40 Years of (being) Married! A Hilton Head of a Celebration

40 Years of (being) Married!
A Hilton Head of a Celebration

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Dale and I enjoy an evening stroll on the Hilton Head beach,
in celebration of our 40th anniversary.

Life

Ever made plans just to have them rearranged by “life”?  Me, too!  I spotted the scene (pictured) below at an office visit, and felt like it was a humorous illustration of my
“best laid (blogging) plans” gone awry.  :o)

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The office scene above humorously illustrates my “best laid (blogging) plans”
gone awry. 

( The name of the office has been been 
omitted to protect the innocent. :o))

With that being said, I have decided to scale back my blogging efforts to once per month, for (at least) during the busy summer months.  Now, on with the show blog!

1978

May 28, 2018 marked a milestone for Dale and me; our fortieth anniversary!
To celebrate, we chose to spend it in one of our favorite places, Hilton Head, South Carolina!

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Dale and me on our wedding day on May 28, 1978.

Read my previous blog post,
Annette and Dale get Married, or Someday you”ll look back on this and laugh, here.

Dale and my married life began 1978, with Dale’s first post-college job in South Carolina (and my college transfer to the University of South Carolina).  It was during our first year together that we discovered, and became enamored of, Hilton Head Island’s beauty.

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Dale and me in front of the Harbour Town Light House.
May 1979

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Dale and me in front of the Harbor Town Lighthouse on a windy afternoon.
May 29, 2018 

For another view of this lighthouse and more information,
go to the bottom of this post.

Two to three times per year, until mid-1981 (when we moved to Texas), Dale and I would sneak away to the unspoiled beaches of Hilton Head for extended, relaxing weekends. 

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Hilton Head Beach time with my toes buried in the sand.
June(?) 1979 

Hilton Head 

I share with you, below, a few of our photos from our wonderful anniversary week in Hilton Head.

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Mickey Recipe Cook-along

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My vintage copy of Cooking with Mickey Around Our World cookbook,
continues to be used in a series of I’m Annette blog posts.

I will work my way through this classic 1986 Walt Disney World cookbook,
preparing the Disney creations that interest me,
while changing recipes when necessary, and/or to my liking.

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Pinocchio compares noses with my young son, Spencer, at Walt Disney World
in 1987.

 Beef and Barley Soup has been a family favorite for decades at my house.  First eaten, many years ago, at King Stefan’s Banquet Hall (now called Cinderella’s Royal Table) in the Magic Kingdom’s Cinderella’s Castle, my family refers to this delectable dish simply as
Cinderella Soup.

You can read about King Stefan’s Banquet Hall here and here.

 

The Ingredients for Cinderella Soup

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Cinderella Soup (Beef and Barley Soup)

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Ingredients

1/3 cup uncooked pearl barley

1/8 teaspoon salt

2 cups boiling beef broth (1/2 of 32 ounce container)
(You will need a total of two-three 32 ounce containers of broth)

1-2 Tablespoons of butter

1 small-medium onion, diced fine
(or may be peeled and left whole if anyone has issues with onion)

1+1/2 stalk celery, diced fine

1/2 large carrot, peeled, diced fine

6 ounce package cooked deli-style roast beef, diced
(I use Hormel-brand Natural Choice)

5 cups of beef broth (1+1/2, or so, of 32 ounce container)

2 beef bouillon cubes

1 chicken boullion cube

Dash of White Pepper

Directions

Combine barley, salt, and 2 cups of boiling beef broth in a saucepan and cook, covered
for 30-40 minutes, or until barley is soft.

Strain out barley and rinse with cold water. Reserve broth.  Set aside.

In large saucepan, heat butter and sauté onion, celery, and carrot until soft, stirring occasionally.

Add beef, 5 cups of broth, beef and chicken bullion cubes, and white pepper.
Also, add reserved broth the barely was cooked in.
Bring to boil, reduce heat, and simmer covered for 15 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.

Add barely and cook for 10 minutes longer.

If necessary, add additional beef broth.

Serve hot.

 

Annette’s note-This recipe is a keeper!  My family has been enjoying this one for decades!

It is possible that when cooking this last week, that I may have doubled the barley portion, along with the broth, as my family likes the barley.  I am sorry, but I can not remember, and did not keep great notes. When I make it again, I will update the recipe.

Other Mickey Cook-along Recipes

Click on the recipe’s name, below, to be taken to the recipe’s blog post.

Beverages

Caddy Cooler

Tavern Sherbet Punch

Appetizers

Pioneer Hall Cheese Dip

A big thanks to you for reading I’m Annette,
Annette

To enjoy any, or all, of my past blogs and photos, click here, or go to imannette.net, selecting 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
I plan to post my blog once per month during this summer.

Look for my next post on
 Thursday, July 12.

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I enjoy the Sea Pines view,
including the temporarily 
tartan-covered lighthouse (read about that here),
in Hilton Head, while lounging on this perfectly-placed 
Adirondack chair.

Yes, I am STILL wearing the orthopedic tennis shoes!
(You can read about that here.)

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A Visit to Hershey Park, Chocolate is a Vegetable, Right?

May 17, 2018


A Visit to Hershey Park,
Chocolate is a Vegetable, Right?

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Smiling at the end of a fun, full day at Hershey Park

Chocolate comes from a cocoa tree. 
That makes it a plant,
so chocolate is a vegetable!

Anonymous  

Hershey Park; just the name conjures up visions of glorious, luscious chocolate.
In addition to manufacturing a whole lot of chocolate, it is also the location of a major amusement park. My first visit there, this past weekend, was a fun one.  It was filled with birthday celebrations for four of my six grandchildren (one grand daughter turned four last month, and my triplet grand daughters turn two this month.) I so enjoyed the family’s company, while watching the little ones revel in the riding of the kiddie amusement attractions, as the older “kids” braved the “thrill rides”.

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Unlike some of my (age 20-30) family members, I did not ride any of the
“thrill” attractions at Hershey Park.

For those of you familiar with My Broken -LegAdventure, yes, I was able to walk the park successfully! Clad in my “oh so lovely”, yet essential, orthopedic shoes, I walked the park from 9 am-5pm(See top photo), with only a slight discernible limp at the end of the day! Afterwards, I still had enough stamina to enjoy the Hershey’s Chocolate Tour free ride attraction!

You can read my other Broken-leg Adventure posts
here, here, herehere, here
. and here.

The Hershey’s Chocolate Tour

First, let me just begin by saying, that I got a BIG kick out of this ride!  I mean, a Disneyesque ride with chocolate as the theme, and its free? Sign me up!

The Queue Area

In the 20 minutes that visitors in line work their way toward the ride, they are treated to various chocolate and Hershey facts lining the walls.

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As visitors in line work their way toward the ride,
they are treated to various chocolate and Hershey facts.
Above is a photo of 
cacao bean pods that hangs on the queue area wall.
Each cacao bean pod contains around 30-40 beans inside.

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Who knew that it took 270 cacao beans to make a mere one pound of chocolate?

 

 

Another pre-ride area sign (that I failed to photograph) claims that each regular Hershey Milk Chocolate with Almonds bar contains 8 almonds.  I tested it out, and this claim appears to be true. I am more of a dark chocolate girl, so I made the supreme sacrifice. :o) Okay, I admit it, the Hershey with almonds is pretty yummy!

The Ride

At one time Hershey conducted actual plant tours of their facilities, but today it is an entertaining simulated ride that visitors are treated to. Join me on my photographic tour.

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The Hershey Chocolate Tour begins with a ride in Endless Transit System/omnimover-style. 

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A screen in the front of each row of visitors, in each car, narrates the ride.

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My son and his girlfriend enjoy the Hershey Chocolate Tour ride!
Note the “photo bomber” in the background.

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Singing farm cows start the ride off in style.

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We are on the factory cam in the upper right-hand corner.

