Disney Fantasy; Broadway Worthy Stage Productions

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Hi friends,

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Cast From Disney Fantasy’s Aladdin

I’ll never forget being transported to the Disney Cruise terminal in Port Canaveral, Florida. The rent-a-car mini-van driver was dropping off a van full of us excited cruisers to the cruise terminal. There was Carnival and Disney.

The driver asked for a show of hands who’s going to Carnival. Then he asked for the hands for the ones who were going to the floating day care center. We were shocked but remained quiet. We whispered quietly, “Obviously he’s never been on a Disney cruise.” How sad.  He doesn’t know what he’s missing.

Disney's Aladden

A Musical Number

We  enjoyed our 7-night Western Caribbean cruise aboard the Disney Fantasy. We enjoyed an array of comedy, variety shows, and Broadway-style stage performances held nightly in the  Walt Disney Theatre.  Three of these evenings were the stage performances of Believe, Disney’s Aladdin, and Wishes.

We attended Disney’s Aladdin first; we enjoyed this show so much we saw both the matinee and evening performances.

Aladdin is a stage presentation of the classic Disney animation movie Aladdin.  We enjoyed the talents of all the characters; Aladdin, the Genie, Jafar, Princess Jasmine, and the Magic Carpet; the backdrops, costumes, and stagings were stunning.

Aladdin and Genie

Aladdin and Genie

Aladdin was our favorite of the three performances.  In my opinion, the comical scenes between the Genie and Aladdin were hilarious to watch.  The Magic Carpet, in all his acrobatic glory, stole the show.  These stage productions are always one of our highlights of a Disney Cruise.

The Jungle Book Scene from Disney Wishes

The Jungle Book Scene from Disney Wishes

The other two stage shows, Disney Wishes and Believe, were montages of many different scenes of classic Disney animation movies, including Mary Poppins, the Lion King, The Jungle Book, Lilo and Stitch, Cinderella, and others.

We also enjoyed the scenes from Tangled, I Have A Dream-included in the show Wishes; another of my favorites.

Every night is show time at Walt Disney Theatre, an elegant, 1,340-seat palace onboard the Disney Dream that is equipped with advanced theatrical technology and state-of-the-art sound, lighting, staging and set design. Premiering on the Disney Dream and headlining the musical repertoire is DisneyÕs Believe, an original stage spectacular that combines a heartfelt story about a father and daughter with a captivating musical score, a comical and insightful performance by Genie from DisneyÕs ÒAladdinÓ and appearances from more than 20 of DisneyÕs most beloved characters. (Gene Duncan, photographer)

Genie and the Dad who Believed!

If you like Broadway musicals and cruising, I recommend Disney Cruises for their production shows, included in each amazing cruise experience.

The ending of the show Believe tugged at our heart  strings.  The main character, an average Dad, realized he believed in magic.  He was not too old.  He could share this joy with his daughter.

Mickey Mouse on Disney Fantasy

Mickey Mouse on Disney Fantasy

Mickey Mouse pranced onto the stage to thunderous applause; Pure Disney Magic. “All it takes is faith and trust, and a little bit of pixie dust,” and you too can Believe.

Broadway musicals are one of a host of great things that Disney Cruise Line offers on board each and every ship.

If you love Disney and you love to cruise, try tying them together in a Disney Cruise; we have.

May good fortune guide your path,

J.A. Ireland

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From New York City; On to Halifax and St. Johns

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Sailing Past the Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty; AMAZING!

Travel enthusiasts,

I’m J. A. Ireland. This is the second part of my articles about of our trip on the Carnival Triumph sailing from New York City to Halifax, Nova Scotia and St. Johns, New Brunswick, Canada.

I have so many fantastic memories of NYC; a city I could travel back to over and over again. Times Square, Broadway, Central Park…the list goes on and on. What a wonderful city; the people are so friendly and welcoming.

After an exciting time in NYC it was time to sail on the Triumph;  ALL ABOARD!

CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE

Carnival Triumph

After the muster drill; we were in awe as we sailed out of New York harbor past the Statue of Liberty monument on Ellis Island . We read about and saw pictures of the magnificent statue but never saw her in person; amazing!  This allowed a long look and goodbye to our new friend; NYC. This sail-out was a spectacular way to start the lovely northeastern shoreline cruise up the New England coastline.

While sailing on the amazing and beautiful cruise ship, we enjoyed many of the attractions; South Beach Club, The Capitol, Rome Main Lounge… There is so much to do, eat, and see. The food is yummy! The shows are wonderful.

Halifax Fishing Village

Halifax Fishing Village

Our first port of call—Halifax, Nova Scotia. We sailed on a small private flat bottom boat to a quaint fishing village outside the sea metropolis of Halifax, while whale watching. Here we spent time wandering through the small fishing town. We did some souvenir shopping, watched the anglers hauling in the boats laden with their catch, and enjoyed some of the local fresh catch of the day.

Bay of Fundy Lighthouse

Bay of Fundy Lighthouse

We had an enjoyable day watching for Minke whales; Minke whales are the native whales of that waterway.

