Based on your votes, I’ve been a shark, Boba Fett, and a scantily-clad Kool-Aid man. This year, you all chose to go prehistoric with this dinosaur costume. (Want to see all of the weird “sexy” costume options for this year? Click here!)
I met up with my friend Liz Leo and ventured out to the wilderness over the weekend to get in touch with my inner dinosaur. I was still getting over my cold, but that didn’t stop me from strutting it in all my jumpsuit glory. (A word to the wise: This costume is not meant for tall folks. I’m 5’10” and even though I got the Large, hoping it would be tall enough, it wasn’t. The torso was significantly shorter than mine and the legs stopped well above my ankles. I’d recommend this for anyone 5’7″ or shorter.) Enough disclaimers. Take a look at this clever girl:
(I mean, I HAD to take feather pics, right?)
A special shout out to BuyCostumes.com for helping make all of your weird “sexy” Halloween costume dreams come true. Make sure to check out their selection for Halloween or any upcoming costume party! And let me know in the comments: what are you being for Halloween?
It’s late, you just got back from the ball, your Uber turned into a pumpkin, you’re exhausted and you’re HUNGRY. (Those tiny appetizers don’t fill anyone up.) What’s a girl to do? Make pumpkins into pumpkin bread and help yourself to a hearty slice before bed!
This pumpkin bread is a fairly traditional recipe with the addition of a bit of “fairy dust” in the form of white sanding sugar. It’s the perfect fall treat to keep on hand for cozy breakfasts and hearty snacks! And if you’re like me and can’t get enough of the pumpkin theme, you can make it with this gorgeous pumpkin loaf mold. I saw it during the Sur La Table excursion at IFBC, and I instantly fell in love. I also got this mini pumpkin cocotte and just have to decide what I want to do with it, other than display it! Aren’t they AMAZING?
Cinderella’s Post-Midnight Pumpkin Bread
- 4 TBS unsalted butter, plus additional for buttering the pan and topping the bread
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
- 2 eggs
- 1 3/4 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp ginger
- 2/3 cups water
- 1 TBS white sanding sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and butter and flour your loaf pan. Set aside.
- Beat the butter, sugar, and oil in a stand mixer until light and fluffy (about one minute).
- Add the pumpkin puree and mix until combined.
- Add eggs one at a time, mixing until fully combined each time.
- Whisk flour, salt, baking soda, baking spices, and spices in a bowl.
- Slowly add the flour mixture and the water to the wet mixture. Mix on low until just combined.
- Pour batter into a loaf pan. Gently tap the pan on the counter to remove air bubbles.
- Bake for 60-70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove.
- Brush melted butter onto the top of the loaf and sprinkle the sanding sugar on top.
- Slice and enjoy!
One of my best memories of Fall was when my mom would make a big pot of chili and some cornbread for dinner. It became a Halloween tradition: grab a hearty bowl of chili before heading outside to trick or treat. I’ve continued that tradition whenever my friends and I hit up a pumpkin patch or visit a corn maze. Chilly and starving, chili really hits the spot.
Now that it’s October, Fall is fully upon us and my schedule’s filling up quick. Chili is an easy go-to for busy nights when there’s a chill in the air. Whether I’m having some friends over to check out some of the new tv premieres or to watch our fave Halloween-themed movies, or I just want something easy and delicious between errands, it’s there. I recently found out I’m not alone–October is National Chili Month and Progresso wanted me to try out some of their new chilis! (I was psyched to see they had a vegetarian option in addition to their beef/pork and chicken chilis. Something for everyon!) I took them up on their suggestion to class up my normal chili spread, and came up with this quick and delicious chili bar. (I made the little label sticks out of bamboo skewers and images of the chili from the Progresso website printed onto cardstock. Took me two minutes and made it so everyone knows what kind of chili they’re getting!)
Chili bars are a fun and easy way to dress up a pre-made chili and make sure everyone’s getting what they want. Just put out some of the items listed below along with some bowls, utensils, and napkins, and let people grab and go! Keep the chili in a crock pot or buffet warmers if everyone won’t be eating at the same time.
