Minnie Mouse Bow Strawberries

Today is National Polka Dot Day, and I figured there was no better way to celebrate than by making a fun recipe inspired by my favorite polka dot wearing mouse, Minnie. These candy-covered strawberry bows will be a hit for anyone who loves Minnie Mouse as much as I do.

Minnie Mouse Bow Strawberries

You Will Need:

Strawberries

Red Candy Melts

White Chocolate Chips

Toothpicks

Wax Paper

Directions

Rinse the strawberries and pat dry. Remove the stems and leaves and then slice each strawberry in half lengthwise.

Place the halved strawberries point to point and connect them using a toothpick (they should look like a bow).

Melt red candy melts according to package directions. Carefully dip the bow shaped strawberries into the red candy melts.

Set candy covered strawberries on wax paper. Before the candy hardens, place white chocolate chip “polka dots” on strawberries. Allow candy coating to harden and enjoy!

Cheers to our girl, Minnie, and all things polka dots!

Sending love and magic.

Five Friday Favorites: Disney World Halloween Treats

A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I made a quick trip to Disney World to experience all of the Fall Festivities that they currently have to offer. We were thrilled that, although Disney still has stringent safety measures in place, there is so much Halloween fun and magic to be found!

While on this trip to Disney World, we decided to try as many fun Halloween snacks that we could find. Today I am sharing our Five Favorite Disney World Halloween Treats.

Constance’s For Better or Worse Wedding Cake

Disney describes this treat as a “citrus-scented cake with raspberry Bavarian cream, glacage, and buttercream pearls with flowers topped with a chocolate axe.” Last year, you could find this treat at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, and this year you can find it at Liberty Square Market in Magic Kingdom. The cake and raspberry Bavarian cream are very light and delicious, and I didn’t find it overly sweet. My husband and I enjoyed sharing this cake and found that it is super cute for fun pictures!

Frozen Apple Cider

I’ll be honest, I got this drink thinking that it wouldn’t be that great, but oh man, I couldn’t stop drinking it! We grabbed this Frozen Apple Cider during our lunch at Backlot Express at Hollywood Studios, but I’ve read that you can find it at other places across the park (and you can add alcohol to it!). It tastes like an apple cider slush, and it is topped with green boba pearls and the cutest poison apple glow cube. I was so surprised at how delicious it was and decided that it is the perfect drink to grab if you need to cool down while at Hollywood Studios.

Box of Bones Eclair

My husband has always been a big fan of eclairs, so when we saw this on the menu at Backlot Express in Hollywood Studios, we felt like we needed to try it. First of all, it is so cute; I love the little white chocolate bones sticking out of it. It is also SO good! It is different from a traditional eclair in that it is all chocolate, but very enjoyable. If you are a chocolate fan like me, I think that this treat is a must-try!

Pumpkin Mousse

I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again, Le Petite Cafe at Disney’s Riviera Resort is the best coffee shop on Disney property! After a morning at Hollywood Studios, my husband and I took the Skyliner over to our favorite coffee shop to grab some coffee (and a treat, of course!). We decided to try the Pumpkin Mousse, and WOW, I am so happy that we did. This Pumpkin Mousse is incredible and almost tastes like pumpkin cheesecake or an airy pumpkin pie. This mousse is also one of the prettiest snacks I have ever seen at Disney (nearly too pretty to eat, but trust me, you’ll want to eat it).

Pumpkin Spiced Waffle Sundae

I have wanted to try this sundae for so long, and I’m glad that my husband agreed to wait in a 20-minute line to get one. It was amazing! You can find this Pumpkin Spiced Waffle Sundae at Sleepy Hollow Refreshments in Magic Kingdom (along with so many other amazing treats). The Pumpkin Spiced Mickey Waffles were warm and crispy, and they are topped with a vanilla bean ice cream, whipped cream, and sprinkles. My husband and I have not stopped talking about this treat, and we are already scheming on how we can make it at home.

I’ve always been a lover of Disney snacks, and it was no surprise that these fall treats were all so fun and delicious! I’m not sure how long these will stick around, so if you are visiting Disney World soon, make sure to grab some of these before they are gone!

Sending love and magic.

Five Friday Favorites: Magic Kingdom Snacks

Have you ever met anyone obsessed with Disney World snacks? Well, now you have! My husband and I love Disney snacks so much that when we plan trips, we spend a lot of time talking about where and what we want to eat. Today I want to share my top five favorite snacks that you can find in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World.

5. Peter Pan Float

I have wanted to try the Peter Pan Float for the longest time, and on my last trip to Disney World, I finally did; this float did not disappoint! This delicious snack is made of Key Lime Ice Cream (which tastes like lime sherbet) and Sprite and has a white chocolate feather on top.

This float is creamy and refreshing, and the BEST treat on a hot day in the Magic Kingdom. If you want to try this ice cream for yourself, you will find it at Storybook Treats inside Fantasyland.

