runDisney Playlist Part II

Ready for some more Disney music inspiration for your runDisney or Disney themed playlist?  Well look no further!  Here is part II with a new list of upbeat and fun songs to help pass the time while you are training or just doing some exercising.


  1. One Little Spark- Journey into Imagination with Figment
  2. I Just Can’t Wait to be King-The Lion King
  3. Kiss the Girl- The Little Mermaid
  4. You’re Welcome- Moana
  5. I’ll Make a Man Out of You- Mulan
  6. Prince Ali- Aladdin
  7. Sugar Rush- Wreck-It Ralph
  8. Topsy Turvy- The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
  9. It’s A Small World- It’s a Small World attraction
  10. Be Our Guest- Beauty and the Beast
  11. Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride- Lilo and Stitch
  12. Monsters Inc- Monsters Inc
  13. The Best Time of your Life- Carousel of Progress
  14. Dig a Little Deeper- Princess and the Frog
  15. Three Caballeros- Gran Fiesta Tour
  16. Trashin’ the Camp- Tarzan
  17. Fixer Upper- Frozen
  18. Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo- Cinderella
  19. The Bear Band Serenade- Country Bears Jamboree
  20. I’ve Got a Dream- Tangled
  21. One Step Ahead- Aladdin
  22. Zero to Hero- Hercules
  23. You Can Fly- Peter Pan
  24. Almost There- Princess and the Frog
  25. We Know the Way- Moana


I hope you’ve enjoyed adding some new music to your playlist!  Happy Trails runners!

Did you miss Part I?  No problem, check it out here.


runDisney Playlist – Part I

If you’ve signed up for a runDisney race chances are good you are a Disney fan.  So the perfect choice to get you moving and running is some Disney music!  I am a big fan of Disney music and I listen to it frequently at home, in the car and yes while running.


Here is a playlist of Disney music to get you through the miles.

  1. Go the Distance- Hercules
  2. Under the Sea- The Little Mermaid
  3. I’ve Got Not Strings- Pinocchio
  4. Hakuna Matata- The Lion King
  5. I Wan’na Be Like You – The Jungle Book
  6. How Far I’ll Go –Moana
  7. Try Everything- Zootopia
  8. When Can I See You Again- Wreck-It Ralph
  9. The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers- Winnie the Pooh
  10. Gaston-Beauty and the Beast
  11. A Spoonful of Sugar-Mary Poppins
  12. Down in New Orleans-Princess and the Frog
  13. Life is a Highway- Cars
  14. Ha Mele No Lilo- Lilo and Stitch
  15. Love is an Open Door- Frozen
  16. Immortals- Big Hero 6
  17. Friend Like Me- Aladdin
  18. The Scare Floor- Monsters Inc
  19. The Bear Necessities- The Jungle Book
  20. Shiny- Moana
  21. Touch the Sky- Brave
  22. Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah- Song of the South
  23. Give a Little Whistle- Pinocchio
  24. Heigh Ho- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  25. There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow- Carousel of Progress


I hope you can find some motivation from these songs!  Happy trails!  Don’t forget to check back for Part II of the runDisney playlist!

Recipe Re-Creation Station: Apple Brined Pork Tenderloin

We’re back with another Disney recipe! This time it’s Apple Brined Pork Tenderloin with Root Beer Demi-Glace from The Wave…of American Flavors.

This one is not complicated but does take a little bit of beforehand prep due to the brining process.

Here’s what you’ll need:

For the brine:

1 cup apple juice
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
pinch of black pepper
pinch of kosher salt
2 tablespoons brown sugar
pinch of red pepper flakes

pork ingredients

For the Root Beer demi-glace:

1 cup veal or beef stock
1 cup of your favorite root beer
1 teaspoon corn starch
1 teaspoon water

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To make the brine, add all the brine ingredients to a pot and bring to a boil to dissolve salt and sugar.  Cool to room temp then put in a container (I used a gallon zip top bag) with your pork.  I used a small tenderloin, but you could use chops if you wanted.  Store in refrigerator for 24 hours.  Mine actually brined longer than that as my dinner plans changed and I didn’t end up cooking the pork until the next day.  I think it worked out ok.