Looking for items to add to your chili bar? Consider:
- bacon bits
- banana peppers
- corn bread
- corn chips
- green onion
- hot sauce
- lime wedges
- red and green peppers
- shredded cheddar cheese
- sour cream
Want to try out some chili for yourself? Progresso’s letting me give away a prize pack with chili and stew, a fancy ladle, and a cooler chair so you’ll be set for gamedays and tailgates! Just visit progresso.com/gameday, and then leave a comment here with your fave recipe. I’ll pick a winner on Thursday, October 8th!
Don’t want to wait to win? Grab yourself a $1 off coupon now!
What’s your favorite way to prep chili? Do you have any Fall food traditions?
It’s that glorious time of the year again. I share some of my favorite weird-yet-sexy costumes, and you vote on which one I must wear in a photo shoot. Why do I do this? Well, I don’t know. But you all seem to love it. Past winners have included The Kool-Aid Man, Boba Fett, and a “Sexy” Shark.
I’ve found a lot of fun options this year, so get ready for a whole bunch of choices. Let me know your faves in the comments below! I’ll tally up the votes on Monday, October 5th and start planning my shoot. And if you feel inspired to wear your own ridiculously sexy costume, you can find all of these at BuyCostumes.com! (Click the pics to see a larger version.)
Fairy Tale Heroines
These ladies will live sexily ever after.
She may be the fairest of them all, but her outfit needed some jazzing up. Now that it’s covered in sequins, woodland creatures, dwarves, and princes won’t be able to resist her!
This is like if Elle Woods and Barbie worked together to create a dream mermaid. That is a compliment.
Man, you thought you felt uncomfortable watching Johnny Depp get all predatory with Red. Wait till you see this sexy costume of a child visiting her grandma!
Fairy Tale Villains
It’s good to be bad.
So she likes furs and fine leather goods. What’s wrong with a woman her treats herself?
Ursula: Sexy sea urchin and mentor to young girls. Stresses the importance of girls’ voices.
The party don’t start till she walks in. I’m loving this sexy shoulder baring version of her traditional costume.
Women Throughout History
Women wore a lot less clothing than you may have thought.
Medusa was a monster, right? And supposed to be hideous? Am I missing something?
Who needs protective armor when you’ve got a sword and heels?
Ok, honestly, there’s been new research proving that there were a lot of women vikings, and that’s pretty awesome. But I’m guessing actual female vikings wore pants.
Wear this, and you’ll have an excuse to talk about and eat cake all night. Win-win.
Don’t be afraid to get wild this Halloween!
This is the easiest way to pick up a Firefighter without using a lighter.
What the hell is a fever zebra? Is it a zebra one sees in a fever dream? This outfit is terrifying.
Get Chris Pratt over here, asap. I need to be tamed.
Sexy Mario Bros
You’re no longer limited to only dressing as Princess Peach.
No one can resist that mustache.
Pair this with a little yellow dress and Mario will forget all about that princess he was looking for.
Always the Toad, never the Princess, am I right? (Who decided to make this costume?)
Give Mario a ride he’ll never forget.
As Seen on TV
Ruining your childhood classics, but in a sexy way.
Dress up as everyone’s favorite extremely violent and occasionally racist rabbit!
You could wear this out to a Halloween party, but I’m guessing Bert himself would rather stay at home.
This version of the iconic uniform may be a bit difficult to fight in.
Baywatch’s lifeguard uniforms were sexy enough. How did the Halloween costume add MORE clothing? AND an innertube?
These characters are putting the “graphic” in graphic novels.
I didn’t know there was an anime Wonder Woman until I saw this costume. I checked out the show, and holy cow, she’s bad-ass. I’m not even gonna make a joke. She’s that cool.
She likes a guy with a sense of humor. And a criminal record.
You can guarantee that no one will kiss you while you’re in this costume…
You make a mutant look good.
So, dear readers, what will it be? What costume will I be wearing for my annual Halloween shoot? Leave a comment below with your top choice(s)!
Sriracha, man. You all love it SO much. As some of you know, I’m a wimp when it comes to spicy food, so I didn’t get on the Sriracha bandwagon early on. But Cocktail Crate introduced me to their Sriracha Margarita mixer at the Fancy Food Show, and I needed more in my life. Their margarita was crisp and refreshing, with just a subtle bit of heat near the end of the sip. It’s the perfect drink for your next Mexican fiesta or anytime you want to pretend it’s still Summer. 😉 (If you haven’t heard of Cocktail Crate, you’ve gotta check them out. They create 2-ingredient cocktails (their mixers and the liquor of your choice) that taste like craft cocktails you’d spend a lot of money on. In addition to the Sriracha Margarita, I’m a big fan of their Spiced Old Fashioned and Grapefruit Daiquiri mixers. And the company itself for letting me try all of these.)
