Showing posts with label pin attempt. Show all posts
Showing posts with label pin attempt. Show all posts

Thursday, March 13, 2014

DIY Rhino Head | Pin Attempt

If you haven't seen the nursery you must check it out. This rhino head was the perfect DIY project for our budget and now hangs above Little P's crib - and of course, it was a Pin Attempt.

First you need to grab the instruction from over here: (diy faux rhino mount).
Then all you need is a talented hubby, some paint and it's yours! Or a hubby who will let you in his workshop. ;)

It's that simple.

In fact, I've been thinking about creating other animals to sell in the etsy shop. I have some designs put together for different ones, I just need to have the hubs test them out. If all is good, we need to find a way to flat package them and create instructions for assembly. Oh, and figure out who should be doing the painting - me or the customer?

Of course, I have to finish the other Etsy projects I have on the go right now... slowly but surely it will all come together. :)

P.S. this pin attempt was a success!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Jalapeno Artichoke Dip Recipe | Pin Attempt

All I can say is yummy! So here's why I had to pin and attempt this recipe. Ever heard of Costco? (if you haven't, it's a membership type place where you can buy in bulk - I guess that's how you'd explain it?) Anyways, they have this dip. One that when I buy it - it's gone in a weekend and you're lucky if I share it with you. Honestly... stay away from the dip it's all mine.

But, there's a problem. The last two times we've gone to Costco... the dip gods decided to punish me and there was none of this goodness. Like seriously, who punishes a pregnant woman that just wants some good food? So, I decided to try and make it - this heavenly Jalapeno Artichoke Dip that I must have.

In all honesty, everyone knows you can't really knock off a good thing when you've got it. There's always going to be something a little different. But, I can tell you - this one comes close enough... or at least good enough for me and the baby - the heartburn, not so much. I followed this Artichoke and Jalapeno Dip Recipe at Shugary Sweets and kind of changed out the cheese. So here's my version:

Jalapeno Artichoke Dip Recipe

1 14 oz can artichoke hearts, drained
2 jalapenos, seeded
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
6 oz cream cheese
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp garlic salt

In a food processor, add artichokes and pulse until chopped. Next add the jalapenos and pulse until desired consistency. Finally, add the remaining ingredients and pulse until fully blended. The original recipe says serve immediately but we found it way better after it sat overnight! And... I think I'd add the artichokes last next time so that they are a little thicker. Other than that... mmm mmm good! Oh, and even better - the original recipe says it stores up to one week, if you can let it last that long. ;)

Overall, pin attempt success! Of course, you should really take a look at the five foods I must try and make them for me... because we all know it could be an eternity before I get around to it and the many, many, MANY... other things I still want to do. Or my other recipes... oh and my food and drink. board. Hungry yet? Anyways, that's a wrap - happy eating!

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Friday, March 1, 2013

Chocolate Chip Granola Bar Recipe | Pin Attempt

Wow! It's been forever since I've done a pin attempt. As an attempt to eat healthier and cleaner, I decided to make my own granola bars. I mean seriously... how could I give up the treats? So... Pinterest I went.

And not too far down on the clean eating. board I found them. I knew I had wanted to make these before. Don't they look delicious?

Chocolate Chip Granola Bar Recipe

4 tbsp unsalted butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
2 cups plain granola
1 cup rice cereal
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips 

Option: use 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips and 1/4 cup peanut butter chips instead.

Line a 11x7 baking pan with wax paper and grease. In a saucepan, combine butter, honey and brown sugar over medium heat. Stir until butter is melted. Bring the mixture to a boil, then lower the heat to medium-low and simmer until the sugar is dissolved (about 2 min). Add the granola and rice cereal and fold until evenly coated. Spread mixture into pan and press firmly. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and gently press them with a spatula. Let it sit until cooled and lift out of pan and cut into bars.

Mmm! Deliciousness. 

Okay. Confession... those bars you see above... ya they didn't stick together like that. While these granola bars, or should I say piles, are absolutely delicious... they fell apart. So, they sat in a container and were eaten by the handful. Still made my tummy happy though. So possibly a pin attempt success?


Okay, so a little more rambling. Geesh... I can't get it out of my system this week. 

First. I'm hoping to head to Ikea this weekend to pick up some great stuff for the house... I have a list of things I want to make and share and I must get to it! As well, I need some picture frames so I can take pictures of my next item that is hitting the Etsy Shoppe! {Super Excited}

Second. Wish me luck. I applied to be an affiliate of an amazing clothing company I recently fell in love with, right now I've been pre-approved and I'm in the "interview" stage... I'm so nervous. I have plans for the blog and this company and I'm keeping my fingers crossed. 

Lastly. (That's a word right?) I bought the domain! I don't know if you noticed, but I'm super excited. One more step in the right direction! :)
That's it. Rambling. Over.
Have a great weekend out there!

