Thanksgiving Cake: “What If Today We Were Just Grateful For Everything.”

Due to Family obligations
Today we are having a Dress Rehearsal of sorts.

So, the good news is, I’ll be preparing a dish I would otherwise not have the opportunity to concoct. But before I continue with the pièce de résistance let me first give some thanks.

I am Thankful for being an American, for living in a country full of diversity and people who are willing to fight tooth and nail for those Freedoms.

I am Thankful for Artists, Painters, Writers, Directors, Actors, All of the people who give their time to creating things for other people.

I am Thankful for my Aunts, Uncles and for each and every one of my cousins, even if we don’t see eye to eye anymore or hang out on a daily basis with one another, I’m grateful for their presence in my life. They’ve helped shape me into the person I am today.

I am Thankful for my Friends for appreciating my talents and inspiring me to be my best.

I am Thankful for having in-laws who aren’t cliché and awful but truly wonderful, thoughtful people. Who give a lot to the people they love.

I am Thankful for my Grandmother who gives her all for her family.

I am Thankful for Annie and Gracie and all of the animals in this world ❤

I am Thankful that I found my true soul mate in Stan, some one who truly understand what makes me tick. I’m forever grateful that we found one another.

and most of all,

I am Thankful for my Parents.
There are too many reasons for being thankful but most importantly,
I am grateful for them teaching me the importance of being a decent human being.

So, last year I recreated a classic “Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” this year its a Thanksgiving Cake. It all started  with Facebook. A friend posted this video clip of this incredible cake inspired meal.

I know some people may find this completely disgusting.
But the challenge of it is just too hard for me to pass
especially now that I have a Grand excuse for doing it,
and enough people to actually eat my concoctions.

Here’s What You’ll Need:
Cornbread Mix
Sweet Potatoes
Cornish Hen
Jellied Cranberries

And here’s how you construct it:

  1. Make all your ingredients.
    • Make the Cornbread Mix into cake pieces (Make sure to not make the pieces too thick.)
    • Turn Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes into Mash Potatoes and Mashed Sweet Potatoes.
    • Make Stuffing.
  2. After all of your ingredients are ready, Dollop some mashed potatoes into the middle of the plate.
  3. Place one piece of Cornbread onto the plate and cover it with Stuffing.
  4. Place the second piece of Cornbread on top of the Stuffing. Cover that with Mashed Sweet Potatoes.
  5. Place the third piece of Cornbread on top of the Mashed Sweet Potatoes.
  6. Ice entire cake with Mashed Potatoes.
  7. Add a drip layer of Gravy around the circumference of the top layer.
  8. Add some frills of Mash Potatoes to the cake.
  9. Add Jellied Cranberries.
  10. Add Dowels to support cake and piece of Cardboard.
  11. Place Cooked Cornish Hen to the top of the cake.
  12. Top with Parsley.

And there you go.

Click Here for the Finished Product!

I dedicate this meal to my Grandfathers, Nana and Aunt.
I wish they could enjoy this with us.

Thank you for Reading,
I am truly Thankful for each and every one of you!

Happy Thanksgiving!


M : Merida “I am Merida, firstborn descendant of Clan Dunbroch. And I’LL be shooting FOR MY OWN HAND!”

