Paper bag stars

This post was shared from SITS. I have never heard of the page before but I actually saw this tutorial from WhatsUpMoms about a week earlier.  I’m pretty sure that’s where they got it from because they posted their video 4 days after WhatsUpMoms.

Here’s what you need:
Paper bags- I got mine from Target’s Bullseye’s playground. They were treat bags and were 10 for $1
Glue- SITS used hot glue, WhatsUpMoms used a glue stick
Scissors

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The video my mom shared gives no supplies or instructions.  WhatsUpMoms specifically said that if you are using flat bags, like the treat bags I had, you need 12 bags.  If you have a flat bottomed bag, like a lunch bag, you’ll need 7 bags.  Now since these bags came in a pack of 10 I thought, that’ll be fine.  I probably don’t really need 12.  Don’t be like me.  Don’t be an idiot.  You need 12.

The process is pretty simple.  Lay one bag down on the table.  Place your glue in a T shape, a line down the middle and then across almost at the bottom of the bag.  Lay a second bag directly on top of the first bag in the same direction.  Repeat until you’ve placed your final bag on top.

To make your fan have a pointed edge, cut the tops of the bag into a point.

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Now at first I did this with 10 bags.  I glued them all down and then opened the fan and was like “Ooooooo. Now I see why you need 12 bags.”  10 bags did not let the first and last bag touch.  Now time to salvage my disaster.

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I carefully peeled apart all the striped bags.  I then redid the whole process, altering the striped bags and the starred bags.  Then cut the point again and opened the fan. TADA!! Maaaaaaagic.  It actually didn’t even look too shitty with the alternating pattern either.  Well, not to me anyway.  You can let me know if it looks terrible.

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You have 2 options at this point to keep the star closed.  Either have a temporary way of closing it, so it can be folded back up for storing, or a permanent way.  I was trying to shoot for a temporary way because we live in an apartment with only so much storage.  I made a small hole toward the top of the points and put a string through the hole to hang it.  The bags weren’t really staying closed though.  There was a weird gap.  So I sucked it up and just glued it closed.  This project cost me $2 so I didn’t care.  To glue it, just lay your bags back down flat and put the glue in a T shaped on the top bag.  Open the fan and just press it together.  I just stuck my hands inside the two bags and pressed for a bit.  Then I put the string back in and marveled at my work.

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My only complaint is that I really wanted to hang this on my apartment door but it doesn’t sit well.  It’s hard to describe so here’s a picture.  See how it’s sticking out?  I guess this would be better hanging from ceiling or maybe even a tree if your party is outside.

This was a fun and fast DIY.  If you make one for yourself, tag me on Instagram @yourmomsposts.

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Revel bars

This recipe is from 12 Tomatoes and the picture looked awesome.  I already had everything I needed for these so I got right to it.

Here’s what you need:
1 1/2 cups oats
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
1 1/3 cups flour
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, divided
1/2 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk- I used whatever I had left after the Samoa Pie
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

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First, take an 8×8 or 9×9 pan, line it with parchment paper and lightly spray with cooking spray.  I didn’t really understand why I needed spray AND parchment but, ok recipe, you’re the boss.

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Combine the flour, oats, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl.

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In a mixer, or large bowl, cream together 6 tbsp of butter and the sugar.  My butter definitely wasn’t soft enough but in case you haven’t heard, I’m impatient.

Add in the egg and vanilla.  Then slowly add the dry ingredients.  I added it in about 3 batches. Put this to the side.

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In a double boiler, or a microwave, melt together the chocolate chips, milk and remaining 2 tbsp of butter.  Stir until it is smooth.

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Now take the batter from the mixer and place about 2/3 of it in the bottom of the pan.  I tried to use a spatula to spread it out but it was too thick.  Just use your hands.

Pour the chocolate on top of this.  It says to “gently tap the dish against a hard surface so that it spreads out and evenly coats the dough” but that didn’t do anything for me.  Skip that shit.

