October 29, 2008

Dogs bring smiles...

Sometimes when you have a rough day...certain things take all the trouble away.  

It's been a long week (and it's only Wednesday!), but one thing that makes me laugh is the playfulness of our dog, Ella.

Here are some pictures - maybe they'll make you smile too!

October 26, 2008

Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park

We've been having some wonderful fall weather lately. JJ and I both had a Friday off from work recently so we headed towards Hamilton, OH to check out the Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum. This outdoor museum is full of art pieces, flower gardens, lakes and walking trails. The spaces consists of 265 acres of woods and gathering areas for people to enjoy.
(This Sculpture by George Sugarman is titled "Cincinnati Story")

(This adorable chocolate lab was our buddy during our visit to the park!)

According to the park's brochure, the land was donated in 1995 by Harry T. Wilks, a Hamilton area businessman. Pyramid Hill Park opened to the public in 1997 and since it's opening they have hosted several community events, such as an Annual Art Fair and a Holiday Light display.

(LW & JJ enjoying our day at the park.)

(This sculpture by Alexander Liberman is titled "Abracadabra")

One cool part about this park is that you can rent an "art cart" for a $15 donation. You can see this decorated golf cart in the picture above next to the sculpture. It's a fun way to explore the park and who doesn't love driving a golf cart!

(This sculpture by Clement Meadmore is titled "Extent")

We had a great time touring this park and I'd recommend it as a day trip if you're in the southwest Ohio area.

October 21, 2008

Great Fall Picture...

From our trip to the Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park in Hamilton, OH.
More details to follow in an upcoming post - Stay Tuned!

October 18, 2008

Boston Butz, would you eat there?

On Friday, after a great fall afternoon at the park, JJ and I stopped at a restaurant called Boston Butz, a place specializing in Southern Pitt BBQ & homemade pizzas.  I admit that we weren't really looking for a BBQ place, but come on, the name alone makes you wanna learn more, right?  Well, we had to check it out and we were pleasantly surprised to find a hometown place with good food and friendly service!

Boston Butz's is located in Ross, OH - which is very close to the Hamilton and Oxford areas of Southwest Ohio.  Here's a picture of the outside of the restaurant:
After perusing the menu, we started off with an appetizer called Boston Fries.  I'm a potato gal, so with out even knowing what came on the fries, I was game to give them a try.  Now, when these bad boys came out, I was really happy - crispy fries, with provolone and mozzarella cheese melted on top and crunchy bacon bits too!  Take a look - Yummy...
We ordered a small, but both commented on how we could have eaten a large!  Anyways, on to the BBQ sandwiches. The menu offers everything from pulled pork, chicken, & beef, ribs, pork chops, and pizza's.  

I went with the traditional Pulled Pork Sandwich (with the Mild Sauce) and a side of cole slaw. JJ ordered a sandwiched called "The Porker" (with Classic Sauce), which made us both laugh.  "The Porker" is tender pulled pork on a bun with their signature hot slaw.  Both sandwiches were very good.  I thought the Classic sauce was better than the Mild sauce.  
Overall, we enjoyed a great afternoon relaxing on the patio of this fun restaurant.  I make no claims to be an expert in BBQ, but Boston Butz is a cool locally owned & operated business that had good food & good service.  Check it out sometime if you're ever in Ross, OH.

PS - Get the Boston Fries, you won't be disappointed!!

October 05, 2008

My favorite time of year...

Reasons I love fall:

* trees. leaves changing colors into shades of burnt orange, rusty red & yellows...

(perfect time for a weekend drive to check out nature's beauty.)

* sweaters. all kinds of comfy tops to wear - fleece jackets, over sized crew necks...

* football. college games or NFL - either work for me. I'm enjoying our season tickets to the UC football games this year - nothing like sitting out under the stadium lights, cheering on the "home team"...

(despite the Bengals record, I still enjoy those games too!)

* pumpkin and mums. - love heading out to a local pumpkin patch to pick the perfect pumpkin, tasting yummy hot cider, & grabbing a bag of apples for baking a homemade dessert.

(already have the mums on the front porch - went with yellow mum this season!)

* fire pits. - just enjoyed a nice fall evening this past weekend with friends gathered around the fire. we had some really good S'mores too - next time you make these, try using Reece's Peanut butter Cups, instead of Hersey's milk chocolate to go between the graham crackers & roasted marshmallows!