#MagicalMonday #Disney #LinkUp Week #4


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Lucky Shamrock Rice Krispie Treats

A lucky twist on an old favorite. Shamrock Rice Krispie Treats for St. Patrick’s Day. Rice Krispie Treats are a timeless classic and are always a big hit with the kids.

You will need:

  • For one batch of RiceKrispie Treats
    • Rice Krispies 6 cups
    • Butter 3 tablespoons
    • Vanilla 1 teaspoon
    • marshmallows 1 10 oz bag (I prefer minis)
  • Green food coloring
  • Shamrock cookie cutter
  • Wax Paper
  • 13X9 pan
  • mixing bowl
  • spoon or spatulaIMG_0592

Directions:

  • Butter a 13X9 pan
  • Measure out 6 cups of Rice Krispies into a big mixing bowl.
  • Melt 3 tablespoons off butter in a sauce pan. Melt over low heat because the butter can burn if it is too high.
  • Once the butter is melted add one 10 oz package of mini marshmallows. Stir until the marshmallows are melted and the mixture can be poured. Again be careful not to have the heat on too high or leave it on the heat too long because it can burn.
  • Add one teaspoon vanilla, several drops of green food coloring and stir.
  • Pour the mixture over the Rice Krispies and stir. This part can be tricky and sticky. Keep stirring until all the Rice Krispies are covered. I butter my fingers and use them to mix and shape with my hands when necessary.
  • Place the Rice Krispies into the 13X9 pan and press down into the pan.
  • You could use the Shamrock cookie cutter and cut right from the pan but I flipped them over onto waxed paper in order to thin them out a little. The cookie cutter I have is so big and I didn’t want them to be so thick.
  • Once on the waxed paper cut out the Shamrock Shapes. To help cut out the shapes I also buttered the cookie cutter. I was able to cut 7 Shamrocks out of each batch of Rice Krispie Treats. Each batch will yield different amounts depending on the size of your cookie cutter.IMG_0595

Enjoy!

Rice Kripsie Treats are perfect for so many occasions what is your favorite?

 

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#MagicalMonday #Disney #LinkUp Week 3


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Tye-Dye Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

IMG_0547Tye-Dye Cupcakes

My middle daughter turned 12 this week and celebrated her last elementary school birthday party. Since they were the last ones they had to memorable. So of course we hit up Pinterest for some cupcake ideas.

Honestly what did we ever do before Pinterest? How did we get ideas?

She texted me the pictures she liked and we decided to merge a couple of ideas and came up with our tye-dye ice cream cone cupcakes.

