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  1. DVC Annual Pass and Ticket Offers Released

    We go this coming up October and then again in January 2018. So, we'd be within that six-month period to use all 7 of our days.
  2. Beaches and Cream

    I wish I had a No Way Jose right now! Yum!
  3. DVC Annual Pass and Ticket Offers Released

    We talked about buying the annual pass before our October trip. My sisters bought five-day tickets for that trip. Kenneth and I go back in January to camp. We'll have the dogs at the campsite with us, so we may not do parks too much. Now I'm thinking that the 7-day ticket might work out pretty good for us after all. We can use the five days in October and have two days left to use in January. Luckily we've still got time to decide (and to save some $$$).
  4. The Land Sea Land trip to end the drought...

    What a great trip! Shardi, I'm glad you're doing better. How awesome that you enjoyed the entire day at Castaway Cay and the rain held off until you got back on the ship. Thanks for writing the trip report. I enjoyed it so much!
  5. My dad was in the navy for 20 years and I don't remember him mentioning SOS. I just looked at that recipe you posted and realized that's his famous sausage gravy that he made on Saturday mornings (had it on biscuits)!
  6. The Haunted Mansion "Sinister 11"

    That's cool! I've never noticed those portraits hanging in there!
  7. Awesome! Great to see another TCD trip report! I don't know that I could have handled the crowds on opening day, but I'll gladly watch from where I am. I'm on vacation now and almost planned a trip to the Fort, to take our new little camper, but we had too much to do at home this week. So, it's a staycation for us. We don't head back to Disney until October, so I'll learn as much as I can from your trip report on navigating Pandora. We'll probably buy an annual pass on our next trip, so we'll actually start visiting the parks again.
  8. Awwww Puck.... The Goons Take Disney!!

    You had me at love story! I'm definitely in! And you're a great writer!
  9. A TCD Easter at The Fort Trip Report

    I'm very late to the party, but here! Love the Rocky pictures! And the bunny fondue was adorable! That crowded loop looks so uncomfortable to me - I don't think I could handle that. Thanks for another trip report!
  10. First time at the Fort March 19-22

    Great report! Tent camping really is a lot of work, but it's a lot of fun! Glad you enjoyed.
  11. Besides The Fort...

    Ooh, seeing gators is a plus for me! I look for the gators when we go by there, on the way to Disney (along I-75), and almost always see a couple from the road! We recently stayed at Stephen C Foster state park (in the Okefenokee swamp, in south Georgia). One reason was for the gators and the other reason was the dark skies at nighttime for star-gazing. Didn't get in a canoe there but I might next time. Saw a lot of babies in the canal, and then saw mom - who let us know it was time to move along!
  12. Art Smith's Hummingbird cake

    On our last trip, we went to chef Art Smith's Homecoming (or is it Homecomin'?) restaurant. I really wanted to try the hummingbird cake, but opted for the banana pudding since it wasn't on the menu - I didn't want to miss my chance to have it. I figured I would try the hummingbird cake on my next visit. I googled the recipe for the hummingbird cake during our drive home and found an article from Disney food blog. We came home from work the other night and whipped it up! It's really yummy. I thought I was doing something wrong because the batter ended up being really thick - I had to spoon it into the pans instead of pouring it in. The cakes are fairly dense (it's a heavy cake), but still very moist. I didn't want to run out of frosting for the outside of the cake, so I skimped between the layers a bit. Next time, I'll use more frosting between the two layers. I would definitely make this cake again! http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2017/01/10/disney-recipe-hummingbird-cake-from-chef-art-smiths-homecoming-in-disney-springs/ Chef Art Smith’s Hummingbird Cake Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine Cake Ingredients 3 cups all-purpose flour 2 cups granulated sugar 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 cups chopped ripe bananas 1 cup drained crushed pineapple 1 cup vegetable oil 2 large eggs, beaten 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1 cup (4 ounces) finely chopped pecans (optional) Frosting Ingredients 8 ounces cream cheese at room temperature 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter at room temperature 1 pound confectioners’ sugar (about 4 1/2 cups, sifted) 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract Directions 1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Make sure you position racks in the center and bottom third of the oven. 2. Lightly butter two 9-inch round cake pans, sprinkle evenly with flour and tap out the excess. You can also line the bottom of each cake pan with rounds of parchment paper, then flour the pans and tap out the excess. 3. Sift the flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt into a bowl. In another bowl, stir or whisk the bananas, pineapple, oil, eggs, and vanilla until combined. Do not use an electric mixer. Pour into the dry mixture and fold together with a large spatula just until smooth. Do not beat. Fold in the pecans. Spread evenly into the pans. 4. Bake 30-35 minutes until the center of cakes spring back when pressed. Transfer the cakes to wire racks and cool for 10 minutes. Invert the cakes onto the racks (remove the parchment paper now if you used it). Turn cakes right side up and cool completely. To make the icing: Using an electric mixer on high speed, beat the cream cheese and butter in a large bowl until combined. On low speed gradually mix in the sugar, then the vanilla to make a smooth icing. To frost the cake: Place 1 cake layer upside down on a serving platter. Spread with about 2/3 cup of the icing. Top with the second layer right side up. Spread the remaining icing over the top and sides of the cake. The cake can be prepared up to 1 day ahead and stored, uncovered in the refrigerator. Let stand at room temperature 1 hour before serving. Serves 12
  13. Fire at the MK from fireworks

