July 20, 2017

Pinned/Did/Done 7/20

I'm back from a trip to a slightly cooler climate and while I get my bearings (truth: my favorite part of a trip is returning home), here's a compilation of what I've been accomplishing on Pinterest. 


Strawberry Cobbler. Something about this intrigued me. I made it and then put strawberry ice cream on top. It was good. It wasn't flaky or biscuity like a shortcake, but had a great flavor. I put regular sugar in it because I stay away from fake sugar.

Oatmeal Cookie Energy Bites. These did not roll. Even after a day in the freezer, they did not firm up. It was like an uncooked granola. I followed the directions exactly too. I loved the flavor but I didn't know what to do with it besides eat it with a spoon.

20 Minute Skillet Pasta. This was good and easy and didn't heat up the house on a hot day. I used chickpeas and didn't use GF pasta.

Copycat Texas Roadhouse Dry Steak Rub. We bought a bunch of steaks at Costco and, after the soy sauce incident, I couldn't marinate them in the way I usually do. I made up this rub instead and Scott really liked it. It was salty even after I cut the salt by 1/3, so I would recommend about 1/2 T. kosher salt instead of 1 1/2 T.

The Ultimate Vegan Chocolate Cake. I 100% prefer vegan chocolate cake because it's moist, fluffy, and does not dry out. I was going to make cupcakes out of the cake recipe I made a few months ago, but realized we didn't have any applesauce so I started searching for another recipe. I used regular 2% milk, not almond milk, and that didn't make this vegan at all. I really believe in the ACV method for a light cake and vegetable oil is so much better texture-wise than using butter. This was easy enough and tasted fantastic.

I made roasted veggies with chimichurri sauce a few weeks ago but it was from the recipes of the month at The Balanced Life. Since this is a paid subscription, I doubt I'm allowed to share but here's something similar that I found on Pinterest.

I modified it, anyway. Roast green beans, potatoes, broccoli, chickpeas, and whatever else you want for 25 minutes at 425 degrees. Drizzle a mixture of olive oil, salt, pepper, and minced garlic (3 cloves) over the top first. 
Make a chimichurri sauce and pour over the warm vegetables before serving. 


Storing anchor charts has been a hassle for the last few years. I never really made reusable ones before that. I came across this idea to roll them, label them, and use a new trash can to hold them...I set it up, now we'll see if it works.

I made a chart like this last year and it worked not even a little bit. I think I took it down halfway through the year. I'm trying it again. Fingers crossed.

I've pinned a ton of teaching ideas (I'm forever pinning teaching ideas), so I'll have to do an update on what works and what doesn't.

What have you pinned and done lately?


  1. I do not get using fake sugar in an effort to be healthier. It is fake.

  2. i have never had chimichurri sauce but that whole dish sounds delicious. as does the skillet pasta, definitely checking that one out.

  3. i can't deal with anything fake -- i prefer the real thing!

  4. I'm the same way when it comes to trips. While i love the experience of it I am always happy to be home.

  5. I like Stevia better than sugar but not in baked stuff. It gives it a weird flavor. I just use it in coffee or tea.

    Welcome back!! Hope you had a great time off!!

  6. I tried some oatmeal bties once too and thought... i dont think this is what it should be. I need to find a recipe that works!

  7. I pin tons of teaching ideas that I never end up using.... lol


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