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November 2018

7 Days of Thanks 2018: Day 4



Pawsgiving Recipe!

Here are the recipes for this years pawsgiving incase you wanted to make something for that fury friend of yours!

Puppy pancakes and scrambled eggs-

Pancakes:

  • 1/2 c pumpkin purée
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 c flour
  • 1/4 c oats
  • 1/2 tbsp. Water
  • 1 tsp. Honey
  • Pinch of cinnamon

*In a bowl combine your all your ingredients and mix until well combined and place in a pipping bag and cook like a regular pancake.

Scrambled egg:

  • 1 egg
  • Pinch of cheese

Turkey Dinner-

Turkey Meatballs:

  • Lean ground turkey
  • 1 Tbsp. rice
  • 1 egg
  • 2 c beef broth
  • 1 c water

*In a large bowl mash up your ground turkey and add your rice and egg and mix. Once combined roll into meatballs and set aside. In a medium sauce pan pour in your liquids and let it come to a simmer before adding your meatballs. Once added cover and cook for about 20-30 minutes depending on the size. Constantly checking to make sure there are liquids still in the pan.

Gravy:

  • 1 C beef broth
  • 3 punches of flour

*In a small sauce pan add in your beef broth and let it come to a simmer, while stirring sprinkle in some flour and mix until thickens. 

Sweet Potato Mash:

  • 1 Sweet potato
  • 1/2 Tsp. Honey
  • 1 Tbsp. Beef broth
  • 1/2 c water

*Clean, peel and dice sweet potato and place into a sauce pan with  water and let it cook for 30-40 minutes or until it gets soft. Once it has softened to your liking drain the excess water. Placing the sweet potato in a bowl mash it until the chunks are completely gone, and add in honey and broth and mix well.

Cooked Carrots:

  • 1/2 Bag of baby carrots
  • 1 beef broth
  • 1/2 c water

*In a small sauce pan add your liquids and carrots on medium heat for about 30 minutes or until they get soft. Keep checking to make sure there are liquids still in the sauce pan.

Puppy Pumpkin Pie-

Crust:

  • 1 C flour
  • 1/2 c oats
  • 1/2 Tsp. honey
  • 1/2 Tbsp.water

Filling:

  • 1/2 can pumpkin puree
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 Tsp. honey

Whipped Cream:

  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Pinch of cinnamon

*Combing your crust in a bowl and set aside in fridge to get cold. In another bowl mix your filling together, place in a pipping bag. With your cold crust dough fill in your cupcake tray and pipe in your filling. Place in the oven for about 10-15 minutes depending on size. In a mixer beat your heavy whipping cream until peak, place in bag and pipe on cool pies and sprinkle a little bit of cinnamon on top for decoration.

To make life just a bit easier on Thanksgiving Day I meal prep there food two days before and put it in the freezer until Wednesday when I put it in the fridge to defrost. This helps take A LOT of stress off of Thanksgiving Day because there is always a lot of food we have to prepare for the day.

-Dezi

7 Days of Thanks 2018: Day 3

Pawsgiving!

So not only do I prepare a menu for the family but I also prepare a menu for the four-legged fur babies as well. This year there are only three fur babies running around, my two littles and then my uncles pupper Coco. Here is what the menu looks like for the little ones:

Pawgiving Breakfast Menu:

  • Puppy Pancakes

Pawsgiving Dinner Menu:

  • Carrots
  • Sweet potato
  • Rice
  • Lean ground turkey meatballs

Pawsgiving Dessert:

  • Puppy Pumpkin pie

 So the pups get a special treat on Thanksgiving because they are part of the family and deserve to be little chunks with us. So yummy warm pupcakes for breakfast and a nice lean ground turkey dinner with a side of sweet potatoes, carrots and rice and for dessert a nice slice of puppy pumpkin pie! 

If you have a fur baby do you include them in your Thanksgiving tradition? If so what do you make them?

-Dezi 

7 Days of Thanks 2018: Day 2

Family Traditions.

Every Thanksgiving for the family we gather around the dinner table and say a prayer every year a different person from the family would say the prayer and we would go around the table saying one thing we were grateful for. This one started with my grandma and grandpa with their kids my aunts and uncles. Honestly, this one is special because it involves all the generations in our family under the same roof saying what we are thankful for.

Another tradition with my immediate family is getting up at 8am making breakfast and bring it to the front room in our jammies with our blankets and the puppies and we sit and watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade while we eat. This is my favorite because we don’t have to dress up and I am cuddled up with my littles watching all the floats. What are some of your family traditions?

-Dezi

7 Days of Thanks 2018: Day 1

Preparing for Thanksgiving!