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This holographic image portraying a vat of chocolate made me think of the movie
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

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The molding and packaging of chocolate is demonstrated in this area, and the areas in the photos  below.

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Reeces peanut butter cups

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Candy kisses

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The end of the tour takes visitors through this myriad of colorful lights,
another reminder of Willy Wonka.
The ride ends with each visitor receiving a tasty mini Hershey bar.

More Hershey, including a video 

I found this youtube video of the complete Hershey Chocolate Tour, here, or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BB8gNp_nnMo

For more articles on Hershey, click  here and here.

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To read my 2016 article on the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,
click
here and here.

A Tried and True Hershey Recipe

My family has been enjoying this Hershey recipe for many years. I do not even remember where I originally got it!  I have made this recipe with a mixer, and I have also made it with a food processor.
If you are in the mood for a chocolate cookie, give this one a try!

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Hershey’s Cocoa is at the heart of this recipe.

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The ingredients for this cookie recipe are basic kitchen pantry staples.

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These cookies set up as they cool off.

The Recipe

Hershey Chocolate Cookies

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Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 cup Hershey unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1+ 1/4 cups (2 sticks, plus 4 Tablespoons) butter, room temperature

2 cups sugar

2 large eggs

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Mix together flour, cocoa powder,baking soda. Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment,
beat
butter, sugar, and eggs on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add vanilla, and mix to combine.

Gradually add dry ingredients, and combine with mixer on low speed.

Line cookie sheet pans with parchment.
Using spoon, or a (greased with PAM) cookie scoop, put batter onto prepared baking sheets about 1 1/2 inches apart.

Bake until set and no longer shiny, about 7-9 minutes. (See photo above.)
Do not over bake.  Cookies puff up while baking and look soft,
but “fall” when cool, and become set.

Cool on baking sheets for 5-10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Makes about 3 dozen.

Annette’s note-I love this recipe.  It requires basic kitchen pantry items, so they
can whipped up anytime.
When I make these cookies, I rarely mix the dry ingredients together beforehand,
as directed. :O)
Store cooled cookies in an airtight container. Cookies are best eaten within three days.

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Vintage Disney recipes will return on my next blog post.

Thanks for reading,
Annette

To enjoy any, or all, of my past blogs and photos, clickhere, or go to imannette.net, selecting 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  try, I really do try, to post every other week,
but for the summer months, I will be posting once per month.
Look for my next post on Thursday, June 14.

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A Canada Goose (or, as the debate rages on, is it Canadian Goose?) has taken up residence and built her nest in a large flower pot in the colorful exit area of Hershey Park. Security guards protect her as they bid park guests farewell.

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It’s Dollars Disney (Dip) to Doughnuts that the Saga of My Broken-Leg Adventure has come to an End!

It’s Dollars Disney (Dip) to Doughnuts that
the Saga of My Broken-Leg Adventure has come to an End!

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We’re all smiles!
I successfully conclude my final physical therapy session on April 27th,
with the knowledgeable and helpful duo of Kyle, my physical therapist
(on the right),
and his assistant, Rhecelle (center).

It was an extremely icy morning on January 9th, when a quick, and unfortunate, slip on the ice resulted in a broken leg for Yours Truly.  Thank you for following me these past months on My Broken-Leg Adventure! It has been my goal, through this blog, to hopefully help others in a similar predicament, successfully hobble their way through their own adventure.

 

My leg, in January, all booted up (on the left), and my healed leg today
(on the right), wearing my “oh so lovely” orthotic tennis shoe.
I am currently on the lookout for a shoe a bit more stylish, yet with the same amount of support.  Any suggestions?  

You can read my other Broken-leg Adventure posts
here, here, herehere, 
here. and here.

I am happy to say that my leg has healed, and I now walk limp free. My balance is improving.  Going down the stairs is still not the most graceful sight, but it beats seeing me descend the stairs on my backside. :o) I will continue with my exercise regimen, courtesy of physical therapy, to get back to 100%. 

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I celebrate, just after my final physical therapy session,
at my favorite bagel joint, The Bagel Bin.
I enjoy my favorite; half of a bacon and cheddar cheese eggel on
8-grain, toasted, with a large unsweetened iced tea. :o)

 I have been surprised at just how long it is taking me to get back to my pre-broken leg energy level.  I am getting there. I now find that I now tire out at 4 pm, rather than the 10:30 am of just a month ago! :o)

Dollars to Doughnuts

Whenever I think of doughnuts, I think of the song from the
musical State Fair, thus, the inspiration for the title of this blog post. :o)
And whenever I find myself humming this tune, as happened this week,
I begin to get hungry for doughnuts! :o)
So, this week, I just had to make doughnuts!
I share my easy doughnut recipe with you below.

Our State Fair is a great State Fair,

Don’t miss it, don’t even be late.

It’s dollars to doughnuts that our State Fair,

Is the best State Fair in our state!

Oscar Hammerstein II / Richard Rodgers

Click on this link to enjoy this tune:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4vy22nV64c

 See my 2014 post about the Iowa State Fair, here.
See my 2017 post about the Minnesota State Fair here.

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Gather biscuits and peanut oil, or vegetable oil.

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I use an clean, old, pharmacy pill bottle to cut the holes in the biscuits.

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I prefer to cook my doughnuts in my electric skillet,
where an even temperature can be maintained.

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Dredge cooked doughnuts in the sugar and cinnamon mixture.

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Yum!

The great Donuts sign below is one of Marty Mummert’s wonderful creations!
See more about Marty Mummert Studios in a 2017 post, here and here, and here.

Biscuit Doughnuts

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Ingredients:

1 package refrigerated canned biscuits (5, or 10 count)

Vegetable oil, or peanut oil

 

¼ cup sugar

1 tea. Cinnamon

Directions:

Heat 1-2 inches of oil in electric skillet, at about 325 degrees,
or in a heavy-duty pan over medium heat.
(The heat may vary depending on your electric skillet, or stove.)

Drop a pinch of dough into oil to test.
When oil is hot enough, the dough will sink to the bottom and then pop back up sizzling.

While oil is heating, mix sugar and cinnamon together in a shallow dish.
Set aside.

Open biscuits and separate.
Cut a hole in the center of each biscuit. Remove holes.
I use a clean, old, pharmacy pill bottle to cut out the center.

Drop a few biscuits into the oil at a time.
The donuts cook quickly, so be vigilant,
turning them as soon as the first side is the brownness you desire.

The donut holes cook more quickly and need to be flipped almost immediately.

Remove donuts from oil and drain for a few moments on paper towels,
then dredge in sugar and cinnamon mixture.

Eat while hot.

Enjoy!

Read an earlier post of this recipe from 2013, here.

Version 2

The vintage Cooking with Mickey Around Our World cookbook,
will be used in a series of I’m Annette blog posts.
I will work my way from the front to the back of this classic 1986 cookbook,
preparing the Disney creations that interest me,
while changing recipes when necessary, and/or to my liking.

Pioneer Hall Cheese Dip is my first appetizer choice from Cooking with Mickey Around Our World .  This dip was once served at Pioneer Hall’s Hoop de do Revue at Fort Wilderness Campground Resort.  I followed the recipe almost as written, with a tad less salt.  

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Pioneer Hall Cheese Dip 

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The ingredients needed to make Pioneer Hall Cheese Dip

Pioneer Hall Cheese Dip

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Ingredients

3/4 cup half and half

1 Tablespoon of chili powder 

1/8-1/4 teaspoon salt 

1/8 teaspoon white pepper

1/8 teaspoon Tabasco sauce

3/4 grated Cheddar cheese (I use 2%, rather than whole fat cheese )

1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened (I use the lower fat variety)

Directions

Heat the half and half with the chili powder, stirring to blend
and let simmer for a few minutes.

Add salt, white pepper and Tabasco sauce.

