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#PinterestChallenge – Week 8

Finally – I am caught up!!!

This is another birthday-related Pinterest post.  B loves “George!” so I decided to make him a Curious George cake for his birthday.  I found this great one:

I baked the cake in my Pampered Chef batter bowl. I figured that would be easier than baking a bunch of 6″ or 8″ rounds, stacking them, and shaping them. I was nervous about baking in the bowl, but apparently a lot of people do it. The cake took quite a while to bake, and I still wasn’t quite sure if it was done, but I moved onward.

I tried making my own fondant, but that didn’t work out so great; thankfully Wilton came through for me with a box of their fondant. I kneaded in a bunch of yellow gel food coloring and rolled it out.

I put the cake on a dinner plate, covered it with a light layer of frosting, and draped on the fondant. I was able to tuck the edges of the fondant under the cake so that the plate formed a nice “brim” for the hat.

I had forgotten to buy black gel food coloring, so I had to combine red, blue, and green and try to get something sort of close to black. We finally got there. I added that and stuck a cute little monkey under the brim of the hat.

The end result turned out pretty darn cute!

#PinterestChallenge – Week 7

B turned two this week, so Saturday we had his birthday party.  I thought I would combine 2 great ideas from Pinterest to make a treat for the party:

Sweetened Condensed Milk turned Caramel

Caramel Apple Bites

The other night I put a can of sweetened condensed milk in the crock pot, set it to low, and went off to bed. In the morning, I put it in the refrigerator.  The next day, I opened the can up and was sadly disappointed.  I didn’t have the rich, gooey, beautiful caramel that was in the pin.  I had … a can of thickened, beige, condensed milk.

So disappointing.  This meant that I didn’t even get to give the Caramel Apple Bites a try. =(

#PinterestChallenge – Week 6

I found a great Twice Baked Butternut Squash recipe from Martha Stewart that I couldn’t resist pinning.  So, this one is brought to you by … me!

Cut your squash in half.

Clean out the guts and place the squash in a roasting pan.

Thankfully I had 2 roasting pans, because my squash wouldn’t all fit in one.

Cover with foil and bake!

Mine took quite a while to bake because my squash were large and there were two pans in the oven.

I decided to bring these over to my in-laws for Sunday dinner, so instead of putting them back in the shells like Martha suggested, I just scraped them clean and loaded up a 3 quart casserole dish.  We were out of panko bread crumbs, so I crushed up some pecans and topped it with that.

Forget to get a picture of the finished product, but it was delicious!  Martha said this would serve 6, which I think was if this was the only thing they were eating, and they hadn’t eaten in two days.

Squash Carnage.

#PinterestChallenge – Week 5

Okay, so I’m posting this a week late.  I think you’ll get over it.  :)

K and I are working on trying new fruits and veggies; a couple of weeks ago I decided to branch out into the wide green world of kale.

The first time that I made it, I decided to do a kale and eggs pin that I found through Ariel Whitaker.

I sauteed the kale with some sage and wild mushroom olive oil that I have.  So good!

Then I added the eggs and cooked those with the kale.

I remembered that I had some mushrooms in the house, and those sounded good, so I pushed the kale and eggs to the side and cooked up some mushrooms while my bread toasted.

I served it all up on a nice piece of whole wheat toast.  It was delicious and super filling!  I couldn’t even finish my piece.

#Pinterest Challenge – Week 5

Well, I’m due to craft this week, but I’m waiting on supplies.  Instead, the family had to eat, so i’m doing another food pin. =)  I actually found this through a friend, who thought there was no way this could be good, and was afraid to try it.  K and I thought it sounded good, so I gave it a whirl.

What is it, you ask? No Sugar Cookie Dough Dip.

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It took me a bit to find dates at the store (they were down the baking aisle), but I found them.  Everything else I had on hand already.  I used 3T of almond butter as my nut butter, and I did include the 2T of oatmeal.   Next time I make it, I will probably go lighter on the almond butter, or just straight peanut butter.

