What a fun topic this month’s Magical Blogorail Red is! For our Disney movie-inspired date night, I’m going to stick with one of my favorite Disney couples, Lady and the Tramp. A few months back, you helped vote them into the #3 spot in the Magical Blogorail/American Tourister Favorite Disney Couples challenge, but to me they are #1.
I remember seeing Disney’s classic animated film Lady & the Tramp (1955) as a child, when I owned a long-haired Chihuahua named after another beloved Disney animation, Bambi, who somewhat resembled Lady. Maybe that’s what first drew me to this pair, but what kept me coming back was that it is one of the first Disney movies to confirm my beliefs that animals can indeed communicate with people—much like the Toy Storys did for playthings decades later. And that, I think, is what so endeared me—a diehard dog lover—to this film and to so many other Disney classics.
I think Lady & the Tramp makes a wonderful date movie because of the sweet and subtle way the relationship develops between Lady and Tramp. And since communication is key in any successful relationship, be it canine or human, I find it endearing how the pair relate and grow through each experience, from first encounter through struggles and challenges to finally finding love.
My husband and I were high school sweethearts. We have been together 29 years and will celebrate our 21st wedding anniversary in September. I think a Lady & the Tramp date night is long overdue! Don’t tell Mr. Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, but here’s what I’ve got planned:
- As I said, communication is key, so that’s where I’ll start. I’ve saved some movie scene pics from Lady & the Tramp and have added text and icons to them. The day of our date, I plan to text those images to Richard throughout the day.
- I’ll arrange for the kids to play at a friend’s house for the evening, but not before they help me set the scene. It will look just like this, except with humans not dogs.
- Dinner will, of course, be spaghetti and meatballs! I’ll follow this recipe from Walt Disney World’s Tony’s Town Square Restaurant (found at The Disney Diner), so it’s sure to be authentic.
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
- 1/4 cup onions, minced
- 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
- 2 teaspoons dried basil
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- Preheat oven to 350-degrees. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well with hands. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator 3 – 4 hours.
- Remove from fridge and begin forming into golf ball-size meatballs. Place meatballs on cookie sheet 1-inch apart. Bake in oven 15 – 20 minutes, until firm to the touch and no longer pink in the middle.
- Serve hot as is or topped with Tony’s Town Square House Red Sauce on a bed of spaghetti.
- And, when Richard arrives home from work, “Bella Notte” will be playing, and the room will be dimly lit with candles. We’ll sit down, slurp some shared noodles up till our noses touch, and maybe enjoy a quiet stroll down the street after.
This Today’s Takeaway is for the parents, not the kids! Moms and dads need to reconnect from time to time. Set a date on the calendar for the two of you to do something special together. Will you follow our example and make it Lady & the Tramp-inspired?
SCHOOL SUBJECT: Life
SKILL LEVEL: Parents
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Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is THE DISNEY POINT.
Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:
1st Stop ~ A Disney Mom’s Thoughts – The Princess and the Frog
2nd Stop ~ Magical Mouse School House – Lady and the Tramp (You are here!)
3rd Stop ~ The Disney Point – Up
4th Stop ~ Frontierland Station – The Little Mermaid
Final Stop ~ Two Moms and A Mouse – Cinderella