Quick Apple Dumplings, revised

Quick Apple Dumplings

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Ingredients

1 and 1/2 cups sugar
2 cups water
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup butter

2/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 -15 ounce packages of refrigerated pie crusts
(read package directions for removing the dough from the refrigerator for handling)
8 medium apples (Granny Smith), peeled and cored
(I used our old apple peeler that also slices while it peels and cores.)
3 Tablespoons butter

Vanilla ice cream-recommended

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Syrup
Bring 1 and 1/2 cups sugar, 2 cups water, and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
to boil in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly;
reduce heat and simmer stirring occasionally for 10 minutes.
Remove from heat, stirring in 1/4 cup butter.

Apples
Combine 2/3 cup sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon.
Cut pie crusts in half.
Form dough into an 8-inch circles by pressing with fingers.
Place one apple in center of each circle.
Sprinkle evenly with sugar mixture.
Dot evenly with 3 Tablespoons of butter.

Fold dough over apples, pinching to seal.
Place in lightly greased (or use PAM) 13 x 9 baking dish.
Drizzle with syrup.

Bake at 375 degrees for 40-45 minutes.

Serve with vanilla ice cream, if desired.

Enjoy!

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Our old apple peeler that prepared our apples for dumpling readiness.

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Dumplings ready for the oven.

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Hello, First Day of Autumn!

September 21, 2016

Hello, First Day of Autumn!

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What is your favorite season?  Mine is unequivocally autumn, and tomorrow,
September 22, is the first day of autumn! I adore the glorious array of warm colors,
as this season wraps itself around me in its cozy hominess. (Hominess IS a word! I looked it up!:o))
Allow me to share a few of my autumn photos, taken near my Maryland home over the years, below.

Autumn in Maryland

2012-10-24-13-28-03img_8351dscf0069dscf00602012-10-24-13-27-21To view colorful autumn photos from an earlier post, please click here

Apple Picking =Apple Dumplings

Autumn means apple picking time in this part of the country. With a bounty of apples available this time of year, apple treat ideas abound.  My daughter-in-law introduced me to her favorite apple dumpling recipe several years ago.  I revised it just a bit, and share it with you, below. The cinnamon flavored syrup makes this recipe stand out!

2012-09-16-12-40-45Apple picking at Larriland with my youngest son.
September 2012.

For Larriland’s yummy apple cider recipe, click here.

Quick Apple Dumplings

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Ingredients

1 and 1/2 cups sugar
2 cups water
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup butter

2/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 -15 ounce packages of refrigerated pie crusts
(read package directions for removing the dough from the refrigerator for handling)
8 medium apples (Granny Smith), peeled and cored
(I used our old apple peeler that also slices while it peels and cores.)
3 Tablespoons butter

Vanilla ice cream-recommended

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Syrup
Bring  1 and 1/2 cups sugar, 2 cups water, and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
to boil in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly;
reduce heat and simmer stirring occasionally for 10 minutes.
Remove from heat, stirring in 1/4 cup butter.

Apples
Combine 2/3 cup sugar, and  1/4 teaspoon cinnamon.
Cut pie crusts in half.
Form dough into an 8-inch circles by pressing with fingers.
Place one apple in center of each circle.
Sprinkle evenly with sugar mixture.
Dot evenly with 3 Tablespoons of butter.

Fold dough over apples, pinching to seal.
Place in lightly greased (or use PAM) 13 x 9 baking dish.
Drizzle with syrup.

Bake at 375 degrees for 40-45 minutes.

Serve with vanilla ice cream, if desired.

Enjoy!

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Our old apple peeler that prepared our apples for dumpling readiness.

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Dumplings ready for the oven.

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Thanks for reading!
Annette

Note-Due to a technical error (more accurately, mine), most of the photos from past blog posts were accidently deleted awhile back. I have been slowly working to replace them, and most are now back in place. If you wish to view my past blogs and photos,
click here, or go to imannette.net.

In an effort to establish a more reliable blog posting schedule, I plan (or at least, plan to try) to post every other Wednesday. Think of Wednesday as I’m Annette days. :o)
Look for my next post on October 5.

Thank you to all of my blog followers!!!
I appreciate you!!!
It is your encouragement that keeps me writing! :o)
I love your positive comments, and enjoy hearing from you!

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Bon Appetit !

September 7, 2016

Bon Appetit!

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Enjoying my little piece of France at Petit Louis Bistro, in my own neighborhood.
September 2, 2016

Date– social or romantic appointment or engagement
as defined by Oxford Dictionaries here.  

Our house, when our four kiddies were younger, was one happy, busy, noisy place! Just thinking of that time brings a smile to this mom’s face.  :o) Now with our youngest taking his last semester of college, things are a bit quieter. With more time available, Dale and I have incorporated a weekly date night. Most times it is nothing fancy, just a nice quiet meal out and some uninterupted conversation. This week, on a whim, Dale and I decided to try something different…

 

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Petit Louis Bistro

The weather was beautiful.  We wanted to dine outside, and we wanted somewhere different from the norm.  We chose Petit Louis Bistro on  Lake Kittamaqundi.
Seated on the patio, we eyed the varied French menu  while being served by an attentive and entertaining waiter who hailed from Martinique! It was a leisurely meal,
an event really, an experience where patrons are encouraged to relax in an unhurried environment, and enjoy the gastronomic pleasures that abound here.

You can view the menu  here.

TheAppetizers
hors d’œuvre

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I enjoyed this delicious SOUPE à L’OIGNON GRATINÉE /Louis’ Famous Onion Soup.

 

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Dale had this appetizer du jour with various goodies.  It was good, too!
Of course, I sampled a little. :o)

The Entree
principaux

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The QUICHE LORRAINE Lardon, Comté, Salade Verte was wonderful.
The quiche was light and fluffy.

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Dale chose the OMELETTE du JOUR with ratatouille filling.
He was very happy with his choice!
It was good.  I sampled this, too!

