Wintertime Means Comfort Food

January 18, 2021

Wintertime Means Comfort Food

I am ready for my Chicken Pot Pie Soup!

Let me begin with the obvious; it is winter here in the northern hemisphere!  And yes, that means that it is cold, windy, and snowy outside.  Fortunately, it is also warm, cozy, and homey inside! :o)

Winter means that it is cold, windy, and snowy outside.

Fortunately, it is warm, cozy, and homey inside!

 There have been many cookbooks written with comfort food and winter fare in mind.  I even own a couple! :o). They are filled with delicious-looking recipes, and I especially like the promise on the one cover that states “warm winter dishes for cold weather fun”.

There have been many cookbooks written with comfort food and winter fare in mind.
I even own a couple! :o)

Hello, Chicken Pot Pie Soup!

Wintertime means comfort food! And this recipe that I share with you today for Chicken Pot Pie Soup fits the bill!  Although, the definition of comfort food generally means food connected to “nostalgic or sentimental feelings”, I, actually, tasted my first Chicken Pot Pie Soup on a trip to Minnesota, a few years ago, in 2015, while visiting the General Store of Minnetonka’s, Cafe Bistro.  What a great place to dine and shop!  In addition to their soups and other menu items, they are. also, known for their light, yummy, over-sized popovers! Upon finishing up your meal, one can then spend time shopping and taking in their array of fun and fascinating items on display.

I tasted my first Chicken Pot Pie Soup on a trip to Minnesota in 2015, while visiting the
General Store of Minnetonka’s, Cafe Bistro.

They are also known for their light, yummy, over-sized popovers!

And for their fun and fascinating array of items for sale.

With the perfect blend of chicken and vegetable goodness, I became an instant fan of Chicken Pot Pie Soup.  The tasty recipe, below, comes from Chef Scott, whose Holiday Chicken Brie was featured in an earlier post, here. Thank you, Scott!

Preparing Chicken Pot Pie

This recipe is sure to be a winter favorite. It can be prepared as a soup, or, if desired, a puff pastry top may be added just before serving.

This recipe can be prepared as a soup, or, if desired,
a puff pastry top may be added just before serving.

 

Ingredients needed for this recipe

The Recipe

 

Scott’s Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Ingredients

1 sheet of puff pastry, if desired
(found in frozen section, or in refrigerated section near pie crusts)

1/2 cup chopped onion

1/2 cup chopped celery

1 bag of frozen mixed vegetables
(corn, green beans, peas, and carrots)

1 diced potato

1 stick butter

4 chicken breasts, cut up into cubes

1 quart/4 cups of water

1, or more Tablespoons chicken base
(found in jar near canned soups)

1 Tablespoon olive oil

2-4 Tablespoons cornstarch, and equal amount of water

salt and pepper

Directions

If using a puff pastry topping…
Cut puff pastry out just a bit larger than the circumference of the soup bowl you will be using.
Bake on parchment (some puff pastry includes this.)
Bake according to the directions, until lightly browned.
Set aside.

In the meantime…

Heat stock pot on medium, just until hot.

Add oil oil and chicken.
Brown both sides until halfway cooked.

Remove chicken and the chicken juice from the pan into bowl, and set aside.

Add butter to stock pot.
Sauté potatoes, onions, and celery are tender.

Add water, chicken and chicken juice, and chicken base.
Simmer on low heat, stirring often, until your potatoes and chicken are fully cooked.

Add frozen vegetables, and bring back to simmer.

Make “white wash” using equal parts cornstarch and water to thicken soup.
Bring back to simmer.

Add salt and pepper to taste, and additional chicken base to taste, if desired.

Spoon soup into bowl, and top with baked puffed pastry.

Enjoy!

Good-bye Winter Decor

 I like to sprinkle my house with a bit of joy for whatever season is around the corner.  With that in mind, I plan to put away my winter-related decor, later today, and pull out my Valentine’s Day stash.

I plan to put away my winter-related decor, later today.

Do you put up seasonal decor?  If so, when do you display your Valentine’s Day pretties?
I would love to hear about when, and how, you decorate for Valentine’s Day in the comments!

Cooking with Gammy

Enjoying my grandchildren at my house for some post-Christmas giggles,
we made these cute Rudolph donuts.  They were easy to prepare, and the
grandchildren had fun creating them.  :o)

Rudolph the Donut Reindeer

Donut Reindeer

Gather

pre-made chocolate-covered donuts,

canned white frosting

colored squeeze decorator frosting

red m & m

edible “eyes

mini pretzels

Allow your little one to create a reindeer face, similar to above.

Made Me Smile  :o)

As you may have gathered, I enjoy cookbooks.  (I read them like a novel!)   Over the years, I have reduced my cookbook inventory to a special few, and rarely add to my collection these days, EXCEPT when it comes cookbooks that feature recipes from Disney World and Disneyland.  I recently received the wonderful Delicious Disney: Walt Disney World cookbook as an early birthday gift. (Thank you!).
I will be taste testing these many of these recipes soon, and some may find their way into a post in the future!

The Mystery Machine

My youngest son was a big fan of Scooby-Doo growing up, and the Mystery Machine was the show’s splashy mode of transport for Scooby and the gang.  On a drive home, recently, I spotted this van in a drive way.  Cool! Scooby-Dooby-Doo! :o)

Enjoy these winter-related blog posts, below.
Just click “here” after the blog title, and enjoy.  :o)


From the January 2014 post

Touring with Swiss Miss/Mrs., August 2013, here.
Includes a Hot Chocolate recipe.

Baby, It’s Cold Outside, January 2014, here.
Includes winter movie recommendations and an Onion Soup recipe.

Chicken and Dumplings & Ma and Pa Kettle, September 2014, here.
Includes recipes for Chicken and Dumplings, and Chocolate Frosting

An Ideal, Lazy Cozy Winter Afternoon, January 2015, here.
Includes winter movie recommendations and a winter printable.

Minnesota Nice, October 2015, here.
Includes a recipe for Minnesota Wild Rice Soup.

One Wedding and a Whale of a Snowstorm, January 2016, here.

Life in the not so Fast Lane, or How do you mend a broken (heart) leg?, January 2018, here.

This Boot is Made for Walking?  OR (Love) Leg Hurts!, February 2018, here.
Includes a Spaghetti and Meatball recipe.

Look Ma, No Boot!, March 2018, here.

Winter Magic, February 2021, here.
Includes the recipe for Snowball Cookies.

A Very Merry Royal Christmas!, December 2021, here.
Includes the recipe for Holiday Chicken Brie.

Thank you for reading I’m Annette!

May your days be blessed, and your taste buds happy!

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Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth…
Edith Sitwell

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Zuzu’s Petals: An interview with Karolyn Grimes, and Racing with Bagpipes, The Celtic Solstice Five-Miler

December 24, 2021

Zuzu’s Petals: An Interview with Karolyn Grimes,
and Racing with Bagpipes, The Celtic Solstice Five-Miler

Happy Christmas Eve!  Yep, another Christmas is almost upon us! I love Christmas, and one of my favorite things about the holiday is all of the wonderful seasonal movies that there are to enjoy!  At the top of my list of yuletide-watching is Its a Wonderful Life. If you have never seen it, give yourself a Christmas gift and watch it this Christmas! This 75-year old film still stands up today, and  has a heartwarming message.

At the top of my list yuletide-watching list is Its a Wonderful Life (1946).

One of the young stars of this 1946 holiday classic is Karolyn Grimes, who played Zuzu.  It is little Zuzu who broken-heartedly asks her daddy (played by James Stewart) to paste her fallen rose petals back onto the stemmed rose that she has won at school that day.  And, it is she who delivers that unforgettable and iconic line at the end of the film..
.’teacher says, every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.’
It gets me everytime!  (For my previous post with information about this movie, go here.)

