Brave is one of those movies that we used to not watch in our Disney line-up. When my oldest was little, he was terrified of the mean bear. Then my second dragon was, too. And so forth. It’s only now that we have started watching it more, because my Princess just roars and crawls around when the bears are on the screen.
This Disney day was so refreshing after we hadn’t done one in a while!
We decided to make some craft arrows to recognize Merida’s love of archery. Following our Robin Hood Disney Day, it was fun to bring two crafts together. Maybe we’ll have to do another movie with an archer to figure out a bow craft…
They all really enjoyed putting the arrows together for this one.
After crafting and watching the movie, we made Bridies. I should say I made it, except for some small assistance on cooking the ground lamb from my oldest dragon.
This is definitely a dish that warms the soul on a cold day. Since Phil the groundhog has said six more weeks of winter, we will definitely be making this one again.
“Legends are lessons. They ring with truths.”
I hope you have a Brave Disney day and enjoy it!
Coming to the blog: “We don’t talk about Bruno, BUT…”
Merida’s love of archery is something that my dragons relate to, and definitely keeps their interest when watching the movie. We decided for our craft, we would tie it in with the quivers we made when we did our Robin Hood Disney Day.
The first thing we did was decorate the wooden dowels. The dragons and Princess wanted their arrows to be personalized, and who can blame them? This lengthens the life of the craft, too, if you don’t want it to be super short!
Happy New Year, everyone! I have to admit, I’m so happy it’s 2022. I’m not entirely sure why, but it just feels like a wonderful fresh start.
We are starting the new year with a highly underrated film (in my humble opinion): Brave. Not only do I love Merida, but her mom, Eleanor, is one of my favorite Disney moms, ever.
For this film, I wanted to make a meat pie. So I did some research, and found that Bridies is a traditional Scottish dish and it’s exactly what I was looking for! Think shepherd’s pie with a good crust and no potatoes.
I tried this with two different crusts and can’t decide which one I like best (my family was torn as well). So, I’ll give you both options!
– Two frozen pie crusts OR two rolls of Pillsbury crescents
– 1 TBSP olive or vegetable oil
– 1 lb ground lamb (or beef or Turkey)
– 1/3 C chopped onion
– 2 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
– 1 tsp dried thyme
– 1/2 tsp nutmeg
– 1/3 C rolled oats
– 1/2 C – 1 C beef stock or gravy *I used water + “better than beef bouillon”*
– salt and pepper
– 1 egg *optional*
– Heat your oven to 400°F.
– Pour your oil into a large skillet over medium heat. Add the meat and onion and cook, moving to break up the meat. Cook until the onion is translucent and the meat is completely cooked through.
– Add the Worcestershire sauce, thyme, nutmeg, oats, and beef stock. Cook for an additional three minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
– Spray a pie dish. If using crescents, roll out each roll so it is one giant sheet of dough. Place one of these into your pie dish. This will work much nicer than my Tetris version:
If using pie crust, place in traditionally.
– Put your filling into your crust. If using traditional pie crust, pinch the sides using a fork and trim extra dough. Cut slits into the top to vent. Brush the top with egg.
If using crescents, use your other rolled out roll as the top. I did not vent it with these, as my Tetris version wasn’t completely sealed.
– Bake for 30-40 minutes. Check to see that your crust, regardless of kind, is looking nice and golden.
Serve warm. This is positively delicious, and even my picky kids who oddly do not like pie crust or crescents, ate this dish!
For a more traditional way of serving, consider making individual pies!