What’s Slumgullion?!


Friday, December 7, 2018

What’s Slumgullion?!


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This tea towel must have been made with me in mind!
I love it, and framed it for Christmastime! :o)

Merry Christmas!  It’s that time of year again:  glittering Christmas decorations, a toasty fire in the fireplace, the retelling of that amazing first Christmas, Christmas goodies galore, and last, but not least, the holiday movie watching Merry-thon!

It Happened on 5th Avenue

I have quite a collection of Christmas DVD’s, many of them of the classic variety.  Among one of my classic favorites, is a gem that I discovered just a few years ago,
It Happened on 5th Avenue.


My DVD copy of It Happened on 5th Avenue, along
with another of my holiday favorites, Holiday Affair.

I enthusiastically described this film in my December 2017 post-
Don DeFore (He grew up in Iowa like me!) stars as Jim, a post-war veteran in need of housing in a crowded New York City.  Upon a chance meeting, McKeever (Victor Moore), invites Jim to room with him. Jim finds himself living in a boarded up mansion, others soon joining them.  Little does Jim know, that one of his fellow residents is the actual owner of the home, living incognito.

This film has just what the holiday season ordered, with a sweet (but never saccharine), often humorous holiday story, complete with a wonderful cast. It’s just plain fun to watch, and its sure to leave a smile on your face!

Don DeFore

If you are a “baby boomer’, Don DeFore, of It Happened on 5th Avenue, may be more familiar to you as George Baxter/Mr. B from the 1960’s TV show Hazel. He starred before to that as Thorny in the 1950’s The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. (The latter was before my time. :o)) Prior to DeFore’s television career, he starred in a slew of films, including two more of my favorites, Romance on the High Seas, and The Male Animal.

The cover from my Hazel DVD set.

The Miracle of Internet

Several years ago, having discovered It Happened on 5th Avenue, and knowing that DeFore was an Iowa native, I began researching his life.  My search brought me to the Don DeFore Fan Club on Facebook, and the Don DeFore web site, both overseen by Don’s son, Ron.

It was through this site, that I learned that DeFore led a very full and interesting life. He was the father of five, married for 51 years, until his death in 1993. (Judy Garland was matron of honor at his wedding!). In addition to DeFore’s acting career, and serving as president of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, he was friends with Walt Disney (and other celebrities, such as good friend, Ronald Reagan), and was owner of Disneyland’s Don DeFore’s Silver Banjo Barbecue restaurant for five years.

Recently, I reached out to Ron about his father’s classic Christmas movie, It Happened on 5th Avenue. Through the miracle of the Internet, Ron generously replied to my various emails filled with questions, and even sent me these two rare, and possibly never before published, photos below, to include in this blog post.  Thank you, Ron!


Don DeFore and Gale Storm, both of who starred in It Happened on 5th Avenue, at a 1951 “box social” fundraiser for the Village Church of Westwood.

Photo courtesy of Ron DeFore.


Don DeFore and Gail Storm at the “box social” fundraiser.
Approximately 800 attended this event, many who were celebrities,
dressed in costumes provided by Paramount Studios.

Photo courtesy of Ron DeFore.

Did you know?
Little Known Film Facts; thanks Ron!

Did you know that Frank Capra, director of the Christmas classic, It’s a Wonderful Life, originally owned the It Happened on 5th Avenue story?  Capra sold the latter, not wanting to pay option money on it.

One of the three dogs used in It Happened on 5th Avenue as Sam, was given to Ron’s sister, Penny, by Weatherwax the dog trainer, after the film’s completion.  Having visited the set numerous times, Penny had “fallen in love” with the dog.

 Gale Storm (Trudy in the film) became a “longtime family friend”.

The money made in this film by Charles Ruggles (Michael J. O’Connor in the film), allowed him to build a new house in Brentwood.  At the time Brentwood was considered “out in the country”, but today Brentwood is home to many celebrities.

Whitey Temple is played by Alan Hale Jr., who would later go on to play the Skipper on Gilligan’s Island.

Upcoming Book

Ron DeFore has been busy! He has written a book. Growing up in Disneyland, is scheduled to be released July 15, 2019.  Ron describes his book as “both a biography of my Dad’s career, and autobiography of my life growing up in a celebrity family, and my wild and crazy life filled with nearly 20 careers”.  

I can not wait to read it!  As of now, there are scheduled book signings for Ron in Anaheim, CA at the Disneyana Fan Club convention, and the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.  I will attempt to keep you posted of other upcoming signing events.  I also hope to do another blog post in June, about Ron’s upcoming book. 

Check these out!

Click here, to read an interesting article by Ron, from several years ago entitled,
Growing up in Disneyland.

Click here to check out the Don DeFore web site.

Click here to find the Don DeFore Fan Club on Facebook.


Read about other classic Christmas movies  in my previous blog posts.
Click on the blog title. 

It’s Christmas Time! Enjoy These Often-Missed Yuletide Movies-December 14, 2017

A Christmas Story Christmas December 24, 2016

Procrastination and Merry Christmas!December 20, 2015

Christmas in Black and WhiteDecember 13, 2014

Counting the Days till ChristmasDecember 6, 2013

What’s Slumgullion?

