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.
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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
Season 4, Episode 6

Watch, here, or on Hulu.

The Brady Bunch

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The Impractical Joker
Season 2, Episode 13

Watch it on Hulu.

Leave It To Beaver 

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Wally’s Practical Joke
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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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!
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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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I attempt to post my blog at least once per month.
Look for my next post on, or around,
Thursday, April 23, 2020.

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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.
Visit their website, here.
Use the discount code crack20 to get 20% off your mail order!

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)

CrackJelly Links and Good Stuff

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Use the discount code of crack20 to get 20% off your mail order

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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.
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Toys in My Kitchen

January 19, 2020

Toys in My Kitchen

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Showing off my new kitchen “toy”.

You know those bins of bargain books that pop up at the grocery store every few months?  They draw me in like a super magnet!  One of my recent grocery store finds was the interesting read by Andrew Morton, Meghan: A Hollywood Princess, the 2018 book about the wife of Prince Harry.  One statement in the book shook me to the core,
“As a rule, the royal family eat to live rather than live to eat…” Really?!  Are there actually people out there, like that?!

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My grocery store purchase, Meghan: A Hollywood Princess

Needless to say, I do not fall into that “eat to live” category! I, my friend, am a foodie.
I live to EAT! I also enjoy cooking, and finding new, delicious recipes.

Playing with My Food  

Today I have a new recipe to share with you.  It makes for a nice breakfast, or even a light lunch.  For you WW members out there (formally Weight Watchers), this recipe is only 1 point (on the blue plan)!
Read on to yumminess…

I bought myself a new “toy” last week; a $10 Dash Mini Waffle Maker to be exact.
( I purchased mine from Target, but Amazon, Kohl’s, and Bed, Bath and Beyond carry them, as well.)
Why, you say?  “Annette, you are already the proud owner of a most adorable
Mickey Mouse 90th Anniversary Double Flip Waffle Maker (for small waffles) that you spoke of here in an earlier blog post.”

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This Mickey Mouse 90th Anniversary Double Flip Waffle Maker was my
birthday gift last year.

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It is so adorable!

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It makes waffles like those at the Disney Parks.

“Also Annette, you are the proud owner of a classic/used Mickey Waffle Iron, that you spoke about earlier, here.

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After some research, I found this classic/used Mickey Waffle Iron on eBay.
Note-Read my blog first, here, if you are looking into buying this
type of used waffle iron.
Some have been recalled due to faulty wiring.

Well… I decided that this new mini waffle maker would be great to have on those occasions when I find myself cooking and dining solo.  And beside, it is just so darn cute! :o)

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The cute and useful $10 Dash Mini Waffle Maker

Let the Fun Begin!

Cooking with the Dash Mini Waffle Maker, is reminiscent of cooking with, the also miniature, Easy Bake Oven!  That is, cooking dishes in diminutive form, and playing with one’s food. :o). I actually never owned an Easy Bake Oven myself, but experienced mini-cooking on a friend’s once.

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This lucky little girl poses with her brand new Easy Bake Oven (and father).
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Check out a couple of classic Easy Bake Oven commercials, here, and here.
Photo used with permission of JGKlein via WikimediaCommons

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Gather the ingredients for cooking this Mini Egg Waffle.
 I suggest using small eggs, rather than large ones.

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Plug in this mini appliance.
The handy dandy light will come on, and when the waffle surface is hot,
the light will go off.

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Spray the waffle surfaces with non-stick cooking spray.

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Whisk egg, and carefully pour onto hot surface.
To the whisked egg (now in the mini waffle maker) evenly add cheese,
chopped scallions and red bell pepper, cut pieces of cooked bacon, salt, and pepper.
(I heat my pre-cooked bacon in the microwave for 30 seconds before cutting into pieces)

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Close cover and cook until done.
(The light will go out when done.)

Recipe

Mini Egg Waffles

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INGREDIENTS:

PAM non-stick cooking spray

1 small egg

1 Tablespoon 2% milk, reduced-fat, sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

1/2 Tablespoon scallions/green onions

1/2 Tablespoon chopped red bell pepper

1 slice pre-cooked bacon, cut in pieces
(I prefer the uncured, no nitrate variety)
(I heat my pre-cooked bacon in the microwave for 30 seconds before cutting into pieces)

salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat waffle maker.

When waffle maker is hot, apply nonstick cooking spray.

Whisk eggs and carefully pour into heated waffle maker.

Evenly sprinkle cheese over the eggs.

Add chopped scallions, red bell pepper, and bacon to the waffle.

Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Cook until done.

Makes: 1 mini egg waffle.

WW points (formally Weight Watchers):  only 1 point (on the blue plan)!

Annette’s Notes-Although, I have not tested this, I am guessing that a few of these could be made in advance, and kept in the refrigerator for the next day, or two, to be reheatedin the microwave.
Enjoy!

Enjoy These Other Waffle-related Posts!

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I Love Those Mickey Mouse Waffles, 2016, here.

A Sticky Taste of Walt Disney World, 2019, here.

Dole Whip Mama, or Rubbin’ Elbows with Mickey, 2019, here.

Eating Around Walt Disney World:  The Walt Disney World Wine and Food Festival, 2015, here.

A Girls’ Disney Weekend, 2015, here.

Thank you for reading, and may your days be filled with wonderful waffles of all types, shapes, and sizes,

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Happy to be dining on a Mickey Waffle at Walt Disney World!
April 2019
Read about that trip, here.

 

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Have a Sweet Christmas!

