Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Starbuck's Passion Tea Lemonade

Starbuck's Passion Tea Lemonade
Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade 

I've seen a lot of pins for this Starbuck's passion tea lemonade on Pinterest.  It must be really popular because I had to go to three different stores to find the Tazo passion tea.  The first two stores were completely sold out!

I also had to got to Starbucks to actually taste a passion tea lemonade because, believe it or not, I've never had one.  This recipe tastes exactly like the Starbuck's passion tea lemonade.  My family thought it was too tart, but I liked it.

The box of twenty tea bags was five dollars which I thought was a bit much, but that's because I'm cheap.  The recipe said to use two tea bags for one cup of water, then mix the tea with the lemonade.  I followed the directions the first time I made the tea.  Later, I made a second batch, and decided to try it with only one tea bag.  It worked just fine, I just had to add more tea to the lemonade.  I also made my own lemonade because it's cheaper than buying the store bought stuff.

1 cup sugar
1 cup lemon juice
2 quarts water

8 ounces (1 cup) water
2 bags of Tazo passion tea  

Passion Tea
1 part tea
2 parts lemonade
(*if using one tea bag, mix 1 part tea and 1 part lemonade)

1.  Steep two bags of tea in one cup of water for 15 minutes.
2.  Mix sugar and lemon juice.  Stir to dissolve sugar.  Add water and mix well.
3.  Add 1/2 cup tea to 1 cup lemonade.  Add ice and enjoy!

Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Pita Bread Pizza

Pita Bread Pizza
Pita Bread Pizza

We love pizza at our house, but we can never agree on toppings.  I like lots of veggies while everyone else likes pepperoni, ham and sausage.  Individual pizzas made with pita bread lets you make a personal sized pizza with exactly what you want on it!  This pin for pita bread pesto pizzas inspired me to make pizza using pita bread.  Although those pesto pizzas looked really good, I didn't have pesto and some of the other ingredients.  I decided to give it a try anyway and I used what I had in the fridge for toppings.  I wasn't expecting it to be good since I really wasn't sure how well pita bread would work as a pizza crust.  It turns out that the pita bread makes a surprisingly good crust!  This is a basic recipe for pepperoni pizza but you can add your favorite ingredients like olives, mushrooms, peppers, etc.  These pita pizzas make a great snack or even a quick and easy dinner and I bet kids would love making their own!

1 pita bread
1 to 2 Tablespoons of your favorite pasta sauce
about 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
6 - 7 pieces of pepperoni

Start with a pita bread.
Pita Bread Pizza

Add a tablespoon or two of your favorite pasta sauce.
Pita Bread Pizza

Sprinkle on some shredded mozzarella cheese.
Pita Bread Pizza

Add some pepperoni.
Pita Bread Pizza

Bake at 400 degrees for about 10 - 15 minutes
 or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
Pita Bread Pizza

Not that it's hard to remember, but here's the cheat sheet!

Pita Bread Pizza

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Friday Link Party #62

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:
strawberry banana smoothie breakfast parfait http://www.thepinjunkie.com/2014/04/blog-updates.html

And check out the beautiful spring and Easter projects 
from previous parties!

spring easter crafts recipes

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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.

laundry room organization
Laundry Organization

Kicthen makeover under $350
Kitchen Makeover for under $350
by Michelle at Weekend Craft

ways to grow vegetables
Three Ways To Grow Vegetables
by Gaye at Calm Healthy Sexy

lilly pulitzer easter egg wreath
Lilly Pulitzer Easter Egg Wreath
by Kaylee at Couponing & Cooking

If you were featured this week, please grab a button and show it off!

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! 
The rules for this link party are easy!
Here's what you need to know:

1.  Link back in some way.  You can get my blog button in the sidebar.
2.  Link up something YOU made - it can be a craft, recipe, or project as long as YOU did it. (No giveaways, contests, or link parties please).
3.  Follow The Pin Junkie on Pinterest, GFC, or Facebook.
4.  Link directly to a specific post - not your main blog (Keep it family friendly, please)
5.  Show some love by checking out some of the other links and HAVE FUN!

By linking up to The Pin Junkie, you are giving permission to share your post and images on my social media networks and feature them on The Pin Junkie.

If you'd like to receive email reminders about when the party starts and keep up to date on important Pin Junkie news, just sign up with your email below. 

Blog Updates

Each day on The Pin Junkie I share the crafts and recipes I do that are inspired by Pinterest, but I'm also working on some bigger, long-term Pinterest projects.  Today, I wanted to give you an update on those projects as well as some updates on previous posts.

my 5k challenge
My 5K challenge

If you've been reading the blog for a while, you might remember that I plan on running my very first 5K this spring.  I haven't posted about it in a while so you might have thought I'd given up or completely forgotten about it.  Nope.  I just haven't been very good about writing about this one.  I feel like there's not much to write about.  Mostly it's just me telling myself to go and do it and then running around in circles.  I haven't been very good at strictly following the Couch To 5K running program by running three times a week so it has taken me much longer than nine weeks to prepare for the run.  But I have been doing it and I really like how the program pushes you a little farther each week.  The slow and steady increments of endurance and intensity are very do-able.  Recently, I have been able to walk / run 5 kilometers (3 miles) which is pretty amazing when I think how hard running for just a few minutes was at the very beginning.  I've also registered for the fun run which will be on May 4!  At the beginning, my goal was to simply finish the race, but now my goal is to see if I can run the whole thing without walking!  You can read my previous posts about my 5K challenge here:


