Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Disneyworld 13 Day 2 Daytime

On the second day Adam, Alli and I headed out to Blizzard Beach. They went on some of the big slides while I took the lazy river.

Tina and Nick met us a little later on, and we all took a downhill raft ride. One more cruise around the park in the lazy river before we got ready to leave. The afternoon was completed with our favorites of funnel cakes and mini donuts. I got a little sunburned.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Disneyworld 13 Day 1 Daytime

The plans for day one was the Animal Kingdom. There was a problem with our tickets and it took an hour and a whole lot of phone calls to get it straightened out. It was hot and there was a huge crowd.

Trying to get someone to help us was difficult but I was most shocked when one of the Disney employees told us "I hope you have nothing but long lines all day". WOW, I wish I had gotten her name.
We finally got in and headed straight for Pandora and got on line for the Banshee ride.

We were in line for about and hour but it moved quickly, the people were all pleasant and there were fans everywhere to keep you cool. 

I have to tell you that it was the BEST ride ever. I cannot say it enough how much I loved riding a banshee through the floating mountains of Pandora. If you are ever lucky enough to make it there, don't miss it.
It was pretty clear that I was not going to be able to walk much further. So my family got me a wheelchair and pushed me around for the next few days. It was great for me (I didn't hurt) and great for them (they didn't have me to slow them down.)
That day we also spent a lot of time on lines. We did the Cali River raft (a terrible long, hot line) with no fans and no way to go forward or backwards. We also did the new Navi Ride. It was nice, much like the Pirates of the Caribbean.
By then we were pooped and went back to the hotel.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Disneyworld 13 Part 2

After dinner we all went to the Top of the World Lounge at the Bay Lake Towers to have a drink and watch the new fireworks show at the Magic Kingdom.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Disneyworld 13 Part 1

I made the reservations for our annual Disney family vacation last November for 4 nights, in a two bedroom suite at the Beach Club Resort at Disneyworld. I was looking forward to it as it might be the last time all 6 of us will be together. The one thing I really wanted to do this time was to see Pandora at the Animal Kingdom.
Last June was my 70th birthday. For a gift, my son gave me a 4 day, all parks pass for Disneyworld. I was so excited, the day couldn't come fast enough.
Fast forward to Thursday August 31 and we were on our way.

We picked up Adam and Alli in West Palm Beach (Tina and Nick would come later in their own car) and made it there without incident. We checked in, went to the room, then Adam, Alli and I went to Publix to stock up on food for the stay. We made it back to the room unloaded and put all the food away and let the party begin.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Homemade Chicken Soup

My Mom was a terrible cook. But one of the few rare things she made that I loved was her chicken soup. You might wonder why I would make a post about making homemade chicken soup when there is a zillion recipes and how to on the Internet. I am writing this because I recently saw a post on Facebook where the gal was so proud that she was making "homemade chicken soup" and show a picture of Swanson's chicken broth and she added chopped celery and carrots. Cal me a snob, but you need a chicken to make chicken soup.
So here's mine.
Start with a large pot, filled with filtered or bottled water.

To it, add a ....what else ...chicken

Be sure to rinse off the chicken and remove that bag of yuk from the cavity.
Then add chopped celery, onions, garlic, carrots, tomatos and parsley.

I bring the whole mess to a boil and let it simmer for 2 - 4 hours (depending on what else I might be doing. And this is where I differ from Mom and everyone else. I strain all the liquid out and cool off the chicken (which is falling apart at this point) and let it all cool off. I put the cleaned off pieces of chicken and some of the vegetable in a blender. I try hard to make it a crumbly consistency but usually I go to far and it ends up a paste. Dump it all back in the broth and stir, smashing the clumps against the side of the pot.
I freeze it in Food Saver bags, just enough for 2 servings. (I usually get about 6 packages). Its easy enough to put the frozen broth in a pot while I make some small pasta, noodles or rice to add to it.