Mickey Mom’s Club Red Box Party/Disney Luau

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Being a member of the Mickey Mom’s Club, I was lucky enough to host one of their Red Box parties in 2010.  As soon as I knew I had been chosen to host this event, I waited every day for Fed Ex to get here with that yummy box of goodies.  I think the Fed Ex delivery man thought I was going to mug him the day it finally came!  I grabbed the box and couldn’t get in the house fast enough to open it.

    

As I dug through the box I found some red Mickey Head balloons, brightly colored confetti, Disney Parks paper plates and napkins to decorate with.  There were also some small Disney totes, magnet boards, magnets and Mickey straws to fill them with.   There were  games for the kids and a trivia game for everyone.  We added our own trivia questions and split the guests up in to teams, guys against the girls.  I had gone out in the weeks before, as I had decided to do my party in a luau theme, and bought Disney and luau themed pencils, coconut mugs, hurricane glasses and toys to give out as prizes.  The girls came out victorious!

My favorite item to give to the lucky attendees was a limited edition, signed print of the Disney Princesses welcoming Princess Tiana to the royal family.   I think that was a very special gift for Disney to put in that box and I truly appreciate mine.

Mickey Mom’s Club also sent me this great little tote as a special gift for hosting the Red Box Party.  I love it!!  Thank You MMC!

      

Decorating for this party was almost as fun as hosting it.  You see, we LOVE to have luau’s.  We had our first one about 5 year ago to celebrate our daughter turning 13 and my husband turning 50.  We enjoyed it so much that we have had several more since then.  The fact that we had tons of luau decorations was another reason why I went with this theme for the Red Box party.  That meant I could spend more money on prizes and food.

     

 Ahhh, the food!!!  The YUMMIEST part of it all!  I had a fabulous time making it.  I had Mickey/Minnie and luau themed candy molds.  The candy and suckers were a big hit with the kids and the adults!  I also found some Mickey sprinkles for the cake, just the right touch for it.

   

I called Disney Shopping and ordered some pretzels that were Mickey heads, some Mickey shortbread cookies and some Mickey pasta.  These were some really fun additions to the food.

   

I used my Mickey egg form to cut out PB&J sandwiches and to make rice crispy treats with.  We left some plain and dipped some in chocolate.  It was just like getting a Disney treat straight from the parks!

  

  Here is a shot of our table top decorated with confetti we cut out with a Mickey punch.  Check out the wonderful picture of my nephew all decked out in his best luau attire.  My niece, who loves sweets, had her eye on the cake! I thoroughly enjoyed hosting this party and I would jump at the chance to host another.  I mean, who doesn’t love Disney???!!!  It is absolutely YUMMY!

A few yummy things at World Market

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Oh, the yummy things you can find at World Market!  For those of you not familiar with this store, they sell a unique variety of furniture, home decor, kitchen and dining items, food, wine and much more.  I love to shop there and always come out with some “must have” items.  While browsing the other night I thought I’d take a few pictures of some of things I liked. 

       

They have an awesome selection of candy.  I love these boxes Belgian chocolates.  I don’t know what I liked more, the candy or the yummy polka dot presentation!   Have any favorite candies from your childhood?  You’re sure to find them in these groovy bags that contain a sugar explosion from specific eras.  I was a 70’s kid myself, but I’m sure I could be persuaded to eat any piece (and maybe every piece!) of the sweet treats inside these.  Know someone who is celebrating a birthday?  Why not give them a bag of these mouth-watering goodies to remind them of their youth. 

      

World Market also has a unique selection of food.  I wish I had taken more pictures here, but this blog would go on forever if I showed you everything that they have.  I chose to share their pasta and sauces this time.  They have a good variety of both there, but here are just a couple.  It really makes me want Italian for dinner tonight!

We may as well have something yummy to drink while we are having pasta for dinner!  World Market has a fabulous selection of wine, beer and ale to choose from.  These items could also make a wonderful gift for any occasion.  And speaking of gifts…..

I saw these brightly colored gift bags and had to take a picture of them.  They also carry a neat selection of cards for different occasions.  You could get a unique gift, card and wrapping paper or bag all in one place. 

So, if you are lucky enough to have a World Market near you, spice up your next shopping spree and see what a wonderful selection of YUMMY things they have!

 

Yana’s Ye Olde Drugstore Restaurant….it’s YUMMY!!

