Mickey Pumpkin Rice Krispy Treat

Mickey Pumpkin Rice Krispy Treat

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The Mickey pumpkin is probably one of my favorite things about Halloween. It’s just so darn cute! I have this amazing Mickey coffee mug I got years ago that started my collection and I could drink from it every day until Halloween. 

I even made a wreath similar to the one on Main Street for my front door. The Mickey Pumpkin is really about as Halloween as I get in the decor area.

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I wanted to create a fun Mickey treat for Halloween and what’s better than Rice  Krispy  treats. They are easy and can be done so any different ways. So here is what you need: 

Rice Krispies 

Marshmallows 

Butter 

Mini Reese cups (or Rolos) 

Orange food coloring 

Wax paper 

Green M&M’s (optional) 

Melting chocolate 

Sprinkles (if you want to decorate some) 

Mickey Cookie cutter 

*Cookie Cutter Tip- Disney sells an actual cookie cutter but it’s huge. I recently bought the sandwich cutter and it’s perfect for cookies, sandwiches, and Rice Krispy treats. You can find it here. 

Follow the recipe on the box of Rice Krispies. Melt the butter, then add the marshmallows and melt and this is where I add the orange food coloring in. Just add until you get the color you want.  Then add you Rice Krispies and stir them in. 

Spread the mixture on wax paper. I love these individually portioned sheets. You want to make it at least half an inch thick so they aren’t too flimsy. Let them cool just a bit and then you want to start cutting them before they completely firm up that way you can re roll out the excess to get more. 

Melt a small amount of your melting chocolate. Spread the chocolate across the bottom of the Reese and attach in the middle for the pumpkin stem. You can also add a green M&M to be like a leaf. Then you have a cute little Mickey Pumpkin. 

We wanted to spread a little extra magic and kindness to some of the neighbor kids so we wrapped some up in these little treat bags and tied with ribbon for a fun little Halloween treat. Happy Halloween! 

 

DIY Disney Inspired Mini Pumpkins

DIY Disney Inspired Mini Pumpkins

I set out to paint pumpkins with my toddler this week. Ya it was kinda a mess, but of course I got inspired to make some fun Disney inspired pumpkins. 

I had 3 mini pumpkins, and I’ve been all about the glitter so that became a part of what I dreamed up. My toddlers 2 favorites are right now are Minnie Mouse and Ariel so that made it easy to choose for me. Plus Ariel is really my all time favorite. 

I started with the Minnie inspired pumpkins. I did two Minnie inspired ones, one in classic colors and one in a shimmery white and gold. 

*print from Happily Ever Tees, Tumbler available here in my shop.

These are pretty simple to make. You need paint, glitter (I used extra fine glitter) and modge podge. I started by glittering the stem. Apply modge podge to the stem and then coat in glitter. Once it has dried apply another layer of modge podge to seal. I should have gotten a white pumpkin for the white one because this one took a million coats but after the paint is dried, paint the dots in modge podge and coat with glitter. Shake the excess glitter off the best you can. Once you seal the dots you can wipe off excess glitter. 

Next up is the Ears. I used basic card stock scrapbook paper you get a Michaels. I used a bottle of acrylic paint to trace the ears. Then I cut them and made sure they matched. (because as you can see they did not at first) I then folded a small part and hot glued them to the pumpkin. 

After completing the classic Minnie Pumpkin I just felt it needed a bow. I used some scrap polka dot fabric I had and hot glue to make that happen. Then I hot glued it right on and fell in love. 

For the Ariel inspired one it was pretty simple. Green and purple paint. But then I felt like it needed a little something else and I found these green sequins in what I like to call my Mary Poppins box and that added Exactly what was needed. 

These were super easy and fun to do! One day my daughter and I can really design these together. Do you have Disney inspired pumpkins? Happy Halloween! 

My Top 10 Disney Halloween Costumes of 2017

My Top 10 Disney Halloween Costumes of 2017

I’ll be honest I’ve never been that crazy about  Halloween. I do love making, creating, dreaming up costumes. Of course I love the candy, Hocus Pocus, and Halloweentown. But I’ve never been into the scary movies, haunted houses kinda thing. 

When I worked at Disney it definitely changed my feelings for Halloween and so did becoming a Mom. I fell in love with Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, the Boo to You parade, the music, the special events, the more fun side of Halloween again! There are so many great Disney Halloween costumes out there and I want to share my top 10 favorites of 2017from some of my Disney friends with you! 

  1. I’ll start with a few throwing it back to the 90’s. I couldn’t love these Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers costumes from Magic Kingdom Mamas more! This was one of my favorite shows as a kid and it just brings back all the good feels from Disney Afternoons. Magic Kingdom Mamas are Disneyland bloggers who know all there is to know about Disneyland make sure to check them out here and on Instagram @magic_kingdom_mamas.

2. Next is this Zenon Girl of the future costume from Claire over at @cvdoss. Zetus Leptus, another Disney Channel Classic. I just love seeing people throwing it back this year and getting creative. One of the things I love most about Halloween. 

3. Amuck Amuck Amuck! Ok what’s not to love about these costumes of my 3 favorite witches. You can’t go wrong with Hocus Pocus! 

4. I do have to say Disney Channel does still have it with some their original movies. Even I have enjoyed the Descendants movies and these costumes from Descendants 2 are just fantastic! 

5. When you have 2 to dress up it’s so fun to pair them together. I just love this WallE and Eve brother sister pair. 

6. With sweet friends expecting twins soon I just loved @twinthusastics Cruella and Dalmatians costumes. I mean how adorable are they! 

7. Star Wars is ever so popular, and I love this mother son duo of Princess Leia and Kylo Ren. Hilary has even shared her DIY of her no sew costume here over on the Anaheim Moms blog. 

