Saturday, May 13, 2017

Flower and Garden Festival Bauernmarkt

We stopped at the Bauernmarkt Farmer's Market located in Germany. This is always one of my favorite stops as it is the place for my favorite beer. We ordered 2 items from this menu.The Potato Pancakes and Warm Cheese Strudel.

The potato pancakes were pretty amazing. They had house made apple sauce on top of them; ,you can see the thickness of it. Always a favorite of mine. Cost 3.75 DDP snack eligible is listed as vegetarian.

 Next was the Warm cheese strudel with mixed berries. The strudel itself was really good, but I did not enjoy the sauce that the berries were in. I still ate the strudel though, and hubby finished the rest. Cost was 4.00 and is DDP snack eligible

Flower and Garden Festival The Smokehouse

We stopped at the Smokehouse Barbecue and Brews. This is always like your typical barbecue foods, but with a kick. This booth is located in the American Adventure area.

We picked up 3 items at this booth, and they were pretty amazing.

First up is the Pulled Pig slider, I get this every year, but this year it was much better than previous years. There was added coleslaw on the top which added a nice crunch to the slider. Cost was 6.00 and is DDP eligible.

Next up was my husband's favorite, the Beef Brisket with burnt ends hash with white cheddar fondue and pickled jalapeno peppers. Just a tad spicy, but that was really good. Cost was 6.25 and is DDP eligible.

The last thing we ordered was the Warm Chocolate Cake with  bourbon-salted caramel sauce and spiced pecans. This cake was really good. I am not a fan of spicy things and the pecans were very spicy for me, but I scraped them off and still enjoyed the ooey-gooey cake. Cost was 3.75 DDP eligible, and is listed as vegetarian.

Flower and Garden Festival Urban Farm Eats

The first booth we stopped at was Urban Farm Eats. It is located in the Showcase Plaza in Epcot. We got 2 food items from here. The Watermelon Salad, and the Seared Pork Tenderloin.

 The watermelon salad appealed to me,as I have never eaten a watermelon salad before,so I was feeling adventurous and tried it,I am so glad I did. The Watermelon Salad has fresh pickled onions, baby arugula, feta and a balsamic reduction, and of course watermelon.The ingredients in this just marry together so perfectly, it was probably the best thing I tried. This dish is listed as gluten free and vegetarian. Cost of this salad was 4.00 and DDP snack eligible.

 Next was the Seared Pork Tenderloin, It had a beautiful mushroom ragout, spring vegetables and fingerling potatoes in it. It was really good and very tasty. Cost was 6.25 and DDP  snack eligible.

Flower and Garden Festival Cider House

We came up to the Cider House which is located in the United Kingdom of Epcot. Here is where we purchased the best thing I ever had at the festival. The Pear cider-brined shredded corned beef.

 Let me start by saying I do not like corned beef at all, I never have. Even as a kid, my grandma would make it every St. Paddy's Day and I would hate the smell of it cooking. We were going to walk past this booth, but my husband said I am gonna get it, so I said go for it then. I am so glad he did. We almost walked away from the line as the cashier was having issues with the register, but hubby stuck it out and ordered. We finally got our order, got to a table right next to the water and in the shade, and he began eating. He begged me to try it. I was like no thanks, but I caved and gave in and tried it. Have you ever had fireworks go off in your mouth? Well, this was one of those times! Never have I ever tasted something so amazing! The braised cabbage, pears and the Branston dressing all mixed together to create one of the most amazing food experiences I have ever eaten! The portion we got was a nice size too. Cost was 5.50 and is DDP snack eligible.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Once Upon a Cozy: A Review

   **I received free product in order to write this review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

I got to review one of the cutest hand made acrylic yarn cozies I have ever seen. It is made to remind you of  Mickey Mouse, with its yellow, red, and black colors and white yarn made to look like Mickey's buttons on his pants.

