I’ve written before about my inability to Pinterest yes it’s a verb!

I bloody love that app, it’s so addictive- any vague thing I have an idea about, I can instantly obtain a far better one with the swipe of a finger. I don’t even have to try and be creative I just tap away and steal someone else’s idea. Fucking fabulous right? Trouble is I’m shit at it. Really shit. I do not have the talent, the patience or the utensils required to create anything remotely close to the gorgeous images I see on my screen. However, I will not be beaten. Pinterest will not beat me. I can tweet, I can instagram, I can fucking facebook my ass off and I will Pinterest if it kills me.

So I have set myself a challenge, to attempt one or two Pinterest Ideas each month. You need to keep an eye on these posts because one of two things are going happen. Either I am going to create fantastic dinners, cakes and crafts, which you will marvel at and be falling over yourself to get home and try. Or I am going to fuck this up so bad, there will be fires and hissy fits that will make you piss yourself laughing. Either way, you as the reader win. Me (and my poor family) will probably not win, we will probably get food poisoning and a divorce but hey life’s all about the experiences right?



To ease me in gently I’m going to go with cooking rather than crafting to start. Whilst I am quite good at cooking dinners, stews, curries, stir frys etc I am not very good when it comes to sweets and desserts. I just don’t seem to have the patience.
So drum roll please….. here’s my first challenge.
Lemon-Cream Cheese Crescent Ring
I’ve picked this because, well I’d like to eat it. It looks yummy right?

Ingredients
Crescent Ring
1 package (3 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury™ Crescent Recipe Creations™ refrigerated seamless dough sheet or 1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent dinner rolls

Glaze
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 to 3 teaspoons milk

You can find the original recipe here.

And so, here begins the first problem…
The site says ‘see here for full instructions’ – I click the link and its broken, sends me to some weird info site.
Well Fuck.
But I will not be beaten, I will not be deterred! They’ve given me the method in the pictures pretty much – right? Just slap that cream cheese all over, roll it up and cut it up a bit. Job done.
How long does it go in the oven for? Who the fuck knows – lets find out!
I also assume this is an American recipe because I’ve never heard of Pillsbury canned dough – I’m subbing it for  supermarket Puff Pastry, that’s the same right?

The ingredients by the way I got from Aldi and it all cost me £2.67, and of course I didn’t use most of the sugars so its probably more like £2 cost to make.

Cut into eight pieces, I think its more in the original picture? The mixture started to drip out all over the place at this point so I had to be quick. I made it too runny – too much lemon juice I think, I didn’t measure out a table spoon like it says I just squeezed half a lemon a few times into the jug.

I then arranged the pieces in a greased cake tin (pop out bottom one). I don’t know if that was the right idea but its what I had so on we went. Then the tricky oven issue, I went with Gas Mark 6 on the top shelf. It was in there for half of an hour, maybe because I made the pieces a bit too thick?
It was a bit of a bitch to get out of the pan, probably should have used grease proof paper instead of being lazy! Waited for another half hour for it to cool, by this time it was gone 8 oclock and I was also trying to cook dinner at the same time. So I just hurriedly chucked some icing all over it and TAA-DAA!!

To quote my husband (who returned home late from work) “what the fuck is that?”
Yeah.
Doesn’t look too appetising does it? Its ok you can be honest, I’ll be ok. My presentation is not my strong point! Remember its supposed to turn out like this – haha!

But I have to say it tasted very nice, really nice in fact. All that was missing was some cold custard and it would have been perfect.
Ok so how did I stack up against pinterest?

Time To Complete: 1.5 hours (not continuous cooking – mostly just waiting around)
Stress Level: 0 – no big issues, pretty straight forward even without instructions
Appearance: 4/10
Taste: 8/10

I think Pinterest wins this one, but not by much. Although mine looks quite crappy I am pleased with my efforts. Not a bad start.

Me vs Pinterest: The Lemon Puff Chronicles

24 thoughts on “Me vs Pinterest: The Lemon Puff Chronicles

  • October 28, 2015 at 1:15 pm
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    I had to set up an account for a campaign I'm applying for, but haven't even opened the app. I can't bring myself to find the time to sit down and figure it all out

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  • October 28, 2015 at 1:15 pm
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    I had to set up an account for a campaign I'm applying for, but haven't even opened the app. I can't bring myself to find the time to sit down and figure it all out

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  • October 28, 2015 at 3:32 pm
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    So THIS is what pintresting is. I am appalling it at. Pinning boards and whatnot, I just… don't. But I should! I might join you on this challenge because I need to make things look beautiful and I think your first attempt was pretty awesome… I'd definitely dig in if I didn't have a wedding dress to fit into! #MMWBH

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  • October 28, 2015 at 3:32 pm
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    So THIS is what pintresting is. I am appalling it at. Pinning boards and whatnot, I just… don't. But I should! I might join you on this challenge because I need to make things look beautiful and I think your first attempt was pretty awesome… I'd definitely dig in if I didn't have a wedding dress to fit into! #MMWBH

