30 November 2011

Wordless Wednesday ~ Muppet Postage Stamps

Focused on the Magic

It's another Wordless Wednesday and this time I have some pretty cool pictures to share starring the MUPPETS. These are some vintage stamps I had collected from September 2005 and it is also a tribute to their creator Jim Henson..  Enjoy and don't forget to comment...

I want to thank Debs for hosting and feel free to join the Hop @ http://www.focusedonthemagic.com/

FUN FACT about these stamps: The USPS raised postage rates to 39 cents in January 2006.. Bummer.

28 November 2011

Pumpkin Beignets from CLUB 33 - Disneyland Park

Is your Monday dragging after losing that oh so precious hour? There's always my way. Make some fried dough and cover it with sugar.  Enjoy :-)

Pumpkin Beignets-- makes 24
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (105ยบ)
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
Maple Glaze
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
For pumpkin beignets:
  1. Sprinkle yeast over warm water in a small bowl, stirring to dissolve. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  2. Combine flour, pumpkin puree, sugar, heavy cream, hot water, egg, shortening, and salt in a large bowl; stir in yeast mixture. Mix dough just until combined and smooth. Let dough rest in bowl, covered with a clean kitchen towel, 30 minutes.
  3. Transfer dough to a well-floured surface. Pat to about 1/4-inch thickness and cut into 2-inch squares. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let dough rise in a warm, draft-free area, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
  4. Heat 3 inches of vegetable oil to 350°F in a deep, heavy pot over medium-high heat. Fry beignets until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes, turning as soon as they brown on one side.
  5. Remove with tongs or a slotted spoon and place on paper towels to drain.
For maple glaze:
  1. Combine butter and maple syrup in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave until butter melts. Whisk in powdered sugar until smooth.
  2. Drizzle warm beignets with maple glaze and serve immediately.
If you get the chance to make these let me know, I know I will definitely be trying them. In Italian cooking we call these fried dough or Zeppoles...

This fabulous recipe courtesy of Disney parks Blog --Thanks for stopping by and Happy Cooking!!!

Send "Cheer" to Military Families

Just wanted to pass on some Holiday Cheer. We Thank our Military and Their Families..

 Please click on the link below for more info:

Send "Cheer" to Military Families

Cheerios® and the USO are proud to team up to support military families
When duty calls, our nation's military families rise to the challenge to help support our country.  Military families, whether on bases or in their communities, often face separation, relocations, single parenting duties and economic stress.  There are more than 1.4 million active duty military members supported by more than 3.6 million family members, and 70 percent of married active duty military members have children.
So this fall, Cheerios® and the USO are partnering to send "Cheer" to military families to thank and encourage them for their commitment to our country.  Specially marked boxes of Cheerios cereal will feature "Cheer" postcards, which can be cut out and mailed to military families through a partnership with the USO.  Even more, for each postcard received, Cheerios will donate $1 to the USO to help support programs for military families.  Cheerios has already donated $150,000 and will donate up to an additional $100,000 based upon the number of postcards received by November 30, 2012.
Cheerios invites you to show your appreciation by sending a simple "thank you" using the "Cheer" postcard found on the front of specially marked boxes of Cheerios in stores through mid-November.

How Does the Program Work?
Locate a specially marked Cheerios cereal box in your grocery store.  After purchasing the box, there are just 3 easy steps!
  1. Cut out the postcard found on the front of the box.  You will see cut out lines around the "Cheer" in the Cheerios logo.
  2. On the back-side of the postcard, write a message of encouragement or a simple "thank you."
  3. Add postage, and drop the pre-addressed post card in the mail.
Once the postcards are received, the USO will distribute them to military families on bases and in USO centers.  Sending your 'thanks' is a simple, personal gesture of appreciation that will mean so much for the recipient.
About the USO
The USO is a nonprofit organization that helps lift the spirits of America's troops and their families.  For over 70 years, the USO has provided a touch of home to our troops and their families through centers at airports and military bases, top quality entertainment and innovative programs and services.  When a loved one is away serving, the USO steps in to be a second family for our military families, providing support and tools.  The donation from the "Cheer" program will help fund services and programs like the following:
USO Centers
Supporting and comforting military families throughout the world

Military families —whether on bases or in their communities—face isolation, relocations, single parenting duties and often, economic stress. At more than 160 locations, the USO steps in by offering social activities for families, navigation tools for moving to new communities, and support during difficult times such as deployment and loss of a loved one.  USO Centers adapt to the changing needs of families — in these difficult economic times, they've begun offering "no dough dinners," where military personnel and their families can get a free dinner when the paycheck runs low, no questions asked.
With You All the Way
Helping kids cope when Mom or Dad is deployed or comes home different

Imagine what it is like to be a child knowing that your parent is in harm's way, and yet trying to be a typical kid like all your friends. "With You All the Way" is one of the USO's signature family programs developed in partnership with the Trevor Romain Foundation to help children and their families prepare for deployment, stay connected during the separation, plan for reintegration and at times, cope with the wounding or loss of a military parent. "With You All the Way" reaches kids through performances at schools, DVDs and kits – all to provide them with the tools they need to live a normal life while Mom or Dad is away serving.
  United Through Reading's Military Program
Keeping families connected through the power of a simple story.

