July 1st. You may know it as a typical summer day, or maybe as a lead up to the fourth of July? Well you’d be right and so very wrong on both accounts. July 1st is a day we should all celebrate in supreme thankfulness, because it’s the day that the man who kept the arc of the covenant out of the hands of the Nazis, stopped a dark evil from spreading over India, found the holy grail and rescued us from the …aliens… no, no sorry that last one didn’t happen. Anyway, this guy was born. Of course I’m speaking of none other than the greatest screen hero of all time, Doctor Henry Walton “Indiana” Jones Junior.
Indiana was the name of his dog.
The Indiana Jones trilogy (Yes, trilogy. There was never a fourth movie made and it was all just a terrible dream everyone shared simultaneously) is the single greatest action/adventure franchise ever created. It also convinced me I could wield a whip and out run boulders. Disclaimer: These are NOT things You can do.
Disclaimer #2: You also will NOT look cool in a fedora.
From the cool fedora, to the sweet leather jacket, to the man satchel, Indy has it all. Style, grace, fight moves, and big brown eyes. Indy is a man’s man. And he’ adopted small Asian kids before it was cool.
But whatever happened to Short Round?
Okay, I’m breaking down, I can’t do it anymore. As much as I want to pretend Kingdom of the Crystal Skull never happened, it did. We all saw it, we all cried. I know grief is hard, but together we move past it, get on with our lives, and love the Indy we used to know. But seriously, stay away from the Blu-Ray of Crystal Skull, I’ve heard rumors that if you watch it with your eyes open, well.…
There might be side-effects.
I’ll leave you with this, to help make what I’m sure is a boring Monday into an adventure. Seriously, play it while completing any task and tell me you don’t feel just a little bit more like a hero. Changing the coffee. Changing the stapler. Changing the Diaper. All now more heroic.
Thanks to everyone who came out to book club on Sunday! We had a rip-roaring old time, what?
Just look at all these smiling faces!
The general opinion of all in attendance was that everyone should read this book! Why? Well, because it’s hilarious! and charming! And just general fun! Quite a few people at book club had already picked up another Wodehouse book to read. And let me tell you, once you’ve got the bug, you’re done for. All the Bertie Wooster is not quite enough Bertie Wooster!
The next book club will be meeting on August 16th at 6pm in the store.
We’re switching gears quite drastically with this book! On to the creepy tale of terror: The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan! If you’ve been aching to get your thrill on, we got you.
See you in August! But also hopefully before then, because there is PLENTY of time to read a million other books (and post them for #KUBookBingo to win prizes) before the next meeting!!!
Oh, July, you are the delicious epitome of summer. Hot days, hot dogs, corn on the cob, air conditioning, ice cream, french fries, Independence Day… July makes me nostalgic for those sticky ice pops with the plastic that will cut your lip, the pool, and sunshine. Mmm. Click through to see all of our wonderful reasons to celebrate this month!
It’s summer time. And I sure as heck don’t really want to be slaving over a hot kitchen right now, at least unless it results in something that will cool me down and chill me out. So I decided that this month I would choose a recipe from the Big Gay Ice Cream book. Yes, that is the title of an actual book. I’m not just calling a book big and gay. Although it totally is.
Big Gay Ice Cream is the recollections, explanations, fun tidbits and generally goodies, compiled by Bryan Petroff and Douglas Quint about their Big Gay Ice Cream business and how it started. It’s a pretty fun read, or even just a fun skim. It’s set up as if it was a high school yearbook, so it’s got lots of fun handwritten notes in it, some pretty rad pictures and, of course, recipes.
I magically opened to a recipe so intriguing that I got stuck on the page: Peppercoke Sorbet. The entire ingredient list is this: Coke (preferably Mexican) and black and pink peppercorns. (And sugar. But, duh.)
The thought of making an ice cream type thing out of peppercorns was so weird to me that I needed to give it a shot. Also, I love Mexican Coke. It’s so much better than regular coke. (*Twirls hipster mustache*)
This recipe was wicked easy. The hardest parts were finding an ice cream machine that I could borrow and stressing out about where in the world they sold pink peppercorns. Luckily I have some pretty amazing (and culinary inclined) friends who just had an ice cream machine lying around. (Shout out to Tiffy and family! Hi Tiffy and family! Thanks bunches!) And also, Market District apparently sells everything.
Like seriously, side rail here, but I was just about to resign myself to buying a large container of ‘rainbow’ peppercorns (includes pink, green and black) and picking out the pink ones. And then I turned around and there was this GIANT glass canister full of just pink peppercorns that you can buy by the ounce. Day made, my friend. Day made.
The resulting sorbet? Well, it was a bit wet. I didn’t quite freeze it enough before I tried to use the ice cream maker. But I blame that mostly on me trying to make sorbet in the middle of running around to a few different appointments. And also not actually knowing how to simmer things. Now I know. YouTube told me. (See guys? Anyone can cook if I can cook.)
