Shake Shack Coming To The Florida Mall

Shake Shack Florida Mall

 

 The “Happiest City on Earth” is about to get a whole lot happier!  Simon, a global leader in retail real estate, is thrilled to announce that Shake Shack will open its sixth location in the state at The Florida Mall in 2017.

Opening in Central Florida’s premier shopping destination, visitors will have the opportunity to take a break from shopping and grab a delicious ShackBurger® and local beer at the new, 3,500 square-foot restaurant located in The Florida Mall entrance next to Foot Locker.  For a quick snack or family dinner, each savory burger will satisfy all your food cravings!

Shake Shack is a critically acclaimed, modern day “roadside” burger stand known for its 100% all-natural Angus beef burgers and flat-top Vienna beef dogs (no added hormones and no antibiotics ever), 100% all-natural cage-free chicken (no antibiotics ever), spun-fresh frozen custard, crinkle cut fries, craft beer and wine and more. A fun and lively community gathering place with widespread appeal, Shake Shack has earned a cult-like following around the world.

“We are so excited that New York City’s favorite burger chain has chosen to open a new Orlando location at The Florida Mall,” said Brian Hanson, general manager.  “We continually look for opportunities to enhance our visitors’ experiences with a diverse mix of restaurants and retailers, and we are certain that Shake Shack will be an instant hit with our loyal shoppers.”

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Orlando Date Night Discovery Club

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Photo: Orlando Date Night Discovery Club

 

I’ll say it…after being together almost 20 years (we met on the first day of History and Drama class at Virginia Tech…Go Hokies!) my husband and I have fallen into a bit of a date night rut! With kids, work, to do lists that never seem to end, and life finding time to think of new date night ideas isn’t always on the top of our priority list.

One of our New Year’s resolutions is to find more time to spend together, and our friends over at Orlando Date Night Guide have launched a new way to make planning fun date nights easier!

The Orlando Date Night Guide has been sharing fantastic date night ideas since 2007, and now they are bringing them to your home with the launch of the Orlando Date Night Discovery Club!

How the Orlando Date Night Discovery Club Works:

Every month subscribers receive 2 fully curated date night itineraries in the mail that will take you to Orlando and Winter Park’s hidden gems and familiar favorites.

Included in your Date Night Discovery Club packet, you will also receive:

  • More than $20 in gifts and vouchers to use at places included on your itinerary.
  • A local calendar of events that is chocked full of the best local festivals, special events, foodie favorites, outdoor entertainment, and more to experience in the City Beautiful.
  • Conversation cues and fun questions to spark discussions while you are on your date night.

Orlando Date Night Discovery Club members perks include:

  • Special member privileges for select Orlando Date Night Guide events that include front of the line access and the opportunity to buy tickets before they go on sale to the general public,
  • During Orlando Date Night Guide giveaways members receive automatic double entries, and
  • Online content that’s exclusively created for Discovery Club members

Subscriptions start for as little as $18.95 a month and are available in monthly, 3 6, and 12 month options on their website.

 

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Ring In 2017 At SeaWorld Orlando #SeaWorldNewYear

 

New Year's Eve at SeaWorld Orlando Logo 2016 2017

SeaWorld Orlando has long been the place for families and friends to ring in the New Year with vibrant fireworks that fill the night sky and festive entertainment throughout the park until 12:30 am, but this year there are two new experiences to help make your celebration more festive.

To get the full experience, the 4-course New Year’s Eve Celebration Dining & Fireworks Package at Sharks Underwater Grill features a prix-fixe signature meal, with mouthwatering entree choices such as char-grilled filet mignon, blackened Cape Canaveral shrimp and much more. Guests will also receive a souvenir group photo and will end the evening with reserved seating at Bayside Stadium for the fireworks show. The New Year’s Eve Celebration Dining & Fireworks package is $199 per person.

For families seeking a unique experience to enjoy together, the park favorite, New Year’s Eve Dine with Shamu Package is returning. While reveling in a delicious, all-you-care-to-enjoy meal, guests can experience a special evening dining alongside killer whales and learning more about their care. At $99 per person, this package includes a souvenir photo and an exclusive firework-viewing reception from the Hilltop Patio.

To book your spot at one of these unforgettable SeaWorld dining experiences for New Year’s Eve visit the SeaWorld Orlando website. Keep in mind that the dining packages will typically sell out in advance and that theme park admission is required to enjoy these special opportunities.