4. Mickey Donut

I’ll start by saying that I haven’t seen this donut in the Magic Kingdom on our last couple of trips, but hopefully, it will make a comeback! Yes, it is your typical chocolate frosted donut (they also had vanilla and strawberry frosted), but it’s SO GOOD! I love that it’s Mickey-shaped and huge, which is excellent for sharing.

We loved this donut so much that I recreated it at home (I will have to share that recipe on my blog). If you want to try this donut for yourself, the last place that I bought one was at the Lunching Pad inside of Tomorrowland.

3. Mickey’s Premium Bar

This ice cream bar is one of the most iconic treats that you can find in the Magic Kingdom, and it is delicious. The center of this bar is a creamy vanilla ice cream, and it has a thick coating of dark chocolate. These ice cream bars do melt rather quickly if you eat them in the sun, just something to keep in mind if you get one.

If you want to try this ice cream for yourself, then I have good news! Disney now sells Mickey’s Premium Ice Cream Bars at grocery stores across the country (I might have a couple of boxes in our freezer). If you are in the Magic Kingdom, you can find these yummy bars throughout the park.

2. Popcorn

Okay, okay, I know what you’re thinking. How can popcorn be my second favorite snack in all of Magic Kingdom? Honestly, there is just something about the smell of popcorn when you walk down Main Street U.S.A. with the sounds of Magic Kingdom all around you. I was never a fan of Disney popcorn, but on a trip last year, I changed my mind!

Disney’s popcorn is Pop Secret (so you could make that at home), but if you want the full “Disney experience,” you can grab popcorn throughout Magic Kingdom park.

1. Dole Whip Swirl Float

If I’m honest, this might be my favorite snack in all of Disney World. I LOVE Dole Whips! I believe the best place to get a Dole Whip is in Adventureland in the Magic Kingdom. There is a quiet little nook located at the exit of The Enchanted Tiki Room, and you can sit there (in the shade) and enjoy your Dole Whip. There are so many ways to have a Dole Whip, but my favorite is a float with pineapple and vanilla swirl ice cream!

You can find Dole Whips at Aloha Isle in Adventureland. My tip is to mobile order as the line can get very long.

Something to keep in mind right now is that with the current mask policy, you cannot walk through the park and eat or drink. To take off your mask to eat, you must be sitting down, socially distanced from others. However, that means that you can find some shade and take a break while you snack.

I hope that this post didn’t make you too hungry!

Sending love and magic.

Toddler Meals (That Are A Little Magical)

When my daughter first started eating “real food”, she would devour pretty much anything that I put in front of her. Unfortunately, that is not the case anymore, and our meal times have turned into fights. She has become picky about what she wants to eat and it makes meal times hard on all of us.

Over the past couple months I have found myself brainstorming ways to make her meals a little more fun and I thought that I would share some of those ideas with you! If you are dealing with a picky toddler, or just want to make meal time a little more fun, maybe these ideas can help.

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Here are some of my favorite products that help inspire my daughter to eat the food that I put in front of her:

Bumkins Minnie Silicone Grip Dish

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This Minnie Mouse plate from Bumkins is our absolute favorite! My daughter loves is because well, it’s Minnie Mouse, and I love it because it’s easy to clean and stays on her high chair tray. Most toddler plates have three areas for food, but this one has five areas which means I can give her more options.

Vegetable Cutters

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I honestly use at least one of these vegetable cutters on every single meal that I make for my daughter. I love this set because it comes with a Mickey cutter (I’ve learned it’s much easier to get my daughter to eat “Mickey apples” over “apples”) and it also comes with little animal forks that are fun to eat with. These cutters are very easy to clean and you can use them to cut so many different things.

Mickey Sandwich Cutter

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Just like the with the vegetable cutters, I use this sandwich cutter for everything. From PB&J to grilled cheese, we have lots of Mickey sandwiches in our house. I also use this for cookies, Rice Krispies Treats, beignets, and biscuits!

Mickey Mouse Muffin Mold

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There is something special about having a Mickey Mouse blueberry muffin on a Saturday morning, but I love this muffin mold because you can use it for so much more than just muffins! I’ve made really cute brownies and cupcakes with it, but it would also be great for baked eggs and rolls.

Here are a few examples of our fun meals that I hope will inspire you! Feeding a toddler or child can be such a task, but this makes it a little more exciting for all of us.

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Sending love and magic.

Recipe: The Lion King Grub Brownie Bites

Does anyone else think that food in animated movies looks really yummy? When I was a kid, I always thought that the bugs and worms that Pumba and Timon eat in The Lion King looked really appetizing, which is funny to think about now. Here is my fun twist on making my own bugs to eat.

Grub Brownie Bites

Brownie Bites (or brownies baked and cut into small squares)

Chocolate Graham Crackers

Chocolate Frosting

Gummy Bugs (I used worms and butterflies)

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First, crush your graham crackers into small crumbles. Next, spread chocolate frosting on your brownies and then top with the graham cracker crumbles. Finally, top your brownies with gummy bugs and enjoy!

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I hope you love these buggy brownies as much as we do. Hakuna Matata!

Sending love and magic.