Cookbook Contest

Cookbook Contest

There is still time to participate in my very first give-away!
The winner will receive 
this brand new, well almost new, John Wayne cookbook.
(I did look at the John Wayne photos in this book, and peeked at a couple of the recipes.) 

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Wanna win this cookbook?
Here’s how:
Enter by today, Thursday, August 16!

In the comments section for this blog post…

  1. Write the name of your 
    favorite movie, or TV, cowboy/cowgirl star.
  2. Write one sentence, in the comments, about why you like this cowboy/cowgirl.
  3. Do this by Thursday, August 16.
  4. Names of those who commented will be placed into a (cowboy) hat.
    The winner will be drawn at random from the hat.
    The winner will be contacted via email by August 22, and will be announced in my next blog post.
    A photo of the winner holding the cookbook, once received, is requested to be emailed to me, to be used in a future blog.
  5. If your name is drawn and you do not live in the U.S., in lieu of the cookbook, I will send you a special recipe. 
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Summer’s Musings

August 13, 2018

Summer’s Musings

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While musing about my Summer 2018,
my 
It’s a Small World tee gives a grin.

I purchased this Disney-themed tee through the Etsy seller, here.

Can you believe that summer is almost over? My grand son started back to school today, and relatives in Arizona started back last week!  With the summer winding down, I take a moment, and smile, as I look at some of the highlights from my Summer 2018.

(Some) Highlights of My Summer of 2018

Hilton Head

As with all of you (those in the U.S., that is), Memorial Day Weekend kicked off my summer season. My hubby and I happily spent our May 28 anniversary week enjoying the sights of beautiful Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

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The dining at Skull Creek Boathouse was always delicious
(We ate there three times!),
and offered this tranquil view at dusk.

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Another favorite dusk-time activity, for me, was a leisurely walk on the beach.

Read more from my Hilton Head post, here.

Family Reunion and 4th of July

Our Annual Family Reunion, is the high-water mark of my summer! Family time! :o) Minneapolis, thanks to my daughter and son in-law, served as this year’s host city.
The week did not disappoint.

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We were all amazed, and well-fed, by Han’s Bakery’s Texas Donuts!
This was one of the tasty places that we enjoyed visiting that week.
I love how our grand son (above) is ferociously digging into his breakfast.  :o)

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On the 4th of July, our grand daughter is ready for a game of baseball/softball…please?

To read more about our family reunion, click here.

The Sandlot

Speaking of baseball, who doesn’t love the classic film Sandlot?  25 years old this year, Fandango hosted a big screen showing of this gem of baseball films.  The hubster and I took in a showing for our weekly date night, and loved seeing this film all over again.

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My hubby and I enjoyed the July 24th showing of The Sandlot on the big screen.

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I am a big fan of this classic baseball flick!

To read my 2014 post of baseball films, click here

 Unexpected Gifts

I can not tell a lie.  I love presents!  And these past couple weeks I have been the happy recipient of three fun unexpected gifts.

Spider Necklace

Isn’t this spider necklace great?!

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This was a gift from my sweet West Coast cousin,
who knows my eclectic jewelry style!
(…and besides, I mentioned to her that I liked this necklace :o))
So cute!

Clam Chowder

I am a major clam chowder fan!

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It was a delight to have my sister-in-law and 

Read Chowder!, my blog post from last yearhere.
This post even includes the recipe for my own clam chowder
.

Recipes for Rebels Cookbook

Speaking of Clam Chowder, I can’t wait to try out the recipe for 
Barney’s Beanery Clam Chowder on page 35 of my newest cookbook,
 Recipes 
This cookbook gem is filled with a “Whose Who” of 1950’s Hollywood and their culinary faves, beautifully put together by author and blogger Gregory Swenson.

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Introduced to Greg’s work through my blogging friend Jenny, of
Silver Screen Suppers
, and recently participating in his annual Cowboy Cook-along,
Greg kindly surprised me by sending me a copy of this super entertaining cookbook.  :o) Love it!

Take a couple of minutes, sit back, turn up the sound, and enjoy Greg’s creative video of all the Cowboy Day 3, Cook-along Round-up recipes for this year, here,
and yes, my recipe is there. :o)

You can read about my recipe for the Cowboy Cook-along, here

Cookbook Contest

Wanna win the cookbook that inspired my recipe for the Cowboy Cook-along?
There is still time to participate in my very first give-away! The winner will receive
this brand new, well almost new, John Wayne cookbook.
(I did look at the John Wayne photos in this book, and peeked at a couple of the recipes.) 

