Brownie In A Mug

3 Apr

Have you ever had those nights where you’re in the mood for a sweet treat, but don’t want to go through the time and effort of making the whole cake? Well imagine coming across a pin that teaches you how to make a brownie in a mug! It’s the perfect single serving for a little self-indulgence, and takes less than two minutes in the microwave. Sounds too good to be true right?

If you like to bake, then you’ll find that the ingredients are probably always stalked in your kitchen. The prep-time is very quick, and the recipe does not call for any eggs. Just measure, mix, and pop it in the microwave.

brownie in mug

Not So Sweet

When I took my brownie out of the microwave, I was delighted with the results and couldn’t wait to taste it. Unfortunately, this single-serving treat did not live up to my expectations. The consistency was good and very fudgy (not sure if that’s a word but you get it), but the taste was far from sweet.

Perhaps it needed more sugar, or maybe some brown sugar, but it would have probably been more satisfying to just take 30 minutes a make a whole tray of brownies. Maybe you really shouldn’t take the easy way out… at least not when it comes to dessert.

But perhaps not all single-serving treats in a mug turn out as failures. I would love to hear about any desserts you’ve tried in a mug that have come out absolutely pinperfect.

brownie in mug with ice cream

At least the ice cream was yummy.

Pinterest- Not Just for Girls

2 Apr

March Madness & Opening Day 

Between March Madness and Opening Day, these couple of weeks have been (and will continue to be) action packed for all sports lovers. And just like women can enjoy cheering on the home team, men can also enjoy what Pinterest has to offer this time of year.  If you check out Pinterest’s blog, you’ll see that they often post about items or categories that have been trending lately. And lo and behold, the last two trends have been sporting events.

Gator Basketball

Getting ready to watch Gator Basketball… one game closer to the national title.

March Madness and Opening Day have made their way onto the boards of countless pinners. Although Pinterest is often thought of as being a social media site where only women spend countless hours of the day scrolling through photos, there is also plenty of content for men to enjoy. Guys (and girls) can check out some awesome Pinterest boards featuring this year’s NCAA Tournament coaches, or even take a look at Final Four logos of past, present, and future years.  If baseball is your favorite pastime, you’ll love finding some ballpark heroes, and discovering the mascots that make up the MLB.

So no matter what your gender, this is just some proof that Pinterest is a site for all to enjoy. Hopefully, you can find some time to step away from the TV screen and check out what’s new on Pinterest. Personally, my college team is out of the tournament, while my hometown blew its Opening Day game. Oh well, more pinning for me!

Marlins Baseball Ballpark

Enjoying a Miami Marlins game at their new ballpark last season.

Chat Session with Anna Mikell from Visit Gainesville

29 Mar

How Visit Gainesville Uses Pinterest

If you haven’t already looked up your hometown or local city on Pinterest, you might be surprised by what you find. Here in Gainesville, Visit Gainesville has tons of information on local events, restaurants, shops and more. Aside from their website, they’re also very active on Facebook, Twitter, and you guessed it… Pinterest!

I had the opportunity to sit down this week with Ms. Anna Mikell from Visit Gainesville, and she talked about how Pinterest has become another great tool she utilizes at work. Not only does its Pinterest account promote Visit Gainesville, but it also delivers a vast load of useful and interesting content to its followers.

Visit Gainesville- Pinterest

Check out what Ms. Mikell had to share about her experience with Pinterest, and be sure to follow Visit Gainesville and your local city on Pinterest!

Easter Bunny Carrots

28 Mar

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

If the Easter Peeps S’mores, didn’t satisfy your sweet tooth (you must have a GIANT sweet tooth), then maybe this bonus Easter treat will be the perfect addition your holiday spread. It’s just a simple twist on delicious chocolate covered strawberries… or so I thought.

On Pinterest, these chocolate covered Strawberries, made to look like carrots for the Easter bunny, looked very appetizing and super simple. However, unless you’re an expert when it comes to making chocolate covered strawberries, this treat can become a major flop.

Chocolate Troubles

First off, white chocolate is a lot sweeter than regular chocolate and getting it to the right consistency was a little tricky. But once you’ve got your chocolate melted, just use food coloring to get the chocolate to just the right shade of “carrot orange.” The next step is to dip the strawberries into the chocolate. Sounds simple right? Well getting the chocolate to cover the whole strawberry (and make it look like a carrot) is pretty difficult, unless you want to lose your strawberry to the chocolate.

