Julie’s Cinderella Sequel

 

Welcome to Julie’s Cinderella Sequel

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This page is dedicated to my daughter Veronica, my nieces Kate, Lola and Vivien, and girls and women everywhere that love to celebrate their femininity and I know of no other way that best depicts that than getting dressed up and wearing a tiara.  With Disney World here in Florida we frequent the parks quite often so the ‘Disney Princesses’ are ingrained into our psyche.  Also which of us didn’t grow up loving the Disney movies?

My two little Irish princesses

Lola and Vivien

So this is my homage to all the beautiful ‘princesses’ everywhere, whether they be real or created out of someone’s imagination.  For those little girls that love to play dress up and walk around in mommy’s high heeled shoes (or not).

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  All little girls are beautiful and should be celebrated for who they are and how beautiful they are on the inside, where it really counts.

Julie and her carriage

I also wanted to pay my homage to my most favorite Princess, Diana Spencer.

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I miss you.

The Glass Slipper at Disney’s Magic Kingdom

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Julie’s Cinderella Christmas

Be sure to check out my Julie’s Cinderella Christmas as well.

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Disney’s Cinderella Movie Link

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The Beautiful Lily James as Cinderella

 

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Cinderella Making her Grand Entrance

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Creating My Own Cinderella Christmas

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I wanted lots of white, silver, gray and blue.

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Cinderella Atop Her Tower

Those were the colors I wanted to create the look that I desired.

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The Dining Room Christmas Table

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The lights play a big role in creating the look that I wanted.

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I draped the table with this silver/white sort of netting.  It was in a roll and it fit snugly on it’s own by cuffing underneath the table’s edges.

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I would like to introduce to you my own little Cinderella, my niece Vivien.

I saw the dress and I just had to buy it for her for her birthday. 

I was thrilled that she liked it and loved wearing it.

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Vivien Twirling

Vivien on her way to the Ball

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Cinderella Twirling in her Gown

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A Backyard Fountain for Wishing, Along With  a Carriage

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Cinderella and her Prince Charming

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Julie’s Cinderella Sequel

Setting a Cinderella Table

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My Vintage Cinderella Planter with a Pretty White Christmas Tree

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Roses and Cinderella’s Snow Globe

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A Pretty Plate of Cookies

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My Cinderella Cookie Tree

I made some extra cookies to use for this tree.

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The tree branch I found in the backyard and spray painted it white.  I placed it in a tree stand for the base and wrapped a pretty blue scarf for a tree skirt.

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Instead of tablecloths I used faux fur blankets to drape over the tables and some chairs for an elegant look.

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Presents for a Princess

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Little presents Underneath the Tree with

Pretty Cookie Ornaments

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A vintage wood plaque that once hung in a child’s nursery.

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A Pumpkin Underneath the Tree

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In the large Christmas tree above I just added some lights and other than the silver bead garland I just spray painted some sticks that I found in the back yard, a nice white color and inserted them all around.

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I especially liked the branches that kept their leaves.

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Princess Hot Chocolate

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A Princess Hot Chocolate

Perfect Nighttime Treat

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Because everything tastes better with sprinkles on it.

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Don’t forget the pretty mugs and the cookies.

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My Favorite Big Bang Theory Episode

Bernadette, Amy and Penny play hooky and spend that day at Disneyland getting princess make-overs and playing out there favorite characters.  Even fictional scientists love to be princesses.

Bernadette as Cinderella, Amy as Snow White and Penny as Aurora, Sleeping Beauty.

Big Bang Theory on CBS Link

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Making Cinderella Cookies

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We just used a basic sugar cookie recipe to make the cookies.  We made several batches of the cookie dough, forming the dough into a flat round lump, wrapped them in saran wrap, and then placed in the freezer until we were ready to use it. 

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I like using one of those clean sheet plastic mats to roll the dough out, and not the table.

The rolling pin belonged to my great-grandmother. 

