You all know I love theming my food and drinks with my game nights, but I never realized how easy (or tasty) it could be for Settlers of Catan until I read this cookbook. Chris-Rachael Oseland (who also wrote the Doctor Who cookbook I love) put together an assortment of delicious recipes that can team up to form various Settlers maps, using these hexagonal containers. The best part of her maps? Every set has something that someone can eat. If they can’t, she provides options to make them more friendly to dairy free, gluten free, meat free, or other dietary restrictors.
These recipes are absolutely perfect for game night: Most can be set up before folks come over, and people can help themselves throughout the night. No fuss from you when you want to be playing games, and the recipes are all healthier than the standard pizza run.
You can find the book at Amazon for $13.64. Even if you’re not the biggest Settlers fan, I promise, this will be a fantastic base for any gathering of geeks.
Suck UK has added another genre to its line of 3D cookies, and this time they’re conquering the final frontier. The cookie cutters come with the pieces to make either a rocket, shuttle, star fighter, or space buggy. It looks like you can’t choose which one you get and have to pay a lot of shipping to get them to the US at the moment, but give them time and they should pop up on Amazon/in local stores. Find them now for $12 each at Suck.uk.com!
Do you enjoy baking? How about painting? Model building? Why not incorporate all of your loves into something amazing (and edible)? This edible airbrush kit will allow you to airbrush food-safe ink onto items of your choice (preferably ones you plan to eat). Use it to paint an accurate rendition of a nebula on a cookie, get the perfect shading on your cake shaped like Hogwarts, or just let your artistic side take over on a white fondant-covered cake.
What would you do with an edible airbrush system?
I told Inkedibles that my readers are great cooks/entertainers and are crafty, and that they like unique and interesting things to use while cooking/crafting. They offered up one of these amazing airbrush sets in return. Enter to win below and you could win the Edible Airbrush AND the pack of 17 edible inks to go with it! You lucky folks, you.
Too impatient to see if you win the contest? You can grab your own airbrush system now from Inkedibles.com.
My friends and I have a lot of impromptu game nights, and I make an effort to make sure everyone is well fed if they step into my house. And as much as my friends love cupcakes and junk food, I’ve found that as we get older, we’re all steering towards healthier options. Some basics I’ve started keeping on hand are things like veggies and hummus and stove popped popcorn. They’re easy to prep and everyone seems to enjoy them. But there’s one unhealthy thing I haven’t been able to fully shake: chips. I’ll bring them out with other healthy options, and my friends and I will tear through a bag like wild animals. So when Green Giant wanted me to try their “Veggie Snacks”, I got excited about the possibility of finding a new healthy item to bring to the table.
They sent me Multigrain Sweet Potato Chips in Barbecue and Roasted Veggie Tortilla Chips in Garden Ranch. If you’re a sweet potato lover, you’ll like the sweet potato chips. I was hoping for a bit more of a “barbecue potato chip” feel and taste, so I didn’t love them. But the veggie tortilla chips–oh man. They taste exactly like Cool Ranch Doritos. Next step is to bring some to Taco Bell and see if they’ll turn it into a taco for me.
Next time friends pop on over, I’m psyched that I’ll have these in the pantry ready to go. And if I’m crafty enough, I may try to see if they even notice a difference between regular chips and these healthier, veggie-filled versions.
Remember Push-Up Pops? Now remember the “Pebble” Push-Up Pops with nerds inside? I grew up on these things. It wasn’t summer if these weren’t in the freezer. I started getting a hankering for them over the last couple weeks, and realized how ridiculously easy it would be to make them myself. Presenting: DIY Push-Up Pops!
Push Pop Containers (Around $1 a piece from Amazon. They’re reusable and can be used for all sorts of cool projects!)
Sherbet in the flavors of your choice (I used orange and lime)
Rainbow Nerds (often found in the “movie candy” section of the stores)
Allow the sherbet to thaw slightly so it can be mixed.
Mix (by hand or on a slow setting in a mixer) the Rainbow Nerds and sherbet in a large bowl.
Spoon the mixture into the push pop container, and place the lid on.
Return the push-up pops to the freezer and let chill for at least an hour.
See? So easy. So delicious. But be careful, they melt quickly! Better eat them all now.
What was your favorite summer treat when growing up?
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!
Depressed that it’s still not quite Spring yet? Taxes are due in a week? Allow me to introduce you to tacos. Also, it’s Taco Tuesday (get it, because it’s an alliteration), so that’s more of an excuse than I normally need.
(Don’t have time for a whole taco? Grab a new bag of Doritos Locos Tacos Doritos. Or something. It’s some sort of scary, delicious loop that I am ready to try.)
Game of Thrones comes back on Sunday…are you prepared? If you haven’t planned a viewing party yet, it’s not too late! Here are some tips on how to throw a quick and killer party to accompany the premiere of season three:
Visit your grocery store and pick up some nice breads, cheeses, salami, olives, and figs to put together a great plate of snacks. The more rustic looking, the better! You’ll eat as the characters do and the foods will perfectly complement a nice beer or wine. If you have the time and are feeling adventurous, you can make your own bread and salami with recipes from The Unofficial Game of Thrones Cookbook!
Speaking of beer and wine, make sure you pick up Ommegang brewery’s Iron Throne Blonde Ale, the official Game of Thrones beer. The ale is limited edition, so pick up a few if you find it! I found my bottle at Cost Plus World Market.
House pint glasses, shot glasses, and coasters will be an excellent piece of decor or party favor! You can find all of the house sigils and more Game of Throne goodies from Things From Another World.
Remember the Game of Thrones Arms Creator I posted about yesterday? Set up a station where your friends can create their own arms and print it out. Hang them up with clothespins during the party, and let them take it home with them as a souvenir after the event’s over.