March 1, 2012 • Humor
Oh, Horse_ebooks. You are easily my favorite Twitter account.
Unfamiliar with it? Horse_ebooks is a Twitter spambot designed to sell... that's right, eBooks about horses. The account spews out a seemingly endless amount of randomly generated text and sometimes, just sometimes, an actual line from a book. The tweets are hilarious and have spawned webcomics, fan fiction, and now, thanks to some guys here in our hometown of Philadelphia, t-shirts.
Born from their mutual love for Horse_ebooks, Philadelphians Adam Teterus, Aaron Grando, and Brett Strycharz decided to pay homage to their favorite Twitter account with finely-crafted fashion tees that subtly nod to the source. The name of the product line? Horse_elooks.
Their company, What Say Co., currently has three Horse_elooks shirts up for grabs, my favorite of which is pictured above. Head over to the official What Say Co. website to scope out the rest.
Well done, gentlemen!
February 29, 2012 • Fiction
Ah March! The month that rings in Spring, gives us all a reason to be Irish, and celebrates the lives of pigs. Say whaaa? Yes, that's right. March 1st is National Pig Day, a holiday instituted in 1972 by two sisters to honor the pig for its intellect and greatness. Probably a bad day to eat bacon.
To do my share in honoring the pig I have gathered a list of the greatest porkers in literature. I lift my glass to all of them, but also slightly apologize for giving you more information on pig characters than you probably need to know.
1. Wilbur: Oh, Wilbur. The beloved children's book Charlotte's Web introduces Wilbur, a rambunctious pig who befriends the clever spider Charlotte when he learns he's on the menu for Thanksgiving dinner.
Interestingly, E.B. White wrote Death of a Pig years prior, based on a true event of how he couldn't save his sick pig. Some believe Charlotte's Web was a way for White to retroactively save that pig. I think E.B. would have been all smiles on Pig Day.
2. Piglet: I almost turned a blind eye to Piglet because he has received enough attention throughout the years, but then I realized it would give me an opportunity to talk about “Pooh Sticks.”
For the uninitiated, Pooh Sticks is a game created by the Hundred Acre Wood clan whereby each player drops a stick over the side of a bridge to see whose stick first appears on the other side. There is even a World Poohsticks Championship, which takes place annually on the River Thames in Oxfordshire, England. Nerd alert!
3. Gub-Gub: Who, you say, is Gub-Gub? Gub-Gub was one of the first animals that Dr. Doolittle spoke to in the 1932 children's book Gub-Gub's Book, An Encyclopedia of Food by Hugh Lofting. The book is told from Gub-Gub's point of view. Gub-Gub is a great lover of food. He is also the first animal to experience Dr. Doolittle's onset schizophrenia.
4. Napoleon and Snowball: These two young pigs were born from the mind of George Orwell in Animal Farm, published in 1945.
The Stalin-inspired Napoleon starts off as a regular ol’ piggie but soon becomes dictator of the farm animals. Snowball, on the other hand, is busy trying to stir up other farm animals in a massive riot against humans. I think Snowball masks would have been way cuter than Guy Fawkes’ masks during Occupy. No?
February 29, 2012 • Cookbook: Baking
Today is Leap Day. For some of us, it means trading childrens' tears for candy. For others, its an extra day to read, write, and/or bake.
If you're the sort that can't wait to spend the extra free time whipping up some treats for post-Leap Day festivities, you're in luck. Tomorrow happens to be National Peanut Butter Lover's Day. So to help you out, we've got this delicious recipe from our Peanut Butter & Co. Cookbook.
Read on to learn how to make peanut butter swirl brownies. Yum!
February 29, 2012 • Cookbook: Desserts
Here on Homemade Quirk, we're dishing out some exclusive recipe cards on Facebook. Head on over to the Quirk Books Facebook page to score some three printable cards with recipes for Ultimate Hot Chocolate, Homemade Marshmallow Creme, and Classic Vanilla Marshmallows.
February 27, 2012 • Cookbook: Desserts
Maple Bacon S'mores by Kitchen Konfidence
Wow. What a week.
Last week contenders in the Marsh Madness West Coast bracket posted their unbelievable recipes, each one just as creative as the last. Our partners Serious Eats have the recap, and you can scope out links to all the entries (plus a bonus!), below.
Kitchen Konfidence: Maple Bacon S'mores
Love Veggies & Yoga: Peanut Butter Cocoa Krispie S'mores
Teenie Cakes: Chai-Spiced Pistachio Marshmallows
Kitchen Parade: Orange-Kissed Marshmallows
And although she wasn't in the official bracket, Sweets by Sillianah's custom Blood Orange Marshmallows are just fantastic.
Check back here and on Serious Eats come Monday for another recap, and make sure you're following the #MarshMadness hashtag on Twitter.
February 23, 2012 • Parenting: Dad
In his talk, The Future of Play, he speaks passionately about the importance of rough and tumble playtime, how it builds emotional intelligence, and how it can inspire creativity and imagination.
The video just hit YouTube, and you can scope it out above. Nice job, Anthony! We're proud of you!