Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Free Disney Game App: Alice in Wonderland: A New Champion

Alice in Wonderland: A New Champion

Explore the vibrant world of Alice in Wonderland in an enchanting new Disney game inspired by the hit live-action film. Experience unbelievable sights and unravel the curious mysteries of Wonderland, as you fight to thwart the return of the dreaded Red Queen and her minions.

You can find this game download for free (right now) in your App Store (for iPhone and iPad). 

Have a Frabjous Day!!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Disney Halloween Cupcakes: Candy Corn and Mickey Mouse Ghost

You can find these fun cupcakes offered at Disney Parks
during the Halloween season but I'm going to show you
how to make them at home for your favorite trick-or-treaters.

Click below to watch now:

Cupcake Ingredients:

1 box cake mix, your choice of flavor
Halloween-themed cupcake liners
eggs, oil and water, as indicated on back of cake mix box


Follow instructions on box and bake. Let cool completely.

Buttercream Frosting Ingredients:

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened to room temperature
1 cup vegetable shortening
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 lbs. (7.5 cups) powdered sugar
4-6 tablespoons milk


Place butter, shortening and vanilla in large bowl and mix with electric mixer until creamy. Add powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, blending well after each addition. Frosting will become hard to mix. Pour in the milk, 2 tablespoons at a time until you have the right consistency. Mix well until light and creamy.

Candy Corn Cupcakes Ingredients:

yellow food coloring
orange food coloring
Wilton Candy Melts or mini Oreos or mini York Peppermint Patties
edible glitter or sprinkles


Separate into 3 bowls. Leave 1 bowl white. Color the 2nd bowl of frosting yellow and the 3rd orange. Spoon each color into a cake decorating bag or a gallon-size freezer bag and cut off 1/2 inch from one of the corner's (watch the above video to see how this is done).

Squeeze a swirl of yellow near the edge of the cupcake, close circle and fill in center. Next, take the orange icing and make a smaller swirl 1/2-inch from edge of cupcake. With the white frosting, make a dollop on top of the orange. 

Place 2 Wilton Candy Melts (or other disc-shaped candy/cookie) on each side of the frosting to make Mickey ears. Sprinkle with edible glitter or sprinkles.

Mickey Mouse Ghost Cupcakes Ingredients:

orange food coloring
Wilton Candy Melts or mini Oreos or mini York Peppermint Patties
m&m's or other small round candies


Starting near edge of cupcake, swirl a circle of white frosting, building up with each rotation (watch above video to see how this is done). Leave a peak at the top.

Set 2 m&m's in the white frosting to be the eyes. Place 2 Candy Melts or Oreos on each side to be the Mickey ears.

Spoon some orange frosting into a sandwich baggie. Barely snip off one corner of the bag to create a tiny opening. Squeeze the frosting to fill in 2 pupils on the eyes. Now, pipe a mouth onto the ghost. 


Monday, September 16, 2013

Snow White's Poisoned Candy Apple Recipe (and Video)

Red Cherry Flavored Candy Apple Covered in Green Chocolate at Sweet Spells in Beverly Sunset on Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Photo from Disney Parks Blog
Last week, during the "Unleash the Villains" event at Walt Disney World/Disneyland,
Disney offered a special treat called the "Skull Apple" inspired
by the movie: "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"
For those of you that have followed me for a while,
you might remember a similar treat I posted in October of 2012
which I call "Snow White's Poisoned Candy Apple" (shown below).
With Halloween right around the corner,
I thought it'd be a great time to repost that link
so you can make your very own candy apples.
Click below for the recipe
or watch the step-by-step video
to learn how to make them.

DIY Halloween Costumes for the Whole Family. Over 150 Awesome Ideas!!

