A Halloween Movie/TV Show Checklist

October 25, 2016

A Halloween Movie/TV Show Checklist

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I do my best “Samantha”(Bewitched) imitation, getting ready for Halloween in 2014.

Don’t you love watching the movies of the season?  My family and I have certain movies that we watch each year during  each season. Below is my not-so-scary checklist for my favorite Halloween movies and tv shows.  I hope that in-between your World Series watching, that you will find the time to squeeze in a few of these fun Halloween flicks. Print off this checklist of Halloween film fun. Enjoy!

Click here for film details and for more fun Halloween films. 

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To print out this Halloween movie printable,
click holloween-movie-checklist.

On a World Series Note-Go Cleveland Indians!!!!

Thanks for reading!

Annette

Note-Due to a technical error (more accurately, mine), most of the photos from past blog posts were accidently deleted awhile back. I have been slowly working to replace them, and most are now back in place. If you wish to grab a cup of tea/coffee and take a few minutes to view my past blogs and photos, click here, or go to imannette.net.

In an effort to establish a more reliable blog posting schedule, I plan (or at least, plan to try) to post every other Thursday. Think of Thursday as I’m Annette days. :o)
Look for my next post on November 10.

Thank you my faithful blog followers!!!
It truly is your encouragement that keeps me writing! :o)
I always love your positive comments, and enjoy hearing from you!
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img_3715Kali and I wish you a Happy and Safe Halloween!

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

October 20, 2016

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

img_3216My daughter and I enjoy Disney’s non-frightening approach to Halloween with
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party!

Autumn in October

Leaves

The beauteous colors of the season are all around.  As trees turn autumn’s vivid jewel tones, and temperatures begin to cool, fall pulls us in, wrapping its cozy arms around us.

img_3476img_3485I spotted these colorful scenes on my neighbor walk this week.

Version 2I still love making wax paper leaf crafts each fall.

Young Frankenstein and Other Not-Too-Scary Halloween Shows

I have a few movies and shows that are on my “must watch” list each year in October.
(I love my DVDs!) Among my favorites is 
Young Frankenstein (1974).Having seen this now classic film (while in high school), when it was first released, it still makes me giggle.  So when I heard that there would be a one-time showing this October 5th in select theaters, I was in! Introduced by Mel Brooks, this large screen showing did not disappoint!  

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Young Frankenstein was shown in select theaters on October 5th.

img_3335Young Frankenstein trivia entertained the audience prior to the movie.

img_3349Young Frankenstein is a true comedy classic.
Seeing it on the big screen again was a real treat.

img_3518A few other of my “must watch” Halloween programs are shown above.
To see a my complete Halloween Watch List click, here.

A Not-So-Scary Halloween, like Disney

Mickey Mouse is just not scary.:o) I have had the pleasure of seeing, first hand, how Disney celebrates Halloween with their Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.  I was impressed at how Disney embraced the fun of the holiday, while keeping the fear factor at bay.

img_5957Disney’s Halloween decorations are happy and often mouse-shaped.

img_3206Among the fun activities is the colorful and light-filled Boo to You Halloween Parade.

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Even the Disney hotel “ghosts” are friendly.

img_3472This year I purchased online (DisneyStore.com) this cute light up
Mickey Mouse Trick or Treat Bucket, allowing me to have a little bit of
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at home.

Treats not Tricks

Part of the fun of Halloween is the availability of holiday-themed treats in the stores.
Aren’t these pumpkin-shaped brownies by Little Debbie cute?  They taste yummy, too!

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Little Debbie’s Pumpkin Brownies are a fun Halloween treat.

This time of year there is a cornucopia of pumpkin-flavored options available to purchase. To be honest, I am usually not a big pumpkin fan, or I should say not a big fan of all the various pumpkin spices. ( I do make Thanksgiving pumpkin pie from scratch, though, with a real pumpkin.  Look for my recipe next month.) Over the years I have tweaked the following pumpkin cake recipe to my liking, and autumn begs me to bake it each year.  This dense, moist, but not overly spiced, not overly sweet cake is perfect with a large cup of hot tea. 

img_3495Pumpkin Cake fresh out of the oven.

Recipe

Annette’s Pumpkin Cake

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Ingredients

PAM to grease pan

4 eggs

2 cups sugar
1+1/4 cup wesson vegetable oil

1 -15 oz. can of pumpkin

2 cups flour
2 teaspoon baking soda
 scant 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Dash of salt

Whipped Cream, or Cool Whip

Directions
Preheat oven at 350 degrees.

Grease (I use PAM), 13 x 9 pan. (I use glass.)

In mixer, beat eggs well.
Add sugar, and then oil. Mix.
Add pumpkin.
Add dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt)
Beat all together, just until mixed.

Pour into greased 13 x 9 pan.

Bake on center rack in preheated 350 degrees oven for 30-40 minutes,
or until toothpick comes out clean when stuck into middle of cake.

Serve warm, or cool, with Whipped Cream, or Cool Whip.

Enjoy!

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This Pumpkin Cake recipe takes one 15-ounce can of pumpkin.

