This month’s cocktail is a little different. In celebration of the new Star Wars movie being released this month, I thought I would make a cocktail inspired by the ever adorable droid, BB-8. The Dark and Stormy is a REALLY simple cocktail, using only rum and ginger beer and a garnish of lime (and blueberry in this instance).
The other day, I was watching Parks and Rec or playing The Sims or something, and I was starting to get hungry. I am currently trying to save money so I didn’t want to get anything delivered, but I also didn’t want to go to the store. I also didn’t want to spend a lot of time making anything, because ummmmm, my sim is about to get promoted to celebrity chef, sooo…… Anyways. I went to one of my go-to simple meals. The pizzadilla. In our house, we have a MILLION allergies between Jeff and I. No gluten, no dairy, no egg, no crab or scallops or sesame seeds or citrus fruits. It’s exhausting. This dish works well for us because we can do vegan cheese and use corn tortillas and IT’S SO FAST AND SO GOOD. It seriously takes like 10-15 minutes to make. It’s amazing.
Well, anyways, that got me thinking. I bet a lot of my readers find themselves in some similar conundrums as myself when diving into the new Fallout or beta testing Overwatch. You need sustenance, but you also need to play your game. I get you on an emotional level, I really do. So, I’m bringing you the Pizzadilla. Learn it, love it, stock up on some pizza sauce next time you’re at the store, and call it a night.
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I impulsively picked up J.K. Rowling’s The Tales of Beedle the Bard while at Target a couple of weeks ago with pretty much no prior knowledge of what the book was about other than J.K. Rowling wrote it and it had something to do with the Harry Potter universe.
I was not disappointed. This book is awesome, and I love the unique way she approached it. For those that are not familiar, The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a book of fables for children of the wizarding world. In this book, there are five stories, four of which are mentioned in some capacity in the Harry Potter books. One of those four is told in it’s entirety in the series, and is actually the centerpiece for the Deathly Hallows.
There are two things I love in this world: comics and delicious fancy-pantsy cocktails. So this month, I thought, why don’t we have both?
Today we are pairing a fine sparkling apple cider cocktail with the hilarious and very endearing comic, Over the Garden Wall. Both contain hints of spice and… forests? Yes. Sure, let’s go with forests.
Favorite. Fandom. Phrases.
I love ANY topic that gives me an excuse to use typography. I also LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE fandom phrases. My entire identity I feel revolves around quotes and phrases from pop culture. I speak fluent pop culture quotes, you have no idea.
Anyways, in celebration of this amazing theme, I am providing free desktop and mobile wallpaper for all of the art shown today! The links will correspond, so get to downloadin!
1. Parks and Recreation
Leslie Knope is my hero. Her character is what drives me to work so hard on things in my life and love my friends REALLY hard. I know it’s silly to be so motivated by a fictional character… no wait…. I know my audience, it’s TOTALLY NOT SILLY. Fictional characters are LIFE.
2. Back to the Future
One of the most fan-favorite lines quoted by the ever lovable Doc Brown in Back to the Future. Not only do I love this exclamation, but I just LOVE the way he delivers it. Fun tip- I actually went to the Christopher Lloyd panel at Phoenix Comicon this year and HE SAID THIS LINE. IT WAS AMAZING. I can now die happy knowing that I heard the one and only Christopher Lloyd utter, “GREAT SCOTT!” with my own earballs.
Well, the dust is finally beginning to settle here in beautiful California, and what better way to celebrate it than WITH ICE-CREAM!!! Oh man, I do love me some coconut ice-cream (im lame, and can’t have *too* much dairy), and since it’s been a little while since my last foodie post, I thought this would be a great way to start the week! I present to you this fantastic Donkey Kong/Dixie Kong inspired treat: Dixie Kong’s Coconut Banana Sundae!
Hilarious side note. It looks like my main profile photo on the left is totally eye-balling this ice-cream… which isn’t inaccurate. After I made this I ATE THE CRAP OUT OF IT. Ok, that’s all. Carry on for the recipe below–
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Dinosaurs. Dinosaurs everywhere! So, I’m sure you’ve heard that Jurassic World came out this month. In honor of the movie, I wanted to do a wallpaper this month that was inspired by the classic original, Jurassic Park.
I also figured out how to the whole handwriting thing. Scanners are amazing.
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Today I am interviewing Nick West, one half of the podcast Fortnight to Finish and the man behind Angrypants Gaming: The Pantscast. Nick is one of my favorite people to talk to about video games because he is so passionate about them and has played such a wide variety of them he really has some great insight! I’m really excited to present this interview about his thoughts on running a podcast, playing games and how choice fictional character. 😉
How did you get into doing podcasts?
I got into a few gaming podcasts in 2011 and they were my first introduction into the medium. The first was a Nerdist podcast called “The Indoor kids” and the second an IGN podcast Called “Girl Fight.” The two had this amazing contrast. They were both about video games but from wildly different perspectives. The Indoor Kids was about games from a woman and her husbands perspective. One of them, a professional comedian and the other a family psychologist. Their talks were crazy interesting and challenged my thoughts on games.
Girl Fight on the other hand was more critical, these woman all worked for a site (IGN) that reported on gaming news and was popular for reviewing games for consumers. I loved how passionately they talked about what games the loved and I really enjoyed hearing why a game was bad in a free flowing process rather than reading a heavily edited review. Girl Fight was the best, I would wait all week and listen to it as fast as I could, they were the first to inspired me to try it on my own. But the real moment I felt pushed to release a podcast was when The Indoor Kids had a “Show us your creativity” contest. I submitted a 1 hour podcast with my brother talking about games from our childhood, and won first prize. I think I won a copy of Gears of war 3? I Thought that it was a good sign and felt that I should be doing it more often.
The creation of my current show, Fortnight to Finish was really a grand revelation from my show partner and I. We had done a podcast in Feb of 2014 about a strategy game called The Banner Saga. We finished the game on our own time and then spoiled the hell out of it on our show (with fair warning to the listeners!). We had such a great time doing it and we got nice feedback from listeners. So, we made an entire new podcast with that idea as the foundation; spoiling games that we have finished. most gaming podcasts will talk about games after only playing a few hours of it and that’s fine, but we wanted to make a show with opinions that couldn’t be argued with because we had put the time into the stuff we were talking about. It clicked with us and what we wanted to do. 16 episodes in, and we’re just having a blast!
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My friend Janelle (aka my beautiful comic book shepherd) has ranted and raved about Ms. Marvel for quite some time now. If I am being 100% honest, my first impression was that I wasn’t sure I was going to receive it quite as fondly as Janelle had. There was no particular reason why I’d think that, except it just didn’t seem too interesting right away.
I was super duper wrong. Like, so so so wrong.
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For April’s Free Wallpaper, I wanted to make something that was fun and light for Spring. My Neighbor Totoro was a perfect choice!
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