Tuesday, February 12, 2019

MacKenzie Childs Pie Plate Winner

Happy Valentine's Week to the lucky winner
of this giveaway of a 9.5 inch 
MacKenzie-Childs pie plate (or dish,
or bowl, or whatever you want to use it for.)

I used the random number generator to
choose the winner, and the lucky lady is....

I think she is going to love this.  I know
I love mine!

I love how the pattern changes on the underside,
and the gold rim.

And I am even including a couple of
bags of these fun mega-sized
Valentine M&M's with messages on some.

Speaking of Valentine's -
hubby gave me this gorgeous box
of chocolates - lips, heels, lipstick
and gold - how girly and gorgeous and
delicious too!

Visit Bonnie to tell her congratulations
on winning!

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Happy Valentine's Table and Surprise Giveaway

Happy Valentine's to the cutest couple I know!
They turned 90 this last year, and they are
still romantic, and kissing, and holding hands,
and even dancing together.

I created this surprise tablescape for
my husband.  He loves to come home to
a romantic table for two in front of the fireplace.
It makes him feel special, and I always
get just a little giddy setting it.

It is easy now that there are only two
of us at home, but we used to pull the
coffee table in front of the fire and
do a fun dinner for the kids too, as they
sat on the rug.  There are so many ways
to create special memories around food.

Since we just got home from a Valentine's
celebration Disney trip for the two of us, 
I decided to create a Mickey and Minnie
Valentine's Day table for us in front
of the fireplace.

Everything is set in signature red and white
with heart placemats, one of my favorite white
wood chargers, red and white alternating plates

and Minnie's signature red with white polka dots.

I have several red goblets to choose from,
but I chose these that I bought years ago.

The table is featuring my new Mickey Mouse flatware
that I purchased at Disneyland.  As much as we 
love Mickey and Minnie, these are a perfect 
addition to our home.

Despite pouring rain that I mentioned in my
last post, we ventured out to get these on our
last day.  I could have bought all kinds of 
dishware.  They had some new plates - maybe
next time!

The Mickey flatware looks cute on top
of a heart-shaped napkin fold.

Also brought home from Disneyland this time
were these wonderful Disney "Kitchen Sinks"
that we had sundaes in.  I just had to feature
them on our table.

Of course I ordered Minnie's,

and hubby ordered Mickey's.  

They are large and make quite the sundae.  
We got them at Clarabelle's in California Disney.

I had actually been wanting them for some time,
but we were always too full to order them,
so we had them for our lunch.

Hubby hasn't seen the table yet.
I can't wait to see his face when he
walks into the living room.

He is so cute - he sends me pictures
via text to remind me of a fun vacation,
or to say, "Let's get away" again.  He
really does appreciate things like this.

Now on to the giveaway mentioned in
my post last week

The surprise giveaway is this great
MacKenzie-Childs 9.5" pie plate (or serving bowl).

To qualify to win just click here,
leave a comment on that post, guessing
where my MacKenzie-Childs pieces
traveled to for my birthday in January.
Be sure to enter before midnight February 8, 2019.

The winner will be chosen from the correct
guesses - pretty easy - you can even look at
the other comments (haha).  If you don't have a
blog where I can contact you, leave your email.
Remember you can't win if I can't get ahold of
you to get your address!!!!  Then another random
winner will have to be chosen.

I will be posting this with

Monday, February 4, 2019

Happy Valentines Day Disney Style

Are you all decorated for Valentine's Day with
hearts and flowers and fun?  We are ready here
at Purple Chocolat Home!!

We decided to run away for a couple of days
to get out of the cold and celebrate
Valentine's Day since we will be entertaining
a houseful of our
 Young Single Adults on Valentine's Day.

We loved seeing Disneyland at Valentine's Day.
There were hearts everywhere.  We had never
been for Valentine's Day before so it was

The truth is, we had looked at the weather the week
before and we would be exchanging the 20's and 30's
for high 70's.  As luck would have it, we ended up with
rain, rain, and more rain!

