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Cindy’s Cheese Dip Recipe

2 – 8 oz packages of cream cheese, softened
2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1 package ranch dressing
1/2 cup beer

Combine ingredients well and bake at 350F until hot & bubbly. Serve with crackers or chips for dipping. Share with tweeps.


I went to a tweet-up the other day. Have you ever been to one? If not, I do

recommend attending or hosting one. This tweet-up was hosted by my long time

friend, Cindy. I’ve known for about 17 years. She is my fun-loving,

serious when-you-need-to-get-real friend, and I love her. So, when  Cindy said,

“Hey, Deanna, you should come to this tweet-up at my place.” I asked, “How

high?” I knew it would be fun. And it was. Cindy said Chris down in Oregon really wanted to meet all of his Seattle

tweeps (friends from Twitter) IRL (in real life) so they planned the tweet-up (a

get-together for friends from Twitter so they can meet in real life). Without a second

thought, I packed up my saucy balsamic burgers and headed to Renton.

It was so inspiring to hear everyone’s life stories and more about each of their sweet

families. We all had a lot in common yet enough differences to make for enlightening

conversation. Little did Cindy and her husband Greg know that they would end up hosting

conversations about Oreo Castles and someone’s idea of having his ashes placed in an

hour-glass egg timer after he passes. BTW (by the way), KC, a very happy birthday to

you today! Appropriate timing? I think yes.

KC  was very well-rounded, likable and intelligent. He

was partially home-schooled. My partially home-schooled son thanks you for being so

cool. There is now hope for him. Did I mention, KC also takes teasing very well?

I can’t wait to see what photos you will take with that awesome camera of yours. Totally


Keri was the sweetest thing. I love her already and she has one of the best blog

names I’ve ever seen. She’s a positive, upbeat person – the kind of lady I would

like to do coffee with everyday.

One of the signs of a successful tweet-up for me is when everyone agrees that

they’d like to meet again soon and they want to bring their friends next time. That

occurred.  Then again, this might have been due to  Cindy’s yummy cheese dip (recipe

below) and sweet hospitality. That is, if you don’t count the part when she shut me inside

her pantry when I was putting her handiwrap away for her. Honest, her husband

Greg witnessed it. Greg was on his way out the door to officiate a funeral. Personal

side note: When one is saying goodbye to someone who is leaving to officiate a funeral

service, one should not say, “Have fun!”  Must create an appropriate goodbye for such

an occasion.

Thank you again, Chris, for driving all the way from Portlandia to visit with us. I still

think Portland folks are weird but, you know, in a good way. I’ll be tweeting you for the

can’t miss places to go in your area when I visit Voo Doo Doughnuts soon.

The best part of the day was the tweeps.

And creating this:


Which, according to David will someday be this:



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7 Responses

  1. You, my friend – are SO CLEVER! I LOVE THIS!!! Must feature on my blog!

    • The Clever Culinarian

      Thank you so much for the feature, Cindy! Thank you too for hosting this fun get-together! I look forward to hanging out in your pantry again soon.

  2. […] wonderful adventure – my good friend, Deanna has written about it in the following article. Egg timers, Oreo Castles and Twitter…with Cindy’s delicious cheese dip.  I thought it was so clever – so I invite you to check it out. In the article – […]

  3. Deanna, simply AMAZING! What a brilliant post! It was so much fun to get to know you and the others. I look forward to our next meetup.

    • The Clever Culinarian

      Thank you, David. I look forward to the next one as well. What a great group of talented people we have!

  4. You are simply amazing. This was a brilliant post. I thoroughly enjoyed your cleverness and craftiness of how you put it all together. You are clearly one hip, talented lady.
    I was really glad to meet you and hang out. Looking forward to our next one.

    • The Clever Culinarian

      I’m not as hip as those people in Portland but I try. 🙂 Thank you, friend. I look forward to the next tweet-up too!

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