How to Geekify Your Adult Bedroom

I think many of us can remember having or our friends having super neat themed bedrooms. A co-worker that I had in Maryland did her son’s bedroom with an X-Box theme, complete with the neon green touches. Why does that kind of fun have to end when we become adults?

Why does all fun have to end when we become adults?

Thaaaat’s a question for another time…

Throw Pillows

You can hit up sites like Etsy, Look Human, and Society Six for some really cool throw pillows, these days. Even Bed Bath and Beyond had a cool Star Wars collection that I kind of needed at one point. These little pillows can be tossed on your bed for a cushy, adult touch.

My personal favorites are Evie Seo‘s Book-ish Designs on Society Six. I plan on adding a few of these to my couch and bed this summer when my wallet is padded, like this one:

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Art Prints

Blank walls are never fun. They drive me a little crazy, honestly. Especially all white. I hate all white. Why not brighten it up with a framed poster or print. You can easily pick up poster frames at Wal-mart or Michael’s to dress up that college dorm poster you still love. Or you can buy a print of some super cool fan art off Etsy or Society Six.

Dad’s game room got an Art Nouveau inspired Nintendo piece by Megan Lara for Christmas, but I rather like these cool prints I found on Amazon.

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Okay, let’s just admit now that we all still want those supersoft Star Wars sheets we had on our twin mattress when we were nine. If you don’t you’re lying to yourself. That’s okay.

There are some sick adult options out there right now between Think Geek and Hot Topic. Even Etsy has something to say on the subject. You can rock the Avengers in a super elegant, minimalist way or you can sleep in the Tardis if that’s what you really want. It was for me for a while.

Or, if you can’t find what you want you can create a color palette to match your fandom. If you love Sherlock, but can’t find sweet Sherlock wallpaper sheets (which must be a thing, right?) then pair some super slick purple sheets with a nice black comforter, preferable in a black on black damask. Cause that screams freaking elegant.

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Go ahead and add the final touches. Get that golden unicorn lamp you’ve been eyeballing. I’ve been eyeballing one at Target. Flowers of any kind brighten up a space. I learned this from my BFF who has around twenty bouquets of fake flowers in her studio apartment. And candles can go a long way towards making a room cozy or making it romantic. Etsy has a plethora of sellers offering geeky themed candles, such as Frostbeard, to add scent to your decor.

I bought the BFF this sweet candle for Christmas.

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What’s To Come

I really don’t want to be writing this post. Sorry, not sorry.

What I really want to be doing is playing Pokemon Y. I just caught THREE eevees and I plan to make a small army of them to take to the final challenges. That involves a lot of training and game playing. I’m honestly having so much fun with it right now.

Meanwhile, I’m trying to come up with a pokemon themed recipe that ISN’T a freaking pokeball. I think that we can all agree that it is so over done and, plus, my husband can’t have anything with red dye 40. That knocks out a lot of red.

His idea was to work with my favorite eeveelutions since I seemed to have become obsessed with them. We will see!

On the other hand, I just ordered a book from Blogging For Books called How to Weep in Public: Feeble Offerings on Depression From One Who Knows. As someone who has dealt with it herself and seen others deal with it, I’m looking forwards to reading this comedic take on depression. The book doesn’t come out until March first, but that’s the great thing about Blogging for Books. I can tell you if it’s worth it or not before the release. Seriously, this book can’t arrive fast enough.

While surfing Instagram I came across a subscription box called Charm with Me Club. You know how I’m always talking about the Pandora style bracelet charms and how I wish I could find more fandom inspired beads? Well this company put my desire into a monthly box. I’m just sad that I missed out on Harry Potter and a super wicked Game of Thrones dragon egg inspired bead.

The March box is built around The Nightmare Before Christmas and is offering two more special charms in the black and white color theme. For your first package you will receive a starter bracelet in the traditional metal style or the cool leather wrap. I’m honestly impressed with what they’ve put into this subscription box. Often, they design their own charms and send the files off to be 3D printed. Other times they work directly with the manufacturer to get just the right style they’re looking for.

Charm With Me Club is searching for representatives and I’m so dying for a spot on that list. I don’t even care what the perks are, I’m that impressed. Or, am I that obsessed? I’ve been looking for a way to geekify my charm bracelet for a while now and a lot for the options I’ve found are kind of expensive or too cheap to be real.

Anyway, so that’s kind of my life right now. Kind of boring, kind of exciting. All me. Let me know in the comments if you have any ideas about what my Pokemon recipe should be!

Girl Eating Geeky: Cookie Dough Soot Sprite Truffles

I absolutely love Studio Ghibli.

I think the obsession began when I was younger. Kiki’s Delivery Service started it all. Once I was older, I sought it out for the nostalgia factor because, lets face it, we geeks love nostalgia. Then I somehow somersaulted into other Studio Ghibli movies. I found My Neighbor Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle (my favorite), and The Secret World of Arietty.

