Rice Krispie Treats, The All-American Snack

 

Made Me Smile :o)

Sharing, with you, a few things that made me smile over the past few weeks. :o)

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LOVE!

Bursting at the seems here, to share this happy news!  Our youngest son and his girlfriend surprised us with a phone call the other night, announcing their engagement!  :o). He and his fiancé graduated from high school in the same class, but only began dating a couple of years ago. The wedding is scheduled for next year. :o)

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The LOVE sculpture, by Robert Indiana
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
May 2018
To see a few more of this garden’s sculptures, check out my 2015 blog post, here.

The Three Musketeers

This cute trio of furry friends peer out my son’s front window.

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Thanks to my son’s fiancé for this sharing this sweet photo. :o)

Peanut Butter Cups

I was tickled when my friend, Michelle, sent me this photo of her Peanut Butter Cups made from the recipe seen in my last blog post.  It is always brings a smile to my face when my readers enjoy one of my recipes!  Michelle’s peanut butter cups look so pretty! (She says that their pretty shape is thanks to her silicon muffin tin from Target.)
Don’t you love her serving tray?!

Thanks for sharing, Michelle!

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For this Peanut Butter Cup recipe, go here.

 

Enjoy These Past 4th of July Posts

A Yankee Doodle Hilton Head Family Reunion, July 2019, here.
This post is a “photo album” of our family get-together in Hilton Head.

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Minnesota nice=a very nice family reunion, July 2018, here.
This post is a “photo album” of our family get-together in Minnesota.

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Summers Musings, August 2018, here.
More 4th of July photos in this post.

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4th of July!, July 2013, here.
This blog post features three recipe for 4th of July:
Fried Chicken, Potato Salad, and Easy Oreo Dessert.

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Thank you for reading!
May your days be blessed, and your taste buds happy!
Happy 4th of July!

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A patriotic fruit tray for breakfast on July 4, 2019.
Happy 4th of July!

 

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Christmas Cheer!

May 27, 2020

Christmas Cheer!

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In honor of Christmas, I share this quick goodie/recipe with you.
Two-ingredient Peanut Butter Cup, served up on my grandmother’s special “Christmas Plate”.  :o)

Merry Christmas to you, my friends!
I know!  I know!  Yes, my calendar DOES read May 27, but my heart longs for some good ol’ Christmas cheer right now!

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 Our Local Christmas Tree Lot
December 2013

Apparently, I am not alone in feeling that the world needs a dose of Christmas spirit these days. Recent news articles have focused Christmas lights decorating houses this spring, adding a note of happiness to this unusual (Covid-19) time.
(Read about the Christmas lights, here, and here.)

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The National Christmas Tree
December 2008

Rather than decorating my own house in Christmas splendor this spring,  I, instead, have been putting on a few classic Christmas movies to add to my Christmas joy.  (To be honest, it is just an excuse to break out a few of my Christmas favorites, a bit early.  :o))

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A few of my Christmas DVD’s, ready for spring viewing.
By the way, Turner Classic Movies is showing the Christmas classic 
It Happened on 5th Avenue, starring Don DeFore,
on Thursday, May 28 at 9:30 am EST.

 

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Copy/screen shot and print this free Christmas printable.
A Charlie Brown Christmas

It’s Gonna Be a Hot, Hot Christmas!

Just one listen of the peppy and catchy “It’s Gonna Be a Hot, Hot Christmas”, and you will be in the Christmas frame of mind, no matter what the time of year!  When I contacted my friend Lisa about sharing her Christmas music video in this blog, she gave me her blessing, remarking, “We need a little Christmas!” Give it a look by clicking on the photo below, and you’re sure to be smiling and singing the rest of the day!  :o) (Thanks, Lisa!)

“It’s Gonna Be a Hot, Hot Christmas”
Performed by Lisa Donahey
From her Holiday Album “Christmas in Our Soul.”
CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE LISA’S ALBUM —
https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/lisadonahey3

(Two-ingredient) Peanut Butter Cups

This recipe is a recent acquisition to my recipe “box”.  My son in-law created this chocolatey recipe!  This chocolate treat is sure to be added to my Christmas goodie list this year, as it is easy and yummy, requiring only two ingredients: chocolate chips and peanut butter!

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This chocolate treat requires only two ingredients:
chocolate chips and peanut butter!

I used a mini-muffin tins for my peanut butter cups.  For the peanut butter filling, I used a small scoop (18/10?), that is about one inch across.

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I used a mini-muffin pan for my peanut butter cups.  
For the peanut butter filling, I used a small scoop.

Making my first batch of these yummies, I did not have any mini-cupcake liners, which made releasing them from the muffin tins a challenge.  I highly recommend using the mini-cupcake liners!

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Use mini-cupcake liners when preparing these peanut butter cups.

 

Recipe

(Two-ingredient) Peanut Butter Cups

Makes about 6

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Ingredients

Approx. 1 (heaping cup), Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate chips, 60% cocoa
(Other varieties may be used, if desired)

Approx. 1/2 cup, Peanut butter
I use natural, and the chunky variety.

(You can make your own peanut butter, here.)

Directions

Place mini-cupcake liners into mini-muffin tins.

Melt chocolate chips in microwave.
( 30 second intervals, stirring after each 30 seconds.)

Place enough melted chocolate on the bottom of the mini-cupcake liner,
to amply cover the bottom.

Place a small scoop of peanut butter in center of the melted chocolate.

Cover the peanut butter with chocolate,
making sure that the peanut butter is completely covered.

Place in refrigerator until set, about an hour.

Remove peanut butter cups from tin.

Enjoy!

Made Me Smile :o)

Here are a few smile-worthy items that caught my eye,
and I am sharing these smiles with you! :o)

Computer Kitty

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Meet my Instagram friend’s cute and cuddly kitty, W. Schmidt.
He even has own Instagram!
@schmidtty_the_kitty

Gentleman Farmer

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My eldest son harvested these colorful banana peppers from his
backyard garden last week.

A Morning Visitor

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Looking out my back window, the other morning,
I spied this pretty visitor two-doors down.

See These Christmas (and other) Posts from Years Past!

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Counting the Days Till Christmas, 2013, here.
(This blog post features Christmas movies, and my recipe for yummy
Peanut Clusters).

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Christmas in Black and White, 2014, here.
(This blog post shares my favorite Christmas-related movies,
and my recipe for Christmas Eve Stew.)

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Procrastination and Merry Christmas!, 2015, here.
(This blog post includes my write-up for “Miracle on 34th Street”).

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A “Christmas Story” Christmas, 2016, here.
(This blog post features my write-up for “The Christmas Story”, the “A Christmas Story” Museum’s acquisition of Ralphie’s rifle, and my recipe for Christmas Trash).

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It’s Christmas Time!  Enjoy These Often-missed Yuletide Movies, 2017, here.
(This blog post shares more favorite Christmas-related movies.)

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What’s Slumgullion?!, 2018, here.
(This blog post has my recipe for S
lumgullion“, a dish featured in the
Christmas film, “It Happened on 5th Avenue”).

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Growing Up in Disneyland:  A Conversation with author, Ron DeFore, 2019, here.
(This blog post discusses the lives of actor Don Defore (Star of the film “It Happened on 5th Avenue) and his son, Ron DeFore, and includes a recipe for Don DeFore’s Silver Banjo Barbecue Sauce of Frontierland, Disneyland.)

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Happy Bacon, Happy New Year!, 2018, here
(This blog post shares my New Year’s Eve movie picks, and the recipe for
Million Dollar Bacon.)

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Peanut Butter and Elvis, 2014, here.
(This blog posts includes instructions for making peanut butter at home.)

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I have been blogging for seven years, and have over 150 positive posts available to read!
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Keep Staying Safe, Keep Social Distancing,
and Keep Washing Those Hands!

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Various junior chalk artists decorate driveways in my neighborhood.
Note the “Stay Safe” message in the top photo. :o)

Thank you for reading!
May your days be blessed, and your taste buds happy!
Stay safe, and Merry Christmas! :o)

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I’m Annette Stuff

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These Irises are currently in full-bloom in my flowerbed. :o)

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Did Someone Say Chocolate Chip Cookies?!

May 12, 2020

Did Someone Say Chocolate Chip Cookies?!

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Ready to try out a homemade Hilton’s Double Tree‘s Chocolate Chip Cookie

Thank you, Ruth Wakefield!
Thank you for one of America’s greatest, and tastiest, inventions: the yummy, -ooey, gooey chocolate chip cookie!  You made the world a much sweeter place! (Yes,
that was a pun.)
Read more about the creation of the chocolate chip cookie, here and  here.

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Ruth Wakefield made the world a sweeter place!
(This heart-shaped chocolate chipper was made with my grandmother’s recipe, here.

