Just a bit of a disclaimer about this post…it is rather long but it has some tips if you are going to WDW. Also, I mention names of places but I have no affiliation with any company. I am sharing this post as my own personal experience with my own personal opinions. 

We got back from our trip to Orlando and Walt Disney World a week ago Sunday but I’m finally getting back into a routine. It seems like it’s taking longer and longer to get back on track after we’ve been away. Maybe it’s because we don’t travel as much as we used to?

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Well, we’re home from our 5 day excursion so I thought I’d share some of the highlights and a few tips with you. We used to live in Florida, from 2004-2011, and we visited Disney alot often when the kids were growing up. It’s one of my favorite places to go and it’s been too long since we’ve visited…5 years to be exact and yes, we still enjoy it even though we no longer have kids at home.

Our Trip to Walt Disney World | chatfieldcourt.comWhenever we travel we try to spend as little as possible and this trip was no exception. Our airline tickets were insanely cheap, we got a great deal on a rental car and I rented a nice condo on Homeaway.com about 8 miles from WDW. I love staying onsite at a Disney resort but the prices were outrageous this time and we are in the room only to sleep so, for us, it wasn’t worth the expense. Make no mistake though, WDW is an expensive place to visit so we try to spend our money wisely by cutting corners when we can, like staying in a condo 8 miles from WDW, so that we can visit a park and eat dinner at a great restaurant.

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When I made all of our travel and sleeping reservations, I also researched and booked our dinner reservations, bought park passes and booked fast passes for the parks we were going to visit. WDW offers magic bands, that you register on Disney.com, that are used as your room key, for park admission and all of your reservations for anything Disney, including fast passes. Since we didn’t stay onsite I had to buy our magic bands but I’m so glad that I did, and we can use them again the next time we visit.

Our Trip to Walt Disney World | chatfieldcourt.comI also downloaded the Disney app on my Iphone which listed my itinerary, including my fast pass times and our dinner reservations. I could also check wait times for rides and the times for fireworks and parades. We used the app tons, even to find the nearest restroom.

The first night there was hubs birthday and we tried a new place, Narcoosee’s. It’s on the lagoon at the Grand Floridian where you can see the castle at Magic Kingdom and the Contemporary. It was pricey but oh.my.goodness it was delicious, our best meal, and after dinner we stood on their deck and watched Wishes, the Magic Kingdom’s fireworks, complete with music. All in all, a great experience.

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The next day we went to EPCOT. What a great day we had with absolutely beautiful weather and no big crowds. After taking a few pics at Spaceship Earth, we headed back to France where we ate lunch at Chefs De France. I’ve read glowing reviews on this place and it didn’t disappoint.

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I didn’t think it was as good as our dinner the night before but hubs loved his meal. After a fun and easy day of walking around all the countries and going on a few rides, you gotta go in Spaceship Earth, we strolled over to England for our dinner reservations at the Rose & Crown Pub. Since we had a big lunch, fish and chips was the perfect meal for us. We ended up eating there at the right time because we were escorted to their VIP section, right on the lagoon, to watch the awesome fireworks show.

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Our second day, Friday, was a more relaxed day spent driving around to a few resorts we always visit, riding the monorail and visiting Downtown Disney.

Our Trip to Walt Disney World | chatfieldcourt.com I read about Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto at the Polynesian so we stopped in there for an afternoon cocktail. It was a fun and unique bar but the drink prices were a little steep. After our Grotto experience we headed to dinner at the Beach Club’s Cape May Cafe…love the steamed clams and crab!

On Saturday we spent the day at Hollywood Studios. It was a Star Wars weekend, unbeknownst to us, so we spent the day fighting crowds in the rain and humidity. We had a great time but I wouldn’t go on a special weekend like that again. Our dinner reservations for this night were at Sanaa at the Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Our Trip to Walt Disney World | chatfieldcourt.comInstead of driving our rental there, we took the resort bus from the park to the lodge. This was our first time at this restaurant and we ended up having a great meal with awesome service and a curious dining companion. We sat right next to the window looking out on the savannah and this guy (or gal) stood there watching us for a good 30 minutes.