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Wanna win this cookbook?  Here’s how:
Enter by this Thursday, August 16!

In the comments section for this blog post…

  1. Write the name of your 
    favorite movie, or TV, cowboy/cowgirl star.
  2. Write one sentence about why you like this cowboy/cowgirl.
  3. Do this by Thursday, August 16.
  4. Names of those who commented will be placed into a (cowboy) hat.
    The winner will be drawn at random from the hat.
    The winner will be contacted via email by August 22, and will be announced in my next blog post.
    A photo of the winner holding the cookbook, once received, is requested to be emailed to me, to be used in a future blog.
  5. If your name is drawn and you do not live in the U.S., in lieu of the cookbook, I will send you a special recipe. 

Read my previous blog post about the contest, and my John Wayne recipe, here.

My Cucumber Summer

It was the carefree summertime.  I was about 11, or 12 years old. Our backyard garden was experiencing a bumper crop of cucumbers that year, thanks, in no small part, to the rich black, fertile soils that central Iowa had to offer .  Now, I love home-grown cucumbers, but there was no way that my family and myself could eat the plentiful bounty that was quickly ripening and over-taking our garden.

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These homegrown cucumbers (thanks, Elisa) remind me of my Cucumber Summer.

Brainstorm!  My sister (5.5 years younger than me) and I would go door to door throughout our neighborhood, peddling our produce.  Loading up my little red wagon* with the bright green “mountain” of cukes, my sister and I set our sights on reducing our current cucumber numbers, while making some spending money.
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*The remnants of that little red wagon, once over-flowing with cucumbers,
is currently
sitting in my garage.
In the fall, the
Holiday Flyer is filled with pumpkins (not cucumbers)
for my outdoor autumn decoration.

I still remember what we charged; three cucumbers, of the buyer’s choice, for ten cents.  (The local grocery store was selling them for ten cents each at the time.) After a couple of hours selling door-to-door, we had happily sold our cucumber surplus, and had some fun- money in our pockets, too. :o)

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My younger sister (left), me (center), and my mom pose in front of the castle at
Walt Disney World, about a two years after my
Cucumber Summer.

A shout-out to my mom, who recently broke her ankle. 
Get Well Soon!!! 

Mickey Recipe Cook-along

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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.

Cucumbers Dill appears in the appetizer section of the vintage
Cooking with Mickey Around Our World .  This dip was once served for Contemporary Resort Banquets at the Contemporary Resort I followed the recipe almost as written, but I used black pepper instead of white pepper, and I halved the recipe.

The Recipe

Cucumbers Dill

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Ingredients for the appetizer Cucumbers Dill

Cucumbers Dill

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Ingredients 

1 cup mayonnaise (I used light)

2 Tablespoons chopped fresh dill

3/4 teaspoons Dijon mustard

Dash Worcestershire sauce

Dash of salt and black pepper


2-3 crisp, fresh
cucumbers

Directions

Mix mayonnaise with dill, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce.

Add salt and pepper to taste.  Chill well.

Wash and rinse cucumbers.  Peel and slice.

Chill in ice water for about an hour.

Drain.

Serve with dill sauce.

Annette’s note-I will not make this again.
Even with the fresh dill, this dip tasted like mayo with little other flavor.
:O(
Or, as my son put it,  this dip is “…a horrendous concoction of mayonnaise”.

Other Mickey Cook-along Recipes

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

Beverages

Caddy Cooler :o-

Tavern Sherbet Punch :o)

Appetizers

Pioneer Hall Cheese Dip:o(

Soups

Cinderella Soup (Beef and Barley Soup):o)

Homemade Lemonade, Summer’s Refreshing Beverage

Six!  That is the number of grand children that my hubby and I have been blessed with.   Any Gammy (my grand children’s name for me) time is always a treat! Last week my oldest grand daughter (Age 4) and I made one of her favorite beverages- lemonade. 

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Our local grocery had these prize-looking lemons, perfect for our
lemonade “experience”.

