Saturday, April 30, 2022

Mountain Dew Taste Test! Regular vs Diet Dew vs Mtn Dew Zero!

Sometimes you just get to wondering. You've got different versions of things that all are supposed to taste the same. But do they? Curiosity is getting the better of us today and we just have to taste it and see for ourselves. Which is the best Mountain Dew? 

There's Original Mountain Dew, Diet Mountain Dew, and Mountain Dew Zero Sugar. All of them are supposed to taste like each other, but will they? 


That's what we're going to figure out today in our quest to find out which Dew is the best! 

Friday, April 29, 2022

Aubrey and Rita come to visit in Orlando!

Visitors! Ever since getting back from Miami the kids and everyone else has been looking forward to having more family visit us in Florida. They are actually going to be the last people who stay with us before it's time to pack up and get this show on the road again. 

Yes, it was late at night (nearly 11pm) but the kids still wanted to jump in the truck and go to the airport to pick up our guests. Rita and Aubrey! 

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Disney World with Jacob - 2022-03-24

Now that we're back in Orlando, we get to go back to Disney World! We're very fortunate that Uncle Jacob is still out visiting from California! He's got an annual pass too, so as soon as he's done working, we'll all meet up at the parks!

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Visiting Lake Magic RV Resort in Orlando Again

Today we're leaving Everglades RV Resort and heading north, back up to Orlando. 

Just like getting into the spot was a pain, getting out was too. There isn't enough room in front of me to pull out straight, so I had to turn the truck to stay on the road. That meant the RV had to climb a 6" curb to make the turn. Luckily Theresa was ready behind me with lots of yellow stacking blocks to make a ramp for the wheels to climb up. That broken corner wasn't my doing, but apparently someone else had to run over the concrete slab too. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Pizza at Home - Cubano style pizza

This week we're in Miami, and I'm looking for inspiration for what kind of pizza to make. Earlier this week I made homemade Cubano sandwiches. That's good enough for me! Let's turn it into a pizza! 

Monday, April 25, 2022

My latest Micechat article is live! Popcorn Around the World – An Epcot Popcorn Taste Test

 My latest Micechat article is live! 

We tested all the different popcorn around the world at Epcot! Check it out and vote in the survey which is your favorite!

Popcorn Around the World – An Epcot Popcorn Taste Test



Sunday, April 24, 2022

The Flowers Explore - Bill Baggs Beach Miami

Well after all the fun we had in Miami's South Beach we decided to take our shot at another beach. We read good things and it was actually recommended by another family we met at the pool. It's Bill Baggs Beach. It's ranked 7th and 8th on polls regarding the country's best beaches! Let's give it a try. 


Located on Key Biscayne, it's a little south of Miami Beach where we were at a few days ago. Named after Bill Baggs, the editor of The Miami News back in the 50s who fought to protect and preserve areas in the Keys in their natural state. 

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Making Havana Mania At Home!

We're in Miami and we're inspired by the location to make some delicious Cuban food! One of our favorite Cuban restaurants when we were living in Los Angeles was Havana Mania! Theresa and I would meet each other there in the middle of a work day for a quick lunch date. Our favorite dish by far was the Filete de Pollo Al Ajillo (Garlic Chicken Filet). 

The owners of Havana Mania actually came over from Cuba in the 1970s, and one of their first stops was in Miami Florida. In 1975 they came out to LA where they opened one of the first Cuban restaurants on the West Side. In 1997, Havana Mania opened in Redondo Beach, serving their delicious recipes to happy guests. I'm excited to make this dinner tonight! Let's get started!

Friday, April 22, 2022

The Flowers Explore - Miami's South Beach

Today we're taking a trip! All the way out to Miami's South Beach! Let's go!

Thursday, April 21, 2022

The Flowers Explore - Key Largo Florida

We're in Miami Florida. We're so close to the Florida Keys that we've got to make a trip to see them! 


One of the first of the Florida Keys you'll encounter as you leave the Florida mainland, the chain of Florida Keys islands stretches for 120 miles and separates the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Made at Home - Cubano Sandwiches

As Theresa and I were driving down from Orlando the Miami, we started discussing the meals we'd be making for the coming week. Ooh, since we're in Miami, we should theme some of our meals to the area. Theresa suggested that we should make Cuban sandwiches and I thought that sounded perfect! Let's do it!

