Life in the not so Fast Lane, or How do you mend a broken heart leg?


January 19, 2018

Life in the NOT so Fast Lane,
or How do you Mend a 
Broken heart Leg?

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I learn to get around on my nifty knee scooter clad in my “loose clothes”,
as Kali (dog) inspects the new device.

Dear Readers,
I wish for you a happy and healthy 2018!  My own 2018 has started out a bit differently than I had imagined, complete with a broken leg (my right one), thanks to a slip on the ice.  This means, no weight-bearing on the broken leg, now enveloped in a “stylish” orthopedic boot (in basic black, of course) for a total of four weeks! God willing, all will heal properly and I will then progress to walking in the boot for two additional weeks. Most likely, physical therapy will round out this medical scenario.

Crutches

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The crutches and I are not on friendly terms.

It became very apparent early on, that this pair of crutches and I were not going to be good friends.  Although, I have seen (on TV) countless football players on the NFL sidelines using these aids with ease, I realized that my upper arm strength was not comparable to theirs.  Not to mention, the keen balance one must have while manuveuring this pair of disagreeable “pogo sticks”.

The Knee Scooter

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A great invention: the knee scooter!

Fortunately, my doctor had the foresight to prescribe a knee scooter for me. Making my way around the house instantly became much easier, and less hazardous. Did the inventor of the knee scooter win the Noble Prize?  He/she should have! (Note to self,  put the lock on each time I stop, so I do not inadvertently move!)

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The knee scooter + pillows also makes a great prop for my leg when I am blogging! :o)

Other  Obstacles

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My Mount Everest: the stairs.

In addition to the challenge of “walking” about, there are other obstacles.  I live in a two-story home with no shower downstairs, and our bed/bedroom upstairs.  

Stairs

It is interesting how one’s perspective changes in the face of injury.  Our stairway to the second floor now suddenly seems comparable to scaling the face of Mount Everest! Scooting up (and down)  the stairs on my backside presented only half the battle. (Note to self, do not wait until I am tired to perform the herculean task of ascending the stairs!) Upon reaching the summit,  I then must hoist my way back up from the sitting position.  After much experimentation, my hubby and I devised a plan involving the use of a series of chairs/stools to get me back upright.

Bathroom and Shower

Bathrooms became more “broken leg accessible” with grab bars installed by Dale (Hubby). Also, with the addition of grab bars and a shower chair, showering again became a possibility. (Everyone say Hooray! :o))

Getting comfortable

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Double cushions help when sitting at the kitchen table.

I soon learned that getting comfortable might be a challenge. I found that first, loose clothing is a must for comfort and movability. The use of extra cushions on chairs to sit on, and pillows to prop up my leg are also very helpful.  In bed, placing a long pillow under my leg helps me to sleep, with a lightweight blanket over the top.

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A pillow underneath my leg makes bedtime more comfortable.

Thankful

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The view from my kitchen window.

 I am basically housebound as I convalesce.  For the next few weeks, this is my new normal. I must confess, for the first few days I was rather weepy,  (I am not normally a weepy type of gal.) but as I have settled into my new daily routine, I am beginning to feel like my “old self” once again.  I have a lot to be thankful for. My husband has been a wonderful caretaker, my son has pitched in, too.  Through the miracle of Facebook I have had many well wishes, in addition to numerous calls, FaceTime, emails, texts, and snail mail from family and friends.  I have a wonderful view out my back window, as I gaze at the squirrels scurrying up the trees, and the birds flying carelessly about. Through the magic of television, I am entertained by the classic movies and classic TV programs that I love. Hey, I now even have time to delve into that 600 page John Wayne biography that I bought awhile back. The world is looking brighter!

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I am currently on page 114 of this 600 page book.

Looking Ahead

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I look ahead to the new year.

I have a couple things “on the stove” for this year, in regards to I’m Annette that I would like to share with you.

Guest Blogger

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Look, soon, for a guest blog by blogger and cookbook author Jenny Hammerton.
Her blog Silver Screen Suppers features classic movie stars’ recipes.
Jenny has written Cooking with Joan Crawford, a cookbook of classic stars,
and her new book, Cooking with Columbo , is soon to be for sale.
(I am proud to be in the acknowledgments for this book!)

Cooking with Mickey

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In 2018, I/ I’m Annette  will be working my way through the vintage Disney cookbook
Cooking with Mickey Around Our World, the most requested recipe from
Walt Disney World and Disneyland.
I will share the recipes with you,
and give my feedback about Mickey’s creations.

No worries, I will still share other items such as travel and movie fun,
when the mood and moment strikes.

E-Cookbook

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Still in the planning stages, I wish to create an e-cookbook, including those recipes that have been featured in this blog and more, so that I might share them with you,
my readers.

A blog post about having a broken leg, that I found helpful.

http://themomcafe.com/ten-tips-for-the-woman-in-a-leg-cast/

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One week down and three to go!
I look forward to being two-footed once again.

Your prayers for my continued healing are much appreciated!

Thanks for reading,
Annette

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I’m Annette usually posts every other week.  Look for my next post on Thursday, January 25.

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 This cheerful bouquet of flowers sits on my kitchen counter.
They were a gift from my hubby after my mishap.

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It’s Christmas Time! Enjoy These Often-Missed Yuletide Movies

December 14, 2017

It’s Christmas Time!
Enjoy These Often-Missed Yuletide Movies

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Isn’t this precious?
Doesn’t this photo epitomize the wonder that is Christmastime?

 December 2015  
Old Ellicott City, MD
 Siddalee Photography

This photo is shared with you through the generosity and permission of Siddalee Photography.  
Thank you!!!!
 www.siddaleephotography.com

It’s Christmastime!  I love it all: the gathering of family and friends, the sparkling Christmas decorations and beautiful nativity scenes, the Christmas carols, the delicious holiday food and snacks, ….  Also, at the top of my list, is gathering by the fireplace, and watching with family members, those special Christmas movies each year. Today I share a few lesser-known Yuletide gems that have become my favorites.  I hope that you, too, might discover a new Christmas favorite, or two among them! ( The DVD photos below were taken today, near various Christmas decorations throughout my home.)  Merry Christmas!

Do Not Miss These Yuletide Gems

The Bishop’s Wife
(1947)

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Cary Grant stars as an angel in this magical Christmas film.  Need I say more?!  :o) Grant/the angel is sent to assist the bishop (David Niven) and his wife (Loretta Young) at Christmastime.  Karolyn Grimes stars as the bishop’s daughter.  (You may recognize her from a better-know Christmas classic, It’s a Wonderful Life with Grimes as Zuzu.) This wonderful film was remade in 1996 as The Preacher’s Wife.

Borrowed Hearts
(1997)

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Originally made for TV, this sweet film stars Roma Downey as, Kathleen, a single mother who is hired by her boss (Eric McCormack), to pose as his wife temporarily, to impress a business associate (Hector Elizondo) at Christmastime.
Sarah Rosen Fruitman plays Zoey, Kathleen’s precious daughter.