Once you’re ready to cook your pork, you’ll want to take it out of the marinade and dry it off a bit with a paper towel.  Now, you can choose your cooking method as the recipe doesn’t specify.  You can roast it in the oven or grill it, but I would suggest using a low heat as the sugar from the brine will burn easily.  I chose to sous vide mine.  If you’ve never done a sous vide method, I would suggest checking it out.  It’s a foolproof way to tender, juicy meats.  You can’t burn it!

sous vide

While the pork was cooking I made the root beer sauce.  You’ll want to bring your beef stock (didn’t have veal stock on hand) and root beer to a boil and then reduce by 1/4 volume.  Then you’ll want to make a slurry with the cornstarch and water and cook for and additional 5 minutes.

My demi-glace ended up rather thin so I’m thinking maybe I should have let it reduce some more.


Our thoughts:  I thought it was pretty good.  I prefer my usual method of preparing pork tenderloin, but I liked it.  My husband shared my opinion.  I might try to make this again and fiddle with the demi-glace some to see if I can get it thicker and more of a sauce consistency.  I did like the root beer flavor with the meat.  Overall, I thought this was rather easy and tasted good for the amount of effort involved.



Magic Kingdoms Mobile Game Review

Magic Kingdoms is a new Disney game from Gameloft available for Android and Apple devices.  I gave it a try this week and I wanted to tell you all about it.

The game is a mission-based, role playing game, with a bit of construction thrown in.  The story is that Maleficient and all the other baddies have cursed Magic Kingdom and you and Mickey have to set it back to rights.

Finishing quests earns you magic which you can use to buy more attractions and decorations to pretty up your park.  Attractions earn you magic and items, when you can use to purchase more characters.

I find the game very easy and charming as it looks just like a mini Magic Kingdom, plus the music is soothing.  One of the fun things you can do in the game is build your own parade.  If you play the game during the parade, you receive extra rewards.

For seasoned casual gamers, the game itself is nothing new, but it’s a good family game I wouldn’t hesitate to let my children play it.  It does allow in-app purchasing but you can turn that off.

The app is free and it’s quite beautiful so I definitely recommend giving it a try!

Recipe Re-Recreation Station: Pasta alla Vodka

Here at Dole Whipped HQ, we decided it might be fun to reproduce some popular dishes from Disney restaurants.  This week’s selection was Pasta alla Vodka from Mama Melrose at Hollywood Studios.


I selected this dish because I thought, “Hey, it’s pasta.  That’s easy.  Everybody likes pasta.”

Oh boy.

First of all, no, not everybody in my house likes pasta.  I forget that sometimes.  My children are incredibly picky so keep that in mind.  Secondly, I shall rename this dish Pasta of Doom because this dish really was doomed from the beginning.  I had intended on making it last week but then I came down with a really bad head cold the day of so the preparation was delayed four days.  Then, while I was making it, I accidentally burned the ingredients and had to start again.  It gets better.  For the marinara sauce, you will need to either prepare it the day before or start it in the morning because they recommend cooking it for 5 hours.  I used a slow cooker because ain’t nobody got time to babysit that. So yeah, we’re not off to a great start, are we?

So let’s just dive in, shall we?

For this recipe you will need:

Marinara Sauce (to be prepared ahead):

1.5 lbs diced onions

4 tbsp olive oil

1/2 tbsp dried oregano

1/2 tbsp kosher salt

16 oz crushed tomatoes

1 can tomato paste

1/8 cup minced garlic

4 tbsp basil, chopped

1/2 tbsp dried marjoram

1/4 tbsp ground black pepper

16 oz diced tomatoes

Add all ingredients to pot and simmer on medium for 5 hours.

Ok…I have some issues with this recipe.  A pound and a half of chopped onions?  1/8 cup of minced garlic?  Can we have those things in regular cooking terms, please?  Also, how big a can of tomato paste?  And tomatoes come in 15 oz and 14.5 oz cans.  I’m not opening a can just to use part of it and having to store the rest.  Do you see where I’m coming from in this Pasta of Doom thing?

Ok back to the recipe.

