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Happy Easter

We are on our way to my sister’s house to celebrate  Easter and my little brother’s birthday.  Before I go, I wanted to share what I have been up to this morning.

To try to pry the kids out of bed  (mine aren’t small anymore, so they tend to sleep in) without having to dump cold water on them, I tried out this pin hoping it would coax them out of their slumber…

From the Hungry Housewife

But I changed it a little. I didn’t mash the butter together with the sugar (I used brown sugar instead) and cinnamon. I put a layer of soft butter, then sprinkled the sugar mixture on top, then rolled them up. They were fabulous!

Nothing like the smell of cinnamon in the morning to get kids out of bed.

 

I am taking a few things to my sister’s house, including these…

Brownie nests

I saw this pin on Pinterest and modified them by making them brownies instead of traditional cupcakes. My “grass” isn’t as pretty, but it is still delicious 🙂

Cupcake nests on Pinterest

And I made this cake. Have we discussed my apparent  lack of artistic talent yet?? Well, this  sums it up for you. Ha!

Happy Birthday cake!

 

Well, it’s the thought that counts, right? My inspiration came from this pin…

Easter cake - from Cake Central

Well, we must get going – I can’t wait to see my niece hunt for eggs!

I hope you have a very Hoppy Easter!

Eliesa

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18th Birthday

My daughter turned 18 the other day. To be honest, the idea of her being an “adult” both terrifies and excites me. I can’t get over that my baby is old enough to vote, buy lottery tickets and make her own decisions, etc. I see her making plans for someday moving out, and it brings me to tears. I know it’s such an exciting time in her life and I’m happy to see what a fabulous person has grown into, and I know she will do great things, but she is still my “baby” and always will be. I guess the best way to sum it up is that it’s bittersweet. Hold on… I need to get a tissue  😦

Well, anyway, let’s get on with how this relates to Pinterest. I love Pinterest for so many reasons, and one big one lately is that my daughter is on it too. I love all the funny stuff she pins, and more importantly, she has a board for “products she loves”. This board has made my life much easier when it comes to buying presents for her. Because for all her amazing qualities, she is kind of a pain in the tush to buy gifts for. So to help with gift selection, besides the obligatory gifts of clothes and Barnes and Nobles gift cards, I just perused her board for a few ideas…

Drinklip
Super Hero Socks
Whatever Clock

Without Pinterest, how would I have ever known that my 18 year old wanted super hero socks? When she opened those presents, she was delighted. The real kind of delighted, not the “gee, thanks, I always wanted a poster of a kitten in a flower pot” kind of pretend delight. It was fabulous!

To celebrate her birthday, we had a small family party on Sunday. Of course, I used Pinterest to find new recipes and ideas to make it special. Since she likes penguins, especially fat ones, I thought these would be an adorable addition to the table.

Holy crud, aren’t they the cutest?!  Oh, by the way, before I post our version I should point out that about three hours before the party, we lost power due to a brush fire on the next street. We had no power until about a half hour after people started showing up. And when we lose power, we lose water too because we have a well, not city/county water. Ugh – so no showers, or cleaning up! So, in the middle of that mess, I forgot to take “good pictures” of my creations, sorry! Heck, if my little sister hadn’t asked me if I took pics of everything, I wouldn’t have even had this one to share. Crud!

As my daughter also has a thing for dinosaurs, especially stegosauruses, I also made an attempt to make this dinosaur cake.

What I was trying to create…

Unfortunately, the pin I had re-pinned so long ago, wasn’t linked back to it’s original poster, so I couldn’t find out how to make the cake. I figured it couldn’t be that hard, so I tried to figure out how to do it on my own. Mind you, I have no cake decorating background or skills… I must warn you that you should not be drinking anything when you take a look at the next picture, as you make spit it out when you burst into laughter. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Just remember that I made this little guy in the dark. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
Oh, but he was delicious!

Have you finished snickering and shaking your head in disbelief that I was brave enough to share that lovely creature?? 🙂

Moving on… We also made this lemonade.

From What’s Cookin’ Chicago

Oh my, it was amazing! I didn’t get a picture of our version, as it went way too fast. I’ve already picked up a bunch of lemons and limes to make more, it was that delicious.

We made these…

Rainbow fruit skewers

And I had every intention of making this, but without a working oven I couldn’t, so guess what I will be making tonight for dinner?

Baked Taco Ring

And I have made this Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake recipe twice this week, once for her actual birthday, and once for the party, and there wasn’t one piece left when we were done. A-MAZ-ING!!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

I wish I had more pictures of how our versions of these pins turned out, but I was just focused on making the best of the no-electricity situation as I could and taking pictures didn’t even register as a priority. Next time, I promise to take pics first.

As I’ve said before, I love Pinterest. It’s definitely made our get togethers a little more “special” and a lot more personalized. Can’t wait for this weekend – it’s Easter at my sister’s house, and I know just the pins to try out!

Hope you have a great day – thanks for stopping by!

Eliesa

Lego Birthday Party

Hello! I’ve been working on quite a few projects lately, but nothing is finished yet, so this week I’m going to share what a friend of mine did this weekend! 