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We find that it helps to place some parchment paper over the dough while you roll it out.  Then just peel back the paper and start cutting away with the cutters.

You do need to sprinkle some flour on the mat and the lump of dough to ensure that the paper doesn’t stick to it.

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Princess Cookie Cutters

(Slipper, Palace, Various Crowns and Snow Flakes)

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I wanted to give pretty homemade princess cookies as gifts this year for all the princess’s in my life.

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I like to place the cookies on parchment paper for baking.  Once out of the oven place on a wire rack to cool.

Sugar Cookie Recipe

(We used Martha Stewart’s)

  • 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour, plus more for rolling.
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Cup (1 stick) Unsalted Butter or Margarine, room temperature.
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Large Egg (we found this to be very important, otherwise the dough is too dry)
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  1. In a large bowl whisk in your flour, baking powder and salt.  With an electric mixer you want to cream your butter/margarine and your sugar until it is light and fluffy.  Then add your egg and vanilla, mix together with the butter and sugar.  Now gradually add your dry mixture a little bit at a time, to your butter, sugar, egg and vanilla, mixing thoroughly as you go.  Once all the mixture is combined then form into a big ball and wrap in saran wrap, then place into the freezer for at least 20 minutes.  You can freeze the mixture and just thaw it out for another time if you like. 
  1.  You want to pre-heat your oven to 325F.  Line your cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Follow my directions above on rolling out your cookies.  Because all ovens are different we watched the cookies to determine how long cooking time would be in our oven.  It turned out to be about 12 minutes.

TIPS:  Martha recommends that you dip your cookie cutters into flour before using.  We found this very helpful.

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Some Very Pretty Dragees

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I did order most of these dragees from a business called,

Fancy Flours

I’ve ordered from them before and I really do like their products.

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So Pretty.  I do hope my Princesses like them.

I also used your basic royal icing recipe but instead of egg whites I used meringue powder.

I was mailing out a few batches of these cookies and I wanted them to arrive safe to eat.  But when you use egg whites then you cannot eat them after 5 days.

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Cinderella Cookies

Colorful Frosting’s and Dragees

I placed all the cookies on a rack before I iced them.  I did place some wax paper underneath the rack for the icing to drip down on.

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Once you have iced the cookies, place whatever sprinkles or dragees you want to use on top of the icing.

Have fun and be creative.  Let the artist in you come out and play.

Royal Icing

(also a Martha Stewart recipe)

  • 1 pound of Confectioners’ Sugar
  • 5 Tablespoons of Meringue Powder (or you can use 2 large egg whites)
  • 1/2 Cup Water

 

In your electric mixer you want to combine your confectioner’s sugar and meringue powder on a low speed.  While that is mixing, pour in your water and make sure the consistency is stringy, or a ribbon like trail when you lift your beaters out of the batter after a few minutes.

If you want a thicker consistency then add more sugar.  If you want a thinner consistency then add more water.  We found this consistency to be Juuuuuuuust Right. 

When the icing was finished I divided it into 3 bowls.  I kept one bowl the white color and added some red and blue food coloring to make pink and a light blue to the other bowls.

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Some of cookies looked like glass, and some a stained glass quality.

My nieces are under strict orders that when the package arrives they are to eat the cookies while wearing their tiaras.

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How else would you eat them?

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Cookies, Tiaras and our Favorite Princesses

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I Also Like Putting Together Care Packages For My Nieces

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Frozen themed Breakfast Cereal, Frozen themed Organic Soups, Frozen themed containers filled with sweet goodies to eat while sitting in front of the t.v. and watching, Cinderella!

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Starring Lily James

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The Magic Pumpkin?

Still not sure how this whole pumpkin thing works.

I am in need of some glass slippers though.

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I could also use a ride to the ball.

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Hitchhiking to the Ball

  My step-sisters and their mother are not the nicest to me.

