble, so you always have time to make a homemade meal for your family. Trust me, they’ll love this one!

What is a Cowboy Casserole?

Cowboy casserole is a true crowd-pleasing recipe. It’s made by layering a creamy ground beef sauce, sweet corn, and cheddar cheese into a casserole dish. Then it’s topped with tater tots and baked until the casserole is bubbly and the tots are nice and crispy. It’s pretty hard to resist.

Crispy tater tots lined up on top of a cowboy casserole.

What do you Need To Make Easy Cowboy Casserole?

  • Ground beef: lean is best.
  • Onion and garlic: flavor!
  • Diced tomatoes: we use canned as the juices help create the sauce.
  • Sour cream: makes the sauce so creamy. You can sub plain yogurt if you’d like.
  • Corn: we use frozen corn but canned corn works, too.
  • Cheddar cheese: Use aged for the best flavor. Or try a mix of white and orange cheddar.
  • Tater tots: the crispy topping that is the best part about a cowboy casserole.

Time to Make a Casserole!

This really is such an easy recipe!

  1. First: Start by cooking the ground beef until it’s only a little bit pink. Then add some onions and garlic and let them cook until the beef is fully cooked.
  2. Next:  Mix in a can of diced tomatoes and some sour cream then season that creamy, beefy sauce with salt and pepper.
  3. Last: Once the beef is ready, you’ll put it into a casserole dish and top it with corn, cheese, and tater tots

Variations to Try

  • Protein: Swap the ground beef with ground chicken.
  • Beans: Add some black beans.
  • Topping: Use curly fries instead of the tater tots.
  • Seasoning: Add some taco seasoning for a Tex-Mex version!

4 pictures showing how to make cowboy casserole.

Can this Casserole Be Made Ahead Of Time?

Yes! This casserole can be prepared and assembled 24 hours in advance. Cover and store it in your fridge until you’re ready to bake it. You’ll want to add a few minutes to the cooking time.

Tips for Making the Best Cowboy Casserole

You might notice that the oven temperature in this recipe is quite a bit higher than some other cowboy casserole recipes. There’s a good reason for that!

We bake our casserole at the temperature that’s recommended for cooking tater tots. This ensures that the tots get nice and crispy because nobody wants soggy tater tots.

So if you want the best cowboy casserole, crank up the heat!

A white bowl filled with cowboy casserole

More Casserole Recipes to Try

Crispy tater tots lined up on top of a cowboy casserole.

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Cowboy Casserole

Cowboy casserole is a family favorite made with seasoned ground beef in a creamy sauce, corn, cheese, and topped with crispy tater tots. It's irresistible!
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword cowboy casserole, tater tot casserole
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 611kcal
Author Kristen Stevens

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion minced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 14 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup sour cream can be light
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups frozen corn thawed
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 26 ounces tater tots

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
  • Cook the lean ground beef in a large frying pan over medium-high heat until only a little pink remains. Add the onion and garlic and continue to cook for 5 more minutes. Mix the tomatoes and sour cream into the beef then season with salt and pepper.
  • Pour the creamy beef into a 9×11 inch casserole dish. Top with the corn, then the cheese, then arrange the tater tots in a single layer on the top.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the tater tots are crispy and brown.

Nutrition

Calories: 611kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 106mg | Sodium: 1232mg | Potassium: 873mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 616IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 346mg | Iron: 3mg



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Emmett’s Cafe | Columbus, OH

Emmett’s Cafe | Facebook | IG: @emmettscafe
744 S. High St. (map it!)
Columbus, OH 43
(614) 826-0679

Open 8a-2p daily
Vegetarian/vegan/gluten free? Y/Y/Y
Kid-friendly? Y

Visited: Monday, November 2, 2020 at 10:30 a.m.

Amongst a number of restaurant openings in 2020, Emmett’s Cafe has been at the top of our most-anticipated list. It joins that growing strip of South High Street that’s gone quickly from law offices to Kolache Republic, Dough Mama, Antiques on High, Ambrose & Eve, Lawbird (and its biscuit sidekick Boxwood), and other stops. And we’re fans of the culinary team behind it, from Lara Pipia crafting the menu to Robin Myers on coffee service.