Happy Friday!
What better way to kick off the weekend then by spending some time with that free spirited lass,
 Merida, firstborn descendant of Clan Dunbroch made her screen debut in the 2012 film, BRAVE. Originally, entitled, The Bear and The Bow, Brave is not only our first Pixar Disney character of the month, but the first female protagonist in a Pixar film. She’s also the first teenager to be a protagonist in a Pixar movie. Including Frozen and The Little Mermaid, Merida is one of the only Princesses to have siblings, and the only one to have brothers.
In the official Princess lineup, Merida is the second redhead. She has over 1,500 strands of hair which makes up her curly tresses. A special computer application was developed to help in making this possible. A team consisting of 14 animators was assigned just to deal with Meridas and her horse, Angus’ many strands of hair.
f50e487f049ac8e13bee65554ac15510Speaking of Angus, the filmmakers thought it was important to show that Merida took care of her own horse. That she feeds him, cleans him and even mucks out stable. They wanted to push the notion of what a Princess is and how Princesses should act. She’s the third Princess to use a weapon. Mulan being the first and well, you can’t help but include Rapunzel.
merida-and-angus-brave-families-legend-trailer-disney-females-30628798-697-292Merida is the first and so far, only Disney Princess not to end up with a Prince. But apparently, the filmmakers were planning to make Merida and Young MacGuffin the canon  couple, however, they decided to keep her single in the end. They felt the story should be centered solely around the love between a mother and daughter. I for one am very happy on two counts. One that they centered the story on Merida and her mother. And Two, that if Merida was to be with any of those three lads, Young MacGuffin was my favorite 🙂
Take a good look at this opening image from Brave. Can you see Merida in the B and her mother, Elinor in the E?
Thank you for reading.
I hope you have a Great weekend!
Today, I made a special treat.
Brave inspired cookies!
Check out my batch on Instagram.

Scroll Down for the Recipe from the Disney Diner.

Cookie Dough Ingredients:
1 stick of butter, softened to room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Cookie Dough Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer.
  3. Add in baking powder and flour. Mix well.
  4. Next, add in the egg and vanilla.
  5. Mix on medium-high until sides of bowl are clean and dough begins to form a ball.
  6. Remove dough and knead by hand. (My dough was pretty sticky, so use plenty of flour)
  7. Form into a ball and place in plastic wrap. Cover and set in fridge to chill 30 minutes.
  8.  Remove chilled dough and place on flour-dusted surface.
  9. Roll out to 1/8-inch thickness. Use a shot glass or round cookie cutter, cut into 1 1/2-inch diameter circles. You should have 18 circles. (The shot glass was such a huge help)
  10. Place them on a parchment-lined cookie sheet 1 inch apart.
  11. Bake in preheated oven for 8 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove from oven and let cool on cooling racks.

Icing Ingredients:

1 cup confectioner’s (powdered) sugar
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1-2 tablespoons hot water

Icing Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients into a small bowl and mix well with a spoon, adding hot water as needed until you have a thin, gravy-like consistency.


Other Ingredients Needed:

raspberry preserves
maraschino cherries, roughly chopped into quarters

Assembly Directions:
  1. Take one of the cooled cookies and place bottom up on a plate.
  2. Spread about a tablespoon of the raspberry preserves with a knife.
  3. Set a second cookie on top and gently press down, creating a sandwich.
  4. Spoon a dollop of icing on top and spread with the back of the spoon.
  5. Finish off with a bit of chopped cherry.

These are just scrumptious with a nice spot of tea.

Dole Whip :”Enjoy the Refreshments of a Tropical Paradise!”

Stan and I are celebrating our One Year Anniversary today. Long story short, things were too hectic on the day of our actual anniversary, so tonight I’m surprising Stan with a Hawaiian inspired feast. In honor of our incredible honeymoon in Hawaii. And what better way to celebrate the anniversary of our week in Disney’s Aulani then creating one of Disney’s signature and more popular treats:
Now for those of you who have not had the opportunity to enjoy this magical pineapple delight, make sure you put it on your Disney To-Do List right away. My dad and I make a bee-line for to Adventureland every trip to Magic Kingdom and I have always pined for it once I get back home. Whenever I try to search for it, the only pineapple ice cream has coconut in it. (and I’m not a huge fan of coconut…i know.)
Fortunate for us, I found the perfect recipe from PopSugar!


2 (20-ounce) cans Dole crushed pineapple
2 tablespoons pineapple juice (From the Can of Pineapple)
2 tablespoons lemon juice, fresh (1 Lemon)
2 tablespoons lime juice, fresh (1 Lime)
1/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream, whipped


  1. Drain pineapple, reserving 2 tablespoons of the liquid.
  2. Into a blender, place pineapple, reserved pineapple juice, lemon juice, lime juice, and sugar, and blend until smooth. (Important that you make sure it’s smooth)
  3. Pour the mixture into two 1-quart freezer bags and store bags flat in the freezer for 1 1/2 hours or until the mixture is a slushy consistency.
  4. In a large bowl, gently fold the pineapple slush into the whipped cream until incorporated. Cover bowl and return to the freezer for at least an hour or until the mixture is frozen.

