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

My Pinterest Life #2: Cooking and Looking Good

Hey All –

I thought I had it all together. Today’s menu: Butternut Squash Soup – something I’ve made a million times. Should be easy, right? I picked out a recipe on Pinterest that was different from my norm and got to work. Luckily, after studying the picture and reading the narrative, I knew I had all the ingredients on hand: 1 butternut squash, 1 white onion, green apples, and coconut milk. Then I looked at the post: there were no directions or ingredient list. I was going to have to guess.

This is what I was working with:

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Okay then, let’s get to it. First up: coring the apples. I guessed at how many. Four seemed like a good number.

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Next, I poked holes in the squash and microwaved it for 5 minutes to make the skin come off easily. While it cooked, I quartered an onion.

IMG_5438After cubing the squash, I piled everything into the slow cooker the way it looked in the Pinterest photo.

IMG_5440I let the whole thing cook for 4 hours on high (which was probably too long or too high, but whatever, it worked out). When it was done cooking, it looked like this:

IMG_5442At this point, the Colonel declared it disgusting and asked if he could eat yesterday’s Rice Crispy treats instead (because now he loves them – go figure.) I have to admit, it does look gross. But then I dumped in a can of coconut milk and used my immersion blender. The final product:

IMG_5443Without trying it myself, I was able to convince the Colonel to sample it, and he declared the soup excellent! So double win because not only will my meat-eater eat it, but it’s vegan and that means Pudge can eat it too! I only have to cook one meal tonight 😀

So PINTEREST WIN…until I looked at the original post again and found…the ingredient list and directions – lol. So fail because I lack scrolling capabilities. Still, I did pretty well working off just a picture. *Pats self on back*

And I have an outfit today. As my friend, Andrea, said these outfits are all meant for 26-year-old willowy types. Maybe I am determined to reclaim my youth. Who knows? But I felt INSPIRED by this outfit. I would master it, using only clothes I already own, no matter what.

IMG_5448Cute right? I thought so too, until I walked outside and it was 70-degrees (hello, it was 44 this morning!). I immediately went back inside and put on a non-Pinterest approved outfit. So imagine me wearing this:

IMG_5447So, today was a mixed bag. Everything came out fine, but I failed at reading directions and looking at the temperature. I can’t blame those on Pinterest.

Until tomorrow, kittens, when I attempt crafting with the boys while wearing something fabulous and more weather appropriate.

xoxo

~dawn