Quite a few years ago when our daughter was two going on three, we traveled to Disney World—mainly to take advantage of their ‘kids under 3’ are free policy. She was potty trained and a real trooper. We did take an umbrella stroller that first year, but in the years afterwards she walked or Daddy carted her on his back. Even today at the grand age of ten, she’ll fuss and complain when we walk around the block, but take her to an amusement park and she leaves us in the dust!
Our first night at Disney, we had reservations at the Rose and Crown Pub at EPCOT. We were eating when a waiter came up to use and asked if our daughter wanted to start the Illuminations: Reflections of Earth a laser/fireworks show on the lake. Of course, neither my hubby nor I thought to bring a camera! Rachel held the wand, and when told to point it over the lake, she did. A single flare burst out and the 12-minute show started. Though we were unable to document it with pictures, it was truly an experience.
Out of the Cooking with Mickey cookbook with only slight modifications:
Rose & Crown’s Cottage Pie
¼ cup butter
1 cup onion, diced
1 ½ lbs. lean ground beef
¼ tsp, savory, ground
1 cup brown gravy (McCormick’s brown gravy mix works best)
2 cups potatoes, mashed (I always have boxed potato flakes to use)
Grated cheddar cheese
Heat butter in 9-in. skillet. Add onion and cook until lightly browned, stirring frequently. Add beef, salt, pepper, and savory and continue cooking 5 minutes longer. Stir in gravy and heat until bubbling. Spoon mixture into a buttered 8-cup flat casserole dish. Top meat mixture with mashed potatoes. Sprinkle with grated cheese.
Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes, or until potatoes are lightly browned.