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Disney Dining

Tonga Toast at Home

I’m a foodie. I’ll admit it. I’m that crazy woman that collects (and reads!) culinary school textbooks. My kitchen is overflowing with cookbooks. And since Lisa of Babes in Disneyland showed the view from her kitchen, I thought I’d give you a peek into mine as well: When it came time to choose a souvenir from our first trip to Walt Disney World, the choice was pretty easy…especially with a certain husband practically shoving me toward the kitchen display at our resort’s gift shop! When I saw that today’s Blog Hop theme was food, I knew it was time to unveil the first in a new post series I’ve been working on: Disney Inspired Recipes! Today’s post: Tonga Toast at Home. There are only four ingredients for this recipe – just sourdough bread, bananas, cinnamon, and sugar. First, slice the bananas in fourths. First slice crosswise, then lengthwise to produce relatively...
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Budgeting

Drive or Fly?

For our family, simply getting to Orlando (or Anaheim for that matter) is an undertaking. We live in the middle of Illinois—936 miles from Orlando. With 6 people, we generally assume it’s less expensive to drive when we travel, an assumption that was probably formed in childhood back when gas cost less than $1/gallon! I’ve done the math and it actually cost the same amount to fly to Orlando as it would to drive, without even considering the time and stress factors: According to Google Maps, it’s a 19 hour drive. Our kids have a hard limit of 3 hours in the car before one of them starts getting car sick and the rest try to kill each other. Assuming we left before dawn to maximize the time the kids are asleep or at least drowsy, we could do it in two days: Day 1: Leave at 4am, drive...
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Budgeting

What Makes the Magic Happen?

Disney magic is different for everyone. As I’m planning our return to Disney World, I’ve seen a lot of information on visiting Disney on a budget, cutting costs, and so on. Some of it makes sense, but I’m staring at a hard decision: What’s essential, and what’s not? I knew when I started this journey that earning enough money above and beyond what I need to contribute to our family budget wasn’t going to be easy. I still don’t know for certain that I’ll be able to pull it off. Freelancing is a high-risk career – I may be drowning in work one week and have nothing to do (except blog!) the next. I won’t know for sure that I can pull off this trip until every last dime is actually in the bank. I priced out different options recently, and it really hit me – staying at a...
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