I shared this at Sew Can Do - Pinterest Challenge.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Pin Attempt - Halloween Pumpkin Carvings

Happy Halloween!! Can you believe it is already the end of October and Christmas stuff will be hitting the shelves at midnight tonight? Although I love Christmas, I'm not sure I'm ready for it to be here in two months. So, for today, I'll concentrate on Halloween and the pumpkins we carved last night - two of them are from a Pinterest pin I did a while back (found here). And I must say they (this pin attempt) turned out great... of course, I drew and I had the hubby carve out all the hard parts... so I can't take full credit!

Safe trick or treating tonight! And be sure to save your pie pumpkins... I will be sharing my fresh pumpkin and pumpkin pie recipes soon.

Monday, October 22, 2012

A Pin Attempt or Two - Steak, Crab and Soup!

Welcome back Monday! Last night I begged and pleaded to be a stay at home wife, but for some reason the hubby didn't think that was a great idea. Well, needless to say, I made it through the day today and, I have three posts in one tonight... a pin attempt, or two, and a quick recipe that I haven't made in a while, perfect for a quick dinner when you're not in the mood to cook.

First up....

Pin Attempt - Sweet Potato Cauliflower Soup

As I mentioned a few weeks back, I've really been trying my best to eat healthy and as natural as possible... without getting too bored. So, when I was craving a soup for my lunch this week, I thought this would be the perfect recipe, found on Pinterest and taken from manifest vegan.

manifest vegan.
Sweet Potato Cauliflower Soup Recipe

1 Large Head of Cauliflower
Olive Oil for Drizzling
3 Medium to Large Sized Sweet Potatoes, Cut into 1" Cubes
1 Sweet Onion, Diced
2 Cloves of Garlic (I used 5!!)
7 Cups of Water

Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Cut the cauliflower into bit sized pieces, lay in a single layer on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Put in the oven and let them roast until the tops are golden brown, but not mushy, roughly 20 to 30 minutes.

In the meantime, place sweet potatoes, onion, garlic and water in a large stockpot and bring to a boil. Simmer continuously until the sweet potatoes are tender. Add in cauliflower, remove from heat and let cool. Once cooled, divide soup into two parts, blend one half and then add back to the soup. (Makes 9 servings.)

Easy, healthy and quick to do. But, not my favorite. For some reason I can't get past the texture and it keeps reminding me of baby food. Now, it does taste okay, just a little bland, but a little salt and pepper will fix that. And... I must admit, it smells really good. So, how about a six or seven out of ten. Hey, give it a try... it may be the perfect soup for you.

Pin Attempt - How to Cook Steaks on Your Stovetop...

off the (meat) hook.

... that tastes better than any fancy restaurant. Found on Pinterest and taken from off the (meat) hook. This recipe is easy to do and, trust me, makes the most delicious steak you've ever tasted. Okay a little salty, but I absolutely loved it and would trade in the BBQ any day for this recipe.

Best Stovetop Steak Recipe

All you need is a good cut of steak, coarse sea salt and your favorite steak spice.

About an hour before you're ready to cook the steak, remove them from the fridge and sprinkle both sides with coarse sea salt, I ended up using coarse salt (maybe that is why it was so salty?). When you're ready to cook, heat a pan as hot as you can get it on the stove, some people use a cast iron pan, I used a regular old non-stick. While the pan is getting super hot, rinse the steaks off and add the seasoning you want for your steak. Now, get ready to cook.

Take a pair of tongs and hold a steak with the fat strip down on the pan. Let the fat burn to release grease and brown. Then, take your steaks and put them in the pan... cook until the side browns, flip and continue until the other side browns. The trick here is that the steak will continue to cook after you remove it from the heat. Trust me, I only cooked them for about 3 or 4 minutes per side and they were medium-rare. The trick is to stop one temperature before the one your want, i.e. stop at rare if you want medium rare. Let your steak rest for 5 - 10 minutes and then be prepared for the best steak ever. Okay, if I don't make sense... go here, it explains it all! MMM... You can thank me later :o)

Perfect Weekday Menu - Easy Buttery Crab Pasta

This recipe is mine, all mine. I kind of threw this together a few years ago... made it all of the time and forgot all about it. The other day when we were grocery shopping, I saw some crab meat and thought yes, easy buttery crab pasta is easy and perfect for a work night meal. Here's the recipe:

Easy Buttery Crab Pasta Recipe

1 Package of Crab Meat
1/2 Package of No Yolk Whole Wheat Pasta
5 Tsp Buttery Becel (or Butter)
Garlic Salt for Flavor

Boil a pot of water and add pasta. In the meantime, put a teaspoon of Buttery Becel in a frying pan, melt and add crab meat. Warm crab through and cook pasta until desired tenderness. Drain noodles, divide into two dishes, add two teaspoons of butter to each dish and add crab to each. Sprinkle with garlic salt until desired flavor. (Makes 2 Servings)

Easy-peasy! It takes roughly 10 - 15 minutes and it's absolutely delicious. One of my favorite week-night meals.

