A Nod to National Donut Day

June 7, 2019

 

A Nod to National Donut Day

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Me, playing Peek-a-boo with donuts.  :o)

Well, it has finally happened!
I suppose after six years of being a blogger, it was to be expected, but …

IMG_3678I suppose after six years of being a blogger, it was to be expected, but … 

As I was knee-deep into writing and assembling this post, and while working on the last bit of  “research”, I stumbled upon… IT;  a previous blog post that had the same recipe, with similar photos.  Over the past year, I had kept telling myself that I should keep a file of recipes used, so the inevitable would not occur, but…

IMG_3668 2I had kept telling myself that I should keep a file, so the inevitable would not occur, but…

I now find myself the creator of two posts with identical recipes.  So, dear reader, if you have been an I’m Annette follower for awhile, I apologize for this duplication. If you are
a new follower to this blog, please bear with me.  Either way, I promise that my next post will have a fun new recipe, deeply rooted in South Carolina cuisine.

My Family and Donuts

My sign

A colorful donut sign hangs in my kitchen.  Aside from the fact that I am a big fan of
Marty Mummert‘s artistic signs, this piece is a “nod” to my hubby’s younger years, when his family owned a Cleveland, Ohio donut shop.

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Marty Mummert’s colorful “DONUTS” sign that is displayed in my kitchen.

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A coffee cup from when my hubby’s family owned the Donut House.

Hans’ Bakery

Hans’ Bakery donuts played a BIG part at my family’s reunion last year in Minnesota.
Hans’ was the family breakfast destination of choice, on our way to visiting
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Hans’ Bakery has a lot to choose from, but donuts are king.

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There were a variety of donuts.

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My grandson devours his “big as your head” donut during our family reunion.
July 2018

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My son and his girlfriend share a donut.
July 2018

Read about our trip to Hans’ Bakery, here.

A “Nod” to National Donut Day

Did you know that there are actually two National Donut (holi)days?  The most popular being celebrated on the first Friday in June, with the lesser-known donut day being in November. There are also other dates set aside for Jelly-filled Donut Day,  and
Creme-filled Donut Day.

The Salvation Army started National Donut Day as a way to honor those who served soldiers during WWI, cooking donuts in helmets in France. Honest! You can read about it here.

Read more about this holiday for this yummy bakery treat, here.

Making Biscuit Donuts-A Photo Tutorial

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Mix sugar and cinnamon together in a shallow dish, while the oil is heating.

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Cut a hole in the center of each biscuit. 
(I use a clean, old, pharmacy pill bottle to cut out the center.)

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Remove the donut holes.

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Make sure that your oil is hot before cooking, about 325 degrees.

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Drop a few biscuits into the oil at a time.
The donuts cook quickly, so be vigilant,
turning them as soon as the first side is the brownness you desire.

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Remove donuts from oil and drain for a few moments on a paper towel.

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Dredge in the sugar and cinnamon mixture.

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Eat while hot. :o)

The Recipe

Biscuit Donuts

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Ingredients

1 package refrigerated canned biscuits (5, or 10 count)

Vegetable oil, or peanut oil

¼ cup sugar

1 tea. Cinnamon

Directions

Heat 1-2 inches of oil in electric skillet, at about 325 degrees,
or in a heavy-duty pan over medium heat.
(The heat may vary depending on your electric skillet, or stove.)

Drop a pinch of dough into oil to test.
When oil is hot enough, the dough will sink to the bottom and then pop back up sizzling.

While oil is heating, mix sugar and cinnamon together in a shallow dish.
Set aside.

Open biscuits and separate.
Cut a hole in the center of each biscuit. Remove holes.
I use a clean, old, pharmacy pill bottle to cut out the center.

Drop a few biscuits into the oil at a time.
The donuts cook quickly, so be vigilant,
turning them as soon as the first side is the brownness you desire.

The donut holes cook quickly and need to watched, flipping almost immediately.

Remove donuts from oil and drain for a few moments on paper towels,
then dredge in sugar and cinnamon mixture.

Eat while hot.

Enjoy!

 

Other I’m Annette Donut Posts
(Click on the post)

Mall of America, Mikey’s Diner, and Other Midwestern Sites of Minneapolis, Minnesota

Washington D.C., Gettysburg, and Points In-between

It’s Dollars (or Disney Dip) to Doughnuts that
the Saga of My Broken-Leg Adventure has come to an End!

Minnesota nice= A Very Nice Family Reunion

Summer’s Musings

Thanks for reading!!!!!
Annette

I’m Annette Stuff

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Enjoying this Hans’ Bakery donut!
July 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lobsters, and Clam Chowder, and Birthday Cakes, Oh My!

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Lobsters, and Clam Chowder, and Birthday Cakes, Oh My!

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Clad in my stylish lobster-embellished bib, and all ready for dinner,
which includes lobster and clam chowder, of course.  :o)

 

Cape Cod
a historic and picturesque area of Massachusetts,
where lobster and clam chowder abound.”

Do not look for this definition in Webster’s Dictionary.  It is my own.
(Note my emphasis on the culinary aspects of this region. :o))


My hubby/Dale, son/Chandler, my son’s girlfriend/Elisa, and I were in Cape Cod for
a long weekend, earlier this month, to help celebrate my mother in-law’s birthday.
We all enjoyed our Cape Cod visit!

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Birthday Girl
(Dale’s Mom)

Why not, grab a cup of tea, or coffee, sit back, and take a moment to enjoy a photo tour of some highlights of my recent Cape Cod trip?

Photo Tour

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Chandler, Grandma, and Elisa are all ready to see Cape Cod!

 Fisherman’s View

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Our hungry crew is ready to order at Fisherman’s View in Sandwich.

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We had pretty views from our table…

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wherever we looked.

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Not surprisingly, I began my meal with clam chowder. :o) Yum!
You can read more about my love of chowder, here,
and get my personal clam chowder recipe, too.

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A lobster roll (minus the roll/bun) was my main course of choice.  Delicious!

The Beaches

Sandy Neck

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A sign greeted us, telling us that we had arrived.

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A peek at the water, through the fence.

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A look down the beach on a cool May day.

Craigsville Beach

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Dale’s mom enjoys walking the Cape Cod beaches, often.

