Shrimp Parm and Even More, Confessions of a Pinterest Artist!

January 20, 2021

Shrimp Parm and
Even More, Confessions of a Pinterest Artist!

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This month’s Shrimp Parm recipe is featured in Beverly Goldberg’s
The Goldbergs Cookbook.

As a youngster, I used to know each day of the week by which TV programs were on that evening.  Of course, that was when there were just four television channels available, and when such classic shows as Batman, Bewitched, and Gilligan’s Island ruled prime time.
(I know, I am revealing my age here!  I also walked 5 miles to school each day in the snow…)

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As a youngster, I used to know each day of the week by which TV programs were on.

Today’s television viewer has many more TV viewing options to choose from,
but I still find myself looking forward to certain programs throughout the week.
One such program is The Goldbergs.  Currently in its eighth season, The Goldbergs
is set in the 1980’s and was created by Adam F. Goldberg, based on his childhood.

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The Goldbergs is currently in its eighth season.
The Goldbergs Cookbook was written by Beverly Goldberg.

The character of Goldberg’s mother, Beverly, plays prominently in the show, and is often portrayed cooking up family favorites.  AND the favorite dish, of all of the Goldberg favorites, being Shrimp Parm.  One of the first recipes featured in
Beverly Goldbergs’ fun cookbook (2020) is for this dish, frequently mentioned in the series.

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 Beverly Goldbergs’ cookbook is fun!

Bevy’s Shrimp Parm is a tasty recipe, and one that I will be making again, along with several more recipes in Beverly’s collection!  This recipe has also been featured in  articles here, and here.

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Bevy’s Shrimp Parm is a tasty recipe, and one that I will be making again.

 Bevy’s Shrimp Parm 

As with most every recipe that I ever make, I tweaked this one a little to fit my tastes, using what I had on hand.  :O) My recipe is below.  For Beverly’s original recipe, see here, and here.

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Ingredients used to make this recipe.

Shrimp Parm 

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Ingredients

1-pound of Gulf shrimp, peeled and cleaned

1-cup skim milk

1-cup Italian style seasoned breadcrumbs

1-cup flour

1-2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

Vegetable Oil (For frying)

1 (24 ounce) jar Spaghetti Sauce (I used Classico.)

2 cup grated mozzarella cheese

1/2-1 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Apply nonstick cooking spray to a 9 x 13 inch pan.

Place shrimp in milk in bowl.
Set aside.

Heat up 1-2 inches vegetable oil in skillet to medium high.
(I used my electric skillet.)

Meanwhile, combine bread crumbs, flour, garlic powder, salt and pepper in large ziplock bag.

Shake off excess milk from shrimp, then, place in ziplock bag and shake.

Carefully place breaded shrimp in heated oil, cooking until golden.
Remove from heat and drain on paper towel.

Pour half of jarred sauce in prepared pan.
Place fried shrimp on top.
Sprinkle half of mozzarella on top of shrimp.
Pour remainder of jarred sauce on top of shrimp.
Sprinkle remainder of mozzarella cheese on top.

Bake for 15 minutes, or until sauce is bubbling.

Plate, and serve with Parmesan cheese on top.

Enjoy!

 

Inspired by Pinterest

In the past, Pinterest has been a source of painting ideas for me.   Recently, Pinterest inspired my painting again!  Pinterest, with its source of creative ideas, has inspired me once again.  Stumbling upon the photo (below) of this contemporary flower print on Pinterest, I knew that I had to recreate it (but with more of a colorful flare).

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Pinterest Photo, artist unknown                             Daisy, by Annette 2021

Stumbling upon the photo of this contemporary flower print on Pinterest,
I knew that I had to recreate it.

 

Other Pinterest Painting Projects

In 2014, I went on a mini-painting spree, thanks to Pinterest’s motivation.  The results are shown below.

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 Pinterest Photo, artist Hugo Guinness     Dandelions, by Annette, July 2014

For instructions on how to paint Dandelions, click here

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 Pinterest photo, artist unknown         Happy, by Annette, August 2014

 Read about Happy and how to paint your own, here.

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Pinterest photo of  Blue Flower by Lisa DeJohn                Blue Blossom,
by Annette
September 2014                    

                                      For DIY instructions for Blue Blossom, click here.

Painting Daisy

 Here are the steps that I used to paint Daisy.
Use them to paint your own interpretation of this piece.  :o)

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Painting Materials

Paint Canvas

30 inches x 30 inches canvas

Drop Cloths
 I use trash bags, that I have cut open.

Chalk
I used a piece of sidewalk chalk that I keep for my granddaughters to use.  :o)

Acrylic Paint
I used about 1/3 of an 8-ounce bottle of white multi-surface premium satin acrylic paint by Craftsmart.

One entire 2-ounce bottle of aqua satin acrylic paint by FolkArt
Colors vary, I recommend FolkArt’s aqua for this vivid background.

One 2-ounce bottle black acrylic paint by DecoArt

Paint Brushes
To be honest, I forgot to keep track of which brushes I used.
I believe that I used the three brushes shown in the photo below, a #1,#2,#4 + a small #2/0 brush (not pictured) for signing.

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Some materials used to create Daisy.

My “How To” Instructions

Place down a drop cloth.

Give the canvas a white base coat, including the sides,
using a wide paintbrush, like a #1.
Give the canvas two base coats, letting it
dry in-between each coat.
You can set the canvas up on four glasses to dry, to prevent the painted canvas from sticking to the drop cloth.

With chalk, sketch out the design, using the blog photos as your guide.

Paint the background, around the daisy, with the aqua paint, making sure to paint the canvas’s front and sides.
This may take a couple of coats of paint to cover the canvas to desired look.
Let it dry in-between each coat.
Allow to completely dry before continuing.

Next, paint the daisy black.
Again, this may takes 2-3 coats.

Using white paint, outline the daisy, as the blog photos indicate.

Touch up your painting, defining lines, and making it look more finished.

Remember to sign your name on your painting with a small paintbrush. :o)

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Give the canvas a white base coat.
With chalk, sketch out the design, using the blog photos as your guide.

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Paint the background with aqua paint.

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Paint the canvas’s front and sides, too.

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It may take a couple of coats of aqua paint.

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Allow to completely dry before continuing.

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Paint the daisy black.

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Touch up your painting, defining lines, and making it look more finished.

 

Daisy

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Cooking with Gammy

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Snowmen were the theme for our most recent “Gammy Day”.
Making paper snowmen/snowwomen was fun.

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The grands(grand children) also enjoyed making, and eating, the edible variety of snowmen in the form of Nutter Butter Snowmen/Snow Women and Graham Cracker Snowmen/Snow Women. :o)

Nutter Butter Snowmen/Snow women

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Ingredients 

Nutter Butter Sandwich Cookies

White almond bark, or White chocolate chips

Mini chocolate chips

 m & ms

Wax paper

Directions

On baking sheet place wax paper.

Melt almond bark slowly in microwave.

Dip to top of a Nutter Butter in the almond bark.

Decorate, using mini chocolate chips for eyes,
orange m&m’s for a nose,
and m&m’s for buttons.

Place in refrigerator to set.

Store in airtight container in fridge, or freezer.

Enjoy!

Graham Cracker Snowmen/Snow women

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Ingredients

Large marshmallows
(I had to use the mini variety in a pinch.)

Chocolate chips

Graham crackers

Pretzel sticks

Orange m&m’s

Directions

Place graham cracker on microwave-safe plate.

Place three large marshmallows on cracker and microwave until puffy.
About 12-18 seconds.

