Kill Refurb Marry Blog Hop: The Muppets


Kill Refurb MarryI’ve been a fan of Estelle’s ( and Melissa’s (  blogs for a while, especially their most excellent Kill Refurb Marry series. Tonight the topic is The Muppets so I figured I’d jump in with my picks.

Kill: Miss Piggy

Miss PiggyNo Muppet annoys me more than this obnoxious blonde diva. She doesn’t even come close to deserving Kermit. Sorry Piggy, you’re dead.

Refurb: Rowlf

RowlfRowlf is looking a bit matted at the Muppets Most Wanted premier. Someone needs to fluff his fur a bit.

Marry: Gonzo

GonzoAh Gonzo, the original Hipster Muppet. I still remember how I listened to Gonzo sing “I’m going to go back there someday” on 8 track over and over again when I moved all the way across the country halfway through seventh grade. Sweet, creative, downtrodden yet ever the optimist, Gonzo is the …vulture? for me. What the hell IS Gonzo?


Sunday Reflection: Disney Decorations of Christmas Past

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La Befana Epcot Italy Holiday

La Befana, the Christmas witch

Animal Kingdom Lodge Christmas Tree

Animal Kingdom Lodge Christmas Tree

Holidays in Mearn in German Pavilion Epcot

Sledding in Mearn

Twinings holiday display

Shopping at Twinings


Mary Blair Gingerbread at Contemporary Resort

Mary Blair Gingerbread at Contemporary Resort

Neil Patrick Harris at Candlelight Processional

Neil Patrick Harris at Candlelight Processional

Julenissen at Norway in Epcot

Julenissen at Norway in Epcot

Gingerbread House at Grand Floridian

Gingerbread House at Grand Floridian

Holidays at Epcot Japan - Duruma Doll

Holidays at Epcot Japan – Duruma Doll

Wilderness Lodge Christmas Tree

Wilderness Lodge Christmas Tree

Father Christmas, UK Epcot

Father Christmas, UK Epcot

Grand Floridian Christmas Tree

Grand Floridian Christmas Tree

Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2013: Poland

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Ah, Polish food. Comforting, filling, stick-to-your-ribs goodness. Not necessarily what you might be looking to eat on an 87 degree day in Florida when you’re already full from eating your way halfway around World Showcase, but OK, I’m ready to try.

Poland Booth Epcot Food and Wine Fest 2013

Love the font!

So you may have read in my earlier post that I am not a fan of the Kielbasa & Potato Pierogi with Caramelized Onions & Sour Cream at the booth. I try every year, and every year I’m disappointed. Enter Mr. MouseChow, who is always up for gluey dumplings and sausage. He liked it. I’m really starting to question his taste, but at least I got a pic without having to eat it again.

Kielbasa and Pierogi at Poland booth Epcot Food and Wine Fest

Looks exactly the same as past years’

This freed me up to try the Zapiekanki (Toasted Mushroom, Caramelized Onion & Cheese Bread with House-made Ketchup).

Zapiekanki from Poland Epcot Food and Wine 2013


I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but I would eat it again. The mushrooms, onions, cheese, and ketchup were really tasty. However I thought the bread was a little too thick and chewy. I would prefer a higher topping to bread ratio, but overall, a nice snack. And bonus points for being vegetarian, since there are so few savory veg options at Food & Wine.

But the highlight of this booth was definitely the Frozen Szarlotka (Apple Pie) featuring Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka.

Frozen Szartlotka Poland booth Epcot Food and Wine 2013

Like frozen applesauce

This is a really yummy and different cocktail. It tastes like a good applesauce with notes of cinnamon, but with a serious vodka kick. Plus it’s frozen, a refreshing contrast to the heavier cold-weather fare at the Poland booth.

Other drink offerings are the Okacim O.K. Beer from Okacim Brewery, and Temptation Zinfandel.

Next stop: Italy!



Recipe Cards from The Hollywood Brown Derby at Disney Hollywood Studios

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Today my family and I are having a lazy Sunday – watching TV, arguing with Disney folks on Twitter, drinking coffee, and generally just hanging around. I thought I might bake something, so pulled out my file of beloved recipe clippings that I return to time and time again.

As I was flipping through my file, I came across two recipe cards that I haven’t used in quite a while, and thought you might enjoy.

I picked these up at our first time eating at the Hollywood Brown Derby in 2006, in what was then Disney-MGM Studios.

Hollywood Brown Derby Recipe Cards

So cute!

We were talking with our server about how much we loved the Cobb Salad and Grapefruit cake, so she ran off and brought back these awesome recipe cards. If you know me, you know that my house is a bit of a mess. But somehow, I’ve managed to hang on to these gems through 7 years and a house move.

I’ve made the grapefruit cake several times with excellent results. Here’s the recipe card. It says right on it that it may not be reproduced without express permission…I hope that doesn’t include this picture.

Brown Derby Grapefruit Cake Recipe

Best. Cake. Ever.

And here’s the recipe for the famous Cobb Salad. I’ll admit that I haven’t been able to adequately reproduce this one at home. It’s more about the technique than the recipe, and my knife skills and patience are just not up to the task. I’m also not sure exactly what “1 each Bead Garlic, chopped” means. Maybe a clove?

Cobb Salad Recipe Brown Derby

Best. Salad. Ever.


So there you go. I was going to make bread pudding today, but now I’m thinking grapefruit cake…mmmmm.

So I’ll leave you with images of these awesome dishes as prepared by the Hollywood Brown Derby.

Grapefruit Cake

Grapefruit Cake—Brown Derby Original! Light Layers of Yellow Cake with fresh Grapefruit-Cream Cheese Icing

Famous Cobb Salad

“Our Famous Cobb Salad” with Finely Chopped Greens, Turkey Breast, Bacon, Egg, Tomatoes, Crumbled Blue Cheese, Avocado, Chives, and Cobb Dressing