Using my favorite lemonade recipe, that I have had for years, (who gave me this recipe is a mystery, as there is no name of the recipe card) we had a fun time making and then drinking lemonade.  

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My original lemonade recipe

It turns out that my grand daughter was a real lemonade-making pro!

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My grand daughter took her job of juicing the lemons very seriously. :o)

My grand daughter and I made half a batch for just the two of us.
The half-batch measurements are shown in parentheses in the recipe below.

Homemade Lemonade

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Ingredients
(Half of a batch is shown in parentheses to right of ingredients)

1+ 1/4 cup sugar (1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons)

1/2 cup boiling water (1/4 cup)

1 + 1/2  freshly-squeezed lemon juice from about 7 large lemons (3/4 cup lemon juice) 

4 + 1/2 cups cold water (2 +1/4 cup)

ice

lemon slices for garnish-optional

Directions

Wash the outside of lemons.
Squeeze lemons to get desired amount of juice. Set aside.

Combine sugar and boiling water, stirring until sugar dissolves.

Add lemon juice and cold water.  Mix well.

Chill and/or serve over ice.

Garnish with lemon slices.

Yields about 7 +1/4 cups (a little over 3+1/2 cups) 

Enjoy!

Thanks for reading,
Annette

I’m Annette Stuff

I post my blog once per month.
Look for my next blog post on, or around,
Thursday, September 12. 

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Kali is wishing you a happy, and relaxing, remainder of the last (dog)
days of summer.

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Yippee Ki-Yi, Yippie Kai-Yay, A Tasty way to Celebrate Cowboy Day! (…and a cowboy cookbook give away!)

July 30, 2018

Yippee Ki-Yi, Yippie Kai-Yay,
A Tasty way to Celebrate Cowboy Day!
(…and a cowboy cookbook give away!)

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I am excited to be conducting my first ever I’m Annette blog give-away!

I am a non-profit blogger. In other words, I blog just for the fun of it. That is not to say that there are not rewards.  Over my 5+ years of blogging, I have “met” some very interesting people online, and even gained a fun-loving English pen pal, Jenny, through my guest blog post from earlier this year.  

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Read my Be My Guest! (My guest blogger, that is.) blog post, here.

Jenny oversees her blog Silver Screen Suppers, and has authored two cookbooks!
(Yours truly is still thinking about possibly writing an e-cookbook!)
It is through Jenny, that I became acquainted with her blogging pal and fellow cookbook author, Greg, at Recipes4Rebels.

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COOKING WITH JOAN CRAWFORD

Talented Jenny’s two cookbook creations are shown above.

 

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Greg, another talented cookbook author, wrote this James Dean cookbook, above.

Cowboy Day Cookin’

Recently, I was invited by Greg to join in on  Recipes4Rebels’ third annual
Cowboy Cook-along. ( Who knew that the fourth Saturday in July is Cowboy Day?!)
The rules are simple-cook up some cowboy grub, take a photo, and post it.
(If you would still like to participate, go here, cook something up and post it, as directed,
by this Friday, August 4.)

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John Wayne

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I happily pose with John Wayne (well, ok, his statue) in front of his museum in Winterset, Iowa in September 2015.

You can read my blog post about my John Wayne museum visit, here.

My cowboy of choice is John Wayne, although admittedly, it is not his cowboy roles that made me a fan. I enjoy Wayne’s more light-hearted movie fare, and one of my favorites is McLintock!  

You can see my list of John Wayne movie faves here

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McLintock! is one of my favorite John Wayne movies.

I like McLintock! so much that my sister and mother bought an antique weathervane for me many years ago. I love it, and it reminds me of the opening scene in the movie McLintock. :o)

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My unique antique weather vane reminds me of the John Wayne comedy McLintock!
Don’t you love the cobalt blue glass, and the holes from when the cow was once used for target practice?

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The weather vane shown in the beginning of McLintock!.

Cowboy Cookin’, John Wayne Style

My recipe for John Wayne Chicken Nachos, was my addition to this year’s Recipes4Rebels Cowboy Cook-along.  I used a recipe from The Official John Wayne Way to Grill cookbook,  as inspiration, but me being me, I have changed the recipe to my liking.  I share my nacho recipe with you at the bottom of this post.

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A small plate of my John Wayne Chicken Nachos
(Note-this batch was cooked in the microwave.)

