About Tara

http://www.geekyhostess.com

Tara is the Geeky Hostess. Lover of entertaining, decorating, and gift-giving with a personal and geeky flair. Have a question on Geek entertaining or etiquette? Email her at tara@geekyhostess.com !

Posts by Tara :

Tara’s at Vidcon!

I am currently heading to the airport, about to fly to sunny Anaheim for Vidcon. I’ll be repping Job Hunters when I’m not at Disneyland or meeting with friends. If you’re going, you should check out the following things I’m doing:

Job Hunters Q&A Session

I’ll be on the Job Hunters panel on Saturday at 12:30pm in room 209! We’ll show episodes 1-3 as well as run a Q&A session.

Vidcon Arena

Throughout the convention, we’re going to be running a game called “Vidcon Arena”! You’ll receive a QR code in your Vidcon bag. Stick the code onto your Vidcon badge, and scan others to get points for your “kills” in the arena. Top scoring players will get to face off against the Job Hunters cast in a game of laser tag for prizes! Find out more in this instructional video:

I’ve been working with QR Wild to make the Vidcon Arena game come to life, and they have gone above and beyond with it. I’m so psyched to see people playing it!

Will you be at Vidcon? (If you see me, stop me and say “Hi!”)

Job Hunters Season 2 Episode 1 is HERE!


The web series I produce, Job Hunters, has just released the first episode of its second season. We’ve been working on this for a year, and I’m so excited to have it out in the world now.

Some of you may not have even known me/read this blog back when the first season came out. But if you can give it a watch, I’d so appreciate it! You can start with the second season (there’s a recap at the beginning), or you can see the first season here.

Let me know what you think in the comments, and if you like it, please share it with your friends!

Tony Stark-worthy Green Smoothies with Silk Almond Milk

I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser. 

Strawberry Banana Green Smoothie

In my pursuit to continue to live a healthier lifestyle, I’ve been working out more and trying to incorporate some healthy “superfoods” into my diet. I’ve been hearing about the benefits of green smoothies for forever, and thought, if Iron Man drinks ‘em, why can’t I?

So when Silk approached me to make some almond milk recipes, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to try out some of these smoothies. It’s a quick and cool way to grab breakfast, which makes it great for the summer, and since I’m lactose intolerant, I’m able to get my calcium and other nutrients from the added almond milk, which is awesome.

I headed to Safeway and picked up the Silk Almond Coconut blend and the Silk Almondmilk Protein + Fiber, as well as a bunch of fruit and a GIANT bag of spinach for the smoothies.

IMAG1059

There they are, just chillin’ in the dairy section waiting to go home with me!

I made two different types of smoothies: A sweet strawberry/banana one, and a more tropical one. They’re very green and still have a very small hint of a spinach after-taste, but overall, if you’re looking for a smoothie full of really good stuff and you’re a beginner to the green drinks, these are going to be your go-tos. They’re super quick and easy to make!

Strawberry Banana Green Smoothie

Strawberry Banana Green Smoothie

Ingredients:

Making of Straw Banana

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth and uniformly green.
  3. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

Tropical Green Smoothie

Tropical Green Smoothie

Ingredients:

Making of Tropical

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth and uniformly green.
  3. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

Are you a green smoothie drinker? What’s your go-to combo?

My Fave Doctor Who Shirt (And You Can Win One Too!)

1785

Jordandene recently sent me this tank top, and I’m in love. It’s technically a Doctor Who shirt, but with the subtlety of the colors and a great quote (“We’re All Stories in the End”), it can pass as a “non-geek” shirt, which allows me to wear it in more situations. It’s a unisex-style shirt that can run a bit baggy, so I like it tucked in all slouchy-like.

I took the shirt to the Seattle Public Library and randomly came across an entire aisle of books with a very fitting name. Can you tell what it is?

1770

WIN your own “We’re All Stories in the End” tank top as well as a TARDIS half apron by entering in the Rafflecopter below! Don’t want to take your chances, or have your eyes on another one of Jordandene‘s lovely items? Treat yo self with 20% off your order. Just use code “geekyhostess14″. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

What’s your fave Doctor Who quote?

Job Hunters Merch is Here!

JH Merch

For those who may not know, I am one of the producers of a web series called Job Hunters. And over the past year and a half, we’ve been working on the second season of the show. We’re launching our first episode on Tuesday (watch for a post that day!), and in the meantime, we’ve created some new in-world merch:

Avery World Tour Shirt: You’ll look like you were at Avery’s famous “Dancing on Rainbows” world tour with this shirt! (I’m personally planning on getting one of these to wear at Vidcon!)

MAEWIN Jumpsuit Shirt: Want to look like a job hunters but don’t want to wear a full jump suit out in public? We don’t blame you. Get this shirt instead.

Safe House Posters: These posters were created by our Art Director and can be seen in the Safe House during season two! Get them for your house and it will be like YOU live in a safe house!

You can check out all of the merch at dftba.com. Are you looking forward to season two?

