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Delicious tetrinominoes.

The Friday before Valentine’s day the Institute of Religion here in Seattle hosted an activity called the “Sweet Meet”.  Actually, owing to some stigma surrounding the event from its awfulness in recent years, it was officially known as “The Event Formerly Known as the Sweet Meet”.  Semantics.

This is how it worked: the dudes brought tasty treats and the chicks brought canned food which they turned into raffle tickets and then used them to bid on the various consumables.  Then the ladies eat dinner with the guys whose desserts they win.  Fun!

A lot of the desserts were chocolate based.  This shows, I think, insight into the female psyche.  The two desserts with the most raffle tickets were both heavy on the chocolate.  My friend Allen got second place in number of raffle tickets.  His dessert was chocolate-bacon chip cookies and chocolate-habanero dipped strawberries.  The special attributes of the chocolate were not at all evident from appearance.  Ha ha ha!  Can you imagine those poor girls popping a whole chocolate covered strawberry into their mouths and then having those very same mouths unexpectedly catch fire!  Oh gosh!

My friend Anthony got first place in creativity!  He made super adorable Cookie Monster and Oscar the Grouch cupcakes.  He used food dye and coconut to give the icing the right color and texture for the two muppets.  I repeat: ADORABLE.

I had to help him decorate the cupcakes.  He pulled out the yellow and green dyes and said, “Yellow and green make blue, right?”  I said, “No, no they don’t.  And maybe instead of trying to mix colors together you might possibly want to just use the blue dye.”  Ha ha ha!  Anthony is an artist, everybody!  This is a man who makes his living doing artistry!

Guess what I made!  Guess!  Oh gosh, you’ll never guess.  I made sugar cookies in the shape of Tetris pieces!  Yeah!  I just made regular old sugar cookies and then cut them out using a butter knife.  They don’t fit together super great.  Someone asked me how I got the idea to make them and I said, “I don’t know.  I just decided that I wanted to make Tetris cookies and then I did.”

I got second most creative dessert!  There weren’t really any other contenders.  I also got “most geekiest lover”.  I did my best to look offended at the implications accompanying that award while I accepted it.  It was good times, everybody!  Huzzah!

Speaking of Tetris, did you know that I programmed a Tetris game about four years ago?  It is called Tetrinophilus and it features an especially attentive panda and you can play it here.  Use the “a” and “s” keys to rotate, the cursor keys to move and the spacebar to pause. You can press the down cursor key to advance down a line more quickly and the up cursor key, if you are feeling confident, to drop the block all the way down immediately.


  1. Allen Brand wrote:

    They were actually Ghost Chile flavored Chocolate dipped Strawberries get it right. The Ghost Chile is approximately 400x hotter than your average Jalapeno. Which makes it 400x more awesome too.

    Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 2:51 am | Permalink
  2. Elizabeth wrote:

    Those cookies your friend Allen made are adorable. I want to copy them for my kids cause they are so darn cute. I also love your tetris cookies, so amazing!! I think your award is spot on and you know you were not offended. You are too cute to be offended! Good on ya!

    Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 8:32 am | Permalink
  3. Emily wrote:

    I love it! Your friends cupcakes are amazing. I think the cookie monster ones are my favorite. Well no, my favorite are the tetris cookies! Oh yeah!! I totally would have bid on those! Way awesome brother.

    Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 9:01 am | Permalink
  4. Mom wrote:

    Super fun desserts…you guys are SO creative! Come visit and cook for me!

    Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

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