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Old 12-21-2012, 10:35 PM   #136
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The Roasted Chestnuts is bringing back such wonderful childhood memories. Every Christmas day after Christmas Tea , my dad would prepare the chestnuts and would roast them over an open fire !! They were sooooo good !!
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Old 12-22-2012, 09:06 PM   #137
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Nicki! Kat! I didn't realize you guys were there the same time as me! We arrived on the 14th and left yesterday! Looks like we had some near run-ins as I stayed at AKL and spent a lot of time at MK and Epcot lol.
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Old 12-22-2012, 09:42 PM   #138
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Nicki! Kat! I didn't realize you guys were there the same time as me! We arrived on the 14th and left yesterday! Looks like we had some near run-ins as I stayed at AKL and spent a lot of time at MK and Epcot lol.
Unfortunately, we were not there at the same time. We arrived on the 6th; Nicki and Todd left on the 9th and we left on the 11th. It would have been great to meet you if we were there at the same time.
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Old 12-22-2012, 10:51 PM   #139
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Unfortunately, we were not there at the same time. We arrived on the 6th; Nicki and Todd left on the 9th and we left on the 11th. It would have been great to meet you if we were there at the same time.
Ah! That's too bad! Looks like you guys had a great time Our trip was fantastic too. I agree, would have been great to meet up if our trips had overlapped.
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Old 12-24-2012, 08:07 AM   #141
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Old 12-24-2012, 08:28 AM   #142
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What fun to see you enjoying the roasted chestnuts at the GF!! Roasted chestnuts are one of my favorite childhood memories...every year my mother would roast chestnuts right before Thanksgiving and add them to the stuffing. We had chestnut stuffing my whole life and to this day, still do.

When I moved to Mississippi, I couldn't find chestnuts anywhere. Just before Thanksgiving this year, I went into Kroger and there they were....just waiting!! And I burst into tears in the produce dept of Kroger. (talk about looking odd) But they're just a part of "home".

Merry Christmas everyone!!!! I hope it's filled with love and joy!!!
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Old 12-24-2012, 09:11 AM   #143
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First of all, Merry Christmas!

Wow...your MK day sounds like it was EPIC! Kona breakfast is definitely a favorite of mine...in fact, Kona anything is near the top of my list. Haven't had a bad meal there, yet!

Love the pic of Todd double fisting egg rolls! Are they anything special? I have to say that I always enjoy Pecos Bill's, due primarily to that cheese sauce and the toppings bar. I had never been into cheese fries, and then I had some as a snack at Disney a few years back and my love affair with plastic cheese began. Its so gross, but I just love it sometimes. It makes no sense!

I love the CR pics, too. Do you think it will be possible for me to survive on cupcakes when we're there next week? I think that's the plan! The pumpkin one looks so, so, so good!
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Old 12-24-2012, 03:28 PM   #144
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Wishing the two of you a wonderful and festive time! Keep on eating!
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Old 12-26-2012, 02:09 PM   #146
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Great reviews as usual! I especially like the look of Contempo's pumpkin cupcake with maple frosting, and the chestnuts at GF. The Grand Floridian is so beautiful during the holiday season.

Hope you all had a very happy Christmas, by the way.
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Old 12-27-2012, 09:15 AM   #147
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Those cupcakes look soooo yummy.

Hope you & Todd had a great Christmas!


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Great update my friend. Here, per your request, are our two men sleeping at the Contemporary:

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We really did run those boys ragged, didn't we?

Mark really liked his chocolate chocolate chip muffin. I just wish the bar had been open so we could have had a Christmas cocktail.
I laughed when I saw this and had to tell my hubby "See you are not the only one who can sleep anywhere". He said "they had to charge THEIR batteries too!

Good tip about chestnuts at the Grand Floridian. Eventually we will do Christmas at the World and we will check them out!
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Old 12-27-2012, 03:06 PM   #148
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Yes, we are staying at Marriott's Crystal Shores on Marco Island. I'll check the places you listed and thank you. So, how about Naples? Are the restuarants there kid friendly? Mine are older but still like that darn mac and cheese stuff.
There are tons of chain restaurants in Naples but when we go out to eat we enjoy the Mercado, they have tons of places and Waterside Shops is great too. Try to make it to 3rd Street and 5th Avenue if you can

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love seeing the gingerbread creations at the resorts! and all the desserts look so tempting!
happy the boys got their naps in
I love WDW during the holidays, every place you go smells of gingerbread. Kathy has many pictures of Todd napping

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Oh my goodness!! Look at all of those cupcakes! Now I'm going to have to take a walk over to the cupcake store and it's all your fault! Ok, actually I was going to go over there today anyway.

I have to admit that I've never eaten a chestnut. Do you just peel and eat?
So many cupcakes and so little room in the tummy! Chestnuts are scored and roasted and then you peel the tough skin off and inside is a tender creamy nut. We love them and I put a ton of them in my Thanksgiving stuffing

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It's always such fun to read your reviews and live vicariously through you until we can get there!!

Seeing the GF just made my day.... 5 more little months until we're there! I guess the smell of gingerbread will be gone by then though.... But, the cupcakes will be there !! And let's be honest, what's better than the cupcakes!

Thank you for sharing your reviews and fun with us!! I'm glad ya'll had fun!
Thank you for reading along! I bet there will be loads of cupcakes when you get there, sample as many as you can!

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Great update my friend. Here, per your request, are our two men sleeping at the Contemporary:

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We really did run those boys ragged, didn't we?

