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This week on Pinterest – February 2 – 15, 2012 February 17, 2012

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I decided to combine two weeks since last week was slim pickings as far as Pinterest was concerned. It should come as no surprise that almost everything I tried was food. I really DO have other things pinned, I just never seem to get around to trying them!

Here’s my one non-food item.

Felt baby shoes

Source: purlbee.com via Judy on Pinterest

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I made a pair of these for a friend’s little guy. They were a sky blue and I used a slightly darker thread. They were pretty easy to make, but I don’t think mine turned out very well. There was a funny wrinkling along the edge from pulling the thread tautish, you know, to keep the shoe together. Maybe they just looked cuter from afar, I don’t know, I just wasn’t jumping up and down with glee at how these turned out.

Loaded potato casserole

Source: plainchicken.blogspot.com via Judy on Pinterest

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This was really quite good, not at all healthy, but good. My review is here.

Cinnamon bun bread

I’ve actually removed this pin from my Pinterest, but you can read my review here.

Goat cheese cornbread

Source: smittenkitchen.com via Judy on Pinterest

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Well, I guess I should have reviewed this when I made it last week, because I honestly can’t remember anything about how it turned out. I know I used some other cheese, probably fontina or something. But I have zero recollection of how it tasted, whether or not liked it or if anyone else liked it. Crazy! Eh? Try it and let me know what you thought!

Cinnamon breakfast puffs

Source: smittenkitchen.com via Judy on Pinterest

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Delicious and easy! The babes LOVED these and they disappeared in a flash. We’ll definitely be making these again.

Herb crusted sweet potatoes

Source: howsweeteats.com via Judy on Pinterest

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Another winner recipe, here. The toddler, who eats pretty much nothing, gobbled these right up. There’s so much variability in this recipe. You can change up the herbs you use and get a different and equally delicious result. They are easy to make, delicious and healthy. That’s a win in my book!

Lasagna cups

Source: laurenslatest.com via Judy on Pinterest

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The presentation of this version of lasagna is really lovely. If you were having a dinner party or some special occasion, these would be a great addition. They are pretty labor intensive, so I don’t see these being very practical for everyday meals. They are also pretty messy to eat. Once you cut them, they sort of fall apart all over the place. But, they look lovely, and the addition of cream cheese for the filling was really delicious. I’ll be keeping this recipe around.

Blended strawberry milk

Source: scrumdillydo.blogspot.com via Judy on Pinterest

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I’ve been making these for the kids for the past few days, and they love them. All three kids, even the picky toddler . . .they love them. I’ve been changing things up and using other fruits. Their favorite combo is crushed pineapple, banana and coconut extract. The whipped cream and sprinkles are a nice touch, but the kids seem to do just fine without them.

Tomato basil parmesan soup

Source: 365daysofcrockpot.com via Judy on Pinterest

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This soup was better the 2nd and 3rd day, but it was still quite good the 1st day. Here’s my full review.

The Pinterest reviews – Veggies January 17, 2012

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I’m really terrible at serving veggies at lunch and dinner. I’m lucky if we get them in once a day. Since I’m trying to be better about it, I’ve collected a bunch of veggie recipes. As you can see, I’ve only tried 3 out of the bunch, but collecting the recipes is the first step, right?

Apple, potato and onion gratin

Source: bonappetit.com via Judy on Pinterest

This was made for a potluck a few months back.  As we were eating, I heard two people in a discussion.

“Did you taste the potatoes?”

“Potatoes?  I thought they were apples?”

“No, I’m pretty sure they are potatoes.”

“Really?  Tastes like potatoes to me!”

I jumped in and let them know that they were both correct!  Apples and potatoes seems like an interesting combination, and it was pretty good.  I’m sure the success of this recipe hinges on the type of apple you use.  I personally wouldn’t want the super sweet variety, so a Granny Smith apple would be perfect here, while a Braeburn would be cloying.  This dish has so many possibilities, what with all of the apple varieties available.

Roasted cabbage wedges

Source: marthastewart.com via Judy on Pinterest

Cabbage is a funny veggie to cook.  Most of the time, it just tastes like dirt to me.  (Except for the time we got an enormous cabbage from the farm.  That one was VERY tasty!)  This recipe was an exception.  Most of my babes like it.  The toddler was less enthused, but I’m pretty sure that’s because he doesn’t have molars, and I can’t imagine that gumming a cabbage is a pleasant experience.  Anyway, the cabbage had a great flavor and it seriously took like 5 minutes to set it up, plus roasting time.  My kind of recipe!

