Saturday, April 26, 2014

National Princess Week day 7

Song Stuck on the Brain: Today was a Fairytale by Taylor Swift

Welcome back! It’s the final day of #NationalPrincessWeek and we’re going out with a bang. We’re having an International Tea Party (online of course…) and you are ALL invited. We have an EXTRA special guest today, too. All week you’ve met the girl-friends from Dysfunction Junction, but today, Kianna herself is stopping in as guest of honor. She has something to share that you won’t want to miss.
SO, choose your favorite country or princess, dress to the nines and come on in for our final hurrah.

 photo Curly-Locks.jpgI’m so excited about today’s tea party! But I’m also kind of sad that the week is already over. My last book to share is the Princess and the Pea. My mommy said it was originally written by a man named Hans Christian Anderson and that he lived a long time ago in Denmark. Since I like this book so much, I picked this country for today’s party. Mommy helped me look on Facebook to find a picture of a princess from Denmark. I’m picking PrincessJosephine Sophia Ivalo Mathilda because she looks like she’s ‘got spunk’, just like Daddy says about me.
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The Princess and The Pea by John Cech

 A long time ago, there lived a prince who was looking for someone very special to marry… One of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories gets a breathtaking showcase, with lavish art and an elegant retelling by acclaimed writer, professor, and radio host John Cech. It’s the second exquisite entry in the Classic Fairy Tale Collection series.
Although the handsome prince meets ladies blessed with beauty, wealth, and brains, he knows in his heart that none is the true princess he longs for. Then, one stormy night, a wet, disheveled, and very weary young woman knocks at the castle door. Could she be his queen? One tiny pea buried underneath twenty soft mattresses might reveal the truth…”

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It’s the last day, how could I possibly share all the princess stories worth reading with you, when I only had a week? There’s no way I could and that’s the sad truth, but I hope you have found a lot of new books worth reading this week. I want to share just a few more of my favorites before I go change into my Moroccan inspired outfit for tea. Please enjoy and I’ll see you for tea soon.

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

 photo EllaEnchanted.jpgHow can a fairy's blessing be such a curse?

At her birth, Ella of Frell was given a foolish fairy's gift—the "gift" of obedience. Ella must obey any order given to her, whether it's hopping on one foot for a day or chopping off her own head!

But strong-willed Ella does not tamely accept her fate. She goes on a quest, encountering ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters, fairy godmothers, and handsome princes, determined to break the curse—and live happily ever after.


The Princess by Lori Wick

 photo Theprincess.jpgShe’s so special already, Lord, Daria Parker prayed. Now she has You, and I can’t help but wonder if You might have something very remarkable and unfamiliar for our Shelby.

In the Land of Pendaran, lively, affectionate Shelby Parker was born to a simple life—yet her mother, Daria, and those around her cannot help but notice the graces she possesses. Among those taking note of Shelby’s winsome ways and tender heart are the king and queen of the House of Markham, who are seeking a new wife for their widowed son, Prince Nikolai.

To uphold a long-cherished tradition of the country, Shelby and Nikolai agree to an arranged marriage. But while Nikolai is a perfect gentleman at public functions, he remains distant and shy at home, leaving Shelby to ponder the inner workings of his heart. Will the prince ever love her as he did his first wife? Can the faith they share overcome the barriers between them?

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

 photo princessbride.jpgAnyone who lived through the 1980s may find it impossible—inconceivable, even—to equate The Princess Bride with anything other than the sweet, celluloid romance of Westley and Buttercup, but the film is only a fraction of the ingenious storytelling you'll find in these pages. Rich in character and satire, the novel is set in 1941 and framed cleverly as an “abridged” retelling of a centuries-old tale set in the fabled country of Florin that's home to “Beasts of all natures and descriptions. Pain. Death. Brave men. Coward men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. Passions.”

Welcome to tea, my royal (even if just for a day) friends. I’m so glad you could all make it. Thank you for being with Curly-Locks and I all week, we’ve had a blast.
 photo teatable.pngBack with us today, are of course, Rissa, Hope and Alexa; and as a special surprise Kianna is here as well. Ladies, you all look beautiful. As you enter, I’ll announce your Princess/Country inspiration.
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Now that we’ve had our royal parade, lol, Alexa tell us about this gorgeous set up. You’ve obviously worked hard to put this shindig together so quickly and it looks fantastic. What do we have on the buffet?

I found some wonderful recipes on Pinterest. We have:

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Potstickers with Spicy Dipping Sauce

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Swedish-meatball appetizers
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Crab Sushi
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Garlic White Bean Basil Hummus w/Pita Chips
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Turkey, Gouda, Apple Sandwiches
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Romanian Cabbage Rolls (Sarmale)
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Battered Plantains w/Peanut Sauce (Bakabana)

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Cheese Danishes
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Cranberry Mini Scones
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Russian tea cookies
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Mahamri (Tanzanian fritters)
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Strawberry cheesecake wonton bites

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Earl Gray

Mango Lassi

The food is fresh and ready to go. Come in and fill up your plate, have a seat at the table.

Kianna, what did you want to share with us today?

I have a new song from my journal and I want to share it with everyone. If you don’t mind being my sounding board, you can get an early listen.

Journal Entry: "Fairy Tales"

Love at first sight is not real

Or so I have been told.

But I need to believe

One day I’ll have and hold. 

Because everybody needs

A little fairy tale,

Cinderella and romance

A kiss to break the spell.

All I want is true love,

A white picket fence.

I’m dreaming of the day

When I’ll find my prince.  

I’ll have kissed the right frog

And love will make sense.

I spent my childhood days

Living in wonderland.

Dreaming that my prince charming

Would come and hold my hand.

Well life’s not a fairy tale

And a princess I’m not,

But I’ll hold on to my dreams

Because they’re all I’ve got.

Sleeping Beauty and Snow White

Were given true love’s kiss

So I think it’s only fair

All I’m asking is this.
I hope you all enjoyed our week together, thank you so much for celebrating with us.

Do you want to know the rest of Kianna’s story? You could win a free copy. Today is the last day to enter the contest. So hurry and get your entries in before midnight CST.

If you haven’t stopped by my Facebook page yet, be sure to check out the spotlight on Modern Day Princesses around the world. Being a princess is more than wearing pretty jewelry, now they have big aspirations. These girls are well educated and have careers of all kinds that benefit their community.

What was your favorite part of National Princess Week? Let us know in the comments below, Tweet them to me @aprilerwin or post them on my Facebook page.

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Finding true love these days feels impossible to Kianna Ravencamp, only dysfunction surrounds her. Her sister’s married to an abusive husband and marriages she’s admired for years are falling apart. Maybe relationships like her parent’s don’t exist anymore. She dreams of true love and a family, but she’s never even been kissed.
For her birthday, her best friend gives her a journal and dares her to follow her dream of songwriting and vocal lessons quickly follow. Kianna’s finally dared to dream big… if the three men in her life don’t get in her way.
Nick Steele, her new vocal partner is flirtatious and charming. Derek Simpson, the new vocal coach is asking her out for coffee. Even Jason Payne, a childhood friend is acting odd. For the first time in her life, she will have to navigate dating and flirtation. Will her inexperience be her downfall? How will these relationships affect her songwriting career? Letting go and trusting God is the only answer that brings the path to real love and success.
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"Fairy Tales" by April Erwin (c) 12/28/

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