Julie’s Vintage Snow White Birthday

Julie’s Vintage Snow White Birthday

 Welcome toJulie’s Vintage Snow White Birthday  My cute vintage ‘made in England’ tin.  My vintage Snow White ‘Happy Birthday’ card.  My vintage deer, vintage champagne glass that house some lovely white roses. ————————————— Very elegant looking.  Also very special to me. ————————- I had the best birthday possible.  One to remember.  This birthday stems from my youth.  When I was 5 for my birthday celebration my friends and I were taken to see Snow White…

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Spooketti Dinner With Hitchcock

Spooketti Dinner With Hitchcock

  It’s like looking in a mirror, isn’t it?  🙂 My favorite movie in the world is Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window It’s just not Halloween without a big plate of “Spooketti” and a marathon of Alfred Hitchcock movies. —————————————– Spooketti Dinner and Alfred Hitchcock Every Special Dinner Requires a Grand Entrance Our Alfred Hitchcock wine glasses that Gordon and I painted at an art class.  They look really good here. The Montrachet Saturday Night Spooketti…

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Cinderella Bedtime Story

Cinderella Bedtime Story

The Story of Cinderella   Once Upon a Time….. Actually, my book starts off, “Near the fair city of Paris there once lived a gentleman whose wife had died, leaving him to care for their little daughter, Ella.” My childhood book above, The Tasha Tudor Book of Fairy Tales, in this book is just one of many versions of Cinderella ever written.  This one is based on the original by Charles Perrault.  In this story…

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Magic Kingdom Christmas

Magic Kingdom Christmas

  Christmas in The Magic Kingdom Cinderella’s Castle at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom ———————————————————– Welcome to our Little Magic Kingdom Homage Living here in Florida, just less than 2 hours away from Orlando, we can’t help but be big Disney fans as we visit the parks quite frequently, especially around the holidays. Besides, who didn’t grow up loving the Disney movies at the theater and on t.v.?  And who isn’t fond of Mickey Mouse?…

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Huli Huli Julie Caesar

Huli Huli Julie Caesar

Huli Huli Julie Caesar Gordon and I were first introduced to Huli Huli chicken when we were living in Hawaii. (See our Blue Hawaiian’s and Huli Huli Chicken post for the recipe.) Click Here For:  Blue Hawaiian’s and Huli Huli Chicken ——————————————- But this time I wanted to extend it further into my Caesar salad, hence the name.  Any chicken will do but this recipe is especially delicious.  I guarantee that it is nothing that…

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Julie’s Octopussy Cocktail

Julie’s Octopussy Cocktail

      Julie’s Octopussy Cocktail (Octopus Ink) A.K.A. Beneath The 12 Mile Reef This cocktail is based on a recipe that I found on the back of some octopus ice cube mold that I bought in Tarpon Springs.  I wanted to ‘Greek it up’ and add some Ouzo, a Greek liquor. I made the ice cubes by pouring water into the mold and adding a drop of blue food coloring to each octopus. The…

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Greek Octopus

Greek Octopus

Octopus, a Greek Staple My Nice Little Lunch ———————————— Greek Dinner of Octopus, Mussels, Greek Yogurt with Dill and Pita Chips Oh, and Fried Calamari and Conch Fritters Welcome to our Beneath the 12-Mile Reef Dinner This is our homage to the movie that was filmed in Tarpon Springs, Florida in 1953 about the Greek Sponge Diving Industry.  The movie starred a very young and handsome Robert Wagner.This is also our homage to beautiful Tarpon…

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Julie’s Mango Sunset Cocktail

Julie’s Mango Sunset Cocktail

Julie’s Mango Sunset   Julie’s Mango Sunset with Fruit Salad The pineapple top is to be planted in my garden.  Yep, you can grow your own pineapples and that is how you do it.  Just bury in the dirt up to the green pineapple crown.   We spent the weekend at the condo in Indian Shores and had a nice time.  I would like to say that it was relaxing but we tend to cram…

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Egmont Key

Egmont Key

October 2011 Egmont Key and Sightseeing Boat Rides Fort De Soto Bay Pier Tour the old ruins, see beautiful wildlife, and enjoy the beach and island.         This is our Egmont Key field trip from October 3, 2011.  We’ve posted a video of our excursion that day.  Hope you enjoy it.  —————————————————————————————- Egmont Key is a National Wildlife Refuge, National Historical Site and Bird Sanctuary at the mouth of Tampa Bay. Take the…