2D Briefcase from JumpFromPaper

1625

I was given the opportunity to do another shoot with a JumpFromPaper bag, and I decided to use it as a chance to explore the Seattle Geek’s wardrobe. While a standard day has us in jeans and t-shirts, there are days where you’re meeting with a client or giving a presentation, and you’ve got to “suit up” a bit. So I tried out the standard work outfit: Nice jeans, a geeky shirt, a blazer, and nice shoes.

1753

The JumpFromPaper briefcase was a nice addition to the outfit, and has been suiting me well even after the shoot. It’s my go-to laptop bag (yes, it fits my 13″ MacBook Pro!) and gets just as many stops on the street and compliments as my JumpFromPaper purse.

JumpFromPaper Briefcase

You can find the briefcase at JumpFromPaper.com, as well as a lot of other cool bags.

What’s your go-to work uniform? And would you carry around a JumpFromPaper bag?

Game of Thrones Cookies Cutters

Game of Thrones Cookies

I’m anxiously waiting for the Game of Thrones season finale tomorrow, and thought I’d help the time go by a bit faster by making some Game of Thrones sigil cookies!

I received these amazing 3D-printed sigil cookie cutters from WarpZone Prints. They have cookie cutters in pretty much every fandom you can imagine–it’s AMAZING.

The cutters were easy to use (I made Warpzone’s recommended sugar cookie recipe, which is delicious!), but as you can see, some houses are easier to see than others. The Stark sigil turned out amazing every time, and I had decent luck with Lannister and Baratheon, but darn it, Targaryen’s 3-headed dragon just didn’t want to turn out. I think the cutter had too much detail for the cookies I was making. But overall, I’m really excited with how they turned out!

You can pick up a set of the house sigils here!

What are you doing to prep for the finale? #nospoilers

Learn to Cook at Whole Foods

Whole Plate

The other day, Whole Foods invited me to check out “Whole Plate”, a new event space in the Whole Foods Interbay where they’ll be featuring cooking classes, wine tastings, and more. We got to see a cooking demo by Chef Anne, the healthy cooking coach, and learned all about how to use cherries in sweet and savory recipes. (Check out my Instagram for some of the pics from that event!) I’m particularly psyched after learning that I can make an amazingly delicious (and protein-packed) smoothie by blending cherries, almond milk, and almond butter together!

To celebrate the new space, Whole Foods Interbay is hosting an open house this Saturday (June 14) from 4-7pm. And in addition to the open house, they’ve given me a pair of passes to a class to give away! Just let me know in the comments which class you’d like to attend. I’ll randomly pick a winner on Wednesday, June 18th! (All classes are held at the Interbay Whole Foods, so you’ll need to get yourself there!) I had a great time and learned some cool new tips–I know you’ll love the classes as well.

Contest closed: Congrats to Steve for winning the cooking classes!

For more information on Whole Plate and the class schedule, click here!

 

 

Kitchen Overlord’s Illustrated Geek Cookbook Kickstarter!

Kitchen Overlord Kickstarter

I’ve posted about The Kitchen Overlord and her amazing books before (including Wood for Sheep and the Doctor Who cookbook), and I’m super excited about her newest project. She’s working with artist Tom Gordon to created a fully illustrated cookbook of various unique (but easy!) geeky recipes. There will be 50 recipes from a variety of fandoms including Alien, BSG, The Princess Bride, D&D, and more!

The Kickstarter is already double its goal with over 30 days left. This means that new rewards have been added and a “Carbs Against Humanity” set of cards have been unlocked and are available for download!

You can get a copy of the Ebook for a $10 pledge, and an actual copy of the book for your hands for $25.

Find out more info at Kickstarter.com!

I can’t wait to see the finished product. What recipe are you most excited about?

Star Wars Cantina Potluck

I’ve gotten really into potlucks lately. It gives you a great opportunity for a get-together without putting the burden of the entire party on one person. Plus, everyone will know they’ll have at least one thing they want to eat, and when you throw themed parties (as I often do), you’ll get to see the creativity of your friends. (Hint: It often surpasses mine!)

So, when I told my friends I was throwing a Cantina party, and they were all to come dressed as aliens and bring a food from their planet, they did so with flair. Their costumes were fantastic–we had aliens from Star Wars, Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Doctor Who. We also had a lot of original characters. And the best part? They all brought delicious (and on-theme) food.

Cantina Potluck Collage

Also, dry ice. Dry ice is the best. They’re the perfect accessory for the Star Wars cocktails I posted about earlier!

Dry Ice

I didn’t do a lot with decor this time, and instead focused on a few central activities. These included:

“Cantina Band Auditions”

Cantina Band

The party store had tons of little party favor musical instruments, including these ridiculous recorders. They were the perfect thing to make party attendees play! They sounded awful. Pretty sure they were unanimously banned from use after the first or second person tried.

“Who Shot First” Game

Who Shot First

Mr. Geek adapted the game Cash and Guns into something he felt was more suitable for the night: We used wooden pegs and metal money instead of the cards and cash the games came with.

Music: 10 Hours of the Cantina Band

This is a thing. You’re welcome/I’m sorry. Our party attendees had the song stuck in their head for days.

Would you throw a Cantina party? What activities/elements would you include? And what alien/potluck dish would you come as/bring? (And don’t forget to check out my other post for fun Star Wars cocktails for your Cantina party!)