Spoon the remaining batter on top of the chocolate.  Here is where I learned that I have no clue how to eyeball 2/3 of a mixer of batter.  There seemed to be a lot to spoon on top. I am nailing this thing.

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Bake this at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes.  I did 30.

After it cools it says to cut them into 1×2 inch sections.  Who are you kidding with that shit?  That is so tiny.  I cut them into 2×2 inch squares instead.

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These were so delicious.  A little dense for me but still good.  I made sure I split these into 2 containers, 1 for home and 1 to bring my coworkers.  Josh can’t control himself with desserts.  I made these on a Sunday afternoon and the container at home was empty by Monday night.  I only had 1 piece.

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Ball Pit for Cats

Pet’s Delight shared this adorable video of a cat playing in a DIY ball pit and my mom thought I should try it out.

I went on Amazon right after she shared this to price out some balls (haha never gets old).  The inexpensive ones had some crappy reviews.  They were super thin and you didn’t actually get the number it said.  Great.  So I just filed this away for a later date.

Josh and I were wandering around a thrift store one day and I came across a bag of balls for a ball pit for $2.99 but everything was half price that day so I got them for $1.50.  Jackpot.

To be honest, these then sat in a bag in the closet for 2 weeks before I finally tried this out.  I threw all the balls in the tub with water and vinegar to clean them first.

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I was going to use a cardboard box but I am a forgetful person and never remembered to bring one home from work.  We did have a clear bin hanging around so I used that instead.

The cats were all about the box when it was empty.  I put the balls in and they were not having it.  There were some sniffs a little later and Ozzie did end up getting in the box 2 times but that was it.  Glad I didn’t waste too much money on it.

Check out some funny pictures and a video of the cats completely baffled by the ball pit on Instagram @yourmomsposts.

Samoas Girl Scout Cookie Pie

Let’s all just take a minute to admire the true hero who created such a wonderful recipe. This was posted by the page You gotta Share this shit and yes, you gotta share this shit.

The recipe does not say what size pie plate to use.  It never even occurred to me that there are different sized pie pans and the one I had wouldn’t be large enough.  So I bet you can now guess how this is going to go.

Here’s what you need:
1 stick butter, melted
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/12 cups chocolate chips
1 cup shredded coconut
3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
3/4 cup caramel sauce
1 cup melted chocolate chips

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First, you need to make the bottom cookie crust.  Take your butter, brown sugar, egg and vanilla and mix it together.  Add the flour and salt.  Stir until well combined.

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I sprayed my pie plate and then poured in the batter.  Spread this out so it is even and bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes.

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Sprinkle the chocolate chips all over the top.  This is where it occurred to me that the pie plate might be too small.  I had watched the video several times and knew their chocolate chips were not as crowded as mine looked.  At first I thought maybe they just lied about the amount of chocolate chips.

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Now sprinkle on the coconut.

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Pour the condensed milk over top evenly.  This is the moment I realized I was going to have a problem.  This pie plate is practically full and I am not done adding shit.  I continued on and added the caramel sauce on top.  I am 100% sure this is going to overflow in the oven and cause a disaster.  Even though my mom did share an oven cleaning video, I’d rather not have to use it to clean off burnt caramel.  Luckily I have these mats made from kevlar that you can use on your grill or in the oven so I put one on the oven rack before putting in the pie plate. Sooooooo glad I did.  Anyway, now you need to bake your overflowing pie at 350 for 25 minutes.

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I forgot to get a picture with the caramel before I baked it.

About 5 minutes before it was done I started melting the chocolate chips on the stove in my makeshift double boiler of a bowl on a pan.  That was not sturdy at all.

In the video, they put the melted chips into a bag to pipe on lines because who honestly uses pastry bags. So somehow I manage to juggle this bowl and spatula and a plastic baggie and I get it all in.  Now, I just have to cut the corner off.  I realized that I used one of those sandwich bags that has the fold at the bottom so instead of one hole, I got two. I was also holding the bag in the air when I cut it so then chocolate immediately started coming out.  I was a hot damn mess.  So I finally start piping this onto the pie and man, I am doing a great job.  Looks just like the video. Nailed it!

