Darkness Takes Over

Yesturday I started my collection of disney pins to start trading. I bought a mystery package and inside was an Ursula pin. Ursula not being one of my favourite characters I decided to trade her with a cast member for another pin. The problem is I didn’t trade it soon enough, her evil magic had already spread. Today did not go as planned for our trip as I have been in bed sick, not the best way to spend a vacation in Disney world. It does however bring up my next list of Disney characters, the top seven Disney villains.

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(Some descriptions may allude to movie endings)

1. Maleficent
This woman is pure evil, she even has horns on her head. Sure a lot of the things Disney villains do could be blamed on rivalry or a bad childhood, but Maleficent was born evil. So maybe with some serious therapy Maleficent would be able to change her ways but I doubt it. She enjoys the power and the destruction she brings.

2. The Horned King
Speaking of destruction, the Horned Kings agenda is to raise an army. Not just any army but an army of the dead. Cold and calculating this villains demeanour just adds to his evilness.

3. Frollo
This Minister of Justice needs to work on his political skills. He sets his entire career around riding the world of gypsies. His cruelty knows no bounds and will use whatever means in order to find the Court of Miracles so he can destroy it.

4. Sher Kahn
While much of this characters evil stems from nature, him being a tiger and the king of the jungle. When his name is uttered among the jungle creatures they cower with fear. He posses an air of evil and fear.

5. Shan Yu
A warrior set on taking over China. He is willing to do the dirty work to get there. Shan Yu ends up slaughtering an entire village including woman and children.

6. The Queen from Snow White
Evil Queen that moonlights as a witch, bad news. She basically wants Snow White dead because someone said she was prettier. So let’s send her to the woods to cut out her heart, that’s not overreacting at all.

7. Ursula
Evil under the sea. She makes deals with mermaids which usually work in her favour she therefore ends up getting the mermaids soul. Like making a deal with a demon. Ursula will do whatever it takes in order to win and seal the deal in her favour.

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Two Peas in a Pod

My Lobster and I are off on a grand adventure. The pair of us are travelling to disney world for the week! It is such an exciting place to be, full of magic and wonder. There are many characters that we are excited to see and hopefully a few disney pairs or couples. Speaking of Disney pairs, my Lobster and I came up with a list of the top seven Disney couples or pairs. We took many things into consideration to determine the value of each pair. So here they are, Disney’s top seven pairs or couples…

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(Some descriptions may allude to movie endings)

1. Todd and Copper
The Fox and the Hound are the best of friends torn between their two very different worlds. Todd, the fox, is the adoptive pet of a country widow. Copper, the hound, is the pet dog of a trapper raised to be a hunter. A chance meeting one day begins their friendship as children. However as they continue to grow they find it harder to be together as they begin to learn that Copper is a hunter and Todd is his prey. A true friendship that will withstand the obstacles thrown at them.

2. Pongo and Perdy
Two Dalmatians brought together on a walk one fine day. They fall in love and start a family. After their 15 children are kidnapped they begin a long and trialling journey to bring their children back home. What they discovering however is that an additional 84 Dalmatians puppies have been kidnapped. Once they rescue all the children, the 84 Dalmatians children have no where to go, so Pongo and Perdy adopt all 84 puppies and bring home their own 15 children. Now they have one big happy family of 101 Dalmatians.

3. Olaf and Marshmallow
Two very different snowmen created from the same mystical powers. Olaf created with fun and happiness. Marshmallow created with fear and anxiety. They are the yin and yang of Elsa’s creations. They each embody the feelings and emotions she was feeling when she created each of them. Olaf expresses is his being throughout the movie and spreading his cheers to others, I mean you gotta have a pretty positive outlook on life to be a snowman dreaming of spending time in summer. Marshmallow starts out pretty calm and collected but has a very short temper that when poked goes into a bit of a rage. Overall a very complimentary pair.

4. Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather
Three sisters brought together to bestow their gifts upon a child. When that child is cursed however, they abandon their magic and their lives to protect the child. They move to a little cottage is the woods to raise the child with no magic and no contact with the world outside. They come together despite their difference for their love and loyalty to the child and her parents. Even if they cannot decide on pink or blue, a minor disagreement for the obstacles they overcome.

5. Bianca and Bernard

A Rescue Aid Society Representative, Bianca, and a janitor, Bernard, join forces in helping abducted children. Bianca displays her bravery at every turn and encourages the timid Bernard to find his courage. They work together to stop crime using their own unique knowledge and personalities. Together the unlikely pair help rescue children.

6. Lumiere and Cogsworth
Lumiere, and Cogsworth, the butler are best friends working together in an enchanted castle. Lumiere is very playful and adventurous, willing to take risks while Cogsworth is very serious and strict. As best friends they also have a tidbit of a rival. Lumiere is carefree and willing to bend the rules which puts a strain on his friendship with Cogsworth who always wants to follow the rules and masters orders. They care for each other and value the friendship they have. They are even willing to risk their own safety to save each other as Cogsworth demonstrated when he rescued Lumiere.