Our Trip to Walt Disney World | chatfieldcourt.comAll the food we had was delicious but they are known for their bread service…fresh made naan with dipping sauces. OMG…so good.

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After dinner, and one last look at the animals, we hopped on a bus for Hollywood Studios to see Fantasmic! We haven’t seen this show in many years so we really enjoyed it. Back in the parking lot in our car, we were treated to some more awesome fireworks that were part of the Star Wars festivities. A perfect ending to a great day and a fun vacation.

On Sunday we headed home to Chicago and the chilly weather, it was 45 when we landed. Ugh…maybe the weather’s the reason I had a hard time getting back on schedule.

If you’re still with me, congrats you made it to the end. Thanks so much for sticking with me through this long post. If you have any questions about Disney or Orlando, please leave a comment. I read and answer every one. 🙂 Hope you have a great week!

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Do you have a go-to dessert you like to make when you have an event or just want something yummy? For me it’s an easy to make banana bread with mini chocolate chips recipe. It’s one of my family’s favorite snacks.

sliced banana bread with chocolate chips

This banana bread is seriously so easy to make, involves no heavy machinery and you only need to use one bowl. 

Love this delicious and easy recipe for banana bread with chocolate chips

Easy Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 8 people

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 3 very ripe bananas
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup butter room temperature (plus more for greasing loaf pan)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 3/4 cup sugar you can add 1/4 more or 1/4 cup less according to your taste
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° (175° C). Grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.


  2. In a large mixing bowl mash bananas with a fork (I use my clean hands) until smooth. Add softened butter to mashed bananas and mix well.


  3. Add the baking soda and salt to the banana mixture.


  4. Next add the sugar, egg and vanilla.


  5. Add in the flour and mix well. Stir in the mini chocolate chips.


  6. Pour batter in your greased loaf pan.


  7. Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes at 350°, 175° C, until toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean.


  8. Cool on baking rack for 15 minutes.


  9. Remove from loaf pan and cool completely.

I’m not a sweet eater but I can’t pass this up. It’s the perfect snack to have with my nighttime cup of tea.

Delicious and seriously easy banana bread recipe with a secret and yummy ingredient...mini chocolate chips!

 

Have you checked out my recipe for pickled eggs? It’s a must try…really.

Easy to do pickled eggs recipe using vinegar, eggs and pickled beets. Great for picnics and cookouts. Pickled Eggs Recipe

 

 

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My  oh-so-easy Green Stuff recipe.
An easy and oh so yummy recipe from my childhood using pudding whipped cream and pineapple. | chatfieldcourt.comDo you have a favorite recipe from your childhood that is your go-to when you need something quick and easy…and completely yummy? My Green Stuff recipe, that you could find at most of our family gatherings when I was growing up, is that special recipe for me.

I’m not really sure who it came from and what its proper name really is, but we always referred to it as Green Stuff. Probably because it’s….well, green. Everybody in our family, young and old, absolutely loved it.

I’ve taken it to many parties and picnics since I started my own family and most people are afraid to try it. Probably because it’s green? I’m not sure but once they do, they love it too.

Not only is Green Stuff beyond yummy but it is truly the easiest recipe to make, with just 3 ingredients.

whipped cream, jello pistachio pudding and canned pineapple

It would also be fun to add mini marshmallows or sliced almonds for a little extra crunch.

green stuff in small white ceramic bowl with spoon in it

I know, I know…it’s not very sophisticated, and not even a little bit healthy for you, but every once in a while it’s good to have something green and totally delish.

Have you ever had Green Stuff?

A few other easy recipes from my childhood that I still make are my husband’s fave, pickled eggs, and my favorite, chocolate chip banana bread.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Easy Green Stuff Recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 6 people

Ingredients

  • 3.4 oz. box of instant pistachio pudding
  • 20 oz. can of crushed pineapple
  • 8 oz. container of Cool Whip I used lite

Instructions

  1. Drain some of the juice from the crushed pineapple
  2. Add the pineapple, pudding mix and Cool Whip into the mixing bowl
  3. Gently fold ingredients, making sure you mix pudding well
  4. Cover bowl and refrigerate for 2 hours
  5. Enjoy!

