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Old 04-08-2013, 05:25 AM   #1546
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Hi guys! Apparently our alarm clock I home in the room was set for 6am. So I'm checking the DIs from my phone HHI is as wonderful as always and the sunset as gorgeous as ever! And you would all be proud of me. I actually drove all the way from Delaware to NC. And another couple hours later. Everyone have a great Monday.
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Old 04-08-2013, 05:37 AM   #1547
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Hi guys! Apparently our alarm clock I home in the room was set for 6am. So I'm checking the DIs from my phone HHI is as wonderful as always and the sunset as gorgeous as ever! And you would all be proud of me. I actually drove all the way from Delaware to NC. And another couple hours later. Everyone have a great Monday.
Have an awesome trip Mary Ellen!
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Old 04-08-2013, 09:42 AM   #1548
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Possibly because I have been preoccupied with Kismet. Possibly because I have been super preoccupied with Nick's college quest. And, not to be mysterious, but there is another reason that I have been pre-occupied, but I am just not in a place where I want to talk about it. It's not anything earth shattering, just a life event that is taking some extra time to deal with.
Ugh. Sorry there's been a lot of crap to deal with. I hope your time in HHI helps calm things down!

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The finished product - Cashel Blue and Dubliner Kerrygold Irish Cheese Souffle with Organic Mixed Greens and Warm Bacon Vinaigrette
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These painted bottles were neat, but I think they were around $600 a piece. Sheesh!
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Next stop was a grapefruit beer. No picture. It was yellow. And oh so good! I loved it.
If it was a yellow snowcone, you wouldn't have been nearly as gung-ho about trying it.

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Old 04-08-2013, 09:42 AM   #1549
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Hi guys! Apparently our alarm clock I home in the room was set for 6am. So I'm checking the DIs from my phone HHI is as wonderful as always and the sunset as gorgeous as ever! And you would all be proud of me. I actually drove all the way from Delaware to NC. And another couple hours later. Everyone have a great Monday.
Go back to bed! It's vacation!!!!
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Old 04-08-2013, 10:21 AM   #1550
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I am on a plane as I type this and well, it's a 5.5 hour flight and the guy next to me is out cold. I'm stuck. In my seat. And don't want to do work. It actually requires more space than I have to work with.
Sounds like a recipe for procrastination to me!

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The cows are happier in Ireland.

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Yep. It's so green the grass is yummier and well, the cows are happier.
If you say so. I thought mad cows came from that region.

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Whip it, Whip it good! Or was it Beat it...beat it, just beat it.
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Definitely swung by South Africa
You two really did good work taking advantage of the Festival.
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Old 04-08-2013, 11:21 AM   #1551
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So glad you arrived safe and sound Mary Ellen! Have a wonderful vacation
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Old 04-08-2013, 11:54 AM   #1552
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Cynthia, I read your updates over the weekend, but I forgot to comment on them. Anyway, first and foremost, I hope your seatmate finally woke up so that you weren't held captive for the entire 5.5 hours on the plane.

I'm glad that you enjoyed the cooking demo thing, and got to have a little meet and greet. I'm sure Jeff enjoyed his gift as much as you did. I'd say if you've made it multiple times since coming home, the shepherds pie definitely must be a hit.
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Old 04-08-2013, 12:56 PM   #1553
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Sounds like a recipe for procrastination to me!
And you know, it wouldn't have made a difference. Final version for me to edit didn't get to me until 4pm on Friday EST. Even if I'd have worked on it then, the person who would need to look at it wouldn't have done anything with it till this morning based on the various government forms that have to go with it that folks seem to be incapable of filling out and submitting if I'm not in the building. As they require "wet" signatures, of folks here and I was there...nothing happened. I (rightfully) procrastinated on it all weekend (was way more fun to start editing fixing the nightmare in PB that is my AK day on the other TR lol), got up early today, knocked out my piece and....

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If you say so. I thought mad cows came from that region.
Nah, they are across the irish sea, eating that English Grass.

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Great, now BOTH songs are stuck in my head!
My work is done

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You two really did good work taking advantage of the Festival.
Milk it, milk it good!

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Cynthia, I read your updates over the weekend, but I forgot to comment on them. Anyway, first and foremost, I hope your seatmate finally woke up so that you weren't held captive for the entire 5.5 hours on the plane.
He did, but then the person in the aisle was asleep and neither of them got up the whole flight so....

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I'm glad that you enjoyed the cooking demo thing, and got to have a little meet and greet. I'm sure Jeff enjoyed his gift as much as you did. I'd say if you've made it multiple times since coming home, the shepherds pie definitely must be a hit.
Yes, it's firmly in the rotation now. It was a lovely day all around.
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Old 04-08-2013, 02:17 PM   #1554
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i like the pies, but you need to take a picture of the filling next time.
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Hi guys! Apparently our alarm clock I home in the room was set for 6am. So I'm checking the DIs from my phone HHI is as wonderful as always and the sunset as gorgeous as ever! And you would all be proud of me. I actually drove all the way from Delaware to NC. And another couple hours later. Everyone have a great Monday.
Glad you got there safely Have a fabulous time!
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Old 04-09-2013, 06:45 AM   #1556
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Cynthia, enjoyed the video of the Jamminators! I love catching them in the park.........they are so much fun to watch and listen to, even the corny jokes!!!

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Hi guys! Apparently our alarm clock I home in the room was set for 6am. So I'm checking the DIs from my phone HHI is as wonderful as always and the sunset as gorgeous as ever! And you would all be proud of me. I actually drove all the way from Delaware to NC. And another couple hours later. Everyone have a great Monday.
Nice job on the driving! Glad you made it safely and I know you are having a wonderful time!

