Angry Birds Game Cake Pops

Photos by Tina Phan

Finally, Rovio Angry Birds inspired cake pops from kathyphantastic and Objects of Confection.

These aren't our first iPhone inspired creations, but they are our first iPhone/iPad game-based cake pops.

This blue angry bird looks tired, sad, AND just a little angry.

Unfortunately, some of these cracked. I think if the redhead wanted to look like one of the characters, he could become the pig. I'd need to start calling him the red mustache.

How would Words With Friends look as cake pops? I'm thinking inferior ("inferior" is ≥ 11 points).

What's your favorite phone game? Snake? Brick Breaker? Do you want to see it as a cake pop?

Obviously, I take after the blue Angry Bird.

NACUFS 2011 Sketchnotes: Howard Putnam on Leadership

Behold my notes from Southwest Airlines' former CEO, Howard Putnam's General Session - Leadership: Successful Strategies Through Transformation.

Howard's speech left me so inspired. Here are some of my favorite ideas, typed up like a normal person:

  • "Hire attitudes, develop the skills"
  • "MLK never said I have a strategic plan. He said, 'I have a dream.'"
  • "Turbulence is inevitable, but misery is optional."
    I misdrew this one in the sketchnotes. It totally makes more sense this way.
  • "Treat employees as number one."
  • "Let people make the decisions."
  • "When the time to perform arrives, the time to prepare has passed."
  • The power of a handwritten note.
    I completely and wholeheartedly believe in this one. In this tech-dependent world full of texts, tweets, emails, Facebook, and blogs (, a handwritten note is magical. One on really gorgeous stationery? Doublestuf that dose of magic.

I usually love keynote speakers. When they're good, what you learn is applicable to life, regardless of your current job.

    If you read the title of this post, first of all, thanks for reading. Second, you're probably wondering what is NACUFS? I suppose the university food service industry is not as glam and popular as it thinks it is. NACUFS is the National Association of College and University Food Services and they have a national conference each year.

    This year, it was (semi-)conveniently held at the Gaylord Texan in Dallas, Texas. And of course, the year I'm selected to represent The University of Texas at Austin, the conference is in a city I already visit a few times a year. By the way, the Gaylord Texan is like a whole 'nother country in a whole 'nother country.

    Find out what others were saying at #NACUFS2011.

    And if you feel like it, take a peak at some of my other kathyphantastic sketchnotes. I'll be adding more from NACUFS 2011 and SXSW 2011.

    Today I Want: Hey Y'all Sign

    I'm loving the Southern Slang series from SlippinSouthern. North Carolina's Slippin Southern handcuts southern expressions (among other things) from plywood which they lovingly call "Southern Pine," likely with a drawl.

    I really want the "hey y'all" either in barnyard red, sunflower yellow, or driftwood grey. I am a southern girl after all. I've even got the cowboy boots to prove it. One day I'll also have this sign.

    Hey Y'all Sign, SlippinSouthern on Etsy, $50

    Here are few other ones from Slippin Southern:


    Which would y'all get?

    Daily Drawing: Samuel is Awesome

    An ink drawing for my intern, Samuel Thibault, on his 20th birthday.

    He likes squids, mountain bikes, and kombucha. I managed to incorporate all three.

    And, yes, he really is awesome.

    The daily drawing has been reduced to something more like the bi-monthly or semi-annual drawing. Apologies for that.

    Lady Gaga Cake Pop

    A few weeks ago, I gave you cake pop rock-stars (KISS cake pops).

    Today, I bring you a cake pop pop-star: Lady Gaga cake pop with lightning bolt from the Just Dance video.

    This cake pop-star garnered a brief mention in the Austin Post.

    Should I make a series of Lady Gaga-inspired cake pops? What do you think?

    Cake pop design by kathyphantastic
    Cake by Objects of Confection
    Photo by Tina Phan

    Cupcake Smackdown

    Due to a crazy busy day, the redhead and I stopped by Jennie (MisoHungry) Chen's Cupcake Smackdown 2011, arriving only 15 minutes before the frosting-covered event came to a close.*

    *One of the reasons we got there so late was a family graduation - one strange enough to possibly warrant its own blog post someday.

    We missed out on the cupcakes, but were there long enough to witness 2 firings of the cupcake cannon (including a direct crotch-shot) and take a picture in Annie Ray's photobooth.

    I also managed to get the redhead to agree to let me shoot him with the cupcake cannon next year in the name of charity.

    Jennie, if you're listening, please organize another Cupcake Smackdown in 2012. I really want to shoot that cannon!

    See the full Cupcake Smackdown 2011 wrap-up post on MisoHungry.