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Thursday, February 15, 2024

Valentines Day Pixie Dust at the Magic Kingdom 2024 - Giving out 350 valentines to Disney Cast Members

Happy Valentines Day! 

If you've followed along with the blog for a little while, you've got an idea of what we're going to be doing today! We've got reservations to Disney World and we're going to hand out treats to all the cast members! 

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Happy Valentines Day - Chick-fil-A

Happy Valentines Day! Today is a day where we like to give to others! 

We started our day at Chick-fil-A Four Corners giving away Valentines treats!

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Disney around the World - Day 5 Part 3 - Shanghai Disneyland 2018/10/18

Ian - Dadda, can you write the next Disney Around the World story? 
I am overdue for that, aren't I? 

Continuing from our morning back in 2018 when we explored Shanghai Disneyland, it's time to move on to even more fun rides!  

Saturday, February 10, 2024

The Return to Florida 2022 - 2022/10/28

Well, I'm always trying to play catch-up with the blog and writing up the things we did. I've completely missed writing our 2023 road trip. Gotta start somewhere, so we'll pick up from where we just returned from our 2022 road trip, having made it back to Orlando

The day after getting back to Orlando and getting back to our RV resort, we were back to our happy place! Disney World! We've got some fun things to see today! 

Thursday, February 8, 2024

Thanksgivingtime in Colorado 2023 - 2023/11/24

Catching up and clearing out a few older posts. This is from our Thanksgiving in Colorado 2023. 

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Pizza at Home - Chicago Deep Dish Pizza revisited!

Oh boy! I'm excited for this one. 
June 1st, 2020 was a day that started a big pizza journey for me. Having been cooped up due to COVID home isolation, my family was really missing having pizza every Sunday. It was Theresa who suggested that maybe we could start making different style pizzas at home. What a suggestion that turned out to be! Since then, nearly every Sunday has been Pizza Day at the Flowers' house! I've made so many different flavors and varieties of pizza.
But, the very first pizza. The one that kicked everything off on week 1. My favorite style pizza. Chicago Deep Dish. It didn't turn out as good as I was hoping that very first week, and ever since I haven't recreated it. 

Theresa - You need to make yourself another deep dish pizza!
Joe - Yes, I should. 
Theresa - I just bought you the right pan. You can make one this next Sunday!

Well, let's get right to it! 

Monday, February 5, 2024

Visiting the Orlando Cat Cafe February 2024

Happy Sunday! It's a great day to go to the Orlando Cat Cafe! I made reservations a couple days in advance for the 10am time. Nicole, who volunteers there, told us that that is the best time because the cats are ready to play and it's not quite their naptime. 

Sunday, February 4, 2024

Sour Patch Kids Gum taste test comparison

Happy Christmas! (this taste test is from 2022)

Alli was thrilled to see that Sour Patch has partnered with Trident to bring us Sour Patch Kids Gum! She loves gum of all kinds, but Sour Patch could be even better! We've tried so many different Sour Patch Kids things including Sour Patch Kids Ice Pops, Ice Cream, Sour Patch Kids Cereal, Marshmallows, Yogurt, Sour Patch Kids Chips Ahoy Cookies, Sour Patch Kids Watermelon Ice Pops, Sour Patch Kids Freezer Pops, Sour Patch Kids Popcorn, and Sour Patch Kids Gelatin


And today we've got 3 different flavor Trident Sour Patch Kids gum to try! There's Blue Raspberry, Red Berry, and Watermelon. Of course we'll try the original Sour Patch Kids gummies along with them to see how closely the gum really matches the original. 

Saturday, February 3, 2024

Homemade Crepes by Theresa (from 2023)

Wandering around Epcot, in the very back of the France Pavilion, you'll find a crepe shop. We would stop there for a treat every once in a while, getting a crepe ($7) or crepe with ice cream on top ($8.25). Not a terrible deal, especially if you get the ice cream on the side in a cup. It's like two treats in one! 

