First off, just want to take a minute to offer my gratitude to our Veterans today. And secondly, I’d like to wish my future mother-in-law a happy birthday – have a great one Nadine!!
Hello there and happy Monday! I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend. I just wanted to relax for the most part, so I’m happy that I managed to do just that.
Today, I want to talk about Pinterest. I’m sure we’ve all been sucked into that black hole at least once, right? You find one thing that looks interesting and you decide to pin it, you find something else….and suddenly two hours has gone by. Oops.
That happens to me more often that I can to admit. I’m a huge Pinterest devotee – my page is actually older than my blog is. And as of right now, I have 36 boards and 2655 pins. Mainly recipes, but there’s also workouts, craft ideas, future wedding ideas (yes, I am that girl…not even engaged yet) quotes, tattoos….little bits of everything.
So it’s pretty safe to say that I haven’t tried absolutely everything I’ve pinned…not even remotely close. But recently I noticed Amy create a board for recipes she’s already made, which I thought was a fabulous idea. I’ve had one or two flops, but for the most part the pins I’ve attempted have turned out pretty fabulously. While it’s a little far-fetched to think that I’m going to make it through every single one of the recipes/workouts I’ve pinned, it’s nice to be able to see which ones I have tried and which ones moved their way to the top of the must-try list. I made the board to include recipes, workouts, and craft ideas (of which there are two that I’ve attempted…an artsy or crafty person, I am not).
(Oh, and I didn’t include any of my personal blog recipes, because obviously I’ve attempted those).
So some favourites when I was putting my “Things I’ve Actually Attempted” board together? (just click through the picture to get to the original pin)
This workout series from Sweat Like a Pig (I wrote ‘pug’ first…le sigh). I’ve tried variations of this set of workouts and I really like it – I love how Tara puts workouts together and she’s become my ‘go-to’ resource on all things heavy lifting.
If I’m going to spend any amount of time on a cardio machine, I need to be changing speeds and incline constantly so I’m not dying of boredom. Julie‘s treadmill and elliptical workouts always did the trick – I was changing it up often to keep myself interested. I’ve been going to dance-style and step classes for my cardio workouts lately, but if I get back into treadmill/elliptical workouts, she’s one of my go-to’s.
Jessica’s Homemade Chicken Cheesesteaks. Definitely one of my favourite dinners to make – perfectly cheesy and I love the onions and the peppers. I don’t usually keep cow’s milk at home, so I’d use unsweetened almond milk and add some xanthan gum while it was cooking to thicken it up a little.
I’m not the biggest fan of beef burgers, so I don’t even understand why I love Gina’s Cheeseburger Casserole so much. It is ridiculous how good it is! Another dinner favourite.
Sarah has basically become my go-to source for vegetarian and vegan dishes. Her White Bean and Salsa Mini Loaves have to be one of the best veggie dishes I’ve ever had – of course, I approve of anything with salsa and cheese
Another offering from Jessica. This is by FAR the best banana bread I’ve ever had in my life. Although with a name like Triple Fudge Banana Bread, how could it not be?
We all know Heather as the queen of pancakes, right? Her Mint Chocolate Chip Protein Pancakes were the first recipe of hers that I tried, and it solidified her queen-ly status for me. Amazing, despite the fact that I had a little trouble with the ‘green’ aspect at first.
I made Heather‘s Chocolate Therapy Cake for my mom’s birthday this year, and it definitely goes down as the best cake I’ve ever made. Soooo good.
So…a Monster cake. As in, had the energy drink baked into the cake and mixed into the frosting. My brother has probably bought the CEO of that company a car with the amount of Monster he’s drunk over the years, so for his birthday 2 1/2 years ago I found him a recipe for a Monster cake. I’m the greatest sister ever. It was actually really good, and I hate energy drinks!
I made Eric the ’52 Reasons’ card deck for our first Valentine’s day together. Basically, on every card in a deck, you write a reason why you love (or like) the person that you’re giving it to. Probably the only remotely crafty thing I’ve done in years, but it was pretty cute.
Vodka gummy bears. Take these to your next party and everyone will love you
So all in all, right now I’m sitting at 61 pins made. Not bad, but I definitely have a lot more to add to the list.
Have a good one!
<— Do you make a lot of recipes/try a lot of workouts that you pin?
<—How many pins on your Pinterest page?
<— Any Pinterest fails?
<— Does anyone actually like the taste of energy drinks?