Baby it’s Cold Inside!

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I am talking about ICE! at Gaylord Palms Resort! IMG_6794It is a chilling 9 degree’s of ICY Christmas Magic.  Two million pounds of ice have been hand carved and are on display in this majestic Winter Wonderland (just a few miles from Walt Disney World.)  Step right into the middle of some of your favorite scenes from the holiday classic A Christmas Story.  Don’t forget to check out the ice slide and tubing area for some added fun.  Other activities also include:  photos with Santa, Elf on the Shelf Character Breakfast, Build A Bear Workshop, and the Christmas Tree Trail.

IMG_6751Make sure to dress warm…jeans, gloves, a sweater, and closed toe shoes.  Parka is provided with ticket.  This will allow you to enjoy your icy adventure  to the fullest.

And PLEASE remember to be courteous to the ice by keeping your hands to yourself.  If you are visiting ICE! with youngin’s keep in mind there is a height requirement for the slide. (see photo to the left) Safety is a top priority in the village.  Ice! runs through January 6th.

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Deck the Halls with Disney Christmas Tee’s

Deck the Halls with the cutest Disney Christmas tee’s this season!  Mouse Apparel is home to the merriest Christmas designs you have ever seen on cotton.  With shirts available for the entire family you just can’t go wrong.  The style and fit of the raglan tee’s are loose fitting providing an extreme amount of comfort. joyful Pair Mouse Apparel with jeans, shorts, skirts, jammie bottoms, leggings…or whatever your pleasure!  You will be glad you did!

It is the happiest time of the year, so spread words of cheer in and outside the parks while looking super festive in the colors of Christmas!

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Customize your tee with red or green sleeves!  Can’t decide get one of each!!!  You really can’t go wrong.  Using bold colors, festive fonts, and HIDDEN MICKEY’s these tee’s will make the season the merriest, happiest, jolliest Christmas ever!

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Celebrate Christmas at Walt Disney World

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Happy HOLLYdays!!!!  Christmas is here!  I just love all things Christmas and I truly cannot get enough of all the beautiful lights, smells, and sounds of CHRISTMAS that flood the streets of Disney World.  Christmas is the best time of the year!!!  I am so excited that I can’t stop saying Christmas!

Here are just a few of my favorite Disney Christmas Traditions that you must experience this season.  Make sure to bring your family to share all the Christmas magic with!

EPCOT:

Candlelight Processional:

“A spectacular and wondrous pageantry that unites people from around the globe.

Spellbound audiences will experience pure holiday magic as special guest stars recount the biblical tale of Christmas interwoven with rich orchestral music and song that’s nothing short of heaven sent. An American Sign Language interpreter will translate on stage so hearing-impaired.” (Disney, 2016)

Candlelight Processional, November 26, 2016; Narrated by Steven Curtis Chapman

Holidays Around the World:

“Discover a festival like no other, featuring the joyous holiday traditions of our 11 World Showcase nations. Holidays Around the World surrounds you in the wondrous sights, sounds and flavors of the season as celebrated by cultures near and far.” (Disney, 2016)

 

Disney’s Grand Floridian:

Gingerbread House:

The most delectable house is viewable in the lobby of the Grand Floridian.  It takes about 2 months to build and it smells so sweet!

 

Magic Kingdom:

Jingle Cruise:

Ride the world famous Jingle Cruise with new jokes that will make your yuletide gay!

 

The fun doesn’t stop there!  Check out Jingle Bell Jingle Bam at Hollywood Studios and Cinderella’s Castle all decked out in lights!  There is so much Christmas fun to make your season bright!

Wishing your and your family a Blessed Christmas season!

Storybook Aprons

Bonjour, good day!  With fall in the air mornings are definitely not the same here in the Spoonley household.  I am finding myself baking away in the kitchen making yummy tummy treats for my lil humans.  Have you tried the grey stuff?  Oh my Disney, it is delicious!  If you haven’t, then keeping reading I will share the recipe.

My kids call me the clean baker, I tend to wipe up my lil messes and spills as I mix.  My motto is, “clean as you live.”  What can I say, my OCD gets the best of me.  I also like to wear an apron as I sway back and forth in song watching as my sweets rise in the oven.  But who says an apron should only be worn in the kitchen?!

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Amanda of Crafting Envy designs beautiful storybook aprons inspired by your favorite Disney princesses that are just perfect for adult dressup this Halloween!  I absolutely adore this Belle inspired apron.  It is made of a soft cotton with a lined bodice and extra long straps for easy tying.

 

There is nothing peculiar about this apron, it is made to match Belle’s Provincial dress worn in the beginning of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.  Pair this apron with a white polka dot petticoat for a vintage chic look, or slip it over a tee and tights for a simple and unique costume perfect for any party.  Amanda is the queen of customization, so if you have something else in mind make sure to send her a private message and she will whip up something extra special for you.

***New*** from Crafting Envy!  Amanda has been busy in her workshop crafting  princess dress ornaments adorned with lace and beautiful beading that are perfect for displaying on your Christmas tree this holiday season.  Here is your chance to win a Cinderella Dress Ornament inspired by Disney’s  live action Cinderella film.  The bodice is made from quality felt and the skirt is made from fashion fabrics. It is hand embroidered and beaded.  To enter this giveaway please click on the image below to be redirected to Instagram.

