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Tasty Goodness Part 3: Homemade Irish Cream

Presenting the follow-up to Tasty Goodness – Part 1 and Part 2!  So, did anybody try out anything from the first installments of Tasty Goodness? How did it go?  If you made any particularly yummy changes, I let me know about that too.  I’m always looking for new stuff!

photo (16)This week I thought I’d talk about a recipe that I got from a customer at my previous job.  Homemade Irish Cream.  Now, this is an adult beverage, but it tastes like a milkshake…only for adults.  In a previous life (known as 3 years ago) I was a banker at a large financial institution, and just as holiday season was kicking off, a customer sat down at my desk.  We started chatting as I took care of the business he was in to discuss, and he started telling me about his contributions to any family gathering….yep, Irish Cream.  This is something I’m a fan of, Irish Cream. He said that I would never purchase another bottle of either after trying his, and that he made it so much that he had the recipe memorized.  Of course, I asked him to prove it, and I slid one of those pink message notes across the desk with a pen.  Fortunately, my boss, who was nearby, found my glee to be amusing.  A week or so later, I agreed with my client.  I was never buying another bottle of Irish Cream again.  This stuff is heavenly!

Irish Cream

  • 1 1/2 Cups of Bushmills Irish Whiskey
  • 1 Pint Heavy Cream
  • 1 can Eagle Brand Condensed Milk
  • 2/3 Cup chocolate sauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 4 eggs

In a blender, blend 1 egg with the whiskey for two minutes , repeat the process with each additional egg.  It is very important that you blend each egg with the whiskey for the full two minutes.  This is what cooks the eggs.  Add cream, condensed milk, chocolate sauce, vanilla and almond extract, blend until well mixed.  Store refrigerated in a glass container.  It is drinkable now, but after storing for a week it is much more smooth and mellow.  Makes about a half-gallon.  

Things I learned about this recipe….

  1. If you serve it in a chilled glass, it gets thick…really thick, like a milkshake.
  2. I made a gallon of this and ran out of chocolate sauce as I started the second batch.  You can use 2/3 Cup of chocolate sauce for a gallon and it doesn’t hurt the taste…at all.
  3. This makes a really nice gift for friends.  Just make sure that you use glass bottles when you give it away.  Not only are they prettier, but…you have to store it in glass bottles!  You can also discover brewing supply stores in your area…glass bottles were harder to find than I thought.
  4. Don’t drink all the results if you tell your friends you’re making this.  They will know (and mention it) if they don’t get any.
  5. Make sure you taste test a few glasses before giving it away….okay, that isn’t necessary.  It sure is a lot of fun though!

I would tell you how long you can store it, but it never lasts more than a couple of weeks.  Really, it is that good.

‘Til next time,



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Tasty Goodness Part 2: Chocolate Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Buttercream

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As I mentioned in Tasty Goodness – Part 1, I Geek Out over cooking, baking, and good food in general.  I know lots of people are starting their new year off with a renewed passion for eating healthy, and I am as well.  However, I also firmly believe in balancing all the healthy with a little bit of “who-cares-about-the-calories/salt/sugar/fat-it-tastes-amazing!”.  So, with that philosophy in mind, I present a recipe today for lovely baked goods that have become go-to items for bake sales and fundraisers…and birthdays…and driving exams…and…I found this from Chef-In-Training on Pinterest.  Seriously, I don’t know whether I love Pinterest for all the wonderful things on there or curse it because I spend so much time looking at the wonderful things…You can find more deliciousness on my board The Sweetest Thing.  If you’re new to Pinterest…I’m sorry.  I’m so, so sorry.

