Alice Apron Unbirthday Giveaway on Picturing Disney!

Have you ever celebrated your unbirthday? In the spirit of the March Hare and Mad Hatter’s fabulous tea party there is no day to celebrate like today! So grab some friends and family, have your own unbirthday party and then enter to win this wonderlandful apron.
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It’s easy to enter just head over to my photoblog, Picturing Disney, for more details! Remember you can send pics of past unbirthday celebrations as well!

A very merry unbirthday to you my dears!

Mother’s Day Giveaway on Picturing Disney!

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Coming soon over on my Photoblog is a great little Mother’s Day giveaway! This is a great way to pamper the lady in your life and I can attest to the great quality and scents from Walter & Rosie!

Enter to win 2 hand-crafted Disney inspired soaps (Whole New World and Pixie Dust scented) as well as a pair of adorable Polynesian-resort reminiscent tropical flower earrings!

The contests will run from 8am on Friday April 26th through 12am on May 2nd! Head on over to Picturing Disney Photoblog for more details!

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Send the special lady in your life some Disney magic this Mother’s Day!

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Looking for a fun and unique way to send your favorite lady some Disney magic? Why not stop by the Picturing Disney Photoblog Etsy shop? Here you will find a nice range of 8×10 Disney pictures all taken by me! I enjoy natural light photography and barely edit my images so that they feel true and natural, like you have just stepped back into a virtual vacation! And if you are sending a photo gift send a note through an Etsy conversation and I will include a nice little gift tag with your order.  🙂

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Besides photography (and if you get there early the last of the Disney-inspired candles that were on sale in the shop in February and March) you will also find downloadable graphics! Both feature different color options for the Disney quote and they can be printed at home, framed, and given to your favorite Disney-lovin-lady just in time for Mother’s Day!

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And just to make the deal sweeter for you! If you head on over to the Picturing Disney Facebook page any facebook followers can enter a code to get 10% off their entire Etsy order!

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Let’s Fight Hunger, Mouzies!

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Hey friends! Here at Mouze Kateerz we are joining with some of our favorite bloggers to help raise money for a cause that is close to our hearts and everyone can participate!

Head on over to our Feeding America page for more info and donate whatever you can afford to help us.  We will be joining with our blogging friends for the next two weeks- donations are due by January 30th and we are hoping to raise $1,000 with your help.  $1000 would provide 8,000 meals to those in need thanks to the partnerships Feeding America has with food pantries across the country.  EIGHT THOUSAND! Can you believe it?! Just take a quick minute and think about it and you can probably spare $1.  If you can’t we understand, but due to the recent changes in our economy there are families without the ability to feed themselves and no one deserves to go to bed hungry!

Help Mouze Kateerz, Picturing Disney and our other blogging friends and lets try to end hunger in America, one meal at a time!

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Smell your way to an instant vacation with Disney World inspired candles!

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Hey all! It’s Melissa here! Anyone have a case of the Disney blues? Looking for a way to escape back to the parks at home? Look no further than the newest crafty creation you can find in my Etsy shop! I wanted to give upcycling candles a try and when I started to make a floral batch I closed my eyes and thought “Wow! This reminds me of the Grand Floridian lobby.” Low and behold, an idea came together– followed by the creation of a Caribbean Beach Resort scent and another 5 different scents.  I had been trying to find a way to use or sell some ceramic M.Mouse Collection mugs and so I created my own line of Walt Disney World inspired candles!

You will find votives, tealights, and larger candle mugs over at my Etsy shop all scented to smell like your favorite resorts! I have gotten really great feedback from people who have purchased in the past (currently I am sold out of Sunshine Tree Terrace, Yacht & Beach Club, Boardwalk, and Polynesian but I am hoping to recreate all these scents in the future).  If you are interested in purchasing more than one product contact me over on Etsy and let me know and I will work out the shipping costs! And be sure to remind me that you read about my shop here on Mouze Kateerz!!

Interested more in the upcycling candle process than purchasing your little scent of Disney World? Well, had on over to Picturing Disney and check out the post I created as I created my first batches of candles!

Disney World Guidebook Round Up

By Melissa L.

With such a huge costumer base, it is no wonder that there are entire shelves in bookstores dedicated to Disney World Travel Guides as well as website companions that offer online subscriptions to the company’s best planning tools.  How do you make your way through the stack in order to find which is best for you? Use the guide below to find what resources you are looking for in order to make the perfect pre-trip purchase for you!

