A-mousingly easy cupcakes! On July 17, 1955, Disneyland opened its gates for the first time! Celebrate this magical birthday with super-simple Mickey Mouse cupcakes. Whipping up a batch of birthday cupcakes doesn't get much easier than this. Just start with chocolate sandwich cookies, add a little inspiration from America's most ear-isistible mouse, and you're ready to party!
Batch of cupcakes
Chocolate sandwich cookies, regular size and mini size
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1. Frost the cupcakes.
2. Split each cookie into halves (you'll need a total of six regular cookies and twelve mini cookies to decorate a dozen cupcakes).
3. Push one half of a regular cookie (with the unfrosted side facing forward) halfway down into the center of a cupcake to create the top of the mouse head. For ears, set a pair of mini cookie halves (again, unfrosted sides facing forward) right behind and to the sides of the head.
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- Disney Spoonful | Shine Food – Wed, Jul 17, 2013 2:39 PM EDT
A-mousingly easy cupcakes! On July 17, 1955, Disneyland opened its gates for the first time! Celebrate this magical birthday with super-simple Mickey Mouse cupcakes. Whipping up a batch of birthday cupcakes doesn't get much easier than this. Just start with chocolate sandwich cookies, add a little inspiration from America's most ear-isistible mouse, and you're ready to party!Read More »from Happy Birthday, Disneyland! Celebrate with Mickey Mouse Cupcakes
- Disney Spoonful | Parenting – Tue, Jul 16, 2013 3:52 PM EDT
Everybody's a comedian!"Whose Line is it Anyway?" returns to TV tonight. You can put together your own troupe of kid-medians with this simple game. Many of the best comic minds of our era got their start doing improvisational comedy. Who knows? Maybe you've got a budding late-night host in your midst!Read More »from "Whose Line is it Anyway?" Returns to TV - Celebrate with Game Night!
Ideas - people, places, situations
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1. The Basics: Explain to the kids that they'll be playing characters. How would they behave? What would they say to each other? The first rule of improv is to always say "yes" to another character's suggestions. In other words, don't take the story off-track by refusing to play along.
2. Choose who will perform in this scene. Then have the audience suggest characters, a location, and a situation. For example: two squirrels stuck at the top of a redwood tree.
3. Yell "action!" If your actors are a bit shy, give them some lines to start off (i.e., "I can see my
- Disney Spoonful | Shine Food – Tue, Jul 16, 2013 3:42 PM EDT
It's like Halloween in July!Today marks the 20th anniversary of the beloved Disney film "Hocus Pocus" being released in theaters. We know it's only July, but why not celebrate this fun flick with a treat? Decorating apples is a delicious and nutritious way to add some frightful flavors to your day!Read More »from No Cauldron Required: Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of "Hocus Pocus" with a Spooky Snack
2. Popsicle or craft sticks
3. White chocolate chips and red and yellow food coloring OR orange candy melts
4. Chocolate chips
5. Chocolate sprinkles
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1. For the apples: Remove any labels. Wash apples and remove stem.
2. Insert stick into top of apple.
3. Melt white chocolate chips or candy melts according to package directions in microwave or on stove top. If you want to color the white chocolate, add a few drops each of yellow and red food coloring and stir to make orange.
4. Use a tall cup or glass wide enough for the apple to fit into. (If using microwave,
- Disney Spoonful | Shine Food – Tue, Jul 16, 2013 12:36 PM EDT
Spice up your hot dog!One of the best parts of a day at the ballpark is the stadium fare! This bacon-wrapped dog with all the fixings is perfect for enjoying tonight's MLB All-Star Game. The Danger Dog is a Mexican-style hot dog wrapped in bacon and pan fried to perfection. It is topped with sauteed onions, peppers, ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise and served with a HOT grilled jalapeno on the side. Originally from Tijuana, Mexico, this hot dog received its name from the hot dog's reputation of being a street dog of low quality and sold by unlicensed street vendors. Now popular in Los Angeles, this late-night delicacy is found in the streets around downtown LA waiting to be devoured. The vendors set up near popular night spots, anxiously anticipating closing time.Read More »from All-Star Game Eats: Hit it Out of the Park with a Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dog
4 all-beef franks
4 bacon slices
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 jalapeños, deseeded and deveined, sliced in strips
1 bell pepper, deseeded, deveined, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
- Disney Spoonful | Shine Food – Mon, Jul 15, 2013 5:35 PM EDT
Just try to resist it!I seem to be addicted to peaches this summer. Sweet, juicy, and completely irresistible, they are some of summer's best bounty. I created this dessert one day when I wanted just a taste of my favorite peach pie but didn't want to indulge in an entire piece. It did the trick and now these little delicacies are favorites at summer parties, especially with the kids, who love to eat them with their hands. Need an amazing vanilla ice cream topper? You found it. Ripe peaches combined with buttery pastry in a hand held treat -- what more could you ask for this summer?Read More »from Peach Perfect! Fruit Pinwheels Make for a Juicy Dessert
