Happy Valentine’s Day from the Happiest Place on Earth! This year, Disneyland did a scavenger hunt in search of Minnie’s secret Valentine’s Day cards that she’s hidden for Mickey and all of her friends. This was such a cute little activity to do in the parks…some were harder to find than others which let Kenzie’s competitive side really show but we had a lot of fun with it!
We celebrated our victory of finding all the Valentine’s Day cards with some Valentine’s Day desserts! A chocolate tamale and frozen strawberry horchata…YES PLEASE.
We LOVE visiting the parks during the holiday season, it just doesn’t feel like Christmas until we’ve been to Disneyland! Every year we watch the Christmas Fantasy Parade… we typically grab a snack (popcorn, pretzel, churro. What’s your vice?) and mosey on down Main Street to find a spot for viewing. There were a lot of new foods to try this season, so we did our best and tried as much as we could! Lots of peppermint and eggnog treats were consumed… You can see more of our Christmas at the parks below!
The gingerbread cookies in the parade are just as cute as the ones at Red Rose Tavern!
The look of love…and an eggnog mustache. We weren’t kidding when we said that we consumed a lot of eggnog treats. We tried the Holiday Frozen Eggnog from Red Rose Tavern, the Eggnog Latte Cheesecake from the Jolly Holiday Bakery and these Churro Bites with Eggnog Gelato from Hungry Bear.
Now on to one of our favorite treats from this past holiday season. We found out about these Churro Sundaes from the Golden Horseshoe during their last run for Halloween. We were sad that we didn’t have more time together SO when we found out that they were making a comeback for the holidays, we were first in line. We loved this one so much that we decided to recreate it at home! (you can see how we did that here)
The best part about this sundae is the caramel filling inside of the churros. A very sweet surprise…as expressed by Courtney below.
Cody loves going into the Penny Arcade to look at all the sweets. Also, can anyone actually eat a beignet without getting it all over the place?? We loved these Candy Cane Beignets at the Mint Julep Bar.
Kenzie is an avid affogato consumer, so when we found out that schmoozies was putting a holiday twist on their affogato she HAD to get it…even if it was cold and raining.
Some of our favorites from the Festival of Holidays this year.
- Warm Sticky Toffee Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce
- Blood Orange Ginger Mule
- Turkey & Stuffing Tamale with Cranberry Relish
- Braised Pork Belly Adobo
- Jalapeño Latkes with Chipotle Crema (spicy)
- Nashville Hot Fried Turkey with Dill Pickles (So friggin spicy)
We’ll miss you Christmas!! Until next time…
We can’t get enough of all the holiday treats being served in the parks right now. One treat in particular is the churro sundae from the Golden Horseshoe…WE. ARE. OBSESSED! So obsessed that we needed to recreate it for a little holiday treat at home. Nothing can beat the Disneyland version but I think we got pretty darn close 😉
The Halloween season has officially come to an end but don’t mourn for too long… Christmas time is just around the corner (Nov 9)! Part of the fun during the “seasons” at Disneyland is seeing the parks all decked out and tasting all the goodies. We’ve listed some of our favorites from this spooky Halloween season below. Let us know which were your favorites!
- Graveyard and Mummy Donut
- Mummy Rice Krispy
- Dia de los Muertos Candy Apple
- Pumpkin Spice Frosted Pretzels (Not Pictured)
- Cauldron Popcorn Bucket
We had to get to the park at rope drop to get our hands on these delicious donuts. Others were rushing to the rides, we were rushing to the food…priorities!
We had to put this amazing popcorn bucket on here because 1. Disneyland popcorn is the best 2. This is one of our favorite souvenirs.
- Frozen Abuelita Horchata
- Sugar Skull Pot de Creme
- Churro Sundae
We were split on the Frozen Abuelita Horchata… Mom and Kenzie loved it, Cody and Courtney not so much. But something we all can agree on is the Sugar Skull Pot de Creme…DELICIOUS
We were late to the party on this one. This was so so yummy and we wish we would’ve tried it sooner… we look at it as a blessing in disguise, probably better we only tried it in it’s last run, could’ve been a dangerous addiction.
- Bat Wing Sundae
- Spider Silk Macaron
- Spicy Pepper Jack “Dog”
- Sugar Skull Cake
Spicy! Spicy! Spicy! Granted, we knew what we were getting ourselves into but in doing so, it took us some time to recover. Let’s just say we did NOT ride the Incredicoaster after eating this. Delicious BUT SPICY.
It’s all about balance right?? There are some veggies on Cody’s plate…
THIS CAKE. Cream cheese frosting with a Churro flavored mousse filling? Yes. We devoured it. And Yes. We thought about getting another piece.
Hope you enjoyed the Halloween season in the parks as much as we did!
Here’s the thing…we love a good dessert but what we love even more than that is a good Disney dessert! ma-ka-rohn is a bakery based in Florida that creates out of the box flavored macarons and ships them straight to your doorstep. We received the delicious Nightmare Before Christmas variety pack (we have already devoured half of them as I write this post)…whoops! The delicious flavors that came in our pack are below. Unfortunately, they are all sold out of this limited edition variety pack but you can customize your own with all of the unique flavors they offer.
- Couple on the hill: Chocolate
- Angry Jack: Cookies and cream
- Smiling Jack: Birthday Cake buttercream (gluten free)
- Pumpkin Cheesecake
Happy Almost Halloween!!
The best part about Halloween is PUMPKIN SPICE! Okay- that’s just Kenzie’s personal opinion but is she wrong?? I don’t think so. As we approached October, we started to deck our halls in orange and black and thought it would be festive to make some cookies for the occasion. We looked online for pumpkin spice recipes and found The Mommy Mouse Clubhouse’s recipe on Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies. It was our first time making these cookies and I think we found our new Halloween tradition!… All Abooooaardd!
Refrigerate the dough for at least two hours. While the dough is in the fridge you can start prepping the icing or if you’d rather use store bought icing like we did, then you can watch a little Halloween movie instead while the dough is setting!
For the icing, we originally used this recipe on the pumpkin-shaped cookies but found that the flavor of the icing took away from the flavor of the cookie so we went with some good old fashion Betty Crocker Cream Cheese Frosting for the skeleton-shaped cookies.
Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies
Beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs. Add the pumpkin, vanilla, pumpkin spice, salt, and baking powder to the mixture. *Note: Next time we would add a little more pumpkin spice so we can REALLY get a stronger flavor* Stir in the flour just until mixed. Refrigerate for at least two hours.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Roll out the dough until 1/8 inch thick. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes. Transfer the cookies to a cookie sheet and bake for 6-8 minutes. Let them rest on the baking sheet for 1-2 minutes before placing on a cooling rack.
Mickey Mouse turns 90 this November and in celebration, milk’s favorite cookie has released limited edition birthday cake-flavored Oreos. We were able to get our hands on the delicious cookies by going to Target, but they will be sold nationwide starting Sept 24th while supplies lasts!