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

March 1, 2018

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

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

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

Irish Gold 1

Irish Gold 2

The Quiet Man’s Ireland, Day 1

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

Top of the Mornin’ to Ya!

Happy March!  Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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


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


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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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


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


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


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

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

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

Check out My Walt Disney World Posts!

Disney Food and Wine Festival-Here

Disney World Family Reunion-Here

Disney World Recipeherehere, and here.

 Check out My Disneyland and Disney Studios Posts!


Disney Studios–Here

Disneyland and Disney Studios-Here

 The Further Saga of My Broken Leg Adventure

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


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

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

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


I continue to descend the stairs on my backside.

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


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


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

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

St Patrick’s Day Recipes

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


The source and inspiration for my own Irish Stew recipe.


Gather the ingredients to make my hearty Irish Stew.

Annette’s Irish Stew

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

1 Tablespoons cooking oil

2 (32 oz.) beef broth

3 cubes of beef bouillon

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon coarse black pepper

1/4-1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

2 carrots, peeled and sliced

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

8 whole pearl onions, peeled, with ends cut off

1 (12 oz) package of frozen peas

1 (12 oz. can) evaporated milk

1/4 cup flour 

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


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

Drain off the excess oil.

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

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

Add potatoes, carrots, and onions.

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

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

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

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

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

Serves 4

Irish Gold

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


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

Irish Gold



1 box Miniature Ritz-Bits Peanut Butter Sandwich crackers,

1 (12oz.) bag Butterscotch chips


  Melt butterscotch chips slowly in a microwave safe bowl.

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

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



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

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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

Thanks for reading,

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My entryway table decorated with a “bit of the green” for March.
For crafting information about these two St. Patrick’s Day pieces, click here.



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Love and Chocolate

February 14, 2018

Love and Chocolate


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


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

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

Charles M. Schulz


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


The Peach Tree Tea Room

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


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

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


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

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

Take it Easy, Take it Easy…

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

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

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

buy the grenadine, already prepared in the bottle,

buy already prepared chocolate ice cream sauce,

and buy already whipped canned/squirt whipped cream,

buy sprinkles.


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


A Valentine Treat

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


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

Setting the Mood, for Cooking that is!

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


The Brownies

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


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


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



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


The Grenadine

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

 Homemade Grenadine



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


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

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

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

Store in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.

The Whipping Cream

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

 Flavored, but not so pink, Whipped Cream


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

Place all three ingredients in chilled mixing bowl.

Beat ingredients together until peaks form.


 Chocolate Sauce

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



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


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

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

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

Add butter.  Stir until melted.
Remove from burner.

Add vanilla.

How to Assemble the Brownie Hearts

In this order…

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

Place heart-shaped brownie.

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

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

Garnish with sprinkles.




A Brownie Heart

Another Frosting Recipe



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

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

The Latest on My Broken Leg Adventure

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


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

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

Happy Valentine’s Day!


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

Read my past Valentine blogs here and here.

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

Thanks for reading,

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Look for my next post on Thursday, March 1.

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

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

February 7, 2018

This Boot is Made for Walking?
Love Leg Hurts!


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

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

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

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


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

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

The Doctor’s Visit


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

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


My reliable laptop

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


I am so thankful to have a handicap parking decal!

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

The X-ray

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


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

The Prognosis

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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




The Lady side of my Valentine’s mug.



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

Spaghetti and Meatballs

photo to be here at a later time



1-11/2 lbs. ground round

1 handful of dried bread crumbs

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

1 egg


2 -12 oz. cans/jars tomato paste

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

¼-1/2 teaspoon of the following spices:


Celery salt

Italian seasoning



Fresh parsley-optional


Summer savory


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

1+1/2 heaping teaspoon sugar

                                             1 bay leaf (Remove from sauce before eating.)

Optional: mushrooms, onion, garlic


(fresh) Romano and Parmesan cheese

Mozzarella cheese



1 16 oz. spaghetti, or thin spaghetti noodles


Mix together

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

Form into meatball. Set aside.

Combine the sauce ingredients, including spices.

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

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

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

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

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

Test a meatball for doneness.


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



Mix garnish cheeses together in amounts desired.


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


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



Read my previous blog about my broken leg adventure here. 

Your continued prayers for my recovery are appreciated.

Thanks for reading,

To enjoy any, or all, of my past blogs and photos, click hereor go to imannette.netselecting the posts that you desire to see in the Recent Posts,
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A little bit of wonderful.


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

February 1, 2018

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

You can read more about my broken leg here.

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

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


My pen pal in Kyoto/Japan.

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


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

My Email “Pen Pal”

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

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

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

Meet Jenny!

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

my block of flats

Where I live.

