Friday, December 18, 2015

Florentine Cookies ~ Walt Disney World ~ Epcot ~ Biergarten

Here's a quick and festive cookie, made easy with a refrigerated cookie base. Mine stayed 'floppy' for a long time, so I'd think if you started with a cold dough (I'd left mine out so it was super soft), it might work a bit better. This is very tasty and does set up, even if it takes longer than the recipe calls for.

1 16.5 ounce refrigerated sugar cookie dough
1 cup raspberry jam
1/2 cup sliced almonds ( I toasted mine)
1/2 tablespoon granulated sugar.
Preheat oven to 350. Cut a sheet of parchment paper to fit inside a regular sheet pan. Place the parchment rectangle on the counter, and place cookie dough on the parchment paper.
Roll out cookie dough to cover most of the rectangle, leaving a 1/2-inch border of paper. The dough should be approximately 1/8-inch thick.
Carefully transfer dough on parchment to the sheet pan.
Spoon jam onto dough, and use the back of a spoon to spread it evenly over dough.
Evenly sprinkle with almonds and sugar.
Bake for 15-18 minutes.
Transfer sheet pan to a wire rack and cool completely, at least 1 hour,
When cool, slide baked dough off of sheet pan. Cut into rectangles with a pizza cutter or knife. Store cookies in an airtight container, separating layers with pieces of parchment paper to prevent them from sticking together.


Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Disney Cruise Line Muster Drill ~ Five Things To Know

You've done it! You've finally arrived at the port for your Disney Cruise! Go through all the details at the port to board and don't forget to get your very first Navigator. The Navigator is Disney's version of your daily newspaper and your guide to all things happening on the ship. If this is not given to you before boarding head over to the Guest Services desk to pick one up. No need to stand in line, as the Navigators should be in a rack easily accessible. You will be directed to a place to eat and before you know it your stateroom is ready. Now all you need to do is head to the Adventures Away party with a fruity drink in hand, right? Wrong! Before the cruise is officially underway, the Muster Drill will take place.
Here's what you need to know.

1. This is Mandatory.'s MANDATORY! Don't embarrass yourself and your family and not show up, or irritate your fellow passengers and be late.

2. Be aware of what you need to do BEFORE mustering. You can't NOT know what to do. As you enter your stateroom Muster instructions will be playing on your television, so don't turn it off, and instructions are also in that Navigator you picked up.

3. Know where to go. Your muster station letter is on your room key in the corner and is also on the back of your door. Hallways have directional signs on how to get you there, and the muster deck has the areas clearly marked.
4. Life Jackets are on the top shelf of the closet in your stateroom and more are in closets and stored in benches on deck. You do not need to bring this to the drill, but do take time to familiarize yourself with them and ensure you have enough for your family and that they will fit.
5. You know when it's going to happen, right? You've watched TV and read your Navigator. You don't need to wait until the alarm is sounded ( is LOUD) so a few minutes before, beat the crowd and make your way to your appointed station.

Once you are there you'll be lined up and checked in. You'll see how to put on the life jacket and where the whistle is and learn that the light comes on if you hit the water :::gulp:::. You will see your special Disney colored lifeboat above you (did you know that Disney had to get special permission for this classic Mickey yellow to be painted on the boats?).
The drill is short and painless. Now that it's over, go get that fruity drink and prepare to sail away.