Fun (and Easy) Finds in the World of Pinterest: August 2012

Today, I thought it would be fun to bring to you some of the awesomeness I have stumbled upon on Pinterest.  There are tons of great seasonal and holiday recipes, decor, DIY, and organizational ideas among other great stuff to be shared!  If you like something you see, simply click the photo to be linked to the full post and/or site for more information. Enjoy!

Pinterest Finds for August 2012:

Peach, Mozzerella,& Basil Salad

Cheese & Fruit Kabobs

Veggies and Dip

Chalkboard Serving Platter

Holiday Gift Idea

Drip Sand Bowls

Thread Organization

Do you have a Pinterest board?  Be sure to leave a link in the comment section below so the A Lot On Your Plate readers and I can check it out! Maybe a pin from your board will be featured in next month’s Pinterest finds!

To see more of my fun “pinteresting” finds and pins of my own, check out A Lot On Your Plate’s Pinterest boards by clicking here. Thanks for stopping by and happy pinning!

- J

… and the 1st Ever “A Lot On Your Plate’s Use What You’ve Got” Bake-off Winner is … (Guest Post)

Congrats to AmySue @ A Healthy Life For Me

You all did such an amazing job and I want to thank each and every one of you for taking the time to participate in the bake-off.

I will be hosting one of these contests each month, so if you didn’t win this time around, there’s always next month!  Please don’t be offended if you didn’t win this category.  It was extremely hard to choose a winner and you all should be very proud of yourselves.  You’re all tremendously talented.

Now for the winning recipe:

Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies Dipped In Chocolate

(Written by: A Healthy Life For Me)

These cookies are so simple to make, with limited ingredients, time and easy clean-up.  They look so elegant and are quite addictive!
  • 2 sticks of butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 cup of bittersweet 60% chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Spray a 13 x 9 baking pan with baking spray.

Using an electric mixer, beat butter, sugars and salt for about 1 minute. Beat in vanilla.

 Reduce speed and add flour in 3 additions, beating just until blended. Stir in 3/4 cup chocolate chips.

 Transfer dough to an ungreased 13-by-9-inch baking pan. Press dough evenly on bottom of pan with your fingers.

Bake until golden brown, about 35 minutes; do not underbake. Let cool for 5 minutes.  Transfer cookies onto parchment paper and cut into triangles or rectangles.

Melt bittersweet chips in glass bowl in microwave for 2 minutes.  Taking halfway out to stir.

Dip ends of cookies in melted chocolate and cool on parchment paper.

Please be sure to check out ALL of the other participant’s recipes as well! 

Dry Fruits & Oats Cereal Apple Cookies submitted by: Sara @ Fooding Rookie

Lofthouse At Home Cookies submitted by: Learn2Kitchen

Fabulous Peanut Butter Cake Mix Cookies submitted by: Alison @ Love Bake Chocolate

Cinnamon Brown Sugar Cookies (Gluten, Egg, & Dairy Free) submitted by: Aubin @ In The Usual Way

Lemon Cranberry Cookies submitted by: Hollie @ Hollies Hobbies

Peanut Butter Cookies submitted by: notimeforironing

Basic Oat Mix; Choco Chip Cookies, & Seed and Honey Cookies submitted by: Paula @ All About The Bake

Cookies and Cream Cookies submitted by: Mary Beth @ Mary Beth Cooks

English Breakfast Tea Cookies submitted by: Add A Little Sunshine

Oatmeal Raisin & Chocolate Chip Cookies submitted by: Laura @ Confessions of a Young Chef

Momofuku Inspired Banana Cookies submitted by: Crafty Bake Oven

MockLava Cookies submitted by: The Poor Baker

S’mores Bites submitted by: Sara Tedde @ Cook by the Book

Pignoli Cookies submitted by: Quinn @ Quin Goldie

Lemon & Thye Tea Cookies submitted by: Christine @ Angry Cherry

Peaches & Cream Oatmeal Cookies submitted by: Audry @ Tonetiki

Stove Top Oatmeal Cookies submitted by: Karen Lynne @ Karen Lynne’s Kitchen

Oatmeal Craisin Cookies submitted by Stefanie @ Hugs Kisses & Snot

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies submitted by: Fika @ Fika And More

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip w/ M&Ms submitted by: Alice @ Modern Alice

Chocolate-Toffee Cake Batter Cookies: submitted by: Erin @ Erin’s DC Kitchen

Chocolate Espresso Cookies submitted by: Morgan @ Gradually Ginger

Twodaloo Cookies submitted by: Stephanie @ Twodaloo

Again, you all did such an amazing job.  I can’t thank you enough for participating.

Be sure to check back for next month’s Contest/Giveaway!

Happy Monday!

- J

Recipe of the Week: Super Easy Mini Individual Pan Pizzas

Mini Pan Pizzas

1.  Pre-heat oven to 450.  Lightly grease muffin pan cups. Take 1 roll of Pillsbury Dinner Biscuits and line the tray cups, while pressing the dough gently against the cups.

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2. Bake the biscuits for 4 minutes or until biscuits puff up.  Take out of oven.

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3.  Gently, press down in the middle of each biscuit, forming a bowl.

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4, Add 1 tbsp of tomato sauce on each biscuit.

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5.  Add cheese & toppings as desired.

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Place trays back in the oven for 4-6 minutes, and/or until cheese is fully melted.

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7. Serve while hot & enjoy!

Be sure to check back for more Recipes of the Week!

