Do you ever start thinking about how people write whole giant books and just get totally overwhelmed?
Like seriously. How do so many people do it?
Especially books like Harry Potter. J.K. Rowling is just a mom like me. How did she think of all that stuff?
I mean, the story itself isn’t that hard to think of but it’s all the details that blow my darn mind. The owls and the Horcruxes and the Sorting Hat and the Golden Snitch and…Butterbeer??
If you want to know the truth, it sort of makes me feel like a loser. Because really, I struggle to think of what to write about for blog posts and they are real life things.
Plus, I always wanted to be a writer AND I sort of (really bad) want to be a wizard, so….I figure that Harry Potter was actually probably almost MY idea, and she just beat me to it.
That’s what I tell myself when I’m trying to justify a purchase or something, anyways. I say, “Kristan, you almost invented Harry Potter for goodness sake, you totally deserve those shoes”.
Anyways, my friend Kristen recently got the chance to take her family to Universal Studios where they got to explore the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
And she drank Butterbeer.
And I got jealous and cried.
As if that weren’t enough, she came home from her adventure and decided to make her OWN Butterbeer. And that’s when I decided that Butterbeer cupcakes needed to happen.
Do you concur?
(click here for printable recipe)
1 box yellow cake mix
1 cup cream soda
1 stick melted butter
Preheat oven to 350. Line 24 muffin cups with liners.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine cake mix, soda, eggs and butter on low speed for about a minute. Increase speed to high and beat for another minute. Fill cups 2/3 full and bake about 15 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched.
Remove to cool on cooling racks.
1 stick butter, softened
3 Tablespoons cream soda
3 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 Tablespoons butterscotch ice cream topping
Beat butter and soda until smooth. Add powdered sugar and beat until just combined. Add butterscotch and beat on high for about 2 minutes. Frost cooled cupcakes.
Pretzel sticks for handles
Laffy Taffy for brush
Flatten Laffy Taffy and divide in thirds. Using scissors, cut fringe in bottom 2/3 of strip. Wrap uncut end around pretzel stick. Done!!
Don’t forget–the last Harry Potter movie comes out July 15th. Which means that I have exactly 40 days to buy a black robe and Harry Potter glasses and beg my son to wear them to the theater.
And by beg, I mean bribe. Shamelessly.
Have a happy Monday!!