One of my favorite things to do on these cold, blustery, winter days is cozy up with a cup of tea. I start my mornings with one and often end my days with one as well. So I’m thrilled to announce the newest line of Geeky Hostess products: loose leaf tea! But this isn’t your ordinary tea. I sourced the tea from Friday Afternoon, an amazing Seattle-based geeky tea company. Friday knows her stuff, and she makes beautiful blends based on popular fandoms. I took her blends and added a bit of Geeky Hostess flair: sprinkles. The sprinkles add just a tiny bit of sweetness and a lot of fun. The final product is a beautiful tin of loose leaf tea perfect for gifting (or keeping for yourself!). Without further ado, let’s take a look at the blends:
An apple a day keeps the doctor a way, but this blend of loose leaf tea just might make him stop by for a visit! This black tea blend is enhanced with police box sprinkles for added sweetness and geekness.
Directions: Brew 1 tsp for one cup of tea or 2 tsp for a pot of tea for three minutes at 212°F
Ingredients: Darjeeling black tea, lime peel, blue cornflower, sprinkles (sugar, rice flour, palm oil, palm kernel oil, corn starch, cellulose gum, carrageenan, confectioner’s glaze, blue 1 lake, blue 2)
After a long day of studying, retire to your house’s common room and relax with a cup of fragrant tea. This rooibos and black tea blend is enhanced with lightning bolt sprinkles for added sweetness and geekness.
Directions: Brew 1 tsp for one cup of tea or 2 tsp for a pot of tea for three minutes at 195°F
Ingredients: Rooibos, Assam black tea, orange peel, marigold, sprinkles (sugar, rice flour, palm oil, palm kernel oil, corn starch, cellulose gum, carrageenan, confectioner’s glaze, yellow 5, yellow 6), bergamot oil, vanilla oil
This shiny loose leaf tea blend will keep you caffeinated for whatever crises come your way. And you know you’ll love the strawberries… This white tea blend is enhanced with steampunk gear sprinkles for added sweetness and geekness.
Directions: Brew 1 tsp for one cup of tea or 2 tsp for a pot of tea for three minutes at 175°F
Ingredients: Pai Mu Tan white tea, strawberry, rose hip, sprinkles (sugar, rice flour, palm oil, palm kernel oil, corn starch, cellulose gum, carrageenan, confectioner’s glaze, yellow 5, yellow 6 lake, red 40 lake, blue 1 lake, yellow 6, red 40, blue 1)
The tea is normally $10 each or $25 for the set, but from now until the end of the year, the tea is only $8 or $20 for the set! Check them all out here.
What tea blend are you most excited for? What fandoms should I include in the future?
In just a little over a week (September 19th, to be exact), Doctor Who will be gracing our screens again, giving us a legitimate reason to stay in on Saturday evenings. And while the show is great on its own, it’s even better with some themed candied popcorn!
Give this quick and easy recipe a try–it’s the perfect item to have on hand for the premiere! (Watching at someone else’s house? This packs up easily and makes a fun treat to bring along!)
Doctor Who Candied Popcorn (with Adipose Marshmallows)
- 8 cups popped popcorn (I’d recommend air-popped plain or lightly salted popcorn)
- 1 cup mini marshmallows
- 2 cups white chocolate chips or white candy melts
- 1 TBS Police Box Sprinkles
- 1 TBS blue sanding sugar
- 1 TBS white sanding sugar
- Mix the popcorn and the “adipose” (mini marshmallows) together, and place on a wax paper covered baking sheet.
- Melt the white chocolate chips in 30 second increments in the microwave, stirring between cycles. Continue until chips are fully melted.
- Pour the melted white chocolate over the popcorn and marshmallows. Mix until evenly covered.
- Scatter the sprinkles and sparkling sugar over the popcorn, gently mix to evenly coat.
- Let cool until chocolate is hardened.
Eat it by the handful or put it in cute little party favor bags for guests. This recipe can easily be adapted to include other candies or types of sprinkles as well!
Need some sprinkles to make your candied popcorn? Use code “TIMEYWIMEY” when checking out between today and Wednesday to receive 12% off your order AND free priority shipping! I’ll get those sprinkles to you before the premiere!
(Not sure where to put in the code? Once you’ve added an item to your cart, click on the cart icon in the upper right of this page, and then click “view cart”. There will be an option for the promo code there!)
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)!
Will you be picking up these Doctor who-themed tools? Do you have any Doctor Who decor in your kitchen?
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?
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”.
What’s your fave Doctor Who quote?
I met Amanda, owner of Amery Studios at Emerald City Comicon, and fell in love with her jewelry line. It’s gorgeous and nerdy, what more could you want? She showed me a couple of different pieces, and then stopped at this one. “Are you familiar with nerdfighters? It says ‘Don’t Forget to Be Awesome’ on it. And I make them in all of the Hogwarts house colors.” I stopped her right there. “And it’s in Gallifreyan?” I responded. “Yep!” she said. One necklace that works for three fandoms? I clearly needed to have it.
