Introducing: Natural Sugars and Sprinkles!

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I’m so excited to launch this new line of products! After hearing your requests, I put together a collection of beautiful sparkling sugars, sprinkles, and sprinkle/sugar blends, all made with natural food coloring. Now everyone can enjoy a bit of colorful crunch in their treats! And the best part? These colors are BEAUTIFUL. They’re deeper and more unique than the regular food colored sprinkles and sugars you can find at the grocery store. I know you’ll love them as much as I do.

You can see (and purchase) all 10 of the new varieties at geekyhostess.com/shop.

What is natural food coloring? Natural food coloring means the colors are made from things found in nature. The three natural colors used in the Geeky Hostess line of natural sparkling sugars and sprinkles can be found below:

E100: The common name for E100 is Curcumin. E100 gets its colors from the root of the curcuma (turmeric) herb. Its color can range from yellow to red.

E160b: The common names for E160b are annatto, bixin (if fat soluble), or norbixin (if water soluble). E160b gets its colors from the seeds of the Annatto tree. Its color can range from yellow to red.

E163: The common name for E163 is the anthocyanins. E163 gets its colors from the cell sap of plants, vegetables, and flowers. Its color is violet, and depending on its specific form, the color can vary. The forms are:

  • E163a: Cyanidin, a red color
  • E163b: Delphinidin, a blue color
  • E163c: Malvidin, a purple color

Enjoy the new line! And as always, show off what you use your sprinkles for with the hashtag #geekysprinkles on Twitter and Instagram!

Top 10 Parties for PAX Prime 2015

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When I’m not making recipe and putting sprinkles on everything, I’m running the @paxparties twitter handle. I keep everyone at PAX informed of the hot parties happening each night, and this year there are more than ever! Not sure which ones to head to? These are my top 10 choices (in chronological order). I look at cost, exclusivity, people/companies putting on the event, and location to make my decision. These will be the parties with the big lines outside of them, I guarantee it! (But if you can get in, it’s worth it! Show up EARLY!)

Giant Bomb: Live, In Person, and Fully Clothed: Thursday August 27th, 9pm

Giant Bomb has rented out The Parlor to do a show, and with a swanky space and a promise of entertainment, how can you go wrong? They’ll also debut some new merch!

Free, 21+, cash bar.

Trion PAX Party: Friday August 28th, 7-10pm

If you’re a fan of Trion’s games, you’ve GOT to be at the W Hotel right at 7pm. There’s free food and drink, free t-shirts, free LED devil horns, free game codes, and tons of other swag, but it’s all while supplies last! Plus, they’ve hinted that there will be some new reveals at the party. What are you waiting for? There’s probably already a line forming.

Free, all ages (but 21+ with ID to drink!), free food and drink while it lasts.

Lara Croft GO Launch Party: Friday August 28th, 7pm-2am

This party is promising to have Lara Croft GO, poutine, free stuff, and live snakes. It’s an intriguing combo and I want to learn more. Plus, it’s at the Hard Rock Cafe, which is walking distance from the convention center and a great party venue. Come party and pet snakes and stuff!

Free, 21+, poutine! (Not sure if poutine is free or not. Bring money for additional food/drinks).

Amazon Game Studios Presents: Twitch PAX Party: Friday August 28th, 9pm-2am

Twitch parties are the place to be, and this year is no exception. They’ve rented out Garage Billiards, which means there will be 20 bowling lanes, 25 pool tables, 6 bars, a photobooth, a karaoke room, and lounge space. Get in line EARLY to make it in. Grab your dinner to go and eat it while standing in line. I’m serious. Get there EARLY.

Free, 21+.

Super League Gameplay Party Hosted By Captain Sparklez: Saturday August 29th, 2-4pm

This party’s a bit different than the other ones you’ll see on the list. It’s during the day and it’s an all ages/family event. But hey, you’ve gotta start the gamers young, right? The whole family will LOVE this party. They’re putting Minecraft up on a movie theater screen at the Regal Meridian and letting you play it! Plus there will be a free collectible and a meet and greet with popular YouTube gamers. It’s a great excuse to get out of PAX during the busiest day/time.

Free, all ages.

Dungeon Boss Rooftop Bash: Saturday August 29th, 6:30-9pm

Here is another fun all ages event to end your day! Demo Dungeon Boss before it comes out, enjoy free snacks, and check out their guest DJ. Frolik is also a beautiful venue and has a great rooftop deck (if the weather shapes up)!

Free, all ages, free snacks while supplies last.

A Most Excellent Double Fine Fan Meetup: Sunday August 30th, 5:30-9:30pm

Double Fine will be showing their new, unannounced game for the first time publicly. Plus there will be live music! It’s at the Hard Rock Cafe, which is a popular post-PAX spot. Plus, it starts early enough you can still hit up some of the later parties on the same night!

I believe this is free and all ages, but don’t quote me on it!

After 6 – 2015 Party Edition: Sunday August 30th, 6-10pm

I’ve got a soft spot for indie games, and a softer spot for indie game parties. The Seattle Indies Expo is throwing this party in their space at Melrose Market Studios. You can meet some indie devs and try out their games while noshing on some free food and drink. Win-win!

Free, all ages, free food/beer while it lasts.

PAX Prime Karaoke Time 2015 with Mike & Tifa: Sunday August 30th, 9pm

Come sing geeky songs with some really awesome people at The Mercury @ MachineWerks! Mike and Tifa are both incredible and throw some great Karaoke parties. Baby Ketten Karaoke will be there, meaning they’ll have all your fave nerdy, pop culture, and video game songs to sing. Seriously, this is gonna be a blast. Grab your free ticket here. There will also be a bus giving free round trips to and from the convention center and the venue. You have no excuse.

