The Weirdest “Sexy” Halloween Costumes of 2014

It’s that time of year again! Time to dress up like sexy versions of things while eating candy and watching scary movies? Or something like that? Anyway, it’s time for my annual round-up of the weirdest “sexy” versions of costumes from BuyCostumes.com! And it’s your job to vote for which costume you’d most like to see me in. I will wear the winning costume for a photo shoot and show off the results to you. Because I have no shame. You can see me in 2012’s winning costume here, and 2013’s winning costume here.

So, without further ado, the weirdest “sexy” Halloween costumes of 2014:

Your Favorite Characters

Ruining your childhood, once costume at a time. 

Beetlejuice

Beetlejuice

Go ahead, say my name three times…

 

Mario

Mario

A plumber’s never looked so good! Just be prepared for a disappointing night of trick or treating–your candy’s always gonna be in a different castle.

Bunny

“Christmas Story” Bunny

Nope. You should not take a little boy in an awkward bunny outfit and make it sexy. No no no. (Also, for the record, this is an officially licensed product.)

 

Rocky

Rocky

Well, this is a thing. A horrifying thing.

Darth Vader

Darth Vader

Ok, say what you want, but I think this outfit’s pretty hot. I just need to find some stormtroopers to follow me around.

From the Pages

Everyone knows reading is sexy. 

Detective

Sexy Detective

Ok, so I won’t ever be able to be as sexy as a certain Sherlock everyone loves so much, but perhaps a dress and a capelet is a good start? Bonus: It includes the magnifying glass and pipe.

 

Musketeer

“All For You” Musketeer

I’m gonna do nothing but eat 3 Musketeers bars if I wear this costume. And look for the other missing 2 Musketeers. Also, is this someone’s fantasy? Their lady dressed up as a sexy musketeer? No judgements, just wondering.

Sexy Animals

These costumes belong in a heavy petting zoo. 

 

Werewolf

Howling Adult Hottie Werewolf

I’m glad they clarified that this is an adult hottie werewolf. Wouldn’t want any hot teen wolves running around, now would we? Perk of this costume: you don’t have to shave your legs. Right? That’s how it works?
Lobster

Lobster

“Hey, you’re looking pretty good. How about we go back to my place? I’ve got a hot tub…I promise I won’t be shellfish…”

 

Monkey

Monkey

Insert every pun about bananas here.

 

Skunk

Stinkin’ Cute Skunk

“Oh, don’t worry about that smell baby. “

From History(?)

You won’t find these hotties in any history books…

Cave Woman

“Goin’ Clubbin” Cave Woman

You better hope this cave woman lived in a temperate climate, or else the only thing she’ll do in this outfit is freeze to death.

 

Egyptian Cat Goddess

Egyptian Cat Goddess

Ahh, Ancient Egpyt. The only place/time that loved cats as much as the internet does. Be worshipped (or mistaken for Katy Perry) in this Egyptian Cat Goddess costume–it sure beats a keyboard cat costume, anyway.

Sexy Inanimate Objects

You’ll never look at these random objects the same way…

Touchdown

Touchdown

Can someone please explain to me what a “sexy touchdown” is? And why I’d want to dress up as a “touchdown” and not a football player, cheerleader, ref, or heck, even the football itself? And why does it say “Touchdown” on the field-dress?

Beer

Beer

“Maybe boys will notice me if I just turn into a cartoon mirage-style giant mug of beer!” “But honey, do you want to be noticed ONLY because you’ve turned into a cartoon mirage-style giant mug of beer?” “I guess not, Mom.”

Taco

Spicy Taco

Nope. Not touching the puns for this one. Nice of them to add a jaunty culturally appropriated hat.

Salsa

Salsa

“I’m sorry, I must have misunderstood you when you said to put on my best salsa dress. I’ll see myself out.”

Kool Aid Man

 Kool-Aid Man

“OH YEAH!” (I’d pair this with fishnets and sexily break down walls ALL THE TIME.)

Which one do you want to see me in? Leave a comment below! I’ll pick a winner based on what gets the most votes in the comments by 11:59pm PST on Thursday, October 9th.

Tara Will Be Playing D&D…For the Kids!

Extra Life Logo_Blue

I’m thrilled to be participating in Extra Life again, a charitable event where folks game for pledges that go towards local children’s hospitals. This year is super exciting, because I’ll be a part of the official Wizards of the Coast D&D game, and will be participating in their live stream!

You can donate to the Seattle Children’s Hospital through my page, and your donations will help shape the character I play for the game, the things the DM allows me to have, and the type of cupcakes I’ll make and bring for my fellow adventurers!

