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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

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Friday, July 23, 2021

Five on Friday - July 23, 2021

Happy Friday!  Glad we've made it to the weekend.  We are ready to spend a couple days at home.  But before we start that, let's look at my five for today ~

1.  Ted Lasso - Season 2
It's back!  Ted Lasso is back starting today for Season 2.  If you didn't watch the first season, add it to your list!  This show is full of laughs mixed with life lessons.  Jason Sudeikis is perfect for his role as Ted and the supporting staff is amazing.  I can't wait to get home from work and see what Season 2 has for us.

2.  2021 Tokyo Olympics
Let the games begin!  I absolutely love watching the Olympics.  I'm fully expecting to spend a lot of time in front of the television between today and August 8 soaking up sports we never watch except for the Olympics (hello ribbon twirling).  And what about those new events in surfing and skateboarding.  What are your favorite events?

3.  National Hot Fudge Sundae Day
Sunday is a day I can definitely get behind - National Hot Fudge Sundae Day!  I'm adding the fixings to my grocery list now so I'll be ready to scoop up hot fudge sundaes to pay tribute to this special day.  Don't forget the whipped cream and cherries for the top!

4.  Echo Dot
Have you seen the new echo dots covered in Diane von Furstenberg's designs?  They are adorable!  They would make a perfect gift for the kiddo headed off to college.  They come in three new designs and are worth taking a look at.  Even though we currently have three dots in our house, I'm looking at these new ones thinking we just might need another one.  

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5.  Thoughts...

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!  I'm so excited about next week.  I'm picking up my niece and nephew and they will be spending a few days at our house.  Lots of planning is going to be taking place this weekend to ensure their visit is a blast!  My daughter-in-law and I are going to a pop-up jewelry sale tomorrow and then out to lunch.  Always love spending time with her!  Hope to see you back next week for the recap!

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Thursday, July 22, 2021

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Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Gideon's Bakehouse Review

Welcome to Thinking Out Loud Thursday!  Today I'm still basking in the memories of our trip to Disney and am sharing a review on Gideon's Bakehouse. 

Have you heard of Gideon's Bakehouse?  In case you haven't, it's a dessert shop that's famous for apparently having the best cookies in Florida.  The shop also serves up cake and a few drinks.  When we started planning our trip and looking into the array of food options, this "Gideon's" kept popping up and people were saying how hard it was to get in.  Well, if you know me, that sounded like a challenge and I wanted in!

A little background - Gideon's Bakehouse is located in Disney Springs.  They held their grand opening on January 16, 2021.  From the information I found before visiting, I was prepared for the lines to get in to be LONG.  Currently, they are using a virtual queue.  Our experience was very smooth and didn't take as long as I had expected.  We arrived at Disney Springs around 10:45 am and walked immediately to Gideon's to put our name in the virtual queue.  There's a person by the front door taking names and you'll get a text when you're signed up.

Eric's favorite spot is the Ghirardelli ice cream store, so we meandered in that direction once we were in the queue and had a mid-morning ice cream snack.  It wasn't long before we got a text saying we could join the outside line to get in Gideon's.

When we arrived, there were about 50 people in line outside and we joined them.  You are given a menu of what you'll find inside.

The menu was adorable and will probably be in my drawer at home for longer than a normal person would keep it.  (Does anyone else have a hoarding problem?)  It did allow us to make our selections before actually entering the shop.  From the time we put our name in the virtual queue to the time we walked out with our cookies was a little over an hour.  And thirty minutes of that time we were walking around doing other things.  Not bad!

Once inside, you will be in awe!  Every space on the walls is covered with adorable Harry Potter-like decorations.  The lights are dim and the mood is on the haunted side.  

The cookies and cakes are beautiful!  We bought cookies to take home, but if we haven't just filled up on ice cream I definitely would have tried a piece of cake.

We were flying home the evening we made our purchase and I was excited to bring some cookies home to our son and daughter-in-law.  Both love cookies and had read about the prestige of getting into Gideon's.  I was out to impress them!  

The box carrying our cookies fit snuggly into my carry-on bag.  They traveled with us on the plane and reached home in perfect condition.

Now for the review:  We bought 5 total cookies at $6 each.  Eric chose the Pistachio Toffee.  I had the Peanut Butter Crunch.  Ian and Kayla got the Cookies & Cream, Original Chocolate Chip, and Coffee Cake.  Eric and I both thought they were just okay.  Ian and Kayla both thought they were fabulous - especially the chocolate chip and coffee cake.  

Would we go again - heck yes, if the virtual queue was being used and the wait wasn't longer than the time we would be at Disney Springs anyway.  I am so glad we did it this time just to experience the whole situation.  