December 15, 2019

Have a Sweet Christmas!

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Baking Christmas sweets in my new holiday top.  :o)

A mere ten days stand between us and “…the Most Wonderful Time of the Year“!
As my fellow Iowan, Andy Williams, happily and melodiously reminds us each Christmas season, “It’s the hap-happiest season of all”!  

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Andy Williams’ upbeat “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” can be
heard everywhere during the Christmas season!

Go here, to listen to Williams’ “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” now.
Read about Williams’ Iowa roots, here.
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Over the past few weeks, like you, I have been preparing for the Holiday Season. Christmas decorating, Christmas movies and activities, along with Christmas baking, keep me happily busy.

Decorations

Seeing the light of day, after a year of being relegated to basement storage, it is great fun to reacquaint myself with my Christmas decorations, while preparing the house for the holidays.   I share a few of those decorations in the photos below.

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Simple white houses join mirrored cone trees,
along with a newer mid-centuryish Christmas tree tray,
in a happy holiday display.

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My “sequined” trees (Are these called sequins?) were purchased from
a store going out of business,
 several years ago.

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Bing Crosby (whose velvety voice made the melody,, “White Christmas” a holiday staple), in framed LP form, graces my hall table for the holidays each year, joined by a vintage plastic Santa, and vintage-look “Noel” greeting.
The old timey poster, at the bottom, is a new addition this year. I love it!

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Here is a better look at the vintage-look poster.
It was an inexpensive purchase from Amazon this year, here.
I then put it in a poster frame that I purchased from Michaels.
(No, I do not get any $ for sharing this, or any other merchandise information in this blog with you.  :o))

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This cute little TV music box was a gift from a friend who shares my love of classic Christmas movies. (Thank you, Jodi!)
The festive sign, an homage to the Christmas film, Meet Me in St. Louis,
and was a purchase from Etsy a couple of years ago, here.

Meet Me in St. Louis

Turner Classic movies often sponsors a classic Christmas film on the big screen in December.  This year’s offering was 1944’s, Meet Me in St. Louis.  A happy MGM musical starring Judy Garland, this film introduced the world to the song
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”. What a treat to see this on the large screen!

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A Christmas Eve scene from Meet Me in St. Louis with
Judy Garland and Margaret O’Brien.
Although, this photo is in black and white, the film was actually filmed in color.

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

The Nutcracker

Is seeing The NutcrackerBallet a part of your Christmas tradition?  It was for my family, when my children were young.  It was fun seeing The Nutcracker again, but this time with my grand daughter, her uncle/my son, and his girlfriend.

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Seeing The Nutcracker was fun for all.

Christmas Sweets:
“Reindeer “Belly Buttons”

Tucked in-between all of the beautiful Christmas decorations, Yuletide movies,
awe- inspiring nativity displays and performances, and other time-honored traditions, are the sweets and goodies!  I share with you one of my sweet and salty favorites that are easy to create.

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Gather the items needed, and unwrap the chocolate kisses.

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Place the pretzels and then the chocolate kisses, on a parchment-prepared
cookie sheet.
Place in a 275 degree preheated oven for 2-3 minutes.
Preheating is important!
(I learned this after destroying one batch, by not doing so!)

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Press the m & m’s into the softened candy kisses.

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Place in the refrigerator until set.

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My grand children enjoy making this treat, as well as eating it!

The Recipe

Reindeer “Belly Buttons”

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INGREDIENTS:

25 small pretzels

1/2 (4 ounce) package chocolate kisses, unwrapped

1/4 cup plain m&m’s in holiday colors (red and green)

Parchment paper,
(or PAM cooking spray for greasing pan)

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven at 275 degrees.

Place the pretzels on a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper,
(or grease sheet/pan with PAM cooking spray) in a single layer.

Place one unwrapped chocolate kiss in the center of each pretzel.

Bake for 2-3 minutes, until the chocolate kiss softens.

Remove from oven.

Immediately, place one m&m in the center of each softened kiss, pressing down slightly.

Refrigerate for 5-10 minutes until firm.
(These freeze well.)

Makes: 2 dozen.

Annette’s Notes-Preheat the oven!

My family enjoys these all year long.
Replace the holiday/red and green m&m’s with other appropriate color m&m’s for other holidays.

More m&m “Belly Button” Ideas

Cupid “Belly Buttons”-red, pink, white

Leprechaun “Belly Buttons”-green

Easter Bunny “Belly Buttons”-pastel colors

Uncle Sam “Belly Buttons”-red, white, blue

Jack-o-Lantern “Belly Buttons”– orange, black

Scarecrow “Belly Buttons”
-orange, yellow, red

Thanksgiving Turkey “Belly Buttons”– orange, yellow, brown

Reindeer “Belly Buttons”-red, green

Enjoy These Christmas Posts from Years Past!

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My crew enjoying a “winter scene” at Walt Disney World.
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Counting the Days Till Christmas, 2013, here.

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

Procrastination and Merry Christmas!, 2015, here.

A “Christmas Story” Christmas, 2016, here.

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

What’s Slumgullion?!, 2018, here.

Happy Bacon, Happy New Year!, 2018, here

Thank you for reading and wish you a Merry Christmas,

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I proudly stand in front of the sleigh used in filming the 1942 Christmas classic,
Holiday Inn.
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This iconic sleigh was once on display at a, now-defunct, Maryland restaurant.
Read about that restaurant, here 
(The seventh paragraph in the article shares the sleigh’s origin.)
and
here.

Wishing you a Sweet and Merry Christmas!

