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2017 Printable Oscar Ballot

Well, award season is finally here!  The Oscars air on ABC this Sunday, February 26th…and I can’t wait!

Hosted by late-night sweetheart, Jimmy Kimmel, the 2017 Oscars are bound to be a riot…and there are some GREAT movies in the line-up this year.


Now in my household, the Oscars are SERIOUS business.  We have themed foods, we dress in our most glamorous pajamas, and snuggle in to see the brightest stars on Hollywood walk the red carpet.

One tradition I’m thinking of starting this year is to have an Oscar ballot contest…to see who can pick the winners in each category.  My family and I used to play this all the time and it was always fun to see who won (usually my dad…probably out shear dumb luck!).

Though there was never a prize, I’m thinking of instituting one this year…suggestions are accepted!

If you want to have your own fun watching the 2017 Oscars, here is a free, printable ballot you can download and print and use to track your picks for all the Oscar categories.

Are you gonna tune in with me and watch the Oscars this Sunday?  Let me know what movie you’re hoping will win!


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8 Game of Thrones Recipes



In all honesty, I never find myself looking forward to summer…but summer 2017 is going to be EPIC.

If you’re not caught up with Game of Thrones, you have about 6 months to binge-watch before season 7 – the FINAL SEASON – airs on HBO.

It’s going to be hard letting this show go…I’ve come to love so many of these characters and, as any fan will tell you, no one is safe under the pen of George R.R. Martin. But let’s be honest…there’s only one character that just HAS to be safe…

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or else riot will ensue…

So, to prevent myself from falling into a depressive state over losing all my favorite fictional characters, come summer 2017 I’ll be drowning my sorrows in food and wine.

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Though it may be hard to cook up some Dothraki horse meat or dive into a bleeding heart, there are a few recipes you can make that are pulled right from the pages of Game of Thrones, and will certainly help comfort you as we all power through these final episodes together.

From Sansa’s lemon cakes to Tyrion’s leg of lamb, this collection of 8 Game of Thrones-Inspired recipes are sure impress any Stark or Lannister royalty. So get out that flagon of wine (and perhaps some chocolate)…while 2016 may have been the Battle of the Bastards, summer 2017 is sure to become the Battle of the Bitches. TEAM DAENERYS ALL THE WAY!

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Until summer 2017…

8 Game of Thrones-Inspired Recipes

Direwolf Bread

Sansa’s Lemon Cakes
“Sansa was so stuffed that she could not manage more than two little lemon cakes, as much as she loved them.” — A Game of Thrones

Beef and Barley Stew
“’Maybe they don’t have sheep and cattle,’ Bran thought. He commanded the serving men to bring them mutton chops and a slice off the aurochs and fill their trenchers with beef-and-barley stew. They seemed to like that well…” -A Clash of Kings

Honeyed Chicken
“‘Hungry again?’ he asked. There was still half a honeyed chicken in the center of the table. Jon reached out to tear off a leg, then had a better idea. He knifed the bird whole and let the carcass slide to the floor between his legs. Ghost ripped into it in savage silence.” -A Game of Throneshoneyed-chicken

Salad with Apples and Pine Nuts
“Cersei set a tasty table, that could not be denied. They started with a creamy chestnut soup, crusty hot bread, and greens dressed with apples and pine nuts.” -A Clash of Kingssalad

Hot Spiced Wine
“The Old Bear was particular about his hot spiced wine. So much cinnamon and so much nutmeg and so much honey, not a drop more. Raisins and nuts and dried berries, but no lemon, that was the rankest sort of southron heresy.” — A Clash of Kingswine

Roasted Leg of Lamb
“A leg of lamb would be nice… Perhaps a dish of peas and onions, some fresh baked bread with butter, and a flagon of mulled wine to wash it down. Or beer, if that’s easier. I try not to be overly particular.” – A Game of Thrones

Baked Apples
“Later came sweetbread and pigeon pie and baked apples fragrant with cinnamon.” — A Game of Thronesbakedapples

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Toy Story Perler Bead Coasters

So for the last few days, we’ve been celebrating the release of one of my favorite movies, Toy Story.  And today I’m so excited to share this project with you!


Made with Perler Beads (those little beads you used to play with when you were a kid…remember?  They go on the grid and then you burned yourself ironing them?  Yup!  Those beads!), these coasters are made to look like a couple of my favorite Toy Story characters.

This pack of 6 coasters contains one each of Woody, Buzz, Rex, Mr. Potato Head, Jessie, and a three-eyed alien.  Aren’t they just the cutest?  I think Buzz is probably my favorite!


You can add a felt backing to these so they won’t scratch up the tabletop.  That part is optional, but I think the backing helps give these a completed look.