For the Vodka Cream Sauce:

1/2 cup sweet onion, diced small

2 tbsp pancetta

2 tsp olive oil

1 tsp minced garlic

1 1/2 cup penne pasta, cooked

kosher salt and pepper to taste

4 oz of marinara sauce from earlier preparation

2 oz heavy cream

1 tsp pecorino romano

2 oz vodka

Ok, so for the marinara, I didn’t have time to prepare this on the stove so I chucked all the ingredients in my slow cooker and left it on low all day.  You can certainly do that.  When the marinara was cooked, I thought it was a bit chunky for my liking so I hit with my stick blender to smooth it out a bit, but you can leave it as is if you like.



Alright, so I live in a very small town and I don’t have access to pancetta so I substituted a slice of thick cut bacon.


First thing you need to do is put the penne on to boil in heavily salted water and drain when cooked to al dente.  Put the olive oil in your pan and warm it up.  Then add the pancetta/bacon to the pan and let it heat a bit.  Then add in your onion and garlic.


Once all that stuff has begun to brown, deglaze the pan with the vodka and let that reduce a bit to cook out the alcohol.  Add in the prepared marinara and the cream.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.


Add in the cooked pasta and toss to coat.  Serve with a heaping pile of grated romano cheese on top.

So…what was the verdict?  I thought it was pretty good, but a bit bland.  Personally, I like a bit sweeter marinara flavor so I’d probably add some sugar to the sauce.  I’d also add a bit more spice in the form of red pepper flakes since it needed a bit of a kick.  As for my husband and three kids?  Yeah no.  The kids all “hated” it and the husband ate it without complaint but didn’t care to have it again.

How’d you like that glowing endorsement?  Hopefully the next recipe will be better received.




Holidays Disney-Style


Mickey Gingerbread Cookies via Disney Family Recipes

The holiday season is filled with joy and tradition, but we Disney fans really know how to do it up, am I right?  We have some great ideas that you can use to get your halls decked in a way that would make Uncle Walt proud!


As I’m sure you know, Disney has some amazing ornaments that you can purchase at their parks as well as online.  No matter what your style, you can find something amazing that fits your holiday decor.

Shop the Disney Store’s ornament selection here.

Stockings and Tree Accessories

Everyone needs a fancy sock to hang for Santa to fill with goodies, right?  Might as well make it a Disney one!  Disney Store online has some really cute ones that you can even personalize.

Disney Store online stockings.

Maybe you need a new tree skirt?  Try the Mickey and Minnie Victorian tree skirt.  It’s a gorgeous rich red that feels very much in the Christmas spirit.

Mickey and Minnie Mouse Victorian Holiday Tree Skirt

Holiday Food

If your family is anything like mine, the holidays just aren’t the same without lots of good things to eat.  The Disney Family website has lots of Disney inspired recipes that will help you share your love of Disney and the holidays in the most delicious way possible.  Whether you’re in the mood for sweet or savory, they have something that will make your tummy happy.  They also have lots of recipes that are allergy friendly.

Disney Family Recipes

Disney Parks Travel

Now, we realize that this is not the norm as far as holiday gift giving is concerned, but if you really want to blow your kids’ minds, give them a Disney vacation under the tree this year.  Hear us out.  If you know you’re going to be visiting a Disney park within the next 6 months why not just put it under the tree?  All it takes a refundable $200 deposit and you can have a lifetime of family memories all in one place.  You can even video your kids’ reaction as they open a box that says “You’re going to Disney!” inside.  That’s half the fun!  You can check Pinterest for some really creative ways to give them the news.

The Dole Whipped group will be sharing some of their favorite Disney holiday traditions with you on the Facebook page as well as Pinterest so keep your eyes out for that.  Happy Holidays, everyone!

Craft: No Sew Mickey Head Applique Tee

After reading about Jillian’s homemade floral Mickey ears I was inspired to exercise my own craftiness and make my daughter an outfit for her first trip to Disney!

The first thing I did was find some inspiration fabric. We’re going to Walt Disney World while it’s all gussied up for Christmastime so I chose a vintage-y Christmas Mickey & friends fabric.