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
10 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter cut into cubes
3 to 4 tablespoons ice water
3 ripe large peaches
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 teaspoons corn startch
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
whipped cream for serving, optional
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1. In a large
- Disney Spoonful | In The Pantry – Mon, Jul 15, 2013 2:05 PM EDT
It's OK to indulge.One of my favorite ingredients to cook with is Greek yogurt. I love using it instead of sour cream on my enchiladas and chilaquiles. You won't even know the difference and you'll be saving a few calories. This time, I decided to make some not-so-average nachos and I sought the help of my trusty Greek yogurt for the finishing touch. Nachos don't always have to be drenched in gooey cheese. Keep them light and flavorful this summer with loads of fresh vegetables and fiber-packed legumes such as red kidney beans. Enjoy!Read More »from Nacho Ordinary Snack: A Healthy Twist on Cheesy Chips
6oz whole grain snack chips, low or no salt
1/2 cup low fat Mexican mix shredded cheese
1/2 cup canned red kidney beans, rinsed
1/2 cup grilled chicken, chopped into bite-sized pieces
3 green onions, chopped
1/2 tomato, chopped
1 jalapeño pepper, sliced in rounds
1 tablespoon Greek yogurt
Fresh cracked pepper
1/2 lime, its juice
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1. In a microwave safe serving plate, arrange chips. Sprinkle with cheese,
- Disney Spoonful | Shine Food – Fri, Jul 12, 2013 6:55 PM EDT
Pardon our French - but these are magnifique!Sunday, July 14 is Bastille Day. The annual celebration marks the date in 1789 when French citizens stormed the Bastille, stealing ammunition to bolster their rebellion. There's a debate whether fries as we know them originated in France or Belgium. Since these are oven-baked, you can worry less about their origins and just enjoy them guilt-free.
1. 2 pounds russet potatoes, scrubbed and cut into fries
2. 2-3 cups extra virgin olive oil
3. kosher or sea salt, to taste
4. 1 tablespoon parsley, minced
5. 1 clove garlic
Tip: To cut a potato into French fries, simply make long slices every half inch along the potato with a very sharp knife. Turn the potato on its side, and continue to slice in the same direction, making square, "stick"-shaped fries.
1. Preheat oven to 500 F degrees.
2. Bring one quart of water to boil at the bottom of a steamer. Place the cut potatoes on theRead More »from A French Revolution: Celebrate Bastille Day with Easy Oven Frites
Design your own elegant plates.You can make a gorgeous dessert plate out of napkins by using the découpage technique. This is perfect for dinner parties or as a showpiece to decorate your dining room.Read More »from Dress-up Dessert with a Decoupage Plate
Wooden plate or plaque
Paper napkins with an interesting design
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1. Cut napkin into pieces. I chose small and medium rectangles. You can also rip the pieces if you'd like, or cut them into different shapes.
2. Paint the glue/sealer on the wooden plate.
3. Place pieces of the napkin on the plate and paint over them with glue/sealer, making sure to overlap pieces.
4. Repeat until the entire plate is covered and you like how the napkin pieces look.
5. Let dry overnight. I put mine in the sun.
6. Use as a dessert plate and enjoy!
- By Jillian Tohber Leslie
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- Disney Spoonful | Shine Food – Fri, Jul 12, 2013 2:39 PM EDT
Time to take that floating holiday ...Today (July 12) is National Pecan Pie Day! Just because you don't get the day off work doesn't mean you can't mark the occasion. This simple recipe will get everyone in the mood to celebrate the sweet Southern dessert. I like to sprinkle some chocolate chips on the crust before filling and baking, which brings this already rich dessert well into the decadent category.
1/2 box frozen pie dough, thawed, or your favorite single-crust recipe
3 extra large eggs
1 cup dark corn syrup
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup pecan halves
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup heavy cream whipped with a bit of sugar and vanilla, to serve
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Roll out pie crust, fit in 9-inch pie plate, trim edges to 1/2 an inch over the edge, fold and crimp as desired. Chill in refrigeratorRead More »from Happy Pecan Pie Day! Celebrate with a Slice of Chocolaty Goodness
Combine two timeless favorites: tacos and soup! Chicken taco soup is easy to prepare and sure to satisfy. You get all the flavors of a taco without any of the mess! Bake up a batch of cornbread to go with it and you're good to go!Read More »from Come Out of Your Shell with Chicken Taco Soup
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken, cooked and shredded
2 cups cooked kidney beans
2 cups prepared salsa
6 cups chicken stock
1 packet taco seasoning
2 cups tortilla chips, crushed
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1. Combine chicken, beans, salsa, stock and seasoning in a 2-quart soup pot.
2. Bring to a boil and reduce heat until soup is simmering.
3. Let cook for 15 to 20 minutes so flavors blend well.
4. Serve and top each bowl of soup with crushed tortilla chips.
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