Saturday, December 15, 2012

Recent Food and Craft Projects - #PinitDoit


Today is the 15th which means that we're a month into the Holiday edition of Pin it and Do it (and please note that your pins do not have to be holiday related!). As such, I thought I'd also give a little progress update on what I've been up to Pinterest-wise.

I started off really strongly the last couple of weeks in November and then I went to bed one night and woke up and realized that IT'S THE 15TH OF DECEMBER. Nah—no freaking out here! Although I have been doing lots of things around the house—putting up the village (posts coming next week), creating a garland for my stairs, making wreaths for the front doors, and other miscellaneous holiday decorating that were not Pinspired.


I have lots of plans for Pinterest things in the next couple of weeks, but so far I've completed three food pins and two crafty pins.

First up—Banana muffins. I have a freezer full of bananas that went brown before we could eat them, so I've slowly been cooking them up into bread. I wondered if Elle might like little banana muffins for her breakfast instead of pancake or waffles so I tried a recipe I found on Allrecipes.com (they are a no-(or rarely) fail site for me).  Verdict? Delicious. And they froze beautifully. Nom nom nom. Original Pin. Original Source.



Second – Roasted Chicken in a Bundt Pan. I'll talk more about this when I wrap up my Operation Bundt Pan (which I have not forgotten about thankyouverymuch). A recipe I pinned from Food.com. The results were gorgeous and the taste was delicious. I might add a bit more spice rub next time, but otherwise it was yum. I shredded most of the chicken to stick in the freezer for another day. Bottom Line: so easy and clean-up was even easier. Original Pin. Original Source.



Third – Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes. This one from Annie's Eats. I botched this one up because I was making this for a big crowd at Thanksgiving so used many more potatoes than she did and then just winged the rest of the measurements. I love the addition of the bacon and the garlic powder but the results were a bit dry. I added some more milk when I reheated and it was much better. Scott was not a fan—mostly because I didn't use as much butter as he would have liked. Original Pin. Original Source.  (not my picture below)



And now to the crafty stuff!! And I'm tempted to just post about my non-Pinterest items, pin them, and then count them towards the challenge. But that would be mega cheating, right?? Ha!

First – Hex Quilt Hand-Basting. Thanks to Lisa I've found my alternative to learning how to crochet or knit!  I love working with these little babies. I can do about 9-12 of them while watching an hour-long TV show and can even do them lying in bed or in the car. Now I just need a pin to tell me how to hand-sew them all together! Original Pin. Original Source.


Second – Silver spray-painted decorations. JoAnn brought this pin to my attention. The original pin has "looking glass" or "mirror" spray-paint, but I couldn't find so just went with Chrome. I thought about spray painting fake fruit but didn't want to pay that much and found these cinnamon scented pine cones at the grocery store. Win Win. Now what else can I spray paint? Original Pin. Original Source.


I still have several plans for the rest of the month including scrapbook paper gift cards, crockpot apple sauce, and maybe some photography tips, but we'll see. ;)

Have you used Pinterest for anything lately?






If you create something from Pinterest this month and create a post about it, please link up at the Pin it and Do it link-up post! Join the fun!

Every weekend, Beth Fish Reads hosts Weekend Cooking.  "Weekend Cooking is open to anyone who has any kind of food-related post to share: Book (novel, nonfiction) reviews, cookbook reviews, movie reviews, recipes, random thoughts, gadgets, fabulous quotations, photographs."  Hope you'll join the fun!


24 comments:

  1. OK, the chicken in a bundt pan is genius.

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  2. I've got some frozen bananas to use up too -- and that chicken looks so good!

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  3. That chicken looks delicious. There are always bananas in the fridge.

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  4. Hexes!!! I'm doing some pins too, but can't post about them til after Christmas!

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  5. Yes, Trish! My post today is all the recipes I'm going to bake for the holidays and I got all of them from Pinterest

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  6. The hexes look like they would be a fun project - can't wait to see what you make from them.

    Seriously stealing the chicken recipe. Looks awesome! And so does your stair railing - love it!

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  7. What a beautiful roasted chicken!

    The pine cones are cute!

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  8. Lordy - I never thought to just freeze the bananas that are going brown! Do you peel them first?

    Love the pine cones spray painted. I did gold a few years ago but I think the chrome would look prettier with the way I'm doing my mantle now. God knows, I have enough pine cones to try it!

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    1. Lisa - I do peel the bananas before I freeze them but I don't think you have to. Just saves a step later. I freeze them in a ziploc baggie and just add bananas to the bag and when I have enough I bake!

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  9. I'm definitely doing that chicken. I think my crafting days may be on the wane, but you are inspiring.

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  10. oh that chicken is clever..sort of take off on beer-can chicken

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  11. Chicken in a Bundt pan? I'm curious!

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  12. What fun! I've never heard of chicken in a bundt pan, but I too am intrigued.

    p.s. I still need a bundt pan. Dangit!

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  13. I need to try the chicken in the bundt pan. It looks delicious.

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  14. You just never fail to amaze me with all that you do Trish!! I clipped the banana muffin recipe to my Evernote!! Those sound so good!! And the chicken in a bundt pan is SUCH a good idea!!!

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  15. The baked potatoes sound really nice, I might have to suggest we try it ourselves one evening. Looking forward to seeing the result of the hexagons :) I'm wondering whether looking on Pinterest will make the season seem more real.

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  16. I love the chicken idea, too bad I don't own a Bundt pan. You are really coming along with your hexes! I need to make some decoration for the railing between the kitchen and the family room. I'm thinking I'll be waiting until the after Christmas sales to pick up stuff for that.

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  17. I'm starting to wonder if that 'looking glass' spray really exists, lol. The pine cones look great!

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  18. Those banana muffins look delicious! And I'm certain that my kids would enjoy them so I'm going to have to try and make them! Thanks for sharing!

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  19. Your pins look great! I am so bummed I missed signing up for this challenge, and can't wait for the next Pin It Do It!

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  20. I don't own a bundt pan, but that chicken recipe looks so good! P.S. I actually did a bunch of Pinterest stuff this month and I'm posting on it soon!

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  21. I actually own a bundt pan, and that chicken recipe is tempting me!

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