Pinterest Food Challenge: Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies

I know, I’ve been a bit on a dessert kick this month- first with the peanut butter chocolate chip fudge and then with the peanut butter chocolate chip shortbread cookies. But you’re going to have to deal with it because I’ve got some more peanut butter for you: 4 ingredient peanut butter chocolate chip cookies that just so happen to also be gluten free. Yum!

pinterest food challenge

We all pin so many ideas and recipes, but let’s take some action people! At least once a month, cook or bake something that you pinned and link it in the comments!

The original recipe is actually from PBS Parents, I’ve made them twice now and with different peanut butters each time. The first time I made the cookies with Skippy brand peanut butter and I LOVED them. The second time I made them with Teddie natural peanut butter and I wasn’t super crazy about them, but Matt loved them. So I guess it’s a preference thing.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup peanut butter, smooth or crunchy (I used smooth both times)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg (beaten)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

To make:

  • Preaheat oven to 350*
  • Mix all the ingredients together, I did this by hand with a fork
  • Scoop in heaping balls onto a greased cookie dish, then use a fork to press down on each ball (so they flatten)
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes then let cool for at least 5 before moving

IMG_2056

So super easy, so super cheap, and a real crowd pleaser!!  I definitely recommend you try them, whether you need to eat gluten free or not.
______________________________________

Linked up with:

Whatever Goes Wednesday @ Someday CraftsHookin Up With House of Hepworths, and Liz Marie Blog

 

How I Showed My Closet Who’s Boss: Part II

Yesterday I shared with you how I took out my nasty closet door and hung up a sheet instead… and left you with a picture of Matt drilling into the ceiling right next to it. Get ready a post full ‘o pictures all about what we did next:

IMG_2104

Quality Control Inspectors Zsa Zsa and Dutch waited patiently while made made not one but TWO holes in the ceiling. He drilled holes for anchors, lightly tapped them in with a hammer, then screwed hooks into them. And what was to go on those hooks? A hanging shelf DIY’d by our good friend Scott.

To measure out the holes we just used our level, which is a few inches wide so by default that’s how we decided how far out from the wall to make them- no real science there. And the required drill bit for the anchors and screws came with them, which made that pretty simple as well.

IMG_2106

The shelf is just a piece of wood with four holes drilled into it (two on each edge) and some rope knotted through the holes, to make what I call a swing shelf.

At some point in time I might paint the shelf, or maybe just the bottom of it, but right now I’m digging it au’ naturale.

IMG_2111

The shelf is super thin- it doesn’t stick in your way when you walk in the room because it’s also where the door opens into. But it does a great job at filling the gap between the lazy sheet-for-a-closet-door and the edge of the door.

Let’s see that bad boy up close:

IMG_2115

For now on the shelf I’ve got 2 pieces of a 5 canvas painting, some empty jars form my hoard, and an old tea tin my grandmother gave to me. But you know that could change any day. I love that we’re finally getting to use at least some of that painting, unfortunately it doesn’t really have a place in this house to hang somewhere in its’ entirety. If you’re interested, it’s this unbelievably amazing piece - check out the seller’s whole shop really because she was lovely to work with and incredibly talented.

Life. Is. Good.

Life. Is. Good.

The closet door update is kind of meh, but with the addition of the shelf that side of the room is looking WORLDS different from where we started. Let’s not forget though, it’s not the stuff in the house that matters- but the people (and pets) you share it with. :)

And just for reference, here’s a shot of the other side of the room so you can see how it all works together:

IMG_2112

So what do you think: would you paint the whole shelf? Maybe jazz up just the bottom? Leave it bare?

Other DIY projects in this room: hand stamped tv stand // spray painted bureau
______________
Polkadot Pretties   Chic on a Shoestring Decorating

How I Showed My Closet Who’s Boss: Part I

Most of the projects I do around here get done because I just can’t stand to look at something any more. Such was the case with my closet… one morning I just woke up and absolutely couldn’t take it anymore.

Here’s why:

IMG_2045

When we moved into the house one of the mirrored doors was just leaning against the closet, not attached at all. I threw it in the trash because mirrored doors sucked anyway. But then we got a puppy and so I put this gate thing I found in the shed up against the closet door so he couldn’t get in and eat all my shoes. And it’s stayed that way for a year and a half. It’s disgusting, you’ll notice in other posts about the bedroom I shoot around it because I hate it so much. Finally, I couldn’t freaking live one more day with this monstrosity.

I brainstormed all day at work about how I was going to take this mother down and what I would put up to replace it- with a budget of $0 because that’s my budget for pretty much everything. When I got home from work I went through my hoard and marched upstairs with a screwdriver, a bedsheet, and a curtain rod. In a dreamworld I would have bought lovely doors for this closet, but those aren’t free. So after I took out some screws from the door and added some different screws in the wall I ended up with this:

IMG_2058

The closet door was literally only attached with two screws, it took under 5 minutes to get it off. The sheet is actually the sheet that goes with our bedset, but we’re weird and only use comforters so it’s just been used to protect our couch from dog paws. The curtain rod was leftover from our old apartment.

