“Epic” Collection from BlackMilk Launches Tonight!

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BlackMilk has more tight and shiny clothes for us, and it’s launching 8pm tonight Pacific! I’m particularly jonesing for the Gameboy-inspired dress (I hear they even have it in hot pink!). I’m just trying to decide if it makes me seem to much like I’m an object to be played instead of a person that plays games. Thoughts?

Will you be grabbing anything from the newest collection?

Join the countdown at BlackMilkClothing.com.

Charge Your Phone With Your Bracelet

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I swear at least once a week I hear someone say “Does anyone have a phone charger with them?” The person asking is usually out of luck, and is stuck with a dead phone for the rest of the day. I’m excited to come to the rescue (or just rescue myself) next time with one of these snazzy phone charger bracelets. Available for iPhone 4/4s, iPhone 5, Android, or any micro USB device, the bracelet can detach to charge your device with any USB outlet.

Prices vary based on color, all on Amazon. Buy a few for friends (or for different outfits)!

Couch Cachet

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Want to relax and hide away from everyone this weekend, but your friends keep wanting  you to go out? Tell them you’re busy, with the help of Couch Cachet.

By signing into foursquare, the app will check you in to cool parties, trips, and adventures that your friends aren’t at. They’ll think you’re having the time of your life, and you’ll finally be able to finish that book that’s been on your shelf forever. Win-win!

I don’t use foursquare myself because stalkers, but if you do, give this app a try and let me know what it’s like in the comments!

See more at CouchCachet.com.

Happy Valentine’s Day

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Geeky Valentine available for free download at ebuyer.com

Happy Half-Price Chocolates Eve Valentine’s Day!

You, dear readers, are all my Valentines today (if you’ll have me). Thank you all for reading, leaving comments, chatting with me on Twitter/FB, and just being all-around awesome. I love you all!

So let’s have a mini virtual date! Grab a chocolate or a cupcake or anything sweet near you and cozy up with your computer to watch the season premiere of Burning Love. I’ll be doing the same on my end!

Arrested Development Valentines

Tomorrow’s Valentine’s Day (you didn’t forget, right?). If you haven’t picked out a Valentine for your sweetie yet, here are some freebies for you. Marisa Seguin made what are arguably the best valentines ever based on your favorite characters from Arrested Development. Pick your favorite and pair it with a chocolate covered banana and a nice banner sharing your feelings. Just stay away from your cousin.

advalentines1 advalentines2See these Valentines and more here and here.

 

Walking Dead Recipe: Dandelion Green and Walnut Pesto

I received an email over the weekend describing a link with an infographic for an adorable recipe inspired by Walking Dead. I did an actual double-take. Walking Dead? Recipe? ADORABLE? But when I looked at the image, it was true. It was all true.

Whether you’re a Walking Dead fan or are just looking for a nice pesto recipe, you’ll be pleased with this infographic made by the same author who created the unauthorized Doctor Who cookbook:

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Bathing Bad: Bath Salts That Are Legal and Good For You

bathingbadWhen I first saw these Breaking Bad-themed bath goods, I cracked up. They’re just so perfect! Finally, bath stuff that I can give to non-girly people. They can use it and think “Hey, my life could be a whole lot worse.” Bathing Bad has a nice selection of products, ranging in price from $11.50 (for bath salts or lotion) to $45 for a full bath kit, available on Fab.com.

 

Cookie Inception: Girl Scout Cookie Cookies

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Prepare yourself. The time is near. Time for the streets to fill with adorable children tempting you with cookies. Will you give in? (Umm, yes. Cause they’re delicious and also because last time I said no to children selling me something outside of a store, I got a flat tire on my way home. Don’t mess with kids and karma.)

So you bought your boxes. And they’re all delicious on their own, but you’ve run into a dilemma. You want a Thin Mint and a Samoa and a Tagalong at the same time. What to do? Bake them into a single cookie, of course. Because excess is fine if it’s for the kids.  (Right?)

This recipe is for a nice, chewy, chocolate chip-style cookie, but instead of chocolate chips, you’re putting in your favorite Girl Scout cookies. Win-win. The cookie ends up having a great mix of textures between the crunch of the Thin Mints, the chewiness of the Samoas, and the melty chocolate and crispy bit of the Tagalongs. And surprisingly, the cookie isn’t overpoweringly minty–the flavors actually play really nicely with each other.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 6 Samoas
  • 6 Tagalongs
  • 8 Thin Mints

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Test the Girl Scout Cookies individually. Are they good? Good. Using a knife, chop up the cookies listed in the ingredients into small chunks.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and baking soda; set aside.
  4. In an electric mixer, combine the butter with both sugars; beat on medium speed until light and fluffy.
  5. Reduce speed to low; add the salt, vanilla, and eggs. Beat until well mixed, about 1 minute.
  6. Add flour mixture; mix until just combined.
  7. Fold in the chopped cookie pieces.
  8. Drop heaping tablespoon-size balls of dough about 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. (I used a standard cookie scoop.)
  9. Bake until cookies are light brown around the edges, but still soft in the center, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven, and let cool on the baking sheet 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool completely. Eat with reckless abandon.
  10. Buy more Girl Scout Cookies. Repeat.

This recipe was created for the Girl Scout Cookie Recipe Contest, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite events of the year. Last year I made Shortbread Oven-Fried Chicken.

Girl Scout cookies will be here March 1-17, and you can use a cookie locator (or a mobile app when you really need a fix) to find the closest seller to you.

What’s your favorite Girl Scout cookie? And how many boxes will you be picking up this year?

Vintage Altered Teacups

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Surprise your sweetie with some vintage altered teacups from Etsy shop Geekdetails. The ones featured above would make a perfect Valentine’s Day gift or wedding present, but the shop has cups that work for multiple occasions. Relax with an episode of Doctor Who and the Don’t Blink or Timelord cups, or let a frenemy or roommate know your true feelings with some of the other options. I can’t picture a better way to take my tea.

Teacups and sets, $18-64 at Etsy.com.