‘Tis the season for all that is merry and bright, which is why we are sharing these adorable Big Hero 6 Christmas crafts, plus new activity sheets! Click on the links below to download the printable PDF files:
‘Tis the season for all things egg nog – so to get you in the spirit, Westside Market NYC has this mouth-watering recipe to share:
Homemade Eggnog Parfait
Recipe by Maria Zoitas of Westside Market NYC
1 Pint chilled whipping cream
1- 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
½ Teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ Teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 Tablespoon rum extract
2 Teaspoons vanilla extract
1-10oz Jar maraschino cherries (drained)
12-8oz drinking glasses or jelly jars
3 Cups cinnamon toast crunch cereal
Set aside 12 cherries for garnishing. Chop the remaining cherries and set aside for later. In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer on high to beat whipping cream until stiff peaks form. In a large bowl, stir together condensed milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, rum extract and vanilla extract. Add whipped cream from the other bowl and combine. Use the jelly jar or glass to make the parfaits. For each glass interchanging one teaspoon of cereal, ¾ cups of cream and chopped cherries. Repeat this twice then sprinkle some cereal on the last layer of cream and top with a whole cherry. Cover the glasses and freeze for 5-6 hours before serving.
Mega Bloks are a great way to spend your time. Kids get to use their imagination, build upon their hand eye coordination skills and just grow all around in many ways. Designed specially for toddlers, First Builders blocks are easy to hold, stack and take apart. The oversized prongs that hold the blocks together are integrated into the toys – from cars and trucks to play tables and even the lids of storage tubs – ensuring full compatibility across the Mega Bloks First Builders world.
We are giving away a Fast Tracks™ Raceway.
About the Fast Tracks™ Raceway
Drivers, start your engines! Gear up and get ready for some high-speed adventures with the Fast Tracks Racing Team by Mega Bloks First Builders. Your little race car driver can build with the tracks and blocks and mix and match the race cars for endless play. Use the colorful stickers to create even more imaginary fun. Watch as they screech and vroom through the raceways, and the fans in the stands cheer them on! Who will be in the lead, as the checkered flag is waved?
Ideal for ages 1 to 5.
• Two mix-and-match buildable cars for lots of raceway fun!
• 50 pieces, including new easy-to-build tracks and three building plates
• Fun sticker sheet to customize your little racer’s blocks and cars!
• Compatible with all Mega Bloks First Builders sets for endless building possibilities and family fun
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Santa Claus is such a special part of my Christmas Memories. I remember my dad taking me to see Santa at the mall and I HAD to tell him what I wanted for Christmas and my dad HAD to have a picture of me with Santa. Thinking of that reminds me of how many pictures of Santa that parents have with babies and little kids screaming. It makes me laugh. This is the last picture I can find of my kids with Santa.
You can see on their faces that even though they know that’s not Santa (and my kids know that Santa isn’t even real) they are quite excited to be with him and experience his Christmas Magic. This is why your family might enjoy some personalized items from Santa Claus. PNP is mostly for young children who still believe in Santa and the magic of Christmas but even adults can join in on the Christmas magic with customizable videos for those 18+ The Portable North Pole is a way you can order personalized messages from Santa Claus. Please visit www.portablenorthpole.com/ to find all the different ways you can enjoy personal messages from Santa Claus as a family! (from coloring books, phone calls to videos and more)
You can get A FREE personalized video message from Santa Claus filled with magic and exciting discoveries for your loved ones. Or a Premium one.
· Portable North Pole’s Downloadable Santa’s Premium Video, $6.99
Your loved ones will be over the moon with the Premium video featuring additional fully personalized and exclusive video sequences to choose from. PNP lets you create even more magic this Christmas! Premium videos includes almost 6 minutes of personalized video message from Santa Claus, features 3 additional photos and more personal details, a clip of Santa’s riding on his sleigh and even a personalized Christmas carol!
· Portable North Pole’s Santa’s Phone Call, Retail $3.99 for one call or $6.99 for three calls
Santa has a very important message for your loved one! He will pick up the phone and call directly to deliver his personalized message. Santa has a very important message for your loved one! He will pick up the phone and call directly to deliver his personalized message. Santa’s call will last approximately two minutes and you can choose between 14 message options.
