Tuesday, October 18, 2011

I'm PIN-ning out of control! (Part two)

(This is the second in a two part series about the all encompassing website that is Pinterest!)

Ok, I think we all have to admit we're a little addicted.  Hi, I'm Jennifer (insert your name) and I love Pinterest!  There, feels better right?  I can't help but to visit this site every chance I get.  And when I see a great idea, recipe, or outfit I can't help but to click PIN.  This has lead to a few very full folders of ideas.  But what does one do with all those ideas?  I had a great idea.... are you ready for it?  A Pinterest Party!  Wouldn't that be a great way to bring your friends together and you all can make and create all these thigns you see and want to do but probably wouldn't make the time for otherwise? 

Before I could plan said party I happened to have a day off so my sister and I went ahead had our own party.  I decided to tackle to recipes first.  I mean they all look so delicious and who doesn't want to pig out all day right?  RIGHT?  So we headed to the store with our two pages of ingredients.  Don't judge- we planmned on making a lot of food!  I had printed off about 10 recipes and figured we'd have a make-a-thon, it's like a bake-a-thon but with some savory dishes in there as well!

Apparently we didn't plan it all that well because once we dove in to making everything we realized some of the things needed to be cooked first (like chicken), some of the dough needed to chill for an hour, and something even needed to be made the day before. Rude!  Didn't they know we wanted it and wanted it right then?  JEESH!

Anyway, we finally made them all and I'm happy to give you the scoop on them.  These you've probably seen because I know I've seen them pinned and repinned.  Some were amazing and I'll be trying again for sure and others were ok and probably not really worth the time and effort.

First up the savory (yes, you have to eat your dinner before you have dessert).  We made:

-Chicken bundles.  Pretty good.  But I guess you can't go wrong with anything wrapped in a crescent roll.

-Doritos casserole. This was delicious.  Even my parents liked it and they don't like anything that's different!

-Meatball hashbrown casserole.  This I was not a fan of.  It was OK but my sister took it home and paired it with salsa and said it was perfect as a breakfast food. 

-Stove top chicken wraps.  These were not from Pinterest but I made them the same day and wanted to share.  They're so delicious!  My friend in NY made them for me and I couldn't believe how much I liked them. It's chicken stuffed with Stove Top covered in french dressing.  Super simple, quick, and full of flavor.  YUMMO.

Next up dessert.

-Pumpkin crunch cake.  This was an absolute winner across teh board.  So gooey, and yummy, and mmmmmmm!

-Banana cream pie.  Also a winner.  Homemade whipped cream- who knew?  I will never buy Cool Whip again!

-Peanut butter, chocolate chip, pretzel cookies.  These were really good.  But they had a lot going on. I didn't mind it but I only liked one a day- more than that and it wasn't so good.

-Cake batter rice krispie treats.  These were the biggest disappointment of the batch.  I increased the cake batter slightly to get a more cake batter-y taste and it still wasn't very flavorful.  And the kids didn't much care for them either.  I did use a cheap cake batter mix so maybe that made the flavor difference?

-Salted caramel bars.  I probably shouldn't include these because mine were an epic fail.  I got a phone call while making these and ended up slightly distracted.  And that meant I put 1 stick of butter instead of 1 pound of butter.  And that equaled a crust and crumble topping that was basically four cups of flour.  I had to just throw it out.  And by that time I'd already used the caramels so I couldn't try to remake it.  *sigh* I will try this again soon.

Recently I've also made homemade donuts and cheeseburger bake as seen on Pinterest.  They were both a huge hit!  I hope to continue to try new recipes and maybe add a few things to the list of things that my insanely picky children will eat!  :)

So what has Pinterest inspired you to make?


The Great One said...

I have to start a blog for all my pins!! We def need a pinning party!!! ;)

Jenni said...

I've never gotten into it all but figure I will need something to do in the evenings once I graduate.