I scream for Ice Cream! *Giveaway*

This time of year, in SoCal it’s hot outside and for those visiting Disneyland I know the struggle to stay cool, well lucky for you I’ve taken it upon myself to try different kinds of ice cream at Disneyland 😉 (I know, I know I’m a saint) and these are just a few of my favorites

One of my favorite treats is the Dole whip float. I know you’ve heard how yummy a Dole Whip is but let me remind you. It’s so yummy and refreshing!! I’m sure you’ve walked by the line and thought it was way too long to wait for a dole whip but if you go inside where you wait for the Enchanted Tiki Room the line is way shorter (usually)

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A trip to Disneyland Resort wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Ghirardelli! They have so many different flavors to choose from and always offer you a free sample when you walk in. Can’t say no to a delicious free sample! This flavor is black cherry in a chocolate dipped waffle cone, my mouth is watering!

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Next, Ice cream nachos! This is an “off the menu” item. They are found inside Disneyland at the Golden Horseshoe. Did you know Ice Cream Nachos was originally on the menu at the Golden Horseshoe? It was removed from the menu several years ago. It is made with waffle cone “chips” topped with three scoops of your choice of ice cream, topped with hot fudge, whipped cream and chocolate chips with a cherry on top. When I ordered them, they didn’t even hesitate and a few people in front of me ordered it too. So, don’t hesitate to try it next time!

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Finally, is Clarabelle’s Hand Scooped Ice Cream inside Disney’s California Adventure. They have this amazing ice cream sundae served in a “Kitchen Sink”. They have so many different combinations of flavors all served in a kitchen sink. One of my favorite flavors is called The Oswald Sundae it’s one scoop of Vanilla and one scoop Chocolate Ice Cream with Hot Fudge, Whipped Cream, Chocolate Chips, Cherry, and a Chocolate Dipped Banana and you get to take the sink home! I currently use mine to hold my sponges and soap by my kitchen sink. For one lucky reader, I’ll be giving away a kitchen sink!! (sorry ice cream not included) Check out my social media pages for entry details!

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Churro Explosion!

Have you heard about the new and exciting churros flavors at Disneyland? Well this past week my husband and I tried some, for better or for worse. I’ll be rating them from best to worst and I mean worst.

Best

S’mores Churro


I’m a sucker for s’mores! The delicious marshmallowly chocolatie goodness! This churro is coated in gram crackers and you dip the churro in melted marshmallow and melted chocolate. Is your mouth watering? Mine is!

Good

Galactic Churro



It tasted like a regular churro so it was yummy! It did look way to pretty to eat though I mean come on look at those pretty edible stars!

Bad

Sour Watermelon Churro


Was the most disgusting thing I’ve ever tasted in my life but if you are adventurous please try it for yourself. It’s supposedly a limited time only flavor, it’s to celebrate the return of Fantasmic. So taste it before it’s gone!

Fruit Tart

One of the many things my husband and I like to do together is bake. The other day we made a fruit tart and I thought I’d share our success with you!

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Things You’ll Need For The Dough:

  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla
  • Sugar
  • Flour
  • Salt

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Ingredients


  Yields enough dough for two desserts.

  • 2 1/4 cups or 270g all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1/2 cup or 60g sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 14 tablespoons (1 3/4 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 large egg yolk, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

 

Directions


 

  1. Mix flour, sugar, and salt until combined then add butterb_mix
  2. Whisk together egg, egg yolk and vanilla. Then add eggs; knead until dough begins to come together. Turn dough out onto a floured work surface; lightly knead to form a ball. b_ball
  3. Divide dough into 2 pieces, and gently press into flat disks. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 1 hour or overnight. b_wrap

 

Next on to the Custard!

We used vanilla pudding and we made whipped cream. Below I’ll show you how we made the whipped cream, super easy and yummy.

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Things You’ll Need for the Whipped Cream:

  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Sugar

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Ingredients


  • 1 cup Heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoon of sugar

 

Directions


  1. Place cream and sugar in a mixing bowl that has been chilled and mix for 1-2 minutes. Mix until soft peaks have formed. Tip: Don’t whip too much or you will end up will cottage cheese looking whipped cream…ew.

Super easy, right? Keep in mind most recipes say to add vanilla to the mix but we didn’t because the vanilla pudding was sweet, we didn’t want it too sweet.

Now to make the custard simply fold the pudding and whipped cream together

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Back to the fruit tart!

Preheat oven to 350

Once dough has chilled, roll the dough flat.

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Then place it into the tin and with a fork poke holes on bottom of dough. Place into the oven for 15-20 minutes until golden brown

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Look how beautifully golden brown!! YUM! Tip: There was so much extra dough we made cookies!!

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Once the dough has cooled put that delicious custard on top of the dough

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Now this is where your creativity comes into play. I’m a very particular eater so I just wanted Strawberries and blackberries on my tart but the world is your oyster!

Finished product:

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FYI I don’t like the glaze that is normally on top of the tart but if you want to add it I found this recipe via Martha Stewart:

Ingredients:

1/4 cup red currant jelly, seedless raspberry jam, quince jelly, or apricot jam

Place jelly or jam in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring, until melted and smooth. Set glaze aside to cool slightly. Then brush on fruit. Easy peasy.

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You’ll notice you’ll have left over dough, custard and strawberries so there are a couple of things we ended up doing with our left overs. We made cookies and parfaits.

