October 2016’s Royal Appearances

fall 16 dates princessDon’t miss the opportunity to meet the princesses from Azuria

Here’s two chances to see the characters in October. Bring your autograph book and camera to get a photo with the girls.

We’re kicking off our Dress Up Drive in September, please consider bringing costume donations to these events. The last collection day for costumes is October 20th.

Royal Gender Reveal: A Little Princess!

A Little Princess!

Princess Genevieve and Prince Liam are excited to announce the news of their little Princess joining the Royal Family this fall!

its_a_girl_gender_revealPrincess Genevieve has been so touched by the moms that she has worked with over the years, she wanted to share some personal thoughts with all of you:

I feel so blessed to have witnessed the great example of so many Queen Mums through my life’s work with children. I have been listening and watching you all and thus learned so many life changing thoughts from the inspiring mothers that I have met. Thank you for sharing your family’s lives with me. You all have helped mold me into the mommy I will be for our children, starting with this little princess who I cannot wait to hold in my arms.

Forgive us if we’ve been (and continue to be) a bit more silent as we are overwhelmed with joy and excitement as we anticipate the arrival of this precious gift late November/ December this year. While Jennifer takes a hiatus from performing, she has trained a magnificent cast to host amazing parties for five years. The immensely talented young ladies of the cast are excited to enchant and delight at your royal event. We are pre-booking private events now for this Fall and Spring of next year and will soon release our Fall 2016 public appearance schedule.

Earth Day

Here in Azuria we take Earth Day very seriously. To us every day truly is Earth Day.

Did you know that is why Azuria stays hidden away from the modern world? Thousands of years ago we were bequeathed with the sole responsibility to keep the Unicorns from extinction. The reason they were becoming sick and dying off, is because of the growth of greed and industry in today’s modern world. Unicorns can’t live in an environment such as that.

Why? Because they eat the very fragile Four Leaf Clover plant that only can grow if completely safe of these modern ailments. We keep the four leaf clovers safe from industry and pollution where they are healthfully allowed to grow in the Kingdom’s Lucky Clover Fields.

Earth Day here is a huge celebration! All the people in the land gather together at twilight in the L’Etoile Square carrying candles to light the way. All the lights are shut off at 6:30pm and we spend the evening holding hands and singing in beautiful harmony. Everyone brings an item, or photo of, something that naturally came in the shape of a Heart. At the end of the nite we have a big exchange. The rules are you have to explain the meaning behind it and give your heart to someone you’ve never met before! Everyone goes home with a new heart and a new friend.

People get really creative!! Its a highly competitive nite.

Seeing hearts in your very day life is a sign that love is all around you. You are enveloped in love each day of your life. Remember this when you find a heart shaped rock, flower petal or autumn leaf!

Why don’t you do like the Azurians do? Make a pact with your family to turn off the lights, television, iEverything and other electronic games tonite after dinner. Snuggle up together and read to your children by candlelight. Its not so dark when you’re sharing it with loved ones. Plus, it could be just positively romantic!

Do two things today.

  1. One kind thing today for the earth (lights off early, recycle your plastic, take a quick shower).
  2. Something that brings the people of the earth together. Earth Day is truly a family day because we share this beautiful planet together every day. Just think about all the things here that we share with complete strangers!

Have you ever thought about all the things you touch that others touch in one day? The air we breathe, the playground, water at the pool, grocery carts, door handles, plates at a restaurant, bathroom faucets, etc. Instead of being grossed out and thinking about germs, think about the energy that is held in those objects. When you’re shopping for your Easter or Passover list at Wegman’s today, send out love to those public things you touch. Leave for someone else a little bit of your good and positive energy and love.

Be an Earth Angel for someone else today. Its a beautiful world we live in, if you just open your eyes to see all the wonder and magic abound.

I wish you all the love in the world, and lots of hearts, naturally!

Much love.

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This post was originally shared on Earth Day, April 22, 2011.

Mushroom Kale Ravioli Filling Recipe

mushroom ravioli recipeMushroom Kale Ravioli Filling Recipe from the Palace Kitchen.

