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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!…

Pumpkin Carving Party

Pumpkin Carving Party






























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…

The Meaning of Mother’s Day

The Meaning of Mother’s Day







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…

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. …








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.)


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.


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. 


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




Jose Gaspar, Pirate Fish


Joses tank 2_small

Jose’s Tank

Jose Gaspars tank_small

Joses sunken ship_small


Tasso’s Bubbles


Miranda, The Mermaid Fish











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…

Julie and the Magnolia Tree

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Julie’s Side Project

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Out on our NEW Lanai

Out on our NEW Lanai

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Cool, Refreshing Summer

Cool, Refreshing Summer

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My Mermaid Lagoon Christmas in the Nook

My Mermaid Lagoon Christmas in the Nook

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Ghostly Frights Bites with Tasty Spirits

Ghostly Frights Bites with Tasty Spirits

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Sh.. Sh.. Sh.. Sh.. SHAAARK WEEK!

Sh.. Sh.. Sh.. Sh.. SHAAARK WEEK!

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Our Stars and Stripes 4th. of July Breakfast

Our Stars and Stripes 4th. of July Breakfast

Independence Day

Good Morning Patriots

Welcome to Our Stars and Strips 4th. of July Breakfast

(These would be the “Stars.”)  🙂

Wakey, Wakey.  Can’t you just smell the Patriotism?


Gordon and Julie Whann

(Not a “Real” American last name.  We humbly apologize.

A real American last name would be an Indian name.  Just sayin’.)

Orange Juice, (Florida, of course.)

Ah, Liberty Sausages from Patriotic Pigs

(who voluntarily lined up for the slaughter.)

You can just Taste the FREEDOM!


So, what’s on our Patriotic Menu?

-FREE-TTATA (Fittata)

Because “Frittata’s” aren’t FREE!

-Chief Whann’s Blue Potatoes


-The Southern Biscuits Shall RISE AGAIN!


Chief Whann’s Blue Potatoes

Gordon is a retired Navy Chief.  He served 20 years in the military.  When we created this great breakfast Gordon and I were thinking of names to call it?  Gordon suggested that we use the colors of the flag to determine the names of the dishes.  However, the colors Red, White and Blue did not have meanings for the Stars and Stripes in 1777. 

But, the GREAT SEAL did.

White signifies Purity and Innocence.

Red, Hardiness and Valour.

And Blue, the color of the Chief, signifies Vigilance, Perseverance and Justice.

Hence, our Chief Whann’s Blue Potatoes

(Because these blue potatoes don’t run.)  🙂


I am so giggling as I type this.  We did this breakfast in 2018, but I didn’t get around to working on it until this year, 2019.  Gordon is currently working overseas but we do talk on the phone daily.  I was telling him that I am doing the write up for this and we have been batting around fun “patriotic” names on the phone while laughing our heads off.

Stan and Francine Smith, American Dad

Not because we aren’t patriotic, but because we had the T.V. show American Dad, on our minds.  We are a huge fan of the show and this is the kind of breakfast that the Smith’s would serve on Independence Day morning.

Happy July 4th. to ALL!

Because whether or not we agree politically, we are all American’s no matter what our last names may be.  And we all should love our country enough to protect it from foreign adversary’s.  This is our holiday!  I really don’t want to say——

-Cyactnnboro 4ro.nionr ——-in the future. 

That’s Happy July 4th. in Russian!


Old Glory


Chief Whann’s Blue Potatoes

Rinse your potatoes well using a large colander as shown.


1 large bag of Blue Potatoes = ~ 18 potatoes

½ stick of Butter
2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
1 large Yellow Onion
3 Garlic Cloves
Salt and Pepper to taste

Using a sharp knife slice your Yellow Onion into rings as shown about ¼ inch thick.

Place about 2 Tbsp of butter in a large sauté pan on medium heat.

Slice your Blue Potatoes into ¼ inch think rounds as shown. Once the butter has melted, add your
potato slices.

Add your Olive Oil to the pan and stir to coat and cook evenly.

Nice picture Julie!  🙂  (Thank you Gordon.)

Add some salt and pepper to taste. The salt we used is a Florida Blend!

While the potatoes are cooking, slice your garlic thinly and the onion rings in half as shown.

(Here Gordon is flipping/tossing the potato mixture to blend together. 

To “Flip” means to Saute in French culinary terms.)


When your potatoes are tender and almost finished cooking, add your onion slices. Toss the mixture to
mix or stir them all together.

Now, add a touch more butter and olive oil to the pan. Continue to Sauté the mixture until the onions
start to brown as shown, then add your garlic slices.

Sauté the garlic for about 5 to 6 more minutes to rid it of its raw flavor and then you are done!

What a great addition to any breakfast!


Breakfast FREE-ttata’s

With this recipe, you can use as little or as much as you want with the ingredients. Just be sure to not
use too many vegetables though so you will still have room for your eggs. I like the ratio of ¼ veggies to
¾ egg mixture.

