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5 Favorite Shows from the 1960s

I've hopped on to the Hulu bandwagon.  At least for the next month until my free trial is up.  My favorite thing about Hulu is the number of old TV shows they have on there.  I grew up watching FX and TV Land in their original form.  I'm pretty sure there are VHS tapes in my grandfather's house that have Petticoat Junction recorded on them- with commercials from the same time period, thanks to vintage TV Land.  I may or may not have spent an entire Saturday recently, blogging and watching "Family Affair."  Here are some of my favorite shows from the 1960s that are on Hulu.

Family Affair. 1966-1971.  

Currently, all seasons on Hulu.  Buffy is the first one that shows up on Uncle Bill's doorstep.  Jody's the next, then finally Cissy.  Uncle Bill is a single guy with a man-servant, and is on a date with a different girl every night.  Then, his sisters dump his nieces and nephew on him in New York and flee.  They all are learning to live together as a family, with Mr. French now acting as a surrogate mother.  I loved this show as a kid, and I'm enjoying it now, though I'm seeing a few things through adult eyes.  Like, in the second episode, Uncle Bill says the stuffed tiger head on the wall (so completely fake) is one he shot on safari.  My first thought is the dentist guy that shot Cecil the Lion and the backlash.

Petticoat Junction. 1963-1970.  

Currently, Season 1 on Hulu.  I have 2 or 3 seasons on DVD and it's been one of my favorite shows for years.  I used to watch it on TV Land with my grandmother.  I love it so much, I wrote a whole post on it a year or two ago.  Kate is a widowed mom raising three girls in Hooterville, USA with the help of her/their Uncle Joe Carson.  I've always wondered how she managed to have three girls, all with different colored hair.

Green Acres. 1965-1971.  

Currently, all seasons on Hulu.  A spinoff of Petticoat Junction about Oliver Wendall Douglas and his wife, Lisa (Eva Gabor), who have just bought a farm and moved to Hooterville.

The Beverly Hillbillies. 1962-1971.  

Currently, Seasons 1 & 2 on Hulu.  Rounding out the trifecta of rural comedies, The Beverly Hillbillies started it all.  All three shows (Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction, and Green Acres) crossed over at one point or another, as they were all created by Paul Henning.  Also, there were some seasons that Frank Cady (a regular on Petticoat Junction and Green Acres) was appearing each of the three shows!  Join the Clampetts as they move away from Bug Tussell to Hollywood.  Their house may be bigger, but they don't let go of their roots.

Mr. Ed. 1961-1966.  

Currently, Seasons 1 & 2 on Hulu.  I can still sing the majority of this theme song.  Wilbur is an architect that has a horse.  A horse that talks.  But only to him.  So pretty much, everyone overhears him talking and thinks he's crazy.  I loved how Mr. Ed used to dial the phone with a pencil on Wilbur's desk.

What's your favorite tv show from long, long ago?  Stay tuned, I'm planning on sharing my favorites from the '70s, '80s, '90s, and '00s!

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Tips & Snaps from EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival | Disney

EPCOT's International Food and Wine Festival at Disney

Scott and I celebrated our last day of being Disney Annual Passholders at EPCOT.  Coincidentally, this was also our first 3rd anniversary.  Since we did the legal side of the paperwork 10 days before our wedding, we technically have two anniversaries.  Usually we only celebrate the wedding anniversary, but sometimes it works out in my favor to celebrate the other as well.

Tip One | Go at night, during the week.

It's Florida, and even though Fall is upon most of the country, it's still hot and sweaty down here.  We went on a Sunday afternoon when it was hot and crowded- by the time we made it half way around the world, we were both ready to go.  The evenings are starting to cool off though, and I suspect it would be a little less crowded during the week.

Tip Two | Get a Food & Wine Passport.

There's a festival center, and just about every souvenir kiosk in EPCOT has these for free.  The passport lists all of the different food and drink available at every country/ stop.  Just be sure to bring something to check off the list- no free pencils at Disney.  It's handy to mark where you been, and take a look to map out a plan.

Street performers in France at EPCOT

Tip 3 | Skip the food and beverage entitlements.