Christmas in Connecticut
(1945)

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Probably the best known on this list of movies, Barbara Stanwyck stars as journalist Elizabeth Lane, known for her culinary skills. Although, America delight in Lane’s recipes, laced with stories of her idyllic family life in the country, in actuality she is a fraud. Hilarity ensues when Lane’s unaware editor (Sydney Greenstreet) invites a WWII hero to Lane’s house for Christmas and some good home cooking.
S.Z. (Cuddles) Sakall is wonderful as Felix. This film was remade in 1992 with Dyan Cannon. 

Come to the Stable
(1949)

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Loretta Young and Celeste Holm star as nuns in this charming Christmas film.
Naive and without funds, yet ever faithful, the pair come from France with plans
to build a children’s hospital in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Dooley Wilson
(Sam from Casablanca) also stars.

Holiday Affair
(1949)

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In this post-war romantic comedy, a young Janet Leigh plays a widow, Connie Ennis with a young son (played by Gordon Gebert). Through chance, Robert Mitchum meets the young widow at Christmastime, and takes a keen interest, even though she is engaged (to Wendell Corey). This was remade for television in 1996 under the same title.

Holiday Inn
(1942)

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White Christmas, Bing Crosby’s signature Christmas song, all started here!  Crosby stars as an entertainer who retires from show business to open an inn that is only open for holidays.  Fred Astaire is his friend, and at time humorous advisory, in this film.  Check out Astaire’s 4th of July dance, complete with fire crackers!

Listen to White Christmas here.

It Happened on 5th Avenue
(1947)

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Don Defore (He grew up in Iowa like me!) stars as Jim, a post-war veteran in need of housing in a crowded New York City.  Upon a chance meeting, McKeever, invites Jim to room with him. Jim finds himself living in a boarded up mansion, soon with others joining them.  Little does Jim know, that one of his fellow residents is the actual owner of the home, living incognito.

For a free printable of a quote from this movie, click here.

The Lemon Drop Kid
(1951)

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Based on a Damon Runyon short story, Bob Hope stars in this Christmas comedy with a heart.  Hope’s character, the Lemon Drop Kid, accidentally ends up owing a mobster $10,000, that is due by Christmas Eve.  To raise the funds, the Lemon Drop Kid tricks his friends into dressing as bell-ringing Santas, convincing them that they are collecting money for the “Nellie Thursday Home For Old Dolls”. In addition to the witty Bob Hope one-liners, listen for the very first performance of the holiday classic “Silver Bells” performed by Hope and Marilyn Maxwell.

Listen to Silver Bells here.

The Man Who Came to Dinner
(1942)

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This quick-paced comedy stars Monty Wooley (also seen in The Bishop’s Wife) as radio personality Sheridan Whiteside, and Bette Davis as his assistant.  Whiteside, while visiting in Ohio, slips on the ice of the Stanley home (Mrs. Stanley is played by Billie Burke who was Glinda in The Wizard of Oz) and becomes their unwelcome houseguest. Check out the live penguins, too!

Nativity
(2009)

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If you haven’t seen this, the newest film on this list, I highly encourage you to do so! This British film is a fun one!  Martin Freeman ( of The Hobbit ) stars as Paul Maddens, a melancholy elementary teacher, who is strong-armed into heading up the annual Christmas play. Things get out of hand when Mr. Maddens lies to an old college chum, stating that Hollywood is going to film his Christmas play.

Never Say Goodbye
(1946)

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Although rarely acknowledged among holiday films, this one should be!
Errol Flynn and Eleanor Parker (Years later, she would play Baroness Schraeder in The Sound of Music) play a divorced couple and parents of  young”Flip” (played perfectly by Patti Brady), their daughter. Errol Flynn is wonderfully cast as the charmingly doting father, and looks good in a Santa suit. :o)  Listen for an uncredited voice-over by Humphrey Bogart, as Flynn’s character takes a turn at being a tough character. S. Z. (Cuddles) Sakall from Christmas in Connecticut also stars.

 I’m Annette blog posts from Christmas Past

Enjoy additional Christmas posts from my past blogs, below.
To read, just click on the blog title.

A Christmas Story Christmas
(This one includes my recipe for Christmas “Trash”)

Procrastination and Merry Christmas

Christmas in Black and White
(This one includes my recipe for Christmas Eve Stew and Chocolate Cookies)

Counting the Days til Christmas
(This one includes my recipe for Peanut Clusters)

Merry Christmas!

Thanks for reading,
Annette

To enjoy any, or all, of my past blogs and photos, click hereor go to imannette.netselecting the posts that you desire to see in the Recent Posts, or “search” in the Archives sections, on the upper right-hand side.

I’m Annette usually posts every other week.  Due to the Christmas holiday season, however, look for my next blog post on Thursday, January 9.

I would love to hear your kind comments!  Post yours in my comment section.

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My newest Christmas decor acquisition is this oversized Merry Christmas ornament. I must admit, this was an impulse buy at our local Pier 1.
Hey, it WAS on sale. :o)
You can find it here, or a similar one here.

The handmade advent tree, next to the sign, has been part of our Christmas decor for
many years.

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Cookbook Love and Loving that Thanksgiving Dressing!

November 17, 2017

 

Cookbook Love and Loving that Thanksgiving Dressing!

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I take a “selfie” in my study with some of my beloved cookbooks in the background.
I know… my selfie-taking leaves something to be desired.

I love cookbooks! While others read romance and mystery novels, I immerse myself in books filled with a myriad of ingredients and instructions required to create glorious epicurean delights. I devour (yes, that was a pun!) and collect cookbooks. Unfortunately it became too much! Over the years I amassed a cookbook library that would spur envy from even the Library of Congress!  All right, while that may be a bit of an exaggeration, I did have A LOT! So, during this past year, I have made it my mission to downsize my extensive cookbook collection, saving only those titles that I use and love. I am proud to say that I have decreased my library of gastronomy by over sixty cookbooks, so far. It is a work in progress. :o)

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Above is the Disney section of my prized cookbook collection.

Pictures, I Want Pictures!

Having perused the pages of many a cookbook, I have come to the conclusion that photos of the recipes’ end product produces the most satisfying reading. While weeding through my hefty culinary collection, I found that it was the cookbooks with accompanying photos that I wanted to keep. In fact, an employee at a local book store dealing in overstock and bargain books (books that did not sell at retail bookstores), recently verified this fact to me by stating that their own store’s cookbook selection is heavily ladened with unillustrated cookbooks. 

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Cookbooks with photos are my preference .

What?  No photo?!

With that being said, I am apologetically presenting to you my favorite Thanksgiving recipe, without photos.  I know, I know… I will, I promise, insert it in this blog post, after Thanksgiving 2017. As a peace offering, I give you this past Thanksgiving printable. 

Turkey Quote Without Frame

You can view Arthur Carlson and the iconic Thanksgiving episode of
WKRP in Cincinnati here.

Dressing or Stuffing?

