Quite the Collection (WIAW)

Okey dokey. Like I said on Friday’s post, I have a lot to share in the upcoming weeks, so let’s just jump right in and get started. Up first are some recent, random pictures from the end of my summer and the beginning of school.

My mom, being a middle school teacher, started class a few days before me, so I helped her with some back-to-school crafts! (Both Pinterest-inspired of course).

The first one was for her open house. We made all of her students these cute pencils… out of Rolos!! My mom did most of this craft in wrapping the candy rolls in the pink/yellow paper and aluminum foil. I went out and picked up some sticky dots at the dollar store to attach the Hershey kisses. I think the turned out adorable and provided that extra boost of excitement to the beginning of the year.

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The next craft we did was for my mom’s fellow teachers. This one was much simpler but extremely useful. Basically she just typed up all of the teacher’s names on her computer in a nice font, printed them out, cut them out, and then I modge-podged the names onto one side of a binder clip. At only $1.00 for a pack, this craft literally cost pennies apiece. As a final precaution I also modge-podged over top of the names to make sure that they didn’t peel off. Within a few hours they were completely dry and ready to go.

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There were a few leftover binder clips so I got to keep them. Instead of putting my name on the clips I just took a black permanent marker and decorated them in cool designs. I didn’t think I’d really use them but I’ve already employed one for holding all of my Astronomy homework assignments together.

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You can also throw in some school and clothes shopping in there as well, but sadly I don’t have many pictures of that. I can say however that I got some excellent deals. For clothes my mom and I went to our favorite thrift store and each walked out with two huge bags full of name brand clothing in great condition. I think I paid around $65 for about 20 or so things (pants, capris, long sleeve shirts, sweaters, skirts…) and my mom paid a little less (she got a boatload of capris- 10 maybe? All Eddie Bauer, Loft, etc.). For shoes we went to the closest outlet mall about 45 minutes away and I found two pairs of shoes. One pair of new tennis shoes for $35 and another pair of slip-ons for around $!5 when it was all said and done (50% second pair!).

Now let’s move on to the bulk of today’s pictures. No recipes today (sorry!) because as soon as I’m done here I’ve got some Accounting and Statistics homework to work on.

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Let’s leave homework out of our minds for just a few more minutes though, okay? I’ve great a great collection here of four things that I’ve made recently and I hope that you all enjoy them!

In order of creation:

Chocolate Pancakes

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Or carob pancakes. Whichever you prefer. I just made these based off of my Unbelievably Grain-Free Berry Pancakes (minus the berries), substituting 1/4 cup of carob powder for the almond flour. They turned out well; however next time I will try adding an additional source of moisture like maybe an avocado or an extra banana (we were out of both when I made these for my parents so I couldn’t experiment).

Grain-Free and Vegan Biscuits

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Along with these biscuits I also made up some great sandwiches so I’ll be sure to post about those soon too.

Strawberry and Carob Chip Pancakes

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I made these pancakes as part of Sarah Pie’s Chopped Kitchen Challenge. I’m linking up today sans recipe but will be sharing it soon and add in the link here for future reference later.

Vegan Blueberry Pancakes

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That’s right! Grain/Gluten-Free Pancakes that are also Vegan.

Alrighty. I know that’s kind of cruel to leave you hanging, but I’ve really got to get a move-on! Pages to read and financial statements to analyze… You know how it is πŸ˜‰

After you leave a comment here, don’t forget to check out the hundreds of other bloggers who posted their delicious eats today. Thanks Jenn πŸ˜€

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Questions for you:

What has been your most successful Pinterest creation thus far? (If you have never made anything off Pinterest, what are you planning to make in the future?)

How has the weather been in your area recently? Last week it was positively steaming over here, but thankfully things have cooled down a bit to the mid 70s. It’s also not rained much yet while I’ve been at school, but it was wet at home over the weekend.

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Happy Wednesday everybody!