 

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Let’s “Talk Turkey”

 November 11, 2019

Let’s “Talk Turkey”

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Thinking ahead to Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving here in just over two weeks, my thoughts, (not unlike yours, I am sure) are occupied with the planning for our Thanksgiving celebration. A major portion of that planning will pertain to the array of delicious foods that will be served at our Thanksgiving Day meal.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I share with you my hubby’s recipe for his succulent Thanksgiving turkey, the star of the meal.  Along with a few other recipes, I’ve added a bit of fun along the way, while wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving!

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It is that time of year again, time to plan that Thanksgiving day meal.
Photo from our Thanksgiving in 2015

Low-Cal Munster

One of my all-time favorite Thanksgiving-related tv episodes is from The Munsters, the mid-1960’s comedy sitcom.  This family-friendly show is about a family of likable monsters, having been the brainchild of the creators of the previously popular, Leave it to Beaver.is silly and fun.  In Low-Cal Munster (Season 1, Episode 6), Herman finds himself in the unfortunate position if being on a diet on Thanksgiving day. It is all in good fun, and anyone who has ever fought their own “battle of the bulge” can relate.

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 I enjoy watching Low-Cal Munster each Thanksgiving on
The Munsters DVD set.

Find this episode on youtube.com, or dailymotion.com .
In the search bar, type in Low-Cal Munster.

 A fun aside; Beverly Owen, who played the first unmonsterlike Marilyn (and is in Low-Cal Munster), grew up in my hometown of Ames, Iowa, and graduated from the same high school that I did (many years ahead of me, of course)!

Just what is it that Herman Munster craves for his Thanksgiving meal in
Low-Cal Munster,?  See his culinary wishlist, below.

Herman’s Thanksgiving Wishlist

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Turkey
Cranberry Sauce
Dressing
Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
Pickled Beets
Mushrooms
Candied Yams
Olives
Celery stuffed with Roquefort Cheese
Homemade Biscuits oozing with melted butter
Pumpkin Pie

How does Herman’s Thanksgiving wishlist measure up to yours?

My Thanksgiving  Menu

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The Breaking of the Wishbone
Thanksgiving 2018

My Thanksgiving menu remains pretty much the same each year,
filled with family favorites.
You can find my menu here.
I prefer to keep things informal, normally serving everything buffet style.

Annette’s Thanksgiving Menu

The Meal

 Turkey
(Done on the grill, or in the oven)
Recipe is below.

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My hubby is in charge of preparing the turkey each year.
His recipe is moist and flavorful.

Midwestern Dressing
For the recipe for the Midwestern Dressing, click here.

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I make first thing on Thanksgiving morning and put in crockpot on low,
lined with parchment paper, and sprayed with PAM.
My favorite thing on the menu!

Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
I make both the potatoes and gravy about an hour ahead of mealtime.

I put the mashed potatoes in a parchment-lined crockpot,
sprayed with PAM, and on low,
and the prepared gravy in a heated gravy boat/crock.

I use any extra turkey drippings (fat skimmed off), plus chicken stock, for my gravy.
For the past couple of years, I have used a couple of McCormick’s Turkey Gravy packets to speed up the process, replacing the water in the packet instructions with
chicken stock.

Green Bean Casserole
Made day before, minus the French Fried Onions.
French Fried Onions are added the final five minutes of baking.

Sweet Potato Casserole
Made day before.

Fresh Candied Cranberries
For the recipe for the cranberries, click here.

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Made two days before.
This also freezes well.

Orange Jello Salad 
(Made day before, if we decide to have this.)

Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
Place on parchment paper and keep checking while in the oven.
The baking time is usually much less than is indicated on the package.

Baked at the last minute, but I delegate this to someone else,
as I have been known to get these a bit too done!  :o)

Chilled Black/Ripe Olives

Desserts/Sweets

It varies, but I usually prepare one, or two of these “sweet bites” for our
Thanksgiving meal.

Pumpkin Pie with Whipped Cream
For the recipe for Pumpkin Pie, click here.

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Baked the day ahead, and kept in the refrigerator.
(If I make pumpkin pie from scratch,
I prepare the fresh pumpkin two days before, and the pie the day before.)
In a time crunch, I have been known to buy a pumpkin pie. Shhhh…..

(For Christmas, I may replace this with Hershey Mint Dessert.)

Chocolate Angel Pie
For the recipe for Chocolate Angel Pie, click here.

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Made the day ahead.
I always double the recipe!

My favorite pie recipe!

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake
I make one, or two, days ahead.

Goodies

I make all, or some of these each Thanksgiving (and Christmas)

Dark Chocolate Peanut Clusters

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Made and frozen two days, or more, ahead.
For the recipe for the Dark Chocolate Peanut Clusters, click here.

My favorite goodie recipe!

Thanksgiving/Christmas Trash

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For the recipe for Thanksgiving Trash, click here.

Belly Buttons
Find my recipe for these in next month’s blog post.

Cranberry & Pistachio Snowfall Almond Bark

Louisiana Trash

Beverage

Chilled Martinelli’s Sparkling Apple Cider

Please, share in the comment section what items on your family’s
Thanksgiving menu are a must.

Let’s Talk Turkey

Over the years, quite a few Thanksgiving turkeys have been prepared and served at my house.  And over those years, the cooking of the turkey has become solely my hubby’s domain. I believe that this was determined after my Christmas turkey disaster of 1979.