In It Happened on 5th Avenue, slumgullion is a dish that is prepared by the house’s “cook”, Mary O’Connor (played by Ann Harding). It is described as “a kind of an Irish stew”.  Various dictionaries define slumgullion as a meat stew, or a cheap stew. After perusing the various recipes that I found online for slumgullion, I found that most were basically a beef stew with macaroni  added, usually containing tomatoes in the mix. So, I chose a recipe that miners in Colorado once prepared, featured on the Colorado Geological Survey site here, and another photo of it here, as my spring board.


Ingredients needed to make your own slumgullion.


The original recipes that I saw, did not call for the beef bouillon,
but I felt that it was needed to enhance the flavor.
I also thought that regular elbow macaroni, called for in most slumgullion recipes,
is too large, and would over-power the stew, so I went with the smaller ditalini style of pasta.

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I really enjoyed this stew with the funny name!  :o)


(Beef Stew with macaroni)



1 + 1/2 lb. beef stew meat, cubed

2-3 Tablespoons olive oil

1 onion, chopped, or sliced
(I chopped mine.)

6 cups water 

4-5 beef bouillon cubes

3  medium carrots, sliced

3 red potatoes, scrubbed clean and diced

1 red bell pepper, chopped

1 (15.5 oz.) can black-eyed peas, drained

1 (14-15 oz.) can of diced tomatoes, not drained

 Dried thyme to taste, about 1/2-1 teaspoon
(not the ground variety)

Salt and Pepper, to taste

1/2 cup macaroni (I used Ditalini style)

2 Tablespoons of flour + 1/4 cup water


In large pot, put in 1 Tablespoon of olive oil, and heat over medium-high heat, adding stew meat. Brown the meat, stirring often.

Add 1-2 Tablespoons of additional olive oil, and add chopped onion.
Sauté until the onions are tender, approximately 10 minutes.

Add 6 cups water, beef bouillon cubes, carrots, potatoes, drained black-eyed peas,
and canned tomatoes.
Simmer for about 1 hour, until vegetables and meat are tender.

Add 1/2-1 teaspoon thyme.
Add salt and pepper to taste.

Add 1/2 cup macaroni and cook 20-30 minutes, until macaroni is done.

Mix together 2 Tablespoons of flour with 1/4 cup water until a smooth “paste”
Stir into stew mixture.
Cook for an additional 5-10 minutes, or until stew is thickened.

Serve piping hot with bread, crackers, or pretzels.


Annette’s note-This slumgullion was good, and even better the second day!  Yum!

See my recipe for
Christmas Eve Stew, here,
Super Bowl Stew, here,
and Irish Stew, here.

Free Printable

My daughter and I created these printables for my 2014 blog post,
Christmas in Black and White.

To print these, click here, then double click the image to print.


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Like Don DeFore, I too, grew up in Iowa.  
Here is an Iowa Christmas photo of me and my younger sister at home in 1967(?).
Note my “mod” shoes.  :o)

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Trick or Treat!

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Trick or Treat!

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I stand in my kitchen, Rice Krispie pumpkin in hand, with my two Mickey jack-o-lanterns in the background, ready for trick or treat.

Autumn’s Greetings my friends! (For those of you in the Australia and the Southern Hemisphere, Happy Spring!). I am hoping that you are enjoying that all that this time of year has to offer, such as…



These little guys certainly are enjoying the many pumpkins available for sale at this Iowa farm.
Thank you, Rachelle, for the use of this cute photo!

The Changing Colors that are Autumn!


The pretty view, this morning, out of my front window.

The not-so-scary Halloween movies


Kali (the dog) and I “watch” Disney’s Mom’s got a date with a Vampire while we go about our daily chores.

The Goodies!

Trick or treat/Halloween is almost upon us!   I share with you a fun treat to create, (rather than a trick). :o) I happily enjoy the company of my four year-old grand daughter once per week at my house.  During our time together, when she is not playing, we do a craft and make some edible treat.  This week we made Rice Krispie Pumpkins.  They were a hit. :o)

Making Rice Krispie Pumpkins


The ingredients are shown above,
but make sure that your package is filled with marshmallows. :o)

(I forgot to take this photo before we began cooking.)

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Once the marshmallows and butter are melted, add the food coloring.


Stir in the Rice Krispies

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We used small sandwich bags on our hands, and applied PAM on them.

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Then, the fun part began, forming the Rice Krispie treats into balls,
placing them on a wax papered cookie sheet.


We then added the finishing touch of half a pretzel stick for the stem,
and a green m & m for the leaf.   ( A few m & m’s were eaten in the process :o))

The Recipe

Rice Krispie Pumpkins 



5 Tablespoons of butter

1 10-oz. bag of marshmallows (I used the small ones.)

6 cups of fresh Rice Krispies

Red and Yellow food coloring (I used the gel food coloring variety)

Stick pretzels, broken in half

Green m & m’s


PAM cooking spray

Small sandwich bags


Prepare a large cooking sheet by covering with wax paper.

In large pan, melt butter over low heat.
 (Do Not attempt to make these in the microwave, as the texture will not be right.)

Add marshmallows, stirring until completely melted, and mixed in with the butter.

Remove from heat.
Add to the marshmallow mixture- 6 squeezes of yellow food coloring, and 2 of red.
Stir to make orange color.

