Weave Along

This weekend, I took part in the Mister Domestic Tumbling Blocks Weave Along.  The first time I had ever seen fabric weaving was on Mister Domestic’s instagram page.  He had woven fabric to make a gorgeous trench coat for his daughter.  Ever since then, I have been reading his blog for the some of the best sewing inspiration.  I had been dreaming of trying to weave something someday.  As soon as I saw the weave along, I knew I wanted to give it a try.  After debating for a few days on whether or not to spend the money on a special weaving needle, I decided to take the plunge.  I followed the tutorial exactly and even followed the instructions for turning the panel into a pillow.  The tutorial was easy to follow and so much fun!  Plans for pillow number two are already in the works!

The Prep

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Layer 1, Layer 2, Layer 3

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Just looking at it makes me so happy 🙂  I definitely see more fabric weaving in my future!

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Arena Football

Recently, Drew and I discovered arena football.  It is like outdoor football, but indoors on a hockey arena sized field.  Since the field is only 50 yards long, the game is fast and high scoring.  This (in my opinion) makes it much more exciting.  Cleveland has their own AFL or Arena Football League team.  All together there are 14 teams in the league nationwide.  We were able to make it to a game this past weekend

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The team is doing great this year, and they are headed to the play-offs.  The crowd was really into the game and participated in all the cheers.  It is always more enjoyable to be at a game where the crowd is engaged.  Every time the team got a touch down, special music would play, and people would pump their arms to the beat.

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The concessions at the game were unique.  There was sweets stand selling huge pieces of white layer cake with rainbow sprinkles for $5 as well as a gourmet pretzel stand.  I don’t think I have ever seen cake being sold at an arena before.  Unfortunately, we did not get a piece of cake or a fancy pretzel, so I don’t know if they are actually as delicious as they look.  We did try the water in the drinking fountain.  It did not have a metallic taste and was an acceptable temperature.  I would recommend it.

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DIY Fruit Yogurt

While in college, I started to eat a lot of greek yogurt.  Usually one package a day.  After realizing that there was a ton of sugar (17g in a 5.3 oz serving) in the key lime yogurt I loved so dearly, I switched to a store brand with less sugar.  After moving out of the area, I found it hard to find tasty greek yogurt that wasn’t high in sugar and didn’t cost a fortune.  I tried to eat just plain greek yogurt.  It just wasn’t that good.  Adding fruit and granola made it better, but the granola had a lot of sugar too.  Fortunately, I received a yogurt maker from my parents and have started making my own yogurt each week.  Since I don’t really enjoy plain yogurt, I need a way to flavor it.  I have started making fruit on the bottom style yogurt with a cooked fruit mixture.  It has less sugar than store bought and still tastes amazing!  The method for each flavor is pretty much the same.  Cook the fruit and thicken.  You may want to add more or less stevia depending on the sweetness of your fruit.  Store leftover fruit mixes in the fridge or freeze for longer storage.  Just pull out and thaw the night before making yogurt.  I like to make a week’s worth of yogurts at a time.  I place about 2 oz of flavoring at the bottom of a half pint canning jar and then scoop the yogurt on top.  The fruit mix begins to bleed into the yogurt by the end of the week, but it still tastes the same.  Try mixing flavors for a special treat!
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BLUEBERRY
3 pints fresh blueberries
3 T stevia
1 T lemon juice
2 T corn starch dissolved in 1/4 cup cold waterIMG_20140625_141005949_HDR-001
Add berries, stevia, and lemon juice to a saucepan.  Cook over medium heat until berries start to burst. Add in cornstarch dissolved in 1/4 cup cold water and stir well.  Continue to simmer and stir until thickened.
CHERRY
8 cups or 3lbs of sweet cherries, pitted
2 T stevia
2 T lemon juice
2 T corn starch dissolved in 1/4 cup cold water
Add berries, stevia, and lemon juice to a saucepan.  Cook over medium heat until berries release juices and reach desired texture.  Add in cornstarch dissolved in 1/4 cup cold water and stir well.  Continue to simmer and stir until thickened.
STRAWBERRY
3 lbs fresh strawberries, sliced
3 T stevia
1 T lemon juice
2 T corn starch dissolved in 1/4 cup cold water
Add berries, stevia, and lemon juice to a saucepan.  Cook over medium heat until berries release juices and reach desired texture.  Add in cornstarch dissolved in 1/4 cup cold water and stir well.  Continue to simmer and stir until thickened.
MANGO PEACH
3 mangoes, cubed (remove pit and scoop flesh away from skin)
3 peaches, peeled and cubed
2 T stevia
1/2 cup water + 1/4 cup water, divided
1 T corn starch
Place mangoes, peaches, stevia, and 1/2 cup water in a saucepan.  Cook over medium heat until fruit becomes soft.  If desired, use a hand blender to puree.  Bring mixture to a boil.  Add in cornstarch dissolved in 1/4 cup cold water and stir well.  Continue to simmer and stir until thickened.
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Drew’s Birthday Celebration

