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This is… 27… What?!? A Birthday Recap

Hey Internet! How goes it? Just dropping by to do a quick birthday weekend recap… from two weekends ago… I may not be good at this… Anyway, two weeks ago I turned 27… I’m officially in my late twenties and it may possibly be freaking me out a bit… To celebrate I had a fun filled weekend of shopping and eating and dranking.

Sunday Adorableezle Winterpop and I went shopping – we hit up Charming Charlie’s and Home Goods and Ulta – I got myself some fun birthday treats and it was a fun morning. On the way home we grabbed some Pei Wei and then my friend from high school and college came up from Sarasota to visit! We spent the night at Trader Sam’s – my favorite bar on Disney property. Its a tiki bar with a lot of fun themeing and special effects. I maybe forgot to take pictures, but here are some instagram pictures from my last trip to Trader Sam’s:

 

Hello Old Friend ❤️🍹🍍#tradersamsgroggrotto

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Sunday morning a small group of us got together and got breakfast at The Wave… of American Flavors at the Contemporary Resort . They have a great breakfast buffet with refillable mimosas. I basically ate All. The. Cheesy Grits. After breakfast we headed over to Epcot to ride Ellen’s Universe of Energy one last time before it closed on the 13th. It was bittersweet. The we rode the Gran Fiesta Tour and got a birthday margarita. Here is a quick Snapchat snapshot of the day:

And also a pretty group picture:

After that we were all feeling pretty tired, so we went our separate ways and I took a really nice birthday nap… did I mention I may be old?

To cap off the weekend Adorabeezle and I got dinner at The California Grill, also at the Contemporary Resort. I hadn’t been to California Grill since 2010, but it was just as AMAZING as I remembered it. I mean…

 

It was a really great weekend, and I’m excited to see what 27 has in store!


Poppin’ Those Bubbles | A Disney-esque Cocktail

Hey Internet!! Today I am going to start a series about Disney-esque Cocktails – these are drinks I create at home based on my favorite drinks in the parks! Disney (especially Epcot during Festival Season) serves up a mad (yet expensive) cocktail – when I find one I REALLY like (especially if it is a festival drink) I try to recreate it at home – it is cheaper and that way this hermit introvert doesn’t have to leave the house to enjoy a good drank!

 

The cocktail I’m sharing today was featured at a booth at the First Annual Epcot Festival of the Arts! A note about “festival season” – Epcot currently hosts three annual festivals – International Food and Wine Festival in the Fall, Flower and Garden Festival in the Spring, and new this year (and now my all-time favorite!) Festival of the Arts in January/February. The festivals are great! They have special merchandise, entertainment, and (most importantly) food and drink booths. It is not uncommon for Adorabeezle and to hit up Epcot just for festival food – no rides, no shows, just get some food and some drank and then go home to the cats.

 

The Festival of the Arts had some of my all-time favorite festival food.

 

There was the Choriqueso Taco served with Chihuahua Cheese, Red and Green Peppers over a Corn Tortilla and garnished with Poblano Peppers and Micro Cilantro with the Mandarin Ginger Margarita

 

 

 

Then there was the Wild Mushroom Risotto, Aged Parmesan, Truffle Shavings and Zinfandel with a Classic Sidecar with Chocolate Twist

 

 

 

There was the Flank Steak Guarache with Black Beans, Salsa de Chile de Arbol, Frisee Lettuce, Queso Fresco, Shredded Carrots, and Chipotle Mayonnaise with the Passion Fruit Coconut Margarita (My FAVORITE… but alas, I haven’t figured out quite how to recreate it yet…)

 

 

And the Braised Beef Short Ribs with Parsnip Purée, Broccolini, Baby Tomatoes, and Aged Balsamic with the Port Wine-poached Pear, Vanilla Panna Cotta and Pistachio Crumbs

 

 

Then the Sous Vide Venison with Butternut Squash Purée, Pomegranate Reduction, Pickled Turnips, and Juniper Berry Powered with the Popping Bubbles Cocktail.

 

 

Also with the Popping Bubbles Cocktail was the Almond Frangipane Cake with Raspberry Jam and Chocolate (also AMAZING – plus it made me feel like I was on the Great British Bake-off)

 

 

 

Basically every time I went to the festival I was like:

 

 

Did I mention there was also a lot of actual art? there was. I really liked this Donald picture – painted by Donald himself!!

