Author: Julie Lancaster-Whann

Our Haunted Honeycation

Our Haunted Honeycation

          COMING SOON!!!!! OUR HAUNTED HONEYCATION Honeycation:  A Honeycation is a Vacation and a Second Honeymoon combined.  The term was originally coined by a woman who resides in the state of Florida whose name is Julie Lancaster-Whann.  That would be ME!…

Pumpkin Carving Party

Pumpkin Carving Party

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A. Hitchcock CLUE for Halloween

A. Hitchcock CLUE for Halloween

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to our Halloween Home

We are Gordon and Julie and we LOVE Halloween and Alfred Hitchcock!

UNDER CONSTRUCTION

I’ll be out of the shower in a minute!!

COMING SOON FOR HALLOWEEN!!!!!

Lock your doors and windows. You awake to find your house completely shrouded in fog.  A dog barks in the distance.  You hear a howling.  It’s a full moon.  You find yourself all alone.  You have no electricity.  The batteries in your flashlight are DEAD!  With no one to comfort you, there is no one around to hear you SCREAM!!!!!  

We are so happy to have you join us in our A. Hitchcock CLUE for Halloween!

This year we decided to dig Hitch up and invite him to join us as well.

GOOD EVEN-ING,

GORDON AND JULIE

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If you would like to view our other Alfred Hitchcock posts…..

Click Here For:  Happy Birthday Hitch

AND,

Click Here For:  Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds

AND,

Click Here For:  Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window

AND,

Spooketti Dinner with Hitchcock

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A. Hitchcock CLUE for Halloween

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Our Set

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The Reveal

I think it was Mr. Green, with the Knife, at the Bates Motel!

CLUE

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The Ghosts of Lisa Freemont from Rear Window, and Melanie Daniels from The Birds

Me, dashing out the door to pick up a few things before we celebrate Halloween.  🙂

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Playing CLUE

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Drinks and Appetizers:

Martini’s with Green Olives and Pearl Onions

and

Sausages with Colonel Mustard

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Dinner:

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The Birds with Professor Plums

Mrs. Peacock’s Colorful Array of Steamed Carrots

Blue Potatoes, Roasted with Garlic

Mrs. White’s Baked Cauliflower Steaks

Black Pearl Onions

Mr. Green’s Peas and Broccoli with Parmesan Cheese

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Me, Sitting Down to Dine

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You know Dahling you really should eat up. 

I swear I can see your bones!

 

 

 

Trying to run and beat the timer on the camera.  🙂

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The Times

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1954

Dial M for Murder

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DIAL M

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I actually considered telling this story from the view of The Handbag seeing as how it features so prominently.  🙂

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Swan’s Watch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tony’s Watch

The Stag Party

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DIALING M for MURDER!!!!!!

“M”

The Telephone Company

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Introducing the Magnificent Julie Lancaster-Whann as……

……..Margot Wendice

(And Grace Kelly did an o.k. job.) 

Hello?  Who’s there?  Is anyone there?

Hello?

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Hello?  Is anyone there?

Look, I’ve got these birds flying around and Gordon is about to strangle me so speak up!  Hello?  Hello?

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Really Gordon?  Now?  Right here?

 

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I told you I have a headache!

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Where are those scissors?

FOUND ‘EM!  Got ’em!!

 

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My Homage to the Unsung Hero, The Detective who solves the crime.

Chief Inspector Hubbard prevented Margot Wendice from being hung.

The Thinker

Solved the Murder

Chief Inspector Hubbard, played by the great John Williams

Combing the Mustache

This Mustache cake is for him.

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Mr. and Mrs. Whann

Happy Halloween from Us!

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Goodbye. 

Just leave the key under the 5th. step carpet on the stairs.

(Says it all!)

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RECIPES START HERE!!