As hard as it is to believe,  I have actually met several individuals who do not embrace my enthusiasm for the delectable chocolate chip cookie!  I know, who are these people, and from what planet have they arrived?!

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Who are these people who do not like chocolate chip cookies,
and from what planet have they arrived?!
Photo courtesy of my son.  Thanks!

My love of chocolate chip cookies can be traced back to my earliest of years.  I remember my mom, a great cook, mixing up that yummy batter, allowing me to lick the bowl (before the threat of salmonella loomed so large), and then enjoying the finished product afterwards, fresh out of the oven with a glass of cold milk.

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My mom, my earliest supplier of yummy chocolate chip cookies,
observes my youthful equestrian skills.
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My grandma, another great cook, also figures into my personal chocolate chip cookie history, always having a repurposed family-sized coffee can filled with her homemade chocolate chip gems, stored in her chest-style deep freeze on the service porch.
(These were often served with a cup of piping hot tea.)
To this day, I prefer my chocolate chip cookies cold (or even slightly frozen) with the chocolate morsels in a cool, solid-state, encased in a chewy cookie.
(I enjoy most of my chocolate cold: chocolate chips, chocolate bars, chocolate candy…)

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My grandma and grandpa on their beloved Iowa farm.
1985?

I have baked numerous chocolate chip recipes over the years, including
the Nestle’s Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie,
Laura Bush’s Texas Governor’s Mansion Cowboy Cookies,
my sister’s Iowa Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies,
and various friend’s chocolate chip cookie recipes.
I also made many feeble attempts at recreating
Walt Disney World’s Epcot, The Land, Farmers Market Chocolate Chip Cookies, where the dough is shaped into “log” form, chilled, and then cut into slices before baking.  These NEVER ever turned out!  :o(
While all were yummy, except the latter, I always find my way back to
my grandma’s chocolate chip cookie recipe (here).
BUT when I saw that the Hilton Double Tree had finally decided to share the recipe for their iconic chocolate chip cookie with the public, I just had to give it a try!

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I remember WDW’s Epcot The Land, Farmers Market Chocolate Chip Cookies as being very good, but my attempt at recreating this recipe at home has never had positive results.  :o(

 

Hilton’s Double Tree‘s Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

A warm chocolate chip cookie can’t solve everything,
but it can bring a moment of comfort and happiness.

Shawn McAteer

Senior vice president and global head, DoubleTree by Hilton

Warm chocolate chip cookies are a trademark of Hilton’s Double Tree hotels, greatly appreciated (and devoured) by guests upon their arrival.  Their recipe had been a carefully guarded secret until last month.  In the spirit of goodwill, during these Covid-19 times, Hilton Double Tree has shared their recipe for the first time, stating, “We hope families enjoy the fun of baking together during their time at home.”.  Thank you, Hilton Double Tree!  I just baked these goodies , and they are yummy (especially after a little cooling time in the refrigerator)!

I prepared this recipe fairly closely to how it was written, minus the walnuts.  My changes are written in parentheses.

You can find the original recipe here.

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My Hilton’s Double Tree‘s Chocolate Chip Cookie


Let’s Bake Cookies!

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I keep the ingredients for chocolate chip cookies on hand,
so when the mood hits…
Hilton’s Double Treerecipe requires a new ingredient, lemon juice!

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Freshly made Hilton’s Double Tree‘s Chocolate Chip Cookies! Yum!

 

Recipe

Hilton DoubleTree Signature Cookie Recipe

https://newsroom.hilton.com/static-doubletree-reveals-cookie-recipe.htm

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Makes 26 cookies

Ingredients

½ pound butter, softened (2 sticks)

¾ cup + 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

¾ cup packed light brown sugar

2 large eggs

1 ¼ teaspoons vanilla extract

¼ teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

2 ¼ cups flour

1/2 cup rolled oats

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

Pinch cinnamon
(very small pinch)

2 2/3 cups Nestle Tollhouse semi-sweet chocolate chips
(I used Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate chips, 60% cocoa)

1 3/4 cups chopped walnuts
(I skipped these)

Directions

Preheat oven to 300°F.

Cream butter, sugar and brown sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer on medium speed for about 2 minutes.

Add eggs, vanilla and lemon juice, blending with mixer on low speed for 30 seconds, then medium speed for about 2 minutes, or until light and fluffy, scraping down bowl.

With mixer on low speed, add flour, oats, baking soda, salt and cinnamon, blending for about 45 seconds.
Don’t overmix.

Remove bowl from mixer and stir in chocolate chips and walnuts.

Portion dough with a scoop (about 3 tablespoons) onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper about 2 inches apart.

(Preheat oven to 300°F, if you have not already done so.)
Bake for 20 to 23 minutes, or until edges are golden brown and center is still soft.

Remove from oven and cool on baking sheet for about 1 hour.

Cook’s note:
You can freeze the unbaked cookies, and there’s no need to thaw.
Preheat oven to 300°F and place frozen cookies on parchment paper-lined baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
Bake until edges are golden brown and center is still soft.

Annette’s Notes-
These were good!

Enjoy!

Made Me Smile :o)

Here are a few items that made me smile this week.
I love sharing these smiles with you. :o)

Baby Manatees

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Manatee photo taken at Walt Disney World
April 2019

I melted when I recently saw this short video, from 2019, about the caring of rescued baby manatees. Awww….  See it, here.

Does anyone else immediately start humming the Veggie Tales’ Silly Song, “Endangered Love” aka Barbara Manatee (2000) when thinking about manatees? :o)  Watch that, here.

Irises

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This past week my favorite flower, the Iris, has begun to brilliantly bloom in my yard, and in the neighborhood.

 

Previous Cookie-Related Blog Posts

Chocolate Chip Cookies (2013), here.

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A New Stove and Disney Peanut Butter Cookies (2016), here.

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The Flavors of Fall (2018), here.

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The Leaning Tower of Eggplant (2019), here.

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Stay in, stay safe and keep washing those hands!

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You may be climbing the walls (or the screen door, like this athletic kitty)
to get out of the house, but remember that we are all staying home to keep safe
and to keep others safe. :o)

Thank you for reading!
May your days be blessed, and your taste buds happy!
Stay safe,

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A purple Allium blooms in my flower garden.

 

 

 

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Swapping Recipes Across “The Big Pond”

May 1, 2020

Swapping Recipes Across “The Big Pond”

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Sampling my Johnny Depp Tuna Sandwich.
Read about my Union Jack cap, purchased in London, here.

I love recipes!  I even read cookbooks just for fun!  I also have a penchant for watching light-hearted classic movies, and enjoy reading about the actors who star in them.  Thus explains my connection with my online blogging “pen pal”, Jenny, who lives across the “big pond”(That’s the Atlantic Ocean.) in England. :o)

My “Pen pal”

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Jenny poses with her star-studded cookbook,  Cooking with Columbo,
published in 2018.
Read my 2018 guest blog post about Jenny, here.

Jenny is a happy whirlwind of activity.  She is currently in the process of authoring not just one, but two new cookbooks!  One cookbook features the recipes of the cast and guest stars of the mystery crime drama, Murder She Wrote (1984-1996), starring
Angela Lansbury. 

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Jenny’s recent photo featuring her pair of cute Murder She Wrote  cups.

Jenny is also co-authoring a cookbook with Peter Fuller entitled,
The Vincent Price Co*Star Cookbook, featuring 100 movie star recipes and
50 Vincent Price films.

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Jenny’s photo (above) encourages readers (including you) to join her taste tests.
Testing information for the Vincent Price cookbook, here
Testing information for the Murder She Wrote cookbook, here.

The Wedding

In addition to her busy schedule, last month Jenny got married!  Despite the obstacles that the recent COVID-19 presented to her nuptials, it looks like that it was a beautiful day.

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The Wedding Couple
March 20, 2020
See more photos of Jenny’s wedding, here.

On Jenny’s blog silverscreensuppers.com, she invites her blog followers to assist in testing out recipes for her upcoming cookbooks. I decided that I was up for the challenge. To celebrate Jenny’s recent wedding, I volunteered to cook and test out three recipes. :o).  I feel honored that she mentioned me in her blog email (see below).

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Test Cooking

Elliott Gould’s Western Omelet Supreme

Who doesn’t love a good omelet?  Mash star Elliot Gould’s omelet, filled with ham, cheese, and veggies, does not disappoint. I did substitute some items that I already had in my pantry and fridge, and made a few minor cooking changes.  My changes are noted in the parentheses.

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Gather the ingredients needed for Elliott Gould’s Western Omelet Supreme.

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Add cheese on half of the cooked omelet just prior to folding in half.