Until, one day they ran out of ice cream... Something in Theresa clicked and she was wondering why she would pay $7 for this thin pancake. 

Theresa - I can make those at home! 


And so, now determined, she set off to make her own crepes at home for the whole family! 

Friday, February 2, 2024

Happy Groundhog Day!

Happy Groundhog Day! What will the next 6 weeks of weather hold? 

We were watching online along with all the other spectators at Gobblers Knob as the Seer of Seers, Prognosticator of Prognosticators, Punxsutawney Phil emerged to give his prediction! 

And he stated that today, he does NOT see his shadow! We have an early Spring coming! 

Out of all his 129 predictions, he has only chosen an early spring 21 times! Bring on the warmer weather! 


Thursday, February 1, 2024

Ian's Airplane Contest

After finishing school early one day, while Alli was still working, Ian disappeared into his room on some sort of mission. When he came out, he was excited. 

Ian - I made an airplane contest! Alli, would you like to play?!?
Alli - Sure! 

But what is an airplane contest? Ian went on to explain it. 

Sunday, January 28, 2024

Pizza at Home - Flat Iron Pepper Company

Happy Sunday! That means it's time for pizza! 

For a few years now, Sundays have meant pizza day. For a time, I was making a unique pizza every single week! Sometimes to relate to where we were traveling. Sometimes because of a particular ingredients. Maybe there's a different style I wanted to try making. Sometimes just being weird with it (looking at you cereal pizza). I've slowed down on making unique things, and Sundays have turned into "just make everyone's favorite." 

Jacob however started bringing his own red pepper flakes that he was sent one year from his friend Cory. Now, I have a shaker of red pepper flakes that I bought from Walmart for $1.44. Aren't you being a little pretentious bringing over this new bottle of pepper flakes when I have some already? 

Well... then I tasted them. Ooh, those are a lot better! Do they make others? 

So, a few weeks later, Jacob showed up with 3 different Flat Iron Pepper Company flavors! 


It's their 3 top-selling flavors! There's Dark & Smoky, Four Pepper Blend, and Hatch Valley Green! I'm excited to taste them! 

Saturday, January 27, 2024

Saturday Morning Cereals - Insta-bowls Kellogg's Cereal taste test comparison

Happy Saturday! What's for breakfast? Cereal! The perfect thing to enjoy with Saturday morning cartoons (if that's even a thing anymore). 

Today, we're trying something new from Kellogg's! Insta-bowls cereal! We've got to try this with Pop Pop. He loves cereal!


So, imagine, you want a delicious bowl of cereal, but you find that you're all out of milk! No worries! Insta-bowls has you covered! Just add cold water, give it a stir, and you just created real milk! 

Naturally we're trying every bowl along with its counterpart. Apple Jacks, Froot Loops, Frosted Flakes, and finally Raisin Bran Crunch. Theresa would not let me take the easy way out and just use a bowl of Raisin Bran. We had to find the Raisin Bran Crunch in the mini-bowl to match. 

Friday, January 26, 2024

Skittles Cotton Candy taste test comparison

During our travels, at a random grocery store, I happened upon a bag of Skittles Cotton Candy! We do like Skittles! In fact, with this Colorado crew, we tried 13 unique bags of Skittles consisting of 56 different flavors! I knew we'd have to do this taste test with them! 


The Skittles Cotton Candy is all one color. Looks like we're not going to Taste The Rainbow apparently with this cotton candy. I'm curious what flavor it will be. To go along with it, we have an entire bag of Skittles which fortunately includes the Lime green instead of the Green Apple abomination. 

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

2024 Disneyland Half Marathon - 2024/01/14

Good morning! After a 7 year hiatus, it is once again time for the Disneyland Half Marathon! Unlike all the previous years where the race was in September, for their first year back in 2024, they are holding the race during the second week of January! Just 1 week after the runDisney races in Florida at Walt Disney World! 

Fair warning, this one is a really long one with lots of pictures. 

