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In my humble opinion, there is nothing more collectible in the world than a good, fun mug. I have a preposterous amount of mugs in my home and yet every time I travel and see another adorable mug, I can’t help but bring it home with me. Laura knows all about this. She loves Starbucks mugs. hehe

Friends… Laura… Did you know you can make CAKE in your MUGS? This life-changing realization has made me one happy camper. It also made me feel that it was absolutely necessary to share a sneak peek recipe from the not-yet-published book 5-Minute Mug CakesOnce you make this recipe at home (in less than 5 minutes!) and it blows your mind, go preorder your copy today. And then send your proof of purchase into the author and she’ll sign your book for you. Amazing news? We think so.

Blueberry Muffin Streusel Mug Cakes
Excerpted from 5-Minute Mug Cakes by Jennifer Lee

I am a strong believer that streusel makes everything taste better. This muffin cake is studded with blueberries and then covered with a generous amount of streusel. The cake takes a little more effort if you want to add the topping, but streusel is always worth it, at least in my book!


4 tbsp (30 g) all-purpose flour
1⁄8 tsp baking powder
1⁄16 tsp baking soda
2 tsp granulated sugar
3 tbsp (45 ml) fat-free milk
½ tbsp (7.5 ml) vegetable oil
8 fresh blueberries

Streusel Topping (serves 2)

½ tbsp (7 g) cold butter, chopped into tiny pieces
¾ tbsp (5.6 g) all-purpose flour
1 tbsp (12.5 g) plus 1 tsp (4 g) light brown sugar
1⁄16 tsp ground cinnamon

For the Muffin: Combine all muffin ingredients except blueberries in an oversized microwave-safe mug. Mix with a small whisk until batter is smooth. Stir in blueberries.

For the Streusel Topping: In a separate small bowl, mix streusel ingredients until butter pieces are completely coated in the flour, sugar, and cinnamon.

Sprinkle crumbles of streusel on top of muffin batter, spreading out evenly across surface of batter.

Cook in microwave for about 1 minute. If cake is not done, heat an additional 15 seconds. Let cake cool a few minutes. Cake is best consumed while still warm or within a few hours of it being cooked.

Skip a Step!
If you don’t care for streusel, you can just exclude it and save some time. Or you can sprinkle coarse sugar on top as an alternative.

Don’t think you can make a warm, gooey homemade cake in under five minutes? Think again! 5-Minute Mug Cakes is the perfect gift for anyone with a mug, a microwave, and a dream. With nearly 100 delectable recipes for cakes, brownies, cookies, and more, every single recipe can be made in an ordinary, microwave-safe mug in just a few minutes. Author Jennifer Lee, creator of Kirbie’s Cravings, guides you through simple recipe favorites like:

-2-Ingredient Flourless Nutella® Cake
-Salted-Caramel Chocolate Cake
-Funfetti Cake
-S’mores Cake
-Strawberries & Cream Cake
-Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake
-Red Velvet Cake
-Lemon Dream Cake and dozens more!

Featuring special chapters like Skinny Mug Cakes (all under 200 calories!), Gluten-Free Mug Cakes, and even 4-Ingredients-or-Less Mug Cakes, there is no excuse for eating tasteless, packaged desserts anymore. Every recipe in 5-Minute Mug Cakes is simple, fast, and delicious. The best part? If you mix your ingredients right in your favorite mug, there is next to no cleanup!

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'Truth is Beauty' was commissioned by artist Marco Cochrane for Burning Man 2013. How beautiful is this lighted form?!


Marco Cochrane’s ‘BLISS DANCE’ is shown here in its various stages of construction. A beautiful testament to the intrinsic beauty of the human form, ‘BLISS DANCE’ is helping us wind down the Countdown to Burning Man: Art on Fire. Get 30% off Burning Man with the code: BURNING30. http://bit.ly/1pDh77I

bliss dance

sculpture from begining to finished more at marcocochrane.com music Eh Mustapha, on Gathering One, by Hamsa Lila. To see the finished bronze go to marcocochr…

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Burning Man: Art on Fire is coming at you faster than this firey scrap metal octopus mutant vehicle by Duane Flatmo.

Only 6 days until the release of Burning Man: Art On Fire! Check out artist Zachary Coffin’s work at Burning Man 2012 titled “UNIVERSE REVOLVES” in this stunning time-lapse video. Find more about “UNIVERSE REVOLVES” on Zachary’s website: http://bit.ly/UniverseRevolves

The Universe Revolves Around You, Burning Man 2012

Towards the end of August 2012 my schedule unexpectedly cleared for the week of Burning Man. So I began to look for ways to not to only go but also to partic…

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SDCC Week: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies


One of the most anticipated panels this weekend is definitely going to be for Peter Jackson’s third installment to The Hobbit.

IGN has posted a video that showcases our favorite cumberdragon, Smaug.

To get you excited, we’re pulling out all the Smaug images from Middle-earth…

Burning Man artist Kate Raudenbush, TED Talk

Watch Kate Raudenbush give a ted Talk to her fellow burners in Black Rock City. Raudenbush inspires us as she talks about the importance of art in today’s society. Follow along as we count down to Burning Man: Art on Fire.

Check out the World’s Longest Tattoo Chain—Alice in Wonderland via Lithographs.

From psfk: “To be part of the World’s Longest Tattoo Chain project, people just need to pledge at least $1 to the campaign to receive a unique, randomly-selected temporary literary tattoo.The first 2,500 backers earned a place in the World’s Longest Tattoo Chain depicting Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. When they receive their literary tattoo, they simply have to apply it on any part of their body, take a photo of their new literary tattoo, and upload it to the Litographs Tattoos gallery.”

Matt Schultz is planning to give the entire playa a hug with “EMBRACE” his sculpture/cathedral for Burning Man 2014. Read an interview with Matt about “EMBRACE” as we continue to count down to the release of Burning Man: Art On Fire. Get 30% off Burning Man with the code: BURNING30. http://bit.ly/1pDh77I

Matt Schultz Gives the People of Burning Man a Giant Hug with His Sculpture Embrace

Matt Schultz is building a temple like structure at Burning Man 2014 called Embrace. Matt is also the Executive Director of the inclusive artist space, The Generator, in Reno, Nevada.

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Commissioned by Burning Man, artist Brian Tendrick creates “COYOTE” in this incredible collage video. The sheer size and planning it took to create the giant sculpture is unreal. Watch COYOTE being born in our Countdown to Burning Man: Art on Fire.

COYOTE by Bryan Tedrick

This movie chronicles a bit about the creation of the Coyote - Bryan’s Burning Man commission for 2013. Before I started editing the photos and video, I sear…

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