Recipe

Elliott Gould’s Western Omelet Supreme

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Ingredients

1/2 cup scallion, chopped
(I used yellow onion)

1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
( I used red bell pepper)

5 Tablespoons butter

1 cup canned corn, drained
(I used all of a 8.5 ounce can)

3/4 cup ham, diced
(I used an entire 8 oz. package of Hormel Natural Choice Honey Deli Ham)

8 eggs

1/2 cup milk
(I used skim milk)

1/2 teaspoon salt
(I used much less)

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
(I used less)

soft cheese [mozzarella or American]-optional
(I used cheddar)

2 large beefsteak tomatoes
(I did not use these)

French bread loaf, cut in thick slices
(I did not use this)

Directions

  1.  Brown onion and bell pepper in butter:
    add corn and ham.
    Keep turning with spatula:  Browning lightly.
  2. Remove to warm place (save for step #5).  Save skillet.
  3. Beat together eggs, milk, salt and pepper.
  4. Using same skillet as above, heat skillet:
    pour in egg mixture.
  5. As soon as eggs start to set, spread the ham-vegetable mixture on top.
    (Put on lid while cooking.)
    (Watch carefully.  Beware of getting the bottom too done.)
    (Once cooked, I added cheese, to the top of half of the omelet.)
  6. Loosen edge of eggs with spatula and carefully fold omelet in half.
    Slide onto serving platter.
    (I would recommend scooting the platter, or a plate, under the omelet to remove it from the pan.)

Note:  If skillet is not large enough for 8 eggs, divide egg and vegetable mixtures in half and use two skillets.
Vegetables can be varied, adding chopped tomatoes, diced boiled potatoes, or peas.

Enjoy!

Top Gunn Quick Margarita Chicken
(I call this “Peter Gunn Chicken”)

To be honest, I am not sure that I have ever seen an episode of the TV classic
Peter Gunn (1958-1961) , starring Craig Stevens.  But that Henry Mancini theme song is indelibly imprinted on my brain; the result of hearing this catchy tune performed by various high school bands at numerous high school school athletics over my lifetime. Listen to the Peter Gunn theme at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oysMt8iL9UE.  Warning, upon hearing this little ditty, you may not be able to to get it out of your head! :o)

My hubby and I enjoyed this Craig Steven’s recipe for Quick Margarita Chicken.  Again, I did substitute some items that I already had in my pantry and fridge. My changes are noted in the parentheses.  Although, the original recipe calls for cooking this in the microwave, I believe that putting this in the oven would work better, and have written this recipe accordingly.

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Top Gunn Quick Margarita Chicken ingredients

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Top Gunn Quick Margarita Chicken just out of the oven.

Recipe

Top Gunn Quick Margarita Chicken

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Ingredients

2 Tablespoons corn oil
(I used vegetable oil)

2 Tablespoons lime juice
(I used Nellie & Joes Famous Key West Lime Juice)

1 teaspoon honey

4 boneless, skinless (thin) chicken breast halves
(I cut mine horizontally, as they were thick)

1 cup finely crushed tortilla chips

1-14.5 ounce can mild salsa
(I used half of a 1 lb. 8 oz bottle of medium, thick & chunky salsa)

 

1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese 
(I used about 1 cup of cheddar)

Cilantro springs
( I did not use this)

Lime wedges

(Rice, or Riced Cauliflower, I used the latter)

(PAM cooking spray)

Directions

(Preheat oven to 350 degrees.)

Mix the first three ingredients together: corn oil, lime juice, honey.

Brush the chicken breasts with the three-ingredient mixture,
then roll in tortilla chip crumbs to coat.

Spray baking dish with cooking spray, and arrange chicken in single layer in baking dish.

Annette’s Guesstimate on baking this,
as I followed the microwave directions when preparing this.

Bake in oven, uncovered at 350 degrees for about 25-30 minutes, making sure that the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.

Pour warmed salsa over chicken, and top with shredded cheese.

Once cheese has melted, remove from oven.

Serve over prepared rice, or cooked riced cauliflower.

 (I had some leftover fried onions in a package, so I sprinkled those on top when serving.) 

Annette’s notes-Next time I may used a flavored tortilla chip, like Doritos, for added flavor.

Enjoy!

Tuna Fish and Corn?!

A couple of years ago, a Rolling Stones Magazine article on Johnny Depp included a mention of Depp’s love for “tuna fish and corn sandwiches“.  As odd as that may sound to my American palate, this combo is quite popular in Britian (Depp was dining on this sandwich combo in London, at the time.).  Another English fave that leaves American’s scratching their heads is beans on toast for breakfast!

 

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An English fave that leaves American’s s scratching their heads is beans on toast for breakfast. I tried them, but was not a fan.  I loved the mushrooms, though!
England, September 2013

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A pirate (and Johnny Depp look-alike) posed with me in 2011 for this photo.  Savannah’s The Pirate’s House restaurant.
April 2011

Johnny Depp Tuna Fish and Corn Sandwich,
(Using Vincent Price’s Mexican Creamed Corn),
AKA “
The Johnny Depp Tuna Sandwich”

When choosing this recipe to test, I thought that a tuna fish sandwich sounded fun.  I was a bit taken aback when the recipe arrived, instructing my to use Vincent Price’s Mexican Creamed Corn as part of the ingredients. But you know what?  It was good! Really!

I did substitute some items that I already had in my pantry and fridge, and I made a smaller batch of the corn.  My changes are noted in the parentheses.

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The ingredients that I used in my Johnny Depp Tuna Sandwich.

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Cooking up Vincent Price’s Mexican Creamed Corn.

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Not having any bread on hand, I used tasty Dare’s Whole Grain Crackers.

Recipe

Johnny Depp Tuna Fish and Corn Sandwich,
Using Vincent Price’s Mexican Creamed Corn

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Ingredients

For Mexican Creamed Corn

4 Tablespoons butter
(1 Tablespoon)

1 medim onion, chopped
(1/4 onion)

1 clove of garlic, crushed
(I did not use any)

8 ears of fresh corn on the cob, and cut off corn
(I used 2-15.25 oz cans of whole kernel corn)

4 chillies poblanos, thinly sliced
(I did not use any)

1/2 teaspoon salt
(I used a sprinkle)

3/4 cup Swiss or Muenster cheese, diced
( I used a heaping 1/4 cup of Swiss)

To Assemble

1 Package tuna
( I used Tuna Creations Hot Buffalo Style, because that is what I had)

Small amount of Corn mixture

1-2 Tablespoon Light Mayonnaise

Salt-optional

Freshly Ground Pepper

Bread, or Crackers

Directions 

Melt butter in a large saucepan.
Add onion and garlic and sauce until onion is lightly browned.
Then, add corn kernels, the chillies, salt, and cheese.

Cover with tea towel (making sure that it does not touch burner),
and cook over low heat , stirring occasionally for 30 minutes.

Assemble

Mix tuna, Mexican creamed corn, mayonnaise, salt, and pepper.
Spread on bread, or crackers.

Enjoy!

Made Me Smile :o)

Here are a few items that made me smile this week.
I love sharing these smiles with you. :o)

Birthdays and Donuts

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Birthdays and donuts are two of life’s little pleasures! :o)
My grand daughter’s third birthday.

Dozing Doggie

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My daughter’s dog actually sleeps this way!!!!!  :o)

Previous Related Blog Posts

Be My Guest, My Guest Blogger, That Is! (2018), here.

A February Day-Trip to Savannah, (2020), here.

April fools! (2020), here.

Yippee-Ki-Yi-Yppie-Kai-Yay, A Tasty Way To-Celebrate Cowboy Day and A Cowboy-Cookbook Give Away, (2018), here.

Summer’s Musings, (2018), here.

A Bonanza of a Recipe, (2019), here.

 

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This photo was taken the last time that I was inside of a store on
March 20, 2020.
I now order groceries online for pick-up.

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Happy May (Basket) Day!
May 1, 2017

Who else out there (as a youngster), used to deliver May Baskets
on May 1 to their neighborhood friends?
I would love to hear your May Basket memories in the comments. :o)

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Disney Memories :O)

April 19, 2020

Disney Memories  :O)

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I’m all Disney smiles while wearing my snazzy Dole Whip cap, retro
Rick Springfield shirt, and a pair of colorful Mickey fanny packs (Yes, I really do need two fanny packs!) on my last visit to Walt Disney World.  :o)
April 2019

I had planned to be at Walt Disney World today! You see, my family and I love Disney, and we had planned a long weekend together at Walt Disney World, sort of a family reunion in mouse ears. :o) (Three in our group had even planned to run races in the
Star Wars Rival Weekend.)

For me, in addition to seeing my family members, it was to be a weekend filled with some of my personal favorites…

It’s a Small World,
That happy song will replay in my head for days! :o)

Peter Pan’s Flight,
My youngest, as a tyke, once dropped his special blankey on top of “London”, on this ride!

Jungle Cruise
I love the wonderfully corny jokes, and leisurely boat trip!

Carousel of Progress,
I first saw this ride along with It’s a Small World, and Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York.

Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room,
I remember the sense of wonder that I felt upon first seeing this exhibit at Disneyland in 1968.

