Posted to Entertainment
on Dec 6, 2011 - 19:20
Do you like Harry Potter? Quidditch? But are you a muggle? Well, you're in luck because the International Quidditch Association has pulled together an amazing event for muggles and wizards alike.
The fifth Quidditch World Cup was held on November 12th and 13th on Randall's Island in New York City. This year I got to go to the event on Saturday and see 100 hundred teams, mostly college teams
but also some high school teams, compete for the World Cup. Among the teams were Harvard, UC Berkeley, Duke, Yale, Penn State, and Johns Hopkins. My favorite team names were the 'Jetpack Ninja Dinosaurs' and the 'Badassilisks'.
Besides the games (for which the rules can be found here: http://internationalquidditch.org/files/IQA_Rulebook_5.pdf) there were also stands selling t shirts and other Harry Potter related merchandise, food stands, and Wizard Wrock bands. On Sunday night, Harry and the Potters played. Unfortunately I didn't get to go on Sunday, but I bought their CDs and they sound really good.
My favorite part of the games were the snitches, who can be seen in some of the pictures. The snitches are dressed all in yellow, and their job is to not get caught by the seekers of the two competing teams. Many of the snitches had great personalities and were hilarious to watch. Another fun part of the day was that all of the announcers were actually stand up comedians, so obviously it was very funny.
Heres the website for the Quidditch World Cup. http://www.worldcupquidditch.com/index.php
There's some more information about the 2011 Cup and hopefully they will soon have information about next year's event.
What do you think? Will you go next year?
Posted to Food
on Dec 6, 2011 - 04:02
I have made hundreds of dollars selling these cookies, no joke.
The Absolute Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened NOT MELTED
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups of chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 375
2. Cream butter
and sugars together in an electric mixer.
3. Add vanilla and eggs
4. Mix together dry ingredients in a separate bowl and gradually add to wet ingredients.
5. Add in chocolate chips
6. Roll balls of dough, about 1 rounded teaspoon, flatten a bit and place on cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
7. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until golden brown.
8. Let cool and ENJOY
Note* I usually add a bit more than 2 cups of chocolate chips, don't know if this is what makes the cookies so good.