Menu Monday: My Top 5 Tailgate Faves

Hello Everyone,

Sorry for the radio silence last week, V has  been traveling a ton for his new job, so I spent extra time with him while he was in town last week, and didn’t spend too much time in front of the screen.

This Saturday is the first OSU home game of the season, and we are so excited! Below I’ve linked a few of my favorite tailgate recipes, now that football season has arrived!


-Candy Jean

Civil War Football Game at Reser Stadium

Top Five Tailgate Recipes to Try

  1. Tortilla Roll-Ups by FootballMom on Allrecipes
  2. Fresh Peach and Avocado Salsa by Cooking and Beer
  3. Healthier Chili by Mess for Less
  4. Baked Mexican Bean Dip by a & o on the go
  5. Walking Tacos by Kelli Biller @ The Good Weekly



Menu Monday: Peach Sun Tea

Sun tea is an easy summer beverage that I love to make. Something about the slow steeping of the tea makes it much tastier than any other tea on the planet. So, on a nice sunny day I set out my sun tea jar (you can use mason jars or find a sun tea jar at a local thrift store) and enjoy. Note: some believe there are some health risks for bacteria in Sun Tea, while I have never had problems with it, you can learn more here. This is also delicious with one of my favorite forms of alcohol Sweet Carolina Sweet Tea Vodka.


  • 6 or so tea bags (I use a mixture of breakfast tea and peach tea)
  • 2 peaches
  • Waterpeach1


  1. Thinly slice your peaches into wedges and place in the bottom of your pitcher.peach1
  2. Top with tea bags.peach4
  3. Fill container with water.
  4. Place in the sun for 4-6 hours. (depending on your sunlight this could take less time–I’m looking at you, the South.)peach3
  5. Enjoy!peaches


Disneyland Attraction Tips: Mickey’s Toontown

Mickey’s Toontown has very few rides, but is still heavy on attractions, as every building is essentially a playground for guests. While walking through toontown, don’t be afraid to press buttons, turn knobs, and play!

Mickey’s Toontown

  1. Donald’s Boat-Donald’s boat is a fun boat themed play area, complete with a captains quarters,  This is also great because there is a shady area for adults to sit and let the kiddos blow off some energy.
  2. Gadget’s Go Coaster– As you approach Gadget’s Go Coaster, you shrink to chipmunk size and enjoy Gadget’s wild creation. This is a fun little coaster that is  great for kids, but is pretty fun for adults too! enjoy the individuality of each of the cars on the coaster, build with Popsicle sticks, pencils, acorns, and bottle caps (remember, you are chipmunk sized now!). This is also one of few coasters at Disney parks that is completely outdoors.

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  3. Goofy’s Playhouse– Goofy’s playhouse is very similar to the style of Minnie and Mickey’s house, it’s a walk through with playground aspects for kids to enjoy. It used to be a giant bounce house, but now has an outdoor play area in Goofy’s garden and fun things to explore in Goofy’s house.
  4. Mickey’s House-This entire attraction is essentially an elaborate que to meet Mickey!  That being said, it is VERY cool, as with most Disney attractions, the attention to detail is immaculate with everything from the books on the shelves to Pluto’s bed perfectly themed to the Mickey Mouse way. At the end of the walk through (with plenty of things to climb on, play on, and observe), you get to meet Mickey in his film studio where he is filming one of three movies. If you ask the cast member what is being filmed, and are willing to wait, you can sometimes choose which set you’d like to meet Mickey on. On busy days you can meet classic Mickey, Steamboat Mickey, and Fantasia Mickey (though only one per walk through).2014-07-10 07.09.16

    At Mickey's House!

    At Mickey’s House!

  5. Minnie’s House–  Minnie’s House is a true gem. Often times, Minnie will have a meet and greet on the front porch, and then you can explore her house. This is a magical place for young children. You can do your Makeup at Minnie’s vanity, have tea and disappearing cookies in the kitchen, and play throughout her whole house. It’s a great little play space.2014-07-10 15.37.46
  6. Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin– Honestly, this ride has been one of my favorites since opening day. I got to ride this on the first day it was open and it was marvelous. this is a classic dark ride themed to “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” with a “spin” being that the driver of each car gets to “spin” the car around by it’s steering wheel. This ride can be a little fretful for young guests, and relies heavily on black lights.
  7. Chip ‘n Dale Treehouse– This is similar to the other walk-through houses, but like Goofy, Minnie, and Mickey’s houses it is very well themed and is a fun treehouse for kids to explore. It is a little small for big grown ups (My 6’4″ boyfriend couldn’t fit at all). This is right next to Gadget’s Go Coaster and has some similar decor and features.

For more attraction info view my posts on Attraction Basics for Disneyland Beginners; Tomorrowland; Adventureland & Main Street USA; ToonTown; New Orleans Square,  Frontierland, & Critter Country; and Fantasyland. For other Disneyland posts press the “Disney” Category in the sidebar.  (Adding a new area each week!)

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Four Amazing Years!

Today Vaughn and I are celebrating four wonderful years together. While he is traveling for work and we don’t get to go out on a fancy date,  I am so thrilled that I have been able to share the last four years of my life with this perfect man, building a home and a family together. Here’s to many more!

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Menu Monday: Easy Peasy Banana Bread

We have been out of the house a lot this summer. That makes it hard for us to get through our fruit and veggies. Fortunately, bananas can be frozen if they are overripe and used for banana bread. Delicious, delicious banana bread. I use an easy recipe to make banana bread, and have been known to add goodies such as Nutella or peanut butter from time to time.


