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Now that I've shared my few quick tips for a Disneyland trip, here are all the tasty treats and meals we had on our trip! Since we only had 2 days and 3 nights we had to be very strategic about where we ate. While I would have loved to do 3 sit-down meals a day to try as much food as possible we also wanted to prioritize all the rides that we don't have over in Disney World.  

Disneyland Eats

Disneyland Popcorn Carts

I had to get a Disney100 Purple Mickey Mouse Balloon Popcorn Bucket (also comes in silver.) I grabbed mine at the popcorn cart near Fantasyland Theatre and we enjoyed it while waiting for the Disneyland Railroad. We didn't get a refill because we had lots of other things to eat, but if you can refill your popcorn for $2.50 after your bucket purchase.



Mickey Beignets

Normally the Mickey-shaped Beignets with powdered sugar are found at Mint Julep Bar but it is currently closed to make way for Tiana's Restaurant so we picked ours up at their temporary location - Hungry Bear Restaurant. They're messy, but oh so good! The perfect snack to have while you sit in the shade and rest. I wish Disney World had the Mickey beignets in-park too so we didn't have to take a special trip over to Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter.

When choosing our Disneyland sit-down restaurant we were torn between Cafe Orleans and Blue Bayou. Blue Bayou is definitely the more popular of the two, but it's also more expensive so we opted for Cafe Orleans because the menus are very similar. I really enjoyed it, especially sitting outside with a nice breeze. 

I had the Roasted Chicken and a Mint Julep while Christian & Caleb had the Battered & Fried Monte Cristo. Caleb had the Triple Cheese version and Christian went for the classic.

My Ratatouille Dooney & Bourke bag featuring Remy & Emile was ready for tasty food!

Mint Julep

Battered & Fried Monte Cristo - Sliced Turkey, Ham and Swiss with Seasonal Preserves and choice of Pommes Frites or Petite Salad

Roasted Chicken with Mashed Potatoes, Citron-Orange Salad and Coq Au Vin Jus


Ronto Roasters - Galaxy's Edge

A friend had posted about the Meiloorun Juice (Pineapple Juice, Minute Maid Lemonade, with Blueberry, Cranberry Juice, Lemon Juice, and Desert Pear) a couple weeks before our trip so we had to try it out! We picked it up on our way to get our Mickey Beignets. They don't have this in Disney World (at least not yet) so it was fun to try an "exclusive" drink.  It's not my usual flavors but I enjoyed it for a change.

Café Daisy - ToonTown

WE had a super quick snack/lunch at Cafe Daisy on day 1 when my friend Caleb joined us. Christian and I shared the Pepperoni Pizza Flop-Over (Pepperoni, Mozzarella, Provolone with Tomato Sauce) and I stole a Daisy's Goody-Goody Donuts (House-made Mini-Donuts with Cinnamon Sugar) from Caleb. (didn't snag a picture because we ate super fast, ha ha.


Downtown Disney Eats


Naples Ristorante e Bar

We arrived at Disneyland in the late afternooon and decided to have dinner at Downtown Disney. Out of all the options we ended up wanting some pizza so we headed to Naples. Christian and I shared a Large Piccante Pizza (Spicy Calabrese Salami, Cherry Peppers, Fresh Mozzarella, Tomato Sauce, Oregano) and Caleb got a Pepperoni Pizza with basil. They were good but VERY expensive at $40 each! Not sure we would eat here again, just because of the pricing, even with a 20% off discount with my D23 membership. 


Disney California Adventure Eats


Jack-Jack Cookie Num Nums - Pixar Pier

One of our favorite eats of the trip was the famous Jack-Jack Cookie Num Num which is a very large chocolate chip cookie served nice and warm. They have these at Disney World as well but we hadn't gotten around to buying one yet. Next trip to Hollywood Studios we'll be grabbing one to see if they're just as good.


Mickey Pretzels

Can't go to Disneyland without getting something Mickey shaped so I needed a Mickey pretzel! Yes, I know I had Mickey beignets too, shh!  I got mine at Pacific Wharf Distribution Co. in Pacific Wharf (soon to be San Fransokyo) next to Pixar Pier.

Corn Dog Castle - Paradise Gardens Park

We were told we had to have an Original Corn Dog (dipped in Corn Batter and fried to a golden Brown served with Cuties® Mandarin or Small Bag of Chips) so we grabbed one for breakfast on day 2 of the trip. Meal times don't matter at Disney, ha ha! 


Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival

We're spoiled by EPCOT's food festivals so both of us were a little disappointed in the DCA Food & Wine Festival. I don't like cheese and almost everything on the menus had cheese, so the only thing I got was the Celebration Chocolate Fudge Brownie (Gooey Chocolate Brownie with Pecans, topped with Chocolate Pecan Glaze and finished with Chocolate Pearls and Silver Stars.) Christian got the Carbonara-Garlic Mac & Cheese with Nueske’s Peppered Bacon from the Garlic Kissed booth and loved it. Sadly he was disappointed by the Kenny’s Family Cheesecake topped with mixed berry compote from the Berry Patch booth.


Lamplight Lounge - Pixar Pier

I was very excited to eat at Lamplight Lounge but ended up disappointed.The restaurant is full of Pixar memorabilia on the inside and the outside has a beautiful view of Pixar Pier. Unfortunately we got seated at a shared raised rectangular table in the middle of the patio with a view of the people across the table from us. If we had known we would have asked to wait for a single table. The way we were seated, all next to one another, made it impossible to talk while eating, someone was always left out. The service was also pretty slow.

However, Christian and Caleb did enjoy their meals. They got the Kung Pao Bao and Al Pastor Pork Chop, respectively as well as the Donuts, a special cookies & cream version for the Food & Wine Festival. My Roasted Chicken wasn't as satisfactory, especially after the roast chicken I had the previous evening at Cafe Orleans. It lacked flavor even though it looked like it would be loaded with it.  I would maybe try eating here again but request a normal table and try the pork.

Al Pastor Pork Chop - Marinated Al Pastor Bone-in Pork Chop, Oaxaca Cheese Polenta, Pineapple Relish, Charred Onions, Roasted Red Chili Butter and Green Chili Sauce

Kung Pao-glazed crispy Pork Belly, soft Bao Bun, Red Peppers, toasted Peanuts and Green Onions

Ale and Citrus-brined, Dry-rubbed Half Chicken with Seasoned Couscous, Pickled Red Cabbage and Smoked Almond Romesco

Warm fluffy Donuts with cookies & cream dipping sauce



Wow, we're at 20 parts for baking since 2020. That's about 120 recipes (not exactly since some things were baked more than once, ha ha!) There might be a little big bigger gap between this roundup and the next one as I'm away from home for the next few weeks, but maybe I'll still do some baking where I'm at.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

I wanted to make cookies but didn't want to let butter from the freezer come to the right temperature so I figured it was the perfect time to try these oatmeal chocolate chip cookies with brown butter! I only made half a batch in case they didn't come out, but I was pretty sure they'd be delicious because I've yet to have a huge fail with one of Jenna's recipes (just like Tessa of Handle the Heat!)They were so delicious. Soft, but crunchy on the edges, a nice hint of cinnamon and deep flavor from the brown sugar. YUM.

Semolina Pizza Dough

On Pi Day I had to make pizza for dinner, right? I decided to do the semolina pizza dough recipe from our King Arthur Baking School class because I haven't made it since then. The recipe I linked above isn't the exact one but it was the closest I could find to the printout they gave us.

Cosmic Brownies

It's been a while since I put these brownies in a roundup so I figured it was time to share again in case some new folks are reading these! I'm almost out of my 1lb bag of Rainbow Candy Coated Chocolate Chips so I need to order some more soon. These are always a hit when I make them for Christian and I. We have to stop ourselves from eating them all at once (but they are very rich so that helps too.)

Classic Whoopie Pies 

Every month Handle the Heat does a baking challenge, last month it was for Whoopie Pies! I've never made them before so it was a good excuse to try. They are sooooo good and the recipe is really easy, it's just like making cookies. We loved them right out of the fridge. Perfection.



Cinnamon Star Bread 

I've had this recipe saved for a while and almost made it for Christmas last year but didn't get around to it. I thought Easter would be a good time too, so here we are! My family had brunch for Easter this year so I also made biscuits and french toast sticks, ha ha. My Mom made the rest. But back to this - it was pretty easy to make, the hardest/most annoying part was rolling out the dough into even and equal circles. They make it look so easy on TV! I also had made my dough the night before and it had been in the fridge, so it may have just been too cool to roll out easily, but oh well.


Chocolate Babka

I've been wanting to make babka for a long time but it always seemed so scary and daunting. Then I saw a video of Isaac Mizrahi making some on his Instagram and it made it look easy, so I finally decided to give it a go! It was a little messy but so so sooooo good! I will definiitely be adding this to my rotation of must-remake treats.