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For an Entrée, I made Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs 
and Hawaiian Rice (I added miniature shrimp)

For Dessert, in addition to the Dole Whip, I made Hawaiian Wedding Cake.

mahalo a nui loa
for reading!
I hope you enjoy

“Don’t tell me you don’t remember ‘Hi Dad’ soup?” : A Goofy Movie

In 1995, the one and only
Goofy went from TV Fame to Full Length went on an epic road trip with his son Maximillian “Max”. The two having grown apart a little through teenage angst and High School, will go on an adventure of healing and self discovery.
agoofym1At one point, the two stumble down memory lane while sharing a can of ABC soup
or as Goofy recalls,

I’ve been itching to cook this for awhile, but as you might guess, I’ve been waiting for the opportunity to cook a bowl for my Dad. Unfortunately, he has not been feeling well lately, so I decided to whip up a pot to make him feel better.

  • 1 cup Onion, chopped
  • 1 cup Carrot, finely chopped
  • 4 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 4 cups Turkey Broth
  • 3 cups Water
  • 1 cup White Beans (from a can) rinsed
  • 1 (398 ml) can Tomatoes, cut up
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian herb seasoning or 1 teaspoon dried Oregano
  • 1teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 cup dry Alphabet Pasta


  1. Combine first five ingredients; boil.
  2. Add next four ingredients; boil; reduce heat, cover and simmer stirring occasionally for about 20 minutes.
  3. Stir in alphabet pasta.
  4. Boil then reduce hear; cover and simmer 8 minutes until pasta is tender but firm.Yield: 6 1 1/2 cup servings.

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Vote for the Person you Feel is the Right Choice.

Thank you as always for Reading.
Have a Wonderful Week!


“The only reason she baby sits is to have a place for…” : Dinner and a Movie : Halloween Edition

On October 30th, the official night of Mischief, Stan, Annie and I hosted a Dinner and a Movie.
Complete with make shift costumes.
WfM Mischief Night 2015The original 1978 Halloween is a classic tale of one psycho, two babysitters and a whole lot of murder.
It’s the film that ushered in a new era of Horror aka the Slasher Movie.
And Michael Myers also blazed the path for
Jason, Freddy, Lead Cenobite aka Pinhead and Chucky.
(Honorable Mention: Leather Face since he came onto the scene four years before Halloween.)

A special nod goes to Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960), partly because many people believe this film to be the first slasher film, but mostly because John Carpenter had a lot of respect for Psycho and slipped little nods into Halloween, such as naming Dr. Samuel Loomis after Sam Loomis.
And of course:
Mother and Daughter horrorFor this dinner, I didn’t stick straight to all of the from scratch recipes.
I made some minor adjustments.
20151030_132510First on the menu was Parmesan Pepper Popcorn in honor of Annie Brackett; Laurie’s not so nice friend, who makes popcorn for little Lindsay Wallace while The Shape is spying. When it was our turn to make popcorn, we ran into a tiny problem. I have a ton of microwavable popcorn but unfortunately I had forgotten we have no microwave. But, I did some quick googling and you can indeed pop microwavable popcorn in a pan with just oil.
After the popping, add Grated Parmesan Cheese, Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper.
Halloween PopcornNext we have Poutine, or what we used to call “Disco Fries” back home aka French Fries covered in Gravy. The Poutine is in honor of the Canadian born, William Shatner, whose mask was recreated to make the iconic Michael Myers Mask. For our fries, I had the extremely difficult task of baking a bag of Frozen French Fries and heating up a can of Beef Gravy…I know…and then topping it off with Mozzarella Cheese.
Halloween French FriesNext on the menu, we had our main course, the perfect dish for babysitters, Pizza Margherita. We used Tomato Sauce, Tomatoes, two types of Mozzarella Cheese and a ready-made Pizza Crust, which I highly recommend for novice pizza makers, like myself.
Halloween PizzaWe paired all courses with canned beer, (“preferably the American and cheap kind, which High Schoolers would totally score.”) The comics are in honor of Tommy Doyle, the boy Laurie is babysitting.
20151103_122818Throughout all the food and flicks we enjoyed a little good ol’ fashioned pumpkin carving.
Halloween PumpkinsAnd finally, we ended the night with Whoopie Pies, in honor of all the young couples using their last moments on earth to make…uh, whoopie. Instead of the Pumpkin flavored ones that were suggested, I went with this recipe.
Halloween Woopie PiesIt’s a little messy,
but totally worth it!

