LEGO minifigures series 2014 update!

LEGO minifigures series 2014 updateI know you’ve been all wondering when the next LEGO minifigures series would be released in 2014.  According to Brickipedia, the next LEGO minifigures series for 2014 will come out in October.

Now, if you found my blog because you are looking for LEGO minifigure bump codes, you should know that it’s an imperfect way to figure out what lurks inside the mystery bags. Different manufacturing runs sometimes result in different bumps. However, I will continue to post the photos of what we find at the LEGO store at the Mall of America.

LEGO minifigures series 2014 details?

So, what’s in the next batch of LEGO minifigures? And is this series 14 or series 12?  I’ve seen both listed, but I’m sure whatever LEGO calls it will be official.

Back to the figures, below is the list found on Brickipedia.  Can you guess which ones I’m looking forward to seeing?

Space Miner
Battle Goddess
Wizard
Dino Tracker
Swashbuckler
Jester
Piggy Guy
Hun Warrior
Fairytale Princess
Pizza Delivery Man
Video Game Guy
Spooky Girl
Prospector
Genie Girl
Rock Star
Lifeguard

I sort of like the juxtaposition of the Pizza Delivery Man and the Video Game Guy.  The two seem to go together naturally. The Piggy Guy confuses me. Then again this set will be released near Halloween, so maybe it’s his costume. Maybe that’s the theme? Halloween? It makes sense. I mean the Spooky Girl does have a goth teddy bear. Oh, and the first person to sing that awful Aerosmith song when they see the Space Miner gets kicked.  Dammit! Too late. That song is now stuck in my head.

Which one sounds like fun to you?

Who ya gonna call? LEGO Ghostbusters!

LEGO Ghostbusters ECTO-1That’s right…the Ghostbusters ECTO-1 is now in LEGO form.

30 years ago Ghostbusters was released in the theaters.  Like most Gen-Xers, I love that movie. So many great one liners, and of course, Bill Murray.

Now, we have LEGO Ghostbusters! So, what’s in the box? You get the Ectomobile, proton packs, ghost traps and all four Ghostbusters, Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, Egon Spengler and Winston Zeddemore. They each come with two faces, a normal face and a scared face.

I wish Slimer was included…or at least some ghostly figure.

The good thing about this set is that the possibility exists for future sets.  I would love to see a Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man and the Ghostbuster headquarters.  Even better?  The apartment building where Gozer the Destroyer appeared and of course the dogs.

Just remember: Don’t cross the streams.  It would be very bad.

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Happy Pi Day!

CelebratePiDayMarch14thYes, you ready that correctly.  It’s March 14th and that means it’s Pi day.

Don’t remember this mathematical constant? Dig deep in the recesses of your memory and bring up the geometry class in 9th grade (or whatever grade you were tortured by it). Remember how we calculate area and circumferences of circular stuff. We use Pi. And because Pi is 3.14 (yadda yadda yadda) and we all love a reason to have pastry, we celebrate 3/14 as Pi day…with pie. At least in the United States…maybe Canada?

According to Wikipedia, the first Pi Day was celebrated by a physicist at the Exploratorium in San Francisco in 1988. I’m not sure when I first started celebrating Pi Day. I think I first heard about it a couple of years ago.

I know last year I went to a fancy dessert place and got a slice of chocolate pie to celebrate.  This year? I’ll be seeking out some pie somewhere.  How will you celebrate Pi Day?

It seems like a good way to introduce a math discussion with your kids.  Then again, I’m a nerd and enjoy nerdy things like math.

Recipe: Easy Chocolate Chip Scones

pastryYou know when you forget to get stuff for breakfast, but you want something yummy? That happened to me the other day. Then I saw a box of Bisquick in my fridge as well as an opened package of mini-chocolate chips. I thought some how these two things should go together. I found a recipe for Easy Drop Danish in my Bisquick cook book and slightly modified it to include the chocolate chips. It was a tasty and easy to make treat.

Scones Recipe
2 cups Original Bisquick® mix
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2/3 cup milk or whipping cream
Mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 450. My oven tends to run hot, so I only set it to 425.

  1. Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray or lightly grease with shortening. In medium bowl, stir Bisquick mix, butter and granulated sugar until crumbly. Stir in milk until dough forms. Stir in mini chocolate chips to taste. I did this by sight and probably added in 2/3 cup.
  2. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto cookie sheet. Make shallow well in center of each with back of spoon dipped in water; fill each with mini chocolate chips
  3. Bake 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Hershey’s Spreads review

food, snack, treatWhen the people at Crowdtap sent me a sample of the new Hershey’s Spreads to try, I couldn’t believe it was new.  It seemed like Hershey’s had made a product like this before, but I couldn’t remember when.  Apparently, it was nothing but a day dream, except now the Hershey’s Spreads are real.  YAY!

If you are looking for a quick, chocolaty treat, I highly recommend Hershey’s Spreads.  There are three flavors: Chocolate, Almond & Chocolate, and Hazelnut and Chocolate.  I tried the regular chocolate version.

What should you put this wonder stuff on?  Fruit would be an obvious choice, but since I didn’t have any fruit in the house, I chose toast.  Yep, toast…and a bagel…and a Ritz cracker…and a pita chip…and Wheat Thins.

Oddly enough, the Ritz cracker wasn’t too bad with the chocolate.  It had a nice salty finish.

Honestly, Hershey’s Spread was sort of like a cold fondue.  I kept trying to find different things to dip in it, which is why I tried different kinds of crackers…and because I have no fruit in the house.

I wish I could have tried it on graham crackers.  Back when I was a kid, my mom used to give me and my sister frosting on graham crackers as a snack. Not every day, but once in a while.  The Hershey’s Spread reminded me of those days.

Christmas Tradition: Dinner with the gals

ChristmasTraditionsOne of the things my sister, mom, and I have done since I moved to Sacramento is go out to dinner, just the three of us, some time just before Christmas.  We usually go somewhere nice like Ruth’s Chris or in last night’s case Bandera.  It’s a great bonding time.  We have fancy drinks and splurge on a good meal.

We take a break from the rush of the holidays and daily life in general, even if it’s only for a couple of hours. I always try to have Baileys on the rocks at the end of the dinner, but I keep overindulging in good wine.  Speaking of…

Last night, I accidentally ordered a $50 bottle of wine.  I was looking at the glass price.  Yes, I’d already had a glass of wine…and not enough to eat.  Oops. It was delightful, however.

Usually, we also give each other little gifts.  It’s a pretty ornament or something fancy, but small, we might not normally buy for ourselves.  This year, I totally forgot.  In my defense, I did have to fly halfway across the country for Christmas and have had quite a bit on my mind lately, but no worries. It’s all good.

 

Holiday Cocktail Recipe: Warm Woody

WarmWoodyBeverageThis is a very simple hot beverage that is popular at a restaurant up in Lake Tahoe, Riva Grill.  It’s called a “Warm Woody” probably because their other popular cocktail is called a “Wet Woody”.  It has to do with wooden boats or something.  The Wet Woody is a blended beverage chock full of rum.  The Warm Woody is a three ingredient hot drink. Well, four if you include the whip cream…and of course, I do.

I’d link to their website, but it automatically plays music when you go there, so I can’t condone that.

Ingredients:

Coffee
Baileys Irish Cream
Hot cocoa
Whipped cream

If you’re lucky enough to have a Keurig, you can make these one at a time. Just dump a packet of instant hot cocoa into a mug. Put your favorite coffee in the Keurig and brew it right into the hot cocoa.  Add Baileys to taste and stir.  Garnish with whipped cream.

So yummy!!