29 November 2013

A Holiday Treat at Downtown Disney from Tables IN Wonderland

This is exciting news and a great additional perk for TIW members! Hope you can take advantage of it. I love Being a Table In Wonderland Member, great discounts and more ...

Attention Tables in Wonderland Members!
Exciting Holiday Season News!
As a special treat, Tables in Wonderland Members may now enjoy Complimentary Valet Parking at Downtown Disney® Area through January 1, 2014!
Here are some things you need to know about valet parking at Downtown Disney® Area, as terms and conditions do apply:
- Complimentary valet parking is for the sole purpose of dining at one of the participating restaurants atDowntown Disney® area.
- One vehicle per membership card .
- Present your membership card with a valid dining receipt from the participating Downtown Disney® restaurant at the valet stand upon retrieving your vehicle.
- Valet parking service is available from 4pm-2am daily.
- Valet Parking can be accessed via Entrance 4 at Downtown Disney® West Side.
- If a member would like to take advantage of the valet parking service but will not be dining at a participating Tables in Wonderland restaurant, the price is $15 per vehicle, gratuity accepted.
- There will be a charge for parking and valet services on Tables in Wonderland blockout dates. For a full list of blockout days and program policies, please visit www.tablesinwonderland.com 
We hope you are as excited as we are about this limited time program!
Happy Holidays,
The Tables in Wonderland Team

Thanks for all the info TIW Team :-) Happy Holidays .


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Mickey Mouse Printable Thanksgiving Cutie and a Turkey Day Dessert Recipe

I love Pilgrim Mickey 

This cutie will make the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving table. Pair him with Minnie to complete your festive centerpiece.

Download Mickey Mouse Pilgrim Cutie Template --- How to make it
  1. Print on regular paper or cardstock and cut out all of the pieces. Do not cut along the dashed lines -- this is where you will fold the paper.
  2. With the design facing you, make all of the vertical folds in Mickey’s shorts away from you. Close the shorts by gluing tab A to the inside of the design.
  3. Fold the bottom of Mickey’s shorts outward, his feet down, and his tail up.
  4. Fold the top of the shorts like a box and tuck the tab inside.
  5. Fold the head in half and secure so the design is two-sided. Make sure the pieces are lined up evenly before the glue dries. Insert the neck into the top of the shorts where you folded the top closed.
  6. Fold the arms in half and secure so the design is two-sided. Do not get glue on the tabs on the ends of the arms. Fold those outward so you can use it as a base to attach the arms to Mickey’s shorts. Glue the arms to Mickey and your cutie is finished!


Sweet T.O.M. Turkeys



Sweet T.O.M. Turkeys

This photo originally appeared in FamilyFun Magazine

Their candy corn plumage and shortbread wings guarantee that these irresistible Treat of the Month Turkeys (T.O.M.s for short) will be gobbled up as soon as they land on the dessert table. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a gallery of even more Thanksgiving treat ideas.

What you'll need

  • Cupcake
  • Chocolate frosting
  • 3 oval shortbread cookies (we used Keebler Sandies Right Bites Shortbread)
  • 6 to 10 candy corn pieces
  • White icing
  • Black decorators' gel
  • Red fruit leather (we used strawberry Fruit by the Foot)

How to make it

  1. Frost the cupcake, then press in a cookie head and 2 cookie wings.
  2. Press in a row or two of candy corn tail feathers.
  3. To make an eye, add a small dot of white icing to the head, then add a dot of black decorators' gel for a pupil.
  4. For a beak, cut the white tip from a piece of candy corn and press it in place.
  5. To make the wattle, cut a 1-inch square of fruit leather. Roll it into a tube and stick it in place over the beak.

A big thanks to Spoonful.com
for all the great ideas for Thanksgiving - Enjoy !



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28 November 2013

Black Friday App Sale: Disney Animated Available for $6.99



Today on the Disney Interactive Blog it was announced that Disney Animated, the popular premium app for iPad will be available for the one-day-only price of $6.99 during the App Store’s Black Friday event.
First introduced this summer, Disney Animated invites fans into the world of Disney animation through unique interactive illustrations and authentic animation workshops derived from actual Disney technologies, letting users explore the art and technology that bring their favorite characters and stories to life beginning with 1937’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and continuing through Disney’s most recent animated film, Frozen.
iTunes App Store URL:
App Trailer:




A big Thanks to Disney Interactive for all the great info and have a great holiday! This App is so much fun we got to see it in action at D23 this Summer ;-) 

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26 November 2013

Wordless Wednesday ~ Happy Thanksgiving - Family and Friends Edition


Focused on the Magic


Welcome to This Week's WW - And it's all about Family in these Pics! I wanted to share some Holiday Magical Memories from Epcot and some Fun with my family, I even found some embarrassing Photo BomB ones with me. I kinda love doing that to my kids ;-) 


We Love our Ice Cream and Wreck It Ralph Crew ! How about You?


