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13 Nov 16:57

Stylized Illustrations of Popular Outfits Worn by Movie Characters

by Justin Page

Han Solo Star Wars

Belo Horizonte, Brazil-based artist Fred Birchal has created a wonderful series of stylized illustrations portraying popular outfits worn by movie characters. Prints of Birchal’s illustrations are available to purchase online from his Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the “Hollywood Costumes” exhibition. The projects also contains a deck of cards with all the illustrated costumes.

Fight Club


Hunger Games

Harry Potter

Austin Powers

Indiana Jones

images via Frederico Birchal

via Fubiz

09 Nov 16:23

Artist Makes 3D Printed Cat Armor for His Brave Feline Named Bobo

by Justin Page

Nashville-based artist Jwall of PRINT THAT THING has beefed up his brave feline friend, Bobo, by creating an amazing set of 3D printed armor for the cute cat to wear. The 3D printable models are available to download via Thingiverse.

Cat Armor

Cat Armor

Cat Armor

Cat Armor

Cat Armor

Cat Armor

images via Thingiverse

via Geeks Are Sexy

09 Nov 14:30

‘Star Wars’ Characters Are Completely Different On Vacation

by Geek Girl Diva


Artist Kyle Hagey has envisioned what Star Wars characters are like on vacation—and it’s not what you would expect.

Whether it’s Boba Fett knitting in a meadow or Yoda not having to be so “calm” all the time, these portraits are a look at what their lives are like when they can relax and be who they really are.

You can also purchase one of these prints if you so desire.

See more examples after the break.






Product Page ($25)

(via Geek x Girls)

09 Nov 16:07

This Custom Catan Board Is Spectacular

by Sean Fallon

catan board

Redditor hachi6 turned some blank wooden Catan hexs, clay and paint into the stunning board you see here. Flipping the table in a rage would be unthinkable.

And wait till you see the sheep up close! You’ll actually want them for once.

See how it was made in the gallery after the break…

Hachi6’s custom Catan board!

04 Nov 20:43

Mini DIYs: Toy Animal Hooks and Agate Drawer Pulls (and a Give Away!!)

by Jenny at LGN
Have you guys heard of Sugru before? It is a moldable glue that sticks to pretty much anything and cures just by exposing it to the air! It's as easy to use as playdough or air-dry clay before it curies, and turns into flexible rubber overnight.

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It's a DIYer's dream because you can fix, make or improve basically anything with Sugru. They have just launched two new kits that make home hacks easy and fun. The Sugru Starter Kit comes with a mini-booklet of ten cool home hacks, along with five packs of Sugru in a cute little tin. (a cute gift idea!)

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The Sugru Kit Guide, comes with five packs of Sugru, the same mini-booklet and tin, plus all the accessories you need to complete the ten hacks!

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I tried a few of the projects from their guide around our house over the weekend. I made some little hooks for Evie's room using Sugru to attach plastic toy animals to the side of her bookshelf.

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It's so easy to do - you just put a good-sized ball of Sugru on the toy animal feet and press them firmly on to the surface you want to attach them, and then just tape the toy in place on the wall while the Sugru cures overnight. 

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Super cute, right? Evie was ALL about them!

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I loved this idea from the Kit to make hooks with Sugru in my kitchen by my range to hold my phone so I can listen to music or podcasts and reference online recipes while I cook without getting my phone dirty. Sugru bonds great to brick and ceramics, so you won't need a drill!

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I love that you can repair broken low-voltage USB charger cords (under 24 volts) with Sugru! We had quite a few of these that needed to be fixed. :) 

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You can do it a little thinner than I did, but I liked the idea of building in a little handle to pull making it easier to use.

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Probably my favorite Sugru project that we tried was making these one-of-a-kind pulls using screws and agate slices.

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The trick is to find screws with a flat top and a nut for tightening on the back of your drawer and use Sugru to attach them to the agate slices. Sugru is great for sticking to awkward surfaces, like these super glossy pieces of polished stone!

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Claire was really loving these pulls so I'm thinking these new pulls might have to make their way to her nightstands! 

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There are a million ways to use this cool product! And great news - Sugru is giving away Sugru Kits to four readers today! And one of those winners will also get a $100 Amazon voucher. Just check out the Sugru site and pick your favorite project and leave a comment here. (Open to readers world-wide!). The winners will emailed next week. Good luck!

And thank you to Sugru for sponsoring this post!
26 Oct 18:52

Cultured Scientists Compete to Create Fascinating Artwork From Colorful Strains of Bacteria

by Lori Dorn

Starry Night
Starry Night

In their very first Agar Art Challenge, the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) recently put a culture challenge to microbiologists around the world. The object of the contest was to create art from different strains of colorful bacteria onto a background agar. Among the submissions received was a recreation of Vincent Van Gogh‘s “Starry Night“, a detailed image of human neurons (“Neurons” – first place winner), a a map of New York City (“NYC Biome MAP – second place), an inviting home in the country (“Harvest Season” – third place) and even a drawing of the TARDIS in a teal blue.

