Monthly Archives: January 2014

Real Life Versus #DisneySide

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Our real life:  Hmmm… 16 degrees outside.  No power = no heat, nothing but candle light, etc. for the whole night (Brrrr….).  A freak southern snow and ice storm that shut down everything  and made venturing out on the unsalted/sanded roads sheer terror without any of the fun of a roller coaster.  Eating a bowl of freshly fallen snow scooped from the cleanest spot we could find – the hood of the car.

Versus our #DisneySide.   Eating a snow cone in Japan at Epcot in short sleeves.  Riding the Rockin’ Roller Coaster for our adrenaline rush.  And loving being in the dark watching the “Wishes” fireworks show.

 

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DIY Disney Recipes – Larabars

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Okay, so this one isn’t actually a recipe from Disney.  But it is a great snack to take with you on your Disney vacation!

We love Larabars.  They are made out of all natural ingredients, no added sugar or anything.  Most are just dates and some kind of nuts.  On our December trip, we brought a box of Larabars to eat in the parks.  They are pretty filling, so one bar and a piece of fruit can be a light meal that is way less expensive than buying Disney’s food.

The problem is that Larabars can be expensive, so when we got back I looked around for homemade Larabar recipes.  We have been making them ever since.  They are also a great snack for toddlers!

The recipe I have been using can be found here.  I use my Magic Bullet and the bars turn out great.  Here is our favorite recipe so far:

  • 30 grams unsalted cashews (1/4c)
  • 80 grams dates, which is a scant 2/3c
  • tiny pinch salt
  • Optional: a drop or two of good-quality vanilla extract

Blend in your food processor or Magic Bullet.

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So easy to make – and a yummy, healthy, filling snack.  Perfect for long days trekking around Disney World!

 

Disney DIY Recipes – Tonga Toast

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Along with the other DIY projects featured on our blog, we will be DIY-ing some Disney recipes!  Today we made Tonga Toast from Disney’s Polynesian Resort.  Definitely not the most healthy breakfast ever, but it is one of the most popular and talked-about dishes from Walt Disney World, so we just had to try it out.  We’ll just eat salad for the rest of the week.

Tonga Toast is basically deep fried stuffed french toast.  Tempted yet?  Here’s what you’ll need (credit for recipe goes to AllEars):

2 or 4 slices sourdough bread, cut 1 to 1 1/2 inches thick
1 banana
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 egg
1/4 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
oil or shortening for frying
whipped butter and/or syrup

I used a soft baguette for the bread, and it was so sweet we didn’t put any butter or syrup on top.  Here’s what you do:

1.  Cut a 1-inch pocket in one side of each bread slice. Cut banana in half crosswise, then split each piece lengthwise. Remove peel and stuff two pieces of fruit in each pocket of bread; set aside.

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2.  Mix sugar and cinnamon; set aside. Mix together well the egg, milk and vanilla.

3.  Heat about 4 inches of oil in a pan to 350º F. Dip stuffed bread into egg/milk mixture and let it soak a few seconds to let penetrate bread. Fry bread on both sides in hot oil until lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Drain on paper towels or wire rack. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and serve.

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Doesn’t it look tasty?

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DD (age 2) and I enjoyed our homemade Tonga Toast.  She was not a big fan of the deep fried banana though.  It was very, very sweet.

In the next few weeks we are going to DIY Le Cellier’s (Epcot – Canada) famous cheddar cheese soup.  Perfect for the next polar vortex!

Sharing Some Disney Love

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As part of our “Year of Living Disney”, we plan to share our projects, trip planning ideas, etc.   First up is a new t-shirt ready for Valentine’s Day and you can make one just like it!

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To make Isabella’s Valentine’s Day t-shirt, we started with a new cotton t-shirt and a package of June Tailor Print ‘n Press Iron-On transfer paper.  This paper should be readily available at your local craft or fabric store.

Then, we designed a heart in the iconic Mickey Mouse style.   If you want to make someone happy with their own custom Disney Valentine shirt, just right click on the image below and save it to print as is.   Or import into your favorite photo editing program to add a name like we did.

