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Weekend Splurge ~ Disney Moments

Hello Artsy friends stopping in today.. 
Happy Monday!!!

Did everyone survive "Irene"? Pretty scary!! 
I hope you and your families are well and safe.

~ Splurge A Lil Saturday ~ 
*All About Our DISNEY Vaca!!!*
Our 1st Day At Magic Kingdom ~ lol Samia wasn't thrilled with the
photographer trying SO hard to capture the perfect picture in the heat!!
I promised to share bits and pieces of our wonderful Disney (FL) 
vacation and took sometime to put together all the terrific 
and thrilling moments we shared in the land 
of MAGIC and DREAMS!!
Ready To Head Out After Check In
Animal Kingdom Jambo House
We stayed at Disney's Animal Kingdom Jambo house, we loved
it soo much last year that we HAD to stay over again...It really
reminds me of home, from evening fire side folk stories, free
roaming wildlife all around right out your balcony, Kente and
African inspired creativity and inspirations ALL around! They
have an awesome pool as well and our favorite Disney restaurant
is located down by the lobby ~ Boma!! Boma is a MUST visit,
a fun buffet style African inspired restaurant with a setting so
unique, I doubt you'll find it anywhere else. It gets crowded
as the food is SO YUMMY, and the menu is very filled with
wonderful African inspired dishes! You certainly have to add
this resort to your MUST SEE!! Its TOTALLY DREAMY!

Disney Shows YOU MUST SEE!!!
This year, we made it a point to get around to catching 
all the shows we took time to read about and jot down that 
are a Disney world must see. I promise, every one of 
these shows are worth it 100%! LOVED THEM!

We made sure to get in line for each show about 30mins 
before start time. Wait time can be ridiculous & lines get 
filled before you know it! Always factor in that extra 
30min for a show is to commence. 

FANTASMIC 
(MY ALL TIME FAV!)
A fireworks and water show, at the Hollywood Hills Amphitheater in 
Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park at Walt Disney World.
This show ROCKS!! We all LOVED every minute of it and it
was so worth sitting in the drizzling rain to catch it! (FL Weather).
The WHOLE crowd participates in huge waves & 
there's SO much magic in the air!
The show is fascinating, it takes you on a fun water and fireworks 
imagination journey into Mickey's fun dreams.. His dreams are 
captured by evil Disney villains and Mickey eventually 
with the power of imagination takes it back. Its FAR better
then the description, we enjoyed it SO much and its officially
on our "Re-do" whenever we are able to get back to visit.
(lol - I think myself & TJ loved it more! #KidsAtHeart)

CAPTAIN EO!!!!
Filled with show-stopping musical numbers performed by Michael Jackson,
and stunning special effects orchestrated by executive producer George Lucas and
director Francis Ford Coppola, Captain EO is a sight and sound
spectacular with an enduring message.


At Captain EO Show ....Loved Our 3D Glasses

It's Tough To Be A BuG!!
This is the cutest show ever!! Its located inside of the tree of life.
I love the little walk towards the theatre, you walk through the tree 
and see all the beautiful carvings of animals and critters all over. 
Its a fun feeling and we enjoyed it. The show is splendid, 
with water effects, 3D fun, crawling bugs that freak you out, 
and fun information on bugs that we commonly ignore. 
It's a MUST see! The set up is outta this world!!
(Sia LOVED IT!!)

Tree Of Life Photo I Took!!

Finding Nemo "The Show"
This show is awesome, the characters are played by some 
talented actors and actresses that really bring out ALL the elements
of under the sea. We absolutely loved it - the theatre was PACKED!!

We also saw Indiana Jones again, greatest stunt show!! 
Beauty & The Beast
I LOVE LOVED THIS SHOW!!

Sia Ever So Watchful -- SHE LOVED BEAUTY & THE BEAST!!
I took this of her in one of her moments...
We also saw all the parades - our favorite always ends up being the
magic kingdom & Hollywood studio's parades! Sia LOVED the 
mass parades and all the colorful features.. So Awesome!!

RIDES
The kids went on every ride you can imagine, and using our rider switch 
passes, they got to go twice on all the ones they loved! Whew!! 
*Rocking Roller Coaster ROCKED!! My FAV!!*
Expedition Everest - I took this photo on the way to ride :)))
Mission Space was another favorite. 
I Took This As We Inched Towards The Tower Of Terror!!
Splash Mountain
Test Track
So Many Amazing Rides!!!


We also went to both water parks this year & had a BLAST!!
We picked up a lot of new fun trivia items to add to our Disney
collection at home. Alongside our trip, we officially now own
Princess Tiana!! This was our FAV purchase. It took a while to pick

the perfect doll but we found the perfect one & Sia's actually
been playing with her and dragging her around the house! lol

I took a LOT of fun photography & totally got to enjoy ALL of
Disney's props all around the various theme parks!! Its one
of my favorite things at Disney - all the awesome props
people tend not to necessarily pay attention to! *Animal
Kingdom is my FAV for photography & Props..
Disney's ANimal Kingdom Prop - Wagon :))
Coolest Ice Cream Truck At Animal Kingdom!!
I couldn't jam pack everything I would love into this post even if I tried!!
Turkey Legs (YUMMERZ)
Amazing Downtown DIsney
Ride Photo's
Restaurants
& ALL THAT JAZZ....