In St. John, New Brunswick, Canada we enjoyed a bus ride to the Bay of Fundy. The Bay of Fundy is unique as the current runs both ways. During high tide, the current runs inward, and during low tide the current reverses and flows back into the Atlantic ocean. The Bay of Fundy is a beautiful waterway to view.

Also on this shore tour, a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer rode up on horseback; he was dashing. The very nice officer gladly posed for photos.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police

We ended the fun day of sightseeing and Minke Whale watching with a return boat ride to the Triumph. ALL ABOARD!

Minke Whales in Halifax Bay

Minke Whales in Nova Scotia Bay

As we sailed into deeper ocean waters, in Nova Scotia Bay, we saw Minke whales frolicking in the waters edge. They were easy to recognize. They looked like logs floating on the surface until we saw the poofs! The watching soon ended as it became to dark to see in the setting sun silhouettes of the ocean caps.

Time for dinner and another fun evening as the Carnival Triumph began the speedy journey back to NYC.

We had so much fun on our Northeastern Atlantic Waterway vacation that began with an exciting visit to NYC—before sailing out of New York harbor on the Carnival Triumph. It was a fun vacation that we’ll always remember. “I Love New York!”

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May good fortune guide your path. J. A. Ireland.

Herb Baked Whole Chicken

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Here’s a chicken recipe you’re sure to like for a special meal.

Ingredients:

One fully thawed 6 to 8 lb. whole chicken

The herbs; garlic, paprika, oregano, basil, Italian seasoning, crushed parsley, thyme.

Two tablespoons of canola oil

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Wash and dry; then spray a large, deep oven baking pan with extra-virgin olive oil non-stick spray. Remove chicken from the grocery store shrink wrap. Cut off any excess skin, fat, and remove the internal organs—plus neck. Rinse the chicken very well with cold tap water and pat dry. Place in the prepared baking pan. Apply two tablespoons of canola oil to the top of chicken and rub well. Next apply the seasonings and any others you prefer.

Herb Baked Whole Chicken

Herb Baked Whole Chicken

Bake on a higher rack for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and cut the skin only, no deeper, at the leg quarters to vent from the torso; this allows for faster cooking and a juicier chicken.  Bake for 30 more minutes and check. The juices should run clear; no blood. Here’s a picture of what my Herb Baked Whole Chicken looks like on the cutting board—ready to carve.

My family loves this meal especially on Sundays; we have it often. A hint; when carving, leave a little meat on the bone for what I call Carcass soup. Two to three chicken carcass’ makes a delicious pot of chicken soup. Just keep the remains in your freezer until its soup day. Yummy!

Thanks for stopping by. J. A. Ireland.

Honey Glaze – Soy Chicken Thighs

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Here’s a delicious chicken recipe. It’s easy and fun. Hope you like it.

Ingredients:

3 pounds chicken thighs

3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce

1 tablespoon ground ginger

1 tablespoon cilantro

2 cloves garlic – chopped finely

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon onion powder

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon thyme

1teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

¼ teaspoon basil

¼ teaspoon oregano

¼ teaspoon parsley

½ lemon juiced

fresh ground pepper

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons canola butter, melted

save for later – ½ cup honey for glaze

save for later – sesame seeds for garnish

save for later – fresh parsley for garnish

Directions:

Mix all the ingredients together except honey, sesame seeds, and fresh parsley in a medium mixing bowl then put the marinate in fridge. Next remove the skin and fat from chicken thighs before rinsing well with cold tap water. Place the cleaned thighs in a large, deep oven baking pan; then spread evenly. Remove the marinate from the fridge and spoon over the chicken evenly covering each piece generously; using all the marinate. Place in fridge for 6 hours to allow the chicken to absorb the flavor.

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Six hours later. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

Remove chicken from the fridge. The marinate should still be on top of the chicken; if not use a spoon and spread back onto top. Bake for 30 minutes on a higher rack.

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After thirty minutes. Remove the pan from oven. Using tongs, remove each piece of chicken and place on a plate for a moment. Carefully pour the marinate into a metal bowl; use oven mitts for safety. Place the chicken back in the oven baking pan with the other side up. Next poor or spoon on the marinate over the top of the chicken; cover all pieces generously using all the marinate. Place back in the oven and bake for 30 more minutes on the higher rack.

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After thirty minutes remove chicken from the oven. Using tongs, remove each piece and place in a large frying pan. Pour the ½ cup of honey over the chicken and cover. Cook on medium/low heat for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, uncover and turn chicken over; then cover again. Cook  on med/low heat for 10 minutes again.

After 10 minutes, remove from heat and leave in pan covered until ready to serve. The honey will continue to glaze as long as you turn the chicken over every few minutes and keep covered until ready to serve.

When serving, garnish with sesame seeds and fresh parsley. Here’s a picture of what my Honey Glaze – Soy Chicken Thighs looks like. There’s an exciting new flavor that you’ll just love; it’s something different.

This recipe can be used on chicken legs, thighs, and wings.

The leftovers can easily be frozen for later meals.

I hope you enjoy my Honey Glaze – Soy Chicken Thighs recipe.

May good fortune guide your path.

J.A. Ireland.

Honey Glaze – Soy Chicken Thighs

Honey Glaze – Soy Chicken Thighs