The Pin Junkie: September 2015

Pin Junkie Pin Party #136

Welcome to The Pin Junkie 
 I'm on a mission to do the things I pin on Pinterest and try something new every day! 
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The party is held every Thursday at 7:00 PM MST.
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 I'm so glad you're here to party with us!


Here's what I've been up to this week:

monogram art jewelry organizer

skinny chocolate brownie recipe


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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.


Pumpkin Recipes


pumpkin bars with cream cheese icing/
by Susan at Momcrieff



Monogram Art Jewelry Organizer

Monogram Art Jewelry Organizer
 Monogram Art Jewelry Organizer
 

I’ve seen a lot of monogram art on Pinterest and I was inspired to make my own.  You can put a monogram on just about anything, but I really love the way a big, bold letter or text with an interesting font can be used as art.  I found this letter "B" at the craft store and used a picture frame and materials I already had to make this monogram art jewelry organizer.  It's a really easy project that only takes about 30 minutes or less to put together.

Initial Art Monogram Art

Materials:
box frame
letter
flowers
fabric
glue
drill
hooks

Monogram Art Initial Art

Cut out a piece of fabric and glue it to the back insert of the photo frame. 

Decorate your monogram letter any way you choose.  I used small flowers.

Glue the letter onto the fabric lined frame insert making sure to center it.

Monogram Art Inititial Art

Pop it into the frame.

You can stop here and have a really pretty piece of monogrammed art.  I decided to add some hooks to the bottom to make it functional as well as pretty.

picture frame jewelry organizer diy

Along the bottom of the frame, measure equal distances for the hooks.  Mark with a pencil so you can easily erase the marks.  Then drill guide holes.

picture frame jewelry organizer diy

Screw cup hooks into the pilot holes.

Now you have a really pretty place to hold jewelry!

Monogram Art Jewelry Organizer


Monogram Art Jewelry Organizer


Monogram Art Jewelry Organizer


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Skinny Chocolate Brownies

Skinny Chocolate Brownies
Skinny Chocolate Brownies

Yes!  You read that correctly - skinny chocolate brownies!  This chocolate brownie recipe has no eggs and no butter which means these brownies have less fat and fewer calories than traditional brownies.  Don't worry, they're still big on traditional chocolate brownie taste and texture.  To make these dark chocolaty brownies, you just need one secret ingredient:  black beans.  Yes, I know it sounds weird to put black beans in brownies.  I was skeptical too!

Skinny Chocolate Brownies

I’ve learned that I have to be careful making these kinds of “sneaky” deserts.  The family usually wonders through the kitchen to see what I’m making and if they see anything suspicious, like healthy ingredients, it's difficult to convince them to even taste it.

Skinny Chocolate Brownies

They’ve learned that I sometimes sneak in healthy ingredients into deserts.  This time, they saw the black beans along with the baking ingredients and immediately started asking questions, but I wouldn’t tell them what I was making. 


Skinny Chocolate Brownies

I admit, I didn’t have high expectations for these brownies, either.  I really didn’t think that brownies with beans in them could possibly be any good.  They came out of the oven and we were all curious.  Where they any good?  The answer: yes they were!  Even my skeptical family reluctantly admitted that they were good!

Want to make those brownies a little less healthy?  Add some ice cream and chocolate syrup to make a delicious brownie ice cream sundae!

Skinny Chocolate Brownie Ice Cream Sundae

Mmmmm! So yummy!

Skinny Chocolate Brownie Ice Cream Sundae


Ingredients
1 can (15 oz.) black beans, drained and rinsed
1/8 cup water
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup almond milk (can also use soy or regular milk)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cup sugar

Directions
1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2.  Pulse beans and water in a blender or food processor until smooth.
3.  Mix dry ingredients in a medium bowl: baking soda, baking powder, salt, flour, cocoa powder, sugar.
4.  Stir in pureed beans, milk, and vanilla.  Mix just until dry ingredients are incorporated.
5.  Pour batter into lightly greased 8x8 baking dish.
6.  Bake 30 minutes at 375 degrees.



Other healthier deserts that use sneaky ingredients:

skinny chocolate cookies
skinny chocolate peanut butter cookies


Inspired by this pin and this pin for brownies.

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Pin Junkie Pin Party #135

Welcome to The Pin Junkie 
 I'm on a mission to do the things I pin on Pinterest and try something new every day! 
---------
The party is held every Thursday at 7:00 PM MST.
---------
 I'm so glad you're here to party with us!


Here's what I've been up to this week:

lemon chicken asparagus stir fry summer garden tour trick for hard to open jars

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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.

fall projects diy


homemade pumpkin pie spice
by Sherri at To Simply Inspire 


gold leaf trinket dish


gourmet caramel apples


neutral fall wreath Scrap Wreath
by Kelly at Live Laugh Rowe