I’ve been drooling over these Kate Spade clutches for years, and the brand has just started promoting them again (and put The Great Gatsby on sale, just in time for the movie!).
These clutches are the perfect way to show a bit of personality (and your love for the literary arts) while out and about–I would personally love to pair it with a more formal dress for a wedding or other fancier occasion.
The clutches come in The Great Gatsby, Romeo and Juliet, Emma, The Importance of Being Earnest, I Married Adventure, and A Tale of Two Cities. At $325, the clutches are a bit pricey. If it’s too much for you and you like to get crafty, you can always make your own (and bonus, you can pick the book of your choice!).
Find the clutches at KateSpade.com.
Have tons of money lying around? Have a part of your house you don’t ever use? Will you only watch movies if they’re 20 feet tall and in 3D? You should get yourself a personal IMAX theater. And then we should become close friends. I’ll bring the popcorn.
IMAX’s website claims that “Everyone’s experience it. Few will own it.” After speaking with a personal consultant, they will look at the space you have available and design a theater and sound system exclusively for you to give you the best quality of film-watching possible. You’ll be just like the directors who watch their IMAX films in a private theater for the first time, except you’ve never directed anything and probably have more money than them.
See more at IMAXPrivateTheatre.com. The price isn’t listed, which means it’s automatically out of my price range. I’ll stick to my normal-sized TV for now.
You know how you can order Dominos online or Pizza Hut from your Xbox? Pizza’s great when you’re gaming, but what about when you want something a little sweeter? Trophy Cupcakes to the rescue.
Trophy has recently launched their online ordering system and delivery to Seattle and Bellevue. I tried it out last week, and seriously, nothing beats picking cupcake flavors to have delivered to you. You visit TrophyCupcakes.com and choose up to 10 dozen cupcakes to be delivered to you for a $15 fee. Order by 4pm, and you can have cupcakes delivered to you between 10am-2pm the next day. Order during a late night craving, and you can pick a day a bit further in the future. (Believe me, your future self will thank you.) You can pick Trophy’s standard cupcakes, or go for a pre-decorated dozen in themes like Hello Kitty, Dinosaurs, and Star Wars.
I picked a selection of Trophy’s standard cupcakes and waited (very impatiently) until they arrived to me the next day at around 12:30pm. Delicious! My friends and family were delighted by the surprise cupcakes I brought them over the next couple days.
The delivery would come in handy when organizing a party and you don’t have a chance to bake/get out to pick treats up, or as a nice surprise for someone you love. (They’re around the same price as getting flowers delivered and they’re WAY more tasty.) Now through May 15th, you can give the delivery service a try with the coupon code “TROPHYLOVE15″ for 15% off your order. It’s perfect for Mother’s Day! And also days ending with “Y.”
If you give it a try, let me know your favorite flavor! As delicious as they all were, I think Trophy’s classic Vanilla Vanilla is still a fave of mine.
I was provided with a dozen cupcakes to review for this post. All words and opinions are my own!
This weekend, The Geeky Hostess celebrated its three-year anniversary. I’ve had a blast over the last three years writing and learning about cooking, entertaining, and etiquette, and finding fun ways to inject a bit of personality into it all.
This year, The Geeky Hostess will be moving beyond just the blog. You’ll see me in videos, at conventions, hosting small events, and opening an online store. And of course, I’ll still be writing. I hope to create a lot more recipes this year!
Take a look back at some of my favorite recipes from the last three years:
Portal Cake Shots
The first recipe I made, and it’s in video form!
Nickelodeon Slime Cupcakes
The first cupcakes I made! You can see my photography skills have grown a bit.
Pumpkin Beer Cupcakes
My second most popular cupcakes. These guys are all over Pinterest.
Mountain Dew Cupcakes
My most popular cupcake (and overall post). These are also some of the easiest cupcakes to make!
Troy’s Bagel Bites Casserole
Ahh, a dish in honor of Community (back when it was good).
