Monday, October 7, 2019

Trying Black Taps Famous Crazy Shakes

Hello everyone!
While Erik and I were in California we made a stop at Black Tap Craft Burgers and Shakes.
They opened earlier this year in Downtown Disney and I was dying to try one of their famed Crazy Shakes.
Erik was even more excited!
During the countdown to our trip, I would say "9 days to Disneyland!"
His response was always "You mean 9 days to crazy shakes..."
Since we were both SO excited we made it our first meal and it did not disappoint. 



To enter the resteraunt you wait in line to place your order at a counter.
To the left of the counter, you can watch the Crazy Shakes come to life!
Definitely watch one or two be made.
It is mesmerizing...
Once your order is placed your waiter seats you and your food follows soon after.
Erik and I were lucky enough to score a table on the outdoor patio.


Erik ordered the Cake Shake.
 A cake batter shake with a vanilla frosted rim with rainbow sprinkles topped with a Funfetti cake slice, whipped cream, rainbow sprinkles and a cherry.
Yes. You read that right. The milkshake is topped with a slice of cake.
Did I mention they were crazy?


I ordered the Cookies 'N Cream Supreme.
An Oreo shake with a vanilla frosted rim with crushed Oreo topped with a cookies and cream ice cream sandwich, crumbled Oreo, whipped cream and chocolate drizzle.


We also split an order of fries with their special sauce on the side.
The special sauce reminded us of the Campfire Sauce served at Red Robin.
It's similar to fry sauce (for us Utah folk) but has a smokey flavor to it.


The shakes were delicious and so fun!
We each wanted to try our own shake so we decided to make them our dinner.
Erik and I have few regrets about our recent vacation but, not stopping at Black Tap a second time is the biggest...
The shakes were so tasty that we wanted to see how their food compared.
I have heard great things!


I would highly recommend making a stop here the next time you are in Disneyland. 
Just a fair warning the shakes run on the expensive side...
They range from $15 - $17.
Split one and thank me later!


Black Tap originated in New York and I am hoping I can convince Erik to take a trip there just by mentioning a shake trip.
Think it will work?


Have you been to Black Tap?
What did you think?


All my love,
Autumn

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Halloween House Tour

Hey MTV, I'm Autumn Mineer and this is my crib!
While (finally) getting out the rest of our Halloween decorations last weekend I decided it would be fun to give a little Halloween house tour.
Erik and I both LOVE Halloween and as a result, our house gets a lot of love for the holiday.
The best part is that most of the decorations are cheap or we made them ourselves for cheap cause we be ballin' on a budget over here!


Exterior


One of my favorites parts of our whole house.
Our hitchhiking ghosts are chilling on the front lawn.
We made them last year and they are easily my favorite decoration.
Find the tutorial here!


Our porch is encased in a fake spider web, decorated with plastic spiders.


On the roof, our trusty spider Harry guards his web below.


On the front door, we have a wooden sign that says BOO. I DIY'd it with my besties a few years ago.


Beneath, our cute hello pumpkin doormat that I made last year surrounded by real squash that will be joined by our pumpkins later this month.
Tutorial for the doormat here!


Entryway


To keep with the spider theme from our porch the back of our front door is covered in spiders!


It looks like they are sneaking in from the top left corner!
I made these years ago with a bag of plastic spiders ($1), magnetic strip ($4) and hot glue.


Our entryway table is decorated in the classic Halloween color scheme of orange, black and white.





On the left, a cauldron to hold our keys (Target value section, old), next to it a glittery orange pumpkin (Target value section, old), in the middle a fun framed Macbeth print (Pinterest), to the left our boy Ichabod Toad (similar) and my orange Scentsy holder gifted to me from my aunt for our wedding.


Underneath we have two baskets, the one on the left is filled with fake pumpkins (Target value section, old) and a plaid throw blanket.
The basket on the right is filled with additional fake pumpkins.


Living Room


Our living room is what we refer to as our "fancy room."
The Halloween decor is a little more subtle here.



Our bookshelf has a skull (Target, old) and potion bottles (similar) added to it.



I also move my Michael Jackson Thriller vinyl album (similar) to the front of my collection.