Chocolate Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting

Chocolate Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting

The cupcake craze seems to have taken over.  No matter which city I go to, I find bakeries specializing in cupcakes only, television shows with cupcake cook offs…the list goes on and on.  Why not?  They’re perfect hand-held pieces of yummy!  Cupcakes allow you to indulge in a sweet treat while controlling the portion…well, most of the time.  (Some days you just need a second one…)  This recipe was made both for a United Way bake sale at work, and as either a “Congratulations! You got your learners permit” or “Let me console you, you failed your learners permit test.” (My niece and I studied hard for her test for her driving permit.  She passed with flying colors (the second time) but I was prepared for contingencies with signs for both eventualities.  She was not overly amused.)  This recipe comes from Chef-In-Training.  She has a lot of great recipes on her blog.  It is definitely worth checking out!

Chocolate Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting

Cupcake Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup unsweetened cocoa (sifted)
  • 1 Cup hot water
  • 1 Cup Buttermilk
  • 2 Cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 Cup heavy cream

Salted Caramel Buttercream Ingredients

  • 1/4 Cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 1/4 Cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 Cup butter (softened)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 package Dream Whip (dry)
  • 3 Cups powdered sugar (more if needed to reach desired consistency)


Chocolate Cupcakes

  1. Add the sifted cocoa powder to a medium-sized bowl and pour in the cup of hot water.  Whisk until completely dissolved.
  2. Add the buttermilk to cool down the mixture, then add the sugar and whisk until all is combined.
  3. Add the eggs, oil, and vanilla and mix again.
  4. In a small bowl, stir flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Whisk this into the wet mixture until you no longer see any lumps.
  5. Stir in heavy cream until evenly mixed.
  6. Pour into cupcake tins and bake at 350 for 18-22 minutes or until done.  Let cool and chill in fridge for at least 30 minutes.

Salted Caramel Buttercream

  1. In a saucepan, stir together granulated sugar and water.  Bring to a boil over medium high heat.  Cook without stirring until the mixture turns a deep amber color, about 10 minutes. (Watch this closely!  The caramel will burn if you take your eye off of it.  This happened to me…twice!)  Remove from head and slowly add in cream and vanilla, stirring constantly until very smooth. (Make sure you continue stirring as you add in the cream and vanilla, otherwise you end up with a big glob of brown stuff.)  Let the caramel continue to cool for about 20 minutes, until it is just barely warm and still pourable.  Alternatively, you could use just under 1/2 cup of your favorite caramel sauce.
  2. Beat butter and salt together until lightened and fluffy.  Reduce speed to low and add dry Dream Whip until combined. Whip until combined. (Why low speed?  Do you want to look like a ghost?  Then leave it on high.  You will have a fine dusting of Dream Whip all over you and your kitchen!  Learn from my mistakes, folks.)
  3. Beat in powdered sugar.  Mix until thoroughly combined. (Watch the consistency here.  The first batch of frosting was pretty tight and hard to manipulate, but the second I added just a hair less, and it was perfect.  Sifting the sugar into the mixing bowl helped greatly.)
  4. Scrape down the side of the bowl and add the caramel.
  5. Beat on medium high until light and airy, and completely mixed (about 2 minutes).

The frosting should be ready to use without refrigeration.  If your caramel was too hot when it was added, your icing will be runny.  No worries though, just refrigerate for 15-20 minutes and mix well.  Now you can frost your cupcakes.  Try not to “test” too much of the frosting as you decorate….I dare you.  Enjoy!

What’s your favorite recipe?

‘Til next time,


P.S. I’m taking an html writing class.  I can create headers now!  Pretty huh?  What do you think?

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Tasty Goodness Part 1: Three Recipes, One Filling

So, I kind of Geek Out over cooking too.  Maybe not kind of…I love cooking and baking.  There’s something about feeding people who is incredibly beautiful and satisfying.  I try to feed my friends and family on a regular basis, and no time more than during the holidays.  This year I’ve gotten several requests for recipes, so I thought I’d share them here in a series of posts.  (Don’t worry, if you’re not into cooking, the regular geeky stuff will be coming back very soon!)