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


I am a film archivist working with British Movietone

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

1st Cookbook

My 1930’s cookbook pamphlet

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

My houseboat

My houseboat on the Thames

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


My houseboat kitchen

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


The website banner for my blog Silver Screen Suppers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

COOKING WITH COLUMBO magnifying glass

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


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

Columbo Bowl

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

Cookalong - World

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

She Bakes, too!

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

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


I made fougasse.  Peek-a-boo!

My Top Three Favorite Films

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

2 – All About Eve (flawless!)

3 – Sunset Boulevard (Gloria Swanson is magnificent)

TV Series that I Love 

1 – Columbo (of course!)

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

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

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

@silverscreensup on Twitter

Silver Screen Suppers on Facebook

silverscreensup on Pinterest

Cooking With Joan Crawford is available from

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

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



Annette Funicello

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

Annette Funicello’s Wee Pigs in Blankets



2 cups of biscuit mix

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


1 stick butter, melted


Preheat oven at 425 degrees.

Grease cookie sheet.

Prepare biscuit mix according to the directions on the package.

Roll out dough to 1/8 inch in thickness.

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

Place one frankfurter on each piece of dough.

Moisten ends of dough with a little water.

Pinch dough together so that the franks are completely covered.

Brush outside of dough with melted butter.

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

Serve piping HOT!

Columbo Fun Facts


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

Chili Cook-along


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

Thanks for reading,

To enjoy any, or all, of my past blogs and photos, click here, or go to, selecting the posts that you desire to see in the Recent Posts,
or “search” in the Archives sections, on the upper right-hand side.

I’m Annette usually posts every other week.
Look for my next post on Thursday, February 15.

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

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

Read more about my London adventures here and here.

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Life in the not so Fast Lane, or How do you mend a broken heart leg?

January 19, 2018

Life in the NOT so Fast Lane,
or How do you Mend a 
Broken heart Leg?


I learn to get around on my nifty knee scooter clad in my “loose clothes”,
as Kali (dog) inspects the new device.

Dear Readers,
I wish for you a happy and healthy 2018!  My own 2018 has started out a bit differently than I had imagined, complete with a broken leg (my right one), thanks to a slip on the ice.  This means, no weight-bearing on the broken leg, now enveloped in a “stylish” orthopedic boot (in basic black, of course) for a total of four weeks! God willing, all will heal properly and I will then progress to walking in the boot for two additional weeks. Most likely, physical therapy will round out this medical scenario.



The crutches and I are not on friendly terms.

It became quite evident early on, that this pair of crutches and I were not going to be good friends.  Although, I have seen (on TV) countless football players on the NFL sidelines using these aids with ease, I realized that my upper arm strength was not comparable to theirs.  Not to mention, the keen balance one must possess while manuveuring this pair of disagreeable “pogo sticks”.

The Knee Scooter


A great invention: the knee scooter!

Fortunately, my doctor had the foresight to prescribe a knee scooter for me. Making my way around the house instantly became much easier, and less hazardous. ( You can buy them, but we opted for the much sturdier and better padded rental.) Did the inventor of the knee scooter win the Noble Prize?  He/she should have! (Note to self,  put the lock on each time I stop, so I do not inadvertently move!)


The knee scooter + pillows also makes a great prop for my leg when I am blogging! :o)

Other  Obstacles


My Mount Everest: the stairs.

In addition to the challenge of “walking” about, there are other obstacles.  I live in a two-story home with no shower downstairs, and our bed/bedroom upstairs.  


It is interesting how one’s perspective changes in the face of injury.  Our stairway to the second floor now suddenly seems comparable to scaling the face of Mount Everest! Scooting up (and down)  the stairs on my backside presented only half the battle. (Note to self, do not wait until I am tired to perform the herculean task of ascending the stairs!) Upon reaching the summit,  I then must hoist my way back up from the sitting position.  After much experimentation, my hubby and I devised a plan involving the use of a series of chairs/stools to get me back upright.

Bathroom and Shower

Bathrooms became more “broken leg accessible” with grab bars installed by Dale (Hubby). Also, with the addition of grab bars and a shower chair, showering again became a possibility. (Everyone say Hooray! :o))

Getting comfortable


Double cushions help when sitting at the kitchen table.

I soon learned that getting comfortable might be a challenge. I found that first, loose clothing is a must for comfort and movability. The use of extra cushions on chairs to sit on, and pillows to prop up my leg are also very helpful.  In bed, placing a long pillow under my leg helps me to sleep, with a lightweight blanket over the top.


A pillow underneath my leg makes bedtime more comfortable.



The view from my kitchen window.

 I am basically housebound as I convalesce.  For the next few weeks, this is my new normal. I must confess, for the first few days I was rather weepy,  (I am not normally a weepy type of gal.) but as I have settled into my new daily routine, I am beginning to feel like my “old self” once again.  I have a lot to be thankful for. My husband has been a wonderful caretaker, my son has pitched in, too.  Through the miracle of Facebook I have had many well wishes, in addition to numerous calls, FaceTime, emails, texts, and snail mail from family and friends.  I have a wonderful view out my back window, as I gaze at the squirrels scurrying up the trees, and the birds flying carelessly about. Through the magic of television, I am entertained by the classic movies and classic TV programs that I love. Hey, I now even have time to delve into that 600 page John Wayne biography that I bought awhile back. The world is looking brighter!


