Monday, May 18, 2009

My T.G.I.F. email just moved to Monday this week and I’m REALLY sorry because there was some Breaking News that you may have missed….Friday was National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!

Now that may not rank high up on Google or Yahoo but in our world the Working Girls spoke of nothing else while we packed wine club shipments all day Friday (that’s why no email, I was pooped.)

So, I started the day asking Molly and Lisa what was their favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie? You know what brand, what store… they looked at me like “what planet are you from?”

Molly said it best, “Kathy, the best chocolate chip cookies are the ones you make, especially if you’re baking with girlfriends or family, especially my grandkids”.

Molly continued, “my favorite is oatmeal chocolate chip. Then she sighed and smiled… well maybe oatmeal double chocolate chip warm out of the oven”. She almost had a reverent look on her face. Lisa’s favorite was to add cherries and almonds to basically the same recipe.

Well, that’s all I could think of this weekend. I craved warm cookies. And, geez all I got was Cooking Stress! We all know I don’t cook but now I’m going to learn.

Friday night I had to make do with chocolate chips out of bag and, of course, our 2005 Syrah.

Oh yeah, I asked Lisa which one of our wines would she pair with chocolate chip cookies and she said incredulously, “Any of them!”

So I have a deal,

  1. Email me your best chocolate chip cookie recipe and why it should become the official cookie of us Working Girls. Pictures are always appreciated.
  2. Include the name of your favorite Olympic Cellars wine that you would pair with your cookies, you are not limited to the Working Girl Wines
  3. Please include your full contact information.
  4. Molly, Lisa and I will judge the entries. I’ll even learn to bake…
  5. The winning recipe will be posted on our website and a Working Girl Goodie box full of lots of great items from our gift shop and the wine you “paired” with your cookies will be shipped to the winner.
  6. Deadline for entries: Sunday May 31
  7. Winner announced: Wednesday, June 17

Sound like a plan…

T.G.I.F. on Monday

Cheers, Kathy

P.s. If you need a really good wine to do some sample pairing, remember our double gold medal (or is that double chocolate) 2005 Syrah is our featured 30th Anniversary Wine in May.

Anniversary Price $17.49, regular price $24.99.
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Monday, May 11, 2009


Ralph and I were heading out the door and as usual my husband picked up his wallet and put two quarters in his pocket.

I don’t know why today I decided to ask…

“Honey, why do you always put two quarters in your pocket?” He just stood there for a minute with a puzzled look on his face, then replied “My Mom always told me to in case I was in trouble and needed to call home.”

Laughing we realized we didn’t even know how much it cost to use a pay phone and if we needed one… could we find one in a hurry?

We both paused, each in our own world with a distant look and a smile on our face, thinking about our Moms.

Of course, Ralph couldn’t resist… “What did your Mom always say?”

At first, all I could think about was my Grandmother who told me always to put on clean underwear in case I was in an accident. Even as I kid I found that pretty silly.

Well that started it… back and forth, till we were almost crying with laughter.

Some of our favorite Mom-isms!

  • Do you want me to call your Dad?
  • Turn off the lights, do you think we live in a barn!
  • Don’t make me stop this car!
  • If everyone else jumped off a cliff, would you?
  • Eat your vegetables, there are starving kids in China.
  • Put that down, you don’t know where it’s been!
  • Kathleen Ann… if I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a thousand times…

I’m going to finish this last Mom-ism.

Kathleen Ann… if I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a thousand times how much I Love You.

That’s what I remember most.
Happy Mother’s Day, Kathy