Mickey Earth Day Suncatcher

Happy Earth Day and Happy 23rd Birthday to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park! Today I am sharing an easy Earth Inspired craft (with a Disney twist, of course!).

To start, you will need:

White Poster Board

Tissue Paper

Tracing Paper

Glue (I used Elmer’s Clear Glue)

Scissors

Tape

To start, trace and cut out a Mickey shape from your poster board. This Mickey can be as big or as little as you want it to. Then, cut out the middle of the Mickey shape, leaving about one inch of poster board around the sides. Set this aside.

Next take out a piece of tracing paper. Depending on how big your Mickey head is, you might need to tape two pieces of tracing paper together like I did.

Cut your tissue paper into small squares.

Using a minimal amount of glue, carefully glue your tissue paper onto your tracing paper. You can either do this randomly or in a specific pattern (I made one random and one to look like planet Earth). When you are done with the tissue paper, glue your poster board Mickey cutout on top. Allow this to dry.

Once the glue is dry, carefully cut around the outside of the Mickey shape.

Using tape, hang these on a window in your house and enjoy!

Sending love and magic.

Plush Mickey Conversation Hearts

It’s time to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a cute DIY! I made these plush Mickey “Conversation Hearts” for my daughter to play with, and she is obsessed. I love that you could place them out as decoration or string them together in a garland.

These are similar to the Gingerbread Men I made for Disney Parks Blog and they are so easy to put together. Let’s create!

What You Need:

Felt

Red Yarn

Red Puffy Paint

Polyfil

Mickey Cookie Cutter

Scissors

Marker

Needle

Using your Mickey cookie cutter, marker, and scissors, trace and cut two Mickey shapes from your felt.

With the red puffy paint, write a cute phrase or word on one of your Mickeys.

Once the paint is dry, whip stitch your two Mickeys together.

Before you close up the Mickey, stuff with polyfil.

I hope you enjoy these precious stuffed Conversation Mickeys as much as we do.

Sending love and magic.

Happy Haunt Pudding Cups

Halloween is getting closer, and I still have so much fun to cram into these next nine days! We have gone back and forth about what we will do on Halloween but have decided that we will have a small get together at our house rather than Trick-Or-Treating. We plan to invite my family over, play games in the backyard, and eat lots of yummy food (I also plan on putting out packaged bags of Halloween Candy for trick-or-treater in case we have any). Today I wanted to share a simple, silly recipe that I plan on making for Halloween “party”, Happy Haunt Pudding Cups.

There are two steps to making this cute pudding cup, first, you will need to make your Mickey Mouse Ghosts. You can make these ghosts in advance and have them ready to go. Once the ghosts are complete, the pudding cups take just minutes to assemble.

Mickey Mouse Ghosts

White Card Stock

Flat Toothpicks

Glue Stick

Open the “happy haunt” PDF above the Mickey Mouse Ghosts and print out this PDF on white card stock. Carefully cut out each ghost. On the back of each ghost, spread some glue with a clue stick, place a flat toothpick, and a small second sheet of scrap paper. Allow the ghosts to dry for an hour.

Now that you have your cute Mickey Ghosts prepared set them aside while you make you get your pudding cups together.

Happy Haunt Pudding Cups

Food Coloring Pen

Milano Cookies

Crushed Oreos (crushed in a food processor or crush in a Ziploc bag)

Pudding Cups

Candy Pumpkins

Mickey Ghosts

Your Milano cookies will be your “tombstones.” I first planned to write on these with icing, but I found this awesome food coloring pen on Amazon and made decorating the cookies easy. You can write whatever you want on each tombstone; I just went with a simple “RIP.”

Remove the lid off of each pudding cup, and top with a scoop of crushed Oreos. Press one Milano cookie “tombstone” into the pudding cup. Add candy pumpkins and Mickey Ghosts to each pudding cup. Enjoy!

I love that you can make these pudding cups for a party, and they can sit out looking cute but won’t ruin. My husband and daughter gobbled these pudding cups up and are excited that I am remaking these cute snacks for Halloween.

Sending love and magic.

Spiderweb Mickey Pretzel Treats

Here is another quick and easy Halloween recipe for you! This is the perfect recipe to make with little ones and it’s delicious too.

Spiderweb Mickey Pretzel Treats

Waffle Cut Pretzels

Hershey’s Kisses

M&M’s

Mini M&M’s

White Chocolate Bar

Preheat your oven to 250°F. Cover a sheet pan in parchment paper and lay out waffle cut pretzels. Remove wrapper from each Hershey Kiss and place one Hershey Kiss on each pretzel that you have laid out. Place sheet pan in oven and bake for 3-4 minutes (or until Kisses are starting to melt).

Remove sheet pan from oven and top with 1 regular sized M&M and 2 Mini M&M’s in the shape of a Mickey Mouse. Once all pretzels have their M&M’s, place sheet tray in the freezer for 20-30 minutes. Remove pretzels from the freezer. Melt down your white chocolate in the microwave. Using a spoon, drizzle melted white chocolate over each pretzel. Enjoy!

My daughter and I had so much fun making this delicious treat together, and she had so much fun eating them up. I think we will add this to the list of snacks we will make for Halloween night.

