Trader Sam’s Coffee – 3 Things I Love! Coffee, Disney and Dog Rescue

Trader Sams Coffee Company

I’m a simple person. I have very few passions after my family. Coffee, which I can’t live without and I drink from the time I wake up until the time I go to bed. Disney – everything Disney – from the history, the parks, the movies, and the memories my family has made. Dog Rescue – I love dogs! I love to make sure dogs are taken care of. I foster rescued dogs in my home. I always have 2 or 3 dogs of my own at any given time. I treat my dogs better than some people treat other people. You can’t imagine how excited I was when these three things came together for me!

I’m sure many of you Disney fans and coffee lovers saw a really cool contest going around on the web earlier this year to help name a new blend. Trader Sam’s Coffee Company, which offers Disney-inspired coffee blends, held a contest to help them select the name for their Haunted Mansion-themed coffee. The blend was known during the contest as the “Bride’s Brew,” but the flavor and final name – was chosen by a fan just in time for Valentine’s Day. The winner received three bags of the new coffee, an art print of the coffee label signed by #HauntedMansion star and #VoiceOver artist Kat Cressida and artist Gavin Otteson, and two VIP ticket (1-day park hoppers) to Disneyland! And . . . the outcome of the contest was – Happily Never After! A New Orleans Praline blend. This stuff is addicting!

Along with the Happily Never After blend, Trader Sam’s has a full line of Disney inspired blends:

With label artwork created by guest artists and a tale of adventure on the back, each bag can be considered a collectible. Each roast is carefully selected to compliment the theme or story of the bag. All their coffees are made from selectively sourced arabica beans from farms in Africa, Central and South America. Select roasts come direct from a single estate farm for a truly perfect cup, and the blends are are certified Gluten Free (flavored coffees as well) and Kosher!

I have a coffee routine each day. I start my morning with a full pot of coffee and the Main Street U.S.A. Columbian is now a favorite. I can sit with my Mickey mug full and fondly remember some of the my family’s favorite Disney memories!

During the day I switch over to a K-Cup machine with a reusable K-Cup full of my favorite flavor because I like to switch things up during the day depending on my mood! I usually add milk and one sweetener to my morning coffee but Trader Sam’s flavors are rich, without being over-bearing, so adding lots of things just isn’t necessary. I have two favorites – Happily Never After (a New Orleans Praline flavor) and Skipper’s Brew Jungle Banana Pie. Let me tell you the best way to enjoy both of these – a big squirt of whipped cream!

The whipped cream melts slowly and adds just a little bit of sweet to both flavors that are great alone – but even better this way. And . . . for an extra special evening treat, I also love using both these flavors (as well as the Matterhorn Bobsledder’s Brew that has a touch of chocolate) for an iced coffee! Add in a shot or two of Kahlua and WOW!

So, now that we have covered Disney and coffee, where do the dogs come in? I’m glad you asked! From the company’s roots starting as Smiling Dog Coffee to their Trader Sam’s flagship line, the company strives to provide the freshest and most unique coffees you can buy. The company was founded to help provide funding relief to dog rescues across the country, and the Smiling Dog Coffee line has helped raise thousands of dollars to support missions to rescue, heal and re-home thousands of dogs.

The company also has co-branded lines of coffees to help our veterans and other charitable organizations.

 

I can’t thank my friend Kat enough for introducing me to this great line of coffee!

Disclaimer: Trader Sam’s Coffee line is in no way authorized by, endorsed, or affiliated with The Walt Disney Company, Inc. All references to such trademarked properties are used in accordance with the Fair Use Doctrine and are not meant to imply that this product is a Disney product for advertising or other commercial purposes. All coffees, products and artwork are just inspired by the parks and resorts. Any art featuring the likenesses of Disney characters, attractions, property, or logos are property of the Walt Disney Company, and its associated business units.

I was provided with coffee by Trader Sam’s Coffee Company. All opinions are my own.




Food Truck Festival Coming to Myrtle Beach on April 1

Food Truck Festival Myrtle BeachOfficials with the Myrtle Beach Downtown Redevelopment Corporation and the City of Myrtle Beach have announced a food truck festival that will be coming this April.

I have to admit, I love a meal from a food truck! For some reason a good food truck offers something that tastes so much better. Most food trucks have a theme or offer one specialty, so getting the chance to move from truck to truck during this festival is a food truck lovers heaven!

In a recent news release, officials said they were excited to bring a festival aimed to “tempt everyone’s taste buds” to the area.

“Food trucks are the latest culinary craze and growing in popularity, so add that to the beautiful backdrop of our Boardwalk, and we feel this is a recipe for success that everyone downtown can benefit from,” said Lauren Clever with the Myrtle Beach Downtown Redevelopment Corporation.