Dipping Strawberries

Overall, these chocolate covered strawberries were a nice treat and will definitely add to your Easter spread.  The idea of making them look like carrots for the Easter bunny is very creative and will attract both kids and adults. However, don’t expect your strawberries to come out looking pinperfect. Happy Easter!

Orange Strawberries

My Easter Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Easter Peeps S’mores

27 Mar

peeps smores setup

For everyone celebrating Easter this weekend, you may have been trying to find some new treats to enjoy with family and friends. Of course there’s tons of cakes, cupcakes, and anything involving Easter eggs, but why not try something different for Easter?  Eventually, I found something on Pinterest that caught my attention right away… peeps s’mores!

Who didn’t love making s’mores as a kid? Whether in front of a fire, or over the stove top, you can always have fun making this deliciously messy treat.  It’s simple and it’s a classic. So finding an Easter version was pretty exciting.  Instead of using a regular marshmallow, you use an iconic, colorful Easter peeps.

A Little Too Messy…

I decided to go with the bunny peeps, but the little chicks will do too. This specific pin says to build your s’more (chocolate and peep stacked between two graham crackers), and then microwave for 20 seconds. If you follow these directions, you might find that the marshmallow peep comes really close to exploding in your microwave (who would have wanted to clean that up?).  Ten to fifteen seconds will probably melt the chocolate and the marshmallow peep to just the right gooeyness. 

peeps smores stacked

peeps smores final

But Finger-Licking Good!

But even with super-sized peeps, these Easter s’mores are extremely tasty. The pop of color that the peeps add, and their sugar coat, really make these s’mores pinperfect. You’ll definitely feel like a kid again trying to eat this deliciously messy treat. You might want to enjoy your peeps s’mores after some Easter egg decorating. Happy Easter!

Cookie Monster Cupcakes!

25 Mar

So every year for my boyfriend’s birthday I try to make him a fun cake or dessert. Even though he’s in his 20s, he really is a kid at heart, so his birthday treat has to be reflective of that. So last year I decided to make him Cookie Monster cupcakes! Yepp, Cookie Monster- as in the Sesame Street character.

When I came across these cupcakes on Pinterest, I thought to myself, “this could either go really well, or end up being a disaster.” I looked through several different versions of Cookie Monster cupcakes and overall the execution and idea seemed pretty quick and easy.  So I was determined to make them a success.

How-To

All you have to do is bake the cupcakes (I chose chocolate), cut a whole for the cookie to fit into, and then decorate. I made the blue icing from white icing with food dye, and put it in a makeshift piping bag- just a simple zip-lock bag and cut the very tip of the corner off. Be sure to put the cookie in the mouth before you ice the cupcake so you can ice and holes around the cookie. The eyes are just made from white chocolate melting candies, and the black is food gel pen I got in the baking section of my local grocery story.

Enjoy- Me Love Cookies!

cookie monster!! 

TA DA! Super easy and super fun Cookie Monster cupcakes. I was really happy with the finished product, and my boyfriend absolutely loved them! I would definitely recommend these pinperfect cupcakes for anyone you might know. Whether they’re 4 or 44, who doesn’t love Cookie Monster?

Matte Nail Polish

22 Mar

Recently, I have been coming across more and more pins featuring matte nail polish. Most polishes that I have found are top-quality, brand name polishes- expensive nail polishes.

This shine-free look definitely caught my eye and seems to be trending right now, but I wasn’t completely sold on it. I figured it was worth a shot, but I didn’t feel like spending $8 on a whole bottle of matte polish.

So of course I search around Pinterest for a DIY matte nail polish tutorial, and I found one pin that seemed simple and straightforward. All you have to do is hold your nails over some steam (I just put a coffee mug with water in the microwave for 90 seconds).

And viola! Matte nail polish. I was honestly shocked that this actually worked but was very pleased with the pinperfect results.

Matte vs Gloss Hands

Matte vs Gloss close up

Disclaimer: The matte effect did fade after a few days and the polish began chipping relatively quickly.