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We all pause for a happy group photo.

JFK Memorial

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Hyannis is home to the JFK Memorial, in honor of
President John F. Kennedy.

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The reflecting pool and fountain stand “guard” over the bronze plaque of the JFK.

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The JFK Memorial overlooks Lewis Bay, once a popular sailing spot for Kennedy.

Nobska Lighthouse

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The Nobska Lighthouse is one of several lighthouses on The Cape.

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Dale and me, in front of the lighthouse.
Thank you, Elisa, for the photo!

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An information plaque for Nobska Lighthouse.

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Chandler and Elisa look up toward the lighthouse from the water’s edge.

Captain Kidd

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Captain Kidd Restaurant in Woods Hole

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Cozy and warm at Captain Kidd.

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The clam chowder was yummy here!

The Celebration

Dale’s sister and her husband, who also live on Cape Cod, invited us all over for a lobster dinner, and to celebrate the (two) birthdays of Dale’s and his mother’s.
They were the ultimate hosts, serving us a wonderful meal, for a very enjoyable evening!

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Enjoying Captain Parkers Clam Chowder as our appetizer! So good! :o)

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Lobster Chef, Todd, prepares the lobster portion of our meal with expertise.

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Elisa is excited to try her very first lobster.  She is now a fan!

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Lobster cooked to perfection.

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Melted butter compliments the sweet lobster meat.

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Lobster!!!

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Dale’s sister, Carol, presents the birthday duo with their respective “cakes”.

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Birthday Pie (Angel Pie) for Dale, and Carrot Cake for his mom.
For the Angel Pie recipe, click here.

A Cape Cod Recipe

 In the Kennedy Kitchen ,by former Kennedy chef, Neil Connolly, is a collection of recipes that were enjoyed by the Kennedy family when staying at the Kennedy Family Compound at Hyannis Port. This simple, but chocolatey, brownie recipe, is one recipe found in the book. Here is my version.

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In the Kennedy Kitchenby former Kennedy chef, Neil Connolly.

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Only a few ingredients are needed for this fudgy brownie recipe

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A sprinkle of (optional) powdered sugar completes this recipe.

The Recipe

Cape Cod Brownies

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Ingredients

PAM non-stick cooking spray

1 stick( 4 ounces) butter

2 ounces of unsweetened chocolate “squares”

2 eggs

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon real vanilla

Powdered sugar-optional

Directions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Spray 8 -inch square baking pan with PAM.

In small pan, melt butter and chocolate over low heat.
Stir constantly with a whisk.
Remove from heat, and set aside.

In mixing bowl, beat eggs and sugar together with mixer,
until light in color and sugar is dissolved.  About 2 minutes.

Beat in melted chocolate/sugar mixture.
Carefully add flour and vanilla, mixing just till blended.

Pour into prepared pan.

Bake for 25 minutes, or till just done.
Do not over bake.
A cake tester, when inserted, should come out with only a few crumbs sticking to it.

Remove from oven, cooling on a wire rack.

After 10-15, minutes ,or so, sprinkle with powdered sugar from a sieve, if desired.

When cool, cut into 12 squares.


Read about Cape Cod in my previous blog posts,
below.

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Lions, and Tigers, and Bears, Oh my!
Wizard of Oz lawn decor
Photo taken on Cape Cod in October 2014.
Previously posted here.

Click on the blog title in pink. 

May 2014, Peanut Butter and Elvis
https://imannette.net/2014/05/05/peanut-butter-and-elvis/

November 2014, Autumn is the Mellow Time of Year
https://imannette.net/2014/11/08/autumn-is-the-mellow-time-of-year/

May 2017, Chowder!
https://imannette.net/2017/05/18/chowder/

August 2018, Summer’s Musings
https://imannette.net/2018/08/13/summers-musings/

Thanks for reading!!!!!
Annette

I’m Annette Stuff

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I spotted these cups in a Logan/Boston Airport gift shop, on our flight home. :o)

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A (Sticky) Taste of Walt Disney World

Thursday, May 2, 2019

A (Sticky) Taste of Walt Disney World

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I am pleased at how this sticky “cake”/ toffee pudding turned out,
using my new pans.

I pose to you, my dear readers, a question.  Do you feel a jolly, giddy sensation when using a newly acquired piece of  kitchen cookware, kitchen appliance, or kitchen tool? And find yourself doing a mental happy dance? I am guilty! :o)

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I actually did a Mickey (super) happy dance, when purchasing my new
Mickey Mouse 90th Anniversary Double Flip Waffle Maker
last month.

You can read about my love of Mickey waffles and find how to make them, here.

The Bundtlette

Although, having streamlined my bakeware, having “Goodwill” my rarely-used pieces,
I deemed it necessary to recently purchase a mini-bundt pan, called a bundtlette.

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My mini-bundt, or “bundtlette” pan
I bought it here.
( I do not receive any compensation for this mention, just sharing my info with you. :o))

My thoughts were to use this pan for various baking projects, but especially for my newest Disney cooking adventure.  I wanted to recreate the yummy Sticky Toffee Pudding that I had dined on last month at Epcot’s Rose and Crown Pub.

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The dessert menu from The Rose & Crown.
I chose the first item on this menu for my dessert, at my server’s suggestion, and the family dining next to me.
It was a great suggestion!

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Enjoying my meal at the quaint Rose & Crown Pub of Epcot in Walt Disney World.

You can read about my day at Epcot, and the lunch at the Rose and Crown, here.

Another Disney Cooking (Baking) Adventure

Let me just say, before going into the baking basics for Disney’s delectable
Sticky Toffee Pudding, that this recipe is not for the faint of heart.  I must admit, that about half-way through the process, I wondered why I had attempted such a feat.
In the end, though, it was worth the toil, and I have some suggestions to make it easier.

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Ingredients needed to make Sticky Toffee Pudding

 

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The original recipe calls for vanilla beans, but due to the price,
I opted for pure vanilla extract, instead.

 

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Blanching the dates is required to remove the hard outer skin, and soften the fruit.

For blanching instructions, look here.

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After placing the dates in boiling water, immediately plunge into ice water=blanching.

 

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Drain off water, and peel away the outer “shell”.  
I only allowed my dates to boil for 30 seconds.  
A little longer (another minute, perhaps?) would have been beneficial, making it easier to “peel” the dates.

