Disney Parks Inspired Mickey Rice Krispy Treats

Disney Parks Inspired Mickey Rice Krispy Treats

One of my all time favorite Disney treats are their Rice Krispy treats. I don’t know what the secret is but they are just so good! You can get rice krispy treats in the park in a variety of shapes and sizes. I mean have you ever seen the giant mickey head rice krispy treat? I love how the designs can change from season to season. When we did our Magic Kingdom inspired date night, you can see the details here, I knew these yummy treats just had to be a part of it!

To make these treats you will need :

3 tbs of butter

1 bag of marshmallows ( I prefer to use the mini ones)

6 cups of Rice Krispies

1tsp of vanilla

baking sheet

wax paper

Mickey Cookie Cutter ( I use this one http://amzn.to/2gXRR0I that is actually a sandwich cutter)

Popsicles sticks (optional)

melting chocolate, sprinkles and M&Ms for decorating (or whatever you choose)

Melt butter and marshmallows in a large pot, once melted add in vanilla and  then rice krispies. Stir until the rice krispies are fully coated. Because I used a cookie cutter for shapes I spread these onto a baking sheet lined with wax paper. You will need these to be a bit thicker so they hold the cut shape. You will want them to be about an inch thick. Once its spread out let it set for about 5-10 min so you can cut it into shapes. I did this just like I was cutting cookies. Once cut through and the sides  are left roll it back up and smooth it back out. The sooner you do this after they are made the better. The trick to doing it with these was to spray my spatula with cooking spray to keep it from sticking. Transfer all cut out pieces to fresh pieces of wax paper for decorating. I didn’t want to waste the extra which is why I rolled it back out.

If you’re using popsicles sticks you will want to add those in after you have your pieces cut. Melt your chocolates according to the directions. The easiest way is the microwave. To make my favorite M&M’s one just like at Disney I used milk chocolate and M&M’s. Pour melted chocolate onto a flat plate (or melt a pretty deep bowl) and dip the front of the rice krispy treat right in. Have another plate full of M&M’s to dip it in after the chocolate. Then take a spoon and drizzle chocolate over the top of that and set on wax paper to dry. I also melted some white chocolate and did the same thing as well as added Sprinkles on some. You could seriously add anything!

In Disney Springs you can visit Goofy’s Candy Kitchen and create a rice krispy treat with the toppings you want, just like you can at home. Do you love Disney Rice Kripsy Treats? What is your favorite Disney treat?

 

How to Make the Perfect Cold Brew Coffee at Home

How to Make the Perfect Cold Brew Coffee at Home

It’s summer and sometimes I just don’t crave hot coffee in the warmer months but yet still want my coffee. Everyone always says, oh just our your coffee over ice. NO, this is just not the same as what you get at Starbucks and I actually think its kinda gross. When I discovered cold brew several years ago I knew that did that trick! In the last year Starbucks has actually released at home cold brew packs. They are really great, however at a $11.95  price point to make 2 pitchers it still wasn’t as budget friendly as I wanted it to be though I do still buy them on occasion. If you want to go that route however you can find them here. 

I started reading up on the cold brew process, looked at special pitchers and things and decided I would just make my own. It it actually really simple and only take a large jar, mesh strainer and cheese cloth, most items in which I already had at home. 

I’ve been using the Seattle’s Best Dark Roast and we have been really big fans of it, but you can use any brand you choose. For us we like darker more full bodied coffees. 

Pour your coffee grounds into a large jar. You will want a jar that can hold about 160-200oz. I’ve been using already ground coffee but if you buy whole bean don’t grind it super fine, leave it more coarse it will work better. After coffee is the jar add 10.5 cups of water and stir. The coffee likes to build up at the top so you need to mix it around. Place jar, closed in the refrigerator for no less than 12 hours and no more than 24.  

Once coffee has set overnight you will need another container to strain it. I use a large bowl that my strainer fits nicely on. Place strainer on bowl, and then top with 2-3 layers of  your cheese cloth. Begin to pour contents of the jar slowly  into the strainer, allowing the liquid to seep through. I sometimes have to stop half way and empty my full bowl. You can push and squeeze the coffee in the cheesecloth to get in any extras. Pour your liquid into an airtight container. I use Mason jars. 

