pinterest party

yes.  you heard me correctly.  i had a pinterest party.  and it was awesome.

a few weeks ago, i invited a group of fantastically creative women over to my humble abode for a party filled with pine cones, cereal boxes, feathers, acorns, and the like.

more than one of us had pinned these lovely trees from this lovely blog, and given that i was craving a new addition to my Christmas decor, it became a match made in heaven.

the blog post above, broken into 3 parts, has a thorough tutorial on each tree she made, which made our tree making that much easier!  all the girls came with boxes of paint, glue guns, and decorative possibilities, making hosting as easy as the apple cider in the crock pot (although, i must say, my go-to-easy crock pot cider didn’t heat up as quickly as i’d hoped, making it not as successful, although it was still easy … ha).

anyway, a glittery, gluey mess was certainly made across the table while our shimmery masterpieces came to fruition.  it was a blast, to say the least!  although, i did appear to be the glue-gun-rookie, with more burns than i care to admit.  nonetheless, those burns were worth the time visiting with some friends …

My favorite tree is the music sheet tree … i printed out some copies of “away in a manger” (a personal fave) and cut it into larger strips than the blogger mentioned above used … I then used a glue stick and a few sprinkles of gold glitter on the tips of a few “limbs”.  it’s simple and sweet, in my glitter-loving-opinion.

to top off my christmas tree corner, i love the glow from my diy-mercury-glass-mason-jars.  the candlelight makes everything more beautiful.  don’t you think?

the trees were a breeze to make, although i’m already wondering how i’ll pack them away for the 11 months of the year that they weren’t made for … i’m sure i’ll find a way. right?

have any of your pins come to life recently?


the pin comes to life

this one time, right around last fall, i pinned this:


… because, well, they look amazing.

and then, sometime around a year later, i pinned this:


… and i don’t think that one really needs an explanation, am i right?

by the looks at the pin-board dedicated to my tasters, one would think i’ve got a tooth sweeter than sugar itself.  and it’s kind of funny for me to look at, because i don’t.  i can pass up dessert pretty easily.  cake? not my thing.  cookies? i love to make them. but rarely do i eat them. and i’m all about the presentation. making something pretty is more satisfying than eating something pretty. not sure why it works that way in my head, but i’m not crying over it.

however, i do love a good sweet cooked apple.  and the combo of cinnamon and sugar.  for breakfast.  (i think the light bulb just lit up. i like dessert for breakfast.)

and once i realized i pinned virtually the same thing twice, i figured it was time to make my digital expression of interest become a reality.

so, on the first fall-like day of the month, i turned on some Christmas music (don’t judge) and i scrounged up all the ingredients i could find. i didn’t have apple cider, so recipe numero uno was out.  while i had yeast, i was more in the mood for an instant-gratification type of recipe, so recipe numero dos was nixed.

enter google.

sure enough, i found a quicky recipe to which i had all the necessary ingredients.

see here

results?  AMAZING.  i don’t have the doughnut-shaping-mechanism described in each recipe, and i chopped the apples too big to squeeze out of a bag (note to self: chop apples in toddler-bite-sized pieces, not husband-bite-sized pieces), so the actual shaping of the doughnut required some brilliance to be birthed from my very own brain. (ok, so it wasn’t really brilliance. but i appreciate the opportunity to over exaggerate just a tad). i considered making gigantic doughnut holes, also known as “blobs on the cookie sheet”, but i really want to say i made a doughnut.  thus, i figured out how to make a hole in the blob.

once baked, i plopped those apple-born babies in some cinnamon and sugar and marveled at my very own, homemade baked apple doughnuts.

mr. husband suggested these in place of our traditional Christmas morning cinnamon rolls … i might have to test them out on the rest of the family to see if they approve of the change in tradition, but i was certainly thrilled when he loved them so much.

special thanks to my grandpa for his freshly grown apples … they went to good use on these bad boys!

pinterest: accomplished.