I admit it. I have been MIA! Life got a little crazy buying and moving into a new house, but I am back! We are iced in today, so my kids and I made this Spiced Chocolate Covered Fruit recipe. It’s so easy and only 3 ingredients! Dark chocolate is rich in flavonoids, which have heart-protecting properties and are rich in antioxidants. The protective factors are only seen in dark chocolate that contained at least 60 percent (preferably 70 percent or more) cocoa. There’s nothing better than a healthy snack with only 3 ingredients!
I had the best time this past weekend at Food Blog Forum in Orlando, Florida in Walt Disney World. I was so fortunate to get to share a round table speaking with the amazingly talented, humble and genuine, Angie of Bakerella. We spoke on “Writing a Cookbook From Two Perspectives” to four different groups.
Food Blog Forum was founded by Jaden and Scott Hair of Steamy Kitchen and Todd Porter and Diane Cu of White on Rice Couple. This one day conference is always so inspiring (this was my 3rd event), and this is the most wonderful, sharing, open and welcoming group of speakers and food bloggers. I must give a shout out to the fantastic staff at Walt Disney World for their incredible hospitality and generosity as well as to Julie, from The Little Kitchen, and Dawn Viola for coordinating this event. One the big themes of the weekend which spoke to me is: “Dream big and share your dream with others” via the man himself, Walt Disney.
Of course, there was food to be had at a “Food Blog Conference.” We had the most incredible parties, including Friday night by the beach at the Grand Floridian, lunch by a multitude of top Disney’s chefs (see above), and a wonderful Irish dessert party while watching fireworks in Epcot on Saint Patrick’s Day.
I met so many new fabulous food bloggers, and I had the pleasure to connect with old friends as well. (See Kelly, from “Just a Taste”, and me at Epcot, above).
I also had the chance to check out some of the best Disney attractions. The Epcot “International Flower and Garden Festival” (above) was this month. It was unreal!
This shot (above) from Animal Kingdom is the mountain of Expedition Everest. Doesn’t this look like I could actually be at Mount Everest?
We went on the Kilimanjaro Safaris ride (above) in Animal Kingdom, and we saw so many rare, beautiful animals. I can’t believe how close this giraffe got to our jeep.
Downtown Disney is always a blast. You never know what you might find in Disney World. Did I mention that my kids came along as well? They haven’t been there in seven years, so it was quite a treat. My son, Zachary, was a little timid of her (above).
My daughter, Leigh, (above) told me she wanted a picture with Mickey and Minnie. Honestly I wasn’t sure that it would be possible, but if there is a will, there is a way.
We loved staying at the convenient, and very, fun Polynesian Resort. Their beach (above) was so pretty, and their water slide in the pool was a hit with the kids. It’s a perfect way to spend time outside of the parks for some down-time.
This weekend I am in one of my favorite cities, Park City, Utah for Evo Conference. Last year I was fortunate to win a trip to the first ever Evo Conference. I wasn’t sure what to expect. This was my first social media conference for one thing. Also, I had never stepped food in Utah. Needless to say, this was one of the best conferences I attended all year long filled with useful information in the most incredible venue. I made so many wonderful friendships last year, and I am looking forward to seeing them as well as making new ones. The conference is held at the Canyons resort, a beautiful resort in the winter and summertime for families or creative minds. Thank you to The Canyons for use of their photos.
I am so excited the Birmingham edition of the Food Blogger Bake Sale (organized by Gaby Dalkin of “What’s Gaby Cooking”) is this Saturday from 10 to 3 at the corner of 18th Street and 29th Avenue in downtown Homewood, across the street from Urban Cookhouse. Jason Horn, my awesome partner on the bake sale has a great blog, The Messy Epicure. Check it out.