Learning Spanish

I'm also wanting to improve my Spanish.  I wrote about a really neat website called Duolingo, which is a great tool for learning a language.  Well, I've just been too darn busy to keep up with the online lessons.  It's self paced so I'm not missing anything and hopefully I will be able to get back to it soon.  I also signed up for a local meetup for people who want to improve their conversational Spanish, but I haven't been able to attend any of the meetings yet.



Old camera

New camera

I also shared a post about how I'm learning to be a better photographer.  I've always been very happy with my Canon point and shoot camera, but was starting to feel a bit limited by it so I splurged and  bought myself a present.  I got a new camera and I'm completely overwhelmed by all the functions on it!  I've been reading the manual that came with it and have found some good online photography classes with Craftsy and Shoot Fly Shoot.  There's also a local photography club I'm considering joining.  I really like the improved image quality of my new camera and can't wait to learn how to use all the buttons and functions it has.



 how to clean tile grout
Tile Grout

About a year and a half ago, I cleaned my tile grout with a cleaning solution I found on Pinterest.  It did a great job of getting the tile clean, but it didn't stay clean.   A year and a half later it still looks just as dirty as it did before.  I'm not going to spend anymore time cleaning each line of grout because its an incredibly tedious job.  John and Sherry over at Young House Love also have light colored grout that was dirty and shared this product so I'm planning on using it and seeing what happens.  And of course I'll let you know how it works!

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Breakfast Parfait

Breakfast Parfait
breakfast parfait

This breakfast parfait isn't just for breakfast.  It makes a great snack or dessert as well.  It's sweet, creamy and crunchy and 100% healthy!  I think eating healthy is easy when food looks this pretty.

This is what I used to make my breakfast partfait, but feel free to change the ingredients to what you like.  Use you favorite flavors of yogurt, fruit and cereal.

6 ounces vanilla yogurt
1/4 cup fresh raspberries
1/4 cup fresh blueberries
1/4 cup cereal

breakfast parfait


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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Spring and Easter Crafts

Spring and Easter Crafts
Spring and Easter projects

Spring is finally here!  I'm looking forward to longer days and warmer weather, spring flowers, and bright  happy colors!  To help you welcome in spring, here is a great collection of crafts and recipes for spring and Easter.  All of these projects were shared at previous Pin Junkie link parties and have not been featured. 

I just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who comes to the party every week to link up their projects.  I really enjoy hosting the party because I love looking through all the creative projects that are shared every week and I enjoy reading your comments.  Thank you! 

If you would like to join the party, stop by on Thursday evenings at  7:00 p.m. MST.  We'd love to have you party with us!

Burlap Bunny Bag
Burlap Bunny Bag

Easter Card
Easter Card

chia eggs
Cha-Cha-Cha-Chia Eggs
by Andrew and Dennis at The Crafty Lumberjacks

Crocheted Coasters
Love the spring colors of these crocheted coasters
by Cynthia at Cynthia's Handiwork

Decoupage eggs
Decoupage eggs
by Melissa at Simply Sweets

Easter Banner tutorial
Easter Banner
by  Courtney at Optimistic Mommy

Simple Spring Wreath
Spring Wreath 
by Kathe at Kathe With An E 

diy cardboard easter wreath
 DIY Cardboard Wreath
by Cassie at Little Red Window

Easter Bunny Tails Printable
Bunny Tails Printable
by Kelly at Live Laugh Rowe

easter printables
Easter Jokes Printables

easter spring teacher appreciation
Spring Teacher Appreciate Gift
by  Elena at Craftibilities

spring teacher appreciation gift
Great gift idea!  "SubHerb Spring Printable"
by Kimberly at The Stuffed Suitcase

spring easter garland
Spring Garland 
by Cassie at Little Red Window

Paper Spider Mums
Paper Spider Mums
by Kelly at Live Laugh Rowe

Paint Chip Easter Gift Tags
Paint Chip Gift Tags
by Raquel at Organized Island

Stenciled Burlap Bunny Plaques
Stenciled Burlap Bunny Plaques

easter sugar cookies with royal icing
Sugar Cookies
by Elie at Organzier By Day

easter candy
Easter Candy Bunny Trail Mix

spring cupcakes
Chocolate almond cupcakes
by Roxana at Roxana's Home Baking

strawberry lemonade
Strawberry Lemonade

strawberry agua fresca
Strawberry Agua Fresca

rice krispie treats robins nest
Rice Krispie Treats Robin's Nests
by Jennifer at Princess Pinky Girl

 Easter Egg Cookie Dough Truffles
 Easter Egg Cookie Dough Truffles
by Lisa at Wine and Glue

Spring and Easter projects