As you all should know, this past Saturday was the 50th Anniversary Special of Doctor Who, & BOY was it good! The group gathered at our apartment for the event — we watched the 2 mini-episodes (The Night of the Doctor & The Last Day, respectively) before we lunged in to the Day of the Doctor. While our eyes were feasting on the goodness of our favourite Doctors on screen TOGETHER, our mouths were busy feasting on popcorn, pepper & salt chips, and homemade Doctor Who themed sugar cookies — chewy and delicious!
Here’s my simple recipe for chewy, chocolaty Doctor Who sugar cookies:
*Please note: I was not paid to review this product, I paid for it with my own monies. However, I do receive a slight commission should you choose to click that link & purchase the ice cube tray. (You wanted one anyway. )
Before we do any baking, I used a double boilder method to melt down my chocolate chips, stirring them to make them melt faster. I then poured the chocolate in to my ice cube tray molds & popped them in to the freezer. Depending on how many chocolate Daleks & TARDIS you want, you may need to do this a few times. I only did this once, & left the rest of the cookies plain for the non-chocolate lovers.
Pre-heat yo’ oven of DOOM to about 350 degrees of the Fahrenheit nature. (That’s about 175 in Celcius, methinks.) Grab a large mixing bowl & toss in your salt & flour. Some folks like to add in a bit of baking soda to the mix — personally, I never do, but if you do I’d say no more than 1 tsp.
In a seperate bowl, spoon in yo’ BUTTA’ & the sugars, then beat them together until they cry Uncle. (Crying uncle is when they’re fluffy & will do anything you say! Mwahaha!) Next, crack yo’ eggs of tastiness in to the submissive fluffiness & add your extra-delicious vanilla extract. Mix it up!
Combine all the ingredients in the large bowl & mix it up — I started with a whisk & ended up using my hands to knead it all together. Start breaking off pieces of the dough & roll them in to balls about 1-2 inches wide (I did 2 in order for the chocolate Daleks & TARDIS’ to fit properly), then place them a couple of inches apart on your cookie sheet. Laugh evily as you place the cookie sheet in to your oven to invoke true fear in to your sugar cookies (it makes them sweeter). Some people I know like to roll their little dough pieces in to cane sugar before they place on the baking sheet for extra tastiness — if you’d like, you can do this now. I prefer the sugar-in-the-raw brand, it’s super tasty.
In about 10 minutes, check the cookies. They should be lightly golden on the edges. Do the toothpick test if you’d like — I like mine chewy, though, so I pull them out at this point (using oven mitts, of course) however, if you like ‘em more crispy, just keep checking them every couple of minutes ’til they’re to your liking! Now, before you even think of letting them cool, take the Whovian chocolates & smush them in to the center of each cookie deemed worthy. The heat will cause the back of the chocolates to melt in to the cookie — just don’t ruin the shape!
Let them cool, then serve & enjoy!! Nom-nom-nom!
(I didn’t let the chocolate sit in the freezer long enough, so the TARDIS’ got a wee bit crunched up. :\ Oh, well!)
What did you guys do to celebrate this momentous Whoccassion?? (Ho-ho!! Who puns! YES!!)
– Elise M. Gross
Hey guys, it’s been pretty crazy lately. Let me tell you, though: it has not been boring. xD Last Friday was the annual Vendor Fair up where I work, so the weeks before that i was pretty busy making items — primarily soaps — to sell. If it makes you guys feel better, I sold all but 5. Woo!!
I took photos & will upload later, but my Doctor Who themed soaps sold SO FAST! All the TARDIS one’s & Calek ones were the faves, with the Star Wars one’s taking a close second. Speaking of Star Wars…
Now we’re playing catch-up with bills, & I’m starting the preparations for making Christmas gifts for the fam & friends, along with our awesome decorations for this year (our theme is space…mostly). I’ll start posting tutorials for the various stuff I’m making — plenty of ornaments, that’s for sure. I made a SPECTACULAR ornament for my & Boo’s frst christmas together last year, but Tesla-puppy ate it a few months ago. I was soooo heartbroken. I’ll make other, cooler ones this year, though! (Okay…Maybe not as cool, but still cool.)
