Friday, December 23, 2011

Inspired by Pinterest

First things first....  This has been a very busy week of vacation.  I started off making two different kinds of fudge and some peppermint bark.  I was inspired by some pinterest recipes, however I tweaked them a little and ended up with one plain chocolate fudge, chocolate fudge with nuts and the peppermint bark.  I looooooove peppermint bark, but I was always afraid to make it (even though most recipes seem super easy).  When I found a bag of crushed peppermints at the grocery store I just had to try it out. 

This is what you will need:
  • equal parts of white and milk/semi-sweet chocolate. I used two bags of each.
  • peppermint oil or extract
  • peppermint pieces
  • some sort of double boiler contraption
  • cookie sheet
I just put the milk/semi-sweet chocolate on the foil & greased cookie sheet and stuck that in a 250 degree oven for about 5 minutes.  When it came out i just spread it around in a large rectangle that just about covered my entire cookie sheet.  Then, I sprinkled just a few peppermint pieces on top.While that was cooling I made a double boiler out of a medium sized pot and a metal bowl.  I got the water hot and steamy, but NOT BOILING.  I put the white chocolate chips in for about 5 minutes and I stirred just a few times.  Near the end I added some peppermint oil.  No, I did not measure it.  I just eyeballed and waited until I could just barely smell it.  I didn't want it to be too strong, but I definitely wanted to taste it.  I took this melted white chocolate and spread it over the milk chocolate and added more peppermint pieces to the top.  I placed mine in the fridge to chill.  After it was completely hard I chopped it up into reasonable sized pieces. 
After all of my sweets were done I sorted them and placed them in these cute little tins to hand out to our neighbors on our street.  Yes, we do that kind of thing around here and I LOVE it!  Our neighbor just brought over some homemade toffee last night and it was delish!

Now, on to my Pinterest inspired art!  All you need is a long piece of fairly thin wood (like one inch), cheap dollar store picture frames, spray paint and some pictures of various letters (I got mine from that flicker site on Pinterest).  First, I took apart all of my frames and removed the stuff on the back.  Then I painted the frames and the wood the same color. You may need to have your husband go out in the garage and cut your wood down.  Mine just happened to fit perfectly.  I also made one for my mom and diddles had to cut that one down just a bit...  And while he was out there he even routed the edges for me.  Fancy!

After I got my pics back in the frame I lined them up to make sure I liked them.

Before I used liquid nails to secure the frames I made sure to put a little hanger thing on the back.

I let it dry for a few hours before I hung it up (just in case).  And here it is now:

I pretty much LOVE it!  We needed some stuff upstairs.  We hardly even use our gameroom, but when I do go up there is is a little depressing.  Now it looks so much better, and these pinterest inspired canvases are also going to help make it look awesome.  If only I could decide what color I wanted to paint them.  Right now I think I'm going back to white.  I better decide before tomorrow.  No, it will have to be done today I cant work on my BIRTHDAY!  I almost forgot that my birthday is tomorrow...  Anyway... We are hosting Christmas for diddles' family this year and I want the house to look it's best.  I am sooooo excited.  Christmas is my holiday and I have always wanted to host the holidays at my house.  I can't wait!

And before I go I want to give recognition to my little garage troll that kept us company as we worked on these projects.  He isn't accustomed to visitors, so I was very grateful that the little demon didn't bite my arm off while I was in his domain.

AND, one more thing...  This is the awesome paint I have been using to paint my crafts.  I love the colors.  I love the finish.  I love the way it covers.  Awesome.  You can find it at Home Depot.

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