The Dessert
desserts

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The Piece de Resistance (the best part of all) was this MOUSSE au CHOCOLAT Valrhona/ Chocolate Mousse, Espresso, Grand Marnier, Chantilly Cream.
This mousse was the best that I have EVER had!
The orange flavor of the Grand Marnier was the perfect compliment.

img_2792Yes, I also snuck a small bite of Dale’s CRÈME BRÛLÉE TahitianVanilla,Caramelized Sugar,Chantilly Cream.  Yum!

Free Printable

This glorious meal inspired me to create this somewhat whimsical printable, perfect for the refrigerator.
I hope that you enjoy it.

Bon Appetit (Good Appetite)!

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Click on this to get your copy.
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Do you have a planned night out each week with a spouse, family, or friends?  I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

Thanks for reading!
Annette

Note-Due to a technical error (more accurately, mine), most of the photos from past blog posts were accidently deleted awhile back. I have been slowly working to replace them, and most are now back in place. If you wish to view my past blogs and photos,
click here, or go to imannette.net.

In an effort to establish a more reliable blog posting schedule, I plan to post every other Wednesday. Think of Wednesday as  I’m Annette days. :o)
Look for my next post on September 21.

Thank you to all of my blog followers!!!
I appreciate you!!!
It is your encouragement that keeps me writing! :o)
I love your positive comments, and enjoy hearing from you!

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We departed Petit Louis Bistro, after enjoying an unhurried dinner of almost two hours.  :o)
Columbia on the Lake, Maryland

“People who love to eat are always the best people.”
Julia Child

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Love Those Mickey Mouse Waffles!

August 31, 2016

Love Those Mickey Mouse Waffles!

Photo Feb 07, 18 16 33.jpgMy daughter and I stand happily with Mickey Mouse during our
February 2015 visit.

You can read about this trip by clicking here.

I am unashamedly a Disney Foodie. I love going to the Disney parks, and enjoying the Disney cuisine. Tasting the wonderful and varied park foods, enhance the overall Disney experience. Although, I can not be at Walt Disney World, or Disneyland everyday, I can cook Disney recipes at home, reliving the fun through the fabulous flavors.

IMG_2758.jpgI often check out the Disney section of my cookbook library at home.
(Yes, check out and library was my weak attempt at humor. :o))
Cooking with Mickey Around the World (with the red binding, shown above)
was my first Disney cookbook, and is one of my favorite cookbooks of all time.

One of the most iconic of Disney fare is the Mickey Waffle. It is a personal favorite of mine.  A simple breakfast treat that never disappoints, a bite of a Mickey Waffle always brings a smile to ones face.

IMG_4293 (1)IMG_8828IMG_0674 (1)Just a small sample of the Mickey Waffles consumed by Yours Truly over the years.  :o)
(It is even better with iced tea, as evidenced in the center photo.)

A few years ago, after a fun Walt Disney World visit, I began a quest to find a Mickey Mouse waffle iron of my own.  Research revealed, that Vitantonio waffle makers, those closest to the variety used in the park, were no longer being manufactured. (Of course!)  Research also revealed, that some three-pronged models of the Mickey waffle maker had been recalled due to bad wiring. See the recall here and here.  Carefully checking the recall numbers against the ones for sale on eBay, I eventually snagged myself a genuine Mickey Mouse waffle iron!  :o)

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My handy dandy, two-pronged, Vitantonio Mickey’s Waffler was an eBay find.

Through the magic of the internet, and more specifically Pinterest,  Mickey Waffle recipes are abundant. I had made waffles using these recipes, but something was missing. Additionally , as any waffle-lover can attest to, creating waffles requires separating eggs; not particularly conducive to the creation of a speedy breakfast. Then my daughter, Martese, shared with me the secret of quick, real Disney-like tasting waffles :
Carbon’s Golden Malted Pancake & Waffle Flour!

IMG_1787Carbon’s Golden Malted Pancake & Waffle Flour had been the missing ingredient to a perfect Mickey Mouse waffle made at home.
I bought mine on Amazon here.

IMG_1816 (1)Mickey Waffles are now mine with these few simple ingredients.

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I carefully ladled the batter into the waffle maker.
For a great YOUtube tutorial on how to use this waffle maker, I found this.

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IMG_1823Using my waffle tongs, I remove the culinary prize.

IMG_1824Yum-O! Just like Walt makes!
In fact, I always use real maple syrup, which makes these gems even more delicious!

Recipe

Mickey Mouse Waffle Batter

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Ingredients

2 eggs

1 and 1/4 cup water

4 Tablespoon (salted) butter, melted

2 cups Carbon’s Golden Malted Pancake & Waffle Flour

PAM cooking spray

Real Maple Syrup (optional, but the best)

Directions

Plug in waffle iron.

Beat eggs and water together.

Add flour and mix together well.

Stir in melted butter, mixing well.

Spray waffle iron with PAM cooking spray.

Carefully ladle batter on waffle iron.

Watch waffle, as they cook quickly.

When done, carefully remove golden brown waffle from waffle iron.

Serve with real Maple Syrup

Enjoy!

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Enjoy Disney recipes here and blog related pins here.

Thanks for reading!

Annette

Note-Due to a technical error (more accurately, mine), many of the photos from past blog posts were accidently deleted awhile back. I have been slowly working to replace them, and most are now back in place. If you wish to view my past blogs and photos,
click here, or go to imannette.net.

I am currently revamping my blog posting schedule.  More news to follow.
Look for my new post around September 10.

Thank you to all of my blog followers!!!
I really do appreciate you!!!
Your encouragement is what keeps me writing! :o)

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Our Daughter, Martese, is a Magic Maker® for Off to Neverland Travel,
an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner for any of the Disney Destinations,
and other vacation locations.
She can assist you with all of your Disney travel plans.
Martese’s vacation planning services are totally FREE!
Martese is a wealth of Disney information!!!
Click here for her website, or
here for her Facebook page.