 

So today I’m going to teach you how to make the Popping Bubbles Cocktail! This one was a lot of fun, and is super easy to make (but it does take a bit of an investment up front – also fridge space). The only things you need for this drink are:

 

  • Popping Boba (I like strawberry – at the festival they started with strawberry and then switched to peach. Both were good!) – You can get popping boba on Amazon (with Prime!… sometimes…) but most of them are sold in 7 lb tubs… I know what you are thinking. You are thinking “Liz you did NOT buy a seven pound tub of popping boba!!” and the answer is no! I didn’t!… I bought two… The first one lasted like four months, but I just got my second tub a few weeks ago. No Shame (Guys it’s so good!).
  • Sparkling Wine – The festival used a dryer wine, but a pink Moscato also works great, whatever kind you like!
  • Bobo Straws

To make the drink just spoon some boba into a glass and top it off with the sparkling wine! This would be a really fun cocktail for a party – it’s more whimsical than regular wine, and then if you didn’t want 7 lbs of boba sitting in your fridge, you could make a big dent in it! Plus your friends will think you are fancy AF.

See? Fancy AF.

 

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed the (VERY long overdue) recap of Epcot’s Festival of the Arts, and a fun idea for an easy to make cocktail!

 


Celebrating Halloween a Month Early

Hello Internet! I’ve been gone for a week because school is time consuming, but I wanted to drop in and 1) say thank you for the wonderful comments/texts/messages I got on my last post. It was s lovely to have people reach out and assure me that I’m not alone and offer their support. And 2) I wanted to share with you the super fun times Adorabeezle and I had at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party on Friday!

I know it seems early for a Halloween party, but Mickey is very popular and he needs to hosts a ton of parties in September and October just to fit in all his friends! If you’ve never heard of it, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) is a special event at the Magic Kingdom. It starts at 7 and goes until midnight and has a special parade and fireworks show, as well as special character meet and greets and stage shows.  And people dress up. And there is free candy. And basically everything is awesome.

For the party Adorabeezle and I went as Joy and Sadness from Inside Out. And we basically killed it. I mean:

#feelingnotsoscary

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JOY!! #feelingnotsoscary A photo posted by Liz (@liz_tippy) on

Sadness. #feelingnotsoscary

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We saw the parade twice, which was great because it is my favorite parade of all time. We also got to see the fireworks (the best fireworks of the year) AND the brand new Hocus Pocus stage show which was basically perfection.

MNSSHP is one of my favorite things of the whole year and if you find yourself in the Orlando area in September or October, you need to do yourself a favor and get a ticket to a Halloween party!

What are your favorite Halloween traditions, Internet?


Just Doing Some Observating

Hey Internet!

So instead of blogging on my vacation (like I did last year), this trip I wrote down some of my observations each day so I could share them with you this week.

Now I know it has been VERY Disney-Centric around these parts lately. And that’s because I’m a Disney girl. I KNOW Disney. I love Disney.

And they say to write what you know.

I promise this is not becoming a Disney-only blog. I am almost done with the Disney posts, but while I put some of the posts in my head into a computer (am I the only blogger with no “drafts folder?” Dang me and my unpreparedness!), I am going to share a bit more Disney, because it is written already.

And also, Disney is cool. Why, you be hatin’ Internet? (What’s that? You weren’t hatin’? It’s all in my head? I apologize).

Anyway, we have spent too much time talking already. Let’s get to it! I’m breaking this up into 3 posts because I observate so well and one post would be LONG.

Disney Observations Day 1

70 degrees is way too cold for a hotel room. You will shiver all night. It doesn’t matter if you are sweating when you go to bed. 72 or higher. Always. Especially if you don’t have a ton of blanket options.

Even when you are severely under-caffeinated, never chug a grande caramel macchiato as you power walk in 90 degree heat so that you can get on to a roller coaster. I believe my stomach’s exact words were “what the hell dude?!?”

Eat breakfast. Just… Always. Make time. Even when you are on no sleep and it’s 6:45 in the morning and you have a theme park to get to. Even when you aren’t hungry. Your body needs that fuel.

It’s hard to unplug from your phone, especially when the theme park you are in has an app to organize everything. The line between “slightly unplugged due to vacation” and “Hey I’m waiting in another line. What’s up Facebook?!?” Is surprisingly thin.

Frozen had officially taken over the world.

Sometimes the best thing you can do is just sit and wait for a parade. You don’t need to run everywhere. Especially on a nine day vacation.

It’s never too hot outside for hot chocolate at dinner. Also: restaurants in Florida are very cold.

