Pinterest Is Perfect, and I Am Not

Ah, Pinterest.

The eternal time-waster. The reason I feel the need to jump up and craft something out of mason jars. The main force behind my obsession with weddings. Also, the reason I often feel like the things I create aren’t really up to par.

Pinterest, in case you’re new here to the internet, is a website comprised of little ‘pins’ that you can save to your ‘boards’ as a way of easily finding them again later. What started out as me finding new outfit ideas or recipes quickly turned into an obsession that now spans 34 boards (plus 5 secret boards), 122 likes, and 4,113 pins. Four thousand pins. As in, four thousand things that I saw on the internet and decided I might want to reference back to. I pin absolutely everything, even things that have literally no relevancy to my life right now. I have an entire secret board dedicated to nursery decorations, though I am sitting here at 19, unmarried, and the thought of children 5 years into the future at minimum. But, obviously I need to pin all these ideas now, lest I forget. Or, you know, come up with some ideas of my own.

I love Pinterest, I really do. But its a complex love/hate relationship that has made me delete the app of my phone numerous times declaring, ‘That’s it! I’m done! That is the last “thinspiration” post I read about how nothing tastes better than thin!’ (Side note: Obviously people who believe that have never eaten bacon. Or pepperoni. Or McDonald’s at 2am after a night downtown. Just saying.) I honestly don’t even want to begin with the problem Pinterest has with these ‘fitness’ pages claiming that the way to lose 20 pounds is to drink nothing but dandelion water with cucumber for 5 days straight. Let me be perfectly clear on this one- in no way is that healthy, realistic, or ideal. Nothing can replace a balanced diet and regular exercise. But again, I’m just touching on this one. Maybe someday I’ll go full-on rant and let Thinspiration have its own post here. But, not today. Continue reading

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Jolly Lollies

So today was just another summer day spent home with my younger brother, Alex. That is, until I decided that I had spent enough time repinning delicious-looking things on Pinterest and needed to actually try something. So, lo and behold, Jolly Rancher lollipops :)

First step, obtain your items! You will need: a cookie sheet, aluminum foil, parchment paper, jolly ranchers, and lollipop sticks.

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Now, at first I wasn’t sure about where to find lollipop sitcks, but I found these at Hobby Lobby in the baking section easy enough. Only problem was that they were a bit too long for what I wanted, so I simply cut them in half and it worked out fine. :)

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Now, WARNING!! Do not make the same mistake I did! We all know that wax paper and parchment paper can kinda look similar when you’re not really paying attention, so… pay attention! The first batch I made (pictured below) have wax paper beneath them. Not only did the lollipop stick to the wax paper, but the wax paper itself melted a bit and got stuck to the foil. *sigh* Such a rookie mistake. Luckily I had enough Jolly Ranchers left to actually do it right the second time around.

Anyways, what you’ll want to do is set your oven to 225°F and line up your jolly ranchers in threes. Pop these in the oven for about 4-6 minutes (just watch them carefully) and take them out once they start to melt enough to stick together. Once you take them out, take your lollipop sticks and put them in. I tried just pressing them in, but found that kind of rolling the stick side to side within the jollies was more effective. Now, you’ve gotta do all this before they cool, so be careful because these things are HOT! Also learned that the hard way, what fun!

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And now you’ve got fun jolly rancher lollipops! See, wasn’t that easy? I let these cool about 25 minutes before eating, and while they were cool enough to eat, I think I would let them cool longer next time just to let them get more brittle. Enjoy!!