June 30, 2013

Gardening in the heat- Lettuce Seed Collection

It's super hot here in Northern California but I can't skip out on taking care of the garden. Your best bet to deal with the heat and keep the garden intake is get out and about first thing in the morning. Make sure you water the garden either the night before or the very morning during hot days. If you happen to skip out because you are feeling to hot that weather can kill off the garden in a couple of hours and there will be no saving it. Once a plant wilts, the sun easily burns away at the weakened leaves and it's over. So get out there and water it up before the heat takes all the hard work you put in the garden away!

Moving on to Lettuce. The last batch of Winter Lettuce a wild mix of small salad greens has finally gone to seed. If you let a batch go to see you will  see the weed like stems and yellow flowers stick up nice and tall in the garden. I have my lettuce right up front so when you walk by the garden you just see buckets of tall lettuce stems and tiny yellow flowers. To any outsider it's a weed, to the person on the inside like me, I've been on edge waiting for them to go to seed. Finally!






The pods and stems are coated with a milk like sticky residue so collecting seeds can be tricky. Don't let the seeds get wet and be sure to wash your hands after collection it can get very sticky.Just pick the dried pod, and store in a cool dry place.
 The pods can hold up to 15 seeds so don't be skipping them! 
 I find collecting seeds easier in the morning. Just as flowers open in the morning so does the seed pods. When the pod is closed and are collected that way they tend to rot very fast. Be sure to collect when they are opened and dry or else the seeds will not save correctly. 






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June 26, 2013

Wordless Wednesday


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June 25, 2013

Tickets for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents BUILT TO AMAZE!

If you missed my first post about the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents BUILT TO AMAZE coming to the Bay area here's a second chance to not miss out!


Tickets for the Circus go on sale at the end of this week on June 28th, so don't miss out. Here are the dates again if you missed them



OAKLAND

WHEN: Thursday, August 15 – Monday, August 19
Thursday, August 15 7:30 PM
Friday, August 16 7:30 PM
Saturday, August 17 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM
Sunday, August 18 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM
Monday, August 19 7:30 PM

WHERE: ORACLE Arena – 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, CA 94621

TICKETS: Ticket prices range from $20, $25, $40 (VIP), $65 (Front Row) and $100 (Circus Celebrity)
Discount Opening Night tickets available for only $15 each (not valid on VIP/premium levels)
All seats are reserved; tickets available thru Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or visit the venue Box Office.

SAN JOSE

WHEN: Wednesday, August 21 – Monday, August 26
Wednesday, August 21 7:30 PM
Thursday, August 22 7:30 PM
Friday, August 23 7:30 PM
Saturday, August 24 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday, August 25 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM
Monday, August 26 7:30 PM

WHERE: HP Pavilion at San Jose – 525 W. Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113

TICKETS: Ticket prices range from $20, $27, $50 (VIP), $75 (Front Row) and $110 (Circus Celebrity)
Discount Opening Night tickets available for only $15 each (not valid on VIP/premium levels)
All seats are reserved; tickets available thru Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or visit the venue Box Office.

SAN FRANCISCO

WHEN: Thursday, August 29 – Monday, September 2
Thursday, August 29 7:30 PM
Friday, August 30 7:30 PM
Saturday, August 31 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM
Sunday, September 1 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM
Monday, September 2 11:30 AM & 3:30 PM

WHERE: Cow Palace – 2600 Geneva Ave, Daly City, CA 94134

TICKETS: Ticket prices range from $20, $25, $40 (VIP), $70 (Front Row) and $100 (Circus Celebrity)
Discount Opening Night tickets available for only $15 each (not valid on VIP/premium levels)
All seats are reserved; tickets available thru Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or visit the venue Box Office


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June 24, 2013

Chamomile Flowers - Collecting Seeds and General Care

Growing Chamomile is fairy easy to grow. You may sow them outside after danger of frost is gone and they should grow on their own. Generally Chamomile likes sun but it does tolerate shade. They prefer rich soil and well drained so if your ground stays wet you should make sure it drains well.

I'm growing Chamomile for teas and have several plants throughout the garden, one is for strictly the harvest of seeds in which I never cut back.
This is German Chamomile 
Chamomile seeds are TINY! So Tiny.