This [TARDIS] design was drawn using the E. coli background DH5?, which contains a chromosomal copy of lacZ?, an allele that synthesizes only one part of the ?-gal protein (the ?-peptide). Both strains were transformed with a commercial vector containing the lacZ? fragment, which can complement in trans when expressed. The complete LacZ protein is therefore made in the blue strain, but not in the white one. Blue/white screening is a common method used by cloning vectors to determine whether the plasmid construct contains either the correct piece of DNA or the correct orientation. Allons-y!

The ASM took great care to ensure that the contestants used the utmost of care while creating these works of art, implementing the “Guidelines for Biosafety in Teaching Laboratories” as the rule.

These guidelines represent best practices for safely handling microbes, based on the safety requirements found in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC)’s Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL). Guidelines for safely handling microbes at both biosafety level 1 (BSL1) and at biosafety level 2 (BSL2) were developed. The guidelines are brief by design for ease of use and provide educators with a clear and consistent way to safely work with microorganisms in the teaching laboratory.

First Place: “Neurons” – submitted by Mehmet Berkmen of New England Biolabs, with artist Maria Penil.

Second Place: “NYC Biome MAP” – Christine Marizzi, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory/DNA Learning Center

Harvest House
Third Place: “Harvest Season” submitted by Maria Eugenia Inda, CSHL

Salmonella Owl



images via American Society for Microbiology

via Huffington Post

21 Oct 14:00

Moleskine Unveils ‘Star Wars: TFA’ Notebooks And Free X-Wing Origami

by Stefan A. Slater


Need a place to jot down all your theories about Star Wars: The Force Awakens? If so, then you’ll be happy to hear that Moleskine recently unveiled two new Star Wars-themed notebooks. One features the sinister Kylo Ren, and the other features a First Order Stormtrooper.

Moleskine has also made an X-Wing origami template available for free download when you login to your account.

Learn more about the notebooks and the origami after the break…

Notebook features include:

2 Hard Cover Limited Edition Notebooks
2 originally designed Star Wars themed covers: Kylo Ren, black cover with red ink and Stormtrooper white cover with black ink
Inside cover: Colorful montage of scenes from the film
Reusable Paper band B-side: images of Star Wars ship blue prints
Star Wars themed stickers in every notebook pocket
Paper: 2 ruled layout, acid-free, ivory colored
Sizes: 2 Large, 240 pages, 5 x 8.25 in (13 x 21 cm)
Elastic closure and bookmark ribbon in matching colors, rounded corners, lies flat at 180°
Availability: now
Price: $24 / €19.90






Product Pages: Kylo Ren / Stormtrooper: ($24.00)

21 Oct 17:25

Deadpool And Cable Go ‘Back To The Future’

by Sean Fallon

bttf deadpool and cable

Marvel gave the world a sneak peek at the cover of “Deadpool and Cable: Split Second” #2 from artist Reilly Brown. I wonder why they picked today of all days? Weird.

Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait until January to read this issue. Unless, you know, you have a time machine handy.

(Marvel via CBR)

09 Oct 16:00

Review: Soggy Doggy Super Snoozer Bed

by Capree Kimball

Review: Soggy Doggy Super Snoozer Bed

Back in early 2013 (OMG how has it been that long?), we reviewed Soggy Doggy’s Super Shammy and Doormat. We loved their seemingly super-powered absorbency and oh-so-soft feel. Fast forward to 2015 and Soggy Doggy has transformed their unique, quick-drying material into a bed. Of course, we had to try it out! Check out our review and get your paws on a special discount code below.

Soggy Doggy Super Snoozer Dog Bed Review

[Disclosure: Soggy Doggy sent us a Super Snoozer dog bed for review. All views and opinions are our own.]

Like their other products, the Soggy Doggy Super Snoozer is made from “velvety-soft chenille noodles”, a microfiber material that is both anti-bacterial and quick-drying. This means the noodly bed cover remains odor and bacteria free. Of course, no bed can go unwashed forever (ew), which is why the Super Snoozer cover zips off for easy machine washing and drying — which, I’m happy to report, it handles like a champ!

Soggy Doggy Super Snoozer Dog Bed Review

If you follow Dog Milk on Instagram, you may have caught a glimpse of this bed over the past few weeks as it has quickly become Smash’s favorite spot in the whole house — and we have a lot of cozy spots to choose from! Pretty much the second I put it on the floor, Smash claimed it for himself. In fact, in the 3 weeks we’ve been trying it out, you’d be hard pressed to find him sleeping or lounging anywhere else. IT MUST BE THOSE DANG NOODLES.

Soggy Doggy Super Snoozer Dog Bed Review

Clearly, this thing is comfortable. Aside from the awesome, anti-bacterial noodle cover, the pillow insert itself is made to impress. Filled with thick (and I mean THICK — when the box arrived, I was genuinely surprised by how heavy it was) high-loft polyester fill, this bed doesn’t lose its shape or get all lumpy. YAY.