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My hubby carves our first turkey as a married couple.
Note the written instructions for carving, on the table. :o)
Thanksgiving 1978

 Cook and cook as I may, I could never get that blasted bird done!  You have heard the expression “stick a fork in it, it’s done”?  This was “stick a knife in it, it’s not done”! :o)

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Our infamous Christmas turkey of 1979

I share with you, or, I should say my dear husband shares with you, the turkey recipe that my family has come to look forward to each Thanksgiving day.  This method produces a tender, moist turkey, full of flavor.

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Tony Chachere’s Injectables Creole Style “Butter” Injectable Marinade
for turkey is key.

 

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Tony’s original seasoning is used for basting.

A side note about Tony’s
Many years ago (In the 1980’s), while living in Houston, I attempted to make my first gumbo, with Tony’s Seasoning in hand, and using a Tony’s cooking pamphlet as my guide.  The pamphlet instructed me to make a roux.  Up until this point, my life had been “rouxless”.  This former Iowa girl, did not having a clue!  I called the toll-free number on the Tony’s pamphlet in a bid for help (this was before computers/google and iPhones).  Relaying my roux frustration to the person answering the phone, they promptly shouted, “Hey, Tony!  Someone is calling about how to make a roux.”.  His cooking instructions were relayed back to me on telephone, and I am happy to say that my gumbo was a hit.  In fact, I still use that recipe today!

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Remember to pick up your aluminum Tin-foil pan.
I believe, that I see the Tony Chachere’s Injectables Creole Style “Butter” Injectable Marinade in the background!

Dizzy’s Delectably Delicious Turkey

Version 2

Ingredients

1-(12-14) pound fresh/not frozen Turkey

1 bottle Tony Chachere’s Injectables Creole Style “Butter” Injectable Marinade
for Turkey

1 container Tony’s Creole Seasoning

Olive oil

1 aluminum tin-foil pan

aluminum foil

Directions

Cook turkey on grill, or in oven.
Preheat grill, or oven to 350 F.

Remove turkey from package.

Remove giblets and neck from the turkey’s cavity,
and save for use in the dressing.

Shake up the bottle of Tony Chachere’s Injectable Marinade for Turkey thoroughly.
Using enclosed injector, inject turkey with the marinade, injecting in all areas,
and coating the outer turkey skin with the marinade, as well.

You may also sprinkle extra Tony’s Creole Seasoning onto the turkey skin.

Place the turkey, breast side up, in the aluminum pan, adding about 1/2-1 cup water to the bottom of the pan. Tent (loosely cover) the turkey with aluminum foil.
Do not allow foil to touch the skin..

Cook the turkey, placing on the grill, or in the oven.
Every 30 minutes-an hour remove the foil tent and baste the turkey,
using olive oil mixed with the Tony’s Creole Seasoning.

It will take 3 hours, or so, to cook.
The turkey package instructs you on the cooking times,
or go here.

On the last hour of cooking, remove the foil cover to allow the skin to brown.

Use the pop-up turkey timer (usually included with the turkey) to know when the turkey is done, and then verify with meat thermometer.
Make sure the proper internal temp is achieved of 165 degrees.

( From the USDA
A whole turkey is safe when cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 165 °F as measured with a food thermometer. Check the internal temperature in the innermost part of the thigh and wing and the thickest part of the breast.)

Once done, remove turkey from heat, and let it rest for 15 minutes.

Use the juice, at the bottom of the aluminum pan, skimming off any fat,
to make gravy.

Start carving turkey after having rested for 15 minutes.

Enjoy!

Enjoy These Thanksgiving/November posts.

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Annette’s Thanksgiving, 2013, here.
(This blog post shares my favorite Thanksgiving-related movies and tv shows.)

Free Thanksgiving Printable, 2013, here.

Jolly Old England, 2013, here.

London, 2013, here.

Autumn is the Mellow Time of Year?!, 2014, here.

Happy Thanksgiving, 2014, here.
(This blog post shares my recipes for Thanksgiving Day breakfast.)

Eating Around Walt Disney World: the Walt Disney World Food and Wine Festival, 2015, here.

Is Thanksgiving Over Already?!, 2015, here.

Movies to Vote By, 2016, here.

Pumpkin Pie from Scratch, You Say?!, 2016, here.

A Fun, Day After Thanksgiving, Visit to the National Air and Space Museum, 2016, here.

Autumn, the Comfy Cozy Time of Year2017, here.

Cookbook love and Loving that Thanksgiving Dressing!, 2017, here.

Key Lime Pie, a New Halloween Tradition, 2019, here.

Thank you for reading and Happy Thanksgiving,

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Key Lime Pie, a New Halloween Tradition

November 1, 2019

Key Lime Pie,
a New Halloween Tradition

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I am ready to devour my slice of Key Lime Pie!

Halloween was a success at my house this year!
The day’s sun was fading, while the entertaining The Canterville Ghost played on my television, winding down the last of this year’s viewings from my Halloween movies/TV list. (You can see that Halloween movie/tv list, here.)  

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                                                          Halloween Treats

Occasionally, a knock summoned me to the front door, where cutely costumed
trick-or-treaters presented their opened bags for my candy contribution.  Appropriately clad in my Samantha/Bewitched tee, I added m & m’s to their bounty, with one eager trick-or-treater ironically dressed as a blue m & m!

It was also on this day that I began a new Halloween tradition at my house; eating
key lime pie!

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My Rae Dunn Pie Plate

Regular followers to I’m Annette have heard me extoll the virtues of clam chowder, stating “I never met a clam chowder that I didn’t like.”  The same can be said of my fondness for key lime pie. “I never met a key lime pie that I didn’t like.”

