Shoo Fly Pies (Literally and Figuratively) Gordon was born in Pennsylvania in 1965. The Whann family grew up around the food and cultures of Pennsylvania. Germantown, The Amish, The Pennsylvania Dutch, The Mennonites…. They had friends that had a restaurant…
From The Kitchen Of…….
Roasting Pearls on the Grill
Clutching My Pearls!!!!
(Pearl Onions, that is.) 🙂
Hey Y’all! (Getting Back to my Roots.) Welcome to Julie 2020 Blogging I sincerely hope that this year will be a good year for all of us. If you are a regular reader of my blogs then welcome back. I will…
The Bulletin Board pictured above is hanging in our Hallway. I put it there when we bought our house, and moved in. Nothing ever seems to get taken off of it although for some reason we keep cramming things into it through…
Merry Kitchy Kristmas
My name is Julie, and our dogs are Spooky, (the Chihuahua) and Sparky, the Chug.
I am standing in our Kitchy Kristmas Nook.
I Want to Welcome You to our Kitchy Kristmas!
You will not find beautiful magazine photographs of food and decorations here that would be in the most sophisticated of homes, although beauty is in the eye of the beholder. This is more of a fun, tacky, variety of foods, drinks and decorations that will make you smile and laugh. Hopefully put you at ease.
Which to me is the best kind of Christmas. One that we don’t take seriously. One that reminds us of our childhood and Dr. Seuss, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Something that would be seen, and served, in Whoville. 🙂
This is the tackiest, and the most beautiful cake I have ever made in my life, all at the same time!
I wanted to make a cake that would match my dress, and I think I succeeded. 🙂
I baked 3 layers of cake in a square pan for this.
Ready to serve onto Peppermint Plates
I also have a Blueberry Peppermint Cocktail here as well.
Enjoying playing with the dogs in my nook.
I hope to bring you some very fun Kitchy Kristmas ideas for you and your family to enjoy.
After all, tis the season…..
How I Made My Kitchy Kristmas Kake
(As I’m holding the cake my hands are stained with blue food coloring.)
I started off with 2 White Cake Mixes and 2 Red Velvet ones. Although I didn’t use on of the Red Velvet Cakes. Gordon ended up taking that one into work.
Oh,And lots of Candy Canes are needed here.
Again, just make the cakes according to package directions.
I used SQUARE Baking Dishes here. Having sprayed them with a buttery cooking oil. Although for this cake project I only ended up needing 3 of these.
Bake According to Package Instructions
White and Red Velvet Kakes Kooling in my Kitchy Kitchen
Remove from the oven and place them onto a cooling rack for about 10 minutes or so. Then remove them from the pans and place on the racks so that they can continue to cool thoroughly.
Now I am slicing off the tops of the cakes so that they will stay stacked on top of each other without sliding off.
Once cooled, I placed one of the square cakes upside down onto a plate that I wanted to use to hold them. But first I placed pieces of parchment paper all around the cake so that I could ice it without it getting the plate too messy.
I also bought ready made frosting and just added some blue food coloring to each one.
Here Gordon is frosting the cake for demonstration purposes as I photograph it.
I wanted the layers to be stacked oddly and not be perfect. But, you do need to make sure the cakes don’t slide off each other. Hence, the chopsticks holding our layers in place as we frost the cake.
Then just place candy canes all around however you like.
You can even crush some to sprinkle all around.
This is definitely the most fun I’ve ever had in the kitchen. 🙂
Julie’s Christmas Wreath for Dinner
This was my New Year’s Day Dinner for 2019. A combination of leftovers and just being creative. You can see the pottery mold wreath above. That was a gift from my parents to Gordon and myself years ago. I decided to use it for this delicious project.
I first greased the pottery with a vegetable oil spray. I then placed some of my Grandmother’s Southern Dressing into the mold……. (This cornbread dressing had yet to be cooked in the oven. When I originally made a batch for Thanksgiving I decided to freeze some for future use. Hence, this project.)
I filled the pottery half way up with the un-cooked Cornbread Dressing.
I then picked a rotisserie chicken and placed the meat on top of my cornbread dressing. When I finished I placed more dressing on top of the chicken so that is was encased.
I then baked it in the oven on a 350F for probably about 25 minutes or so. But when using this pottery I had to place it into a cold oven and let it come to temperature, otherwise it would crack. Although you can use whatever cooking dish you like. But the point of this was to make a wreath.
When it was done I turned it out unto a plate, like so.
In the meantime, I placed some chicken broth into a saucepan and added some green food coloring. When it came to a boil I added the Egg Noodles so that they could cook until ad dente.
This is my kitchy pasta!
The Old Mill at Berry College in Mt. Berry, Georgia
It was then that I looked at the Country Gravy Mix that I had chosen for this project. I noticed that it was made in Rome, Georgia. My home town! I swear to you that I did not know that! Also, the Old Mill was the mill that I was very familiar with at Berry College in Mount Berry, Georgia! I immediately got all excited! How could I know not this? 🙂
Southeastern Mills, INC.
