Hi y’all, and welcome to our second installment of Inspired by Pinterest. We (meaning my kiddos and I) are trying to actually DO some of the fun and interesting things we are pinning each week, and tell y’all what we think of them here! This week we tried a frozen yogurt snack, home made finger paint, and a broccoli cheese soup recipe. Here’s what we thought!
I actually didn’t even pin this frozen yogurt treat when I first saw it. But when Jordan asked me earlier this week if we could have Dippin’ Dots (the ice cream), I remembered that I had seen these yogurt drops pinned by my friend Amy. I usually have quart-sized containers of vanilla yogurt on hand, so we gave it a try!
(Note: When I post about recipes/projects we try from Pinterest, I will always post a link to the web site or blog that it was originally pinned from, if available. Clicking on the pink highlighted text will take you to the original information. This particular pin was “uploaded by user” and although I tracked it back through at least 10 Pinterest user profiles, I never did find a link.)
In order to make them more colorful, we pureed some frozen sliced strawberries, which I keep on hand for smoothies. We mixed that into the yogurt, giving it added color, flavor, and nutrition. Win!
Jordan stirred everything together…
Then he dropped the yogurt onto 2 foil-lined cookie sheets, which we then placed in the freezers.
(I had to do a LOT of rearranging to fit a cookie sheet into this freezer!)
They took about 30-45 minutes to freeze. Then he peeled them off the foil and served them up for snack time:
Our verdict? They were tasty, and fun because of their unique shape. However, since there are so many of us, it would take a LONG time to make enough for everyone to have a regular snack-sized serving. We probably won’t make them again, but only for that reason.
The next thing we tried was this home made finger paint from Easie Peasie. I had pinned this one 1) because my kids love art projects and 2) because they were pictured in a rainbow of colors in individual baby food jars. I’m such a sucker for anything cute and colorful!
It required just 4 ingredients, and cooked up quickly. I spooned the warm, colorless paint into baby food jars I had saved, and added gel food colors. The boys and Joanna each had a jar to stir:
(No, it’s not edible and yes, Joey has a blob of purple paint right on the tip of his nose!)
(Watching my cool 11-year-old son finger paint pink flowers made it oh, so worth the mess involved! Haha!)
Our verdict? Super easy to make and the kids, from 2-year-old Joanna to 11-year-old Jonathan, enjoyed painting with it. The baby food jars, while cute, were NOT a good idea for us…Joanna knocked hers off the table, resulting in pink paint and glass shards on the tile floor, which of course had to be cleaned up by yours truly. We will make this again. Next time, we’ll use the little plastic rectangular baby food containers if I feel the need for cuteness.
The next thing we tried was this yummy broccoli cheese soup recipe from Budget Savvy Diva. We all love broccoli. We all love cheese. Enough said. It was yummy, there were no leftovers, and it will be added to our rotation. Yum!
And finally, this last one was more of a tip than a craft or recipe. According to The Make Your Own Zone it turns out the flip-top lids from parmesan cheese containers will also fit on mason jars. Cool, huh? I put oyster crackers in one. I’m not sure what to put in the other. I’m racking my brain trying to figure out what, besides parmesan cheese, I would need to shake out of little holes. Any ideas?
(Yes, the lid also has a larger pouring side, hence the oyster crackers.)
So which of your Pinterest pins have you tried? I’d love to hear about them! We’re always looking for new projects and recipes! Let us know in the comments below. Hehe, look how poetic I am!