Try It Tuesday

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I was scrolling through my newsfeed the other day and came across one of those links that is obviously click bait. You know what I’m talking about. Its those headlines that read: “He Never Expected His Wife Would Do THIS” and you think its some crazy tale about how a woman left her husband to follow a rockstar she was obsessed with on tour or something, only to find out she cooked his favorite meal that his great grandma used to make and it made him happy. I hate crap like that. But, I also can’t help but click it.

Such was the case when I saw a headline that promised to make my nasty, dingy baking sheet look good as new. (I believe the headline was something along the lines of: “She Was Going to Throw Out Her Old Pans Until She Tried This Trick!”)

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I was intrigued! Of course I want my pans to look as good as new! I’m cheap and I don’t want to replace something that I can fix myself.

Here’s what you need:

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~an ugly baking sheet

~an old toothbrush

~dish soap

~baking powder

~aluminum foil

~water

 

According to the site, you’re supposed to scrub the baking soda onto the pan in a circular motion with the toothbrush. Never once did it say to mix the water and the baking soda or the dish soap with the water; I was totally confused! They said you needed those things but never mentioned them again! Sigh. I just assumed you were supposed to mix the baking soda, water, and soap. So that’s what I did.

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I scrubbed it into the pan and let it set (per the instructions) for 30 minutes.

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Then, I scrubbed it with aluminum foil.

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After that you’re just supposed to “rinse the grime away”!

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Yeah. That didn’t happen.

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It literally looked the exact same. Granted, it felt a lot cleaner, but it still looked like crap.

Maybe I shouldn’t have mixed the soda, water, and soap? I don’t know; the directions weren’t very clear. Either way, this is definitely a Try It Fail. Womp, womp.

Do you have any tricks to get your old bake-ware looking new? Share in the comments below!

Try It Tuesday

When I was in elementary school, there was this kid in my class that ALWAYS ate the art supplies. I’m not even kidding. He drank glue, he chewed on pipecleaners, and he sucked on tissue paper to make his teeth change colors. No joke.

So, if you’re out there (and you know who you are even though I’m not going to call you out on this blog) this Try It is for you, sir.

Its edible glitter!

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According the pin, its easy peasy and awesome.

Here’s what you need:

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~1/4 cup sugar

~1/2 teaspoon food coloring (any color)

 

First, preheat your oven to 350*. Then, add the food coloring to your sugar. I chose red because I thought it would look like pink glitter when it finished.

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Mix well.

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Pour the sugar onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.

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After its finished baking, let it cool. Pour the sugar into a small bowl and stir, breaking up all the chunks that have formed. And then prepare yourself for disappointment.

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Yeeeahhh…. totally doesn’t look like it did on Pinterest. Womp, womp. Oh well. Guess I’ll stick to store bought sprinkles!

Try It Tuesday

Hello all!

This week’s Try It is actually a two-for!

A few weeks ago, my sister-in-law gave me some maternity clothes. And me being me, I got greasy food on one of the tops I really liked. After I washed it, the stain was still there. Bah! I thought all was lost. Then I came across this on Pinterest:

I can?!

I can?!

I needed to do laundry anyway, so I got the shirt and dropped some Dawn on the stains. (I was going to take a picture of the stains, but they weren’t showing up well in the pictures. But trust me, they’re there!)

Messy Jessie strikes again!

Messy Jessie strikes again!

 

I let it set for about 10 minutes and then tossed it in the washer with the rest of my laundry. Forty minutes later, it came out stain free! Woot woot! I am so excited! Now I can be as messy as I want!

 

The next Try It was something I saw a while back and was a little reluctant to try. Simply because I was super nauseous when I pinned it and I didn’t want eggs of any fashion. Now that the first trimester is done, I figured I should try it out! Here’s the pin:

Its a golden egg!

Its a golden egg!

Evidently, all you have to do is shake up an egg before you hard boil it and it comes out looking like this! At least, I think that’s what the source blog said…I don’t understand Swedish.

Anywhoo, I decided to give it a go. I started with my egg:

She chose me!

She chose me!