Soggy Doggy Super Snoozer Dog Bed Review

The Soggy Doggy Super Snoozer is definitely a winner in our book!

If your pup is in need of a new, ultra-cozy bed, I absolutely recommend this bed. It’s available in 3 sizes and colors, accommodating dogs up to 110 lbs. Also, if your dog’s current bed just needs some sprucing up, you can even purchase the cover by itself. Check out all the available options and order one for your pooch on

BONUS: Enter the discount code DOGMILKSAVE15 for a 15% discount on all Soggy Doggy products, including their doormats and shammys! Expires 10/31/2015.

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20 Oct 21:23

The Typographical Street Art of Michael Pederson

by Glen Tickle

Please Do Not Touch Dandelion

Miguel Marquez Outside is a Tumblr blog featuring the typographical street art of artist Michael Pederson. Pederson’s work places text on ordinary or discarded objects to give them new context in the world.

Breathing Configuration GIF

Don't Tell Them I'm Here

Future Self Sign

Exit Plans

photos via Miguel Marquez Outside

via Monde Mosaic, Junk Culture, Lustik, Colossal

20 Oct 13:00

The New ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Poster “Improved” By 10,000%

by Sean Fallon

more jar jar top

Damn you Olly Gibbs. J.J. Abrams should have buried Jar Jar’s bones in the desert like he planned.

Check out the entire poster after the break…

more jar jar


19 Oct 16:07

baked potatoes with wild mushroom ragù

by deb

baked potatoes with wild mushroom ragù

Prior to last week, I only liked baked potatoes two ways and the first was so weird, I usually had the decency to keep it to myself. Many years ago, I had an internship a couple blocks from a lunch place with a baked potato sub-menu, full of odd and awesome topping combinations. My favorite involved a marinated tomato-pepper salad, avocado, cheese and — yesss — ranch dressing and it was amazing and wonderful and stop looking at me like that because I have missed and longed for it since. The second way I like baked potatoes is equally troublesome, the classic with “the works” involving heaps of cheese, butter, sour cream, bacon, chives and blood pressure medication. I no longer eat them the first way because the sandwich shop is 250 miles from here and also it has since closed; I usually resist eating them the second way because if I’m going to have all of the fat and calories of a golden, glistening and salted pile of French fries, I’d rather have them in said French fry format.

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13 Oct 00:00

8 Tips for Nailing the Wood Tile Look

by Jenny at LGN
One of our local clients is replacing all of her downstairs floors this fall and requested a porcelain wood tile. As I've been looking around for her, I've been floored (ha! pun.) by the amazing options available right now! Wood tile has come SO far the past few years.

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I do love the softer feel and warmth of real wood underfoot, but sometimes it really makes sense to use a wood tile instead. Because tile is completely waterproof and scratch resistant (I wish I could say the same for my wood floors we put in only two years ago...), it is a super smart option for homes built on concrete slabs and for pet owners. Also, since the tile can be installed in kitchens and bathrooms without worry, it's a great option for more open concept homes. It's nice to be able to install the wood tile everywhere without transitions.

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I picked up these samples from my local Floor & Decor - they had two full rows of just wood tile options. Each of these are under $4.25/sq foot! Insane pricing!!

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If you're thinking of wood tile for your home, here are my best tips:

1) Choose a tile with a more subtle wood texture and a pattern made by an inkjet with a lot of pattern variation. Some of these tiles have as many as ten different pattern variations in each colorway.

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2) Since there are pattern repeats, be sure to rotate the orientation of the tiles often to help break up the overall look. You don't want to be able to spot the same pattern in one glance!

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3) Choose a tile with a rectified edge rather than a pressed edge. You can get much tighter grout lines with tile that has more exact edges.

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4) Wood-look tiles come in a few different forms - ceramic, porcelain and concrete. Porcelain is considered the best choice. It's super hard-wearing and affordable.

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5) When you're choosing a grout color, find the darkest color in your tile and chose one shade deeper for your grout color. This tricks the eye into thinking that the grout lines are shadow around the "wood planks" especially if you have a rectified edge tile and really small grout lines.  Floor & Decor sells a great line of pre-mixed super stain-resistant grout that comes in a million different colors. It's so easy to find a shade that works best!

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6) Generally I like wood tile planks to be at least 40" long, but 48" or longer is ideal. The shorter planks can be a give away and make it harder to trick the eye into thinking the tile is actually wood.

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7) If you've found a wood tile that you really love, but it only comes in 24 or 30" planks, like many of them do, try a herringbone pattern with the shorter planks. The proportions will be just right!

8) Sometimes people think it's a good idea to lay wood tile in a stacked, geometric tile pattern (like a running bond pattern), but that's another give away that your flooring is not actually wood. Laying the tile in a very random order, just like real wood, helps trick the eye.

