Tag: Julie Lancaster-Whann
Hi! Welcome! So happy to have you here! My name is Julie Lancaster-Whann and welcome to my: The Pot Thickens… Musings of an Amateur Cook So, what makes me an ‘Amateur?’ Easy! I don’t get paid! And, because I don’t…
UNDER EMPIRE CONSTRUCTION
May The Force Be With You, Always.
Hello Welcome to our Backyard Lanai This is where we spend a lot of our time in the spring, summer, and autumn. It is a nice big area where we can spread out and entertain, even if it is just for…
The Smith House History Cookbook (Only in the south do you find teaspoons. Especially in silverware sets.) —————————————————– Easter, 1970 Me, my little brother Johnny and my mother, Mary Keith in our front yard in Dahlonega, Georgia. (Although my mother does…
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Good Morning! Rise and Shine! Is Everybody Hungry? Juice? Coffee? Oh, I know, how about our: Whole Wheat Heaven and Heat Breakfast Muffins? Don’t they smell absolutely delicious? If you’d like the recipe scroll down the post. —————————————————– Our Rise and…
Me, Taking a Kayak Photo Making Plans for our Mermazing Kayaking Trip to Weeki Wachee Springs Me, Taking a Kayak Selfie ———————————————————- Rise and Shine Kayaker’s Breakfast Today we will be spending our day kayaking Weeki Wachee Springs in Central Florida. …
Happy Valentine’s Day
I have always loved Valentine’s Day.
Probably because my birthday is the day before and I’ve always had these two great days together.
I had many birthday’s that had Valentine themes with Cupids and Red Roses, Hearts and Red Velvet when I was growing up.
Just a few past birthday’s with cake and ice cream.
Some of my birthday’s from when I was a young girl.
The little dolls and trinkets you see here were gifts to me when I was young.
It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without a box of Chocolates.
This year we decided to try our hand at a Valentine’s Day treat,
We made our version of this famous dessert very easy.
All the beauty and taste without a bunch of fuss or expense. Here is what we did……
2 Boxes of Sugar Free Brownie Mixes, (and the package ingredients of eggs, water, and vegetable oil.)
2 Jars of Maraschino Cherries, drained (preferably without the stems.)
Can of Cherry Pie Filling, any brand you prefer.
White Rum, 4 T.
My Baking Pans lined with Cupcake Cups
(Just in case you are wondering what those spikes are in my muffin tin on the left in the photo above, it is a special tin that you can place something on that spike and keep it secure while you pour your batter around it. But here it isn’t necessary as I like the cherries to float around the cupcake cup and not be so stationary.)
Each brownie mix called for one egg. I was so impressed with how strong this little egg was. That has to be the toughest membrane I’m ever come across. And of course I removed all the shells and didn’t add them to the batter. I just liked the shot of the tough egg in the batter, hence the photo.
I like these brownie recipes because they taste good and they are easy to make.
As usual I am always standing on the stool taking photos and it just wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without red toes. 🙂
I drained a jar of Maraschino Cherries of it’s juice and placed about 1-3 in each cupcake cup.
I then placed the Brownie Mixture into the cups over the Cherries.
Bake according to Package Instructions.
Letting them cool on a cooling rack.
I did leave a few just like this as I thought they were perfect here. 🙂
I’m very excited for my Valentine Treat!
Now it’s time to soak the Sugar Cubes in about 2 T. of White Rum.
As many as you like.
Time to heat up the Cherry Pie Filling in a pot on the stove top.
While the Sugar Cubes are soaking in the White Rum it’s now time to add some to the Cherry Pie Filling.
Just add about 2 T. of the White Rum here and stir through.
It’s now time to place your Cupcake Brownies onto a nonflammable plate.
We are using a glass one for this.
Just spoon the Cherry Pie Filling over the top and let the goo run down the sides. 🙂
Here Gordon is placing a White Rum soaked Sugar Cube on top of each Brownie.
I’m just gonna snack on these while I wait for the fireworks! 🙂
Now you add the flame!
It was subtle, but nice. Had we used a higher proof of alcohol the flame would have been higher.