Now Disneyland can be fun when it is raining
a little, because a lot of people stay away, but
when it is a deluge - wow!!

We got there the first day, and fortunately they
had our room ready, so we hung out in the room
until the downpour was over.  It was quite a sight
seeing little families dragging back to the hotel
dripping wet.  We were lucky and the rain stopped
for the rest of that day and the next.

So off we went to enjoy all of the Valentine's Day fun.

I just loved all of their great displays and windows.

Minnie was in this darling dress I have
never seen before.  This dress is for Mickey's
Get Your Ears On celebration.  She was
just adorable.

There were Valentine's banners and hearts all up
and down Main Street.

We celebrated by signing
 up for another year's pass.  We are just
two kids at heart, and it is just a short
plane flight for us. 

But in the end, I think it may be all about food!  
As long as Disney keeps coming up with
fun foods, we will probably keep coming back!

Their seasonal flavoring on their Mickey Beignets
for Valentine's Day is Chocolate Strawberry.
Wow, this was such a hit!  (We try to share everything
so we can try more things!)

The new Tropical Hideaway, just around the corner
from the Tiki Room has a Raspberry and Pineapple 
Twist float that we ordered and Loaded Pineapple 
Whip with fresh fruit and those little chocolate
sticks!  There is a really nice place to sit and enjoy
that now and at night it is beautiful with the Tiki torches.

Of course, on the first day - rain, rain, rain, there was
no line for the Dole Pineapple Whip.

Last time we discovered Harbour Galley,
right across from the Haunted Mansion.
It is so tiny that I never even noticed it -
but wow - their lobster roll.  I couldn't get
enough of that.

We discovered these Garlic Cheese Breadsticks
after we watched a kids' show at the Royal Theater.
They are warm, so great on a colder day and they
come with a marinara dipping sauce.

We were craving warm things so this 
yummy treat from the Cozy Cone just hit the spot.
We don't wait in line at Car's Land - we go
for the single rider line.

Have you had a chance to try the
Nom Noms in Disney California?
They sell them right after the
Incredicoaster - Jack Jack has been
chasing them all through the coaster.

They are heated right before you buy
them and that makes them so soft and
melty!  Wow, they were great on a
cooler day.

At the last minute hubby wanted to try and get
in to The Blue Bayou.  As you may know, those
reservations are made months in advance, but
they do have space for walk-ins.  We got lucky.
We enjoyed our gumbo 
and Monte Cristo sandwiches,
but we had to try the Passion Fruit Pillows for

Oh wow!  Happy Valentine's Day to us!!!

This dessert is just for Valentine's, so you
would have to try it pretty soon.

Imagine layers of passion fruit mouse with
a thin layer of cake, covered in what I assume
is a white chocolate spray, and then topped
with a raspberry mousse heart.

It really does look like a pillow with a heart
placed on it for your Valentine!

Notice the garnish of gold on the heart and the
mini candy hearts all over the plate.

It was truly amazing.  We loved it so much
that we ordered one to go and took it back
to our room to have the next day.

The chocolate layer cake paled in comparison,
and only had a few bites taken out of it.

What a great Valentine's Day celebration,
despite the rain.  It was fun to do it
early and see what Disneyland had to offer,
and to kick of February in such a fun way.

We had to agree that if you were going there
to celebrate Valentine's Day, and wanted to get
engaged, or wanted a romantic photo in front
of the castle, you would be truly disappointed.

The Castle is all covered up for painting right now.

Fireworks with that were a bit of a let down,
but everything else was a lot of Disney magic!

Friday, February 1, 2019

Tales of the Traveling Tote Special Edition - Where In The World Is...And A Giveaway

Today we have a special edition of our
Tales of The Traveling Tote, or
what we affectionately refer to as

We each have taken some pieces of our
MacKenzie-Childs along with us somewhere
and photographed them on location.  We
brought a bowl, dish, cup, mug or whatever
piece we wanted to.

