Why Did I Think I Could Make Like 6,000 Peanut Butter Balls?

Thanks to Joy of Baking, I have a new obsession: peanut butter balls. Just the sound of their name makes my mouth water...

The best part (besides how delicious they are) is that they're pretty easy to make! Although they're pretty easy, they do take awhile. For some reason I thought I could make some for everyone in my family as a Christmas present, and boy was that a mistake! I ended up making at least 125-150 before I gave up and decided that they would have to share. Ha!

I've made these twice now and the first time I followed the directions. They were delicious, but a little too sweet for me. You can find the original directions and ingredients list at the above link but I'll list mine for you here.


For Peanut Butter Balls
2 cups creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup (half a stick) of unsalted butter at room temperature
a pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 -2 cups confectioners sugar - It says to 2 cups, but I only used 1 1/2 because 2 was too sweet for me

For Chocolate Covering
About a bag or a bag and a half of semi-sweet chocolate chips - it's better to buy more than you need then not have enough
optional: 1 tablespoon shortening - to make the chocolate shiny

First things first, put the peanut butter, butter, and salt in a microwavable bowl and heat in 20 second increments (very important!!!), and stir in-between. Do this for about a minute, or until soft. Next, add the vanilla extract and confectioners sugar. Start mixing until it becomes dough-like.

Now this is where I have a useful tip. When I was making them the first time (I watched the video from the link), the lady said to just roll the peanut butter into balls with your hands. Well, mine WOULD NOT roll. They turned into cement on my hands and would not come off. After becoming very frustrated, I just plopped some somewhat ball-shaped clumps on the cookie sheet (covered in wax paper), stuck 'em in the freezer, and called it a day.

After about 15 minutes, I went to gaze at them in hunger.. And then I thought, I should try rolling them into balls now that they're a little harder and will maintain their shape better! After I was done rolling all of them into a more ball-like shape I stuck them back in to the freezer for another 15-20 minutes and prepared the chocolate coating.

I used exactly 1 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips. Another tip, get the mini ones at Kroger. They're cheaper. I decided to use the shortening just so it would make the chocolate last longer. Heat the chocolate 30 seconds at a time until melted. Don't forget to stir in-between. I used a spoon to roll the peanut butter balls around in the chocolate and place them back on the tray.


Once the chocolates on, put them back in the freezer for 10-15 minutes so the chocolate will harden. Once hardened, you can store them in a container in the fridge!

They turned out great! The original recipe said it yielded about 60. Mine came out to about 45, but I made mine a little bigger. Either way, they won't last long!

Looking for some last minute gift ideas or some Christmas crafts! Check out my tutorial for these cute cupcake ornaments here! They're easy and adorable!

Thanksgiving Apple Pies!

Okay, so I only have a few minutes to post because I'm about to go do round 3 of Thanksgiving dinner... If I see any more turkey or mashed potatoes I might get sick. Seriously. NOT A JOKE.

Anyhow, one thing I could use some more of is my apple pie! (I may be a little biased, but that's okay because everyone else loved it too!) I made two different sorts of pies this Thanksgiving. I wanted one to be like a classic apple pie, but with a twist and I got my inspiration here.

I was really impressed with how it turned out! All I did was precut the leaves and berries and spooned some watered down dye over them. I set them on wax paper in the fridge for about an hour or two and when I came back they were beautiful shades of green and red!

This is the pie before I put it in the oven. I forgot to take one after it baked!
My idea for what I wanted to do for the other apple pie(s) also came from Pinterest. This link was the most helpful in instructing how to do it. All I did was fill the jar with crust, then apple pie filling, and made a lattice for the top crust! I also decorated all the lids with scrapbook paper using Modge Podge and tied a label on with a ribbon!

I forgot to take a picture before I gave them all out and by the time I remembered there was only one left!

Mmmm... look at that crust!

Everyone said they loved them, but I wouldn't know how it tasted because it was gone before I got a chance to eat any! I took that as a sign that I did well, so I'll let it slide this time. ;)

First Adventures In Wreath Making

So I've seen so many cute wreaths all over Pinterest! But one of them really caught my eye and I HAD to make it! 

Teach. Craft. Love has a few pictures of some cute wreaths but I fell in love with the first one! You can see it here.

While I was at Hobby Lobby tonight (actually shopping for ANOTHER wreath!) I found a twig wreath that I've been looking ALL OVER for, so I had to get it! I found a few flowers, some letters, and paint and got to work!