Of course I have more. I’m obsessed, as you saw from my watercolor splash art paintings. The Soot Sprites, which made a cameo in My Neighbor Totoro and a bigger splash in Spirited Away, have got to be the second most iconic ‘character’ from all of Hayao Miyazaki’s work.

(Did you know that Spirited Away was an allegory for child prostitution in Japan? Mind = Blown.)

Without further ado, here is how I made adorable Soot Sprites truffles. There’s no egg in these so they’re totally safe to eat! Do NOT bake.

Soot Sprite Cookie Dough Truffles

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Prep Time: 45 min-1 hour
Makes: approx 24 (half dollar sized) truffles or 48 (quarter sized) truffles

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Butter, softened (One Stick)

1 Cup Brown Sugar

1/4 Cup Granulated Sugar

1/4 Cup Apple Sauce

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

1 Cup Almond Meal

2 Cups All Purpose Flour

2 Bags Chocolate Chips

Chocolate Sprinkles

Candy Eyes (I found mine at Wal-mart)

  • Cut a length of wax paper to cover a cookie sheet. Cut a second piece, but leave it to the side. This is where you will put your truffles as you roll them. Set aside.
  • Begin by creaming the butter and sugar together until it is one cohesive mixture. This works best when the butter has been left out out reach room temperature and a hand mixer always helps (can you tell I finally broke mine?). After that mix in the 1/4 cup apple sauce and vanilla extract. You don’t want the cinnamon applesauce for this unless you want a snickerdoodle cookie dough. This adds the moisture that the egg would have. That was we can eat this raw!
  • Fold the almond meal into the sugar and butter mixture. If you don’t have almond meal or don’t want to buy it that’s cool. No worries. Substitute equal parts all purpose flour. Or, you can even throw some almonds in the blender for a good blitz. Either way, you’re cool.
  • Add one bag of chocolate chips and your all purpose flour. This should form a thick cookie dough like consistency. You want this to kind of reach an almost play dough state, just a little bit wetter. Just a little.
  • Take your rings off and smear your hands with butter or oil because it is time to get all up in that. Roll small balls of cookie dough between your hands and set them on your pre-cut wax paper. Using your fingers, flatten them into 1/2 inch thick discs. I made mine about half dollar coin sized, but if you’re serving kids or watching your waist you can make them quarter sized.  Once you fill the first sheet of wax paper, gently lay the second over the first layer and continue rolling truffles, flattening them with your hands before placing them on the paper.
  • Move the cookie sheet to the refrigerator or the freezer. This will allow the butter to firm up and make the truffles much more handle-able when dipping.
  • You will need to melt the second bag of chocolate chips. You can do this in 30 second increments in the microwave (stopping to stir and make sure it hasn’t burnt) or you can use a double boiler on your stove. I don’t own an actual double boiler, but will often use a glass bowl a little bigger than my pot. Add enough water to the pot to touch the bowl, making sure that the bowl doesn’t touch the bottom of the pot. This introduces indirect heat to your chocolate and keeps it from burning as well as keeps it melted. This is my preferred dipping method.  photo 1 (3)
  • After 10-15 minutes in cool down the truffles will be ready to dip. Keep your candy eyes and sprinkles at the ready. I would have very much liked an extra set of hands at this point. If you don’t have help, just do it all one step at a time.
  • First, roll the cooled truffle in the melted chocolate, coating the entire truffle. Using a fork, gently remove it from the chocolate and lay it back onto the wax paper. Now, if you don’t have help, you will have to place the eyes and top with sprinkles before moving on to the next truffle. Being cold makes the chocolate cool faster and then it just becomes a pain.
  • Continue doing this until you run out of something. I ran out of dipping chocolate so I placed about 12 of my truffles in the freezer after rolling them in wax paper and sealing it in a ziploc bag. It should keep for about a month if you wish to do this.
  • Let the chocolate cool and you have some super sweet, super adorable soot sprites every one can love. These would be totally cool on top of some vanilla ice-cream if you catch what I’m putting down.

Tell me how yours turn out! My were dipped a bit funny, but hubs promptly devoured them so no one could tell. Also, those eyes are so funny. Don’t they look a little like boobs?

 

Five Fandom Friday: CAKES GALORE

I haven’t participated in a 5FF in a few weeks. The prompts just haven’t moved me enough to try and I didn’t want to just go through the motions of something I wasn’t feeling. But, really. Cupcakes. That did it. Of course my first thought was to make five different cupcakes for the prompt. That would be a hell of a lot of batches of cupcakes and I don’t know whose throat I’d shove them down to get rid of them all.

