Saturday, May 26, 2012

Champagne Shallot Deviled Eggs

I tried a new deviled egg recipe recently using Stonewall Kitchen's Champagne Shallot Mustard.  What motivated this original recipe was a Stonewall Kitchen challenge, however, I did not enter - I was just too busy with work and my own graduation to get my recipe entered in time.  Well, my Champagne Shallot Deviled Eggs were a huge hit!  I hope you enjoy them as much as everyone else did!


12 Eggs
1/4 + 1 tablespoon of cup Hellmann's mayonnaise
2 tablespoons Stonewall Kitchen Champagne Shallot mustard
1 teaspoon hot sauce (I use Franks)
1 teaspoon parsley (dried or fresh)
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Paprika (for dusting)


1. Cook and peel the eggs while warm, slice in half and scoop out the yolks.

2. Set the white egg half's on a paper towel to absorb any extra moisture.

3. Put the yolks in a separate bowl and mash, I use a pastry cutter to mash the yolks.

4. Add the mayo, mustard, hot sauce, parsley, salt and pepper mix.

5. Refrigerate mix for 15 minutes.

6. Add all the mixture to a plastic bag, cut off the tip and squeeze out and fill the white egg half's, sprinkle with paprika and E-N-J-O-Y!

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Appreciation . . .

Did you know it was "Teacher Appreciation Week" this week?  It runs from May 8th through the 11th.  As a teacher, I can tell you we love receiving notes and hearing from parents. This week I was fortunate to receive a couple nice notes from parents.

Our PTO put on a lovely and delicious luncheon for us last Friday!  Today our principal gave us a beautiful plant and useful gifts - all unexpected, and all appreciated!

If you appreciate a teacher, your former, or your childs, please take a moment to acknowledge him/her by writing a note to him/her - you won't believe how much she'll appreciate it.

“The highest result of education is tolerance.” ~ Helen Keller 

Let's have some fun, please reply with your answers!

1. Who was your favorite teacher(s)? 
2. What grade did they teach?
3. What subject was your favorite?
4. Were you the "teacher's pet?"
5. Who do you remember as the nuttiest teacher?
6. Who was your toughest teacher?
7. If you ran into your favorite teacher what would you sat to her/him?
8. Were you ever called to the principal's office for being naughty?

My Answers!
1. Sr. Mary Coleman
2. 5th Grade
3. History
4. In 5th grade
5. Miss Kilroy
6. Sister Mary Immaculate (the thoughts of that woman still scare me to this day!)
7. Thank you for being kind and for encouraging me to be curious.
8. Nope, not once!

Student/Teacher Jokes!  Enjoy!!
IDIOTS (Teacher appreciation jokes) 
"If there are any idiots in the room, will they please stand up" said the sarcastic teacher. After a long silence, one freshman rose to his feet. "Now then mister, why do you consider yourself an idiot?" enquired the teacher with a sneer. "Well, actually I don't," said the student, "but I hate to see you standing up there all by yourself." 

Sunday, May 6, 2012

14 Hands

Sometimes I wish I had 14 hands! What I did find recently was a delicious red wine called "14 Hands". I had this in my wine rack and cracked it open after scraping wallpaper for hours with my sister - she loved it too!  

In honor of yesterday's Kentucky Derby I thought I'd share one of my most recent finds "Hot to Trot" and a favorite!  Also, I'm not a gambler, but one of the people I work with is always running pools, so I handed over $20.00, left work forgetting to find out who I had, and my horse won!!!  My horse's name "I'll Have Another"  LOL!!!

14 Hands is one of Washington state's best kept secrets! As advertised on their website, the inspiration for 14 Hands wines recalls a time when wild mustangs once freely roamed the hills of eastern Washington State. 

These small horses, measuring a scant 14 hands high - a “hand” being equivalent to a man’s palm width and how horses were measured then (it took me a moment to connect the name of the wine and the horses) would travel down from the hills every day to drink from the mighty Columbia River and graze upon the luscious waist high grasses along the riverbank, and then retreat back up into the hills to cool off at night. Strong and tenacious, these little horses became known for their endurance and were revered around the world.

This unique and beautiful landscape that gave these unbridled horses their spirit and tenacity now feeds our vines. With loamy-sand and gravel soils, these hills require a strong and determined grapevine, and our 14 Hands vines revel in this unique and world class terroir. With the fruit from these tenacious vines, 14 Hands wines are handcrafted into big, bold, juicy fruit forward reds and crisp, fruit forward white wines that are laced with the unbridled spirit and legend of the region.

I love the history behind this wine and I wonder if any of those wild horses roam about today.   If you try it, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

If you're lucky enough to receive wine through the mail, you can order on-line.  Also, here's another wine website that offers "specials" throughout the day!  WTSO (Wines Till Sold Out)

*I have not been compensated by this company, I just like their wine!

"Unbridled Spirit Discover Washington’s Best Kept Secret." 14 Hands Winery : Unbridled Freedom. Web. 06 May 2012. .