Is it me, or are there just a ton of birthdays in May? Maybe I notice it more because my own birthday falls in May, but according to Facebook, 68 of my friends have birthdays this month, including my husband and sister-in-law.
It turns out this is also the third birthday of Being Geek Chic. A huge thanks to all of our readers who have been with Liz from the start, making this the vibrant and exciting community that it’s become.
And so in honor of my birthday, BGC’s birthday, and my 68 friends throughout the month, we’re bringing you a sweet way to celebrate.
RECIPE: Being Geek Chic Rainbow Birthday Cupcakes
NOTES: I prefer gel food colors better than liquid and the measurements are based on using a gel. I used a small-size cookie scoop for the cake batter but you could use a tablespoon-sized measuring spoon. These measurements are based on a Jumbo Pan . If you use a regular sized cupcake pan, you should use a teaspoon or limit to only three colors of batter.
Another week, another geeky movie premiere, another delicious way to celebrate.
This week is only the second of many nerdy recipes to come this summer, with an amazing slate of nerdy movies premiering in the coming weeks.
Baz Luhrman takes on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic, The Great Gatsby. (Fun fact: Fitzgerald’s historic home in St. Paul is just blocks away from where I last lived in Minnesota!)
You’re probably thinking, wait? there’s an especially nerdy food associated with The Great Gatsby? And you might be right.
But you’re probably also getting a group of friends together to go see Gatsby this weekend. Skip the crowded bar for pre-movie drinks and host your very own Great Gatsby cocktail hour, worthy of the title character’s very own lavish bashes.
The secret to these nerdy recipes? Their high ratio of “looks fancy” to “amount of time to make.” So plenty of time to curl your hair and perfect your flapper look.
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’ve been going through Marvel withdrawal since last summer. So much so that on my last trip, I loaded up my iPad with The Avengers and settled into a chair at the Orlando airport to watch it for probably the hundredth time.
Well, Avenger Geeks, our wait is over. Last week Marvel dazzled us with our first major glimpse at Thor: The Dark World, which hits theaters in November (two words: Loki’s. Hair.) This week, the third installment of Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man lands.
Hopefully, the film will answer the question we’ve all been wondering: if the Mandarin (which, if I’ve gleaned correctly, is the villain facing off with Iron Man this bout) is really such a Big Bad, then why, why, why wouldn’t the Avengers reassemble to handle it?
These cookies may not be strong enough to fuel Tony Stark’s heart or suit of voice-activated robotics, but they should be good enough to get you through a pre-premiere Iron Man marathon or a midnight showing.
Let’s make some Iron Man Arc Reactor Cookies!
So it’s snowing on April 22nd in Minneapolis right now. Spring refuses to come. I’m refusing to leave the house. As such, it’s time for a snowed in movie marathon. Here’s the ingredients to a perfect movie night:
Turn off the lights (and lighted devices): It’s easy to turn off lamps, but if your family and friends are constant phone checkers, here’s a game to play. Make everyone turn off their phones and put the phones in a bowl in the middle of the room. The first person to break and reach for their phone has to do snack refilling duty the rest of the night. Texting at the movies is unacceptable — same goes for home movies.
Winter is here. The crows have three eyes. Arya’s wandering and apparently not all that good at sword fighting after all. Meanwhile in the real world, I’m working on some scary stuff. Put your heart out there and see if the world coddles or stomps it kind of stuff. And for some reason, this quote from Game of Thrones seems to capture that feeling best.
“Fear cuts deeper than swords.”
I’m not taking down King’s Landing anytime soon, but fear… that’s a dangerous thing. It warps the mind and changes intention. It makes people foolish and steals their confidence. Sure a sword can kill you physically, but fear will kill your art.
So I made this quote into into a poster to remind myself that fear is the real enemy. And I must be brave. Free link to download after the jump.
I’d like to make a bold declaration: tea parties are no longer just for 6 year old girls in tutus and baby showers anymore. In fact, I think the nerdy broads of the world ought to embrace them more fully. They’re the perfect weekend activity. Just a leisurely way to spend an afternoon without any concerns for a hangover the next day. Add a Doctor Who theme and I’m in.
More pictures and details on some free downloadable printables after the jump.