Hello! Just a heads up, my latest Pinterest project (that is already on display in my room!) can be seen in a web video I made for class, including my pin rating and everything! Click here or the link that says “Web Video” at the top of my blog!
Hello world! This week I cooked my first real meal from Pinterest using two separate recipes! I’m blaming my choices on the fact that I’ve spent the last week repeatedly watching The Godfather for an assignment for one of my classes, but I basically became an Italian and went on a carb overload with crockpot lasagna and Parmesan pull-apart bread. I cooked this Aimee’s help again (she owns a crockpot and I do not) and then served it to her parents and brother. They all went back for seconds, so I was pretty proud of myself.
The crockpot lasagna does take a few hours to cook so we got started on that earlier in the afternoon. The prep time took about 30-45 minutes and was really easy! I learned how to brown meat, so that was exciting for me too. Once you have the cheese layer mixed and the sauce mixed, you pretty much just layer it all into the crockpot let it cook! The recipe says 4-6 hours on low. It cooked for about 4 hours, but the crockpot was on high for about an hour and it turned out just fine.
The second part of the meal was the pull-apart bread! I started prepping this one when the lasagna had about a half hour left. The thought process behind this recipe is so creative and simple, but I never would have thought of it! You pour melted butter with garlic powder, dried parsley, minced onion and Parmesan cheese at the bottom of a glass pie plate, then place biscuits close together on top. The directions say to bake it for 12 minutes, I suggest closer to 20. After the biscuits turn a golden brown, let it sit for five minutes.
After it sat for five minutes, it got a little tricky. The directions made it sound like it would be as easy as flipping the plate over and BAM! Your Parmesan pull-apart bread is ready to eat. No. You would think with all that butter it wouldn’t stick, but it did and I practically had to pull it out of the plate before it finally came out.
It’s Wednesday! Not as great as Friday, but close enough. This past weekend I explored outside of recipes and craft and tried a face mask from Pinterest, called the Miracle Mask. Why, you ask? Anyone who knew me before college knows that I didn’t go through that awkward acne phase in high school, but when I got to college that changed and I went into a panic. My stress level is always at an all-time high right around midterm week and I find myself fighting breakouts. I usually just scrub my face with my usual cleansers and deal with it but thought I’d put this blog to use and try something from Pinterest. I chose this mask for two reasons.
- It’s extremely easy. There was no stove involved like others had and it only asks for three ingredients: nutmeg, honey and cinnamon.
- The ingredients are supposed to help calm and sooth stressed-out skin, a lot like mine.
While looking through all the different masks I found, I noticed different masks can do different things for your skin. Nutmeg and honey act as an anti-inflammatory which is supposed to help with the redness and sooth acne scars. The cinnamon and nutmeg also helps exfoliate the skin. This was perfect for my skin now.
To make the mask you just mix the three ingredients with a spoon until it’s the consistency of a thick paste, then spread it on your face! Take it from me, don’t try to be fancy and apply it to your face with a brush or the spoon. Just use your hands.
Side note: I made Aimee get a little creative with her mask in light of Movember so she tried to do her best Max Talbot and James Neal Fu Manchu before spreading it on to the rest of her face! Is it obvious we need this NHL lockout to end?
The mask is supposed to sit on your face for 30 minutes which got a little annoying about halfway through. This isn’t the kind of mask that hardens so if you’re sitting up, it will slowly start to slide off your face.
Happy Halloween! Yes, I know it’s been almost 24 hours since Halloween, but I got caught up yesterday taking my little cousins trick-or-treating and then ended my night with scary movies so I completely forgot to post this Pinterest project yesterday. So for now we’ll just pretend it’s still Halloween.
My best friend Aimee is back on the blog this week and she is what I’m calling a “guest pinner” because I’m not responsible for the adorable pumpkin pretzels she made for her class yesterday. It’s been a busy couple of weeks for me so instead of doing a DIY project this week, I watched Aimee make these while I was making the hot chocolate from my last post.
The recipe called for mini pretzels for the pumpkin shape, white chocolate chips, orange food coloring and shortening for the coating, and green M&M’s as the stems. However, Aimee used Wilton Candy Melts in place of the of the white chocolate chips because they were already colored orange. You still have to add the shortening to thin out the chocolate, but it works just the same! Also, if you don’t feel like separating the green M&M’s from the bag, just buy the new mint M&M’s. They’re amazing!
Once you have the chocolate melted properly, you just dunk the pretzel in it, place it on wax paper, then add the M&M’s at the top before the chocolate dries. They can be packaged easily and would be cute for next year’s trick-or-treaters!
Aimee rated this one since she did the work and she gave it 4 pins because “even though the instructions were accurate, it really wasn’t anything spectacular.”
