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Sharing Where To Buy The Best Christmas Cards today!
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I’ve LOVED working with Minted.com over the last few years for my Christmas Cards.  They honestly have the cutest designs and it’s such a simple process.  I can’t recommend them enough!  Above is one of the Christmas Cards I ordered this year.  We didn’t do “official” family photographs this year, so I put together some snapshots in a collage type card.  Love how it turned out.

Where To Buy The Best Christmas Cards

I also ordered this design for this year.  Such cute options to choose from!

Where To Buy The Best Christmas Cards

My Christmas Cards last year were some of my favorites yet.  We did our family photos at Disneyland.  So fun!

Where To Buy The Best Christmas Cards

Another favorite from last year.  You can choose so many options for the backs of your cards too.

Where To Buy The Best Christmas Cards

My Christmas Card from 2014.  Fun looking back!

Giveaway time!

UPDATE:  Giveaway is closed.  Winner has been notified.  Thanks.

One Picky Palate winner will receive a $300 Minted.com credit to use on their website.  Use it for your Christmas cards or other amazing gifts they offer.

To enter, leave a comment below telling us, when do you usually send out your Christmas Cards?  Early December?  Late?  Let’s hear it!

Giveaway ends Sunday December 4th 6am PST.  Winner will be notified by email and have 24 hours to respond.


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Thrilled to share my Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip with you today!
Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

It’s no secret that Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort are two of my very favorite places to vacation to.  I was over the moon excited to have a Food Blogger #DeliciousDisney adventure at the Walt Disney World Resort this month.  Disney is just one of those magical places, no matter how old you are, you can have the time of your life.  I felt so fortunate to spend the weekend with 7 of my food blogging sisters.  We stayed at the lovely Boardwalk Inn, just walking distance away from Epcot.  We had a whirlwind of a weekend that I can’t wait to share with you.  Huge thanks to American Tourister for our new luggage.  Love my Tangerine iLite Max!

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

Left: Shawn, Jamielyn, Kristen, Shelly, Kristyn, me, Amanda, Kristan

Most of us flew in a day early for our event, so that first thing Thursday morning we could spend the day at Magic Kingdom.  Is there anywhere else more magical?  Love it here so much.

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

Dying over this one.  Hey Tinkerbell!

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

Fall/Halloween Time at Magic Kingdom is absolutely beautiful.  The decorations are warm and the sweet little pumpkin Mickey wreaths are the cutest.

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

Every angle of the Cinderella Castle is just perfect.  Love strolling by and of course snapping pictures 🙂

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

As food bloggers do, it was off to find some of our favorite Disney food!!  First up was the Fresh Fruit Waffle Sandwich with Chocolate Hazelnut Spread from Sleepy Hollow.  Yah, it was amazing.

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

After we rode Pirates of the Caribbean we made our way to the Dole Whips!  The Dole Whip Float is my absolute favorite.  When it’s hot at the parks, there’s nothing better.

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

A few more rides like Haunted Mansion, Peter Pan’s Flight and “it’s a small world” then it was time for some treats at Gaston’s Tavern.  Giant cinnamon rolls, chocolate croissants and Gaston’s Brew were some of the things we shared.  All fantastic 🙂  Right around lunchtime we made our way to Epcot!

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

Half of us were headed to Mission Space and half on our way to Italy!

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

We grabbed a reservation at Via Napoli for lunch.  Their pizza is some of my favorite pizza ever.  This Classic Margherita is AMAZING.

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

We shared this gorgeous White Pizza too.

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

Flying Fish images via Disney

After we explored Epcot for a few hours, we made our way back to our rooms at the Boardwalk Inn and got ready for one of the most beautiful dinner experiences.  We enjoyed the newly renovated Flying Fish located on Disney’s Boardwalk.  Every single dish that was brought out, was so carefully prepared and unmistakably delicious.  I ordered the Wagyu Filet Mignon and let me tell you, it was one of the best I’ve had.  The appetizers blew me away as well.  Don’t miss the Blue Crab Bisque , Yellowfin Tuna, Wild Gulf Shrimp and Kurobuta Pork Belly.  Be sure to get your reservations when visiting the parks.  Flying Fish is a must.