Decorate with chocolate chips for eyes and buttons,
an orange m &m for a nose,
and two pretzel sticks for arms.

Eat immediately, making sure that the marshmallow is not too hot.

Enjoy!

Check Out These Earlier Art-related Posts

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True Confessions of a Pinterest Artist, July 2014, here.

More True Confessions of a Pinterest Artist, August 2014, here.

Still More Confessions of a Pinterest Artist, September 2014, here.

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

I’m Annette Stuff

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whatever is true, whatever is noble,
whatever is right, whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable
–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy
–think about such things.

Philippians 4:8

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12 Days of Christmas…Goodies

 

December 14, 2020

12 Days of Christmas…Goodies

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My daughter and I sport matching Christmas sweatshirts in honor of our favorite mouse.   :o)

Can you believe that Christmas will be here in less than two weeks!!!  
In honor of the upcoming holiday, I share with you twelve of my family’s “tried and true” Christmas goodie recipes. in a nod to the Christmas carol The Twelve Days of Christmas. 

The Twelve Days of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me
A partridge in a pear tree.

On the second day of Christmas my true love sent to me
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree..

three French hens

four calling birds

five gold rings

six geese a-laying

seven swans a-swimming

eight maids a-milking

nine ladies dancing

ten lords a-leaping

eleven pipers piping

twelve drummers drumming

An added bonus is that the majority of these recipes, below, can be prepared quickly, with several being of the no-bake variety.  Let’s face it, with so many Christmas movies to watch, I don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen baking!  :o)

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The Twelve Days of Goodies

1. Two-ingredient Peanut Butter Cups

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If you are a fan of peanut butter and chocolate, then this recipe is for you!
This Two-ingredient Peanut Butter Cup is served up on my dear sweet (departed) grandmother’s Christmas plate.
Find the recipe here.  

2.  Peanut Clusters

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One of my favorite holiday treats, that I find myself making year round!
Get this recipe, here.  

3.  Haystacks/Birds nests

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These can made with, or without the m & m’s, but either way they are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth!
Find this recipe, here. https://imannette.net/2020/11/01/apple-cider-donuts-high-school-memories-and-voting/

4.  Reindeer “Belly Buttons”

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Not just restricted to just Christmas, these belly buttons can be customized to any holiday by changing the m & m colors.
Get this recipe here.

5.  Christmas “Trash”:

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This trash got its name from when it used to be “cooked up” in a paper trash/grocery bag.  This trash is delicious, but beware it is very habit forming!
Find this recipe here.

6.  Almond Toffee Brickle

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When devouring this sweet treat, it is hard to believe that soda crackers are at its base!
Get this recipe here.

7.  Chocolate Cookies

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A favorite cookie around my house at Christmas, or anytime!
Find this recipe here.

8.  Grandma’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

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These chocolate chip cookies are so good, and I make them quite often, not just during the holiday season.
Get this recipe here.  

 9.  Date Truffles

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Featured on last month’s blog post, these pack a lot of flavor!
Find this recipe here.

10.  Scotcheroos

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This Rice Krispie treat was a Christmas favorite of mine as a youngster.  :o). Back then, the topping was made with a sweet chocolate, but now I prefer a darker chocolate flavor.  Customize this recipe to your taste.
The recipe is below.

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Ingredients

1 cup light corn syrup

1 cup sugar

1-1 1/2 cup peanut butter

6 cups Rice Krispies cereal

1 cup semi-sweet, or dark chocolate chocolate chips
(I use Ghirardelli’s 60%)
(for a sweeter chocolate use 1/2-1 bar of Bakers Germans Baking chocolate)

1 cup butterscotch chips

 

Directions

Place corn syrup and sugar into 3-quart saucepan.
Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until sugar dissolves
and mixture begins to boil.
Remove from heat.

Stir in peanut butter. Mix well.

Add Rice Krispies cereal.
Stir until well coated.
Press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray.
Set aside.

Melt chocolate and butterscotch chips together in 1-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly, or in the microwave carefully at 30 minute intervals.
Spread evenly over cereal mixture.
Let stand until firm.
Cut into bars when cool.

11. Snowfall Cranberry Bark

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This combination of pistachios and cranberries, wrapped up in a confection of creamy white chocolate, is one of my favorite Christmas goodies!
Find the recipe below.

Ingredients:

3/4-1 cup dried cranberries

1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest

1/2-3/4 cups shelled pistachios (my preference)
(sliced almonds can be sustituted)

2 (11- or 12-ounce) bags white chocolate chips, or almond bark

Directions:

Heat oven to 250.

Line a 12-by-17-inch jellyroll pan (or rimmed baking sheet) with parchment paper.

In a food processor fitted with a steel blade, pulse together cranberries, orange zest, and almonds (or chop them with a large knife).

Spread mixture over the prepared pan to within 1 1/2 inches of the edges, then evenly cover that mixture with the chocolate chips and put the pan in the oven.

When the chips just start to look melty (5-6 minutes or so.  Do not overbake!), take them out of the oven and use a rubber spatula to spread them evenly over the parchment.

Chill until firm, about half an hour, then break into pieces.

Enjoy!

12.  White Fudge Covered Oreos

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I saved the easiest goodie to prepare, for the last.  Only available at Christmas time, these white chocolate dipped Oreos have been a family favorite for years.  Beware though, just one cookie packs a 5 point punch for you WW (Weight Watcher) people out there! :O)

 Childhood Christmases

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Mysteriously, my letter (age 5?) to Santa found its way into our local newspaper!

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My local sixth grade Girl Scout troop created this pinecone Christmas tree for our elementary school’s lobby.

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In seventh (?) grade, I posed for our Girl Scout’s county Christmas card.

 

Cooking with Gammy

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Reindeer (Cosmic) Brownies

I have made this easy food craft with my grands (grand children) for several years now.  I believe that I first came upon this idea on Pinterest a few years ago.  I think that there was just a photo to go by, and no instructions. This is actually more of a craft than a recipe. Either way, it is fun to create these Rudolph Brownies using pre-made packaged  Little Debbie Cosmic Brownies!

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Reindeer Brownies in the making…
We made the mistake, here, of putting on the eyes and nose before the antlers.
I suggest that you begin by taping on the antlers, first.  :o)

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Loop the scotch tape around to place under the google eyes and nose,
or use two-sided tape.

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Ingredients and Materials

Individually wrapped Cosmic Brownies

Google eyes

Red pom poms for Rudolph, or various colors for other reindeer, for the nose

Brown construction paper cut to the shape of antlers
(Use my photo above as your guide.)

Tape, or two-sided tape

Directions

Begin by taping two antlers to the back of a Cosmic Brownie.

Using a piece of looped tape (as pictured above), or two-sided tape, attach eyes and nose.

Admire and then enjoy!

Fun Fact for Ya!

I just learned this, and had to pass it along.  :o)

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Did you know that giraffes give birth standing up!
Birthing in this manner prevents damage to the baby’s long neck.
In other words, a baby giraffe enters the world by falling 5-6 feet to the ground!!!
Photo courtesy of my daughter.  :O)  

 

Made Me Smile :o)
Sharing things that put a smile on my face, recently. 

Motherhood Moments

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New mom, Brandy, gives her little guy a bath.  :o)
Thank you, Brandy, for this adorable photo!

My Kindergarten Report Card!

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I found my kindergarten report card the other day.   “Annette still does a lot of talking” made me laugh.  Some things don’t change.  :o)
My heart warmed, though, when I read her final comments as my teacher.  :o) 

On my daily walk…

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I discovered this “hidden Mickey” in the neighborhood, formed from leaves.