Officials said the event will also feature live entertainment, beer and wine, kid’s activities, and vendors ranging from arts and crafts to businesses and non-profits. Non-mobile restaurant vendors will also be on site.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 1 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. It will take place on the Burroughs and Chapin Pavilion Place between 8th and 9th Avenues North in the Oceanfront Boardwalk District of Myrtle Beach.

The event will be free to attend.

In October, the Myrtle Beach Seafood Festival will return for a second year and will be 2 days this year. The second day will include a car show, live music entertainment and kid friendly activities. This festival will also be free to attend.




5 Top Sweets at Epcot

Originally published on Destinations in Florida Travel Blog by Veronica on August 17, 2016

Top Sweets Epcot

To select just five of the best sweet treats in Epcot is no easy feat.  It took me days – literally, days, to get my list from over 40 treats down to five. And I’m still heartbroken that I can’t add them all.

These may not be on your top sweet treat list – but these definitely should be on your “I gotta’ try these the next time I’m in Disney” list.

1. Fresh Berry Cream Puff: You can get this sweet, light and fluffy treat from Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe in the Norway Pavilion.  Personally, I can spend quite a bit of time in this bakery. Everything looks, smells and tastes delicious!! You can’t go wrong!

Top Sweets Epcot

2. Salted Caramel Filled Chocolate Cookie: It likes a salted caramel brownie…. just divine!  Try it at Karamell Kuche in the Germany Pavilion

3. Mini-Churros with Caramel Sauce: Warm, sugary, cinnamony delights with warm caramel sauce… Need I say more?  Find these nuggets of happiness at La Cantina de San Angel in the Mexico Pavilion.

4. Strawberries and Cream Macaroon : A simply delicious strawberry macaroon with the perfect amount of vanilla and strawberry ice cream in the middle.  Just enough sweetness, but not too much. Found at L’Artisan Des Glaces in the France Pavilion. 

Unfortunately, I can’t end the list with “Every sweet treat you can find in Epcot” so, I will end it with my personal favorite of all time…

Top Sweets Epcot

5. Funnel Cake with Ice Cream: Funnel cake is my all-time favorite.  But when I found out I could have my funnel cake and ice cream too…. even better! 

What is your favorite sweet treat at Epcot? 




Pete’s Dragon Opens Today! Check Out These Activity Sheets and Dragon Cupcakes

Pete's Dragon Activity Sheets Dragon Cupcakes

The most magical movie of the year, PETE’S DRAGON is finally opening in theaters everywhere TODAY! August 12th! This is one of the best family movies of the year and equally perfect for kids and adults alike!

 

Check out these Pete’s Dragon Activity Sheets and Dragon Cupcakes!

“Bryce Dallas How-To” with Bryce Dallas Howard – Dragon Cupcakes!

Pete's Dragon Activity Sheets Dragon Cupcakes

 

 

“Bryce Dallas How-To” with Bryce Dallas Howard – Dragon Cat Costume!

 

Like PETE’S DRAGON on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DisneyPetesDragon

Follow PETE’S DRAGON on Twitter: https://twitter.com/disneypetes

Follow PETE’S DRAGON on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/disneypetesdragon/  

Visit Disney Animation on Tumblr: http://disneyanimation.tumblr.com/

Visit the official PETE’S DRAGON website here: http://movies.disney.com/petes-dragon-2016

And don’t forget your Disneybound outfit when you hit the theaters this weekend!

Petes Dragon Activity Sheets Dragon Cupcakes




Foodie Friday: Frose’ (Frozen Rose’)

Frose Frozen Rose
Photo Credit: Alex Lau

Choose a full-flavored, full-bodied, dark-colored rosé for freezing. It will lose some of its color and will be somewhat diluted after freezing and blending; you want something that can hold its own.

Ingredients

SERVINGS: MAKES 4–6 (depending on how much you share and how big of a glass you make for yourself!)

  • 1 750 ml bottle hearty, bold rosé (such as a Merlot rosé)
  • ½ cup sugar (I used sugar substitute)
  • 8 ounces strawberries, hulled, quartered
  • ounces fresh lemon juice

Preparation

  • Pour rosé into a 13×9″ pan and freeze until almost solid (it won’t completely solidify due to the alcohol), at least 6 hours.
  • In the meantime, bring sugar and ½ cup water to a boil in a medium saucepan; cook, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves, about 3 minutes. Add strawberries, remove from heat, and let sit 30 minutes to infuse syrup with strawberry flavor. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a small bowl (do not press on solids); cover and chill until cold, about 30 minutes.
  • Scrape rosé into a blender. Add lemon juice, 3½ ounces strawberry syrup, and 1 cup crushed ice and purée until smooth. Transfer blender jar to freezer and freeze until frosé is thickened (aim for milkshake consistency), 25–35 minutes.
  • Blend again until frosé is slushy. Divide among glasses.
  • Do Ahead: Rosé can be frozen 1 week ahead.
  • Recipe by Rick Martinez
  • Photograph by Alex Lau
 CHEERS! A great cocktail for a warm evening sitting on the porch swing!