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day 91: get crafty/ simple daily message board for the ones you love

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MY “PINTERESTING” TAKE:

“PINSPIRATION”, FROM PINTEREST:

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Project: day 91: get crafty/ simple daily message board for the ones you love
• Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): 1
• Would I do it again? wish I would have thought of this my self and done it sooner!
• What I would do differently: Do one for the girls as well (very soon!)
• Items used:
adorable idea from: http://thestewartestate.blogspot.com/2011/12/love-message-board-tutorial.html
black frame and polka-dot flower from Michael’s, black Sharpie (easily cleans off when smudged with a dry erase marker, and looks a bit better), Recollections Paper stack, fun computer fonts!

Until ipinterest tomorrow!
Karie J 🙂

day 64: baking away/ chocolate and caramel zebra pretzels for our Minnie Mouse birthday, Valentine’s day, or any day!! Plus easy diy place cards for your dessert table

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MY “PINTERESTING” TAKE:

“PINSPIRATION”, FROM PINTEREST:

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Project: day 64: baking away/ chocolate and caramel zebra pretzels for our Minnie Mouse birthday, Valentine’s day, or any day!! Plus easy diy place cards for your dessert table
• Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): Pretzels: 2 (thanks to my mom and Aunt Cindy for helping me with this, it went really fast!). Place cards: 1
• Would I do it again? yes, they were a huge hit, and the caramel recipe is to die for. I will definitely be making these again.
• What I would do differently: change it up each holiday! Do red and green for Christmas, pink and white for valentines, orange and black for halloween, you name it! The mix of sweet and salty is too good to miss 🙂
• Items used:

Zebra Caramel Pretzels from: http://pattycakesbakery.blogspot.com/2010/10/minnie-mouse-birthday-party.html

First take some of the homemade caramel, roll it out into ropes, and wrap it around your pretzels (I like the Snyders of Hanover pretzels).

Next, dip in white chocolate and allow to dry. In the meantime, melt some black chocolate melts (we could only find chocolate since it wasn’t Halloween time) and put in a ziplock bag. Snip a tiny portion of the corner, and drizzle over your pretzels to make look like zebra stripes.

Homemade Caramel Recipe:

This is a recipe adapted from the Licorice Caramel Recipe found in Candymaking by Kendrick and Atkinson
1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 cups corn syrup
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
Butter a 9-inch square pan and set aside. In a large saucepan combine the sweetened condensed milk, corn syrup, butter, sugar, and salt. Plac over medium heat ad stir until well combined.
Clip on candy thermometer, and cook, stirring constantly to a firm ball stage (242F if at sea level, 232F in Salt Lake/Provo area, and 237F in Las Vegas area–if you live somewhere else you’ll have to do the boiling water test to find out the difference between the boiling temperature at your location vs. sea level to adjust). Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour into pan and allow to stand at room temp over night.

Until ipinterest tomorrow!
Karie J 🙂

day 49: cooking it up/ baked chicken parmesan casserole, a hit!

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Project: day 49: cooking it up/ baked chicken parmesan casserole, a hit!

Ingredients:
2 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
hot red pepper flakes, to taste
6 boneless skinless chicken breasts (I used 5, but they were huge!)
2 cups marinara sauce
1/4 cup chopped basil
8 oz mozzarella, shredded
4 oz Parmesan, grated
1 (5-oz) package garlic croutons

Directions:

  • put olive oil. garlic, pepper flakes in a 9×13 Pyrex or casserole dish
  • layer chicken breasts, marinara, basil
  • put half of the mozzarella and parmesan
  • layer croutons
  • sprinkle the remainder of the cheeses on top
  • bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes (or until your chicken reaches 155 degrees)
  • set for 10 minutes
  • enjoy!

until ipinterest tomorrow!

Karie J 🙂

day 48: crafty kiddos/ minnie mouse birthday pin wheel garland/banner!

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1. Cut two strips of paper in equal size. 2. Accordion fold both. 3. Place both pieces together on the table, face up. Push them in, and turn them on their side to staple them in the middle. 4. Fan them back out, and secure their sides by taping them. Double sided tape works like a gem, and scrap book paper is super fun, as are music sheets, and pictures decorated by your little ones.

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• Project: day 48: crafty kiddos/ minnie mouse pin wheel birthday garland/banner!
Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): 2
• Would I do it again? yes, it was pretty easy, very cute, and could easily be done for any holiday. There are so many great cardstocks out there that have great themes to theme: Halloween, Christmas, birthdays, you name it!
• What I would do differently: my DCWV paper was almost out, so I only could do one pink pin wheel! I will either take it out for Morgan’s birthday, or go buy some more pink to add into her Minnie Mouse theme!
• Items used: DCWV Glitter Cardstock pack (Michael’s), twine (Hobby Lobby), scissors, tape, stapler, and clothespins

until ipinterest tomorrow!
Karie J 🙂

day 46: baked apples and brie in a puff pastry, oh my!

