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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Starring Rolls Butterfinger Cupcake Recipe!


The Butterfinger Cupcakes at Starring Rolls Cafe in Disney Hollywood Studios is a fan favorite.  Last year when I was on a baking kick I decided to take my chances and give a recipe I found online a try.  You can find the original recipe posted over on A Disney Mom’s Thoughts.  And I’ve added any updates/changes I made as I wrote out the recipe.

Starring Rolls  Cafe Butterfinger Cupcakes
Cupcake Ingredients
  • 1 box Devil’s Food Cake mix, plus ingredients to make cake
  • 1 batch butter cream frosting
  • 1 can fudge frosting 
  • 4 cups chocolate chips 
  • 6 Tbsp canola oil 3 
  • King Size Butterfingers (or a bag of miniatures)

Quick Buttercream Frosting Ingredients:
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons whipping cream

Directions:
1.  Prepare cupcakes as stated on the box. Let cupcakes cool completely.  This is a good time to make your frosting, since you will have approximately an hour of baking and cooling.  (You can also purchase frosting or use a favorite recipe, this is what I used for my cupcakes, however.)

2.  Using a sharp knife, cut a cone shape out on top of the cupcake. Make sure the cut goes about halfway into the cupcake. Remove the cake and fill the hole with fudge frosting. Add the cake you removed to the top of the cupcake, making sure that the pointy cone end is sticking up.

3. Ice your cupcakes. Let the frosting set for about 30 minutes. I used a piping bag for half of my cupcakes and a knife for the other half, as it seemed to get easier as time passed, but you can work with whatever you have on hand. 

4.  While the frosting is setting, use a food processor to crush up Butterfingers. (It may be easiest to use frozen Butterfingers.)  If you do not have a food processor, use a meat tenderizer on the flat side while Butterfingers are still in their packaging. This worked great for me as a way to improvise.

5.  Combine the chocolate chips and oil in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Heat on HIGH for 1 minute. Stir and continue to heat at 30 second intervals until completely melted. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before using.

6. Dip the frosted cupcakes into the chocolate.  I used a spoon to hold the frosting into place to make sure it didn’t fall off the cupcake (I highly recommend this and you will see what I mean when you're working if it doesn't make sense right now). Immediately coat the cupcake with the crumbled Butterfinger bits.. Repeat until all cupcakes are dipped and covered.

7.  Refrigerate approximately 1 hour to allow the chocolate to set. Then enjoy! Nom!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

New MXYZ from Disney Store!


Disney Store sent us some adorable new items from the MXYZ collection! The adorable Stitch, Minnie & Mickey, and Alice merch is fun and functional!

We especially love the water bottles which recently kept our coffee warm on an overnight road trip and our water icy at the pool in Georgia for over 6 hours each time! 


Thursday, July 27, 2017

Finding Nemo Squirt Cupcake Recipe!


A few years ago, a friend sent me a link to the DisneyFamily.com Squirt cupcakes.   ou can follow the link to check out the AWESOME recipe posted on the Disney Family website, but I made some changes so I am going to post my modified directions here since I think my turtles may be just a liiiiitle cuter than the originals! You can also check out the crab cupcakes and other undersea themed goodies in the Mermaid Baby Shower post from a few months ago!
Ingredients:
Cupcakes
 Frosting
Blue Crystal Sprinkles
Large Gum Drops
Mini Chocolate Morsels
Spearmint Leaves Gummies
Skewers or toothpicks (I actually used chopsticks)

Keep in mind, you may want to purchase two bags of the large gum drops.  One bag only gave me enough red/orange drops to make shells for 10 turtle cupcakes.  Either that, or get creative with shell colors!

Directions:
1. Make your cupcakes and let them cool completely

2.  While you are waiting for your cupcakes to bake and cool I suggest a trial run of the little turtles! It may be easier to do this by looking at pictures than reading my descriptions but I like the way mine came out better than following the directions from the site and using their candy suggestions. 
Shell: Trim about 1/4 inch off the bottom of a red or orange gum drop and place in center of cupcake 
Head: Trim about 1/4 inch off the bottom of a green gum drop.  Squish the newly chopped sticky sides together so you can make your head a round ball.  It takes a little working and rolling around but once you do it once, you can do it easily. Then take your skewer (or toothpick or chopstick) and poke holes where you want to eyes to go on your head.  Put a little dot of frosting on the end of a mini morsel and insert into the eye hole you created.  For a more googly-eyed look, try attaching Wilton candy eyes! Set entire head near the shell on your cupcake. 
Legs: For each turtle’s 4 legs you will need only one spearmint leaf.  Slice your leaf into two, horizontally so that you now have 2 leaves.  Cut a half oval out of each leaf.  The ovals will be your back legs, place them in the anatomically correct place on your cupcake sugary side up.  Then the remaining pieces of your spearmint leaf will be his front legs.  Simply place them sugary side up so his flippers can meet the middle of the shell and still sit entirely on the cupcake.
3.  Frost your cupcakes.  You can use plain vanilla frosting, or even make it blue.  I decided to go with the sugary theme of the gum drops and use blue crystal sprinkles to make my sea of frosting.
4.  Add your little turtles to the top of the frosting.

