2016 Christmas themed game updates

This year has fewer games with Christmas themed updates than last year, at least so far, I’m hopeful that the next few days will see more games release new updates.

 

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Hayday 

 

We’ll start with an old favorite, Hayday. For the past several years Hayday had had the best holiday updates, unfortunately this year it seems to be lacking. There are still the same decorations that there were last year, but nothing new. However there are rumors of an update coming in the next few days, with luck there will be new decorations.

 

HappyStreet 

 

 I have to thank Jennifer Paetsch from http://lmgcomic.com/ for getting me hooked on this game around Halloween, it’s quickly become one of my favorite games.

 As this is my first year playing HappyStreet, everything is new to me. There are several tasks to be completed, daily gifts and even sleighs to stop before they drive out of sight.

I haven’t gotten very far in getting all the special Christmas buildings in yet, however I haven’t been disappointed in this game yet.

 

Jetpack Joyride 
 Jetpack Joyride was the first game I saw to get their Christmas theme up this year. While there isn’t anything new to buy in it, all of the evil scientists are dressed up with mistletoe and wreaths. There are also other decorations on the background. 

 

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Hopefully I’ll have another post with more games next week.

 Thanks for reading!

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More seasonal updates

Tonight I have one last bunch of games that have had a seasonal update, enjoy!
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Laura Croft: Relic Run
Another game released a Christmas themed update, Laura Croft Relic Run. The update isn’t as major of an update as some, as far as I can tell they only gave her a Santa suit and no other changes. That said, there may be something on a level farther on than I am.

 If you are already playing Relic Run er, than get the update, if you aren’t playing it, it’s not a major enough upgrade to get you playing.
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Subway surfers:
Subway surfers is a game I just recently stumbled across, it’s the next I wish I had known earlier. Right now it also has a Christmas theme, you’re running at the North Pole, trying to escape from Santa Clause after he catches you spray painting a subway tunnel wall… plus I think you’re now on the naughty list.

 While the graphics are a tad cartoonish, it’s a fun game to waste a few minutes with.
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Cradle of Empires:
Cradle of Empires latest update includes a Christmas theme to its challenges. As you search for items to help build the ancient civilization, you can find colored candy canes which can be turned in for something I have not yet gotten far enough to know. It is somewhat fun, but candy canes and decorated trees in the ancient desert setting are a bit odd.
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I hope you’ve enjoyed these game update posts.

Thanks for reading and have a great holiday season!

Nearing the holidays 

This week officially kicks off the holiday season for most people. In less than two weeks is New Year’s Eve and day, which means everyone had an excuse to celebrate something.

 I’m planning on limiting my blog posts over the next two weeks or so. I apologize for not knowing just how often I’ll be posting, but no matter what I’ll be back to normal after New Years.

I do suggest using these holidays as an excuse to drink vast quantities of hot chocolate, eat as many cookies as you can and just enjoy yourself. These holidays come but once a year, no to mention the next holiday that you get a day off for is month away, plus that one doesn’t offer special cookies.

I want to take a moment and thank everyone who follows my blog, it’s due to the likes I receive that keeps me blogging.

 Thanks for reading.

Jokes for December 16th

It’s Wednesday night, time for a few jokes! I thought tonight would be a good night to remember a few old jokes from last year, enjoy!
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Long ago, a family named Hall went west to seek their fortune gold mining.

Everything went smoothly for them until December when they got into a gun fight with some claim jumpers. The claim jumpers were horrible shots and didn’t manage to hit any of the Halls before they ran out of ammo. The Halls weren’t any better shots, soon they were forced to duke it out. The claim jumpers won as they Decked the Halls.

How do you get a reindeer to fly?
You put him on a cargo plane.

What gift should you never give to a Vampire?
A steak dinner.

What happens to deer in the rain?
They become riendeer.

What did the crime boss tell his gang when the police were about to round them up on Christmas Eve?
Dash away, dash away, now dash away all!

What two elves always have their Christmas decorations stolen?
Holly and Jolly.

What carol do reindeer sing?
Let it rain.

Why do boxers love christmas?
They love decking.

Why do carpenters always have the best decorated houses?
They are pros when it comes to decking.

Why should you never ask an actor to decorate your house?
They always take all the boughs.

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 I hope you enjoyed these old jokes, I know I enjoyed them again!

Thanks for reading!

December snows…

December snows are here, making everything seem a bit more seasonal… However too much snow can make things a bit tiresome this time of year.

 With how the weather is this month, it’s not hard to think that winter is upon us already, in truth, there are a few days left of fall.

 The weather is likely just going to get colder, at least for a while, in a few months it will get warm and we can start to enjoy baseball.