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The true “reason for the season” Christmas lawn displays

Food Glorious Food!

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I spotted this pretty Scandinavian Kransekake (wreath cake) at the grocery store!

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 Christmas cookie baking!  :o)

 

Check Out My Earlier Christmas-Related Posts


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December 1952 
Photo Courtesy of Ames Historical Society

Christmas Cheer, May 2020, here.

Have a Sweet Christmas, December 2019, here.

What’s Slumgullion, December 2018, here.

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

A Christmas Story Christmas, December 2016, here.

Procrastination and Merry Christmas, December 2015, here.

Christmas in Black and White, December 2014, here.

Counting the Days Till Christmas, December 2013, here.

 

May your days be blessed, and your taste buds happy!

Thank you for reading,  
and 
Merry Christmas!

 

I’m Annette Stuff

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Tater Tots, Truffles, and Turkeys

November 24, 2020

Tater Tots, Truffles, and Turkeys

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Pausing from Thanksgiving Day preparations with a hot cup of soothing tea.

I take a moment out from my Thanksgiving Day preparations to give a big shout out to you, my readers.  I am thankful, during this Thanksgiving week, for your readership, kind comments, and support!   Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!

Tater Tots

Tater Tots (…or as Sue Heck calls them on one of my favorite sitcoms, The Middle,
Potato Rounds :o)) are the star of this dish that I share with you today.  
Loaded Buffalo Chicken Tots hail from a brand new cookbook by Ashley Craft, called 
The Unofficial Disney Parks Cookbook. This copycat recipe was inspired by a popular menu item from The Friar’s Nook at the Walt Disney World‘s, Magic Kingdom.

The Unofficial Disney Parks Cookbook, by Ashley Craft.
Available from Amazon, Target, and other retailers.

This fun cookbook is overflowing with 100 Disneyesque recipes, including how to
whip (pun alert, as in Dole Whip. hee hee) up everything from Disney’s Beignets to Butterfinger Cupcakes to Dole Whip. This is sure to be one cookbook that will be pulled from my bookshelf often and used frequently!  I may have to try out all of the recipes!  :o)

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This cookbook’s recipe for Loaded Buffalo Chicken Tots jumped out at me while I perused its contents, begging to be attempted first. This recipe was a yummy success, and it is a keeper!  The trick to this creation is to make sure that the tots are done to a wonderful crispiness.  I used Ore-Ida Golden Crispy Crowns rather than tater tots, as the crowns have a bit more crispness to them, and besides, I rarely follow any recipe “to a T”.  :o).

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I used Golden Crispy Rounds in place of Tater Tots in this recipe.

Other changes that I made
I did not have blue cheese crumbles, so I did not use them this time, 
and I subbed green onions for the celery, which gave this dish an added kick of flavor. 

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Items needed for Loaded Buffalo Chicken Tots

The Recipe

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Loaded Buffalo Chicken Tots

Ingredients

1 (32 ounce) package frozen Tater Tots
(I used a 30 ounce package of  Ore-Ida Golden Crispy Crowns)

2 cup shredded cooked Chicken breast

2 or more Tablespoons Frank’s Red Hot (buffalo)sauce

3-6 Tablespoons Blue Cheese Dressing
(I like Ken’s Steakhouse Lite, but
Bolthouse Farms Yogurt works well, too, when cutting calories.)

3-6 Tablespoons Blue Cheese crumbles

2-4 small-medium stalks Celery, trimmed and diced
(I skipped these.)

1-3 Green onions, sliced
(My addition to this Disney treat.)

Directions

Bake Tater Tots (or Crispy Crowns) according to package instructions. 
While baking, stir 2-3 throughout cooking tots, for even browning and crispiness,
making sure that the tots are cooked totally and to desired crispiness.
(This may take a bit longer than package instructions suggest.)

When tots are done, place on serving plate, or divide among three medium (serving) bowls.
Set aside.

In large bowl, toss shredded chicken with Frank’s Red Hot.
Top baked Tots with 1/3 buffalo chicken mix.
Drizzle blue cheese dressing over the top.
Garnish each bowl with a sprinkle of blue cheese crumbles and celery/green onions.

Enjoy!

Annette’s Note-This could easily be made with shredded rotisserie chicken in place of the shredded chicken breast.

Truffles

Martese’s (Date) Truffles

My daughter, Martese, recently shared this recipe with me.  It makes a yummy “not too sweet” chocolate truffle using natural sugar/dates.  I now share this recipe with you.  :o)

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I enjoy a these delicious “Not too sweet!” truffles.

 Below, are photos of Martese creating these sweet treats.  I did some calculations, and for those of you WW (Weight Watchers) people out there, I figure two of these truffles are 7 points, with just one truffle equalling 4 points.

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What you’ll need 
Note my daughter’s adorable dog Pongo in the background.  :o)

Medium cookie scoop

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The finishing touch, a roll in coconut, for these Date Truffles. 

The Recipe

Martese’s Date Truffles

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INGREDIENTS:

20-22 Dates, pitted

6 Tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut, plus additional
shredded coconut for rolling

2 Tablespoon coconut oil

1/2 cup cocoa powder

Dash of salt

DIRECTIONS:

In a small bowl filled with warm water, adding pitted dates to soak for 30-40 minutes.

Add 6 Tablespoons shredded coconut and coconut oil to food processor.
Process for about 1 minute to combine together.

Drain dates and add dates to the coconut mix in the food processor.
Process another minute, or till thick paste begins to form.

Add cocoa powder and salt to food processor mixture.
Process again till thoroughly combined.

Using medium cookie scoop, scoop out mixture and roll out with greased hand (baking spray works), into 1/2 inch truffles.

Roll in shredded coconut.

Store in covered container in the refrigerator.
(I like eating these chilled.)

Makes approximately one dozen truffles.

Enjoy!

Turkeys

Cooking with Gammy

Sprinkle Apple Graham

A fun “grand” (grandchild) snack enjoyed a couple of years ago, was this Sprinkle Apple Graham.  This was an easy no-cook creation.

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Ingredients

Graham crackers

Apple

Smooth peanut butter

Sprinkles

 

Directions

Slice apples horizontally.

Using a small cookie cutter, cut out the center of the apples slice.

Spread peanut butter over a square section of graham cracker.

Place apple slice on top of graham cracker.

Carefully place sprinkles in the cut-out center.

Enjoy!

Annette’s Note-I am guessing that the peanut butter in this snack could easily be replaced with frosting, cream cheese, a thick caramel sauce, or marshmallow fluff.

Nutter Butter Turkeys

Another no-bake snack from 2018, and enjoyed by the grands, were these cute Nutter Butter Turkeys.  The original idea came from here.

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Ingredients

 

Nutter Butter cookies

 

 Golden Oreos, or another vanilla sandwich cookie

 

White frosting

 

m & m’s

 

Candy corn

 

Directions

Open up a sandwich cookie.  
Use the half of cookie that has the filling on it to place 4 candy corn on for feathers.
 Use extra white frosting, if necessary, to hold together.

Using frosting as “glue”, place m&m’s for eyes and a candy corn for a beak, using photo above as a guide.
Use frosting to attach feather portion to back of Nutter Butter.

Enjoy!

Made Me Smile :o)
Sharing things that put a smile on my face, recently. 

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The bicycle stand at the public library. :o)

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Deer sighting on a foggy morning.