 

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The recipe made 12 mini-bundt cakes (puddings).

 

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I did make the custard,
(and just like on one of my favorite shows, The Great British Baking Show)
it went from perfection to curdle in a mere few seconds.
My hubby and I ate it anyway, and we both thought it was good, but…

Rather than making the Custard Sauce, I would recommend making vanilla pudding (with a bit of extra vanilla), or even using an instant pudding.
(Also, the pudding eliminates the fear of not getting the eggs in custard cooked safely enough.)

 

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I attempted to use Rum flavoring in the Butter Rum Toffee Sauce, and it was a fail.
It was way overpowering, and tasted “fake”.
I threw that batch away, and made it again, without the “Rum”.
The Butter Rum 
Toffee Sauce was delicious.
I have doubled the amount made, in my recipe.

 

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Assemble in this order-
Custard Sauce (or vanilla pudding)

Sticky Toffee Pudding (the mini-bundt cake)
Butter Rum Toffee Sauce

 

The Recipe

I used the recipe here ,  I also found the hints in the blog recipe very helpful, here.
Below  is my version.

My Version

Sticky Toffee Pudding

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Ingredients

 

Sticky Toffee Pudding (cakes)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

PAM baking spray

10-12 ounces dates (blanch these, and peel off skin), chop finely
8 ounces very hot water
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 pound all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
4 ounces unsalted butter
12 ounces sugar
2 whole eggs
1/8-1/4 teaspoon salt

Custard Sauce/Pudding

Prepare vanilla pudding, or instant vanilla pudding,
adding 1/2 teaspoon additional pure vanilla extract.

Butter Toffee Sauce

2 ounce butter (about 4 Tablespoons)
8 ounces heavy cream (heavy cream tastes far superior in this recipe)
6 ounces of dark brown sugar (about 1 cup)

Directions

Sticky Toffee Pudding (cakes)

Prepare molds by greasing well with PAM

Add very hot water to chopped, blanched and peeled dates.

Stir in vanilla and baking soda. Set aside.

Cream butter and sugar.  Add one egg at a time, beating till mixed.

On low, add half of flour and baking powder to creamed mixture.
Then, add date mixture until well-combined.

Fold/stir in rest of flour and baking powder.

Fill greased molds halfway. Bake for 15 minutes, or until done.

Let cool 5 minutes, and then remove cakes to cool completely on cooling rack.

Butter Toffee Sauce

Combine butter, sugar, and cream.  Bring to boil, while stirring.

Remove from heat.

Assemble in this order

Custard Sauce (or vanilla pudding) on bottom of bowl.
Sticky Toffee Pudding (the mini-bundt cake) on top of custard sauce/pudding.
Butter Rum Toffee Sauce over the pudding/cake 

Enjoy!

Thanks for reading!!!!!

Annette

I’m Annette Stuff

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A look at my Sticky Toffee Pudding, served at The Rose & Crown Pub.

 

 

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Rick Springfield and Floating cars…Another Glorious Visit to Walt Disney World!

April 12, 2019

Rick Springfield and Floating cars…
Another Glorious Visit to Walt Disney World!

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My childhood dream realized! :o)
I happily ride in a vintage Amphicar at Walt Disney World,
with my daughter and hubby.

It all began with a phone call…
Martese, my daughter, mentioned that Rick Springfield would be playing in a concert at Walt Disney World the following month. And that she (my daughter) would be running two races there that very same week.  

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Martese and Natasha run the Star Wars half marathon.
April 7, 2019

My hubby, Dale, overhearing my conversation, suggested that I go and enjoy the concert, see my daughter (who was slated to arrive later in the week, with her running buddy arriving on Friday), and enjoy some park time at WDW.  Dale would attempt to join me, if possible. I then phoned my son, Trevor, who lives in South Florida. He, too, would join me for a few days of Disney fun.

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My Rick Springfield “stash” consists of a 25 year anniversary shirt from 2006,
a cute, but impractical, handbag made from a Rick Springfield
album cover for the front and the actual LP for the back,
and a greatest hit CD.
The ringtone on my iPhone has been playing Rick Springfield’s
Jessie’s Girl for well-over ten years :o)

Listen to Rick Springfield’s 1981 music video, Jessie’s Girl, here.

As things worked out, I flew in to WDW on Monday evening, enjoying Epcot and the concerts (I attended all three) solo on Tuesday. Dale surprised me by catching the latest flight in on Tuesday evening, with Martese, and then Trevor, arriving around noon on Wednesday! It was a great time!

 

Enjoying Epcot Solo with a “Selfie Explosion”

Hitting the park solo was a first for me.  I found that my time alone gave me a chance to use my selfie “skills” throughout the park. :o)

Epcot Entrance

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I excitedly take my first Epcot selfie, upon entering the park.

 

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It was a colorfest for the eyes at Epcot during the Flower and Garden Festival.

 

The Seas

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Happy to have a FastPass to the Finding Nemo ride at The Seas.

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Of course, I had to visit the cute manatees while at The Sea.

 

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I decided to take a silly photo with Bruce the shark.

 

The Land

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Poncho-clad, I pose before The Land sign during a light rain.

 

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This farmhouse scene was taken on the Living with the Land boat ride.
(Check out the upper left-hand corner.  This is a viewing area
from the The Garden Grill restaurant.
My family ate there on my previous WDW visit, here.
I found a video of the ride, here.)

 

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This pineapple is one of the many crops raised in The Land.

 

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Figment, from the Journey into Imagination ride, is one of the numerous and amazing topiaries displayed throughout Epcot during
The Flower and Garden Festival.

 

The Rose & Crown

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Excited to partake in the Garden Rocks Dining Package at the Rose & Crown.
(Including my choice of appetizer, entree, dessert, and beverage.
Also, giving me preferential seating for the first
Rick Springfield concert that evening.)

This was my first dining experience at the Rose & Crown.

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At my server’s suggestion, I tried the Scotch Eggand became a fan!

 

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The Shepherd’s Pie was good!

 

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Another suggestion from my server, was this richly delicious Sticky Toffee Pudding.
It was my favorite part of the meal!  :o)

 

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An iced tea to go, and my pass (for preferential seating) for the concert.

