Burns Night Supper for Bloodwise

I’ve been blogging about the show Outlander and its stars for over two years.  In the process, I have learned more about Scotland and Scottish culture.  Wednesday, January 25th is the birthday of Scottish poet Robert Burns.  Burns Night is a celebration of the poet and lyricist.  A traditional supper includes haggis, tatties, neeps, and a dram of Scotch whisky. (Tatties=mashed potatoes, neep=turnip)  For this Florida girl, haggis is a foreign concept.

I’m part of the committee that published the cookbook Cooklander To The Stove.  This wonderful book is a collection of 550 recipes submitted by fans and friends of the show Outlander.  Originally, a recipe for haggis wasn’t included among the hundreds of recipes submitted. I am now dubbed “Haggis Hunter” by fellow committee members because all of the haggis recipes, with the exception of the Vegetarian Haggis, are the product of my extensive search.  I must admit to becoming strangely curious about haggis the more I looked into how I would find a recipe.  Below is the story of my search for the elusive haggis, found on page 323 of the cookbook.


Hunting for Haggis

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A wee bit elusive

The Cookbook Committee received recipes from all over the world, however two weeks prior to the target date to go to print, we still hadn’t received a recipe for haggis. 

Haggis is not an animal.  It is actually made from the innards of a sheep, oatmeal, suet, herbs and spices cooked in a sheep’s stomach.  I messaged a friend from Glasgow and a friend of a friend living in Tampa from Edinburgh.  One reply stated, “In Scotland, people usually buy the haggis ready to go as it is made from all the leftover parts that aren’t used after the slaughter.”  Hmmm…where would a Florida girl buy haggis?  I Googled, and was amazed at what I found.  I read a very interesting article published in “The Guardian” on January 22, 2015 by Adam Gabbatt entitled “The hunt for black market haggis”, http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/jan/22/-sp-the-hunt-for-black-market-haggis-us-burns-night.  My mind reeled at the implications of a ban on importing the sheep’s lung, a crucial ingredient in a traditional haggis, in the United States.  Haggis can be purchased on www.amazon.com in the US, however, substitutions have been made for the sheep lung.  Americans can also buy haggis in a can at local Scottish festivals.  I couldn’t believe my own eyes when I saw the cans at the Lannadoo Celtic Festival in NE FL. 

In my quest, I posted on Twitter and Facebook.  I called, texted, and emailed every chef or restaurant owner I know.  I may have even tagged a certain actor from Scotland in tweets enlisting his help.  I knew I was getting desperate when I asked a friend who owns a restaurant that specializes in Baha Mexicana for a recipe for haggis. I might have even promised to make haggis, taste it, and to organize a skirling salute complete with pipe band if I received a recipe. 

A fan sent me two recipes for haggis which appear in this cookbook.  One recipe came from “A Little Scottish Cookbook”, by Paul Harris.  Harris’ book is listed in Diana Gabaldon’s bibliography in “Outlandish Companion.” The recipe’s directions include, “Boil the heart, liver, and lung till tender, hanging windpipe out over the edge of pan so that it drains into a bowl.”  One recipe from the book, “Cooking with Elizabeth Craig”, states, “After cooking, haggis can be hung in a cool dry place until required.  When wanted, boil up again.”  Perhaps my declaration to prepare haggis was premature.  I’ll be honest, I can count on one hand the people for whom I would be willing to make and taste haggis.

When followed on Twitter by Haggis Society, I knew I had officially made it to the big time of haggis circles!  I followed back, however, I’m fairly certain this is a parody account.  As I said, haggis isn’t an animal, and there really isn’t an official hunting season. 

I hope you enjoy all the recipes in this cookbook, especially the haggis.  When in doubt, more whisky is always the answer.

In November 2015, I tried haggis for the first time at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.  I can honestly say I enjoyed this Americanized version.  It tasted like liver and oats. Glenfiddich whisky was also available at the pavillion, I would highly recommend.


In January 2016, to celebrate Burns Night, I decided to be brave and attempt to make haggis.  I figured the Vegetarian Haggis recipe would be the best way to go for my first attempt.  I used the recipe on page 167 of the Cooklander To The Stove cookbook.  I made dinner for friends and they said, “It was quite tasty, even without the stuff.” 