My love of cooking started early.  I am surrounded by great cooks.  My mother is a fantastic cook, and my Dad used to enter barbecue competitions with his friends and makes the best breakfast I’ve ever had!  Don’t even get me started on Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles.  For me, cooking is kind of therapeutic.  As a sales person, some days my work is filled with a lot of activity and hard work, but nothing comes of it.  It can get a bit frustrating.  There is always something (hopefully delicious) to show for your work in the kitchen.

In my kitchen, cooking is kind of fast and loose, and I don’t really follow recipes (there is a lot of “until it looks right” in my family’s cooking).  I’m going to do my best for you though.  In fact there’s a story that gets regularly circulated about my Aunt or Mom or Grandma Joye (see how closely I listen sometimes?) following my Great-Grandma Kanelakos around with measuring cups and spoons to make her dump the handfuls, pinches, and all into the measuring cups/spoons so they could get a reasonably accurate measurement.  Future generations needed to know how to make her delicious food. (“half an eggshell” of something isn’t…exact). My family didn’t raise any bad cooks, so I’ve had plenty of opportunity to observe some experts.  I’ve definitely enjoyed the results!

To kick off the cooking series, I’m going to hand you the keys to one of the most versatile dessert recipes I’ve ever found.  This is my secret weapon for pot lucks, parties, and…well, anytime you need a fast easy dessert.  However, I like you. I’ll share my secret this time.  I use this filling to make Cherry Cheesecake Pie, Snicker Salad, and Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries.  I wish I had pictures to share because the results are gorgeous, but…well, we ate them before I remembered pictures. (Sorry…for the not photographing, not for the eating.  Who can be sorry about eating?  It was all so good!)  To give you an idea, in the last two months I’ve made four (4) Cherry Cheesecake Pies, one (1) Snicker Salad, and two (2) pints of Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries (drizzled with chocolate, of course!)…and it was all so very tasty.  Thank goodness for the holiday season, because there were a lot of people around to eat all of this.


  • 8oz cream cheese
  • 8oz of cool whip
  • ¼ to ½ Cup of granulated sugar (you have to taste test.  Aw, shucks!)
  • Mix softened cream cheese with the sugar until creamy.  Fold in the Cool Whip.

Cherry Cheesecake Pie

  • 2 graham cracker pie crusts
  • 2 cans of Duncan Hines Wilderness or Country Cherries

The filling recipe makes two regular sized pies. Spread 1/2 of the filling in the pie crust (make sure there is enough room at the top for cherries) and top with the cherries.

This is definitely a family favorite, two get made for Thanksgiving each year, and there are rarely leftovers.  When I asked my Dad what Christmas treat he would like the last two years.  He wanted this Cherry Cheesecake Pie.  However, there are only six of us…we don’t need two pies.  Now, I make one and give one away.  They look like they’ve taken a really long time.  The bright ruby cherries on top of the creamy filling looks elegant, and if you use a store-bought pie crust, it comes with its own lid.  Just flip the plastic cover of the pie crust upside down.  Voila!  Instant portability, and no need to have pie pans returned.  This pie has made an excellent surprise gift for friends, and it is so pretty that even if it gets tipped sideways in the bag that you’re carting the food around in, it can be…fixed to still be decent looking. (That happens to everyone, right?)

Snicker Salad



Snickers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


  • Filling (see recipe above)
  • 8-12 Snickers bars diced (You can substitute just about any candy bar for Snickers.  We had to think of ideas for a peanut allergic co-worker.  Well, peanut butter filled might not be good, but a Milky Way or even Heath bar could be really good.)
  • 3-4 green apples diced

Fold the Snickers and apples into the filling.  

I have no idea where my mom found the idea for this lovely “salad”, but I think my cousin’s wife would disown me if I didn’t bring it to Thanksgiving dinner!  You can also make the recipe and take half the filling and turn it into a pie and the other half becomes Snicker Salad.  Just add Snickers and apples until it looks “right”.

Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

  • Filling (see recipe above)
  • Fresh strawberries
  • Milk Chocolate Chips (optional)
  • Graham Crackers (optional)


Semi-sweet chocolate chips

Semi-sweet chocolate chips (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Core the strawberries (I use a paring knife to make sure there is plenty of room for filling). Use a frosting bag with a large tip or a frosting gun to fill the strawberries.  I received this Easy Accent Decorator from Pampered Chef last year as a gift, and it works amazing for this.  

If you like chocolate, and who doesn’t, you can melt the milk chocolate chips with a little butter in the microwave to drizzle over the berries.  After the strawberries have been filled, put the berries on a cookie sheet lined with parchment or waxed paper.  In a microwave safe bowl, microwave the chocolate chips 30 seconds, remove from the microwave and stir well.  Continue microwaving in 30 second intervals, stirring between, until all the chips are melted.  Drizzle the chocolate over the strawberries, and place them in the refrigerator to set the chocolate.

If you’re not a big chocolate fan (Personally, I don’t get it, but I’ve heard there are a few out there) You can crush some graham crackers and dip the filled end of the strawberry in the crushed graham crackers for that crust-like feeling.

I’d seen the Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries on Pinterest, and thought that was an amazing idea.  However, I didn’t make them myself until a friend hosted a Pampered Chef party.  They had used ready-made cheesecake in their berries, and I kept thinking that this filling would be so great for this!  (It is.)  They made theirs dipped in graham cracker crumbs and I thought, man a chocolate covered strawberry filled with this would be awesome.  (They are.)I made the chocolate drizzled version for a co-worker’s going away party and they were a huge hit.  I only had to taste test six of them before I deemed them ready for my colleagues. (What a tough job!)

‘Til next time,


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My Favorite Time of the Year

Thanksgiving is fast approaching…like tomorrow.  Happy Thanksgiving!  Are you ready?  I think I’m ready(ish).  Half the fun is the cooking, and half of mine got finished last night. (Whew!)  The rest of the fun is my family.  I have to say, I think we’re all pretty cool people, and I really enjoy spending time with them.  I kind of miss the years that Thanksgiving was a three or four-day affair. In recent years, I’ve had to narrow it down to Thanksgiving Day. My Dad sill drives up on Wednesday and stays through Friday though.  This just means that I try to pack more into the day.  It is me, and it is my favorite holiday, after all.

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English: Miranda Cogrove on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade float for Build-a-Bear. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Every year it is filled with family and, well, food…lots of food.  We’ll throw in a little football too…just because we can.  We all come together in November to celebrate and give thanks for…everything.  We gather at my Aunt’s house in rural Oklahoma, near the Kansas border.  Some people come in the night before to help with the cooking, or just to visit.  The rest of us start showing up around 10am.  Enough time to watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade, but not so early that you can’t sleep in, just a bit.

We all have our “jobs” for the big day, dishes we bring and such.  I always bring Greek cookies (Kourabiethes, the almond butter cookies smothered in powdered sugar) and usually I end up mashing the potatoes once I get there.  Those are my favorites!  I guess they figure if I’m going to eat more than the average helping of mashed potatoes, I should at least help make them.  Over the last few years, I help my mom with some of her items too.  The cherry cheesecake pies and the Snicker Salad to be precise. (Yes, they are as good as they sound!)  Mom brings the relish (vegetable) tray and the cranberry salad (her mom’s recipe).  My sister brings the broccoli cheese casserole….you get the idea.

As kids, my sister, cousin, and I would camp out on my Aunt’s living room floor on Wednesday and Thursday night.  It all had a slumber party type attitude.  My cousin and I had a tradition for Friday morning.  We would leave my sister sleeping, and wake up really early with all the guys heading out to go quail hunting. This was less of a send off and more of an excuse to eat chocolate cake for breakfast.  Then my cousin would go hunting with the rest of the guys and I would go back to sleep or to read a book until the rest of the house woke.  Our Dads never protested our choice of breakfast. As a matter of fact, I’m fairly certain that we were not the only ones sneaking more than our fair share of that amazing cake the morning after Thanksgiving.  Those mornings are some of my favorite memories.

