Disney Magic – Day 4

Monday, January 30, 2012

We started today, our second sea day,  by having brunch in Lumiere’s.   CSP started out with crab cocktail.  I don’t know how he can eat fish first thing in the morning!  He also had lox and bagels.  Then for his entree chose  sole with crawfish, scallops, and brown butter sauce.  I had eggs benedict with fruit.

After brunch we went to Rockin Bar D to play bingo.  It was fun but we didn’t win.   We went out for a walk around the ship then back to our cabin for a nap.  About the naps…We have a schedule on cruises.  We stay up late, get up early for breakfast, run around during the day, then take a nap during the hottest part of the day so we can do it all again!

Today we  had reservations for Palo for High Tea!   I was so excited!  I LOVE hot tea and all the traditions surrounding high tea.  CSP isn’t a tea boy so he got coffee.  But that’s ok.  He still enjoyed the rest of it.  Again we had a great view of the sea.   I went with our server Maria’s recommendation and chose the Chai Tea.    I love Chai and this was excellent.  First came the finger sandwiches.   There were 4 kinds.  The dark sandwich is pumpernickel bread with salmon and a dill spread.  Then to the left of that one is a cucumber sandwich.  That one didn’t taste like anything.  Seriously, didn’t taste like anything at all.  Then we had a baby shrimp sandwich.  And finally on wheat bread is a chicken curry.  Yummy.  Oh, and the salmon on pump?  Fabulous!

The next part of high tea was the best part.  The scones.    Sure, it looks unassuming, but OMG it was the best scone I’ve ever had.  They served it with Devonshire cream and strawberry preserves.  The cream was to die for.  If the entire tea was just a basket of scones with cream and jam I would have been very, very, happy.

Next up was dessert.    Fruit tarts, ginger cakes, and little coffee eclairs.  Then there was more!   Apparently the tarts and cakes weren’t dessert!  So they gave us a strawberry custard trifle.  Look on top and next to that chocolate square is a blueberry that is cut in half.  Can you imagine how hard it must be to cut a tiny little blueberry in half on a rolling ship?   We were very impressed.   As we were leaving Maria gave us a plate with tin foil on it.  We peeked inside and it was a plate full of fruit tarts!  So sweet!

CSP ran back to the room with the tart plate and we went to the future cruise booking desk.  While we waited we were able to get some good shots of the empty lobby.  I love how Disney decorated the ships in such a timeless Art Deco theme.  Never feels dated, just feels classic.     When it was our turn we booked our next cruise.  Next year we’re cruising on the Disney Dream!  So excited!

Then we went to the shops onboard and bought our souvenirs- a magnet and a Christmas ornament.  Afterwards we went back to our room to get ready for the show and dinner.  The show tonight was called “Villains Tonight!“.   It was really funny.  The shows onboard are amazing.  They do so much with pyrotechnics and elevators, you forget you’re on a ship!

After the show we went to Diversions for cocktails to wait for dinner.  CSP got the refillable beer mug at the start of the cruise so he got a beer.  I snuck some whipped cream vodka in my water bottle and added it to a ginger ale.  Diversions has a bunch of board games for people to play.  Pro tip:  playing Jenga on a ship that’s rocking and rolling is an exercise in futility.

Dinner tonight was at Lumiere’s.  CSP tried escargot for the first time and……loved it!  My appetizer was Lisa’s favorite… cold naked shrimp!  CSP’s entree was sea bass while I had the beef tenderloin.  For dessert I chose the creme brulee and CSP enjoyed the trio- chocolate mousse, creme brulee,  & a praline.   Dinner itself was wonderful but the atmosphere was horrible.  We had the late seating for dinner- 8:15pm.  Dinner often ran until past 10pm.  The problem tonight was screaming babies.  I felt sorry for the family who kept taking the child out of the dining room when he would cry.  But the other table near us?  The table where the parents clearly had given up and didn’t even acknowledge their screaming child?  We did NOT feel sorry for them.

After dinner we went up on deck and watched some of the movie Hercules on the big screen- Funnel Vision.  Once that was over we went back to the room, greeted our towel animal  and watched Puss in Boots.  Then, finally, it was time for bed!

CSP turns 40! Day 2 of birthday bonanza!

After Saturday’s lunch CSP & I ran some errands, took a nap, then prepared for Sunday.  Sunday at around 1 the parents of CSP came over to celebrate.  CSP bought 100 oysters!  He wanted oysters for his birthday so he got em!  We spent the day preparing a million different kinds of oysters.  Oysters Rockefeller, on the half shell,  stew, and grilled.    I don’t eat oysters but my honey was kind enough to grill me some chicken instead.  It took a good while to shuck all those oysters!  In the meantime we told all the shucking jokes we could come up with!

Fore my Papa

For Papa for Father’s Day this year I decided to make him a golf ball cake since he’s a huge golfer.  I’ve never made a golf ball cake before so I was a little nervous.  I baked a cake Saturday night in my Pampered Chef Batter Bowl.   I sprayed flour/baking spray into the bowl first and the cake popped right out when it was done.  Perfect!  Then Sunday morning I  carved the top of it (or I guess technically it was the bottom of the batter bowl) and made it more round.   I made cream cheese icing then colored some of it blue and some green and left the rest white.  I made a little flag out of a toothpick and a piece of paper.  Then I iced it.  For the dimples I used the end of a spoon dipped in hot water (so it wouldn’t pull any icing away).  He loved it!