 

 

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We had some gorgeous weather on Friday and Saturday, with rain on Sunday, so I was busy out in the yard trying to clean up the flower beds, fixing the damage a skunk has done to our yard and trying to figure out if the possum that ate a hole in our roof! is still in the hole, more on that another time. And no, we don’t live in the woods. The wild beasts just like our house I guess. I can’t believe I am going to show you our horrible mess, but here you go. Try not to get jealous of our beautiful torn up yard and holey roof 😉

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All of the dirt you see is from the skunk looking for grubs. He did all of this in about a week’s time.

I have a couple of projects going on inside too and one of them is the second guest bedroom. This room is going to take a little more time and require a lot more work because there is an outside leak going down the one wall where the chimney is located (the brick in the above pic is the chimney) . I hope to share some before pics and my plan, including a mood board, in my next post.

Let’s talk about something delicious and easy to make…

Easy Salad Dressing and the Animals are Wild | Chatfield Court

My favorite salad dressing. I eat a salad every. single. night with my dinner, or as my dinner, and my husband makes me this really great salad dressing that I thought I would share. It only has a few ingredients and is quick to make. I love that it is a little bit sour and a little bit sweet.

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It’s super easy to make and it stores in the fridge really well. After it’s made and mixed we store it in an old olive oil bottle. Just make sure you take it out of the fridge a little while before you are going to use it so it can warm up and make sure to shake really well before you pour.

Easy Salad Dressing Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 2/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. Grey Poupon
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Add ingredients together, I do this in my large Pyrex measuring cup.
  2. Using a fork, wisk ingredients together thoroughly

 

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You can check out some of my other easy recipes…

Pickled Eggs Recipe

Easy Green Stuff Recipe

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An easy to do pickled eggs recipe that my family has been making for years. An easy to make and tasty to eat pickled eggs recipe. | chatfieldcourt.comI wanted to share a recipe that our family has been making since I was a little girl, pickled eggs. They were always a staple at our family get togethers, no matter the occasion or season, and they were one of the most popular items on the buffet table. They are great with a little salt and pepper for a tasty snack or you could have them with sandwiches, burgers or a ham dinner (like we do at Christmas), plus they are super easy to make.

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You will need is a large glass jar with a lid (or a glass bowl with a lid), a dozen or two of hard-boiled eggs, a jar of pickled beets (sliced or whole, whatever your preference is) and white vinegar. I won’t go into cooking your eggs because there is so much info on the internet already, different things work for different people. You could also add some sliced onion into your jar, there are no hard and fast rules.

Pickled Eggs Recipe

All you need to do is to put your peeled hard-boiled eggs and the pickled beets into the jar, fill it up with vinegar until the eggs are all covered and stick it in the fridge for about a week. The longer you leave them in the pickle juice, the more it will penetrate through and flavor the eggs. Some people say that you should stir them a few times, but I just leave them alone and they come out perfect.

Easy Pickled Eggs Recipe

Personally, I like them when the pickle juice has seeped into the egg to make it nice and pink all the way through. That’s it. Slice them in half, sprinkle with some salt and pepper and enjoy! Easy and yummy!!

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My husband says that either you love them or hate them. I have to say that I’m not a hard-boiled egg kinda girl, but I love pickled eggs.

Pickled Eggs Recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 1 dozen eggs
  • 1 16 oz. jar pickled beets
  • distilled vinegar
  • large jar/container with lid

Instructions

  1. hard boil your eggs
  2. peel your eggs and put them in jar/container
  3. add pickled beets (inc. juice)
  4. add distilled vinegar, to cover all eggs
  5. place lid and store in refrigerator for 8-10 days

What do you think…have you ever heard of pickled eggs? Do you like them?

Check out a couple of my other easy and tasty recipes.

Easy green stuff recipe with whipped cream, instant pudding and pineapple. | chatfieldcourt.com Easy Green Stuff Recipe

Easy flourless peanut butter cookies using just 4 ingredients. | chatfieldcourt.comEasy Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

 

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