I am currently on page 114 of this 600 page book.

Looking Ahead


I look ahead to the new year.

I have a couple things “on the stove” for this year, in regards to I’m Annette that I would like to share with you.

Guest Blogger

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Look, soon, for a guest blog by blogger and cookbook author Jenny Hammerton.
Her blog Silver Screen Suppers features classic movie stars’ recipes.
Jenny has written Cooking with Joan Crawford, a cookbook of classic stars,
and her new book, Cooking with Columbo , is soon to be for sale.
(I am proud to be in the acknowledgments for this book!)

Cooking with Mickey


In 2018, I/ I’m Annette  will be working my way through the vintage Disney cookbook
Cooking with Mickey Around Our World, the most requested recipe from
Walt Disney World and Disneyland.
I will share the recipes with you,
and give my feedback about Mickey’s creations.

No worries, I will still share other items such as travel and movie fun,
when the mood and moment strikes.



Still in the planning stages, I wish to create an e-cookbook, including those recipes that have been featured in this blog and more, so that I might share them with you,
my readers.

A blog post about having a broken leg, that I found helpful.


One week down and three to go!
I look forward to being two-footed once again.

Your prayers for my continued healing are much appreciated!

Thanks for reading,

To enjoy any, or all, of my past blogs and photos, click here, or go to, selecting the posts that you desire to see in the Recent Posts, or “search” in the Archives sections, on the upper right-hand side.

I’m Annette usually posts every other week.  Look for my next post on Thursday, February 1.

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

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 This cheerful bouquet of flowers sits on my kitchen counter.
They were a gift from my hubby after my mishap.


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It’s Christmas Time! Enjoy These Often-Missed Yuletide Movies

December 14, 2017

It’s Christmas Time!
Enjoy These Often-Missed Yuletide Movies


Isn’t this precious?
Doesn’t this photo epitomize the wonder that is Christmastime?

 December 2015  
Old Ellicott City, MD
 Siddalee Photography

This photo is shared with you through the generosity and permission of Siddalee Photography.  
Thank you!!!!

It’s Christmastime!  I love it all: the gathering of family and friends, the sparkling Christmas decorations and beautiful nativity scenes, the Christmas carols, the delicious holiday food and snacks, ….  Also, at the top of my list, is gathering by the fireplace, and watching with family members, those special Christmas movies each year. Today I share a few lesser-known Yuletide gems that have become my favorites.  I hope that you, too, might discover a new Christmas favorite, or two among them! ( The DVD photos below were taken today, near various Christmas decorations throughout my home.)  Merry Christmas!

Do Not Miss These Yuletide Gems

The Bishop’s Wife

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Cary Grant stars as an angel in this magical Christmas film.  Need I say more?!  :o) Grant/the angel is sent to assist the bishop (David Niven) and his wife (Loretta Young) at Christmastime.  Karolyn Grimes stars as the bishop’s daughter.  (You may recognize her from a better-know Christmas classic, It’s a Wonderful Life with Grimes as Zuzu.) This wonderful film was remade in 1996 as The Preacher’s Wife.

Borrowed Hearts


Originally made for TV, this sweet film stars Roma Downey as, Kathleen, a single mother who is hired by her boss (Eric McCormack), to pose as his wife temporarily, to impress a business associate (Hector Elizondo) at Christmastime.
Sarah Rosen Fruitman plays Zoey, Kathleen’s precious daughter.

Christmas in Connecticut


Probably the best known on this list of movies, Barbara Stanwyck stars as journalist Elizabeth Lane, known for her culinary skills. Although, America delight in Lane’s recipes, laced with stories of her idyllic family life in the country, in actuality she is a fraud. Hilarity ensues when Lane’s unaware editor (Sydney Greenstreet) invites a WWII hero to Lane’s house for Christmas and some good home cooking.
S.Z. (Cuddles) Sakall is wonderful as Felix. This film was remade in 1992 with Dyan Cannon. 

Come to the Stable


Loretta Young and Celeste Holm star as nuns in this charming Christmas film.
Naive and without funds, yet ever faithful, the pair come from France with plans
to build a children’s hospital in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Dooley Wilson
(Sam from Casablanca) also stars.

Holiday Affair

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In this post-war romantic comedy, a young Janet Leigh plays a widow, Connie Ennis with a young son (played by Gordon Gebert). Through chance, Robert Mitchum meets the young widow at Christmastime, and takes a keen interest, even though she is engaged (to Wendell Corey). This was remade for television in 1996 under the same title.

