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WDW Wednesdays: Halloween 5K

3 Aug

Now that I’m back in the swing of blogging again, Walt Disney World Wednesdays are back, too!  I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again–I always have a WDW trip in the works!  The present time is no exception.

I’ll be going to WDW with my family (plus sister’s boyfriend) the last week of September to celebrate sister Amanda’s birthday, and to hit up the opening weekend of the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival

When I was working at EPCOT, I was lucky enough to be there during Food and Wine.  I was able to hit up so many of the food booths because I lived there and went during lunch breaks or just on days off with friends.  The festival features so many different ethnic foods, and I’m so glad I get to go back with my whole family this time.

Halloween 5K Course Map

3.1 miles around Animal Kingdom

As part of the Food and Wine Festival, runDisney is hosting the Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend that same opening weekend.  While I am in no shape to run a half or even a half relay, the family Halloween 5K is definitely doable.  I may even run some of it if the Couch to 5K Challenge continues to go well considering my herniated disc. (Injection #2 is tomorrow. Ugh)

The best part is that both my mom and sister will be participating with me!  When I did the Beauty and the Beast Royal Family 5K in February, all I thought was, this would be so much fun with Mom and Amanda!  What could be better than racing through a WDW Park? With characters along the way! And you get a t-shirt!

Jack Skellington tee

From disneystore.com, nothing says Halloween like Jack!

Needless to say, I’m excited.  Plus, we bought Jack Skellington t-shirts to wear during the race to keep with the Halloween theme and to match as a team.  We’re going to be so cute!

The 3.1 miles takes us through Animal Kingdom, which should be gorgeous early in the morning, and a little creepy, too, with all the shade (which fits since it’s the Halloween 5K).

The last few years I’ve been forgetting to get in the Halloween spirit. This race should do the trick!

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WDW Wednesdays: Contemporary Eats

10 Nov
Me, in my Ke$ha wig

Me, my Ke$ha wig, and faux nose jewelry

I’m home safely after a crazy awesome Halloween spent in Madison with good friends, food (Tex Tubb’s Taco Palace, or Cadillac Ranch as it’s now called) and drinks (forgot how giant The Real Thing is at Red Shed).  I had some serious fun in my Ke$ha costume, which has made me consider dying my never-been-colored locks blonde.  Doubtful, but I’m considering it.

Last weekend I drove to Cincinnati to visit my older sister in her new-ish house.  We bummed around all weekend, playing Wii, watching girly movies on We Entertainment channel and making some of our fave meals from childhood (hot dog pizzas, anyone?)  I also got to see the Hofbrauhaus, which totally took me back to Germany and yes, Epcot’s German buffet, Oktoberfest.  Sue me!

Speaking of WDW, it’s Wednesday!  Time for my next WDW Wednesday installment.  I’m now less than a month away from my next Disney vacation, and I couldn’t be more excited!  The thing I love about WDW is that no matter how many times you have been there, there is always something new to try, or something old you never got around to trying.  In December, my parents and I will be dining at the Contemporary Resort’s California Grill.  I’ve heard great things about it, and I’m excited for some fancy drinks and Cali-inspired dishes.  If I ever make it out to Disneyland someday, you can bet I’ll be trying the Napa Rose restaurant for the same reason.

California Grill is located in the Contemporary Resort, one monorail stop from the Magic Kingdom.  Considering its location and rooftop view, Cali Grill is one of the best places to view MK’s Wishes fireworks show.  We have a reservation right around 8:30 p.m….perfect timing for the 9 p.m. show!

goat cheese ravioli

Goat Cheese Ravioli, courtesy of http://www.waltdisneyboards.com

The menu is always changing, but right now both raviolis are looking amazing to me:  Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli with Sun-dried Tomatoes, Pesto, Shiitake Mushrooms, and Basil; House-made Potato and Cheese Ravioli with Florida Corn Purée, Summer Squash, Vidalias, and Black Truffle.  Since that’s probably too many carbs for one meal, I’m eyeing the Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Goat Cheese Polenta, Button Mushrooms, Zinfandel Glaze, and Sage or the veal chop or the filet.  Can’t go wrong with a steak at WDW!  But’s that’s a whole other post!

Hmmm, what am I missing?  Dessert!  Say ‘coconut’, and I’m there.  Coconut-Mango Panna Cotta: Coconut Infused Panna Cotta with Mango Gelée, Almond Biscotti, and Coquitos.  Not sure what a coquito is, or a gelee for that matter.  But I’m willing to take one for the team to find out.  Plus, there’s no sugar added, so I don’t have to feel guilty for indulging!

Remind me to pack stretchy pants.

WDW Wednesdays: Halloween Arts and Crafts Corner

27 Oct

I have to admit, I love arts and crafts, cooking, baking…I just don’t get the opportunity to do them often because of my crazy hectic schedule and travels.  But, hell and high water can’t stop me from putting a little extra effort in around “the holidays” (and yes, “the holidays” start with Halloween!)

The Disney nerd in me wanted to give cred to Jack Skellington, everyone’s favorite pumpkin king, this year for Halloween.  I was invited to a pumpkin carving party at my friend M’s house, so I thought I’d bring a little treat along.  I had seen these Jack Skellington cupcakes  online last year, and I’ve been itching to make them ever since. 

Of course, I can’t follow the recipe.  I love Halloween, and I’m going to indulge, but I seriously don’t need to gain 5 lbs over the weekend.  So, I decided to revise the recipe a bit.

1 box cake mix (I bought Pillsbury? I think.  The kind with the pudding mix in it for extra moistness)
1 can pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
1 cup water
white and black frosting (I bought whipped…more air=less calories!)

Follow the cake mix instructions for baking 24 cupcakes, except substitute the oil and eggs for the pumpkin.  Instant calorie reducer!  I used a measuring cup to spoon out the batter into the muffin tins to ensure that the cupcakes would all be the same size, so they would bake evenly. 

Then I frosted them, which was time-consuming, but I think they turned out pretty great!

Jack Skellington cupcakes

My Jack cupcakes!

OH!  And I also added a bit of pumpkin pie spices to the batter to bring out the pumpkin flavor.  Loved it!

So at M’s house for the pumpkin carving party, I brought with a template to carve Jack’s pumpkiny head into my jack-o-lantern.  Carving this was a pain in the butt!  First you poke holes around like a stencil, then you have to go back and carve it all out.  The mouth was insanely intricate, and my wrist definitely hurt after awhile, but I think the result was worth it.

Jack Skellington Pumpkin

The Pumpkin King

I hope everyone enjoyed WDW Wednesday today, and I hope you use some of my tips to Disney-fy your Halloween!  Be safe and have fun!

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