Guests who visit SeaWorld on December 31 will also experience all the wonder, excitement and fun of SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration™, which includes six dazzling shows, over one million lights, and more than 60 tasty treats and drinks. Full details are available at www.seaworldorlando.com.

The best way to experience SeaWorld’s New Year’s Eve and SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration is with an Annual Pass offering unlimited general admission and free parking all year long.

Visit SeaWorldOrlando.com and follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest details about New Year’s Eve at SeaWorld and join the conversation by using the hashtag #SeaWorldNewYear.

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Tranquilo Golf Course Hosts Diamond Resorts Invitational

tranquilo golf course 2016 diamond resorts invitational Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

Tranquilo Golf Course hosts Diamond Resorts Invitational with PGA Tour Champions, LPGA Players, and celebrities this January

Tranquilo Golf Club, located at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, will be the host venue for the 2nd annual Diamond Resorts Invitational benefitting Florida Hospital for Children and taking place January 13-15, 2017. The three-day tournament will be nationally televised on Golf Channel.

The event brings together up to 27 PGA TOUR Champions players, three LPGA players, and 50 celebrities from the sports and entertainment industry to compete side-by-side for purses totaling USD 1.25 million. PGA TOUR Champions players will compete for USD 750,000 over the 54-hole tournament, while celebrities will play for a USD 500,000 purse. The tournament will utilise a Modified Stableford scoring format, which awards points as opposed to strokes, encouraging players to make the most out of every hole and creating a heightened sense of anticipation for fans.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to host the Diamond Resorts Invitational and to welcome this world-class tournament to Tranquilo Golf Club,” said Thomas Steinhauer, Regional Vice President and General Manager of Four Seasons Resort Orlando. “It is a distinct honour to take part in an event that will benefit Florida Hospital for Children and leave a lasting charitable impact in our community.”

Proceeds from the event’s live and silent auction will directly benefit Florida Hospital for Children, one of the nation’s premier children’s hospitals, setting standards for innovation, quality and comprehensive care. The child-centric healing environment designed to keep kids comfortable is complemented by a staff of world-class doctors, specialists, nurses and healthcare professionals utilising advanced technologies, therapies and treatments.

Tranquilo Golf Club

Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons Resort Orlando is named to reflect the Spanish revival style of the Resort and pay homage to the Florida landscape, such as the southern live oak trees that are found throughout the course. Originally built in 1992 and designed by Tom Fazio, the golf course was enhanced by Fazio for its October 2014 reopening. Enhancements included creating a completely new hole and renovated bunkers, plus improved visibility and airflow by enhancing the landscape design, in addition to a fully renovated clubhouse.  The course is a par 71 and plays to 6,901 yards. Home to abundant wildlife, the course is certified by the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary program for golf by the National Audubon Society.

“It’s very exciting for Tranquilo Golf Club to host this special tournament in its second year and to be put in the national spotlight on the Golf Channel,” said Charlie Kent, Director of Golf at Four Seasons Resort Orlando. “Our team has been working hard over the past few months to ensure the course is in impeccable condition for this main event. We could not be more thrilled to work with Diamond Resorts International and their team on this amazing tournament.”

tranquilo golf course 2016 diamond resorts invitational Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World
Photo: Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

“This combination of PGA TOUR Champions and celebrities is the only format of its kind,” said Michael Flaskey, Chief Operating Officer for Diamond Resorts International. “With the calibre of well-known golf professionals and sports and entertainment stars, plus the incredible venue of Tranquilo Golf Club, we hope to capture the public’s imagination.”

The Bobby Jones Golf and Spa Experience Package

For those who wish to enjoy all that Four Seasons Resort Orlando has to offer, the Bobby Jones Golf and Spa experience package includes a daily USD 100 Resort credit toward either a golf lesson, round of 18 holes of golf at Tranquilo Golf Club, or a treatment at The Spa; a USD 100 one-time credit toward a Bobby Jones purchase from the Golf Shop, plus a deluxe coffee table book, The Legend of Bobby Jones: The Greatest of Them All. To learn more about the package, click here.

Continuing the support for the hospital, for the month of January 2017, each of the Resort’s restaurants will donate a portion of dining proceeds to the hospital when patrons mention Florida Hospital for Children. A portion of revenue will also be donated for treatments experienced at The Spa, tennis lessons, golf lessons or rounds of golf, as well as retail purchases at the Resort’s boutiques, simply when the patron references “Florida Hospital” upon booking or purchase.  For reservations or tee times, call 4073138090.

One-day and three-day grounds passes for the Diamond Resorts Invitational are on sale now through January 15, 2017 and can be purchased online.