5.  Serve and enjoy! If you have leftovers, store in a sealed container but let sit for 5 minutes before serving a second time (sometimes the gumdrops get a little hard from the fridge)!

:]


Thursday, July 20, 2017

1900 Park Fare Strawberry Soup Recipe!

Among my favorite things at the Grand Floridian's 1900 Park Fare dinner were: seeing Cinderella and Prince Charming dance (and meeting them), the banter between Anastasia and Drizella as they came table to table, and the delicious strawberry soup!  I recreated this recipe at home and it was magical (and easy)! I used the recipe I found on All Ears and it turned out great! 
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds, 8 oz. strawberries*
  • 16 oz. heavy cream
  • 2 oz. sour cream
  • 3 oz. plain yogurt
  • 8 oz. fresh strawberries
*the recipe calls for frozen strawberries and I used fresh ones, this was probably a little more pricey but came out just fine!


Instructions
  1. Mix first four ingredients.
  2. Beat slowly until well mixed and a smooth consistency.
  3. Chill; shake or stir  well before serving.



Friday, July 14, 2017

Cars 3: Driven to Win Review!


Thanks to our great friends at Disney we were able to test drive the newest cars game and we just adore it! Our family had a great time playing, it was a "Disney version of Mario Kart" according to our son and everyone in our family enjoyed the game. (We have kids ranging from 8-13.) Although we played on Xbox One the game is available across all platforms and is sure to keep away those end-of-summer blues!

From the publisher:
Cars 3: Driven to Win picks up after the final big race in the upcoming Cars 3, and offers an all-new high-speed competition that is filled with both familiar and new faces.  Players will be able to take the driver’s seat and set out in action-packed adventures as they join Lightning McQueen and Cruz Ramirez in preparation to take on rival racer Jackson Storm.  With over 20 customizable playable characters to choose from, including popular heroes from the Cars franchise and next generation racers, and more than 20 unique tracks across 13 iconic race environments from the film, Cars 3: Driven to Win allows players to customize their racing adventure and discover a variety of possible experiences through its replayability.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Adult Butterbeer Recipe!

I am not sure anyone could come to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter without grabbing a signature Butterbeer! And it was the highlight of my visit- I went back for a refill! ;)

Want to know how to make a batch of your very own adult butterbeer (and by adult I mean alcoholic)?
Read on for a super easy, at home recipe!

I first saw this on Elise's Kitchen, a super cute blog that has lots of great recipes!

All you need to make a full pitcher of Adult Butterbeer is:
-a pitcher
-8oz of Butterscotch Schnapps
-2 liter Cream Sode
-4 tbsp Marshmallow fluff

I used a beer pitcher and it was the perfect size!



Directions:

Start by combining your fluff with 1 tbsp of butterscotch schnapps.  Microwave the mixture for 30 seconds and then stir again and set aside.

Next pour the rest of your schnapps into the bottom of your pitcher and fill the rest of your pitcher with cream soda.

Stir your pitcher to make sure the schnapps and soda combine equally.

Final step: pour your marshmallow mixture carefully on top.  Let it sit for a minute or so afterwards since sometimes the foam rises on top a little. I've made this about 4 or 5 times and have had the fluff bubble up my drink once or twice.

& voila! You are done!

Last thing to remember is to drink responsibly! As Elise put it, no hopping on a broomstick and heading out for a ride after drinking this schnapps-based drink!!  Always, ALWAYS, ALWAYS drink responsibly!




Friday, July 7, 2017

Picturing Disney Summer Book List (Part 1)!


Disney Publishing Worldwide and Hyperion have always sent us the most amazing books for review and giveaway! We have a huge stack we are working on at our house! Keep up to date with our weekly updates on the Instagram account (we usually share to Facebook as well so make sure you follow us everywhere)!

Here's our early summer favorites for the whole family!