This is Halloween! This is Halloween!
Today we watched "The Nightmare Before Christmas"
and it got me in the mood to start looking at costumes
and getting some idea of what I'm going to be for Halloween.
(I'm leaning towards the Red Queen since I already got the hair color for it. lol)
As I was browsing Pinterest, I thought it would be a good idea
to help you out by compiling a gallery of do-it-yourself costumes.
Some are Disney and some aren't but they're all pretty easy to make
or gather the clothing/items for. Some you may even have on hand.
You can see the whole collection I've put together (150+ costume ideas) on
Happy Halloween!!
This sweet Ariel costume is made from a tulle skirt
over everyday clothing. Just add a wig!

Long white coat + cardboard head = Beaker

Simple Cinderella Costume (pre-ball)

SO creative!! The hitch-hiking ghosts from The Haunted Mansion.

Blue Cape, wand and white wig for The Fairy Godmother

T-shirts and sweatshirts turned into Incredibles costumes.
Great for the family!!

Ping-pong balls glued to a head band and a green collar
make a simple and fun Kermit the Frog costume.
This one is of my son (from a few years ago)
as The Mad Hatter.
The only things we bought were the hat and wig.
All the clothing was either on hand or from a thrift store.
We strung the thread spools onto an old belt
and cut the "gloves" from the bottom of some pajama pants.
It's one of my favorite costumes we've ever made!

Loki from The Avengers and Thor


You might even have all of these items
in your closet!

Cute couple costume!!


Love this Mike Wazowski
infant costume using a simple onesie!

Striped-shirt, gloves, hat and a little face paint
make an easy mime costume.

You know you already have plenty of
Mickey/Minnie ears!!
Just make the skirt from tulle ribbons.

Green sweats and hoodie are the base for this Perry the Platypus.


Mr. Potato Head

Simple Red Queen/Queen of Hearts collar
made from an actual deck of cards.
Dollar store!!

Love these little chefs from Ratatouille!
Simply add pots and Remy and Emile (stuffed animals).

The makeup is spot on for this Sally costume.
(The Nightmare before Christmas)

Adorable Tin Man made from a sweatsuit
and dryer vents.

Here's another easy one: Ribbon Witch

Monday, September 9, 2013

Cheese Danish French Toast Recipe from Cinderella's Royal Table (Magic Kingdom)

Disney takes French Toast to the extreme by using
cheese danish as the base for this breakfast pastry.
Not only is every bite coated in cinnamon sugar,
you also get a bonus of sweet cream cheese inside.
Click below to learn how to make this easy recipe:
Thanks for watching!!
Cheese Danish French Toast
*makes 24
6 Cheese Danish
3 whole eggs
2 cups of milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons baking soda
6 tablespoons sugar
vegetable oil, for frying
1 cup sugar + 1 tablespoon cinnamon, for coating
Cut danish into fourths. Set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk eggs. Pour in milk and vanilla and stir well. Set aside.
In a second bowl, mix flour with baking soda and sugar. Add this mixture to the egg/milk mixture. Mix well until you have a pancake batter texture. Let sit 10 minutes.
In a shallow dish, mix 1 cup of sugar with cinnamon. Set aside.
Heat vegetable oil to 375 degrees (F) in a deep pan.
Create your assembly line: danish pieces, batter, hot oil, paper towel-lined plate, cinnamon-sugar.
Dip danish pieces in batter, coating all sides. Shake off excess. Drop into hot oil and cook until golden brown. Flip and cook other side. Remove and place on paper towel-lined plate. Now move to cinnamon sugar and coat all sides. Set on serving platter.
Serve with fresh fruit. Enjoy!!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Pumpkin Juice Recipe from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

You can now make Pumpkin Juice
in your very own home following this easy recipe.
Whip up a batch for your next
Harry Potter movie marathon or themed-party.
Click on the video below to learn how to make it.
Thanks for watching!!!
Pumpkin Juice
*makes 48 ounces
1 can frozen apple juice, from concentrate
2 cans of water (use juice can)
1/2 cup of canned pumpkin
1/4 cup of apricot preserves
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pour apple juice and water into blender pitcher. Add canned pumpkin, apricot preserves, vanilla and cinnamon. Blend on high until well incorporated. Pour into glasses and serve.