Put cheeses in a bowl and gradually add the hot liquid.

Stir until cheeses are mixed.

Other seasonings may be added as desired.

 

Serve with crackers, chips, or with fresh vegetables.

Makes 2+1/2 cups

Annette’s note-To be honest, this appetizer did not wow me. I would probably not make this again.  I found the flavors bland and unexciting, but I am not the biggest chili powder fan, either.

Other Mickey Cook-along Recipes

Click on the recipe’s name, below, to be taken to the recipe’s blog post.

Beverages

Caddy Cooler

Tavern Sherbet Punch

Thanks for reading,
Annette

To enjoy any, or all, of my past blogs and photos, click here, or 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.
Look for my next post on Thursday, May 17

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Wishing you Disney dreams, yummy bagels, and unlimited iced tea, until we meet again.  :o)

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Spring has Sprung, sort of, and so has the Mickey Cook-along

April 16, 2018

Spring has Sprung, sort of,
and so has the Mickey Cook-along

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Enjoying the nice Saturday spring day on my deck,
with my Mickey cookbook and in my new It’s a Small World tank top.
I bought the top on Etsy here.

Saturday-Ahhh….the comforting sound of our lawnmower serenades me, as the scent of new-cut grass wafts in through my open window.  Bright yellow daffodils, and petite grape hyacinths, in my favorite color, have begun to decorate my yard’s landscape. Spring has FINALLY arrived!  (and to think that just five days ago the sight of snowflakes falling from the sky greeted my eyes!)

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Bright yellow daffodils bloom in my yard.

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A lone grape hyacinth blooms among the remnants of last autumn.

Monday-Our spring temperatures in the 70’s were short-lived, it seems. Along with the rain that came on Sunday and today, came lower temperatures. Such is spring.  :o)
I know that much of the northern midwest saw snow this weekend!

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The thermometer out my kitchen window today shows me that Saturday’s 70+ degree weather were short-lived.

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My son-in-law playfully makes a snow angel on Saturday,
during their snowstorm in Minnesota.

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A photo of a warmer spring day past.
This is me as a youngster, enthusiastically gathering
purple-colored Sweet Williams/wildflowers.

 Spring IS on the way, my dear blog friends! It really is! Mix up this refreshing beverage below, in the mean time, dreaming of warmer days.  :o)

Mickey Recipe Cook-along

Version 2

The vintage Cooking with Mickey Around Our World cookbook,
will be used in a series of I’m Annette blog posts.
I will work my way from the front to the back of this classic 1986 cookbook,
preparing the 
Disney creations that interest me,
while changing recipes when necessary, and/or to my liking.

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 Tavern Lemon Sherbet Punch is my second recipe choice from Cooking with Mickey Around Our World . This festive dessert-like beverage was once served at the Liberty Tree Tavern in the Magic Kingdom. I could not locate lemon sherbet at my local supermarket, so I changed this recipe to an orange punch, using orange sherbet and orange juice, rather than lemon sherbet and lemon juice. :o)

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Gather the ingredients for this fruity punch, including some ice.

Tavern Sherbet Punch

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Ingredients

1/4 cup orange juice

1 quart orange sherbet

1 quart club soda

Ice

 

Fresh orange

Fresh strawberry

Straw

Directions

Blend orange juice, sherbet, and club soda thoroughly.
( I used my hand blender for this.)

Serve at once over ice in stemmed glasses.

Garnish each glass with one orange slice.

Serve with straw,
garnishing each straw with one fresh strawberry. 

Makes a half gallon, or about 12 5-ounce servings.

Annette’s note-This pretty punch was yummy!
My hubby and I both enjoyed this sweet treat as an afternoon snack.
I am thinking that as a dinner beverage, it might be a bit heavy.

 

Other Mickey Cook-along Recipes

Click on the recipe’s name to be taken to the recipe’s blog post.

Caddy Cooler


Thanks for reading,

Annette

To enjoy any, or all, of my past blogs and photos, click here, or 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.
Look for my next post on Thursday, April 28.

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

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Kali wishes everyone a happy and warm spring!

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The Easter Bunny and Mickey Mouse

March 31, 2018

The Easter Bunny and Mickey Mouse

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I am all decked out in white gloves and Easter finery in the Iowa spring of 1965, with my younger sister.

Happy Easter!  Wishing you a wonderful Easter weekend! I’d like to share a couple Easter memories with you, beginning with these two photos of Easters’ past.  :o)
I remember as a youngster, my Easter attire was not complete without a new pair of pristine white gloves, as the photo above can attest!

Easter Dresses 1967

Matching Easter dresses, times three.
My mother, sister, and me (on the right).
March 26, 1967

 

The matching dress trend of the 1960’s is demonstrated by our 1967 Easter attire in the photo above. I giggle at my former self, looking particularly unhappy, possibly due to the fact that my hair was teased up high (I was never a fan.) for the photo. :o)

To read a previous Easter post with additional vintage photos, click here.

Swiss Chocolate for Easter

In March 2013, my hubby and I embarked on, what would be two and a half years, of living overseas.  Feeling somewhat out of my element as I boarded the plane, pondering my future, I smiled when we were greeted onboard by a couple of cute and yummy Lindt Easter bunnies from the Swiss chocolatier. 

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Chocolate Lindt bunnies awaited us on our flight overseas in March 2013.

We found that chocolate plays a big part in the Swiss Easter celebration, when traveling to Switzerland in late March 2015.  We witnessed impressive Easter displays in supermarkets, and culinary works of art in local chocolatier’s windows.

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Bunnies, chocolate, and chocolate bunnies abound at Easter time in this Swiss supermarket.

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Rather have a chocolate frog?  They have that, too!

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Chocolate artists work their magic in the store windows, for customers to see.

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Chocolate bunnies in all shapes and sizes march in rows.

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At this chocolate store in a train station, a giant chocolate bunny stands guard.

How It Goes With My Broken-leg Adventure 

I have happily been bootless for 24 days now!  Thanks to physical therapy, I am slowly ridding the limp from my step, regaining my balance, and relearning to descend the stairs.

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 Physical Therapy is helping me to get back to my “pre-break” self.

I find that I still tire easily, as my body is slowly transitioning back to my former energy level. Right now, a mere hour trip to the grocery store feels like I just put in a long day of park hopping at Walt Disney World. :o)

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My red exercise stretch band with list of exercises sits on the table behind Kali.
I exercise as I/we watch TV, such as the NCAA basketball finals.

The First Recipe of my Mickey Recipe Cook-along

Today I begin my Mickey recipe quest, as I prepare creations that interest me, throughout the vintage Cooking with Mickey Around Our World cookbook.
I will begin working my way from the front, changing recipes to my liking.
My inaugural recipe comes from the now defunct
Disney Inn‘s
Garden Gallery.  
The Disney Inn is now the location for Shades of Greenreserved for the Armed Forces and their families, with the Garden Gallery still around “to serve”. (Yes, that was a pun! :o))

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Cooking with Mickey Around Our World cookbook

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This recipe has only three ingredients, plus ice!

Caddy Cooler

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Ingredients

1/2 cup orange juice 

2 Tablespoons pineapple juice

2/3 cup (6 ounces) frozen strawberries
(Use frozen strawberries with sugar variety-see Annette’s note, below)

1/2 cup crushed ice

Straw

Directions

Mix juices, strawberries and crushed ice in blender for 15-30 seconds.

Serve in glass with straw.

Says serves one, but enough for two small drinks.

Cookbook note-can be doubled in a blender.

Annette’s note-Sour!
I am guessing that the frozen strawberries WDW used “back in the day”,
had been frozen with sugar variety.
I did not wish to add sugar to my already prepared recipe, so I added extra pineapple juice.
I am sure that this changed the original taste, though.

Not bad. Guessing this would be much better with sugared strawberries.