The USO joined United Through Reading® in 2006 to host the Military Program.  Using all the emotion and inflection as if they were in the same room with their children, troops visiting a host USO Center, or even stationed at a Forward Operating Base in Afghanistan, read one of many available storybooks into a video camera.  The USO mails the DVD recording and book home.  Children then watch Mom or Dad and listen to their loving voice at bedtime, naptime, or anytime.  Families back home complete the circle by sending back a touch of home – a photo of the child watching the deployed Mom or Dad reading the book.  In 2010, the USO shipped more than 70,000 books and DVDs to military families, bringing the total recordings for the past three years to more than 184,000.  
Connecting families with their loved ones abroad

With OPERATION PHONE HOME®, the USO provides that very important personal connection that helps deployed troops reach out to their families and stay in touch. Since the program's inception, the USO has distributed more than 2.8 million prepaid international calling cards, each featuring 300 units of talk time.  In 2009, the USO launched a satellite-based connectivity network, providing a private phone network, high-speed Internet bandwidth and WIFI access points for deployed troops in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kuwait. In 2010, troops made nearly 2.5 million free phone calls home using this network – an average of 200,000 free calls per month. Also thanks to this network, a number of deployed fathers in forward operating bases have gotten the chance to see the birth of their children via Skype. 
For more information on the USO, visit www.USO.org.

Cheerios will have many exciting events this fall in support of "Cheer." Check back soon for more information!

26 November 2011

'Fantasia' to be in spotlight of Epcot Flower & Garden Festival

F & G 2010

F & G 2010

 Updates on the Next Flower and Garden Show at Epcot  

Dates: March 7, 2012–May 20, 2012
The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is a special spring event brimming with colorful flowers, lush gardens and some of your favorite Disney characters brought to life in topiary! Enjoy live music, educational programs, unique shopping and more.

'Fantasia' to be in spotlight of Epcot Flower & Garden Festival
courtesy of the Daily Disney in the Orlando Sentinel
 A flowery version of "Fantasia" will front next year's Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, complete with a new, larger Sorcerer Mickey topiary, Disney World has announced.

Look for "blackish-purple Ajuga" on the cliff, along with pink geraniums, blue delphiniums, white poppies, petunias, pansies and poppies to carry out the "Fantasia" theme, says Disney plant specialist Heather Will-Browne.

http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/parks/epcot/  for more INFO

Theme parks wrap up year, put bow on it

Theme parks wrap up year, put bow on it

23 November 2011

Wordless Wednesday~ Thanks

Focused on the Magic

On this very busy "Almost Wordless Wednesday", I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and remember what we are most thankful for. Please join us on this very Happy Hop @ http://www.focusedonthemagic.com/ And a big Thanks to Deb our Hostess...

21 November 2011

Disney Thanksgiving MEME ~~ PIE (Pilgrim, Invitations, Eating)

Here are 4 Ideas for your THANKSGIVING Holiday celebration. They are so cute and I will be using them on my table definitely because, I always try to bring a little bit of Disney into the things I do and we are the "Disney" people in our family. LOL.  I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and join our MEME..

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Mickey Mouse

Disney Thanksgiving Printable: 

Mickey Mouse Pilgrim Candy Box

Mickey Mouse Pilgrim Candy Box

Download the template here:
Mickey Mouse Pilgrim Candy Box

Will you let Pilgrim Mickey have a spot at the table this Thanksgiving? Don't worry ... he doesn't eat much and even brought his own turkey leg!

  1. Use scissors or a craft knife to cut out Mickey's body and each of his arms. Do not cut along dashed lines in the body or arms -- these lines are where you will fold the paper.
  2. Take Mickey's body and make all of the folds along the dashed lines for the body and the tabs. Make each fold away from you except for Mickey's legs. For Mickey's legs, fold the top dashed line towards you and the bottom dashed line away from you. This will help Mickey sit on the edge of a table or shelf.
  3. Glue the tabs to the inside of Mickey's body. The glued tabs will create an open box on Mickey's back.
  4. Fold each of Mickey's arms in half along the dashed line and glue the two sides together. Be careful not to glue the tabs at the end of each arm together. Instead fold the tabs outward in opposite directions so it creates a base to attach the arm to Mickey's body. Glue each arm to Mickey's sides.
  5. Drop a few pieces of candy into Mickey and make a special delivery!
Disney Family.com's printable crafts are specially designed with muted colors to conserve your printer's color ink.

