Olaf Cheese Ball

You just can’t help but love him, can you? Even after you have seen the movie a thousand times and you have the soundtrack running on repeat through your head- Olaf is just adorable!  I came up with a sweet cheese ball recipe in his likeness for  those of you who really can’t get enough. Because when someone says ‘Do you wanna build a snowman” to you, you do it.

Olaf Cheese Ball

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Ingredients:

1-8 oz. package cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup butter- (1 stick)

3/4 cup powdered sugar

2 Tbsp. granulated sugar

1/2 tsp. vanilla

Items for decorating cheese ball- carrot sliver, black gel icing with a small tip, chocolate chips, candy eyes,  and pretzels.

olaf cheese ball ingredients

Directions:

Cream butter and cream cheese until smooth.

Add sugars and vanilla  slowly -mix until well incorporated and creamy.

olaf cheeseball mix

Remove mixture from  bowl and cover in plastic wrap, place in refrigerator for 2-3 hours and allow it to firm up.

olaf cheeseball wrap

When mixture has firmed, roll into snow ball shapes- 2 smaller for feet, a large base, smaller torso, and larger head- shape it a bit so it resembles Olaf. I looked at a picture of him for inspiration while I worked. Roll in powdered sugar to coat and to make it resemble snow.

olaf cheeseball roll

Assemble parts, using a  pretzel stick to secure.

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Add carrots, candy eyes, and other additional pieces to decorate your Olaf. For his hair I melted a few teaspoons of chocolate chips in the microwave, scooped it into the corner of a sandwich bag, snipped off the corner and “drew” his hair shape onto waxed paper, let harden in the refrigerator and press gently into the top.

Olaf Nutter Butter Cookies Frozen Movie

Can’t get enough Olaf and his friends? Check out our Olaf Nutterbutter cookies and Sven Marshmallow Pops!

Sven Marshmallow pops

And make our Olaf Snowmen out of K-Cups!

Olaf Cheese Ball
 
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1-8 oz. package cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup butter- (1 stick)
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  • Items for decorating cheese ball- carrot sliver, black gel icing with a small tip, chocolate chips, candy eyes, and pretzels.
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and cream cheese until smooth.
  2. Add sugars and vanilla slowly -mix until well incorporated and creamy.
  3. Remove mixture from bowl and cover in plastic wrap, place in refrigerator for 2-3 hours and allow it to firm up.
  4. When mixture has firmed, roll into snow ball shapes- 2 smaller for feet, a large base, smaller torso, and larger head- shape it a bit so it resembles Olaf. I looked at a picture of him for inspiration while I worked.
  5. Roll in powdered sugar to coat and to make it resemble snow.
  6. Assemble parts, using a pretzel stick to secure.
  7. Add carrots, candy eyes, and other additional pieces to decorate your Olaf.
  8. For his hair I melted a few teaspoons of chocolate chips in the microwave, scooped it into the corner of a sandwich bag, snipped off the corner and "drew" his hair shape onto waxed paper, let harden in the refrigerator and press gently into the top.

Decorated Sugar Cookies: Disney Frozen Anna and Elsa

Who, at this point, is not completely in love with all things Frozen?!?!  These decorated sugar cookies of the two young princesses are created with Royal Icing and would be the perfect treat for a Disney Frozen themed party!

These decorated sugar cookies are made from our Lemon Snap Sugar Cookie Recipe we shared back at Christmas (those adorable Elf On A Shelf Cookies).  These are my favorite sugar cookie!  The texture is great, they don’t break easily, and the hint of lemon is perfect!  I’ve used snowflake cookie cutters and large circle cookie cutters for our Frozen treats.

