On the old outdoor racquetball court, we had piles and piles of sidewalk chalk! Most of the boys drew on the cinderblock walls, but we still had fun creating “Bert’s Bit O’ Magic Sidewalk Art!”
After we had eaten cake, we all went on a “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” hay ride! Since the birthday girl lives on a farm, the John Deer tractor pulled everyone all around the fields.
Obviously, fun was had by all!
|image from Disney Parks Blog|
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… I LOVE when two of my worlds collide and this collision is AUsome! The cheerleaders from my alma mater, Auburn University, are one of 4 squads competing in Disney’s Cheer on Your Disney Side competition! I could not be more excited about this! I’ve voted for them each day since the competition began and now I’m asking you to do the same! The winning squad will earn a $100,000 grant from ESPN for its college spirit program and a team trip to Walt Disney World Resort.
Dozens of squads from across the country choreographed routines to one of four Disney Parks inspired songs and submitted their videos as part of the Cheer On Your Disney Side competition sponsored by ESPN, working in collaboration with Disney Destinations and Varsity Spirit. ~Disney Parks Blog
One Christmas treat I had never heard of until this year is Corn Flake Wreaths. I had a friend talk about them and then I found them all over Pinterest. As soon as I saw them, I knew I wanted to try them… but I had to add a Disney twist to them! The Hidden Mickey Corn Flake Wreath was born (at least in my house)!
Measure 6 cups of corn flakes into a large bowl. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Once the butter is melted, add 5 cups of marshmallows (I would suggest more) and stir continuously until completely melted. Stir in the green food coloring.
Pour melted marshmallows into the large bowl with the corn flakes or pour the corn flakes into the marshmallows. Either way will work. Stir until well coated.
On your kitchen counter, lay spoonfuls of the corn flake/ marshmallow mixture onto parchment paper. Spray your hands with cooking spray and use your fingers to shape each corn flake blob into an individual wreath. Top each wreath with red candies.
First, preheat your oven to 275°F and line your cookie sheet with parchment paper. Cut the desired length of baker’s twine. Lay it on the cookie sheet snaking the twine back and forth across the cookie sheet. Unwrap and place the peppermint candies on top of the twine with at least an inch of space between each one. I wasn’t sure how much the candy would spread as it melted, so I spaced mine about 2-3 inches apart. Next time, I’ll only use 1 inch space! Place this in the oven for about 5-9 minutes. Watch the peppermints as they bake and remove them as they begin to flatten. Let the candies cool for at least 10 minutes before handling.
If you want to include a hidden Mickey in your garland, use a metal Mickey shaped cookie cutter. Spray the inside of the cutter with cooking spray so the candies won’t stick. Place the cookie cutter on the baker’s twin where you want the Mickey located. Use three candies to fill the cutter- one for the head, two for the ears. Make sure the ‘head’ peppermint is laying on the twine.
Recently, our family received two wonderful games from Wonder Forge that will make perfect Christmas gifts for any Disney fan this season! We have all enjoyed playing Pictopia: The Ultimate Picture- Trivia Family Game and Star Wars Face Off Dice Game. Both games were just a bit too hard for my almost 6 year old, but with our help, he did fine and loved them both. My 2 year old was way too young for both, but made up his own rules so he could play too!
From the Wonder Forge web site about Pictopia:
Families team up in this uniquely collaborative yet competitive trivia game with 1,000 questions covering the World of Disney! During the game, everyone gets a chance to show off their knowledge – from Disney Jr. and Disney XD to the Disney Parks and classic films. Players place wagers based on knowledge of those images, and then work together or on their own, to answer the question.
With my almost 6 year old, we had to help with the wagers. He didn’t quite get that, but he LOVED answering the questions. For our family, and to best include the 2 year old, we did better just asking the questions to each other. Or, just identifying the names of the characters and the movie/ TV show they are in! I can totally see this game getting a lot of use over the next few years as both boys mature and grow!
From the Wonder Forge web site about Star Wars Face Off:
Go head-to-head in this action-packed bluff ‘n’ battle dice game! Roll hero combos to rack up points or push your luck and “go villain” to steal the win! Pack it all up in the collectible cup and play anywhere!
This game was a fast favorite just because of the title! Anything Star Wars is a hit at our house right now. My husband and I did a much better job playing this game. The boys enjoyed rolling the dice! Obviously, the 2 year old was again, way too young. The almost 6 year old could play with our help. He did not understand the bluffing part, so we “skipped” that part! He had fun rolling the dice, adding up the points, and deciding which dice to re-roll. For me, this game reminded me of Yahtzee. I have so many fun family memories of Yahtzee as a child and look forward to making similar memories with my boys in the future with Star Wars Face Off!