I don’t know was more excited to meet Minnie Mouse…Chickadee or me!
For our fifth Disney Dinner, I turned to a family favorite…breakfast-for-dinner. I chose recipes from the Frozen “Winter Wonderland Holiday Brunch” in Entertaining with Disney to create the menu, starting with Elsa’s eggnog, which was a punch made by mixing my homemade eggnog with 7-Up and vanilla ice cream:
The main course was Anna’s ham, egg, and cheese croissant sandwiches:
I kept dessert simple…strawberry frozen hearts:
This dinner was really fun, and I love any excuse to make breakfast in the evening!
“I only hope that we don’t lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse.” Walt Disney
This year’s summer school is going to be exceptionally fun, because we’re learning all about Disney! Walt Disney, Disney World, Disney animation/animators (including my favorite, Mary Blair), and Disney movies/characters. We’ll be reading books, watching movies, building an iconic Lego set, cooking, coloring, playing games, and doing crafts. Oh, and taking the biggest field trip of them all…a trip to Disney World! Here’s a look at our (mostly) book list, with a few fun extras thrown in:
- Birnbaum’s Walt Disney World
- A Portrait of Walt Disney World
- The Disney Book
- Disney World at 50
- One Day at Disney
- Holiday Magic at the Disney Parks
- Yesterday’s Tomorrow
- Ink and Paint: The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation
- Pencils, Pens & Brushes
- Pocket Full of Colors
- The Art and Flair of Mary Blair
- It’s a Small World
- Who Was Walt Disney?
- Where is Walt Disney World?
- Disney Ideas Book
- Art of Coloring: Walt Disney World
- Delicious Disney
- Entertaining with Disney
- Mickey Mouse Cookie Cutters
- Codenames: Disney Family Edition
- Lego Mini Disney Castle
We’ve had a lot of fun summer school themes in the past, but I’m pretty sure this will go down as the most fun summer school ever!
Chickadee was very excited to visit the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. this week!
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!
Saturday was a Very Exciting Day, because we went to the Cardinals game, and Chickadee got to see Fredbird for the first time in almost four years!
If you’re wondering what absolute joy looks like, this is it:
We also found a cool, life-size bobblehead of Paul Goldschmidt. Not as fun as Fredbird, but still exciting!
It was so good to be back at one of our favorite places!
Last week we did something new…we went and picked lavender at Tenderloin Farms in Edwardsville, IL! (I know…you wouldn’t guess they grow lavender there based on their name, but it used to be a hog farm before The Stahlhut “Girls” started growing lavender.)
Like asparagus picking, I really had no idea how it works. It’s super easy, though…they give you a pair of (safety) scissors, and you cut the stems from the blooming plants, making sure to stay “in the green.” The field (and the store) smelled amazing!
We also learned a lot about how lavender likes to grow (warm temperatures and not too much water), and the various kinds (there are over 450 varieties, but of course, Tenderloin Farms doesn’t grow them all…they do have about 20, though, including a pink variety!).
We even learned how to make lavender lemonade…and got to sample some, too!
We couldn’t have asked for a nicer June day to be out…it wasn’t too hot, it was only partly sunny, and there were three kinds of lavender blooming…we picked some of each.
This was a really fun thing to try, and I love that we brought home an amazing-smelling souvenir…we’ve already made a few recipes with it (lemon-lavender shortbread and the previously mentioned lavender lemonade), and we’re looking forward to using the rest to make lavender wands!
Today is, as Moose put it, my 5th 39th birthday. We started the day by taking a peek at the rapidly-growing mourning dove squabs in our tree:
We were out early due to the excessive heat warning I was gifted for my birthday. There was only one thing I really wanted to do out of the house…visit a spray park. We ended up driving up to a really nice one in Edwardsville because it was open early, and had fun playing in the water before it got too hot!
When we got home, I opened my presents…I received some very nice things from my family!
Of course I played Animal Crossing New Horizons, and for the second year in a row, Roald came to my party!
The rest of the day was pretty chill…we watched some of my favorite movies (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, A League of Their Own, and White Christmas), had my favorite frozen pizza for dinner (Home Run Inn), and enjoyed the beautiful birthday cake (with 43 candles) the girls made for me:
In spite of the heat, I had a fantastic birthday…and that’s just the start of the fun this week!
What was supposed to be our fourth Disney Dinner turned into a major Disney Disaster (I tried a new recipe for spare ribs that just did not turn out), but we still had the drinks and dessert I had planned as part of the meal, starting with the Poisonless Dart, which featured mint and lime:
For dessert, I made Traditional Bread and Butter Pudding with Sauce Anglaise. I love bread pudding, and this recipe did not disappoint!
Hopefully I have a little more success with our next Disney Dinner!