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Hosting #TabletopDay 2017


2016 was my first year celebrating Tabletop Day. We had recently taken a break from our regular Arcology Podcast home game to spend a few months playing straight up tabletop. Needless to say, I was into it. And once I learned there was a whole holiday dedicated to games, well, I just HAD to make it “a thing”.

Once we had the date locked down and the invite list confirmed, it was time for fun part. Themed party prep – YAY! We had our hexagon shaped serving dishes on order from Crate & Barrel, the petri dishes coming from Amazon (because: Pandemic, duh) but you and I both know it can’t be a perfectly themed party without themed food. That’s where the trouble came in.. what the heck to make?

I did a quick google and all I could come up were articles about easy to make snacks Chex Mix, veggie trays, smaller version of other things & food in the shape of a hexagon. Not really what I was looking for at the time. That said, I just now found this Geek & Sundry post from 2015 that would have come in handy last year. 😉

I wanted to be ahead of the game this year. Pun intended. So, here is my best mash up of Martha Stewart & Felicia Day. I mean, come on now… how baller would that combo be, for real?

I hope these game themed snack ideas give you just the inspiration to make something awesome yourself.

Pandemic Disease Cubes- Jello Jigglers
When you serve them perfectly portioned in a petri dish, it’s just gross enough to be delicious.



Sushi Go! – Fruit Sushi “Frushi”
I had absolutely planned on just buying some sushi for this instead. And, if I’m being honest, I probably will when Tabletop Day comes around. This one is a bit tedious.

Photo Mar 11, 4 44 42 PM

Recipe – It’s fruit & you make it look like sushi.

Red Dragon Inn – Cheese Coins
Of course, when you make these, you should have a tasty beverage in hand to get you in the mood. When I make these, I roll them out instead of “strawing” them and cut them out with, I kid you not, a bottle from some squeezable mayo. It’s the perfect size.

Photo Mar 12, 11 37 40 AM


Shadowrun – SoyKaf
This is the coffee substitute that you drink in Shadowrun. We were warned, but we tried it anyway. Do not make this, If you do, don’t follow my cheat method, you can find an actual recipe here 

Photo Mar 11, 6 10 09 PM

I hope this inspired you to get crafty in the kitchen for Tabletop Day, or just for your next game night! Let me know what you make or if you have any other recipes to try, over on Twitter @CarrieJKeenan 


What to do when you miss out on the party…


From time to time in my life, I have been known to take a good idea and go a “skosh” too far. This would indeed be one of those times!

Due to my current state of underemployment, I normally find myself with availability wide open, it’s rare I can’t move one of my 4 jobs about to accommodate something fun… Today is the first time in fact, that I can think of for quite some time.

Knowing that today is the big Celebration of Bacon – I was attacked by a fit of genius that was only a touch crazy. I made my mind up yesterday that I would have some kind of bacon today – just because.  I got it into my head that I wanted to try the famous bacon cupcake from Zuppas. Unfortunately, that was not possible .. so I thought. Heck, I can just make myself some maple bacon cupcakes.

As I wandered about Festival, I decided to take it one step further and make chocolate covered bacon maple cupcakes. So off I went to my mother’s to take over her kitchen. Below is how it went….

Step one – Cook up a Vat – O- Bacon

At this stage  I am still in the mode of  “This is quite possibly one of the strangest things  I have done”

I’d like to thank the “Girls” Betty, Jemima & Pam

The bacon fried, it was time to mix up a cake. I by no means make anything from scratch, so I do fall back quite a bit on my kitchen assistants.

Point of no Return

The question of how to turn my butter batter into fabtastic maple bacon cupcakes was an easy one to answer. Add some syrup and a spoonfull of bacon drippings to the bowl.

I decided to go a bit all over the place in cupcake shape and size. It started as a test pan with the minis. a dollop of syrup in the bottom of each.

Starting out small

On the top of every other cupcake I added just a bit of bacon. A bacon baby step if you will. Into the oven they went, and  I started scooping out the rest. Once all the trays were in the oven it was time to do some dipping.


I put the dipped bacon in the fridge to chill overnight and then got lost in the music pumping in from my playlist (tonights random mix – Kylie, Dropkick Murphy’s, The Beatles & Glee)

About an hour in, I discovered the oven died, so I had to finish some of the batches in the microwave to rather interesting looking results!

Microwaved Cupcakes

Aww. it’s a heart

I cleaned up, left the cakes to cool, thanked my unofficial helper with a the honor of licking the spoon

Thanks Mom

This morning was the ultimate task, While the bits we tried last night were MIGHTY tasty, and in spite of my art background… The things I have made in the kitchen in the past… well they look more like something you would eat standing over the sink with a dog staring at you waiting for the bits to fall off. But I knew I had to make them as pretty as possible seeing the disaster with the oven! So I started my trying out my skills as a piper. A big glob of frosting in a ziplock bag, and suddenly, I’m an Irom Chef! Adding my super spiffy chocolate bacon, and they looked good! So I say Cheers  to all of you at the bacon party today, I’ll be thinking of you when I get home from work tonight and sink my teeth into one of these beauties!


Have a Great  #baconparty10 everyone!


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Hey lady – next time it’s “pupcakes”!