Add Rice Krispies.  Work quickly to stir together.

Using small sandwich bags on your hands, spray with PAM.  

Roll the Rice Krispie mixture into balls, and place on the wax papered cookie sheet.

Push one half of a pretzel stick into each ball for the stem.

Push in a green candy m & m next to each pretzel stick for the leaf.


For Other I’m Annette Halloween Posts, click on the post title.

Happy Not -So- Very- Scary Halloween-Posted 2013

Dracula!-Posted 2015

Reminder-Day Lights Saving Time Ends/Falls Back
(in most of the USA)
this Sunday
November 4, 2018 at 2 AM

Enjoy the extra hour of sleep! :o)

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One of my favorite clocks!
The clock at the It’s a Small World ride at Walt Disney World.
(If you click on the blue It’s a Small World above, you can see a video of the ride!)

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Another Walt Disney World clock; this one from 50’s Prime Time Cafe.

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My stalwart pumpkin stands guard (in my little red wagon) in my yard, surveying the changing colors of my neighborhood.

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October 15, 2018


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I pause briefly for this fall selfie at Gaver Farm,
with a Maryland corn field as my backdrop.

October 7, 2018

I hope that you are enjoying the (recently cooler) fall weather, the beginning of the changing colors of fall, and autumn’s array of fun activities.  A couple of weekends ago, my autumn fun involved joining the grand children, and family members, at a local farm with a lot of fun-filled kid activities.  


This colorful maze was one of the many kid-friendly activities available at
Gaver Farm.

Thank you, Cayce, for the use of this photo!

Autumn Days

Cooler autumn days around here are filled with the sipping of hot apple cider (but in my case, it is more likely to be tea, hot or iced :O)), strolling along our tree-lined street, and watching a football game, or two (college and NFL), or family-friendly Halloween movie.

Warm Beverages


I often enjoy a cup of Barry’s Tea while blogging.

For my family’s favorite Hot Apple Cider recipe, click here.

Changing Leaves on my Street


No, this isn’t really my street, but what a beautiful photo!
My daughter took this when visiting in Colorado, late last month.
Thank you, Martese!

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This is my street. :o)
The trees in my neighborhood are just beginning to turn color.



My son and his girlfriend cheered for opposing football teams a couple of weeks ago.  :o)

Halloween Movies


A few of my DVDs that are non-scary + Halloween worthy.

For my list of Halloween-viewing suggestions, click here.

 October’s This and That


I was so happy to see that a re-blooming iris actually lived up to its promise in my flowerbed.
Irises are my favorite flower.
This one is called Clarence, my friend Robin, a true Iris expert, tells me.


Often it’s the simple things that make me smile.  I love my Target find from the “dollar” section.  I will be using them this Christmas, although I think that they look pretty cute next to my Rae Dunn plater and tea pot. They even light up!


Is anyone else out there a The Goldsberg fan?  I enjoy this show, and even more so this week when Rick Springfield co-starred in the episode.
(One of my favorite songs is Rick Springfield’s  Jessie’s Girl!)

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What a treat to wake up to these beauties in the morning.
My son and his girlfriend  received them at a wedding that they attended, the other evening, and presented them to me.
Anyone know what these pretty purple flowers are?
Thank you Elisa and Chandler!

I also had to share this cute photo from the wedding that they attended.
Elisa poses next to a penguin!  

The wedding took place at the Baltimore Zoo.
Thank you, Elisa, for the photo!

Mickey Recipe Cook-along


My two happy Mickey Mouse jack-o-lanterns hang out on my kitchen counter in October.

My first Mickey recipe was a no go!

I recently saw a bumper sticker that said “Love people, cook them tasty food.”  It made me smile.  I like that.  


A bumper sticker stating, “Love people, cook them tasty food.”

Keeping that thought in mind, I will not share this month’s first recipe attempt from Cooking with Mickey around our World.   It was a bust.  Pioneer Hall Biscuits and Gravy was just okay.  Now in the recipe’s defense, I did use frozen biscuits and turkey pre-cooked sausage, but I am guessing that even with freshly made biscuits and “real” sausage, that this recipe would still be underwhelming.


Pioneer Hall Biscuits and Gravy were just okay.


We have a winner!

So,  I trudged ahead, creating a recipe that I made for my family when my kiddies where little, called Contemporary French Toast. This recipe was served at the Contemporary Resort at the Terrace Buffeteria. (I did not ever dine on this yummy breakfast there, but found this recipe when I first got this cookbook.) The Terrace Buffeteria area is currently part of Chef Mickey. found a fun blog post with photos of the old Contemporary Resort here.


My family eating breakfast at Contemporary Resort’s Chef Mickey
at Walt Disney World.
April 2001

The Recipe

Contemporary French Toast


Ingredients for this classic Walt Disney World recipe

Putting together Contemporary French Toast

Putting together this French toast recipe is fairly simple.  
1.  Gather together all of the ingredients.  


2.  Mix up the milk, sugar, eggs, cinnamon and salt.  

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3. Line up your bread slices, milk mixture, and frying pan.
(Notice my new electric skillet, above?)