Collecting the seeds is simple, unless you let them fall to the ground and in that case I'll recommend if you plan on collecting, check each day so this doesn't happen. Sometimes the petals are still on the flower when the seeds are coming off so keep an eye on them.

Here is a cone with petals and ready to harvest for seeds. You'll  see the cone start to come apart, the and can just pluck it right off the stem. I scrap the seeds off into a jar ten clip the empty cones off later.



 As always with seeds store in a cool dry place away from sunlight.
 In order to harvest for teas you will snip the entire stem for a German Chamomile flower when the flowers are fully open. Dry then on drying screens. Roman Chamomile you pluck the flowers leaving the stems. Same drying system.
If you happen to be allergic to Ragweed, you may also be allergic to Chamomile, so heads up!


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June 23, 2013

Monsters University is Playing in Theaters!


Have you planned on going to see it?  Well you should, it looks awesome and a ton of fun for the whole family!
Here is a preview :) 


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June 22, 2013

Keep on Rolling!

If you remember a few weeks ago I mentioned how I have started to bike which is part of my recovery PT . I bike everyday now with the family around our local track. Everyone that is expect my youngest who is four.  Normally while I bike around the track the kids take up the field and play for awhile or bike around the track a few times. My youngest though feels left out so my husband took some old things around the house and came up with an idea.

Homemade Bike Wagon!  I don't have directions for this, even progress pictures as he built it so fast I had no idea he had done it till he took my crutches and cut them in half. Yes, he used crutches to build a bike wagon! Materials were all scrap things laying around. 

Take a look
The wheels were from an old bike, wood from an old desk. 

Metal frame and attachment is my crutch! Yup, you read that right. 


Using a simple metal plate he was able to screw in the ends of the crutch piece for attaching to the back of the bike. 
Pretty neat isn't it?  My youngest daughter loves it! We won't of course use this on the road, we use it on the sidewalk, and the track but it's perfect and sturdy. Holds both my youngest and a sports bag loaded up with water and other items for the kids to play in. We'll attach some hand rails and I'm thinking about making a harness or seat so she can strap in. Now my daughter can cheer us all on as we pedal around the track!

What do you do to get the entire family out and about? Do you exercise as a family ? Stay tuned for the blogs Fitness Event which is coming up real fast! 

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June 21, 2013

Sweet Treat Friday - Chocolate Silk Pie


Chocolate, creamy chocolate and whipped cream . That's heaven right there ! It's easy to make as well a wonderful friend gave me this recipe. Using a pre-made crumb crust you also save a little bit of time as well. 

Ingredients for the Filling-
 3/4 cups sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
3 tablespoons cornstarch 
1/8 teaspoons salt
2 cups low fat milk
1 egg beaten
1 1/2 ounces semisweet chocolate grated
1 teaspoon vanilla 
Homemade Whipped Topping Recipe below 
Directions

Combine the sugar, cocoa, cornstarch, salt and milk in medium saucepan. Stir well with a fork or whisk. Cooking while stirring constantly until mixture comes to a boil.  In a separate bowl beat the egg. Slowly add about 1/3 cup of the milk mixture into the egg, then mix. Add it into the cooking mixture and keep stirring. Cook about two minutes or until the mixture starts to thicken. Remove from heat and add in grated chocolate , keep stirring so the chocolate melts. Stir in Vanilla. Mixture should be thick. Spoon mixture into the prepared crust and set in fridge for at least two hours or until completely cool and set. 

Whipped Topping Recipe-

Ingredients
2 cups heavy cream
2 ounces sugar
A drop or two of vanilla

Directions

Whip all ingredients together until you have soft peaks.  Chill in fridge and then take both Chocolate pie out and top with whipped topping. You can use how ever much you like. Keep both chilled though. Top with crushed cookies or even more chocolate pieces.

Enjoy!



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June 18, 2013

Mexican Daisy's

These cheerful little Daisy's are a favorite in my yard. I love how they come in different colors, pinks, purples, whites , a nice blend to look at each day. They stay blooming from spring to fall and are pretty much a "bush" . In the last few years I've taken clippings to propagate and plant around the yard. Now that I have several of them going it was time to collect their seeds. It's a long delicate operation because these little flowers make even smaller seeds that can blow away with a breath of air. Literally.