Thanks for stopping by and A Really Big Thanks to Deb for Hosting JOIN UP @ http://www.focusedonthemagic.com


HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE 

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25 November 2013

Phineas and Ferb Celebrating the Holiday's at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Now that's it's Holiday Time, I love seeing all the Disney Characters dressed in their Holiday Best. Last weekend we took my 5 year old niece to Hollywood Studios. One great tip I learned is if you can go later in the evening to see the characters do it. We arrived to see that their line had a few people on it, practically no wait at all. It was about 6pm and we just wandered out of seeing the Muppets.

Her face lit up when she saw Phineas and Ferb and they had their holiday hat and scarves on. It was a magical moment captured below. I knew if we waited for some of the crowds to leave, the lines would go down a bit. And the other thing on our side The Osbourne Christmas Lights Spectacular was going on giving us less people on Phineas and Ferb line. They are so great at interacting with the kids, I put them High on my list to meet and greet just for that reason alone. They were so funny that night that I wanted to get on the line to take a pic too but, we wanted to get to the Osbourne Lights, around the corner before the park close. Well next time for sure, I love meeting the characters as much as the kids and I think it's great that my kids know that.




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Thanks For stopping by and Enjoy !!!


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SO Exciting ~ "MALEFICENT" starring Angelina Jolie / Teaser Trailer, Poster & Images Now Available!!!


The AMAZING(!!!) new teaser trailer, for Disney’s MALEFICENT now available. 






#Maleficent







Like MALEFICENT on Facebook: facebook.com/DisneyMaleficent
Follow Disney on Twitter: @DisneyPictures




Official website: disney.com/Maleficent 

MALEFICENT releases in theaters everywhere on May 30, 2014!


A really big thanks to Walt Disney Studios for all the info and pics. This movie looks amazing and very mysterious definitely keeping you on the edge of your seat. I can't wait to see Angelina Jolie as Maleficent. 

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A Holiday Gift Suggestion: An Awesome D23 Membership

Here's a great reminder that a D23 membership is the perfect gift for any Disney fan. D23 unlocks the magic of Disney year-round in exciting, easily accessible ways no matter where you live. It comes in three different levels: you can gift yourself for free with the D23 Free Membership, or give the gift to a friend or family member with the D23 Silver ($34.99) or Gold (74.99) Membership. All membership levels offer access to members-only content on D23.com, exclusive merchandise and money-saving discounts! 


Still thinking of what gift you can give to a loved one? Why not a Silver or Gold D23 Membership, or why not give yourself some Disney magic with the D23 Free Membership?

Here's some of the perks I love - to help you save during the holiday season, D23 Free Member discounts include the ABC TV Store, Brookstone, SuperShuttle, and a special offer on Disney Magazines.

But, perhaps more exciting for many Disney fans, Membership gives guests exclusive access to special in-depth content on D23.com. The site is updated daily with news about Disney theme parks, live-action features, animated films, television shows and celebrities. There are behind-the-scenes exclusives from the Walt Disney Archives, including never-before-released photos taken personally by Walt Disney. For kids of the ’90s there’s a celebration of the Disney Afternoon. And for fans of Disney TV shows today, there are exclusive interviews with stars of Once Upon A Time and Phineas and Ferb! The site also features the complete Disney A-Z, with more than 7,000 entries from the Disney encyclopedia.

In addition to a free membership, D23 offers two levels of paid membership. Why not unlock the magic of Disney this year for the fan in your life—even if that fan is you? D23 is the world’s only Official Disney Fan Club, and a Gold ($74.99) or Silver ($34.99) membership is a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious gift idea for any Disney fanatic!

Paid Membership highlights include everything above plus:

Disney twenty-three Magazine – This glossy, oversized, quarterly publication is sent exclusively to only D23 Gold Memberships, and each issue includes in-depth features and vibrant imagery. 

