The Pin Junkie: December 2013

Best Pinterest Projects of 2013

Best Pinterest Projects of 2013
Best Pinterest Projects of 2013

Today, I'm sharing my favorite Pinterest inspired projects of 2013.  It's hard to believe that 2013 is almost over.  It certainly went by fast while I've been working my way through Pinterest one pin at a time!  It was also hard to pick my favorites, but I narrowed it down to twelve - one for each month of 2013.

My favorite home improvement projects of 2013

In 2013, we did a lot of work on our house.  The attic got new insulation and the front yard got new landscaping but my very favorite home improvement projects were the laundry room and bathroom because my husband and I did it ourselves and they both turned out better than I could have imagined!  A year later, I still look at these room and think "Wow! That looks good!"

laundry room makeover

 bathroom makeover 

My favorite craft projects of 2013

Choosing my favorite crafts was a bit more difficult.  There was a lot to choose from!  I really liked this butterfly bell jar because it was so incredibly cheap and easy to do and after only thirty minutes and about five dollars, it looked fantastic!
butterfly bell jar

I really liked this necklace I made because 
it was my very first attempt at making jewelry.
diy beaded necklace tutorial 

I liked this project because my son and I worked on it together.  I know absolutely nothing about working with wood, so the fact that I made this is amazing to me.
pallet scrap wood planter box

My favorite tips of 2013

These cleaning tips are my favorite because they both work like magic!
how to clean oven grates the easy way

 how to clean glass shower doors the easy way

My favorite recipes of 2013

This was another difficult category to choose a favorite in.  I've tried a lot of new recipes this year.  These recipes were so good, we made them more than once!
homemade pickles

Red lobster cheddar biscuits

microwave mug brownies for one

chocolate banana bread recipe

taco casserole

Thank you for visiting today, whether this is your first time visiting or you're a regular reader.  I've collected thousands of ideas on Pinterest and I've been working my way through them one pin at a time!  I keep adding more ideas faster than I can do them, so I've got lots more to do in 2014!

Homemade Baklava

Homemade Baklava
homemade baklava

Baklava is a Greek dessert that has paper thin, crispy layers of phyllo dough, honey, and nuts.  I love baklava and had always assumed it was difficult to make.  I saw this recipe on The Chicken Chick  which included excellent step by step instructions and helpful pictures.  I pinned that recipe right away and decided to give it a try. 

I learned my lesson about working with phyllo dough from the Greek inspired spinach pie pin fail and this time, I knew to thaw the phyllo dough before using it.  My assumption about baklava being difficult to make was completely wrong.  It's not hard to do.  It just takes some time to prepare all the layers, but it's totally worth it!  This baklava tastes just as good as the baklava I've had at Greek restaurants! 

homemade baklava

As much as I'd like to eat this whole pan of baklava myself, I'm going to share it along with some of the other goodies I made recently.

easy no-fail fudge

english toffee recipe

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Inspired by this pin for baklava recipe.

Friday Link Party #47

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:
english toffee
chocolate covered pretzel sticks with sprinkles
easy fudge recipe

For even more holiday treats, be sure to check out
all the featured recipes from last week's party.

There will be no link party next week on 12/26/13
The party will be back on 1/2/14.

Merry Christmas!

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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.

bottle cap snowman ornaments
Bottle Cap Snowman Ornaments
by Andrew and Dennis at The Crafty Lumberjacks

christmas photo booth props
Christmas Photobooth Props 
by Meredith at Unoriginal Mom

paper christmas trees
Paper Christmas Trees
by Cindy at DIY Beautify

retro christmas wreath
Retro Christmas Wreath 
by Kelly at Live Laugh Rowe

Christmas Dessert Recipes

Christmas Dessert Recipes
Christmas dessert recipes

Christmas is a time for sweet treats from the kitchen.  Whether you're baking goodies for friends and neighbors or making cookies for Santa, here are some great Christmas recipes you won't want to miss!  All of these recipes were shared at last week's Pin Junkie Party.  For your chance to be featured next week, come on over on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. MST to join the party! 

Cranberry Eggnog Crumb Coffe Cake
Cranberry Eggnog Crumb Coffee Cake
by Paula at PMC

Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies
Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies

Classic Toffee Recipe
Classic Toffee Recipe 
by Katie at The Casual Craftlete

chocolate ball cookies
Festive Chocolate Balls
by Lina at With A Blast

Homemade Peanut Brittle
Homemade Peanut Brittle
by Katie at Addicted 2 DIY

Candy Cane Cake
Candy Cane Cake
by Shamene at Say It With Cake

Melting Snowman Cookies
Melting Snowman Cookies
by Sherri at Made From Pinterest

Nutella Carament Kiss Cookies
Nutella Caramel Kisses

Peppermint Cookie Bark
Peppermint Cookie Bark
by at Leigh Anne at Your Home Based Mom

Classic Spritz Cookies
Classic Spritz Cookies
by Emily at Sweet Bella Roos

Rosemary Shortbread Cookies
Rosemary Shortbread Stars

Cranberry Orange Vanilla Cookies
Cranberry Orange Vanilla Cookies
by Danielle at Busy Mom's Helper

Gingerbread Oreo Cookie Balls
Gingerbread Oreo Cookie Balls
by Tanya at Lemons For Lulu

white chocolate dipped gingersnaps
White Chocolate Dipped Gingersnaps

Candy Cane Rice Krispie Treats
Santa's Favorite Krispie Treats

Chocolate Cherry Thumbprint Cookies
Chocolate Cherry Thumbprints

Chocolate Snowballs
Chocolate Snow Balls
by Linda at With A Blast

Sugar and Spice Pecans
Sugar and Spice Pecans
by Sherri at Made From Pinterest

Gingerbread Cupcakes
Gingerbread Cupcakes
by Emily at Sweet Bella Roos

holiday gingerbread tree cookies
Gingerbread Trees
by Debbie at Simple Joys of Home

jello popcorn
Jello Popcorn
by Jamie at Love Bakes Good Cakes

white chocolate gingerbread oreo cookies
White Chocolate Gingerbread Oreo Cookies
by Rebecca of Living Better Together

Christmas dessert recipes