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Black and White Pearls

Black and White Pearls

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Shoo Fly Pies

Shoo Fly Pies

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In a Christmas Pickle

In a Christmas Pickle

 

 

 

From The Kitchen Of…….

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Roasting Pearls on the Grill

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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!

Julie

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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.

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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

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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.  🙂

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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.)

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Have a Merry Kitchmas,

Julie

 

 

Feliz Navidad a Casa Whann

Feliz Navidad a Casa Whann

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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!

Therefore Welcome to Our Haunted Honeycation!

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

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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,

Julie

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Also, check out our Old Florida Food Post:

Click Here For:  Old Florida Food

AND,

Click Here For:  Old Picnic Travel Food to Florida

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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.

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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!

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Papaya and Florida Avocado Salsa

w/ Platano Chips

Ingredients:

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

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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

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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…

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. …

Shark Week Feeding Frenzy

Shark Week Feeding Frenzy

 

 

 

 

 

 

We Love Shark Week!

I couldn’t think of a better start to Shark Week than this!

Shark’s Enjoying their Feeding Frenzy

(Carved wood sharks that Gordon purchased in the Philippines during his Navy career.)

Various Sushi’s with Ginger and Wasabi, Shrimp Sushi Rolls, Rollmops Herring, Creamed Herring, Pickled Onions and Beets Salad, (Sea) Cucumber Salad, and a Seafood Salad all nestled into beds of fresh Kale (Seaweed) while the sharks hover above.  🙂

Great Start to a Great Shark Week

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Short Shark Week History

Shark Week originally premiered on July 17, 1988. Featured annually, in July and/or early August, it was originally devoted to conservation efforts and correcting misconceptions about sharks. Over time, it grew in popularity and became a hit on the Discovery Channel.

(As taken from Shark Week Wikipedia)

 Click Here For:  Shark Week Wikipedia

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Click Here For:  Shark Week Discovery Channel Website

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We have a few Shark Week blog posts if you care to take a look.

You can also view our Sh..sh..sh..sh..SHARK!!!  Week here……..

Click Here for Shark Week:

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AND,

Click Here For:  Our Southern Shark Week Table

Just a few great recipes that you can make for Shark Week as well.

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It wouldn’t be Shark Week without the Jaws Franchise, now would it?

I have Jaws 1, 2, and 3 on DVD.

Am I the only one that still watches DVD’s?  🙂

To me Shark Week isn’t just about watching The Discovery Channel official programs on sharks.  It’s also about us recreating our own Shark Week Fun!

(And just to give you a head’s up…That Jaws banner (above) will play a big role in our Shark Week 2020.)  🙂

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Hurricane, our Betta Fish

I just felt compelled to include Hurricane in our Shark Week as he is our live “bait” in our kitchen.  🙂

Click Here For:  Hurricane

 

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SHARK’S BITE!

JAWS Cocktail

With Watermelon, and even a few Gold Fish Crackers

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I wanted to make a cocktail for Shark Week so I searched through our “STASH” and came up with this one.

I knew that I wanted it to be RED, hence the Watermelon mixer, Blood Orange Juice, Fresh Watermelon, and the Shark HOT SAUCE!

A blender is needed here.

  I placed several ice cubes in the blender along with several chunks of watermelon.

I had my son Brodie do the pouring as I did the photography.

But here he is adding the Watermelon Mixer, The Blood Orange Juice and the White Rum.

(My advice to everyone is to use your own discretion.  Add as much or as little as you like.  For us we did about 1/3 of each.)

Now you want to blend everything together in the mixer.

Pour into a Pitcher

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Now for the SHARK’S BITE!

Add your favorite hot sauce to the cocktail and a few watermelon wedges.

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She Sells Sea Shells Pasta and Crab Salad

With Shark Literature, of course.

On a bed of fresh seaweed…. (Kale)

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Or on a lovely platter.

Julie’s “She Sells Sea Shells” Crab and Pasta Salad

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I based this recipe on Gordon’s Imitation Crab Salad:

 Crab Salad

Gordon makes the best crab salad ever.  The secret is using rice wine.  Also we don’t use real crab, this is imitation crab, white fish from Alaska.  I love real crab but unless we know where it comes from then we don’t eat it.  Next time we are in Virginia and Maryland we will definitely chow down on some crab.

The pretty bowls I bought at the Asian Supermarket.  Here I glued two bowls together, one upside down.  I have a friend who’s birthday sign is Cancer, the crab, I’m planning on giving her a nice set as a gift.  I do love mine though!

Ingredients:

2 Packages Imitation Crab 8 oz. Louis Kemp Crab Delights (flaked)

3 Celery Stalks (finely chopped)

2 tsp Old Bay Seasoning

1 Cup Miracle Whip Salad Dressing

3 Tbsp Sweet Cooking Rice Seasoning (Kikkoman Manjo Aji-Mirin)

In a medium bowl, flake your imitation crab meat then add the rest of the ingredients. 

Mix all the ingredients well and taste to ensure the seasoning is to your liking.

Chill for 1 hour in the refrigerator and serve with your favorite crackers. 

We like the butter flavored ones best!

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Julie’s Recipe

I base my recipe on Gordon’s, above, except I use a bit more of everything.  I also like Hellman’s Mayonnaise here as opposed to Gordon’s Miracle Whip.  I also added some shredded carrots I had leftover in the ice box.  And I added some extra Mirin, about 6 Tablespoons. 

My advice is to taste it as you go.

 

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I’m also adding Sea Shell Pasta to mine!

The Mirin here is the secret ingredient! 

Buy it!  Also use it in macaroni salad.  It brings a better taste to these kinds of salads.

I used my hands to flake the Imitation Crab (Alaskan White Fish)

Dice some celery, as much as you like.

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Rinse and add your shredded carrots.  I just eyeball everything.  Give the salad a bit of balance.

I did try and dice the carrots as small as I could. 

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While I was assembling this salad I did boil some pasta shells on the stove top until al dente. 

When drained, add them to the ingredients in your mixing bowl.

Hellman’s Mayonnaise to Bind

I myself don’t like a lot of mayonnaise. 

I like to see my salad and not have it all drenched in white.

Now just place into the ice box for about an hour so that the salad can chill together with the flavors blending.

Serve any way that you like.

See You at the Seashore!

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Old Picnic Travel Food to Florida

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