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The Grey Stuff Recipe

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Ingredients
  • 1 small pkg (3.4 oz) Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix
  • 1½ cups milk
  • 15 Oreos
  • 1 small tub Cool Whip (8 oz)
  • 2 TB Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix
  • Sprinkles
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, combine pudding mix and milk. Whisk well and refrigerate for 10 minutes.
  2. Place Oreos in a food processor and blend until they become crumbs.
  3. Mix the crushed Oreos in with the pudding mixture and mix well.
  4. Fold in Cool Whip and chocolate pudding mix until well combined and refrigerate for one hour before serving.
  5. When ready to serve, place “grey stuff” in a piping bag and add a dollop to the middle and then pipe a spiral around it. Top with sprinkles.
  6. ENJOY!

Recipe from the Disney Diner

“Ugly” Christmas Sweater- DIY

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Have you noticed a new Christmas fashion emerging in retail stores?  The Ugly Christmas Sweater is a new trend that can end up costing you a pretty penny.  My daughter found one online for $75!   I am going  to show you how you can make one for almost nothing by using what you already own.  Not only will it be unique and in a class of it’s own, but you will have a blast making it!

Materials:

Old sweater or a long sleeve shirt (take it from the closet)

Christmas odds and ends…garland, stockings, ornaments, candy canes, etc…(found em in our Christmas decor totes)

Hot glue gun

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What we did:

Jammed out to our favorite Christmas carols and giggled as we 3 dimensionally designed our sweater.  Our sweater is actually a long sleeve shirt with sweater like arms.  It has a pink cheerleader image on the front, which was easily covered with our Christmas Trim.  Using hot glue and E 6000 we secured the stocking, fake snow, and ornaments in place.

My daughter designed her “Ugly” Christmas Sweater for a contest at school.  She was feeling very confident and very proud of her creation.

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Please share your “Ugly” Christmas Sweater pics

and have a MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Christmas Eve in the kitchen

Happy Christmas Eve!  If you are still in the kitchen whipping up all your favorite family traditional goodies, you may try one of these recipes.  I spent my morning making Jam Thumbprint Cookies and Pretzel Hugs.  These are two of our family traditional baked goodies.

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Jam Thumbprint Cookies:

2/3cup butter/margarine (I like to use slightly softened unsalted butter)

1/2 cup sugar

2 egg yolks

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 slightly beaten egg whites

1 cup finely chopped walnuts if desired

1/3 cup of strawberry preserves

1. Grease a cookie sheet; set aside.  In a large mixing bowl beat butter or margarine with an electric mixer on medium-high speed, for 30 seconds.  Add the sugar and beat till combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally.  Beat in eggs yolk and vanilla till combined.  Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer.  Stir in remaining flour.  Cover and chill dough for about an hour or till easy to handle.

2.  Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Roll balls in egg whites, then in walnuts.  This recipe can be done without the walnuts.  Place 1 inch apart on the cookie sheet.  Press your thumb into the center of each ball.  This is a good time to get the kids involved and allow them to press their thumbs into the center of the ball.  Bake in oven for 10-12 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit or till edges are lightly browned.  Transfer cookies to wire rack and let cool. Once cool fill centers with jam.

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Pretzel Hugs:

Simply place pretzels on a lined cookie sheet (lined with wax paper.) Place a piece of chocolate on pretzel.  I like the Bliss white chocolate.  Place in oven on 350 degrees for 10 to 20 seconds.  Just long enough for the chocolate to glisten.  This is the start of the chocolate softening.  Take out of the oven and place a second pretzel on top of soft chocolate and push down.  Let cool and enjoy!

Share your family favorite Christmas recipe!

Fingerprint Christmas Ornament

One of our family traditions is making and giving Christmas ornaments to our family.  It is such a nice way to capture the essence of the year.  My daughter loves painting the inside of the clear balls and making pretty swirls.  We have made this ornament for about 8 years now.  After realizing that our family had enough to fill a whole tree, we decided to try something new.

This year we made fingerprint Christmas ornaments.  They are so much fun and easy for children of all ages.

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What you will need:

self hardening clay- We used Crayola (takes a few days to harden at room temperature.)

straw to make hole

yarn

letter stamps

rolling pin

wax paper

cookie cutter (shape of your choice)

black crayon

glitter spray

silver sharpie

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Roll out a ball of clay with the rolling pin on wax paper.

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Using a cookie cutter press down on clay and cut excess off around the cookie cutter.  Remove cookie cutter.  Using the end of a straw make a hole for the ribbon/yarn for hanging purposes.

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Have your child press their thumbprint on the clay.

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Using a letter stamp press the initials of your child’s name on the ornament above the fingerprint.

Lay out the ornaments on wax paper to dry.  This will take between three and five days.  Once the clay hardens  you take a black crayon and lightly color over the thumbprint.  This makes it easier to see the lines in the fingerprint.  Spray the ornament with silver glitter spray.  Let topside dry; flip and spray underside with glitter spray.  Write the year with silver sharpie on backside of ornament.  Thread ribbon or yarn through hole for hanging.  And voila’!  You have yourself a timeless piece that you can hang on your tree year after year.

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