Twilight Bark

Hello out there in the blogosphere! Is this going to be weekly blog? No. Is this going to be bi-weekly? No. To be honest, when I tried to do that before, this experiment felt far more stressful and chore-like than something enjoyable; and I don’t want to write unless I have something to say and time to say it.

The past couple of weeks I have worked my way through the 101 Dalmatian franchise from the 1961 original classic to the 1996 live-action version starring the ever glamorous Glenn Close. And let’s not forget that each one had a sequel…unfortunately. I’m all for franchising and continuing the adventure but…sometimes we should just leave well-enough alone – especially if quality suffers. However, being the Disney fanatic that I am, even the cringe worthy sequels have a special place in my heart.

It took my about two – three weeks to finish four films which left me contemplating time

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James Coleman

and balance quite a bit. I’ve been working really hard to get into a routine that works with my busy schedule while still allowing time to exercise and time to just be Alice. I think we work too hard at being busy and not hard enough at being relaxed and care-free. Which, when you think about it, is a complete juxtaposition. In my fight for complete relaxed, care-free time in my day I found that twilight has become my favorite time of day – that period of time when I can shift from work-mode to Alice-mode. I’ve made it my mission to savor that time and require it of myself regardless of how much work I still need to get done. In doing so I’ve found my energy is up at work and my daytime activities are far more productive. I’ve never been much for routine and hate doing the same thing every day, but truthfully, it has been the key that has unlocked the door to my happy place.

It was during my twilight time that I found the time to enjoy my Disney films before retiring to bed for the night. A couple of weeks ago when I thought I would watch the films all at once I made a candy-concoction I call “Kanine Krunchies” from 101 Dalmatians. I originally made this recipe in my original blog, but just like any reboot, I’ve also rebooted the recipe. The recipe I’m using for this blog is from Your Cup of Cake. I made a humanly edible version of Puppy Chow called Cookies and Cream Puppy Chow.

Ingredients

“Cream”:

  • 5 C. rice Chex cerealPuppy Chow Ingredients
  • 1 C. white chocolate chips
  • 8 Oreos finely crushed
  • 1/2 C. powdered sugar

“Cookies”:

  • 5 C. rice Chex cereal
  • 1 C. milk chocolate chips
  • 8 Oreos finely crushed
  • 1/2 C. powdered sugar
  • Extra chopped Oreos

 

Directions

“Cream”

  1. Measure out rice Chex cereal and place in a large bowl.
  2. Measure out powdered sugar and crushed Oreos and place in a large plastic bag or in a large Tupperware with a lid (You’ll need to shake the bag/Tupperware later).
  3. Melt white chocolate and stir until smooth.
  4. Pour melted chocolate over rice cereal and stir until coated.
  5. Transfer chocolate coated rice cereal into your plastic bag with sugar/cookies. Shake, shake, shake until coasted.
  6. Dump onto a cookie sheet to cool.

Puppy Chow Cream

“Cookies”

  1. Repeat steps 1-6 with the “Cookies” ingredients.
  2. Once cooled, mix the “Cookies” and “Cream” Puppy Chow together and fold in extra chopped Oreos.

Puppy Chow Cookies

Thank you Your Cup of Cake for creating one of my favorite chocolate flavor combinations for “Kanine Krunchies.”

Puppy Chow

 

Get a Horse

To kick off my reboot I chose a recipe, obviously Mickey Mouse-themed, to concoct. I asked for a Mickey Mouse cookie cutter for Christmas and found one in my stocking Christmas morning (thanks Santa!). With my new cookie cutter in hand, I wanted to find something I could make that would put it. I found Mickey Mouse pop tarts created originally by Liz on Call. In her recipe she added straws to make them lollipop-like, but I unfortunately couldn’t locate straws that would work for me. So, I made them without the straws and it still worked beautifully.

I’ve been watching a lot of Mickey Mouse cartoons lately, so I thought I’d begin my film adventure with the Mickey Mouse short “Get a Horse” that was re-imagined in 2014 – bringing Mickey and friends into the 21st century with 3D special effects. What I enjoy about this short is that although it brings a lot of what we love about technological advancements in film to the screen, it doesn’t shy away from what made the Mickey Mouse cartoons originally so fantastic: artistry. Creating a cartoon was about developing a 6-to-8-minute work of art to share with the world and “Get a Horse” captures the essence of that and what originally allowed Disney to win the hearts of millions.