A Colorful Background

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Enjoying the beauty of the flowers, and more Epcot rides in the afternoon.

 

Rick Springfield

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Fourth Row! Now that rocks! :o)

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Rick Springfield put on an terrific show.  
With each show lasting only 45 minutes (the concerts are included in the price of your admission to WDW), I decided to attend all three that evening. :o)

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Singing Human Touch, Rick Springfield, the ultimate showman,
runs into the audience of happy fans. :o)

 

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I had sooooo much fun seeing Rick Springfield in concert!
(I knew that he had a wonderfully entertaining and energetic performance,
having seen him one other time live, in Baltimore, in 2006.)

You can see Rick’s 1983 sci-fi music video for Human Touch, here.

Floating Cars

It was the 1960’s.  I was home, sick from (elementary) school, on the couch, all comfy under the covers.  The television helped me forget my low-grade fever, especially when a particular game show came on.  (I believe that show was I’ve got a Secret, and the host was Bill Cullen.) It was the prize being given to the winning contestant that caught my eye, and piqued my imagination. It was a floating car! I watched in awe, as it drove from land, straight into a lake, and then sped off across the water. I wanted to ride in one!

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Me, around the time I became aware of the “floating car”.

Fast forward to April 2019.  My. chance to ride in a floating car/amphicar was about to come true! Disney Springs offers visitors 20 minutes tours in these classic German cars.
It was a true blast (from the past)!

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A brief history of the Amphicars.  Only 400 remain.

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Ready for our ride.

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Captain Tim

 

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Into the water

 

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Waving to my fans.
Just kidding, actually waving to people dining on the dock.

 

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Floating along

 

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A front windshield view

 

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Enjoying the ride

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Surrounded by water

 

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Almost back

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And too soon, our Amphicar ride was over.

 

 Check out My Other Walt Disney World Posts!

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

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

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

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

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

(Dole whip Mama…)-Here

 And Check out My Disneyland and Disney Studios Posts!

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

Disney Studios(My Birthday with Disney)–Here

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

A big thank you to Martese,  Trevor, Dale, and Natasha for contributing photos for this blog post.

Thanks for reading, and have a magical day! :o)
Annette

I’m Annette Stuff

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Dale and Trevor like the looks of our House Salad at Via Napoli in Epcot.
April 3, 2019

 

 

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The Leaning Tower of Eggplant

March 31, 2019

The Leaning Tower of Eggplant

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I inspect an eggplant.
Read how to choose the best eggplant, here  and here . 

It was February 2019.  It was winter, and it was cold in Maryland.  It was time for me to visit my son, his wife, and their family (my grand children) in South Florida!  :o)

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The weather was glorious for my week long visit.

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We played at the park.

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We played at the beach.

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and ate some, too.

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And, some of the time we rested! :o)

Cooking up some Fun

Cookies

It was a fun- filled week!!! A lot of wonderful memories packed into each day.
One afternoon, my 9-year old grand son and I baked chocolate chip cookies!

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Leveling off the flour.

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Scooping out the cookie batter

For this Chocolate chip cookie recipe, go here.

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Everyone waits for the cookies to bake, including my son, Trevor, and
my grand daughter. :o)

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Baked chocolate chip cookies, fresh out of the oven. Yum!

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Plus, one extra large one for the baker to enjoy.  :o)

The Leaning Tower of Eggplant, or
Eggplant Stacks

While visiting, I picked up a tasty recipe from my daughter in-law, for Eggplant Stacks.
(I call them “the Leaning Tower of Eggplant” due to the fact that they must be stacked carefully, or they fall over. :o))

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Cut eggplant into even 3/4-1 inch thick slices. 

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If you want to sweat the eggplant (recommended), do that step here.

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You will need 3-4 slices, per “tower”.

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Dip one eggplant slice into the egg wash,
and then into the seasoned breadcrumbs with additional spices.

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Cover breaded eggplant slice with spaghetti sauce,
and 
sprinkle slice with shredded mozzarella.

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Repeat until your tray is filled.

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Bake at 375 degrees until done.

 

Recipe

The Leaning Tower of Eggplant/Eggplant Stacks

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Ingredients

Eggplant

Salt

Italian seasoned bread crumbs

Thyme

Rosemary (optional)

Garlic powder (optional)

PAM cooking spray,
or olive oil

Egg (for egg wash)

Jar of spaghetti sauce (red)

Mozzarella cheese, shredded

Directions

Peel eggplant, if desired,
Cut eggplant into even 3/4-1 inch thick slices. 

Sweat the eggplant.
(Sprinkle salt, over each eggplant slice, top and bottom.
Set the salted, sliced eggplant into a colander (with plate underneath),
and sit a small plate on top of eggplant, letting it rest for 30 minutes, or so.
Rinse and pat dry.)
A wonderful short youtube video on sweating eggplant is here.

Preheat oven to 375.

Prepare a cookie sheet, by covering in aluminum foil, or parchment.
Spray with PAM, or brush a little olive oil, if using foil.

You will need 3-4 eggplant slices, per stack/tower.

Mix breadcrumbs with desired amount of thyme, rosemary, and optional garlic powder.

Beat egg well for egg wash.

Layer…

Dip one eggplant slice into egg wash, and then into seasoned breadcrumbs with additional spices.
(If you wish to air fry, or fry, your eggplant, do so here.)

Place onto prepared cookie sheet.

Cover slice with spaghetti sauce.
Sprinkle with spices.

Sprinkle slice with shredded mozzarella.

Repeat two more times until you have one stack.

Repeat this process for each stack.

Place into preheated oven for about 20 minutes,
or until eggplant is tender and cheese is melted.

Annette’s notes-My daughter in-law, Tanya, made this again last week, and after dipping the eggplant Into the egg wash, she air fried them, and then assembled the stacks, and baked them.  She said that air frying made these even more delicious.

Enjoy!

 

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This over-sized eggplant (statue) greets visitors to the
Old Ellicott City/Howard County Welcome Center
in Maryland.

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Asbury Bedenbaugh and the China Hutch

March 24, 2019

Asbury Bedenbaugh and the China Hutch

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I bid a fond farewell to our almost 40-year old china hutch.

