Friday, July 29, 2011

Harry Potter's Magical Menu

It is both amazing and heart breaking to see such a spectacular series come to an end... Harry Potter may not be your thing but, the book series that swept the world is without a doubt one of the most enchanting ways kids have been brought back to reading. 

And if I love two things, they're magic and reading. 

It was established a LONG time ago that my roommate, Em, and I would throw a Harry Potter party in celebration of the final movie coming out. As fate would have it, things timed out so that it also ended up being a celebration of the final party in our apartment. We moved just 5 days after throwing our Potter Party, from our first big girl apartment in the city to a house 10 minutes away with even more of our friends.

Which will be/so far has been COMPLETELY stellar! But as the movie series coming to the same end the books did was bittersweet, so was our move. Luckily, these Harry Potter treats got us through the hard times. Plus, Alcoholic Butterbeer and Spiked Pumpkin Juice. Hope you enjoy these recipes and the Potter theme as much as we did!

First item on the wizard check list! House Themed Iced Sugar Cookies. I used the same recipe as I did here and simply used canned icing. I dyed it blue and had some super amazing ladies help me with the plain iced ones while I worked on the seal. It's a combination of chocolate and icing that I drew/molded until it represented all 4 houses cheerfully. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

My Favorite Unnoticed Recipes

Two posts in one day, what madness is this?! How fun! How strange! Why?!

It's actually stemming from some foodie insecurity. We'll see what you guys think. Also, before I get all ranty: please note recipe updates are on Friday now as that just makes more sense for my new work schedule. This Friday I have for you Harry Potter's Feast! Get excited.

I had a follower comment they were leaving today, meaning no longer following, in response to my recent post- I am guessing due to the fact that it wasn't food related/I haven't posted anything in a long time due to my life getting restructured/out of hand. It was one of my comics, one that I had really rather enjoyed writing. The fact that they had let me know why they left makes me wonder if more of you guys are struggling.

"Okay, bye, bye, klutzy cooking. Can't follow this anymore."

Don't get mean, or defensive, for me, (unless you want to point out that it's Clutzy Cooking, which is a fair point). It is understandable of them to leave! Fair even. I can be a confusing person, I understand. I am just hoping I am not a confusing blog. I wanted to know if anyone else was to the point of leaving due to post whip lash. I try and keep things organized by tabs and also by tags. I also aim to write a dern good food blog and don't want you guys to back off because I have some other topics mixed in. 

So, this post is a question: should I attempt to break my blogs up again? Or can you guys tolerate them together? It is just SO much easier for me to keep them together... I am not asking if you like it, you don't have to like the comics or love the layout but, can you handle it? Is it okay? Sometimes enjoyable to have non food topics pop up?

I only post comics twice a month. And crafts maybe once a month. 

Let me know. I love you guys and don't want to lose ya. 
And now! Some food. I feel insecure that my blog is getting too far off the "foodie" track but also, these recipes have been demanding more attention for some time. Please check them out- they are some of my absolute favorites but have been passed over many a time in the past:


Online Dating

Hi! Remember me? This is lil cartoon me- remember?

She sometimes appears when I blog about things outside of cooking. Back when I use to blog at all. Sorry I disappeared on you guys. This is one of those times when things stink to crazy degrees for having time for a blog- so, sorry I have been neglecting them with such fervor lately. My life has exploded. Much like my system was exploded with germs before. I was sick over the holiday weekend and then I got back and had this… well,  I’m moving this week and just had a huge themed going away/Harry Potter party (pics and recipes to follow SOON!) and then I also have Mack living with me now (the dog, my dog) and as I said already I was sick/am sick/feel like I may always be sick.

Which is why it was the perfect time to go to Seattle for 4 days. It was one of my best friends weddings and totally worth it (PS, no one ever told me how kickin' Seattle is!), but it wasn't helpful to rush to unpack and pack up to go across the country. Washington to Washington is no joke, guys.

Anyway. My life exploding is not the point.

Although, that explosion looks cool. The point is, I love this blog even if I don’t always do it justice. So!  Back to the purpose of this comic: Online Dating. I have this friend who told me to try online dating. And I said ‘sounds fun!’ and then she said, but ‘I mean seriously, Meaghan’.

And then I had to inform her that I don’t take many things (anythings) very seriously. That I am the kind of grown up who still is afraid of dry cleaning and doesn’t always know what her bank balance is up to. And then she reminded me we were talking about online dating and then I reminded her I had changed the subject on purpose and then she told me it was time for me to Date seriously. Again with the seriously. And also, Date. With a capital D-Date, not the lowercase d-date like I have been doing to this point. And then a debate erupted from this.