Fast forward to Janauary 2017.  I am proud to be a part of actor Sam Heughan’s My Peak Challenge for the third year in a row.  Participants were given a mini challenge to host a Burns Night Supper to raise money for Bloodwise.  Bloodwise funds research and offers information and support to anyone affected by leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma, and other blood related disorders.



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I’m happy to report that the stars aligned and I am hosting a Burns Night Supper with my friend and fellow Salt Life Peaker Carol Swearingin.  Please join us at Culhane’s Irish Pub on Wednesday, January 25th to have fun and raise money for a great cause! The chef at Culhane’s is creating a haggis special, and their menu features a variety of whiskys.

Culhane’s has generously donated a basket valued at $100 as a raffle prize.  Culhane’s also submitted their Dingle Fish Pie recipe, a favorite of Guy Fieri, to the Cooklander cookbook.

Copies of Cooklander will be available for sale during the evening with all proceeds of sales benefitting Bloodwise.  The cost per book is $25.

If you are unable to attend the supper, and would like to donate, please visit my Just Giving page at http://www.justgiving.com/jennymcinspired.

Burns Night Supper

Where: Culhane’s Irish Pub

When: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 6:30-9:30 p.m.

RSVP:  https://www.facebook.com/events/596585330531357/

For more information about topics covered in my blog, visit the following web sites.


Cooklander To The Stovehttp://www.cooklander.com

Culhane’s Irish Pubhttp://www.culhanesirishpub.com

My Peak Challengehttp://www.mpc2017.com

For the Burns Night celebration in 2018, should I try the US Version of Traditional Scottish Haggis recipe in Cooklander that calls for “One leg of a pair of CLEAN panty hose, knotted with top end cut off and open”? Thank you so much for reading!

Jenny Mc

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My Peak Challenge 2017

Image via Sam Heughan’s Twitter account

My Peak Challenge, actor Sam Heughan’s global charity movement, continues to be the most searched topic on my blog.  I cannot even express how happy that makes me.  My Peak Challenge 2017 has just launched. All the information you need to know about how to join this program can be found on http://www.mpc2017.com. The new web site is amazing!!

I looked back at some of the blog search terms readers have used to find out about My Peak Challenge.  All of the answers to these questions and more can be found on the #MPC2017 web site.  Here is a list of frequently asked questions and topics:

What is My Peak Challenge?

My Peak Challenge monthly workout and nutrition program

My Peak Challenge recipes

My Peak Challenge workout

My Peak Challenge welcome gift

I just joined My Peak Challenge 2017, and I would love for you to join me and the rest of the #MPC2017 community!!! 50% of funds raised from the purchase of membership go directly to Bloodwise.

Happy Holidays! More information to follow in future blogs. I gave myself a Christmas present by joining My Peak Challenge 2017, and now I need to finish the rest of my shopping. 😉

Thank you again for reading!

Jenny Mc

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Outlander star Sam Heughan announces leukaemia research investment 

Please read this wonderful blog by Steph Cade, a member of the Bloodwise staff.


In the tweet below, Caitriona Balfe takes the words right out of my mouth.  I couldn’t have written it any better myself.

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I’m very proud to have been a part of My Peak Challenge 2016.  Thank you for reading!

Jenny Mc


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Scottish actor Sam Heughan becomes Scotland President for Bloodwise

Please read this inspiring blog post by a member of the Bloodwise staff.


The blog states, “It is hoped that Sam’s role at the charity will continue to raise awareness of blood cancers such as leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.”  I joined My Peak Challenge in 2015 and 2016.  I was thrilled to walk in the Light the Night 5k November 3, 2016 in Jacksonville, Florida benefitting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in the US and Canada.  It was my first time at that event.  Sam’s success as a supporter of Bloodwise encouraged me to find ways to help in the United States as well.  I look forward to My Peak Challenge 2017 and am honored to support Bloodwise from Florida!