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  • October 28, 2015 at 4:32 pm
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    As long as it tastes good that's the main thing! And you did get to write a hilarious blog post, Pinterest didn't! #MMWBH
    Debbie

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  • October 28, 2015 at 4:32 pm
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    As long as it tastes good that's the main thing! And you did get to write a hilarious blog post, Pinterest didn't! #MMWBH
    Debbie

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  • October 29, 2015 at 10:49 am
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    Haha – I think what it tastes like is the main thing! I'm not sure I totally see the point of making pretty food & photographing it anyway! Make nice tasting food & just eat it! I don't think I have yet found anything that I might actually want to try on pinterest that doesn't have a broken link to the actual instructions! #FindTribe

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  • October 29, 2015 at 10:49 am
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    Haha – I think what it tastes like is the main thing! I'm not sure I totally see the point of making pretty food & photographing it anyway! Make nice tasting food & just eat it! I don't think I have yet found anything that I might actually want to try on pinterest that doesn't have a broken link to the actual instructions! #FindTribe

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  • October 29, 2015 at 10:50 am
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    Haha, related to all of this – and yours looks way better than my usual attempts! I love Pinterest to look at, but when you take it a step further it becomes so frustrating. One day though, I will become a true Pinterest Mama…. 😀 #findtribe

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  • October 29, 2015 at 10:50 am
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    Haha, related to all of this – and yours looks way better than my usual attempts! I love Pinterest to look at, but when you take it a step further it becomes so frustrating. One day though, I will become a true Pinterest Mama…. 😀 #findtribe

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  • October 29, 2015 at 11:05 am
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    LOL. It looks really delicious. I am not very good at cooking or baking – I once made a pineapple cheesecake which had lumps of gelatin in. Everyone thought they were pineapple chunks and I didn't correct them. 🙂

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  • October 29, 2015 at 11:05 am
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    LOL. It looks really delicious. I am not very good at cooking or baking – I once made a pineapple cheesecake which had lumps of gelatin in. Everyone thought they were pineapple chunks and I didn't correct them. 🙂

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  • October 29, 2015 at 2:28 pm
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    Oh this is brilliant! I love it! I think the canned dough is more like a bread dough but hey, puff pastry is close enough if it tasted good! I can't wait to see all your other attempts. Thanks for linking to #findtribe

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  • October 29, 2015 at 2:28 pm
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    Oh this is brilliant! I love it! I think the canned dough is more like a bread dough but hey, puff pastry is close enough if it tasted good! I can't wait to see all your other attempts. Thanks for linking to #findtribe

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  • October 29, 2015 at 5:16 pm
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    Oooh I really like the idea of challenging yourself with Pinterest posts. Pleased this one was a success. #MMWBH

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  • October 29, 2015 at 5:16 pm
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    Oooh I really like the idea of challenging yourself with Pinterest posts. Pleased this one was a success. #MMWBH

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  • October 31, 2015 at 1:57 am
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    This is hilarious. I do a Pinterest recipe review, and I'm pretty ok with that as I do cook. I can't wait to see you do a craft, especially if the instructions become lost in the internet somewhere like these did! They actually sound pretty good, and they don't have to look great to fill the belly!!!

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  • October 31, 2015 at 1:57 am
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    This is hilarious. I do a Pinterest recipe review, and I'm pretty ok with that as I do cook. I can't wait to see you do a craft, especially if the instructions become lost in the internet somewhere like these did! They actually sound pretty good, and they don't have to look great to fill the belly!!!

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  • November 1, 2015 at 8:10 am
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    I too am obsessed with Pinterest and I never make pinnable images for my blog. I really should. I tell myself every time I write a post. But I just done have the energy. Maybe next year… I also try things that turn into epic fails!! lol. Although I would definitely class yours as a success!! Looks great and its all about taste so I would take that as a point 🙂 xx

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  • November 1, 2015 at 8:10 am
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    I too am obsessed with Pinterest and I never make pinnable images for my blog. I really should. I tell myself every time I write a post. But I just done have the energy. Maybe next year… I also try things that turn into epic fails!! lol. Although I would definitely class yours as a success!! Looks great and its all about taste so I would take that as a point 🙂 xx

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  • November 4, 2015 at 8:00 pm
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    Haha I LOVE this, I have many a Pinterest fail! As long as the taste was good that's all that matters! Thanks for linking to #PickNMix

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  • November 4, 2015 at 8:00 pm
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    Haha I LOVE this, I have many a Pinterest fail! As long as the taste was good that's all that matters! Thanks for linking to #PickNMix

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  • November 5, 2015 at 2:38 pm
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    Ha I think you did a good job for a first attempt! Don't forget the pinterester probably did this a whole lot of ties to practice 😉 Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix
    Stevie x

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  • November 5, 2015 at 2:38 pm
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    Ha I think you did a good job for a first attempt! Don't forget the pinterester probably did this a whole lot of ties to practice 😉 Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix
    Stevie x

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