Halloween Popcorn | Adventures in Pinterest

Happy one year anniversary to Adventures in Pinterest!

This project all started when Anna took on 30 Days of Pinterest last year and convinced me, Megan and Jessica to contribute. We all liked it so much we decided to continue tackling all the pretty things pinned on Pinterest. Some have been winners, some have not. Anyone remember the S’Mores Brownies?

With Halloween on the horizon, I’ve been brainstorming super cheap and easy alternatives to the Boo Bucket. Now, I don’t typically spend a lot of money on filling my boo buckets. My favorite filler is boxed cake mix, a can of frosting and some Halloween sprinkles but some people just want a treat they can enjoy right that very minute.

Hello, Halloween Popcorn.

I've been brainstorming super cheap and easy alternatives to the Boo Bucket and have come up with this yummy Halloween Popcorn recipe.

These are thousands of Halloween Popcorn recipes on Pinterest. I went to the store to get what I needed to make this version but as I stood in the candy aisle realized that I could make any variation of the recipe that I wanted to.

Peanut Butter Pretzel Popcorn

1 bag of microwave popcorn

1/2 bag Wilton Vanilla flavored Candy Melts

1 cup Peanut Butter M&Ms

2 cups pretzels

Halloween Sprinkles

This recipe is a total no brainer. Pop your popcorn, melt your candies, add your pretzels, candy and sprinkles. Let cool and eat.

I do have a couple of tips from my mistakes.

1. Skip the buttered popcorn. Your popcorn will be greasy and yellow, so just skip it and get the “natural” variety from Orville Redenbacher.

2. Sift your popcorn from the seeds.

I've been brainstorming super cheap and easy alternatives to the Boo Bucket and have come up with this yummy Halloween Popcorn recipe.

3. Mix your popcorn and melted candy melts in a large Ziploc bag – Shake & Bake style – and then spread it out on a cookie sheet to add the other ingredients.

I've been brainstorming super cheap and easy alternatives to the Boo Bucket and have come up with this yummy Halloween Popcorn recipe.

I've been brainstorming super cheap and easy alternatives to the Boo Bucket and have come up with this yummy Halloween Popcorn recipe.

Once it cools, bag it up into a cellophane bag and tie it with a bow. Each Christmas, my neighbor treats us to homemade candies and it’s a highlight of the season. I think a bag of this Halloween Popcorn will be gladly received by anyone.

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Who Really Eats Pineapple Upside-Down Cake?

We took a family vacation to Kauai earlier this month. Seven glorious days in the land of never-ending crashing waves and turn down service.

Shipwreck Beach, Poipu, Kauai

And dessert, like every night.

One night we wandered around a bit trying to decide what to eat for dinner. We had already planned to grab ice cream at Lappert’s for dessert so I was bummed when I saw pineapple upside-down cake on the dessert menu at Roy’s.

I've been obsessed with baking a pineapple upside-down cake since our recent trip to Hawaii. The recipe from EugenieKitchen.com was perfect.

Back at the hotel, I pinned two recipes for the cake that had been on my mind all night. They’ve both been re-pinned over one hundred times already. Who knew so many people liked pineapple upside-down cake because my husband cringed at the prospect of me baking this cake.

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

I've been obsessed with baking a pineapple upside-down cake since our recent trip to Hawaii. The recipe from EugenieKitchen.com was perfect.

Of the two recipes, I chose this one from EugenieKitchen.com. She has stunning photographs and I love her how-to videos. Her suggested prep time of 20 minutes took me way longer and I had to shave nearly 15 minutes off the 50-60 minute bake time. The cake was definitely tasty. Not too sweet, maybe a little bit under done – but that was this baker’s way to either 1. under bake all things or 2. burn them to a crisp.

I've been obsessed with baking a pineapple upside-down cake since our recent trip to Hawaii. The recipe from EugenieKitchen.com was perfect.

My pineapple upside-down cake obsession has definitely been met. Now, life would be complete if I could get someone to leave a chocolate on my pillow.

Don’t miss what my friends are doing for this month’s Adventures in Pinterest. Check out projects from Anna, Jessica and Megan.

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S’mores Brownies | Adventures in Pinterest

Are you ready for this month’s Adventures in Pinterest?

We would love for you to play along with us. What’s that mean? Well… 1. Did you pin something on Pinterest this month? 2. Did you make that something? 3. If yes, we want to see it!

If you are a blogger, write a post about it and link up below using our super easy linky tool. But hey, do us a favor and add our Adventures in Pinterest button in your post.

