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Pin it, do it, done; a week of pinterest inspired fun: Marshmallow popcorn, Reese’s Chocolate Banana Bread, Teacher appreciation, Mother’s Day/birthday

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MY “PINTERESTING” TAKE:

Marshmallow popcorn

“PINSPIRATION”, FROM PINTEREST:

  • Project: Marshmallow popcorn!
  • Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): 3,
  • Would I do it again?  typically I like popcorn to be a bit easier than this, but the girls liked it!
  • What I would do differently: not sure if I would do it again for myself 😉
  • Items used: “3 bags popcorn (pop and take out extra kernels) 2 sticks of butter 16 oz bag of marshmallows 1 cup brown sugar Microwave butter, marshmallows, and brown sugar for 2 1/2 min. Take out and stir. Microwave again for 1 min. Repeat until thin sauce. When done pour over popcorn and mix.”

Reese’s Chocolate Banana Bread 

“PINSPIRATION”, FROM PINTEREST:

  • Project:  Reese’s Chocolate Banana Bread 

  • Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): 2 (I have to give Adam the credit for this one. Thanks babe)
  • Would I do it again? oh yes. I cannot resist chocolate and peanut butter, let alone ocmbined into a banana bread!
  • What I would do differently: try not to eat it all!
  • Items used: see amazing recipe at: http://cookiesandcups.com/reeses-peanut-butter-banana-bread/

Teacher appreciation 

“PINSPIRATION”, FROM PINTEREST:

  • Project: teacher appreciation printable cards and gift tags
  • Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): 1
  • Would I do it again? yes, it was really simple and turned out cute!
  • What I would do differently: nada
  • Items used: cardstock and adorable ideas from:  eighteen25.blogspot.com and  giverslog.com


Mother’s Day! 

“PINSPIRATION”, FROM PINTEREST:

Source: tipjunkie.com via Karie on Pinterest

  • Project: mother’s day (or adorable ideas for birthday’s or father’s day)
  • Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): 3, just a bit time consuming
  • Would I do it again? yes! They were all a big hit and looked too cute!
  • What I would do differently: I loved the adjective banner. I would definitely do it again for another birthday or father’s day.
  • Items used: cardstock and adorable ideas from: tipjunkie.com , thecraftingchicks.com , ourbestbites.com

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Have you done anything from Pinterest lately? What’s inspiring you?

I hope you were inspired as much as I was!

Until ipinterest again!

Karie J 🙂

day 144: cooking it up/ diy healthier microwave popcorn, in a paper bag!

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MY “PINTERESTING” TAKE:

 

“PINSPIRATION”, FROM PINTEREST:

Source: squawkfox.com via Karie on Pinterest

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  • Project: day 144: cooking it up/ diy healthier microwave popcorn, in a paper bag!
  • Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): 1
  • Would I do it again? yes! This is a much healthier way to do popcorn versus store-bought microwave popcorn and it is super easy! We never buy store-bought any more, and usually always use our stove top to do it, which we love, but this microwave version is much faster!
  • What I would do differently: we added your typical salt, pepper, and butter, but it would be great with many other popcorn toppings!
  • Items used: paper bag, 1/2 cup of popcorn kernels, and recipe from: http://www.squawkfox.com/2010/07/27/popcorn-recipe-gourmet-popcorn/

Until ipinterest tomorrow!

Karie J 🙂

day 101: baking away/ homemade chocolate chip cookies/ absolutely the best!!!

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MY “PINTERESTING” TAKE:

“PINSPIRATION”, FROM PINTEREST:

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• Project: day 101: baking away/ homemade chocolate chip cookies/ absolutely the best!!!

• Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): 3
• Would I do it again? most definitely! These cookies were absolutely amazing! Loved the hint of salt and different textures of chocolate.
• What I would do differently: Well, as you can see I had the girls helping me, so the tiny pinch of salt at the end was done a bit overboard on a few of them, but other than that everything else tasted great!! Definitely chewy, chocolatey, moist…just the way a chocolate cookie should be!
• Items used: for the amazing recipe go to: http://www.othersideoffifty.com/2010/08/new-york-times-chocolate-chip-cookies.html

Until ipinterest tomorrow!
Karie J 🙂

day 87: cooking it up/ simple and yummy breakfast burritos, so good!

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MY “PINTERESTING” TAKE:

“PINSPIRATION”, FROM PINTEREST:

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• Project: day 87: cooking it up/ simple and yummy breakfast burritos, so good!
• Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): 1 (thank goodness I had my husband back to help me out!)
• Would I do it again? oh yea! I love breakfast burritos, and this was extra good!!!
• What I would do differently: nothing at all, add salsa and eat it up!
• Items used: original recipe from: http://www.momontimeout.com/2011/08/breakfast-burrito-bonanza.html

Until ipinterest tomorrow!
Karie J 🙂

day 79: cooking it up/ super sweet yummy popcorn/ girls movie night!