Chef Whann

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Drink:

Martini’s

Appetizer:

Cocktail Sausages with Colonel Mustard

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The Birds with Professor Plums

 

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Mrs. Peacock’s Colorful Array of Steamed Carrots and Roasted Blue Potatoes with Garlic

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Mrs. White’s Baked Cauliflower Steaks

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Black Pearl Onions

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Gordon Sprinkling Cheese

Gordon STILL Sprinkling Cheese

DINNER IS SERVED

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“Old” Miami

“Old” Miami

        Welcome to “Old” Miami I had originally entitled this post “Vintage Miami” because I wanted to harken back to those lovely old days of Miami in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s.  But the name “Vintage Miami” kept bothering me.  It just…

The Meaning of Mother’s Day

The Meaning of Mother’s Day

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Stay Out of the Water, JAWS Week

Stay Out of the Water, JAWS Week

 

 

 

 

 

 

JAWS

Good Morning!

Welcome to our JAWS Shark Week Dessert post:

Microwave Note: 

Make Dish that looks like the Beach

I’ve had that note on the microwave for the past 2 years. 

Then I finally created a dish that looks like the beach.

The Beach from the first JAWS Movie

The Lagoon from JAWS

I based my “Beach” dessert on this beach, and lagoon from the original movie, JAWS.

I believe this would make a great dessert for a child’s birthday or pool party, beach get together, etc.  I just recommend eating it outside as all the “sand” gets everywhere!  🙂

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Julie’s Beach House

Click Here For:  Julie’s Beach House

Gordon and I made this beach house for me, that I absolutely love! 

I have since added some real sand underneath my beach house.  Instead of getting sand off our beach, I just bought a bag of it from the pet store.  It’s cleaner that way.  I just wanted it to look a bit more authentic.

If you would like to know how we built this beach house then just click on the link above.  This beach house does play a role in my Beach Dessert below.

Does this not look like a beach house where the “people” walk down the steps to the “beach” to enjoy their vacation? 

I think it does.  🙂

I did add a few extras to Julie’s Beach House.

The nice lifeguard station with some tourist beach chairs, beach ball, and a cooler. 

LOOK OUT!  That first step is a doozy!

The Beach, and the Lagoon

I LOVE how this turned out.  It really does look like the beach.  You have the “wet” sand, which is darker than dry sand.  I used graham cracker crumbs underneath the “water.”  You see how the waves come in and flow leaving some beach areas exposed and other’s underwater?  You can also see the “dry” sand as well, those are ground up cookie crumbs.  The dry sand is always lighter in color than the wet sand.

All the little beach chairs, float ring, beach buckets, cooler, beach ball…..  is all dollhouse furniture.

SHARK!!!!!!!

(You know there had to be a shark in there somewhere.)  🙂

The Beach on a Plate

This is a cheesecake dessert with a graham cracker crumb crust, topped with sandy cookie crumbs, and chocolate sea shells.  Served with cookie crumb rimmed glasses of pink juice.

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I made this cheesecake for Brodie and Mackenzie.

The Shark Bite!

I made this from all the leftovers.

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Oh, NO!!!  A shark is eating Spooky!! 

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Blue and Pink

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Here you can see how the beach dessert looks when you cut into it..

Delicious!

I would like to state that the color of sand on my beach is the same color of sand in Hawaii.  Oh, they do have the black sandy beaches, but the sand on most of them are a very coarse, tannish, brown color.  However, our Florida beaches are a bright white with sand that resembles powder.

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How To Make a Tasty Beach

Oddly enough when I first got the idea to make an edible beach I knew that I wanted it to be a no-bake cheesecake instead of something like a giant cookie, etc.

I remembered back to this very easy, and tasty cheesecake that I made years ago.  Could I have made one from scratch?  Yeah, sure, but I didn’t want to.  Making this brand is fast, easy, and delicious.  I like cutting corners every now and then.

I bought about 5 or 6 boxes of this cheesecake but only 4 are shown in the photo above.

I bought about 3 Classic, and 3 Cherry Cheesecakes.