I was visiting family and friends on Drew’s birthday this year, so we didn’t really celebrate until this past weekend.  As you may know, he is a big fan of NPR.  Sometimes I catch him sitting in his car after work listening to the end of a story.  What a nerd 🙂  The cake he requested this year was featured on All Things Considered.  According to the story, the cake was originally made at Ebinger’s Bakery in Brooklyn.  The recipe has a warning that it is difficult and some bakers experience “post-traumatic cake syndrome”.  When I read this, I had second thoughts about making the cake.  Then I read that it should be consumed within 24 hours.  I thought to myself how we wouldn’t (or shouldn’t) be able eat that much cake, but in the end decided I was up for the challenge.

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The recipe called for four types of chocolate.  A recipe that uses that much chocolate is likely to be good.

The cake did have quite a few steps, but none were too difficult.  I would say it wasn’t harder to make than any other layer cake.  The end result was a delicious, moist chocolate cake with chocolate filling, chocolate frosting, and a chocolate cake crumble topping.  We ended up freezing half of the cake and eating the rest over a period of a few days. 2014-06-03

Drew’s main birthday gift was tickets to see the Marketplace LIVE! road tour.  Before going to the show, we picked up philly cheesesteak sandwiches from Original Steaks & Hoagies.  I had never been there before, so I looked up reviews on Urbanspoon to decide what to order.  We both ended up getting a philly cheesesteaks with onions and cheese whiz.  The sandwiches were huge!  The small was 7 inches and loaded with steak.

2014-06-20The show was downtown at Playhouse Square.  Of course we listened to Marketplace on the drive to see Marketplace LIVE!. It was our first time visiting the area, and I have heard it is one of the largest theater districts in the country.  As we were approaching the parking garage, we saw the new chandelier hanging across the street.  It makes the area look very fancy.

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IMG_20140620_211223455_HDROnce at the theater we were assisted by many different ushers to get to our seats.  Everyone we spoke to was very nice and helpful.  The theater was pretty, but it was no Coronado.  The show was titled “How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Numbers”.  Kai Ryssdal was the host and there were various other guest speakers.  The story I found to be the most interesting was about food stamps.  The speaker, Krissy Clark, took us on a journey to explore the secret life of a food stamp.  At the end there was a twist.  The food stamps we were following belonged to a worker who spends her food stamps at her employer.  If her employer paid more, she would likely not need the food stamps. You can listen to the whole series here.

Other featured speakers were Maria Coyne of KeyBank, Ivan Schwarz of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission, Keith Woolner of the Cleveland Indians’ Baseball Analytics group (he is the guy who invented the VORP or Value Over Replacement Player), and NPR reporters Adriene Hill, Paddy Hirsch, and Stacey Vanek Smith.  The last presentation of the night was about data profiles collected for marketing purposes.  Stacey Vanek Smith shared her profile (middling single), Kai’s profile (skyboxes & suburbans), and the audience’s profile as group of 46-56 year olds with kids.  Needless to say, Drew and I didn’t really fit the profile.  I am happy to say that as we were walking out, we did see TWO people that were younger than us 🙂

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