DIY Food & Wine Festival Peach Cobbler

Now for the DIY Topless Peach Cobbler Recipe:
    • 1 1/2 cups Bisquick (Marie Callender's Multigrain Baking Mix works as well)
    • 1 cup milk
    • 1/2 tspn nutmeg
    • 1/2 cup butter, melted in the oven to coat the dish
    • 1 cup sugar (1/2 cup is ok too)
    • 3 c. cut up peaches (can be fresh, frozen(thawed) or 1 (29 ounce) cans sliced peaches, drained
      Optional:1/4 tspn vanilla1/4 tspn almond extract1 cup Strawberries1 cup BlueberriesCinnamon to taste 


  • Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  • Stir together Bisquick, milk, nutmeg, vanilla, almond.
  • Stir in butter until blended.
  • Pour batter into 8x8 baking dish.
  • Mix together peaches and sugar.
  • Spoon peaches over batter. Do not mix together, the batter will rise over the peaches when it bakes.
  • Bake 50 to 60 minutes until golden.
  • Optional: Top with cinnamon & sugar


Weekly Recap~July 30th

Welcome and thanks for stopping by for this weeks recap. 
We were focused on the magic.......

Here are a few of my favorite posts from around the Disney online community:
From Disney Bloggers:
  • Jodi at Magical Mouse Schoolhouse describes all the details of Epcot's nighttime spectacular Illuminations.
  • Pursuing the Magic is posting daily a fun series of 100 Things to do in Disney. 
  • The Many Adventures of a Disney-Lovin' Spectrum Mom  has a new look and a contest on her blog.
  • CookingwMickey posted a foodielicious recipe called Tuna Poke that sounds delic!!  
  • Another foodielicious post can be found at Manda's Disney Blog - check out her favorite treat from Disneyland Paris. OooLaLa!  While you're there check out the DIY No Way Jose from Disney on Wheels. Deliciousness at home!!
  • It's Christmas in July at Capturing Magical Memories where you can learn to scrap themed pages.
From Twitter:
  • Stay tuned.. @DisneyParks Catch the season finale of "Yard Goes Disney" tomorrow night! Someone's getting Silly Symphony Swings in their yard!
  • Such a devil..Lord_Voldemort7 The Dark Lord #thereisalwaysthat1person who acts like they hate you when in reality they just want to be you....
Well, that's all folks. Thanks for stopping by and reading this to the end. I hope to see you again real soon. 

The ABCs of Disney - The Letter E


Today we're focused on the magic of Disney ABCs. We're moving along through the alphabet focusing each week on alphabet letter inspired posts. This week's letter is "E" 


Diamond Horseshoe Jamboree

 More Focused on the Magic Flashback Friday
Welcome to Flashback Friday! Whenever we can we enter the Wayback Machine to another magical time and place in our Disney past. The Wayback Machine is an Internet archive of history.
It's amazing what I find by simply entering the url of the website I'd like to explore. The Wayback Machine stores everything! Here's an example of Paul's (DH) website The Hall of Forgotten Presidents from the '90s. 
This week we discovered (unearthed) some new old photos to share with you from The Diamond Horseshoe Jamboree. So, sit back relax and let's begin our journey back in time to 1991 in The Magic Kingdom at The Diamond Horseshoe Jamboree. Here DS is trying to read the sign in front but can't quite make out what it says. Dad is helping with some of the words.... 


The ABC's of Disney

We've almost posted our way through the alphabet. 
These are my "W' pictures...tomorrow starts the week of "X" things around Disney. It's not too late to join the fun at That Disney Blog

Woody Waving!!

Waiters wondering what they're serving.

Wall art in Via Napoli with what I think is a Hidden Mickey;)

Weird bird dance

Animal Kingdom Wildlife

Wall art with confirmed Hidden Mickey

Wet Waterfall

Wilderness Lodge where I hope to be soon.

Wuvable Wookie

Wild Ride

Wizard of Oz

Wicked Witch, "I'll get you my pretty, and your little dog too"


Glowing Cinderella

Welcome to   

Hosted by Debs Dis @ Focused on the Magic.  Share your Disney Almost Wordless or Wordless posts and make new Disney friends while you hop! 

Everybody neat and pretty?
Then on to our first stop on the hop.....A Glowing Cinderella in The Spectro Magic Parade

Dreamy Baked Salmon Royale Recipe

Our Foodie Fare find this week comes straight off of The Disney Dream menu, Baked Salmon Royale with Truffled Cauliflower Puree over Swiss Chard. When I first saw the recipe for Baked Salmon Royale on the GMA website I knew it would be a great addition to my recipe collection and one I'd try for a special occasion. 


Weekly Recap 7/23

In case you missed it.......

The ABC's of Disney ~ The Letter"D"

We're focused on the magic of Disney ABC's. Moving along through the alphabet focusing each week on alphabet letter inspired posts. This week's letter is "D"

Over at The Disney Hollywood Studios you'll find a Divine Diva

At Epcot you'll find the D'Vine Voices performing

and a Dragon Topiary

At sea you'll find The Disney Cruise Line
 In the Magic Kingdom there's Donald Duck

 and Chip n' Dale
 and dark places......

My Dear Sons (DSs)

Dole Whip

Disneyland Rose

Drenched Dad

Delicious Drink


Saturday Shorts~ GNOMEO & JULIET

This week we are focusing on GNOMEO & JULIET (2011) the little garden gnome romantic comedy film based...sort of based on William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet. The film is directed by Kelly Asbury with main character voice actors James McAvoy and Emily Blunt.