So you’ll have to deal with something a little different. I’m going to go with my five favorite bakers. Over the course of deciding to make my blog more about food, I came across some really awesome bakers doing really awesome things. I think you’ll agree.

(Bear with me as I share links, but not photos due to copyright fears. Do take a gander at their work.)

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Christine Mcconnell

She isn’t a professional baker. In fact, she’s actually a photographer by trade. Her work in the kitchen will have anyone fooled, though. She made a life size Facehugger (you know? Aliens) cake that creeped the ever loving shit out of me. I hate aliens. Nightmares. Everytime.

Her pumpkin pie carriage, on the other hand, was a fantastical masterpiece that I would be happy to dream about. The woman does so much more than bake. She sews her own holiday GOWNS. Like seriously haute couture worthy gowns. She also takes it upon herself to deck out her parents home for the holidays, hand crafting insanely detailed decorations that transform the whole house into a gingerbread house or a monster.

She has a book coming out and I’m dying for it. I’ll just drool on it anyway.

Katharina McCawley

I came across this baker on Pinterest. She is a professionally trained pastry chef and it shows in her adaptation of Sailor Scouts into supremely stunning desserts. I could only dream of someday making cakes like these, but she seems to pull them off without a hitch. Her latest post is a gingerbread house replica of the Gravity Falls Mystery Shack.

Excuse me while I roll on the ground fangirling in jealousy. How many years and tears do I have to sacrifice in order to be able to do that? Have you seen this?

Katherine Sabbath

I have this new obsession with really simple yet dramatic cakes. I’m talking no fondant or life-like sculpting. Just simple cake shaped cakes. Katherine Sabbath delivers in spades.

By day she’s a teacher in Australia. In her downtime she creates stunning cakes bursting with color. My favorite might be the pink and blue melted ice-cream cone cake. The color contrast and whimsy slay me.

Domestic Gothess

I think the cake obsession began with this beautiful and dark cake. It looks so elegant and commanding, like an evil queen. If Regina from OUAT had a birthday cake, this would be it.

Domestic Gothess shares a plethora of every day recipes, like a skillet chocolate chip cookie for two that made me drool, as well as her dramatic cakes. I wonder if she found Marcel Desaulniers gorgeous Death by Chocolate books because this cake… it looks like she might take up voodoo on the side and I’m totally okay with that.

Marcel Desaulniers

This might have been the beginning of my cake love. As a teenager in love with cooking and food, I stumbled across Desserts to Die For in my local library. The sultry cakes and their even more sultry names struck me in the most odd way. Chocolate Voodoo Cake and Rum Soaked Zombie cake were only the tip of the iceberg. They inspired some of my short stories as well as something I plan on working on soon.

As I write this, I’m dying to work on my next recipe project after being inspired by so many talented bakers. Can you say Cookie Dough Truffles? But hubs has finally crawled out of his room and wants to hang out. Decisions!

 

 

Girl Eating Geeky: Deadpool Tiramisu

This probably should have been up a while ago. I’m sorry. It was just so good that I spent all of my time eating it (and watching the awesome new Marvel flick) that I forgot to write the post!

I’m not too well acquainted with Deadpool, having not read any of the Marvel comics. I knew some comic loving friends that raved about the character, but stuck with my DC lineup anyway. I think the best introduction to Deadpool that I got was watching Pewdiepie play the Deadpool video game on Youtube.

My easy icebox-cake style desert isn’t a traditional tiramisu in any way. This is much denser and much richer , with only a slight coffee hint. Really, it doesn’t make much sense at all as a tiramisu, but maybe that’s the Deadpool influence. Insert Wink Here.

Deadpool Tiramisu

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Prep Time: 40-45 minutes
Chill Time: Overnight

Ingredients:

1 8oz box 1/3 less fat cream cheese, room temp

3 1/4- 4 cups powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 package chocolate wafer cookies

1 cup black coffee (I used a K-cup in the Keurig, but you’re welcome to use instant or whatevs)

Red gel food coloring

1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

2 white chocolate chips

(Optional: Chocolate Graham Crust)

