Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Pintember: Pumpkin Corn Bread

I know...

I've missed a bunch of days.

First, I had my aunt come visit me from Manhattan. She took us out to dinner for our 20th wedding anniversary at Black and Blue restaurant. You can see their menu here. We had a fabulous meal! (With enough for leftovers the next day's dinner.) Then, when the boys went to see How to Train Your Dragon, we went to an art show in Lewiston, NY.

I hit the mother-load! And I didn't have to pay for any of it! My aunt bought me a pair of unique beaded (lamp-work) earrings, an art deco style pair of hanging chain sparkly earrings, a silver/blue Swarovski crystal bracelet, a bottle of  Rosebud Rose wine and to top it all off...a bag of fresh kettle corn to share with her (she'd never had it before) and my friend Angela!

Then after she left...I wasn't feeling too well...

Anyway... I need to get back to Pintember...

This morning I went on my normal morning browse through the pins of who I follow. I found a recipe that I couldn't get off of my mind...Pumpkin Corn Bread. I had to make it!

It sounded so easy! And it was too!

It just came out of the smells sooo good!

And looks sooo good!

It is wonderful! But ,a little on the dry side. It will need to be served with butter. I had a feeling it was going to be when I put the batter in the pan. It was really thick. I think I'll have to make a slight change next time I make it.

And I will definitely be making it again! I think It might be the new standard bread for Thanksgiving dinner!

I think I need to try to make this gluten free next time! It should be easy. (Then I can have more than just one tiny piece!)

This is the pin I got the recipe from...

I did make one change. Instead of using light brown sugar and molasses. I just used dark brown sugar. I probably need to add a little bit more for the liquid content.

And now I still have half a can to use up...

I did see online today that it was National Pancake Day...

How about some gluten free pumpkin pancakes...?

Friday, September 21, 2012

Pintember: Banana Pancaked Revisited

I made these...

about a week and a half ago, here.

I liked them but they were more of a crepe consistency than a pancake. I wanted a pancake. When I think of crepes...I want them to be filled. And I just can't be bothered to do that for myself.

So I just revisited the recipe for lunch. To 2 eggs, I added in 2 tablespoons of gluten free Bisquick. But this time I only had a half of a banana, mashed. (It was left over from Picky One's lunch that I had made this morning...peanut butter, banana and honey sandwich.)

The pancake wasn't very sweet, and it was a little dry. I bet that the perfect mix would include 1-1/2 tablespoons of flour/Bisquick and a whole banana.

I'll get it of these days!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Pintember: Leather Cleaner

My mother in law has great taste in furniture. She also gets tired of it in a shorter period of time than the average person.

A great portion of our furniture is from my in laws house, 'cuz they have either moved or just redecorated.

A bunch of months ago they gave a light mossy green leather couch. Nice but with darkened areas from use. Now with my kids (and their friends) eating on now has some food stains. Apparently the reason why it is so bad is because it is a raw leather. It is colored but not coated.  I think that is the right term for it. If not? know what I mean! 

So I got tired of looking at the food spots and used this pin to help me clean it...

I had taken the recipe for the ultimate spot cleaner from there so I figured it would work...

Umm...maybe not...

I know that you are supposed to spot test cleaners first in an inconspicuous place but I didn't...

I'm not going to bother taking a picture of the "fail".


Now what? 

Hey, we knew this couch was not going to last that long...

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Pintember: Impossible Pie Breakfast Muffins

My 10th grader eats breakfast at 6:30am because his bus comes at 6:55.

He's not allowed to use the toaster 'cuz it is waaay too loud and will wake up the other 3 people in the house up to an hour earlier than necessary. So he eats lots of cold cereal and oatmeal (from the packets) and a yogurt. We can turn off the beep on the microwave, not on the toaster. And he alternates having cereal every morning with having breakfast Hot Pockets, on the other mornings. Hot Pockets get expensive after a while!

So I have decided to try making him (as well as everyone else) egg based breakfasts every once in a while. At least I know what goes in them and they are much cheaper!

I got the idea of doing the muffins from Pinterest. No surprise there!

