HAPPY GOOD FRIDAY

Top of the Morning April 10

Hello friends – and hello Good Friday,

I was invited by my friend, Carol, last Sunday to a truly remarkable event.  Super cool + delicious + classy.

It was a wine and olive oil pairing at Cassaro Winery and Vineyard.  Totally check out their outstanding here – Cassaro Wines.

The event’s description:

“The Cassaro exclusive olive oil and wine pairing will feature four olive oils including, Italiano with traditional herbs and spices, Burroso Aglio with a buttery garlic flavor, Pepato Bistecca which has a pepper flavor to enhance beef dishes, and the spicy Rosso Piccante which will add zest to any meal.  Each olive oil will be paired with an award-winning Cassaro wine.  Guests will also be served samples of olive oil based dishes to complete the pairing.  Each of the four olive oils will be available for purchase at the conclusion of the tasting.” What a treat the whole experience was.  Wines were excellent, sample dishes with the four different olive oils were incredible and dipping fresh baguette slices on all of the tables for dipping = superb.

Thanks again, Carol, for the invitation and hat tip to Cassaro Winery and Vineyard for superior products and having the artistic vision for such a fantastic event(s).

PICTURE LINE UP:

#1

MEET MY FRIENDS CAROL AND TOBY

They have been wine club members of Cassaro’s since around week 2 of its grand opening. Toby and Carol are strong, genuine supporters and cheerleaders of local businesses they find of interest + value + quality + fantastic concepts & products.

#2

CHECK OUT THE WELL DESIGNED, DESCRIPTIVE PLACE SETTINGS AT THE EVENT

#3

MY PURCHASE FROM THE EVENT

2 bottles of excellent wine (Merlot and Riesling) and 3 olive oils.  Notice that attached to the side of the olive oil bottle is its specific spice tube.

Spices are added when the bottle is opened and ready to use.  Ensuring the olive oils/spices are at their very finest.  Genius.

#4

PIC OF ANOTHER EVENT CASSARO’S HOSTS:

Totally read the back story.  At the bottom of the posting.  Fascinating.

Deviled egg variations are a lot of delicious fun!

5 songs for today are mellow and chill.  A kick-back listen.  Hope you have time …

As always, thanks for dropping by and giving us a read.  Grateful.

Take care.  Happy Easter.  See ya Monday.

My Friends Carol And Toby
Wednesday Reader April 7
Wine Merlot and Riesling
Wednesday Reader April 7

QUICK QUESTION

WHAT WOULD YOU PUT IN A TIME CAPSULE?

 

DEAR ANNIE
BY ANNIE LANE

SON’S CELLPHONE IS A ‘LITERAL LIFELINE’

Dear Annie:

I very much enjoyed your recent column called “Doctor Who Knows” regarding parents’ cellphone use.  I’m a mom to a merry band of beautiful young children.  One of those children has Type 1 Diabetes in addition to other health-related problems that impact the care of his Type 1.  We are privileged to live in a time where I can monitor his blood glucose 24/7 via a cellphone app, and keep track of active insulin in his system via another cellphone app.

With all his health condition s, outings out of the house can be a bit of a “box of chocolates” in that I’m  never quite sure that day whether adrenaline is going to run his blood sugar higher or spontaneous activity will make him crash.  Therefore, I’m vigilant about checking these apps every 10-15 minutes when we’re out and about to see how he’s trending and to keep ahead of any potential crises.

I take a few quick glances and get back to activity at hand, but to an outsider, this might appear as if I’m obsessively checking my phone and disconnecting from my kids.  On the contrary, I’m checking my phone in order to keep us all happy and healthy.  And if my child is not with me?  I check my phone just as often in order to give caregivers advice.

By the way, this system only works because we’ve needed to get him a cellphone, too.  Glucose readings go from his cellphone app into mine.  Because he’s so young, we’ve disabled most things on his cellphone besides necessary health apps and calling/texting.  But it brings up another key point:  I admit that I used to be one of those judgmental people when it came to seeing young children carrying around cellphones of their own.  But his diagnosis changed me, and now I realize that I cannot judge if I don’t have all the facts at hand.