My favorite Thanksgiving dish is, hands down, the dressing!  Or do you call it stuffing?  According to Huffington Post, what you call this delicious Thanksgiving side dish, depends on where you are from. I grew up in Iowa, so to me, it is dressing! Whether
your family makes it with sourdough, cornbread, sausage, oysters, chestnuts, or the million of other possible ingredients, this is the one Thanksgiving recipe that is unique to each family.  Of course, I believe that my family’s recipe is the best.  :o)

I would love to hear from you!  Does your family call it dressing or stuffing?
What are the main ingredients to your family’s recipe?
Please, put your kind comments in the comment section of this blog.  :o) 

Read the Huffington Post article on stuffing verses dressing here.

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My “BLESSED”  Rae Dunn platter sits on my kitchen counter as a reminder.  :o)

The Recipe

As a young bride in South Carolina, preparing my first Thanksgiving thirty nine years ago, I requested this dressing recipe from my mother.  I found that my mother did not have a “written-down recipe”, as (I believe) the original “recipe” was developed, while preparing Thanksgiving dinner, by my mom along with my grandmother .  (I must say that it gives a girl a good feeling to know that she comes from “good cooking'” stock! Yep, another pun! :o)) My mom wrote down her dressing recipe and sent them to me in a letter. Over the years, I have fine-tuned this recipe, and now I present it to you with my sincere  Happy Thanksgiving wishes.

Midwestern Turkey Dressing

Photo of Dressing will be inserted here!

NOTE-If drying your own breadcrumbs, begin a few days before Thanksgiving!

 

Ingredients

Turkey neck and giblets from turkey, omitting the liver
(I throw the turkey liver out.)

1/2-1 stick of butter, melted

1 onion, whole

2-3 chicken boullion

Dried bread cubes, unseasoned

(1-1+1/2 package, or 1-2 loves of bread that has been cubed and dried for 2-3 days)

Broth from roasting turkey, if possible.
(My family grills or fries, our turkey, so we do not have turkey broth.)
(If roasting turkey, add 1 cup of water to bottom before cooking, to make broth.)

1-3 (14 oz.) canned  chicken broth

1-1/2 onion, diced

Approximately 1/8-1/4 teaspoon rubbed sage

Approximately 1/8-1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning

Approximately 1/4 teaspoon celery salt

 

Approximately 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Salt to taste, if desired

 

Directions

Cover neck and giblets (Do Not use the liver!), and peeled onion with water.
Cook on stove, stirring occasionally.

When hot, add 2-3 bouillon cubes, and continue to cook until done, about 25 minutes.
Remove from heat.  Saving broth and onion, remove neck and giblets to cool.

Chop up giblets and strip neck of meat.

Place bread cubes in a large bowl.

Add neck meat and giblets with the broth that they were cooked in, and the cooked onion, to the dried bread cubes.

Add half of a chopped onion, sage, poultry seasoning, celery salt, pepper, and optional salt, along with half a stick of melted butter.

Add just enough broth off the cooking turkey (if you are roasting a turkey), or canned broth, to moisten the cubes, until the bread is just sticking together, but not soaking.
Add enough broth to make moist, but not soaked consistency.

Taste and adjust seasoning to your taste. (It usually takes a couple of tastings before I get it right. :o))

Stuff turkey the last hour of roasting, or put into greased casserole, in 325 degree oven, covering to keep dressing moist.

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Above are two printables from last year’s post,
 Pumpkin Pie from Scratch, You Say?!

Thanksgiving Posts of Yore

Enjoy additional Thanksgiving posts from my past blogs, below.
To read just click on the blog title.

Is Thanksgiving Over Already?!
(This one includes my Thanksgiving menu, and many recipes.)

Autumn is a Mellow Time of Year?!  

Annette’s Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving 

Pumpkin Pie from Scratch, You Say?!

A Fun, Day After Thanksgiving, Visit to the National Air and Space Museum

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This sign always comes out for Thanksgiving at my house.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanks for reading,
Annette

To enjoy any, or all, of my past blogs and photos, click hereor go to imannette.netselecting the posts that you desire to see in the Recent Posts, or “search” in the Archives sections, on the upper right-hand side.

I’m Annette usually posts every other week.  Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, however, look for my next blog post on Thursday, December 7.

I would love to hear your kind comments!  Post yours in my comment section.

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I made this chocolate doughnut Mayflower with my young grand daughter last year. 
For instructions to make your own, and have an excuse to eat mini chocolate doughnuts, click here. :o)

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Autumn, the Comfy Cozy Time of Year

November 7, 2017

Autumn, the Comfy Cozy Time of Year

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I am happy to be on a neighborhood stroll (last week),
enjoying my favorite time of year-FALL!

It is a rainy, autumn day here today in Maryland, as I pen my latest blog post
to you. .. 

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The view from my front door today.

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Mr. (Pumpkin) Turkey takes the rain in stride, as he keeps watch from
our front porch.

It is one of those cozy, sit by the fire, sip a cup of hot tea, kind of days, when autumn seems to wrap its comforting arms around its audience. Or in less poetic language, fall makes you feel all comfy cozy. I love fall! 

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My fireplace with the fire all aglow.

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Autumn!

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Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn.
Elizabeth Lawrence (author)

I love this quote. It really is a delight to sit back and see the colors that our fall brings.  Below are a few fall snapshots, to share with you, that I have taken around town during the past couple of weeks.  Enjoy!

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Autumn Around Our House

I enjoy making a few changes throughout our home to coincide with the various seasons.  I share with you this year’s fall touches.

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Our hall entry table changes with the seasons.  This year I purchased this cute Etsy sign for fall.  Click here to find this creative sign maker.

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I love the simplicity of this pumpkin tea light.

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These pumpkins were turned with the blank side toward the front in October,
and flipped around to the thanks sides for November.
Personally, I am thankful for you, my special blog readers!

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This sweet pilgrim couple has been part of my November decor for many years.
These made the cut when I downsized my Thanksgiving decorations recently.  :o)

Crock Pot Turkey

One thing that I look forward to in early November is the availability of Butterball’s Boneless Turkey Breast Roast.  I always grab a couple of these frozen goodies (one for that week, and one for the next month), to make one of my favorite comfort food recipes: Cozy Crock Pot Turkey.

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Usually available during the last couple months of the year,
these boneless turkey breast roasts make a yummy crock pot meal.

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A frozen Butterball’s Boneless Turkey Breast Roast, a November find.

The “How to cook Cozy Crock Pot Turkey” in a Nutshell Crock Pot

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Gather up your ingredients listed in the recipe below.

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Set your crock pot on “High”.
Don’t you love my Mickey Mouse crockpot?

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Leave it alone to cook on high for about 6 hours, until thoroughly cooked.

The Recipe

Cozy Crock Pot Turkey

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Ingredients

1 Boneless Turkey Breast Roast (I use Butterball.) Thawed*
1-small frozen package of yellow corn
1-small frozen package of cut green beans
1-small fresh package of small carrots
5-6 small red potatoes, scrubbed with the eyes/buds cut out
1-whole onion, peeled, if desired
2- cans of Campbell’s Cream of Chicken Soup (DO NOT dilute.)
1- 10.5 ounce can of Campbell’s Chicken Broth (DO NOT dilute.)
PAM non-stick spray
Salt and Pepper

Directions

Spray the inside of the crock pot with PAM cooking spray.

