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Marie Porter is an award winning Cake Artist, author, and spandex costumer. Her current cookbook titles include "The Spirited Baker", "Evil Cake Overlord", and "Sweet Corn Spectacular". Her current "Spandex Simplified" sewing manual titles include "Synchro Swimwear", "Sewing for Skaters", "Sewing for Gymnasts", and "Sewing for Superheroes". Marie is also the author of a disaster memoir, "Twisted: A Minneapolis Tornado Memoir". Marie is proud to be an Aspie nerd... Loudmouth. Eurodance fanatic. INTJ. Survived being Top 100 finalist on MasterChef USA, season 4. Blog covers food, costuming, and is sprinkled with some general geekery. (Cosplay, Doctor Who, Tolkien, and Marvel are some favourites!)

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Best. Husband. Ever.I haven’t so much as planned his costume out (never mind even purchased anything for it!), but he let me get away with suggesting a makeup test already :)  To be fair, makeup isn’t my thing, and I really do need practice.  Lots of practice.Because yum.Err… I mean… because practice makes perfect!(That’s just some crappy scrap fabric draped over his head, because short teal hair looks weird with that makeup)

Best. Husband. Ever.

I haven’t so much as planned his costume out (never mind even purchased anything for it!), but he let me get away with suggesting a makeup test already :) 

To be fair, makeup isn’t my thing, and I really do need practice. 

Lots of practice.

Because yum.

Err… I mean… because practice makes perfect!

(That’s just some crappy scrap fabric draped over his head, because short teal hair looks weird with that makeup)

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Where is the “Ronan the Accuser” love?

Gotta admit, I’m kinda disappointed by the lack of Ronan fan art on my dash.

… Yeah, I’m aware I may have a problem.  LOL.

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Eight years ago tonight involved:

- Cursing at oriental lilies in a hotel bathroom while running a steamy shower to coax them open at the last minute

- The best wedding DJ ever.

- The shittiest wedding photographer ever.

- Bait and switched catering

- Crappy freezer burnt cake that looked like it had tape worms all over it (Yay, kickback deals with the caterer!)

- The best bartender EVER, who saw how stressed out I was (from the photographer), and kept the candy apple martinis coming

- Shittons of glow sticks

- A bunch of dead bodies / body parts (we got married at the science museum, BodyWorlds was going on right outside the reception)

- Some very confused in-laws when our officiant started reading from the Book of Flying Spaghetti Monster

- Getting married to the coolest, most fun person on the planet

Happy anniversary, thrandys-nonsense

Eight years ago tonight involved:

- Cursing at oriental lilies in a hotel bathroom while running a steamy shower to coax them open at the last minute

- The best wedding DJ ever.

- The shittiest wedding photographer ever.

- Bait and switched catering

- Crappy freezer burnt cake that looked like it had tape worms all over it (Yay, kickback deals with the caterer!)

- The best bartender EVER, who saw how stressed out I was (from the photographer), and kept the candy apple martinis coming

- Shittons of glow sticks

- A bunch of dead bodies / body parts (we got married at the science museum, BodyWorlds was going on right outside the reception)

- Some very confused in-laws when our officiant started reading from the Book of Flying Spaghetti Monster

- Getting married to the coolest, most fun person on the planet

Happy anniversary, thrandys-nonsense

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Gandalf insisted on playing LOTR Trivial Pursuit with us. Super cute!

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mostly-benedict:

jackiedwu:

celebrationgeneration:

Hubby as Thranduil the Piemaker, inspired by this sketch by lokimotives !So much awesome.

Imagine waking up in the morning, walking to the kitchen and see this…

Imagine further that you wake up, walk into your kitchen one morning and see this, but it is, in fact, Lee Pace!^.^

As much as I appreciate Lee Pace… He can’t hold a candle to my husband :)So I’d rather wait up to this, LOL.  (Or him in Ronan the Accuser, which is our next costuming project for him!)

mostly-benedict:

jackiedwu:

celebrationgeneration:

Hubby as Thranduil the Piemaker, inspired by this sketch by lokimotives !

So much awesome.

Imagine waking up in the morning, walking to the kitchen and see this…

Imagine further that you wake up, walk into your kitchen one morning and see this, but it is, in fact, Lee Pace!^.^

As much as I appreciate Lee Pace… He can’t hold a candle to my husband :)

So I’d rather wait up to this, LOL. (Or him in Ronan the Accuser, which is our next costuming project for him!)

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rebeccakoconnor:

I found myself wondering this morning how we could ever expect the people around us to keep their promises to us when we don’t keep the ones we make to ourselves. I wondered if we let people ruin us with lies about love because we’ve never really taken the time to fall in love with ourselves.

I…

I love this woman. She was one of the very few bright spots I had during my reality TV “adventure” - I’ll never forget the kindness and generosity she showed me.

It feels a little weird sharing something so personal, but this is a WISE WOMAN, and I love the message. Read it. Embrace it. Live it - even if you’re already in a happy relationship with someone besides yourself.

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In honour of the Doctor Who season premiere this weekend, I decided to FINALLY share my recipe for Fish Fingers & Custard.  Oh, and hey… it’s gluten-free! http://www.celebrationgeneration.com/blog/2014/08/20/fish-fingers-custard-recipe-gluten-free/

In honour of the Doctor Who season premiere this weekend, I decided to FINALLY share my recipe for Fish Fingers & Custard.