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Last Minute Walt Disney World Shopping From Home

I hope that you are not in the same boat as I am…The holidays are less than a week away and I am TOTALLY unprepared, because I I have a ton of shopping and decorating left to do!

However if you are looking for a last minute gift from Walt Disney World, the Shop Disney Parks App (available for Apple and Android devices) has your back, because today is the last day you can order goodies from the theme parks with 3-Day Express Shipping!

If you aren’t familiar with the Shop Disney Parks App, you should be! The app is completely free, and allows you to shop for authentic Walt Disney World Resort merchandise some of which has never before been sold outside of Disney Parks and Resorts. Using the app you can:

  • Search and browse thousands of gifts, toys, collectibles, costumes, pins, Mickey ears, and more.
  • Use the map to see what souvenirs and keepsakes are in stock near you in Walt Disney World Resort.
  • Scan an item you love in a Walt Disney World Resort store to view it on the app.
  • Ship your purchase to select Walt Disney World Resort hotels or have your order shipped right to your door! Shipping is available to all 50 states in the U.S., but does not include P.O. boxes.
  • Track your package as they make their way from Cinderella’s castle to yours.

One of my favorite gifts to give are ornaments from Walt Disney World, because they are easy to transport and are extremely personal. Every year the line of ornaments expands, and here are some of my new favorites!

All of these ornaments are extremely affordable (under $20) and are perfect for any Disney fan!

You can find your favorite Disney characters…

Walt Disney World Holiday Ornament 12 2016 - Sven

Walt Disney World Holiday Ornament 12 2016 - Mickey Mouse and Duffy

Walt Disney World Holiday Ornament 12 2016 - Marie

Walt Disney World Holiday Ornament 12 2016 - Lumiere

Walt Disney World Holiday Ornament 12 2016 - Chip n' Dale

Walt Disney World Holiday Ornament 12 2016 - Cheshire Cat

Walt Disney World Holiday Ornament 12 2016 - Baloo and Mowgli The Jungle Book

Walt Disney World Holiday Ornament 12 2016 - 101 Dalmations

Walt Disney World Holiday Ornament 12 2016 - Lady and The Tramp

Long lost friends…

Walt Disney World Holiday Ornament 12 2016 - Mr. Toad

Walt Disney World Holiday Ornament 12 2016 - Oswald the Lucky Rabbit

Nods to the theme parks and resorts…

Walt Disney World Holiday Ornament 12 2016 - The Partners Statue

Walt Disney World Holiday Ornament 12 2016 - Figment

Walt Disney World Holiday Ornament 12 2016 - Fort Wilderness

Even some of your favorite Disney villains…

Walt Disney World Holiday Ornament 12 2016 - The Evil Queen

Walt Disney World Holiday Ornament 12 2016 - Maleficent

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Family Traditions: Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Family Traditions Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Over the past few years I have become somewhat obsessed with not letting food go to waste, and as I was staring at the three lone ripe bananas sitting in the fruit basket my mind started spinning!

I checked the staples that I had in my pantry, pulled the bananas out of their basket, and headed to Pinterest!

Once there I found a really awesome recipe from Lux Hippie on Tumblr for Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies!

The recipe is SUPER easy, and amazingly delicious! What is also great is that with a few slight changes, they can also be Vegan making them a perfect treat for get togethers!

Seriously, this recipe should come with a warning because you won’t be able to stop eating them!!!

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies Ingredients:

Family Traditions Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies

  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/2-1 cup natural chunky peanut butter (depending on how much peanut buttery goodness you want)
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (note: if you are using salted peanut butter, you may not need any salt, do a taste test with the batter)
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used milk chocolate chips, but you could even use raisins if that’s your thing)

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

In a large bowl, mix bananas, vanilla, peanut butter and maple syrup into a creamy consistency (best to do with a hand or stand mixer).

Family Traditions Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies

 

In another bowl, combine oats, flour, baking powder and salt together.

Family Traditions Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies
Dry Ingredients

 

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until they are well combined, the batter should be slightly sticky. Fold in the chocolate chips. The batter will be somewhat runny, this is ok.

Family Traditions Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies
Adding in the dry ingredients to the mixer

I wanted to share a pictures of the consistency of the Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookie dough, because it is very different than ‘normal’ cookie dough. Don’t worry…I promise!

Family Traditions Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies

 

Place heaping tablespoon-sized balls of the batter (I used a medium sized cookie disher) onto a ‘greased’ baking sheet (can also place on parchment paper) and cook for 15 minutes.