Lego cake

One of my dearest friends from high school, and fellow Pinterest addict, Tracy, has three little munchkins who are seriously the sweetest kids on the planet. And each year on their respective birthdays, there is always a party to celebrate their special day. Even before Tracy started her Pinterest addiction, she was creating fun and fabulous birthday parties for her little people. To date, there have been fairies, princess, pirates, puppets, police and garbage men at their parties. There are always fun activities planned, based on the theme that year, and the kids always have a great time.

This week was her son’s 6th birthday, and this party was just as fabulous as all the ones that came before it. This year’s theme was Legos. After combing Pinterest for ideas, Tracy started planning and preparing. And then, she made everything pictured here by hand, including that amazing cake above! I’m in awe of her fabulousness!!

There were Lego-men face masks…

Each with a different expression!

And marshmallow pops…

A “guess how many” game…

Crackers and cheese – Lego style!

Even the hand sanitizer got in on the action!

And when it was time to go home, each child got goody-bags…

I can’t wait to see what the next party will bring. Hmmm… maybe I’ll have her “help” my husband with my 40th birthday party next year. 🙂

Eliesa

 

Friday FAIL!!!

My son is having a few friends over tonight for a bonfire, so I decided to make brownies for them.

I saw the cutest idea on Pinterest, and thought I would try it out. Aren’t these just the cutest?!

I thought, how easy would this be? So, I mixed up the brownie batter, sprayed the pan and the cookie cutters and carefully poured the batter into them. Placed them in the oven, and waited. It smelled so delicious…

Timer finally rang and I went to pull them out of the oven and this is what I found.

Nailed it!!

All the batter had seeped out from the bottom and created a mess. I would say it looked like melted ice cream with cookie cutters on top. Not what I was going for.

So, my lesson here is to actually click on the link and READ THE DIRECTIONS!! Had I done that I would have seen that the actual recipe that was on the link was for FUDGE made in the cookie cutters, not BROWNIES! UGH!

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed a chuckle at my expense. I sure laughed when I saw that mess! Since I’ve learned that most of what I bake from Pinterest doesn’t turn out the way I think it will, I only tried this with a little bit of the batter. After seeing that it didn’t quite work, I just poured the rest of the batter in a regular brownie pan. So we still have brownies for tonight, just not festively shaped ones.

Happy Friday!

 

 

My Week of Thanksgiving

It’s been quiet here for the last few days because I was getting ready to host Thanksgiving at our house, and then recovering from the event for two days. Every year, I think it should be easier since I’ve done it so many times now, but in reality, it’s always a crazy flurry of activity until the day arrives. Then in ten minutes, dinner is eaten, and all that is left is the mess and the memories.

This year, in true Addict fashion, I did quite a bit of experimenting with pins for the occasion. If you want to check out the original blog posts, just click on the picture.  Not going to get too detailed, but here’s what we tried…

If you recall, I posted about some hurricane lamps that I found at Walmart here. I found this pin and knew it would be the one I would use for Thanksgiving.

from My Hearts Desire

This is how mine turned out. The bags of dried beans cost about a dollar a bag, so for three dollars, I love that I got to re-use the vases as center pieces on the tables.

My version

We made place cards using this pin as inspiration, but tweeked it a little because they kept falling over on us!

from Centsational Girl

I swear, I must learn how to just stop what I am doing and take a few minutes to take a good picture! Sorry it’s kind of a cruddy pic, but you get the idea!

Clothes Pin Place Card Holders

And here they are in action…

Card holders...

Many weeks ago, I pinned this recipe. It looked easy, and after reading the reviews, I had to try it.

from Big Red Kitchen

It turned out to be pretty tasty, but heavy. I think next time I’ll only add 3/4 a can of the pumpkin and maybe some milk. No pictures of said cake, because I got a little too busy around the time that dessert was served and I forgot. UGH!

This was the year of the mini Thanksgiving… mini apple pies

from Little Bit Funky

Our version

These tasted delicious, but we couldn’t get them out of the pan without having them fall apart, so we pried them out and put them in a traditional pie pan and called it Apple Pie Crumble.

We also made mini pumpkin pies…

from Make and Takes

Our mini pumpkin pies

I don’t know how the other people make theirs so darn pretty!! Ours always looks like a failed science experiment. These were delicious though, so that’s all that matters 🙂  I did attempt to make fresh whipped cream, but it didn’t exactly work out as planned. It ended up just looking like melted ice cream. My brother said I should have chilled it more. Probably. Next time, I’ll try that. I have a half gallon of heavy cream to experiment with.

I liked all the banners that I saw all over Pinterest like this one…

from The Kurtz Corner

So we made one too! My daughter did an awesome job putting it together. We just used scrapbook card stock, glittered alphabet stickers, little clips and some ribbon. What’s nice about the way we did ours is that we can re-use the letters for different occasions. I can’t find large alphabet stencils or stamps – any one have any ideas where to get them? I tried Michaels, but they only had tiny ones. My artistic abilities don’t go so far as to be able to free hand lettering.

Give Thanks!

And so, that’s how I used Pinterest for Thanksgiving. I can’t wait to try all the ones I found for Christmas so far!

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