Sunday, July 22, 2012

5 Days of Pinterest, Week 1

In my last blog post I wrote that I was going to do a little experiment for the next four weeks using recipes off Pinterest.  I was inspired by a Pinterest party that I went to two weeks ago.  So here is what I tried this week.....

This recipe for lemonade was really good.  The only thing that I changed was, I added more water.  The recipe only calls for you to add 3/4 of a cup of water to the 1/4 cup of lemon syrup.  I thought that it was way too strong for my liking so I doubled the amount of water I added to the syrup.  It was a hit at my monthly Girl's Night event this week!  You can find the recipe  HERE.

The second thing I tested this week, were these Apple Enchilada's that I also served on our monthly Girl's Night event this week.  I used Trader Joe's homemade tortilla's and I thought they were very nice.  I also doubled the amount of apple pie filling that I used.  You can find the recipe HERE!  They were a very nice dessert!

Cajun Chicken Pasta was what was for dinner Tuesday night, I loved this.  I accidentally put the wrong spice in, so I am interested to try it again without the extra spice and see if it is even better.  This was a very quick and easy recipe.  It makes a ton and I am sure that it freezes lovely.  Because of the extra spice that I added I chose not to keep it.  It is very figure friendly also!  You can find the recipe HERE!

Another thing that I tried for Girl's Night was a slider bar.  I combined both of these recipes together to make one Turkey Burger with Cranberry Sauce.  They were my husbands favorite. From HERE, which is the picture on the left I used the cranberry sauce recipe.  Which was excellent and very easy to make.  It is also something that you can make ahead.  It grains flavor as it sits in the fridge so it is something that you can make and then clean the mess up before your guests arrive.  From the picture on the right, I used the actual burger recipe, you can find it HERE.  They were very moist burgers and had tons of flavor.  For the cranberry sauce that they tell you to add to the actual meat mixture, I kept the "garbage" part of the cranberry sauce (the seeds and chunks of berries that were left over after you strained the mixture and got the sauce) and added it in for some texture.

The fifth and final recipe for this week is Eva Longoria's Chicken Tortilla soup, which I am making this evening and will blog about it tomorrow morning!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Pinterest 5x's a Week!

This week my friend Cristal hosted what she calls a "Pinterest Party".  The whole concept is that each person makes a dish or drink that they, have pinned.  They are also suppose to give a short run down of pros and cons.  So, I have been inspired to blog my own personal "Pinterest Party" for the next four weeks.  I will make at least five things a week from Pinterest and give you a run down on how everything went.  You can find me HERE where you can try things that I haven't tried, or try things that I have already tried and not blogged about!  I am excited about this new series and look forward to cooking these different dishes and sharing all the pro and cons with you all!

Here is what we tried at our " Pinterest Party".  BTW this will not count as my five for this week, so YOU will actually get more for your money this week!

I made these Hawaiian Sammies:  The recipe calls for Swiss cheese, but I do not like Swiss, so I chose to use Provolone instead.  The recipe was a hit with the girls and very easy to make.  Assembly took about 5 minutes to do.  The honey mustard sauce probably took the same and you bake them for 20 minutes.  So These were probably done in 30 minutes give and take a few.

 You can find the recipe HERE.

Cristal made Skinny Pool Side Dip.  I actually made this for the 4th and it was a hit.  It is very figure friendly and weight watchers savvy!  I thought it was very easy to make it didn't even take me 30 minutes to throw it together!

You can find the recipe HERE.

Jessica made this Spinach Artichoke Pasta.  It was delicious!  In my opinion a great way to get kids to eat their veggies!  I am not a big fan of artichoke hearts, but I didn't even know they were in there.  She said that the worst part of this dish was thawing and straining the spinach.  But besides that, everything turned out great and it was pretty easy!

You can find the recipe HERE.

Celeste made these pizza roll ups.  They were very good and she said they were very easy to make and very pocket friendly.  She substituted reduced fat rolls instead of just regular FULL fat rolls, to make they a little more figure friendly.

You can find the recipe HERE.

Elyse made these Peanut Butter Pretzel Buckeye's and man OH man were they good.  Rich, but GOOD!  She did say that the assembly was tiring.  It was quite a bit of work rolling all the peanut butter mixture into small balls, pressing the balls together between two pretzels and then finally dipping them all in chocolate.  But at the end of the day after all that work, they were very enjoyable.  The recipe did make a ton of these so I suggested that you split the peanut butter mixture in half right off the top.  Freeze it in the large zip lock bag and just save it for another day.  Then when you go to use it once it is thawed, I haven't tested this method, I am just suggesting that it could possibly be done, you could just cut the the corner of the zip lock bag and pipe out the mixture.  I will have to try my method and see if it works!
You can find this recipe HERE.

Savannah made Rotelle cups. 

These were a hit and she had no complaints about them.  You can find the recipe HERE.   

Stephanie made Cake Batter Chex Mix.  If you are a cake batter lover, you will love this stuff.  Most of the ingredients you will have in your house.
You can find the recipe HERE.