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Jen7714 is published!

15 Jun

Jen7714 is published!

How exciting for me! A little more than a year ago, an editor approached about using my “How to Make Your Own Screen Protector (for less than a nickel)” in a new book.  Of course I said yes! It turns out that she was the editor for a book for Popular Science Magazine,  THE insight for the newest technology and gadgetry! With articles and photos ranging from up-to-date technology, the most recent scientific breakthroughs, and home improvement projects to just the all-inclusive life improvement hacks, Popular Science is one the best sources. In other words, this magazine reports the future before the future happens (magic!). In other other words, I was ecstatic that I could be apart of this amazing book.

Titled The Big Book of Hacks, this page turner holds 264 DIY projects, all of which are simply amazing! It really is awesome to see how innovative and genius those other authors are. I received a copy directly from the editor’s stock, and I definitely want to try some of these life hacks out.

Number one on the (wishful) to-do list? I’m still trying to figure out how this innovator turned his old laptop into a tablet! Anyways, check this book out at your local bookstore! Can you find out how to make a screen protector for less than a nickel? 

Mini Pac-Man Pizza Bites

28 Jan CIMG4629

So I’m back! Don’t worry that hot pot post is still trudging along but today I present you with: Mini Pac-Man Pizza Bites

Pac-man is a classic game for everyone! It is truly an “oldie.” There are Pac-Man shirts, bags, hats, costumes; you name it. Mini Pac-Man Pizza Bites are perfect for a get together with friends to discuss the latest strategies for Pac-Man or an after school snack. They’re fun, easy to eat and make.

However, an added bonus is that these pizzas are also (somewhat) healthy for you. This recipe for pizza uses wheat flour for grains, cheese for dairy, and the toppings can cover anywhere from your vegetables to proteins.

Enjoy!

These pizza bites need:

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Festive Gingerbread Cheesecake Truffles

19 Dec CIMG5204

It’s time for the holidays! And everyone knows what that means…time for holiday baking! Everyone I know does the usual frosted sugar cookies that look too good to eat. This year I wanted to be a bit different so I decided to make some…Festive Gingerbread Cheesecake Truffles! These one-biters are so cute! The filling can be whatever flavor you want . I opted for some Oreos that I had on hand for a quick recipe but if you have some actual gingerbread handy, use those. Hey, you can even use those sugar cookies that you haven‘t gotten around to decorate 😉 These gingerbread men are bite sized and so adorable to make. And best of all, it’s a no bake recipe. Have fun!

PS: I loved these pictures that I took when I was making them, so for this post, there are a lot of pictures.

For these cute cheesecake truffles, you’ll need:

Hmmm. Potatoes…Potato Mushroom Tarts

17 Dec CIMG5186

Well I’m back with the recipes! This time is a yummy and gorgeous potato mushroom tart. The crust is a great buttery one with emphasis on the “flaky.” The actual filling is delicious, too. It’s a variation of a duchesse potato recipe and a bed of mushrooms on the bottom. The great thing about this appetizer/hors d’oeuvres is that you can change up the flavoring to your taste. I added some green onion and diced, sauteed garlic but be creative with it.

Here’s a picture!

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I Know How to Make….Soy Milk

9 Dec Main Image

Well I posted the pictures but where is the recipe? Here’s:

How to Make Homemade Soy Milk

Soy milk is a very healthy addition to anyone’s refrigerator. It is filled with nutrients and a great beverage for work, school, or anytime. Store-bought soy milk can get pretty expensive especially compared to regular cow’s milk. Soybeans, on the other hand, can be found for a much better price and can even be bought organically. I will show you how to make your own (organic) soy milk and the great thing is you don’t even need to spend money a soy milk machine. Soy milk is very simple and easy to make and can be used in many other yummy, healthy desserts, too. And after making it, you can tell your friends and family “I know how to make homemade soy milk!”

To make about 2 quarts and 1 1/2 pints of soy milk, you will need:

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Mini, Mini, Mini!

7 Dec CIMG4712

Since I’m on a recipe posting marathon, here’s another quite popular one:

Super Mini Oreo Cheesecake

We all have seen those gigantic pieces of cheesecake in local bakeries or restaurants. They look  absolutely delicious. But then you think of the however many miles you will have to run to burn the calories from eating half of the slice. Never fear, the Super Mini Oreo Cheesecake is here! These cute little cheesecakes are perfect for snack or finger food at parties. And they don’t have nearly as much calories in them as the regular kinds. These cheesecakes are sure to please whoever has a craving for cheesecake.

There are many variations to make this cheesecake. I also used Butterfingers and some extra Halloween candy to make these (they tasted just as great).

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CHOW/Instructables Contest Winners Announced!

6 Dec

I entered my Pumpkin Pie Eclairs Instructable in the CHOW/Instructables Contest. The winners were announced today and I won! I won the award for “Best recipe.” Great job to all the other instructables! The instructable that won “Best photo” is here. Here is a link on the CHOW.com website announcing the winners. Thank you to those who voted! Be sure to check out the winning recipe and try it out yourself!

Pumpkin Pie Eclairs

6 Dec Eclairs

I just realized that I haven’t posted any actual recipes on my blog! Well I better start adding some then. The story behind this recipe is that I wanted to make some that really impresses people. Something that really has the “wow” factor. Something like…Eclairs! More specifically Pumpkin Pie Eclairs.

Éclairs are a great classical and traditional (not to mention delicious) dessert. Since fall is already here (with winter on its tails) , I decided to jazz up the classic éclair with some fun fall flavors before its too late. I got a fantastic pate a choux recipe (the dough for the eclairs) and to put a twist on things, I added some delicious pumpkin pie. Pumpkin Pie Eclairs are the perfect light dessert after your holiday meal.

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Going pro!

25 Nov

No I’m not deciding to become a professional chef but I did decide to read like one. I went to Borders the other day and bought The Professional Chef. It’s the ultimate cookbook and it’s from the Culinary Institute of America! There are so many recipes to try, I can’t wait.

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Cinnamon Rolls for Thanksgiving?

20 Nov

Hello again! I feel like I haven’t posted in so long.

Hot Topics for this post:

  • I am very near in reaching the end of my first three-month pro membership at Instructables! I feel like I have been on the site for so long but it’s only 3 months? I still remember posting my first instructable… check it out here.
  • Just yesterday I made some delicious cinnamon rolls. I had a entire tub of sour cream left so I decided to use it before it expires. I altered a recipe I found online that called for sour cream. I have some wonderfully good-looking pictures of these rolls later in this post. You can also check out the pictures here.

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