Peach Shakes {Definitely NOT a Harry Potter Post}

What? It’s July 15th? I think I heard rumors that there’s some kind of movie about a boy wizard or something. No, seriously, my Facebook and Google Reader feeds are full of evidence that the blogosphere is aflutter with Harry Potter recipes and party ideas.

In case you haven’t guessed, Peach Shakes are not a Harry Potter recipe.

I just can’t do it, you guys. If I do a Harry Potter party or even a recipe, then I have to come to terms with the fact that it’s over.

I got this in my mailbox a couple of weeks ago:

and I burst into tears. Not kidding. Not only does that picture of Daniel Radcliffe make me feel unbelievably old, but this is the end of an era for me–the first two books came out while I was in high school, the third my freshman year of college. When the fourth book came out, I laid on the grass outside my student apartment and read like a big nerd while everyone else played volleyball. When the fifth book came out, I’d been married for 2 years and laid on the same lawn while my husband and his brothers went swimming. I was a new mom when the sixth book was published and read it at the same apartment, willing my then-six-month-old (now-six-year-old) baby to sleep just a little bit longer so I could get through another chapter. And when the seventh book was published, I had another brand-new baby and my husband and I found ourselves on our way out of the same apartment, recently unemployed and terrified and broken-hearted. But we had Harry Potter and that somehow made the situation a little more bearable. While I was sad the books were coming to an end, I knew we had more movies before it was over.

But now it’s over.

I finally sucked it up and bought tickets to the movie yesterday afternoon and then I cried some more. I think I thought if I just didn’t buy them, it wouldn’t have to end. So funny that things don’t work that way, right?

It’s like I’m packing up all those memories: talking about them in passing during high school English classes, waiting in line for the first movie as a brand-new newlywed, the realization that Sirius Black was a good guy, re-reading again late, late, laaaaaaaaaate into the night, seeing pre-Twilight Edward for the first time, running into a crowded movie theater full of Incredible Hulk fans to find my brother-in-law Peter thumbing through the fifth book to see who died at the end and yelling, “Oh, Peter, NO!”, writing my senior thesis paper in college on Harry Potter coming of age as the epic hero, snuggling a sleeping baby and giggling when Harry and Ginny kissed for the first time, my heart breaking again and again at the end of the seventh book, watching my kids fall in love with the stories. Gah. This is why I didn’t post a Harry Potter recipe today.

So instead, we get Peach Shakes. And I don’t even feel like I can talk about them except that they are simple and perfect and a delicious way to use up your ripe summer peaches–if you’ve got a lawn you can lie down on without being eaten alive by fire ants, go read Harry Potter in the grass for me while sipping on one of these.

You’ll need really good vanilla ice cream (leave it on the counter for about 10 minutes to soften up a bit), fresh peaches (don’t forget to peel them first), a few tablespoons of freshly squeezed orange juice, and a few tablespoons of sugar (this is mostly to taste–some peaches will be sweet enough that you won’t need the sugar).

Combine the ingredients in the jar of your blender (liquid first, ice cream last) or in an immersion blender-friendly container. Then just blend until smooth! If you’re using a fancy blender like a Blendtec of Vitamix, you’re not going to have any problem with this mixing up, but if you’re using a regular blender, you might have to get the ice cream a bit softer and use a plunger or scraper to make sure everything gets properly “shaken.” You might need to add a little more sugar or orange juice to sweeten or thin it out a little (or both). Pour into 2-4 glasses and serve immediately.


If you are looking for some awesome Harry Potter treat ideas, here are a few of my favorites from around the web! Just click on the pictures to see the recipes!

First, we have Butterbeer Cupcakes from Cook Like a Champion.

If you don’t want to use Schnapps, I’d bet a tree full of Bowtruckles that you could just use a little more butterscotch sauce.

From our girl Bridget at Bake at 350 (who never ceases to amaze me), we’ve got these Butterbeer Cookies (noticing a pattern here? Butterbeer may be my saving grace during this very difficult time). Aren’t they gorgeous??

Heck, let’s just go for straight Butterbeer–head over to Delightful Delicacies for a virgin Butterbeer recipe appropriate for teetotalers and underage Wizards everywhere.