For my previous post with my hot cider recipe, click here.
For my previous post with my caramel corn recipe, click here

Free FALL Printable

I love free printables for my “printable frame” in our entry hallway.
I change out the printable in my frame frequently; a simple way to change the look.
Recently, I was inspired by a Pinterest post for crafting a wooden sign,
and created this printable for you to use.
Click on the blue link below the FALL sign to copy and print.
I would love to hear how you use my printable in your home decor!

Check out my Pinterest boards, here.

img_3522I change out my “printable frame” often in my hall entryway.

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Thanks for reading!

Annette

Note-Due to a technical error (more accurately, mine), most of the photos from past blog posts were accidently deleted awhile back. I have been slowly working to replace them, and most are now back in place. If you wish to grab a cup of tea/coffee and take a few minutes to view my past blogs and photos,click here, or go to imannette.net.

In an effort to establish a more reliable blog posting schedule, I plan (or at least, plan to try) to post every other Thursday. Think of Thursday as I’m Annette days. :o)
Look for my next post on November 3.

Thank you my faithful blog followers!!!
It truly is your encouragement that keeps me writing! :o)
I always love your positive comments, and enjoy hearing from you!
You can now use the form at the bottom of this post for you kind comments.

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photo – Version 2Happy Autumn!

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Disney is Always a Good Idea!

October 12, 2016

Disney is Always a Good Idea!

IMG_2361.jpgI always enjoy a visit to the Disney parks!

To paraphrase Audrey Hepburn’s “Paris is always a good idea.”  I have made this fun  printable Disney is always a good idea  for you to frame, hang, or magnet.   Click on the link below to print it . Enjoy!

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To read my Disney blog from last week, please click here.

Thanks for reading!

Annette

Note-Due to a technical error (more accurately, mine), most of the photos from past blog posts were accidently deleted awhile back. I have been slowly working to replace them, and most are now back in place. If you wish to view my past blogs and photos,
click here, or go to imannette.net.

In an effort to establish a more reliable blog posting schedule, I plan (or at least, plan to try) to post every other Wednesday. Think of Wednesday as I’m Annette days. :o)
Look for my next post on October 19.

Thank you to my faithful blog followers!!!
It is your encouragement that keeps me writing! :o)
I love your positive comments, and enjoy hearing from you!

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I pose in front of Annette’s at Disneyland Paris is 2013.

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This Foodies Fun Foto/Photo Tour from Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival




October 5, 2016

This Foodies Fun Foto Photo Tour from Epcot’s Food & Wine FestivalVersion 2 I am happy to be at Walt Disney World’s Food & Wine Festival

Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival embodies two of my favorite things: Disney and Food!  What a pleasure to stroll “around the world” in Epcot, while sampling authentic global cuisine. Everything I ate was yummy!  I share with you, photos of my gastronomical journey.  Beware, you may experience hunger pangs while viewing this “foodie photo album”!

img_5697-1Adorned as chefs, Disney’s The Jammitors welcome visitors to
Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival, making rhythm with trash cans .

img_5704Armed with Food & Wine Festival Center goodies,
I am ready to taste my way through the world.

img_3130Ghirardelli Drinking Chocolate
The menu proclaims, “It’s like a liquid Candy Bar”!
At The Chocolate Experience: from the Bean to the Bar

img_5715Taco de Camaron
My favorite non-dessert of this Food & Wine Festival!
Mexico

img_5717Chicken Pot Stickers
China

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Schinkennudelin (top)
Roast Bratwurst in a hard roll (middle)
Werther’s Carmel Popcorn, available all year (bottom)
Germany

IMG_5727.jpgCannoli al Cioccolato
Italy

img_5740New England Lobster Roll
America

In France, I decided to bypass the offerings at the Food & Wine stands, instead dining at Chefs De France, followed by treats from Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie, the French bakery.

Chefs De France

img_5970img_3231The restaurant’s decor had the feel of a cozy Paris restaurant.

img_3236Love my Perrier!

img_3232Soupe à Poignon Gratinée (French Onion Soup)

img_3234Poulet fermier à la Layonnaise, pomme puree (Lyon-style roasted chicken)

img_3239-1Cygne au chocolat (Swan cream puff filled with chocolate mousse)

img_3240-1Meringue aux fruits rouges (Meringue Basket with fresh Berries)

Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie

img_3104-1The bakery was filled with an array of beautiful pastries to chose from.

img_5751The Macarons not only came in various tasty flavors, but were colorful, too.

img_3106-1img_3109Duo au Chocolat (White and Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake)
My favorite dessert of this Food & Wine Festival! 
Yum-o!!!

img_3244I bought one to take back to the hotel to devour later,
but the dessert did not fare well in the Florida heat

img_5757Seafood Fisherman’s Pie
Ireland

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Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup served with a Pretzel Roll (top)
“Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle-Butter Sauce (bottom)

img_5964Pineapple Dole Whip Soft-Serve Ice Cream is always a delicious Disney classic!
Refreshment Port near the Islands of the Caribbean

img_5967Grilled Sweet and Spicy Bush Berry Shrimp with Pineapple, Pepper, Onion,
and Snap Peas
Australia

img_3127 Not exclusive to the the Food & Wine Festival, Club Cool is a permanent attraction offering free samples of soft drinks around the world, always perfect for a hot day.

img_3242IMG_3245.jpgAlso, not exclusive to the the Food & Wine Festival, but new to me,
was this Buffalo Bleu Cheese Popcorn. It was”the bomb”!
Available at the popcorn cart across from Epcot’s  Journey into Imagination

It was a fun and delicious visit to the Food & Wine Festival!