Love Doctor Who, Harry Potter, and the “awesome” message of the nerdfighter movement? Then you also need this piece. I chose a Ravenclaw-colored necklace since I was sorted into that house in Pottermore and the colors also happen to match the TARDIS, making it the perfect piece to go with my TARDIS dress, skirt, or any other blue clothing.
Are those not your fandoms? Check out Amery Studios anyway. You’re sure to find something you’ll love!
I’m sitting at home, looking at snow outside my window, and holding a hot cup of tea. It’s pretty much the dream environment for a blogger. As I get started on posts and recipes for the week, I wanted to take a quick peek at some of my favorite links from this past week.
Van Gogh Infinity Scarf: Her Universe has done it again and has me desperately wanting another piece of their clothing. This time it’s a Doctor Who/Van Gogh infinity scarf that would go with pretty much any outfit. How cute is it?
Cupcake Syrup: Speaking of things I want to buy, have you heard of Cupcake syrup? It makes coffee a thing that I actually want to drink. I keep brainstorming what other things I could make taste like a cupcake! The options are endless. ENDLESS.
Free Goodies from OneUpMakeup: OneUpMakeup, the geeky makeup channel I do with a group of lovely girls, is hosting a contest for a grab bag of tons of awesome makeup! Check it out!
Geeky Sprinkles: My Kickstarter is over 75% funded with 9 days to go. It’s close, but it needs an extra push to get it there. Can you help spread the word?
I’m here today with exciting, scary, nervous-making news: I’ve launched a Kickstarter! The Kickstarter is for a Geeky Sprinkle line. I’m starting with steampunk shapes, lightning bolt shapes, and blue police box shapes. So all you steampunk, comic, Harry Potter, and Doctor Who fans, rejoice: You will finally have pretty sprinkles to put on your cupcakes or ice cream sundaes.
Basically, I’ve been wanting more fun, geeky sprinkles for a while and about a year ago I started researching options of having them made. I found the best of the best of the best people to make it happen, and I’m so excited to start making these sprinkles a reality. I hope to bring a bit more fun into kitchens and bakeries around the world in a different way than my blog already does.
If you’re as excited about the sprinkles as I am, please pledge to the Kickstarter! If you know someone else who would like these sprinkles, please share the project with them! I need your help to make this a reality.
And if nothing else, just check out the video on the Kickstarter page. The folks at Cinesaurus did a fantastic job making a ridiculous, fun video for me and I’m excited to share it.
Yay! Go! Kickstart!
Clara was sporting a cute look in this year’s Christmas Special, and the look is easy to replicate for any day. Whether you want to cosplay as her or are inspired by her “appropriate for the family AND fake-boyfriend” look, you’ll succeed in this outfit. No holograms needed.
Go school-girl chic with a plaid skirt, thick tights, a frilly button-up, and a cardigan. Add some edge with black booties and spiked/studded jewelry. And of course, it wouldn’t be a Christmas or New Year’s outfit without accessories from a party cracker! I like these.
What did you think of Clara’s look? And what did you think of Matt Smith’s final episode? Are you ready for a new Doctor?
The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special is airing this Saturday, and you’d think it’s Christmas over in my household. Mr. Geek and I are excitedly watching all of the new trailers and footage as it comes out, and can’t wait to see what Saturday has in store. If you want to catch up on some facts on Doctor Who, or if you’re a new Whovian and want to learn a bit more about the classic Doctors, check out this infographic:
Still want more info? Check out Doctor Who: A History by my friend Alan.
Get prepped for a Doctor Who party or fantastic feast with Dining With The Doctor: The Unauthorized Whovian Cookbook by the fabulous Chris-Rachael!
Will you be watching the new episode? Will you see it from the comfort of your home or in a movie theater?
I’ve loved We Love Fine for a while (every single person I’ve met that works there is so incredibly sweet. AND their stuff is amazing!), but I’ve been loving them even more lately. In addition to cute new dresses, sweaters, and shirts, they’ve created some of the coolest leggings I’ve seen in a while. Their Kawaii Marvel and Star Wars leggings are too cute for words, and are only $26.50 each. The Dalek leggings (with a giant EXTERMINATE down one leg) are bad-ass.
I haven’t purchased fun leggings like these before because I’m afraid they won’t be long enough (I have fairly long legs) and I don’t know what to wear with them. Luckily, We Love Fine is holding a Google Hangout tomorrow to talk leggings with a bunch of amazing geeky women. I’ll be tuning in at 2pm Pacific to get some questions answered and convince myself I need a pair of these leggings. If I’m lucky, I may even win one of the pairs they’ll be giving out! Find out more about the hangout here, and let me know if you’ll be joining!
You can find all of We Love Fine’s leggings here. Do you have geeky leggings? How do you wear/style them?