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Caramel Chocolate Pretzel Wands and Fantastic Beasts Party

I'm a firm believer that at any wizarding party you need edible wands. Today I'm sharing how to make delicious and easy Caramel Chocolate Pretzel Wands.

easiest caramel chocolate pretzel wands recipe harry potter

I'm all about a good Harry Potter party so when the Fantastic Beasts movie came out of course we had to celebrate! We were all kind of busy so we kept it low keep and doable which was perfect and still super fun.

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These pretzel wands were the perfect easy on-theme addition to our spread.

hands down the best recipe for easy caramel chocolate pretzelsHow to Make Caramel Pretzel Wands

Ingredients Directions
  1. Cut caramel into thin strips.
  2. Wrap around pretzel rods.
  3. Melt chocolate chips with a small amount of crisco (about 1 cup chocolate to 1/2 tsp crisco) in the microwave. Start with 30 seconds, stir and then re-zap in 10 second increments.
  4. Dip caramel wrapped pretzels in chocolate. Lay on wax paper to cool.

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Don't forget about the giveaway! unique must have gifts harry potter fans Enter to win this amazing prize pack by using the widget below or click hereif the widget isn't loading. Make sure to check back as new ways to enter will be added throughout the series! a Rafflecopter giveaway This year's Happy Harry Potter giveaway winner will give a fun package including: Want More? See hundreds of Harry Potter recipes, craft ideas and more from years of the series and more! Crafty Harry Potter awesomeness. Hundreds of free tutorials, sewing patters, recipes, party ideas, book recommendations and more for Harry Potter fans.

Happy Harry Potter Days 13-15

I hope you did something fun for Harry's birthday. But I'm not quite done celebrating. creative tutorials recipes and printables for Harry Potter fans So how about some more amazing Harry Potter recipes and crafts?

No-Bake-Butterbeer-Cheesecake-recipe

I am a cheesecake fiend but how absolutely delicious does no-bake butterbeer cheesecake sound? I can't wait to try this easy treat from A Night Owl Blog holy moly it looks tasty!

DIY harry-potter-backpack-tag-with-cricut

I'm totally smitten with this Hogwarts Crest Backpack Tag that My Crafitily Ever After made with her Cricut! I'm pretty sure I have everything on hand and you bet I'll be making up a bunch of these babies!

DIY harry potter shirts sisters, what!

You know I love a good Harry Potter shirt (or 10) and I am in love with these darling Harry Potter shirts that Sisters, What! whipped up for the kiddos. Grab the cut files in her post and learn how to make your own!

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There's so much to love about Harry Potter but the quotes have to be one of my favorite aspects. Liz over at Simple Simon and Co and 5 different printable Harry Potter Quotes and I can't even decide which is my favorite. Head over to see the others!

Funny couple costume. Snitch and Quidditch player from Harry Potter - Rae Gun Ramblings

And just in case you missed it, I finally shared my DIY Golden Snitch Costume Tutorial! I was a snitch when I was pregnant with Teddy and I finally typed up the instructions. And I sewed another one live today on Facebook and it took less than an hour. So awesome right!? I can't wait to take pictures of Teddy in his own Snitch costume! Don't forget about the giveaway! unique must have gifts harry potter fans Enter to win this amazing prize pack by using the widget below or click hereif the widget isn't loading. Make sure to check back as new ways to enter will be added throughout the series! a Rafflecopter giveaway This year's Happy Harry Potter giveaway winner will give a fun package including: Want More? See hundreds of Harry Potter recipes, craft ideas and more from years of the series and more! Crafty Harry Potter awesomeness. Hundreds of free tutorials, sewing patters, recipes, party ideas, book recommendations and more for Harry Potter fans.

Ice Cream Recipes, Craft Ideas and Block Party

One of the best things about Summer is Ice Cream. Here are tons of delicious ice cream recipes and crafts!

best ice cream recipes and crafts

Whether you want popsicles or scoops of ice cream here are a ton of scrumptious recipes and creative ideas to keep you cool! Strawberry Mango Sorbet | Cake Batter Ice Cream | Ice Cream Cookie Sundae | Almost Ice Cream Rainbow Ice Cream Cake | Raspberry Coconut Pops | Ice Cream Cake | Cocopine Popsicles Honeyed Peanut Ice Cream | Peanut Butter Yogurt Popsicles | Birthday Cake Ice Cream | Salted Caramel Frozen Yogurt Ice Cream Cone Cards | S'mores Push Pops | Summer Phone Wallpapers | Pistachio Ice Cream Rae Gun guest posting pictureMarissa here from Rae Gun Ramblings. Here are some posts to get you through the Summer.

