August 2020 – The Swan Princess
August 2020

August 2020

Read About August's Featured Swan Princess Fan Here

Find August's Trivia Question Here

The Swan Princess: A Royal Wedding, the tenth film in the series is now available! 

 

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DVDs coming soon!

Join Princess Odette and her friends as they try to overcome evil once more with the magic of love! Adventure to Princess Mei Li's Kingdom as she prepares to wed her true love, Chen.

Congratulations to, Anna Maddalena, the winner of the Act-It-Out challenge.

Here is her video submission:

Read all about the challenge and see the entries here

Anna will receive the 5 limited edition silver coins as her prize.

All of those who submitted a video to the act-it-out challenge are eligible for a prize by sending there mailing address to Odette@SwanPrincessSeries.com

Our recent limited edition pins, featuring a young Derek and a young Odette, can now be purchased separately.

Buy Derek for $21.99

Buy Odette for $32.99

Buy the set for $44.99

Beef and Brocolli

A delicious recipe that Odette and Derek tasted when they visited Princess Mei-Li and Chen to celebrate their marriage!

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce, divided

  • Juice of 1/2 lime

  • 3 Tbsp packed brown sugar, divided

  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch, divided

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 lb sirloin steak, sliced thinly against grain

  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1/3 cup low-sodium beef (or chicken) broth

  • 2 tsp sriracha (optional)

  • 1 head broccoli, cut into florets

  • Sesame seeds, for garnish

  • Thinly sliced green onions, for garnish


Instructions:

  1. Whisk 1/3 cup soy sauce, lime juice, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, and 1 tablespoon cornstarch until combined.

  2. Add the steak, season with salt and pepper, and toss until the steak is fully coated.

  3. Marinate for 20 minutes.

  4. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the steak in a single layer (you may need to cook the recipe in batches) and cook until seared, about 2 minutes per side. Remove steak and set aside.

  5. Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.

  6. Stir in remaining 1 tablespoon cornstarch until garlic is coated, then stir in broth, remaining 2 tablespoons brown sugar, remaining 1/3 cup soy sauce, and Sriracha.

  7. Bring the mixture to a simmer.

  8. Add broccoli and simmer until tender for 5 minutes.

  9. Season sauce with salt and pepper then return the steak to skillet.

  10. Garnish with sesame seeds and green onions to serve.

Origami Swan

The traditional art of paper folding, Origami, is a fun way to spend time and make delicate decorations and gifts! Use white or color paper and make yourself something beautiful! Princess Odette makes the most beautiful swans and even uses them to decorate the castle!

You will need square sheets of paper:

Start with one square sheet of paper and fold it in half diagonally.

Unfold the paper.

    Fold the left and right edges of the paper to meet the central crease made above so that it is shaped similar to a kite.

    Turn the folded piece of paper over and fold the left and right edges to meet the central crease. You should now have a kite that is much thinner.

    Fold the model in half so that the two points meet.


    Fold the smallest point about a quarter of the way down the paper.

    Fold the model in half vertically (mountain fold to create the left and right side of a swan).

    Gently pull the neck and head of the origami swan away from the body.

    Prince Derek enjoys origami too, especially because he can make boats that really float so that he can have boat races with Bromley! Rogers joins in too but sank his most recent boat when he tried to add a new invention that was supposed to make it go faster!

    How did August did its name? 

    We follow the Gregorian calendar, but it’s based on the ancient Roman calendar.

    The Roman calendar was likely created by Romulus, the first king of Rome, around 753 BC. It is a based on the behavior of the moon and had 12 months.  Strangely, the months of winter were considered “dead”, when the government and military wasn’t active so two of the months did not have names. 

    March was named for Mars, the god of war, because the this was the month when active military campaigns resumed! May and June were also named for goddesses (Maia and Juno). April meant “to open” in Latin, representing the opening buds of springtime.

    When Julius Caesar became pontifex maximus, he reformed the Roman calendar, so that the 12 months were based on the Earth’s revolutions around the Sun. It was a solar calendar as we have today. January and February were moved to the front of the year.

    After Caesar’s death, the month Quintilis (fifth) was renamed July in honor of Julius Caesar in 44 BC and, later, Sextilis (sixth) was renamed August (in 8 BC) in honor the first Roman emperor (and grandnephew of Julius Caesar), Augustus Caesar (63 B.C.– A.D. 14). Augustus comes from the Latin language, meaning venerable, noble, and majestic.

     

     


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