  1. Begin by softening the cream cheese with a tabletop/hand mixer. Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time until you get a thick and fluffy frosting.  If it is too thick to blend, add a teaspoon of milk at a time until you can blend easier. This will take about ten minutes total. Go ahead and blend in the teaspoon of vanilla extract and a hefty amount of the red gel food coloring. It takes a lot of coloring to achieve a really rich red. If it feels too pink, add a teaspoon of cocoa powder for a richer hue and a Red Velvet-like flavor.
  2. Prep your cup of coffee. Make sure to use (or transfer it to) a cup large enough to fit your chocolate wafer cookies in. Kind of like you’re dunking oreos. I used a tupperware dish to assemble my “Tiramisu”, but you’re welcome to use a pre-made crust (I wish I’d thought of that earlier), a pie pan, or any other dish you’d like as long as it is round.  photo 1(1)
  3. Place a small amount of the red frosting in the bottom of the dish and spread it around. This is the glue for your first layer of cookies. One by one dip your wafer cookies into the coffee and place them along the bottom of your dish. They only need a second in the coffee and you can place them however you like. No one will know if it looks like crap.   photo 3(1)
  4. Gently  cover the first layer with a layer of frosting. Repeat the layering of wafer cookies and frosting until it you have three or four layers. It won’t be an incredibly thick “tiramisu”, but the richness makes up for it. Layer on the last of the frosting to create a solid red top.
  5. Meanwhile, using a scrap of wax paper, make two small mounds of semi-sweet chocolate chips and microwave for 1 minute. Using the back of a spoon, smooth the melted mounds into two small ovals. Don’t worry if they aren’t perfect. They’ll just be eaten anyway. Before they cool completely place one white chocolate chip in the center of the melted chocolate. This will act as Deadpool’s eyes.  photo 2(1)
  6. You can crunch the leftover cookies into crumbs and sprinkle them around the outside of the “tiramisu” and in a line down the very center. Once the eyes have cooled completely peel them off the wax paper and place them on either side of the cookie crumb line.
  7. Cover and place in the fridge over night. The next day those cookies will have softened up into a super delicious cookies and cream cheesecake-like dessert!

I realized after making this that the colors are inverted, so if you want you can dye the frosting black and leave some red to pipe in the line work. If not, the dessert is still recognizable as the classic Deadpool logo!

Because of a red food dye allergy in my house, I used this recipe to make two small-ish “tiramisu” cakes about the diameter of a traditional cereal bowl. The recipe will also fit one 8 inch pie pan as well.

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What Do I do With All These Dream Jobs?

I have to say I’m a bit too capricious with my future, as you’ve all seen. Throughout my life I’ve thought that I was headed towards many different careers. A lot of them I’d still be really pleased to find myself in.

Bakery

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This was my dream late 2014 and into 2015. I pinned I don’t know how many pictures of the perfect cafes and tracked down storefronts in my hometown, setting up imaginary shops inside of them where I worked with my mom and best friend. I even designed my own logo at one point, naming my would be bakery The Black Velvet Bakery after my love for all things punky and sassy.

Isn’t that a the best name?  Too bad these ventures cost hella amounts of money and often fail within the first few years. That alone kept me from really pursuing this dream.

Food Truck

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I had the coolest vision of a rockabilly food truck that served updated versions of diner classics. I’d wear pedal pushers and tie my hair up with a bandana while I served milkshakes made from homemade ice-cream. Yeah, it was going to be super cool and found at all of the classic car shows.

Only thing is that those trucks cost a lot of money even without all of the kitchen equipment and I don’t even know if our hometown area will allow food trucks. Sure, Syracuse has a coalition, but they’re an hour and a half away. It felt like it would never work.

Librarian

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I’m really excited about the path that I’ve recently chosen to go down. The written word has been a really huge part of my life for as long as I can remember. There was a time in my life that I volunteered at a large library and loved it for the most part.

My dream would be to run one of the smaller libraries in this area, putting together events and curating the right books for the library. I’ve been pinning ideas that are cute for kids or really cool for teens.

I’m sure there were more careers I desired, but my life has always revolved around books and food. To work with either one on my own terms someday would mean arriving at my dream job. Thinking of all of the dreams I’ve had make me yearn for them once more.

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Koreatown by Deuki Hong and Matt Rodbard

Living in Monterey and studying languages, we were introduced to a lot of international flavors. What’s closer to language than food? I mean it both involves your mouth, right?

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When I came across Koreatown, by Deuki Hong and Matt Rodbard, I grabbed it in the hopes of bringing one of the flavors my husband loved into our own home. This wasn’t just traditional Korean recipes, though. This book is all about the funky American-Korean fusion going on in the streets of Koreatown.

Set up much better than the last book I reviewed (Donabe), Koreatown gets right to the point. It explains foreign ingredients right before launching into a chapter devoted solely to kimchi, one of Korea’s most well known condiments.

While I can’t say that I will use every recipe in this book, a lot of them really pulled me in and made me want to try them. Sure, kimchi is still on my list of foods that I have to try. I love funky and spicy and I really hope I’ll like kimchi. The kimchi pancake, or jeon, looked too good. Then there was the spicy ramyun topped with american cheese and an egg!

Much like your Chipotle cups or bags, each chapter was marked by an interlude about someone other than the authors. These little vignettes really brought the book to life for me. Even the DJ from Linkin Park talks about his homesickness while on the road with the band.

I really enjoy the life put into this book. It is hip and bursting with flavor and voice.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review.