Okay, enough from me for one night. I think I've made up for my lack of blogging lately. Here's to food, pinterest and a quick rest of the work week. :o) Cheers!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Pin Attempt - Pepperoni Pizza Puffs

I hope you had a great weekend out there. While I meant to blog last night with this pin attempt, we had house business and a visit at the in-laws, that had us home late. So, better late then never, last night I decided to tackle Pepperoni Pizza Puffs from Lick the Bowl Good. While she adapted her recipe from elsewhere, I also decided to make a slightly different version of my own, skipping out on the bite sized pizza snacks and making pizza puffs that were more muffin sized and very filling for dinner.

Pepperoni Pizza Puffs

3/4 cup flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp roasted garlic & peppers spice (I get this at costco)
pinch of salt
3/4 cup 1% milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 cup cubed pepperoni
garlic salt to taste
1/2 cup pizza sauce

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 12-cup muffin pan. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, roasted garlic & pepper spice and salt; whisk in the milk and egg. Stir in the mozzarella, Parmesan and pepperoni. Divide amongst muffin cups. Bake until puffed and golden, about 20 minutes. Take out 5 minutes before done and sprinkle with garlic salt. Serve the puffs with the pizza sauce for dipping.

Okay, so this pin attempt was a definite pass! They were so quick, filling and really good! I did make them a little salty so maybe hold back on the garlic salt, although I didn't really mind. As well, definitely substitute spices, as I did from the recipe I used, and add any of your other favorite pizza toppings. I'm anxious to try chicken next time! Have a great rest of the week...

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Pin Attempt - Baked Cinnamon Sugar Churros

When we went to San Francisco, Ry kept walking by the churros stands begging to have one. I told him to go ahead and he never did, so when I saw cheater churros on Pinterest, I had to pin them. So, if you haven't guessed it, today's Pin Attempt is Baked Cinnamon Churros from the Six Sisters' Stuff.

Baked Cinnamon Sugar Churros

1 sheet frozen pastry puff sheet, thawed
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Here in Canada, your puff pastry sheets need to be rolled out, or at least the ones I bought needed to be. I rolled them out so that it could be cut into 8 1-inch-wide strips... I'm thinking that wasn't enough because they didn't really puff. So, if you have experience with puff pastry, just make sure your strips are cut into 1 inch widths.

From there, place the strips on a lightly greased waxed paper lined baking sheet. Bake them for 8 - 10 minute or until golden brown (mine took 12 minutes). Meanwhile, combine sugar and cinnamon, and melt the butter. When the pastry is done, remove from the oven and dip in butter, then roll in cinnamon-sugar mixture. Let stand on wire rack 5 minutes or until dry.

And, the verdict is... semi-fail. The pastry didn't puff enough for me but the dipped in coating was a huge hit with the hubby. I must confess, it was the first time I have used puffed pastry for baking so I have an excuse! (wink) If you do try these and they turn out, please let me know... I don't mind being the only failure! :D

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Completely Consumed

A quick "hi" as I sit here completely consumed in my magazines - they arrived in the mail today!

I promise I'll be back tomorrow with a Pin Attempt. Okay, I'd like to be back tomorrow with a Pin Attempt... right after I make a homemade pizza (made with my favorite homemade pizza dough)! See you then!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Pin Attempt - Pumpkin Cake Recipe

I must confess, I have made this Pumpkin Cake Recipe once before, but I made it with my very own homemade pumpkin and now I'm attempting it again with a can of pumpkin. The first time I made it my husband and his dad absolutely loved it. I had put a cream cheese frosting on it and they said to try it without next time, so I did:

Pumpkin Cake Recipe
(Courtesy of Real Mom Kitchen - Pumpkin Bars) 

6 eggs
1 1/2 cup oil
3 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 large can (29 oz) pumpkin (or fresh!)
3 1/4 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp salt
Cream cheese frosting (optional)

Note: I made half the recipe and it filled a 13x9 glass baking dish!

 Mix together eggs, oil, sugar, vanilla, and pumpkin.

Mix together remaining dry ingredients.

Add dry ingredients to pumpkin mixture and mix well.

Pour into jelly roll pan (13 x 18 pan).  

Bake at 350 for 30 to 40 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 

Do not over bake.  It seems the longer you leave this cake sitting, the more moist it becomes. Of course, I cut a piece and gave it to my husband right away. Although he said last time to leave the icing off, he was looking for icing this time! Well, I did not have any cream cheese in the fridge, so I went searching for something light and whipped on Google.