You can also support Mr. Geek, who will be playing with me! He loves to troll the folks he’s playing with, so a donation to him will most likely end up hurting my character in the future. You’ve been warned…

So what are you waiting for? Donate a bit of money for sick kids, and help me create a ridiculous character in the process. Can’t afford to donate? Then please share this post or my page with your friends!

Will you be participating in Extra Life this year?

Burger Cupcakes in Honor of Bob’s Burgers

Cupcake Hero

I wanted to make a burger-themed cupcake in honor of the new Bob’s Burgers season premiere, and I’ve always wanted to try this version I’ve seen around. I thought it would be difficult to make it look convincing, but it was surprisingly easy. I had multiple people asking if they were sliders.

Cupcake Overhead

Bonus? These cupcakes are fantastic if you plan on dressing up as Gene at a con or for Halloween. The cupcakes are the perfect size for his sample tray, and they’ll last a lot longer than real burgers!

Cupcake Close Up

The recipe is adapted from Duncan Hines. Check it out below!

Hamburger Cupcakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 Box Yellow Cake Mix, plus ingredients listed in the instructions on the back
  • 1 Box Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix, plus ingredients listed in the instructions on the back
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 cup (or more, to taste) shredded coconut
  • Red, Yellow, and Green gel food coloring
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds

 Directions:

  1. Bake yellow cupcakes and chocolate cupcakes in greased cupcake pans WITHOUT cupcake wrappers. Follow the instructions on the back of the cake mix boxes.
  2. Let cupcakes cool in the pan for around 5 minutes, then carefully transfer to a rack to completely cool.
  3. Make buttercream frosting by putting the unsalted butter into a mixer and mixing on medium-high until butter is completely smooth and against the bowl.
  4. Slowly add in the powdered sugar to the butter until it is fully mixed.
  5. Add in the vanilla extract and salt and mix until you have a whipped buttercream frosting texture.
  6. Split the buttercream frosting into 3 separate bowls. Add red coloring to one until it looks like ketchup, add yellow coloring to one until it looks like mustard, and keep one white.
  7. Mix the shredded coconut and a small amount of the green food coloring in a bowl until it looks like shredded lettuce.
  8. Slice the yellow cupcakes in half horizontally.
  9. Slice the chocolate cupcakes in thirds horizontally. (You should be able to cut the bottom in half, and then slice a small portion of the rounded bit off the top to create three “meat patties”.)
  10. Spread a small amount of the white frosting in the center of the bottom half of the yellow cupcake. Place a brown cupcake “patty” on top.
  11. Using a pastry bag and a small round tip, pipe the frosting around the edges of the brown cupcake “patty”. Allowing the frosting to fall over onto the sides will help it show up even more once it’s all pieced together!
  12. Sprinkle the coconut “lettuce” on top of the frosting.
  13. Place the top of the yellow cupcake on top of your mini cupcake burger.
  14. Lightly brush the top of the cupcake with water and sprinkle sesame seeds on top.
  15. Marvel at the adorable hamburger cupcake you’ve just created! Repeat until all cupcakes have been made.

Bob’s Burgers “Build a Burger” Party

Botd Frankly My Dear

Bob’s Burgers’ 5th season premiere is this Sunday, October 5th, and what better way to celebrate than with a burger party?

I invited some friends over to create puntastic Burgers of the Day. (If you haven’t seen the show, Bob creates a different burger of the day for each episode, and they’re all fantastic. This Tumblr catalogs them all.) I supplied the basics: burger patties, a couple different buns, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and condiments, and encouraged them to bring any weirder ingredients they may need to make their burgers. They outdid themselves. Here is a sampling of some of the burgers, but you can see them all on the Bob’s Burger Party Pinterest Board! (The photo at the top of the post is “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a ham”: Comes with frankfurters and ham. Made by @Satire.)

Botd You Cheddar Believe “You Cheddar Believe It”: Comes with English Cheddar mixed in the patty, topped with more Cheddar. Made by @TifaRobles.

Botd I'm Bacon you “I’m Bacon You to Stop”: Bacon mixed into the burger, comes bacon wrapped. Made by @TheMikeRobles.

Botd Perks of Being “The Perks of Being a Cauliflower”: Comes with fried cauliflower and sriracha mayo. Made by @hudsonfilm.

Botd Cupcake “Piece of Cupcake”: A sneak peek of the burger cupcakes that will be on the blog tomorrow! Stay tuned!

Are you a Bob’s Burgers fan? Will you be tuning in on Sunday for the Season 5 premiere?

The Best Flavor Pairings

Raincoast Flatbread

Peanut butter and jelly. Maple and bacon. Cinnamon and Sugar. Pumpkin and Spice. Flavors are just often better paired, and successful pairings seem to spread through recipes, parties, and restaurants like wildfire.

Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the International Food Bloggers Conference, and among the amazing tips and techniques I picked up during demos, panels, and events, I noticed a new popular pairing in the making. During a demo at the Sur La Table test kitchen, the chef made a delicious kale and walnut pesto. I had never had a pesto that wasn’t the traditional basil and pine nut mixture, and I loved it. (I’m actually looking forward to making it myself soon!) From there, I headed to a meet and greet with Lesley Stowe (the creator of Raincoast Crisps), and we found out about her newest product, Raincoast Flats. The starting flavors? Lemon & Fennel and Kale & Walnut. I spoke with Lesley a bit about her process of finding the right flavors and pairings for her products, and she told me that when you find the right mix, you just know. It’s perfect.

It seems Lesley and others have stumbled upon a new perfect pairing: Kale and walnut. I wouldn’t have thought of the combo myself, but I absolutely love it. If you want to try it yourself, start with Lesley’s new flatbreads. (I believe you’ll be able to find them in Whole Foods starting in October!) I’d top the Kale and Walnut flatbread with a lightly dressed salad, some pesto, or some hummus. Kale and walnut not your thing? The Lemon and Fennel flavor would be FANTASTIC with a nice olive tapenade.

What do you think about kale and walnut? And what are some of your favorite food/flavor pairings?

The Ultimate Snack for Sriracha Lovers: Spicy Sriracha Cosmos Creations

MultiServe_SpicySriracha

I swear, Sriracha and Pumpkin Spice are neck and neck in the race for most popular flavor. Stick either on a food item or in a drink and people will give you ALL the money. The proof? The Spicy Sriracha Cosmos Creations. The “premium puffed corn” is a delicious (and fairly addictive) snack on its own, but the Sriracha flavor just kicks it up to a prime snack option for your next game night/Netflix marathon.

I’m not into super spicy food, and even I can appreciate the flavor of this snack. It’s spicy and garlicky, and leaves a bit of fire on the tongue after eating. The best part? Unlike a lot of other chips/snacks, Cosmos Creations uses ingredients you can pronounce, and is gluten and trans-fat free.

You can pick up a bag for yourself and (check out the other flavors if Sriracha’s not your thing) at cosmoscreations.com!

Shoe Bakery – Shoes Inspired by Ice Cream and Cake

Pink Cake Wedges

 

When baking, I often spend a lot of time decorating the goodies, and don’t end up leaving enough time to decorate myself. Many parties and weddings have had me running around minutes before everything began, trying to throw on something not covered in flour and icing. But with ShoeBakery, I don’t need to worry about that. I can wear some AMAZING shoes to match my baked goods, and all eyes will be on my feet. More of an ice cream-lover? They’ve got you covered as well. I think the ice cream flats would be my go-to summer shoe.

Ice Cream Heels

I love their heels and wedges for fancy-yet-fun occasions, and I NEED the Pink Sprinkle Flats in my life for when I take my Geeky Sprinkles to conventions and trade shows.

See them all at shoebakery.com. Would you wear cake and ice cream inspired shoes? And which one are you craving the most?

Hat Tip: CakeSpy

Doctor Who Cutlery!

DW Cutlery

You’ll be able to dine like the doctor with this fantastic new set of sonic screwdriver cutlery. The silverware is available from Entertainment Earth starting in November, but you can pre-order it now. The cutlery is $29.99 for a set of 3 (a fork, knife, and a spoon). Make sure you grab multiple sets so you have enough for you and your companion(s)!

DW Tools

Want to go all out? Make sure you grab the peeler ($16.99) and the washing brush ($15.99) as well!

Will you be picking up these Doctor who-themed tools? Do you have any Doctor Who decor in your kitchen?

It Be Talk Like a Pirate Day, Mateys

Pirate Day

Yo Ho Landlubbers, Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Me hopes you be celebratin’ with yer fave outfits, rums, and Pirates of the Caribbean movie, but if ya fergot to make plans, this could help.

Dock up to any Krispy Kreme today and talk like a Pirate for a free original glazed donut. Wear your best pirate garb and walk away with a dozen! (They’ve even got some tips and printables to get you started on their site.)

Not near a Krispy Kreme? Celebrate by making a batch of my Pirate Rum Cupcakes.

What will ye be doin’ to celebrate today?

SURGE is Back!

Surge

Did you know there was a group called “The Surge Movement“? And did you know that they accomplished their goal of getting Coca-Cola to bring back SURGE?

The citrus soda, Coca-Cola’s answer to Mountain Dew, is back in 16 oz. cans on Amazon.com only. Whether you want to relive your childhood or just want a “surge” of caffeine, you’ve gotta get this quick. It looks like the first set already sold out, but hopefully they’ll restock soon.

Find Surge on Amazon.com.