Family Fun at the Fair, and other Minnesota Stuff

September 9, 2019

Family Fun at the Fair, and other Minnesota Stuff


My daughter and I pose at Birch’s on the Lake .
Thanks to my son in-law for being the photographer! :o)

It was two weeks before Labor Day weekend, and my daughter called.
“Hey, Mom, why don’t you fly [to Minnesota] to see us over Labor Day weekend?”
It was an offer I could not refuse! After all, I had not been to her home since our Minnesota (4th of July) family reunion, last year.
(You can read about that Minnesota trip, here.)

I invite you, now, to take a moment to leisurely “stroll” through some highlights of my Minnesota Labor Day photos. I had a great four days!  :o)

Friday, August 30



Our daughter enjoys Spiderman goodies from her dad. :o)

Walking Pongo 


We enjoyed walking Pongo through the neighborhood, in the delightful fall-like weather.

Birch’s on the Lake


The front of a Birch’s on the Lake menu


We were treated to a scenic lake view, as we dined.


I enjoyed this mouth-watering (broiled) herb-crusted walleye for my dinner.
Walleye is the “Official State Fish of Minnesota“.

Saturday, August 31

Food, Fun, and Games

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Nala “supervises” as we prepare Honey-Old Bay Wings, and Barbecue Wings
to snack on during the first 
Iowa State football game of the season.


Honey-Old Bay Wings, and Barbecue Wings
 See below for the recipes.


Iowa State wins against University of Northern Iowa in triple overtime!
Go here for a game summary.


Playing Scrabble with a whole lot of “E’s”!

Sunday, September 1
Minnesota State Fair

I was excited to be attending the Minnesota State Fair with my daughter and son in-law.
I had done so a couple of years ago, and we had such fun!
Now, if you think that we just go to eat our way through the fair, then you are exactly right! (Although, we did take a look-see at the fair critters, too.) We even planned our eating route, through the fair’s 300 vendors, ahead of time, to make sure we did not miss any festive fair flavors. :o)

See my earlier trip to the Minnesota State Fair, here.

You can check out the list of 2019 fair food, here.


 Paul Bunyan and his trusty blue ox, Babe,
greet my daughter, son in-law, and his brother to the fair.

According to legend, we have Paul Bunyan to thank for Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes,
created by Bunyan’s footprints.

Interesting Sites at the Fair


It’s a cute woodsy look for this state fair eatery.

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Speaking of woodsy…an accommodating Smokey Bear “posed” with us for a photo.


This root beer barrel kiosk caught my eye.


There was this actual root beer barrel at the fair, too.


The neon lights of this baseball beckons fair goers.


Colorful fair rides

The Food!


Tom Thumb mini donuts


Fried Oreos

Dole Whip!


Making our way to the Dole Whip stand, through the morning rain drops.
See the Dole Whip kiosk in the back left corner of photo


A refreshing raspberry-pineapple Dole Whip swirl in a waffle cone


Excited about Dole Whip!
Dole Whip is a family favorite here at the fair, and when we go to the Disney parks.


I loved the moist roasted turkey at Turkey to Go!


My son in-law enjoys a two-toned shaved ice.


A stop at the Pickle Dog


As the morning wore on, and the rain drops decreased, the crowds increased!



The staff is busy making Nordic Waffles.


The Nordic Waffles were a hit.

Apples, and Cider Freezes, and Apple Sauce, Oh My!


There were cider freezes, and a new variety of apple named, First Kiss.


There was fresh apple sauce…


and The Wizard of Oz, all in the horticulture building.



Fried cheese curds are a popular fair food, here.



Can’t miss the corn on the cob at the fair!

Sweet Martha’s Cookies


Sweet Martha’s Cookies are a Minnesota State Fair institution.
Selling about one million cookies per day, during the fair.



Cookie dough, waiting for their turn to be transformed into delicious
Sweet Martha cookies.



Monday, Labor Day
September 1



Labor Day meant a trip to  The Original Pancake House .


The pancakes were great!

Juicy Lucy Burgers

Juicy Lucy burgers were created in Minneapolis, featuring melted cheese on the inside of a burger. Think of it as an inside-out cheeseburger. :o)

A Twin Cities native, my son in-law prepared his special Juicy Lucy burgers for us for our Labor Day dinner.


The cheese of choice for the Juicy Lucy center was Laughing Cow Swiss (3 and a half triangles) and grated Pepper Jack (4 ounces), mixed together.


Each burger (2 pounds, divided into six burgers, with each burger divided in two/top and bottom) was filled with the cheese mixture.


The (80-20 beef) burger must be tightly sealed around the cheese.


Grilled to perfection 


Hot cheese in the center of a burger=a Juicy Lucy

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Good stuff!


A perfect Labor Day dinner!

Tornado Sirens!

My flight would be at 6:00 am the next morning, so I packed up my last few items before turning into bed around 10:00. Then we heard it, the loud wail of the tornado siren!  Having grown up in the midwest, I knew…  It was quickly down to the basement for all of us, including Pongo and Nala. There were a few tense minutes as we continued to hear the sirens, punctuated by the sounds of hail hitting against the house, but happily, the bad weather passed within the hour, and without incident.


