The Pin Junkie: October 2013

Friday Link Party #41


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!


HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
Here's what I've been up to this week:
         
How To Roast Garlic
spinach pie
how to clean an oven without chemicals

In November, I will be doing separate features in addition to the weekly party features.  For the next few parties, share the DIY projects, crafts and recipes that you normally share each week.  In addition, you may also share posts that fit the weekly theme.  You can even share something you did last year, as long as it fits the theme.  So link 'em up and your project could be featured!
*please note – if your fall project has already been featured in a previous party, it won’t be featured a second time. 

This week's party theme - fall decorating
Any fall decorating ideas
mantles, wreaths, table settings, tablescapes, etc.

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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 get clicked at link parties
Great tips for link parties 


white country kitchen
Kim at Exquisitely Unremarkable shared
her pretty kitchen.


Elvis Poke Cake Recipe
Jamie at Love Bakes Good Cakes
shared the Ode to Elvis Poke Cake!


dollar tree Halloween decorating
Juliana at 17 Turtles shared a dollar tree
Halloween decorating idea.


How To Clean An Oven The Easy Way


How To Clean Oven Easy Way

A miracle has occurred in my kitchen.  No, I didn't see a holy image in my breakfast toast.  I'm talking about a different kind of miracle.  My oven is clean!  Normally, as long as my oven works and cooks things properly, I don't mind of it's clean or not.  I'd resigned myself to having a dirty oven and I like to think of the baked on crud as evidence that I actually use the thing to cook once in a while.

Since I'm always looking for new things to try on Pinterest, I tried several different methods to clean my oven, and none of them worked as well as this one.   Several pins on Pinterest suggested scrubbing with baking soda and water which didn't work at all.  Other pins suggested using baking soda and vinegar.  The reaction between the baking soda and vinegar is supposed to help remove the crud, but again it didn't work.  Another pin suggested setting a pan of ammonia in the oven but I couldn't stand the fumes.  Another pin suggested placing a large pot of hot, steaming water in the oven.  The steam is supposed to loosen the baked on crud in the oven, but the pan of water cools off quickly and the steam doesn't last long enough to do anything.  This method didn't work, but it was on the right track. 

Then I found this idea.  Use a steamer to clean your oven.  Well that makes sense!  My Conair GS60 Deluxe Compact Fabric Steamer produces lots of hot steam for 45 minutes, much longer than a pan of hot water.  It did a great job removing wallpaper during my bathroom makeover, so why not use it to clean the oven!


Here's what you'll need:
a steamer
a sponge
a bucket or sink nearby to rinse out the sponge
gloves to project your hands from the steam

Make sure you wear gloves to protect your hands from the steam.  The steam is hot and it will burn you!  I set the nozzle of the steamer in one section of the oven for about 30 - 60 seconds, then scrubbed with the sponge.  I had to rinse out the sponge frequently.  Just keep repeating steam, scrub, and rinse over and over until the oven is clean.  Not a lot of fun, but look on the bright side.  There are a few bonuses that come from all your hard work and scrubbing.  Not only will your oven be clean, but you get a nice little mini facial from the steam!  And be sure to tell your family that you're going out for dinner tonight because you don't want to cook and get your beautiful clean oven dirty again! 

This is what my oven looked like before.

After using the steamer it looks so much better!
How To Clean Oven Easy Way

The sides of the oven were a little more stubborn.  They didn't get completely clean, but they're much cleaner than they were.


 The steam didn't work at all on the glass.  I gave it a good try, but got tired of scrubbing after a while and decided to try something different.

A razor cleaned that stuff right off.  Here's the part where I tell you to be extremely careful!  Please don't accidentally cut yourself or scratch the class.  I didn't use the razor while using the steamer.  I scrapped the glass with the razor while everything was dry.  I though it best to make sure everything was dry to prevent slipping.  Scrape slowly and carefully and with light pressure to prevent scratching the glass. 
How To Clean Oven Easy Way

It worked!  That glass is spotless!
How To Clean Oven Easy Way

Now my oven is clean and I didn't have to use any toxic chemicals!

