Cookie Jars Aplenty at Dixieland Flea Market

The Dixieland Flea Market can be found in Waterford, MI. at 2045 on the Dixie Hwy. There we found a great collection of cookie jars which I would like to share with you now:

Cookie Jars Dilbert

Dilbert

I’ve had bosses like the one in this iconic comic strip so Dilbert is like a brother to me. Keep those arms crossed in defiance, my friend!

Cookie Jars DL Castle

Disneyland Castle

This was released for the 40th Anniversary of Disneyland (1995), and apart from the strange coloring, is a nice piece.

Cookie Jars 101 Pup

101 Puppy

One of the few cookie jars that actually chose a ‘cookie’ theme. Weird. And… he’s sitting in my cookies!

Cookie Jars Pluto

Pluto

Mickey’s pup is ready for some fine dining, but I’m hoping there is more than bones in that jar!

Cookie Jars Beauty & Beast

Beauty and the Beast

Not surprisingly, this cookie jar was among the highest priced at $200.00 US. You pay for popularity!

Cookie Jars Chicken Run

Chicken Run

One of Aardman’s best movies, this chicken from Tweedy Farms is about ready to hatch a batch of cookies!

Cookie Jars Dwarfs

The Seven Dwarfs

Finally let out of Snow White’s sight, the Dwarfs spend the free time guarding, not just their jems, but cookies too!

Cookie Jars Sprout

Sprout

This one is a little strange. How can a heathy vegetable character be holding a yummy batch of cookies for us? Contradiction, anyone?

Cookie Jars Dorothy

Dorothy and Toto

Most ceramic collectibles don’t quite get the facial features of real persons right, but this cookie jar got Judy Garland spot on! Not sure about Toto.

Cookie Jars Dagwood

Dagwood Bumstead

Blondie’s husband is known for his eating so it is no surprise he would show up as a cookie jar. I wonder if it holds sandwiches…

Cookie Jars Monsters Inc

Monsters Inc.

Choices, choices. I think I like the Mike jar the best. With a smug look on his face like that, he must have the best cookies!

Cookie Jars Jetsons

The Jetsons

Now that’s one crowded spaceship! The little version is a salt and pepper shaker.

Cookie Jars Alice

Alice

This depicts one of my favorite scenes from the animated classic. But would there be much room for cookies in that house?

Cookie Jars Donald

Donald Duck

I guess I’d be upset if everyone kept taking my hat off to steal my cookies!

Cookie Jars Red Queen

The Red Queen

Maybe taking cookies from this old gal wouldn’t be a good idea! “Off with their heads!”

Cookie Jars Buzz

Buzz Lightyear

“To snack time, and beyond!” Buzz can adapt his catch fraise for any situation.

Cookie Jars Coach

Cinderella Coach

If you eat cookies from an enchanted coach, they don’t have calories.

Now most of these cookie jars were priced between $50.00 and $60.00 US but were on sale for 50% off. The lady is closing her booth soon and is liquidating her stock.

We’ll end this post with the King of all cookie jars:

Cookie Jars Kong

KONG

So if you’re in the Michigan area and need a new place to keep your cookies, be sure to stop into the Dixieland Flea Market and visit this booth!

Disney’s FROZEN Jelly Belly Jelly Beans

So who’s up for more jelly bean goodness? Everyone? Excellent! But if you’re on a diet, you’ll have to ‘let it go’ as you stuff your cheeks with tasty Jelly Belly beans, with a Frozen twist:

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Icicle Mix

These tasty little beans come in a variety of flavors but only three package designs. Let’s have a look at each in turn:

Frozen Elsa

Elsa

Does The Snow Queen love jelly beans? Yes, they’re the one thing she won’t ‘let go’ of!

Frozen Anna

Anna

Think you can get Anna to share her 28 grams of tasty perfection? Only if you play the sister card!

Frozen Olaf

Olaf

Yeah, just give him a warm hug and they’re all yours!

The store I found these in were selling each package for $2.00 a pop, which I thought was a tad high for 1 ounce of jelly beans!

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Flavors and Nutritional Information

The good thing about Jelly Belly, which may account for the higher pricing, is the attention to allergy needs. These are fat free, gluten-free, and peanut free. And basically low in calories, even if you eat the whole bag at once!