Family Traditions Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies

This recipe makes around 2 dozen cookies, and after they have cooled make sure to store them in a tupperware container to make them last up to a week (If they make it that long without being eaten).

These were great cookies to grab in the morning on the way out of the door and perfect for Zoe’s snack at school since they can have peanut items in their classroom.

I am absolutely obsessed with these Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies, and I hope you give them a try!!!

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Circus XTREME At The Amway Center With A Special Offer

Disclaimer: I was provided with tickets to attend Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME, but all opinions are my own. 

Circus Xtreme Logo Amway Center

Circus XTREME Is Coming To The Amway Center With A Special Discount Offer

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME will be at the Amway Center from January 12-16, 2017, and we can’t wait!

What makes this show so spectacular is that it magnifies the traditional elements of the circus by combining elements with never-before-seen spectacles, original, fast-paced performances and incredibly hilarious moments.

Children Of All Ages can let their imaginations go wild in an exhilarating adventure with extreme thrills, exotic animals and extraordinary performers that add up to the ultimate family entertainment experience. Join us at Amway Center from January 12-16, 2017 as we explore a world of extreme beauty, flexibility, strength and dexterity in ways you’ve never seen before. 

Circus Xtreme Amway Center BMX
Photo: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey

High-wire wizards, powerful strongmen, BMX trick riders, trampoline daredevils, inconceivable contortionists, a high-flying human cannonball, a bungee aerial skydiving display and an international assembly of more than 300 cast and crew provide two and a half hours of thrilling entertainment.  

With such an exciting lineup, The Greatest Show On Earth® guarantees to dazzle and astound, and a Ringling Bros.® show wouldn’t be complete without a full menagerie of amazing animals. Circus XTREME features beautiful Bengal tigers and two-humped camels ridden by brave Mongolian women.

There are two ways to take your Circus Xtreme experience to the next level!

The party starts an hour before the show at the All Access Pre-show, which is free with ticket purchase. Families can meet an international cast of performers and get up close to the menagerie of animals. Try on custom costumes, learn circus skills — like juggling — from the famous Ringling Bros. Clown Alley. Together with the show, families receive over three hours of extreme family fun not to be missed.

Also Ticketholders can purchase an upgrade and go backstage with a VIP Behind the Scenes Tour of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. The backstage experience includes an insider look at props and wardrobe, an up close and personal encounter with the animals and a chance to meet stars from the show. Fans will also have an opportunity to take pictures and learn educational fun facts.  To take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime experience, just log on to ringlingbros.expapp.com from iPhone or Android smartphone, and provide name, e-mail and phone number to become a VIP circus insider.

Circus Xtreme Amway Center Clowns
Photo: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME – Amway Center – Performance Schedule:

Thursday, January 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, January 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 14 at 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, January 15 at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Monday, January 16 at 1:00 p.m. (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)

Tickets for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Circus XTREME are available now and all seats are reserved. Tickets are available at www.Ringling.com or www.ticketmaster.com, at any Ticketmaster outlet, by calling 800-745-3000, or at the Amway Center box office (400 West Church Street – Suite 200, Orlando, Florida 32801) 407-440-7900). For group ticket sales and information, call 866-248-8740

As a special bonus fans and followers of On the Go in MCO can save $5 off select seats using promo code 5CIRCUS. Offer valid on all shows EXCEPT Thursday at 7:30 p.m. (opening night), Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. Not valid on Front Row and Premium Seating, nor day of show. Offer valid through January 12. Ringling Bros. tickets make great holiday gifts! Special Twitter handle and hashtag: @RinglingBros #BestGiftEver

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D23 Celebrates Walt Week Around the World

D23 Walt Week Celebration 2016

Last week D23: The Official Disney Fan Club launched Walt Week: Celebrating a Legacy of Imagination, Creativity, and Innovation, and on their new website D23.com/WalkWithWalt there are tons of amazing photos and articles about Walt Disney throughout the years and the efforts to restore the Disney Home in Chicago.

And while D23 members have access to exclusive content and special features, on December 15th to mark the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney’s passing D23 is inviting guests at the Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, and Tokyo Disney Resort to join the celebration of Walt’s extraordinary life by sharing a message on Memory Boards that will be placed at each resort. 