For more information about Bloodwise, you can also follow them on Twitter @bloodwise_uk, Instagram @Bloodwise_UK, or their Facebook page Bloodwise.

Thank you so much for reading!

Jenny Mc


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Fall in Florida

I’ve been enjoying all the pictures friends are posting on social media featuring beautiful fall foliage, the leaves ablaze with red, orange and gold.  The screen grabs of weather apps proclaiming cooler temperatures is admittedly a foreign concept to me.  I do love fall in Florida.  The children and I go to the pumpkin patch and choose the perfect pumpkin.  Their Halloween costumes have been planned for months, but I have been known to procrastinate and scramble to put together a costume at the last minute.


I have mentioned in previous posts that I moonlight in PR, and one client that is especially fun to work with is Goodwill of Northeast Florida.  Goodwill is a non-profit organization that accepts donations of clothing, shoes, books, and housewares.  The money generated from the sale of those items in their stores helps people with disabilities and special needs receive job training and meaningful employment.  For more information, go to www.goodwilljax.org.


In October, they showcase Halloween costumes that have been purchased at the Goodwill store.  These costumes are purchased for a maximum of $10, and purchased at the last minute.  Several lucky models appear on a live morning television segment to show off the creations.  I am one of those lucky models when my schedule permits.

In a blog post written in June, I promised to share the story of how I accidentally flashed Jacksonville viewers.  October 2014, I dutifully reported to the television studio “bare faced” at my call time of 7:00 a.m.  Goodwill teams up with make-up artist Jay Woodley to complete the looks the stylist has shopped for at the store. I was dressed as a princess inspired by the Disney movie Frozen.

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Jay applied “ice crystals” to my face, shoulders, and hands.

“What are those?” I asked.

He said, “You know when you buy a new pair of shoes or a new purse, and they have the little packets that say Do Not Eat, I opened the packets.”

“Ah ha!”

I’ll be honest, my strapless dress was too big, but all parties involved felt it was the best look.  We decided I wouldn’t be shot from the back.  I was also wearing heels 3 sizes too big.


We shot the segment outside that particular morning.  The camera man announced, “The bump shot is in three or four minutes.”  According to Wikipedia, the bump shot or bumper shot is an element that acts as a transition to or from commercial breaks.  I was prepared to smile and wave for the camera as they teased the Halloween for Less segment.  Thinking I had time, in an attempt to avoid a wardrobe malfunction, I turned to the side, facing the mirrored windows of the station.  I bent over, and was doing a shimmy of sorts, my upper arms pressed to my side, pushing up and together…well…the “girls”, while at the same time pulling up the top of the dress with my hands.  I heard startled voices.  I wouldn’t have wanted to be the person on the other end of the camera man’s headphones.  I don’t know exactly what he said, I just knew that based on his tone, something was amiss.  When I realized what had been captured for the bump shot, I couldn’t help but ask, “What was on camera? I know what I was doing.”  I was immediately reassured with, “Don’t worry about it.  It was fine.  It was fine.” Okaaayyy…the show must go on.   For your viewing pleasure, here is the link to the actual segment below.  My part starts about 50 seconds into the clip.


Just to review, I flashed the audience before the segment aired.  Please be kind when you watch, although I realize I won’t be quitting my day job to pursue a career in television.  I teach preschool, and after the segment, I drove to my four-year old classroom to surprise my students with a visit from “Elsa”.  Some were convinced that I was Elsa, and some were quick to declare, “That’s just Mrs. McAfee in a wig!”  The look on their faces was priceless.

On a side note, for my Outlander, Sam Heughan fans that read my blog, this appearance inspired me to work out.  In my opinion, my look was more like Elsa from the future where she’s found her true love, gotten married, and is expecting the royal heir of Arendelle.  My Peak Challenge was unveiled the January after this appearance.  I signed up as soon as I could.

I haven’t dressed as a character from Outlander for Goodwill, but I dressed as Catelyn Stark from Game of Thrones in October of 2013.  Jay Woodley applied fantastic wound make-up for the realistic Red Wedding look from the show.  The process took about 45 minutes to complete.