We heard the loud wail of the tornado siren.

Is it already time to go home?!


The four days flew by.  It had been a fun visit to Minnesota!  :o)


I love wings, but not the grease that they are typically fried in.  Here is my baked wing recipe, with the two varieties that we had on Game Day, above, plus a bonus, two other flavors, that my family enjoys.

Baked (Buffalo) Wings



Chicken wings with tips cut off
( I prefer to buy wingettes and drummettes/wings cut at the joint, when they are available)

Parchment paper


Honey-Old Bay Wings


Old Bay seasoning

Barbecue Wings

Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey Barbecue Sauce,
or the sauce of your choice

 Blue cheese, or Ranch dressing,
if desired for serving

Carrot and Celery sticks,
if desired.


Preheat the oven to 430 degrees.

Line cookie sheet with parchment.

Place wings on each prepared cookie sheet,
making sure that the wings do not touch.

Place cookie sheet on baking rack for 50-60 minutes,
turning over the wings halfway through cooking.
Bake for about 20-30 more minutes, until wings are crisp.
(If baking two cookie sheets of wings at a time,
also switch/trade cookie sheets to the other’s baking racks, halfway through baking. )

For Honey-Old Bay Wings

In a bowl, mix honey and Old Bay seasoning.

Remove wings from oven. 

Place cooked wings, two-three at a time, in Honey-Old Bay mixture until coated.

Remove wings from bowl, and place on plate.

Lightly sprinkle with more Old Bay seasoning.

For Barbecue Wings

Remove wings from oven, leaving the oven on.

Brush barbecue sauce on front and back of the cooked wings.

Place back into the oven for 5 more minutes.

Remove from oven.

Place wings on plate.



For Ranch Wings

In a bowl, mix 1 stick melted butter and 1 package Ranch dressing (dry) mix.

Remove wings from oven.

Place cooked wings, two-three at a time, in Ranch dressing-butter mixture until coated.

Remove wings from bowl, and place on plate.

For Buffalo Wings

In a bowl, mix 1 stick melted butter and 6 Tablespoon Frank’s Red Hot Sauce.

Remove wings from oven.

Place wings, two-three at a time, in the Franks Red Hot, until all are coated.

Place wings on plate.

Serve with Blue Cheese, or Ranch Dressing, and carrots and celery sticks, if desired.

Make sure that you have plenty of napkins handy.  :o)


Other  Minnesota and State Fair Blog Posts

Minnesota Nice=a Very Nice Family Reunion, July 2018, here.

Minnesota Nice, October 2015, here.

Mall of America, Mickey’s Diner, and other Midwestern Sites of Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 2013, here.

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

Our State Fair is a Great State Fair, August 2014, here.

Thank you!

Thank you to my daughter, son in-law, and his brother for contributing photos for this blog post, and for allowing me to photograph you for this blog post. :o)

Thank you for reading,


I’m Annette Stuff




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Look for my next post featuring Minnesota’s famous Hotdish,
the unofficial dish of the Gopher State!
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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

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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,


I’m Annette Stuff


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Early morning beach time

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A Yankee Doodle Hilton Head Family Reunion

July 27, 2019

A Yankee Doodle Hilton Head Family Reunion


4th of July “Flag Fruit Tray” to go along with our
Independence Day breakfast.

Family Reunion Week is one of my favorite times of year!  It is such fun to get together with my kiddies and their families, and enjoying time together!  


 A family photo from last year’s family reunion.
July 3, 2018

Read about last year’s family fun in Minnesota, here.

This year my crew gathered on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina for 4th of July Week, with each family “unit” planning/hosting one day’s-worth of activities and meals.
It was a week filled with family fun and delicious meals.


An Evening Family Photo on the Beach
July 4th, 2019

I invite you to relax for a few minutes, grab a glass of iced tea, put your feet up,
and join me in looking through this year’s 4th of July Week photo album.

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Grab a glass of iced tea, and take a few moments to join me
in looking through our 4th of July Week photo album. 

The metal iced tea sign, above, is one of my favorite Marty Mummert pieces.
Read more about sign artist Marty Mummert here, and here, and here.

Photo Album

Friday, June 28

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Everyone, including our grand daughter,
was busy getting ready for our special week. :o)

Saturday, June 29


The first to arrive (the night before), our grand son entertains his little sister. 


More of the “troops” arrive.
Enjoying a pleasant lunch near the water at Skull Creek Boathouse.


Skull Creek even had activities for the children.  :o)


Skull Creek Boathouse tees for sale.


Pool time became a favorite daily activity.

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A sleepy grand daughter relaxes by the pool with her gammy/me.

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My hubby happily opens a belated Father’s Day gift;
a photo canvas of our daughter and Dale running on the Hilton Head beach
in November 2018.

Sunday, June 30


The day begins with an early morning beach stroll.

My son, his girlfriend, and Kali, had arrived late the night before.
They were also “hosts” for the day.


