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This pin is definitely not one of the popular pins that 500 million people on pinterest have pinned but it was one of the better recipes I have tried. I know a lot of us are looking to eat better and looking for an easy meal and this was a great one. The recipe for turkey meatballs is also a clean eating recipe so basically it involves only ingredients that are as close to their original form as possible and not highly processed.
I deviated from the recipe just a bit because it made a lot. The recipe called for 3 pounds of ground turkey. I did not want to make so much in case I did not like it. I used 1 pound of ground turkey instead. Because I used so much less turkey I lowered the seasonings. All of the seasonings called for 1 tablespoon, I used a half tablespoon for each seasoning and that works fine except for paprika which called for 2Tbsp, I used 1 Tbsp. The recipe also called for purple onions. I hate red/purple onions with a passion I substituted white onion instead. The recipe suggested fish oil or salt, I bet you can guess what I used. I used salt. One other change that I made was to cook the green peppers, onion, and garlic before putting them in the mix. I just prefer cooked onion and green pepper, personal preference I think.
To actually put all the ingredients together including sauté peppers and onions and garlic it took me less than 10 minutes. I use a muffin tin as directed and the same amount of time. They came out really good, very flavorful. I served it to the boys with spaghetti sauce and whole-wheat spaghetti noodles. I ate them plain with a side of veggies and squash. I will definitely make these again and I think I will start freezing them as well.

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I have been craving some major desserts this afternoon so I decided to try the apples in a bag recipe on Pinterest. This looked pretty good but I have to admit I was skeptical. Upon reading the instructions it suggested putting all the ingredients in a big and microwaving in the plastic bag, yeah, that was not happening. I’m cancer phobic. I used to glass bowl. I put all the ingredients in a glass bowl covered it and shook. I microwaved for the two minutes and just vented the cover. I used the raisins as suggested although that made the calorie count a bit higher. I will definitely be making this again most likely twice a week if not more it’s really good and not much to it.
Difficulty – 1
Results – 5, awesome.

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You know I love pinterest for quirky things like being able search
“Desserts” and you find a page of amazing things. This past weekend we had a game night Mexican style and I was looking for quick and easy dessert to be served after build your quesadillas. I literally searched Mexican dessert and came up with sopapilla cheesecake pie. I looked at the directions it looked easy considering I had about 10 minutes to make it before people would be coming over I decided these were the way to go. The recipe basically consisted of sugar, cinnamon some butter, cream cheese and refrigerated crescent rolls. I used to reduced fat crescent rolls and fat-free cream cheese and this did not seem to affect the recipe. The baking time was perfect, the only issue I had was that the recipe said to wait until the sopapillas were completely cooled before serving. they looked way too good warm to serve cold. They were a little runny when we served them warm but not bad at all. They tasted really good and it we spent about five minutes trying to figure out what did they specifically taste like, they tasted like something we had all had before. Then we figured out they tasted just like cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting. like exactly. I would make the recipe again because it was very easy and the results were really good.
The one drawback about this recipe is that it did call for a stick of butter for the topping and quite a bit of sugar but this is for dessert so who cares right? I might actually cut back on some of the butter if I were to make this again because the butter on top of the crescent rolls not only looked a bit unappetizing until it settled in, I felt it was a little heavy from all that butter. I might cut it down to 3/4 cup and see how it comes out. I think the crust would be flakier and less dense.
Difficulty -1 this was really easy
Results – 4 it could’ve been prettier but it tasted pretty darn good

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I am a sucker for soup on a cold fall day. Well actually I’m a sucker for soup pretty much all of the time. I recently pinned the recipe for hamburger vegetable soup. I almost never keep ground beef in our house so I substituted ground turkey which is a staple for us. I was very pleased by the relative easiness of this recipe and the great results. Besides for the substitution of turkey and leaving out thyme as a seasoning I followed the recipe exactly. The only thing that I would do differently next time is less salt. The recipe told you to use between 1 tablespoon and 2 1/2 tablespoons of salt I think. Knowing our deep love for salt in my family I used 2 tablespoons. I think 2 tablespoons was too much. Next time I think I will use 1 1/2 tablespoons or possibly even just 1. The kids enjoyed this the first time I fed it to them but by the next day I think they figured out how many vegetables were actually in it and both refused to eat it. I will definitely make this recipe again, It was great to bring for lunches at work and my husband enjoyed it a lot too.

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With all the pumpkin recipes flying around Pinterest I decided Jr and I needed to use up the can of pumpkin I had on my shelf. There seem to be two main recipes out there for pumpkin cookies. One had an entire stick of crisco plus a cup of butter. The other only had one cup of butter so I went with that one.
The cookies were really just okay. The actual recipe was super easy and didn’t have too many ingredients.They turned out cake like. I smooshed them a bit with a fork so they’d be easier to frost later. They just weren’t very flavorful.
I had Carmel cream cheese frosting in the freezer from a previous recipe.. This paired with the cookies turned out amazing. The hubs got home and immediately ate like 5.
Cookies – Difficulty -2, there was sifting involved. Results – on their own – 2, with the frosting – 5.
Frosting – difficulty 5, wow was that a pain in the butt, results – 5.

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Baked (not fried!) Cinnamon Breakfast Bites - simple and yummy!... On the list to try soon!

This has been on my Pinterest for months now, just waiting for the right time to make them with my little boy.  We are not big donut fans in this house.  In fact, I’m quite certain my 3 1/2 year old had never had one before, but he sure was excited to assist with this baking project.
Let it be known that I am not a baker and don’t even pretend to try to be.  Love to cook, borderline hate to bake.  But it’s donut bites, how hard could it be?  Turns out it was very easy, even with the (un)steady hand of my son helping.