Oh, and hey… it’s gluten-free!

http://www.celebrationgeneration.com/blog/2014/08/20/fish-fingers-custard-recipe-gluten-free/

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Why we only bought ONE BAG of these on our trip on Canada… I have no idea. Best Doritos ever… Not available in the USA.

They inspired my husband to write the following …

Oh, Canada,
The delicious potato chip land. 
True flavor-full love 
in all thy chips’ command. 

With glowing hearts 
we taste thee fries, 
the poutine strong and free! 

From far and wide, O Canada!
I buy my chips from thee! 

God keep our chips glorious and tasty! Oh Canada, your chips are damn tasty! Oh Canada, your chips are damn tasty!

…. I married well.

Why we only bought ONE BAG of these on our trip on Canada… I have no idea. Best Doritos ever… Not available in the USA.

They inspired my husband to write the following …

Oh, Canada,
The delicious potato chip land.
True flavor-full love
in all thy chips’ command.

With glowing hearts
we taste thee fries,
the poutine strong and free!

From far and wide, O Canada!
I buy my chips from thee!

God keep our chips glorious and tasty! Oh Canada, your chips are damn tasty! Oh Canada, your chips are damn tasty!

…. I married well.

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teaberryblue:

So, Tea, what do you do, quit while you’re ahead on the GotG criticism, or go full throttle?

Gosh, well, I’ve never been one for, uh, tact, so I guess full throttle it is.

I posted some criticism of a single line in the movie earlier— a movie which, I will admit, I by and large enjoyed. I really liked all five of the main characters; I liked John C. Reilly’s character, I liked Nebula…

But I want to talk about how I feel like a major opportunity was missed with Ronan the Accuser. Again, I owe a lot of this to conversing with darrylayo about it in person (and he was the one who brought it up) which helped me consolidate my thoughts on the matter.

Now, just for the purposes of citation, here are a couple links you might find useful:

Ronan on Wikipedia 
Ronan on Marvel.com 
Ronan on Wikia 

That’s just additional reading, should you be interested.

Let’s talk about Ronan’s background, which was present but glossed over in the film.

Ronan is the Supreme Accuser of the Kree Empire. He is not some fringe maniac. His job is literally to act as judge and jury of any crime committed within or against the Kree Empire.

Ronan is not killing off Xandarians purposelessly. He is killing off Xandarians because it is his job, because he believes the Xandarians have committed heinous crimes against the Kree people.

But this is glossed over so quickly and he is portrayed as a genocidal maniac for most of the film, without the film really looking at his perspective.

And in this case, I think looking at his perspective could have been really valuable in creating a more cohesive MCU.

On a very basic level, Ronan is operating from a POV of perceived duty, a role that is his responsibility to live up to, even if his own people have forsaken him. They made him their Accuser, and it is his principles that drive him to continue to act as Accuser even in the light of a peace treaty which he believes is a crime against his people.

Now I want to go back and think about The Winter Soldier and Project Insight.

We’ve got another movie where the premise hinges on a genocide of sorts, though that genocide is not quite a genocide in the traditional sense as it does not single people out by race, ethnicity, or religion. But it is singling people out by a unifying trait.

Steve Rogers, Captain America, the single most absolutely principled characted in the MCU, someone who puts his ideals above everything else, to the point of major self-sacrifice, takes down the institution that has been his home since a very jarring reawakening in a life where everything his knows is dead, gone, or massively changed. He sees the poison that has taken root in it and razes it to the ground.

That is not actually so different from what Ronan believes he is doing. The difference is that Ronan cannot draw the line between killing those reponsible for the crimes against his people, and killing the innocents associated with them. But, like Steve, he believes that the only solution is to raze the institution to the ground— it’s just that his definition of institution is more extreme.

I would have really, really loved if they had focused more on Ronan’s principles. What he is doing is genuinely awful, a case of principles taken to extremist measures, but he is also the person that the Kree made him into, trained him to be, demanded he be, and then abandoned. Steve Rogers, likewise, was turned into Captain America, trained to be Captain America, demanded to be Captain America, and then, in many ways, also effectively abandoned.

There was so much potential to draw a parallel between the hero of one major MCU release and the villain of another major MCU release in the same year, but the lack of attention to Ronan’s character backstory and “present” (in movie terms) development really made him into a less-compelling villain than he could have been, and therefore did not leave us with a potentially challenging dichotomy between the two major offerings in the MCU this year.

The movie is great as a standalone, but a little more spit-shine on Ronan could have created a thematically cohesive year in the MCU that I missed.

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I made a thing - First cake I’ve done in a year. Ended up going kind of nuts with it…. It was just going to be a simple cake to bring to a BBQ for the Superheroes group I’m in.

Then I figured, what the hell, I’ll do it on theme. Captain America’s Shield will be easy enough.

Then, I wanted to play with my silver dust / edible airbrush paint. It’s been too long, SHINY!

Then when I looked online and saw that most pics of the shield that show the silver through the design were battle damaged, I decided to do THAT, too. I’ve seen a lot of basic shield cakes, but none with the “battle-worn” look.

I like it! That should scratch the cake making itch for at least another year, LOL!

The inside is my Citrus Splendor cake, recipe is available on my blog: http://www.celebrationgeneration.com/blog/2013/09/20/citrus-splendour-cake-recipe/