Saturday, June 22, 2024

2024 Pasadena Chalk Festival - DisneyMon - Day 1

It's Day 1 of the Pasadena Chalk Festival and we're all super excited to be drawing together as a family! 

When we were trying to decide what to do, the kids deferred to me, saying "you always do Disney, so we should do something you like. Like Hercules." While I do love Hercules, I think we should do something that we all like. We thought on it a little more, and I don't know who it was that ultimately suggested the Pokemon and Disney collaboration, but when we heard it, we knew it was a great idea! 

What would it be like if the Pokemon gang went to Disneyland and all dressed up! We started imagining what characters would go, which costumes each would wear, and all sorts of fun idea. Some haven't been implemented in the final design, but we'll see what kind of time we have when we're done. 
"What about hidden Mickey Dittos! We'll call them Middos!"
"We could have Rayquaza dressed as Tinker Bell and flying over the castle!"

Whew! Some wild ideas, but let's start on Day 1. 

Friday, June 21, 2024

Day Before the Pasadena Chalk Festival

It's the day before the Pasadena Chalk Festival, and we've got nothing to do until later tonight! Our day is our own! 

To start our day, we made our way to the Colorado Street Bridge. 

Thursday, June 20, 2024

Pasadena Chalk Festival Spot Selection and Artist Dinner

It's almost time for the 2024 Pasadena Chalk Festival! It's coming up this weekend, but on Thursday there's a couple important things going on. We've got to pick our spot and later tonight is the artists dinner! Sweet! 

2024 Pasadena Chalk Festival Painting

 Come out to the Pasadena Chalk Festival this weekend to see us and hundreds of other artists! We’re going to do a mural with a combination of Disney and Pok√©mon! Pikachu is just going to be a small part of it! There’s lots of characters planned!

All the artists are asked to donate a 1’x1’ painting to be auctioned off to benefit the Lightbringer Project.

Sunday, June 16, 2024

Happy Father's Day to me!

It's Father's Day and I sure am lucky to be the dad of these two awesome kids. They certainly make life a lot of fun! They both made me cards to celebrate my special day! 

Happy Father's Day - Manitou Incline hike with Dad

Happy Father's Day! We're currently in Colorado which means I get to spend Father's Day with my Dad! And one of his favorite things to do happens to be hiking the Manitou Incline. Let's go! 

Friday, June 14, 2024

Chick-fil-A Garden of the Gods - Rapunzel & Pascal's Enchanted Evening - Daddy Daughter Date Night

Tonight, Alli, Avery, Patrick, and I all got to attend Rapunzel & Pascal's Enchanted Evening at the Chick-fil-A in Garden of the Gods Colorado. It's a Daddy Daughter Date Night! 

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Sour Patch Kids Oreos - Taste Test Comparison

Any time I see a new Oreo flavor out, there's a pretty good chance that we're going to try it. But what is this new flavor I see?!? Sour Patch Kids!!! We taste every single Sour Patch Kids items that we can get our hands on! 

From 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 PopcornSour Patch Kids Gelatin to Sour Patch Kids Gum! There's even a big Sour Patch Kids taste test that I haven't released yet that will be even more epic! 

But getting back to these Oreo Cookies, I knew we'd be tasting them as soon as I could find them. 

And just like we always do, we'll compare the Oreo Sour Patch Kids Cookies to real Sour Patch Kids Candies and see how the two compare to each other. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Monday, June 10, 2024

2023 Road Trip - Abby's Wedding Prep and Rehearsal - 2023/04/21

It's 2023 and we've left Florida to start our summer of travels. It's going to be a very busy start though because there's a lot of big events happening! 

The first major event - Abby is getting married! 

Sunday, June 9, 2024

2023 Road Trip - Tennessee - Burgess Falls - 2023/04/20

We've arrived in Tennessee as we are starting our 2023 Road Trip. Our RV is parked at Whispering Falls RV Park and we can definitely tell why it's called that. There is a general background roar of thundering water that we can hear from where we're parked. Let's go on a hike!

Saturday, June 8, 2024

Reese's Caramel Big Cup Taste Test

While visiting our friends, Danny and Gayle, in Sunset Holler, I already had a few taste tests planned, but when Gayle mentioned her favorite candy was Reese's I went back to the RV and pulled out yet another taste test. (I've always got something on hand for anyone who wants to be a part of a Flowers Taste Test). 

So today we get to try the new Reese's Caramel Big Cup, and we'll be comparing it to the tried and true, good ol' Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. It's my favorite candy too. 

It is summer in Alabama, and unfortunately the chocolate was sitting just a little too long before I opened it up for pictures. It's a little messy with the melted chocolate. 

Friday, June 7, 2024

Doritos Late Night Sizzlin' Cheese Burger - Taste Test Comparison

It's time for another new Doritos flavor! Patrick found one called Late Night Sizzlin' Cheese Burger!

And for dinner, I'm making cheeseburgers to go with it to compare it against! 

Thursday, June 6, 2024

Sauerbeck Drive-In Movies - Harvest Host - 2024/05/22

Today we've got a fun one planned. Whenever Theresa looks at our route and places to stay, she's always looking for something fun to do. And so, when she saw that a brand new Harvest Host popped up in Kentucky that was a drive-in movie theater, she knew we'd be stopping! 

But first, we've got to get there. We left our friends Danny and Gayle early in the morning at 8am. It was requested by the drive-in to arrive by 6pm and have everything set up before 7pm so as not to interfere with the people coming to watch the movie. Sadly we're coming from the Central Time Zone back to the Eastern Time Zone, so it required an early morning departure from Sunset Holler. Let's hit the road! 

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Dole Whip Pineapple Frozen Treat - In the Freezer Aisle - Taste Test compared to the real thing

It's time for another fun Dole Whip taste test! 
I've been seeing posts about this new frozen treat in the freezer section of the grocery store! All the Disney enthusiasts are posting all over Facebook about Dole Whip that you can take home! But my big question is how does it compare to the real thing? 

And so, to test it out and compare, we bought a bag of the actual real thing! This is the real Dole Whip mix that they serve at the Disney parks and in Hawaii. All you have to do is mix it with water, freeze it, then process it! With our new Ninja Creami that's super easy! 

The best people to try it with are friends who also love Dole Whip! We're visiting friends in Michigan who we previously did a taste test to compare Disney's suggested recipe, Dole's suggested recipe, and the real thing to see what comes closest. I wrote all about that taste test here! Now we're together again to give this new frozen treat a shot!

The frozen Dole Whip treats can be found in grocery stores for about $7 for 4 cups (3.6 fl ounces each), making each cup $1.75. The entire bag of Dole Whip mix costs $32, but makes 13 containers. Each container holds 24 ounces, making each equivalent 3.6 ounce serving about $0.37. 

Sunday, June 2, 2024

Leaving Florida 2023 - 2023/04/18

Okay, fair warning, this year might get a little confusing on the blog postings. I am pretty far behind writing things up, having missed writing most of our adventures in 2023. Since we're starting 2024, I need to write those up too. So, it'll be a mix of 2023 and 2024 posts simultaneously until 2023 gets finished. Here we go. 

It's mid-April and we've got to get traveling North! Reasons will be in the next post, but regardless we've got to head out soon!