Harry Potter Golden Snitch Cupcakes

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* In honor of J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter’s birthdays Nerdist posted this tasty recipe. Chomp your muggle teeth down on these delicious cupcakes. Feast your eyes upon the recipe:

Harry Potter Every Flavor Cupcakes

(makes 24 cupcakes)

Butterbeer cupcake ingredients:
-3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
-1-3/4 cups sugar
-3 eggs
-2-1/4 cups cake flour
-1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
-pinch of salt
-1 teaspoon vanilla
-1 cup Butterbeer (or Cream Soda)
-1/4 cup heavy cream

Butterbeer Frosting ingredients:
-1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
-4-1/2 to 5 cups powdered sugar
-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
-1 teaspoon vanilla
-1/4 cup Butterbeer

Golden Snitch ingredients:
-gold gumballs
-yellow candy melts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prep a cupcake pan with liners.

In bowl, whisk together the cake flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until combined.

Add the eggs and the vanilla.

Alternate the flour mixture with the Butterbeer and heavy cream until combined.

Fill the prepped liners about 2/3 full and bake for approximately 15 minutes depending on your oven. Let cool on a wire rack.

While the cupcakes are cooling make the frosting and the Golden Snitch candy wings. For the candy wings, place the candy melts in a heat safe bowl and microwave at 30 second intervals until melted. Pour the melts into a piping bag or a decorating squeeze bottle.

On a piece of parchment pipe the outline of a wing shape, approximately 4-inches long, then criss-cross across the wing, then down the center to connect the lines together.

Place the wings in the freezer for 5 minutes or until set.

To make the frosting, in the bowl of an electric mixer beat the butter, powdered sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. Add the Butterbeer until you reach the desired consistency, then whip on high until light and fluffy.

Once the cupcakes are cool, core out the center and add fillings. Sweet things like jam, candies, fudge or marshmallow as well as dried fish, mustard, or horseradish. Then frost over the top of the filled cupcakes.

Add a gold gumball and the candy wings to top off the cupcakes.

 

Visit the recipe page on here:

http://nerdist.com/harry-potter-every-flavor-cupcakes/

* Nerdist has more great Harry Potter content on their site. Plus, more cupcake pictures, which is never a bad thing.

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Twitchy: Bookseller offers refunds and apologies to buyers of ‘Go Set a Watchman’

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~ Booksellers are offering refunds of the controversial To Kill A Mockingbird sequel. The article can be found on Twitchy.

http://twitchy.com/2015/07/15/pure-exploitation-bookseller-offers-refunds-and-apologies-to-buyers-of-go-set-a-watchman/

As a side note, I don’t view this Atticus Finch as the same man you meet in Mockingbird. Go Set A Watchman Atticus was written before Mockingbird. Harper Lee’s editor wanted Lee to start from scratch; the publishers requested a book from her childhood. The character of Atticus got retooled. He was made more in the image of our author: a reflection of Harper Lee.

Yes, you could say Watchmen Atticus was always Mockingbird Atticus, but, again, I disagree. The two men are too far removed from each other in personality and morals. As a writer and, also, as a reader, I cannot recognize Atticus Finch as one character. I see two men. Two different creations living in two separate Maycomb’s. Two versions. Both existing in two separate realities.

The first (Watchmen Atticus) seemed more to be written as a catalyst for Scout. Someone to voice the opposing views of our main character so she can grow, and also face head on all personal moral struggles. The second Atticus (from Mockingbird) isn’t that character at all. He molds his children to question the world around them; to go against the popular opinion, especially if morally they find that opinion wrong.

Do I think Go Set A Watchmen is a sincere Mockingbird sequel? No, I don’t. I think it’s a book that Lee didn’t feel the need to share. It was a manuscript. A story she never intended to rework because she had already published the story she had wanted to tell: To Kill A Mockingbird. This “sequel” is it’s own body of work; its characters true to its universe. I still treasure the lessons I learned from Atticus Finch in Mockingbird. Those lessons will never lose their value or sincerity to me, nor will Atticus Finch lose his integrity. To Kill A Mockingbird stands on its own as does Watchmen. These worlds do not intersect for me. They simply are.

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Punk Rockin’ Authors: A Tote Bag for The Rebel in Us All

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* I saw this trendy fun tote and thought, “Gotta share it!” I know it’s on my wishlist. Want to snag one for yourself? Here’s where to grab it: http://store.bookriot.com/products/punk-rock-authors?variant=1120795495

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Brain Pickings: Ralph Steadman’s Rare and Rapturous Illustrations for Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451

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In his magnificent 2013 monograph, Proud Too Be Weirrd (public library), Steadman admits to having grown jaded with illustrating other people’s prose — “not much more than shameless self-indulgence” — but writes of having gladly completed the Bradbury project due to its “vitally important theme — the burning of all books.” He reflects on the significance of Bradbury’s masterwork:

As someone once said, I think it was me: There is nothing so dangerous as an idea. Particularly one whose time has come…

And who can forget the ever-timely ideas emanating from Bradbury’s glorious lines? “Stuff your eyes with wonder… live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.” Here was a rare integrated man — even in his fiction, he channeled the wholehearted truths by which he lived his life.

* To see the rest of the article by  (as well as the rest of the illustrations) click here:

http://www.brainpickings.org/2015/05/15/ralph-steadman-fahrenheit-451/

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Bookriot: Books for the Shoujo Manga Fan in Your Life

~ Bookriot rioter Angel Cruz delivers some solid young adult recommendations for shoujo manga fans. To look at their book picks, follow the link:

http://bookriot.com/2015/07/30/books-shoujo-manga-fan-life/

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98 Hours of Shakespeare? Yes, Please!

Ulysses’ Classical, a station on Spotify, gives listeners a chance to tune in to 98 hours worth of William Shakespeare. It compiles the best performances of famous actors reciting and acting in Shakespeare’s plays. Read the Smithsonian.com article below to find out more about this playlist:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/listen-98-hours-shakespeares-poems-and-plays-performed-great-actors-180956007/?no-ist

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Biloxi Teachers Transform Old Lockers

* Read the following article to see something truly cool: old lockers being transformed into literary pieces of art. Its beautiful and a truly creative way to get teens interested in reading. These teachers win the awesome award.

Here’s the link:

http://www.wlox.com/story/29412070/biloxi-teachers-transform-old-lockers-into-literary-work-of-art#.VY1CHPiPzu4.facebook

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13 Great Facebook Pages for Writers

* Bookriot has the skinny on all the Facebook pages us writers should like, follow, and then like some more. Here’s the link to the article:

http://bookriot.com/2014/08/13/13-great-facebook-pages-writers/

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