Holiday Inn


White Christmas, Bing Crosby’s signature Christmas song, all started here!  Crosby stars as an entertainer who retires from show business to open an inn that is only open for holidays.  Fred Astaire is his friend, and at time humorous advisory, in this film.  Check out Astaire’s 4th of July dance, complete with fire crackers!

Listen to White Christmas here.

It Happened on 5th Avenue

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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, invites Jim to room with him. Jim finds himself living in a boarded up mansion, soon with others joining them.  Little does Jim know, that one of his fellow residents is the actual owner of the home, living incognito.

For a free printable of a quote from this movie, click here.

The Lemon Drop Kid


Based on a Damon Runyon short story, Bob Hope stars in this Christmas comedy with a heart.  Hope’s character, the Lemon Drop Kid, accidentally ends up owing a mobster $10,000, that is due by Christmas Eve.  To raise the funds, the Lemon Drop Kid tricks his friends into dressing as bell-ringing Santas, convincing them that they are collecting money for the “Nellie Thursday Home For Old Dolls”. In addition to the witty Bob Hope one-liners, listen for the very first performance of the holiday classic “Silver Bells” performed by Hope and Marilyn Maxwell.

Listen to Silver Bells here.

The Man Who Came to Dinner

This quick-paced comedy stars Monty Wooley (also seen in The Bishop’s Wife) as radio personality Sheridan Whiteside, and Bette Davis as his assistant.  Whiteside, while visiting in Ohio, slips on the ice of the Stanley home (Mrs. Stanley is played by Billie Burke who was Glinda in The Wizard of Oz) and becomes their unwelcome houseguest. Check out the live penguins, too!



If you haven’t seen this, the newest film on this list, I highly encourage you to do so! This British film is a fun one!  Martin Freeman ( of The Hobbit ) stars as Paul Maddens, a melancholy elementary teacher, who is strong-armed into heading up the annual Christmas play. Things get out of hand when Mr. Maddens lies to an old college chum, stating that Hollywood is going to film his Christmas play.

Never Say Goodbye


Although rarely acknowledged among holiday films, this one should be!
Errol Flynn and Eleanor Parker (Years later, she would play Baroness Schraeder in The Sound of Music) play a divorced couple and parents of  young”Flip” (played perfectly by Patti Brady), their daughter. Errol Flynn is wonderfully cast as the charmingly doting father, and looks good in a Santa suit. :o)  Listen for an uncredited voice-over by Humphrey Bogart, as Flynn’s character takes a turn at being a tough character. S. Z. (Cuddles) Sakall from Christmas in Connecticut also stars.

 I’m Annette blog posts from Christmas Past

Enjoy additional Christmas posts from my past blogs, below.
To read, just click on the blog title.

A Christmas Story Christmas
(This one includes my recipe for Christmas “Trash”)

Procrastination and Merry Christmas

Christmas in Black and White
(This one includes my recipe for Christmas Eve Stew and Chocolate Cookies)

Counting the Days til Christmas
(This one includes my recipe for Peanut Clusters)

Merry Christmas!

Thanks for reading,

To enjoy any, or all, of my past blogs and photos, click hereor go to imannette.netselecting the posts that you desire to see in the Recent Posts, or “search” in the Archives sections, on the upper right-hand side.

I’m Annette usually posts every other week.  Due to the Christmas holiday season, however, look for my next blog post on Thursday, January 9.

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

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My newest Christmas decor acquisition is this oversized Merry Christmas ornament. I must admit, this was an impulse buy at our local Pier 1.
Hey, it WAS on sale. :o)
You can find it here, or a similar one here.

The handmade advent tree, next to the sign, has been part of our Christmas decor for
many years.


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Cookbook Love and Loving that Thanksgiving Dressing!

November 17, 2017


Cookbook Love and Loving that Thanksgiving Dressing!


I take a “selfie” in my study with some of my beloved cookbooks in the background.
I know… my selfie-taking leaves something to be desired.

I love cookbooks! While others read romance and mystery novels, I immerse myself in books filled with a myriad of ingredients and instructions required to create glorious epicurean delights. I devour (yes, that was a pun!) and collect cookbooks. Unfortunately it became too much! Over the years I amassed a cookbook library that would spur envy from even the Library of Congress!  All right, while that may be a bit of an exaggeration, I did have A LOT! So, during this past year, I have made it my mission to downsize my extensive cookbook collection, saving only those titles that I use and love. I am proud to say that I have decreased my library of gastronomy by over sixty cookbooks, so far. It is a work in progress. :o)


Above is the Disney section of my prized cookbook collection.

Pictures, I Want Pictures!