4.  Fry in skillet.

5.  Serve with real maple syrup, and garnish with berries, if you wish

Contemporary French Toast



1 cup milk

1/2 teaspoon sugar

2 eggs

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


1 loaf of Italian, or French bread
(The original recipe calls for sour dough, but I do not care for the “sour” flavor.
I have also used Texas toast with this recipe.)

PAM cooking spray, vegetable oil, or butter


Optional (I do not do this part.)

1/2-3/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 cup powdered sugar


Real maple syrup, warmed

Butter, if desired

Berries of your choiceif desired


Combine milk, sugar, eggs, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and mix until well-blended.
(I use my stick blender for this, but a whisk will work, too.)

Slice bread into 3/4-1 inch slices.

Spray electric skillet with PAM and heat to 325 degrees. 

Dip bread into milk mixture, only long enough to soak into bread.

Fry in skillet until browned, turning to brown both sides, about 5 minutes.
Adding additional PAM, oil, or butter, as needed.

At this point, I serve with warmed maple syrup and berries.
(But if desired, dip in powdered sugar that has been mixed with 1/2-1 teaspoon cinnamon, first.)


Annette’s Notes: This recipe is a keeper

Bonus Baby Recipe:  Puttin’ on the Ritz!

Today I have a bonus recipe for you.  This is not a Disney recipe, but it is popular in my house.  We call it Ritz Chicken, but I have also heard it called PTA Chicken, and Poppy Seed Chicken. Over the years, I have made changes to my own family’s liking. I believe that the original recipe may have come from my sister in-law.

Ritz Chicken


The ingredients for Ritz Chicken


After mixing up the cracker ingredients in one bowl, and the chicken ingredients in another, the mixes are layered into a baking pan. The first layer has been put into the oblong pan above.

Ritz Chicken



1 to1 and 1/2 pounds boneless chicken breast, cooked, and cut up.
(I have used  one rotisserie chicken for this, and it is good.)

2 cans cream of chicken soup
(or 1 can of cream of chicken and 1 can cream of celery)

1 cup sour cream
(I use light sour cream, but NOT the no fat variety.)

1 (10 oz) package frozen green beans, cooked

Black pepper


4 rolls/sleeves of original classic  Ritz crackers in regular-sized box
(I think it is 13 ounces), crushed

3/4 cups melted butter
(You can add 1/4 cups more butter, if it seems dry)

1-2 heaping teaspoons of poppy seeds


If not using rotisserie chicken, cook chicken breast covered in water with 1 whole peeled onion, 1 bay leaf, and 1-2 chicken bouillon cube. Cook 20-30 minutes until done.  Stir occasionally.

While the chicken is cooking, mix together soups and sour cream.

In a separate bowl, melt butter.  
Add crushed crackers and poppy seeds.
Set aside.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

When chicken is completely cooked, cool slightly, and cut into bite-sized chunks.
Mix in with the soup and sour cream mixture.
Add the cooked green beans and sprinkle with black pepper.

1/2 of cracker mixture into baking dish.
(I use a 2.5 quart size.  9.5x 7.5 inches.)

All of chicken and chicken soup mixture.

Top with remaining cracker mixture.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, until bubbly.

Let stand 5 -10 minutes.  Cut.


Annette’s Notes-I have made this in the slow cooker, too.
Spray crock pot with PAM.
Mix up the chicken portion and put it in the crockpot on low for 6 hours.
About 15 minutes before serving, mix crushed crackers with melted butter and poppy seeds.
Sprinkle over the chicken mixture, and cook 15 minutes more.

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Prayers go out to all of those affected by Hurricane Michael.

Thanks for reading,

I’m Annette Stuff


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I found this maple leaf attached to our mailbox this afternoon. :o)

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The Flavors of Fall

September 21, 2018

The Flavors of Fall


Me, doing a little apple picking last weekend.
September 16, 2018

My daughter just called me.  I love chatting with my kiddos!  She pointed out to me
that tomorrow is the first day of autumn! Until that phone call, I had thought that the first day of fall was another week away, and that I had that “other week”
to write this blog post, as sort of an ode to autumn! Oh, well…
Wow, where did the summer months go?! Photo on 9-21-18 at 5.27 PM #2.jpg

Where did the summer go?

I love autumn!  In fact, it is my very most favorite of the four seasons: apples and pumpkins, with all of the goodies that you can make with them, football, crisp clear days, sweaters, fires in the fireplace, and the changing color of the leaves…  I am sure that you, my clever readers, can add to this list of all that fall offers.
(Please, mention “a few of your favorite things” about autumn in the comments).


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Mini-pumpkins adorn my kitchen table in honor of autumn’s arrival.

A Visit to the Farm

Last Sunday, I happily joined some of my family members for our
annual apple picking day, at not -too -far -away, Larriland Farm.

It was nice to visit Maryland farm country.


We checked out the apple orchard, and the colorful flower patch.


The big red barn welcomes its guests to Larriland.


Calico corn (also known as Indian corn, or Flint corn ) decorates the barn.
I bought thee best (homegrown) tomatoes that day,
and had delicious BLTs for dinner!
(You can see the tomatoes in the lower middle of the photo above.)


Colorful gourds and mini pumpkins were plentiful.