FREE-ttata Ingredients:

½ Red, Yellow, and Green Bell Pepper – sliced and chopped
¼ Yellow Onion sliced and diced
2 Garlic Cloves sliced and thinly diced
4 to 5-inch piece of ½ of a Leek – sliced into half rounds
Cherry Tomatoes
¼ stick of butter
Green Onions
1 Dozen Eggs
1 Culp Half and Half
Italian and Mozzarella Cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste

Washing Herbs

Depending on how many FREE-ttata’s you are going to make, will depend on how much of each ingredient
you are going to use. With that said, begin to slice up your Bell Peppers.

Slice your Bell Pepper in half, then remove the seeds and the stem.

Now, slice the bell pepper into long thin slices as shown.

Using your knife, remove any white part of the inside of the bell pepper as it is very bland.

Nice picture Julie!  🙂  (Thanks Gordon.)

Do the same for all the Bell Peppers.

 Then chop the
slices into medium dice pieces.

Here is your Leek which can be very dirty inside, as seen later on.

Be sure to rinse all your vegetables before slicing them.

Pour about 3 Tbsp’s of Olive Oil into a large sauté pan and turn to medium heat.

When the oil is hot, add your Bell Peppers as they take the longest to cook.

Add some salt and pepper to taste.  We are using a Florida blend salt mixture here. 

But you can use whatever you like.

Slice your Leek in half as shown. I told you this vegetable is Dirty!

Rinse the dirt away from the root end as shown. Doing this will ensure the dirt doesn’t get further down
into the white part of the leek.

Here, I am slicing up the onion.

Now, slice your root end off the leek, then slice the leek into thin strips as shown.

Picture of me cooking everything… multitasking at its best!

Once your bell peppers are nicely sautéed, add your leeks and onion and stir.

Slice your Cherry Tomatoes in half as shown.

Now, slice your garlic thinly.

Once your onions and leeks have begun to wilt, add your cherry tomatoes.

Then add your sliced garlic and stir together well.


Add about a tsp of butter to the mixture and stir some more.

Add some freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Left, Slice your Chives thinly as shown. These are from our garden!

Next, slice the root ends off your Green Onions, and slice into thin rounds as shown.

Beautiful Colors!

Remove the Oregano from the stems as shown.

Remove some of the larger stems from your parsley before slicing.

Slice your parsley thinly.

Gordon Cooking in our Florida Kitchen

We do so love our tacky Florida Kitchen.  🙂



Crack your eggs into a large bowl… here we will use a dozen.

Using a whisk, combine all the eggs until well blended.

Pour 1 cup of half and half into the whisked eggs.

Whisk to Combine


Add some salt to the egg mixture … here we added a special Florida blend.

And also add some freshly ground pepper.

Add as much or as little of the herbs you just chopped to the egg mixture and whisk to combine.


Using your favorite cooking spray, coat each ramekin with enough to just cover the surface.

Now, add a large spoonful of your sautéed vegetable mixture to the bottom of the ramekin.

Add about a Tbsp of Mozzarella cheese to your ramekin.

Using a ladle to add the egg mixture to your ramekin. Add just enough to go ¾ of the way up the side of
the ramekin as shown.


Top your egg mixture with about a Tbsp of any Italian cheese.

Place your ramekins on a cookie sheet just in case the eggs spill over during the cooking process.
Preheat your oven to 350’F and when at temperature, place them in for ~15 minutes.


Here is a great picture of the eggs most of the way through the cooking process. Nice close detailed
shot Julie! Cook them about a few minutes more and they should be fully cooked. Remember, the
residual heat will continue to cook the eggs well after you have removed them from the oven.

Here you can really see the beautiful colors of the herbs and vegetables.


Our Southern Biscuits Shall Rise Again!!

As someone who was born and raised in the south, except for our 13 years of living in a foreign country, Hawaii—— and our Yankee year’s living in Maryland.  I am ashamed to say that I have nevah made biscuits.  I shall have to remudy that in the fewcha.

Howevah, these biscuits are a nice substitution for the real thang.


Our Patriotic Sausages

Heuh is the “red” in houwuh Red, White, and Blue.

These are just little smokey sausages that Gordon browned in a saucepan with olive oil, on the stove top, on a medium heat. 

You just want to brown them.




“As GOD as my witness, As GOD as my witness,

they’re not going to lick me!

I’m going to live through this and when it’s all over, I’ll never be hungry again.  No, nor any of my folk. 

If I have to lie, steal, cheat or kill, As GOD as my witness, I’ll never be hungry again.”

Scarlett O’Hara

(At least not until the BBQ Dinner later on.)  🙂


Happy 4th. Y’all!

Julie and Gordon “Whann”

(And no, we’re not Mexican, or Chinese.) 

Whann is Welsh.  🙂

My Love Affair with All Things Asian

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Sandwiches:  Between the Slices

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Old Florida Food

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