Happy New Year!
It's time to welcome in a brand new year as we say hello to 2022!
Whether you plan to set new years resolutions or are simply looking forward to what the next 12 months brings, continue to be your swantastic self!
We hope that your year is filled with family, friends, transformations, and even more adventures!
Speaking of New Year's Resolutions, Some of our favorite friends from Swan Lake have made some goals as well!
Odette wants to build a new orphanage for the village.
Derek has promised to plan more date nights for Odette.
Speed thinks life is pretty great as it is and has resolved to take more time to smell the flowers.
JeanBob wants to finally get that smooch!!!!
What are your goals for the New Year?
Share them with us on social media @SwanPrincessOfficial or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Scottish Cock-a-Leekie Traybake
Cock-a-leekie is a traditional Scottish soup, typically consisting of leek and chicken stock. This recipe is a unique twist on the traditional recipe. It's a delicious and warming meal that also helps to use up any leftover vegetables to avoid wasting food!
• 8 free-range chicken thighs
• 2 large carrots, chopped
• 3 leeks, sliced in half (lengthways)
• 2 fennel bulbs, sliced (1cm pieces)
• 3 clementines, 2 cut into slices, 2 juiced
• 200ml chicken stock
• Zest and juice of 1 lemon
• 2 tbsp wholegrain mustard
• 5 tbsp olive oil
• Bunch fresh thyme
• 2 large pieces sourdough, torn
1. Preheat the oven to 395 F/220°C/200°C fan/gas 7.
2. Combine the chicken, veg and clementine slices in a large roasting tin.
3. Mix the stock with the clementine and lemon juice, mustard and 2 tbsp of the oil before pouring the mixture all over the chicken.
4. Tuck thyme sprigs underneath the chicken.
5. Add any seasoning.
6. Roast for 35 minutes (or until fully cooked).
7. Whilst the chicken is in the oven, mix the bread with the remaining oil and the lemon zest and season well.
8. Transfer the bread to a baking tray and place in the oven (along with the chicken) for 10-15 minutes, until crispy and toasted.
9. When you remove the tray from the oven, discard any thyme.
10. Sprinkle the chicken with croutons to serve.
The one and only Puffin joins the pin collection this month!
To celebrate the New Year, not only are we releasing a brand new, limited edition pin, we also have an exclusive offer!
We have 22% off all previously released pins! Plus there's free shipping for US customers that buy two or more pins!
Be sure to head over to our social media pages (@SwanPrincessOfficial) to vote for a future pin release!
Would you like to see more of Princess Odette? Or would you like to add the handsome Prince Derek to your collection? Or maybe you'd like to see Rogers make his debut in our pin collection!
Six Step Simply Sweet Vanilla Cake
Princess Odette loves the sweetness of this cake and often cooks it with the children in the village to teach them some baking skills because it is so easy to make!
This recipe is delicious and great for anybody of any skill, from budding bakers to experienced chefs!
• 3/4 cup (175g) margarine or softened butter
• 3/4 cup (175g) caster sugar
• 3 large eggs
• 3/4 cup (175g) self-raising flour, sifted
• 1tsp baking powder
• 1tsp vanilla extract
• pinch of salt
1. In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients and beat with a wooden spoon for 1 minute (or until just combined).
2. Pour the mixture into a lined cake tin and level the top.
3. Bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 45-50 minutes, until well risen and golden.
4. Let the cake sit in the tin for at least 5 minutes.
6. Gently turn the cake out to cool completely before sprinkling with icing sugar to serve!
Princess Palace Pencil Pot
Organize all of your pencils and stationary in a truly royal fashion with your very own model castle!
You Will Need:
• 3 empty kitchen roll tubes
• Colored paper
• White paper/cardstock
• Cocktail stick
1. Take two of the rolls and shorten them to about 1/2 of their original size.
2. Cut out squares in the top of the two smaller tubes, leaving a gap in between each one so that they resemble castle turrets.
3. Paint both of the smaller roles in your favorite color and set them to one side to dry.
4.. Take the other tube and cut it down so it is slightly higher than the other rolls.
5. Paint the taller tube with the same color as the toilet roll tubes - or mix and match with another of your favorite colors!
6. Paint the cocktail stick the same color and leave the painted items to dry.
7. Cut out an oval from the cardboard that is approx. 18cm x 14cm.
8. Paint the oval green for the castle garden and leave to dry.
9. Cut a semi circle from a piece of colored paper and make it into a cone, gluing the edges down to secure the shape.
10. Take the cocktail stick and push it into the top of the cone (you may need to use a tiny piece of glue to keep it firmly in place), this will be the flagpole.
11. Cut out a small triangle, rectangle or any other shape that resembles a flag from some colored paper. If you want to, you can decorate the flag with a royal symbol or perhaps a swan!
12. Attached the flag to the cocktail stick with some glue.
13. Carefully attach the cone to the top of the tallest tube and leave to dry.
14. Cut out a castle door that will fit on one of the tubes and some windows.
15. Glue the windows, doors and any other features to the tubes accordingly.
16. Take your tubes and glue them to the 'castle garden', with the tallest tube in between the two smaller tubes.
We know how much Princess Odette loves sparkle - why not add a light layer of glue and sprinkle some glitter over your castle!