Monday, November 18, 2019

Happy Birthday Minnie and Mickey Mouse! - November 18th

November 18th is recognized as the birthday of both Minnie and Mickey Mouse! Today they're 91 years old! The kids were excited when I told them so they've been doing all sorts of things to celebrate today.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

A Christmas Disneyland Visit Part 2 2019-11-16

Time for part 2 of our Disneyland trip celebrating Christmas.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

A Christmas Disneyland Visit Part 1 2019-11-16

After the last few trips to Disneyland and them being super busy on Sunday, the Flowers family is mixing it up and going to Disneyland on a Saturday. T and I were hoping that might mean a reduction in crowds.
It also happens that Disneyland has already started its transformation for the holidays. It's Christmas here so that's what we're celebrating! Christmas is only 38 days away!

Halloween M&Ms

Sometimes it's better late than never. I picked up these Halloween M&Ms and we just didn't get around to trying them. Kids, we're a little late but change into your Halloween shirts, we're doing a Halloween M&M taste test.

There's 3 different fun flavors to sample. A Creepy Cocoa Crisp, White Pumpkin Pie, and White Candy Corn. And depending how good your memory is, yes, these are very similar to last years flavors. The Creepy Cocoa Crisp replaced Cookies and Screeem from last year.

Friday, November 15, 2019

National Bundt Day - November 15th

Today is National Bundt Day! This cake is delicious and even though Ian just asked for it on his birthday a few days ago, we're getting it again for Bundt Day! Nordic Ware, the largest maker of bundt pans, having sold over 60 million of them, designated this day as National Bundt Day.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

National Indian Pudding Day - November 13th

Indian Pudding? When I first read that November 13th was National Indian Pudding Day I initially dismissed it. While I'm a fan of curries, I was pretty sure the kids wouldn't be, so I wasn't going to pursue it. But I read further and learned that it's not this India, but instead is meant to reference the American Indian and the corn the English colonists received from them.

Having just used the corn meal the day before for the pizza crusts, I knew we had all the ingredients to make this sweet treat. The kids were excited to help out once again in the kitchen.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

National Pizza with the Works except Anchovies Day - November 12th

Another day to celebrate pizza? Perfect! I'm interpreting Pizza with the Works to mean any toppings you could possibly want on it. Not necessarily the standard green peppers, onions, olives, and sausage. Anything is fair game. Anything except Anchovies! Those are forbidden today.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Happy 6th Birthday Ian!

Happy Birthday Ian! What an adventure these last 6 years have been! I'm so proud of the smart, bold, and kind little boy you've become. When Theresa and I brought you home 6 years ago I couldn't have dreamed all the joy you would bring us.

National Sundae Day - November 11th

Today is Veterans Day (thank you veterans) and along with that it's also National Sundae Day. It's also Ian's birthday and the family out celebrating. They happen to serve an ice cream sundae on the kids menu, perfect for celebrating today.

The menu description promised vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce, whipped cream and a cherry.
Our server must have really liked the kids because these sundaes were huge with three kinds of syrup on them.

A Birthday Disneyland Visit 2019-11-10

Happy Sunday! We're very very close to Ian's actual birthday, so today we're going to the park and celebrating it a day early. I've pulled out all my different birthday hats too for everyone to wear to celebrate.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

National Vanilla Cupcake Day - November 10th

Today is National Vanilla Cupcake Day!

If Aubrey were here, the kids would have definitely made cupcakes with her. Instead, since it's the weekend and we're at Downtown Disney anyway, why not pay $5 for one single cupcake from Sprinkles. Yikes!

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Lay's Chips

Lay's has a new chip for us to try. This time it's a Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup flavored chip. I remember many tasty lunches as I was growing up of grilled cheese and tomato soup.

And like so many of these taste tests, I like to taste the real thing along with what we're sampling.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

National Louisiana Day - November 9th

November 9th is National Louisiana Day. I had my own ideas how to celebrate it, and after asking two other people the first thing they thought about when I said Louisiana, it confirmed it. When I think of Louisiana I think of Hot Sauce!
And there's no better Louisiana Hot Sauce than Tabasco Pepper Sauce from the McIlhenny Company in Avery Island Louisiana.

