I absolutely love Pinterest! My current pin count is just under 10,500 and I have dozens of boards. I alternate between pinning from the tons of food and craft blogs (I have a different system for book blogs!) and pinning after mindlessly scrolling through the "Everything" option where I can see all the pins that have been pinned and repinned recently. In 2015 I realzied that while I relied on Pinterest for all kinds of things a lot of my boards were being seriously neglected and even in the boards I did use regularly there were still plenty of pins collecting dust. And that's where 52 Pins in 52 Weeks came from. At the first of the year I make a board called 52 Pins in 52 Weeks and fill it with 52 pins that I want to do over the course of the year. I've tried to include a good mix of food, holiday, and craft pins and push myself to step a little out of my comfort zone. I pin my results on my 52 Pins in 52 Weeks Results board. Some pins are wins and some are most definitely fails but it's always interesting to attempt them! This year I hope you'll share your Pin Wins and Fails with me and link up below! The format is totally up to you. Just post about the pins you've tried over the month (it can be multiple posts) and link up here! The link up will the the last Saturday of every month and I can't wait to see what everyone is doing!
Week 1The Pin: Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookies from Something Swanky
The Basic Idea: This is supposed to be a recipe that Neiman Marcus charged a woman $250 for. It's an urban legend but this is one of those recipes I see everywhere.
My Results: These were really good chocolate chip cookies and definitely worth trying. They're nice and crispy at the edges but still soft in the middle. However, I don't think I like them as much as my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe so I probably won't make them again.
Week 2:The Pin: Bird feeders from Eighteen25
The Basic Idea: Shaped birdfeeders to hang from trees or where every else you can hang a bird feeder from.
My Results: The Tornado and I enjoyed this one. He picked out the cookie cutters and helped me fill them. Today we're planning on getting them hung up in just the right places and then we'll see if the birds eat them so there's big bang for the buck. The whole thing is pretty simple and the supplies are really inexpensive - especially if you own cookie cutters already. My one issue is that if you want to make more than 1 or 2 you're going to need to quadruple the recipe. I doubled it and got 3 good sized cookie cutters worth out of it.
Week 3:The Pin: Bakery Style Lemon Sugar Cookies from Real Mom Kitchen
The Basic Idea: A thick sugar cookie with a lemony frosting
My Results: It's been cold and gray lately so I'm all about lemon flavors! I'd been burned by extract in citrus desserts before but this has enough actual lemon to counter the fake extract taste and it comes off as pleasantly tart. The cookie isn't very sweet but is buttery with a nice texture and the frosting is nicely tart. It sets up really well after about 20 minutes or so and they pack pretty well. Due to time constraints I didn't have time to refrigerate my dough for 2 hours so I rolled it up in a cylinder in plastic wrap and froze it for about 30 minutes and then sliced off the roll. This worked really well and is probably what I'll do next time I make these.
Week 4:The Pin: Lose 10 Pounds in 10 Days by Drinking Water
The Basic Idea: Drink 82 ounces of water a day to lose weight.
My Results: 82 ounces is a LOT of water. I tried to follow the plan that was laid out in the article as an "easy" way to get all the water in but it proved impossible so then I just tried to always have a bottle of water with me. I think I got 82 ounces in once or twice but was lucky to get 64 the rest of the time. As for my weight it is down a little but I'm not sure how much of that is from drinking water as opposed to being back on routine, eating better, and going to the gym regularly again. While I probably won't be drinking 82 ounces (or even 64) on a regular basis I did realize that drinking more water than I was makes me feel better so I will continue to implement the change.
Now your turn!
I'm linking up with Weekend Cooking hosted by Beth Fish Reads