Our fourth Disney Dinner (which was thankfully not a disaster!) was The Princess and the Frog themed. We started, as always, with a drink…Bayou Queen Punch. I made one adjustment to the recipe…since we’re not millionaires, I substituted ginger beer for the ginger juice, which was prohibitively expensive. The drink was refreshing and perfect for summer!
Our main course was Tiana’s Famous Gumbo. I’ve made gumbo before, so this wasn’t totally new, but the preparation was a bit different for this recipe, and I really liked it!
For dessert, I made “Man-Catching Beignets.” It’s not the first time I’ve made this variety of donut, but it’s been so long, I’m not sure any of the children really remembered them, so they were looking forward to trying them…beignets are definitely a hit here!
This was an excellent dinner after a disappointing previous attempt…now I just have to decide what we’re having next!
Happy Mardi Gras! I decided to do something a little different this year, so instead of buying or making Pączki, I made Berliner. They’re practically the same donut (I think the main difference is that the Berliner dough is made with less eggs), and they reflect our family’s ethnic heritage, plus they’re super delicious! I filled them with homemade custard, and made a chocolate glaze to go on top:
For dinner, I made cajun stuffed peppers with a side of hush puppies:
I baked a King Cake for dessert…it’s been many years since I attempted this, and I don’t remember being impressed with it the last time, but this year, it was a huge hit!
The big day is finally here…St. Louis now has a Tim Hortons!
Now, I’ve never been to a Tim Hortons before. I’ve heard a lot about it, and how awesome it is, especially the Timbits, so I was looking forward to finally trying it for myself. I certainly wasn’t disappointed! Although it was extremely busy, the line moved fairly quickly, and we soon had an assortment of donuts and Timbits, plus some Nutella pockets and a coffee for me. It was all amazing! I really liked the way the restaurant was decorated, too, with a little local flair, and the employees were very friendly and helpful.
I’m looking forward to visiting Tim Hortons again…but maybe when it’s slightly less crowded, so we can actually sit down and enjoy our treats in the store!