Facebook Live! with Pressed Petals Specialty Washi Tape

 

Happy Thursday!!Bonus Days Redeem

 

Don't forget THIS MONTH is the time to redeem the $5 Bonus Days coupon codes you earned last month!!

 

You can order online yourself OR I can order for you to save shipping--BUT you'll have to aim for my club dates (today, 8/26 & 8/27) AND I need you to please forward me the email(s) you received with the codes.

 

 

CONGRATS and THANKS to those of you who earned them!

 

 

 

Today I have my Live! here with a cool new item from the catalog.

 

As usual, my "go to" is sweet and simple. :)

 

 

 

 

 

Here's my closeup:

 

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And here's a quick list of what I used:

(click any pic to order)

 

 

 

Have a marvelous day!!!!

 

 

 

 

Remember, if you can fall in love with a project, you can learn to create it! Here to help you channel your inner Creative Genius...

 

Steph

 

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More Bird Ballad

 

Good morning!!

 

I have a few Bird Ballad swaps to share with you from my cruise.

 

 

I probably shared last time I had Bird Ballad swaps...that I'm not really a bird person, but this suite sure produces some beautiful cards!!

 

And the suite is definitely a big seller.

 

The Free as a Bird bundle includes my beloved Stitched Nested Labels Dies. :D

 

 

Here are the swaps:

Free as a Bird bundle, cruise swap received, www.dazzledbystamping.com

Free as a Bird bundle, cruise swap received, www.dazzledbystamping.com

 

 

Free as a Bird bundle, cruise swap received, www.dazzledbystamping.com

 

 

Free as a Bird bundle, cruise swap received, www.dazzledbystamping.com

 

 

DID YOU KNOW???

You can use one item number to order your favorite suite????

 

Check out the bottom pic/item number 152190 below:

 

 

 

 

 

Make sure to watch my Live! this morning at 10:30am ET!

 

I have an exciting announcement to share with you!!

 

I'll also share details here with you later. :)

 

 

 

Have a spectacular day!!!

 

 

 

 

Remember, if you can fall in love with a project, you can learn to create it! Here to help you channel your inner Creative Genius...

 

Steph

 

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Dazzling Demos Cookout!!

 

It was just a fun night!

 

And I think this is going to be a new tradition!

 

Todd & I invited my team over for a cookout/potluck with their spouses.

 

You know how awesome Todd's Apple Betty at Hostess Appreciation is???

 

Well his burgers are just as fabulous!!

AND I made bacon jam for them.

Mmmmmmmmmm!!!

 

Well, none of my team with spouses came!

But Todd didn't mind and hung with just us girls anyway.

 

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I'm happy I remembered to take SOME pics.

But I forgot to do it when Todd was involved.

(We've been having to go help his dad 3 times a day for the past couple weeks, so he left for a bit.)

 

Of course all the food with delicious!

(But I didn't think of taking those pics.)

 

But the most fun of the night was we actually played Cornhole!

 

None of us are very athletically inclined, but everyone did great!!

And EVERYONE got "ringers."

 

Todd started out on a team and played a round before he left; he played LEFT-handed to make it fair. ;)

 

Todd/Diane vs Nadine/Arlene

 

 

The next team was up to play the winner with a sub.

Nadine/Marilyn vs Linda/Steph

 

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THEN the winners played the winners.

Linda/Steph vs Nadine/Arlene

 

Linda and I won, but Nadine gets an honorable mention...playing in every game. :)

 

We decided we needed a winning treat.

 

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Linda posed for me. ;)

 

 

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(Girls, if you can believe it, this pic is one of them with the flash. The one at the beginning is not. Go figure!)

 

 

We chatted about family and stamping and the new Holiday Catalog, of course, AND ONSTAGE IN LANSING IN NOVEMBER!!!

 

But I have to tell you my favorite moment of the night....

 

One of the girls playing the first game (that I didn't get pics of) mentioned, "I'm gonna throw my back out!"

 

So I started worrying about a couple of them that the game wasn't a good idea on my part.

 

Then Diane threw a "ringer" (went in the hole for 3 points, rather than just on the board for 1.)

 

And she literally did a quick little celebration jump!!

It was too cute!!

 

 

I LOVE MY DAZZLING DEMOS TEAM!!

I love times like this and others we get to spend together.

 

And I want YOU on my team!

 

If you sign up now, you'll be able to register for OnStage in Lansing with us!! (Registration starts August 20 for OnStage, November 16.)

