The Blessed Life

The Blessed Life

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Pinterest Projects

I have been a little addicted to pinterest lately.  At first, I must admit, I thought pinterest was a giant waste of time.  And I really thought that people who spent time on the pinterest website were people who liked to waste lots of time on the internet.  Now, I am one of those people.  No, I don't spend a ton of time browsing and pinning, but I have added the app to my itouch and I have found myself spending more time than I probably should looking at diy projects and kids bedroom ideas.

Here are a few recent pinterest ideas and recipes I have tackled.  And in case you are curious, I am linking the original site, not pinterest.

First, the felt Christmas tree.

this is the one I made, btw, not the cute one on her website

A great idea for kids as they can decorate and un-decorate the tree as many times as they like.  My girls loved it and did play with it a lot, however, they also found a lot of enjoyment at prying out the thumbtacks on the wall and leaving them on the floor, which was not so much fun for mom.  In case you are wondering how the ornaments stick to the tree...felt sticks to felt.

Next, a recipe.

Chicken and Rice bake with corn and black beans

This was a pretty big hit at our house.  Not because it is some gourmet meal, but rather because everyone, including Isabelle, ate it.  Isabelle even said she liked it which is nothing short of amazing.

Also, a craft

I thought it would be fun for the girls to make Jason a Christmas present, so when I saw these ornaments I thought they would be perfect.  Well.....Molly's not so much.  She would not just press her hand down and leave it.  Every single time she grabbed the dough and made a giant hole in the middle.  Belle was much better about pressing her hand down and leaving it.  As a side note, I am pretty sure I used too much water resulting in an ornament that would never set up despite being in the oven twice as long as it called for at twice the heat.  Eventually it did set up, but it got a little burnt on the edges due to my impatience.  I think Jason still appreciated the effort and Belle had fun giving him something she made herself.

Lastly, for today, a dessert.

Cake batter bark

Major fail.  I don't really know if it was the recipe's fault or my fault.  First, I did follow the recipe exactly.  I melted my dark chocolate and stuck it in the freezer for 20 minutes.  I melted my white chocolate and added the cake batter.  I tasted it and nothing.  No hint of cake I added more and tasted again.  Still nothing.  Added more, and nothing.  After more than doubling what the recipe called for, I gave up and just spread it out on the dark.  Then I tried to add my sprinkles.  However, my white chocolate set up so fast (I am assuming because my dark chocolate was still cold) that my sprinkles would not stick.  I decided I didn't really need sprinkles so I didn't get too upset right then.  However, after it was all set up and I tried to break it apart, the white and dark chocolate did not stick together.  Plus it had no flavor of cake batter. one ate it and it went in the trash.  Sad day.  If you attempt this recipe, or have successfully made it, I would love to hear where I went wrong.

So there they are, four of my recent pinterest projects.  I would love to hear if you have made any recipes or done any diy projects you saw there.  There are several more recipes I will be trying out as well as painting the girls room based on a room I saw.  I will keep you updated!


  1. I have a question about the chicken & rice dish. Does the chicken need to be cooked before baking? Better to leave as complete breasts, or cut up into strips?


  2. yes, you will want to cook it beforehand. i only boiled mine, but for a little extra flavoring you could season and grill. good luck! hope you like it.

  3. White chocolate does set really fast even on its own. When I make cake balls I have to get the sprinkles on right away or do without cause they won't stick. I like your tree, It's cute!!