Find Emmett’s on High Street just south of Frankfurt, next to Lawbird cocktail bar. The clean and modern cafe feels warm and welcoming. They’re all geared up for online ordering and carryout, but they sport a few seats in the front and a spacious back patio.



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Fall off the Bone Slow Cooker Short Ribs

Fall off the Bone Slow Cooker Short Ribs is a perfect hearty, satisfying, and savory dinner! Full of flavor and fork tender succulent beef, it’s a meal worth coming home to.

Serve this with a side of Dad’s Famous Mashed Potatoes, Mashed Cauliflower or Stick of Butter Baked Rice. You can serve the meat and sauce on top the sides to help sop up all the goodness as well.

Tender, juicy flavorful Slow Cooker Short Ribs with carrots

Slow Cooker Short Ribs

According to definition, short ribs are a cut of beef taken from the brisket, chuck, plate, or rib areas of beef cattle. They include a short portion of the rib bone, thus the name short rib. This cut of meat is actually pretty tough but once it reaches fork tender, it’s amazing. Your whole family will love this delicious dish!

This is why beef short ribs were meant for long, slow braising at a low heat. The longer you cook them the better they become, if you try to cook them fast, they’ll remain tough. Cooking them in the slow cooker may just be one of the best ways to get them to the perfect level of fall-off-the-bone doneness. After cooking away for hours in your crockpot, short ribs turn from chewy and tough to melt-in-your-mouth tender. They’re a perfect winter meal. Add a vegetable some rolls and your set for a hearty week day or Sunday special meal.

Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs Ingredients

The ribs slow cooked with the sauce imparts the best flavor. You are going to love it!

  • Beef Short Ribs: 8-10 should fit nicely in your slow cooker
  • Salt and Pepper: To taste
  • Olive Oil: To Taste
  • Carrots: Use large carrots, not baby carrots. Large carrots have more flavor
  • Beef Broth: To have a good beefy flavor don’t substitute for other broth.
  • Garlic: 3 cloves minced, sounds like a lot but trust me it’s needed.
  • Tomato Paste: Imparts strong flavor without the extra water.
  • Worcestershire Sauce: Gives immense flavor
  • Italian Seasoning: One of my all time favorite spice combinations, it’s so good!

Cooking Beef Short Ribs

Quick prep work and then let the slow cooker do all the work!

  1. Sear: Salt and pepper the short ribs and sear in the olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Make sure to do all sides. When they have a nice golden crust on all sides place in the slow cooker and add the carrots on top.
  2. Sauce: In a small bowl whisk the beef broth, garlic, tomato paste, worcestershire and italian seasoning. Pour the sauce over the ribs
  3. Cook: For best results cook on low for 8-10 hours.

Preparing, and browning short ribs.

Tips for the Best Short Ribs

It’s really hard to mess these up, unless you don’t let them cook long enough.

  • Ribs: You can use short ribs with the bone in or without. Either will be amazing
  • Veggies: You can add onion and celery along with the meat.
  • Searing: You may be tempted to skip the searing step, Don’t! It caramelizes the surface of the meat enhancing the flavor. So good! Worth the extra time.
  • Tough:  If you short ribs turn out tough, that means that they didn’t cook long enough. Long and slow is key and they need to reach an internal temperature of 180-205 degrees F. This is when the heat is able to break down the connective tissue that makes them tough.

How to Make a Gravy

The sauce will create a mouth-watering gravy you don’t want to skip.

  1. Cool: After the meat has cooled for about 15 min in its juices remove the meat and cover.
  2. Drain: Let the drippings cool for another 5 min till the fat begins to rise. Spoon the fat off of the liquid and discard.
  3. Boil: Turn the Slow Cooker on high or you can pour the drippings into a saucepan on the stove over high heat.
  4. Thicken: Mix 2 Tablespoons of Cornstarch and 1/4 cold water together. Pour into the drippings and stir constantly till nice and thick.

Fork Tender Slow Cooker Short Ribs in a bowl with mashed potatoes and carrots.

