Check out this recipe for yummy Upside Down Lemon Meringues! So easy!
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Check out this recipe for yummy Upside Down Lemon Meringues! So easy!
In celebration of ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS opening, here are three amazing dessert videos that show you how to create delicious macaroons, Cheshire Cat cupcakes, and Time’s Gear Cookies!
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In Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” an all-new spectacular adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories, Alice returns to the whimsical world of Underland to save her friend the Mad Hatter. Directed by James Bobin, who brings a unique vision to the spectacular world Tim Burton created on screen in “Alice in Wonderland,” the film is written by Linda Woolverton based on characters created by Lewis Carroll and produced by Joe Roth, Suzanne Todd and Jennifer Todd and Tim Burton with John G. Scotti serving as executive producer. “Alice Through the Looking Glass” reunites the all-star cast from the worldwide blockbuster phenomenon, including: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Matt Lucas and Helena Bonham Carter along with the voices of Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen and Timothy Spall. We are also introduced to several new characters: Zanik Hightopp (Rhys Ifans), the Mad Hatter’s father and Time himself (Sacha Baron Cohen), a peculiar creature who is part human, part clock.
Alice Kingsleigh (Wasikowska) has spent the past three years sailing the high seas. Upon her return to London, she comes across a magical looking glass and returns to the fantastical realm of Underland. Reuniting with her friends the White Rabbit, Absolem, the White Queen and the Cheshire Cat, Alice must save the Hatter and Underland itself, before time runs out. Presented in Digital 3D™, Real D 3D and IMAX® 3D, Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass” opens in U.S. theaters on May 27, 2016.
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On April 17th the Paddington Movie will be available on digital download. Why not host your own Paddington Movie Night Party, complete with fun Paddington inspired recipes like the one I created below. You can go to Paddington Parties and get a free digital party kit to host your own party. It includes recipe ideas and free printable activities, games, and more! One of my favorite things on the Paddington Parties site is the area where you can put Paddington into your pictures:
You can also find other Paddington Party ideas on Pinterest. And check out the Paddington Movie site, too.
Here’s my Paddington Bear inspired Tortilla Chips with Orange Marmalade Cream Cheese because Paddington loves marmalade! It is so simple to make, the kids can help, and it is delicious. My sister and my daughter couldn’t get enough of it. If you run out of tortilla chips it is really good with Nilla wafers, too. Just sayin’!
For Bear Tortilla Chips-
flour or whole wheat tortillas
non-stick cooking spray
For Orange Marmalade Cream Cheese Dip-
1 (8-ounce) package whipped cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
¼ cup heavy whipping cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup orange marmalade
2 cups whipped cream
Mix cream cheese, powdered sugar, and heavy whipping cream together with a hand mixer on low. Stir in vanilla and orange marmalade. Gently fold in whipped cream. Chill, top with more whipped cream (optional) and enjoy! It tastes just as yummy the next day IF you have any left over!
Disclaimer- I received a copy of Penguins of Madagascar, a Target gift card, and other party supplies as part of the Fox Home Entertainment Insiders Blogger Program to facilitate this post but all opinions are 100% my own.
My girls and I were selected to have a Penguins of Madagascar ice cream movie viewing party. It was so much fun. We were sent everything we needed for a fun, family night- plates, cups, napkins, themed rings, a penguin ice cube tray, the Penguins of Madagascar movie, 5 plush, talking characters, ceramic ice cream bowls, an ice cream scoop, a gift Target gift card to buy all of the ice cream supplies, and my favorite item- the Play and Freeze ice cream maker ball.
Aren’t they adorable? The movie came with 2 walking figures, too! So cute!
The ice cream maker ball was so much fun to use. You fill one side with rock salt and ice and the other side with your ice cream ingredients. Close the ball and the fun begins! Shake shake shake the ball. Pass it around. Roll it. After 15 minutes open the ice cream end, scrap any ice cream from the sides, and close it up. Turn it over and add some more ice and rock salt. Shake again until the ice cream is firm. You might have to repeat the scraping and adding ice a few times. The time it takes to freeze depends on the liquid you use, the toppings, etc. We used heavy whipping cream and it took about 30 minutes.
Here’s the recipe we used. If you don’t have the ice cream maker you could put ice and rock salt into a gallon ziplock baggie and the ice cream ingredient into a quart baggie. Put the smaller baggie into the larger baggie and shake shake shake!