Thanks for reading,
Annette

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Look for my next post on Thursday, April 12.

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Happy Easter and Happy Spring!

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Look Ma, No Boot!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Look Ma, No Boot!
The Continuing Saga of my Broken-leg Adventures
(Plus, Disney Recipes!)

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Look Ma, no boot!
I am so happy to be without my boot/cast,
even if it means wearing these “oh, so stylish” orthopedic shoes.

I sit at my kitchen table, sipping on a soothing cup of steaming hot tea. I gaze out the window, all warm and cozy, as I write this, my most recent blog post to you.  Currently, it is a winter wonderland outside; a real White Christmas, snow globe  scene! Pristine, pure white snowflakes silently make flight downward, to blanket the cold, hard ground.

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I think back to another wintery day, just a couple of months ago, January 9th to be exact. It was on that fateful day that my broken-leg adventure began with one quick, unfortunate slip on the ice. I am happy to report that on March 7th, my physician officially declared me boot-free!  Hooray!!!  

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A close-up of my now boot-less right leg.

I am so looking forward to walking without any discernible limp in the near future, as well as regaining my pre-broken leg stamina. I am guessing that the several upcoming weeks of physical therapy and exercises will see to that. :o) (I have had two physical therapy sessions thus far.)

You can read my other Broken-leg Adventure posts
here, here, herehere , 
and here.

Love Your Mickey Mouse Ears!

Did you notice my sparkly Mickey Mouse ears in the top photo?  My daughter knows/shares my love of Disney, and recently sent me these ears for my March 2nd birthday.  The ears are on a comfortable headband, and are interchangeable.  I can be sparkly one day, and It’s a Small World ( one of my favorite Disney World rides) the next!  :o)  

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My birthday box filled with Mickey Ears.
Want your very own Mickey Ears?  You can find them here and here.
(No, I am not getting paid to pass this information along to you.  :o))

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When not in use, my It’s a Small World ears make their home in my
clothes closet, next to my Small World clock from Etsy,
my Oz (Wizard of Ozletters (a gift from my son, one year.
Hey, my family knows what I like!  :o)),
and the wedding garter from when I got married in 1978.

Disney Recipes Coming Soon!

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My much-loved copy  of Cooking with Mickey

For the rest of 2018, about one post per month, II’m Annette  will be working my way through (skipping those that do not interest me) the vintage Disney cookbook Cooking with Mickey Around Our World.  I will share the recipes with you, and give you my feedback about Mickey’s creations in the parks.

Disney Recipes from the past Five Years of I’m Annette

This month marks the five year anniversary of when I started my blog, I’m Annette! Over the course of those 109+ posts, I have shared many recipes, several of the Disney variety. You can find those Disney recipes, below.

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At Disney World, my daughter enjoys the Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie
in the French Pavilion of Epcot’s World Showcase.
Martese’s shirt, and Ratatouille, remind us that “Anyone Can Cook Eat”. :o)
September 2016

Click on the dish’s name, in blue, below,
to be transported to the recipes in my past blog posts. 

L’Originale Alfredo di Roma Ristorante, no longer in Epcot- Fettuccine Alfredo

 The Brown Derby, Hollywood Studios-Cobb Salad with French Dressing, and  Grapefruit Cake

The Carthay Circle Restaurant, Disneyland- Disneyland Carthay Autumn Salad

 Walt Disney World-Disney’s Peanut Butter Cookies

Walt Disney World and Disneyland-Mickey Waffles

Animal Kingdom-Pimento Cheese BLT

Thank you for your continued prayers for the healing of my leg. I am almost back to my normal self!

Thanks for reading,
Annette

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or “search” in the Archives sections, on the upper right-hand side.

I’m Annette usually posts every other week.
Look for my next post on Thursday, April 5.

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Martese is very Disney knowledgeable and an “Authorized Disney Vacation Planner” for any of the Disney destinations, and Disney vacation locations.
Martese’s vacation planning services are totally FREE!!!

Contact Martese to assist in planning your next Disney vacation.
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Happy First Week of Spring!  :o)

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Don’t Pinch Me, I’m Wearing Green Underwear!

March 1, 2018

Don’t Pinch Me, I’m Wearing Green Underwear!

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Dale and I “play dress-up”, as John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara, while visiting
The Quiet Man Museum in Cong (County Mayo) Ireland. :o)
September 2013 

Follow me on our fun-filled Ireland/Quiet Man Trip,
by clicking on the titles below. 

Irish Gold 1

Irish Gold 2

The Quiet Man’s Ireland, Day 1

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

Top of the Mornin’ to Ya!

Happy March!  Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I love St. Patrick’s Day!  March 17th, is a day happily blanketed in all things green, a day giving me a legitimate excuse to overindulge on deliciously hearty Irish Stew,
or Shepherd’s Pie, followed up by richly butterscotch-coated Irish Gold (My family’s  traditional St. Patrick’s Day treat). It is also the holiday that beckons me to immerse myself in all things Irish, by watching one of my favorite all-time classic films,
The Quiet Man!  

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My blu-ray edition of The Quiet Man beautifully remastered and released by Olive Films .
Of the several copies of this film that I have owned over the years,
this is the one that really does The Quiet Man justice.

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I must agree with director Martin Scorsese sentiment*,
that this romantically iconic kiss, in The Quiet Man, is one of cinema’s best!

(*As stated in the documentary John Ford: Dreaming The Quiet Man.)
Read about Scorsese’s praise for this film here.

John Wayne’s silk shirt soaked from the rain STILL gets me! :o)

Thank you to the Maureen O’Hara Magazine Website for
the use of this
photo and quote.
To see more on this fan website, click here.

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My personal copy of Filmmaker Sé Merry Doyle‘s excellent documentary about The Quiet Man.

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My souvenir sign, happily purchased in Cong/Ireland, along with my “shamrock” broach (not purchased in Ireland) that come out each
St. Patrick’s Day.

(Technically, shamrocks have three petals, this is actually a four-leaf clover.) 

Don’t Pinch Me, I’m Wearing Green Underwear!
(or 
St. Patrick’s Day is sometimes spent at Walt Disney World!)

Where will you find yourself on this St. Patrick’s Day, and what memories will it hold? It is interesting to look back over the years to see where I have spent my March 17’s.  In 2014, I was in the vibrant city of Dubai with my hubby on business.  In 2008, and also 2013, I was lucky enough to find myself on Spring Break with family members at Walt Disney World!

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Where will you find yourself on this St. Patrick’s Day?

Packing for the 2008 trip, and being proactive against, and fearful of, the dreaded
St. Patrick’s Day pinch, I made sure that each of my family member’s suitcases included the mandatory green apparel, appropriate for March 17th. My youngest son, age 14 at the time, decided upon his anti-green, St. Pat’s tee, emblazoned with the words, “Don’t pinch me! I’m wearing green underwear!”  Chandler’s unique
tee-shirt elicited many a smile, and comment, from guests and WDW staff alike that day, becoming a special Disney, and St. Patrick’s Day, memory. :o)

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My youngest son (on the right, next to his oldest brother),
wearing his giggle-inducing
 tee-shirt while at Walt Disney World.
March 17, 2008

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The “gang” in St. Pat’s gear and seated in front of the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.
My daughter-in-law (at that time, future daughter-in-law :o))
wore light-up Mickey ears, prompting one Disney cast member
to ask her if she was feeling “light-headed”.  :o)
March 17, 2008

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Enjoying a sunny St. Patrick’s Day at WDW with my daughter, and doing our “Singing’ in the Rain” imitation at Hollywood Studios.
March 17, 2008

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Not all of my kiddies could make this trip to Walt Disney World.
We were, however, joined by my daughter’s Texas friend, Natasha (far left),
for this Disney vacation.  Martese and Natasha became friends while working at WDW for the Disney College Program in 2010.
March 17, 2013

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The beautiful Burj al Arab, in Dubai, all lit up in green, and decked out
with a shamrock, for St. Patrick’s Day.
March 2014

To read my blog posts about Dubai, click here and here.

