Monday, October 28, 2013

Free Disney Halloween Printable Activity Page


You can print out this FREE Disney Halloween Activity Page for your trick-or-treaters by clicking HERE.

Happy Halloween!!!





Jake and the Neverland Pirates Pumpkin Carving Template


Spoonful.com by Disney has this adorable Jake and the Never Land Pirates pumpkin carving template 
that you can download for FREE!! Click HERE to be taken to their website so you can print it out. 

Happy Halloween!!!



Thursday, October 17, 2013

Candy Corn Rice Krispy Treats Halloween Recipe

You can find these Candy Corn Rice Krispy Treats
sold in Disney Parks during Halloween
and now you can make them in your very own home
following this incredibly easy recipe.
Happy Halloween!!


Click below to watch me
make this recipe step by step.



Rice Krispy Treats
*makes 12

Ingredients:

6 cups rice cereal
3 tablespoons butter
10 ounces (about 40) large marshmallows

Directions:

In a large pot, melt butter. Add in marshmallows and heat on medium until completely melted, stirring often. Remove from heat and mix in rice cereal. Spread out into a 9x13-inch pan or baking dish that has been greased with butter. Smooth and flatten. Set in fridge 2 hours or until firm. Turn out onto counter.

Take a circle cookie cutter and bend into candy corn shape (watch video above to see how this is done). Press into rice krispies and cut out shapes. You should get 12 candy corns from one 9x13-inch sheet of krispies. Set aside.




Candy Corn Treats 

Ingredients:

1 lb. vanilla almond bark (found in baking aisle) or white chocolate chips
1 tablespoon vegetable shortening
orange sugar crystals (or sprinkles)
yellow sugar crystals (or sprinkles)

Directions:

Melt almond bark with vegetable shortening on stove top or in microwave (use 50% power). Stir well.

When candy is melted, dip 2/3 of the candy corn treat into it (starting at pointed end). Set onto wax paper-lined cookie sheet. Do this for all treats. Set cookie sheet into fridge or freezer until set.

After they harden, dip the back end of the treat into the melted candy. Immediately spoon the yellow sprinkles onto the rounded end of the treat, leaving a white stripe in the middle. Now, spoon the orange sprinkles over the middle stripe. (It's best to watch the video above to see how this is done.) Set back on the wax paper and refrigerate until set. 

You should now have 12 candy corn treats. Enjoy!!






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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Peter Pan "Off to Neverland" Artwork Giveaway!!



The Disney Diner is giving away this hand painted canvas to one lucky reader! "Off to Neverland" depicts Peter Pan, Wendy, Michael and John as they soar over London towards the Second Star to the Right. 

The canvas measures 11x14-inches and is painted with acrylics and accented with iridescent glitter. And there's a surprise! Shine a light on the painting for a minute and then turn off all the lights and watch the stars glow in the dark!! Also, look closely. Did you notice the Hidden Mickey?


How to enter:

Simply "Like" us on Facebook. Click HERE to be taken to The Disney Diner's Facebook page and click the "Like" button. If you've already done this, then you are already entered in the giveaway. That's it! It's that simple!

The contest ends at 10 a.m. (Central Time) on Wednesday, October 23, 2013. One winner will be chosen and announced on Facebook at noon on the same day. Good Luck!!

If you like this painting, then visit our new Etsy Shop where we have many more Disney-themed items for sale, like the ones shown below:



















Friday, October 11, 2013

Mickey Jack o'Lantern Caramel Apples Recipe

Make your favorite Disney Halloween treat 
at home following this easy recipe.
Caramel apples are dipped in candy coating,
topped with marshmallows, and then
covered in orange sprinkles to make these cute
Mickey Jack o'Lanterns.


Click below to learn how to make them
in this step-by-step video.
Thanks for watching!!




Mickey Jack o'Lantern Caramel Apples

6 pre-made caramel apples (I found mine in Walmart's produce section) or make your own with the recipe below
1 lb. vanilla almond bark (found near chocolate chips) or use white chocolate chips
1 heaping tablespoon vegetable shortening
large marshmallows (2 per apple)
lots of orange sprinkles
Wilton Candy Melts (found in craft stores) in Black or Dark Cocoa or use chocolate chips


STEP 1: Caramel Coating (skip this step if you are using the pre-made caramel apples)

6 Granny Smith apples
1 (14 ounce) bag of caramels
2 tablespoons milk

Directions:

Wash and dry apples (It's best to do this the night before).

Unwrap caramels and place in large saucepan. Add milk and heat on medium-low heat until melted, stirring constantly.

Insert sticks into apples and dip into the caramel coating until completely covered. Shake off excess and set on a greased, wax paper-lined cookie sheet. Set into fridge for several hours, or preferably, overnight.


STEP 2: Mickey Ears

With a pair of kitchen scissors, cut 1/3 off of the side of each marshmallow (watch the video above to see how this is done). Attach the cut, sticky side to the upper parts of the apple. There should be two marshmallows on either side of the stick to make Mickey's ears.

STEP 3: Candy Coating

Melt the vanilla almond bark (or white chocolate chips) along with the tablespoon of vegetable shortening on your stovetop or in the microwave, being careful not to burn it.

Dip each apple into the melted candy coating, using a spoon to cover the ears. Be careful not to knock them off. Shake off excess.

STEP 4: Orange Sprinkles

Immediately, while the coating is still wet, hold the apple over a paper plate and spoon the orange sprinkles on top. Completely cover all the white, except for the bottom. Set on wax paper-lined cookie sheet and place in fridge until hardened.

STEP 5: Jack o'Lantern Face

Melt the black Wilton Candy Melts (or chocolate chips) in a candy-making bottle (found in craft stores), or pour into a freezer bag and cut off the tip to make a decorating bag. 