Place frozen corn, frozen green beans, carrots, potato, and onion(optional) in bottom of crockpot.

Place thawed* turkey roast on top. Discard the included gravy packet.
(*I place the unwrapped, frozen turkey roast in the microwave on defrost for several minutes to defrost.)

Pour the undiluted two cream of chicken soups, and the undiluted chicken broth over the roast and vegetables.

Cover and cook for 6 hours, or until done.

Remove roast and vegetables from crockpot.
Let roast rest for 5 minutes, then with kitchen sheers remove the string netting around the roast. (Put the netting in a trash far from reach from pets!)

Serve with the broth that the roast and vegetables were cooked in,
and salt and pepper.

Past Thanksgiving posts

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The photo-shopped turkey above (Yes, that is me!) was from my 2014 post 
Autumn is a Mellow Time of Year?!  You can read it here.

Enjoy additional Thanksgiving posts from my past blogs.
To read just click on the blog title.

Annette’s Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving 

Is Thanksgiving Over Already?!
(This one includes my Thanksgiving menu, and many recipes.)

Pumpkin Pie from Scratch, You Say?!

A Fun, Day After Thanksgiving, Visit to the National Air and Space Museum

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanks for reading,
Annette

To enjoy any, or all, of my past blogs and photos, click hereor go to imannette.netselecting the posts that you desire to see in the Recent Posts, or “search” in the Archives sections, on the upper right-hand side.

I’m Annette usually posts every other week.  Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, however, look for my next blog post on Thursday, November 30.

I would love to hear your kind comments!  Post yours in my comment section.

Want to be an I’m Annette follower?  It’s easy!
Receive my blog via email, FREE, yes FREE, immediately upon posting.
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Autumn Colors

…render thanksgiving to ye almighty God for all His blessings.
William Bradford

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Discovering New Fun at Walt Disney World Amid The Craziness of Life: Part 2

October 26, 2017

Discovering New Fun at Walt Disney World Amid
The Craziness of Life: Part 2

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Terrified by the shark at Epcot’s Sea Pavillion?
No, I was shocked that for the first time, we experienced a short line
here at the photo op! Yet another (first) discovery at Walt Disney World.

                                               The craziness of life continues :O)…,
but I am now, at last, happily posting the second part, in my two-part series,
Discovering New Fun at Walt Disney World Amid The Craziness of Life. Hooray!
I wish to share with you, via this Disney photo tour, a few new things that I experienced on my most recent WDW trip, this past April. Grab a cup of tea/coffee, sit back for a minute, relax, and follow along.
                                      To read part one of this series, please click here.

On the Boardwalk 

I love to stay on Disney property when visiting the parks. It is convenient (no rental car needed) and always fun.  This was my first stay at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn, and proved to be a wonderfully relaxing option.

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This post card of a sign welcomes visitors to the Disney Boardwalk Inn.

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Disney’s theming is the best!  The boardwalk area is a nod to the early 1900’s
Atlantic City and Coney Island.

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The lobby enhances the turn-of-the-century seaside theme.

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I had to share this creepy circus chair that graces the lobby.
While the rest of the lobby was cozy and inviting, I found this piece not so much.
In fact, I never saw anyone sitting on this chair throughout our WDW visit.

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Disney’s Boardwalk Inn sits on lovely Crescent Lake.

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My attempt at artistic photography. :o)

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Our group enjoyed the close proximity/walk to Epcot.
We also walked to Hollywood Studios from the Inn’s location.
Disney’s Beach Club Resort (the blue building) is in the background.

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We all enjoyed evening walks along The Boardwalk. 

Eating on and around the Boardwalk

Mickey’s Kitchen Sink

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I had heard about the famous and over-sized Mickey’s Kitchen Sink, but this was my first time seeing it in person. This ice cream lover’s dream is served at
Beaches & Cream at Disney’s Beach Club Resort.
I was too full from dinner to try any that day, but Mike did share his ice cream with others in our group.  I am proud to say that none of it went to waste 
:o)

A New Character Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno

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We decided to check out the new character breakfast at The Boardwalk’s
Trattoria al Forno, featuring Little Mermaid and Tangled royal couples.

 

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All five of us enjoyed the Trattoria al Forno character breakfast.

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The pastries were beautiful, as well as yummy.

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I chose the Tangled-influenced Tower of Pancakes for my breakfast entree;
 buttermilk pancakes with fruit compote.

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Natasha and Martese, all decked out in their purple Tangled sweatshirts, were excited to meet the charming Flynn Rider.

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Mike, Martese’s husband, was all smiles upon meeting Little Mermaid’s Ariel.

 

The Magic Kingdom

Be Our Guest Restaurant

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It was fun to dine at the Be Our Guest Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom for breakfast.

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Martese and Natasha try “the gray stuff” for breakfast at the
Be Our Guest Restaurant, and “it was delicious”!  :o)

The Park

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I was surprised to see this duck tourist and her babies at the park!

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With Mike as our resident Muppet fan, we stopped by to see the new
(since October 2016) 
The Muppets Present…Great Moments in American History
show
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We found the ten-minute muppet show enjoyably silly.

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Ok, I know that It’s a Small World is hardly new (I first saw it at the 1964 New York World’s Fair!), but it always brings a smile to my face.

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Natasha photo bombs me as I giggle at this shirt.

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I bought this It’s a Small World fitted tee!

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I ordered this happy It’s a Small World clock from Etsy
when I returned home. Thanks for showing this to me, Martese!

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I know this is hard to believe, but this was the first time I had tried the Disney Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich at Sleepy Hollow,  in The Magic Kingdom. Wowza yummy!

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On my Disney to-do list this visit, was to get a peek at the Maleficent fire-breathing dragon in the Magic Kingdom parade.  It was amazing!

The Fireworks Dessert Party

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We attended the Fireworks Dessert Party , a first for all of us.

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There were many delicious treats to choose from.

 

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The beautiful fireworks over the castle were the star of the show. 

Epcot

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The park was beautifully groomed for the 2017 Flower and Garden Festival.

Shoes and Accessories

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Martese and Natasha show off their new Adidas Epcot tennis shoes.
The design was taken from the Spaceship Earth/Epcot Ball design
(see the photo above).

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Martese is happy with her new Disney Flower and Garden Festival handbag!

Frozen

 

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This was Dale’s first time riding Frozen Ever After.

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It was also Dale’s first time being a viking! :o)

The Living Seas

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Although, not new to me, I am always in awe of the enormous sea life tanks at Epcot, just as this little guy seams to be.

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A “sea” of strollers by the Living Seas .

Food!

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We tried out the Beijing-Style Candied Strawberries.
(Pretty, but too sweet for my taste.)

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We also checked out the Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade.  Martese loved it!

Via Napoli

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Dale and I enjoyed Via Napoli for the first time.  The pizza was first-rate!

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Our Italian waiters treated our birthday girl, Natasha, to a song, and 

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a birthday treat.

The Concert

 

 

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Dale and I were excited to be able to hear ELO/The Electric Light Orchestra in person.

