Fact of the Week: May 12, 2014

Blue eyes appears to have originated some where between 6,000 to 10,000 years ago and where highly selected for. Scientists aren't sure what the advantages of blue eyes are but there are two leading theories as to why they where passed on: blue eyed people are highly desirable sexually or maybe they hitchhiked with a more advantageous gene, light skin.


Fact of the Week: May 5, 2014

Owls, unlike other birds of prey, are completely covered by feathers.  There are even feathers on their legs. Their feathers have frayed edges to allow for silent flight. 
Cite: http://www.tetonraptorcenter.org/great-horned-owl-species-profile.html


Golden Snitches

These are a wonderful treat to pair with butterbeer! They can add a lot of fun to any Potter celebration, which I have a lot of apparently... 
Today marks the 16th anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts and the fall of the Dark Lord. I personally can see no better way to celebrate than to read the tale of the Three Brothers and eat some Snitches. 

Any way you can follow these directions, just make it with yellow cake and white chocolate with yellow food coloring. And while the chocolate is setting, place white chocolate covered pretzels as wings on the sides. Toothpicks can help keep these in place. To let the wings set even more firmly let the chocolate cool in the freezer. Also agave nectar can be replaced with honey as I've recently discovered, and personally prefer.

Enjoy these treats that open at the close!