Classic, Fluffy Sugar Cookie Recipe

Classic Fluffy Sugar Cookies

Have you tried a classic, fluffy sugar cookie? They are so cozy and delicious, and would pair perfectly with any warm beverage of your choice. Share them with family, friends, even leave them out with some milk for Santa Claus!

Classic Fluffy Sugar Cookies
  • 2 3/4 cups of flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups of granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  1. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt, then set this bowl aside.
  2. In another large bowl, use a hand mixer to cream together the butter and 1 1/2 cups of the sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the egg and the vanilla extract to the creamed butter, and thoroughly mix again.
  4. Slowly add in the dry ingredients and mix until fully incorporated (you may need to use your hands). The dough will be soft and slightly dewy when ready.
  5. Cover the bowl and place it in the refrigerator to chill for at least one hour or more.
  6. Remove the dough from the refrigerator when ready and pre-heat the oven to 350F.
  7. Place the remaining 1/2 cup of granulated sugar into a small mixing bowl and set it aside.
  8. Line a large baking sheet with a baking mat or parchment paper.
  9. Scoop out portions of 1 to 2 tablespoons of dough, rolling them into balls about an inch to an inch and a half in diameter. Roll each cookie dough ball in the bowl of sugar to coat, then place them on the prepared baking sheet.
  10. Bake the cookies for 8 to 10 minutes (this varies per oven so keep an eye on them) or until the top of the cookie begins to crinkle and the bottom sides turn golden brown.
  11. Let cookies rest on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes. Then transfer them to a wire cooking rack to finish cooling completely.
  12. Enjoy!
Classic Fluffy Sugar Cookies
Classic Fluffy Sugar Cookies
Classic Fluffy Sugar Cookies

A Classic Berenstain Bears Bibliography

Berenstain Bear Classics Bibliography List

The Berenstain Bear Classics, originally classified as the Berenstain Bear First Time Books, are staple series of my childhood.

I fondly remember my mom reading this series to me. Each story taught life lessons and felt so relatable. But the artwork? I loved the artwork and I still do! It’s very unique, warm and welcoming.

I realize now as I research this that as much as I loved the books I knew, there are so many more I’ve never had the pleasure of reading! I am starting to collect these Berenstain Bear books to read to my daughter, so I’ve created this one-page handy dandy bibliography to keep track as I go! Please feel free to use it too if you need it!

Please feel welcome to check out the other bibliography lists I’ve compiled!

WDP Roasted Peanut Recipe (Dumbo)

WDP Peanut Recipe

Welcome back friends! We took a little break from creating Disney recipes, but I’ve missed this, so we’re picking things back up again! This month we’ll be roasting the peanuts from the WDP Circus in Disney’s Dumbo.

This recipe is featured twice in the film. Timothy mouse is snacking on them when he first meets Dumbo, and when Dumbo stretches his ears to fly, he sucks them up and sprays over all the rude elephants.

I love salted peanuts! These are brined to get the salted flavor within the the shell, then tossed with peanut oil and salt before roasting. These are a healthy and delicious snack, I hope you enjoy them!

WDP Peanut Recipe
WDP Peanut Recipe
  • 1 1/2 pounds in-shell raw dried peanuts
  • 2 quarts of water
  • 1/2 cup of kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons of peanut oil
  • 2 tablespoons of kosher salt
  1. Thoroughly rinse the peanuts under cool water to remove any excess dirt.
  2. In a large bowl or pot, dissolve the 1/2 cup of salt in the water, then add the peanuts. 
  3. Place a plate over the water’s surface to ensure the peanuts are submerged and brine for 24 hours.
  4. Drain the water, and spread the peanuts on baking sheets in a single layer to dry (this may take several days).
  5. Once the peanuts are dry, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  6. Place the peanuts in a large bowl and toss them with the peanut oil and salt until well coated.
  7. Spread the peanuts back out onto baking sheets in a single layer. 
  8. Roast in the oven for 40 to 45 minutes, rotating the pan(s) after 20 minutes. Everyone’s oven is different, so keep an eye on them so they won’t burn!
  9. Remove the peanuts from the oven. They will continue to “cook” and become crunchy as they cool.
  10. Allow them to cool before eating and enjoy!
WDP Peanut Recipe

Cozy Classic Christmas Playlist 2020

Cozy Christmas Playlist 2020Welcome to the cozy month of December my friends!

My family and I have created a playlist of cozy, classic Christmas music for you and yours! Christmas may be celebrated a little differently this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t kindle a little Christmas spirit!

