Easter at Disneyland

If you’re looking for a fun way to celebrate Easter, look no further than The Disneyland Resort! The Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree area has been transformed into the Springtime Roundup, where you can decorate your own pair of bunny ears, see intricately decorated Easter eggs, and meet some of Disney’s most famous rabbits.

Easter at Disneyland // Budget Fairy Tale

Easter at Disneyland // Budget Fairy Tale

Easter at Disneyland // Budget Fairy Tale

Right when you walk in, there’s some amazing painted eggs, showing some of our favorite Disney characters. The talented artists are painting them right there!

Easter at Disneyland // Budget Fairy Tale

Easter at Disneyland // Budget Fairy Tale

Easter at Disneyland // Budget Fairy Tale

Easter at Disneyland // Budget Fairy Tale

Easter at Disneyland // Budget Fairy Tale

Easter at Disneyland // Budget Fairy Tale

Easter at Disneyland // Budget Fairy Tale

Easter at Disneyland // Budget Fairy Tale

The best part of the Springtime Round Up is the characters! All the bunnies are out for meet-and-greets. I met Roger Rabbit, Thumper, and Br’er Rabbit! Then as I was walking out I spotted the White Rabbit. We had to take a selfie because everyone around me had their hands full with babies. That’s what happens sometimes when you go to Disneyland by yourself!

Easter at Disneyland // Budget Fairy Tale

Easter at Disneyland // Budget Fairy Tale

Easter at Disneyland // Budget Fairy Tale

Easter at Disneyland // Budget Fairy Tale

The main mouse was also there in his Easter finest. I asked Mickey to wave because I was sending this picture to my niece, who loooooooves Mickey!

Easter at Disneyland // Budget Fairy Tale

The characters all rotate every 30 minutes, so if you miss out on a picture with your favorite bunny, just wait around a little bit and he’ll come back! While you’re waiting you can color bunny ear crowns, decorate sugar cookies, or dance with the band!

Easter at Disneyland // Budget Fairy Tale

Easter at Disneyland // Budget Fairy Tale

And let’s not forget the best part of any holiday season at Disneyland – the treats! I spotted these special egg shaped and “Mickey” easter grass cake pops and pastel icing dipped sugar cookies. I’ll take one of each, please!

Easter Treats at Disneyland // Budget Fairy Tale

Easter Treats at Disneyland // Budget Fairy Tale

I recommend taking your treats outside to Coke Corner and enjoy them while listening to the Ragtime piano player. There’s no better way to spend a spring day!

Disneyland Coke Corner // Budget Fairy Tale

The Disneyland Resort is celebrating Easter until Sunday, April 20. What’s your favorite part about Easter at Disneyland?

Homemade Creme Eggs with no Corn Syrup

Homemade Creme Eggs // Budget Fairy Tale

Hi my name is Mindy and I’m addicted to Creme Eggs. Ugh, I crave them like nothing else. The problem is, they make me sick. Because of all the corn syrup and other bad junk they put in there. I’ve been wanting to try to make my own for a while and this year I finally did it! I’m not gonna lie, this was a lot of work and they don’t taste *exactly* like the real thing. I also used semi-sweet chocolate for the coating to make it just a little less sickeningly sweet, but it does give it a different taste. Still, they are pretty tasty and I think whipping these up once a year will be a new tradition.

Homemade Creme Eggs // Budget Fairy Tale

Homemade Creme Eggs with no Corn Syrup


Adapted from this recipe on The Hungry Mouse

Ingredients & Supplies

Homemade Creme Eggs // Budget Fairy Tale

1/4 cup Lyle’s golden syrup (purchased at Cost Plus World Market)
3 Tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar (a.k.a. powdered sugar)
One drop yellow food coloring
6 oz. milk or bittersweet chocolate chips (half of one standard package)
Candy truffle or oval shaped mold

Makes ~30 creme eggs if you use the mold. If you want to roll them and dip by hand, it will yield less.