Here's another great icing recipe you should try, The Best Whipped Frosting, it is just as great as the cream cheese one. Mmm... now go enjoy your cake, it's absolutely delicious and of course, another successful pin attempt!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Pin Attempt - Paperclip Earrings

Once again, I find myself apologizing for the lack of posting, but I promise it wasn't my fault! :) It was Saturday morning when I decided I would finally make that pin attempt, paperclip earrings, happen. But, as I went to upload the photos and start my blog post I found we had no internet, not to mention no phone! You could imagine our panic, with our house for sale and the contact number our own... but no phone in service! For those of you that live in Canada and know our main telephone service provider, you also know that things don't get fixed quickly. It was late Sunday before we had phone again, and tonight before we had our internet - not impressed! But, that being aside, I am proud to say I finally did that pin attempt I promised, paperclip earrings, and I'm pretty sure I failed! :o/

Originally I found this idea on Pinterest, but it belongs to evie s. and belongs to her post: Art from Everyday Objects: Paperclips + String. Here is the picture of what they should look like:

Paperclips + String
Awesome aren't they? Well, here's what I did. 
First, I started out with some paperclips, earrings and yarn. 

I bent the paperclips into triangles and put them on the earring hooks. (I should have stopped here).

Don't they look great.... for now. 

Did I mention that I had a little friend batting around at the string as I worked away...

And of course, my moral support to my side, convincing me I can do it. :o)

Okay, so I got side tracked. After many, many times wrapping the paperclips with yarn I gave up. I liked the way they look, but I couldn't figure out how to knot them.... As you can tell the one on the right is a little better than the left, that's because I started to give up.

HAHA... there you have it. I was really disappointed by the fail, but now I just laugh. I know I probably wouldn't have wore them, but still... If you can figure out how to finish the string, without losing the look or it coming undone, let me know!!! Leave your comments below. Now, you must stop laughing, my next pin attempt will hopefully be a success!!

Nice to be back, hope you're having a great week out there.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Pin Attempt - Donut Muffins

I was going to have something different this week other than food for my pin attempt, but it has just been way too hectic and my husband had a sweet tooth. :o) So, I decided to try another recipe and plan to use the supplies I picked up tonight to complete next weeks pin attempt soon!! In the meantime, I just pulled these donut muffins out of the oven, which were originally posted on All Recipes. The results... I didn't try them (I know, but I'm not a big sweets person), but the husband said they were good. Anyways, try them for yourself and let me know what you think in the comments below.

Donut Muffins

Muffin Ingredients:

1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup margarine, melted
3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup all-purpose flour

Sugar Topping Ingredients:

1/4 cup margarine, melted
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 375ºF and grease a 12 small muffin tin (note: the original recipe suggests 24 mini muffins). Combine sugar, margarine and ground nutmeg together. Add milk and mix. Next, add the baking powder and flour until well mixed. Pour mixture into a muffin tin and fill it half way. Put in the oven for 15 - 20 minutes, or until a tooth pick inserted comes out clean.

While baking, combine remaining sugar and cinnamon. Remove muffins from the oven and dip into remaining melted butter and roll in sugar mix. Let cool and serve.

Enjoy! Another successful pin attempt!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Pin Attempt - Mmm... Baked Cinnamon Bites

Pin Attempt! I stuck with my goal. It was Sunday night and everyone in the house was craving something sweet, so I said, why not do a pin attempt? Problem was, we didn't have eggs and every recipe that didn't require them either needed yeast to rise or some other ingredient we didn't have on hand. So, I finally said too bad and went ahead and changed a few ingredients in a recipe found and the results were a success!! (Chef in the making!!) We decided to make the Scrumptious Baked Cinnamon Breakfast Bites from Oh My! Sugar High. But, we had to substitute a couple of ingredients... here's the recipe I have now created:

Baked Cinnamon Bites


1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup shreddies cereal, coarsely crushed (originally called for crisp rice cereal)
2 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup sugar, divided
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup becel buttery margarine (originally called for butter-flavored shortening)
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup butter, melted (I used margarine again)

Preheat oven to 425ºF.
Mix flour, crushed cereal, 2 tablespoons sugar, baking powder and salt in large bowl.


Cut in margarine until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Add milk and stir until just moistened.

Roll dough into 1 inch balls.
Mix cinnamon and remaining sugar in bowl.
Drop balls in melted butter and roll in sugar mixture.

Place balls in greased 8 or 9 inch round pan.
Bake for 15 - 18 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.


Cool before eating and then ENJOY! This pin attempt was a success even with the substitution of ingredients. I would love to try it with crisp rice cereal next time to see if we were missing out on anything. But, when you're in need of a sugar fix - this definitely did the trick!