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Black and White Pearls

Black and White Pearls


Shoo Fly Pies

Shoo Fly Pies


In a Christmas Pickle

In a Christmas Pickle




From The Kitchen Of…….











Roasting Pearls on the Grill



Clutching My Pearls!!!!

(Pearl Onions, that is.)  🙂











Julie 2020 Blogging

Julie 2020 Blogging

        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…

Current Website Events

Current Website Events

        Hello and Welcome to our Current Website Events Our Microwave/Our Bulletin Board I get asked a lot about what post or page that I am working on currently.  We do have a very large website and in addition to creating new…

Kitchy Kristmas

Kitchy Kristmas



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…..

Merry Kitchmas!



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,




Feliz Navidad a Casa Whann

Feliz Navidad a Casa Whann

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Our Haunted Honeycation

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!

Therefore Welcome to Our Haunted Honeycation!

We will be bringing this to you sometime in the next few months.  The “Haunted” is key!  🙂



Gordon with Sparky and Spooky

Don’t forget a treat on your way out the door!






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! ———————————————– Psycho! I’ll be out of the shower in a minute!! COMING SOON FOR HALLOWEEN!!!!! Lock your doors and windows. You awake…

“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 didn’t sound right.  It just didn’t feel right.  The title just kept nagging at me.  And when something nags at me I know I need to pay attention to it.  So, I slept on it and woke up with term “Old” Miami.  That’s it!  “Old” Miami! 

Therefore, “Old” Miami it is!

I hope to bring to this post overtime, some “old” recipes that were popular back in the day.  The food that was eaten in restaurants, a bit of the Art Deco District culture.  Miami has always been a very unique melting pot, an outpost, a gateway where the Cuban, Haitian, Bahamian, Salvadoran, Jamaican, Latin, Colombian, Caribbean cultures collided and mixed with our own American culture, which is yet another unique melting pot of it’s own.  But this post is going to be about Miami, and Florida, but the culture in south Florida is different from the culture in central Florida, and northern Florida.  We may be one state but each part of the state is different.  Something I find very appealing.  I hope that you will think so too!

And, Welcome to “Old” Florida,



Also, check out our Old Florida Food Post:

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Moon Over Miami

Miami Club Rum, Lemon Drop Flavoring, and a Lemon

When I saw the beautiful Miami Club Rum bottle it was the inspiration for this drink.  It was Miami retro all the way!  So, I searched through our stash of goodies here at home and found the lemon drop flavoring.  I liked the color, very subtle, and probably a main ingredient in a lot of alcoholic drinks that were served in Old Miami.  All that was left was to add a large round Moon ice cube and a lemon wedge.

A Round Ice Cube “Moon” and some Vintage Photos…. Perfect!

The stretched out Bracelet belonged to my Grandmother, she bought it in Florida and she wore it a lot.


Florida Slimcados and Key Lime’s

Nothing but Smashed Florida Slimcado’s and Key Lime juice.

Sometime all you need is to taste the food as it really is without adding all the other ingredients.

Add some chips and you are there!


Papaya and Florida Avocado Salsa

w/ Platano Chips


3 Florida Avocados (or 6 Mexican Avocados)  Florida Avocados are much larger.

1 Large Papaya (Seeds removed)

2 Medium Tomatoes

1 Medium Red Onion

1-2 Jalapeno Peppers (Deseeded)

2 Habanero Peppers (Deseeded)

3 Garlic Cloves

3 Limes (Juice and Zest)

1 t. Ground Cumin

1/2 t. Salt (I used a Florida Spice Salt Blend)

1/4 t. Freshly Ground Black Pepper


You will need a blender here.

First wash and chop your tomatoes into chunks and add them to the blender.  Same with the Red Onion, Jalapeno Peppers, Habernero Peppers, and Garlic Cloves.

You want to pulverize this until you get a mushy mess.

Like so…..

There is always that one thing that will adhere itself to the side of the blender and never get ground up when we want it to.  🙁

Initially I just used 2 Florida Avocados but changed my mind near the end of the recipe and added a third one.  You just want to scoop the meat out of the shells and add it to the blender.

Just add it to the blender.

Remove the seeds from a large Papaya, and scoop the Papaya out and into the blender as well.

Now we have a fully loaded blender.

Here is where I added my 3rd. Florida Avocado.

It’ also at this stage where I add the Florida Salt Blend, Freshly Ground Black Pepper, and Ground Cumin.

It’s also time to add the juice of 3 limes and all the zest to the messy mush in the blender.  Give it a few more turns and then it is ready to pour into a bowl or two.  Just add some sort of dipping chips or veggies and you have a great and healthy appetizer.

Salsa and Chips at Casa Whann







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…

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.  Sparky’s father was a Pug.  Their story is a very sad one.  They lived in a trailer park.  The father sold drugs and would abuse the dogs.  I believe the wife did alert Pug Rescue and a volunteer went out there to retrieve them in the middle of the night and take them away.  But, there were days when they got no food or water from the original owner’s.