Sundae Cone Cupcakes
My personal favorite cupcake recipe!
Let me know what you’d like to see more of this year in the comments. Want to collaborate on something? Contact me! Help me make this next year the best so far. And thank you all for sticking around and being a part of this adventure with me.
The stars have aligned and two of the best geek holidays have joined forces: May The Fourth (or Star Wars Day) and Free Comic Book Day.
Visit your local comic book store and pick up some free comics. While you’re there, show your support for their business by picking up a trade you’ve had your eye on. Have kids? Free Comic Book Day is the perfect way to get them excited about reading and comics, and a lot of stores will have special events aimed at children and families. You can find out more at FreeComicBookDay.com.
As for May The Fourth: Wear your favorite Star Wars gear, quote the movie, and tell everyone you meet “May The Fourth Be With You.” Many places are holding Star Wars-themed events, and a lot of online stores (including Her Universe and ThinkGeek) have special Star Wars promotions happening that day only.
What are you doing on May 4th? And which comic shop will you be stopping in? I won’t be able to make it out to one myself, which saddens me greatly. Let me know what you get so I can live vicariously through you!
It’s Friday, it’s gorgeous outside, and we have two big geek holidays coming up this weekend! Let’s celebrate!
Here are my favorites from this past week:
Favorite Twitter Account: PinterestFake
I have a love-hate relationship with Pinterest. I do get a lot of great ideas from there, but you have to sift through some not-so-great ideas that are always posted with comments like “This is a life changer!” “Best thing ever!” and “I’m making this TONIGHT!” The enthusiasm for mundane or impractical things is ridiculous. @PinterestFake took inspiration from the stupid ideas on Pinterest, and tweets (hopefully fictional) Pinterest descriptions. Love it! It’s a life changer!
Favorite Web Series: The Ladies and the Gents
This web series is a cute look into what happens in the bathrooms of a nightclub. As a fellow web series creator, I have to say their transitions at the end of episodes are some of the best I’ve seen. They get you hooked into watching more, and it looks like they have a lot of fun behind-the-scenes content! You can find it at YouTube.com.
Favorite Kickstarter: Pen to Paper, My Imaginary Friend
Children wrote stories about their imaginary friend, and Disney/Pixar artists brought it to life. It’s a beautiful idea, and it’s on Kickstarter for two more days. Take a look!
Favorite Place: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Visitors Center
I was invited to attend an event at the Visitors Center, and it’s really cool. It’s in Downtown Seattle, free and open to the public, and showcases the work the Gates Foundation is doing in an easy and inspiring way. Being connected to Microsoft, they make use of some really cool technology while masking everything in wood to make it feel warmer and more approachable. I’d highly recommend checking it out!
Favorite Car: Mazda6
After spending a week car shopping, we’ve picked one! We chose the Mazda6 because while it looks sporty and classy, it’s extremely safe and will be a great, reliable car. Plus, it comes loaded with all kinds of cool tech features. (I mean, it doesn’t literally park itself like a Ford Fusion, but we’ll let that slide.) Also, for some reason, Mazda6 has teamed up with Star Trek Into Darkness. I’ll let you know if the car beams us up anywhere, and just to be safe, I should probably avoid wearing any red shirts while driving.
BuyCostumes.com is having some sort of crazy sale where a large amount of their costumes and shoes are on sale for $10 each. It’s for today only, but if you hurry, you can fill up your cart, same as I did. I can’t wait for my lightning bolt heels!
Find the sale here. Let me know in the comments what you ended up getting!
Last week, I gathered some of my gaming-loving friends together for a Text Adventure Party. Yes, a party based on those text adventure games from the 80’s. The activities of the night centered around playing Parsely, a live-action game based on the text adventures. We started with Action Castle, which is their recommended beginning game, and ended up graduating onto some actual text adventure games on our main computer (including one Mr. Geek whipped up that focused on the players going through the rooms in our home!). Want to throw your own Text Adventure Party? Take a look below for pics and tips!