With a long blooming season they also seed throughout as well. They get that cute fuzz like a dandelion and blow away so easily you have to collect the seeds on a calm day. Even then though you're most likely going to see seeds fly away. 
Cute fuzz head! 

Such tiny seeds! 

I've decided to collect two ways, one by snatching up the fuzzy seed heads and another is simply brush them off some rocks that I shoved under one of the bushes. This way, when the wind blows the seeds, they collect on the rock, making collection a little easier.


The seeds are so delicate I use a paint brush. 


While collection may be tricky, growing is even more trickier. It's easier to make cuttings and root them than grow by seeds. 
You do not cover these seeds but mix with fine sand or even lime not dirt.  It takes about 4-6 weeks to germinate and you must keep them moist and only use a light sprinkle or even mist or else you will damage the seedlings. It takes a lot of care to get these pretty flowers going! Totally worth all the time you put into them! They last long, and are cheerful to have in the garden. 

Once you get past this stage you will have a hardy plant that is resistant to drought, and pretty much cares for itself. The bush simple rests through the winter then comes to life in the spring each year, making it a joy to have around in the garden. 

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June 17, 2013

The Phone Issue

We have lived in this house for more than five years and never not had an issue with our phone. It's been so frustrating. Rain getting the lines wet, it cuts us off. Static on the line, buzzing, echoing and here lately, just no phone at all! Yup, haven't had a phone working for over a week.  Our provider is AT&T and while I love my cell phone service even TV from them the land line is and has been nearly useless to us. There has always been trouble with it, people come out here to fix it then weeks later we have more trouble.
Now I know weather messing up the lines, and sure it can be really problematic. Never knew anyone with so many issues with a single line.
 Whatever it is, I do wish they could fix it, and have it keep working. Having my DSL drop me every five minutes is annoying. Having static on the phone while making a long distance call is frustrating. The customer service has rocked , polite, helpful, yet the problem always comes back. :( Now before I end this, I will mention that before we called them we did check the line. Made sure it was not a problem on our end of the line, and it's not. There's isn't even a tone coming into the phone box, so it's all on their end.  Which is even possibly more frustrating since they've been out here already to fix this.

I am truly hopeful that our phone troubles finally end this week. I am waiting for the company to send someone out here and help us out. Possibly end the problem all together? Wishful thinking I'm thinking considering this has been 5+ years now of issues never going away.

I'll update hopefully if things are fixed, otherwise if I end up going missing on the blog here lately- You will know it's a phone issue...


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June 16, 2013

Happy Father's Day!!

To all the amazing Father's out there, Happy Father's Day!!
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June 15, 2013

Dollar Shave Club for Father's Day

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June 14, 2013

Easy Chicken Caesar Salad

Salads seem simple enough don't you think? So why is this called Easy Chicken Caesar Salad?
Easy answer <-- HA! Sorry I had to , alright lameness aside, this is called easy because of the homemade dressing. I love the taste which actaully has some anchovy paste in it, and no it does not taste fishy or nasty. It tastes really great and my kids love it!

I used buffalo chicken in my sandwich, so yum! 
Caesar Dressing
Ingredients ( makes 4 servings)

2 tablespoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons plain yogurt
2 teaspoons mustard ( favorite is Dijon, and sometimes even the spicy brown kicks this up a notch)
1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoons anchovy paste ( I find this near all the other pastes, like basil and pesto in the produce section)
2 tablespoons EVOO
3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese ( make sure it's grated and fresh)
Pepper to taste

To make Dressing-
  Place the first 6 ingredients into a food processor and pulse it gently till combined. While you are pulsing it slowly ass the olive oil in until it becomes creamy. Add in the cheese and pepper.

Assemble Salad-  You will need Romaine Lettuce , Skinless chicken breast, Parmesan cheese, Croutons.  I added chopped celery, carrots and chives from the garden to perk it up a bit. Use however much you need for the amount of people your serving but the dressing only makes for 4. Refrigerate leftovers.