Special Events all over the U.S. – D23 Members can take part in amazing tours of the Walt Disney Studios and Archives; signature events at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort; special screenings, such as the recent Hocus Pocus 20th Anniversary reunion, and Member Mixers at Disney Stores across the country. Members also receive a special discount to Disney’s D23 Fanniversary 2014 event, which will visit cities in the coming year. These unique experiences are created specifically for members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club.

More discounts! – D23 Gold and Silver Members can save more than the membership costs on just one purchase! Paid member discounts Disney Store, DisneyStore.com, Disney shows on Broadway, House of Blues in Orlando & Anaheim, Mandara Spas across the country, The Walt Disney Family Museum, local hotels and restaurants near Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, and much, much more.

Annual Member Gift – Each new and renewing D23 Member receives a special collectible gift from The Walt Disney Archives Collection. 

Fans can give themselves, their family or friends the gift of Disney by visiting www.D23.com.

 I love this membership not only for the discounts but, the  free movie screenings and invitations to special holiday events at Christmas and Halloween. But, one of my favorites is going to the Fanniversary, which allows you to see special and never seen before stuff from the Walt Disney Archives. Plus details on movie anniversaries and previews, plus a whole lot more that I didn't know. You always learn something new. I love being a Gold D23 member, especially the free gifts we get too.


A big thanks to D23 for all the info and pics.

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Christmas Shopping with Help From Disney - The Newest Beautifully Disney Collection ~ TinkerBell


With the Holidays right around the corner, I've been thinking about what Disney gifts I want to give and maybe even receive  (hint, hint). There are so many things that I loved when I recently went to Downtown Disney and saw all they had to offer. Boy it's a lot and I would like to buy it all, lol.  But here's a few of my favorites.

Beautifully Disney Cosmetics and Vera Bradley Disney Bags are two great gifts, the bags are beautiful and the make-up will make you look beautiful. The motto for this collection is to Embrace the Fiery Spirit In You and I couldn't agree more. It's bright and daring colors will definitely stand out and make you feel on fire.

Beautifully Disney defines timeless beauty through collections of fairytale nostalgia, by unlocking harmonious colors. Through the collections of this new and enchanting line, it is the goal to keep you romanced by the contrast of mysterious yet inviting colors.

I loved the vibrant pinks, oranges, blues, and Earth Tone colors with this new collection. The collection represents the Princesses- Mulan, Pocahontas, Merida  and Jasmine. The colors are so pretty.Which one is your favorite?

This 3rd collection in the Beautifully Disney line is geared for Fall, embracing vibrant jewel tones and fiery, rustic shades synonymous with the season. Fiery Spirit introduces our strong-willed, brave, independent and fearless princesses. This vibrant collection works with a wide variety of complexions. Richly colored nail lacquers, easy-glide, lightweight lip gloss and warm, shimmering eye shadows will complete your beautiful look. I love how with this unique collection we too can capture that Fairy - Tale - Princess look.



Also Just released over the weekend, Beautifully Disney’s newest collection, Fantasy in Flight, will be at Disney Vault 28 at Disneyland’s Downtown Disney and Tren-D at Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney Marketplace on Saturday, November 23, 2013.

I love the Sparkles in this collection, just love them ;-)



Thanks for stopping by and a big thanks to Disney for all the info. Hope you have a chance to check out these great gifts, go online to order them..


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Muppets Most Wanted Official Trailer _ So FUNNY

The new trailer for Disney's MUPPETS MOST WANTED is now available. The film stars Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell and Tina Fey and opens in theatres everywhere on March 14th! 

#MuppetsMostWanted




IN celebration of the trailer release, each of the Muppets have also published their own "most wanted" guest blogs. Read them now:
·       KERMIT'S Most Wanted Trailer Cameos: http://di.sn/rJI 
·       MISS PIGGY'S Most Wanted Relationship Advice: http://di.sn/gPi 
·       MISS PIGGY'S Most Wanted Advice for Celebrities from a Screen Legend: http://di.sn/hQR
·       FOZZIE BEAR'S TV Shows He's Most Wanted to Guest Star On: http://di.sn/gPj
·       ANIMAL'S Most Wanted Drum Solos: http://di.sn/sJX
·       GONZO'S Most Wanted Disney Poultry: http://di.sn/ePl 
·       WALTER'S Most Wanted Moments from the New Trailer: http://di.sn/bPf 

Like The Muppets on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Muppets

Follow The Muppets on Twitter: https://twitter.com/muppetsstudio

Follow Miss Piggy on Twitter: @RealMissPiggy

Just In Time for the Holidays - Disney Infinity Announces New Figures & Power Discs



Disney Interactive is announcing its holiday line-up of Disney Infinity figures and Power Discs.  Among the exciting new character additions to the game’s signature Toy Box mode are Rapunzel, Wreck-It Ralph and Vanellope and Anna and Elsa (from the upcoming movie “Frozen"). That's awesome - love these new characters. 