Guests can find the Walt Week Memory Boards at the following locations:

· Disneyland Resort: The gallery inside the Main Street Opera House at Disneyland Park from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m

· Walt Disney World Resort: Inside One Man’s Dream at Disney’s Hollywood Studios from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

· Disneyland Paris: Inside the Liberty Arcade on Main Street, U.S.A. at the entrance of “Statue of Liberty Tableau” from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

· Hong Kong Disneyland: Inside Art of Animation on Main Street, U.S.A. from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

· Tokyo Disney Resort: Mark Twain Riverboat queue from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

If you are looking to sign these memory boards, please keep in mind that the times and locations of the boards could change so be sure to ask a Cast Member if you have any questions.

After December 15th, the boards will be on display for all to see at D23 Expo: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event, from July 14–16 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

But until then, make sure you visit D23.com/WalkWithWalt! It is a fantastic site that will keep you reading for hours!!!

If you aren’t already a member joining at Gold Membership, Gold Family Membership, and General Membership (complimentary) levels at D23.com and at DisneyStore.com/D23 is super easy!

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Wearing the Magic: Disney Parks Collection by ALEX AND ANI

ALEX AND ANI bracelets are some of my absolute favorite Disney Parks exclusive merchandise pieces, and I wanted to share all about these awesome bracelets!

Disney Parks Collection by ALEX AND ANI Wearing the Magic

Wearing the Magic: Disney Parks Collection by ALEX AND ANI

If you aren’t familiar with them ALEX AND ANI bracelets are eco-friendly, created in the United States, full of positive energy, and inspired by meaningful memories.

Disney Parks Collection by ALEX AND ANI Wearing the Magic
Photo: Disney Store

What makes these bracelets truly unique is that these may look like traditional bangle bracelets, but they are an innovative signature expandable bangle concept that is completely adjustable with a built-in expanding slide feature making them a perfect fit any wrist shape or size.

Disney Parks Collection by ALEX AND ANI Wearing the Magic
Photo: Disney Store

The best way to wear ALEX AND ANI bracelets is by ‘stacking’ several bracelets which they call having a ‘Charmed Arm’ representing your favorite Disney or Star Wars movie, theme park, character, or words of wisdom with exclusive designs for Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members.

Disney Parks Collection by ALEX AND ANI Wearing the Magic
Photo: Disney Store

Bracelets are also available available in several styles to suit any outfit or occasion. You will find the charmed bangles with metal and enamel charms, traditional bangle perfect for stacking, beaded bangles perfect for adding a pop of color to your stack, and wraps that gently go up your arm from your wrist.

Disney Parks Collection by ALEX AND ANI Wearing the Magic
Photo: Disney Store

ALEX AND ANI bracelets are made of Rafaelian gold and Rafaelian silver making them extremely easy to care for and durable for everyday wear.

Disney Parks Collection by ALEX AND ANI Wearing the Magic
Photo: Disney Store

The Disney line of ALEX AND ANI are exclusive to the Disney Parks, and can only be purchased three ways.

At Walt Disney World:

  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Discovery Trading Company
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort – Bayview Gifts
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Keystone Clothiers
  • Disney Springs Town Center – ALEX AND ANI Store
  • Disney Springs Marketplace– Tren-D and World of Disney Store
  • Epcot – Mouse Gear
  • Magic Kingdom Park – Emporium

The Disney Store online (http://disneystore.com) carries a large selection of ALEX AND ANI bracelets, and if you sign up for email alerts you can even find them on sale!

The Shop Disney Parks App (available for Apple and Android devices) lets you to find the bracelet you are looking for from home! If you are an annual passholder, make sure you connect that to your account to receive your discount.

 

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Family Traditions: Heavenly Bits Cookies

I thought it was time to take a break from the theme parks and a step into my home as I share the recipe for Heavenly Bits cookies that are a holiday staple in my house!

When I was younger, we were lucky enough to spend a lot of time my Bubbe and Papa.

Bubbe always made sure that we had our favorite foods (I am going to try to make her stuffed cabbage one day), and one of my all time favorites that she made were these wonderful little cookies that she called Heavenly Bits.

Heavenly Bits Cookies Family Holiday Traditions

 

My Mother would also make Heavenly Bits, too. However, she made them without thinking since she had made them so often and she never wrote the recipe down.

I would always ask my Mom to write down the recipe, but our visits are always so hectic that it always slipped through the cracks.

But the Hanukkah after my Bubbe passed away, she gave me a gift that made my heart soar.

Heavenly Bits Cookies Bubbe Recipe

This is the recipe for Heavenly Bits from my Bubbe’s recipe box. I get teary thinking of how happy I was to see her hand writing again. It was like I had a piece of her to keep with me always.

So now I can stop blubbering, and let you know about how to make these awesome cookies!!!