Decorated Sugar Cookies: Disney Frozen Anna and Elsa

Anna and Elsa

Ingredients & Supplies:

  • Snowflake and circle sugar cookies ready to decorate
  • 1 batch of Royal Icing colored white, light turquoise, dark blue, purple, skin tone, golden blonde, brown, black, and green
  • Piping bag and tip insert, #2 and #4 round tips
  • Blue & blush shimmer powder
  • Bowl and spoons for mixing icing
  • Toothpicks for spreading icing

Instructions:

Begin by outlining the cookies with the stiff Royal Icing.  I used a #4 round tip to pipe a turquoise line around all the cookies.  For the Anna and Elsa cookies, use the other colors of icing to “draw” the outlines of each girl onto the cookies with the #2 round tip.  Remember that these are decorated sugar cookies and that they do not have to be perfect art!  Have fun with them and keep them simple.

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Once outlines are firm, begin filling in the spaces with thinned Royal Icing.  It should be thin enough to spread but not so watery that it will not harden (A good rule of thumb is to add a few drops of water to a time and stir well, lift the icing with your spoon.  It should absorb back into the icing at about 10 seconds).  Fill in the spaces with the appropriate colors of icing and allow the icing to dry completely.  Do not add anything else until the icing is hard.

When all of the icing has hardened, use the stiff icing to pipe details onto each cookie such as the white details on the snowflakes, the faces on the princesses, and the details of Anna’s dress.  When all icing has firmed up, you can add shimmer powder to give the decorated sugar cookies sparkle.  I added blue to the turquoise icing and a blush tone to the princess faces.

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Do not stack cookies until all icing is hardened.  Once cookies are ready, stack in an air tight container until ready to share!

Elsa Anna

 

Pillowcase Dress Pattern: Disney Frozen Inspired

We’ve all seen the adorable pillowcase dresses in many variations.  Most are easy to make and very simple in style.  Here is a twist on that simple project to create a beautiful little girl’s fancy dress!  The colors and sparkles make this Disney Frozen Inspired Pillowcase Dress Pattern perfect for your princess! What little girl wouldn’t love this?!?  And, yes, it is still easy to make!

Disney Frozen Inspired Pillowcase Dress Pattern

frozen pillowcase dress patternYou’ll need the following supplies:

  • 2 regular pillowcases of the same size & color (the higher the thread count, the nicer and dressier the fabric will be)
  • Thread to match the pillowcases
  • Approximately 18 yards of ribbon in a contrasting color (I used a sequined ribbon, about 1 1/2″ wide)
  • 1/4 yard Tulle in a similar color to ribbon
  • Thread to match Tulle
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins for pinning into place, safety pin, & needles for hand sewing
  • Scissors
  • A dress you know fits in length & arm holes for template only

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Step 1

Fold the first pillowcase in half lengthwise and out on a flat surface.  Lay the template dress out on the first pillowcase and determine the correct length by lining the bottom of the dress up with the open end of the pillowcase.  Mark a straight like across the opposite end of the pillowcase which will become the neck of the dress.  Next, mark the arm hole lines.  Carefully cut along marks

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Step 2

Determine how much shorter than the bottom layer you want the top layer of the dress to be.  Lay the cut pillowcase over the second pillowcase (both still folded in half lengthwise) and adjust the bottom (open end) to be the desired length.  Cut the top and arm holes into the second pillowcase as done in step 1.

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Step 3

Now you’ll sew the two layers of the dress together.  This might be the tricky part as it took some time to make sure that once sewn together and turned out everything would be right side out.  You’ll place the shorter, top layer right side out inside the longer layer which is also right side out. Pin the two layers together along the arm holes and straight top.  Sew approximately 1/4″ in from edge, following the contour of the arm hole.

sewing armholes together

Step 4

Turn top layer right side out over the bottom layer.  Fold approximately 1 1/2″ of the straight neckline over, pin into place and sew.  This will become the ribbon pocket for the neck.

ribbon pocket

Step 5

Cut the tulle into 2 strips legnthwise (approximately 6″ each”).  Fold one piece in half lengthwise.  Using the matching thread, begin gathering the tulle onto the thread (you’ll sew at the open side, creating almost a tube).  Gather the entire length onto the thread.  Once you’ve completed this, you’ll begin tacking it to the bottom pillowcase.  The folded edge of the tulle should be approximately 1″ above the open end of the dress and the sewn edge should fall under the top pillowcase.  As you tack the tulle to the pillowcase, gently pull the thread it is on to create a gathered look.

