2018 Memorial Day Camp Out

Planning is underway up for the 2018 48th annual Phillips Family Memorial Day Camping Trip at World’s End State Park.  We are rapidly evolving with another generation of campers.  We’ll be looking for some help to make sure we pass along some of the old traditions and create some new ones for the next generation.  What are some of the traditions that you remember, and what traditions need more attention or need to emerge?

Camp out dates are Thursday, May 24th through Monday, May 28th, 2018. However, Mark and Brian are probably going up on Wednesday and would welcome anyone who’d like to stay an additional night.  Actually, we had so much fun last year that we might go up on Tuesday. Continue reading 2018 Memorial Day Camp Out

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Disney Trip Summary

We have quite a bit of experience going to Disney World and Universal Studies in Orlando, Florida.  We’ve also branched out to do a Disney Cruise and Disneyland in California.  This section is intended to provide some historical perspective on our experiences. We’ve experienced Disney with our kids, with our extended family of 24 people, and as a romantic getaway with just Mark and Jeanne.

AnimMonorail

DisneyWorld Disneyland Disney Cruise
Mark 19 2 1
Jeanne 17 2 1
Ty 11 1 1

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2018 Virginia Beach Planning

2018 Majestic
2018 “Majestic” by Seibert Realty

We’ve reserved a beautiful house for the 2018 Virginia Beach trip.

See Majestic

This gorgeous semi-oceanfront beach home offers over 4000 square feet of space with room for the entire family.  Beach access is just across the street. The huge 3rd floor Great Room offers plenty of leather seating as well as a 52″ Flat Panel TV and open access to the dining area with multiple tables to seat our whole family. The Kitchen is a chef’s dream with Granite Countertops, 2 Ovens, 2 Dishwashers and plenty of space to create those gourmet delights! There’s a total of 13 Bedrooms and 13 full baths (2 with Jetted Tubs) and two half baths including 10 King Master Suites and One Queen Suite.

The first floor Recreation Room features a Theater area with a 72″ Flat Panel TV, Blu-ray Disc player and Surround Sound – plus a Pool Table, Air Hockey Table and Foosball Table. There’s also a Wetbar with a full size refrigerator that’s conveniently located by the pool for easy access to snacks and beverages. Multi – level decking on both East and West sides of the house offer you many options for soaking up the sun or just relaxing in the shade plus views of both the beach and the bay. After a day on the beach or sight-seeing, you can even enjoy the luxury of riding the elevator to your room – great for carrying in groceries and luggage too! Best of all, you even have your own Private Outdoor Swimming Pool to cool off after a day of fun in the summer sun.

Final Payments are Due by May 1st

The following table shows the amount you have paid to date and the remaining amount due.

Payment Options

These computer/smartphone applications work great when connected to your debit or credit card.  This is the easiest way to send money, and it is actually safer since you don’t have to worry about checks getting lost.

  • Click here to pay via PayPal -> PayPal.me/MDavisUS
  • Pay via the Cash App to $mdavis17d or 570-815-6960 or mdavisus@comcast.net
  • Pay via Google Wallet to 570-815-6960 or mdavis17d@gmail.com
  • Pay via Apple Pay to 570-815-6960
  • Pay via Facebook private message. There is a dollar sign in the message window that can be connected to your debit card and the payment is applied to my debit card.

We had some confusion last year on alcohol purchases.  The rule was that people are responsible for their own alcohol and occasionally the cost got mixed in with family food expense.  We will keep these expenses completely separated for 2018.

 

 

Disney Resorts

Where To Stay

In 2002 we got a great deal staying at Homewood Suites right outside Disneyworld.  This should have been terrific – a nice suite including kitchenette, a Jacuzzi, a nice pool and free breakfast every morning.  But something didn’t feel right.  While the price was terrific, we found ourselves with people who didn’t seem to share our same values.  I don’t know how else to state this – it just wasn’t comfortable.  After a few nights we decided to call DisneyWorld to see if we could move to an onsite resort.  We cancelled the rest of our stay at the Homewood Suites and spent the remainder of the week at Port Orleans Riverside.  The difference was amazing and Port Orleans became our most favorite resort – at least up to the point that we tried another resort.  I don’t know what magic makes the in-park resorts so much more delightful, but this experience proved it yet again. Continue reading Disney Resorts

Rice Pudding

Rice Pudding
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Rice Pudding
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  1. Cook 1/2 cup rice in boiling water for 10 minutes. Drain
  2. While the rice cooks, heat 2 3/4 cup milk to boiling point stirring constantly. Add hot rice to milk and cook approximately 30 minutes. Add dash of salt and 1 tbsp butter.
  3. Beat 1 egg until fluffy (temper egg by adding a few tbsp of hot milk to the egg so it doesn't scramble when you add it to the pot. Add to hot milk/rice mixture with a dash of cinnamon and 1 tsp vanilla.
  4. Pour into bowl and sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg. Chill.
Recipe Notes

This recipe was originally from Nana Phillips and was provided by Jeri Phillips.

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Chocolate Fudge Cookies

Chocolate Fudge Cookies
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Cookies
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Icing
  1. Melt chocolate and add to sugar
  2. Warm milk and butter. Add gradually to sugar and beat well.
  3. Add salt and vanilla
Recipe Notes

This recipe was originally from Nana Phillips and was provided by Jeri Phillips.

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Ginger Creme Cookies

Ginger Creme Cookies
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  1. Bake at 400 degrees for 8 minutes
  2. Icing is standard powdered sugar frosting, typically colored green or red for Christmas.
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This recipe was originally from Nana Phillips and was provided by Jeri Phillips.

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