Pinterest Makes Me Feel Dumb

I should not need Pinterest to teach me how to do certain things.  I am a college educated gal.  Granted, I never quite made it onto the Dean’s List, but I did snag a degree on my way out the door.

Beyond my impressive education, I also consider myself to be a little on the creative side.  Sometimes I may need a slight nudge, but I have been known to come up with some fairly ingenious things on my own.  I may not be able to name those things right now, but they’re out there…oh yes, they exist.

Then Pinterest had to go and shove this in my face.

Grease from frying meat in a little tin foil lined bowl.

I tried to trace back who originally posted this tip, but it’s so awesome, they apparently prefer to be anonymous because I can’t find the original – only people exclaiming how great of a tip it is.

If I could tell you how many times I have looked at a pan of grease and debated what to do with it…well, I would be embarrassed to admit it.  I have done the following with grease:

  • Coffee Cup or Small Bowl.  Unfortunately, this has been known to sit on my counter for weeks.  Did you know that some hardened grease reverts back to liquid if it sits long enough?  True story.  True, disgusting story.
  • Tin Cans.  I did this for a long time, but I didn’t want to save a tin can solely for this purpose.  Or, I would just forget, which is more likely. Or I thought I would have one in the recycle bin that I could dig out when the time arose.  Inevitably, I would make hamburgers or some ground, fatty meat the day the recycling got picked up.  Plus, it felt wrong taking the tin can out of the recycling only to throw it in the trash, filled with grease.
  • Once I tried to pour hot grease in the little plastic applesauce containers.  It melted the plastic and I had grease all over the counter.  I swear it had worked a previous time, but I must have let the grease cool quite a bit first.
  • I have put it down the drain and run the hot water for a few minutes.  I have only done this in rental properties.  Sorry landlords.
  • When we lived in Iowa, in the winter, I would throw the drippings over our deck into the snow.  I felt I was doing the carnivorous animals in the area a good deed by making a nice little fat-popsicle for them if they wandered into our yard.
  • And lastly, sometimes I wouldn’t even bother draining it.  I may have reduced the amount of water to be added with the taco seasoning to account for the grease still in the pan.  Luckily, we use ground turkey the majority of the time so I don’t think I will have significantly clogged my family’s arteries with that one.

Six different strategies, none of which are good.  The thing is, I use tinfoil a lot.  I always have it on hand and I frequently line my baking sheets with it for the sole purpose of make clean up easier whenever I bake something.  I can’t understand how I failed to make the connection to line a little bowl with it!

These types of tips actually are my favorite things to happen upon on Pinterest, regardless of how blatantly obvious some of them are or how stupid it makes me feel for not being able to come up with the idea on my own.  Feel free to share your favorite, slap myself on the head tips.


Worky Work Busy Bee!!

It has been a crazy long time since I have blogged about anything and that is for two reasons.  1) I haven’t had much to say.  2) I have been (p)inspired! 
I have been all over Pinterest for the last couple of months.  If you don’t know what Pinterest is, click here and I’ll see you in a few hours.  Feel free to follow me if you want – I really, truly, only pin things for myself.  I know others will tag their friends on their boards or pins, but not me…I’m a selfish pinner.
Here are the projects I have done in the last month or so – all of which were found on Pinterest.  I will be the first to admit that they didn’t all turn out as I had hoped.  Some were huge failures and turned out rather pathetic and sad.  I am sharing them all!  Without further delay, let’s start off with some candy!
I made Butterfingers and Almond Joys.  Both of which are big favorites of mine.  I don’t have a picture of the Butterfingers.  I wasn’t that impressed with them.  Overall, I’ll give them a “B”, but only because everyone else said they thought they were better than the real candy.  They were too peanut buttery.  I’m going to make them again, but this time, I’m adding powdered sugar to the peanut butter.  Click here for the recipe from Brandy’s Crafts.
Next up, Almond Joys!
Before chocolate.

