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25 Days of Christmas 2018: Day 13

Zebra Peppermint Hot Chocolate!

This is one of my favorite drinks to make around the Holiday season because its Hot Chocolate and Peppermint!

Ingredients:

  • Ghirardelli White Hot Chocolate Mix
  • Nestle Hot Chocolate Mix
  • Ghirardelli Peppermint Hot Chocolate Mix
  • 1 c water
  • Disney cup

So I do 3 scoops white hot cocoa, 1 scoop nestle hot cocoa, 1 1/2 scoop peppermint hot cocoa mix. Now, I like my hot chocolate sweet and not super pepperminty so you can change it up and add more peppermint if you want or less.

-Dezi

25 Days of Blogmas 2018: Day 12

Top 5 Christmas DCOMS (Disney Channel Original Movies)!

I love the holiday season, all the Christmas lights and the cheer but most of all the movies! On Day 3 of 25 Days of Blogmas I talked about my favorite movies to watch during the holiday season and now  I am going to share my Top 5 Christmas DCOMS! 

  • The Ultimate Christmas Present
  • T’was the Night
  • Good Luck Charlie Its Christmas
  • Prep and Landing
  • Johnny Tsunami

I know Johnny Tsunami if any of you have seen it, what does this movie have to do with Christmas or the Holidays? It reminds me of the Holidays because Johnny moves to the snow and snow reminds me of Christmas. 

-Dezi 

25 Days of Blogmas 2018: Day 11

Homemade Apple Cider!

Nothing beasts homemade apple cider especially when the recipe comes from the most magical place on earth Disney!

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz quality cider
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. whole all spice
  • 1/8 tsp. whole cloves
  • 1/8 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 orange, cut into small pieces
  • 2 tbsp. packed brown sugar
  • sliced apple and oranges, for garnish
  • whole cinnamon stick, for garnish

Combine all the ingredients in a sauce pan and let it simmer over low heat for 30 minutes. Pour through a fine strainer into your cup and garnish and enjoy! I love making this recipe because it is so simple, and when its Christmas time I make sure all the ingredients are fully stocked in my house!

-Dezi

25 Days of Blogmas 2018: Day 10

Decorating the Puppy Kennels!

I love Christmas, especially the decorations! Which is why the pups kennel gets a Christmas makeover! So the ramp that leads from the kennel to the my bed gets lined with colorful lights, the gate gets lined with fairy lights, their thanksgiving blanket is traded for their candy cane striped blanket.

Everything is lit up in their kennel and so festive and Christmassy! Its magical.

-Dezi

25 Days of Blogmas 2018: Day 9

The Walt Disney Family Museum!

Incase you didn’t know there are special events that happen at The Walt Disney Family Museum for the Holidays: Home for the Holidays at Carolwood and Christmas with Walt Disney.

Home for the Holidays

Starts Nov. 15, 2018-Jan 7 2019 it is free to the public. This elaborate three dimensional model of the Disney Family Home which once stood on Carolwood Drive in the Holmby Hills. As a bonus visitors will also enjoy Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men: Masters of Animation exhibition with an array of Holiday cards.

Christmas with Walt Disney 

Dec|Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun: 1pm and Sat: 4pm. This film has a 68 minute runtime which is directed by Don Hahn and produced for the museum. Dian Disney Miller shares stories of Walt’s life during the holiday season during the film as they take you back with some home videos. 

I personally cant wait to make it over to The Walt Disney Family Museum this Holiday season to check out Home for the Holidays and Christmas with Walt Disney.

-Dezi 

25 Days Of Blogmas 2018: Day 8

Puppy Gift Guide!

I normally buy everything for my littles so when it comes to Christmas I have a hard time finding things for them to open on Christmas day, so here is what I like to buy them for Christmas!

  • A new blanket
  • Treats
  • New toys
  • New bed
  • New leashes
  • Heating pad

What my littles personally love would have to be the heating pad, blanket, and treats of course! The blankets, heating pad, bed, and leashes are more luxury and a want than a need so I find getting these on Christmas is a better fit.

-Dezi

25 Days of Blogmas 2018: Day 7

Christmas In San Francisco! 

One thing I love about San Francisco is not only is it the BEST CITY EVER (100% being biased) but it has A LOT of fun Holiday events. So…here are my top 7 favorite Holiday Events in SF!

  • Great Dickens Christmas Fair

Admission is $30 for Adults (13+), $14 for children (5-12) and Free for 5 and under. This one is pretty pricey but if you love Christmas and want to feel like you are in an old Christmas movie this is worth EVERY penny! It offers Holiday shops, seven stages f entertainment, costumed carolers, pubs and tearooms built to look like old England. It’s MAGICAL and breathtaking!

