Friday, March 1, 2013

Weekend Potluck #56

Hi Friends! Welcome Back to another Weekend Potluck!
As always, we are so happy to have you here.

For those of you who are just here for the Potluck, please just scroll on past my pictures and head down to the food pictures below.
But for everyone else, y'all know I like to take a minute to gab with ya and sometimes share a bit about my week.  So, the big news was we went on a mini-vacation.
And by mini, I mean Minnie. As in Minnie Mouse.
We took 3 days off and flew down to Florida. 
And went to Disney World!
This is our first vacation in probably over 10 years. 
It was a very short one but we will take what we can get!
We only had one day to do Disney so we chose to do Magic Kingdom.
You gotta see the castle, right?
The weather was gorgeous and we had so much fun.
 I cannot tell y'all how good that warm air felt.
For those of you who don't know, I have an autoimmune disorder.
Most days I get through just fine but some days can be a struggle.
I won't bore y'all with the laundry list but exhaustion is pretty high up on that list.

One of the many symptoms of this disorder is something called Raynaud's Disease.
When I'm cold, my fingers and toes turn blue.
It is a regular, everyday occurence. I can just be in a cool room and they will be blue.
It is frustrating to say the least. But for 3 blissful days, I had no blue fingers or toes - not once!

 On our second day there we went over to Kennedy Space Center.
Alex has a fascination with robots, rocket ships and space.
For the last few years he has said he wants to be a scientist when he grows up.
So this was a must-see for us.
The IMAX theater there was amazing.  The last time we were there was 16 years ago and
 I was in awe by how much it had grown and changed.
Right before we left, we managed to make a short visit to the beach at sunset.
 Next time we are able to go, I think we will just spend the whole time at the beach.
Out of all the places we went, this was the most peaceful.
Not a lot of people were there and we just relaxed.
Oh how I could have used just a bit more time there. 
I hope it won't be another 10 years before our next vacation!
Okay, now that we all have warm weather on the brain, let's get on to some yummy food.
We had over 200 recipes shared at last week's potluck!
The recipe with the most views was ~
Enchilada Casserole
Enchilada Casserole by Sunflower Supper Club

Recipes that caught our attention ~
Bang Bang Shrimp PoBoy with Tangy Broccoli Slaw

Olive Garden Copycat Zuppa Toscana
And, a personal favorite ~
Super Crumb Cake
Super Crumb Cake by Julie's Eats & Treats

Your Hostesses ~
Mommy Time Party ~ Tabitha
The Better Baker ~ Marsha
Sunflower Supper Club ~ Kim & Julie
4 Little Fergusons~ Tonya

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  1. It looks like you had a fun day at Disney...yes, with one day you must see the castle!!! Thank you for hosting!!!

  2. I'm so envious! We took that exact trip two years ago and I can't wait to go back! Thanks so much for hosting.

  3. Thank you so much for sharing about your vaca!! SO glad you were able to enjoy a getaway (from everyday life and from blue fingers and toes!) Looks like you and your beautiful family enjoyed a magical trip!! :)

    Appreciate you hosting each week!! Happy Friday!! :o)

  4. LOVE the Disney pics! You are cute as a BUTTON!

  5. What a great trip. That is my favorite place. LOVE IT SO MUCH. We linked up a terrific comfort food today. Happy Friday.

  6. Brandie,
    Looks like you had the perfect family vacation, Disney World and the Beach. Can't get much better, even if it was long overdue!

    Thanks for hosting

  7. Hi! Just stopped by to take part in your linky party so wanted to say thanks for hosting. I've shared my cherry & custard pastries so hoping you all like them :)
    Off to find you on FB now!!!!

  8. So glad you were able to take a family vacation! Love the family photos~

  9. Sounds like a great vacation! Glad you were able to get away for a bit. Thanks for hosting!

  10. Glad you were able to get away for a while, and got to be warm!!!

  11. Looks like you had such a good time this week :-) Thanks for hosting this!! Looks like a great set of recipes so far!!

  12. Glad you had a such a great trip. I had no idea about your disease. Stay well and hugs to you! Barb

  13. So glad to hear about your fun vacation, Alex looks like the perfect age to really enjoy Disney! We have plans to take our 3 grandchildren this summer and they are excited. Didn't know about your autoimmune issues, so sorry! I had to retire early because of autoimmune illness, so I know about the fatigue! Hang in there!

  14. Thank you for hosting the party!!! We absolutely love Disney and just recently got back from Florida too. Looks like you guys had beautiful weather, and the picture at Magic Kingdom is awesome! :)


  15. Thanks for hosting Brandie! It looks like you and your family had a wonderful vacation down in Florida!

  16. Y'all are just always so sweet! Thank you for the comments - you know I always love reading them! I am dreaming of those warm days, let me tell ya! LOL. Anita, you know then what I'm talking about, huh? This stuff is no fun but I'm not about to let it take over my life. Most days are good but there are some that can bring me to my knees. And while I'm there, you know I'm praying. Hugs to you all! ~Brandie

  17. You have such a beautiful family! God bless you in all that you do! :)

  18. Thanks for hosting this wonderful party! I enjoy stopping by each week:) Looks like you and your family are enjoying the Florida Sunshine:) Lynn
    Turnips 2 Tangerines~

  19. Thanks for hosting such a fun party, hope your weekend is great!

  20. Hi Brandie, thanks for hosting :)

  21. So glad you had such a great time on your vacation, Brandie! Thanks so much for continuing to host a fabulous party.
    Tracey @ The Kitchen is My Playground

  22. Hi Brandie, what fun family times at Disney and great memories, too. Thank you for hosting and happy weekend!

  23. So glad y'all had a wonderful time! I can certainly relate, I also have Raynauds, among other things. I live in north Florida so not quite so warm here as Orlando. When mine flares I say I'm so patriotic cause my hands turn red, white and blue! Get some rest but try to keep those amazing recipes coming!

  24. It's amazing what a few days in the warm sunshine can do for you. Looks like a great time was had by all! Thanks for hosting and have a great weekend!

  25. Such wonderful photos!
    You had a wonderful time - it shows :):)
    Thank you for sharing Brandie

  26. Thanks for featuring my Zuppa Toscana Soup! We are heading to Disney soon, my kids are so excited! Looks like y'all had fun. Thanks for hosting...I'm a little late this weekend!

  27. Thanks for the party. I am sharing carrot muffins. Your pictures look like you all had a great time. Hope you are feeling better after getting a little break. andi thewednesdaybaker

  28. I'm just a WEE bit behind in reading blogs, but thank you for the feature this week and hosting again :)

  29. Looks like you all had a blast at Orlando and my favorite beaches on the space coast. I'm in Tampa now but was raised in Merritt Island and won't go to the beach unless its there. I love your hair you're so pretty! I've made so many recipes from your blog. Keep em coming.


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