It's Mashed Potato Time

This year, Thanksgiving will be pretty much the same…and completely different all at once.  The same dishes will be served, the same table laden with food, and we will still raise the population of this tiny town by like 10%.  Laughter will still reverberate through the rooms of my Aunt’s house, children (big and small) will run amok, and we’ll still have to step over my Uncle(s) who can sleep through just about anything.  Football will be on the television, and old favorite stories will be told alongside the new ones.  My cousin’s wife, my sister, and I will still try to get out of doing the dishes before everyone pitches in together to get it done.  (There are some benefits to being an adult(ish).)

There are more people missing from the “grown-up” table (even now that I’m in my 30’s, the grown up table is different from where I sit with my cousins and my TV tray to watch football) than have been added.  We’ll all get a little teary during the prayer as we remember those who have gone before us, thankful for the time we had with them and missing them more than we can say.  Then someone will make a joke to lighten the mood, usually, about sending my Mom and I to the back of the food line to make sure there are enough potatoes for everyone else.  After that, as we consume massive amounts of food…and visit. Usually this means telling stories. My family does love a good story…we don’t even have to make up many of them. There are “characters” a plenty.

This time of year I see a bunch of people posting on social media each day of November with one thing they are thankful for, and I think it is always a good idea to stop and reflect on all the wonderful things in your life.  For me, 30 days in November is not nearly enough time to list all the things I’m thankful for!  See, I do this thing that Jim Stovall calls “The Golden List”.  Every morning I wake up and make a mental list of 10 things I’m grateful for.  Usually, I do this while I’m still in bed.  It really helps start the day off on a positive note. Big things, little things it doesn’t matter what goes on the list.  Here’s today’s Golden List, just to give you an idea.

  1. I finished the Kourabiethes (Greek cookies) in time to get to bed just before midnight
  2. My bed is really comfortable and warm and I can lay in it and enjoy for five more minutes
  3. My alarm clock got me up on time
  4. My dog, Dexter, did not wake me up with a cold nose before my alarm went off. (yesterday, 5am, cold nose to the inside of my arm)
  5. English Breakfast Tea (5:45 comes really early when you go to bed at midnight!)IMG_1364
  6. I get to see my family tomorrow!
  7. The rest of my cooking will only take about an hour or so, and then I can kick back and relax tonight!
  8. My new Christmas tree for my bedroom is really pretty.  Good decision, if a bit excessive.
  9. Really awesome friends who make my favorite cake for my birthday. (Yellow cake with chocolate frosting!  Yum!)
  10. The ability to eat said cake for breakfast, if I wanted to. (I was good and had oatmeal, but the thought was nice.)

Like I said, these aren’t huge things, just remembering that there is always something to be grateful for.  Even if it is just thinking that there’s cake, and I could have it for breakfast…if I wanted. What are you thankful for today?

So, these are a few of my favorite things (yes, I sang it in my head.) about Thanksgiving.  What is your favorite holiday tradition?  For that matter, what is your favorite holiday?  I did a thing. There’s a poll.  It’s just below.  You should totally check it out…don’t just read it!  You have to answer too!

‘Til next time,


TARDIS, Dalek, Stars, and…Presents: Happy 50th Anniversary and Birthday Party!

IMG_0628 (1)Hello Sweeties!  Well, I’ve done it!  I’ve thrown my first Doctor Who party.  When I was planning, I worried about it feeling like a 10 year old’s party…with adult beverages.  One of these days, I’ll learn not to worry so much.  It didn’t feel childish at all…I left off the coloring pages and props…maybe that made a difference?  All in all, if there weren’t an abundance of Doctor Who references from everything the food to “props”, it would have just been a lovely…blue and silver party…with stars.  