I told my hubby about this recipe and he said that he didn't like eating reheated eggs so I decided to make Bisquick Impossible Pie muffins. We are always reheating Impossible Pie leftovers! We usually make the savory kind that are similar to a quiche.

So tonight, I decided to make an Impossible Pie for dinner and make the breakfast muffins at the same time.(Check out the many different types of pies you can make with Bisquick here.)

One and a half hours later...I had both tonight's dinner and tomorrow's breakfast done.

If there are any muffins left after everyone has eaten breakfast, I will throw the rest in the freezer for another day.

I wish I could give you a recipe but I've been making these pies for so long that I just throw them together with no measuring except for the batter. That happened to fit perfectly in the pan.

3 eggs, beaten
1 cup milk, I usually use skim
1/2 cup Bisquick mix

Just whisk it all together and pour it over the extras (like sausage, veggies and cheese, etc.) you put in the muffin tins.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Pintember: Modesty Panel

I have a few shirts that show just a little bit to much cleave for my teenage sons. I usually just wear a ribbed tank top underneath them.

And I usually pic those tanks that should not be worn out in public on their own. You know which ones I mean...The ones with that are shrunken, stretched out or way too tight or just pit or ordinary stains somewhere else on the shirt that can't be seen when worn under something else.

Come on ladies...'fess up! We all do it! With t-shirts as well as tanks. (I bet some men even do it!)

Well, I got this idea while on Pinterest...that is what the site is for isn't it?

But..I am way to lazy! That would mean I would have to either sew on snaps or sew it to the shirt itself. I needed to find an easier way!

So I just chopped up the nasty old ribbed tank I usually wear underneath things anyway instead! I figured that if I ruined wouldn't matter anyway. So, I gave it a try!

I cut off the outer binding on the arm holes. Then I put the tank back on and marked it where it came just past my rib cage. Took it back off...And chopped of the bottom too.

It was much more comfortable than wearing the tank as it was before! It almost didn't feel like I was wearing anything under the other shirt. And the one thing that I thought might happen at some point during the day, did not. I was afraid that it would slide up and bunch. Nope! YAY! A great solution!

I think I'll be doing this with all of my nasty tanks! 

Hey...and I figure I have the bottom piece to play with...

I've got another idea...for another day!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Pintember: Avocado as Mayo

I have been trying to eat as healthy as I can deal with lately. I'm trying to keep both my sugars and my fats down. When playing on Pinterest a while back I saw these 2 pins...


Yes, they do look kind of gross! I know!

But if you like avocados...this is definitely the way to go! These 2 pins inspired me to make a tuna salad with mashed avocado instead of mayo. Yes, the avocado still has fat, but it's the good kind.

It was sooo good! So healthy...and so easy!

Tuna Avocado Salad

1-5 oz can of tuna, drained (I use solid white packed in water)
4" piece of cucumber, diced
1/3 of a red pepper, diced
1 Tbs onion, finely chopped (I used regular cooking onions)
1/2 avocado, mashed
Dash of lemon or lime juice (to prevent the avocado from browning)

Mix together all ingredients. Enjoy on crackers (I used Glutino gluten free, original flavor) or as a sandwich.

After making this substitute...I think I might have to see what else I can use an avocado for...YUM!

Now...If I could just convince my family to try it!

Not !

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Pintember: Ultimate Stain Remover

Smarty Pants dragged me shopping today. Yes, a teenage boy dragged me to the store!

He swore that he needed new jeans. He had grown out of his old ones. Darn those growth spurts!

Anyway...While I was at Kohl's (I had a 20% off coupon), I remembered that Picky One needed a new white dress shirt for 2 reasons. 1) He was going to need one for upcoming concerts soon. And 2) We have a bat mitzvah to go to in 2 weeks, so we might as well just by it now. These are the only reasons why my kid would be wearing a dress shirt of any kind so i should just kill 2 birds with one stone. 

I had totally forgotten that he could probably wear Smarty Pant's old shirt that he just grew out of. So I called home to have Picky One try it on. It just fit. But why bother buying a new one if we already owned one that fits, right? Who says a 13 year old needs to totally button up his neck underneath his tie?