Just follow the package directions.  It’s nothing more than crumbled graham cracker crumbs, melted butter/margarine, and sugar.  It does call for making the crusty bottom first.  I even bought some extra Graham Crackers because I knew I would need to stretch the “sandy bottom” much further than a pie plate.

The Melted Butter/Margarine, Graham Cracker Crumbs, and Sugar

When you mix it all together it looks like sand.  🙂

This is a no-bake sandy bottom cheesecake.

I gathered up a large baking sheet, and I purchased 2 smaller baking sheets that are recyclable. 

You just want to spread the sandy beach around the baking sheets, pressing with a spoon, or your hands, to get the “sand” flat.  You don’t need an oily spray before you apply the “sand” because the butter in the “sand” keeps it from sticking.

I did anticipate that I would need more “sand” so I bought a box of Graham Crackers.  I ended up using that entire box in making my beach.  I would like to state that each box of cheesecake does come with a packet of graham cracker crumbs, but it was not enough to make my beach, which is why I bought extra.

Once you have finished with the “sandy beach,” set it aside and work on the cheesecake filling itself.

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Just follow the package directions except I do add one thing not included in this kit.  BLUE food coloring!  Which blue food coloring you use is up to you.  But I just keep adding it until I get the color that I want while I mix the cheesecake filling in my mixer.

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My BLUE Ocean Cheesecake

I do recommend using a cake frosting knife on this.  It will make it easier to spread.  You just want to cover the graham cracker crumbs with the “ocean” all the way up to the top of the baking sheet.

I did 3 baking sheets.  Now it’s time to place them in the refrigerator overnight.  We have an extra fridge outside in our garage so that is where I placed them.

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How To Make The Dry Sand

3 Boxes of Nilla Wafers (reduced fat)  Why not?

(Cheaper version of Vanilla Wafers)

I used the dangerous Ninja food processor for this. 

Those blades do scare me! 

I did grind into a light sand all the cookies and placed them in baggies.

These are an Iced Almonette Cookie that I ground to a fine powder.  But what is so different about these cookies as opposed to the Nilla Wafers is that these cookies were iced.  That made them a moist sand, which I liked.

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Making the Beach

What is so great about making this “beach” is that everything can be made the day before so that all you have to worry about is assembling your beach on the day of.

Here is our beach, and lagoon.

Something to consider when creating a beach is that the water/waves that come into the shore should show more “sand.”  Whereas the water deeper out should show more “ocean.”

I first set my “beach, and ocean” on the table to see how I wanted it to look.  I wanted to place it on our wooden table as it does kind of resemble a beachy drift wood.

My dry sand cookie crumbs, dollhouse beach furniture, and candy coated sea shells.

(I did have some gummy sharks for this project but Mackenzie and I ate all of them.)  🙂

I placed the table underneath my beach dollhouse that I have on this cabinet.  I also placed the steps that I had made for my beach house above to look as if they were steps leading down from the beach house to the beach.  I also placed a lifeguard station along the “beach” as well.

Spread some of the cookie crumbs around the outside of the table, like so in the photo above.

You then place your beach and ocean/lagoon where you want them and then cover with the cookie crumbs.  Add some beach furniture, candy sea shells, and then you are all set!

Oh, yeah, and just because it’s for Shark Week………

SHARK!!!!  GET OUT OF THE WATER!!!!!

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JAWS CHEESECAKE

SHARK BITES!

PINK/RED

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I had one box of cheesecake leftover from my beachy project so I decided to make it and give it to Brodie and Mackenzie.  It was a cherry cheesecake.  I also had some extra packets of cherry glaze that I wanted to use up.

So, I made everything according to package directions.

The Crusty Bottom

Seeing as how I had 3 cherry glaze packets leftover from all those previous boxes from above, I tried to use them all up here. 

First, by placing on top of the crust.

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Adding PINK food coloring to the cheesecake filling.

I then just globbed it on top of the cherry filling…….

And added the remaining 2 packets of glaze to the top of the cheesecake…….

