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Epically Failing, Pinterest Style

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In an attempt to save money on groceries, I have been baking snacks for my daughter’s school lunches.  And what better place to find delicious, healthy and equally cool looking snack ideas than Pinterest, the social media site where 12 million visitors spend on average 1 hour and 17 minutes of their life pinning, liking and creating boards of stuff1.  Oh Pinterest, you seductive mistress you.  By simply seeing the “pin it” button, you gave me the ill-fated notion that I, torontomama, could be a Domestic Goddess.  For shame!

I consider myself to be a capable cook.  That said I lack the necessary skill when it comes to baking.  Only the pull of Pinterest could have brought this idea of baking school snacks to fruition.  My first 3 recipes went off without a hitch.  With those recipes under my belt, it came time to make Strawberry Cupcakes with Fresh Strawberry Icing, courtesy of Spendwithpennies.com.  Doesn’t the name alone make you salivate?  Well if the name doesn’t, the picture will.  I wanted to surprise my daughter with these delicious gems after school and have a tea party in her room.  What fun.

First came the icing.  It needed to be chilled overnight and it turned out perfect.  I would make the cupcakes themselves the next day so they would be fresh for the party.  The original recipe called for boxed cake mix, but being the Domestic Goddess I thought myself to be, I made the cake from scratch.  I purchased cake flour instead of using all-purpose flour like the recipe called for and did no research on its differences.  According to Pinterest, this is what they were supposed to look like.

And this is how it turned out.  EPIC FAIL.

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I pulled my cupcakes out of the oven, dry and sunken in the middle.  Upon further research online, I came to find out that my cupcakes were both overcooked and over leavened and nasty as hell.  My daughter eats with her eyes and seeing that they were bright pink, in her mind they were just fine and the tea party would have to go on as planned.  I told her outright that I had made a mistake and I didn’t think they were that tasty.  She was having none of it.  We sat down at her Lego table, disguised as a banquet table at a ball and ate my Pinterest Fail cupcakes while sipping hot chocolate.  Despite her saying they were ‘ok’; she ate less than half of one.

Hubby came home after work and bluntly asked “What happened?” Pinterest happened.  With their pretty pictures and step by step instructions, I was lulled into the assumption that I could be magically transformed into a baking aficionado.  They lied.  Out of 15 cupcakes, 1 was eaten and I have approximately 8 cups of delicious strawberry icing sitting in my fridge with no cupcakes to ice with it.  Cue the spoon and kiss the diet goodbye.

Green Bathroom Cleaner

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I have to admit since becoming pregnant I’ve left the cleaning of our bathroom to Hubby as the smell from most bathroom and shower cleaners made me gag.  I’m a little anal retentive when it comes to cleaning so after my daily Pinterest tour, I found a way to clean my bathroom using stuff you find in your cupboards.  Using nothing but baking soda and vinegar I’m able to clean my bathtub and shower without the harsh chemicals and to my standards LOL.

DIRECTIONS

  • Dampen your bathtub and shower with a bit of warm water.
  • Sprinkle baking soda over the area you want to clean and let sit for 5 minutes.
  • Using a scrubber, scour the baking soda all over.  Then pour the vinegar over, let foam and fizzle for 10 minutes.
  • Scrub and then rinse.

I love this as it did the job, removed the soap scum and water stains and didn’t enrage my gag reflex.

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Kid’s say the darndest things and now you can keep them forever!

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While perusing Pinterest, I stumbled across a great idea for keeping all those cute sayings that your little one’s say.  You can take a plain recipe box or one that is decorated already, and with recipe cards, instead of your favourite recipes, put your child’s sayings.  Separate them by child and be sure to write down the date and age.  It’ll make you laugh, cry or smile, and better yet, always good ammo for when they are older!

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