How To Clean Oven Easy Way

Find more great cleaning tips here!

clean organize anything

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Inspired by this pin for how to clean an oven.

Spinach Pie

Spinach Pie with Phyllo Dough
Spinach Pie

First of all, I was a little apprehensive about making spinach pie for dinner.  I really didn't think my meat and potatoes kind of guys were going to like a dinner with spinach as the main ingredient.  This spinach pie pinned from Martha Stewart looked good to me even if it wasn't appealing to the rest of my household.  I figured I'd give it a try since we all like Greek food and this was supposed to be similar to spanakopita which is basically a Greek spinach pie.

Second, I really wish the recipe had mentioned to thaw the phyllo dough two hours before working with it.  That useful piece of information was on the box of phyllo dough, but not in the recipe directions and I didn't notice it until I was trying to work with phyllo dough that was frozen and brittle.

The recipe says to use four sheets of phyllo dough which really seems like too much.  I used two sheets of phyllo dough which was plenty.  Even though the phyllo dough hadn't thawed out, I decided to go ahead with it anyway, because I was already half way through making the pie and we couldn't wait two hours for dinner.

The spinach pie came out of the oven looking great.  The phyllo dough was nicely browned.  But once we started eating it, we realized that it really hadn't cooked properly and was doughy in spots.  Probably because the phyllo hadn't properly thawed.

This spinach pie looks so good, it's hard to believe this recipe was a fail.  I don't accept failure very well and I'm tempted to try this recipe again and do a better job on the phyllo dough.  The guys were not impressed.  It was just too much spinach for them.  Even if the phyllo dough had thawed and cooked properly, they just didn't like all that spinach.


baked greek chicken

baklava recipe



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Inspired by this pin for spinach pie.

How To Roast Garlic

How To Roast Garlic
How To Roast Garlic


 Start with whole bulbs of garlic.


Slice off the top part of the garlic 
to reveal the garlic cloves inside.


Place the garlic on a sheet of foil.  
Drizzle the top of the garlic with olive oil.


Wrap the foil around the garlic.  
Place in a 400 degree oven and bake 30 to 45 minutes.


Remove from foil and enjoy perfectly roasted garlic!
How to roast garlic


How To Roast Garlic



easy way to peel garlic




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Inspired by this pin for roasting garlic.

Friday Link Party #40


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:
        
                       
Halloween tick-or-treat porch sign
Halloween crafts and decorating ideas
Halloween table decor dollar tree

In November, I will be doing separate features in addition to the weekly party features.  For the next few parties, share the DIY projects, crafts and recipes that you normally share each week.  In addition, you may also share posts that fit the weekly theme.  You can even share something you did last year, as long as it fits the theme.  So link 'em up and your project could be featured!

*please note – if your fall project has already been featured in a previous party, it won’t be featured a second time. 

10/31 party theme - fall decorating
Any fall decorating ideas
mantles, wreaths, table settings, tablescapes, etc.

11/7 party theme - fall recipes
Any fall recipes
main dishes, sides, deserts, beverages, etc.

11/14 party theme - fall crafts
Any fall crafts
fall crafts, fall printables, fall kids crafts, etc.

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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.

decluttered laundry room
 Marcy at Day 2 Day Supermom shared 
how she decluttered her laundry room.


white country shabby chic kitchen
Penny shared her vintage little lady stove 
and her pretty kitchen at Penny's Vintage Home.


printable holiday binder organization
Get organized for the holidays by making a holiday mini binder 
shared by Mique and 30 Handmade Days.


how to keep recipes organized
Kimberly at A Time To Freeze 
shared how to keep recipes organized.


painted desk makeover
An old desk got a makeover thanks to 
Susan at Sunflower Hugs.


Halloween mummy pumpkins
 Easy to make mummy pumpkins 


fall table decorating ideas
 Great fall table decorating ideas 
shared by Tammy at One More Time Events.