Sunday, June 24, 2012

Pinterest Practice

I heard about Pinterest a long time before I checked it out.
This is exactly what happened to me.  I think I received an invite back in the early fall and since then I've pinned over 760 things!  Oh my!

Recently I decided to stop Pinning (okay, not *stop* per se) and starting doing something with all those Pins.  I'm going back through and re-organizing my Pins and Boards, deleting some and actually doing some of them.

I am in desperate simplify-clean-up-use-up mode of my pantry and freezer both to maximize our grocery money and to make room for freezer food for when baby comes.  I'll post more about this later.

Thought I would share my thoughts of some of the recipes we've tried.  Some of these were either tried or searched for based on items I had on hand.

 The pinner said "Crock Pot Cube Steak that will melt in your mouth".  I followed the directions for The Post It Place's Crock Pot Cube Steak and Gravy.  My family wasn't impressed at all.  We have never had cube steak (I think, maybe, possibly, my mom used to make it when I was younger but I don't recall exactly) but it was really thin gravy and the meat was dry, despite being submerged in the gravy.  And the flavor of the onion soup (again, something we never use/eat) was way overpowering.  IF I was going to make it again (and that would be a big IF), I would use only half a package of onion soup mix and mix it in with the soups and water before putting in the crock pot. 
Glazed Doughnut Muffins...the muffins themselves were dry, much more like a donut, which would be fine if the cake to glaze ratio was smaller. The tops with glaze were delightful, think they would be better in a mini muffin. Mine only made 10 muffins.
 "According to many pinners-THE BEST white chicken enchilada recipe ever!!" These were good and had good flavor. I used 4 large burrito-sized tortillas (because that is what I had on hand) which made the filling a bit dry...might mix some of the sauce in with the filling or just use smaller (less filled) tortillas.  I also had one child who didn't like the chunks of green chiles, and if I'm being honest I didn't care for the texture of them myself - love the flavor, just not the chunks - so I might chop those up better next time.  Will definitely try again.
Chicken Crescent Roll Casserole - hubby loved it, none of the boys asked for seconds.  I think I did two things wrong with this recipe.  First I used canned chicken and with all the mixing the texture of the chicken became quite pate-like.  One of the boys commented on the texture of the filling and I agreed.  Next time I'll try cubed chicken, and maybe even wait to add it at the end.  The other problem I encountered was I used all the "gravy" and it was too soupy.  Next time I'll only add 2/3 of the sauce or less.
 Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie n' Oreo Fudge Brownie Bar we tried this around Christmas time and no one really liked it that well, the Oreos tasted really weird and took forever to bake. I ended up throwing half of it out because no one wanted anymore.  It didn't taste like chocolate chip cookies, brownies, or Oreos. 
One Pot Mac & Cheese - Tried this today after church, it was pretty good but not as cheesy as I prefer.  Several of the comments suggest taking out the egg, adding a can of cheddar cheese soup, or using Velveeta.  I cooked on low 4 hours (my crock tends to run on the cooler side) and the pasta was neither crunchy nor mushy.  The pasta itself was perfect - just could have been cheesier.  This recipe served our family of 5 with seconds for most.
Homemade Chicken & Dumplings - fool-proof and oh so yummy! Hubby said it was better than my mom's and way better than Cracker Barrel.

Homemade Chocolate Syrup - this was a treat to find and a treat to taste!  We even went one step further and tried the Super Special Chocolate Milk recipe on the same blog page.  That was delicious (although I'd leave out the vanilla next time).
Best Brownies (this picture is not from the original website, not sure where it came from) - these were SO super fudgy (I only baked 22 minutes) and rich.  I am a chocoholic and these were too rich for even me.  I cut the pan into 9 squares and then cut those into half each.  Super rich.  The frosting was difficult to get smooth.  I actually ended up doubling the frosting recipe because the first recipe wouldn't spread at all.  With the second batch I melted the butter (instead of just using soft butter), then mixed up all the ingredients except the powdered sugar.  After I added the powdered sugar I warmed up the whole mixture in the microwave and that worked better.

If you'd like to see what other treats and projects I've got on my Pinterest board, come check it out.  If you are new to Pinterest, check out Jill's thoughts before joining - there are so many bad links on Pinterest it drives me batty.  I try to correct them on my own Pins as soon as I find them because it's so frustrating.

What new things have you tried on Pinterest lately?  And did you like them or leave them?


  1. Thank you for this Pinterest follow up! I love to see the results when people actually try the recipes. I have lots of these same recipes pinned and now I know what to try and what to delete from my boards.

  2. Good for you - actually doing someting with your pins! And for fixing the links you pin - alwasy a very wise idea!

  3. I'm so excited that the one thing that I have pinned too (the chicken and dumplings) was the one that you said was yummy just how it was!!! YAY!!!
    I think I'll hold out for cooler weather to make it though. *whispers:don't look at the forecast if you want to feel cool*

  4. That is kind of funny that you didn't really like a lot of the recipes! Hmmm..maybe it's ok to stick with old favorites!


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