ABC’s Bachelorette Party: Wings two ways

MEN TELL ALL episode, I pretty much thought of the most manly thing I could think of and came up with wings! This is one of my favorite episodes because there is just so much going on and so much drama. But these wings were so good and easily could be served as an appetizer or made as a whole dinner and add french fries.

Spicy Asian Garlic

6 tbsp - Minced Garlic

2 cups - Sweet Chili Sauce

1/4th cup - Coconut Aminos

1 tbsp - Chili Paste

1 tbsp - Sesame Oil

1 tbsp - Spicy Stir Fry Sauce

1 tsp - Cayenne

1 tsp - Salt

Red Pepper Flake for more heat if desired

Kickin’ Honey Barbecue

1 tbsp - Minced Garlic

2 cups - Ketchup

3/4th cup - Honey

2 tbsp - Mustard

2 tbsp - Molasses

1 tbsp - Apple Cider Vinegar

2 tbsp - Worcestershire Sauce

1 tsp - Cayenne

1 tsp - Ground Mustard

1 tsp - Garlic salt

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Directions

Sauces

Cook time - 12 minutes

Put pan on stove at medium heat, add olive oil to pan creating a thin layer of oil. Add Minced Garlic and brown and stir occasionally until garlic has browned. Once Garlic has browned add in the rest of the ingredients and mix together. Once all the ingredients are mixed turn the heat down to low and let simmer for 10 minutes.

Wings

Season wings with salt and pepper, turn grill on to medium heat. Add the wings on the grill and make sure to flip and cook both sides until they are brown. Optional: once grilled, toss in fryer for about 2 minutes to crisp the outside) Let cool for a few minutes, brush on sauce of your choice! Eat!

Announcing your Destination Wedding

I am back with another destination wedding post! Today’s post is all about how to announce to your guests that you are having a destination wedding. For different couples this is going to mean different things. We had a destination wedding where we had 30 guests. For other couples this could mean that they have to coordinate just a few family members or maybe they will be coordinating 50-60 people. Everyone’s situations are going to be different but the idea behind it is the same.

We sent an initial invite that in a way laid out the options that the guests had. We had our destination wedding and then a reception back home in Iowa that would be much closer to everyone that wouldn’t make it to the destination.

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Here are 4 things you want to convey with this initial invite:

  1. You want them to know that you are sending this out very far in advance so they have time to prepare for a trip they didn’t necessarily know they would be taking. We made sure to send these well over a year in advance.

  2. Giving the guest the option to travel. We wanted to make sure our guests that were receiving this initial invite felt no pressure to travel to our wedding and that there would be time to celebrate at a later date closer to home.

  3. Giving the guests as many details as possible. With it being so far out, there WILL be details that you don’t know yet. But having things like dates you want/need the guests to be there, a small run down of the week/weekend, and what to expect from you next.

  4. Make sure that it is clear that you need a response somewhat soon. The sooner you know how many guests are traveling to your destination wedding, the easier it is to nail down details and confirm prices with vendors.

Below is the letter that we sent to our guests, I hope this is helpful! We wrote and rewrote this letter quite a few times to make sure all of the information was conveyed and clear.

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I hope that you really enjoyed this post, I feel like when we were planning our wedding, there wasn’t a whole lot of specific information for us out there about destination weddings. So I am just going to share allll the information we learned and hope it helps someone else and makes their planning experience a bit easier.

ABC’s Bachelorette Party: Spicy Pomegranate Margarita

Fantasy suites week is here! I immediately thought of this spicy pomegranate margarita to make while you and your guests watch the drama unfold in the upcoming episode! Honestly this season has flown by and I can’t believe it’s almost over. This drink is so yummy and you can easily pair it with tortilla chips and salsa or guacamole if you are wanting to also bring a snack!

What you will need

 
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This is such an easy recipe because its really just putting things together, there isn’t any mixing or cooking, just a bit of prep work. Getting the seeds out of the pomegranate was the hardest part and even that could be eliminated if you bought a pack of just pomegranate seeds rather than a pomegranate. I also like it because these are so simple to make but they look really pretty!

5 Reasons to stay on Disney Property

We love visiting Disney World and we love staying on property to enjoy all of the benefits that they have to offer guests! Here are some of my top reasons to staying at a Disney resort rather than off property at a resort nearby.

  1. If you fly into Orlando rather than drive, the Disney’s Magical Express will pick you up and drop you off to your resort for free. They will also take your luggage right to your room for you. No need to pay for an Uber or another car service to get you to the resort!

