Friday, September 30, 2011

International Food and Wine Festival

Yesterday was the very first day of Epcot's 16th Annual International Food and Wine Festival!

Yep, I said it.
Food and Wine FESTIVAL.
That means lots of food and wine.
Actually they technically sell more beer and wine, but how does this sound:
Epcot's International Food and Beer Festival

Yeah, not classy AT ALL.

But basically the festival is a collection of culinary, beverage, and mixology seminars.
Then throw in food kiosks from like 26 different countries and boom, you've got the festival.

We had just a soft opening of the festival yesterday and officially it opens today.

The theme of this years festival is Passport To A World of Flavors:






They have this awesome cranberry "field" before you get to the World Showcase in Epcot where the country food kiosks are located.



Cranberries!


It's sponsored by Ocean Spray and it looks just like their commercials.


At each of the kiosks they also have planets with different fruits (like this pineapple in Hawaii), spices, and a few vegetables.


They even have an entire kiosk dedicated to dessert! 
Haven't had this one yet, but I will soon!


Can you find the hidden mickey on the champagne glass?


I only tasted 3 countries this time around.
I will be going back soon though to sample the rest!


Cheddar Cheese Soup from Canada.


This place is in the American pavilion.
It has a bunch of Samuel Adams beer.
Which is a waste on me cuz I don't drink beer.


But they do have this!
It's Pumpkin Mousse with Ocean Spray Craisins and Orange Sauce.
SOOOOOO GOOD! 
Seriously I could probably eat 10 of these.


Tea tree outside the South Korea kiosk.






Last thing I had was Lettuce Wrap with Roast Pork and Kimchi Slaw.
It was good, but I probably wouldn't get it again.
I'll still with PF Changs lettuce wraps.


Epcot has got the most AH-MAZING flowers all over the place.
Here are some I captured.
I just love pictures of flowers! 




Again this was only the first day so get ready for more pictures of all the awesome food I'll be eating in the next few weeks.

I should be gaining about 10 pounds.  And I'm totally ok with that.

I decided to use these photos for a link up party!
Erin over at Living in Yellow does a link up every Friday called:

She takes awesome pictures of the joy she sees/experiences each week. Then hosts a link up party so others can share the joy they captured that week! 
So fun, right?
Go link up! :)

Happy Friday lovelies!




Mad About Plaid

I finally started my training to be a Segway tour guide!

To find out what I'm talking about click here. :)

We had our 4 hour Segway class on Monday and got to learn all about how a Segway operates.
We also had to drive the Segway over something called the Rumble (which is just a bunch of small and tall bumps), we went over a ramp, we took them outside and went up hill and downhill, and we even did a complete 360 turn on a pretty steep ramp.  


Yeah we got to wear those pretty sweet vests out in the park in front of people.
We look real good, huh.


So yesterday was the first official day of the tour guide portion of the training.
We just had to go on the tour (which I've already been on) but I got to come work in super casual clothes.
It was awesome.
I got paid to go on a Segway tour and pretty much sit around and talk all day.
Again, it was awesome.

Oh and one other thing.

Y'all know who Vern Yip is?
Yeah he's the AMAZING designer on HGTV who does Trading Spaces.  As well as several other HGTV shows.
Well he's in town for the Food and Wine Festival.

HE WAS ON OUR SEGWAY TOUR!


He's on the right side standing by Jordan!
The other guy is his partner Craig Koch.
Both of them were so nice and fun.

Today I will be doing 4 out of the 8 countries on the tour.

Kinda nervous but super excited at the same time!

Wish me luck!




Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Oh How Pinteresting Wednesday

Happy Hump Day!

It's Wednesday, that means:



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Here are my pins for the week:



Source: etsy.com via Kathleen on Pinterest









Source: None via Kathleen on Pinterest


























Source: None via Kathleen on Pinterest


I may or may not have spent all day on my couch (yesterday) alternating between Pottermore (which I FINALLY got my early access to and have yet to fully enjoy because the site has been closed to over demand ALL YESTERDAY!) and looking for fun things on Pinterest.  

So it was pretty tough to decide which were my favorites.  

Pinterest addict here.
Shocking I know.

Have a great day! :)

Fabulous Fall Day 8: Fall Road Trips

So I had to skip yesterday's challenge because I don't really have any Fall recipes.
I guess I could have called my grandmother and gotten her brocolli cheese casserole recipe that she does at Thanksgiving.

It is super yummy! 
My all time favorite.

But I didn't.

 I'm back today though for Amber and Neely's:



Fabulous Fall Blog Challenge

Today we are talking about Fall Roadtrips/Vacations.

The only Fall road trip my family has ever made was during the Fall is to my grandmothers for Thankgiving!

We've been spending Thanksgiving with my dad's family in Lovington, NM for as long as I can remember.

I can only remember a few times when we stayed home and let me tell you, it was just NOT the same!

One year when we didn't go and my Dad made this pork tenderloin thing instead of turkey.
Gross.
That is NOT what you eat on Thanksgiving.

Anyway, I just love this trip.
My dad'd whole family gets together and we visit, watch football (usually the Dallas Cowboys), and EAT EAT EAT!!



The granddaughters Thanksgiving 2009

This year I won't be going on the Roadtrip.

That is one of the ONLY negative things about living in Florida and working for Disney.
We are open 365 days a year. 
Plus it is pretty hard to get off the major holidays because EVERYONE wants off for the holidays.

So sadly I'll be missing this year.

My momma is NOT happy.
And if I'm 100% honest.....
neither am I.




Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Versatile Blogger Award!!


Thank you so much Emma from It Happened On A Sunday for bestowing the Versatile Blogger Award on little 'ol me!