This was pretty darn tasty straight out of the food processor, but it was definitely better after it sat in the fridge for a while.  K put it in the freezer, and it was not good frozen.  So, don’t try that.

I didn’t realize that she had a version with sugar (instead of dates, you use a sweetener); I may have to give that a try and see how it compares.

As for me?  I’m off to grab a dish of this and some apple slices for a snack. :)

#PinterestChallenge – Week 3

When B moved into his big boy bed a few weeks ago, I picked him up a duvet and adorable cover from Ikea.  So cute!  Unfortunately, it’s a twin size and he’s only in a toddler bed, which means I keep part of it folded under the foot of his bed.  While it’s folded up, gravity takes over and pulls the duvet down inside the cover.  Not cool.  I was thinking that I would need to get duvet clips for him, but then I found this great idea.  It’s from Martha Stewart, but my fabulous friend Angie Kinghorn pinned it.

Martha says to use twill tape.  I have no idea what that is.  But it looks like ribbon, and I have lots of that. Here is what I did:

I cut 4 pieces of blue ribbon and 4 pieces of white ribbon (obviously I don’t have all the ribbon photographed here)

Then I stitched a piece of ribbon to each corner of the duvet.  I put the 2 pieces of blue at the top corners and the 2 pieces of ivory on the bottom corners.

Then I stitched 2 pieces of blue ribbon to the top inside corners of the duvet cover.  I didn’t flip  the whole cover inside out, I just pulled the corner out through the opening.  Stitch it right on the seam.

Tie the duvet ribbon to the cover ribbon.

When you push the corner back inside the duvet, you won’t even know you stitched on the ribbon.

Put the duvet back on your bed!  If you have a toddler, he will help unmake the bed while you take pictures.

I thought about just using one color of ribbon for all the ties, but then I decided that using two colors would be helpful.  If I ever want to rotate the duvet, it will be easier to remember which end was where.

If you have a toddler, you may want to do this project while he/she is in bed so that you don’t have a helper reorganizing your ribbon and sewing supplies during the 10 minutes it takes to complete this project.

#Pinterest Challenge – Week 2

I think that I’m going to try and do a crafty/DIY project one week and a food project the next week.   We’ll see how long I can keep that idea working.  LOL

Today is my birthday – yay!  I am such a dork; I LOVE birthdays.  Having a party and a reason to decorate and bake?  It’s the best.

At my office, I love to bring in a treat for my birthday.  One of my favorite birthday desserts is a pineapple upside down cake.  The basic cake is great – but you know what else is great?  Cupcakes.  Why not marry the two together?!  Well, that’s exactly what Just Jenn did.

I have a few comments on this recipe:

1) pay attention.  When it calls for 1/3 cup melted butter for the topping, and 2 sticks of softened butter for the batter, don’t melt 2 sticks of butter and put it in the topping.  Not that anyone would do that. ahem.

2) add a cherry to the bottom. It’s fun!

3) This batter mixes up nice and fluffy.  It is very different from your typical cake batter.  do not be alarmed.

fluffy batter

4) don’t overfill your tins.  the recipe said that it made 1 dozen cupcakes; when I filled 12 tins completely full, I still had batter left over.  And then they overflowed when I baked them.  When I made a second batch later, I easily had enough batter for 18 cupcakes.  (the topping makes just enough for one dozen, so you’ll need more topping if you’re going to make 18 cupcakes)

5) enjoy!

52 Weeks of Pinterest – Project 1

I had to keep the bar pretty low for this first Pinterest project – don’t want to go overboard too quickly!

For years, I have kept my hair dryer out on the bathroom counter, and have quickly stashed it away in a closet when company comes over. Then I spotted this brilliant idea:


I just so happened to have an Ikea magazine holder sitting around unused, and a bunch of 3M command strips (amazing – I had the exact materials!!)

In just a minute’s time, I whipped this bad boy out:


Plenty of room yet for storage in the cupboard