This wreath was only $4!!! Such a great deal! I almost bought a few more to make for friends and family!

As far as making the wreath goes, I kind of experimented to see what worked best and it turned out great. All I did was paint some letters, hot glue some wire on the back and wire them up to the wreath. Once I got them positioned where I wanted them, I hot glued them directly to a twig for more stability. I did the same for the flowers I bought. 

Cute, right? I really like it! It took less than thirty minutes all together! Now I just need to hang it on the door!

Update: I broke the wreath like 5 minutes after this post...so I had to fix it... But it's finally up on my door! Yay!

P.S. Please ignore my nasty door. These apartments are older than my grandparents.

From Ugly . . . To Still Kind Of Ugly

Oh my gosh.. It's been too long since I've been able to get on here. I've been so busy lately! I've been going back and forth between projects and studying for my classes that I've had no time to blog about what I've been doing!

I finally reupholstered that God-awful chair that had been sitting in my bedroom for far too long! And it was SO easy! To be honest, I was scared out of my mind of how it would turn out, but it looks great! Obviously it's not perfect since it was my first time to do it but it still looks pretty darn good.

What inspired me to do this came from Red Door Home which I found via Pinterest, of course. The tutorial made it look so simple so I decided to do it this weekend when I was home! I really didn't follow any sort of instructions when I did this. If you want more detailed instructions, the link to Red Door Home above is a great source of help!

Now to really understand how badly my chair needed this makeover, you should see the before picture. I must warn  you, it's really ugly. (Also, I forgot to bring my camera so I had to use my phone to take pictures. They're not that great, but you should get the idea.)

Yes, that is animal print. And no, not like fashionable, cute animal print. The kind of animal print that you have no clue what animal it came from. Anyways, all I had to do was flip that sucker over, unscrew the seat, give it a good sanding and we were ready to go!

First I started by spray painting the seat so I could work on the cushion while it dried. I wanted more of a silvery look so I went with Krylon Brushed Metallic in Nickel with a Satin finish. It looked great once I was done. It ultimately took about 3 coats and 2 cans.

While that was drying, I started on the cushion. Now I know this picture shows wire cutters, which were somewhat useful, but during the process of ripping out staples I found that using a flathead hammer was easier. Personal preference I guess.

My seat came with a great cushion, although it smelt kinda like smoke. I gave it a quick frebreeze and put some new batting, followed with the new fabric!

When you put the batting on, flip it right side up (like above) and place the fabric where you want it on the cushion. When it's lined up how you like it, hold the edges tight and flip it over gently so you don't move the pattern.

For this part, I needed a little help from my mom. She pulled the edges tight while I stapled. I love it more and more every time I look at it!

Once the paint was dry on the seat, I flipped it back over, screwed the cushion back on, and all done! So simple and easy! It really didn't take long at all. The longest part was waiting on the paint to dry! 

What do you think? The pictures a little dark and honestly doesn't do justice to how amazing this chair looks! Now I just need a cute table beside it and a picture hanging on the wall behind it! Maybe my next project?

UPDATE: After living with this chair, I just couldn't learn to love it. Maybe because that terrible awful animal print was burned into my memory forever, but I couldn't stand to look at it. It made me cringe . . . so it had to go. RIP chair. You won't be missed.

Hello Blog World

Hello fellow bloggers and readers!

This is my first venture into having a blog, so don't be too harsh if I totally suck at this for awhile.

I actually had the idea to create this blog literally five seconds ago and was so excited I had to stop what I was doing, rush to my computer, and get on it!

The inspiration for me doing this actually came from Pinterest. You know that cool online pinboard where you can find tons of awesome DIY stuff, recipes, etc.? Yeah, I knew you knew what I was talking about! I was in the middle of making some fabulous ornaments and I thought it would be really cool to have a blog that chronicled my journey of becoming a master DIY-er. And then I thought I could directly link it to my Pinterest and create stuff that I and other people pin. So an idea was born!

The whole idea of this blog will be for me to make stuff I've seen on Pinterest, take pictures so you guys can follow along, and directly link this to a Pinterest board (also called "I'd Pin That") where all the things I've made here will be listed on one board! I myself find this genius and hope you guys  do too (and by guys, I assume it's only family reading this. Hi Mom! Hi Carol! Hi Dana!)! This may be pretty slow to start off with so bear with me for awhile!

I can't wait for you guys to see what I have planned and follow along with me!

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