Having perused the pages of many a cookbook, I have come to the conclusion that photos of the recipes’ end product produces the most satisfying reading. While weeding through my hefty culinary collection, I found that it was the cookbooks with accompanying photos that I wanted to keep. In fact, an employee at a local book store dealing in overstock and bargain books (books that did not sell at retail bookstores), recently verified this fact to me by stating that their own store’s cookbook selection is heavily ladened with unillustrated cookbooks. 


Cookbooks with photos are my preference .

What?  No photo?!

With that being said, I am apologetically presenting to you my favorite Thanksgiving recipe, without photos.  I know, I know… I will, I promise, insert it in this blog post, after Thanksgiving 2017. As a peace offering, I give you this past Thanksgiving printable. 

Turkey Quote Without Frame

You can view Arthur Carlson and the iconic Thanksgiving episode of
WKRP in Cincinnati here.

Dressing or Stuffing?

My favorite Thanksgiving dish is, hands down, the dressing!  Or do you call it stuffing?  According to Huffington Post, what you call this delicious Thanksgiving side dish, depends on where you are from. I grew up in Iowa, so to me, it is dressing! Whether
your family makes it with sourdough, cornbread, sausage, oysters, chestnuts, or the million of other possible ingredients, this is the one Thanksgiving recipe that is unique to each family.  Of course, I believe that my family’s recipe is the best.  :o)

I would love to hear from you!  Does your family call it dressing or stuffing?
What are the main ingredients to your family’s recipe?
Please, put your kind comments in the comment section of this blog.  :o) 

Read the Huffington Post article on stuffing verses dressing here.


My “BLESSED”  Rae Dunn platter sits on my kitchen counter as a reminder.  :o)

The Recipe

As a young bride in South Carolina, preparing my first Thanksgiving thirty nine years ago, I requested this dressing recipe from my mother.  I found that my mother did not have a “written-down recipe”, as (I believe) the original “recipe” was developed, while preparing Thanksgiving dinner, by my mom along with my grandmother .  (I must say that it gives a girl a good feeling to know that she comes from “good cooking'” stock! Yep, another pun! :o)) My mom wrote down her dressing recipe and sent them to me in a letter. Over the years, I have fine-tuned this recipe, and now I present it to you with my sincere  Happy Thanksgiving wishes.

Midwestern Turkey Dressing


NOTE-If drying your own breadcrumbs, begin a few days before Thanksgiving!



Turkey neck and giblets from turkey, omitting the liver
(I throw the turkey liver out.)

1/2-1 stick of butter, melted

1 onion, whole

2-3 chicken boullion

Dried bread cubes, unseasoned (1-2 loaves of unsliced bakery bread, cut into cubes)

Broth from roasting turkey, if possible.
(My family grills or fries, our turkey, so we do not have turkey broth.)
(If roasting turkey, add 1 cup of water to bottom before cooking, to make broth.)

1-3 (14 oz.) canned  chicken broth

1-1/2 onion, diced

Approximately 1/8-1/4 teaspoon rubbed sage

Approximately 1/8-1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning

Approximately 1/4 teaspoon celery salt

Approximately 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Salt to taste, if desired



Cover neck and giblets (Do Not use the liver!), and peeled onion with water.
Cook on stove, stirring occasionally.

When hot, add 2-3 bouillon cubes, and continue to cook until done, about 25 minutes.
Remove from heat.  Saving broth and onion, remove neck and giblets to cool.

Chop up giblets and strip neck of meat.

Place bread cubes in a large bowl.

Add neck meat and giblets with the broth that they were cooked in, and the cooked onion, to the dried bread cubes.

Add half of a chopped onion, sage, poultry seasoning, celery salt, pepper, and optional salt, along with half a stick of melted butter.

Add just enough broth off the cooking turkey (if you are roasting a turkey), or canned broth, to moisten the cubes, until the bread is just sticking together, but not soaking.
Add enough broth to make moist, but not soaked consistency.

Taste and adjust seasoning to your taste. (It usually takes a couple of tastings before I get it right. :o))

Stuff turkey the last hour of roasting, or put into greased casserole, in 325 degree oven, covering to keep dressing moist.


Above are two printables from last year’s post,
 Pumpkin Pie from Scratch, You Say?!

Thanksgiving Posts of Yore

Enjoy additional Thanksgiving posts from my past blogs, below.
To read just click on the blog title.

Is Thanksgiving Over Already?!
(This one includes my Thanksgiving menu, and many recipes.)

Autumn is a Mellow Time of Year?!  

Annette’s Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving 

Pumpkin Pie from Scratch, You Say?!

A Fun, Day After Thanksgiving, Visit to the National Air and Space Museum


This sign always comes out for Thanksgiving at my house.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanks for reading,

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I made this chocolate doughnut Mayflower with my young grand daughter last year. 
For instructions to make your own, and have an excuse to eat mini chocolate doughnuts, click here. :o)

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Autumn, the Comfy Cozy Time of Year

November 7, 2017

Autumn, the Comfy Cozy Time of Year


I am happy to be on a neighborhood stroll (last week),
enjoying my favorite time of year-FALL!