The sheet was queen sized so it had to be hemmed up about 16 inches, which I did with stitch witchery (no sew adhesive, see here). Then I just cut a hole on either end of the top pocket and slid it on the curtain rod.

But obviously while I was at it I cleaned my closet as well:

ooooh! ahhh!

ooooh! ahhh!

  • I moved all my excess duffel bags and totes into the guest room closet.
  • On the top shelf of the closet are totes and purses I use regularly and all my long sleeved shirts.
  • On the rod are, in this order: black pants, jeans, brown pants, summer pants, cardigans, button ups, dusters, dresses, zip ups, suit jackets (Note: I highly recommend you all go out and buy layered hangers for your pants- like these ones)
  • The floor from left to right has: sneakers (can’t see them), a tote for hats and scarves, a three draw chest (nylons, knee highs, and socks), another three draw chest (corkscrew open toed shoes, regular open toed shoes, flip flops and ballet flats), and a three shelf metal thingy that has been rearranged since this picture (black and brown shoes, color shoes, black boots)

And yeah, I still have a full bureau of clothes and an entire second closet downstairs with the rest of my shoes and all of my jackets. Yiikes.

But anyway, closed up the closet looks like this:

welcome to blahdom, population: this wall.

welcome to Boring Town, population: this wall.

The curtain is obviously less than ideal, but it does the trick and it matches the rest of the room. But you KNOW I didn’t leave that whole sad wall empty for long….

There's my main squeeze, drilling into the ceiling.

There’s my main squeeze, drilling into the ceiling.

Come back tomorrow to see what else we did!!

That’s right friends- A CLIFFHANGER!!

An Aside

Happy Friday all! It’s been kind of a rough week so I don’t have a high 5 for friday planned like I usually do, but I thought I’d pop in with a little tidbit.

Matt has just wrapped up his bachelor’s degree and will most likely be starting his master’s in September. He’d like to get his doctorate as well, and for some reason every doctoral program in English we can find requires he be fluent in another language. I have no idea why but he has chosen to learn German and is just starting out learning on Rosetta Stone.

Being the amazing fiance that I am I have decided to try to learn it to, so he has someone to practice with.

The way Rosetta Stone works is it sort of forces you to learn the language by default- it just shows you a bunch of pictures and tells you what the are in German and your brain figures it out from there and puts the pieces together. Then you recite things back into your little headset and it moves right on along.

Well my brain does not put the pieces together.

Matt is trucking along, totally getting it and being awesome.

Meanwhile when I sit down with my little headset the lady in the computer says something to me in German, I swear at her in Italian, then she beeps at me and we start over. Fungoola.

 

Anyone else ever try Rosetta Stone?

Pinterest Food Challenge: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

I’m on a serious peanut butter kick this month. A few weeks ago I shared a no-bake 4 ingredient peanut butter chocolate chip fudge recipe and today I’m back with some more dessert  because I had leftover peanut butter and chocolate chips. Woo hoo!

pinterest food challenge

We all pin so many ideas and recipes, but let’s take some action people! At least once a month, cook or bake something that you pinned and link it in the comments!

I pinned this recipe from The view from Great Island and followed it pretty closely, but I would make some adjustments in the future.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, room temp
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 3/4 cup milk chocolate chips

A few things I didn’t know about shortbread cookies because I’d never eaten or made them before:

  • They don’t change shape when you cook them, what it looks like on the pan is what it looks like done
  • Even if you don’t think it’s done, take it out at the time stated on the recipe- there’s no eggs, so there’s no undercooking to worry about
  • Let them cool thoroughly- don’t be greedy and try to eat one right away because it will crumble to pieces (oopsies)

IMG_2038

Ok now that we’ve got that out of the way, here’s how they’re made:

  • Mix together the vanilla, butter & peanut butter, I did this by hand but you could use a hand mixer
  • Whisk the flour, sugar, and salt together then add it to your mixture
  • Stir in the chocolate chips
  • The original recipe says to move this onto wax paper and wrap it up like a tootsie roll so you can slice off the cookies- this didn’t work for me because I just didn’t have knives crazy sharp enough to cut through it. So I recommend you just toss the dough in a tupperware. Refridgerate AT LEAST two hours
  • When you put your dough on the cookie sheet be sure to flatten it to the thickness you want your cookie- don’t place rolled balls on the sheet because remember they don’t change shape.
  • Bake on a greased cookie sheet for 12-14 minutes at 325*
  • Let cool for at least 10 minutes before moving the cookies and stuffing your face.