Want to make your own set?  Well, you’re in luck!  I’ve included a printable chart with the patterns to make all of these coasters, as well as how many beads you’ll need in each color.  If you want to change up the colors, go right ahead!  Just save the Excel sheet to your computer and edit away.

Toy Story Perler Bead Coasters


  • Printable Toy Story Coaster Patterns
  • Perler Bead Large Peg Board
  • Perler Beads (amounts of each color are on the Excel sheet)
  • Parchment Paper or Masking Tape
  • Iron



  1. Following the printable patterns, arrange your design on your Peg Board.  You’ll do one coaster at a time.  There should be one bead on each peg…just follow the pattern, it’s super easy!  If you’re having trouble getting the beads on the board because you have chubby fingers like me, a tweezers works really well.
  2. Once your design is complete, cover your design with parchment paper.  If you buy a Perler Bead set, it may also come with ironing paper.
  3. Set your iron to the hottest setting and start going over your design with the iron.  Make circular motions, always moving your iron, until the beads have melted and molded together.  For a sturdy piece, keep ironing until all the bead holes close.  This shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes or so.  Just keep moving the iron and eventually all the beads will melt.  Once all the beads are melted, place your piece under  a heavy book to keep it nice and flat (do not remove the parchment paper or peg board…just place the book right on the parchment paper-covered coaster).  Once cool, remove the parchment paper and cover the back with felt, if desired.

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13 Memes Only Walking Dead Fans will Understand


Well, we’re only two days away!  This weekend marks the return of The Walking Dead and I seriously cannot wait!

Chances are no matter what the outcome, the season 7 premier is gonna hurt.  It’s gonna be an emotional roller coaster.  So let’s not dwell on that today, mmm k?  Let’s have some fun!  Because if you’re a follower of TWD on any social media channel, you know this cast loves to have a good time!

So here are a few fun memes based on The Walking Dead.  Feel free to have it up on your phone or computer on Sunday for when you need a break from, what’s sure to be, one of the most intense episodes of the series.  I know I will!  I hope you’ve all enjoyed this little week dedicated to The Walking Dead…and I’ll see ya’ll on the other side!

The Best Walking Dead Memes!














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7 Deadly Walking Dead Recipes


For those of you who are unfamiliar with AMC’s The Walking Dead, you’re missing out!  Season 6 ended with a bloody, horrible cliffhanger and loyal fans have been waiting ALL SUMMER to find out who the victim was at the other end of Negan’s bat.

Fans of the comics know who meets this bloody fate (no spoilers here…read the comics, they’re AMAZING), but the comics and the TV show have been parting ways…and the show has been taking drastic liberties with changing the comic book story…so we’re all in the dark…one of the major characters we’ve grown to know and love will surely meet a bloody demise and I can’t wait to find out who it is (fingers crossed that my Abraham is okay!!)!

If you’re gonna join me on October 23rd for this amazing season premier, be sure to check out these zombie-inspired foods and drinks, great for your viewing party!  From bloody sangrias to “walker” tacos, these snacks are perfect for preventing you from biting your nails throughout what’s sure to be the most intense TWD episode yet!

And keep up with The Hobbee Hive all week for more TWD posts!

7 The Walking Dead Recipe Ideas


Carl’s Chocolate Pudding
Try Anything Once

Walker Blood Sangria
Cravings of a Lunatic

Carol’s Cookies
Dishes and Dust Bunnies

Rice Krispy Brains
Left Brain Craft Brain

Zombie Nachos
Shaken Together Life

Rick Grimes Cupcakes
Frugal Mom, Eh!

“Walker” Tacos
Saving Dollars and Sense

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11 Things Every Bill Murray Fan Needs in Their Life

Happy 65th Birthday, Bill Murray!

There are some people in this world that make life better just by existing…Bill Murray is one of those people.

A native of Evanston, Illinois, Murray grew up north of Chicago along with his eight siblings. A graduate of Loyola Academy, he worked as a golf caddy during his teen years to help finance is education. After a quick stint in Colorado attempting a medical degree, Murray returned to Chicago and, with the help of his brother, became involved with Chicago’s famed Second City.

In 1976 he joined the cast of NBC’s Saturday Night Live and stayed with the show until 1980. After that, Murray began his amazing film career, staring in a collection of beloved films, including Ghostbusters, Scrooged, Groundhog Day, The Man Who Knew Too Little, and my personal favorite, Rushmore. His role in Rushmore actually won him great critical acclaim. He won Best Supporting Actor awards from The New York Film Critics Circle, National Society of Film Critics, and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

In 2003, his role in Lost in Translation got him a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award, and an Independent Spirit Award. He was considered a favorite to win an Oscar for his role, but ultimately lost to Sean Penn (Mystic River).