7. Gus and Jaq
Jaq, the leader of the group of mice, and Gus are best friends. Jaq is very smart, brave and cares deeply for Gus and the other mice. Gus is plump, naive, and courageous. Gus is always ready to stand up for Cinderella and defend her, Jaq is always there by his side to stop him knowing he cannot win. Jaq wants to protect Gus and ensure his safety. Their brotherly bond is deep making these two and extraordinary pair.

Traditionally Speaking

I love traditions. Have I told you that already? Anyway I feel traditions are a great way to keep memories alive and bring families closer together. Especially around the holidays. We have many traditions within our family and each year we seem to add something new.

I love hearing about how our traditions were started. I find it amazing when some of our traditions are things that people have been doing for decades or centuries. One such tradition is putting tinsel on our Christmas tree. It was one of my favourite things to put on the tree as a child. One day while foraging through the internet I discovered a story. A Christmas Spider legend that explains why tinsel is put on the tree. Such a beautiful story I wanted to help share. Enjoy and have a Merry Christmas!

THE LEGEND OF THE CHRISTMAS SPIDER

(A folk legend from Germany and the Ukraine)

Once upon a time, long ago, a gentle mother was busily cleaning the house for the most wonderful day of the year…. The day on which the Christ child came to bless the house. Not a speck of dust was left. Even the spiders had been banished from their cozy corner in the ceiling to avoid the housewife’s busy cleaning. They finally fled to the farthest corner of the attic.

T’was the Christmas eve at last! The tree was decorated and waiting for the children to see it. But the poor spiders were frantic, for they could not see the tree. Pretty soon all was quiet, so the spiders quickly crept into the room. The tree towered so high that they couldn’t see the ornaments on top. In fact, the little spiders’ eyes were so small that they could only see one ornament at a time. They all scurried up the trunk, out along each branch, filled with a happy wonder at the glittering beauty. The spiders loved the Christmas tree. All night long, they danced in the branches, and every place they went left a trail of dusty, gray web. When at last they had inspected every bit of the Christmas tree, it was shrouded in the dusty gray of spider webs.

Santa smiled as he thought of the happy spiders seeing the tree and how much they liked it, but he also thought of how sad the little mother would be over the dusty tree. He reached out his hand — and just then the sun came through the window and touched the tree. All the webs started to sparkle and shine turning into shimmering, sparkling silver and gold.

Ever since that time, we have hung tinsel on our christmas trees, and according to the legend, it has been a custom to include a spider among the decorations on the tree.

A Visit from St. Nicholas

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro’ the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar plums danc’d in their heads,

And Mama in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap —
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters, and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow,
Gave the luster of mid-day to objects below;
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.

More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and call’d them by name:
“Now! Dasher, now! Dancer, now! Prancer and Vixen,
“On! Comet, on! Cupid, on! Donder and Blitzen;
“To the top of the porch! To the top of the wall!
“Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of toys — and St. Nicholas too:
And then in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.

As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound:
He was dress’d all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnish’d with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys was flung on his back,
And he look’d like a peddler just opening his pack:

His eyes — how they twinkled! His dimples: how merry,
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry;
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.

He had a broad face, and a little round belly
That shook when he laugh’d, like a bowl full of jelly:
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laugh’d when I saw him in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And fill’d all the stockings; then turn’d with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose.
He sprung to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew, like the down of a thistle:

But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight —
Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

—Clement Clarke Moore

All Grown Up

I love traditions. I think they are a great way for a family to stay close. I look forward to each and everyone of our family traditions, some of my favourite ones occur during Christmas. One such tradition is making shortbread cookies. Oh they are delicious. Of course I always thought the dough tasted so much better than the baked cookies.

Well keeping the tradition alive I decided to bake a batch of shortbread for the Christmas season. Of course now that I am all grown up I thought I would experiment and make grown up shortbread cookies. I am glad I decided to venture into the kitchen as my cookies turned out great. My secret grown up ingredient…Baileys Irish Cream!

Baileys Shortbread Cookies

*1/2 cup cornstarch
*1/2 cup icing sugar
*1 cup flour
*3/4 cup butter (softened)
*1/8 cup Baileys Irish Cream

Blend all ingredients together with hands. Roll out into logs and roll in wax paper.

Cool for about a 1/2 hour in fridge. Don’t cool for to long as it will crack when cutting.

Slice and bake on an ungreased cookie sheet @300*C for 20 to 30 minutes.

Cookies freeze well.

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Reaching a Milestone

When I started a blog, I did it as part of my happiness project. I never thought it would turn into what it has today. A regular following and posts that I love writing. After my post yesterday I received a notification,

“Congratulations on writing 100 posts”

I have been writing for almost a year but that one sentence was still a shock to me. 100 posts. I had written 100 posts. I never thought I would make it past 10. I felt such a sense of accomplishment. When writing my posts I was never focused on any kind of numerical goal, ‘oh I need to write this many posts’ or ‘I need to write this many times a week’. I write when I am inspired and I was surprised to find out I have been inspired 100 times since starting my blog. I love that I have reached this milestone and cannot wait for the next one.