Well then, I was informed that it had armpit stains! I hate those! While playing on Pinterest one day a while back, I had seen a supposed solution. So I figured I'd try it...

The recipe listed called for  1 tsp. Dawn dish washing detergent, 3-4 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide, and a couple tablespoons of baking soda. Now, since I only had one shirt to clean I just used 1/4 tsp Dawn, 1/2 tsp baking soda...and thanks to an over spillage of the peroxide...I have no idea how much of that I used...

It is currently sitting in the kitchen awaiting the white load to go into the washer. 

I will update this post when the shirt comes out of the washer to let you know how it worked...

***UPDATE 9/17/12***I just threw the white load into the dryer and remembered that I needed to check the dress shirt. The pit stains are totally gone! I had also gotten 2 tiny spots of red Kool-aid on my good white t-shirt. So I had decided to try it since I had a little solution left...They are gone too!

WOW! I will definitely be using this recipe again!

Please let me know if you have some success with it too.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Pintember: Gluten-free Blueberry Lemon Squares

This was a very messy dessert! But, boy was it sweet and flavorful!

The pin I got this from, actually had 15 recipes using boxed cake. And it warned that this was a particularly messy dessert.

This is the exact recipe that I started with. I guess I forgot that I changed the recipe quite a bit! I guess this recipe really inspired me to change the dessert around for several reasons. 1) I was going to  party and I wanted to have a non chocolate, gluten free dessert available. 2) I only had plain blueberries on hand. and 3) I love lemon with blueberries!

This is the final recipe that I actually made. However I still need to tweak it so that it won't be quite so messy...

Gluten-free Blueberry Lemon Squares
Makes 16 bars
1 box gluten-free vanilla, white, or yellow cake mix (I used Wegman's vanilla)
1 cup quick cooking oats
1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cups blueberries (I used frozen blueberries use what you have, fresh or frozen, or an assortment of berries)
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup slivered almonds
3/4 can (14-ounces) sweetened condensed milk
Preheat oven to 350F and prepare a 9-by-9 inch pan by lining it with aluminum foil and then spraying it with cooking spray. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, oats, butter, egg, vanilla and mix either with a mixer, with a spoon, or with your hands, kneading it together. The batter will be thick, tacky, and may be difficult to combine, but keep stirring or use your fingers and knead it together, adding a splash of water or milk if absolutely necessary in order to combine. Press the dough it into the prepared pan. It will be tacky, sticky, and a bit tricky to work with, but keep pressing, spreading, and finessing it.
Sprinkle the berries, then sprinkle the white chocolate chips, evenly over the top of the dough. Pour the sweetened condensed milk evenly over the top, using a spatula to gently spread and even it if necessary. Bake for 25 to 29 minutes, or until edges of bars begin to barely brown and pull away slightly from the sides of the pan, taking care not to overbake. Note that the middle will not seem very well set and although it will be bubbling, the middle will be jiggly and juicy upon removing from oven and that is okay, you want to keep these gooey. They will continue to set up more after they have cooled but don’t be alarmed if you cannot get perfect squares as these are made to be soft and gooey. Allow bars to cool well before slicing and serving. Optionally,  top with whipped topping or ice cream before serving. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week or freeze for up to three months.
*If you do not like white chocolate, you can omit entirely or use milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips. Use slivered almonds in place of the coconut flakes if you don’t like coconut.

If I could get the toppings to be more solid...this recipe would probably not be so gooey. They were very tasty but I would much prefer to be able to eat them with my hands like a brownie...versus having to use a fork...or even a spoon, depending on how bad it is. Maybe if I put the oats in the topping part?
I would love it if someone gave me suggestions to fix this gooey mess!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Pintember: Veggie/Quinoa Burgers

I have really been wanting to try to make veggie burgers for so long! Seeing them all over Pinterest only piqued my interest even more (no pun intended). But none of the ingredient lists quite intrigued me enough to make the recipes on the pins. But 2 different ones inspired me to create my own...


