Sunday, July 12, 2020

Making Disneyland's Monte Cristo At Home

Hello everyone!
This Friday is Disneyland's 65th birthday!
Unfortunately, we can't be there to celebrate...
And since we have no idea when Disneyland will reopen to the public, Erik and I decided to recreate one of my favorite Dinsey eats at home.

You will need:
1 Egg
1 and 3/4 Cups + 2 Tablespoons of Water
1 and 3/4 Cups of Flour
1/4 A Teaspoon of Salt
1 Teaspoon of Baking Powder
8 Slices of Egg Bread Sliced 1/2 An Inch Thick, We Used Brioche
8 Thin Slices of Ham
8 Thin Slices of Turkey
8 Thin Slices of Swiss Cheese 
3 Cups of Oil, For Frying
Powdered Sugar
Blackberry Preserves

In a large mixing bowl, whisk the egg and water together.
Add the flour, salt, and baking powder and whisk together thoroughly for 2-3 minutes or until smooth.
On one slice of bread, arrange 2 slices of ham, turkey, and cheese covering the bread evenly.

Place another slice of bread on top and slice each sandwich in half diagonally.
Heat oil to 375o in a 10-inch pan.

Dip half of the sandwich into the batter, allowing any excess batter to run off.

Carefully place into the oil.

Repeat with the other sandwich half.
Cook for 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown.

Remove to a baking sheet lined with paper towels to absorb the excess oil. 
Repeat with the remaining sandwiches one at a time.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Serve with blackberry preserves on the side.

Erik and I decided to make it a Disney feast and had ours with our homemade parmesan fries or Pommes Frites and a copycat Disneyland Mint Julep just how we enjoy it at Cafe Orleans.

It turned out SO good!
The outside had the perfect fried crunch and the inside was nice and ooey-gooey from the cheese. 
It definitely helped with my Disney food cravings.
The only thing missing was Disneyland.
Good thing we have a few recipes to old us over until the park reopens.
What is your favorite Disney treat?

All my love,

Monday, July 6, 2020

Ziggy's First Birthday

Hello everyone!
Last weekend we celebrated our dog Ziggy's first birthday!
As you probably remember from our first puppy Scout, we LOVE to throw themed parties for our pups.
For Ziggy's first birthday we decided to go with a space theme.
He is Ziggy STARdog after all...

I used a black table cloth as a backdrop and set up our banquet table in front of it with a navy tablecloth on top.

On the left side of the table, we placed Ziggy's presents dressed up in dark colors and metallics.

In the middle, his birthday cake.

I displayed it on a silver cake stand to give it an industrial feel and topped it with a number 1 and a few star candles.

In front of the cake, gold plates, and napkins to help us serve. 

On the right side of the table, we have a few random items from around the house that I felt were "spacey."

A gold geometric sculpture, some decorative geodes for moon rocks, and our Google speaker.
I thought it looked like a space communication device?

To the left of the banquet table, we had our letterboard surrounded by a few gold stars.

It read:
Blast off! 
With one spelled out as it is his first birthday.

The thing I was most satisfied with was my balloon garland.
This was the first thing I envisioned when we started planning his birthday.
I placed it above the right side of the table.

I stayed with my deep space colors of black and blue.

To make it feel more space like I added a few star cutouts, 
some metallic accents, star balloons, a moon balloon,

 and I turned one of the balloons into a planet.

This bad boy did not want to stay up but with some persistence (lots of tape and thumbtacks) we got it up for good.

We spent the day opening presents, eating cake and playing at the park.
I think that Ziggy really enjoyed his first birthday.
His tail wouldn't stop wagging and he crashed hard at the end of the day.
I can't wait until he experiences his first Christmas with us.
I think he's gonna love it!
Do you celebrate your furry friends birthdays?

All my love,

Sunday, June 28, 2020

My Fourth Of July Playlist

Hello everyone!
The Fourth of July is this weekend and I believe that no celebration is complete without a playlist.
I have playlists for just about everything and I thought it was about time I started sharing.
I take great pride and invest way too much time into them...
Without further adieu, here is my Fourth of July playlist.

I have a very unique taste in music so I will not be offended if you aren't a fan of every song I have included but, I am sure there are a few you can jam to this holiday weekend.
Are there any patriotic songs I missed?
Let me know!

