Monday, August 26, 2019

All About Buffy - Our Sweet Little Fur Ball

In honor of International Dog Day (August 26) - I thought I'd share a bit about my very favorite little fur ball, Buffy even though we don't consider her a dog and neither does she.
We adopted Buffy when she was 9 years old. We weren't really looking for a dog, but it was destiny. Adding her to our family has been the best decision we have ever made!
We would have loved to be able to change her name since neither of us like the name Buffy, but we decided that she had to be named after Buffy the Vampire Slayer because she is not your average fluffy little dog. She has lots of nicknames: Little B, The Buffster, Bufferooni, Buff Buff, The Princess, and Buffy Roo and more.

She has brought such joy to our lives and definitely has made our house a home.

Some of Buffy's favorite things through the years have been: 

  • barking at dogs walking by from her perch atop the leather chair placed by the window just for her
  • chasing squirrels

  • car rides in her elevated car seat for improved views

  • visiting Auntie Christine at "the annex"

  • going for walks

But her absolute favorite is eating. Her palate is adventurous just like her Mommy's. Some favorites are rotisserie chicken, steak, watermelon, and cheese. She eats her body weight in food and treats every day but thankfully has the metabolism of a super model.
Buffy is always quite the traveler! After starting her life in Indiana, she has moved many times. She has accompanied us to Columbus, Pittsburgh, Niagara Falls, Lake Chautauqua, Put-in-Bay, Kalamazoo, Cincinnati and more. She even completed The Donut Trail!

Buffy has even come to work with me. Such a good helper!
She loves parties!

And presents!

She is officially an old lady now (almost 18!) so she is starting to show her age a bit. Her vision and hearing are terrible, and she can't walk on hard slippery surfaces any more. It's really hard seeing her get old but she will always be our baby. We love you sweet Buffy!!
I'd love to hear about your fluffy family members. Share your stories in the comments.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Thirsty Thursday: Tropical Sangria

I love the hot and sultry days of summer, and I'm enjoying every last drop. You can keep your pumpkin spice anything until the leaves turn. For now, I'm sipping on this fruit-packed and summery Tropical Sangria. Even if it is only in the 70s today!
sangria, wine, cocktails, summer drinks
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Tropical Sangria


1 750ml bottle Prosecco or other sparkling wine
1 750ml bottle Vinho Verde or dry rosé
1 750ml bottle Gewurztraminer 
1 1/2 cups Coconut Water with Pineapple
1/2 cup pear or mango flavored vodka
3 cups fruit: raspberries, pineapple, strawberries, apple, orange, etc.
2 Limes, thinly sliced
2 cans or about 2 c. of sparkling water

Combine two bottles of wine and vodka in large clear pitcher. Add coconut water + fruit and stir gently. Place in fridge for at least one hour to let the flavors mingle. Just before serving, stir in the prosecco and sparkling water, and garnish with mint.



Monday, August 12, 2019

Ready, Set, Hike! It's time for the 21st annual Taste of the Browns

Now that the Browns have won their first pre-season game, everyone is ready for some real football to get started. Whet your appetite for the upcoming season while you help support the Greater Cleveland Food Bank at the 21st annual Taste of the Browns.
Join past and present Browns players and some of Cleveland's very best chefs on September 9, 2019 from 6pm – 9pm at FirstEnergy Stadium.
You will mix and mingle while eating tons of delicious food - more than 25 restaurants and beverage purveyors - I dare you to try to sample it all! You can view a list of all the participating restaurants so you can get your dining playbook ready for the event.
Plus you'll get to see everyone's favorite dawg, Chomps. Woof woof!
Join the party and get your tickets onlineLast year, more than $309,000 was raised to fight hunger at this event - that's enough to help provide more than 1.2 million meals! 

Each VIP event ticket is $297 and includes a souvenir wine glass, all food and beverages, complimentary valet parking, and access to the VIP Lounge featuring exclusive tastings and access to celebrities.

General admission is $202 and includes everything above except the VIP Lounge access.

This is a great way to tackle hunger while helping one of our City's great organizations. See you on the gridiron!

*** Disclaimer: I was provided two tickets to this event in exchange for helping to promote it.
As always, all opinions expressed are my own. ***