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We both enjoyed the show, and were among the youngest in the audience!!!

Hollywood Studios

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Natasha and Martese met while doing the Disney College Program, and became good friends.  Here they pose on Hollywood Studio’s Main Street.

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I witnessed for the first time, the Star War’s impressive  March of the First Order on Main Street. 

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While on Main Street, Natasha was pulled out of the crowd to participate in a cute impromptu skit.

The Great Movie Ride

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When at WDW a visit to The Great Movie Ride is number one on my list.
Little did I know that this April visit to my favorite Disney attraction would be my last.  The Great Movie Ride closed forever on August 13, 2017. :o(

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It was in this lobby that I enjoyed seeing, over the years,
such movie 
memorabilia as Dorthy’s ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz,
(There are three-four known pairs. I have seen three of them.)
and on this visit, the ark from Raiders of the Lost Ark. 

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The dazzling bright lights of the marquee at the beginning of the ride.

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The Land of Oz within this ride was magical.  I will miss it.

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I bought this Disney Great Movie Ride sign as a souvenir to remember
this iconic Disney ride.

Would you like to read more about the classic movie The Wizard of Oz?  Click here.

Disney Springs

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I was looking forward to my first trip to the Planet Hollywood Observatory,

 

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We were all happy to be there!

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The appetizers, arriving on this cute ferris wheel cart, were all delicious.
Martese, and her hubby, Mike, look on with anticipation. 

 

 

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My Deep Fried Lasagne was awesome!

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Natasha enjoyed her dessert, and 

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so did Mike. :o)

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I loved seeing all of the costumes displayed in the restaurant, including this Dorothy dress from The Wizard of Oz, and 

 

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these two dresses used in the filming of The Sound of Music.
(I apologize for the poor photo quality.)

 

Check out My Other Disney Posts!

It’s a Small World After All!
I loved exploring Disneyland Paris, January 2013!

Want to read the first part of
Discovering New Fun at Walt Disney World Amid The Craziness of Life?
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here. for part 1.

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Disney World Family Reunion-Here

Disney World Recipe-Here

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Disney Studios–Here

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Thank you to Martese, Mike, Natasha, and Dale for their photo contributions in the making of this blog post!

Thanks for reading,
Annette

An added note to my wonderful readers,

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A fun sign found posted in Africa’s Caramba area of Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

 

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Happily Eating My Way Through the Minnesota State Fair

September 14, 2017

Happily Eating My Way Through the Minnesota State Fair

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I was happy to find Dole Whip,
always my snack of choice when at Walt Disney World (note my Mickey cap),
for sale at the Minnesota State Fair. YUM!

“Would you like to go to the Minnesota State Fair, while you are here Labor Day Weekend?”, my daughter asked over the phone a couple of weeks before our visit.  My husband, son, and I all agreed that the state fair sounded fun.  And it was!

The Strategy

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My husband, son in-law, daughter, and son are all poised to begin our
Minnesota State Fair Food “Crawl“. 

Mike, our son in-law, had plotted out our food eating strategy for the fair before we arrived, he and our daughter having scoped out the 2017 state fair on an earlier visit.
This proved to be an effective, and tasty,  plan for our culinary ” fair crawl”.
Please join me on a photo tour of some of our fair eats. For a written list and description of all of the treats the fair has to offer, click the food finder here.

The Eats

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First stop was for Cinnie Smiths/Minis.  I opted for the pecan variety.
Made on the spot (see the not so great photo above), they were yummy!

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Green Mill‘s Pizzarito and Pizza got our male contingent’s seal of approval.

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I had to try the famous fried twinkie.
I was not a fan. :o(

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Martese, a major pineapple fan, enjoyed a Manny’s Torta‘s, non-alcoholic,
pina colada, served up in a fresh hollowed-out pineapple.

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One of the more popular food spots at the fair was the corn roast stand,
and with good reason. It was delicious!

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My daughter and I were especially excited to finally get to the Dole Whip stand!
It was my favorite fair food of the day.

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MinneSnowii Shave Ice was a cool mid-day snack.

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A must at the Minnesota State Fair is a batch of freshly baked
Sweet Martha’s Cookies. (Don’t worry, we only bought one bucket/jar full.)
They made a yummy end to our state fair visit.

A Few Sights (In-between Eating) Around the Fair

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Dale and I pose in front of the large Minnesota sign at the fair,
a popular photo op.

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This oversized french fry carton is one of many interesting signs advertising
food at the fair.

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The University of Minnesota marching band play a snappy tune as they lead the fair parade.

 

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An interesting view of the Sky glider from below.

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Our Minnesota hosts (our daughter and son in-law) for the Labor Day weekend mapped out our visit to the Minnesota State Fair perfectly.

To read blog posts about previous trips to Minnesota, click here,
and here for a post that includes the recipe for Minnesota Wild Rice Soup.

To read about my trip to the Iowa State Fair, click here.

Sending thoughts and prayers to all of those affected by the recent hurricanes.

As always, thanks for reading,
Annette

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Dale and I take a nap after our Minnesota State Fair outing. :o)

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Holy Date Night and Guacamole, too!

August 3, 2017

Holy Date Night and Guacamole, too!

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I love “me some” La Palapa Mexican food on last week’s date night!

Greetings dear readers!  I trust that you have been having a fun and busy summer.  You may have noticed that I have been MIB lately; that is Missing in Blogdom.
(Yes, I made that term up, and expect this expression to catch on like wildfire on the web soon! :o)) Summer has run away with me in a good way. I will regale you with photos from my family’s annual summer reunion in July, and continue with my
Discovering New Fun at Walt Disney World Amid the Craziness of Life series in the upcoming weeks.

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My fun and busy summer began with a wonderful 39th anniversary
overnight-trip to the Gettysburg area, on Memorial Day weekend. 

I promise, however, that I will NOT write a neat little blog post with my pearls of wisdom on how to clean out closets and declutter your home. Although, I have spent some less that picturesque, yet necessary moments, of my life this summer, doing just that. (I laugh uncontrollably when I encounter those blog posts on Pinterest that proclaim “Declutter your entire house in a day.”) In other words, I procrastinate, preferring to write this blog post to you right now. :o)

Date Night

Dinner 

I love date night with my hubby.  While raising four children, Dale and I did our best to set up a date night once per month.  Now the parents of grown children, we schedule date night once per week, when work and life allows. Last week we enjoyed dinner at my favorite local Mexican restaurant, La Palapa.

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La Palapa Mexican Restaurant in Old Ellicot City, Maryland. 

Having lived in Texas for sixteen years, my family and I have become quite discerning in our choice for Mexican cuisine.  La Palapa fits the bill.  We even had our son’s wedding rehearsal dinner here a few years ago!DSCF1977.jpg

Our son and daughter in-law ( in the large sombreros) enjoy their
rehearsal dinner party at La Palapa.
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Date night brought a beautiful summer evening, allowing us to dine on the patio, with a view of the pretty Mexican star lights and Old Ellicott City “skyline”..

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We arrived fairly early at the restaurant, having our choice of tables on the back patio.  When we left an hour later, every table was occupied.