Check out My Walt Disney World Posts!

Disney Food and Wine Festival-Here

Disney World Family Reunion-Here

Disney World Recipeherehere, and here.

 Check out My Disneyland and Disney Studios Posts!

Disneyland-Here

Disney Studios–Here

Disneyland and Disney Studios-Here

 The Further Saga of My Broken Leg Adventure

I am getting around much better these days! :o) Or as the mentally unstable Commissioner Dreyfus utters in my favorite Pink Panther film,
The Pink Panther Strikes Again,
“Every day, and in every way, I am getting better and better.”  

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   “Every day, and in every way, I am getting better and better.”  

See and hear the exasperated Commissioner Dreyfus utter these words to Inspector Clouseau, here.

I rarely use my cane around the house anymore, and the pain and swelling of the injured area continues to diminish. :o)
I still descend the stairs on my backside, but am confident enough to ascend the stairs upright with my trusty quad-foot cane (actually the handy cane is a loaner from a friend), provided someone is following right behind me, as a safety precaution. Hopefully, my March 7th doctor’s visit will garner positive results, and this boot will soon be a distant memory.

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I continue to descend the stairs on my backside.

With my increased mobility, I am slowly easing back into the cooking of meals at my house.  I even made chili for the chili cook-off in celebration of my British pen pal
Jenny Hammerton‘s new book release, 
Cooking with Columbo!

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My version of Johnny Cash’s Chili simmers on the stove.

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I proudly display my new copy of Cooking with Columbo,
just released last month .

To read my guest blog with cookbook author Jenny Hammerton, click here.

St Patrick’s Day Recipes

There are probably as many recipes for Irish Stew, as there are shamrocks in the emerald fields.  Today, I share with you mine. My recipe began with an ad from the American Lamb Board, cut from a magazine many years ago.  Not being a big lamb fan, I immediately changed the main ingredient to beef, making a few other changes along the way.  I share with you my version of Irish Stew, with a little Irish Gold for dessert.  Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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The source and inspiration for my own Irish Stew recipe.

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Gather the ingredients to make my hearty Irish Stew.

Annette’s Irish Stew

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Ingredients

1-1.5 pounds of beef stew meat, making sure it is cut into bite-sized pieces

1 Tablespoons cooking oil

2 (32 oz.) beef broth

3 cubes of beef bouillon

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon coarse black pepper

1/4-1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

2 carrots, peeled and sliced

4-5 red potatoes, scrubbed and quartered,
or 3 large russet potatoes, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces

8 whole pearl onions, peeled, with ends cut off

1 (12 oz) package of frozen peas

1 (12 oz. can) evaporated milk

1/4 cup flour 


Irish Soda Bread, if desired, to go along with the meal

Directions

In large soup pot with tight-fitting lid, brown stew meat in oil over medium heat.

Drain off the excess oil.

Add beef broth, beef boullionsalt, pepper, and thyme.

Cover; simmer over medium-low heat for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add potatoes, carrots, and onions.

Cover and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring once, or twice.

Add peas, cover and simmer beef and vegetables for another 15 minutes,
or until they are tender; stirring once, or twice.
Beef should be tender enough to cut with a fork.

Meanwhile, in small bowl, blend/whisk evaporated milk and flour until smooth.

Add flour mixture to stew using a whisk and stirring continuously; cooking with lid off until the liquid is thickened and until stew is bubbling hot.

Serve with extra salt, pepper, and bread of your choice.  Irish soda bread, perhaps?

Serves 4

Irish Gold

I have been making Irish Gold for years.  My children, when young, used to help me in its preparation for St. Patrick’s Day. The results may have been less than perfect-looking, but we had fun, and they were always quickly devoured.  Last year, my pre-school age grand daughter and I continued the family tradition by whipping up our own batch of Irish Gold.  :o)

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My grand daughter and I had fun making Irish Gold together.

Irish Gold

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Ingredients 

1 box Miniature Ritz-Bits Peanut Butter Sandwich crackers,

 
1 (12oz.) bag Butterscotch chips

 Directions

  Melt butterscotch chips slowly in a microwave safe bowl.

  Carefully dip the Ritz-Bits crackers into the melted chips.
(I use small tongs for this.)

  Set on wire rack, or waxed paper, and let the butterscotch harden.
(May need to be refrigerated.)

Enjoy!

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Legend has it that Saint Patrick used the shamrock
to illustrate the
 Trinity (The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost).

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Thank you for your continued prayers for the healing of my leg.

Thanks for reading,
Annette

To enjoy any, or all, of my past blogs and photos, click here, or 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.
Look for my next post on Thursday, March 22.

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Martese is very Disney knowledgeable and an “Authorized Disney Vacation Planner” for any of the Disney destinations, and Disney vacation locations.
Martese’s vacation planning services are totally FREE!!!

Contact Martese to assist in planning your next Disney vacation.
Website: marteseehm.offtoneverland.com, or click here.
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My entryway table decorated with a “bit of the green” for March.
For crafting information about these two St. Patrick’s Day pieces, click here.

 

 

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Love and Chocolate

February 14, 2018

Love and Chocolate

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I show off my festive Valentine (tinsel heart-shaped) wreath,
adorned with vintage pink Christmas ornaments.
(I bought it from Etsy several years ago, from here.)

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!  A holiday that promotes love, hearts, AND chocolate has got my enthusiastic support!  Of course, love is the cornerstone of this heart-filled holiday, but
as 
Charles M. Schulz, of Charlie Brown fame, once put it ...

All you need is love,
but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.

Charles M. Schulz

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My hubby ‘s surprise Valentine gift of  beautiful roses (white are my favorite),
yummy Dove dark chocolates (dark chocolate is my favorite), and a sweet Valentine, has me smiling!

 

The Peach Tree Tea Room

All of this talk about chocolate makes me think of one of my favorite cocoa treats-brownies,
which then makes me think of Ghirardelli chocolate,
which makes me think of  The Peach Tree Tea Room in the Texas Hill Country!

 

A long time ago (in the 1980’s and 90’s) in a galaxy far, far away (called Houston, Texas)…
my family and I would occasionally make the four and a half hour trek to the
Texas Hill Country and a quaint town called Fredericksburg. Steeped in German heritage and brimming with unique restaurants, this Texas town was a palate-pleasing paradise!  A stand-out eatery there was The Peach Tree Tea Room,  and their luscious Peach Tree Chocolate Brownies with Fudge Sauce Delight was truly revolutionary (at the time)! It was the very first time that I had ever heard of Ghirardelli chocolate, and when I went to bake these glorious brownies (thanks to The Peach Tree Tea Room Cookbook), I could not even find a source (think pre-Amazon) for Ghirardelli, the “gold standard” of chocolate.

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A piece of the Peach Tree Chocolate Brownies Recipe from their 1990 cookbook is pictured above.
This recipe
 was the first time that I had ever heard of Ghirardelli chocolate!
(and it was hard to come by!)

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My care-worn copy of The Peach Tree Tea Room Cookbook (copyright 1990)
is one of my all-time favorite cookbooks!  There are many great recipes!

Although, I have not had the pleasure of visiting Fredericksburg,
or The Peach Tree Tea Room, since moving from Texas in 1997,
this restaurant is still in operation, and they still sell this wonderful cookbook,
here!

Take it Easy, Take it Easy…

Times have changed, and no longer is Ghirardelli Chocolate a scare commodity.  In fact, now Ghirardelli makes a variety of brownie mixes available in every grocery store in the country, making it easier than ever to mix up a batch of these mouth-watering goodies.  These days,  I “take it easy” and go for the mix.  The good news is, the mix brownies taste great!