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• Project: day 46: baked apples and brie in a puff pastry, oh my!
• Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): 3
• Would I do it again? yes! It was pretty simple, savory with a touch of sweet and a great way to finish off a wonderful meal done by my wonderful friend Jackie!
• What I would do differently: add a touch more cinnamon and sugar to each pastry, but it’s pretty important to keep the sweet and savory balance though!
• Items used: see recipe below from http://bloghungry.typepad.com/blog/2010/04/brie-and-apple-tarts.html

Individual Brie and Apple Tarts

1 box (2 sheets) of puff pastry, thawed
1 green apple
1 Tbsp brown sugar, divided

1 Tbsp butter, divided
1/4 tsp cinnamon, divided
1 medium wedge of brie
1 egg
flour (for rolling)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.

Unfold 1 sheet of puff pastry onto a lightly floured board and roll it slightly with a floured rolling pin until it’s a 10 by 10-inch square. Cut the sheet into quarters with a sharp knife. Place a good-sized slice of brie and 3 or 4 this slices of apple the middle of each of the 4 squares. Sprinkle apples with cinnamon and brown sugar and top with a pat of butter. Brush the border of each pastry with egg wash and fold 2 opposite corners to the center, brushing and overlapping the corners of each pastry so they firmly stick together. Brush the top of the pastries with egg wash. Place the pastries on the prepared sheet pan. Repeat with the second sheet of puff pastry.

Bake the pastries for about 20 minutes, rotating the pan once during baking, until puffed and brown. Serve warm.

until ipinterest tomorrow!
Karie J 🙂

day 40: outdoors we will go/get crafty/ diy chalkboard spray paint message board frame

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  • Project: day 40: outdoors we will go/get crafty/ diy chalkboard spray paint message board frame
  • Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): 1
  • Would I do it again? yes, it was super easy, and we can use this message board in our house for anything! Great idea for a daily menu, cute notes for the kiddos, holidays, you name it!
  • What I would do differently: nothing!
  • Items used: frame (Hobby Lobby), Chalkboard spray paint (Hobby Lobby), chalk
  • instructions: take out the glass panel from the frame, follow directions on back of can, spray two coats, let dry 24 hours, “break-in” the now chalk board by rubbing the board with the side of the chalk, erase, and write your message, it’s that simple even I can do it 😉

until ipinterest tomorrow!

Karie J 🙂

day 39: baking away/ pear galette with apricot preserves, yum!

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Project: day 39: baking away/ pear galette with apricot preserves, yum!
• Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): 1
• Would I do it again? yes, it was super yummy, and very easy (especially using a pre-made crust)!
• What I would do differently: nothing! The only thing we changed from the original was to use pre-made crust dough)
• Items used: see recipe below from  Two Peas and their Pod ( http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/pear-galette/ )

Pear Galette
Yield: Serves 6-8 Cook Time: 45-50 minutes
ingredients:
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup coarse cornmeal
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cold butter, cut into small pieces
1/3 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons apricot preserves
2 large Bartlett pears, thinly sliced
1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons turbinado sugar

directions:
1. To make the dough, combine flour, sugar, cornmeal, and salt in a processor; pulse 2-3 times. Add butter and pulse 4-5 times, or until mixture resembles coarse meal. With the processor running, slowing pour the buttermilk through the chute, processing until the dough forms a ball. Remove the dough ball and adhere any remaining pieces of dough to it, then wrap in plastic wrap or parchment paper. Refrigerate for at least 45 minutes before rolling out.

2. Center a rack in the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F.

3. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and place on a sheet of parchment paper. Starting at the center of the dough, roll out, forming a 14-15-inch wide circle. Place the dough with parchment paper on a baking sheet. Brush the bottom of the dough with the apricot preserves. Arrange sliced pears in a spoke pattern on the galette dough, leaving a 2-inch border. Fold the border over the pears, overlapping where necessary and pressing gently to adhere the folds.

4. Lightly brush the edge of the dough with the egg and sprinkle crust and pears with turbinado sugar.

5. Bake the galette for 45-50 minutes, or until the pears are tender and the crust is golden brown. Transfer the baking sheet to a wire rack to cool for at least 20 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

until ipinterest tomorrow!
Karie J 🙂