Preparing my son’s girlfriend’s family’s Gigi Cream Cheese, her late grandmother’s
recipe, for us to spread on toasted bagels for breakfast.
It was delicious! I plan to make this often!

See the bottom of this post for the recipe for Gigi Cream Cheese.

The pair also prepared yummy buffalo chicken dip for lunch,
and tasty chicken walking tacos for dinner!


Playing KanJam

You can read about how to play KanJam, here.

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We rounded out the evening by enjoying a sunset view.

Monday, July 1


Our daughter is ready for a swim!


We all enjoyed the community pool.


The youngest of our group was fascinated by the splash pad.


Cooling off at the splash pad.


The lazy river was a big hit, too.


After some time at the community pool,
everyone voted to come back to the private pool and relax.


My daughter in-law and her crew prepare a delicious spaghetti and meatball dinner.



Tuesday, July 2


Kayaking was Tuesday’s first activity.


Paddles ready?


Row, row, row your boat…


Our daughter and son-in-law, the “hosting” couple for the day,
treated us to a delicious meal at
Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks,
a true Hilton Head Island institution.

Read more about Hudson’s in my previous blog, here and here.


Seeing Spiderman: Far From Home rounded out our day.

Wednesday, July 3

My husband and I enjoyed hosting on Wednesday and Thursday.

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Hubby, busy making his homemade buttermilk pancakes for breakfast.


Always delicious!

For the pancake recipe, click here.


Everyone (some rather creatively) pitched in to help get our gear to the beach. :o)


Taking a break from the beach,
and enjoying the cooler temperature under the beach canopy.
Living only a couple of hours from Hilton Head, Eric (on the left),
happily joined us that morning, and Eric’s girlfriend would join us later in the day.


I did a little cookbook reading under the beach canopy.


A view from the water, back toward the beach


I prepared Frogmore Stew for dinner.

Find the recipe for Frogmore Stew, here.


Frogmore Stew was a hit. :o)


There was none left over!


4th of July embellished ice cream bars were our dessert.
Kali wishes that she could have one. :o)

Thursday, July 4


Four of our more ambitious family members decided to begin this
4th of July by running the HHI Firecracker 5K!


A selfie before the run


Two fashionable runners


Running the HHI Firecracker 5K on a hot 4th of July


A red, white, and blue breakfast tray

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Chillin’ to a little classic Batman.


Enjoying a little 4th of July outlet mall shopping.


My husband’s famous grilled burgers and hot dogs for dinner.


Enjoying some 4th of July Fireworks

Friday, July 5


Ready for some of that tasty Salty Dog cuisine.


A meal with a view, out on the deck


All smiles, having spent their honeymoon on Hilton Head Island in 2013.


Checking out the alligator teeth at this display.


My daughter in-law, who does hula hoop as part of her exercise routine, “compares notes” with this Harbour Town statue.


Enjoying some Dole Whip at the Hilton Head Island Disney Resort.


A mile marker sign at Hilton Head Island Disney Resort


Watching scary Jaws from the pool, once all the packing up (for home) is done.

Saturday, July 6


Saying good-bye to Hilton Head Island, and Family Reunion 2019.


Gigi Cream Cheese



2-8 ounce block, 1/3 less-fat cream cheese

1-10 ounce jar of sliced green olives stuffed with minced pimentos, do not use the juice.
(Do not drain, as you will have some left over to put in the refrigerator for later.)

1-2.25 ounce can black olives, drained

1-bunch of green onions/scallions, cleaned and chopped
(I look for the variety grown in the U.S.) 

bagels, mini-bagels, or crackers


Mash up cream cheese with a fork.

Add olives and scallions to your liking.

Serve on toasted bagels, or mini-bagels.
Would also be good on crackers.

Other Blog Posts

Hilton Head and Family Reunions

Annette’s Big Family Vacation Scrapbook from the Happiest Place in the World:  Walt Disney World, July 2014, here.

Family Fun in Hilton Head, September 2015, here

Washington DC, Gettysburg, and Points In-between, August 2016, here.

Beach Getaway, February 2017, here.

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

Minnesota nice=a very nice family reunion, July 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.


A great big thank you to my family members for contributing many of the photos in this blog post, and for graciously allowing me to use your photos images in this post :o)

Thank you for reading,

I’m Annette Stuff


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Looking back (See what I did there?  :o)) on our 4th of July Week 2019,
filled with wonderful memories!

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Growing Up in Disneyland: a Conversation with Author, Ron DeFore

July 13, 2019

Growing Up in Disneyland:
a Conversation with Author, Ron DeFore

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Okay, so this photo was not actually taken while I was
on the phone with Ron DeFore on June 25, 2019, 

but it was taken that day, shortly after my interesting phone “interview” with him.

Growing up in Iowa, where Hollywood seemed a zillion miles away, I often daydreamed about what it must be like as the child of a famous actor/celebrity.  By contrast,
Ron DeFore spent his childhood years in California, living out life as the son of movie and television actor, Don Defore. (By the way, Don Defore was born, and grew up, in Iowa. :o))

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Author Ron DeFore, whose father was actor Don DeFore.

