Posts Tagged ‘entertainment’

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Why am I saying, “Just for fun?”

November 19, 2018

Ah, who remembers the June Taylor dancers?

More here.

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What am I sappy cat blogging?

September 29, 2017

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What is Wednesday’s Wonderment?

November 30, 2016

“Building a gingerbread house is a common family tradition for the holidays, but Nemacolin Woodlands Resort has taken the tradition to a whole new level this year.

Visitors can walk through the doors of the life-size gingerbread house, which is built with 500 pounds of flour, 600 pounds of powdered sugar, 10 gallons of eggs and 200 pounds of assorted candy.

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Photo shows the building under construction

Pastry chef Scott Tennant headed up the effort to build and decorate a 12-by-12-by-14-foot gingerbread house inside the lobby of Chateau Lafayette, one of the Farmington resort’s hotels.

The resort’s carpenters started the process in October by building a complete wooden house in two- to three-foot sections that could be separated, carried through the lobby’s front doors piece by piece, and reconnected.

By mid-November, the pastry shop was busy cranking out 2,500 gingerbread bricks. The workers laid the bricks against the wooden walls, plastering them together with royal icing “mortar.” That’s about 700 to 800 pounds of gingerbread.

Pastry makers decorated the outside of the house with Gummies, hard candies and other confections. Mr. Tennant said the workers aimed to add splashes of color without going “over the top” so they could create a relatively realistic effect.

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The final gingerbread bakery

Indoors, the house has gingerbread planks resembling paneling along the lower third of the walls, with a gingerbread chair rail lined with candy. A baker will offer samples inside the gingerbread house for a few hours each day through Jan. 1, and on Jan. 2 the house will come down.

For several years, Nemacolin has built gingerbread displays: a castle, a train, a Snoopy’s Christmas display, and last year, a large gingerbread house. But this is the first year the resort has built something the public can actually walk through.

When the resort first started making gingerbread displays a few years ago, all work was done in secret, behind a curtain. When workers decided to change things up and construct their displays out in the open, they immediately attracted a following. People would stop by to watch the process and exclaim over how good the gingerbread smelled.

“The workers would take extra pieces and put frosting on them and give them to people,” Mr. Tennant said.

That’s what got him thinking about building something people could walk inside.

The final product has taken a team of 15 people a total of 600 to 800 hours to make.

By the numbers:

600 pounds powdered sugar

500 pounds flour

200 pounds assorted candy

120 pounds honey

120 pounds molasses

110 pounds brown sugar

60 pounds shortening

15 gallons egg whites

10 gallons eggs

6 pounds baking soda

5 pounds ginger

3 pounds allspice

3 pounds cinnamon

From the Post-Gazette, courtesy Robb

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What am I listening to?

September 28, 2016

 

Music for Wednesday – Thanks Maggie’s Farm

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What is tattoo Tuesday about?

September 6, 2016

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King Kong is a cinematic monster that first appeared in film in 1933.

“The character has become one of the world’s most famous movie icons, having inspired countless sequels, remakes, spin-offs, imitators, parodies, cartoons, books, comics, video games, theme park rides, and even a stage play. His role in the different narratives varies, ranging from a rampaging monster to a tragic antihero.” – Wikipedia

King Kong was found on Skull Island – a fictional island in the Indian Ocean.  (Heck, it is all fictional.) The prehistoric denizens of Skull Island predated Jurassic Park by about 60 years.

The film was remade in 1976 and 2005, adding to King Kong’s reputation as an enduring film icon.  The largest Kong yet (see what I mean?) is coming to the screen in March, 2017 in Kong: Skull Island.

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What am I eating?

August 30, 2016

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Today is Toasted Marshmallow Day

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And Tattoo Tuesday

Make your own marshmallows

3 packages unflavored gelatin
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting

Directions

Combine the gelatin and 1/2 cup of cold water in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and allow to sit while you make the syrup.

Meanwhile, combine the sugar, corn syrup, salt, and 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Raise the heat to high and cook until the syrup reaches 240 degrees on a candy thermometer. Remove from the heat.

With the mixer on low speed, slowly pour the sugar syrup into the dissolved gelatin. Put the mixer on high speed and whip until the mixture is very thick, about 15 minutes. Add the vanilla and mix thoroughly.

With a sieve, generously dust an 8 by 12-inch nonmetal baking dish with confectioners’ sugar. Pour the marshmallow mixture into the pan, smooth the top, and dust with more confectioners’ sugar. Allow to stand uncovered overnight until it dries out.

Turn the marshmallows onto a board and cut them in squares. Dust them with more confectioners’ sugar.

This recipe is from the Barefoot Contessa

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What am I “watching?”

May 12, 2016

I love it – a Rube Goldberg device made of watch parts – view all the way to the end for the out-takes.