Pinterest Hits

Like a lot of people, I tend to spend hours scrolling on Pinterest and pinning things. However, I spend more time scrolling than I do doing. Therefore, I have decided to change that this year.

Here is a little list of things I have done this year and any tweaks I made:

1. Quinoa Stuffed Peppers– My husband and I LOVED this. However, we did a few things different than the recipe: We didn’t have the green chiles, so we had to skip it. We used chile pepper in place of bell peppers (not for any specific reason, we just didn’t have it in the house) and we added salsa to the final product to add a little more flavor. We will definitely be doing this again. 

2. Spicy Kale Chips– I followed this recipe. It was great. A little spicy, but no complaints. I will do this again, but maybe a little less red pepper since I’m a wimp.

3. Banana Cookies– This again was great! However, I would say they’re more like “banana bites” than “cookies.” But, hey, I’m just being picky. I added almonds to mine to give a little crunch.

4. Roasted Green Beans– Yummy! Do yourself a favor and make these as a side.

5. Taco Casserole– This is the perfect recipe. It’s easy and delicious. I recommend it to all.

6. Cucumber Salad– I made this for super bowl Sunday. EVERYONE was asking for the recipe. The only thing I changed was I used a food processor for the onions, instead of the slices.

7. Veggie Soup– Ahhhh. This. Was. A-MAZ-ING. It makes enough to freeze, too, so I got to enjoy some a month after I made it. I tweaked the recipe a little: instead of ground beef I used ground chicken and we added some Italian seasoning and seasoning salt to give it a little more flavor.

7. Owl Bookmarks– For Valentine’s Day, I had these printed, laminated, and then cut them out for ALL 117 of my students. The students loved them. I was wanting to hole punch the top and add some ribbon, but ran out of time…maybe next year?

 

 

 

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No Oven, No Problem.

John and I still haven’t decided on a place to live, but one place does stand out above the rest. We just want to make sure it’s the place for us before we start signing any contracts or paying anything. Although we aren’t sure where we’ll be living, I have come to the bitter conclusion we will not be having an oven. Now, to understand how devastating this is to me, you must first understand that I LOVE to bake. I am an awful cook, but I (try to)  make up for it through cookies, brownies, and cakes. How am I supposed to redeem myself now?

After throwing myself a little self pity party (which included some good cookies because I currently have an oven), I decided I would not let an oven define my kitchen status. I will find some redeeming factor; therefore, I used handy-dandy Google and God-sent Pinterest to help a girl out. Hello, no bake recipes.

Before you start heading to the kitchen to not bake, I just want to let you know I have not tried any of these recipes. I just figured it’d be good to have an archive of random no bake recipes near by. As I do try them out, I’ll let you guys know of my failures and (hopefully) successes. Let me know if any of y’all try them out–I’d love to know which ones to try first and which to avoid. Most of the following recipes require a crockpot, so if you don’t have an oven or a crockpot…well, I’m sorry. Bon appetit!

Cheesecakes 

Turtle Cheesecake
Blackberry Frozen Cheesecake
Green Tea Cheesecake
Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake

Cookies

Chocolate Oatmeal
Peanut Butter 
Double Espresso
Shortbread

Bars

Chocolate Peanut Butter
Raisin Breakfast Bars
^ (mentions oven, but not necessary) ^

Cakes

Snickers Cake
Twinkie Tiramisu 
Lemon Poppy Seed
Angel Cake
Rocky Road
Peanut Butter Cup
Carrot Cake
Applesauce Spice Cake
Autumn Cake

Other Desserts

Apple Nachos
Watermelon Pops
Blueberry Pie
Vanilla Bread Pudding
Triple Chocolate Brownies
Peach Cobbler
Peanut Candy
Baked Apples 

Breads

Artisan 
Sourdough
Rosemary Olive
Apple Butter 
Corn Bread
Herb Rolls
Biscuits 
Cinnamon Biscuits

Craft Day: Stuck on You

Today is a beautiful day! I should be at the pool, but instead I’m in my house, posting on a blog. All I need now is a few more cats and I’d be the perfect cat lady.

Yesterday, John went and looked at our future apartment in Costa Rica–it’s lovely! We’d even have enough space to host any family or friends who would like to visit us. John sent me a video of the place and we talked about it for a while on Skype last night. I went to bed thinking about our future home together and woke up just the same.

Since we’ll be moving there and have limited luggage we can bring with us, a lot of the things on our wedding registry will remain in the states (insert *thumbs down*).  However, I’m in the mood to make some cutesy stuff for our home–with or without packing space. Therefore, any projects I make have to be small enough to bring with us. I already warned John that the letter “K” and our last name “Kane” will be everywhere. Anyways, on to my DIY SUPER EASY magnet project that will not take up much packing space. I got my little craft fix this morning.

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1. For this project you will need: Mod Podge, a brush to apply the Mod Podge (not pictured), scissors, 1″ hole puncher, glass vase fillers (about an 1″), magnets (I used the strips, but I think the circle magnets would work better), and a hot glue gun (not pictured).

2. Search the web or old magazines for random pictures you would like to turn into magnets. Some of the things I searched for were different logos (Doctor Who and Braves), found different book covers/quotes (The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Looking for Alaska, and The Fault in Our Stars), I downloaded a picture of John and I, and I looked in a magazine for letters to spell our last name. Just make sure you size the images in Word to where they will fit when you use the 1″ circle puncher.

3. To help me see the image I was punching out, I turned my puncher upside down. This helped me to center my image, too.

4. Put a thin layer of Mod Podge on the back of your glass stone. Apply your image. Push out any bubbles that may appear (more common when using magazine clippings).

5. Place your image on the glass, face down, then add another thin layer to the back of the image. When using prints from your computer, make sure not to move your image too much or the ink will smear. 

6. Clip your magnets to size (I guessed). I used the ones with the sticky side, but discovered they didn’t stay on. I ended up having to hot glue them on.

Enjoy your new, one of a kind magnets!
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Will you?

ImageJust finished up making the ring bearer gifts! I know, the wedding is less than two months away and I haven’t asked the ring bearers yet. But, hey! Better late than never–right?

I kept searching the internet for a “Will You Be My Ring Bearer?” poem and couldn’t find one I liked. Therefore, releasing my inner English nerd, I made this little one up. Gotta deliver these babies today.