Have I mentioned she’s not as easily impressed as I am? She did get a lot of compliments on how cute they were though!
I’m alive! It’s been two weeks since I last tested out a Pinterest project, but I’m back with easily the best hot chocolate I’ve ever tasted in my life. Recently I came across a pin showing what was called Polar Express Hot Chocolate and it even claimed to be the best hot chocolate you’ve ever tasted so of course being the easily swayed person I am, I repinned it. This week Louisiana finally decided to get cold enough for boots, scarves and more importantly, hot chocolate so I jumped on the opportunity quickly because the weather here is bipolar and doesn’t usually stay cold for very long. I got together the five ingredients it calls for and then made a face when I realized what I had to do.
Stir regularly for 30-40 minutes until chocolate is fully melted and incorporated with other ingredients.
Say what now? Just like I claim to be the queen of instant mashed potatoes and Easy Mac, I am also the master of instant hot chocolate when I have to make it. Still, it sounded too good to pass up and I told myself not to be so lazy. The recipe itself is the easiest thing I’ve done yet because all you do is pour all the ingredients into the pot and stir it. That’s it! It just takes a little time if you’re impatient like I am.
While pouring everything into the pot, I began to prepare myself for when I went into a diabetic coma. Did I mention how wonderful it smelled? Oh, and I had my first experience with an electric can opener (The first picture is my reaction. It’s a pretty nifty appliance!)
The recipe suggests adding thick, homemade marshmallows to throw in but let’s be honest, if I complained about the time it took to stir the hot chocolate, do you really think I want to figure out how to make homemade marshmallows? Instead, I dropped in a spoonful of Cool Whip which only added to the sweetness and made drinking the extremely hot drink a little easier.
This stuff tastes like melted fudge in your mouth and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t need a small glass of milk after I finished it. I love chocolate as much as the next person but I would suggest a smaller mug or a salty biscuit on the side if you decide to try this one!
TGIF! This week I had my first experience with an oven! Okay, not really BUT it was my first time actually baking something from Pinterest. With Aimee watching every step of the way (and occasionally laughing) I made crescent rolls with cream cheese, also called sopapilla cheesecake on the recipe.
As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t really cook or bake for that matter, so believe me when I say that this recipe is very simple. Yet, I still managed to make it somewhat difficult. If the look on my face while opening the cans of crescent rolls doesn’t give it away, I don’t know what will.
I did eventually get the cans open but not without a slight squeal when it popped against the sink. Anyway, the cheesecake is made of two layers of the crescent roll dough and LOTS of cream cheese (sweetened with vanilla and sugar, of course) in the middle. When layering the cream cheese it was looking pretty thick and I was a little nervous it was too much. But honestly, there is no such thing as too much cream cheese and as Aimee put it, “cream cheese can do no wrong.” After I rolled the second layer of dough, I spread melted butter and sprinkled sugar and cinnamon on the top.
The recipe says to bake at 350° for 20-30 minutes. That’s a pretty broad range for baking (according to Aimee) so we let it bake for 20 minutes then checked on it periodically. It probably baked for 25-27 minutes, but could have stayed for 30. At this point your kitchen is going to smell amazing and you’ll want to dig right in, but don’t! Have some patience and let it cool for at least 15 minutes. We let it cool for 20 to be safe and I must say, I was pretty proud of what I tasted.
Hello and Happy Thanksgiving to any Canadians that stumble across this blog! This week my best friend, Aimee, is making her first of many appearances on my blog and we decided to try the no-sew pillow cover! The directions from Pinterest are extremely straight forward and only use a few pictures and words but it’s so simple that that’s all you really need. However I do have a couple of extra tips that the directions don’t suggest.
First, get your measurements right! The directions call for a piece of fabric three times as wide and twice as tall as the pillow. Aimee and I sat in Hobby Lobby for about five minutes trying to figure out how much fabric we would need. We probably looked silly but there is a reason I didn’t major in math, okay. It also didn’t help that I forgot to see how big my pillow was before leaving to get the fabric. Aimee knew her pillow was 16×16 so she bought a yard and a half. I thought my pillow was a little bigger and bought two yards of fabric to be safe. Turns out my pillow was also 16×16 but we learned that two yards makes for an easier knot than a yard and a half does. So if your pillow is 16×16 save yourself the time and headache of mathematics and have two yards of your fabric cut!
Second, have an iron handy. We ironed our fabrics to get the wrinkles out, but we also used the iron to flatten folds which made it a lot easier and neater. Aimee and I both experimented with the fabric before hand and agreed the iron helped.