This year we’ve decided to focus on the “tried and true” classic Christmas songs that leave a cozy feeling in your heart and soul. Primarily Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters, with a few other artists sprinkled in, including Seth Macfarlane who, although a modern artist, fits in handsomely!

Please let us know if we missed or left out any of your classic Christmas favorites you feel should be included! We’d love to hear from you!

Cozy Classic Christmas Playlist 2020

  • CHRISTMASTIME IS HERE | Vince Guaraldi Trio
  • IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS | Perry Como & The Fontane Sisters
  • THE CHRISTMAS SONG | Nat King Cole
  • MISTLETOE AND HOLLY | Frank Sinatra
  • SILVER BELLS | Bing Crosby & Carol Richards
  • WHITE CHRISTMAS | Rosemary Clooney
  • SNOW | Seth MacFarlane
  • THE FIRST SNOWFALL | Bing Crosby
  • BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE | Seth MacFarlane & Sara Bareilles
  • A WINTER ROMANCE | Dean Martin
  • SLEIGH RIDE| Ella Fitzgerald
  • LET IT SNOW! LET IT SNOW! LET IT SNOW! | Seth MacFarlane
  • A MARSHMALLOW WORLD | Seth MacFarlane
  • LITTLE JACK FROST GET LOST | Seth MacFarlane & Norah Jones
  • FROSTY THE SNOW MAN | Bing Crosby
  • WARM IN DECEMBER | Seth MacFarlane
  • CHRISTMAS DREAMING | Seth MacFarlane
  • I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS | Seth MacFarlane
  • O TANNENBAUM | Vince Guaraldi Trio
  • O FIR TREE DARK | Bing Crosby
  • THE CHRISTMAS TREE ANGEL | The Andrews Sisters
  • DECK THE HALL | Nat King Cole
  • CHRISTMAS CANDLES | The Andrews Sisters
  • THE CHRISTMAS SONG | Seth MacFarlane
  • SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN | Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters
  • HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS | Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters
  • JINGLE BELLS | Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters
  • JING-A-LING, JING-A-LING | The Andrews Sisters
  • CHRISTMAS ISLAND | The Andrews Sisters
  • MERRY CHRISTMAS POLKA | The Andrews Sisters
  • TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS | Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters
  • DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR? | Bing Crosby
  • MY LITTLE DRUM | Vince Guaraldi Trio
  • THE LITTLEST ANGEL | Bing Crosby
  • O HOLY NIGHT | Bing Crosby

Tabletop Game – Let’s Play Blokus!

Tabletop Game Blokus by Mattel GamesI’m always on the look out for a fun, entertaining way to pass the time like a good tabletop game! Blokus was introduced to us by my husband’s parents and we enjoyed playing it so much we purchased it straightaway!

Tabletop Game Blokus by Mattel GamesBlokus is a two to four player strategy game that can be played with reckless abandon, or the studied care one would reserve for Chess or Checkers.

Players each choose a color and a corner, then decide who goes first; turns proceed clockwise around the board. To begin, each player must use their first turn to lay down a piece that covers their base corner’s square. Play then continues with each player placing one piece each turn that must touch the corner of one of their colored pieces, but only the corners! Full sides of the same color may not touch one another.

Tabletop Game Blokus by Mattel GamesWhen a player reaches a point where they cannot place another piece, they are done. The game ends when no player can place anymore pieces. Once the game ends the players count the number of squares in their unplayed pieces, the player with the lowest number of squares left, wins!

Tabletop Game Blokus by Mattel GamesMy only complaint is based on the packaging or storage. The version we purchased has no storage for the 84 colored pieces which is surprising and disappointing. I use four sandwich bags, one for each color to store them. This cuts down on the amount of time spent sifting through the pieces before starting each game!

Tabletop Game Blokus by Mattel GamesIf you’re looking for a fun, fresh take on a timeless strategy game that feels like a spiritual successor to Checkers and/or Chess, check out Blokus!

Ichabod’s Red Velvet Cake Recipe (The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad)

Ichabod's Red Velvet Cake Recipe from Disney's The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, or Sleepy Hollow.INTRODUCTION

Welcome back friends! This week we’ll be baking up the red velvet cake Ichabod Crane stuffs into his mouth in Disney’s The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad.

Ratty and Mole's Crumpet, Ichabod's Red Velvet Cake and Ichabod's Turkey Recipe from Disney's The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad or the Wind in the Willows.This cake is featured during the Halloween party thrown by Baltus Van Tassel, Katrina Van Tassel’s father. Ichabod’s stomach is never satisfied so he snatches a piece of this cake up while dancing with Katrina, and pops it in his mouth without even skipping a step.

