Archive | February, 2013

Lasagna Roll Ups

28 Feb

Homemade Italian… Yum!

Who doesn’t like Italian food? Honestly, there are very few people who are not fans of the rich, flavorful, sometimes spicy cuisine. Unfortunately, for most of us, the fanciest our Italian cooking has every gotten is chicken alfredo or a lemon-butter sauce. Very few would attempt the laborious task of homemade lasagna.

But when I found this pin for lasagna roll ups, I just had to try! Instead of creating layers, you simply roll up each piece of lasagna and each roll is a perfect single serving. But don’t be fooled! This does NOT take away from the time-consuming aspect of making lasagna.

ImageI made the meat sauce from scratch. Grated the cheese and chopped the parsley for the cheese sauce. And carefully stirred the pasta as it boiled. Once everything was cooked and ready, I spread the cheese and sauce onto each noodle and rolled it up and placed it in the dish.

Personalize It

I only made a few alterations to the recipe I found on Pinterest. I added Italian sausage to the ground beef to give it some extra flavor (if you like spicy, use spicy Italian sausage). I also skipped out on running the ground beef through the food processor (just sounded weird & unnecessary to me).

I must say this dish was ABSOLUTELY pinperfect! Not to toot my own horn, but I’ve had homemade lasagna from actual Italian families, and this lasagna was pretty high up there. I must warn you though, this meal is not for your average Tuesday night dinner. I would save it for a more special occasion (unless Tuesday nights are your thing).

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Individual Lasagna Roll

Valentine’s Day Fail

17 Feb

Red Velvet Cake

Now that Valentine’s day has come & gone, some of you have memorable stories to share, while others might have had some “please tell me that was just a dream” moments. I personally had a little bit of both. Thankfully, it wasn’t too bad but still a little embarrassing, but the worst part had to be that Pinterest let me down.
I had found this scrumptious looking dessert that I thought would be both delicious and different. Red velvet cake, pudding, cool whip, and Oreos… what more could you ask for. However, this pin had no written instructions, it was all taught through pictures.  But even so, it looked pretty simple. And what I loved most was how the pudding soaks into the cake.

 Oops…Image

Well, let’s just say that didn’t exactly happen. There was not a drop of pudding soaking into that cake as Pinterest had promised. Perhaps next time I need to make the holes in the cake bigger, or the pudding a bit “runnier”. Maybe that’s why written instructions are so helpful.

Keeping it Simple…

Next time, I think I’ll just stick to chocolate-covered strawberries or cake made from scratch. But if you or someone you know has made this “pin-fail” a pinperfect treat, please share with us your secrets.

Valentine’s Idea for That Special Someone

13 Feb

52 Reasons Why I Love You

deck of cards

So whether you and your loved one like to go all out on Valentine’s day, or keep it low-key, it’s

always nice to share a small handmade gift. There’s something about a gift from the heart that even Hallmark can’t compete with.

Last year I came across this deck of cards craft and decided to make one for my boyfriend. The version I found on Pinterest was much more elaborate and involved pictures and cutouts on every card. But as a college student overwhelmed with classes and internships, I decided to go for a more simplistic route.

Make It Personal

I still used a regular deck of playing cards and simply took a Sharpie and wrote a reason why I love my boyfriend on each card. Coming up with the 52 reasons was the fun part. I included everything from the typical “you always make me laugh” to personal inside jokes only he would understand.

Valentine's Deck of CardsI got semi-crafty and decorated the box to make it a little personal, but it was such a simple and sweet gift to put together. And the most important part was how much my boyfriend loved it! Seeing the smile on his face while he went through each card was truly priceless.

And the best part is, you two can pull out the cards whenever you want to play a friendly game of Go-Fish, and it will be a wonderful reminder of your love. I highly recommend this pinperfect gift for your valentine this year.

Reasons I love you

I LOVE YOU!

5 Pinners Worth Following

10 Feb

One of the reasons why I love Pinterest is because it’s fun, easy and organized way to find different crafts, recipes, workouts, fashion tips and WAY more.

But did you know that there is SO MUCH MORE to Pinterest than just following your friends’ boards? There are tons of celebrities and companies on Pinterest. Here are five pinners that I personally think are worth following. They’re all filled will loads of pinperfect ideas.

1- Starbucks Loves

Let’s be honest, how many people do you actually know that don’t like Starbucks? Even if you’re not a regular, it is nice to treat yourself to a white chocolate mocha every now and then. Well Starbucks Love is perfect for coffee lovers and water chuggers alike. They have tasty treats, creative crafts and loads of coffee pins that just simply make you feel warm inside.

2- HGTV

So I know not everyone is a fan of watching HGTV, but you have to admit, they pretty much are the leaders when it comes to DIY projects, and anything that has to do with your home. The have boards for every room in your house and outdoors as well. Little tip: you MUST check out their “HGTV Dream Homes” board, you’ll be speechless.

3- Your School

Whether you’re a student or alumni, there’s nothing like showing off your school spirit. A lot of universities and colleges have their own official Pinterest accounts. They pin everything from campus photos, sporting events, graduation ceremonies and even game day taunts.

4- LaurenConrad.com

Some of you might remember her as LC from MTV’s Laguna Beach or The Hills, but Lauren Conrad has grown up to be a high-profile style icon. I love following her because she doesn’t just use her boards to promote her fashion line. She pins everything from exercise routines, nails, décor, and even just pretty flowers.

5- Pinterest!

Believe it or not, Pinterest has its own Pinterest account! You can get a behind the scenes look of their offices, check out some funny pins, or even take a glimpse of “The Pinterest Challenge.”

Philly Cheese Steak Peppers

5 Feb

Do you love sinking your teeth into a juicy, hot sub… more specifically, a Philly Cheese Steak? This isn’t something I eat often, but it is an east-coast classic. A lucky few of us might have even had the privilege to enjoy this sandwich in its hometown.

So when I came across a pin with a caption saying Philly cheese steak stuffed bell peppers, I thought “this sounds interesting.” So I gave it a shot and it came out pretty good.

I did make an alteration, which I thought was a great decision. After cleaning out the peppers, I baked them for 8 minutes before stuffing them. My reasoning was that I wanted the cheese to melt but not burn, but I still wanted the peppers to be cooked. When I followed the rest of the recipe, the dish wasn’t exactly picture-perfect.

So I decided to layer another piece of cheese on top. This time I only gave it a minute in the oven. And NOW my pepper looked appetizing!

Success!

Overall, it was a tasty dish and my boyfriend really seemed to like it. Personally, I couldn’t eat the whole pepper and ended up eating the cheese steak filling. But if you like pepper and Philly Cheese Steaks, then this dish will make for a pin-perfect meal.

Super Sunday Snack

3 Feb

Corn Dog Mini Muffins

In honor of Super Bowl Sunday, I wanted to try a fun appetizer that everyone at your Super Bowl party could enjoy. If your guests like hot dogs, corn dogs, or even pigs in a blanket, these corn dog mini muffins are sure to be a hit.

It’s a fun twist on your average corn dog, and extremely simply to make. You’ll be so proud of yourself after making something that actually looks straight out of Pinterest. I followed the instructions down to a tee, however I found myself lacking buttermilk. No worries… I did a quick search on Pinterest and found that milk and vinegar make a great substitute.

I made about 20 of these, and just between my parents and I, they lasted about 10 minutes.  My mom was especially fond of the actual corn muffin- and she is extremely picky when it comes to anything resembling cornbread.

I think it’s safe to say these treats will make your Super Bowl party, or even just your average Saturday afternoon, a pinperfect celebration.