Little Zuzu sadly asks her daddy (played by James Stewart) to paste her fallen rose petals back onto the stemmed rose that she has won at school that day.  

The two photos above are of an esteemed family Christmas ornament purchased from
Ms. Grimes’ website years ago, here.

Earlier this week, Ms. Grimes graciously granted me a phone interview!  She had just returned home after several engagements related to her association with It’s a Wonderful Life, including a recent appearance in Seneca Falls, New York. This little town transforms itself into Bedford Falls (The town in the movie) for the month of December. See a short piece from the Today Show on Seneca Falls, the movie, and a short interview with Karolyn Grimes, here

My 1996 It’s a Wonderful Life ornament

Ms. Grimes shared with me, that the It’s a Wonderful Life set was a fun set filled with good memories.  There were other children there to play with; the other child actors playing the Bailey children.  She said that she particularly enjoyed Mr. Stewart, who she described as nice, and the director Frank Capra, who she said was also nice, and would get down to her eye-level to speak to her and direct her.

The back of my 1996 ornament, with a small bell inside the base.

Ms. Grimes also spoke about her part in another one of my favorite holiday classics, 
The Bishop’s Wife, where she played young Debby. She said that Cary Grant was her favorite to work with.  He liked children and talked with her, read stories to her, and hung out with her when time allowed.  When Grant practiced his ice skating on the set’s rink, he pulled young Grimes around on a sled!

Grimes played Debby on The Bishop’s Wife (1947)

Two other prominent actors that Ms. Grimes worked with were Bing Crosby and John Wayne.  
She mentioned that when starring with Bing Crosby in Blue Skies, that he was very nice and often he, and his friend, actor Jerry Colonna, would include her in their daily chats.  

Grimes described Bing Crosby as nice.
An article discussing Bing Crosby, from Carolyn Grimes’ website, is here.

She said that she remembers John Wayne, while staring Rio Grande, as tall and masterful.
Wayne would call her Little Miss Carol.  :o)

Karolyn Grimes starred in Rio Grande with John Wayne.

I was surprised to learn that Ms. Grimes has written three cookbooks in conjunction with 
It’s a Wonderful Life.  I only knew of her first one, which I own.  When asking which recipe from her cookbook that I should share with my readers, she did not hesitate.  She immediately said,
Mrs. Martini’s Creamy Linguine“.  Don’t you just love the name?!  I set out immediately to make this dish.  It was yummy! The recipe is below.

Karolyn Grimes’ first It’s a Wonderful Life Cookbook

A big thank you to Karolyn Grimes for sharing her time and memories with me!

Related It’s a Wonderful Life Stuff

It was recently announced that Turner Classic Movies has showings on the big screen of 
It’s a Wonderful Life on their December 2022 schedule!  View the schedule, here.  Sign me up!

If you want some fun trivia about It’s a Wonderful Life, try The It’s Wonderful Life Trivia Book, written by Tommy of the movie/Jimmy Hawkins along with another child star, Paul Petersen (Petersen was on the The Donna Reed Show, and Donna Reed was a star in It’s a Wonderful Life.)

The Recipe

In my haste to eat, I forgot to take a photo of the finished product (OOPS!),
but I do have this photo (below) of the ingredients that I used in this recipes.

Ingredients needed for this recipe

 

Mrs. Martini’s Creamy Linguine

Ingredients

2 Tablespoons of butter

2 Tablespoons of flour

1 cup milk

Pinch of salt

1/4-1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
(I used 1/4 tea.)

1/2 teaspoon dried parsley

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese + more for topping
(I used fresh)

1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese

Linguine noodles
(I used the fresh, refrigerated variety)

Directions

Cook noodles.

In saucepan, over medium heat, melt butter and add flour, stirring constantly until thick.
Add milk and heat through, stirring continuously.  

Stir in remaining ingredients except noodles.

Cook over medium heat until cheese are completely melted and mixture thickens. 

Pour immediately over cooked noodles and toss until well coated.

Top with sprinklings of Parmesan.

Great as a small main dish or as a side dish.

Enjoy!

 

The Celtic Solstice Five-Miler

I enjoyed posing for a photo op with this magnificent Irish Wolfhound. 

Let me first begin by saying that I am not a runner, or at least, I wasn’t.  
It was in July of this year that I began… easing into the running world, using the walk/run method training program developed by Jeff Galloway.
My motivation? An upcoming 10K at Walt Disney World in 2022.  

In fact, in April of 2019 at Walt Disney World, I had the pleasure of briefly meeting Mr. Galloway.
 I expressed an interest, at that time, in possibly walk/running in the future, and he encouragingly said, “You can do it!”.  :o)

I had the pleasure of briefly meeting Mr. Galloway in 2019.

On December 18, 2021 I ran (technically walk/ran) my very first race, a five-miler.
For those of you who have been following I’m Annette for awhile, you may recall that I participated in a virtual 5K A Christmas StoryRun in December 2016, but I walked it with my son. 

I walked in a virtual 5K A Christmas StoryRun  on December 3, 2016 with my son.
Read about that “race” here.

Anyway, I digress…
I actually finished last Saturday’s race, and lived to tell about it!  I survived!  I did it!  
By my side the entire race was my friend, Joanne, patiently encouraging me throughout.  
Thank you, Joanne!

At the finish line with my friend Joanne, who patiently encouraged me throughout the race.  
Thank you, Joanne!

I would like to share with you the sights and sounds of The Celtic Solstice Five-Miler 2021 .
Well, technically, I guess, I am sharing just the sights, and not the sounds , but there sure were some fun things to see!  Take a look!

The pretty and intricate emblem on the back of my race top.

Enjoying the pre-race activities

Upon arrival we were greeted by wonderful Irish music!

 

Kilts, and Bagpipes, and Running Costumes, Oh My!

There were…

Bagpipes and kilts,

Kilts getting coffee,

Couples in kilts,

Funny sweatshirts, like this “Scott-ish for hire”variety,

Kilts at the start of the race,

Kilts at the finish of the race,

Celtic capes and festive hats,

Running trees,


Happy elves,

Buddy elves,

And a racing Santa.

AND…

There were racing officials in holiday attire, with a popular racing spot in the background.  :O)

There was very delicious, barley-filled vegetable soup awaiting hungry and thankful race finishers,

Thanks to this soup meister!
He stirred up 100 gallons of his secret recipe,
for this race.
Thank you!
Yum!

 

Worn out from the race?  :o)

I did it! :o)

Cooking with Gammy

 

Christmastime is filled with many wonderful treats, including gingerbread men and brownie reindeer.

Gingerbread men and Brownie Reindeer

Both of these are easy, simple treats that are fun to decorate, using pre-made Little Debbie treats.

Pre-made Little Debbie treats

Gingerbread Men

Gather pre-made gingerbread man cookies, canned frosting, sprinkles and colored sugars.  Allow your little ones to frost the top of the cookie, and then decorate with sprinkles and/or colored sugars.

Frost with canned frosting.

Decorate with sprinkles and colored sugars.

Enjoy!

Reindeer Brownies

Complete instructions for these cute little reindeer are here.

Rudolph the red-nosed, purple-nosed, pink-nosed reindeer… :o)

Enjoy these related blog posts, below, including ,
 one about a 5K several years ago,
several with Christmas movie suggestions,
and mouth-watering Christmas recipes!
Just click “here” after the blog title, and enjoy.  :o)

A Christmas Story Christmas, December 2016, here.
Information about the holiday movie, A Christmas Story and about the related 5K.

What’s Slumgullion, December 2018, here.
Information about It Happened on 5th Avenue, and its featured dish, Slumgullion.