Normally I'd try to have a costume lined for up the race. Since we're full-time RVers now, coming from Florida, I don't have my usual selection of hats and clothes. But... we did just celebrate Christmas and I haven't sent any of those clothes back to storage. Why not dress as Santa? The tropical flamingo shorts are because Santa is on vacation now. 

Sunday, January 21, 2024

Chocolate Frosted Donut KitKat taste test comparison

Happy Sunday! Weekends are perfect for donuts, and so today, we have a Chocolate Donut taste test! 

What confection has dared to try to live up to the perfection that is the Chocolate Donut? Looks like KitKat is going to give it a try! 


To taste alongside this Chocolate Frosted Donut KitKat, we've got to find a really good donut. One of my favorites is Krispy Kreme (thank you Amy and Donald for sharing for this taste test). These light and airy donuts are already amazing, but heat them in the microwave for a few seconds and they are phenomenal. 
We know KitKat can make some pretty amazing flavors. We've done a taste test where we tried 28 different Kit Kat flavors from all over Japan

Saturday, January 20, 2024

Saturday Morning Cereals - ICEE Cereal taste test comparison

It's Saturday which means it's time for another Saturday Morning Cereal taste test! Today we've got an interesting one. 

ICEE cereal! And who better to taste it with than the queen of frozen drinks, Aubrey! Seriously, she loves them. Middle of winter in Michigan, we'll still hear "I'm taking the kids to get an ICEE!" When we're together in Florida, shaved ice is a daily treat. When we visited Hawaii together, Aubrey had shaved ice at least once and sometimes twice a day. 


And like we do here, you can't taste the ICEE cereal without also tasting an ICEE beside it. A little melted from the car ride, but it could be worse. 

Thursday, January 18, 2024

Days hanging out after Christmas - 2023/12/28

Jumping around a bit, I know. This is from hanging out with family in Florida in December, after celebrating Christmas together. 

Sunday, January 14, 2024

runDisney after the Kids Race and leading up to the Disneyland Half Marathon - 2014/01/14

The runDisney Kids Race was earlier this morning and we've just been hanging out in the hotel room. I think there's more that we can be doing, so we all hopped back in the car and headed to Disneyland. I'm thankful for the $10 parking instead of the regular $35 parking. 

2024 Disneyland Kids Race

Oh boy! It's time for the Disneyland runDisney Kids Races! 
Coming back to Disneyland after all this time and seeing how much the kids have grown really reminds me of how much time has passed! 

Alli and Ian did the Kids Races here the last time it was offered in 2017. They've grown so much since then! And I thought they had grown so much between 2016 and 2017! Alli was doing the diaper dash (crawl) then

Saturday, January 13, 2024

We're headed to California for runDisney and the Expo!

What time is it? It's time for another Disney race! 


It's finally time for the return of the Happiest Race on Earth! 
Back in 2017 Disneyland held their last race and me and the kids were a part of it! They had an awesome time at the Kids Race and I ran the half marathon! The race went on hiatus while there was supposed to hotel construction around the starting line. Then it stayed gone during Covid and continued to be gone until finally in 2022 they announced The Return! 

Friday, January 12, 2024

Hot Honey Pringles taste test comparison

Okay, just one more Pringles taste test for now. There's certainly been a lot this week! 

This time we're trying Hot Honey Pringles! They are a Walmart Exclusive! 

Of course we've got to try them with my parents, who a few years ago kept bee hives and made their own Flowers' honey! My dad has a couple posts about it here. FlowersbeesVA.blogspot.com


To compare, we've got a couple bottles of Hot Honey from both Sue Bee and Trader Joe's. And while we could just eat the honey straight off a spoon, why not enjoy it instead on some of Megan's freshly baked sourdough bread! Yum!

Thursday, January 11, 2024

Elote Mexican Street Corn Pringles and Street Taco Pringles taste test comparison

It's another Pringles Taste Test! This time bringing us two flavors from Mexico!