These days, I no longer have to wonder what the life of a celebrity’s kid,(during my formative years) must have been like. Ron DeFore tells us!  Ron has recently written  Growing Up in Disneyland.  Soon to be released on July 15, this book is described by the author as a hybrid, combining parts of his father, Don DeFore’s (unpublished) autobiography, and Ron’s own autobiography.


Ron DeFore’s new book Growing Up in Disneyland will be available on July 15.

You can order this book, here,
or for a book autographed by Ron DeFore you can send a request to,

Recently, Ron DeFore generously agreed to an interview with “yours truly” via phone.
It was an informative, and enjoyable conversation.

Proud Son

One only has to speak a few minutes about Don DeFore, to hear the pride in his son Ron’s voice.  One of five children, Ron grew up basking in his father’s glory, delighting when ever Don was recognized in public. Ron shared that, occasionally, someone would recognize Don, but could not place him. The stranger, thinking that Don was a neighbor, or acquaintance that he should know, but embarrassed to admit that he did not, would engage in conversation with Don. Ron and the other children would enjoy witnessing this tete-a-tete play out in front of them, as Don would play along, asking the stranger how things were going, with him and his family, until the stranger finally came to the realization of who he was really conversing with.

Don Defore was not the only one in the family who was in the entertainment business.  Ron’s mother, Marion, formerly Marion Holmes, was a big band singer prior to marrying Don. Marion was most famous for her recording of I’m a Little Tea Pot with Art Kassel and his Kassels in the Air. She also sang with Henry Busse.  Upon marrying Don, Marion quit her singing career. (According to Ron, his mom made great watermelon pickles!)

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Marion Holmes DeFore was a big band singer when she met Don Defore.

Hear her hit, I’m a Little Teapot, here, 1940.

Among the fringe benefits of being Don DeFore’s offspring, Ron says he counts being part of the parades that the family was invited to participate in, as a highlight. Disneyland parades, including the opening day extravaganza, and the Disney Christmas Parade (where he and his sister sat next to Walt Disney, himself), and the Hollywood Christmas Parade are all wonderful family memories for Ron. As a child, Ron says that it made him feel special to be the son of a celebrity, and take place in all the fun. He loved it.


The DeFore family in Disneyland’s Opening Day Parade, riding the Autopia cars
on July 18, 1955.
(5 year-old Ron is in the front car, and out of this photo’s view.)
Watch the entire parade broadcast from ABC, here.

Growing up in Brentwood

The world that Ron DeFore grew up in was different from that of today. There was little crime in the area then, and Ron does not remember ever bothering to lock the doors when the family went out for the day.

When Don DeFore set out to build his home on a double lot, in 1947, Brentwood, a suburb of west Los Angeles, California, was considered “out in the country”, and many of his actor friends questioned why he would choose to build so far out.  The DeFore’s house, designed with split rails and a barn & silo look, was equipped with a huge train bell at the top of the house, that could be sounded from inside the house, to call in the children  for dinner from wherever they were playing. (Ron says the bell sounded like the clang of the Mark Twain paddle boat at Disneyland.) Special childhood memories for Ron include, when the DeFore’s had a cow and chickens, and when the house’s beautiful Christmas decorations were up, that had taken two weeks to complete.

See a video of the DeFore home in 1962, here.

Growing Up in Disneyland

It’s every kid’s dream:  Growing up in Disneyland!  Ron DeFore did it!

First, a little background-From 1957-1962 Don Defore owned Disneyland’s Don DeFore’s Silver Banjo Barbecue Restaurant, named for the banjo that Don’s father used to play.
Don said that the sounds of the banjo strumming gave one an appetite. It is the only restaurant on Disneyland property to ever have an actual person’s name (other than Walt Disney).   Don Defore was friends with Walt Disney, and when a space opened up at Disneyland’s Frontierland for a restaurant, DeFore already had an idea that he had been mulling around. Don DeFore’s Silver Banjo Barbecue Restaurant was born.

Ron DeFore spent a lot of weekends, and summer vacation time, at Disneyland from 1957-1962.  The DeFore’s even had a second house in Anaheim, near Disneyland, that they used to store extra restaurant supplies, and to stay at when working at the Silver Banjo.

Ron says that he is probably the only kid who didn’t want to go to Disneyland all of the time. :o) He did enjoy it, though, when he could bring along a friend, and “show off a little”.  Ron knew a lot about the park, spending a lot of time exploring.

Years, later, while working as associate director on The Steve Allen Show (1971-1972),
Ron met an up and coming comedian named Steve Martin. Yep, THAT Steve Martin.  (As Ron put it, “I enjoyed meeting guests in the Green Room/lounge, and introduced myself as Don DeFore’s son, as many of the guests had nice stories about my dad.”) After chatting a bit, Martin mentioned that he had worked at Disneyland as a teen in the magic shop in the 1950’s. Ron mentioned that he used to go to the magic shop a lot then, when he was “bored”.  After further discussion, Ron said, “I remember you!”, and Steve Martin said, “I remember you!” :o)

Check out this Disneyland documentary from 1956 called Disneyland Dream, about a family who won a trip to Disneyland, here. In this film, around 20:20-20:28 you can spy a very young Steve Martin selling programs in a pink striped, long-sleeved shirt and a top hat in the lower right part of the screen,
or find him at around 1:34 in this restored and shortened version, without audio, here.

