The Pin Junkie: March 2013

Friday Link Party #10

Happy weekend everyone!  I'm looking forward to celebrating Easter with family this weekend.  We'll also be celebrating my son's 17th birthday.  His birthday is actually on April 1st, but we're celebrating on Saturday.  I hope that you have a happy and fun filled weekend too!

This week I didn't get to share or post much.  My darn job gets in the way of my crafting and blogging!  But on the bright side, last week was the biggest link party with 81 entries!  I know it's not much, but it's nice to see the party growing each week! 

I shared how to make easy and delicious gluten free banana pancakes.
banana pancakes gluten free

I also shared links for Docter Who Paper Crafts.  
I made a Dalek and the TARDIS 
diy dalek tardis doctor who

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!  But first, take a look at some features from last week's party.

bedroom makeover
Angela at Creative Blossoming shared her calm and serene bedroom makeover.  What a beautiful space!

chalkboard paint headboard makeover
Callie from Callie's Crafts found this headboard on the curb and gave it a new life.  She even shares how to make your own chalk paint!

rustic wedding ideas
Beth at The First Year Blog shared some clever ideas for a rustic wedding.

strawberry banana bread
Allyson at Domestic Superhero shared a delicious recipe for Greek Yogurt Strawberry Banana Bread.  Looks yummy!

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DIY TARDIS and Dalek Doctor Who Paper Crafts

I'm a huge fan of British television and Doctor Who in particular.

For those of you who don't know what Doctor who is, it's a science fiction television series about a being (The Doctor) from Gallifrey.  His world has been destroyed, so he travels all of time and space, but seems to end up in the UK frequently.  He is also able to regenerate, which means he never dies, he just assumes a new body.  This is a really handy power to have since the show has been on since 1963 and there have been several different doctors.  Some of the older shows in the series are really cheesy, but the newer ones are terrific!

The Doctor travels in the TARDIS which stands for Time And Relative Dimensions In Space.  The Doctor's ship can disguise itself in order to blend into its surroundings, but the chameleon circuit got stuck in the 1960's so it's always disguised as a police phone box.  It's also bigger on the inside.  Go here for the printable Tardis.

In his travels, The Doctor encounters many evil creatures.  Daleks are some of the most evil creatures because they are efficient killing machines.  They hate all other life forms and view them as inferior.  They work tirelessly and relentlessly to rid the universe of all "inferior" life forms with their toilet plungers and deathly laser beams while screaming "Exterminate! Exterminate! Exterminate!"  like they've had way too much caffeine.  Go here for the printable Dalek.  (There are tons of other cool paper crafts at this site too!)

I know this sounds like a very silly show (and it kind of is, that's one of the reasons why I like it!) but it really is very good.  If you're a fan, you know exactly what I'm talking about and you'll probably love making these paper models as much as I did.  If you're not a fan, then you probably know one.  You can make these paper models for them and they'll love you forever!  Just print, cut out, fold, and tape together! Allons-y!

Gluten Free Banana Pancakes

Banana pancakes recipe

Banana Pancakes

Wouldn't you like to wake up and have this for breakfast?

I found the recipe for these banana pancakes here and here.  It's a simple recipe.  Just mash a banana and add an egg along with some salt and cinnamon to taste.  Then cook in a lightly oiled skillet just like you would for pancakes.  The first recipe calls for one egg.  The second recipe says to use two eggs.  I tried both ways.  The first day I made these with two eggs.  They were a little eggy, more like french toast, rather than light, fluffy pancakes.  They were still good especially with a little bit of powdered sugar and some fruit.  One banana and two eggs made seven pancakes and I ate five of them, so they obviously weren't awful. 

The second day, I mixed up another batch and I used only one egg.  It was much more difficult to flip the pancakes because the batter wouldn't hold together an the pancakes had a much sweeter, banana taste.  Both ways were delicious!

Friday Link Party #9

Happy weekend everyone!  And happy spring too!
I thought spring would never arrive, but I'm beginning to see signs of spring everywhere I look.  These beautiful daffodils are in my backyard.


how to keep strawberries fresh

I also shared a recipe for a delicious strawberry pie.
strawberry pie

copy-cat chick-fil-a sandwhich

Finally, I shared a book by Elisabeth Eaves called Wanderlust A Love Affair with Five Continents.
Wanderlust: A Love Affair with Five Continents by Elisabeth Eaves

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!  But first, take a look at some features from last week's party.

chocolate chip cookie pie
Doesn't this look amazing!  Leigh Anne at Your Home Based Mom shared her chocolate chip cookie pie.

kitchen dining room makeover
Denyse at Glitter, Glue & Paint is updating her kitchen and dining room with one of my favorite color combinations - teal and beige.

diy framed butterfly art
Lynn at Craft Room Confidential made a beautiful butterfly collage.  I want to make one too!

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Book Review: Wanderlust A Love Affair with Five Continents

I used to read so much more before Pinterest took over my life!  I have a long list of books I want to read so I figured I'd better get busy and I had time while I was on spring break.  

Wanderlust A Love Affair with Five Continents is an interesting memoir about a woman’s travels around the world.  Although this book received really mixed reviews on Amazon, I enjoyed this book.  What I found interesting is how the author describes how she got addicted, in a way, to traveling.  Constant travel was a lifestyle she got used to.  When she tried to stay in one place, it was very difficult for her to live with one person in the same place and have a daily routine.  She describes the trade offs of a traveling lifestyle and how many of her friends have homes, families and roots and sometimes she wishes she had those experiences. 

I have the home, family, and roots and I dream of  traveling.  Isn't the grass always greener?   I'd love to explore every corner of the world if I could.  Hopefully I'll get to one day, but for now, I can read about the excitement of going to new places, meeting new people, and having new experiences in other, far away places.