Anyway, it was SUPER yummy. Like really. You know how sometimes ice creams can leave a creamy taste in your mouth and you need to chase your ice cream with like a soda or something? Well NO NEED with Peppercoke sorbet! It is super refreshing in the mouth. And, don’t worry, it doesn’t taste like you overdosed on pepper. It just has a bit of a bite to it. so like a sweet coke sorbet with a refreshing bite. YUM!
You guys should come get this book so you can try these ice creams. Or I guess you could take a road trip to New York and actually get these super rad ice creams from the professionals at Big Gay Ice Cream.
Oh! Oh! Post Note! There’s a recipe for a sundae in the book called American Gobs. Like American Gods. the book. by Neil Gaiman. Whhhaaaaaat. That’s next on my personal check list. Read American Gods while waiting for the TV show American Gods while eating an American Gobs Sundae. Hecks Yes.
Get your glitter! Get your flower crowns! It’s FAIRY DAY!
On this day, once every year, people young and old are encouraged to really believe in magic again! Tell stories of pixies and faeries and banshees and pooka.
Imagine that the whole world is filled with a magic that streams like glitter and sunshine. The flowers bloom because the summer faeries open them for us, and the stars twinkle because they’re being tickled by pixies.
We heartily suggest that you take full advantage of this holiday. What better excuse do you have for wearing a tutu and crown in to work? And don’t forget your wings. Also, a thing that everyone around you will love and appreciate is if you flit around and throw glitter everywhere. …wait. no. don’t do that one.
Happy Fairy Day everyone!
When I say ‘Eric Carle’ you probably think instantly of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. What you probably don’t know about Mr. Carle is that he had a cray cray life before he started writing and illustrating children’s literature. He was born in America in 1929 but his family moved back to Germany when he was 6, and he graduated from the local art school there. When he was 15, the German government drafted him to help dig the Siegfried Line. He saw some horrible shit doing that, he would say later that his wife thought he had PTSD from it, and he didn’t like to talk about it. Go figure.
Since he was born an American, he was always eager to get back to the states. He came back over with $40 when he was 23. He started working at The New York Times as a graphic designer. Then he got drafted into the US Army during the Korean War, stationed in Germany (WTF REALLY?!) as a mail clerk. He went back to The New York Times after that, and then went on to be an art director at an advertising agency.
It wasn’t until the age of 38 that he started doing his forreal thang. He collaborated with Bill Martin. Jr. on a book called Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? From there it was ENTIRELY DOWNHILL! He wrote over 70 books. SEVENTY! The book that stands out from my childhood is The Grouchy Ladybug, because well, children with an at-ee-tood can relate.
Now that you’ve been schooled on Eric Carle, I suggest you get to buying all of these books for every child you know because OH MY HEAVENS are they perfect. Adorable, meaningful, and have I freaking mentioned adorable? Happy birthday, Eric Carle!
We at Kards Unlimited have received the much anticipated and highly controversial Grey by E.L. James. If you aren’t familiar with Grey yet, it is 50 Shades of Grey told by Christian Grey. Learn about Christian’s traumatic childhood which haunts him every single night. Come on by and pick up your copy to see what all the fuss is about.
If you are looking to spend a night in with your honey, we have great products for adventurous lovers. Whether you want to feel sexy, romantic, fun, or sassy, we have the product for you. My personal favorites are the Kama Sutra massage candles. Light the wick and relax for twenty minutes, blow the wick out, let it sit for a few minutes, then begin giving your lover a massage they won’t forget.
For a more playful and artistic time, the Lover’s Body Paint is a must. Edible and arousing. Enjoy a meal of Penis Pasta, or Pasta Boobs, then you can eat dessert directly off someone else’s body…yum. If edible body paint isn’t your thing, the glow-in-the-dark finger paint is a fun way to paint the stars on your partner’s body. Play hide-and-seek in the covers…with no clothes on!
And if you are a die hard 50 Shades fan, we carry the Sex Mischief line for all your light bondage needs. We can even sell you a sex contract!
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So if you want to try something new in the bedroom this week, we can help! We love to help!
Things are heating up as we prepare to celebrate the 2015 Summer Solstice!
This year, the summer solstice falls on June 21st. In the Northern Hemisphere, the summer solstice begins at 6:51 a.m. EDT, officially ringing in summer. The date brings the year’s longest stretch of daylight. Though the hours of sunlight depend on location, many areas will see 16 hours’ worth of light!
For science aficionados, the summer solstice occurs precisely when the Earth’s axial tilt is most inclined toward the sun, at the degree of 23° 26′, it’s most extreme. In June, the tilt is toward the sun in the Northern Hemisphere, while the second yearly solstice, the winter solstice, in December, the tilt is away from the sun in the Southern Hemisphere.
The solstice marks the first day of summer, and that means flip-flops, beach trips and barbecues. In southern England, thousands flock to Stonehenge to see the sun rise from the vantage point of the 4,000-year-old solar monument.
The summer solstice is also a time of celebration for Christians and Pagans. In Christianity, the first day of summer marks the festival of St. John the Baptist, and in Paganism followers celebrate what they call “midsummer” with bonfires and feasts.
Happy Solstice to all, and to all a good day!