30 May 2012

Wordless Wednesday ~ Animal Kingdom Lodge


Welcome to this Week's Wordless WEDNESDAY !!!




Focused on the Magic


 MY "A" Photos are all about Animal Kingdom Lodge. It makes our whole trip so special seeing those awesome Disney Touches as soon as you come into the room. A hidden "Mickey" made from towels on the bed and One really beautiful view right outside. It is truly a gorgeous resort with the Savannah right outside your window and the rooms are decorated just like your on Safari in Africa.







 Thanks for stopping by. Have a Magical "A" Day ..

 And a Big thanks to Deb for hosting 


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24 May 2012

Minnie Mouse Birthday Celebration




Welcome to those of you joining me from Growing Up Disney and those of you just hopping aboard I am the 4th stop on our Magical Blogorail.

I wanted to share some Minnie Mouse themed Snacks/Appetizers and Drink recipes for your Minnie Party. Hope you Enjoy!!


Recipes Courtesy of http://family.go.com/
Minnie Mouse

Minnie's Polka-Dot Cookies



Ever since their 1928 film debut in Steamboat Willie, Minnie and Mickey have been an inseparable duo. After 80-plus years of courtship, a mouse is apt to know what sort of valentine will prompt his better half to utter those famous words: "Aren't you sweet?" Fashioned after Minnie's favorite dress, these heart-shaped polka-dotted cookies are the perfect fit. They're made with a shiny icing that's easy to spread and pipe (the recipe below makes enough to frost about two dozen 3-inch cookies).
Ingredients
    Heart-shaped cookie cutter
    Batch of chilled sugar cookie dough (homemade or store bought)
    Sifter
    2 cups powdered sugar
    Small mixing bowl
    Wooden spoon
    3 tablespoons milk
    1 tablespoon light corn syrup
    Toothpick
    Small plastic bag
    Red food coloring
    Waxed paper
    Butter knife
Directions
  1. Cut heart shapes from the sugar cookie dough and bake them according to the recipe or package directions. Allow the cookies to thoroughly cool.
  2. Prepare the cookie icing by sifting the powdered sugar into a small mixing bowl and then stirring in the milk. Add the corn syrup and stir until the mixture is smooth.
  3. Use the toothpick to poke a small hole in the corner of the plastic bag. Then spoon a third of the icing into the bag. Set the bag aside for now.
  4. Stir drops of red food coloring into the remaining icing in the bowl until you have the desired shade.
  5. Cover your working surface with a sheet of waxed paper. Working with one cookie at a time, spread the tops with the colored icing and immediately use the icing-filled plastic bag to pipe on white dots. (If you do this while the tinted frosting is still fluid, the dots will spread nicely to the same level.) To keep the dots as round as possible, lift the bag straight up from the cookie after you've piped the icing. You can practice the technique beforehand by piping a few dots onto a piece of waxed paper. 
Minnie Mouse Cake Pops

