The Road Back to My Life

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These are my thoughts on life, kids and Walt Disney World.

I realized I had lost me somewhere along the way the past several years. I have been the perfect Mommy, wife and volunteer anyone could ask for. What I was missing was being there for me. I am going to take this year to get back to the real me and these are my thoughts along the way.

So this is my story of life, kids and my quest to learn all I can about Walt Disney World (my laughing place!) and earn my Disney PhD!

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Columbia Harbour House

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Chicken Breast Nuggets and Fish

Whenever we are in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World we plan to eat at Columbia Harbour House. During the off hours it generally is not as crowded as some other restaurant and if you are lucky you can get a table upstairs overlooking Liberty Square.

The day we were here it was a bit crowded but we were still able to get our favorite table upstairs. It takes longer to make the gluten-free food as it is cooked to order so our order took a while to get but because it was off-peak time we were able to sit at our table until the food was prepared. This restaurant was so well run.

We had started at Pecos Bill’s and had a horrible experience just getting into the restaurant. It was crowded and everyone was trying to jockey into the 4 lines that were open. No one was…

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Carrot Cake Cookie – The Writer’s Shop

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Writers Stop.

The Writer’s Shop can be easy to overlook on your way to the Streets of America or Star Tours but this little shop sells one of my most favorite sweet treats in Disney’s Hollywood Studios and definitely a top 5 snack in all of Walt Disney World.

Carrot Cake Cookie

Half of a Carrot Cake Cookie.

The sweet cream cheese filling is sandwiched between two carrot cake cookies. The filling is creamy, sweet and oozes out as you bite into it. My children always love how big it is!

This is one sweet treat you need to try! For $3.99 or one snack credit it is a must do!

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Raglan Road – Disney Springs

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Braised Be Beef - Raglan Road

We arrived two nights prior to the start of the Disney Social Media Moms Conference 2015 and wanted to spend a few days getting to different places that we might not otherwise get a chance to go to. The one place my daughter really wanted to go to was Raglan Road. She wanted to see the Irish dancers. She Irish dances and wanted to see the show.

I was able to easily get reservations for 7:00 pm. We arrived at 6:35 pm hoping to be seated a bit early but the place was packed on a Tuesday evening. We ended up waiting for 35 minutes past our Advanced Dining Reservation (ADR) time. At first we were a bit upset because we were tired and starving and there was nowhere to sit. We were outside behind the restaurant listening to the Irish dance music and watching the dancers through the windows…

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Macaroni and Cheese at Min & Bill’s Dockside Diner

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Macaroni and Cheese topped with Pulled Pork

So, I have decided to go back to my at least once a week posts on Walt Disney World. Most of my posts are about our food adventures at Disney but I will be posting about our adventures with rides, changes at the parks and as always fun with autism.

My daughter and I loved that we had some down time during the Disney Social Media Moms Conference (#DisneySMMC2015) to explore the parks and try some of the foods that we usually don’t get a chance to get to. While at Disney Hollywood Studios we stopped at Min and Bill’s Dockside Diner to try the Macaroni and Cheese topped with Pulled Pork and the Macaroni and Cheese topped with Buffalo Chicken and Blue Cheese.

The macaroni and cheese topped with pulled pork was also topped with crispy onions and a drizzle of barbecue sauce. The barbecue sauce was sweet and…

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Wordless Wednesday – Epcot

Epcot 2005

Remember this?

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Wordless Wednesday – Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room -Love It or Leave It?

Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room

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Cape May Cafe – Seafood Buffet – Dinner Day 2

Cape May Cafe Plate 5Plate from lower left (clockwise): red potatoes, peel-and-eat shrimp, paella, roasted root vegetables, and clams.

We arrived for our reservation 15 minutes early at the Beach Club.  We sat in the lobby for only about 5 minutes before our buzzer went off and we were seated for dinner.  We had a later reservation of 8:00 pm so the restaurant was busy but not overly crazy.  Our waitress showed up shortly after we were seated to take our drink orders and when we returned from our first trip to the buffet our drinks were at our seats.

This is one of my gluten-free son’s most favorite restaurants because there is very little he cannot eat.  There are a few items on the kids buffet and salad bar but overall most other items are gluten-free.  They did offer to make him a separate piece of salmon if he wished but he found enough other items that he really liked so declined the chef’s offer.

For those that love seafood Cape May Cafe’s Seafood Buffet can be a little slice of heaven.  Shrimp, mussels, clams, fish and crab legs are all available.  But, are there other dishes for non-seafood lovers?  Of course there are!

Cape May Cafe Plate 2Plate from left (clockwise): Macaroni and Cheese, Chicken Nuggets, Clams, Crusted Salmon and Roasted Chicken

Roasted Chicken, Macaroni and Cheese, Barbecue Ribs, Chicken Nuggets, Pizza, Salads, Corn on the Cob, Rolls, Corn Bread, Mashed Potatoes and at least one pasta dish and sliced meat are offered most nights.

Cape May Cafe Plate 4Plate from lower left (clockwise): Sliced Roast Beef, Caesar Salad, Mashed Potatoes with Beef Gravy, Red Potatoes with melted butter

The beef was a bit overdone for my taste but it was still very good.  My favorite dish of all through is the New England Clam Chowder.  This is the main reason I love eating dinner here.  I know it is just Clam Chowder but I love it.

Cape May Cafe New England Clam ChowderNew England Clam Chowder

Cape May Cafe Crab LegsThis is the reason the rest of my family loves Cape May Cafe’.  Several plates of crab legs were eaten by my family.   I like crab meat but the work needed to get such tiny pieces of meat out is just not worth the effort to me.  They loved them but I will stick to the salmon, and clam chowder.

Cape May Cafe - Plate 1Plate from lower left (clockwise): Mashed Potatoes with Beef Gravy, Herbed Bread, Roasted Root Vegetables, Macaroni and Cheese, Seafood Pasta, Crusted Salmon

My two favorite dishes of the night (other than the New England Clam Chowder) were the salmon and the roasted root vegetables.  The salmon was delicate and not overly “fishy” tasting.  While the roasted root vegetables were sweet and surprisingly not bitter at all.  I usually associate parsnips, squashes, etc. with being a bit bitter but these were perfectly cooked and seasoned.

Cape May Cafe Birthday TreatThis was a celebration for a 50th birthday.  The kids loved that they kept calling their Mama a half century old.  It was a cute little celebration dessert.

Cape May Cafe Dessert Plate 1We tried one of every dessert offered that evening except the cookies and cupcakes which are the standard cookies and cupcakes served at all the restaurants.

Cape May Cafe Dessert Plate 2The favorite desserts of our party were the chocolate eclair bites and the cheesecake cups.

Overall we had a nice dinner and will definitely be going back on a future trip.

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