Books

Most fun and personalized: Passporter

What makes the Passporter guide book my go to choice is the fun I have filling it up with personal information.  The moment after I book my next Disney World trip the first thing I do is order the most current Passporter! I pour over the pages for hours before planning trips, going over ever detail, adding every last minute that I have planned to my pass pockets and updating all of our personal trip information.  I am a Passporter addict! I even used leftover pockets on my honeymoon!

This innovative guide has excellent descriptions of the hotels, attractions, and restaurants at Walt Disney World, as well as, ratings and worksheets that help make your trip planning fun.  What I love about Passporter is that I can hold onto my guidebook as a memento after our trips and flipping through it feels reminiscent of flipping through a scrapbook or photo album.  The deluxe version is fabulous and they offer updated refills each year as well as Disneyland Resort refills.

Most comprehensive: The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World

To use the singular of Unofficial Guide does not do this line of books justice.  Not only is the original namesake filled with a plethora of Disney Planning information for planning your vacation from beginning to end, but there are multiple companions which include a color companion, guide specifically for traveling with kids, one for traveling without kids, one for traveling around other parks in Orlando, and editions for Disneyland and Disneyland Paris.

Best quick look for Disney pros: Birnbaum’s Walt Disney World

I have found myself with a small collection of Birnbaum guides over the years.  Planning a Disney trip is exciting and for some reason I usually find myself with a copy of this at some point in my planning.  It’s usually under $10, and I find it great as a guide when I am planning out where to eat or what new attractions to look forward to.  I carried it in my work bag for two months before our last trip.  It is slim and had lots of quick descriptions which are great for skimming through on a lunch break or when I have a few minutes here or there.

Best pictures: The Complete Walt Disney World

Like the other guides featured here, this has great descriptions and reviews of the parks, restaurants, hotels, and attractions to be found at Walt Disney World.  Unlike the other guides here this is so chock full of photos you may find yourself lost in a day dream before you make it through the first 20 pages.  There is so much not just to read, but to see in this book that its hard to resist once you take a peek inside!   There is also a really neat section that is a Disney encyclopedia of sorts called “Disney A to Z”!

Online Subscriptions

This is the digital age, so while there are plenty of books out there on the topic of Walt Disney World, there are also tons of websites out there  filled with Disney planning information.  There are also a small handful of online SUBSCRIPTIONS where you pay for a span of time to use a website’s own planning tools.  The Passporter guidebook has a company website which offers monthly access to their Passporter’s Club in which you can view any of their many available e-books for free.  This is great for getting companion information to their guide book.

Most fun, personalized, and comprehensive: Tour Guide Mike

Tour Guide Mike is a personal favorite as far as planning tools.  You begin by filling out a survey about your trip plans and aver a few minutes your Automated Vacation Planner is prepared for you with personalized trip planning information to fit you and your family’s needs.  It is amazing how spot-on the tour and dining recommendations can be! Furthermore, you can add reminders for making Advanced Dining Reservations, later on add your confirmation numbers, and are privy to being able to access the loads and loads of vacation planning articles on the website.  My very favorite feature: The Least Crowded Park Charts! They rock and are incredibly accurate! I plan my park days based around these recommendations and they are constantly updated if changes come from Disney!

Best quick look for Disney pros: Touring PlansDisney Wishes, disney photography, Picasa, Disney, Magic Kingdom photos, fireworks, Photoshop, photo editing

From the makers of the Unofficial Guides, Touring Plans is a site focused mainly on, well, Touring Plans! Here you can find comprehensive plans for touring all Disney parks as well as another super-accurate park chart.  The Touring Plans Crowd Calendar not only makes suggestions as to which parks to visit or avoid each and every day (for up to a year in advance) but you are also giving estimates on how crowded Disney will be!   Whatsmore, your Touring Plans subscription (available for Walt Disney World, Disneyland or both) allows you the ability to login to the smartphone app which gives you up to date and accurate ride lines and wait times!

What is your favorite guide? Did it make the roundup? Let me know in the comments below!!

When Melissa isn’t teaching, snapping pictures to post on Picturing Disney on Facebook, updating her photoblog Picturing Disney, or prancing around Disney Parks like a kid, she is lives her life filled with love, laughter, and happily ever after in New York with her husband and their adorable dog.