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Step 6

Using several layers of thread, create a loop at each side seam that will be large enough to slip the ribbon sash through.  This can be placed at waist height or higher to create an empire waist.  Slip your ribbon through both loops and cut to length.  You’ll want it to be long enough to be snug around the body and either tie in a knot or bow in the back with tails left to hang.

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Step 7

Pin a large safety pin to the end of the remaining ribbon and begin feeding it through the ribbon pocket at the neckline.  Feed through both the front and back.  This ribbon should be long enough to create straps when the pillow case is gathered in the front and back to create a scooped neckline.  You can either sew the ends of the ribbon together and slide the sewn ends into the pocket or you can leave it longer and tie it when it is put on to be worn.  I chose to sew the ends and conceal them which left the perfect place to add a little tulle flower!

If you’d like to make a tulle flower, cut the remaining tulle into a 3″ strip.  Fold it in half and begin gathering it onto your needle and thread at the open side.  Gather a little to a time and pull it tight, draw your needle through the gathered portion and gather more on.  Repeat until it begins to look like a flower and reaches your desired size.  Sew into place at one side of the neckline.

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Press the entire dress and it’s ready to be worn!  Who would guess this was a pillowcase?!?

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This dress had a total cost of $22.00 in materials and approximately 3 hours of time.

$500 Disney Gift Card Giveaway (and $100 Disney GC too!)

Are you ready for the happiest giveaway ever? My blogger friends and I have teamed up to bring you a fabulous Disney Giveaway this month. Two lucky winners will receive Disney gift cards that can be used on an upcoming Disney vacation, Disney Store purchase and more!
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Disney’s Frozen Sven Marshmallow Pops

OK, I KNOW you have heard of Disney’s Frozen. Chances are, since its out on BluRay/DVD, you’ve even finally seen it.  And chances are, if you saw it, you loved it.  I mean, it is fantabulous.  Or the kids have brainwashed me into believing it is because they sing the songs and act out the movie all day every day.  Either way. (I’m pretty sure its the former not the latter). The characters in this film are just fun to watch and fun to love.  There’s been a whole lotta lovin’ for the ever adorable Olaf, beautiful sisters Anna and Elsa, but one of my faves in the movie was Sven, the strong, silent and slightly sarcastic reindeer. He isn’t getting quite enough love and attention in my book, so I had to come up with a way to pay homage to his awesome.  So here are my Sven Marshmallow Pops!

 Sven Marshmallow pops

Sven Marshmallow Pops

 

Ingredients:

Jumbo Jet Puffed Marshmallows

Lollipop Sticks

Dark Cocoa Candy Melts

Peanut Butter Candy Melts

White Candy Melts

Pretzels

Candy Eyes

Brown Mini M&Ms

Wax Paper

 Directions:

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Stick a lollipop stick through a marshmallow for each pop you’ll be making. Melt the dark cocoa candy melts according to package directions. Dip each marshmallow in the candy melts until fully coated, then tap on the side of the bowl to remove excess.

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Place upright in a block of foam to allow to harden completely.

Melt white candy melts according to package directions. Add a drop of dark cocoa candy melts and mix together to make gray.

Sven Marshmallow Pops-8To make the antlers, break pretzels in half and dip in the gray candy melts.

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Set on wax paper to harden.

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Once the marshmallows have hardened, use a toothpick to paint gray spots on the front of the marshmallow pops. Add candy eyes on top of the spots.

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Melt the peanut butter candy melts according to package directions. To make the nose, cut a jumbo marshmallow in quarters and dip in the peanut butter candy melts using a toothpick. Set on the wax paper to harden.

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Attach two brown mini M&Ms to the front of the nose and use the candy melts to stick the nose on the front of the face.

