A Very Pinterest Weekend

A few days ago, I rearranged and organized my Pinterest board and realized there were lots of amazing things that I intended to make but then didn’t.

I was faced with a free Saturday, breakfast visitors and a splurge day. All those things equal trying fattening recipes without worrying about calories. Here are some of the pins I tried:

Hashbrown Breakfast Cups


These did not turn out quite like the pin. I’m notoriously bad at cooking hashbrowns, and this was no exception. I am pretty sure I didn’t cook them long enough before I added my egg, bacon and cheese combo because they were way too crispy on the outside and still soft on the inside (I enjoy my hashbrowns a delightful shade of golden brown.) The concept is really great, but they take a long time — we’re talking almost a half hour when I could fix them in a pan in a fraction of that time.

Vanilla French Toast Bake


This one was a hit. It requires pouring 6 eggs mixed with milk and cinnamon onto 12 slices of bread. At first I was all, Uh, really? This egg is going to soak into the break and it won’t be nasty and soft? Ok……

Turns out, soaking bread all night makes it fluffy and light instead of nasty. WHO KNEW. I baked this one a bit too long and the butter/sugar combo on the bottom was a bit crispy, so it didn’t melt in with the bread like I wanted it to — but that’s a user error (probably because I was trying to make the hashbrowns at the same time.) If you’re looking for a French toast bake, try this one.

Sopapilla Cheesecake

Pin found here: Sopapilla Cheesecake
The sopapilla cheesecake had me licking cream cheese and sugar from a spoon it was so good. This one is amazing. Per the blogger’s instructions, I used just one can of crescent rolls — but also one package of cream cheese. This sopapilla cheesecake tastes like heaven, is EASY and looks complicated. It reminds me of the Rice Krispie treat commercial years ago where the mom throws flour on her face to make it look like she’s worked really hard on the treats. I acted like I slaved over this sopapilla cheesecake when in reality I was just standing in the kitchen licking the bowl so I wouldn’t have to share it with my child.

DIY Salted Caramel Mocha


Pin found here: DIY Salted Caramel Mocha

Alright, stop: let’s chat. Raise your hand if you know that heating sugar turns it into liquid? In 32 years, I’ve never connected those two dots, so when this recipe asked me to put a half cup of sugar on the stove and heat it until it turned a deep amber color. I’m like woah hold the phone that is NOT GOING TO WORK, crazy people. A few minutes later I looked at the pan which formerly held a half cup of sugar and now held a beautiful amber colored delicious mess. And then, when you add butter, cream and a pinch of sea salt, you get caramel. That bright light you saw early Saturday morning? That was the lightbulb that went off when I discovered how to make caramel.

I already had some mocha coffee, but I also added a pinch of Nestle’s Quick for even more chocolate flavor.

Was this exactly like the Starbucks Salted Caramel Mocha? No. Was it close enough that I could feel good about saving $5? YES! I even had left over caramel to drizzle over the sopapilla cheesecake.

What was your latest Pinterest fail or success?

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