Winter Fun for Everyone!

I was bored, Thanksgiving is around the corner, so what do I do? Try to play with some chocolate creations!

I am very impatient and inexperience when it comes to playing with melted chocolate. When I found a packaged of large marshmallows in the pantry, I knew exactly what I wanted to make: Tigger Tails! Tigger Tails, available at Disneyland, are these marshmallows on a stick covered in orange chocolate, which makes them look like Tigger's (from Winnie-the-Pooh) tails!

Ok, so I wanted to make Tigger Tails, but then I remember something else that was posted on the fantastic MouseWait Lounge and wanted to tried making something a bit more challenging so I attempted to make some Snowman Mickey on a stick!

Snowman Mickeys are simple to make: I stacked four large marshmallow on a lollipop stick and covered it with melted white chocolate. Afterwards, I melted some milk chocolate and poorly attempted to create a lumpy pair of Mickey Ears (lesson learned here... make sure chocolate is super melted). I also attached colored M&Ms as buttons, rainbow sour belt as a scarf, part of an orange Sour Patch kid for the nose, and piped on chocolate eyes and mouth. Besides the awkward Mickey Ears, I think my Snowman Mickey looks pretty cool! Who wants it? I'm not a fan of sweets and I really don't like marshmallows so I need to hire someone to test my tasty treats for me!

After making my Snowman Mickey, I had some leftover white chocolate so I decided to play around with some of my chocolate molds. Here are some Oreo cookies covered in white chocolate! Sounds sweet huh?

Snowman Mickey: white chocolate, milk chocolate, four large marshmallows, lollipop stick, colorful M&Ms, rainbow sour belt, and an orange Sour Patch kid
White-chocolate Oreos: single-layered Oreos, white chocolate, and red candy melt gel coloring

Arsenal Soccer Ball Cake

Happy Birthday Maureen!

When Maureen's birthday came up last week, she remember seeing a soccer ball cake on my Facebook back in April. Being a HUGE fan of soccer and of the English team Arsenal F.C., she knew she wanted this special cake to help her celebrate her birthday.

Because this was my second time creating this cake, I was very excited to take what I learned last time and applied to this experience. I made this soccer ball cake larger and the black and white spots smaller to emphasize the soccer ball appearance.

Maureen said her favorite cake is red velvet so I created a red velvet hemisphere with a whipped buttercream crumb coat.

Once the crumb coat was done, I did a lot pattern tracing, measuring, added the Arsenal emblem, and piped blacks of the soccer ball.

After giving my right hand a rest (piping medium to stiff buttercream frosting is tough on the hands!), I finished the rest of the soccer ball and gave it a final touch with the green grass.

I also included a simple "Happy Birthday Maureen" banner for the cake! I was very happy with how it turned out and I think Maureen was too! Happy birthday, again!!! I hope you had a fabulous celebration with family and friends!

Cake: red velvet cake with whipped buttercream and buttercream frosting, tinted black for the soccer spots and green for the grass; Arsenal emblem and banner are inedible

Disneyland Snacks: Churros

I LOVE Disneyland's churros! They are my favorite snacks at the parks and I don't even like cinnamon!

Every time I go to the park, I try to get some. These warm, crispy guys cost $3.50 each and can be found at outdoor vendors throughout the park!

You may think churros are the same everywhere, but nope! Costco churros, although inexpensive, are too doughy for me and El Pollo Loco churros are a bit too oily. Disneyland churros never disappoints me.

My favorite meal at Disneyland? Churro and a Coke! Yum!
(Isn't that one cute Coke bottle? I love collecting fun looking Coke bottle and this festive, ornament-shaped one is from Wal-Mart for under a dollar!)

Churro Locations: outdoor vendors thorough both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure
Coke Locations: Wal-Mart for limited time only!

Disneyland Snacks: Dole Pineapple Whip

I love Disneyland. Just ask anybody who knows me. I can't get enough of that place.

I also love Disneyland Resort restaurants and snack carts. Their food and snacks are just magical. Therefore, I decided to share with you some of my favorite from Disneyland, starting with the famous Dole pineapple whip.

(My best friend Linda and her sister)

I was first introduced to this by my best friend Linda. I love pineapple, but sometimes pineapple flavoring can be a bit overwhelming. This was why I was hesitant to stand in this tremendously long line for some "frozen yogurt". After my first try, I knew it was worth the wait. The Dole whip only cost a mere $3.03 and I can never finish one by myself. It taste exactly like a pineapple, not pineapple flavoring. I haven't tried the pineapple float, but I might have to.... one day. Seems to be a lot of pineapple in one cup.

(Jack and Cindy, my sister)

Tip: Located in front of the Tiki Room attraction, there are two lines for this stand: one that wraps around the front of the stand and another through the Tiki room entrance. You can stand in either line, even the one inside the Tiki Room entrance.

Apparently, this Dole pineapple whip is only available in one other location: the Dole pineapple plantation in Hawaii. So if you are in the park and feel the need to have a cold snack, give the whip a try!
(Lisa and Lisa)

Stay tune for the next yummy Disneyland Resort treat! Not sure which one I'll feature yet... I'll have to dig around in my photo albums for past food photos. Actually, I have a much better idea: I think I'll head to the park this week and *make* myself try some of food there... you know, all for blogging purposes!

Location: Right by the Adventureland entrance, in front of the Tiki Room attraction; Disneyland Park at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California

Unique Floral Arrangements

I have such amazingly talented and gifted friends!

The some of the best gifts I've ever received are unexpected, random, and has no-strings-attached. Look at what I received from my friend Joanna of Floral Sense a few weeks ago:

Isn't this arrangement beautiful? These flowers look like the belong in some Newport Beach home, but in my silly little living room. The flowers and pieces used in this arrangement are unique and carefully hand-picked.

Joanna created this gorgeous arrangement for me... just because! There was no reason behind it expect that she wanted to give a good friend a little something nice to brighten her day! Although these flowers are a token of appreciation for our friendship, I know that our friendship will outlast these flowers (and any floral arrangement)!

Thank you for making my day!