I don’t have a video link for that segment, but I did receive some interesting and some nice feedback, “Jenny, your knife skills?” and “I like the way you stayed in character for the whole segment.”


At the time, I hadn’t seen Game of Thrones, but based on the summary I was given, Catelyn wouldn’t be acting happy about the decision she made.  I’m now caught up on all six seasons of Game of Thrones.

I did not go to my classroom after this segment.  I drove home, and immediately took a shower. The red water droplets scattered on the tiles looked like something out of the movie Psycho.  I knew the blood wasn’t real, but it was disconcerting none the less.

Jay Woodley is on Facebook at Woodley Special Effects LLC, https://www.facebook.com/woodleyspecialeffects/. There is still time to go see him to bring your Halloween ideas to life.  Check out his schedule on his Facebook page.

I am dressing as a monkey for the Halloween Parties in my Preschool classroom.  Sadly, I will be in the classroom when the Goodwill Halloween segment for 2016 airs.  I need to figure out where to wear this pirate outfit though.  Hurricane Matthew swirled too close to Savannah for me to go to the Outlandish Gathering this month.


Please share photos of your Halloween creations with me.  Thank you so much for reading!

Jenny Mc

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Outlandish Gatherings 2016


I didn’t realize two years ago when I started watching the television show Outlander that I would have the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people and take part in unforgettable experiences while doing something meaningful to help others.  In less than one week, I will attend the Outlandish Gatherings in Savannah, Georgia.

In April, I traveled to New York to represent the Cooklander To the Stove cookbook, and marched in the New York City Tartan Day Parade.


When I was in New York, fans were talking about the Outlandish Gatherings in Savannah.  I live in the Jacksonville area, Savannah is an easy drive from North Florida.  I started doing research about the Gatherings, went to the Eventbrite website and thought I was putting my name on a wait list; I was pleasantly surprised when I was directed to a field to purchase a ticket.  Hurrah!

I messaged April Steele, one of the organizers of the event, to inquire about representing Cooklander.  April sent me some wonderful information regarding the history of the event, and I knew Cooklander would be a perfect fit as a vendor.  From the information she sent me, I read, “Outlandish Gatherings was the first to organize a “for fans, by fans” gathering for Outlander fans and has grown to be the largest four-day Outlander fan event in the world.”

As I prepared for my trip, I called to make a reservation at the hotel where the event is headquartered.  Here is the conversation with the reservationist:

R: Are you attending with a group?

Me: Yes, Outlandish Gatherings

R: Oh My God! I love that show! I started reading the books too.  I’m reading book 8.  Is anyone good from the show going to be there?

Me:  I think so.  Grant O’Rourke who plays Rupert and Stephen Walters who plays Angus.  Gaelic consultant Àdhamh Ó Broin will be there as well.

R:  When do you think season 3 will be televised?

Me:  I believe they are filming now. Maybe Spring 2017? Are you going to be working the weekend of the event?

R: Oh! I’m not in Savannah.  I’m in central reservations in the Midwest.  I’m going to finish reading book 8 over the winter when we get snow.

Me: Sounds like a good plan.  It’s nice to talk to another Outlander fan.  I’m looking forward to meeting more fans at the Gatherings.

R:  Have a great time! Enjoy your stay.

The theme of the Gathering this year is a nautical one based on Diana Gabaldon’s third book in the Outlander series Voyager.  The adventure takes the beloved characters to the high seas.


Appropriately, the Outlandish Gatherings in Savannah coincide with the Tybee Island Pirate Fest.  Over the course of the Gathering, several activities are planned to help fans get to know one another better, and give fans the opportunity to meet the special guests from the show.   “Popular Outlander cast members Grant O’Rourke (Rupert) and Stephen Walters (Angus) will both make appearances at the Gathering.”


Multi-instrumentalist/singer/actor Elias Alexander will be providing entertainment with his band Soulsha.  I was so fortunate to meet Elias in New York at the Outlanders United Season 2 Premiere Event.


Outlander Gaelic consultant Àdhamh Ó Broin will be attending.  Elias and Àdhamh are both making a return visit to the Gathering.