Gently hold the hardened candy apple in the palm of your hand so the side is faced upwards. Now squeeze two triangle eyes, a triangle nose and mouth onto the apple with the melted chocolate. Fill in the shapes. Return to the wax paper and repeat for remaining apples. Stick them back in freezer until set (about 5-10 minutes).

Remove from freezer and serve. That's it! Your Mickey Jack o'Lanterns are ready to eat. Enjoy!!

Happy Halloween!!!




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Friday, October 4, 2013

Ghostmallows Halloween Treats Recipe and Video


You can find these spooky treats sold
in Disney Parks during the month of October
and now I'm going to show you how to make them
in your very own home!
This recipe is so easy and fun you can get the kids to help.
Happy Halloween!!


Click below to learn how to make this treat
step-by-step on our YouTube channel.
Thanks for watching!!




Ghostmallows

Ingredients:

large marshmallows (3 per stick)
1 lb. vanilla almond bark (or 16 ounces white chocolate chips)
1 heaping tablespoon vegetable shortening
Wilton Candy Melts (found in craft store's candymaking section) in black or dark cocoa (or use 1/2 cup chocolate chips)
lollipop sticks



Directions:

Insert a lollipop stick through a marshmallow, bringing it a third of the way down. Now spear two more so that you have a stack of three. They should be touching with no gaps. (This is where the kids can help.)

Melt vanilla almond bark in microwave or on stovetop (according to package directions) along with the tablespoon of shortening, stirring well.

Dip each marshmallow stick into the melted almond bark and spin slowly to coat all sides. Shake off excess and tap lightly on edge of pot. Now set onto a wax paper-lined cookie sheet until the candy hardens. To speed up this process, place the cookie sheet into the fridge or freezer.

Next, melt the dark chocolate. Pour into a candy bottle or small baggie and cut off the tip to make a decorating bag. Now squeeze out two dots for eyes and a circle for the mouth to make a ghost face. Let harden.

Take a bite!!





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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Johnny Depp is headed 'Into the Woods'!!



Thanks to my cousin Jacob, I have the latest scoop on Johnny Depp's new role in Disney's Into the Woods, a film version of the Broadway musical by the same name. This will be the second time Johnny has been cast in a musical based on the works of Stephen Sondheim, the first being Sweeney Todd (2007) in which he had the lead.

In Into the Woods, he will play The Wolf to Little Red Riding Hood's Lilla Crawford (Annie, 2012). And just yesterday, BroadwayWorld.com posted some pics of the star arriving on location in the UK. Rumor has it that earlier in the week, he was recording tracks for the film at London's famous Abbey Road Studios.



Here are a few other photos from the set:

Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady, Julie & Julia) as The Witch


Anna Kendrick (Twilight, Pitch Perfect) as Cinderella


Chris Pine (Star Trek: Into Darkness) as Cinderella's Prince


Christine Baranski (The Good Wife) as Cinderella's Stepmother

James Corden (Dr. Who, 2011) as The Baker


Emily Blunt (Looper) as The Baker's Wife
Billy Magnussen (Boardwalk Empire) as Rapunzel's Prince


Tracey Ullman (The Tracey Ullman Show) as Jack's Mother


Dover Castle in England (filming location)



The movie is being directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides). The complete cast includes: Meryl Streep as The Witch, James Corden as The Baker, Emily Blunt as The Baker's Wife, Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, Chris Pine as Cinderella's Prince, Mackenzie Mauzy as Rapunzel, Billy Magnussen as Rapunzel's Prince, Christine Baranski as Cinderella's Stepmother, Lucy Punch as Lucinda, Tammy Blanchard as Florinda, Daniel Huttlestone as Jack, Tracey Ullman as Jack's Mother, Lilla Crawford as Little Red Riding Hood and Johnny Depp as The Wolf.

Into the Woods is set to release in theaters December 25, 2014.









Mickey Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Marshmallow Buttercream

 
What could be better than soft pumpkin cookies
filled with a sweet marshmallow buttercream??
I know!!
Let's shape them like Mickey Mouse!!
 
 
 
Click below to watch
how to make these step-by-step.
Enjoy!!
 
 
 
 
Mickey Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
*makes 6 sandwiches
 
Ingredients:
 
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened to room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar
1 whole egg
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
 
 
 
 
Directions:
 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
 
In a large bowl, whisk together: flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
 
In a separate bowl, beat softened butter and brown sugar with an electric mixer. Add egg, pumpkin and vanilla. Mix well.
 
Stir in flour mixture and blend until creamy.
 
Spoon into a pastry bag (without a tip) or a gallon-size plastic freezer bag and cut off 1-inch from tip (watch video above to see how this is done).
 
Squeeze 2 1/2-inch blobs onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Dip fingers into flour and pat the blob to flatten. Now place the pastry bag at the top-right edge of the circle and squeeze a small blob. Do the same on the top-left edge. Now flatten those two blobs to make Mickey's ears. Repeat this process until you are out of dough.
 
Place cookie sheets in oven and bake for 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees or until they spring back when lightly touched. Remove from oven and let cool while you make the filling.
 
 
 
 
Marshmallow Buttercream
 
Ingredients:
 
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened to room temperature
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon milk
 
 
Directions:
 
Cream butter with electric mixer. Add powdered sugar and mix well. Add in marshmallow cream, vanilla and milk and blend until creamy.
 
Spoon into a gallon-size plastic freezer bag and cut off one corner to make a homemade icing bag.
 
Take one of the cooled cookies and place top side down so you have a flat surface to work on. Squeeze a large dollop in the center circle and then a small dollop on each ear. Top with a second cookie (flat side down) and gently smash together so the filling oozes to the edges. That's it! You're Mickey Whoopie Pie is all done and ready to devour. :D