Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Mickey's Handy Candy Cane Ornament Craft




     DisneyFamily.com has this cute (and easy) Mickey Mouse Handy Candy Cane Ornament Craft that would make great tree ornaments, gifts for schoolmates, friends or family (I think they would make fun gift tags for presents too). And very few items are needed to make them and more than likely you have them on hand.

    Click HERE to be taken to the page with the template, complete instructions and illustrations.



   Happy Crafting!!






Boardwalk Resort: Gingerbread House Display

    In December of 2009, we were taking a stroll along the Boardwalk and decided to wander into the Boardwalk Inn where I found this magnificent gingerbread house display:







    Then today, I found this time-lapse video from Disney Parks showing how they construct this edible masterpiece. Enjoy!


        









Tuesday, November 29, 2011

My Disney Tree

    We set up our Christmas tree last night and I promised to post pics today so here they are. Enjoy!!























Related Posts:

New Disney Ornaments from The Disney Store!








Holiday Storytellers at Epcot's World Showcase





   If you plan on visiting Walt Disney World this holiday season, be sure and make a stop over at Epcot's World Showcase. Each country will have its own storyteller and entertainment to celebrate each culture's holiday. Not only is it entertaining, it's also a great way to inform your children of how others from around the world celebrate their holiday festivities. Take a look at the video below from Disney Parks:






    Check your Epcot Timesguide for schedule of appearances.





Mickey Mint Holiday Garland Craft



     DisneyFamily.com has many cute holiday ideas and one of them is this Mickey "Mint" Holiday Garland. It's so simple that your kids can help! And to make it even better, try adding numbers to the largest center circles with a marker to help your kids countdown the days to Christmas. They will love it!!

     Click HERE to be taken to their page with instructions and free template to print out. Have fun!



   Happy Holidays!!





Related Posts:

Mickey's Handy Candy Cane Ornament Craft

Main Street Bakery (Magic Kingdom): Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Main Street Bakery in Magic Kingdom has the best selection of sweets
and one of the most popular items on their menu are the cinnamon rolls.
These massive rolls are filled with brown sugar and cinnamon then
slathered with a generous helping of cream cheese frosting
making them absolutely irresistible!!



Main Street Bakery (Magic Kingdom): Cinnamon Rolls
*makes 16 extra large cinnamon rolls



Ingredients:


1/2 cup warm water
2 packets active dry yeast
2 tablespoons sugar
1 (3.5 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding
2 cups milk
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
2 large eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon salt
8 cups all-purpose flour





Filling:

2 sticks unsalted butter, melted
2 cups brown sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon




Directions:

   In a small bowl, combine water, yeast and sugar. Stir well until dissolved. Set aside.

   In a separate large bowl, mix pudding and milk with a wire whisk. Add in 1 stick of melted butter, eggs and salt. Mix well then add in the yeast mixture. Gradually add in the flour, 1 cup at a time, and knead until smooth.

   Place in another large bowl that has been well-greased. Cover bowl with plastic wrap or clean, damp towel and let rise in a warm place until double in size. Punch down and let rise again.

   Roll dough out on a very large floured surface. Dough should roll out to a long rectangle, about 34 x 21 inches in size. Take the 2 sticks of melted butter and spread over entire surface, using a pastry brush.

   In a small bowl, mix brown sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle over top of the buttered dough. Starting on the long end, roll up like a jelly roll.

   Using a serrated knife, measure dough every 2 inches and slice. Take each roll into the palm of your hand and gently pack the roll to keep it from coming apart during baking.

   Place each roll into a buttered baking pan and allow to rise again in a warm place for about 20 minutes. Bake in preheated oven at 350° for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and frost with cream cheese frosting (recipe below) while still warm. Yum!!




Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Ingredients:

1 (8 ounce) brick of cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1 stick unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups powdered sugar
2-4 tablespoons milk

Directions:

   With an electric mixer, blend cream cheese, butter and vanilla until creamy. Slowly add in powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time. Mix well. After all of the powdered sugar has been mixed in, add the milk, 1 tablespoon at a time to thin out. Blend on low until smooth. Spread on warm cinnamon rolls.



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Monday, November 28, 2011

New Disney Ornaments from The Disney Store!



  I made a visit to The Disney Store this past Saturday and purchased some new Disney ornaments. They were having a weekend sale so all holiday items were 40% off. The ornaments were priced at $6.30 each (regular $10.50). Whoohoo!!

  I checked TheDisneyStore.com and found the same ornaments, although they are on sale (today) for $7.35 each. I will post the links below each photo.


My eight new ornaments!
They come with a gift tag attached in case you want to give them as gifts.
























(First photo at the top of this blog shows other side of ball ornament.)




    I'll be setting up and decorating my Christmas tree tonight so be sure and check back tomorrow because I'll be posting more pics. See ya real soon!!









Hidden Mickey Monday #12



  Today's Hidden Mickey can be found at the Main Street Bakery in Magic Kingdom. As you wait in line for your delicious pastry, look at the glass shelves on the left wall and you will see a variety of Disney dishes and kitchen utensils displayed. There are three plates arranged into Mickey's iconic triple-circle. See below:








Boma: Potato Bacon Soup Recipe



Boma: Potato Bacon Soup

Ingredients:

4 slices bacon, cooked until crisp then chopped
2 tablespoons bacon grease
1/2 cup onions, diced
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup white wine
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
salt and pepper, to taste
2 large Russet potatoes, peeled, cubed and blanched
scallions, for garnish


Directions:

   Cook bacon strips until crispy, then remove from pan and drain on paper towels. Save bacon grease. Let cool then chop and set aside for garnish. Add chopped onions to the bacon grease in pan and cook until caramelized. Add flour to make a roux. Cook until golden brown.


   Pour in white wine and cook until reduced by half. Add chicken stock, milk, heavy cream, nutmeg and potatoes. Salt and pepper to taste. Stir well. Now you can either use a hand blender or pour the soup into your stand blender and puree until the soup has a creamy smooth consistency.

  Pour into bowls and garnish with bacon and scallions. Serve hot with bread for dipping. Enjoy!












Holiday Tree Decorating Tips from Goofy and his Disney Pal (video)

     I am planning on setting up my Christmas tree this evening and thought I'd share this video with you from Disney Parks. Watch Goofy and Disney's Manager of Resort Enhancement, Dave Caranci, discuss tips on decorating your Disney-themed tree. Enjoy!









Cyber Monday at The Disney Store!!



    
       TheDisneyStore.com is having some awesome Cyber Monday sales like $8 Character PJ Pals & Nightshirts (today only).




    They are also offering a wide variety of toys and playsets for $15 and under.





  
   And don't forget the new Muppets plush like Kermit and Walter ($16.50 each)!





    Click HERE to shop now and take advantage of Cyber Monday's Extra Savings:

   Take 10% off your order of $50 or more
  
   Take 15% off your order of $75 or more

   Take 20% off your order of $100 or more

   Take 25% off your order of $125 or more

  AND enter Promo Code: CYBER at check out to get FREE shipping on all orders, all day!



Happy Shopping!!






Thursday, November 24, 2011

Disney World Introduces New Turkey Leg Treat!!

Photo courtesy Disney Parks Blog



    Just in time for Thanksgiving, Disney Parks introduces this new turkey leg-shaped Rice Krispies Treat making it the perfect one-handed snack. You can fine this new treat at the Main Street Confectionery (Magic Kingdom), Candy Cauldron (Downtown Disney West Side), and Goofy's Candy Company (Downtown Disney Marketplace).