The Cookbook Giveaway

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Wanna win this cookbook?

In my very first give-away, the winner will receive this brand new, well almost new,
John Wayne cookbook.  Yes, ok, I did look at the John Wayne photos in this book.  Who wouldn’t?  Yes, I peeked at the yummy looking recipes inside, and yes, I used the recipe for the Grilled Chicken Nachos (on pages 20-21) as the springboard for my own John Wayne Nacho creation. 

Wanna win this cookbook?  Here’s how:

In the comments section for this blog post…

  1. Write the name of your 
    favorite movie, or TV, cowboy/cowgirl star.
  2. Write one sentence about why you like this cowboy/cowgirl.
  3. Do this by Thursday, August 15.
  4. Names of. those who commented will be placed into a (cowboy)hat.  The winner will be drawn from a hat. The winner will be contacted via email by August 22, and will be announced in my next blog post.
    A photo of the winner with the cookbook is requested to be emailed to me to be used in a future blog.
  5. If your name is drawn and you do not live in the U.S., in lieu of the cookbook, I will send you a special recipe. 

 

The Recipe

Nachos are always a hit, and can easily be tweaked using the ingredients that you want and/or the ingredients that you have on hand.

 

John Wayne Chicken Nachos

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Ingredients
 
Multi-grain Tortilla Chips
 
Chicken
 (I used drained can chicken, as that is all I had today.  Grilled would be better.)
 
Cheese (Cheddar or Mexican), shredded
 
Taco seasoning mix
 
Tomato, chopped
 
Onion, chopped
 
Black olives, sliced
(note the photo with only half the nachos with olives,
for those individuals in my house who are anti-olive!)
 
Light Sour Cream
 
Guacamole
 
Directions
 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
(A microwave works, too.
On microwave safe plate, cook on high for 30-40 seconds, or so, until
cheese is melted.)
 
Spread tortilla chips on oven-friendly plater, or baking dish.
 
Combine chicken, cheese, and taco seasoning; 
spoon evenly over chips.
Top with with tomatoes, onions, and olives.
Sprinkle more cheese on the nachos.
 
Place in oven for 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
 
Top with Sour Cream and Guacamole.


Enjoy and Happy Trails to you!

Thanks for reading and Happy Cowboy Day,

Annette

I’m Annette Stuff

I post my blog once per month. Look for my next blog post on (or close to) 
 Thursday, August 30.  :o)

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An original print of John Wayne, by pop artist Andy Warhol,
is one of the many interesting exhibits that
grace
The John Wayne Birthplace Museum in Winterset, Iowa.
(Please, excuse the glare in the glass.)

Read about my visit to this John Wayne fan’s paradise, here

 

 

 

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Minnesota nice=A Very Nice Family Reunion

July 15, 2018

Minnesota nice=A Very Nice Family Reunion

IMG_4458 2.jpgHans bakery, with its Texas donuts, was one of the highlights of our
Minnesota Family Reunion, 2018.

I must admit, that in the midst of raising our active brood of four, it never occurred to me that my children’s homes may one day be thousands of miles from one another.
Yep, it happens. At present, we have offspring living in Florida, Maryland, and Minnesota (plus an honorary “sibling” in South Carolina). Four years/five family reunions ago, in an effort to gather for some family fun time, I initiated the idea for our (first) annual family reunion. 

The Schedule

My Minnesota daughter and son-in-law kindly offered their newly-purchased home for this year’s get together, with two of my “kiddies” able to make the trip north. 

IMG_4386My daughter and son-in-law hosted us for the week.
They have just added Pongo, this cute Dalmatian puppy, to their family.

IMG_5151My daughter had Minnesota “goodie bags” for each of us when we arrived.
Above is part of our Minnesota-themed booty.
Thank you! :o)

Each family planned our activities for one-two day(s), including deciding on and preparing, or going out, for meals. It was a wonderful week and a memorable time.
I share with you some “highlight” photos of our Minnesota Family Reunion, 2018,
or as some prefer to call it, The Bold North Family Vacation.  :o) Enjoy!

“Highlight” Reel Reunion Photos 

Saturday

The Race

IMG_4375.jpgOur youngest son and his girlfriend flew up from Maryland, the day before everyone else,to participate in a local 5K with our daughter on Saturday morning.
They happily pose, and rest, after successfully finishing the race.