Mexican Street Corn Pringles and Street Taco Pringles! And since we like to try every taste test we can along with what that flavor is supposed to represent, we've got homemade Mexican Street Corn and Pulled Pork Street Taco, just to see if they got their flavors right. 

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Chili Cheese Pringles taste test comparison

New Pringles? Absolutely! Today we're going to try a Chili Cheese Fries Pringles! 


And of course we've got to make our own to try along with it! I tried to match the picture on the Pringles canister as best I could. Straight cut fries, chunky chili, nacho cheese and even the chopped onions! 

Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Happy Birthday Theresa!

Wishing Theresa a very Happy Birthday!

Monday, January 8, 2024

Mochinut Donuts taste test

While Nicole and Jacob were out shopping, they came across a shop that Nicole had been wanting to try. Mochinut Donuts! 


Originating in Hawaii, Mochi Donuts are a combination of the American Donut and Japanese Mochi. 
There are 25 different Mochi Donut flavors possible here at Mochinut, but only a dozen different flavors are offered each week. You'll have to check the Instagram of each shop to know the flavors of the week. 
 
Nicole and Jacob learned that the Churro is one of their most popular flavors. They also grabbed a Honey and Nutella. A 3-pack cost $9. 

Sunday, January 7, 2024

Tesla Road Trip - Leaving St Louis, Driving through Kansas, and Getting to Colorado - 2023/11/15

Time for our final push to get to Colorado! We left our hotel at the St Louis Arch and started our journey westward. 

Saturday, January 6, 2024

Visiting the St. Louis Arch - Gateway Arch - 2023/11/15

Continuing our Tesla road trip across the country, we are finally getting to see something up close that we've been wanting to see since we started. 

The St. Louis Arch! Or as it's also known, the Gateway Arch!

Friday, January 5, 2024

Tesla Road Trip - Going to Tennessee and St. Louis - 2023/11/14

Continuing our journey across the country to deliver a vehicle from Florida to my dad in Colorado, we had just left the Chick-fil-A Dwarf House near Atlanta Georgia, on our way to Tennessee. We're meeting up with Carson and Abby tonight at 6pm and it's already 1:30pm! According to the map, it's going to take 5:30 hours to get there! Better hurry!

Thursday, January 4, 2024

Skittles Littles taste test comparison

It's Skittles! But Littles! 

Come here littles! It's time to taste some Skittles! 


These Skittles Littles are brand new! Theresa saw them while shopping at Target and knew we'd have to give them a shot! We've tried so many other versions of Skittles over the years, including the time we tried 13 different bags of Skittles consisting of 56 different flavors! We also had Skittles Yogurt, Skittles Drink Mix, Skittles Freezer Ice Pops, Freeze Dried Skittles, Skittles Candy Canes, and Skittles Cotton Candy, 

Wednesday, January 3, 2024

Seaweed flavored Pringles from Japan taste test comparison

Earlier this year, Theresa, Alli, Ian, and I went to Japan for 3 weeks! While we were there, I found all sorts of interesting treats, some that I knew I wanted to bring back and try with everyone at home! 

First of those are these Pringles! We've tried dozens of different Pringles flavors over the years, including a taste test where we tried 19 different flavors of Pringles at once!  

Today we've got a flavor unlike anything we've had before. Seaweed flavor! That's definitely not one we'd find in the US. 


And like we always try to do here, along with the Seaweed Pringles, we'll also be having a roasted seaweed snack to go along with it. 

Tuesday, January 2, 2024

CookiePop Nutter Butter Popcorn taste test comparison

Cookie Pop has a new flavor that Theresa found that we've just got to try! Nutter Butter! 

Nutter Butter cookies are so delicious. Sweet, crunchy, and peanut buttery, they are the favorite of both Amy and Rita. 

Will these Nutter Butter Popcorn pieces measure up? Let's find out! 


And like we always do, I have Nutter Butter cookies to compare these to! 

Monday, January 1, 2024

Happy New Year from Florida!

Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year from Florida!