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Read about my 2017 Cape Cod clam chowder eating “yum-a-thon”, here.

I have enjoyed many key lime pies over the years.  (I believe that I tasted my first ever in a small restaurant in Key West, Florida, in the late 1970’s.)  One of the best key lime pies hails from Publix grocery store, a Southeastern grocery store chain. Living in Maryland,
with no Publix in sight, I am unable to purchase one of these gastronomic gems. So,
I wrote to Publix, requesting the recipe.

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My son and daughter in-law treated me to this pretty Publix Key Lime Pie
for my birthday this year.
Read more about it, here

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This is another Key Lime Pie that won’t disappoint!
Get the recipe for my fluffy version of Hudson’s (Lost?) Key Lime Pie, here.

Unfortunately, Publix does not share the recipe for their prize winning pie, but with a little sleuthing, I believe that I have come up with a close knock-off. (I even found something online by someone claiming to have once worked at a Publix, revealing the ingredients.)

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Publix Key Lime Pie in my shopping cart, ready for eating.

Publix Key Lime Pie won an award from the American Pie Council,
according to the article, here.

I share with you my Publix Knock-off  Key Lime Pie recipe.  Beware!  This recipe is quite simple to put together (no baking required), but one bite can prove quite addicting!  :o)

Making Publix Knock-off Key Lime Pie

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Only a few ingredients are needed for this delicious  Publix Knock-off Key Lime Pie.

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It can be made with, or without, the whipping cream.
See Annette’s notes at the end of the recipe.

Publix Knock-off  Key Lime Pie

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Ingredients

Graham Cracker Crust

6 Tablespoons melted butter

(scant/a little less) 1/4 cup sugar

1+1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
(freshly crushed from graham crackers are best)

Key Lime Pie Filling

2 (14 ounce) cans Sweetened Condensed Milk 
(I used Borden’s Eagle Brand)

1/2 cup + 1-2 Tablespoons Key Lime Juice
(I used Nellie & Joe Famous Key West Lime Juice)

Garnish

Whipped cream-optional, but suggested
(I used aerosol whipped cream, but it does not hold up long.
I found this recipe for stabilized whipped cream here, but have not yet tried it.)

Sliced toasted almonds-optional
(I use this recipe to toast almonds, here.)

1 fresh lime-optional

Directions

Mix together melted butter and sugar,
and then add graham cracker crumbs until well-blended.

Press into pie pan, around the sides and the bottom.

Mix together the two cans of sweetened condensed milk and key lime juice.

Pour filling into pie crust.

Let sit in fridge for at least an hour, or until set.

Add/pipe whipped cream around the edge of the pie, if desired.

Garnish with toasted sliced almonds on top of the whipped cream, if desired.

Garnish with lime slice, if desired.

Keep pie in the refrigerator.

Annette’s notes-If you choose not to decorate the rim of the pie with whipped cream and toasted almonds, I do suggest serving pie slice with a dollop of whipped cream.

Publix states that the toasted almonds are the “standout” ingredient to their
Key Lime Pie.  You can see their article about it, here.
The almonds add a nice contrast to the tart pie filling.

I often make a half of this easy Key Lime”Pie” in a 8 x 6.5 rectangle dish.
(see photo of the dish below).

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I use this 8 x 6.5 dish when making half of the Key Lime Pie recipe.

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I suggest serving pie slices with a dollop of whipped cream.

Other October/Halloween Blog Posts

Happy-Not-So-Very-Scary-Halloween, October 2013, here.

Irish Gold, Part 1, October 2013, here.

Irish Gold, Part 2, October 2013, here.

The Quiet Man‘s Ireland Day 1, October 2013, here.

The Quiet Man’s Ireland-Day 2, or a Day Fit for a “Quiet Man Crazy”,
October 2013, here.

Time to Make Some Caramel Corn!, October 2015, here.

Dracula!, October 2015, here.

Minnesota nice, October 2015, here.

Autumn in October: Young Frankenstein, a Not-So-Scary Halloween,
and Pumpkin Cake…
, October 2016, here.

A Halloween Movie/TV Show, October 2016, here.

This Foodies Fun Foto Photo Tour from Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival,
October 2016, here.

Discovering New Fun at Walt Disney World Amid The Craziness of Life: Part 2, October 2017, here.

October!, October 2018, here.

Trick or Treat!, October 2018, here.

Halloween, Not-too Scary, Movie Watching FunOctober 2019, here.

Oktoberfest/October Feast, October 2019, here.

Thank you for reading,

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Oktoberfest/October Feast

 

October 24, 2019

Oktoberfest/October Feast

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I spied this beautiful maple tree on my daily neighborhood walk.

October brings that unmistakable feeling in the air, with its crisp, cool freshness, as the colors around us transform greens into vivid hues of reds, oranges, and yellows.
It is Autumn, beckoning us to move into a cozier, more comfortable season; a season filled with distinctly fall-like flavors to warm our insides while pleasing our palate.  

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Colorful fall displays are everywhere!

In this post, I share with you a pair of recipes to tickle your fall taste buds, while also
re-sharing a few of my favorite autumn-time recipes. Let me know (in the comments) if you give any of these a try!

Oktoberfest

Octoberfest!  My first thoughts of this fall German folk fair, filled with food and merriment, improbably turn to Peter Sellers.  Blame it on the Pink Panther, or more specifically, the Pink Panther movie, The Pink Panther Strikes Again.  It is in this film that the “all of the great nations (12 total) with all of their assassins” set their sights on Inspector Clouseau at Germany’s Oktoberfest. It’s pretty funny, and if you have never seen this PG-13 film (not for young children, as this film has adult situations), it might
be worth your while.
(I first saw this movie upon its release, at the start of my college/freshman
Christmas break in 1976! )

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View a six minute clip of The Pink Panther Strikes Again‘s Oktoberfest, here.