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Favorites To Do: The Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Favorites To Do:  The Clearwater Marine Aquarium

  The Home to Winter the Dolphin   Julie Lancaster-Whann and Gordon Whann Welcome to our ‘Favorite Links’ page.  We post here various sight seeing attractions in the Clearwater/St. Petersburg/Indian Shores/Tampa Bay area.  Giving you information and a little insight on what there is to do.  Winter the dolphin is a favorite of ours to write about.  Here I’m posting my new print that I just bought by Winter.  I LOVE it! Winter’s Ocean Blue…

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Backyard

Backyard

      Welcome to our Back Yard  We are the Do-It-Ourselves couple that like nothing better than getting our hands dirty in the backyard and creating something beautiful.  We have many projects that we have featured here, and some that we will be working on in the years to come and are happy to share with you.  So just sit back and scroll down the page.  Hope you enjoy them.  Maybe we might inspire…

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Julie’s Herb Garden

Julie’s Herb Garden

Our outdoor garden.  This is our way of growing our own herbs and even some vegetables as a way to save money and increase our health through more good greenery.  Fresh herbs are more healthy than the dry varieties. Fresh Herbs for DinnerWe also have some fruit trees in our yard as well.  Orange, pink lemons and key limes.  Our plans are to add on as we go and increase our gardens around our backyard.——————————————————-Gordon Prepping…

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Herb Cocktails

Herb Cocktails

        When life give you lemons, then make Limoncello.” Julie Lancaster-Whann Limoncello Lemonade, that is. —————————————— I have a few cocktails here that I wanted to share with you.  These are for spring and summer and to be served with fresh herbs grown from your very own garden.  Some as a garnish and other’s with the herbs infused into the drink.  I’ll be adding more cocktail’s in the future but here are…

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Front Yard Projects

Front Yard Projects

      Find The Frog! I love frogs.  The camouflage is perfect! Here he is on one of our Chinese fan  palm leaves. ——————————————   Front Yard Side House Project Gordon had just built this retaining wall when we decided to further the project by extending the curb appeal to the garage door entryway on the side of the house.  We added a large pot with tropical plants, edging around some pea gravel, and…

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Our Front Yard

Our Front Yard

        UNDER CONSTRUCTION   Gordon building the side of the house retaining wall.  Hope you enjoy it. Before and………………………………………………………After!                                                                                                                                                                               What a difference! Ape’s and Anthuriums The finished results!                                                                                                                                                                               Retaining Wall Accent Here I’ve added some egg shaped stones to the crevices of the retaining wall that Gordon built.  I happen to like it.  It is a bit different though.  How To Start I first pulled back the blocks which lined…

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Gordon and Julie Greek

Gordon and Julie Greek

    Greek Picnic on the Beach ——————————- Hello and Welcome to Gordon and Julie Greek We hope to fill this page with some wonderful Greek recipes over time, so check back every now and then to give us a look see. We are a big lover of Greek everything, but especially the food. Dinner at Hella’s In Tarpon Springs, Florida Sponge Docks Click Here for our Dinner at Hella’s Restaurant —————————- We even gave…

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Grillin’ w/ Gordon

Grillin’ w/ Gordon

Welcome to Grillin’ With Gordon I love to grill and have ever since I watched my dad a long time ago. This is me standing with Chef Curtis Stone and Chef Ming Tsai. I met them a few years ago when I volunteered at a cooking event called E.A.T. St. Pete Food and Wine Festival.  I volunteered through my culinary school, The Art Institute of Tampa.  I was placed to work the cooking demonstrations which…

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Italian Naan Pizza

Italian Naan Pizza

(Video Promo Above) This is our Twist on an Italian Pizza   It’s a variation of a hummus pizza I make as we use Naan bread for the crust.  You can find it in your local grocery store and it comes in plain, garlic, and whole wheat.  In this recipe, we use Julie’s famous spaghetti sauce, herbs from our garden, slow roasted Roma tomatoes, toasted pine nuts, and Mozzarella Cheese that I make from scratch. …