Cooking with a Mouze: Whispering Canyon Cafe’s Little Nutty Salad Reciepe

By Melissa L.

I love cooking Disney food and when I found this recipe for Whispering Canyon Cafe’s Little Nutty Salad, I just had to try it.

This salad is very easy to make and was easily enough for me to have for dinner one night and lunch the next day! Hurray for leftovers!!!

Roasted Walnut Vinaigrette Dressing

  • 1/3 cup roasted walnuts
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 onions
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Spread the walnuts on a baking sheet and place in the oven at 350°F until golden brown. Place the roasted walnuts in a food processor with the honey, vinegar and onions. Mix until smooth. Add the olive oil in increments, mixing well between additions. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

Candied Walnuts

  • 1/3 cup walnuts
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup

Mix the walnuts and maple syrup. Spread the walnut mixture on a baking sheet and place in the oven at 350°F until golden brown. Cool and reserve for garnish on the Little Nutty Salad.

Little Nutty Salad

  1. 1-2 handfuls lettuce
  2. Mix 2 Tbsp. tillamook cheddar cheese, shredded 1/3 cup Roasted Walnut Vinaigrette Dressing, 2 Tbsp. Candied Walnuts, and 6-8 oz. grilled chicken breast

Prepare the Roasted Walnut Vinaigrette Dressing and Candied Walnuts as directed. Toss the lettuce mix with the Roasted Walnut Vinaigrette Dressing and place in a serving bowl. Top with shredded Tillamook Cheddar Cheese and Candied Walnuts. Slice the grilled Chicken Breast into strips and place on top of salad. Serve with slices of toasted foccaccia bread.

The salad was yummy and I changed a couple of things.  I added some tomatoes and did not shred the cheese since I prefer bigger in my salad.  I also didn’t use quite as much chicken.  I didn’t  add the bread since it made a pretty well rounded meal.  I am a pretty picky salad eater so most people wouldn’t be such pains in the butt.  Either way, the dressing alone made this recipe worth making!

Thank you for stopping by Mouze Kateerz. We value feedback from our readers and welcome your comments.


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Melissa L.

By profession Melissa is a 9th grade World History teacher, but by nature she is a lover of all things Disney. She has always been a bit of a bookworm and has believed in fairytales since she was a little girl. (Her favorite heroine and princess is Belle.)

When she isn’t teaching, snapping pictures to post on Picturing Disney on Facebook, updating her photoblog Picturing Disney, or prancing around Disney Parks like a kid, she is lives her life filled with love, laughter, and happily ever after in New York with her husband and their adorable dog.

Stop by Picturing Disney, where we keep the Disney magic alive at home one snapshot at a time!

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Whispering Canyon Cafe’s Little Nutty Salad: the Make-It-Yourself Recipe

By Melissa L.

I love the Wilderness Lodge, and when I found this recipe for Whispering Canyon Cafe’s Little Nutty Salad, I just had to try it.

This salad was super easy to make, (even though I did not candy the walnuts myself and instead bought them) and was easily enough for me to have for dinner one night and lunch the next day!

Roasted Walnut Vinaigrette Dressing

  • 1/3 cup roasted walnuts
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 onions
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Spread the walnuts on a baking sheet and place in the oven at 350°F until golden brown. Place the roasted walnuts in a food processor with the honey, vinegar and onions. Mix until smooth. Add the olive oil in increments, mixing well between additions. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

Candied Walnuts

  • 1/3 cup walnuts
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup

Mix the walnuts and maple syrup. Spread the walnut mixture on a baking sheet and place in the oven at 350°F until golden brown. Cool and reserve for garnish on the Little Nutty Salad.

Little Nutty Salad

  1. 1-2 handfuls lettuce
  2. Mix 2 Tbsp. tillamook cheddar cheese, shredded 1/3 cup Roasted Walnut Vinaigrette Dressing, 2 Tbsp. Candied Walnuts, and 6-8 oz. grilled chicken breast

Prepare the Roasted Walnut Vinaigrette Dressing and Candied Walnuts as directed. Toss the lettuce mix with the Roasted Walnut Vinaigrette Dressing and place in a serving bowl. Top with shredded Tillamook Cheddar Cheese and Candied Walnuts. Slice the grilled Chicken Breast into strips and place on top of salad. Serve with slices of toasted foccaccia bread.

