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Sharpie Cups!

Last Saturday, hubby and my younger brother were playing Battlefield on xBox Live. When they do this, it is impossible to get any sort of attention from any one of them. It’s like the game sucks them in. I’m sure most of you know what I mean.

So, in my efforts to entertain myself, I decided to look on Pinterest for a fun, easy DIY. This is the pin I found –>

And so I thought, why not? We have a set of cups, which hubby hates! So I could easily use those, and sharpies?! Are you kidding me! I have TONS of sharpies! So I decided to go along with it!

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When I was done with my design, I placed it in a 350° oven, and baked it for 30 minutes as indicated by the instructions. I let it cool off, and the next day I took it with me to work to drink my tea out of!

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It does have a few scratches, and you can see the strokes of the sharpie, but over all I think it is a really cool way to change up your cups. The only way I have washed this cup is by hand. I put it in the dishwasher last night, but forgot to check it this morning. I will let you know what happens to it when you put it in the dishwasher!

I do think less is more with the design. I might have to do a few more, in which I don’t try to cover every inch of white space. I might also use different colored sharpies! How cool would that be? This DIY has endless possibilities and that is what I LOVE about it!! Customize them for somebody, and give them as a present!

 

 

UPDATE: do NOT put the cups in the dishwasher. They will come out completely clean! I might have to try this with other cups, maybe the material I used wasn’t the best. I do think, however, that it’s great for parties, or just customizing them for a little bit, and then changing up the design! Could be FUN!

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Crispy Scallion Potato Pancakes

This morning I tried the Crispy Scallion Potato Pancakes for breakfast with a poached egg on top and they were delicious.  I sometimes struggle to get my potato pancake crispy enough and this recipe nailed it!  The only thing I would change is maybe a bit less salt.  The recipe calls for a ½ tsp and it could use a pinch less.  I would not go to a ¼ tsp the pancakes need the salt.  Check it out for yourself you may like it that way.  I also think a poached egg was perfect on top or you may even add a spoonful of sour cream – that would be delicious also.  The original recipe came from:

http://www.thecomfortofcooking.com/2011/03/crispy-scallion-potato-pancakes.html

I used my giant grater which was a bit finer than a standard box grater so the chunks on potato were smaller and I think you could also exchange the scallions for a shallot finely chopped or another onion you had.  I mixed the ingredients, placed a spoonful in a pan of hot oil and patted them down to make a patty and when the edges started to brown flipped them over (which was about 5 minutes) then cooked them another 5 minutes and they were perfect!

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Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes

This week my Mother made pineapple upside down cupcakes she found on Pinterest at http://thesouthernladycooks.com/2012/03/08/pineapple-upside-down-cupcakes/

She was testing the recipe to see how it would come out.  She belongs to a Senior Woman’s group in Strongsville Ohio and they each bring in a treat when it is their birthday and she thought it would be a nice thing to bring in for her special day.  I tried the batch she made and I think they came out great.  They were very moist,  flavorable and what I liked the most was that the topping was on the bottom of the cupcake still in the wrapper waiting to be opened.  It was a special treat to take off the wrapper and turned upside down.  It was not messy and would be very special at a party, easy to carry and clean up.  My Mother was concerned that they were too sweet but  I think they were just right.

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Strawberry Muffins {Healthy}

Hello!!! I would love to introduce myself, I’m Didi and I blog over at Didi’s Blog. I am very honored to be here, and could not be more excited about this amazing idea! In case you don’t know what we do here at Pintesters, it’s very plain and simple: we test things we find on pinterest!

My husband and I are very into a healthy lifestyle. We try to eat clean {or unprocessed, all natural} when we can and I am always on the look for healthy alternatives, and easy meals. I was very excited when I found this Strawberry Shortcake Muffins recipe on pinterest. No flour or large amounts of sugar, just old fashioned oats, non-fat greek yogurt and fresh strawberries. Sounds amazing!

But is it?!

Well, I’m here to let you all know!

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The first thing I can say about the recipe, is that it is extremely easy. I had all the ingredients at home, except for the fresh strawberries. A quick stop by the store on my way home from work solved that!

Looking at the pictures that the original recipe has, my batter seems a lot thicker and dryer than their pictures. I’m a little worried about this, but I continue on following the recipe step by step.

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I add my strawberries, which next time I will definitely chop into smaller pieces. And bake it for 20 minutes.

They smelled wonderful!!!!

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I think this recipe is a great starting point! It was very dry, and the best bites were the ones with lots of strawberries. This is the main reason why chopping the strawberries into small pieces would be best. Maybe even a strawberry puree kind of thing? I’m thinking mashed bananas would be wonderful in these too.

I did use paper muffin liners, because I did not have silicone liners {I need to get some!} and the muffins stuck to the liners. The recipe does warn you about this, and I’m warning you again. They stick!

All in all I give it 3½ stars out of 5. I’m going to play around trying to get the consistency of the batter right, and let you know if I find a solution! So if you want a healthy snack, I think these are a cute and yummy alternative! You should try these whenever you feel like something new!

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Review of Overnight Oatmeal by Patricia Feaster-Kimmerle

Patricia  made this sweet treat and reported that it tasted amazing!!! but beware, although the ingredients are healthy it still has a large calorie punch. To cut the calorie intake, recommend splitting it into 2 containers (still a decent serving amount)

Overnight Oats

Makes 1 large serving.

  • ½ cup rolled oats (not quick cooking)
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl or jar, cover with a lid or plastic wrap, and allow the mixture to sit in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, stir in the desired mix-ins and enjoy (come up with your own custom flavors!)

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