Looking to make your Valentines Day (or even Galentine’s Day) special? Chocolate covered strawberries are easy to make and are absolutely delicious.
Creating On the Go: Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Strawberries- Bigger strawberries tend to work better
Chocolate- any kind; milk, dark, or white (I used Ghirardelli dark chocolate melting wafers and white chocolate)
Chocolate warmer- or anything you can use to melt the chocolate in.
1. Place parchment paper on your cookie sheet.
2. Wash strawberries and dry them with a food safe paper towel. Line them up on your cookie sheet. Don’t skip the drying process because your chocolate will slide right off your strawberry if it is still wet and you will also mess with the consistency of the chocolate.
3. Melt your chocolate per the instructions on the package. Since I have a chocolate warmer I used the ceramic dish to microwave the chocolate first and then set it back into the warmer to keep the consistency.
4. Grab a strawberry by the leaves and dip it fully into the chocolate, shaking off any excess chocolate to avoid a puddle of chocolate on the cookie sheet.
Then lay it on the sheet to dry. Continue till all strawberries are covered.
5. Time to drizzle! You can drizzle your strawberries in whatever chocolate you want. I decided to do half in the dark chocolate and the other half in white chocolate. Take your spoon and grab some chocolate with it.
The trick to this, I have found, is to keep the spoon straight up, no angles, as you drizzle the chocolate over the strawberry.
Return to cookie sheet to dry.
You can also sprinkle red or pink sugar over the drizzle for some added color. This works best with the white chocolate.
6. Refrigerate till you’re ready to enjoy!
Helpful hint: Do these the day of or the night before so they are as fresh as possible.
If you decide to make your own and want to share, tag us in your Instagram or Facebook posts so we can see all of your wonderful masterpieces!
DISCLOSURE: I was provided with tickets to see Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Circus XTREME at the Amway Center, however all opinions are completely my own.
Kenneth Feld, chairman and CEO of Feld Entertainment, announced Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey announced on January 14th (the same day we attended Circus XTREME…gulp) that all shows will end in May of this year.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME will conclude its tour in Providence, Rhode Island, on May 7th and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Out Of This World will conclude its tour in Uniondale, New York, on May 21st.
“Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey was the original property on which we built Feld Entertainment into a global producer of live entertainment over the past 50 years,” said Kenneth Feld, Chairman and CEO of Feld Entertainment. “We are grateful to the hundreds of millions of fans who have experienced Ringling Bros. over the years. Between now and May, we will give them one last chance to experience the joy and wonder of Ringling Bros.”
For those of you planning on catching the Greatest Show on Earth one last time like we did (You can find the full tour schedule here), I wanted to share with you a **FREE** way to enhance your visit to the circus!
Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey All-Access Preshow
An hour before the show starts, ticket holders can attend the All Access Pre-Show for Circus XTREME for FREE!
During the party on the show floor families have the chance to meet the international cast, try on costumes, meet the menagerie of animals, and can even be a part of the ‘show’ by learning from the famous Ringling Bros. Clown Alley and jugglers.
During our visit Zoe even got to be a part of a BMX trick! (She is MUCH braver than I am!)
The fun ends with a dance party that takes up the entire show floor.
So grab yourself a complimentary red nose and join us for a look at the All Access Pre-Show for Circus XTREME at the Amway Center!
We absolutely had a blast watching Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME at the Amway Center, and I will cherish all the memories we have made and laughs we have shared as a family with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
Once your cookie sheet is full, you bake them for 10 minutes.
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???
Once they have cooled, you will want to roll them in the Confectioner’s Powdered Sugar to coat them all the way around.
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!
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey is Bringing Circus XTREME to Orlando!
Tickets go on Sale Monday, November 14 The Greatest Show On EarthFeatures Extreme Acts Fused with Iconic Circus Traditions for the Ultimate Family Entertainment Experience
Prepare to be astonished and amazed by artists who redefine the word extreme in everything they do, magnifying traditional elements of the circus and combining these elements with never-before-seen spectacles, original, fast-paced performances and incredibly hilarious moments.
Circus Xtreme will explore a world of extreme beauty, flexibility, strength and dexterity in ways you’ve never seen before at the Amway Center from January 12-16, 2017. Purchase tickets for your family to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME when tickets go on sale to the public on Monday, November 14 at 10:00 AM.
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.
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.
Prepare to be amazed by the unexpected. Do something extreme today, and get tickets for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME.