Larriland’s apple cider is always a good choice.
I use Larriland’s easy recipe, here,
to make tasty, soothing (Larriland’s) hot apple cider every fall.
It is a family favorite.


We never go home empty-handed from The Farm!
Thank you to Cayce for this photo!



My basket of apples from last weekend’s apple picking outing.
Actually, we visited the red barn while at Larriland to purchase these beauties.  :o)

Tastebud Memories

What flavors make you think fall?  One item, that “falls”  into this category for me
(yes, that was a pun), are my grandma’s recipe for moist, yummy maple bars.  My grandma would make them often, and for some reason the distinct maple flavor of these bars evokes in me the warm, cozy feeling of fall.
(My grandma also made oh-so scrumptious chocolate chip cookies, that she always kept stored in a large reused coffee can in the chest-style deep freeze.)  


A bowl full of chocolate chip cookies made from my grandma’s recipe.
For the recipe for these perfect chocolate chip cookies, click here.


Grandma’s Maple Bars are a nice compliment to a hot cup of tea.

 Iowa was experiencing a major snow storm, in early January 1999, when I was visiting  my grandma to celebrate her 90th birthday. Aside from enjoying the celebration, I desperately wanted to get her recipe for her signature maple bars during this visit.  


My favorite photo of my maternal Grandma and Grandpa on their Iowa farm.

Her response?  She had no recipe!  She always made them from memory, without a written recipe. So, together my grandma and I came up with a written recipe, with Grandma walking me through each step of the process, deciding on exact measurements as we went along.  The recipe that you see below is the yummy result of that cooking collaboration. My grandma went to Heaven in 2004, but the sweet memories of her,
and her maple bar recipe lives on.  


This is the actual recipe (in blue pen) as dictated to me by my Grandma.
Later on, I added the pencil notes.
The calico salt and pepper shakers were Grandma’s.


Making Grandma’s Maple Bars

You can get an idea of the basic steps of this recipe via the photos below.


The Maple Bar Ingredients


I use a Baker’s Quarter Sheet pan for these bars.


The quarter sheet pan, that I use, measures about  11.5 x 8 x 1.5.


Creaming ingredients together with my tried and true blue Kitchen Aid mixer.


A half of a scant, of 1/4 of 1/4th teaspoon, of cinnamon is all that is needed.


Raisins just put on the stove to “plump” them up.


Cooked and “plumped” up raisins


Strain the cooked raisins, saving the juice/water.


Stir in 1/4 cup reserved juice/water, and then add quick oatmeal.


Spread the batter over a parchmented(is that a word?), or greased, pan.


Make frosting while bars are baking.  Frost while warm.


Once cool, divide bars into squares, and garnish with English walnut halves.
As you can see by the photos above and below, my son and I could not wait to try these 
tasties.  :o)

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Grandma’s Maple Bars gets Chandler’s seal of approval.

Grandma’s Maple Bars



1/4 cup butter

(My grandma used Imperial Margarine in this recipe, rather than butter)

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1 egg

1/2 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon vanilla

additional 1/2 cup flour

1/2 of a scant *(1/4 of 1/4 of a teaspoon, in other words a small amount) cinnamon 

1/2 cup raisins

3/4 cup water

1/2 cup quick oatmeal



2 Tablespoons butter 

2 Tablespoons milk

1/2 teaspoon maple flavoring

Powdered sugar, enough sifted to make spreading consistency for icing.

English walnut halves to decorate each cut square of bars


Preheat oven to 325-350 degrees.

Cream together
1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick) with
1/2 cup sugar,
and 1/2 cup light brown sugar.

Add 1 egg, mixing well.

Add in slowly
1/2 cup flour,
and then

1 teaspoon baking soda,
and 1 teaspoon vanilla.

Then add,
another 1/2 cup flour,
and the small amount of cinnamon.
Set aside this batter.

Cook over medium-high heat for a few minues-
1/2 cup raisins in 3/4 cup water until raisins are plump.
Strain raisins, reserving the water that they were cooked in.

To batter stir in
1/2 cup cooked raisins
and 1/4 cup of the water/juice that the raisins were cooked in.
Stir in
1/2 cup quick oatmeal

In small greased 11.5 x 7.5 pan, or 9×9 pan, (I use a half sheet cake pan 11.5 x 8 and parchment.) spread batter.
Bake at 325-350 degrees until done and no longer doughy
(toothpick comes out almost clean.),
about 20-25 minutes.

Frost bars while warm with icing (recipe below).

When cool, cut into squares, and garnish each square with an English walnut half.

Enjoy with a cup of hot tea!


While bars are baking make the icing.
Melt 2 Tablespoons of butter.
2 Tablespoons of milk
and 1/2 teaspoon maple flavoring
enough sifted powdered sugar to make spreading consistency (about 1 and 1/2 to
1 and 3/4  cups)

Annette’s Notes-*I use a half sheet cake pan 11.5 x 8 size and use parchment, rather than use Pam.
*A scant is 1/8 of a teaspoon.


Retro Photos

I have said it many times, right here on this blog, that I was fortunate to be surrounded by good cooks while growing up!  My mom, grandmothers, and aunts all made the best dishes!  That love of food was passed on to me.  I recently re-found this photo (below) of me cooking in my teen years in home ec class.  This cooking class was always one of my favorites. :o)


(Left to Right) Libby, LeAnn, and me in high school home ec class. (1973?)