All my love, 

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Patrioic Mixed Berry Pie

Hello everyone!
Can you believe the Fourth of July is next week?!
Where has the year gone?
Every year Erik and I make a mixed berry pie and decorate the top to look like the American flag.
We enjoy it with a scoop of ice cream and it really hits the spot after a Fourth of July barbecue.

2 and 1/2 Cups of Flour
1 Teaspoon of Salt
1 Tablespoon of Sugar
1 Cup of Unsalted Butter, Cold
6 to 8 Tablespoons of Ice Water

Prepare the pie dough.
Add 1 and 1/2 cups of flour, salt, and sugar to a food processor.
Pulse until combined.
Cut the butter into 1/2 inch cubes and add to the flour mixture.
Pulse until a dough begins to form.
Add the remaining cup of flour and pulse until the dough begins to crumble.
Transfer the dough to a medium-sized bowl and sprinkle in 6 tablespoons of ice water. 
Fold the water into the mixture until a dough starts to form. 

Add the remaining tablespoons of ice water if needed. 
Split dough evenly in half and shape into two discs. 
Wrap each disc in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. 

You will need:
1 Cup of Sugar
3 Tablespoons of Cornstarch
3 Cups of Blackberries
4 Cups of Raspberries
2 Tablespoons of Unsalted Butter, Diced

Prepare the filling.
In a large bowl, mix the sugar and cornstarch together.
Toss the berries in the mixture until well coated.

Preheat oven to 400o.
Remove the dough from the refrigerator and let stand for 5 minutes.
Roll 1 disc out on a clean floured surface into a 12-inch circle.

Transfer to a 9-inch pie dish and gently press over the bottom and up the sides of the dish. 
Cut off any excess dough.

Refrigerate the dough for 20 minutes before baking.
Pour the berry mixture into the pie dish and dot the top with the diced butter.

Unwrap the second disc of dough and roll it out to the same thickness as the first.
Using a star cookie cutter, cut out several stars in the dough. 

Place the stars on the top left section of the pie to resemble the stars on the American flag.

With the remaining dough, cut into long strips about 1 inch wide.
Place them horizontally across the pie 1 inch apart to resemble the stars on the American flag.

Brush the dough with an egg wash (1 large egg and 1 tablespoon of water beaten together) to get the perfect golden-brown crust.
Bake for 45 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the filling has been bubbling for at least 5 minutes. 
Let cool.

This is the perfect summer pie all on its own.
Add the festive crust on top and you have a Fourth of July winner on your hands.
What is your favorite summer dessert?

All my love, 

Sunday, June 14, 2020

DIY Metallic Mountain Wood Cut Out

Hello everyone!
Summer is finally here and for us, that means cabin season.
Erik and I were both lucky enough to grow up with grandparents who own cabins.
Both of our family cabins are still around and in the summer we try to get up to them as much as possible.
I have been slowly adding a few of my own touches to my family cabin over the years.
I found a wood mountain cut out at Michael's and decided to dress it up for my next piece of cabin decor.

You will need:
A Wood Cut Out, Any Shape Works!
Mod Podge
Metal Leaf

Paint the wood your desired color.
I couldn't decide between a navy mountain or an olive mountain so, I went with both!
I painted one side navy and the other side olive.
That way I can use it with different decor over the years.

Let the paint dry.
Apply additional coats if needed, I did three.
Once the paint is completely dry, start to apply your metal leaf.
I used silver leaf for the navy mountain and gold leaf for the olive mountain.
The instructions my metal leaf came with said to use a special adhesive specifically for metal leaf but I didn't want to spend more money so, I went with Mod Podge since I had it on hand. 
Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the area you want your metal leaf.
I found it was best to work in small sections.
Immediately apply the metal leaf onto the Mod Podge and using the backing paper gently rub onto the wood.

Once the metal leaf is secure carefully remove the backing paper.
Repeat until you have the metal leaf in all of your desired places.
I kept mine on the peaks of the mountain.

Use a soft brush to remove excess metal leaf.
Apply another thin layer of Mod Podge on top of the metal leaf to secure into place.
Let dry.

I am very excited to take this up to my family's cabin this year.
The metallic accents will add a little glamour to our rustic cabin.
Which is just the way I like it. 😉
What color do you prefer?

Or olive?

All my love,