Thursday, August 1, 2013

Chagrin Falls Ohio

Chagrin Falls, OH | My Life as a Mrs

About a month ago my mom decided she would take a road trip to Ohio. She convinced me it was a great idea and got me on board to go with her. We would drive to North Carolina and pick up my one grandma (Mimi) and then continue on to Chagrin Falls where my mom’s parents live (Grammie & Grampie).

Now, let me clarify, it was indeed a great idea… it was just that hubs and I had literally JUST moved 2 weeks prior and spent that entire 2 weeks unpacking, prepping, and planning for our gender reveal party. Then, 72 hours after the party it was time to hop in the car and drive for 2 days. Not to mention hubs ended up with a hernia and would have to have surgery while I was out of town (WORST. WIFE. EVER.). Oiy Veh.

Anyhow… aside from all of the shenanigans leading up to the trip, I am SO glad I was able to go (with hubs’ blessing)! I got some precious one-on-one time with ALL 3 of my living grandparents. Not a lot of people my age even have living grandparents, let alone get the ability to spend 5 straight days with all of them being that they live hundreds of miles away! It was a really sweet time that I’ll cherish forever.

Chagrin Falls, OH | My Life as a Mrs

(Popcorn Shop)

Chagrin Falls is one of my all time favorite places to visit.

It is the cutest, most quaint, historic LITTLE town and I just ADORE it. I’m not kidding, but when you read those novels that are set in small historic towns… Chagrin Falls is EXACTLY what you would picture in your mind!  Main Street consists of a fork of 2 streets and nestled in the middle of the fork is a beautiful grassy strip adorned with an old gazebo. Lining both sides of the street are the cutest little shops and restaurants and of course the overlook of the waterfalls (it is Chagrin FALLS after all!).

Stop #1 on the first night was none other than… Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream!

Chagrin Falls, OH | My Life as a Mrs

I scarfed my ice cream down without snapping a photo… sorry – baby wanted the ice cream IMMEDIATELY! ;) I got the dark chocolate and brown butter almond brittle (AMAZE.BALLS).

I also sampled the Buckeye State (Peanut Butter & Chocolate), Strawberry Buttermilk, and Lemon Blueberry… also INCREDIBLE!

Day 2 we all got in the car to do a little shopping…

Chagrin Falls, OH | My Life as a Mrs

This was me with all of my grandparents: Grampie, Mimi, me (and baby girl), & Grammie (my mom was taking the photo).

Where did we go you ask???

Chagrin Falls, OH | My Life as a Mrs

Ummm can we just say this is a VERY dangerous place for a food blogger! I walked out with quite the spice haul! Hey… I was saving money on shipping since I wasn’t ordering online, right? Excellent Logic. ;)

Speaking of dangerous places for food bloggers, a few doors down was TRADER JOE’S.

We had a BLAST!

Chagrin Falls, OH | My Life as a Mrs

Me with the Grandmas (and the baby bump clearly poking out… lol).

Now, all that shopping made us HUNGRY. My #1 MUST HAVE while in Chagrin is always a Corned Beef Sandwich from Jack’s Deli in Cleveland Heights. I can’t even tell you how delicious their corned beef sandwiches are. The best I’ve ever had. For Real. Plus, they give you homemade pickles that are to. die. for.

Craving fulfilled.Chagrin Falls, OH | My Life as a Mrs

Day 3 we decided to drive out to Amish Country.

We visited the famous Lehman’s Harware which is SO much more than just a hardware shop. It’s like a theme park in there! All the old fashioned cooking tools, canning equipment, lanterns, food and artisanal items etc.

It was tons of fun to walk through.  We went up the road and ate lunch at an Amish Restaurant and gobbled up some Broasted Chicken and Salad bar that was delish!

Chagrin Falls, OH | My Life as a Mrs

Day 4 was spent helping prep for a sweet baby shower that my grandma’s threw for me. It was so sweet and I was able to catch up with people I know up there…

Chagrin Falls, OH | My Life as a Mrs

We ate a delicious Archie’s Cake which is a MUST for our family!

And I got to catch up with this sweet girl (shout out Evan! ;))

Chagrin Falls, OH | My Life as a Mrs

Day 5: We went to my Aunt & Uncle’s house in the afternoon and hung out and ate dinner with them.

They have CHICCCCKKKKEEENNNNSSSSSS!!!!!

Chagrin Falls, OH | My Life as a Mrs Which = Uber FRESH eggs that I’m totally jealous of.

