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Saturday, 4 May 2019

May 3, 2019

My baby girl turned 23. We had a wonderful time celebrating her birthday. She wanted to go out to eat somewhere, and as she is the social media, tourism, knower of all things interesting, we asked her to decide where she wanted to go. She thought Cowbell Brewery would be fun. This is a fairly new place that features its own craft brewery on site and has a large restaurant. When reservations were first made, they were so booked up that we had to have an 8:30 p.m. time. That's pretty late for a Friday night, when I figured I'd be ready to fall asleep within a couple of hours of that, and then they called back as they had a cancellation, so we were able to have an earlier time. At first, son was booked to work, but he was able to switch, so he was available to join us as well.

Cowbell is about an hour away from us, so we had to start out ahead of time. The food is fantastic there! They have their own wood fired pizza oven, so their pizzas are amazing. Four of us had pizzas and daughter had a lamb burger. Of course, the big thing there is their own beer with all kinds of inventive names. I had a glass of Absent Landlord. The three "kids" had flights (four different kinds of beer in smaller amounts, so you can try a variety and see what you like), and husband had a dark beer called Fly Girl.


Daughter and boyfriend. You can see their flights in front of them in nifty rustic wooden holders. They write the names of the beer on the wood.


Mother and daughter. That is my "Absent Landlord" pizza with pulled pork and crispy onions on it. I brought half of it home with me.


Father and son. Son's pizza was like a cheese burger. Husband had the meat lovers (predictably! ). We had lots of laughs and daughter and boyfriend ran into a couple of friends and associates. We amused and maybe shocked daughter with stories of the day and event of her birth. Husband told her how she was such a conehead baby when he first saw her that he was afraid there was something wrong with her! As you can tell, her head went back to a normal shape. We also told her how husband was in such a fluster that day, that he ran out of gas when driving home from the hospital and had to walk to a gas station to get gas. (Good thing it didn't happen on the way to the hospital!)

The facilities are amazing. We've toured a brewery before, but not this one. You can see much of it from the restaurant, and the rest you can take a self-guided, or guided tour of.




They surprised daughter with a birthday desert which she shared with all of us, because the standard chocolate birthday cake was waiting at home for later. We were absolutely stuffed!

When we got home quite a bit later, it was time for cake.


Try as I might to get a "nice" picture, this is as close as I got.

Not to be forgotten, we pulled up the chair and Samson took his rightful place.


He did not partake in cake. He was expecting some kind of handout.

Today (May 4, yes, May the fourth be with you...), is supposed to be much nicer weather than the rainy cold crud we've been having. I'm in desperate need to outdoor yardwork time. So many things to cut back, clear up, weed, and dig. Hope you all have a good weekend as well!

33 comments:

  1. What a wonderful family celebration for your daughter's birthday! (She's a Taurus like me. Aren't we fantastic people?? ;o]) Fun to see the pictures you took. Looks like a really, really nice restaurant. It's 9:45 a.m. as I write this and I want to sample some of those beers.

    We're going to have to plant a couple of fruit trees today that have arrived but after more (!) rain last night, not much else is going to get done outside today. Gray so far but maybe if we get some sun, tomorrow will be an outside day. I'm like you in that there are so many outside first-of-the-season tasks I want to get to.

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  2. Happy Belated Birthday to your daughter. Samson does look like he knows he belongs with the family at the table (col). I like the names of the pizza & the beers ... May The 4th be with you also. Mary-Lou =^..^=

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  3. Good to see the family Jenn. Sounds like you had a good time. Thank you.

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  4. Happy birthday to your daughter! That looks like such a fun time! And I'm glad Samson got his due too, if not cake.

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  5. Nice to see you all enjoying your daughter's birthday. It was also my daughter's 42nd birthday on May 3rd and actually the first time we have not been with her - we are away house sitting for a friend. Always good to see family enjoyment.