At the bottom of this blog is my recipe and instructions for assembling
Brownie Hearts.
To make things quicker and easier…

you may make the brownies by mix, or if in a major time crunch,
buy the ready-made variety from a box (Little Debbie, etc.), or from the grocery store bakery,

buy the grenadine, already prepared in the bottle,

buy already prepared chocolate ice cream sauce,

and buy already whipped canned/squirt whipped cream,

buy sprinkles.

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My personal favorite of the Ghirardelli Brownie mixes is the Dark Chocolate.

 

A Valentine Treat

My hubby and I will be having dinner in tonight, throwing something yummy on the grill. For dessert, I have prepared these Brownie Hearts.  Whether making them the
“take it easy” method, or from scratch, these valentine treats are sure to please. I got my inspiration from a cute blog called Grateful Prayer Thankful Heart .  Read her post here

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These brownie treats are sure to be a Valentine hit!
(This one is made without the fudge sauce.)

Setting the Mood, for Cooking that is!

When cooking, I often have one of my classic TV DVD’s playing. I Love Lucy (The Hollywood episodes are my favorite!) is my choice today. The classic heart seems appropriate for Valentine’s Day!  :o)

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The Brownies

Mix up and bake the brownies according to the directions on the box.  

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I like to use an 8 x 8 inch pans, for a thicker, denser brownie.

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I got four hearts from a box of brownies, with “scraps” leftover to nibble on.  :o)
(These were made without the chocolate sauce.)

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I bought my heart-shaped  4 x 1.8 inch cookie cutter, here.

 

The Grenadine

I loved Grateful Prayer Thankful Heart’s idea of flavoring the whipped cream with grenadine, and making it pink. I wanted to use a more natural grenadine, and found a recipe from COOKING LESSONS FROM THE KITCHN, changing it a bit to suit my taste.
My recipe is below.  For the original recipe, click here.

 Homemade Grenadine

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Ingredients

1/4 cup + 1-2 Tablespoons sugar
1 cup POM juice, or 100% unsweetened pomegranate juice
1/2-1 tsp- fresh lemon juice 

Instructions

In a sauce pan, combine sugar and juice.
Place over medium heat on stove top.
Stir to help sugar to dissolve.

Bring mixture to a rapid boil.
Cook for 5 minutes, or until slightly thickened.
Do not over boil!

Remove from the heat.  Let mixture cool.
Add lemon juice.

Store in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.


The Whipping Cream

This is just a standard whipping cream recipe.  As you can see from the photo below, my whipping cream did not turn out all that pink.  I imagine that this is because I used my natural grenadine with no artificial colors.  The flavor was wonderful though!

 Flavored, but not so pink, Whipped Cream

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Ingredients
1 pint whipping cream
4 or more ( I used 10) Tablespoons homemade grenadine syrup
3 Tablespoons powdered sugar

Directions
Place all three ingredients in chilled mixing bowl.

Beat ingredients together until peaks form.

 

 Chocolate Sauce

This is my version of The Peach Tree Tea Room Cookbook’s fudge sauce recipe.

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Ingredients

4 ounces unsweetened Ghirardelli baking chocolate
3/4 cup water
1 scant cup granulated sugar
Dash of salt
2 Tablespoons salted butter
1/2 teaspoon real vanilla

Directions

Break chocolate into pieces.
In saucepan, place chocolate and water.

Cook over low heat, stirring constantly as chocolate melts.
Keep stirring until chocolate is completely melted and mixture is smooth.

Add sugar and salt.
Cook and stir for 5 minutes, making sure that sugar has completely dissolved,
and mixture is a bit thickened.

Add butter.  Stir until melted.
Remove from burner.

Add vanilla.

How to Assemble the Brownie Hearts

In this order…

On plate, place a small amount of warm chocolate sauce.

Place heart-shaped brownie.

Cover brownie with spoonful of chocolate sauce, if desired (make sure it is not too hot, or whipped cream will melt.)

Place dollop of whipping cream on top of chocolate sauce and brownie.

Garnish with sprinkles.

Enjoy!

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A Brownie Heart

Another Frosting Recipe

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I often make this Ghirardelli brownie mix and cover them with about half a recipe of
Aunt Liz’s Glossy Chocolate Frosting( I keep the other half of the frosting in the fridge, that week, for ice cream.)

For the recipe for Aunt Liz’s Glossy Chocolate Frosting, click here.

The Latest on My Broken Leg Adventure

It is week one of my walking boot. I am slowly getting around again. (Aided, occasionally, by the use of a cane to keep me steady.) It is so nice to have the use of both legs!

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Cute Valentines mingle amongst my encouraging get well card wishes.
I love my new Valentine (Yours & MineRae Dunn mugs!

You can read my previous blogs about my broken leg adventures here and here.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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My dear friend, Barb, text me this photo of her cute dog, Kody.  :o)
Thank you, Barb!

Read my past Valentine blogs here and here.

Continued prayer for the complete and speedy healing of my leg is greatly appreciated!

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.
Look for my next post on Thursday, March 1.

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Annette Funicello, on this album cover, finds herself surrounded by
a multitude of colorful pink hearts, perfect for Valentine’s Day!
Read about my blog name, I’m Annettehere.

Thanks to Ebay’s bart28548 for the use of this great photo.
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This Boot is Made for Walking? OR Love Leg Hurts!

February 7, 2018

This Boot is Made for Walking?
OR
Love Leg Hurts!

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Today I progressed from being prohibited to putting weight on my
right leg (for four weeks),
 to walking in my boot (for another four weeks).
This photo was taken just after arriving home from the doctor today.
The crutch is keeping me stable, today, until I get used to walking again.

Welcome to the second installment ( or should I say the next STEP? hee hee) in my broken leg adventure.  I write my broken leg adventures, not to garner your pity my dear readers, but to encourage any of you who might be navigating through a similar experience.

Philadelphia Eagle’s Quarterback Nick Foles,  summed it up after winning the Super bowl  this past Sunday.

 I think when you look at a struggle in your life, just know that it’s an opportunity for your character to grow.”

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I playfully balance a football on my walking boot, atop my trusty Knee Scooter. 
(The rental company will pick up my scooter on Friday.)
Considering how close Knee Scooter and I have become this past month,
it is sure to be a touching scene when we say our good-byes.

See the video of Nick Foles quick inspirational thoughts about life, here.   

The Doctor’s Visit

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A colorful get well balloon adorns my kitchen counter.
A gift from my sweet neighbors.

It had been four weeks; four non-weightbearing weeks.  I had remained, with foot propped , in the safety of my cozy house for the duration, away from the treacherous ice that had initiated my calamity.  Secure, I had blanketed myself in the joys of watching classic TV and movies, reading, and laptop time.

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My reliable laptop

Today I would leave the house, and see what the doctor had to say about the status of my leg. Ironically, today it was raining, and again the rain was freezing into a slick crystalline mess. (Shades of when I broke my leg, falling on the ice one month ago.)
My hubby carefully loaded me into the car, handicap decal in place ( I am so thankful to have this decal!), and off to the doctor we went.

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I am so thankful to have a handicap parking decal!

Walking into the examination room, I was met by the sight of a cute mini-boot on the floor.  It seems that the patient before me, a young boy, was so very excited to be rid of his boot forever, that he bolted from the room leaving his boot behind!  I smiled.  This “tale of two tootsie” had filled with me with optimism for my own examination. I could relate to this youngster’s eagerness to be back on two feet once again!

The X-ray

I was escorted back to x-ray.  The kind technician instructed me to remove my boot,
(a boot that I had been wearing for four weeks on a foot that I had not walked on for
four weeks), and walk up two stairs to be x-rayed vertically. It sounded simple enough. Boot-bare, I gingerly stepped down on my right foot. It was at that precise moment that I let out, a loud, in-pain, involuntarily, embarrassing, blood-curdling scream; a scream so loud, in fact, that my doctor heard me from across the hall!.  Immediately, the x-ray tech  reanalyzed the situation ,and an adjustment was made.  I would now recline on the
x-ray table. X-rays complete!

