July 15, 2014

Pinned.Did.Done. 7/15

I try to use Pinterest as an actual tool and I've been pinning many decorating and teaching inspirations lately.  I never pin something without the intention of trying it, so I really attempt to keep track of what I've already done. I have a board dedicated to everything I've done, so here's a round-up of the last few weeks.  

Cucumber, Avocado, and Grape Salad.  This was delicious.  In fact, I'd make it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.  For company or just for us.  It is one of the best things I've ever put together in my kitchen, and I think you should try it.  It's creamy, tangy, crunchy, and sweet.  Oh, and healthy.

Thai Peanut Sauce.  This is the best peanut sauce I've found so far.  I put it on a stir-fry. I didn't make the salad it's paired with because I'm not a fan of tofu, but I know I could easily add this sauce to any salad I create.  Are there actual Thai bottled dressings sold in the regular grocery store?  I've yet to find one.

Pho.  This is Martha Stewart's version of the homemade noodle soup and it is fantastic.  I hate this because I do not like Martha (she's a rich criminal), but the soup is good.

Vegan Banana Oatmeal Pancakes.  I don't know.  I think pancakes should have eggs and/or oil or something.  I didn't have much luck with these.

Cake Batter Ice Cream.  I have my own fantastic recipe for cake batter ice cream but when I went to make it last week, I realized I was out of cornstarch.  I was not driving 15 miles for cornstarch, so I went to this recipe I'd pinned a year ago.  It uses the old fashioned method:  eggs.  VERY easy to make, but I wasn't crazy about it.  Also, I added some chunks of funfetti blondies to it.  I still wasn't impressed.  Maybe I'm outgrowing the flavor of funfetti?  While that doesn't seem possible, Scott wasn't crazy about this ice cream either and it's still in the freezer a week later.  The world is truly out of balance.

Iced Coffee with a French press.  I've been brewing coffee in the French press, letting it sit in the press to cool, and then pouring it over ice.  It makes very strong (i.e. very good) iced coffee.  Much easier than straining!

How to Erase Chalk Markers.  This really works!  I bought a chalk marker to go with my two new chalkboards and, much to my dismay, it wouldn't erase with water.  Then I read this tip and it was like a miracle.  The secret:  use a Magic Eraser.  Brilliant.

Using salt, vinegar, and dish soap to get rid of weeds.  Our "yard" is all sand and gravel with weeds.  We tried this tip for getting rid of the weeds and it didn't work.  Not even a little bit.  Don't waste your time.  This wasn't the only pin with these particular instructions.  There were several out there, so I assumed it might have some validity.  It doesn't.  Don't try it.

Pin anything great lately?  Last night, I saw a pin featuring instructions (step by step) on how to make quesadillas.  Maybe Pinterest is making us dumber.  


  1. Your last comment...there are seriously some tutorials that make me shake my head. I once saw a "recipe" post for an egg sandwich which involved frying an egg, putting a slice of cheese on it, and putting it inside an english muffin. Umm...isn't that the egg McMuffin and who actually needs a recipe for that?

  2. Straight up white vinegar works for me out back on weeds - I can't use weed killer out there because of the dogs.

    I love when people keep boards of things they've done. I have two - one for recipes and one for other stuff.

  3. I get so excited when I see these posts on your blog... I love seeing what did and didn't work. That salad sounds delicious and good to know that weed killer didn't work. We're big Round Up fans.

  4. I have a board to keep track of things I've made/cooked/etc. also. Yay for being organized!

    There is a peanut salad dressing...I think it's by Bolthouse. I can't eat it, it has soy in it. But I've heard it's pretty tasty, Isaiah likes it.

    I use Coke (regular, not diet) to wipe down my chalkboard door. Sounds weird, I know, but it gets it REALLY clean and isn't streaky. It's not even sticky, which you would think it would be...but then that's actual chalk, not chalk markers.

    I'm trying cold brew coffee again. A huge bowl of sludge is currently on my kitchen counter, I'll be straining it after work tonight and I'll let you know how it turns out. Last time it was still too watery...this time I'm letting it sit for a full 24 hours. Living on the wild side, I guess you could say.

    That cucumber/grape/avocado salad looks delicious...

  5. Thanks for sharing that recipe for weeds! I have an outdoor cat and two dogs so chemical weed killer is not an option.

    I love the idea of having a board of all the stuff I've done. I might have to steal that one from you.

  6. I have a board for things I've done too. I think there's one pin in it haha You had me at Thai peanut sauce and Pho!

  7. I am all over that salad you mentioned. Going to pin it now.

  8. I do pin things I have the intention of using/doing/making. I'm just really bad at actually following through! lol


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