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2019 Making Some Noise

It has been some time since a post has been written here, and I’m not sure when I’ll write again, for the last two years my focus has been primarily baby Princess. We’ve been through four moves to different castles and now even a new kingdom! The biggest news I haven’t had time to write about is that my little Royal Family is living one year in the Kingdom of Denmark, per Prince Liam’s official duties. It has been quite an adventurous learning experience!

We arrived in sunny August to Copenhagen and were privileged to spend the recent holiday season here. We were most saddened that we could not manage to share our beloved Princess tree at Gum Drop Square with you this year. We’ve learned so many new traditions to bring back for Christmases still to come. 💗 Winter’s darkness has set in, making it harder to spend time in our beloved outdoors (except when magical Tivoli is open), but we have cozied up together at home in the early evenings.

I often regret not creating new content to post on Facebook and Instagram like in years past, but I realized that it was better for me to put my efforts into my actual life over making noise online. It was so easy to just post someone else’s content (usually an inspirational quote) to keep my business presence visible, but it didn’t feel valuable to me. My new year’s resolutions last year included reducing time on social media. I felt like that would give me the time I needed to actually get things done. It did wonders for my mental space. Facebook itself became too commercial, news heavy, political, judgemental, negative, scary, and sloppy. For me, even being an extrovert, I was overwhelmed by the obligation to connect and seek notifications of replies to my posts.

I’m a little embarrassed to share that, but I have to say making a conscious change to separate from it all has given me more time to: craft, garden extensively last summer, take an herbalist certification course/ make herbal medicines at home, submerge myself into learning homeopathy and create a mommy’s study group, learn to use Procreate on the ipad, practice calligraphy, knit, sew a litte (I didn’t get to keep at this because we moved across the world, but I was taking sewing lessons from Hannah Ballinger, who altered my wedding dress and did hair and makeup on our wedding day), perform in an opera at Renaissance Montessori School, read/listen to books on tape, make at least weekly visits to see my grandmother (thank GOD because she sadly passed away at the end of last month), learn to make awesome soups, write essays on my computer instead of blog posts, read heaps of books to and dance around the house with Baby Princess, pack up my entire house and put it in a shed, purge my belongings, learn to live minimally more than ever before, explore new cities, learn really basics in a very difficult language (have you HEARD Danish?), take my babies to the park, eat like a Viking (I like pickled herring, but not salted licorice), make wonderfully magical new friends and foster long-time friendships by inviting friends over for dinner (I am terrified to cook for people, so this was also a big deal to me), create new family traditions (making æbleskiver for one!), and learn to be comfortable with being uncomfortable (examples: we live on the third floor of an apartment in the city- with no elevator…, walking in the rain and wind).

When I sat down to write this, I didn’t know what to say, but I wanted to write anyway. Wow. Now I know why. I needed to take time to personally reflect. Reading all of this gives me a great sense of accomplishment, especially because most of my days include mounds of laundry, making meals, washing dishes and unloading the dishwasher, changing nappies, more laundry, getting on the wrong train, trying not to fall up and down stairs with my toddler in tow, biking in the rain, and struggling to learn how to live in a foreign country. I look back at last year and I’m amazed at myself! This is NOT something I feel day to day, but reflecting back now gives me a great sense of pride where on the day-to-day I just feel very very tired.

Thinking ahead, this year I really want to put my phone away at bedtime instead of gleaning Instagram for ideas and inspiration. Instagram is my social platform of choice, because it is (generally) cheery and beautiful. I have shared lots of our adventures and vulnerabilities on my personal account with a very limited group of friends and have gotten a lot more out of the long distance connections I am able to keep. As a Sagittarius (yes, I LOVE astrology), I am constantly aiming for the next thing. I am a GREAT planner and researcher, but not always the best finisher… Pinterest and Instagram have replaced Martha Stewart (etc) magazines for me and it’s overwhelming how much I want to learn and create when I go searching for ONE tiny thing. Then I get sad because I had so many ideas and I only did ONE.

I am still considering my resolutions for this year. A lot has changed in me since our moved to Denmark, and I haven’t completely digested it all yet. I know I want to include my spirituality in there, including self care. Since having our baby, I have lost a sense of self. I’m starting off this year by doing something I’ve wanted to do for years, and getting certified as a yoga instructor here in Copenhagen. For my health (I haven’t been to yoga regularly since I was pregnant) and because I want to teach in the future. After having such an incredible experience myself, I feel a strong calling to encourage women through pregnancy, childbirth, and beyond and this is one of the ways I can support that dream.

Another dream I have is to publish a party planning book here on my website. I have been working on this for about four years (throwing parties for my friends and awkwardly taking pictures of the set up even while they arrive) now but getting time to actually put the pages together escapes me. It’s probably just embarassment and fear that no one would like it. I love throwing parties even though they stress me out. It’s two of my favorite things together: creating a warm environment for my friends and making crafts to decorate!

On Saturday I attended a Danielle LaPorte workshop in Nørrebro at Kafofu. I love Danielle’s book (read it in 2012) and powerfully calming dialogue. This particular worship was focused on creating how you want to FEEL in the year to come- instead of what GOALS you want to accomplish. I have to remember this while I write, because it is so easy to (as I just did above discussing my party theme book idea) get depressed about what we DON’T finish or even start. After the workshop, I now know how I want to feel this year in all parts of my life. FREEDOM. That’s the word I wrote down and meditated on. I want to feel free as I’m biking the babies around the rainy windy Copenhagen, I want to feel free as I do the laundry, as I make our meals. I want to feel free in my yoga classes (it’s HOT yoga and I easily overheat… I’m so intimidated by this course). I want to feel FREE in my heart to create and be me.

How do you want to FEEL? Have you made resolutions for the year? Or had similar experiences with social media yourself? How do you handle making yourself accomplish things?

Even my taking a toddler nap time to write this post is keeping me from doing the things I wanted to do today, but I am so thankful to have reflected on my year in a big picture way.

Thanks for listening to my noise.

Blessings to you in the new year.

 

 

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.

Princess Genevieve Signature script angled

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.

Ingredients:
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.

Ingredients
Instructions
  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.

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