 Bonus Bites

On October 31st, we co-hosted a party at Manny’s House.
20151031_175625Here are some of the goodies I created:
Rice Krispie Treat with Orange MarshmallowsHalloween Pumpkin Rice KrispieCaramel Apple Jell-O Shots (that tasted much better than they look!)
I added more vodka than the recipe asked for, so it took a little longer to chill.
Halloween Caramel Apple Jell-O shotsand
the crowd pleaser
a delicious punch recipe my Aunt gave me.20151031_173821Thank you for reading
and I hope you all had a very
Happy Halloween!HALLOWEEN [US 1978] TONY MORAN as Michael Myers Date: 1978

“Now we can watch Jackie Gleason while we eat!” : BACK TO THE FUTURE EDITION

October 21, 2015
I have been looking forward to this day for a very long time.
Back to the Future was my family movie growing up. Since my parents introduced the trilogy to me when I was a baby, I can’t remember the first time I ever experienced the joy of watching it.
Also, because we used to watch it so much that the dialogue was fused into my brain and made
Marty McFly aka Michael J. Fox my first crush.

The film also taught me how to deliver my first curse word, back when I was five, I remember being scolded by my Grandmother, after she walked in on me recreating Doc’s “Damn-Damn” scene with the soundtrack blaring.

Back to the Future has remained my favorite film and you can imagine my delight when I learned that my density shared that love of BTTF.
BTTF DAY Part IIn fact, this picture is the very first text I ever sent to Stan ❤
(long story)
IMG326My love of Back to the Future, may be a bit too intense, I went as far as to propose the idea of actually getting married on October 21st, 2015…didn’t get a lot of support 😛
But BTTF was the name of our Head Table.
BacktotheFuture Bookmark Collage

So, without further ado, here is my Back to the Future : October 21, 2015 : Blog Post
dedicated entirely to that 1985 classic, starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd.
Back_to_the_Future (1)And what better way to celebrate then
with Dinner and not just a movie but 3 Movies!
(No Dinner and a Movie in 1885)

For tonight’s dinner, I focused on meals from the first film.

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Here are the ingredients I found at the Commissary, Fry’s and stuff my mom sent 🙂

November 5th – 12th, 1955
I Googled, 1950’s meatloaf recipe and it brought me to this:

This was a very easy and enjoyable recipe to put together.
Stan said he really liked it but I think next time, I’ll put it into the oven longer than an hour and 15 minutes.

Well, Marty, I hope you like meatloaf.

For dessert, I took the easy way and bought cake mix and already made frosting. Next time, I would definitely suggest buying extra frosting, I’d forgotten how unforgiving frosting a chocolate cake was.
WfM Uncle Jailbird joey cake

Also, I’m probably going to start practicing my icing skills.

I tried to make special t-shirts for the occasion…I bought a new kind of paint, which was unwise, but I do like how they came and I think I might add an Einstein cartoon 🙂
t-shirt art

: Now for the Main Event :

Part I : Dinner


Part II : Movies

This was first time I snuck in something other than water to the theaters…shhh…but I just thought it was appropriate to have some Peanut Brittle and Tab. I also decided to dress for the movie and I was not alone 🙂
I’m so happy that we got to see Back to the Future love from so many fellow fans.
Triple Feature

The theater also played funny previews and commercials playing in between the first and second film.
One for Calvin Klein, Hoverboards and this gem:

And we got all this for just $5!

