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Top 5 Character Dining in Orlando

One of our family’s favorite activities in Orlando is a character dining experience.  You get to eat great food and hang out with some fun characters.  This is also a fantastic way to see your favorite characters without the long lines of the theme parks.  As the restaurant column writer for Celebrations Magazine and a […]

Homemade Hot Butterbeer

Hot Butterbeer Recipes

After trying out some cold Butterbeer recipes, we thought we should attempt to replicate the hot Butterbeer now served at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort. These would make great treats for your New Years Eve party and you could even add a little Irish cream to make a more “adult” […]

Florida Drag Racing

Drag Racing Time!

We left Jacksonville Beach to head down to Daytona Beach to pick up family for the holidays.  During our quick trip, we hit the dragsters at the Speed Park Motorsports.  We LOVE these dragsters! You are in control of a real dragster, pulling 2 G’s at the start and almost 3 at the brakes. You […]

Butterbeer Recipes

Butterbeer Recipes

Just in time for Christmas treats, I’d like to offer some “copy cat” Butterbeer recipes as holiday treats. I found these on Wizarding World Park and decided to try a couple out for ourselves. I’ve made some adjustments to the recipes and I’ll share those details in this post. Also, both Butterbeer recipes that I’m […]

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Kayaking with Manatee and Dolpin

Kayaking with Manatees and Dolphin

Some of our family is in town for the holidays, so we went with them on a true Florida adventure!  We headed out to Cocoa Beach to take a kayak tour with Adventure Kayaks.  We had a great time kayaking around the mangroves, intercoastal and Banana River.  We saw lots of birds, several dolphins and […]

Christmas at Animal Kingdom Lodge

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge at Christmas

Today we spent some time with the animals at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and checked out their Christmas decorations.  Did you know you can stay at this resort and watch zebras and giraffes wander the savanna, right from your balcony?  It is amazing!  We spent some time wandering this incredible Disney Resort and even did […]

Florida Drag Racing

Drag Racing Time!

We left Jacksonville Beach to head down to Daytona Beach to pick up family for the holidays.  During our quick trip, we hit the dragsters at the Speed Park Motorsports.  We LOVE these dragsters! You are in control of a real dragster, pulling 2 G’s at the start and almost 3 at the brakes. You […]

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Top 5 Character Dining in Orlando

One of our family’s favorite activities in Orlando is a character dining experience.  You get to eat great food and hang out with some fun characters.  This is also a fantastic way to see your favorite characters without the long lines of the theme parks.  As the restaurant column writer for Celebrations Magazine and a […]

aeropress

Using the Aeropress While Traveling on the Disney Cruise

The Aeropress is a great little invention from the same people that made the Aerobie frisbee. I first learned about the Aeropress from Tim Ferriss of The 4-Hour Workweek fame. Can’t remember if it was in his book or blog, but I have wanted to try one out since I read about it. Our latest Disney Cruise finally […]

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Hot Butterbeer

Butterbeer Recipe: Adult Version

I decided to make my own alcoholic Butterbeer recipe and I think my “adult” version of the butterbeer recipe turned out great! This one will contain alcohol and be served warm (just like in the Harry Potter books).  This one’s also my own creation, so feel free to play around with the ingredients, the prep, […]

New Star Wars Trailer

New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer!

So, I know this is not exactly a “travel” post, but the Joneses are BIG Star Wars fans and we can’t wait for the new Star Wars movies. Today, the new Star Wars trailer was released.  More about Episode VII in the Star Wars Saga, Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Opens in theaters December 18, […]

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Big Hero 6 Better Than Frozen?

After of week of everyone sick in the Jones House, we took a low key day out to see Big Hero 6! Our kids said it was even better than Frozen! What? I would have to agree. It was really good! You laughed a lot, you cried a lot, you cheered for your favorite character, […]

Hunting

Hunting in NC

Leaving North Carolina

After a late night, we decided to sleep in before packing and leaving for our homes. Always bitter sweet leaving the Farm, but we’ll be back again, next year. Oh yeah, and three of us have a hunting trip to Alabama planned in January! Once home, I unpacked and re-packed to go to Orlando for […]

Spike Buck Down

UNBELIEVABLE Hunting Story!

Wednesday afternoon, we all arrived at the North Carolina farm for our annual deer hunting trip. With a bumper acorn crop, this year, I decided to sit in a lock-on stand in the middle of a grove of white oaks. Go where the natural feeding area is, I figured. Our friend, Chris P, decided to […]