Well hello there – long time no see! I’m sure you’re all wondering how our short vacation to Disneyland went and the answer is AmAziNg!
Michael and I had such a good time that we’re already planning our next trip to Disney World in Florida. Ha! We got to Anaheim late Friday night, so we didn’t have much time to sleep in preparation for the beating we put our bodies through. Getting up at 6 in the morning to walk the entire day while eating less than Paleo fare can definitely take a toll on you. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining, I would do it again in a heartbeat. Saturday we spent the day wondering around the Disneyland park soaking up some sun, riding rides, and eating some delicious treats.
Sunday we moved over to California Adventure to see what all the hype over the new Cars Land was about. I’ve never actually seen the movie Cars, but I can imagine that if I was an 8 year old boy I would’ve been in heaven.
Cars Land was cool but I was just happy being in a Disney park that I’ve never been to before. It was an interesting experience having to actually use a map for change.
Sunday night we had reservations to eat at Napa Rose, a 4 diamond restaurant in the Grand Californian Hotel. I couldn’t resist ordering the 4 course tasting menu, although Michael’s wallet probably wished I had. It may have been expensive, but it was so worth the experience. Check it out:
Looking at these food pictures makes me want to eat there again, it was so good. If you’re at Disney and in the market for some high class cuisine, then I definitely suggest checking out Napa Rose.
We spent Monday morning hitting some of the attractions we liked the most and doing some souvenir shopping. I had to buy my niece a classic Disneyland shirt because it’s practically a requirement.
And just like that, the trip was over. I wish I could put into words why I enjoy Disney so much. I was talking to Michael about it today at lunch and it’s strange, because it’s not like I’m overly excited while we’re at the parks. I have fun riding the rides and eating the food, but I think it’s more about the nostalgia of it that I like so much. When I’m there I feel connected to my parents and my sister, my childhood, and the future family that Michael and I will someday bring. It’s seriously one of my happiest places on earth and I can’t wait to share that with my kids. Oh Disney, how I miss thee already…
Happy Valentine’s Day All! Michael was an awesome boyfriend and sent some gorgeous flowers to work for me.
This is actually the first Valentines day that I’ve ever received flowers, and I must say that I really enjoyed it. When Michael and I first started dating, I thought I would be clever and tell him that flowers and chocolates were stupid and to never bother with such things for me. By doing this I thought I was making myself seem like low maintenance, but instead I was setting myself up to be disappointed when flowers never came. I finally decided to come clean to Michael last year, which was a great decision because my life since has involved many a flower bouquets. Who doesn’t love getting flowers, I mean really?
Now that Valentine’s Day has come and gone, it can only mean one thing – Disney time! Tomorrow we’ll be heading to Anaheim to spend two full days immersed in all things Disney and I can’t wait! I spent 30 minutes the other night studying the Disneyland map and planning our attack. Yes, I know I’m crazy, but I can’t help it. Check out the Valentine’s card I got Michael:
Yes, that’s Minnie Mouse and yes I love it. Ha!
Before I move on to a recap of our meals, I want to give a quick update on Tessie. The vet didn’t think her liver enzymes were that high, but he did want to try a few things to get them back down. She’s on a round of antibiotics to make sure it’s not being caused by an infection, and we’re going to try giving her some milk thistle to help boost her liver’s power. I’ll be taking her back in 3 weeks to be re-tested, so hopefully the enzymes go back to normal by then.
Alright, time for some food pics, here’s a visual recap of dinner from the last few nights.
Yesterday started out as a normal workday, except for our planned departure to Disney of course. Michael had stayed home the day before with a stomach ache, something we were hoping would go away by the time our New Years Eve fun rolled around in South Beach. Unfortunately, the pain didn’t go away, instead it moved to the lower right of his abdomen. After some Googling, and a quick chat with his mom he decided to get it checked out, just in case. Next thing I know, I’m on my way to the Emergency Room to meet up with Michael before his appendectomy begins. What a whirlwind. In the matter of 8 hours Michael was in and out of the hospital minus an appendix. Our trip to Disney may be postponed now, but thank goodness this happened before we made it to Florida. I can only imagine the nightmare it would have been if his appendix had burst while we were there. We’re both sad to be at home, instead of partying with Mickey, but so grateful we caught it early. When we got home last night, I had strict instructions to fix him something to eat that was easy on the stomach. After a quick trip to the grocery store, I threw together this super fast soup, which is just what the doctor ordered. No pun intended.
4 Ingredient Appendicitis Soup
1 cup water
2 cups of chicken broth
1 cup white rice
Bring the water and chicken broth to a boil. Add the rice and cook until tender. Crack the eggs into the soup mixture, breaking apart the yolks. Serve when the eggs are cooked all the way through.
This soup was so easy, and so good for what was in it. I know rice isn’t strictly paleo, but I wanted something that would help keep the pain meds from making him nauseous. The doctors recommended a slice of bread or crackers, so rice was sort of our gluten free compromise. If you’re ever feeling sick and want something easy on the stomach, this is your soup.
Yesterday I bought our tickets for my 21st trip to Walt Disney World (FL), and I’m still riding that high. I can’t believe we’ll be driving through those gates once again in just a few weeks. That yearly vacation with my family has been such a staple in my sister and I’s life. It’s the light at the end of each year, when we get to be 10 again and hold my dad’s hand. I always say it truly is the happiest place on earth, at least for me. This year is going to be particularly amazing because we get to witness my 17th month old niece’s first time at the parks. She may not remember it, but my family and I sure will. This will also be our first attempt with trying to remain gluten free eating theme park food. We’ve decided to not disclose that we’re gluten free when making reservations because Disney takes it very seriously. We don’t want to make the chef come out and talk to us, I just feel like that might be overkill for a vacation. Luckily, Disney has some amazing restaurants with a ton of interesting meat and veggie options. We’ll be making the smartest decisions we can while enjoying ourselves on vacation.
Alright, you’ll be reading a lot more about Disney after our trip so onto some food. Last night we made Curried Shrimp from a recipe on ElanasPantry.com. I’m not sure why it’s called Curried Shrimp because it was a lot more tomato-y than any other curry I’ve had. We served the shrimp with some sautéed baby bok choy. This meal was alright, but I don’t think we’ll be making it again.