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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!

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!

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.

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!

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.

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