Pin Junkie Pin Party #94

Welcome to The Pin Junkie!  
 I'm on a mission to do the things I pin on Pinterest and try something new every day!
 I'm so glad you're here to party with us!


Here's what I've been up to this week:

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There were so many great projects shared at last week's party!  Thanks to everyone for sharing your projects, recipes and tips.  I can't wait to see what you will share this week!  But first, take a look at some features from last week's party.


How to Add A Post Gallery to your Blog with PicMonkey
How to Add A Post Gallery to your Blog with PicMonkey
by Morgan at Finding Morgan


easy-felt-christmas-ornaments-tutorial-with-free-printable-pattern
Easy Felt Ornaments
by Natasha at The Artisan Life


pottery barn inspired chalk board globe
Pottery Barn Inspired Globe


faux-aqua-agate-leather-cuff-bracelette
Faux Aqua Agate Lether Cuff Bracelette


rustic-log-holiday-card-display
Rustic Log Holiday Card Display


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The Pin Junkie

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Now it's your turn to share what you've been working on.
Scroll to the bottom of the page to link up your projects, crafts, and recipes! 
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Here's what you need to know:


Party Rules
1. Follow The Pin Junkie.
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3.  Share anything family friendly - crafts, recipes, DIY projects. (No giveaways, contests, or link parties please.)
4.  Link directly to a specific post - not your main blog.
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Cinnamon & Sugar Candied Nuts

Cinnamon & Sugar Candied Nuts
Cinnamon & Sugar Candied Nuts

So I've had candied nuts before, but I'd never tried making them myself.  I had no idea how easy they were to make!  I whipped up a batch of these cinnamon and sugar candied nuts and I planned on having them out for snacks on Thanksgiving, but I don't know if they will last that long.  They're very addictive.  Once you eat one, you can't stop!  I used both pecans and almonds, but the pecans were definitely the favorite.!

Ingredients
1 pound of nuts (I used whole almonds and pecan halves)
1 egg white
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt

Directions
1.  Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
2.  Line baking tray with parchment paper.
3.  Mix dry ingredients (sugar, cinnamon, and salt) in a sealable container or bag.
4.  Mix wet ingredients (egg white, water, and vanilla) in a medium bowl.  Whisk until egg is frothy and peaks form.
5.  Add nuts to egg mixture.  Stir gently to coat all pieces.
6.  Pour nuts into sugar mixture.  Seal and shake gently.
7.  Place nuts on parchment lined baking sheet and cook for one hour, stirring gently every 20 minutes. 

Cinnamon & Sugar Candied Nuts

Inspired by this pin and this pin for candied nuts.

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Nutella Hot Chocolate

Nutella Hot Chocolate
Nutella hot chocolate

I love Nutella (who doesn't?) but I have to treat it as a controlled substance at my house.  Seriously.  I have absolutely no restraint what so ever and can go through a whole jar of it in just a few days.  I really don't need all that sugar, saturated fat, and extra calories so I usually don't buy it.  I don't need that kind of temptation.  I made a special exception when I saw this pin on Pinterest for Nutella hot chocolate and had to check it out.  Luckily for me, Pin Junkie Jr. likes Nutella as much as I do and he ate most of it.  His eighteen year old metabolism can handle that stuff much better than I can!  The recipe is easy:  just stir in two teaspoons of Nutella in a cup of warm milk.  It makes a delicious cup of hot chocolate.  (Of course it does, it's Nutella!)  Trying not to eat the remainder of the Nutella left in the jar however, is not so easy!

If you don't have any Nutella, don't worry.  
You can still make a delicious cup of hot chocolate with this recipe.

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Your Family In Pictures by Me Ra Koh

Your Family In Pictures by Me Ra Koh
Your Family In Pictures by Me Ra Koh


I received this book from Blogging For Books for this review.

I've mentioned before that I'm trying to improve my photography and I've been reading several books to help me out.  One book I found particularly helpful is Your Family in Pictures by Me Ra Koh.

