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I have succumbed to yet another social media obsession called Pinterest. You will notice a little gizmo on the side of my home page that says “follow me on Pinterest”. Some of you are probably asking “What is Pinterest”, so let me explain.

It’s basically a board that enables you to “PIN” things you like. Naturally I have a ‘food board”and a “design board” but you could have a “things that are funny board” or a board that is about “fashion” or a board for “planning an event” ¬†etc. It’s very visual – it’s very easy to use -and it’s VERY ADDICTIVE.

One day I was skimming thru Pinterest and came across this photo:

Pinned Image

I said to myself “that is SO cool” and later that day found myself buying a fish bowl from the dollar store and then bought blue jello and swedish fish. I guess I was in a “Martha Stewart” kind of mood.

I also showed the above photo to a friend, who said ‘how are you going to get the fish to float?”. I replied “Im sure there’s instructions somewhere on the internet”. Guess what? Did not find ANY instructions and indeed my fish sank quicker than I could say “please don’t sink”.

I then morphed into Macguivre and started to pull together a few items that might help my fish from sinking: plastic forks, elastic bands, chopsticks and tape. DON”T ASK.

are you laughing yet?

I stuck the fish bowl into the fridge and when I pulled out the fish from the forks – it was not pretty.


Lesson to be learned: I am clearly not fit to try Martha Stewart projects and I’m not Macguivre. My final product did not come out anything remotely looking like the photo that I saw on Pinterest. But I must admit – I had a good laugh.


By all means, if anyone wants to try this project and let me know how they prevented the fish from sinking – please let me know.


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8 Responses to “Pinterest and My Recipe Fail”

  1. February 6th, 2012 at 08:26 | #1

    Perhaps this would work – pour the jello in the bowl, place in fridge to set to a medium consistency, then insert fish in jello where you want them suspended, return bowl to fridge to set completely. Maybe that’s the trick? And maybe reserve a bit of the jello to pour on the top after inserting the fish to allow the surface to set to a nice, smooth finish…

  2. Kia
    May 12th, 2012 at 20:06 | #2

    Perhaps the jello was poured half way, allowed to set, then the fish were inserted & the remaining jello was poured on top?

  3. Catherine
    May 13th, 2012 at 00:34 | #3

    This is how it’s done:

    You pour the jello into the bowl up to the point where you want your first fish to swim. Let the jello set, then scrape a small dip into the jello and set your fish into it. Pour in enough jello to properly fix and hold the fish (but not so much that it will start to float from its position). Return to the fridge until fully set.

    Now repeat this process for every fish until you’re done.

    Worked for me.

  4. September 25th, 2012 at 20:33 | #4

    Just wanted to let you know we featured your project at cookfail.com: http://cookfail.com/2012/09/martha-fail-jello-fishbowl/

    • admin
      September 27th, 2012 at 21:12 | #5

      you are da best!! Thanks for letting me know. What a hoot. I will never forget that recipe!! #totalfail

  5. jen
    June 18th, 2013 at 18:15 | #6

    you let the jello set – then take a knife slice straight down insert fish

  6. Sabrisbr
    February 15th, 2014 at 14:13 | #7

    Here is the actual recipe: http://www.marthastewart.com/314623/fish-bowl-gelatin which I havent followed as well. Trying to cut regular blue jello left an ugly mark. Besides the blue Jell-o is too dark.

  7. admin
    September 27th, 2012 at 21:14 | #8

    It was “one of those nights” where I was determined to get those fish to float. Dont ask. Nothing worked…even my suspension method!!

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