Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Gluten Free Super-Villain Origins

Hey there Pinstrosipeeps! I've got a Peeps Pinstrosity for you today! I don't know about you, but I like Peeps. I think they are yummy. I've seen so many creative things with Peeps on Pinterest: chocolate dipped Peeps. Peeps Pops. Peeps filled vases. Peeps cake toppers. Peeps in the microwave (that's a fun one). But I'd never seen today's Peep Pin. Behold: The Peep Massacre Cake:

The Original Pin
This is the Peepza Rustica cake. It takes a cake mix and chopped up Peeps. I so want to try this!

Today's submitter, Estelle, decided to make this for her Peeps loving niece for her birthday. She says, "It looked cute. It looked pretty easy. And it looked like precisely the sort of thing my Peeps-loving-birthday-celebrating niece would love. The complication was that my niece is gluten free, so I used a plain old gluten free cake recipe that I had. I used almond flour. And after 20 minutes in the oven, the cake was a boiling, quivering, almost preening mess that looked like this:"

The Pinstrosity

Estelle continues, "Most likely there was an issue with the almond flour, because this caramelized, weeping sludge was not what was intended. As I was lamenting the loss of so many innocently slaughtered Peeps, my boyfriend said, 'That's not even caramelized. That's a super villain's origin story.'"

Hehe, super villain's origin story. I like this guy. 

Adapting any recipe with gluten to one without is tricky. Some work great, other don't. It makes me think of this video:

I don't have any experience cooking gluten free, but I've watched friends and family members go gluten free and adapting recipes looks frustrating. To go gluten free with this recipe I'd probably buy a gluten free cake mix rather than making my own cake from scratch; too many variables in a gluten free scratch cake. That's just me being a scaredy cat though. If you're gluten-free-inexperienced or a seasoned gluten-free chef and you want to try a cake from scratch, go for it!

Now, I think I'll go find some Peeps to snack on.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Straight From the Brain Creativity! DIY Picture Stand

One of my favorite things in the whole world is being able to create something out of your very own brain.
 Now, this thing may exist in some other place, but if you have never seen it, or heard of it, and this idea just came to you, then you and that other shiny human being on the other side of the planet have had a Creative Straight From the Brain Twin Moment!
Today's post is from Jennifer and I was just floored when I opened it up and took a look.
 Like, "How did I NEVER IN MY LIFE THINK OF THIS! IT'S SO EASY!!!!" floored.
Check it out!
"I had made coasters at a recent Mom's Nurturing Moms night at church and since we don't really use coasters here, I wanted some way to display them. I'm cheap and couldn't bring myself to spend $20 for one coaster (especially when I needed 4 of them) and Wal-Mart had coasters but never the same amount in the same color......they were a bit cheaper at $5 a piece but I still didn't really like them. Sooooo, I had a wonderful brainstorm laying in bed one night and got to working on it a few days later. "
Cute Modge-Podged Scrapbook Paper + Coaster Creation from Jennifer's Moms Nurturing Moms night.
Now for her Ah-Mazing Idea...
These stands are made out of Drum Roll Please...Toilet Paper Rolls.
Ah-Mazing right!!
I will let you all read her blog about this project which you can find HERE to get the full details, but here is the gist of the project in pictures!

Here she is tracing the outline of her stand (both sides) on the back of her scrapbook paper.

Then she modge-podged the paper to the rolls, let it dry and ta-da!

"This was my first creation straight from my own brain and I'm pretty pleased with how well they turned out. I have to say that y'alls blog was my inspiration. Seeing y'all and so many people willing to forge ahead, even if the outcome was less than desirable, made me want to try new things. I've always been a bit of a perfectionist and when my creations don't look the same in real life as they did in my brain, I tend to get discouraged. Not anymore. I have a LOT more creations budding in my brain, just waiting for the right material and the time. "
Uhm I love this. I am always begging my siblings to send me their little one's art creations and these would be PERFECT to display them (my fridge gets crowded quickly lol). Jennifer does mention on her blog that they aren't super sturdy, so I wouldn't try displaying a decorative dinner plate or anything similar on them. However, these are a perfect solution for small things like this, and you can customize them with any scrapbook paper imaginable! I was thinking some of the textured paper would be really cool, or perhaps the metallic paper?? The sky is the limit here!
Thanks for your Straight From the Brain Creative Moment Jennifer! I love it!
Happy Tuesday all!

Monday, April 21, 2014

A little Mix it up Monday for Everyone

A little something for everyone today:

For superhero movie junkies:

For those with a twisted sense of humor:
For those who appreciate clothes with tips:
For those who have homework:

For P&P addicts:

For those who need a smile:
For those who need to separate eggs, hehehe:
For those who just want to be a Disney Princess:

Happy Monday everyone! Bust a Move and make today Awesome!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sunday Surprise: I am plant killer.

Happy Easter everyone! I hope you're having a lovely holiday weekend!

I thought I'd write a quick entry to let you know how my pin-progress "gardening" was going.... you remember, from this post. Well, for the first few weeks, I was really impressed with myself.

But... alas, my black thumb showed its true colors.  What can I say? I'm a confessed plant murderer. My best of intentions to get these poor plants into soil didn't pay off quick enough. Lettuce? Pretty much going in the trash.

