Magical Blogorail

Welcome to those of you joining me from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 2nd stop on our Magical Blogorail. This month we’re celebrating the holidays at home – Disney-style. Since I won’t be resort-hopping this December (as much as I’m tempted to run away from all the planning and shopping and preparation sometimes!), I decided to throw a Grand Floridian Christmas party!

Make a Grand Floridian Gingerbread House

Grand Floridian Gingerbread House

Grand Floridian Gingerbread House – photo courtesy of Paula at Magical Mouse Pad.

The gingerbread house at the Grand Floridian Resort is truly legendary. My gingerbread house won’t be quite this elaborate! I’ve actually never made a real gingerbread house – the ones we did in elementary school, with graham crackers, don’t count. Every Christmas, I decide I want to create one of these amazingly beautiful pieces of artwork, but somehow I always end up too busy, too tired, too stressed out to actually do it. I have collected some ideas for inspiration on Pinterest – which one to choose??

Gingerbread Houses on Pinterest

 

Decorate a Grand Floridian Christmas Tree

I’ve always loved Victorian Christmas decorations. There’s something comfortingly elegant, yet authentic, about them. Victorian Christmas decorations were typically handmade, and often reflected themes in nature. While our family hasn’t put up our main Christmas tree (yet!) I did take a few minutes this week to decorate a small tree for my office, in true Victorian style:

Victorian Inspired Christmas Tree

Lace Bow Ornament

Pinecone Ornament

Santa Heads

Serve a Citricos-Inspired Christmas Dinner

No party is complete without food! This Gluten-Free Christmas  Dinner menu is inspired by Citricos, one of the Signature Dining restaurants at the Grand Floridian Resort. Citricos specializes in American and Mediterranean cuisine, and I chose it for two reasons: First, unlike Victoria & Alberts, children are welcome at Citricos, and Christmas is about the whole family.  Second, coming just a few weeks after Thanksgiving, I like to mix things up a bit from the traditional New England turkey and stuffing fare.

First Course:

Selection of cheeses

Charcuterie Plate

Salad:

Buffalo Mozzarella and Heirloom Tomatoes in Balsamic Vinaigrette

Main Course:

Madeira-braised short ribs with Hominy-Cheddar Potato Purée and Wild Mushroom Ragoût

Dessert:

Tiramisu (I’ll use gluten-free ladyfingers) and espresso

Espresso

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is DISTherapy.

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail Loop should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop ~ Magical Mouse Schoolhouse

2nd Stop ~ Return to Disney

3rd Stop ~ DISTherapy

Final Stop ~ Delightfully Disney