1 pint Cream or Milk (we used heavy whipping cream)
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/2 cup Sugar
2 chopped Peanut Butter Cups (we actually used 4 because you can never have too much peanut butter cup except I think that is why it took a little longer to freeze)
In addition to watching the adorable Penguins of Madagascar, we also did several other games and activities. You can find lots of printable activities on my other Penguins of Madagascar printable activity post. My girls had fun making paper airplanes, showing off their best karate stance, and my favorite, doing the penguin shake.
LOS ANGELES, CA – They’re cute…they’re cuddly…they’re back! From the creators of MADAGASCAR comes the hilarious new movie that proves global espionage is for the birds! In DreamWorks’ PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR, your favorite super-spies—Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private—join forces with the elite North Wind team to save the world. It’s a side-splitting, globe-trotting adventure the whole family will love! Introduce the Penguin family to your family on March 17 when Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment releases DreamWorks’ PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR on Blu-ray™ and DVD.
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PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR is “a fun, smartly conceived film that will appeal to all movie-goers,” proclaims Bill Bregoli of CBS Radio. A hit with audiences and critics alike, the film received an outstanding audience reaction with a coveted “A-” CinemaScore® and certified fresh on RottenTomatoes.com.
Directed by Eric Darnell and Simon J. Smith, PENGUINS OF MADAGASCARfeatures the voice talents of John Malkovich (“Crossbones” Red 2), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game), and Ken Jeong (The Hangover), joiningTom McGrath, Chris Miller and Christopher Knights, who are reprising their roles as the Penguins from the beloved Madagascar franchise.
The Blu-ray™ and DVD feature hours of bonus materials that uncover the covert operations of the PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR including several exclusive featurettes, a deleted scene, a music video by Pitbull, a dance tutorial by tWitch, and more.
I’ve been trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle for the last few months. I’ve been watching what I eat and have lost over 20 pounds so far. Part of my “secret” is not allowing myself to feel deprived or missing my favorite foods. If I am craving something I try to find a similar but healthier version of what I am craving. Sure, I sometimes have to get creative but that’s part of the fun. I was so excited to find Yoplait Greek 100 Whips! Yoplait Greek 100 Whips! are whipped Greek yogurts that come in 4 delicious flavors- Blueberry, Strawberry, Black Cherry, and Vanilla Cupcake. They are a great snack, easy to throw in my girls’ lunchboxes, and also make a great dessert.
You can eat Yoplait Greek 100 Whips! by themselves or you can get creative with them like I like to do and come up with all sorts of yummy recipes. I was craving Key Lime Pie the other day so I came up with my own, healthier version using Yoplait Greek 100 Whips! and only a few other ingredients. I had my sister over so I had her try it. She normally doesn’t like Greek yogurt and she’s pretty picky about food but she LOVED it and said it really tasted like Key Lime Pie.
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1 container Vanilla Cupcake Yoplait Greek 100 Whips!
Lime Essential Oil (I’m sure you could use lime extract but I love my essential oils)
1 graham cracker
whipped cream (optional)
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1 cup elbow macaroni
2 tablespoons of olive oil
⅔ cup of chopped carrots
⅔ cup of chopped celery
⅔ cup of chopped onions
2 cups of heavy cream
1 ½ cups of milk
1 ½ cups of shredded cheddar cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste
2 tablespoons of cornstarch
2 tablespoons of water
1 8oz can of creamed corn
Yields 8 servings
Disclosure- I received a party box filled with items to host a DisneySide party from Mom Select and Disney. All opinions are 100% my own. Thanks Mom Select and Disney!
I was so excited to be selected to host a DisneySide party. I have tween daughters so I was selected to host a Disney Villains themed party. Since the parties were to be hosted in February I decided to make mine a Disney Villaintine’s Day party. Once we had the theme, my girls and I went to work deciding on food, games, and crafts. Disney Villaintine’s Day was such a fun theme to come up with things for! Disney and MomSelect sent so many great things to host our party- cake mix, decorations, games, Twinings tea bags, HP photo paper, All detergent, and lots more! Check out what received below:
We received so many great things to host our party but there are lots of other things you can add to make your Villaintine’s Day party a success. Here’s everything we did for our party:
I found some great Disney Villains headbands and jewelry on clearance for $2 each at Claire’s so I snatched it right up. Each girl received a headband (Cruella or Ursula) and a matching bracelet and necklace.
