That Rust Belt Grit

This won’t take long. I don’t have a whole lot to say. This is just a preface.

I just attended a breakfast where we talked about legacy. What kind of legacy do you want to leave? How will you leave your legacy?

While my legacy has still to be determined, I am very proud of the legacies before me.

Both my grandfathers are and were engineers; one by education, and one by determination. One of my grandmothers worked when it wasn’t popular for moms to work; she did what had to be done. The other married a single dad and adopted his two young girls, who became amazing women. (They also had a few more kids together, which is the part I’m really glad about!)

My parents have coupon-clipped and penny-pinched, before all those couponing TV shows and books came out and made it the fashionable thing to do. They learned how to build houses so we could have a nice place to live. And they keep learning. Every several months, my mom will tell me about the latest idea she’s had for a new business or venture. Some of my favorite memories of my dad are when we would sit in his office or in a coffee shop, and we would dream and plan and think up adventures.

I’m so proud of my family.

What we have wasn’t given to us. It was earned. We’ve worked for what we have.

With that said, read this article: Why our Tech Startup is Based in Akron, Ohio

And since I know you most likely won’t actually click on that link, here’s one of the many gems from it:

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” – Frederick Douglas

A funny thing happens when everyone is forced to struggle and overcome challenges. They come out the other side stronger and better for it. The Akron of my youth gave rise to the multiple Grammy winning Black Keys, one of the hardest working bands in the business, and to Lebron James, arguably the best basketball player playing the game today, if not ever. Lebron says what everyone from Akron already knows, “In Northeast Ohio, nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have.”


Why I Had A Cheesecake Bar At My Wedding (and you should too)

Neither BW nor I like wedding cake.

I don’t know what wedding cake-makers do to cakes, but somehow all wedding cakes are light, fluffy confections with either lemon or almond flavoring, or just no flavor to speak of whatsoever.


I *strongly dislike* almond-infused desserts. (Almond paste? YUCK.)

The only wedding cake I ever liked (actually, loved!) was at a friend’s wedding where the groom’s mom made a HUGE carrot cake. I love carrot cake!

And since it was homemade, it was delicious. By the end of the night, we were just grabbing chunks of it and nomming. It was a fun wedding!

I digress. (<– overused by blog people who are trying to be funny? Silly blog people.)

The following are pictures of the cheesecake bar from my wedding. Yes people raved about it, but more importantly, BW and I actually enjoyed the cake at our own wedding. Mission accomplished!

It was delicious.

As someone who can rarely make up her mind, the plain cheesecakes with the topping options was my favorite part. But we also had a ricotta cheesecake — didn’t even know they had such things! — and those adorable little cheesecake squares where you can try ALL THE FLAVORS.

Why I Had A Cheesecake Bar At My Wedding (and you should too)

Photos courtesy of Chelsea Kight Photography

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