    Yes, that's why we were there. There seemed to be a pretty good turnout. I think the longest line I saw was a 40-minute wait at the Mine Train, so really not too crowded. They did have free food, which is always a plus for me, even if it's something as simple as chicken nuggets, hot dogs, veggies, etc. They had a lot of different characters out and that really seemed to be a hit with a lot of people because there were some long lines for that. They had a special fireworks show that night at midnight. We enjoyed seeing a different show and it wasn't so full in the park that you couldn't find a good spot to watch it. We did have a good time and I would love to do some more of the DVC events at the other parks this year, but I don't think it will work out with our work schedules. If you have the chance to do it you should. I mean it's free - why not, right? [emoji2]
  14. Today we tried the Homecoming restaurant at Disney Springs. There were a few different things we wanted to try so we just split everything. We ordered three appetizers and were going to try a couple of desserts, but had to cut it back to one dessert to share. We couldn't finish everything but I had to try a dessert from there. We had the Church Lady Deviled Eggs. They were topped with bacon. I love deviled eggs and these were good, but they don't really seem much better than what we make at home. So, I probably wouldn't order these again. I would eat them again if someone in our party wanted to order them. We also ordered the bunch of puppies. They come with pimento cheese and jalapeño jelly. I really liked these. The hushpuppies have pimentos in them. The way I ate them was to split them open and then spread some pimento cheese on and then the jalapeño jelly on top of that. And the last appetizer we had was the Thigh High Chicken Biscuits. We thought this might be a good way to get a taste of the fried chicken and the biscuits. They also drizzle honey on the chicken and top it with a bread and butter pickle. This was so yummy. This was actually the only item that we were able to finish today. And finally, to end the meal - we had banana pudding for dessert. This was not on the dessert menu. I remembered Emeril eating this on his show and banana pudding is my death-row dessert - I HAD to try it! We were going to try the hummingbird cake also, but knew there was no way we could make a dent on both desserts. It took a while to get the pudding to our table. My guess is that they assemble them as they're ordered. This thing was way bigger than I expected. Which is good, because it's not cheap! The dessert was very, very rich - a little richer than I like. The pudding was very runny and I really had to dig for bananas. It was topped with a marshmallow cream that was toasted on top. It wasn't bad, just not what I'm used to in a banana pudding.
  15. Bongos Cuban Cafe

    We ate at Bongos the other day (the big pineapple at Disney Springs). This was a first for me, but it has been a really long time since Kenneth ate here. I have to say that this is now a favorite for me. I had the Award Winning Cuban Slow Roasted Pork. It was served with black beans and white rice. It's very similar to the pork carnitas that my sister makes (and almost as good). And I'm a sucker for black beans and rice. All of this at Bongos had really good flavor. One of kenneth’s favorite sandwiches is a Cuban. He ordered the midnight Cuban. It has pork, ham, pickles, mustard, and Swiss cheese on it - just like a regular Cuban. The difference here was that they used a sweet bread instead of Cuban bread. I had a few bites of this and I would order this in the future. The fries here were some of the best I've had at Disney. They're so crispy - I kept stealing them off of kenneth’s plate. We also had a side of sweet plantains (they taste like bananas to me when they're ripe and sweet). I eat them with my meal and Kenneth tends to eat them as a dessert.
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