To read about another of my food & wine journeys, click here

Thanks for reading!
Annette

Note-Due to a technical error (more accurately, mine), most of the photos from past blog posts were accidently deleted awhile back. I have been slowly working to replace them, and most are now back in place. If you wish to view my past blogs and photos,
click here, or go to imannette.net.

In an effort to establish a more reliable blog posting schedule, I plan (or at least, plan to try) to post every other Wednesday. Think of Wednesday as I’m Annette days. :o)
Look for my next post on October 19.

Thank you to my faithful blog followers!!!
It is your encouragement that keeps me writing! :o)
I love your positive comments, and enjoy hearing from you!

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and receive “I’m Annette”via email, FREE, immediately upon my postings.
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img_3173I headed home happy with my Disney cookbook souvenirs.

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Quick Apple Dumplings, revised

Quick Apple Dumplings

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Ingredients

1 and 1/2 cups sugar
2 cups water
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup butter

2/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 -15 ounce packages of refrigerated pie crusts
(read package directions for removing the dough from the refrigerator for handling)
8 medium apples (Granny Smith), peeled and cored
(I used our old apple peeler that also slices while it peels and cores.)
3 Tablespoons butter

Vanilla ice cream-recommended

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Syrup
Bring 1 and 1/2 cups sugar, 2 cups water, and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
to boil in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly;
reduce heat and simmer stirring occasionally for 10 minutes.
Remove from heat, stirring in 1/4 cup butter.

Apples
Combine 2/3 cup sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon.
Cut pie crusts in half.
Form dough into an 8-inch circles by pressing with fingers.
Place one apple in center of each circle.
Sprinkle evenly with sugar mixture.
Dot evenly with 3 Tablespoons of butter.

Fold dough over apples, pinching to seal.
Place in lightly greased (or use PAM) 13 x 9 baking dish.
Drizzle with syrup.

Bake at 375 degrees for 40-45 minutes.

Serve with vanilla ice cream, if desired.

Enjoy!

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Our old apple peeler that prepared our apples for dumpling readiness.

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Dumplings ready for the oven.

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Hello, First Day of Autumn!

September 21, 2016

Hello, First Day of Autumn!

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What is your favorite season?  Mine is unequivocally autumn, and tomorrow,
September 22, is the first day of autumn! I adore the glorious array of warm colors,
as this season wraps itself around me in its cozy hominess. (Hominess IS a word! I looked it up!:o))
Allow me to share a few of my autumn photos, taken near my Maryland home over the years, below.

Autumn in Maryland

2012-10-24-13-28-03img_8351dscf0069dscf00602012-10-24-13-27-21To view colorful autumn photos from an earlier post, please click here

Apple Picking =Apple Dumplings

Autumn means apple picking time in this part of the country. With a bounty of apples available this time of year, apple treat ideas abound.  My daughter-in-law introduced me to her favorite apple dumpling recipe several years ago.  I revised it just a bit, and share it with you, below. The cinnamon flavored syrup makes this recipe stand out!

2012-09-16-12-40-45Apple picking at Larriland with my youngest son.
September 2012.

For Larriland’s yummy apple cider recipe, click here.

Quick Apple Dumplings

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Ingredients

1 and 1/2 cups sugar
2 cups water
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup butter

2/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 -15 ounce packages of refrigerated pie crusts
(read package directions for removing the dough from the refrigerator for handling)
8 medium apples (Granny Smith), peeled and cored
(I used our old apple peeler that also slices while it peels and cores.)
3 Tablespoons butter

Vanilla ice cream-recommended

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Syrup
Bring  1 and 1/2 cups sugar, 2 cups water, and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
to boil in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly;
reduce heat and simmer stirring occasionally for 10 minutes.
Remove from heat, stirring in 1/4 cup butter.

Apples
Combine 2/3 cup sugar, and  1/4 teaspoon cinnamon.
Cut pie crusts in half.
Form dough into an 8-inch circles by pressing with fingers.
Place one apple in center of each circle.
Sprinkle evenly with sugar mixture.
Dot evenly with 3 Tablespoons of butter.

Fold dough over apples, pinching to seal.
Place in lightly greased (or use PAM) 13 x 9 baking dish.
Drizzle with syrup.

Bake at 375 degrees for 40-45 minutes.

Serve with vanilla ice cream, if desired.

Enjoy!

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Our old apple peeler that prepared our apples for dumpling readiness.

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Dumplings ready for the oven.

img_2878Dumplings fresh out of the oven.

Thanks for reading!
Annette

Note-Due to a technical error (more accurately, mine), most of the photos from past blog posts were accidently deleted awhile back. I have been slowly working to replace them, and most are now back in place. If you wish to view my past blogs and photos,
click here, or go to imannette.net.

In an effort to establish a more reliable blog posting schedule, I plan (or at least, plan to try) to post every other Wednesday. Think of Wednesday as I’m Annette days. :o)
Look for my next post on October 5.