Not everybody in the happiest place on earth is happy. (I’m looking at you woman who told the people waiting on Main Street for the fireworks (WHICH THEY WERE TOTALLY ALLOWED TO DO) that you hoped we would get run over by somebody. I’m. Looking. At. You).

When you get a chance, pay it forward. You’ll never regret it.

Always ALWAYS thank the cast members working during a crazy holiday. Their day is just as long as yours and involves significantly less recreation.

Sometimes you have to sit in the middle of a huge crowd and pray. That’s totally ok. Great on fact. Just sit down and do it.

Perimeter fireworks (fireworks displays that are set off 360 degrees around the place you are standing) are the best kind of fire works.

Grand Old Flag is the best patriotic song. Followed by This is My Country. It’s ok to dance to them. Who cares if you will probably wind up on YouTube somewhere. Your dance moves are awesome.

74,000 people is a lot of people. Especially when they all are trying to get out of a theme park at the same time. Making up songs and jogging in place does not make the crowd move any faster.*

Disney busses are colder than Anna’s heart after Elsa froze it. By a magnitude of a million.

*note my song went: “Bolt! We’re bolting we’re leaving the park! We’re weaving! We’re swerving! We are getting out! THANK YOU**

** The thank you was directed towards all the cast members I passed.

Disney Observations Day 2

48 hours seems like forever sometimes.

When security wishes you a “Happy Frozen Day,” buckle up. The first day of a Frozen celebration at Disney World is almost as crazy as the Fourth of July. Almost.

Sometimes it doesn’t rain in Disney – it snows.

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People will pay $60 a head to ensure they have a good view of Anna and Elsa.

If you see the same girl dressed as Elsa 100 times, chances are she is not stalking you and you’ve just seen 100 separate little girls dressed as Elsa.

Anna is horribly underrated in the preschool crowd.

Frozen has seriously taken over the world.

Magic bands are kind of awesome.

You can never watch Muppet Vision 3D too many times.

I will never get passed the “beaver” ranking in Toy Story Midway Mania, and that makes feel dirty. And that makes me corrupted for feeling dirty.

If you hand me a piece of cardboard on a stick and a hashtag to Instagram, I WILL carry that piece of cardboard all over a theme park. Also: get ready because your Instagram feed is going to blow up. #olafsummervacation

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Sven is the best. We need more Sven.

People are 100% willing to wait in a line over an hour so that they can buy frozen merchandise. And that is just the line to get into the store. Once they are in the store they will grab as many Elsa dresses as they are allowed to buy (Five. Five is the limit.) and wait another hour in a line to check out.

Being around people who LOVE Frozen, makes me LOVE Frozen more than I did already.

I kind of hate the wave, and refuse to participate. Sorry if you love it. I just… Don’t…

Fantasmic never ever gets old and I will ALWAYS dance with it and everyone else can just deal.

Frozen Fireworks are not an oxymoron at all they are awesome.

Nothing feels better at the end of a long day than hot chocolate. Even when it is 90 (yet snowing) out.

Disney Observations Day 3

Sometimes a little extra sleep is worth getting to the park after it opens and this experiencing slightly longer wait times.

Venti Iced Cinnamon Dolce Lattes are a snack on the Disney Dining Plan, and your stomach can totally handle a Venti despite the fact you haven’t ordered one in years. Drinking outside under an umbrella next to a fountain is just a bonus.

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37 minutes of Ellen And Bill Nye the Science Guy is a great way to relax and also maybe nap.

Gods timing is awesome and perfect. Sometimes you are just walking through EPCOT and you see a dear friend you haven’t seen in four years. And it is wonderful.

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Just because an eating area is covered doesn’t mean you won’t get wet. If there are no walls, and it rains, you are going to be eating soggy nachos.

Never wear new shoes to a theme park. They need to be broken in first. At the same time, you should probably check your well-worn tennis shoes for holes. Even if they weren’t there two days ago, they may be there today and when it rains your feet will be soaked. SOAKED I SAY!!!

St. Germain sells awesome cocktail carafes for $7. I am going to buy one.

It is totally possible to have a major existential crisis at Disney. It’s ok. Just try to have fun. Journal when you can and you can work through it when you get home.

Even the cutest toddler you ever did see will inevitably throw up at the table in the fancy French restaurant. That’s how life works. Try not to stare when her parents catch it in a napkin and leave the napkins on the table full of baby vom for the servers to deal with.

