I had an incredible weekend in Disneyland with my sister in law, her husband, their two daughters and 2 more nieces and a nephew last January. It’s fun to think of the good times we had before Covid19 came into our existence. Traveling along side these families while in Disneyland is fairly familiar to me because I’ve been going there with them since 2014. The clan keeps growing every year. My niece’s now have boyfriends who love to go with us. It’s a ton of fun and a vacation not to be missed. We do get a little goofy.
These people are Disney experts when it comes to making the most of your time and getting to go on the best rides without waiting in line for hours. It’s remarkable tagging along and observing their strategies in getting to the park early at 6:30 AM so we are the first people in the park when the gates open.
We usually stop for coffee at Starbucks after ordering online, before getting in line to get into Disneyland.
The fun starts when I try to keep up with my 21 year old niece Jamie, who insists on being in the first car on the cars ride and who runs as fast as she can trying to avoid the “no running!” And “walk!” comments all along the way. I’ve never laughed so hard keeping up with her skinny and fit legs. I pride myself on being in fairly good shape and love a good competition, but this run always leaves me sore and out of breath. Seeing her smile when she sits down in that first car is something I don’t ever want to miss. Of course, we all have to go along with her silly facial expressions during the photo shoot so we all look alike. It’s crazy, exciting and fun and nothing like my everyday life back at home.
The food was expensive, but we always have plenty of good meals that sustain our energy levels so we can keep up with the rigorous challenges of 3 days at the park.
I couldn’t wait to come home and prepare a nice home cooked meal after the love fest of spending time with my extended family. One of my favorite side dishes is my twice baked potato recipe. These warm from the oven cheesy treats are perfect served along side a baked ham or prime rib roast and would be the perfect recipe for a weekend dinner party.
This recipe is a family favorite that will feed a crowd. I hope it becomes your go to meal when entertaining your loved ones too, especially when you are back from a long and fun family vacation.
And here’s another blog from my last trip to Disneyland during the Food and Wine Festival.
Twice Baked Cheesy Potatoes
10 Russet Potatoes
¼ C. Softened Butter
¾ C. Sour Cream
2 ½ oz Garlic flavored Boursin Cheese
4 oz softened cream cheese
¼ C. Milk
¾ lb. shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
2 Tbs Fresh Chopped Parsley
10 Russet Potatoes (coat w olive oil) bake 400 degree oven for 1 hr, cut in half
Scoop out inside of potatoes and put into large bowl
Add remaining ingredients and mix w electric hand mixer until combined.
Place potato skins onto a foil covered sheet pan. Use large spoon or ice cream scoop and fill each skin generously with cheesy mixture.
Sprinkle w parsley. Bake again in 400 degree oven for @ 30 minutes.
This will serve 15 people or more depending the size of the potatoes.
And in case you don’t believe me, here is a quick YouTube video of our weekend.
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