Read about another Pink Panther film in my earlier post, here.

October Feast
Favorite Autumn-time Recipes
(from previous posts)

Check out these tried and true autumn recipes, below.  They are my family favorites.

Maple Bars
The Flavors of Fall, September 2018, here
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Apple Dumplings
Hello, First Day of Autumn, September 2016, here.

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Pumpkin Cake
Autumn in October: Young Frankenstein, a Not-So-Scary Halloween,
and Pumpkin Cake…
, October 2016, here.

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Caramel Corn
Time to make some Caramel Corn!, October 2015, here.
 

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Chicken and Dumplings
Chicken and Dumplings & Ma and Pa Kettle, September 2014, here.

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Autumn/Thanksgiving “Trash”
Autumn is that Mellow Time of Year?!, November 2014, here.

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Hot Apple Cider
Annette’s Thanksgiving, November 2013, here.

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Recipes for the Family

German Sweet and Sour Potatoes

Although, Germany’s Oktoberfest begins in September, ending in early October, around my house, our annual Oktoberfest meal usually takes place in late October. When my kiddos were home/growing up, I often prepared the two recipes (below) as our “Oktoberfest meals”. I still do!

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A photo from my 2015 trip to Germany.

Take a look at my blog about that Germany visit, here.

The German Sweet and Sour Potatoes recipe is one that I begged off of a chef in Fredericksburg, Texas in the late 1980’s. (Fredericksburg was originally settled by German immigrants.)  In the days before email, I snail mailed him a letter requesting his recipe.  A while later, he kindly replied (again via snail mail), and my family has been enjoying this dish ever since!

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Enjoying Enchanted Rock with my two oldest children, near Fredericksburg, Texas.
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It was around  this time that I requested the German Sweet and Sour Potato recipe.

Making German Sweet and Sour Potatoes

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Gather the ingredients that you will need for German Sweet and Sour Potatoes.

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I use a handheld mandoline slicer to quickly slice my potatoes,
using the food holder to keep myself safe.

German Sweet and Sour Potatoes

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Ingredients

1-12 ounce package of raw bacon, cut into small pieces
( I use the no nitrate variety)

1/2 medium yellow onion, with outer layer removed, sliced

1 large carrot, peeled, and sliced

1+1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

1+1/2 teaspoons black pepper

Dash of oregano

3/4 cup sugar

1+1/2 teaspoons garlic salt, optional
( I do not add this.)

2 Tablespoons cornstarch

1+1/2-2 cups water

 

Approx. 1-2 Tablespoon Vegetable oil

2 quarts red potatoes, washed and sliced
(About half a 5 pound bag-3 pounds.)

salt and pepper, if desired

cooked bratwurst, if desired

Directions

In large soup pot cook bacon pieces on medium heat, until half done.
Stir occasionally.

While the bacon is cooking, heat vegetable oil in an electric skillet to around 325 degrees,
and then add potatoes,
cooking until potatoes are just tender.
Remove from heat.
Drain off oil.

Back to the bacon in the soup pot…
Drain off bacon grease.
Add onions, carrots, apple cider vinegar, and spices
(black pepper, oregano, sugar, and garlic-if wanted) to bacon.
Cook until carrots are almost tender.

Whisk cornstarch with water until smooth.
Whisk into bacon sauce mixture, stirring until thickened.

Gently spoon potatoes into bacon sauce mixture, making sure that the potatoes are coated with the sauce.
Let stand five minutes.

Serve with salt and pepper, and cooked bratwurst, if desired.

Enjoy!

Annette’s notes-This recipe serves about six.

Italian Wedding Soup

Many years ago, I came upon a recipe for Italian Wedding Soup in a cookbook. Over the years, I have made several changes to the original printed recipe, and this tasty soup is now a “must have fall dish” at my house.

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The 1996 cookbook where I found the original Italian Wedding Soup recipe.

 

Preparing Italian Wedding Soup

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Pull together all the ingredients needed for this soup before cooking.

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I use a small scoop to prepare my mini-meatballs for this soup.
Allow enough time to shape the meatballs.

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This recipe makes enough for 6-8 people.

Italian Wedding Soup

Making the meatballs is what takes the time with this recipe, so allow enough time, or enlist extra help. :o)

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Ingredients

1 lb. ground sausage (My package was actually 19 ounces.)
(Your choice: Italian, Bob Evans, Jimmy Dean etc., I have even used maple-flavored!)

1 egg-beaten

1/2 cup fresh/soft bread crumbs, approx. 2 slices of bread

1 teaspoon oregano

1/2 teaspoon rosemary

olive oil, approx. 2 teaspoons

3-4 cans/boxes of 32-ounce chicken broth,
2 are used for the initial cooking, and 1-2 are for reheating the left-overs*

1 cube chicken boullion

1-12 oz. pkg. pasta,
(I prefer egg noodle flakes, or 
small bow pasta. The trip-color variety works, too!)

½ large onion, peeled and left intact

Parmesan cheese, optional
(fresh grated is the best)

salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Remove sausage from casing, if necessary.

In large bowl, combine sausage, beaten egg, fresh bread crumbs, oregano, and rosemary.

Shape into bite-sized meatballs.

