Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Through the Keyhole - July 2018


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JULY 2018
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Summer is HERE and so is the 4th!
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My Dad used to say that July 4th is the mid-point of summer and that it is "all downhill from here".  What a bummer.  I look at it this way- My kids got out of school on the 6th and they go back on August 22nd.  That is 77 days or exactly 11 weeks.  The 4th of July is 28 days or 4 weeks after school let out.  That is exactly 35.4% and NOT 50% (sorry Dad).  

So you legitimately have about  2/3rds of summer left!

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Interesting FACTS ABOUT THE FOURTH OF JULY:
  • There were 56 signers on the Declaration of Independence.
  • Benjamin Franklin was the oldest signer at 70.
  • 13 of the signers were 35 or younger, while 7 were 60 or older.
  • 1 signer later recanted after being held prisoner by the British. His name was Richard Stockton.
  • 8 of the signers were born in Britain or Ireland.
  • Two and a half years had passed after the Boston Tea Party when the Declaration of Independence was signed.
  • On July 4th, 1778, George Washington celebrated the anniversary by giving his soldiers double rations of rum.
  • Massachusetts became the first state to make July 4th a national holiday in 1781.
  • On July 4th, 1826, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died, 50 years after the signing.
  • In 1941, Congress declared Independence Day a federal legal holiday.
  • 63% of Americans attend a fireworks display today.
  • 80% attend a barbecue, picnic or cookout.
  • 66% display an American flag
  • 76% get together with family.
  • 26% set off their own fireworks, which is illegal in 4 states.
  • Americans eat 150 million hot dogs on the 4th of July, which is enough to stretch from DC to LA more than 5 times.
  • 1/3 of all hot dogs in the US come from Iowa.
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And now for a new picture above- Can you guess where it is by looking "through the keyhole"?   Can you guess the location?

"Tommy Bartlett started a water show here in 1952 that is still going strong.  You will also find go carts, amusement parks and plenty of places to stay.  You can eat junk food all day long here but NEVER waste your money on the upside down White House - It is a JOKE."

Correct answers will be given recognition but half the fun is trying to figure it out.  The correct answer will be revealed in the subsequent issue.  Good luck and have fun.

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Potala Palace, Tibet -Keyhole Answer


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"Built in the 7th century, at an altitude of 12,000 ft., this artistic and architectural marvel used to be the chief residence of the Dalai Lama until 1959."

Last month, Ryan Erklin won the location by guessing correctly.  Great job!

This amazing palace has the honor of being the highest ancient palace in the world, with its highest point reaching 3,750 meters (12,300 feet) above sea level, towering 100 meters (300 feet) above the city of Lhasa.  It was built as the center of Tibetan government by the fifth Dalai Lama in 1645.
Potala Palace is a museum. It served as the residence of Dalai Lama, until the 14th Dalai Lama fled to India. The palace is now a museum, with a rich collection of art and an enduring beauty that is difficult to match. The art here includes gold, silver, and jade relics and structures. Scriptures and paintings, some dating back to over several thousand years, can be found at the Palace. 

This 13-stories-high palace has over 1,000 rooms, and covers over 13 hectares (32 acres). The stone walls measure 3 meters (10 feet) thick on average.
Interesting and Fun Facts about Potala Palace:

In Zang Language, "Potala" means "the sacred place of Buddhism".

Potala Palace consists of White Palace and Red Palace. The Dalai lama lived in the White Palace. The Red Palace consists of temples.

The Potala Palace was inscribed to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1994. In 2000 and 2001, Jokhang Temple and Norbulingka were added to the list as extensions to the sites.

The palace was recently named one of the "New Seven Wonders of the World" by the American television show Good Morning America and the newspaper USA Today.

The site was used as a meditation retreat by King Songtsen Gampo, prior to his marriage.

The Potala Palace was chief residence of the Dalai Lama till 1959, when the 14th Dalai Lama fled to Dharamsala, India after an invasion and failed uprising. 
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Found on a LAKE near YOU...

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So you want to live in Silicon Valley???
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Summer Biscuit FAIL...

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That is how I roll.  (get it?)



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"Mad Dog" Mattis REAL Quote of the month
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“I PUT THE LAUGHTER IN MANSLAUGHTER.” 