Growing Up in Disneyland:  A Conversation with Author, Ron DeFore, July 2019, here.
An interview with the son of actor Ron DeFore, star of the Christmas classic,
It Happened on 5th Avenue.

Have a Sweet Christmas, December 2019, here.
Includes the recipe for Reindeer Belly Buttons.

Christmas Cheer, May 2020, here.
Includes the recipe for Peanut Butter Cups.

It’s Christmas Time!  Enjoy These Often-Missed Yuletide Movies, December 2017, here.
Features several Christmas movies

Procrastination and Merry Christmas, December 2015, here.
Information on the Christmas classic, A Miracle on 34th Street.

Christmas in Black and White, December 2014, here.
Information on Christmas movies, including It’s a Wonderful Life.

Counting the Days Till Christmas, December 2013, here.
Information about Christmas movies and the recipe for Peanut Clusters.

12 Days of Christmas…Goodies, December 2020, here
Recipes for several Christmas goodies and instructions for Reindeer Brownies.

Thank you for reading I’m Annette!

May your days be blessed, and your taste buds happy!

Merry Christmas!

 

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  And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us…
Hebrews 12:1-3

 

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A Very Merry Royal Christmas!

December 16, 2021

A Very Merry Royal Christmas!

My royal “crown”of choice is in the shape of these festive sequin Mickey Mouse ears.  :o)

How many Christmas movies have you watched so far this Yuletide season?  
Do you favor a good Christmas classic, like White Christmas or It’s a Wonderful Life, or a more modern Christmas film like A Christmas Story, or Elf, or do you find yourself watching the Hallmark(ish) kind of holiday fare?

Do you favor Christmas classics like White Christmas, It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story,         and Elf?

I, personally, love them all!  Christmas movies?  Bring ’em on!
So if you are a fan of the TV Hallmark, or Hallmark-like Christmas variety, there is no shame here! :o) All Christmas movies are embraced here!
(If you are not a fan of this variety of movie entertainment, skip down to “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas!”, below.)
I find myself particularly drawn to a subcategory of the December TV offerings, Hallmark-style; that is, the royal Christmas genre.

When was it decided that it is at Christmas when everyone meets and marries royalty?  Who knows, but it makes for a couple of hours of very easy entertainment (In other words, no thinking required)!
 Some are better than others, to be sure, but they all have a bit of regal charm.  
Several on Netflix even have gone on to become a trio of holiday movies, such as: 

The Princess Switch,
The Princess Switched Again, and
 The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star

A Christmas Prince,
A Christmas Prince:  The Royal Wedding, and 
A Christmas Prince:  The Royal Baby

Christmas With a Prince,
Christmas With a Prince: Becoming Royal, and
Christmas With a Prince: The Royal Baby

Are you sensing a pattern here?  ha

The first one, The Princess Switch, is the one out of all nine of these, that I like the best.

Disclaimer-None of these royal movies can stand up to the likes of It’s a Wonderful Life, but I still find them fun for a much lighter fare.

A few of my royal Christmas movie dvds.

A Recipe Fit for a Royal

Do not be intimidated! Do not skip over this recipe!  This recipe looks difficult, but it really isn’t.
In fact, it only requires four ingredients! I have been making this for years.  The first time that I enjoyed this yumminess was at my daughters sorority in 2012.  It was a special dish prepared for the parents by the house chef/cook.  He was kinds enough to share his recipe. (Thank you, Scott!) I changed a couple of things, when I got home, to make it easier to prepare, but this is basically his recipe.  It’s a keeper!

Holiday Chicken Brie requires only four ingredients, and it isn’t just for holidays!

Holiday Chicken Brie

Ingredients

Approx. 6 (6 x 6) Frozen, or Fresh, Puff Pastry
(Pepperidge Farm, Sara Lee-in the frozen section, or Wewalka-in the refrigerator section )

Boneless, skinless  chicken breasts
(I use pre-packed thinly sliced)

Brie
(I use President’s brand-Light Brie, when I can.)

Seedless Raspberry Polaner All Fruit (jam)
(Any all-fruit jam will work)

PAM cooking spray

 

Directions

Preheat oven at 400-425 degrees.

Pan sear chicken breast in PAM cooking spray.
Let cool, while preparing pastry.

Place chicken breast on pastry square.

Slice Brie, trimming off outside rind, and place on seared chicken.

Wrap pastry around chicken by brining up the four corners together.
Seal/crimp edges.

Bake at 400-425 degrees for 20-30 minutes, until meat thermometer reads 165 degrees for poultry.

Heat approx. 1/4-1/2 cup jam in microwave for 15-20 seconds.

Plate pastry, garnish baked pastry with hot jam, and serve with additional jam on the side.

Good served with a nice green salad.

Enjoy!

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas!

As I write this to you, I am enjoying the holiday decor that surrounds me (while ignoring the pile of papers littering my counter, and the dishes that need to be loaded into the dishwasher!).  
Please allow me to share a couple of my favorite spots around my house this Christmas.

This gift from a friend is the perfect sign for my front door!

I excitedly added these six (white) houses to my Christmas decor several years ago,
but I always felt like it was lacking a little something.  
This year, I stumbled upon this church (in the middle), and added a string of twinkle lights to complete my display.
See the previous “house” display, here.

Mickey Snowman was my addition to my Christmas decorations this year.
Isn’t he cute?
Read more about it, here.

Made Me Smile  :o)

Thanksgiving spent with my daughter and her husband was such fun!  Yes, it made me smile!
As did their dog, Pongo, and cat, Nala!  
They are so cute! 

Eating out at The General Store was yummy, and their Christmas decorations were delightful!

Pongo poses for a picture.

Nala lounges in the sunshine.

      

Enjoy These Related Blog Posts, below, including ,
 Christmas movie suggestions and recipes!
Just click here after the blog title, and enjoy.  :o)

12 Days of Christmas…Goodies, December 2020, here.

Christmas Cheer, May 2020, here.

Have a Sweet Christmas, December 2019, here.

What’s Slumgullion, December 2018, here.

It’s Christmas Time!  Enjoy These Often-Missed Yuletide Movies, December 2017, here.

A Christmas Story Christmas, December 2016, here.

Procrastination and Merry Christmas, December 2015, here.

Christmas in Black and White, December 2014, here.

Counting the Days Till Christmas, December 2013, here.

Thank you for reading I’m Annette!

May your days be blessed, and your taste buds happy!

Merry Christmas!

 

 

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Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men.
Luke 2:14

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 Runaway Fried Chicken and Terrifying Cucumber Crocodile!

 

 

November 20, 2021

Runaway Fried Chicken and a Terrifying Cucumber Crocodile!

 Having some fun, cooking up a couple of tasty treats.
On the left, Sallie Ann’s Runaway Fried Chicken and
on the right, Jenny’s/Vincent Price’s Cucumber Crocodiles

 

One of the fun perks of being a (hobby) blogger is meeting new friends!  I met Sallie Ann in 2018, after connecting over her interesting cookbooks filled with mouth-watering recipes. You can read more about our meeting, here. You can read even more about the amazing Sallie Ann in these two previous posts here, and here.
After posting Sallie Ann’s recipe for Runaway Fried Chicken in my last blog post, I knew that I just had to give her chicken a try!  It was delicious!  (I did deviate from Sallie Ann’s original recipe by using chicken thighs purchased at my local grocer’s for my poultry creation, whereas Sallie Ann’s original recipe used chickens that her family had raised.)

Sallie Ann’s Runaway Fried Chicken recipe was delicious!
See Sallie Ann’s website, here.

Who said you can’t play with your food? Not me!  Neither does my blogging friend, Jenny!  
In fact, she recently hosted a Cucumber Crocodile Creation Contest to launch her newest cookbook 
Supper with the Stars with your host Vincent Price, co-authored with Peter Fuller.  
Find Vincent Price’s recipe for this crocodile creation, here.  Using Mr. Price’s instructions, I made an attempt at the CCCC/Cucumber Crocodile Creation Contest.  You can see my entry, below.  
Winner, or not, it was great fun to join in!

