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Double Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

16 Apr

double chocolate chip pudding cookiesIf you’re looking for a simple twist on the traditional chocolate chip cookie, here’s the perfect pin for double chocolate chip pudding cookies! This recipe results in the perfect balance of chocolate sweetness and cookie gooeyness. If you’ve never added pudding mix to your cookies (like myself) it’s time to start!

Prep & Personalize

cookies ingredientsMost of the ingredients are probably lying around your kitchen and pantry, so you can literally whip these up at any time.  Don’t be afraid to add your own personal twists. In this case, I substituted vanilla pudding with cheesecake flavored pudding… yum! And if you want to add peanut butter chips instead of white chocolate chips, do it!

Mix It Up

cookies whiskWhen mixing the ingredients together, this recipe found on Pinterest is very specific as to when to add each ingredient. But BEWARE, there is no warning as to what tools to use.  Although you can use an electric mixer or whisk to mix all the wet and dry ingredients, a spoon will work best when mixing in the chocolate chips at the end… unless you like getting cookie dough out of your whisk. Once you’ve got everything mixed together, just roll them into small balls (just a little more than an inch in diameter) and place them on a cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes and get ready to enjoy some pinperfect cookies. *This recipe was able to make just under 30 cookies.* cookie dough

Enjoy!

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YUMM!

Chevron and Glitter Nails

15 Apr

While some pins lead us to wonderful blogs or websites, others provide a step-by-step pictorial or simply have an instructional caption. Still others are simply pictures of something fun, delicious, or trendy that we’d love to try, but are left to attempt without direction. The latter happened to me with a pin featuring some fun nails.

pinterest chevron nails

Courtesy of Pinterest

The bright pop of color, with both a glitter and a chevron accent nail, really makes a statement without looking tacky. Apparently chevron is becoming a huge trend in clothes, accessories, and home décor, so why not add it to your manicure? This look seemed pretty self-explanatory, but the chevron part did cause some trouble.

The whole tape and nail polish trick didn’t really work, and if you don’t have those awesome nail polish pens that are intended for designs like these, you’re last option will be to work with a Sharpie. If you read my earlier post on Sharpie nail art, you might be a bit skeptical to use a Sharpie. But in this case, a black Sharpie seemed to be the best solution, and it actually worked!

Close enough…

chevron nails smeared

However, when I went back a few hours later to add a clear coat on top of my pinperfect manicure, the black Sharpie smeared with the application of the clear polish. I guess my stance against Sharpie nail art still stands. Even though this look wasn’t completely ruined, it might be time to invest in some nail pens.

Chimichurri and Parsley Potatoes

20 Mar

If you’ve ever gone to a Spanish or Latin restaurant and ordered some sort of steak, you’ve probably tried chimichurri at some point. Being Hispanic myself, chimichurri is almost always a must whenever making steaks. Since I’m away from home, I figured I could look up a chimichurri recipe on Pinterest and see if it matches up to my mom’s. As a side dish, I usually just make baked potatoes to go with my steak, but I figured I’d try something new while I was testing recipes.

Chimichurri

When I found this pin for a chimichurri recipe, I thought it mirrored my mom’s pretty well but with a few added ingredients. I don’t think I’ve ever made chimichurri with red wine vinegar, oregano, or red pepper flakes, but you can’t knock it ‘til you try it right? Overall, it was pretty good. But I have to admit, I’m just too accustomed to my mom’s recipe and still think hers is the best chimichurri I’ve ever had. I think it was a mix of the oregano and the red wine vinegar that kind of threw my taste buds off.

Chimichurri

Potatoes

The potatoes were a piece of cake to make, and I just used the extra parsley from the chimichurri (thinking ahead). Also, instead of using baby potatoes, I just used regular sized potatoes and cut them into chunks.

Parsley Potatoes

Enjoy

Cook up some simple steaks, maybe pour yourself a glass of wine or sweet tea, and this dish is absolutely pinperfect! I would also suggest looking around through some other chimichurri recipes and trying a few so you can decide which you like best.

Chimichurri & Parsley Potatoes

Green Monster!

17 Mar

Green Smoothie

Just because Spring Break has come and gone, there’s no reason to give up on our diets, workout routines, or healthy habits. And in honor of St. Patrick’s Day today, what better way to get healthy than with a green smoothie. If you plan on celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, your body will probably appreciate the extra vitamins and antioxidants.

