Pinning Away

Whew, what a weekend! I partied a little too late on Saturday night and had a rude awakening Sunday when I had to wake up early and teaching Spinning class. But, it was worth it- great times with great friends and awesome food + drink. More details on that Wednesday… but here’s a preview:

After an early morning wake-up call, the rest of Sunday included Greg and me being lazy, watching football and (me) spending way too much time on Pinterest. Here’s a confession: I actually rarely ever use Pinterest! It’s something that I really never allowed myself to get into, and now I see why! You can get sucked in for hours.

I’ve been trying to gather ideas for good DIY gifts to give for Christmas. In the past, I’ve used Whole Foods Recipe site, which lists a ton of awesome homemade edible gift ideas. I’ve made quite a few gifts from there over the years, including

Chocolate-Dipped Figs with Almonds

Sugar-Dusted Whole Wheat Graham Crackers (I need to make these again, just to have some on hand!)

Cranberry Pistachio Oatmeal Lace Cookies

(I actually made these for co-workers last year and posted about it here. Check out how CUTE they are!)

Cinnamon Pancake Mix in a Jar

I’m thinking of making either granola or some kind of trail mix this year… and hoping that I have the motivation to follow through!

Cassie has been posting so many amazing DIY gifts for her Handmade Holiday series, and I want to make all of them! Some of my favorites include Healthy Homemade Dog Treats

(I would sub the whole wheat flour for chickpea flour because my guys are grain-free.) I even went out and bought a bone-shaped cookie cutter! And yes, Cassie, Greg and I certainly give the boys Christmas presents every year. :)

I am also totally in love with these coasters!

We actually have a bunch of large branches that were on a tree that we lost from Hurricane Sandy- and they would be perfect for this project.

Check out The Broken Plow for many more awesome DIY gift ideas!

…and just one more thing.


Dark Chocolate Superfood Bark from SpaBettie. I’m not sure that if I made this, it would actually make it to other people as gifts. I might have to eat it all myself.

I’m off to pin some non-edible gift ideas now…

Oh! And check out this photo that my friend Sara posted on Facebook last night of her sister-in-law’s Jamberry Nails!

It’s the last day to enter the Jamberry Nails Giveaway- I’ll be choosing a winner later tonight! And remember, even if you don’t win the giveaway, you can still get 10% off your purchase by using the code “likejamberry” at checkout AND if you buy 3, you get one free! These make GREAT stocking stuffers!

Do you make gifts for other people? Any good ideas to share?


  1. Pinterest is a very dangerous place so I only allow myself to go on if I’m looking for something in particular or have some extra time to waste. ;)

  2. Yesterday you pinned the dark chocolate superfood bark, I saw your pin in afternoon, made it and….eat it all (well, my GF had a bite for what it’s worth!)
    Fortunately enough I had just completed a triathlon in the morning so I was still in calorie deficit.
    This just to say that that bark is that good and that dangerous. As you wisely stated, it’s very likely that you’re might eventually eat it all yourself (as I did!) ;)

  3. I made fudge this weekend! I like the cranberry pistachio cookie recipe!!!!

  4. I love making homemade gifts! They are typically food but I saw a fun gift on Pinterest (go figure!) that is a manicure in a jar :) Basically a large mason jar with a small bottle of polish remover, nail polish, Q Tips, and a nail file. It looked like a great gift, especially for a girls’ night out favor.

  5. I’ve made spiced nuts for people, so easy, so tasty, and they last (provided people can control themselves).

  6. Please let me win the jamberry, please let me win the jamberry, please let me win the jamberry…. :)

    Think I want ‘em?!? Hehe.

    I think I’ll make cookies. I can’t do candy–I burn everything. HAH

  7. Ugh…every time I start to make fun food items for the holidays I buy everything and then DO NOTHING with it. This year I’m going to give the gift of treats AFTER the holidays. :)

  8. I always make gifts for my aunts and uncles. I’ve made limoncello, homemade vanilla extract, cinnamon dough ornaments, cookie mix in a jar, homemade pickles etc. It’s tough for me to figure out something “healthyish” to make for everyone every year! I think I’m going to do a natural room scent in a jar thingy this year with dried oranges, cranberries, cinnamon sticks and pine needles in a jar that people can dump in a pot on their stove and simmer with water to make their house smell good. I might throw some lotion bars in there too that I found a recipe for on Pinterest. That site certainly has made it easier for me to come up with something to make!

  9. I rarely go on Pinterest either. I chose blog reading and Facebook instead.

  10. I never use Pinterest. I really just don’t understand it. I mean, I get it in theory, but have failed every time someone tries to teach me how to use it.

    In more positive news, I am doing a ‘Build Your Own Bark’ assembly line as part of my cooking class tomorrow night! I was THIS close to buying goji berries, but went with cranberries and cherries instead. :)

Comments are welcome (and encouraged)!