Thank you to all of my blog followers!!!
I appreciate you!!!
It is your encouragement that keeps me writing! :o)
I love your positive comments, and enjoy hearing from you!

To become an “I’m Annette” blog follower, and receive “I’m Annette”via email,
FREE, immediately upon my postings.
Sign up today, on the right-hand side of this page, or click here.

Version 2Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.-Emily Bronte

 

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Bon Appetit !

September 7, 2016

Bon Appetit!

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Enjoying my little piece of France at Petit Louis Bistro, in my own neighborhood.
September 2, 2016

Date– social or romantic appointment or engagement
as defined by Oxford Dictionaries here.  

Our house, when our four kiddies were younger, was one happy, busy, noisy place! Just thinking of that time brings a smile to this mom’s face.  :o) Now with our youngest taking his last semester of college, things are a bit quieter. With more time available, Dale and I have incorporated a weekly date night. Most times it is nothing fancy, just a nice quiet meal out and some uninterupted conversation. This week, on a whim, Dale and I decided to try something different…

 

img_9684Our four fun kiddies in a light-hearted photo.
1999?

Petit Louis Bistro

The weather was beautiful.  We wanted to dine outside, and we wanted somewhere different from the norm.  We chose Petit Louis Bistro on  Lake Kittamaqundi.
Seated on the patio, we eyed the varied French menu  while being served by an attentive and entertaining waiter who hailed from Martinique! It was a leisurely meal,
an event really, an experience where patrons are encouraged to relax in an unhurried environment, and enjoy the gastronomic pleasures that abound here.

You can view the menu  here.

TheAppetizers
hors d’œuvre

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I enjoyed this delicious SOUPE à L’OIGNON GRATINÉE /Louis’ Famous Onion Soup.

 

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Dale had this appetizer du jour with various goodies.  It was good, too!
Of course, I sampled a little. :o)

The Entree
principaux

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The QUICHE LORRAINE Lardon, Comté, Salade Verte was wonderful.
The quiche was light and fluffy.

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Dale chose the OMELETTE du JOUR with ratatouille filling.
He was very happy with his choice!
It was good.  I sampled this, too!

The Dessert
desserts

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The Piece de Resistance (the best part of all) was this MOUSSE au CHOCOLAT Valrhona/ Chocolate Mousse, Espresso, Grand Marnier, Chantilly Cream.
This mousse was the best that I have EVER had!
The orange flavor of the Grand Marnier was the perfect compliment.

img_2792Yes, I also snuck a small bite of Dale’s CRÈME BRÛLÉE TahitianVanilla,Caramelized Sugar,Chantilly Cream.  Yum!

Free Printable

This glorious meal inspired me to create this somewhat whimsical printable, perfect for the refrigerator.
I hope that you enjoy it.

Bon Appetit (Good Appetite)!

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Click on this to get your copy.
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Do you have a planned night out each week with a spouse, family, or friends?  I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

Thanks for reading!
Annette

Note-Due to a technical error (more accurately, mine), most of the photos from past blog posts were accidently deleted awhile back. I have been slowly working to replace them, and most are now back in place. If you wish to view my past blogs and photos,
click here, or go to imannette.net.

In an effort to establish a more reliable blog posting schedule, I plan to post every other Wednesday. Think of Wednesday as  I’m Annette days. :o)
Look for my next post on September 21.

Thank you to all of my blog followers!!!
I appreciate you!!!
It is your encouragement that keeps me writing! :o)
I love your positive comments, and enjoy hearing from you!

To become an “I’m Annette” blog follower, and receive “I’m Annette”via email,
FREE, immediately upon my postings.
Sign up today, on the right-hand side of this page, or click here.

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We departed Petit Louis Bistro, after enjoying an unhurried dinner of almost two hours.  :o)
Columbia on the Lake, Maryland

“People who love to eat are always the best people.”
Julia Child

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Love Those Mickey Mouse Waffles!

August 31, 2016

Love Those Mickey Mouse Waffles!

Photo Feb 07, 18 16 33.jpgMy daughter and I stand happily with Mickey Mouse during our
February 2015 visit.

You can read about this trip by clicking here.

I am unashamedly a Disney Foodie. I love going to the Disney parks, and enjoying the Disney cuisine. Tasting the wonderful and varied park foods, enhance the overall Disney experience. Although, I can not be at Walt Disney World, or Disneyland everyday, I can cook Disney recipes at home, reliving the fun through the fabulous flavors.

IMG_2758.jpgI often check out the Disney section of my cookbook library at home.
(Yes, check out and library was my weak attempt at humor. :o))
Cooking with Mickey Around the World (with the red binding, shown above)
was my first Disney cookbook, and is one of my favorite cookbooks of all time.

One of the most iconic of Disney fare is the Mickey Waffle. It is a personal favorite of mine.  A simple breakfast treat that never disappoints, a bite of a Mickey Waffle always brings a smile to ones face.

IMG_4293 (1)IMG_8828IMG_0674 (1)Just a small sample of the Mickey Waffles consumed by Yours Truly over the years.  :o)
(It is even better with iced tea, as evidenced in the center photo.)