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Fall off the Bone Slow Cooker Short Ribs

Fall off the Bone Slow Cooker Short Ribs is a perfect hearty, satisfying, and savory dinner. Full of flavor and fork tender succulent beef, it's a meal worth coming home to.
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword short ribs, slow cooker short ribs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6 People
Calories 66kcal
Author Alyssa Rivers

Ingredients

  • 8-10 beef short ribs
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 5 large carrots sliced
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning

Instructions

  • Salt and pepper the beef short ribs. Heat a large skillet with the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the short ribs and sear each side for 1-2 minutes or until they have a golden brown crust. Remove from skillet and add to the slow cooker and add the carrots on top.
  • In a small bowl whisk the beef broth, garlic, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce and Italian seasoning. Add to the slow cooker.
  • Cook on low for 8-9 hours or high 4-5 hours.

Nutrition

Calories: 66kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 306mg | Potassium: 363mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 10204IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 1mg



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Firecracker Chicken

This Firecracker Chicken is sweet, spicy and adds a nice kick to your meal. The chicken is super tender and juicy!

Serve this restaurant worthy dish with a side of Easy Fried Rice, Vegetable Egg Rolls and Cream Cheese Wontons for a meal you’ll have on repeat.

Sweet and Spicy perfect homemade Firecracker Chicken.

Firecracker Chicken Recipe

This is a perfect marriage of sweet and spicy. It’s not too hot and it’s not too sweet. The chicken is flash fried so the outside browns beautifully. Then it finishes cooking as it marinates in the sauce. The sauce will thicken beautifully as it cooks. It is just so GOOD!

This is such an easy recipe as well. It takes time, but it’s so worth it. It comes together quickly then finishes in the oven while you get the rest of what you need to done. You will not regret trying this. You’ll give up take out and it’s better for you too. Give it a try tonight!

Baked Firecracker Chicken Ingredients

The sauce is a perfect balance of heat and sweet and that will knock your taste buds off, but not burn them off.  Your family and loved ones are going to love this!

  • Canola oil: Just enough to flash fry the chicken in.
  • Chicken Breasts: Boneless skinless make prepping a breeze.
  • Salt and Pepper: Add to taste
  • Cornstarch: Cannot sub for flour, this is the secret to amazing coating
  • Eggs: Well beaten

Making the Sauce! 

  • Buffalo Sauce: Use your favorite brand, if you want it really spicy use a hot sauce like Frank’s brand
  • Brown Sugar:This brings the sweet to the fire.
  • Water: Helps dissolve the sugar
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: Needed for that tang
  • Salt:Creates a balance in the sauce
  • Red pepper Flakes: These add extra heat, leave out if you want to

How to Make Easy Firecracker Chicken

It’s so easy and tastes so much better than take out. Now take out begins at home!

  1. Prepare: Preheat oven to 325 and cut the chicken into bite sized pieces. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Bowls: In two separate bowls place the cornstarch, the beaten eggs. dip chicken into cornstarch then coat in egg mixture.
  3. Flash-Fry: Heat the oil in a large skillet on medium high heat. Cook the chicken till just the outside is browned. Place in a greased 9×13 pan.
  4. Sauce: In a separate bowl mix the ingredients for the sauce, pour over the chicken.
  5. Bake: Bake for 1 hour. Stirring every 15 minutes.

 

Cutting and dredging Firecracker Chicken.

Trust Me on these Tips!

This is the same method as my Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken so it shares my same tips.

  1. Method to the Madness: Make sure you first coat your chicken in the cornstarch and then the egg. This method makes the perfect breading for the chicken.
  2. Fast: Do not cook the chicken all the way through before baking.  You just want to get the chicken lightly brown on the outside, and then it bakes to perfection.
  3. Low and Slow: Baking the chicken at a low temperature will not over cook the chicken. This helps to cook the chicken all the way through and thicken up the sauce.

Flash frying and pouring sauce over Firecracker Chicken.

More Hints and Helps for a Perfect Firecracker Chicken Dish

  • Spice: You can take the heat up or down depending on your tastes. Use hot sauce or sriracha for a hotter dish. Use a buffalo sauce for a milder heat.
  • Vegetables: Add peppers, broccoli or other vegetables to the baking for variety.
  • Fruit: Add some pineapple chunks to help with the heat and give it a bit more sweetness
  • Chicken: Cut the Chicken into even bite sized pieces so it’ll cook evenly. Using thighs might result in uneven cooking as light and dark meat cook differently.
  • Pork: This recipe would also work perfectly with pork.
  • Saucey:  If you like your dish saucey, double the sauce recipe and place half on the chicken and another half on the stove in a pot at a simmer for 8-10 min till thickened.
  • Serve:  This dish is perfect on a bed of rice, stir fried veggies, quinoa or over a bed of lettuce for an Asian inspired salad.

