Pin 4 – Skinny Pop

So I ran across Skinny Pop online and pinned it right away as something I wanted to try. The next day I went to Costco and guess what was there…a giant bag of Skinny Pop for 4.99! Check it out….

It has no trans fat, no preservatives, dairy free, gluten free, peanut free, cholesterol free, low calorie, non gmo, and all natural!

A serving size is 3 1/2  CUPS! I ate 2 cups and thought it was enough….but nice to know I could have more!  The popcorn nice and fresh, a hint of salt, and not greasy at all. Definitely recommended.

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Pin 3 – Lasagna Cupcakes

Afternoon…I hope everyone had a great weekend! I got to see some friends I haven’t seen in a while so it was wonderful! 🙂

Today’s pin is Lasagna Cupcakes and comes from the blog The Girl Who Ate Everything.  I love lasagna, it is absolutely one of my all time favorite things to eat!  I also love cupcakes… 🙂

I stopped at Meijers to pick up a few things I needed for the recipe and they had wontons on sale but of course they were out! Our Meijers seems notorious for not having sale items.  Luckily they had egg roll wrappers…I’m not sure what the difference is (thickness?) but I figured it would probably work.

First step was to cut the wontons into circles.  I didn’t have a cookie or biscuit cutter so I had to use a glass and a knife.  I didn’t come up with the great idea of stacking more than one wrapper until the end…imagine that!

Next was to make sure the pan was nice and greased and to insert the circle cut outs.  At this point I thought that perhaps they were supposed to go in a mini-muffin pan (I pictured the wontons coming up the sides of the muffin pan.  After I started layering I knew that couldn’t be right either, so back to the normal muffin pans I went! Also, something is up with the recipe because it says you need 12 wonton wrappers but that the recipe only makes 6 cupcakes?

While I was cutting out the wontons I browned my ground beef with a little salt and pepper.

Next was the layering, since I thought the recipe was messed up I just kind of did whatever I wanted here…and yes I ran out of ground beef near the end, but honestly you couldn’t tell a difference.  I had a layer of parmesan, mozzarella, and ricotta, then a layer of ground beef and sauce, then back to the parmesan, mozzarella, and ricotta, then ground beef and sauce, and ended with mozzarella and parmesan.

Finally they are ready for the oven!

They came out great, but I will say I thought they would be crispier on the outside.  I think I could have cooked them a little longer (I had them in the oven for 18 minutes) and perhaps if I had wonton wrappers they would have been thinner.  Final thought…..they are super delicious on the 2nd and 3rd day, so make them ahead of time and heat them back up in the oven for 10 minutes!

Pin 2 – Motivational Marbles

Good Morning!  I still cannot believe how much rain we had last night….you’d think after months and months of rain I wouldn’t be surprised anymore.  Kevin went to check the basement before we went to sleep and glanced outside in the back yard….it had started to flood!! Luckily this morning all the standing water is gone.

Today’s pin Motivational Marbles comes from the blog of Hot Mess Princess who got it from Pinterest!!! This could go on and on….:)

I decided I wasn’t going to buy any marbles and I had 2 tall cylinder vases from our wedding reception sitting in a box.  A friend of mine said she used baby food jars and pennies.  Of course! I have lots of pennies.  So I got my pennies and put them in the vases….wow….didn’t look like much.  I needed something smaller so it actually looked like there was something in the vases, was I going to have to go buy marbles to be happy?  No, I told myself, you can find something in this house! So back to the basement I went in search of something when all of my canning supplies caught my eye! Here is what I came up with:

In case you’re wondering…currently there are 124 pennies in the pounds lost and 32 in the pounds to go!

Pin 1 – Double Crunch Honey Garlic Pork Chops

My first pin!  I decided that this would be a neat thing to blog…pins I’ve actually finished! This first pin and the next are going to be pretty bare bones since I came up with the idea after the fact, but look forward to more in depth posts about pins I’ve completed.

The first pin I completed was a recipe for Double Crunch Honey Garlic Pork Chops.  This recipe comes from a blog called Rock Recipes.  It all started with me trying to find a recipe on Pinterest for pork because I had some pork chops sitting in the fridge that needed to be used ASAP.  So I search for “pork recipes” and a bunch of pins with the name Michael came up…nothing for pork! – no idea what that’s about.  So instead I tried googling “pork recipes pinterest” and a bunch of recipes came up!! (So FYI, if you ever search for pins and the only result you get is Michael, trying googling!)  This was one of the first recipes, had a ton of pins, and sounded delicious.

This recipe was fairly easy.  Mix your spices and flour, mix your egg wash, salt & pepper the pork (I used boneless pork loin chops), dip in flour mixture – dip in egg wash – dip back in flour.  Two tips….make sure you don’t put too much oil in your pan (I did) and also use a non-stick pan if possible.  I used my stainless pan simply because it was bigger and I wanted to fit them all in at the same time and they of course kept sticking (even though I had too much oil! lol)  I cooked the pork chops for 5 minutes on each side – with the heat set at about 4 1/2.  They came out nice and juicy!  As for the sauce you dip the pork chops in afterwards – I used agave nectar instead of honey, low sodium soy sauce, and a little bit of orange juice.

This is not the healthiest recipe, but it was definitely delicious! Will be great for an every now and again dinner.