Before I share a new recipe with you today, I would like to share my gratitude to all of the brave men and women who have served their country. On this day, many of us around the world are remembering, and showing gratitude for, our veterans. I am not only a military wife, I am a military daughter and granddaughter, a military cousin, sister, and, most recently, stepmother. The military life has brought me countless friends with beautiful families. Thank you to my family of service members. Thank you to my service friends. Thank you to all of the women and men who have served and are serving today, here, and around the world. Thank you to the our serve members’ families, too, who sacrifice for, and support, them.
You didn’t know that?
How could you not know that?!
Actually, if you’re a fan, you knew. And if you’re not a fan…you’re forgiven.
As always, I can’t let a good excuse to talk about Harry Potter pass me by, so…I made cockroach clusters.
Sounds yummy, eh?
Alright. Let’s clear a couple of things up, shall we?
#1. The movie being released today is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2. You may recall that I was extremely excited to go see this final film, this culmination of Jo Rowling’s hard work, this end of an era.
But then, you might have noticed that I never really talked about it again. Wanna know why?
Okay, well, if you don’t then skip ahead to #2.
I didn’t talk about this movie again because I … *gulp* … I … Ididn’tlikeit.
That was hard to
There you have it. I know I’ll probably catch a lot of flack for this, but it’s the truth. I thought it was a beautiful film, brilliantly acted, and decently done for those who had never read the books. It was a good movie.
Wasn’t the point of splitting the final film into two movies to make it more thorough? Even the Hubster, who hasn’t read the final four books, said that the film felt rushed and pieced together.
The fact of the matter is, I’m such a book canon girl, that this movie was hard to take. I’ve always tried to remind myself that it’s really hard to make a book into a film, and some things just gotta go (like Peeves…let’s face it, he was non-vital…but I sure did miss him). This time, though…it was just too much.
One of the most emotional and moving moments in the books, involving the Weasley family, was neglected and glossed over. I felt robbed.
Dramatic of me? Yep. Do I care? Nope. It wasn’t right.
I know some of you will say I’m nuts, and that’s okay. If you read my blog regularly, you know what a huge, die hard fan I am, so you know how sad it really is for me to admit that I didn’t like the film.
**All of that said, they handled Snape’s storyline so perfectly, and so beautifully, and Alan Rickman was so phenomenal, it was almost, almost, enough to redeem their mistakes.**
There’s a #2 to todays’ post. It has nothing to do with the movie, and everything to do with the cockroach clusters.
#2. There are not real cockroaches in the clusters.
I’m sorry. I know you’re disappointed. No roaches.
I know it’s difficult, but you’re just going to have to make do with skipping the roaches.
Eight years ago, when I threw my first ever kid’s birthday party, it was Harry Potter themed (surprised?). I made lots of faux Potter treats that day, including cockroach clusters. Back then I simply made no bake chocolate peanut butter cookies. They looked the part, and they taste amazing, so I decided to stick with what works today.
The only difference between then and now, is that todays’ clusters are more cockroach-y.
I added marshmallows for gooeyness. I added pretzels for crunchiness. And I added mini Reese’s Pieces for…the heck of it.
Sounds good, huh? Talking about eating cockroaches and I’m telling about gooeyness and crunchiness.
Well, what can I say, I was going for authenticity of texture.
Little did I know that the Reese’s Pieces would provide that the best. After all, I just added them cause I like them, but they ended up adding this crispy texture (the candy shell), that sounded very much like what you imagine chewing on a cockroach would sound like.
It’s pretty disgusting if you think about it too much.
If you don’t then it’s just delicious.
Once the cookies are all mixed up, you just drop them by spoonfuls onto wax or parchment paper, or Silpat mats. And that’s it…mix ‘em, drop ‘em, wait ‘em out. Once they’re dry, dig in. Or eat them while they’re still soft…cause that’s good, too.
Need a last minute release party treat? Or just wanna whip something fast, and themed, up for the kids while they watch the latest HP release? These are the thing for you, then. Five minutes of prep and cook time, three minutes of dropping them on paper, an hour of waiting for them to set up. Easy as
pieÂ cockroach clusters. Enjoy!
P.S. Thank a veteran today, show your support. You don’t have to approve of war to support a hard working individual who deserves your gratitude.
Cockroach Clusters [Printable Version]
Makes about 2 1/2 to 3 dozen
1/2 cup (1 stick or 113 grams) unsalted butter or margarine
1 3/4 cups (350 grams) sugar
1/2 cup (125 ml) milk (soy or almond for vegan/dairy free)
1/4 cup (28 grams) cocoa powder
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups quick oats
3/4 cup mini marshmallows
1/2 cup mini Reese’s Pieces or other candy
1/2 cup pretzel pieces
In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the sugar, milk, and cocoa powder and stir to combine.Â Bring to a boil and cook for a minute to a minute and a half (less than this will result in soft, runny cookies; more will result in dry, crumbly cookies). Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the peanut butter and vanilla. Once the peanut butter is melted and combined, add the oats and mix well. Stir in the candy, pretzels, and marshmallows until evenly distributed. Once combined, drop tablespoonfuls onto waxed or parchment paper and allow to cool for at least an hour.
Recipe by Darla