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Everything posted by nursemelis374

  1. Woohoo! I am glad the SFMM part is on a Saturday this year, makes it easier for me to stay out later that evening.
  2. Darn it! I wish I would have known about this earlier, I checked and there is like 1 ticket left here and there. Thanks for posting this, it was pretty cool!
  3. I am still so jealous that you guys got to go backstage on Mummy! So cool and thanks for posting!
  4. <------ As seen in picture covering my Halloween costume. I heart mine! My mom even wore it on Saturday and said it was nice and warm!
  5. Yum, I love Corn Pudding!!! I was getting out my recipes for Thanksgiving and thought I would post this one. It is sooooo good and although time consuming, not necessarily difficult to make. It also makes quite a bit so it is good for big families or groups. Sweet Potato Pie The Sweet Potato Mix: 10 c. sweet potatoes (about 9-10 med/lg sweet potatoes) - Note: if the amount of sweet potatoes you prepared yields more than 10 c., that's ok....just be a little more generous with the brown sugar and butter. If less than 10 c. ...then reduce the sugar/butter just a tad....you can't really ruin it. 3/4 cup brown sugar 1 cube butter (melted) 4 eggs (beaten) Milk....only to bring potatoes to desired consistency if needed. Potato mix should be thick and creamy, but not too thick and definitely not runny, so.... the need to add milk really will depend on your own preference. Just add a little at a time to avoid making the mix too runny. Preparing the Potatoes: Wash sweet potatoes and pierce with fork. Bake on a baking sheet (line with foil for easy clean-up) at 400 for 40-45 min (or till soft). Peel off skin once cool enough to touch. Use an electric mixer to blend swt. potatoes, butter, beaten eggs till smooth. Add milk if needed, and only a little bit at a time till you get the consistency that you desire. After mix is done, put it in a greased baking dish and smooth out. The Topping: (can make ahead of time only if using regular flour) 1 cup brown sugar 1 stick butter (softened) 1 tspn vanilla extract 1 cup flour (self-rising is best...gives a fluffier/crusty topping....though the one you ate was made with regular flour. If you do self-rising, you will want to make and add the topping just before you bake the entire thing, otherwise the chemical reactions in the rising stuff (baking soda? Baking powder?) will give the crust a slight salty taste. If you make it and bake it right away, it will be just fine. 2 c. finely chopped pecans. Mix all thoroughly and spread over potato mix. Bake 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until crust is golden brown. If you made ahead of time, bring potatoe mix to room temp before baking.
  6. I was going to post exactly what Robb said but he beat me to it! This was one of my favorite things about SFOG, pretty much each location was full of adult and child attractions. At Termination Day one of the kids with us was not tall enough for Batman (she had loved Terminator and Goliath so she was very dissappointed not to ride Batman too) but her mom stood off and took her to the pretty close Goldrusher and she was a happy little girl once again.
  7. So good to see Pete! I wish there were more guys like him running amusement parks! It is funny because he looks sooooo much like one of the pharmacists I work with and he is a great guy also! Love these updates! So interesting.
  8. This update is awesome! Is it the perspective of the photo or is that award for the Italian ice gigantic? And yes, that pancake machine is awesome!! I wonder if they taste as good as the mini donuts?
  9. Anyone else cry at last night's show? It sure had some moving moments and was my favorite episode so far.
  10. That is freakin' adorable! I wish elephants were born at my work, we just have actual babies born here and they are rarely that cute!
  11. Yum! It is so hard to tell if they are ever ready since they are so gooeytastic.
  12. There is going to be an official one coming out of a partnership between Verizon and Disney for Verizon users. It is supposedly not dependant on users at the park but should more closely match actual wait times as well as FastPass return times. Mobile Magic Finally something for us CrackBerry users and not the iPhone mafia!
  13. Renee - I love Gooey Butter Cakes! I always make marble ones though and add some melted chocolate to a bit of the batter and then swirl it through. Those things are heavenly! Here is a yummy cupcake recipe I recently made for the annual Cupcake Bake-Off I host: Snickerdoodle Cupcake (Makes 12 - Preheat oven to 350 degrees) 1 1/2 cups flour - I sifted mine but it wasn't in the recipe 1 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 1/4 tsp salt 1 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 cup buttermilk (I made my own by mixing milk and vinegar) * I added a bit of nutmeg but it wasn't in the recipe. Topping - Combine: 1 tbsp sugar 1 tsp cinnamon 1. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. 2. In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, butter and eggs until smooth. Whisk in vanilla extract. Alternatively whisk in flour mixture and buttermilk, mixing thoroughly but not ovemixing. 3. Scoop batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar topping mixture on top of cupcakes. Bake in preheated oven for 20 (to 25) minutes or until golden brown and tops of cupcakes spring back when lightly touched. Let cool in pan on rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and let cool completely on rack. Frost when completely cool. I love buttercream frosting but it is so hard to make at home! I found this to be the best recipe, the dash of salt really helps. Buttercream Frosting 1 cup butter, softened 3 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar 1 teaspoon milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/8 teaspoon salt 1. I just mix it all together. Lastly sprinkle with a dusting of cinnamon/sugar mix! I will be posting more. This is fun!
  14. I loved Dollywood and I really hope I can make it to this event someday! Thanks for posting! I had no idea their Christmas celebration was so awesome.
  15. Great photos! I can't wait to go to this park on the Europe trip next year and this coaster looks fantastic!
  16. There are so many cheap plane deals to NYC from LAX right now, I have been considering just making a trip to eat, shop and see a few plays!
  17. ^I heart Jane Lynch! She is wonderful in Best in Show as well as A Mighty Wind. I also was pleasantly surprised to see her in Julie and Julia and now Glee! I have been very up and down with this show. I started out loving it, then was over the ridiculous storylines, and now am back on board.
  18. Over the weekend I saw "Miss Saigon" for 8 bucks (gotta love Goldstar!) at Cal State Fullerton. The story was beautiful if a little slow at moments and I really enjoyed it! I was VERY impressed with the quality of the theater and the production at Cal Sate Fullerton. I will be coming back to see shows here in the future.
  19. A friend and I rode it on Monday and both thoroughly enjoyed it. I had read mostly positive reviews so I was worried I would have too high of expectations. I was inmpressed how the music, effects and actual train all seemed to synch up. A cool little addition to Space Mountain.
  20. Glad to hear there will probably be a Japan trip in 2011 since I just emailed my TPR trip roomie and we decided to do Europe this year and hopefully Japan in 2011. I also enjoyed the format of the chat last night. Thanks!
  21. Glad you are back and what a great a report! I am almost positive my parents have this book and I remember looking at it when I was younger! Thanks!
  22. I almost think this sounds like a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Maybe not the policy that glasses are unsafe on certain rides but the inconsistency with which it is enforced. NOT that I am saying Dave is disabled Sigh. I don't know when it will stop, but I get sad every time I read about bad experiences at Knott's.
  23. I have never been to HHN but I have been to Haunt many times and we always end up splitting off from the people that want to ride roller coasters and not do mazes and/or themed rides. It just makes little sense when you can come back on a regular day, pay less to get in and wait in a much shorter line. I would imagine the same is true for HHN.
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