Those are my best tips for choosing a great wood tile! Do you have any to add? One of my friends is putting this tile in her house in a herringbone pattern and it is looking amazing! I'm thinking something similar would be great for my client's home.

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A big thanks to Floor & Decor for sponsoring this flooring series! Check out my last post on decorative tiles here.
30 Sep 12:48

If it’s Wednesday this must be Nashville.

by thebloggess

Hello, Nashville!  I’m here to see you.  Are you here to see me?  Please?  A reading, Q&A and signing will be hosted by Parnassus Books offsite at Salon@615 at 6:15pm.  Click here for details on location and reserving a seat.

A giant thanks to all the people who’ve come out so far, especially since so many of you stuggle with the same anxiety issues I deal with.  You give me the inspiration to keep going even when I’m terrified and it’s been so incredibly worth it.  Thank you.

Photo by Maile Wilson

Photo by Maile Wilson

Next stop?  Miami.  See all the tour details here.


Can’t make it to any of the stops?  You can follow along here.

05 Oct 16:00

Halloween Hounds: 26 Awesome Dog Costumes for 2015

by Capree Kimball

Halloween Hounds: 26 Awesome Dog Costumes for 2015

So, somehow it’s October already?! I must have missed the memo, because I’m pretty sure I still have stuff on my to-do list from April. But that’s neither here nor there. Today, we’re getting in the spirit of fall and gearing up to celebrate one of our favorite holidays: Halloween! We’ve rounded up 26 costumes that are sure to make your dog the life of the party this year.

[Pictured above] 1. King of Bones Dog Costume 2. Sushi Dog Costume 3. Garden Gnome Dog Costume 4. Taco Dog Costume 5. Despicable Me Minion Dog Costume 6. Beetlejuice Dog Costume

Halloween Hounds: 26 Awesome Dog Costumes for 2015

7. Mr. T Pity the Fool Dog Costume 8. Skeleton Dog Costume 9. Star Trek Spock Dog Costume 10. Ghostbusters Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man Dog Costume 11. Ghostbusters Jumpsuit Dog Costume

Halloween Hounds: 26 Awesome Dog Costumes for 2015

12. Popeye Dog Costume 13. Shark Hoodie Dog Costume 14. Wonder Woman Dog Costume 15. Frankenstein Dog Costume 16. Flapper Dog Costume

Halloween Hounds: 26 Awesome Dog Costumes for 2015

17. Tarantula Dog Costume 18. Sailor Dog Costume 19. Banana Dog Costume 20. Unicorn Dog Costume 21. Goldfish Dog Costume

Halloween Hounds: 26 Awesome Dog Costumes for 2015

22. Classic Batman Dog Costume 23. Classic Robin Dog Costume 24. Star Wars At-At Imperial Walker Dog Costume 25. Star Wars Ewok Dog Costume 26. Star Wars X-Wing Fighter Dog Hoodie

Happy Howl-o-ween!

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05 Oct 14:30

giant cinnamon bun with brown butter icing

by Sarah

giant cinnamon buns with brown butter icing | the vanilla bean blog
I apologize for the space in between posts. I’m sort of stumbling through life right now – my manuscript is due shortly, and I’ve been working on a few side projects as well that have kept me very busy. The second my littles get on the school bus until the moment they get home, I am baking, writing, testing, re-testing, panicking, reassuring myself, still panicking, photographing, typing, and panicking. Then it’s evenings filled with trying to pry ‘what happened at school today?’ out of two beings who just don’t want to talk about it, and then homework and dinner and reading and bed (for them), and then more baking and writing and the pitter patter of small feet up and down the stairs so many times with questions and comments and scary monsters and water needs. Somewhere in there I chat with my husband and we watch an episode of Seinfeld together while I  try to sort through my inbox (apologies, apologies, if you haven’t heard back from me!) and then I shuffle upstairs and find somehow it’s morning again already, and someone hit the ‘play’ button when all I wanted was to press ‘pause’.

These are not complaints, however. Life is always in flux, and I am working hard in this crazy time, knowing that in just under two months I will send in all my hard work and then joyfully crash.  I’ve already warned my family that they won’t see me in anything but pajamas for an entire week after my manuscript is turned in, and I plan on doing nothing during those beautiful seven days except read this entire series, which has been on my ‘must-read’ list for years.
giant cinnamon buns with brown butter icing | the vanilla bean blog

giant cinnamon buns with brown butter icing | the vanilla bean blog
I’m sure however, that I will bake something during my all-inclusive vacation (all the coffee I can drink in the comfort of my own home sounds just fine at this point), and I wouldn’t mind waking up to a gigantic cinnamon bun some chilly morning in the near future. This swirly masterpiece is from Sarah Coates new book ‘The Sugar Hit‘. I’ve been a fan for awhile of Sarah’s fun and sassy approach to baking, and her book does not disappoint: ‘Think of me as your cheeky younger sister. I’m not a responsible older sibling who’s going to teach you how to apply lip-liner correctly, or explain why you should eat kale salad…I’m still working on those adult skills myself. What I have got worked out, though, is the short-cut route to the best, sexiest and tastiest sweet things for those days when it’s time to cut loose and enjoy yourself.’ (Sarah Coates) Perfect.

giant cinnamon buns with brown butter icing | the vanilla bean blog

Giant Cinnamon Bun With Brown Butter Icing
adapted from The Sugar Hit

After making Bread in 5’s brioche on a regular basis, I find I’m used to working with a slightly sticker dough, so I ended up adding a little more liquid to this recipe than called for. After combining the dough ingredients in the stand mixer, I added about 1/3 cup of water (a few tablespoons at a time, until the dough was sticky but didn’t stick to the sides of the mixer when mixing on low) which made my dough a little ‘looser’, and it baked up soft and light.

