40 Years of (being) Married! A Hilton Head of a Celebration

40 Years of (being) Married!
A Hilton Head of a Celebration


Dale and I enjoy an evening stroll on the Hilton Head beach,
in celebration of our 40th anniversary.


Ever made plans just to have them rearranged by “life”?  Me, too!  I spotted the scene (pictured) below at an office visit, and felt like it was a humorous illustration of my
“best laid (blogging) plans” gone awry.  :o)


The office scene above humorously illustrates my “best laid (blogging) plans”
gone awry. 

( The name of the office has been been 
omitted to protect the innocent. :o))

With that being said, I have decided to scale back my blogging efforts to once per month, for (at least) during the busy summer months.  Now, on with the show blog!


May 28, 2018 marked a milestone for Dale and me; our fortieth anniversary!
To celebrate, we chose to spend it in one of our favorite places, Hilton Head, South Carolina!

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Dale and me on our wedding day on May 28, 1978.

Read my previous blog post,
Annette and Dale get Married, or Someday you”ll look back on this and laugh, here.

Dale and my married life began 1978, with Dale’s first post-college job in South Carolina (and my college transfer to the University of South Carolina).  It was during our first year together that we discovered, and became enamored of, Hilton Head Island’s beauty.

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Dale and me in front of the Harbour Town Light House.
May 1979


Dale and me in front of the Harbor Town Lighthouse on a windy afternoon.
May 29, 2018 

For another view of this lighthouse and more information,
go to the bottom of this post.

Two to three times per year, until mid-1981 (when we moved to Texas), Dale and I would sneak away to the unspoiled beaches of Hilton Head for extended, relaxing weekends. 


Hilton Head Beach time with my toes buried in the sand.
June(?) 1979 

Hilton Head 

I share with you, below, a few of our photos from our wonderful anniversary week in Hilton Head.

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Mickey Recipe Cook-along


My vintage copy of Cooking with Mickey Around Our World cookbook,
continues to be used in a series of I’m Annette blog posts.

I will work my way through this classic 1986 Walt Disney World cookbook,
preparing the Disney creations that interest me,
while changing recipes when necessary, and/or to my liking.


Pinocchio compares noses with my young son, Spencer, at Walt Disney World
in 1987.

 Beef and Barley Soup has been a family favorite for decades at my house.  First eaten, many years ago, at King Stefan’s Banquet Hall (now called Cinderella’s Royal Table) in the Magic Kingdom’s Cinderella’s Castle, my family refers to this delectable dish simply as
Cinderella Soup.

You can read about King Stefan’s Banquet Hall here and here.


A vintage paper crown (the children’s menu was on the back) from
King Stefan’s Banquet Hall

The Ingredients for Cinderella Soup


Cinderella Soup (Beef and Barley Soup)



1/3 cup uncooked pearl barley

1/8 teaspoon salt

2 cups boiling beef broth (1/2 of 32 ounce container)
(You will need a total of two-three 32 ounce containers of broth)

1-2 Tablespoons of butter

1 small-medium onion, diced fine
(or may be peeled and left whole if anyone has issues with onion)

1+1/2 stalk celery, diced fine

1/2 large carrot, peeled, diced fine

6 ounce package cooked deli-style roast beef, diced
(I use Hormel-brand Natural Choice)

5 cups of beef broth (1+1/2, or so, of 32 ounce container)

2 beef bouillon cubes

1 chicken boullion cube

Dash of White Pepper


Combine barley, salt, and 2 cups of boiling beef broth in a saucepan and cook, covered
for 30-40 minutes, or until barley is soft.

Strain out barley and rinse with cold water. Reserve broth.  Set aside.


In large saucepan, heat butter and sauté onion, celery, and carrot until soft, stirring occasionally.

Add beef, 5 cups of broth, beef and chicken bullion cubes, and white pepper.
Also, add reserved broth the barely was cooked in.
Bring to boil, reduce heat, and simmer covered for 15 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.

Add barely and cook for 10 minutes longer.

If necessary, add additional beef broth.

Serve hot.


Annette’s note-This recipe is a keeper!  My family has been enjoying this one for decades!

It is possible that when cooking this last week, that I may have doubled the barley portion, along with the broth, as my family likes the barley.  I am sorry, but I can not remember, and did not keep great notes. When I make it again, I will update the recipe.

Other Mickey Cook-along Recipes

Click on the recipe’s name, below, to be taken to the recipe’s blog post.


Caddy Cooler

Tavern Sherbet Punch


Pioneer Hall Cheese Dip

A big thanks to you for reading I’m Annette,

To enjoy any, or all, of my past blogs and photos, click here, or go to imannette.net, selecting the posts that you desire to see in the Recent Posts,
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I’m Annette
I plan to post my blog once per month during this summer.

Look for my next post on
 Thursday, July 12.

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I enjoy the Sea Pines view,
including the temporarily 
tartan-covered lighthouse (read about that here),
in Hilton Head, while lounging on this perfectly-placed 
Adirondack chair.

Yes, I am STILL wearing the orthopedic tennis shoes!
(You can read about that here.)

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20 Responses to 40 Years of (being) Married! A Hilton Head of a Celebration

  1. Jenny Sharpe says:

    How wonderful, Annette.


  2. Michelle says:

    Congratulations on your 40th anniversary!!! Always enjoy your blogs! Thanks for sharing😊


  3. Marjorie Mattson says:

    Loved the pictures at Hilton Head. Just as pretty as I remember it.


  4. Patty Edwards says:

    Erick and I thoroughly enjoyed your blog and photos about your 40th anniversary trip to Hilton Head, South Carolina. Thanks for sharing 😌


  5. greg says:

    Great vacation photos Annette! Beautiful. I went for the once a month blog schedule long ago (it’s just not humanly possible to keep up with the likes of the highly prolific Jenny over at Silver Screen Suppers!). I think of the once a month approach, as quality over quantity (for MY purposes…NOT for the superhuman Jenny). Looking forward to your more relaxed pace…enjoy your summer Annette!


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