  2. Extra Magic Hours! When you stay at a Disney resort, you get to enjoy an extra hour in a park where only Disney resort guests are in the parks. This means shorter lines and you can check off things on your list before the park actually opens! You can find the "Extra Magic Hours” calendar, here!

  3. The 60 day in advance fast pass section rule. If you stay on Disney property you get to choose your fast passes 60 days before your trip rather than 30 days. You will also be able to choose all of the days you are at the parks on the first day. When you stay off property, you will have to get up each morning and pick fast passes for 30 days out.

  4. Disney Bus Transportation will take you literally anywhere within the property that you might want to go. If you are going to have dinner in Disney Springs, the buss will take you there. If you are spending the day at Blizzard Beach, the bus will take you there.

  5. The magic and the happiness doesn’t stop once you leave the parks. I like to think of Disney World as this happy magic bubble and honestly, I don’t want it to end when I am there. When you are done at the parks for the day and you get on the bus at night to get back to your resort, the bus driver is happy and ready to make your ride enjoyable. When you get back to your resort, there are happy faces waiting to see if you need anything before you call it a night. Lastly, for the most part, even the guests are happier than they would be staying off property!

The rooms on property might cost a bit more than staying off property but once you add in renting a car, paying parking each day at the parks and all in all, the lack of convince to drive and park and find a spot each day, and subtract the stress, the cost will even itself out. What is your favorite reason to stay on property?

10 Tips for Animal Kingdom

10 Tips for Animal Kingdom

 
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After I created my Tips for Magic Kingdom post, I got to thinking that I have tips for all four of the parks! Animal Kingdom is such a fun park, they have great food, its basically a zoo combined with an amusement park and the shows are so much fun to watch {Just to name a few}. We love that there are so many different types of food, sort of like Epcot but different in my opinion.

  1. If you are unable to get a fast pass for Flight of Passage, go get in line around lunch time(between 12:00-12:30 when everyone is getting food! Opt for an early or late lunch or you can bring a snack in line.

  2. Get a fast pass for Kilimanjaro Safari in the morning, the animals are more active. This is what we do when we go. I have also heard that they are active around dusk but I have never actually tried it yet, maybe next time!

  3. Skip Pizzafari, there are so many good reviews for this restaurant but neither Dustin or I enjoyed our food. We actually ended up not eating it and getting dinner elsewhere.

  4. During the light show on the water at night, ride Expedition Everest! Usually everyone is watching the show and last time we were there we were able to ride it four times in a row by going in the single rider line. I also think that it feels like you are going faster at night!

  5. Take some time looking at the Tree of Life! There are over 300 animals that are carved into the tree and really cool to look at. If you walk around the Discovery Island Trails you can see them up close!

  6. If you weren’t able to get fast passes for The Festival of the Lion King, that’s okay! Usually the wait in the afternoon(around 3:00pm) isn’t too long and it is a great way to escape the heat. It’s also one of my favorite shows in all of the parks!

  7. The Starbucks at Animal Kingdom is called Creature Comforts and it is located on Discovery Island. We like to get coffee here to start the day off!

  8. The fast passes that I recommend getting are:

    1. Flight of Passage

    2. Kilimanjaro Safari

    3. Expedition Everest

  9. If you want to ride Kali River Rapids, or any water ride for that matter, bring a zip lock baggy so you can put your cell phone in it to stay dry! Usually on hot days your clothes will dry fairly quickly, but if you are worried you can bring a pancho as well.

  10. For my gluten free friends, we had a really hard time finding breakfast at Animal Kingdom. I ended up having babybel cheese and fresh fruit from the Harambe Fruit Market. I recommend eating at the resort!

I hope you enjoy these tips and learned something you didn’t know before! As always, if you have any questions at all feel free to ask! I am happy to help!

ABC’S Bachelorette Party: Dips

When I first started to think about what I would make for the hometowns episode, I was STUMPED. I started looking into popular foods from the places that the contestants lived and I just was uninspired. I decided to think of the kinds of appetizers that I make for family get togethers. Most of the things that we make when our family is together are simple and delicious. I decided to make two dips to cater to two flavor pallets(sounds so official lol). Buffalo chicken dip is so freakin’ good and then my personal favorite is ham and pickle roll up dip.

 
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Buffalo Chicken Dip

  • 1-2 chicken breast shredded(1 large or 2 small)

  • 2 8oz packets of cream cheese

  • 1 1/2 cups mozzarella

  • 1/2 cup of Franks Buffalo Sauce

  • Salt and pepper to taste

Add shredded chicken, cream cheese, buffalo sauce and mozzarella to a small crockpot. Heat until warm stirring occasionally, add salt and pepper to your liking. Serve warm with tortilla chips.