A few years ago, after a fun Walt Disney World visit, I began a quest to find a Mickey Mouse waffle iron of my own.  Research revealed, that Vitantonio waffle makers, those closest to the variety used in the park, were no longer being manufactured. (Of course!)  Research also revealed, that some three-pronged models of the Mickey waffle maker had been recalled due to bad wiring. See the recall here and here.  Carefully checking the recall numbers against the ones for sale on eBay, I eventually snagged myself a genuine Mickey Mouse waffle iron!  :o)

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My handy dandy, two-pronged, Vitantonio Mickey’s Waffler was an eBay find.

Through the magic of the internet, and more specifically Pinterest,  Mickey Waffle recipes are abundant. I had made waffles using these recipes, but something was missing. Additionally , as any waffle-lover can attest to, creating waffles requires separating eggs; not particularly conducive to the creation of a speedy breakfast. Then my daughter, Martese, shared with me the secret of quick, real Disney-like tasting waffles :
Carbon’s Golden Malted Pancake & Waffle Flour!

IMG_1787Carbon’s Golden Malted Pancake & Waffle Flour had been the missing ingredient to a perfect Mickey Mouse waffle made at home.
I bought mine on Amazon here.

IMG_1816 (1)Mickey Waffles are now mine with these few simple ingredients.

IMG_1819IMG_1818Just like Mickey makes, and no more separating eggs! 

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I carefully ladled the batter into the waffle maker.
For a great YOUtube tutorial on how to use this waffle maker, I found this.

IMG_1822Isn’t this cute?

IMG_1823Using my waffle tongs, I remove the culinary prize.

IMG_1824Yum-O! Just like Walt makes!
In fact, I always use real maple syrup, which makes these gems even more delicious!

Recipe

Mickey Mouse Waffle Batter

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Ingredients

2 eggs

1 and 1/4 cup water

2 cups Carbon’s Golden Malted Pancake & Waffle Flour

4 Tablespoon (salted) butter, melted

PAM cooking spray

Real Maple Syrup (optional, but the best)

Directions

Plug in waffle iron.

Beat eggs and water together.

Add flour and mix together well.

Stir in melted butter, mixing well.

Spray waffle iron with PAM cooking spray.

Carefully ladle batter on waffle iron.

Watch waffle, as they cook quickly.

When done, carefully remove golden brown waffle from waffle iron.

Serve with real Maple Syrup

Enjoy!

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Check out my Pinterest site here.
Enjoy Disney recipes here and blog related pins here.

Thanks for reading!

Annette

Note-Due to a technical error (more accurately, mine), many of the photos from past blog posts were accidently deleted awhile back. I have been slowly working to replace them, and most are now back in place. If you wish to view my past blogs and photos,
click here, or go to imannette.net.

I am currently revamping my blog posting schedule.  More news to follow.
Look for my new post around September 10.

Thank you to all of my blog followers!!!
I really do appreciate you!!!
Your encouragement is what keeps me writing! :o)

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Planning a trip to a Disney Destination?

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Our Daughter, Martese, is a Magic Maker® for Off to Neverland Travel,
an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner for any of the Disney Destinations,
and other vacation locations.
She can assist you with all of your Disney travel plans.
Martese’s vacation planning services are totally FREE!
Martese is a wealth of Disney information!!!
Click here for her website, or
here for her Facebook page.

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The first and last batch of Mickey Waffles that I made with the old-fashioned,
egg separating, recipe.
They were good, but were not exactly like the ones in the park.
(No, the screwdriver was not required for the recipe!)
September 2013

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Washington DC, Gettysburg, and Points In-between

Washington DC, Gettysburg, and Points In-between


August 16, 2016

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My family enjoys a “Kodak Moment” at the Gettysburg Visitor Center.
I am fourth from the left.

Location, Location, Location

My four children (+ a very special friend, who is like a “brother to the others”) are spread throughout the country.  Residing in Minnesota, Florida, Maryland, and South Carolina. It occurred to me a couple of years ago, that if I wanted to see all of my offspring, at the same time, we would have to begin planning annual summer reunions. :o)

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My kiddies are all grown up!
April 2011

Two years ago, July 2014, saw us enjoying magical Walt Disney World in Florida
for our first reunion.
Last year, we all met up in beautiful Hilton Head, South Carolina.
With the addition of triplet babies in May to one of my Maryland sons and his wife,
it seemed logical that all meet at our house for this year’s reunion week,
enabling everyone to meet their three new nieces.

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Walt Disney World was the site of our 2014 family reunion.
See that trip here.

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Read about that here.

Getting Ready for the Troops, or True Confessions

Dale and I lived overseas for two and a half years (May 2013-June 2015).  During that time, we would fly home every two-three months for a couple of weeks. We would check on our college-age son, our house, and regroup. Our routine was to riffle through the mail, dump the excess in our office, close the door, and hastily leave again for the airport, barely recovered from the jet lag from our flight home two weeks before.

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I am laden with luggage at a German train station.
March 2015

As you can imagine, two and a half years later, that room’s condition was disheveled and disheveled. Upon returning from home, I just could not face the mess.  I cringe as I share a photo of the rooms sad state below.  :o(

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Our office after 2.5 years of being a dumping ground.
Hey, don’t judge me!  :o) 

In the excitement and anticipation of all of my children coming back home for a week,
it occurred to me one day, that we did not have enough beds!  This was the impetus for converting our “junk room”/office into another guest room.  Thus began a lot of organizing and decluttering,  painting,  and the purchase of a nice sofa bed.  Happily
we no longer hang our heads in shame when entering this room. The once eyesore of a room is now clean and guest-worthy.