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By Amid Amidi at Cartoonbrew.com

Wow that last paragraph sounded incredibly impersonal…That’s what I was trying to avoid right? I’m not trying to sell anyone on Disney.  You either like it or you don’t…not really my job to sell it to you. Do you ever feel like our lives have become about selling someone on an idea be it your actual job or just convincing your friends to try a new wine bar? When did we begin selling to each other rather than suggesting or even just stating, “this is my opinion?” Why do we need to sell each other on life? Shouldn’t we just appreciate or acknowledge an opinion and move on? Maybe that is why our society is so anxious all the time. We’re so nervous and care so much that someone won’t like our idea that we forget why we had the idea in the first place. This is starting to sound like a lot of word vomit and rambling so with that I say people, let’s “get a grip”, “get a life, “get a horse” …

Mickey Tarts

Ingredients:

  1. Betty Crocker pie crust mix
  2. 1/3 cup of water
  3. Smuckers Strawberry Preserves/Jam (¼-1 Tsp. per Mickey shape)
  4. ½ cup of powdered sugar
  5. ½ Tsp. of vanilla
  6. 2 Tsp. of milk

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Directions:

Pastry –

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Stir 1 pouch of Betty Crocker Pie Crust mix with 1/3 cup of water
  3. Roll the dough mixture out on a flat, lightly floured surface
  4. Using Mickey cookie cutter, cut bottom pieces and place on baking sheet
  5. Place a ¼ -1 tsp dollop of jam preserves in the center of each mickey depending on how big the shapes are.
  6. Spread the preserves out on the shape so that it reaches the ears.Mickey Mouse Pop Tarts 3
  7. Cut out the top Mickey pieces using the Mickey cutter and place them on top of the jammed shapes already on the sheet.
  8. Using a fork, press the edges of the shape together to give it the puckered look or a pop tart.Mickey Mouse Pop Tarts 2
  9. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
  10. Let cool before drizzling icing.

Icing –

  1. Combine, vanilla, powdered sugar, and milk into a small mixing bowl.
  2. Whisk together until smooth.
  3. Drizzle the icing over the top of cool pastry.

*You can add sprinkles to the top if desired. I added black, red, and yellow sprinkles to make them as “Mickey” as possible. Enjoy!

Mickey Mouse Pop Tarts 1

 

Starting with a Mouse

“Mickey Mouse to me is a symbol of Independence,” stated by Walter Elias Disney on how Mickey Mouse came to be. Mickey continued to be a symbol for many people for many reasons, but for me, he symbolizes much of what he symbolized for Disney, “…a means to an end.”

I began writing almost a year ago as a way of getting over a break up, but my writing began feeling impersonal, generic, and just a catalyst to post about a new recipe I tried. The Disney Movie Project began, very quickly, to become a chore rather than something that gave me peace and sanctuary from the noise of my life. The noise became so loud that the project became a stress inducer to the already heavy bag of rocks it feels like I carry on my back at all times.

Several things happened between now and my last post- things that made my project and the purpose of my project feel irrelevant. I’ll spare the details, as they aren’t nearly as important as my reason for writing again. In an era of reboots and revivals, I am taking the leap to reboot the Disney Movie Project, but with a very different goal in mind. This time, rather than racing the ever expanding and unfinished list of Disney entertainment against an hour glass of “Days to Complete…”, I will take my time and savor every film, every recipe, and every creative opportunity that may inspire me within this project. I’m still not certain what the result of this project is supposed to be, but I do know that it brings me joy; and I think if I can find joy in the littlest things like a mouse, then maybe I can find joy in all aspects of my life. I was not put on this earth to punch a clock, pay my bills, and die. I was put on this earth to love my life and all of the joys and stresses that come with it. Hopefully, as I find joy in this silly endeavor, the noise will start to quiet, or, at the very least, become a gentle hum in the background as I embrace the reality of what it should mean to live.

Since Walt began with a mouse, so will I. I decided to start over with Mickey Mouse. I’ve now watched all of the cartoons I could get my hands on spanning from 1928-last Friday’s new release. What I discovered about these cartoons is that they never try to be something that they’re not. They don’t mark time for the characters, they don’t try to be “edgy” to appeal to a wider audience range, and they don’t apologize for what has been put on the screen. I’m not so naïve as to gloss over the blatant politically incorrect portrayals in the cartoons of Hollywood’s initial Golden Age; and I’m certain as a reader, you have over a million activist opinions running through your mind about Disney and Mickey Mouse. I’m also certain that you and I share almost – if not all of the same opinions. We are probably standing on the same or relatively similar soap boxes. However, I’m tucking my soap box away for now as that is not what this post is about. This post is about breathing new life into something that I shelved for many months, and remembering that if Walt Disney can create something so life changing for himself with the tiniest of creatures, then so can I. I am by no means building a business empire, but if we want to get metaphorical, I guess I’m building an internal empire – finding joy in the smallest unlikely places. Here we go.

Yours Truly,

Alice Lea