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Menu Monday: Crockpot Ham

Sometimes when the holidays roll around, you really don’t have the time or patience to cook a large piece of meat well. I don’t like to run the risk of drying out a ham, so I like to “plus” a fully cooked ham with dressings in my crock-pot for a tasty home-cooked feel with half the work and no stress. Hope this makes your Easter a little bit easier!

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  • 1 fully-cooked ham
  • 1 can pineapple rings
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar


  1. Place your ham in a well-oiled crock-pot
  2. Measure out your brown sugar, and top with the juice from your can of pineapple juice, combine.2014-12-25 08.54.34
  3. Top your ham with pineapple rings, pour brown sugar mixture over the top.2014-12-25 08.54.27
  4. Cook for 6 hours on low.2014-12-25 08.56.34
  5. Serve and eat.


Menu Monday: Easy Rum Punch

Oh, rum. Delightful, delightful, rum. This rum punch is easy to throw together for a last-minute get together and is sure to please the tastebuds.

Ingredients:2014-12-31 19.17.40

  • 1 bottle silver rum
  • 1 bottle pineapple banana juice
  • 1 bottle orange ┬ápeach mango juice
  • 2 bags frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1 bag frozen mango chunks


  1. Mix everything together in a bowl (I save half in the fridge and refill later).2014-12-31 19.34.10
  2. Drink up!

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    psst: this photo was taken on New Years Eve. I do not still have a tablecloth with holly on my table in March.

My Disneyworld Packing List

All across the internet there are a variety of lists for what you “must have” for Disneyworld. While this is my first trip, I find these lists must be made by people who are driving in to the parks, as those of us flying can’t take an extra two pieces of luggage to bring the whole kitchen sink. This list has my basics, being informed from our Disneyland trips. Please note that we do not have any children attending our little adventure, and plan accordingly for your own luggage. We are also not going to the water parks.

Disneyworld Packing List

Clothing: (A note about clothing- normally I pack less when traveling for multiple days and re-wear things like jeans multiple times, but Disney days are very athletic (you will walk several miles a day minimum), and you tend to get sweaty and yuck. I’d err on the side of caution and pack extra, especially if you have free luggage like we do through Southwest. )

  • Comfortable clothing for each day of the trip +2 outfits (unless you plan on washing clothes part way through your trip)
  • One dressy outfit
  • Rain Coat
  • Sweater
  • enough undies for the trip +2
  • enough socks for the trip +2
  • Walking Shoes
  • Dressy Shoes
  • Walking Sandals (Chacos!)


  • Advil
  • BandAids
  • Neosporin
  • Aloe Vera
  • Pepto Bismol
  • Tums
  • Cold Medicine
  • Blow Dryer
  • Hair Ties
  • Make Up/Face Wash
  • Moleskin

Other Things for the Room

  • Laundry Bag
  • Detergent
  • Coffee/Tea

Park Bag

  • Water Bottle
  • Power Bank
  • Sun Screen
  • Tissues
  • Body Glide
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Snacks
  • Magic Towel
  • Extra Ziplock Baggies
  • Magic Band