 

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I love the shimmer of the pretty Mexican lights, just inside from the patio.

The food did not disappoint. So good, as usual.  First, greeted with chips and yummy in-house made salsa, we ordered black, brewed iced tea, chili con queso, and chicken fajitas. It was all delicious, but their chili con queso is the best anywhere!  I have requested this recipe on more than one occasion, but…  Maybe someday. :o)

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La Papala’s chili con queso has no equal! Yum!

 

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The sizzling hot chicken fajitas with caramelized onions are my favorite entree.

 

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The plate of sides never go to waste, with the star being the creamy guacamole.
Check out my own guacamole recipe below.

After Dinner Stroll

La Palapa resides in Old Ellicott City.  I love the old-style charm of the quaint area, and an evening stroll down Old Main Street is always in order after a satisfying meal.  

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A view on our after-dinner walk.  That is Dale ahead of me.

Old Main Street is still recovering from a deadly flash flood that occurred last year. La Palapa was one of the businesses affected by the angry waters.

To see the heroic rescue of a driver overtaken by water, click here.
To view the effects of the flood on La Palapa, click here and read about it 
here
and here.
To read what I wrote about the flood last year, click here.

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Signs and banners like these were posted up and down Old Main Street
last week.

 

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A walk across the bridge is idyllic in Old Ellicott City, with the
Wilkins Rogers Flour Mill steadfast in the background.

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Colorful pink cleomes (also called spider flowers) enhance the beauty of our evening stroll.

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Ellicott City‘s railroad bridge proudly displays its name, as dusk sets in.

 

 Holy Guacamole, Batman!

I can not help but think of Robin, Burt Ward of 1960’s Batman fame, whenever I hear the phrase “Holy guacamole!” uttered.  Buzzfeed ranked “holy guacamole” as number 5 out of all of Robin’s 359 “holy” exclamations. 

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Robin (left) is shown with Batman on the cover of my often watched
Batman DVD set.

 To view a list of all 359 “holy” exclamations, click here.

Holy guacamole aside, I am a fan of this green stuff!  I can not eat out every night, so it is nice to have this recipe on hand when dining at home, or making a batch of nachos.  (When I share this recipe, people are often surprised to learn how easily this dish can be made at home.) Gather your ingredients and let’s get started. 

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Gather up tomatoes, onion, lemon, avocados, and Cavender’s spice.
Make sure that your avocados are soft, but not mushy.

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Chop up the onion and tomatoes, adding lemon juice to the mix.

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Add Cavender’s Greek Seasoning to the mix.  Yes, I said Greek!
Cavender’s is the “secret” ingredient that my Texas neighbor and friend, reveled to me when teaching this Texas newbie (me) to first make guacamole,
in the early 1980’s.

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Mash up the peeled avocados.

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Combine the tomato mixture to the mashed avocado.

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Gently mix.

Making nachos?  Yum! Grill up some chicken. Grab any other ingredients that you like.

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Grill up some boneless, skinless chicken breast tenders, and shred it.
(Rotisserie chicken may be used instead.)

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Layer the following:
Tortilla chips

(I like the whole grain, or Safeway’s made in-store variety),
Chopped, or shredded cooked chicken,
Also, chopped onion, if desired.

 Shredded 4-cheese Mexican-style blend or cheddar cheese,  


Microwave 30-45 seconds, or till cheese is melted.

Top with guacamole, sour cream, and tomato, if desired.
Finish with sliced olives, if desired.

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If waiting to serve, place plastic wrap directly on top of Guacamole and place in fridge.

Annette’s Holy Guacamole

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 Ingredients

1-2 tomatoes, cut into bite sized pieces

¼-3/4 onions, chopped

½ lemon’s juice

Cavender’s All Purpose Greek Seasoning to taste

3-5 ripe avocados

Tortilla chips, or desired dipping chip

Directions

Combine cut up tomato, chopped onion, and lemon juice.

Add Cavender’s to taste.

Marinate for 10-20 minutes.

In the meantime, cut open avocados, remove seeds, and take off peel.

Mash avocados.

Combine marinade to avocados gently.

Serve with tortilla chips, if desired.

If waiting to serve, place plastic wrap directly on top of Guacamole and place in fridge.

Enjoy!

You can read my earlier post about preparing guacamole, here.

Thanks for reading,
Annette

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This heart stone display, lying in the river bed, greets all who gaze down from the Old Ellicott City bridge.

 

 

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Discovering New Fun at Walt Disney World Amid The Craziness of Life: Part 1

June 22, 2017


Discovering New Fun at Walt Disney World
Amid
The Craziness of Life: Part 1

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 There are times when life, like this motorbike, seems to run away with us!

This photo is used, thanks to the generosity of my friend, Jan Luiken.
Jan is the surprised passenger, in this photo, seated in the back, holding on for dear life!
Thankfully, neither woman was hurt in the making of this hilarious photo. 

Where Life Takes Us…

Don’t you just love this photo? So, so funny!  This wonderful image playfully reminds
me that in life, despite all of our (my) planning, that often times the Good Lord has
other plans. There are times when life seems to run away with us, and while we hold
on for “dear life”, craziness ensues. For me, craziness has indeed ensued, lately! :o)
Nothing bad, mind you, just totally busy! So what does one do under these circumstances?  Go to Disney, of course!

Disney is always a good idea!

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I admire the beautiful landscape of Epcot, in my new Space Ship Earth shirt,
thanks to my daughter!
April 2017

A Disney Photo Tour of All Things New (to me)

Throughout my four years as a blogger, Disney trips have found its way into my blog posts on numerous occasions. (See below, for Check out My Other Disney Posts!) In this, my most recent post, I share with you some new fun that I discovered during this past April Walt Disney World visit. I invite you to follow and enjoy my Disney photo tour.

Pimento-Cheese BLT

Thanks to my daughter, who always has her (Mickey Mouse) ear to the ground (Disney ground, that is), I learned of the Pimento-Cheese BLT in Animal Kingdom. This yummy park delicacy is served at The Smiling Crocodile quick service restaurant. I liked it so much that I recreated it!  The recipe is below.

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The Rivers of Light Dining Package
Animal Kingdom

Another new WDW experience this visit, again thanks to my Disney-informed daughter, was The Rivers of Light Dining PackageIn addition to enjoying dining with my hubby, our daughter and her husband, and my daughter’s best gal pal, Natasha, (These ladies met while working with the Disney College Program several years ago.), we were celebrating Natasha’s birthday!  The evening began with a wonderful dinner at Tiffins.

Tiffins

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Tiffins at Animal Kingdom

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Apple-Walnut Salad
A great beginning to the meal.

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Wagyu Strip Loin and Braised Short Rib
Tender and delicious!

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South American Chocolate Ganache

Chocolate, the way it should be!  Oh, so good! My favorite part of this meal!

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A special birthday treat for the birthday girl.

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At the end of our dining experience, we were presented with this beautiful
Glowing Lotus Blossom Specialty Popcorn Bucket .

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Our happy group admires our newest souvenir, the
Glowing Lotus Blossom Specialty Popcorn Bucket.