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 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)
For more information visit Ringling.com, or visit us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Tickets for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Circus XTREME® go on sale to the public on Monday, November 14 at 10:00 AM. 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 (phone: 407-440-7900). For group ticket sales and information, call 866-248-8740. The Amway Center is located at 400 West Church Street – Suite 200, Orlando, Florida 32801.
I wanted to take a break…from well taking a break to be real for a moment.
Over the past few weeks I have been going to events and with the help of everyone here tweeting, posting on Instagram, and facebooking (pretty sure that’s not a word), but haven’t been writing here as much as I should and I feel like I wanted to take a moment away from the craziness that is life to let you know what was going on.
The past month my life has been filled with challenges and obstacles. Emergency room visits, surgeries gone awry, and prepping to take steps for my family’s future have been some of the highlights of my writing absence, but with all of that going on the words of inspiration from some of my favorite Disney movies and Walt kept playing in my head urging me to ‘keep moving forward’.
I know that we are all uncertain about a lot of things right now & that this is an extremely stressful time of year, and I wanted to share with you some words of inspiration that have kept me going in hopes that you find the same light and love in the words I hold dear to my heart.
Finding Words of Disney Inspiration
I am already working on getting back on track writing wise, and I can’t wait to get back to the business of sharing the fun that is living and exploring Orlando.
Recently Disney released a new official playlist on Spotify for the Disney Cruise Line. This is just the latest in their fantastic group of playlists created with Disney movies, parks music, Star Wars, and music inspired by characters from their movies. For those who aren’t aware, Spotify is a free streaming music service (with an option for paid premium service) available on their website as well as on apps for smart devices and computers. Spotify allows users to create playlists (public or private) for artists, albums, moods, genres, almost anything. For instance, my good friend Sally Kilpatrick made a playlist for her great debut novel The Happy Hour Choir which features a lot of music as the title may suggest. It is an awesome thing that is the equivalent of making your own mixtapes to share with the world.
Disney has taken their music and designed playlists like the new Cruise Line one to help share their music around a specific theme or idea. The Disney Cruise Line Spotify playlist spotlights fun nautical themed songs like Under the Sea and Fathoms Below from the soundtrack to The Little Mermaid. It also incorporates music from the parks including In the Big Blue World from Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s stage production of Finding Nemo the Musical. Even older classics makes it on the list in the way of A Whale of a Tale, sung by Kirk Douglas, from the 1954 live action film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
Other playlists in the official Disney Spotify world include those created specifically inspired by character profiles from the Star Wars universe, and more recently, Zootopia. From Star Wars official Spotify account you can find awesome things like the Complete Star Wars Soundtracks playlist with, you guessed it, the complete soundtracks to all seven Star Wars films.
I think my favorite thing I discovered though may be the character inspired profiles featuring music the film characters would listen to on Spotify. The list of Star Wars characters is pretty extensive featuring Mace Windu, Darth Maul, Emperor Palpatine, Lando Calrissian, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Qui-Gon Jinn, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2, Padme Amidala, Boba Fett, Yoda, Princess Leia, First Order Stormtrooper, BB-8, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Anakin Skywalker, Rey, Kylo Ren, Finn, and the Dark Side. Some of my favorites include Kelly Clarkson’s Miss Independent for Rey, a very classic rock and oldies laden playlist for Han, Ridin’ Dirty by Chamillionaire (whatever did happen to him?) for BB-8, and a punk/alternative rock playlist for baddie Boba Fett. I highly recommend you check these all out when you get a chance.
Similar to the Star Wars character profiles, Zootopia has some of their own, and they are pretty spot on.
As you’d imagine, Gazelle’s playlist is very Shakira-centric. The playlist for Judy Hopps is filled with girl power and inspirational songs like Rachel Platten’s Fight Song, Unwritten by Natsha Bedingfield, Survivor’s Eye of the Tiger, Don’t Stop Belivin’ by Journey, and of course Try Everything by Shakira aka Gazelle. Clawhauser’s list is very poppy with lots of boy band and tween type music. Finnick’s Spotify playlist may be one of the best all around with lots of great late 80s and early 90s rap and R&B. Yax is totally fitting for him with loads of music from the 1960s hippie vibe he has. Mr. Big, as I hoped, has a playlist which is exactly what you’d expect for the mafioso he is, including the theme from the Godfather, Papa Loves Mambo, Mambo Italiano, and That’s Amore.