UBER OOPS!
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Ride in a FLYING CAR (video)
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This is more like a drone with a pilot but still pretty cool and seemingly easy to fly technology.




A little PIG humor

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Father O'Malley rose from his bed one morning.

It was a fine spring day in his new parish.

He walked to the window of his bedroom to get a deep breath of the beautiful day outside.

He then noticed there was . . . a pig lying dead in the middle of his front lawn.
He promptly called the local  police station.

The conversation went like this:

"Good morning. This is Sergeant Jones. How might I help you?"

 “And the best of the day te yerself. This is Father O'Malley at St. Ann's Catholic Church. There's a pig lying dead in me front lawn and would ye be so kind as to send a couple o'yer lads to take care of the matter?"

Sergeant Jones, considering himself to be quite a wit and recognizing the Irish accent, thought he would have a little fun with the good father, replied, "Well now Father, it was always my impression that you people took care of the last rites!"

There was dead silence on the line for a moment.....................................

Father O'Malley then replied:

"Aye,' tis certainly true; but we are also obliged to notify the next of kin first, which is the reason for me call."




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Swingers (classic movie) FACTS...

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This is one of the most classic movies of GenX.  It is the tale of fledgling actors living their lives in Los Angeles and their dreams of Hollywood fame.  If you have not seen it.  Please do so.  You will get a kick out of the young, skinny Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn.  Such great fun-

Much of the film was shot without permission, including the scene where Mike and Trent pull over just outside Vegas. LVPD officers showed up and demanded to see a permit, a permit director Doug Liman didn’t have. While the assistant director stalled the police, the scene was shot while everyone involved pretended not to be filming and the actor’s not acting.

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Jon Favreau wrote the script in just 10 days; ‘comedic therapy’, as he called it, after breaking up with his girlfriend. 
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To get permission to use the Jaws theme, Doug Liman sent a copy of the film to director Steven Spielberg. The legendary director cast Vince Vaughan for The Lost World: Jurassic Park after viewing the film, having never heard of him before.
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Jon Favreau’s grandmother cameos in the film as the $5 Winner in Las Vegas. Vince Vaughan’s father, Vernon, also appears as the ‘$100 Gambler’.

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The answering machine scene, where Mike leaves a long rambling message on a woman’s answer machine he has just met at a bar, is based on a similar story told by Curb Your Enthusiasm star Jeff Garlin during his one-man show I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With. In Jeff’s (original) version, he tells of leaving a declaration of love on a woman’s answer machine, only for her to play it in the company of 12 other people (including Garlin). The movie adaptation of I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With was made in 2006, with the answering machine story left out.
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The iconic line ‘you’re so money’ comes from a Spike Lee Air Jordan commercial. The bombastic director refers to Michael Jordan as ‘money’ throughout the TV spot, and Favreau incorporated it into his script.

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CURSE COUNT:
F*&k – 95 times.
Bi*{h – 31 times.
A**hole – 13 times.

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The film is based on Jon Favreau’s experiences when he first moved to LA. Ron Livingston and Vince Vaughan play exaggerated versions of themselves.

The house party scene was shot at an actual house party, and two of the locations then residence were Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen, producers of the of the Twilight films.
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The interior and exterior shots of Mike’s apartment are of the actual building Jon Favreau was living in at the time. Adam Scott, from Parks and Recreation, lived below Favreau.

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The five members of the group (Trent, Mikey, Sue, Rob, and Charles) represent the members of the original Rat Pack (Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop, and Sammy Davis Jr.)

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Many of the bars the film shot in were open for normal business, and a sign had to be put during filming, warning bar patrons that if they wandered into a shot they would be considered as unpaid extras.

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Jon and Vince today.  No longer as svelte but that's what happens when you get old and have boat loads of cash.  Good for you guys!  I sure enjoy your movies.



True?  Nah.

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It takes your food seven seconds to get from your mouth to your stomach.

One human hair can support 6.6 pounds.

The average man's penis is two times the length of his thumb.

Human thighbones are stronger than concrete.

A woman's heart beats faster than a man's.

There are about one trillion bacteria on each of your feet.

Women blink twice as often as men.

The average person's skin weighs twice as much as the brain.

Your body uses 300 muscles to balance itself when you are standing still.