The Rivers of Light

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A bit of popcorn before the show.

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The Light Show was a parade of beautiful colors upon the water.
Notice the large lotus blossoms? (These were not filled with popcorn. :o) )

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A glowing turtle and her young floats by, as a enjoyable evening comes to a close.

Kilimanjaro Safari

The Kilimanjaro Safari at Animal Kingdom is always a popular attraction with my family, and is my husband’s favorite.  Although our group had all enjoyed this ride many times before, none of us had enjoyed the evening safari. Named Nocturnal Encounters, this unique experience became available just last year.  

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Giraffes, my favorite safari animal, were in abundance during our evening safari. 

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We were surprised to see this one so close!

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Seeing giraffes make me happy!

 

My Recipe for the Disney-like Pimento-Cheese BLT

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Ingredients

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PAM spray
Parchment baking paper

Ciabatta Bread, in 3/4 inch slices
(My grocery store offers to slice this for its customers.)

Pimento Cheese spread
(I found this yummy Palmetto Cheese in my deli.
You can also make it from scratch.  Paula Deen has a recipe here.
I have not tried this recipe.)

2-3 slices Precooked Bacon, , no nitrate variety

Tomato, chopped

Chives, chopped
(I use kitchen scissors for this.)

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Place sliced ciabatta bread on Pam-sprayed parchment, place on cookie sheet.
Spray tops lightly with Pam, too.

Toast in oven for about 12-15 minutes, till toasty.

Remove from oven.

Heat precooked bacon in microwave for 1Gi5 seconds.

Spread toast liberally with Pimento Cheese.

Place 2-3 slices warmed precooked bacon on top of cheese.

Place chopped tomato on top of bacon.

Sprinkle with a few cleaned chopped chives over the top.

Enjoy and dream of Walt Disney World. :o)

Gilding the Lily-Cook your own thicker variety bacon, in place of the precooked.
(I bake mine.)  For the last minute, or so, baste with genuine maple syrup.

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I happily pose in front of the iconic Matterhorn at Disneyland in February 2015.

 

Check out My Other Walt Disney World Posts!

Disney Food and Wine Festival-Here

Disney World Family Reunion-Here

Disney World Recipe-Here

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Thank you to Martese, Mike, Natasha, and Dale for their photo contributions in the making of this blog post!

Thanks for reading,
Annette

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Look for my next post on Thursday, July 20 with the next part of this blog series.

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Chowder!

Chowder!

May 18, 2007

IMG_8068I never met a (clam) chowder I didn’t like.
Annette 

My recent long weekend in Cape Cod reconfirmed my love for clam chowder! During my three-day stay on “The Cape”, I eagerly devoured this “savory soup of the sea” five times!  Borrowing from the words of classic movie actor Will Rogers, I never met a
(clam)
chowder I didn’t like!

  My Delicious Three-Day Chowder “Spree”

Each and every clam chowder I happily devoured was uniquely wonderful.  Clam chowder falls into the category of one of those few dishes that are distinctly unique to the cook who has prepared it, yet are still recognizable to the palate. (Other dishes in this category include, spaghetti sauce, potato salad, Thanksgiving dressing/stuffing, and chocolate chip cookies.) Follow me now, on my magical, marvelous clam chowder “tour”.

British Beer Company
Falmouth, Massachusetts

Gazing out of the window while dining at British Beer Company affords restaurant patrons a view of the water with Martha’s Vineyard winking in the distance.  I enjoyed my hearty clam chowder here with tasty fish ‘n chips.(Sorry, I forgot to take the fish ‘n chips photo before it was almost completely demolished! :o))

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Captain Parker’s New England Clam Chowder
Cape Cod, Massachusetts 

For Cape Codders, good clam chowder is as close as the local grocery store.  Dale’s sweet mom surprised us by having a container of Captain Parker’s award winning chowder waiting for us upon our arrival! YUM! During this blog post research, I found that the
Food Network has the recipe for this chowder here.  I have not tried it, yet, but it is on my todo list. :o)

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Baxter’s Boathouse
Hyannis, Massachusetts

Despite the rainy day, we enjoyed our meal and water view at Baxter’s Boathouse, built over the Hyannis Harbor. The clam chowder was a delicious accompaniment to my yummy Cape Cod lobster roll.

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Fisherman’s View
Sandwich, Massachsuetts

In celebration of my husband’s , and my mother in-law’s birthday, we dined at the Fisherman’s View.  It was fun watching the barges amble by, as the sun set. The clam chowder did not disappoint here, either, and preceeded perfectly prepared jumbo shrimp.

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Seafood Sam’s
Sandwich, Massachusetts

Always a must when visiting “The Cape” is a trip to Seafood Sam’s. Serving fun, low-key “fast food” in Cape Cod style, Seafood Sam’s presented me with the opportunity to partake in one last lobster roll and a final bowl of clam chowder before heading home.

I was saddened to learn, on this visit, that the blinking lobster pagers no longer beckon patrons to pick up their food.  Apparently, the supplier (of lobster pagers) no longer offers them for sale, and replacing faulty ones was no longer an option for Seafood Sam’s.  :o(

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A legendary Seafood Sam’s Lobster “Pager”, shown here in all its glory, is now just a distant memory.
May 2015

My brother in-law tells me that Hyannis puts on quite a chowder festival!
I am seriously considering attending the
Cape Cod Chowder Festival in 2018! :o)

The Cadillac of Oyster Crackers

The one thing that my recent quintuple of clam chowders had in common (Yes, they did all have clams in them.  ha ha), was that each bowl of lusciousness was accompanied by  a small package of Westminster Bakers Co. Oyster Crackers . These crispy gems are the perfect chowder compliment. In fact, these crackers bump up the quality of any clam chowder to the next level. They are the Cadillac of oyster crackers. So much so, that I just had to buy some for myself.  Thanks to Amazon, I now have these Oyster Cracker as my own. Click here, if you wish to order some for yourself. ( I am, unfortunately, not receiving any compensation for this mention.) 

IMG_7980My box of Westminster Bakers Co. Oyster Crackers 

Moments in Cape Cod

It is always nice to visit family in Cape Cod and take in the local sights. Below are a few photos of our outings during my recent visit.

IMG_7885The ever-shifting sand always provides an interesting perspective near
Sandy Neck Beach Park.

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Footprints head toward the Sandy Neck Beach on this overcast afternoon.

IMG_7943Some selfie silliness on the Sandwich Boardwalk with my hubby and son.

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A sailboat quietly makes its way up the Cape Cod Canal.

IMG_7923My hubby and his mom enjoying their stroll by the Cape Cod Canal.
Why do I suddenly feel the urge to break out in a chorus of Singin’ in the Rain? :o)

The Evolution of Annette’s Clam Chowder

As you have most certainly have ascertained by now, I am clam chowder fan! Awhile back, with the help from my array of thrifty, nifty cookbooks, I set out to create a chowder recipe of my own. I took the best of several recipes, attempting to keep it as uncomplicated as possible, while taking into account that fresh clams are not all that plentiful in my “neck of the woods”. With a little trial and error, I came up with this tasty clam chowder recipe below. Let me know if you decide to give this one a try.  I’d love to hear from you! (The comment section is at the bottom of this  post.)