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Picnic and Travel Foods

Picnic and Travel Foods

Welcome to our Picnic Page This page isn’t just about picnic foods, it’s also about eating healthy delicious foods inexpensively as I travel. I am probably the only person that I know who looses weight on vacations and outings. Every trip that I have ever taken I loose between 6 – 10 pounds whereas most people tend to gain between 6 – 10 pounds.  It’s because I carry a lot of foods with me and…

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Cinderella Party Foods and Ideas

Cinderella Party Foods and Ideas

    Vintage Cinderella Planter with my Birthday Cake These photos were taken around Christmas for my Julie’s Cinderella Christmas I had such a fun Cinderella Christmas that I wanted to extend it into my birthday so this page is a merging of the two.  Here are a few party food ideas that you may like to try yourself.  They are all simple.  I don’t do anything complicated. Cinderella Cupcakes and Cinderella Appetizers Beautiful Carriage…

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Julie’s Cinderella Birthday

Julie’s Cinderella Birthday

Happy Birthday ——————————- February 13, 2015  Birthday Blogging My Cinderella Birthday On February 13, I turned 54!  I think that we should get excited about every birthday and appreciate them while we still can because they are only going to get worse. Julie’s Cinderella Birthday Cakes (The fluffy white and sparkly tulle at the bottom of the cake stand is a little girls tutu that I found on sale at Target after Christmas for just…

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Julie’s Cinderella Christmas

Julie’s Cinderella Christmas

  A Dream is a Wish your Heart makes……. ——————————————————————————————————————————- Welcome to Julie’s Cinderella Christmas Merry Christmas! It is so nice of you to join me. I wanted to do something new and different for Christmas instead of the normal red and green color scheme that most everyone uses.  I also wanted to center my Christmas celebration around a favorite childhood memory.  A happy fantasy type Christmas that was big and over the top that…

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Christmas and Holiday Cooking

Christmas and Holiday Cooking

  Hello and welcome to Christmas and Holiday Cooking.  We hope that you will sit back, stay awhile and enjoy reading about some of our favorite holiday foods.  You might even be inspired to try some of the recipes for yourself.  Not all holiday foods have to be fattening in order to taste good.  We tend to lighten most of our recipes in order to make them healthier.  Hope you enjoy.  Happy Holidays! Gordon and…

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Julie Vintage Craft Ideas

Julie Vintage Craft Ideas

I grew up in a very cluttered home.  Lots of books, animals, hobbies and interests.  My mother had better things to do instead of cleaning and organizing.  Clutter inspires creativity.  Clutter inspires inventiveness.  People who grow up in clutter are our inventors, our decorators, our visionaries, our architects….  So don’t be so quick to pick up that mess.  You may be stiflings someone’s creativity. Like I said, I grew up in clutter and I live…

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Julie Vintage Party and Gift Ideas

Julie Vintage Party and Gift Ideas

               Welcome to Julie Party and Gift Ideas My vintage Seven Dwarfs Mine Cake —————————— I love gift giving.  I think that I love giving a gift more than the recipient enjoys receiving it.  (Cakes don’t always have to be traditional.  This is one of my birthday cakes.  It’s a funnel cake.) It’s about always having the people that you love upper most in your mind all the time.  It’s…

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Monk and Sugar Blogging

Monk and Sugar Blogging

        Sugar Booger and Chunky Monkee Posing for Pictures The Bookends In the Backyard —————————————— Blog Posts Start Right Here —————————————– Now that both Monk and Sugar have passed there will most likely be no more postings on this blog unless I come across a nice photo or two that I missed of them and would like to post and share. Monk and Sugar brought us great joy, happiness, love, aggravation, loyalty,…

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Vacation, All I Ever Wanted…

Vacation, All I Ever Wanted…

Julie Vacation, all I ever wanted…. Julie Vacation, meant to get away………. This page is dedicated to all those family vacations past, present and future.  With dad driving and mom riding shot gun.  With the cooler tied to the roof of the car, and grandma in the backseat.  Those were the days.  This is my homage to family vacations. “There’s nothing better than a full tank of gas and an empty bladder.” Julie Lancaster-Whann ————————————————-…

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Julie’s Beachy Crafts

Julie’s Beachy Crafts

  Sea Shell Chandelier I started this project at home and then brought it with me to the condo to hang over our ‘Beachy Thanksgiving’ table.   Our Beachy Thanksgiving Two things we love a great deal, Thanksgiving and the Beach. If you would like to check out our Beachy Thanksgiving click here: Beachy Thanksgiving —————————– Sea Shell Chandelier Project I haven’t worked on a craft project in awhile and I had forgotten how much…

