Articles by " Athena Flint"
27 Nov
2015

Cooking With Kards: The Cookie Edition

Happy Holidays! They are now!

In honor of the sugar plum faeries that are headed our way, I chose to review a recipe from our Gourmet Cookie Cookbook! If you or someone you know really wants to learn how to make platters and platters of cookies, this is the best cookie cookbook we have. The cookbook is a compilation of "the single best recipe from each year: 1941-2009". If you've ever wondered how to make all of those classic party cookies that you find on cookie trays, this is it. This is the book you want.

The recipe I chose to try out was the 1985 best recipe: Pecan Tassies!

This recipe was a breeze to make. And it was reasonably sized: it only made 2 dozen cookies, just enough to try out and not get overloaded when you and your roommates eat them all in one sitting. Which TOTALLY DIDN'T HAPPEN........ >.>

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Delish!

I even improvised a bit and put some chocolate chips in the bottom of some of them. 3 chips are all you need in the base of each one, and it's a dash more yum!

My only big advise is to make sure you don't overfill these guys. As long as they're not over-full, they pretty much pop right out of the baking pan and into your mouth.

In the spirit of the holidays, I've got a recipe to share with you, dear readers. It is the simplest yummiest thing in the whole world, and I figure some of you guys might need a holiday treat that you can just pop in the oven and impress last-minute guests!

Here it is!

My Very Own Recipe for Peppermint Brownies!

Ingredients:

A box of fudge brownie mix and whatever it calls for!
York Peppermint Patties! the small bite sized ones! They HAVE to be York!

Choose your pan size and figure out how many York Peppermint Patties will lay flat across it. Unwrap that many.

Follow the directions on your brownie mix box!

Right BEFORE you put that pan of brownie mix in the oven, lightly plop the York Peppermint Patties on the top of the batter. all in a row. Then bake as directed!

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The result is a very sticky, but amazingly minty and wonderful Brownie that you won't be able to put down.

Have fun! Happy Holidays!

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23 Nov
2015

Gifts for Doctor Who Fans

One of my favorite Christmases of all time was when my dear mother found out I liked Doctor Who. That Christmas every single gift was Doctor Who related. I got mugs, and t-shirts and books and DVDs and all of it was Doctor Who. All of it.

If you’re shopping for someone like me, someone who loves all things Doctor Who, we’ve got you covered. We have everything from stocking stuffers to serious tell-them-you-love them gifts, all themed around the infamous Doctor. Check it out!

If you’re not entirely sure what kind of gifts to get, you can always keep things simple(but still fun!) with any of these mugs or glasses! Seriously, who wouldn’t want a mug with a disappearing Tardis or a pint glass with a Dalek?!?dwmugs

Does your whovian hate being cold or wet? We can help with our Tardis or this umbrella that’s definitely bigger on the inside.umbrellafulll

If you happen to know their t shirt size, we have some options!tshirts

Maybe your Whovian love to read! We have a number of Dr. Who books, including the incredible gorgeous Dr. Who Vault book. Seriously, it is so amazing.dwbooks

Still not sure what the best gift would be? Getting a gift card to our store is totally not a cop-out, especially if you give it to them in one of these amazing Dr. Who cards.DWcards

Good luck hunting, guys!

16 Nov
2015

November Book Club Wrap-up: Lolita

bookclubipicDearest Book Clubbers!
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for joining us for November's Book Club & Pizza Party!

If you couldn't make it, you missed out, guys. There was Pizza. And there were cookies and cider. But most importantly, we had a fantastic discussion about November's book, Lolita!

People had a lot to say about Lolita. Good things, bad things, uncomfortable things, thoughtful things. Just a lot of things. With a book as controversial as Lolita, we expected as much, but it was really fun to see it in action.

