Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Disneyland Food You Have to Try Part 5

Ready for another installment of Disneyland food you have to try?

You HAVE to try the Churro Funnel Cake from Hungry Bear Restaurant. It is one of my all time favorite treats at Disneyland. You can thank me later.
Hungry Bear Restaurant will have seasonal funnel cake flavors so this isn't always available.

The Creamy Corn Chowder (served in a bread bowl) from the French Market Restaurant was delicious! Perfect for those colder Disneyland nights.

People always talk about the Mint Juleps at the Mint Julep Bar. They are pretty good and worth trying at least once so I had to include them. Of course if you are like me you would prefer something sweeter, but definitely worth trying.

What are your favorite things to eat at Disneyland or California Adventure?

See all the Disneyland food posts here

Monday, April 11, 2016

Child Bike Safety: The 5 Most Important Tips

By Christensen and Hymas Utah Bicycle Accident Lawyers

Teaching your child how to ride a bike is one of the traditional joys of parenting. Family bike rides are a great way to bond and spend time with each other. However, there are also many risks involved when kids ride bikes. Children and young adults are involved in over half of the most serious bike accidents across the country. Child bike safety is extremely important.

What are the most important and effective parts of child bike safety? As Utah’s Bicycle Accident Lawyers, we understand what kinds of mistakes lead to the most accidents. Here are some of our tips on keeping your kids safe while riding:

·         Always wear a helmet!
It is impossible to overstate the importance of wearing a helmet. Children and adults should wear a Consumer Product Safety Commission-approved helmet every time they ride a bike. You can know if your child is wearing an approved helmet by checking for a sticker on the inside of the helmet.
In addition, make sure that your child’s helmet fits and is fastened properly before they take off.

·         Wear the right clothes
Ill-fitting clothing can result in bike accidents. A key aspect of child bike safety is ensuring that no loose pants or untied shoelaces will be tangled up in the bike chain while they ride.
Proper shoes are also very important. Closed-toe shoes like sneakers with gripping soles will help your child’s feet stay on the pedals.

·         Ride a bike that fits
Making sure that your child’s bike is not too small or too big can play a big role in their safety. Experts suggest testing their bike’s size by comparing it to their height. Your child should stand straddling their bike’s top bar. There should be about 1 to 3 inches of open space between your child and the bar. 

·         No flat tires or sticky brakes
Flat tires and faulty brakes can make it difficult and even impossible for your child to steer and control their bike. Fortunately, these are both fixable problems. You should consistently keep up with the brakes and tires on your child’s bike. You can do this yourself or take it into a local bike shop.

·         Obey the rules of the road
Your neighborhood roads may seem quiet and safe, but it only takes one careless driver or one mistake by your child to cause an accident. Following road rules is crucial to child bike safety. You should teach them the basics of road safety, such as:
o   Obeying stop signs
o   How to act at intersections
o   Looking both ways out of the driveway
o   Using both hands to control their bike
o   Exercising extreme caution around cars, whether parked or moving

These tips are only some of the many ways that you can help your kids stay safe while riding their bikes. Always remind them to use caution and keep these things in mind.

We are experienced bike accident attorneys, who are dedicated to helping injured cyclists. If you have any questions about bicycle safety or laws, do not hesitate to contact us.

Friday, March 4, 2016

5 on Friday

Spring training is in full swing and I couldn't be happier, well if MLB showed more of the Cardinals Spring Training games I could be happier. But really I am so excited for baseball season. Go Cards!

I am obsessed with the Tupperware Modular Mates. I have been working on organizing the contents of my kitchen and pantry for awhile now and I cannot put in to words how much I love these containers! They are the best and free up so much space.

With Sammy and Sadie starting preschool this week I have realized how fast time with my little ones is flying by. My girls are not the easiest, in fact they can be down right hard most of the time and taking them out and about is no easy feat, but I have decided that I want to do more with them. Today we ventured out to the zoo and had a great time! Here is to more adventures with my kids!

I am getting ready to revamp my family's 72 hour emergency kits. What do I need in them?