Aimee and I joked that this project was a waste of fabric because you could easily make two or three traditional pillow covers with the same amount of fabric. Still, it’s worth the little money you’ll spend and I think the knot adds character to the pillow and it would probably be more difficult to do if this was something you would sew.
Good morning! It’s almost Friday which always puts me in a good mood so I woke up ready to blog and tell you how my second project for the week went. A pin I’ve seen float around on Pinterest was DIY marble glassware so I decided to give this one a try. Unfortunately, this one did not turn out as well as my first project. Out of four glasses, only two turned out well enough to call a success.
The project was relatively cheap and most items used are likely to be found in most people’s homes, such as nail polish remover, tooth picks and a disposable plastic container. You also need a variety of nail polish (the brighter the colors, the better) and a clear polish for coating. I am a freak about nail polish and refused to use my nicer, expensive polishes for this project. I just purchased cheap $2 polishes to use instead. The only other thing you need are flat-bottomed glasses and painters tape. In the original post showing how to make them, shot glasses were used. When you live in a small town like myself, you’re limited to what can be found. The instructions didn’t give specifics on size so I purchased four tumblers instead. They were larger than your average shot glass, but they still had a flat bottom.
I layered the polish in the water as instructed, then swirled the colors with a tooth pick. It didn’t matter how slow or fast I did this, almost each time I placed the bottom of the glass into the polish, the water would almost repel in spots on the glass leaving gaps (some bigger than others). I tried using fewer colors thinking I was letting the polish sit in the water too long, but no such luck. My nicer polishes didn’t make a difference either. Even after cleaning the bottom of the glasses, the water still pushed the polish away from parts of the glass as shown below.
Another problem I came across was swirling the polish. If you weren’t fast enough, the polish would begin to clump to the tooth pick instead of mixing in the water. Because of this, I tried splattering the polish over the water instead. That worked only once. After trying all of this and even cleaning out the water each time, I gave up.
Happy Monday! I’m so excited to finally put this blog to use because I have officially finished my first project from Pinterest. Last night a few friends and I had an Emmy party so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to try the Eggless Cookie Dough recipe for a girls’ night in.
One of my favorite things about this recipe is not only does it not involve an oven or mixer (or any type of kitchen ware I’m prone to hurt myself on) but it’s made with ingredients that are usually found in your kitchen already. All you need is milk, brown sugar, butter, vanilla extract, salt, flour and of course chocolate chips! It’s mixed all in a bowl with a spoon. Simple as that.
There were a few moments of panic but most of that was due to impatience. Here’s a few snapshots from each step listed on the recipe, which can be found from my pin on the link in the first paragraph.
Step one probably took the longest only because you have to mix a block of butter with brown sugar and it took a while for it to smooth out. It started to look like real dough until I poured in the milk and vanilla in step three. That was the first time I panicked a little because it was watered down and looked like bad oatmeal. Then I remembered I still had to add in flour and once I stirred that in with the chocolate chips, it began to look edible again.
The recipe tells you to let the “dough” chill in the refrigerator but doesn’t say how long. I had three girls and myself watch as I made this so after about 30 minutes in the refrigerator, none of us could wait any longer and we dug in. Cue second moment of panic. It didn’t taste bad, but it didn’t have the same texture as true cookie dough. I could only have about three bites until it was too much. I threw the leftovers back in the refrigerator and stole another bite an hour later and it tasted better. So for future reference, I would let it chill for about an hour.
As it says to the left, I am Erica and as it says up there somewhere, this blog is all about Pinterest projects. At least twice a week I will be experimenting with one recipe and one do-it-yourself pin found on Pinterest. On weeks that I’m not feeling overwhelmed with other obligations (or I’m just trying to escape them) I’ll be throwing in a third that is hair and beauty related.
So why should my experience and opinions matter? First off, I’m not crafty. Creative, yes, but when making crafts I won’t get very far without instructions or some sort of How-To. Second, I’m no chef. Anyone who knows me will tell you my specialties in the kitchen are instant mashed potatoes and Easy Mac. Being that I’m 22 years of age and a soon-to-be graduate of Nicholls State University, I should probably change that. This is when I run to Pinterest for help. I’m constantly repinning recipes and DIY projects to try but never have the time to do. Then I find myself wondering, “Are these recipes REALLY that simple? Can you really make that adorable jewelry holder out of dollar store items?” Well, I’ve let my curiosity get the best of me and I’m here to see if all those posts you see on Pinterest really work. And if I, Queen of the Kitchen & Crafts (please note the sarcasm there), can do it then I’m certain you could pull it off too.
I’ll be rating each project from 1 to 5 pins (see what I did there) based on difficulty and the result. I hope you find this blog both helpful and entertaining and I am willing to take any suggestions on pins you’ve found! Thanks for reading!