{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.

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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!

Weekly Pinterest Project: Week 51-Pioneer Woman Coffee Granita

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I’m popping in for a quick Pinterest project this morning! I love anything Pioneer Woman and decided to try her coffee granita. I realized after I started making this drink that I didn’t really find this recipe on Pinterest. I have the Pioneer Woman’s holiday cookbook (I highly recommend it!). Oops. I’m still going to make it count as one of my projects, anyway! There are plenty of granita recipes on Pinterest, so I just adapted mine:) 

I used to get the most delicious coffee granita in college at my school’s bookstore. It was kind of like a frappuccino but different (almost better, and I love frappuccinos). My roommate and I frequented the bookstore on Saturdays where we would enjoy cinnamon rolls and coffee granites. Sugar overload! {Sidenote: it’s really hard to believe that I graduated from college twelve years ago! Oh, my, I’m getting old…and time is flying!}

Anyway, back to the recipe. I mixed together sugar, vanilla, and some cream in a glass baking dish. In the other dish, I poured some coffee and a little sugar. 

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Both pans went in the freezer for several hours. I had to pull them out every 30-45 minutes and scrape the top so it would form a slushy like consistency. IMG_4772

After scraping it periodically for several hours, it was finally done! While it tasted yummy with the layer of cream and the coffee, it was not like the granitas I had in college. It would be a good drink to serve at brunch, though!IMG_477420140622-215321-78801830.jpg

Weekly Pinterest Project: Week 50-Beach Countdown Chain

For today’s Pinterest project, Will and I created a simple countdown to our beach trip chain.  We always love counting down to special events and holidays, so I did some searching on Pinterest for a beach countdown chain. I found one and modified it to fit my artistic abilities (which are greatly lacking, ha!).  Plus, I did the prep work during nap time and didn’t want to spend tons of time on it…too much else to get done during my time of “peace and quiet,” as Will calls it.

I cut out strips of blue construction paper for the actual chains and created some orange starfish, yellow seashells, and white sand dollars.  These were done freehand, so don’t look too close! They aren’t that good, but I figured Will and Harper would appreciate it!

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When Will woke up from his nap, he helped me attach the chain and strategically place the shells and stars in a pattern.

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Waiting for instructions from mommy.

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He handed me the blue strips and I stapled them together.

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He selected the shells to go on each chain and I stapled them on.

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Since I didn’t want to make a huge chain, we started the chain countdown 12 days before we headed to the beach.

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Will displaying our masterpiece!

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What types of countdowns do you do with your kiddos?

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Weekly Pinterest Project: Week 49-Peach Dump Cake

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Hello! It’s hard to believe that this is the 49th week I’ve completed a Pinterest project! Yay! For today’s project, I have a two for one deal:) I had some very ripe peaches from our recent visit to the orchard and was searching on Pinterest. I came across this recipe for an easy dump cake that called for fresh peaches.  I only had one problem-I didn’t have a dry cake mix and didn’t feel like going to the grocery store.  I have been slowly getting away from prepackaged foods and making more things from scratch, so I decided it was time to make a dry cake mix from scratch.  I found a recipe for a homemade yellow cake mix, which was so simple to make! All I did was mix together some flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.  That’s it! Since I just needed the dry mix for the dump cake, it was very simple.

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The peaches that Will and Harper helped me pick.

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I cut up the peaches and put them in a 9×13 glass dish.

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I added some cinnamon and nutmeg and mixed it with the peaches.

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Next, I sprinkled the dry homemade cake mix on top and topped with slices of butter.

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I baked it for approximately one hour at 350 degrees and voila, a super easy and delicious cake!

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It’s more like a peach cobbler than a cake but still super good!

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Weekly Pinterest Project: Week 48-Fruit Infused Water

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Here’s a fun and quick way to make sure you stay hydrated and drink enough water this summer! Add some pieces of fruit and/or some mint to your water to give it flavor! I cut up a lime into several pieces and put them in the bottom of my mason jar tumbler.  I added a few sprigs of mint from our garden (I had been wanting to use the mint for something) and filled the jar up with water.  Voila-simple, tasty water! 20140617-222211-80531103.jpgYou could try a variety of fruit combinations-watermelon/mint, cucumber and lemon, etc…I went with lime and mint since that’s what I had on hand. Enjoy!

Weekly Pinterest Project: Week 47-Easy Homemade Microwave Mac and Cheese and Spaghetti-Ohs

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Hello! I came across two easy microwave recipes that I just had to try! Homemade individual microwave mac and cheese and spaghetti-ohs! How cool is that to be able to make these dishes in under ten minutes!  I found the mac and cheese recipe here and the spaghetti-ohs here.

To make the mac and cheese, I put 1/3 cup elbow noodles and 1/3 plus 1/4 cup water in a large bowl.  I microwaved it for 6 minutes and stirred it at 4 and 2 minutes and again at 1 minute.  I added about 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese and approximately 1 tablespoon milk.  I stirred it and put it back in the microwave for about 30 seconds. That’s it! The kids liked the mac and cheese (I thought it was really good) but surprisingly they liked the spaghetti-ohs better.

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Helping me cook

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To make the spaghetti-ohs, I made the pasta just like I did for the mac and cheese. When the noodles finished cooking, I added a few tablespoons of pasta sauce and a handful of shredded cheese. I put the dish back in the microwave for 30 seconds to melt the cheese and heat up the pasta sauce.  Harper and Will loved this dish! I do have to say, it was pretty tasty:)

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Enjoying my spaghetti-ohs!

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You should try out these easy dishes!