Admittedly, Scott and I didn't know this even existed, but you can purchase 8 food or beverage entitlements for $59 per person, or 16 for $109.  Neither of us were very hungry since it was so hot, and we weren't looking to spend a ton of money.  We didn't not try something because of the price, though.  We wandered through, checking out menus and bought whatever we wanted.  Usually if we got food, we split it.  If it was drinks, we each had our own.  Our total cost, including swinging into Starbucks when we were leaving, was around $56 for the day.  For us both.  We enjoyed what we ate and drank, but didn't find the need to purchase things just because we had the entitlements.

Tip 4 | Start backwards.  

We always go counter clockwise around the world.  As such, our first stop was at the Caribbean Islands.  It seems that the counter clockwise focused more on drink and dessert, which is right up our alley.  As such, I enjoyed the best mojito I'd ever had.  The fact that it was frozen made it extra good in the heat.
Frozen Mojito in the Caribbean Islands at EPCOT

Tip 5 | Try the non-alcoholic specialties.

The Ireland kiosk was by far our favorite.  We wanted to eat and drink everything.  We settled with a Honey Wine for him, a nonalcoholic Frozen Pumpkin Chai milkshake for me, then a lava cake for us to share.  It was all delicious, and while I didn't get a straw with my milk shake, it took approximately 3 minutes for it to melt anyway.

Pumpkin Chai Milkshake, Honey wine, and Chocolate lava cake at the Ireland kiosk in EPCOT

Tip 6 | Rotate between beer, wine, and sake.

This one comes courtesy of my husband. The size of the drinks offered during the Wine & Food Festival are rather small- 4 oz for the wine above.  He had a Moosehead lager in Canada (6oz), a grapefruit beer in Germany (normal size, because it wasn't a special F&W thing), a "Pineapple Breeze" sake in Japan (4-6oz), then finally a Moscato (6oz) in Brazil. The moscato (we both had, and it was delicious) was accompanied by some cheese bread to get something a little more than the lava cake in our systems!

Tip 7 | A picture with Belle makes your niece's day.

While we were sipping moscato, I noticed Belle was out near France signing autographs and taking pictures with small children.  Then she was gone.  But she was going to be back in 30 minutes, so we managed to stick around long enough for me to get this little gem.  I look like sweaty hell, but I got reports that my little niece in Maine had to run around with her mom's phone showing everyone that "her Dorrie was with Belle."

Belle at EPCOT


Best Places to Eat in Downeast Maine

This is just turning into a regular travel blog!  I keep jumping from Colorado "stuff' to Maine "stuff!"  Having just come off of my trip back home, I am stuffed full of great Maine foods.  August is probably my favorite time to visit, as the weather is the warmest (locals complain about the humidity, I think it's fantastic).  The middle to end of the month is also blueberry season, and there is none down here that compare!

Best Places to Eat in Downeast Maine

China Hill- If you're headed to Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor, it's easy to swing in here.  Again, this Chinese restaurant has been around for as long as I can remember, though owners have changed hands over the year.  My favorite thing to get on the menu (even today) is a "Children's 3."  This includes the best fried rice I've ever had, chicken fingers, boneless spare ribs (also the best I've had), and chicken toast.  I have never been able to find anywhere else that sells chicken toast, and it's a shame.

Jordan's Snack Bar-  All over the state, little take-outs exist that offer amazing food.  Jordan's has been around for years and offers a great selection of Maine food.  My favorites are the fried clams and the crabmeat roll.  Swing into Jordan's on your way into or out of Ellsworth / Bar Harbor.

Helen's Restaurant- World-famous for the blueberry pies, which makes this time of year even better.   I have many memories here, as my dad would take me to breakfast every Saturday morning.  The old building burnt down just a week after Scott and I last visited.  This means several people were out of work for the busiest season of the year.  By the year anniversary of the old place burning, the new building was up and running in the same spot.  It was great to see how they rebuilt, and the blueberry pies have not changed.  I rotated between a slice of it and a slice of raspberry for 5 days.  It's also the the only spot I took a picture of my tasty food from!

Bluebird Restaurant-  This has been around almost as long as Helen's, though when I was little, it was "Graham's Restaurant."  This is what my niecey refers to as "the pancake store!"

Rivers Edge Take Out- Great for a quick meal (I like a chicken burger!) but best for some ice cream.  Again, my order hasn't changed in years.  A small chocolate cone with rainbow jimmies.  Dumped into a cup so I don't make a mess.  They have many crazier selections of ice cream (both hard and soft serve), but I always stick with the same.