The Pin Junkie: March 2014

Greek Salad

Greek Salad
Greek Salad

I've made other recipes for Greek salads in the past, but I have to say this version is my all time favorite!  I love the fresh cucumbers and crispy bell peppers paired with the creamy feta cheese and the dressing is fantastic!

There's a local restaurant here that sells pizza and salads.  Their Greek salad is a local favorite and Mr. Pin Junkie is crazy about their Greek dressing.  I think this salad dressing tastes just like theirs.

It's super easy to make this healthy, light salad.  Just chop up the vegetables, whip up the dressing and pour it over the salad. 

Go here for the recipe for Greek Salad.

Greek Salad

More Greek Recipes!
      Spinach Pie Baklava recipe Baked Greek Chicken

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Inspired by this pin for Greek salad.

Friday Link Party #60

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:
      butterfly cake spring wreath blue birds in a jar

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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.

skinny lemon bites
Skinny Lemon Bites
by Serene at House of Yum

Easter Bunny
Thrift Store Upcycle
by Cindy at DIY Beautify

Marshmallow flowers
Sweet blooms
by Sara at Bitz & Giggles

Blue Birds In A Jar

Blue Birds In A Jar
blue birds in a jar

These bluebirds in a jar just make me happy!  It captures spring time in a jar doesn't it? 

You will need:
moss or raffia
a jar
a stick
two birds
a piece of fabric
a ribbon

Fill the bottom of the jar with floral moss, grass, or raffia.

Cut the stick so that if fits in the jar.  If you cut it to fit just right, you won't need any glue.  

Wire the birds onto the stick and cut off any excess wire.

Place the stick in the jar.

With pinking shears, cut out a circle of fabric slightly bigger than the jar lid.  Place the lid on the jar and add a pretty ribbon.

blue birds in a jar

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Inspired by this pin for birds in a jar.

Spring Wreath

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I needed some new wreaths for spring and found this boxwood wreath on sale at Target.  I bought a flowering garland at 50% off at Hobby Lobby and bought plastic eggs and wire for a dollar each at Dollar Tree. 

I threaded the wire through the holes in the eggs and 
cut the wire long enough to wrap it around the wreath.

I twisted the wire on the back of the wreath to hold the egg in place.

I pulled the flowers off the garland.

and poked them in the wreath.  
I didn't use any glue and so far they are staying put.

Here's how it looks on my front door.

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Inspired by these pins for boxwood wreath and Easter egg wreath.

Chocolate Butterfly Cake

Chocolate Butterfly Cake
Chocolate Butterfly Cake

How do you take a boring boxed cake mix and make it into something special?  Add some chocolate butterflies!  I made a chocolate cake with a box of cake mix and store bought frosting.  I wanted to add something to make it look special and I remembered this pin for making chocolate butterflies I'd seen on Pinterest.

how to make chocolate butterflies

I quickly found some clip art online, copied and pasted it into a Word document, and changed the size to make small, medium, and large images.  I printed two copies and placed waxed paper on top.  I melted some white chocolate and spooned the melted chocolate into a piping bag.  Then I just traced the butterflies with the chocolate.

how to make chocolate butterflies

You can tell I didn't worry too much about tracing every line or making perfect butterflies.  I carefully placed the wax paper on a cookie sheet to make it easier to move in and out of the freezer.  I left the chocolate butterflies in the freezer for about ten minutes to harden.

how to make chocolate butterflies

When the cookie sheet comes out of the freezer, gently remove the butterflies from the waxed paper and place them on the cake.  Some of the butterflies were one piece and they laid flat.  Some butterflies I made in two pieces and I placed them so that the wings stuck up on the cake.

Chocolate Butterfly Cake

Chocolate Butterfly Cake

This technique would work for any kind of design, not just butterflies.  You could make other shapes, designs, or even letters.

Chocolate Butterfly Cake

Is it just me, or do those butterflies look like they're flying around in a glass terrarium?  It reminds me of this butterfly project.

Chocolate Butterfly Cake

I know I'm not supposed to call attention to the background in the picture, but I'm going to anyway because I just love how my new backdrop did in it's first photo shoot!  I love that rustic and cracked paint finish!  You can find the directions for making DIY wood photo backgrounds here.

Chocolate Butterfly Cake

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Inspired by these pins for chocolate molding technique and chocolate butterflies.

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