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

Friday morning, we had the pleasure of having breakfast at Be Our Guest Restaurant located in Magic Kingdom.  I had lunch reservations a couple years ago (this photo from last trip) and was so excited to enjoy breakfast in this magical Beauty and The Beast themed restaurant.  You really feel like you are walking into Beast’s enchanted castle.  The detail is simply a must-see.  Breakfast and lunch are served quick service style and dinner is an unforgettable sit down style.

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

As you walk in, you are greeted by friendly Cast Members who guide you in the right direction.  Beast’s Castle details are so GRAND and remarkably stunning.  Take a good look around during your visit.

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

For breakfast and lunch you walk up to a computer like touch screen and select your meal choices.  You go find your own table and your server magically finds you!

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

There are three different dining rooms to choose from.  Each absolutely beautiful.  I really love The Castle Gallery, with Belle and Beast dancing in the center of the room with the most beautiful art work on the walls to enjoy.  Each room has a different theme such as Beast’s West Wing, which is a dark dining room with dramatic ripped curtains and be sure to watch the painting on the wall and the rose.  The Grand Ballroom has dramatic high, domed ceiling, chandeliers and beautiful murals on the ceiling.

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

I ordered the Croque Madame and a Croissant Donut on the side…no calories at Disney right?  Ha!  We also shared pastries and of course the Master’s Cupcake with the ever so delicious “Grey Stuff” topping.  What a breakfast!  It really was all amazing.

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train is a favorite.  Love this!

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

Later in the afternoon we made our way to Hollywood Studios.  We went straight to Hollywood’s Tower of Terror.  Complete terror, but I love it!

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

More fun treats!  This is the Carrot Cake Whoopie Pie from Beverly Sunset that knocked my socks off.  That cream cheese filling, so good.

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

This chocolate filled Butterfinger Cupcake from Starring Rolls Cafe was my favorite.  Talk about a treat!

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

How adorable are all of our cupcakes?!  Hollywood Studios has some fun treats.

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

It was off to dinner at Animal Kingdom’s newest restaurant called Tiffins.  This experience blew me away!  We started with drinks and gorgeous appetizers at The Nomad Lounge.

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

One of my favorite stories from Tiffins are the little tags that hang from the ceiling at the bar.  Travelers get to write stories about their favorite travel stories and hang them for all to read.

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

There are three beautiful dining rooms to enjoy with so many beautiful things to look at on the walls.

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

This dining room has the most beautifully detailed tiki’s in the center of the room.

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

Ordered a lovely curry soup to start, the halibut for dinner and gorgeous dessert.  The entire experience was so memorable.  I look forward to taking my family in the future.

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

After dinner, we went over Magic Kingdom for the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.  This is a special event during Halloween Time that requires a separate ticket.  What a night.  Having only done Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland, this was such a memorable night taking in all of the excitement.  So many things to do and see.  The Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular Show was too fun!

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

Loved Mickey’s “Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade.  This was truly a magical night!

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

During Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, you can find special Halloween Time treats only available during the party.  Of course we hunted down about every one.  Great night!

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

The next morning it was off to breakfast at Trattoria al Forno located on Disney’s Boardwalk.  I ordered the Pouched Eggs which is served over top soft polenta and topped with a red sauce.  This might be one of my favorite breakfast dishes to date.  We shared quite a few dishes and I’m telling you everything was beautiful and delicious.  Yes, we had to try the French fries at breakfast, lol!  They were so crunchy yet tender, I’m still dreaming about them.  Loved this dining experience.

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

While at Disney, you get matching shirts with your friends right?  Ha!  Couldn’t resist getting a group shot of our cute matching Mickey Mouse tees.

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

With very full bellies, we made our way to Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival.

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

We were invited into the media area where the chef’s were preparing different dishes representing different countries.  Everything was gorgeous and from the bites I sampled, absolutely delicious.  You could really spend a whole day at Epcot sampling your way through each country.  Share with a friend for sure.  Lots of great food to try! The festival runs from September 14-November 14th 2016.  What a great time to visit the parks.  For a full list of menu items from each Marketplace click HERE.

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

Chef Morimoto, talked to us in the Media room.  He even sang a little song.  My husband and I watched Iron Chef faithfully for years.  Too fun, seeing him in person.

