Aren’t those the cutest candy apples? We chose other things in this bakery, but I couldn’t resist taking a picture of these.
We were blessed to be able to take a family vacation to Disney World a few weeks ago. The first part of our trip was spent with just the 6 of us in a rented townhouse. For the second half, my parents and sister’s family joined us and we moved to an off-site pool home. Renting the homes is one of the ways we keep the costs down. (It also makes for a relaxing vacation.)
Another way we keep the budget under control is by taking our own food.
My mom cooks and freezes all kinds of things in the months before the trip, then packs it all up on dry ice to transport it from Indiana to Florida. You can read more about that process here.
This was the first time that I’ve ever travelled with frozen food. I usually just let mom do all the work, like a good daughter 😉
- Spicy Garlic Chicken Pizza – This is one of our favorites. It was fast and easy to make at the townhouse. It travelled well too.
- Chicken Gyros – Also good, travelled well and very fast to get on the table. So much better than lunch meat sandwiches.
- Beef and Bean Enchilada Stack casserole that was just ok – This was an experiment. It traveled great, but I don’t think I will repeat it.
I had planned to pack these 3 meals on dry ice to be sure they stayed frozen. However, when Jim went to Meijer to buy the dry ice, they didn’t carry it anymore. Kroger and Walmart didn’t carry it either. We ended up packing them in a small cooler, wrapping newspapers around them and covering with ice. They were still frozen 13 hours later.
Mom and Dad also had trouble finding dry ice because the Meijer in their town was out of dry ice and wouldn’t be getting any more in time for the trip. No other stores carry it. They ended up getting some from a welder in town. Kind of a strange and long story, the moral of which is double check your source for dry ice because sometimes they just stop carrying it! That’s not something you want to find out in the wee hours of the morning when you’re packing up the cooler.
The only hamburger I ate in nearly 2 weeks was in this restaurant called the Sci-Fi Dine-In. This was the first time we’d ever been to the Sci-Fi and we really enjoyed it. We shared burgers, fries and chocolate milkshakes. It looks just like a drive-in movie theater and they play old movie trailers from the 50s, like “The Attack of the 50 Foot Woman”.
Here’s a picture of my kids pretending to fight in the car we ate in. They really were just pretending. I wouldn’t take a picture of the real thing 😉
We also had a late breakfast/early lunch at the Kona Cafe in the Polynesian Resort. All of our other meals were either at the house or at counter-service restaurants in the parks. We did manage to eat around the world in Epcot one night. Yum!
Where do you eat on vacation? Do you bring food with you or eat out or a combination?