 
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Autumn colors

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My daughter’s cute kitty relaxes. :o)

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A “blast from the past” photo that I recently unearthed of my eldest (son) and me.  :o)
1986?

Check out My earlier Tater Tot Related Posts 

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Minnesota nice=A Very Nice Family Reunion, July 2018, here.

Happily Eating My Way Through the Minnesota State Fair, September 2017, here.

Hot, Hot, Hot! (Minnesota Hot Dish that is!), September 2019, here

May your days be blessed, and your taste buds happy!

Thank you for reading,  and 
Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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Christmas Movies in November?!

November 14, 2020

Christmas Movies in November ?!

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Enjoying a beautiful autumn day in November.

 

Which Christmas Movie “Camp” describes you?

A. I never watch Christmas movies before Thanksgiving dinner has been
gobbled” up. (Yes, that was my lame attempt at a pun.) 
OR
B.  As soon as the last strains of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown have played out on Halloween night, I have those Christmas flicks playing on my TV.

If you have followed my blog over the past seven years, you know that I have rigidly adhered to the “creed” of  Camp A, never allowing a Christmas film to play on my TV until Thanksgiving night.  That is, until this year!
My dear readers, 2020 has changed my outlook on the Christmas movie viewing debate!!!
I need some Christmas movies in my life, and NOW! 
In fact, as I type this, I have my White Christmas dvd playing in the background. :o)

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A blog photo from December 2013.
See this Christmas movie-related post, Counting the Days till Christmas, here

If you, too, wish to begin your Christmas movie viewing a bit earlier this year, check out the following blog posts for some fun holiday movie suggestions.

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

Christmas in Black and White, December 2014, here.

 

Thanksgiving Meal Favorites

 

It has pleased God in some comfortable measure to bless us
with the fruits of the earth.

Plymouth Colony
Records 1668

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It is tradition for this pair of pilgrims to grace my table each Thanksgiving season. :o)
Photo from my November 2017 blog post.
You can view this blog post, here.

Thanksgiving is almost upon us.  I generally serve a similar menu each year.  Below are the recipes for two of my family’s favorite sides.  
To see my complete Thanksgiving menu, go here.

Green Bean Casserole 

 Green Bean Casserole is a staple of many a Thanksgiving dinner each year, and mine is no exception. It has become tradition to use my commemorative Green Bean Casserole dish from 2005 (put out by Campbell’s soup) to prepare this dish.
Although, the recipe is printed on the inside of this dish, my recipe varies just a bit from the original.  You can find my recipe below.

To read about the history of the Green Bean Casserole, go here.

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This Green Bean Casserole dish comes out at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Classic Green Bean Casserole

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INGREDIENTS:

2 cans (10 ¾ can) Cream of Mushroom Soup)

½ cup milk

scant 1 teaspoon soy sauce-optional

Dash of pepper

4 cups cooked green beans (I use frozen green beans.) 

1 (2.8 ounce) can French fried onion rings

PAM cooking spray

 

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven at 350 degrees.

In small casserole, spray with PAM.

Combine soup, milk, soy sauce, and pepper.

Stir in green beans.

Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees, until hot.

Top with can of onions, and bake 5 more minutes.

Makes 6-8 servings

Note-If preparing this the day ahead, do not put the onions on top until the next day (during the final 5 minutes of baking), and place in the refrigerator.  Due to being cold from being in the refrigerator, this might require additional baking time.

Sweet Potato Pie

This Sweet Potato Pie (It is actually made with yams.) is another tasty side dish that my family enjoys each year.  In fact, for a couple family members, this dish is their favorite item on the Thanksgiving menu!  The recipe is below.

Sweet Potato Pie

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INGREDIENTS:

3 cups/ 1 large can of Yams in light syrup, drained

½ cup white sugar

½ cup butter, melted

2 eggs, beaten

1 tsp. vanilla

1/3 cup milk

Topping:

1/3 cup melted butter

1 cup light brown sugar

½ cup flour

1 cup chopped pecans

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mash yams.Mix in next five ingredients: sugar, melted butter, beaten eggs, vanilla, and milk.

Put in greased 13 x 9 casserole.

Mix together topping ingredients of butter, brown sugar, flour, and pecans.

Sprinkle evenly on top of sweet potato mixture.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

Serves 8-12

Note-This can be prepared and baked the day before.  Reheat on Thanksgiving Day in the oven until hot.

To view my complete Thanksgiving menu, go here.

Cooking with Gammy

Turkey “Bellybuttons”

My grandchildren enjoyed making AND eating these turkey “bellybuttons” that we made in honor of Thanksgiving.  They are simple to make and yummy to eat.

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Find the “bellybutton” recipe, here.

Cookie Turkeys

These turkey cookies were a favorite of my four kiddos, and now I enjoy making them with my grandchildren!

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  I used Lindt Lindor chocolate and white chocolte truffles for the body when making these recently. 
The recipe for these turkeys is, here.

Donut Mayflowers

I love the simplicity of these Donut Mayflowers, and besides, they taste good!  I/Gammy forgot to buy the fruit roll-ups/fruit by the foot for the flags, so we improvised by using construction paper.

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For a photo of Donut Mayflowers with edible flags and instructions on how to make them, go here.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

It was a rainy day.  The grands (grandchildren) were disappointed that they could not go outside and play, so…when all else fails, bake chocolate chip cookies!  :o). We had a lot of baking fun!

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Find the recipe for these, my favorite chocolate chip cookies, here.

 

Made Me Smile :o)
Sharing things that put a smile on my face. 

On My Walks 

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This cute pilgrim turkey decorates a neighbor’s front yard.

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Even more turkeys grace this front yard.
(You could say that there are a few turkeys in my neighborhood.  :o))

 

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Vivid blue skies are dotted with cotton candy clouds.  

 
 
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 A picturesque view of the countryside is a feast for the eyes.

 

Enjoy These Previous Thanksgiving/November posts.

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My newest Thanksgiving decoration that I picked up last year.  :o)
Photo taken November 2020

Annette’s Thanksgiving, 2013, here.
(My favorite Thanksgiving-related movies and tv shows.)

Let’s Talk Turkey, November 2019, here.
(My annual Thanksgiving menu)

Pumpkin Pie from Scratch, You Say?!, 2016, here.
(My Thanksgiving Day menu, and the recipe for Pumpkin Pie)

Happy Thanksgiving, 2014, here.
(My recipes for Thanksgiving Day breakfast.)

Cookbook love and Loving that Thanksgiving Dressing!, 2017, here.
(Recipe for Thanksgiving Dressing/stuffing, and another photo of
Mayflowerdonuts. )

Autumn is the Mellow Time of Year?!, 2014, here.
(Recipe for yummy Thanksgiving “Trash”)

Is Thanksgiving Over Already?!, 2015, here.
(Recipe for Fresh Candied Cranberries

Autumn, the Comfy Cozy Time of Year2017, here.
(Recipe for Crockpot Turkey Breast)

A Fun, Day After Thanksgiving, Visit to the National Air and Space Museum, 2016, here.
(Recipe for Turkey Casserole)

Free Thanksgiving Printable, 2013, here.
(“As God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.” from WKRP in Cincinnati
)

 

May your days be blessed, and your taste buds happy!

Thank you for reading, and
Happy Thanksgiving!

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A blast, I mean turkey, from the past.  :o)
From November 7, 2014, a Thanksgiving blog post. 
 View it,here.