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

After the Food & Wine Festival, we had to ride the very popular Frozen Ever After.  Here we are on our boat 🙂

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

On our way back to our rooms, we had to try Ample Hills Creamery on Disney’s Boardwalk.  That Gooey Buttercake Ice Cream was out of control amazing….and how cute is the chocolate chip cookie cone?

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The Boardwalk Bakery next door to Ample Hills Creamery had this adorable Mickey Oreo Cupcake.  Cuteness overload!

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

Our last dinner together was spent at Disney Springs, Morimoto Asia.  Can you even believe Chef Morimoto was hanging out at his restaurant?!  He came over for a picture with us.  We were dying, ha!  He really is the sweetest.  The giant appetizer tower, sushi rolls, the ramen and our gorgeous private dining room made for an unforgettable evening.  This is a really gorgeous restaurant to visit.  Loved our last dinner together.

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

On our last morning, we walked over to Disney’s Beach Club Resort for breakfast.  We were treated to Minnie’s Beach Bash Breakfast at Cape May Cafe.  What a fun Character breakfast!  We got pictures with each Disney Character dressed in the cutest beach wear.  They were dancing and having a great time with the guests.  Would absolutely take my family back here!

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

After breakfast, we checked out of our rooms, got our luggage squared away and made our way to Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  This park is so gorgeous with it’s lush green trees all around the walkways.  I really love it here.

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

As you walk through Animal Kingdom’s entrance and head towards Kilimanjaro Safari, you’ll see this very grand Tree of Life in the center of the park.  It really is a sight to see.  The details on the trunk are spectacular.

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

Mickey Pretzel, one last Dole Whip, a ride on Expedition Everest and Kilimanjaro Safari, then it was on our way back home!  This was a weekend I will never forget.  So many adventures with the best of memories.  Nothing like a Disney vacation, can’t wait to plan my next visit!  Be sure to follow our adventure on Instagram under #DeliciousDisney.

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Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip


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Las Vegas Girl's Weekend

Las Vegas Girl’s Weekend

Sep 5, 2016 | Tags: , ,

Thrilled to share the fun I had on my Las Vegas Girl’s Weekend!

Amanda, Shelly and I got to stay at the lovely Delano Hotel above Mandalay Bay.  There’s no casino or smoky lobby.  It’s amazing for those who aren’t big gamblers and have a hard time dealing with smoky hotels.  So nice!  The rooms … Continue Reading »

My Experience at The Magnolia House

My Stay at The Magnolia House

May 29, 2016 | Tags: , ,

So excited to share my stay at The Magnolia House in Texas from a couple months ago. What a dream!

Left Top Row: Maria of Two Peas and Their Pod, Sarah of Pretty Providence, Me, Kristen of Six Sister’s Stuff, Kristyn of Lil Luna, Jennifer of … Continue Reading »

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2016

Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2016

Apr 22, 2016 | Tags:

Thrilled to share my Mother’s Day Gift Guide with you today! I picked out some adorable gift ideas that any mom or woman in your life will just love!

This Bouquet Oxford Medium Tote from MZ Wallace is a dream!  Love the pretty floral print!  I have a number of MZ Wallace bags and I have to say they are some of my very favorite bags to carry.  These totes make the best carryon bags when traveling.  I use them all of the time and how adorable is this floral print?
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Valentine's Day Gift Guide For Her 2016

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide For Her 2016

Jan 30, 2016 | Tags:

Sharing my Valentine’s Day Gift Guide For Her 2016 with you today! Lots of my current favorite things that will make great gifts!

I am obsessed with this Pixel Heart Valentine’s Metro Tote from MZ Wallace.  It’s limited edition, so it won’t last for long.

So so cute with the heart and arrow charm too!
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MZ Wallace Sale Plus Giveaway

MZ Wallace Sale Plus Giveaway!

Jan 12, 2016 | Tags:

Thrilled to share this MZ Wallace Sale Plus Giveaway with you today!  MZ Wallace has quickly become one of my very favorite brands. I even got to go to their shop in Soho, New York last month.  So amazing!!  Not only super cute but so comfortable to wear with plenty of pockets and room for your things.  Take note…sale ends January 17th!  Happy Shopping!… Continue Reading »

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!

Dec 24, 2015 | Tags:

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from my family to yours!  So grateful to share my recipes with all of you, thank you for your continued support.  Looking forward to a bright 2016 with all of you!

Love,

The Flake Family

Jenny Flake

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