 

 

 

Stampin' Up! has a promotion going through the end of this month to encourage you to join us!

 

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Right now you can sign up to be a demonstrator for $99, and you receive $155 of product (completely your choice--including from the Holiday Catalog if you'd like.)

 

That's an extra $30 more than normal.

You also receive catalogs and business supplies, in case you'd like to start a business!

 

Shipping is included, by the way! Only tax is charged.

 

PLUS, you'll receive a $10 coupon (by email) towards an order the month after you sign up!

 

There is NO obligation to have classes, but as a demonstrator, you SAVE AT LEAST 20% on all your purchases!

 

 

Let me know if you'd like more information!

Or you can check out my Dazzling Demos Page.

Or JOIN HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

Remember, if you can fall in love with a project, you can learn to create it! Here to help you channel your inner Creative Genius...

 

Steph

 

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Live! with Paper Pumpkin

 

Happy Friday peeps!!

 

I have to be quick again today!

 

 

My Live! this week focused on Paper Pumpkin.

Cute cards last month--more options in August!

 

Subscribe by August 10!

 

 

 

Here are the closeups of the original designs:

 

July 2019 Paper Pumpkin, www.dazzledbystamping.com

 

July 2019 Paper Pumpkin, www.dazzledbystamping.com

 

July 2019 Paper Pumpkin, www.dazzledbystamping.com

 

 

These are my variations I made Live!:

I didn't really want to add more product or change too much.

 

July 2019 Paper Pumpkin, www.dazzledbystamping.com

 

July 2019 Paper Pumpkin, www.dazzledbystamping.com

 

 

 

Have an awesome day and wonderful weekend!!

 

 

 

 

 

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Steph

 

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Fall Paper Pumpkin Fun!

 

Good morning!!

 

Can you believe we're talking about "Fall" already??

 

It seems like summer barely started!!

 

 

Well, today on my Facebook Live!, I'm featuring Paper Pumpkin--specifically because Stampin' Up! has an extra opportunity available to you for the August Paper Pumpkin.

 

August Paper Pumpkin

 

An add-on bundle will be available to order tomorrow, August 1.

 

You MUST be a Paper Pumpkin subscriber to order this add-on bundle.

  • Subscribe here by August 10.
  • Order the add-on bundle #152885 (through normal ordering--online or through a workshop) anytime after August 1.

 

 

Check out the sneak peek:

 

 

 

Then join me this morning at 10:30 ET for my Live!

 

 

Have a spectacular day!!

 

 

 

 

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Steph

 

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Oh hey!

 

Quick post today!

 

I don't recall WHO brought this set to my attention, but I love it!!

 

Sweetly Swirled

 

 

 

Oh hey!

I say that.

ALL THE TIME.

 

And the font is so fun!!!

 

We made this SUPER EASY CARD at my clubs last month.

 

Sweetly Swirled, See a Silhouette DSP, www.dazzledbystamping.com

 

Haha!!

I just remembered....this card is so quick and easy that one of my club members was looking in her catalog at something and she TOTALLY missed the whole demo!!!

 

She looked up and I was done, and she was like, uhhhhhh....

 

It was too funny!

 

 

Ok, so DSP always makes cards so easy.

And THIS design is SO FULL OF COLOR!!!

Look at it!!

 

click to order!

 

 

 

I hope to see you at my BOGO SALE today!!

10am-8pm, open house style

 

 

Have a FANTASTIC day!!

 

 

 

 

Remember, if you can fall in love with a project, you can learn to create it! Here to help you channel your inner Creative Genius...

 

Steph

 

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MY Perspective

 

Good morning peeps!!

 

I'm finally here to give you MY perspective on our Greek Isles Cruise.

(and it's a long one! Grab your coffee and a comfy chair!)

 

Sorry it's taken me so long!!

I always struggle getting back into my groove.

 

And I can't promise I'll live up to Todd's performance....

It seems he was a hit.

I kinda love him, too! ;)

 

 

This certainly was a trip of a lifetime!

I'm here to tell/show you the SU! side of it. :)

 

 

FRIENDS

First thing I have to share with you is a couple quick pics with my friends we met last year that I've called my dinner family:

 

IMG_9671Lisa Marie, Cheryl & Steph--waiting for general session to begin

 

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Love these girls!

And the dining room staff made it possible for us to enjoy dinner together again this year.

They had to work hard.

And I'm sorry to the 3 people they moved from our table. :/

 

I have 1 regret; SOMEHOW we never got a pic with all our tablemates and waiters this year!!

