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Oh hey everyone, it's been awhile. Hope you all had wonderful thanksgivings, I know I did! Before I get into these too-cute-for-words painted shot glasses that I made for an Avengers party, a few announcements.

1. My book was free for five days on Amazon (I hope you all got your free copies!), and I sold a mind-boggling 16,000 copies. Yeah. That's insane. The promotion ended, but it's still only $2.99, so definitely affordable. And though I made zero dollars from the promotions (bye bye, imaginary $33 grand), the reviews are starting to roll in. For a self-published first time author, there is no greater buzz than reading another 5 star review!

2. I successfully "won" NanoWrimo this year, meaning that I wrote 50,000 words in the month of November. While my second book isn't finished yet, I've gotten more than half of it done already! I won't go into details, but I will leave you with this tantalizing hint: there is a lot of cooking involved, and maybe even a few recipes :)

3. I bought a new lens...it's glorious and I cannot wait to play with it! How did a rash decision to make a blog turn into an obsession with photography and cooking?!

But back to the Avengers!!! When I heard that my friend Beth (Whom I've known since 6th grade!!!) hadn't seen the Avengers or Thor yet, I was in shock. I mean...

Yum.

Being the cooking nerds that we are, we couldn't pass up the opportunity to make some awesome themed food for our (small) party. Here is what we came up with:

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  • Thor's Hammer appetizers
  • Hulk Jello Shots
  • Captain America Cupcakes
  • Iron Man Pizza (not shown because it fell off the pizza stone and got all smushed)

These aren't really recipes as much as a bunch of ideas for your own Avengers party.

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To make Thor's hammers, we cubed pepperoni, summer sausage, and cheese. We wanted to use sharp cheddar, but found that the softer monterey jack worked better with the pretzel rods and cracked less often.

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For the adorable Captain America cupcakes, Beth brought simple vanilla cupcakes swirled with red and blue food coloring, and we topped them with circles of colored fondant. Three cheers for her engineering degree and her makeshift star fondant cutter!

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Ok, these are probably the cutest things I've made. And yes, I did spend an hour painting shotglasses for a three person party. And I don't even like jello shots!

But what I did was take a dozen or so clean, plain shot glasses. Then I traced this adorable angry hulk face (template from CuteasaFox.com) and made a stencil out of cardboard. Then, using a small brush and black acrylic paint, I colored in the stencil.

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And the best part about the painted shot glasses? You throw them in the dishwasher and the paint comes right off, leaving me with a dozen blank canvasses for my next party. I'm sure you could seal the design on there permanently if you wanted to, but I love the re-useability (that isn't a word, is it?) of them. Hell, I might start painting all of my glasses!

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The recipe itself is simple: I followed the directions on the box of lime jello (dissolve in hot water, add cold water, etc) and then added about a half cup of Smirnoff Tuscan Lemonade and a dash of plain UV vodka for an extra kick.

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Then you slip them into the fridge for a few hours, and voila! Look how cute his little angry face is! Haha.

To be honest though, I would have preferred to just have regular shots instead of jello shots. I ended up eating them out of the glasses with a spoon, because the slimy feeling of a huge cube of jello slowly moving down my esophagus makes me gag.

But anyway, there you have it! Adorable Avengers party food for your next Marvel party. Now if you'll excuse me, I have another 50,000 words to write so I can finish my second book! :)

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**A few notes before you read this super awesome recipe for homemade bagels (they only take 1 day!)

1. I am participating in this year's NanoWrimo (national novel writer's month), where the goal is essentially to complete a novel in one month. If I seem lax in my blog posts, it's because I am frantically trying to reach my word count. 

2. My book, Passion's Tide, will be FREE on Amazon from Monday 11/12 through Friday 11/16! That's right, you can own the super popular swashbuckling adventure romance for free. I would love it if you would review it, rate it, and tell all your friends so that I can be rich and famous enough to support my food styling obsession. 

And I now return you to your regularly scheduled program: 

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Well guys, I think I may have finally gotten the hang of this baking thing. This week alone I've made two batches of bread, and two batches of bagels. I even had to run out to Wegmans on a Saturday afternoon (Never do that. It's chaos) to pick up more bread flour!

But look....they are so glorious.

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When I started cooking I never imagined that I would be able to make homemade bread products. And when I overconfidently thought I would give it a shot last Novemeber, well, let's just say the results were less than successful.

I had so many mishaps with baking that I dedicated a whole blog post to it. It's worth a read, because I tend to use a lot of self-deprecating humor when I mess up repeatedly.  ...continue reading

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You know what I hate about brussel sprouts?

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They're simply too damn sexy for their own good. I mean, look at this:

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And this:

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It's like they're teasing me on purpose ;)

What's crazy is that I only started eating green things two years ago, and even then I was smothering them in sauces and butters and seasonings to mask their natural taste.

But these?

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K.I.S.S.

Keep it simple stupid.  ...continue reading