Heat up 2 teaspoons of olive oil in electric skillet to 300-325 degrees.

While electric skillet is heating up…
In large saucepan, heat 2 cans/boxes broth, adding one chicken bouillon cube,
and 1/2 onion.

Bring to boil.

When electric skillet is hot, gently and evenly brown meatballs in olive oil
until no longer pink.
Drain off grease, and set aside.

Add pasta to the boiling broth in the large saucepan.
Spoon browned meatballs into boiling broth.
Simmer, uncovered, until noodles are tender, about 8 minutes.

Ladle soup into individual bowls.

Sprinkle individual portions with parmesan cheese, if desired.

Add salt and pepper, if desired.

Enjoy!

Serves 6-8

Refrigerate leftovers.

Annette’s notes
*If there are left-overs, you will need to add additional chicken broth when reheating,
as the noodles soak up the broth while stored in the refrigerator.

Making the meatballs is what takes the time with this recipe, so allow enough time, or enlist extra help. :o)

 Some of my Previous October Blog Posts

Happy-Not-So-Very-Scary-Halloween, October 2013, here.

Irish Gold, Part 2, October 2013, here.

The Quiet Man’s Ireland-Day 2, or a Day Fit for a “Quiet Man Crazy”,
October 2013, here.

Time to Make Some Caramel Corn!, October 2015, here.

Dracula!, October 2015, here.

Minnesota nice, October 2015, here.

Autumn in October: Young Frankenstein, a Not-So-Scary Halloween,
and Pumpkin Cake…
, October 2016, here.

A Halloween Movie/TV Show, October 2016, here.

This Foodies Fun Foto Photo Tour from Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival,
October 2016, here.

Discovering New Fun at Walt Disney World Amid The Craziness of Life: Part 2, October 2017, here.

October!, October 2018, here.

Trick or Treat!, October 2018, here.

Halloween, Not-too Scary, Movie Watching FunOctober 2019, here.

Thank you for reading,

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Halloween, Not-too Scary, Movie Watching Fun

October 1, 2013

Halloween, Not-too Scary, Movie Watching Fun

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I display my first Halloween blog post from 2013.

In 2013, when this blog was in its infancy, I wrote my first Halloween post,
Happy Not -So- Very- Scary Halloween . You can read it again, here.

With today, being the first day of October, I pulled this post out of “moth balls”, and share with you my annual Halloween-watching picks.  To be honest, I am feeling a bit giddy at the prospect of watching all of these goodies this month.  Enjoy!

Annette’s list of fun Halloween Movies/TV

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My trio of Mickey jack-o-lanterns decorate my dining room.

(This list starts with my “must see” selections at the top, descending to the
“if there is time to watch” toward the bottom.)

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)
I have been watching this 1966 made for TV special, since its inception.  (Yes, I am THAT old!) I never miss it.

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The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966)
No one looks, or acts, more scared than Don Knotts in a haunted house.  Very funny!

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Tickle Me (1965)
Elvis in a haunted house, need I say more?
(Julie Adams co-stars in this, and is also in Creature from the Black Lagoon, below.)

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Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
Young Margaret O’Brien steals the spotlight from Judy Garland with her Halloween night pranks.

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Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire (2000)
A Disney made- for -TV movie that has been a favorite in our family for years.
Charles Shaughnessy, of The Nanny fame, stars as the not overly frightening vampire.
(I found this on iTunes.)

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Young Frankenstein (1974)
(Yes, I AM old enough to have watched this film in the movie theater, when it was first released!)
Gene Wilder stars as Dr. Frederick Frankenstein in this comedy classic.

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Blackbeard’s Ghost (1968)
Dean Jones, the “face of Disney films” in the 1960’s, stars in this lesser known Disney tale.  All the fun and silliness of Disney films of that era.

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TV and Movies Based off TV Series

The Dick Van Dyke Show

Episodes:

It May Look Like a Walnut- Season 2 (1962)

The Cat Burglar-Season 2 (1962)

The Ghost of A.Chantz – Season 4 (1964)

Long Night’s Journey into Day -Season 5 (1965)

Uhny Uftz-Season 5 (1965)

For episode details go to
http://the-haunted-closet.blogspot.com/2010/10/spooky-dick-van-dyke-show-episodes.html

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The Classic Halloween Episodes DVD of The Dick Van Dyke Show include
It May Look Like a Walnut, The Cat Burglar, The Ghost of A.Chantz , and
Long Night’s Journey into Day. 

The Andy Griffith Show
The Haunted House-Season 4 (1963)

Don Knotts stars in this precursor of The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (above).

The Brady Bunch
To Move or Not to Move-Season 1-23 (1970)

The Slumber Caper Season 2-3 (1971)

Fright Night-Season 4 -6 (1972)
For the episode’s details go to
http://the-haunted-closet.blogspot.com/2008/08/fraidy-bunch.html

Out of This World-Season 5-16 (1973)

The Munsters (1964-1966)
Any and all episodes

(Fun Fact for yaThe Munsters was created by the original think tank for the earlier TV classic Leave it to Beaver (1957-1963).
The Munsters is sort of a ”Leave it to Beaver”, but with friendly monsters.

 Munsters Go Home! (1966)
This is the 1966 color movie based on The Munsters TV series.

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 Bewitched (1964-1972)
Any and all episodes

Bewitched (2005)
First, let me say that this movie got a bad rap when it came out.  I like it, and I think
it is cute. Basically, in this film, Will Ferrell‘s character is set to play Darren in a remake of the classic “Bewitched” TV series, with Nicole Kidman starring as his Samantha.  Unbeknown to those working on the new TV show, Kidman’s Samantha really IS a witch! 