I'm slowly going through my thousands of pictures for edits and
posting them slowly as I go for friends and family to see & that
in itself has been tasking beyond words!! HA! For more
fun photo's per our trip, be sure to visit my flickr photo stream
whenever you get a moment.. I'll be updating it as I finish
all my edits.. I LOVE DISNEY!!! The magic, the fun and
so much more makes for a perfect all around family getaway!

Hope you enjoyed my LONG list of Disney Findings & Fun!!

Thanks SO much for stopping by!! 
Wishing you a WONDERFUL WEEKEND!!

~Stay Artsy~
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Jumping Into "Edit Me" Challenge..

      Hello Artsy Friends Stopping In Today..
      How is your "Mid Week" Coming along..?
      Today, I'm jumping into "Edit Me" Week 16 over at
      My Reflection Of Something's Blogspot.
      I've been wanting to tune in and play for a while but
      haven't had the chance to, so it's officially starting
      TODAY! Hope you enjoy my edits and photo's as I
      go on & play with the lovely other bloggers!
      My Reflection of Something


      The Edit "Picture" Of The Day
      Original Photo
      My Edited Version
       

      I went from these processes to get there..
      *I first used picnik to quick edit it for exposure.
      *Added a red tone to the picture using pixlr
      *Back to picnk and added a retro look and lightened 
      the tone amount & Tadaaaa... 

      MY OWN EDIT OF THE DAY!! 
      Princess Tiana...
      *My Edited Photo*
        photo

        *My Original Photo I took* 

        Thanks So Much For Stopping In Today..

        Happy Short Week Ahead!!
        ~*Stay Artsy~*
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        Seafood Etouffee

        Dipping Down The Bayou...
        Hello Artsy Friends Stopping In Today..
        How did everyone do with "Irene" swaying by this past weekend??
        I pray you are all well & survived safely. We had a huge tree fall 
        next door in our neighbors yard and some power outage, but that 
        was the most of it.. Whew!! Made for a fun snuggle 
        in movie day on the flip side!!

        Seafood Etouffee
        With all the weather "Bliss"  I decided to make some comfort
        food for dinner tonight. I've been craving something Cajun or 
        Louisiana inspired lately and really wanted to try making etouffee,
        SO I DID!!! The house smells SOO yummy & this dish
        was a huge HIT within the house.. Hope you enjoy my 
        really simple recipe I'm sharing this evening.. Toodles..

        Artsy Ingredients
        • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
        • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
        • 1 small green bell pepper, diced
        • 1 medium onion, chopped
        • 2 cloves garlic, minced
        • 2 stalks celery, diced
        • 2 fresh tomatoes, chopped
        • 2 tablespoons Louisiana-style hot sauce
        • 1/3 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (optional)
        • 2 tablespoons seafood seasoning
        • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
        • I piece habanero pepper
        • 1 cup fish stock
        • Crab Legs
        • 1 pound medium shrimp - (I kept the shells on)

        Lets COoOOok!!

        Heat the oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Gradually stir 
        in flour, and stir constantly until the mixture turns 'peanut butter brown or 
        darker, at least 15 or 20 minutes. I use a large fork with the flat side 
        to the bottom of the pan in a side to side motion. 
        This is your base sauce or 'Roux'. 
        It is very important to stir this constantly. If by chance 
        the roux burns, discard and start over.

        Once the roux is browned, add the onions, garlic.
        Add Celery and bell pepper to the skillet, and saute for about
        5minutes to soften. Stir in the chopped tomatoes and
        fish stock, and season with the seafood seasoning. 
        Reduce heat to low, and simmer for about
        20 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
         Season the sauce with hot pepper sauce and cayenne 
        pepper (if using),  I added some habanero's to mine for more heat
        then hot sauce had to offer (I'm not a big fan of hot sauce
        as a form of "spice or heat to food")
        Stir & add the crab legs and shrimp.
        Cook for about 10 minutes, or until the shrimp are opaque.
        Cool for a few minutes & serve!!

        ALL DONE & READY FOR CHOP!!
        YUM YUM YUM!!
        I AM WARM & FUZZY ALL OVER!!!
        Totally LOVED My Dish!!

        Hope you get to try this awesome and simple
        recipe within your home sometime.. Please be sure
        to share your thoughts if you get to.

        Thanks SO very much for stopping in today!!
        I've had requests to share our Disney trip & will be
        soon, fun post in the works.. Hold on tight!! TY

        *~Stay Artsy~*
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