Instructions

1. Let the butter soften for about 30 minutes. Slice and place in mixing bowl.

Homemade Creme Eggs // Budget Fairy Tale

2. Add the Lyle’s 1/4 cup golden syrup, then the 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. Beat in the Kitchenaid mixer or mix by hand until it’s creamy.

Homemade Creme Eggs // Budget Fairy Tale

Homemade Creme Eggs // Budget Fairy Tale

3. Add the 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar. Standard powdered sugar has corn starch so I blended my own powdered sugar using granulated sugar. I couldn’t get it as powdery as I would have liked, so my filling wasn’t as creamy as a regular creme egg. It was more crunchy. Mix well (start slow or the powder will go everywhere) until the filling looks a little like Play-Doh.

Homemade Creme Eggs // Budget Fairy Tale

Homemade Creme Eggs // Budget Fairy Tale

Homemade Creme Eggs // Budget Fairy Tale

4. Separate about 1/3 of the filling and put into a separate bowl. Add a drop of yellow food coloring, or more if you want it bright yellow.

Homemade Creme Eggs // Budget Fairy Tale

Homemade Creme Eggs // Budget Fairy Tale

5. Put both mixtures in the freezer for about 10 minutes to harden.

6. Using a baking pan or other flat surface covered in wax paper or foil, roll the yellow filling into small balls the size of a pea (depending on the size of your mold). The mixture will warm as it comes into contact with your fingers so work quickly, and if the mixture is hard to roll, put it back in the freezer for a few minutes (you will need to put the rolled ones back in the freezer as well or they will melt.

Homemade Creme Eggs // Budget Fairy Tale

7. Using the white filling, flatten some in your hand about the size of a quarter. Take a yellow filling ball and put it on top of the white filling and wrap the white filling around it. You’re basically making the “egg” with the yellow yolk in the middle. Place back in the freezer for 15 minutes to harden.

Homemade Creme Eggs // Budget Fairy Tale

Homemade Creme Eggs // Budget Fairy Tale

Homemade Creme Eggs // Budget Fairy Tale

8. Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave safe dish for 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between, until the chocolate is fully melted.

9. a) Pour a tiny bit of chocolate into each mold. b) Place the rolled filling on top of the chocolate. c) Pour chocolate around it until the mold is full. In the picture you’ll see three stages: The bottom row is step a, the middle row is step b and the top row is step c. Place the mold in the freezer until the chocolate is firm, about 15 minutes or so.

Homemade Creme Eggs // Budget Fairy Tale

10. Pop the creme “eggs” out of the mold and wrap in individual foil pieces, or save in a container with a lid. You should keep these in the fridge because they melt quickly! When ready to eat, take out a couple minutes early and then go to town!

Homemade Creme Eggs // Budget Fairy Tale

Revisiting Our Honeymoon – Venice, Italy {Day One}

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

I was so excited for our first day in Venice, I couldn’t wait to get off the ship! It felt like forever before they made the announcement we could disembark.

We got off the ship with our friends Mark and Kent. They planned to first go to the island of Murano, known for its blown glass, and we decided to tag along. We got off the ship and walked out of the port area to the first vaporetto stop by the train station. After studying the maps we found which vaporetto we needed to wait for. After 10 minutes or so, it arrived!

The vaporetto is basically a water taxi and is the best way to get around Venice. The maps are easy to read and everything is color coded and numbered, so it’s easy even for dumb tourists to navigate.

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

I loved taking pictures from our seat in the vaporetto, basically at sea level! After a couple stops we were off to Murano.

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

Murano was not only home to gorgeous blown glass, but I found the only cat of Venice there!

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

We stumbled upon a shop that had a blown glass demonstration. It’s tough to see but this dude turned a lump of hot glass into a horse! It was pretty impressive. We admired the glass creations in the shop and I bought a couple things for our moms before we got back on the vaporetto.

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

I had read about San Michele, the cemetery island of Venice, which was on the way back to the main islands. By now you know all about my creepy love of old cemeteries so the four of us decided to stop off and walk around San Michele for just a little bit. The grounds were gorgeous and so well kept. The rules strictly state no photography but I snapped just a couple shots. Hopefully the dead will forgive me.

