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8Bit Heart Cookies

Snack or Die has a new recipe up just in time for Valentines Day!

8Bit Heart Sugar Cookies

Mmmm pixels and sugar, a match made in heaven! If youve been hesitant to try a Snack or Die recipe because you feel your confectionery skills are not up to par, this is surely a good beginners project. Hell all you need to do is buy a vat of pre-made sugar cookie dough, a heart sapped cookie cutter and some M&Ms and youre halfway done! I love that the only problem Jocelyn ran into was getting the right color M&Ms, however her solution was quite clever…and delicious…

“What I ended up doing is pouring a bag of M&Ms into a small dish and ate all the non-red M&Ms. Problem solved.”

<3 seanalyn

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post inauguration party pictures!

howdy folks! last night seanalyn and i got together to celebrate the historic inauguration of the 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama! we put together a delicious ‘American’ themed meal.

we started out with some creative appetizers made by seanalyn:

‘Red, White, and Blue’ Tomato Mozzarella appetizer:

seanalyn putting the finishing touches on the red, white, and blue tomato mozzarella appetizers.

seanalyn putting the finishing touches on the 'red, white, and blue' tomato mozzarella appetizers.

creatively, seanalyn thought of a great ‘OBAMANATION’ appetizer.  with tomato, fresh mozzarella, and a blackberry mixed with fresh basil and balsamic reduction, this appetizer was completely festive and flavorful!

seanalyn frying her salmon cakes!

seanalyn frying her salmon cakes!

seanalyn’s Salmon Cakes with a Spicy Aoli sauce sure hit the spot after the light ‘red, white, and blue’ appetizer!

Salmon Cake, with a squeeze of lemon and topping of the aoli sauce.

Salmon Cake, with a squeeze of lemon and topping of the aoli sauce.

i made the entree, which consisted of a Spicy 4 Bean Turkey Chili:

simmering to perfection!

simmering to perfection!

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kt’s Spicy 4 Bean Turkey Chili:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 small onion, diced (i used a food processor)
  • 1 orange pepper, diced (or food processor)
  • several cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 pound of ground turkey
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 3 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped (i used the food processor)
  • 2 15 oz cans tomato sauce
  • 1 can red kidney beans, rinsed
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed
  • 1 can vegetarian baked beans
  • 1 can pinto beans, rinsed
  • On medium heat, using a large soup pot, saute onion, orange pepper and garlic in olive oil until soft. Add ground turkey or beef; brown. In a small bowl, combine spices and hot sauce together into a mixture, and then add to ground turkey mixture. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, and beans. Simmer on Medium heat for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Garnish with grated Cheddar cheese, onions, and sour cream.
to quench our American thirst!

to quench our American thirst!

to wash that all down, seanalyn found these incredible ‘white trash’ and ‘red neck’ wines from Bakersfield, California, while visiting her parents.  not only are they completely humerous, but they were quite tasty as well.

while enjoying the feast, we watched Independence Day on blu-ray!  it was a great, AMERICAN day!

<3 katie

inauguration day recipes

it’s finally here!  inauguration is tomorrow, and loving themed meals, i couldn’t think of anything better than searching for Obama recipes.

due to the fact that Obama is from Illinois, Chicago style hot dogs are a must!  broil, boil, or steam some all beef hot dogs.  make sure to keep all of the toppings accessible so your guests can add whatever their hearts desire.  add some waffle fries and you’ve got a perfect lunch!

not a big hot dog fan?  you can substitue the all beef hot dog for a tofurky dog or turkey dog!

another great idea is Obama’s Family Chili!

OBAMA’S FAMILY CHILI:

Ingredients:

  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • several cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 pound of ground turkey/beef
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground basil
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 to 4 tomatoes, depending on size, chopped
  • 1 can red kidney beans
  • 3 cups cooked white or brown rice
  • Grated Cheddar cheese, chopped onions and sour cream, for garnish
  • On medium heat, using a large soup pot, saute onion, green pepper and garlic in olive oil until soft. Add ground turkey or beef; brown.In a small bowl, combine spices together into a mixture, and then add to ground turkey or beef mixture. Add red wine vinegar. Add tomatoes and let simmer until tomatoes cook down. Add kidney beans and cook for a few more minutes.Serve over white or brown rice. Garnish with grated Cheddar cheese, onions and sour cream.

i found this delicious dessert, titled ‘Michelle Obama’s Apple Cobbler.‘  i am pretty sure that Michelle Obama had nothing to do with this recipe, but it’s definitely a Midwestern treat!  what i love about this recipe is that it goes great with some vanilla ice cream, it’s moist, and perfectly sweet!