For this party, just blue and silver wouldn’t cut it.  This is the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who for crying out loud!  It was also my birthday party, so there was no halfway.  The TARDIS made an appearance…or three, and a Dalek tried to “Exterminate!” the bread. My friends and family definitely Exterminated all the food.  (One day I will remember that there are never leftovers, but there is always enough.)  I should just stop stressing out about it.  

If you’re thinking of your own Doctor Who themed party, I’ve included recipes or links for the food, directions or links on how to make the decorations, and…anything else I can think of.  For those few people attending who were not Whovians, I made sure that everything had a little sign to indicate how it related to the show.  I mean otherwise, it is just a lasagna with a face!  I used Pinterest a lot to get ideas several months ago, but, when it came down to it, I didn’t do anything the exact way the directions suggested.  If you want to see some other ideas, check out my Theme Parties board.

20131123_172836Lost Moon of Poosh (a moon made of cheese!) I just bought a tasty cheese ball and some crackers.


Bow Ties are Cool Pasta

Chop at least 4 garlic cloves and brown in a little olive oil, 1 package cherry or grape tomatoes into the pan with the garlic and cooked until the tomatoes release their juices (I usually cut 1/3 or so of the tomatoes in half to help this), top with fresh basil and fresh mozzarella pearls.  Pour this light tomato sauce over al dente pasta. (Bow Ties in this case)


Moisturize Me Lasagna

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Brown 1lb lean ground beef & mix with favorite marinara (I have a good recipe, but I used store-bought because of time issues.)  Spread a bit of sauce in the bottom of the baking dish to prevent sticking and layer lasagna noodles on top. (I use oven ready noodles because of time, and they are so much easier than traditional noodles!)  Top noodles with meat sauce and layer a few good spoonfuls of good ricotta cheese on top of that.  Repeat noodles, sauce, ricotta until you reach the top of the dish.  Then top with sauce and shredded mozzarella. Bake at 350 for 1 hour.  To make Cassandra’s face, slice a radish, top the radish with sliced black olives, and cut lips out of a red bell pepper. (Please put Cassandra’s face on after cooking…otherwise it isn’t pretty.)

Celery is for Wearing, Not Eating Salad

20131123_172857This is just a bagged salad with sliced celery (tops with leaves just…somewhere), red pepper, radishes, tomatoes, and black olives (left over from Cassandra’s face)

Dalek Garlic Bread


 Just garlic bread with a Dalek wind-up toy next to it…to “Exterminate!” the bread.  I’m sure I could have made it look like a Dalek, but…time.  



Sonic Screwdrivers 9th, 10th & 11th Doctors

IMG_2042The blue sonic screwdrivers were by and large the most popular of the evening.  Very tasty, and the citrus soda made them “sparkle”.

9th and 10th Doctors’ Sonic Screwdriver

1 shot vanilla vodka (I actually used Pearl’s Wedding Cake Vodka…because it is so very very tasty!)

1 shot blue curacao

citrus soda (something clear like 7-up, Sprite, or Sierra Mist is better)

(9th & 10th Doctors) were a huge hit.  

11th Doctor Sonic Screwdriver

2 shots blue raspberry vodka

Orange Juice

A slice of lime

The 11th Doctor’s green sonic screwdriver was very tasty also, but it didn’t have as many takers.  I think that a splash of citrus soda would be great here too.  You know…sparkly.  

Still Not Ginger, Dinosaurs on a Spaceship Cookies (with edible ball bearings)


IMG_5225 (1)Otherwise known as how many Doctor Who things can I fit into one dish!  I love this sugar cookie and icing recipe!  It is pretty much the best one I’ve come across.  Perfect for using cookie cutters too, and the icing makes the cookies stackable without getting too hard. (Why did no one take a picture of my lovely cookies?  Oh right, they were too busy eating them!)  A triceratops cookie cutter and gray sugar pearls made this…perfect.



