Friday, January 18, 2019

Disney Hollywood Studios: Prime Time Cafe

For lunch while we were at Disney's Hollywood Studios, we ate at The Prime Time Cafe'!
I just love this place.  The decor is for the most part true vintage pieces, not those ridiculous retro jukeboxes and poodle skirts hanging on the wall, like most places have. Just look at the top shelf on the right... a West Bend Bean Pot!

I wore one of my all time favorite vintage dresses so I could take some snazzy pictures next to the stove in the lobby!

One of the other fun things about eating at the Prime Time Cafe is the waiter/waitress interaction.  The premise is they are part of your family and treat you as such.  It's fun to improv with them.  We had Uncle Lou taking care of us.  I told him all proudly that I had washed my hands, and he says "What do you want a gold star for doing something you're suppose to?!"  Of course he then turned it on the boys and started grilling them about their hand sanitizing.  He gave us all nick names too.  Above you see Scooter and Sparky...I was Princess.

I liked all of the different floor tile patterns, especially these, so I snapped a pic to file in my mind's rolodex for future inspiration.

So let me tell you a little bit more about this dress.  I bought it about 19 years ago at an amazing vintage store in Tampa (Ybor City) FL called La France.  19 years ago I paid 55 bucks for it, so you can imagine what they would charge for it now.  It was new old stock and came with the belt, which I decided to not wear due to my having eaten a few too many Christmas cookies the week before.  I have not been not able to fit into this dress for the past 10 years and honestly thought I never would again.  Even after Kon-Maring my vintage clothes I still decided to keep it because it sparks some serious joy for me.  During the summer I started doing a DIY weight watchers diet and am stoked to say I have lost 15 pounds, meaning I can now wear several of my vintage pieces again!  Yay!

 The best park (other than Disneyland) to dress vintage is Hollywood Studios since it has a vintage vibe to it already.  When we were going through security check before entering the park in the morning the guard told me I looked very dapper, which is really like getting a gold star to me!

Here is our previous reservation:
2013 Prime Time Cafe

And another amazing restaurant also at Hollywood Studios that is like a Drive-In Theater at night and your table is a car!:
2014 Sci-Fi Cafe

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Disney Hollywood Studios: Toy Story Land

On our recent trip to Disney World, I was looking forward the most to getting to see the new Toy Story Land!  The premise is we humans are also toys so everything is scaled up in size. The cast members say to "keep all of your pieces to your play set together", as in your family together.

We love love love the Toy Story Movies!  The stories are great and of course I love them because they feature classic toys, which I collect.

I was so giddy when I saw this Fisher-Price Camper!
(See my epic Fisher Price score for the real deal)
If you look off to the bottom right you can see a bit of Andy's shoe print on the ground.

The snack area for Toy Story Land is a large metal lunchbox with a thermos.  All around are over-sized animal crackers, cheese, toothpicks, what-nots, and doo-dads.  There's a large popcorn and cranberry garland up on the top as part of the holiday decor.
(If the area to the right of the thermos looks funny it's because I edited out some slob wearing gym clothes...out in public!!! and at Disney World!!!  arrgghh!)

The main new attraction is the Slinky Dog Dash roller coaster.

Fun little features in the queue.

Slinky dog is just too cute!  We couldn't get a fast pass for this ride so we made a bolt to it at rope drop.  We only had to wait about 20 minutes luckily, but after that the stand-by time was 185 minutes for the rest of the day, which we ain't doing!  It was super fun though!

This is the path leading out of the Toy Story Mania attraction (did get a fast pass for that).  I love that barrel of monkeys!

A bit more down the path is this balsa airplane with little green army men.

The restroom area is adorable too!

One side has a giant container of tinker toys and the other side is a large vintage styled Cootie game box, along with having Cooties all over the place.  I couldn't get a good picture of the cootie box, it was too peopley on that side.

Other features in the Toy Story Land are character meetings with Woody, Jessie, and Buzz.   A set of real little green army men performed on the street path. There are tons of little references and Toy Story cleverness all over the place, like a Al's Toy Barn price sticker on part of the Slinky Dog Dash.
There is also another attraction that features the aliens from Pizza Planet kinda like the swirling Mad Hatter teacups ride at Magic Kingdom.  Fun, fun, fun!!!

Monday, January 14, 2019

Disney Hollywood Studios

We just got back from a trip to Disney World!  There were still Christmas decorations which helped to extend the holiday festivities and merriment!

Check out all of these super cute larger than life vintage replica ceramic cuties!

Here is an image I found that the above girls were based after:

I've never gotten into collecting these kinda Christmas dust gathers, mostly because I never come across any in the "wild".  I also don't care much for the little girls...but Santa, snowmen, reindeer, pixies, and other critters are welcome to take a load off at my place!

And speaking of critters!  Squee!
 These poodles were my favorite!

We also swung by the Grauman's Chinese Theater to see
Pee-wee's imprints.

Here's a few past Pee-wee posts:
It's Pee-wee's Birthday!
It's a Pee-wee Partypalooza!
Large Marge Sent me!