Emma is just the cutest. Her blog is so fun and I just love the title.
She started dating her hubby on Sunday, they got engaged on a Sunday, AND they got married on Sunday.

Hence, the reason behind her blog title.
Is that just too stinkin cute or what?!

Go see her! :)

Now the rules of the award:

1. Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them:
check.

2. Share 7 things about yourself:

1. I used to hate the month of August.  My family has birthdays out the wazoo in August.
Mom, Dad, brother, grandmother, cousins, 2 aunts, and uncle, friends.
I used to get mad because nothing about the month was about me.
Plus school starts. 

2. I have a love/hate relationship with Romantic Comedies.
Love the stories but they are SO unrealistic.

3.  I love watching shows like Planet Earth and Life.

4. I am obsessed with Scenty products.
If you've never heard of it.
It will change your life and the smell of your house, room, and car.

5.  What Child Is This by Josh Groban is one of my favorite Christmas songs.

6.  I hate working out and I wish I didn't.

7. I sometimes worry that I will end up alone with 20 cats.

3. Pass the award along to up to 15 bloggers you've recently discovers:

I giving the award to 5 ladies who are one my read everyday list!
Check em out, they are all super fun and cute! 

Ashley @ Everyday AME

4. Contact those bloggers and let them know the good news.
Off to do that now!

Yay for blog awards! :)

Monday, September 26, 2011

Fabulous Fall Day 6: Fall Tv Shows

Hello Hello lovelies! 

I hope you all had a great weekend! 
Mine was pretty good.  Although techinically it wasn't my weekend since I had to work.
My weekend is usually Wednesday and Thursday.
This week though it's Tuesday and Wednesday so technically tomorrow is my Friday, even though it's Monday. 
Wow. That was random.
Anyway.

Today on Amber and Neely's:


Fabulous Fall Blog Challenge

we get to talk about all the new and returning Fall TV shows.

Confession.
I LOVE TV.
Seriously I have so many shows that I love it's not even funny.
I could sit and watch TV for hours on end. 
It's bad.
But whatever TV is awesome. 
Save for commercials. Those I could do without.

This fall there are a ton of new TV shows and here are the ones I'm looking forward to the most:



I saw the season premier for this.
Wasn't too sure about it when I first started watching, but by the end I was hooked.
Now I have to see how it plays out.


I think this one is pretty obvious for me.
Who wouldn't excited about a TV show about fairy tales.
Especially is that person works for Disney.


This is the one I'm most excited to see.
I had to work last night so I missed the season premier. 
I will be watching it as soon as I get out of work today.
Before Dancing with the Stars! ;)

Now on to the returning shows.
Get ready there are A LOT! ;)


I love Grey's!
But gotta admit last season ended questionably.
I'm not sure if I like where it's going, but I do love the show so I'll still watch it! :)


This show finally has more than 1 or 2 people who are recognizable as celebrities! 
Can't wait to see it tonight! :)


LOVE IT.
That is all.
BEST SHOW EVER.


I don't think OTH comes back this fall, but I had to throw it in there because Chad Michael Murray will be back for the shows final season! 
So excited!


We shall see how the season goes without Stabler.
That is all.


Thought the season premier was hilarious.
But gotta admit.
I miss Michael Scott sitting behind that desk.


This is my all time favorite reality show.
Just so y'all know, my brother and I will be on the Amazing Race one of these days.
So be on the look out for us.
:) 


There ya have it.
Some of my top shows.
I love me some TV!
Especially Fall TV! :)


Happy Monday!







If You're Not Hungry Now....You're Fixin To Be! :)

I know I've said this before, but I feel like I need to say it again.
I DO NOT COOK.
Like ever.
My idea of cooking is heating up a frozen bag of something on the stove.

But on Thursday I did it!

I had been looking for something I wanted to cook for a couple of days when I found a food blog.
Her name is Danelle and she does a food blog called Let's Dish.
She has a TON of recipes.
Everything from main dishes, to appetizers, desserts, soups, salads.

Go check it out because she's got some great stuff.

For example.

(click on it and it will take you right to the original recipe)

Here's what you need:
Chicken, Cheese Totellini, chicken stock, mushrooms, green onions, flour, cheese, and sour cream.
Preheat your oven to 350 before you start.


First you have to cut up 2 skinless, boneless chicken into chunks.
As well as the 3 green onions and some mushrooms.


Then then after you have cooked the chicken by itself for about 3 minutes.
Add the onions and mushrooms and cook that until the mushrooms are brown and the chicken is done.
This will take roughly 10 minutes.


Then you add 2 tablespoons of flour.
When you do that all the juices will get soaked into the flour. 
(I got kinda nervous at this point because the recipe says it should be thickening and it doesn't)


But then you add 1 cup of chicken broth, stir it and THEN it will start to thicken.


After about 5 minutes or so, when the mixture has thickened up.
Add 3/4 cup of sour cream.


Once you've mixed that up a bit it will be light in color.
Let it sit for another 5 minutes or so.
Then you pour the mixture into a pan that is lightly greased.
I didn't have any cooking spray so I just lightly covered the bottom with some butter.


Then you add 2 cups of cheese to the top of the mixture.


The cover the pan with foil and pop it in the oven for 30 minutes.
When the 30 minutes are up, take the cover off and let it cook for another 10-15 or until the cheese is bubbling and the sides a tad brown.


While the main dish was in the oven I threw together a salad and popped some garlic bread in the oven.


This is what it looked like when it was done! :)


Gotta say y'all, I was pretty darn proud of myself.

I made the WHOLE dinner on my own.
Luckily I have roommates who like to eat too.
They loved it!

I can't wait to try some more of the recipes on that food blog! 

Ps. Sorry for the terrible directions.  The link has MUCH better ones!  I promise.
:)