Beer Advent Calendar

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Although I have no shortage of ideas to attempt from my 2K+ pins on my boards, this project wasn’t actually inspired by Pinterest. With that said, it’s the kind of idea that seems like something I would find on Pinterest, plus I’m betting if I were to do a search, I would find versions of it on Pinterest, and if not, I think there should be 🙂

The inspiration was from a friend who posted to FB a picture of a beer advent calendar she was given. …A random collection of craft beers, each one different. J thought it was the coolest thing. Since his birthday was at the end of November, it was perfect timing for a birthday gift. I checked, but the version my friend had was sold out in less than 2 days. Instead of giving up, I created my own version.

I shopped for 24 unique individual beers. Trader Joe’s was a great source, since you can pick and choose any of their beers and buy any bottle as a solo. They even provide empty 6-pack holders so you can create your own customized pack of 6.

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I used an empty beer case to package the 24 unique bottles, wrapped it up with gift wrap, and wrote a unique number overtop  each bottle in random positions around the case, and voila – a Beer Advent Calendar.

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J thinks it’s pretty cool, and for fun he’s keeping track of how many of the beers he’s being introduced to for the first time.

 

Another Infinity Scarf!

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After I made my first infinity scarf a few weeks ago, my mom asked if I would knit one for her. So, I decided to try another scarf from my knitting board on Pinterest.

Here’s the Pinspiration for this scarf.

This scarf was easy to knit (especially since i’m getting used to the process of knitting in the round).

I used the same needles as last time. This pattern requires you to count rows, but is still very simple. I’ll be knitting this scarf again!

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Polka dot nail art

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I’ve been into nail art for a year or so and have been pinning some artsy ideas to my nail art board on Pinterest. But I haven’t gotten around to purchasing the proper tools (dotters, nail tape) to actually attempt most of the pins.

Fellow Pinning Cousins poster katmer26 inspired me to attempt one of the ideas without the fancy tools 🙂

Here’s the Pinspiration:

I decided to go with Fall colors and painted a burgundy color as the main colour:

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And a gold color as the accent on my ring finger nails:

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Then I used an old (fake) pearl earring as my dotter (I wasn’t ready to commit to polka dots on all my nails so stuck to my accent nails). First red:

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And then orange:

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The earring worked well as a dotter (but I think I’ll still buy actual dotters for more variety of size).

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Halloween Spiderweb Game

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I really like looking for craft and activity ideas for kids on Pinterest. There are so many great ideas out there, and I get to try them out with the kids at work. We’ve repurposed old crayons into new crayons, made giant ice marbles by freezing water in balloons during winter, placed glow sticks in balloons, made moon sand, etc.

I had pinned this game awhile ago, to use around Halloween. We tried it out this week.

This process involved a bit of trial & error.

For the spider web, I used green painter’s tape.

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For the spiders, we used newspaper strips and black crepe paper.

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Here’s our web:

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The spiders began to stick to the web…

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Next time, I would experiment with different kinds of painter’s tape, or perhaps use masking tape instead. I thought maybe the crepe paper would stick to the tape better, but it didn’t have the weight to make it to the web, after the kids threw it. The newspaper was heavier, therefore moved further towards the web.

As more spiders were thrown, the web began to fall apart so I just kept adding more tape to it (making it look less and less like a web) 🙂

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The kids had fun playing this game, and we’ll be trying this again!

M&M Cookies

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I love baking…cookies, cupcakes, etc. But I tend to stick to the same recipes… the ones I’ve made over and over. I have pinned some pretty delicious looking baking ideas to Pinterest during the past year and it’s time to start trying the recipes!

This week I decided to make M&M Cookies. Who doesn’t like cookies? 🙂 They’re easy to share with family & friends…and easy to freeze any extras.

The full recipe can be found by following the link through Pinterest. I doubled the recipe, to have more cookies for sharing 🙂

Cream the butter.