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

The Flowers Explore - Everglades National Park

We're spending the week in Miami and we've got visitors! I'm sure there's some fun things we can go see and do together! 

Today we're checking out Everglades National Park! It's the US National Park with the second most diverse ecosystem (the first being the Great Smoky Mountains National Park)!

Monday, April 18, 2022

Happy Easter! Easter Treats and Pizza at Home

Happy Easter! We're on the road today, traveling in the RV. Despite that, we still made time to do a few fun activities. Theresa and the kids made adorable decorated strawberries. 


And then we also made egg shaped pizzas too!

Sunday, April 17, 2022

2022 Disney World Eggstravaganza - My latest Micechat article

We had a great time finding all the Easter Eggs at Epcot as part of the 2022 Eggstravaganza! Check out my latest article on Micechat.com!



Saturday, April 16, 2022

The Flowers Explore - Miami Everglades RV Resort - 2022/03/15-22

It's time to take the RV on a long journey again! It's been quite a while! It's been around the Orlando area since early November, but now it's time to move. I'm sure our Disney Annual Passes being blocked out for this week had nothing to do with this decision to get out of Orlando...

We're heading down south to Miami to spend the week! And of course as we were driving down the highway, we were playing the "Welcome to Miami" song by Will Smith. 

Friday, April 15, 2022

Meeting with Don, Amy, and Austin in Tampa Florida

It's been a busy day today already. We started in the morning at Disney World with our friends Tom and Abby. Next the four of us jumped in the truck and drove the 2 hours from Orlando to St Pete Beach in Clearwater Florida, just west of Tampa. Earlier this week we got to see Austin and Donald. Now it's the end of the week and Amy has joined them! Spring Break has started! Abby was supposed to join us too, but sadly she got sick at the last minute and couldn't fly to meet us. But hooray! At least we get to see the three of them again!

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Visiting Disney World with our friends Tom and Abby

It's great that we get to see so many friends and family while we're in Florida! Our friends and former California neighbors Tom, Abby, and their two sons are visiting Disney World for the week, and we got to hang out together for a couple of days!

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Ian loses his 7th tooth! 2021-03-29

Exciting times! Ian came into my bedroom this morning, letting me know that he had another loose tooth! It must not have been loose for long, but he was determined that it was going to come out that same day!

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Pizza at Home - Truffle, Garlic, and Blistered Tomato Pizza

Tonight we've got something special. Something that I'm really looking forward to. Truffle Pizza!

I love the taste of truffles. Whether it's truffle butter on steak, truffle french fries, truffle mac & cheese, it's all especially delicious. So how about we try to capture that in a pizza! 

Monday, April 11, 2022

Our newest biking record! A metric century - 100 kilometers! 62.2 miles!

Today is a big day for us. It's our last day in Orlando before we start our 2022 travel season! (I still have a few weeks of posts to catch up on, but this one had to be released early) Because of that, I mentioned the idea to the kids of trying to go for a record setting bike ride on our very last day here. They were all for it! And so, the night before, Theresa and I got everything prepped so that we could leave the house early the next morning. 

Sunday, April 10, 2022

Making Baby Hot Dogs - Part 2

It was just about 2 years ago now that Ian saw "Baby Hot Dogs" on our tablet in the kitchen. He asked if we could make them for lunch back then, so I had both kids help me in the kitchen and do it. 

Today when I was going over what we could do for lunch, Ian asked out of the blue if we could do baby hot dogs again. Sounds like a plan buddy! Let's do it!

Saturday, April 9, 2022

Saturday Morning Cereals - CinnaGraham Toast Crunch Cereal taste test comparison

Happy Saturday! I love trying out new cereals! Today we've got a fun one. It's CinnaGraham Toast Crunch! 