After chocolate.
 I’ll start by saying this.  I am not a candy maker.  I don’t have the correct tools and although I did take the suggestion of the blogger who posted this recipe and used a meat fork to dip the candy, it still was a pain in the ass.  However, they are covered in chocolate and that was the main objective, so check that off as a win for me.  Personally, I like these a lot better than then Butterfingers, but the general consensus was that they could use more almonds.  I have to agree.  I should have put at least 2 almonds on each one instead of just one, or made the coconut mounds smaller.  Other than that, I think these deserve an “A-“.  Click here for the recipe from Cooking With K.  The only change I made in this recipe was the chocolate.  I used left over semi-sweet chips (about 2 bags worth) and one bag of milk chocolate chips.  It’s just what I had on hand and I think it worked pretty well.  
My next food Pinspiration was this:
Regrowing green onions.
You can ignore the Kleenex sucker ghost and the Elvis ornament.  So basically, you just put the onions back in water after you cut off what you need and they are supposed to start growing again.  They do – almost immediately.  It’s weird, but now I’m looking at this damn glass with onions in it all the time.  Ryan asked me how much money I think I’m saving by doing this.  Yeah…so they cost about $.99 a bunch and I use them about once a month.  And I have noticed that the growing seems to have slowed considerably and the ends are actually looking a bit dry – nothing that I would really want to eat.  However, if you feel like this is something you must try, click here for Baked By Rachel’s directions.

Next up are two projects I mentioned previously:

Paint chip art.

 You can read about my inspiration from The Idea Room here.  Or my original post here.

Yarn Letter

These are all over the place.  I started off with the idea from The Land Of Nod, but also had inspiration from other blogs that I mention in my original post.

My next project gets a big fat “D”.  I would have given it an “F”, but it is actually performing it’s intended duty at this time so I can’t call it a complete failure. 

Magazine bowl with lid.

Separated – the bottom doesn’t look that bad – it’s that lid that is crazy.

I saw this on Saved By Love Creations and thought it was so cute.  Mine did not turn out that way.  I did follow the instructions, but I just didn’t quite get the grasp of how to make it wider without making it equally as tall until about 1/2 way through the lid.  Not to mention, this takes a lot of time and is a little hard on the hands.  Besides being sore, it made my hands really dry.  The bowl is currently housing two Christmas ornaments that my darling children have broken and I need to fix.

I made these on a whim.

Flare pants turned skinny.

 I got these pants at Old Navy a couple of years ago and haven’t worn them for awhile because they really flared at the bottom.  It bothered me and I almost got rid of them until I saw this post from Lucky Design – Devon Lauren.  It’s was so easy.  I used Kamryn’s sidewalk chalk to mark my lines and knocked this little project out in under 30 min.  I will give the finished project a “B” because one leg is uneven and because I actually didn’t make them as skinny as I should have.  I was afraid I would make them too tight and ended up making them too loose, but still acceptable.  I have worn them in public.

One of my better projects was revamping the kid’s table.  It was pretty marked up with crayon, marker, paint, etc and while it definitely didn’t make it unusable, I thought it could use a makeover.

My make-shift painting station.

I seriously had my doubts.

Again, you can find people all over the web who have used chalkboard paint on furniture.  I didn’t find one specifically on a kid’s table like this, but I guarantee, this isn’t unique.  I saw this post on Babble and it got me to quit procrastinating.  I have had the paint for about 4 years.  I was actually going to use it in our playroom in our old house, but never got around to it.

I like making things for Kamryn because she is at the age where everything I make for her she thinks it’s amazing.  She’s always telling me that I’m a good crafter, baker and cooker.  So far be it from me to discourage her encouragement!  I made this little tooth fairy pillow for when Kamryn looses her 1st tooth (and subsequent teeth).  I kind of like it, but it also kind of creeps me out.

Ballerina, tooth fairy.

Is it just me or does the tooth fairly look a little drunk?  Not only does my little fairy look like she is imbibing on some of Grandpa’s cough medicine, but it’s kind of strange where the tooth goes once it has been “lost”.  You put the tooth in the fairy’s mouth.  There is a pocket sewn in there.  My mom made me a tooth shaped pillow when I was little and it had a pocket on the back where you put the tooth.  I kind of wish I would have put a little pocket on the skirt or on the back instead of in the mouth.  Irregardless, if you would like to make a baby tooth eating fairly, you can find the instructions and pattern by Mmm Crafts here.  You will also notice that her version is much cuter than Drunky Fairy above.

And finally, my current project is this blanket.

This is also for Kamryn.  It’s crochet and a star stitch that I found here.  It’s courtesy of Free Vintage Crochet.  They have a ton of different tutorials that I will be trying out in the future. 

So there you have it.  This is what has been occupying my time the last month.  I’m also working on a couple of other projects for holiday gifts.  It’s the first time I have had a deadline in the last 3 years so we’ll see how that works out for me.  I will say this, if it turns out like I hope, you can bet your sweet britches that I’ll have another post up to show off my work!