And also had to get my picture with Dick Van Dyke's!!!

More DVD for your viewing pleasure!
Dick Van Dyke Birthday me!
Dick Van Dyke's 90th Birthday

and Mary Poppins!
Our Chimney Sweeps Costumes 2015
Lets Go Fly Kite!
Mary Poppins Board Game

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Happy New Year Lil' Stinkers!

I put together this funny little gift for my grandfather for Christmas.  He's a cantankerous lovable old grouch who happens to get skunks given to him because of his personality.  At a thrift I came across this vintage ceramic little skunk sitting on a toilet saying "You little stinker, you never had it so soft" and knew I had to give it to Pa-Pa for a gift...loaded with tootsie rolls in the bowl!

Here's hoping 2019 will be "soft"!

I'll be back around this 'house' in a week or so.
 Gotta pack up the Christmas Thrift-er-land strode all over the joint!

Friday, December 28, 2018

Christmas is a wrap

Just a quick Christmas wrap up post.  The hardest part for me about Christmas is the gift buying/making.  So, so many factors play into this:  I am not good at gift selecting, all of the adults have waaay too much junk as it is,  we don't want any more random stuff ourselves, I don't like shopping in 'new stuff' stores, and I don't like spending gobs of money. 
What I usually do every year as one of the gifts is to give home baked goods because they don't take up any space except around the waistline.
This year I did it a little different and I think it was better on my holiday mental state of being.  It really is one of those moments when you smack yourself on your forehead and say, "geez, why have I not done this before?"  Usually with the baked gift I put it in one of those aluminum pans with the paper topper, like for take out.  I use these because I can cover the paper lid in cute wrapping paper and then when the treats are gone, the container can be recycled, leaving the recipient with nothing to take up extra space.  I happened to stumble on a blog or something through clickety clinking around that was about upcycling and using stuff from thrift stores as gifts.  Ohhhh! That's a fun idea!  It seems so obvious that it's what I should have been doing this whole time.  We pretty much buy everything used in our house, but our families don't, so I have been shying away from it.  I decided to start by seeking out interesting containers for the treats for each person's interest at thrift stores. I had about 6 different ones I needed to find.  I was pretty happy to find neat and interesting ones for everyone on our list.  A couple of cute vintage Christmas ones for friends, a hand painted Japanese bamboo tray for my mother -in-law that lived in Japan, a ceramic golf ball shaped vase for my stepfather, a plastic chip and dip tray with lighthouses for my grandmother, a simple uncluttered no frills (her decorating style) glass centerpiece bowl for my sister-in-law, and best of all, a vintage aluminum colander for my mom.  I used my amazing June's Miracle Cleaning Cloth to polish everything up to a high shine, looking brand new!  I then packed up the treats in the containers and wrapped them in some clear cellophane with white snow flakes (bought an entire roll from a thrift for 25 cents) and curling ribbon.  They looked fantastic and everyone loved them.  This made Christmas shopping not so stressful and aggravating for me and I enjoyed hunting for the perfect vessel in places I like to shop.  I think I am going to venture more into gift giving for next season through this way.  I have a whole year to search for stuff!

Another new thing that we did this year was put up our cardboard fireplace on Christmas eve so we had someplace fitting to hang our stockings (we don't have a fireplace).  I don't have room for it to be up with the holiday decor for the entire month so it's nice to be able to have it up even if it's for one night.

Our Christmas went pretty well this year, with minimal whining and complaining "Well, this might be my last Christmas" from family, so for that we are truly grateful! 
I hope everyone else had that same 'peace on earth'!

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Cranberry Tree Salad

For dessert on Christmas day I used another tree shaped pan to make this 1958 recipe called Cranberry Tree Salad.

{Better Homes and Gardens December 1958}
Oh my goodness!  That cute little holly elf in the corner!!!!

(Click on recipe to enlarge)

I trimmed down the calories and sugar in the salad by using sugar free jello, 4 packs of artificial sweetener, and only 1/3 cup of sugar. I also used low fat cream cheese and crushed pineapple in it's own juice.  It turned out tasting really good and light.  We have too many cookies, treats, cake and sugary loaves hanging around this place so this is a nice guiltless option!

Now, of course, I had to figure out how to construct me a cutie pie little holly leafed styrofoam noggin elf to accompany my dish!  The magazine did not give instructions of how to put one together.  I bought a 'bouquet' of holly leaves and the styrofoam ball at a thrift (again, part of the big bag o' christmas stuff I got for 5 bucks).  I carefully cut the holly berries apart and painted a couple with black nail polish.  I trimmed the leaves from the plastic wire stalks.  I carved a scrap piece of foam into a cone shape for the body.  You could buy a styrofoam cone but I was just using the debris I have around the house.  I cut some of the wire stalks to make arms, legs, and a neck, then jabbed them into the body.  I then hot glued all of the leaves over the armature and head.  Lastly I glued his eyes and nose in place.  I still need to spritz him with some 'snow' (white spray paint), add his holly buttons, and make him a permanent support base. 
I could see making a little army of these to decorate a christmas buffet table or stash them here and there all over the house!