Ham and Pickle Roll up dip

  • 8 oz diced ham

  • 16 oz diced pickles

  • 2 8oz packets of cream cheese

Combine decided ham, diced pickles and cream cheese together, serve cold with crackers. I like the Vans GF crackers, they are also really good with ritz crackers.

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These are such easy recipes that take less than 10 minutes to make. I also like making both of these together because one dip is hot and the other is cold. After I made these I realized that I have about 3 other dips that I make that I want to share! Maybe those will come to the blog soon! Let me know if you try these and if you like them!

20 things to do in Singapore

 
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I feel extremely lucky that Singapore was the first place that I got to go all thanks to studying abroad my sophomore year of college. I think that everyone should absolutely do it if they get the chance or if the opportunity presents itself. It definitely wasn’t easy and I worked 3 jobs while saving up to study abroad and I would hands down do it again in a heartbeat!

I think that studying abroad and getting to spend a month with our classmates that are from Singapore, we got to experience some things that you wouldn’t find on the first page of Trip Advisor! Not to knock Trip Advisor, as many of these things are on that list! I feel that the best way to give you all the information is to link each activity to its website, and you can plan your trip from there.

Things to do

  1. A Japanese cooking class

  2. Spectra Light Show at Marina Bay Sands

  3. Singapore Zoo and do the Night Safari!

  4. Rock Climbing at The Rock School Gym

  5. Sentosa Island - you could easily spend a whole day here!

  6. Learn all about tea at Yixing Xuan Teahouse

  7. Rent a bike and explore Pulau Ubin

  8. Alleviate Fish Spa is a must, definitely a fun experience! We also got massages at the place right about this!

  9. Singapore Flyer

  10. Grab dinner at one of the many great restaurants in Clarke Quay

  11. Marina Bay Sands - Go up to the top!

  12. The Changi Airport itself was INCREDIBLE - spend some time here if you can! Each terminal has something very cool in it!

  13. SO. MANY. MALLS… and each mall was different! I really liked Bedok Mall, Suntec City, and Orchard Road, to name a few! You can’t really go wrong with any of them!

  14. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum

  15. Singapore City Gallery - I learned so much about Singapore here!

  16. Singapore River Cruise

  17. Gardens by the Bay, it is gorgeous! There are also about 8 different parts to it. Bring the camera!

  18. Chinatown Street Markets, so fun to explore and find some neat things to take home! I found lots of souvenirs here.

  19. Order a Singapore Sling to experience this iconic beverage!

  20. Sultan Mosque, it is gorgeous, and it looks like the palace in Aladdin to me!

There are so many amazing things to do and see in this incredible country. The more time you have to explore Singapore the more you will be able to take in! I wish I would have been more into writing when I went on this trip because I would have loved creating a travel diary of my time there. Have you been to Singapore? What was your favorite thing to do there? I would also love to know if/where you studied abroad!

 

Six Day Fast Pass Guide

 
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You guys I am so EXCITED! In the morning I get to pick my fast passes for my August trip and I CANT WAIT. I always make a game plan before selection day(lol sounds so official). I like to write out each day, which park we will be at each day, and which fast passes we are trying to get for that day.

We are going to be in the parks for 6 days straight and we decided that we want to go to Magic Kingdom twice and Animal Kingdom twice. In my opinion, these two parks are the biggest with the most to do, see and eat. Yes, Epcot has a lot of foods don’t get me wrong but the foods and the amount of rides balance each other out. Just a personal preference!

DAY 1

Park: Magic Kingdom

  1. Space Mountain - This is my favorite ride at Magic Kingdom so we will be getting this for both days!

  2. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train - This is a fun ride, I love the line to get in but it is always a long line so I try to get a fast pass for it! This is also a good ride to end your night on, get in line about 5-10 minutes before park close and you can stay in line until you ride it! I think that this ride is faster at night!

  3. Peter Pans Flight - This is such a good ride, I never understood the hype or why there is always a long line but I went on it last time was there and now I will get a fast pass for it so I can skip the long line!

DAY 2

Park: Animal Kingdom

  1. Flight of Passage - The last couple of times I have went to get this fast pass, I have literally just taken whatever I can get for them, any time of day. I’m talking like 6pm and 7pm

  2. Kilimanjaro Safari - I recommend getting this fast pass earlier in the day because the animals are up and moving around in the morning!