After I made them I asked both Picky One and his friend if they wanted them for lunch. They both said, "Sure." Picky One ate one, but, amazingly...the whole thing not just a taste and then ask, "What else can I have?" His friend Carm actually had 2. Hey if 2 young teen boys liked them they had to be good right? I also gave them to my neighborhood gluten free buddy. She liked them too...But not quite as much as those cheesy quinoa pancakes I made a few days before. My other 2 didn't even try them. I had my lunch and froze the rest with wax paper in between. (I just had a frozen one yesterday and all I had to do was break one off and nuke it. It was just as good as the day I first made them)

Now it's funny...most of the veggie burger recipes out there have very little protein in them. I thought that was the point of a burger?! And well, since I had cooked waaay too much quinoa the other day, I had plenty to use up. Good! I wanted to get some protein into my burgers.

Also I had noticed that the ones that called for sweet potatoes had you peeling them first and then shredding...isn't it much healthier to leave the peel on? Hmm...Who wrote these recipes?

Anyway...Here is what I came up with... (and yes, the picture is blurry again...I'm working on it!)

Mixed Veggie/Quinoa Burgers

1-15 oz can of Garbanzo beans, mashed
1-2 T olive oil 
1-2 T lemon juice
I cup spinach (I used chopped frozen and defrosted, it's what I had on hand)
1 small sweet potato, grated with skin on (1 1/2-2 cups)
1/2 red bell pepper, shredded (probably any color but green would work)
1/4 cup sweet onion, shredded or finely chopped (I used Vidalia)
2 eggs, beaten
2 T gluten free Bisquick (I would think that any type of flour would work)
1 T minced garlic
2 cup cooked quinoa
1/4 t powdered ginger
1 t cumin powder
salt and pepper to taste

Mash beans with olive oil and lemon juice in large mixing bowl to make a paste. Add the rest of the ingredients to bowl. Mix until ingredients are well combined. Refrigerate for 10 minutes. Make 1/3 cup patties. Cook covered over medium heat in olive oil for about 4 minutes on each side, adjusting for the heat of your stove/pan. Be gentle when flipping them. Serve as is or on a bun. Enjoy without the guilt of a real burger but still with a lot of flavor!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Pintember: Cheesy Quinoa Cakes

This was a great little protein packed side dish!

Sorry...I do not have any pictures of mine. I never checked my pictures. And when I just looked for them, they were all really blurry! I guess I will be working on taking pictures, as my buddy suggested with a month of picture the future.

Most side dishes have little to no protein. this one on the other hand has the idea of  potato latkes but are made with healthy quinoa therefore...have a bunch of protein!

My hubby and the Picky One do not eat quinoa. They can't stand the texture! But they both liked these! This recipe does not make many pancakes so they each only tasted them and left them for me to eat. I can't remember what the other kid thought of them but how could he not like them?  (I made them a while ago) He actually loves quinoa. So he must have loved these. Also, since I made them gluten free I gave some to my friend/neighbor who has Celiac's Disease. (We usually share gluten free things that are new/different...or just sweet.) She said they were really good. A few days later she said she still had them on her mind...They must have been really, really good! I wonder if she ever made them herself?...Carrie? Did you?

I did end up tweaking the recipe a little from the start (I didn't have or didn't want to spend the money) and I also made a change after the first small batch ('cuz things weren't quite right)...

Cheesy Quinoa Cakes
(Makes 10 to 12 small pancakes)
2 cups cooked quinoa
2/3 cup grated swiss cheese
3 tablespoons Gluten Free Bisquick (you could probably use any gf or regular flour)
2 sweet onions,finely chopped (I used Vidalia)
2 eggs, beaten (lots of recipes call for lightly beaten, I always beat well)
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
salt to taste
olive oil cooking spray 
1. Place all ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir together until well combined. Season with salt and allow the mixture to sit for 5 minutes.
2. Spray large saute/fry pan with cooking oil spray. 
3. Form 1/3 cup patties with the quinoa mixture and place in the heated sauté pan. (This will have to be done in batches.)
4. Cook quinoa cakes for about 5 minutes on each side. Repeat with the remaining patties until all of the cakes have been cooked. 
5. I served mine with applesauce, since that is a standard potato latkes thing.

