Discovering New Fun at Walt Disney World Amid The Craziness of Life: Part 1

June 22, 2017

Discovering New Fun at Walt Disney World
The Craziness of Life: Part 1

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 There are times when life, like this motorbike, seems to run away with us!

This photo is used, thanks to the generosity of my friend, Jan Luiken.
Jan is the surprised passenger, in this photo, seated in the back, holding on for dear life!
Thankfully, neither woman was hurt in the making of this hilarious photo. 

Where Life Takes Us…

Don’t you just love this photo? So, so funny!  This wonderful image playfully reminds
me that in life, despite all of our (my) planning, that often times the Good Lord has
other plans. There are times when life seems to run away with us, and while we hold
on for “dear life”, craziness ensues. For me, craziness has indeed ensued, lately! :o)
Nothing bad, mind you, just totally busy! So what does one do under these circumstances?  Go to Disney, of course!

Disney is always a good idea!


I admire the beautiful landscape of Epcot, in my new Space Ship Earth shirt,
thanks to my daughter!
April 2017

A Disney Photo Tour of All Things New (to me)

Throughout my four years as a blogger, Disney trips have found its way into my blog posts on numerous occasions. (See below, for Check out My Other Disney Posts!) In this, my most recent post, I share with you some new fun that I discovered during this past April Walt Disney World visit. I invite you to follow and enjoy my Disney photo tour.

Pimento-Cheese BLT

Thanks to my daughter, who always has her (Mickey Mouse) ear to the ground (Disney ground, that is), I learned of the Pimento-Cheese BLT in Animal Kingdom. This yummy park delicacy is served at The Smiling Crocodile quick service restaurant. I liked it so much that I recreated it!  The recipe is below.





The Rivers of Light Dining Package
Animal Kingdom

Another new WDW experience this visit, again thanks to my Disney-informed daughter, was The Rivers of Light Dining PackageIn addition to enjoying dining with my hubby, our daughter and her husband, and my daughter’s best gal pal, Natasha, (These ladies met while working with the Disney College Program several years ago.), we were celebrating Natasha’s birthday!  The evening began with a wonderful dinner at Tiffins.


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Tiffins at Animal Kingdom
A Tiffin (carrier) is a type of lunch box used in South Asia similar to those displayed upon this sign.


Apple-Walnut Salad
A great beginning to the meal.


Wagyu Strip Loin and Braised Short Rib
Tender and delicious!

South American Chocolate Ganache

Chocolate, the way it should be!  Oh, so good! My favorite part of this meal!


A special birthday treat for the birthday girl.


At the end of our dining experience, we were presented with this beautiful
Glowing Lotus Blossom Specialty Popcorn Bucket .


Our happy group admires our newest souvenir, the
Glowing Lotus Blossom Specialty Popcorn Bucket.

The Rivers of Light


A bit of popcorn before the show.


The Light Show was a parade of beautiful colors upon the water.
Notice the large lotus blossoms? (These were not filled with popcorn. :o) )


A glowing turtle and her young floats by, as a enjoyable evening comes to a close.

Kilimanjaro Safari

The Kilimanjaro Safari at Animal Kingdom is always a popular attraction with my family, and is my husband’s favorite.  Although our group had all enjoyed this ride many times before, none of us had enjoyed the evening safari. Named Nocturnal Encounters, this unique experience became available just last year.  


Giraffes, my favorite safari animal, were in abundance during our evening safari. 

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We were surprised to see this one so close!


Seeing giraffes make me happy!


My Recipe for the Disney-like Pimento-Cheese BLT




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PAM spray
Parchment baking paper

Ciabatta Bread, in 3/4 inch slices
(My grocery store offers to slice this for its customers.)
(I have used large french bread in a pinch.)

Pimento Cheese spread
(I found this yummy Palmetto Cheese in my deli.
You can also make it from scratch.  Paula Deen has a recipe here.
I have not tried this recipe.)

2-3 slices Precooked Bacon, , no nitrate variety

Tomato, chopped

Chives, chopped
(I use kitchen scissors for this.)


Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Place sliced ciabatta bread on Pam-sprayed parchment, place on cookie sheet.
Spray tops lightly with Pam, too.

Toast in oven for about 12-15 minutes, till toasty.

Remove from oven.

Heat precooked bacon in microwave for 10-30 seconds, til warmed and your desired crispness.

Spread toast liberally with Pimento Cheese.

Place 2-3 slices warmed precooked bacon on top of cheese.

Place chopped tomato on top of bacon.

Sprinkle with a few cleaned chopped chives over the top.

Enjoy and dream of Walt Disney World. :o)

Gilding the Lily-Cook your own thicker variety bacon, in place of the precooked.
(I bake mine.)  For the last minute, or so, baste with genuine maple syrup.


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I happily pose in front of the iconic Matterhorn at Disneyland in February 2015.


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Disney World Family Reunion-Here

Disney World Recipe-Here

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Thank you to Martese, Mike, Natasha, and Dale for their photo contributions in the making of this blog post!

Thanks for reading,

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My daughter surprised me with this special “Annette” necklace when we arrived at Disney World.  I love it!
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12 Responses to Discovering New Fun at Walt Disney World Amid The Craziness of Life: Part 1

  1. Elizabeth Westphal says:

    Another great blog. The sandwich sounds absolutely up my alley, and if no one else likes it, then there’s more for me! Have a wonderful rest of the summer!


  2. Renee says:

    I love reading your Disney blogs. The food looks yummy.
    Thanks for sharing.


  3. Jenny Sharpe says:

    You always have fun! Xx

    Sent from my iPhone



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