  • Santa Run December 9, 2018, at Crissy Field 

Since I only runDisney I have yet to do this run BUT it is so much fun to watch all the participants dressed up as Santa running a 5k. If you do sign up for this race you get a Santa suit and a commemorative holiday medal! You can also sign up for the Rudolph 1 miler. You also can purchase the ugly sweater race shirt.

  • Ice Skating in Union Square

$18 for adults $13 for children. This is definitely a tradition in my family. We go the weekend of Christmas and skate, drink hot cocoa, and we used to sneak into one of the hotels to use the elevator and look over  Union Square but you need a room key to access the elevator so we go to the Cheesecake factory and ask for a table outside. It’s a lot of fun skating around with cousins and sometimes the brave aunts laughing at whoever falls or placing bets who will fall first. 

  • Tree Lighting Show at Pier 39

This one is free of cost and A LOT of fun! Pier 39 has nightly tree lighting show synchronized to holiday music on the top of every hour starting at 5pm to 10pm every night. If you are a puppy lover like I am this is one where your fur babies can join in the fun! I do have to warn you to bring lots of layers because the Bay is cold especially at night and since my littles are small in a pretty crowded area at night I usually have them in my arms.

  • Winter Walk

Admission is free for this “Winter Walk” through Union Square. There are performances, entertainments, family friendly activities, food trucks, beer, and wine gardens, craft holiday cocktails and of course great photo opportunities for the family!

  • Presidio’s Traditional Tree Lighting Ceremony

Friday, December 7, 2018 admission is free but registration is appreciated. You can get a more intimate tree lighting ceremony that will bring tears to your eyes. This will also include light refreshments, some caroling, and a lantern-lit evening forest walk which I absolutely LOVE! It’s definitely my favorite part.

  • Lighted Boat Parade

Friday, December 14, 2018, from 6pm -8pm you can watch the oldest and largest lighted boat parade on the San Francisco Bay. The parade will start at Pier 39 and goes west past Fishermans Wharf, Fort Mason and the St. Francis Yacht Club. This is pretty cool because it reminds me of The Main Street Electrical Parade but on water and not Disney.

I love, love, love the Holidays and I know a lot of people travel during the Holidays so if you ever find yourself in SF around the Holidays I highly suggest checking these out, I promise you won’t regret it…unless you drive because it’ll be packed. 

-Dezi 

 

 

25 Days of Blogmas 2018: Day 6

Christmas Yule Log!

This year I thought it would be fun to try out something new and that would be my attempt at making a Christmas Yule Log! I think they are super festive, so why not give it a go? So here is the recipe I fell in love with!

What you will need:

Cake-

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 box devils food cake mix
  • 1/2 c water
  • 1/4 c vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp. powder sugar

Chocolate Frosting-

  • 1/2 c heavy whipping cream
  • 1 c chocolate chips
  • 1 Tbsp. corn syrup
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

Filling

  • 1 container whipped vanilla frosting

What to d0:

  1. preheat oven to 375º and line your cake pan and cupcake cups with parchment paper
  2. Combine and mix all ingredients for the cake in an electric mixer and fill cake pan and cupcake tray with the mixture
  3. Bake for 14-16 minutes. Once done turn the cake upside down on a clean kitchen towel sprinkled with powdered sugar. Remove your parchment paper from the cake. While your cake is still hot carefully roll your cake and towel up and let it cool for an hour
  4. In a bowl microwave, your whipping cream for about a 1min-1min 30 seconds until it starts to boil and stir in your chocolate chips and corn syrup let it stand for 3 minutes before gently beating with a whisk until smooth then add in your vanilla and let it refrigerate for an hour stirring every 15 minutes
  5. Unrolling the cake carefully and removing the towel spread your filling evenly throughout the cake and roll it back up. Place your cooling rack on a piece of parchment paper placing your rolled up cake on the rack and frost your cake.
  6. For a tree like consistency grab a fork and drag tines through it.

I hope you enjoyed this recipe as much as my cousins and I did.

-Dezi

25 Days of Blogmas 2018: Day 5

Disney Christmas Playlist!

What is Christmas without a magical Disney Christmas Playlist?

  • Jingle Bells – Mickey and the Gang
  • We Wish You a Merry Christmas -The Disney Holiday Chorus
  • Christmas Is Coming -R5
  • Ring In The Season -Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell
  • Jolly To The Core- Cast of Descendents
  • Silent Night- Sofia Carson
  • The Twelve Days of Christmas -Phineas and Ferb
  • Frosty The Snowman- Dinsey Holiday Chorus
  • Hark! The Harold Angel- Disney Holiday Chorus
  • The Nutcracker Suite- The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
  • Fall On Me- The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

These have been on repeat since Thanksgiving dinner, now I have been adding to the list so every day it changes and gets updated.

-Dezi

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