Rome, Georgia (My hometown.)
I made the country gravy according to package directions.
I placed the green egg noodles onto a platter. Then, place a plate with the cornbread wreath on top of that. Then I placed some of our homemade cranberry sauce into the middle, like so. I then topped it with the country gravy, and sprinkled some dried cranberry’s on top.
Eating a Christmas Wreath
(It may not look like much but it was delicious and a great way to eat leftovers.)
Have a Merry Kitchmas,
It’s December, 2019, a beautiful weekend for the two of us to get away and immerse ourselves in all things Weeki Wachee Springs, and Mermaid’s. 🙂 Weeki Wachee is a State Park in Florida located in Spring Hill. It…
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Welcome to The Pumpkin Patch
Ready to Pick Out Your Pumpkin?
Hoarding Pumpkins Throughout the House
To kick off our Halloween celebrations we all went to Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights for the R.I.P. Tour. It was wonderful and we all had a blast! This really got us into the Halloween “Spirit.” 🙂
Gordon, Julie, Brodie, Mackenzie, Veronica and Brian
I documented our fun time here on our Ghostly Frights Bites with Tasty Spirits if you would like to take a look.
We are now in the mood for a great Pumpkin Carving Party!
Welcome to our Pumpkin Carving Party
The Stage Is Set…..
for All the Excitement to come…..
This year we decided to host a Pumpkin Carving Party for our family and friends. Gordon had been working abroad for over a year and just did get home about a week prior to our party. Seeing as how we love Halloween we couldn’t resist hosting this.
Here I, Julie, am thawing out some Baked Ziti that I had made prior to for our Pumpkin Carving Party Dinner. (Any shortcuts are good shortcuts.) 🙂
Gordon and Julie
Welcome to the Party!
Come on in!
We set up tables on our back lanai, some lined with paper bags on top so as not to mess the tables up. Paper Towels on each table top.
We had baskets lined with trash bags beside each table so that the pumpkin carvers had somewhere to dispose of their pumpkin waste so that they could be free to carve.
We also gave them bowls to collect the seeds if they so desired.
The Mayflower Twins, Mackenzie and Susannah
Brodie’s girlfriend Mackenzie, and her twin sister Susannah.
The reason I call them The Mayflower Twins is because their ancestors came over on The Mayflower and they are both named after their Mayflower ancestors.
Brian and Veronica, Carving Their Pumpkins
(Our Daughter and Son-In-Law)
Our Son Brodie, and his Best Friend Justin
Brodie and Justin Choosing Their Pumpkin Patterns
Brodie is carving Yao Ming, a Chinese Basketball Executive that used to play for the Shanghai Sharks and the Houston Rockets.
We Offered Plenty in Wine, and Beer, in an out of the way iced Cooler. 🙂
As well as bottled water and non-alcoholic drinks.
Here Veronica and Brian are Saving their Pumpkin Seeds
Here Gordon, the Pumpkin Carving Expert, is Helping Susannah and Mackenzie
The Cat is Susannah’s, The Skull is Mackenzie’s
Susannah and Mackenzie working intently on their pumpkins.
Time to Start Thinking About Food
Gordon and I made a very delicious healthy salad with some salad dressings, cheeses, toppings, bread sticks and crackers.
Everyone can just help themselves!
Brian is the first one finished carving his pumpkin.
It looks GREAT! Doesn’t it?
We also decided to make things easy on ourselves and just order some pizza. Brodie used to work for Jett’s Pizza so he did the ordering.
Our Food Table
It’s getting dark! Time to turn on the fog machine!
Brian Taking a Picture of his Pumpkin
This was originally MY pizza. I wanted a pizza with sausage, green bell pepper and mushrooms. Everyone said, “Gross!” I got ONE slice of my “Gross” pizza because everyone else ATE IT!
Mackenzie Photographing Her Pumpkin
It’s getting dark but Veronica is still at it!
Spooky and Sparky Exploring
It’s getting VERY DARK!!!!!
We started setting up portable lights around the lanai.
Veronica, Brodie and Justin are still at it!
And Then……. It Started to RAIN!!!!
So, we all then moved into the covered part of our backyard lanai.
Brodie and Justin’s Pumpkins
Veronica and Brian’s Pumpkins
Susannah and Mackenzie’s Pumpkins
Baked Ziti’s are READY!!!
Just fix your plates with some nice Bread and Baked Ziti!
Delicious Happy Halloween!
Julie and Gordon 🙂
If you would like to learn how you can carve a pumpkin then take a look here………
Gordon offers Step-By-Step instructions on how you can carve your own pumpkin.
Happy Halloween Carving!
If you would like to take a look at some of our Pumpkin Carvings.
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