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Diagon Alley! Colorful Fire Pinecones

Pardon me while I get my bearings. I’m suffering from weather whiplash. It’s been a bit quiet here on the blog lately because I’ve just returned from a nice vacation in sunny California! And now I’m watching the snow fall heavily outside my window.

As I am enjoying staying inside in our warm house, I thought the perfect way to bounce back into blogging would be to share one of our favorite winter things: colorful fires! I love a good fire and goodness knows we have enough firewood to keep them going.

When the fire is roaring, I love to throw a few flame-glo pinecones in the mix. Colorful pinecones (like these) are a fun way to add a little zest to your evening fire.fire1

The crystals on the pinecones cause the flames to flicker in shades of deep blue, regal purple, and electric green. The colors last quite a while too! If you have ever had a driftwood fire, the effect is the same.


I can’t help but pretend it’s floo powder when I toss it onto the logs and call out some sort of Harry Potter-ism.

Diagon Alley!


Petrificus totalus!


Wingardium leviosa!

I think that’s as close to Hogwarts as I will ever get.


We have gotten these Meeco’s Red Devil flame cones as a gift from my sister-in-law and love them! Since we only use three or four cones per fire, we’re able to make one box last for the season. $15 for months of joy. :p

I am looking forward to also trying them at the lake this summer! (Although it’s probably best to roast your s’mores before these bringing out these bad boys!)

How are you staying warm this winter?

This is not a sponsored post. I just wanted to share the joy. Meeco’s flame cones has no idea who this crazy blogging Harry-Potter-chanting-muggle is. All opinions are my own.

Welcome to Hogsmeade: Homemade Butterbeer

Recipe Welcome to Hogsmeade: Homemade Butterbeer - DesignLively

Get your wand out friends. It’s time to get your inner Gryffindor on. Or at least your inner Madame Rosmerta.

For those of you who have no idea what I am talking about, I apologize.

Not really. Go read Harry Potter you fools!

Recipe Welcome to Hogsmeade: Homemade Butterbeer - DesignLively

You won’t even need to rummage through Snape’s Potions closet for these ingredients:

– Root Beer
– Half and Half
– Imitation Butter extract
– Fluff

Recipe Welcome to Hogsmeade: Homemade Butterbeer - DesignLively

First, add about half of the container of Fluff and 1 cup of half and half. Stir it with a mixer until it’s foamy!

Fill your glass with rootbeer and add butter extract. We found 1tsp per glass to our liking.

And stir.

Recipe Welcome to Hogsmeade: Homemade Butterbeer - DesignLively

Now that your fluff/cream is nice and foamy, add a few spoonfuls to your glass.

Add it slowly, it WILL foam.

And it might overflow and cover your kitchen island in stickiness… I need a house-elf to help me!

Recipe Welcome to Hogsmeade: Homemade Butterbeer - DesignLively

These adorable chalkboard mason jar glasses were favors from my cousin’s wedding!

Choose your favorite Potter name and drink up.

Recipe Welcome to Hogsmeade: Homemade Butterbeer - DesignLively

Farewell Harry Potter

Maybe it’s because I know I’d be in the house of Hufflepuff. I’m not brave enough to be in Gryffinndor. I am too much of a goody-two-shoes to be in Slytherin. Ravenclaw is a close second, but I don’t think I would ever be able to figure out the riddle passwords to get into my Hogwarts dorm room.

Maybe it’s because I feel like I know what Butterbeer and treacle tarts taste like. Maybe it’s because I can feel the warm, cozy buzz of sitting in Honeyduke’s on a chilly winter day catching up on Charms homework.

Maybe it’s because I love the thrill of watching a good game of Quidditch or the idea camping out for the World Cup with friends.

Maybe it’s because I know I would never want to be in the Tri-Wizard tournament, that I, too, would have disliked Lavendar Brown, and would cringe at receiving a howler from my Mom.

Maybe because I think my patronus would be a songbird. Maybe because I can see myself reading the Quibbler with Luna on the train.

Maybe because I think I’d be BFFs with Ginny. Maybe because I think I would start to be good friends with Hermione after I got used to her. (At first she would annoy me.)

Maybe because I know I would have joined the DA to protect my sorry self. (I don’t see myself being very good at defensive spells. Lack of rapid response.)

Maybe this is why I, along with many other people, have gotten lost in J.K. Rowling’s world of Harry Potter.

The last installment of Potter films premieres tonight at midnight. I am going tomorrow night (!!!) and can’t wait!

But I also feel a twinge of sadness. The same twinge I felt when I finished the Deathy Hallows book for the first time a few years ago. There was no more Hogwarts to learn about and explore.

Behold the power of a good book.

Fan fiction here I come!

Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real? 

-J.K. Rowling, “King’s Cross,” Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, 2007, spoken by the character Albus Dumbledore

All images from Pinterest.

Top 9: Expecto Patronum

To say I am anxiously awaiting the epic final film installment of the Harry Potter movies would be an understatement.

Although I was a little slow on the uptake when the books came out, I read all of them a few years ago and have continued to re-read them on a regular basis.

To help curb my appetite, as I have been watching the HP movies this week and keep seeing the trailer on TV, here are my top 9 Etsy HP buys:

1. These earrings are possibly the cutest Harry Potter paraphernalia I came across. Subtle enough for us nerdy muggles to pull off.

2. This is a classic HP charm necklace. A pendant for those with a penchant for the Boy who Lived.

3. Looking to send a post by owl? Send one of these adorable notecards! “I love you like Neville loves Herbology”. Love it!! Although I don’t think my husband would get it…

4. SPOILER. For those of you who haven’t read the books…. don’t read the next sentence….. really. Stop here. *Sigh, we find Severus Snape’s soft spot. (There. Was that vague enough for you movie-only watchers? I hate giving away things.)

5. My lifelong dream is to become a vela. I will be one step closer with their awesome hats! Now I just need to learn how to flutter and I’ll be on my way to Beauxbattons.

6. I solemnly swear that I’m up to no good. This metal-pressed keychain is cute. Although I’d rather have a real Marauder’s Map instead!

7. I would love to hang this up in the subway and crash into it with a shopping cart!

8. LUNA LOVEGOOD earrings! AHH!! Haha! Luna is the greatest little weirdo in the HP series. Put on a pair of these and grab a Quibbler and you’re set to go.

9. Yum. Pumpkin juice. I wonder if they also sell this at the Disney Harry Potter World? I’ve heard the Butterbeer is delish.

“I always knew that Harry’s story would end with the seventh book, but saying goodbye has been just as hard as I always knew it would be. Even while I’m mourning, though, I feel an incredible sense of achievement. I can hardly believe that I’ve finally written the ending I’ve been planning for so many years. I’ve never felt such a mixture of extreme emotions in my life, never dreamed I could feel simultaneously heartbroken and euphoric.”

Says J.K. Rowling on the Deathly Hallows.

I read once that J.K. Rowling started telling her son a made-up story about a wizard named Harry. I remember she said that the character Harry walked into her head fully formed.

I’d like for a multi-billion dollar idea to just walk into my head please.


Beware. It will be stuck in your head for the next day.