1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon | 75g unsalted butter
3/4 cup | 190 ML whole milk
3 cups | 450g bread flour
1/4 cup | 55g granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons dry active yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 large egg, beaten
1/4-1/2 cup water (see note)

1 ounce unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup |115g firmly packed light or dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
Pinch salt

To make the dough, melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat, add the milk, then remove from the heat and set aside to cool slightly. Put the remaining dough ingredients and the slightly cooled milk and butter mixture in a large bowl (or the bowl of your stand-up mixer) and stir to bring the mixture together (see note about adding water at this point). On a floured work surface (or using a stand-up mixer with the dough hook), knead until a smooth, elastic and ever-so-slightly tacky dough forms, about 5 minutes. Put the dough back in the bowl (or keep it in the bowl of the stand-up mixer) and cover with plastic wrap. Leave in a warm place to rise for 30 to 45 minutes, or until doubled in size.

While the dough is rising, grease and line a 9-inch round springform pan. When the dough has risen, punch it down and turn it out onto a lightly floured work surface again. Roll the dough out into a 12-inch square. Stir together the brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Spread the melted butter over the dough and evenly sprinkle over the brown sugar mixture.

Slice the dough lengthwise into 6 equal strips (perfectly even strips will make a perfectly even cinnamon roll). Roll the first strip up in a spiral, just like a regular cinnamon roll. Place the rolled cinnamon roll on the edge of the next strip and roll that strip around the cinnamon roll, until all the strips are rolled around and you have one giant swirly bun.

Move the bun over to the greased pan, and cover gently with plastic wrap. Set aside for about 45 minutes to rise.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. When the bun has risen, remove the plastic wrap and bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until golden, risen and cooked through. Remove the bun from the tin and leave to cool just until warm. Cover the bun with icing (recipe follows).

Brown Butter Icing:
8 tablespoons (1 stick) | 113g unsalted butter
2 ounces |57g cream cheese, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
pinch of salt
1 cup |114g powdered sugar

To brown the butter: Melt the butter in a medium-sized saucepan. Swirl the butter around until it starts to brown — it will smell nutty and you’ll see little brown bits at the bottom of the pan. Remove the pan from the heat, pour the brown butter and bits into a freezer-safe bowl, and let cool for 10 minutes. When the butter is partially cool, place the bowl in the freezer and let the butter chill until solid, about 30 minutes (you can also put it in the fridge to cool down, but it will take a bit longer). When the butter is solid (but not frozen!), take it out and place it in the bowl of a standing mixer.

Add the cream cheese to the browned butter, and beat on high until smooth and creamy, 3-5 minutes. Add the vanilla and salt, and beat again until incorporated. Add the powdered sugar and mix on low until combined, then increase the speed to medium-high and beat until the frosting is creamy.
The Sugar Hit Cookbook

05 Oct 01:56

glow in the dark pumpkins

by Alisa Burke

omg, i want to be this cool.

I've been painting pumpkins during the fall for a very long time- so long that I kinda consider myself a pioneer of pumpkin painting! Back in 2010 my pretty painted pumpkins tutorial went viral and since then it has become a yearly tradition of mine to come up with a variety of unique pumpkin tutorials with the hope to inspire others to push the boundaries with paint and a pumpkin! I've got a few fun ideas coming your way in the weeks ahead and today I am kicking off the season with some glow in the dark pumpkins. 

Recently my friends at iLoveToCreate asked me if I would create another version of my pretty painted pumpkins but using their glow in the dark dimensional's no secret that I LOVE puff paint so I jumped at the challenge!

While you can use a plain pumpkin, I really enjoy starting with a colorful coat of paint. And since I am not into using typical fall or Halloween colors, I painted my pumpkins with a couple of pretty pastel colors.

I used a variety of the Tulip Dimensional Glow in the Dark Paint in a variety of colors. The great think about the dimensional paint is that is comes in a variety of really pretty colors which means your pumpkins will look really cool in both daylight and in the dark!

I used the paint and slowly added my decorative design around and around the pumpkin. I like to use lots of simple shapes that I embellish with tiny dots.

I painted a handful of pumpkins in different shapes and sizes.

In the daylight, the pumpkins are light and airy- a really pretty alternative to all those dark heavy fall colors and decor.

