Due to the magnitude of the Florida parks, we decided to not plan too much around meals. Every place was new to us so we kind of just ate where we were. Except for the Kringla Bakeri og Kafe. I knew I wanted to try their pastries. I have some Norwegian in me so Lefse was a staple at the Christmas dinner. And Easter. . . and Thanksgiving. . basically if there was turkey on the table, there was also Lefse. I don’t think my kids have ever tried it though, as I never learned to make it myself. Something I will have to remedy. So I anyways, I didn’t know what time of day we would be eating our pastries, but I knew when we arrived at the Norwegian Pavilion that we would be eating. So directly after eating Mexico and sharing Nachos, we had our snacks. We tried the Lefse of course, which at 1.99 for a snack at Disney really is unbeatable, it’s pictured above. This one was most of the families favorite. We also had the famous school bread. That’s it below. It was moist and had a creamy custard filling, also , really very good. I would definitely order both again. The berry cream puff, was pretty good too, but the other two were the ones that we all liked and would get again. Needless to say, we liked our little pastry trip to Norway.
I would have loved to eat a little bit from each pavilion in Epcot. With kids though this made things a little harder, so instead we had lunch at two places, or a small lunch and dessert, somewhere else. I will tell you where tomorrow. Oh, the suspense! The first pavilion on the left hand side is Mexico, which worked out perfect for us because we were hungry, and well, we love Mexican food. So we ordered 2 plates of Nachos to share between the 5 of us. We got both sour cream and jalapenos on the side to account for kids dislikes. It was a fun meal. The seating is great, right on the water. If you are looking for a late night snack this would be the perfect place to grab a bite to eat and then watch the fireworks. They can be viewed from all the pavilions, but as this restaurant has seating right on the water I couldn’t imagine a more perfect place. The tacos and whatnot on other peoples plates looked very good too, I think my son and husband were wishing for a bit more of a hearty meal at this place as people passed by with there trays full of food. The Nachos were great though, seating is excellent.
One of the best parts of vacation is getting home, back to routine. I’m a routine girl. I love being in the kitchen, most days end up being delightfully similar. There are always a few perks every month. Dates, birthdays, special events, and one that comes around every month, is The Secret Recipe Club. A little party in my kitchen. I love getting my assignment, I love eating my assignment. I love reveal day. Today! All so fun. This month, was the first time I have received a blog I had already received. It’s okay, I was expecting it, I have been in the club a long time, and you know there are only so many blogs to go around. So I quite happily perused the wonderful blog Mangia! I pinned a bunch of new recipes to keep for later, but eventually I decided on the perfect soup for fall Carrot, Ginger and Pumpkin Soup. It was hearty, it had lots of flavor, and it was pretty easy too. Most of Chelsy’s recipes are gluten-free so a perfect blog to check out when cooking for someone who is gluten-free. Head on over , check her out, you won’t be sorry you did.
- 2 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
- 1 sweet yellow onion, chopped
- 1 small ginger root, peeled and finely grated (finely chopping works too)
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 c. low-sodium vegetable broth
- 3 c. water
- 1 lb. carrots, cut into 1/2 in. chunks
- 1 15 oz. can pumpkin puree
- pinch of curry powder -I used 1/2 teaspoon.
- salt and pepper, to taste
1. Heat olive oil in soup pot. Add onion, ginger and garlic. Cook until onion is tender.
2. Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes until carrots are tender. Stir often.
3. Blend soup into a puree.
4. Eat and enjoy!
So our usual California vacation entails Disney, all day every day. Well, not exactly all day, we usually go back to the hotel for an afternoon rest. I knew we needed some more time off this vacation, we were all due for a rest, and Disney vacations are magical, fun and amazing all together, but restful they are not. So this vacation we did things a bit different we booked three full extra days, to just relax and hang out at the hotel. Sleep in, sit by the pool. I thought I was going to be wanting to go to the theme parks, and you know what I didn’t. I loved the rest days. On one of the not resting days we headed out for dinner at Sweet Tomatoes, a new to us restaurant. Why, oh why do they not have these where we live. We would frequent them often if they did. Basically it is a salad buffet of epic proportions. After eating, cheeseburgers and fries, pizza and usual vacation fare for so many days in a row , it was nice to be greeted by rows and rows of crisp fresh vegetables. Lettuce, tomatoes, beans. They also had a soup station, breads, pastas, and even desserts. I must say this was one of our very favorite places we ate the whole trip. Unlimited salad, when you can make it any way you please, is a beautiful thing.