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Recipe: Z’Tejas Cornbread Copycat

Just 3 ingredients and you're left with restaurant style cornbread. Honestly it couldn't be easier or yummier!
  Z'Tejas was one of those restaurants the musicmaker and I went to A LOT when we were dating and first married. It was yummy and their complimentary cornbread is SO good. Unfortunately they seem to continually change their menu and after finding new favorites to only find them off the menu next time we showed up the restaurant got retired from our rotation. Luckily a friend shared this great recipe that tastes like a Z'Tejas cornbread copycat to me.       Ingredients
  • one egg
  • one box of jiffy muffin mix
  • one can of creamed corn
Put into a pie pan (or whatever type of baking dish you prefer) and bake at 400 F for about 20-30 minutes or until browned on top and toothpick comes away clean. So yummy and so easy. Also if you're adventurous it looks like Z'Tejas actually has a cornbread recipe on their website but it is definitely more involved and has more ingredients. You also might like:

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Pressure Cooker Indian Butter Chicken Recipe

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Indian butter chicken is one of my favorite dishes. Who knew it could be so easy to recreate at home with an electric pressure cooker!

It's a keeper pressure cooker butter chicken indian curry recipe instant pot

I am definitely new to the Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker world. At first I wasn't sure what I thought but I'm starting to love it. More recipes like this Pressure Cooker Indian Butter Chicken and I'll be a complete convert. Right now I can say it's growing on me and I'm committed to using it a few times a week (all 3 times last week were winners yay!).

Love this. Easy indian butter chicken recipe for pressure cooker

This Butter Chicken recipe is adapted from Pressure Cooking Today. I made enough changes to suit my cooking style and our families tastes that I thought I'd should share my tweaks but I definitely used her recipe as a starting point.

Hands down the best Instant Pot Butter Chicken Curry Recipe great weeknight dinner

Ingredients
  • 10-12 boneless skinless chicken thighs (about 2.5 to 3 lbs)
  • 1 cans 28 oz diced tomatoes and juice (or I've also used 2 x 14.5oz cans)
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper (you can use more if you want spice this amount is flavor without spice)
  • 1 inch fresh ginger
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

I've made this every week since I discovered this instant pot pressure cooker indian butter chicken recipe

Directions
  1. Cut chicken into bite sized pieces (1-2 inches)
  2. Grate ginger into blender or food processor (I used my ninja), add in tomatoes and seeded jalapeno. Blend until well combined. If you don't have a microplane you can just chop it or press it but I hate biting into ginger so I like it really small.
  3. Set your pressure cooker to saute/browning or whatever you used to do that (mine I just hit any button with the lid open) add in butter and allow to foam up.
  4. Add chicken in 2 batches flipping to just barely brown the meat. Remove and set aside in something that will preserve any juice that comes off you want that.
  5. Add cumin and paprika to the butter and stir continuously for about 20 seconds.
  6. Quickly add in tomato mixture, salt cream, yogurt, chicken and any drippings that have collected. Stir to combine everything.
  7. Close the lid and cook on for 5 minutes. Since we've been sauteing it shouldn't take long to come to pressure before it starts counting the 5 minutes.
  8. Allow to natural release (basically don't do anything after the timer goes off) for 10 minutes. Then do a quick release.
  9. Remove about 2 TBS of liquid from the pot and mix with cornstarch.
  10. Stir back into the pot along with the garam masala.
  11. Turn on saute or equivalent, bring to a boil and allow the curry to thicken to your liking.
  12. Add any additional salt according to your tastes and serve over rice or with naan or both!

we love this and make it all the time so fast great for weeknight meals butter chicken indian curry recipe

Now I don't have an Instant Pot brand pressure cooker but it should work the same way regardless of which you have. When I bought mine I didn't realize there was such a hype about one brand. But it has done the job fine and it's been easy enough after the initial learning curve to "translate" instant pot recipes. If you want to watch me cook this live and ask questions or just hang out and chat while I cook join me 1/16/2017 live on the Rae Gun Ramblings Facebook at 4 pm EST.