Don DeFore

Don DeFore, in addition to being a husband and father, was an actor.  He starred on Broadway, in movies, and on television.  DeFore starred with many classic movie stars, including Doris Day in her first film, in Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis’s first film, with Liz Scott’s first film, and with Charlton Heston in his first film.  DeFore forged life-long friendships with Ronald Reagan and Walt Disney, among others. (Judy Garland was in his wedding.) Ron says that two of his Dad’s movie favorites are, It Happened on Fifth Avenue, and She’s Working Her Way Through College.

Dad and Ozzie publicity Shot

Don Defore as Thorny, with Ozzie Nelson, on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet

DeFore was one of the first well-known television characters, playing Thorny on
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1954. In 1961, despite the protests of his agent (thinking DeFore would be overshadowed by Academy Award winning actress Shirley Booth), DeFore took the role of the memorable Mr. B on the classic TV show Hazel (1961-1965).

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Don Defore and Shirley Booth starring on Hazel

Ron DeFore starred in an episode of Hazel, here.

Lesser known, DeFore served from 1954-1956 as president of National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and was the powerhouse behind broadcasting the Emmy Awards on television for the first time. (No small feat at the time, considering there was no satellite broadcasting, and the show was live from both New York and California.). Impressed by this major coup, Walt Disney met and became friends with DeFore. DeFore received an Emmy Award for his two-year service as the National Academy of Television Art and Sciences president.

See a short video of  Don DeFore’s Emmy Award replacement, opened by Ron DeFore,
at the bottom of the page, here.

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Don DeFore‘s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for television.
The star is on the 6800 block of Hollywood Boulevard (on the south side),
according to an article, here.
 DeFore was inducted to the Hollywood Walk of Fame on February 8, 1960.
Read the Hollywood Walk of Fame write-up on Don 
DeFore, here.

Name Dropping :o)

I asked Ron to name drop a little, and tell me about some famous people that he met, or knew.
Here is a list of some of those names, in no particular order.

Walt Disney
Ronald Reagan
Shirley Booth (Hazel)
Bobby Buntrock (Harold on Hazel)
Ozzie and Harriet Nelson
Jay North (Dennis the Menace)
Rusty Hamer (Rusty on Make Room for Daddy)
Dick Van Dyke and his children
Richard Widmark
Robert Mitchum
Meredith Wilson (Creator of Music Man, and from Iowa)
Anthony Caruso (character actor)
David Clayton Thomas (Blood, Sweat, and Tears)
Steve Allen
Steve Martin
Jonathan Winters
Robin Williams
The Beatles
The Beach Boys

Author, Author!

Ron DeFore had never seen himself as an author, having had nearly 20 careers throughout his lifetime.  In the late 1990’s, he and his brother David, began to do occasional presentations for D23, the Disney Family Museum, and the Disneyana Fan Club.  One comment seemed to always follow those presentations, “You should write a book!”  While taking his daily walk several years ago, Ron decided, all of a sudden, that he would do just that!  He would write a book.! After two years of writing, as well as compiling his father’s writings, Ron has indeed become an author.  Growing Up in Disneyland is sure to be a treasure trove of interesting antidotes and history from Hollywood and beyond.  I can’t wait to read it!

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President Reagan meets with two members of his Presidential Administration,
Don and Ron DeFore while in Los Angeles.
Left to right-President Reagan, Don DeFore, Ron DeFore
Note the look of fatherly pride on Don DeFore’s face.  :o)

A Special Recipe


Sampling the delicious barbecue sauce recipe from
Don DeFore’s Silver Banjo Barbecue Restaurant.
It is good stuff!

Here is the recipe for Disneyland’s Don DeFore’s Silver Banjo Barbecue Restaurant, that was based on a California restaurant’s barbecue sauce, at the time. This recipe was derived from UCLA’s ingredient identification of that sauce, and Marion DeFore’s kitchen magic.


Ingredients needed for this recipe.


The barbecue sauce cooking on the stove smelled amazing!


Don DeFore’s Silver Banjo Barbecue Sauce
Frontierland, Disneyland

Dad & Mom in front of Banjo

A happy Don and Marion DeFore pose for this 1958 photo,
in front of Disneyland’s Don DeFore’s Silver Banjo Barbecue Restaurant sign.

Read more about the restaurant, here.

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Combine all ingredients and simmer 2-3 hours, the longer the better.
Barbecue sauce is best the next day.


I will be trying this sauce with all of my barbecue and grilling recipes!

Annette’s note–I prepared 1/4 of the original recipe.
I used Grandma’s brand of molasses.
I cooked this two hours with the lid off.

My measurements for 1/4 of a recipe are below.