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The first and last batch of Mickey Waffles that I made with the old-fashioned,
egg separating, recipe.
They were good, but were not exactly like the ones in the park.
(No, the screwdriver was not required for the recipe!)
September 2013

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Washington DC, Gettysburg, and Points In-between

Washington DC, Gettysburg, and Points In-between


August 16, 2016

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My family enjoys a “Kodak Moment” at the Gettysburg Visitor Center.
I am fourth from the left.

Location, Location, Location

My four children (+ a very special friend, who is like a “brother to the others”) are spread throughout the country.  Residing in Minnesota, Florida, Maryland, and South Carolina. It occurred to me a couple of years ago, that if I wanted to see all of my offspring, at the same time, we would have to begin planning annual summer reunions. :o)

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My kiddies are all grown up!
April 2011

Two years ago, July 2014, saw us enjoying magical Walt Disney World in Florida
for our first reunion.
Last year, we all met up in beautiful Hilton Head, South Carolina.
With the addition of triplet babies in May to one of my Maryland sons and his wife,
it seemed logical that all meet at our house for this year’s reunion week,
enabling everyone to meet their three new nieces.

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Walt Disney World was the site of our 2014 family reunion.
See that trip here.

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Read about that here.

Getting Ready for the Troops, or True Confessions

Dale and I lived overseas for two and a half years (May 2013-June 2015).  During that time, we would fly home every two-three months for a couple of weeks. We would check on our college-age son, our house, and regroup. Our routine was to riffle through the mail, dump the excess in our office, close the door, and hastily leave again for the airport, barely recovered from the jet lag from our flight home two weeks before.

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I am laden with luggage at a German train station.
March 2015

As you can imagine, two and a half years later, that room’s condition was disheveled and disheveled. Upon returning from home, I just could not face the mess.  I cringe as I share a photo of the rooms sad state below.  :o(

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Our office after 2.5 years of being a dumping ground.
Hey, don’t judge me!  :o) 

In the excitement and anticipation of all of my children coming back home for a week,
it occurred to me one day, that we did not have enough beds!  This was the impetus for converting our “junk room”/office into another guest room.  Thus began a lot of organizing and decluttering,  painting,  and the purchase of a nice sofa bed.  Happily
we no longer hang our heads in shame when entering this room. The once eyesore of a room is now clean and guest-worthy.

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My entryway table welcomes my visiting family members.
I found this cute and free printable here.
Thank you to blogger Laura at her blog Four Feet Design .

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I bought and framed this fun sign, having it personalized with our information on it, for my guest rooms.
I purchased this from PureAndSimplyMe via Etsy here

Highlights and Photos from the Week

It was a fun week that went by too quickly.  Arriving at various times during the week, each family planned our activities for one day, including deciding on and preparing dinner. Here are a few photos from our special week.

Monday
Smithsonian, Museum of Natural History
Washington D.C.

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Visiting the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC was our first day trip.

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A South Pacific Easter Island statue (above), called a moai,
was one of the wonders that first greeted us as we stepped into the museum,
along with a Tyrannosaurus Rex skull (below).

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We all enjoyed seeing the skeletons of the dinosaurs on display.

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The Tyrannosaurus was impressive, even the display of the T-rex’s
fossilized droppings!

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While looking at these giant fossils, I can not help but think of the 1938 film
Bringing up Babywhere Cary Grant puts together a dinosaur skeleton.

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The Rotunda Elephant is a popular photo op for museum visitors at the Smithsonian.

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 My favorite at this museum is always the glittering gem exhibit.
The Hope Diamond ( Above at top, although the deep blue color did not come through. Click here for a clearer photo.) is always the star among jewels from Marie 
Antoinette, to Napoleon, and Angelina Jolie (above at bottom).

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Ajaye, with his mom, happily displays his Smithsonian souvenirs when exiting the museum.

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Headed down the DC street to lunch at Plan B Burger Bar.

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Plan B Burger Bar was delicious food with a cute restaurant environment.
After reading this write-up here ,while doing blog research, I will definitely order the 
flourless Hostess-like cupcake filled with white chocolate mousse next time for dessert!

We enjoyed viewing the outside of The FBI Building, Washington Memorial,
National Archives, and The White House before heading back home. 

Wednesday
Gettysburg, 
Pennsylvania

The Visitors Center

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Meeting Abe Lincoln at the Gettysburg Visitors Center.
Brandy (Top row and third from the right) is an ancestor of our 16th president!

Longstreet Tower

IMG_0075.JPGIMG_0176IMG_0170Longstreet Tower allows panoramic views of the beautiful Gettysburg countryside,
or so I am told. Only the braver members of our party made their way to the top. :o)

 Little Round Top

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A view from inside “the castle” at Little Round Top.
The scenery around Gettysburg is breathtaking.
It is sobering to think that war once touched this area.

The Dobbin House Tavern

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Dale and I love Gettysburg’s historic Dobbin House Springhouse Tavern!
Built in 1776 atop a natural spring
(See the photo to the left of the Springhouse Tavern menu above.),
we were eager to share its rustic charm and wonderful dishes with our family.
The Tavern is famous for their delicious onion soup.

For the restaurant recipe for their onion soup click here.
My revised version of the recipe is here.
Also, check out my recipe for Gettysburg Banana Bread here.

 

Marty Mummert Studios

I have been a big fan of Marty Mummert’s metal sign art for a long time, and own several of them.  A true artist, Marty hand designs all of his signs. You can read more about them here.

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Middle photo: Visiting in East Berlin in May 2010.
Bottom photo: Our most recent visit to Marty’s Gettysburg shop in August 2016.
Do I spy a photo bomb?  :o)

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Marty Mummert’s DONUTS sign currently hangs in my kitchen. I love it!
(See the photo below, near the recipe, to see it on my wall.)
You can also get a closer look at this sign here.

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Marty’s bench design welcomes us to the shop.