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Beach Life Entertaining

Beach Life Entertaining

        Lunch at the Condo   We spend a lot of time out at the beach condo.  Beach Life Entertaining is some of the easiest entertaining that you can ever do.  You have a lovely ocean view as your backdrop, so everything else comes second.  Also Beach Life Entertaining is some of the simplest that you will ever do, because of the laid back, lack of formality, attitude and lifestyle of beach…

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Julie Beach Vintage

Julie Beach Vintage

            Welcome to Julie Beach Vintage I am always on the lookout for my vintage treasures, especially when they are beach related to happy memories of childhood summers spent in Florida.  Memories of the ocean, the white sandy beaches, palm trees, flamingos, sea gulls, and the many sea shells that I would find.  I also love finding old gas station souvenirs of Florida. The kind of things that I used…

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Beachy Christmas

Beachy Christmas

          Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Season’s Greetings (I like to include everyone.) When you live in Florida along, or near the coast, most everyone seems to have a ‘Beachy Christmas’.   What a unique experience that it is too!  To me Christmas is about nostalgia, traditions, making new ones, and remembering all those special people that are no longer with us.  I am more of a spiritual person than a religious one. …

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Beachy Christmas Season

Beachy Christmas Season

UNDER CONSTRUCTIONChristmas Eve Cookie’s for Santa left on a Florida alligator plate. I’m sure he will LOVE them! ————————————————————————————————————————————————————— How About a Christmas Card Fishnet? Merry Christmas ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————Yummy Party Favors A handmade woven basket that I bought in Hawaii is housing a take home gift goodie for our guests at our condo beach Christmas party.  Key Lime, coconut and Pina Colada candies. Placed by the door to retrieve on their way out.——————————————————————————————————————————————–Julie Barefoot Christmas isn’t…

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Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window

Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window

COMING SOON TO A THEATER NEAR YOU! Rear Window Starring Julie Lancaster-Whann and Gordon S. Whann    This was our Rear Window Halloween, our homage to Alfred Hitchcock. We had a great time doing it and that is all that matters. ——————————————————- Rear Window Dress Rehearsal Me, as Grace Kelly in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window Grace Kelly as Lisa Freemont “A preview of upcoming attractions”. Grace Kelly quote as Lisa Freemont in Rear Window. ———————————————–…

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Beachy Hawaiian Christmas/Kalikimaka

Beachy Hawaiian Christmas/Kalikimaka

        Mele Kalikimaka means Merry Christmas in Hawaii We had the privilege of living in Hawaii for 13 wonderful years and celebrated many a Kalikimaka on the island of Oahu. Both of our children (keiki) were born in Honolulu and grew up with the ‘Aloha Spirit’ and the feeling of Kama’aina, (person of the land). We miss Hawaii to this day but we always carry a little bit of the island around…

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Tarpon Springs Greek Sponge Diving

Tarpon Springs Greek Sponge Diving

Featured on This Page: -Tarpon Springs Julie looking for shells on Anclote Key -Anclote Key -Sponge-o-rama Cruises -Sponge Docks -Beneath The 12 -Mile Reef Film Location -Hellas Restaurant -Picnic at Fred Howard Park -Tarpon Springs Castle Winery ——————————————— I took this photo of a dolphin swimming beside our boat on our way to Anclote Key in Tarpon Springs.  I could have reached out and touched this beautiful creature! ————————– June, 2015 Our Weekend in Tarpon…

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Roasted Olives

Roasted Olives

Recipe for Roasted Olives OMG!  These olives are wonderful!  We made them for our trip to Tarpon Springs.  I cannot even describe to you how wonderful that they smell.  It would make the best air freshener ever. This is now going to be a staple in our kitchen. The photos above are from two different batches. ————————————————————————— -2 cups Greek olives (or any olives you prefer) without the pits. -1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil….

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Tasso’s Bubbles

Tasso’s Bubbles

Meet the Newest Member of our Family…….. Tasso The Fish I have wanted a fish now for quite awhile and I decided to finally get one.  I just wanted a nice fish that I could keep in a bowl in the kitchen to look at while I did dishes or cooked dinner.  I didn’t want to deal with any pump or elaborate lights, I just wanted something simple. So I bought a bowl, some fish…

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