"I'm Tour Guide Barbie. Please keep your hands, arms, and accessories inside the car and no flash photography. Thank you."
In every family there are little nicknames, sayings, gestures, and inside jokes that are like secret languages and/or codes. Only to be deciphered by a few. Most of it not really funny unless you were there. Tour Guide Barbie is probably one of them.
In 2004 we went to Disneyland. It had been a pretty rough year and we were finally getting back on our feet financially. A twist of fate gave us free 3 day passes to Disneyland for the whole family. I jumped at the chance to go, it was a vacation that we needed but Rich wasn't really sure we should take. After struggling for a few years both of us were really gun shy about doing anything even remotely extravagant. I had pointed out that Rich hadn't been since Grad Night in *cough cough* 1980 and I hadn't been since roughly the same time but I was only 5 *cough cough cradle robber* That this would be Andrew, Will, and Nancy's first trip but Katie had already been to Disneyland a few times with her family/friends but still we hadn't been to Disneyland as a family. It was time.
Everyone was excited but Katie, in particular, was hopped up on some Disney-like high. If you have taken your kids to Disneyland, you know what I'm talking about, if not symptoms of a Disney high are nonstop talking, really bright but glazed over eyes that are always looking out for something (probably some Disney character or princess), constant fidgeting and lack of sleep because the kids and let's admit it, you too, are so excited.
Katie talked nonstop about what rides we needed to go on, what to see first, what to see last, what not to do. In other words... a very excited 11 year old girl WHO WOULDN'T SHUT UP and was driving her parents insane. I remember saying something along the lines of, "Hey Tour Guide Barbie, We've got plenty of time. Let's just explore the park." That day she so strongly resembled Tour Guide Barbie from Toy Story 2 that it became one of those family nicknames/code words. Being a little too bossy? Tour Guide Barbie. Too chipper and over excited? Tour Guide Barbie.
After a long day at the park, we were all a little tired, hungry, somewhat shell shocked, and needed a place to sit and gather ourselves. What better place is there to chill out at than the The Enchanted Tiki Room? It's cool, dark and you can sit for 20 minutes. As a bonus, you can eat inside Annnnnnd for an obscene amount of money you can get a slice of pineapple on a stick or Dole Pineapple Whip (pineapple soft serve ice cream)
dole pineapple whip:
Makes 4 quarts. If you have a two quart ice cream, freeze the other half.
4 cups Dole pineapple juice, well chilled
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 cups heavy whipping cream, well chilled
3 cups sugar
Mix the pineapple juice and sugar together, making sure that the sugar dissolves completely. Next add the cream and vanilla, stir until incorporated. (you might need to put mixture back into the refrigerator until well chilled) Freeze according to your ice cream makers directions.
Tasting Notes: Tastes like Disneyland. It doesn't require cooking and is great as a smoothie... take some soft serve, banana, pineapple (if you have it), ice cubes and pineapple juice. Mix it in a blender. Much better than anything you'd get at Jamba Juice.
Posted by krysta at 9:08 AM