Pirates of the Caribbean, and The Haunted Mansion,
Family favorites!

Under the Sea Journey of the Little Mermaid,
Not just for the kiddies.

Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros,
A fun and peppy boat ride along with Donald Duck.

Muppet Vision 3D
Who doesn’t like the Muppets?!

Kilimanjaro Safari Trek,
I love seeing all of the animals, especially the giraffes!

Dole whips,
Yum!

Mickey Bars,
Yum!

Rick Springfield…
Yum!  Uhm, I mean, he sings really well! :o)

But alas, it was not to be…

Click on any of the rides listed above, to be taken to a virtual video  of that ride!
Caution, I have not screened all of these videos in their entirety.

 Disney Photos Through the Years

So, in lieu of actually being at Walt Disney World in person this long weekend, I would like to invite you to take a sweet nostalgic photo journey with me on some (but not all) of my family’s past Disney travels.

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Walt Disney World with my sister and mother.
(I am in the center.)
February 1972 (?)
(WDW opened in October of 1971)

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Walt Disney World with my sister and mother.
(I am on the right.)
March 1977 (?)

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A ride from Walt Disney World‘s past,
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Submarine Voyage
May 1979
(This ride closed in 1994.)

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My hubby and me at Walt Disney World, near the castle.
It was so crowded in Magic Kingdom that day after Christmas that they closed the gates to no more admissions (for that day) at the park.
(At that time Magic Kingdom was the only Disney theme park at WDW.)
December 1980

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A three year-old “right of passage” for our (four) offspring meant a trip to
Walt Disney World.  Here, our eldest enjoys a ride on Cinderella’s Carrousel 
with me, holding our second eldest, along for the ride.
(Did you know that this merry-go-round was build in 1917?)
1987

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Our newest three year-old (in 1990) peers over Dumbo at Disneyland.
1990

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(Top photo) The candles at the entrance of Magic Kingdom to celebrate the park’s 20-year birthday.
(Bottom photo) Our eldest watches the mesmerizing Main Street Electric Parade.
 Sadly, this parade ended in 2016.
May 1992

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Our three oldest taking a break at Walt Disney World, during our daughter’s three year-old visit.
1993

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Walt Disney World‘s  Birthday Cake- Cinderella Castle, in celebration of the park’s 25th anniversary, was vision of pink in 1996.
1996

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Our youngest enjoys a chat with Cinderella (and his sister) in honor of his third birthday.
1997

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It was a fun-filled Spring Break trip to Walt Disney World in 2001.
Among the fun, we had breakfast with Chef Mickey at the Contemporary, and participated in a couple of shows at Hollywood Studios!
April 2001

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In March 2008, our family proudly watched our daughter march with her high school marching band at Walt Disney World.
March 20, 2008

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Two of our sons relax at Epcot, as we visit our daughter
during her 9-month Disney College Program.
July 23, 2010

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Our young grandson is delightfully amazed to see Donald Duck in person while visiting Epcot. :o)
May 13, 2011

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My favorite place to stay at Walt Disney World is the Polynesian, like we did in 2012!
(Top photo) The lobby of the Polynesian Hotel
(Middle photo) A tiki watches over the Polynesian gift shop.
(Bottom photo) My hubby and I are headed to the luau/Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show at the Polynesian.
July 2012

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 A trip to Disneyland Paris was amazing.
January 7, 2013

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(Top photo) My daughter enjoys a refreshing Dole Whip at Walt Disney World.
(Bottom photo) Our grand son enjoys his breakfast at WDW with my hubby.
March 2013

Read about this Disney trip, here.

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The highlight of this trip was a one-night stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge.
What a view!
June 26, 2014

Read about this Disney trip, here.

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(Top photo) Magic Kingdom was all decked out for Halloween in October 2014.
(Bottom photo) So proud of our runner daughter, who ran her very first Walt Disney World race here, as Mouseketeer, Annette Funicello.
October 2014

Read about this Disney trip, here.

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It was a “girls’ weekend” for my daughter and me at Disneyland and Disney Studios.
February 7, 2015

Read about this Disney trip, here.

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Celebrating my daughter’s (to the left of Cinderella) birthday with my daughter, her husband, and her friend, at Cinderella’s Castle/Royal Table.
November 5, 2015

Read about this Disney trip, here.

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It was a special trip to Walt Disney Studios and Disneyland in 2016.
March 5, 2016

Read about this Disney trip, here.

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Less than a week before our April 2016 Walt Disney World trip,
I was ordered by my doctor into a boot (due to a bone/foot issue).
(His exact words when I mentioned my upcoming Disney trip, “Get a scooter!”)

Maneuvering WDW in a scooter made things interesting!
(Bottom photo) The location of our hotel room at Coronado Springs was pretty, though.
April 2016

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I loved celebrating Disney’s Not So Very Scary Halloween Party with my daughter and these seven guys.
September 30, 2016

Read about this Disney trip, here and here.

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Admiring the colorful flowers at Epcot.
April 20, 2017

Read about this Disney trip, here and here.

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(Top photo) My husband ran his first half-marathon along with a couple of running pros ( my daughter and her friend).
(Middle photo) My grand daughter chats with Mickey Mouse at The Garden Grill at Epcot.
(Bottom photo) Epcot in the evening.
January 2019

Read about this Disney trip, here.

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(Top photo) I realized my childhood dream of riding in a “floating car”!
(Bottom photo) Rick Springfield put on a fantastically fun concert in Epcot!
April 2, 2019

Read about this Disney trip, here.

50’s Prime Time Cafe

While perusing my prized collection of Disney cookbooks, I recently came across a simple recipe for S’mores from Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ nostalgic 50’s Prime Time Cafe. The decor of this cute themed-restaurant is a wonderful step back in time, steeped in vintage (sometime kitschy) treasures, while classic TV clips play on old television sets scattered throughout the cafe. Heaping plates of “home cooking” are served by apron clad wait staff, often served with a little motherly advice on the side.

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The decor is a wonderful step back in time.
The “cookie decorated” cookie jar in the foreground caught my eye. 
As a child, a cookie jar just like this sat on our family’s kitchen counter!  

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 Thanks to my mom, I am now the proud owner of our family’s 1950’s
Napco “Cookies All Over” Cookie Jar!  :o)

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Old television sets are scattered throughout the restaurant, playing classic TV clips.

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Heaping plates of”home cooking”are served by apron clad wait staff, like
Brenda, in this photo.
April 2001

A Simple Disney Recipe

Preparing this recipe was fairly simple. (I did make a couple minor changes in the recipe for clarity.)  I used items that I already had in my pantry, substituting mini- marshmallows for the the large marshmallows, and chocolate chips for the standard chocolate bar.

These S’mores are done in the oven, and although, this Disney variety are prettier, I decided after having these, that I prefer the campfire variety.

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I used items that I already had in my pantry, substituting mini-marshmallows for the the large marshmallows, and chocolate chips for the standard chocolate bar.

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These S’mores are done in the oven, and although, this Disney variety are prettier,
I prefer the campfire variety with graham crackers on the top and bottom,
to cut the sweetness.

Recipe

Disney S’mores

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Ingredients

2 whole graham crackers
(4 sections)

1 (1.65 ounce) milk chocolate bar

15 large marshmallows, cut in half

2 Tablespoons chocolate syrup

Directions

Place graham cracker on an over-proof plate.
(I used a foil-lined cookie sheet.)

Top with chocolate bar and heat briefly under broiler, or in hot oven.

Place halved marshmallows over melted chocolate bar.

Warm chocolate 30 seconds in microwave.

Broil marshmallows until golden brown, watching carefully.
Remove from oven.

Drizzle warmed chocolate over marshmallow and serve immediately.

Enjoy!

Annette’s Notes-
I prefer the campfire variety with graham crackers on the top and bottom,
to cut the sweetness.

Made Me Smile :o)

Here are a few items that made me smile this week.
I love sharing these smiles with you. :o)

It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

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Tom Hanks eat your heart out!
This little guy takes the prize as the most adorable Mister (Fred) Rogers look-alike.
My friend had this photo on his Instagram, and allowed me to share.  So cute!

A Walking Unicorn in the Neighborhood

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What do I spy across the street, while on my daily walk?
Why, a unicorn, of course! :o)

An Easter Egg Hunting Puppy

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My neighbor posted this video on Facebook, and allowed me to share this piece featuring her cute little pup successfully hunting for Easter eggs
(thanks to training treats hidden inside each egg). :o)

(Backyard) Jungle Cruise

This creative family graciously gave me permission to share their fun and funny
“Backyard Jungle Cruise” ride video. (They have those punny jokes down pat!)
Some of their props are authentic, originating from Disneyland!
I want to go on THIS Jungle Cruise, now!

