Countdown to 2017 – Day 6 – Reader’s Favorites

I’ve decided to change my blog’s name.  It’s going to be a new year so I think I need to change up my blog somewhat.

Throughout the years, I’ve shared some stories and travel posts.  Ever since my sister’s death, I’ve shared stories and dealing with grief posts.  I’m thinking my blog needs to continue with those type of posts along with recipes.

I had two other blogs – View from My lens and Ramblings of My Crazy Life.  The view from my lens showcased some of my photos while ramblings of my crazy life was where I put more of the stories.  I’m going to stop writing on those blogs so that I can focus on this blog.

In the next few weeks, I’m going to share what we ate in Universal Studios, Florida (3 posts), photos of where we stayed while we visited Universal Studios (at least 2 posts maybe 3), and new recipes.  I’m also going to be continuing with the Writer’s Workshop.

Happy New Year!  Let’s make 2017 the best for this blog!

Click here for the top 5 recipes of 2016.

Countdown to 2017 – Day 5 – Top 5 Slow Cooker Meals

Today I’m going to continue with the remainder of the photos from when Mom and I went on our outing last week.

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Joy and Countdown to 2017 – Day 4 – Top 10 Desserts

Webster’s Dictionary defines joy as a source or cause of delight.  What brings you joy in your life?

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Countdown to 2017 – Day 3 – Top 10 Main Dish Recipes

Two days ago, I shared some photos of my outing with my mom.  Here are some more photos of the window displays.  Enjoy!

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Countdown to 2017 – Day 1 – Top 5 Snacks, Salads, and Breads

How was your Christmas?  This was my first Christmas without Tanya.  Even though she rarely came over for Christmas, it’s still tough without her.

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My Grandma’s Fudge – Christmas Making and Baking 2016

Have you ever done or bought something but did not know why?  A few weeks ago, I bought some marshmallow creme/fluff because I wanted fudge.  Then I kept looking for a recipe that used marshmallow creme.  I didn’t find any recipes that I would want to make.   Continue reading “My Grandma’s Fudge – Christmas Making and Baking 2016”

Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies – Christmas Making and Baking 2016

During the Christmas season, I enjoy finding new recipes to try.  So when I saw the recipe for Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies, I knew I needed to try them.

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What we Ate in Disney – Black Friday

The day after Thanksgiving,the Imaginative One and I left early for the Magic Kingdom resort area.  Before leaving Pop Century, we stopped quickly in the food court for a small breakfast.

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My Annual Baking List – 2016

Every year, I have to write down a list or create a list in my brain of what I usually make during the holiday season.  This year I’m going to create the list on my blog.  Then next year I can add to it if I want to or change it up.

My boys’ favorite holiday treats are priority.  (Link to the list from last year.)

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Disney Quotes to Live By

I have a favorite quote that I say all the time.  It’s a simple quote that has a lot of meaning for me.  It’s “Hakuna Matata.”  The quote simply means “No worries.”

We live in a world where there is constant worry.

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Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels – Christmas Making and Baking 2016

I’ve begun my Christmas Making and Baking 2016.  When I found this recipe, I decided to make it since it looked so simple to put together.

While I was waiting to put the white drizzle on the pretzels the Wee One wandered into the kitchen.  He decided he needed to taste the pretzels.  The Wee One told me how much he loved the taste of the pretzels.  He helped me put the drizzle on top of the pretzels.  When I was packing up the pretzels, we put the pretzels into two containers.  One was for later and the other was for he and his brother to snack on.

Later on in the day, we made another two batches of cinnamon sugar pretzels for a cookie/ treat exchange Hubby was going to attend.  The Wee One helped me with making those two batches.  He told me that he wanted to know how to make cinnamon sugar pretzels.  The Wee One enjoyed making the cinnamon sugar pretzels.

The cinnamon sugar pretzels are easy to put together.  When we did the white chocolate DRIZZLE, we used a baby spoon to do the drizzle.

I also used a large 8 cup measuring cup to make the pretzels.  It was the perfect size

Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels


Stars of the recipe:

  • 1 (16 – 18 oz) bag of pretzels
  • 2/3 c. oil (I used canola.)
  • 1/3 c. sugar
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 c. cinnamon sugar for sprinkling
  • 1 c. white chocolate chips


  1. Prepare two cookie sheets by covering them with parchment or wax paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the oil, sugar, and cinnamon.
  3. Add the pretzels.
  4. Stir until all the pretzels are coated.
  5. Microwave for 1 minute.  Stir.
  6. Microwave for 2 more minutes.  Stir.
  7. Divide them between the two cookie sheets.  Make sure the pretzels are in a single layer.
  8. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
  9. While the pretzels are cooling, melt the white chocolate in the microwave.  (70% power, 1 minute, stir, if not melted – continue at 70% power 30 second intervals until melted.)
  10. Drizzle the white chocolate over the pretzels.
  11. Allow to harden.
  12. Store in an airtight container.
  13. Enjoy!



What we ate in Disney – Thanksgiving Day

We stayed at Pop Century in Walt Disney World on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday.

After checking out of Universal’s Cabana Bay, we traveled over to Pop Century.  Before heading to our room, we stopped at the food court for a light brunch.


I had biscuits and gravy with a tie died cheesecake.  The tie died cheesecake is only found at Pop Century.  Yum!

The Wee One and the Imaginative One had pancakes, bacon, strawberries, and grapes.

Hubby had eggs, hash brown casserole, and sausage gravy.

A better photo of the tied die cheesecake.