 Supper with the Stars with your host Vincent Price 
is Jenny’s (co-authored with Peter Fuller) 
movie star cookbook.
Her happy blog is here.

My attempt at a Vincent Price-inspired Cucumber Croc

 

Autumn

I’ve mentioned this before, but I LOVE fall!  Autumn’s colors are such a delight, and it is such a cozy time of year. In honor of fall, I’d like to share with you, below, a few photos taken in the past couple of weeks.  :o)

My friend recently shared this delightful photo with me.  (Thank you, Julie!)
Her granddaughter, in Iowa, is enjoying a”shower” of colorful leaves. 

Winterberries are a colorful autumn sight at my local hiking area.

The orange and yellow leaves of the Maple trees line this local road .

Enjoying the spectacular fall colors in my neighborhood, as I set out on my daily walk.

 Cooking with Gammy

 

 Gammy time in November means exploring turkeys, pumpkins, pilgrims, and the Mayflower.  :o)

Turkey Donuts 

Always a hit with my “grands” (grandchildren), are these simple biscuit donuts.
The youngsters enjoy cutting out the middle of the biscuits.  (I fry them in hot oil, safely away from the little ones.)  You can find the recipe, here.

The youngsters cut out the middle of the biscuits.

Using another blogger’s instructions, for turkey cinnamon rolls (find those instructions here), as my guide, my 2 year-old grand set out to create her own turkey donut.

A turkey donut in the creation process.

A turkey donut complete

 

Turkey Crafts

Construction paper turkey

Handprint turkey

The Mayflower

A whole fleet of chocolate donut Mayflowers set anchor in my kitchen.  This food craft is an annual favorite at my house and takes just three ingredients: mini chocolate donuts, stick pretzels, and fruit roll ups.  Paper is used for the sail.  For instructions, go here.

Mayflower donuts

Mayflower Craft

 

Pumpkin Cupcakes

Baking up a pumpkin cake recipe, here, into cupcakes was met with smiles.
Once the cupcakes were baked and cooled, they were frosted and decorated and ready for eating.  :o)

Preparing the batter

The cupcakes were iced with cream cheese frosting and decorated with candy corn.

Enjoying the finished product!  :o)

 

Made Me Smile  :o)

Mixing Bowls

If you are a fan to the British TV program The Great British Baking Show on Netflix, like I am, then you will recognize the iconic bowl in the photo below and in the stirring cupcakes photo above.
The pretty and functional Mason Cash mixing bowls are the unsung star of this show!

Unfortunately, both of my smaller mixing bowls recently went to that “great baking kitchen in the hereafter”, and I had been making do without.  A couple of weeks ago, I was shopping at our local grocer, when I spotted it!  There it was!  A smaller variety Mason Cash mixing bowl!  Wow!  And to make the discovery even better,  it was almost half the price of others that I had seen online!  
This treasure went home with me!  :o)

My Mason Cash mixing bowl makes me (almost) feel like a contestant on 
The Great British Baking Show!

Wedding Bells

I am a mama bursting with pride as I share this photo of my youngest son and his wife on their wedding day!  They were married in a beautiful beach ceremony on October 23.  What a joyous celebration it was for this great couple! Congratulations Elisa and Chandler!!!

What a happy occasion!  
Thank you to the sister of the bride for the use of this lovely photo!

 

Enjoy These Related Blog Posts, below, including ,
 Thanksgiving recipes!
Just click on where it says here and enjoy.  :o)

Sallie Ann Robinson, Embracing Daufuskie Island, October 2021, here.
Meet Sallie Ann and read about her part in the Netflix show High on the Hog.

Sallie Ann Robinson, Embracing Daufuskie Island: Part 2, October 2021, here.
Includes Sallie Ann’s recipe for her Runaway Fried Chicken.

4th of July Food Favorites, July 2013,here.
This blog post has my grandmother’s fried chicken recipe!

Swapping Recipes Across “The Big Pond”(with Jenny), May 2020, here.

Be My Guest! (My guest blogger, that is.), February 2018, here.
Jenny

Autumn in October:  Young Frankenstein, A Not-Too Scary Halloween, and Pumpkin Cake,
October 2016, here.
The pumpkin cake recipe 

Annette’s Thanksgiving, November 2013, here.
Thanksgiving TV shows and movies

 Happy Thanksgiving!, November 2014, here.
Two breakfast recipes for Thanksgiving Day.

Pumpkin Pie from Scratch, You Say?!, November 2015, here.
The recipe for pumpkin pie

Cookbook Love and Loving that Thanksgiving Dressing!, November 2017, here.
A recipe for turkey dressing/stuffing, and a Thanksgiving printable.

Let’s “Talk Turkey”, November 2019, here.
My Thanksgiving menu, including how to prepare a turkey.

Tater Tots, Truffles, and Turkeys, November 2020, here.
Recipes for Disney’s Buffalo Chicken Tots and Date Truffles

A Nod to National Donut Day, June 2019, here.
Recipe for Biscuit Donuts

It’s Dollars (or Disney Dip) to Doughnuts that the Saga of My Broken-Leg Adventure has come to an End, April 2018, here.
Recipe for Biscuit Donuts

Mall of America, Mickey’s Diner, and Other Midwestern Sites of Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 2013, here.
Recipe for Biscuit Donuts

 

Thank you for reading I’m Annette!

May your days be blessed, and your taste buds happy!

 

 

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Sallie Ann Robinson, Embracing Daufuskie Island (South Carolina), Part 2

 

October 14, 2021

 

Sallie Ann Robinson, Embracing Daufuskie Island (South Carolina), Part 2

 This fun Sallie Ann Robinson 
cookbook is chockfull with tasty Daufuskie Island recipes!

Cookbook photo Copyright 2003 by Sallie Ann Robinson
Used by permission of the University of North Carolina Press.
www.uncpress.unc.edu

After posting Sallie Ann Robinson, Embracing Daufuskie Island (South Carolina) last week, I am back to share with you one of Sallie Ann’s actual recipes!   I plan to try this recipe out very soon, and I will report back when I do. If you decide to give it a try, please let me know by writing in the comments below! 

Read  Sallie Ann Robinson, Embracing Daufuskie Island (South Carolina) , here.


Sallie Ann’s smile and laugh are truly contagious!  :o)

This photo is from her website, used with the permission of Sallie Ann Robinson.

See more about Sallie Ann on her website, here.

Recipe

In her youth (Sallie Ann says that she was around the age of 11-12), Sallie Ann was given the chore of preparing chicken for dinner for her family.  Along with the cooking of it, Sallie Ann first had to “prepare” the live fowl for the frying pan.  In the “preparation process”, the doomed chicken made a run for it, fleeing into the nearby woods. After several hours, the bird was located and herded back home. Dinner was then prepared, using this recipe, for “Runaway Chicken”.  :o)

Sallie Ann’s version of this humorous childhood memory can be found in her cookbook 
Gullah Home Cooking the Daufauskie Way, page 99.

A mother hen and chicks in a Daufuskie yard.

Photo Copyright 2003 by Sallie Ann Robinson
Used by permission of the University of North Carolina Press.
www.uncpress.unc.edu

Runaway Fried Chicken

1 young chicken, plucked, cleaned, and cut into parts
sprinkle paprika
sprinkle salt and black pepper
1 and 1/2 cups cooking oil
1 and 1/2 cups flour

Season the cleaned chicken with paprika, salt, and pepper.  Heat the 
oil in a deep skillet.  Flour the chicken by placing it in a bag (paper or
plastic) with the flour and shaking to coat.  Remove the chicken pieces
from the bag and shake off extra flour.  Test the oil temperature by drop-
ping in a dab of flour, which should brown, not burn.  Add the chicken to
the oil.  Cook thoroughly, turning occasionally, until golden brown on all
sides.