In the dark these pumpkins come alive! Use a black light or "charge" them in sunlight and they will glow bright!

Looking for more pumpkin decorating inspiration? 

You can read all about what I call "the art of decorating a pumpkin" HERE


check out all of the different pumpkin decorating tutorials below!

painted pattern pumpkins    sketchbook pumpkins    messy pumpkins   black and white pumpkins 

woodland creatures pumpkins

02 Oct 11:01

Red Wine Jelly

by beantownbaker

Ahem, ahem. Hello out there. Anyone still listening? It’s been MONTHS since my last post. And even longer since my last recipe was posted… (almost a year, in fact!) But I’m here now. Not sure how long I’ll be around or where this blog is going to end up, but I’ve got some free time so I decided to dust off the cobwebs and give you guys a recipe.

Red Wine Jelly

This recipe is fitting since I’m writing to you from Italy. Hubby and I are here for 5 weeks while he tackles a special project for work. While he’s off saving the day, baby M and I get to explore our new city and just hang out again. In all of those months since my last post, I’ve been busy. If you follow me on instagram, you’ve seen the pics of my daughter Mikayla and some of the adventures we’ve had. Here’s one for you, in case you missed it. She just started eating food and has really enjoyed it so far!


Life is good and I’m not going to lie, there are weeks and even months that have passed and I haven’t missed writing a blog. I have transitioned to telling people that I used to write a blog, instead of saying I write a blog as a hobby. I’ve come to terms with it. But recently, I’ve been having an itch to come back. To share some of these draft posts that have been sitting in the queue forever. So we’ll see where the wind takes us and what happens next with this little blog.

Red Wine Jelly

In addition to taking on the new role of working mom, I also picked up sewing during maternity leave. I find it easier to sew at home with a newborn than to bake. If I’m sewing and she needs my attention, I can stop what I’m doing. Baking doesn’t always afford that luxury. So you might see some sewing posts on here. Who knows!

Red Wine Jelly

This jelly is tasty. Be sure to use a bold red wine so the flavor shines through. And don’t be afraid to skimp on the honey a bit. I found that if I used the full amount listed in the recipe, the jelly tasted mostly like honey. I like honey, but making jelly that tastes like honey is just silly. Who has time for that… If you make this jelly, I highly recommend eating it over some crusty bread with a smooth creamy cheese.

Red Wine Jelly

And if you’re reading, leave a comment. I’m grossly behind on responding to comments, but I’d love to hear from you!

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05 Oct 19:43

Farmer Discovers the Partial Remains of a Wooly Mammoth on His Land in Lima Township, Michigan

by Lori Dorn

Paleontologists at the University of Michigan recently unearthed the partial remains of a wooly mammoth who wandered the lands of Lima Township, Michigan approximately 12,000 – 15,000 years ago. James Bristle, farmer and property owner first came across the bones while digging a trench in his wheat fields.

We didn’t know what it was, but we knew it was certainly a lot bigger than a cow bone. …When my 5-year-old grandson came over and saw the pelvis, he just stood there with his jaw wide open and stared. He was in awe. So I think this was the right thing to do.

Dig leader Professor Daniel Fisher believes that this discovery is “excellent evidence of human activity” in the area.

We think that humans were here and may have butchered and stashed the meat so that they could come back later for it. …The team’s working hypothesis is that ancient humans placed the mammoth remains in a pond for storage. Caching mammoth meat in ponds for later use is a strategy that Fisher said he has encountered at other sites in the region. Evidence supporting that idea includes three basketball-sized boulders recovered next to the mammoth remains. The boulders may have been used to anchor the carcass in a pond.

Hoisting Tusks

Mammoth Tusks

Mammoth Vertebrae

photos by Daryl Marshke

via Detroit Free Press

28 Sep 14:00

Dark Side Day Care [Comic]

by Sean Fallon

dark side day care

Comic by Jay Fosgitt created as a commission for Heather Antos. Click to enlarge.

30 Sep 12:30

Every Lawn Needs A 6-Foot Tall Inflatable Jabba The Hutt

by Sean Fallon

inflatable jabba

Put him on the lawn for Halloween with a Han Solo in carbonite graphic on your front door. When Christmas rolls around, just put a Santa hat on him. And don’t even get me started on the cosplay potential.

Indeed, the possibilities are endless when you’re the proud owner of a 6 ft. tall x 10 ft. long inflatable Jabba the Hutt. It even has a a built-in blower fan to get Jabba up and running quickly.

Product Page ($169.99)

30 Sep 14:30

‘Star Wars’ Death Star USB Wall Charger

by Sean Fallon


Tap into the power of the Death Star with this USB wall charger. It has two ports and lights up!

Q: But will it blow up my phone?

A: Maybe?

Product Page ($29.99)

01 Oct 12:30

IKEA Manuals For Your Favorite Horror Villains

by Geek Girl Diva

ikea villains

If you don’t start following artist Ed Harrington on Tumblr after seeing this awesome and wonderfully twisted series of IKEA manuals for (mostly) horror movie villains, you must have had a really bad experience putting together one of their bookshelves or something.