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

Mr. BFT was surprised to find the grave stone of a person from his college town of Boston, born and died in the 1800s!

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

After San Michele we jumped back on the vaporetto and headed back to the main islands. Venice is comprised of two main islands and several smaller islands. The two main islands are separated by the famous Grand Canal. There were a few things we all wanted to cross off our list on this day: See the Rialto bridge, St. Mark’s Square, and go on a gondola ride. But first we needed lunch! We wandered around a bit and decided to stop at a small restaurant in one of the squares. By now it was late afternoon and I think we missed the lunch crowd, so we had a very quiet and enjoyable lunch of pizza and wine.

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

I think Tim took this picture just to freak me out when I was looking back through the images. It worked.

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

After eating, we were off in search of the Rialto bridge. It’s easy to get lost in Venice but that’s part of the fun … we really didn’t follow any maps, we just walked along the canals until we found something interesting.

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

The Rialto bridge is the oldest bridge in Venice and is one of four bridges spanning the Grand Canal. It’s a major tourist trap and was so crowded when we came across it in the afternoon! There are shops along the bridge but all we really wanted was to take our pictures and get out of there.

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

Of course, leave it to me to find the Venice Disney Store!

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

From here we made our way to St. Mark’s Square. The city has signs everywhere that tell you the direction to St. Mark’s Square with little arrows. It came in very handy! St. Mark’s Square (or Piazza San Marco, if you’re fancy) is named for the patron saint of Venice. I love the story of how this happened. BASICALLY in the 8th Century, some dudes STOLE the remains of St. Mark from Alexandria in Egypt and brought them to Venice because they thought having the relics of an apostle would make their city more powerful and popular, and it totally worked! One of the mosaic frescoes on the facade of St. Mark’s Basilica totally show them smuggling the body and hiding it under food and stuff. It’s a total trip.

St. Mark’s is another tourist trap and I wasn’t really interested in spending much time here. We didn’t tour any of the museums or the basilica, and we read all the restaurants here are overpriced. We basically just walked through and took photos.

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

Just outside St. Mark’s Square is the mouth of the Grand Canal, and a popular place to catch a gondola. It was nearing sunset and my goal was to go on a sunset gondola ride. IT WAS HAPPENING!!!

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

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Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

We were very happy to split the gondola (and costs) with Mark and Kent, although they kept insisting that maybe we should have a private ride for our honeymoon and all? But we were happy to share the experience with our new friends!

The gondola ride was completely amazing! It lasted about 30 minutes and our gondolier pointed out some sights and even sang a song for us. We asked to be taken off the main canal and down some quiet small canals and he did just that. I took a million photos! I just couldn’t stop!

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

After our gondola ride we wandered around a little more and realized we needed to get back to port pretty soon! We found the only Vaparetto operating was the one that made stops every couple of minutes! We had a very long Vaparetto ride through the Grand Canal but it made for some pretty picture ops.

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

Once we got off the Vaparetto we realized we were very close to our hotel where we were going to stay the next night, so we went to find it. The Hotel Canal and Walter!

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

Sadly we had to get back on the ship, which looked very pretty at night.

Revisiting Our Honeymoon - Venice, Italy {Day One} // Budget Fairy Tale

Even though we had another night in Venice, we were sad this was our last night on the ship. We had such a great cruise! We had to be up pretty early, even with our VIP status, so we just hung out in the room and sat on our balcony, soaking up Venice!

The next chapter will be our last full day in Europe. Boohoo!

Past Honeymoon Posts:
Chapter 1 – All Aboard the Norwegian Spirit!
Chapter 2 – Barcelona, Spain
Chapter 3 – Toulon and Bandol, France
Chapter 4 – Florence, Italy
Chapter 5 – Rome, Italy
Chapter 6 – Naples, Italy
Chapter 7 – Sea Day 1
Chapter 8 – Mykonos, Greece
Chapter 9 – Chef’s Table on the Norwegian Spirit
Chapter 10 – Istanbul, Turkey
Chapter 11 – Izmir and Ephesus, Turkey
Chapter 12 – Athens, Greece
Chapter 13 – Sea Day 2
Chapter 14 – Venice, Italy {The Arrival}

Focusing on the Magical Moments

Focusing on the Magical Moments // Budget Fairy Tale

PALETTE CLEANSER!