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Marty kindly allowed our family to visit his shop, and showed us around.
It was so much fun seeing all of his creations! I love the Color TV light/sign!

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Some in our group wanted a good cup of coffee.
Marty directed us to Eighty-Two Cafe, where there were some very happy customers.
Marty designed their awesome sign, above.

Thank you Marty Mummert for the nice visit!

Saturday
Maryland Crabs!

Eating crabs is a tradition in Maryland. Saturday was our day to continue that tradition.

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Crab pickin’

Other Activities During the Week…

There was blackberry picking at Larryland Farm . Yum!

 

Visiting our local Snowball Stand is always a hit!

IMG_4907IMG_2661.jpgThere were outdoor games.

IMG_2102There were indoor games.

Plus,there was a whole lot of good eating, family time, and making special memories.:o)

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It was tough saying good-bye to everyone, but as Ajaye found out,
there are always more adventures ahead.
Upon arriving home, the pilot invited Ajaye to visit the cockpit as Ajaye and his family departed the plane.  Thank you Southwest Airlines!  :o)

Cooking for a Crowd

As mentioned above, each family planned the group’s activites for one reunion day, and prepared the evening meal.  We had a great time and ate well!

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Our Buffalo Wing Team of Eric and Brandy prepare dinner for the crew one night.
(Notice Marty Mummert’s DONUT sign in the background.)
Check out Brandy’s Instagram about food bee_eats_charleston.

Back in the day, our household was bustling with activity,
consisting of seven hungry family members (Three were athletic teen-age boys!).
I appreciated recipes that made a lot.
This Enchilada Casserole recipe falls into that category.
Easy to prepare in advance, it served us well during reunion week.

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I have had this recipe for many years.  The original (above) was given to my mom by a colleague at work, who had lived in New Mexico,
where chiles and frijoles (pinto beans) are the state vegetables.
I “tamed” the chile part down of this recipe for my family.  My recipe is below.

Enchilada Casserole

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Sorry, I forgot to take a photo of the finished product.  I will include one soon.

Ingredients

1.5-2 pounds of lean ground beef
1-2 medium onion, chopped
2 large (28 oz.) cans of peeled and diced tomatoes, Undrained
1 small can (4.5 oz.) of chopped green chili peppers (NOT Jalpenos)
1-4 fresh garlic buds, pressed (Optional, I do not use any.)
salt
cracked pepper
PAM
Approxomately 16 flour tortillas, regular size
2 pounds, or a bit more, of grated cheddar cheese
4 cans of El Paso Mexi Beans, or Bush Mexican-style chili beans, or Bush Chili Beans,
or whatever chili bean is available with a pinto bean base.

Fritos
Light Sour Cream
Ripe/black Olives

Guacamole (Recipe below)

Directions

Brown together ground beef and onion.  Drain off excess grease.

Add Tomatoes, chili peppers, optional garlic, salt (Optional), and cracked pepper.

Simmer 20 minutes-one hour.

Meanwhile….
Preheat oven at 350 degrees.

Spray two 9 x 13 pans with PAM cooking spray.
Layer…

One layer of tortillas on the bottom of each pan.
(I often tear tortillas to fit the bottom completely.)

Add layer of cheese to each, using half of cheese.

Use one half of meat mixture for next layer.

Another layer of tortillas.

Add remainder of meat mixture.

Layer 2 cans of beans onto each pan, for a total of four cans.

Cover the top with the remainder cheese.

Spray foil with PAM. (This prevents the cheese from sticking.)
and seal the pans, with the PAM side down, tightly with foil, attempting to avoid touching
the foil to the top of the casserole.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, or until bubbly hot.

Meanwhile…
Make Guacamole while casserole is in the oven.

Serve on plates over a layer of Fritos.

Allow guests to garnish with more Fritos, sour cream, olives, and Guacamole.

Guacamole

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 Ingredients

1-2 tomatoes, cut into bite sized pieces

¼-3/4 onions, chopped

½ lemon’s juice

Cavender’s All Purpose Greek Seasoning to taste

3-5 ripe avocados

Tortilla chips, if desired

Directions

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

Add Cavender’s to taste.

Marinate for 10-20 minutes.

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

Mash avocados.

Combine marinade to avocados.
Serve with tortilla chips, if desired.

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

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Enjoy!

Ellicott City, Maryland

Of a more serious nature, on Saturday, July 31, the first day of our family get together, the rains came to us in major amounts.  Fortunately, except for a little rain seeping in through windows and door openings, we stayed high and dry.  Sadly, our beloved and historical Ellicott City Main Street was not so fortunate, finding itself at the mercy of a horrendous flash flood.

I purchased this bracelet from A La Mode Boutique in my support of the clean up efforts. To buy one of your own for $20, click here for details.

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A big thank you to my family members for their generous contribution of photos for this blog, and for their extreme tolerance of my incessant photo-taking throughout the reunion week.

I would love to hear about how your family plans get togethers!  Please, let me hear from you in the comments section.

Thanks for reading!

Annette

Note-Due to a technical error (more accurately, mine), many of the photos from past blog posts were accidently deleted several months ago. I have been slowly working to replace them, and most are now back in place. If you wish to view my past blogs and photos, click here, or go to imannette.net .

I attempt to post my blog once-twice per month. My next post will be around September 6.

As always, thank you to all of my blog followers!!!
It is your encouragement that keeps me writing! :o)

To become an “I’m Annette” blog follower, and receive “I’m Annette”via email,
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Kali says that she had a fun week, too, with all of the extra love and attention. :o)

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Willy Wonka and Lebron, new and improved

June 28, 2016

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Good Grief, Charlie Brown!  Yesterday, in euphoric haste, I posted my newly completed blog, here. Hours later, I reread it, to find typos and mistakes that I had missed. (Moral of the story?  Proofread, wait an hour, and proofread again, and then post. :o)) In addition to my own errors, a technical formatting error also occurred upon posting. So, I will try this again. I present to you the new and improved version, of yesterday’s post.  Have a great day!!!  Enjoy!  :o)

June 27, 2016

Willy Wonka and Lebron

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Willy Wonka greets me as I walked into the theatre.
June 26, 2016

What an exciting week at our house!

