2018 Virginia Beach Planning

2018 Majestic
2018 “Majestic” by Seibert Realty

We’ve reserved a beautiful house for the 2018 Virginia Beach trip.

See Majestic

This gorgeous semi-oceanfront beach home offers over 4000 square feet of space with room for the entire family.  Beach access is just across the street. The huge 3rd floor Great Room offers plenty of leather seating as well as a 52″ Flat Panel TV and open access to the dining area with multiple tables to seat our whole family. The Kitchen is a chef’s dream with Granite Countertops, 2 Ovens, 2 Dishwashers and plenty of space to create those gourmet delights! There’s a total of 13 Bedrooms and 13 full baths (2 with Jetted Tubs) and two half baths including 10 King Master Suites and One Queen Suite.

The first floor Recreation Room features a Theater area with a 72″ Flat Panel TV, Blu-ray Disc player and Surround Sound – plus a Pool Table, Air Hockey Table and Foosball Table. There’s also a Wetbar with a full size refrigerator that’s conveniently located by the pool for easy access to snacks and beverages. Multi – level decking on both East and West sides of the house offer you many options for soaking up the sun or just relaxing in the shade plus views of both the beach and the bay. After a day on the beach or sight-seeing, you can even enjoy the luxury of riding the elevator to your room – great for carrying in groceries and luggage too! Best of all, you even have your own Private Outdoor Swimming Pool to cool off after a day of fun in the summer sun.

Final Payments are Due by May 1st

The following table shows the amount you have paid to date and the remaining amount due.

Payment Options

These computer/smartphone applications work great when connected to your debit or credit card.  This is the easiest way to send money, and it is actually safer since you don’t have to worry about checks getting lost.

  • Click here to pay via PayPal -> PayPal.me/MDavisUS
  • Pay via the Cash App to $mdavis17d or mdavisus@comcast.net
  • Pay via Google Wallet to mdavis17d@gmail.com
  • Pay via Apple Pay to my cellphone
  • Pay via Facebook private message. There is a dollar sign in the message window that can be connected to your debit card and the payment is applied to my debit card.

We had some confusion last year on alcohol purchases.  The rule was that people are responsible for their own alcohol and occasionally the cost got mixed in with family food expense.  We will keep these expenses completely separated for 2018.

Hot Cross Buns

This is Grandma Davis’ famous Hot Cross bun recipe.  I remember her making these by the dozen every year around Easter.  She’d often get together with Great-grandma Heiser and Aunt Hyet Swartz and bake all day long.  One year, probably in the late 1960’s, they made over 120 dozen.  I found a card in Grandma’s recipe file that did all the ingredient extensions for multiplying the volume.

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  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Add shortening, sugar, salt to milk. When milk has cooled to lukewarm, add yeast that has been dissolved in water. Add beaten eggs
  3. Add flour and cinnamon and beat well.
  4. Add currants (floured with a portion of the flour)
  5. Cover and let rise for 1 hour.
  6. Shape in the form of biscuits and place in a greased pan. Cover and let rise for another hour.
  7. Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
  8. Let cool. Make an icing cross on the tops and coat lightly with powdered sugar (optional).
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Pineapple Casserole

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.

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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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  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

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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

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

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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

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

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