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Sunday, November 29, 2015

New York City Day 4

Time to pack up and go home.  We woke up fairly early, packed up, returned our room key, and started off to find a cab.  As luck would have it, and we had a lot of luck that day, there was a cab at the drug store beside our hotel.  When the driver saw us he ran over and we hopped in. 

We got to the airport about two hours early and settled in too these really awesome chairs in the waiting area.  Something happened with our original plane and it was delayed... like several hours...  Well here is the part where we lucked out, since we were there early when they came over to announce it we were the only ones there and they offered to put us on a flight that was leaving in just a few minutes. 

LOVE this picture!
 

They couldn't guarantee that our suitcase would make it off the other plane and on the new one but they offered to have them mailed to us.  Since we had no clue how long we would be hanging out at the airport we took them up on there offer and boarded the new plane.

When we landed at DFW we discovered that our suitcase HAD made it on the plane!!!  This was a major praise.  After grabbing our bag we called our driver and he picked us up and took us back to our car.  Since we landed earlier than originally planned we decided to have one last meal before going home. 

One of our favorite places to eat in Dallas is Blue Mesa and we don't go there when we have the kiddos because I am not convinced that they would enjoy it as much as we do.  After a wonderful lunch we went home to our sweet sweet kiddos.  It was soooooo nice to see them, I love having a weekend away but I always miss them a TON.

 
Pure bliss
 


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Creamy Cheesy Breakfast Casserole

Delicious and oh so creamy!

5-6 pieces of bacon, cooked and chopped
1 loaf French bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 1/2 cups milk
5 eggs
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. ground pepper
1 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 350.
Spray a 9x13-inch pan with cooking spray.  
Place half of the bread cubes in the bottom of the pan.  
Top with bacon and half of both cheeses.
Spread all of the ricotta over the cheese and bacon.  
Top with the remaining bread cubes.
Add remaining cheese to the top.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
Pour evenly over the top of the casserole.
Bake 40- 45minutes until golden brown.  
Allow to cool 5 minutes before slicing.
 

Sunday, November 22, 2015

New York Day 3

It has been about two weeks since our NYC trip and it is getting slightly difficult to remember all the details so I am typing this now hoping that as I look at pictures I will remember. 

My favorite shows are all on FOX News, so when we left our hotel I decided to take a picture. 

 
 
After I snapped my picture of the Fox News building we set off in search of our waffle stand.  We had read on Yelp as well as other internet sites about how amazing it was.  Let me stop right here and tell you all the reviews were correct, it was delicious.  There were a ton of different waffle choices and the toppings were over the top!
 
 
Phillip had a waffle sandwich.
 
I had a waffle with caramel, walnuts, and chocolate!
 
When we were done with our waffles we explored the really cute shopping center that it was "in".  It was a neat little park area with several small buildings that housed one of a kind shops and food stands.  We found these pretzels that looked amazing and while they were pretty the taste was kind of blah... I was really sad because this girl loves a good pretzel.
 

 
 
Look at ALL those pretzels!!!
 
After all that food we decided to be lazy and hope on the tour bus.  There were a few stops that we had passed over the first time (there were 4 different tours) that we wanted to go back too.
 

 
 
One of my favorite stops on the whole tour was Ground Zero, as soon as I walked up I was covered in goosebumps.  Standing there looking at the buildings and thinking of how so many people died is a very sobering experience.  I was very impressed with how everyone conducted themselves.  No one was loud or yelling or fooling around.  Everyone was very respectful.
 
 

 
 
We decided against hopping back on the bus and decided to walk to our next stop.  I am just going to say it was MUCH farther than it looked on our map.... MUCH farther.  We decided against taking the boat to the Statue of Liberty since it was a clear day we could see her from the main land.
 
 
We hopped back on the bus and headed for China Town where I bought a purse out of a van in an alley.  China Town was an interesting experience.  I mean how many people have bought purses with ducks hanging around them?
 
By this time we were ready for lunch and decided to go check out a few restaurants in Hell's Kitchen (a long street with a ton of places to eat).  We ended up picking a really pretty place that looked like it belonged in New Orleans.  The food was wonderful.
 

 
He loved his gumbo.
 
Wish I knew how to rotate this!
 
 
After lunch we spent some time just walking around the city and enjoying our last day in New York.  For dinner that night we had pizza delivered to the hotel.  It wasn't nearly as good as we had the day before, it was still good, but that restaurant wasn't open.  :-( 
 
 
 


 


Friday, November 20, 2015

New York Day 2

On our second day in New York we woke up toured this gorgeous church and then went in search of our waffle stand we wanted to eat at.  Unfortunately we didn't find it but we were able to find a great place outside Grand Central Terminal for breakfast.  From the outside it didn't look to promising, but the inside was very nice and the price for breakfast insinuated that the food would be great (which it was).
 
 
 
 
 
 
$4 for one little Coke...
 
 
 
 
After breakfast we did a carriage ride through Central Park as well as another one of the tours that our bus company offered.

 
 
 
 
 
Fountain from Friends!
 
 
 
 
 
Jessie is filmed here!
 
After the carriage ride through central park we headed back to the hotel to rest and picked up this pizza on the way.  It was AMAZING.
 
 
After resting we went and explored the building across the street which had a ton of awesome specialty shops.  We also hit up the Lego store as well as the American Girl store for some prizes for these really cute kiddos we know. 
 
 
 
Fat Girl Heaven!!!
 
Friday night we had a wonderful dinner at this beautiful little (expensive) Italian restaurant.  After dinner we saw Aladdin which was such a great play.  They did a great job keeping it the same as the movie.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hazelnut Gelatto!!!
 

 

 
 
 
After the play we were exhausted and walked back to the hotel for a good night's sleep.