If saliva cannot dissolve something, you cannot taste it.

Women :
will be finished reading this by now.

Men:
are still busy checking their thumbs.


Finding a place for Family of 14
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A lawyer, who had a wife and 12 children, needed his rental agreement renewed as it was terminated by the owner who wanted to reoccupy the home. But he was having a lot of difficulty finding a new house. When he said that he had 12 children, no one would rent a home to him because they felt that the children would destroy the place.

He couldn't say he had no children, because he couldn't lie, we all know lawyers cannot and do not lie. So he sent his wife for a walk to the cemetery with 11 of their kids. He took the remaining one with him to see rental homes with the real estate agent.

He loved one of the homes and the price was right -- the agent asked, "How many children do you have?" He answered, "Twelve." The agent asked, "Where are the others?"

The lawyer, with his best courtroom sad look answered, “They're in the cemetery with their mother."

MORAL:
It's not necessary to lie, one only has to choose the right words. And don't forget, most politicians are lawyers.



Danny DeVito is alright
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2/3rds of Summer Left - ENJOY IT
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The Grill is NOT just for MEATS!
Try THIS!
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IF YOU ARE A BLUE CHEESE HATER JUST WAIT! Wait ooone second.  The truth of the matter is that even people who hate blue cheese will love it with BACON.  
You might be sitting here thinking, are we not going to address the fact that you are telling us to grill a salad?
You have not lived until you’ve tried a grilled Romaine salad, people…mark my words!!
Everything about this salad is pure  deliciousness perfection.
The slightly charred, smoky leaves of Romaine, the creamy blue cheese paired with the crispy, salty bacon, and the tangy, herb-y, flavor packed balsamic dressing. Oh man…it is seriously AMAZING!
Speaking of the dressing…this dressing basically takes a plain balsamic vinaigrette and slaps it in the face. You start with a base of balsamic vinaigrette and then add three different kinds of dried herbs and a touch of Dijon mustard.
Goodbye old balsamic dressing. Hello best dressing ever.
Definitely, hands down, no argument my favorite salad ever.
Can you tell I’m excited about this recipe? Because…I am…big time. 
Grilled Romaine Salad with Bacon and Blue Cheese

Serves: 6 servings

Ingredients:
3 Romaine hearts
12 pieces of thick cut bacon
5 oz blue cheese crumbles

For the dressing:
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
¼ cup light olive oil
¼ teaspoon dried thyme
¼ teaspoon dried parsley
½ teaspoon dried oregano
A little salt and pepper
¼ teaspoon Dijon mustard

Instructions:
Fry bacon in a large skillet - reserve the bacon fat.
Slice each Romaine heart in half and set aside.
Heat your grill up over high heat - you want very hot grates so you get a quick char without cooking the lettuce too much or wilting it.
Using a basting brush, lightly brush a little bacon fat onto the flat side of each Romaine half
When you are ready to grill, place the Romaine halves flat side down on the grill and just keep them on there until they have light char marks - it shouldn't take more than 30 seconds.
Remove the Romaine halves to a plate and turn off your grill.
For the dressing, add all ingredients into a bowl and whisk together, or add to a jar and shake.
To assemble the salad, top each Romaine half with bacon and blue cheese crumbles, and drizzle on the balsamic dressing.

*This recipe is gluten free*


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Monday, May 21, 2018

Through the Keyhole - June 2018





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June is here and we have seen many excited graduates celebrate their ending of one chapter only to begin another anew.  Congrats to all the grads out there!  Whether it's grade school, high school, prep school, trade school or college, it is a big step towards adulthood.  With all that is bad in the world, young people accomplishing good things is something to really celebrate.  Good luck to all our grads!

Some GIFT suggestions for that grad in your life (something they may actually want):
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As we speed through another year, we begin summer officially on June 21st!  There are also many quirky days this month (I did not make this up):

June 1 - Donut Day
June 2 - I love my dentist day (how funny right after donut day)
June 4 - Cheese Day
June 12 - National Peanut Butter Cookie Day
June 14 - Pop Goes the Weasel Day (really?)
June 16 - Fudge Day
June 25 - National Catfish Day
June 29 - Camera Day
June 30 - Meteor Day

And away we go.  Check out this really cool street performer who does some amazing stuff with cotton candy.  Nothing gets you prepared for summer more than a guy who loves his job more than most...  Check him out by clicking on the image below or here.
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And now for a new picture above- Can you guess where it is by looking "through the keyhole"?   Can you guess the location?