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Dip the bottom of the antlers in dark cocoa candy melts and set on wax paper. Set the marshmallow pops on top of the antlers to attach them to the back and allow to harden completely.

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Package as desired and enjoy!

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Love the Sven pops? Don’t forget to check out our Olaf Nutter Butter Cookies!

Olaf Nutter Butter Cookies Frozen Movie

 

You will LOVE having these as a fun snack for your Frozen viewing party!!  There are tons of fun extras on the BluRay and DVD that you don’t want to miss out on!!

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Here’s some activities you can download for your viewing party, too :)

frozen activity games

frozen fun activities

4.8 from 4 reviews
Disney's Frozen Sven Marshmallow Pops
 
Fun marshmallow pops made to look like Sven from Disney's Frozen
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Ingredients
  • Jumbo Jet Puffed Marshmallows
  • Lollipop Sticks
  • Dark Cocoa Candy Melts
  • Peanut Butter Candy Melts
  • White Candy Melts
  • Pretzels
  • Candy Eyes
  • Brown Mini M&Ms
  • Wax Paper
Instructions
  1. Stick a lollipop stick through a marshmallow for each pop you'll be making.
  2. Melt the dark cocoa candy melts according to package directions.
  3. Dip each marshmallow in the candy melts until fully coated, then tap on the side of the bowl to remove excess.
  4. Place upright in a block of foam to allow to harden completely.
  5. Melt white candy melts according to package directions.
  6. Add a drop of dark cocoa candy melts and mix together to make gray.
  7. To make the antlers, break pretzels in half and dip in the gray candy melts.
  8. Set on wax paper to harden.
  9. Once the marshmallows have hardened, use a toothpick to paint gray spots on the front of the marshmallow pops.
  10. Add candy eyes on top of the spots.
  11. Melt the peanut butter candy melts according to package directions.
  12. To make the nose, cut a jumbo marshmallow in quarters and dip in the peanut butter candy melts using a toothpick.
  13. Set on the wax paper to harden.
  14. Attach two brown mini M&Ms to the front of the nose and use the candy melts to stick the nose on the front of the face.
  15. Dip the bottom of the antlers in dark cocoa candy melts and set on wax paper.
  16. Set the marshmallow pops on top of the antlers to attach them to the back and allow to harden completely.
  17. Package as desired and enjoy!

We did receive a Frozen combo pack on BluRay/DVD.  Opinions are my own.

 

What’s your love story? #BlankandBow #CleverGirls AD

Thank you Disney’s Blank: A Vinylmation Love Story for sponsoring this post. Don’t miss the adventures of Blank and Bow in the in the short film now available for free on Google Play.

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I watched Disney’s “Blank: A Vinylmation Love Story” over the weekend.  It’s a love story like Disney’s not done before- it’s 38 minutes of stop motion animation and tells the story of Blank discovers his one true love, Bow, and the story of their separation and ultimately, their reunion.  Along the way there are obstacles to be overcome and friendships to be made.

Love stories are always fascinating to me. I don’t care if it’s short, long, silly, funny, I love them all.  Hearing the way two people connected in such a deep way is just something that warms my soul.  It’s never the same story twice, you know? Many tales of friendship are the same way.  We have all got those connections in our lives that never stop meaning the world to us- no matter how great the distance or how long it’s been since we’ve been together.

Blank: A Vinylmation Love Story – Trailer on Disney Video
What stood out to me most about Blank and Bow was their lack of color or apparent features- although honestly, it took a split second to understand what they were feeling and hoping for.  And really, it isn’t their lack of features, but how their appearance let you focus on what was happening so much more and not focusing on the characters so much.

Bow is taken from Blank to be brought to a color factory to be designed, and while Bow fights his way and follows her long distances, they also discover together that, along with other blank figures, they can band together and let others see that creating their own look is absolutely ok. They make some very colorful friends (literally) along the way and it’s really sweet to watch friendships unfold without a word spoken aloud.