· Portable North Pole’s Mobile App, Retail: $3.99 for iOS and Android; $4.99 HD app for iPad and iPad mini
Portable North Pole offers iOS and Android users anapplication to create Christmas magic on their mobile devices. The newly updated PNP app includes: credit to create and access premium videos, call from Santa himself, an Advent Calendar game, Christmas Radar, Countdown game and access to a PNP account to synchronize with your online content.
I was on the PNP website making a video for Zoe. I thought it was really neat how I could put in what she wanted for Christmas and how she’s been working on behavior wise this year. We’re working on being nicer to her brother and he’s working on the same. Well that’s included in the video from Santa. And you can order a video for a nice adult or a naughty adult the options are really cool. And I love that PNP donates 5% of all online sales to a Children’s Hospital close to the buyer’s location. PNP currently collaborates with over 40 regional Children’s Hospitals in the U.S.
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Asgard, take me to Asgard I would love to meet the infamous gods from Asgard that we see in the Thor/Avenger movies. The Gods, Thor, Loki, Sif and each one unique interesting and larger than life. Well if you take a trip to Disneyland and go on over to Tomorrow land you’ll find yourself beamed into Asgard where Thor will greet you.
Thor: Treasures of Asgard, is located in Tomorrowland, it presents an epic collection of objects brought to Earth straight from Thor’s home world of Asgard. The treasures inside are amazing, it reminded me of when I was a kid and visited the King Tut exhibit. It’s amazing! The best of every Asgardian artifact is on display. Like this Mace, I don’t even think I could pick this up if my life depended on it.
Right off of Loki’s head! This I wanted to try on just because I’m such a huge Loki fan. I actually talk about Loki so much now that my husband rolls his eyes anytime I get started with someone new about my Loki obsession. He’s probably reading this post rolling his eyes. Yes dear, I like Loki!
The Disneyland Resort just gets merrier, starting Nov. 12, 2013, with all our traditional Holiday favorites plus these new additions:
- “World of Color – Winter Dreams” premieres Nov. 15. This is an all-new, holidays version of the very popular “World of Color” nighttime, water spectacular at Disney California Adventure Park. The world of Color is really an amazing sight to see.
- Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas inspires the great transformation from haunted house to Halloween Town, brimming with jack-o-lanterns and wreaths, sinister toys and kooky characters from the hit animated film. Don’t miss the ginger-dread houses and blood-curdling pies as the Oogie Boogie Man and others scare up some extra festive fun. Season’s Screamings, everyone!
- “Disney ¡Viva Navidad!” – This new celebration, inspired by Latino culture and celebrations, features music, food, dancing and an exciting Street Party multiple times a day. It begins Nov. 15 at Disney California Adventure. This precedes our Jan. 3-6 Dia De Los Reyes celebration for Three Kings Day.
- Jingle Cruise – The Jungle Cruise skippers decorate for the Holidays and add some fun new jokes to their riverboat tour, at Disneyland Park.
I’m excited to announce that I will be attending the Kenmore Blogger Summit 2013 on behalf of MomStart next week. This event is all about getting ready for the holidays, so we’re going to be swapping our hostess hints and favorite recipes. Holiday food traditions vary so much from family to family and country to country, and I’ve always found it fascinating to learn what says “Christmas” to other people!
For me, it’s making Mince Pies every Christmas. It’s a holiday tradition in Britain that usually gets raised eyebrows in this country, but once I introduce my American friends to them, they’re usually hooked! I know what you’re thinking, but these are actually fruit pies. Mince Pies were originally a mixture of meat and fruits back in the old days, but in modern times, mincemeat is a combination of candied fruit like apples, raisins and orange peel. Some contemporary versions contain beef suet, but the varieties I buy use either vegetable suet or none at all, so they’re a strictly-sweet treat. Click here to check out my recipe!
We all know that holiday baking can be time-consuming, so one way that I save time is by making my pie crust from oil. This is another thing I do that gets raised eyebrows, but only because people are so stunned to learn that it isn’t butter. Not to brag or anything – ahem 😉 – but I’ve always gotten big compliments on my crusts and requests to bring pies (Of any kind) to gatherings. A lot of people have never even heard of using oil in a crust; it’s a recipe from my treasured 1969 Betty Crocker Cookbook, which I’ve been using ever since I started baking. The oil crust is super fast and easy to make and comes out perfectly flaky. So if you want a time-saving tip for those holiday pies, give oil crusts a try!