We decided to do something different for our Thanksgiving dinner.  We ate at Boma at Animal Kingdom Lodge.  Boma was wonderful!



20161124172204_IMG_1712My shrimp, hummus and pita, salad, chickpea salad, and curry pasta salad.


Butternut squash soup – Pumpkin pie in a bowl


My shrimp, steak, stuffing, curry pasta salad, watermelon rind salad, and Brussels sprouts


Zebra dome, pumpkin cheesecake, pecan tart, and strawberry panna cotta.



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Before and after dinner, we walked around the Animal Kingdom Lodge.  We wanted to see how it was decorated and the animals.

This is a video of one of the Cast Members talking about Victoria Falls.  He lived 10 minutes away from Victoria Falls.

Here are some photos from the Animal Kingdom Lodge.


Giraffee and Zebra

Lobby before overlook

Maasi Bridge

Overlook wall art



Since we had a big dinner at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, we did not have any other food.

Join me later for what we ate during our day of resort hopping on Black Friday.


What We Ate While in Disney – Disney Springs and Port Orleans

I’ve been missing because work got crazy.  Then I got sick.  Finally we went on a long vacation – 10 days away.  My life was insane!

Any who, I’m going to be sharing what we ate while in both Universal Studios Florida and while we were on the Walt Disney World property.  We actually visited the parks while at Universal.  While we were in Walt Disney World, we visited 10 different resorts and Disney Springs.


One of the places, we visited was Port Orleans – French Quarter.  I had heard about the beignets being sold there.  In fact, that is the only place that beignets are sold on property.  We took a ferry from Disney Springs over to Port Orleans.  It was almost like floating into a bayou.  So cool!

The family love the beignets which are deep-fried pastries.  We dipped them in chicory chocolate sauce.  Yum!



After we were done with visiting Port Orleans, we visited Earl of Sandwich in the Marketplace area of Disney Springs.  Hubby got himself an Italian sandwich and potato wedges.  Since it was the day before Thanksgiving, I got myself a holiday Turkey sandwich.  The sandwich contained turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and mayo.  It was delicious!


I also got this pasta salad.  I ended up not eating until dinner time.  It was delicious.

After our 2014 trip, we found out about the made to order Mickey head Rice Krispie treat.  The Imaginative One really wanted one so we allowed him to get one.  He had it dipped in chocolate and then topped with mini M&M’s and white chocolate drizzle.  I thought he would have some of the Rice Krispie treat left over for later.  He ended up eating the whole thing in about 10 to 15 minutes.


One of my favorite treats in Walt Disney World is their Mickey Ice Cream bar.  I know it’s just ice cream coated with chocolate.  However there is something magical about eating it when it is shaped like a Mickey head.



Hubby has loved poutine ever since we came home from Niagara Falls.  I knew there was a quick service counter that sold poutine in Disney Springs.  However, I did not know where it was located.  While we were in the Lego Store, I needed to go to the restroom so I went looking for the nearest restroom.  I ended up finding the quick service restaurant that sold poutine.  Boy was Hubby glad when I showed him the restaurant!

On a side note, he had been wanting to get a soft pretzel but the line was ridiculous so he did not get one.  He was delighted that he ended up not getting that soft pretzel.



We went to see Moana while we were at Disney Springs.  Even though the majority of us did not eat anything during the movies, the Imaginative One had some popcorn.  I could not take a photo of his popcorn.

After the movie, Hubby and I got gelato floats from Violi il Gelato.  I got a Topicale float with coconut gelato, pineapple sorbet, blood orange juice, pineapple, whipped cream, and cherries.  Yum!

Hubby got a Creamsicle float with vanilla gelato, orange Sorbet, orange Soda, and whipped cream.

They were expensive in my opinion.  Almost 10 dollars each so they were a special treat.


I had wanted to find a bakery called Sprinkles while we were there.  I finally found it and got myself a strawberry cupcake.  It was okay.  Not worth the hype in my opinion.  We have a great local cupcake shop that has spoiled me with their deliciousness.

Afterwards we went back to our hotel room and ate dinner there.

Join me later when I share what we ate in Universal and more of Disney.

Mom, What’s For Dinner? – Month of December 2016


Week of December 1 (2 meals)

  • Breakfast for dinner (bacon, eggs, hash browns)
  • Chicken Nuggets

Week of December 5

  • Cheesy Ham and Potato Casserole (Slow Cooker)
  • Fiesta Pork Chops, Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoes
  • Bubble Up Pizza in the slow cooker
  • Sausage, Mac and Cheese, Veggie
  • Crock pot Chicken
  • Spinach Tortellini Soup, Crusty Bread

Week of December 12

  • Sausage 15 Bean Soup
  • Mississippi Beef Roast Sandwiches (Freezer and Slow Cooker)
  • Meatloaf Muffins from the freezer, Baked potatoes, Veggies
  • Slow Cooker Taco Casserole, Salad
  • Hash
  • Sunday Dinner

Week of December 19 (Christmas week)

  • Hamburger Soup
  • Honey BBQ Chicken Wings, French Fries, veggies
  • Italian Chicken over spaghetti, veggies
  • Swiss Steak, mashed potatoes
  • Breakfast for Dinner
  • Christmas Dinner

Week of December 26

  • Crock O Brats, Mashed potatoes
  • Maple praline chicken
  • Bubble Up Pizza in the slow cooker
  • Bacon Corn Chowder
  • Sandwich Night
  • New Year’s Day Dinner – Pork and Sauerkraut