The Gathering is raising money for World Child Cancer for the third year in a row, “This will be Outlandish Gathering’s third year raising money for the London-based non-profit that provides diagnosis, treatment, and palliative care for children living in developing nations. Outlander star Catriona Balfe (Claire Fraser) is a patron of the organization, which has enjoyed support from fans around the world.”  The goal is to raise $15,000 through all of the activities at the event.  If you are unable to attend the events, please see the online auction at http://outlandishgatherings2016.eflea.ca/.  The auction features over 100 exclusive Outlander themed items. The auction is open until 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 8, 2016.  The Gathering’s JustGiving page is https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Outlandish-Gatherings1.  It means so much to me to be representing Cooklander at this event.  One third of the proceeds of sales of Cooklander To the Stove are benefitting World Child Cancer.

Vendors at this year’s event include Hamilton & Young (http://www.hamiltonandyoung.co.uk/), The Scottish Mill Shop (http://scottishmillshop.com/), Things Celtic (https://www.thingsceltic.com/), Cherry Picked Signs (https://www.etsy.com/shop/CherryPickedSigns), and Cooklander (http://www.cooklander.com/store/c1/Featured_Products.html).


I’m thrilled to be sharing a vendor table with Cherry Picked Signs.  I’ll have information about the new Cooklander Triple Play Promotion.  Jessie Barbara of Cherry Picked Signs makes Outlander inspired decals for vehicles or any hard surface including wall decor.  Jessie will also have Outlander inspired quilts created by her friend Susan Leidy, as well as steering wheel covers, t-shirts, key fobs, and clocks.  Come say hello to all the vendors.







Outlandish Gatherings 2016 Roll Call! I am traveling with my River City Sassenach Sister @Fidgitywidget.  I would love to meet fellow Peakers participating in My Peak Challenge, ThePeakPosse members, and Cooklander Club members.  (I am SO excited there is a Cooklander Club!  Follow them on twitter @Cooklanderclb and on Facebook at Cooklander Club.) I look forward to meeting Outlander friends old and new in Savannah.  Here’s a sneak peek at my pirate outfit, I’m not finished yet, need a hat and some bling. 😉


I ordered my outfit from Aunt MJ Creations.  Mary makes hand-made ladies Celtic and Renaissance clothing.  I met her at the Jacksonville Beach Lannadoo Festival and Northeast Florida Scottish Games and Festival.  Check out her website http://auntmjcreations.com.

Press inquiries about Outlandish Gatherings 2016 may be directed to April Steele at april@outlandishgatherings.com.

Thank you so much for reading!

Jenny Mc

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People are People

By day, I teach two year olds. Friday marked the last day of school.  As I was packing up my classroom, I was thinking about the other jobs I have held.  I haven’t always spent my days singing Wheels on the Bus and helping children learn to play nicely with others.  In my past life, I worked at The Spa at the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club, and currently moonlight as a consultant at a local PR company. In both of these situations, I have had the opportunity to meet professional athletes, politicians, and people I consider celebrities.  I have learned from these encounters that celebrities are real people.  I am very grateful for that fact as I have had my fair share of “open mouth insert foot moments.”

I worked at The Spa on and off for 11 years, and wore many hats.  I was a receptionist, locker room attendant, served mimosas and wine spritzers, trained new employees, and worked as group coordinator when large groups came into The Spa.  I moved up to the management team, and was the Front Desk Manager. One Sunday, I was the only manager in the building, and answered the phone at the front desk.  Here’s the phone conversation:

Me: Spa Ponte Vedra, this is Jenny, how may I help you?

Client: Do you have any openings for a shampoo and blow dry?

Me: I’m sorry, we are fully booked.  May I add your name to the wait list?

Client: Yes, please.

Me: Last name?

Client: Bush

Me: First name?

Client: Barbara

Me: As in George Bush?

Client: That’s right!

Me: I will call you as soon as there is an opening.

Needless to say, Former First Lady Barbara Bush came into The Spa that afternoon for her hair appointment. Secret Service came in prior to her appointment so that I could be vetted.  I felt funny charging her for her service, but company policy stated we treat VIPs the same way you would treat anyone else.  Asking for a photograph or an autograph was definitely out of the question. She was so gracious and very nice.

