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25 Days of Christmas 2017: Day 3

Not only do I love Christmas, but I love Christmas movies. In my collection of movies I feel like I have a ton of Christmas movies to choose from, so here are my top 12 Disney Christmas movies that I watch all during this holiday season.

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  1. The Sant Clause (1,2,3)
  2. Ill Be Home for Christmas
  3. Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas
  4. Prep and Landing
  5. Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas
  6. One Magical Christmas
  7. The Ultimate Christmas Present
  8. Twas the Night
  9. Recess Christmas: Miracle on Third Street
  10. Disney’s A Christmas Carol
  11. The Nightmare Before Christmas
  12. Eloise at Christmastime

Now, these are not ALL my favorite Christmas movies because that list would never end! These are the movies that I have already watched the minimum of 5 or more this Holiday season. Unlike most people who would put their decorations up while listening to music, I love putting my decorations up while I have an amazing Christmas movie on.

-Dezi

 

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25 Days of Christmas 2017: Day 2

Day 2 of 25 is set for the pups! I recently started making them these Apple Cinnamon Donut. Not only does this make your house smell like Christmas the pups absolutely LOVE these! So lets get baking.

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Donut Ingredients:

  • 3 C flour
  • 1 1/2 C Oats
  • 1/2 Tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 apple
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Cwater
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil

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Icing Ingredients:

  • Plain greek yogurt
  • Honey

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Directions for DONUTS:

  1. pre-heat oven to 350º
  2. line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
  3. add flour, oats and cinnamon in a large bowl and whisk together
  4. in a small bowl beat egg. Add water, grated apple, and oil.
  5. add wet ingredients to the dry, and mix
  6. knead dough ball with your hands until thoroughly combined
  7. roll the dough out flat about 1/4 inch thick and cut out your shapes
  8. place on cookie sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes

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Directions for ICING:

  1. mix plain greek yogurt with some honey to create icing
  2. glaze donuts and freeze for 30 minutes to harden glaze
  3. if you are adding icing, store in the fridge for up to 5 days

*unfrosted donuts will keep for 1 week in an airtight container. In the freezer for up to 3 months.

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The pups and I hope you enjoy these as much as my pups do every Christmas. Christmas to me means love, giving to others and spending it with the people you love and care about. What does Christmas mean to you?

-Dezi

 

25 Days of Christmas 2017: Day 1

It is the most wonderful time of the year, which means its CHRISTMAS TIME!!! So 25 days of Christmas begins today, where I will be posting 25 days straight of Christmas themed Disney, dog, food, and DIY’s! To kick off Day 1 of blogmas, I thought it would be fun to teach you my all time favorite Christmas treat to snack on while I watch all my favorite Christmas movies! So lets get popping for my special Christmas Popcorn!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • Popcorn
  • Butter (3 Tablespoon)
  • Mini marshmallows (4C)
  • Mini M&M’s (Green and Red)
  • Christmas confetti sprinkles

WHAT TO DO:

  1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Pop your popcorn, place on the cookie sheet removing all un popped kernels.
  3. Place your butter in a medium sauce pan, once melted add in your mini marshmallows until melted.
  4. Pour your melted butter, marshmallow mixture over your popcorn gently folding with a spoon until majority of the kernels are covered.
  5. Add in the candy! You don’t want to wait too long because the marshmallow will dry and the candy wont stick.

I really hope you enjoy this holiday snack as much as I do, the colors are very festive and scream Christmas to me. Plus marshmallows and popcorn are my FAVORITE foods so when you put them together its heaven in my mouth! Its my tradition that I started years ago that I love.

-Dezi

Aladdin vs Aladdin!

My thoughts on Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular and Aladdin on Broadway. Coming up shortly because of finals!

Thanks for understanding!

-Dezi

Opening A New Park!

Disney expanded its international reach with Tokyo Disneyland nearly 35 years ago, then in 2001 opening Tokyo DisneySea as a second theme park in Japan. There are reports that Disney and the Oriental Land are partners are investing $2.7 million in all new Japanese theme park that will shift focus on new characters and attractions.

The nee park plans sound similar to the ones used to create Disney California Adventure. So I’m excited to see if they will be using the old DCA plans or the upcoming plans. Also, all of the Japan Disney parks are owned and operated by the Oriental Land Company, but Disney has full creative control.

Plans for the upcoming park are set to be revealed May 2018, while construction plans are suggested to start in 2025. Although the new park is still years away are you excited to see the new park come to life? I know I’m excited to see what rides and shows they’ll have. Even though it’s years away, it should be exciting and interesting!

-Dezi

On This Day!

November 25, 1992, Aladdin took us on a magic carpet ride and showed us a whole new world. The story, if you haven’t heard goes like this: A poor street rat named Aladdin spends his time stealing food from the marketplace in the city of Agrabah. The adventure begins when he meets a girl who happens to be a princess running from her father trying to marry her to an acceptable suitor. Aladdin’s luck changes when he finds a magic lamp in the cave of wonders, but like any good story, there’s a twist when the Sultans sinister advisor Jafar has his own plans for both Aladdin and the lamp.