For more Jelly Belly posts, see some Classic Disney characters here, Star Wars characters here, and Finding Dory here.

Happiness is a handful of Jelly Belly jelly beans!

Walt Disney World Refillable Travel Mugs

My wife and I first visited Walt Disney World as a couple in 2006 and that’s when our collection of refillable travel mugs began. At that time, Disney was still releasing new designs each year, and separate designs for each resort.

Now they tend to be more generic, a one-mug-fits-all, if you will. It has taken the fun out of acquiring travel mugs as now they are not linked to specific trip memories. But what are you going to do?

Recently, we threw away all of our travel mugs because they had become too dirty and worn. We use them often for taking our coffee and tea on the go. Once gone, we realized just how handy they were! So I was thrilled to find these two mint condition examples in a local charity shop:

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The gang arrives at Walt Disney World

What I’ve always liked about the travel mugs is the designs. This one depicts Mickey and friends arriving for a vacation.

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This was back when each resort, or family of resorts, had their own designs. This mug was sold at Coronado Springs, Caribbean Beach, and the Old Key West resorts.

As you can see by comparing these two examples, the handles and lids came in a variety of colors. This is still the case today.

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Check-in Time!

This mug has no resort indicated anywhere so it could be a more generic design sold throughout the resorts. Quite possibly the Value resorts.

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Trust Donald to complicate everything!

Now we have travel mugs again! Seriously, have you ever tried to find a decent travel mug in the local stores that isn’t priced too high? I was glad to find these for just $2.99 CAN each.

For more travel mug fun, check out our earlier post entitled Disney Souvenirs Under $20.

Star Wars Jelly Beans & Candy with Stickers

You don’t have to travel to a galaxy far, far away to enjoy some tasty Star Wars candies. No, you can simply visit your local IDA Pharmacy and rummage through a few shelves of confections. Like I did!

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Fruity… yet artificial, flavors

Well, you wouldn’t expect anything genuine and nutritious from the Dark Side!

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Nutritional Fact: There ain’t none!

All you will get from this box of candy is a sugar high. Hey, I’m not saying that’s a bad thing! And at least they’re gluten free.

Star Wars Box contents

Sugar Pellets and Stickers

This item is listed for the 3+ crowd as I imagine anyone younger would choke on the small candies. Wasn’t choking Darth Vader’s thing?

Star Wars Stickers

Which is your favorite?

I just have to say something before we move on: Was Kylo Ren a wuss or what?

Thanks for letting me get that off of my chest! Now on to one of my favorite candy brands:

Star Wars Yoda

“Enjoy the taste, you will!”

Jelly Belly jelly beans are the best! I love that they offer a wide variety of flavors, even though some of them are a bit ‘out there’.

Star Wars Darth Vader

“I find your lack of good taste disturbing.”

An endorsement from the galaxy’s biggest baddy must have been hard to obtain. I mean, how would he get a jelly bean through the helmet?

Star Wars Storm Trooper

“Hey, these are the jelly beans I’m looking for!”

Okay, enough with the obvious Star Wars clichés! Sheesh.

Each bag contains a Galaxy Mix with some interesting flavors, and these too are gluten free:

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The Green Apple is to die for!

Just don’t say that to Darth Vader for he may just oblige you. Seriously. Don’t joke about dying around Darth Vader!

Of course, with an expiry date of January 19th, 2018, you have almost a full year to enjoy your candy before the choking begins. Enjoy!

For more Jelly Belly goodness, check out packages featuring Mickey and DonaldGoofy, and the Finding Dory characters.

Kinder Surprise ‘Finding Dory’ Chocolate Eggs & Toys

I have posted many examples of the plastic toys found inside Zanai chocolate eggs. That company usually has a nice selection of Disney and Pixar characters. You can click the links to see posts featuring Frozen and Inside Out respectively. But this time I’m sharing some characters from  Finding Dory that I found inside chocolate eggs from Kinder Surprise.

Four Chances

Once these were opened I found that I got three different characters and one double. Let’s begin the opening process:

Kinder Surprise Wrapper

Peel away the wrapper…

Kinder Surprise Opened

Expose the capsule inside…

Kinder Surprise Capsules

Open the capsule and see who you got!