If I ever decide to become a novelist, my first protagonist will be named
Asbury Bedenbaugh.  Isn’t that a great name?  I actually encountered the real
Asbury Bedenbaugh over 38 years ago; a southern gentleman in a Prosperity,
South Carolina furniture store…

I first saw it, the top of my china hutch, while browsing the clearance section of our local furniture store in Columbia, South Carolina.  I wanted that hutch!  The price was right, but the bottom section had been sold (right out from under it, so to speak. :o)). I returned  home disappointed.  

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A brochure from the furniture collection that my china hutch came from.
(Note that the term “country” decor/design had not yet come into use.)

I could not get the thought of the pretty hutch, with the chicken wire in the glass, out of my mind.  I began a calling quest to furniture retailers around town, to see if I might be able to locate the bottom half of my dream china hutch. Eventually, one local store suggested that I inquire at a furniture store in Prosperity (30 miles away), equipping me with the long distance phone number (that means that it cost extra money to call Prosperity, as this was in the days before cell phones and the Internet).

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Another look at the furnitures collection brochure.

Upon calling, I spoke to a gentleman (with a charming southern accent) and explained my dilemma. He told me that they did, indeed, have the piece that I sought, both the top and bottom. He agreed to match the other store’s price for the top piece, if I bought the bottom section, as well. The store would hold the china hutch for us, upon our approval.  I made an appointment for Dale and me to see the piece, writing down directions (again, this was in the pre-Internet days), and struggled to jot down the friendly voice’s unfamiliar, yet lyrical, name on paper: Asbury Bedenbaugh. 

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Me, about the time that I met Asbury Bedenbaugh.
Charleston, South Carolina
1979

Entering the Prosperity Furniture Store, I was now able to match the wonderful name to a kind and smiling face. Dale and I purchased the china hutch from Mr. Bedenbaugh that day, and sadly we never made it back to Prosperity (South Carolina), or saw this delightful fellow, again, but I have always remembered his unique name.
Through the magic of the Internet, I was able to find his touching obituary, written in 2002.  You can read it, here.

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A new china hutch for Dale and me in our first apartment.
Check out our rotary wall phone in harvest gold!
Columbia, South Carolina
1980

This sturdy china hutch has served us well over the years, moving with us from
South Carolina, to Texas, to Ohio, and lastly, to Maryland.  But, in the past couple of years, as I began clearing out various excess furniture pieces from the rooms of my home, it became apparent that the china hutch had out lived its usefulness, for us.

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While streamlining and decluttering the dining room,
it became apparent that there was too much furniture for this room.

March 2018

On March 1, a young friend, with limited kitchen cupboard space, became the happy new owner of this “vintage” piece. I know that it will be useful again, and well-loved.  Farewell, china hutch, and thank you.

 

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The cleaned out china hutch awaiting its move to a new home.

 

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The “Bedenbaugh China Hutch” enjoying life in its new home. :o)
Thank you, Sydney, for sending me this photo!

 

A Recipe Blast from the Past

As a young married couple in Columbia, South Carolina (1978-1981), two-three times per year, Dale and I made the ( two and a half hour) drive southward to Hilton Head Island, for a long weekend. Those were idyllic visits, and often included a much anticipated  outing to Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks.

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This cute mermaid sign currently graces the roof at 
Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks.
August 2015

 

As a gastronomic tribute to our china hutch “of old”, and our first married years living in South Carolina, I will attempt to include an archived Hudson’s recipe here, sort of….

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Dale and I share an appetizer of Hudson’s popular, and delicious, She-crab Soup 
on our 40th wedding anniversary.

May 28, 2018

“Back in the day”, one of my favorite desserts was Hudson’s Fluffy Key Lime Pie.
( I added the “fluffy” part to the name.) I loved it! It was the perfect light dessert to
top off an always delectable Hudson’s seafood meal.  

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Hudson’s famous, and addicting, hushpuppies were an amazing compliment to a
recent meal on the deck area.
March 2018

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A delicious Hudson’s shrimp meal, where the seafood is always fresh.
February 2017

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Shrimp boats bring fresh-caught seafood right up to the Hudson’s dock.
September 2018

While dining at Hudson’s in the late 1970’s, I requested the key lime pie recipe from our server.  Her response? The pie was basically cool whip, some lime juice, with a touch of green food coloring mixed together and put into a pie crust.
(I think it was a graham cracker crust, but I am not 100% sure on this point.)

 

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Hudson’s chocolicious MUD PIE “ENOUGH FOR TWO”
could have been a meal all by itself!
Yes, Dale and I shared! :O)
February 2017

I went home after that Hilton Head Island trip, made the pie by guessing the amounts, enjoyed eating it, and promptly forgot about making it ever again.  That is, until about fifteen years ago.  It was at that time (in 2004), that I looked up Hudson’s on the Internet and saw that they had a cookbook for sale.

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My Hudson’s cookbook,
complete with many of the restaurants wonderful recipes.

You can order their current cookbook copy, here.

I ordered the Hudson’s cookbook, but upon receiving it, I found that the key lime pie recipe listed in the cookbook differed from the key lime pie that I remembered so well.  To make a long story, somewhat shorter, I wrote to Hudson’s requesting MY key lime pie recipe. Their kind reply stated that their dessert cook, Miss Bessie, had been with them for almost 30 years, and that the key lime pie recipe in the cookbook was hers, and the one that the restaurant still serves.
(I have enjoyed Miss Bessie’s mouthwatering key lime pie, mud pie, and peanut butter pie at the restaurant.) 

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My joyous return to Hudson’s in 2011, after a 30-year absence.
April 2011

Could it be that Miss Bessie, the dessert cook, came to Hudson’s after I had moved from South Carolina in 1981 (I would not to return to the state again until 2011), and that the recipe that I remember is now a “lost” recipe? It is a mystery.

Below I have attempted to recreate the recipe that I remember.

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I believe that I have come up with a reasonable facsimile to that particular
key lime pie that I remember.
My recipe is below.

 

Fluffy Key Lime Pie

Below is my attempt at recreating the Fluffy Key Lime Pie that I remember.
Please, see my notes and suggestions at the bottom of the recipe.