And NOW we have a SHARK BITE!!!

 

See you at the Beach!

Julie

 

 

 

 

Julie’s Backyard Wildlife and Gardening Blogging

Julie’s Backyard Wildlife and Gardening Blogging

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Meet Sparky and Spooky

Meet Sparky and Spooky

            Meet Sparky and Spooky       They are the newest members of our family.  They are rescue dogs.  A mother and her son.  Spooky is a Chihuahua, and Sparky is a Chug.  A Chug is a Chihuahua/Pug mix. …

HURRICANE

HURRICANE

 

 

 

 

 

Meet Hurricane

Hurricane is a Blue Mustard Betta Fish

If you look closely you can see his mouth here. 

It kind of looks like he’s smiling.  🙂

Hurricane Acclimating

Betta Fish are from Asia.  They live in the rice fields.  The males are more beautiful than the females.  The males also build the bubble nests for the babies.  They make beautiful bubble nests.  It also means they are happy.

Before I purchased Hurricane from the pet store I already had the fish tank, and had it prepared for when I brought him home.  Meaning, that I already had the fish tank, and the sand, as that is a very comfortable ground for any fish.  I also had the drops that you place in the water to soften it to make it habitable for them.  I even had in place the shells so that Hurricane would have something to look at and even a hiding place or two.

When you have the bowl ready for your new betta, then you make the purchase from the pet store.  I tend to carry a small cooler in my car at all times, and a few hand towels.  That enabled me to have something to safely transport Hurricane, and Miranda, home in.  (Miranda is our other betta fish.)  Without worrying about them falling over in my car on the way home and possibly dying.

When you do get your fish home, immediately place the entire container with the fish in it, in the fish tank where they will be living.  You need for them to acclimate to that water temperature naturally.  If you just dump them in the bowl, they may die.  There needs to be a transition.

You can see the example in the photo above.

After about 20 minutes I dumped Hurricane in his new home and he loves it!  After all, anything is better than that small container he was kept in.  And I do view it as “rescuing” him from the pet store.

The photo at left is Hurricane eating his pellets of food.  I feed him twice a day, about 3-4 pellets at a time.  From what I know there are two betta fish foods.  One is flakes, the other is pellets.  I buy the pellets and I am told that the pet store used the pellets as well so therefor you should buy the food they already eat. You can ask the pet store which brand they are feeding them.

 

Miranda left, Hurricane right.

(Two different bowls.)

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Betta fish are fighting fish.  They will fight to the death.  Which is why you keep them in separate tanks.  You also need to keep them out of sight of each other.  Otherwise they can become very stressed out and can harm themselves. 

Hurricane in the Kitchen

Although the fish tank bowl is magnified, and Hurricane looks larger than he actually is, a betta is recommended being in a tank twice this size.  But, as I see it, it is better than being in that cup in the pet store. 

A betta fish life span is usually two years.  However, his life span depends on how he was treated prior to arriving at the pet store.  And, how he was treated at the pet store while he was there, and then how he is treated once he arrives at your home.  All these factors play into how long he/she will live.

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Hurricane is an extremely friendly betta fish.  My son’s girlfriend Mackenzie is quite attached to him.  So is my son’s friend Jason.  They were both amazed at how friendly that Hurricane is and they were amazed at how he can interact with you.  How he recognizes your face when you come over for a visit.  Betta fish do have personalities that you can become quite attached to.  The only way you will ever understand is if you acquire one yourself.  🙂

Give a betta a home!

Julie and Hurricane

 

p.s.  I named him after the Spanish word Huracan.  Meaning Hurricane. 

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If you would like to know some of our past betta fish then click on their web posts below:

HURRICANE

 

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Jose Gaspar, Pirate Fish

 

Joses tank 2_small

Jose’s Tank

Jose Gaspars tank_small

Joses sunken ship_small

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Tasso’s Bubbles

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Miranda, The Mermaid Fish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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