From our provider:
Minnie Mouse Cake Pops

You'll need:
  • 1 box cake mix (bake as directed on box for 13 X 9 cake)*
  • 1 16 oz can of ready made frosting
  • Wax paper
  • Baking sheet
  • White candy coating / bark coating
  • Black candy color
  • Chocolate candy melts
  • Round cookie cutter
  • Heart candies or heart sprinkles
  • Paper lollipop sticks
  • Styrofoam block
  • Peanut butter morsels
  • White candy coating (face)
  • Peanut butter candy coating (face)
  • White confetti sprinkles (eye)
  • Black confetti sprinkles (pupil)
  • Black sunflower seeds (nose)
  • Black edible ink pen (mouth)
  • Pink confetti sprinkles (tongue)
  • Toothpicks
*One cake makes about 48 cake pops. If you don't need that many, then cut the cake in quarters and freeze any cake sections for another day. You'll need at least one ounce of candy coating for each generic Mickey Mouse cake pop you plan on dipping and more for any extra decorating.
Instructions: 1. After cake is cooked and cooled completely, crumble into a large bowl.
2. With a large spoon, mix thoroughly with about 3/4 of the can of frosting. You won't need the rest.
3. Roll mixture into quarter size cake balls and place on a wax paper covered baking sheet.Step 3
4. Place cake balls in the freezer for about 15 minutes to firm up. Then transfer to the refrigerator to keep chilled and avoid freezing.
5. Prepare the ears. Use round chocolate candy melts and with a round cutter, cut off a small portion of each candy melt. Set the ears aside.Step 5
6. Melt white candy coating in a heat-proof plastic bowl so that the coating is at least four inches deep for easier dipping. Melt in the microwave in 30 second intervals on low, stirring in between. Repeat until melted and smooth.Step 6
7. Add several drops of black candy color (this does not contain water) into the white candy coating and stir until combined. Add color until you achieve the desired shade.
8. Remove a couple of cake balls from the refrigerator at a time to work with.
9. Dip the tip of a lollipop stick into the melted coating and insert into the cake ball. Then, grab two candy melt ears and dip the cut side into the melted candy coating. Attach the ears to the top/side of the cake pop and the coating will set like glue.Step 9
10. Place in a styrofoam block to dry.
11. When dry, carefully dip the entire cake pop with ears attached into the bowl of melted candy coating. Dip and remove in one motion without stirring. Make sure the entire cake ball is covered. Using a deep bowl is helpful here. If your coating is too thick, you can add a few drops of vegetable oil or shortening to help thin it and make it easier to work with.
12. Remove and allow any excess coating to fall off the pop and back into the bowl.
13. Place in a styrofoam block to dry.
14. Create Minnie Mouse's bow by applying a small amount of leftover candy coating to the top of Minnie's head. Attach two candy hearts or jumbo heart sprinkles and on red rainbow chip sprinkle in between. Dot the bow with a toothpick dipped in white candy coating.Step 14
15. For Minnie's face, melt white candy coating and pour into a small squeeze bottle. (You can make the color slightly tan by adding a few peanut butter candy melts when heating and stir together until completely combined.) You can also use a peanut butter morsel to attach to the front of the pop to help achieve a three dimensional profile. Dip the flat side of the morsel in some of the melted candy coating and place on the front of the pop.Step 15
16. Then, using the squeeze bottle to pipe melted candy coating on top of the morsel and around the front of the pop in the shape shown in the photo. Let dry.
17. Reheat any leftover coating in the bowl and use to apply the remaining details.
18. Dip the toothpick in coating and apply it in position for the nose and attach one sunflower seed.
19. Use the same technique to apply white confetti sprinkles and then overlap black confetti sprinkles for the eyes.Step 19
20. Draw the eyelashes and mouths with a black edible ink pen and then attach one pink confetti sprinkle (broken in half) on top for the tongue.
21. Let dry completely.
22. When dry, wrap in small treat bags and tie with a decorative ribbon.
Note: You can use dark chocolate candy coating instead of tinting white coating black. Then, you can use the same glueing technique to attach the ears right on the surface.
You can also attach other items like Junior Mints or separated miniature Oreo Cookies to the surface of the cake pop right after dipping and before the coating sets.
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Shirley Temple

2/3 sprite or Ginger Ale
1/3 Cherry Juice
Splash of Grenadine
Add Maraschino Cherries

Combine all ingredients and enjoy!!!

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is A Disney Mom's Thoughts


 Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop ~ Delightfully Disney  with Minnie Mouse Invitations
2nd Stop ~ Disney Donna Kay with Minnie Mouse Decorations
3rd Stop ~   Growing Up Disney  with Minnie Mouse Attire
4th Stop ~ Can Do It MOM  with Minnie Mouse Inspired Drinks and Snacks
5th  Stop ~ A Disney Mom's Thoughts with Minnie Mouse Games & Crafts
6th Stop ~ Disney Babies Blog with Minnie Mouse Cakes
7th Stop ~ Pursuing The Magic with Minnie Mouse Gift Ideas
Final Stop ~ Disney In Our Blood  with Minnie Mouse Favors




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23 May 2012

Wordless Wednesday ~ Cinderella Castle



Focused on the Magic



Welcome to this week's Wordless Wednesday..