8. You can’t beat this Mermaid family, it’s a classic but I just love it!  The Little Mermaid is my absolute favorite and I can definitely seeing my family doing this in the future as I have another Ariel fan in my house these days. 

9. This is probably one of my favorite costumes I’ve seen this season from Raven over at the Disney Dorm. The Live action Beauty in the Beast was a huge success and I think I might love it more than the original animated version. Raven made a fantastic Provincial Belle. You can find this costume over at Fun Costumes, the purse at Hot Topic, and the shoes at Forever 21. Make sure to also check out Raven’s instagram page @thedisneydorm.

10. I’ve saved the BEST for last because this costume is just so creative and amazing and you will only understand if you have been to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party before. This may be one of the best I’ve seen. Mel did a fantastic job creating these costumes. They are the wristbands, and wristband distribution for the party. I always love seeing people get extra creative just like this! 

What is your favorite Disney Halloween Costume? We are being pretty simple this year with Minnie Mouse because that’s what my Minnie obsessed daughter has requested. 

2017 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Favorites

2017 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Favorites

With just about 4 weeks left in this years Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, 26 days to be exact I wanted to share some of my new favorites to this year’s festival, and some past favorites that are still around. We got to enjoy the first 4 days of the festival earlier in the season and I definitely wish we had more time. I miss the days of being able to go to the festival way too many times while it was going on. Oh the perks of being a local.

New this year was the Light Lab, in the Future World West building behind Club Cool. We really got to enjoy the space on Thursday and Friday the first 2 days of the festival before people started to find out about it and the crowds started to pick up. It was the perfect spot to cool off from the heat, enjoy a drink, with a nice atmosphere. The weekends however had lines to even get in the space, so you couldn’t just hang out. However there were still tables inside the back area of Future World West. We did a beer flight that was in the outside area, and also tried the Blue Spectrum. I really enjoyed it, especially once I popped the Boba Balls trying to get them out. The fun part about Light Lab was that they make the drinks right there in front of you like it’s a science lab, and lab coats are part of their costume.

My favorite thing, and also the last thing I had the entire festival was the Tequila Chipotle Shrimp at the Mexico booth. At first I wasn’t going to try it, I was sad they had something new instead of the shrimp taco I have loved for years. I’m going to be honest, this was even better! This was done on a Black Bean Huarache, topped with Red and Green cabbage, Queso Fresco and Crema Mexicana. I’ll be honest I’m so mad I didn’t get it sooner so I could have had it more than once. I also grabbed their Classic Margarita and the two paired perfect together.

The Almond Orchard was another new stop though it’s location has been many things over the years, it is sponsored by Almond Breeze and they had a variety of dairy free treats. It was nice to find a smoothie for my toddler as they are her favorite and she is dairy free.  It was a pretty basic strawberry smoothie made with Almond milk but it was good and she loved it, especially on a hot day. I actually found there were many more kid friendly options than I’ve noticed in years past. When you pick up your Food and Wine Passport look for the strawberry next to items that are designated as kid friendly options.

With mention of the Passport, a little tip if your kids love stickers the Food and Wine Passport was a BIG hit with my daughter. She loved the stickers and it kept her so happy while we waited in lines. We grabbed a few extra to bring home.

 

The Epcot Legacy Showplace in the Odyssey Center was set up as a tribute to Epcot’s 35th Anniversary, with Foods inspired by Epcot’s past. We tried both good items here the Chilled Scotch Egg wrapped in Sausage with mustard sauce, as well as the Zesty Cheeseburger and Cheddar Cheese Macaroni handwich. We were big fans of the scotch egg. The handwich is one of the best deals of the festival, at $5.50 its a great price for the portion. I didn’t love it because I don’t do onions and it had some big pearl onions in it. ( yes I can be picky) Don’t let that discourage you from trying it though if that doesn’t bother you because everyone else has loved it!

One last one, though there was so much more I wish we would have had time to try was the Sweet Pancake with Spicy Chipotle-Chicken Sausage, Onion Jam, and Maple Butter Syrup and the Piggy Wings from Flavors from Fire in Future World West. The sausage definitely had a kick too it, and the Piggy Wings reminded me a bit of the wings at Ohana but were still different and of course delicious.

Here are a few other favorites that have been around for a while.

China– Chicken Potstickers

Canada– “Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon

Brazil– Brazilian Cheese Bread

Hops and Barley– New England Lobster Roll and Smoked Beef Brisket and Pimento Cheese

 

Belgium– Belgian Waffle with Berry Compote

We also of course enjoyed some drinks around the showcase. I tried a mix of things while my husband pretty much stuck to beer.

Always a favorite is the Passion Martini Slush in France. While this has changed time to time over the years for the festival it is still the perfect drink to cool down with, and always tasty!

New and exclusive to the festival Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen Pomegranate Beer at the Brewers Collection. This was honestly fantastic! I know everyone has gone crazy over their grapefruit beer which I’ve yet to have but I’m really hoping Schöfferhofer decides to sell this one after he festival, at least in the parks.

Of course I couldn’t not try the Rosè that was available. I’m really only a fan of dry Rosè, I’m not a sweet wine drinker so when you’re looking for a dry one the lighter ones tend to me the most dry ones. I really enjoyed the Meomi Rosè from The Wine and Dine studio. I had been wanting to try this one for a while but didn’t want to pay $20 for the bottle at the store. I also had the Moët & Chandon Brut Rosè Imperial Champagne at the Almond Orchard. It was a tad sweet but still dry, but as you can see the colors in the two are really quite different.

There was so much more we wanted to try but there just wasn’t enough time to do it all. What are some of your favorite finds from the festival?