Grateful For Life’s Messy Moments

Apologies, friends, from my weeks long absence.  You have no idea how activity-packed my heavenly life is!  And mama’s had her hands full with puppy Timmy Elijah and exciting work projects.  But no excuses, as I have missed you all terribly!

Today is a very special day on earth and in heaven.  It’s Easter, of course.   A day of rebirth and release from earthly attachments.  And, it’s also Buddha’s birthday… did you know that?  To celebrate, mama and her grandma (my GG) attended a special rose-petal ceremony at the Spiritual Center for Positive Living.  90 minutes of music, meditation and a ceremony of light and love left mama and GG in a state of blissful joy.

Following service, the humans joined more family for a relaxing brunch full of good stories, giggles and more love.  And, I must say, that mama’s aunt & uncle asked about me and wondered when they would hear from me again.  Overseeing their conversation, I was moved to make time in my schedule to put paws to the keyboard and reconnect.

While my human family was enjoying each other and good grub, Wilbur and Timmy were waiting at home.  Since Timmy is still a wee pup and can’t be completely trusted, mama crates him when she leaves the house.

Sadly for Timmy, he had a poopy accident in his crate and sat in his mess.  Laid in his mess. And, in a desperate attempt to escape his soiled crate, Timmy flung poopy pieces out of his crate and all over the room!

post poopy-puppy bath

Luckily, mama was floating in a fog of blissful contentment when she returned to a very messy, smelly puppy and house.  Mama immediately stripped down to her skivvies (no need to dirty her Sunday best) and scooped a very anxious Timmy into a warm bubble bath.  It took nearly an hour for mama to clean Timmy, the crate, his bedding, the floor and the walls.  And two sticks of incense barely made a dent in the stench!

I would like to think it’s my influence on mama that she handled this situation with love, laughter and gratitude.  Grateful that she has a wonderful companion in Timmy and no amount of stinky dung can dim that gratitude and love.

As my readers know, I had my fair share of accidents and naughtiness in my earthly carnation, and

mama & her Easter boys... I so wish I was still in her arms too...

today’s mess made mama smile with memories of me.

It’s been a blessed Easter for my family and I wish the same for you and yours.  What did you do to celebrate Easter?  Passover?  Buddha’s birthday?  The rebirth of spring?

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Fuss-Free Foodie: Vegetarian Easter Frittata

If you read yesterday’s column you know that I absconded with a huge amount of Easter pastries at brunch.  I was filled to the brim with my delectable bounty and had no room for the main brunch attraction:  mama’s frittata.

are you accusing me of eating the danish??

Truthfully, after yesterday’s lack of impulse control, I wasn’t even offered a piece of the egg casserole.

Mama uses an extra-large dish for this party-pleasing recipe (larger than your standard — I’m not useful with measuring tape, or I’d give you the exact dimensions!).  Needless to say, it’s a little deeper, wider & longer than standard.

With this recipe you can feed 10 peeps (or pups)… or just have plenty of leftovers (and this is delicious warm or cold the next day!)

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 dozen large eggs

1 1/2 lb. washed & sliced mushrooms (any type is fine — we used a combination)

4 large Italian zucchini, sliced

2 1/2 cups grated cheeses — for the Easter frittata we used a combo of fontina, gouda, havarti and romano)

3 tbl. butter  (remember this is a holiday casserole, hence the extra richness)

1/4 cup milk

1 can diced green chilies

salt & pepper to taste

Fruit Salsa (our preference is Peach Chipotle from Trader Joe’s)

Preheat oven to 350

In a large skillet, melt butter at medium heat and add vegetables.  Toss every few minutes until almost tender (this will take 8-10 minutes, as you will have a full skillet, but the veggies will shrink)

Drain vegetables in a colander and pat dry with paper towels

In a large bowl, whisk eggs, milk and pinch of salt & pepper

Spray your casserole dish, including the sides, with vegetable oil spray

Add vegetables, chilies and half of the cheeses

Cover with egg/milk mixture

Add remaining cheese

Bake at 350 for 45 minutes, or until center begins to firm

Raise oven temp to 425 and bake an additional 10 minutes, until sides are browning

Note:  depending on your oven, this may need to cook a bit longer until center is firm

Serve hot, warm or cold with fruit salsa

I hope you all enjoyed your holiday festivities as much as I did!  Do you have a favorite brunch recipe?  Please share!

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Of Music & Mischief

I had a waggilicious weekend friends!  Did you?  With the end of Passover, Good Friday and Easter, this has been a packed weekend.

Friday night Wilbur and I had a sleepover at grandma and Cody’s house while mama went to Petaluma to meet up with friends for a concert.  Cody can be a bit of an annoyance, but his bubbly personality always wins me in the end.  He’s just such a …. puppy!  You know what I mean.  That unrestrained youthful energy is cute and all, but it can be tiresome for a sophisticate like myself.

Wilbur has an ability to make a really scary face — he lifts his upper lip, showing his teeth, and makes an unworldly guttural utterance that puts Cody in his place immediately.  Being as beautiful as I am (humbly said, of course), I do not have the capability of looking menacing.  Trust me, I’ve tried (especially if Wilbur, Cody or Sofia tries to take my toy or bone) but I just look like a pretty-boy attempting to act like a thug.  It’s just not believable.

Chris Robinson & Bob Weir

While we loved lounging with grandma (and tolerated Cody) mama was at another Chris Robinson Brotherhood show, this time at the Mystic in Petaluma.  Mama and her buddies were stage-side (again) and had a thrill larger than the Brotherhood…. Marin County is home to the Grateful Dead and midway through the first set the legendary Bob Weir showed up to jam a few Dead songs with the boys.  Mama was in hippy heaven!!

After a night of dancing, gabbing & playing mama looked a little tired when she picked us up Saturday afternoon.  But being a good mum, even through blurry eyes, we were treated to a stop at the dog park on our way home.

Sofia and Uncle Marty

Today is Easter and it was a spectacular day!  Uncle Marty and Sofia hosted a small family brunch and everyone helped with providing a dish.  Mama made her famous mushroom and zucchini frittata with peach-chipotle salsa.  Grandma provided fruit salad and deviled eggs.  In addition to creating a festive table setting, Marty made potatoes, rich coffee, mimosas and bacon (for the carnivores).  Plus, he purchased a gorgeous array of pastries from a local bakery.

Beautiful holiday table (with pastries... pastries... pastries...)

I took note of the table arrangement immediately and noticed an opportunity…. the platter of pastries was precariously close to the edge of the table.  While my humans were in the kitchen chatting I stealthy crept into the dining room, hopped on a chair and…. well, by the time uncle Marty spied me, 5 danishes were in my belly.

Surprisingly, I was barely scolded.  Maybe it’s the holiday cheer, and I’ll take that!

hunting for easter eggs

Wilbur, Sofia and I played in the yard and had our own little egg hunt.  We ran around the pool (no accidents today) and danced for treats.  I’m a little tired and bloated tonight, but immensely satisfied.

I sincerely hope that all you, lovely friends, enjoyed this holiday weekend as much as I have.  Do you have any fun stories to tell about your weekend festivities?

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