Do I love living life connected to devices?  No, not at all.  But at the same time, they’re literal lifelines for us, so we take them for what they’re worth and limit our technology as much as we can within the confines of what we’re able to do.

Thanks, Annie!  ~ A “Connected Mom”

Dear Connected Mom:

Thank you for your letter.  You bring up such an important point, and I hope it brings awareness to others to not be so quick to judge if a mother or father is constantly checking their phone.  The most important person who you are trying to model good behavior for is your children, and they know the difference between scrolling endlessly on your phone and using your phone for important medical information.  Things are rarely black and white, and you just showed how technology has lots of shades of gray.

~ Send your questions for Annie Lane to dearannie@creators.com
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DEVILED EGGS OUTSIDE-THE-RECIPE-BOX VARIATIONS

Holidays, barbecues and picnics go hand in hand with stuffed eggs!  Watch these disappear like magic.

BASIC DEVILED EGGS RECIPE
16 DEVILED EGG HALVES

  • 8 hard cooked eggs, peeled and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup good quality mayonnaise
  • 1 TBSP Dijon mustard
  • 3 TBSP fresh parsley, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste

Peel boiled eggs, rinse.  Carefully cut in half and remove yolks.  Place yolks in a bowl and mash with a fork.  Add remaining ingredients and mix until smooth.  Stuff the cavities of egg “whites” with the mashed yolk mixture.  Chill before serving.

FUN SPINS ON DEVILED EGG “FILLINGS”

  • BBQ SCRAMBLE
    TO PREPARED MASHED YOLKS ADD:
    1 TBSP BBQ sauce * 1 TBSP minced dill pickles * 2 TBSP sweet red onion, also minced
  • RED AND GREEN
    TO PREPARED MASHED YOLKS ADD:
    2 TBSP minced red bell pepper * 2 TBSP minced cilantro * 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • SOMETHING FISHY
    TO PREPARED MASHED YOLKS ADD:
    3 TBSP grated onion * 2 tsp anchovy paste * 1 TBSP capers * 2 tsp fresh dill, minced * 2 tsp chives, finely chopped
  • LIL SMOKIES
    TO PREPARED MASHED YOLKS:
    Omit mustard from basic recipe * Add 4 TBSP Ranch dressing * 1 TBSP canned chipotles, mashed until like a puree * 1 green onion, minced, 1/4 cup cheddar cheese, fine grated
  • ALASKAN CATCH
    TO PREPARED MASHED YOLKS:
    Omit mustard from basic recipe * Add 2 TBSP mayonnaise * 1/4 cup smoked salmon, finely chopped * 2 TBSP finely minced red onion * 1 TBSP fresh dill, minced, 1 TBSP lemon juice
  • SEASIDE CRAWLERS
    TO PREPARED MASHED YOLKS:
    1/4 cup finely chopped crabmeat * 1 TBSP fresh lemon juice
  • NUTTY BUDDIES
    TO PREPARED MASHED YOLKS:
    2 TBSP toasted and finely chopped pecan pieces * 2 TBSP fresh chives, minced

~ Hippie Cowboy recipe box

MUSIC FOR YOUR EARS

BUNNY KISSES AND EASTER WISHES

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND

2 replies
  1. Marty says:

    Loved the recap of the olive oil at your recent winery visit plus all the 5 for Friday music selections. I recorded it onto my Iphone and am listening to it while cleaning our flower beds following our long winter rains. How about more info on your zinnia seed planting? That sounds enjoyable to watch its daily progress of seed to flower. It’s reminding me of grade school days when we would place a bean seed on our very own wet paper towel. Many smiles.

    • Cheryl clarson says:

      Hi Marty –

      Super happy you are enjoying all. Thank you.

      Yes, zinnia seeds! I’ll keep ya posted. They’re poking their tiny green heads out of the soil. Very cool.

      Many smiles back to you, Daymaker!

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