Ichabod's Red Velvet Cake Recipe from Disney's The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, or Sleepy Hollow.Similar to Mrs. Frankenstein’s Dutch Apple Cake, the first cake recipe I posted, this recipe was a lesson in trial and error. I knew I wanted to go more natural and traditional, using beets as the red component in the red velvet and ermine icing (or flour buttercream) instead of cream cheese frosting. The first attempt was delicious, but I only used the beet juice and it came out more cocoa brown than red. This time I used the physical beets and it resulted in a red I am very happy with.

Ichabod's Red Velvet Cake Recipe from Disney's The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, or Sleepy Hollow.RED VELVET CAKE
  • 3 medium beets
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • Juice of 1 large lemon
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons non-dutched cocoa powder
  • 2 cups cake flour (sift before measuring)
  • 1 ⅛ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup butter, plus more for greasing pan
  • 1 ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Wash the beets and wrap each one in aluminum foil.
  3. Bake the beets until the tip of a knife slides easily into the largest beet (about 1 hour 15 minutes), then remove them from the oven and allow to cool until they can be handled.
  4. Peel the beets and place them into a food processor, then chop them until they’re about the size of finely diced onions.
  5. Measure 1 cup of the finely chopped beets and set aside. Remove the remaining beets from the food processor and reserve them for another purpose.
  6. Return the cup of beets to the food processor and purée with the buttermilk, lemon juice, vanilla and vinegar until smooth.
  7. In a medium size bowl, sift together the cocoa, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  8. In a large bowl, beat the butter until soft.
  9. Slowly add the sugar and beat until fluffy, then beat in the eggs one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition.
  10. Alternate adding dry ingredient mixture and the beet mixture to butter mixture, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Beat for 10 seconds after each addition and scrape down the bowl after each addition of the beet mixture.
  11. Grease two 9-inch cake pans, then line the bottoms of the pans with parchment and grease again.
  12. Divide the batter between the prepared cake pans and smooth the tops.
  13. Bake until a cake tester inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean (about 20 to 25 minutes), then remove the pans from the oven and allow them to cool completely on a wire rack.
  14. To assemble, peel away the parchment of one cake and place the flat side down on a serving platter. Place about 1 cup of icing (see below) onto cake and, using a flat spatula, spread evenly over top. Remove the parchment from the second cake and place the flat side down on top of first layer. Use the remaining frosting to cover the top and sides of cake.
  • 10 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 pinches salt
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups unsalted butter, room temperature (do not microwave)
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  1. In a small saucepan, whisk together flour, milk, and salt.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly, and continue to cook for 1-2 minutes until mixture is very thick.  If small lumps develop, whisk vigorously until smooth.
  3. Remove from the heat and whisk in the vanilla extract.
  4. Transfer to a small bow and press a piece of plastic wrap directly onto the mixture’s surface to prevent a skin from forming, then set aside to cool completely.
  5. In a medium to large bowl, cream butter and sugar for about 3 minutes then stop and scrape down the bottom and sides of the bowl. Cream butter and sugar for another 3 minutes until very smooth, light, and fluffy (insufficient creaming of the butter/sugar will result in a gritty frosting).
  6. Gradually beat the cooled flour mixture into the creamed mixture a few tablespoons at a time and the icing will begin to lighten. The mixture might look curdled when the flour paste is first added, but additional whipping will smooth it out.
  7. Gently scrape bowl and beat until mixture is fluffy and resembles whipped cream.
  8. Ermine Icing will break down above 70 degrees F.  It’s best when freshly-whipped, but cakes and cupcakes should be completely cooled before frosting.

Disney Live-Action Movie List (1940s – 1960s)



1941    The Reluctant Dragon (Hybrid)
1943    Saludos Amigos (Hybrid)
1943    Victory Through Air Power (Hybrid)
1945    The Three Caballeros (Hybrid)
1946    Song of the South (Hybrid)
1947    Fun and Fancy Free (Hybrid)
1948    Melody Time (Hybrid)
1949    So Dear To My Heart (Hybrid)



1950    Treasure Island
1952    The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men
1953    The Sword and the Rose
1954    Rob Roy, the Highland Rogue
1954    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
1955    Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier
1955    The Littlest Outlaw
1956    The Great Locomotive Chase
1956    Davy Crockett and the River Pirates
1956    Westward Ho, the Wagons!
1957    Johnny Tremain
1957    Old Yeller
1958    The Light in the Forest
1958    Tonka
1959    The Shaggy Dog
1959    Darby O’Gill and the Little People
1959    Third Man on the Mountain



