{my year of weekly pinterest projects: a recap}

20140629-153854-56334072Whew, I have finished a year of weekly Pinterest projects! Yahoo! While it feels good to have finished this project without skipping a week, I’m ready for a break. Although I won’t be posting weekly projects, I will continue to create things I’ve pinned on Pinterest and blog about them. It just won’t be every week!

Here’s a look back at all 52 weeks!

week one: individual baked oatmeal and energy bites

week two: freezing zucchini

week three: slow cooker peach cobbler

week four: frito pie

week five: two ingredient chocolate croissants

week six: garlic bread

week seven: easy banana bread

week eight: fall rosette wreath

week nine: pumpkin spice chai latte

week ten: organizing the hall closet

week eleven: scarf organization

week twelve: Halloween treats

week thirteen: mint and navy outfit

week fourteen: crock pot lentil burrito bowls

week fifteen: Pinterest fail-crock pot lasagna

week sixteen: thankful turkeys

week seventeen: cake batter and snickers dip

week eighteen: 25 Christmas countdown activities

week nineteen: diy foaming baby shampoo/wash

week twenty: cinnamon applesauce ornaments

week twenty-one: an organized pantry

week twenty-two: toddler infinity scarf

week twenty-three: diy reed diffusers

week twenty-four: homemade vanilla coffee creamer

week twenty-five: owl valentines

week twenty-six: muffin tin lunch

week twenty-seven: Valentine’s Day trail mix

week twenty-eight: peanut butter energy bites

week twenty-nine: painter’s tape race track

week thirty: washi tape clothespins

week thirty-one: washi tape flag labels

week thirty-two: washi tape spoons

week thirty-three: green smoothies

week thirty-four: lego birthday party decorations

week thirty-five: homemade taco seasoning

week thirty-six: primary color banner

week thirty-seven: lego juice boxes

week thirty-eight: magnetic alphabet boards

week thirty-nine: homemade ranch seasoning mix/Greek yogurt ranch dip

week forty: tissue paper tassels

week forty-one: mother’s day notebook

week forty-two: peanut butter honey yogurt dip

week forty-three: creaseless hair ties

week forty-four: yogurt covered frozen berries

week forty-five: strawberry pie

week forty-six: magic shell

week forty-seven: homemade microwave mac and cheese and spaghetti ohs

week forty-eight: fruit infused water

week forty-nine: peach dump cake and homemade cake mix

week fifty: beach countdown chain

week fifty-one: Pioneer Woman coffee granita

week fifty-two: peanut butter sheet cake

The most used project in our household has been week 19.  I switched over all of our hand soap to the homemade foaming soap and have saved lots of money in the process! It appears that while I tried to do a variety of projects, new recipes seemed to win (particularly desserts). A summer favorite of ours has been the homemade magic shell (week 46). Will frequently requests the muffin tin lunch (week 26), and it’s so easy to throw together, especially when your fridge and pantry is getting empty.  I have made the energy bites (week 28) several times and they’re a great go-to snack/fast breakfast. I’m really looking forward to next year’s strawberry season so I can make another delicious strawberry pie (week 45)! Out of all 52 projects, only one of them was a complete fail (week 15: crock pot lasagna). Granted, not all of them were the best or as pretty as they look on Pinterest, but for the most part, the crafts/food/etc. turned out well!

Now it’s time for a break from Pinterest for a little while! Ha, that won’t happen! I continue to pin tons of recipes and crafts on a weekly {sometimes daily!} basis and love to try new things.

Weekly Pinterest Project: Week 52-Peanut Butter Sheet Cake

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Today’s post marks the 52nd Pinterest project I’ve completed! Yahoo! I made it a whole year posting a new Pinterest craft or food item I’ve made on a weekly basis! Today’s post is two in one. I kept seeing a peanut butter sheet cake all over Pinterest and Facebook and wanted to try it. I have made a Texas sheet cake before (chocolate cake with delicious chocolate icing) but hadn’t made a peanut butter cake before now. However, all the recipes I found called for buttermilk and I wasn’t going to get a quart of buttermilk just to use a small amount of it. I googled how to make buttermilk and came up with all sorts of ways to make it, including adding vinegar, lemon juice, or cream of tarter to milk. I happened to have some sour cream that needed used up, so I mixed together sour cream and milk to make buttermilk. It seemed to work well-it was super easy and I loved that I didn’t have to go to the store, ha!IMG_6814I just mixed the milk right into the sour cream container.

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For the peanut butter sheet cake, I used this recipe. I highly recommend making this cake for a large gathering-it makes a huge amount (you bake it in a 10×15 jelly roll pan)!

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IMG_6822I thought the cake was good (I prefer chocolate though) but the peanut butter icing was really good! I made the icing on the stove by boiling butter, peanut butter, and milk and added powdered sugar and vanilla to the mixture. It was almost like eating peanut butter fudge!

Yum!
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A full recap of my year of Pinterest projects will be on the blog later this week!

Five on Friday!