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  6. Happy Birthday to your daughter - what a fun place to celebrate! I'd love to visit that restaurant - cool beer names too.

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  7. It is so good that the USA has finally got around to brewing good beer again. Every time I have been there it was Budweiser or nothing. I also remember the pizzas being about 24 inches across!

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    1. Oops - you are in Canada of course. Ok correction: Molson or nothing. (Sorry...)

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  8. Excellent day with your family - these special occasions are the best, aren't they!

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  9. Happy birthday to your daughter!

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  10. What a beautiful family and a beautiful Mama! Glad you all had such a nice night all together celebrating.

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  11. What a happy birthday party for a lovely young woman! May the 4th always be with her.

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  12. Sounds like a fun night was had by all! I would have ordered the lamb burger as well, I think.

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  13. What a fun night out and happy times all around! I didn't know about May the 4th but yesterday had a morning in the city learning how to crochet poorly and they were out in force (be with you!).

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  14. How much fun! What a wonderful time.

    Happy Birth Date to heršŸŒø

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  15. What a fun birthday for all of you! The food sounds delicious. We have several small breweries here. My kids like to try the beers...but beer and I do NOT like each other. Just the smell of it does me in. lol

    What great family pictures--you look beautiful!!!! xo Diana

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  16. These are SUCH GREAT PHOTOS! Oh, you all look so happy and beautiful and filled with love and joy (and pizza!). Love the names -- Absent Landlord is great! Very inventive and fun and of course I love the flights! What a special and wonderful evening. Three cheers to your lovely daughter on her birthday, too!

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  17. Absent landlord pizza? Ha ha! Did they run out of names?

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  18. looks like a wonderful time! the names are awesome too!

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  19. Aw, how sweet! Looks like such a lovely time. And the restaurant looks really nice. Happy birthday to your daughter! What a beautiful family you have.

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  20. Your daughter and my youngest sister share a birthday! What a fun group and those pizzas are amazing! You can certainly tell you are mother and daughter!

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  21. Your Daughter is pretty like you, son handsome like your hubby.
    I am not a fan of beer. I tasted it once. It is way too bitter for me.
    Happy Birthday To Your Daughter. From our house to yours.

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  22. Thanks for sharing the photos of your daughter's birthday celebration. It was really nice to "see" you and your husband, daughter, son and daughter's boyfriend. And, that food looked amazing too! Belated birthday wishes to your daughter, who is lovely as are you :-)

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  23. What a beautiful family! I am glad you had an adventure. It sure sounds like fun.

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  24. What a lovely family you have!! My daughter turned 29 on May 4th....29!! How can that be? She's now the same age as me!! :)

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  25. thanks for sharing that. I had to look up where Blythe was, as I have never heard of it. It would make a nice day trip out there for us as we are in the Barrie area.

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  26. Absent Landlord and Fly Girl! Ha! Looks like everyone had a great time

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  27. LOL Samson doesn't look too impressed ha ha! What a great outing, I love touring breweries, they are usually so much fun, the food looks great! I nearly spit out my white wine as I read "absent landlord"....that's a great name, and it describes my housing situation right now lol...our landlord is never around, I guess it's kind of a good thing, we have a lot of freedom, but when we need him it's a challenge to find him! Nice pics Jenn! :)

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  28. Okay so I love the funny pic. Yep, serious ones are good to have but the funny ones will always bring a smile. Love also that the furbabe has his place at the table, and there he sits like its a normal thing in the world and all cats sit at the table like that....SMILING over here! Looks like a great bday and lots of fun times.

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  29. What a good looking family! And looks like you had a lot of fun celebrating together!

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  30. What fun to get family together. My eldest turns 40 this year. It creeps up on you, doesn't it?!

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  31. I'm sure you had tons of fun! The cat picture in the end made my day :)

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  32. Your photos of your fun family time are fun! Such a good looking family! Love your kitty cat getting in his shot

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