1960    Toby Tyler, or Ten Weeks with the Circus
1960    Kidnapped
1960    Pollyana
1960    The Sign of Zorro
1960    Ten Who Dared
1960    Swiss Family Robinson
1961    The Absent-Minded Professor
1961    The Parent Trap
1961    Nikki, Wild Dog of the North
1961    Greyfriars Bobby: The True Story of a Dog
1961    Babes in Toyland
1962    Moon Pilot
1962    Bon Voyage!
1962    Big Red
1962    Almost Angels
1962    The Legend of Lobo
1962    In Search of the Castaways
1963    Son of Flubber
1963    Miracle of the White Stallions
1963    Savage Sam
1963    Summer Magic
1963    The Incredible Journey
1964    A Tiger Walks
1964    The Misadventures of Merlin Jones
1964    The Three Lives of Thomasina
1964    The Moon-Spinners
1964    Mary Poppins (Hybrid)
1964    Emil and the Detectives (Hybrid)
1965    Those Calloways
1965    The Monkey’s Uncle
1965    That Darn Cat!
1966    The Ugly Dachshund
1966    Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N.
1966    The Fighting Prince of Donegal
1966    Follow Me, Boys!
1967    Monkeys, Go Home!
1967    The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin
1967    The Gnome-Mobile
1967    Charlie, The Lonesome Cougar
1967    The Happiest Millionaire
1968    Blackbeard’s Ghost
1968    The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band
1968    Never a Dull Moment
1968    The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit
1969    The Love Bug
1969    Smith!
1969    Rascal
1969    The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes


Disney Animated Movie List


Disney Animated Classics

1937    Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
1940    Pinocchio
1940    Fantasia
1941    The Reluctant Dragon
1941    Dumbo
1942    Bambi
1942    Saludos Amigos
1944    The Three Caballeros
1946    Make Mine Music
1946    Song of the South
1947    Fun and Fancy Free
1948    Melody Time
1949    The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
1950    Cinderella
1951    Alice and Wonderland
1953    Peter Pan
1955    Lady and the Tramp
1959    Sleeping Beauty
1961    One Hundred and One Dalmatians
1963    The Sword and the Stone
1967    The Jungle Book
1970    The Aristocats
1973    Robin Hood
1977    The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
1977    The Rescuers
1981    The Fox and the Hound
1985    The Black Cauldron
1986    The Great Mouse Detective
1988    Oliver and Company
1989    The Little Mermaid
1990    The Rescuers Down Under
1991    Beauty and the Beast
1992    Aladdin
1994    The Lion King
1995    Pocahontas
1996    The Hunchback of Notre Dame
1997    Hercules
1998    Mulan
1999    Tarzan
1999    Fantasia 2000
2000    The Emperor’s New Groove
2001    Atlantis: The Lost Empire
2002    Lilo and Stitch
2002    Treasure Planet
2003    Brother Bear
2004    Home on the Range
2009    The Princess and the Frog
2011    Winnie the Pooh


Disney Computer Animated Classics

2000    Dinosaur
2005    Chicken Little
2007    Meet the Robinsons
2008    Bolt
2010    Tangled
2012    Wreck-it Ralph
2013    Frozen
2014   Big Hero 6
2016   Zootopia


DisneyToon Studios

1990    DuckTales: The Movie
1995    A Goofy Movie
2000    The Tigger Movie
2003    Piglets Big Movie
2005    Pooh’s Heffalump Movie
2008    Tinker Bell
2009    Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure
2010    Tinkerbell and the Great Fairy Rescue
2012    Secret of the Wings
2013    Planes
2014    The Pirate Fairy
2014    Planes: Fire & Rescue


ImageMovers Digital

2009    A Christmas Carol
2011    Mars Needs Moms



1995    Toy Story
1998    A Bug’s Life
1999    Toy Story 2
2001    Monster’s Inc.
2003    Finding Nemo
2004    The Incredibles
2006    Cars
2007    Ratatouille
2008    Wall-E
2009    Up
2010    Toy Story 3
2011    Cars 2
2012    Brave
2012    Monster’s University
2015    Inside Out
2015    The Good Dinosaur
2016    Finding Dory


Studio Ghibli

1998    Kiki’s Delivery Service
1999    Princess Mononoke
2002    Spirited Away
2003    The Cat Returns
2005    Howl’s Moving Castle
2009    Ponyo
2010    Tales from Earthsea
2012    The Secret World of Arrietty
2014    The Wind Rises


Tim Burton

1993    The Nightmare Before Christmas
1996    James and the Giant Peach
2012    Frankenweenie