Sweet and Spicy perfect homemade Firecracker Chicken.

Storing Firecracker Chicken Leftovers

  • Fridge: Place leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.
  • Freezer: This can be frozen too. Just place in a freezer safe container or bag and freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Reheat: Sweet and Sour Chicken is best reheated on the stove. Reheating it in the microwave can make the chicken rubbery and overcooked. Place leftovers in pan on the stove top and heat on medium heat, stirring often, till heated through

Sweet and Spicy perfect homemade Firecracker Chicken over rice.

 

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Firecracker Chicken

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Amazing restaurant quality chicken that has just the right amount of sweet and the right amount of spice!
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Asian American
Keyword asian chicken, chicken recipes, firecraker chicken
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 531kcal
Author Alyssa Rivers

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 4 chicken breasts boneless skinless
  • Salt
  • pepper
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 2 large eggs beaten

Sauce:

  • 1/3 cup buffalo sauce if you like more heat use hot sauce, like Frank’s brand
  • 1 1/4 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cut chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces and season with salt and pepper.
  • In separate bowls, place cornstarch and slightly beaten eggs. Dip chicken into cornstarch then coat in egg mixture. I have also found that you can put the cornstarch in a gallon sized bag and shake the chicken to coat.
  • Heat canola oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and cook chicken until browned. Place the chicken in a 9 x 13 greased baking dish.
  • In a medium sized mixing bowl, buffalo sauce, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, water, salt and red pepper flakes. Pour over chicken and bake for 1 hour.
  • I stirred the chicken every 15 minutes so that it coated them in the sauce.

Notes

Updated on November 4, 2020

Originally Posted on August 6, 2013

Nutrition

Calories: 531kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 151mg | Sodium: 815mg | Potassium: 639mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 45g | Vitamin A: 149IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 1mg

 

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Friday Food Bites: November 20, 2020

The new Original Pancake House in Westerville

There’s a lot happening in the Columbus restaurant world; here’s the latest for this week:

  • The Original Pancake House opens its second central Ohio location at 715 Worthington Rd. in Westerville on Saturday, Nov. 21
  • Milo’s Deli shared that they will start serving out of their original deli space at 980 W. Broad St.. They’re offering carryout only; items must be pre-ordered online.
  • A new breakfast-leaning food truck called Mersh’s Breakfast Cafe opened up this week, parked at 2805 Brice Rd. in Reynoldsburg
  • Middle West Spirits has distilled two specialty whiskeys designed to pair with BrewDog beers. The Lucky Find wheat whiskey pairs with the Lost Lager, while the Soul of Scarlet bourbon whiskey goes with Jet Black Heart stout.
  • Columbus Navigator shared today at The Florentine restaurant will make its return as a cloud kitchen soon.

This week I’m also writing:

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Pumpkin Tres Leches


Pumpkin Tres Leches Move over pie, there’s a new pumpkin superstar in town! This Pumpkin Tres Leches is amazing, and you just may find that you’d rather serve this at your holiday feast instead of pumpkin pie. Homemade pumpkin cake soaked in four kinds of milk and topped with whipped cream. Dixie Crystals sponsors this […]

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2020 Holiday Gift Guide: PARK

Part two our of 2020 gift guide is here! This is certainly a year like no other, and so we’re sharing ideas for local gifts and experiences. Small businesses all need our support more than ever, and our four-part gift guide follows our travel mantra of Food, Park, Drink, & Art. Read part one, all about food!

So now we present part two: PARK!

An Overnight Stays in a Treehouse, Yurt, or Cabin

Give someone the gift of a quiet overnight in the woods! Curl up, read books, watch movies, make dinner together. There are so many options within an easy drive from Columbus. Read about our stays in a treehouse at The Mohicans or in a yurt at The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls. Or check out spots like Dwellbox in Dundee, Cherry Ridge Retreat in New Plymouth, or The Cliffs at Hocking Hills.