You will need the following to make Tye-Dye Cupcakes in a Cone

  • Ice cream cones (regular size)
  • Wilton icing colors blue, pink, green & violet
  • Wilton cupcake tip 1M and rounded tip 12
  • Wilton sugar white crystals
  • Cherries 
  • Aluminum foil 
  • Cake mix( I prefer Duncan Hines Devil’s Food)
    • 3 eggs- as per cake mix directions
    • 1/3 cup vegetable oil – as per cake mix directions 
    • 1 cup water
  • Buttercream Icing 
    • 2 sticks of butter
    • 1 crisco stick
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla
    • whole milk
    • 2 lbs of confectioners sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325. Wrap the ice cream cone bottom in aluminum foil and place in a cupcake tin. The aluminum foil keep the cone standing straight in the oven.
  2. Open up the cherries and strain them and place them on a paper towel. Give them time to dry out because if they are wet they will run and ruin the icing.
  3. Prepare the cake mix as directed. Fill each cone 2/3 of the way with cake mix. Each cake mix yields a slightly different amount but you will get 28-30 cupcakes. Which helps when sending cupcakes into school because there are usually more than 20 kids, the amount of cupcakes one box of mix typically makes.
  4. Bake the cupcakes for approximately 30 minutes. They are done when you can insert a toothpick in the center and it comes out clean or it pops back up when you press it in the center.
  5. Prepare the buttercream icing. This recipe is a double recipe because I always need more icing I only make double batches anymore.
    1. Cut up 2 sticks of butter and combine with one stick of crisco in an electric food mixer. The standup mixers are the best as I have burned out one or two handle held mixers making icing.
    2. Add 2 teaspoons of vanilla
    3. Add 1lb (4 cups of sugar) Be careful and add the sugar slowly and mix slowly because the powder can get pretty messy. It can look the scene in Goodfellas when Henry tells Sandy to use the dishwasher to clean the kitchen.  I trick I found is  wetting a paper towel and wrap it around the mixer and it works really well to keep the powder contained.
    4. Once all the sugar is blended add 2 tablespoons of milk. Blend until you have a creamy but stiff consistency.
  6. After the icing is prepared split into five bowls. Using you Wilton Icing dye each of the bowls green, blue, pink, purple and leave one white.IMG_0552
  7. Then take an icing bag and cut off the tip. Place an icing coupler of the bag. Use a wilton round tip. Fold down the icing bag and put a spoonful of each color in the bag. The colors will mix but try to keep them separate and put each spoonful next to one another around the perimeter of the bag and not on top of each other.IMG_0792
  8. Using the icing bag start apply pressure and start at the outside of the cone and move in a circular motion towards the center. Build each circle higher than the last to create the ice cream look. Stop the pressure before you pull the bag away so it comes off cleanly. (Icing is extremely forgiving and you can wipe it off with a knife and start over. I also recommend trying it out on wax paper first)
  9. The colors start to  mix a little so I recommend changing bags part way through.
  10. Once all the cones are decorated with the tye-dye icing sprinkle with Wilton white crystal sugar.
  11. Cut off the end of another decorating bag and put in cupcake tip 1M. The cupcake tips are too large and you do not need a coupler. Place one star on top of each cupcake to look like whipped cream. Again make sure to stop pressure before you pull away.
  12. Place a cherry on top.IMG_0514

Cupcakes in a cone are a birthday family favorite at our house.

Have you ever made them? What are birthday family favorite cupcakes at your house?

I would love to hear about it.

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Decisions Decisions Decisions

How do you choose between two things you love?

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100_1290When the children were little life was physically challenging whereas now life has become mentally challenging.

 

I often find myself longing for the days when the kids were younger and life was simpler.

When they were small they could experiment with a variety of different activities and see what suits them. My oldest daughter had a great time participating in cheerleading, gymnastics, karate, Girl Scouts, soccer, lacrosse and dance. If she wanted to do it we tried it.

She discovered her two main passions: lacrosse and dance. Which is great right? How lucky that she found two activities she is good at and that she loves.

Not so much.

The older you are the higher the stakes. When you are little and you miss a practice, game or class life goes on and it is not a big deal If you miss a practice or a class now it is a big deal, a very big deal. The dance instructors and the lacrosses coaches each feel that their world is the most important and everything should revolve around them.

I have always encouraged my daughter to do what she loves which includes both lacrosse and dance. And of course they are not the only activities she is involved in. She is still a Girl Scout, plays in the  band and is on the JV volleyball team. Not to mention the enormous workload she has from her classes.images-44

It all seems so normal for the kids to be involved in so many activities because everyone else is too. And for a long time it works. It’s only now I am beginning to see the down side. Once things begin to overlap the problems begin.

Do you skip practice to go to dance?                                                                                              Is a dress rehearsal for a dance show more important than a practice?                                Do games trump everything else?

And you can forget family events, which in my opinion should trump everything, but sadly they do not.

When I see the pressure it puts on my daughter I feel terrible. She is only 14 and she shouldn’t have to choose between two things she loves so much. It just seems so unfair. She is only a freshman in high school and the reality is she is not going to dance on Broadway or become a professional athlete.

However the pressure is real and she doesn’t want to disappoint anyone. She wants to play hard for her lacrosse coach she wants to be at every practice for her dance teacher. Her goal is really to excel at both.

But at what cost?

I think it is just too much.

And how do you take the pressure off?

I have always said that she can continue both until it gets to be too much, but I think we have passed too much a few miles back and are on the road to impossible.