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ABOUT DISNEY’S “BLANK: A VINYLMATION LOVE STORY”

  • Disney Interactive and Google teamed up to launch “Blank: A Vinylmation Love Story,” an original animated short film. The film will be available exclusively on Google Play, Google’s online store offering digital movies, books, music, apps, games and more.
  • Based on the popular Disney Parks Vinylmation collectible franchise, “Blank: A Vinylmation Love Story” is a 38 minute stop-motion animated film that tells the story of Blank, an unpainted Vinylmation, on an epic adventure through an original new world to find his lost soulmate.
  • Guests can download “Blank: A Vinylmation Love Story” for free exclusively on Google Play and can view the film online from their computer, or on their Android phone or tablet, or iPhone and iPad through the Google Play Movies & TV app. (Get the app for Android or iOS.)
  • To celebrate the premiere, Google is also inviting fans to share frames from the film with friends and family as digital greeting cards at blankmovie.withgoogle.com. After sharing a frame, guests can unlock a second special film, “Cranes in Love,” created especially for Google users.

As for my love story, well, it starts at a house party a few towns from where we live now.  I went to surprise a very dear friend from summer camp I hadn’t seen in a long time, her boyfriend’s band was playing at the party.  My J was there, as he’d been roommates with Ann’s boyfriend back in school… but I thought he was meant to meet up with my friend Maryanna, and all I could tell her all night was to go for it, and how cute he was.  A few months later, a group of us went to celebrate my birthday, and Maryanna and I had mutual friends with J…so they dragged him along promising him there would be 4 single ladies celebrating…

Well, it took about 4 seconds for me to have a goofy grin on my face.  Maybe less for him (he’d never admit to that). We were dancing and talking and having the most wonderful time… and honestly, it took him several days to call, but we’ve really been inseparable ever since. That second chance meeting was enough for both of us and we knew, this was it.   Like blank, I’d have and would still followed my J around the world to be with him again.

As for my friendship with Ann, we grew up in different states. We spent summers together at Camp Nokomis in New Hampshire.  4-8 weeks together depending on the year. The friendships I have from my years at camp never cease to amaze me. We don’t see one another often, several years often go by between visits, but the moment we are together, that’s it.  Time’s gone.

What’s your love story? Friendship story? Have you watched Blank and Bow?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

 

Olaf Nutter Butter Cookies Recipe

Unless you’re living in a cave someplace without any access to social media or television, I’m fairly certain you’ve heard of the fabulous new Disney movie, Frozen. We LOVE the movie, especially the soundtrack and the amazing characters.  For everyone here at the Martin house, it was love at first sight with Olaf, the world’s most adorable (and funny) snowman.  The movie will be released for home viewing in a few short weeks and how fun will it be to enjoy these while watching?!

I hope you enjoy our Olaf Nutter Butter Cookies Recipe!

Olaf Nutter Butter Cookies Frozen Movie

Ingredients:

Nutter Butter Cookies (Try Keebler Vienna Fingers for a nut-free option)

White Candy Melts

Orange Candy Melts

Candy Corn

Black Licorice Strings

Brown Mini M&Ms

Candy Eyes

Black Candy Decorating Pen

Wax Paper

 

Directions:

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Melt the white candy melts according to package directions. Dip each Nutter Butter in the candy melts until fully coated, then tap on the side of the bowl to remove excess. Place on wax paper to harden.

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Place candy eyes on top of the cookies before they’re totally dry. Cut small pieces of the licorice strings to make eyebrows and add above the candy eyes.

 

Meanwhile, melt a small amount of orange candy melts. Add the candy corn to the orange candy melts and set on the wax paper to harden.

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Cut pieces of the licorice strings to make branches for the arms. Attach a small piece to a larger piece using white candy melts to make a fork and allow to harden. Cut other pieces — some small and some longer — for branches for hair.

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Once the Nutter Butters have hardened, remove from the wax paper. Dip the ends of the arms and hair in white candy melts and set up on the wax paper. Set the Nutter Butter on top to attach the hair and arms to the back of the cookie. Allow to harden fully.