The Sriracha Margarita and other snack foods at IFBC had me thinking: How many Sriracha flavored items exist? The answer is approximately “a lot.” Here is just a small sample of everything out there!
Movies are gonna be WAY better with this! I bet the popcorn complements the sriracha well.
Want to make your own popcorn (or control the amount of sriracha on it)? Grab this seasoning!
Sriracha beef, but in “walking while you eat” form. Great for camping, hiking, or midday at work!
Ok, I’ve tried this on cauliflower and this stuff is amazing. Even if you’re a spice-wimp like me!
I think of this as the “fancy option” among these snacks. You’ll get a bit of spice with your salt, and the packaging is nice enough to give as a gift. (Bonus: The bottom is magnetic so you can stick it to your fridge!)
Almonds can get a little bland and boring after a while. You will never have that problem with these.
You’re already picturing giving these to your friends for Christmas and pretending they’re peppermint. You deserve coal.
Kettle Chips are already amazing. So this just makes them amazing-er. It’s a word.
Hey, there’s something out there for everyone.
I love the addition of lime to the sriracha for these pretzel crisps. They sound delicious!
Sriracha nut AND fruit mix! Spicy mango and cranberries? I could be down with that.
The ULTIMATE gift for the Sriracha lover. (Plus, there’s a dragon on it. Too cool!)
Are you a Sriracha fan? Have you tried these snacks? Let me know what you thought of them in the comments!
It’s that time of year again. The International Food Bloggers Conference is here, and I swear it’s like Christmas. I was too excited to sleep last night and everything!
Over the next few days, I’ll be meeting fellow food bloggers, chatting with awesome companies, learning about food photography and recipes and writing and more, and sampling some amazing food and wine. It’s all of my favorite things combined.
If you’re attending, look for me–I’ll have samples of my Steampunk Sprinkles for everyone!
For more information on IFBC, visit foodista.com/ifbc. Hope to see you there!
Dungeons and Dragons have been introducing their new storyline, Rage of Demons, lately and I couldn’t be more excited. The demons that have come together to wreak havoc are truly amazing, and I’m thrilled that the release date of their newest campaign, Out of the Abyss, is finally here! To celebrate, I’ve made a delicious snack based off one of my favorite demons, Zuggtmoy.
Zuggtmoy is the Demon Queen of Fungi, and in this storyline, she’s looking forward to marrying a large, city-sized fungus. It’s gonna be a wedding ceremony every Demon Queen of Fungi dreams about. And what better to have at your wedding reception than some beautiful stuffed mushrooms?
Make these for your own Demon Queen’s wedding or bridal shower, or make them as a game night snack while you dig into the newest campaign. Either way, you’ll be the “fungi” at the party when you bring them! (Sorry not sorry for that pun. I had to.)
Zuggtmoy Stuff Mushrooms
- 20 Crimini and/or white mushrooms in varying sizes
- 4 cups fresh, washed spinach
- 1 TBSP minced garlic
- 1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
- salt and pepper, to taste
- olive oil
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with foil. Set aside.
- Remove the stems from the mushrooms and set the mushrooms, cavity side up, on the foil-lined baking sheet. Give the stems a fine chop.
- Cook the spinach in a pan until wilted, about 2 minutes. Remove the spinach from the pan, squeeze out all excess liquid, and chop fine.
- Add 1 TBS of olive oil and the minced garlic in a pan, and saute until golden.
- Add the minced stems to the pan and saute until soft.
- Remove the pan from heat and add the spinach, breadcrumbs, and cheeses. Mix all of the ingredients together.
- Using a small spoon, stuff the mushroom cavities with the mixture.
- Bake for 20 minutes, or until the filling is golden on top and heated throughout.
- Serve and enjoy!
And speaking of Dungeons and Dragons… I’ll be a part of the Dungeons and Dragons Extra Life livestream on October 4th! Donate money to Seattle Children’s Hospital while helping me design the character I’ll be playing here. As a bonus, I’m competing against my husband to see who can raise more money each week. The loser has to do horrible tasks (like reciting poetry while eating hot wings) on video for your benefit! Check out my page at extra-life.org to find out more info and make a donation!
