True confession time: I’m addicted to Pinterest. Back when I was working 70+ hour weeks, I never imagined I would have the time to learn how to cook or sew or learn anything “domestic.” Fast forward almost 10 years later, and I find myself really drawn to learning more about the domestic arts, if you will. Pinterest has tutorials and DIYs for days, but it can be a double-edged sword for many women (myself included): it’s a source for truly creative ideas with the soft underbelly of womanly/mommy guilt. Believe me when I tell you that I am not inherently a “Martha Stewart” type. Nothing about cooking, baking, cleaning, sewing, or crafting comes easily to me. Not. at. all. That doesn’t stop me from trying, and I thought I’d share some of my Pinterest (mis)adventures with you on the blog. You can trust me to give you the real scoop on a recipe or project, and let you know what a normal wife and mother with average-to-sub-par crafting/cooking/cleaning talents thinks of the recipes and DIY projects Pinterest has to offer.
Let’s start with dessert – one of my favorite things to pin on Pinterest (check out my pins here). I have had a recent string of bad luck when it comes to Pinterest dessert recipes, so I was skeptical when I read how “easy” gooey S’mores bars were to make. But with an ingredient line up like this, I figured it was worth the risk:
Can you really go wrong with Cocoa Pebbles? No you cannot. Here’s the result:
My take on Freutcake’s Gooey S’mores Bars (recipe here):
level of difficulty (easy to difficult): easy
recipe accuracy (in terms of ingredients and time it take to make the recipe): accurate
deliciousness (from 1-5): 5 – a big hit with grown ups and kids alike
I must say these bars tasted just as good as they look. Some issues I ran into when making the bars: there were a few places the recipe lacked detail – for example the recipe calls for 2 cups of graham crackers, but it doesn’t mentioned if they should be crushed up or not. This might seem obvious to you bakers out there, but to a relative novice like me I had to think twice about (and yes, you should crush them). A couple more things:
- I would double the recipe for the graham cracker crust so it would be thicker and hold the gooey s’more-ness on top better.
- When broiling the bars to toast the marshmallows, I would probably only do for one minute. I did it for about 1 minute thirty seconds and I was on the verge of charbroiled marshmallows. No bueno.
So there you have it – check one in the win column for easy, delicious Pinterest desserts.