We had so much fun planning our party that we came up with more ideas than we even had time for! Here’s what we came up with:
For background music I found this great, free website that had several great playlists of Disney Villains songs. It was perfect.
Each party guest received a favor bag with lots of goodies in it. I made notebooks with our invitation design on the cover so the girls could remember the party. There was also villain color nail polish, heart shaped candy, villain Jelly Belly jelly beans, heart rings and bracelets, a heart pencil, some printed games such as a villains word search and coloring page, Disney Villains lip gloss, and a favor box filled with candy.
Here are the Disney Villains labels I made for the favor boxes. I also used them on upside down paper cups stacked in a pyramid that the girls were supposed to try to knock over with bean bags but we ran out of time.
Most of the decorations I used were images I printed off of the internet via searching for Disney Villains or decorations that were sent in my party kit. For the magic mirror pictured below I bought an inexpensive silver charger plate at Michael’s (it was on sale for under $3 I believe). I printed a picture of the magic mirror from Snow White and taped it to the center of the plate. It looked great, only cost a few dollars, and since I only taped the picture on I can reuse it for something else.
Heart gems, battery operated tea light candles, and red & white heart balloon weights all from the dollar store made for some simple yet elegant centerpieces that didn’t take up too much room so the girls still had plenty of room to craft.
I bought a plan wood frame at Michael’s and painted it black. Then I sponged on purple paint. On top of the purple paint I sponged on silver paint and finished it off with some purple glitter paint to create a photo booth for the girls to take pictures. I hung a simple purple plastic tablecloth as the backdrop. Easy peasy!
Here are the signs I made for all the food I served. Below you can click to download the signs to make them yourself.
In addition to Scar’s Soda and The Wicked Queen’s Water, I served Poor Unfortunate Souls Punch. To make the punch I put in two parts Green Hawaiian Punch to one part Sprite, added ice, and stirred. When we served the punch we put a gummy worm in the bottom as the Poor Unfortunate Soul.
The Gaston’s Grilled Cheese ended up just being cheese sandwiches because my husband (who was supposed to be making the food) injured his arm the morning of the party so we just cut the cheese sandwiches into heart shapes and served them that way. No one seemed to mind!
The moms appreciated having healthy deli sandwiches for dinner in addition to the veggies and hummus.
To make the tentacle hot dogs we just cut each hot dog lengthwise twice about 1/3 of the way up to create 4 “tentacles”. We then boiled the hot dogs until they were cooked. So easy and the kids loved them!
I’ll admit I over planned for this party because I had so many ideas. I had planned on having the girls make bookmarks but we ran out of time so I just had them take the printed bookmarks home so they could finish them later. Simply punch a hole in the top, add some ribbon and beads, and viola!Download the Disney Villains bookmark template (no words, just the pictures) here. And this is the original Disney Villains file I used to create it, to create my invites, and create the cover of the journals that I gave as favors.
I bought these pretty plastic wine glasses at The Dollar Tree in packs of 2! They were perfect for our Queen of Hearts glasses. I gave the girls heart shaped gems and some glue and they each made a beautiful glass that they could use to put trinkets in.
The girls also painted wooden frames that I bought from Michael’s for $1. Once the paint dried they put Villains stickers on them to decorate their frames. The girls will then put pictures from the party in their frames once I have the pictures printed. Such an easy craft but the girls really enjoyed it.
My favorite craft of all was the Mickey head dot art mugs. The mugs were $2 each at Michael’s. I had looked for mugs in the dollar store but they didn’t have enough plain white ones. I ended up liking the ones from Michael’s better anyway. I cut out Mickey Mouse heads on cardstock and I also had everyone’s initial cut out. The girls taped down Mickey’s head on one side of their mug and “dotted” all around it with oil based Sharpie markers. Be careful not to get paint under the template. They did the same with their initials on the other side of their mugs. Once the paint was dried and the girls brought their mugs home the mugs were put into a cold oven, brought to 350 degrees, and baked for 30 minutes. Make sure you get the oil based Sharpies and not the water based ones!
How Many Disney Villains Can You Name?
We started off with an ice breaker. The girls were divided into 2 groups and they had to see how many Disney Villains they could name.