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The Addams Family (1964-1966)
Any and all episodes

The Middle (2009-2018)
Starting with the second season, this family series has had an annual Halloween episode filled with laughs.

Halloween (Season 2)

Halloween II (Season 3

Halloween III (Season 4)

Halloween IV (Season 5)

 Halloween V (Season 6)

Halloween VI (Season 7)

Halloween VII (Season 8)

Halloween VIII (Season 9)

For a rundown on all of these episodes, go here.

More Movies

Ghost Breakers (1940) & Scared Stiff (1953)
Ghost Breakers stars comedian Bob Hope;
the second film, Scared Stiff,  is a musical remake
of Ghost Breakers, this time starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.
Both films are “scary” comedies.

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You’ll Find Out(1940)
Another comedy “horror” movie, this time with big band leader Kay Kyser and his band.
This film also stars horror legends Boris Karloff, and Bela Lugosi, plus Peter Lorre!
Just fun, with a touch of scary.

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) and
Hold that Ghost (1941)
The first film is a funny horror spoof with Lon Chaney Jr. joining the comedy team of
Abbott and Costello.
(Lon Chaney Jr. was the star of The Wolf Man, see below)

The second movie mentioned is a haunted house horror comedy, also with Abbott and Costello, along with Richard Carlson.

Check out other Abbott and Costello titles shown in the photo below,
for a hint of silly scariness. :o)

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 Wizard of Oz (1939)
Because I love to watch this one anytime, and the Wicked Witch, Glinda, Scarecrow,
Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, and Dorothy (Judy Garland) have become Halloween costume staples.

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Batman: The Movie (1966)
Because this is MY blog, after all.
I love the campy Adam West as Batman! (The best Batman, ever!)
Besides, he is dressed in a costume, as is his trusty sidekick and his four criminal foils, right?
This is the 1966 movie based on the Batman TV series.

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The Canterville Ghost (1944)
Margaret O’Brien (of Meet Me in St. Louis) stars again, this time with Charles Laughton as the inept and unscary ghost.

Wallace & Gromit:  The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)
My family are fans of the British claymation characters Wallace and Gromit (Aardman Animation).  This dog and his master have come up with an animal friendly machine to keep rabbits from eating the community’s vegetables.  All in good fun, keep an ear out for all of the jokes.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)
I am a fan of the Wimpy Kid movies.  They make me laugh. This one finds Greg (Zachary Gordon) in trouble, as always, including on Halloween.

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 The Spy Next Door (2010)
Jackie Chan stars as, you got it, the spy next door! I threw this one in, as it occurs around Halloween. Cute family film.

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I Married a Witch (1942)
Veronica Lake
stars as a beautiful witch, who falls in love with the ancestor of the man who persecuted her in the witch trials. A fun comedy.

Beware!

If you do not like anything remotely scary, skip past the suggestions below!

But, if you desire slightly scarier stuff…

My Mildly Scary Picks

Alfred Hitchcock Movies

The master of suspense is a great addition to movie watching this month.
Here are a few:

To Catch a Thief (1955)-They wear costumes in this, so, of course, it is perfect for Halloween (May I remind you that this is MY list), and besides, Cary Grant and
Grace Kelly star.
This one is not scary.

Rebecca (1940)-Joan Fontaine marries a widower, Laurence Olivier, and moves into mysterious Manderley.

Rear Window (1954)-James/Jimmy Stewart is laid up with a broken leg, and, apparently, even the attentions of the beautiful Grace Kelly are not enough to detour him from snooping on his neighbors.

The Birds (1963)-A bunch of birds become hostile in Bodega Bay.

 North by Northwest (1959)-Great movie and Cary Grant stars in this.
(Not scary enough for Halloween? Again, this is MY list.)

Scarier Movies

Them! (1954)
James Arness (of Gunsmoke fame) and really giant ants!

The Blob (1958)
Steve McQueen stars, with a ball of silicone, playing the alien amoeba, that terrorizes his Pennsylvania town.

Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
A funny- looking beast becomes captivated by beauty, Julie Adams.
A few years later, Elvis seems captivated, too, in the funnier, Tickle Me.

The Wolf man (1941)
A werewolf bites Lon Chaney Jr., and his looks begin to change. Claude Rains also stars.

I Walked With a Zombie (1943)
Val Lewton, known for his horror films, produced this RKO film, and this is the scariest film on my list. A nurse moves to the West Indies to care for a sick woman.
Jane Eyre was the inspiration for this script.

This film can usually be seen on Turner Classic Movies in October.

Zombies on Broadway (1945)
This is a comedy parody of the zombie horror film above, complete with Bela Lugosi.
This film has sort of an Abbott and Costelloish feel, and is not scary.

Cat People (1942)
Another Val Lewton produced RKO film.
A man unwittingly marries a woman who periodically turns into a very grouchy panther, literally.

This film can usually be seen on Turner Classic Movies in October, too.

Other Halloween and October Posts to Enjoy

Happy-Not-So-Very-Scary-Halloween, October 2013, here.

Time to Make Some Carmel Corn!, October 2015, here.

Dracula!, October 2015, here.

Autumn in October: Young Frankenstein, a Not-So-Scary Halloween, and Pumpkin Cake…, October 2016, here.

A Halloween Movie/TV Show, October 2016, here.

October!, October 2018, here.

Trick or Treat!, October 2018, here.

Thank you for reading,

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