Butter Beer recipe

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Recently I went to the Harry Potter studios in London and tasted their butter beer; it was very yummy! So, why not make it yourself at home? I think that this is extremely easy to make and is relatively cheap too.

Ingredients:
For the drink:
– Irn Bru soft drink, you can also use ginger beer if you prefer.
– Cream soda
For the topping:
– Whipping cream
– Butterscotch extract or flavouring.

Method
First pour your Irn Bru into a cup until it is about a quarter full, then top up the drink with cream soda. You can add more or less Irn Bru if you want the butter beer to be stronger or weaker.
Next combine the whipping cream and butterscotch flavouring and pour it over the top of your drink. Sit back, relax and hop aboard the Hogwarts express!

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Bookmarks!

 

Hello!

Everybody loves bookmarks and I have some fantastic templates that you can use to create your very own amazing bookmarks!Choose from 3 FREE printable quote bookmarks that will inspire you each time you open your book.

 

All you have to do with these lovely bookmarks is to print them onto card (or printing them on paper and laminating them is a good alternative!) and then use them to mark your place in a favorite book!

As the instructions included with the template tell you, all you need to do is to print, cut and fold! How easy is that?

  • Paint Chip bookmark

These bookmarks are so easy they don’t even need a template! This idea is also basically free too.  Just collect a few paint chips from your local hardware store, punch a hole in a one end and add some cotton.

To make these bookmarks look even better try printing them onto brown or coloured card to give them a twist!

I hope you enjoy these templates!

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Harry Potter Wands

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Hello!

If you are a massive Harry Potter fan like me you will know that the official wands are extremely expensive. This craft idea is really simple and effective – the wands are made from everyday items that you probably have in your craft box at home.

What you will need:

  • A wooden stick or wooden chopstick – this will be the main base for your wand.
  • Paints – brown or black.
  • A glue gun
  • 4-6 glue gun sticks

Method:

  1.  First make sure that your chopstick or stick is the right length, in the Harry Potter books the wands are around 11-13 inches long.
  2. Next heat up your glue gun and insert your first glue stick. Start to shape the handle by winding the glue around one end of the wand.
  3. Once you are happy with your handle you can use the hot glue to create a design on the handle.
  4. Wait for the glue to go hard. Finally use your paint to colour your wand: it may need more than one coat!
  5. Cast some spells with your magnificent homemade wand!

I hope you enjoyed this lovely craft idea, it was inspired by you tube designs.

 

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My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece

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My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece is written by Annabel Pitcher and it is about ten year old Jamie Matthews whose sister died five years ago when a terrorist bomb blew up in London. In the years that followed Jamie’s family fell apart. His sister Jas, struggles to be her own person while his mother leaves to be with another man and his father is lost at the bottom of a vodka bottle. As Jamie tries to navigate childhood he learns that adults are not always right and that grief is an over-consuming emotion. Will his family ever be together again?

I love this story it’s very motivational and inspiring although at some parts it can be tragically sad. The way Annabel Pitcher writes her stories is amazing she really captivates the reader from the very first sentence!

Personally I would recommend this book to 12+ because some parts of the story could be quite upsetting for younger readers as well as some of the topics and words being difficult to understand. However some websites and book reviews say that 10+ is fine, so I think that it really depends on your reading level!

I hope you liked this book review, sorry I haven’t been doing many reviews recently, I’ve been very busy! Please let me know if this has been helpful or if you have read any of Annabel Pitcher’s books that you like (or dislike).

Thank you,

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The Hobbit

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The Hobbit, written by J.R.R. Tolkien is about Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit who  lives a simple life in the shire in Middle Earth, until the wizard Gandalf arrives and convinces him to join a group of dwarves on a quest to reclaim the kingdom of Erebor. The journey takes Bilbo on a path through treacherous lands swarming with dangers. Bilbo also encounters a simple gold ring that is tied to the fate of Middle Earth in ways he cannot even imagine.

This story is not just for fantasy fanatics, it is a book that is filled with adventure and mystery. The story has also been split into three films: ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’, ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’, ‘The Hobbit: Battle of the Three Armies’.

I would recommend this book to 10-13+ year old children as well as adults because some of the vocabulary used can be quite hard to understand. I would also recommend the Lord of the Rings,  also by J.R.R. Tolkien,  which follows the life of Bilbo Baggins’ adopted heir Frodo take on a quest to destroy the One Ring, saving Middle Earth from the evil Sauron.

Thank you for reading,

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Harry Potter

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Hello,

Happy New year, I hope 2016 will be filled with lots and lots of new and amazing books for you all to read!

I have been a massive fan of the fantasy series by J.k. Rowling since I read the first book, The Philosopher’s Stone. The plot is based around a boy, called Harry Potter, who learns on his eleventh birthday that he is the orphaned son of two powerful wizards and possesses unique magical powers of his own. He is summoned from his life as an unwanted child to become a student at Hogwarts, a school for young witches and wizards. There, he meets several friends who become his closest allies and help him discover the truth about his parents’ mysterious deaths. The harry potter series is seven books long,

‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’  ( In America it is also known as ‘The sorcerer’s stone’)

‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’

‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’

‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’

‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’

‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’

‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’

All of the books have film adaptations although, personally, I prefer the books as the films change certain parts of the plot lines. I would recommend these books to anyone who likes fantasy or adventure books as J.K. Rowling creates a really believable story line. Also I would recommend these books to adults even though the story is mainly advertised as a children’s book.

I hope this has been helpful,

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