The drug dealing father kicked the pug father so badly that his stomach swelled up to the size of a basketball and he wasn’t able to use the bathroom for two weeks.  He was rescued and placed in a hospital.  I don’t think he made it.

What amazes me about these two is how quickly they fit in here.  They are so happy with us!  It’s as if they knew this is their home now.  🙂

Brodie and Mackenzie with Spooky and Sparky


The Drama Duo

Whenever I go outside they panic, watch me through the window, and howl as if there is no tomorrow.  🙂


October 30, 2019

Telling Ghost Stories

The Spooky Witch Project

‘……and then out of nowhere here comes the VACUUM CLEANER!!!!’





Spooky and Sparky’s First Halloween


Gordon with Spooky

She is adorable! 

She loves to press her face against yours and just leave it there.  First one cheek, then the other. 

She is nothing but pure love!  🙂

Sparky also loves to snuggle.  But, as you approach him he will lay on his back for a nice belly rub.  He is very trusting, so is she.  That is a bit odd considering their background before we adopted them.  At this writing we have had them about 3 months and they have added to our home life positively.  We all compliment each other.  They love it here and we love having them here.  This is their forever home.  🙂

They were also cute little bell hops for our haunted Halloween.

‘Your bags, Madam.’


August 19, 2019

Meet Spooky and Sparky

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.  Sparky’s father was a Pug.  Their story is a very sad one.  They lived in a trailer park.  The father sold drugs and would abuse the dogs.  I believe the wife did alert Pug Rescue and a volunteer went out there to retrieve them and take them away.  But, there were days when they got no food or water.

The drug dealing father kicked the pug father so badly that his stomach swelled up to the size of a basketball and he wasn’t able to use the bathroom for two weeks.  He was rescued and placed in a hospital for weeks.  I don’t think he made it.

What amazes me about these two is how quickly they fit in here.  They are so happy with us!  It’s as if they knew this is their home now.  🙂

I remember back to when we first adopted Monk, how sad he was for days.  I would sit with him many a day and just hold him and pet him because he was so sad.  He had been passed around so much prior to us getting him.  I wanted to assure him that this is his forever home and that we will love him, and care for him forever.  And we did.  When we adopted Sugar she acted as if we had kidnapped her.  Hyperventilating for 2 days!  My god I thought she was going to have a heart attack!  But they both settled into their new environments and realized that we were going to take care of them from now on.  A pug’s lifespan is 14 years.  We got Sugar to 14, but we got Monk to almost 17.

With Spooky being 4, and Sparky being 3, we will have them for many years to come.  🙂

It’s been 2 weeks since adoption day and we are still getting to know each other.   When I brought them home they had no concept that all that these dog beds were for them.  So, they would sleep on the cold tile floor in the kitchen as that is what they are used to.  Finally, they realized those beds are for them.  Oh, and because I am so lazy and I don’t feel like dragging one dog bed around the house, therefor I have 4 dog beds. 

Dog toys are also a bit foreign to them.  They just don’t know what to do with them?  Sparky is getting the hang of it when we toss the toy he does know to run after it, but he doesn’t know to retrieve it and then bring it back to us.  He just runs after it and then stands there.  But they are learning.  Just feeding them in bowls is new to them.  I don’t know that they are used to that.  They also won’t eat if I’m standing there.  I have to leave their eyesight otherwise they won’t eat.  It probably has something to do with the abuse they suffered.

You know, an evil person can ruin someone in one minute but it takes year’s to undo that one minute worth of damage.

I wish that I had some great photos to post of them but with this terrible soaking wet August there is no where really dry to take photos outside.  And when it is dry there is so much mold, and mud from all this rain and humidity that we have to do some cleaning outside first.  But, I’m thinking there will be plenty of years to take photos.  🙂

With Gordon being overseas all he knows of them are photos that I send him and he hears their barks when he calls.  He loves Sparky’s bark!  But, Spooky is something of a yipper.  Most men don’t like yipper’s, but Gordon does say that he loves Spooky’s little yip.  He has been doing research on them online and he is quite impressed with the loyalty of Chihuahua’s.  They are territorial and extremely loyal to their families.  I have discovered that most Chihuahua dog owner’s LOVE THEM!  It’s people that don’t own them that don’t love them.  (I do hate using that word “own.”  But I know no other way to describe how other people view them.)

We are settling in with Spooky and Sparky and they are getting to know us as well.  We are trying to establish a routine.  But for some godforsaken reason they start barking at 6 fickin’ 30 every morning!!!!  (We are working on that though.) 