Minnie Mouse

Minnie Mouse Pilgrim Candy Box

Minnie's Thanksgiving Candy Box

Minnie loves a good celebration, and she never forgets to bring enough treats for everyone. Invite her to your Thanksgiving dinner with this adorable Pilgrim candy box.
Download the template here:
Minnie Mouse Pilgrim Candy Box
  1. Print the template on regular paper or cardstock and cut out the pieces. Make all folds along dashed lines.
  2. Using either glue or double-sided tape, close Minnie's body by securing the tabs around her torso to their corresponding pieces.
  3. Close the bottom of the candy box by securing the B tabs, followed by the C tab.
  4. Fold each of Minnie's arms in half along the dashed line so the design is two-sided. Without sticking the tabs together, secure the two sides.
  5. Butterfly the tabs on Minnie's arms and secure them to the sides of her body.
  6. Fold the top dashed lines across Minnie's skirt toward you and fold the lower dashed lines away from you -- this will help her sit in place.

Mickey and Minnie

Mickey & Minnie Thanksgiving Invitations

Thanksgiving Invitations
Thanksgiving is a time to be with the ones you love. If you're hosting the feast this year, let friends and family in on the plan with these festive Mickey & Minnie invitations.
Download the template here: Mickey & Minnie Thanksgiving Invitations

Instructions: Print out the page of invitations on regular paper, and cut them out. Fill in the information, throw them in the mail, and get ready for the feast!


Don't Start EATING until your Centerpiece and  Glass Rim Place Cards are made ;-)

Disney Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Disney Thanksgiving Centerpiece

No Thanksgiving spread would be complete without this Disney centerpiece. Wrap it around a potted plant, your favorite dish, or anything else you might put on your holiday table.
Download the template here: Disney Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Instructions: Print the centerpiece on regular paper or cardstock, place it atop your holiday spread, and enjoy the feast!
Mickey and Friends Thanksgiving Glass Rim Place Cards
Disney Glass Rim Place Cards

Download the template here:
Mickey and Friends Thanksgiving Glass Rim Place Cards

Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Donald, and Goofy will help everyone find their spot at the table and put a smile on their face.

Print out the place cards on cardstock and cut out each card. Carefully cut out the thin rectangle shape at the bottom. You may need to cut the rectangle thinner or thicker to fit your glasses or cups. Write the name of each guest on a place card and slide the cut slit down the rim of the glass.

All Ideas are courtesy of Disney Family.com

18 November 2011

Hidden Mickey's~~Celebrating Mickey Mouse's Birthday

When I traveled to Disney's Hilton Head Island in August, I found that they love to play the Hidden Mickey's Scavenger Hunt here too! I'm glad that this is something that has traveled to Hilton Head from Walt Disney World because our family loves to find them. We have the book to find the Hidden Mickey's at WDW and it always goes on vacation with us. We look everywhere for them, so it was great to find out that at a resort away from Walt Disney World would have Hidden Mickey's too. This is my tribute to Mickey Mouse's Birthday, which is today. Hope you enjoy it and learning more about The DVC Resort on Hilton Head Island..

 When you arrive to check-in at Live Oak Lodge on Hilton Head, one of the things you can ask for is the Hidden Mickey check list. It has clues included for you but, don't be so quick to leave the desk there is one behind it on the wall and one below you on the reception desk. Adjacent to check in you then go into the Big Murggies Den, which is the part of the Live Oak Lodge and contains the entertainment room with a TV and games. There is a pool table, sofas, checkers and many Hidden Mickey's in here.

These are some of the Hidden Mickey we found, some were in pictures, one by the fireplace and even on the walls in the game room. There were so many things to look at in here, from the nostalgic pictures, games and things from from an old cabin in the woods.

The Mickey is right below the "L"

This is the sign behind the desk at check in, full view

This is right where you stand to check in, the desk has a great painting

Here is part of the desk with the Hidden Mickey

This is in the game room
 The fireplace had a lot of details including this Hidden Mickey on the side. This is a real working fireplace which in the cooler months is a great meet and greet place.They have story time in here and the kids can come with their PJ's on.

