Sunday, January 20, 2013

Walt's Chili!

This past week my daughter and I tried two recipes from our various Disney cookbooks.  Last year I picked up Feed Our Small World, A Cookbook for Kids, a sweet little collection of recipes inspired from around the world.  With the purchase of the book, a donation was made to the FEED Foundation.  It was a win-win for me.  I collect cookbooks.  I collect Disney things.  I like to support child-related charities.  I picked up the book at Barnes and Noble but I'm sure it can be found in other bookstores.

The first recipe we tried was the Chicken-or-the-Egg Rice Bowl.  My husband and I very much liked it, but my daughter is not a fan of green stuff and even though she was in charge of chopping scallions and packing baby spinach, it was not enough to intrigue her to try more than a bite of anything touching green.  However, we were all in agreement that we would continue to try more recipes from the book.  Stay tuned.

A few days later we decided to make Walt Disney's chili from the Cooking with Mickey and the Disney Chefs book.  My chili is pretty darn good but I was willing to try another recipe and I'm glad I did.  There were tips to make the chili more spicy and I did follow those tips.  This was the first recipe I followed to the letter.  Everybody loved Walt Disney's Own Chili and Beans.  Next time I would halve the recipe.  We had a ton left over which I froze and will bring it out for Super Bowl Sunday.  If you leave the recipe alone, plan to feed a crowd.

I took a bunch of photos of various stages of cooking, but am having difficulty uploading them.  At a later day I'll try again.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

5 Ways to Stay Disneyfied Daily

Every day we keep a little bit of Disney alive in each of our lives.  Here's 5 ways we stay Disneyfied.

1. The coffee drinkers in the house use a Mickey scoop to measure coffee and we drink from various Disney mugs we've collected.  My husband takes his coffee to go each morning and loves the size of his refillable mug from the Coronado Springs resort.  Essentially, we start each day caffeinated and Disneyfied.

2. Our collectibles are prominantly displayed in areas we pass daily.  I keep my Vinylmation collection on my dresser and my daughter keeps her pins on a bulletin board hung by her closet.  We can't help but think about Disney memories and dream of new experiences as we get ready for the day.

3. Our cars have Disney decales.  It's pretty obvious who the Disney fans are on the byways and highways.  Honk if you love Disney!

4. Every calendar keeper in our house uses a Disney calendar.  Even our trip countdown calendar is a Disney calendar.  (11 months to go!)  I use a Mickey pen to keep our family calendar up to date.  I can't help it.  I love Mickey.

5. With so many ringtones available, why not choose Disney theme songs.  I have assigned It's a Small World for my daughter and Yo Ho, Yo Ho, A Pirate's Life's For Me for my husband.  And if you call me, you'll have to listen to a little bit of Mickey Mouse Club March before I answer.

What are the ways you stay Disneyfied?

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Disneyfied Year!

Happy New Year from our house to yours!

Now that we're actually in the same calendar year as our trip to WDW, it's time to get serious about dreaming and planning.  The first thing we've put on our agenda is to hit the post-Christmas sales for small, packable decorations for our cabin at Fort Wilderness.  We've watched plenty of YouTube videos of what the cabins look like and have counted the windows for battery operated candles we found for next to nothing to put in those windows.  My mother bought us the cutest pop up tinsel tree for the living area and I'm going to order a wintery Disney flag with our name on it for our cabin's front "yard".  I'm also thinking our fish extender might work on our front door somehow.  (If you're unfamiliar with fish extenders, use your favorite search engine to look up fish extenders and you'll be amazed at the selection of extenders out there typically for use on the Disney Cruise Line.)

I've become aware that Fort Wilderness has a spectacular display of holiday decorations set up by resort guests.  Since we'll be flying in, bringing along a large display won't be practical, but we do plan to decorate.  Also on YouTube you can see some of the awesome displays guests provide.  You've got to check it out!  I can't wait to stroll through the campground next December and take a ton of pictures.  Nothing will kick off next holiday season better, I'm sure.

Since tomorrow we're all back to school and work, today we'll take down our tree and lovingly wrap our Disney ornaments.  I'm going to try to fit in one more trip to Disneyland Adventures on the Xbox and plan our next meal from one of my Disney cookbooks.  Whatever you do to keep yourself living Disneyfied, may it be done in peace and gratefulness.  Be well in 2013.