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i like the pies, but you need to take a picture of the filling next time.
That's what I was thinking! I have heard so much about shepherd's pie, but don't know a lot about what is in it......... They do look good for sure, but then what man doesn't love some good mashed potatoes???
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Old 04-09-2013, 08:18 AM   #1557
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Safe travels and have an absolutely wonderful time, Mary Ellen!
Thanks Karin!

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Have a great trip!

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And don't forget about Jesse from Toy Story...............
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Another endorsement???
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Mary Ellen, thoughts and prayers for this situation! I hope it all works out soon for you!
Thanks. I think it will and when it does I give some more details.

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Lots of great pictures from Epcot for both of you ladies! I think I would have asked to take a picture of that scooter too!!! I love the ones that people take the time to decorate. Why does needing to rely on one of them have to be boring, right???
Absolutely. I love when I see them decorated for Christmas, F&W, and F&G. Oh - not to mention Halloween and Thanksgiving. Its great and its so creative.

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I don't think I have ever seen the Jammitors with anything other than their trash cans!
That was the first time I saw them using kitchen appliances. Very cool!

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Loved the artwork of Walt and the Mickey/Minnie on the train.
Me too! That's one of my favorites considering that Walt actually drew Mickey for the first time on a train.

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Funny how many pictures people get of Alice wandering off through a park!
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Cheers Mary Ellen! So what happened to the rum???
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And I always enjoy finding the subtle changes to the trains in Germany that they make depending on the season or what is going on in the park.
I agree and I can't believed I missed that. Thank goodness Cynthia took that picture.

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Good luck with the soufflé if you take it on one day Cynthia! I will try cooking a lot of different things, but not so sure I would even consider taking on a soufflé!!!
Me either. But I bet even if it turns out not that fluffy the taste will be there. that cheese was so YMU!

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Hope you have a great trip Mary Ellen!!! HHI is a great place to spend a few days! Hope you have great weather to enjoy!
Its beautiful here right now. We were supposed to go to Savannah today but we had a change in plans. I'll post on that later too.
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They look delish ! Yum!


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I totally agree!


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After looking for it in October and not finding it anywhere, I was afraid that we had waited too long to make a decision about the official DIS mug. But, the animal print Mickey head gods were on my side last month, and as soon as I found them, I snagged two - one for Jill and one for me. We can officially gather 'round the DIStown community center coffee table now, but since neither of us are coffee drinkers, we'll be rockin' the hot chocolate, I guess.
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Sorry about your sick kitties, Mary Ellen! That is really the pits.
Thanks! I've been checking in with Nick and Max seems to be doing well. He actually wants to go outside now and has the energy to actually run (instead of walk) when he is called.

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I have to say, I don't know if you listen to the DIS Unplugged podcast, but they just did a segment on overlooked Animal Kingdom, and Dustin mentioned the little seating area you found behind Tamu Tamu! I immediately said to myself in the car, "That's the spot from Mary Ellen's TR!"
I don't, but I should. Haha - too funny about my "spot". I love that spot!

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I SO LOVE that a random man offered you a sip of the berry beer. That's hilarious!! I'm glad you enjoyed it.
I did enjoy it and it was a pretty funny experience. At least I knew that the beer I wanted to try was a winner!

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I too would be so curious about those people posing for pictures....
It felt more like a photoshot that just normal portraits. I almost wondered if they were going to use them on some kind of business advertisement since they were both dressed the same.

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Love the PP photos of you with your beer! Now that's a F&W picture if I ever saw one!!
Yes - yes it is! Nothing shy about the way I drink a beer!

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The demonstration looks really fun!
It was and when you consider that the price is similar to a food item and drink at the kiosks, its totally worth it.

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Another fun day. I have never made shepards pie either and wouldn't have a clue how to go about it. Maybe someday I will attempt it. I need an easy recipe though.
That really does look so yummy!

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Okay, I love that you put the shepherd's pie in individual dishes -- I always do mine in a casserole dish, but yours is so much more appealing looking. Also, how do you get your mashed potatoes to look all pretty and swirly???
I'm curious about that to. Will be reading along to figure it out.
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i like the pies, but you need to take a picture of the filling next time.
I'm not sure it will be all that pretty in a picture but ok, filling next time. There is plenty of filling and it is darn tasty.

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Cynthia, enjoyed the video of the Jamminators! I love catching them in the park.........they are so much fun to watch and listen to, even the corny jokes!!!
I really wish Evan could have seen the kitchen version, he would have loved it.


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That's what I was thinking! I have heard so much about shepherd's pie, but don't know a lot about what is in it......... They do look good for sure, but then what man doesn't love some good mashed potatoes???
Filling: Lean ground beef, onion, beef stock, carrots, garlic, tomato paste, Worcestershire, salt/pepper, fresh thyme and a little bit of flour to thicken. You can do it with the dried thyme but the fresh makes a huge difference, as does the quality of the meat. Saute onions first and then braise the meat with it, add the thickener, then the rest of the ingredients and cook covered on low a good 45 minutes.

Top with the mashed potatoes (and I also add some of the Dubliner cheese lol). Bake for 25, broil for 2.



basic, simple comfort food

And yes, Jeff's in it primarily for the potatoes.
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I love Jesse! So do you suggest we each pick our favorite redhead and go with it?
Jesse must have some long lost sisters somewhere. I admit, I can't pull off Merida's hair but Jesse would work.

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Its beautiful here right now. We were supposed to go to Savannah today but we had a change in plans. I'll post on that later too.
I do not like seeing this!



Hope everyone is ok
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