Top of the Morning March 18

ART + HUMOR + RECIPES FOR CHILE RELLENO CASSEROLE + PICKLED ONIONS + COCONUT CREAM PIE + ROBOTIC SPY PIG JOINS THE FAMOUS SWIMMING PIGS + SUPER COOL CLEANING HACKS + INSIDE SCOOP OF HOW SOME CELEBRITIES CAME UP WITH THEIR STAGE NAMES

Monday morning greetings, amazing readers!

How was your weekend?  Mine was chill and a little chilly and wet.  Rained off and on past two days.  Great for the yard and plants.

Fantastic line-up of cool fun + interestings for you to check out today.

Beginning with:

35 BRILLIANT CLEANING HACKS
Yep, I know, I’ve presented cleaning hacks in the past — however, this one has additional ones I did not know about.  I think I’m very keen on a dishwasher tablet to help clean ovens and toilets!

ATTENTION!  Saluting General Sherman
Majestic.  Unbelievable.  Just WOW!  And the read of these old beauties is pretty much unforgettable.

THE FASCINATING STORIES BEHIND CELEBRITY NAMES
I’m so not *star* struck working in the Motion Picture Industry for a long period of time.  But — I did find it kinda fun to read how some celebrities came up with their “stage names.”  My fav takeaways were Jackie Chan, LL Cool J and Whoopie Goldberg.

WHY WE SHOULD KEEP OYSTER SAUCE IN OUR ‘FRIDGES
Has my full attention and it’s on my shopping list.  The hook to me was, “If you want to make any dish taste better just add oyster sauce.”  I’m in and can’t wait to add a little or a little more to some of my dishes around here.

HOW WE SHOULD EAT OUR EGGS IN THE MORNING BASED ON OUR ZODIAC SIGNS
Just when we thought we’d read everything regarding our Zodiac sign — here comes a new one.  Ha!
I disagree with mine – Leo – I’m a die-hard fan of eggs cooked hard, poached eggs cooked hard, scrambled eggs and omelets.  I just can’t do the runny yolk thing.  My sisters loved the runny yolks oozing all over their breakfast plates and dipping toast in it.  You?

RECIPES (!)
CHILE RELLENO CASSEROLE
Hello!  Easy-breezy way to prepare my favorite item on any Mexican restaurant menu.  I don’t care if it’s Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner – I search for Chile Rellenos.  Cheese, please!
HENRY’S CRISPY FRIED CHICKEN BURGER
Absolutely looks TDF!  And I’m a total believer in how Nagi prepares the fabulous, crispy coating.
PICKLED RED ONIONS
Gotta read the recipe to discover all of the everything that loves to be topped and accessorized with pickled onions.  Have a jar in my ‘fridge right now I made today.
MOSAIC JELLO
What a beautiful, light refreshing dessert to make and serve as the hot months approach!  I’m already thinking of how many different jello colors and flavors that I will customize as my “signature” jello art piece.
CREAMY DEVILED EGG DIP
Tap my shoulder if you don’t love deviled eggs.  I adore them + egg salad sandwiches – and THIS recipe for a deviled egg dip comes sliding in to home plate just before summer and Easter!  What’s not to fall in instant love with?
HOMEMADE COCONUT CREAM PIE
My mom’s favorite pie is Coconut Cream Pie.
This particular recipe celebrates the *star* COCONUT from bottom to top!

ROBOTIC “SPY” PIG
Is quite entertaining and captivating.  How did the pig-maker do it so well – that it interacted with the pigs and could swim?

THINK YOU’RE HAVING A BAD DAY
Totally puts everything in perspective.  Poor guy!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME + ENERGY + LOVE + SHARING

HAVE A GREAT WEEK!
Catch ya Wednesday
Same time
Same place

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THINK YOU’RE HAVING A BAD DAY?  THINK AGAIN.

A man was working on his motorcycle on his patio and his wife was in the kitchen of the house.  The man was racing the engine on the motorcycle and somehow, the motorcycle slipped into gear.  The man still holding the handlebars was dragged through a glass patio door and along with the motorcycle dumped onto the floor inside the house.

The wife, hearing the crash, ran into the dining room and found her husband laying on the floor, cut and bleeding, the motorcycle laying next to him and the patio door shattered.

The wife ran to the phone and summoned an ambulance.

Because they lived on a fairly large hill, the wife went down the several flights of long steps to the street to direct the paramedics to her husband.

After the ambulance arrived and transported the husband to the hospital, the wife up-righted the motorcycle and pushed it outside.  Seeing that gas had spilled on the floor, the wife obtained some paper towels, blotted up the gasoline and threw the towels in the toilet.

The man was treated at the hospital and was released to come home.  Arriving home, he looked at the shattered patio door and the damage done to his motorcycle.  He became despondent, went into the bathroom, sat on the toilet and smoked a cigarette.  After finishing the cigarette, he flipped it between his legs into the toilet bowl while still seated.

The wife, who was in the kitchen, heard a loud explosion and her husband screaming.  She ran into the bathroom and found her husband lying on the floor.  His trousers had been blown away and he was suffering burns on the buttocks, the back of his legs and his groin.

The wife again ran to the phone and called for an ambulance.

The same ambulance crew was dispatched and the wife met them at the street.

The paramedics loaded the husband on the stretcher and began carrying him to the street.  While they were going down the stairs to the street, accompanied by the wife, one of the paramedics asked her how the husband had burned himself.

She told them and the paramedics started laughing so hard that one of them tipped the stretcher and dumped the husband out.  He fell down the remaining steps and broke his arm.

Now THAT, dear friends, is a truly bad day.

~  From my saved email collection dated January 1, 2000

THERE ARE THREE WAYS TO ULTIMATE SUCCESS.
THE FIRST WAY IS TO BE KIND.
THE SECOND WAY IS TO BE KIND.
THE THIRD WAY IS TO BE KIND.
~ FRED ROGERS ~

7 replies
  1. Z says:

    You had me at “Coconut Cream Pie”. The words leapt out at me from your title this morning and I was all-in. But then all today’s recipes tantalized my taste buds, including those using oyster sauce which I’ve never tried before but surely will now. Yummy start to the week!

    Thank you!!!

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  2. Carol says:

    I laughed out loud at the sad plight of the poor guy in “bad day” – which certainly wasn’t in keeping with Fred Rogers’ admonition to be kind – but I just couldn’t help myself at the mental images!

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    • Cheryl Clarson says:

      Hi Carol –

      I’m with ya – the funny story was H*I*L*A*R*I*O*U*S1

      If I was a betting girl (which I’m not – ha) I’d bet Fred Rogers would have laughed out loud about the “bad day”.

      How could he not?

      Grateful for you time + love + engaging!

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  3. Marty says:

    I won the prize, well it feels like I won the prize in recipes! Today’s Daymaker, Chili Relleno Casserole, is perfect for my Thursday morning women’s gathering. The rule is we all take turns bringing food however I have a beast of a time figuring out what to take. Problem solved! I will prepare the Chili Relleno ingredients the day before and then on Thursday morning mix it up and pop it in the oven. Smiles.

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