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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

My Pinterest Easter Fails

As you may know, my kids are older. They aren’t interested in hand-woven Easter baskets containing homemade bubbles, DIY jump ropes, and hand crafted sidewalk chalk. However, like most kids, money is always appreciated. Rather than just sticking the cash inside plastic eggs this year I decided to try my hand at creating origami springtime creatures out of dollar bills. I checked out Pinterest and found all sorts of inspiration and links.

This is supposed to be a rabbit.

Pinterest fail.



Pinterest Fail.


I am not even going to bother showing you the “flying bird”. Let it be known that just like last year my kids will be hunting golden eggs with squashed up dollar bills inside. (I’m thinking they will be just as happy.)

Ok, next let’s create some Easy Springtime Pretzels.  My kids love it when I buy the plain jane variety at Sprouts.

They require just three ingredients:

Pretzels, almond bark and sprinkles.


Microwave the almond bark according to the package directions. Yep, so easy. Take a fork and dip the pretzel into the melted HOT LAVA. Coat entire pretzel. Then repeat the process   EVER   SO   SLOWLY    8 million times. Continually burn yourself from random drips and question why you thought this was a good idea.


Lay out the pretzels and top with sprinkles. Quickly realize that the majority of the sprinkles will be wasted on the paper.


After one hour of repetitious drudgery realize that the huge bar of almond bark has covered just 50 pretzels. Find joy in the knowledge that the now empty bowl is forcing you to abandon this tortuous chore as well as your expectation that you would have several jars of springtime pretzels to share with friends and family.


Wrap up the pretzels in a small airtight jar and add a pretty ribbon. Feel absolutely no guilt as you hide the jar from your family and make plans to eat it all by yourself thereby insuring your pants will continue to not fit.

Pinterest fail!


Happy Wednesday!


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Craftymoose Crafts said...

I'm smiling along with you on this post. The butterfly looks cute and accurate, and the pretzels though labor intensive look delicious. Save me one!

Denise said...

Tehe-I'm in the same situation but not with My kids....My grandchildren.About half of them are too grown up for traditional goodies.Love Your homemade covered pretzels-so pretty.Blessings Denise

Rita C. said...

That's hilarious. The whole idea of the almond bark dipping must be a profiteering collaboration between the chocolate company and any other company that would join in the marketing gimmick to sell the two (in this case, pretzels) together. I've used that bark before and, I agree wholeheartedly, it creates a lot of waste of product and time. But yours are pretty, and so is the dollar butterfly!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Well, you tried, Laura! That's what's important {at least, that's what I tell myself}. : ) The pretzels look like they would be a nice gift idea, too.

Linda said...

How funny :D

I'd be a bit ashamed to show all that Sarah gets for Easter and it's been like this for years. Her Easter basket ends up being in a huge bag because of all of the clothing and accessories it contains. There's even a record album in there this year. Kind of like Christmas or Birthdays.... but that's kind of how it is for my one spoiled kid, and she's 18 years old this year and it's still going strong. We will also be a having a traditional egg hunt because my 3 young nieces will be here to partake. :)

Love, Linda

Vel Criste said...

At least you tried Laura and we appreciate you sharing your failures and successess so we don't have to!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I think the money in some eggs will be perfect and I love your pretzels. However, they definitley are super time consuming. Hugs, Marty

ellen b. said...

Chuckling. Love that jar of Easter pretzels! How did you know my pants don't fit!?

Lisa said...

I know they will appreciate the cash no matter how it comes!!! Yummy pretzels though.:)

Karena Albert said...

Laura I give you lots of certainly attempt many more projects than I ever would or could! Ha!

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Susan said...

Your pretzels look lovely, Laura.

And one of the origami creations looks like a butterfly! Susan

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I really turned out pretty. But I sure don't like a project that is frustrating and takes too long. And I would have eaten all the drippings, too! haha! Have a blessed week my friend, hugs, Diane

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said... are cracking me up!! I can almost see you trying to make the oragami money!!

B. said...

You are adorable

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Well the finished pretzels in the jar match your ingredients and look pretty. The butterfly looks great as well. Were they a success on the second try? I don't understand what happened to the messy one! xoxo

Auntie Em said...

The pretzels look very pretty but if I am going to be facing that much chocolate, I want to be eating it!
Next time just buy a bag of chocolate covered pretzels, blast them for a few seconds with a heat gun and dunk them in some sprinkles! You could probably even get MrDecor to help since it involves a power tool.
Now, about that squirreled away jar of pretzels, I have only one comment...elastic waist bands!!! LOL Eat and enjoy to your hearts content after all your hard work!
Thanks for sharing your PinWins. Nothing is a PinFail on here. And at least you are attempting some of the things on that site! :D

Tamara Jansen said...

Gotta love how you are keeping it real. It's never as easy as it looks :)

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

Absolutely hide those pretzels and eat them yourself! and one thing you did not 'fail' at - you didn't fail to make me laugh!

Karen said...

Your willingness to show your "failures" give me courage to try and fail also. Thanks for not being Martha Stewart.

Tammy's in Love said...

Blessed are those who have no will power; for they shall buy one size larger and eat what they like! Welcome to mid-life, I can't have sugary treats in the house or I kid you not: I will eat it all!

Debbie said...

I should have known by the title, but I was still all set in my head for a new cash/egg solution for grown up children. I did chuckle at the origami money.

Isn't it hard to be one of "those moms" who loves creativity when our kids are too grown to be enchanted by it? What is a mom to do?