Family History wasn’t as prevalent in Harry Potter’s book 4: The Goblet of Fire. But don’t you worry, I figured it out! 😊
My decorations were minimal tonight:
As the week wears on, I’m getting a bit less and less artistic. Haha. Next time, and yes there will be a next time, I will do one a week. But that means re-decorating each week. There are pros and cons to this. LOL. I added the Goblet of Fire to our dinner table with our names coming out of the tissue paper flames. It looked great and was super easy, yet added to the atmosphere we were creating.
Harry Potter dinner menu for book 4, The Goblet of Fire:
I went simple tonight with a Marie Calendar’s Beef pie. Harry ate beef casseroles, goulash, beef pastries, and stew, so our beef pie was a hit. As for dessert, we choose eclairs, and I purchased them at a local pastry shop. Had I had time, I would have made my mom’s “cream puffs”! Hers are the best! (One of these days I’ll share it!). But I did make the genuine warm butterbeer created in 1855 in Great Britain, mine is with no alcohol. I really liked it. One of my daughters thought it was too sweet. I made 2 different kinds. I’ve included both. One of the ways to make “Warm Butterbeer” required me to learn how to make butterscotch from scratch in the process! I love learning new things.
Warm Butterbeer from 1855 alcohol free
- 4.5 TBSP butter not margarine
- 4.5 TBSP powdered sugar or super fine granulated sugar
- 1 TBSP molasses or golden molasses I didn't notice a difference
- 2 cups milk 2% or Whole milk will taste more authentic and make the butterbeer creamier
- whipping cream homemade always tastes better
- Melt butter in a pot over LOW heat.
- Add sugar and stir till dissolved
- Add molasses, and boil for about 5 minutes
- Turn down heat and add milk, warming/heating the mixture to your liking.
- Serve in hot cocoa mugs and top with whipped cream
The best one is where you make your own butterscotch from scratch. Yep it makes a difference and it’s worth it. It reminds me of making a vanilla steamer. For 2 cups milk add 1/2-3/4 cup of the butterscotch syrup (recipe below). Slowly heat up, and whisk till frothy and at the temperature you’d like. (Some say add cream soda to the steamy mixture, I didn’t). Then top it off with fresh whipped heavy whipping cream.
Butterscotch from Scratch
- spatula or scraper
- 4 TBSP unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup packed dark or regular brown sugar dark is recommended but not required
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 tsp vanilla extract for a Harry Potter feel and if you like the flavor, substitute vanilla for Rum Extract
- Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. A metal pot with a heavy bottom is best. Not a non-stick pot.
- Add brown sugar, salt and heavy cream. Stir with a rubber spatula scraping down sides until it is well blended.
- Slowly bring to a boil. For about 4-5 minutes. It will still look runny because it is hot. So don't over cook it or as it cools and begins to thicken, it will turn to hard candy :))
- Remove mixture from the heat and add vanilla
- For 2 cups milk add 1/2-3/4 cup of the butterscotch syrup. Slowly heat back up, and whisk till frothy and at the temperature you'd like. Pour into a mug. (Some say add cream soda to the steamy mixture, I didn't, but might try it next time). Then top it off with fresh whipped heavy whipping cream.
Family History activity:
Hogwarts hosted schools from other countries in this Harry Potter book! So, the Family History activity was all about finding out where your family heritage comes from.
My husband showed us on FamilySearch where to find the fan chart that displayed what countries your ancestors came from and which is most prevalent in your family DNA.
It was also fun for me to see which generation came to America. For some of our relatives it was as close as my great grandparents who arrived from Slovenia in 1890s, to as far back as the pilgrims who crossed the ocean on the Mayflower.
Another activity, if you have lots of energy, or you have kids old enough who’d set it all up for you, is to have a family Tri-Wizarding tournament! My mother made an entire maze using cardboard with a trophy at the end of the maze! We had to race in, grab the trophy, and out of the maze while being timed! My kids loved it.
The pictures are not very good, but you get the idea, and my kids were so little back then that the cardboard was tall enough that it truly was a maze for them, but the parents could watch all the fun from up high. My kids still remember the fun they had. There are so many types of games and relays and races that your family could play, I’m sure you’ll have no trouble coming up with you own Tri-Wizard Family Tournament!
Playing games and making memories is all part of creating your own Family History! It doesn’t have to be as elaborate as the Maze made out of cardboard, but even a few family competitive games at the dinner table, can make lasting memories. Growing up, “Nertz” was part of getting together with the cousins and great aunts! Those are still great memories 30+ years later. (See Jacks- games our grandparents played)
Have fun making memories and learning about where you came from!! Bon Appetite!
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