The overall concluding opinion was generally this: Those who finished the book might have liked it or not liked it, but they were glad they had pushed through and read it. There are a multitude of references made to the book in modern media, and once you've read the book you get to feel smart and clever when you're able to pick up on them. We like feeling clever.

pizzaIn addition to regular book club, we were having a pizza party to celebrate the end of #KUBannedBookIt! We had a number of players, and two players in particular were fighting hard for first place by reading as many books as possible during the month long contest.
@Silversunlight almost had it by reading 13 banned books! But she was ousted by @AKMerti who read SEVENTEEN banned books!!!! In a little over a month! Yeah, Gurl! @AKMerti won a $50 gift certificate to Kards for being the person who read the MOST books! The second $50 gift Certificate went to a random player, chosen by fate to win: Denise Williams! Congrats guys!

winnersrealOur next book contest will be starting up around February of March! We'll be putting together a BOOK MARCH MADNESS! So stay tuned for your next chance to win money by reading books. :)
The next Book Club will be on January 10th! We'll be discussing Swamplandia! by Karen Russell. Make sure you follow KU's Book Club on Facebook to get updates about book club and some super rad trivia about books!

In the meantime, have a wonderful Holiday!

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19 Oct
2015

Halloween Costume Contest!

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Halloween is RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER, guys!!
Do you know what that means??? It means it's time for COSTUMES!

Here at Kards, we are kind of huge fans of dressing up in awesome costumes. This year, we're inviting you all to share your own costumes with us for chances to wins spooooooky prizes!

Here's the deal: 
You put on a super rad costume.
You take a picture post it to Facebook or Instagram and tag @Kards Unlimited. Include #KUIsSpooky!
You get all your friends to like your picture!!
There will be two winners: The player with the most points, and the Staff Favorite. Impress us.

Point system:
1 like = 1 point
1 share = 5 points
Adorable pet in costume included in picture = 10 points
Picture taken IN the store = 15 points
Picture taken with a celebrity that you randomly found on the street = 50 point

You can enter as many photos as you want, but only one of your photos can win, so choose wisely!
Good Luck!

4 Oct
2015

10-4, I understand you!

In today’s world of cellphones and wifi, sometimes it’s hard that not that long ago we were using very different technology to communicate across distances. For instance, radio! And what I’m gonna kind of talk about right here and right now is Ham Radio, otherwise known as amateur radio.

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An example of what the top of my family van looked like...

My dad was a radio enthusiast. We were one of those weird families that had a large radio antenna attached to our chimney and at least 4 giant antennas on the top of the van. Driving into parking garages was always terrible because they would all get knocked down and you’d have to climb up on the roof to make them stand up again.

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This is what it felt like inside of my family car.

Back in the days before the internet, I think the radio was probably the coolest things. With some wires and an antenna, you could communicate with real live people for miles around. And my dad did that. He had a whole group of friends from all of the different states. Like I said, these days, that’s really not impressive. but in those days… he never knew what they looked like. He never saw their faces, just a voice from a box in the night.

So at this point, you’re probably like whaaat. who cares and also what in the world does this have to do with today? Well, today is 10-4. October 4th. But it just so happens that 10-4 was a comon radio code, back in the day. There were a bunch of ‘10’ codes: 10-4, 10-20, 10-33…. They all meant something. Because, you know. when you’re talking over a radio wire that doesn’t have the best reception, sometimes it’s easier to say a bunch of numbers than it is to say all the words you want to say.Like 10-33, for example, means “Emergency!! Everyone STAND BY!” It takes a lot less time to say 10-33 than to start yelling and freaking out over the radio.

So I know I’m showing my nerd right about now… or probably also my age. Ham Radio was a big part of my childhood. When we went on road trips, we didn’t listen to music, we listened to the trucker channel. It lead for some very colorful road trips…. Trucker talk is exactly what you think it would be. Except that sometimes they do actually talk about philosophy.

imageAnyway, I told you that my dad was a big radio person back in the day. And so when his radio friends found out I had been born on October 4th, (happy birthday, me!) I became a famous baby. In the HAm radio community, anyway. I
was the 10-4 baby. Even years after I was born, my dad would get in contact with an old radio buddy and they’d ask, “How’s the 10-4 baby?” “Oh, she’s fine. she’s 9 now.” That’s me. I’m famous.