For the littlest littles:
Dream by Matthew Cordell
 As you might remember from our Book Review of Wish, we LOVE Matthew Cordell! Be prepared for this to be a favorite to read to the babies in your life, whether that is your own children, siblings, nieces, nephews, or that you might even want to grab a copy to give to your big kids becaust it is SO beautiful!

Next up, we have Night Night, Groot by Brenden Deneen.

As huge Guardians fans in our house, we all love this but its perfect fun for your smallest baby groot fans! I think younger elementary grades would love it most- Kindergarteners to 2nd graders would likely be most entertained.

And our 8 year old (3rd grader)'s pick for the best summer book: Star and Marco's Guide to Mastering Every Dimension

If you have never seen Star vs. the Forces of Evil, it is a true Disney gem and you should enjoy it with your kids when you have some down time on rainy days. This book would would be great for any kid who loves the show and I think the best target audience is somewhere around 8-10 years old!


And the cover picture for this article is featuring my very favorite book of the summer so far:

Wildman by J.C. Geiger
This young adult novel is a beauty! I read it in a day, the words flowed together as the perfect coming of age summer story. It is everything I love about summer reading: a great setting, real characters I can relate to and watch evolve, and of course a little bit of love! This might be classified as YA but I recommend to teens and adults alike! 
And finally, for all those lovely ladies looking for a little guided path to self discovery, check out Choose to Matter by Julie Foudy. This one is especially great for a plane ride or beach grab. Its easy to work through and gets your thinking hard about changing your habits and being the best you that you can be! We have actually used some of her "team" exercises with our family and they worked wonderfully! 


Stay tuned for round 2 from my family to yours after we finish up our next round of Disney reading and a great giveaway! Happy Summer!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Boardwalk Bakery Crumbcakes Recipe!

Boardwalk Bakery Chocolate Chip Crumbcakes

One of my favorite hobbies besides going to Disney Parks and photography is baking! I just love to bake!  My Disney recipes have been previously featured on Chip and Company and Mouze Kateerz.  I wanted to put all of my Disney kitchen adventures in one place so it would be easy for all my readers to find the recipes they would like to recreate! I thought creating a column here on Picturing Disney would make it nice and easy for you to access all of the recipes in one spot and I could add some commentary to the previously posted articles.  

Without and further rambling my first recipe is from the Boardwalk Bakery!

When I stayed at the Boardwalk Inn for the first time in 2008 I picked up one of the official Walt Disney World cookbooks just so I could make the delicious Crumbcakes! 

With some advice from the chef over on the Disney Food Blog I decided to make these as cupcakes and they have been such a big hit the last few years I have probably made them 2 dozen times! Below is the adjusted recipe from the cookbook (if you find this recipe elsewhere omit the lemon extract because it really messes with the taste and I had to completely throw out my first attempt at these because of it)!

These are really easy and made completely from scratch.  Even if you are a novice baker you can pull these off and they are so rich that people are sure to love them! 



Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups + 2 tbsp cake flour

1 cup cornstarch

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 1/2 cups sugar

2 1/2 sticks of butter (softened)

1 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

4 large eggs

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
 
Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350F
2.  In a medium bowl combine: 1 cup plus 2 tbsp of the cake flour with cornstarch and baking powder
3.  Using an electric mixer, beat 1 cup sugar, 1 cup plus 2 tbsp butter, 1/2 tsp vanilla together in a medium bowl until light and creamy.  
4.  Then add eggs one at a time, beating well after each one.  Before last egg add 2-3 tbsp of flour mixture. Beat until creamy once again.
5.  Fold in remaining flour mixture with spatula. 
6.  Stir in chocolate chips!*
7.  In a small bowl (or in your now empty medium bowl that used to hold the flour mixture like I did), mix together remaining 1/4 cup sugar, 2 tbsp butter, and 3/4 tsp vanilla and 1/2 cup flour with a fork.  This should be crumbly. (Note: I had to make double of this to be happy with the amount of crumbs on my crumbcupcakes!)
8.  Spray cupcake pan or add liners.  Then fill the cupcake pan with batter.  (I filled to 3/4 and ended up with 18 cupcakes.)  Sprinkle crumb mixture generously over top of cupcakes.
9.  Bake 30-40 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean (edges are lightly browned)
*I bought a package of the chocolate & peanut chips mix when I made these once and didn't realize until I was baking.  This variation tasted amazing so if you are a PB fan def give it a try!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

LeFou's Brew New Fantasyland Recipe!


