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Cresent Roll Sopapilla Cheesecake Semi-failure

I made another Pinterest recipe, Y’all.

This one was a semi-failure. I was cooking at Aaron’s apartment again, and his oven is less than ideal. I blame it for the extra crispy bottom. I also failed to follow the recipe correctly but whatever. It’s only a semi-failure because it still turned out pretty delicious. So delicious, in fact, that Aaron told me to leave it at his apartment when I went back home. Then he called me later in the week to tell me it’s extra delicious served cold.

Let’s get to the recipe. I’ll start out simple and tell you what you are supposed to do, then what I did.

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Ingredients:

2 cans of Pillsbury Butter Crescent Rolls (or Great Value)

2 packages (8 oz) of cream cheese softened

1 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 cup butter melted

cinnamon & sugar

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Unroll and spread 1 can of crescent rolls on bottom of ungreased pan

3. Mix softened cream cheese, sugar and vanilla together

4. Spread mixture over crescent rolls

5. Unroll and spread the other can of crescent rolls over the top of the mixture

6. Spread butter on top and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar

7. Bake for 20-30 minutes

Enjoy! Eat hot, room temperature, or cold.

So that seems simple, right? Not for me.

Here’s where I went wrong.

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I read somewhere that the best way to prepare the crescent roll dough is to roll it all together into a big ball and then roll it out flat. Easier said than done. Aaron didn’t have a rolling pin, so I used a plastic cup. No matter what I did, the dang dough kept shrinking back up. I wrestled with it forever. I’m pretty sure my frustration with the dough contributed to me messing up the rest of the recipe. I finally got it looking like this.

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Then I mixed cream cheese, sugar, and BUTTER together. W-R-O-N-G. It is supposed to be cream cheese, sugar, and VANILLA. I didn’t realize my mistake until after I had already spread the mixture onto the crescent rolls, so vanilla was just omitted from my version. Oops. There was really no turning back, so I just went with it.

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There was no way I was going to roll out the crescent rolls into one big piece again, so I just pieced it together on top. I melted some more butter to spread on top (since I already used the butter the recipe called for in the filling) and then sprinkled cinnamon and sugar on top.

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Here’s where I’m going to blame Aaron’s oven. The instructions say to bake for 20-30 minutes. I checked on it at about 11 minutes and it was already starting to burn on the edges. I had to let it cook a little longer (20 minutes total) because it wasn’t done in the middle.

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Not beautiful…:/ When I took it out of the oven, I immediately transferred it from the pan to a cutting board so the bottom wouldn’t continue to burn.

IMG_0765But when I cut into it, it looked pretty good! You can see the “extra crispy” bottom here. Aaron and I were pleasantly surprised when we dug into it! Very good. The filling tasted like cheesecake even with the extra butter. Ha.

For the record, I would totally make this recipe again. I would obviously follow the directions, use the right ingredients, not use Aaron’s oven…and I would probably buy the “sheets” of cresent rolls that they sell at the grocery store.

Anyway. That’s what happened. Here is the link to the original recipe I pinned if you want to see what it’s really supposed to look like 🙂

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Sprucing up my Burlap Wreath

Like my new wreath decorations?

To see my DIY Burlap Wreath tutorial, read this post. (My most popular blog post ever, thanks to Pinterest!)

To see how I added the flowers and decorated it before, read this post.

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I think the magically floating “H” is a nice touch, don’t you? Dental floss. Voila! Obviously I need to get a bigger letter because it does look a little silly, but it will work in the meantime. I used 4 pieces of dental floss on each corner of my “H” and fastened it to the wire wreath frame. I secured all 4 corners tightly because I didn’t want the “H” to tap my door and creep me out late at night.

The main reason I updated my wreath is I saw so many cute burlap wreaths on Pinterest using that gray chevron burlap. It’s the most adorable thing ever! I just pulled my lace strand out and switched it for the chevron. I started with one end where the flowers are and just picked a spot here and there to pull the chevron under the wire frame. The opposite side of the ribbon doesn’t have the pattern on it, so I did have to work with it a bit so the chevron was always showing.

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Funfetti Dip: No Mixing Bowl Required

2013 Goal #2: Make ALL the practical recipes on my Pinterest.

I’ve got to get started somewhere.

I’ve pinned lots of “batter” and “dough” flavored dips before. To be honest I’ve never made them because, well you see, when I want to eat something “batter” or “dough” flavored…I just go for the hard stuff.

Haley + roll of Toll House + spoon = successful evening in.

And hey! No salmonella poisoning in the 24 years I’ve been eating raw dough. Just call me Gaston.