Enjoy!
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June 12, 2013

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents BUILT TO AMAZE!



For my local followers, here is some exciting news!! Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents BUILT TO AMAZE!
Coming To The Bay Area August 15 – September 2, 2013 at the Oracle Arena (Oakland) from August 15-19, HP Pavilion (San Jose) from August 21-26 and the Cow Palace (San Francisco) from August 29-September 2.


Ringmaster Andre McClain takes the Ringling Bros.® reins accompanied by his horse Comanche, to lead his funny and mischievous circus supervisors to construct a fantastic design of heart-pounding and wondrous performances sure to amaze and thrill audiences. With more than 110 of the world’s best artists & athletes representing 17 countries along with 95 exotic and domestic animals assembled together, Built to Amaze! is highlighted by several unique acts this year including:

- Nine-time international award-winning comedic animal presenting duo Alex and Irina Emelin of Russia introduce their uniquely-designed brand of magic and humor with their remarkable trained animals including poodles, ferrets, rabbits, snakes and more!

- The Trampoline Tower Tumblers, a troupe of ten competitive aerial athletes from the Ukraine who launch themselves from trampolines to scale, repel and pass through a three-story high translucent tower

- The popular King Charles Troupe hailing from New York City brings one-wheeled excitement to the ring with a spirited and comedic basketball competition featuring ten whirling unicyclists.

In addition, the show features the electrifying high-wire acrobats, daredevil stunts on The Steel Vortex, the youngest female Human Cannonball, remarkable hand-balancing duos, the always hilarious Clown Alley…and of course no Ringling Bros. circus experience would be complete without our four-legged star performers including the majestic Bengal tigers presented by the charismatic “Taba” and a fun-filled Asian elephant dance party.

Be sure to arrive early to join us for several exciting interactive elements before the show starts! Opening 90 minutes prior to each performance at all Bay Area venues, all ticket holders are invited to tour the Animal Open House to get up-close with our amazing animals. Then one hour before show time, families can step onto the arena floor to meet our circus performers and animals at the interactive All Access Pre-Show, FREE admission to all ticket holders.

Click here for a Fun Activity Sheet for the kids to do! 

Here is a complete list for the dates and times

OAKLAND

WHEN: Thursday, August 15 – Monday, August 19
Thursday, August 15 7:30 PM
Friday, August 16 7:30 PM
Saturday, August 17 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM
Sunday, August 18 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM
Monday, August 19 7:30 PM

WHERE: ORACLE Arena – 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, CA 94621

TICKETS: Ticket prices range from $20, $25, $40 (VIP), $65 (Front Row) and $100 (Circus Celebrity)
Discount Opening Night tickets available for only $15 each (not valid on VIP/premium levels)
All seats are reserved; tickets available thru Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or visit the venue Box Office.

SAN JOSE

WHEN: Wednesday, August 21 – Monday, August 26
Wednesday, August 21 7:30 PM
Thursday, August 22 7:30 PM
Friday, August 23 7:30 PM
Saturday, August 24 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday, August 25 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM
Monday, August 26 7:30 PM

WHERE: HP Pavilion at San Jose – 525 W. Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113

TICKETS: Ticket prices range from $20, $27, $50 (VIP), $75 (Front Row) and $110 (Circus Celebrity)
Discount Opening Night tickets available for only $15 each (not valid on VIP/premium levels)
All seats are reserved; tickets available thru Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or visit the venue Box Office.

SAN FRANCISCO

WHEN: Thursday, August 29 – Monday, September 2
Thursday, August 29 7:30 PM
Friday, August 30 7:30 PM
Saturday, August 31 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM
Sunday, September 1 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM
Monday, September 2 11:30 AM & 3:30 PM

WHERE: Cow Palace – 2600 Geneva Ave, Daly City, CA 94134

TICKETS: Ticket prices range from $20, $25, $40 (VIP), $70 (Front Row) and $100 (Circus Celebrity)
Discount Opening Night tickets available for only $15 each (not valid on VIP/premium levels)
All seats are reserved; tickets available thru Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or visit the venue Box Office
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June 11, 2013

Chives- Companion planting

I've been asked to post more from readers about all things gardening, who am I to turn down that request? Also well let's face it- we are in the prime planting season so I have plenty to post about in the garden. Today we're talking Chives!

