Zucchini…this little pin says “Yes please!”

All this pinning and not doing has made, not only my boards grow, but me! So to trim back down I have been working the WW thing. Doing good so far. I like the program because it is numbers and I choose what to use those numbers on. If I don’t have a system I end up eating healthy food but in abundance. ūüôā Say avocado, for example. I can eat an entire avocado in one sitting!!! How many points is that?!?!?! ¬†I don’t even want to know. But I also can eat me some not so healthy stuff, and one of my favorites…CHEESE!!!¬†So WW works for me, however pinning and WW do NOT go hand in hand. I have so many wonderful looking, tasty recipes just waiting for me to eat devour! Choosing something from my boards and being able to maintain my daily number¬†is hard. But I found it, oh yes I found it.

Keeping it in the Squash family, I found a recipe for Parmesan Zucchini Rounds¬†from Emily Bites!¬†I decide to add this to my grocery list. But wait, oh no, I also have found¬†another one on¬†my board “The cook in me“; for Oven Backed Zucchini Chips¬†from skinnyms.!!!¬†And¬†I was only about 1/4 of the way down¬†my board of 427 pins. I know to stop when I am ahead and¬†so I stopped looking. They both look great but I have a 10 month old and Emily’s seems to come out a little softer then Skinnyms.’s. So in order to share with my little man I go with Emily’s and add the cayenne pepper from Skinnyms.’s. Cayenne, yes cayenne even for my little man. It was such a small amount and we eat spicy food around here and he has to start off somewhere!

Supplies:

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So you know when you go to grocery story and it is sample day, it seems like it is sample day EVERY day at my grocery store. The sweet lady was sampling Italian cheeses, OH my there goes my WW thing. I contain myself and she talks me into this lovely cheese that supposedly they use more then parmesan in Italy and I am sucker so I go with it. And oh yeah, the sample was great!

So this recipe is super easy! Cut veggies, dredge, coat, bake!

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This¬†was my sweet husband’s contribution: a lovely picture of my dirty hands!

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All done…ready to go!

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In they go! WAIT! WAIT! WAIT!!! OH NO, that one little step…spray your rack with oil BEFORE placing the rounds on it was missed! BABY BRAIN!!!! I read it, like 4 times, and it just left me. BABY BRAIN!!!!

To late now…oh well they are in and I have to wait 30 minutes!

Writing time…

And I hear it, the beep, beep, beep of the oven. Score!

And by the way, I know everyone has noticed my nasty cookie sheet, don’t worry, I have a pin for that, and yes, I will be trying it soon.

Ok…one sweet shot of my little man before I taste.

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And now….the deliciousness begins!

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Even though I missed the spray step, they come right off the pan and OH my, these are FANTASTIC!!!! Just a little too spicy for little man, so I will have to adjust that the next time. But I have decided that I can eat the entire batch for dinner! The entire batch! Yes and stay within my daily points and yes, I get more for dinner then this!

WOW, I would definitely say this is worth it. I just may have to do this to some mushrooms, some onions, well any veggie!

This little pin says “GO EAT SOME ZUCCHINI!”

Rating: 5 out of 5 pins!

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You can paint a pumpkin…This little pin can!

I am so excited for Fall. Even though Fall for me here in Texas means temps have dropped to the oh so low 90’s. ūüôā¬†But it is fall, officially it is fall!!!! Bring on the pumpkins! Pumpkins any way; pies, bread, cookies, cupcakes, my favorite, Pumpkin Spice Latte, and yes in¬†my d√©cor. I love d√©cor. If I had the means to change something in my house every month, I would. Today, which I need to add is still in September, I drug my husband and we went looking for a pumpkin patch in town with¬†no luck!¬†So what batter way to pay homage to fall and¬†this fantastic little squash then to paint me up one for my mantle. Yippee Skippee is what I say, Yippee Skippee!

Pinned to my board “Fall” is this little pumpkin treasure¬†to paint.

Jennifer Rizzo says I do not need art skills (which is what got me to pin it in the first place)¬†for this….Yeah, I am in!

Gather supplies. Ok, confession, My house is a mini craft store. I own just about anything you can find on any isle in any craft store. Sewing; check, Yarn; check,¬†Beads; check, cake supplies; check, paint; check, stamps; check, scrapbooking; check! So when I saw Jennifer’s supplies list of only 6 things¬†which I happen to have¬†I did a little happy¬†dance, this project was going to be free for me! FREE! My husband likes free, I like free, who doesn’t like free! (see below for an est. cost to complete)

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  • Since I am using supplies I already have I don’t quite have the colors she uses but I do have; Spa Blue, Dark Chocolate, Light Avocado. Close enough!

I don’t bother to read through all of the instructions she has, I just glance at the pictures and say “I CAN DO THIS!” and dive right in.¬†Squirt some dollops, blend together. Easy enough. Hmm…ok well my dollops are a little bigger then hers, but I assume all that means is longer drying time, Just keep moving. Ok, next color, dollops, brush.

First Part Done! WHAT?!?! that was like 10 minutes with hardly any mess…

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Oh no! What! I have to let it dry before moving on, I lack patience but ok it has to dry. HMMM how long is this going to take? So I write and….

Little man wants some snuggles … that is always a fun way to pass the time.

Snuggle Time

Ok it’s dry, only an hour, not bad. Nap time for little man and mommy gets to finish her masterpiece.
What is next? The PUMPKIN.¬†A couple “C’s”, A couple more “C’s”. Paint, blend, paint blend. Dry…what, no that isn’t happening again. So I go on, Stem, blend.

Now she says to add more if you want…hmmm, well I blend a little more. I like her brown in the blue part, so I try wing this. Score! I just blended with my paper towel. AND…..

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Not Bad!  I am a perfectionist but I am trying to go with the flow and not stress so much so I am going to stop.

Overall: I rate this 5 out of 5 pins!

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Estimated Cost:

  • Brushes: $4 – 10.00
  • Canvas: $8 – 12.00
  • Paint: $4.50

Prices were taken from different websites, such as Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, etc.

This little pin CAN do this and so can you!

It Begins!

So the challenge is on! Put those pins into action! Get yourself moving! Let your family reap the rewards of all that pinning! But where to start? 34 boards, 2307 pins, secret hidden boards, likes. Hmmm. So many choices, I mean I have in the past attempted some of the little treasures found though pinning. Like this lovely little swing for my little man Jameson. (YES! I made this)

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Now to find that pin. What board did I put it on, hmmm. Well it’s for my little man so maybe we will try¬†my board “Little Boy of Mine“. That makes since.

Nope….hmmm. “Outdoor Living“, wait “She’s Crafty“. NOOO I got it, “Sew, a needle pulling thread.” Jackpot! Sorry, it takes me a minute to figure out what my brain was thinking the day I pinned something! I think us new moms call that “Baby Brain!”

Thanks to One Sassy Housewife for this amazing project. Her instructions are easy to follow, her pricing is right on and just like her little man loves his swing, mine loves his.

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Ok, back on track where to start? Fall is here, I mean you can get a Pumpkin Spice Latte from the coffee shop on every corner,¬†running with the¬†Fall theme¬†AND pumpkins…Tune in tomorrow as¬†I tackle : You can paint a pumpkin canvas, art skills not required!!! Step by step instructions!!!‚Ķ.¬†Pinned to my board “Fall“.