 

 

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The ingredients needed for my Fluffy Key Lime Pie

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This tasted pretty close to the pie that I remember, except that the pie of my memory was twice as high.
So next time I will double the filling recipe below,
and make my own graham cracker crust. (It would taste better.)

Recipe

Fluffy Key Lime Pie

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Ingredients

1 graham cracker pie crust
( I suggest a homemade variety)

( I suggest that you double the filling amounts below,
 for a mile high pie)

16 ounce, original Cool Whip

3 Tablespoons lime juice, or to taste
(a little goes a long ways)
(I used bottled, but may try fresh next go round.
I am guessing that the amount of lime juice may have to be altered, if using fresh)

green food color
(I used the gel variety)

1 fresh lime
(more if squeezing your limes for juice)

Directions

Prepare graham cracker pie crust.

Mix together Cool Whip and lime juice.

Add green food coloring to get desired color, mixing well.

Spoon cool whip mixture into graham pie crust.

Slice lime, and garnish pie.
Save additional slices to garnish individual slices.

Refrigerate at least one hour to firm up pie filling.

Annette’s note-As stated above,
I suggest-
1. Make the graham cracker pie crust from scratch, for
     a more tasty pie.
(The Internet has numerous no-cook graham cracker pie crust recipes.)

2. Next time, I will use fresh-squeezed lime juice.
I would start out using less juice amounts, as guessing fresh may be more flavorful.

3.  Double the amounts above of Cool Whip and lime juice for a taller pie.
In other words, 2-16 ounce tubs of Cook Whip, and 6 Tablespoons of lime juice.

Enjoy!

Other Fun Hilton Head Blog Posts

Family Fun in Hilton Head/September 2015, click here.

Beach Getaway/February 2017, click here.

40 Years of (being) Married! A Hilton Head of a Celebration/June 2018, click here.

Beach Love/September 2018, click here.

Another past blog post to enjoy

Annette and Dale Get Married, or Someday You’ll Look Back on This and Laugh
/May 2014, click here. 

 

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I pause from my beach bicycle ride to enjoy a peaceful Hilton Head sunset.
1980

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

March 14, 2019

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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My granddaughter and I created these yummy, and easy,
Leprechaun Hats in honor of
St. Patrick’s Day. 

St. Patrick’s Day is almost upon us! Don’t you love an excuse to celebrate a holiday?
I am blessed to spend one morning each week with my pre-school aged granddaughter, and this past week we enjoyed making a leprechaun craft and a snack. :o)

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My granddaughter’s leprechaun craft creation. Isn’t he cute?

The inspiration for this craft came from here.

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The construction of the Leprechaun Hats. :o)

The inspiration for this snack craft came from here.

Recipe


Leprechaun
Hats
(No Bake)

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Ingredients

Small-sized graham cracker chocolate cookies
(I used Keebler’s Deluxe Grahams)

Chocolate/Fudge Sticks
(I used Keebler’s Fudge Sticks-originals)

Creamy peanut butter

Green plain m & m’s

Directions

On one narrow side of a fudge stick, spread peanut butter.

Press the peanut-buttered fudge stick against the front of a chocolate graham cookie, placing the graham long side down. (See photo above.)

Attach three green m & m’s to front of the”hat” with peanut butter in a shamrock design, making sure that the plain side of the m & m faces outwards. (Again, see photo above.)

Around the House

My entryway table sports the majority of my St. Patrick’s Day decorations, with a bit of green sprinkled here and there throughout the house.

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My entryway table reflects the holiday of the season.

You can get another look at the decorations here and here.

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In my dining room,
this antique Irish mineral water bottle comes out for St. Patrick’s Day.

For instructions on how to recreate the painting in the top photo,
click here, and here.

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I made this LUCK decoration several years ago.
You can find my “how to” directions, here.

The Quiet Man magnet, tucked inside the letter C,
is a reminder of one of my favorite films, and a souvenir from a
2013 trip to Ireland.

See the links below to read about my Quiet Man trip.

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This Ireland tea towel makes me smile, and is another souvenir from Ireland.

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Dale and I happily pose in front of the “Reverend Playfair House”
in the village of Cong/Ireland.
This house is seen in the film The Quiet Man.

September 25, 2013

Other St Patrick’s Day Posts!

Check out these other I’m Annette St. Patrick’s Day posts,
by clicking on the link below each photo. 

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October 1, 2013-Irish Gold, Part 1, click here.

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October 5, 2013-Irish Gold, Part 2, click here.

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October 18, 2013-The Quiet Man’s Ireland- Day 2, or
A Day Fit for a “Quiet Man Crazy”, click here.

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February 23, 2014-Top of the Mornin’ to ya, click here.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day, and thanks so much for reading,
Annette

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A commemorative plaque from near the “Castletown” railroad.

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields.

Traditional Irish Blessing

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If I Knew You Were Comin’ I’d ‘ve Baked a Cake!

Thursday, March 7, 2019

If I Knew You Were Comin’ I’d ‘ve  Baked a Cake!

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My sixth birthday party, complete with an angel food birthday cake!
I wear the star party “hat of honor”, in the front left of the photo.
March 1964

              If I knew you were coming‘ Id’ve baked a cake, baked a cake, baked a cake…
The words to this 1950 Eileen Barton tune, always come to mind when my birthday rolls around. It not only makes me think of that oh so delicious birthday cake, but brings back memories of my 4 year-old daughter happily dancing to this tune with her preschool dance class.

Hear If I Knew You Were Comin’ I’d ‘ve  Baked a Cake, here.

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Pretty in pink, Martese, in her dance recital costume.
Spring, 1995 

My Happy Trifecta of Birthday Cakes

I love celebrating my birthday with family and friends!  It is a happy time to enjoy each other’s company, and share birthday cake! Yum! This year I was treated to not just one, not just two, but three birthday cakes! :o) :o)  :o)

The week prior to my birthday, I enjoyed a visit to Florida to see my eldest son, his wife,  and their family. On my final day of the visit, they presented me with a birthday
Key Lime Pie. YUM! 
:o)

Five days later, on my actual birthday,  I shared an ice cream cake with my son and his girlfriend. YUM! :o)

The following day, I was treated to my traditional birthday cake, Raspberry Continental,
prepared by my other son, and his family, for my birthday celebration. YUM! :o)

It was a fun and delicious birthday!  According to my friend, Barb, my birthday is not over just yet.  She subscribes to the belief that all birthdays should be celebrated for a month, not just a single day. Sounds like great advice to me! :o)

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This delicious Florida Key Lime Pie,
was enjoyed on the last day of my visit to see my eldest son, his wife, and 
family
in Florida.
February 24 (five days before my birthday)

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I enjoyed an Ice Cream Cake with my youngest son and girlfriend
on my March 2nd birthday.