Note:  I bought this dress at a thrift store for $8.00.  It was the right color and it had butterflies on it.  I was thrilled to find it!

 

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CinderSugar

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Whoa, is CinderSugar

Her mean step-mother and horrid step-sisters won’t let her go to the ball.

But even if she could she has no way to get there and nothing to wear.

But wait?  What’s this?

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Look!  It’s a carriage that turned into a pumpkin that was sitting by that other pumpkin?

Wonderful!  She can go to the ball!

But wait?  What will she wear?  After all, she is naked?

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It’s Sugar’s Fairy Godfather!

Magically using his wand to place her ball gown on.

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Now she is ready to go to the ball!

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I’m just not so sure about this hat.  

See you at the ball!

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Goodbye!  Goodbye!  Goodbye!

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Oh, don’t forget your cookies!

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I’m including the cookie cutters as well so that you can make your own.

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For my nieces in Ireland that can’t be here, I’m shipping yours through the mail.

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‘Twas The Night Before Christmas……..

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Gordon has created for me the nicest drink this Christmas.

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The Cinderella Slipper

(It is of course for adults.  Write up by Gordon.)

To make this drink, I thought of the color in conjunction with the flavor profile. 

With the drink needing to be light blue, Blue Curacao would be a must.  I also wanted something creamy which led me to Silk Almond milk with vanilla flavoring. 

The Blue Curacao has a orange flavor and along with the creaminess of the almond milk made me think of an Orange Popsicle.  This then led me to add Triple Sec with its orange taste. 

Now, I thought of Cinderella’s character and Orange Popsicle came up with Whipped Cream Vodka.  It’s amazing all the various flavors of vodka offered today.  I was also thinking of Birthday Cake flavored vodka, but Whipped Cream won out. 

Using Reddi Whip, a cherry, and blue and white sprinkles, make a great garnish and keeps with the color scheme.  I also found a blue and white straw, so Cinderella wouldn’t get it all over her face when she drank it.

Recipe makes 2 drinks

3 parts Whipped Cream Vodka

1 part Triple Sec

1/2 part Blue Curacao

4 parts Silk Almond Milk (vanilla flavored)

Canned Reddi Whip

Blue and White Sprinkles

Maraschino Cherries

In a Medium shaker add about 6 ice cubes and all the other ingredients.  Shake well and pour into a wine glass.  Top the drink with Reddi Whip.  To apply, use a circular motion starting in the center working out to the rim of the glass, then up and back to the center.   Top off with sprinkles, a cherry, and a blue and white straw.

Enjoy!

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Pictured are the Ingredients Used

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I used a shot glass to keep the measurements equal.

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Here you can see the blue color of the drink which closely matched Julie’s colors.

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I hope you enjoy the drink I made… we did!

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Pretty Brownie Bites

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Cinderelli’s Chocolate Mice

RECIPE COMING SOON!

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This is Sooooo Cute!

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P.S.  Remember to set out cookies for your Fairy Godmother.

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Bibbity Bobbity Boop!

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Looks like we are in good company, ladies.

I love a man that isn’t afraid to wear a tiara.  🙂

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I got just what I wanted for Christmas!

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Gordon Hid my Gift in my Disney Princess Christmas Tree

It was exactly what I wanted, a Cinderella’s carriage necklace.

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Don’t forget your animal friends this Christmas!

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Cinderella is very kind to animals.

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Chopped Nuts for the Squirrels

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Bread for the Birds (and the squirrels)

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We gave ours a baguette and some nuts.

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Also some bread for the family that lives here.

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For Veronica, My little Princess

Little Veronica Ewa Beach Hawaii

Little Veronica age 4

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Veronica and Kara, Ewa Beach, Hawaii

Playing Dress Up

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I wanted to end with my one and only princess dress, my Halloween costume.

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Julie age 5, Rome, Georgia

I LOVED those go-go boots!

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A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes……….

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