It’s time for 7 Days of Thanks 2018! This is my countdown to Thanksgiving, and I am ready to start preparing for this holiday. So, November 1 I preorder my ham at Honey Baked Ham, but this year I decided to pre-order my Turkey here and not at Safeway like I normally do. Once I place my order, my gears instantly change into Thanksgiving mode, and I have to write out my menu:

Menu:

  • Honey Baked Ham
  • Turkey
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Corn
  • Green Beans
  • Stuffing
  • Gravy
  • Rolls (homemade)
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Potatoes au gratin
  • Salad
  • Pumpkin Pie

Our traditional menu is above, that is what we have every Thanksgiving. The Menu below is what we like to change every year, we try new recipes to mix it up a bit. So here are our new dishes:

  • Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese with Bacon
  • Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Cheese
  • Broccoli Hashbrown Casserole

Now I am so excited to make the Jalapeno Mac and Cheese because it is from the new Disney Festival Cookbook and this was one of my mom and I’s favorite dish from the Food and Wine Festival in Disney California Adventure. What are some of your preparation traditions?

-Dezi

Pirates of the Caribbean Reboot!?

Rumor has it that Pirates of the Caribbean will have a reboot replacing everyone’s favorite pirate Captain Jack Sparrow with the new and improved red head Redd the revamped character from the Disney attraction Pirates of the Caribbean. Redd used to be auctioned off to the pirates and they would say “we wants the redhead” but with the update, she is a fierce pirate named Redd. For the possible reboot of Pirates Redd travels through various ports selling rum and collecting money.

Although there is no script Disney has had an early talk with Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick the screenwriters of Deadpool and Zombieland about writing the reboot of Pirates. Honestly, I hope they pick up where they left off because the last one was left on a cliffhanger and I don’t think it will be as good without Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow but it is also Disney so no matter what I am going to give it a chance, even though I would really like to find out what happened with Henry Turner and Carina Smith along with Elizabeth Swann and Will Turner. What are your thoughts on this rumor? Let me know in the comments below!

-Dezi

Captain America Coming To DCA!

Captain Marvel opens up in theaters March 8, 2019, and for limited time guests at the Disneyland Resort will have the opportunity to meet Captain Marvel herself. She will join a lineup of heroes appearing at Disney California Adventure which are Black Panther and the Dora Milaje, Spider-Man and Captain America.

I am so excited to have the opportunity to meet this amazing Marvel character and see Captain Marvel walking around DCA! Are you going to be there when she makes her appearance?

-Dezi

Disney Festivals Cookbook!

I like to cook but I love to eat! One of my favorite times to go to the parks is when they host the food festivals, so when Disney announced their new cookbook filled with festival recipe I knew I had to buy it immediately! In the book there are 50 recipes from 6 different festivals which have been put together by Pam Brandon and the Disney Chefs.

When I got the book in my hands the first recipe I looked for was the Jalapeño Popper Mac and Cheese with Bacon because my mom and I absolutely fell in love with and honestly wished we would have went back for more. Thankfully that recipe was in the book and now I get to attempt to make it as good and as magical as Disney!

Aside from having the book of magic, as I like to call it I am super stoked to test out all these recipes at home. For Thanksgiving and for Christmas I will be using some of these delicious recipes and hopefully if I can get a series with my mom and grandma where we cook a new recipe every Sunday together because I think it would be amazing and fun. Would you buy a Disney cookbook? If so, what one?

-Dezi

Disneyland and Grand Californian Hotel Treats 2018!

It wouldn’t be Disney Magic if the Hotels didn’t get involve so here are a list of some Holiday treats the hotels will have!

Disneyland Hotel:

The Coffee House-

  • Holiday Donut
  • Pumpkin Spice Latte
  • Eggnog Latte
  • Caramel Apple Muffin

Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar-

  • Sam’s Slay Ride
  • Rum Around the Christmas Tree
  • Under the Swizzletoe

Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel:

Hearthstone Lounge-

  • Hot Chocolate with rum
  • Hot Cider with rum
  • Hot Chocolate with peppermint schnapps

Holiday Cart-

  • Holiday Cookies
  • Peppermint Loaf
  • Mickey Whoopie Pie
  • Truffle Box
  • Hot Apple Cider
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel:

Surfside Spice Lounge-

  • Pumpkin Spice Latte
  • Eggnog Latte
  • Peppermint Mocha

I will be trying everything that is non alcoholic because I don’t drink alcohol, but everything sounds so amazing and a lot of people forget about the hotels and the treats that they have to offer. So, this year will you be checking out what the hotels have to offer?

-Dezi

Holiday Food Guides 2018!

I love the holidays especially when there is new Holiday foods to try. So here are all the new treats and where to find them!