A couple weeks ago I was sent over Southside Market & Barbeque's Fresh Original Beef Rope Sausage to try. Southside Market was founded in 1882 by William Moon in Elgin, TX. What started off as door to door meat sales has evolved into four brick & mortar restaurants/stores as well as nationwide shipping! You can order smoked sausage, chicken, brisket, hot sauce, rubs and more straight to your doorstep! After trying the rope sausage, I'm looking forward to trying more of their products in the future!


Known by old-timers as “Elgin Hot Sausage” or simply “Hot Guts”, this is the sausage that put Southside on the map. Now available to order in rope form exactly as we sell it fresh in our meat markets. Unlike the shorter links, each fresh (raw) rope measures approximately 44-48 inches long and weighs 2 lbs. Seasoned with cracked black pepper, it is all beef, coarsely ground in a natural pork casing. This is our signature item, made fresh in-house daily for a level of quality, taste, and enjoyment you can’t find anywhere else. Since 1882. 


You can buy one sausage for $25 or save $10 by purchasing 2 for $40. Make sure to use code TXBBQ10 to save 10%! The rope sausage came frozen and packed with some dry ice and packing foam to keep it safe and fresh. I defrosted it within a day and we cooked it the weekend it arrived.  Never cook your Southside Market meat from frozen, always thaw first and make sure sausage gets to 165°F!


Time to dig in! I cooked the whole beef sausage very simply with no added spices and without cutting it. It's still a little too chilly for a grill session so I baked the rope sausage in the oven instead. I baked for 20 minutes in a cast iron skillet (to see if that would help with browning) at 400 degrees and flipped once to get some browning on both sides. I definitely need to buy some this Summer to grill too! 

Since there's only two of us we obviously didn't eat it all in one sitting so I did something a bit more fun with the leftovers. For this first try I wanted to eat it as is, with some simple veggies as a side so we could really get a feel for the texture and flavor.  The sausage was juicy with great beef flavor and a nice kick at the end from the black pepper.  I imagine the flavor would be even better with some char from the grill.

My only gripe with Southside Market is the cost of shipping. It cost $58 to ship just this one sausage rope. If I added on sausage links it would go up to $66 . Adding a rub to that it jumps up to $85. I understand they want to ship quickly and with enough ice to keep items frozen, but other brands can do the same for cheaper. Even HelloFresh, who send up to 7 (or more) meals worth of groceries is shipped for $10. They aren't doing the volume of HF, but I'm sure there are other economical ways to ship.

*This post was made in partnership with Apogee Agency. All opinions on the product are my own and have not been influenced by this sponsorship. Thank you for supporting brands I feature* #sponsored #SouthsideSausageReview #ad

Time for more sweet treats! We've got a mix of chocolate, sweet potatoes, coconut, lemon and honey! It's been a long time since I've made really good brownies from scratch and I think I found my new recipe. I also made one of our favorites from the past couple years, the coconut chocolate chip blondies as well as a few more new recipes! One of which I've had on my "to bake" list for over a year - whoops!

Better Than Boxed Chocolate Fudge Brownies

I made these on a day when Christian casually mentioned wanting brownies. You don't have to tell me twice!  Jenna's recipes have yet to disappoint me so I decided to try her brownie recipe. This is definitely one I will be remaking. They're super fudgy and have a perfectly flaky top to add a bit of crunch.


Flourless Chocolate Cake

I made this as our Valentine's week treat. Normally I would make chocohotopots but Tessa made this her February baking challenge and I LOVE flourless chocolate cake, so I decided to give it a go! We don't have an 8in round pan so I decided to use my fun heart shaped dutch oven from Home Goods since I would have to adjust the cooking time no matter what I used. I wasn't able to get it out of the dutch oven so no pretty picture of it on a plate, luckily the dutch oven is pretty.

Sweet Potato Muffins with Cinnamon Sugar Topping

We had a ton of leftover sweet potatoes after a dinner I made (mental note: we only need 1 sweet potato, haha) so I decided to bake them into muffins! I used walnuts instead of pecans and added chocolate chips to a few. I wish I added chocolate chips to them all, but we weren't sure we'd like the flavor combination. Overall they were tasty and a good way to use up leftovers!


Chocolate Coconut Blondies

I've featured this dessert a couple times in my past baking roundups. It's always a hit, even if the center is a bit under-cooked for Christian sometimes. I personally love the gooey center, so he gets all the edge pieces, ha ha.


