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Friday, April 28, 2017

Five Loves on Friday // Family Fun, Cute Bargains, and New Food Faves!



Happy Friday, friends!  Let's get right to those lovely loves, shall we?




One  //  Fun in the Sun!


Love my adorable skating sweeties!

Although the second half of this week has dipped down into Frost Advisory temps, it began beautifully! We took full advantage of the warm weather and sunny skies last weekend with family time at the lake, rollerblading, & popsicles!  It was a sweet preview of the summer fun to come!


Two  //  Draper James + Tervis


Last week I mentioned ordering one more thing from Draper James while they ran their "Lucky You" Sale.  As expected that happy mail has made my loves list this week!  This wasn't a discounted item, however they did offer free shipping sitewide during the sale (which normally starts at $10) so I took advantage of that!




These are my first Tervis cups.  You'll soon see they aren't my last! ;)  I love that they keep my drinks and ice cold for extended periods, are super cute, dishwasher safe, and are backed with a lifetime warranty!  


Three  //  Ready for Summer Dinners on the Deck


Celebrate Summer Together Cups // Celebrate Summer Together Salad Plate in Havana


I love having fun plates and cups to serve my family and friends with.  I scored such a deal on these new additions to my summer stash!  I paired Kohl's promo codes for 30% off and free shipping with already discounted sets, bringing these cups down to 87 cents each and $1.75 per pretty pineapple plate!  Not too shabby considering that at full price for these sets of four would have ran me $30!  Oh, how I love a good bargain!


Four  //  Slow Cooker Asian Pulled Pork Tacos


If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen this yumminess last night.  As promised, I'm excited to pass on the recipe link to that deliciousness today! 
  


Direct Link to Recipe:



If you're a fan of Asian flavors and tacos, I highly recommend you click through, add those ingredients to your shopping list, and give it a go!  I think your taste buds will thank me later and what can I say except... 





Five  //  My New Favorite {Low Calorie} Ice Cream




I've heard so much hype about how good Halo Top is, yet being a low(er) calorie treat I was a bit skeptical that it could really taste as good as typical ice cream.  After picking up some at Walmart this week I'm here to tell you that one spoonful in I was sold!  This stuff is so yummy!  Compared to Ben & Jerry's version which packs over a 1000 calories per pint, I can say that the inside label which reads, "No Bowl  No Regrets", is a true story!  In my opinion (and to my surprise) it lives up to the hype!  


Wishing you the sweetest of weekends ahead! Thanks so much for popping by the blog today!   It's a treat to have you here!


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Throwback Thursday // Tigger Tails


 Hello, friends!  Let's extend the National Pretzel Day celebrations just a teensy tasty bit longer with a blast from blogging past, my Tigger Tails recipe!  I was honored to have my recipe featured by BuzzFeed back in 2015!  I'll insert a direct link to that Disney-inspired foodie extravaganza at the end of this post!  Now, without further ado, let's bounce to that Pooh & Pals themed post! . . . 

Tigger Tails
Originally written & published here on National Winnie the Pooh Day, January 18, 2013


We LOVE Winnie the Pooh and his Hundred Acre Wood pals! Did you know that there's actually a national holiday in celebration of the beloved willy, nilly, silly old bear?! Well, there is! It's TODAY!




 

...Snapshots of my girls a few years back at Crystal Palace's "Friendship Day Celebration".        

You don't have to travel to Walt Disney World to have some Winnie-ish fun, but IF going to Walt Disney World is an option for you today - DO IT ! ;) We'll be here waiting for a postcard, making TIGGETAILS!!

These are inspired by some Disneyland fare. Their Tigger Tails are covered marshmallows on a stick. While those would also be tasty to recreate, at our house we're big fans of covering pretzels and decking them out in a variety of scrumptious ways! This being one of them . . .


These are easy, peasy to whip up, and will make you so happy you'll feel like BOUNCING!


INGREDIENTS:


Pretzel Rods 

White Almond Bark 

Orange Icing Color 

Chocolate Almond Bark (you could also use chocolate chips)



INSTRUCTIONS:


*Prep: Before beginning to build this delicious treat set out a couple of baking sheets, cover each sheet with parchment paper. 


1.  In a deep bowl melt white almond bark according to package directions. 

2.   Add orange icing color (a little at a time) and stir, until you get your desired shade of orange. 

3.   Dip each pretzel anywhere from half to 2/3rds of the way up in almond bark. 

4.  Place the covered pretzel on the parchment paper lined baking sheet, and repeat with all the pretzels. 

5.  Melt chocolate almond bark. 

6.  Put the melted chocolate into a decorating squeeze bottle like this. (I picked mine up at Walmart. You can find them at most stores that carry candy making supplies. You can also use dollar store squeeze bottles that are meant for ketchup and mustard. Any squeeze bottle with that type of fine tip will work beautifully! ;)) 

7.   Squeeze the bottle of melted chocolate, moving it back and forth above the pretzels to create stripes. 

8.  Let the pretzels dry completely. 

9.  Then, try as hard as you can to eat one without bouncing, I dare ya! ;)


Here's a little sweets making music for ya, the vocal goodness of Zooey Deschanel -



Winnie the Pooh Fun Facts:

Did you know that Winnie the Pooh Author A.A. Milnes' son's name was actually Christopher Robin? "Winnie" was the name of a black bear at the London zoo. The "Pooh" part of his name comes from a swan that Christopher had an encounter with on a vacation. 

Did you know that in celebration of her 80th birthday, Queen Elizabeth II invited Winnie the Pooh to a party at the Buckingham Palace. Fancy schmancy, Pooh!


Click HERE for more Tiggerific fun!(Free online Winnie the Pooh games & a Personality Quiz)


...& I leave you with some wise words from a willy, nilly, silly old bear:

 





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I was honored to have this recipe featured at:

kitchenfunWhat's cooking, love? YOUR BLOG NAME Memories by the Mile

For anyone interested, here's a direct link to the BuzzFeed post my Tigger Tails were featured in: 
28 Disney-Inspired Recipes You Have to Try  


(There's so much Disney deliciousness to be  drooled over found there!)

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Trip Report Tuesday: California Day 9 // A Day of Disney History in Los Angeles



Happy Trip Report Tuesday, friends!  Who's ready to move into the all the Disney goodness of this vacation?!  Alright then, let's do this! ...

Disneyland's longest park passes are 5 days, making this our "free day" in the L.A. area.  We did however spend it in a very Disney way!  I'm excited to be sharing those details with you all today!