Along with the great movie playlists and character profiles, Disney has other somewhat randomly themed lists, along with several complete albums. Some of these include great runDisney training playlists to help you on your training runs and during your races. You can also find things from the Disney tv channels like Disney Junior, Disney Channel 100 DCOMs, and even Dancing With The Stars Disney Night playlist. I love that you can listen to the entire Legacy Collection on Spotify. I absolutely love the variety of playlists like Disney Hawaiian Sounds, Disney Meets EDM, and this time of year especially the Disney Halloween Songs, and Disney Halloween Sound Effects Playlist.
Spotify is a fantastic way to enjoy some of your favorite music or to discover great new sounds. Disney has created some amazing playlists that reflect their parks, resorts, tv shows, movies, and more. I think it is incredible how much music is available to us and in such creative lists. I hope you check out some of these playlists and maybe you’ll even be inspired to make some of your own.
Earlier this year it was sadly announced that Disney Interactive will discontinue the production of Disney Infinity, but recently information and timelines for the closure of the game’s online versions and community features have been released.
It’s important to note that:
The console versions of Disney Infinity will continue to operate as usual with full access to figures and play sets only with the exception of community content features and online multiplayer
Until September 30, 2016, Community Content will still be available and you will be able to upload and download any of your favorite Toy Box creations
Important Timelines For Disney Infinity
As of September 30, 2016
You will no longer be able to log in to play the PC, iOS, Google Android and Amazon Android versions of Disney Infinity, these will no longer be available on the respective app stores
The Steam versions of Disney Infinity 2.0 & 3.0 will remain operational with the exception of all online services and community features as these will be discontinued
Apple TV versions of Disney Infinity will be removed from the AppStore
The Disney Infinity Community team will no longer be reviewing or approving any new Toy Boxes that are submitted to Disney for all console, mobile and PC versions of the game. However if you are playing on any console, Apple TV or Windows 8/10 versions of the game, you can continue to download your favorite Toy Boxes from the Community Content section until March 3, 2017
As of January 3, 2017
No in-game purchases can be made within the Windows 8/10 versions of the game as this feature will be removed
As of March 3, 2017
Apple TV and Windows 8/10 versions will no longer be available, supported or playable
All game online services and community features for all versions will be discontinued
To learn more about which services of Disney Infinity are being removed or information related to your game version across all platforms, visit the Disney Infinity website and FAQ pages frequently prior to March 3, 2017 should the status change.
For our final post of 2015, I thought it would be fun to share some of our favorite memories from the year!
On the Go in MCO wouldn’t be what it is without the amazing group of ladies and gents that are with me on this amazing journey! I can’t thank them enough for all of their love, support, and constant dedication to making the site what it is today! Thank you from the bottom of my heart, and while we may be looking back today I am looking forward to a 2016 that’s even better!
So enough super sappy stuff…let’s get on to looking back to the fun that 2015 was for all of us On the Go!
One of my favorite memories of 2015 in the parks was my August trip to Disneyland for D23 Expo and the 60th Diamond Celebration. The best moment was enjoying the awesome new Paint the Night Parade with my best friend as we both stood there in awe.
After a lot of debating with myself, I decided to pick west coast/east coast versions of my favorite parks memory over the past year. I know, it’s kind of cheating, but when a year includes a trip to Disneyland you just can’t really compare it to anything else.
West Coast: This was the year that I finally earned my coast to coast medal. It’s been my goal since I started running and the fact that we chose the year that Disneyland would be celebrating their 60th Anniversary was just perfection.
East Coast: Each year we celebrate my niece’s birthday at the Magic Kingdom. It’s been so fun watching her experiences change as she gets older. Even though she’s almost a teenager now, she still wants to get pixie dusted and turns back into a little girl when a Disney princess speaks to her during the parade. I know that’s a memory that she’ll have forever.
My 2015 favorite memories included running the Super Heroes 5K during the runDisney Avengers Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland, the last year of the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights with Todd, and watching Captain EO for the last time.
My favorite moment in the parks this year was being able to have this amazing family reunion at Magic Kingdom! With family from Panama and England all coming together for the first time ever in a Disney park, then photopass caught this amazing moment! Right as the fireworks were ending we got this amazing keepsake photo that I will cherish forever! It meant so much to me to all be there but this photo was the icing on the cake! Disney is all about making memories and family and friendships, and this photo made me so happy and is my favorite 2015 parks memory!!!