When our Disneymoon was over I suffered from the “post wedding blues”. I had been planning for almost two years. When our flight home landed it seemed like everything went by in the blink of an eye. I would constantly look for something to do to bring the Disney magic from our wedding and Disneymoon home with me. I would look at our pictures, watch our wedding video, but there are only so many times I can do that without looking like a total bride in denial. From conversations I’ve had with other brides this is quite a common thing. There are lots of ways to pull yourself out of any type of funk, but this is how I got out of mine.
One of the first things I tell people when they ask me why I like to stay in my Disney Vacation Villa is the fact that it has a full kitchen (the 1, 2 and 3 bedroom villas). I get many different responses, but my favorite to answer is “Who Wants to Cook on Vacation?” The answer is: ME!
Now, don’t get me wrong. I don’t cook much at home so I really don’t want to go on vacation to do more cooking, but with that being said, having the availability of a full kitchen is great. DVC allows us to pre-order groceries (yes, a little more expensive but SO convenient) to have them delivered to our room after we check-in. Do we have full meals delivered? Nope. Disney has a wealth of great restaurants, and we want to eat there. So what do we have delivered? Soda. Waffles and syrup. Bread. Peanut Butter. Cereal. Milk.
So you’ve collected pins, antenna toppers, and key chains. Your home has lots of Disney characters on your shelves. Some Disney art is on the wall. What’s left? How about adding that special touch to your kitchen? Maybe you cook every day and want to make a meal from your favorite Disney restaurant. Maybe you make some quick snacks and feel like some Mickey waffles now and then. It’s easy to create a Disney kitchen with the collectibles you use.
Go all the way and get everything from your dishes and glasses to a few aprons and dish towels. Add a spatula, measuring spoons, and a Mickey shaped egg ring. For cooking, you can still get Mickey Waffle Makers, a colander, and pasta scooper.
If you want to decorate your kitchen, there’s lots of choices. Go classy, retro, or design by character. Of course, towels, place mats, and cookie jars can do the trick. But what about adding some fun touches? Line an open kitchen shelf with Disney coffee mugs of every shape, size and character. Show off your collection of Disney cookie jars.
The weather has been really cold and unbearable this lovely winter season. I have had the Polynesian Resort on my mind lately, and I was thinking of ways to bring it to my home. So, over the weekend, I ventured out to my local party store and picked up some luau supplies. I already had the leis from our last vacation to the Poly. We decorated our dining room and I served up some of my favorite dishes and drinks from ‘Ohana. I made the stir-fry noodles, Lapu Lapu’s, and some other treats that I put my own culinary twist on. We had Hawaiian loop music playing and it was great! We had so much fun enjoying a tropical Disney feast with the outside temperature being a mere 10 degrees. It was really easy to pull off and helped my family get a little Disney warmth into our New England home. You can chose from any of the dishes you like for your own luau. Here are two of the recipes we enjoyed.
It’s that time of year again, where you need to think of what to bring to a holiday dinner or party. This is one of my favorite Disney food items to bring to a Thanksgiving fest, Christmas dinner or a holiday party. It’s warm and inviting and has the essence of Fall. So when looking for that perfect dish to take to a festive event consider this…
I feel very fortunate to be blessed with two wonderful and healthy children. My daughter Haley is 14, and I’m starting to believe she thinks the Disney channel is the only channel on TV because, other than iCarly, that’s all she watches. My 17-year-old son Bret acts like he’s too cool for Disney, but he really does love it. He’s what I call a closet Disney fan.
My son complains that all I talk about is Disney, Disney, Disney! Well, is there anything else worth talking about? The one thing that embarrasses him more than anything else is for me or for my wife to mention Disney in front of him and his friends. That’s when he acts like he’s too cool to be a Disney fan. Yet there are times, when he’s alone with us, that he shares his love for the place where dreams do come true.
Looking for something fun to do with your kids? Wanting to bring a little bit of the Disney Halloween spirit to your kitchen? Well, here is a great idea for doing exactly that… Halloween Rice Krispie Treats!
Here is the sixth episode of The Disney Driven Life’s broadcast, Inner Mouse. In this week’s show, Scott, John, and JL announce that Nicole has become a permanent member of Team Inner Mouse. Together they discuss Disney’s Food and Wine event as well as how to incorporate the Disney brand into cooking at home. Hilarity ensues when they hit on people with moxie, grandmothers’ dogs and chicken “that is so there.”