You don’t have to see the fireworks every night. It’s ok to go home after dinner and sleep.

I will always call the place I am sleeping at “home” – house, apartment, motel, friend’s couch – all “home” to me.

Bodies are weird. It’s totally ok to answer the question “how do you get blisters like that?” with “how do you NOT get blisters like that?!”

Urban Decay All Nighter Make Up Setting Spray ain’t joking around. It has a job to do and it does it, come rain or shine or sweat.

Disney Resorts have a channel that will read you a bed time story at 10 each night (Channel 17. Check it).

Channel 17 is a lie. There was no bed time story. Just some old cartoons. It was still cool. Just, you know, a LIE.

Channel 17 is not a lie. They read the bedtime story every fifteen minutes starting at 6 and ending at 10. Go to bed kids!!

So there’s that.

Fun fact? Channel 17 reads THE SAME bedtime story every fifteen minutes from 6 to 10 EVERY NIGHT! Want to hear the story of Duffy the Disney Bear? I know it by heart.

Any whoozles-whatzits. See ya tomorrow Internet.

Who here loves Frozen?!

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Tuesday Tea | Disney Repost

Hey Internet, since I spent so much of Sunday recovering from Six Flags and Monday was dedicated to Bible Study, I didn’t really have it in my to put out a new post for Tuesday Tea, but since it is summer and summer is Disney season, I thought I would repost an old favorite of mine that I wrote in Disney World last year. It is a bit of a Hot Mess Express, which is why I love it. Hope you enjoy:


And That’s When I Realized There is No Such Thing as Dignity in DisneyWorld.

So today my mom and I TOTALLY BEASTED IT OUT in Disney. And by beasted it out I mean we got there at 8 am, right when it opened and did all of the following things before our 6:00 dinner:

Journey of the Little Mermaid
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Peter Pan
Small World
Haunted Mansion
Splash Mountain
Jungle Cruise
Pirates of the Caribbean
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Carousel of Progress
Tomorrowland Transit Authority
Lunch in the Beast’s Castle
Mickey’s Philharmagic
Space Mountain
Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
Got Starbucks (THE MAGIC KINGDOM HAS A STARBUCKS NOW!!!!)
Watched the 3 o’clock parade
The Country Bear Jamboree
The Enchanted Tiki Room
The Hall of Presidents
Some light shopping and
The Castle Show

So yeah, we were kind of AWESOME!

Anyway after we ate we settled in to holding our seats for the 4th of July fireworks (yes. I know it’s the 3rd. They do them all week.)

So we sit on the ground and it starts drizzling and we mention to the woman sitting next to us that we didn’t bring  ponchos cuz they are such a pain and its easier to just get wet.

Then it starts POURING and I start screaming “THIS ISN’T EASIER! THIS ISN’T EASIER”

And my mom is all “GO BUY US PONCHOS NOW!!!!”

So I do.

And that is when I became a crazy poncho lady.

Except to buy the poncho I had to run down Mainstreet USA and I got totally soaked anyway. I was wearing a maxi skirt (floor length for you non-existent men reading this) and it was super soaked  and heavy and awful.

So when I got back to our fireworks spot I thought “I am wearing leggings under this horribly wet skirt…”

And that’s when I became a crazy poncho lady wearing leggings as pants.

And then we watch the fireworks and they are AMAZING and we leave the park and skip the parade because we are SO SOAKING WET still.

We get on the bus back to our resort and my mom asks if I had heard from my friend/cat sitter Marcie.  I hadn’t so I call her. This is how the conversation starts:

Marcie: Hello?
Me: Are my cats dead?

Then I hear someone kind of laugh.

And that is when I realized that I had become the crazy poncho lady wearing leggings as pants. On a bus. Talking about possibly dead cats.

That is also when I realized that there is no such thing ad dignity when visiting a theme park. Because you can totally have the best, most beastly theme park day ever, but that won’t stop you from making a fool of yourself on a bus.

And that is basically how life works.

And, also my cats are not dead. Thanks for asking.

Also I spent 14 hours in a theme park today after only getting 3 hours of sleep last night and I typed this on my phone, so there are probably a million typos all up in this post. Sorry about that. I’d proof read but I am too tired to care right now.


Ever have a day like that internet? If you have been to a theme park I’m betting you have… Or maybe you haven’t and it is just me.. Either way it’s cool.

Do you have any “and then I was the crazy lady on the bus” stories? If you do, please tell!
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