The coffee table in the middle of the room has a pumpkin (Target value section, old), candy tray (gifted) and purple flowers (Walmart, old) added to it.


Kitchen


Almost every room in our house has open shelving in it because it is so easy to update for the holidays (or anytime!)



The shelves in the kitchen have a black clamp jar (Target dollar section, old) filled with candy corn and candy pumpkins and a little witch hat (gifted) added.


On the counter, we have a glass beaker and flasks along with a sprinkle potion set (gifted).
They seemed fitting for the kitchen.


The oven has two Halloween tea towels (gifted) added to it.


Our candy bowl Eye-saac sits in the middle of the dining room table filled with treats.


Family Room


The family room has my second favorite decoration in it.
Our bat wall!


We created it last year and it's displayed over our TV stand.
It makes movie nights so much fun!
Find the tutorial here!


The family room also holds another set of open shelves. 



 A skull and Frankenstein (gifted) were added.


Over the couches, we have two picture ledges that I slip a few things onto.



The glittery number 31 that I made with my sister a few years ago, a witch parking sign (gifted) and a Halloween print (Pinterest).


I absolutely love decorating for Halloween!
Each year we try to buy at least one new decoration for the house.
We have been wanting to add a fog machine to our collection for a while and I think we will grab one on sale after Halloween this year!
How do you decorate your house for Halloween?


All my love.
 Autumn

Monday, September 30, 2019

Halloween Time At Disneyland | We Went To The Oogie Boogie Bash | 26 For 26

Hello everyone!
Erik and I wanted to go to Disneyland for our anniversary this year for two reasons.
One, Halloween Time and two, Mickey's Halloween Party. 
In April, Disneyland announced they would no longer be doing Mickey's Halloween Party but would be switching over to Disney's California Adventure for the Oogie Boogie Bash.
We were game!
We bought tickets as soon as they were available and waited (not so) patiently for September. 
It was so much fun to see the parks decorated for the holidays. 
Disneyland is always decked to the nines for Halloween.
Giant jack o' lantern versions of Mickey and friends great you over the entrance.


The giant Mickey jack o' lantern on Main Street, the fall colored bunting hanging from the buildings, pumpkins everywhere, it's all perfection.






One of the most popular attractions is the Haunted Mansion that gets taken over by Jack Skellington and his gang for the holidays. 






Halloween Time is newer to California Adventure and it was so much fun to see it for the first time together.


The giant talking Oogie Boogie over the entrance gates really sets the tone.


The headless horseman is in the heart of Carthay Circle to welcome you.


Cars Land is decorated as Radiator Screams and the attention to detail is incredible!
















We attended the Oogie Boogie Bash on our last day at the parks.
The party was SO much fun!
They had a ton of villains out for you to meet along with some really obscure characters.


We got to see some great costumes. 
There were 10 trick or treat trails to walk and get heaps of candy from while coming face to face with villains.
The Frightfully Fun Parade moved over from Disneyland and showcases all characters in costume along with, you guessed it... more villains!
There was a new World of Color show exclusively for the party.
We walked through the immersive Villian's Grove.
But, my favorite part of the night was the reaction to our costumes.
The Halloween parties at the parks are one of the only times adults are allowed to come in costume.
Erik and I dressed up as Robin Hood and Maid Marian from Disney's Robin Hood.
Yes, we were foxes!
We had several people ask to take pictures with us, we received so many compliments and props for representing an underrepresented film and a few people couldn't help but stop and tell us how much the movie Robin Hood meant to them.
It was so interesting to hear people's stories about the way the movie influenced their lives.
An older woman told us how it was her eldest child's favorite movie and how they must have watched it 50 times a day. 
Another lady told us how she had a crush on Robin Hood as a girl and only recently had the courage to tell her sister and her sister admitted to having a crush on him too!
Also, the first villain we happened to spot in the park was Prince John himself!
Right next to him?
The Sherrif of Nottingham!
As soon as they spotted us they motioned for us to hop in line to meet them.
We couldn't resist the opportunity and snagged a few fun pictures.




We left with an insane amount of candy...
Good thing we drove!
It was definitely a night to remember.
I don't think I will ever be able to top trick or treating in Disneyland!
Who are you dressing up as this Halloween?


All my love, 
Autumn