We hope your day was very SWEET!
Pretty in Pink Hydrangea’s
(Find the Lollipop)
This was a dessert that I quickly whipped up by slicing a ready made roll cake and arranging the slices on a plate. I then drizzled some raspberry jelly that I melted down in the microwave on top of the cakes and added some fresh raspberries. Topped it off with some of my backyard orchids.
I think it’s look very beautiful!
This is a raspberry vanilla ice cream topped with some fresh raspberry’s and I also added some guava paste that I purchased at the Latin Supermarket, that I had chopped up into little squares. It provided an excellent “chew” to the dessert. That guava paste is also delicious on it’s own!
Just a few of my Valentine goodies!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Hearts in the Garden
Birthday Sweet Beignets ——————————————————- A Birthday “Cake” of Crab Stuffed Beignets With My Magnolia Tree ——————————————————- Welcome to My Southern Birthday Low Country Favorites This year for my birthday my husband asked me what I wanted? You see, we don’t normally eat…
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 in Ortanna, and Gettysburg, called the Dutch Cupboard, where they would cook local Pennsylvania dishes specializing in their Shoo-Fly Pie. Gordon has very fond memories of his “Uncle Sam” (that wasn’t actually his uncle, he just went to college with Gordon’s mother Sarajane.) Gordon also remembers making Sauerkraut, and candles. Gordon and his family enjoyed the Hay Rides and Gordon also witnessed his first pig being slaughtered. Ahh…. the fond memories of our youth……
His parents would visit marketplaces that sold the local goods of the cultural peoples.
My, Julie’s, family also visited Pennsylvania when I was a young girl. We spent some time in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. I remember seeing the carriages of the Amish people and how they don’t like their pictures taken. I come from a family of photographers and we would have loved to have taken their photos but we did respect them and their cultures, and didn’t.
I myself remember visiting the marketplaces and my parents buying the local goods of canned jars of jelly’s, and of course, a Shoo Fly Pie!
A few years ago I told Gordon that we need to make his mother’s Shoo Fly Pie recipe that she got from the local Pennsylvania Dutch people for his birthday. Seeing as how we both remember the pie from our childhoods, and his family culture of the Pennsylvania Dutch. They were after all, Pennsylvania German’s. There is a Pennsylvania German community that Gordon’s mother grew up in because of her parents.
History is always tied with food. Family is always tied with food. Culture is always tied with food.
Julie and Gordon
Pennsylvania Dutch Shoo Fly Pie
(This is Gordon’s mother’s Shoo Fly Pie recipe and although it is not the most delicious of this pie, it is probably the most authentic. She got this recipe from the local women of the cultures of Pennsylvania that made this pie for generations.)
Pennsylvania Dutch Shoo Fly Pie
(I am going to write this exactly as my mother-in-law did on her recipe to us. The only thing not authentic would be the ready made pie shell.)
1 (9 inch) unbaked pie shell
1 Cup Flour
1/2 Cup Light Brown Sugar
1/4 Cup Vegetable Shortening
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1 Cup Boiling Water
1 Cup Golden Molasses (or regular molasses if you can’t find the Golden one.)
1/4 tsp. Salt
Combine Crumb Topping
Ingredients in a small bowl and cut with a pastry blender until fine crumb.
(While preparing the liquid bottom, put the unbaked pie shell in a preheated 350F oven for 5 minutes to prevent the bottom crust from getting soggy.)
To make the liquid bottom, dissolve baking soda in the boiling water. Add molasses and salt and stir until well blended. Pout the liquid into the prebaked pie shells. Sprinkle the crumbs evenly over the top. Bake at 350F. for 40 – 45 minutes.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Gordon’s mother just told us over the telephone that she would alternate the Molasses with the Crumb Topping while building up the pie before baking. Kind of like layering. We’ll have to try that next time. 🙂
She also said she would be sending some photographs for me to add here. I’ll post those when I receive them.