Heavenly Bits Cookies Ingredients

Heavenly Bits Ingredients

  • 2 softened blocks of margarine (I like to cut the blocks into cubes to add to the mixer)
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (I like to use 2 teaspoons, because I love vanilla)
  • 1 cup of nuts (My favorite to use is pecan pieces)
  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • Bowl of Confectioner’s/Powdered Sugar (This is to roll the cooked cookies in, so you want to make sure you have a good amount)

Heavenly Bits Cookies Directions

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F, or if you are using a convection oven you will want to set it 325 degrees F.

My Bubbe said it best when she said ‘Mix Together’! There is no right or wrong order to making Heavenly Bits Cookies, but I like to cream the margarine, sugar, and vanilla together before I add the flour and then the nuts. It’s up to  you!

These cookies are really balls, and you want to make sure that you don’t make them too big. You want to be able to eat them in one to two bites, because any larger and the powdered sugar will go EVERYWHERE!

Heavenly Bits Cookies Disher

To make sure that they cook evenly, I make them all the same size by using a small disher. It makes the process go a lot faster, too.

Heavenly Bits Cookies unbaked

For baking, I like to use a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. It makes clean up a breeze!

When you are placing the dough balls on the cookie sheet you can place them pretty close, because they don’t spread as they bake.

Heavenly Bits Cookies Baked

Once your cookie sheet is full, you bake them for 10 minutes.

Heavenly Bits Cookies Cooling

Since the Heavenly Bits Cookies are so fragile when they come out of the oven, I like to put a layer of newspaper under my cooling rack. Can you tell I like to make clean up easy???

Heavenly Bits Cookies Powdered Sugar

Once they have cooled, you will want to roll them in the Confectioner’s Powdered Sugar to coat them all the way around.

Heavenly Bits Cookies Tin

To store the cookies, I use a tin that seals tightly lined with wax paper and layer of Confectioner’s Powdered Sugar on the bottom.

I hope that you enjoy these Heavenly Bits Cookies this holiday season as much as we do!

Heavenly Bits Cookies

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Krispy Kreme Holiday Treats & Two Special Offers

Now through December 25th Krispy Kreme Doughnuts has some seasonal favorite holiday-inspired treats, including the Melted Snowman Doughnut, Santa Belly Doughnut and Toffee Mocha beverage.

Krispy Kreme’s mission is to spread joy.  With a busy holiday season upon us, sometimes the most joyful moments are when we slow down and share a special treat with family and friends,” said Jenny Bellanca, vice president of operations for Florida Family Foods LLC, an authorized franchisee of Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation.

Krispy Kreme Holiday Doughnuts 2016

The new Melted Snowman Doughnut is Kreme™ filled and dipped in white icing. The treat is finished off with a chocolate decoration and a candy snowman face.

The Santa Belly Doughnut is a returning favorite holiday treat. The doughnut is first filled with Hot Cocoa Kreme™ filling before being hand-decorated with chocolate icing and a candy belt buckle candy.

The Toffee Mocha beverage is a latte with rich toffee flavors and topped with whipped cream. This wintertime treat is available hot, iced or frozen.

You can find these holiday sweets at all the Central Florida Krispy Kreme locations!

Winter Park – Drive thru Open 24 hours

1031 S. Orlando Avenue (17-92), Winter Park, FL  32789

 

Millenia – Open 24 hours

4080 Millenia Blvd., Orlando, FL 32939

 

Kissimmee – Open 24 hours

5310 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, (192 / Mile Marker 11.5), Kissimmee, FL  34746

 

Daytona Beach – Open 24 Hours

980 W International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114

 

Krispy Kreme Melbourne – Drive thru Open 24 Hours

2040 N Wickham Rd, Melbourne, FL 32935

How to get a SWEET deal on Krispy Kreme Doughnuts:

FREE Original Glazed Dozen with Gift Donation

Krispy Kreme

Our friends Chad & Jill are hosting a REALLY BIG TOY DRIVE from Now until December 16th to collect 10,000 toys that will be gifted to Toys for Tots, Arnold Palmer Hospital Medical Center Foundation, and The Howard Phillips Center for Children & Families! And every person who drops off toys at any of the Central Florida Krispy Kreme locations will receive a dozen Original Glazed Krispy Kreme Doughnuts in return! You can find out more here.

Save the Date: Day of the Dozens (12/12)

On December 12, all central Florida locations will celebrate “Day of the Dozens” by offering guests $4.99 Original Glazed dozens (unlimited). No coupon is needed.