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My entryway table welcomes my visiting family members.
I found this cute and free printable here.
Thank you to blogger Laura at her blog Four Feet Design .

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I bought and framed this fun sign, having it personalized with our information on it, for my guest rooms.
I purchased this from PureAndSimplyMe via Etsy here

Highlights and Photos from the Week

It was a fun week that went by too quickly.  Arriving at various times during the week, each family planned our activities for one day, including deciding on and preparing dinner. Here are a few photos from our special week.

Monday
Smithsonian, Museum of Natural History
Washington D.C.

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Visiting the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC was our first day trip.

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A South Pacific Easter Island statue (above), called a moai,
was one of the wonders that first greeted us as we stepped into the museum,
along with a Tyrannosaurus Rex skull (below).

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We all enjoyed seeing the skeletons of the dinosaurs on display.

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The Tyrannosaurus was impressive, even the display of the T-rex’s
fossilized droppings!

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While looking at these giant fossils, I can not help but think of the 1938 film
Bringing up Babywhere Cary Grant puts together a dinosaur skeleton.

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The Rotunda Elephant is a popular photo op for museum visitors at the Smithsonian.

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 My favorite at this museum is always the glittering gem exhibit.
The Hope Diamond ( Above at top, although the deep blue color did not come through. Click here for a clearer photo.) is always the star among jewels from Marie 
Antoinette, to Napoleon, and Angelina Jolie (above at bottom).

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Ajaye, with his mom, happily displays his Smithsonian souvenirs when exiting the museum.

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Headed down the DC street to lunch at Plan B Burger Bar.

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Plan B Burger Bar was delicious food with a cute restaurant environment.
After reading this write-up here ,while doing blog research, I will definitely order the 
flourless Hostess-like cupcake filled with white chocolate mousse next time for dessert!

We enjoyed viewing the outside of The FBI Building, Washington Memorial,
National Archives, and The White House before heading back home. 

Wednesday
Gettysburg, 
Pennsylvania

The Visitors Center

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Meeting Abe Lincoln at the Gettysburg Visitors Center.
Brandy (Top row and third from the right) is an ancestor of our 16th president!

Longstreet Tower

IMG_0075.JPGIMG_0176IMG_0170Longstreet Tower allows panoramic views of the beautiful Gettysburg countryside,
or so I am told. Only the braver members of our party made their way to the top. :o)

 Little Round Top

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A view from inside “the castle” at Little Round Top.
The scenery around Gettysburg is breathtaking.
It is sobering to think that war once touched this area.

The Dobbin House Tavern

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Dale and I love Gettysburg’s historic Dobbin House Springhouse Tavern!
Built in 1776 atop a natural spring
(See the photo to the left of the Springhouse Tavern menu above.),
we were eager to share its rustic charm and wonderful dishes with our family.
The Tavern is famous for their delicious onion soup.

For the restaurant recipe for their onion soup click here.
My revised version of the recipe is here.
Also, check out my recipe for Gettysburg Banana Bread here.

 

Marty Mummert Studios

I have been a big fan of Marty Mummert’s metal sign art for a long time, and own several of them.  A true artist, Marty hand designs all of his signs. You can read more about them here.

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Middle photo: Visiting in East Berlin in May 2010.
Bottom photo: Our most recent visit to Marty’s Gettysburg shop in August 2016.
Do I spy a photo bomb?  :o)

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Marty Mummert’s DONUTS sign currently hangs in my kitchen. I love it!
(See the photo below, near the recipe, to see it on my wall.)
You can also get a closer look at this sign here.

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Marty’s bench design welcomes us to the shop.

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Marty kindly allowed our family to visit his shop, and showed us around.
It was so much fun seeing all of his creations! I love the Color TV light/sign!

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Some in our group wanted a good cup of coffee.
Marty directed us to Eighty-Two Cafe, where there were some very happy customers.
Marty designed their awesome sign, above.

Thank you Marty Mummert for the nice visit!

Saturday
Maryland Crabs!

Eating crabs is a tradition in Maryland. Saturday was our day to continue that tradition.

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Crab pickin’

Other Activities During the Week…

There was blackberry picking at Larryland Farm . Yum!

 

Visiting our local Snowball Stand is always a hit!

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Plus,there was a whole lot of good eating, family time, and making special memories.:o)

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It was tough saying good-bye to everyone, but as Ajaye found out,
there are always more adventures ahead.
Upon arriving home, the pilot invited Ajaye to visit the cockpit as Ajaye and his family departed the plane.  Thank you Southwest Airlines!  :o)

Cooking for a Crowd

As mentioned above, each family planned the group’s activites for one reunion day, and prepared the evening meal.  We had a great time and ate well!

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Our Buffalo Wing Team of Eric and Brandy prepare dinner for the crew one night.
(Notice Marty Mummert’s DONUT sign in the background.)
Check out Brandy’s Instagram about food bee_eats_charleston.