I'm curious, if you could go anywhere, where would it be?

How To Keep Strawberries Fresh

How to keep strawberries fresh
How To Keep Strawberries Fresh
In an earlier post, I wrote about how much I love strawberries.  On Pinterest, I found a way to keep them fresh longer.

One of my favorite comedians is Eddy Izzard and in one of his skits, he talks about going to the grocery store and buying all the "lovely fruit" (he's British) bringing it home, setting it in a bowl on the counter . . . and watching it rot!

That happens at my house especially with strawberries.  You really have to eat them right away or they go bad.  This works for all fruit, not just strawberries.  It cleans the fruit before you eat it, which is always a good idea, and it also keeps the fruit fresh longer!

First, fill up the sink with just enough cold water to cover the fruit and add half a cup of white vinegar.  Put the fruit in a colander so it's easy to get every thing out all at once.  Soak the fruit for five minutes and then remove.

You don't taste the vinegar, but after you do this, the fruit is clean and safe to eat and will stay fresh!

trawberry pie

chocolate covered strawberry roses

Strawberry Pie

Strawberry pie recipe
Strawberry Pie

One of my favorite memories is visiting my grandparents in Michigan during the summer.  We would go to the strawberry farm and pick fresh strawberries from the fields.  This was a real novelty for me since I grew up in the desert where strawberries just don't grow, no matter how hard you try.  I ate almost as many strawberries as I picked!

I remember taking them back to the house and working with my grandfather to wash them in big buckets and hulling them until my fingers hurt.  

One summer after picking strawberries my grandmother"s neighbor and good friend invited us over for dinner.  I don't remember what we ate for dinner, but I do remember the strawberry pie we had for dessert.  I had never even heard of strawberry pie and had certainly never tasted it.

I remember how good it was and how I had seconds even though I had eaten my fair share of strawberries that day while picking them.

Needless to say, I love strawberries.  I like the taste of them yes, but good memories come flooding back whenever I see or taste them.

When I saw this recipe on Pinterest I knew I had to try it.  I was hoping it was as good as the strawberry pie I remember eating when I was a kid all those summers ago.

This recipe is from With A Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart.  The recipe says this is a very sweet pie and calls for one and a half cups of sugar and suggests using less sugar if you don't want the pie too sweet.  I used only one cup of sugar and it was plenty sweet for me.  The recipe also calls for two cups of sliced strawberries, but I will be adding more strawberries (probably three cups) the next time I make this.  I will definitely be making it again because it was so good and so easy and tastes exactly like the pie I remember from when I was a kid!  Delicious!

Copy Cat Chick-Fil-A Chicken Sandwich

Chick-Fil-A Sandwhich recipe
Copy-Cat Chick-Fil-A Chicken Sandwich
I love Chick-Fil-A chicken sandwiches!  I don't know anyone who doesn't, except for my son and he's just crazy.  I have several Chick-Fil-A copy-cat recipes pinned to my Pinterest recipe board, but I decided to make this one from The Food Nework.

The recipe didn't appear that difficult when I read through it before I started cooking.  Mix the ingredients, coat the chicken, and fry in hot oil.  Pretty straight forward, right?  Well, after making these sandwiches, my kitchen looked like a tornado had hit it, so clean up was quite a bit more than usuall.  I certainly wouldn't make this on a weeknight after being at work all day.

You're probably wondering if these are any good and worth the mess and cleanup.  Well, they were a pretty close resemblance to the real thing.  The sandwiches were tender and moist, but didn't have as much flavor as the restaurant sandwiches.  I followed the directions for the seasonings, so I'm guessing you would need to add some really unhealthy amounts of sugar and salt to make them taste like the real thing.  

So if it's Sunday and you've got a craving for a Chick-Fil-A sandwich that just wont' quit - here's your recipe!  Make sure you serve it to your family with a big smile and say "It's my pleasure to serve you!" for the full Chick-Fill-A experience!

Copy-Cat Chick-Fil-A Chicken Sandwich

Happy Hour #10 Kahlua & Coke Ice Cream Float

This idea for a Kahlua and Coke ice cream float comes from Gina at The Shabby Creek Cottage and OMG is it good!  Way better than the vootbeer float I made a couple of weeks ago. 

Just fill a big frosty mug with vanilla ice cream, add a shot of Kahlua, and pour the Coke over the top.  I did it backwards.  I added the Kahlua after the Coke and the Kahlua sank to the bottom.  If you pour the Kahlua in first, and then add the Coke, the Coke fizzes and helps mix the Kahlua in evenly.  Even though I mixed the ingredients in the wrong order, it was still delicious and didn't stop me from enjoying it!


So thank you and a big high five to Gina for sharing this wonderful and delicious treat!

Yuck List

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Friday Link Party #8

Happy weekend everyone!
This week I showed how I updated the hardware in my laundry room.

easy update for door knobs

I also shared how I labeled laundry bags.
diy labeled laundry bags

It all added up to one beautiful laundry room makeover!
laundry room makeover

diy labeled larundry bags laundry room makeover

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!  But first, take a look at some features from last week's party.

Another room makeover!  This one is from Natasha at Serenity You.  
Visit her blog to see the after pictures!  What a transformation!

skinny green chili chicken enchiladas
Evelyn at My Turn For Us shared a recipe for Skinny Green Chicken Enchiladas.  
Yum!  These look good!  I will definitely be making this for dinner soon!

andes mint brownies
Heidi at The Frugal Girls shared a delicious looking recipe for Andes Mint Brownies.  After I make those enchiladas, I'm making these brownies for desert!

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