There wasn't much Disney board buzz about it when this came out in theaters or at least I didn't see a lot of it. 

This little movie got me the minute I heard that the music was from Sir Elton John. I knew then I'd put it on my must-see list.  When a movie comes out on DVD that I know "the boys" will pass on for reasons a mother will never understand,  I put a request in with our local library. We have Netflix, Redbox and had a Blockbuster that we use but I feel we should support our local libraries whenever we can. Besides, I love going to the library and picking up a good read at the same time:) So I dashed down to the library when my request for Gnomeo & Juliet came in. 
As I often do I watched it from the discomfort of my treadmill. I get some exercise and the time goes by quickly..if the movie is good. This was the perfect treadmilling movie running 84 minutes and the "G" entertainment value was perfect too. I loved that an adult could appreciate some of the double entendres while still keeping with the storyline for children. I'm not going to review it fully here. I'll just say you can't go wrong with this DVD. It's not one of the best "G" movies I can think of but you will be entertained. There were plenty of laughs (run, run, run) and upbeat music (skip, skip). There were lovely little gnome moments too (walking, walking). All in all the story was a wonderful surprise. I think my favorite character was Lady Blueberry voiced by Maggie Smith and my favorite song was “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” (a duet with Kiki Dee).There were plenty of terrific songs throughout. 

As promised a little trailer short:

If you just love the music after seeing the movie. Check out the soundtrack:
Press Release: BUENA VISTA RECORDS GNOMEO & JULIET ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK Features New and Classic Songs by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, plus James Newton Howard Score. The 14-track album features nine new and classic songs by one of pop music’s all-time greatest songwriting teams, Elton John and Bernie Taupin, and performed by Sir Elton himself. Among the key tracks are two new songs, “Hello Hello” and “Love Builds a Garden,” as well as a sensational remake of Elton’s #1 hit from 1973, “Crocodile Rock,” sung as a duet with Nellie Furtado. The soundtrack also includes selections from Oscar®-nominated composer James Newton Howard and Chris Bacon. Classic Elton John recordings featured in the soundtrack include “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting,” “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” (a duet with Kiki Dee), “Bennie and the Jets,” “Tiny Dancer” and “Your Song.” 

Look at the impressive music on the CD
  • Elton John - Hello Hello 03:44
  • Nelly Furtado, Elton John - Crocodile Rock 03:26 
  • Elton John - Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting) 04:54 
  • Elton John, Kiki Dee - Don't Go Breaking My Heart 04:33 
  • Elton John - Love Builds A Garden 03:34 
  • Elton John - Your Song 04:01 
  • Elton John - Rocket Man (I Think It's Going To Be A Long, Long Time) 04:42 
  • Elton John - Tiny Dancer 06:14 
  • Elton John - Bennie And The Jets 05:20 
  • James Newton Howard - Gnomeo & Juliet 04:22 
  • James Newton Howard - Dandelions 04:24 
  • James Newton Howard - Bennie And The Bunnies 02:52 
  • James Newton Howard - Terrafirminator 05:34 
  • The Mellomen, Thurl Ravenscroft, Wally Boag, Fulton Burley - The Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room 02:37

Have you seen GNOMEO & JULIET? What did you think?


Foto Flashback Friday ~ The Wonder

It's Foto Flashback Friday and once again we've entered the Wayback Machine and discovered (unearthed) some new old photos to share with you. 
So sit back relax and let's begin our journey back in time to 2001 and the a Wonder-filled cruise to Freeport in The Bahamas on The Disney Wonder. 
It was August and hot, similar to the weather we're having now. DH and I were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary. This pic was unearthed this week because we'll be celebrating our 35th anniversary in just a few days. It's so hard to believe it's been that long!

The morning we were docked in Freeport we were scheduled to go on a diving excursion out on the island. When we showed up at our schedule dive spot there was no one there. Disappointed the boys decided they rather hang out with friends back on the ship but DH and I decided to take in the sites in the local area. Wandering around the docks we spotted a huge beautiful catamaran sailboat that offered snorkeling cruises. Well, that seemed like a fun idea so we signed up. What a lovely day we had! The snorkeling was amazing as was the sailing, drinks and music. The captain had a very good spot for snorkeling pretty far off the island.
Que the music for Gilligan's Island. The the sky turned dark as you can see from the pic and the seas became rough. Yup, we knew if we didn't get back to port we were in trouble. Earlier we had been talking to the captain about sailing and how once I'd gotten stuck in a storm in Plum Gut off Long Island. So while the captain and his mate were preparing for the storm they let me take the helm...briefly..but what a thrill it was! They got us back to the dock in just the nick of time. We hopped in a cab and back to our ship when the sky opened up with a fury.

Thanks for joining me today for Foto Flashback Friday and my nostalgic trip back in time. 


Happy 70th Anniversary Dumbo!

Today we're focused on the magic of Disney's first baby...elephant, 
Dumbo and his 70th Anniversary release!
It's hard for me to believe Dumbo is celebrating it's 70th anniversary! Time has flown by! Dumbo was one of my favorite movies when I was a little girl. It left a lasting impression when I first saw it in the movie theater. So, I am very excited about the 70th anniversary edition being released by Disney in September. We don't have to wait till September to order! Recently Disney opened up pre-orders on Amazon! 

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