Pinterest Tested Thursdays: Individual Tree Braids

So this week I sat down for the length of one movie and five episodes of One Tree Hill to complete a hairstyle. I posted it on instagram and facebook today and immediately started  receiving messages asking how I created the style. I am NOT a hair guru in the least, but I am good at recreating things that I see. I was scrolling along on pinterest one day when I saw this look. It’s called individual tree braids. I had heard of tree braids, but not individual tree braids. So I visited my second favorite site, youtube! And I found a video on just how to recreate the look.

This is actually my favorite youtube channel for hair. She is incredibly detailed in explaining her techniques, which is why her videos are usually 30+ minutes long.

Individual Tree BraidsThis was yet another successful Pinterest project, and I’m quite happy for that since it took approximately 6.5 hours for me to do. If you braid quicker I’m sure you could get it done in four hours.

Make sure you check out her other videos and don’t forget to visit me on pinterest! Happy pinning!

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Pinterest Tested Thursdays: The Best Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

I can bake my butt off. I mean, cakes, pies, I’m your girl.However, I can’t seem to really make chocolate chip cookies to save my life. They never seem to come out the way I want them to. I mean, their aight, but I’m no Mrs. Fields. Well, I wasn’t, until this recipe. You know a cookie recipe is bomb when your husband doesn’t want to eat the last cookie for fear of there being none left and when you tell him to go ahead and eat it he says “I mean, will you be able to make more tomorrow???” Yasss! I finally found the winning recipe. So easy, so yummy, and you don’t even have to refrigerate the dough to get it to come out beautifully! Anyway, without further ado, the recipe!:

Ingredients
  • 8 tablespoons of salted butter
  • ½ cup white sugar (I like to use raw cane sugar with a coarser texture)
  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1½ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (but I always add a little extra)
  • ¾ cup chocolate chips (I use a combination of chocolate chips and chocolate chunks)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Microwave the butter for about 40 seconds to just barely melt it. It shouldn’t be hot – but it should be almost entirely in liquid form.
  2. Using a stand mixer or electric beaters, beat the butter with the sugars until creamy. Add the vanilla and the egg; beat on low speed until just incorporated – 10-15 seconds or so (if you beat the egg for too long, the cookies will be stiff).
  3. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix until crumbles form. Use your hands to press the crumbles together into a dough. It should form one large ball that is easy to handle (right at the stage between “wet” dough and “dry” dough). Add the chocolate chips and incorporate with your hands.
  4. Roll the dough into 12 large balls (or 9 for HUGELY awesome cookies) and place on a cookie sheet. Bake for 9-11 minutes until the cookies look puffy and dry and just barely golden.Warning, friends: DO NOT OVERBAKE. This advice is probably written on every cookie recipe everywhere, but this is essential for keeping the cookies soft. Take them out even if they look like they’re not done yet (see picture in the post). They’ll be pale and puffy.
  5. Let them cool on the pan for a good 30 minutes or so (I mean, okay, eat four or five but then let the rest of them cool). They will sink down and turn into these dense, buttery, soft cookies that are the best in all the land. These should stay soft for many days if kept in an airtight container. I also like to freeze them.

Annnnd voila!

Can you sayTrust me when I say these are so so so yummy. I followed everything Lindsay at Pinch of Yum said and these are indeed the best cookies ever! Head over to Pinch of Yum for more tips on this recipe, and for more awesome recipes, follow me on pinterest!

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Pinterest Tested Thursdays: Father’s Day Super Dad Card Printable

In case you haven’t noticed, Fathers Day is coming up and I’m pretty darn excited about it! On top of hosting my Dads are Awesome! series, I’m also helping the kid create things to give her dad for Fathers Day. While searching for superhero stuff on pinterest, I ran across a Father’s Day Super Dad Printable Card. Sweet!

This one was pretty easy and fun to test. Johanna did a great job. She asked for some suggestions on colors, but honestly, I thought her Rainbow Brite way of doing things was great! I just told her to hold off on the dark colors like black, and she was fine with that. Then she got to work, while I searched for the perfect photo of my husband’s head to put on the card lol.And voila! Here you have it:

Moldiv_1434636015878Isn’t it adorable? This Pinterest test obviously gets an A+ from me. Get your own Super hero dad printable on Alpha Mom’s blog. And don’t forget to check me out on pinterest here. Happy coloring!

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Pinterest Tested Thursdays: Easy Jell-O Popsicles

If you follow me on pinterest, chances are you saw me pin these Easy Jell-o Popsicles about a week ago.

I was searching for a treat to make for Johanna and these popsicles did the trick because they sent me right down memory lane.

When I was a child my mother would send me to my grandparents house in South Carolina for the summer.I loved it because I was surrounded by my cousins and aunts. We walked everywhere! It didn’t matter if a family member lived around the corner or 3 miles away, we walked. As you could imagine it got pretty darn hot in S.C. I think today I would simply melt away if I was that hot, but back then, we felt it, but kept right on pushing. One of the things that helped us keep on pushing was our walk to visit the lady that ran the corner store out of her house. We could go there and buy all kinds of goodies, mainly candy, and popsicles. Now our popsicles didn’t come on a stick or anything fancy like that. I promise you it was straight up kool-aid frozen in disposable plastic cups. And it was heaven. I would walk away from her house griping my cup full of sweet, icy goodness impossibly tight, delightfully licking the top of it as we made our way back to our grandparents house. Such a simple, sweet memory that fills me with joy.

So you see, I obviously I had to make the popsicles! The ingredients are super simple, and it’s quick to make.

johannasmama.com*Quick tip – If you have a hard time getting the popsicles out, simply run them under hot water for 60 seconds.

Ingredients

  • 1 (3oz) package Jell-O
  • 1 packet of Kool-Aid
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cup boiling water
  • 2 cup cold water

Instructions

  1. In a pitcher, combine the Jell-O, Kool-Aid, sugar, and boiling water. Stir until dissolved.
  2. Mix in the cold water and pour into your molds. Freeze for 4-6 hours or until solid.

That’s it! I let it stay in the freezer overnight and surprised Johanna with it the next day. Did she like it?
Johanna's Mama(3)She LOVED it! She has had one for dessert every night this week!

This recipe gets an A+ from me. It’s yummy and great to have on a humid summer day. The recipe was just as easy as it claimed to be. Definitely have fun with the flavors. There are so many awesome combinations that you can do! And I’ll let you in on a little secret – in my freezer right now are a few cups of this mixture,frozen solid, waiting for me to grab one and enjoy a nice walk down memory lane. I had to do it!

*Original recipe can be found on the One Sweet Appetite blog here.

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