This is one of my favorite Castle Cuisine posts of all time. It was so tasty. Best part was that we doubled our recipe and had extra filling to make enough ravioli to freeze for later! It’s a long process (with yummy pay off), and I recommend ideally having two people (or more) in the kitchen for this process.

This post pairs with our homemade ravioli pasta recipe. Here’s what you need to make your filling.

2 to 3 handfuls of Cremini mushrooms
1 onion
2 tablespoon chevre (or more if you want it creamier)
Three garlic cloves
2 to 3 kale stocks, stems removed
Olive oil
Sea Salt and pepper to taste

diced mushrooms

Dice mushrooms as small as you can go… and then dice them smaller. They need to fit into your ravioli pockets without bursting during the boil.

sauteed onions and garlic

Warm oil in your pan.
Sauté onions and garlic.
Add a tablespoon olive oil and salt and pepper to taste.
Let them cool.
Blend to create sauce to sauté mushrooms in.

kale mushroom ravioli filling recipe

Combine diced mushrooms and garlic / onion puree and cook for 5 minutes do not over cook mushrooms as they will cook once inside the ravioli while they boil.) They will cook quickly because of their small size.

Add chevre and let it melt. Stirring constantly.

Wilt the kale – and spinach if you want more greens.

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

When filling the ravioli pockets, you want your mixture to be cool so to not warm the fragile pasta sheets. Let cool and set aside to make raviolis.

For the ravioli pasta recipe follow me…

homemade ravioli

Homemade Ravioli Recipe

Easy Homemade Ravioli from the Palace Kitchen.
Why buy it from the grocer when you can make your own?  It’s easy, fun, and so fresh and flavorful.

homemade ravioli

I can’t tell you how much I adore the Kitchen Aid mixer in the palace kitchen. We have used it for so many things! (I promise I’m not being paid to say this.) One of my favorite uses is making homemade pasta dough by using the pasta roller attachment.

We used the recipe below, which is on the back of Bob’s Red Mill Semolina Flour package. We did a 60/40 blend of regular all purpose flour with the semolina – as recommended by Bob’s.

  1. Combine semolina and salt, add beaten eggs (or egg whites), water and oil. Mix to make a stiff dough. Knead 10 minutes (we did this in our Kitchen Aid mixer) or until dough is elastic. Wrap dough in towel or place in plastic bag and let rest for 20 minutes. On a lightly floured surface roll out to desired thickness and cut as desired.Makes 6 servings.

Follow me, if you’d like the recipe for the Mushroom Kale Chevre Filling we made and the Spinach and Kale Pesto sauce. Use our recipe, or get creative with your own filling! I want to hear what you’ve been mixing up in your palace kitchen.

Finding the Warmth in Winter

netherlands christmas lights

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Winter’s darker days have set in and the darkest day of the year, Winter Solstice on December 22, will be here very soon. The sun dips into it’s darkest place in the sky and the temperatures drop. Celebrations surround this astronomical movement as the sun starts bringing more and more light each day the third day following Solstice. This continues as it moves to it’s position for Summer Solstice June 20, 2016. Many of the worlds’ cultures rejoice the return of the the sun to the other side.

For centuries, the sky’s darkness during this time of year has symbolised man’s ability to rise from life’s challenges. Though you may find yourselves in a time of darkness, remember that you will rise again. The sun always returns. The light inside you always will, too.

What will you do to shine your light brightly during the of dark winter?

Warm Winter Scene

image credit: aflourishingperspective.blogspot.com

Do you decorate your home’s windows with warm candle decorations? I love dreaming of what’s going on inside a home with warm light pouring through the windows during a cold winter eve. Maybe there’s a fire aglow warming a loving mommy and daddy reading to their little ones under a Christmas tree decorated with memories they’ve collected together? Do you ever dream the lives inside the homes you pass on your daily commute?

What can you do to shine your light as a beacon for someone else? We never know who may be in need. Those who need love most do not always come in obvious packages.

Light brings warmth to the darkness.

Sending you much warmth and light for the holiday season.

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