Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Message Mirror

Pinned this from a Parent’s Magazine article, “The Art of Mischief: Ways to Make Your House More Fun”.  I’ve wanted to do this for my daughter for a while.  So we sat down one morning and I showed her how I could draw on the mirror and she was delighted.  I hung it up the in hallway outside her bedroom intending to write sweet inspirational words for her every morning.  “The Art of Mischief” is right.  I went to make lunch and came out of the kitchen to find my daughter hurriedly pushing a dining room chair out of the hallway.   Guess she took to the concept quickly.  Dry erase marker wipes off mirror?  Easily.  Wipes off little girl?  Not so much.

Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

Dinner tonight could have been a disaster, thanks to loads of homework and a late karate class. But Pinterest and my two favorite kitchen appliances came to the rescue!  My slow cooker and pressure cooker have never let me down.  And when I saw this pin to make Chicken Tikka Masala in the slow cooker, I knew we had to try it. 

I made this exactly as specified, only I made basmati rice in the pressure cooker as soon as we got home from karate.  Every family member swooned over the smell when they got home from school/work.  My typically picky eight-year-old daughter ate every last bit.  And the best part is this recipe made enough for another meal- BONUS!  My husband, who has visited India on business trips didn’t think it tasted very “authentic,” but he was quickly out-voted.  So if you are looking for a spicy, authentic recipe, this one will miss the mark.  But if you are looking for something easy and tasty, this is a Pin Win!  I will definitely be making this again. 
(Sorry for the bad photo.  We were so busy rhapsodizing over the food that I didn’t think to take a picture until we had boxed up our lone leftover.)

Tennis Ball holder – my last pin win

Hi again. So, here I have a last entry. My tennis ball holder thingy. I think it went rather well. So I went to the dollar store and got a canister of yellow balls, which when I got back home, my lovely fur babies tore into so back to the store I went for another canister of dog treats aka tennis balls. Followed the directions, added some google eyes I already had and wah very own google eyed tennis ball things. I made one for the fridge to hold a hand towel and 2 for my the garage for keys, because I am so wicked bad about where I put them. And the best part, my husband thinks they are cool to look at. Double win. Yeay, me!!


Broccoli Bites

As you can see, these broccoli bites look hardly a thing like the picture! I don’t know what I did differently, but my “bites” turned out more like “blobs”. I didn’t put them on parchment paper, either (like the recipe calls for), but I greased the pan. Nevertheless, they stuck, and I had to scrape them off! They also didn’t taste all that amazing. In the end, I think just plain broccoli would’ve been better. J At least, it is while I’m making dinner!

Soda Crate Succulent Garden

My husband and I are working on fun d├ęcor items for our new patio, and living in Texas, I thought these cute succulents in an old soda crate would be perfect for our outdoor dining set. I went to our local antique mall and found a great vintage soda crate—Dr. Pepper of course, since Dr. Pepper is king. I took it with me to our Home Depot and found the tiny succulents section and couldn’t decide on just one! So instead of creating a checkerboard pattern like in the pin, I made sure that each one I got was different, cause variety is the spice of life, right? I got some old corkboard and placed it on the bottom of the crate, since there are some gaps there and you don’t want all your dirt falling out, and it also will help retain the moisture when they get watered, then started planting! It did take a bit longer than I thought, just trying to get the dirt down in the little crevices, but I LOVE it and would definitely call it a Pin Win!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Pin Win: Apple Peanut Butter Snack Bars

Today I decided to make these snack bars.

They were pretty good, but not amazing. They reminded me of baked oatmeal.

Pin Spin: English Muffin Bread

Last week I sent in an entry for English Muffin Bread.

The original recipe came from here.

Today I made this bread again but I decided to put a spin on it. I used 5 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour, 1 cup of multigrain flour, and 4 1/2 cups of white flour. It was delicious again! It didn't have the English muffin part to it-it was more like real bread.