Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Bundt Mess

For breakfast this morning I had peanut butter straight out of the jar with a spoon. I love peanut butter. I know I've mentioned that a few times on the blog already. I'm not a huge chocolate person, but pair it with Peanut Butter and I'm in heaven. Put it in a yummy cake and that's even better!

The Original Pin
http://pixelatedcrumb.com/2011/09/13/chocolate-chip-peanut-butter-pound-cake-with-peanut-butter-glaze/

Oh that looks fantastic. Good thing my birthday's coming up!

Paula saw this on Pinterest and gave it a whirl. "It looked simple and tasty...my only prerequisites for a recipe. The recipe states to spray the pan generously. I think I added even more spray than I needed, but is still stuck. :( Maybe it's just me and Bundt pans, but my cakes never come out right when I use them.  I followed the directions precisely,  but there were a few problems. First of all the batter could not be poured. It was so thick I had to scoop it in. Also, it was not cooked in the time it stated. We took it out after 1 hour and 40 minutes." 

The Pinstrosity
"The good news is that it was delicious! The texture was nice, minus the breakage with a slightly sweet taste. The glaze was perfect. Just peanut buttery enough!"

But can this cake be made without it crumbling?

Before I try any recipe from online I look for comments. There are often some good pieces of advice and fun cooking tidbits in the comments. Looking through the comments for this recipe, many people raved about how delicious and easy the recipe was, but there were a good handful of people who had an experience similar to Paulas.







The reviews are mixed, but it seems like many are able to get this to work. From the comments and notes by the author it seems like you need to do a few key things to get this, or any homemade cake really, to work.


  • Use the right ingredients and measure properly. 
    • If it calls for butter, use butter (non-salted) NOT margarine. 
    • Make sure your scoops are level and your liquids are right. Even an extra 1/2 cap full of flavorings can make a difference in recipes. 
  • Spray the pan very well. 
    • Kristen, the author, suggests using a cooking spray that contains flour. 
  • Check your oven temperature. 
    • You can get handy oven thermometers for decently cheap to make sure your 350 is really 350.
  • Test the cake for doneness before removing from the oven. 
    • Knife, toothpick, skewer, whatever works.
    • Kristen said, "Check on the cake at 1 hour to make sure it's not browning too quickly on top. If it is, just place a piece of foil loosely over the top of the pan."
  • Remove carefully.   
    • Let it cool for 20 minutes before trying to remove the cake from the pan. 
And, if you need more help with using bundt pans, removing a bundt cake from the pan, or how to decorate a bundt cake, check out this link


Monday, July 21, 2014

Mix it Up Monday: Better Than This?

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday Surprise! I'm back!

Hey there Pinstrosipeeps!

How the heck are you? Rachel, here. Since you haven't read a blog post from me in about three months, let me re-introduce myself. Haha, just kidding (only kind of).

I hope this Sunday Surprise post finds all of you well, and crafting up a storm. After looking through what everyone has been up to this summer, it looks like the 4th of July pinstrosities went over smashingly. 'Merica!

In case you're wondering what I've been up to, let me fill you in. If you're not, just scroll down a ways. I'm going to make a list so it's quick, ready? Go!

  • Mother's Day Festivities
  • Father's Day Celebrations
  • Family in town
  • Laid off from job
  • Worked for mom when she injured her hip
  • Got new job
  • Returned to work
  • Busy busy busy
The good news? Life is going well, and thank goodness I am working again. The bad news? I've got no real pinstrosities to report to you. As a matter of fact, I have hardly been on Pinterest. However, today's post is going to revolve around my wonderful mother, Beth. Why do you ask? Because she's a Pinterest addict like we are AND she taught herself how to send me pins. This means that I frequently log onto Pinterest only to have 40 notifications all from my mother. So, without further delay, today's Sunday Surprise post is a fun collection of pins sent to me by my dearest mama.

