Omg!! I made the girliest cookies of all times and just HAD to share them with y’all!!!! Around Christmas time I started to dabble with my icing skills. We no longer have a designated cookie person so I decided since I’m a wannabe chef, why but give it a try! Turns out I have a hidden talent for cookie baking (hopefully my frosting skills catch up soon lol ) Every last person to have one of my delicious treats, even one hater who had no idea they were my creation, raved about the deliciousness! Only took me 30’something years to discover this talent, I wonder what else I have been keeping a secret from myself lol....
Since I had a cookie craving and Valentine’s Day is a little over a month away, I decided to take my Christmas cookie recipe and turn it into a Valentine’s Day one! Enjoy!!!
• 1 Cup Butter
• 1 Cup Granulated White Sugar
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1 egg
• 1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
• 3 cups All Purpose Flour
• 2 Cups Powdered Sugar
• 1 Tablespoon Vanilla
• 2 Tsp Milk
• Food Coloring
Preheat oven to 350° F. In the mixing bowl, mix butter and sugar together until smooth. Beat in egg.
Add vanilla. In a separate bowl combine baking powder with the flour and add a little at a time to the wet ingredients. The dough will be very stiff.
DO NOT CHILL THE DOUGH. Roll out onto a nonstick surface or use a piece of parchment paper and cut. You want these cookies to be on the thicker side! Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes. Let cool on the cookie sheet until firm enough to transfer to a cooling rack.
While cookies are cooling, mix the milk and powdered sugar together. Add vanilla. Mix in food coloring and mix!
Frost and sprinkle cooled cookies.
Serve & enjoy!
Safe to say there isn’t a child out there, heck not even that many adults that aren’t obsessed with all things Frozen. So when we heard one of our favorite staycation spots, The Peek n’Peak was hosting a frozen themed family dinner, you best believe we scooped up tickets! We even made sure to get an extra one for Haylie’s Elsa obsessed cousin.
Peek n’ Peak Let It Snow Family Dinner
Spend the evening with some of your favorite characters while enjoying sing-a-longs, short performances and photo opportunities. Dinner will be served, including a variety of fresh pizzas and salads.
- $25 per Adult
- $15 per Kid (Ages 3-12)
- FREE (Kids Ages 2 and under)
The eats on the evening menu were cheese and pepperoni pizza. Salads, dinner rolls, lemonade, water and a hot chocolate bar! Basically as kid and parent friendly as foods can get! All served buffet style.
I actually went back & forth about writing this review. We are obsessed with the Peek n’ Peak! We practically live at the pool all winter long! So when I have to tell you guys, the event was just ok. It sort of breaks my heart.
To start out, the room was set up fabulously! Gave me wedding vibes!!! Each person had a marshmallow snowman to put together while waiting for the show to start, which I thought was a very festive touch.
The food? Exactly what we expected. Pizza and salad. You can’t go wrong with that combo! Only issue was this was set up buffet style and kids had to wait in super long lines to get food. If the Peek were to ever do this event again, I would hope for maybe being served family style? Bring a giant bowl of salad and a pizza to the tables. Keep refilling if needed. The lines and the amount of people in attendance just wasn’t a good mix. This was an event for kiddos and kids do not wait very well.
Also there wasn’t bar service. While this wasn’t that big of a deal for me personally, there were so many guests walking back and forth to the bar that it made me sit back and wonder why they just didn’t send a cocktail waitress upstairs to serve everyone? Major money the Peek could have made! Maybe next time have a beer/wine list and have that setup upstairs so there isn’t so much back and forth for the waitresses and guests. I think a lot more people would have been chill and more relaxed with a drink in hand. Maybe they wouldn’t have even minded their antsy kids behavior when it came to the long food lines?
As for the entertainment, the cast was fantastic! My daughter and her cousin were so happy to meet their favorite frozen characters and to see them perform!
So our overall experience was just ok! Would I go again? Probably! I would have to read the schedule of events and see if anything was tweeked.
My daughter and her cousin loved everything about the characters! They just wish they could have eaten when they wanted to eat. 3 & 7 year olds aren’t exactly that patient.
I really do hope to see more events like this in the future! I hope if anyone at the Peek does read this, that they take this criticism with love. We are huge fans of the peek! You did a marvelous job trying to entertain our kiddos! Just learn from the mistakes and plan an even better event next time!!! Hope to see an event invite in my inbox for another family dinner real soon :):):)
Are you a Frozen fan?
Hahaha too soon?!!! I just can’t help myself!! I’m going though Christmas withdrawals. The tree is down! All my glam Christmas decor? Boxed away. I just had to move on to Valentine’s Day to cope with the sadness of the happiest time of the year being officially gone lol....
My daughter has been making variations of Tic Tac Toe boards for years at school. I swear every teacher just uses a different candy. One year it was M&M’s! Another those red cinnamon candies! Last year it was candy hearts.
Since I’m a candy heart junkie, yes, that’s right! I’m one of the crazy people that actually enjoys candy hearts! Haylie and I decided to make tic tac toe boards using candy hearts so I could chow down on the leftovers a few snowy days ago to kick off valentine’s season! Enjoy!
• Graham Crackers
• White Frosting
• Baggie or Piping Bag
• Candy Hearts
Break Graham Crackers into squares.
Pour white frosting into a baggie/piping bag. Snip corner if using a baggie. Use the frosting to create a tic tac toe board.
Use the candy hearts to play valentine’s tic tac toe!
Another Disney trip has come & gone, which means I’m due for another Disney Hotel review!!! At this rate I think I might make it a goal of mine to stay at ALL the Disney Springs hotels so I can give you the real scoop since I just love how y’all trust me enough to be your #BoujeeOnABudget queen! Such an honor :):)
If you’re a newbie, I love high end things & I’m the queen of finding high end things for a deal so #BoujeeOnABudget became my thing thanks to my loyal readers!!!
