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Wine Cork Crafting: Recipe Display

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Oh Pinterest. You, the most loveliest of the lovely beasts on the interweb. You take all my time and keep me up until the wee hours of the night pinning countless recipes and craft ideas that will collect digital dust on my many pinning boards. Can I get an AMEN? Wine corks. ugh… the immeasurable amounts of awesomness you can create with those babies. So here is the low down on what sparked my creativity for this fully functional and cute wine cork craft. Of course I was on Pinterest late one night and saw a pin (that I lost somewhere in the hallows of my treacherous thumb scrolling) where the corks where used like cork boards. Well there is an idea! Who would have ever thought, lets use actual corks as cork boards!

Since I moved years ago I have inherited many fantastic family recipes that my Grandmother has no problem spouting out of memory. For me? I need them written down. I have not met that level of mastery yet….yet 😉 Until then, I shall utilize my Wine Cork Recipe Display. My small kitchen has very little counter space and having one less item setting on the counter makes things a bit easier.

I started with a usual trip to my trusty Daiso (dollar store) and bought a glue gun, glue sticks, and these small strips of wood that are about a yard long. I was going to start just gluing the wine corks that I had collected onto the wood side by side but soon learned that it was going to take many more hangovers to get enough corks needed to cover the space I wanted. But, one deployment and a few girls nights later, I had plenty of wine corks to complete my long awaited recipe display. Here are a few pictures of the process and final product:

wine cork craft setup

These are the supplies I used. I would recommend using a glue gun that works. I had to manually push my glue sticks through the heater thing and now have a perma-blister and increased chance of developing carpal tunnel.

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And here is the finished product! It is so easy and convenient, especially with Thanksgiving coming up. I have freed up some counter space during meal prep and in a super cute way!

You could use something like this to display pictures or to-do lists and even weekly menus…if you are that prepared. Try it! Save all your corks or you can find them on amazon here or here. Post your pictures and tag us @pricklypeargypsy

We would love to see what you are working on!

Smiles and hugs and until next time,

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Energy bites aka one of my favorite snacks EVER!

These have become one of my favorite snacks to have. They are great when you are hungry and in between meal time. They are also so incredibly easy to make and not messy!! After having done dishes the last three mornings, that is the most important thing at the moment!! I found the original recipe here.  Also don’t let the ingredient list freak you out! Beth was a little skeptical at first, then she tried it and I think she may like them as much as me!! (Bare with my pictures this time. I am still figuring out my fancy new camera!!) And the best part of these is Brandon doesn’t like coconut, so I don’t have to share!!

Ingredients list:

  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • ½ cup peanut butter (or other nut butter)
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • ½ cup ground flaxseed
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla

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Dump all ingredients in bowl
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Mix together and refrigerate for a while.
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Roll into balls and freeze (at least I put them in the freezer and they were amazing!!)

I made this with a mix of honey and agave nectar. I love honey, but it can be an overwhelming taste.  My next batch will be agave, apple butter and dried fruit in place of nut butter and chocolate chips.

These are probably some of my favorite “treats” to have on hand. I have come up with some other  versions and substitutes to try.  Here’s the list for you:

  • any nut butter
  • pumpkin puree/pumpkin pie spice
  • any nut
  • apple butter
  • agave nectar
  • dried fruit.

We would love to know your favorite combinations! Comment below or hastag #PPGenergybites and show us what ya got!

Whitney

 

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