The KRUGR instructions may be my favorite.

Check out more of our favorites after the break.

alien ikea

betelgeuse ikea

brundlefly ikea

cenobite ikea

centipede ikea

chucky ikea

edward ikea

krugr ikea

samara ikea

voorhees ikea

(via Dangerous Minds)

02 Oct 03:08

How to Make the Perfect Grilled Cheese

by Kate @ Our Best Bites

I never really had the grandparent experience. My mom’s parents both died in a car accident long before I was born and while I knew my dad’s parents, they were much older and my grandma had Alzheimer’s for most of the time I knew her. But I did have the most fantastic next-door neighbor. Her name was Mrs. Miner and she used to let me hang out at her house and talk her ear off and she would make me grilled cheese sandwiches. This might not sound like a big deal, but my mom made “grilled cheese sandwiches” in the microwave (my mom was a lot of things, but a grilled-cheese-sandwich-maker she was not.) And later, after my mom died, my step-mom made them in the oven.


Those are not acceptable alternatives.

Grilled cheese sandwiches are made in a pan. With butter. Is it something you should eat every day? No. Is it something you should eat sometimes? Yes. But only if it’s made in a pan. With butter.

I didn’t think knowing how to make grilled cheese sandwiches was that big of a deal until recently, I went to a sandwich chain and got their grown-up grilled cheese and it wasn’t right. And I thought maybe it was a fluke, so I ordered it another time and it was still not right. And then I went to a local restaurant that specialized in fancy grilled cheese–all sorts of cheese, caramelized onions, figs and jams and cured meats and pepper jellies. And I thought surely they would get it right, this restaurant that specialized in grilled cheese.

It was still not right. Too greasy, cheese not melted in the middle, bread not toasted right. Now, lest you all think I’m a giant food snob who is unbearably picky, I am really not. I’m usually more than happy to let someone else do the cooking. But. When it comes to grilled cheese, this is a life skill everyone should have, like tying your shoes or riding your bike or knowing how to swim or watching an entire season of a TV show on Netflix in a 24-hour period. If my kids leave the house knowing how to properly make the perfect grilled cheese sandwich, I’ll mark that in the “win” column.How to make the perfect Grilled Cheese Sandwich from Our Best BitesContinue reading: How to Make the Perfect Grilled Cheese

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24 Sep 21:13

Amazing Footage of an Octopus Creating Quicksand to Build a Snug Home For Itself Inside the Ocean Floor

by Lori Dorn

Scientists at the University of Melbourne have recently released a fascinating video of the Southern sand octopus as it used its jets to make the quicksand needed for a snug little home for itself inside the ocean floor, cleverly hidden away from scary predators.

A skilled architect, the octopus can build a mucus-lined home – complete with a chimney –20 centimetres down into the seabed, where it holes up during the day. It only emerges from its underground burrow at night to crawl over the seafloor and snack on small crustaceans.

Southern Sand Octopus

photo via New Scientist

via New Scientist

21 Sep 21:37

Luna, An Artistic Lamp Inspired by the Moon

by Glen Tickle

Large Luna Lamp

Luna is an artistic lamp design inspired by the Moon. The lamp is available in a range of seven sizes from the XXS 3.2 inch model to the XXL 23.6 version.

The Taipei-based designers behind Luna are currently funding the project with an Indiegogo campaign that has already well exceeded its goal.

Luna Lamp GIF

Hanging Luna Lamp

Multiple Luna Lamps

Luna Size Chart

images via Luna

via Werd, The Awesomer

21 Sep 17:18

Tom Scott Shows Off His Custom-Built Physical Emoji Keyboard With Over 1,000 Keys for Every Current Emoji

by Glen Tickle

Tom Scott shows off his custom-built physical emoji keyboard. The unique and impressive build features more than 1,000 keys for typing all current emojis, from birds and flags of the world to black Santa, with the simple push of a button.

Scott has promised a longer video to come that will detail his build process.

18 Sep 10:30

Snickers Peanut Butter Oreo Pie

by Beyond Frosting

This Snicker Peanut Butter Oreo Pie will make you swoon. An Oreo crust is filled with smooth peanut butter filling and topped with Snickers, peanuts, caramel sauce and chocolate chips.This Snicker Peanut Butter Oreo Pie will make you swoon. An Oreo crust is filled with smooth peanut butter filling and topped with Snickers, peanuts, caramel sauce and chocolate chips.  Hi friends! It’s Jess here from Sweetest Menu – all the way from Australia! A big thank you to Julianne for letting me share a […]

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20 Sep 21:14

Mississippi Mudslide Cake

by Amanda
Mississippi Mud Cake with Kahlua Whipped Cream!

The Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache, Kahlua Whipped Cream and Oreo is the definition of indulgent baking!

