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Staycation- JW Marriot

As part of hubby’s bday plans, I decided a staycation was in order and we are really fortunate to have an awesome 4 star resort practically in our backyard( it really kinda is in my mother in law’s front yard. ) The JWMarriot San Antonio resort and spa is less than 10 miles from our home and it is a great way to stay close to home but still feel like you are on vacation.

The hotel has over 1000 rooms, its own lazy river and water slides, 4 restaurants, a spa and a golf course. Along with that there are also a ton of activities for the whole family, like games on the yard, nightly movies at the pool and free Smores from 6-8pm.

I had taken my prince here for his birthday before we got married and thought it might be fun to do again.

This place is huge, there was a convention going on so we had a huge walk to the lobby (but found out later there is a shuttle to your car if requested) but we got to see some awesome sitting areas and the blown glass art fixture down the main hall.


Once we made it to the lobby and checked in, something funny happened, our room was not our room, someone was already staying there, so they gave us a room with an awesome balcony overlooking the pool, late check out and birthday brownies for hubby (thanks Lisa!)





Once we finally settled in, we checked out our awesome view and then got ready to hit the pool!

View from balcony




After seeing the water, we got changed and headed towards the slides, there are three slides, but these two our are favorites, we rode probably 20 times



bottom of slides where we flipped over almost everytime, lol


Then we shared a double cheeseburgers are fries and scored a free birthday diet pepsi for hubby since we had dinner reservations at 7 at Cibolo Moon

Rivertop Grille

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Pool with rent-able cabanas (also area where the movies play at night)ry=40012122 After pool time, we showered and walked around checking out the resort and area before dinner

Nice sitting area


Other side of hotel


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After exploring we decided this was a vacation, so dessert before dinner, why not?



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Then we played a very stalemate game of checkers, too many kings and not enough pieces, lol!DSC02383

Kris’ mom actually lives down the street so as a birthday surprise, I invited her and her boyfriend to join us for dinner at Cibolo Moon, it was really nice. I just only managed to get pictures of our food, lol!

Cibolo Moon




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Dinner was delicious we also sampled the chicken and cheddar jalapeno waffle and the brisket and egg burger, yum!

Then we showed our guests around before heading to our room for the night.

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We walked our guests out and went running through the hotel, thought this picture was fun ๐Ÿ™‚ DSC02393

As night fell the hotel lit upry=4005 ry=4003 ry=40033

especially the pool!

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We had plans in the morning, so we didn’t utilize our late check out but went and picked up the little boy from his staycation and headed home!

Happy guy in the backseat!

So that was our night out, was a great little vacation without leaving town and it is nice to be able to get home in 10 mins ๐Ÿ™‚

What is in your backyard, get out there and explore, have your own mini staycation this summer ๐Ÿ™‚


Disney Anniversary Trip- Day 2- Magic Kingdom- Character meet n greet, Be Our Guest Restaurant and Celebrations

Good morning to all, so yesterday we left off after conquering Cruella Deville during our Sorcerer’s of the Magic Kingdom experience. Today we are going to finish our 2nd day ofย  the Magic Kingdom with a bang, we got to meet some awesome characters and see some truly amazing things. Starting off with these topiaries.

Sea Monster- I really love the use of the blue flowers for water

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Mickey and his girl Minnie in front of Cinderella’s Castle
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Cinderella’s Castle232323232%7Ffp54392)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;9 9234;nu0mrj

The amazing mosaics depicting Cinderella’s story

Lady Tremaine and step sisters with poor Cinderella cleaning and cooking

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Fairy Godmother232323232%7Ffp54382)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;9(;6234;nu0mrj
Cinderella running away at Midnight
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Finding out the shoe fits Cinderella232323232%7Ffp7348;)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(35 3;34;nu0mrj

Prince Charming taking Cinderella away as his wife232323232%7Ffp73496)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(2(;4 34;nu0mrj

Then we went and checked out Mike Wazowski’s Laugh Floor, you can text in jokes and they chose some and read them, ours didn’t get picked but some were cute

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What the critics are saying, cute board with little news paper clippings and quotes from Mike’s parents about the show

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The show is fun, there are three acts and the first one seems to vary from a male/male Siamese monster to a male/female one and their act was different both times we went. The second is Barry Boyle and he was funny both times, but the guy doing his part the second time around was absolutely hysterical, we still talk about it… ASHLEY!!! Lol!

The last act is Marty, Mike’s nephew and he reads the audience’s jokes. That is the end of the show, the canister is filled with laughter, so the monsters get power, we get entertained, and everyone wins.

Then we headed over to Buzz’s Space Rangers again where I found this hidden Mickey, we did pretty good this time too, but sadly still not Galactic Heroes. One Day!