 Oh, and my Mom, Dad, Grandma and Gracie also got into the spirit of the day.
[ note my dad’s shoes 🙂 ]
WfM BTTF DAY Mom and Dad edition

And now, if you’ll excuse me I need to get our late night supper-snack on the table.
thank you for reading
wherever you are, remember.


Maybe on Friday, we’ll hydrate a pizza.

– -PPS- –
Fun Food Fact: You know how E.T. had Reese’s Pieces?
Remember this scene in BTTF?

“A marketer hoped to get a prominent placement for California Raisins somewhere in the film. He suggested putting a bowl of raisins on a table at the Enchantment Under the Sea Dance. He had also told the California Raisins board that this would do for raisins what E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) did for Reese’s Pieces. Bob Gale informed him that a bowl of raisins would photograph like a bowl of dirt. The only thing that appears in the film is Marty jumping over Red, sleeping on a bench that is advertising California Raisins. Unhappy with their product placement, the California Raisins representatives complained to the producers, and had their five thousand dollars refunded.” imdb

— -PPPS- —
this was too weird not to share, have you ever seen the one on the right?

okay, I’ll stop gushing now 😀

Apple Brown Betty

Peggy Hill’s Apple Brown Betty

There’s not much to say about King of the Hill other than it’s just plain awesome.
If you haven’t seen this American classic, then please sign my petition to get it back on Netflix, but while we wait, tune into Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, Monday thru Friday from 8-9pm.

Peggy Hill is known for her special takes on recipes, such as her “Spapeggy and Meatballs” which requires just the right amount of sugar and grated parmigiana of cheese. But perhaps her most famous recipe is her secret Platter Family recipe for Apple Brown Betty. Thanks to Minh Souphanousinphone for adding the finishing ingredient.

After searching the web, I finally found the perfect recipe

Here are the ingredients I found in the commissary:


1 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 cup sugar
3 cups 1/4-inch bread cubes
2 Tbsp melted butter
Grated rind of 1 lemon
2 pounds large apples
2 to 4 Tbsp cold water (optional)
1 tsp orange juice

  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Combine the nutmeg and the sugar and set aside 2 tablespoons.
  3. Cut bread into cubes and bake for 10 minutes at 375F
    WfM Bread Crumbs BB
  4. Grate Lemon
  5. Put the bread cubes in a bowl and toss with the rest of the sugar mixture, melted butter, lemon rind and orange juice.
  6. Peel, core, and slice the apples into wedges.
  7. Line the bottom of a heavy 1 1/2-quart casserole with about 1 cup of the bread cubes.
  8. Layer half of the apples over the bread and top with 1/2 cup of the bread cubes.
  9. Layer the rest of the apples in the casserole and cover with the rest of the bread cubes and evenly sprinkle the reserved 2 Tbsp of sugar over the top.
  10. Place lid on casserole or cover tightly with foil.
  11. Bake in the center of the preheated oven for 40 minutes.
  12. Take the lid off the Betty, and bake for 10 to 15 minutes longer, or until apples are tender and the topping is brown.

Thank you for reading

WfM ABB enjoy

Broccoli Pizza

Pizza Friday Special – Broccoli Pizza

{Minor Spoiler}

As you know, we finally got to see Inside Out last weekend and of course, I recommend it. If you enjoy Disney/Pixar movies or just a great story, then Inside Out is for you. But be warned: If you’re going through an emotional time or if it’s your time of the month, it’s going to be an emotional roller coaster. After we got home, I researched the movie a bit more and apparently Pixar’s newest masterpiece has inspired a plethora of cooking options.

