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stormtrooper mugg cupcakes

i got the idea from a previous domestic geek post!  mine are not as nearly as professional looking as Craftster user doyouloveanapple, in a rush to make a co-worker’s birthday special, they didn’t turn out that bad:

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may the force be with you!!!

<3 kt

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DIY Mega Man Knit hat

It seems theres a never ending stream of awesome video game themed knits (trust me a I have a back log of projects and blog posts) but I found one today that is by far one of my favorites. This falls into the category of old but new to me…so hopefully its new to some of you as well!

Mega Man Knit Hat

Apparently a very lucky geeky boy has a super awesome crafty gal who knit him up this awesome hat. Now she just needs to knit him some Mega Man arm warmers and leg warmers and hes all set to battle Dr Willy.

To knit your own click here.

Bonus stage!
Crochet queen talli_1985 crocheted her own version! Equally awesome!

<3 seanalyn

Battlestar Pielactica

So here it is, the final night of Battlestar Galactica and I decided to celebrate it in the only way I know how…pie.

Witness my creation that is BATTLESTAR PIELACTICA

Based on Starbuck’s mandala aka The Eye of Jupiter this fruit topped pie replicates the pattern featured so often in the series. If youre planning a finale party, heres your chance to wip up something delicious and healthy to celebrate!

Battlestar Pieactica

Ingredients

Pie Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups (200 grams) all spelt or all purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) Splenda
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

Healthy Custard Filling

  • 1/2 (16 ounce) package small curd cottage cheese (nonfat or lowfat)
  • 1/2 cup Splenda
  • 1 tablespoon and 1-1/2 teaspoons spelt flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 pinch salt
  • 1-1/2 egg yolks
  • 1-1/2 egg whites
  • 1/2 (12 fluid ounce) can coconut milk
  • 3/4 cup soy milk

Pie Crust
In a small bowl whisk together flour and salt. In a large bowl using a band mixer beat the butter until soft and gradually add in the Splenda. Add in the beaten egg and mix just until all ingredients are intermixed….do not overdo this! All at once add the flour mixture and mix just until it forms a ball. You dont want to overwork the dough. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 20 minutes or until it is a bit harder.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and place a rack in the middle. Take an 8-9 inch pie pan and lightly grease the bottom. Remove your dough from teh fridge and roll it out until it is about an inch larger than your pie pan. Carefully place the dough in the pie pan being careful not to stretch the dough (this will cause it to shrink when it bakes). Prick the bottom of the dough a few times with a fork to keep the dough from puffing up when it bakes. Place the pan in the fridge to cool and settle for about 20 more minutes. When the dough it cool take another pie tin and wrap the bottom in either aluminum foil or parchment paper and place it within the dough lined pie tin. Fill this with either rice, dried beans or any other weights. Put the pie crust in the oven to bake for about 25 minutes or until the edges are golden brown (I overdid mine just a hair). Remove the pie crust from the oven and lift off the weighted pie tin, allow the crust to cool.

Healthy Custard Filling
Place cottage cheese in strainer and let drain for about 1 hour or until most of liquid has been drained. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine cottage cheese, Splenda, flour, lemon juice, salt, egg yolks, coconut milk, and soy milk. Mix well.

In another bowl, beat egg whites until firm and fold into batter until smooth. Place the mixture in the fridge for a few minute to cool before pouring into pie shell.

Bake for 15 minutes at 425 degrees F, then reduce oven to 350 degrees F and bake for an additional 25 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow pie to cool.

Topping your Pie

You can really use just about any fruit to top your pie as long as it is yellow, red and blue.  I used mangoes, strawberries and blackberries but other options are raspberries, pineapple, peaches, blueberries or bananas. Just make sure the pattern is yellow, red, blue, yellow.

If you dont have enough time to make a pie from scratch for tonight, you can always buy a pre-made crust and fill it with either pudding or another quick custard-like filling.

Happy Batttlestar Galactica Day everyone! Enjoy the finale!

Periodic Table Table

When Theodore Gray read Uncle Tungsten by Oliver Sacks he misread a passage and thought there was actually a Periodic Table table in the Kensington Science Museum, he soon discovered there was none and felt a void needed to be filled….oh and he needed a new conference table. So he set to work with a pantograph engraving machine that he got at a hospital auction and created a table depicting the entire Periodic Table of Elements.

But of course making a table with the Periodic Table of Elements on it isnt enough, he actually filled each slot with samples of its respective element (Uranium in the coffee table?!).