Art Walk + Dinner

Plan a walk to see some public art and pair it with lunch or dinner. Search the free public art database on ColumbusMakesArt.com, and find a nearby restaurant. Think of combos like:

Go to the Movies at the South Drive-In

The drive-in is a fun, safe, and socially distanced way to take someone to the movies! They’re still showing a fun range of movies these days. Check out their schedule here: drive-inmovies.com

A Visit to Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park

We always love a trip to Pyramid Hill in Hamilton. The park is dotted with 60+ sculptures across more than 600 acres of rolling hills and woods. They’re doing seasonal exhibitions and light shows, too, all good for social distancing. pyramidhill.org

Franklin Park Conservatory

The warm and lush conservatory offers seasonal displays and light shows, beautiful greenery, an outdoor train display, glass sculptures, and more. Give a year-long gift of a membership! fpconservatory.org

Park + Picnic

Similar to the art walk paired with dinner, grab lunch and take a stroll in a park. Some ideas:

  • Brown Bag Deli, Boxwood Biscuits, Kolache Republic, Emmett’s + Schiller Park
  • Lox Bagel Shop, Tasi Cafe, Brassica, Barley’s, North Market + Goodale Park
  • Arepazo, Smoked on High, Rockmill Tavern, Harvest + Scioto Audubon Park
  • Starliner Diner, Center Street Market + Roger Reynolds Park or Homestead Metro Park in Hilliard
  • Or build an itinerary like our visit to The Wilds + burgers and ice cream in Zanesville

Pack a Picnic From a Local Market

Lots of park ideas! Create a custom picnic pack by visiting a locally owned market like the Hills Market (Downtown or Worthington), Weiland’s Market, or North Market. Each spot carries loads of local products: cheeses, breads, dips, wines, beers.

Local Coffee Cup + A Stroll

Several local coffee shops sell travel mugs. Order up a mug, fill it with coffee (or add a gift card!), and arrange a lovely stroll at a local park. Local spots like Florin Coffee and Stauf’s are selling great mugs.

Columbus City Adventures Holiday Lights Tours

I love love love Christmas lights, and Columbus City Adventures has revamped its Holiday Lights Tour as a safe, socially distanced walking tour Friday and Saturday nights. Private tours are available, too! columbuscityadventures.com/tours/holiday-lights

Bring the Park Inside: Oakland Green Interiors or Stump

Liven up someone’s home with fresh greenery! This can be especially nice for anyone quarantined, working from home, schooling at home, or just needs a little joy brought to their living space, etc. Visit the experts at a local shop like Oakland Green Interiors or Stump.

Get Active at Play: CBUS

Book a time to in this indoor play park, with 52,000 square feet of ropes courses, climbing walls, and more. playadventureparks.com/location/columbus




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Gift Guide for Babies, Toddlers and Pre-Schoolers

Gift Guide for Babies, Toddlers and Pre-Schoolers

(UPDATED!) I have been playing with toys almost every day for the last 9 years haha. As a pediatric speech pathologist, I’ve learned a few things about the best toys and games. I’ve also tried them out myself- about a million times. 😉 

I put together a gift guide for anyone looking for ideas for kiddos ages 10 months to 5 years! Most of my clients are actually preschool age (3-5 years old), and I have a few little ones and a few older kids. Then I of course have Luca who is 17 months, so I included his favorites as well! These are all more educational-ish ideas 🙂

 

BABY & TODDLER TOYS

 

 

TODDLER PRETEND PLAY

 

 

BABY & TODDLER BOOKS

 

PRE-SCHOOL GAMES

 

 

PRE-SCHOOL BOOKS

 

 

Baby, Toddler and Pre-Schooler Gift Guide!

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Stuffed Turkey Breast with Cranberry Stuffing

Stuffed Turkey Breast with Cranberry Stuffing and gravy – the perfect Thanksgiving meal for this year’s holiday.


Stuffed Turkey Breast with Cranberry Stuffing

This Stuffed Turkey Breast with Cranberry Stuffing is great when you don’t need to make a whole bird, such as for a smaller family Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving for two or anytime throughout the year when you want to enjoy a Thanksgiving feast. Serve this dish with your favorite Thanksgiving sides like Lemon Parsley Foil Pack Potatoes, Lightened Up Green Bean  Casserole, and Scalloped Potato Gratin.

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