Friday

Walt Disney's Own Chili Recipe



Walt Disney at the Plaza Inn, 1966 Photo (c) Disney Parks



Walt’s own recipe for this fabulous family favorite! Perfect one dish meal for a family get together or Disney movie night with the family.

Our family enjoys this recipe with a few modifications. I skip the extra zing in the zest. That's our family, yours may enjoy it with all the zestiness.


Ingredients:
• 2 lbs. coarse ground beef
• 2 onions, sliced
• 2 cloves garlic
• 1/2 cup oil
• 1 cup chopped celery
• 1 tsp. chili powder (depending on taste)
• 1 tsp. paprika
• 1 tsp. dry mustard
• 1 large can solid pack tomatoes
• 2 lbs. dry pink beans
• salt   

For a little extra zest:

Add a pinch of the following spices:
• 1 little yellow Mexican chili pepper
• Coriander seeds
• Turmeric
• Chili seeds
• Cumin seeds
• Fennel seeds
• Cloves
• Cinnamon
• Dry ginger

Method for Preparation:

  • Soak beans overnight in cold water. 
  • Drain, add water to cover (2 inches over beans), and simmer with onions until tender (about 4 hours). 
  • Meanwhile, prepare sauce by browning meat and minced garlic in oil. 
  • Add remaining ingredients, and simmer for 1 hour. 
  • When beans are tender, add sauce to beans and simmer for 1/2 hour. 

Serves 6 to 8.

This recipe has been provided by D23: The Official Disney Fan Club

Have you ever tried Walt's Favorite Chili Recipe?

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Tuesday

The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop ~ Celebrating the U.S.A.


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Welcome to The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop here at Focused on the Magic where each week we gather with other Disney Bloggers to link up and share our Wordless Wednesday or Almost Wordless Wednesday Disney related picture posts.
It's good to be back! Well, sort of anyway. It's always sad until I start planning our next trip.We had a great time and I have lots of news and pictures to share ( when my laptop is fixed;) but today we are blog hopping so let's get on with the hop!

 ►5/29 This week's theme is Celebrate Your Country!
Show us some of the ways Disney celebrates your country in Disney Parks, Cruises or Adventures by Disney. 
A few creative ideas: colors of your countries flag, hats, flags, a patriotic show, pavilion or even food.


Yummy patriotic red, white & blue cupcakes.

 
The American Dream Slushie

Spirit of America Fife & Drum Corps at Epcot's American Adventure.

Spirit of America Fife & Drum Corps at Epcot's American Adventure flag salute.


Hall of Presidents at Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.



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Monday

Memorial Day

Thank you to all of the men and women who have served and continue to serve our country.

 Thank You and God Bless You!

Tuesday

Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop ~ Star Wars Weekend Characters


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Welcome to The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop here at Focused on the Magic where each week we gather with other Disney Bloggers to link up and share our Wordless Wednesday or Almost Wordless Wednesday Disney related picture posts.

 Once again I'm so very thrilled and thankful to say, Mike of My Dreams of Disney is our Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop Co-Host this week while I'm in Disney World.


This week's theme: Character Movie Stars! 
Star Wars Weekend Characters
Last weekend I experienced the first of the Star Wars Weekends 2013 at Hollywood Studios which is filled with the largest gathering of Star Wars characters every weekend through June.  The force is still strong with me but my pictures aren't all uploaded yet so I thought it would be fun to share a collage of some of my favorite Star Wars characters from years past.

Time to link up your post and hop!

Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop ~ The Letter "K"

I am so sorry for any inconvenience you may be experiencing today. The InLinkz is acting up. I just sent Mike a new script which will hopefully show all the links to follow. Please head on over to his site and he'll list you or the new linky will.

 Waking up to seeing zebras off our balcony this morning was so exciting and made this Linky problem a bit less upsetting.
Kickin' back on the savanna!

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Welcome to The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop here at Focused on the Magic where each week we gather with other Disney Bloggers to link up and share our Wordless Wednesday or Almost Wordless Wednesday Disney related picture posts. 

We're off on another Mom and Son Magical Adventure!  We'll be staying in 3 resorts during our 10 days in the magic, Disney's Animal Kingdom LodgeDisney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa and Disney's BoardWalk Villas. My new Nikon D7100 is going to get quite a work out at the Flower & Garden Festival and Star Wars Weekend ;) I hope to be posting live updates (technology willing;) throughout my trip and visiting everyone on the hop. If you have Captha enabled I won't be able to leave a message but that won't keep me away from enjoying your awesome pictures.


Please welcome Mike of My Dreams of Disney as our co-host for the hop while I'm in Disney World. Mike is a dear Disney friend (DDF) of mine and a great guy! I'm not just saying that because he offered to help me out with the hop either. You can see for yourself, just how great he is, in my interview with him for Guest Star Day.

This week's theme: The Disney Letter "K"


L to R: Kouzzina, their breakfast is the way to kick off the day. Kilt, gotta love a man in a kilt. Komodo Dragon, kind of scary. Knives, very scary. Kilimanjaro Safari truck and Krakow Poland sign from the Food and Wine Festival. Yum love the knish!