 Disney Delivers New Disney Infinity Figures and Power Discs 

Disney Interactive Releases Largest Line of New Characters Since August Debut Including Disney Infinity Figures From “Tangled,” “Wreck-It Ralph” and “Frozen”


GLENDALE, Calif. – Nov. 22, 2013 – Tis the season for Disney Infinity magic! With Black Friday just days away, Disney Interactive is announcing its holiday line-up of Disney Infinity figures and Power Discs.  Among the exciting new character additions to the game’s signature Toy Box mode are Rapunzel (from “Tangled”), Wreck-It Ralph and Vanellope (from “Wreck-It Ralph”) and Anna and Elsa (from the upcoming movie “Frozen").

U.S. release dates are below:
       Rapunzel: Available at Walmart Nov. 22 – Dec. 31. for a MSRP of $12.99.
       Wreck-It Ralph: Available at Best Buy Nov. 22 – Dec. 31. for a MSRP of $12.99.
       Vanellope: Available at Target Nov. 24 – Dec. 31. for a MSRP of $12.99.
       Frozen Toy Box Pack: National release on Nov. 26 for a MSRP of $29.99.
  
Key highlights of each character include: 
       Rapunzel:  With her beautiful long locks, fierce determination and signature frying pan, “Tangled’s”Rapunzel is a powerful Princess, whose unique style of combat will add exciting new creative play options to the Toy Box.

       Wreck-It Ralph:  The classic 8-bit character is making an appearance in a new video game! Ralph uses his wrecking abilities and 8-bit Cherry Bombs to defeat enemies in Toy Box.

       Vanellope: The Sugar Rush racer brings her amazing Glitch ability that will allow her to teleport short distances and glitch out characters that come in contact with her in Toy Box.

       Frozen Toy Box Pack: Featuring Anna, Elsa and two hexagonal power discs, these characters deliver girl power to the Toy Box in a big way.  Anna will use her grappling hook to get to hard-to-reach places and use her shovel to defeat enemies. Elsa will utilize her magical ice abilities, such as using the Freeze Ball to stop opponents in their tracks.


In addition, 20 new Power Discs will make their way into circulation including three new “rare” versions featuring the “Electric Mayhem Bus” from the world of The Muppets, the “Condor Wing Glider” and Captain Hook’s ship from the classic Disney Parks ride. Circular Power Discs give characters special power-ups that can be used in both Play Sets and Toy Box. Hexagonal Power Discs unlock special gadgets, vehicles and themes in the Toy Box.

24 November 2013

Sofia the First Meets Ariel the Mermaid in Disney Special




Sofia and Ariel make beautiful music together in “Sofia the First: The Floating Palace.”
The newest Disney princess and the fish-tailed cartoon icon come face-to-face in the upcoming special “Sofia the First: The Floating Palace,” which premieres Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. on the Disney Channel and airs Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. on Disney Junior.
In the special, Sofia is magically transformed into a mermaid and encounters Ariel during her underwater adventures.
For the special, Jodi Benson, who gave voice to Ariel in the 1989 film “The Little Mermaid,” returns to reprise her role. (“Mad Men” actress Kiernan Shipka also appears in the special, as the voice of a young mermaid named Oona.)
In the following exclusive TheWrap clip, Sofia and Ariel make beautiful music together with a duet of “The Love We Share.” Feel free to sing along while watching the video.
For the video and full story check out the link below.

This looks so cute, I Love Ariel and Sofia and it's a great crossover match with these 2 Princesses. Hope you enjoy this Disney "Under the Sea" special. 