My new go to weeknight chicken dinner recipe. Indian butter chicken recipe for the pressure cooker instant pot

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Most Popular Sewing Tutorials and Easy Recipes

As each year comes to a close I love looking back to see what parenting tips, sewing tutorials and easy recipes resonated most over the last year.

These are tried and true the most popular and most pinned sewing tutorials, easy recipes and awesome mom hacks

Here are my top 10 recipes, crafts, book geek posts, and mom hacks that I shared in 2016. These were the posts that garnered the most visits and pins that I wrote in 2016.

This guacamole recipe is so good I've made it the last 3 weekends! Perfect party food or game day dip.

World's Best Guacamole Recipe I have actually been making this guacamole recipe for AGES. It's my friend Jana's fabulous recipe. It's full of freshness and delicious avocado flavor with one little trick that makes it really special!

Crazy huge collection of unique and original Harry Potter craft tutorials, recipes, book lists and more. So many magical projects.

50 Magical Harry Potter Projects I'm thrilled to see that this year's Happy Harry Potter series round up made the list. After all the annual series is my favorite two weeks of the whole blogging year since I convinces loads of friends to share tutorials, recipes, party ideas, book lists and any number of other awesome Harry Potter happiness. This year was filled with so many fantastic Harry Potter projects!

Just used this great sewing tutorial. Perfect for beginners or anyone wanting to sew reversible placemats FAST. Easy great home decor project. Will make more.

15 Minute Reversible Placements Tutorial This simple home decor tutorial is actually a project that my nieces (ages 7 and 8 at the time) did. It's THAT easy. I think the versitile-ness and speed of this project is really what made it a winner. That and the fact that it's totally functional, we use our placemats ALL THE TIME.

Such an interesting idea for bra fittings. Great for after breastfeeding and weight loss.

Secret Trick to Bra Shopping After Nursing (or really whenever) I am so happy I discovered this non-traditional bra shopping method. I really do love these bras and when you add in the complication of changing size after nursing and the crazy life of toddler-momhood I really don't plan on going back to traditional bra shopping ummm ever!

Yes! Why don't people tell you about this. Makes sewing so many things WAY easier. from Rae Gun Ramblings

Must Have Sewing Tool You Didn't Know You Needed I love this gadget so so much. I had no idea that this inexpensive sewing tool existed until just a few years ago. You'll see why I call it my magic wand. I seriously use it in almost all my sewing projects and it really makes for fast and easy work out of some of the most tedious and annoying sewing tasks!

These are spot on! Why didn't anyone tell me these things with my first baby? Helpful things to know as a first time mom (or dad).

10 More Things No One Tells First Time Moms and Dads My Tips that No One Tells First Time Moms post has been one of my most popular posts since I wrote it. I've been meaning to write a follow up for ages now and it seems like people like this one just as much. It's funny how there are these HUGE things people just forget to tell you when you head down the mommy (or daddy) road. No worries I wrote them down so I don't have to rely on my mom brain to remember ;)

I want to sew all of them. So many great sewing patterns for women. Great DIY fashion

Awesome Must Sew Patterns for Women I love a good sewing pattern and with m Sew Our Stash series it's fun to round up some great sources and inspiration. This post has 12  fabulous and flattering sewing patterns for women. I can't wait to finish making them all!

I do this all the time now. Easy way to make sizing flexible for growing kids, weight and weight fluctuating adults. I made some dresses before I was pregnant that I was able to wear through my pregnancy great idea for maternity sewing. Easy tutorial for inserting an elastic panel into any dress pattern.

Elastic Back Panel Tutorial I have been doing this little elastic back panel trick to my dresses (and the dresses I make for the nieces) for years. It makes even garments made from woven (non-stretchy) fabric have some wiggle room plus it gives an extra level of comfort while allowing the same tailored fit. It's so easy I'm sure you'll love using this little trick instead of zippers and buttons.

So many great shirts for Harry Potter fans. Adult and baby shirts great for gifts.

11 Must Have Harry Potter Shirts I love a good geeky shirt and even more so if it's a geeky Harry Potter shirt. Here are some of my favorite Harry Potter tops for every member of the family. These are perfect for just your normal geeky fun or wearing to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

This is a keeper. Made it tonight and it's SO good. One pot zucchini noodle (zoodle) creamy pesto shrimp recipe. Fast so it's perfect for healthy light weekday dinners and tastes great.