I decided to try this recipe from Eat Yourself Skinny because it only called for 3 ingredients (plus cookies for dipping).

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Ingredients:

1 box of Funfetti cake mix

2 cups of fat free plain yogurt

1 cup of Light Cool Whip

I was at Aaron’s apartment trying to make this and he did not have a mixing bowl.

Aaron: “Just use a pot.”

Haley: “How am I going to blog about this if I mix it in a pot? I can’t take pictures of a pot!”

Aaron: “Just make fun of me for not having a bowl.”

I present to you Aaron’s pot.

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Put all the ingredients together.

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Mix well until the consistency is smooth (and very photogenic).

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The directions say to then cover it with plastic wrap and let it chill for about 4 hours. Obviously I went ahead and ate some prior to chilling because I have no self control.

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Tasted just like cake batter! Very rich though.

I dipped animal crackers in it, but graham crackers would probably be really good too.

While I let the rest of the dip chill in the fridge, I made sure to lick the spatula clean. It just seems like the most natural way to eat cake batter 🙂

One more Pinterest recipe down, a bazillion more to go!

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2013 Goals Update

So I’ve taken a little break from blogging over the past few months…

But like I mentioned in my last post from forever ago, people are still reading! I think most of that is due to my burlap wreath tutorial going crazy on Pinterest. Anyway. I’m trying to get back in the swing of things. Housegirl Haley has recently gotten a few new followers, and that has made me more motivated to write and share adventures again 🙂 Thank you and welcome to all my new readers!

I figured it was time to do a little update on my yearly goals (original post):

1. Read all the books I’ve bought at Goodwill/bookstores (at least 1 a month) so I can rationalize buying a kindle. This is the one goal that I have really been on top of this year. Even though I haven’t been blogging regularly, I have been updating my booklist page as I finish my books. 14 books so far, so it’s safe to say I have met my “at least 1 a month” goal. I don’t really want a kindle anymore though. I still have the problem of coming home from the Goodwill with a huge stack of books. I just can’t help myself.

2. Make ALL the practical recipes on my PinterestYeah. I’ve made like 3 recipes. It’s sad really. Time to kick this into gear.
3. Start a cleaning schedule (start off slow, like 1 day a week at a time). Also not really happening. I have started a new thing that has been keeping my house cleaner though. First off, I’m making my bed before I go to work everyday. Then, when I get home from work I try to do at least one task really quick before I settle in and get too comfy on the couch watching TV in my pajamas. If you really want insight into what a loser I am, I motivate myself by saying “Do your homework first.” When I was in high school I was very academically motivated. Everyday after I got home from school I would immediately start on my homework. My mom never had to tell me to do this. I just did it. I was a nerd. What am I saying? I’m still a nerd. Anyway, if I do one thing like clean my bathroom or put laundry away, it usually makes me feel super productive and I end up doing more. It’s not a very organized system, but it’s working for now.

4. Meal planning…do it again. Including eating breakfast before work everyday. Also not happening. Ok that’s not totally true. I did a 4 week dietbet and used my Blogilates meal plan for about 2 weeks of it. That isn’t a long term thing though. I need to link goals 2 and 4 together and get this show on the road. 

5. Lose ten pounds. Not a joke this year. I did a dietbet and “lost” 5 pounds for the challenge. I say “lost” because I think my body weight naturally fluctuates about 5 pounds throughout the day. When I realized how easy it was going to be for me to “win” the dietbet (by losing 4% of my bodyweight in 4 weeks) I wasn’t very strict with myself. I also started going to the YMCA for exercise classes. I have a treadmill. It’s very nice. I bought it from my neighbor for $50 when they were having a yard sale. It was a great deal. I brag about it every time I see a treadmill for sale. Anyway. I’m working on losing weight…I have some new motivation now *wink wink.*
6. Be prepared to run Disney Princess ½ marathon in 2014. This goal is no longer valid. I had tentative plans to register to run this with my sister, but it is not going to happen due to a change in plans *wink wink* that I will update you on later. One day I will do this though.
7. Buy a saw and learn how to use it to build something cool. (Like a frame for my TV when I mount it on the wall). So this is kind of a funny story. For Valentine’s Day, Aaron and I bought supplies to build me a workbench for my garage. I still have the supplies in my garage, because that’s just how life is sometimes. Aaron had a saw. We borrowed another one. I ended up buying one. We had so many issues with these saws that I am now kind of scared of using them. One had the wrong types of blade, one had a safety guard that would get “stuck,” and the one I bought had really bad kickback. No thank you. That’s why I still have a bunch of supplies and 2 out of 3 saws still sitting in my garage. Maybe we will try again.
8. Invisalign. Straight teeth need to happen. (Start this process by the end of January…at least call and schedule a consultation). Check! Blog post on this process coming soon.
9. Complete Insanity. Haha. Nope. I’ve been thinking about doing this… Does that count? Here has been my logic with this. I’m paying to go to the gym. If I do insanity at home, then I may not go to the gym as often, and that would be a waste of money. Plus they are adding a Turbokick class at the YMCA, so I don’t want to quit going now. I need to get my crap together and just do it. I have too many excuses. I used to go to the gym and do Brazil Butt Lift in the evenings when I was in grad school.
10. New blog design. Obviously has not happened. Let’s get back on the blog train and THEN I’ll address this.  🙂