 

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Rogue One Coming To Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Rogue One Experiences Coming To Disney's Hollywood Studios

Rogue One Experiences Coming To Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Last night the Disney Parks Blog hosted local media and 400 readers as they transformed Epcot’s Spaceship Earth into the Death Star and announced new Rogue One: A Star Wars Story experiences coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

First off, can we talk about how cool Spaceship Earth looked as the Death Star! Now the pictures don’t do it justice, but it was a fun temporary backdrop to the announcements.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - Spaceship Earth Death Star

Michael Roddy, Show Director/Writer with Disney Creative Entertainment, was on hand to talk us through all the new Rogue One: A Star Wars Story that guests can enjoy before the end of the year.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - Michael Roddy

Star Wars Launch Bay – a multi-sensory space celebrating all things Star Wars – is now updated with authentic replicas from “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” joining other Star Wars memorabilia in the preview gallery. Making-of footage from “Rogue One” has been added to the “Meet the Makers” film featured in Star Wars Launch Bay.

Photo: Walt Disney World
Photo: Walt Disney World

In the popular daytime stage show “Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away,” guests will get a first look at AWR Troopers from “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” Outfitted in their specialized Stormtrooper armor with a dark, ominous gleam, these soldiers serve as bodyguards and enforcers for Director Krennic, a highly placed officer within the Advance Weapons Research (AWR) division of the Empire. A new Troopers sequence will join the show Dec. 16. Performances daily.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - Spaceship Earth Death Star - Star Wars A Galactic Spectacular

The fan favorite nighttime show, “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular,” will return to Disney’s Hollywood Studios on December 16 and will join “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” as a second nightly fireworks spectacular at the park through Dec. 31. The show will continue to be presented in 2017.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - Spaceship Earth Death Star - Star Tours

Starting mid-December, randomized tracks will be returning to Star Tours – the Adventures Continue, the popular attraction that uses motion simulator-based technology. Instead of each ride experience launching from the planet of Jakku, the attraction will be randomized to both start and end at different locations for every galactic journey. New scenes from “Star Wars: Episode VIII” will be added to Star Tours in the coming year.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - Star Wars Tour

But what’s more intriguing is an all-new Star Wars guided tour is a seven-hour immersion in all the park’s current Star Wars experiences that will begin on January 2, 2017 (offered on Mondays and Sundays throughout the year) that will include:

  • A Star Wars “all-in-the-know” tour guide
  • Priority boarding for Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
  • Encounter two Star Wars characters (Chewbacca and Kylo Ren) at Star Wars Launch Bay
  • An in-depth, insider’s tour around Star Wars Launch Bay
  • Screening of “Star Wars: Path of the Jedi
  • Enjoy Star Wars-themed menu items during dinner at Backlot Express
  • A spot in the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party, which includes themed sweets and specialty beverages, as well as reserved viewing for the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks show
  • Younglings ages 4-12 on the guided tour package can also train in the way of The Force in Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple.

The price point for the tour is $129 per person, plus tax, which seems reasonable for all those activities and can be booked ‘soon’.

Also on hand was Mads Mikkelsen, Galen Erso in the film, was on hand to share a never before scene from Rogue One. And while that clip isn’t available yet, you can watch new clips!

Photo: Walt Disney World
Photo: Walt Disney World

Watch as Director Gareth Edwards and Creature Effects Supervisor Neal Scanlan offer a behind-the-scenes peek at the creatures of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story "Creature Featurette"

And the new ‘Worth It’ TV Spot…Hope begins with them…

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story "Worth It" TV Spot (:30)

Don’t forget that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in theaters on December 16th!

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Movie Poster

 

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Wearing the Magic: Disney Parks Collection by PANDORA

Disney Collection by Pandora 2016

Wearing the Magic:

Disney Parks Collection by PANDORA

PANDORA Jewelry and Disney Parks have teamed up to create a line of jewelry that any Disney fashionista will want to own! You can choose from exclusive charms, rings, necklaces, and earrings to personalize any look.

When you are designing your look to commemorate your magical memories you will find pieces designed around iconic characters, pretty princesses, Disney Parks, holidays, and even runDisney participation.

Photo: Disney Store
Photo: Disney Store

In addition to the popular bracelets and charms PANDORA has created earrings, necklaces, and stackable rings to add a touch of Disney magic to any outfit.

What makes PANDORA so wonderful is that you can start your collection with one or several pieces, because the price point is affordable for most budgets and each item in the collection is handcrafted with hand-set stones that are never plated to ensure quality and durability.