A New Cookbook

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Pre-ordered back in December, it was a fun treat when
The Goldbergs Cookbook showed up at my door this week.
I may just have to try out the Shrimp Parm, or the Mac and Cheese Meatballs!
Anyone else enjoy watching this wacky family on Wednesday nights?

Find a Disney Recipe

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Now You’re Cooking with Disney Parks is a new feature offered
on the”My Disney Experience” app.

Previous Disney Blog Posts

Disney Food and Wine Festival (Eating Around Walt Disney World…)–Here

Disney World Family Reunion (Annette’s Big Family Vacation Scrapbook…)-Here

Disney World Recipe (Walt Disney World Really Cooks)–Here

Don’t Pinch Me I’m Wearing Green Underwear-here.

(Discovering New Fun At Walt Disney World, (Part 1) –Here ,  

(Discovering New Fun At Walt Disney World, (Part 2)-Here

October!-Here

(Dole whip Mama…)-Here

Rick Springfield and Floating Cars:  Another Glorious Visit to Walt Disney World, Here.

A Sticky Taste of Walt Disney World, Here.

 

 And Check out My Disneyland and Disney Studios Posts!

Disneyland (A New Stove and Disney Peanut Butter Cookies)–Here

Disney Studios(My Birthday with Disney)–Here

Disneyland and Disney Studios (A Girl’s Disney Weekend)–Here

Growing up in Disneyland:  A Conversation with Author Ron DeFore, here.

 

Looking for something upbeat to read?

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Thank you for reading!
May your days be blessed, and your taste buds happy!

Happy Disney Dreams,

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Be good at something, it makes you valuable.
Have something to bring to the table,
because that will make you more welcome.
Randy Pausch

Photo taken by the tea cups in Magic Kingdom, July 2010

Randy Pausch co-authored the inspiring book, The Last Lecture, with Jeffrey Zaslow.
 The Last Lecture was published in 2008 by Hyperion Books,
which Disney owned at the time.

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Happy Spring Time and Happy Easter!  

April 7, 2020

Happy Spring Time and Happy Easter!  

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Enjoying a bit of Almond Toffee Brickle

Happy Spring Time and Happy Easter!  In my yard, the daffodils are in full bloom, declaring spring’s arrival. And Easter decor, inside my home, proclaims the upcoming holiday.

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In my yard, the daffodils are in full bloom.

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Easter decor proclaims the upcoming holiday.

Relaxing in a wicker chair, rest three vintage bunnies, temporarily released from my
“Gammy Toy Box”, for the Easter holiday. Middle bunny was a (sixth) birthday gift my daughter received from a little friend, and bunny on the right, was purchased many years ago in an Ohio gift shop. Blue-eyed bunny (on the left) was lovingly made for me as a child, by my maternal grandmother, from a sock, and is outfitted in a dress once belonging to one of my (long-gone) childhood dolls.

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Relaxing in a wicker chair, rest three vintage bunnies temporarily released from my “Gammy Toy Box” for the Easter holiday.

IMG_1135An early photo of me with my doll.
(This doll is wearing the same dress as the left-side bunny in the above photo.)
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Easter Eggs

Do you plan to color Easter eggs this week?  I do!

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My egg coloring supplies for this year.

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Last year’s dyed Easter eggs
2019

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I couldn’t resist showing you this (throw back) photo of my 3 year-old daughter hunting Easter eggs.
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Easter Viewing

Among my Easter traditions, is the viewing of Cecil B. DeMille’s (1956) classic
The Ten Commandments, starring Charlton Heston as Moses.  This epic drama was nominated for seven Academy Awards.

I recently watched, on Netflix, an interesting documentary, The Lost City of Cecil B. Demille.  It researches DeMille’s 1923 silent feature, The Ten Commandments, filmed in the desert, and the mystery of what became of its sets. Watch it, here.

To see some of my other Easter viewing picks, click here.

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Among my Easter traditions, is the viewing of Cecil B. DeMille‘s (1956) classic 
The Ten Commandments starring Charlton Heston, as Moses.

Easy to Make Almond Toffee Brickle

Hungry for something sweet?  Try making this easy Almond Toffee Brickle.  I made a half-batch the other day, and I must confess, that it was all gone in two days! (My hubby helped me eat it. :o))

The ingredients are few, and you may already have them all on hand!  If you prefer, you can even leave the almonds off the top.

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The ingredients are few, and you may already have them all on hand!

Recipe

Almond Toffee Brickle

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Ingredients:

40 Saltine crackers

1 cup packed, light brown sugar

1 cup butter

12 oz. bag chocolate chips
(I use the Ghirardelli bittersweet variety)

3/4-1 cup sliced almonds
(You may leave the almonds off the top, if desired.)

Heat oven to 400°F.

Directions:

 Cover bottom and sides of a cookie sheet parchment. Place saltines on the sheet, side by side, without overlapping. Set aside.

Melt butter in a saucepan; add brown sugar and stir to dissolve.

Bring to full rolling boil for exactly 3 minutes, stirring often. Remove from heat and pour gently over saltines. Distribute evenly.

Bake 5 minutes at 400°F. Remove from oven and sprinkle package of bits over the toffee and crackers. After a few minutes, spread the chocolate evenly over the entire pan using the back of a spoon. Sprinkle on nuts (unless leaving the almonds off).

Refrigerate at least 2 hours. Remove from refrigerator. Remove foil from back of toffee and break with hands into desired pieces (do not cut). Store in a container, refrigerated.

Enjoy!

Made Me Smile :o)

Here are a couple of items that made me smile this week.  Sharing these smiles with you. :o)

Family Game Night via the Internet

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I have been enjoying our weekly Family Game Night via the Internet.
Lately, we have been enjoying playing Trivial Pursuit. :o)

 

Penguins and Puppies Freely Frolic in Aquariums

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This photo (above) was taken in 2006 at the Maryland Zoo.

Click on the two links below to see adorable animals visiting U.S. aquariums.

Penguins roam free at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, here.

Puppies play at the Georgia Aquarium, here.

Previous Easter and Spring Blog Posts

Easter: Bunnies, Babies, and Patent Leather, 2014, here.
Includes Easter TV show viewing, and free Easter printables.

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The Easter Bunny and Mickey Mouse, 2018, here.
Includes a look at a few Easter displays in Switzerland, and a recipe for the retro Strawberry Caddy Cooler.

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Spring has Sprung, sort of, and so has the Mickey Cook-along, 2018, here.
Includes the recipe for the refreshing Tavern Sherbet Punch.

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A Visit to Hershey Park, Chocolate is a Vegetable, Right?, 2018, here.
A visit to Hershey Park, and a yummy chocolate cookie recipe.

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Carrots!, 2013, here.
A recipe for roast carrots.

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Looking for something upbeat to read?

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May your days be blessed, and your taste buds happy!
Happy Spring Time and Happy Easter!  

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April showers bring May flowers.

 

 

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April Fools!

 

April 1, 2020

April Fools!

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My beautifully illustrated Charles Harper calendar says it is April 1!

Let me begin this post by saying that I am NOT a big practical joker, and am not a fan of such things.  But several months ago, I got the idea of doing an April Fools post to share my recipe for yummy dirt cake.  Things being what they are (the “stay at home” directive) I was not able to acquire the ingredients to make up a batch today. So instead of sharing my photos of its creation, I will share with you a couple of old photos, and the recipe (below). This tasty dessert is a favorite of my second-born son, and was his birthday “cake” of choice growing up.  

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My second-born’s (in the white on the far right) favorite birthday dirt cake,
at his 12th birthday party.
Having already blown out the candles, “Birthday Guy” generously allows his younger brother a chance to make a wish, too. :o)
February 1999

This dessert really does look like dirt, even though that dirt is of the Oreo variety.  Many years ago, I made up this dessert for an adult pot luck, serving it in a clean plastic planter (like that shown above), pushing a bouquet of artificial flowers into the “dirt”  (stems wrapped in foil), and bringing along a washed and newly purchased spade to serve it with, notifying only the hostess that her “hostess gift” was indeed, a dessert.  You should have seen the looks of shocked surprise, as I placed the spade into the Oreo “dirt” and served the first bowl full!  :o)

Home Alone Party

Probably the biggest prank/joke that I ever played on any of my children was the year that my oldest turned seven.  With Home Alone just having been released the year before, my son decided that this would be his birthday party theme. 

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Home Alone was my son’s birthday theme of choice.

It was a fun party to plan, complete with a Home Alone “pizza cookie cake”, and of course pizza for the main course, too.  To add to the kiddo’s Home Alone experience, I ordered the pizza, announcing that the pizza delivery man would be there shortly. In reality, I had my hubby pick up the pizza on the sly.  

