Monday, February 13, 2012

Happy Valentines!

I saw this idea for these photo valentines floating all over the internet and I thought it would be a fun and easy idea for the kids. I rounded them up this morning before school for a very brief photo shoot, and they both thought I was nuts asking them to pose with their empty fists out in the air in front of them.

While they were at school today I uploaded the pics to Picnik and added some shading around the edges and the overlaid lettering. Then I picked up the prints from the 1-hour photo, cut the slits and inserted some "trial" lollipops to show the kids when they got home. They took one look at their valentines and burst out laughing. They loved them! I think their friends will too.

Monkey wanted to make a box for his valentines, so I offered an empty tissue box and told him about another idea I'd seen online for a Valentines Monster. He loved it and went to work. This adorable (sorry, Monkey, I mean SCARY) monster thinks love tastes good.

Wishing you all a very happy and fun Valentines Day! :-)

Did you get crafty with Valentines this year? Leave me a comment and let me know what you've been up to!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Because Pinterest Is More Than Just A Time Suck

Ha ha ha!! I love this cartoon. Come on, you know that's you.

Yes, I am one of the few pinners who actually USES the things I find on Pinterest! I'm here today to share some of my success stories with you!

clean stove top

I used this method to clean my glass cooktop- worked like a charm!


I now have over-the-door shoe holders on both my laundry room and linen closet doors. These are PERFECT for those of us who stockpile couponing deals. I love having so much extra shelf space freed up!

The following are all recipes from Pinterest that I have made:

I want these soooo bad right now.

Yes, these brownies are as ridiculously decadently delicious as they look.

Cream Cheese Pound Cake - literally the BEST pound cake recipe. I've made it quite a few times, with additions like blood oranges and dark chocolate, caramelized apple and toffee chips, etc...

As is this creamy cream cheese pound cake. (No joke, my brother found the crumbs of this dry and crunchy still on the cake plate over a week old and he said it was still delicious- gross, I know, but that's saying something.)

Cheese and Bacon Potato Rounds - a sensational appetizer! Superbowl finger food!

Made these delicious little potato morsels for our Superbowl party yesterday. I added some chopped chives to them as well. Mmm.

Baked Cauliflower Poppers - they taste like french fries!

And these roasted cauliflower poppers made their debut at our Superbowl party last night as well. My adorable little nephew, who is two, has to eat vegan due to allergies and the kid couldn't get enough of these. They really do taste like french fries! Definitely making these again.

The "perfect" queso blanca dip

Last but not least, this queso blanco dip really is just like the kind you get in the restaurants!
Much to the joy of my husband and the other friends and family at our Superbowl party. :-)

So I've been quiet over here, but I've been busy! Now that our crazy month of giveaways is over at Mormon Mommy Writers I will hopefully be able to post more and reconnect with all of my beautiful thrifty friends!

How about you? Have you "pinned and then performed"? What have you been up to?
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