First, the Cleveland Cavaliers, with Lebron James, won the championship last Sunday evening!
(A mega parade in Cleveland followed on Wednesday.)

Then on Thursday, Dale and I very happily met our triplet grand daughter!
(We still look forward to meeting the other two soon when they are released from NICU.)

Today, I enjoyed seeing Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory on the big screen!

It has been one fun-filled week! :o)

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

I had been waiting for months in anticipation. Thanks to “TCM Big Screen Classics”,
Willy Wonka was showing on the big screen! I used to watch this fun and colorful fantasy film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory with my children when they were young. I still chuckle at this movie’s quirky humor and smile at its entertaining story.

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My email invitation to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

As an elementary school teacher and parent/elementary homeschool parent, I have read the book that this movie was based on many times: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl. Written in 1964, I first became familiar with this novel in my elementary years, read aloud by my own school teacher to my eager class.

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Photo thanks to kena1956 of Ebay.
Want this copy? Click here.

Arriving at the theater, I was happily greeted by a fellow resplendent in Willy Wonka attire. (See photo at the top of the page.) Immediately transported into Wonka’s world of chocolate fantasy, I was more anxious than ever to make my way to the theatre! :o)

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Happy to be at the showing of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

Entering theater #8, a jovial group awaited me. Among the happy group, sat one upbeat woman dressed in Oompa-Loompa apparel, and another woman with Golden Ticket in hand. (The Golden Ticket Lady informed me that a Maryland woman, Diana Sowle, had played Charile’s mother, Mrs. Bucket!)

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This smiling Oompa-Loompa was very eager for the film to begin.

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I want a golden ticket…

Watching this film on the big screen was such a treat! Although, I own the dvd and have watched it many times, seeing it in the theatre was a new experience, with new detail.
I saw for the first time Slugworth candy displayed in the candy shop, for example.

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My DVD copy of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
Gene Wilder was perfectly cast as Willy Wonka.

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Ben Mankiewicz introduced our movie. Always a wealth of information, he explained that when this film first came out in theaters, it was considered a failure.
TV gave this movie a new life, and is now a family classic.

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I was all smiles as the film began! :o) For some reason I also wanted chocolate! :o)

The magical scene in the Wonka chocolate factory is such a delight.

I remember that the first time that I saw this film, I did not understand what type of candy the giant bears represented. Gummi bears were not a common American candy at the time.

Did you know that the actors did not see this set until the filming of this scene?
The astonished and delighted looks on their faces in the movie are authentic.

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The candy making Oompa-Loompas!

Seeing Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was so enjoyable. I thank my hubby, Dale, for indulging me! :o)

A couple more random facts about the making of this movie.-
*The chocolate river in the factory was really made out of chocolate!
*The movie was made in Germany, and the outside shots of the factory were actually that of a gasworks.

I briefly mention this film in a past post, while in France, here.

For more Willy Wonka movie facts and tidbits, click here, here, here, and here.

Although I do not own a factory like Willy Wonka, I do have a favorite recipe for my deliciously simple chocolate peanut clusters! Click here for the recipe.

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One of my favorite candy creations is Peanut Clusters. For the recipe, click here.

Lebron and the Cavaliers

While Willy Wonka was king of the candy world, Lebron James holds the title of king in the basketball world! Clutching the “golden ticket”/trophy for Cleveland, James and his team mates put an end to the city’s 52-year championship drought.

 

IMG_1417.jpgMy son watches as Lebron clutches the championship trophy.
June 19, 2016

Three days later was the city’s celebration and parade. Through the miracle of the internet and Fox8.com, I was able to experience the joy of Cleveland’s victory parade at my home in Maryland.

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A beautiful aerial shot of Cleveland during the parade. Note the center of the photo where all the people are gathered, and the Terminal Tower , the tall pointed building next to them.
Photos taken while watching via Fox8.com on my computer.

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Lebron James celebrates with Cleveland at the Championship Parade.
1.3 million people gathered for the Cleveland Cavalier victory parade,
plus many more online. (Me included!)
June 22, 1016
Photos taken while watching via Fox8.com.

Having been married for 38 years to Dale, a Clevelander born and bred, (His grandfather helped build the Terminal Tower!) I, too, have become one of them. Living in NE Ohio for seven years only strengthened that bond. My four children were all brought up staunch Cleveland fans, as well.:o)

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Dale and me, with two of our children at a Cleveland Browns-NY Jets game.
December 2007

It is intangible, something that those elsewhere in the country may not understand. Many, more elequent than myself, have tried to explain it. Hollywood has based movies on it: Major League and Draft Day to name a few. ESPN spoke of it just earlier this year on their ESPN Films: 30 for 30, Believeland.(A new ending to Believeland is currently being filmed and will air at 8 p.m., Thursday, June 30 on ESPN!  Read about that here.)  But it really is more than a game for us. It is the city of Cleveland’s, NE Ohio’s, pride. Just believe me! Way to go Cavs!!!!!

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I love this photo of a confetti-filled downtown Cleveland in front of the Lebron sign.

Thank you to gvartwork.com for permission to use this photo.
GVartwork makes great quality Cleveland tee shirts.
(No, they are not paying me to say this!) I have bought many for my family!

Thanks for reading!

Annette

Note-Due to a technical error (more accurately, mine), many of the photos from past blog posts were accidently deleted several months ago. I have been working to replace them, and most are now back in place. If you wish to view my past blogs and photos, click here, or go to imannette.net .

I attempt to post my blog once per month. My next post will be around, July 20.

Thank you to all of my blog followers!!!
I appreciate you!!!
It is your encouragement that keeps me writing! :o)

To become an “I’m Annette” blog follower, and receive “I’m Annette”via email,
FREE, immediately upon my postings.
Sign up on the right-hand side of this page, or click here.