Pretending to be the delivery guy, my hubby rang the door bell, but instead of answering the door, (in Home Alone style) I loudly played the part of the movie where the Little Nero’s Pizza guy hears gun shots from behind the door that scare him away.  The birthday boy and his guests were all majorly surprised and nervous, until I announced that it was all just a Home Alone joke.  :o)

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My eldest and his Home Alone pizza cookie cake for his seventh birthday party.
1991

View a clip of the Home Alone pizza delivery scene, here.

Go here, and here, for other Aprils Fools goodies to cook up.

Classic TV Practical Jokes

Beware! Those April Fools jokes can have adverse consequences.
Check out these classic TV episodes, where practical jokes seem to run rampant.

The Dick Van Dyke Show

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The Impractical Joke (1965)
Season 4, Episode 6

Watch, here, or on Hulu.

The Brady Bunch

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The Impractical Joker (1971)
Season 2, Episode 13

Watch it on Hulu.

Leave It To Beaver 

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Wally’s Practical Joke (1963)
Season 6, Episode 35

Watch, here.

Recipe

Dirt Cake

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This may be made and served in a plastic pot (with no holes in the bottom).

INGREDIENTS:

1-1 lb. 2 oz. pkg. regular Oreo cookies

1 (8oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened

1 stick butter, softened

3/4 cup granulated sugar (I prefer a lesser amount, maybe ½ cup)

2(3.4 oz.) 4-serving size, instant chocolate pudding
(Flavor may be varied to taste.)

2+3/4 cups milk

1 tsp. vanilla

Large (12 oz. or larger) cool whip, thawed

Gummy worms -optional

Directions:

Finely crumble pkg. of Oreo cookies in blender, or food processor.
(I do everything in a food processor.)
Set aside.

Cream together cream cheese and butter.
Add sugar.

In separate bowl, mix pudding with milk and vanilla until set.

Combine the cream cheese mixture with the pudding mixture,
and then stir in cool whip completely.

Beginning with the Oreo cookies, layer with creamed mixture, alternating several time.  

Make sure that the Oreo layer is on top, with enough “dirt” to cover.

Add a few gummy worms, if desired.

Refrigerate.

Note:  

 This recipe will fit into a clean plastic flowerpot (no holes in the bottom),
and can be completed with a few clean artificial flowers in the center (wrap foil around stems), if desired.

May be served with a new, clean gardening spade.

National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day 2020
in United States

 I love peanut butter, so I couldn’t let the mention of tomorrow’s, National PB and J Day, pass, without sharing a few of my peanut butter recipes.
(Did you know that in the early 1900’s peanut butter was considered a rare treat?)

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April 2 is National PB and J Day.

Read about PB and J, here and here.

Enjoy These Peanut Butter-Related Posts

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A New Stove and Disney Peanut Butter Cookies (2016), here.
How to make a”knock-off”of those oh-so-yummy Walt Disney World cookies.

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Peanut Butter and Elvis (2014), here.
I usually make my own peanut butter.  Here is how.

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Lunch Lady Peanut Butter Bars (2013), here.
  My favorite cafeteria treat in high school.

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Peanut Butter Bars, a Taste of Home (2013), here.
A family favorite!

Made Me Smile :o)

Here are a few items that made me smile this week.  Sharing these smiles with you. :o)

Pretty Window

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My friend posted this colorful and uplifting (yes, that was a pun) photo
of her daughter decorating their window like the Disney movie Up .
Thank you for the use of your photo, Abby!

Funny Song

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My talented friend, Lisa, (and former Disney tour guide extraordinaire),
made this fun video showcasing her amazing voice and wonderful sense of humor.

Watch Lisa’s video, “Social Distance” – A QuaranTUNE
by Lisa Donahey
, here.

Read my 2016 blog post about enjoying time with Lisa, here.

Happy Wedding

Version 2

My last blog post, here, mentioned that my blogging friend, at Silver Screen Suppers, was married a couple of weeks ago, amid the coronavirus chaos.  You can read her blog post featuring her big day, here, in her latest post “I Got Hitched!“.

Read my 2018 blog  post feature on Jenny, here.

The Internet “Connection”
(Yes, that was, yet, another pun!)

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 Grandparent FaceTiming!
I love reading to my grandchildren!  :o)

 

Do you need something to read?

I been blogging for seven years, and have over 150 posts available to read!
Check them out in the archives section on the right-hand side of I’m Annette, here.

Thank you for reading!

May your days be blessed, and your taste buds happy!
Stay in and stay safe!

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I’m Annette Stuff

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Instagram

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Check out my Instagram page at imannettedotnet, including, my new
“What I’m Watching” posts.

 “What I’m Watching” 

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My first What I’m Watching post on Instagram.
March 31, 2020

I attempt to post my blog at least once per month.
Look for my next post on, or around,
Thursday, April 30, 2020.

Thank you blog readers!  I LOVE hearing your kind comments!
Please post yours positive thoughts in my comment section at the bottom of the blog post.

To enjoy any, or all, of my past blog posts and photos, click here, or go to imannette.net, selecting the posts that you desire to see in the Recent Posts,
or you can “search” a topic in the Archives sections, on the upper right-hand side.
(I have been blogging since 2013.)

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Stay in, stay safe and keep washing those hands!

This cute Mickey soap dispenser was a Christmas gift from my daughter and son in-law.
Such a fun way to watch my hands!

Find theses soap dispensers for sale, here.

 

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A (February) Day-Trip to Savannah

March 25, 2020

A (February) Day-Trip to Savannah

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Looking forward to a delicious meal at Paula Deen’s,
The Lady & Sons restaurant, in Savannah,

My love affair with Savannah, Georgia began in the late 1970’s. My first meeting with this charming city, resplendent with its beautiful architecture steeped in history, and filled with numerous delicious Southern restaurants, drew me in back then.

I still love this place. So, in February, when my three house guests suggested that we take a Savannah day-trip, I was in!

(Don’t miss the photo at the very bottom of this post from my 2011 Savannah visit.)

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One of Savannah’s many historic buildings in an area once                                       referred to as the “Wall Street of the South“, the former Cotton Exchange,
is currently home to the Savannah Chamber of Commerce.
(The Cotton Exchange is the red brick building in the back center of the photo)

A griffin/winged lion statue fountain “guards” the building.
Read about the griffin’s/winged lion’s unfortunate “injury” in 2008,
here, here, and here.

Welcome to Savannah!

As we headed out on our day-trip journey, I was thankful that my cousin had volunteered to drive, especially since we would have to drive over the very tall Talmadge Memorial Bridge to get to Savannah. (Yes, I admit, I am a Grade-A chicken!)

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A long view of the Talmadge Memorial Bridge from our parking garage in Savannah.

One of the first sights to greet us upon driving into Savannah was this cool 1960’s retro sign for the Thunderbird Inn. Their hotel web site states that popcorn greets each guest, that each room is supplied with complimentary Moon Pies and RC Cola (Very Southern!), and that The Jackson Five once stayed here ! This place looks fun!

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This retro Thunderbird Inn sign was one of the first things that we spotted while driving into Savannah.

Thank you, Katie, for the use of your photo!
(It was raining the day that we passed by.)

Down By the River

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Peering through the fence at the Savannah River,
and the River Street shopping area.

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A freighter eases by in front of us.

Savannah’s Candy Kitchen

We had fun exploring Savannah’s River Street and its shop.  Being a real foodie, I pretty much only took photos at the Savannah’s Candy Kitchen.  I couldn’t help myself, as there were so many delicious things to choose from.

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If you have a sweet tooth, Savannah’s Candy Kitchen has you covered!

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Caramel apples and blinged-out chocolate-covered Rice Krispie treats were among the many sweet (yes, that was a pun) options.

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It was fun seeing this old green stamp sign, along side candy bouquets.

Have you seen the Brady Bunch episode (54-40 and Fight) in season one (episode 15), where the kids fight over green stamps?

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Vintage candy, including wax lips, Sugar Daddy Pops, Coconut Slices,
Bottle Caps, licorice pipes, bubble gum cigars, and candy 
cigarettes.

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An array of candy choices await!

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A “candy gophers” (a sweet, gooey confection) sign bids us good-bye.

If you are hungry after viewing these goodies, you can go here to order them online.

Simply Savannah

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This trivet, for sale at Simply Savannah on River Street,
displays my Savannah day-trip motto!  :o)

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We head up to Savannah for the remainder of our day. 

Savannah’s (Park) Squares

 Savannah was originally set up in a grid pattern with public squares in each area. Savannah is graced with 22 of these unique and lovely (Park) Squares. Here are some of the squares we enjoyed that day!

Reynolds Square

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 John Wesley’s statue, the Methodist founder who spent two years in Savannah,
presides over Reynolds Square.
The square was named after an early royal governor of Georgia.

Wright Square

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This square is named for an early royal governor of Georgia, but is most notable for the burial site of (Native American) Creek leader Tomochichi.  Tomochichi, was a good friend of Georgia founder James Oglethorpe, and is credited as its co-founder.