Huge thank you to my friend for the birthday cake.  It is wonderful!  My favorite is yellow cake with Chocolate Frosting, and that is just what I received!  She drew a much better icing TARDIS than I would have been able to.

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Adipose Marshmallows  (used as drink stirrers)

These are super easy.  Jumbo marshmallow, and you can attach the regular size ‘mallows either with icing as glue or with toothpicks (1.  Cut the toothpicks in half, it works better. 2. Warn people there are toothpicks….I know, but the last thing you want is for someone to swallow half a toothpick.)  The faces were drawn on with black gel icing.  I used a toothpick to get a fine enough line.


There were bunches of other items pertaining to the life of  The Doctor strewn about.   I got a TARDIS mug for my birthday that made an appearance along with an astronaut stress toy and a high-heeled shoe.  Can you tell I like River Song?

What did we do?


Doctor Who…stuff was playing in the background for…everything.  The week leading up to the party BBC America had a schedule full of Doctor Who specials, and I made sure they were all DVR’d and queued up for the party.  Since there was a marathon on, we just ended up watching that.  So, The End of Time Part 2 led us into the broadcast at 7:00pm CST.  Yes, we had emotional trauma for fans just before the big event.



IMG_6331 There was the 50th Anniversary Doctor Who edition of Monopoly available for playing, but, as usual, we were too busy talking and laughing to pull out the games! We saved that for the guests who stayed the night.  Coffee and being thrashed at Doctor Who Monopoly…always a great way to begin the day!  I have to give serious kudos to the winner.  There were no hotels left to purchase…he bought them all.  An unlucky trip around the board was going to cost you at least $4,000 Monopoly money.  I would earn just enough income to pay rent after I mortgaged…everything.  Then I’d pay off the mortgage and earn enough income to pay rent the next time I landed on….anything!


Decorations turned out great!  There was banner hanging from the mantle that said “Hello Sweetie”.  I just used TARDIS blue card stock to give the printed letters some substance.  IMG_5373A star mobile that hung from the light fixture above the dining table.  3 Chic Geeks gave me the idea, but I had to go and add glitter and stars of different sizes.  It was lots of fun, but I will never get all the glitter out of my…entire house.  The “Bad Wolf” graffiti was a big hit too.  My wonderfully evil self really wanted to print a poster sized weeping angel to hang behind the door in the bathroom…because it is scary!  However, I refrained…or I ran out of time…whichever…maybe next time.  All the tableware was blue and silver and the table and book case were scattered with silver star confetti.  I also couldn’t resist some star garland on a wire to weave about…anyplace flat.

A couple of people asked me what I was going to do with all the decorations I made.  Well, I’m keeping them, of course!  I received a Whovian Cookbook for my birthday….oh, I think I see more Doctor Who parties in my future.


I watched The Day of the Doctor during the simulcast that afternoon.  

1) I know me.  There was no way that I would be able to sit still and not be checking on my guests constantly while the show was one.  However, I wasn’t missing a second of it either!  

2) I couldn’t wait that long!  

Since I cannot travel in time, my DVR worked just fine for this lovely occasion.  It also helped that BBC America rebroadcast it in the evening.  My guests ended up not needing much attention during the show, they were a bit occupied with what happened on-screen.  This did give me a chance to watch for all the little tidbits the creators like to throw in there for our viewing pleasure.  The hardest part was keeping my mouth shut. (Always a challenge!)  No spoilers!

All in all it was a pretty laid back kind of evening (with decorations).  Once again, I have to give huge kudos to my friends who are “Fantastic” all on their own.  There was virtually no clean up for me,  they jumped in with a “Geronimo” and had most of the work done for me.  All I had left to do was slip into my TARDIS pajamas and head off to dream of the next theme party I can concoct….Sherlock anyone?