All aboard the Hogwarts Express!!
If only, eh?
Actually, this time next year, I will be on the Hogwarts Express. I’m not even joking. The Hubster and I, along with my bestie and her boy, are headed to the Wizarding World in Florida to check out the new expansion. I. Can’t. Wait.
But I have to. Mostly because the expansion isn’t open yet, but also because we are finally moving into our new home, so…not really the time for trips to Florida. Unfortunately.
You won’t hear me complain too much, though, because I’m thrilled with our new home. This was actually the very first place we looked at, but we were so scared to commit to the first home we saw in Nederland, so we kept looking. And looking. And looking.
When you know, you know…this was the place for us! Tomorrow will be our first official day in our new Dutch home. Sure, it’s completely empty, we have no furniture, dishes, or linens, but we don’t mind. Because home. At last.
A little sneak peek at the kitchen. I’m going to be posting a fresh new Bakingdom edition of Kitchen Style Series, so I won’t give too much away, but I couldn’t resist sharing that I have two ovens (even if they are pretty small little jobbies), and gorgeous doors opening out onto a balcony. Seriously. And just wait until you guys see how big the kitchen is. I’m very happy, and feel very blessed.
Speaking of the balcony, it’s really perfect for us. It’s not small; it’s about 4 feet deep, and about 16 feet long. I can hardly wait to put a pretty little bistro table and chairs out here with lovely flowers, and fragrant herbs!
Back inside, I have to share the bathroom, because it’s very unique, from an American perspective. None of the Dutch bathrooms we’ve visited have had the toilet in the main bathroom. The toilet gets it’s own little powder room. I particularly love that ours has this tiny, sweet little sink. 🙂 As for the main bathroom, I’m pretty sure the pictures speak for themselves.
Now, all I need if for our stuff to be delivered so I can get busy making more fun treats like these cookies!
I tried two techniques when I made these. The first really wouldn’t work with royal icing, but it’s ideal for buttercream (which is what I used). I created a template of the ties, using thick, heavy cardstock. I cut out every other stripe, then laid the template on the frosted cookie, and sprinkled the exposed frosting with sanding sugar. Next, I peeled the template off and sprinkled the remaining icing with a coordinating sanding sugar.
The second techniques was to hand draw half of the stripes onto the cookie, then sprinkle with sanding sugar. Next, I drew on the remaining stripe and covered them with the coordinating sanding sugar.
Tis technique works with either buttercream or royal icing, and is the only way to do these cookies with royal icing.
I found that the template gave the buttercream version of these cookies a much neater and cleaner finished look. With royal icing, the cookies were beautiful using the second technique; just do the first color and allow the cookies to dry for several hours before adding the second color of sugar.
I did all four Hogwarts house ties, and you’ll noticed that I went book canon and kept Ravenclaw blue and bronze, rather than the blue and silver that you’ll see in the films. Obviously, you could do movie canon, and replace the brown sugar with silver, but I really prefer the book colors.
I also decided I wanted the ickle firsties to have ties, too, so I did Hogwarts school crest ties.
To do these, I frosted the cookies, and covered them entirely in black sanding sugar. Next, I drew the top left portion of the Hogwarts crest (which is the Gryffindor section), and covered it in scarlet sanding sugar. Next came the top right section, in Slytherin green. Last I drew on the bottom right and covered it in Ravenclaw blue, and finished up with loyal Hufflepuffs on the bottom left in yellow.
I have to admit, as much as I love the stripey house ties, and how perfect they turned out, the Hogwarts crest tie is my very favorite. I’ve always loved representing all four houses, and Hogwarts as a whole, so that was my cookie. Well, that and the Gryffie one. 😉
What about you? What’s your Hogwarts house? Which cookies would you keep to yourself?
Recipes and supplies:
Coarse Sanding Sugar – Red
Coarse Sanding Sugar – Gold
Coarse Sanding Sugar – Green
Coarse Sanding Sugar – Silver
Course Sanding Sugar – Yellow
Coarse Sanding Sugar – Black
Coarse Sanding Sugar – Blue
Coarse Sanding Sugar – Brown (I got this at Whole Foods, and haven’t been able to find it online – will update with a link as soon as I have one)