By the way, 10-4 means “I acknowledge” or “I heard you and understand”. The best way to say it to pull out your best cowboy accent and say “ten four, good buddy.”

Have a good 10-4 guys!

28 Sep
2015

September Book Club Wrap-Up: Something Wicked

BCSWWe had an amazing turn out at book club this month! No one is actually surprised though, because that's what happens when you read Ray Bradbury! Especially Something Wicked This Way Comes.

So here's a big thank you to everyone who stopped by and made it super fun! We talked a lot about the themes of the book, what we liked and didn't like. Here are some thoughts we had:

-The scary carnival thing has been used a lot, but it was really important to remember when reading this book that Ray Bradbury was the original!

-There was a mixed opinion about the prose of the book. Some of us found it truely beautiful and the best part of the book. Some of us felt like it distracted from the story. Everyone's opinions are valid, but we all know who is right and who is wrong.

- We talked a lot about Autumn people, dust people, and what caused people to be drawn to the dark.

-We discussed the storytelling style of the writing: was this book full of actual magic, or did the boys just see things that weren't there? Was the darkness in their imagination? In the end, it was clearly a real threat there, but for a minute you couldn't really be sure if Mr. Dark was actually evil or just creepily excited about his carnival.

Over all, this book really caused a heated discussion. Everyone had feelings and thoughts. And I would expect nothing less from Something Wicked This Way Comes.

If you haven't read the book yet, now is the time! Something Wicked is the perfect book for the beginning, middle and end of fall. It is set in October, and you can feel the beginning of cold air and long nights in the writing. Read it now! Do it!bookcover_redo__lolita_alt__by_shawnywithay-d44cjrg

If you have more opinions, please tell us about them! We love talking about books!!

 

 

Our next book club will be on November 15th at 6pm! We will be reading Lolita in honor of Banned Book week. The book club for November will also be the pizza party wrap up for #KUBannedBookIt, our current reading contest! For more information about this contest, click the 'Play to Win' tab above or click here!!

27 Sep
2015

KUBannedBookIt Book recomendations

These are Banned Books that we love! Check them out!

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To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee

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The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

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Lolita by Vladmir Nabokov

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Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

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Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

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The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

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Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

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The Perks of being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Harry-Potter
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

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The Giver by Lois Lowry


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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

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The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

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Charlotte's Web by E. B. White

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

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Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne

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Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

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A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein

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Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

27 Sep
2015

Banned-BookIt!

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Welcome readers! 
This year, in order to fully celebrate Banned Book Week, Kards Unlimited is hosting another fantastic Book Reading Contest: KU BannedBookIt!

If you were a child of the 90's you will remember getting your first personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut when you met your reading goal for BookIt. It was a magical moment full of hot cheese and a sense of accomplishment.

So here at Kards, we're going to host our own BANNED Book It! The goal is to read as many Banned Books as possible! Reading books can win you prizes!

Here's how it works:
KUBannedBookIt will start on Sunday, September 27th, the first day of Banned Book Week! The final day will be November 10th!
During Banned Book It, you, the reader/contestant will read as many Banned Books as possible!
Each time you read a book, post about it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (Picture of the book included, please), tag Kards and include #KUBannedBookIt
Each book/post will get you a sticker on our MAGICAL SCORE BOARD!
There will be two winners! The one who reads the most books will win a $50 Gift Certificate, and a RANDOM PLAYER will also win a $50 gift certificate! (So you all have a chance to win even if someone super ambitious starts playing!)
We will also be awarding Random 10% off coupons to notable players! So make your posts thoughtful/amusing! Or make a video acting out your favorite scene! Or send us a book report! Or come sing for us! You might win a Coupon!

In honor of our inner children, we will be concluding the contest with a PIZZA PARTY! It will be on November 15th at 6pm! We will want you there to party with us! Let us know if you'll be coming!

Are you excited yet?? START READING!

Here is a list of Banned Books we recommend!
Here are some Banned Books recommended by people on Goodreads!
Here is a handy little postcard you can print out to remind yourself of the rules or give to all of your friends! 

 

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