Don’t Say the Word Villain or the Name of Any Disney Villain
The next game we played until the party was over. Similar to the clothespin game played at baby showers, the girls each had a red clothespin clipped to them. They couldn’t say the word villain or the name of any of the Disney Villains. If one of the girls caught another girl saying one of the forbidden words they had to call them out and take their clothespin. The winner was named the ultimate villain and she won a bracelet maker that was part of the party kit. The girls had so much fun with this game!Disney Trivia
There was a Disney Trivia game included in our party kit that we all enjoyed while the girls’ projects were drying. I was surprised just how much Disney knowledge the girls had and it was a great way for the girls and the moms to learn about Disney facts that they didn’t know. The trivia game really got all of us reminiscent of past trips to Disney World and excited to go back again soon.
We had planned on playing Disney Bingo (from the party box) and a cup knocking over game but we ran out of time. For the cup game I had purchased bean bags and put the faces of various Disney Villains on the cups. The cups were to be stacked in a pyramid and each girl would have had a chance to knock over as many cups as she could with the bean bags.
We all had an amazing time and with all the ideas I had we’ll probably host another Disney Villains party for Halloween. It’s such a fun theme. Thank you so much Disney and MomSelect!
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Every little girl dreams about having an Easy Bake Ultimate Oven. At least I know I did when I was a little girl. I wanted to bake my own goodies, without much help from my mom. I remember the day I finally received one. It was like all of my dreams came true. I know. It’s a little dramatic. But, it didn’t feel that way when I younger!
Now I can pass that same excitement on to my girls. As you can imagine as soon as we got it we had to open it right away. I’m quite impressed with the super chic look of the new designs. It definitely doesn’t look anything like the Easy Bake Oven I once had. Makes me wish I still had it. That would have made for the perfect photo opportunity. Mother and daughter with matching ovens.
The new Easy Bake Oven came with baking pan, pan pusher, and chocolate chip cookie mix. Everything my girls need to bake up her first treat! We did wish it came with more like some of the models do but we just went ahead and purchased some additional mixes at Target. The mixes are a little pricey at about $7 each but my girls are enjoying feeling so grown up and making their own treats so I splurged a little.
They have been baking their little hands off. I was quite surprised at how good the creations they made were. They made pretzels which came with a cheese dipping sauce and the chocolate chip cookie mix that came with the oven.
Mixing up the dough to form the cookies.
No, the cookies weren’t the pretties as they sort of fused into one big cookie but they were easy to break apart and were delicious!
We also have a cheese pizza mix waiting for us to use. Yes, I said CHEESE PIZZA for an Easy Bake Oven! We’d like to get some cake mix next. I have to admit I had fun making the pretzels, too!Getting all the ingredients ready for the pretzels.
Mixing up the dough, cheese sauce, and egg wash (what gives these pretzels a golden color).
Rolling out the pretzels!
Look how proud she was of making pretzels by herself!
One of the best parts is there aren’t any more lightbulbs. Phew! I remember the tragedy of my lightbulb burning out right in the middle of my cookies. Talk about heartbreak.
I would recommend this fabulous toy to anyone looking to continue on the amazing tradition of the Easy Bake Oven. It was a blast when I was a kid and I love sharing this experience with my girls.
The holidays are the perfect time for cooking. At least for me. It seems as though I never leave the kitchen. I love to be apart of cookie swapping parties and just whipping up something nice for the neighbors. The holidays are all about spreading cheer and what better way to do it than with baked deliciousness?
Along with all of those delicious baked goods can come the not so welcomed calories. Eek! Thankfully I found this Mrs. Fields Cutie Cakes™ Baking Pan. This pan creates 48 bite-size cakes, perfect for parties, holidays, school events, or when you just want a small, sweet indulgence. Or for when you are watching your calories.
I’ve used this awesome pan a few times now. Everything just slides right out. The best part about this pan is I can use it for other things as well. It’s not just for sweets. You can use it for things like mini corn dogs and potato pancakes! I can’t wait to try making those!
The Mrs. Fields Cutie Cakes™ Baking Pan is made of carbon Steel with non-stick coating and is super easy to wash. I would totally recommend this pan to anyone who loves making life in the kitchen a little easier. It’s always the small things that matter the most.
I used a pancake making squeeze bottle to fill the little compartments but you could even get an empty plastic ketchup/mustard squeeze bottle from the dollar store and use that. The directions said to bake for about 10 minutes and check it with a toothpick. I baked them for about 12 minutes and the toothpick came out clean. In retrospect I think I will bake them even a little longer next time so they get more golden. Either way they are adorable and so much fun to decorate and of course eat!