Recipe Copyright 2003 by Sallie Ann Robinson
Used by permission of the University of North Carolina Press.
www.uncpress.unc.edu

Thank you!

A big thank you to Sallie Ann Robinson for your enjoyable phone interview for this blog post (and last week’s), and for your generously sharing of your recipe and photos!
 Thank you, too, goes to the University of North Carolina Press for the sharing of photos, text, and the recipe!

 Cooking with Gammy



 Gammy time, this week, meant that my granddaughter and I enjoyed “studying” owls , and making Owl Belly Buttons to eat! :o)


Owl Belly Buttons and an Owl Craft

This easy-to-make, three-ingredient treat has been made with varying colors of m&m’s over the years to fit the “occasion”, such as orange and black for “scarecrow” or “jack-o-lantern” belly buttons, yellow, orange, and brown for “turkey” belly buttons (Yes, they would look exactly like those in the photo below!  :O)), red and green for “reindeer” belly buttons, and …well you get the idea. :o)

For the recipe, click here.

This is an easy-to-make, three-ingredient treat.

Isn’t this handprint owl cute?

Made Me Smile  :o)

William Shatner’s Real Life Space Adventure

Yesterday, an emotional 90-year-old Captain Kirk ,William Shatner from Star Trek (1966-1969), fame took an almost 11-minute flight into space.  How cool is that?!

Click here, to listen to Shatner’s reactions after the flight.

I am a Star Trek fan from way back.
My favorite episode is the comical “The Trouble with Tribbles” S2, E15.
What’s yours?  Let me know in the comment section!

 

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Sallie Ann Robinson, Embracing Daufuskie Island, October 2021, here.

Have a Sweet Christmas, December 2019, here.

The Flavors of Fall, September 2018, here.

October, October 2018, here.

Halloween, Not-Too-Scary Movie Watching Fun, October 2019, here.

Oktoberfest-October, October 2019, here.

Happy October, October 2020, here.

Key Lime Pie, a New Halloween TraditionNovember 2019here

Trick-or-TreatOctober 2018here

Hello, First Day of AutumnSeptember 2016here

Autumn in October:  Young Frankenstein, A Not-Too-Scary-Halloween, and Pumpkin CakeOctober 2016here.

Dracula, October 2015, here.

Happy Not-So-Very-Scary Halloween, October 2013, here.

4th of July Food Favorites, July 2013, here.
This blog post has my grandmother’s fried chicken recipe!

May your days be blessed, and your taste buds happy!

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My vintage chicken/rooster greets me each morning,  
 keeping watch over my kitchen.

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Sallie Ann Robinson, Embracing Daufuskie Island

 

October 7, 2021

 

Sallie Ann Robinson, Embracing Daufuskie Island (South Carolina)

Author Sallie Ann Robinson 
with her book on South Carolina’s Daufuskie Island’s history,
that she co-authored with Jenny Hersch.
Photo taken September 5, 2018

First impressions…
Meeting Sallie Ann in September 2018, I was struck by her infectious smile and upbeat personality.
(Please, read more about that meeting, and the interesting story of how that meeting came to be, here.)

I happily met Sallie Ann in September 2018.
Read more about our meeting, and how that meeting came to be, here!
Photo taken September 5, 2018

Sallie Ann was born, and grew up on the island of Daufuskie Island (South Carolina).  
In fact, she was one of Pat Conroy’s students, featured in his 1972 book/memoir 
The Water is Wide. The book was made into the 1974, Jon Voight film, Conrack, and later into a 2006 Hallmark movie, The Water is Wide.  In Conroy’s book, Ethel, his student, was in reality Sallie Ann, and Yamacraw Island was actually Daufuskie Island.

Graduating with my elementary education degree in May 1980

I discovered this book as a brand new, just out of college, South Carolina elementary school teacher in 1980 (See photo above.).  I was fascinated.  So, when visiting Hilton Head Island in 1981, I embarked on the boat ride over to see the island that Conroy so descriptively painted in his novel. (Even today, the only way to get to Daufuskie Island is via an hour-long ferry ride.)

A photo from Daufiskie Island, taken in April 1981.
Note the mode of transportation that took me there from Hilton Head Island. :o)

These days, after spending years of living off the island, Sallie Ann resides on Daufuskie Island with 450 other residents. Called by some “The Gullah Diva”, Sallie Ann keeps the history of Daufuskie alive by writing books and cookbooks, children’s books, by cooking, and giving tours of her beloved island.  Sallie Ann has hopes of aiding in the restoration of the handful of original Daufuskie Island historic homes into bed and breakfast accommodations, and cleaning up Daufuskie’s aging cemetery.   

A pretty Sallie Ann photo from her new updated website, here.

It was through a friend’s text a few months ago, that I learned about an informative, new, four-part program on Netflix, that had just begun to air, called High on the HogIt explores the history of African American cuisine. How interesting!  My interest was further piqued, upon learning, that Sallie Ann Robinson appears in Season 1, Episode 2: 
The Rice Kingdom!  It was fun seeing her enjoy the exploration of Gullah cooking in the Daufiskie Island segment! And by Sallie Ann’s own admission, “it was fun”making the show!  :o)

Check out  Sallie Ann’s website, here.

Read this wonderful article about Sallie Ann by the BBC is here.

 Life is precious and for the living. 
Enjoy it, because tomorrow is not promised.
Remember, and remind yourself, that life is what you make of it. 

And most important, you have the power to reach for the sky 
because its big enough for all to have a slice and ENJOY!

…..Sallie Ann Robinson

 

Thomas Jefferson Liked Macaroni and Cheese!

The Sallie Ann portion is not the only fun in this series.  Among the other gems unearthed on High on the Hog, is the not often-told history of macaroni and cheese in America!  Spoiler Alert-Thomas Jefferson was a big fan of this dish!  I found the original Jefferson recipe, here, and here.  For a little history on this All-American dish, prepared by James Hemings, Jefferson’s enslaved cook, read here and here.

Macaroni is so All-American that it is found in many U.S. kitchen pantries,
including mine!

 

 Cooking with Gammy

 I have been enjoying Gammy time with my almost two-year old granddaughter, lately.  :o)
See some of those cooking creations below.

 If You Give a Moose a Muffin

If You Give a Moose a Muffin (by Laura Joffe Numeroff, illustrated by Felicia Bond) was a fun to read and, of course, made us hungry for muffins!  :o)

A fun book

Moose craft

Muffin mix

Yummy muffins!

Squirrels and Acorns

Reading about squirrels, and counting them on our walk, were fun activities, 
but frosting the tops of donut holes, dipping them in mini-chocolate chips, 
and adding part of a pretzel stick for a stem, was tastier!

Donut acorn

Pumpkins
October means pumpkins!
So we baked pumpkin cookies!

Easy pumpkin sugar cookies, and the raw dough is safe to eat!

 

Made Me Smile  :o)

Tea
If you have read my blog before, you are aware that I am a BIG fan of Barry’s Tea!
Most days, I begin my day with a cup of this wonderful “no-nonsense” tea!
Read about how I discovered this tea brand, here.

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Enjoying my Barry’s Tea!

Mickey Snowman
The one addition to my Christmas decor this year is this Mickey Mouse Snowman!  
All sold out last year, I was very happy to locate one this year at Lowe’s
My grandchildren will love seeing it lit up inside my entryway this holiday season.  :o)



How cute is this Mickey Mouse Snowman?!

Mickey Jack-O-Lanterns
Speaking of Mickey Mouse, gotta love a little Halloween Mickey, right?

