Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Mimosas, anyone?

Yesterday I was up early on a cool and breezy, beautiful morning for something very important.  I said to my husband, "make sure I'm up by 6!"  He's a super early bird, usually out of bed by 5am every day.  I was to have my right meniscus knee repair done this morning, having to be at the surgi-center by 9:30, but that's not why I was up early.

Yesterday marked the day I could call and book the Parisian Breakfast that's held on Saturday mornings during Epcot's Food & Wine Festival, at the French Pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase.  I was contemplating whether I wanted to do this or not.  My husband is a huge pastry & sweets lover, but I'm gluten intolerant, have been for the past 6 years, and while what is described on the menu sounds amazing, there isn't much offered that I'll be able to eat. There are the mimosas though!

Here is a great review of the 2013 Parisian Breakfast on The Disney Food Blog.  I think reading this sold me on doing it.  Plus, since I pretty much made up our entire schedule for our Disney trip, making all the dining reservations, and choosing all our Fast Pass +s, with some (well maybe a little) input from the hubby (I can't help it, I'm a type A Disney fanatic planner), I thought this would be a really nice thing to do for him.  It's also not a bad way to kick off our trip.  We arrive very late on Friday night, September 19th, and so I was hoping to book the Parisian Breakfast for the very next morning.  Phone lines opened at 7am sharp, and I was ready!

Had to wait 45 minutes on hold, even though I got right through at 7am, but it wasn't an unpleasant 45 minutes, listening to my favorite Disney songs, but I was beginning to doubt there'd be any spots left for our date.  Pixie dust was coming our way though, as I was able to book the breakfast!  Yay!  So excited!

We've been to Epcot's Food & Wine Festival many times in the past, but have never done any of the special events associated with it.  Usually we are part of a fairly large group, so we tend to do things together, and not everyone is as into culinary seminars as we are.

This Disney World trip is different though.  It's just me and the hubby!   We'll be celebrating my birthday, as well as our 15th wedding anniversary, which isn't until January 15th, but I don't have any desire to do Disney in January, plus, it's not my birthday month!.  There are way too  many fun things to do in September & October, such as Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party!

Buz & Woody!  Don't know the guys, just thought it was a cute photo!

Fall is one of the BEST times to visit Disney World, in my opinion!  I love all the festivities.  I'm not a parade person, but the "Boo to You Halloween Parade" is one of Disney's best!  Check out the You Tube Video!

More Food & Wine pics & info!  Enjoy!!!

Oh yea, on a side note, my surgery went well!  Here's to hoping I'll be walking during my Disney trip, and not wheelchairing it.  :)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

It's A Lovely Night...

...for rocking on the front porch, watching the sun set, while sipping a cup of coffee, hanging out with Sienna & Sammy!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Everybody's Gone Surfin', Surfin' USA!

My daughter's boyfriend, Pat, is an avid surfer, so of course I had to go with that theme for his birthday cake.  Cool, isn't it?

Awesome birthday cake made by our local Shop Rite
Wes helping Uncle Pat blow out the candles

My beautiful daughter, Lauren, and her equally beautiful boyfriend, Patrick

Happy 28th Birthday, Pat!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

158 Days 15 Hours 20 minutes until Christmas!

Who's getting ready?  Got this lovely photo from the Hallmark Channel's Facebook page.  They've already started a countdown to their Christmas movie season, which starts on Halloween!  Makes me panicky, as I still don't have my craft & sewing rooms completely set up to start working on my projects.  

Friday, July 18, 2014


Neighbors, Laura & Frank, came over to introduce themselves & welcome us to the neighborhood, with a yummy homemade plate of pizzelles.  How sweet is that!                                                        

Monday, July 14, 2014

A Bit of Sunshine

Came home from taking my mom to her doctor's appointment, & then food shopping, to find this beauty waiting for me!  What a nice surprise!  A very sweet friend of the family sent them as a housewarming present.  Made my day!       

Sunday, July 13, 2014