design your own cookie cutters

My dreams may have just come true. Now you can design and print your own cookie cutter shape. Well, only if you have one of those super-fancy 3D printers (so, that’s what they’re for!). This is the moment where technology and my kitchen finally meet.

(image from Makerbot)

The project is open source and you can download the software from Thingiverse. It looks pretty neat.

(Image via Thingiverse)

How sweet would it be to bake someone a batch of cookies cut out with your own designs? What would you make? I know what shapes I’d make. Cat shapes, of course.

nerdy Valentine’s Day cards for your special someone

Please excuse me while I nerd out and share my favorite Nerdy Valentine’s Day Cards with you.Game of Thrones Nerdy Valentine's day cards

(Chris Bishop via buzzfeed)

Let’s be real. I could end this post right here. Because, well, any guy who gives me a Tyrion or John Snow valentine would be the best. ♥

But while Game of Thrones does take up the biggest spot in my nerd-girl heart (maybe because the books are so damn long?!), there are tons of other nerdtastic v-day cards.

cylon Nerdy Valentine's Day Card

cylon Nerdy Valentine's Day Card

Battlestar Galatica Valentine’s Day Cards

When Ryan and I went through our BSG affair, we would frequently ask each other, “would you still love me if I were a cylon?” Finding out your partner is a cylon must be the ultimate test of love, right?

And this card. Oh gosh, my heart would swell if anyone gave me this card.

Legend of Zelda Nerdy Valentine's Day Card

Legend of Zelda Nerdy Valentine's Day Card

Legend of Zelda Card

We have such adventurous spirits, that this could pretty much sum up our relationship.

 But, I feel like this card might be more up his alley, as far as romance goes.

Princess Leia Star Wars nerdy Valentine's Day Card

Princess Leia Letterpress Card

Or this card.

Spock Star Trek Nerdy Valentine's Day Card

 Spock Card (and so many more Star Trek cards)

I would love to give this card to my friend Michael, who introduced me to table top RPGs.

Natural 20 Nerdy Valentine's Day Card

Natural 20 Card

 And these to all of my friends who adore Firefly.

 Firefly Valentine's Day Card

Firefly Valentine’s Day Cards

And if you just can’t decide which nerdy card would be best, this one pretty much covers them all.

Awkward Affections

Awkward Affections Card

But I think this one might be my favorite one of all.

Carl Sagan e-Card download

I’m always fond of when Carl Sagan is portrayed as a romantic figure. And also, his love story might be my favorite love story of all.

my top halloween costume picks

Halloween is so close. It’s even closer, since all of the good parties are on the weekend. That’s only three days away. And I don’t even have a costume. If you’re like me and wait until the last possible second, I hope I can help you out. Polyvore has this Halloween Costume contest that’s great for inspiration. It’s a few years old now, but I just love to browse through the different costume combinations. Here are my favorites.

Daria

Daria. I just finished watching the complete series and it really brings me back to my teenage years.

Carmen Sandiego

Carmen Sandiego. I used to love playing this game on my old DOS computer. I’ve always always wanted to go as her, but I’ve never had the red coat, until one time I found one at a thrift store, but it was $25 and January. And I lacked prescience to buy it. So, alas, another Halloween has come and gone and I am not Carmen Sandiego. Plus, where am I going to find a red hat like that?

Jessica Rabbit is a classic costume. Although, I do not have the body to pull it off. Lucky for any woman who does.

You could go as Audrey Hepburn. She’s so timeless. Remember to pencil in your eyebrows.

This is a cute rendition of Cogsworth. He was my favorite character in Beauty & the Beast. And think, making clock hands for a mustache would be a fun costume highlight.

Velma is a quick and easy costume that’s instantly recognizable. It’s a great go-to, but the downside is I usually see a Velma every year. One year I saw two.

Arthur is another one you could probably create with the things in your closet. Make a set of felt ears, so there’s no confusion as to who you are.

Oh, and how I’d love to go as Sofi from Howl’s Moving Castle. It’s one of my favorite animated films. So magical. I just need to find the right dress.

I wish Halloween was more than once of year. Writing this post has boosted my creativity a little in the costume department. Let’s hope mine comes together. So is anyone else out there a procrastinator when it comes to costumes? Good luck on yours!

Easter egg hunt! {a roundup}

I’m trying to convince my friends to let me host an Easter egg hunt for adults. I live in a place that mostly resembles Ewok Village, and it would be the best for hiding eggs. My friends are not entirely sold on the idea, but maybe if I throw in some booze and an endless supply of egg salad sandwiches, I can get them to join in.

In the meantime, here are some of my favorite Easter egg decorating ideas.

Bluebird Egg from Reader’s Digest via The Decorated Cookie

Crocheted Easter Eggs from Mom On Timeout

Temporary Tattooed Easter Eggs via SwissMiss

And these are my absolute favorite.

embroidered eggsEmbroidered Eggs from Design Sponge

Also, last year’s Easter Egg roundup.

And these Cadbury Cream Egg Cookie Cups. I died. No, really.

pizza cat

I guess it’s safe to say I’m a little too into cats…and food.

Luckily, so are my friends. And we got this brilliant idea to make a pizza cat.

Definitions from ninjawords:

“pizza: noun. A baked Italian dish of a thinly rolled bread dough crust typically topped before baking with tomato sauce, cheese and other ingredients.

cat: noun. A domesticated subspecies of feline animal, commonly kept as a house pet.

‘pizza cat’ is not in the dictionary.”

How sad.

I don’t know what makes eating a cat-shaped pizza so great, but it is. Maybe it’s the removable bread stick arms (!), but we’ll get to that in a minute.

Here’s the basic assembly of our pizza cat. We used the Pioneer Woman’s pizza dough recipe. Be warned, this makes a lot of dough. We had enough leftover for extra bread sticks.

We rolled out the body first and stuck a tail behind it.

pizza cat body

Then we shaped the head and the bread stick arms.

head and arms

Check out those paws.

pizza paws

Then we slathered a garlic butter mixture on the bread sticks. My friend Adrienne really has a talent for creating pizza cat faces.

pizza cat

We loaded the body with sauce, cheese, and strips of basil leaves to create stripes. We placed both cookie sheets in the oven at 450 for 18 minutes. It was a little tricky since the dough was thicker in some places than others, but we didn’t burn it.

bread stick arms

pizza cat face

Place the bread sticks over the body.

pizza cat assembly

And then add the head to the top.

pizza cat

Pizza cat is the best. Building the cat is as much fun as eating it.

First time CSA Members

Ryan and I bought a CSA share from a local farm, so we’ll be getting fresh veggies every other week. We visited the farm yesterday, which made it all the more meaningful.

This week’s haul included fresh carrots, kale, swiss chard, strawberries, cilantro, and green beans.

csa veggies

Needless to say it was a big day for all of us.

Watson found a new home in the CSA bag.

watson in csa bagcsa bag

Watson got stuck in his new home.

watson in csa bag

The agony.
watson in csa bag

Riley got a special kale treat.

kale treatkale treat

And Watson was jealous.

kale treat

small desserts

tiny cupcakes
Did you happen to catch the New York Times story about small desserts? What do you think? Are they just a weird craze? Or are you sick of trying to eat mega-sized cookies and cupcakes? Sometimes all I need is just one bite to satisfy my cravings.

Also, I started following this Flickr filled all sorts of with tiny foods. [It’s also the source of that image.]

And if you’re really into adorable, miniature things…