I am no longer on the payroll, but would highly recommend vacationing at the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club.  Relaxation, privacy, fine dining, and magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean are guaranteed.  On a side note, I also worked at The Gym on property.  Again, front desk, I handed out towels.  I was a trainer for a few days at the gym.   I trained employees on the new computer booking system.


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My most recent embarrassing moment occurred at a Silent Auction fundraiser at the school where I currently teach.  Have you ever played the telephone game as a child?  The following events remind me of playing that game.

One of my parents donated a four course meal to the auction.  I knew that he was from New York, and that he was a celebrity chef.  The piece of information I was missing was the name of the celebrity.  While I was volunteering at the event, the chef and his wife came over to say hello, and thank me for everything I was doing for their child.  Here is a snippet of that conversation.

Me:  You’re welcome! Thank you for donating to the auction! Oh!  Next week, I want to ask you about New York.  I have my flight, but wanted to ask you about where to stay, etc…

Him:  What are you going to do while you are there?

Me: I’m going to the NYC Tartan Day Parade. (My last name is McAfee, they didn’t question why I was going.)

At this point, they start talking to me about Matt Lauer.  In my head, I’m thinking, they must really like Matt Lauer.

Both: We can hook you up with Matt Lauer.  You can walk down the parade route with


Me: I don’t care about Matt Lauer.  If you really want to hook me up with someone…

(Insert conversation about Sam Heughan, Outlander, and Starz)

I finish my shift selling gift cards, and finally have a chance to look at all the auction items.  Sipping a glass of wine, I discover the item donated by the parent.  The description of the meal included a wonderful bio describing him as Matt Lauer’s former personal chef.

Fast forward to the end of the evening, I am behind the check-out table.  My favorite parents come to say good night.

Me: I owe you an apology.  I am so sorry!  I would love to meet Matt Lauer!

Both: Start laughing

My co-teacher still giggles about my conversation.  PR gal tuned fangirl fail.  The sweet Mom and Dad were genuinely interested in my New York trip.

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After I told them about my adventure, they shook their heads, and joked, “My child is in your class.” Not to worry, I have my Master’s Degree in Elementary Education.  I’m certified by the state of Florida to mold young minds.  Stay tuned for more news about this talented chef.  He is opening a restaurant in Neptune Beach, FL this summer.

Those awkward slip ups aren’t the norm for me.  I have actually been described as “most professional”.  I’m able to do PR work during events and shows when school is not in session.  I’ve never been to a Comic-Con or any Con, but I have worked as a “celebrity handler”.  The Home and Patio Show and the Southern Women’s Show come to the Prime Osborn Convention Center in Jacksonville in the spring and in the fall, and feature a celebrity guest.  In between their scheduled speaking times, they go off stage and into a different room.  This is where I came into the picture.  If they needed anything, I made sure they had whatever they needed.  Whether it was a bottle of water, lunch, a picture taken, or a Sharpie, I made it happen.  I researched plane tickets taking into account when some needed to fly “first class because I have long legs, and need more leg room.”  Easy enough.  I respected their privacy, and took my cues from them.  I’ve met John Gidding, Peter Walsh, Angelo Surmelis, Matt Muenster, and Joey Fatone.  All were incredibly nice, very talented, and unique.  Some wanted to talk to me and others working with the show, and some wanted to quietly read a book in between their scheduled speaking times.  I admit to fangirling a little bit about Joey Fatone.

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One of them even took me and my children into the Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios with him and his VIP guide.  He was presenting at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival.  Have you seen the VIP guides on Disney property? In Florida, they wear a plaid vest.  The children and I had so much fun!  My nine year old daughter now thinks that every time we go to Disney we will have a VIP guide.


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In addition to the Home and Patio Show and Southern Women’s Show, I’ve been involved with Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus, Disney on Ice, and the Monster Truck Show.  In Birmingham, Alabama, I met James Spann.  He’s a weatherman, and a celebrity in his own right.  He was doing live shots from the rink at Disney on Ice, and children were lined up to get his autograph as well as those of the Disney princesses.