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After we beat up Emperor Zurg, we realized we should probably start heading back to Fantasyland for our Anniversary dinner at Be Our Guest and on our way there we found out that Gaston was in front of his tavern, so we ran over there to meet him.

Gaston giving Kris tips on his hair.ย  He said that he really should wear a ponytail, like he does if he wants to get the most of his hair, lol!!


Gaston got his own page since we didn’t know we could meet him and he took advantage of that pageDSC01945

Check out these manly men!Aren’t I lucky!?! ๐Ÿ™‚ gastonpose

Once we were done hanging out with Gaston, we checked in for our reservation at Be Our Guest and were told it would be a few minutes and the waiting area is on the bridge of the castle, so we walked around and took some pictures of the beautiful area.

Be our Guest sign

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Gargoyle lamp posts on bring, referencing the gargoyles on the building232323232%7Ffp54392)nu=3642)345)4(5)27333455;625 ot1lsi

Beast Castle at Dusk, looks creepy and cold232323232%7Ffp543 6)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;9(;7534;nu0mrj

Under the bridge232323232%7Ffp7348 )nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;9;75 34;nu0mrj

Close up of the gargoyle232323232%7Ffp54393)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;9;76234;nu0mrj

Entrance to the castle, once it is your time to be seated, the host/hostess comes out and announces that Beast requests your parties’ presence and you are escorted inside.232323232%7Ffp54354)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;9(;7;34;nu0mrjMosaic depicting Beast’s trail with the Sorceress

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Inside Beast’s ballroom

The ballroom ceiling, it looks just like the movie, was breath-taking

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View from our table, it appears to be snowing outside232323232%7Ffp5437;)nu=3642)345)4(9)27333455; 25 ot1lsi

My Prince with a rose just for me (It is actually our napkins, wrapped like roses, so cute!)232323232%7Ffp734 )nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;9;76734;nu0mrj

Better view of the snow out the window232323232%7Ffp54369)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;9(;9334;nu0mrj As I went walking around to check out the windows, I found the dessert carts
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Really cool view of the “outside” 232323232%7Ffp543(4)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;9(;9;34;nu0mrj

The snow232323232%7Ffp54382)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;9(; 234;nu0mrjView of the Ballroom from the window area

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So as I was wondering I got lost and stumbled into the west wing, alone! I know, like something straight out of Beauty and the Beast.ย  I was so excited to have discovered this that, I foolishly went in without hubby, wasn’t think, whoops! Later it became the joke, that hubby was beast and I was not to go to the west wing, lol!

Anyways, here are the pictures of the forbidden west wing!

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View of entire room232323232%7Ffp54385)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;9(; ;34;nu0mrj

The Food

Kris got the French Onion soup232323232%7Ffp73479)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;9(;;234;nu0mrj

I got the mussels232323232%7Ffp734 6)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;9(;;434;nu0mrj

Some gooey cheese on the top of that soup232323232%7Ffp543;9)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;9(;;534;nu0mrj

The soup was good, had a nice amount of cheese, the mussels were pretty good, but hubby thought mine were better. ๐Ÿ™‚


Kris got the Thyme-scented Pork Rack Chop with Au Gratin Macaroni, Seasonal Vegetables, and Red Wine Jus.232323232%7Ffp54375)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;9;77434;nu0mrj

I got the Sautรฉed Shrimp and Scallops with Seasonal Vegetables served in Puff Pastry with a Creamy Lobster Sauce.232323232%7Ffp734;6)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;9(;;734;nu0mrj

Truthfully both entrees were just ok, I liked Kris’ macaroni gratin but the pork was ok and the veggies were just eh, my dish was ok, the shrimp and scallops were cooked nicely but the puff pastry was boring and there was so much of it.

Now time for dessert

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Hubby got Lemon-Raspberry Cream Puff232323232%7Ffp5434;)nu=3642)4(2);(3)27334(2(;425 ot1lsi

The strawberry cupcake was awesome, we really enjoyed it, both dishes were really pretty too, mine had a pink colored chocolate sliver and the little chocolate caviar balls. The puff had a piece of chocolate with be our guest written on it. The custard inside was nice.

We were on our anniversary for this trip and even made sure it was known on all our dinner reservations and I checked our slip at Be Our Guest and it said anniversary, but our server never even mentioned it. We saw tons of table around us with the grey stuff (which I saw and had to try) so when our server tried to rush us out with the check, we asked and she brought it over.

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You know like in the movie, Lumiere says, “Try the Grey stuff, it delicious. Don’t believe us ask the dishes.”