Also...When I cooked the quinoa in preparation for this recipe...I messed up! I made waaay too much. So, tomorrow I will post the other recipe I made/created with some of the extra.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Pintember: Banana Crepes

I had such I sweet tooth in the morning, so I decided to try these for breakfast...

They were very good! But I have decided that when I would try it again I would probably add a tablespoon or 2 of gluten free flour. It was just missing a little substance.

My "Picky One" loved it, believe it or not! A, the one that eats most things said, "Eh..."

This is definitely an idea that I will keep, but the recipe does need to be adjusted. It is just a little too plain, for me anyway...Picky One would eat it.

All in all...a worthy pin.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Pinterest: Fabric covered storage box

This is the end result of my project...(including my earring hanger from the other day)

 Here is the pin that inspired the box:

These are the before pictures...

And here is the box's after picture...

Nice huh? I love the fabric! Now I have someplace to put my papers and junk that I want to keep, but I'm not quite sure where it should go. It also inspired/encouraged me to put away some of the things that actually do have another home.

The tutorial suggests you use a glue stick. I used fabric glue. I love that stuff! I use it on everything! The tute also shows you only covering the sides with the fabric and then bottom with felt. I covered the entire box with my special fabric. I wanted the whole thing to be pretty. 

As you know...the shoe box was free. This particular fabric happened to be on the clearance table at Hobby Lobby for $4 a yard (and I only needed half of it). I think I might be covering a round oatmeal container to put my receipts in so that I can keep them separate from the magazine articles I want to save. It also matches both my summer bed covering and my winter quilt. Pretty amazing! And thanks to my friend Angela that found it and suggested it in the first place!

Once again...Another great pin!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Pintember: New York Style Cheese Cake

My 12 Year old is turning another year older!

Even though I knew that we wouldn't be home for his birthday, I asked him what kind of cake he wanted. He had no idea. So I suggested an ice cream cake. I told him I would make him one. He thought that was a good idea.

Then a few weeks later...I thought...maybe...New York Style cheese cake...

Then D raved! "That is my favorite dessert!"

So I searched Pinterest...

I used the cheese part of the recipe from here:

And the crust part from here (I like lots of crust!):

And I put it in the largest Springform pan I own...a 10 inch.

Here is the what was left of mine after the birthday celebration...A few of us had 2 pieces. It was so good!

So much for me staying low sugar and gluten free!

And the boys each had another piece of it for dessert last night (and I saved 3 individually wrapped pieces in the freezer for another day)...YUM!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Pintember: Jewelry Hanger

I changed up this one a little bit. Here Is the pin that inspired me to clean up part of my mess...

Here is the problem...

In that mess there are:

3 rings
1 bracelet
1 anklet
1 watch
13 pairs of post earrings
5 pairs of hook earrings!!!

What a mess! All within a 4" circle! 

Every time I want something from the tiny dish I need to dump it on my bed!

And the worst part is that there are more that I would like to have easily accessible too...

So here it goes...

I will be taking  3 different sizes of embroidery hoops and filling it with a light   colored crinoline, since I'm not a lace type of girl. It's a color that matches the fabric from a future project to be done this month.

Sorry, the pictures are a little blurry. But I think you have the idea. Just so you know...I put all of my real earrings on the small ring that can be popped into my night stand in case workers or someone else are coming in the house. I also hung each ring up with just an ordinary straight pin. I have been told that they can hold up to 5 pounds each. I'm pretty sure my earrings will be safe on them!

And did you notice? There is space for plenty more!

And it only came to $4.76 plus tax! Without coupons! Thanks Hobby Lobby!

Definitely a great pin!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Pintember: Infinity scarves

Thanks to having the rest of the t-shirt leftover from yesterday's project...I could make today's...


I have been wanting an infinity scarf for a while now. But I'm waaay too cheap to fork up $40 bucks for one!

But I don't dye things. It's just too messy! Maybe I'll get up the guts to do it one day...

But in the mean time...I made these...They'll do just fine!

You can wear them each individually. Like these...

Or all together. Like this...