I also found these two retro fun fall “fotos”!


My, now grown, daughter and son (my two youngest children) enjoy the
Ohio autumn.
November 2003

Yes, that IS the same son eating a maple bar earlier in this post. :o)


My niece plays in the fall leaves of Iowa.
October 1987

Photo courtesy of my sister and niece.  Thank you! :o)

Other Fall Recipes,
with other autumn blog posts

Click on the highlighted link.

Hot Apple Cider

Chicken and Dumplings

Autumn “Trash”

Carmel Corn

Apple Dumplings

Pumpkin Cake


My childhood red wagon, mentioned here in an earlier blog post ,
is currently serving as fall decor in the front of my house.

Thanks for reading,

I’m Annette Stuff

I post my blog once per month, or more.
Look for my next blog post on, or around,

Thursday, October 18

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My loved and weather-worn Happy Harvest sign makes its appearance each September, to hang by my front door.

Happy Harvest to you!



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Beach Love

September 14, 2018

Beach Love


I enjoy an early morning stroll on the beach.
Yes, those ARE my flip flops tethered to my rockin’
Vera Bradley fanny pack!
(Hey, if The Rock, Dwayne Johnson, can use a fanny pack, so can I! :o))

It is, perhaps, ironic that I type up this blog post just as Hurricane Florence makes herself heard, as it was just last week that I was loving the paradise of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Saying my prayers for all those in Florence’s path.

Photos, I have photos!

I have been know to snap a photo, or two, or a hundred, while vacationing.  So thankful that we no longer have to rely on, and pay for, photo developing at the local Fox Photo . (Yes, I am THAT old!) I share with you a few of my photos taken during a relaxing week that Dale and I spent in Hilton Head.  

Beach Critters


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One morning we were treated to the sight of several dolphins casually
swimming by, close to shore.



Sandpipers, seagulls, and pelicans are frequently spotted on the beach.



Not really a critter, but the remnants of something once living in the sea.
If you can identify this, please let me know in the comments.

Sea Turtles


Arriving early at the beach one morning,
I was delighted to see a crowd watching a baby sea turtle make its way to the ocean.
My first baby sea turtle sighting on the beach! :o)


Rod, a volunteer, was there to make sure that no one touched the baby turtle.


Touching a baby sea turtle will make it unable to find its way back to its home beach to nest.


My friend, Laura, gave me this magnet last week.
Read more about Hilton Head’s sea turtles, here.

Morning on the Beach/Sunrise 


Hello Morning!


Each morning my hubby and I walked the beach.


Well actually, Dale jogged the beach, while I walked.


The sea oats, blowing in the sea breeze, were the first to greet us each morning as we approached the beach.


We watched the Beach Patrol set up the chairs and umbrellas for rent.


Hilton Head’s sand, near the water, is hard packed.
Some choose to ride bikes on Hilton Head’s beach. 


We were happy to see a rainbow one morning while walking.

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A couple of days later, we were thrilled to see this double rainbow!


We were fortunate to enjoy the uncrowded beach first thing each morning.
Just beautiful!

Beach Hair

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Bozo the Clown (beach) hair!   (I) Don’t care.  :o)
A small price to pay for a glorious walk on the beach each morning.

Sunset on the Beach

Evenings took Dale and me to a different Hilton Head beach to walk and take in the breath taking sunsets.


A quiet beach setting to view the sunset.


A boardwalk served as a good vantage point to view the evenings’ sunsets.


Doesn’t this remind you of Gilligan’s Island?


Colorful sunsets


A pleasant way to end the day!

Found this fun and informative read about Hilton Head, here

The Miracle of the Internet

True story!

On May 18, 2011, I wrote a Facebook message to cookbook author Sallie Ann Robinson.  You can see part of that message below.


Part of my original 2011 message to Sallie Ann Robinson.

On June 15th of this year, seven years later, I received a reply!  It seems that Sallie Ann rarely gets on Facebook.  :o) After computer chatting, I found that the recipe for Daufuskie Deviled Crab does not appear in the cookbook, as it is a family secret, but that Sallie Ann often whips up a batch to sell.


Sallie Ann’s first cookbook, with a touching forward written by her former Daufuskie Island teacher and acclaimed author Pat Conroy.
Pat Conroy wrote the book The Water is Wide about his experience as a teacher on Daufuskie.  The book was later made into the film Conrack.

Daufuskie Island is about an hour ferry boat ride from
Hilton Head Island.

I have had this copy of Sallie Ann’s cookbook on
my bookshelf for years.
Maybe one of these days I can get her to sign it for me.

We “chatted” back and forth for a bit, with me mentioning that I would be in Hilton Head around Labor Day.  Sallie Ann said to get in touch with her if I wanted to purchase some of her famous deviled crabs, as we might be able to work something out.


Author Sallie Ann, with her million dollar smile, shows me her newest book.

Check out Sallie Ann’s website, here.

To make a long story short, Sallie Ann and I were able to meet.  She is a true delight!  


Sallie Ann and I found that we have a lot in common, including our love for cooking, love of the Hilton Head area, our outlook on life, our sense of humor, and we are the same age (just youngsters)!


