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Disney…Not Just For Kids

As you have read in previous blogs, my family loves everything Disney……bring on the magic! And after reviewing our five-year vacation plan, we decided to become Disney Vacation Club (DVC) members in order to save money and enjoy even more of what Disney has to offer.

Our latest Disney vacation had a theme…. “No Kids”. Disney World (Land, Cruises, Destinations) have itineraries just for adults. This is your time to relax and just be a “big kid”.

It’s been almost two months since we returned from our first “no kids” Disney vacation. We went with a fabulous couple (Douggiestyle.com) who are also DVC members. This trip was designed around the Ecpot International Food & Wine Festival and the Wine & Dine Half Marathon.

Here is a look at all the fun we had without the kids…. no guilt was had by all participating;) :

Thursday:

    

Friday:

  • Enjoyed a giant cinnamon roll (Gaston’s Tavern) and Starbucks in the Magic Kingdom. We found a small and quiet cove off of Main Street USA to eat in each morning. (Must arrive at Kingdom when park opens).
  • Bused to ESPN’s Wide World of Sports to pick up my husband’s race packets for the Wine & Dine 10K and Half Marathon (otherwise know as the 19.3 Lumiere’s Challenge).
  • Returned to Magic Kindgom for a day of rides and of course, Dole Whip.
  • Monorailed to the Polynesian Resort’s  Tambu Lounge for Pork Nachos and Lapu Lapu drinks (you get a whole pineapple!).
  • Returned to the resort to prepare for our late night dinner at California Grill.

       

Saturday:

  • My husband woke at 3:30am to make the 4am bus to Epcot for the Wine & Dine 10K.
  • He returned after a successful run and slept.
  • Spent the morning in Magic Kingdom (Cinnamon rolls, Starbucks, character photos and Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom).
  • Headed to Epcot for attractions and the International Food & Wine Festival.

  

   

Sunday:

  • My husband woke at 3:30am to make the 4am runners’ bus to Epcot.
  • I woke at 4:30am to make the 5am spectators’ bus to Epcot.
  • He completed the Wine & Dine Half Marathon thus completing the Lumiere Challenge of 19.3 miles.
  • Rested all morning and went pooling around noon.
  • Arrived back at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival for more food and fun.
  • Ate dinner at Canada’s Le Cellier Steakhouse.
  • Enjoyed the private Wine & Dine Half Marathon party at Epcot. With your ticket (tickets are given to marathoners and may be bought by those in a marathoners’ party). Epcot is closed to everyone else.
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Monday:

 

Tuesday:

  • Spent our last morning eating a the Polynesian Resort’s Kona Café rated Disney’s best breakfast (Tonga Toast).

 

As you can tell, Disney is definitely not just for kids. We ate, drank and just touched the surface of all Disney has to offer for adults. And we did so much walking, none of us gained a pound.

We had such a blast; and will be making this trip an annual destination each year. And next November, I will be competing in the Lumiere Challenge.

Have a magical vacation!

 

Chicken Manicotti

It’s been at least 5 years since I made this awesome meal…Chicken Manicotti. It’s really an easy and simple recipe (do not let stuffing shells scare you!); and the entire family loves it.

Ingredients: (if you don’t make your own marinara sauce) 1 jar pasta sauce, 1 container of ricotta cheese, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, 2 to 3 skinless boneless chicken breasts, uncooked manicotti shells, grated Parmesan cheese and shredded mozzarella

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Boil water and add the chicken breasts. After about 30-45 minutes, remove chicken breasts from water and cool. Then shred.

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  • In a bowl, combine ricotta cheese, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, garlic powder and shredded chicken. Then mix.

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  • Grease a 13×9 glass pan and spread pasta sauce on the bottom.
  • With a 1 teaspoon measuring spoon, stuff the mixture into the manicotti shells and lay in pan.

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  • Once all shells are filled and placed, spread more pasta sauce on top of the shells.

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  • Cover with foil and place in oven. Bake for 1 hour or 1 1/2 hours depending if shells are soft.
  • Remove from oven and sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese on top. Place in oven and broil until brown and bubbly.

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  • Remove from oven and serve.

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Happy Eating!

Bunco Buns!

This yummy mini-sandwich is the perfect appetizer for card night or a simple sandwich for any bridal or baby shower.

Ingredients: 2 pkgs. of King’s Hawaiian Sweet Buns (12 ct. bags), 1/2 stick of melted butter, 4 tbsp poppy seeds, 4 tbsp mustard, 4 tbsp Worcestershire sauce, 1 – 1 1/2 lb. thinly-sliced smoked ham and swiss cheese

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Directions:

1) In a bowl, mix together melted butter, poppy seeds, mustard and Worcestershire sauce. (The special dressing)

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2) Slice buns in half and spread dressing on both side of the bun. Then add cheese and ham.

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3) Bake at 350º for 15-20 minutes (cover with foil) until cheese is melted.

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Enjoy!

Orange Dreamiscle cake

There are lots of recipes for Orange Dreamiscle Cake on Pinterest. I wanted something easy that I could use Cool Whip as a topping….and I found one.

Ingredients:

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1. Follow directions on the cake mix and put batter into a 13×9 in pan.

2. While cake is baking, mix Jell-O and 1 cup of boiling water. Let cool to room temperature.

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2. Remove cake from oven, cool for 20 minutes and poke holes with a toothpick.

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3. Pour Jell-O mix all over cake and place in the refrigerator.

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4. Remove cool cake and ice with Cool Whip.

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5. Then it’s ready to eat. Keep refrigerated.

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To be honest, the cake was ok. Not my favorite cake recipe but it’s definitely worth a try.

Happy Eating!

White Chocolate Dipped Lucky Charm Treats

St. Patrick’s Day is just a week away; and I hope you are ready to celebrate. A great treat that my whole family loves is White Chocolate Dipped Lucky Charm Treats. They are simple and tasty…..plus, magically delicious!

Ingredients: Use the generic Lucky Charms (tastes the same).

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Directions:

1. Make Lucky Charm Treats (follow your recipe for Rice Krispie Treats). I prefer to melt my butter and marshmallows in the microwave then add them to a large greased bowl already containing the cereal.

After putting treats into a pan, put into refrigerator to harden.

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2. Into a greased pot, add a bag of white chocolate chips and a tablespoon of Crisco shortening. Put on a melting setting and continue to stir until smooth chocolate.

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3. Take the treats out of the refrigerator and cut into squares.

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4. Dip each square into the chocolate and then set on wax paper (chocolate upside) until the chocolate hardens.

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5. Then enjoy with a big glass of milk!

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“Someone has taken me lucky charms!”

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

 

 

Banana Dolphins!

I am a proud (and sometimes crazy) swim mom! To end the short-course season, I am making my daughter’s team mates this healthy snack to eat while they wait the long hours in between events.

Ingredient: Strawberries, Blueberries and Bananas. (You can substitute the berries with green and purple grapes.)

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1. Wash all fruit. Cut strawberries and place them along with the blueberries in a small container.  Then cut the end tip off the banana.

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2. Then cut a slice into the banana to make the dolphin’s mouth.

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2. Cut the bottom half of the banana off. And then draw eyes with a sharpie.

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3. Place a blueberry in the dolphin’s mouth and then place dolphin in the pool of berries. Then eat!

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Enjoy!