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 I let out, a loud, in-pain, involuntarily, embarrassing, blood-curdling  scream!

The Prognosis

The x-ray looks good!   I am progressing as expected.  My leg is healing.  My splint-type boot would now become my walking boot. It seems that the scream-inducing pain that I had felt is a result of my leg’s non-use for a month, and the tightness of the boot around it. Unfortunately, my next appointment is now scheduled for four weeks, rather than the two that I had anticipated.  On the positive side, I can, again, begin to walk on two legs !
I, also, no longer have to wear the boot to bed! (Sleeping with a boot in bed has been like sleeping with a bowling ball strapped to my leg!)  Hooray! 

Walking Boot, My *@#^Apple Blossom,
Right now it is more like a shuffle boot!

At home, the images that I had, in my fantasy-filled mind, of my easily maneuvering around the house today, have been replaced by reality.  It soon became “painfully” apparent that this walking thing was going to take a little time.  You know what?
The movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory lied! There is no way that Grandpa Joe, after lying in bed for 20 years, could suddenly hop out of bed, dance, and accompany Charlie to the factory, after Charlie found the golden ticket!

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There is no way that Grandpa Joe, after lying in bed for 20 years,
could suddenly hop out of bed and dance!

Read more about Willy Wonka in my previous blog post, here.

 I am getting there!  With the aid of one crutch, I am, at the moment, more or less shuffling. (Think of Frankenstein’s distinct walk.) For now, I set the timer on my phone for every thirty minutes and do a walk around.  I will get better!

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 I set the timer on my phone for every thirty minutes and walk around.

The Mickey Mouse hip pack  (Hip pack sounds so much better than fanny pack, doesn’t it?), that I purchased last year, came out of its wrapping today and has come in handy, holding my phone as I walk about. Besides, it makes me smile!

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A “You Can Begin Trying to Walk on Your Mending Leg”Gift
from My Hubby

I got a gift on the way home from the doctor.  My hubby ran into Walgreens (to get batteries) and bought me a present to keep me in good cheer.  He presented me with
my favorite, Dark Dove Chocolate. Yum!  He also bought me this sweet Disney
Lady and the Tramp Valentine mug. :o)

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My gift of Dove Dark Chocolates and a Lady and the Tramp mug.

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Love

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The Lady side of my Valentine’s mug.

Recipe

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In honor of my cute Lady and the Tramp mug,
and the romantic spaghetti meal that Lady and Tramp share in the movie,
I give you this recipe.
It is a family favorite.

Spaghetti and Meatballs

photo to be here at a later time

INGREDIENTS:

Meatballs

1-11/2 lbs. ground round

1 handful of dried bread crumbs

                                   2 handfuls of ground Romano, or Parmesan cheese (Fresh cheese is best)

1 egg


Sauce

2 -12 oz. cans/jars tomato paste

2-15 oz. cans/jars tomato sauce (Save cans to measure water)

¼-1/2 teaspoon of the following spices:

Basil                

Celery salt

Italian seasoning

Marjoram

Oregano

Fresh parsley-optional

Rosemary

Summer savory

Thyme

Lesser amount of black pepper (I use fresh ground) and salt

1+1/2 heaping teaspoon sugar

                                             1 bay leaf (Remove from sauce before eating.)

Optional: mushrooms, onion, garlic

Garnish/Topping

(fresh) Romano and Parmesan cheese

Mozzarella cheese

 

Pasta

1 16 oz. spaghetti, or thin spaghetti noodles

Directions:

Mix together

the first four meatball ingredients with half a 15 oz. can of water together.

Form into meatball. Set aside.


Combine the sauce ingredients, including spices.

Add 1-2 15 oz. cans of water, and stir.

Let simmer for 15 minutes with the lid off, stirring often.

(Do not use a plain metal pot, as the tomato can pick up a metallic taste.

I use a Porcelain-on-steel graniteware pot, or Corning ware 5-quart.)

Put lid on, turn heat on low, and cook for two hours, stirring occasionally.

Test a meatball for doneness.

 

Fifteen minutes before serving, boil water for pasta, cooking per directions.

Drain.

 

Mix garnish cheeses together in amounts desired.

 

Place pasta on individual plates, then ladle on sauce with 3-4 meatballs.
Garnish with the cheeses.

 

Serve with hot Italian bread and butter, or garlic bread.

Enjoy!

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Read my previous blog about my broken leg adventure here. 

Your continued prayers for my recovery are appreciated.

Thanks for reading,
Annette

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Be My Guest! (My guest blogger, that is.)

February 1, 2018

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I sport my sparkly “Be My Guest/Beauty and the Beast” sweater,
as I embark on week number four of my broken leg adventure.
(Note my colorful “scooter/walker pouch” from my dear friend
and blog follower, Patti!)

You can read more about my broken leg here.

Be My Guest!
(My guest blogger, that is.)

Back in the “dark ages”, when I was in junior high (in the early 1970’s) in Iowa, I had a pen pal. I do not recall exactly how we came to be “matched-up” (through school, I imagine), or just how long we corresponded with one another (not more than a year, as I recall). I
do remember, however, that the world seemed a much bigger place back then, with the absence of home computers, cell phones, and the Internet.  As a result, when I received these photos via airmail from my Japanese pen pal, Toshimi, I was mesmerized.  

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My pen pal in Kyoto/Japan.

Although, the brilliant colors of these photos’ images have faded over the years, I still recall the excitement that I felt when the overseas letter and snapshots arrived in my very own mailbox. These photos were from, what seemed to me, to be a far off and exotic land.

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A photo of Kyoto from my pen pal.
I believe that this is a photo of
 The Golden Temple of Kinkakuji

My Email “Pen Pal”

Fast forward to the present, 2018.  Through the wonder of the Internet, awhile back I happily stumbled upon the fun blog Silver Screen Suppers , by Jenny Hammerton.  Not unlike pen pals, with Jenny living in London and me living in the USA, Jenny and I have enjoyed email correspondence relating to our similar love of cooking and classic movies and film stars.  Also, through our correspondence, Jenny has kindly agreed to be the very first guest blogger on I’m Annette! (Jenny tells me that this is her first time being a guest blogger, too! :o))

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Jenny, with her soon to be released cookbook,
Cooking with Columbo

I included a brief introduction about Jenny in my last blog post.
You can read it here

Meet Jenny!

I’m writing to you from Muswell Hill in the UK.  It’s a leafy part of London, and I live in a fabulous 1930s block of flats(apartments).  There is no central heating, and it has massive windows, so it’s freezing in the winter and boiling in the summer!  Right now, I am huddled up beside my 1970’s gas fire with a very big 1980’s mohair jumper(sweater).
We are having a cold snap! Here’s what my abode looks like in warmer weather.

my block of flats

Where I live.

I’m a film archivist, and in my day job I work mostly with the British Movietone cinema newsreel, which is a treasure trove of 1930’s – 1970’s content.  I regularly get totally lost in the collection, researching obscure events of the 20th century.

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I am a film archivist working with British Movietone

My passion for the last 15 years, or so, has been to collect the favourite recipes of movie stars of the golden era of Hollywood.  There was a real craze for fan magazines and cookbook creators to ask film stars for their signature dishes in the late 1920’s onward.  This trend slowed down in the 1960’s, but a trickle of recipes can still be found for the more recent eras.  I have over 7,000 recipes in my collection. To say it has gotten a bit out of control is a total understatement! Here’s the 1930’s pamphlet that I bought in a dusty stamp collector’s shop, which started my obsession.
It cost me £12 (about $16).

