Christmas Time at The Parks

lrg_dsc03406We 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!

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The gingerbread cookies in the parade are just as cute as the ones at Red Rose Tavern!

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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.

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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.

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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)

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We’ll miss you Christmas!! Until next time…

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Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies

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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!

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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!

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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.

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Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies

  • Servings: 30
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Decorate as desired.

 

 

 

All Aboard: Disneybounding!

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Typically, we only dress like our favorite Disney characters during Halloween but this new(ish) Disney trend is giving us the freedom to dress like them whenever we want! We’ve been noticing some folks in the parks taking part in the Disneybounding craze and we can’t wait to try our hand at it! Kenz created these inspiration boards for some of our favorite characters. You can find all of our Disneybounding inspiration here.

Why We Love Being Annual Passholders

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Last weekend, we ended our day at the park with a purchase at the Castle Holiday Shoppe in Fantasyland. The cast member helping us asked if we were annual passholders (we are) and then she asked us what our favorite part about being an annual passholder is. We haven’t been asked that question in a loooonng time and it made us think…what IS our favorite part about being annual passholders?

Kenzie: “You can be a little spontaneous! Many times when Courtney and I have been down in Orange County visiting our parents (and the dogs), we’ve made a pit stop for some churros or popcorn. We used to do it in High School too, after class we’d go to Disneyland for the night and just hang out. No pressure, no plans.”

Courtney: “My favorite thing about being a passholder is being able to go to the park any time. We can go just for dinner or to catch a parade or show that we haven’t seen in a while. Also, we get to experience Disney year round, through every holiday. I can’t wait to see the park all decked out for Christmas! It’s my favorite”

Cody: “The Food. That’s not really an annual passholder answer but my favorite part is the food…”