Cinderella Castle

 Thanks for joining me today and A big Thanks To Our Hostess Deb @http://www.focusedonthemagic.com/

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16 May 2012

Wordless Wednesday ~ Royal Ladies




Focused on the Magic



Welcome to this week's WW featuring Some Royal Princesses you may know 


Abby and Cinderella

Liam Not to happy at the Princess Breakfast..

 Thanks for joining me on the this Wednesday. Please join the Hop @http://www.focusedonthemagic.com/
And a really big thanks to Deb for Hosting ;-)




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13 May 2012

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY


 This is a Tribute  for all the mom's out there, so enjoy your Special Day..

Disney Mothers to Remember

Disney MomsOver the years, Disney has given us remarkable characters of all kinds. Although many of the fairy-tale films have, true to their origins, step-mothers or no mothers at all, among Disney's most memorable characters are a number of mothers. From nasty, manipulative "godmother" Gothel in "Tangled" to the pampered but determined Duchess in "The Aristocats," Disney's moms deserve their due – and this Mother's Day is the perfect time to honor them. We profile just a few of these wonderful characters below – recognize any moms you know?

Mrs. Jumbo

Ever loving, ever protective, and ever adoring of her sweet baby Dumbo, Mrs. Jumbo will do anything for her child. The world needs time, and a small miracle, to realize that Dumbo is perfect just the way he is, big ears and all – but Mrs. Jumbo has known it all along.

Dutchess of Disney's "The Aristocats".Winnifred Banks

Dizzy, distracted Mrs. Banks has her heart in the right place, even if her mind is often marching off on a grand cause. She discovers a better balance in her family life by the end of the film and is reminded of the joys of flying a kite with her nearest and dearest. Still, when she sings regarding efforts to win the vote for women, "Our daughters' daughters will adore us/And they'll sing in grateful chorus/Well done!" – Mrs. Banks has a point! In real life, the efforts of women to secure the vote, like many other reforms championed by mothers throughout history, changed the world and made it a better one for the generations to come.

Mother Robinson

In Disney's delightful live-action "Swiss Family Robinson," Mother Robinson helps make the shipwrecked family's new treehouse a real home. Although at first she prays for rescue, by the time help arrives she and Father Robinson decide to stay on the island that their hard work and courage has made a family paradise. Every mother who works hard to tame life's dangers and make home a haven has a little Mother Robinson in her, even if there aren't pirates and wild animals right outside the door.

"The Incredibles"Elastigirl/Mrs. Incredible/Helen Parr

She can handle three kids, furnish a nifty mid-century-modern house, and keep Bob in clean shirts – but she can also pilot a fighter jet and vault across rooftops fighting evil. Retired (sort of) super-heroine Helen Parr can handle all kinds of challenges without getting stretched thin, although sometimes it takes a timely reminder from Edna Mode to "Remember who you are!"

Wendy Darling

In "Return to Never Land", Wendy is all grown up and the mother of two children of her own. She's bearing a heavy burden of responsibility, but we discover that at heart, she's still the playful and courageous person she's always been. Because mothers are never just mothers, as hard as sometimes it is for their offspring to believe – and they have adventures of their own. How else could they be so understanding when their own sons and daughters venture out of the nest to follow the second star to the right, and straight on till morning?

Sita and Layla

The cheetah and lioness profiled in Disneynature "African Cats" are real-life mothers who show their willingness to do anything to protect their young, in footage that is majestic, hilarious, and heart-breaking by turns. If you need any inspiration to give your own mom a hug and a thank-you, these wild families should do it.



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11 May 2012

Flashback Friday ~ Bear In The Big Blue House






 Welcome to this Friday's Flashback. These pics were taken at Disney - MGM Studios in 2004.


Do you remember Bear in the Big Blue House? 
It was Play House Disney Live back then at MGM.
My kids loved Bear and the whole gang (Ojo, Pip, Pop, Tutter) we had all the videos, stuffed animals and even a Birthday Cake with Bear. We couldn't wait to see him at Disney. And then Jo-Jo's Circus was another Favorite and as soon as we could we got all the Jo-Jo toys we could find.. LOL.