It is a rainy, autumn day here today in Maryland, as I pen my latest blog post
to you. .. 


The view from my front door today.


Mr. (Pumpkin) Turkey takes the rain in stride, as he keeps watch from
our front porch.

It is one of those cozy, sit by the fire, sip a cup of hot tea, kind of days, when autumn seems to wrap its comforting arms around its audience. Or in less poetic language, fall makes you feel all comfy cozy. I love fall! 


My fireplace with the fire all aglow.

IMG_1316  Sipping (Barry’s) hot tea in my trusty Hollywood Studios Disney mug.


Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn.
Elizabeth Lawrence (author)

I love this quote. It really is a delight to sit back and see the colors that our fall brings.  Below are a few fall snapshots, to share with you, that I have taken around town during the past couple of weeks.  Enjoy!

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Autumn Around Our House

I enjoy making a few changes throughout our home to coincide with the various seasons.  I share with you this year’s fall touches.


Our hall entry table changes with the seasons.  This year I purchased this cute Etsy sign for fall.  Click here to find this creative sign maker.


I love the simplicity of this pumpkin tea light.


These pumpkins were turned with the blank side toward the front in October,
and flipped around to the thanks sides for November.
Personally, I am thankful for you, my special blog readers!


This sweet pilgrim couple has been part of my November decor for many years.
These made the cut when I downsized my Thanksgiving decorations recently.  :o)

Crock Pot Turkey

One thing that I look forward to in early November is the availability of Butterball’s Boneless Turkey Breast Roast.  I always grab a couple of these frozen goodies (one for that week, and one for the next month), to make one of my favorite comfort food recipes: Cozy Crock Pot Turkey.


Usually available during the last couple months of the year,
these boneless turkey breast roasts make a yummy crock pot meal.


A frozen Butterball’s Boneless Turkey Breast Roast, a November find.

The “How to cook Cozy Crock Pot Turkey” in a Nutshell Crock Pot


Gather up your ingredients listed in the recipe below.


Set your crock pot on “High”.
Don’t you love my Mickey Mouse crockpot?


Leave it alone to cook on high for about 6 hours, until thoroughly cooked.

The Recipe

Cozy Crock Pot Turkey



1 Boneless Turkey Breast Roast (I use Butterball.) Thawed*
1-small frozen package of yellow corn
1-small frozen package of cut green beans
1-small fresh package of small carrots
5-6 small red potatoes, scrubbed with the eyes/buds cut out
1-whole onion, peeled, if desired
2- cans of Campbell’s Cream of Chicken Soup (DO NOT dilute.)
1- 10.5 ounce can of Campbell’s Chicken Broth (DO NOT dilute.)
PAM non-stick spray
Salt and Pepper


Spray the inside of the crock pot with PAM cooking spray.

Place frozen corn, frozen green beans, carrots, potato, and onion(optional) in bottom of crockpot.

Place thawed* turkey roast on top. Discard the included gravy packet.
(*I place the unwrapped, frozen turkey roast in the microwave on defrost for several minutes to defrost.)

Pour the undiluted two cream of chicken soups, and the undiluted chicken broth over the roast and vegetables.

Cover and cook for 6 hours, or until done.

Remove roast and vegetables from crockpot.
Let roast rest for 5 minutes, then with kitchen sheers remove the string netting around the roast. (Put the netting in a trash far from reach from pets!)

Serve with the broth that the roast and vegetables were cooked in,
and salt and pepper.

Past Thanksgiving posts

The photo-shopped turkey above (Yes, that is me!) was from my 2014 post 
Autumn is a Mellow Time of Year?!  You can read it here.

Enjoy additional Thanksgiving posts from my past blogs.
To read just click on the blog title.

Annette’s Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving 

Is Thanksgiving Over Already?!
(This one includes my Thanksgiving menu, and many recipes.)

Pumpkin Pie from Scratch, You Say?!

A Fun, Day After Thanksgiving, Visit to the National Air and Space Museum

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanks for reading,

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Autumn Colors

…render thanksgiving to ye almighty God for all His blessings.
William Bradford

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Discovering New Fun at Walt Disney World Amid The Craziness of Life: Part 2

October 26, 2017

Discovering New Fun at Walt Disney World Amid
The Craziness of Life: Part 2


Terrified by the shark at Epcot’s Sea Pavillion?
No, I was shocked that for the first time, we experienced a short line
here at the photo op! Yet another (first) discovery at Walt Disney World.

                                               The craziness of life continues :O)…,
but I am now, at last, happily posting the second part, in my two-part series,
Discovering New Fun at Walt Disney World Amid The Craziness of Life. Hooray!
I wish to share with you, via this Disney photo tour, a few new things that I experienced on my most recent WDW trip, this past April. Grab a cup of tea/coffee, sit back for a minute, relax, and follow along.
                                      To read part one of this series, please click here.

