Harry Potter Birthday Feast

A few years ago we decided to throw Paige a small Harry Potter Feast for a family birthday dinner we were hosting for her. She was in a truly obsessed Harry Potter mode at the time and wanted a gift that year instead of a party with friends – so we told her we would keep the family dinner party small. My mom and sister helped me run around- making this delightful spread. We shopped the house and yard for items that could work for decor. She had asked for Beef Stew for her dinner- so that went well with the feast idea and all the fruit and veggies and sides and potatoes that we threw on platters to give the look of a delicious feast. I served sparkling cider instead of butter beer because I just didn’t have time to figure out how to put that together. When she walked in the house (as the theme song from the movie played) she was surprised and happy and immediately figured out what we were trying to do with whole Harry Potter thing (that was a relief).

Here is what we did:

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We wanted to surprise her and make the dinner table like the feast Harry had when arriving at Hogwarts for the first time. Here was our version of that (including floating candles, fancy dinnerware & silver platters gushing with food and delights. We also added a cage for Hedwig and some other HP treasures.

I set out photo props from HP so she could take some photos.

We made a cake look like the one that Hagrid made for Harry.

We put up a Platform 9 ¾ sign.

We added Moaning Myrtle to the bathroom mirror & MINISTRY OF MAGIC sign to the toilet.

If you are a fellow HP fan you will easily get some of the nods towards that theme. I am not a super fan and had to rely on my sister and limited knowledge of the books/movies (so don’t judge me too harshly if we got a few things wrong- ha ha). All in all it was a magical evening and she was both surprised and delighted!

Bible Verses for Kid’s & Mama’s {and EVERYONE}!

Here are some sweet and wonderful verses for me & my kids about:

who God is,

and how he sees us,

and how he loves us,

and cares for us.

We will try to keep these memorized and close to our hearts for the days that we need to remember who God says we are and who he says he is.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

I can do all things through CHRIST who strengthens me! Philippians 4:13

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Paige’s Hot Pretzels

Paige has become a baking queen. She loves making these hot pretzels from scratch.

Initially she learned by using this recipe:

HOT PRETZEL RECIPE

Now she has it memorized and plays around with different shapes and sizes. We keep a jar of yeast in the fridge & sometimes use bread flour. Good quality flaked salt is best for the top. If you want them darker keep them in the oven a minute or two longer. Enjoy!

jen’s favorite dessert {Ice Cream Pudding Dessert}

This delicious Ice Cream Pudding Dessert has been my sisters favorite for years! The directions are simple and the taste is scrumptious! It takes a few steps and requires some layers (like building a dessert lasagne) and you are all set! This is not a very detailed recipe so check out the pictures of each step to get a better idea! Enjoy!
(This post was originally posted on June 26th, 2012 and has been updated/edited for clarity).

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the BEST flank steak marinade in the world!

 
This posted on 3/7/2013 and has been updated for clarity!
 
 
Schopeck Family
::Flank Steak Marinade::
 
Ingredients:
 
Flank steak (typically about ½ lb. per person) + Marinade*
 
 
*Make one batch of this marinade per steak:
 
¾ cup oil
½ cup soy sauce (or gluten-free tamari sauce works great also)
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1 ½ tsp. ground ginger
1 tablespoons garlic powder
2 green onions (sliced)Directions:
 
Score flank with a knife in a diamond pattern on both sides of each steak (you can skip this step if you are short on time).  Mix marinade ingredients in a zip lock bag and add flank steak (one recipe of marinade per steak).*** Massage mixture into the steak & marinade for at least 48 hours (the longer the better). Grill it on a BBQ at medium temperature. Grill on one side for 7 minutes. Flip and leave for 5 minutes (adding more time if you like it well done). Remove from grill. Let rest for about 5 minutes or so {under tented foil} before slicing at an angle. {If you do not have a BBQ I’m sure this can be done on a grill pan over your burner. It may not get the same results but I’m sure it will be close.}

 

***This is my mom Marilyn’s family recipe and she makes it this way, but I believe that the rest of her family does it a little bit different! They blend the marinade in a blender before adding it to the flank and reserve part of the un-used marinade to put on the steak afterwards. This was one of those stories where my mom read the recipe wrong and for years she made it her way. When we all discovered that her sisters made it the other way we were not as happy with the results! Gotta love family recipes! Both versions really do taste great and I think they have all had a good laugh about it from time to time.
 
Either way I hope this becomes one of your family’s favorite recipes too…ENJOY!
 

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