As mentioned above, you’ll want to get your hands on at least one Parsely game (they’re available online for only $5 each!). If your friends are experienced with text adventures, you may end up going through more than one.
Want to make your own text adventure game like Mr. Geek? You can use Quest, a free online program that makes it super easy!
Print out descriptions of your rooms in the text-adventure style. If you want that old-school font, use Press Start 2P. Mr. Geek wrote ours, as you could probably tell from the description of the kitchen, above. Don’t forget to label your food items as well!
I continued with the retro gaming theme with these fun Space Invaders drink markers and integrated some bright colors to match up with the Mountain Dew Bar.
Food and drink is my favorite part of any theme party, and it’s the part I give the most attention to. I wanted to take nostalgic gamer food and make it a bit more “grown up.” I did this by creating a Mountain Dew bar with a variety of mix-ins, baking my classic Mountain Dew cupcakes, and making homemade Cool Ranch Doritos and Hot Pockets. They were a hit!
I chose mix-ins I thought would be delicious with Mountain Dew and would allow my guests to make their own versions of Mountain Dew “Code Red”. What else should I include for my next Mountain Dew bar? Let me know in the comments!
I revamped the Mountain Dew Cupcakes frosting recipe a bit by adding in some orange flavoring in addition to the lemon and lime. It tasted much more like Mountain Dew!
Cool Ranch Doritos
I had never fried my own chips before, but it was much easier than I expected. These chips were being munched on all night, and guests seemed to love them! They’ll turn out a bit thicker and greasier than your average CRD, but they’re pretty tasty. I used a recipe from Macheesmo.com and it was fantastic. Sure, eating Doritos straight out of the bag is easier, but these are cheaper, most likely somewhat healthier, and MUCH more impressive to have at or bring to a party.
Homemade Hot Pockets
Homemade Hot Pockets are pretty much just tiny calzones. Tiny, delicious, rectangular calzones. The ingredients you put inside are all interchangeable based on your tastes; I went for a classic Pepperoni Pizza Hot Pocket experience.
- Uncooked pizza dough (I made mine from hand with the instructions off of a packet of Pizza yeast, you can also buy some pre-made dough from the store.)
- 1 cup marinara sauce
- 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- Thin-sliced pepperoni, diced (I used around 30 pieces)
- Seasonings to taste (I used a dash of oregano and dried red pepper flakes)
- 1 egg
- Shredded Parmesan cheese
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Prep a cookie sheet with a quick spray of cooking oil.
Divide your pizza dough into 16 equal sections and roll them into their own individual balls.
Roll the balls out as thin as you can while still maintaining some structure (around 1/8 inch thick). Keep in mind that the dough will fluff up considerably!
Mix the sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, and seasonings together in a small bowl to make the filling. Using a small spoon, scoop out a bit of the filling and place it in the middle of the rolled out dough.
Using a burrito-method, fold in the sides of the pizza dough and roll it up to create a small hot pocket-shape. Press the edges lightly with your fingers to make sure everything is closed tightly together.
Carefully place the “hot pocket” onto the cookie sheet. Continue with the 15 others.
Whisk one egg, and brush the egg onto the tops of the hot pockets. (This will give it that browned top). Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
Bake for 20 minutes. Let cool slightly (we all know what happens when you bite into a hot pocket first thing!) and serve!
Any other suggestions for hosting a text adventure party? Leave them in the comments!
Etsy shop OhMyGeekness has come out with the cutest little pieces of nostalgia: NES cartridge jewelry. The pieces range in price from $14-45, with most items around $16. In addition to NES, she’s got N64, Xbox 360, PS1, and PS2 cartridges, and a variety of cute geeky and game-related characters and references. These would make a perfect inexpensive and unique gift!
Check out the full selection at Etsy.com.