Cooking with Pinterest

Over the holidays, I tried out some of my recipe pins and thought I'd share the wins and epic fails!  All photos included are from the original pins, because, let's face it, that is going to be the prettier option.

Champagne Jello Jigglers = Win (but I'd make changes next time)

Mine were not this pretty as I could not find white grape jello so ended up using purple grape jello (not quite as elegant).  Also, I made these during the afternoon, then cut, sugared (I used white sanding sugar) & plated them but didn't serve them until evening at a friend's house.  So...the sugar melted into the jello and the plate got a bit soupy.  Other than those issues though, these were good!

The recipe/formula I used was:
2 - 3oz boxes jello
1 cup boiling water
Mix until dissolved and then cool to room temperature.
Add 1/2 cup champagne
Cool in refrigerator for a few hours.

Queso Blanco Dip = Epic Fail

I am not sure what my trouble is with this recipe, as there are no comments about it not working anywhere on the recipe post, but when I tried to melt this in the microwave it was half congealed mess and half water.  I had some extra ingredients, so I tried it again a few days later on the stovetop and it melted a little better but still had a lot of extra liquid.  The taste was good, but the dip was not.

Christmas Tree Fruit Tray = Win

Due to our kitchen renovation mess, I only brought fruit to my Mom's house for Christmas Eve.  I thought I could at least make it pretty, so when I saw this pin I thought I should give it a try.  We did not have a tree pan at our disposal, so Matt pulled some MacGyver action on a disposable rectangular pan I bought.  We did the tree in green grapes, maraschino cherries for the garland and mandarin oranges for the star.  It was cute and a big hit with my kids, so I consider it a win.

Ice Cream Cone Snack Mix = Huge Win

I pinned this idea ages ago as Olivia loves ice cream cones (she's grown to love the ice cream, but she has always loved the cone).  These ended up being a big hit at our friends' family New Year's Eve gathering.  The cones were a perfect cup and it turns out that Olivia wasn't the only one who enjoyed snacking on the cone too.  I made our snack mix with chocolate cheerios, yogurt raisins, peanuts, chocolate chip teddy grahams, and licorice bites.

Peanut Butter "Cheese Ball" = Huge Win

Although technically, I did not make this, I did enjoy it!  I have had this pinned for some time and so I was thrilled when I saw that my friend Jackie had made it.  It did not disappoint...yum!!!
mmmm....Peanut Butter said...

The ice cream snack mix was such a simple idea yet worked awesome! Many comments that it was "genius". And the kids could eat their cups - how cool is that? And I agree the peanut butter cheese ball was so good and I had a hard time slowing down. I was about to dive in face first to gorge it all.

Jackie said...

I definitely think you'll be seeing that peanut butter cheese ball at another party :) there wasn't even a crumb left! and that snack mix should appear again as well...however, if I make it, I might actually make it "healthy!":) although it was well loved for sure!

Katie said...

oooo! I've been wanting to try those Champagne Jello Jigglers (fancy jello shots!) I'm glad you gave them a try and gave them a GO!

MarmePurl said...

The champagne jello shots are on my list for Friday night. I'm not too old (yet)! And I will try hard to remember the cone snack next time the grandsons are in town. Many thanks.

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