We've tried so many different versions of Cinnamon Toast Crunch and done taste test comparisons. For the original Cinnamon Toast Crunch, I made a loaf of homemade bread and made my own cinnamon toast out of it. For French Toast Crunch, I made a loaf of bread and we made French Toast to compare it to. Likewise for Chocolate Toast Crunch, I made a loaf of Chocolate Bread. When Cinnamon Toast Crunch Churros came out, I made my own homemade churros! And of course when Cinnamon Toast Crunch Chocolate Churros came out, I had to make those too. For Sugar Cookie Toast Crunch, the kids and I made sugar cookies. When Apple Pie Toast Crunch came out, my sister-in-law Megan made a homemade apple pie for us to taste along side it. That is a lot of different versions of Cinnamon Toast Crunch!


So when I was at the grocery store and saw a brand new version, CinnaGraham Toast Crunch, I knew we'd have to give it a try. And what should we have along side it to compare it with? How about homemade graham crackers! I've never tried making those before! Let's get started!

Friday, April 8, 2022

Theresa makes - Pappardelle Bolognese

After having great success with her homemade red-wine braised pork, Theresa is aiming to make another delicious dish at home. We have fond memories of a fantastic bolognese when we were in Italy, before kids. Tonight she's going to try to recreate that dish!

Thursday, April 7, 2022

National Caramel Popcorn Day - April 6th - Celebrating with homemade caramel popcorn and comparing it to Epcot's Karamell-Küche popcorn

Today is National Caramel Popcorn Day! I have a great way that we can celebrate that! Let's make our own homemade caramel popcorn! One of my fellow MiceChat writers has a recipe for caramel popcorn that she says is better than the Karamell-Küche Werther's Original popcorn from the Germany pavilion in Epcot. We're going to test that! 

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

My latest MiceChat article is released! Go check it out!

My latest MiceChat article has been released! 

The Flowers family, plus fellow MiceChat writer Laura Gonzalez and her son Johnny teamed up to complete Spike the Bee's Pollen-Nation Exploration scavenger hunt at Epcot's Flower & Garden Festival!

Check it out here!

Spike’s Pollen-Nation Exploration at Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 2022

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Uncle Don and Austin visit!

So many people come to see us! Rita, Aubrey, and Ethan were just here staying with us. The week after they left, new visitors arrived! This week it's Austin's Spring Break, so Austin and Donald flew out to Florida! They're eventually headed to the beach, but they're going to spend 36 hours with us. 

Monday, April 4, 2022

Pizza at Home - Theresa's Perfect Pepperoni Pizza

Just last week as we were having our weekly pizza dinner, Ian for some reason didn't finish all his pepperoni pizza. That left me and Theresa with the option of tasting it again, and once we did, we realized how much we actually enjoy pepperoni pizza. It's been so long! Normally the kids get the basic pizzas and we go for some specialty option. 

Theresa said that this week we should make our own pepperoni pizza, but enhance it. Tonight instead of a basic pepperoni pizza we're making a Parent's Pepperoni Pizza. Let's get started!

Sunday, April 3, 2022

The kids and cousins visit Disney World Pt2

The kids spent the morning at Hollywood Studios with their cousins, now it's time to hang out with their parents at Epcot! The Flower & Garden Festival is starting up soon!

Saturday, April 2, 2022

The kids and cousins visit Disney World Pt1

It was just yesterday that my kids got a big surprise. Their cousins were in Florida for Spring Break and they wanted to spend a day with them! And not just that, they were going to take them to Disney World the next day and hang out together! Sounds perfect!

Friday, April 1, 2022

Cheetos Flamin' Hot Pepper Puffs taste test comparison

We have visitors, and any time we have visitors, I usually get the question "What are we going to have for a taste test?" We do do a lot of those, don't we. Well let me look up in my cabinet of goodies to see what I can find. 

Cheetos! Nearly everyone likes Cheetos, right? Well what if I told you that Cheetos has just released their spiciest thing in the entire Frito-Lays lineup? Would you try it? I'm a big fan of spicy things, so yes, absolutely I would. 

Meet the Cheetos Flamin' Hot Pepper Puffs!


Today we're going to be comparing the Cheetos Flamin' Hot Pepper Puffs to the regular Cheetos Puffs as well as the Cheetos Puffs Flamin' Hot.