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32 thoughts on “Quite the Collection (WIAW)

  1. These are so adorable! My mom’s a teacher and loves posts like this, so I just emailed her this post! Those rolo pencils are amazing! My favorite pinterest creation thus far has been food. I made my mom these sugar cookie bars that blew my mind! It’s been cool and rainy here in the mornings, but then it randomly warms up and dries out and seems like it never rained by 4 PM. Bipolar much?

    • Glad you liked them! And I hope your mom likes the ideas too. Seriously so cute. My mom and I are living testament by those pictures above that they are super easy to make πŸ™‚

      Those sugar cookie bars sound good! I love pinterest recipes too.

      Haha. Bipolar weather. You kill me πŸ˜›

  2. Pinterest just has the best ideas when it comes to DIY. The only problem is that there are so many that I don’t really know where to begin… Well, that and my craftiness has definitely gone down a few notches as I’ve gotten older. I used to LOVE making all sorts of things, but these days? I mostly stick to writing, photography, and baking πŸ™‚

    • I feel the same way. My boards are so chocked full of inspiration that it just feels overwhelming. I guess we both need to just plunge right in. I used to do tons of crafts too, but these are my first ones in awhile. I’m much more the baker than crafter πŸ˜€

  3. Congrats on getting success off pinterest- I personally haven’t made anything from it but my sister has and epically failed.

    The weather is sloooowly heating up and the signs of winter are ebbing away. Key word is slowly. And hi 5 for doing stats homework too. Hope things are going well buddy!

    • I think I just do a lot of research beforehand (reading all of the comments on the pinned post) so I won’t even attempt a pin that I think might fail. Just tell your sister that she’ll get it someday! πŸ™‚

      I won’t even mention the fact that your “winter” is decidedly warm (well… I guess I just did… but… πŸ™‚ ). That said, I’m glad that the weather isn’t so cold for you now!

    • I seriously felt the exact same way. Like- is it too late to change my major? Lol. This feeling was only compounded by the fact that I went to a teacher store over the weekend with my mom and her friend. Can you say cuteness overload? Bulletin boards, stickers and awesome books by the bucket load.

  4. Omg those pencils!! Your mum and you are amazing!
    And I love the look of all the recipes – damn you for holding out on us hehe πŸ˜‰ I especially like the vegan biscuits, mmm.
    I have only ever done recipes from Pinterest. I’m so creatively challenged it would be laughable for me to attempt anything haha.

    • They really weren’t as hard as they look, but I have to give some props to my mom because she was the one that cut all of those little suckers out. So much paper.

      I’m excited most for sharing the vegan biscuits too. πŸ™‚

  5. Those crafts are quite creative, and I am sure the students loved them! Thrift stores are always great places to buy clothes for cheap prices; one of my favorite stores near us is Plato’s Closet. On the rare occasion that I DO go shopping for clothes, that is where I go. All those recipes look delicious, especially the grain-free biscuits. I love biscuits, but recently I have felt as though anything containing gluten has been upsetting my stomach and digestive system in general. Maybe I am somewhat gluten-sensitive…Have fun with your statistics homework; I am taking stats this year as well (online), and it is definitely a bit of a challenge! Well, the biggest challenge is learning how to use Excel, since I am not exactly familiar with it. Have a great day!

  6. I love the pancakes (why am I not surprised that you made a pancake!?) and I can’t wait to hear how they come together! Thank you so much for linking up πŸ™‚

    Good luck with school that sounds like an awful lot of homework that you have already!

  7. Those projects are so cute!
    I’m looking forward to those recipes. Those biscuits look SO GOOD.
    Our weather has probably been a lot like your weather: last week was hot and muggy, but I don’t mind – long live summer! – and this week has been cooler and just beautiful. So nice. πŸ™‚

  8. Those pencils are crazy crafty. I’m impressed, and I see you are up to your same pancake tricks, with a twist. I’m digging the addition of strawberries. I also think stacking is the way to go when it comes to photographing pancakes. These look great.
    Good luck on the financial statements. I don’t envy you (or the Hubby) having to do so much homework.

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