 Here are a few ideas to get you into the holiday mood, or at least let you ignore the cold and snow for a bit:
  Comic books: When isn’t a good day for reading comic books? There are a lot more Christmas and winter themed comic book out there than you might expect, even super heroes have gotten into the act over the years, while these might not be as action packed as some, they can be well worth reading.
Hot chocolate: something that is worth indulging in any time during the winter, try varying it with different kinds of chocolate, such as white chocolate or extra dark chocolate.
Cookies: besides chocolate chip, there are a number of other kinds of cookies to be enjoyed, sugar cookies are popular this time of year, while the good old sandwich cookie is also well worth revisiting, mint cream makes them festive.
That’s about all I have for you tonight, I hope you have a great week!

Dec-the halls

’tis December, which means ’tis the season to go around slugging anyone who is named Hall… What’s that? I’m wrong about that? Okay, that’s fine, let me start over….

’tis December, which means ’tis the season to go around offering your skills as a demolition crew for hallways… What’s that? I’m mistaken again?  Fine, lets just skip ahead…

This is also a great month for using leftover Halloween stories, there are many that fit this month, such as a possessed snowman running around town.
If stories aren’t your idea of seasonal fun, how about people going door to door demanding treats, only  instead of candy and tricks, they expect hot chocolate or they’ll keep singing? Sometimes these people may even dress up to go door to door.

 The best defense against either possessed snowmen on a rampage or singing beggars is a piping hot chocolate chip cookie and a slingshot. If people come to your door, just hand them the cookies, if a snowman attacks your house, hit it with a cookie, the hotter the better.

 Food is also a large part of this month’s celebrations, I think the only things that aren’t well loved this month are root beer and ice cream cakes, however if the weather warms up a little more, maybe they will be enjoyed year round soon.
 Thanks for reading!

Jokes for December 24th

It’s December 24th, it’s Wednesday as well, which means it’s joke night night. Consider these jokes a gift from St. Nicholas, though I doubt he’d bring jokes this bad.

Whats

What did the crime boss tell his gang when the police were about to round them up on Christmas Eve?
Dash away, dash away, now dash away all!

What animal loves rain in the winter?
Reindeer!

What two elves always have their Christmas decorations stolen?
Holly and Jolly.

What does Santa Claus call the day before Christmas Eve?
The end of vacation.

What does Santa Claus call the day after Christmas?
Start of vacation!

What carol do reindeer sing?
Let it rain.

Whys

Why do boxers love christmas?
They love decking.

Why do carpenters always have the best decorated houses?
They are pros when it comes to decking.

Why should you never ask an actor to decorate your house?
They always take all the boughs.

Why are snowmen the worst polluters?
They have eyes of coal.

Joke

Long ago, a family named Hall went west to seek their fortune gold mining.
Everything went smoothly for them until December when they got into a gun fight with some claim jumpers. The claim jumpers were horrible shots and didn’t manage to hit any of the Halls before they ran out of ammo. The Halls weren’t any better shots, soon they were forced to duke it out. The claim jumpers won as they Decked the Halls.

Sorry these jokes were a bit late tonight.
Thanks for reading, I hope you’ve gotten a chuckle or two from these jokes!

Secrets inside Christmas songs

With Christmas drawing close, in fact most people are likely counting down to it in hours, Christmas music is all around us, tonight I’m going to point out some of the dark secrets hidden in the words.
Prepare to be amazed… or is that amused?

White Christmas
This song is all about wishing for snow for Christmas and recalling white Christmases that the person singing remembers. This song is one of the first written about climate change/global warming, which just about proves that Irving Berlin was a time traveler.

Deck the Halls
This song seems to be a song about decorating, but alas it has a much darker hidden meaning.
From women named Holly knocking one another out while fighting over a sweater to riots ending in burning books (logs), this song seems to be nothing more than a glorification of violence in the name of gift giving.

All I want for Christmas is my too front teeth
Another song focused of volence, for where else would someone lose their teeth? The poor singer most have been shopping on Black Friday.

Rudolf the Red nosed Reindeer
The first song ever written warning about the potential threat from both nuclear radiation and Genetic Engineering.
The mother of this poor reindeer must have been exposed to the nuclear testing around WWII after having escaped a mad scientist that was trying to create a mutated race of reindeer to use in place of horses for his army to take over the world.
This is a song that should be studied further in case it contains other clues that might one day help us defeat an army of killer reindeer.

Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire
This song recounts a terrible forest fire in the middle of winter that must have been the first to be fought from the air.

Santa Claus is Coming to Town
You knew this one was coming, one of the most terrifying Christmas song ever writen.
This song warns about Operation Santa Claus which was initiated by the spy agencies of the world to begin spying on everyone.
Either that or it warns that Santa Claus began a spy ring that eventually became the NSA, complete with drones and reprisals if you are caught doing something illegal.