Proud Mom of Spooky and Sparky,



August 2019

Sparky and Spooky

The cutest little dogs in the world!  🙂


August 3, 2019

Doggie Adoption Day

Julie and Veronica in Clearwater, Florida


Ever since our beloved Sugar and Monk died,……

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……we knew that we would be adopting more family members of the canine variety to be a part of our lives.  I had signed up to receive notices from doggie adoption agencies in and around our area, and I would view the dogs that were up for adoption.  I would even inquire about a few but most of the time my inquires would go unanswered.  Finally I saw these guys up for adoption from



Pookie & Sparky – “Pugs” of the Month (bonded pair)

July 27, 2019|Ready for Adoption

If you are looking for double the cuteness, well look no further!

Introducing Pookie and Sparky, and bonded mother and son! They are looking for a home where they can stay together forever, and we are hoping that home might be yours!

First, let’s talk about Pookie. She is an adorable 4-year-old white chihuahua. (and mom to Sparky). She is very loving and devoted, and loves to snuggle. She will curl up against your neck to take a nice nap. At night, she loves to sleep under the covers. Pookie does have a strong alpha personality, and can become a little protective over her human if other dogs are around. She will need to be in a home with no other dogs (except Sparky, of course) or another submissive dog.

Next comes Sparky! He is a 3-year-old pug mix (chug), who loves to snuggle and give kisses. He loves belly scratches, and will lay on his back with his head in your arms. He just wants to be loved on all the time! If you will let him sleep in your bed, he will cuddle up next to you and keep you warm all night.

As a bonus, these two pups are completely potty trained and housebroken. No chewing on furniture for these two! They are also both healthy and have no current medical issues. They are up to date on their vaccines and heartworm negative.

As our “Pugs of the Month” the adoption fee for this pair will be waived so their new family can spend that extra money on treats and toys to help them start their new life.

Pookie and Sparky are keeping their paws crossed that the right family comes along quickly. If you feel you are a good match, please fill out an adoption application today at




BREED: Chihuahua (female)

AGE: 4

WEIGHT: 12 pounds

BEST QUALITIES: Loveable nap buddy



BREED: Chug (male)

AGE: 3

WEIGHT: 19 pounds

BEST QUALITIES: Well trained, and great snuggler


Pookie and Sparky in Foster Care
So, I ended up inquiring about Pookie and Sparky.  I had my home visit from the organization to make sure that we were a good family to adopt.  We passed with flying colors!  I was so happy to hear that the woman and her son who conducted our home visit determined that “any dog will be happy there.”  That made my day!
But, I then saw a special needs dog named Fiona that I was interested in adopting.  I fit the criteria to a T, except when it came to our home.  It has mostly carpet, and Fiona will automatically urinate on carpet.  They say that because she was a rescue from Puerto Rico that lived her first 2 years in a kennel cage, that she assumes carpet is grass and will urinate on it no matter what.  That meant that the only solution is for me was to diaper her all the time.  The Pug Rescue didn’t like that as she isn’t incontinent.  So, they turned me down.  I was so very sad but I was approved to adopt other dogs within the agency.
I then remembered Pookey and Sparky!  So, I contacted them and asked if I could adopt them?  They told me “yes.”  They also told me that they were FREE as no one has wanted them.  FREE?  Sounds good to me!  The best things in life are FREE!!


Last Saturday my daughter Veronica and I drove out to Clearwater to pick up Pookie and Sparky and bring them home!  They were so panicked at first.  Scared.  They didn’t understand where they were going and why?  That is one reason I wanted to take Veronica with me.  I knew that I may need help in getting them home.

Sparky and Pookie in my Car

They are so sweet and cute!

Pookie and Sparky Exploring Their Backyard

I brought them home and turned them loose and they fell madly in love with their surroundings.

Around the Magnolia Tree

All they want to do is to snuggle, and be close to me.

So, I moved a chair close to mine by my computer and that is where they sit.  Just while they adjust.


I have to say that I am not a fan of the name, Pookie.  I did originally think of the Taco Bell dog whose name was Gidget, but her stand in was named Taco.  A name that I love!

Gidget, the Taco Bell Dog

I am famous for my chicken taco’s.  Veronica and I adore Mexican food, especially taco’s.  So, I really wanted to name Pookie, Taco.  Veronica and Brodie even had the Taco Bell dog toy from when they were little.  We loved that little Chihuahua!

Pookie in JAWS’s mouth left, and Sparky and Pookie, right.

Seeing as how Pookie would not respond to the name, Taco, I knew that I had to come up with a name similar to Pookie.  That is when I realized that the name “Spooky” would be perfect!  She is solid white!  I adore Halloween!  I adore everything spooky!  I also adore the X-Files and the name, Spooky Mulder…….

“Do you think I’m spooky?  That’s spooky.  That’s my name, isn’t it?”

Fox Mulder

Therefor, Spooky and Sparky, it is!

Mackenzie with Sparky and Spooky

Happy Adoption Day!


p.s.  They are the the happiest dogs!  They fit right in.  There has been no adjustment period.  They just know this is their home.  I/we could not be happier and I could not have chosen better dogs to fit in with our life.  🙂




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Our Stars and Stripes 4th. of July Breakfast

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Old Picnic Travel Food to Florida

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Peter Rabbit

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