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.
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.