Happy Birthday Jackson!

Happy birthday Jack!

Happy birthday Jack!

I’m a pretty crazy cat lady and have tried to keep it under control on this blog… until now.

My little boy cat turned SIX today! He’s got a wild and crazy birthday planned: something fancy for breakfast and dinner, a day of relaxing on the couch, a few trips up and down the stairs and some quality time harassing Madison (his big sister cat), and lots and lots of snuggles with me.

Enjoy this trip down memory lane as I celebrate Jack’s sixth birthday and reminisce on the days when my little fluff ball first came into my life.

I love you, Jackson Cat Coppersmith Szerwo!

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Jack the kitten

He started out looking a little devilish. Hence his name: Jack.
After the neighborhood terror at my parent’s house.

Cats cuddling

Bath time! Courtesy of Maddie

Cats sleeping

Nap time! Jack as a pillow.

Cats cats and more cats

Playing with his toys.

Instagrammed Jack to the cat

I love these cats!!
I love these cats!!
Sometimes I can get in on the snuggling too. I love cats-as-pillows!

Sometimes I can get in on the snuggling too. I love cats-as-pillows!

My Mother’s Day Brunch

I hope you all had a nice Mother’s Day (or Sunday, if that’s what you chose to celebrate)! Brandon and I went over to my sister and brother-in-law’s house for a homemade brunch with my Mom and Dad and my brother-in-law’s Mom and soon-to-be Step Dad. The food was delicious and the company was great.

With eight people in attendance, some with gluten and lactose intolerances, my sister and I got creative with the menu and really leaned on the flavors of the new spring fruits and veggies for our Mother’s Day Brunch Feast:

Brunch

  • Broccoli quiche with ham
  • Crustless spinach quiche with ham, mushrooms and goat cheese gouda
  • Homefries
  • Butter croissants (from Trader Joe’s freezer section – have you tried these? They taste amazing, are easy to make and are perfect for brunch! However, the ones we made for Sunday may have been in the freezer too long. They didn’t proof right but they tasted ok. We bought some other croissants to supplement them.)
  • Chicken and pork breakfast sausages (I normally get the Jennie O turkey breakfast sausages, but these were ‘healthier’ [less bad] for you. They were really good!)
  • Fruit salad with raspberries, strawberries, blueberries and pineapple with a pinch of mango sugar

And a MIMOSA BAR!

Here are a few photos and recipes that helped make our Mother’s Day celebrations shine…

Broccoli quiche with ham... Delicious!

Mimosa-barMimosa Bar

  • (2) Gigantic bottles of Cook’s Champagne (there are eight people, after all)
  • (1) bottle of Trader Joe’s Tangerine Juice (like orange juice, but BETTER!)
  • (1) box of Trader Joe’s Tropical Fruit Juice Box
  • (1) handful of the following: fresh blueberries, raspberries and strawberry slices

Follow these steps for a mimosa bar of your own:

  1. Cut and/or wash the berries. We did this the night before.
  2. Chill the Champagne/Prosecco in advance of the event. We put ours in the fridge the night before. I have heard that you shouldn’t chill wines or champagne for more than four hours, but this stuff is pretty medium quality and we’re adding juice, so it’s better that it be cold than super flavorful.
  3. Create an amazing display! We got a ton of serving dishes and trays when we got married a couple of years ago and I love getting them out. This was one of those occasions. We also rimmed the champagne glasses with some mango sugar. It was a wonderful touch.

Cheers!

Hello, Seattle

Hi, friends!

As I sit down to do some blogging, I wanted to share my new favorite spot to write: my chair on the deck. Brandon is inside studying to become a professor, the cats are outside exploring (maybe their fifth un-supervised exploration since they were allowed out) and the sun and the sounds of Megan’s Island are the perfect combination of spring.

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I hope you’re having a good Saturday! Check back soon for more posts!

 

{WINE WEDNESDAY} My buddy Francis

Happy Wine Wednesday!

The other day I came across this rose at Costco. A good friend of mine loves the Sofia prosecco, so when I found this, I had to get it. Plus it was only $12.

Sofia: lovely.

Sofia: lovely.

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Autographed for my love, Franny’s #1 fan!

This bottle of wine didn’t last very long in our cellar and we enjoyed it on the patio last night with a friend visiting from Texas. Sofia is one of Francis Ford Coppola’s labels, which brings me to a funny story…

A few years ago I was in Napa at a bachelorette party with 20 of my closest girlfriends. We were having a grand time touring winery after winery. At one of the last wineries we visited, Rubicon, our party bus driver noticed a famous guest: Francis Ford Coppola. To tell you the truth, I had no idea what he looked like, but I was definitely familiar with the name and his work. In fact, the first and second Godfather movies are two of Brandon’s all-time favorites.

Franny (my new best friend’s nickname) was very nice and open to autographing bottles and posing for photos, so, we all got in on the action. It seems Franny was especially fond of Kimmy, just look at that death grip around her waist! It was so exciting to meet such an icon, even if I was a bit tipsy.

It's Francis Ford Coppola! My new best friend!!

It’s Francis Ford Coppola! My new best friend!!

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Franny!

Do you have a celebrity sighting experience? What’s your favorite Coppola film?  Have you tried Sofia yet? Tell me all about it in the comments!

Bistro Lighting!

Guess what came in the mail today!? OUR NEW BISTRO LIGHTS! EEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

They're here! Hopefully the guide wire and light bulbs come tomorrow!

They’re here! Hopefully the guide wire and light bulbs come tomorrow!

It doesn’t look like much now, but combined with some posts and some clips, these will add the finishing touches to our so-close-to-perfect back yard.

We’re hoping to get these up before June, and of course we’ll post photos as soon as we can!