Back in the day, our household was bustling with activity,
consisting of seven hungry family members (Three were athletic teen-age boys!).
I appreciated recipes that made a lot.
This Enchilada Casserole recipe falls into that category.
Easy to prepare in advance, it served us well during reunion week.

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I have had this recipe for many years.  The original (above) was given to my mom by a colleague at work, who had lived in New Mexico,
where chiles and frijoles (pinto beans) are the state vegetables.
I “tamed” the chile part down of this recipe for my family.  My recipe is below.

Enchilada Casserole

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Sorry, I forgot to take a photo of the finished product.  I will include one soon.

Ingredients

1.5-2 pounds of lean ground beef
1-2 medium onion, chopped
2 large (28 oz.) cans of peeled and diced tomatoes, Undrained
1 small can (4.5 oz.) of chopped green chili peppers (NOT Jalpenos)
1-4 fresh garlic buds, pressed (Optional, I do not use any.)
salt
cracked pepper
PAM
Approxomately 16 flour tortillas, regular size
2 pounds, or a bit more, of grated cheddar cheese
4 cans of El Paso Mexi Beans, or Bush Mexican-style chili beans, or Bush Chili Beans,
or whatever chili bean is available with a pinto bean base.

Fritos
Light Sour Cream
Ripe/black Olives

Guacamole (Recipe below)

Directions

Brown together ground beef and onion.  Drain off excess grease.

Add Tomatoes, chili peppers, optional garlic, salt (Optional), and cracked pepper.

Simmer 20 minutes-one hour.

Meanwhile….
Preheat oven at 350 degrees.

Spray two 9 x 13 pans with PAM cooking spray.
Layer…

One layer of tortillas on the bottom of each pan.
(I often tear tortillas to fit the bottom completely.)

Add layer of cheese to each, using half of cheese.

Use one half of meat mixture for next layer.

Another layer of tortillas.

Add remainder of meat mixture.

Layer 2 cans of beans onto each pan, for a total of four cans.

Cover the top with the remainder cheese.

Spray foil with PAM. (This prevents the cheese from sticking.)
and seal the pans, with the PAM side down, tightly with foil, attempting to avoid touching
the foil to the top of the casserole.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, or until bubbly hot.

Meanwhile…
Make Guacamole while casserole is in the oven.

Serve on plates over a layer of Fritos.

Allow guests to garnish with more Fritos, sour cream, olives, and Guacamole.

Guacamole

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 Ingredients

1-2 tomatoes, cut into bite sized pieces

¼-3/4 onions, chopped

½ lemon’s juice

Cavender’s All Purpose Greek Seasoning to taste

3-5 ripe avocados

Tortilla chips, if desired

Directions

Combine cut up tomato, chopped onion, and lemon juice.

Add Cavender’s to taste.

Marinate for 10-20 minutes.

In the meantime, cut open avocados, remove seeds, and take off peel.

Mash avocados.

Combine marinade to avocados.
Serve with tortilla chips, if desired.

If waiting to serve, place plastic wrap directly on top of Guacamole and place in fridge.

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Enjoy!

Ellicott City, Maryland

Of a more serious nature, on Saturday, July 31, the first day of our family get together, the rains came to us in major amounts.  Fortunately, except for a little rain seeping in through windows and door openings, we stayed high and dry.  Sadly, our beloved and historical Ellicott City Main Street was not so fortunate, finding itself at the mercy of a horrendous flash flood.

I purchased this bracelet from A La Mode Boutique in my support of the clean up efforts. To buy one of your own for $20, click here for details.

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A big thank you to my family members for their generous contribution of photos for this blog, and for their extreme tolerance of my incessant photo-taking throughout the reunion week.

I would love to hear about how your family plans get togethers!  Please, let me hear from you in the comments section.

Thanks for reading!

Annette

Note-Due to a technical error (more accurately, mine), many of the photos from past blog posts were accidently deleted several months ago. I have been slowly working to replace them, and most are now back in place. If you wish to view my past blogs and photos, click here, or go to imannette.net .

I attempt to post my blog once-twice per month. My next post will be around September 6.

As always, thank you to all of my blog followers!!!
It is your encouragement that keeps me writing! :o)

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Kali says that she had a fun week, too, with all of the extra love and attention. :o)

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Willy Wonka and Lebron, new and improved

June 28, 2016

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Good Grief, Charlie Brown!  Yesterday, in euphoric haste, I posted my newly completed blog, here. Hours later, I reread it, to find typos and mistakes that I had missed. (Moral of the story?  Proofread, wait an hour, and proofread again, and then post. :o)) In addition to my own errors, a technical formatting error also occurred upon posting. So, I will try this again. I present to you the new and improved version, of yesterday’s post.  Have a great day!!!  Enjoy!  :o)

June 27, 2016

Willy Wonka and Lebron

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Willy Wonka greets me as I walked into the theatre.
June 26, 2016

What an exciting week at our house!

First, the Cleveland Cavaliers, with Lebron James, won the championship last Sunday evening!
(A mega parade in Cleveland followed on Wednesday.)

Then on Thursday, Dale and I very happily met our triplet grand daughter!
(We still look forward to meeting the other two soon when they are released from NICU.)

Today, I enjoyed seeing Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory on the big screen!