 

And then I shook it up until it looked like this:

Help...me...

Help…me…

Then, I boiled it for about 10 minutes or so. After I let it cool, I tore off the shell. Literally. I was really excited to see if the egg was in fact yellow!

It wasn’t:

Womp, womp.

Womp, womp.

 

So yeah…The Swedes lie. Shaking your egg for a long time will not make it all golden yellow. This Try It? Fail.

 

 

 

 

 

Try It Tuesday

I had every intention of doing a super difficult Try It Tuesday, just because I wanted to challenge myself. But, seeing as how my pantry is nearly empty (seriously, even the moths have gone away), and grocery day isn’t until Friday, I perused Pinterest for something simple yet intriguing.

Lately, I’ve been eating a lot of popcorn. Mostly because its an easy way to get in whole grains and it also satisfies this preggo’s need for salty without eating an entire bag of Funyuns.

So when I saw this gem, I knew I had to try it:

Kettle popcorn = crack.

Kettle popcorn = crack.

 

Not only was it my favorite snack, but it only called for FOUR ingredients! And I had all of them! Woot woot!

Nom, nom, nom.

Nom, nom, nom.

(Granted, the recipe called for canola oil and I didn’t have that. I only use EVOO. I’m a snob.)

I followed the directions, which, at times were not very helpful. At one point she says: Put the oil in the pot on medium-high heat until you see a faint puff of smoke. Um, yeah. I NEVER saw a faint puff of smoke. I was watching so intently, however, that I started imagining smoke. Seriously; I saw my bangs move out of the corner of my eye and thought: SMOKE! 

The directions said you could also toss a kernel in there and when it popped, you knew it was ready to drop in the sugar. So I plopped a kernel and it popped. I took it as a sign to move forward, so I did. Sigh. 

I pour in the sugar and then the popcorn kernels. I was so excited! yummy kettle corn on its way to my tummy! Yummy, yummy! (And yes, I did sing that to myself as I poured the kernels in the pot.)

You are so getting eaten.

You are so getting eaten.

I waited for the kernels to pop. I shook the pot every 20 seconds like the instructions said. After almost 5 minutes with no sound of popping coming from the pot, I admitted defeat.

*Charlie Brown voice* Good grief.

*Charlie Brown voice*
Good grief.

Yeah. I actually think I heard my stomach stifle a sob. We were really looking forward to this yummy treat.

I’m still not exactly sure what went wrong. Maybe I should have used canola oil? Did I have the burner on too high? Was my song not inspirational enough for the kernels to pop? Whatever it was, this was just sad. But, on the bright side, now I’ve invented a new snack: candied popcorn kernels!

 

Try It Tuesday…Fail

With payday not til tomorrow and barely any food in the pantry, I decided for today’s Try It Tuesday I’d do some more nail art instead of trying to cook something. After all, Halloween is tomorrow and I should do my Halloween nail art before the season passes.

Unfortunately, my nails were a great, big, fat fail.

A few months ago, I saw this pin on Pinterest:

“Ooooh! We’re coming to pick your noooose!”

So, I went to Sally’s Beauty Supply and bought some glow-in-the-dark nail polish. I finally decided to use it today. I painted the glowing polish first and then used my dotting tool to make eyes and a mouth for the ghost.

Spooky!

After my nail dried, I put it up against a bulb to let it the polish start working and then turned off the light. It really did glow! But, I tried to get a picture of it and it turned out like this:

Look how well it glows! Not.

Fail.

My other nails, I painted orange. I thought I’d make Jack-o-Latern nails….Yeah…Not so much.

I think I’m going to tell everyone my 3-year-old niece did these…

I don’t care for them.

On another nail, I thought I’d make it just a natural pumpkin; you know the kind with the stem and leaves. It just ended up looking like a peach.

Happy Halloween! Here’s a piece of fruit.

Sigh…

I’m ready for November.

On a brighter note, Huff the Hubs had his own version of Try It Tuesday! He made Tori Don and Miso soup! It was yummy!

Who needs to fly to Japan when you’ve got a gourmet cook in your own home?