Take A Walk Down Memory Lane At McDonald’s

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Nostalgia is a funny thing.  My sentimental longing of childhood toys, activities and places I’ve loved, came out in full force when I had children of my own.

I wanted to collect things for them that I had loved, because, I knew they would love them too.

Sharing sentiments with my children has been a pleasant surprise for me along the parenthood journey. When my kids cherish my favorite book, movie, meal or toy, I am delighted. The common affection connects us.

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Most recently, my children and I  bonded over McDonald’s  #HappyMeal toys. I felt super nostalgic when I saw the iconic throwback toys. So many memories! 

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Do you remember your favorite Happy Meal toy? I do. Those TY Teenie Beanie Babies-I was crazy for them.  Somewhere my mom still has my collection. I made her hang on to them, I thought it would make me rich.

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Not so much, but I do have rich memories of collecting and trading those Beanie Babies and when McDonald’s released Patti the Platypus in 1997, I was on a mission to collect her.

Well, guess what, she is back and you can collect her too! From Nov. 7 through Nov. 11 at participating McDonald’s, while supplies last, McDonald’s is throwing it way back.  

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In celebration of  the 40th anniversary of the Happy Meal, McDonald’s is bringing back 15 limited-edition toys in their Surprise Happy Meal. The toys span the past 40 years and the nostalgia will hit you hard. Grimace and Hamburglar, My Little Pony, Furby, even the Fireman McNugget is back.  Take a walk down memory lane with even more fun toy surprises, there is one in each Surprise Happy Meal. 

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It has been the most fun collecting and sharing the new Happy Meal toys with my kids. I had to laugh when they thought the Tamagotchi, a digital pet, was a phone.  They were perplexed. But, it did open up a fun conversation of what life was like when I was their age. No internet – you know – because I am as old as the Happy Meal itself. Ahhh the olden days….Head to participating McDonald’s for your dose of nostalgia and bring on the memories.

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Exclusively in the U.S. at participating restaurants from Nov. 7 – Nov. 11, while supplies last, there will be two Disney toys: 101 Dalmatians (1997) and Mickey’s Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2002). Only one toy is included with the purchase of a Surprise Happy Meal.  

#Sponsored #McDonalds #HappyMeal

Witch Finger Cheese Straws

This is an easy and festive treat. Perfect to put out on the bar, bring to party or enjoy at home.

Take your favorite cheese straw recipe. Mine is below. And add sliced almonds for fingernails.

Here are some tips:

•Roll out the dough, nice and even. I use parchment paper on top and bottom when rolling.

•Use a pizza cutter to get straight, clean lines. The skinnier the better. Not too skinny or they will burn-too fat and they don’t look like fingers. About a inch in width wronged for me.

•I liked to keep my fingers a little shorter. This is for two reasons. 1) these are delicate and the finger was easily broken when longer. 2) I wanted them to fit in a specific bowl.

•After cutting, I use my hands to shape the straws into fingers. Some curvy, warty, some straight.

•Next, add the sliced almonds. Overlap a little dough on bottom of almond to hold it in place.

  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese, room temperature. Shred your own
  • 2 cups Rice Krispies
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Dash of Tabasco, to taste
  • Cajun seasoning to taste (I like Tony’s)

Mix it all together. Taste. Add more spice if needed. Add more cheese if needed.

Bake for 15 mins. Watch your fingers closely! I bake 350 degrees for 8-10 mins and check. They burn quickly. Time will vary based on size and shape.