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Attach the candy corn to the face to make a nose. Using the decorating pen, draw a mouth below the nose. Add a dot of white candy melts to the mouth to make a tooth. Put a dot of white candy melts on the back of two brown mini M&Ms and add them to the front of the cookie as buttons.

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Package as desired, and enjoy!

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NOTE: The arms and hair are *very* delicate. Handle with care!

Don’t forget to check out our adorable Sven Marshmallow Pops!

Sven Marshmallow pops

Did you fall in love with Olaf too? Will you be adding Frozen to your video library?

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Olaf Nutter Butter Cookies Recipe
 
Fun Frozen-inspired Olaf Nutter Butter Cookies
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Ingredients
  • Nutter Butter Cookies
  • White Candy Melts
  • Orange Candy Melts
  • Candy Corn
  • Black Licorice Strings
  • Brown Mini M&Ms
  • Candy Eyes
  • Black Candy Decorating Pen
  • Wax Paper
Instructions
  1. Melt the white candy melts according to package directions. Dip each Nutter Butter in the candy melts until fully coated, then tap on the side of the bowl to remove excess. Place on wax paper to harden.
  2. Place candy eyes on top of the cookies before they're totally dry. Cut small pieces of the licorice strings to make eyebrows and add above the candy eyes.
  3. Meanwhile, melt a small amount of orange candy melts. Add the candy corn to the orange candy melts and set on the wax paper to harden.
  4. Cut pieces of the licorice strings to make branches for the arms. Attach a small piece to a larger piece using white candy melts to make a fork and allow to harden. Cut other pieces -- some small and some longer -- for branches for hair.
  5. Once the Nutter Butters have hardened, remove from the wax paper. Dip the ends of the arms and hair in white candy melts and set up on the wax paper. Set the Nutter Butter on top to attach the hair and arms to the back of the cookie. Allow to harden fully.
  6. Attach the candy corn to the face to make a nose. Using the decorating pen, draw a mouth below the nose. Add a dot of white candy melts to the mouth to make a tooth. Put a dot of white candy melts on the back of two brown mini M&Ms and add them to the front of the cookie as buttons.
  7. Package as desired, and enjoy!
  8. NOTE: The arms and hair are *very* delicate. Handle with care!

 

Personalizing Holiday Memories #PCHoliday

This is a sponsored post with Provide Commerce and the Social Media Chicks. All opinions are my own.

Christmas is such a special time of year for so many of us.  There are so many memories wrapped up in the whole idea of the holidays.  Personalizing holiday memories is one way to give those memories another element, and this year, we turned to Personal Creations to add some personal touches to gifts.  We did some items for others, like special ornaments for the kids, relating to their current interests.  We also chose an Advent calendar which can double as a gift “stocking” of sorts- that will be filled for my brother in law’s kids with some Christmas surprises for them.  It’s a double gift!

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Disney “Through the Years” Tree is a Collectible item.  It’s a keepsake- it’s gorgeous, and the kids will love it and want to touch and play with it.  Don’t let them.  Teach them to look and not touch so that you can enjoy it for many years to come.  My family LOVES Disney.  We had our first official family vacation in January of this year TO Disney World.  This tree just seemed like such a wonderful gift to give the family to me. It’s special and will only be out at the holidays, so we can enjoy it and see it each year when we decorate the house.  It’s got so very many of our beloved Disney friends on the tree, topped by Santa Mickey flying his sleigh with Rudolph Pluto flying high.

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With 4 lively levels of rotating movement on this spectacular tabletop tree, the Disney Express seems to “climb” ever higher, brilliantly lit by 20 LED lights. At the very top, Mickey is at the reins of a Pluto and reindeer drawn sleigh that rotates around Cinderella’s magic castle. A medley of 8 Christmas carols makes the festivities complete. Hand crafted of resin with a handsome mahogany base, this breathtaking tree captures 10 unique holiday scenes, starring over 50 sculpted, hand-painted Disney characters from your favorite movies, including Mickey and Minnie, Donald Duck, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Bambi and more. We artfully engrave the brass plaque with any message on 1 line, up to 22 characters. Measures 16″H. UL listed. Includes standard AC adapter. Uses 3 AA batteries (not included). Item cannot be gift boxed.