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SMURF-O-VISION 2 App Available on the App Store




Unlock Hours of Smurf-tastic Family Fun
With
the SMURF-O-VISION 2 App Available on the App Store
                                               

Culver City, Calif. (Nov. 18, 2013) – Papa Smurf, Smurfette and Clumsy Smurf come alive for fans of all ages with the new Smurf-O-Vision 2 app from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE). 
The app, available for free from App Store for the iPad®, iPhone® and iPod® Touch, was first released in the fall of 2011 and boasts more than 800,000 downloads to date.  The second installment of the app features two new ‘Smurf-a-rific’ updates, Magic Movie Maker and Smurfy Seek and Find. 
Now, families can unlock hours of enhanced, interactive activities in advance of Sony Pictures Animation’s THE SMURFS 2, debuting exclusively on the Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack* Dec. 3.

Magic Movie Maker challenges fans to share their creative look at THE SMURFS 2 by creating their own, customized mini-movies starring their favorite characters and backdrops, along with the option to include personal dialogue or narration, and final touches, such as music, sound effects and magic spells. Mini-movies can be saved to the producer’s device, and then shared with family and friends.

Fans can extend their ‘Magic Movie’ making capabilities by exploring the app’s second activity, Smurfy Seek and Find, which is played by syncing the app to THE SMURFS 2 2D Blu-ray and engaging with key scenes from the film. The game challenges fans to find hidden Smurfs and objects within each scene on the television. Each level unlocks new characters, backgrounds, sound effects, magic spells and more, which can be collected to make the Smurf-iest of movies possible with the Magic Movie Maker.

The Smurfs 2 - out 12/3 and it would make a great Stocking Stuff

A Fun-Filled Adventure for
Every Member of the Household this Holiday Season
THE SMURFS 2

On Blu-ray 3D™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD & Digital on Dec. 3

Smurf-tastic Special Features Include a Smurfs Mini-Movie, 5 Featurettes & Deleted Scenes
                                               

Culver City, Calif. (Oct. 7, 2013) – Just in time for the holidays, Sony Pictures Animation’s THE SMURFS 2 arrives Dec. 3 on 3D combo pack*, Blu-ray combo pack*, DVD and Digital HD UltraViolet from
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. This heartwarming new adventure reunites the world’s favorite three apple-high creatures, bringing loads of laughs for every member of the family.  

Only included on the 3D and Blu-ray combo packs is Sony Pictures Animations’ animated Smurfs mini-movie, “The Legend of Smurfy Hollow.” In this mini-movie inspired by the classic tale “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” the Smurfs learn the traditional values of friendship and family.  The 3D and Blu-ray combo packs also come with three all-new, kid-friendly featurettes, including “The Puurrfect Companion: Azreal’s Tail,” showing how Gargamel’s sidekick was created, from the live-action cat to the digital double, and how actor
Frank Welker brought the character to life.
  Both the Blu-ray combo packs and DVD come with deleted scenes and two additional featurettes.  “Animating Azrael” gives an in-depth look at how filmmakers animated Gargamel’s sidekick, and the all-new “Daddy’s Little Girl: The Journey of Smurfette” traces the origins of the one-and-only Smurfette back to Smurf creator, Peyo, and features Katy Perry on how she tapped into her inner Smurf to voice the classic character.
Earning more than $321 million in theaters worldwide to date, the film stars Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays and Hank Azaria and features the voice talents of Katy Perry as Smurfette, George Lopez (Rio) as Grouchy, Anton Yelchin (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Clumsy, and Alan Cumming (TV’s “The Good Wife”) as Gutsy. 
New additions to the franchise include Christina Ricci (Bel Ami) as Vexy, J.B. Smoove (Think Like a Man) as Hackus, John Oliver (TV’s “The Daily Show”) as Vanity and Brendan Gleeson (The Company You Keep) as Victor. The late Jonathan Winters reprises his role as the original Papa Smurf.  Directed by Raja Gosnell
(The Smurfs, Scooby Doo), the film also includes celebrity voice guests stars including Mario Lopez,
Jimmy Kimmel, Fred Armisen,  Shaun White, Shaquille O’Neal, and many others.

22 November 2013

My Review of "Delivery Man" - Now Playing in Theatres




















 Today, is the opening day for the film "Delivery Man". I had the privilege of seeing this movie about a week ago in an advanced screening. My daughter and I were very excited because, of all the buzz surrounding the story of this movie. A man who fathered 533 children, I'm thinking how? As the months went on I had learned more about how it happened. I do not want to give anything away, so you will have to see it for yourself, it's a very funny story.