1. The Best Daughter in the World
http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/6d/75/ab/6d75ab4208768c8acd4a9856c366da7b.jpg
2. Puppies. 
Because, really, who doesn't love puppies.

http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/736x/66/ab/02/66ab02be25b4e6b3440ad3ba0f0d2e8b.jpg

3. Friends
https://www.flickr.com/photos/merlsmom/

4. Math and Driving

http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/736x/8b/94/d5/8b94d59bd81d2dfab264426de085c4ae.jpg

5. Happy Little Trees
Yay Bob Ross!

http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/df/1f/e8/df1fe8fca29e451e11a4f7d4eea1391e.jpg
6. Sass

http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/9a/a3/47/9aa3471c0937980e54f908d8e1d82981.jpg

7. Astronomy
I'm still not over it.

http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/736x/e3/8d/6b/e38d6bde68064209a12c8692f3bdceeb.jpg

8. Flirting
Seriously, my mom knows me too well.

http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/5a/f0/08/5af008383a58bd5d3357fd1c7517dc10.jpg

9. Facing Your Fears
http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/3d/3c/86/3d3c8695a6fe18d03f956505c5a6e24b.jpg
10. Kitties.
Because, c'mon, who doesn't also love kitties?

http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/736x/c4/3d/d3/c43dd322bb373546de237ada93850127.jpg

If you'd like to follow my mom on Pinterest, you can do so here! I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday, and hopefully, I'll have some projects for you soon.
Internet-hugs to all of you!
--Rachel

Friday, July 18, 2014

Flashback Friday-Healthy Ice Cream???

Em here, so this is one of our VERY FIRST POSTS EVER!!! And it's summer so I feel it is relevant in that it is about Ice Cream :) Homemade healthy ice cream...too good to be true?? Check it out!


Healthy Ice Cream?
I was looking for sugar free desserts the other day and came across a recipe for yogurt, honey, cinnamon ice cream. I pinned that faster than...something really fast. I LOVE cinnamon. I love honey. I love ice cream. A combination of the three? Yes please. This sounded heavenly.

The Original Pin
 

You'd think with three ingredients, this would be pretty fail proof. 

What Went Wrong:
  • Our gel canister ice cream maker was way too cold and the yogurt concoction froze solidly to the sides almost instantly, so the paddle couldn't turn. 
  • With the sides of the ice cream maker coated in a solid layer of overly frozen yogurt, the yogurt in the middle just got cold...it didn't freeze much at all. 
  • I wanted ice cream and this definitely was not ice cream. It was good yogurt, but it didn't even come close to ice cream for me.
This is 20 minutes after scooping out the soft yogurt...it's still frozen solid. I could mortar a house with this stuff! You can't use metal on these gel canisters...and as you can see, a wooden spoon just doesn't cut it.

How to fix this:
  • Let the ice cream maker thaw out some before I try and freeze yogurt
  • Try the alternative method given in the blog of freezing in in popsicle form. 
  • Try different flavors in the yogurt...maybe I can make it less yogurty and more desserty.
    • Vanilla and caramel flavorings
    • Throw in some fresh fruit (ooh...berries!)
    • If you still want to make it healthy and sugar free but don't want the honey taste, try using Truvia or some other natural sweetener. We like Truvia at our house.
  • Buy ice cream if it's ice cream you're wanting. 


Do note, that this isn't a bad recipe at all for regular yogurt when yogurt is desired. I'm going to make it again, just not when I'm craving ice cream.  
 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

What I've Been Up To, and It's Not Crafting!!

Hello all!! This week has totally escaped me!! Marquette is off at girls camp no doubt having tons of fun! I am here working my butt off at the salon. I haven't had much time to craft since I have been working so much (50+ hrs/week) and we are training for another half marathon!! So today I know it isn't a Pinstoristy, but I thought I would share what I have been up to. I will say with this though, probably 75% of the hair inspiration pictures people bring in are from Pinterest! It is a GREAT resource for me! I browse fun hair stuff on Pinterest between clients and have found some incredible stuff!!

So here is my make shift Show-and-Tell Thursday!!(In no particular order).


She was a light brown before hand and just wanted to bump it up a notch for the summer :)
 
 
 After years of thinking about the A-Line she finally took the plunge!!
 
This half-up-do was for her mothers wedding.
 
She wanted her Ariel red toned down a bit and an added blonde section right up front ala Christina Perry.

 
 "Long on top, short on the sides." Done.

A mother daughter duo came in to get all fancified for a wedding.


 
Going back to her favorite shorter hair do!
 His girlfriend requested the big chop. He decided on a shaggier shorter Justin Bieber-ish do.

 Chunky highlights for the win!
 
 My best friends wedding. :) What a great week of festivities it was!!

 Unicorn Mohawk. Check. My job rocks.

There you have it. Some of my documented work. I don't always take pictures and I really should be better but there are a few of the ones I remembered to take quick snapshots of. Hope everyone is having fun being creative in their own way. Right now, for me, this is my creative outlet :) Happy Thursday all!!
 


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