There’s one recipe, however, that is straight from the film and I’ve been thinking about ever since.
Take a look:

And to make it easier, I found this recipe on Catching up with Kate:

Here are the ingredients I found in the commissary:


Store-bought pizza dough (Again being lazy)
½ Can of Diced Tomatoes
1 Bag of Broccoli Florets
½ Garlic Clove, smashed and minced
½ Garlic Clove, thinly sliced
2 oz (4 tbsp) of Marinara Sauce
Flour (not pictured and they didn’t have Semolina)
¼ Lemon for Zest and Juice
Grated Mozzarella Cheese
Chili Powder (not pictured)
Parmesan Reggiano
Sea Salt (for taste)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (to taste)

*Note it doesn’t look like the picture


  1. Drain a ½ can of diced tomatoes, rinse it and mash it up with a knife.
  2. Season with sea salt and olive oil to taste.
  3. Add ½ garlic clove, smashed and minced.
    IMAG0250Slow-Cooked Broccoli
  4. Heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil in a large sauté pan.
  5. Add garlic slices and cook until fragrant (about 20 seconds.)
  6. Add broccoli, a little chili powder, and enough olive oil to coat.
    WfM garlic broccoli
  7. Turn heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally until broccoli is cooked, but still has texture.
  8. Fold in lemon zest and season to taste with lemon juice and salt.
    WfM Lemon ZestIMAG0263Assembling Pizza
  9. Heat oven to 425˚F
  10. Arrange store-bought pizza dough on the pizza plate with generous dusting of flour.
    1. Or have your husband arrange dough.
      IMAG0264{a lot of my stuff is still at my parents house, note the wine bottle roller and disposable pie plate}
  11. Spread about 4 tablespoons of marinara over dough.
  12. Sprinkle grated mozzarella cheese over the top to taste, then finish with broccoli combination.
    WfM broccheese
  13. Add tomato combination to the top with fork.
  14. Place in the oven on pizza plate.
    WfM IMAG0269
  15. Bake until the dough is cooked to your liking and the cheese is melted (I followed the directions on the store-bought pizza dough and added a few minutes to that.)
  16. Grate Parmesan reggiano cheese over the pizza.

Thank you for reading

Marshmallow Mermaid Pie

Have you ever seen the 2007 film, Waitress written and directed by the late, great Adrienne Shelly?

If you haven’t seen it, you really should. It’s a beautiful film starring Kerri Russel as Jenna, a gifted pie creator trapped in a loveless/abusive marriage. Her only outlet is her waitress job at Joe’s Pie Café. (Joe is played by the amazing Andy Griffith, in one of his best roles since The Andy Griffith Show.) Jenna is squirreling money away to leave her depressive home life, when she finds out she’s pregnant. During her first trip to her Doctor, she brings along one of her specialty pies, Marshmallow Mermaid Pie and this is where the story really begins…

Please, do me a favor and watch it before you die. It’s such a beautiful and touching film.

Anyway, there are a lot of great recipes in Waitress and I really want to try each one of them. I’ve decided to start with one of the more visually stimulating ones.

Marshmallow Mermaid Pie!

The only problem with Waitress is that there’s no recipe to follow to make a pie. Luckily, I found what I needed to find from Dime Store Chic:

I skipped the cherries and sprinkles in order to make it look more to the movie version of the pie.

Here are the ingredients I found in the commissary:
1 already made graham cracker pie crust (I’m being lazy)
1/2 Cup of sweetened, flaked coconut
4 Tablespoons of butter, room temperature
1 Cup of rainbow marshmallows (plus more for topping)
1/2 Cup whole milk
1 1/2 Cups heavy cream
2 Tablespoons of sweetened chocolate chips

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Stir coconut and butter together in a bowl.
  3. Press combination to bottom of graham cracker pie.
  4. Bake 5-10 minutes and cool on wire rack.
  5. Heat marshmallows and milk in 3-qt. saucepan over low heat until smooth, stirring constantly.
    WfM mixing milk and Marsh
  6. Remove saucepan from heat. Cool completely (30 minutes.)
  7. In large bowl beat cream until stiff peaks form (I did this by hand, a mixer would be faster.)
    WfM Beaten Cream MMP
  8. Fold marshmallow mixture into whipped cream with grated chocolate.
    WfM mixing the chips
  9. Spoon filling into cooled crust and refrigerate pie for at least 3 hours.
    WfM Ingredients and chilleD
  10. Once chilled, top with cool whip. (Optional)
  11. Top with mini rainbow marshmallows.IMG_2782
  12. enjoy!
  13. IMG_2784thank you for reading
    please let me know if you try this!