This is is a coffee concentrate so unless you love super super strong coffee you will want to make sure to mix with water. We drink this every day so I like to make pitchers of it. You can also make it by the glass. My concentrate filled 4 of my mason jars. 

To make a pitcher I poured 2 Mason jars of the concentrate into the pitcher and added equal parts water. If you still feel that’s too strong or not strong enough you can do less or more. One batch I added more because it tasted extra strong. 

The concentrate can last about 3 months if sealed in your fridge. If you make a pitcher it’s good for about 6-7 days. It does tend to separate some so I stir it good each morning. I like to enjoy it over ice, with stevia in the raw and Califia Farms vanilla almond milk creamer.

Coffee comes first thing each and every day in this house, does it in yours?

I like to enjoy it over ice, with stevia in the raw and Califia Farms vanilla almond milk creamer. Coffee comes first thing each and every day in this house, does it in yours?


Dairy Free Dole Whip Inspired Popsicles

Dairy Free Dole Whip Inspired Popsicles

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So here I am again with another popsicle recipe! Popsicles have been a saving grace through toddler teething and these already hot summer days. They seriously make my child so happy. When we are at Disney I love to a Dole Whip or Dole Whip float is my absolute FAVORITE treat, and my favorite part is they are dairy free. With a daughter that has a dairy allergy when I decided on these Dole Whip inspired popsicles, they had to be dairy free too. We had tried some homemade dole whip recipes so those helped create this inspiration a bit.

So here is what you need:

1 bag of Frozen Pineapple

1 can of coconut cream

12 oz of pineapple juice ( I used 2 of the small size cans like these)

1 – 2 TBS of Honey or Agave Nectar to taste

Popsicle Molds


 

Use a blender and add in frozen pineapple, pineapple juice and the coconut cream. You could also use a large  can of pineapple with the juice if you wanted I just don’t love canned pineapple. Once it is mostly blended add in honey or agave nectar ( I used agave and did 2tbs, I tasted until it was just right).

After all ingredients are blended together and consistency is to your liking pour mixture into your popsicle molds. Let the popsicles freeze for at least 24 hours. I had to run under warm water over them get them out. I have a small skinny freezer so it was easier to wrap in wax paper and store in a  freezer bag. My husband and I even used them in our own version of Dole Whip floats on our Magic Kingdom Inspired Date Night which you can find here.These made 4 of the bigger popsicles and 8 smaller ones, and left enough for my daughter to drink like it was a smoothie. If you are limited on popsicles molds you might want to cut the recipe in half.

These don’t taste just like my beloved Disney Dole Whip however they do hit the spot. Any recipe I have found for Dole Whip just isn’t the same but at least they can fill the void in between trips. You will get a bit of a coconut flavor but I honestly couldn’t tell all that much. These went fast, and yet again I can’t seem to keep any popsicles we have been making stocked in the freezer. I’m thinking about trying these subbed with other fruits, maybe some strawberries. What do you think?

THREE Ingredient Dairy Free Yogurt Popsicles

THREE Ingredient Dairy Free Yogurt Popsicles

We are all about some popsicles around here lately  so I have been trying new recipes  once or twice weekly! My Daughter has a milk allergy, and I am mostly dairy free except for cheese and the occasional ice cream because well… With that said  I am always looking for new favorites when it comes to dairy free options.

We have really grown to love the So Delicious Coconut Milk yogurt. They have a good variety of flavors out there, though sometimes they seem hard to find in my market and it still taste good. Actually I think the flavored and sweetened ones are almost to sweet so I opt for the Plain Unsweetened and add to it myself. This also of course eliminates some of the extra added sugars. Its hot out so I thought why not freeze some yogurt into popsicles to make it seem like she is getting an treat at snack time. Let me tell you my daughter was a big fan! These are super easy and took me less than 10 min to make!

1 Cup Unsweetened Coconut Milk Yogurt

1 Cup Fruit of choice

1 Tablespoon of honey

4 part Popsicle Mold ( you may need more or less depending on your molds )


Add all the ingredients to the blender and blend together, this way the fruit can mix in well also. Pour into popsicle molds and pop in the freezer. I decided to do 2 different flavors so I spilt the recipe into 2 blenders. I made one blueberry and one strawberry. This made 1 individual blueberry and one individual strawberry popsicle and I layered the other 2. The layered ones are fun so next time I may just layer them all. You could also mix more than one fruit into the blender. The recipe is so easy to just swap around and try different combinations.