Mark really liked his chocolate chocolate chip muffin. I just wish the bar had been open so we could have had a Christmas cocktail.
Yes we sure did! These are great pictures. Next time we have to make sure we get more cocktails and less cupcakes

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That pumpkin cupcake looks divine!! I wish I would have seen it, I know I would have loved it.

I think all men can sleep anywhere! My friend Steve fell asleep in my room in the 2 minutes it took me to change my shoes and use the bathroom before we went to DTD.
It was an amazing cupcake, the frosting was outrageous! Todd can fall asleep anywhere at any time! He has many napping places all through WDW

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Thanks for all the photos of the Contemporary. I know where I'm staying if I ever make it out there for Christmas!
Its really nice but if I could ever swing the price I would go for the main building at the GF, its just screams Xmas!

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I have to say I enjoyed the "monorail resort tour"...but I was very disappointed in the Contemporary and the Polynesian as far as their decorations. I expected so much more from them.

The Grand Floridian on the other hand? Although it is a resort I would never stay at, the decorations were above and beyond...truly outstanding. And the coffee was very yummy when we stopped to have one.
The best resorts at the GF, AKL and WL for decorations...although the Epcot resorts were beautiful. Next year lets try to get to the resorts we missed

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Pumpkin cupcake with caramel inside? Heaven....

Did you happen to notice any gluten free cupcake options in your travels? Thanks!
Yes it was pure heaven and I felt so devilish devouring it! I know the coffee bar at Kona had a few gluten free options but I dont think they were cupcakes.

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The Roasted Chestnuts is bringing back such wonderful childhood memories. Every Christmas day after Christmas Tea , my dad would prepare the chestnuts and would roast them over an open fire !! They were sooooo good !!
They are just the best around the holidays, its hard to find fresh ones in FL so I usually go to William Sonoma and but the already roasted and peeled ones...very expensive though

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Nicki! Kat! I didn't realize you guys were there the same time as me! We arrived on the 14th and left yesterday! Looks like we had some near run-ins as I stayed at AKL and spent a lot of time at MK and Epcot lol.
We were there earlier...bummer, would have loved to see you again! Going earlier in Oct next year, might see you then?

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I never knew that about the chestnuts at GF. I have actually never had roasted chestnuts. That would have been neat to try.

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wishing you both a very Merry Christmas!!

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What fun to see you enjoying the roasted chestnuts at the GF!! Roasted chestnuts are one of my favorite childhood memories...every year my mother would roast chestnuts right before Thanksgiving and add them to the stuffing. We had chestnut stuffing my whole life and to this day, still do.

When I moved to Mississippi, I couldn't find chestnuts anywhere. Just before Thanksgiving this year, I went into Kroger and there they were....just waiting!! And I burst into tears in the produce dept of Kroger. (talk about looking odd) But they're just a part of "home".

Merry Christmas everyone!!!! I hope it's filled with love and joy!!!
It wasnt a holiday meal without roasted chestnuts and we would make a game out of shelling them into one whole nut and not a bunch or broken pieces. Hope your holiday was amazing!

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First of all, Merry Christmas!

Wow...your MK day sounds like it was EPIC! Kona breakfast is definitely a favorite of mine...in fact, Kona anything is near the top of my list. Haven't had a bad meal there, yet!

Love the pic of Todd double fisting egg rolls! Are they anything special? I have to say that I always enjoy Pecos Bill's, due primarily to that cheese sauce and the toppings bar. I had never been into cheese fries, and then I had some as a snack at Disney a few years back and my love affair with plastic cheese began. Its so gross, but I just love it sometimes. It makes no sense!

I love the CR pics, too. Do you think it will be possible for me to survive on cupcakes when we're there next week? I think that's the plan! The pumpkin one looks so, so, so good!
Merry Xmas to you too Tina! Our MK was awesome and to start it with Kona was perfect, we all needed the coffee! How you feel about the cheese sauce is how he feels about it too...he never eats cheese fries anywhere but WDW. I sure hope they have that cupcake for you, its worth the trip to the resort for it!

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Great reviews as usual! I especially like the look of Contempo's pumpkin cupcake with maple frosting, and the chestnuts at GF. The Grand Floridian is so beautiful during the holiday season.

Hope you all had a very happy Christmas, by the way.
I sure hope you can visit WDW during the holidays, as the foodie you are you would be in hog heaven!

Merry Xmas and Happy New Year to you!

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Those cupcakes look soooo yummy. Hope you & Todd had a great Christmas!

I laughed when I saw this and had to tell my hubby "See you are not the only one who can sleep anywhere". He said they had to charge THEIR batteries too!

Good tip about chestnuts at the Grand Floridian. Eventually we will do Christmas at the World and we will check them out!
The cupcakes were so worth the carbs! Hope you and your family had a great holiday as well. It was a tie as to whose batteries were dying first, the boys bodies or the girls cell phones LOL!
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Sorry for the delay but you all know how the holidays can take over! When I last left you the Fantastic Foursome was chillaxing at the resorts and when we all had more pep in our step it was time to go back to MK. First stop was the Main Street Candy Shop..I was jonesing for a gingerbread man and it was excellent!













We didnt want to fill up on the sweets because we had a very special meal ahead of us tonight, Be Our Guest! If you guys followed Kathy's Sept TR you might remember the disaster it was to get this reservation. I was on the phone for 2 hours that morning and I booked it with a credit card. A few hours later Kathy called to inform me that WDW may be cancelling all those reservations so the two of us stayed on hold for another hour to make sure that didnt happen. Was it worth it? You shall soon see....
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