I hope this post has opened your eyes. I hope you think twice about the songs you sing in the coming days.
Thanks for reading.
Have you found any hidden meanings in other Christmas songs? Let me know in the comments below.

Holiday weather

The weather isn’t quite frightful, but it still has a hint of holiday in it. Those two facts can be used to determine that it’s not Halloween, but rather Christmas and New Years.

This is the time of year that everyone has big plans, plans for eating, drinking hot chocolate and just generally celebrating.

This is also the time of year that cats plan out attacks on whatever is bringing the outside in, be it a tree, wreaths or other decorations, so watch out. Cats can also plot to unwrap gifts, particularly gifts with ribbons on them, so a bit of extra caution is called for.

Nothing says that you’re celebrating a winter holiday like hot chocolate, the first taste of that scorching liquid that reminds you that it’s winter, the sweetness of the marshmallows that just shouts Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and whatever holiday you might or might not celebrate.

This is also a great time to carve out a few minutes of your time to catch up on your comic book reading. There have been plenty of holiday/winter related comic books printed over the years, grab one, read it and relax. You’ll get a laugh or two, which will help you enjoy your holiday a bit more.

While there is over a week left in the year, it a great time to begin thinking about what comic books you’re planning on reading next year. A new year is a great time to get into that series you’ve been wanting to read, or to catch up on an old favorite.

The most important thing this holiday season is to relax and enjoy whatever you’re doing… and to keep your cats safe and calm, that can be a full-time job in itself.

Thanks for reading, feel free to comment.

How to ruin any food: Yule log cake (bûche de Noël)

Tonight we’re going to ruin an iconic holiday treat, the yule log cake, or as it is technically known as, the bûche de Noël.

While everyone can like this desert, it takes a bit of work to ruin it to the point no one likes it takes some work.

Are you ready for an culinary adventure the likes of which most people have nightmares about?

Before we begin, once more I feel compelled to offer these words:

WARNING: DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER IF YOU ENJOY GOOD FOOD.

The rest of this post in intended to be humorous and not to be taken as new culinary treats about to sweep the nation.Any attempt to ingest the substance described below is not suggested and should be avoided. If you do attempt to taste any of the following food related ideas, please be warned that disgust, nausea and possibly even death could be the result.

 

History:

The history of the yule log cake is an old one, one that the origins are hazy at best, which is normal for these posts of mine.

As the cake is a sponge cake, it dates about to around 1615 at least, as that’s when the first recipe for this kind of cake was published, which obviously means that it dates back at least a few years further.

In the nineteenth century it became popularized by bakers in Paris as they tried to out do one another.

The name bûche de Noël wasn’t generally linked to the cake until around the end of WWII from what I was able to find out.

 

What it is:

An yule log cake is a sponge cake that is rolled up after it is frosted, more frosting is spread on the outside of the cake. The outer frosting is typically grooved with a fork to resemble a tree truck.

A slice is commonly cut off and placed on the side as a discarded branch might be.

 

How to ruin it:

 

The trick to ruining this cake is to take a delicate hand to it. Therefore we will not be ruining the cake itself, save for one adjustment.

You will normally have the option to put lemon zest in the cake batter, we’ll replace that with a grated habanero.

The best and easiest place to ruin this cake is in the frosting.

Frosting:

There are several ways to ruin the frosting, you also have the option of ruining just the inner frosting, the outer frosting or both. I’ll give you ideas here for both the inner and outer frosting, it’s up to you which you want to ruin.

Inner frosting:

Instead of frosting, use mayonnaise.

Another option is a nice Hollandaise sauce that you thicken a bit more, you might want to refrigerate it to set it further.

If those don’t sound bad enough for you, try a cheese sauce.

If you want to go crazy, use a really thick salsa.

 

Outer frosting:

For the outer frosting you can once again use mayonnaise, but you might want to do something fancier to normal frosting, here are a few ideas:

Flavor your frosting with a can of root beer, it’ll add a bit of something to the frosting and be so unexpected that it’ll ruin your cake.

Add soy sauce to the frosting instead of milk, it’ll add a bit of saltiness to it, though certain people might like it, such as old salts or anyone who loves the sea.

Use plain cream cheese to frost your cake, no sugar or flavoring at all, it’ll be so bland that it’ll ruin it without trouble.

Use regular frosting, then top it with black pepper for that earthy look.

 

I hope that these ideas will help put some spice in ruining your desert during these holidays.

Please feel free to offer your own tips on how to ruin a yule log cake.

Thanks for reading, I hope you’ll join me again next week when we ruin another food.