Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Are You a Disney Toiletries Hoarder?

If you're reading this you probably are. You most likely go to Disney destinations knowing that you'll need extra suitcase space to bring home all the mini shampoos and lotions you'll collect. You know your daily routine will include stashing out of site all unopened toiletries so that mousekeeping will fully replenish the array of little bottles. H2O has been the brand used by Disney for quite some time, and being a top shelf product is worthy of a suitcase overload.

Disney Cruise Line has larger sizes in the staterooms than you'll find in hotel rooms. If you manage to get your steward to bring extra, you can come home with quite a haul.

Styles you'll find in your room change regularly. Product variety also changes, with a surprise item popping up now again, like Solar Relief Gel and Foot Rub. Following are some..shall we call them collections instead of hoard fodder..of the items I've brought home from various Disney vacations.

Disney Cruise Line

Disneyland Hotel

Grand Californian

Disney Resort Generic ~ Castle Design

Disney Resort Generic ~ Tinkerbell Design

Disney Resort Generic ~ Mickey Head Topper

Disney Resort Generic Soaps

Now that you have all these goodies home, what do you do with them? Shove them in a basket in true hoarder fashion? Here's a few tips on how to actually utilize these little goodies.

* Use them! There's no easier way to flashback to your vacation time, than to use your Disney soap or shampoo. Throw that tiny lotion in your purse for a Disney fix on the go.

* Donate them to a women's shelter...they'll be appreciated.

* Do you participate in a 'shoebox' Christmas project for organizations like Operation Christmas Child? Tweens and teens would love these little pampering gifts.

* Sell them. What?! Yes, these gems pop up on selling sites to enable those who don't travel to Disney enough to maintain a hoard.

Have you ever fallen in love with a product enough to actually BUY some of what you get for free?I've purchased full size H2O products with no regrets. To show I'm not a Disney snob, I've also found another product from a non-Disney (gasp) hotel that I've hunted down and purchased full sized versions of...Baroness Cali's Tarocco products.








Saturday, May 9, 2015

Disney World Polynesian Resort Kona Cafe Tonga Toast ~ My Take

This hugely popular breakfast item from the Kona Café is essentially a banana stuffed French toast. Of course, anything eaten at Disney takes better, but you can easily duplicate this hearty and not too sweet dish at home.

1 loaf sourdough bread, uncut, 12 inches long
2 large bananas
Oil for frying
3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon

4 large eggs
1 1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon sugar
Mix 3/4 cup sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon in a shallow bowl that is large enough to roll toast. Set aside.

Whip eggs until well beaten, then add milk, cinnamon and sugar. Mix well and set aside.

Slice the bread into four three-inch thick slices ( I couldn't find a rectangle loaf, so made a round loaf work). Peel bananas and cut in half crosswise, then cut each piece lengthwise. Place a bread slice on the counter and carefully cut a pocket inside each slice, removing a bit of the bread so half a banana will fit. Stuff half a banana into each bread slice.
Dip stuffed bread into batter, covering both sides and allowing excess batter to drip off.
Carefully place slice in hot oil. Recipe calls for deep fat frying, but I used a deep chicken frying type fry pan, and only enough oil to come halfway up bread slice. Cook 4-5 minutes per side. Drain on paper toweling then roll in sugar cinnamon mixture until well coated. Repeat for each piece of toast.

This was delicious served with sausage patties that had a bit of a bite for contrast.