Mickey Mouse is as scary as my house gets on Halloween!  :o)

Fall
Autumn brings beautiful weather on my daily walks!
The fall colors are just beginning to show!

Autumn walks mean beautiful weather and colors.

 

Enjoy These Related Blog Posts!
Just click on where it says here and enjoy.

The Flavors of Fall, September 2018, here.

Beach Love, September 2018, here.

Oktoberfest-October, October 2019, here.

October, October 2018, here.

Halloween, Not-Too-Scary Movie Watching Fun, October 2019, here.

Key Lime Pie, a New Halloween Tradition, November 2019, here.

Happy October,
October 2020, here.

Trick-or-Treat,
October 2018, here.

Hello, First Day of Autumn, September 2016, here.

Dracula, October 2015, here.

Autumn in October:  Young Frankenstein, A Not-Too-Scary-Halloween, and Pumpkin Cake, October 2016, here.

Happy Not-So-Very-Scary Halloween, October 2013, here.

Halloween, Not-Too-Scary Movie Watching Fun, October 2019, here.


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Mr. Owl, brings me smiles, reminding me of the owls in the
Haunted Forest from The Wizard of Oz (I’d turn back if I’d were you!”),
Wishing you a happy and safe Halloween!

 

 

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Hello Fall!

September 7, 2021

Hello Fall!

Hello Fall!

This is my favorite time of year;
the end of fall,
right before autumn begins.

April (Played by Greer Grammer)
From the TV show The Middle
(S8E32016)

Happy Fall!
I just had to begin this blog post with this silly, yet, nonsensical quote from one of my favorite sitcoms, The Middle. Hee Hee.

Fall is my very most favorite time of year! (Insert my happy smile here.)  With Labor Day in the rearview mirror, in my mind fall has now begun!  Even though the calendar declares that the first day of autumn officially begins September 22, I beg to differ.
Autumn IS here!!!

With this proclamation, my fall decoration bin has been lugged up from the basement to see the light of day.  My home now is sprinkled with a little bit of festive fall fun.  Take a peek.

My home now is sprinkled with a little bit of festive fall fun.

A Dessert From My Childhood

I recently rediscovered this flavor from my childhood.  It is a simple, yet yummy, dessert that originally came from my Aunt Helen.  I remember in my younger days (In sixth grade?) stealthily sneaking into this dessert whenever I could, often picking out the chilled chocolate chunks from within.  Oh, so yummy on a hot summer day.  I hope that you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!

This simple, yet yummy, dessert originally came from my aunt.

The Recipe

Chocolate Chip Dessert

 

Enjoy!

 

 Cooking with Gammy

I love being a gammy, and I enjoy cooking!  Combine these two things together, and it is fun times for all!  One of my grands’ favorites recipes to cook up together comes from
Walt Disney World’s, Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Cookbook (2015), in the form of Fruit Sushi. 

One of my grands’ favorites recipes comes from
Walt Disney World’s, Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Cookbook (2015),
in the form of Fruit Sushi. 
(A lot of delicious-looking recipes are in this book!)

I keep the five ingredients needed, on hand, for whenever my grand kiddos want to whip up a batch of these colorfully enhanced Rice Krispie Treats.

The five ingredients needed, for these colorfully enhanced
Rice Krispie Treats are shown above.

The day that this photo was taken, the grocery store was gummy worm deficient,
so we used fruit snacks, instead.
:o)

Spread 1/3-1/2 cup (using greased with PAM measuring cup)
mixture onto each fruit roll-up.

Roll the Fruit Roll-up tightly around the Rice Krispe mixture
and gummy worm.

Slice into 1-inch pieces and serve.

WDW Fruit Sushi

Ingredients

PAM cooking spray

12 fruit roll-ups

4 cups miniature marshmallows

3-4 Tablespoons butter
(The original recipe calls for 3 Tablespoons)

6 cups of Rice Krispies

12 gummy worms
(Fruit snacks can be used in a pinch.)

Also, wax paper and small sandwich bags

Directions

Unroll and unwrap fruit roll-ups, and place flat on wax paper. Set aside.

Melt marshmallows and butter in sauce pan over low-medium heat, stirring until smooth.
Remove melted marshmallow mix from heat.
(I do this part.)

Add Rice Krispies, and mix well until cereal is totally coated.

Spread 1/3-1/2 cup (using greased with PAM measuring cup) mixture onto each fruit roll-up.
(Original recipe calls for 1/2 cup.)

Place one gummy worm lengthwise in the middle of the Rice Krispie mix of each Fruit Roll-up.

Roll the Fruit Roll-up tightly around the Rice Krisipe mixture and gummy worm.

Slice into 1-inch pieces and serve.
(I do the slicing part, as a sharp knife is required.)

Store extra in air-tight container, or baggie.

Annette’s Notes
 I use (as do my grand children) a small sandwich bag sprayed with PAM to work with and form the Rice Krispie mixture.

Enjoy! 

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Rice Krispie Treats, The All-American Snack, June 2020, here.

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Autumn is the Mellow Time of Year,  November 2014, here.

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Autumn, the Comfy Cozy Time of Year, November 2017, here.

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The Flavors of Fall, September 2018, here.

 

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Giant

July 30, 2021

Giant (1956): A Cowboy Day Cook-Along

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My DVD copy of the sweeping classic, Giant, has been watched many times over the years.

Cowboy Day!
Visions of…
cattle on the dusty open range,
hefty sagebrush blowing across a western town’s empty main street,
guys and gals dressed in classic cowboy gear, including that iconic
Stetson (cowboy hat), while riding on beautiful horses,
and chuck wagon food prepared on a blazing open fire,
flood my brain.
Speaking of brains…well, we will get to that in a minute!

Thanks to Greg of Recipes for Rebelss annual Cowboy Day Cook-along, we are taken back to a time when cattle was king.  (Speaking of “king”, I am anxious to try out the
“King Ranch Chicken” recipe in his post, here. ) His creativity is a joy to behold and his enthusiasm for the subject, contagious!

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Giant: Fun Fact For Ya!

It is my pleasure to participate in this annual “chow down rodeo” for the third time,
and I must say, this year’s theme is my favorite, so far: the epic Texas drama, Giant!
  
As big as Texas, this cinematic masterpiece follows Jordan and Leslie Bededict
(Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor) through 25-years on their 595,000 acre ranch.

Here are a couple of fun facts about this film…

James Dean’s character in Giant inspired the part of J.R. Ewing (as in “Who shot J.R.?)
in the tv series Dallas.

This was James Dean’s final movie before his fatal auto accident.

Leonard Nimoy (Spock of “Live Long and Prosper” from Star Trek, ) , Errol Flynn, and John Wayne, among many others, were considered for the role of Jordan Benedict Jr.

The set design for the living room of the Benedict’s house was used again for the entry hall in The Sound of Music. The color and decor was changed when it was built the second time for The Sound of Music.

The large painting “Venting Cattle on the Frisco System” by Frank Lewis Van Ness,
that hung in the mansion in Giant, now hangs at The Menger Hotel lobby in San Antonio.

Some say that this movie was a major influence on tv soap operas.

For more fun facts about Giant, go here.

Brains!

In the early part of Giant there is a big cookout at the Benedict ranch to introduce new bride, Leslie, to her neighbors.  One of the dishes served up is the ever-popular
Barbacoa de Cabeza (slow-cooked cow’s head).  Upon seeing it, Leslie (Elizabeth Taylor) faints!