Psycho Suzi’s

IMG_0326IMG_4403Psycho Suzi’s, a popular Minneapolis restaurant with a playful island flair,
overlooks the Mississippi River.

IMG_4417They have good eats, including “done just right” crispy tater tots served with
every burger.

IMG_4422.jpgIt was the perfect spot to relax and enjoy our first night all together.

Sunday

A Houseful of Great Cooks

IMG_4437IMG_4436The family all pitches in to make lunch, including the crushing of Oreos
for the yummy Easy Oreo Ice Cream Dessert.

Click here for the for Easy Oreo Ice Cream Dessert recipe.

Mini Golf

IMG_4446.jpgMini-golf is a “must do” activity at all of our family reunions. :o) 

Lord Fletcher’s

IMG_0307.jpgCasual dining at Lord Fletcher’s on Lake Minnetonka, serves up tasty local walleye/fish, along with other delicious dishes.

Monday

Hans Bakery for Breakfast

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IMG_4463IMG_0020Chandler and his girlfriend had done their research,
telling me that we were going to a bakery that had donuts the size of your head.
They weren’t joking! :o)
Hans Bakery was a real treat!

Mall of America

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Disney’s 
Mighty Ducks movie trio.
In 
Mighty Ducks 2there is a sequence where characters roller blade through
The Mall of America.

You can see that here.  The Mall of America shows up at about 44 seconds.

The Lego Store

IMG_0295There is a large Lego store at The Mall of America.

The Rainforest Cafe

IMG_4495 2.jpgWe all had lunch at the animatronicly-decorated Rainforest Cafe.
This restaurant location was the very first of this chain, opening in 1994.
My eldest photo bombed my photo.  :o)

Crayola Experience

IMG_4512 2I had to make this I‘m Annette labeled crayon at the Crayola Experience! :o)
This attraction is only one of four Crayola Experiences in the U.S.

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IMG_4516Playing around with the coloring page machine.

IMG_4542Melt and molds made from crayons!

IMG_4546.jpgThere were crayons everywhere!

IMG_4517There were large crayons.

IMG_4548There were three pound crayons.

IMG_0027.jpgThere were really tall markers, too!

Read about all of the exhibit here.

Pizza for Dinner

IMG_4560Take-out pizza was on the menu for dinner.
Black Sheep Pizza is a Twin City specialty.
There is even one at the Minneapolis Airport!

Tuesday

Minnehaha Falls

IMG_4572 2.jpgMy daughter sports her Minnehaha Falls tee shirt,
as her hubby gives her a sweet kiss on the cheek in front of the romantic falls.

IMG_4581Everyone is all smiles while posing with the beautiful  Minnehaha Falls
in the background.

Whirlyball

IMG_4623.jpgNever heard of Whirlyball?  
It is an entertaining game using bumper cars and lacrosse-type scoops,
played by two teams.

You can read more about Whirlyball here.

IMG_4609.jpgIt was a lot of fun!

IMG_4617.jpgAge one was too young to play Whirlyball,
so several us got to take turns taking care of this little lady.

Clubs are Trump

IMG_4644.jpgThe card game Clubs are Trump has fueled the fires of friendly competition in
my family for
 many years. 

Wednesday/4th of July

Bruggers Bagels for Breakfast

IMG_4649IMG_4664 2.jpgMy daughter and my hubby were up bright and early to pick up these festive
pre-ordered bagels from Brueggers Bagels on 4th of July morning.

Red, White, and Blue Cheesecake

IMG_4653 2My daughter creates this 4th of July treat, a patriotic cheesecake,
while wearing her WDW/Muppets tee shirt. :o).
(We were happy to have her in-laws join us for the day.  :o))

IMG_4668.jpgHaving a mini (can) soda in Minnesota! (Your pun for the day.  :o))

IMG_4672.jpgThere was a corn hole/bean bag competition.

IMG_4658We had a cute baby dancing to Little Baby Bum.

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IMG_4682.jpgThere was an Eagle-making contest.

You can find the instructions for this edible Eagle here.
(I used mini-chocolate chips for the eyes,
rather than what the instructions suggest.)

IMG_4729IMG_4734IMG_4731IMG_4732We made s’mores.