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My traditional birthday cake, Raspberry Continental, a surprise created by my
second born son and his family, for my family birthday celebration on March 3.

For the recipe for this Raspberry Continental cake, click here.

 

Check out these other I’m Annette birthday posts from previous years,
by clicking on the link

 

Happy Birthday to Dr. Seuss and Me, 2014
https://imannette.net/2014/03/04/happy-birthday-to-dr-seuss-texas-and-me-o-2/

Delighting in Dubai,2014
https://imannette.net/2014/03/20/delighting-in-dubai/

Annette and Dale’s Excellent European Adventure, Part 1, Germany
Annette and Dale’s Excellent European Adventure, Part 1, Germany

My Birthday with Disney, 2016
https://imannette.net/2016/04/07/my-birthday-with-disney-part-1/

Queen for a Day, 2017
https://imannette.net/2017/03/09/birthday-queen-for-a-day/`

Today marks the sixth anniversary of my blog I’m Annette!
To see my very first blog post, click
here.

Thanks for reading,
Annette

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My seven year-old self, enjoying my birthday cake.  :o)

March 1965

 

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Dole Whip Mama, or Rubbin’ Elbows with Mickey

January 28, 2019

Dole Whip Mama,
or Rubbin’ Elbows with Mickey

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My secret is out!
It’s true! I am a two-fisted Dole Whip eater; a real Dole Whip Mama! :o)

Happy January!  (Or happy end of January, I should say. :o).) My year happily began at  Walt Disney World.  In addition to enjoying all of the fun that WDW has to offer, I was there to cheer on my hubby, daughter, and her friend, as they participated in this month’Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend. (We also got a chance to meet my Florida son and family for part of our time there.)  Our home away from home for the week was Disney’s Art of Animation.

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We stayed at Disney’s Art of Animation this January.

Da doo run run

I know, the song’s lyric’s actually go “da doo ron ron”, but you get the idea…
(If you are now in the mood to hear this 1963’s tune, click here.)

I am so proud of my running crew!  In a weekend where 30,000 runners descend upon the “Happiest Place on Earth”, my hubby, Dale, completed his first half marathon, ever! Running along side our daughter, Martese, and friend, Natasha, he ran 13.1 miles! Congratulations! 

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Dale, Martese, and Natasha pose in front of the Cinderella Castle
during their half marathon run.
January 12, 2019

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The trio is all smiles, while racing through Epcot.

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The half marathon medal

My daughter, Martese, and her running buddy, Natasha, completed the ambitious Disney
 Dopey Challenge this year.  This challenge consists of four consecutive race days. Participants run a 5k, then 10k, then half marathon, and finally a full marathon (a marathon is 26.2 miles)! Congratulations X 4 to this Disney running duo!

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Martese and Natasha, after finishing the marathon, display their medals.

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The Dopey Challenge Medal

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This shirt, that was for sale, sums up my race participation. :o)

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Our granddaughter, and future runner (?), inspects the medals.

Rubbin’ Elbows with Mickey

I always love it when we run into Mickey at WDW.  Back when my kiddies were young, finding Mickey around “the world” was often difficult.  Happily, today it is more common to meet up with this spry 90-year old while at the parks.

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A Mickey memory from 1987 with my two oldest children.
(Trevor is the one wearing the Mickey mouse ears.)

If I remember correctly, this was a Winnie the Pooh character breakfast
at the now defunct Empress Lilly on Pleasure Island (currently Disney Springs). 
I believe that this was the location of the first, and for awhile,
only character breakfast at Walt Disney World.

You can read more about the Empress Lilly, here.

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Dale and I enjoy a photo op with Mickey during our Ohana Character Breakfast
at the Polynesian Resort.

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Mickey proudly poses with the half marathon finishers.

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Our granddaughter plays the “nose game” with Mickey at our character dining experience at The Garden Grill in Epcot.

Dining with Disney and Fun

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I love the Duo (White Chocolate and Chocolate Mousse Cake) from
Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie  
in the French area of Epcot.

If you follow this blog, then you are aware that I am a foodie, especially when it comes to Disney fare.  In addition to the yummy Dole whip concoction (see the first photo, above), Disney has a jillion dining options. Here are a few photos of some of our dining fun, and activities, this trip.

Animal Kingdom

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Thanks to our fast pass, we quickly got on our ride for the “always fun”
Kilimanjaro Safari.

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We saw many wonderful animals, but my favorite are always the giraffes!

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Dinner at Yak and Yeti was a new and yummy experience for all of us.

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I had the Lo Mein Shrimp.  It was good!

Epcot

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I was excited to try out La Hacienda de San Angel, located across from one of my favorite rides, Three Caballeros(You can see the ride, here.)

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I loved the shrimp tacos!

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Enjoying a quick bite of Guacamole with Chicharrones
(these chicharrones are vegetarian and made from flour) at Choza de Margarita.
Very tasty!

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A little fish and chips to tide us over at Yorkshire County Fish Shop.

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Had to check out the jumbo pretzel at the German Pavilion.

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The character breakfast at The Garden Grill was a hearty, family style meal of roast beef for our marathon runners, who had just completed their race.
For added fun, the restaurant slowly rotates through The Land.

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The dessert of Berry Shortcake was a great end to the meal.

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

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The Disney character breakfast came complete with yummy Mickey waffles.
For the source of Mickey waffle mix, click here.

 

Disney Springs 

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Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ was a delightful lunch place.  

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I had the Thigh High Chicken Biscuits; fried chicken on biscuits.
They were delicious.

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The decor was comfortably interesting, too.

 

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While the two marathoners got their sleep before the next day’s big race,
Dale and I went out to dinner with our oldest son, Trevor, and his wife, Tanya, and their little one.  We enjoyed eating and visiting at Terralina Crafted Italian (formerly Portobello) This spot has special meaning, as this is the place where they were engaged.
You can read about their engagement here, and their wedding here.