I’d love to know how YOU save time during the hectic holiday season. What are your “Holiday Hacks”? Can you share any time-saving tips with me?
Plan Your Christmas Decorating Now For A Stress-Free Holiday
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Just go Home Made:
More green ideas from Summer, Today it’s about getting in the kitchen and making something fun and useful with your kids.
Get the kids involved and make outdoor tree ornaments. During the winter months when our little woodland neighbors have a harder time finding food use a non-coated, pure cotton thread which is biodegradable but can be used by the birds in nests once the food has all been eaten. Thread popcorn, fresh or dried fruit, citrus peel, and nuts or seeds. Choose foods containing no sugars and no additives.
Another form of bird feeder can be made by taking an apple core spread in nut butter or shortening and rolled in bird seed. If you live in an area with sturdy, woody pine cones you can use that instead of an apple core.
Strings made by me and my son
Pinecone made by my son at preschool
I love these ideas, in fact, Zoe was able to make a bird feeder at a recent party she attended. One of the party activities was to make bird feeders. They had pine cones, and covered them with peanut butter. Than they tossed them in a paper bag along with birdseed and then they had bird feeders. I was surprised at how little of a mess it made. I expected there to be peanut butter and bird seed everywhere, but there wasn’t!
Thank you Summer for the great idea!
Christmas in Florida is a nice balmy 80 degrees more or less, and I’m quite happy with that kind of weather so I love visiting Florida in the winter time. But if you’re a Kissimmee native and in need of some cooler weather you can find it inside the Gaylord Palms ICE exhibit
Christmas at Gaylord Palms is super cold I wanted out as soon as I got in, but I hate being cold and 9 degrees is cold. So bundle up, bring gloves and wear your coat.
As you enter the exhibit you can watch a quick introduction and informational video on where ICE came from. I found it fascinating that ICE is over 10 years old and that the blocks of ice are colored. I would have thought that lights gave the colored effect but nope, the ice is dyed and carved and pieced together to make such a fun exhibit.
My kids, Zoe and Miles both would have loved this exhibit. They wouldn’t have felt cold at all. Kids are so much more weather resistant than us sappy adults. Ok, I was the only pansy in the group. Everyone else made it all the way through!
I forgot to mention that you also get to watch the Shrek The Halls short before you enter the ICE exhibit and there are slides for everyone to go down inside the exhibit. I didn’t go down the slide because I was worried about getting my butt wet on the ice. I didn’t want to get any colder than I already was.
I was amazed at the talent displayed in the exhibit.
And for the final portion was the manger scene made out of white ice. It was beautiful
Ice at Gaylord Palms lasts until January 2.
It’s Thanksgiving day and we celebrated with some friends this year. We were asked to bring something that our family loves to eat and that was EASY. We all love olives. I like green ones and the rest of them like black olives.
The holidays pose the perfect opportunity to hold a small gathering with close friends, but oftentimes we avoid hosting even a small party with the fear of having to spend hours planning. I never spend hours planning and still love hosting events. So, this year, try holding a low-key cocktail and appetizer party with a few family members or friends! Make it as simple or as complicated as you like.
I like to just have appetizers then I can make all kinds of dishes. I love to cook. When doing that it’s important to look for appetizers that won’t overstuff your guests. Try creating a variety of simple, delicious and health-focused appetizer trays.
Here are a few ideas!
For the first idea, select a variety of sliced meats; you have several options with Hormel® Natural Choice® meats, like cracked black pepper deli turkey, hard salami, and honey deli ham. Pick out unique cheeses to include; some favorites include brie, Camembert, and Gouda. Add in fancy Peloponnese® olives that will go well with the cheeses you choose, as well as include crackers and apples and you’ve got a well-rounded tray.
Veggies are always a great snack tray idea. Create a veggie assortment with broccoli, squash, carrots, cauliflower, celery, and others that you can serve with dip or hummus. This is a good, health-conscious, middle mini course to serve.
Finally, there are several different things you can do. Preparing bruschetta ahead of time is quick and easy and won’t take you away from the action of the party! Try a bruschetta with tomato and basil recipe that has a prep time of 15 minutes or less.
This is part of the Hormel Family Blogger program, this post enters me into a contest to win a prize.