Happy ‘Big Milk Thing’ Day to Mums, Not-Mums and Peasants!

Here's wishing a Happy 'Big Milk Thing' Day to all you Mums, Not-Mums and Peasants!

Thankfully, the Doctor speaks Baby, so we get to hear what Stormageddon, Dark Lord of All really thinks. 😀

 
Introducing Stormageddon: The Doctor speaks Baby... Click to Tweet!

Doctor Who - Stormageddon, Dark Lord of All:


Scene from "Doctor Who Series 06 Episode 12: Closing Time". (BBC), via женя загоруйко (Eugene Zagoruiko) on YouTube. Find on Amazon UK, Netflix DVD (US), Hulu Plus, Google Play, Vudu

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Star Wars Cakes: Tauntaun Guts with Summer Berries

Star Wars Cake: Tauntaun Guts with Summer Berries!

How to Make a Star Wars Cake: Tauntaun Guts with Summer Berries!   (Tweet this)

This cake is based on a famous scene in one of the proper Star Wars films (Empire Strikes Back): Luke Skywalker, riding a Tauntaun, gets trapped in a blizzard while patrolling around the rebel base on the icy planet Hoth. In a favourite scene of little boys of all ages, he survives by killing his Tauntaun and climbing into its stomach for the night to keep warm.

I was inspired to make a Tauntaun cake when I saw this awesome Tauntaun sleeping bag on Thinkgeek.com

A perfect subject for cake decorating, I thought. Especially for the Cub Scouts cake auction 🙂

How to make this Star Wars Tauntaun cake:

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Star Wars Cakes: Death Star by Chocolate

Star Wars Cakes: Death Star By Chocolate (How to Make a Death Star Chocolate Cake)

Star Wars Cakes: Death Star By Chocolate
(a Death Star Chocolate Biscuit Cake!)

This Death Star chocolate cake was one of three Star Wars cakes we made for the cake auction at our Cub Scouts' Star Wars Blue and Gold banquet.

Given the challenge of Star Wars cake decorating, the Death Star seems like a good place to start, since it's already round.

And I thought it would be an interesting challenge for a painting technique I've tried a couple of times before, of scraping off paint (or in this case icing sugar) with a credit card (not quite right, but it will all make sense later!)

Best of all, I thought, for this idea I could make a standard chocolate biscuit cake: a favourite classic British recipe for a very rich and chocolatey truffle style cake that sets in the fridge and doesn't require baking. This would keep my oven free and also ensure that at least one of my cakes was really nice (I can't see anyone not liking chocolate biscuit cake!)

Also it sold for about $20 more than it cost us to make it, so I count that as a success (nice generous people at the auction there!) 🙂

Chocolate biscuit cake is a fairly standard recipe that can be found all over the place, or made by experimenting with a lot of teaspoon tasting (ha! 🙂 ), but in this case I got this very simple and delicious recipe (without the topping) from mydish.co.uk . Here's how to make it:
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May the Fourth Be With You on this Princess Leia Diet

 

Less like this...
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May the Fourth Be With You on this Princess Leia Diet!

More like this...
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Hello! How have you been? My guess is (if you're dieting!), not enough Leia and too much Jabba the Hut?

So, May the Fourth Be With You!

It's a momentous year, with the new Star Wars film coming out, and I admit I can't keep track any more.



The kids think the Clone Wars cartoons are the real Star Wars.

And the last set of films were a bit ho-hum.

But I always did say the real battle was for Darth Vader's soul. Can even someone as evil as him redeem himself in the end? Can anyone, however late, turn their life around? The rebellion might disagree with me on that, but I think the last film proved me right 🙂

Star Wars - Darth Vader - Inside

Star Wars: the view from inside Darth Vader. Don't be like that. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 
Meanwhile, I am trying to keep an open mind and look forward to the new film that comes out at Christmas.

 

 
Ok the music got me smiling... 🙂

 

 
Yes! NOW I'm looking forward to it! Chewie, we're home...
Getting back into that Gold Bikini!

So, since it's the annual 'May the Fourth' Star Wars fest, here is my Princess Leia diet.

We'll be back in that gold bikini in no time 😉
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Monster Eggs for Easter: How Many Can You Guess?

We made Monster Easter Eggs this year, inspired by the Doctor Who Easter Eggs we made before. How many of these awesome monster eggs can you guess?

Monster Easter Eggs!

Monster eggs for Easter: Can you guess what they are? (Tweet this!)



Read on to find out what they are, how we made them and what our intellectual inspirations and artistic influences were... yes I did GCSE Art in evening classes once 😉

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