(Read about cooking up this dish on this Recipe4Rebels’ blog post, here,
and how he had to purchase three cow’s heads!  :o))

Reading this piece reminded me of a time many years ago, yes, it was in Texas, when I was shopping at our local grocery store.  Digging around the very deep, and cold, meat section, I emitted a loud involuntary scream!  While rummaging around the array of carnivorous offerings, I had inadvertently stumbled upon the clear-wrapped head of a hog, staring straight up at me! :o)

Cookin’ Like a Texan

This year’s Cowboy Day Cook-Along challenge, with its Texas theme, made me think of my oft-baked recipe for Texas Governor’s Mansion Cowboy Cookies, or, as they are better known around my house, George Bush Cookies.  I found this recipe many years ago, upon purchasing Presidential Cookies, by Bev Young, while visiting the Jefferson Memorial in
Washington D.C.  When I first purchased this treasure trove of presidential cookie recipes, I read it from cover to cover, enjoying food/recipes AND history in one book!

I originally found the recipe for George Bush Cookies in this cookbook.

I share with you this recipe. (I have added my small changes in the recipe below.)
This recipe makes a lot of large cookies, and mixing regular amount is too much for my mighty mixer’s bowl to hold, so I have learned to make a half batch. 
The half-batch measurements are in parenthesis above of the regular measurements in the recipe, below.

Mixing up a batch of George Bush Cookies

I use a large cookie scoop for these yummy morsels.

The Recipe

Texas Governor’s Mansion Cowboy Cookies
(Also, known as George Bush Cookies)

 

Enjoy!

 

 Cooking with Gammy

Greg not only put together another fun Cowboy Day Cook-Along, but he even was kind enough to send me a “kid recipe” that he ran across for chocolate cowboy hats!
Thank you, Greg!  Making these with my grand children was a rootin tootin good time!
And they liked that these yummies looked like Woody’s cowboy hat from Toy Story!

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Warning!
Dipping
Pringles
into melted chocolate was a pretty messy task,
although a delicious one!
A mini Reeces Peanut Butter Cup placed onto the still soft chocolate,
along with a Sour Straw completed the look.
After a few minutes in the cool corral/fridge, they were ready to chow down.

 

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A Bonanza of a Recipe, June 2019, here .
 
 
A Brief Visit to Iowa, September 2015, here
 
 
Recipes4recipe , July 2021, here
 
 
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May your days be blessed, and your taste buds happy!

 

 

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A “Berry” Good Pie!

June 15, 2021

A “Berry” Good Pie!

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This colorful strawberry pie, made with local strawberries, did not last long at my house!

                                                          It’s strawberry season!  
And that means heading to the local strawberry patch for some serious strawberry pickin’!  My group of eager strawberry fans knew that we had “landed” in the right place when the fragrance of sweet strawberries greeted us, as soon as we opened the car door! Bounding out into the field, it wasn’t long before my enthusiastic group had “harvested” three,
over-filled baskets, of the luscious ruby-red jewels.

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It wasn’t long before my enthusiastic group had “harvested” three,
over-filled baskets, of the luscious ruby-red jewels.

Armed with my basket of fresh berries, I was inspired to try a recipe that kept cropping up on my Pinterest in various recipes for a fresh fruit “Shoney’s Strawberry Pie”. Is this the actual recipe used in Shoney’s restaurants?  Who knows?  But, the pie that it inspired was fairly easy and delicious!

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This Shoney’s Strawberry Pie was delicious!

This strawberry pie reminded me of another pie that I enjoy, the Glazed Peach Pie
(find the recipe here).  

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Glazed Peach Pie is another fresh fruit pie favorite of mine.

My personal preference in fruit pies is for the fruit to be uncooked and covered in a clear fruit glaze. Both of these fresh pies fall into that category, and are winners in my (cook)book! 

Let’s Cook!

Sliced strawberries are the star in this pie.  Strawberry jell-o builds on the strawberry flavor.

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The gathered ingredients for this pretty strawberry pie.

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Wash and hull (remove stem) strawberries and slice.
(I find this strawberry huller a helpful kitchen tool.)
Remove any soft berries.

 

The Recipe

(Shoney’s) Strawberry Pie

 
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Ingredients

1-refrigerated pie crust (9-inch)

1 cup water

1 cup sugar

3 Tablespoons cornstarch

¼ cup strawberry jell-o, about 1/2 of a 6-ounce box

2 cups fresh strawberries, stems removed and sliced

Whipped cream

Directions

Pre-bake pie crust using the directions on the package for the “baked shell”,
making sure to use a fork to place holes in the bottom and sides before baking.

Cool baked crust to room-temperature.

While crust is baking, wash and drain strawberries.
Remove any soft berries.
Hull (remove stems) from strawberries, 
and slice strawberries.

In small sauce pan, add water, sugar, cornstarch and jell-o.
Whisk well together.
Cook on stove top over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mix comes to a low boil.
Remove pan from heat.

Prepare a shallow “tub” of ice water in the kitchen sink.
Let strawberry glaze cool to room temperature by placing the bottom of pan in sink of ice water.

Whisk cooling mixture several times as it thickens.

Add sliced strawberries to the room-temperature baked pie crust.

Pour cooled strawberry glaze over the berries in the pie crust. 
Covering the berries completely.

Place pie in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours prior to serving.

Cut into slices and top generously with whipped cream.

Enjoy!

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 Cooking with Gammy

Cooking with my grandchildren is alway a joy!  Together, we have tried a couple new recipes lately, but we also find ourselves enjoying some “tried and true” classic recipes, as well. :o)

 

Heart-shaped White Chocolate and Dark Chocolate Swirled Strawberries  

Wash , dry, and hull strawberries.

Cut V in top of strawberry and slice in half to form “hearts”.

Drizzle strawberries with melted white, or dark chocolate.

Place in refrigerator until chocolate is set, about ten minutes.

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Popovers

My daughter gifted me with a popover baking mix, and when my 7-year old grand daughter began reading about a character in her book, eating popovers, it was time to bake them!
My grand daughter and I had fun watching them expand in the oven, and even more fun eating them with honey butter!

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Donuts

These donuts are always a favorite of kids and adults alike.  I enjoy them rolled in a cinnamon and sugar mixture.  My grand daughters prefer spreading them with melted chocolate chips, and then decorating them with colorful sprinkles.  Go here and here for the donut recipe.

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

Another favorite around my house are these classic chocolate chip cookies!  My grand children love to make these, and enjoy eating them even more!  Find the recipe here.

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Made Me Smile :o)
Sharing things that put a smile on my face, recently.

Happy Haircut

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I was all smiles after getting my hair cut.  
It had been six months since my last visit to the hair salon, thanks to Covid.

Visitor at my Window!

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This little bunny has been a frequent visitor up on my deck, and often peeks in my window.  :o)

Seventeen-year Cicadas!

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It was about a month ago when I woke up to an odd sound.  It sounded like…the giant ants in the fun sci-fi movie Them!  Had my neighborhood been invaded by abnormally large insects?  No, it was just an invasion, that occurs every seventeen years, of cicadas!

Hear what the cicadas sound like, here.

See a clip from the classic movie, Them, here.

I am not the only one who thinks these cicadas sound like the giant ants in the movie!
Read this article, here.
Could the sound effect crew have used cicada sounds for this film?

Giraffe Feeding

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My grand daughter and I enjoy feeding a giraffe at Lion Country Safari.
I had always wanted to feed a giraffe, and sharing the experience with my “grand” made it doubly fun!

 

Take a Look At These Related Blog Posts

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Peachy Keen, Jelly Bean, August 2018, here.
The recipe for fresh Glazed Peach Pie

A Nod to National Donut Day, June 2019, here.
Biscuit donut recipe

It’s Dollars(or Disney Dip) to Doughnuts that the Saga of My Broken-Leg Adventure has come to an End!, April 2018, here.                                                
Biscuit donut recipe is here, too.

Chocolate Chip Cookies!!!, June 2013, here.
My grandmother’s wonderful chocolate chip cookie recipe!