 

(Lisa Marie & her husband & daughter; Cheryl & her daughter-in-law, different grandson from last year and daughter-in-law's parents)

 

How is that possible???

 

 

It was great to spend time with our friends!

And I feel like I/we met a lot of new people too!

 

I wasn't quite as "in awe" of being with this elite group of demonstrators as I was last year. ;)

 

So I just went up to people and introduced myself and Todd. :)

 

One of my highlights was meeting Sara, the CEO of Stampin' Up!

 

There's a difference between standing in a line wrapped around a big room at OnStage to get a pic with Shelli or Sara and just walking up to her and introducing yourself!

 

(I actually waited for someone to get done gabbing with her, and we chatted with her husband while we were waiting for her.)

 

So--I SHOULD have known this would happen.

But I didn't remember.

And when I walked up to Sara to introduce myself and hug her, I cried.

She's like, why are you crying?

 

It's just I appreciate her and her mom so much!

They both have such a heart for Stampin' Up!--their employees and demonstrators and customers.

 

I appreciate them.

 

So Todd got pics for me:

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THE PILLOW GIFTS!!

If you haven't heard about a Stampin' Up! incentive trip before, nightly pillow gifts are a thing!! A BIG THING!!

 

We received everything from a purse/backpack to SU! product to Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Greece to a charm bracelet!

 

Sunday

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Monday

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Most Wonderful Time Product Medley

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Todd's (1st Guest) Thank you gift

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Tuesday

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Wednesday

Custom (Perennial Essence) Cosmetic Bag

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Thursday

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Friday

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Saturday

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ALL the stuff!

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Did you remember we got to make a visit to the SU! Hospitality Room every day for ANOTHER gift, too???

 

We got to "spin to win!"

Usually it was embellishments or DSP, but one day I received a set of dies from the new catalog.

 

Speaking of the hospitality room, I stole this pic from another demo. (I mostly left the picture taking to Todd, and I forgot this shot.)

 

They keep the jars STOCKED with candy!!!! (and leave bags for you to collect it and bring it back to your room!)

 

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I believe I already mentioned within the past couple weeks that I TOTALLY MISSED BEING SPOILED!!

 

This was one of those areas I missed when we returned home! ;)

Where's my hospitality room???

No spin to win OR candy!!!!

 

 

We had a general session on the first full day at sea, and I walked out of there with 3 stamp sets and a pack of embellishments!

 

LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!

 

 

THE SAMPLES!!

There is no way I can share all the samples that were on the cruise--Both from the Demo swaps and new product.

 

I think I prob have about 50 or so of each!

 

I'm sticking with Demo swaps, cuz you can't order from the new catalog yet anyway (and you saw some sneak peeks in my pillow gifts.)

 

I'll share closeups of the ones I actually received, eventually.

 

For now, here are pics of some of the boards:

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SANTORINI!!

So I recall Todd suggesting you ask me about Santorini.

 

I hadn't ever heard of it--until we looked up the Greek Isles Cruise I was trying to earn.

 

THEN it was the port I was most interested in visiting!

 

Reminder: To get to the city of Fira, where we were docking, you either need to take a cable car from the dock up the steep incline to the top OR climb 587 steps. 

 

The day we were gonna be in Santorini, 3 cruise ships would be at the port.

 

Because of this, we WEREN'T docking; we had to take a tender (smaller boat) from the cruise ship to the dock. It's a lengthy process.

 

Our tour company for the day decided on an alternate plan to avoid the long lines for the cable cars for such a busy port day....

 

They hired a boat taxi to take us around the island to the 2nd city we were planning to visit Oia (EE-ah).

 

Nice. Right?

 

Well, here's how it went.

We waited in the heat for ALL the people to tender to the dock.

We rode in the boat around to Oia.

(If you were inside, it was hot. I was; Todd was on top taking pics.)

When our taxiboat got to the dock, there was still a hill.

 

The 587 step hill to the top where the buses were.

In the heat.

 

As we got off the boat, the tour guide said to head up there; it's only [blah blah blah] kilometers.

 

EXCUSE ME??? You said KILOMETERS???

 

I'm not sure how this was an acceptable alternative to waiting in line for the cable cars!!!

 

It certainly didn't save any time!

We "started" our tour at least a couple hours late.

And I was hot and not happy.

 

I made it with a couple breaks.

Todd made sure I made it to the top and then went back and helped people.

 

It honestly was ridiculous.

And not what we signed up for!!