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MY “PINTERESTING” TAKE:

“PINSPIRATION”, FROM PINTEREST:

Source: chickabug.com via Karie on Pinterest

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Project: day 79: cooking it up/ super sweet yummy popcorn/ girls movie night!
• Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): 2
• Would I do it again? yes, Hayden really loved it (too bad Morgan fell asleep so she couldn’t enjoy the girls movie night with us!)
• What I would do differently: nothing! Maybe change the colors of the M&M’s for different holidays (St. Patrick’s Day, easter, fourth of july…)
• Items used:
popping corn recipe for homemade popcorn: http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/perfect_popcorn/

Perfect Popcorn Recipe

  • Cook time: 10 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 Tbsp canola, peanut or grapeseed oil (high smoke point oil)
  • 1/3 cup of high quality popcorn kernels
  • 1 3-quart covered saucepan
  • 2 Tbsp or more (to taste) of butter
  • Salt to taste

METHOD

1 Heat the oil in a 3-quart saucepan on medium high heat.

2 Put 3 or 4 popcorn kernels into the oil and cover the pan.

3 When the kernels pop, add the rest of the 1/3 cup of popcorn kernels in an even layer. Cover, remove from heat and count 30 seconds. (Count out loud; it’s fun to do with kids.) This method first heats the oil to the right temperature, then waiting 30 seconds brings all of the other kernels to a near-popping temperature so that when they are put back on the heat, they all pop at about the same time.

4 Return the pan to the heat. The popcorn should begin popping soon, and all at once. Once the popping starts in earnest, gently shake the pan by moving it back and forth over the burner. Try to keep the lid slightly ajar to let the steam from the popcorn release (the popcorn will be drier and crisper). Once the popping slows to several seconds between pops, remove the pan from the heat, remove the lid, and dump the popcorn immediately into a wide bowl.

With this technique, nearly all of the kernels pop (I counted 4 unpopped kernels in my last batch), and nothing burns.

5 If you are adding butter, you can easily melt it by placing the butter in the now empty, but hot pan.

6 Salt to taste.

Super weet popcorn recipe from: http://www.simpleanddelicious.com/find-recipes/recipeDetails.jsp?action=recipe&recipeid=4347&view=view

Ingredients

  • 1 bag (3.3 oz each) Orville Redenbacher’s® Gourmet® Butter Microwave Popcorn
  • 1 cup M&M’S® Brand Milk Chocolate Candies
  • 1-1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1/2 cup = 1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup lightly salted peanuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Directions
  1. Prepare popcorn according to package directions. Remove all unpopped kernels. Spread popped corn evenly in 15×10-inch nonstick shallow baking pan. Sprinkle evenly with M&M’S® Brand Milk Chocolate Candies; set aside.
  2. Place sugar, butter, corn syrup and vanilla in medium heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-high and cook 3 minutes, stirring constantly with wooden spoon. Add peanuts. Cook an additional 2 minutes or to the hard-crack stage, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add baking soda and mix well.
  3. Immediately pour caramel mixture evenly over popped corn and candy until coated. Do not stir. Let stand 30 minutes or until caramel has cooled and hardened.
  4. Break into pieces. Store in tightly sealed container.

Until ipinterest tomorrow!
Karie J 🙂

day 18: baking away/ Christmas sugar cookies, part 1

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MY TAKE:

 

FROM PINTEREST:

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  • Project: day 18: baking away/ Christmas sugar cookies, part 1 (part 2 will be coming in the next few days…the frosting!!!)
  • Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): 3
  • Would I do it again? yes, we tried the sugar cookies sans the frosting, and they really we’re SO yummy! They were not too sweet, just the right amount of chewiness, and oh so good!
  • What I would do differently: well, according to my husband, I do not use the rolling-pin correctly, so I’ll have to work on that technique, but hey that’s why I’m doing all this right? Trying to get better each and everyday!
  • Items used: American’s test Kitchen Recipe: http://www.americastestkitchen.com/recipes/detail.php?docid=26333
  • Makes 2 dozen cookies (we ended up with about 3)

    The final dough will be slightly softer than most cookie dough. For the best results, handle the dough as briefly and gently as possible when shaping the cookies. Overworking the dough will result in flatter cookies.

    INGREDIENTS
    • 2 1/4cups (11 1/4 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour
    • 1/2teaspoon baking soda
    • 1teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2teaspoon table salt
    • 1 1/2cups (10 1/2 ounces) sugar , plus 1/3 cup for rolling (we did not use the 1/3 cup for rolling since we will be frosting them)
    • 2ounces cream cheese , cut into 8 pieces
    • 6tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter , melted and still warm
    • 1/3cup vegetable oil
    • 1large egg
    • 1tablespoon milk
    • 2teaspoons vanilla extract
    INSTRUCTIONS
    • 1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 large rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. Whisk flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together in medium bowl. Set aside.
    • 2. Place 1½ cups sugar and cream cheese in large bowl. Place remaining 1/3 cup sugar in shallow baking dish or pie plate and set aside. Pour warm butter over sugar and cream cheese and whisk to combine (some small lumps of cream cheese will remain but will smooth out later). Whisk in oil until incorporated. Add egg, milk, and vanilla; continue to whisk until smooth. Add flour mixture and mix with rubber spatula until soft homogeneous dough forms.
    • 3. Divide dough into 24 equal pieces, about 2 tablespoons each (or use #40 portion scoop). Using hands, roll dough into balls. Working in batches, roll balls in reserved sugar to coat and evenly space on prepared baking sheet, 12 dough balls per sheet. Using bottom of drinking glass, flatten dough balls until 2 inches in diameter. Sprinkle tops evenly with 4 teaspoons of sugar remaining in shallow dish (2 teaspoons per tray), discarding any remaining sugar.
    • 4. Bake, 1 tray at a time, until edges are set and just beginning to brown, 11 to 13 minutes, rotating tray after 7 minutes. Cool cookies on baking sheets 5 minutes. Using wide metal spatula, transfer cookies to wire rack and cool to room temperature

until ipinterest tomorrow!

Karie J 🙂