My first character was Bill, a minor character who is voiced by Pixar favorite and good luck charm, John Ratzenberger. He is a small but fairly pessimistic crab. Bill, not John.

Kinder Surprise Crab Pieces

Kinder Surpries Crab

Freed at last, and assembled

This toy has an added feature in that it has a little wheel under the crab’s tummy which, when turned, moves his claws.

Kinder Surprise Claws Move

The next character I released was Bailey who is a Beluga Whale and a resident of the Marine Life Institute. He was voiced by Ty Burrell.

Kinder Surprise Whale Pieces

Kinder Surprise Whale

Freed and swimming in one piece

This toy doesn’t move but it does have an interesting feature. If you dip Bailey’s head in water and push the button on his tummy, he will suck up the water.

Kinder Surprise Water Spout

Then when you push the button on his tummy, he will spray the water out… all over your best friend! Well, what are friends for?

The last character I freed from it’s chocolate holding tank was papa Marlin himself.

Kinder Surprise Nemo Pieces

Kinder Surprise Nemo

Nemo’s neurotic father, the un-funny clown fish, is voiced by Albert Brooks. As with Bill the crab, Marlin also has a movement feature:

Kinder Surprise Nemo Wheels

Wheels, for the fish on the go!

When you wheel Marlin across a surface, he will turn slightly from side to side.

But the toys aren’t technically the only Kinder Surprise when you buy one of these great chocolate eggs. That was a hint:

Kinder Surprise Chocolate

CHOCOLATE!

Unlike the eggs from Zanai, which are just milk chocolate, the eggs from Kinder Surprise give you both milk and white chocolate. Have mercy!

So let’s put the three characters that I got together for a group photo:

Kinder Surprise Set

Not too many smiles for some reason

The quality of the toys from Kinder Surprise are slightly better than those in most of the ones I’ve found from Zanai. But from a creative standpoint, both companies do a good job of giving kids a fun little keepsake.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some indulging to do!

Movie Review: FINDING DORY Blu-ray ‘Best Buy’ Release

Before we can get into a brief review of the movie itself, and further, a detailed review of the Blu-ray Limited Edition release from Best Buy… we need a snack! And what better candy to nibble on when reviewing Finding Dory than:

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A Fin-tastic Mix!

Well, if you’re all settled in with Jelly Belly Beans in hand, let’s start with a brief review of the movie, Finding Dory, itself:

I’ve made no bones about the fact that I don’t like sequels. And I was very upset to see Pixar follow Disney into Sequel Hell soon after the merger of the two companies. But I’ve recently learned that Pixar was already planning sequels before the merger in an attempt to remain lucrative, which from a business standpoint, makes sense.

So I went into this movie with reservations (mainly because I wasn’t impressed with the premise) but determined to give it a fair chance. I’m glad I did because although I don’t think it was better than the original, which some claim, it was a fun swim through a familiar ocean.

Synopsis: Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) is a wide-eyed, blue tang fish who suffers from memory loss every 10 seconds or so. The one thing she can remember is that she somehow became separated from her parents as a child. With help from her friends Nemo and Marlin, Dory embarks on an epic adventure to find them. Her journey brings her to the Marine Life Institute, a conservatory that houses diverse ocean species. Dory now knows that her family reunion will only happen if she can save mom and dad from captivity.

There were many holes in this movie but both Hank the septapus and Gerald the sea-lion made it worthwhile. I’d give it 3.5 out of 5 Stars.

And with that, let’s move on to the Blu-ray release:

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MAIN DISC: BLU-RAY

Movie w/Commentary – On the main Blu-ray disc you get the movie with an optional commentary with three people, one of whom is Director Andrew Stanton. The commentary is informative. Listen for hints about Easter Eggs, who constitute ‘Jerk Fish’, and which Finding Dory character was voiced by original Nemo voice actor Alexander Gould. Hint: it ain’t Nemo! Oh, and we are told to watch for a shoplifter in the scene where Marlin and Nemo end up in a display tank just outside of a souvenir shop. Happy hunting!

Theatrical Short – Piper

Previews – There are two previews of upcoming theatrical releases; Moana (already No.1 in theaters at the time of this writing) and the live-action Beauty and the Beast.