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Santa Mickey flies high about Disney Through the Years Tree.  This is my favorite part of the whole tree.

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The train doesn’t move on the top tier of the tree- but as you can see, it surrounds Cinderella’s Castle and welcomes so many of the original Disney friends.

The princesses are dancing with their princes around Cinderella’s coach…

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Daisy and Donald are greeting guests happily

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Dumbo and Bambi are hanging out while the Disney Express train goes round and round the bottom layers of the tree. It’s Disney magic in your living room!

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And the last piece that makes this so wonderful is the brass name plate with our name on it.

How do you and your family go about personalizing holiday memories?  Who would you give this Disney Through the Years Tree to? 

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Monsters University Disney Infinity Prize Pack #Giveaway

Monsters University came out on BluRay and DVD earlier this week.  We love it.  But we also all love Monsters Inc. and always will.  After all, it’s where we first met Mike and Sully and the gang…. only now, we get to see how their friendship began…along with a pig ride, lots of laughs, and many, many bumps along the way. This is one of the only Disney and/or Pixar movies I’ve EVER seen that didn’t make me cry- I’m sappy, of course, but Monsters University just had TOO much funny to get me crying!

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We can’t get enough of Mike and Sully and chances are, you’ll feel the same way once you see the new movie.  Plus, the holidays are coming fast and furious!!  Disney Infinity is a gift the whole family can enjoy :)

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One reader will win a Monsters themed prize pack including Disney Infinity starter set with a Mike Wazowski figurine, a copy of the original Monsters Inc and a $50 Walmart Gift Card.

Under the Sea Parfait Recipe (The Little Mermaid Inspired)

One of my all time favorite Disney movies is The Little Mermaid. My littlest one had a playdate with one of her little besties and since both of them adore Ariel, we decided we would make our playdate extra fun by making up an Little Mermaid inspired Under the Sea Parfait Recipe in honor of the release of the film from the Disney vault.

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Under the Sea Parfait Recipe (The Little Mermaid Inspired)
 
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Easy and fun to make treat to go along with The Little Mermaid viewing
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • Mini Vanilla Wafers, crumbled (about 1 cup)
  • Vanilla Pudding (you could also use blue jello)
  • Blue food coloring
  • Swedish fish
Instructions
  1. Add a bit of blue food coloring to your pudding
  2. Crumble the Nilla wafers into the bottom of your bowl/cup
  3. Layer ½ of the pudding on top of the cookies
  4. Put a fish or 2 sitting on the pudding
  5. Add another layer of crumbled cookies
  6. Layer the rest of the pudding on top of the cookies
  7. Add fish for decoration
  8. Enjoy!
Notes
We used single-serve pudding cups because we happened to have some here, and with 4 year olds it was just easy to have them do the parfaits this way. You could easily use a batch of pudding and more cookies to make a large parfait- we did individual

With the The Little Mermaid Diamond Edition available, now we can all enjoy Ariel whenever we want, digitally restored and with HD sound to enhance viewing for all of us.

Ariel (voiced by Jodi Benson), is a free-spirited mermaid, who is off on the adventure of a lifetime with her best friend, the adorable Flounder (voiced by Jason Marin), and the reggae-singing Caribbean crab Sebastian (voiced by Samuel E. Wright) at her side. But it will take all of her courage and determination to make her dreams come true—and save her father’s beloved kingdom from the sneaky sea witch Ursula (voiced by Pat Carroll).

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Thanks to Disney for sending us the Diamond Edition for review!

We are going to be watching The Little Mermaid on Friday for our family movie night and enjoying some Under the Sea Parfaits and popcorn!  Do you do family movie night at your house?