It has been one fun-filled week! :o)

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

I had been waiting for months in anticipation. Thanks to “TCM Big Screen Classics”,
Willy Wonka was showing on the big screen! I used to watch this fun and colorful fantasy film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory with my children when they were young. I still chuckle at this movie’s quirky humor and smile at its entertaining story.

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My email invitation to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

As an elementary school teacher and parent/elementary homeschool parent, I have read the book that this movie was based on many times: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl. Written in 1964, I first became familiar with this novel in my elementary years, read aloud by my own school teacher to my eager class.

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Photo thanks to kena1956 of Ebay.
Want this copy? Click here.

Arriving at the theater, I was happily greeted by a fellow resplendent in Willy Wonka attire. (See photo at the top of the page.) Immediately transported into Wonka’s world of chocolate fantasy, I was more anxious than ever to make my way to the theatre! :o)

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Happy to be at the showing of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

Entering theater #8, a jovial group awaited me. Among the happy group, sat one upbeat woman dressed in Oompa-Loompa apparel, and another woman with Golden Ticket in hand. (The Golden Ticket Lady informed me that a Maryland woman, Diana Sowle, had played Charile’s mother, Mrs. Bucket!)

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This smiling Oompa-Loompa was very eager for the film to begin.

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I want a golden ticket…

Watching this film on the big screen was such a treat! Although, I own the dvd and have watched it many times, seeing it in the theatre was a new experience, with new detail.
I saw for the first time Slugworth candy displayed in the candy shop, for example.

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My DVD copy of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
Gene Wilder was perfectly cast as Willy Wonka.

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Ben Mankiewicz introduced our movie. Always a wealth of information, he explained that when this film first came out in theaters, it was considered a failure.
TV gave this movie a new life, and is now a family classic.

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I was all smiles as the film began! :o) For some reason I also wanted chocolate! :o)

The magical scene in the Wonka chocolate factory is such a delight.

I remember that the first time that I saw this film, I did not understand what type of candy the giant bears represented. Gummi bears were not a common American candy at the time.

Did you know that the actors did not see this set until the filming of this scene?
The astonished and delighted looks on their faces in the movie are authentic.

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The candy making Oompa-Loompas!

Seeing Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was so enjoyable. I thank my hubby, Dale, for indulging me! :o)

A couple more random facts about the making of this movie.-
*The chocolate river in the factory was really made out of chocolate!
*The movie was made in Germany, and the outside shots of the factory were actually that of a gasworks.

I briefly mention this film in a past post, while in France, here.

For more Willy Wonka movie facts and tidbits, click here, here, here, and here.

Although I do not own a factory like Willy Wonka, I do have a favorite recipe for my deliciously simple chocolate peanut clusters! Click here for the recipe.

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One of my favorite candy creations is Peanut Clusters. For the recipe, click here.

Lebron and the Cavaliers

While Willy Wonka was king of the candy world, Lebron James holds the title of king in the basketball world! Clutching the “golden ticket”/trophy for Cleveland, James and his team mates put an end to the city’s 52-year championship drought.

 

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June 19, 2016

Three days later was the city’s celebration and parade. Through the miracle of the internet and Fox8.com, I was able to experience the joy of Cleveland’s victory parade at my home in Maryland.

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A beautiful aerial shot of Cleveland during the parade. Note the center of the photo where all the people are gathered, and the Terminal Tower , the tall pointed building next to them.
Photos taken while watching via Fox8.com on my computer.

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Lebron James celebrates with Cleveland at the Championship Parade.
1.3 million people gathered for the Cleveland Cavalier victory parade,
plus many more online. (Me included!)
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Photos taken while watching via Fox8.com.

Having been married for 38 years to Dale, a Clevelander born and bred, (His grandfather helped build the Terminal Tower!) I, too, have become one of them. Living in NE Ohio for seven years only strengthened that bond. My four children were all brought up staunch Cleveland fans, as well.:o)

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Dale and me, with two of our children at a Cleveland Browns-NY Jets game.
December 2007

It is intangible, something that those elsewhere in the country may not understand. Many, more elequent than myself, have tried to explain it. Hollywood has based movies on it: Major League and Draft Day to name a few. ESPN spoke of it just earlier this year on their ESPN Films: 30 for 30, Believeland.(A new ending to Believeland is currently being filmed and will air at 8 p.m., Thursday, June 30 on ESPN!  Read about that here.)  But it really is more than a game for us. It is the city of Cleveland’s, NE Ohio’s, pride. Just believe me! Way to go Cavs!!!!!

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I love this photo of a confetti-filled downtown Cleveland in front of the Lebron sign.

Thank you to gvartwork.com for permission to use this photo.
GVartwork makes great quality Cleveland tee shirts.
(No, they are not paying me to say this!) I have bought many for my family!

Thanks for reading!

Annette

Note-Due to a technical error (more accurately, mine), many of the photos from past blog posts were accidently deleted several months ago. I have been working to replace them, and most are now back in place. If you wish to view my past blogs and photos, click here, or go to imannette.net .

I attempt to post my blog once per month. My next post will be around, July 20.

Thank you to all of my blog followers!!!
I appreciate you!!!
It is your encouragement that keeps me writing! :o)

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Isn’t this Etch A Sketch art amazing?
Read more about George Vlosich III’s talent here.
Again, thank you to GVart!

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