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Isn’t this Etch A Sketch art amazing?
Read more about George Vlosich III’s talent here.
Again, thank you to GVart!

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Willy Wonka and Lebron

June 27, 2016

Willy Wonka and Lebron

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Willy Wonka greets me as I walked into the theatre.
June 26, 2016

What an exciting week at our house!

First, the Cleveland Cavaliers, with Lebron James,  won the championship last Sunday evening!
(A mega parade in Cleveland followed on Wednesday.)

Then on Thursday, Dale and I very happily met our triplet grand daughter!
(We still look forward to meeting the other two soon when they are released from NICU.)

Today, I enjoyed seeing Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory on the big screen!

It has been one fun-filled week! :o)

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

I had been waiting for months in anticipation.  Thanks to “TCM Big Screen Classics”,
Willy Wonka was showing on the big screen!  I used to watch the fun and colorful fantasy film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory with my children when they were young. I still chuckle at this movie’s quirky humor and smile at its entertaining story.

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My email invitation to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

As an elementary school teacher and parent/elementary homeschool parent, I have read the book that this movie was based on many times: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl. Written in 1964, I first became familiar with this novel in my elementary years, read aloud by my own school teacher to my eager class.

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Photo thanks to kena1956 of Ebay.
Want this copy? Click here.

Arriving at the theater, I was happily greeted by a fellow resplendent in Willy Wonka attire.  (See photo at the top of the page.)  Immediately transported into Wonka’s world of chocolate fantasy,  I was more anxious than ever to make my way to the theatre!  :o)

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Happy to be at the showing of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

Entering theater #8, a jovial group awaited me.  Among the happy group, sat one upbeat woman dressed in Oompa-Loompa apparel, and another woman with Golden Ticket in hand. (The Golden Ticket Lady informed me that a Maryland woman, Diana Sowle, had played Charile’s mother, Mrs. Bucket!)

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This smiling Oompa-Loompa was very eager for the film to begin.

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I want a golden ticket…

Watching this film on the big screen was such a treat! Although, I own the dvd and have watched it many times, seeing it in the theatre was a new experience, with new detail.
(I saw for the first time Slugworth candy displayed in the candy shop.)

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My DVD copy of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

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Ben Mankiewicz introduced our movie. Always a wealth of information, he explained that when this film first came out in theaters, it was considered a failure.
TV gave this movie a new life.  

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I was all smiles as the film began! :o) For some reason I also wanted chocolate!  :o)

The magical scene in the Wonka chocolate factory is such a delight.
I remember that the first time that I saw this film, I did not understand what type of candy the giant bears represented.
Gummi bears were not a common American candy at the time.

Did you know that the actors did not see this set until the filming of this scene?
The astonished and delighted looks on their faces in the movie are authentic.

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The candy making Oompa-Loompas!

Seeing Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was so enjoyable. I thank my hubby, Dale, for indulging me! :o)

A couple more random facts about the making of this movie.-
*The chocolate river in the factory was really made out of chocolate!
*The movie was made in Germany, and the outside shots of the factory were actually that of a gasworks.

For more Willy Wonka movie facts and tidbits, click here, here, here, and here.

Although I do not own a factory like Willy Wonka, I do have a favorite recipe for my deliciously simple chocolate peanut clusters!  Click here for the recipe.

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One of my favorite candy creations is Peanut Clusters.  For the recipe, click here.

Lebron and the Cavaliers

While Willy Wonka was king of the candy world, Lebron James holds the title  of king in the basketball world!  Clutching the “golden ticket”/trophy for Cleveland, James and his team mates put an end to the city’s 52-year championship drought.

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My youngest son, Chandler, watches as Lebron clutches the championship trophy.
June 19, 2016

Three days later was the city’s celebration and parade.  Through the miracle of the internet and Fox8.com, I was able to experience the joy of Cleveland’s victory parade at my home in Maryland.

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A beautiful aerial shot of Cleveland during the parade.  Note the center of the photo where all the people are gathered, and the Terminal Tower , the tall pointed building next to them.
Photos taken while watching via Fox8.com on my computer.

Screen Shot 2016-06-27 at 11.43.47 AMLebron James celebrates with Cleveland at the Championship Parade.
1.3 million people gathered for the Cleveland Cavalier victory parade,
plus many more online. (Me included!)
June 22, 1016
Photos taken while watching via Fox8.com.

Having been married for 38 years to Dale, a Clevelander born and bred, (His grandfather helped build the Terminal Tower!) I, too, have become one of them.  Living in NE Ohio for seven years only strengthened that bond. My four children were all brought up staunch Cleveland fans, as well.:o)

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              Dale and me, with two of our children at a Cleveland Browns-NY Jets game.
December 2007

It is intangible, something that those elsewhere in the country may not understand. Many,  more elequent than myself, have tried to explain it.  Hollywood has based movies on it: Major League and Draft Day to name a few.  ESPN spoke of it just earlier this year on their  ESPN Films: 30 for 30, Believeland.  But it really is more than a game. It is the city/Cleveland, NE Ohio, pride.  Just believe me! Way to go Cavs!!!!!

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I love this photo of a confetti-filled downtown Cleveland in front of the Lebron sign.

Thank you to gvartwork.com for permission to use this photo.
GVartwork makes great quality Cleveland tee shirts.
(No, they are not paying me to say this!) I have bought many for my family!

Thanks for reading!

Annette

Note-Due to a technical error (more accurately, mine), many of the photos from past blog posts were accidently deleted several months ago. I have been working to replace them, and most are now back in place. If you wish to view my past blogs and photos, click here, or go to imannette.net .

I attempt to post my blog once per month. My next post will be around, July 20.

Thank you to all of my blog followers!!!
I appreciate you!!!
It is  your encouragement that keeps me writing! :o)

To become an “I’m Annette” blog follower, and receive “I’m Annette”via email,
FREE, immediately upon my postings.
Sign up on the right-hand side of this page, or click here.