20 Minute Creamy Shrimp and Pesto Zoodles And last but not least let's not forget to eat our veggies! My go to zoodle (zucchini noodles) recipe is a combo of crazy fast and easy and delicious. The creamy flavor is comfort food in a healthy package. I am NOT a health food eater so if I say it's tasty it is. If you haven't tried zoodles yet you should and this is a super yummy way to have them! What to See the Most Popular Posts from Past Years?

Cake Mix Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

I love a good Christmas cookie exchange but this time of year is so busy that I'm thankful for recipes like this Cake Mix Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies recipe.

Hands down our favorite cookies. Easy cake mix peanut butter cookie recipe so so good.

This recipe is crazy easy and the cookies are super yummy. These are perfect for those December weeks when you want fresh baked cookies but have one billion activities and responsibilities to take care of. That said these would be super yummy any time of year. I made a batched today at the same time that I made dinner. They are as fast and easy as making a box of brownies but definitely with a little special touch

Perfect cookie for peanut butter chocolate lovers. This cake mix cookie recipe is so easy and delicious.

Ingredients
  • 1 Box Devil Food Cake Mix (I used this one)
  • 1/3 C vegetable oil
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3/4 C Butterscotch Chips
  • 40 (ish) Peanut Butter Cups
Directions
  1. Mix together everything except the butterscotch chips and mints.
  2. Once combined stir in the chocolate chips.
  3. Drop onto a cookie sheet in 1 inch scoops. Keep it small these spread a lot!
  4. Bake at 350F for 8-10 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and immediately top each with an unwrapped peanut butter cup.
  6. The heat from the cookie should melt the chocolate and when it does take a knife and smoosh it down to make the marbled look. If your cups don’t get spreadable you can pop the cookie sheet back in the oven for a minute.

Everyone loves this easy cake mix cookie recipe. Peanut butter chocolate fans will love this quick dessert.

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15+ Peppermint Recipes and Block Party

'Tis the season for peppermint recipes!

Over 15 delicious peppermint recipes. Perfect for Christmas desserts and gifts

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Chocolate Peppermint Cookies | Peppermint Oreo Truffles | Mocha Mint Truffles | No-Bake Peppermint Cheesecake

Candy Cane White Chocolate Popcorn | Peppermint Chocolate Pudding | Peppermint Popcorn Balls | Peppermint Mocha Brownies

Peppermint Candy Bites | Slow Cooker Peppermint White Hot Chocolate | Peppermint Kiss Cookies | Simple Peppermint Bark

I've been whipping up peppermint treats and from looking at the pasts Block Parties I see I'm not the only one. Here are a bunch of delicious peppermint recipes. And remember that in addition to your new projects and posts on any topic we'd love you to link up any of your older Peppermint recipes too. Rae Gun guest posting picture Marissa from Rae Gun Ramblings here today as this week’s host. Here are a few of my favorite projects since I hosted last time!

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White Christmas Salmon Club Sandwich Recipe

White Christmas is hands down my favorite Christmas movie. To celebrate I thought I'd make a spin on the Club Sandwich they have in the film.

Delicious Salmon Club Salmon Recipe great for celebrating White Christmas

It's funny they seem to eat a LOT of sandwich in White Christmas but at the beginning when they are riding on the train they order club sandwiches and malted shakes. I doubt that their clubs were salmon clubs but hey I love a good Salmon Club Sandwich so I thought I'd make one :)

Salmon Club Sandwich recipe

I remember being a kid and watching White Christmas making our traditional Christmas wontons and declaring which dress was my favorite. Who am I kidding I still do that. And it's so fun to see my nieces are doing the same thing now. I'm excited to watch it with Teddy this year he HAS to love it ;)

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Salmon Club Sandwich

Ingredients

  • Sourdough Bread
  • Cooked Salmon
  • Lettuce
  • Bacon
  • Havarti
  • Avocado
  • Mayo (optional)
  • Toothpicks
Directions
  1. Toast the bread.
  2. Cut the bread and cheese in triangles (or if you want you can cut after you assemble the sandwiches)
  3. Layer 2-3 ingredients between a layer of bread and repeat.
  4. Stack the segments and hold together with a toothpick

Delicious take on your normal sandwich. Salmon club sandwich recipe

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