And I just so happen to have a special Spicy Dark Chocolate from Tabasco for us to sample today.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Fun times with family in Michigan 2019/11/03

It's been a fun weekend hanging out with the family in Michigan. Besides Halloween and birthdays, there's just random goings on that happen that are fun that don't fit in with anything else.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Disney around the World - Day 1.5 - Landing in Korea 2018-10-13

Welcome to Korea! After a 13.5 hour plane flight, we have arrived!

Michigan Birthday Celebrations 2019/11/01

Since we're in Michigan, and since it's right in between the two kids' birthdays, we're going to celebrate them.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Monday, November 4, 2019

National Sandwich Day - November 3rd

It's National Sandwich Day! Normally I don't care for sandwiches, especially cold sandwiches, but there's one place that makes a really good one. The Earl of Sandwich is one of the best sandwich shops I frequent. Normally my order would be the Holiday Turkey, consisting of turkey, mayo, cornbread stuffing, cranberries, and gravy. But this particular Earl of Sandwich was out of stuffing and you can't have a holiday turkey sandwich without stuffing. And Original it is.

Ian took care of a Ham and Cheese, which is also pretty good.

Do you like sandwiches? What's your favorite shop?

Making lots of people smile on Halloween - 2019/10/31

Today is Halloween and we're going to Michigan. We're flying through 2 airports today including a 2:30 layover in St Louis. That means we're going to run in to quite a few people. I see a perfect opportunity to make a lot of people happy.
Even though we're flying, the kids are dressed up in their halloween costumes. Talk about planning ahead, these Mickey pumpkin parkas are from over a year ago from our visit to Shanghai Disneyland. Alli however didn't want to be a Mickey pumpkin. And thanks to her daddy, both her Mickey parka and Mickey pumpkin pail have magically been transformed into Minnie Mouse versions of everything.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Disney around the World - Day 1 - Flying to Korea 2018/10/13

Let's see, what's today. November 2nd. That's just 20 days after October 13th. Not bad, not bad. Oh wait. 1 year and 20 days. Yeah... Sometimes these trip reports take a little while to come together. But hopefully it will all be worth it in the end.

As huge Disney fans, it's always been a goal to visit every Disney park in the world. Back in 2011, Theresa, Ruston, Jacob and I had an awesome visit to Tokyo Disneyland. And then in 2013, the four of us went to Paris Disneyland together.

I remember back in 2012 when the four of us were at Walt Disney World in Florida on the Keys to the Kingdom Tour, that there was talk about when Shanghai Disneyland would be opening up. I think it was right around then that the idea for us to visit all the Disney parks in the world began. Rumors were then that Shanghai would open up in 2016. The four of us discussed when we wanted to visit and everyone decided to give Shanghai Disneyland a year or so to get all the bugs worked out before we'd head there.

Friday, November 1, 2019

National Cinnamon Day - November 1st

Today is National Cinnamon Day! It's a brand new holiday for 2019, proposed by the McCormick spice company. Cinnamon is incredibly versatile and I was thinking of all the different things I could do to celebrate it. There's one recipe though that I think it perfect for today. Halloween is over, it's the first day of November, and here in Michigan the temperature is in the upper 30s.
It's perfect for my Grandma's special spiced tea recipe.

And one of the main ingredients is McCormick cinnamon sticks.
It's our first batch of tea this season and I know it won't be the last. This is the flavor of Christmas to me.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Mystery Mountain Dew 2019 - Mtn Dew VooDew

Mountain Dew has invited us to uncover the mystery of a brand new Mountain Dew flavor.
My brother let me know about the new release, but despite having a Dew Finder, neither he nor I could find it anywhere. Lucky for me, Jacob was near a location that had it and picked up a few bottles to share!


Matching the shirt colors to the label. Very nice. Let's taste it!

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

National Candy Corn Day - October 30th

Today is National Candy Corn Day. Do you like candy corn or hate it?
Theresa is in the "like" category. And to celebrate candy corn, their shirts matched the colors of the candy. White, orange, and yellow.