Sallie Ann’s Deviled Crabs were super yummy!


There were NO leftovers that night!


On my wishlist for years, I finally purchased  this Spartina 449 handbag on my May trip to Hilton Head Island.
You can see both Hilton Head Island and Daufuskie Island featured on the bag.
The Spartina 449 company got its start on Daufuskie Island.



Dale and I have become fans of the classic oldies radio station
106.5 Pure Oldies on Hilton Head, playing tunes from the
1950’s and 60’s. Gotta love hearing The Beach Boys while headed to the beach!


There are many great places to eat on the Island.  Here are a few of my favorites from this trip.

Big Jim’s


I am a mega-fan of Big Jim’s Classic Breakfast Sandwich
(egg, bacon, cheddar cheese on a fluffy biscuit)
with a tall cool glass of unsweetened iced tea.
An informal setting in Palmetto Dunes with a view of the
Robert Trent Jones Golf Course.

Hudson’s Seafood


Hudson’s has been a favorite on Hilton Head since 1967.
In fact, in 1980, I had my college graduation dinner here!
This place is still a good one!

Known for their hush puppies and fresh just-off-the-boat seafood.


Dale and I enjoy a late lunch out on the back deck.

Skull Creek Boathouse


On the same road as Hudson Seafood is Skull Creek Boathouse.
The view is beautiful.


The food is yummy!
 There is a lunch special of soup and half sandwich that can’t be beat!
The remoulade sauce on the shrimp po- boy is wonderful!

Other I’m Annette Posts about Hilton Head Island,
click on the blue link that you would like to read.


Family Fun in Hilton Head (2015)

Beach Getaway (2017)

40 years of being married, a Hilton Head of a Celebration (2018)

Summer’s Musings (2018)

Thank you for reading,

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Look for my next blog post on, or around,

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Peachy Keen, Jelly Bean

August 28, 2018

Peachy Keen, Jelly Bean

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Don’t you love the sweet aroma and flavor of a perfectly ripened peach?

One can not pass through the produce section of the local grocery store at this time of year, without being drawn-in by stacked mounds of sweetly scented peaches. So, it only seems appropriate, that I dedicate my end-of-the-summer blog to this sweet and succulent fruit.


A basketful of peaches sits perched on my kitchen counter, ready to be eaten.
I love this pretty basket that my talented friend, Jodie, made for me several
years ago.


I use this Friendship Basket often, but I still can not bring myself to remove this cute gift tag that came attached to it.

I am blessed to have such talented friends.  Read about a couple more of my talented friends, here, here, and here.

Peach Quotes in the Movies


Let’s play a game.  How about a little trivia game involving peaches and the movies?
Ready? No peeking. Let’s play!


  1. In what hit 1970’s movie are the words “Peachy Keen, Jelly Bean” uttered by the film’s proverbial “bad girl”?
  2. Name this classic of a musical, often shown at Christmas time, in which this line is said. “That Welsh Rabbit was ginger peachy.“.
  3.  “Princeton is a peach of a school, a peach of a school” is heard in what
    Judy Garland film?


  1. In Grease, Rizzo says “Peachy Keen, Jelly Bean‘ to Sandy.
    Rizzo is also heard to say to Sandy, in this film, “I think that he sounds peachy keen.“. You can hear both clips, here and here.  (Careful, the videos may be loud.)
  2. John Truitt in Meet me in St. Louis tells his hostess “That Welsh Rabbit was
    ginger peachy.”. I believe that John Truitt was referring to the Welch Rarebit,
    not rabbit.  :o)  You can hear that clip, here.
  3. John Truitt strikes again with “Princeton is a peach of a school, a peach of a school.“, in Meet Me in St. Louis. Listen to that clip, here.

How did you do?

If you got all three questions correct, you are Peachy Keen, Jelly Bean!

If you got two out of three of the questions correct, you are ginger peachy.

If you got one out of three questions correct, you are a peach of a player.

If you got zero out of three of the questions correct, then that is the pits, (Just kidding)
the peach pits, that is.  (My pun for the day. :o))

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The peach pit and peel remnants of my peach pie making.
Try saying that three times in a row, real fast! :o)

A Peach of a Winner

A big “Thank you, Pilgrim” to all of you who participated in our The Official John Wayne Way to Grill Cookbook drawing. I enjoyed reading all of your entries about your favorite cowboy/cowgirl, and why you chose them.


This is a photo of the actual cookbook that was the grand prize.


And the winner is……Renee!

I am happy to announce that Renee is the cookbook contest winner. Renee is also a
John Wayne fan, who loves to cook, and she also happens to have been a classmate of mine in high school.

Renee’s entry:
1. John Wayne is my favorite cowboy.
2. The why? The Duke always was a man’s man, he lived by his code,
and most of all he loved America!!


I love this photo that Renee sent me. She proudly holds her new cookbook in front of one of several John Wayne mementos that decorate her Iowa home. Congratulations, Renee!

View my previous blog posts on John Wayne here, here, here, and here.

Peach Pie

Are you a pie fan?  I prefer my pies cream-filled, or with a fresh uncooked fruit filling. One of my favorite fruit pie varieties is this peach pie recipe that came from my mom.
( My mom is a great cook!!!)  As you can tell from the photo (below), this recipe has been recreated many times over the years.