Sending love and magic.

Mickey Halloween Chocolate Bark

Spooky season is officially here! I don’t know about you, but I love celebrating every holiday with exciting decorations, silly meals, and fun snacks. I am finally starting to decorate and prepare my home for Halloween, and today I wanted to share a cute and easy recipe for Mickey Halloween Chocolate Bark.

Last time I was at Disney World, I grabbed some bags of their Mickey Mouse pretzels and brought them home with me. I didn’t know what to use them for, but I realized they would be perfect for this treat. If you can’t find Mickey Mouse pretzels, have no fear, you can use any type of pretzel for this recipe!

Mickey Halloween Chocolate Bark

2 Baker’s Creamy Milk Chocolate Bars

1 Ghirardelli White Chocolate Bar

Candy Corn

Halloween Sprinkles

Pretzels

Start by breaking the milk chocolate bars into pieces and placing them in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second increments, stirring in between. Once the chocolate is completely melted, pour onto a cookie sheet lined with wax paper or a silicone baking dish (I used silicone, it made the chocolate removal much easier). Top with candy corn, sprinkles, and pretzels.

Set chocolate in your fridge for 30 minutes. Once the chocolate bark is set, remove from the refrigerator and cut or break into pieces. Melt white chocolate in the microwave in 30-second increments, stirring in between. Once the white chocolate is completely melted, drizzle over cut chocolate bark. Return to the fridge and cool for another 15-20 minutes. Enjoy!

This Mickey Halloween Chocolate Bark is the perfect Halloween treat for everyone! It is silly and yummy and makes me so excited for Halloween. I can’t wait to share even more spooky snacks and meals with you this month, so stay tuned.

Sending love and magic.

Brooklyn’s 2nd Birthday

Although our plans for having a big 2nd birthday party this year might have changed, we still had to have a celebration (I mean, who do you think I am?). Cinnamon Shore was the perfect place to host a small birthday party, well actually two of them, and today I will share all the fun details.

Let me start by saying that, when I was a child, my mom made every holiday a big celebration. She would cook special meals, plan activities, and even get my brother and me special outfits. My whole life has been full of memorable moments, and I now strive to make those special moments for my daughter as well. So if I seem a little “extra”, you now know where it comes from.

When planning our trip, I told my husband and mom that I would be bringing along my Mickey Waffle Maker to make Mickey Waffles for a birthday breakfast. Well, my mom took this idea and ran with it. She decided that she would decorate and host a Mickey Mouse Birthday Breakfast for everyone, and it was the best way to start the day.

Party City came in clutch with some of the cutest Mickey Mouse birthday decorations ever! My mom brought balloons, a table cloth, Mickey plates and cups, Mickey party hats and a cute banner. With an upstairs open layout, our Cinnamon Shore Vacation Rental was perfect for a party. We decorated the kitchen and dining room the night before my daughter’s birthday so that when she woke up, it would be a complete surprise. She LOVED it!

For breakfast, I made Mickey Waffles using my favorite waffle mix ever, Golden Malted Waffle Mix. This mix makes crispy and delicious waffles, just like the ones you will find at Disney World. Even my niece, who “doesn’t like waffles,” claimed that this was the best breakfast she had ever had. Having a surprise birthday breakfast was the perfect way to start our day!

In the evening, my husband and I hosted a mermaid birthday dinner. When planning my daughter’s party, I wanted to do something beachy as a theme and I found the cutest mermaid birthday supplies from Target. We had so much fun “shell-abrating” my daughter turning two.

Our vacation rental home had a full kitchen, so at one point I considered cooking up a meal. In the end, I decided to make it easier on everyone and order pizza (and wings) from Dylan’s Coal Oven Pizza. This pizza place is located inside Cinnamon Shore, which means we could pick up the pizza in our golf cart, and the food is fantastic.

My friend Suzanne from Suzy Homebaker made us the PERFECT cookies for our party. I reached out to her and sent her a picture of the decor I bought, and she matched it perfectly. These cookies were not only cute but delicious! If you are in the San Antonio, Texas area and need cookies made for any occasion, reach out to Suzanne. I didn’t want our cake to outshine the cookies, so I ordered a white cake from HEB and picked it up on our way to the beach.

We ended our day by eating cookies and cake and opening presents. 2020 is a weird year, but our small, socially distanced birthday party was better than I could have imagined. We had so much fun celebrating at Cinnamon Shore, and I’m almost considering doing the same thing next year.

Sending love and magic.

Recipe: Mickey Mouse Munch

I always try to find ways to make some Disney magic at home and today I’m sharing one of my favorite Mickey Mouse inspired recipes. If you like to have a mix of salty and sweet snacks, then you will love this easy treat!

For this recipe you will need:

1 bag of buttered popcorn

1 cup of pretzel sticks

1 cup of mini Oreo cookies

1 cup of M&Ms

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To start, you will pop your buttered popcorn. When that’s ready, add your pretzel sticks and Oreos and give the mix a good stir with a spoon. Once that is mixed, sprinkle in the M&Ms.

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Finally, play the Mickey Mouse March, grab a handful of Mickey Mouse Munch and enjoy! I hope you love this recipe as much as I do.

Sending love and magic.