Pineapple Casserole

Pineapple Casserole
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Pineapple Casserole
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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cream and beat together the butter, sugar and eggs
  3. Fold in the pineapple.
  4. Fold in the cubed bread
  5. Use a 1 1/2 quart casserole dish. No lid is needed
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 60 mins
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Spotty Dog

This is Grandma Davis’ recipe for Spotty Dog, an old English/Welsh dessert.  This is massive in calories, so tread lightly.  I used to love this as a youth, but haven’t had it in decades.  I’m not sure I’d still like it.

I believe that the actual name for this dish is Spotted Dick, but knowing my mom (Betty Heiser Davis) and her mom (Harriett French Heiser) they changed the name to Spotty Dog to avoid any joking around.

By the way – you can buy canned Spotted Dick if you want to try this before making it.  I’m sure a sauce recipe can also be found online.

Spotty Dog
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  1. Mix all ingredients together and form into a loaf shape. Roll (wrap) tightly in a clean white cloth. (Grandma sometimes would use a clean old man's hanky). Fasten in with large safety pins (including the ends).
  2. Place on rack in large dutch oven (or large oven roasting pan). Cover with boiling water and cook for 3 hours. (Try to turn it over after 2 hours).
  3. Let cool a while before removing the pins and wrapping.
  4. Serve topped lightly with sugar. Grandma sometimes made a lemon sauce to go on top but I don't have this recipe.
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Custard

This is the custard recipe Grandma Davis used.  It is awesome!  She used it for cream puff and eclair filling.

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2 cups
Servings
2 cups
Custard
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2 cups
Servings
2 cups
Ingredients
Servings: cups
Instructions
  1. Melt butter
  2. Blend in Cream Corn Starch, sugar and salt.
  3. Gradually add milk.
  4. Heat to boiling over direct heat stirring constantly.
  5. Stir into slightly beaten egg yolks. Return to heat and cook for 2 minutes stirring constantly.
  6. Add vanilla.
  7. Cool thoroughly.
  8. Serve plain or with cream or as a filling for cream puffs or Boston creme pie.
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Rice Pudding

Rice Pudding
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Rice Pudding
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  1. Cook 1/2 cup rice in boiling water for 10 minutes. Drain
  2. While the rice cooks, heat 2 3/4 cup milk to boiling point stirring constantly. Add hot rice to milk and cook approximately 30 minutes. Add dash of salt and 1 tbsp butter.
  3. Beat 1 egg until fluffy (temper egg by adding a few tbsp of hot milk to the egg so it doesn't scramble when you add it to the pot. Add to hot milk/rice mixture with a dash of cinnamon and 1 tsp vanilla.
  4. Pour into bowl and sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg. Chill.
Recipe Notes

This recipe was originally from Nana Phillips and was provided by Jeri Phillips.

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Chocolate Fudge Cookies

Chocolate Fudge Cookies
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Chocolate Fudge Cookies
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Cookies
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Icing
  1. Melt chocolate and add to sugar
  2. Warm milk and butter. Add gradually to sugar and beat well.
  3. Add salt and vanilla
Recipe Notes

This recipe was originally from Nana Phillips and was provided by Jeri Phillips.

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Ginger Creme Cookies

Ginger Creme Cookies
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Ginger Creme Cookies
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  1. Bake at 400 degrees for 8 minutes
  2. Icing is standard powdered sugar frosting, typically colored green or red for Christmas.
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This recipe was originally from Nana Phillips and was provided by Jeri Phillips.

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Thumb Cookies

Thumb Cookies
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Thumb Cookies
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Filling
  1. Melt chocolate chips, then stir in shortening, corn syrup, water and vanilla.
  2. Stir until smooth. Let stand and cool about 5 minutes or until mixture begins to thicken.
  3. Fill impressions in cookies.
Recipe Notes

This is Nana Phillips' recipe with the filling recipe provided by the Meyer family.

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Southwestern Quinoa Salad

Southwestern Quinoa Salad
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Take advantage of your garden's bounty by using chopped vegetables in this simple side dish.
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6
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6
Southwestern Quinoa Salad
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Take advantage of your garden's bounty by using chopped vegetables in this simple side dish.
Servings
6
Servings
6
Instructions
  1. Stir gently to combine
  2. Add cooked chicken or sliced cooked sausage for a main dish.
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Disney Updates

I try to follow developments at Disney both as a stockholder and as a 15-visit fan. The news coming out of the D23 convention in California this weekend was very exciting and somewhat overwhelming. It looks like we will have many reasons to continue our visits.

 

Star Wars Hotel

This is probably the most exciting announcement.  This is a fully immersive experience.  Not only with the theming be entirely based on Star Wars, but all cast members will act like they have always lived in the Star Wars universe.  The rooms look awesome!  This will be a luxury resort.  Better start saving now.  (read more)

Disney Cruise Lines

  • Three new ships are being built to augment the current four-ship fleet (Fantasy, Dream, Wonder, Magic). We sailed on the Dream and would love to do another cruise. The new ships will sail in 2021, 2022, and 2023. (read more)

EPCOT

  • A new Ratatouille 4D attraction will be added to the France pavilion.  The attraction is based on the animated movie and duplicates the popular Paris-Disneyland attraction.  Opens 2021.  (read more)
  • Universe of Energy will be re-themed to Guardians of the Galaxy.  Looks like this might happen more quickly than normal since they’ve announced Universe of Energy will close on August13, 2017.  (read more)
  • A “Mission-Space” restaurant is being added next to the attraction.  (read more)
  • The 360-degree movie in the China pavilion will be upgraded.
  • Journey into the Imagination will be re-themed based on the awesome movie “Inside-Out”.  This one is just a rumor

Disney Studios

  • The last date for Great Movie Ride is August 13, 2017.  The Ride will be closed forever.  Its not clear what will be done in this space, but perhaps an expansion of Star Wars Land.
  • Art work for Star Wars Land (now called “Galaxy’s Edge”) was revealed.   Disney is continuing the process of creating immersive experiences that was started by Universal with the Harry Potter worlds.  Disney California did an amazing job with Cars Land and it looks like Galaxy’s Edge will be awesome.  (read more)
  • One of the new attractions in Galaxy’s Edge will be a ride in the Millennium Falcon

Magic Kingdom

  • A Tron light-cycle roller-coaster will be coming to the area near Space Mountain.  Initially it was reported that the roller-coaster would replace the Tommorowland Speedway.  However, the concept art shows the speedway to be intact.  The Tron roller-coaster duplicates the ride from Shanghai-Disneyland.  (read more)
  • A new theater will be added to Main Street.  This will be for live shows.  Its not yet clear where this will be constructed nor what will be impacted. (read more)

Transportation

Disney is implementing an exciting new way to get around with the Disney Skyliner gondola system.  The gondolas will have stations in EPCOT,  Disney’s Studios, Caribbean Beach Resort, and Art of Animation.  (read more)

MinnieVans – DisneyWorld will offer a new Uber-type transportation option with appropriately-themed MinnieVans.

Lodging

Disney Riviera Hotel will be a new Disney Vacation Club resort.