 

Ha! Then we drove to our parking place closer to the city.

Guess what? A hill to the REAL top. And more steps.

 

She guided us to the top to show us a specific church and said then we'd go back down the steps to regroup, and she'd send us off on our own before we met back at (whatever time.)

 

I told Todd, ah no.

We're NOT going back down to regroup. 

We're at the top for the shopping, and that's where we're staying til we're done.

 

The views were amazing, but I just needed some water at this point.

I drank most of mine.

 

I decided to stay in a shaded area leaning on a counter of an art shop visiting another demo while Todd went off to take his first pics of Oia.

 

I was so thankful for the shop owner.

I said, I hope it's ok that we stand here for a few minutes.

He said to stay as long as we'd like and then offered to fill our water bottles with his cold water!

 

OH THANK YOU LORD AND MR SHOP OWNER!!

 

Note: EVERYBODY in Greece buys bottled water, and thankfully it is very reasonably priced.

 

I forgot the name of the person I met there and chatted with. (I was in distress.)

But we chugged down that water and I went and bought more when Todd came back.

 

Now that I got my story out, I'll share a few more pics of Santorini that Todd didn't share.

 

I took this one specifically for Liz; the sidewalks in the shopping area are all marble.

 

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After Oia, we drove to Fira and had a half hour there. Todd & I stayed on the bus but I got this pic from someone who got off.

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This is a different pic...fortunately we didn't have to walk back DOWN the hill. But I wouldn't have wanted to be the bus driver winding back and forth down to the bottom. I was trying to take a pic to show how close we were to the rock wall next to us!

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JUST A FEW DIFFERENT PICS I ENJOYED

 

I took a few pics for Liz of the brand name shopping in Rome.

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Our state room welcome on the ship

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The SU! Welcome Party/spread--It was on both sides of the pool. :)

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Clear water in Mykonos

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THE STATS

I always like hearing the stats for the incentive trips:

  • There are just over 56,000 Demonstrators worldwide.
  • 445 earned the incentive trip (enough points)
  • 337 actually went on the trip
  • 1000 Stampin' Up! people were on the ship (including families and corporate employees)
  • The NEXT trip we can work towards is an Eastern Caribbean Cruise on the Symphony of the Seas (the world's largest cruise ship)

 

One more stat to share in case you didn't see my Live! last week....

 

I EARNED THE INCENTIVE TRIP TO MAUI FOR 2020!!!

 

 

Thank you so much for all your support!!!

(And thank you to my Tuesday club last week for putting me over the top!!)

 

 

 

Ok, I believe I've gabbed long enough and have much more to do!

 

DON'T FORGET MY BOGO SALE TOMORROW!!!

Tuesday, 7/30, 10am-8pm

 

Choose from my Retired Product and receive--dollar for dollar--new product from the catalog, too!

 

You DO pay shipping and tax ONCE. (Example: choose $100 in retired product; also get $100 in new product; pay $100 + shipping & tax.)

 

 

Have an amazing day!!

 

 

 

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Steph

 

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Facebook Live! with Over the Moon

 

Quick reminder to mark your calendars!!

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My BOGO Sale is Tuesday, 7/30, 10am-8pm!

Choose any amount of Retired Product from me and get the same amount of NEW PRODUCT from the catalog!

 

You DO pay shipping and tax.

And every $50 DOES ALSO earn you a $5 Bonus Days coupon code, redeemable in August.

 


 

 

Yesterday was my Live! and I used the adorable set Over the Moon.

 

I used it in my clubs this month, too.

I completely copied an adorable card from Nadine Stolt!

 

 

But for my Live!, I showed the card I made for my nephews birthday.

 

Closeups are below the video.

 

 

BUT BEFORE I TURN YOU OVER TO IT...I AM working on my post of the cruise.

 

Stuff just keeps getting in the way. 

So sorry!

 

 

Here's my Live!:

 

 

Here's the closeup of what I made on screen:

 

Over the Moon, www.dazzledbystamping.com

 

And here's the card we made in my clubs:

Over the Moon, www.dazzledbystamping.com

 

 

 

Have an incredible day!!

 

 

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My Cruise Swap

 

I'm solo today. :(

Todd's back to work.

Kinda weird not having him here today, since we got 2 full weeks plus together!!

 

It was awesome!

He spoils me JUST about as much as the Royal Caribbean crew did!!

 

Laundry?? What's that???

 

Ok well I have SO many things I had/have in mind for today, but I decided for my blog, I'm gonna keep it simple for the moment.