Spinach burgers

Source: thevillagecook.com via Judy on Pinterest

Being vegetarian, it can be tricky to find good protein substitutes.  These burgers are really quite good.  My only complaint is that they don’t stick together very well, so it’s a pain to fry them up.  I might add more egg or something to help them hang together a bit better.  Otherwise, the flavor was very yummy.  Couple that with homemade burger buns and some fresh veggies . .. . yummy!

 

 

The Pinterest reviews – Entrees January 16, 2012

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No preamble today, just going to launch right in with the reviews.

Baked spaghetti in garlic bread

Source: rhodesbread.com via Judy on Pinterest

This was ridiculously good, it is now a staple at our house.  I used homemade bread rather than the Rhodes loaf, but use whatever is convenient for you.  Try it, it’s really delish!

Sweet potato quesadillas

Source: fixmeasnack.com via Judy on Pinterest

Super easy, quick and very good for you.  Plus, the kids loved them.  Win- win!

Salsa verde bakes eggs and hash

Source: themotherhuddle.com via Judy on Pinterest

This recipe got a resounding “meh” from me.  The rest of the fam thought it was good, but as I recall, it was a bit of work and there wasn’t much to show for it at the end.

Enchiladas

Source: jessicainsd.blogspot.com via Judy on Pinterest

I’ve always made enchiladas a particular way, the way my mom taught me, and I love them.  This recipe comes in at a VERY close second.   They are easy, you make your own sauce and you can fill them with whatever you want and make as much or as little as you want.

Tortilla and black bean pie

Source: marthastewart.com via Judy on Pinterest

I really should make this recipe once a week . . . that’s how good it is, and it’s super easy.  (Are you seeing a theme here?   I have a great appreciation for easy and delicious recipes!)    The use of a springform pan here is genius.  If you don’t have one, don’t worry, you can just use foil paper like I did here:

Sweet and sour tofu stir fry

Source: blog.cookingwithtraderjoes.com via Judy on Pinterest

I’ve made alot of stir fry in my life, this was definitely not the best one.  In fact, it was quite bad.  Maybe the fact that I had to make my own soy sauce (I didn’t have any!) had something to do with it.  Somehow, I don’t really think that real soy sauce would have salvaged this recipe.  It really tasted nothing like sweet and sour, at least not the sweet and sour that you can get at the Chinese restaurants. On the plus side, I got to play with my new KitchenAid attachments.

Pumpkin mac n’ cheese

Source: bonappetit.com via Judy on Pinterest

Here’s another recipe that I didn’t particularly like.  I love me some homemade mac ‘n cheese, but I didn’t particularly care for the pumpkin.  The kids loved it, so I let them gobble it up since it was somewhat healthy.  On second thought, they must not have liked it too much as they haven’t ever requested to have it again.

Apple and sage quesadillas

Source: fixmeasnack.com via Judy on Pinterest

I liked the premise of this recipe . . . .although DH doesn’t like fruits in his entrees, I don’t mind it.  I didn’t like the big chunks of sage.  I would have preferred to have the flavor from the sage without having to bite into a sage leaf.  Dried, rubbed sage is probably the way I’d go next time.

That’s it for today, folks.  Got any recipe ideas for me?  Leave me a comment, I’m always game to try something new!

The Pinterest reviews January 14, 2012

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Have you gotten on the Pinterest bandwagon? I joined a few months ago and as a result, have tried out all sorts of new things. . . . recipes, tutorials, crafts, etc. I’m starting a new section on this blog. Every week, I’ll be reviewing the things all of the Pinterest pins that I’ve tried out. These first few posts will be longish as I get all caught up and I’ll probably divide them up between different categories (food, sewing, crafts, etc.)

Don’t have any idea what Pinterest is? Well, I’m not sure that I’m completely using it in the way it’s intended, but I use is as an online bookmark. I have lots of different categories and when I see something online that I like, I just pin it so that it’s much easier to find later on. The beauty of Pinterest is that you can see what other people have pinned either by following people that you know, or just browsing through a particular category. In this way, you get to see so many more ideas than you might just on your own. I will say that you can wast inordinate amounts of time browsing, but it sure is fun!

If you are already on Pinterest, you can follow me here:  http://pinterest.com/adivamoment/
If you aren’t on Pinterest, join, and then be ready to be inspired=)