In preparation for Christmas, we are about to unpack out decorations, including, our beloved Elf on the Shelf (plush version, not the creepy one!)
If you'd rather do that run tradition, but with a Disney twist, this new offering from ShopDisney.com might be for you! Just click on the picture above to go right to the page.
For $29.95 you get your own pose-able Stitch, who has a few other neat features, along with a book telling how Stitch celebrated his first Christmas holiday on Earth.
Do you think Stitch will be a new member in your household?
It doesn't have to be a holiday to make a copycat Disney treat, but I really couldn't think of anything better than Halloween, and caramel apples. I FINALLY got one on our last trip, and for weeks after I dreamed of them! I tried to make my own, and I'm only slightly embarrassed to say the 8 I made were gone in 2 days. I'd like to say I had help eating them, but to be honest, only one of them went to my oldest. Yikes! This time, I made a dozen, with the intention of sharing! I've learned a few things since the last time I made these, so these tips are updated!
A quick note on the apples-- green apples last longer. They area little tart, so that plays well with the sweet of the caramel, so if you make these using red apples, they might not taste as good, and most importantly, they won't last as long. These can last several days (just not in my house!!) without any taste loss.
These are super simple to make. The hardest part is unwrapping all those caramels. I used the recipe on the back of the bag:
However, I did use milk, instead of water, and I felt like that worked better than before, when I used water.
Also, don't forget to make sure you wash and DRY your apples. If you don't dry them, the caramel won't stick!
Put the sticks in. I ran out of sticks, so I cut bamboo skewers (like for the grill) in half. Those worked great!
Next, get your pan ready.
Now it's time to decide how you want to melt the caramels. I've done it both ways, a bowl over simmering water, and also straight in the pot. I really prefer to just dump them all in my pot. It goes faster in the melting process I think, and then I don't have a bowl precariously balanced on a pot, trying to tip onto the stove.
Once you've decided how you want to melt your caramels, unwrap, put them in the pot and add your liquid. Stir, stir stir... it transitions... keep going until it's all melty. Don't leave it alone though! It could burn and ruin your caramels.
Eventually, your caramel should start to transition like my photographs.
Dip your apples into the caramel, no photo here, it goes quick and starts to harden fast! Roll into nuts if you like, but you could do chocolate chips or sprinkles too, and place on a sheet of waxed paper. They set pretty fast!!
Aren't they sooo pretty? Takes less than an hour to do these. If you have people helping unwrap the caramels, it will go much faster!
So delish, and easy, and pretty close to the Disney ones. It's not spot on, but in a pinch, or dire Disney emergency, these will do the job!
Be sure to keep them chilled just until serving, because the caramel might stick to the wax paper otherwise.
Happy Halloween everyone!!
I LOVE Disney books for holidays, just as much as I love the Disney Movies we mentioned last week! My number one reason as to why? There are SO MANY different Disney books that bring the holiday into your home, and for any age! While you may already have your favorites, I think that these are worth a mention to add a little Disney to your Halloween if you haven't already seen them!
If you need more ideas, you can browse Amazon, they have a lot more Disney books, and some on kindle, too. You might find some you read as a child, and some new favorites that you’ll want to share with others, to add a little Disney to their day!
I LOVE Disney movies for holidays! My number one reason as to why? There are SO MANY different Disney movies that could be Halloweenish! While you may already have your favorites, I think that these are worth a mention to add a little Disney to your Halloween if you havn't already seen them!
If you need more ideas, you can browse Amazon, they have a lot more Disney movies that are just for digital viewing or buying, a lot of the older movies that aren’t out on DVD! You might find some old classics, and some new favorites that you’ll want to share with others, to add a little Disney to their day!
Disney has always made sure that ALL of their guests, no matter what challange faces them, can still have a mgaical experience. A holiday at a Disney Park is no different. Once again, Disney is offering guests with food allergies a chance to enjoy trick or treating at the Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, a chance to enjoy treats, with no tricks.
If you are attending this event, you can ask for a treat bag that's for allergy treats. You'll get a special bag, with a teal pumpkin, and as you go from stop to stop, you'll be able to collect a token to be redeemed for different allergy free treats! There's all kinds of great stuff to pick from, AND you can read the label information on the food products to make sure that the treat is safe for you, or your child.
Not sure what the Teal Pumpkin Project is? You can click here to read about it!
Our house has always had treats and trinkets that any child of any age or any allergy can enjoy, but this year, the Teal Pumpkin Project has taken on new meaning for us, since our youngest now has a severe nut allergy. It makes me so happy that Disney is so inclusive of all guests, and we are proud to be connected even in a small way, by proudly displaying our own teal pumpkins this year!
Even without a teal pumpkin, it's easy to be part of this. Just have some treats that are safe for anyone, in addition to your usual treats you love to pass out. Dum dums, Smarties, and Tootsie Rolls are just a few that don't contain any of the top 8 allergens. You can also hit the dollar store for stickers, slinkies, mini notepads and other fun things! You might be the reason that a child who has had to say "No, thank you, I can't" all night long, or collected candy, knowing it will be given to a sibling because it's not safe for them, will get to have a few treats for themselves that are safe, and they can enjoy!