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Amy and Jennifer ARE Seduced by Books. We’re both in our 30’s, moms, close friends, work together, and share many of the same interests including our love of reading. Amy grew up in Maryland and has been obsessed with Vampires for as long as she can remember. Jenn grew up in Florida and loves the furry, the fey, and the fangs, in that order. Currently we are both in Orlando, FL. When we can be pulled away from books, Amy loves to bake and Jenn loves to take pictures and scrap.
We decided to create a place where we could direct friends, and acquaintances for, book suggestions/recommendations (Jenn’s been known to talk to strangers on the train while traveling in NYC). Once we started out with a simple page, we evolved from there. Now we are sharing our book reviews, fun comments, recipes, and giveaways. We try to give reviews on new releases, pre-releases, and oldies but goodies that we read, or are reading. We’re going to be adding author interviews for established and up and coming authors soon.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Butterbeer anyone?

For all of you Harry Potter fans out there, I have something tasty for you to try.  Since I live in Orlando, I was able to go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios before it's grand opening.  This was great because now that it's open it has insane lines for everything!  It takes hours just to get into the WWoHP section of the Universal, and then there are long waits for everything once you get in, too.  Anyway, the park is amazing! Universal did a great job (of course) of capturing the feeling of the books/movies in all the details.  One of the things I was most excited to try once I got there was the butterbeer.  It's as delicious as I imagined it would be.  :)   As some of you know, another hobby of mine besides reading is baking/cooking, so I figured I could make a tasty butterbeer at home.  I searched on the internet and tried a couple recipes I found on there, but they weren't quite right.  So I played around with them a bit and came up with what I think is a butterbeer recipe that's pretty close to what they serve in the park.  So for any of you out there that have wanted to try butterbeer for yourself, here's the recipe!! 


3 tbsp butter
3 tbsp brown sugar
½ cup plus 3 tbsp butterscotch syrup
2 bottles/cans cream soda
1/2 cup heavy cream

Melt butter and brown sugar together over medium heat
Boil for about 30 seconds, stirring constantly
Add the butterscotch and boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly
Allow to come to room temperature
In a medium bowl, add 2 tbsp of the butterscotch mixture and the cream
Whip together until thick and foamy, not fully whipped like whipped cream.
Set this aside – it’s the topping for the drink.
Split the remaining butterscotch mixture between 2 tall cups
Pour ¼ of each can/bottle of cream soda into each cup
Mix well, until the butterscotch mixture is fully incorporated into the soda
Add the rest of the soda to each cup (it will foam a lot, so make sure you have enough room)
Stir slightly so some of the foam goes down
Add the whipped topping mixture to the existing foam and mix slightly

If you find that the foam that it creates on its own is enough that you don’t want the whipped cream mixture, decrease all the ingredients by 1 tbsp.

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