One of the things I’ve been working on is snowflakes. No, not just boring ol’ regular “unique” snowflakes, either! These are super-amazing-absolutely-freaking-geek-a-licious-snowflakes of dooooom..!! Seriously.
If you know me, you know how much I love Star Wars, so of COURSE I’m making Star Wars themed snowflakes! The one’s I’ve been working on I got over from Matters of Grey, but you can do a quick Google search for “Star Wars snowflakes” and TONS pop up. I’m looking at you, Yoda… after I tackle these first 19. xD
Of course, being the chaotic-neutral that I am, I LOVED the Imperial snowflake most, but I gotta say, that Stormtrooper one looks pretty good after I cut it all out. Mind you, now, if you plan on attempting these guys, make sure you’ve got an exacto knife or something along those lines, and an abundant supply of patience. ;P Because, trust me, these will try every last drop of it. I tried multiple folding techniques, from folding half-to-half and then accordion style… they all make for a pretty thick snowflake to cut out, so scissors were pretty much a no-go, other than when getting big, empty chunks out.
In other news… 50th ANNIVERSARY OF DOCTOR WHO ON SATURDAY!! My DVR is set for record, but I won’t get to seeeee ittttt….!!! [laments] Alas, we’ll be out of town, in the middle of nowhere, hunting wild boar and possibly a turkey or two. :’( I’m so sad, but I promised Boo I’d go… [sigh] Well, it’s okay. Maybe I’ll see it in theatres nearby on Monday. If you go, tell me all about it!!!
I’m out for now, folks!! Looking forward to many fun DIYs!!
– Elise M. Gross
Oh, my..!! How…ear-wrenching..! But so cyoot!! ^_^
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Well hey there, everyone!! Didjya miss me??
As y’all may recall (rhyme!) we recently moved in to our new apartment. I’ve been sloooooowly unpacking everything — there’s just not enough time in the day, I swear! Dx Bah.
I’ll post a pic of the craft room each week to show you my progress, but for now, here’s a shot of my room from two weeks ago:
This was shortly after we moved in. Stuff EVERYWHERE!!
Here’s my amazing IKEA EXPIDIT shelf — after much contemplation, I decided to use it to store my cloth. ;D Before deciding this, I had been storing my (MASS) amount of cloth in an armoire…needless to say, that wasn’t working.
Aaaaand here’s where we’re at as of this last weekend:
As you can see, I’ve been organising my cloth in to like-colours, though apparently I’ve an abundance of blues!! This weekend, I’ll be working on this room even more. See that little organising holder thingy back behind my chair? I want to get an awesome pegboard to hang up over my sewing/craft table!! I plan to frame the peg board out with some moulding, & as an extra bit of fun, I have some paaaaaaint…!!!! Eeeee!! ;D
In other news, I need y’all’s help!! I’ve recently acquired a lovely little electronic typewriter — a Smith-Corona Coronet Automatic 12, to be exact — & I really want to take it from drab to FAB!!
Here’s what this type writer looks like:
Okay let’s start with the purple/orange combo. I LOVE IT. It’s so BRIGHT & very me, buuuut…. I am pretty sensitive to bright things, so I fear that over time my eyes would grow weary looking at it. Though, that awesome POP of colour would definitely wake one up!!
Next, the blue/teal, purple, and lime green one… I really love this one. The colours are wonderful, they pop without hurting my eyes… I could really see this working out for me.
Those are really the top two contenders, but you can see I have other colour combos, some colored in, some just placed. What do y’all think? I’m going for bright, and the colours I have at my disposal range from blue to purple, to orange to pink. Just bright!!
What colours would you suggest I choose for this typewriter?
– Elise M. Gross
Deep in the dark, decaying depths of a dank, dismal dungeon, a horror is lurking…growing…LiViNg!!!! EeeeEeEeEeeeEeEeEEEeeee!!!!!
It’s….it’s…!! IT’S ALIVE!!
(Cough) Ahem! Well, hello, everyone! It’s awfully nice to be back in the ol’ blog-o-sphere. I sure have felt out of sorts not getting any posts in, especially after that month long posting marathon!! Hoho!
