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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!

cookies

YUMM!

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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.

French Toast

12 Apr

Quick & Easy Home Cooked Breakfast…

Some days you’re just in the mood to have a warm, home cooked breakfast. Pancakes, French toast, cinnamon rolls, you name it; they all sound pretty appetizing, but can take up a significant amount of time and effort.  Well thanks to Pinterest, here’s a quick and easy recipe for some classic French toast. Another bonus to this recipe: it makes two pieces of French toast, so you don’t have to worry about what to do with leftovers if you’re just making breakfast for one.

french toast ingredientsOne of the nice things about French toast is that the ingredients are pretty basic, so you probably have everything you need lying around in your kitchen. Simply whisk together your eggs, milk, cinnamon and vanilla extract, and you’re ready to start dipping your bread! Don’t forget to start heating up your pan (or griddle) while you mix all your ingredients. Although the recipe says to heat your pan to medium-high, it might be best to cook your French toast at a medium to medium-low heat so that you can cook the French toast through and not just burn the coating (I learned the hard way).

If You Know What You’re Doing

french toast dippingWhen dipping your bread, try not to let the bread soak in the egg mixture. Although the recipe simply said to dip and coat the bread, I let it soak in the mixture for a bit and I’m pretty sure that’s what made my French toast a little unappetizing (this was also my first time ever making French toast).

Once you’ve dipped your bread, lay it on your pan and cook both sides until golden brown. Add some syrup and sprinkle on a little powdered sugar (of which there was none in my pantry) and enjoy! Quick and easy French toast that is ready to enjoy in just minutes. Unfortunately, I wasn’t a big fan of the taste, but you already know why. If you have any tips for making the most pinperfect French toast, please share with us all in the comments below.  Enjoy!

french toast

 

Pinterest’s New Look

8 Apr

 

How to navigate through Pinterest’s new look, and what changes to expect once you switch over. If you have any questions, go ahead and leave them in the comments and I’ll try my best to answer them. Happy Pinning!

Shimmery Manicure

6 Apr

Have you been trying to find new nail art ideas that don’t involve tons of colors, tape, or glitter polish? Or maybe you just want something quick and easy to glam up your manicure. Well this Pinterest idea uses two things every girl should own- make up and nail polish.

All you need is some form of a powder pigment, such as an eye shadow, to dust over your freshly painted nails. If you have a loose eye shadow or a shimmer, that would probably work best and be a lot easier (I used a loose shimmer eye shadow). According to the instructions in this pin’s caption, you simply “dab some powder pigment (like eye shadow) above the cuticle before the polish dries and blow the color onto the nail.”

Need To Make A Few Changes

Turns out, this blowing technique doesn’t really work. I had to lightly brush the shimmer onto my nails, starting from the cuticle, with an eye shadow brush. It still had the same effect, just using a different technique. However, make sure you use very light and gentle strokes to apply the shimmer in order to avoid any brush marks, mess up your nail polish, or mess up the brush. On that note, you want your nails to still be freshly painted so that the powder adheres to them, but you don’t want your nails to be so wet that applying the powder will get nail polish everywhere.

shimmer nails

Once you’ve added some shimmer to your nails, apply a clear topcoat to seal in the powder. And viola! You’ve got a pinperfect manicure in just minutes.

5 MORE Pinners Worth Following

4 Apr

Throwback Thursday

In the spirit of “Throwback Thursday,” I have decided to add to one of my earliest blog posts- 5 Pinners Worth Following. Here are 5 MORE pinners (in no particular order) you should check out the next time you’re on Pinterest. They all vary in style and content, but are filled with tons of pinperfect items. Just as a reminder, these are all my own personal opinions to share with you all, and I have not been paid nor requested in any way to endorse nor promote these Pinterest accounts. Enjoy!

Oh Joy- Joy Cho1- Oh Joy!

With over 14 million followers, it’s pretty safe to say that Joy Cho of Oh Joy is definitely worth following on Pinterest. This avid blogger has 84 detailed and fun-filled boards varying from the usual “Hair” board, to a board just for “Balloons.” Her pins link back to various sources including blogs, websites, and even some content from her own blog.

2- Favorite TV Show!

You might be surprised by how many TV shows are actually on Pinterest. Just a quick search might lead you to sneak peeks, behind the scenes clips, and fashion tips from your favorite series. Shows like Pretty Little Liars and 1600 Penn have tons of great content any fan would love. But don’t get too excited, producers are still careful as to not release too many inside secrets on their Pinterest pages.

100 Layer cake3- 100 Layer Cake

If you’re planning on throwing a snazzy suaré sometime soon, or pinning for the wedding of your dreams, these event planners from California have just the right Pinterest boards to help. The lovely ladies of 100 Layer Cake have ideas for everything from attire and venues, to flowers and color schemes. And let’s be honest, we all have a Pinterest wedding board.

4- Local Town

In doing some research for an audio interview to feature on my blog, it was interesting to see how many cities have Pinterest accounts. You can learn about local restaurants, annual festivals, sporting events, or even wedding venues just by looking at these Pinterest pages. Not only can you follow your hometown, but if you’re planning a vacation soon, or don’t know where to stop on your next road trip, you can search through Pinterest and check out what awesome attractions some towns have to offer.

Disney5- Walt Disney World

Five words every kid loves to hear: “We’re going to Disney World!” Even if you’re well into your adult years, you can’t deny feeling like a kid again when you’re in the happiest place on earth. So why not follow Walt Disney World on Pinterest? They have tons of behind the scenes pins, magical moments, and all the latest info on making your dreams come true. And besides, Disney has one thing in common with following someone on Pinterest… they both started with a mouse. (Get it?)

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.