Lately I’ve been reminiscing hardcore about our trip to Disney World last year – I’m DYING to go back!

Yeah, I know…I’m 21 and out of all the places I’ve been to, Disney World is the one that sticks with me. I’m such a little kid. What can I say? I miss the food, the sites, the rides and the atmosphere…only a Disney freak like my sister and I would know the feeling I’m talking about when I say atmosphere. We’ve been pondering the Disney College Program lately – it would be SO awesome to apply for the Fall 2012 semester. I’m too chicken to do things like that on my own, but with Lara (sort of) by my side, it would be a blast! Has anyone done the Disney College Program? TELL ME!

Since I miss Disney so much, I decided to recreate a meal we had there – The Brown Derby’s Cobb Salad! It wasn’t exactly like Disney’s in that I didn’t feel like cutting the lettuce into itty bitty shreds and I also didn’t make the dressing (I used Thousand Island instead). The entire process was kind of lengthy and tedious – I browned two salt/pepper/Ranch dressing mix covered chicken breasts, hard boiled three eggs, fried 7 slices of bacon and cut some avocados and tomatoes. Definitely not a quick fix meal, in my opinion. It sure turned out nice, though! A huge part of a Cobb Salad, in my opinion, is the presentation. I love the individual strips of bacon, poultry, tomatoes, avocados, etc. Even though the texture wasn’t exactly the same as the one we had at Disney (that shredded lettuce was so weird!), it tasted nice and definitely took me back. Then Lara and I watched Tangled to further delve into our Disney nostalgia. Goooood times.

I would post the recipe for all of you, but the recipe card I got from The Brown Derby explicitly states not to reproduce, and who am I to disobey the House of Mouse? The recipe is posted on the Disney website, though, which can be found through a quick Google search!

On a completely different note, I finally read The Lovely Bones – wow, what an amazing book! I bet it’s going to be a book kids read in high school English classes in a decade or two. Now I’m reading Jane Eyre (again), but I have a few books on hold at the library that I’m excited to read. Have any of ya’ll read anything good lately? I’m always on the look out for good books to read, especially during the summer!

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  1. Oh my god, I've also been having such Disneyland cravings lately! (the Euro-Disney version for me, I'm in the UK). And I looooved Tangled, too, I'm a definite Disney geek.If you like The Lovely Bones and Jane Eyre, I bet you'd love The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield – I read it not long ago and it blew. my. mind. Also, I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith is a favourite of mine!

  2. The Lovely Bones was deep. I found it powerful and hard to get through at the same time. I'm still finishing up The Alchemist – great book!

  3. You know, I have never been to Disney! How crazy is that!? On another note, that salad looks amazing! I love cobb salads but I'm not patient enough to chop everything. Ha! :). I just picked up The Lovely Bones at the bookstore yesterday for a dollar! Can't wait to start reading it! Have a great weekend!

  4. I need to be reading now…but I'm blogging- surprise!! I'm slogging my way through Sense and Sensibility but I'm not loving it. I need something gripping! Perhaps I'll try the Lovely Bones…The last time I went to Disney was when my high school music department went there on competition. It was hot but I actually had a really good time. Who knows when I'll go next but they always seem to be adding something new!

  5. Anna – I love finding fellow Disney geeks 🙂 I'll have to check out both of those…thanks for the recommendations!Parita – The Lovely Bones was definitely intense, but I think Susie's light hearted narration really balanced it out, at least in my opinion. Can't wait to hear about The Alchemist!Ashley – AHH you SO need to get your booty down to Disney!! And Cobb salad is definitely chop heavy!Hannah – Sense and Sensibility wasn't my favorite Jane Austen novel…I liked Emma and Pride and Prejudice much better 🙂 The Lovely Bones was definitely gripping! And it's funny you say that Disney is always adding something new…I'm pretty sure that they're opening up another park (Disney Sea) next summer! It's made up of different ports from different countries with lots of thrill rides! Sounds cool to me 🙂

  6. Ahh Disney is the best! I loved the Lovely Bones too. Hmm trying to think of good books… have you read the Time Traveler's Wife? So awesome. I also love anything by Jodi Picoult!

  7. Megan – I LOVE The Time Traveler's Wife! Have you read her other book, Fearful Symmetry? It's really good, too! She comes up with such original stories!

  8. The lovely bones is one of my favorite books! I read it back when I was in middle school. It was definitely pretty deep/disturbing for me at that time!

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