I found this movie which stars Vince Vaughn as the father of all of these children, to first be shocked and in total denial of being the father to a very heart warming, caring father. He is not a very successful guy when the movie starts and he defintely had some growing up to do. But, when a challenge is given to most parents they step up. He finds himself wanting to help all his children with their life challenges and in turn finds out what kind of person he wants to be. A good and caring father.

I thought this movie was very heart warming and a great family movie. I loved the story of discovering who the children were, to helping them any way he could. I would definitely recommend this movie, it's a great story about family and love.

It is rated PG-13 for some content not suitable for small children.

Disclosure: I was invited to see this movie for free and have given my honest opinion on it. This review is not influenced by anyone and all opinions are my own. 

Thanks for stopping by and I thank the DreamWorks Pictures for inviting me to see it.
#DeliveryManMovie

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21 November 2013

Throwback Thursday - Thanksgiving Cranberry Infused Recipes


 With Thanksgiving just a week away, I still have a lot of shopping to do. After my recent trip to Epcot for the Food and Wine festival, I was thinking about including some of the recipes of my favorite foods from the festival to serve everyone. I really loved some of the Cranberry Infused Cuisine from the night I got to enjoy their reception. I have included their recipes from that night. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

All these yummy recipes were tried and loved. The sweet juiciness of the cranberry adds the right amount of tartness to the dish and I want to serve some appetizers and sides that are different and these will fit that perfectly.
 
Cranberry Marmalade 
On My Turkey will taste deliciuos  

Ingredients
·      6  navel oranges
·      1 1/2 cups water
·      3 cups sugar, divided
·      1 2-ounce fresh cranberries
Preparation
1.     Using a micro plane or a box grater zest the skin off of the oranges, careful not to get any white pithy part. Peel the remaining skin and white flesh off of all oranges; cut into sections. Combine the zest, orange sections, 1 1/2 cups water, and 1 cup sugar in a heavy bottom saucepan; bring to a full boil. Reduce the heat to medium low, and gently simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
2.    Mix in 2 cups sugar and cranberries to saucepan. Simmer over medium low heat for 1 hour and 30 minutes or until a thick consistency, stirring occasionally. Remove from the marmalade from heat, and cool completely in shallow pan.  
             Yield- 4 Cups
 
Craisin, Bacon and Brie Potato Gratin
Great addition to my Mashed Potatoes
Ingredients
·      1 ½ pound Yukon potatoes, scrubbed but not peeled
·      1 teaspoon unsalted butter
·      ¼ pound raw bacon, chopped and cooked
·      ½ pound fairly firm Brie, rind removed, cut into cubes
·      2/3 cup Craisins
·      Salt and freshly ground black pepper
·      1 cup heavy cream
·      1 clove garlic, minced
·      1 teaspoon chopped thyme
Preparation
Cut the washed potatoes into 1/8 thick slices by using either a mandolin or sharp knife.  Cut them immediately before use to keep from browning.  If you need to prep ahead, submerge the potato slices in water, and pat dry before assembling.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Coat a shallow 10-inch baking dish with butter.
Assemble a third of the potato slices in a layer in the dish.  Place half of the bacon, half the cheese and half of the Craisins evenly over the potatoes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Layer the next third of the potatoes and remaining bacon, brie and Craisins. Season dish again with salt and pepper. Add last potato slices on top.
Blend the heavy cream, garlic and thyme and pour into the baking dish, pressing down until all the liquid is absorbed evenly. Cover the pan tightly with parchment paper and foil and bake on the middle rack for 30 minutes.
Remove the foil from the pan and return the pan to the oven and bake 30 to 40 minutes longer, until the potatoes are very tender and the top and bottom are crusty and dark brown.
Serves 6-8
 
Cranberry Salsa
A great appetizer or even a side 
  
Ingredients
·      12 oz whole cranberries
·      1/3 cup sugar
·      ¼ cup diced green peppers
·      ¼ cup diced red onion
·      1 seeded and chopped jalapeño pepper
·      1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
·      1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
·      1/2 teaspoon salt
·      1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
 Preparation 
1.              Add cranberries and sugar in to a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped.   Add in green peppers, onions, chopped jalapeño pepper, grated fresh ginger, lemon juice, and salt into the food processor and pulse until combined.  Remove from processor and mix in the chopped fresh cilantro. Refrigerate until ready to serve
Yield is 2.5 cups

 A really Big thanks to Ocean Spray for these great recipes. And I hope your Thanksgiving is full of great food, lots of fun and Family =)


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