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I ventured out today in search of something yummy to write about.  My daughter and I headed out to Swansboro, NC.  It’s about a 30 minute ride for us and is one of our favorite places to go and spend time together.  It is full of quaint little shops and very friendly people.  Although there are plenty of places to stop and eat throughout the town, a favorite of ours (and absolutely loads of other people from all over the world) is Yana’s Ye Olde Drugstore Restaurant.  It is located on Front Street and sits friendly and inviting on the banks of the White Oak River. 

The restaurant’s owner is Evelyn Moore.  She is a lovely woman and has such a warm and friendly personality.  You can’t help but be immediately drawn to her. She chose to decorate Yana’s in a 50’s theme.  Cordial and accommodating staff greet you as soon as you enter, making you feel like you’re part of the family. A jukebox stands at the front of the restaurant, belting out your favorite sock-hopping tunes.   There is more memorabilia on the walls than you can take in during one visit.  Marilyn Monroe, Elvis and James Dean, along with many others, are there to welcome you.   Yana’s serves the yummiest, homemade Southern food.  Big, juicy hamburgers, mouth-watering hot dogs, crunchy onion rings,  delicious fries and their wonderfully thick milkshakes.  The vanilla milkshake is a must have for my daughter when we eat there.  The 50’s theme is another reason she likes to go there.  Everything about it appeals to her…the music, the movies, the stars.  Sometimes, I think she was born in the wrong era.

 

Without a doubt, one of their most popular items are the fruit fritters.  When my daughter and I went today, Evelyn had a heaping plate of peach fritters delivered to our table.  They are absolutely a little piece of  Heaven.  One of the yummiest things you will ever put in your mouth.  We brought these home with us and I cannot wait to have them tonight with a fresh cup of coffee.

I asked Evelyn, or YanaMama, as she is affectionately known to her dedicated and faithful staff,  what her favorite thing about her business was.  She said it was definitely her customer base, that they are like family.   I also asked for her best piece of advice about life and she said,  “To always be optimistic.  There is always a bright light and even though there will be ups and downs, the ups are worth way more than the downs.”  She also said you have to treat people right and you will receive that in return.  Lastly, I asked Evelyn what her favorite quote was and she said it was one by James Dean: “Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.”  I like that a lot.  I think that’ll be one of my favorites, too, Miss Evelyn. 

There was a book recently published about YanaMama and her restaurant entitled: Yana’s, A Taste of the Past, Where Goodbyes Never Happen.  It was written by Georgie Stone-Wilson and I picked up a copy of it today at Yana Mama’s Memorabilia Shoppe.  You see, Evelyn has a store  that is attached to the restaurant and it is filled to bursting with 50’s memorabilia.  My daughter loves to buy purses (another favorite thing of hers) at this shop.  Right now I’m kicking myself for not buying that I Love Lucy umbrella I saw today.  I’m thinking one day I need to own that Lucy and Ethel lunchbox, too, and fill it with “Yummy” things! 

So, the next time you are looking for something YUMMY, stop by Yana’s Ye Olde Drugstore Restaurant and have some good, old comfort food.  Then go next-door and get yourself a little piece of the past from Yana Mama’s Memorabilia Shoppe.  I love books and I will cherish the one I bought today as Evelyn was kind enough to sign it for me.  Maybe one day I will meet Georgie Stone-Wilson and get her to sign it, too.

Lisa, Elvis and Evelyn Moore (YanaMama)

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s talk yummy!

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Let’s talk yummy, shall we?  When I think of yummy, the first thing that comes to mind is food.  By definition,  yummy is something very pleasing to the senses; delicious; anything that is extremely attractive or appealing.  I can think of lots of things that are pleasing to my senses and attractive or appealing to me.  As far as I can see, that leaves me wide open on this blog.  Other than writing about the obvious yummy things… food, cooking, baking, I also want to include other things I find yummy (and also therapeutic!)…  Disney, my favorite websites, finding a good deal, shopping, my favorite restaurants.  The world is my oyster. Which, by the way, I find to be slimy and not yummy, but that’s just me!   From time to time I’ll include a post about what’s going on in my personal life.  Afterall, this blog is a huge step in a forward direction for me.  I need something that is all mine.  Something that I can control and that will prove to be therapeutic for me.  So, follow along if you’d like.  I’m hoping that somewhere in future posts you’ll find something that you consider YUMMY!