I’m a huge fan of smoothies because they’re quick, easy, and a great source of energy. Personally, I used frozen fruits because you can keep them in the freezer for a while and you don’t need to add ice. But thanks to Pinterest, I learned that if you add fresh baby spinach, you instantly add extra vitamins to your smoothie. I was quite skeptical about the taste and the green color when I first saw a picture, but my friend Lysette tried it and became a HUGE advocate for green smoothies.

Not Sure About the Spinach?

As do most pinners, Lysette promised that the spinach would not change the taste of your smoothie.  There are several smoothie recipes on Pinterest that use spinach as an added ingredient so there’s no restriction to the flavor of your green smoothie. I found a specific pin for a “Green Monster,” which mentions all the benefits Spinach adds to your smoothie.

I just made my everyday fruit smoothie with Orange Juice for extra vitamin C, added the spinach leaves, and BOOM… my very own pinperfect green monster! I added berries to this specific smoothie so the color is darker than other green smoothies. Your friends might look at you weird when they see you sipping on your green monster (mine sure did), but your taste buds won’t know the difference and your body will thank you.

Green smoothie unblended Green Smoothie

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

16 Mar

It’s that time of year again! When you pull out every green item you own, pretend to be Irish and have a good ‘ole time. What started out simply a religious holiday has turned into a celebration known for fun treats and beer! This year I’m hoping to celebrate St. Patty’s with fun Irish drinks that won’t take up too much time or money. Don’t worry, thanks to Pinterest, I found some great treats for both kids and adults to enjoy.

Kid-friendly Irish Car Bomb

Kid Irish Car Bomb Not all people are fans of Irish Car Bombs, but whether or not you like the adult version, you might be a fan of this kid-friendly version. All it takes is root beer and some vanilla ice cream (basically, a root beer float). Personally, I’m not a fan of root beer but my friends are and they loved it.

Guinness Float

Guinness FloatWhile the kids are enjoying their non-alcoholic Irish, the adults can sip on some Guinness floats. It’s basically the same concept, but instead of using root beer you use that famous Irish beer. Just pour yourself a glass of Guinness, add some ice cream, and you can drizzle with chocolate syrup and whip cream. This recipe has homemade versions of the syrup and cream, but ready-made is fine too. I also just used regular Guinness beer instead of Guinness Stout.

Green Soda

Green SodaBut of course the kids are going to want to join in on the fun of having green drinks, and not all adults enjoy beer, so how about green Sprite? Just add some green food coloring. I had some ginger ale in my refrigerator so decided to use that instead, but you get the idea.

Green Beer

Perhaps the simplest way to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day is by making your very own green beer! All you need is beer and a few drops of green food coloring and you’re good to go.  I found that if you pour a little bit of beer, add the food coloring, and then pour the rest of the beer, you won’t need to mix or stir anything and the food dye won’t stick to the bottom.

Green Beer Mixing green beer

Whether you’re a kid or an adult, these drinks are sure to make your St. Patrick’s Day a pinperfect celebration. Cheers!

Green Eggs & Ham

13 Mar
green eggs and ham cover

Courtesy of Google Images

I think at some point or another, we’ve all read the Dr. Seuss classic Green Eggs and Ham, or at least have had someone read it to us. I remember my little brother used to be OBSESSED with this book. He especially liked it after his teacher brought in green eggs and ham for the whole class to eat for breakfast, and after that he went through a phase where he would only eat his eggs if they were green.

With St. Patrick’s Day coming up this weekend, I was trying to look for some fun activities or treats on Pinterest that would help us get in the holiday spirit, and I was so thrilled to come across a pin that featured green eggs and ham. It brought me back to the days not only of when my brother was younger, but when I was a kid as well.

Green eggs & ham rawMaking green eggs and ham really is as simple as just adding a few drops of food coloring to your scrambled eggs. The recipe in this pin uses six eggs so it recommends 3 drops of food coloring, but if you’re cooking fewer eggs then a drop or two will do. The milk in the eggs helps make your eggs nice and fluffy (a trick I learned a long time ago). I also liked that the ham was scrambled right into the eggs instead of being served on the side.

Making green eggs and ham is a fun and easy treat to make with your kids, or to just bring out your inner child one morning. If you are going to make them for your kids though, I would recommend reading the book with them the night before and then surprising them with this pinperfect breakfast! And in the spirit of St. Patty’s day this week, we can all use a little green eggs and ham.

green eggs & ham cooked

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