There’s nothing like a little time with Pinterest to bring you right up out of the dumps. I’ve heard about it for a while, but didn’t think much of it until a friend sent me a link. I’ve discovered a world of fun through “pinning”. And, I’m proud to tell you, I don’t just pin em’, I actually do this stuff.
Here are a few of my favorites:
Homemade Oreos – These are really easy and taste so much like real ones, especially the next day.
Pretzel Cookies with Chocolate and Peanut Butter Chips – I’m not sure why they didn’t just call these Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Cookies. I don’t know why I care. They are so good that the name really doesn’t matter. Sweet and salty combinations are really winning me over these days. These cookies will be your new go-tos.
Baked Penne with Chicken, Broccoli and Smoked Mozzarella – This has replaced lasagna as a fancy eat-in meal. It’s easy and delicious and impressive-looking.
Vegetarian Tortilla Soup – Though this is listed here as a vegetarian dish, I’m not a vegetarian. So, I boil some chicken to add to it. I learned a VERY handy little trick (also from Pinterest) for shredding chicken that I use for this soup. Cook the chicken, toss it in your KitchenAid for about a minute and you’ve got instant PERFECTLY SHREDDED chicken. Isn’t that beautiful? Awesome trick for burritos and chicken salad, too.
I recently visited the allergist for a skin test and found that, in addition to 62 other things, I am mildly allergic to soy. I’m not sure if you’ve ever paid much attention to just how many things have soy lecithin as an ingredient, but I’m here to tell you – it’s a LOT. In an effort to feel my best, I’ve gone to making a lot things instead of buying them.
Ranch Dressing – Seriously, I will never buy the crap in the store again. Hid.den Valley has got nothing on this stuff. I made it in about 3 minutes in a huge plastic stadium cup with my hand blender. It’s so fresh and wonderful. I find myself pouring it on everything. Tonight – baked potatoes.
Pizza Dough – I’ve made my own dough before, but this recipe so far is my favorite. I go half and half with white and wheat flour and it’s really good. Minimal effort as well, but make sure you allow time for the rising.
And, I don’t like to put just anything on my hands/face/body. I found this little idea and was making it a short time later.
DIY Hand Soap – I imagine you can use just about any soap you like. I used Dr. Bronner’s peppermint soap with much success. And, it seems like a special treat for Christmas because all our hand soap smells like mint. For about $8.00 I made a whole gallon of the stuff.
I found a ton of road trip games for our trip to NYC with 2 small children that was a life saver.
Spent too many hours out of my life making this tree for our mantel. I mean, seriously, sometimes one must consider how much one’s own time is worth. Yes, the tree is cute, but if my time is worth $30/hour (which may be a deal), I could have purchased quite a few cone-shaped mantel trees for that price. I don’t love crafting quite enough for this one.
However, I did spend about 10 minutes making these ornaments with my children and I’ll forever remember how small they were this year when I hang them on my tree.
If you, too, are into the pinning – give me a follow and I’ll do the same.