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: 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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Pinterest Tested Thursdays: No Bake Honey Nut Cheerios Bars

One of my absolute favorite pastimes is finding things on Pinterest to recreate, especially food! And if it’s something for the kids, that’s even better! So I’ve decided to share my experience with you guys because 1) I’m not a professional and 2) I’m not a food blogger. Don’t you appreciate it when people show you what these beautiful creations will truly look like when you’re finished? I do, and I always wonder if they’ll taste any good. I want you to see what these meals look like from a regular, busy, can barely keep my head above water mom. First up are these No Bake Honey Nut Cheerios Bars.

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Don’t these look ridiculously fun and yummy?! Obviously I had to try them! The ingredients and directions seemed simple enough, so let’s go!

Ingredients:

1/4 cup creamy unsalted butter (half of one stick)
1/4 cup honey (light-colored corn syrup may be substituted and will keep the bars firmer at room temp than using honey)
1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 cups Honey Nut Cheerios (or similar storebrand cereal; plain Cheerios may be substituted for a less sweet bar)
1 cup raisins, optional (1 cup  honey-roasted peanuts, 1 cup chopped almonds, or 1 cup trail mix may be substituted)
about 1/2 cup chocolate-covered sunflower seeds, optional (I used Trader Joe’s)
pinch sea salt or Kosher salt for sprinkling, optional

Directions:

  1. Line an 8-inch square pan with aluminum foil leaving overhang, spray with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine butter, honey, brown sugar, and heat on high power for 1 minute to melt.
  3. Stop to stir. Mixture will be on the granular side, this is okay.
  4. Return bowl to microwave and heat for 1 more minute on high power. Stop to stir
  5. Return bowl to microwave and heat for 1 more minute on high power. Stop to stir. On this third and final burst, mixture will become quite bubbly and foamy; use caution when removing from micro because this is boiling hot caramel and can cause burns.
  6. Stir in the vanilla using caution because mixture could bubble up.
  7. Stir in the cereal.
  8. Stir in the optional raisins (or nuts).
  9. Turn mixture out into prepared pan, packing it down firmly with a spatula and smoothing the top.
  10. Optionally, sprinkle evenly with sunflower seeds and salt (the salt cuts some of the sweetness and I recommend it).
  11. Cover pan with a sheet of foil (to prevent fridge smells), and place pan in fridge to set up for at least 2 to 3 hours, or overnight, or until bars are completely set before lifting out with foil overhang, slicing, and serving.
  12. Bars will keep airtight in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, or in the freezer for up to 6 months. I recommend storing them in the fridge rather than room temp because they soften and get loose.

So, the originator of the recipe preferred corn syrup and that’s what I used. I didn’t just happen to have those beautiful, colorful chocolate covered seeds on hand so I knew my bars weren’t going to look as pretty, and they don’t!

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Thankfully presentation doesn’t persuade my kid at all. She’s all about texture. The verdict – she liked it ok. I think the mistake I made is using all corn syrup. Next time I would do half corn syrup and half honey. Also, I would add a pinch more salt to it to combat some of the sweetness.

Would I make these again? Absolutely. Now that I know what I need to do I think they make a great on the go snack. Please visit Averie Cooks for more tips on how to make these bars outstanding!

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