Happy cooking!

- J

DIY: Floral Paint Sample Bookmarks

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Dont you just love the differant uses for a paint sample?  Here is a DIY project that is super easy and very useful.

Floral Paint Sample Bookmarks:

What you will need:   

paint samples (you can pick these up free at any Lowes, Home Depot, or local paint store.)

floral embellishments (find these at Michaels for $4.99 or less)

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Simply attach the floral embelleshment to the paint sample.

Check back for more super easy DIY projects!

Happy Crafting!

- J

Dinner Made Simple: Kraft Fresh Takes & Sizzling Salads

Dinner Made Simple:

Kraft Fresh Takes & Sizzling Salad Products

I’m always looking for great recipes that aren’t to time-consuming during the week.   Kraft’s new line of dinner kits helps make dinner a little easier.

Kraft Foods came out with 2 new products guaranteed to provide a quick and easy dinner that tastes great.

Fresh Takes

Kraft Fresh Takes ($3.99)

The Italian Parmesan Breadcrumb Mix is a hit in my household.  This “set it and forget it” recipe is perfect for dinner after a long day at work or school.  Kraft Fresh Takes comes in a bunch of flavors like Rosemary and Roasted Garlic, Southwest Three Cheese, and Cheddar Jack and Bacon. (Recipes available for chop meat as well).

Take one of the Fresh Take breadcrumb mixes and rip the bag the crumbs come in accordingly.  Mix the breadcrumbs with the cheese, shake until all the ingredients ae mixed well.  Take 4 pieces of chicken, one by one placing in the breadcrumb and shaking until the chicken (or fish) is coated.  The cooking time varies on what you are using the breadcrumb mix with.  Bake as directed.

sizzling saladsKraft Sizzling Salad ($4.19)

Kraft Sizzling Salads are the perfect way of infusing flavor into a healthy dinner.  Simply cook 4 chicken breasts on each side for 4-5 mins.  Make sure they are cooked through.  Turn heat down low and add 2 tablespoons of the sauce, heat on low for 1 min.

separately, take salad and mix with the salad dressing.

Perfect with italian or wheat bread.

Below are the nutritional value for the Fresh Takes (Italian Parmesan Recipe) and the Sizzling Salad (Tuscan Chicken)

(Italian Parmesan Dinner Kit)

(Tuscan Chicken) 

Have you ever or plan on trying any of these Kraft products?  All comments welcome below!

For more info on these and other Kraft products, head to Kraft.com.

Happy Dining!

-J

Fab Finds: All Things Baking Edition

Fab Finds: The Baking Edition

(This post is dedicated to the fabulous bakers of WordPress)

Snow White Cupcake Decorating Kit, William Sonoma, $12.95

Snow White

Tea Cake Pan, Chef Central, $24.99

Tea Cake

Little Cakes From the Whimsical Bakehouse, Bed, Bath, and Beyond, $24.95

Little Cake

Marvel Superhero Cupcake Decorating Kit, William Sonoma, $9.60

william sonoma

Dotty Pot Holder, Anthropologie, $12

Dotty Mit

Martha Stewart Collection Pastry Decorating Kit, Macys, $12.99

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Feel free to comment below and/or suggest any of your favorite baking accessories!

Happy Friday!

- J

A Lot On Your Plate’s: Top Picks For Mother’s Day Gifts

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I thought it’d be fitting to put together a list of top Fab Find gift ideas, guaranteed to wow any mom, without breaking the bank! (To find out more about each product, click on each individual photo).

Milk Bottle Measuring Cups, Anthropologie, $24

Milk Bottle Measuring Cups

Organic Tuscan Blue Rosemary, William Sonoma, $12.95

Tea & Crumpets Apron, Anthropologie, $32

Tea & Crumpets Apron

 Chloe Fragrance Gift Set, Sephora, $65Chloe Fragrance Gift Set

Tocca Love Yourself Fragrance Collection, Sephora, $18

Tocca Beauty Set

Pink Blush: Reed Diffuser, Yankee Candle, $19.99

Godiva 19 Piece Gold Ballotin Assortment, Barnes & Nobles, $24.95 

Godiva

A Perfect World White Tea Antioxidant Facial Cleanser, Origins, $21

Origins

Feel free to comment below and/or suggest any of your favorite Mother’s Day gifts.

Happy Thursday!

- J

There’s An App For That: Epicurious (Recipes & Grocery List)

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This weeks app is for all who love to cook.  Whether your a chef, baker, someone whos interested in taking up cooking, working moms and dads who need a quick meal idea, and/or other, Epicurious (recipes & grocery list) has got you covered.

The Epicurious app is based on the award winning website.  With over 25,000 and counting, Epicurious covers recipes on all skill levels ranging anywhere from “I cook like a pro” to “I can barely cook”.

There are many recipe catagories to choose from like Mother’s Day Ideas, Bridal Showers, Holidays, Healthy Snacks, and much more.

My favorite part of this app is the plus sign feature.  When you find a recipe you like, tap the plus sign and the recipe automatically saves, while adding the ingredients you’d need for the recipe, to your grocery list in the app, available in the lower right of your screen.

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The Epicurious (recipe & grocery list) app is perfect for last minute recipes, planned parties, dinner guests, or just for browsing if you’d like to plan a meal for the future.

I love to cook so i really appriciate this app, as well as the website.

Do you see yourself trying this app or any of Epicurious’ recipes on the future?

All comments welcomed!

Happy Tuesday!

- J