Free, 21+, Eventbrite ticket required for entry, bar is cash only.

RockBand After Party II: Monday August 31st, 7pm-1:30am

PAX is over but you’re not ready to stop? Head to The Unicorn to join the Seattle RockBand Group for their end of PAX party. There will be a RockBand competition and casual play, and Harmonix will be hosting a Twitch stream of the party. Sounds like a lot of fun!

Free, 21+

Geeky “Just Married” Car Clings

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Getting married and want something that’s so “you” on your car as you drive off into the sunset? Tell your wedding party to put down the car chalk and toilet paper, and direct them towards Anthony Herrera Designs. He has wedding-themed window clings for every type of geek, whether you like Doctor Who, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, The Princess Bride, The Simpsons, Back to the Future, or gaming. The best part? The clings are easy to put on and take off, and look really great.

I think these would be absolutely fabulous for a couple planning a road trip for their honeymoon, or anyone who wants to show off their love for their favorite fandom and their new partner at the same time!

You can check out all of the options on Etsy. Which one would you pick?

LAST DAY To Get Geeky Sprinkles!

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The Geeky Sprinkles Kickstarter campaign is ending in 5 hours. It’s been an exciting month of running the campaign, and I’m thrilled to see where we end up. We’re currently thisclose to $42,000 which means we’ve officially funded and hit a stretch goal! What does that mean?

Geeky Sprinkles are going to happen! And if you pledge at a $26 level or higher you’re getting a free bonus bottle of sprinkles of your choice! If you pledge at $45 or higher, you’re getting TWO free bonus bottles of your choice!

Take a peek at the campaign and cheer me on for the last few hours. And don’t forget to make or adjust your pledge before time’s up! I’ll be on Twitter counting down until 9pm! Stop by and say “Hi!”

Quick Holiday Recipe: Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

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Around this time of year, my apartment goes missing and in its place is a workshop of chocolatey proportions. I have traditional holiday candies I make every year as well as some other basic treats to bring over to potlucks and parties, and any other homemade gifts Mr. Geek and I concoct. And while some of the candies and gifts are fairly tedious to make, there’s one that I love making over and over, and it’s these chocolate peanut butter balls.

I wish I could say the recipe has been passed down for generations, but in reality I found a magazine clipping years back and have made it my own since. These peanut butter balls are easy to make, take under an hour (plus some chill time in the fridge), and are absolutely delicious. I usually make way more than I actually need to give out, and steal some whenever I need a quick pick-me-up. So if you’re looking for a quick and delicious treat to make for the office party or need a creative and homemade gift for a friend or family member, don your apron and get ready to party. (Bonus: Kraft currently has a ton of coupons you can use at Target, and you can use them to save $1 off of the peanut butter used in the recipe!)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Ingredients:

  • Approx. 4 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 2 sticks (8 oz.) Melted Butter
  • 1 cup (8 oz.) Planter’s Peanut Butter (I used creamy, but feel free to go wild with crunchy or one of their other flavors!)
  • 2 11.5 oz bags of Milk Chocolate Chips
  • Sprinkles (optional)

Directions:

In a large bowl, mix together the powdered sugar, melted butter, and peanut butter until smooth. Consistency should be almost play-doh like and easy to roll into a ball. If not, add more powdered sugar.

Roll the mixture into small, even balls (around the size of a large marble or gumball).

Melt the milk chocolate chips in a double boiler or by very carefully microwaving them in a bowl for 30 seconds at a time. Don’t burn the chocolate!

Dip the balls in the milk chocolate until they’re evenly coated and place on a wax paper-covered cookie sheet. Top the chocolate covered balls with some sprinkles if you’d like (I love the extra crunch and pop of color!), and then place in the fridge for around an hour to chill.

Package them up for your friends/parties before you eat them all yourself.

Or heck, just eat them all yourself.

What’s your go-to holiday treat?

From shopping for gifts to planning family dinners, it’s hard to keep up with all your holiday to-do’s. This year, Kraft is helping out with great weeknight meals and entertaining ideas to make the season a little bit easier. Plus, Kraft is offering up to $20 in coupons, redeemable exclusively at Target, to make food shopping easier and to help you have a happy holiday season.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kraft. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Sponsored Post: Supezas Custom Dresses

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Supezas reached out to me recently to let me know about their new Kickstarter campaign, and I’m genuinely excited about the products they’ll be offering. They’re launching a custom dress line made in India with eco-friendly silks. For a limited time and $100, you can get a silk dress made to order. That doesn’t happen every day.

The dresses are super cute and are as unique as you. I’m personally loving the bright blue and chevron print fabrics, and LOVE the lace keyhole back you can see on the blue dress above! I think these would be a fantastic and inexpensive bridesmaid dress option–let your ladies know what color/print they can get, and let them design the dress to fit their own body and style. Bonus: You’ll know you’re helping support the art of hand-weaving in India, and are supporting eco-friendly silk that’s collected without harming any silk moths.

Want a dress? Hurry! The $100 and $125 early bird pricing is going quickly, and the dresses will end up retailing for $175. And if you do get one, send me a pic once they arrive–I’d love to see the dress you designed!

Visit their campaign and get your dress at Kickstarter.com.

This is a sponsored post, but all words and opinions are my own.