Sunday, October 30, 2011

Meet Darth Turkey - Our Star Wars Creation

I love school craft projects.  I do.  Especially when you are given some freedom and creativity.

Patrick came home with a mission to disguise Thomas the Turkey.

Basically, we had to put a costume on the turkey so he can't be hunted for Thanksgiving.

Here's our project.

What do you think? Any other good ideas?


Family dinner: Spaghettio Casserole

As you should know by now if you at all pay attention, I rarely cook.

I bake - but don't cook.

Last week I was inspired.  It all has to do with the site Pinterest.  It's filled with great ideas for everything!  Since I had Monday off from work, I decided to make dinner with a recipe I found online...Spaghettio Casserole.

For those of you non-cooker's out there - this was simple.

First - grab a pound of frozen ground beef and brown it.  I had to google that.  Basically, throw the meat in a HOT pan and make sure it all gets brown.

Layer the bottom of a casserole dish with the beef.  Take three small Speghettio cans - or one large and one small can.  Pour them on top of the meet.

Take two cups of shredded mozerella cheese and pour it on top of the speghettio's.

Bake in the oven for about 25/30 minutes at 450.

My family actually LOVED it - so hopefully we'll make it again?  We'll see.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Star Wars Pie Crust Cookies

You all should know by now that I don't like to cook.

But I do like to bake.

I thought I would share with you tonight's creation along with the recipe.

Buy pre-made pie crust.

Roll it out.

Take cookie cutters and cut shapes.

Sprinkle sugar and cinnamon on top.

Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.


Be jealous of my baking abilities!

Much needed...

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Rosie is the best thing to happen to Chicago

I've finished watching day two of, The Rosie Show, on OWN.

Full disclosure here - I love Rosie.  My Rosie items include:

  • Rosie Fan Club Member
  • Kids are Punny books
  • Rosie doll
  • Rosie Christmas Ornament
  • Rosie Jacket
  • Rosie Christmas CD

Knowing that, you can guess how excited I was to see her make her return to television.  I don't count her on the view, because I have other issues with that show.

With that said, WELCOME BACK ROSIE!  If you haven't watched the show, give it a chance.

It's fun, it's happy, it's inspirational.  Rosie is comfortable in this environment.  She has a chance to show why she made it in the first place - a chance to do standup during the start of the show.

She sings, she dances, she makes you uncomfortable talking about Spanx.

But the best part of the show, is that it's in Chicago.

There is nothing I love more then seeing my hometown on television.

To make it better, you take this diehard New Yorker and put her in a city that always seems to fall short of New York - and she loves it!

Rosie has nothing but amazing things to say about Chicago, its people and its food.

There's even a section on her website where you can submit to Rosie some of your favorite Chicago foods and activities.  Trust me, I've sent a bunch!

There's actually a chance that Rosie can do more for Chicago then Oprah did.  Oprah doesn't like to go out and actually be amongst the common folk.  Rosie loves to get down and dirty - and I think Chicago is in for some good times ahead.

Just wish I was there...So Ro give me a job? ;)


Sunday, October 2, 2011

Wild Turkey!


Spotted on a beautiful morning bike ride - Wild Turkey in Orlando!
Not the alcohol kind - but the eating kind.
My iPod randomly started playing Christmas music, the temperature is about 80 and the turkeys are ready for Thanksgiving time!
Happy Fall!
Gobble, Gobble!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

My Disney License Plate Collection

In honor of the 40th anniversary today of Walt Disney World, I wanted to share with you all one of my favorite things - Disney license plates.

When I started working at Disney in 1998, I decided I wanted to collect something.  Pins were starting to become the big thing, but I easily could see that getting out of control.  Mostly because you know it's pretty impossible to own every single one.  And what's the point of collecting something if you can't have a goal to complete the set?

A friend of mine, Bruce, mentioned that he started buying Disney license plates.  I had always had a thing for regular license plates - not sure why - don't I figured it could be interesting just to see how far I could take it.

I quickly became obsessed.  I have a plate for almost every single Walt Disney World Resort and attraction - I'm only missing the new Hawaii resort. (Hint to my Disney friends!!!)  But I have plates from Tokyo, Hong Kong, Paris, Vero Bech, Hilton Head, all over really!  All thanks to friends and eBay!

I have well over 200 license plates.  I especially like cast member only plates.  Sadly, Disney is making less resort-specific items lately.  I haven't seen any cast member plates at all.  Hopefully I can get a 40th anniversary plate - but so far, no luck!!!

Many have asked me..."but what do you do with them?"  Good question!

I have used some of the plates as a border in my son's bedroom.  They are something great to look at - and his friends love seeing them when they come over. I also use them as a border in our garage.

Some of my favorite plates can be seen here:

True story - one day I walked out of our kitchen door into the garage and there was a guy standing at our open garage door with a dog on a leash - in our garage.

He scared me to death - and just said..."I'm sorry...I noticed the license plates from the street and couldn't help myself.  They are so cool!"

I now make sure to always keep the garage door closed :)