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Cini-Sausage Breakfast Bundles

For Christmas Day I made good use of a couple of Christmas tree shaped baking pans I picked up at a thrift store.  The first was by making this breakfast dish.  It is the other recipe I submitted for the Pillsbury Bake-Off last year, which I called 'Cini-Sausage Breakfast Bundles with Apple Dunking Sauce'.

As I mentioned before, one of the things that I found trying (for me and my creative food experimenting ways) was all the exact timing and micro precise ingredient measurements when I submitted my entry.  While I did submit the required OCD steps to the contest, I am not going to do it here.  It's not hard and I don't see the point of making it complicated.  It could be turned into a convoluted advance math problem by precisely calculating out how to have the exact measured dough bits for the exact number of cut pieces of links but I think we all have more important things to hot gluing something to something.   Also some packages of links have more or less than others which can add to the issue.  So here is the simple version of my recipe:

Cini-Sausage Breakfast Bundles
Precooked turkey sausage links
a tube of cinnamon rolls
Set oven to preheat for the temperature indicted on the rolls.  Cut links into thirds.  Unroll cinnamon rolls one at a time and give them a gentle stretch for extra length.  Wrap small amounts of cinnamon roll around each piece of cut sausage.  Repeat til all materials are used up.  Place bundles in a greased pan close to each other.  Bake.  Drizzle top of bundles with the included icing. Serve with applesauce for dunking.

I like to make my own applesauce but that would have made my recipe submission too many ingredients and steps for moderns.  Also, I don't use Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls, I use the store brand because guess what!!!  The Pillsbury ones aren't rolls, even though they say they are on the package...they are BUNS.  The dough does not unroll which is the primary characteristic of a ROLL.  Duh.

I usually make these up the night before, place pan in the fridge, and then just pop them in the oven in the morning. 
I like to use different shaped pans also.  The first time I made them I used a round cake pan and arranged them like a wreath, placing the bowl of apple sauce in the middle.  At Halloween I used the skull pan, a heart pan for Valentine's Day, or serve them on skewers for National Something on a Stick Day (every March 28)!

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Duck and Cover!

(fam photo edited by PB!)

Hope your holiday is fallout free!

Enjoy this perfect yule tide carol by Weird Al
"Christmas at Ground Zero"!

If the radiation level's ok,
 I'll go out with you and see all the new mutations on New Years Day!

Monday, December 24, 2018

Merry Christmas from Ground Zero!

This year for Christmas I went with an Atomic Town-Fallout Shelter theme.
The idea came to me after acquiring a big box of putz houses at an estate sale last year.  They had been stored in a hot humid attic for decades and were in bad shape...atomic blasted looking to me.
I set them up as a crack house hood last year but all the while I really had plans for this.

I displayed a few of the most blasted dwellings and pieces under the tree, complete with fire crackling looking lights and a big mushroom cloud in the center.  The box of houses also came with some crumbling bottle brush trees which would look horrible if I was going for a high rent district, but they completely work for being radiation infused!

For our main Christmas tree I went with aluminum which works best for the space age theme.
Here are a few of the handmade ornaments I put together: 
Mushroom clouds
(made from scraps of cardboard for the base and stem, white plastic bag and cotton for the cloud, and hot glue holds it all together.)

Canned foods,
such as this Fallout Safety pack of powdered skim milk.

Made from Easter eggs, spray paint, paper, and hot glue.

Blasted and singed glass ornaments.
This one doesn't look very smokey, but I spritzed all of the ball ornaments with black spray paint.

Various prints of civil defense propaganda.

Another view

Bert the Turtle as the angel on the top of the tree! 
I should have made him some wings and a crown but time had run out.

The whole tree and village.

I also made a few blasted mutant mannequins (dollar tree Blarbies) similar to what they did during atomic testing in the 1950s but they were just too big to put on the tree and really too big to place around the town (Attack of the 50 feet women!) So I came up with placing them together in a tall glass vase with a few aluminum tree branches as a table center piece.  
 Don't forget to duck and cover this Christmas!

Fallout Shelter Entry Wreath

Here is the front door wreath done up atomic style!

Fallout Shelter handbook images, mini cans of multi-purpose food, and pom poms of fallout debris scattered around!

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Snowman Switchy

Do ugly utilitarian items bother you?  Like boring switch plate covers?  It was really dragging down my Christmas decor on one wall so I put together a quick cute fix!  



I bought the cover at a thrift for 25¢.  I cut out a switch plate sized piece of  some cute retro snowman wrapping paper I picked up last year at TJ maxx. (Side note: It's a great place to find vintage looking wrapping paper!  Just got some this season with cute Santas all over it.)  I then mod podged the paper to the cover along with giving it a protective layer on top from greasy dirty fingers.  Let dry over night and then switch out the dull boring cover for a fancy festive one!
 I did another cover as well so my room will be all matchy-matchy and it will be pretty easy to switch these out for the season every year.
I'll have to find some neat vintage looking Halloween paper to make a set for the best holiday of all!