I find it interesting that on this plaque’s description of Tomochichi, it mentions that “he was a man of fine physique”! 

Lafayette Square

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Pretty Lafayette Square, named for the Revolutionary War hero
Marquis de Lafayette who once visited Savannah, has a green fountain as its centerpiece.

The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist (See it toward the bottom of this post)
is nearby.

Madison Square

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Named for President James Madison, this square’s statue commemorates the Siege of Savannah during the Revolutionary War.

Orleans Square

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Orleans Square commemorates the Battle of New Orleans during the
War of 1812.  The German Memorial Fountain stands at the center of this square, honoring Savannah’s early German 
immigrants.

This square is home to a few large live oak trees, draped in Spanish moss.

Chippewa Square

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Georgia’s founder James Oglethorpe‘s statue stands tall in Chippewa Square.  The square was named for the War of 1812’s Battle of Chippewa.

This square is a popular tourist stop, having been in a movie!
The “bus stop bench” scene in the film Forrest Gump was filmed at the north end of this park.  The actual bench used, was a movie prop that is now in California.  However, the Savannah Visitors Center has a replica of the bench on display.

I found these wonderful articles about each of Savannah’s Squares, here, here, and here.

Ladies & Sons

My lunch choice for the day, was a trip to Paula Deen‘s restaurant Ladies & Sons.  I had once had the pleasure of dining here (in 2011), and was anxious for a repeat visit to the buffet table.  Happily, the food was as good as I had remembered, with my favorites still being the fried chicken and the mashed potatoes. YUM!

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Bring on the buffet!  But first, cheese biscuits, please.

Paula Deen posts the recipe for these light, airy goodies, here.

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Love those mashed potatoes and fried chicken!

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Desserts!

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We are all ready to dig in!

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Yep, Paula and me, in the gift shop! :o)

The Best Kind of Souvenir

Metals and Paint

Whenever I travel, or take a special trip, I often look for a souvenir.  That souvenir many times takes the form of an inexpensive piece of jewelry.  Across the street from Lady & Sons is a jewelry store, Metals and Paint, that allows me to indulge my jewelry passion, without breaking the bank.  (This was my third visit to this store, over the years, and my third purchase.). Many of the pieces are made by the owner, Joe, in the shop!

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It took my third trip to this store to finally learn its name!

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Many choices!

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Craftsman Joe at work, creating beautiful jewelry.

Churches

Among the stately buildings that populate Savannah’s architectural landscape, churches play a major role.  We only entered one for a self-tour, but I was able to snap a photo of a couple others, as we passed by.

Independent Presbyterian Church

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The Independent Presbyterian Church on Bull Street is just one example of
the amazing structures in the downtown Savannah area.

Lutheran Church of Ascension

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Used as a hospital during the Civil War,  the Lutheran Church of Ascension stands watch over Wright Square.

The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

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The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist was built in the French-Gothic style.
This is the oldest Catholic Church in Georgia.

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There are breathtaking views from every angle in this edifice.

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A beautiful stain glass depicts Jesus’s resurrection.

Leopold’s Ice Cream!

 Our day-trip was winding down, and we were heading back to our car.  Having spied earlier ( at the beginning of our day), the historic Leopold’s Ice Cream,  I suggested that we make a mini-detour to try it out.

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Leopold’s Ice Cream began in 1919.

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It seems that other people also wanted to check out Leopold’s ice cream!

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Co-owner, Mary, sweetly greeted us at the door, apologizing for the wait and thanking us for waiting in line.
Mary even took a moment to chat, and pose for a photo.
Photos on the wall attest to Mary’s husband and co-owner, Stratton’s, Hollywood ties.

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Leopold’s is a quaint ice cream shop.

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Leopold’s Ice Cream!

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We are all very happy that we stopped in for Leopold’s Ice Cream!
Note the movie equipment/decor behind us.

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All the “scoop” on Leopold’s history.

Made Me Smile :o)

Here are a few items that made me smile this week.  Sharing these smiles with you. :o)

Keeping in Touch

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My friend shared this sweet photo of his, virus house-bound,
son video chatting with his next door neighbor friend . :o)

Happy Birthday!

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My daughter’s dog, Pongo, celebrating his second birthday on March 25. :o)

Who Doesn’t Love a Romantic Story?

My British blogging “pen pal” got married this past week, despite numerous Coronavirus obstacles.

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Jenny stated on her Instagram page-
Happy to announce that against all odds I became Mrs. Jenny Rathbone on Friday.  Been on a romantic mini-break in Aldeburgh ever since and every single minute of last 4 days has been magical-if a little surreal… 

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And
My wedding cake was cancelled so here’s the masterpiece the groom and best man made from a frozen chocolate cake from “Iceland” and 4 doughnuts from “Gregg’s”.

Best Wishes to the Happy Couple! :o)

Read my blog 2018 post feature on Jenny, here.

Jenny’s blog links are here.
www.silverscreensuppers.com
Silver Screen Suppers on Facebook

Enjoy This Other Savannah-Related Post!

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A lion fountain greets visitors to Savannah’s Desoto Hotel.

Family Fun in Hilton Head, 2016, here.


An interesting article on little know facts about Savannah, is here.

 

Thank you to all who contributed photos for this blog post! You know who you are!  :o)

Thank you for reading!
May your days be blessed, and your taste buds happy!
Stay in and stay safe!

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I’m Annette Stuff

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Check out my Instagram page at imannettedotnet.

I attempt to post my blog at least once per month.
Look for my next post on, or around,
Thursday, April 23, 2020.

Thank you blog readers!  I LOVE hearing your kind comments!
Please post yours positive thoughts in my comment section at the bottom of the blog post.

To enjoy any, or all, of my past blog posts and photos, click here, or go to imannette.net, selecting the posts that you desire to see in the Recent Posts,
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A pirate (and Johnny Depp look-alike) posed for
this (throwback) photo from Savannah’s The Pirate’s House restaurant.

April 2011

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A Bit o’ the Green to Chase those (coronavirus) Blues Away

March 17, 2020

A Bit o’ the Green to Chase those (coronavirus) Blues Away

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Enjoying a “spot of tea” at Ashford Castle in Ireland.
Ashford Castle can be seen in the opening credits of the classic John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara movie The Quiet Man.
September 2013

My “About” section of my blog, states-

Life! Everyone has got one, me included. “I’m Annette!” is my take on things, the things that I like about life. In a light-hearted manner, it is here, where I can discuss a favorite recipe that I have, or a new one discovered, along with my love of classic movies and TV. As a hobby blogger, my blog is my opportunity to sit down with you for a quick chat about where my travels take me, sharing a photo, or two. Interspersed throughout our conversation, pride in my family is sure to be evident, as well. So, it is my hope that with each blog post, you will feel compelled to grab a cup of tea (or coffee), and settle into a comfy chair, relax, taking the time for a little visit with me, Annette. :o)

My blogging mission (and yes, I have decided to accept it.  haha) is to continue to keep this blog as light-hearted, as possible.  So, let’s talk about St. Patrick’s Day!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

I find that this time of year, I find myself smiling, thinking back warmly to my brief   2013 trip to Ireland.  The classic film, The Quiet Man, had always tugged at me, urging me to see this bit of Ireland for myself, and I count myself fortunate to have been able to do so with my hubby.  It was a wonderful three-day trip!  

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My hubby and I explore Ireland’s location spots used in The Quiet Man.
September 2013

Read about my 2013 Ireland trip in these blog posts.

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”

 

Watch The Quiet Man tonight (March 17, 2020) on
Turner Classic Movies at 8:00 pm EST.

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A Fun Food “Craft”

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Shamrock Pretzels created by my pre-school grandchildren.

A friend passed along this food “craft” to me (Thanks, Jodie). I made them with my pre-school aged grand children.  It was a fun project that they enjoyed, and tasty, too!  As with most recipes, I changed it up a little, so I wrote up my instructions below.

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The placement of the pretzels to make a shamrock shape.

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Place candy kiss in middle of pretzels,
making sure that the kiss covers some of each of the four pretzels.

Recipe

Easy Shamrock Pretzels 

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Ingredients

Pretzel Sticks

Mini Pretzel Twists
(not the itty bitty mini variety)

Candy Kisses
(unwrapped)

Green regular m & m’s
(I bought a large bag, and pulled the green ones for this.)

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
(Make sure oven is totally preheated.)

On parchment-covered baking sheet,
place three mini pretzels and one pretzel stick to
make shamrock shape. (See photo, above)

Place candy kiss in middle of pretzels,
making sure that the kiss covers some of each of the four pretzels.

Bake for 2 minutes, just until chocolate begins to melt and get soft.

Remove from oven.
Press m&m into middle of the kiss.

Place in refrigerator until set. 

Enjoy!

Enjoy These Other St. Patrick’s Day-Related Posts!
(Click on the blog title.)