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Scott Weinger (Aladdin), Robin Williams (Genie/Peddler), Lina Larkin (Princess Jasmine), Jonathan Freeman (Jafar), Frank Welker (Abu?Cave of wonders/Raja), Gilbert Gottfried (Iago) and so much more magical actors and actresses who bring our favorite and loveable  character to life along with the help of the directors Ron Clements and Jon Musker. Disney made two more movies about Aladdin, the sequel being Aladdin The Return of Jafar which came out May 20, 1994, and the third and final movie Aladdin and The King of Thieves came out August 13, 1996.

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During the course of recording the voices, Robin Williams improvised so much they had almost sixteen hours of material. Because Robin Williams ad-libbed so many of his lines, the scripts were rejected for the best Adoption Screenplay Academy Award nomination. Originally, Jafar was more hot-tempered, while  Iago was a cool haughty British-type. The filmmakers felt having Jafar losing his temper too much made him less menacing so the personalities of the two characters were switched. The film became the 14th (and the first animated) movie to gross more than 200 million dollars. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken originally conceived the opening song “Arabian Nights” to be recurrent throughout the film, acting as narration. The idea was dropped when the visual and storytelling proved strong enough in their own right.

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On Jan 17, 2003, Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular became a Broadway-style show that was performed at the Hyperion Theatre in Dinsey California Adventure which sadly ended 13 years later on Jan 10, 2016. It ran approximately 45 minutes seating 2,011, guests. There were 250 costume changes per show, 48 custom scenery change, and about 36 cast members. This was my all-time favorite show because it was truly a spectacular Broadway show that brought extra magic to the park.

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Jonathan Freeman, who voiced Jafar, ended up playing the live-action version in the Broadway musical. Aladdin premiered at the 5th avenue theater in Seattle in 2011. In 2012 after several regional and international productions. The musical was given a Toronto tryout in 2013 it opened on Broadway at the New Amsterdam theater on March 20, 2014. There are 337 costumes in the show, over two million Swarovski crystals were used in the costuming. One pair of gold trousers used in “A Friend Like Me” uses 1,428 crystals alone.The cave of wonders where Aladdin first meets the Genie was built for the stage using the same golden material that was used for C-3PO in the Star Wars films. ‘Friend Like Me’ in the 1992 film was two minutes, but on the stage production, it became an eight-minute extravaganza. It takes 75 people to deliver each performance of Aladdin on tour.

Happy Birthday, Aladdin thank you so much for the adventure of love and laughter you bring to me everytime I watch your movie, show or listen to your soundtrack. Whatever way I watch or listen I always feel like I’m on a magic carpet ride.

-Dezi

7 Days of Thanks 2017: Day 7

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving day is a day of family, a day of giving and to be thankful. At least that is what I believe when I think of Thanksgiving. Of course, there are benefits like food, but my memories of Thanksgiving is all about my family and all of us gathered in one place with our tradition of watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade while cooking to food and putting the last minute touches on the house. Today I am thankful for all the opportunities that are presented in my life. I’m thankful I have the opportunity to give back to those who need it even the little furry friends who need some extra love on the street. Thank you for joining this year 7 Days of thanks!

Happy Thanksgiving, from my family to yours!

-Dezi

7 Days of Thanks 2017: Day 6

Another fur favorite is the Pumpkin Sweet Potatoe bites! So here is how you make them!

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/2 C flour
  • 1 C mashed sweet potato
  • 1/2 C pure pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 C water
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 tablespoon

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350º and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
  2. In a large bowl mix flour, sweet potato, pumpkin, water, egg, and honey until thoroughly combined.
  3. Pinch off a small amount of the mixture and roll it into little balls. then place them on the baking sheet about an inch apart.
  4. Take a fork and flatten. Place them in the oven for 20 minutes.
  5. Flip them over and place them back in the oven for another 10 minutes.
  6. Let them cool and serve!

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These delicious treats can be stored in the fridge for a week and in the freezer for a month, but trust me these things go so fast! We hope you like them just as much as my littles do. Today, I am thankful for the opportunity to go to college. Yes like my job it can get annoying and I want to quit, but it allows me to grow as a person and opens a lot more doors.

-Dezi

7 Days of Thanks 2017: Day 5

For a nice hot drink that will warm up your hands and your tummy, is my all-time favorite drink, Carmel White Hot Chocolate. This drink screams holiday for me, so let’s get started!

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 C milk
  • White hot chocolate mix
  • Caramel sauce
  • Whipped Cream

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • In a 16oz microwave safe mug, warm the milk to your liking.
  • Once the milk is warm add in the white hot chocolate mix and a big spoon of caramel and mix until combined.
  • Top it off with whipped cream and drizzle caramel sauce and enjoy!

This is my all-time favorite holiday drink and I hope you enjoy it like I do. Today, I am thankful for my friends, I have a small group of friends who push me to be a better me every day.

-Dezi

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