I love Beauty and the Beast so obviously I headed out into theater's with the masses last week and have been whistling Be Our Guest ever since. Though I love me some live action, the original holds my heart so when I visit Walt Disney World Resort, I never want to leave the Beauty and the Beast area of New Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom! Being there for the first time back when it first opened was the most overwhelmed I have been in the parks since the first time I saw Cinderella's castle.  

When I decided I need a taste of Disney World to cheer me up, LeFou's Brew was my first thought.  (Here are my thoughts on Gaston's Tavern and Be Our Guest restaurants, by the way, if you stumbled here looking for reviews.)


In any case, I hit YouTube first but even though most recipes got rave comments they were just too easy or had ingredients that seemed to cost too much or take too much time.  I want something that won't set back my trip planning but will also bring me back to the parks.  Then when hunting on google I came across Home is Where the Mouse Is and their take came from a recipe from the Disney Diner

I adjusted the original recipe below but you can find the full recipe on the Disney Diner site and her tips for finding ingredients and putting this together. I found all the ingredients at my local grocery store except for the marshmallow syrup which I had to order online.  The link on the original recipe leads to a bottle for under $5 but that would've cost me $15 with standard shipping so I ordered from Amazon for $12 shipped prime for free! :)



LeFou's Brew Recipe

Ingredients:

Foam Topping:
1 cup heavy whipping cream, cold
4 tablespoons Mango Nectar/Juice

4 tablespoons Passionfruit Juice

Apple Slush:
2- 12oz cans of frozen Apple Juice
10-12 ice cubes
1/4 cup Torani Toasted Marshmallow Syrup 

Directions:
1.  Topping: Combine whipping cream and juices into mixing bowl. Beat on high 5-7 minutes (until stiff peaks form when mixing)

2. Slush: Blend ice cubes until they are chopped up.  Add both cans of apple juice, water, and syrup.  Blend on high until mixed. 

3.  Pour slush into cup and top with whipped topping.  

4.  Enjoy :)


Tips:
The foam here is really a lightly flavored homemade whipped cream but it works here because the Lefou's Brew in the park is foam that mimics the head on a beer.  If you want to make this an "adult beverage" you could most likely swap out the Butterscotch Schnapps for the marshmallow syrup and use the foam recipe I used for my Butterbeer here.
Also, this works better made to order, and should make about 4-5 cups of slush with plenty of whipped cream to top them off so I recommend halving the recipe rather than trying to go back for more later because you will have no choice but to freeze and re-mix any leftovers if you save for later! 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Ohana Dinner Bread Recipe! Yum!


After finally getting to try out the Polynesian dinner a couple years ago I was psyched to give this recipe a second try! It was just as good as I remember!  I stumbled upon the recipe for the "famous" bread on the Disney Recipes Facebook page and pinned it long ago.  The recipe was straightforward, and I followed the same directions but split mine into rolls.  The only thing I would change about this was maybe adding a second banana because the flavor wasn’t as strong as I would have liked and it didn’t quite have the consistency of a fruit bread.


Ingredients:
1 ripe banana, crushed (but remember I think this needs to be increased to at least 2)
3 Tbsp. sugar
1 cup self-rising bread flour
4 tsp. shortening
1 egg yolk
3 Tbsp. powdered milk
1 Tbsp. salt
2 Tbsp. yeast
4 Tbsp. water
1/2 cup butter

Instructions:
1. Place banana, egg yolk, water, shortening, salt, sugar, flour, powdered milk, and yeast in a mixing bowl; mix on low for two minutes and then on medium until dough pulls away from sides of the bowl.

2. Dust sides of bowl with flour so dough does not stick. Let rise to top of bowl. 

Cut dough into two pieces and roll tightly into loaf shape. (Instead, I made mine into 6 rolls).

 
3. Bake at 325 until golden brown and rise double the size.


4. Remove and (optional) brush with melted butter. 
My rolls took about 25 minutes.


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Disney Movie Club FREE MOVIE offer!


As any Disney fanatic would, I obviously considered Disneyfying my home an essential part of the purchase of my new house! One of the things I waited to do until we were official was re-sign up for the Disney Movie Club, this is Disney's version of the Columbia House CD club that we all remember from the 80s and 90s. lol.