12 ounces/1+1/2 cup Hunts Tomato Sauce

1/4 cup +2 Tablespoons Heinz Chili Sauce

1/4 cup water

3 Tablespoons Pompeian Red Wine Vinegar

1 Tablespoon Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce

1 Tablespoon Kikkoman Soy Sauce

3 Tablespoons (unsulfured) molasses, Grandma’s or Blackstrap Molasses 

1/2 cup + 1 Tablespoon Sugar

1 teaspoon Coleman’s Mustard Powder

1 teaspoon McCormick Celery Seed (not celery salt)

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon dry garlic powder

1/8 teaspoon dry onion powder

1/4 teaspoon Colgin Liquid Smoke

Combine all ingredients and simmer 2-3 hours, the longer the better.
Barbecue sauce is best the next day.

Thank you to Ron for giving of his time (and photos) to this very appreciative “hobby blogger”! :o)

Check these out!

Ron DeFore narrates this introduction to Growing up in Disneyland in this video trailer.
Check out the photo clips, including when Ron was an extra (In a youth football uniform) on Hazel.

Click here, to read an interesting article by Ron, from several years ago entitled,
Growing up in Disneyland.

Click here to check out the Don DeFore web site.

Click here to find the Don DeFore Fan Club on Facebook.

Click here to see Ron DeFore’s Facebook page.

 Read These Previous Blog Posts About the Don Defore Film,
It Happened on 5th Avenue!

5th Ave

A lobby card, in color, featuring the Don Defore (Christmas) film
It Happened on 5th Avenue

What’s Slumgullion?!/December 2018, click here.

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


Christmas in Black and White/December 2013, click here.


Other Blog Posts of Interest

Be My Guest! (My guest blogger, that is.)/February 2018, click here.

Yippee Ki-Yi, Yippie Kai-Yay, A Tasty way to Celebrate Cowboy Day! (…and a cowboy cookbook give away!)/February 2018, click here.

A Bonanza of a Recipe!/June 2019, click here.

Thanks for reading,

I’m Annette Stuff


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I recently purchased this fun book recommended by Ron DeFore,
Eat Like
Walt, by  Marcy Carriker Smothers, .
It is filled with Disney history, and many old Disneyland recipes,
including the recipe for the Silver Banjo Barbecue Sauce!

You can order this book, here.

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A Bonanza of a Recipe!

June 28, 2019

A Bonanza of a Recipe!


I know, this is not exactly a cowgirl hat,
but I am still getting into the spirit of the Cowboy Day Cook-along!

Well, buckaroos, it’s that time of year, once again.  Gather round the chuckwagon for Recipe4Rebel‘s Cowboy Day Cook-along!  This is my second year of participating in this  camaraderie of western-inspired eats, and it is sure to be a rip-snortin’ good time!


Cowboy Day Cook-along 2019

Find my recipe from last year,
and read my blog about Cook-along 2018,


Like Greg, the head wrangler of this cook-along, I am a fan of the epic western,
Giant, starring Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, and James Dean.
But, I must admit, I’m not much of a fan of the western genre, in general, unless that western is of a comedic nature.  In last year’s blog, I spoke of my fondness
for John Wayne’s more light-hearted fare.


I stand next to “John Wayne” at the John Wayne Museum.
September 2015
Read about my visit, here.

This year, I tip my (cowboy) hat to Dan Blocker, of the classic TV show Bonanza fame, and two of his most fun performances on that show:  Hoss and the Leprechauns,
Season 5, Episode 12, and Caution, Easter Bunny Crossing, Season 11, Episode 25.
Blocker also starred in the feature film comedy, The Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County.
(Click on the links/the colored titles, and they will take you to the episodes on Youtube.)


Dan Blocker starred as Hoss, in TV’s Bonanza.

In 1963, Blocker used some of his earnings from the Bonanza TV series to begin a restaurant chain.  What did he name it?  You guessed it, Bonanza Steakhouse! On the menu was a popular dish, known as Monterey Chicken. Below is my recipe.

Monterey Chicken

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The ingredients needed for Monterey Chicken.


Slice up the onion.


Cook the onion in olive oil.


Skillet-fry the chicken, or cook it on the grill.
(I recommend removing the onions before cooking the chicken.)

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Top the cooked chicken with Monterey Jack, or Pepper Jack cheese,
cooked bacon, and cooked onions.  Add a hint of lime juice.


Monterey Jack

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1/2 cup Dijon mustard

1/4 cup honey

1/4-1/2 teaspoon Black pepper

4 boneless, skinless, thin chicken breasts

6-8 ounces Monterey Jack, or Pepper Jack cheese, shredded

Bacon (I used the precooked variety, heating it up)

Olive oil

Red onion, thinly sliced

Lime wedges


Mix with whisk mustard, honey,  and black pepper in bowl.
Place mixture in large zip-lock bag with chicken breasts.
Place in refrigerator for 15-30 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat olive oil, and cook onions until tender.
Remove onions, drain off oil, and set to side, keeping warm.
Cook chicken breasts in skillet, or by grilling them,
and heat bacon.

Chicken Breast

Serve with lime wedges.