You can pull the popsicles out and wrap in parchment, that way you can use your molds again to make some more with just regular wooden popsicles sticks. I love these Reynolds individual sheets you can find here. One sheet was enough for all 4 popsicles and then I just tossed them in a freezer bag. These sheets are also great to line all your pans when cooking, they fit so perfectly.

After my daughter had her first one she asked for one daily when she got up from her nap. I love that they are just plain yogurt and fruit that she would usually make a disaster with so I didn’t mind letting her have them. They went super fast and I need to make another batch, and she thinks she is getting a special treat!

So what other flavors should we try next? Do you have some favorite dairy free recipes we should try this summer?

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“Grey Stuff” Inspired No Bake Cheesecake

“Grey Stuff” Inspired No Bake Cheesecake

 

The Live Action Beauty and the Beast movie comes out on Blue Ray/DVD today! If you have yet to see it go out and get a copy because Disney did an absolutely amazing job with this LIVE action remake of an animated classic. You can order it here. I also happen to be celebrating my 8th wedding anniversary with my husband today so I have a little Beauty and the Beast date night in planned for the evening. I am excited for him to see the movie for the first time.

With the Beauty and the Beast theme in mind I wanted to whip up a dessert for the evening. Of course the “Grey Stuff”came to my mind but I wanted to play a twist on it a bit. After much thought and looking through my dessert board on Pinterest to see if anything gave me that inspiration, I decided on a Grey Stuff Inspired No Bake Cheesecake.

This was super easy to make, and I really enjoy the flavor of it more than the cool whip flavored recipe that is floating around, and is used in the park.

Here is what you need:

18 Oreos

10 oz of cream cheese softened

1.5 oz of milk ( I used Ripple Milk( dairy free(

1 packet of Simply Jello Vanilla Pudding

wine glass, jars, or whatever you would like to serve it in

Lay your cream cheese out to soften. Mix 1 cup of the milk with the pudding mix until it thickens, then add in  12 of the crushed Oreos. You can crush Oreos by placing in a baggy and using a cup or rolling pin. For the first 12 I left the cream in the center. Mix together. Remove the filling from the remaining 6 Oreos and add to the mixture, with the cream cheese. Mix all together and then refrigerate for one hour. Crush the remaining 6 Oreos, divide and place in bottom of your serving dish of choice. Top with the cheesecake mixture.

You can spoon it in or use a pipping bag which I found much easier with using wine glasses. Place back in the fridge for a few hours before serving. Mine made these 2 huge wine glasses and 2 small cheesecakes, which we enjoyed as soon as they were set. You could definitely get 6-8 servings out of this depending on how you portion them.

Pop in the animated classic or the new LIVE action film, and enjoy this tasty treat with the entire family, or just your significant other!

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Fresh Fruit & Coconut Water Popsicles

Fresh Fruit & Coconut Water Popsicles

Summer is  here, and that means pool days, outside fun, popsicles and ice cream! I want my child to enjoy all the fun that life and summer has to offer.  However I want to cut out some added sugars if and where I can. Trust me when I say I am not a perfect Mom by any means. These popsicles are just perfect for that!

We love Coconut Water in this house. The regular one and the pineapple flavored one. I had popsicles molds to try some different recipes through the summer and I thought why not use Coconut water as a base, and from there these popsicles where created and my sweet tiny human loves them.

NEED:

Coconut Water- amount will depend on your molds

Fresh or frozen fruit

Popsicle Molds ( You can find them here or also these that are disposable. )

I had tons of fruit in the fridge so we used pineapples, strawberries raspberries and black berries. Start with chopping up your fruit. I chopped mine up pretty small because I wanted my toddler to be ok with it, and my molds were pretty small. New molds have been ordered for more popsicles!

Add  fruit into each one, then coconut water,  more fruit at the top. Take a utensil and mix them a bit so hopefully the fruit will  spread out. It really did not take a whole lot of fruit to fill these guys up pretty well. After you fill them up, add in the sticks and they are ready to go in the freezer. Make sure to freeze them for a good 24hrs.