Despite his great success, Murray is actually quite detached from Hollywood. He is a restaurant owner and resides in Charleston, South Carolina, where he is a very active community member. He does not have an agent or manager and reportedly fields offers for scripts and roles using a personal telephone with a voice mailbox that he checks infrequently. How amazingly 90’s is that?!

A regular fixture at several Chicago sporting events, Murray still makes time to come back and visit his home town and has made several donations to support local businesses and charities. He is so well-loved by his fans and he often poses for pictures, signs autographs, and takes time to talk to those who support him.

Is this NOT a man worth celebrating?!?

So today marks Murray’s 65th birthday, and to celebrate…here are 11 fantastically wonderful ways to bring the magic of Murray into your home.

Have a Murray Christmas Card
Funny Christmas Card Bill Murray 'Murray Christmas' Funny Pun Christmas Card.

Ghostbusters Pop Art
Ghostbusters inspired wall art, Ghostbusters, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ghostbusters poster,Ghostbusters print, Ghostbusters art, Geek art

Bill Murray Pin
Bill Murray enamel pin zine combo

Life is an Adventure Sign
Life Aquatic, Life aquatic art, life aquatic poster, life aquatic print, murray, wes anderson, Life aquatic beanie, this is an adventure

Bill Murray Coasters
I Heart Bill Murray Coasters.

Bill Murray Make-Up Bag
Bill Murray Purse - Portrait Zipper Pouch

Bill Murray’s Wes Anderson Character Cup
Wes Anderson's Bill Murrays Mug

Groundhog Day Sign
Groundhog Day, Its the same, thing every day, Movie poster, Film quote, Quotes, Alarm clock, Bill Murray, Cinema, Classic, Retro, Minimalist

Bill Murray Key Sign
SALE! Key Holder BiLL MURRAY Key Holder & Wood Mounted Wall Art

Life Aquatic Mug
Life Aquatic mug, Bill Murray mug, Wes Anderson gift

Bill Murray Tee Shirt
Bill Murray is my spirit animal shirt - Unisex shirt - T Shirt - Bill Murray Shirt - Funny shirt gift -Bill Murray is the best

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Adorable PIXAR Decorations You Need in Your Life

Besides carbs, Leonardo DiCaprio, and beer, I also love a good Pixar movie! Whenever I need a good cry, there’s nothing that will get to me like watching Up, or Wall-E…and don’t even get me STARTED on Toy Story 3. “So long, partner…” OMG THE TEARS!!! THE TEARS ARE REAL!!!!

So despite the fact that Pixar loves to just pull your heart out and stomp on it using only the sweetest of characters, their movies often have some real-life messages that resonate with you no matter what your age. And just because you’re not a kid doesn’t mean you can’t surround your tiny apartment with reminders of your favorite childhood friends, right?

So I’ve scoured ETSY and found a few grown-up yet fun ways to decorate your apartment, house, or room with all things PIXAR!


Finding Dory:
Finding Dory Quote, Finding Nemo Quote, I Couldn't Forget You, Finding Dory Print, Finding Nemo Nursery Wall Art Art Print

The Good Dinosaur:
Brontosaurus Wooden Dinosaur Decor Jurassic Sign Kids Room Decor Brachiosaurus Good Dinosaur Nursery Wall Art Kids Room Decor Dinosaur Art

Inside Out:
Inside out Sadness inspired cushion cover Pillowcase 16x16 inches 40x40cm

Monsters University:
oozma kappa. roar omega roar.. disney.. monsters university.. green logo.. digital copy

Penguin Books Classics Movie Poster — Brave Pixar Studios — High Quality Giclee Print Ikea Ribba Size

Toy Story:
To Infinity and Beyond Lime Green and Navy Blue Painted Wood Sign, Boys Decor, Sign for Boys Rooms, Space Sign

Adventure is Out There - Set of three woodburned spoons - Up the Movie, Pixars Up, wooden spoon gift, compass, graduation gift, kitchen gift

Wall-E -Movie Poster - The Colors Of Motion

Chinese Ratatouille - Minimalist Disney Pixar movie poster, Minimalist Retro Poster,

Flo's V8 Cafe - Cars / Disney Pixar Inspired - Movie Art Poster

The Incredibles:
Violet Parr Incredibles themed cushion/pillow.

Finding Nemo:
Finding Nemo quote digital print, finding nemo poster, finding nemo nursery decor calligraphy print motivational quote poster decor

Monsters Inc:
I wouldn't have nothing if I didn't have you || Disney Pixar Monsters Inc. Quote

A Bugs Life:
Watercolor Bug's Life - I only got twenty-four hours to live and I ain't gonna waste it here.


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