A (half) Summer’s Worth of Mishmash

August 25, 2019

A (half) Summer’s Worth of Mishmash

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Enjoying a summer snow cone gelato at The Snowball Stand,
a Maryland landmark since  1974!
August 11, 2019

It has been one of those creative challenges…
this blog post had me STUMPED.  Bits and pieces of my past month, begged me to attempt to cleverly craft them into one cohesive, interesting, spell-binding bit of reading. After much deliberation, I realized that this mishmash, or as Buddy Sorrell (character on the classic TV show, The Dick Van Dyke Show) so creatively put it, “mishmosh”, of the month’s events are colorfully portrayed in the photos that I have so eagerly taken.  So, what better way to pull this hodgepodge of summer frivolity all together than to just share with you, my dear reader, my past month in photos? Done!

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

One of my very favorite places on Earth!

The sea,
once it casts its spell,
holds one in its net of wonder

Jacques Cousteau

Unable to resist, I take this selfie during a walk on the beach on Hilton Head Island.  :o)
July 7, 2019

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My hubby admiring the colorful South Carolina sunset.
July 8, 2019

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An early evening view of Port Royal Sound.
July 10, 2019

Santa gets tropical!
A fun item spotted on the Island grocery shelves.
July 12, 2019


One of the many fun sand creations spotted on the beach. :o)

Did you know that at the end of each beach day,
these, and other any holes made in the sand on Hilton Head Island,
should be filled, allowing baby sea turtles a clear access to the sea ?


Read more about Hilton Head Island’s turtles in my blog post from last year, here.


Early morning quiet on the beach
July 21, 2019

IMG_5225.jpegAnother sunset of beauty
July 20, 2019


Beautiful morning on the beach.
(The sand is packed hard enough for bike riding.)
July 21, 2019


I am a big fan of the historic Old Fort Pub‘s she-crab soup!
July 21, 2019

IMG_5278.jpegAmazing sunset!
The color in this photo was NOT edited!
July 21, 2019

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A lone morning fisherman enjoys the solitude.
July 23, 2019


Visiting Coligny Plaza, including the local Piggly Wiggly,
and checking out The Frosty Frog‘s shrimp tacos.


A morning beachgoer reading on the shore.
August 1, 2019

Sea Oats “look” over the beach and morning clouds.
August 1, 2019

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The Skull Creek Boathouse is a favorite spot for us to enjoy lunch on Hilton Head.
August 3, 2019


I never tire of the sunsets here.
August 3, 2019


A bird is hoping for a handout from these two fisherman brothers.
August 4, 2019


Finding a bargain on local shrimp at Fresh Market,
means Dale is grilling for dinner.  :o)
August 4, 2019

(See the Grilled Shrimp recipe below)

To view my blog post from earlier this summer, click here.

Growing Up in Disneyland

A highlight in my blogging “career” was an entertaining and informative phone interview with author Ron DeFore (son of actor Don Defore),
discussing his (then) upcoming book
Growing UP in Disneyland.


My grilled chicken dinner, slathered in the truly delicious barbecue sauce made from the recipe from Don DeFore’s Silver Banjo Barbecue Restaurant in Disneyland.

You can get the recipe, and read about the interview, here

Check out this related blog post from December 2018, here,
where Ron graciously emailed answers to my questions about his father’s film,
It Happened on 5th Avenue


Returning from Hilton Head, I was happy to see that my copy of
Growing UP in Disneyland was waiting for me!

I was happy to find the book waiting for me upon returning from Hilton Head.  Pacing myself, to make it last a little bit longer, I finished reading this book last week. It was a delight!  

Ron has succeeded in combining the memories of his father, as well as where life’s road has taken him, in this entertaining book. I loved reading about Don’s friendships with Walt Disney and Ronald Reagan, among other prominent figures of the day, along with  his various business and career ventures, and his deep love for his family. Reading about Ron going to Disneyland every weekend with his siblings, paling around with other celebrity kids, like Dick Van Dyke’s offspring, and swimming in Esther Williams pool was like catnip for this classic TV and movie fan!
I could go on, but I don’t want to spoil this read for you. I recommend that you get a copy of this book, and read it for yourself. :o)

Disc Golf

I tried my hand, for the first time, at Disc/Frisbee Golf.  I will not be going on the pro circuit any time soon!


My hubby and son enjoy playing Disc Golf at a nearby park.
August 11, 2019

My Mid-century Find

I was happy to find this starburst clock at our local senior center white elephant sale the other day!


I was excited to find this $5 bargain this week.  :o)

Old Ellicott City, Maryland

Yesterday I took a little time out for myself in nearby Old Ellicott City.


A view looking down Old Ellicott City‘s Main Street


I stopped for breakfast at Georgia Grace Cafe.


My omelet was delicious!


Next, I took a leisurely walk, strolling across the bridge.


A historical marker


Time to head back across the bridge to home.

Read more about Old Ellicott City in my previous blog posts, here and here.


Grilled Shrimp



Shrimp, peeled (not farmed)


Melted butter

Minced garlic (optional)

Lemon juice

Black pepper

Chives-chopped (dried do in a pinch)


Spray skewers with PAM.

Push peeled shrimp on skewers so that it is stabbed through twice. (See photo)

Do not crowd too many on onto one skewer.

Mix melted butter, garlic (optional), lemon, pepper, and chives to your taste.

Grill and baste with melted butter mixture, until done.

Serve shrimp on bed of Rice Pilaf with lemon wedges.


 Other Hilton Head Blog Posts

Family Fun in Hilton Head, September 2015, here

Beach Getaway, February 2017, here.

40 years of being married: A Hilton Head of a Celebration, June 2018, here.

Summers Musings, August 2018, here.

Beach Love, September 2018, here.

Asbury Bedenbaugh and the China Hutch, March 2019, here.

Frogmore Stew, Anyone?, June 2019, here.

Yankee Doodle Hilton Head Family Reunion, July 2019, here.

Thank you for reading,


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Early morning beach time

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5 Responses to A (half) Summer’s Worth of Mishmash

  1. bwbuttons@q.com says:

    As always Annette, your blogs gives your readers a relaxing feel of being right there with you and ends up with mouth watering recipes.. Thanks For Sharing. Barb

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Cindi Ehm says:

    Love all the pics and recipes !
    Thanks for sharing!

    Liked by 1 person

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