Accompany with tomatoes, or Pico de Gallo, and your favorite vegetable.

Serves 3-4

Annette’s note–If cooking the chicken breasts in the skillet,
I recommend removing the onions before cooking the chicken.


Join along!
Interested in cooking along?
Go to Recipe4Rebels, here.


A very western John Wayne sculpture at the John Wayne Museum
September 2015

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My friend, Linda, just presented me with these wonderful home-grown tomatoes.
 They will make a yummy compliment to this Monterey Chicken recipe.



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Frogmore Stew, Anyone?

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

 Frogmore Stew, Anyone?

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Frogmore Stew?!

Eeeek!  Frogmore Stew?!  It sounds like the type of fiendish dish served up to the unsuspecting protagonist in an old black and white monster movie, doesn’t it?
Never fear, it isn’t.

 Despite what the name Frogmore Stew suggests, this dish contains no frogs, whatsoever, and is not actually, a stew, at all. Frogmore Stew is, in fact, a tasty South Carolina classic, also often referred to as a Low Country Boil.


My friendly little (metal) frog “friend” has nothing to do with Frogmore Stew.

Beaufort and Frogmore

My interest in Frogmore Stew, this curiously-named Carolina culinary creation, began on a Friday, just a couple of weeks ago.  I was visiting Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and some friends, who live on the island, asked if I would like to join them on a day-trip to Beaufort (about a 45 minute car ride away). 


My friends, Laura and Bill, invited me along on their day-trip to Beaufort.

Laura and Bill were looking forward to seeing the final garden of the”Garden-a-Day Tour”, thanks to the efforts of the Beaufort Garden Club.  After the garden tour, they planned to explore a new place for lunch, nearby.  I jumped at the opportunity to join my friends on their food and fun excursion :o)

Garden Tour

As luck would have it, upon arriving at the Blythewood Road “garden of the day”,
the skies opened up, drenching the three of us, and the other garden visitors, with an unrelenting rain shower.  


Visitors tour the garden, despite the heavy rain.
(Photo courtesy of Bill. :o))

Our adventuresome trio made a valiant attempt at touring the extensive display of amazing flora in the garden before us via umbrella-cover, but eventually the torrential rains got the best of us, and we retreated, a bit damper, back to the refuge of the car.

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Touring the gardens under the cover of a much-appreciated umbrella.
(Photo courtesy of Bill. :o))

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Enjoying ourselves at the garden tour, despite the heavy rain.  :o)
(Photo courtesy of Bill. :o))
Thank you, Bill, for the use of your fun photos!

Read about the Beaufort Garden Club here, and the annual garden tour, here.


Attempting to dodge raindrops had left the three of us hungry.  It was on to lunch!
Before our trip began, Bill had researched eating establishments in the Beaufort area, and had chosen The Foolish Frog Restaurant on nearby St. Helena Island.

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The Foolish Frog Restaurant, located in St. Helena Island, South Carolina. 

 It was a lunch filled with good conversation, as we dined (I enjoyed cream of crab bisque.), while watching the sky clear off, out the restaurant window.

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 It was a lunch filled with good conversation, as we dined.


My choice for lunch was this tasty cream of crab bisque.

After our meal, and an enjoyable impromptu shopping stop across the street at MacDonald’s Marketplace, we were back in the car, heading out.  Having seen the name Frogmore, here and there, while on St. Helena Island, piqued my curiosity. Thanks to my trusty iPhone, I quickly learned that an area of St. Helena Island is called Frogmore.
In fact, the U.S. Postal Service referred to the entire St. Helena Island as Frogmore, at one time. Frogmore was also the name of a plantation in the area.


Marshes, not beaches, are a part of St. Helena Island’s landscape.
St. Helena Island, once called Frogmore, is an inland island, and part of the
Sea Islands off the southeast coast of the U.S.

Read about Frogmore, here, and here.

While doing my iPhone research, I also came across Frogmore Stew.
I had heard of this dish before, but I had never eaten it, and I did not know how it came to be.

The Origin of Frogmore Stew

Most accounts, that I read, credit Richard Gay with the invention of Frogmore Stew.
In the 1960’s, while on National Guard duty in Beaufort, Gay prepared this meal for 100 fellow soldiers, naming it after his hometown of Frogmore.

The recipe spread when Gay, the owner of Gay Seafood Company, brought home the recipe, making copies available to his seafood market customers.

Read these articles about Frogmore Stew, here, here, here, here, and here.

Making Frogmore Stew

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Gathering my ingredients for Frogmore Stew.


I chose a healthier sausage option, using uncured /no preservatives,
turkey kielbasa.  It was delicious.


Slicing up the sausage


Farmer’s vegetable stand sweet corn was perfect for my Frogmore Stew.


