Monday, May 19, 2014

Tales from the Road: Lake Bueva Vista, Florida (Epcot!)

So, to continue on with my story...after our little jaunt to Gainesville, we returned home and started packing for another overnight getaway. This time: Epcot. Chip had requested this trip as a birthday gift, but with moving and his crazy work schedule, we had to wait a couple of months. Finally, the day was here!

Since he loves pirates so much, I booked him a fancy themed room at the Caribbean Beach Resort. I'm pretty sure these are geared toward kids..grin..but who cares?

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After settling in, we went in search of fun..and some lunch! I'd done my research in advance and knew that while vegetarian options are rather plentiful in Epcot, vegan choices are a little more challenging. I was lucky to find this veggie wrap in the Sunshine Seasons Food Court.

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Chip had his own version of a healthy meal: Pasta Salad, Pretzels, and Beer!

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We had a wonderful day, exploring and enjoying the various attractions. When dinner time rolled around, we were grateful that I'd made a reservation at Chip's favorite restaurant: The Rose & Crown Pub.

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Being a traditional British pub, the menu options were meat-laden and not particularly healthy. However, the chef was kind enough to make up a fresh Cottage Pie for me, sans cheese. Much appreciated, and so yummy! Because I neglected to call ahead and request a vegan meal, it's possible that this dish contains a trace of dairy (in the potatoes) but I did the best I could under the circumstances.

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After a long day of fun, we headed back to our hotel room to change clothes and head to the pool. At this point I took a glance at my Fitbit: over 17,000 steps, more than 7 miles walked! Woo-hoo! I am pretty sure I worked off my wine that day!

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We took a little stroll...

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Then headed to the poolside bar for a nightcap.

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Skinny Coconut Mojito

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The next morning we got up early and hit the road. We're so lucky that Disney is only an hour and 15 minutes from our house!

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By now you might be thinking, "Wow, all of this trip looks great, where's the bad part she mentioned?!" Well, that didn't happen until we got back home. You see, apparently I got bitten by something in Paynes Prairie. A bad bite. A very red, very swollen, very scary-looking bite. I honestly didn't think much of it, am used to my sensitive skin reacting strongly to just about anything, so I just treated with Benadryl and Neosporin. However, Kristyn took one look at it, hopped on the internet and started worrying..enough to get me up off the couch and over to the Urgent Care center. After a thorough exam, the doctor handed me prescriptions for antibiotics, steroids, a topical cream..and an order for a blood test to rule out Lyme Disease. Yeah, at this point I was a little bit nervous! The test results haven't come back yet, and so far I'm symptom-free so that's a good sign. Supposedly, even worst case scenario, we caught it in time and I should be fine. *crossing fingers*

So, other than the threat of a serious illness..grin..I'm doing okay! We ended up back in Gainesville yesterday, will write more about that later. In the meantime, here's a tasty soup I made the other night. Summer Minestrone, cooked in my Instant Pot, recipe courtesy of Jill Nussinow, The Veggie Queen. I don't see the recipe posted online, but for a few dollars you can purchase her e-book, worth every penny if you love pressure cooking as much as I do!
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That's about it for now. I've got some house chores to tend to and then I'll be making this week's menu plan, hope to post that later on. Have a great day!

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