Grab them out of the fridge on a hot day for a yummy treat and enjoy. These are not only a much healthier option, but they are also super hydrating because of the electrolytes in the coconut water. Also Mamas out there they are so great for teething. We absolutely love these popsicles and I can’t wait to try lots of new fun recipes this summer, and of course I will be sharing them!

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White Chocolate Chex Mix

White Chocolate Chex Mix

 

 

The summer season is officially upon us with Memorial Day this weekend. That means, cook outs, family events,  and pool days are finally here! That also means you are always on the hunt for new things to bring to the cookout that people will enjoy. This treat today can be done so many different ways. I discovered this at an Easter event for my MOPS group and I have seriously craved it ever since because sweet and salty always win right? I made it this past weekend to try out on my husband because it kinda fit the theme of our Date Night In. ( Date Night In Series coming June 2nd!) However this one is perfect for Memorial Day 4th of July, and can easily be changed up for any holiday thanks to the fact that M&M’s come in different colors for various holidays.

 

So here is what you need:

2 cups pretzels

1 bag of popped white popcorn

1 package of white melting chocolate

1 bag of M&M’s the festive ones of course!

2 Cups of Chex Cereal

Sprinkles (optional)

Wax Paper

To start you want to pop your popcorn. Then you want to melt your melting chocolate. I used the Ghirardelli melting chocolate, but you can also use the almond bark melting chocolate. I like the taste of the Ghirardelli much better. I poured the chocolate into a bowl and melted in the microwave per the instructions on the bag. (I only did half the bag because I ended up only making half the recipe. It makes a ton and even making a half batch we threw some out) Once your popcorn has cooled and your chocolate is melted, add pretzels, popcorn and Chex into a large bowl. Pour melting chocolate over mixing it up and then start adding you M&M’s. I made the mistake of adding the M&M’s with all the other items and the kinda just sunk to the bottom of the bowl so I don’t recommend that.

Once you have it all mixed together good spread the mix across a piece of wax paper on a sheet pan. Then top with sprinkles if you choose. Let dry for at least 45 min to an hour. Once it is dry you can break it apart into little pieces to serve. If it has not dried well it wont break apart that great so give it ample time to dry.

If you are making this to take somewhere I would recommend to do so the day of, or at the earliest the night before. The popcorn can get stale pretty quickly. This Chex mix can be done in so many different ways. I was thinking the Mini Cadbury eggs in place of M&M’s at easter, candy corn for the fall/Halloween ( though I am not a candy corn fan really), adding crushed peppermint on top instead of sprinkles at Christmas time. The options are endless to theme it to any holiday, birthday party, or event. It would even be super cure individually wrapped in goody bags. If you make it please be sure to share with me all the different ways you dress it up!

Trader Joes Under Ten Dollar Dinner

Trader Joes Under Ten Dollar Dinner

Trying to stick to a grocery budget can be hard sometimes, especially when you start to get burnt out on your go to meals. While we try to eat healthier the best we can , sometimes I just want to go back to some of my easy favorites that aren’t the best for me. When we moved to North Carolina I fell in love with Trader Joes as Orlando didn’t have one yet. We went often and grabbed new things to try. One of our favorites was the Gorgonzola Gnocchi. To be honest this was the first time I think I had ever even had gnocchi. I also loved their sweet potato and brown butter one. It made for a quick easy dinners as we adjusted to a new normal 8-5 life and did not know what to do with ourselves when we could actually make a meal together at home. That was almost 4.5 years ago. I still love Trader Joes but I do try to make better choices there now, and there are lots of good ones in that category as well.

After having the gnocchi several times over I decided it was good but plain and I needed to dress it up a bit. We started buying 2 bags of it and making both at once because we loved having leftovers to eat for lunch the next day. If you are feeding a family bigger than 2 you definitely need 2 bags anyways. Making this meal cost about $10 when you truly add it all together. HEre is what you need from Trader Joes.  (All of these ingredients came from Trader joes except the Spinach which was already in the fridge, however that can also be bought at Trader Joes)

2 bags of Trader Joes Gorgonzola Gnocchi – $2.99 each bag

Container of Pancetta – $3.19 You will use half s0 $1.60 for the serving

Sun dried Tomatoes – $1.99 I used 1/4 cup which was about 1/4 of the bag so about .66

Spinach – $2.19 for a bag of organic  You will use one cup so about .73 for the serving

So it was about $8.94 for 4 servings,  we will use all the other ingredients for other meals as well.