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

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Monday, July 19, 2021

Weekending - July 16, 2021

Weekends go by so fast, and this past one is no exception.  I love that things are starting to feel more back to normal.  We were out and about quite a bit this weekend.  Here's the breakdown ~

Friday night we met up with our friends and attended a live music event.  We started the evening by doing a little tailgating.  Then we saw a Rolling Stones tribute band, Street Fighting Band, play the inaugural concert at a new music venue in St. Louis.  The lead singer had Mick Jaguar's struts perfected and they were so fun to see!

On Saturday one of my friends busted out her blow-up pool and we spent the day staying cool lounging in the water catching up.  It was glorious!  Who knew for two years running a blow-up pool would bring so much joy into my life.  

We had our son and daughter-in-law over for breakfast on Sunday.  It gave me a great perfect reason to set a pretty table and pull out the waffle iron.  

After breakfast, we decided to go see the sunflowers at Eckert's.  While we were there, we picked a few peaches too.  It was a fun, spontaneous outing.

The sunflower field was beautiful!  There's something about having that many sunflowers in one place that's spectacular.  

We wandered into their new area serving cider.  Trying a flight was the perfect Sunday Funday thing to do!

Later in the day, Eric and I stopped by the location one of our favorite food trucks was hanging out and grabbed dinner.  Truckeria Del Valle serves up the best street tacos!  

Weekends are so fun!  I'm already looking forward to the next one.

Friday, July 16, 2021

Five on Friday - July 16, 2021

We've made it to Friday!  The week after vacation is always a crazy busy one for me with trying to get caught up at work and at home.  But we've made it through and now have a weekend to regroup!  Let's start with my five for today ~

1.  National Ice Cream Day
Get the ice cream ready for Sunday - it's National Ice Cream Day!  Not that we need much of a reason to get ice cream around here, but it will be a fun day to celebrate.  I'm planning on making a batch of homemade for us to enjoy.  Our Cuisinart ice cream maker makes whipping up a batch the easiest thing ever!  

2.  It's Better This Way
In case you're looking for your next good read, here's a suggestion.  Debbie Macomber's new book, It's Better This Way, came out this week and is ready for you to enjoy.  Here's the summary from Amazon ~
After her marriage ends, one woman’s struggle to pick up the pieces finally leads to a new beginning but is the past truly behind her? #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber explores the powerful intersections of love and family in this poignant novel.

It’s been nearly six years since Julia Jones had her heart broken. After her husband became involved with another woman, she did everything she could to save their marriage, to no avail. Their two daughters continue to stand by Julia in the wake of their father’s behavior—and they’ve had a tough time getting along with the “other woman” who became their stepmother. Distraught after selling the family home, Julia moves into a condominium complex that offers the warmth and charm of a fresh start. Now, having settled into her new community and sold her successful interior design business, she’s embraced a fulfilling new life, one that doesn’t seem to need a man in it. Her beloved father’s trusty saying is ringing truer than ever: It’s better this way.

But when Julia meets a handsome new resident in the building’s exercise room, she can’t help but be drawn to him. Heath Johnson is a welcome change from the men she’s encountered on the occasional—mostly disastrous—dates her sister has eagerly planned for her over the years. As she and Heath, a divorcĂ© himself, begin to grow close, their friendship blossoms into an unexpected love. However, they soon realize that combining families proves to be a challenge, even though their four children are adults.

When a dramatic revelation threatens the happiness they’ve found, Julia and Heath must reconcile their love for their children with their love for each other. If they can’t, their bright future together may be nothing but a dream.

3.  Sob Rock
The wait for new music from John Mayer is over!  His new album, Sob Rock, is out today.  What's John been up to?  I read in Rolling Stone that since 2015, he has been performing as part of the Grateful Dead supergroup Dead & Company.  You might have seen him at this year's Grammy Awards playing guitar for Maren Morri's song "The Bones".  Can't wait to take a listen to his new album!

4.  Ginny & Georgia
Last weekend I accidentally binge-watched the entire season of Ginny & Georgia.  I feel I'm late to the game on this one.  Have you seen it?  We got sucked in and just didn't want to stop watching.  Netflix describes it as, "Free-spirited Georgia and her two kids, Ginny and Austin, move north in search of a fresh start but find that the road to new beginnings can be bumpy."  If you're looking for something new to watch, give it a try.  Then let me know what you think of it!

5.  I'm getting old...

Tonight we're going to a real, live concert and I'm downright giddy about it!  We're seeing the Rolling Stones tribute band Streetfighter.  It's in a new outdoor venue and I'm counting the minutes until the lights go down and the concert starts.  Hope you have something you're looking forward to doing this weekend!

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