Not too good, huh? Only 1 goal crossed off! I need to get my hiney into gear.

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Quatrefoil Kitchen

When I first moved into my rental house, I took it upon myself to paint. I used the whole “It’s easier to ask for forgiveness than permission” reasoning, and just did my thang. Let’s be honest here. I picked a totally beautiful neutral color. The owners should love me. I just upped the value of their rental property for them. (They’ve seen it, and the wife asked for the name of the color because she loved it so much (Sherwin Williams Popular Gray BTW). For this next painting project I’m about to unveil, I continued in my “devil may care” ways and didn’t ask permission. Is this something you could do in any rental property. Probably not. Is it something that would be easy to paint over when you leave? Totally…although it makes me really sad thinking of how easy it will be to paint roller over my tedious little quatrefoils that I slaved away on. prettiest My kitchen isn’t my favorite room in the house. The floors aren’t the greatest. They cabinets are kind of orange-y colored wood. The appliances speak for themselves. It’s kind of an awkward shape. (It redeems itself with a ton of storage, though). My kitchen needed a little pazazz. I’m going to take you through this whole process now, from my inspiration to how I figured out how the heck to do this for free. Oh yeah. Did I mention this cost me ZERO dollars. I’d been putting this off for a while and just started in the middle of the night one night. Here’s what I used: IMG_0350 1. A leftover sample of paint that I almost painted my house with, that ended up being a little too dark (Sherwin Williams Perfect Greige). 2. Leftover trim paint. White in a gloss finish. 3. Painters tape. Mine was frog tape because that’s what I had, but any type of masking tape would have worked. I used it to make my stencil. 4. A paintbrush that I’m pretty sure came from a children’s water color set. 5. A mechanical pencil.

So my first thought was, “I will stencil my wall using my Martha Stewart quatrefoil stencil that I already have.” 
Um. No. Maybe I didn’t get the memo, but stenciling like this is the most frustrating thing ever. I couldn’t do a single shape without it bleeding through! Plus you can only do one set at a time because you have to wait for each set to dry so you can layer over it to match up the pattern correctly. Like I’m going to spend all my time doing that AND THEN go back over to touch up everything. No. I’m not.
Then I stumbled upon a vinyl quatrefoil backsplash. I was seriously considering this option, but it was going to cost me a whole lot of money because my kitchen is so loooong. I measured and calculated. Then I figured in me screwing up applying the vinyl, and the cost was just too much. I kept seeing this pattern everywhere though, so I knew I had to find some way to make it work.
Using some pinterest resources I decided I was going to make my own stencil, trace it on the wall in a pattern, and then paint over the lines.
I found the stencil that is the exact same shape as the vinyl backsplash here (fo free!)I got real ghetto here, y’all. I just opened the file on my computer, and…(I hope Aaron doesn’t read this…he would be cringing)…I just used a pencil to lightly trace over the pattern onto paper. It was like those old light-up desks you used to trace on as a kid. Just like that. Except on a macbook screen. I’m pretty sure I shouldn’t advocate this. Just print it out, guys. I only did it because I was so motivated to get started that night and my printer was upstairs and out of ink.

This next pinterest find inspired me to use painter’s tape to make my stencil.

Totally different from mine, but credit for inspiration where credit is due. All I did was cut out my clover shape, lay strips of tape over it, and trim it to shape of the paper. Then I flipped my clover over to the other side, laid striped of tape over it, and trimmed again. I just kept flipping and trimming until it got to a thickness I thought would hold up well to stenciling around the edges fifty billion times.

