Sunday, May 19, 2013

Harry Potter Party

The Crafter is 13. She has been for a while. She's actually closer to 14 now. I'm a bad blogger. Anyway, here is her very elaborate Harry Potter Party. It should be noted that the Crafter wants to have a bake shop and party planning service when she grows up. She did much of the food prep work herself. I was in charge of decorations and beverages.

First, the guests picked up a wand before they entered the house. I missed getting pictures of the wands. Then, everyone needed to be sorted. I found and printed a house quiz for this. The guests took the quiz. I checked them and announced their houses. The hat is a regular black witch's hat from Target. The Crafter used brown craft paper to cover it.

Not Slytherin...Not Slytherin....


Another Hufflepuff!


After the Sorting Ceremony, it was time for the feast. We couldn't pull off the great hall, so we turned the kitchen into Three Broomsticks.

The feast consisted of Golden Snitches, chocolate frogs, acid pops, licorice wands, pumpkin pasties, cake, chilled pumpkin juice, and hot butter beer. We found most of our ideas and recipes on Pinterest.

 The Golden Snitch

 Chocolate Frog

 Pumpkin Juice

 Deathly Hallows Mugs for Butterbeer

 Side view of Cake--Note: Next time use cardboard when stacking asymetrically.

 Top View of Cake

We couldn't leave the bathroom out. Fortunately, no one attempted to flush themselves in.

Everyone had a great time. The Crafter promised to have an easier party next year.

Monday, May 13, 2013

All Hail the Queen

The Crafter to Wild Thing: I'm a nerd because I like to read a lot, and I like fantasy and costumes. You are more of a geek since you like science and taking things apart.

The Chemist: What does that make me?

Wild Thing and the Crafter exchange puzzled looks.

Wild Thing:  Queen?

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Pinterest Project: Iced Coffee

I've been on Pinterest for a while. It has been the source of many wasted hours and some really good ideas. I thought I would post some of my successes and failures.

Here's the pin:  

The Pioneer Woman has a great idea, but I don't trust myself with that much potential iced coffee at my disposal. I created a scaled down version. At night I put 2 TB of coffee and 2 cups of water into an old jar. Then it goes in the fridge overnight.

The next day I filter it.

Add some half and half and ice, and there it is--premium iced coffee.