Pintrest success (kind-of) – Zucchini Bites

In my desperate need to lose some baby weight (my kid is almost 1!) I pinned this recipe for Zucchini Bites.

Check out the recipe HERE.   Thanks to the Curious Country Cook for the recipe.

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Did mine turn out? Let’s see!

Ingredients:
1 cups zucchini
1 egg
1/4 onion
1/4 cup cheese (I used what ever grated cheese I had in my fridge – it was ‘mexican’ style)
1/4 cup bread crumbsSalt and Pepper

Step 1 – Grate 1 big zucchini. Let’s face it, grating things is a huge pain. Thankfully, zucchini is SUPER EASY to grate. It only took me a few seconds to grate the entire thing.

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In hindsight, I think I’ll grate them using the smaller holes next time.
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Step 2 – Put all your zucchini shavings on a towel or rag, and soak up as much liquid as possible. Turns out zucchini are super liquidy, and you don’t want mushy zucchini bites.

I made a rag/zucchini taco!
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Step 3 – Notice you’ll need 1/4 of an onion. I was too lazy to chop that up, so I just grated it, since I already had a dirty grater on my hands.

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I didn’t measure anything. I just grated maybe 1/3 of the onion.

Step 4 – mix your ‘dried’ zucchini, your grated onion, and all the other ingredients into a bowl. Mix.

Of course, I added in some flax seed. I throw that stuff in everything.

Step 5 – Spray those muffin cups with Pam (or generic Wal-mart Pam). Fill muffin cups about 2/3 full. Press down on the zucchini mixture.

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Bake at 400 for 20 minutes. Then broil for a few minutes to get the tops all crispy.

Now, here’s where the wheels fall off of my zucchini. I forgot to turn off the broiler! Little Bubba was going nuts!
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They looked horrible:
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Oddly enough, they still tasted pretty good though.
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My laundry room is lame!

Or maybe my laundry room is just fine, but Pintrest makes me feel like a horrible person.

I feel the need … the need to paint my laundry room!

Here are my 2 inspirational pins:
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I love orange and I love key lime green. And that close pin stencil … totes adorbs!

My laundry room doesn’t have a big huge wall, so I think the stencil is out.

Although I am leaning towards making a ‘WASH’ sign. I’ve got an old fence protecting my pool heater. I tore up 4 posts already. I could either paint WASH or maybe even do some string art (I’m dying to do string art for something!)

Old fence:
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I printed out giant letters for stencil purposes. We’ll see if I ever pick a paint color (bring colors are amazing, but also scary!!!) and get this project off the ground. Wish me luck!
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Pintrest success – crock pot bread

It worked!! I can’t believe it, and it sounds a little unbelievable, but you CAN make bread in a mini crock pot (I guess it would work in a big crock pot too if you doubled the recipe??? Don’t quote me on that.)

I found this recipe on pintrest and it was a total success.
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Next time I’m going to attempt to add some spices or maybe even cinnamon and raisins.

But let’s get back to the basics.

You’ll only need these ingredients:
Package of yeast
1 tsp. salt
3 C. Flour
2 TBSP Sugar (or honey – I used sugar because that’s less expensive)
1 c. warm water (but not “hot” – that’s what the recipe said. I was scared I was using water that was too hot, because yeast is so darn sensitive.)
2 TSBP oil

Step 1: Mix dry ingredients

Step 2: Add oil and water

Step 3: Stir with spoon a short time until it’s ball like.

Step 4: Mix with your hands to really get it into a ball. I added another TBSP of floor to my hands so it wasn’t too sticky.

Step 5: Put dough ball on countertop and kneed for about 3 minutes. Once again, I added about a TBSP of flour to the countertop and to my hands.

Click HERE for a YouTube video on kneeding dough. It’s super easy, but hard to explain.

Step 6: The pintrest recipe said to use parchment paper because you’ll need to lift the bread out of the crockpot. Parchment paper is way too fancy for me, so I just poured some oil in my crockpot and used a paper towel to spread it around the bottom and all the sides. Don’t skimp on “oiling” up the crockpot, because getting food stuck in things is super annoying.

Step 7: Put your dough ball in the crock pot and cook on HIGH for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Here’s the weird thing. Your bread will rise like crazy, but it won’t change color. So it’s really hard to tell if it’s done or not. In fact, you CAN’T tell if it’s done, you just have to trust the 1 hour and 15 minute cook time. Now, that was my crock pot, so maybe yours will be a tad different.

