Guilt-Free Cookie Dough

I’ve had the oven on for most of the day today, roasting pumpkin seeds from our pumpkins we had out for Trick-or-Treaters on Wednesday and making some yummy cupcakes just because.  But this Cookie Dough recipe I found did NOT need to go in the oven!!

Guilt-Free Cookie Dough

I saw this pin a few days ago and knew I had to try it.  I wasn’t in the mood for it right away, which is weird because when I see something this mouth-watering, I get a hankering for it right then and there!  I am glad I repinned it though, because I was going through our local grocery store’s ad before going grocery shopping this afternoon and I came across a picture of chocolate chip cookies.  I immediately thought, “Mmmm, cookie dough!!” and instead of making cookies, I made this instead!!

So, after getting home from the grocery store, I quick made up my batch of cupcakes I had already planned on making.  While that was in the oven, I whipped this baby up!

And let me just say, OH. MY. GOD!!!

This has got to be my favorite thing I have found on Pinterest thus far, hands down!

It isn’t exactly 100% guilt-free though.  Obviously you’re going to have the amount of sugar in there that any dentist would cringe at, but then there’s a half of a stick of butter in the recipe too!

And the batch I made is worse!!  I made the recipe as written, but after seeing how little (at least in my opinion!) the recipe yields, I decided to make another batch, only doubling it this time!  So, what you see up above is a TRIPLE batch.  It still probably won’t last very long!!

Oh, and if it looks like the lid won’t fit very well on my container, no worries!!  I can fix that!  ūüėČ

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Glass Block Pumpkin

I was scanning Pinterest last week for a good Halloween DIY project, and this is what I found.

Glass Block Pumpkin

After coming across a couple different pins that pictured either a glass block with a jack o’ lantern face on it, or a saying with orange tulle wrapped around the block, I decided to mix the two. ¬†Unfortunately, I can’t find either pin after searching for more than 15 minutes!

So, every time I’ve gone to Hobby Lobby, it’s usually for scrapbooking or jewelry materials, but in the same area I always see their Kraft Blocks. ¬†I have never had a need for them until I saw this project on Pinterest. ¬†When I walked up to the register with one of their smaller Kraft Blocks in my hands, I was pleasantly surprised that they were part of their “glass products” that were on sale at 50% off at the time! ¬†So surprised that after walking out to my car with my glass block, I decided not only to make a glass block pumpkin for myself, but also for my mother and my mother-in-law, who I knew would love them! ¬†So I rushed back into Hobby Lobby and bought two more Kraft Blocks.

After arriving home with 3 glass blocks, a package of green pipe cleaners, 3 sets of 20 lights with white wire, and 2 yards of orange tulle, I got to work on my project.  I already had the black vinyl that I also used with this project.

The first thing I did was get the jack o’ lantern ¬†faces cut out. ¬†I searched the internet for pumpkin cut out templates and found one that I thought was pretty cute and ended up using it for all three of my pumpkins. ¬†I printed out the template and cut out each individual piece to trace them with a pencil onto the vinyl.

Once I had the vinyl pieces cut out, I placed them onto each block and started to stuff the light sets into each block. ¬†Because I had already pretty much destroyed the boxes the lights came in, I didn’t want to be “that guy” that returns things that look like they’ve gone through the being played with by a 2 year old, and then chewed on by a dog. ¬†If I hadn’t destroyed the boxes already, I would have brought the light sets back and exchanged them for the 35 lights sets. ¬†Even the smaller Kraft Block doesn’t seem to light up as bright as I would have hoped with only a 20 light set.

Once I started working with the tulle to wrap the blocks, I started to really get frustrated! ¬†I did two layers of tulle and let me tell you: ¬†it is very hard to get two pieces that are even somewhat similar in size, let alone get them to line up with one another! ¬†Tulle sticks to everything, most of all, another piece of tulle. ¬†I think it took me about 30 minutes to finally get the first pumpkin done because of the tulle not behaving!! ¬†I don’t think I will ever use tulle again for any other project!

After I finally managed to wrangle the the tulle, I first tried wrapping the top of the tulle with a green pipe cleaner. ¬†But, it just didn’t look quite right. ¬†So, I searched my ribbon for some 1/2″ brown ribbon I knew I had from a craft project I worked on in the past. ¬†I tied a bow to secure the tulle on the top of the block and it looked much better to me. ¬†Finally, I wrapped a green pipe cleaner around a pen to get the spiral and stuck one end into the ribbon to put the finishing touches on the pumpkin.

Here is the finished product!

Glass Block Pumpkin

Roasted Red Salsa

Welcome to my Pinterest blog!¬† Here, I will be posting my favorite findings on Pinterest and the outcomes of those that I “test”.

Here is my favorite Pinterest find thus far!

Roasted Red Salsa

Roasted Red SalsaI came across this homemade salsa recipe¬†and just looking at the picture made my mouth water!¬†¬† I didn’t immediately repin the recipe, although I have no idea why.¬†¬†Actually, I do know why!¬† I wouldn’t consider myself a “salsa girl” since I¬†usually don’t waste my money on¬†it other than the occasional dining out at a mexican restaurant.¬† But of course,¬†a couple of weeks later, I had the urge to have some chips and salsa, but didn’t feel like forking over $5 for a jar at the grocery store.¬† So, I went back to Pinterest for the recipe, and thank God for the search bar!¬† It had been so long since someone I was following had posted it that it obviously wasn’t going to be on my main page anymore.

After I found the link to the recipe on One Particular Kitchen‘s blog, I wrote down my list of what I didn’t already have at home and off to the grocery store I went!¬† After collecting the items I needed and picking up a few other things, I headed home to make my salsa.

Now, the recipe calls for 20-25 Serrano peppers for the full recipe and there was a warning in there that this many peppers makes it HOT, so I only picked up 5 peppers from the grocery store.¬†¬†While roasting the veggies, I started¬†reading more of the comments on the recipe and after some of¬†the people commenting mentioned that even halving¬†the amount of peppers, it was still very hot.¬† Anyways, I’m a¬†wuss when it comes to hot or spicy food, so I put in only 1 pepper for half the recipe¬†(I decided to only make half of the recipe since I figured it would just be my husband and I eating the salsa).¬† After taste testing as I was mixing everything together, the spiciness¬†was perfect for my taste buds with just the 1 pepper.

My husband got home not too long after I finished mixing up the salsa and he really liked it when he tried it, so chips and salsa became our¬†meal for the night.¬† Let’s just say that about a fifth of the salsa¬†was gone that evening!¬† Before I realized how easily the salsa disappeared, I told my husband that he had to bring some to work since it seemed like I had an overabundance of salsa on my hands!¬† And then I had to share some salsa when we went to a friend’s a couple days later.¬† Before I knew it, it’s only 5 days after I made the half batch and it is GONE!

The only complaint I heard from anyone who tried the salsa was that it wasn’t hot enough, and that came from my husband’s coworkers.¬† So I think when I make another batch of salsa (which undoubtedly will be in the next couple of days)¬†I’ll make a separate batch just for his coworkers and put in the right amount of peppers and see how they like that spice!¬† Hehe!

So, if you like your salsa, or even if you don’t really care for the salsa you find at the grocery store, go check this recipe out on One Particular Kitchen‘s blog!¬† You will not regret trying it!

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