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Easter Peep Treats

What are Easter Peep Treats you ask? The best way to describe what I made is they’re rice crispy treats made with Fruity Pebbles®. These can obviously be made anytime of year with any mold but because I bought this mold a couple years ago on clearance I thought what a perfect time to utilize them since this is the first year I’ll be hosting Easter. Fun Fact: They’re Gluten Free!!

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Things You’ll Need:

  • Butter
  • Marshmallows
  • Fruity Breakfast Cereal
  • Fun Silicon Mold

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Ingredients


8 servings 274 calories

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 (10 ounce) package of marshmallows (I used Jet-puffed marshmallow)
  • 6 cups fruit-flavored breakfast cereal (I used Post Fruity Pebbles®)

Directions


  • Ready In 1 h 10 m
  • Prep time 10 m
  1. In a large pot over low heat, melt the butter.Melted Butter
  2. Gently stir the marshmallows into the butter. Stir until the butter and marshmallows are slightly blended. You’ll want to see melted marshmallow chunks.20170409_201617276_iOS
  3. Remove pan from heat, and stir in the breakfast cereal until the cereal is completely coated with the melted marshmallows.20170409_201945562_iOS
  4. Quickly place mixture in mold
  5. Cover exposed mixture with wax paper and refrigerate for 1 hour to set

  • Tips:
    • I used a silicon mold so I didn’t spray it with cooking spay if you use a pan and cut into squares use a spray
    •  The mold I used had small crevices (the beak) so I squeezed the beak till I could feel the cereal fill that space.
    • Place wax paper on mixture in the mold and use a spoon to pack the mixture into the molds.20170409_202204925_iOS

If you make these please don’t hesitate to share your photos!

Weird F-ing Cravings

Maybe cravings isn’t the right word but my sense of smell since becoming pregnant has changed and everything smells different to me now…

Now that I’m in my third trimester I’m definitely nesting which means I’m cleaning a lot! As I clean I’m getting whiffs of these cleaning products that I never would of even thought twice about. Don’t go thinking I’m sniffin’ these things like glue and getting high because I’m not. I just think they smell really good and just because I have made a list for you fine people of things that smell so damn good to me right now:

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  2. Lemon scented Lysol wipes
  3. Brand new box of Mr. Clean erasers
  4. My laundry soap- I don’t know what the name of the scent because I never thought twice about it. I smelled it once when I originally bought it but now when I’m doing laundry I LOVE the smell so much i’ll leave the laundry room door open so it fills the house.

It’s not just cleaning supplies:

  1. Old books- oh my god really though does anything smell better than an old book?
  2. Paper- any paper
  3. Toilet paper
  4. Wood, that Home Depot lumber department, I could stand there for HOURS

Its’ not just smelling, I only bring up smell because that’s the biggest difference from my last pregnancy to this one. My last pregnancy my food cravings was Doritos Taco from Taco Bell and now I LOVE Pericarp and pith or as my friend Ashely called it Satan’s butt/ass. What is that you might ask?

Definition: the white part of the orange, technically called the pericarp, has almost as much vitamin C as does the orange fruit. The pericarp includes the white, thready material that is called the pith.

I literally cant get enough of it. I will eat six to eight of those small oranges or cuties right before bed and when I peel them I try really hard to not take off the white part. If I do accidentally take off the white part I will still eat it. A treat within a treat. So if you know I’m coming over to your house don’t be surprised if I’m in the corner sniffing your old books. So instead of hide yo kids, hide yo wife its more like hide yo old books, hide yo lumber

It’s been a while

Apologizes that I have disappeared from the face of the planet but I’ve been going through a lot. My daughter turned 4, so I got very busy planning her birthday party. We found out we were moving so trying to find a perfect school for our Autistic child was no easy feat. Trying to find a place to live in a city I’ve never really been to, then Halloween crept up, Thanksgiving and now Christmas. I didn’t even decorate much for those holidays because I was unpacking, cleaning, trying to keep my child entertained while she wasn’t in school.

The worst part of my move was trying to get my daughter enrolled in elementary school! I thought I was being a great planner I called schools in the district that I knew we were moving into at least two and a half months in advance, We found the school she was supposed to go to and all we needed was proof of our address I sent them her IEP TWO MONTHS before we were scheduled to move. One week before the movers were scheduled I get a call from the school saying oh sorry, we wont be the school she will be attending because of her age. The school she was supposed to go to was a transitional kindergarten (very similar to what she was already in) they tell me she has to go to pre school, which is not offered at that school, so I had to start all..over..again… It took a MONTH before she went to school. They told me they needed ORIGINAL paperwork from her other school for her IEP paperwork which took weeks, we also had to wait for the psychologist to read the paper work which took another couple of weeks and finally we had to wait for the psychologist to be available to meet my daughter. In the end so far we are very pleased with her school. She is in a small class room size for 5 kids and also interacts with most kids that a Neurotypical and is flourishing.

Long story short, I’m back and will be sharing in detail what I have been up to. Again I’m sorry I disappeared but I’m back baby!!

Funnel Cakes Galor!

One of my foodie guilty pleasure is funnel cake! I’m a sucker for funnel cake, I love them with strawberries, powdered sugar or boysenberry jam. Did you know that Disneyland has delicious funnel cake? Located at The Hungry Bear restaurant near Splash Mountain is where they are hidden. They have seasonal funnel cake flavors and right now they have peach cobbler and churro! So delicious! I highly recommend trying them when you’re there next!! One of the best parts of the funnel cake is the whip cream! It’s not overly sweet and they’re definitely generous with their portions. Best part is your annual pass discount applies! Have you tried them yet?

Peach Cobbler Funnel Cake

Churro Funnel Cake