You’ll need a tee shirt (or onesie for baby), scissors, an iron, a printout of a Mickey head in an appropriate size for your shirt, Heat N Bond Ultrahold and your fabric. shirt1

  1. Trace the Mickey head on to the paper side (not the bumpy side) of your Heat N Bond.
  2. Place the Heat N Bond bumpy side down on to the “wrong” side of your fabric (not the side you want showing on your shirt!)
  3. Press the iron on to the Heat N Bond for 6-8 seconds as directed on the packaging. Let cool.
  4. Cut out the Mickey head.
  5. Remove the paper backing and place on the shirt where you’d like it to be. B702ADFD-349E-43EC-8865-61C5FACA18F1_zpsfkftkikp
  6. Press the iron on the Mickey head for another 6-8 seconds as directed on the packaging.

Voila! That’s it, you’re done 🙂

This same process can be used to make any design! I went with a Mickey head because of the limited space on a baby’s onesie but you could do your name (make sure to print the text in reverse for the tracing step), a silhouette, anything really! Easy and fun.

As you can see, I decided to make a matching skirt, too! This project is great for a beginner. The pattern can be found here.

DIY Floral Mouse Ears

Lately, I have seen so many pictures on Instagram of floral mouse ears. Being a crafty kind of person, I thought I would try my hand at it. My first stop was to YouTube for some tutorials and they were all pretty similar. I decided to keep it simple and got some great results. This is a very easy craft to do and it takes minimal equipment to make. In fact if you are a crafter you may have a lot of these things around your house. I had to purchase flowers and it happened that fall colors were in season at Joann’s which is perfect for my November vacation.


Items needed:
Small piece of cardboard
1 piece of 9×12 felt
6 cotton balls (or polyfill)
Glue gun

Step 1:
Using a glass to make circles on the cardboard. Cut out the circles and use the headband to cut the bottom part of the circle so that it will lay flat on the headband.



Step 2:
Cover the cardboard with felt and glue down. Cut around the felt making an opening at the bottom.



Step 3:
Stuff the front of the felt with some cotton balls to give it some volume. Take an additional piece of felt and glue it down around the edge of the ear.



Step 4:
Glue the ear onto the headband and then start adding flowers. I started on the inside edges and worked my way around. Once the front is dried start on the back and finally cover the edges.


Viola! You have your own floral mouse ears! You will find these are easy to customize with a bow, small LED lights, or even changing the placement of different colored flowers.



I’d love to see a picture of your ears in the comments or on our Facebook page!


Craft Time: How To Make A Mickey Tie Dye Shirt

I’m a Pinterest crafter…that means I pin crafts but never do them. I make a lot of fails so I like to dream I can do all these fun things. However, we have a Disney vacation scheduled for later this year so I wanted something easy-ish and fun to make for us to wear.  I found some tutorials for making Mickey head tie dyes so I gave it a shot.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 100% cotton t-shirts
  • Rubber bands
  • Tie dye kits
  • thin cardboard
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • waxed dental floss
  • needle
  • plastic wrap

Step 1:  Get yourself as many white 100% cotton shirts as you will need for your family.  I needed five shirts.  You don’t want to use any shirts with polyester in them as synthetic fibers don’t absorb the dye as well as cotton.  No point in doing this work for nothing!

Step 2: Get some dye.  I used a couple of different brands because my kids all wanted different colors.  If you get the one step dyes, you will not need to do a soda ash soak first.  Soda ash aka Washing Soda is a presoak that will help your dyes stay bright.  I skipped this step but you don’t have to.  You can purchase tie dye kits at craft stores and even at Walmart.  The kits come with the dyes, rubber bands, and plastic gloves.  I recommend picking up an additional pack of rubber bands just in case you run out or some break.  I could have used a few more.

Step 3: Make your Mickey shape.  I wanted the classic Mickey three circle silhouette so I just printed it out, cut it out, then traced it on a piece of thin cardboard.  Once you’ve done that, use a pencil (the marks will wash out) to trace around Mickey’s head onto your shirt.