Not sure how I feel about the salad itself, I added some tomatoes and did not shred the cheese since I prefer bigger in my salad.  I also didn’t use quite as much chicken.  And did not think it was necessary to add the bread since it made a pretty well rounded meal.  I am a pretty picky salad eater so most people wouldn’t be such pains in the butt.  Either way, the dressing alone made this recipe worth making!

Thanks for stopping by, and we hope you enjoy your salad!

Melissa L.

By profession Melissa is a 9th grade World History teacher, but by nature she is a lover of all things Disney. She has always been a bit of a bookworm and has believed in fairytales since she was a little girl. (Her favorite heroine and princess is Belle.)

When she isn’t teaching, snapping pictures to post on Picturing Disney on Facebook, updating her photoblog Picturing Disney, or prancing around Disney Parks like a kid, she is lives her life filled with love, laughter, and happily ever after in New York with her husband and their adorable dog.

Stop by Picturing Disney, where we keep the Disney magic alive at home one snapshot at a time!

Like to bake Disney?

S’mores Cupcake from Wilderness Lodge: the Bake-It-Yourself Disney Recipe

Ghiradelli Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies: the Bake-It-Yourself Disney Recipe

Squirt the Sea Turtle Cupcakes: Disney World Bake-It-Yourself Recipe

Starring Rolls Cafe Butterfinger Cupcakes: The Do-It-Disney Recipe

Acorn Doughnut Holes: the Make-It-Yourself Disney Recipe

By Melissa.

Fall holidays are right around the corner, which means yummy holiday food. Looking for a quick and easy recipe to add to your upcoming Thanksgiving dessert menu? Try this adaptation of a Disney Family Fun recipe! It’s sure to please every nut in your family tree! And it would also be a great dessert for a Chip & Dale themed party or for the Rescue Rangers fan in the house! [Read more…]

Napa Rose’s Glorious Tomatoes: the Bake-It-Yourself Disney Recipe

By Melissa L.

Disneyland Resort is home to some great dining experiences.  One of the signature restaurants here can be found in the Grand Californian Hotel.  Nape Rose is a Disneyland fan favorite, I recreated an appetizer I have never had or seen from the menu here!  Napa Rose’s Glorious Tomatoes recipe can not be found online so I urge any interested readers to pick up my favorite Disney cookbook where you can find the recipe for the Cider Vinaigrette used the in recipe below.

Ingredients

  • 1 heirloom tomato per person being served (recipe assumes 4)
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 cup basil leaves, torn into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1/3 cup Cider Vinaigrette
  • 1/2 cup diced onions
  • 3 slices applewood smoked bacon
  • 3/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 2 tablespoons minced chives

Directions

  • Slices tomatoes thickly and sprinkle with salt, basil, cider dressing, onions, and bacon (the tomato slices will look like little pizzas)
  • Stack tomatoes 3-4 layers high, sprinkle with blue cheese
  • Garnish with remaining bacon, cheese, chives
  • Drizzle any remaining smaller pieces with basil, salt, pepper, vinaigrette, and scatter around tomato stacks

Thanks for stopping by for a make-it-yourself Disney recipe, and we hope you enjoy it!
Melissa L.

By profession Melissa is a 9th grade World History teacher, but by nature she is a lover of all things Disney. She has always been a bit of a bookworm and has believed in fairytales since she was a little girl. (Her favorite heroine and princess is Belle.)

When she isn’t teaching, snapping pictures to post on Picturing Disney on Facebook, updating her photoblog Picturing Disney, or prancing around Disney Parks like a kid, she is lives her life filled with love, laughter, and happily ever after in New York with her husband and their adorable dog.

Stop by Picturing Disney, where we keep the Disney magic alive at home one snapshot at a time!

Like to Bake Disney? Here ya go!

S’mores Cupcake from Wilderness Lodge: the Bake-It-Yourself Disney Recipe

Ghiradelli Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies: the Bake-It-Yourself Disney Recipe

Squirt the Sea Turtle Cupcakes: Disney World Bake-It-Yourself Recipe

Starring Rolls Cafe Butterfinger Cupcakes: The Do-It-Disney Recipe