My Pinterest Life #15 – Looking Foxy

Hey All –

I’ve gotten behind in my Pinteresting posts – mainly because I’ve been busy writing Murder Madness Such Sweet Sadness. But have no fear! I’ve been Pinteresting away.

First up, Thanksgiving Food (that could also work for Christmas). I made these brussell sprouts with cranberries thinking it would combine two of my favorite foods in heavenly yumminess. They looked pretty:

But, OH MY GOD, whole cranberries are sour – which I knew, but these were nearly inedible. My vote: Pinterest FAIL.

Next up were mini tarts. I made these with a gluten-free crust, and they were delicious. Like mini-pumpkin pie tarts. The Colonel had fun helping me cut out the crusts and “snowflake” toppers.

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In a fit of madness I attempted to make this cheese and meat platter. This was just one big LOL, but the Colonel and I had a blast doing it. Mine’s a little anemic looking compared to the recipe. Oh well. Still tasted good.

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The big win, which I didn’t photograph was the Apple Cider Mimosas. Delicious, and I highly recommend them.

Next, the Colonel wanted to craft, so I found this cute little fox and owl ornament project. He’s eight and did it himself. I recommend this one for the ease and cuteness factor.

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Finally, it’s that time of year when parties are happening. Here’s a shot of Bug and I before we headed out last weekend.  Happy holidays, Kittens.

xoxo ~dawn

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My Pinterest Life #14 – Glitter is Herpes

Hey All –

When will I learn? Glitter is evil. It spreads and shows up in unexpected places. Even when attached to other things, glitter will find a way to infect you.

If you haven’t guessed, I did a glitter-esque project this week with the Colonel. We decided to make this:

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First sign things weren’t going to go well: finding water balloons in November. After checking a few craft stores and CVS, I went to the Party store and they had them. I brought them home and learned an important lesson: there’s a reason they’re called WATER BALLOONS. They were not made for blowing up, and poor Bug nearly gave himself an aneurysm trying to do so.

Here are our six dinky balloons and the gold string the Colonel so badly wanted.

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Per the fuzzy instructions, we mixed tacky glue with water. You need to stir it well to get the lumps out.

 

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Next, I attempted to put the string on the balloon. Ummm…no. Just no. The string wanted no part of being wrapped around a stupid balloon and kept sliding off. Also, those perfect round balloons in the Pinterest post, I’d like to know where they came from, because my balloons were oddly shaped.

 

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See the glitter? Do you see it on the string? It looks like gold thread, but it’s lying to you. It wants you to take it home so it can spread across your house like herpes.

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The Colonel carefully dipped and rolled each balloon in the glue mixture. After three balloons, he quit.

 

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After gluing, we hung them up to dry for two days. See my janky wrapping job?

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For the Colonel, the best part about the project was popping the balloons. Afterward, we were left with this:

 

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Not exactly the glittering snowballs that were promised. More like week-old pumpkins. At least they didn’t smell.

This was much too difficult for an 8-year old to do other than a few small things here-and-there. Hell, it was hard for me, and I’m nearing 40. So, yeah, Pinterest FAIL.

I did have a WIN, though. I made another, larger infinity cowl. I knitted on size 35 needles and with the same yarn I used for the last one only in charcoal.

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The final result is cushy and warm. I did have to buy new sewing needles because I couldn’t find mine, but overall, this was a stress-free project.

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Until next time, Kittens.

xoxo ~dawn

My Pinterest Life #13: Getting Baked

Hey All –

I tried. I really did. But it didn’t matter. Today’s project went from promising to dismal in minutes. For your viewing pleasure, may I present How Not to Make Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies.

For reference, I used this recipe and subbed gluten-free flour and xanthan gum for the regular flour. Now, before we get too hasty and blame the GF flour, this is a sub I make all the time when baking and never have problems.

I was excited, ecstatic even, over finding this recipe. It started out so promising:

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I was happy, chopping chocolate (which Bug took over and smashed with a meat tenderizer because he broke my food processor, and I remind him of this every day), and dreaming of having delicious GS cookies all year long.

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I whipped up the dough, switching out the flours, and patted it into an oval to place in the freezer. I left it there for 15 minutes to set per the directions.

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Once those 15 minutes were up, things took a very wrong turn. The dough stuck to everything and wouldn’t roll out. It tore and cracked, and I tried to smooth it all back together, but nothing worked. Clearly, I was not amused:

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No matter how hard it got, I persevered. I wasn’t going to let Pinterest win because I’m not a quitter. In fact, I’m incredibly stubborn. So, against conventional wisdom, I used a 1 1/2″ cookie cutter and made nice circles on the dough.

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And they stuck to the counter and wouldn’t come off, leaving me with this mess:

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And yet, Kittens, I kept on despite being covered in chocolate and flour. I kept on to prove I could make these cookies. I kept on because I wasn’t going to lose. So I melted the baking chocolate, added the peppermint extract and, with Bug’s help, attempted to coat the cookies. Dismal fail. The cookies broke apart or crumbled in the chocolate. It was a mess.

But I ended up with one perfect cookie:

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The rest looked like this:

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I’m told they taste amazing, but I’m too afraid to try them. I secretly hate to eat my own cooking. Weird, but it does leave more for everyone else.

So, yeah, complete FAIL despite the cookies tasting good. I could never give these away as gifts. However, Bug had an idea. I make similar non-chocolate covered cookies that are shaped in cream cheese boxes that I then thinly slice using unflavored dental floss. The cookies would be more rectangular, but I think they’d be more presentable than the mess I created.

But the day wasn’t all a wash. I tortured Bug by making him blow up water balloons for another project, and I got to wear this around a store:

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Until next time, Kittens.

xoxo ~dawn