Top Ten Countdown to Harry’s Birthday: #3 Rock Cakes

Who doesn't love Hagrid and his infamous Rock Cakes? J.K. Rowling made it a point to mention these lovely treats no less than 3 times in the Harry Potter series. Once in the Sorcerer's Stone, another in the Goblet of Fire, and finally in the Half  Blood Prince. The Unofficial Harry Potter cookbook says this about these raisin filled desserts: “Rock cakes, standard with tea, look like but don’t taste like rocks, unless of course you leave them out for several days, which is probably what Hagrid did. Rock cakes have a short history and seem to have been invented by the Victorians.”...more

Jul 28 Top Ten Countdown to Harry’s Birthday: #4 Cockroach Clusters

“‘How about these?’ said Ron, shoving a jar of Cockroach Clusters under Hermione’s nose. ‘Definitely not,’ said Harry” (Prisoner of Azkaban).Normally if you asked me anything that had the word, cockroach, in it, I would be running for the hills. Palmetto bugs (as they are commonly referred to in Florida) are big, brown, and downright nasty little creatures. I am petrified that they will come in my bed in the dead of night and chew off my eyebrows….I digress…...more

Top Ten Countdown to Harry’s Birthday: #5 Honeydukes Candyfloss Cupcakes

We are at the half way mark of our countdown and I cannot wait to share the awesome Harry Potter news that I have! My amazing  hubster, the man of my dreams, my love, my best short, the greatest man in the world....has pre-ordered me this! ...more

Top Ten Countdown to Harry’s Birthday: #6 Cauldron Cakes

I am not sure what it is that makes Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire my favorite in the series…the hubster would joke and say it is because of Robert Pattinson, but I am not that crazy about vampires.   I think I adore it so much because Goblet of Fire is the first movie to introduce the true darkness of Lord Voldemort and take the Harry Potter series from tween to young adult....more

Top Ten Countdown to Harry’s Birthday: #7 Butterbeer Cupcakes

These cupcakes are by far my favorite! They require a few steps, but are totally worth it. I make them every year around Halloween and even brought them into my classroom to share with my students last year. What is totally rad about my school is that in late October, each classroom picks a book to represent. We get to decorate our door, dress up, and the upper school students come down to our building and have games and events relating to our book. Last year, we choose Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The hubster drew a 2 ft....more

Top Ten Countdown to Harry’s Birthday: #8 Pumpkin Pasties

Happy Birthday, Daniel Radcliffe!! Daniel turns 23 today!! And to celebrate, BNP is making Pumpkin Pasties! But first, one of my FAVORITE Daniel Radcliffe clips. This one comes from the Graham Norton Show, when Daniel shows his love for Tom Lehrer and the infamous Elements song (which, by the way, I can sing too!!) Now on to the Pumpkin Pasties…...more

Top Ten Countdown to Harry’s Birthday: #9 Butter Beer and Pumpkin Juice

With the introduction of Dobby the house elf, the flying Ford Anglia, and of course, the deadly Basilisk, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets has Harry and his friends taking on a new set of dangerous adventures that sets the tone for the rest of the future editions. It is my second favorite in the series, with the first being Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire....more
 @sassymonkeyCool! Thanks for the tip! Whipped cream is ALWAYS a good thing!!!  more

Jul 21 Top Ten Countdown to Harry’s birthday: #10 Acid Pops, Licorice Wands, and Chocolate Frogs

If you have been following along at all here at Bake No Prisoners, you know that I am obsessed with all things Harry Potter, so I thought it would be only fitting that we have a countdown to Harry Potter's (and J.K. Rowling's) birthday on July 31st.  Being the major Potterhead that I am, I will be posting my favorite Potter treats each day, for the next 10 days, leading up to a massive birthday cake on the 31st....more

If you like Piña Coladas...

Yes, I just pulled a cheesy song intro, but...come know you are singing the rest of that song in your head! (I know I am...Ha!)I can still feel the sand between my toes...the sun shining on my face.... the waves crashing on the beach......more
 @sassymonkey Haha! So true!more

Blue Velvet Cupcakes and a Sprkinkle Bakes Cookbook GIVEAWAY

As I sit here writing this post, I am overlooking the peaceful coastline of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. (Mental note: perfect writing location) It is a trip we typically take every year and it normally includes a healthy variety of Mr. BNP’s family. I smile fondly when I think about our family trips to the beach in years past and it fills my heart with joy knowing that I will always have those memories to share in the future. We stay at the same beach front condos that have been in the family for years. We love to lay out under the umbrellas and splash in the sea....more
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