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Galway (Ireland) Sparkling Water
September 2013

2013 Ireland Trip

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”

 

St Patrick’s Day Movie Suggestions, Crafts, Recipes,
More Ireland Trip Photos, and Disney Photos

Top of the Mornin’ to Ya!, 2014

Don’t Pinch Me, I’m Wearing Green Underwear, 2018

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, 2019

 

Fun Links to Explore

Virtual Field Trips to zoos and museums, here, and here.

100 things to do while stuck inside, here.

Listen to live Irish Music at 7:00 PM on St. Patrick’s Day, here.

Watch The Quiet Man on St. Patrick’s Day at 8:00 pm (EST) on TCM.

Watch my movie suggestions, here.

Read about Sean Connery’s role before James Bond, in a Disney Irish film, here.
That film, Darby O’Gill and the Little People, is currently available on Disney+.

 

Thank you for reading!
May your days be blessed, and your taste buds happy!

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I’m Annette Stuff

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Check out my Instagram page at imannettedotnet.

I attempt to post my blog at least once per month.
Look for my next post on, or around,
Thursday, April 16, 2020

Thank you blog readers!  I LOVE hearing your kind comments!
Please post yours positive thoughts in my comment section at the bottom of the blog post.

To enjoy any, or all, of my past blog posts and photos, click here, or go to imannette.net, selecting the posts that you desire to see in the Recent Posts,
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At the “Castletown” Train Station
September 2013

Read about its restoration, since my visit, here.

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Saturday Fun Day

 

January 31, 2020

Saturday Fun Day

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I love this tasty CrackJelly!

Do you ever take yourself out on a date?  Every once in a while, I allocate a day as a
“fun day” just for myself.  This past Saturday I enjoyed a solo “date day”. My day began with an enjoyable get-together with the delightful creator of that oh-so delicious spread, 
CrackJelly.  Next was a smile-inducing side trip to see numerous kiddies delight in sledding/saucering down a hill of snow.  I, also, treated myself to the smooth pineapple flavor of a luscious Disney Dole Whip Twist, peppered with a few fun stops in-between, and all of this done on one day on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina!

CrackJelly!

Olive the Above (Cute name, huh?) is a fun little shop on Beaufort, South Carolina’s,
Bay Street. It was here, last year, at this shop specializing in olive oils and vinegars, that I had my first taste of CrackJelly.  It took one mere sample of this delectable spread, and I was hooked!

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Exploring Bay Street with friends in June 1019.
Read more about this Beaufort trip, here.

This “chili jam” is the perfect blend of sweet and spicy (not too heavy on the spicy, or hot).  My favorite way to devour this addictingly yummy CrackJelly is to spread it over
Almond Nut-Thins crackers.

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My favorite way to devour this “addicting” jelly is to spread CrackJelly over 
Almond Nut-Thins crackers.

Not long after “discovering”this creative culinary concoction, I set out to do some research on CrackJelly.   Thanks to their website, I discovered that the company’s headquarters was/is located in Hilton Head. Long story, short, I set up a meeting.  :o)

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This CrackJelly website is filled with recipes and ordering information.
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Evelyn’s Kitchen

Meeting Evelyn, the creator and owner of CrackJelly was such fun.  Expecting to have only a brief discussion, Evelyn welcomed me into her home, fed me CrackJelly delights, and shared with me her story.

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Evelyn preparing yummy CrackJelly shrimp in her kitchen.

Evelyn is from Australia (having been in the US for seven years).  In fact, every jar of CrackJelly pays homage to her home country with the phrase “An Aussie Addiction”, and a symbol of a kangaroo with the witty “Keeps You Bouncing Back for More”, although, CrackJelly is made in the USA (with all natural ingredients).

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CrackJelly pays homage to the country of Evelyn’s birth.

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CrackJelly works well on a cheese tray, or charcuterie board.

Derived from a family sauce recipe (from Evelyn’s sister), one day as Evelyn was cooking up a batch, she accidentally over-cooked it, and essentially, and happily, CrackJelly was born. :o)

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I sampled CrackJelly eaten with Old Croc smoked cheddar cheese, pimento cheese,
brie, and strawberries.
All were delicious!

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Evelyn introduced me to an Australia product, Old Croc Cheese.
She served me the  smoked cheddar variety (my preference).
You can read more about this cheese, here.

I was the recipient of all kinds of goodies that morning.  I especially liked the shrimp that Evelyn prepared for me.  She recommended that when I make it at home, to put the shrimp on a salad.  I did, and she was right!  Yum-o! See the recipe at the end of this post.

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CrackJelly Shrimp goodness

Thank you Evelyn, for your time and generosity!  When asking what she enjoyed about living in Hilton Head, Evelyn said, “The easy going lifestyle, friendliness, the friendships that she has made”.  I love her advice for life on the Island, “Make your own fun!”.  That is good advice, as it applies to life wherever one lives.  :o)

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Hilton Head Snow Day

Hilton Head averages 0 inches of snow per year.  (Now, there have been some anomalies to that zero, however.  In January 2018, for example, Hilton Head was treated to a little of the white stuff. You can see photos of that snowfall, here.) With so little chance to experience snow firsthand, the Island Recreation Center, hosted a Hilton Head Snow Day last week for the area’s children.  I stopped by to see all of the fun, myself.  The look on the youngsters’ faces as they slid down a makeshift “hill” of snow was priceless!  :o)

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This sign directs visitors to the snow-covered “hill”.

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There were squeals of delight as children soared down the snow “hill”.

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There was a good turnout for Hilton Head Snow Day.

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A ride on this mini-train was one of the activities at Hilton Head Snow Day.

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Nature’s scenery from the amusement area.

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These Hilton Head Snow Day visitor’s came dressed in style.

Spartina 449

Spartina 449, a popular retailer offering handbags, jewelry, and other goodies, got its start on Daufuskie Island, just across Calibogue Sound from Hilton Head Island.  The Spartina 449 shop on Hilton Head Island was just a short walk from the celebration of snow, so I made a beeline in that direction.  Having a 20% off sale, I decided to treat myself to a pair of Fresh Water “Pearl Drop Hoop Earrings” that I’d had my eye on.  :o)

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Spartina 449’s pretty Hilton Head location is framed between two towering palm trees.

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I am enjoying my fresh water “Pearl Drop Hoop Earrings”. :o)

A Little Disney to My Day

What could make this day better?  A little bit of Disney, of course!  I had Dole Whip on my mind!  Parking in Neptune’s Shelter Cove area, I strolled over the foot bridge to the tucked away area that is a little slice of Disney; nearby Disney’s Hilton Head Resort’s snack bar.  Pineapple goodness awaited me, and did not disappoint. :o)

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Neptune‘s statue stands watch over Hilton Head Island’s Shelter Cove Area.
This area sculpture icon also serves as a sundial.

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A footbridge, with a beautiful view of Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina,
leads to Disney’s Hilton Head Resort.
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My pineapple Dole Whip awaits at Disney’s Hilton Head Resort,
and other Disney destinations 
beckon from the sign in the background.

My date day had been fun.  I hope that you enjoyed going along with me. I would love to hear about your perfect “fun day” in the comments below!

Recipe

CrackJelly Shrimp Salad

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Ingredients

CrackJelly

Shrimp, peeled

Olive Oil

Prepared salad, or make your own

Roasted sweet potato-optional

bacon, prepared-optional
(I use the no nitrate variety, precooked)

avocados sliced-optional

Ranch dressing, or dressing of your choice

Directions

Marinate shrimp in CrackJelly and a little olive oil for a few hours.

Prepare a salad of your choice.
Add roasted sweet potato, bacon and/or avocado, if desired.

Sauté shrimp in 1 Tablespoon of olive oil and extra CrackJelly until cooked.
Stir continually, as not to let the CrackJelly burn.
Place cooked shrimp over salad.

Add Ranch dressing (or your dressing choice) to pan drippings, mix until warm then drizzle over shrimp.

Enjoy!

For more CrackJelly recipes, go to https://crackjelly.com/latest-recipes/

Enjoy These Other Hilton Head-Related Posts!

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Hilton Head
January 2020

Family Fun in Hilton Head, 2016, here.

Beach Getaway, 2017, here.

40 Years of Being Married: A Hilton Head Celebration, 2018, here.

Beach Love, 2018, here.

Summer’s Musings, 2018, here.

Asbury Bedenbaugh and the China Hutch, 2019, here.

Frogmore Stew, Anyone?, 2019, here.

A Yankee Doodle of a Family Reunion, 2019, here.

A (half) Summer’s Worth of Mishmash, 2019, here.

Thank you for reading!
I would love to hear about your perfect “fun day” in the comments!
May your days be blessed, and your taste buds happy!

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My summer supply of CrackJelly for our 2019 family reunion.
Read about our that Hilton Head family reunion, here.

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