 This cozy is adorable and makes holding your cold or hot cup or mug or even can easier and, well, comfortable. You will love the soft feeling yarn hugging your cup with hand made love.

 I have tried this cozy on everything I could find and it fit on some cans,  mugs, and cups, but it has found its home on my metal cup. It also will fit around small to go cups, small candle jars and throw away cups.

 The cozy is the perfect size for non-handled cups which most of us have. I love being able to grab my to go coffee and adding this beauty on to give it that Disney love, then later on switching over to my metal cup for the rest of the day. I have used this for a while now and she is still holding up very well. The great thing is if it does get dirty, I just toss it in the laundry and hang to dry.

  I love being able to look down at my cup and see that hint of Mickey loving my mug.

 These cozies would make great gifts for any occasion, and would also be the perfect fish extender gift. Once Upon a Cozy also has many other styles to choose from including a Minnie mouse version which pairs with this one.

 Editor's note: We want to thank Once Upon a Cozy for this adorable cozy to review and for being part of Addicted To Mickey's last giveaway "Let's Go Cruisin' ". If you'd like to get your very own Cozy please visit her shop on Etsy here: OnceUponACozy and let her know we sent you.

   **I received free product in order to write this review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Ivy Trellis Salon - A Princess's Best Kept Secret

Have you ever tried making an appointment for Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and it was booked? There is another option for you, the Ivy Trellis Salon at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

We had plans to go in December but because of circumstances beyond our control, we had to change our travel
date to February. Since it was a last minute change in travel plans, Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boutique was booked. After weeks of calling to check for cancellations, I was getting determined to find something for my daughter. I finally found the hidden secret. I booked the Perfectly Prepared Princess Package at the Ivy Trellis.

As of January 2015, Ivy Trellis Salon has a new Perfectly Prepared Princess Package.(kids ages 4-12) 
** Princess hairdo with a souvenir tiara -- $50.
** Hair-styling plus glow make-up -- $75.
** Hair, makeup and a fancy manicure -- $90.

The Ivy Trellis is such an awesome alternative to Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. The hair style is customized to what your little princess wants. I suggest planning your appointment according to your schedule so your princess can enjoy the experience the entire day. 

If you have Magic Maker or Photo Pass, I highly suggest stopping over at the Castle Couture in the Magic Kingdom to have your picture taken in a studio setting. Need Pixie Dust? Ask a Cast Member and they will get out their secret stash that Tinker Bell left behind.

Reservations for the Ivy Trellis Salon can be made in advance by calling 407-WDW-SPAS or ask your Travel Agent for assistance.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Disney Cruise Food Photo Blog

Mickey Ketchup

 Disney Cruise Food

          Disney food. There is nothing like it anywhere else. If you leave any meal hungry, it is now one's fault but your own. Every meal can be all you can eat, if you don't get enough!
Disney Mac n Cheese

I am just like a kid, I love mac n cheese. I literally had some form of mac n cheese every single day on our cruise. It was on the buffet and I requested it every night for dinner, either as part of my entree or my appetizer.  I am a mac n cheese connoisseur and this is good stuff. One night they even had mac n cheese soup! 
Mac n Cheese Soup
No matter what your style of eating or the fare you prefer, you can find it on a Disney cruise. Appetizers at every evening meal with a salad if you want and then a huge entree and finish it up with dessert.

Lobster Ravioli Appetizer
Lettuce Wedge with Tomatoes and Croutons

Birthday Celebration Chocolate Dessert
The main entrees feature everything from steak to chicken or fish and various vegetarian entrees. Gluten free is also available upon request. Everything that anyone in my family of 7 tried, we liked. Did you know if you like something a lot, you can request it again? YEP! And you can also have things brought in from other restaurants.

    My favorite part of every meal was dessert. We had so many options to choose from that we all got something different and shared. Don't like whats on the menu? Mickey bars are always an option. You can also have them delivered to your too via room service for a late night snack.