One of the easiest things to grow are chives, whether onion or garlic you could pretty much just toss seeds at dirt and they will take over growing for you. Just water them and you are done. The best things I find about growing chives though are this-  they don't take up much space, they grow fast, they bloom quickly and draw in bees early in the season. There's plenty other reason too, one being they are great companion plants .

Companion plants are great, while people need friends to keep them company, so do plants. By doing so you get benefits, whether by the added flavor to a vegetables or fruit, or less bugs to deal with, even less plant disease. Some plants have different benefits, but all are helping you out.

 A great way to boost tomato flavors is planting chives in with the tomatoes.( do not plant with peas or beans)  You can also plant them with carrots and even roses to help prevent black spots! I grow a large amount of chives throughout the garden and even have one main container just for one reason-  making a homemade garden spray. If you make a chive tea, which is just blending up a bunch of chives in water you can spray plants and keep them from forming mildew which will take an entire plant out. I spray it mostly on cucumbers and it's helped save them.

 They not only taste great but they are super helpful throughout the garden!

Garlic Chives will have white flowers while Onion chives will have purple flowers.



After the chives go to flower you will see them dry up a bit.  Keep watching until the petals part just a little and you can see the black seeds inside. Simply tip the dried flower head down into a bag or jar to collect it's seeds. Store in cool dry dark place and plant when you want!

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June 10, 2013

Recovering from an injury- My New PT

It's now been 7 months since I had surgery and broke my hip. Does not seem that long, in fact it seems too short. I still have incredible pain some days, but nothing like before and it's being managed as much as it can. Yoga has been my top recovery PT in which I do daily, then when I could finally walk which was just in March that was added to daily workouts. The last few weeks I added a new workout and therapy which was the bike!

I pack the kids up and head out to the track everyday after dinner to do laps on the bike and we all benefit. The kids are busy in the infield playing and I not only get my PT done but I get a sense of some peace and quiet without the kids in my face. It's a win -win .

Not easy that's for sure. It works the hip and leg muscles far more than walking and it's required an intense amount of fall backs as far as pain. Through the pain though and of course rest when needed it's given me some new strengths. I like being able to go fast again. Used to run everyday, and I am not able to do that , won't be able to for awhile so the bike has given me some speed back in which I crave. It's very challenging to go slow with things. From a multi tasker to someone who is told to take it easy at every turn, it's hard. Recovery is not just physically challenging it's mentally challenging and if you've ever been injured enough to have to cut way back on your daily activities you know what it feels like. Sitting still doesn't happen with me, I'm always doing something. So for nearly five months I was on crutches, not able to drive, not able to just simply get up and walk. Being told "you cannot do this" was daily and it got to me. Still gets to me, so to be able to bike and get to go fast or do a few miles is something that's put a nice shine back into my life. It makes the wait for the day I am told I can run again a little easier to face. :)


Do you and your family get out and exercise together? Or do you step out by yourself and enjoy some time to yourself?
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June 9, 2013

Garden update - Farewell to Spring

My garden as far as vegetables is going so far is right on track. Lettuce, greens, peas, beans and squash will be collected first while the tomatoes, peppers , eggplants cucumbers and more will come a little later. Right now though I am still knee deep in flowers and collecting their seeds which I don't mind one bit! 

In the attempts to name all the wildflowers that came unnamed to me I've been able to get another one down-  Clarkia Amoea or Farewell to Spring. 

They tend to be about 3 feet tall, and come in a variety of pinks, whites and deep purple.

I love them! The only one drawback is waiting on the seeds. Since they are so tall, waiting for the deadhead and then drying seed pod sticks out like a sore thumb in the garden.  Last year I had missed seed collection because well, I was in the hospital! So all those seeds scattered around the garden and they seem to take twice as long to go from flower to seed. I had to pull a few because they started to crowd the vegetables, which sucks I hate pulling plants.  There's still a ton left though around the house.  Here are the colors - 

Deep Pink and Light Pink 

Almost White, and light Pink

Light Pink and Dark Pink

Deep Pink and White 

I have a few buds with purple  but they haven't bloomed yet! I'll update when they do. 