I liked it, so I made a ring out of it

For dinner last night I made breakfast.  I had a bunch of crescent rolls I needed to use so I made a sausage ring.  The original recipe was some other sort of ring from Pampered Chef.  I mixed up cream cheese and sausage one day and stuffed the ring as a variation on the original.  CSP loves this recipe.  It’s super easy peasy to make but looks like it took forever and is gorgeous.  I think it makes a fabulous brunch dish.

What you’ll need:

  • Round baking stone
  • 16 crescent rolls.  Pillsbury are the best.
  • 1 package fresh sausage.  I like Neese’s country sausage.
  • 2 packages of cream cheese.  The standard size box.
  • eggs

Recipe:

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350*.
  2. Brown your sausage.  Drain grease if any.
  3. Mix in both boxes of cream cheese.  I know it seems like a lot of cheese but a good bit of the moisture will bake out of it.
  4. On your round stone, arrange 8 of the crescent rolls where the long ends are meeting corner to corner.  They will make a ring like this.   Click on all photos to enlarge.
  5. Open the other 8 crescent rolls.  Line up the long ends of the crescent rolls with the long ends that are already down on the stone.  You’re filling up the middle of the ring with these rolls. 
  6. Spoon the sausage mixture where the long ends of the crescent rolls meet. 
  7. Now pick up the pointy ends of the rolls from the middle of the pile first and lay the dough across the sausage. Tuck any loose ends under the ring. 
  8. Your final ring should look something like this. Take any extra long pieces and fill in where there is lots of extra sausage poking out. 
  9. You can brush the rolls with egg wash if you’d like.  Some people even sprinkle more cheese on top. Bake for 25-30 minutes at 350* or until golden brown.    If you are being fancy and serving for brunch you can chef up some scrambled eggs and pile them up in the middle of the ring.  Looks very nice.  Garnish with parsley or dill if you’d like.  Even some chopped tomatoes would be nice.  You can make all sorts of variations on this ring.  Make sloppy joe meat and bake it into the ring.  Or chicken and broccoli.  All are guaranteed to impress!

 

DIY tasty stache

I wanted to make fun party favors for Shannon G’s baby shower so of course I decided to try something I’ve never done before and make chocolate lollipops.  I found a mustache mold online and bought the dark chocolate melts at Party City.  I melted the chocolate in the microwave and spooned it into the molds.   Then I popped them into the freezer for about 10-15 minutes after getting the air bubbles out.   I pulled them out of the freezer and they popped out of the mold really easily.  The mustaches were a little too wide for the treat bags I bought at  Party City but CSP had a good idea.  He cut the seam of the bag and then I taped the bag around the mustache.  I added pink ribbons and voila!  Displaying the pops was a bit of a challenge.   I had planned on using long lollipop sticks but the mold required short sticks.  So I cut my sticks in half.  I was going to get some styrofoam to poke the sticks in to. But CSP came up with another good idea.  Instead of buying styrofoam that I’d only use once why not stick them in rice and cover the rice with something.  I had some of those pearlized shreds so I put those on top of the rice.  Turned out cute!  And yummy! 

I’m Southern. I should be able to do this in my sleep.

It seems no matter what I do I can’t make deviled eggs lately to save my life.  I boil the eggs and put them in ice water and let them cool.  Now here comes the problem- I peel them and they look like they’ve been tumbled in a bag of gravel!  Look at my last attempt! Only 2 decent eggs out of a dozen!   I’ve got to get better before the Summer deviled egg season begins!

Wanted: Mustache on a Stick

While planning Shannon G’s mustache themed baby shower I had to decide on a traditional cake or go with cupcakes.  Her favorite flavor of cake is almond (like me), so I knew I could pull that off.  But making a cake that would reflect both the mustache and baby girl theme was proving daunting.  Plus, I have this fabulous 3 tiered hot pink server that I’ve been dying to use.  So cupcakes it is!  I knew I wanted the icing to be pink but I needed a mustache in there…enter mustache on a stick!  I Googled mustache on a stick and found a ton of them at Etsy. LOVE Etsy.  I found quite a few sellers with mustaches on sticks but the quality just wasn’t all that great.  I was thinking maybe I could make them myself but then I saw MaroDesigns and everything changed.  Their attention to detail is incredible and more importantly they are affordable.  I knew I wouldn’t be able to buy all the supplies and make my own mustaches on sticks for near the same price or quality.  I messaged them and told them I needed 20 mustaches on sticks for cupcakes and would that be possible?  Sure enough they were able to create adorable little staches that were perfect for my cupcakes!  The tiny mustaches were delicate and fragile but they were packed with such care that they arrived in perfect condition.  I could not wait to use them!  They were the perfect size for cupcake picks AND for holding up to your face to be your mustache for photo ops!  Be sure to go check out MaroDesigns for all your things on a stick needs!

I made almond flavored cupcakes and homemade almond buttercream icing.  I couldn’t find hot pink cupcake liners that I liked so I used silver foil.  They reflected the hot pink of the server so they appeared pink until you took them off.  Genius! I added tiny little white sugar pearls to girl them up a bit.  I was very pleased with how they turned out!