After making this game out of cookies, it seems only right to give Battle Sheep a board game spotlight! Battle Sheep is a great abstract game that has a cute theme and can be absolutely brutal in it’s playstyle. Stacks of sheep roam the fields and take over the pasture, spreading out as far as they can while blocking in their opponents. This game is fast paced, easy to learn and play, and great for gamers of any experience!
I have the heart of a knitter. Knitting has been a part of my life since I was in middle school, and I got in trouble for crafting during class throughout high school and sometime even in college. I wanted to make some sort of charm for knitters! It’s unlimited in color and stack size. These charms work well as pendants or as keychains.
Don’t feel like making your own? You can order these on my Etsy and customize the colors!
The Showstopper challenge for Biscuit week feels like it was made for me! It’s time to make a biscuit board game! There are so many great board games to choose from. Most contestants chose childhood classics (like shoots and ladders or Monopoly style games) and that disappointed me. Why didn’t anyone go for Twilight Imperium?!? Just kidding… Even I’m not that crazy. I decided to do a simpler game that I think is ever bit as classic: Battle Sheep. I did take inspiration for the recipes from Sophie and the board game she made.
I adore the 18xx series of games, I might have a slight addiction because of 18xx.games. Access to all of these fun game titles got me thinking. What commonalities do games with in the series have? Differences? Which games inspired others? While I tried to be as comprehensive as possible, I know I didn’t get all of the details. Leave a comment if you see anything that needs to be changed!
Many of the statements below are generalizations about the genre of games and do not apply to all circumstances. The stats listed do not include data points from every game. I love the 18xx series because you get to see all the exceptions.
I often have to travel for work, but I don’t ever want work to keep me from the board games I enjoy playing nightly. That’s why I travel with two laptops: one for work and one for running tabletop simulator. But double laptops can often mean double trouble as I have to carry around two chargers and make sure I have all the right supplies for each system. And one trip, I didn’t. I forgot the charger for one of my laptops and I was devastated thinking I wouldn’t be able to play board games all week. So, in my stubbornness, I went out and bought a new laptop charger.
Now, you might be thinking (and rightfully so) what they heck does this have to do with a zippered pouch? The new charger I got had removeable heads and no case to keep all of the parts together. Therefore, I decided I should make my own to keep everything in one place. Where I won’t lose it. A zippered pouch is the perfect solution for keeping everything in together and it looks super cute!
I have made it to the week two technical: fortune cookies! This is hard to admit but technical are extremely hard for me. I ended up trying to many recipes and variation and, even in the end, I couldn’t make the cookies exactly as I imagined them. I grew up eating fortune cookies, so they have a classic taste, thinness, and snap that I imagine for the final product. But getting these cookies there took some time.
Living near the great lake means I have a large container of sea glass. My pockets always end up being full after every trip I take to the beach. But I didn’t want to just keep them sitting in a bowl in the corner of a room, collecting dust. So I decided to see what type of art I could make by encasing the glass in epoxy! I wanted to make a nautical piece since sea glass naturally reminds me of the water.
I haven’t been able to eat marshmallows since I was a child. Going vegetarian at a young age kept me away from a lot of foods. I didn’t realize so many sweets were not vegetarian friendly! But, luckily, the recipe for marshmallow fluff can be eaten by vegetarians. It’s not healthy in the slightest, but I can eat it. And boy did I! I love this gently sweet fluff that melts in the mouth with its silky texture and smooth consistency. I probably shouldn’t have learned this recipe, but I needed it to make the signature for week two of my Great British Bake Off Challenge.
It’s biscuit week! Or cookie week for those of us in America. Because what we call biscuits are really just rogue scones. And the first challenge of the week is a Sandwiched Biscuit. This signature challenge has a wide variety of interpretations but one that really stood out to me is Stacey’s Sparkly Chocolate Sandwich cookies! (Original Recipe available on the GBBO website). These cookies looked rich with chocolatey goodness and, while the marshmallow fluff presented a potential mess, it looked absolutely delicious.
adore the 18xx series of games, I might have a slight addiction because of 18xx.games. Access to all of these fun game titles got me thinking. What commonalities do games with in the series have? Differences? Which games inspired others? As you can see above, the core of this series is 1829 – the very first 18xx game by Francis Tresham. While I tried to be as comprehensive as possible, I know I didn’t get all of the details. Leave a comment if you see anything that needs to be changed!
October is one of my favorite months of the year. I’m not considered weird for wearing sweaters. The air becomes a little crisp in just the right way. And I’m allowed to celebrate Halloween for a very long time. I’m excited for my (what I want to be) annual horror movie marathon. So for October I went with potions because what is more classic for Halloween than witches?
We have made it through the first week of Bake Off! It’s time for the showstopper and what a monster of a project it was! The showstopper challenge for this week was an illusion cake. I found this cake quite the challenge! There were so many parts and I was determined to make all of them from scratch. I got my inspiration from Liam on series eight and made a large stack of pancakes! This pancake cake is a made up of banana cake, blueberry compote, vanilla frosting, and a fondant finish!
process. Maybe I wasn’t looking in the right places but I figured it couldn’t hurt to have one more place to find out how to paint fondant with items around the house. There are commercially made paints that can be purchased but I wanted to use the food gel that I already had. Luckily I was able to figure it out!
When watching the Great British Bake Off, I often see them referencing compotes. Compotes are put inside cakes, on top of cakes, underneath cakes, besides cake okay, floating above cakes. Ok, I’m exaggerating, but you get the point. I grew curious about compotes. And given the cake I decided to make for the Week One Showstopper, I thought a blueberry compote would be the perfect complement to a banana-based cake.
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