Sweater Weather

Hi all! It’s a rainy day here in Orlando which always makes me want to stay home in pj’s and read or binge watch TV. It’s also great weather to snuggle or sleep. Basically, it’s great to do anything except be at work. Anytime it rains or there’s a cold front I absolutely love to make a soup or chili or any type of comfort food. Although it’s not really cold in Orlando right now, I’ve heard it’s still pretty cold for my friends up in the Northeast and with the impending third Nor’easter, I thought I’d share one of my favorite comfort food recipes!

Today’s forecast called for 90% chance of rain so I took advantage and left my favorite Mississippi Roast in the slow cooker. Oh slow cooker, how I love thee. Let me count the ways. I love how easy you make dinner for me. I love walking through the door and smelling the deliciousness you’ve been cooking all day. I especially love the little to no clean up. If you’re nervous about leaving an appliance on all day with no one home, you’re not alone. I was also nervous at first, but if you ensure the appliance is on a stable surface and there’s room for any steam that might be created to escape, I think you’re OK.

Also, we were gifted this Hamilton Beach Programmable Slow Cooker for our wedding and it has seriously changed the game. The option to use it manually (if you’re home and watching it) or set a cooking time makes a huge difference. I no longer worry about not being home in exactly 8 hours because I know the slow cooker will automatically switch to “keep warm” once the cook time is completed. And while we’re talking about game changers, have you tried the Reynolds Slow Cooker Liners? I normally grab a box whenever I visit Publix but I recently found them on Amazon and I think it comes out more economical through there. These make clean up so easy! Everything cooks and stays inside the liner. Once it’s cooled down, I pick it up and dump it in the trash (or down the drain first if there’s a lot of liquid). But that’s it! Then I just have to rinse the actual crock pot. No more soaking or scrubbing. YAAAAASSSS!

Any-who, the whole point of this was to share this delicious recipe I found and have been making forever. Tonight, I’m pairing it with potato salad since it’s rainy but still very warm here, but this would also be delicious on top of some mashed potatoes, rice, or even on a sandwich! Did I mention there’s only 8 ingredients? So easy! I got the recipe off Pinterest but Kudos goes to Brandie @ The Country Cook. Link to recipe here. Let me know how you all like it!

XoXo,
K

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Date Night @ Disney Springs

Happy Monday, friends! I hope you all had a nice weekend. Some of you may have had a 3-day weekend and are just now mentally preparing yourselves to go back to school or work. Lucky! I wish I had an extra day to enjoy but it was back to the grind for me. I just wanted to check-in real quick and give you all an update on The Edison @ Disney Springs like I promised.

Overall, I’d say we enjoyed it. Will we be rushing back? Probably not. If you haven’t been to the new Disney Springs area (formerly Downtown Disney) it is absolutely gorgeous. The building designs, new waterfront areas, and addition of shops really makes it a nice place to spend a few hours. The two new parking garages also make it way easier to get in and get out. If you visited in the past, you may remember parking being a total nightmare on some days. No mas! Now you have the choice of surface parking, the Lime Garage, or the Orange Garage. So much easier (and quicker) to find a spot.

Any who, back to The Edison, when we initially called to make a reservation there was nothing available except earlier time slots. We grabbed the latest one they had (4:30 p.m.) and decided we’d just walk around after and burn off some of the food. What we didn’t know was that dinner didn’t start until 5:00 p.m. so we were given the lunch menu to order off of. I was bummed because I had peeked at the menu online and was looking forward to trying the Morimoto ribs. Our waitress was nice though and suggested we order some drinks and hang out and she could switch our menus once it hit 5 o’clock. So we did!

We ordered a round of drinks and the Hawkers’ Box of Balls. The box of balls was a box of 6 meatballs that had a nice kick at the end – I think it’s the harissa that gives it the spice – and they were served with a mint yogurt dipping sauce. It was a nice balance and we thought it was a good portion to split between the two of us as a starter. For drinks, I ordered a “Mistress” which consisted of stoli elit vodka, amaro montenegro, lemon, pomegranate, and domaine chandon. The waitress said it was one of their stronger drinks but I didn’t think so. It was tasty though and not overly sweet. My hubby ordered “The Edison” which was woodford reserve bourbon, pear brandy, lemon, and honey. It’s their signature drink and although good, not worth it in our opinion. We were kind of shocked when the drinks came and saw how small his was. I want to say it was maybe a three finger pour? I’m not saying you need to fill the glass to the brim or anything but for $14 a drink, I would hope it’d look more like an adult beverage and less like a shot. Those are Disney prices for you though…I guess you’re paying for the experience?

The food was very good and they were decent portions in my opinion. My husband got The Edison burger and it was pretty big. It was cooked medium rare and had good flavor. I ordered the Morimoto Ribs. They did not come with a side so that sucked for $28 but I think there were about 7-8 ribs on the plate so a decent amount for one person. I would think if you’re not starving, you could order the ribs and a side and share between two people. Like I said, it was a good meal but it wasn’t anything to write home about. There are so many food options at Disney Springs right now (and more on the way) that I think we’ll probably continue to check others off our list. This wouldn’t be a priority to go back to anytime soon.

I did want to mention how similar The Edison and the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium over at Universal Studios City Walk are. It was almost as if Disney was trying to make their version of Toothsome. They’re both Steampunk themed, both two stories, and both have characters dressed in the Steampunk attire walking around mingling with the guests. The Edison gets kudos because they take reservations, Toothsome does not (read: ridiculous wait times) but Toothsome has a wider food selection as far as apps, entrees, and dessert goes.  They both have great views. If you sit out back of The Edison you have a beautiful view of the water. I saw that they have heaters out there too for the winter time. If you sit on the second floor of Toothsome you have a great view overlooking City Walk and some of the roller coasters. They’re both worth trying at least once for the experience. Just some food for thought…get it?…because we’re talking about food? Yeah, I’ll stop. Don’t judge me. Good night everyone!

XoXo,
K