Our 2018 Foodie/Gaming Resolutions

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With a new year comes the fresh confidence to make some life changes. So as not to skirt tradition, we made a quick list of some of the things we’d like to accomplish with Games & Grinds in 2018. Are we going to check off every one of these resolutions? Most likely not given the way most resolutions end up, but if we finish off half of these it should be a great year.

Foodie Resolutions

Resolution 1: eat many tasty things. Beyond that things get a bit more specific.

  • Be better about documenting recipes
    • This one comes from Aspen. We have an awful habit of tweaking recipes we find online, only to never write down the changes.
  • Use more “repurposed” ingredients
    • Using bits of chicken you cooked the night before to make a stock or pot pies or other dish can go a long way in the kitchen.
  • Make a BBQ feast
    • The second our spring thaw hits I am getting a smoker and making this happen
  • Copy the family pierogi recipe
  • Finish visiting DFW-area breweries
    • So much beer to drink. Whatever will we do?
  • Sample some authentic European cuisine
    • Currently planning our first Euro-Trip and yeah, it’s all about the food.

Gaming/Twitch Resolutions

Gaming is a great example of a goal-driven hobby, so gaming resolutions are a natural fit. Although maybe it would be more appropriate to consider these Gaming/Twitch Achievements to earn in 2018?

  • DO NOT buy any new consoles or PC hardware
    • This might be counterproductive to running a video game blog, but gaming is an expensive hobby, and while there are still plenty of games I’m interested in I really don’t want to spend any unnecessary cash on more hardware.
  • Start learning basic coding
    • Like, the most basic of the basic. If I can make a tic tac toe game by the end of the year I will be ecstatic.
  • Finish my National Pokedex
    • Gotta prep’em all for when Pokemon Switch launches
  • Compete in at least 1 Pokemon Tournament
  • Reach Max Rank/Level in Splatoon 2
  • End the year 250+ Twitch followers
    • Watch our channel, please.
  • Raise $1000 for Extra Life and the Children’s Medical Center of Dallas
    • The perfect inspiration to stream and that gold medal WILL be mine this year.

Backlog to Conquer

Unplayed games. The bane of all gamers. Especially when they start piling up. Here are a few games from yesteryear I plan on finishing off. Know of any others to add to the list? Let us know!

Super Mario Odyssey
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
The Witcher 3
Pokemon: Soul Silver
Wolfenstein 1
Sonic Mania

That’s probably enough hopeful goals for one year. I fully expect you, the internet, to hold us accountable to this list, so here’s to a happy and productive year of gaming, food, and more.

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Twitch Schedule 2018 is LIVE

In Twitch news, we’ll be going live for the first time in 2018 TONIGHT! Currently scheduled to be on at 9:00pm EST/8:00pm CST. You can expect us live every week, same time, same week, until further notice; and follow us on Twitter @GamesandGrinds to see when we’ll be live on weekends and other shows. Stop on by and say hi, and thanks for watching!

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This Month in Games – January 2017

Gaming’s post-holidays hangover month is here, but there are still a handful of games to keep an eye on. Personally interested in Monster Hunter World and Dragon Ball FighterZ the most, but January will likely be a month to work on some backlog.

 

Monster Hunter: World – (PS4, Xbox One) – Jan 26

I’ve been looking for an excuse to try out a Monster Hunter game, and this seems as good a time as any. I was impressed by the beta, this looks like a game with deep gameplay and gorgeous visuals. The PC release is still a ways off, but I’m posting it this month so I can live vicariously through y’all.

Dragon Ball FighterZ – (PC, PS4, Xbox One) – Jan 26

Fighters are not my forte, but I always end up coming back to them. DBFZ garnered quite a bit of hype at last year’s E3 and it’s not hard to imagine why with a tight combo system and what should be a huge roster of characters. This is the type of game I desperately watch for in sales.

Street Fighter V Arcade Edition – (PC, PS4) – Jan 16

Has there been a better month for fighting games in recent memory? You can copy and paste a lot of what I just said about DBFZ here. I am a fighting game masochist.

Kirby Battle Royale – (3DS) – Jan 19

Battle Royale released most everywhere last year and makes it’s way to North America this month. Its reviews haven’t been stellar, but I may pick it up to hold me over until Kirby make his Switch debut.

The Inpatient – (PSVR) – Jan 23

I don’t normally get into horror games, but I’m interested to see how The Inpatient manages to hold up as a full release VR game. A solid reception could go a long way for the platform.

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Happy New Year from Games and Grinds!

Today marks the end of the holiday season and a fresh start to what should be a very productive year here at Games and Grinds. With our little nest in Dallas FINALLY made it’s time to get back into form with the blog, recipes, Twitch, our new Extra Life page, and more. It all starts with a New Year’s Day feast for two of beef wellington, and who knows where we’ll end up from there, so be sure to check back often as we share our favorite hobbies. Thanks to everyone reading and have a great 2018!

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March Etsy Finds

Year-round Etsy is a great place to go for unique finds. I usually find myself browsing through Etsy around the holidays and forget it can be a treasure-trove of artistic expressions and cool trinkets for any of your eclectic tastes.  Were going to start highlighting our favorite monthly finds.  Whether you’re trying to find a gift for someone special or just looking to treat yo’ self to something fun, check back monthly for our newest finds.

This month, we’re highlighting four of our favorite sellers:

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