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Happy Friday! I’m linking up with Darci and friends for Five on Friday:)

{one} I’m so happy that it’s starting to seem more like spring! We got outside earlier this week and played.  I’m loving the 50-60 degree temps!  Our 14+ inches of snow has finally melted!  Now it’s off to stomp in the mud puddles:)

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{two} My friend made this taco soup from Carolina Charm (love this blog!) and I decided to try it. The soup turned out delicious, with wonderful flavors. It combines taco seasoning and a package of ranch dressing (which kind of sounds weird) but it was so yummy! My husband requested that I include this dish in our menu rotation.  I tend to make lots of new recipes and end up forgetting about them, ha! This will definitely be one I make again. It was also very easy:)

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{three} My friend and college roommate recently opened up an Etsy shop called “My Honey Bee Shop” and is selling natural lip balm. I bought some  and received it in the mail this week. It’s very nice lip balm-I like that it’s natural and made by someone I know. I love supporting sellers on Etsy, especially when I know them personally! I always dream about having my own Etsy shop–that would be so fun! (though I don’t know what I would sell, ha!).

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{four} I have been saying for months (maybe years) that I need to print some of the oodles of Instagram pictures I take, and I have finally gotten around to it!  I ordered 24 pictures from Prinstagram to use as a photo display of Miss Harper’s 2nd year (for her birthday party).  I tried to order a variety of pictures that shows how much she has grown in the past year! They turned out great!

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{five} Oh.my.goodness…go out and read this book, NOW! I love Jodi Picoult, and this was probably one of her best books ever! I started listening to it on CD in the car on my drive to and from work and finally finished it this week.  It’s about a young woman whose grandmother is a Holocaust survivor and becomes friends (not knowingly) with a Nazi SS guard.  The way Jodi Picoult intertwines the stories in this book is amazing, and listening to it on CD makes it even better with the different narrators.  I’m so sad that it’s over…I didn’t want the book to end.  Any recommendations on what to read next? My drive to and from work is now seeming really long since I don’t have a compelling novel to keep me entertained!

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Happy Friday:)

5 on Friday!

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Happy Friday! I’m still getting back into the routine of working all week. It’s been hard, so I’m looking forward to a three day weekend with my family! I’m linking up with Darci from The Good Life Blog again for Five on Friday, one of my favorite link-ups!

{1} Now that I’m back at work, I’m trying to find as many easy dinners as I can. I’ve made several different skillet pasta recipes that only use one pan. You cook the pasta and bake it all in the same dish. That’s what I call a quick meal with not much clean up! I made this yummy three cheese skillet lasagna from Iowa Girl Eats a few weeks ago and a skillet dish from Serious Eats this week (pictured below). Another favorite, super easy recipe is a chicken parmesan bake that uses croutons instead of breading the chicken. So, so easy and very yummy! We love chicken fajitas, so I tried an oven baked chicken fajita dish recently. It wasn’t quite as good as fajitas made on the stove, but it was darn close! And so much easier!

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{2} One thing on our summer fun list was to visit our local farmer’s market several times. We hadn’t been since back in July, but we finally went again last weekend. It’s a small but fun market with lots of great fresh vegetables, live music, and kiddos and dogs running around. After purchasing some local produce for the week, we walked up by the train station and across an old bridge that overlooks the city. The kids shared a homemade scone from the farmer’s market, then it was off to our favorite toy store downtown. Good times! We even got to catch a train coming through the station! We hope to visit the farmer’s market a few more times before it ends in November.

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{3} I have three coupons for free 8×8 Shutterfly photo books that need to be used up soon. I plan on creating a summer 2013 photo book of all our fun activities as well as a baby book for Harper and Will. I have created a photo book for each kiddo for each year so far, but those books have simply been a compilation of photos, no journaling. I’m liking the more digital scrapbook feel of the Shutterfly books. I created one the other day (well, it took me several evenings to finish) and I’m excited about seeing the final product!

{4} I checked out a few books on CD the other week from the library but had forgotten about them until yesterday. I started listening to The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels, which is quite entertaining and interesting. I haven’t gotten that far yet, but it’s good and the drive to and from work passes quickly! I love her recipes! She’s coming out with a holiday cookbook in October, and while I’m not big on buying cookbooks (they tend to sit on my shelf and collect dust-I prefer to pin new recipes on Pinterest), I might reconsider. Speaking of the Pioneer Woman, how cool would it be to have a Pioneer Woman potluck where all the guests bring one of her recipes? Such a cool idea that I found on the blog, The Larson Lingo. Click on the link for the specific blog post. Too bad I don’t know this blogger! Ha!

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{5} This girl loves to play outside and get dirty! Any time we mention the word, “outside,” she goes running for the mudroom and grabs her shoes. She throws a fit when we head inside for the evening. Miss H. loves swinging, digging in the dirt and rocks, running up and down our driveway, blowing bubbles, and riding her little Pooh car outside. Love her! Will loves it outside, too. Lately, our routine has been to go outside to play after dinner while my husband cleans up. He joins us after dishes and we play outside until it’s time for baths and bed.

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