"Built in the 7th century, at an altitude of 12,000 ft., this
artistic and architectural marvel used to be the chief residence of the Dalai Lama until 1959."

Correct answers will be given recognition but half the fun is trying to figure it out.  The correct answer will be revealed in the subsequent issue.  Good luck and have fun.

If you like this newsletter, forward it to someone else or sign them up HERE.

As always, send any items you think are newsworthy, interesting or just plain odd to news@turnkey.pro


Mount Fuji, Japan - Keyhole Answer


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"As the highest Mountain in this country, you'll find a volcano at its peak.  But don't think it will be warm when you summit as climbing season is officially in July and August where you'll need more than a t-shirt to keep you warm.  This scene has inspired artists and poets and been the object of pilgrimage for centuries."

Last month, Carrie Oakey won the location by guessing correctly.  Great job!

I saw this lovely place on a television show called "Better Late Than Never".  The show stars George Foreman, Henry Winkler, Terry Bradshaw and William Shatner as they travel to far off places.  The show is really funny and there is a great chemistry between these men.  There are certainly hilarious moments juxtaposed with sentimental ones.  In this episode, the guys visited a Geisha House, Tokyo (in a hilarious tiny hotel) and Mt. Fuji.  Watch complete shows HERE.

So you want to see Mount Fuji, that 3,776-meter-high icon of Japan? It’s a volcano, but let’s not think too much about that.  Most visitors to the mountain seem to go for this option. In season (July to September), you can take a bus directly from the Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal to the 5th Station (the Fuji Subaru Line one), which is the starting point for the popular summer sunrise hike that follows the Yoshida Trail. Bus tickets cost 2,700 yen ($25 USD) one way, and the trip takes about 2.5 hours.

Outside the climbing season, your choice of bus is limited to the regular services that operate between Shinjuku/Shibuya/Tokyo and the broader Fuji area. Kawaguchiko Station, Fuji-Q Highland (the theme park for thrill-seekers), Fuji-San Station and Lake Yamanakako are the major get-off points. Where you alight depends on what it is you want to explore. Kawaguchiko and Yamanakako give you access to some of the lakes around Mount Fuji, which make for excellent walking and hot spring-ing spots.

It takes an average of 6 hours to climb up to the summit of Mt. Fuji. This course is recommended for it has many mountain huts on the way, but this also means that, during the peak season, it becomes so packed that you will have a hard time to even weave your way through the crowd.

If climbing is not your thing, you could always take the Hakone Ropeway which provides great views of Mt. Fuji from a distance.
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This is not photoshop-ed.  These are actual clouds.
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Great Sentiment.

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"Mad Dog" Mattis REAL Quote of the month
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“What I've learned in 35 years of service is Improvise. Improvise. Improvise.” 

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German Amphibious Bus (video)
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Paint Complicates Automobile Accident
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Robots that cook your dinner
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These MIT grads have opened a restaurant where everything is cooked by a robot they started in the basement.  It's a long ways from then and everything on the menu is healthy and only $7.50.  Video HERE


Chinese Food Delivery Containers Explained
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Folded white cardboard boxes are a universally recognized symbol of Chinese food across America. Seemingly employed by every neighborhood Chinese restaurant across the country, they’re used to package orders for delivery or takeout (or sometimes to package up leftovers), and can typically found stuffed full of Americanized fare like General Tso’s chicken and lo mein.

These boxes are so ubiquitous that they frequently appear in pop culture, spotted in movies like Rush Hour and Dude, Where’s My Car; TV shows like Friends, The West Wing, and Gilmore Girls; and even in modern art. A history of the paper pails was also included in an exhibit at New York’s Museum of Food and Drink.

But where did these containers come from, and how did they come to be used so widely? Here’s a look into the history of these iconic vessels, at least a few of which have probably haunted your refrigerator in recent months.

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Complete Article HERE


While We're at it...Why is Bread in Brown Bags?
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Grocery store bread is typically displayed in brown paper bags. And, believe it or not, there’s actually a specific reason they do that—and, no, it’s not to make it look like a French bakery.