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A few cookbooks, from my library, that helped inspire my chowder creation.

The  Recipe

IMG_8063Ingredients needed for Annette’s Clam Chowder

Annette’s Clam Chowder

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Ingredients

Chowder
1/2 lb. bacon, cut up in small pieces (I use the natural, no nitrate variety)
3/4-1 medium onion, diced/chopped
4 (8 fluid ounce) jars of natural clam juice
1/2 lb. Russet potatoes 
(about 2 large potatoes), peeled and diced,
3-4 cans of canned clams (6.5 ounce) with liquid, 

1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper

1 and 1/2 cups whole milk (I have used skim in a pinch.)
1/2 cup light cream (half and half works, if light cream is unavailable)

Roux
3/4-1 cup butter
1 cup all purpose flour

Old Bay Seasoning
Coarse ground black pepper
Westminster Bakers Co. Oyster Crackers

Directions

Pot # 1
In soup pot, add bacon. Cook over medium heat for a few minutes.
Add chopped onion, cooking until onions are softened and clear, but not browned, and bacon done.

Add clam juice, diced potatoes, canned clams with liquid, and pepper.
Bring mixture to boil, stirring occasionally, keeping potatoes from sticking to the bottom of the pot.

Pot #2
In the meantime, in small pan make the roux.
Melt 3/4-1 cup butter over medium heat.
Mix flour into butter with whisk, until completely smooth.
Cook over low heat, stirring continually, while waiting for pot #1 to boil.

When soup pot #1 is boiling, and potatoes are tender, add the cooked roux from pot #2 , stirring (or whisking) together .
Bring the combined mixture back to a boil.
(Make sure that it comes back to a complete boil.  Failing to do so will result in rancid mess.)
Remove from stove.

Combine the milk and cream in a separate container to heat.
Heat the milk and cream mixture carefully on the stove, or in the microwave,
or temper the cream and milk (add some hot chowder to it until the cream and milk are as hot as the chowder),
Add to the chowder.
Heat chowder back up on medium heat, just until hot.

Ladle into individual bowls immediately,
serving with coarse ground black pepper,
Old Bay seasoning,  and oyster crackers,
or cool soup pot over a baking rack before refrigerating, to reheat and eat later. 

Enjoy!

Gammy Love

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Pink bubble gum cigars announce the arrival of my newest grandchild!

…with grandmotherly smiles,
I am proud to announce that this GAMMY now has six grandchildren!

My newest,
Ryli Jade, was born on April 24, 2017,
weighing in at 6 lbs. 15oz. and 19.5 inches long.

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Enjoying Gammy snuggles with Ryli.
April 27, 2017

For Previous Posts with Cape Cod Photos, Click here and here.

Thanks for reading,
Annette

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IMG_7935 (1).jpgThis sign from Seafood Sam’s/Sandwich,  proudly proclaims its town of Sandwich .

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Four Years and Counting!

April 12, 2017

Four Years and Counting!

IMG_0434.jpgWalking the beach on a windy day by The Red Sea, while living overseas .
July 2013

Time flies!  

Wow! Time flies!!!! Facebook recently informed me, via their
“You have memories on this day” feature,
that I have been blogging for four years! Yep, FOUR YEARS!!! 

My blogging adventure began in 2013, as I prepared to move overseas with my hubby. (The move was originally scheduled for a few months, but morphed into two and a half years abroad!) I had determined that to occupy my spare time overseas, and to share my travels and experiences, I would begin a blog. My initial blog post is shown in its entirety, below. 

 I’m Annette‘s Debut Post 

Ya’ Gotta Start Somewhere!

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This is my first official post for my blog “I’m Annette!” My goal is to post every week
(or occasionally more, or less),and share recipes, my travels, classic movie and tv information, and anything else that comes to mind. :o) Thanks for joining in!

My first blog post, in 2013, was brief, and to the point.  :o)

Looking Back with a Smile

IMG_0203        I happily stand in front of the Disneyland Paris ride, It’s a Small World, in 2013.

To commemorate my four years of blogging, I borrow from the world of the classic TV sitcom, using their, “clip show” technique.  That is, using previously seen snippets from earlier shows, to make up an entirely new episode. In that same fashion, I will be using a few of my earlier posted photos to reminisce, with a smile, about this past four years of
I’m Annette.  :o)  Feel free to click on any of the post titles (shown above each photo) to revisit that particular blog post, or go to imannette.net to view them all.  In addition to the photos and travel bits, you will find recipes, craft/art ideas, movie suggestions, and free printables)!
Enjoy!

Touring with Swiss Miss/Mrs.
 

2013-08-05 15.49.36.jpgMy daily walk in Thann produced this breathtaking scenery.
For another photo-filled post on France, click here, .

The Quiet Man’s Ireland-Day 2, or
A Day Fit for a “Quiet Man Crazy”
 

IMG_0345IMG_0492Beautiful Ireland tops my list of favorite places that I have visited, especially the tour of 
Quiet Man 
movie locations.
For Part 1 of this Ireland/Quiet Man blog, click here.

Irish Gold, Part 2
 

IMG_0938The Irish Cliffs of Moher were stunning!
For other posts on beautiful Ireland, click here and here.

London!

100_3321This “WOW” view of London was from The London Eye in 2013.
For another post on London, click here.

Jolly Old England

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I always enjoy strolling around York, especially on a sunny day like this one.

For another post on England, click here.

Delighting in Dubai
 

I feel blessed to have traveled to such wonderful locales, including amazing Dubai. On one occasion the Burj al Arab sat just outside my hotel window!
See another post on Dubai, here, and a photo here.

Screen Shot 2014-07-10 at 6.28.02 AMOur 2014 trip to Walt Disney World was made extra special by the
engagement of my son to his future bride.
They are expecting the arrival of their baby daughter on this Easter! :o)

You can read about their wedding, here.

Read my other Walt Disney World posts, here and here.
Read my Disneyland posts, here and here .

For Disney recipes, click here, herehere, here, and here.
For a free Disney printable, click here and here.

Annette and Dale’s Excellent European Adventure:
Part 1-Germany

Dale and I with Stahleck Castle, and The Rhine, as our background,
during our stay
 in idyllic Bacharach, Germany.

Anniversary in Scotland 

As always, thanks for Reading!
Wishing you and your family a Happy Easter!

Annette

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Cute chocolate Lindt Easter bunnies greeted us as we embarked on our overseas flight
in 2013.

Read a past Easter blog post,  here.

To enjoy any of my past blogs and photos, click here, or go to imannette.net and select the posts that you desire to see in the Recent Posts, or Archives, sections on the upper right-hand side.

I attempt to post (around) every other Thursday, but lately life has been crazy busy! Things do not show any signs of slowing down in the next few weeks, and include the addition of a new grand baby! :o). Look for my next post on Thursday, May 11.

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IMG_0068 (1).jpgI relax overseas, most likely contemplating my next blog post.  :o)
2013

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