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09 May 2012

Wordless Wednesday ~ The Relaxing Beautiful Caribbean Beach Resort






Focused on the Magic



 Welcome to this week WORDLESS WEDNESDAY !!! 
My Relaxing Resort is Caribbean Beach!! 








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08 May 2012

$125 Disney Gift Card & Avengers Prize Pack





  I'm super excited to be having my First giveaway here at Can do It MOM. I have teamed up with some other awesome Disney bloggers to celebrate the release of the Avengers. And The prizes are a $125 Gift Card and an Avengers prize Pack.

The Giveaway starts Now and ends May 15th.  Good Luck!!!


Rules  

If it says "tweet about the giveaway" more than once each tweet is a different phrase and needs to be tweeted separately.
  1. Only the specific phrase generated by the rafflecopter widget counts as a tweet. You can not substitute your own version of the tweet or RT another person. 
    • Mandatory: Happy Birthday @DragynAlly!! Thank you League of Awesome Bloggers!!! #AvengersMonth #Giveaway
    • Extra points: 1) A $125 Disney gift card AND #Avengers prize pack?! The League of Awesome Bloggers rocks!!! #AvengersMonth #Giveaway 2) Happy Birthday @DragynAlly!!!! 
  2. All of the 14 mandatory entries must be completed for your entry to be counted. All other entries after the first 14 are completely optional and will only increase your chances.
  3. Any contestant that has not completed the 14 mandatory entries will forfeit all of their entries.
  4. Giveaway ends at midnight May 15. Winner will be announced via the Rafflecopter widget and blog post at www.dragynally.com




a Rafflecopter giveaway a Rafflecopter giveaway  

A really Big Thanks and Happy Birthday to DragynAlly for organizing this giveaway. Check out her blog @http://www.dragynally.com/



 And Another Big Thanks to League of Awesome Disney Bloggers with me on the giveaway ~Please check out their BLOGS too.

DragynAlly: http://www.dragynally.com/
Mouse Crafts: http://mousecrafts.com/
Focused on the Magic: http://www.focusedonthemagic.com/
Diz Thru Brown Eyes: http://dizthrubrowneyes.com/
Jackie's Magical Moments: http://mickeysmagicaltriptips.com/





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01 May 2012

Wordless Wednesday ~ Disney Animation Madness









Focused on the Magic



Welcome to this week's WW and it's a great theme. The Animation of Disney has spanned over many years and my choice to feature it is Disney/Pixar's Monster's Inc. and the classic Who Framed Roger Rabbit, two of my all time favorite movies..

 I want to thank Deb for hosting again.. Please Join the Hop @ http://www.focusedonthemagic.com/ 






Thanks for Stopping by today ;-)

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The Hollywood Tower of Terror Resort



Welcome to the first stop aboard Magical Blogorail Peach. Enjoy the ride as we share, If you could have one Disney Parks attraction turned into a resort what would it be and why?



If I could have my wish, I have already dreamed what it would look and feel like if The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror could be a resort and a ride. Well you already know the ride ~ scary movie, holograms and dark dreary looking Hotel. But what if you could actually check in right at the cob webbed front desk.  All the props in the hotel already make it feel real as you walk the cue making your way through.  The book where everyone signs in and the check-in person hits the bell, telling the bell hop it's your turn to be escorted to your room. The dusty covered furniture, low lights and ghostly feel that something wicked happened there and could happen again. I think this would intrigue me even more to want to stay there and solve the mystery.

I can picture all the cast members of the hotel dressed in the Tower of Terror uniforms and the Bell Hop taking up our luggage in the "What if this elevator breaks before we get to our floor. the spinning arrow taking to the 13th floor and watching perhaps all on a screen as we ascend upstairs.


What is your favorite attraction that you wish might someday be on Disney's list to be the next Resort.


Thank you for joining me today and your next stop is
Tips From the Disney Diva

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop
along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop ~ CanDoItMOM aka Mouse Fan Diane
2nd Stop ~ Tips from the Disney Diva
3rd Stop ~ 400 Miles to Disneyland
4th Stop ~ Disney In Our Blood
5th Stop ~ Joanna and her Amazing Technicolor Interwebs





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