If you’re not a blogger, share your photos with me! You can post them on my Facebook page and use #AdventuresInPinterest.

Now for April’s project: Inside Out S’mores Bars

I pinned this original pin from Tablespoon just a couple of nights ago to my S’mores board. I love S’mores but I hate a campfire. It probably has something to do with being whipped across the face with a hot metal hanger at a beach bonfire when I was a kid. Woah, PTSD.

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These Inside Out S’mores Bars looked easy enough to make on a Sunday afternoon. I scrolled through the 900+ comments on the original recipe post for any suggestions or tips from those who had come before me. Many commented that they didn’t have enough brownie mix or that the brownies didn’t cook all the way through. Extra brownie mix and extra cooking time: check.

The original recipe called for a 9×13 glass baking dish. But, I make all my brownies in my totally-awesome-you-wish-you-had-one Baker’s Edge Brownie Pan.

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I followed the directions just as Tablespoon suggested. I bought two boxes of brownie mix like many of the comments said but one family sized box was plenty.

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Oh, those stinking graham crackers. I thought they would fit  perfectly in my super-awesome-brownie-pan but they were a smidge too wide. A quick trim with a sharp knife took care of that problem.

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“I’m not the prettiest but I sure will taste good!” Said in your best Real Housewives voice.

My kitchen sure smelled like brownies and nothing like s’mores. The marshmallow completely melts into the top layer of the brownie making it a little bit sticky (as well as giving the appearance that they aren’t fully cooked). They were tasty but I was really hoping for some of that toasted marshmallow gooey-ness. The graham cracker middle makes it extra dry.

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On a whim, I decided to throw a few extra marshmallows on top and under the broiler for a few minutes. Now this gave me that toasty flavor I was initially hoping for. In the end, a yummy and easy dessert but not really a s’more. Want a laugh? You’ve gotta read the guesses on my Facebook page about what I was making. Hilarious!

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Hanging Mason Jar Planters | Adventures in Pinterest

Last month, my husband and I headed north to Los Angeles to see the Book of Mormon. We caught a pre-show dinner at Stella Barra Pizzeria on Sunset Blvd. where we shared some amazing pizza, got a glimpse of Kelly Taylor’s dad, and spied some adorable mason jar planters.

In between bites of my butternut squash pizza, I declared, “That’s what I’m making for my next Adventures in Pinterest!”

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I hit Pinterest and apparently everyone loves a mason jar planter. It never dawned on me to use a mason jar for plants. Candy, yes? Plants, no. There were tons of cute DIY projects. I knew I wanted to use succulents and I knew I wanted to use some reclaimed wood I had been saving from a tree box.  I came across this hanging mason jar and jumped in on my own version.

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Get yourself some wide mouth mason jars from your craft store. I got mine for less than $2 each at Hobby Lobby. Swing by your favorite hardware store and grab a couple of pipe clamps from the plumbing section, a bag of natural coarse sand, a few itty bitty sized succulent or house plants, and a bag of potting mix (not pictured).

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I chose two 4 oz. sized succulents and one small indoor house plant. I don’t have the greenest thumb and knew I probably would be able to keep a few succulents alive. That asparagus fern? I don’t have high hopes.

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Pipe clamps come in a variety of sizes. Truth? It took me 20 minutes to figure out how to make them smaller. I thought I had to loosen the screw and adjust it like a belt. Turns out, you just turn the screw clockwise and it moves along the tracks making the clamp smaller and smaller.

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You’ll definitely need some sort of natural draining system for the bottom of your planter otherwise the water that isn’t absorbed by the roots of the plant will pool at the bottom of the jar. I hope this natural coarse sand will work.

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My sidekick wanted to help. Actually, she had a blast putting the planters together. This is a great spring project to work on with your kiddos.

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We completely guessed on how much coarse sand will work for proper drainage. This part is a total experiment and I’ll keep up posted on how it goes.

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Layer your potting mix over the coarse sand. Did you know there is a difference between potting mix and top soil? Potting mix is formulated to hold the correct amount of moisture in a container. Top soil is made to be mixed with native soil. Learn more here from Scotts Miracle Grow.

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Pop in your itty bitty plants and fill around with potting mix. Shake off any excess soil and don’t forget to water!

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Now what I thought would be the hardest part: breaking down the old tree box to get one plank of wood. We had a birch tree planted last fall and I’ve been keeping the tree box for some unknown DIY project. I love the rustic look of reclaimed wood!

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It was pretty easy to pry the pieces apart with the back of a hammer. Photo by my 6 year old sidekick.