Luckily, though, even with all the moving and unpacking (which is STILL going on, ugh!) I’ve managed to squeeze a few crafts in. Well…not all “crafts,” per se, but neat things that I photographed & will include instructions to make/do your own. Stay tuned!
As you all may or may not (but totally SHOULD) know by now, the Doctor Who 50th anniversary episode is coming up soon!! I can tell you one thing for certain — we are going to PAR. TAAAAAY!!!!! It’s gonna be sweet, & I’ve got all sorts of awesome crafts just buzzing around in my head in honour of this one-of-a-kind occasion!!
As a super-spectacular-special treat for everyone, Mr. Cash Money has gifted us another awesome installment of those Whovian Wednesdays that every one loved!! So, without further ado, here’s Cory “Cash Money” with this weeks Whovian Wednesday post!!
Countdown to the 50th: 31 Days
For Whovians who cannot wait for November 23rd to get here, for those fans who can’t stand how many stories from the 1960′s are lost, and for anyone who just wants more of The Doctor, RIGHT NOW — GOOD NEWS EVERYONE!!!
Last week, it was announced by the BBC that nine episodes of the Fifth Season of Doctor Who were recovered in Jos, Nigeria, thanks to the efforts of Philip Morris of Television International Enterprises Archive (not to be confused with the Marlboro Man.) As a result, the entire stories of ‘The Enemy of the World’ and ‘The Web of Fear’ (except episode 3) now exist in the BBC Archives.
Now, for those of you who don’t know, the BBC Engineering Department and BBC Enterprises had a policy of junking old episodes of television shows, mostly black and white television, from 1967 to 1968 for the purpose of recycling videotape and film. When BBC Enterprises began junking in 1972, they thought the BBC had archived these episodes, but never bothered to check, so by 1978, the junking policy had ended with 47 existing videotape copies of the 1960′s ‘Doctor Who’ in the BBC Film Library, and 54 film episodes added to the library by BBC Enterprises, with 152 episodes still missing from the archives.
Since 1978, that count had been brought down to 106, with the largest haul coming from the National Film and Television Archive from BFI, when eight episodes from Season 6 were discovered in 1978 after the BBC had compiled their archive, including six episodes of the Season 6 finale ‘The War Games’. Afterwards, the most episodes discovered in a single group before last week was from Hong Kong in 1991, when all four episodes of ‘The Tomb of the Cybermen’ were recovered. And now that we’ve had this great find in Nigeria, the total missing episodes are down to 97!!!
Now as we gear up for the 50th anniversary, feel free to catch up with two great stories featuring the first UNIT episode, The Great Intelligence, the Doctor versus his doppelganger, and all featuring one of the best actors to take up the role! As usual, I’ve included a short list of great recovered stories to pass the time between now and ‘The Day of the Doctor’, Enjoy!
Complete Found Stories
Also, as a reminder to anyone in the area in and around Grapevine, TX, The British Emporium will be hosting their annual Doctor Who Day this Sunday, October 27th from Noon to 4 p.m. Also, they will be screening a serial (site as of yet undetermined, but likely Area 51 Gaming, the shop next door.) I’ve suggested ‘The Web of Fear’, but we will have to see…
Alright guys, get ready as we launch back in to steady-ish postings yet again! I’m going to attempt to go back to the Monday through Friday schedule I had before, with maybe a day off in between (as it’s still rpetty busy here!), but I won’t be able to post on the weekends, as I’ve got loads to do those days. someday, though, someday… [sigh]
Everyone have an AWESOME DAY!!!
– Elise M. Gross
…Ah, what a great song. does anyone else listen to Metric? “Help (I’m Alive)” is one of my favourite songs by them. That and “Gold Guns Girls” are pretty stellar, I must say.
Anyhow, I just wanted to check in and let you all know that I am still here — I have not died!! These past two weeks have been SO hectic, what with packing, moving, and now unpacking… It’s utter chaos in our apartment right now. Leik, srsly, guise. For cereal.
Not to mention we had a baby shower for a co-worker up at work who is having twins!! Eee!! I helped out with that and got some cool photos of the decorations, so I’ll post those up later this week, provided I get the time.
