Miniature pineapple upside down cakes

I haven’t posted in awhile, but not because I haven’t been doing a project each week! Sunny days make it hard to sit down and write the blog 🙂 I’m going to try to catch up over the next week or two.

This post isn’t actually a Pinterest find. A family friend sent me this recipe she found on Facebook, and boy is it tasty! Very quick and simple to make, too. I used a regular size muffin pan and it took 22 minutes for these cakes to reach perfection.

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Here are the original instructions from this Facebook page. Enjoy!

2 eggs
2/3 cup white sugar
4 Tbsp pineapple juice
2/3 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Topping:

1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick or 4 Tbsp)
2/3 cup brown sugar (packed)
1-can pineapple rings
6-maraschino cherries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray your muffin tins with non-stick cooking spray.

In a mixing bowl, add eggs, white sugar, and pineapple juice. Beat for 2 minutes. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to the wet ingredients and turn mixer back on for 2 minutes.

In a small sauce pan, melt the butter and add the brown sugar. Stir on low heat for one minute.

Spoon a layer of the warm brown sugar mixture into the bottom of each muffin tin, then place a pineapple ring on top. Add a cherry in the middle of each pineapple. Pour cake mixture over to fill muffin tin 3/4 of the way full. If you are using regular muffin tins, you will need to cut down the rings to fit or just use pineapple tidbits.
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Bake jumbo cakes for 25 minutes. Bake regular cakes for 20 minutes. If you choose to make a large cake, bake for 22-25 minutes in a 10 inch cast iron skillet. The cake is done with a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
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Remove from the oven. Let cool in pan for 3 minutes. Run a knife around the edge of each cake to help loosen in case it sticks a little. Place a wire cooling rack on top, and quickly flip over on top of sheet tray to catch extra drippings.
Place wire rack of cakes on sheet tray to cool.

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Infinity scarf with lace

In December I started making fleece infinity scarves because it was so cold. I’ve been noticing more-fashionable, less-practical scarves on Pinterest that have sections of lace. I gave it a shot and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.

Infinity scarf with lace — Pinteresting Activities

DIY felt baby slippers

A couple of weeks ago I was leaving the parking garage after work and started talking to the parking attendant. Somehow my blog came up, and she said, “I have the cutest, easiest template for making felt baby slippers!” She brought her template and instructions the next week, and last night I made these adorable slippers!

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The pattern she brought calls for a buttonhole stitch, but I think this simple diagonal stitch looks cute, too. I found the original instructions here, but if all you want is the pattern for the sole and top part of the slippers, that’s available here. The original calls for elastic in the middle to help the slippers stay on, but I chose to use a small length of the pearl cotton. It took about 45 minutes to make this pair, but now that I’ve done it once I think it will be much quicker in the future.

What you’ll need:
1 sheet of felt
pearl cotton thread
needle
scissors
felt baby shoe template from the purl bee
(optional) decorative buttons

I think I’ll probably make a whole bunch of these to have on hand for baby showers — they’d be super cute on top of a gift!

Baby sweater with tutu!

As soon as I saw a friend of mine pin this, I knew I had to make one. My cousin was the first person I thought of with a baby girl, and it so happens she just celebrated her 1st birthday! The image below is from the original pin, which had a broken link that should’ve led to this Etsy page.
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I forgot to take photos of the process, but I bought a cute sweater and matching tulle then found instructions on this blog! It only took about 30 or 45 minutes from start to finish, and I’m pretty sure that’s only because I’d never worked with tulle before. It will be way easier in the future (I completely intend to make more of these adorable sweaters!).

Anyway, here’s the final product!
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DIY tulle baby headband

In the past year, the number of baby girls I know has increased by approximately 8,000%. Now that’s just an estimate, but it’s a delightful coincidence that I also have time for craftiness. This week’s activity was making some headbands for all the beautiful baby girls!

I followed instructions from this blog post, and it’s pretty darn easy to do — no sewing machine required! Just tulle, needle and thread, a hot glue gun and some felt.

I forgot to take starting photo, but tulle is hard to see anyway. For each “petal,” start with a 3-5 inch square of tulle. Fold in half, then quarter, then an eighth so it’s a triangle shape. Use scissors to round the top so it looks something like this:
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Thread the bottom of the petal, and make a whole bunch more. It looks kind of confusing when it’s just sitting there in a picture:
DIY tulle baby headband- Pinteresting Activities

Once you’ve made a bunch of petals and threaded them, pull them all together and tie the thread on the bottom so you have a lovely poof of tulle petals:
DIY tulle baby headband- Pinteresting Activities

Use a hot glue gun to attach one piece of felt to the bottom of the poof:
DIY tulle baby headband- Pinteresting Activities

Put more hot glue onto this felt, put in whatever fabric you’re using for the band, and a second piece of fabric so there aren’t any weird ends touching the baby’s head.

And that’s it! It takes a little while to make the first one, but you’ll fall into a rhythm in no time and make these really quickly 🙂
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And here’s my dog modeling 😉
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Potato Pancetta Bites with Greek Yogurt Herb Dip

What an excellent pre-Super Bowl appetizer! I’ll admit that I think I would love this even more with plain ham, but the pancetta was pretty darn good. This recipe is incredibly simple and super tasty. I found it here, but did a half batch so our recipes are slightly different. This will make 15-20 servings.

You’ll need:
– 1 or 2 yukon gold potatoes
– 1/4 lb. thinly sliced pancetta (mine was paper-thin, I recommend getting yours a little thicker than that)
– 4 oz. plain Greek yogurt
– 1/2 tsp. dijon mustard (optional, delocious with or without!)
– 1 green onion, thinly sliced
– small handful of fresh parsley
– 1/2 tsp. dill
– 1/4 tsp. salt
– 1/4 tsp. pepper

I cut the potatoes like this initially, then decided they all needed to be cut in half again. It was a good choice.
Potato Pancetta Bites with Greek Yogurt Herb Dip

Boil the potatoes until they’re tender but won’t fall apart, also called par-boiled. While they’re boiling, make your Greek yogurt dip by mixing everything except the potatoes and pancetta. It’ll look something like this (sorry for the horrible picture!).
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Once your potatoes are a good consistency, set them aside for a few minutes to cool. Once cooled, wrap the pancetta around the potato, like so.
Potato Pancetta Bites with Greek Yogurt Herb Dip

Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes, or until you’re satisfied with the crispiness of the pancetta.
Potato Pancetta Bites with Greek Yogurt Herb Dip

There you have it! I’m going to use Greek yogurt in place of mayo way more often.
Potato Pancetta Bites with Greek Yogurt Herb Dip

Deoxidize your headlights for less than $5!

You know when you’ve had your car for awhile and the headlights aren’t all shiny and nice anymore? That’s called oxidation — I don’t want to explain that word. Try nifty trick to deoxidize your headlights without paying a company $70+.

Drumroll… toothpaste! From what I’ve read, it’s best to not use the gel kind. I forgot to take a photo of the toothpaste, but that’s unexciting anyway. So, here is the headlight before toothpaste:
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Put about a teaspoon of toothpaste on a dry washcloth and wipe it on the headlight until it seems dry. Elbow grease is a plus. Your headlight should look something like this once the toothpaste is “dry.” Get the non-toothpastey side of your washclotch wet, and wipe of the headlight.
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Viola! My car is 10 years old so I don’t think it’s possible for it to look perfect, but this is significantly better!
Deoxidize your headlights for less than $5!

Just so it’s easier to compare, here’s a before and after collage to pin 😉
Deoxidize your headlights for less than $5!