IMG_2037

These were a hit because they were insanely delicious, I recommend you give them a try. Be sure to check out all the other Pinterest recipes I’ve tried out here!
_____________________________

Polkadot Pretties

Meet Dutch

I guest posted about 5 months ago, on a blog that no longer exists, all about how we adopted our love muffin Dutch. I thought I’d share the post here today (with a few updates)so it doesn’t get lost forever:

Meet Dutch, my dog sidekick. He lives with me, his dad, and his 3 cat siblings in the Sandpaper & Glue house.

Screen shot 2013-01-17 at 10.01.05 PM

A few months after moving into this home my fiancé, Matt, and I determined that we had to have a dog. We decided to adopt from Lucky Lab Rescue and Adoption at the recommendation of a few friends. Lucky Lab is based in Indiana and we could view all their dogs online, submit an application, and then go pick up our dog when he arrived here in New England. It was so very strange to me to meet up with thirty other families in a parking lot and adopt a dog we’d never met that was bounding off an RV, but Lucky Lab is awesome and so are their dogs.

Screen shot 2013-01-17 at 10.01.14 PM

Never having owned a dog, let alone a puppy, this past year has been interesting. I have re-sewn all four corners of our bedspread at least twice, as well as countless shirts, and the couch. I have replaced two Macintosh power cords and one pair of prescription glasses.  He quickly learned how to jump over his pen, smash open his crate, and has now earned free reign of the house when we’re not home by default.

Screen shot 2013-01-17 at 10.01.27 PM

Dutch snuggles up with us in bed every single night, in between us when we watch tv, and by our feet when we sit outside. He watches us pull down the driveway every time we leave and is wagging his tail at the door every time we get back. He does an excited lap around the room when we ask if he wants to go for a ride, he tries so hard to sit patiently when we un-wrap a new bone, and he licks the face of anyone who dare enter our home.

Screen shot 2013-01-17 at 10.01.43 PM

Dutch turned one at the end of August, and his one year adoption anniversary was  the week before Thanksgiving. My best friend, I hope we have lots more adventures in your second year- I’m so glad you now sleep through the night and I dread the day we start training you to sleep on your very own bed (instead of under the covers of ours!)

Screen shot 2013-01-17 at 10.01.59 PM

DIY ACTION SQUAD: 15/15 Challenge!

GUYS! Are you ready to be so wow’d by the DIY Action Squad that you won’t even know what to do with yourselves? I sure am. I also MIGHT be exaggerating. But seriously, we’re coming at you today with projects that can be completed in 15 minutes, for under $15. Who doesn’t love that?

Also, we invite you to link up any project you’ve done that meets that criteria too! We’d love to see what you’re up to.

PicMonkey Collage

I am trying my best to make my kitchen as organized a landing spot as possible, which started with my canister set cord storage. No matter what I try or intend, basically everything gets dropped in the kitchen and I just need to embrace it rather than try to change my habits. So I created a cute little key holder for the side of my fridge in an effort to stop me from throwing my keys on the counter next to it.

To do this project you will need:

  • scrap wood
  • leftover spray paint
  • hooks
  • velcro or magnetic strip (I used velcro, but I would have used magnetic if I had it)
  • super glue or power drill (keep reading, the drastic difference will be explained)

Because I’m a hoarder, I had all these things on hand. So my cost was $0. However, if you need to get hooks and magnets you’d still safely fall in the under $15 range.

And here’s the crazy easy step by step that anyone can do:

Step One: Cut a hole in the box…… wait, wrong process…. Let me try again:

Step One: Spray paint your sorry slab of wood and hooks. Because these parts are so small, you can totally get away with spreading out a paper bag on your basement floor and spraying them indoors, just maybe do it while your significant other is at work so he/she doesn’t catch you. I did two coats of spray primer and one coat of color- each coat took about 30 seconds and I did it the night before. So technically my 15 minutes was divided up over two days.

IMG_2084

Step Two: I used a thin piece of leftover wainscoting to make this project, so I chose to super glue my hooks to it. But if you use a thick piece of wood I would definitely recommend screwing your hooks in for extra sturdiness.

IMG_2087

Step Three: Add your velcro or magnetic strip to the back. Most velcro and magnetic strips are sold with adhesive backing.

IMG_2088

Step Four: Hang it up & stop throwing your damn keys on the counter. Use your cute new hook!

IMG_2097

We can still completely open that cabinet, the hooks only stick out about two inches.

We can still completely open that cabinet, the hooks only stick out about two inches.

Now be sure to go check out projects from KenzTracie, and Emma  & link up with us!

Next Monday we’ll each be featuring our favorites from the link up  so share as many as you’d like and come back next week!


___________________________________

I’m linking up with the “Make It” link party!