Step 4:  Thread your needle with the dental floss.  You’re going to want to do a baste stitch around Mickey’s head.  Yes, I’m asking you to sew with dental floss.  Stay with me here.  You’ll want to start at the bottom of Mickey’s head and do a basic up down stitch on the pencil line you drew.  Keep your stitches rather close together.  This will help make sure Mickey’s head is well-defined. When you go all the way around and get back to where you started you’ll want to pull the two ends of floss like a drawstring and then knot them together.  Cut off any excess.  Make sure you only stitch on the front side of the shirt.  If you sew all the way around to the back, you’ll get a weird mark on the back of the shirt and that’s not what we’re going for here.


Step 5:  Once you’ve got your Mickey head all drawn up into a tuft, you’ll want to put some rubber bands below your floss line.  You want to make about an inch worth of rubber bands to separate the floss from the rest of the shirt.  This will give you a nice clean border around your Mickey shape.  Again, make sure you’ve only banded the front of the shirt and not the back as well.


Step 6: Wet down your shirt and wring the water out (if you’re not doing the soda ash step, that is).  You want it damp, but not dripping.  Lay it out on a flat surface, then grasp the Mickey tuft part and slowly spin the shirt until you make a cinnamon roll or danish like shape.  Take a few rubber bands and place it on the roll so it kind of looks like a pie. Make sure the tuft is sticking out of the top.


Step 7: Go ahead and cut some plastic wrap and lay it off to the side.  Your hands are about to get pretty messy so the more prepared you are, the better.  Prepare your dye.  I just had to add water to the squirt bottles that came in my dye kit because the powdered dye was already inside.  Pretty easy.  Do not premix your dye before you have all your shirts prepped because the dye is only good for about 45 minutes before it starts to lose its potency.

Step 8:  Get your gloves on unless you like rainbow hands. Hold your shirt tuft out over the sink and go ahead and dye just the tuft.  You want to make sure not to get any of this color on the rest of your shirt so Mickey’s head will stand out.  Get the tuft good and soaked, dripping even, then wrap just the tuft in plastic.


Step 9: Dye the rest of the shirt.  I used different colors on the different sections of the shirt made by the rubber bands.  You really want to use plenty of dye here.  Saturate the shirt.  You might even stick the nozzle of the squirt bottle into the folds of the shirt and give a squeeze of dye into there.  The point is to get as much color on the shirt as possible.  After all, if you’d wanted a white shirt we could have skipped all these steps.  No need to have leftover dye either.  Use it all up!


Step 10:  After you’ve got your shirt saturated in dye, wrap it up in plastic wrap and leave it to set for at least 6 – 8 hours.  You could even leave it overnight if you wanted.  I rinsed mine after 8.

Step 11:  Once your shirt has set, open it up and clip off all the rubber bands.  Remove the dental floss as well.  Then you’re going to want to rinse all the extra dye out of your shirt under running water until the water runs clear.  Check out your handiwork!  Hopefully it looks pretty good.

Step 12:  Chuck your shirt into the washing machine on a cold setting with no detergent and let it rinse some more of the dye out.  Hang dry.



Now, perhaps, like me, you’re not completely satisfied with how the Mickey head turned out.  This is fixable.  You can grab a Clorox bleach pen and use your Mickey template to trace a new Mickey head.  Make sure you put something like a bag or plastic between the front of the shirt and the back so you don’t get bleach on the back side.  Leave the bleach on for about 20 minutes and run through another wash cycle.


Congratulations!  You made a thing!  If you decide to make a tie dye, post a pic in the comments!  We’d love to see them!


What’s New At The Disney Store?

I don’t know about where you live, but there’s no Disney store local to me. We went on a road trip last week and I made my family stop off to check out the Disney outlet on our way. Here’s some of the cool stuff they had!
If you have a Sofia The First fan, they had plenty of things to choose from!

Looking for Frozen gear? They had Olaf pajamas for boys! They also had lots of cute plasticware!

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Doc McStuffins fangirls can get this adorable dress!


Headed to the beach or pool this summer? They have swimsuits and beach towels on sale in various prints for boys and girls!

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Most of this is available via their website, but it’s fun to see things in person! Definitely gets you in the mood to plan a Disney trip!