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My 1930’s cookbook pamphlet

I started blogging in May 2006.  At that time I was living on a houseboat on the Thames in London.

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My houseboat on the Thames

I was recovering from a broken heart, and decided that learning to cook would be a good distraction from feeling miserable all the time.  I had a sudden brainwave from out of nowhere, I would start cooking my way through my crazy movie star recipe collection.
I had a tiny tabletop cooker that had to be turned on with a pair of pliers, but I really enjoyed looking at my recipes, planning what to cook, and experimenting in my little floating caravan on the river.  This is the tiny kitchen where it all started.

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My houseboat kitchen

My blog is called Silver Screen Suppers, and when I started, I didn’t think anyone would read it. I just wrote about the recipes that I tried, and in my mind it was a kind of an online diary.  I started blogging long before food blogs really took off, so I didn’t think
to post up the recipes, or even photograph the food that I had made. Things have changed such a lot since then.

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The website banner for my blog Silver Screen Suppers

The very first recipe that I cooked was Bette Davis’ Boston Baked Beans. If I go back and read the blog entry from that day in May 2006, it really reminds me so much about that afternoon. The way it was pelting with rain, the way my friend Heather’s old flat looked, Heather and her ex-boyfriend falling asleep on the sofa, while I carried on watching
All About Eve all on my own…

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Bette Davis in All About Eve.  
Bette Davis’s Boston Baked Beans was my first blog recipe.

As I’ve gotten into reading other blogs, it’s this kind of detail that I really enjoy. I am very nosey indeed, so I love getting glimpses into how people live their lives.  Blogs to me are a little peek into other worlds.  I absolutely love them.  Thank goodness for the internet!

The thing I love most about being a blogger are the connections that I have made
with people that I would never have encountered in real life.
I have met people online that I consider firm friends now.
Greg Swenson, who writes the Recipes for Rebels blog, in Greece,
Yinzerella, who writes my favourite food blog  Dinner Is Served 1972, in Baltimore,
and folks who cook recipes from my blog and send me photographs, like this one of Natalie, dancing round the kitchen whilst making Rudolph Valentino’s Secret Spaghetti Sauce.  I have never met Greg, Yinzerella, or Natalie in person, but I very much hope to one day.

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Natalie, my blog friend, cooking up
Rudolph Valentino’s Secret Spaghetti Sauce

My absolute favourite movie star is Joan Crawford, and a few years ago I decided to put together a collection of her recipes in print for a Joan Crawford cookbook. It was such a fun project, as I had to cook all of the recipes, tweak them a little bit for the modern chef, and learn all about self-publishing.  I think the Joan cookbook took about 2 years to put together.

COOKING WITH JOAN CRAWFORDThe cover from my cookbook Cooking with Joan Crawford

The Cooking With Columbo Cookbook, which is coming out on the 20th of February, took around five years to write.  The process for this was very different from my other cookbook. In the Columbo Cookbook, I wanted to write an appreciation of each episode, then propose a recipe for a dish to eat alongside.  I bought a mini-DVD player and had Columbo episodes on repeat in my kitchen whenever I was cooking, so I would absorb them by osmosis!  I sometimes watched an episode before work too, in bed, while I was writing about it.  I have a full-time job, so I write in the early mornings and on Saturdays.  I test-cook recipes mostly on weekday evenings  On Sunday I collapse!

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The Cooking With Columbo Cookbook contains several of Peter Falk’s favourite recipes, plus lots from his co-stars such as William Shatner, Janet Leigh, Myrna Loy, Celeste Holm, Johnny Cash, Dick Van Dyke, John Cassavetes, Donald Pleasence, Rod Steiger and many more.

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One of the most fun things about writing a food focused blog is getting involved in cook-alongs.  For those who aren’t familiar with them, these are events where a specific recipe, or dish, or foodie theme, is proposed, and bloggers all around the world, cook something and write about it on their blog.  I’ve done quite a few of these, and they are so much fun!

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I’m organizing a cook-along to celebrate 50 years of this classic TV detective series, and I’d love as many people as possible to join in.  Everyone is invited, and you don’t have to be a blogger to participate.  I’d love folks who just dig Columbo, or love chili, or just fancy joining in with a cook-along, to participate – there are some really groovy prizes on offer!

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All the details for the cook-along are here, I’d love for you, Annette, and some of your readers to join in!  There’s a vegetarian version of the chili, as well as a meat version.

She Bakes, too!

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I bake bread monthly for my family’s Hammerton Brewery.
In 2014, my nephew resurrected a family business that had been dormant since the 1950’s, the Hammerton Brewery –http://www.hammertonbrewery.co.uk/site/ Once a month his tap room in Islington is open to the public, and I make around 20 loaves of beer bread to sell.  I also make mustard and pickles with the beer too, it makes everything delicious!  I’m working on a book of recipes containing his beer that will be available from the brewery and his pub, The House of Hammerton.  
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I make mustard and pickles for the brewery, too.

Other Good Stuff about Jenny,
in addition to her Cooking and Baking

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I made fougasse.  Peek-a-boo!

My Top Three Favorite Films

1 – Gone With the Wind (I watch this at least once a year)

2 – All About Eve (flawless!)

3 – Sunset Boulevard (Gloria Swanson is magnificent)

TV Series that I Love 

1 – Columbo (of course!)

2 – Burke’s Law (only discovered this recently, but it’s brilliant)

3 – The Rockford Files (my friend lives in the same block of flats as me and we get together once a fortnight (every two weeks) to watch one of these.  There are 123 episodes and 8 specials, so it’s going to take us some time…)

It’s been such fun writing a guest post for you, Annette!
If any of your readers care to have a peek at what I’m up to,
here are all my details…

www.silverscreensuppers.com

@silverscreensup on Twitter

Silver Screen Suppers on Facebook

silverscreensup on Pinterest

Cooking With Joan Crawford is available from blurb.com

Cooking With Columbo will be available on Amazon on February 20th

 
Eating and drinking like the stars of yesteryear…
Silver Screen Suppers  and Loaf on Mars
You can read even more about talented Jenny,

Recipe

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Annette Funicello

Among my requests for Jenny, as a guest blogger, was to include one of her awesome recipes for my readers.  Jenny graciously offered up any recipe, of my choice, from her past blogs. My choice was an obvious one, I chose Annette Funicello!  Here it is, just in time for your Super Bowl munchie menu!  (You can read about my Annette Funicello connection here.) I look forward to trying this recipe out soon!

Annette Funicello’s Wee Pigs in Blankets

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Ingredients

2 cups of biscuit mix

1 package lil’ smokies, or any little cocktail weenies/frankfurter

water

1 stick butter, melted

Directions:

Preheat oven at 425 degrees.

Grease cookie sheet.

Prepare biscuit mix according to the directions on the package.

Roll out dough to 1/8 inch in thickness.

Cut into rectangles 2 inches wide and 1/2 inch longer than the frankfurters.

Place one frankfurter on each piece of dough.

Moisten ends of dough with a little water.

Pinch dough together so that the franks are completely covered.

Brush outside of dough with melted butter.

Bake on greased cookie sheet at 425 degrees for about 15 minutes.

Serve piping HOT!

Columbo Fun Facts

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Learn a few fun facts about Columbo from this recent MeTV article,  here.

Chili Cook-along

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Do you plan to enter the Silver Screen Supper’s chili cook-along?
If so, please, tell me 
about your cook-along experience in the comments section of this blog!  I’d love to see photos, too!
I hope to participate, too, when my leg is healed! :o)

Thanks for reading,
Annette

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or “search” in the Archives sections, on the upper right-hand side.

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Look for my next post on Thursday, February 15.

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My daughter, hubby, and I enjoy a London tour bus ride in January 2013.
(I did not know Jenny back then.)  

Read more about my London adventures here and here.

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