Honey Lemon Cake

I've been wanting to make this cake since I saw Elizabeth make it on Ranch to Table. Christian loves honey and lemon so I figured this would be a perfect treat for him. This first go around wasn't the best, the butter didn't cooperate when I was whipping it, I assumed because the eggs weren't fully at room temp yet. I continued on anyway and the cake came out a little gummy. The flavor was there though!  After my (sort of) fail I re-watched the segment on Discovery+ and her butter/egg combo looked the same as mine so maybe that wasn't the issue. I may not have mixed the honey in enough or mixed enough when adding the milk. Next time I'll do better, I hope!


Double Chocolate Chip Muffins

Another case of, "I have buttermilk from another recipe that I need to use." I have had this recipe saved for a while but since I don't normally have buttermilk on hand it's not something I can just whip up anytime. The recipe also uses sour cream which Christian and I HATE. But I always keep the little sour cream packets we get in our HelloFresh (get a free box!) or Blue Apron meals for this purpose. We won't use it for the meals but if I can hide it in a baked good, I'll use it.


Christian and I are not huge on Valentine's Day, but we do buy cute cards and make sure to have a delicious meal to celebrate. When Valentine's Day is during the week that usually means I make one of our favorite meals or we grab takeout. I'm always up for trying new things, so this year we're including some delicious treats from Wildgrain


Wildgrain offers an artisanal bread subscription box ($89 + free shipping) for you to liven up meals at home. They are the first bake-from-frozen delivery service for breads, pastries and pasta! And the best part? Everything is made by small-batch bakers and pasta makers across the country so you'll be supporting small businesses. Each month you'll get a delicious selection of goodies to keep in your freezer until you are ready to enjoy them.  


One of our usual date night spots is a fancy Italian restaurant so I decided to recreate that experience at home with help from the items in our Wildgrain box. I started by baking the sourdough spelt loaf right out of the freezer - it only took 24 minutes. This was my first time having spelt bread and it was very good. I couldn't see a huge different between regular flour, but it definitely had the sourdough flavor.  I had only recently heard of spelt, thanks to the Great British Bake Off. Spelt is an ancient grain that was one of the first species of wheat used to make bread. Wildgrain bakers also use wild yeast meaning making these crusty loaves can take days from start-to-finish. A labor of love that you can see, feel and taste! We enjoyed the bread with butter and pesto, yum!


Our main course used fresh tonnarelli pasta. Since it's a special occasion I decided to make shrimp scampi, such a simple dish but feels very fancy. Or is that just me? Anyway, I made a sauce with butter, olive oil, garlic and chicken broth before adding in the shrimp, some red pepper flakes and finishing it off with lemon juice and parsley. Delish! 



Our meal ended with two ooey gooey giant chocolate chunk cookies. They were loooooaded with chocolate, my favorite kind of cookie. I under-baked them just a little so they were nice and soft and full of chocolate flavor.


We can't wait to try the rest of our box! There's still a plain sourdough loaf, fettuccine, 4 croissants, 2 more cookies and a cranberry-pecan loaf (so excited for this!) Plus we still have 2 more portions of tonnarelli pasta in the freezer. So much food!

Wildgrain is a great way to get homemade sourdough without all the effort. I love making bread, but I am far too lazy for sourdough. There is so much that goes into the process that I don't have the patience for. I also haven't mastered shaping my non-sourdough doughs yet. Maybe one day I'll get the hang of it! But for now, I have Wildgrain to provide tasty, crusty, delicious bread that I just have to pull out of the freezer and bake!



February boxes can include a sourdough loaf, rosemary garlic sourdough loaf (YUM!,) fettuccine pasta, english muffins, cherry pie bites and more! The Mixed Wildgrain Box includes sourdough bread, hand-cut pasta, and artisanal pastries. The Bakery Box includes breakfast baked goods, sourdough bread, and artisanal pastries. The subscription works much like other meal delivery service. You order your box, it's delivered for free each month and you can pause, adjust frequency or cancel at any time. Rescheduling your delivery is also possible if you'll be away. They even warn you 4 days before you will be charged in case you forget to skip a month. Right now you can receive four free croissants with each box (for the life of your membership.)

We all know I love a brand that gives back, and for every new Wildgrain member, 6 meals are donated to The Greater Boston Food Bank. Over 120,000 meals have been donated so far! If you'd like to try out Wildgrain, use code MEGB10OFF for $10 off your first box!



*This post was made in partnership with Apogee Agency. All opinions on the product are my own and have not been influenced by this sponsorship. Thank you for supporting brands I feature* #WildgrainFebruary #sponsored

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