  3. Dinosaur - We love this ride, but the wait time is always hit or miss for it and for that I get a fast pass for it.

DAY 3

Park: Epcot

  1. Test Track - Definitely add this to your fast pass list! It’s a ride but it is also a very cool experience as well.

  2. Spaceship Earth - Before the first time I rode this, I was pretty much like why are we going on this(because I didn’t know what it was). Now I think it is such a fascinating ride, definitely a must!

  3. The Seas with Nemo and Friends - A cute ride and a great way to get out of the heat.

DAY 4

Park: Hollywood Studios

  1. Slinky Dog Dash - This is Hollywood Studios’ latest rollercoaster and it was so much fun! Definitely add it to your plans for the day.

  2. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster - This ride alllllways has a long line and its so good!

  3. Frozen Sing-a-long Celebration - This is such a funny show even for adults! Try to get a fast pass for the 2pm or 3pm show because it is a great break from the heat!

DAY 5

Park: Magic Kingdom

  1. Splash Mountain - The perfect ride to cool off on a hot day!

  2. Space Mountain - Like I said before, this is my favorite ride and I always try to go on it as much as possible!

  3. Jungle Cruise - Such a funny ride.. so many puns haha

DAY 6

Park: Animal Kingdom

  1. Flight of Passage - So nice you’ve got to do it twice haha but seriously, try to get this fast pass for both days!

  2. Kali River Rapids - Much like Splash Mountain, this is a fun way to cool off on a hot afternoon.

  3. Expedition Everest - such a fun ride! Get the fast pass but then go on it again at night, it feels faster!

 

ABC's Bachelorette Party: Large Charcuterie board

I can’t believe that we are well over halfway done with this season, its crazy! It is seriously time for Luke P to go home and I jokingly said that this charcuterie board is as large as Luke P’s ego! The idea behind this was that it was going to be red, white and blue but it really turned into red, white, blue and orange.. a little unavoidable. But it was so so good!

 
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What you will need

  • Brie wheel

  • Pistachios

  • Pepperoni

  • Goat Cheese

  • Colby Jack Cheese

  • Blue Cheese

  • Cheddar Cheese

  • Hot Habenero Cheddar (warn your guests of the heat!)

  • Fresh Mozzarella Balls

  • Raspberries

  • Blueberries

  • Dried Cranberries

  • Simple Mills GF Crackers

  • Hershey’s Chocolate

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I’ve definitely said this before, but the best thing about charcuterie boards is that you can do what you want and there aren’t any rules when it comes to what you have to do. If you missed it, you can read about my smaller charcuterie board here! You can tell in the video that I would put something down and then change my mind with how it was looking as I placed things! The freedom with these is so great. Side note, I know I have already made two but I’m sure this won’t be my last one! See the video below! As always, I have so much fun putting these together and I hope you enjoy!

Date night in Boston: Aquarium

Date nights are our favorite and if I am being honest most of our date nights happen turn into day dates. I’m not sure but I would put money on us being the most old spirited 24 year olds ever haha. I have mentioned this before but the first thing we did outside of moving into our apartment when we moved to Boston was going to the New England Aquarium and getting season passes so we could visit any time we want to. We love visiting aquariums, zoos and pretty much anywhere we can see/interact with animals. I mean a tortoise entertained us in Athens for a solid 45 minutes.. haha

 
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To start this date night/day date, head to the New England Aquarium, it is right off the blue line and the train stop is literally called “Aquarium”. We basically start from the bottom of the building and work our way up. Right when you walk into the aquarium they will tell you when and where they are doing demos and answering questions for guests about specific animals throughout the day. The staff at the New England Aquarium are so eager to help and make sure that you have the best experience possible. Plus they are going through some updates to add more and more fish and animals for you to see!

We would 100% recommend visiting the aquarium if you are visiting Boston, and if you live here and haven’t been, go! You can easily spend a few hours here(depending on your browsing speed haha). If you go in the morning, you can walk across the street to Legal Seafood for lunch or if you spend the afternoon at the aquarium you can have dinner at Legal Seafood. The best thing about this restaurant is all of the gluten free options that they offer. The majority or their menu is naturally gluten free and they have separate fryers for the foods that do contain gluten. They make sure that they know of your allergy and a manager will bring your food out to you. I love getting the fisherman’s platter as well as the fish and chips. It’s rare that I get fried GF food! Dustin gets gumbo, a lobster roll, crabmeat roll or the lobster bisque(all non GF options). They also have really tasty drinks!