My friend Jocelyn has written a lovely book called Grandbaby Cakes and this cake is one of the masterpieces in it!

Sharing it with you today is pure joy for me as I consider Jocelyn to be like a sister. She is smart, sassy, hilarious, thoughtful, kind, and talented beyond words. If I were a bettin’ gal I would put money on FAME in Jocelyn’s future… big things I know!

In honor of the release of her book Jocelyn said I could share a recipe with you. Woo Hoo! But not only that, she said that she wanted to give one lucky iambaker reader the chance to win a new Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer. WOO HOO! Today is a good day! (To enter see the contest entry below)

As you can imagine, I just had to add a little twist (ha, see what I did there?) on her wonderfully classic recipe. I added this decorative rope-like design. It was inspired by Miette and her take on the beauty of Naked Cakes as well as inspired by these Elegant White Cupcakes I made last week.

Mississippi Mudslide Cake


  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Kahlua Whipped Cream
  • 2 cups heavy cream, cold
  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Bailey Irish Cream liqueur
  • 2 tablespoons Kahlua liqueur
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • Ganache
  • 6 ounces dark chocolate chips (3/4 cup)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream, room temperature
  • Garnish
  • 1 cup chopped chocolate sandwich cookies (Oreos)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare three 9-inch round cake pans with non-stick spray and/or parchment.
  2. In the bowl of stand mixer with whisk attachment, add the granulated sugar and eggs and beat on high for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, combine the hot water, cocoa powder, instant coffee, and salt. With mixer on lowest setting, add to sugar mixture.
  4. With mixer still on low slowly add in flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Let mix to incorporate.
  5. Add in oil, buttermillk, and vanilla extract. Scrape down sides and bottom of bowl as needed. Do not overmix.
  6. Evenly pour batter into prepared pans and bake for 22 to 25 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick is removed clean.
  7. Let cakes cool in pans for 10 minutes, then invert onto a wire rack. Let cakes cool to room temperature or place in fridge until ready to assemble.
  8. Kahlua Whipped Cream
  9. Place a clean stand mixer bowl with whisk attachment in the fridge for 15 minutes.
  10. Remove bowl from fridge and place on mixer. Add cream and whip on high until soft peaks form.
  11. Reduce mixer speed to low and slowly add in the confectioners' sugar, Irish Cream, Kahlua, and cornstarch.
  12. Once everything is incorporated, turn mixer back to high and whip until stiff peaks form. Transfer to fridge until ready to assemble.
  13. Ganache
  14. In a medium microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate chips and heavy cream. Microwave on high for 15 seconds at a time, whisking together with a fork after each interval. Once chocolate has melted into a shiny, smooth sauce (about 45 seconds total) transfer to fridge to cool for 15 minutes.
  15. To Assemble
  16. Place cool layer of cake on serving platter.
  17. Spread the top with 1/3 of the whipped cream. (If you want to pipe out the rope pattern, place whipped cream in a large pastry bag fitted with a 2C tip. Pipe circles on that are slightly overlapping around cake.)
  18. Drizzle 1/3 of the cooled ganache over the whipped cream.
  19. Sprinkle 1/3 of the chopped cookies.
  20. Add next layer of cake and repeat.
  21. Store in fridge until ready to serve.
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Recipe from Grandbaby Cakes shared with permission.

This cake was a blessing to me in more ways that one! Not only was it so good, but I was able to share this delicious cake with my mother-in-law.

My husband has been out of town for a week now (he is bow-hunting and the location they go to has no cell reception so I do not hear from him for a couple weeks!) and our babysitter went off to college in August. On top of that, I impaled my hand and wasn’t able to use it for some time! I have been feeling overwhelmed and exhausted and stressed and did I mention overwhelmed?

Well, on Friday she called and asked if it was ok if she came over and spend the night. Um, yes, yes it would be. Not only was I able to make this glorious cake and photograph it, (without interruption of sweet little ones underfoot) but we were able to have it for dessert! It was a lovely time of talking and relaxing and just enjoying each other’s company. I am so thankful for my MIL and for Jocelyn’s amazing recipe!

In honor the Jocelyn’s beautiful book, all iambaker readers can enter to win a brand new KitchenAid® Mixer! Thank you  Grandbaby Cakes!

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16 Sep 16:05

zucchini rice and cheese gratin

by deb

zucchini rice and cheese gratin

September has always been my favorite month. The grimy, relentless sauna that is New York City in August finally lifts and we can almost always count on a solid week (or more) of impossibly sunny low-humidity days that I consider my personal obligation — as happy repentance for all the above griping — to spend entirely outdoors. My best memories are from Septembers; this may sound weird, but I remember going to work on the morning that nobody knew yet would be 9/11 and thinking it was as clear-skied and gorgeous out as a day could ever be. Two years later, I met my husband on that day. Six years and a few days after that, we met our baby boy, and I distinctly remember checking into the hospital on a hot summer day and checking out three days later when it was unquestionably fall, disoriented.

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