This is the most simple way to make a scarf. Make sure you have a t-shirt with no side seams. And S-T-R-E-T-C-H!


Thursday, September 6, 2012

Pintember: Recycled t-shirt necklaces

Here is the original Pinterest post that inspired today's craft:

Source: via Samantha on Pinterest

Here are a few things I made...Sorry...they are not all fabulous pictures...

This was super simple.

Cut. S-T-R-E-T-C-H. And...wind together.

Most of the instructions out there say to use a hot glue gun. I, personally, used fabric glue so that my necklaces will be washable.

Oh...and I forgot to say...These were made from only the sleeves of the t-shirts!

So it left me with the whole rest of the shirt to do something else with...

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Pintember: Crock-pot Breakfast

Since today was the first day of school, I decided to make breakfast for the boys. Most mornings they fend for themselves. (Especially the one with the 6:58 am pick up, he's always on his own!) But since I'm not a morning person I decided to crock pot it. My husband wasn't quite sure why I bothered...but then, he's not a Jewish mom! The guilt comes along with the job!

I had pinned several crock-pot breakfasts but I wasn't thrilled with any of them. So...I kind of combined a few. I took the ideas mostly from these...I think...

This recipe from:

and this one:

I have also had a lot of experience just throwing together egg stratas. But today I wanted it to be gluten free, so I decided to leave out the bread. I wasn't wasting expensive gluten free bread on 3 people who would not appreciate it! 
My biggest problem was that I had never made an egg dish in a crock pot or over night. When I was trolling trough the recipes (and their comments) I found that most over night egg dishes tend to dry out and over cook or burn. So since I am all about convenience, I put some frozen additions to the pot hoping that it would slow down the cooking even more than just putting it on low. My pot does not have a "warm" setting. I also made sure to reduce the milk added to the eggs since I knew that my food would defrost and add extra moisture to the dish. 
I was still so paranoid that I was going to ruin breakfast that every time I woke up last night, I went to check on it. I had turned it on at around 10 pm and ended up turning off...I think...around 3 am. I then came down at 6 am to turn it back on so it would be warm for everyone to eat. 
When my husband was serving himself breakfast he said I was kind of defeating the purpose for having put it in the crock-pot in the first place. He gave me a great idea...Get a timer for it! I'll have it turn on in the middle of the night by itself! Genius!
This is what I finally came up with...

Crock-pot Baked Eggs (serves 4, generously)

8 large eggs
1/2 cup milk (I used skim, If using fresh vegetables and meat add a little more milk)
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried minced toasted onion flakes
1/2 tsp dried chives
dash granulated garlic
sea salt and pepper to taste
1 c chopped ham, frozen (I used leftover ham steak)
1/2 c chopped sweet red peppers, frozen
1 c chopped spinach, frozen
1 sm finely chopped onion, fresh
1-1/2 c shredded pizza cheese (mine had mozzarella and provolone)

1) Place eggs, milk and seasonings in medium mixing bowl. Whisk well. (I hate when I have scrambled eggs that have a bit of white in them!)
2) Spray crock-pot dish really well with cooking spray.
3) Layer veggies, cheese and meat in pot. I alternated with the eggs. (I wanted to make sure I had enough egg mixture to cover the extras.)
4) Place in crock in crock-pot on low for 5 hours.
5) Maybe, make yourself a piece of toast...and enjoy! 

Oh...and all of my seasonings (but the salt) came from Penzey's Spices! I love this place! And just so you know...the catalog is very worth having in hand! It has recipes and it tells you what each of the seasoning are used for.

Sunday, September 2, 2012


My friend, Carrie at Wash My Cloth, has decided to do something called Pintember. And I have decided to join her!

Basically, it's taking all of those pins that we have piled up on Pinterest and actually do them and tell you about them and how they worked out for us. One for each day of September. However, I'll be getting a late start on it. I'll be waiting until Tuesday, the first day of school for my boys, to get started.

I hope that you'll join me in doing (using) the pins you have collected. And hopefully, if you have a blog of your own you will join me in posting your experiences too. Please leave me a link to your blog if you do. Or at least leave me a comment about it if you don't. I'd love to hear about it!