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Isn’t this Etch A Sketch art amazing?
Read more about George Vlosich III’s talent here.
Again, thank you to GVart!

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A New Stove and Disney Peanut Butter Cookies

June 20, 2016

A New Stove and Disney Peanut Butter Cookies

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I am happy with the way my new oven bakes!
(Not so happy with this blurry selfie photo, though. :o()

She had served us well.  Miss Whirlpool had been with us the eleven years we have lived in our Maryland home.  Our 27-year old, (Miss) Whirlpool double wall oven, had baked up eleven years worth of delicious Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, and festive birthday cakes. She had baked up yummy family meals and goodies,including countless numbers of Dale’s famous mouthwatering creation of Chef Boyardee Pizza (always made with additional mozerella cheese on top.).

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Dale’s pizza specialty

Did you know that Chef Boyardee oversaw the food served for President Wilson’s wedding, and produced rations for servicemen in WWII ?
Read more about Chef Boyardee, originally known as Ettore Boiardi, who lived in Cleveland, here.
(My husband grew up in Cleveland!
Way to go last night, Cav’s, winning the championship !!!!)


It had become apparent, after a bevy of burnt-to-a-crisp items,
that Miss Whirlpool had seen better baking days. :o(

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Miss Whirlpool had seen better days, and her cooking temperatures had become erratic. 

After some research in Consumer Reports (Thanks Dale!), it was a trip to our local Sears to oven shop.

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We bought this. 

It has been fun testing out our new oven using my tried and true recipes.  I had been saving the oven’s handy-dandy convection feature, however, for something special.

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For its maiden voyage baking, I opted to bake a Disney cookie recipe that I had tried once before in my old oven.

Disney Peanut Butter Cookies
May 2016

Disney’s Peanut Butter Cookie came to my tastebud’s attention when we were visiting  Walt Disney World in November 2015.  Mike, my son-in-law (Martese’s husband), and I became big fans after just one bite. We had been  given free samples while strolling by the
Prairie
Outpost and Supply  in Frontierland. We were hooked! So good!

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Photos thanks to the kindness of  DisneyFoodBlog!
Click here to visit this fun Disney foodie blog.

 Thanks to the “magic” (Yes, that was a pun. Magic Kingdom-magic…) of the Internet and Pinterest, I came across Six Sister’s recipe for their knock off of this cookie of peanut butter awesomeness here.  I made a few changes of my own and christened our new convection oven by baking up this Disney treat.  :o)  My recipe and instructions are below.

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Mike washes down his peanut butter cookie sample with his Country Bears (jug) beverage.
Read more about that Walt Disney World trip, here.

Speaking of Disney…My family and I love Disney!  We have been blessed to be able to enjoy family time on Disney soil on several occasions. In an earlier blog, here, I shared about a recent trip to Walt Disney Studios.  Here are a few photos from that same trip, at Disneyland.

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March 2016

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Natasha, Martese (my daughter and Mike’s wife)  and I were all happy to be at Disneyland!

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I enjoyed one of my favorite rides, “It’s a Small World“. :o)

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Natasha and Martese check out some of the sights and smells of Disneyland.

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One of my favorite areas in Disney’s California Adventure: Cars Land.

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This smiling Disney employee obligingly agreed to pose with me in front of Flo’s V Cafe.

IMG_0034Disneyland’s Blue Bayou Restaurant was the spot for my fun birthday meal.

IMG_0044We were all surprised by the “light-up” menu.  :o)

IMG_0045A view of the dining experience at The Blue Bayou.
To the left, the bluish area, overlooks to the “Pirates of the Caribbean” ride.

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The Blue Bayou Gumbo is famous for a reason.  It was wonderful!

IMG_1402.jpgThe Blue Bayou staff kindly gave me this recipe to recreate their yummy gumbo.

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Dale, Annette, Martese, Natasha.

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Evening is magical at Disney’s California Adventure.

To read more about our fun 2016 Disneyland trip, click here.

The Recipe

 

Disney’s Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients

1 cup Butter, softened
1 cup crunchy peanut butter (I use Jiff)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed light brown sugar

1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
3 eggs

4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

1/3-1/2 cup granulated sugar

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  (For convection oven, 350 degrees)

In large mixing bowl,
cream together the butter,
peanut butter,
1 cup of granulated sugar,
and light brown sugar.

Add vanilla.
Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each egg.

In a separate bowl,
mix flour,
baking soda,
and salt together well.
Add this mixture into mixing bowl and stir until completely combined.
(I stirred ingredients in, and used mixer to quickly finish blending together well.)

Place remaining 1/3-1/2 cup of granulated sugar in bowl.
Using cookie scoop, form dough into 1 and 1/2 inch balls.
Roll dough ball in sugar until completely covered.

Place dough balls on baking sheet that has been lined with parchment.

Use a flat-bottomed drinking glass to gently press down each dough ball.
Leave fairly thick. (These cookies will stay whatever thickness that you press them to.)

Bake cookies 7-10 minutes, checking  after 7 minutes, and in minute intervals thereafter.
These cookies are very soft.  Do not overbake them, or allow them to turn brown at all.
They will continue to set up as you cool them on the pan.

Remove cookies from oven, allowing them to cool on their cookie sheet for 5 minutes,
then move them to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Place in sealed, air-tight container, once totally cooled.

Thanks for reading!

Annette

Note-Due to a technical error (more accurately, mine), many of the photos from past blog posts were accidently deleted several months ago. I have been working to replace them, and most are now back in place. If you wish to view my past blogs and photos, click here, or go to annettehoffman.wordpress.com, or  coming very soon imannette.net .

I attempt to post my blog once per month. My next post will be around, July 15.