In just a little over a week (September 19th, to be exact), Doctor Who will be gracing our screens again, giving us a legitimate reason to stay in on Saturday evenings. And while the show is great on its own, it’s even better with some themed candied popcorn!
Give this quick and easy recipe a try–it’s the perfect item to have on hand for the premiere! (Watching at someone else’s house? This packs up easily and makes a fun treat to bring along!)
Doctor Who Candied Popcorn (with Adipose Marshmallows)
- 8 cups popped popcorn (I’d recommend air-popped plain or lightly salted popcorn)
- 1 cup mini marshmallows
- 2 cups white chocolate chips or white candy melts
- 1 TBS Police Box Sprinkles
- 1 TBS blue sanding sugar
- 1 TBS white sanding sugar
- Mix the popcorn and the “adipose” (mini marshmallows) together, and place on a wax paper covered baking sheet.
- Melt the white chocolate chips in 30 second increments in the microwave, stirring between cycles. Continue until chips are fully melted.
- Pour the melted white chocolate over the popcorn and marshmallows. Mix until evenly covered.
- Scatter the sprinkles and sparkling sugar over the popcorn, gently mix to evenly coat.
- Let cool until chocolate is hardened.
Eat it by the handful or put it in cute little party favor bags for guests. This recipe can easily be adapted to include other candies or types of sprinkles as well!
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While at the Fancy Food Show in NYC, I came across a booth for Banza, a high protein and gluten free pasta made from chickpeas. I love pasta, I love chickpeas, and I love free samples of food, so I have to admit I stopped by their booth a couple times. The pasta sample was SO good. So good, in fact, that I’ve kept in contact with the folks over at Banza, and agreed to work with them on creating an awesome recipe showcasing their pasta. I’ve been testing it in all of my normal pasta dishes, and it works so well that Mr. Geek now requests it over normal pasta for dinner. But I didn’t want something normal. I wanted to make something EPIC. I turned one of my fave Mac and Cheese recipes into a slightly spicy, protein-packed, gluten-free dish made for a superhero. And I topped it with sprinkles because no one was there to stop me. Guess what? It was delicious. (And the sprinkles added a slightly sweet crunch which complemented the spicy mac and cheese really well!)
So give this dish a try when you want to make something warm, gooey, and comforting, that won’t leave you feeling like you just ate your weight in carbs. Pair it with a big, fresh garden salad and you’ve got yourself a balanced meal!
PLUS, get $10 off your order at eatbanza.com when you use code “GEEKYHOSTESS”!
Superhero Mac and Cheese
- 2 tbs unsalted butter
- 3 1/2 tbs gluten-free flour
- 1 1/2 cups whole milk
- 7 ounces white cheddar cheese, grated (about 1 3/4 cups)
- 1 ounce pepperjack cheese, grated (1/4 cup)
- 1/2 tsp coarse salt
- 1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
- One box Banza elbow macaroni (8 oz)
- 1 ounce (1/4 cup) white cheddar cheese, grated
- 1 ounce (1/4 cup) pepperjack cheese, grated
- ½ tsp chipotle chili powder
- 1/8 cups gluten-free breadcrumbs
- 1 tbs lightning bolt sprinkles
- To first make the sauce, melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
- Once the butter has melted, whisk in the flour and continue to whisk and cook for 2 minutes.
- Slowly add milk, whisking constantly.
- Let sauce cook until it thickens, about 10 minutes, while stirring frequently.
- Remove pan from heat and add the cheeses and seasonings listed in the “SAUCE” section. Stir until everything is fully melted. Set aside.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Cook the macaroni according to the package, but remove 1 minute before the lowest cook time on the packaged directions. (It will continue cooking in the oven!) Rinse the pasta in cold water and let it drain.
- Oil an 8-inch casserole dish and set aside.
- Combine the cooked pasta with the sauce, and mix until well coated. Pour the mac and cheese mixture into the casserole dish.
- Cover the mac and cheese with the additional grated cheese, then the chili powder, then the gluten-free bread crumbs, and finally with the sprinkles.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until bubbling and amazing looking. Enjoy!
(Don’t need gluten-free options? Feel free to use regular flour and bread crumbs!)
What’s your fave mac and cheese recipe? Would you be willing to try sprinkles on your dish? And have you tried Banza?
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