Monthly Archives: October 2012

Getting ready for Christmas

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Today I started getting ready for Christmas at school. I have been thinking about doing some plates decorated using sharpies. I have seen a few posts with these on Pinterest. I tried one a few weeks ago with little success (epic fail really). But I figured out though that I had the temp in the oven wrong. So I tried them again today. So far it has been a complete success! I have to try it with hot water and then I think I might even stick it in the dishwasher just to try it (if it comes off oh well). This again has been a procrastination to avoid my assignment, but it was a worthwhile exercise.

Here is a picture anyways, I think it looks pretty good if I do say so myself ūüôā

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Pinterest is so distracting

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So I am trying to finish my FINAL paper for my post-grad in Early Childhood. ¬†But procrastination has taken over, I have read 2/3 of ¬†research paper (which I need to find and read a lot more of…oh well) so I figured as a mini break I would grant myself permission to make a post.

I have been on the look out for a good special on-line for a pair of Hunter boots for the summer. ¬†Mainly so I don’t get wet and muddy feet when I’m walking from the house to the car and then from the car into work (and maybe even around the playground if I’m feeling adventurous!). ¬†So I have seen a few DIY for boot socks with lace¬† attached at the top which are¬†here at Oops, I Craft my Pants,¬†which I am super keen to do, but I came across a pattern for a crocheted boot cuff while I was loitering around on Google that looked like the ones I found on Pinterest.¬† I have only ever crocheted the tiniest bit when I was younger, maybe as little as 3/4 of a Granny Square. ¬†So I have conned my Mum into teaching (and helping) me to do these cuffs. ¬†It has started off pretty well (welllllllll sort of). ¬†I got the gist of the stitched that I would need to know and gave them a bit of a practice and then was let loose with the hook and wool. ¬†I had gotten the start of the cuff half way around ¬†my calf when I was looking at it and noticed that half way through there was shall we say a ‘change in the width’. ¬†Basically i had stuffed up half way through and had too few stitches and had to pull half of it out to redo it with the right amount of stitches.

So I was like “whatever, I just beginning to know how to do it, I’ll get over it”. ¬†So I restarted it and was doing pretty well. ¬†Then when I was almost back to the same length I was before the hiccup, I was looking at it again. ¬†Low and behold, I had done it again. REALLY! AGAIN! YES AGAIN! ūüė¶

So once again I saw the cuff unravel before my eyes to fix the mistake.  Needless to say I stopped a little later that night.  Not the whole project, but I figured I am too tired with work, meetings, organizing and looking after nearly 45-50 kids an afternoon, plus trying to think about this assignment.  So after it is due and I have handed it in (Monday 11:55pm) I can start my little project again.  I will put some photos up when I have actually made progress.

Well back to my paper I guess ūüė¶

Amusing Muesli

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My muesli making idea became a little bit of a debacle. ¬†The end result turned out fantastic, but it was not what it was meant to be. ¬†As it was I tweaked the original recipe ¬†I found that linked to Martha Stewart a little because we are a nut free environment at¬†school and take out the Hazelnuts. So I substituted them with a cup that was a mix of quinoa, flaxseed, flaxseed meal, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds. ¬†Having the banana chips in it is basically like having the nuts in it anyways. Then after I went to bed I realized that I had forgotten half the wet ingredients. ¬†There was meant to be coffee, extra water and salt in it. ¬†I started to worry that it wouldn’t taste any good and I would either have to scrap it or just deal with it not tasting as it should. ¬†Amazingly it turned out fantastic! ¬†¬†So here goes with the actual recipe

Annette’s Nut Free Muesli

Ingredients

1/4 cup Butter

1/3 cup packed Brown Sugar

3 Cups Traditional Oats

1/4 cup Flaxseed Meal

1/4 cup Flaxseed

1/4 cup Quinoa

1/4 cup Pumpkin and Sunflower Seed Mix

1 cup Banana Chips

Method

Preheat Oven to 350F (175C)

In a Large Bowl, combine all dry ingredients.

In a small Saucepan melt butter and sugar together.  When melted add to dry ingredients and mix together well.  Spread out mixture onto baking trays and place in oven.  Bake for 30-35 min checking frequently ( I checked every 10 min just to be sure as my last batch burnt)  When it has cooled add the Banana Chips (not in picture) and stir through.

Then voilà, there you have it AMAZING NUT FREE MUESLI 

My First Real Post

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So this is my first real post.

Now as I said in my other post I love cooking, which is why most of my Pins are food related. I have boards for school cooking and cooking for me. The kids at school love coming into my office and watching me look at Pinterest and finding fun stuff to cook (for them to cook mind you) I have had soooooo many requests for things that they randomly see appear on screen, especially with so much Halloween and Christmas cooking coming up every day.

As promised last night I made some Mexican Style Portobello Mushroom Pizza’s, which you can find here¬†¬†

After an entertaining afternoon at after school care I couldn’t wait to try this recipe out! I love Mexican food at the best of times, so to combine mushrooms (yum!) and Mexican was a match made in heaven!. I piled the spinach on more than the recipe said but that because I love spinach (and there were no spiders this time like there was the last time I had Mexican and spinach). There was a lot more liquid come out of them then I expected too and that could be why. But apart from them they turned out amazing and were a hit with the Parentals. They will defiantly be on the list of things to make again. ¬†So the photo is a bit on the dodgy side, but i think with a little more practice my food photography will become a bit better.

I also had another go at making toasted muesli after dinner, but I realised when I went to bed and was thinking about it that I had totally forgotten to put the coffee and salt in with the butter and sugar, and coffee was one of the main ingredients…WHOOPS! I haven’t tasted it yet, but if it is any good I will have to write it down.

Hello world from a Pinterest addict!

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So……This is my first post on my new Blog.¬†¬†

I started this blog really as a way of keeping track of all the thing I have tried on Pinterest.¬† I first started ‘Pinning’ a couple of months ago.¬† At first I thought it would be a great way of keeping track of all my recipes that were not from the Martha Stewart website. But then I realised it was a whole lot more.¬† Most of the program for my After School Care service now come from Pinterest, there is even boards that are accessed by 4 or 5 different people I work with so we don’t have to re-pin each others pins.¬†It has even got to the point where my entire Halloween and Christmas cooking and craft programs are 90% from Pinterest.¬† And now it’s not just even at school that I am using the ideas! At home everywhere now are ideas from Pinterst put into practice.¬† I have even converted my Mum into a ‘pinner’ (we are both a little obsessed!)

So just an idea of some things that I have tried so far from my ‘pinning’ adventures.¬† The very first pin I tried was organising my make-up brushes to stand up in a container so they weren’t everywhere in my make-up draw, which is good because they cost a lot of money! My mother and I have both recently re-organized our fridges with tips and hints from pins we have found. My siblings and I have been threatened with have a crap basket system established for all our mail that get delivered at home as well as other bits and pieces that we leave lying around there.¬†

Apart from practical  ideas for around the house there are also recipes galore that I have tried, with varying success (but mainly always amazing and including one for dinner tonight.)

Well that’s all I have for now, time for a Diet Coke (another addiction) and some actual work!