Last week ended on a kind of weird note, with talk of depression and rejection and stuff like that. Not that I’m ashamed of speaking my mind or I think those things aren’t normal and shouldn’t be discussed, but for the most part I like to keep this space light and fluffy.

Since the start of 2013, I’ve been keeping a gratitude journal. Every night before bed I write down five things I’m grateful for from the day. I started it as an exercise in learning to appreciate the little things in life a bit more because, as we saw on Friday, I can often get really down on myself. I actually intended to turn my gratitude lists into a recurring blog series, and just never got around to it. But today seemed like a good time to start. I’m not going to commit to a weekly or monthly series but I figure whenever I feel the need, I will share some magical moments.

Why am I sharing the items on my list? Because I want to show that sometimes the little things are the big things. Practicing this for over a year now has really helped improve my self esteem, my outlook on life, and even my sleeping habits. Writing before bed helps clear my mind, and thinking about good things before bed helps calm me down. Sometimes if I’m having a really bad day, it takes me a really long time to come up with five good things. Sometimes I have to really force myself to write because there are days where I just want to go straight to sleep. But I always complete it and I always feel much better afterwards. Sometimes my list is as simple as a roof over my head and a warm bed. And as you’ll see, a big portion of my list is food related, and that’s okay. I’ve come to accept that I really like food. Especially dessert.

I highly recommend keeping a gratitude journal, or if you ever find yourself in a bad spot mentally, just stop and quickly think of five things in your life you’ve got going for you.

I’d love to hear what’s on your gratitude list, if you don’t mind sharing. Leave me a comment and tell me about the magical moments in your life on this Monday.

☆ Inspiring words
☆ Patience
☆ Drink specials
☆ Perfect weather
☆ Stuffed green olives
☆ Bursts of productivity
☆ A comfortable sofa
☆ Gut instincts
☆ Cake
☆ Afternoon naps
☆ Random text messages
☆ Pressed sheets
☆ Long walks
☆ Happy emails
☆ First garden blooms of the season
☆ Vanilla macchiatos
☆ Date night
☆ Alternate routes
☆ Good shopping days
☆ Bottomless mimosas
☆ Sex and the City reruns
☆ Tiny baby feet
☆ Gooey grilled cheese sandwiches
☆ Teamwork
☆ Forgiveness
☆ The right place at the right time
☆ Organic ice cream

{Image from the Wayfair booth at Alt Summit 2014 and edited by me}

Sunday Seven – Alice In Wonderland, Castle Guest Book, Disneyland on Your TV, and More!

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The seven most interesting things on the internet last week:

Sunday Seven - Alice In Wonderland, Castle Guest Book, Disneyland on Your TV, and More!

1. Last week I was lucky enough to be an assistant on this Alice in Wonderland concept shoot with White Rabbit Photo Boutique! I had so much fun and I hope maybe someday I can assist on a Disneyland wedding? Ahhhhhhh!!!!!!!
2. This Fairy Tale Castle Guest Book from Michaels is perfect for your Disneyland wedding (or the vow renewal you’re planning in your head)!
3. If you have a Smart TV, you can now pull up the Disney Parks App and look at maps and photos of Disney parks from the comfort of your sofa. That’s pretty dope.
4. KGomez Designs made some printables based on my favorite “American Blogger” parody. “If there weren’t blogs, would there still be words?” Hashtag LOL
5. I am SO totally doing this (don’t tell Mr. BFT) … make a fairy garden in a birdbath.
6. Yep, these are totally Disney Princess gingerbread cookies from Sugar Swings.
7. And the bride and bridesmaids wore fairy wings. Gorgeousness from this New Jersey wedding on Offbeat Bride.


Have a great week!