I have the travel bug right now and wish I was planning another trip to Hawaii.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Sadie and Sammy

And just like that my babies are three years old! And they started preschool today! Where does the time go?

Because of Sadie and Sammy's speech delay, our school district placed them in an early 3 preschool class where they can get the speech therapy they need. Today was the first day. 
Dealing with the girls speech problems has been tiring to say the least. Lots and lots of testing, therapy sessions, working with the girls, etc but the hardest part of all of it has been the frustrations and tantrums because we just have not been able to understand them and what they are trying to say to us. The terrible twos are hard enough without having twins but imagine having the terrible twos with twins who are frustrated because their mom and dad can't understand them. Let's just say I pray for patience on a daily basis. Ha!

The girls were really excited to start preschool and we are really excited for them to get more help with their speech! Oh and an extra hour to myself twice a week.

Om a side note, trying to take a picture without at least one of these girls giving a thumbs up is hard.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Disneyland and California Adventure Food to Try part 4

With Disneyland (and all their yummy food) on my mind I decided it was time for another round of Disneyland food you have to try.

The nutty maple fudge found at Pooh Corner in Critter Country, is a tasty treat. It is quite rich so plan to share or save half for later.

The corn dogs in Disneyland are a must eat! They may possibly be one of the best corn dogs I have ever had. Found at the red wagon on Main Street in Disneyland.

Can you really go wrong with pulled pork? Nope. This a great way to get in a quick meal before hitting up your favorite ride. quick service, good flavor, it's a win. Found at California Adventure, Cozy Cone Motel. 

Ok, what are your favorite things to eat at Disneyland or California Adventure?

Friday, February 19, 2016

Reading List

Here is another round of what I have been reading.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern 
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des RĂªves, and it is only open at night. But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway.

I enjoyed reading this book. A very imaginative story that had me right from the beginning. Morgenstern is a great storyteller!

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Two weeks before the events of this book, young Hannah Baker killed herself, but she left behind a sort of audio will that explained her reasons for taking her life. Each of those thirteen reasons involves cruel acts, misunderstandings, or guilty acts of omission that involve other students.

I don't want to say that I like this book because it about suicide, however I couldn't get this book out of my mind and found myself drawn to the characters. I liked the writing style and the message it sends.

All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.
In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.

Of course anything during World War 2 always catches my interest so I had to read this. It is a great book! It took me a few dozen pages to get into this book but once I did, I fell in love with the characters. Very beautifully written.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Baked Reuben Braid

A few years ago I learned how to make this delicious Baked Reuben Braid using Rhodes Rolls. It is seriously so tasty and quite simple to make. Just one can feed a small family. I am going to show you how o make them today. I hope you try and make one, you won't regret it.

1 loaf Rhodes Bread Dough or 12 Rhodes Dinner Rolls, thawed to room temperature
1/3 cup light Italian cheese salad dressing
1/2 pound thinly sliced turkey pastrami
8 slices Swiss cheese
2 cups sauerkraut, drained
1 egg white, beaten
2 tablespoons caraway seeds

To start out, you will need to spray your counter lightly with non-stick cooking spray. Roll your dough into a 12 x 16 inch rectangle. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes.

Next you will remove the plastic wrap from dough and make cuts 4 inches long and 1 1/2 inches apart on the long sides of your dough.

Tip: if your strips are too thin the braid can leak. Use a ruler if you need to.

Pour the dressing lengthwise in a 4 inch strip down the middle of the dough. Top with pastrami, Swiss cheese and then sauerkraut.

Tip: make sure to drain your sauerkraut really well. I even used paper towel to help remove some of the juices. Let the paper towel soak up the extra juices.

Start braiding by folding the top and bottom strips toward filling. Next braid strips left over right, right over left. Finish by pulling the last strip over and tucking under braid.

Tip: make sure the end of the strips stay tucked in so they don't lift while baking.

Lift braid with both hands and place on a large sprayed baking sheet. Brush with egg white and sprinkle with caraway seeds.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly and slice to serve.

For more family friendly recipes head over to the Rhodes Blog.