It was a great 4th of July!

Thursday

Dizzy’s Pancakes for Breakfast

IMG_4742My hubby makes a “mean” pancake.  They are the best!  
The grand children’s nickname for him is Dizzy, so these are now known as
Dizzy’s Pancakes.

IMG_4751.jpgYou can find the recipe for these pancakes here.

Take Me to the Zoo

IMG_4752.jpgWe were all excited to go to the Minnesota Zoo.
It’s good to have your aunt around to help you out.  :o)

IMG_4788Baby wonder

 

IMG_4764I had to share my leopard photo. Isn’t he pretty?

IMG_4805The otters are always a treat to watch.

 

IMG_4815We enjoyed watching the feeding time for the penguins.

IMG_4778.jpgIt was a fun day at the zoo, and I even got to see my first moose in person!

 

The Famous Juicy Lucy

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A local tourist destination, that is also frequented by locals, The 5-8 Club  has also been  featured on The Travel Channel’s Man Vs. Food. Once a speakeasy, it is now home to the original (well, at least one of two places who claim the original crown) Juicy Lucy.
(A Juicy Lucy is two burgers wrapped around cheese, and cooked to perfection.)

You can see a 2.5 minute clip about The 5-8 Club from The Travel Channel here.
Beware!  Viewing this may make you hungry for a Juicy Lucy! :o)

IMG_4821I enjoyed the tasty Fried Cheese Curds!

IMG_4827.jpgThe Juicy Lucy was yummy, and the cheese in the center made this sandwich
a winner!

The Park

Several evenings we all went to the local park to play soccer, baseball, play on the playground, swing, and just plain relax.

IMG_4834A big smile to go along with this new zoo Spider-moose shirt.

IMG_4847Happy to be on the swings.

IMG_4845Snuggling with Pongo. 

Friday

IMG_4867Our reunion time together was nearing and end,
as some of us headed home Friday, while the rest of us flew home on Saturday.
Keeping that in mind, I asked some of the gang to pose for this morning photo.

The Mad Hatter Restaurant/Tea Room

IMG_4874 2.jpgThe Mad Hatter Restaurant and Tea Room was the location for our final
(2018) family reunion event.

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Set in the historic Woodbury House, built in 1857, the beautiful grounds sit next to the scenic Rum River.

IMG_4891 2Are these three pondering what to order for lunch?
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The Mad Hatter afforded this relaxing spot as we waited for our table.

IMG_4902We all enjoyed the ambience of this lovely old house,
as we decided what to order for lunch.

IMG_0566.jpgIMG_4914IMG_4909Sipping on flavorful tea during lunch was fun!

IMG_4920 2.jpgAs you can see, I personally enjoyed the iced variety of tea, along with quiche (corn cob smoked ham, apple, tarragon & smoked gouda) and Minnesota Wild Rice Soup.

For my personal recipe for Minnesota Wild Rice Soup, click here.

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The food was delicious! 
I especially enjoyed my dessert choice of Flourless Chocolate Torte!

IMG_4918.jpgIt had been a week of special family memories!

Previous Family Reunion Posts (with a lot of photos)

Want to see photos of, and read about, other past family reunions?
Click on the blue items below.

2014 at Walt Disney World

2015 at Hilton Head, South Carolina

2016 in Maryland  including Washington DC, Gettysburg

2017 was in Florida, but I never got around to writing the blog post for this one. :oO
It was really fun, though! (Maybe I’ll write about it one of these days…)

Previous Minnesota Posts

Click on other Minnesota posts, below.

September 2013-Mall of America, Mickey’s Diner and Other Midwestern Sites of Minneapolis, Minnesota

October 2015-Minnesota Nice

September 2017-Happily Eating My Way Through the Minnesota State Fair

Does your family do an annual get together? I would love to hear about it in the comments section!

Thank you to my family members for contributing photos for this blog, and for patiently posing for photos when I “requested”, yet again, SMILE! :o)

Thanks for reading!

Annette

I’m Annette
I post my blog once per month. Look for my next blog post on (or close to) 

 Thursday, August 16.  Thank you, readers, for your support
for my new posting schedule.  :o)

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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.

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

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

It’s


It’s Dollars (or 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

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, April 5.

I would love to hear your kind comments!
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Happy First Week of Spring!  :o)

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