 

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Apple Cider Donuts, High School Memories, and Voting

November 1, 2020

Apple Cider Donuts, High School Memories, and Voting

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Anticipating the goodness that says fall; an apple cider donut

I know, I know…
What could apple cider donuts, high school memories, and voting possibly have in common?  Well…nothing, really, and there is no seamless way to weave these three diverse topics into one cohesive blog post.  With that being said, I just wanted to chat about all of these things with you today. So, it is a “Fruit basket upset” (Do you remember that game?) of topics that greet you ahead.  :o).

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Do you remember the child’s game “Fruit Basket Upset”?

Why not, take a couple of relaxing minutes out of your day, grab a cup of tea/coffee,
and read along with me?

Here we go…

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Grab a cup of tea/coffee, and read along with me.

Apple Cider Donuts

Nothing says autumn like the sweet bite of an apple cider donut! YUM!  And the best apple cider donut that I have ever eaten was found at an apple orchard in northeast Ohio.

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This is the jewel of Apple Cider Donuts.
October 2014

 I had hoped to share that recipe for these apple jewels with you here.
( I acquired the recipe from the orchard owner, a few years ago.) But, after attempting to make these donuts on three separate occasions, I can not recommend this recipe. All three of my donut attempts were subpar.

And, unfortunately, the apple cider donuts that I purchased the other day from my local grocer’s bakery, were equally disappointing. (That is the donut that I hold in the photo above.)

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My favorite apple cider donut sits next to an equally delicious apple cider slushie.
August 2011

 Maybe the secret to creating a delectable apple cider donut comes from the magic of being created on apple orchard premisses?  Oh well…

 

High School Memories

 Baked Alaska

Another recipe for which I had high hopes, but ended up in the
“I won’t be sharing this recipe with my readers.” category,
was for Baked Alaska.  I had volunteered to test out this opulent dessert for my
British penpal, Jenny’s, new, upcoming Murder She Wrote Cookbook.  

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Jenny is currently working on writing a Murder She Wrote Cookbook.
Jenny’s blog,  Silver Screen Suppers, is filled with movie star recipes!  
You can take a peek, here.

Let’s back up a minute.  I need to start from the beginning…  

You see, Baked Alaska and I have somewhat of a history.
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… (to borrow from Star Wars),
I was in a high school home ec class.  For some reason our teacher thought it would be a good idea for a class of high school students to make Baked Alaska for one of our cooking projects.  

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For some reason our teacher thought it would be a good idea for a class of
high school students to make Baked Alaska!
(I am the cook on the far right, in that high school home ec class. 1973?)

If you are not familiar with Baked Alaska, it is essentially a sponge cake, layered with a dome of hard-frozen ice cream, and sealed with a coating of meringue.  This meringue-coated dome is then thrust into a hot oven, just long enough to cook and brown the meringue.  It is a recipe, a recipe for disaster!  

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Meringue in the making

Needless to say, my meringue that high school day must have not totally sealed in the ice cream.  When I checked my baked creation toasting in the oven, my Baked Alaska was more like an errant iceberg that had floated out into the ocean and melted.  My oven was filled with a massive mess of melted ice cream.  My teacher was not amused. 
But in my defense, did she really think that not one of her students would meet with such a disaster?! What could she have been thinking?! As I remember, it took me quite some time to rid the oven of every last remnant of my molten Baked Alaska mishap, but the memory lingers on.  :o)

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A recipe from that high school home ec class.

Thinking older, but wiser would prevail this time, I believed that this was an opportunity to redeem myself from that long ago Baked Alaska disaster, I told Penpal Jenny that I would attempt the Baked Alaska on her list.  It did not melt all over the place this time around (as evidenced by the photo below), but I do not believe that it was worth all of the work.  I think a slice of cake, ala mode, with a dollop of whipped cream, would have been better, and easier. So, I will not share this recipe, either.  

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My Baked Alaska attempt did not melt all over the place, this time around.


Miss Teen-ager Pageant 

Thinking back to high school, and ahead to next week’s Voting Day, the patriotic part of me is reminded of the time, in 1974, that my friend, Karla, and I entered our state’s Miss Teen-ager Pageant.  (Did you notice how I segued my way to this next topic, sort of?) 

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The program from my Miss Teen-ager Pageant.

All contestants were asked to write a short essay on the topic “What’s Right About America”.  With the help of our high school English teacher, Karla and I worked diligently to construct the perfect patriotic essay.

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My second place trophy for the essay contest.

It was a fun pageant week-end, and although neither of us won the state’s pageant, Karla and I did place first and second in the essay portion!  :o)

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Karla was the happy winner of the essay competition.

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I proudly hold my second place trophy for my essay.

Voting

A reminder to vote on Tuesday, if you have not already done so.  
I bought this inexpensive “VOTE” necklace to commemorate the occasion.  :o)
Michelle Obama wore a similar “VOTE” necklace, although much more upscale,
a few months back, and now knock-offs can be found everywhere (Think Amazon.)!

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My ( inexpensive knock-off) Michelle Obama “VOTE” necklace, 
purchased in honor of November 3rd, Voting Day.

For the next few days, I will be tuning into a few of my favorite “Voting Day movies”.
  Included on the list is Judy Garland in Meet Me in St. Louis (1944). Why?, you ask.  Because it was on an election night in the 1970’s, that I first saw this film, thanks to PBS.  It has been a favorite of mine ever since!

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 I first saw Meet Me in St. Louis, thanks to PBS, on election night in the 1970’s.

Other films on the list include Kisses for My President (1964), The Farmer’s Daughter (1947),  Dave(1993) PG-13 and currently on HBOMax, and My Fellow American’s (1996) PG-13.  You can find more information about my Voting Day film suggestions, here.
Happy Voting Day!

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Remember to vote on Tuesday. 

Cooking with Gammy

Birds’ nests

Cardinals were th object of study on “bird day” with the “grands” (grandchildren) when we made these chocolate birds’ nests.  This no-bake treat was a hit! (These are also sometimes called “Haystacks”.)

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Ingredients

1 (11 ounce) bag chocolate chips
(I use Ghirardelli 60%.)

1 (11 ounce) bag butterscotch chips

2-3 ounces Chinese/chow mein noodles

Regular m & m’s

Directions

Prepare a large cookie sheet by covering with wax paper.

Melt chips slowly in microwave, about 30-45 seconds at a time.

Stir in Chinese noodles.

Using a cookie scoop, or spoon, drop blob onto wax paper,
shaping into bird nest shape by hollowing out center.

Place m & m’s onto “nest” for eggs.

Put in the refrigerator to set.
(I store these in the refrigerator.)

Princess Wands

These princess wands were a big hit to make and eat on this Gammy Day.
A big bonus is that this was a healthy treat, too!

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Jumbo shish kabob skewers

Star- shaped Watermelon
Cut out stars with cookie cutter

Green grapes

Strawberries

Blueberries

Directions

Place cleaned fruit carefully onto Shish kabob skewers.

Princess Pretzels

Also popular with the grandchild crowd, were these princess pretzels.  :o)

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Ingredients

White baking chips, or almond bark

Small pretzels

Pink sprinkles

Directions

Place wax paper onto baking sheet.

Melt white baking chips, or almond bark slowly in microwave.

Dip pretzels in melted white chocolate.

Place on wax papered baking sheet.

Lightly coat with pink sprinkles.

Place in refrigerator to set.

      Caramel Corn

Caramel corn and autumn seem to go hand -in -hand.  
I have been using this recipe for years,
including when I used to teach a preschool parent and child cooking class.  
This recipe never disappoints, and my grandchildren agree. :o)

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Recipe

For this caramel corn recipe go to my previous post, here.