Originally a writer, Me Ra Koh didn't start taking pictures until she was thirty yeas old.  She discovered photography after experiencing personal tragedy and discovered photography offered her a creative outlet while she healed.  She describes herself as not being a technical person and feeling completely lost when she first tried to read her camera manual.  She learned to use her camera and take beautiful pictures by photographing her children and her friend's children.  She grew her interest in photography into a successful wedding photography business and continued to grow professionally working with Sony, Nate Berkus, and Disney.

Her personal experience as a mom with a desire to take beautiful pictures of her children is what drives her passion to teach and empower moms with cameras to "shoot with heart and confidence" in her sold out workshops.  But you don't need to attended her workshop to capture your family's story and improve your photography skills.  Her book Your Family In Pictures contains many Me Ra-style explanations that demystify the technical side of photography.  It includes hundreds of tips and photo secrets along with forty "photo recipes." Me Ra wants you to feel confident in capturing your family's story, regardless of how technically versed or unversed you may be.  She acknowledges the technical side of photography can feel overwhelming and she guides you though the creative process, where the technicalities are kept simple so you can focus on the creativity.  She doesn't believe you need a "photographer's eye" and that taking great pictures is something that can be learned and developed.

Though the book does cover some technical aspects of photography, the emphasis of Your Family In Pictures is on developing the ability to tell a story through pictures.  You don't have to wait for special occasions or events to take the camera out and start taking pictures and she gives many examples and tips for capturing daily moments in everyday life.  Plus, I really love that she includes advice for both point and shoot cameras as well as DSLR cameras!

After reading this book, I realize I'm really bad about not taking many pictures of my family!  Not only don't I take many family pictures, but the ones I do take are always traditionally posed pictures during special occasions, not relaxed candid shots taken during everyday moments.  I'm really looking forward to using the advice in this book to take more family pictures and capture special moments in everyday life.  


Your Family In Pictures by Me Ra Koh
  


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Pin Junkie Pin Party #93

Welcome to The Pin Junkie!  
 I'm on a mission to do the things I pin on Pinterest and try something new every day!
 I'm so glad you're here to party with us!


Here's what I've been up to this week:

fall-thanksgiving-crafts copy-cat-outback-steakhouse-bread recipe place-card-easy-diy-ideas

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There were so many great projects shared at last week's party!  Thanks to everyone for sharing your projects, recipes and tips.  I can't wait to see what you will share this week!  But first, take a look at some features from last week's party.

Milky Way Caramel Cheesecake Brownies
Milky Way Caramel Cheesecake Brownies
by Allyson at Domestic Superhero


Banana Nut Truffles
Banana Nut Truffles


Silver and Gold Wreath Vintage Glass Ornaments
Silver and Gold Wreath


Spiced Pear Smoothie
Spiced Pear Smoothie


Printable Napkin Rings Thanksgiving
Printable Napkin Rings


Copy-Cat Outback Steakhouse Bread

Copy-Cat Outback Steakhouse Bread
Copy-Cat Outback Steakhouse Honey Wheat Bread

If you've ever been to an Outback Steakhouse restaurant, you know that the meal always starts with a serving of honey wheat "Bushman" bread.  This bread is delicious and it's even better with generous amounts of butter.  I usually find it difficult not to eat too much of this bread before the meal is served.  Maybe that's why they make the loaves so small!

Now you can enjoy this delicious bread at home.  This copy-cat Outback Steakhouse honey wheat bread recipe makes bread that's exactly like what is served at the restaurant.  I was surprised to find out the secret ingredient is coffee!  Who knew!  (I didn't have instant coffee granules so I substituted coffee for the water.)

If you think making homemade yeast breads from scratch is difficult, think again.  It's incredibly easy.   Just activate the yeast by letting in sit in warm water for five minutes.  Then mix all the ingredients to form a dough. Wait an hour or two for the dough to rise and bake.  Freshly baked bread smells so good!

I've found a really good copy-cat recipe for Red Lobster biscuits on Pinterest too.  Now I just need to find the recipe for the Olive Garden bread sticks!

red-lobster-cheddar-biscuit recipe


Inspired by this pin and this pin for Outback Steakhouse bread.



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