  • 2-3 bananas, peeled and mashed
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips7614 954


  1. Pre-Heat Oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix all ingredients together except flour and beat well.7614 955
  3. Sift in flour.7614 957
  4. Pour batter into a greased loaf pan.
  5. Bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick poked into the middle comes out clean.7614 958
  6. NOM NOM NOM.7614 959


Disneyland Attraction Tips: Fantasyland

Fantasyland contains many of the original attractions still left in the park, and many attractions themed to original Disney animated features. All of these attractions are family friendly and are a lot of fun. I recommend hitting Fantasyland first thing in the morning or late at night as these do not have Fastpass and are swamped with young children during the day.


  1. Alice in Wonderland– The Alice in Wonderland Ride is a “Classic Dark Ride”, that tells the story of Alice in Wonderland. It has very unique lighting effects and you get to ride in a Caterpillar, which is always fun! The Caterpillar cars are very tight though, so this may be one to avoid for bigger park guests.
  2. Casey Jr.  Circus Train – This is a super fun attraction! You board up at the platform into the train cars (pick from cars themed to all the different circus animals, and take a trip through Fantasyland. This can be a tight squeeze for taller guests, but is an easy ride that is a favorite of young toddlers and other children, and the whole family can ride together in one car, which is nice!
  3. Dumbo the Flying Elephant – Dumbo is a tremendously fun ride for kids and adults alike, and is fairly simple and slow, which makes it very relaxing. Each elephant can hold two riders, and you use a handle to control your “up and down” motion, while the ride sends you in a circle. If you are paying attention you can get some great views of the park.
  4. “it’s a small world”– This ride has some mixed reviews, but I think it’s a must ride, at least once. I recommend riding this when you want to get off your feet as this is a long attraction, about 15 minutes long. The attention to detail and artistry in this ride is amazing, and kids are mesmerized by it. If for no other reason then to see original designs by Mary Blair, do not miss this attraction. It is also fun to try to guess which country you are viewing and to  get into a nice, cool, air conditioned boat ride on a hot day. It is truly of massive scale on the inside.2014-07-10 07.07.27
  5. King Arthur Carrousel-This attraction is a very beautiful, but standard carrousel. I often skip it because we have carrousels at home and I don’t want to wait in line for it, but I also don’t have children and apparently kids love the crap out of carrousels. To each their own.2014-07-10 15.37.36
  6. Mad Tea Party – Pile into a teacup and hang on for dear life. In all honesty, you can ride this ride 3 ways. 1. You get in the cup with a couple of people, and just sit and enjoy as it spins around. The ride is beautifully decorated and it’s fun to people watch. 2. You leisurely spin the cup and laugh and enjoy yourself. 3. get in with the strongest people you know and spin until you are nauseous. I choose 3. 2014-07-10 07.07.32
  7. Matterhorn Bobsleds– This ride is a classic and is totally worth waiting in line for. It’s a little bumpy of a coaster, but is so fun. Themed like a ride up a Swiss mountain, you quickly discover that your racing bobsled is being hunted by a scary yeti who is lurking in the shadows! Mostly a thrill ride with a possibility of getting sprinkled by nearby waterfalls, this ride is a blast. Old fans of this ride should know they updated the ride cars so you can no longer ride double in the seats, they have 4 individual seats in each car now.
  8. Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride-Technically this ride is a children’s ride…but…yeah. It has some adult themes. Mr. Toad is a rich philandering toad who goes drinking and driving (the “wild ride” is your ride in his swerving car), crashes, dies, and goes to hell. It’s a super fun ride, don’t get me wrong, but if you have a child who is easily scared of…the devil…you may want to sit this one out. Conversely, my grown up boyfriend found this ride hilarious.2014-07-10 15.35.29
  9. Peter Pan’s Flight-This ride may be my favorite dark ride. It is very traditional as a dark ride as it merely tells the story of the film “Peter Pan” and features the characters. However, your ride vehicle is a two-three seater version of Hook’s flying pirate ship and you get to fly over dioramas of London and Neverland, surrounded by stars. One of the classic Disneyland attractions, this is very beautiful. Hold on to your stuff though, I lost my iphone on this ride in 2010. If you see it grab it for me (just kidding stay in your ride vehicles).2014-07-10 15.39.59
  10. Pinocchio’s Daring Journey– Another classic dark ride this tells the story of Pinocchio, but in such a cool way! The animatronics and transitions from scene to scene are really very good, and I have always loved the part at the end where the blue fairy appears!
  11. Sleeping Beauty Castle Walk Through-While this is not a ride it is a very cool new attraction that allows you to walk through the castle and view amazing Mary Blair style dioramas that are so beautiful and interesting. It’s usually pretty empty because people don’t know it’s there (it reopened in 2008 after being closed since 2001), and it’s right in the gateway to Fantasyland. For more info on this great attraction listen to Moustalgia Episode 64 with the imagineer behind the project, Chris Merritt.2014-07-10 15.35.38
  12. Snow White’s Scary Adventures-This is one of the original Disneyland attractions and tells the story of Snow White, which can definitely be a little spooky. Full of animatronics of all the classic film characters, it’s truly a creative attractions. Keep an eye on the window in front of the entrance  too, for a truly scary sight!
  13. Storybook Land Canal Boats– This is a fun attraction for park guests of all ages and families. Essentially, you board the canal boats and get to ride through a river surrounding miniature villages of all your favorite Disney movies, from Agrabah to London Park see each little landscape come to life. I love that you can fit the whole family in one boat!

For more attraction info view my posts on Attraction Basics for Disneyland Beginners; Tomorrowland; Adventureland & Main Street USA; ToonTown; New Orleans Square,  Frontierland, & Critter Country; and Fantasyland. For other Disneyland posts press the “Disney” Category in the sidebar.  (Adding a new area each week!)

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