MICHELLE OBAMA’S APPLE COBBLER:

Filling:

  • 8 Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced [or a bag of frozen peeled apples]
  • 1-1/2 to 2 cups of brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup white flour

Mix these ingredients together in a bowl and let it sit in the refrigerator overnight so the spice goes all the way through the apples.

Crust:

  • 3 sheets refrigerated pie crust
  • 1 stick of butter

Preheat oven at 325 degrees. Butter and flour the bottom of a large baking dish. Roll out three pie crusts real thin — as thin as possible. Layer the bottom of the pan with 1-1/2 of the pie crusts and prick a few holes in it. Pour the apples with the liquid into the pie pan. Dot 3/4 of a stick of butter around the apples. Use the final 1-1/2 pie crusts to cover the apple mixture entirely (let the pie crust overlap the pan).

Pinch the edges of the dough around the sides of the pan so the mixture is completely covered.

Melt final 1/4 stick of butter and brush all over top of crust.

Reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees. Bake at 300 for up to 3 hours — that’s what makes the crust flaky, like Barack likes it. Put the cobbler in the oven and go for a walk, go to the store, or do whatever you have to do around the house. Start looking at the cobbler after two and a half hours so it doesn’t burn.

need something to wash all of this delicious food down with?  here are some great themed drink ideas:

OBAMA MAMA: Vodka, Kahlua, Coconut Liquer,and Milk over ice.

OBAMA EXPRESS-O: Expresso, Vodka and Baileys.

WASHINGTON APPLE: Apple Pucker, Cranberry Juice, Sprite, and Crown Royal.

TEAM OF RIVALS: Kahlua, Cocoanut rum, Baileys, layered in shot glass.

OBAMA MAMA II: Vodka, Orange Juice, Pineapple Juice, Blue Curreco, Cherry Garnish.

HOPE FLOAT: Baileys, Butterschotch Schnapps, float Creme de Cocoa on top.

of course, with all of my themed ideas, there is a drinking game included!  sip on some of the above mentioned drinks while playing this game:

The Inauguration Day 2009 Drinking Game

Drink Every Time Someone Says:

  • “Historic”
  • “Monumental”
  • “Kennedy”
  • “Lincoln”
  • “Change” (as a noun)
  • “Most anticipated inauguration in history”
  • The name of a celebrity who thinks their opinion matters.

Drink Every Time:

  • Joe Biden’s hairplugs are awkwardly noticeable.
  • You see Oprah crying.
  • W glances at his watch.
  • You see a mediocre looking chick with political aspirations in the crowd.
  • Chris Matthews appears to get a boner.
  • You see Obama’s face on a t-shirt.
  • A white guy pretends to know the words to a Black Eyed Peas song.
  • Keith Olbermann comes off as a smug, pretentious asshole.
  • Someone in the crowd passes out.
  • You see a bearded hippie.
  • Jesse Jackson takes credit for Obama’s campaign.
  • A Fox News correspondent speaks in hushed tones with an air of faux patriotism.

hope you enjoy the inaugaration as much as i will!

<3 katie

DIY wrapping paper

If youre like me you’re waiting until the last minute to finish wrapping up all your presents. Lets say you go to the store and all they have left is that weird reindeer wrapping paper…not so nice eh? Well put your computer and printer to work and print out your own wrapping paper.

Not only does this paper cheap but it is much more stylish than Rudolph. All you do is download the patters and print. Easy huh?

I myself am finishing up wrapping presents using only newspaper and some ribbon, Im trying to go a little more green this Christmas season. I’ll be sure to post up some pictures of my creations when Im done. I will be traveling for the next week visiting family, so my blogs may be a bit sparse. But I have plenty of recipes and gadgets to talk about in the coming days so I’ll try to pop in as often as possible!

Happy Holidays everyone!

Happy Hanukkah the geek way!

I realized today Ive been ignoring my Jewish friends with all my Christmas decoration talking…so first of all, Happy Hanukkah! Just for you, heres some of the greatest, geekiest and most deliciousness of Hanukkah!

The DIY Geek Menorah

For $10 you can purchase a kit to make this glowing wonder of geekery

Papercraft Droidel

A papercraft R2D2 dreidel?! Its doesnt get anymore geeky awesome than this! I should just stop the list now because this is win.

High Heeled Menorah

Religion and fashion…together at last

Cauliflower and Curry Latkes

Im a huge fan of latkes actually…but these sounds absolutely amazing and thanks to the cauliflower, extra healthy! I have a head of cauliflower in my fridge…me thinks this might make the menu for tonight’s dinner.

Eco Friendly Hanukkah Ideas

This recycled glass menorah is absolutely breathtaking and one of many ideas for greening up your Hanukkah a bit. I myself am trying to green up my Christmas by using newspaper to wrap all my gifts. I’ll post up pics tonight after I finish!