Chagrin Falls, OH | My Life as a Mrs

I also smoked my cousin in a game of Bananagrams (Little known fact: I’m a total geek and love board games & card games!).

She was NOT too thrilled.

Chagrin Falls, OH | My Life as a Mrs

Oh, and this is Buddy. Buddy and I are TIGHT. He always cuddles with me when I visit and makes me miss my Maddie. :)

Cavaliers are the best dogs ever. FACT.

Chagrin Falls, OH | My Life as a Mrs

The next day we hopped back in the car and repeated our trip home via North Carolina to drop Mimi off. Mimi hooked us up with freshly flaked oats and some wheat to grind when we got home (My mom and I ordered a wheat grinder ya’ll!!!! I will be making my own flour… so domestic, I tell you ;) )

Get excited. I’m thinking I’ll do a video once I get the hang of it!!

PS – I have some recipes in the works for you guys… thanks for being patient!!! xoxo

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14 Responses to “Chagrin Falls Ohio”

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    Amy @ The Nifty Foodie — August 1, 2013 @ 3:49 pm

    Looks like such a fun trip! And holy cow, Penzey’s and Trader Joe’s in one trip? I think I’d have no room for suitcases after shopping there. :-)

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    Sarah Jane — August 1, 2013 @ 7:03 pm

    I love Penzey’s! I just went there this weekend, but being a graduate student, I had to limit myself to just the essentials :)

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    Sloane @ Life Food and Beer — August 1, 2013 @ 8:46 pm

    All 6 of my Grandparents are still alive (my Mom’s parents are divorced and remarried) I feel so lucky that I’m 28 and still have all of them and I’m close to all of them too.

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    Gail — August 1, 2013 @ 9:24 pm

    I knew it was an Archie’s cake from the picture! Yum! Thanks for sharing, your post is making me very homesick.

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    Emily @ Life on Food — August 2, 2013 @ 6:39 am

    I am so jealous of your Jenni’s Ice Cream stop. I want to try it so bad. And I love Penzey’s. Your spending/savings is perfect logic to me.

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    Anita at Hungry Couple — August 2, 2013 @ 9:30 pm

    Looks like a great trip. And, since I have a little Cavalier girl myself, I have to agree that they are the best dogs ever! :)

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    Sues — August 3, 2013 @ 11:03 am

    Looks like an incredible trip! I’m so jealous you went to Jeni’s… And I love me some Penzeys! Also, you look adorable!

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    Mackenzie {SusieFreakingHomemaker} — August 4, 2013 @ 5:44 pm

    I love everything about this post, but most of all the picture of your baby bump!

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    Jenny @ The Spicy Simmer — August 5, 2013 @ 7:32 pm

    Ahhhh! I grew up equidistant from Chagrin Falls & Eton (where Penzeys & TJ’s are). I love going back to visit & I definitely stopped at both of those stores while I was home last. Thanks for posting this!!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — August 6, 2013 @ 12:29 am

    Glad you had a great time with your family! I haven’t been to Chagrin Falls in so long, but I have such fond memories of going on little trips with my family. We would go to Joey’s for lunch (it’s closed now, right?) and of course, the Popcorn Shop!

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    Evan — August 6, 2013 @ 12:12 pm

    I love my shout-out! Thank you! I wish you lived closer so that we could hang out more often. I know we would be the best of friends. Wishing you all the best!! Love, Evan

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    Mailyn — August 13, 2013 @ 9:43 pm

    Love Lehmans!!! My hubby and I make a trip to Amish County whenever we can! Also a mandatory stop at Smuckers!

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    jeanie — November 2, 2013 @ 10:49 am

    I was googling Chagrin Falls to see how the town was named and came across your blog. This post made me smile because it is very much like my visit with Chagrin family a couple of weeks ago. (You can find a post on my favorite CF store at The Marmelade Gypsy.) What made me laugh is I also did the spice store, Trader Joe’s (and others in that Eton Place!)

    And you are right — CF is the quintessential “Walt Disney” town. My cousin’s son (who lives there) is planning to propose to his girlfriend on the night of the Christmas tree lighting (It’s on that triangular square downtown.) Can you imagine anything more romantic?! Well, thanks — delightful to discover your space!

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    jeanie — November 2, 2013 @ 10:50 am

    P.S. — My cousin and I had breakfast at Jack’s Deli. Like I said — your Cleveland leg of your trip was almost exactly like mine!

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