On the Boardwalk 

I love to stay on Disney property when visiting the parks. It is convenient (no rental car needed) and always fun.  This was my first stay at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn, and proved to be a wonderfully relaxing option.


This post card of a sign welcomes visitors to the Disney Boardwalk Inn.


Disney’s theming is the best!  The boardwalk area is a nod to the early 1900’s
Atlantic City and Coney Island.


The lobby enhances the turn-of-the-century seaside theme.


I had to share this creepy circus chair that graces the lobby.
While the rest of the lobby was cozy and inviting, I found this piece not so much.
In fact, I never saw anyone sitting on this chair throughout our WDW visit.


Disney’s Boardwalk Inn sits on lovely Crescent Lake.


My attempt at artistic photography. :o)


Our group enjoyed the close proximity/walk to Epcot.
We also walked to Hollywood Studios from the Inn’s location.
Disney’s Beach Club Resort (the blue building) is in the background.


We all enjoyed evening walks along The Boardwalk. 

Eating on and around the Boardwalk

Mickey’s Kitchen Sink


I had heard about the famous and over-sized Mickey’s Kitchen Sink, but this was my first time seeing it in person. This ice cream lover’s dream is served at
Beaches & Cream at Disney’s Beach Club Resort.
I was too full from dinner to try any that day, but Mike did share his ice cream with others in our group.  I am proud to say that none of it went to waste 

A New Character Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno


We decided to check out the new character breakfast at The Boardwalk’s
Trattoria al Forno, featuring Little Mermaid and Tangled royal couples.



All five of us enjoyed the Trattoria al Forno character breakfast.


The pastries were beautiful, as well as yummy.


I chose the Tangled-influenced Tower of Pancakes for my breakfast entree;
 buttermilk pancakes with fruit compote.


Natasha and Martese, all decked out in their purple Tangled sweatshirts, were excited to meet the charming Flynn Rider.


Mike, Martese’s husband, was all smiles upon meeting Little Mermaid’s Ariel.


The Magic Kingdom

Be Our Guest Restaurant

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It was fun to dine at the Be Our Guest Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom for breakfast.


Martese and Natasha try “the gray stuff” for breakfast at the
Be Our Guest Restaurant, and “it was delicious”!  :o)

The Park

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I was surprised to see this duck tourist and her babies at the park!

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With Mike as our resident Muppet fan, we stopped by to see the new
(since October 2016) 
The Muppets Present…Great Moments in American History

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We found the ten-minute muppet show enjoyably silly.


Ok, I know that It’s a Small World is hardly new (I first saw it at the 1964 New York World’s Fair!), but it always brings a smile to my face.


Natasha photo bombs me as I giggle at this shirt.


I bought this It’s a Small World fitted tee!


I ordered this happy It’s a Small World clock from Etsy
when I returned home. Thanks for showing this to me, Martese!


I know this is hard to believe, but this was the first time I had tried the Disney Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich at Sleepy Hollow,  in The Magic Kingdom. Wowza yummy!


On my Disney to-do list this visit, was to get a peek at the Maleficent fire-breathing dragon in the Magic Kingdom parade.  It was amazing!

The Fireworks Dessert Party

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We attended the Fireworks Dessert Party , a first for all of us.


There were many delicious treats to choose from.



The beautiful fireworks over the castle were the star of the show. 



The park was beautifully groomed for the 2017 Flower and Garden Festival.

Shoes and Accessories


Martese and Natasha show off their new Adidas Epcot tennis shoes.
The design was taken from the Spaceship Earth/Epcot Ball design
(see the photo above).


Martese is happy with her new Disney Flower and Garden Festival handbag!




This was Dale’s first time riding Frozen Ever After.

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It was also Dale’s first time being a viking! :o)

The Living Seas



Although, not new to me, I am always in awe of the enormous sea life tanks at Epcot, just as this little guy seams to be.


A “sea” of strollers by the Living Seas .



We tried out the Beijing-Style Candied Strawberries.
(Pretty, but too sweet for my taste.)


We also checked out the Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade.  Martese loved it!

Via Napoli


Dale and I enjoyed Via Napoli for the first time.  The pizza was first-rate!


Our Italian waiters treated our birthday girl, Natasha, to a song, and 


a birthday treat.

The Concert




Dale and I were excited to be able to hear ELO/The Electric Light Orchestra in person.




We both enjoyed the show, and were among the youngest in the audience!!!

Hollywood Studios

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Natasha and Martese met while doing the Disney College Program, and became good friends.  Here they pose on Hollywood Studio’s Main Street.


I witnessed for the first time, the Star War’s impressive  March of the First Order on Main Street. 


While on Main Street, Natasha was pulled out of the crowd to participate in a cute impromptu skit.