Boiling the ingredients


A meal to share


Frogmore Stew served up for the family during our summer family reunion,
after pool time. :o)

Hilton Head, South Carolina
July 2019


Frogmore Stew
(Annette’s version)

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1 +1/2 gallons of water

1 lemon, juiced

Salt, to taste

3 Tablespoons of Old Bay Seasoning*

Redskin new potatoes (approx. 3, or more, per person), washed

2 pounds spicy sausage (kielbasa, andouille, etc.), cut into slices, about 1/2 inch in size

10-12 ears shucked sweet corn on the cob, broken into 3-inch pieces

4 pounds large shrimp, uncooked, in shell

You may also want…

Butter, or Brummel & Brown yogurt spread

Cocktail, or Tartar sauce, Melted butter



In a large pot over medium-high heat, add the water, lemon juice, salt, and Old Bay Seasoning; bringing to a boil.

When the seasoned water comes to a boil, add redskin potatoes and boil for 15-20 minutes.  Potatoes should be easily pierced with a knife, when done, but not mushy.

Add sausage and gently boil, uncovered, 5 minutes.

Add corn and continue cooking an additional 5 minutes
(Begin timing immediately, do not wait until water is boiling.)

Add shrimp and cook an additional 3 to 5 minutes longer.
Do not overcook the shrimp.
Remove from heat and drain the mixture immediately.

Serve with cold beverage.

Provide butter (I use Brummel & Brown spread, made with yogurt)
for the corn and potatoes.

Serve cocktail sauce, melted butter, or tartar sauce for the shrimp.
(Tartar Sauce is my sauce of choice.  See recipe below.)

I serve with French bread, sliced and buttered with real butter, wrapped in foil and heated in the oven

Messy, so provide paper towels.

*Approx. 2 tablespoons of Old Bay Seasoning per gallon of water (or more to taste)


Serves 6-8

Tartar Sauce


Hellman’s Light Mayonnaise

Sweet (pickle) relish

Fresh lemon juice


I just mix the ingredients together to my taste…

Mix approximately two large serving spoons of mayo,
with approximately two-three Tablespoons of sweet relish,
and add approximately 1-2 teaspoon of lemon juice.

Keep cool

Annette’s note
*While this is a great recipe for a big group, when I made this,
I made a much smaller batch, cutting it to 1/4 of the original recipe.

*I used uncured, precooked turkey kielbasa, as a healthy alternative.

*I did not add any salt to my water. The potatoes probably needed it.

* Next time, I will probably add a whole, peeled onion,
and more Old Bay Seasoning.

*I used too many potatoes for my recipe, this time round. Oops.

*I serve with tartar sauce (recipe above).

*I serve with French bread, sliced and buttered with real butter, wrapped in foil,
and heated in the oven at 350 degrees for about 20-30 minutes.


 Previous South Carolina 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.

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

Fun Facts for Ya!

*St. Helena Island’s Penn Center hosts an annual Heritage Days,
highlighting the Gullah Culture.

*That camp song, Michael, Row Your Boat Ashore, (I, personally, sang it in Girl Scouts back in the day), was first noted during the Civil War on St. Helena Island.
Read more about its history, here.

Thanks for reading!!!!!


I’m Annette Stuff


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I found this little guy at the grocery store. He made me think of Frogmore Stew! :o)

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A Nod to National Donut Day

June 7, 2019


A Nod to National Donut Day


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.


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


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.


There were a variety of donuts.


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


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


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


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.


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.


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


Dredge in the sugar and cinnamon mixture.


Eat while hot. :o)

The Recipe

Biscuit Donuts



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

Vegetable oil, or peanut oil

¼ cup sugar

1 tea. Cinnamon


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.



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!!!!!

I’m Annette Stuff


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Thursday, June 24, 2019

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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!


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


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

 Fisherman’s View


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


We had pretty views from our table…

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wherever we looked.


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.


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

The Beaches

Sandy Neck


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


A peek at the water, through the fence.

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A look down the beach on a cool May day.

Craigsville Beach


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


We all pause for a happy group photo.

JFK Memorial


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.


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

Nobska Lighthouse


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!


An information plaque for Nobska Lighthouse.


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


Cozy and warm at Captain Kidd.


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!


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


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


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


Lobster cooked to perfection.


Melted butter compliments the sweet lobster meat.




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


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.


Only a few ingredients are needed for this fudgy brownie recipe


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

The Recipe

Cape Cod Brownies



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


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,


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

November 2014, Autumn is the Mellow Time of Year

May 2017, Chowder!

August 2018, Summer’s Musings

Thanks for reading!!!!!

I’m Annette Stuff


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Thursday, June 20, 2019

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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)


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.


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.


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!


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


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


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

For blanching instructions, look here.


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


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.



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


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, or vanilla ice cream.
(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.


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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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, or
use vanilla ice cream

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)


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 


Thanks for reading!!!!!


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.  


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.


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


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



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


The Seas


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


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



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


The Land


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



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.)



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



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


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.


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



The Shepherd’s Pie was good!



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



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

A Colorful Background


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


Rick Springfield


Fourth Row! Now that rocks! :o)


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)


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



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!


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)!


A brief history of the Amphicars.  Only 400 remain.


Ready for our ride.


Captain Tim



Into the water



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



Floating along



A front windshield view



Enjoying the ride


Surrounded by water



Almost back


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)

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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