I, Julie, bought this Hexology book in Lancaster, Pennsylvania when I was a very young girl. I also bought the cute little heart Hexology sign with the the birds that you see in the photo above and below. The heart represented love, the two birds (Distlefink for good luck, TWO for extra good luck) are seen on quite a few of these signs although not exactly as they are painted on mine. They represent harmony and happiness.
I actually did a book report on it for a Speech Class that I had. I believe in 5th. grade but I’m not really sure.
I loved driving all over Pennsylvania and seeing these beautiful and colorful hand painted signs on barns, houses, businesses….. They were so lovely!
The Pennsylvania Dutch are a very religious people, and also a very superstitious people. (I think those two go hand in hand.) The Hexerie, or Hex, were used to bring good luck, or scare off witch craft, to bring rain, sun, or fertility, strength in body, mind and character, etc….
Pennsylvania does have a very unique history and culture. I told Gordon that he needs to pick his parents brains for all their unique Pennsylvania recipes of their cultures and past. Such a rich history. I hope that we can bring that to you very soon. But until then, here is a classic Shoo Fly Pie for you to feast upon.
Here is a picture of the ingredients which are listed above.
First mix your dry ingredients (flour and brown sugar) together in a bowl.
Then add your shortening and using a pastry blender, shown bottom left picture, cut it into the dry goods. It is basically used the same way you would a potato masher. The individual blades mix the shortening and dry ingredients together into little beads.
Here is a before and after shot after using the pastry blender.
Next, add your baking soda to a measuring cup…
….and your salt to a medium bowl.
Now, add your Molasses to the bowl…
While the water is being heated to a boil, crimp the edges of the store bought crust to give it that hand-made touch.
Pre-bake the crust in the oven to keep the crust from getting soggy when the molasses is poured into it later.
When the water is boiling, add it to your measuring cup with the baking soda.
Now, pour the boiling water into the molasses and stir until well combined.
Here, you can see the baking soda reacting with the molasses.
Pour all the molasses into the pre-baked pie shell as shown. My mother said a trick one of the bakers told her was to alternate the liquid and dry ingredients, as Julie talks about above.
Now, spread all the dry ingredients over the entire pie evenly.
Adding the Crumb Topping
Lastly, place the pie into the middle of the oven as shown.
When done, let the pie completely cool to let the molasses bottom solidify/slightly congeal.
Shoo Fly, don’t bother me,
Shoo Fly, don’t bother me,
Shoo Fly, don’t bother me,
Cause I belong to Some-Bod-Y! 🙂
Gordon and Julie
P. BUCKLEY MOSS
This is My P. Buckley Moss Wooden Trinket Box
(Front and Back)
I was thrilled to purchase it in 1996.
It houses some trinkets of mine.
Patricia Buckley Moss, otherwise known as P. Buckley Moss, is an artist in her 80’s who currently lives in Virginia. She was born in New York City and raised in Staten Island. She takes her life’s inspirations and puts brush to paper. She is known for her love of the Amish and Mennonite people.
My mother-in-law, Sarajane Alderfer Whann, is a huge admirer of hers and has been collecting the art of P. Buckley Moss for as long as I have known Gordon. That would be 38 years at this writing, 2020.
My P. Buckley Moss Crossed Stitch Patterns
I was thrilled to find them at a craft store in Rome, Georgia one summer. Rome is my hometown. Of course they were on the sale rack greatly reduced. (The people of Rome aren’t exactly into the Amish and Mennonite communities.)
I love owning them even though I know I will probably never make any of them.
My mother-in-law Sarajane, is an expert at Crossed Stitch.
We even have several that she has made for us and given as gifts through the years.
It really is a dying art.
It was Sarajane that influenced me where P. Buckley Moss was concerned, and I decided that I wanted to collect a few of her things. According to Sarajane, the reason that she was drawn to Ms. Moss is because she loved her stylized paintings of the Amish people and geese. I was drawn to Ms. Moss because of my own experiences in Pennsylvania seeing the Amish and the Mennonite people at the country markets, and their charming horse drawn carriages as they would gallop on by down the roads.