I know I also said I’d share photos of the new place, so I’ll try to remember to post those up, as well. I gotta say, I am SO digging the way my craft room is looking right now. I really gotta hit up Lowe’s or Home Depot for some pegboard, though… which of those do y’all prefer, by the way, and why? I’ve never really noticed a difference between Lowe’s or Home Depot, but i know people who swear by one or the other.
I’m off for now!!
– Elise M. Gross
Well, folks, it’s the last day of September & we’re wrapping up the first official Geek Month celebration here on CheekyGeeks. It’s been a very hectic month, but fullfilling & fun! I’ve learned a few things along the way, as well, such as:
Like I mentioned, I really had so much fun doing this! It was quite a challenge I set for myself, & though I sort of messed up this last week (I didn’t realise we’d be moving again — d’oh!) & missed a couple of days, this whole experience was well worth it.
I’d really like to take the time to thank our guest posters, as well!! Even though some things came up & a couple couldn’t do the last two weeks, we really enjoyed having them, & the feedback on our guest posts was awesome! We truly hope to see them back next year, along with a few other faces!!
Thank you’s for:
Cory “Cash Money” Bowers — Whovian Wednesdays
Next year I plan on trying to fit even more in — & we absolutely will not have a single day missed no matter what!! So get excited, y’all! xD
As for this next month, it’s HALLOWEEN!!! Hooray!! Besides loads of geekery (as usual), we’ll be doing some pretty cool crafts. I’m also very excited to introduce an “Emergency Preparedness Kit DIY” week! During that week, we’ll be doing all sorts of neat DIY’s and crafts that will actually help us create our very own Emergency Preparedness Kit — the kids can join in, too!
Of course, don’t forget all the bat, ghouls, witches, ghosts, and more creepy crawlies headed your way! Oooohh….Halloween is my 2nd favourite holiday, so I just cannot wait!!
As for the rest of this week, we’re moving (as I’ve mentioned) & will actually be without the internet for a couple of days, but even if we had a connection, I don’t think we’ll honestly have the time to get anything posted. I’ll try, but I make no promises!! Ohh— though maybe I’ll take y’all on a virtual tour, eh? ;D Fun!
If you don’t hear from me before then, I’ll see you all next week, back on our regular Monday-Friday schedule!
– Elise M. Gross
Has anyone else noticed there’s usally about 3 or 5 kinds of dinosaurs featured in most movies and shows? You know, the Triceratops, the Stegasaurus, and the king of all dinosaurs: the Tyrannosaurus Rex? What if I told you that there were hundreds — if not thousands — of different dinos? And what if I told you that even my favourite dinosaur, the Triceratops, was only a smaller genus of a larger family of dinosaurs called Ceratopsians! That explains why I sometimes wonder why a “triceratops” only has two horns, or their frills (that crazy big head gear) look WAAAY bigger than it ought to! Hehe!
During my research in to dinosaurs, I came across some pretty neat resources on dinosaurs that I’ll share further down, and I’ll share some of my favourite facts with you, too!
First up, the facts:
If you’re interested in reading (LOADS) more info on these awesome creatures, check out some of these sites:
I really wanted to do a dinosaur related craft for y’all today, however, due to time constraints and a majority of my craft supplies being packed up, I’ve instead opted to post another tutorial round-up, linking to all sorts of fun & classy Dino projects you can create on your own! There are plenty of dinosaur related kids crafts on the interwebs, so I searched long & hard for tutorials that would be great for adults who have a dino-loving-inner-child. After all, we could all use a few more dinosaur items around the house!
Presenting the dinosaur-diy-round-up:
I hope you all enjoyed today’s round-up!! Remember, when life gives you lemons, ROOOOOOAAARRRR!!!!!!
– Elise M. Gross
It’s another Whovian Wednesday (belated — sorry!! My computer flat out crashed last night…!) Let’s take a look at the Dino-round-up from Cory “Cash Money” Bowers with everyone’s favourite Doctor!! Countdown to the 50th: 60 DaysAnd here’s the week you’ve all been waiting for (presuming that everyone loves Dinosaurs.) It’s DinoRAWRs Week, and today…
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