Like millions of women everywhere, I absolutely adore Pinterest. I find the site so inspirational and I love having access to so many ideas. I can click-through the site for hours, checking out everything from recipes to hair styles to make-up to fashion. I have boards for everything on my Pinterest page – I even have one devoted to “If I Ever Have a Girl.”
This year, I used Pinterest for many of my Christmas ideas and gifts. It’s interesting to see how the “Pins” turned out in real life. Of course, I put my own spin on things so the “Pins” are not identical.
Just recently, I was given a waffle-iron by someone who stated they “never used it.” I love waffles but they are not something I can eat often so I was determined to find other ways to use the waffle iron to maximize its usage. My mind started racing with ideas: waffle burgers, waffle brownies and waffle cookies. I checked out Pinterest and found out there were tons of recipes for waffle cookies. One that caught my eye were Remodelholics Waffle-Iron Cookies. I decided to try to recreate it on my own. I used my go-to sugar cookie recipe and busted out the Waffle-Iron. After making the cookie mix, I was tasting homemade sugar cookies in about 90 seconds. Using the Waffle Iron for sugar cookies was quick and easy but it does change the consistency of the cookie a bit (just sayin’). Here is how mine turned out.
Next up, I used Pinterest to come up with some teacher gift ideas. While the gift itself may have been traditional (gift cards and nail polish) I wanted to wrap them in a unique sort of way. For nail polish I went with the mistletoe idea I saw here. I bought nail polish assortment packs filled with fun nail polish colors for my sons’ afternoon school aides (not the main teachers) and wrapped them in brown paper and stenciled “For Your Mistletoes” on the outside. The aides are all young girls so it’s a cute little gift I am sure they will use.
I then wanted a fun way to wrap the teachers’ gift cards. All of my sons’ teachers have Dunkin Donuts coffee in their hand or on their desks in the morning so I went with good ole’ DD gift cards for their gifts. I went with the whole “Thanks a LATTE” idea I saw here. Instead of a mug, I asked DD to give me empty cups. From there, I filled with candy and the gift card and then wrapped.
I then had these great coffee-inspired gift bags I picked up at the store on sale over the summer. When I had this idea for the teacher gift I went to my gift-wrapping and gift bag stash and pulled out these bags. I had 6 gifts to give out. Here is how they turned out.
Finally, I needed to bring dessert for a Christmas dinner. I wanted something fun and whimsical. Instead of cookies or a cake, I decided to make rice krispie treats. But these are not your everyday rice krispie treats, these are Snowmen Rice Krispie Treats. They look a little different than the inspirational “pin” but they are super cute, right?
As you can see, I love Pinterest. Super fun and lots of great ideas!
Merry Christmas everyone! xoxo