These are my framed P. Buckley Moss prints. I purchased them at a very unique store in downtown Gatlinburg, Tennessee one Christmas when I was visiting some old friends in Sevierville. I was excited to find them. I took them and had them framed. And now sadly, they hang in our toilet room in our bathroom because I just have no where else to put them.
I especially love this Georgia print as I am from Georgia and it does look a bit like Tara, the most famous fictional house in the south.
My little charming Christmas ornament that hangs on a lamp beside my bed.
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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 these years. I have no desire to remove any photo or tiny scrap of paper.
As cluttered and as tacky as it all may be, that Bulletin Board in a nutshell, is ME!
Hello and Welcome to our Current Website Events
We actually have a few Bulletin Boards around our house.
These 2 are in mine, and Gordon’s Bedroom.
(Rachel Ashwell’s Books and DVD’s are Favorites of Mine.)
This Bulletin Board is to the right in the photo above.
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 posts, I also tend to update old ones. So, I decided to create a post letting our reader’s know what is current, and has new content. Not that any of the above mentioned “Bulletin Boards” helps to keep us organized. But they are kinda fun! 🙂
We do appreciate your interest in us and our website and you are always welcomed here.
Julie and Gordon
Although I do have a few doctor appointment’s written on this calendar, I will be cancelling both of them. I just don’t feel comfortable getting back out there as yet. Neither should you!
June 30, 2020
What I am working on right now:
June 28, 2020
I just finished updating my personal blog:
We just posted another sandwich recipe on:
I just updated:
June 26, 2020
I did a write-up for:
I just made an update to my:
June 25, 2020
We just finished doing another recipe write-up on our:
Fried Eggplant Sandwiches w/ Basil Butter
Julie’s Fanned Sandwich…
I also added a few more photos of other recipes listed on the post.
And we do still have one more recipe that we plan to make for this post and then it will be complete.
June 24, 2020
I’ve updated and finished, for now,:
I’ve also updated the Home Page, and I’ve been repairing some of my old blog posts that needed that attention.
June 22, 2020
Our 35th. Wedding Anniversary
I came across this needlepoint which I think was done by my old friend Judy from Sevierville. I had forgotten all about it. It is very beautiful. She took the time to make it. No one does that nowadays. No one bothers.
35 years. So hard to believe that we have been married for so long. Just yesterday we were young but not anymore. 🙂 Gordon is preparing a nice meal for us, and for Brodie and Mackenzie. I’ll bring it to you soon.
Oh, and I created a new post today:
Brodie’s Bao Buns vs. Gordon’s Manapua 🙂
June 21, 2020
Happy Father’s Day Gordon!
I finished our:
June 20, 2020
I just finished adding a breakfast to our:
I call it our Rise and Shine Kayaker’s Breakfast.
We made them one morning on our way to Weeki Wachee Springs for a 6 mile trip by kayak.
Easy, Healthy, Delicious!
I added something new to:
More Delicious Yam Jerky!
June 19, 2020
Today is Juneteenth
(If I am going to acknowledge some Mexican holidays throughout the year then I need to also acknowledge some African-American’s as well. Because all of us need to do better.)
I also just finished updating my personal blog:
I am also currently working on:
I’ll let you know when I’ve finished.
June 13, 2020
More recipe write-up’s……
June 10, 2020
I just finished working on updating:
June 8, 2020
I have updated my:
I am also currently working on:
June 5, 2020
I have finished my:
Although I will be adding two new recipes to it soon.
I added another entry.
June 2, 2020
I’ve been updating my:
I just updated my:
June 1, 2020
I Updated My:
May 31. 2020
I’ve been updating my:
May 29, 2020
I just started a new post today:
I also updated the Home Page.
May 27, 2020
We just updated our:
With 2 new edible gift recipes.
May 25, 2020
This year we didn’t want to create some elaborate meal for the holiday. We just wanted to do something simple, healthy and tasty. Our delicious grilled veggie sandwiches with potato salad, grilled cherry tomatoes, and our homemade pickles, was delicious!
Memorial Day Grillin’
I just updated my:
May 23, 2020
I updated my personal blog:
May 22, 2020
I have added another recipe to my: