I love Pinterest. I love pinning recipes from my favorite food blogs or scrolling down the Everything section to see what everyone else has been pinning. I love the idea of all the crafts and recipes and everything else right there at my fingertips.
Right now I have around 10,000 pins in 60 boards. I do use Pinterest a pretty good bit but tend to stick to the boards regarding Dinner and let other delicious looking recipes or fun crafts languish unused and ignored. This year I'm trying to get more use out of Pinterest so at the beginning of the year I created my 52 Pins in 52 Weeks Board as well as a Results Board to keep track of it. I'll be posting my results the last Saturday of each month.
This month I'm missing a week because things got super hectic but I'm planning on doing 2 pins next week so I'll have an extra in August! I'm looking forward to chunky cucumber relish and Nutter Butter cupcakes coming up this week.
Week 27:Pin: Elaine's New York Cheesecake from Love and Olive Oil
Reason Picked: I was in the mood for cheesecake!
The Basic Idea: A traditional New York style cheesecake with a slightly lighter texture topped with a strawberry sauce.
The Results: Meh. I had some hesitations based on the cooking time because it seemed to long but I didn't really love the flavor of the batter itself. It ended up being too dry (cooking time) but the flavor wasn't something I'd want to try again anyway. I've normally had good luck with this blog but this was not a winner. I deleted the pin.
Week 28:Pin: Ocean in a Bottle from Happy Hooligans
Reason Picked: It looked like a simple experiment and one I had all the ingredients for
The Basic Idea: Combine colored water and oil in a bottle, shake it up and observe.
The Results: This was easy and fun. I used a 16 oz bottle because I had one on hand and it worked fine. I think it was a bit too simple for the Tornado (he's 6) but it'd be a great one to do with younger kids and he had a good time with it.
Week 29:Pin: Loaded Chicken and Potato Skillet from Pearls, Handcuffs, and Happy Hour
Reason Picked: I love cheese and bacon - especially if it's topping potatoes and other things!
The Basic Idea: Cook chicken, potatoes, peppers and onions in a skillet. Add bacon, top with cheese and let the cheese melt. Serve.
The Results: For some reason I had it in my head that this dish was going to be coordinated. It's basically a one pot meal though another pot is required to boil the potatoes but that's done early on so you can wash that pot while the rest is cooking. I used a garlic seasoning blend instead of the cajun seasoning because J isn't a fan. I also used 2 red bell peppers instead of 1 red and 1 green because I don't like green (they really do taste different! Really!). The result was really good. J didn't want cheese on his so I only topped about a third of the skillet with cheese. It's also work great with sausage instead of chicken as a breakfast dish. I'll definitely be making it again!
Week 30:Pin: Fizzy Bath Salts from The Idea Room
Reason Picked: I love bath stuff and this seemed easy enough
The Basic Idea: A combination of Epsom salts, rock salt, baking soda and citric acid that fizzes up when you add it to a bath.
The Results: I really liked this one and it was super simple. to put together. I accidentally ended up with scented Epsom salt so I didn't add essential oils to the bath like she recommended. The fizz was fun and I like the skin softening of the baking soda addition. This is definitely something I'd make again and I like the freedom to use either different scented Epsom salts or different essential oil blends. All the ingredients were easy to find with the exception of the citric acid but I was able to buy a pretty good bit of that on Amazon for not very much. I've been wanting to try bath bombs and a few other things that called for citric acid so I was glad to go on and get some.
I'm linking up with Weekend Cooking hosted by Beth Fish Reads