Since I wasn’t using parchment paper, I just picked up my crock pot base (with pot holders) and dumped it out. The bottom was brown! That’s how you know it’s done.

To get the top brown and crusty, put it in the oven on BROIL for about 5 minutes (just watch it and take it out when it gets to a pretty color).

That’s it! It only took about an hour and a half with prep & cook time.

I can’t wait to experiment with different flavors.

Horrible photo, but yummy results!
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Pintrest Win: Meatball Sub Casserole

When my husband mentions something to do, you know he’s excited about it. (he doesn’t talk much). So when he said he saw this on somebody’s Facebook page, I immediately went to Pintrest and got busy.

Pintrest:
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Ingredients:
biscuits
spaghetti sauce
meatballs
mozzarella cheese
That’s it! And the best part, I bought everything at Aldi, so you know it didn’t cost much at all.

Step 1:  Pop the biscuit tube and scare your self.

Step 2:  Cut the biscuits into 1/8 and toss them into a pan (I used a small casserole dish).  I didn’t grease the pan.
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Step 3:  Pour sauce all over the biscuits (just guess) and lay the meatballs on top.  (side note – I wish I had put the sauce on the meatballs … I’ll do this next time)
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Step 4:  Sprinkle with cheese!
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Step 5:  Cook for 35-40 minutes in a 374 oven.

Step 6:  Yum!!!

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Pintrest Win – DIY Mileage Sign

Picture 2We’ve all seen one of these rustic, weathered mileage signs somewhere on vacation.

Well, I have a random cut out dirt area next to my swimming pool where I think I could make one.

And I did! This is one project that came out EXACTLY how I imagined it. I love it so much! And it barely cost me anything since I had most of the wood.

Step 1: Break off old, beat up boards from the fence that’s hiding your pool pump.  (obviously, this step probably won’t apply to you.  However, look around for wood scraps.  You’ll be surprised where they pop up.)
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Step 2: Google milage amounts and paint! I used a pencil to mark the writing on the boards then just used a $.50 bottle of craft paint from Walmart. I didn’t want to use a stencil since the goal was to make it look home-made and rustic.
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Step 3: Nail the boards to a pre-treated 2X4 that my mom randomly bought for me. Initially I wanted to find a piece of wood from the garbage to make it look super old, but I guess the pre-treated lumber will last way longer (and not rot).  I purposely had my dad nail them all crooked and wonky.  It adds to my “it’s been there for 50 years!” look.
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Step 4: My dad helped mix some quick set concrete. We just used a throw-away plastic flower pot (with a bunch of Walmart bags inside since the flower pot had holes). This stuff is called “quick set” for a reason. Dang – you’ve got to move fast!!
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Step 5: We tied it to my attic stairs to set overnight so it would be level-ish in the flower pot. (even thought that really wasn’t necessary). The concrete would’ve set in about 30 minutes.
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Step 6: Bury in a 2′ hole in the backyard and you’re done.
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I love it so much!!!

Pintrest Win: Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

I pinned this a zillon years ago, and I finally got my hands on 2 (free) Mason jars. Time to start crafting!

Pinterest:
soap

Supplies I used:
Mason jar (duh!)
soap dispenser (I bought this one at Joann for $1)
hammer
nail
tin snips
computer with Pintrest directions!  🙂
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We need to make a hold large enough for your soap pump to fit thru.

Take the hammer and nail, and start pounding hole into the top of the mason jar lid.  Basically we need to get a hole big enough for the tin snips to fit in.
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No real secret here.  I just pounded about 10 hole and just kept snipping (or trying to snip) away.
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The snips were actually pretty worthless.  But they did come in handy for this step.  I jammed the snips into my hold and kept twisting.  I was making the hold larger and larger.
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Once your soap lid fits thru the hole – you’re done!  I could’ve glued it down, but I didn’t have any fancy glue.  Also, my soap dispenser was too long, so I had to cut off the bottom to make it fit into my tiny jar.

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The tiny jar is hand soap (blue soap from the original dispenser and white soap from a giant soap refill bottle).

I had a large mason jar lying around, so I quickly made a dish soap dispenser too!

Super duper easy!!