Green onion? Going to try to save it... who knows.
This photo makes it look better than it actually is.
However, my forgetfulness has paid off in other areas.

Guess who forgot about these two onions and now they're growing? My next victims, I fear.

No matter, today is not the day that I will worry about such things. We've had a lovely and relaxing day. I hope that you're doing the same, and spending it with people who you love.
Hippity-hop-fully yours,

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Show and Tell Saturday: Spring Cleaning

This week started my Spring Cleaning around here. I'm hitting it harder than I ever have before. It's taking me longer to clean than I thought, but I'm blaming that mostly on having a constant cleaning buddy who thinks that if I'm not looking at him that I've abandoned him. Good thing he's cute. ;) I've started Spring Cleaning before and have bummed out before I even got 1/4 of the way through. This year I am bound and determined to have a successful Spring Cleaning session. So I started looking through Pinterest and Google for tips, lists, and ideas. So far it seems to be going good. I'll share what I've found and what has worked out for me so far. 

First, I found me a list. Two lists actually. I love making lists, but I figured seeing someone else's list would help me make my list.

So here are the lists that I found:

I copied and pasted them into Word, combining them room by room. I got the list condensed down, deleting duplicates, taking out rooms we don't have in our house, putting check boxes by each item, and putting it into columns to reduce the number of pages (I love efficiency). I had a ball making the list. I love lists. I think I've mentioned that before. Someday, I should make a list of all the reasons why I love making lists.


At the top of my list I had these instructions (which I condensed from this site):
1.       Work from one end of your house to the other.
2.       Plan some easy meals for the days you will spend cleaning.  
3.       As you clean, keep a list of any jobs you notice that need to be done around the house.  Don't get distracted by these chores during your cleaning, save them for when you are done. 
4.       Keep another list of things you notice you need. 

5.       Take an empty laundry basket and pile in it anything you need your hubby to sort through.

So I had my list, thank you Pinterest. Next, I knew I wanted to declutter as I went along. We have more things stuffed in this house than two adults and a baby need. I'm tired of cleaning it all up. As I go through each room I am thinning out and decluttering. My two guides for this are two pins I found on Pinterest as well:
I printed the list of questions out and wrote the quote from William Morris on the side and kept that paper with my cleaning checklist. I already have 3 large black trash bags of things to give away. So excited to get rid of extra stuff! It was beginning to own us, and it feels so much better to get it out. 

Now, the cleaning:

In previous years I tried to take one task and carry it out all through the house and then move on to the next task. For example, I'd clean all the windows in the house, then move on to wiping down the base boards, then cleaning the ceiling fans, then move on to finding a good book and just "finishing that chapter", then making a pot of Mac and Cheese and eating it all myself, then hopping on Facebook and my Spring Cleaning went out the window. I really liked the idea of just starting at one end of the house and going room by room. So that's what I've done this year. I'm now 1/3 of the way through my house! That doesn't sound like much of an achievement, but let me tell you what that's doing for me. I now have 3 rooms (the Master Bath, the Master Bedroom, and Darrow's Room) completely finished, and those rooms feel heavenly. I just want to sit in there and read or paint or sing or turn an old dryer into a hang glider. Those rooms just feel light and free and my creative juices get going and I feel happy. This makes me want to get the rest of my house that way. I want my whole house to be a place where ideas can flow and where it just feels good. Every room I get done makes me excited to start the next. That one tip, going room by room from one end of the house to the other, has made such a huge difference. 

The next biggest help has been the checklist. I've done deep cleaning before, but just running off a list I made in my head. Inevitably I always forget something or I just quit. For my personality, having a list in front of me is a challenge that I can't back down from. I have to check off everything on that list or I've let the list beat me. If you know what motivates you and/or keeps you working best, then use that to your advantage! The lists also helped me to not forget the little jobs. I found it easy to look around the room and think, "Oh good! I'm done!" only to find "Clean the doorknobs" or "Scrub the switchplates" still unchecked on the list. Those little details really made the room sparkle. As I move from room to room I have with me my checklist of spring cleaning chores, my list of declutter questions, as well as my lists of honey-do's for each room, items each room needs, and ideas I was getting for each room as I clean it.  
I always use a fun colored marker to check off items on a list. It makes it easier to see the progress I'm making and adds color. Color is happy!
Yea lists! Because of the lists I was able to go from this bathroom (I may or may not have tidied up slightly didn't need to see my complete mess, trust me):

To this:

Added counter shelves to store our various shaving/hair/makeup/soap items so they don't live all over the counter. Added a hook to the cupboard door under the sink to hang up the shower caddy holding my blow dryer, curling iron, and flat iron so they are out of sight and there aren't cords hanging all over. Everything is scrubbed and laundered. It feels wonderful. More organization. More light. Less mess. More awesome. Yes! 

Cleaning isn't my favorite thing by a long shot. But I'm almost enjoying it this time around. As I'm cleaning each room I'm coming up with decorating ideas, organization ideas, and repurposing ideas I wouldn't have had otherwise. Who knew cleaning could be so inspiring. 

This has been a slow process for me this week (only 3 rooms finished since Monday), but the days I took off of cleaning were totally worth it (I got to check an item off my bucket list! I got to be the secret photographer hiding in the bushes-literally-photographing a wedding proposal!), and I'm making progress, so I am happy.

What resources do you use for your Spring Cleaning? 


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