The Great Movie Ride


When at WDW a visit to The Great Movie Ride is number one on my list.
Little did I know that this April visit to my favorite Disney attraction would be my last.  The Great Movie Ride closed forever on August 13, 2017. :o(


It was in this lobby that I enjoyed seeing, over the years,
such movie 
memorabilia as Dorthy’s ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz,
(There are three-four known pairs. I have seen three of them.)
and on this visit, the ark from Raiders of the Lost Ark. 


The dazzling bright lights of the marquee at the beginning of the ride.


The Land of Oz within this ride was magical.  I will miss it.


I bought this Disney Great Movie Ride sign as a souvenir to remember
this iconic Disney ride.

Would you like to read more about the classic movie The Wizard of Oz?  Click here.

Disney Springs


I was looking forward to my first trip to the Planet Hollywood Observatory,



We were all happy to be there!


The appetizers, arriving on this cute ferris wheel cart, were all delicious.
Martese, and her hubby, Mike, look on with anticipation. 



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My Deep Fried Lasagne was awesome!


Natasha enjoyed her dessert, and 


so did Mike. :o)


I loved seeing all of the costumes displayed in the restaurant, including this Dorothy dress from The Wizard of Oz, and 


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these two dresses used in the filming of The Sound of Music.
(I apologize for the poor photo quality.)


Check out My Other Disney Posts!

It’s a Small World After All!
I loved exploring Disneyland Paris, January 2013!

Want to read the first part of
Discovering New Fun at Walt Disney World Amid The Craziness of Life?
here. for part 1.

 Check out My Other Walt Disney World Posts!

Disney Food and Wine Festival-Here

Disney World Family Reunion-Here

Disney World Recipe-Here

 Check out My Disneyland and Disney Studios Posts!


Disney Studios–Here

Disneyland and Disney Studios-Here

Thank you to Martese, Mike, Natasha, and Dale for their photo contributions in the making of this blog post!

Thanks for reading,

An added note to my wonderful readers,

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I have been plagued by the computer “monster” these past several months.
(It is still a work in progress.)
 Being an optimist, I plan to post my next blog post
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A fun sign found posted in Africa’s Caramba area of Disney’s Animal Kingdom.



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Happily Eating My Way Through the Minnesota State Fair

September 14, 2017

Happily Eating My Way Through the Minnesota State Fair

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I was happy to find Dole Whip,
always my snack of choice when at Walt Disney World (note my Mickey cap),
for sale at the Minnesota State Fair. YUM!

“Would you like to go to the Minnesota State Fair, while you are here Labor Day Weekend?”, my daughter asked over the phone a couple of weeks before our visit.  My husband, son, and I all agreed that the state fair sounded fun.  And it was!

The Strategy


My husband, son in-law, daughter, and son are all poised to begin our
Minnesota State Fair Food “Crawl“. 

Mike, our son in-law, had plotted out our food eating strategy for the fair before we arrived, he and our daughter having scoped out the 2017 state fair on an earlier visit.
This proved to be an effective, and tasty,  plan for our culinary ” fair crawl”.
Please join me on a photo tour of some of our fair eats. For a written list and description of all of the treats the fair has to offer, click the food finder here.

The Eats

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First stop was for Cinnie Smiths/Minis.  I opted for the pecan variety.
Made on the spot (see the not so great photo above), they were yummy!


Green Mill‘s Pizzarito and Pizza got our male contingent’s seal of approval.


I had to try the famous fried twinkie.
I was not a fan. :o(


Martese, a major pineapple fan, enjoyed a Manny’s Torta‘s, non-alcoholic,
pina colada, served up in a fresh hollowed-out pineapple.

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One of the more popular food spots at the fair was the corn roast stand,
and with good reason. It was delicious!


My daughter and I were especially excited to finally get to the Dole Whip stand!
It was my favorite fair food of the day.


MinneSnowii Shave Ice was a cool mid-day snack.


A must at the Minnesota State Fair is a batch of freshly baked
Sweet Martha’s Cookies. (Don’t worry, we only bought one bucket/jar full.)
They made a yummy end to our state fair visit.

A Few Sights (In-between Eating) Around the Fair

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Dale and I pose in front of the large Minnesota sign at the fair,
a popular photo op.


This oversized french fry carton is one of many interesting signs advertising
food at the fair.

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The University of Minnesota marching band play a snappy tune as they lead the fair parade.


An interesting view of the Sky glider from below.

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Our Minnesota hosts (our daughter and son in-law) for the Labor Day weekend mapped out our visit to the Minnesota State Fair perfectly.

To read blog posts about previous trips to Minnesota, click here,
and here for a post that includes the recipe for Minnesota Wild Rice Soup.

To read about my trip to the Iowa State Fair, click here.

Sending thoughts and prayers to all of those affected by the recent hurricanes.

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Dale and I take a nap after our Minnesota State Fair outing. :o)

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