Saute one cup of spinach with Olive Oil and garlic ( I used garlic powder) in a pan lightly, then add half the container of Pancetta. I like to get the Pancetta good and crispy like bacon. Next chop and add in 1/4 cup of sun dried tomatoes. Push all ingredients to the side and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to heat up per the bag instructions, then add in gnocchi. Let all the gorgonzola start melt and start mixing it all together. It only takes about 7 minutes to cook. Now you have a quick easy way to get a delicious gnocchi dinner for under $10 at home. Makes life simple for the Mama. Even though my daughter cant do dairy, she loves the gnocchi so we wipe the sauce off some and give her the gnocchi, and make her a little something else, because well this Mama needs some comfort food sometimes.

So how will I use those other ingredients I have left? We always have spinach in our fridge. I use it in my daughters smoothies, for salads, other dishes so its pretty much a staple in our house. The pancetta we love in scrambled eggs, added to a salad, a pizza, and the same goes for the sun dried tomatoes. You can even add them into other pastas as the sun dried tomatoes are usually good for a little while. I love being able to use things multiple ways and not just use them for only one meal. There are many other ways you can add to this delicious gnocchi, chicken, Italian sausageand the list goes on. Stop by Trader Joes and grab yourself some today!

 

Acai Smoothie Bowl

Acai Smoothie Bowl

The warm weather sets in and I honestly just crave fresh fruits. I have a bit of a sweet tooth and fruity things tend to help settle that a bit If you follow me over on Instagram ( and if you don’t you should at @magicallymegan) You would know I have found a new love for Acai Bowls. There is a new or new to me local food truck that has made me fall in love with this healthy and delicious treat called Buoy Bowls and if you’re in the Triangle area of North Carolina you should definitely check them out. They are out my way once a week so we have made it our weekly Thursday treat. They are so good even my one year old loves them.

I find myself craving these many other days of the week as well, but I can’t often drag my toddler to the other side of town, and well they don’t really fit into my Mom budget more than once a week so I have started to create them at home. It is fun to change-up the way you mix things in, the fruits you top them with etc.. Today’s recipe is my favorite one to make at home. You will need Acai packets ( Sambazon are my fave and can be found in the freezer section at most groceries) coconut water ( you can also use almond or coconut milk but I prefer the coconut water) , a banana, a little frozen fruit, some granola, and fruit for topping.

 

Run your Acai packet under water to get it break and add to blender, then add 1/4 cup Coconut Water, about 1/4 frozen fruit and half of the banana. Make sure your banana is at the bottom of the blender, I add my banana  last because the top is the bottom once I flip my blender. This helps everything else blend easier. Pour the mixture into the bowl, top with the granola, and then the fruit and enjoy.

 

 

Acai has tons of greats benefits, one being an antioxidant, so its great for heart health. They can help boost your energy and even your immune system. So head to the store and buy some Acai packets to enjoy this delicious healthy treat all summer long, and find a local place that makes them and enjoy that way too!

Oaks Lily Inspired Margarita

Oaks Lily Inspired Margarita

 

This week is one of my favorite weeks of the year. I was born and raised in the beautiful bluegrass state of Kentucky, and this week is Derby week! Friday is the Kentucky Oaks, which is the Thoroughbred  fillies race and your encouraged to Think Pink, as Churchill Downs partners with Bright Pink, a nation non profit organization that focuses on prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer. In the Louisville area its a holiday, schools are closed and even some businesses. It is our tradition in our home to make the traditional Oaks Lily, watch the running of the Oaks, and then in Derby Eve fashion watch Secretariat. With Cinco De Mayo falling on Oaks day this year, I thought it would be fun to make a twist on the Oaks Lilly because you need a Margarita to celebrate the 5th day of May! This recipe is delicious and may be a regular on my list of cocktails.

 

Here is what you need to serve 2

2oz of Tequila

2oz of Fresh squeezed lime juice mixed with agave

6oz Cranberry Juice

A double splash of triple sec

Mix all the ingredients together in shaker, I used a mason jar with lid. You could also use sweet and sour mix in place of the lime juice and agave which is what the original Oaks Lily calls for, I am just not a fan and for a good Margarita I want fresh squeezed lime juice. These are super tasty and sure to be a hit all summer long!