Monthly Archives: December 2011

Glow Jars

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You might be surprised to find out that I try things that don’t involve food or hair from my Pinterest boards. This next little tidbit was something we did for the Halloween party we threw for the neighborhood kids.

I give you: GLOW JARS

THE RESULTS

We used baby food jars, with the intent of scattering them throughout the “Haunted Forest” to create some eerie lighting.

WHAT I LEARNED

*Apparently, I’ve been forgetting this section. Let’s just pretend nobody noticed, eh?

*The instructions are to break a glow stick and dump the contents into a jar. It’s a bit tricky to just “break a glowstick.” I used scissors.

*Unbeknownst to me, glowsticks actually have a little glass tube inside (which is why you have to “crack” them to make them glow.) Fascinating. This also makes cutting a bit tricky. DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT cut them in the center. You will have a big mess. Trust me. Snip off the tip. And then snip off the other tip so there will be some air pressure at work so you can dump out the contents.

*This is a bit messy.

THE VERDICT

They turned out great! They glowed just enough and were a lot of fun!

Quick Curls, As Promised

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I have, due to Pinterest, discovered The Beauty Department, and I’m quickly coming to love it. As I was exploring hair ideas, I cam across this beauty and just knew I had to try it out. What you ought to know is that I can spend an HOUR curling my hair and in 30 minutes, it’s all but flat again (it’s that darn oppositional defiance disorder at work, I’m sure of it). With that in mind, I was highly skeptical that this would work for my hair, but figured it couldn’t hurt to try it. So try it I did.

THE RESULTS

BEFORE
6 MINUTES AND 7 SECONDS OF CURLING LATER

Now, I don’t have a 1 inch curling iron – I think mine is 3/4 of an inch. I also (due to my skepticism and large amount of hair) could not fathom wrapping an entire 1/4th of my hair around the iron at once. So I split it into 4ths like the tutorial and then did 2 curls in each section. And it still only took me 6 minutes and 7 seconds. Yes, I timed it. I lightly hairsprayed it and figured it’d be flat in an hour or so.

5 HOURS LATER

Turns out, curling my hair this way (for me) is more effective than spending a ridiculous amount of time curling smaller sections that are only going to fall out anyway. In fact, it was still decently curled the next morning.

THE VERDICT

Woo. Hoo.

The Infamous Waterfall Braid

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If you haven’t seen the waterfall braid floating around Pinterest, then you probably don’t actually have a Pinterest account. It’s E.V.E.R.Y.W.H.E.R.E. I’ve pinned it here and here and here, so I figured that I probably ought to finally try it. First you ought to know that it’s way easier than I expected.

THE RESULTS

Here it is after I did it. I quickly curled my hair first using a method I’ll be posting tomorrow (and that I now love). See how it stops right there in a weird place? My arms are short and I couldn’t figure out how switch them over to the other side without totally losing my strands, so that’s where it ended. And then the husband-man pointed out that it looked a little strange (which I knew, but was trying to deny to myself). When a man such as him notices that a hairstyle looks weird…it looks weird. So I had to figure out what to do with it now, and the next picture is what I came up with.

I took out the bobby pins holding the end of the waterfall braid down, braided it (normally) as far as I could and tied it off with an elastic. Then I pulled the rest of my hair into a loose side-ish ponytail, wrapped the braid around it and bobbypinned it in place. It kind of loses the effect of the waterfall though.

THE VERDICT

I *like* the waterfall braid, but I’m not quite sure what to do with it yet. Any brilliant ideas for  the hair-styling challenged? I’m not so talented enough in the hair department as to make it go all the way around my head. And even if I were, I wouldn’t know what to do with it once I finished.

So, have you tried the waterfall braid? How did you like it?

Pork Chops and Potatoes

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By the looks of things, you would think that the only stuff I ever try from Pinterest is the recipes, but really it’s just because my family seems to think they need to eat Every. Single. Day. Throw in the fact that I actually don’t like to cook and I suck at meal planning and, well, I just have to use other people’s ideas. So the other day I decided I wanted to make this recipe because we had pork chops, but I didn’t want mashed potatoes. I eventually settled on these potatoes. Now, as a disclaimer, when I “repinned” the potatoes from somebody else, they had different directions in the caption than the actual directions from the original website. So I deleted that little bit of whatnot  and *mostly* followed the actual directions. PSA – It’s a good idea to click through a pin to make sure the caption is accurate if you’re repinning.

THE RESULT

I pretty much followed the pork chop recipe except for the fact that I hadn’t planned ahead, so I threw the chops in frozen and had to separate them once they thawed. It was super easy and quite delicious, though with how long I left them in, the meat was falling off the bones (yay!), and we were fishing a bit of bone out of our gravy. Methinks boneless pork chops would be a good idea.

For the potatoes, I used red potatoes, only did one cookie sheet worth and seasoned them with garlic and parmesan instead of thyme because of the meat we were having. Oh, and I used bacon fat because I was fresh out of duck fat (who that is normal keeps duck fat on hand?!) They were pretty good – if you’re just making one pan like me, don’t bother with moving them back and forth from top to bottom. Just throw them in the oven and pull them out to mix/flip a couple times.

THE VERDICT

They’re both recipes I would try again. In fact, the husband-man even complimented me on the pork chops, which is kind of a big deal because most of the time he just silently suffers through the things I make. :P

Chicken Cream Cheese Crockpot Stuff

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I recently pinned this “easiest meal ever” and thought I’d try it out since I happened to have everything on hand. Except “1 can of Rotel.” I didn’t even know what that was and had to click on the picture to enlarge it so I could read the can. Turns out it’s a can of diced tomatoes with green chilies. (PSA – If you’re going to post a recipe to the internets, please list the actual ingredients and not just the brand.) Anyhow, I didn’t have a can of “Rotel” but I did have diced tomatoes and I did have green chilies, so in they all went.

THE RESULT

After throwing it all in, it occured to me that there wasn’t much to add flavor, so I added some garlic powder and cumin because it seemed like a good idea.

WHAT I LEARNED

*I prefer food with a bit of flavor.

THE VERDICT

It was…okay. Not gross, but not delicious. My picky eater ate it after much persuasion and bribing. My not-so-picky eater had about 2 bites and decided she was full. My ought-to-be-a-food-critic husband said he thinks it would be better if the chicken went into the crockpot already having had some seasoning (which would mean you’d have to plan ahead enough to have thawed it). I agree. I think perhaps browning the chicken first with some onion and garlic and a bit of salt and cumin could do wonders for this recipe. I have to say though, that it was a bit better the next day. As is, I’d give it about a 5 or 6 on a scale of 1-10. (Yes, that’s actually how we are at my house when we try a new recipe – “So, what do you think?” “Maybe a 5.” “Yeah, me too.”)