Omg y’all!!! It’s actually feeling like spring here in WNY!! Since spring and summer go by so fast before the snow returns, you best believe I whip out that grill and act like it’s summer as soon as those temps reach 50!!!!
One of my hubby’s favorite bbq side dishes from last summer was my famous Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad with my “new” secret ingredient, Olive Garden Ranch Dressing!!! On the first warm day we had, I made a huge bowl thinking it would last a few days. It was gone that night! It’s seriously THAT addicting!
Olive Garden Ranch Dressing is on the “fancy” side, so it’s nice and thick. Perfect for pasta salad since it’s not soupy!!!! Your family will ove it.
• Bow Tie Noodles
• 8oz Block of Cheddar Cheese
• 6oz Box Pre-Cooked Bacon
• 16oz Bottle Olive Garden Ranch Dressing
6. Pour entire bottle of Olive Garden Ranch Dressing.
7. Mix Well.
8. Serve & Enjoy!!!
Thank you Sesame Place for hosting our trip. As usual, all opinions 100% my own.
During our little weekend getaway to Sesame Place, located just outside of Philadelphia, we had the opportunity to dine with every little ones favorite Sesame Street Character, ELMO!!! Abby Cadabby, Burt & Ernie also would be gracing us with their presence, so we were pretty stoked!!!! We named our puppy Abby Cadabby after all, so it’s safe to say we love our Sesame Street in this house!!!!
Dine With Me!
Dine With Elmo & Friends is located right inside the Sesame Place gates. You will need to purchase a theme park ticket to have this character dining experience. Since Sesame Place only does one seating for breakfast, you will want to arrive a little early. The line to be seated gets pretty long.
Before I get into all the details of this character breakfast experience, I will tell you what most of you are thinking. What is the cost?! Honestly, this is the best part! If you’ve been to Orlando, you know thosw parks charge and arm & a leg to meet their characters, Sesame Place on the other hand got it right! $27 for adults, $11 for kids and kids 2 and under are FREE! You won’t break the bank giving your kids their dream breakfast which is pretty sweet if you ask me!
Once the hostess seats you, you will wait for your table number to be called to head to the buffet. While
waiting and eating, all of the characters besides Elmo will make their rounds for photo opportunities. Elmo has his own little setup which you will have to wait in a short line to snap your photo. Also during the breakfast, the characters will have a dance party that your kiddos can participate in. Probably the most magical part of the whole experience. Total bragging rights saying you danced with Abby Cadabby & Elmo!!
Photographers will amake rounds snapping photos using their fancy professional cameras. I thought this was awesome since not all of us have someone to snap that family photo. This way EVERYONE is included in the shot. You will get one photo for free, which is included in the cost of breakfast and you can purchase additional photos if you want them all!
The food is exactly what you would expect. Basic breakfast foods like eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausage, cereal, etc.... nothing spectacular, but honestly the main focus of this breakfast is meeting your favorite Sesame Street characters. The food could have been cereal only and we still would have had the time of our lives chillen with Elmo!
Honestly, we loved everything about this character dining experience. The price was spot on, the breakfast lasted about an hour which is PERFECT!!! Just long enough to do everything and eat before hitting the park.
Food was perfect for picky eaters too. My daughter hates pretty much everything and she still managed to find something to eat thanks to the cereal, yogurt and fruit offerings!
Characters were super friendly and let you take as long as you needs to get that photo. Loved that we were not rushed at all. A huge plus!!!!
Only thing I didn’t care for was the chairs. They weren’t exactly the most comfy things in the world, but the theme is a school cafeteria, so theme-wise they work!
If if you’re heading to Sesame Place, I highly recommend Dine with Elmo & Friends! Your kids will talk about it forever!!!!
Have you been to Sesame Place?
O my yum!!! If there was one food from my childhood that brings back a nostalgic feeling it would be Dunkaroos!!!! Literally my all time favorite snack!!! You best believe when I found out a few years ago how to make Dunkaroo deliciousness at home, I went all out creating every freaking flavor I could think of!!! So yummy so good!!!!
Today I present to you, Spring Time Funfetti Cake Batter Dip using Spring time Funfetti Cake Mix! Can’t find it? No worries. Just purchase a yellow cake mix and spring time sprinkles. Enjoy!!!
• 8 oz Whipped Topping
• 2/3 cup Spring Funfetti Cake Mix
• 3.4 oz Vanilla Pudding Mix (1 pkg)
• 1/2 Cup Milk
• Cookies for Dunking
1. Take your Whipped Topping and scoop the whole 8oz container into a large mixing bowl.
2. Add your vanilla pudding mix & 2/3 cup of funfetti cake mix into a large mixing bowl.
3. Pour a 1/2 cup of milk into the large mixing bowl.
4. Mix well.
5. Scoop into a serving bowl.
6. Serve with cookies!!!! Dunk away & enjoy!
New stirring wheel who dis?!? So I may have made a huge #BossBabe move last week. Hubby traded in his Grand Cherokee and decided to drive my Benz while searching for his dream truck and I upgraded to a mom SUV!!! It’s crazy how futuristic my Cadillac looks compared to my Benz and it’s only been what? 5 years since the Benz was made? Technology sure does amaze me! My Cadillac likes to be all creepy and tell me where I’m going when it’s hooked up to my phone. I might just be taking my location of my iPhone for awhile to avoid any more old lady freak outs lol.... I’m not ready for my car to be smarter than me. Not yet!
Anyway, back to the reason y’all stopped by! My beautiful Black Gold Accent Stiletto Nails. I may have made it so my nails match my new car. Weird? Maybe? But my nails came out looking just as fab as my new ride!!!
Not going to lie, I’m definitely egg-cited for Easter!!!!! I just love how cute bunny’s are. Dressing up in my Easter Sunday best is also something I look forward to every year!!! I just love it when the whole fam is looking glam for brunch.
Since I’m a tad bit over egg-cited for Easter, I decided to make as many Easter related crafts as possible!!! Today’s craft? Paper cups! Perfect for kiddos to make and even a cute idea for the Easter kids table. Enjoy!!!
• White Paper Cup
• Pipe Cleaners
• Pink Pom
• Googly Eyes
• White Paper
• Pink Paper
• Glue Stick
1. Take your pipe cleaners and twist them together in the middle to create bunny whiskers.
2. Grab your pink pom and glue it to the center of the pipe cleaners.
3.Then glue the pom/pipe cleaner combo onto your white paper cup to create a bunny nose.
4. Glue on those googly eyes.
5. Once the glue is dry, trim your bunny whiskers so they are nice and even.
6.Take your white Pom and glue it to the back of the white paper cup to create a bunny tail!
7.Next, take your white and pink pieces of paper and create two bunny ears.
8. Glue your ears onto your paper cup to create your Easter Bunny!!!
Are you egg-cited for Easter?
CourtneyLynne is former model turned mommy & wifey! When not blogging all things foodie, fashion, travel, mom life & straight up fabulousness to the masses, she can be found chasing her toddler around in 6in stilettos & laughing at her own jokes her glass of wine told her to tell.