Dessert Trio

Chocolate Soup

Chocolate Dessert Trio

Another Chocolate Dessert Trio


What was your favorite food on your Disney cruise? Share with us!

Hollow World


   A story about an incredible rescue mission set right in the heart of The Happiest Place On Earth™, Hollow World by Nick Pobursky has been called many things. It’s been called thrilling, edgy, and violent (just to name a few), and it definitely lives up to such a dangerous sounding reputation! I would compare Hollow World to the ride Expedition Everest at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom. By this, I mean that it is a suspenseful roller coaster of a book that takes you on a  calm, smooth ride for about two point five seconds before sending you careening around corners and rushing through loops until you’re not sure which way is forward or which way is back.  Completely full of agonizing plot twists, riveting action, and seemingly unsolvable mysteries, Hollow World is one of the darkest, craziest, and definitely one of the most twisted Disney-themed books that I have read up to date. It’s impossible to put down and a mystery story to last throughout the ages.
    I would definitely recommend it to almost any fan of the suspense/thriller genre or just about any reader in general. This being said, I absolutely would NOT advise any children, or most teens for that matter,  to read this book. As wonderful and as riveting as it is, Hollow World is a deeply chilling book that’s not for the young child (meaning children 14 and under) and definitely not for the faint of heart. Ladies and gentlemen, please fasten your seat belts and keep all hands, feet, and objects inside the vehicle at all times because this one is going to be a wild ride.
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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Flame Tree Barbecue at Animal Kingdom

     Flame Tree Barbecue is a quick service restaurant located in Disney's Animal Kingdom and it is one of my go to places every time I am there.

    The restaurant can be found on your way to Dinoland U.S.A.  If it is after 11 A.M., you will be able to smell the yumminess. The scent of barbecue fills the air !

    I have been eating at Flame Tree since it opened. If you love a good southern barbecue meal, you will definitely enjoy the change of pace if you are tired of burgers and nuggets that many of the other quick service restaurants offer.

   Flame Tree is a very popular lunch spot at Animal Kingdom. After you order,and receive your meal,  there is seating to the left side. There is seating under shade or out in the sun, if it's a nice day. There is also a reflecting pool you can sit by or you can even sit by the actual location that the River of Lights show will be taking place.  Be sure to take a look around and notice the carvings all over of the circle of life. While seated, you may have the occasional part wildlife come near you.  Birds and ducks like to visit from time to time.  Don't worry as they are harmless, just don't feed them!

   At first bite of Flame Tree food, you'll be hooked.  The ribs are so good, with a delicious dry rub. You can  add your own wet sauce yourself, so you just as you like. The chicken is also good but my favorite is the pulled pork. All of the meat is smoked.

   The side dishes are fair but not outstanding. The coleslaw is vinegar based and the beans have gone down hill since opening but are still good. Another menu item is  the cheese fries, they are not the best either since Disney has gotten rid of the liquid cheese sauce. Alcohol is also served here. If you enjoy beer, be sure to get some Safari Amber. It is  specially brewed for Animal Kingdom.

  The menu, as you can figure, is mostly all barbecue items There are 4 different kids meal choices priced around $6.  Most meal prices are in the $10.00 to $20.00 range depending on what you have.  This is definitely a place for meat lovers, so if your into to chicken, ribs and pork you are going to want to stop by.

 Through the many years item choices have changes slightly. The item I miss the most is the signature barbecue sauce they used to have which has now been taken over by a commercial brand.

   The service is always great and the scenery is always beautiful. Sit back, take a peaceful break and  enjoy a delicious lunch.

   Have you enjoyed lunch at Flame Tree? Whats your favorite item to munch on? Let us know!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Fantasmic! Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World

Fantasmic! is a night time, good versus evil, 25 minute show located at Hollywood Hills Amphitheater (behind the Tower of Terror) starring Mickey Mouse, the Sorcerer's Apprentice. The show consists of lasers, images projected on water mist, fireworks and lighting effects. It brings all your favorite Disney heroes, princesses and even villains together.