The painter’s tape stencil ended up working fabulously. It was very bendable, so I could fold it around corners and edges so easily. It was kind of miraculous. This next pin led me to a blog that gave me the technique I used to stencil and paint.The biggest take-away messsages I got from that blog are:

1. Don’t try to make it perfect. 2. Trace around the shape. Paint right over the line. 3. It won’t look perfect close up, but it will look fabulous from far away. 4. It’s very tedious and time consuming. 5. I probably should have made my shape a little bigger. So I got started stenciling and painting.half and half I was so impressed with myself after the first section. Then I thought,”Hey wait. I’m going to blog about this! I need before pictures.” full before stove before corner before Warning! It is very hard to stencil right-handed in a corner with a wall on your right side. You wish you had a picture of me in all the crazy positions I was stenciling in. At one point my foot was on top of the refrigerator. full after Look at that fancy wallpaper/tile backsplash! (Not the ugly appliances). prettiest Do you want to see it up close? small up close I mean really close? large up close See totally not perfect, but you can’t even tell from far away. I am in love with it and I would totally do it again. It’s a lot of tedious work, but the result was so worth it. I’m so excited to finish decorating my kitchen. Now all I need is some curtains, right? sig

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Monday Monday

I just spent a good little while writing a really long blog post showing off my kitchen backsplash. I posted it for a second, but then I decided to wait and schedule it for tomorrow. It’s so good…I need to keep you waiting.

In all actuality I wanted to do another little short post today that would no longer be relevant tomorrow. My fancy kitchen, however, will still be relevant tomorrow.

Today was my first day back at work after an unanticipated 4 day long weekend. Nothing glamorous. I was sick. All my little motivational quotes I pin on my “wise words” pinterest board would have been proud of me today. Sometimes when I’m at work I have to give myself little motivational talks.

I actually committed to being at work instead of looking at the clock and wishing the day away. I’ve been in a funk lately. The good news is that I’ll be finished with my clinical fellowship soon. I’ll still have the same job, but I’ll get some new letters on my name. Instead of Haleybee M.S. CFY-SLP, I’ll be Haleybee M.S. CCC-SLP. It’s a big deal.

You should help me choose the picture for my badge at work:

Option A or B?

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Those were taken the day I got my QVC “Today’s Special Value” impulse purchase in the mail, so of course I had just played makeup. It’s a rare day that I do my hair, so it needed to be documented. It just so happened that I needed to upload a badge picture to my work onboarding site, and I had a spare boyfriend laying around the house to take my picture.

One drawback of having a tall boyfriend is that the 10 pictures I took before these 2 good ones were all looking down at the top of my head. Or my head was leaned way back. Just for the record, the “looking down on you” angle makes a person’s head look huge. (Or maybe I just have a big head).

Random thoughts for the evening:

I’ve been DVRing The Bachelor so I can fast forward through commercials. I heart Sean. I’m totally going to write a post where talk about how Sean and I are actually meant to be together. (BTW Aaron, I’m talking about the alternate universe where you are meant to be with Emma Watson, so we’re square).

It’s been raining all day. We’re currently under a tornado warning.

I have a goal to finish my dang book by the end of February. I’ve got three days to finish The Casual Vacancy. It’s picked up a little bit, but I’m still trudging.

I also have a lot of crafty projects coming to a close. Lot’s to blog about.

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Greek Chicken Salad

Alright you guys. I made another attempt to tackle my Pinterest recipes…and this one is delicious.

Here is the recipe I pinned, but honestly I did not follow the directions at all. I really just used the ingredient list. I was supposed to marinate the chicken, but I didn’t because I did not feel like waiting. Here’s how I made it.

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Ingredients:

2 chicken breasts

3 roma tomatoes

1/2 red onion

1 cucumber (used most of it, but not all)

2 garlic cloves minced

1/4 cup of feta

drizzle of extra virgin olive oil

a few squeezes of lemon juice

salt and pepper

Also buy some fancy bread, like Publix Chicago bread. Or Ritz Crackers.

For Tzatziki Sauce

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(best picture ever, right?)

1/2 cup plain greek yogurt

1 tsp extra virgin olive oil

squeeze of lemon juice

1 garlic clove minced

2 Tbs chopped cucumber (what’s leftover from the one up there)

1 tsp dill (I use more because I like dill)

salt and pepper

*overwhelming ingredient list tip: the only new ingredients for the tzatziki are greek yogurt and dill. All the other ones are used in the first list of ingredients too.

Directions

1. Boil chicken breasts. Shred them with a fork.

2. Chop tomatoes, onion, cucumber, garlic. Add to shredded chicken in a big bowl.

3. Add feta, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Mix in with everything else.

4. In a separate smaller bowl, mix all tzatziki ingredients together.

5. Add spoonfuls of tzatziki to chicken mixture until desired consistency and taste. (I had a lot left over).

6. Eat as a sandwich on some fancy bread or on crackers like a dip. Delish.

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