My much-used recipe card for Glazed Peach Pie.

For another of my family’s favorite pies, click here for our Chocolate Angel Pie Recipe.

Let’s Talk Pie Crust

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Well okay, this isn’t actually a pie crust being rolled out, it is cookie dough.
But, I think that this photo of my grand daughter using my grandmother’s
special rolling pin is precious. :o)

My friend Laura told me this pie crust story many years ago, while I was living in Texas.
This tale is about Laura as a newlywed and new cook.  Try as she may, Laura could not make a successful pie crust. To add to Laura’s frustration, her new husband, and all of his family, continually raved about the excellence of Grandma’s pie crusts; Grandma’s secret recipe.  At a family gathering, Laura finally got up the courage to approach Grandma. Laura asked Grandma to take pity on a her as a new bride, and share the secret pie crust recipe.  Sworn to secrecy, Laura was given the coveted secret pie crust recipe.  Grandma’s secret to her pie making success?  Grandma, it seems, bought all of her pie crusts in the frozen department of the local super market! :o)


One of my prized Marty Mummert signs celebrates homemade pies.

Read more about sign artist Marty Mummert, here and here.

Recalling Laura’s story relieves my guilt (okay, so I really don’t have any guilt) when I cut corners and usually use Pillsbury’s Pie Crusts, rather than make my own pie crust from scratch.


My personal “secret recipe” for a quick pie crust.  

I know, I know, homemade is always the best. So, if you have the time, and inclination prevails, here is my Aunt Liz’s pie crust recipe.  Aunt Liz is known for her deliciously flaky pie crusts, and yummy pie creations. She has graciously offered to share her pie crust recipe, below . Aunt Liz says it is “very easy”!

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An Aunt Liz Pie creation.  Isn’t it pretty?

Aunt Liz’s Pie Crust

1 cup flour

2 Tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup cold butter

Add flour, sugar, and salt to a large mixing bowl.
Add cold butter and use fork to cut into the flour until mixture is coarse crumbs.
Squeeze together with hands, being careful not to overwork dough.
(If too dry, you may a small bit of water to the dough.)
Roll out.

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For Aunt Liz’s Cherry Chocolate Pie recipe, click here.

Let’s Cook

Only a few ingredients are needed for this summer time pie. Below are a few photos taken while creating a yummy Glazed Peach Pie.


The ingredients for Glazed Peach Pie.


My “homemade” pie crust prior to baking.
The holes in the pie dough, before baking,
prevent the baked crust from becoming soggy from the fruit-filling.


It takes four-five peaches to make a heaping four cups of sliced peaches for this pie.*


When first cooking the crushed peach mixture,
it will appear opaque.


After cooking, the peach mixture will become more transparent/clear and thicker.


The Glazed Peach Pie just after being finished,
and before going into the refrigerator.


Glazed Peach Pie



1 baked pie crust/shell, fully cooled

4 cups, heaping, of fresh, sliced peaches (about 4-5 whole peaches)
*See photo above of 4-cup measuring cup

1/2 cup water

3 Tablespoons corn starch

1 cup sugar

1 Tablespoon butter

Whipped cream


Bake pie crust, making sure to prick holes in the bottom and sides before baking.
Cool completely.

Peel and slice peaches to equal a heaping 4 cups.
Crush 1 cup of the peaches, leaving the rest sliced.

Spread the 3 cups of sliced peaches into the cooled baked pie crust.

Combine  1/2 cup of water,
3 Tablespoons of cornstarch,
1 cup of sugar,
and 1 cup of crushed peaches.
Cook on medium-low to medium heat, stirring continually, until sauce turns clear and thickens slightly, 

Remove from heat.
Immediately stir in 1 Tablespoon of butter.
Cool slightly.
Pour over sliced peaches in the pie crust, covering all of the peaches.

Refrigerate 1-3 hours.

Slice and serve with whipped cream.

For best results, this pie should be eaten within 18-24 hours.



“Cut my pie into four pieces, I don’t think I could eat eight.”
Yogi Berra

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Look for my next blog post on, or around,
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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.) 


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,
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.


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


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.


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)


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.


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?!


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,
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.


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.) 


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.


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.

*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)


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


Ingredients for the appetizer Cucumbers Dill

Cucumbers Dill



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


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.


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.
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.


Caddy Cooler :o-

Tavern Sherbet Punch :o)


Pioneer Hall Cheese Dip:o(


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.  


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


(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)


lemon slices for garnish-optional


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) 


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Look for my next blog post on, or around,
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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!)


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.




Talented Jenny’s two cookbook creations are shown above.



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.)


John Wayne


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


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)


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?


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.


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

The Cookbook Giveaway


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


Multi-grain Tortilla Chips
 (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
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,


I’m Annette Stuff

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An original print of John Wayne, by pop artist Andy Warhol,
is one of the many interesting exhibits that
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 


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.


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.


Hans Bakery for Breakfast


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

IMG_4476These three fans wear their Might Duck shirts in honor of the of
Mighty Ducks movie trio.
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.

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!


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.


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!


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. 


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?


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.

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!


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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IMG_4894.jpgI think our busy week may have worn her out.  :o)

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