According to Theresa the only good candy corn is from Brach's. When I went looking at Target, the only one I could find were these. Instead of being super saturated fake colors, these are derived from natural sources.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Alli turns 42! 2019/10/27

I've been wanting to do this kind of a trip for a while, but we've had alternate plans every time we visit. Finally the opportunity presented itself to celebrate this important Disney milestone. Back when Ian turned 42 inches, I put a different hat on him for each of the different rides he was tall enough for.  Now it's time to celebrate Alli!

National Oatmeal Day - October 29th

It's National Oatmeal Day today. Oatmeal is versatile and can be a tasty breakfast or a dessert.

Monday, October 28, 2019

National Chocolate Day - October 28th

National Chocolate Day is a day I can certainly get behind. And I think the rest of the family is on board as well.
To celebrate we grabbed a whole bunch of different chocolates and tasted samples of each.

Alli, why are you dressed up like Elsa?
Alli - Elsa loves chocolate!
That's very true. Great thinking.

A Disneyland visit with Ruston - Part 1 2019/10/27

It's Sunday and that means we're at Disneyland! There's going to be a lot of firsts today, so I'm really looking forward to it. It's also really exciting because Uncle Ruston is going to be joining us, making it even more special.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Pumpkin Pie Kit Kat and Pumpkin Pie M&Ms

Today we're celebrating Pumpkin Pie. Not pumpkin spice, that's something different. I've seen so many pumpkin spice things this season.
Both Kit Kat and M&M have released pumpkin pie versions of their candies. Alli and Ian made spooky paper people to go with the halloween themed treats.

The Kit Kats are new to us this year. The kids tasted the M&Ms last year, but why not try them again.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Latte Oreo Thins

A new Oreo flavor? Actually they came out earlier this year, but I guess we never did taste them.
These cookies are flavored like a latte. Let's dig in!

And like usual, we'll sample it with the item it's intended to taste like. Theresa's home coffee maker makes an excellent latte. Lots of foam and some very distinct layers of milk and coffee.

Friday, October 25, 2019

National Breadstick Day - Last Friday in October

Mmm. Freshly baked bread. There's not much that can be better than that.  Maybe fresh bread with butter on it. Add parmesan cheese as well and you've got a very tasty treat.
Today is National Breadstick day, but where should we get them from? A long time ago, Olive Garden used to make delicious breadsticks, but for the past few years, they're over-baked and under-seasoned. We've tried Pizza Hut breadsticks before too, and Ian just says "no thank you".
So my favorite breadstick since at least college has been from Little Caesars. Theresa and I would each get a bag and have it for a meal.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

A midweek visit to Disneyland with family!

Our visits to Disneyland are pretty exclusively on weekends. But every once in a while a good opportunity presents itself and we go on a weekday.
Theresa's cousin and his whole family are visiting Disneyland this week! T is out of town for work, but I was free, so I got off work early, grabbed the kids and left for Disneyland!

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

National Color Day - October 22nd

National Color Day? Really?
I told the kids about it in the morning and when I got home from work, this is what they created. A very colorful quilt with lots of different stories on it.

National Nut Day - October 22nd

Today is National Nut Day! The kids and I love all kinds of nuts. This is the first time we've had this many all together to try.

There's 10 different kinds for us.
From left to right, top to bottom. Pistachios, Walnuts, Peanuts, Almonds, Hazelnuts, Pecans, Macadamia Nuts, Brazil Nuts, Pine Nuts, and Cashews. Whew!

Sunday, October 20, 2019

A Halloween Disneyland visit with Pumpkin Mickey and Minnie Hats - 2019/10/20

Time for another Disneyland visit!
Every year we get a family picture in front of the giant Mickey pumpkin. It's nearing the end of October and we're starting to run out of time!
Today I've themed our hats to match the Mickey pumpkin. Both mine and Alli's purple Minnie pumpkin hat are from Tokyo Disneyland. Ian and Theresa chose the ball cap style pumpkin hats with Ian's being the 2018 Disneyland version, and Theresa's being the 2019 Disneyland version. I have so many fun Halloween Disney hats, but even we don't visit enough for me to cycle through all of them. I have a feeling that Christmas is going to be the same way.

Halloween Oreos

Halloween is nearly here! Oreo has released some special cookies for the occasion.