It has to do with freshness. '[Storing the bread in paper bags] keeps the air on the bread allowing the crust to stay deliciously crisp,' says David Cummings, the Bakery Buyer at Fairway Market. If you store bread in a plastic bag, the moisture within the bread gets trapped in the bag causing the crust to become mushy. Make sure you don’t fall for these supermarket tricks.
Complete Article HERE


For my Irish Friends...
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THE IRISH NEVER HESITATE TO COME TO THE AID OF THEIR FELLOW MAN, AIR PASSENGERS, IN THIS CASE!
SHORTLY AFTER TAKE-OFF ON AN OUTBOUND, EVENING AER LINGUS FLIGHT FROM DUBLIN TO BOSTON, THE LEAD FLIGHT ATTENDANT NERVOUSLY MADE THE FOLLOWING PAINFUL ANNOUNCEMENT 
IN HER LOVELY IRISH BROGUE:

"LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I'M SO VERY SORRY, BUT IT APPEARS THAT THERE HAS BEEN A TERRIBLE MIX-UP BY OUR CATERING SERVICE. I DON'T KNOW HOW THIS HAPPENED, BUT WE HAVE 103 PASSENGERS ON BOARD, AND UNFORTUNATELY, WE RECEIVED ONLY 40 DINNER MEALS. I TRULY APOLOGIZE FOR THIS MISTAKE AND INCONVENIENCE."

WHEN THE MUTTERING OF THE PASSENGERS HAD DIED DOWN, SHE CONTINUED, "ANYONE WHO IS KIND ENOUGH TO GIVE UP THEIR MEAL SO THAT SOMEONE ELSE CAN EAT, WILL RECEIVE FREE AND UNLIMITED DRINKS FOR THE DURATION OF OUR 10 HOUR FLIGHT.”

HER NEXT ANNOUNCEMENT CAME ABOUT 2 HOURS LATER:

"IF ANYONE IS HUNGRY, WE STILL HAVE 40 DINNERS AVAILABLE."



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One day your parents put you down and never picked you up again.

Lead rhymes with read.  Lead rhymes with read.

Cleopatra lived closer in time to the moon landing than the construction of the pyramids.

You can make a human being, a real living person, completely by accident.

A million seconds is 11 days.  A billion seconds is 31 years.

North Korea and Finland are only separated by one country (Russia).

Outer space is only an hours' drive away - if your car could drive straight up.

The Nintendo Corporation was created before the fall of the Ottoman Empire.

You have never seen your face, only pictures and reflections.

Your age is the number of times you have orbited the sun.

You see people every day that you'll never see again.

There are more people learning English in China than there are native English speakers in the entire world.

It takes Pluto 248 years to orbit the sun.  That means from the time it was discovered to the time it was stripped of its status as a planet, Pluto had not made a full trip around the Sun.



Local Gas Station Sign in Seattle

Back in 2005, the local Chevron gas station in Seattle's Wallingford neighborhood converted their auto repair shop into a convenience store.  Their outdoor sign—once used for service promotions and store specials—became redundant with the inside of the store already plastered with signage.  So the owners decided to have fun with the outdoor sign instead, and the @WallingfordSign was born.  This weekly sign message has become so popular, it has become a more effective marketing tool for the gas station than anything prior.

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French Apple Cobbler
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Ingredients
    3 pounds apples (peeled, cored and sliced)
    3/4 cup sugar
    2 tablespoons flour
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    1/4 cup water
    1 tablespoon butter
    1/2 cup flour
    1/2 cup sugar
    1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    1/4 salt
    2 tablespoons butter
    1 egg (beaten)
Topping
    1/2 c flour
    1/2 c sugar
    1/2 t baking powder
    1/4 salt
    2 T butter
    1 egg beaten
Instructions
    preheat oven to 350 degrees F
    grease a 9-inch pie plate with butter
    in a med bowl combine the filling ingredients and toss to mix
    pour into the pie plate
    in a small bowl mix topping ingredients
    the dough will be sticky so just place dollops around the apples
    bake for 35-40 minutes until topping is golden brown
    top with vanilla ice cream and enjoy!


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