 

THIS was MY swap for the cruise.

 

Dino Days, www.dazzledbystamping.com

Dino Days, www.dazzledbystamping.com

I have so many more swaps to share with you later.

 

We each were to make 26 if we participated.

And the Stamparatus was INVALUABLE for this design!!

 

Someone asked me if I DREW the triangles on the edge. :D

NO.

 

There's adorable DSP that coordinates with this Dino Days set, and I just cut little strips for my edge.

 

One of my desires was to make these dinosaurs GIRLIE.

Girls love dinosaurs too, right?

So pink was my go to, and check out the eyes:

 

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Ah. She makes me smile.

 

Ok here's the list of what I used...

[As you can see, ordering just the bundle itself already earns you a BONUS DAYS COUPON! :) ]

 

Click any pic to order!

Stamparatus
$49.00

 

 

Have a fantastic day!!!

I'll be back with more sharing as soon as I can!

 

 

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Day 8--Heading back home

Normally the last day at sea means resting before you have to stuff all your dirty clothes in your luggage and hope it fits.  We got to do something cool for lunch and went on a tour of the ship's kitchens.  Afterwards we had a menu of some premium choices to have for lunch.  It was amazing to see the multiple kitchens that go into feeding the ship each day. (Jewel of the Seas had 2700 cruisers aboard, plus staff.).  It is amazing to think how hard each worker works whatever their position on the cruise.  I'm assuming they work all 7 days of the week and for months at a time.  All work hard to make the cruisers feel pampered and special, and then they start with a whole new group a week later.  

 

Here are some random statistics we learned going on the kitchen tour, some which may blow your mind.  The ship goes through 18,000 dozen eggs a week. The carry 40 different varieties of fruit.  They can cook 580 chicken breasts in 8 minutes.  Royal Caribbean as a whole goes through 8,000 pounds of lobster per year, 10 million pounds of potatoes, 18 million pounds of chicken, and 50 million pounds of beef.  They serve 190 million meals per year for over 32 million guests.   They go thru half a million pounds of coffee, 4 million cans of pop, and 80 million bottles of beer each year.  Overall they have almost 1500 cooks with 25 different nationalities.  Here I thought I did a lot of cooking for Hostess Appreciation day!

 

Now I think it's time to turn the blog back over to my wife. Again I feel honored to have been able to share some stories and pictures with all of you.  Hopefully you enjoyed the pictures, had a laugh, or maybe even felt like you were stowed away with us on the cruise.  Stampers please make sure Stephanie shares some of the pictures of the cards from the swap.  I would guess that the majority of the over 400 demonstrators participate in the card swap each year.  They post all of the cards mid-week and it is amazing to see the work and creativity.  I know that for Hostess Appreciation each year you guys do a great job for the card contest.  I think usually there are 10-15 entries.  I look at all the swaps on the ship and know that I would not want to have to choose just 1 to be the best, and I definitely know I wouldn't want to count all those votes!!  

 

Here's some pics to close.  Thanks again for the all kind words and feedback.  I didn't know blogging was so hard.  I'm gonna need another vacation!

 

Todd

 

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Us on our balcony for the second formal night.

 

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Despite the evidence to the contrary throughout this blog, we don't take a lot of pictures together.  This time we tried to get a few more together.  I'm gonna have to work on my selfie game because I don't have any with duck lips.

 

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Sunrise on the last sea day.

 

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One more sunrise picture.

 

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Fruit monkey in the kitchen tour.  Hopefully they put it out so others could enjoy it.

 

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See the little dough balls on the circle? There was a machine right behind the kitchen worker that would take the whole big ball of dough and kinda shake it (not sure what the best verb is) for maybe 30 seconds and they came out like that.  

 

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How about this for unlimited shrimp?  Bring me the seafood sauce and let's get after it.

 

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These are shrimp cocktail bowls for lunch service.  I'd rather have the one in the other picture.

 

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Made me want some pulled pork and BBQ.

 

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Not gonna lie I really wanted to grab a couple cookies on the way thru.

 

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This is what the kitchen tour was called.  However, when it was explained to us at dinner I thought the food was gonna be unlimited.  It was the champagne and mimosas that were unlimited.  I was ready to put on a food clinic like I was a teenager again.

 

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What would your choice be?  I had the surf and turf.  The meat was unbelievable, but the honestly the "turf" was lacking.  Four small shrimp.

 

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What would you like for dessert?

 

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I had the Key Lime Pie and it was amazing.

 

 

 

 

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