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  • Please leave a comment below after you link up and tell me what you think of the theme, my picture and whatever else is on your mind this week! I love reading your comments and seeing your posts!
  • Help spread the word in the Disney Facebook and Twitter online community about your post and the hop. The great success of this hop is because you spread the pixie dust with your efforts each week with your fabulous posts!  Thank you!
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Monday

Disney Princess Royal Court Welcomes Merida at Magic Kingdom Park



Disney Princess Royal Court Welcomes Merida at Magic Kingdom Park
In celebration of mothers and daughters everywhere, Disney proudly welcomed Merida from Disney∙Pixar’s Brave, into the Disney Princess royal court. The special ceremony to honor the brave and passionate princess was hosted at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort in front of Cinderella Castle.

Disney Princess Royal Court Welcomes Merida at Magic Kingdom Park

Merida was welcomed on stage by the entire Disney Princess court, and was crowned by her mother Queen Elinor in a touching moment of love and respect that highlighted the unbreakable bond between mother and daughter.

Gymnastics Gold Medalist and All-Around champion, Gabby Douglas, hosted the celebration accompanied by her mother, and shared her personal story of strength, perseverance and courage to win gold. Also on hand to join in on the festivities were British singers and TV personalities of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," Sophia Grace Brownlee and Rosie McClelland, who celebrated their inner princess by performing an original song on stage.
Disney Princess Royal Court Welcomes Merida at Magic Kingdom Park
Gymnastics gold medalist Gabby Douglas and her mother Natalie Hawkins look on as the heroine from the Disney∙Pixar animated film "Brave" is crowned a Disney Princess by her mother Queen Elinor on May 11, 2013 in conjunction with Mother’s Day festivities at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.


Disney Princess Royal Court Welcomes Merida at Magic Kingdom Park
Rosie McClelland (front left) and Sophia Grace Brownlee (front right), TV personalities from "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," pose with the newest Disney Princess, the brave and passionate Merida, and the rest of the Disney Princess royal court at Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
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Saturday

BoardWalk Bakery Peanut Butter-Banana-Applewood Smoked Candied Bacon Pie Recipe


The BoardWalk Bakery


In just a few days we'll be relaxing at the BoardWalk Villas. I'm looking forward to exploring the BoardWalk Bakery. Can you tell I'm excited? The BoardWalk Bakery is my favorite bakery on property. I've written about it often, most recently here. Peter is anxious to do the morning "bun run", a family tradition when we stay at The BoardWalk Villas.


“The bakery is themed to the 1920s Jersey shore,” says John Berko, manager of food & beverage at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn and Villas. Dark wood and colorful tiles and mosaics add a new brightness to the space.
Menu items include hot breakfast items, salads and sandwiches galore. One of the new items on the menu is Peanut Butter-Banana-Applewood Smoked Candied Bacon Pie. This sounds delicious, combing sweet and salty goodness in a pie.


Cupcakes, The BoardWalk Bakery
The bakery is open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., and is Disney Dining Plan eligible.



Peanut Butter-Banana-Applewood Smoked Candied Bacon PiePeanut Butter-Banana-Applewood Smoked Candied Bacon Pie
Makes 9-inch pie 3 thick slices applewood smoked bacon
1/4 cup brown sugar
9-inch store-bought chocolate graham cracker pie crust
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup cream cheese
2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup whipping cream
2 bananas, sliced
Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper, and place a wire rack over the baking
sheet.
Coat bacon on both sides with brown sugar. Place on rack and bake 20 to 30 minutes, or until crispy, depending on thickness of bacon.
Remove from oven. Once cooled, dice and set aside.
Cream together peanut butter, cream cheese, and sugar until smooth.
Whip cream to soft peaks in a separate bowl; gently fold into peanut butter mixture.
Fill pie shell halfway with mixture, then evenly top with banana slices. Top slices with remaining mixture.
Sprinkle with chopped bacon. Refrigerate until ready to serve.


Source: Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


What is your favorite Disney bakery treat? 


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Tuesday

Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop ~ Relaxing Resorts


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Welcome to The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop here at Focused on the Magic where each week we gather with other Disney Bloggers to link up and share our Wordless Wednesday or Almost Wordless Wednesday Disney related picture posts. 

DWW Hop news! I'm so thrilled, Mike of My Dreams of Disney has graciously accepted my invitation to co-host the hop for the next two weeks while I'm in Disney World. Mike is a dear Disney friend (DFF) of mine and a great guy! I'm not just saying that because he offered to help me out with the hop either. You can see for yourself, just how great he is, in my interview with him for Guest Star Day.  

Our Favorite Disney Resorts for Relaxing


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Monday

Star Wars Weekends Pics and Tips



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May the Force Be with You is the theme this week. It's a great topic for me as I furiously ready ourselves for our Flower & Garden Festival/Star Wars Weekends trip to Disney World
This will be a galactic 9 day experience for me and a trip filled with many firsts.

The Magical Blogorail Rides Again * Star Wars Weekends



  • Peter was just getting into photography one SWW and armed with a little Nikon point and shoot he took an awesome 30sec video. He's looking forward to shooting with a DSLR this time.


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  •  I like shooting with my Nikon D7100 DSLR that i received for Mother's Day 2013. It is an amazing camera! My favorite accesory for it is the wireless remote adapter, WU-1a

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