Monday, July 22, 2019

the best ice cream cones: Trader Joe's old fashioned waffle cones

One of my favorite scents is the boardwalk-any boardwalk really, Cape Cod, New Jersey, the Boardwalk at Walt Disney World. . . There is something about the scent of waffle cones, that heady warm vanilla smell that just makes me so happy. Last week, just in time for National Ice Cream Day, I found these new Old Fashioned Waffle Cones at Trader Joe's.

Yesterday, after a hot day playing and swimming, L, Waverly and I had hot dogs and corn on the cob  for dinner with ice cream cones for dessert. Several times, when we were shopping in Trader Joe's on Friday, Waverly reached back from the cart seat and tossed the waffle cones box on the floor so I  didn't have high hopes for these cones being in one piece but they were packed so well in their styrofoam nest that none of the cones were broken.   When I opened the box, there it was, that scent-that familiar vanilla with a hint of orange smell that reminds you of days on the beach or at the fair, days when you were with your favorite people being silly and wishing it was always summer.

Trader Joe's chocolate ice cream is our favorite chocolate ice cream and it paired perfectly with the waffle cone, which honestly has the crunch and taste of waffle cones that just came off the waffle maker.

These are now our house brand of cones. Later this week I'm going to try making peach ice cream with the peaches I bought at the farmer's market on Saturday morning. I think these cones will be a perfect base for the summery sweetness of ripe peaches and cream.

Trader Joe's Old Fashioned Waffle Cones are $2.49 for 12 cones.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Happy Summer Friday!

I love Summer Fridays. I feel like there is so much promise for a long, lazy weekend. Around the country it's supposed to be ridiculously warm, so try to stay cool. Check in on your elderly family members or neighbors and Bbe sure to take your pets inside too!

'The Lion King" opens today. Being inside a cool theatre sounds like a perfect place to be! Whatever you do, I hope you and your favorite people have a happy weekend!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Celebrating "The Lion King" release this weekend

I can't hear "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" without singing along. Loudly. Actually, every song from "The Lion King" (1994) is highly addictive. When this original film was released, it didn't matter if you were six years old or seventy-six years old, when you watched "The Lion King," you sang along and when you heard it at home or in the car, you owned that song. Even now, years later, seeing the original version of "The Lion King" makes me happy.

So, like me, you probably already have your tickets for "The Lion King," the 2019 version which opens this weekend. I've watched the trailer so many times and I'm in awe regarding director, Jon Favreau's filmmaking technique.  The cast includes Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-carter as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Billy Eichner as Timon and Seth Rogen as Pumbaa.

If you need more of "The Lion King" in your life and you happen to live near Walt Disney World, lucky you. Check out this Foodie Guide to "The Lion King" offerings at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

I would start with this Simba ice cream sandwich (that's a chocolate tail and it's available at Tamu Tamu) and close the evening with the Serengeti Sangria (Dawa Bar, Harambe Market and Boneyard Bar).

If you are in Disney's Animal Kingdom, starting July 19th, experience "The Lion King" scavenger hunt. Pick up a map at Outpost, Discovery Trading Company, Island Mercantile or Mombasa Marketplace and find your favorite characters hidden around Harambe Village. Return your map to Mombasa Marketplace in Harambe or The Outpost Shop in the Oasis by September 29, 2019 or while supplies last for a savanna surprise. 

And, of course, "The Lion King"  merchandise collection is available online and in the Disney Parks. I love this Alex & Ani bangle and I plan on getting Waverly the Nala plush

Stay cool this weekend in a theatre  and let me know what you think of this new version.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

My Favorite Spotify Playlist; Sunny Summer Days

It's hard for me to think of a happy time that didn't have music associated with it. One of my favorite things is to create playlists for the moments in my life, from happy Saturdays to rainy days and music to pick me up when I'm feeling down. Even when Waverly was born, we created a Spotify playlist. While I listen to all of the playlists at one time or another, this Sunny Summer Days playlist is the one I listen to the most. It's filled with music that just makes me happy. I listen to this playlist almost every day and when I'm traveling, it instantly makes wherever I am feel comfortable.

There are songs that I associate with summer as a kid wearing my rainbow bathing suit every day under my shorts and tee (because you never knew where you would end up when you left for the day on your bike), songs that remind me of my favorite people and special moments and songs that  just make me feel sunny inside.

I hope that when you listen to this playlist, you feel happy and sunny too.

What's songs are on your favorite playlist?
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