I really need to do these updates more often! These Pindumps are getting a little insane. I think I’m going to make Mondays my official “Caroline pinned stuff and then did it and here are the results” days from here on out. Until this Monday, though, here are the pins for this round!
The pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/213146994835183207/
The process: I had never heard of using a penny and a pinch of sugar to keep flowers alive longer. In the past, I always just used the little packet that came with the bouquet, or (if I had it on hand, which is rare since I’m allergic) an aspirin. I bought a bouquet of beautiful flowers, added the penny and sugar…and lo and behold, they lasted for days longer than I expected! I got five days more out of them than I thought I would!
The pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/213146994835183562/
The process: This is such a smart, simple idea to make sure the food in your freezer is safe. Since we get such crazy thunderstorms here and since I am storing homemade baby food in the freezer, I want to make sure our frozen food is in good condition before serving it! I didn’t have a jar, so I just used a small plastic container with a screw-top lid top save space. It seems to be working really well!
The pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/213146994834758542/
The process: More exercise? Ugh. Fine. Obviously, there was no way I could repeat this three times through, let alone twice. It’s pretty sad that I’m not even at the level of “intermediate” almost six months post-baby. The thing I do like about this workout, though, is that it would be easy to remember. I could probably memorize what I was supposed to be doing at each step and not have to keep looking back at the computer screen!
The pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/213146994835117431/
The process: Since Adam is obsessed with all things potato, I really want to find as many new ways to prepare them as I can. I made this for myself, just to give it a test run, and all I can say is…wow. AWESOME. It turned out absolutely delicious! I can’t wait to make these for Adam!
The pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/213146994835117342/
The process: These, however, I can live without. Fun fact: I don’t like string cheese. But I do like mozzarella sticks, so I figured if I could find a healthier way to make them, I’d jump at the chance. Maybe I’m just a spaz (yes), but I really made a huge mess of everything when I attempted these. They turned out okay, but not spectacular. I think if I attempt them again, I’ll add some extra seasonings and make a more flavorful dip (I just used honey mustard this time).
The pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/213146994834758484/
The process: Obviously, I had to run off the blandy-bland mozzarella sticks. While this wasn’t a particularly difficult workout, it was kind of a pain to have to keep readjusting the settings on the treadmill. I got a little flustered a few times and realized I had it on the wrong setting! I’m sure if I did it again, I’d be better prepared and less, you know…me-ish.
The pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/213146994834666030/
The process: This will have to be an ongoing pin, but I love the idea. I do play with Ethan a lot, but since he has become so much more interactive, I wanted to find some new activities and really make a conscious effort to make sure that I am giving him enough consecutive play time. It sounds a little staged and silly, but I set my stopwatch for thirty minutes and really played with Ethan for the entire half-hour. It was kind of amazing – here I was thinking that half an hour would be way too long for an almost six-month-old to play without stopping, but he had a blast each time! What’s more, I felt an even deeper bond with him after the thirty minutes were up. We had a couple of very busy days, so making sure that I was setting aside a block of time to really get down and play with Ethan without being interrupted was a refreshing and much-needed break.
The pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/213146994834665635/
The process: I’m still not the biggest fan of eggs in the world, but these are a step towards turning me into one. They’re so simple, they look pretty, and man – they are delicious! Even better, they can be eaten as one-handed finger food. Essential with an infant in the house.
The pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/213146994834665508/
The process: Confession: I hate washing fruit. I know it’s important and I know I should be more thorough about it, but it always annoys me for some reason. That’s why I love this pin! Not only does it make washing fruit a no-brainer (and a no-efforter, for that matter), but it’s yet another use for vinegar.
The pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/213146994834665505/
The process: I am making all of Ethan’s baby food from scratch, so this pin was really helpful! Anyone who is looking for tips and information about making homemade baby food should check it out.
The pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/213146994834642419/
The process: This is another one of those “I feel like an idiot for not thinking of this on my own” pins. Wrapping celery (and other veggies) in tinfoil before putting it in the refrigerator makes it last many times longer. Duh.
The pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/213146994834639543/
The process: Now this is my kind of workout. Walking! I love walking! It’s like running, but easier and without all that silly effort! Oh, wait, there’s an incline and it’s more like power walking. Sigh. Fine. In all seriousness, though, this was a really pleasant workout after way too long of a break.
The pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/213146994834638582/
The process: Because I have a baby, I also have a ton of baby powder! I never knew about most of these uses, so I was keen to give them a try. I chose to try it as dry shampoo on a day where a shower was just not going to happen. It seemed to work pretty well! It’s no substitute for a shower, but it certainly made me feel (and smell) a lot better.
The pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/213146994835137531/
The process: Oh my. Oh yes. Oh yes, please. I absolutely adore figs, and prosciutto is sent from the gods themselves, and ever since pregnancy I have developed a great love for blue cheese. Unfortunately, this pin doesn’t actually link to a recipe, so I improvised: I sliced the figs in half, put a little blue cheese on top, wrapped the prosciutto around, and brushed the figs with a mixture of olive oil, honey, salt, and pepper. I then cooked them at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes, until the prosciutto got a little crispy. They were absolutely divine.
The pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/213146994834210816/
The process: Since I almost always have avocados and goat cheese on hand (and because I had prosciutto left over from the last pin), I finally gave these a try. Surprise, they were delicious!
The pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/213146994835117350/
The process: I just made these tonight! I used peanut butter that had honey flavoring in it, just to add a little extra “yum” to it. I also added some semi-sweet chocolate chips because I am ridiculous. It’s hard to beat the classic peanut butter cookie, but wow – these turned out SO good. And from making them to baking them to clean-up, the time totaled about 20 minutes!