What I’ve Been Pinning {december}

It seems like the end of the year causes me to search Pinterest more often.  But I’m not just repinning things I find – I’m actually making them!  I know, using Pinterest for what it was created for? Shocker!  So here’s a quick roundup of what I’ve been pinning.

Candy Cane Sugar Scrub – Nurse Loves Farmer

I already had the gifts in mind for Aubrey’s preschool teacher & the school’s director.  But there were two other women in the office who are so awesome and helped Aubrey so much when she started going there – that I wanted to do something for them.  Right after, I saw Sarah’s post on Instagram for what she made and I was sold.  That afternoon, in fact, I stopped by Smart & Final to grab the items, including the jars, and I realized I could make 10 of them for under $20 bucks. Not bad, not bad.  It was easy to create and Aubrey helped out too.  She helped stir the sugar mixture, and again stir when we added the food coloring.  I even had enough leftover to have my own jar for the bathroom. I’ve used it on my hands and lips and love it! Thanks Sarah!!

Curtis Stone BBQ Sauce

Shameless plug, this is my original pin.  But the BBQ sauce was so incredible, I bought ingredients to make a triple batch to gift to family.  I also stocked up on the large portion sizes from Smart & Final which brought down the cost per jar tremendously.  The only downside is it must be consumed within 2 weeks of making, so I’m making it literally the day before Christmas.

Homemade Taco Seasoning from Slim Sanity

I have always been a taco packet gal, but lately I’ve been slacking on restocking that.  One night I did a quick search on Pinterest and realized there was a ton of options.  Why did I choose this one over the others? first – I had everything on hand. A few others called for extra spices I didn’t have.  second – I loved the image. Photos draw me in!  I added more water but the meat was delicious!

Crockpot Mac n Cheese from Short Stop

Jon needed a mac n cheese recipe to take for his work potluck.  I’ve made some before, and know that the shells drink up the milk – a lot- and so we we found this recipe and prepped it the night before.  Our crockpot is 6qts and we did 1.5 times the recipe. It was a lot. But he came home with barely any left. It was filled to the brim with the pasta & not all the cheese fit in.  But the night before, we cooked the pasta al dente, immediately rinsed it till cold under water and layered it with the cheeses and put it in the fridge.  The next morning he took that, along with a container of the milk and salt & pepper mixture, and poured it over top and turned it on. He said it was amazing and really cheesy.  By time I tasted it at home, it was still good, but not as cheesy since the pasta soaked it up. We will definitely make this again.

So thanks for stopping by! Grab these pins and add them to your boards. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

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