Monday, January 23, 2012

I did it! Inspiration from Pinterest

I confess, I'm a Pinterest addict. It's just so darn handy! I'm planning Sophie's birthday party using the site, both saving links I find and pinning pics of items I find when I'm out and about. It is so easy to keep everything together this way.
I also regularly use it for recipes. I recently had to make new pinboards to subcategorize my recipe board as it had become too large to manage. One recipe I made this weekend for breakfast, and it was delicious.
Mine did not turn out this pretty at all, but it was still delicious. I altered the recipe slightly, as I did not have any canned biscuits. I made some first using the recipe on the Bisquick box, rolling the dough and cutting them out. I think it made 12 biscuits. Other than that, I did everything according to the directions. One thing, though - when you're mixing syrup and brown sugar and baking them, no amount of non-stick spray in the world will keep the bread from sticking. I had to use boiling water to clean the cake pan! It didn't look pretty but tasted delicious. Will be making this again for sure.
Something else I tried was cleaning baking pans with a mixture of baking soda and peroxide. The original blog post with photos and insructions promised a miracle, but I did not have the same experience. In fact, nothing happened. My baking pans looked exactly the same. I was very disappointed.
Then, there is my favorite of the week. I found this pin during my birthday party searching.  What a great idea! I wanted to do this for Sophie, and also make her party invitations this way. The weekend was forecasted to be in the sixties, with only rain some of the day. Instead, it was cold and overcast. So, I improvised. I moved my dining table and chairs, taped a white sheet to the laundry closet doors, and covered her little folding chair with a white blanket. The results were fantastic! A little editing, and this is the finished product:

I am thrilled with the results! I printed a 5x7 for us to frame, and it looked adorable, so the grandparents and aunt are getting a copy, too. Of course after I had the prints in hand, I thought of more things I could have added, but I didn't want to clutter the picture, either. I used the same photo for her invitations, but put the details instead of her favorites on the picture.
Oh, and an added bonus - because I ordered the invitations as 4x6 prints, it was only $5 for 20 beautiful custom birthday invites.


  1. Love the picture!! I'm thinking of doing that with one of Connor's pictures and putting it with the thank you notes if I find time to send them out. Super cute! I LOVE me some Pinterest!!

  2. love the pic you created for her- and I know my daughters swear by pinterest- I think it 'made' both of their weddings easier :) I haven't gotten around to checking it out- but after this post, I'm more inclined to do so.

    Loved the price you got for the invites. WOW!

  3. I made that pull-apart bread recipe too from pinterest. I did at my own touch to it. I used hazelnuts and added a tsp of honey. It didnt last long in my house at all.

    As for the baking pan cleaner, I personally had success by adding a dime sized amount of dawn dish soap to her "formula" and let it sit for an hour or two before scrubbing. That worked much better on my pans.

    ps Sophie's birthday pics are amazing!

  4. I need to check out this site, especially since you've had several posts proving what a good one it is! Love, love, love the pic of Sophie. Too precious.