Extras –

  • Marine Life Interviews – Animated characters talk about Dory.
  • The Octopus That Nearly Broke Pixar – Learn how Hank vexed the animators.
  • What Were We Talking About? – Dory’s short-term memory loss is discussed.
  • Casual Carpool – Andrew Stanton picks up the voice actors to make sure they get to work on time!
  • Animation and Acting – The staff talk about making the movie sincere and real.
  • Deep in the Kelp – Jenna Ortega hosts a look at the research trips taken while making the movie.
  • Creature Features – The voice actors describe their characters.

Most of these extras were short and to the point and offered nothing overly new about the movie-making process. But Casual Carpool was hilarious! It reminded me of the fun and innovative ways Pixar used to present their extras.

Sneak Peeks – A look at the Disney Store and Disney on Ice, along with miscellaneous advertising.

EXTRAS DISC: BLU-RAY

Behind the Scenes

  • Skating and Sketching – Jason Deamer explains the simple shapes used to create each character.
  • Dory’s Theme – Discussion about the music between Andrew Stanton and others.
  • Rough Day on the Reef – A goof reel containing rendering mistakes by the computers.
  • Finding Nemo – A Short depicting the first movie as told by Disney Emoji.
  • Fish Schticks – A collection of short animated gags starring the characters.

Living Aquariums – Four screen savers lifted from scenes in the movie.

  • Sea Grass – A tad boring.
  • Open Ocean – Very detailed.
  • Stingrays – Beautiful but just a clip of the stingray migration from the film.
  • Swim to the Surface – The closing scene behind the end credits.

These weren’t as well done as the aquariums you got with the Finding Nemo DVD. So in the words of Bloat from the original film: “Pity.”

Deleted Scenes – With Andrew Stanton. A collection of scenes that weren’t ‘asked back’.

Trailers – See how the film was marketed in four different countries.

  • United States
  • Japan
  • Spain
  • Russia

And that was it for Extras. I would give the extras with this release 4 out of 5 Stars. I will never give any higher marks to extras until they once again equal what we used to get with the 2-disc DVD Platinum releases!

Lastly, we come to the special feature of this Blu-ray release. If you purchase it from Best Buy, you also get a 69-page activity book:

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Contents –

  • Fun Movie Scenes – Stills from the movie.
  • Scene Development – Concept Art.

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  • Family & Friends Kelp (or Family Tree).
  • Weekly Calendar
  • Find Hank – Find the septapus in 5 different scenes from the movie.
  • Sea Search – Find 11 characters from the movie in a picture.

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  • Favorite Quotes
  • Character Development – Early concept drawings.
  • Marlin’s Maze
  • Coloring Page(s)
  • Spot the Differences
  • Dory’s Word Search
  • Crossword Puzzle
  • List Your Favorite Memories
  • Things to Remember – Birthdays; Special Events; Chores; Other Stuff.
  • To Do List
  • Connect the Dots
  • Trace Bailey
  • Rescue Hank – Maze.
  • Which Character Are You Most Like? – Quiz.
  • Who’s Who Game – Match the character to their name.
  • Note Pages
  • Memory Card Game – Cut out square tiles with character images for matching fun.
  • Two-Sided Nameplate – Hank and Destiny.

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  • Two-Sided Door Hanger – “Come On In!” and “Go Away!”
  • Sticker Sheet

I would give this Activity Book 5 out of 5 Stars easily! Although the extra price tag when buying this edition of the movie may make it a bit expensive.

If you’re still with me after all of that then you probably feel about as perky as Marlin after his second trip across The Big Blue! So as a consolation prize, gaze one last time on the jelly bean goodness of Jelly Belly:

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More please!

And I say ‘more please’ because I ate all of these soon after I purchased them and days before I got around to writing this post. So seriously, someone, GET ME MORE!

More INSIDE OUT Yummy Zanai Chocolate Eggs

I was starting to go off Pixar movies until Inside Out hit theaters and I was in love with the studio all over again! It was difficult subject matter so I was apprehensive but ultimately delighted with the results.