Your job is to guess where we went
and for followers of 
Purple Chocolat Home
there will be a surprise giveaway
of a MacKenzie-Childs item!!

Of course, Miss Madi K, my Traveling Tote,
came along to help carry all of my goodies
on the plane - clue #1 I had to fly there.

I decided to go all out and not just bring a
piece of MacKenzie-Childs, but a tablesetting!
Ahh, you know me!  Let's set a table wherever
we go, and these gorgeous scalloped MC's
plates are enamel, so they travel quite

We went there for my birthday which was in
early January - we always try to get out of the
snow and cold to make getting older a little
easier.  Clue #2 It was somewhere tropical.

Since only hubby and I were going it was easy
to pack two of everything I needed.

The plate stack was anchored by silver ruffled
placemats, and topped with silver salad plates.
They were the only breakable things, but I
wrapped them in the napkins.

I brought along my beautiful starfish napkin rings.

Black flatware went perfectly with the MC enamel plates,

and a couple of plastic goblets completed the
setting!  Those had to be plastic, as I felt the
goblets would be most vulnerable to breaking.

Clue #3 We have been here before, last spring
with some friends.  Our favorite spot to camp out
during the day by the pool was greatly discounted because
my birthday is after all of the holiday vacationers
have gone home, so we got a cabana every day.

We ordered lunch by the pool everyday
and of course it was made more beautiful
by being served on MC!

Fabulous pool side shrimp cocktails,

and yummy nachos.

For those of you who follow us on 
Tales of the Traveling Totes, it would
be so fun for you to see how supportive
our hubbies are in all of our craziness!

They help us tote our bags, and set up
our items and even take photos sometimes.

They can even be hand models!

This picture will probably give it away!

Yes, we took the Leap of Faith,
a 60 foot drop, and we have the wristbands
to prove it.

Last time my friend and I waited in a long, long
line and when we got to the front of the line
we looked down and chickened out.

This time there was no line, so we
didn't have time to get scared.  Of
course hubby blazed the trail and I
figured it went by so fast that I was
going to do it!  I closed my eyes so I
wouldn't freak myself out!  Let me say,
it was so smooth and easy.  So glad
I tried it.

Yes, you go through the shark tank
but you are going so fast you don't see
a thing.  The milder slide right next to it
lets you go slowly through the shark tank
so you can see them milling about, waiting
for dinner....hopefully not me!

Clue #4 This is the iconic view you would
see advertising this resort, although I am
giving you a night view.

My birthday week was a blast filled with sun and
fun, water and good food and being with my
best friend, hubby dear, who took this
photo on the Rapid River. (He got a
great waterproof phone cover at the resort.)

Take a guess as to where we were and leave
a comment below.  I left a clue throughout
the pictures if you look closely.

The MC prize and the prize winner will be announced
February 8th.  If you don't have a blog where I
can contact you, please leave an email.  This 
giveaway will not be limited to just US addresses -

Now we are back to more snow than we have
had in years and years (hooray for the water in
the spring).  This was a controlled avalanche
up Provo Canyon that closed the road for
two days.  

Take a few minutes to visit other members
of our Traveling Totes Group.  Some of 
them might also be holding a giveaway!!!!

I can't wait to see where they have gone, and
what MC dish, mug, bowl, etc they brought 
along with them.

Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths 
Emily with Miss Courtney Childs@ The French Hutch
 Patti with Miss Kenzie @ Pandora's Box
Jenna with Miss Coquille @The Painted Apron
Katie with Miss Daisy @ Preppy Empty Nester
Sarah with Miss Merri Mac @ Hyacinths for the Soul
Jackie and Miss Madi K @ Purple Chocolat Home
Ricki Jill and Countess De Monet @ The Sketchy Reader
Cherry Kay and Carrie Ann Hall @ Entertaining Women  

Tales of the Traveling Tote

Come back and visit all of us on March 1st
for another regularly scheduled 
Tales of The Traveling Tote 
and another giveaway.

I just love giveaways! 

I will also be posting this

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