In the game room

One part of the Game room

As you walk the grounds you will also find a ton of pictures on all of the buildings, some of them need to be looked at closely for they may have something in them. This picture is right outside check in, it plays on the Steam Boat Willie theme. Look carefully at who is driving the boat..
This sign is outside the Lodge where check in is

15 November 2011

Wordless Wednesday-MICKEY MOUSE

Focused on the Magic

Welcome to the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop and thanks for stopping by my blog. I want to thank Debs @http://www.focusedonthemagic.com/  for hosting and don't forgot to join us and comment, we love comments...

Here's my Tribute to Mickey, he is the first character we look for when we arrive at Walt Disney World.

Mickey's Tent in ToonTown

Mickey & Abby

The Parade at Animal Kingdom

Gnome Mickey

I hope you have enjoyed my WW Mickey Pictures...

14 November 2011

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

The Osbourne Family Spectacle of Lights. The lights cover the back part of park on all the buildings/streets and it is one of the best displays of lights I have ever seen, complete with falling snow.. 
Have you been there during the Christmas Season and which Park is your Favorite at this special time?

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is a special event held each winter on select nights at Magic Kingdom theme park. Purchase of an additional event admission ticket is required to attend Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. This festive celebration is filled with live entertainment, spectacular fireworks and an oh-so-jolly holiday parade.
Celebrate the magic of the season in the holiday wonderland of Magic Kingdom theme park. Gather with loved ones for a festive sight- and sound-filled special event that is sure to make you merry!
Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party features:
  • The enchanted Castle Dream Lights on Cinderella Castle
  • Mickey's Once Upon A Christmastime Parade, complete with a special appearance by Santa Claus himself
  • An exclusive holiday fireworks extravaganza — Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season
  • Live entertainment featuring Disney Characters
  • Meet and greet opportunities throughout Magic Kingdom theme park with some of your favorite Disney Characters
  • Complimentary cookies and hot cocoa
  • A magical snow fall on Main Street, U.S.A.
  • Many of the most popular Magic Kingdom attractions 


Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2011 Dates and Pricing
Event Dates

7:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight
Ticket Price

When Purchased in Advance
Ticket Price

When Purchased on Event Date

Ages 10 and up
Ages 3 to 9
Ages 10 and up
Ages 3 to 9
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Wed, November 9, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Wed, November 30, 2011
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
$56.95 + tax
$51.95 + tax
$62.95 + tax
$57.95 + tax
Friday, November 18, 2011
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Friday, December 2, 2011
Friday, December 9, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
Sunday, December 18, 2011

$62.95 + tax
$57.95 + tax
$62.95 + tax
$57.95 + tax

13 November 2011

Disney Princess Holiday Ornaments


Thought this looked So Cute and just in time for the Holidays.. Enjoy!!!

Princess Gown Holiday Ornaments

Princess Gown Holiday Ornaments

Decorated with sparkly glitter glue and paper doily ruffles, these paper gowns -- modeled after the ones worn by Cinderella, Aurora, and Belle -- are designed to dress up a tree or wreath. After the holidays, instead of storing them away with the other ornaments, you can let your child use them to mark pages in her favorite storybooks.

 Here is the link to get Started:


You'll need:
  • Princess Gown Holiday Ornaments Template
  • Scissors
  • Scrapbook paper (two shades of blue, two shades of pink, two shades of yellow, and white)
  • Thin cord
  • Glue dots
  • Glue stick
  • Colored pencils or fine-tipped markers
  • Glitter glue
  • Small paintbrush
  • Paper doily (optional)
Instructions: 1. Print and cut out the template pieces. Cut the gown pieces out of scrapbook paper as specified on the templates.
2. For each gown, make a hanger out of thin cord and use a glue dot to attach it to the top of the gown back, as shown. Then glue the two gown pieces together back-to-back matching up all the edges. Step 2
3. Glue a pair of waist ruffles onto the front and back of the Cinderella gown, as shown. Then glue on the sleeve caps. Step 3
4. For Aurora's gown, glue on the waist trim pieces (one on each side of the gown). Then glue on the bodice pieces followed by the neckline pieces. Step 4
5. For Belle's gown, accordion-fold the skirt ruffle pieces as shown and then glue one to each side of the gown. Glue on the gown tops. Step 5a Step 5b
6. For the finishing touches, draw on additional fold and ruffle lines and let your child accent them with glitter glue. You can even glue a strip cut from a paper doily to the bottom of Cinderella's gown to create a lacy hem.

11 November 2011

Destination Disney "T" Tinkerbell in Times Square

Today's Destination Disney is all about "T" and I want to thank Heidi for hosting. Please feel free to  join the hop @http://www.heidi-strawser.com/   

My inspiration Starts with "Tinkerbell In Times Square"


The Gang

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