Thursday, November 30, 2017

Handmade Hangout Party #182

 The weekend is just a day away so let's start it a little early by showing off your latest projects!

You can visit all of the hostesses at the links blow.

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Alli from Made with HAPPY

We have just a few easy rules:
1. Become a follower of the blog where you linked up. Or you can follow all of us and that would be awesome too!
2. Share our button or party link in your post or wherever you share your linky parties.

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3. Have fun!!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Good Eats: Disney World Edition

 I hope you all had an awesome Thanksgiving. I sure did. It was not a traditional Thanksgiving at all but it is one that will go down in the memory books for sure. My extended family and I went to Walt Disney World for 5 days of non-stop fun. My parents told us three years ago that they wanted to take us to Disney World in 2017 to celebrate their 45th Wedding Anniversary. We have been waiting a long time for this week to come and it did not disappoint. It would take me a while to tell you all the fun and exciting things we did, like walking, waiting in lines, riding rides, walking, going to shows, walking, eating good food and more walking. So today I'm just going to tell you about some of the good food we ate!!

We brought LOTS of snacks along with us to the parks each day, along with sandwiches or pb&j rollups. We also had our water bottles to use and refill. But we knew we wanted to get a small taste of the many good food options that Disney World has to offer. In the five days that we were in Orlando we got to spend all of them at the parks. It was exhausting but so worth it. We had park hopper passes and were able to visit all four park and we did Magic Kingdom twice, since it's so big. There were 15 of us in our group and we were a little slow moving and it was REALLY crowded so we probably didn't get to see everything that everyone really wanted to see or do but we had an incredible time none-the-less. And yes, the food was amazing as well.

We ended up doing two character meals, one other buffet and then our Thanksgiving dinner was at The Boathouse in Disney Springs. I never thought I'd be eating coconut shrimp on Thanksgiving but it was so delicious and I'm not really a big fan of turkey anyway. However, I did miss having pumpkin pie. So I'm just going to tell you what we ate at which park each day of the trip (besides the food we brought from home). And then YOU can tell me what I missed so that if I ever get another opportunity to go back to Disney World I will know where to eat first!!

We spent our first day in Epcot Center and it was such a fun day. We didn't really get to sample too much food in the park because we were too busy waiting in lines and trying to navigate the park. But we did enjoy an amazing princess dinner at the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall. The kids loved getting to meet the princesses and having them sign their autograph books. The food was delicious and totally different from what I normally eat. We started with an appetizer buffet of various meats and cheeses. For dinner I had the pork shank with corn succotash and some polenta I believe. It was over a week ago I don't remember what was all on the plate. We finished with some AMAZING desserts. A rice pudding, apple cake and chocolate moose. They also brought out an "Anniversary" plate since we were there celebrating my parents Anniversary. This meal was so delicious, the only problem was the kids were so distracted by the princesses they hardly even touched their food!

The second day we went to Magic Kingdom and while we were waiting for the festival of fantasy parade my husband went and got us some snacks. A mickey pretzel, some candied nuts and popcorn. The pretzel was so good, light, fluffy and just the right amount of chewy. I won't speak too highly of the cheese cup that came with the pretzel, it was a little congealed and gloppy but it did the trick. Some mustard may have been better on the pretzel but it was still delicious.

The candied nuts were amazing and so good to finally taste after smelling them all day long. 

The popcorn was what you would expect popcorn to be...not too salty...just right!!

 A little picture of us after the parade...just for the fun of it!

 That night in Magic Kingdom we didn't have dinner plans so we decided to have ice cream for dinner. We went to the ice cream parlor on Main Street and the ice cream was SO SO good. You can see my husband holding my bowl, two scoops in a waffle cone with chocolate drizzle. Amazing ice cream really. In fact when we asked our kids what their favorite food was at Disney two of them said this ice cream!! Plus, when you're at Disney World you CAN eat ice cream for dinner!!

The third day we went to Animal Kingdom and we didn't really try any of the food in the park. We spent most of the morning waiting in line to ride the Avatar Flight of Passage...which was TOTALLY worth the 2+ hour wait by the way!!!  It also rained that day so we just tried to stay inside at shows and we knew we'd be having a big dinner so we just ate our snacks from home that day. We went to Boma for an African dinner at the Animal Kingdom lodge and it was so so good. The buffet was filled with great cuts of meat, fresh veggies, soups and all the other sides you would hope for but everything was done in a traditional African style. Let me tell you if you go there and they have butternut squash soup please do yourself a favor and try it. It was SO amazing. The little desserts were super yummy too.

The little coffee tart at the bottom of the picture was my favorite. The little cup that the coffee "moose" is sitting in is made of dark chocolate. Oh and the jungle juice that they served was super tasty also!

We went to Hollywood Studios on our fourth day and enjoyed seeing lots of Star Wars characters, the really AWESOME Toy Story ride and some fun roller coasters. We enjoyed some Mickey ice cream and my husband and I walked a little slower than the rest of our group who went on the Rockin Roller Coaster so we could grab a snack and a drink.

 That evening we went back into Animal Kingdom so that we could go to the Tusker House buffet and character meal. Again, the food was so delicious. The cold green bean salad was one of my favorites and roasted root veggies were amazing too. Even the chicken curry was delicious. I wasn't very hungry so I didn't try too much at this buffet and just left a little room for dessert. The bread pudding was pretty good and the chocolate moose tart was outstanding!

