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MakeCraftGame is my slogan for three of my favorite things. Make, for me, is about cooking and discovering new recipes. Craft is all about crafting with whatever materials I can find. Game is about my love of board games and everything that world encompasses!

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2022 Temperature Shawl

I recently became aware of temperature scarves and blankets where each row is the temperature of a day and the project lasts the entire year. This makes the whole project 365 rows long which makes a great length for a project. Since I live in an area of rapid climate shifts, I thought this would be cool to show in knitting. It’s a fun way to capture how it can be a high of 28°F one day and then watch it increase to a high of 72°F the next. Cleveland is a weird place y’all.

But instead of doing a scarf or a blanket, I decided to do a shawl! This seemed like a fun idea because the number of stitches in a row increases and keeps count with the day. Although I’m a little worried about what it will look like at the end of the year! Below is the pattern for the shawl I plan to use so for those knitters out there, join me to make a fun 2022 project!

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Caramel Buttercream Frosting

Buttercream is one of the perfect places to infuse flavor when making a cake. Or any dessert that can use buttercream. Caramel buttercream seemed like a no brainer for a caramel inspired dessert. I used a cream based caramel for this recipe because it incorporated into the buttercream better than a tackier caramel would. This recipe took longer to make than an average buttercream recipe solely because the caramel had to chill after being cooked. This recipe is incorporated into my Great British Bake Off Challenge Week Four Showstopper!

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Toffee Apples

Toffee apples are great to use for decoration, as an addition to filling, or as a sweet treat! They are also super simple to make as the main (and really only) step of the process is making the caramel! This recipe was used for my Great British Bake Off Challenge Week Four Showstopper. I used toffee apples on the top of my caramel cake as well as in between each layer of cake to give an enhance apple flavor as well as a little bit of texture. I love this recipe because it’s simple and didn’t take a lot of work to complete!

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Top Played Games of 2021

With the new year starting, I wanted to look back on some of my top played games of 2021! I ended up playing a lot of new games in 2021 as well as some of the classics. And some games that technically aren’t published yet! With 2021 being a great year for board games, I am very very excited for what 2022 will bring.

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2022 Bullet Journal

It’s Twenty Twenty-Two y’all!! The new year is always exciting for me because it means putting together a new journal! As usual, the front pages of my journal are full of classic staples: my favorite quote, the key and colors I plan on using, 2022 at a glance, Yearly goals, and level 10 life! This year, I also have a page dedicated to wedding planning since that is looming on the horizon!😱

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Dixit

Many games use abstract art as a key component of their design and Dixit leans hard into the world of abstract art and storying telling. Each card in Dixit has its own unique art that can be interpreted in many different ways and that’s just what the game wants! The storyteller will tell a story around one card and the other players have convince the table that their card belongs to the storyteller. But there’s a catch! The storyteller wants to be caught but not by everyone at the table so the story has to be just abstract enough.

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Glitter Candle Holders

Glitter is my arch nemesis. It gets everywhere, stays on everything, and nothing will ever make it go away. So, what do I do? I decide to use it in a project! One of the great things about the epoxy/glitter combination is that the glitter is completely encased in the epoxy. No extra mess once the project is done! I love the combination of a clear epoxy and glitter because the shine is really brought to the forefront and adds that flicker of sparkle underneath the candlelight.

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Great British Bake Off Challenge – Week Four Technical: Stroopwafels

I’m not going to lie. I was very intimated by the idea of making Stroopwafels as a part of the technical challenge. I have been in love with stroopwafels for many years, ever since my brother brought them home after traveling around Europe. They are a thin waffle, almost cookie like in thinness, but waffle like in their size, that have been cut in half a filled with a delicious, spiced caramel filling. But the only way to get over being intimated by something is to face it head on. And technical challenges are all about facing the unknown.

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Spiced Caramel

Caramel week is my favorite bake-off week because I get to showcase another type of caramel! And this time, we’re working with a spiced caramel that to give even more flavor to this rich and sweet topping. I used this caramel as a filling for the stroopwafel technical challenge.

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December Bullet Journal

What happened? How it is already December?!? Time is flying by this year and it’s been quite a year. I got to experience many first (first surgery, first gaming convention), some sad life moments, some happy life moments and all the steps in between. And I’m happy to end 2021 with my favorite time of year: the winter holidays. December is a month that always brings a smile to my face.

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Great British Bake Off Challenge – Week Four Signature: Millionaires Shortbread

eek four is going to be best week, it’s caramel week!!! The signature challenge for this week is millionaire shortbread which is a British treat consisting of a shortbread biscuit base with caramel and chocolate. I decided to copy Sophie’s Millionaire Jaffa Shortbread because I think I would adore a Jaffa cake. Orange is one of my favorite flavors so a caramel, orange, chocolate treat sounds absolutely delightful. 

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Orange Ganache

Chocolate Ganache is classical a mixture of chocolate and cream that can be used as a frosting, a spread, a dip, or a topping! Ganache is very versatile as it can have different textures depending on the ratio of chocolate to cream. To stay true to the Jaffa inspired Millionaire’s shortbread, I wanted to have an orange infused chocolate ganache! This ganache is silky smooth without bringing too much sweetness to the dessert which made it perfect to add to my GBBO Challenge Week Four: Signature!

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Classic Creamy Caramel

I am addicted to caramel. I could eat nothing but caramel for days if my teeth could handle it (but I think they would kill me). There are many different types of caramel ranging from sauces to hard candies. This recipe lands somewhere in the middle. I made a soft caramel that holds its shape to add onto my millionaire’s shortbread from the GBBO Challenge Week Four: Signature!

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2021 Root Winter Tournament – Round One

Welcome to round one of the winter tournament!! This post will be updating after around 10 games, 20 games, and then once more at the end of the round. Check out the 2021 Root Winter Tournament Post for the complete tournament overview! The 2021 Root Winter Tournament uses the AdSet draft so it cannot be directly compared to the previous tournament stats.

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