Monday, November 26, 2007

The Magic Kingdom!

Before Jeff left for "The Dessert," I told Jecilyn one day that when he returned we would go to Disney World. She did not let me forger that I told her that...and she kept asking and asking. So, we had to take her. I did some research. I grumbled and grumbled over the prices! Jeff and I went there on our honeymoon in 1997. We returned on our 1st Anniversary. It was expensive then, but now, it just seemed ridiculous. I don't understand how a family can afford a Disney Vacation!

But, we HAD we HAD to take her. We flew down to Ft. Lauderdale to meet Stella Blue Victoria. We intended to drive up to Orlando and spend a day in the Magic Kingdom. We found a room at a Radisson right outside of the gate for $69 per night (Plus the taxes and a ridiculous $11 per day convenience fee!). We were set! We arrived late at night, checked into our room and went to sleep. We got up early and began our day!

The kids had a great time! I knew Jecilyn would enjoy it. However, I hadn't expected Treavor to do so. He did! He danced and laughed...and his favorite was "It's a Small World." The lines were practically non existent. And, even when there were lines, we used the Fast Pass. What a great feature! They also give Rider Switch Passes. This allowed one of us to go on the ride while one of us stayed with the kids (or Treavor if it was something Jecilyn could go on but he couldn't). Then, when the first person was done, the second could just use the pass to walk right on the ride--NO WAITING!

Disney is such a "well oiled machine." I heard someone on the monorail say, "They should just let the Disney Company run this country." I cannot help but agree. Everything in that magical place is perfect. It's amazing.

We ended up staying for three nights and two days. And, we only did the Magic Kingdom. There is so much to see! We could've spent a month! And, once we arrived, and I remembered how truly special it is there, I stopped grumbling about the cost of things! It was totally worth it! (Plus it helped a little that Jecilyn was only TWO! Hey, I didn't lie. They just assumed ;-))

Anyway, here's some pictures from our trip! A big THANK YOU to my dad for helping us out with the costs!!!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Happy Birthday Me Maw!

Ok. So, I'm a day late...and a dollar short...But, I remembered! Yesterday, "Me Maw" turned 90! She is "Aunt Nettie" and "Aunt Teffie's" Grandmother and "Mom Mom Ginny's" Mother. I helped them plan a surprise party for her a few weeks ago. It was a lot of fun!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Wheat Free Wednesday

Wow...Where does the time go!?!? I've been SO busy, I haven't had time to blog! I apologize. I will try to budget my time a little better.

I have been experimenting with new foods and recipes that are "Treavor Safe." I made this dish for Jeff...and he really liked did Treavor. When we were in Florida, I made a "Fiesta" for my dad, his girlfriend Paulette (WHO IS AN AMAZING COOK!), Chris, Rhonda and Jeff. They all loved it! That's always a plus!

This recipe was inspired by Emily Hendrix's Chicken Enchiladas recipe in her book Sophie Safe Cooking. You can link right to her website by clicking here.

I don't have a name for this...I'm trying to come up with something catchy....but my brain is fried....So, for now--it's just burritos. And, unlike Mrs. Hendrix, I am not a measure it out kinda cook. I just kinda throw it all together and hope for the best.....

One can spicy refried Beans (I used Amy's Organic!)
One can refried Black Beans (Again, I used Amy's Organic!)
One can corn--or frozen!
Chicken Breasts
Salsa (I used Newman's Own Medium--b/c it's gluten free!)
Corn Tortillas
Cooked white rice.

1.) Put a bit of oil in a pan and heat it. Add Chicken breasts and about a 1/4 cup of salsa. Cook chicken til done.
2.) Put chicken in food processor to chop up.
3.) Heat up the two cans of beans--in the same pot!
4.) Put the chicken, the corn and the rice in the pot with the beans.
5.) Heat oil in a small frying pan and fry corn tortillas until pliable.
6.) Fill corn tortillas with bean, rice, corn and chicken mixture.

Really simple! How do you know the right proportions? What ever looks good to you! Or, in my case...when the pot was full....I served with the Fiesta Corn Bread Recipe--and Margaritas! It was a big hit!

When I made this for my family--they added cheese and sour cream to theirs...

Try it!