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I was thrilled to get an “elphie” with this beautiful girl.  She is enjoying her retirement with all of her elephant friends in sunny Florida.

Jacksonville, Florida is home to the Jacksonville Jaguars football team.  I met players and their wives while working at The Spa.  Some of the children of the players go the school where I teach.  Jacksonville also hosted the Super Bowl in 2005, and there were several parties and functions.  I worked at one of the parties, one of those “your dress code is a black suit” kind of parties if you were doing PR.  Senator John McCain was speaking at the sit down dinner.  I was his celebrity handler.  He was very dignified.  I also met former head coach Jack Del Rio that evening as well.

To quote “Us Magazine”, “Stars are just like us”.  They make their own hair appointments, enjoy a nice dinner, relax and read a good book, and drop their kids off at school.  Even though I now spend my days in the classroom, to this day, I still carry a Sharpie in my purse.  Maybe in my next blog I will share the story about the time I was on live morning television dressed as a queen inspired by Disney’s Frozen and accidentally flashed Jacksonville viewers.  The camera man told me there were three or four minutes until the bump shot.

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Thank you so much for reading!

Jenny Mc


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Michelle Monkou’s Outlander Recap on Romancing the Genres Blog

Check out Michelle Monkou’s Recap of Outlander, Season 2, Episode 4 on http://www.romancingthegenres.blogspot.com. Debra McGill is a guest on her blog to talk about Cooklander to the Stove. For more information about Cooklander, go to http://www.cooklander.com. Thanks so much Michelle and Debra! I got a shout out! I had so much fun in New York marching in the NYC Tartan Day Parade! #jennyfromtheblock

Jenny Mc

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New York or Bust

Tartan Week has kicked off in New York City, and runs from April 2nd through April 9th.  To find a list of all the events, go to http://www.scotland.org/whats-on/scotland-week/.  I found a great article from the Daily Record, “Well plaid in Manhattan for New York’s annual Tartan Day Parade” by Katrina Tweedle. Read more at http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/lifestyle/travel/well-plaid-manhattan-new-yorks-7629486#QeCxqc4q68PVhU9q.99. The article is a great resource for those of us, like myself, planning to make the trip to New York for Tartan Week for the first time. I will fly from Florida to spend two glorious days and nights in the Big Apple.

This is my first “Outlander” event, and I want to make sure I’m prepared for the adventure.  I have been a fan of the television show since the first episode aired. Sam Heughan will be the Grand Marshal of the New York City Tartan Day Parade.


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I feel honored to represent the Cooklander cookbook at New York Tartan Week.  Please look for our representatives throughout the week.  We will be one of the vendors at the Outlander Screening hosted by Outlanders United on Saturday.



What should I pack?

Checking the weather this morning, I discovered that on Saturday in New York City, the high will be 48 degrees Fahrenheit. Finding a coat and sweaters in stores in April in Florida has been quite a challenge.


I have the T-Shirts covered, however, I am thinking I’ll  need to wear turtlenecks underneath. I’m trying to figure out how to wear my Heughan’s Heughligans, My Peak Challenge, Outlanders United, and Cooklander shirts in the space of two days.  I also have buttons to accessorize.  A Cooklander, My Peak Challenge, and ThePeakPosse button will adorn a plaid scarf.

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As I peruse Twitter and Facebook, a flask also seems to be a necessary item.  I’ll have to add that to my To-Do list.  I don’t have one yet.

One of my friends suggested bringing a back-up in case my phone battery dies.  I told her that was very smart thinking because I plan to take an abundance of pictures.

What should I do?

I have been to New York City one time, and spent one day walking all over the city doing touristy things; I visited the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and toured NBC Studios.  The parade is definitely on the agenda.  I am really looking forward to meeting friends and fans from all over the country.

I look forward to your suggestions for what to pack and what to do while I’m in the city.  Follow my travels @jennymcinspired on Twitter.

Thank you so much for reading!

Jenny Mc


Jenny Mc – @jennymcinspired Twitter