The amphitheater opens 90 minutes prior to show time. There are snacks to purchase inside or you can bring your own. Disney does change the times so I suggest verifying before you go. Arriving an hour early is recommended. They do offer Fast Passes but I don't find it useful. It doesn't guarantee a seat or a spot in line. When I arrived without a Fast Pass I was directed to sit in the same area.  I would prefer to save my Fast Passes for another attraction. 

If the weather is extremely windy or raining they might decide to cancel the show. They don't make that decision until minutes before showtime. If these conditions occur, I suggest heading over 20 minutes before showtime to see it is definitely cancelled or locate a cast member to see what is going on over there.

Dining Package: If you plan on eating dinner or lunch at Hollywood & Vine, The Hollywood Brown Derby or Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano, you might want to consider the dining package plan. Each member of your party will receive a voucher to enter Fantasmic! at the selected restaurants. After dinner, head over to the amphitheater 45 minutes before show time and hand your vouchers to a cast member. They will escort you to your seat. Seating is based on first come, first serve basis. It is a great way to avoid waiting on line for a long period of time. This is a better option then using a Fast Pass. Please call 407-WDW-DINE or your travel agent for further information. Reservations and a credit card is needed at time of booking. Keep in mind if Fantasmic! is cancelled due to weather, you will not get a refund.

Seating: It is very tempting to run down to the front. However, it does involve water mist projections and there is a chance of getting wet. Keep that in mind when you select your seating. The best seating is located dead center or Sorcerer Mickey or Scar side.

Photography: Everyone tries to take photos of the show but may have difficulty capturing clear pictures. For those who have point and shoot or DSLR cameras, I suggest using "sports" mode. It is simple and basic for those who are just learning. To avoid noisy pictures, make sure to wait for bright scenes such as the Dragon scene. I suggest reading "Understand Exposure" by Bryan Peterson, if you want to learn more about your camera's settings.

Fantasmic! Facts:
• Opened in Disney World on October 15, 1998
• The moat contains 1.9 million gallons of water.
• The mountain is 57.5 feet above the water.
• The rising dragon rises 50 feet and has a wing span of 50 feet.
• It can accommodate 11,000 guests.
• Fantasmic! originated in Disneyland.
• Fantasmic! was known as The Imagination! up until the last stages of development and was changed due to trademark concerns. The music introduction starts with "Imag-in-ation." Next time you see the show, listen for it.
• The Steam Boat is 80 feet long and weighs approx. 70,000 lbs.

Sneak Peak: Home Video at a Glimpse


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Muppets Mobile Lab

      I was lucky enough on my last trip to Epcot to see the Mobile Muppets lab. It is a rocket like 2 wheeled contraption built just for Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and my favorite Muppet Beaker.

 This is a device kind of like a Segway, that holds the 2 Muppets.  The amazing part is it's all animatronic and is controlled by a cast member at a different location. This contraption has all the  bells and whistles that a mobile science lab needs. With a microphone and camera hidden inside, shooting  confetti cannons, spray jets and outside  flashing moving signs that change throughout the  10 minute show.

 This show has appeared at Disney California Adventure and Hong Kong Disneyland as well. It is now back in Orlando, as it first appeared back in 2007. It has gone around the world and now 10 years later, it is back.

  If you know anything about Dr. Bunsen, you know he is a scientist and an inventor.  Throughout  the show he lets his assistant, Beaker, assist him. A fun surprise is that Bunson also gets a lucky audience member involved too. The show is interactive everyone in the audience  gets a good view. This show is part of the Disney living character initiative where guests can become part of a character interaction experience.

 The show takes place behind Spaceship earth, near the pin trading station. There are no listed times of the show and it is put on at random times throughout the day.  Have you seen the show? What did you think about it?