Basically you get 4 movies for $1, and commit to buying 4 more at MSRP over the next two years.  I did this full membership about a decade ago and found it worked out to be really cost effective.  You have a choice to accept or decline a title each month (accepting means they charge your card and ship it out).  If you choose blu-rays you are paying about $30 for 4 which = $120 at the end of commitment.  However you really got 8 movies so you are looking at $15 for each blu ray (most of which are combo packs).  If you choose wisely this could save you anywhere between $5-10 a movie.  If you are a Hayao Miyazaki fan it would be worth it for collecting Studio Ghibli alone!

Take into account a current Disney Visa Cardmember deal (although when I purchased it allowed me to use ANY credit card during sign up) and this deal is worth it for any fan! Head to the Disney Movie Club website and voila! (The link should give you the extra promo, but if it does not simply click up top to indicate you have a promo code.  Enter 42033 and suddenly the site will be transformed!) You will get 5 movies for $1 and only have to commit to buying 3! Now you are looking at $11.25 per movie if you combine your 5 initial plus the 3 from your commitment! Not even Amazon could beat that price!

But wait, there's more (LOL)!

You also get a free Olaf blanket! I was surprised by the quality, a thin fleece but still a nice addition to the throw blankets we keep in our living room! (Mine is pictured above!)

Obviously, all promos are subject to change and while there is no end date for this one, I am sure it won't be around for long.  ALWAYS remember that you should read all the fine print, be sure you understand what you are getting into when you make a club commitment, and consider the overall cost for your family.  There are small shipping charges and if you are not looking to build a library this may not be cost effective or helpful for you, and on the contrary may seem cumbersome and expensive.  It meets a need my family has, and I am excited to share even more Disney and Studio Ghibli with them! And I look forward to fulfilling my obligation with the great upcoming releases slated over the next few months!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Regina Rising- Once Upon A Time Book Review

Hey Oncers... do you love Regina or love to hate her?
Either way I've got a book for you!



Regina Rising by Wendy Toliver gives us a glimpse into a teenage Regina's world.
Want the skinny on what paved her path to the dark magic?  No spoilers here but I can tell you that with a Mom like Cora its no wonder Regina isn't as sweet as Snow (White that is!)

I am a fan of how Ms. Toliver drops little red apples (forget Easter eggs we are in Storybooke!) and weaves other fairy tale characters into this tale of teenage angst and self discovery.  Don't read too fast or you will miss nods to a few classic Disney favorites.  I'd like to see Ms. Toliver write a follow up detailing Regina's transformation from teen to wicked vixen.  It's nice to ponder Regina as a naive teen but it will always be the wicked Regina who holds our hearts in her hands (see what I did there?)

Regina rising is on sale now.  Thank you Disney Publishing for sending us a copy to review.



Summary:
Sixteen-year-old Regina is very different from the Regina known by fans of ABC's Once Upon a Time. She seeks romance, adventure and to be seen differently in people's eyes from her mother Cora. Of course, getting approval from a mother like Cora is next to impossible. For Regina, friendships have always been a rare commodity. Could it be that Regina has finally found a true friend? Or is it too good to be true? As Regina struggles to find her own identity and create her own destiny, she discovers that her fate might just be to become everything she despises.
359 pages.


About the Author:
Wendy Toliver is the award-winning author of four YA novels: The Secret Life of a Teenage Siren, Miss Match, Lifted and Once Upon A Time: Red's Untold Tale.  She lives in the Utah mountains with three sons, tow cats, two dogs and one husband  She enjoys reading, hiking, wake boarding, snowboarding, watching movies, sweet potato fries, Halloween and daydreaming.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Saturday, April 29, 2017

You Will Feel Like Little Miss Magic with LeSportSac's Newest Collaboration!


The newest collaboration from LeSportSac is really just a page out of a children's book. One of my favorite things about the UK pavilion is display of Mr. Men/Little Miss books you can find in the toy shop. LeSportSac has hit the ball out of the park with this adorableness. We got to check out my favorite style for park-going the Cleo Crossboy and the versatile Rectangular Cosmetic bags. Check out the pics below for more lovely smiles! 





 




And as if looking at these pics isn't enough to take you to happyland..
Starting tomorrow we are going to be running a new giveaway with our friends at Magical Mouse Schoolhouse for the Cleo featured here as well as my favorite Little Miss (Sunshine) and Mr. Men (Doctor Who, of course) books! :)



Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Mousekeeping & Tip Envelopes


One of my favorite Disney DIY creations ever is my mousekeeping tip envelopes! 

Just click below picture for the version of the envelope you would like (Mousekeeping or the more generic version) follow the directions to print, cut, and fold! Sorry if some of the preview images below are choppy, I put lots of work into these and then it took me an hour just to get little screen shots from the PDF files! :)