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June 4, 2013

Disney Junior's "Pirate and Princess" Summer Programming Release

"SOFIA THE FIRST," CABLE TV'S #1 SERIES AMONG KIDS 2-5, EXPANDS TO DAILY TELECAST AND KICKS OFF DISNEY JUNIOR'S "PIRATE AND PRINCESS SUMMER" MULTI-PLATFORM PROGRAMMING EVENT
BEGINNING MONDAY, JUNE 10


New Episodes of "Sofia the First" and "Jake and the Never Land Pirates" to Debut Throughout the Summer; WATCH Disney Junior to Premiere Episodes a Week Before They Debut On-Air

Viola Davis, Megan Mullally and Jerry O'Connell Guest Star;
Classic Disney Princess Jasmine Makes Special Appearance on "Sofia the First"

"Sofia the First," cable TV's #1 series among Kids 2-5, will expand to a daily telecast and kick off Disney Junior's multi-platform "Pirate and Princess Summer" programming event beginning MONDAY, JUNE 10. The series, starring Disney's first little girl princess, will air weekdays at 9:30 a.m. ET/PT and weekends at 8:30 a.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel and weeknights at 7:00 p.m. and weekends 5:30 p.m. on Disney Junior.

All summer long, new episodes of "Sofia the First" and hit series "Jake and the Never Land Pirates" will alternate with Friday premieres FRIDAY, JUNE 14 – FRIDAY, AUGUST 23 on both Disney Channel (9:00 a.m. ET/PT) and Disney Junior (5:00 p.m. ET/PT). Authenticated pay TV subscribers can watch the shows a week in advance on WATCHDisneyJunior.com and via the WATCH Disney Junior apps for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. WATCH Disney Junior delivers a live feed of the network online and to mobile devices, as well as on demand episodes of popular shows. Currently, the service is available on Comcast, Cablevision, Cox Communications, Charter Communications, Midcontinent Communications and AT&T U-verse. 

Notable guest stars include Academy Award nominee Viola Davis ("The Help") and Megan Mullally ("Will & Grace") on "Sofia the First," and Jerry O’Connell ("Crossing Jordan") on "Jake and the Never Land Pirates." Classic Disney Princess Jasmine, voiced by Linda Larkin ("Aladdin") and sung by Broadway legend Lea Salonga ("Miss Saigon"), makes her debut appearance on "Sofia the First." 

(Editors please note: Images and clips are available at www.disneyjuniormedianet.com. Registration required).

The "Pirate and Princess Summer" event takes place across all Disney Junior digital platforms including Disney Junior On Demand, WATCH Disney Junior and iTunes, as well as an immersive online super-site on DisneyJunior.comfeaturing new episode specific activities and games to "unlock" each week with a special token showcased during each episode premiere. Beginning Friday, June 14, parents and caregivers can log on toDisneyJunior.com/Summer and upload the photos of their child dressed as a pirate or princess for the chance to be featured as the "Pirate/Princess of the Day" on Disney Junior.

Among the premieres are an episode of "Sofia the First" featuring Princess Jasmine, Friday, June 14 (9:30 a.m. ET/PT); Jerry O’Connell guest starring as a pirate genie in search of a treasure wishing well on "Jake and the Never Land Pirates," Friday, June 14; Jane Kaczmarek and Teri Hatcher recur in the roles Red Jessica and Beatrice Le Beak, respectively on "Jake and the Never Land Pirates," Friday, June 21; Viola Davis guest starring as Sofia's energetic Buttercup troop leader on "Sofia the First," Friday, July 26; and Megan Mullally guest stars as Miss Nettle, a new fairy teacher who Sofia quickly learns is up to no good, on "Sofia the First," Friday, August 23.  All airtimes are 9:00 a.m. ET/PT unless otherwise noted.

Also this summer, a full "Sofia the First" product line including apparel, home d├ęcor, toys and much more will launch at major retailers nationwide for the first time, along with an expanded product line for "Jake and the Never Land Pirates."
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