Spring Is Here!
Although it might not feel like it outside, this month brings the start of spring! Lucas is especially excited about this as it will soon be time to pick some of the beautiful tulips he has been growing - Princess Odette has already asked for some flowers in different colors to brighten up the palace!
March is also St. Patrick's Day! This Irish holiday celebrates the patron Saint of Ireland and is filled with delicious food, good friends, and of course, lots of green...like our friend JeanBob!
Limited Edition Pins
Swantastic News - Our latest limited edition fantasy pin is now in hand and ready to ship worldwide!
In swan form, Princess Odette's reflection is captured beautifully on the water of the lake she rests on.
We also have a very limited number of pins available in the UK to allow those of you not in the US the chance to order with lower shipping costs than you would normally pay.
Purchase your pin here on the official store and check out our other pin releases, including Queen Uberta!
Keep up to date with pin releases on our social media, @swanprincessofficial, so you can be the first to know about this limited collection.
Oat Soda Bread
Princess Odette can't wait to join in the St. Patrick's Day fun and eat the food traditionally served during this celebration! This delicious bread is a real treat and surprisingly easy to make!
Oil/butter, for greasing
2 cups (250 grams) plain flour , plus extra for dusting
1 2/3 cups (200g) whole meal flour
1/2 cup (50g) porridge oats , plus extra for sprinkling
1 tsp baking soda
2/3 cup (150ml) pot live bio yogurt
1 tbsp black treacle
1 tbsp clear honey
1. Preheat the oven to 392F (200C/180C fan/gas 6.)
2. Grease a baking sheet.
3. Place the plain flour, whole meal flour, oats, baking soda and 1 tsp salt in a large bowl and stir until combined.
4. Pour the yogurt into a measuring jug and add enough water to make the mixture up to 1.75 cups (400ml) and mix well.
5. Stir the treacle and honey into the yogurt mixture until they have fully dissolved.
6. Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and stir the ingredients with a round-bladed knife until you have a soft but sticky dough.
7. On a lightly floured surface, form the dough into a round.
8. Place the dough onto the baking sheet and cut a deep cross in the dough before sprinkling with oats.
9. Bake for 30 mins or until the crust is golden and the loaf sounds hollow when tapped underneath.
This delicious recipe should be eaten the same day or can be toasted the day after baking.
Pot of Gold
It is said that a leprechaun hides their pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, but do you know how this rumor started?
Long ago, when two poor farmers, a husband and wife, pulled the last carrot from their garden, they found a leprechaun hanging on the roots. In exchange for his freedom, the leprechaun vowed to grant the farmers one wish!
The couple could not decide what to wish for and proceeded to ask for everything from new farming tools to jewelry, to a house, until the leprechaun interrupted them.
The leprechaun was so upset by their greed and told the couple they could have all they wanted and more if they found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. The cheeky creature bid them goodbye and left them chasing the elusive end of the rainbow for many years to come!
For this St Patrick's Day activity, you don't need to look for a rainbow, you can make your very own!
You Will Need:
1. Paint a four leafed clover on to the side of the plant pot and leave to dry whilst you prepare the 'gold'.
2. Using paint, glitter and any other gold colored mix, paint the stones and cover them with glitter whilst the paint is still wet so that it sticks and leave to dry (you might need to do this a couple of times to cover all of the stones completely).
3. When the stones are dry place them in your plant pot and cover them with even more glitter.
If you don't have any stones/pebbles, use other random items and make a mystery gold pot!
Decorate the plant pot in different colors or use different colored paints and glitter to make a pixie pot instead!
Hide chocolate coins between the stones as an extra treat or to give to someone as a gift.
Place real coins in the pot for a gift or fun way to do a treasure hunt with children!
Use gold wrapped sweets to add a tasty surprise to your pot of gold.
Paint a rainbow on the pot to symbolize where a leprechaun's pot of gold can usually be found!
Make Your Own Kite!
Alise and Lucas have lots of fun when it's a windy day because it means they can make different colored kites and fly them around the castle grounds!
You Will Need:
A strong plastic bag or paper
A roll of electrical/strong tape
Two lengths of hardwood dowel (about 5mm diameter and at least as big as you would like your kite to be)
A line (strong/light synthetic thread)
A small piece of wood or cardboard for the handle
A small carving knife
1. Lay your paper or bag on a flat surface, folding it in half if you do not have two layers (e.g. like a bag) and mark three dots to form an isosceles triangle on the paper.
2. Using a ruler, draw a straight line to complete the triangle.
3. Cut along the lines (not the folded side) and unfold the paper so you have a kite shape and put the scrap to one side for later.
4. Lay the dowel in the center of the kite vertically and trim it so that it is the exact length of the kite, and firmly secure it at each end with tape.
5. Use a second length of dowel and lay it from the left to right corners so the towels form a 'T', and tape as before (this dowel will be shorter than the first one).
6. Turn the kite over and using scissors, poke a small hole in the plastic where the two dowels cross.
7. Thread one end of line through the hole and tightly tie it to both pieces of wood before adding some tape over the knot to make sure it won’t move.
8. Tie the other end of the line to a small wooden block or piece of board that you can hold with both hands.
9. Stick the end of the thread in the handle so that it doesn’t move and your kite doesn't fly away without you!
10. Use the remaining paper/bag from step 3 to make a tail that’s about as twice as long as your kite. Tie the tail to the bottom of the (vertical) dowel in your own unique way!
Why not design your own paper to make your kite even more unique or use some sparkly/holographic paper for the tail so that it catches the light as it flies through the sky!
About The Swan Princess
The Swan Princess is based upon the folk tale and ballet, Swan Lake. The story is transformed into a playfully fun adventure with exciting music, lovable forest friends, and of course, the handsome Prince Derek. The Swan Princess, Odette, has stayed true to original fairy tale princess with her kindness, grace, and loyalty.
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