Monday, March 29, 2010

First Homework Assignment

This year I am in the Ravenclaw Tower and meeting old and new friends. I'm so glad to be back at Hogwarts again. I was counting the days and kept waiting and waiting with anticipation. Now it's here and we have our very first homework assignment.

The three characters I have chosen for this term are Molly Weasley, Nymphadora Tonks, and Minerva McGonagall.

I love all the strong qualities of these women.

Molly touches me closely because she has a houseful of children and her life centers around her family. She is not disturbed by the fact her house is cluttered, because she knows when it matters most, the family will pull together and help. She dresses comfortably, not for show. She is warm, loving, and caring, and will fight for her family to the bitter end. Creatively, I love how she can knit, cook, and care for the family, all at the same time. A true homebody!

Minerva touches me because she has to be firm, but she most definitely has a soft spot. She is an educator and seems to passionately enjoy her role as Deputy Headmistress and Transfiguration teacher. She, also, will fight for what is right, and seeks to help those who really need someone on their side, at least when she can. Of course, rules are rules, but she will bend those when she can. I really love the tartans she wears.

Nymphadora Tonks intrigues me. It is the book character, not the movie character I am drawn to. (Truth be told, I couldn't decide between her or Sybil Trewlawney.) I like her name. I like how she is a fierce protector. I like her oddities. She likes to have fun. She fights for the underdog. (Okay, I have to be truthful here ... I also liked Luna Lovegood as my other choice. Noticing a pattern here? Not one of them fits a mold ... they are all highly unique. But, as I could only list three ... well, there you go.)

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Care of Magical Creatures

You need a special book for the Care of Magical Creatures class. Here is my Monster Book of Monsters. (This is the cake I made for my son's birthday.)
I wanted to make the chocolate frosting look like hair, but the tip would not work. Next time, note to self, use the same recipe as the white, but color it brown and forget the chocolate. It just doesn't push through the decorating tip like the white! (But, he liked it, and that's all that counted!)