Photo: Disney Store
Photo: Disney Store

These PANDORA charms and jewelry pieces are extremely popular, so if you see a piece you like buy it when you see it! When visiting Walt Disney World you can find the largest selection of PANDORA at their store in Disney Springs and at the newly redesigned Uptown Jewelers on Main Street U.S.A. at the Magic Kingdom. Or if you want to shop from home The Disney Store carries a selection online or with the Shop Disney Parks App available for Apple and Android devices.

How to start the perfect PANDORA bracelet

1. Choose your bracelet.

Photo: Disney Store
Photo: Disney Store

The first step is to choose your bracelet, and there are a lot of great options available! There are sterling silver, gold, leather, and cord options in different lengths, but they all feature the patented PANDORA clasp that is very secure and easy to put on by yourself. There are even Disney Parks exclusive bracelets available.

2. Choose your clips and spacers.

Photo: Disney Store
Photo: Disney Store

Clips are the beads that don’t move that keep the beads divided into three sections, and spacers are beads that are skinnier that help the beads from rubbing together. 

3. Choose your beads.

Photo: PANDORA
Photo: PANDORA

Now this is where the fun begins!!! You can choose one or several charms to represent your favorite Disney memories, characters, or parks. The possibilities are endless!

 

 

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Christmas Bricktacular Premium Upgrades at LEGOLAND Florida

Over at Legoland Florida there are some new experiences during the holidays and Christmas Bricktacular to help make your holiday season a memorable one.

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In addition to Christmas Bricktacular beginning on December 17, this weekend they began offering the LEGO® Santa’s Breakfast and LEGO® Santa’s Christmas Workshop. I recently had the opportunity to attend these events and they were so much fun, especially if you have Lego fans in your family (which I do).

Lego Santa’s Breakfast

Breakfast is held every Saturday and Sunday through December 18 and then daily December 24-December 31 from 9:00-10:00 AM. Lego Santa hosts you and your family at the historical Magnolia Mansion. When you arrive, you get a picture taken with him that you’ll get to take home and are shown to an all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet.

Magnolia Mansion
Magnolia Mansion
Lego Santa
Lego Santa
Family Picture
Family Picture

Breakfast included bacon and sausage, eggs, french toast, waffles, biscuits and gravy, and a seasonal bread pudding. All of the food and drinks are set up in the mansion. There were Lego displays all around to check out as you filled your plate.

Mansion Trees Mansion Deco Lego Display Lego Display legoland-8 Holiday bread pudding

Legos are present your table (make sure to look inside the giant mini fig head). During our time, we were visited by Mrs. Claus, Lego Toy Soldier, and Lego Buddy the Elf. We had a very deep conversation with Mrs. Claus about our favorite cookies.

Table
Table Decorations
Toy Soldier
Toy Soldier
Mrs. Claus
Mrs. Claus
Buddy
Buddy

Kids are given some paper to write a letter to Santa and each family receives a Lego ornament.

Letter Ornament Reindeer

There are also several games set up on the lawn.

Playtime Lawn

This event is a great way to start your day in Legoland. It costs $35 per person plus tax. Annual passholders can receive a discount.

Lego Santa’s Workshop

The workshop takes place in the afternoons from 1:00-2:30 on the same days as the breakfast. When you arrive to Magnolia Mansion, you’ll be given an elf hat Lego pin and be given the opportunity to take a fun picture with Lego Santa and Lego Toy Soldier.

Magnolia Elf Pin Family Pic

Next, cookies and milk are available inside. Out on the tables, each person had a bottle of water and a bag of Legos to use during the workshop. Then it was time for a master model builder to give us instruction on building the mystery figure in our bags.

Pieces
Mystery Bag
Master
Master Model Builder Luke
Pieces
What could it be?

During the lesson we learned proper terminology for the different pieces. Our master model builder, Luke, and the other model citizens were great at answering questions. Afterwards, we were free to take pictures around the mansion and they gave us a cool lego case to carry home our figures. We also got the picture that we took earlier with Lego Santa and Toy Soldier.

Figure Family Selfie

My family and I really enjoyed our workshop time. Since the figure itself was on the easy side, even guests who have never built Lego models would be able to follow and successfully complete it. The workshop costs $35 per person plus tax.

Both of these premium upgrades are a lot of fun if you’re looking for something special to add to your day at Legoland Florida during the holidays or when you attend Christmas Bricktacular. The Model Citizens were all wonderful to hang out with at both events. Plus you get some pretty fun souvenirs to take home. Check out Legoland Florida’s website for more information on these special events.

 

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