Made Me Smile :o)
Sharing things that put a smile on my face. :o)

Enjoying Autumn Walks

An array of colorful trees great me on my daily walks, plus a few other surprises along the way.

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Golden leaf-filled trees line the street behind me.

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Red leaves frame this tranquil autumn view.

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This street is lined in orange and gold.

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I spotted these cute painted rocks while walking, too.
According to a Martha Stewart article, painted rocks like these,
are “a nationwide scavenger hunt meant to promote positivity and kindness. …”
Read the article about them, here.

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This Halloween lawn display made me giggle.
It reminded me of the tombstones displayed at 
Walt Disney World‘s Haunted Mansion.
To see a photo of the Haunted Mansion, go here.

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A neighbor is happily getting their Covid Candy Chute ready for Halloween night.

Out and About

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This masked jack o-lantern was hanging out to remind everyone to wear their masks.

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A new cereal on the grocery shelves!
Guessing it might not be that great for your dental work. haha

Previous Related Posts 

Movies to Vote By

Movies to Vote By, November 2016, here.
Need a few fun movie flicks to get you through election night? 
Or how about a presidential endorsed cookie recipe?  
This blog post is for you!

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Time to Make Some Caramel Corn!

Time to Make Some Caramel Corn! , October 2015, here.
My tried and true caramel corn recipe is here! 
This is the same recipe that we used (above) in the “Cooking with Gammy” section. :o)
Warning
, once you start munching on this yumminess, it is difficult to stop!  :o)

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Dracula!

Dracula!, October 2015, here.
It was fun seeing the original Dracula for the first time, and on the big screen,
and it provided a good excuse to gobble up some popcorn! :o)

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Autumn is the Mellow Time of Year

Autumn is the Mellow Time of Year, November 2014, here.
A scenic photo montage of scenes from my 2014 autumn.

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O-H-I-O

O-H-I-O, February 2016, here.
Northeast Ohio, including the recipe for The Lodge at Geneva’s delicious
Breakfast Pinched Redskin Potatoes

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Swapping Recipes Across the Big Pond

Swapping Recipes Across the Big PondMay 2020, here.
Testing out some recipes for my cookbook writing, blogging, fun penpal from England.

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

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IMG_5116This pair of scarecrows remind neighbors to “Wear your mask!”
when around others in public.  :O)

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Happy October!

October 8, 2020

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                                                             Enjoying an autumn walk.
(Okay, so to be honest, I actually took this selfie in late September.  :o))
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Happy October!

I bring you today’s blog post from the vantage point of my back deck, soaking up the splendor of this glorious autumn afternoon. I love fall, don’t you?  Why not pour yourself
a cup of tea/coffee (I love me some Barry’s Irish tea!), find yourself a cozy spot, and spend the next few minutes “chatting” with me about some of the fun stuff that makes autumn so awesome? 

From my back deck, I enjoy the glorious autumn afternoon.
My special It’s a Small World Cup is filled with my favorite
Barry’s Irish Tea. 😮

Spiderweb Brownies!!!!

I know, I know….if you regularly read my blog, you know that I have been in brownie mode, (…not ala mode, hee hee) as of late.  Having tried Oprah’s favorite brownie in my last post, and Katharine Hepburn’s brownie recipe in the post before that, I came to the conclusion that I still prefer the Ghirardelli mix variety (shown below).

I am a fan of brownies made from this Ghirardelli mix .

 But I had one more brownie recipe in my culinary bag of tricks. I just had to give this recipe a try for Halloween; that being the Spiderweb Brownie. (I found this recipe on Pinterest.  You can see the original recipe, here.) Let me tell you, this brownie is a good one, with, or without the cream cheese topping! This recipe is a keeper!

This recipe is a keeper!

 I felt a bit of a failure, though, in my presentation. Nailed it?  NOT!  My brownie’s cream cheese topping resembled a toxic spill more than a spiderweb, but fortunately that did not affect how deliciously rich and chocolatey it tasted.

A spiderweb?  Not so much. :o)

Most of the ingredients for the recipe are items that I usually have around, which makes this recipe a dangerous temptation when the craving for chocolate hits.  :o)

The ingredients mix up into a thick batter, and would be good as just brownies.  But the addition of the cream cheese top (the spider web) adds an additional bit of yumminess to this already delicious creation.

The batter is quite thick.

The Recipe

Spiderweb Brownies 

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups sugar

3/4 cup  flour

3/4 cup cocoa powder

3/4 cup ( 1 1/2 sticks) (salted) butter

3 large eggs, lightly beaten

1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
(I used Ghirardelli )

3 ounces cream cheese, softened
(I used the light variety)

1/4 cup  sugar

2 tablespoons milk

Directions

Preheat the oven to 325°F.
Grease an 8″ round cake pan.
Spread a little sugar on the bottom of the pan.

Melt 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter.
Allow to cool, setting aside.

In a large mixing bowl whisk together
1 1/2 cups sugar, 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, 3/4 cup cocoa powder,
and 3/4 teaspoon salt.
Mix well.

Whisk in 3 eggs into the cooled melted butter until well blended.
Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir, by hand,
just until combined.
The batter will be thick.

Gently fold in 1/2 cup chocolate chips.
Spread batter into the prepared pan.
Set aside.

Prepare the cream cheese mixture-
combine 3 ounces of softened cream cheese with 1/4 cup sugar and
2 tablespoons milk in a mixing bowl.
Using the whisk attachment, whip the cream cheese mixture until smooth and soft. (I used my hand blender with whisk attachment.)

Cut a small hole into the bottom corner of a quart sized plastic baggie, or use a decorator bag., and  scoop the cream cheese mixture into the bag. I used a small piping tip, but the hole in the corner of the bag should work well too. Pipe thin circles from the middle to the outside of the brownie batter.

Next, pipe thin lines from the middle of the pan out to the edge and across the circles, gently dragging the tip of the bag through the cream cheese circles as you go. Make these lines all the way around the pan.

Bake at 325°F for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick stuck into the center comes out with dry crumbs on it.
Remove from the oven and let cool in pan for about 30 minutes.
Before removing from the pan, run a butter knife around the edge, gently lifting as you go to loosen from the bottom of the pan as well.
Gently turn out onto a parchment lined surface and invert onto a cooling rack so the spiderweb is facing up.
Allow to cool completely.
Enjoy!

Cooking with Gammy

Acorns (or D0ugh NUTS)

When “studying” squirrels on Gammy Day, these cute little “acorns” were the perfect accompanying snack to create!

Ingredients

Donut holes
(I used Entenmann’s Glazed Donut Pop’ems.)

Chocolate frosting
(I used Duncan Hines dark chocolate in the plastic tub.)

Mini chocolate chips

Stick pretzels-broken into thirds

Directions

Dip the top of the donut hole in chocolate frosting, or frost with a knife.

Dip/roll frosted end into the mini chocolate chips to coat.

Push in the 1/3 pretzel stick into the middle of the chocolate chip end, for a stem.

                                            2-3 Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin Muffins were another of my grandchildren’s kid-approved recipes.
(A friend of mine had suggested these, an old Weight Watcher recipe.)
Upon discussing these with my four grand girls, they excitedly shared that they had
recently enjoyed pumpkin muffins with chocolate chips from a local bakery.
So…this 2-ingredient recipe, became the 3-ingredient recipe that you see below.  :o)

Ingredients

1 Spice cake mix (about 15-18 ounces), any brand

1 small (15 ounce) can pumpkin

1/2-1 cup, or more, chocolate chips (optional)
( I use Ghirardelli dark chocolate)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Line a mini muffin pan with mini cupcake liners.
Spray with cooking spray.