Halloween, Not-too Scary, Movie Watching Fun, October 2019, here.
Them, plus many others!

Thank you for reading!

May your days be blessed, and your taste buds happy!

 

 

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I’ll end this blog post with a cute kitty photo shot.  :o)
(She was adopted by my son’s family through a local rescue shelter.)

 

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A Very Brady Annette

April 16, 2021

A Very Brady Annette

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My treasured  Brady Bunch photo, signed for me by the series’ creator,
Sherwood Schwartz,
 in 2007.

The

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Here’s the story of a gal named Ann~ette…

Okay, that isn’t exactly how it goes, but if you are a fan of this 1970’s television classic
(Well, 1969 to 1974 to be exact.), The Brady Bunch, then it is my guess that this series’ iconic theme song has already begun to take over in your brain, at its mere mention! If, for some reason, you can not immediately summon up this happy little melody in the tune library of your mind, then just click here to listen to how this theme song sounded during each of its five years.

 
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My shag carpet-covered DVD set of the Brady Bunch looks pleasantly plush, green and groovy!  :O)

This catchy theme song, was written by The Brady Bunch creator, Sherwood Schwartz, along with composer and actor, Frank De Vol.  It only takes one to listen to this minute-long opening, to understand the program’s plot set-up, and characters’ background story. Sherwood had used this same opening technique in his previous comedy series, 
Gilligan’s Island.

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Sherwood Schwartz (1916-2011) generously autographed and sent me this picture, along with a few other photos, from The Brady Bunch and Gilligan’s Island in 2007.
Gotta love it!

I love The Brady Bunch!  It is happy, upbeat, and family-friendly, all wrapped up with a positive message! In fact, my kiddos insist that I can identify each episode within viewing the first 30-seconds of each program. :o) It was on the continual quest to teach my youngsters “the classics”, while growing up, that I made sure that The Brady Bunch was part of their education!  :o)

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A view of the iconic Brady staircase, along with the instantly recognizable horse statue, and the (“Mom, always says don’t play ball in the house.”) vase, in the renovated Brady House.
Photo courtesy of Lisa

In addition to its cheerful tone, this program allows us a peek back into the home decor and clothing styles of the era. What a treat!  I have even spotted Marcia and Jan sporting groovy clothing exactly like, or similar to, items that I wore at the time. This makes sense, being that Jan/Eve Plumb and I are the same age. (Unlike Jan, though, I was the oldest of two girls, so there were no “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia” speeches given by Yours Truly. :o)) I also recognize some of the textbooks lugged home by the Bradys’ from school, as ones that I once used!

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Marcia, Jan, and Cindy’s floral wallpapered bedroom in the now renovated
Brady House.
Photo courtesy of Lisa


A Very Brady Renovation

Now streaming on Hulu, while initially airing on HGTV
A Very Brady Renovation  originally aired from September-December 2019.  

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The door mat at site of A Very Brady Renovation.
Photo courtesy of Lisa

It was after a bidding battle, that HGTV acquired the famed Brady House
(of which the exterior shots were filmed for the show) in August 2018 for 3.5 million dollars .
HGTV’s goal was to renovate the house’s inside to match the Bradys’ home (which was actually a set) in the television series.
The only problem is, that the inside of the newly purchased house, scarcely resembled the Brady House set, shown on TV.  With the aid of the six original Brady Bunch kids, and many HGTV experts, it took six months to complete the major renovation project.  The show A Very Brady Renovation showcases the extensive work that took place. 

The Brady House

The uncredited, but essential, star of The Brady Bunch, HAS to be the famous Brady Bunch House, said to be the second most photographed house in America, after the White House!  
Even as a youngster, I admired the beautiful staircase, and expansive living room.

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The uncredited, but essential, star of The Brady Bunch show, HAS to be the famous
Brady Bunch House!
Photo courtesy of Lisa

Read some fun facts about The Brady Bunch House, here.

My friend, Lisa, had the uniquely awesome opportunity of touring the Brady House renovation. As we used to say as kids, “Lucky Duck!”.  Happily, Lisa generously shared the photos that she took of her experience with me!  And, I, in turn, share a few of them in this blog post, with you! Thank you, Lisa!
(Lisa was our tour guide in 2016 at Walt Disney Studios.  See six photos, below.)

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Lisa and Eric happily pose on the beautiful Brady stairs.

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See Lisa and Eric’s submission for the contest to spend a night in the renovated Brady House, here.  No, they did not win, but they were, later, able to enjoy a house tour!

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The Brady living room and dining area.

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Orange + green=the Brady kitchen!

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Alice’s recipe written on the kitchen chalkboard!

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 In March 2016, Lisa was our wonderful and fearless tour guide
at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California.
Read about our fun tour, here.

Thank you, Lisa, for sharing your Brady House photos!!!!!

 

What’s your favorite Brady Bunch episode?  
Share with me in the comments, below.

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 Cooking with Gammy

Who wants a cookie?

When my four kiddos were little, I made many giant chocolate chip cookies. I began by making them from scratch, but, eventually, began using pre-made cookie dough for a quick bake and easy clean up.  For Easter, I made one for my grandchildren. It was a hit.
 I share the recipe with you.

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A giant cookie is always a hit!

 

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One 16.5 ounce package of Toll House cookie dough is needed for a Giant Cookie.

 

Giant Cookie

Ingredients

1 package (16.5 ounces) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Refrigerated Chocolate Chip Cookie  Dough

Ready-to-use frosting

m &m’s, sprinkles, etc. (optional)

Directions

Preheat oven to 325° F.

Place parchment onto 10- to 14-inch pizza pan.

Place all of dough on prepared pan.
Allow to soften-up for 5 to 10 minutes.
Using fingers to pat dough gently to form 8-inch circle.

Bake for 17 to 20 minutes, or until light golden brown.
Cool on baking sheet.

Decorate cooled cookie with frosting, m &m’s and sprinkles if desired.

6-8 Servings

Bunny Rolls

My grandchildren enjoyed making these bunny rolls from Pillsbury Orange Rolls, using raisins for the eyes and nose.  Unroll two rolls, and cut pieces to make the ears for six bunnies. Bake as directed.  Frost and decorate with raisins.

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Easter Mix
(Formally known as Easter Trash, as it used to be mixed in a brown grocery bag.)

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Using Crispix, pretzels, Easter m&m’s, and white chocolate chips, use the instructions, here.

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Oreo Frogs 

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Using chocolate frosting as “glue”, stick together two pretzels for feet, underneath one Oreo, and “glue” two m&m’s eyes on top.

Hershey Chocolate Cookies

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Like brownies, but in a cookie, my grandchildren love these!
Find the recipe, here.

Made Me Smile :o)
Sharing things that put a smile on my face, recently.

Artwork

Seeing my grandchildren’s art work on my refrigerator door brings a big smile to my face! :o)

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Spring Time!

My daily walks treat me to the beauty of spring in greens, yellows, purples, and pinks. :o)

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A Variety of Disney!

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My Rocketeer statue (The Rocketeer is a Disney film.) glows with a new disc light!

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I love the design on this new Walt Disney World oven mitt!

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I have been enjoying the child-based devotions in this book, that also include fun
Walt Disney World facts.

Take a Look At These Related Blog Posts

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My Birthday with Disney, April 2016, here.
Walt Disney World Studios and Lisa

Christmas Cheer, May 2020, here.
Lisa sings “It’s Gonna Be a Hot, Hot Christmas”

A Christmas Story Christmas, December 2016, here.
The recipe for Christmas Mix/Trash

A Visit to Hershey Park, Chocolate is a Vegetable, Right?, May 2018, here.
The recipe for Hershey Chocolate Cookies

Thank you for reading!

May your days be blessed, and your taste buds happy!

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Wishing you a Happy Spring!

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