Countdown to Disney: 45 Days

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20953500_10106693311536829_1695517932177272958_n.jpgMy Disney obsession is no secret. I first visited with my parents and brother in 2001, and thought I don’t remember much of the trip—to those who know me well, it’s also no secret that I have the worst memory in the world—I know I had a good time. Todd and I visited together early in our relationship, then again in 2012 when he proposed. And on our recent trip to California with my parents, we visited Disneyland for the first time (right). But every time we’ve gone to that magical place, it’s been warm and sunny—until now. This year we’ll be in Disney World for New Year’s Eve, so that we get to experience all of the holiday decor plus a special celebration to welcome 2018.

There’s only 45 days left until our trip, and we’ve planned it down to the tiniest details. We know which day we’ll do which park, we’ve made restaurant reservations and plotted out which shows we’re going to see, and we’ve booked fastpasses for the rides we most want to experience. I know it’ll be crowded (read: completely and utterly mobbed), so I think all of our planning will serve us well. Of course, we’ll still be spontaneous here and there, and I’m sure we’ll have tons of impromptu photo sessions. I also can’t wait to see what kinds of holiday snacks we’ll find; I’m trying not to do much research in advance so that I can be surprised while we’re there.

So now I’m just counting down the days, and in the meantime, I’m looking back at photos from all of our previous trips. Here are a few gems from our trip last summer:

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The fam on Splash Mountain.

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Snapshots of some of the delicious food we had during our visit!

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A Perfect Summer Recipe: Berry Pie

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Now that the temperature has reached its seasonal peak, I crave my favorite summer foods: lemonade, pineapple-and-shrimp skewers, burgers slathered with ketchup, fresh corn, sand-dusted sandwiches on the beach, and fruit-filled pies. The best summer pies have a flavor that bursts in your mouth, sticky and sweet yet refreshingly tangy.

So when my coworker (the same one I attended BookCon with) invited me to her new apartment for dinner, what else could I bring for dessert but a warm, homemade, blueberry-raspberry pie? This easy, simple recipe requires minimal preparation and offers great results. (Full disclosure: I adapted this from a Good Housekeeping blueberry pie recipe.)

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Blueberry-raspberry pie cooling on the stovetop.

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