Year of Disney- Fun and Fancy Free With Raspberry Lemonade!


Another night of “fun and fancy free” Disney-inspired dishes! If you’re not familiar with the movie, “Fun and Fancy Free” is really worth watching. It starts with the story of Bongo, a circus bear who longs to be free, and his first experiences in the wild- which of course involves falling in love with a pretty girl bear and fighting a big scary bear for his one true love!

The second half of the movie is a re-telling of Jack and the Beanstalk, but with Mickey, Goofy, and Donald as our main protagonists. The story is narrated by the very talented Edgar Bergen, with the help of some of his puppet friends as they attend a birthday party. Between the birthday party, and the giant’s feast, there were ample food ideas to work with!


For Bongo, I just served a little bowl of chocolate Teddy Grahams (I forgot how addicting those are!). Even if there isn’t food in the movie, we couldn’t forget Bongo! My kids were chuckling at his nighttime experience in the woods, and of course, when all the bears sing about showing your love “with a slap”. It’s such a cute little story!


In between the two story segments, we see Edgar Bergen at a little girl’s birthday party, and of course- there’s cake! To stick with the fun birthday theme, I made this adorable cookie dough funfetti cake- and let me tell you, it was AMAZING. I guess if you’re not really partial to cookie dough, you won’t be a fan- but if you are, this cake is highly recommended! (You can even see the little smudge in the frosting where a tiny finger tried to help themselves before dinner ;) ).

They also serve raspberry lemonade at the birthday party, so I served homemade raspberry lemonade with our dinner! I think everyone preferred the Brazilian lemonade from a couple weeks ago, but this was still very tasty! And the raspberries make it so pretty! Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures- there were too many other delicious things to eat ;).


For dinner, we decided to do roast chicken and mashed potatoes. I actually have never roasted a chicken before- and I was tempted to try it for the first time for this meal! But between pregnancy and cooking so many other new recipes at the same time, I decided to buy a rotisserie chicken from Costco. But I did buy a chicken to put in the freezer to commit myself to doing it! I’ll just wait for a night when I don’t have so many other new recipes going on ;).


Of course, we had to serve green beans! My mother-in-law did such a great job- she actually brought 3 different dishes! Regular green beans, an oriental-inspired dish of green beans, and a chilled recipe with a creamy filling. All were delicious and such a beautiful and fun addition to the meal! We also had peas- because at one point we see a giant bowl of peas, and who can resist that? (At least not my kids- they love peas!).

I also served a bowl of pistachios. At one point Willie the giant is expressing his excitement over the delicious meal he’s about to enjoy, and he tries saying “pistachio gravy”- but just can’t get that tricky pistachio word out! So of course we had to enjoy some pistachios ;).

It was such a tasty meal! Well rounded, filling, and right in line with the movie. Just the way I like it!

The recipe for the cookie dough funfetti cake is from one of my favorite cookbooks- Cake Confidence. It’s actually on Kindle Unlimited right now, so if you have that you can look it up for free (or do a free trial for two months so you can try some of the recipes!) But honestly, the cookbook is only $15 and totally worth it. I’ve liked every single cake I’ve tried!

And if you’ve never made homemade raspberry lemonade, now is your chance! It’s easy, refreshing, and tasty!

Raspberry Lemonade

Prep time:
Yield: 1 3/4 quarts
Serving size: 8
Calories per serving: 117

Ingredients:
1 3/4 cups 1-3/4 fresh squeezed lemon juice, from 8-12 lemons, strained
1/2 pound (8 oz.) raspberries, plus more for serving
5 cups water
1 cup sugar
lemon wedges, for serving
fresh mint, for serving


Directions:
Instructions

Combine the raspberries and ½ cup of the lemon juice in a blender; purée until smooth, then pass the mixture through a fine sieve into a large bowl to strain out the seeds (the fastest way to force it through is by pressing a ladle against the strainer in a circular motion). Add the remaining lemon juice, water, and sugar to the bowl and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Taste, then and add more sugar, lemon juice or water if necessary (keep in mind that ice cubes will water it down). Pour into glasses with ice cubes and garnish with lemon wedges, raspberries and fresh mint, if desired. The lemonade will keep in the fridge for a few days.

Combine the raspberries and ½ cup of the lemon juice in a blender; purée until smooth, then pass the mixture through a fine sieve into a large bowl to strain out the seeds (the fastest way to force it through is by pressing a ladle against the strainer in a circular motion). Add the remaining lemon juice, water, and sugar to the bowl and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Taste, then and add more sugar, lemon juice or water if necessary (keep in mind that ice cubes will water it down). Pour into glasses with ice cubes and garnish with lemon wedges, raspberries and fresh mint, if desired. The lemonade will keep in the fridge for a few days.

Source: sonceuponachef.com


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Sources:
  •   http://www.adisneymomsthoughts.com/2016/03/fun-and-fancy-free-family-movie-night.html
  •   http://disneymeals.me/mmm-faff/
  •   https://www.onceuponachef.com/recipes/raspberry-lemonade.html
  •   Cake Confidence by Mandy Merriman
  •   https://www.amazon.com/Cake-Confidence-Mandy-Merriman-ebook/dp/B07NLJ7Q94/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=baking+with+blondie&qid=1617307244&sr=8-1
  •   https://www.flickr.com/photos/gameraboy/32367933087

    Camille Hoffmann
    Weekly Newsletter Contributor since 2014
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