The Pin Junkie: September 2014

Skinny Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Skinny Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Skinny Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

When I saw this pin for a healthy version of chocolate chip cookie dough made with garbanzo beans, I was skeptical, but also curious.  How in the world could you possibly make garbanzo beans taste like cookie dough?  That's right - garbanzo beans are the secret ingredient for this skinny chocolate chip cookie dough recipe.  My curiosity was stronger than my skepticism and I decided to try it.  This recipe is skinny because there is no butter or eggs and very little sugar as compared to regular cookie dough. 

I made the mistake of making this while Mr. Pin Junkie and Pin Junkie Jr. were around.  They saw what went in it and as a result absolutely refused to taste it.  I have been able to get them to try other healthy dessert recipes in the past, but not this one.

If you're in the mood for some chocolate chip cookie dough, but not the fat and calories, you're going to have to seriously work for it.  You have to spend a lot of time mixing this concoction to get it to a smooth consistency!  A food processor would probably work better, but since I don't have one, I spent a lot of time with my blender, continuously stopping, starting, and scraping the the edges down.

This skinny chocolate chip cookie dough is actually good (or at least better than I thought it would be) but I'm not going to lie to you.  It's not as sweet as typical cookie dough and you can taste the garbanzo beans.  It's really not bad though!  I recommend putting in extra chocolate chips.  (That's what I did.)

You can find the recipe here, but I did a few things differently.
 - I added a few extra tablespoons of milk.
 - The original recipe doesn't mention this, but be sure to remove the skins from the garbanzo beans           before blending them.

If you want cookie dough that tastes like the real thing and only takes minutes to make, try this single serve eggless cookie dough recipe.  (sorry about the bad picture, it was one of my very first posts.)  It's got tons of butter and sugar (yum!) but no raw eggs and only makes one small serving.

 Inspired by this pin for healthy cookie dough


Looking for more healthy dessert recipes?
How about these!

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Halloween Scrap Wood Painted Ghosts

Halloween Scrap Wood Painted Ghosts
Halloween Scrap Wood Painted Ghosts

When it comes to Halloween decorations, I prefer cute over gory and cute decorations don't get any easier than these Halloween scrap wood painted ghosts!  I had some scrap wood leftover from previous projects and since I never like to throw anything away, I decided to make some cute little ghosts.  I used different lengths of 2x4 pieces, but the measurements don't really matter.  You can make your ghosts as tall, short, or as wide as you'd like.  Just make sure you have straight cuts so that your ghosts are level and stand up straight.

I started by sanding the pieces of wood and painting them with primer.  When the primer was dry, I gave them a coat of white paint.  When that was dry, I painted some black ovals for the eyes and mouths.

Halloween Scrap Wood Painted Ghosts

That's it!
It's so easy it's scary!

Halloween Scrap Wood Painted Ghosts

More fun and easy Halloween decorating ideas!


Inspired by this pin and this pin for painted wood decorations.

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Pin Junkie Pin Party #86

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:

Indian tacos Pinterest-everything-you-ever-wanted-to-know paint-sample-bookmarks homemade-taco-seasoning

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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.

Caramel Apple Milkshake 
by Ashlyn at Belle of the Kitchen

Gift Card Holders
by Kelly at Live Laugh Rowe

Skinny Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream

free fall-printables
Free Fall Printbles
by Erlene at My Pinterventures

apple-pie in a a skillet easy recipe
Easy Skillet Apple Pie
by Mitzi at Written Reality

Paint Sample Bookmarks

Paint Sample Bookmarks

Paint sample bookmarks might just be the easiest craft ever!  Don't worry if you don't have any paint samples handy; you can always pick up a few the next time you're at the hardware store. 

This is all you need to make a bookmark:
Paint sample
hole punch

My paint swatches were really wide, so I cut them first to get a narrow bookmark shape as well as to get rid of the text on the side.  Next, I punched a hole in the top of the paint sample and tied a tassel through it for a super simple bookmark.  Ta-da!  It makes a nice little bookmark, though it's rather plain so I to added a little something extra. 

I printed some of my favorite quotes on a piece of 8.5 x 11 inch vellum paper.  (It's hard to see, but this is what it looked like before I cut the quotes.)  I cut each quote just a little narrower than the paint swatch, hole punched it, and tied it all together with a tassel. 

"There is no frigate like a book to take us lands away"
Emily Dickinson

"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies.  
The man who never reads lives only one."  
George R.R. Martin

 More easy-to-make bookmarks with felt and ribbon.

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Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning
Homemade Taco Seasoning

I've been buying those taco seasoning packets to make tacos for years.  Even though I buy the reduced salt version, I'm sure it still contains way too much salt as well as all kinds of other mystery ingredients that I don't need to be eating.  So I decided I'd try something different and make my own homemade taco seasoning.  I found several pins on Pinterest for homemade taco seasoning and I decided to combine all of the recipes I found to make one master mix. The result was pretty good!  Certainly less salt, but the heat from the chili flakes made up for that and kept the tacos from being bland.  I didn't think this taco mix made our tacos too spicy, but you can always reduce the amount of chili flakes you use.  I'm not entirely sure if making your own taco seasoning is a cheaper or more economical solution to buying the seasoning packets since buying spices can be expensive.  Luckily, I already had all these spices so I didn't have to spend a small fortune.  Even if this homemade taco seasoning isn't less expensive, it still probably has less salt and I know exactly what went into my seasoning mix (no mystery ingredients or things I can't pronounce!) 

Homemade Taco Seasoning

2 Tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
3/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon corn starch
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Mix all the spices together in a small bowl.
To make tacos, just brown one pound of ground beef and add this seasoning mix with 3/4 cup of water.
If using the mix later, store it in an airtight container.  I used an empty spice bottle which worked perfectly!

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning

More great taco recipes you might like:
taco casserole

Navajo Indian Tacos

Inspired by this pin and  for homemade taco seasoning.

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