Day 1: Disney
We didn’t waste any time on this vacation. Ever since my sister and I knew that we were going with my parents to Florida to celebrate my brothers graduation, we were asking that a trip to Disney be put into the plans.
As children, we went to the theme parks several times and have never truly out grown them. My cousin works for Disney, and he wanted to meet up with us to spend the day in the park, Monday worked for his schedule and we made sure that it worked for ours.
We had an amazing day riding several of the rides with VIP fast passes thanks to our little family connection.
It was a long day starting with Hollywood Studios, Epcot in the middle, and ending with the Magic Kingdom. We were dog tired at the end…but it was sooo worth it!
While we never actually made it to the beach on this trip, we did make it to the pool…several times. And in the spirit of the Olypmics, we practiced some synchronized diving!
After spending the beginning portion of our day on Wednesday at the pool, we headed to Publix, which is a Southeastern United States grocery store chain…but I totally wish we had it in Indiana.
We stopped by their bakery section to pick up some fresh rolls to go with our Grandma’s planned meal of pulled pork or caprese sandwiches for those not to fond of pork (that would be me!).
Just walking through the Publix bakery made me want to buy just about every item they had out. I love this grocery store so much because they have so many fresh items, it doesn’t seem too unreasonable priced, and it just has a nice clean look and feel. What can I say…there is just something about the store that I like.
My grandparents were camping in their little mini motor coach (they call it the “Trek”) that they literally drive all over the country in the the Disney campground, Fort Wilderness. This is where my family used to stay during our Florida vacations we would take as children, so my sister and I had big plans of hanging out at the pool…unfortunately, the afternoon got a bit rainy.
So, we put on the ponchos (ok…I put on the poncho), and we just walked around and explored the campground. Soon enough, we were ready to head back for a couple of card games, and dinner.
Like I mentioned, my grandma made pulled pork for the family with a barbeque sauce that was low in sugar and absolutely tasty (I must get the recipe for that!), and caprese sandwiches for her and I to enjoy (neither of us really have ever enjoyed pork).
The sandwiches were served alongside some of her homemade secret ingredient potato salad…betchya can’t guess what’s in it.
Cauliflower! Another recipe that I need to make sure I ask for 😉 We then enjoyed some of my grandma’s favorite breakfast bread grilled with a little butter and apricot jam for dessert. My grandma loves this breakfast bread, but she can only get it at Publix. So, whenever she is in the Florida area she picks up some extra bread and freezes it for a special occasion.
After trying this bread, I completely understand why she carries this stuff back to her Arizona home. It is a hearty bread with raisins, dried cranberries, dried apricots, and nuts all mixed in. Seriously…it’s good stuff.
While I love going out to eat and trying new local places, when I am with my family, I really enjoy the home cooking provided by my mom or grandma. We can all relax in our comfy clothes, play cards, and just hang out…I love that!
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