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If you choose to add a name to the design, don’t forget to flip it horizontally (mirror image) before printing.  Set your inkjet printer to plain paper/normal quality setting and insert the transfer paper and print.  Wait a minimum of 30 minutes before ironing on the transfer.

Trim around the image and press with a hot, dry iron.  The t-shirt can be machine laundered inside out after wear.  The transfers have held up extremely well in our experience.

Coming up in the next few days are some treat ideas to go with the shirt, a trip report from our Christmas stay at Walt Disney World, and how we are going about planning our next trip for later this year.

Whooo Are Yoooou?

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…said the Caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland.  We are a mother-daughter team committed to living a year of Disney.  We will explore crafts, recipes, sewing projects, and more all related to Disney and Disney parks.

 

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(Mom) A’s Interview
1.  Earliest Disney parks memory?  We took a family trip to Florida during the first year WDW was open.  I don’t remember a lot about it except for the fact that it felt like it was in the middle of nowhere because things weren’t built up yet.  The other thing I think I remember was riding the monorail.

2.  Favorite ride?  Rockin’ Roller Coaster at Hollywood Studios

3.  Favorite character?  Goofy – that is because he interacted the most with my granddaughter on our last trip!

4.  Favorite park?  That’s tough, but I think Epcot because of the variety of rides and the fact that there is a lot of open area so it doesn’t feel as crowded.

5.  Best Disney memory?  Running the Princess Half Marathon with our daughter just two months after our granddaughter was born.  It was a big accomplishment and I knew it would be just the first of many Disney trips with our granddaughter, just like we enjoyed with our daughter.

6.  Worst Disney memory?  Sorry to say, especially because it was so pricey, but eating at the California Grill.  We’ll have a review of that later.

7.  How many times have you been?  WDW – at least 5.  Disneyland – at least 10.  We used to live close to Disneyland enough to hear the fireworks at night!

8.  What resorts have you stayed at?  Pop Century, Port Orleans, Bay Lake Towers

9.  Favorite Disney food?  Frozen banana

10.  Dream/ideal next trip?  A week or two at WDW staying at Bay Lake Towers or Wilderness Lodge with our family.  The beauty of staying for an extended time is that you don’t feel the need to jam everything in to just a few days.

(Daughter) E’s Interview
1.  Earliest Disney parks memory?  Watching the Main Street Electrical parade and riding the monorail at Disneyland.  We weren’t staying at a resort, but riding the monorail was the best ride ever!

2.  Favorite ride?  Soarin, Rockin Roller Coaster, it’s a small world, Space Mountain

3.  Favorite character?  Out of original Disney characters, I would probably say Minnie Mouse.  But now that Star Wars characters are Disney characters, Yoda or Obi-Wan.

4.  Favorite park?  Epcot

5.  Best Disney memory?  I have two:  Finishing the Princess Half Marathon and our entire last trip, which was the first time my daughter went to the parks.  Seeing all the Christmas decorations was so much fun, especially the fireworks on Christmas Eve.  We found the perfect spot to watch!

6.  Worst Disney memory?  I don’t have many bad memories, but probably eating at Les Chefs de France.  We didn’t enjoy the meal very much.

7.  How many times have you been?  Many times to Disneyland as a child (looking back at old pictures we counted 4 times before I was 4!) and 4 times to Disney World.

8.  What resorts have you stayed at?  Pop Century, Port Orleans Riverside, and Bay Lake Towers at the Contemporary Resort

9.  Favorite Disney food?  We haven’t had good luck with sit down meals at Disney World.  I would probably say chocolate covered bananas!  I do have memories of getting churros at Disneyland when I was younger that were pretty tasty.

10.  Dream/ideal next trip?   My ideal next trip would be staying at Bay Lake Towers again over Christmas.  I would stay for ten days to two weeks and have time to go to the parks for a longer amount of time and explore more resorts.