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Besides my chocolate looking like someone shit on the pie, this thing was delicious.  Mine was a little thick because my pie dish was too small, but still great.  Next time I’ll probably just make it in a 9×9 or make a little extra and put it in a 13×9 just so I can use the whole can of condensed milk.  I have no other use for it.  If I’m being honest, it’s probably going to sit in a container in my fridge for 3-4 weeks before I realize that it’s a waste and just throw it out.  I’m sure I’m not alone here.

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Healthy muffins

So the actual title of the Facebook post is “This is most likely the healthiest muffin in the world. Tasty AND healthy is finally possible!” but I thought that was a little long for a blog title.  This recipe was posted by Cleverly.

Now before we start, let’s just take a look at some of the rave reviews from the comment section.

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Oh boy! Looks like we’re in for a treat here.

After reading the reviews I decided that I would be cutting this recipe in half.  I am not about to waste my hard earned money on this crap.

Here is what the original recipe calls for:
2 Bananas
4 Eggs
Raspberries

I used the following:
1 banana
2 eggs
Blueberries

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This is an easy recipe.  You just have to mash your peeled bananas in a bowl and stir in the eggs.

Place a few berries in the bottom of a greased muffin tin and then pour the batter on top.  This made 4 muffins for me.

Bake this at 390 degrees F for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

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What is that water around it? Who knows!!

I let them cool for a few minutes and then took them out of the mold to finish cooling.

And now the taste test.

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Stole from here

These were just gross.  They tasted horrible but also like nothing.  I immediately fed them to out pet rat.  Yes, I said pet rat.  Don’t get grossed out.  She’s cool.

But seriously, this recipe was a GIANT waste of time and food.  Just eat a banana and scrambled eggs instead.

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Blueberry Oatmeal Bake

I am a big fan of preparing food I can take for breakfast during the week on Sundays.  Mostly because I am not a morning person but also because I don’t feel like taking the time every night to prep food.  So I figured I’d give this recipe from 12 Tomatoes a try.

Here’s what you need:

INGREDIENTS
3 cups fresh blueberries
2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup all-purpose 􀃛our
1 cup milk
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup slivered almonds, optional (I used pecans)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup melted butter
1 large egg, beaten
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt

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First, I mixed together the oats, flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl.

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In a separate bowl, I whisked together the milk, vegetable oil, melted butter, egg, and vanilla.

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I then poured the wet ingredients into the dry and mixed until just combined.

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Then I took the blueberries and nuts and folded them in.

Finally, I poured this into a greased 13×9 pan and baked it at 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes.

This recipe was great.  Super easy and didn’t take a long time to put together.  I ate this all week for breakfast and I would highly recommend it.  Another win for me!

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This is a great way to prepare potatoes

That is not click bait. My titles are the names of the posts my mother shares.  But, SPOILER ALERT, they live up to the title.

This post is from Healthy and FIT Portal.

Here is what you need:
Potatoes- I used 5 Russet
Ice water
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp parsley, chopped

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First wash your potatoes and cut them into wedges.  I tried to be careful about this and make them as close in size as I could.

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Put the wedges into an ice bath for 30 minutes.

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Pat dry and place in a bowl that is big enough for you to mix them around in.

Combine spices in a small bowl and sprinkle on potatoes.  Mix to coat evenly.

Pour oil on potatoes and mix again.

Place the edges on a foil lined baking sheet.  I had to squeeze all of mine in there. Bake at 450 F for 30 minutes.  They never said to flip them halfway through, so I didn’t.  They cooked evenly but then only one side browned and it looked silly.  I would flip them if I make them again.

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Place cooked potato wedges into a mixing bowl.  Add in the cheese and parsley and stir to evenly coat the potatoes.

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These tasted pretty good.  I wouldn’t mind cooking potatoes like this again.  I probably wouldn’t measure the olive oil next time because I found there was a lot left in the bottom of the bowl.  But overall, not a waste of time and didn’t take very long.  Another successful post!

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