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Add sugars, eggs, vanilla.

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Mix dry ingredients together, including the special ingredient, vanilla pudding powder.

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Add butter mixture with dry ingredients.

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Add the chocolate chips.

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Add the M&Ms..yummy! The recipe calls for mini M&Ms, which I couldn’t find at the store I visited. I liked the idea of the cookies having smaller pieces, so i chopped some of the regular M&Ms, and left some regular size.

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YUM!

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The recipe suggested using a baking mat or parchment paper on the baking sheets, which I need to make a habit of. A better alternative to greasing the cookie sheets (and helps the cookies to bake evenly).

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Finished!

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These cookies were a big hit! I will be making this recipe again. Mine didn’t turn out as flat as the original recipe (maybe due to doubling the recipe?), but they tasted great!

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What’s your favourite kind of cookies?

Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos

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Well, I’m simultaneously part way into a couple other Pinterest inspired projects (aka story of my life), but since they’re not yet finished I can’t post them on here yet… so I’m struggling to keep up with our weekly posts. To stay on track, I figured I could make a recipe… that’s something I could start & finish in one evening. Not that it’s a competition, but I did observe that Sus finished an Infinity Scarf in one night, yet Taquitos are more my finish-in-one-night speed – potatoes/patotoes. My last knitting project is an unfinished baby blanket… for a sweet pea who’s now 12. No, not 12 months… 12 years @@ (that’s my symbol for wide eyes). But let me get back on track…

I have a Pinterest board dedicated to recipes titled Yum. When I went back to review, two things happened:
a) I realized I’ve done a whole lotta pinning, but not so much making and baking,
b) I was hungry and wanted to make it all – I’ve pinned a whole lot of deliciousness!
Then I remembered the very first recipe I did make from my Pinterest board, actually Susan and I made it together when she was visiting. Needless to say, we were less than inspired and it’s no longer pinned to my board. Lets hope this time would be different…

I planned to choose a baking project to do with N, and after browsing my board, I wanted to make Chocolate Chip Cookies. But when I was an ingredient shy and it was nearing dinner time, I chose an entree instead – Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos. They made the cut since I had many of the ingredients on hand that needed to be used before we went out of town for a couple days. I also had a large cooked chicken breast leftover from dinner the night prior, so this was a perfect way to reinvent these leftovers.

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N was the cutest little helper…

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But he wanted to eat more than help at times… he was pilfering so much cheese from the recipe that I ended up giving him his own plate of ‘you-can-eat-this-cheese’

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No need to reiterate the recipe here, as the site linked from my Taquitos pin has it perfectly explained, and they have prettier food photos.
The only 2 things we did differently were using classic red salsa instead of green (it’s what we had on hand), and we used medium tortilla shells, cut in half and rolled the long way for each taquito.

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The recipe made two trays. After I put the second tray in the oven, I realized it made a lot and I probably should have frozen some instead… but, it turns out they were all eaten very quickly.

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They were a big hit – we loved this recipe and will definitely make it again – delicious!

Sibling Photo

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I’m constantly pinning beautiful photos that I’m inspired by to my Photography Pinterest board… I would love to capture my own version of them all. So often when I attempt a photo with a specific composition in mind, I quickly realize it’s not as easy as it looks!

I was inspired by this Pin, and really happy with how my version came out…

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…But behind every favorite photo, there’s typically a whole lot more taken in my attempt to capture the vision. Here’s a series of behind the scenes images that I took on this occasion. Although these “outtakes” probably won’t be seen by many, I still love them… I love how they tell the behind the scenes story. …How they show it was NOT this easy-perfect-moment that I just happened to capture, but rather, real life with a 2 year old, and executed with a helper. The truth is N is so sweet with his baby brother, and gives him kisses regularly without being asked, but to photograph in the right setting/lighting/background… well, that took effort. Capturing my favorite photos isn’t always easy… but oh so worth it!

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