 (sorry for the blurry pictures...the light wasn't very good in there)

Here is our whole group with Mickey!!!

 Our last day was spent back at Magic Kingdom and we got to explore the side of the park that we missed the first time we were there. We made sure to get our Dole Whip (I got a float) which was delicious and we also got some various snacks at the Big Top Souvenirs...some suckers for the kids, a cake pop for me, a chocolate covered pineapple on a stick for my hubby and a white chocolate macadamia nut cookie for later!!

And like I said earlier we spent Thanksgiving evening at Disney Springs at The Boathouse and the food and service were both excellent!!

So, tell me, did I get all the favorites? What did I miss. I really want to go back tomorrow but I don't think it will happen any time soon!! But I'm really hoping somehow we can go again before all the kids leave the house!! Thanks for joining me on this tour of good Disney food!!

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Berry Wreath Ornament

I hope you all had a great holiday weekend! 
We spent time with some good friends on Thanksgiving and then got the house all dressed for Christmas Friday and Saturday. Are you all decorated yet? 

I have another ornament for you today created using another mason jar lid. 

This is a pretty easy ornament which is always in my book! 

Here's how to create it.

-Outer Ring of a mason jar lid
-Wired pine branches (I snipped mine off of an old garland I had)
-Mini Berries (found in the miniature figurine section at Michael's)
-Hot Glue Gun
-Spray Snow (optional)
-Mini Bells (optional)

 Begin by wrapping the pine branches around the outer ring. Again I snipped the pine from an old garland I had and used about 15 to completely wrap the ring.
No need to glue them down since the wire in the branch can be pressed and shaped to stay on the ring.

Wrap until the full ring is covered.

I then gave my wreath a bit of a haircut because it was just a little too wild looking for my liking.

I then used a can of spray snow to flock my wreath. Since it will be going on our normal green Christmas tree, I wanted to make sure you'd be able to see it. If you have a different tree, no need to do this step.
After spraying, let dry.

The snow was still a little wet, it was taking forever to dry, but it wasn't that big of a deal so I just continued on by creating a bow with some ribbon.

I then snipped the mini berries from their wire and hot glued them to the wreath, some in groups of three and others single.

I slipped another ribbon under the red ribbon and tied a loop for hanging.

And that's it! 
See, it is pretty easy! :)

Such a fun new addition and I love how the red pops off the flocking! 

Have you made any ornaments lately?

Friday, November 24, 2017

MHCT&M: Unique Christmas Tree Alternatives

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving with your family and friends yesterday! 

Allison here, back for another week of Christmas ideas for this week's Must Have Tip posts. 

If you are like me, today is the day you stay in decorate for Christmas instead of getting out in the crowd to go shopping. But before you put that tree up, you may want to take a look at this post because you may get an idea that you will want to try instead of a traditional tree. 

I've found so many fantastic unique Christmas tree alternatives that even my head has been whirling with ideas! 

 Create a tree using a collection of small items on the wall. 

 Love succulents and don't have a lot of space for a large tree? How about creating a succulent tree! 
How cool is this?

If you don't have a lot of floor space why not create a tree using lights on the wall or a piece of plywood? You can even add some ornaments to the wire if you'd like! 

Have a chalkboard wall? Why not create a beautiful chalkboard tree to enjoy over the holiday season?

 Love this cute cardboard tree! You can get the whole family to embellish it with simple paper ornaments and drawings. 

Thinking about going very modern this Christmas? How about creating a simple plywood tree?

Ever look at dryer venting and wonder what else you can do with it? 
Check out this tree created with it! 

Have a love for architectural elements? Create this architectural salvage tree using all sorts of fun wood, knobs, pulls, and other interesting finds! 

A rolled paper tree sure does make a statement without the mess of dropping needles! 
Here's another cardboard version that is just as fun as the previous one I shared. 

 Enjoy decorating with the farmhouse look? Stack galvanized tubs on top of each other and wrap with ribbon to create a tree. 

Washi tape is a great way to get creative and create a tree on the wall plus it is easy clean up! 
Just tape up decorations and lights onto the tree for more detail.

Have a collection of license plates? Use them to create a unique tree. 

I love this PVC tree filled will colorful ornaments! This is beautiful on this large scale but you could easily make it smaller if you don't have the space.

Have a lot of wood sitting around? Create a gorgeous wood tree with it! 

With the use of hooks on the wall and some yarn you can create a string art tree for relatively cheap! 
It can even pull double duty as a Christmas Card display! 

Create a unique tree using an old ladder. Wrap it with light and garland, hang ornaments on it or sit things on the rungs and you have a wonderful tree! 

Create a grouping of trees with washi tape over a table or on a large scale for fun modern decor.

Using a large piece of wood, draw and cut out a large tree. Place a light behind it to back light it and boom, you have a statement tree for sure! 

Oh my goodness, aren't those all fabulous! Which idea is your favorite?

And there are so many other things you can do as well! Make a tree out of books, tape special papers to the wall, create a tee pee shape out of wood and wrap with garland and decorate, so many fun things can be done to make a unique Christmas tree! 

Do you decorate for Christmas with a unique tree?

Stay tuned next week for even more Christmas ideas! 

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