Disneyland:

Refreshment Corner-

  • Philly cheese steak hot dog

Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe-

  • Santa Hat Macaron w/ mint filling and chocolate ganache
  • Caramel apple muffin w/streusel
  • Eggnog latte cheesecake finished w/ white chocolate mousse and sprinkle of nutmeg
  • Holiday vanilla bean cupcake filled w/ red and green chocolate pieces and topped with green and white swirled chocolate mousse with round chocolate candy pieces
  • Holiday brownie topped with white chocolate mousse, sprinkles, chocolate presents and Christmas tree gingerbread cookie

Carnation Cafe-

  • Roast Beef Tv Dinner

Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor-

  • Peppermint Holiday Sundae

Market House-

  • Holiday Strawberry lizner cookie
  • Snowman shortbread cookie
  • Gingerbread cookie

Plaza Inn-

  • Chocolate mint yule log
  • Holiday bundt cake
  • Coconut cream pie

Red Rose Taverne-

  • Snowman pancake with applewood smoked bacon
  • snowman pastry wreath
  • Holiday pastry wreath
  • Gingerbread cookie

Rancho Del Zocalo-

  • Chile Relleno
  • Dessert nachos
  • Frozen Abuelita hot coco
  • Sopapilla cheesecake

Galactic Grill-

  • S’mores parfait

Alien Pizza Planet-

  • Space dip pizza
  • Green alien holiday macaron
  • S’mores parfait

Bangal Barbecue-

  • Lamb kofta

French Market-

  • Dessert trio
  • Wreath bundt cake

Mint Julep Bar-

  • Candy cane beignets

Royal Street Veranda-

  • Cinnamon spice fritters w/ eggnog dipping sauce

Harbour Galley-

  • Traditional style pozole

Blue Bayou-

  • Gingerbread creme brule w/ chantilly cream and mini gingerbread chocolate man

Cafe Orleans-

  • Santa lumps of coal beignets
  • Beef and grits

Outdoor vending carts-

  • Apple cotton candy
  • Cinnamon caramel corn

Disney California Adventure:

Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Cafe-

  • Snowman shortbread cookie
  • Holiday brownie
  • Gingerbread man cookie

Clarabelles Handscoop Ice Cream-

  • Candy cane premium cone
  • Red and green sprinkles premium cone
  • Chocolate peppermint ice cream ice cream cone with scoops of chocolate and peppermint chocolate dipped cookies in a candy cane cone
  • Chocolate peppermint ice cream sundae
  • Chocolate peppermint bar

Mortimers Market-

  • Christmas tree pull apart sourdough bread
  • Snowman shaped sourdough bread

Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge-

  • Holiday cocktail

Award Wieners-

  • Stocking stuffer funnel cake fries
  • Pumpkin spiced funnel cake fries
  • Gingerbread funnel cake fries

Schmoozies-

  • Peppermint affogato
  • Peppermint crunch shake
  • Minnie wreath donut filled with chocolate peppermint ginache
  • Gingerbread cookie ice cream sandwich

Hollywood lounge-

  • Anchor 2018 Christmas ale
  • Modelo Especial
  • stone delicious IPA
  • anaheim brewery winter wheat
  • legends cookie galore milk stout
  • wonderland hot chocolate
  • fireside cider
  • feliz churro cocktail
  • mistletoe mule

Fairfax Fruit Market-

  • Snowman shaped sourdough bread

Studio Catering Co-

  • Holiday dessert nachos
  • Plant-etarium street tacos with brussel sprouts
  • Holiday frozen horchata

Flos V8 Cafe-

  • Blue plate special- opened faced turkey sandwich
  • Luigis chicken pesto cone
  • Santa hat macaron

Pacific Wharf Cafe-

  • Turkey pot pie
  • candy cane shaped sourdough bread
  • snowman shaped sourdough bread
  • gingerbread man cookie
  • sugar cookie with red and green sprinkles
  • sierra Nevada celebration IPA

Boudin Bread Cafe-

  • Candy cane bread
  • Christmas tree pull apart bread
  • snowman shaped bread

Paradise Garden Grill-

  • Burrito
  • Vegan chile relleno
  • Torta al pastor
  • Street style tacos
  • house made pazole
  • bunuelos w/cajeta
  • Red songria
  • Dos equis lager
  • Dos equis ambar

Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta-

  • Holiday Dinner Pizza
  • Pumpkin pie cheesecake

Lamplight Lounge-

  • Special holiday cocktail
  • Turkey carnitas poutine

Outdoor vending carts-

  • Hot chocolate cotton candy
  • Snowflake cotton candy
  • Sweet style elote

As you can tell there are so many foods to try this holiday season! I am most excited to try the cotton candy, hot chocolate and of course the poutine at the Lamplight Lounge! What are you looking forward to trying?

-Dezi

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