Mix together the cake mix and the pumpkin with a spoon.
Stir in chocolate chips, if desired.
(We also placed one chocolate chip on top of each muffin prior to baking.)

Bake about 8 minutes, until an inserted toothpick in the center comes out clean.

Place muffins on wire rack to cool.

Owl Cookie Faces

The “study” of owls with my preschool granddaughters was made complete with the addition of these cute little owl faces that they created.  :o)

3 Chips Ahoy! cookies 
4 Oreo cookies
Canned frosting (I used Duncan Hines)
2 m&m’s
1 candy corn

Directions

Place 3 Chip Ahoy! cookies on a plate with two on top and one underneath,
placing the cookies top-down. (Refer to photos above.)
(Allowing the smooth flat part of the cookie, face up, for frosting.)

Frost all three cookies on the smooth flat side.

Twist apart two Oreos.  Using the half of the cookie with the cream, place
the Oreos onto two the frosted Chip Ahoy! cookies.
(Eat the remaining half of the Oreos. :o))

Place one m&m/eye in the center of the cream of each Oreo.

Place the candy corn/beak, point down, in the center of the bottom frosted cookie.

Made Me Smile :o)
Sharing things that put a smile on my face. :o)

Autumn Colors

My friend, Caralee, snapped this beautiful fall photo in her native Minnesota.
Thank you, Caralee, for allowing me to share it!

Happy Mail 

I received this nice surprise, in the form of this cute Murder She Wrote postcard, in the mail this week, from my British “pen pal”. :o). Jenny is currently working on a cookbook based on the classic TV show, Murder She Wrote.
You can read about the talented Ms. Jenny here and here.

In My Neighborhood

What fun it is to see my neighborhood all decked out for Halloween! :o)
In keeping with the Halloween theme, there are even some very old and very real tombstones. 

Frankenstein guards my neighbor’s front door.

A nod to Disney’s A Nightmare Before Christmas graces this neighbor’s lawn.

A mummy keeps watch over the neighborhood from this window.

Six very old tombstones go mostly unnoticed in my neighborhood.

                      I have been known to wave at “Ruth” as I pass by on my daily walk.  :o)

Mickey Mouse Jack-o-Lanterns
I love pulling out my Mickey Mouse jack-o-lantern trio each October!
They really do make me smile!  :o)

Related Posts
Halloween/October and Brownie Recipes from Previous Posts

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

Trick or Treat!, October 2018, here.

October!, October 2018, 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.

Dracula!, October 2015, here.

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

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

Fat Witch Brownies

Fat Witch Brownies, September 2020, here.
The recipe for Oprah’s pick for her favorite brownie is here, courtesy of this brownie-filled New York bakery.

Katharine Hepburn’s Brownies

Katharine Hepburn’s (Movie Star)BrowniesAugust 2020, here.
A recipe from the star herself.  These brownies are chocolate deliciousness.

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Cape Cod Brownies

Lobsters and Clam Chowder and Birthday Cakes, Oh My!, May 2019, here.
This recipe is similar to the Katharine Hepburn recipe (above),
except Hepburn’s uses unsalted butter and 1/2 cup cocoa,
instead of the regular butter and 2 squares of unsweetened chocolate
that are called for in this Cape Cod variety.

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Brownie Hearts

Love and Chocolate, February 2018, here.
A heart-shaped cookie cutter help turn these brownies into a tasty Valentine treat.

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Ghirardelli Brownies with Aunt Liz’s Glossy Chocolate Frosting

Chicken and Dumplings & Ma and Pa Kettle, September 2014, here.This post includes my aunt’s recipe for the perfect brownie frosting.

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

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I giggled when I stumbled upon this nod to Star Trek on a recent walk.  :O)

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Fat Witch Brownies

September 15, 2020

Fat Witch Brownies

My copy of the Fat Witch Brownies cookbook
The fun British sign in the background always makes me smile.  :o)


Brownies!  Seems that I have had brownies on the brain, lately! :o).  My previous
post, in August, explored the delicious chocolate brownie creation of classic film legend, Katharine Hepburn, here.  Today, I share with you, yet, another brownie recipe. This one, a favorite of Oprah‘s, is called the Fat Witch Brownie , and it hails from the Fat Witch Bakery in New York.
(Check out my post on Oprah’s pick for the best crab cake, here.)

In 2017, I enjoyed Oprah’s favorite crab cake.  Yum!
You can read about that taste test experience, here.

I baked up this Fat Witch batch with the highest of hopes.  Although chocolatey, I still found that my brownie allegiance lies with the Ghirardelli variety.
(I use the Ghirardelli mix, as it results in the taste and texture of the “from scratch” brownie, but can be whipped up in mere minutes .)  If you care to give the Fat Witch brownie a try, the recipe is below. 

The Recipe

Scope out your pantry, and I am guessing that you may already have most of the  ingredients needed for this recipe. I did, except for the unsalted butter.
A 9 x 9 baking pan is needed for baking these.

Fat Witch Brownies
Oprah’s Favorite Brownies

Ingredients 

14 Tablespoons (1 +3/4 sticks) unsalted butter

1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons (Ghirardelli 60% cocoa) bittersweet chocolate chips

1+1/4 cup sugar

4 large eggs

1 teaspoon pure vanilla 

1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons unbleached flour

Pinch/Dash of salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease 9 x 9 inch baking dish with butter, and dust with flour, tapping out the excess.

Melt butter and chocolate slowly in microwave, or in small saucepan over low heat.
Stir frequently.
Set aside.  Let cool.

Cream sugar, eggs, and vanilla together.
Add cooled chocolate/butter mixture, mixing well, until blended.

Measure flour and salt.  Sift together directly in to the chocolate mixture.
Mix batter gently, just until no trace of dry ingredients remain.
Do not over-mix.

Spread batter evenly in the prepared baking pan.

Bake for 33 minutes, or till a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, or with only crumbs, not batter, on it.

Remove from oven.  Cool on rack for one hour.

Cut just before serving.

Makes about 12 brownies.

Cooking with Gammy

This antique plug-in toy oven was a precursor of the Easy Bake Oven. :o)

Like many of you, I have been blessed with wonderful (children and) grandchildren.  I love passing on the joy of cooking to my “grands”.  Here are a couple of kid-approved recipes that I have enjoyed using (below), that you can share with your own family members.

Oreo Ice Cream Dessert

This recipe came from one of my fourth grade students many years ago.
It is a keeper.  You will find the recipe on this earlier blog post, here.

Easy S’mores

When some of my “grands” wanted to make s’mores at my house.
Their mother (my smart daughter in-law) suggested this easy recipe!

Ingredients

2 Keebler Fudge Stripes cookies

1 large marshmallow

Directions

Place one Keebler Fudge Stripes cookie, chocolate side up.
Place one large marshmallow on top of the cookie.
Place the other cookie, chocolate side down, on top of the marshmallow.
Microwave about 12 seconds in the microwave, or until the marshmallow is melted.

Made Me Smile :o)
Sharing things that put a smile on my face. :o)

Teacher Smiles

 While on my morning walk, I wave to my neighbor, Katya,
as she teaches her students virtually from home.

Nature Walk

What an enjoyable time with a dear friend, as we
(at a social distance)
chatted and strolled through a pretty garden filled with native plantings.

Pretty purple posies in the native garden.