Dreidel Hustler String Doll

Im not sure what a Dreidel Hustler is but he sure is cute! A great creation from Pop Judaica

Menorah Cork

The thought of opening wine with fire scares me and intrigues me…also from Pop Judaica.

USB Hanukkah Bush

USB powered faith!

The Geek Yarmulke

The crowning (some pun intended) achievement of Hanukkah geekiness is this homemade geek yarmulke featuring several gadgets and icons of geekery. Truly amazing.

Happy Hanukkah everyone!

I decorated my cat’s litter box for Christmas

First of all, its not as bad as it sounds. I did not string up Christmas lights or put fake snow on my cats litter box…I just tastefully accented it with some fake Poinsettias. Ok so I know that also sounds pretty weird, but you have to understand that my cat’s litter box is the most amazing litter box on earth. No, I didnt get her the ridiculously expensive flushing litter box…I got her the moderately expensive hidden litter box that basically looks like a plant!


From the side you cant even tell that its a litter box and not a normal plant (ok well its obviously a fake plant).


From the front it actually kind of looks like a LocoRoco house!

Cesar and I wanted to get this because we really didnt like the idea of having a litter box hanging out in our living room or kitchen, but with the size of our apartment it was necessary…so why not disguise it! Most people that come over never even notice it! After shipping and everything the grand total was about $85 which I know sounds ridiculous for a litter box, but trust me its more than worth it.

Plus I can decorate it for the Holidays!


See? Cute huh?


When I was at the art store buying the poinsettias, one of the employees asked “Oh are you making a centerpiece?” to which I responded matter-of-factly “No, Im decorating my cats litter box…wait…no its not as bad as it sounds I swear!” Needless to say I received quite the awkward stare.

My Christmas Tree + geeky gamer ornaments

I just have to show off my Christmas Tree because Im so in love with the thing and although its still a work in progress (collecting and making ornaments takes a while) its coming along quite nicely.


Heres a whole shot of the fat lil bugger. Cesar wanted a knee high tree while I was rooting for waist high or more but when we got on the lot we saw this one and I ran up and hugged it…after that he couldnt say no even though its chest high. Just look how round and fat that tree is! Its perfect!

The first thing I got for the tree were the awesome pop colored balls from Borders…I just loved the color palate…especially the pink!


The star for the top also came from Borders…of course its hot pink….what else do you expect from me?

Most of the other ornaments were either made or ‘found’ ornaments. I love using things like keychains and small toys to make ornaments! My favorite of all would have to be my Animal Crossing house ornaments

When my friend Garnett went to Japan a few years back he brought me the keychains (you can order them from multiple sites online or on ebay). All my life I’ve loved Christmas ornaments that do something…either light up or open up or something. So what I love most about these houses is that they open up to pop out a little Animal Cross character.


Among my other game related ornaments is also a keychain of a Rocket Slime…I cant remember where I got this but its cute and makes a great ornament.

Another one of my favorite ornaments is a keychain (noticing a theme here) of the popular Japanese character RilakkumaI got at a Japanese convenience store in town.

Finally heres an ornament I made myself!

Its a felted penguin that I made using a kit my friend Jenn gave me for my birthday! I just skewered his head with a hook and stuck him on the tree along with a few other felted penguins I made.

This year has been fun because its the first time Im decorating one from scratch and with Cesar…which makes it even more special. In the past Ive used ornaments my mom gave me which were wonderful and very special, but I want to start collecting my own decorations with my own memories that express who I am. Ultimately Christmas Trees are personal and although its fun to buy certain ornaments (like balls and stars) in stores…its nice to find creative ways to make your own. Keychains are honestly one of the best ways to do this because they are basically just ornaments for your keys so just add a hook and they are perfect on a tree! Especially when it comes to video games there are a plethora of cute keychain/ornaments you can order online or find in stores. Last month I spent a while looking for good video game ornaments and only found a handful. It didnt even dawn on me then that the abundance of video game keychains and mini toys are the perfect ornaments! If youre not into video games you can use keychains you already have, maybe that cheesy one your grandma got you from Universal Studios or that silly glitter unicorn one that you just couldnt resist….they add that personal touch and hold memories, which is what an ornament should do. I think when I get home tonight Im going to look through some of our capsule toys from Japan to see what else I can throw on the tree ;)


Look how Christmasy our living room is! Since we already have a red and black color scheme to the room, the bright green tree just makes it super Christmas time.

If anyone else has pictures of trees post them up! I would love to see what other people are doing!

EDIT- Check out the latest addition to my tree! Pardon the shitty photo quality…I had to use my camera phone.

NINJA PLEASE!


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