I wonder did I sell her on a bill of goods that she could do everything?

Will she be disappointed when she realizes that she can’t fit it all?

Her whole life my stock answer has been, “Don’t worry we will figure it out?” Was that a mistake?

It’s ironic that we want our children to have it all but in doing so we may be hurting them. Do we do them a disservice by attempting to let them have it all?

Only time will tell but for now I will continue to be the most supportive lacrosse dance mom I can be.

 

 

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10 Reasons to Stay at #Disney’s Port Orleans Resort- French Quarter

Many people feel that a Disney vacation is an overwhelming and exhausting endeavor. DSCN0275While yes it can seem overwhelming, you can determine theme of your vacation by choosing the right Disney Resort. There are various Disney resorts to choose from each with their own character and personality and there is definitely a perfect fit for your family.
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If you are looking for a peacefully quiet and scenic Disney Resort Port Orleans French DSCN0294
Quarter might be the resort for you. The Port Orleans Resort consists of two separate sections Riverside and French Quarter. We stayed at the French Quarter on our first visit and it is my favorite of the moderate resorts. For newbie Disney fans, Disney resorts are broken down into Value, Moderate, and Deluxe. We have been back to Disney 5 times and have stayed at several different resorts but Port Orleans French Quarter remains at the top of our favorite’s list.

Five Great Reasons to Stay at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort French Quarter.

1.) Scenic & Beautiful

View across the river.

View across the river.

The French Quarter is set along the scenic Sassagoula River which winds its way between both sides of the resort.The influence of the New Orleans French Quarter is evident in all the details throughout this quaint resort.

2.) Quiet & PeacefulDSCN0289

The French Quarter offers a  quiet oasis for families. Set away from the epicenter of excitement at the parks, this resort is perfect for families looking for some downtime.

3.) A Perfect Size

The size of the resort made it easy for family to get around.

The size of the resort made it easy for family to get around.

The French Quarter is the perfect size for young families. It is an easy quick walk to the pool, playground, dining and gift shop from all the rooms.

4.) Water SlideDSCN0290

Water slides, it has come to my attention, are a big factor in choosing a Disney Resort. My children will check out all the resorts on the internet and look for the best water slide. The French Quarter does not disappoint with it’s  sea serpent water slide.

5.) Dining Options

Sassagoula Floatworks and Factory Food Court

Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory

The French Quarter offers a quick service food court, two lounges and a pizza delivery. We loved the Sassagoula Floatworks and Factory Food Court with its fun and lively atmosphere. The Floatworks is a perfect choice if you are on the Disney Dining Plan. The Scat’s Cats Club offers live Jazz music on select nights and adds to the New Orleans feel of the resort.

6.) Waterway TransportationDSCN0288

You can take advantage of the waterway transportation and visit Downtown Disney or the Riverside section of the Resort. It is an exciting time at Downtown Disney as there are many renovations project underway and it is just a quick boat ride from The French Quarter. If you find yourself looking for more you can also visit Riverside which offers two pools,  more dining options, and a bigger gift shop.

7.) Walking Running PathDSCN0284

There is a nice walking/ running path that connects the two hotels. My youngest daughter was only one when we visited and I took her on the path for a nightly stroll to put her to sleep.

8.) Bus Transportation

You can access all of the WDW parks on the Walt Disney World Bus Transportation
System. Unless you are staying at a deluxe resort on the monorail all the resorts use Walt Disney World Transportation System. Everyone raves about the monorail but when I stayed on the monorail I didn’t think it was that much better than the bus system. The monorail only goes in one direction and you had to wait for them too. Wait times for busses vary but my own experience is about 10-20 minutes. However there were a few times we waited almost 30 minutes for transportation from the park back to a hotel.

9.) Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

A quaint way to enjoy the scenery you can take a horse-drawn carraige ride along the banks of the Sasassagoula River.

10.) Recently Renovated 

Since my visit all the rooms at the French Quarter have been renovated. The project was completed in 2011. Click here for a complete look at the updates 

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#MagicalMonday #Disney #LinkUp Week 2

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