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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 127: baking away/ adorable easter treat/dessert: “bunny butts”, aka cupcakes, coconut, chocolate, oreos, oh my!

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MY “PINTERESTING” TAKE:

 

“PINSPIRATION”, FROM PINTEREST:

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    • Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): 3. Thanks to my sister-in-law Molly, it went pretty smoothly, but it really helps to have an extra hand, these guys are a bit time consuming!
    • Would I do it again? we will see tomorrow, but I think the kiddos will like them!
    • Items used: cupcakes, frosting, coconut, oreo crumbs, chocolate chips, mini chocolate chips, marshmallows

Until ipinterest tomorrow!

Karie J 🙂

day 93: baking away/ Black Magic Cake, amazingly moist chocolate cake, so good!

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MY “PINTERESTING” TAKE:

“PINSPIRATION”, FROM PINTEREST:

Source: justapinch.com via Karie on Pinterest

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Project: day 93: baking away/ Black Magic Cake, amazingly moist chocolate cake, so good!
• Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): 3 (thank goodness my most amazing husband was able to help me frost the cake, because mine would have looked horrible!)
• Would I do it again? oh yes. This was the perfect home-made chocolate cake!
• What I would do differently: double the frosting recipe. We definitely needed more for the top!
• Items used: recipe from: http://www.justapinch.com/recipe/lisa-glass/black-magic-cake-best-chocolate-cake-ever/cake?source=fork_FB_black_magic_cake

Ingredients

1 3/4 c all purpose flour
2 c sugar
3/4 c cocoa powder
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 c strong black coffee, cooled
1 c buttermilk
1/2 c vegetable oil
1 tsp real vanilla extract
CHOCOLATE FROSTING
1/2 c margarine, softened
2 oz melted unsweetened chocolate, cooled
3 c powdered sugar
3 Tbsp milk
2 tsp real vanilla extract
 Directions
1 Combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl or stand mixer.
2 Add eggs, coffee, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla.
3 Beat at medium speed for two minutes. Batter will be thin.
4 Pour batter into a greased and floured 9×13 pan or two 9 inch cake pans.
5 Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes for a 9×13, or 30-35 minutes for layer pans.
6 Combine frosting ingredients and mix with a hand or stand mixer. Spread frosting on cooled cakes.

Until ipinterest tomorrow!
Karie J 🙂

day 81: baking away/ super easy and delicious chocolate dipped Oreo truffles

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MY “PINTERESTING” TAKE:

“PINSPIRATION”, FROM PINTEREST:

Source: allrecipes.com via Karie on Pinterest

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• Project: day 81: baking away/ super easy and delicious chocolate dipped Oreo truffles
Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): 1 (and I didn’t mess it up… I think!)
• Would I do it again? oh yes! They were actually too good! I will definitely have to pass these off so I don’t eat them all.
• What I would do differently: nothing at all! We halved the recipe since we we’re making them just for fun, but they are definitely party worthy. Amazing!
• Items used: recipe from:  http://allrecipes.com/recipe/easy-oreo-truffles/

Ingredients

  • 1 (16 ounce) package OREO Chocolate Sandwich Cookies, divided
  • 1 (8 ounce) package PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate, melted

Directions

  1. Crush 9 of the cookies to fine crumbs in food processor; reserve for later use. (Cookies can also be finely crushed in a resealable plastic bag using a rolling pin.) Crush remaining 36 cookies to fine crumbs; place in medium bowl. Add cream cheese; mix until well blended. Roll cookie mixture into 42 balls, about 1-inch in diameter.
  2. Dip balls in chocolate; place on wax paper-covered baking sheet. (Any leftover chocolate can be stored at room temperature for another use.) Sprinkle with reserved cookie crumbs.
  3. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. Store leftover truffles, covered, in refrigerator.

Until ipinterest tomorrow!
Karie J 🙂

day 31: baking away/ New Year’s 2012 chocolate dipped strawberries, with or without kiddos!

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MY TAKE:

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FROM PINTEREST (a combination of the two below):

Source: kitchenfunwithmy3sons.blogspot.com via Karie on Pinterest

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  • Project: day 31: baking away/ New Year‘s 2012 chocolate dipped strawberries, with or without kiddos!
  • Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): 2
  • Would I do it again? yes, it tastes so good, you definitely cannot stop at one!
  • What I would do differently: according to the recipe it said to use semi-sweet, which we did, but unfortunately the white chocolate was the only one that set up and drizzled well, not sure why! Bigger strawberries would have been better as well, but hey, they still tasted really good 😉
  • Items used: Food Network Chocolate Covered Strawberry, 5-star recipe
  • Ingredients
    • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
    • 3 ounces white chocolate, chopped
    • 1 pound strawberries with stems (about 20), washed and dried very well

    Directions

    Put the semisweet and white chocolates into 2 separate heat-proof medium bowls. Fill 2 medium saucepans with a couple inches of water and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Turn off the heat; set the bowls of chocolate over the water to melt. Stir until smooth. (Alternatively, melt the chocolates in a microwave at half power, for 1 minute, stir and then heat for another minute or until melted.)

    Once the chocolates are melted and smooth, remove from the heat. Line a sheet pan with parchment or waxed paper. Holding the strawberry by the stem, dip the fruit into the dark chocolate, lift and twist slightly, letting any excess chocolate fall back into the bowl. Set strawberries on the parchment paper. Repeat with the rest of the strawberries. Dip a fork in the white chocolate and drizzle the white chocolate over the dipped strawberries.

    Set the strawberries aside until the chocolate sets, about 30 minutes.

until ipinterest tomorrow!

Karie J 🙂