Things I would modify next time, because yes, I WILL make these again!

1.  Add a splash of vanilla extract

2.  Add a Tablespoon more of milk (batter was just a bit too dry, I think)

3.  Lessen bake time by 2 minutes.

They are yummy though, they will just be even better next time.

I should probably add that if you are looking for a “typical” cinnamon & sugar donut hole, this is not it.  It is definitely the healthier version since these are reduced in calories and most importantly, they are baked, not fried.

 

Original Source:  http://ohmysugarhigh.com/scrumptious-baked-cinnamon-breakfast-bites-recipe/

Difficulty 1-5:  2

Results 1-5:  4 (hoping for a 5 next time with the modifications!)


I saw the pin for Skinny Pool-Side Dip and honestly pinned it just because it said “skinny” and I’m a sucker for the so-called “guilt free” recipes.

Both times I’ve made this dip, I’ve halved the recipe as the original calls for 16 oz of cream cheese (two packages) and I rarely need that much dip. The first time I made it, as pictured above, I ran to a very small local grocery that did not have fat-free cream cheese that the original recipe called for so I subbed in low-fat cream cheese instead. It was a hit at book club.

The second time I made the dip, I used fat-free cream cheese as prescribed. I won’t make that mistake again. The dip was very runny as, for whatever reason, the fat-free product never seemed to re-solidify after being softened to make the dip.

I did encounter friends who don’t like olives, so I might substitute black beans to give it a more southwestern flavor when entertaining certain company and retain the same color profile.

Overall I loved the dip, loved that it is at least somewhat guilt-free, and found it simple to make.

Original source: Home Trends Utah
Difficulty (1-5): 1, unless you have hesitations around jalapeno peppers
Result (1-5): 4, only because some people aren’t crazy about olives

I have an obsession with dipping things in chocolate. If there is anyone at work who doesn’t know me by name, I’m probably “that girl who brings in chocolate dipped treats.” I especially love making treats on a stick.

So how genius are s’mores on a stick? I was inspired by this pin. I decided to make them for a play date with the thought that kids would go nuts over something like this.

I altered the recipe in the following ways:

  • I used Wilton chocolate melts instead of Nutella
  • I dipped the entire marshmallow in the chocolate because, well, the more chocolate the merrier!
  • I used lollipop sticks instead of the wooden popsicle variety

Tip: to make sure your marshmallow stays attached to the stick when you dip, first dip the tip of the stick into the chocolate, then spear the marshmallow. Pop into the fridge until the chocolate hardens, then proceed with dipping. Then sprinkle the bottom half of the dipped marshmallow with the crumbs and place on a parchment paper or waxed paper lined cookie sheet. Pop in the fridge to harden.

I made my own graham cracker crumbs by throwing a few crackers into a food processor, but you can also buy them. You don’t need many crumbs, though. I think two full crackers was plenty.

They were a hit at home and at the play date. My friend Sunny recently made them for her daughter’s baptism lunch. Instead of dipping the entire marshmallow into the chocolate, she half dipped, then toasted the tops of the marshmallows with a mini blow torch. Awesome!

Now, the point of the original recipe was that it would take 2 minutes to prepare. My version definitely takes longer. But it’s still pretty easy.

Original source: Skimbaco Lifestyle
Difficulty (1-5): 2 if you haven’t mastered dipping
Result (1-5): 5

-Meghan

So when I first saw this pin I thought, Looks good but really, is it THAT good? YES. YES it is. The recipe calls for garlic powder and salt I chose to use garlic salt instead of both but that’s the only change I made. I mixed the ranch dressing mix, oil and garlic salt together in a measuring cup and then tossed with the bag of oyster crackers. Put it on a parchment lined cookie sheet, slapped it in the oven at 250 for 15 minutes and BAM! it was done and it’s DELISH. I could seriously eat the entire batch. The whole batch fits in a quart size bag.

I really wish I hadn’t seen this because I’m sure I’ll be making this a few times a week.

Original source: http://www.examiner.com/article/christmas-snack-recipes-ranch-oyster-crackers-recipe

Difficulty (1-5): 1- took me less than 3 minutes to throw it all together

Result (1-5): 5- FREAKING AMAZING

One night, I was looking through my pinterest recipes and added this to my weekly menu.  This burger recipe sounded amazing and Momma was in the mood for a burger. Who doesn’t want to eat the best burger EVER?! Momma was on a mission, a mission to make the best burger in the world.

The recipe itself was very simple and easy to follow.  I followed the recipe as written including the special sauce.  The only change made was cooking on an outdoor grill.  These burgers are incredibly moist and fall apart on the grill. One burger lost his life falling through the slats  to a fiery death.  It was touch and go for a while, but we were able to salvage dinner and momma’s burger craving was satisfied.   After revisiting the blog, I noticed she has updated to address this issue.  It is important to pan fry the burger!!!! I would totally agree with this, but they were delicious on the grill if they did hold together.

Overall, it was a good burger.  Did it live up to the hype?  No.  It was not the absolute BEST burger in the world, but if you are looking for a new burger recipe I would recommend it.  It has good flavor and is very moist.   The sauce was good, but the recipe makes an enormous amount.  We ended up freezing the left over sauce for our next burger mission.

Original source: http://www.littlemissmomma.com/2011/10/best-burger-ever-recipe-with-secret-sauce.html
Difficulty (1-5): 2
Result (1-5): 4

-Stacey