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A couple of stops during the week at the Ghirardelli Ice Cream Chocolate Shop is a must! :o)

 

The Boardwalk

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Dale enjoying Ample Hills “homemade” ice cream.

Hollywood Studios

Although, we did not have time to have a complete meal at the Sci-fi Cafe, we did stop in for some hot tea and fried pickles. I have to say that the fried pickles were over-salted, but were nice and crispy.

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I sit in the seat of a “convertible” in the restaurant.
I love the theming of the Sci-fi Cafe.

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I enjoy the clips shown of all the 1950’s and early 1960’s sci-fi movies.

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The hot tea tasted good on this cool Florida night.

 

Souvenir

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My favorite souvenir from this trip is this colorfully whimsical print.
I fell in love with this David Perillo print at the Polynesian Resort gift shop.
Can’t beat sitting in the Tiki Room
(one of my early memories from my first trip to Disneyland in the late 1960’s)
and eating Dole Whip!

Calling it Quits,
with the Cooking with Mickey Cookbook, that is

 

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Bye bye, Cooking with Mickey

Call it the end of an era.  After a year, of “playing” with Cooking with Mickey around our world, I have decided to move on to other things.  Of the several recipes that I have tried, only one “new” one has tickled my fancy.  Three other, tried and true recipes, from over the years were also blog worthy.

Read about first blog post, using this cookbook, here.

Cookies

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  I remember these cookies when they were once sold in The Land.
They were a delicious chocolate chip cookie.
I attempted this recipe last week, and a couple of times in the past, but never with good results.

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Fail!

 

Recipes worth repeating

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See the Tavern Sherbet Punch recipe, here.

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For the Contemporary French Toast recipe, click here.

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Check out the Cinderella Soup recipe, here.

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Find the Fettuccine Alfredo recipe, here.

Check out My Other Disney Posts!

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 Check out My Other Walt Disney World Posts!

Disney Food and Wine FestivalHere

Disney World Family Reunion-Here

Disney World Recipe-Here,

Here,  

Here

 Check out My Disneyland and Disney Studios Posts!

DisneylandHere

Disney Studios–Here

Disneyland and Disney StudiosHere

 

A big thank you to Martese, Natasha, Tanya, and Dale for contributing photos for this blog post.

Thanks for reading,
Annette

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Happy Bacon, Happy New Year!

December 31, 2018

Happy Bacon, Happy New Year!

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I happily inspect my tasty Million Dollar Bacon, fresh out of the oven.

With 2018 quickly drawing to a close, I post this, my final blog of the year, in dedication  to you, my faithful readers. It is with appreciation for your encouragement and kind words throughout 2018, that I wish you and yours a terrific 2019!  :o)

New Year’s Eve

How will you spend your New Year’s Eve?  Mine will be of the enjoyably quiet variety.  My hubby and I will view the 1942 Humphrey Bogart classic, Casablanca
(it’s a tradition with us), sometime during the course of the evening, and in-between football games. :o)

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Casablanca, the romantic war drama

We’ll be toasting in the new year at midnight with a glass of Martinelli’s sparkling
(non-alcoholic) apple cider (another tradition, since our kiddies were young).

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Our Martinelli’s sparkling cider is chilling.

In addition to watching Casablanca, I often watch the 1960’s New Year’s Eve film, Ocean’s 11 (the original). Rat Pack-filled/Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and the rest, this is an enjoyable comedy/drama that does not take itself too seriously.

The tradition of watching this film every New Year’s Eve dates back to my young days in Iowa.  My family often joined another family for New Year’s Eve festivities, and it seems that Ocean’s 11 was always on the TV when the bell tolled midnight for the new year. 

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Four movie recommendations for New Year’s Eve viewing.

Two more of my New Year’s Eve film recommendations are Sandra Bullock’s romantic comedy/drama, While You Were Sleeping (1995), and the comedy, Last Holiday (2006), with Queen Latifah, that is, if you have not already seen them during the Christmas holidays. :o)

Christmas Gifts

Christmas 2018 is now a sweet memory of time with family and friends.  One of my many wonderful Christmas gifts was a cookbook from my son, First Watch.  This book includes the breakfast culinary delights of the restaurant of the same name.

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One of my wonderful Christmas gifts 

One of my favorite items on First Watch’s menu is their Million Dollar Bacon. With this recipe in my cookbook, I decided to give it a try today!

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My breakfast order at First Watch a few weeks ago.
(I sub out their regular bacon for the yummy Million Dollar variety.)

Million Dollar Bacon

As I happily began my quest for delicious Million Dollar Bacon , I soon found that I had only four pieces of bacon in my refrigerator.  Oh well, I would have to do a half batch.

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Ingredients for Million Dollar Bacon

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The first step is to prepare a pan.

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Whisk all of the ingredients, but the bacon, together for the glaze.
Then, drag bacon slices through the whisked ingredients.

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Bake to yummy goodness

Recipe

Million Dollar Bacon
(This is a half batch)

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Ingredients for glaze

1/2 cup brown sugar (I used light brown sugar)

1/2 Tablespoon (1+1/2 teaspoons) coarse ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
( I used a scant 1/2 teaspoon, and may even use a little less next time)

1/4 cup real maple syrup

1/4 cup water (I use filtered)

 

Bacon

4 slices (I used the thicker, no nitrate variety)
(I had enough glaze to do 1-2 more pieces of bacon.)

Directions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Line baking sheet with parchment.  Place baking rack (this is what I used), or roasting rack on top.

Whisk together brown sugar, black pepper, cayenne pepper, maple syrup, and water in large bowl.

Drag bacon slices through mixture and place on prepared pan rack.
(I poured the additional glaze mix over the bacon.  No need to waste maple syrup!  :o))

Bake for 15 minutes. Rotate pan, and cook for another 5 minutes, or until done to desired crispness.
(After rotating, it took my bacon about another 15 minutes.)
Watch closely, being careful not to over-cook.

Enjoy!

Annette’s note-I would make this again!  Please, see my notes above (in parentheses) on things that I would change.

Happy New Year, and thank you for reading!

Annette

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Christmas decor is packed away for another year, and
January “pretties”take their place.

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