To see the whole process visit his website.

[link via Current]

<3 seanalyn

Watchmen Cosplay Crunch: Final Day

Hallelujah! We did it! At the 11th hour Katie and I crunched and finished our costumes in time to run over to the IMAX midnight showing! And the costumes actually looked pretty good if I do say so myself. Unfortunately I dont have any pics yet since I forgot to bring a camera (doh) but our good friend and fellow Watchmen geek snapped some shots so as soon as she gets those up I will upload them. Although several people at the theater took our pictures so I did a little googling today to see if any of them happened to be up already and low and behold there was one. Its very blurry (I dont even remember this pic getting taken) but its proof to all of you that our costumes actually got completed!

Ok so you cant see Katie at all and Im very blurry but its proof that we had costumes on! hehe.

I was actually able to complete everything I wanted except for my earrings, which was ok since the wig covered my ears. Katie actually was able to make her hair look pretty close even without a wig! Next time all we’ll need to do is add some extensions and it will be spot on. I was even able to add some detailing to Katie’s corset (even tough some of it fell off towards the end of the night). Im very pleased with how they came out…especially considering the time crunch. It probably took about 14 hours total to make both costumes…which is really very little time. They werent perfect and some of the rushing showed (by the end of the night I had a hole forming under my arm where I had to redo the sleeve). We want to revisit these in a few months and remake them better and stronger to wear at Comic-Con in San Diego. Plush I want to get our friend Shannon in on the awesomeness. I would love to make her into a sexy Rorschach or a third Silk Spectre. When that happens you know I will definitely share the journey.

Oh and I promise promise I’ll get pictures up of the construction soon…Cesar and I have both been very busy so we havent had a chance to upload them. But its the weekend and we can relax so I’ll probably have them up by Monday. Hopefully by then we will also have some pics of the final product!

<3 seanalyn

Battlestar Galactica premiere party on Friday…

it’s almost here!  that’s right nerds, Battlestar Galactica (BSG) premieres on Friday!  both seanalyn and i are preparing ourselves for this epic event!  i am hosting a BSG party at my apartment and inviting lots of hungry guests.  seanalyn and i will be brainstorming ideas and recipes for our themed party.

i searched around, found some great ideas online, and added seanalyn & mine:

a frakin’ Battlestar Galactica cake

    Marisa from slashfood.com posted this amazing edible artwork by local baker/artist Zoë Lukas, who is in the process of opening up her own bakery in Philly.  The chocolate devil’s food cake is ‘filled with raspberry jam and ganache, iced with chocolate buttercream and ganache, decorated with chocolate ships and explosions, silver dragees and silver and gold space dust.’

    the Cylon Jack-O-Lantern

    Allison from seriouseats.com posted this incredible masterpiece with a working cylon laser eye.  although not edible, this would make for a great centerpiece at our party!  too bad i’m not that handy at carving pumpkins!

    seanalyn’s idea

    i love it!  she plans on taking the infamous Eye of Jupiter that Starbuck consistently obesses over and making a glorious fruit tart out of it.  (she is so clever!)

    ***pictures of her appetizer will follow after our party

    my idea

    i am thinking of taking those Pillsbury Crossiants, stuffing them with crab & cream cheese, and creating foldovers in the shape of cylon raiders.  i’ll give the illusion of their notable ‘laser eye’ with a slice of red pepper.

    um, we’ll see how this one turns out!

    lastly, the Battlestar Drinking game…

    on this nerdtastic spacecast community forum, i found an awesome thread with some very creative BSG themed drinks, here’s a few i loved:

    1. THE RED DRESS – (AN ODE TO NUMBER SIX)

    · 2 parts Gin

    · 1 part Pomegranate Juice

    · 1 part Cranberry Juice

    · a dash of Grenadine

    Stir and Serve with a touch of ice in a slender Collins glass.

    2. TWISTED MESSIAH – (THE BALTAR COMPLEX)

    · 1 part white Tequila

    · 1 part Ouzo

    · 1 part tomato juice

    · a dash of Worcestershire sauce

    Shake and serve in an old fashioned glass.

    3. SKINJOB – (CYLON LOVER)

    · 1 part Bailey’s Irish cream

    · 1 part Tequila Rose

    · a dash of Amaretto

    Shake and serve in a Shot Glass

    what i loved even more is that there is actually a Battlestar Galactica drinking game with rules and everything!

    please let us know if you have any creative ideas, thoughts, comments, suggestions, etc.  we absolutely love hearing from you!

    <3 katie


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