Baseball

Okay, my family are true Cleveland Indian fans,
but when my friend, Karla, sent me the link to join her Detroit Tigers
(her husband is the Tiger’s chaplain) on Sunday night for Home Plate,
I decided to take a peek.  What an encouraging hour. :o)
Click on the on the arrow above.
For previous Home Plate events, click here.

Other Related Posts, including Brownie Recipes from Previous Posts

 I would love to hear your brownie assessment,
if you give any of these recipes (below) a try!

Katharine Hepburn’s Brownies

Katharine Hepburn’s (Movie Star)BrowniesAugust 2020, here.
A recipe from the star herself.  These brownies are chocolate deliciousness.

Cape Cod Brownies

Lobsters and Clam Chowder and Birthday Cakes, Oh My!, May 2019, here.
This recipe is similar to the Katharine Hepburn recipe (above),
except Hepburn’s uses unsalted butter and 1/2 cup cocoa,
instead of the regular butter and 2 squares of unsweetened chocolate
that are called for in this Cape Cod variety.

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Brownie Hearts

Love and Chocolate, February 2018, here.
A heart-shaped cookie cutter help turn these brownies into a tasty Valentine treat.

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Ghirardelli Brownies with Aunt Liz’s Glossy Chocolate Frosting

Chicken and Dumplings & Ma and Pa Kettle, September 2014, here.
This post includes my aunt’s recipe for the perfect brownie frosting.

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

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I love it when my grandchildren fill my driveway with their
whimsical chalk drawings.  :o)

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Katharine Hepburn’s (Movie Star) Brownies

 

August 22, 2020

Katharine Hepburn’s (Movie Star) Brownies

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Wearing my movie star “shades” in honor of the fudgy, chocolatey
Katharine Hepburn Brownie.

Chocolate brownies and classic movie stars have the leads in today’s blog post.  What’s not to like about this tantalizing duo, right? Today’s brownie recipe originated with screen legend, Katharine Hepburn. But before we find ourselves surrounded by these brownies of chocolate yumminess, please, allow me to regale you with a story of old…

Hooray for Hollywood!

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I loved the historic Hollywood Costume exhibition in Los Angeles,
presented by the Academy and London’s Victoria and Albert Museum,
February 2015

Read more about this fun-filled mother/daughter L.A. trip, here,
and see a brief glimpse of the glittering Hollywood Costume exhibit, here.

Do you remember the first movie that you ever saw in a theatre?  I do!
I was five, and spending the week with my grandparents. They took me to see Disney’s
Son of Flubber (1963) [the sequel to The Absent-minded Professor (1961)], starring
Fred MacMurray.  I was completely carried away by this family sci-fi fantasy, complete with Flubbergas and crazy college football players.  Thus, began my love of the movies (and television), especially the classic variety.

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My first movie viewing in a theatre was of Disney’s
Son of Flubber (1963), starring Fred MacMurray.
(Isn’t Charlie, the dog, cute?)

As a child, I came to love the glamour and beauty of the actors and actresses upon the screen, clad in various costumes, shown in an array of locales, and accompanied by magical stories. I became enamored with Hollywood’s charm.  My young self (We are talking around second grade, here.) was also drawn to the amazingly good looks of many of the leading men in the movies/TV, and resulted in my first childhood crushes.  Batman/Adam West, Gilligan’s Island’s The Professor/ Russell Johnson, and Elvis Presley caught my young eye. To this day, I love classic movie and TV, and am still a fan of the trio above. :o)

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My early childhood crushes were Batman/Adam West,
Gilligan Island’s The Professor/
Russell Johnson, and Elvis Presley.
(See the “Elvis” at the bottom of this post.)

Katharine Hepburn in the Movies

One of the undisputed queens of classic movies is Katharine Hepburn.  Do you have a favorite Katharine Hepburn film?  If you are not familiar with Katharine Hepburn’s work, I suggest the following four films:

Desk Set (1957)
Philadelphia Story (1940)
Adam’s Rib (1949)
Bringing Up Baby (1938)

I am partial to comedies, and lighter-fare, and all four of these classics are enjoyably entertaining. (The second and third on this list, are currently streaming on HBO Max.)
If you decide to watch one of these movie gems, let me know what you think in the comments!

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My four favorite Katharine Hepburn films.

 

Katharine Hepburn in the Kitchen

According to a PBS article, here, Katharine Hepburn’s brownie recipe originally appeared in a 2003 article in the New York Times.  The recipe comes from a family friend, who had once presented Hepburn with a batch of their own brownies.  Upon tasting them, the star remarked that the gifted brownies were made with too much flour, and proceeded to give the friend her own brownie recipe.  That recipe is below.

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Today’s brownie recipe comes from screen legend, Katharine Hepburn.

Recipe

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Katharine Hepburn’s (Movie Star) Brownies

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Ingredients

½ cup unsweetened cocoa

1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
(I used salted, because that is what I had.)

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1/4 cup flour

1 teaspoon vanilla

Pinch of salt

1 cup roughly chopped walnuts or pecans
(I used about 1/4 cup chopped pecans.)

Directions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Butter an 8-inch square pan.

Melt butter with the cocoa in a heavy saucepan over medium-low,
whisking constantly till blended.

Remove from heat and stir in the sugar.
Whisk in the eggs and vanilla.

Stir in flour, salt and pecans. Mix well.

Pour into a buttered 8-inch square baking pan. (Mine is glass.)

Bake at 325 degrees for about 35-40 minutes till a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Cool completely and cut into squares.

Makes about 12 brownies.

Enjoy!

Fresh From the Oven

As much as I enjoyed Katharine Hepburn’s brownies, and the various others that I have made over the years (see those below), my favorite brownies continue to be
Ghirardelli’s Dark Chocolate Brownies.  I have baked these from scratch in the past,
but to be honest, the mix-made brownies tastes just as good as those made from scratch, and are a whole lot easier.  I top these brownies with a half batch of my
Aunt Liz’s Glossy Chocolate Frosting.  The recipe for this frosting is
here.

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I love these brownies!

 

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My favorite brownies continue to be these
Ghirardelli’s Dark Chocolate Brownies.

 

Made Me Smile :o)

Sharing things that have put a smile on my face. :o)

One of the many joys of being a grandparent/gammy are the occasional portraits that they create of you!  :o)

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I love these portraits that my granddaughters created!!!

 

Other Related Posts, including Brownie Recipes from Previous Posts

 

Meeting Dick Van Dyke

Thank you, Dick Van Dyke!, July 2013, here.
Read my childhood story about getting Dick Van Dyke’s autograph.

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Cape Cod Brownies 

Lobsters and Clam Chowder and Birthday Cakes, Oh My!, May 2019, here.
This recipe is similar to the Katharine Hepburn recipe (above),
except Hepburn’s uses unsalted butter and 1/2 cup cocoa,
instead of the regular butter and 2 squares of unsweetened chocolate
that are called for in this Cape Cod variety.

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Brownie Hearts

Love and Chocolate, February 2018, here.
A heart-shaped cookie cutter help turn these brownies into a tasty Valentine treat.

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Ghirardelli Brownies with Aunt Liz’s Glossy Chocolate Frosting

Chicken and Dumplings & Ma and Pa Kettle, September 2014, here.
This post includes my aunt’s recipe for the perfect brownie frosting.

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

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Just like archaeologist Indiana Jones (Raiders of the Lost Ark), I recently “excavated” this concert ticket from a box of personal memorabilia.

Read more about that memorable concert, and Elvis, here.

 

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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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Looking for something upbeat to read?

I have been blogging for seven years, and have over 150 positive 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!
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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Looking for something upbeat to read?

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

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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