Thursday, August 2, 2012

Pinned it, Did it: Part 4 | Pinterest Thursday | iPhonography

Welcome to week four of my Pinterest Thursdays! I think I'm getting into the habit of actually posting when I'm supposed to! "They" say it takes doing something three times to make it a habit, right? Well, it's the fourth week and remembered! LOL

On to the pins!

So, I decided to try this PIN again. It still didn't come out like the picture. I think its because I am doing a reverse french braid where the hair is on the outside rather than the inside. But I think it came out cool. 

Next pin was one of those, "oh crap, we need to decide what we're going to do for dinner, but we are too busy to stop what we're doing right now." So, onto Pinterest I went.

I found this PIN from Living, Laughing & Loving's blog. The directions were simple, the photo looked great, and most importantly, after rummaging through cabinets, I had all the ingredients.

 Photos courtesy Living, Laughing & Loving

Renee, the blog's author, also has a sense of humor — which I can appreciate at moments like this.
"Uh, yeah.  You heard right.  Only THREE ingredients.  I wasn’t joking.
  • Pork Chops
  • Ranch Seasoning Dry Mix Packet
  • 1 can Cream of Chicken plus 1 can water as needed {or 2 cans cream of chicken}  This will depend on how fast your crockpot cooks and how long you’ll be cooking it.
Ready for the hard part?  {I’m so funny.  I know.} Combine all three ingredients in the crockpot and mix well.   Yup.  That’s it."
And there you go! That was it! I left it in the crockpot for about 4 hours. I also threw in some canned potatoes as well. I have NEVER had canned potatoes and we had received them from a good will organization for Thanksgiving ... and they sat in our cabinets for months. Well, they actually tasted amazing. I would have never known they were canned, but I was a little nervous about it when I opened the canned. They looked like lil' eggs! LOL

Dinner came out great. We even had it "picnic" style because we were off to see a Revolutionary War reenactment! 

 Yeah, that's my son chowing down on those potatoes ... I wish he actually ate it. He's in that stage where "his tummy hurts" when dinner rolls around, but then wants dessert when we clear the table. Yeah. We've caught on to his shinanigans! :-)
Last, but surely not least, my close friend, Annie, and I made some Rolo brownie muffin things. As an early birthday (her's not mine) get together, she came over to the house and together we baked. It was a nice social break and a GREAT excuse to make and eat sweets! 

She pinned the recipe, but I pinned it as well to share with you, HERE. Our brownies didn't come out looking like the blogger's brownies ... but they were delicious!

It was fairly simple. The recipe came from Cook Lisa Cook and the recipe was easy to read and understand -- just what I need. I can't be doing all the crazy whipping, folding, extracting, and craziness that other recipes seem use.

Image courtesy Cook Lisa Cook
Rolo Brownie Bites with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1 box fudge brownie mix plus necessary eggs, oil & water per package instructions (or your favorite homemade recipe)
  • 24 Rolo candies plus extras for the cook's snack
  • 4 TBS. butter, softened at room temperature
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened at room temperature
  • 2 TBS. caramel sauce
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
"Remove all the wrappers and refrigerate the Rolo candies.  Pre-heat oven to 325F.  Prepare brownies according to package directions.  Grease a 24 cup mini muffin tin with cooking spray and fill each cup 3/4 full with batter.  Bake for 15-20 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Remove from oven and immediately press a Rolo, smaller side down, into the center of each brownie bite until the top of the Rolo is even with the top of the brownie bite.  Cool for a couple of minutes then carefully remove the brownie bites from the pan to a cooking rack.  Allow to cool completely.
To make the frosting, whip the butter and cream cheese together until smooth.  Add the caramel sauce and blend.  Add the confectioners sugar and whip until creamy and smooth.  Using a pastry or plastic bag with a piping tip, pipe the frosting onto the top of each brownie bite.  Chill in the refrigerator to set the frosting a bit before serving."
Only thing that didn't work out properly was that we didn't have mini cupcake pans (so we used two Rolos for the center instead of one), and when we chilled the frosting on the cupcakes, the Rolo got hard and when you bit into it, we almost broke our teeth. Or you bite into it and the whole darn thing comes out of the center (which happened to Annie in the last photo pictured). But they were delicious, you just have to be extra careful biting into the center.

And there you have it folks! My pins for the week! I hope you enjoy these as much as I do and don't forget!

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