I have never gone off chocolate and I don’t think I’m alone! So when I say more of the Zanai chocolate eggs I just had to pick up one of each of the characters:

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The gangs all here

I already featured close-ups of both Joy and Fear in an earlier post that you can see here. But to round out the gang, here are close-ups of Sadness, Anger, and Disgust:

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But it’s what’s inside that counts and that is chocolate! But you also get a little Inside Out themed prize. Last time I got an Anger eraser and a Rainbow Unicorn pendant. Here is what I got this time:

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Only one double, the Anger eraser

My favorite is the police officer that looks like a blue M&M. So out of seven eggs I got six different prizes.

Finding Dory Minigo Beverages

I’m not sure if I should ask if you’re thirsty or hungry as this ‘beverage’ is actually ‘drinkable yogurt’. Ick. But obviously someone must like this stuff or Disney/Pixar wouldn’t have agreed to a Finding Dory promotional tie-in:

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Looks like Dory found Nemo… again

Finding Dory was a much better movie than I thought it would be which is fortunate for Yoplait. Otherwise they would have been stuck with truckloads of this… drinkable yogurt. Ick!

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Strawberry Flavour. Ick!

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6 Minigo bottles per pack

I think they should have used Baby Dory for this promotion. Am I right or am I right? I think I’m right.

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What does yogurt turn into after the ‘best before’ date?

Well I guess my wife and I should be finding out soon as it is over a week past that fateful date! If you don’t see any more posts on the blog you’ll know that I’m fighting some mutated yogurt monster. Or maybe it won’t find us?

Anyway. Ick!

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Candy Fan

This is a true triple-threat: It has a great Mickey Mouse Clubhouse tie-in. It’s a convenient and fun fan. And it has candy in it!

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A present from my wife

I love all-things transportation but especially if it has a Disney element to it. So having Mickey Mouse flying a helicopter is just too much:

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And as I mentioned, go further and add candy:

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Now you’re just sending me to Disney/Toy/Candy heaven! And an added bonus is that after the candy is gone the candy compartment can be used for secret storage.

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I haven’t tasted the candy yet but it claims to be CandyRific, so how bad can it be? You can just see it in the picture above, but the candy bag has little Disney logos on it as well.

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Time to fly this post off into the sunset

But first, did you notice that Mickey is flying a helicopter with a Fenestron tail rotor? No? Well here is some aviation information just for you: A Fenestron (or fantail, sometimes called “fan-in-fin”) is a protected tail rotor of a helicopter operating like a ducted fan. Placing the fan within a duct reduces tip vortex losses, shields the tail rotor from damage, is much quieter than a conventional tail rotor, and shields ground crews from the hazard of a spinning rotor. The housing is integral with the tail skin and, like the conventional tail rotor it replaces, functions to counteract the torque of the main rotor. It was first developed by the French company Sud Aviation (now part of Airbus Helicopters) and is installed on many of their helicopters.

Tail Rotor

The term Fenestron is a trademark of Eurocopter. It comes from the Latin ‘fenestra’ for window. And now you know!

Funny Story: My wife bought a small hand-held fan from AAA/CAA recently thinking she could use it discretely to cool herself off when it got too hot. But the stupid little thing can be heard in the next town over! So later we are at a product fair and she picks up a free hand-held fan from a vendor thinking to have better luck. It’s just as loud!

She buys me this very conspicuous hand-held fan… and it is whisper quiet. I shouldn’t laugh, but…

Magical Blogorail: Best Frozen Treats at Disney

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Teal loop. Today we are sharing the best frozen treats you can find at Disney.


M I C K E Y     B A R S

Mickey Bar Packaging

Everyone knows about this classic/iconic Disney treat! And I doubt there are too many theme park guests who haven’t had at least one.

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Is it tasty? Yes. Is it good for you? Sure, why not. Is it addictive? Yes. Should you buy a box of them and smuggle them back to your home State or country? Sure, why not.

Mickey Bar

Ah, that first bite! It’s like a Disney rite of passage. But do you bite into the left ear or right ear first? Scientists have spent millions conducting an exhaustive study on that conundrum but as yet have only determined that biting into too many Mickey Bar ears causes stomach aches. Money well spent people!

Fun Facts: There are some things you may not know about this funny-shaped treat.

  • It’s gluten-free!
  • You can find it off-property (at the Vero Beach and Hilton Head resorts, for example)

And we end this loop just as we should all end each and every one of our Disney vacations: With a Mickey Bar!


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