Thank you to all of my blog followers!!!
I appreciate you!!!
Your encouragement is what keeps me writing! :o)

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IMG_0438.jpgIn-between Disneyland rides, I spotted some flowers in my favorite color, purple!  :o)

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Recipe for The Lodge at Geneva’s Breakfast Pinched Redskin Potatoes

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Seated at the breakfast table at The Lodge of Geneva restaurant.
February 2016

Dear Friends,

Just a quick share of this yummy recipe, thanks to Barb at The Lodge of Geneva.  I just added it to my earlier post from February about Ohio, here.

Happy Weekend!

Annette

Recipe

The Lodge at Geneva’s
Breakfast Pinched Redskin Potatoes.

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The Lodge’s restaurant manager kindly gave me this recipe!
Thank you, Barb!
Barb says, “Guests LOVE our potatoes!!”

Ingredients
Red Potatoes
Cooking Oil, i.e. vegetable or peanut oil
Lowry’s Montreal Seasoning

Directions

Preheat oven at 350 degrees.

Take little red potatoes, baked at 350 for about 35 minutes until cooked.
In the meantime, heat up oil to around 350-375 degrees.
(I use my electric skillet for this.)

Let potatoes cool, then crumble/smash potatoes (I use a juice glass to smash them.)
and toss into the fryer with hot cooking oil, until browned.

Season with Lowry’s Montreal seasoning.

Enjoy!

I attempt to post my blog bi-monthly. My next post will be on, or around, June 15.

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An evening view from our Lodge of Geneva room in February 2016.

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The Times They Are a-Changin’

May 26, 2016

The Times They Are a-Changin’

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 Is 29 my age (again)? :o)
Actually, 29 is my order number.
I happily wait for my favorite sandwich to be delivered at the Nordstrom Cafe
in July 2015.

How does the old saying go? “The one thing that you can count on is change.”
Or, as Bob Dylan would say,  The Times They Are a-Changin’.
On May 19th, our family underwent a profoundly happy change! My son and
daughter-in-law had precious triplet girls!!! Insert enormous Gammy  grins here. :o)(Gammy is the name my grand daughter calls me.) I am happy to report that Mom and babies are all doing well!

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Image used thanks to www.cliparthut.com

I smile when I think it all started with our May 28, 1978 wedding! :o) Speaking of change, the fresh faced kids in the photo below may have changed a little bit over the past 38 years. :o)
I am so happy that I picked this guy!  Happy Anniversary, Dale!

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Dale and I married six months after this photo was taken on May 28, 1978.
To read more about our wedding, click here.
To read more about grandparent fun, click here. and here.

To hear Bob Dylan perform The Times They Are a-Changin’  in 1964, click here.
To read more about Bob Dylan and his Minnesota connection, click here.

Changing Menus

Another change, minor in nature, is the recent menu at our local
Nordstrom’s Market Street Cafe.  This cafe has long been a favorite of mine, for a quick bite at our nearby mall. Over the years I have become a big fan of the
Chicken Mozzarella Chibatta Sandwich,  a menu standard at the Cafe.

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I photographed my delicious Chicken Mozzarella Chibatta Sandwich at Nordstrom’s 
in December 2011.

I am hoping that this tasty sandwich will soon find its way back on the menu, but in the meantime, I have a recipe for my version of the sandwich below. In 2009, Nordstrom’s Customer Service kindly gave me the recipe to make this at home. Over the years, I have made a few alterations to speed up this sandwich’s assembly. Also, take a peak at some photos taken of my family dining at Nordstrom’s Market Street Cafe over the years.

A Nordstrom Market Street Cafe Montage

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My mother and daughter sit in a Nordstrom booth in December 2011.

Martese in faux eyeglasses and Mickey tee shirt in July 2012.

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My two youngest joining me for lunch in July 2015.

IMG_6578 (1)Martese is happy to get her yummy Crab Pizza in July 2015.

The Recipe

Annette’s Version of the
Chicken Mozzarella Ciabatta Sandwich

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Ingredients

Sandwich

Fresh Rotisserie Chicken
Baby Spinach, cleaned and dried/drained 
Sliced Tomatoes
Sliced Fresh Mozzarella
Freshly Ground Pepper
Balsamic (reduction) Glaze (Usually found in the Pasta Section)-see photo below

Italian Ciabatta Roll/Bread (Usually found in grocery store, made in own bakery )
Freshly Shredded Parmesan Cheese
Water

Pesto Aioli 

1/3 cup Pesto (Usually found in the Pasta Section)
2 cups Mayonnaise (I use Hellman’s Light)
Fresh Ground Pepper 

Reduced Fat Cape Cod Potato Chips, or another kettle/crunchy variety, if desired

Instructions

Preheat oven at 350 degrees.
Slice Ciabatta rolls in half.
Place roll cut-side down onto cookie sheet. (I  prepare mine with parchment paper).
Brush roll tops with water and sprinkle shredded parmesan cheese on top.
Bake for 10-15 minutes until roll is crunchy.
Remove from oven and cool slightly.

While roll is baking…
Prepare aioli by mixing together pesto, mayonnaise, and ground pepper.  
Refrigerate until assembling sandwiches.

Remove and slice chicken breast from rotisserie chicken.
Refrigerate until assembling sandwiches.

Assemble Sandwich as follows…
Spread both sides of roll with pesto aioli.
(Nordstrom uses a generous amount, but
my waistline prefers a thinner layer of pesto aioli.)

On bottom half of roll place- 
baby spinach
sliced tomato
sliced fresh mozzarella
black pepper to taste
drizzle balsamic reduction glaze
chicken slices
sliced mozzarella
top half of roll

Serve with potato chips.
Enjoy!

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An example of two different brands of Balsamic Glaze

Thanks for reading!
Annette

Note-Due to a technical error (more accurately, mine), many of the photos from past blog posts were accidently  deleted several months ago.  I have been working to replace them, and most are now back in place.  If you wish to view my past blogs and photos, click here, or go to annettehoffman.wordpress.com.

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Dale and I pose with the Red Sea as our background.
July 2013

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