Pinned It / Tried It

Welcome to Pinned It Tried It - this page is where I will share one of my pinterest pins and my results / review of that pin. I will be sharing and trying a variety of topics from crafts, to recipes, to cleaning tips and tricks. All my pins can be viewed over on my Pinterest Boards.

Pinned It / Tried It - Banana Muffins With Struesel Topping

Salllys Baking Addiction

Banana Muffins with Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Streusel
  makes 16 muffins
  • 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1 and 1/2 cup mashed bananas, very ripe (about 3 large ripe bananas)
  • 3 Tablespoons yogurt (I used vanilla greek yogurt) -  
  • I used vanilla honey yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts -
  • I did NOT use walnuts my family doesn't like them
Preheat oven to 425F degrees. Line muffin tin with baking cups or spray with nonstick spray. Set aside.

Make the streusel first by combining all ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, gently toss together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. Using an electric stand or hand mixer, beat the sugar, butter, and egg in a large bowl until fluffy, scraping down the sides as needed. On low speed, beat in the mashed bananas and yogurt. I mixed the banana and yogurt together in a separate bowl then added it to the batter. By hand, stir in the dry ingredients mixing until everything is *just* combined. Do not over mix.
Layer one spoonful of batter into the muffin cup. Sprinkle with streusel. Layer another spoonful on top and layer with more streusel. Continue to layer batter and streusel into each muffin tin.
Bake muffins for 5 minutes at 425F degrees. Lower temperature dial down to 350F degrees and continue to bake for about 14 more minutes until the muffins are set and lightly browned.
Allow to cool for 5 minutes in the tins and transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

I am not that great at baking and these muffins turned out perfect and were gone within hours. They are so fluffy and moist. I love the topping!!!!!

Pinned It / Tried It - Copy Cat Starbucks Passion Fruit Tea

During the warmer months of the year (or if I am stricken with a hangover) I love to drink Starbucks Sweetened Passion Fruit Tea. It is so refreshing and delish!

The recipe I pinned was from shadycatladysmom


2 quarts / 8 cups water
1/2 cup sugar
4 Tazo Passion Tea bags
1-2 tablespoons honey (this is my addition to the recipe, a sweet flower honey is best)

Add the 2 quarts of water to the pan, add sugar and honey and bring to a boil.
After you get to a nice boil shut off the heat and add your tea bags, then wait……..

I let my steep for about an hour and a half, I really think the longer the better.
I let mine steep for about 30 - 45 minutes
Pour the tea into your container and refrigerate.

After the tea has chilled pour over ice and enjoy! The best part about this recipe is you don't have to go anywhere to get it and it only costs about .50 cents per glass.


Pinned It / Tried It - Cinnamon Roll Pancakes
Number 2 Pencil Blog

Cinnamon Roll Sour Cream Pancakes Recipe:

Cinnamon Sugar Filling

4 tablespoons of melted butter
1/4 cup of firmly packed dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons of sugar
1 teaspoon of cinnamon

Melt 4 tablespoons of butter in the microwave and add to mixing bowl. Then add 1/4 cup of dark brown sugar (I used golden brown sugar), 2 tablespoons of white sugar and 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon and stir together.
Fold a quart size plastic baggie over a small cup, that way you can easily pour the cinnamon sugar mixture into the baggie. Close the baggie well and set aside to cool. To speed up the process a little I put my bag of cinnamon sugar goodness into the fridge

 Sour Cream Pancakes

1 cup of all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons of sugar
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
1 cup of sour cream
1/4 cup of milk
4 tablespoons of melted butter
1 egg, lightly beaten
I made traditional Bisquick pancakes

Let the pancakes set up on the griddle for about 2 minutes, then it is time to add the cinnamon sugar swirl. Snip just a small corner of your cinnamon sugar baggie, push the tip of your baggie into the batter, and carefully swirl the mixture into the pancake batter. Don’t just swirl the mixture on top of the pancake, it needs to be in the batter to make the signature cinnamon roll look. (I don't think I added the cinnamon sugar soon enough and didn't get it into the pancake enough). Try not to get too close to the edge of the pancakes with the swirl, or the cinnamon sugar mixture will run off.

Once the pancakes are cooked, about 7 minutes on the first side, and 5 on the second side, remove them with a large spatula sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Turn them onto the plate swirl side up. Work quickly when removing the pancakes, once the cinnamon sugar mixture cools on your spatula, the pancakes will start to stick.

These pancakes did make a mess of my griddle, but I have a clean up trick that makes cleaning up a snap. While your griddle is still hot take a wet paper towel and using your spatula wipe down the griddle. The steam from the wet paper towel loosens up all the mess and wipes it away.

These pancakes were very good, but I was expecting more of the gritty traditional cinnamon roll filling. I will definitely make these again in the future.

5/24/2013 -

Pinned It / Tried it - Jello & Canned Pineapple

Charm and Poise

Drain juice from a can of Sliced Pineapple
Replace with Jello made with 1/2 of the water required on pkg.
Chill until set.
Run hot water on can sides & bottom to loosen.
Cut bottom from can to punch mold out.
Cut between pineapple slices & serve.

I used sugar free strawberry Jello. I did not read the directions about using 1/2 the water so mine was a fail (as far as the form and slicing) it still tasted delicious.

Here is my finished product:


I am definitely going to try this again and actually follow the directions :)