I actually had a really hard time finding anything that wasn’t Butterbeer themed. One of our readers pointed out these gorgeous pumpkin pasties from Ezra Pound Cake (Word to the wise: Googling “pumpkin pasties” will only make you believe that there are people with some very strange fetishes out there!):

When I headed over there, I discovered all sorts of Harry Potter goodies. These chocolate frogs are perfect!!

Be sure to check out her whole Harry Potter dessert menu here!

Finally, be sure to check out these adorable Golden Snitch Cake Pops from Beantown Baker:

If you’re not a Harry Potter fan and you’ve made it this far, I appreciate you humoring me and my sentimental walk down Diagon Alley. If you are a fan, I hope your goodbyes are not nearly as dramatic as mine apparently are. I know it’s been said all around the world, but thanks again, Harry.


  1. I went and watched the 7th movie last night- and I cried…. it was hard for me because I have grown up with those books! (My grandmother gave me the first three for my 12 birthday!) I became the Harry Potter Mega fan during my teens and now I have a 3 year old and 11 month old and have been married for 4 1/2 years! So many memories tied to one series!!! I hope you enjoy the movie- as a BIG fan of the books- I was NOT disappointed!!

  2. I finally realized not too long ago that you are the same Kate that was my apartment manager when I lived in Monticello. I won’t feel bad if you don’t remember me, so don’t worry. I was Stacey Jensen’s roommate if that helps, but seriously no worries if you have no memory of me whatsoever! As I read about you reading the books on the lawn at those apartments, I couldn’t help but smile because that’s where I read the sixth book as well! Anyway, I just wanted to tell you I love love love this blog of yours! You girls are the best!

    1. Ha! That’s hilarious. Yeah, I’ve kind of blocked out so much of the whole work side of that job–if you’re ever interested in selling your soul to the devil, I highly recommend apartment managing! 🙂

  3. Oh, how I LOVED this post… and the fact that my in laws are coming in town just so the man I love (who happens to be the one who introduced me to Harry Potter) and I can go to the movie tonight! YAY!

  4. I felt the same way! I didn’t want to buy my tickets or make a plan to see the movie because that would mean it was over. I also finally caved in… I’m seeing it tomorrow. We can mourn together!

  5. what a great post…HOWEVER, I think it’s really mean how you flaunt your Blue Bell. It’s really not nice.
    I am from Texas where Blue Bell is EVERYWHERE, so when I moved up to NJ and I realized they didn’t sell it up here it was a sad, sad day.

    BUT I will forgive you because this shake looks so yummy 🙂

    1. Shelly, if you really need your fix, go hit up Outback–you can buy cartons of it there! 🙂 Just be sure to knock on the back door wearing a hoodie and some sunglasses so they know what you’re there for. At least that’s how it all goes down in my imagination… 🙂

  6. I totally understand what you’re saying about the sadness of that cover and all that goes with it. I am 34 and read the first three books on my honeymoon 12 years ago. So much has happened in my life since that time – babies born and nursed, people have passed away – and as anxious as I am to see the final movie, I am also a little sad about it. Because it means there is no more HP to look forward to! That boy has meant so much to me, and his message is summed perfectly by the EW writer (Lisa Schwarzbaum) who reviewed the film: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 leaves us with the dawning, awesome recognition that the world is huge, fraught, enigmatic, magical, dangerous, delightful, and, ultimately, the responsibility of young people who must first find their own footing. That’s quite an accomplishment for a story about a boy with a wand.”

  7. Amazing post. I wish I remembered where I was when I read each book like you did. Such a nostalgic story! love it. thanks.

  8. Love it! I can’t blame you for not wanting to post anything HP. I can’t believe its ending either. I cried after reading the 7th book when I realized it was all over and I think I might cry after watching this final movie and realizing its REALLY over. Harry Potter will always hold a special place in my heart.
    I’ll definitely try out these peach shakes. I LOVE peaches!!! We lived in Texas one summer and loved Blue Bell ice cream! I’m still looking for something just as delicious out here in CA.

      1. I noticed the Blue Bell as well…and had to quickly look in your “about” section to see if you were in Texas. 🙂 If you decided to go to the tour, let me know…it’s about an hour from my house. I’ll meet you! 🙂

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