Well we tried it and it was delicious, it is a cookie and cream panna cotta with the chocolate caviar. So glad Kris asked ๐Ÿ™‚

The dining experience itself was probably one of our least favorite of the trip but that was mostly due to the service, I am guessing since the restaurant is new and highly sought after the wait staff hasn’t got the kinks out yet.ย  I know we will definitely give them another shot to impress, even if it is just to sit in the west wing and eat grey stuff for our meal ๐Ÿ™‚

Once we were done eating I took hubby to the West Wing, so he could see it for himself, since I was silly and went alone.

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Shredded Tapestry232323232%7Ffp54359)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;; 3;(;34;nu0mrj

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Really awesome Griffin232323232%7Ffp734;3)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;; 3;( 34;nu0mrj

Another destroyed Tapestry232323232%7Ffp7348 )nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;9;77;34;nu0mrj

From there, we got to seek audience with the beast

beastHe is huge and that being said, does not sign autographs, I don’t think they make pens big enough for him anywhere.

From there we went through theย  hall with the suits of armor and it was really cool, one was snoring and the other woke him up and they had a conversation while we were there, was a fun detail

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Another really neat suit of Armor
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The minotaur holding up the pillar232323232%7Ffp7348 )nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;; 423634;nu0mrj

Another wonderfully detailed mosaic by the bathrooms232323232%7Ffp543;4)nu=3642)4(2);(;)27334(2(;(25 ot1lsi

The decor and detail were truly magical, I was really impressed, one of the prettiest restaurants on Disney property in my opinion.

So to sum it up, food was good but nothing truly outstanding (with exception of the cupcake and grey stuff) and the service could have been better but it was a really beautiful restaurant and you have to try it, if only to be wowed by the view and the details.

After dinner we rode some rides and did some pin trading (more on that after the trip report.) I remembered I got glow bracelets while we were waiting to ride space mountain, now the party can start, lol!

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The roof on the little shop by were the 7 dwarves mine cart with be, loved it:) 232323232%7Ffp54395)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;; 423 34;nu0mrj

Cinderella’s fountain positioned so the crown is on Cinderella’s head232323232%7Ffp73487)nu=3642)4(3)233)27334(332425 ot1lsi

Aurora’s dress232323232%7Ffp543(3)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;; 424234;nu0mrj

In the store you can hear the fairies bickering about the color and the dress does change from pink to blue, but I only caught the pink232323232%7Ffp734 4)nu=3642)4(3)235)27334(332625 ot1lsi

Really perfect book we saw in the store232323232%7Ffp734 8)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;; 424434;nu0mrj

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Cinderella’s Original dress in the boutique232323232%7Ffp543 6)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;; 424834;nu0mrj

Really neat window on Mickey’s store232323232%7Ffp7348;)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;; 424934;nu0mrj

We stopped at Cinderella’s fountain to take some pictures on our way out, but noticed something was happening on the castle. 232323232%7Ffp73477)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;9;79234;nu0mrj 232323232%7Ffp734 6)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;; 424;34;nu0mrj

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Beauty and the Beast projected on the castle232323232%7Ffp73489)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;; 425334;nu0mrj

And what a perfect ending to our anniversary night, the Tangled Lanterns floating up the castle, was so beautiful, I teared up a bit. 232323232%7Ffp54352)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;; 425434;nu0mrj

On our way out I snapped this pic of the window on the Emporium (I told you they had pretty window) of beauty and the beast in the ballroom dancing. I thought it was the perfect ending shot to a great day.232323232%7Ffp54434)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;9;79934;nu0mrj

So that is it for day 2, tomorrow is Hollywood Studios.

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New recipe for Dinner – Unstuffed Cabbage


Welcome to the New Year!!

As I am sure many of us are, we are trying to get back on track in the new year from all the deliciousness of the holidays. I know I ate way more then I should have, so hubby and I are trying to eat in more and eat better. So in the fridge I had half a cabbage from new years dinner and half a pound of ground beef. I wanted to do stuffed cabbage but it takes me forever to make.

SO I thought of my stovetop lasagna and found a recipe for unstuffed cabbage. Was delicious and took half the time, even made mashed potatoes while this was cooking.

What I used

-half a head of cabbage, chopped up roughly

– one can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes put through food processor to create sauce

– 8oz lean ground beef (had 93/7 in fridge)

– 1/4 cup onion chopped

-2 garlic cloves chopped

– salt and pepper to taste

-1/4 tsp cinnamon and nutmeg

-2 tbs lemon juice

I browned the ground beef, onions and garlic, slowly added the cabbage and once it was slightly wilted, I added tomato sauce, lemon, cinnamon and nutmeg and salt and pepper. Cooked for another 10 minutes or so to thicken sauce and that’s it! I served it with mashed potatoes, hubby and I loved it.

I hope you do too!!