If you’re fancy and looking for a killer Disney hotel deal without taking away from your Louie fund, then you’re in the right place since I have a goodie in store for you!!!
Let me introduce you to the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace Disney Springs! Omg!!! Try saying that more than once. Total tongue twister lol. Located in the Disney Springs area, it’s an official Disney Hotel and located right across the street from Disney Springs! Location, location, LOCATION my friends!!!
Official Disney Hotel Perks!
It’s crazy how many people don’t know that the Disney Springs Hotels are actually Official Disney Resorts! That’s right, hotels like Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace offer the same Disney hotel perks!!! Guests of the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace can enjoy Disney’s Extra Magic Hours benefit, complementary park shuttles and FastPass+ Service meaning you can book your fast passes 60 days in advance and not 30 days like non-Disney hotel guests! If you’re trying to score fast passes for hot rides in Toy Story Land or the new Star Wars, booking a room at the Hilton may be your best bet for that hard to score pass!!
Food & Drinks
From classic American fare to a Sunday breakfast with beloved Disney characters, that’s right, The Hilton Buena Vista Palace has their own character breakfast!!! With five onsite dining options there is definitely something to satisfy every craving!
We enjoyed many beverages poolside at Shades! There are waitresses that walk around to cater to your every need so you don’t even have to walk up to the restaurant yourself! Just sit back and relax and take advantage of the fact you’re not severing anyone for a change!
The lunch menu was pretty yummy as well. I enjoyed chips and guacamole and Haylie grubbed down on a grilled cheese sandwich!
Unfortunately for us, we were unable to make the Character Breakfast! They host the character breakfast once a week on a Sunday and that’s when we were checking out. Bummer!
The question on everyone’s minds when I stay anywhere!!!! How are the rooms?!?!? We were placed in a suite in the Island building (poolside)! A total shock since our reservation was for a standard room!!! Nothing better than scoring an unexpected upgrade. WooHoo!!!
When you walk into our suite you walk through a little hallway which is home to a tiny “kitchen” area. Mini refrigerator, cupboard to store snacks, a coffee maker and a microwave. This is something I’m always looking for when I book rooms. Between my wine and Haylie’s nonstop “mom drink”, a mini fridge is a must! A microwave is also a super huge bonus since who doesn’t want to heat up leftovers!!! Thankfully most hotels have both these days and the Hilton was no exception.
Then you enter the living room which had a pullout couch and a mini dining area. Basically a table with two chairs. The pullout couch was where Haylie slept!
Then there is the master bedroom and bathroom. Both were just your standard bedroom/bathroom areas. Overall I was happy. The room was clean, the ac was ice cold just how I like it and plenty roomy.
Chill. Splash. Rejuvenate. Savor – the choice is yours. In between days at the parks, take some time to hit the pool!! The pool is literally the reason most people book the Hilton Buena Vista Palace! So many pools to choose from! A lazy river!!!! A “splash pad” area of the pool! Cabana rentals!!! Towel service!!!
The best part? The pool is heated in the winter! That’s right! If you’re visiting Mickey in the winter and your kids are crying to go swim in 50-60 degree weather. Let them! Pool is heated in cooler weather!! WooHoo!!!
My opinion?!?! Is the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace #BoujeeOnABudget ?!?! My answer is yes! The lobby is pretty! The pool area, ahhhhhhh!!!!! You almost forget that the pool is not the focus of the trip, but Mickey is. So hard to leave!!!
You are also literally right across the street from Disney Springs so you can eat and shop and go back to the room all day long without a car or Lyft! This is a huge perk to me. I am Disney Springs obsessed, so to be able to come and go as I please without transportation is pretty sweet!
The rooms could be a tad bit more glam, but hey! They are clean, which is definitely a huge plus when it comes to Orlando hotels. As a former local, there are some pretty sketchy hotels in the Orlando area and the Hilton ia definitely not one of them!
The best part of staying at this fabulous resort would have to be the Disney hotel perks! A standard room during non-peak dates will cost you around $129 for a standard room. This exact hotel is actually listed as a Disney “deluxe” category hotel. So you are getting a Deluxe category room for less than a Disney themed “budget” resort such as the all-stars. You can’t beat it!! A deluxe category room, with 60 day in advance fast passes AND Disney Extra Magic Hours right across the street from Disney Springs?!?! Can’t beat it! If location and pools are your thing, you will fall in love with Hilton Buena Vista Palace!
Have you stayed at the Hilton Palace Disney Springs?
Happy Football playoff season!!!! My beloved Cowboys my stink sooo bad this year that the playoffs just aren’t a thing for them, but that doesn’t mean I won’t be bandwagoning my way through playoff season. I love any excuse to make yummy food and crack open a cold one, so WooHoo whoever is on TV lol.
One of my favorite snacks for any game day is my crockpot cheese dip! Such an easy recipe to toss together and it’s always a hit!!! Enjoy!
• 32oz Cheese Melt
• 24oz Can Salsa
• 16oz Sausage
Place Cheese melt in crockpot. Depending on size of crockpot, you may need to slice up the cheese melt. Sprinkle in grilled sausage. Pour in the jar of salsa. Cover and cook on high for 2-3hrs or until cheese is fully melted.
Serve with chips and enjoy!
CourtneyLynne is former model turned mommy & wifey! When not blogging all things foodie, fashion, travel, mom life & straight up fabulousness to the masses, she can be found chasing her toddler around in 6in stilettos & laughing at her own jokes her glass of wine told her to tell.