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Now for the hardest part which required an additional trip to Lowes. I thought a sharp nail and hammer would be enough to poke through the metal clamp so to attach it to the wood plank. Those pipe clamps are pretty sturdy. My husband picked up a special drill bit to drill a tiny screw hole into the back of the clamp. All that was left was to attach the clamps to the wood plank and slide the mason jars into the clamps.

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Are you wondering why I have this gorgeous new hanging mason jar planter propped up on a bed of grass? The reclaimed wood is so crazy soft and the filled mason jars are sort of heavy that we couldn’t get a hanger to stay secured in the wood. We did try though and hung it on our gate for about 5 seconds to snap the photo below. Right now, it is sitting on my outdoor fireplace looking pretty and waiting for it’s permanent home.

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This is a non-sponsored post. But hey…call me Scotts Miracle Grow, Hobby Lobby or Lowes Improvement Store if you want to work on a project!

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Valentine Garland

Did you know that in the Middle Ages, men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear the names on their sleeves for one week. It’s where the expression “to wear your heart on your sleeve” comes from. (source: SheKnows.com)

For this month’s Adventures in Pinterest, I set out to make some hearts of my own. I originally pinned this pin to my classroom room parent board. When I went back to grab it for this month’s project, I realized it didn’t have written instructions – just photos. Yikes. My brain doesn’t work without written instructions – regardless of how easy the project is.

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Don’t do the following:

I bought a pack of 12 x 12 of adorable valentine-themed scrapbooking paper from Target. I thought it would make for some pretty darling Valentine garland but the backside of the scrapbooking paper is white and when you bend the hearts into the shapes, you see a lot of white. Plus, the scrapbooking paper (see below) is really heavy which stretched the hearts into a shape like a teardrop. Grr…it’s ok. Saving that paper for another Valentine’s Day project.

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Luckily, we had a pack of 8 x 11.5 red construction paper.

Supplies:
8 x 11.5 construction paper in any color
pencil
ruler
scissors
stapler and staples

1. Use the ruler to mark 1 inch strips on the paper.
2. Cut the paper into 1 inch strips.
3. Place two strips of paper on top of each other. Staple the two piece together at the bottom of the strip.
4. Bend each strip back and join the two ends together. You should have a heart shape. If you don’t, watch this You Tube tutorial because obviously my instructions blow.
5. Don’t staple the ends together, yet.
6. Take two more strips of paper and place the bottom of the heart in between the two strips. Staple.
7. Bend the two loose strips back into a heart shape and repeat.

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This was a really fun project. Things what would have made it so much easier: a paper cutter to cut the 1-inch strips. I am planning on making a few more valentine garland strands to hang from the fireplace mantle and door frames, like mistletoe!

Take a few minutes to see what my bloggy friends made this month: Anna, Megan, and Jess. If you want to play along, link up at MamaBub this month!

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How much do I love Pinterest? Let me count the ways:

1. I saw my friend Valerie pin a couple of biscotti recipe pins a few days ago and what showed up on my door step last night? Yep, chocolate chip biscotti. And they were delicious.

2. The way Pinterest breathes new life into old blog posts. I saw a huge surge in page views from this humorous What Kind of Mom Hair Do You Have? post over the weekend.

3. I asked friends to share some of their favorite crock pot recipes to pin to my Slow Cookin’ board and Betsy offered up this crock pot carrot cake recipe. My reaction? CARROT CAKE IN A CROCK POT?!?! Pinned.

4. The healthy skin pins from Beauty High because wrinkles and breakouts are just cruel.

5. So many repins from my What Does The Fox Say board. Those peeps are crazy like a fox and I love Pinterest for choosing my board to share with their 24K followers!

This month I am hosting Adventures in Pinterest. Not quite sure what Pinterest project I’ll be tackling. Maybe that crock pot carrot cake? There certainly is a lot to choose from right now with Elves and cookie recipes dominating my feed. Maybe some fun DIY Christmas ornaments or holiday decor? Or maybe just…dinner.

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What does this all mean for you? It means, we – Anna, Megan, Jess and I – want you to play along. Scroll through your Pinterest boards and actually make, bake, cook, create your own interpretation of those pins you’ve been pinning all.year.long.  If you’re a blogger, write a post about it – make sure to add photos – and link up here on my blog on Friday December, 20th (we’re doing it a little early this month because of Christmas).

Not a blogger? Not a problem! Post your photos on my Facebook and I’ll share them with everyone. The girls and I were THRILLED to see Dyanne and Molly link up last month!

Don’t forget: December 20th