Sunday, January 15, 2012

I Can Quit Any Time

I remember mentioning that I would give up Pinterest in 2012, and I will. Just not yet. I'm having too much fun seeing all the interesting, brilliant and yes, sometimes crazy things people do. Here are a few things I've tried recently and my take on the outcome.

Before I admit that I tried putting a sock in my hair to create a full, fabulous-looking bun, I should mention that I have pretty serious hair insecurity. The thought of having a full, fabulous-looking bun on the back of my head was too much to resist. This website had pictures of each step, but I found a six-minute you-tube video to make sure I understood everything completely. The result: even greater hair insecurity which will require a 2 week emotional healing period before I try this again.

Ranch House Crock-pot Pork Chops - Win! The kids liked it, I liked it. The best part? Three ingredients. (Not including the mashed potatoes, which had like a cup of parmesan cheese in them. So they were awesome.)

My friend Carole's blog, Cupcake Theory, is filled with quick, easy, super-delicious recipes and this was one of them. Marshmallow popcorn. It's like making Rice Crispy treats, except with popcorn. (And a cup of brown sugar. Yum!)

I followed the suggestions from this gal to take what I think were some of the best Christmas morning pictures in a long time. See for yourself. I don't have a DSLR, but I figured out how to adjust the settings on my little point-and-shoot to get a pretty great result.

I'm not quite happy with the way this look turned out. I bought the various pieces from the Gap, Fred Meyer and Target. Someone asked me if the shoes were slippers, which wasn't the feedback I was looking for. The outfit looks much better on the invisible model than it did on me. However, I've been able to use the separate parts of this outfit in other ensembles, so it's all good.

Luckily I happened to have three bananas in the freezer when I got the hankering for this banana cake. (The fourth banana was on the counter). It's probably my lack of experience with cakes that don't come in a box, but I found this cake to be a tad dry. Also, I forgot to put the walnuts on top, which was a-okay with my kids. Will probably just make banana bread next time.

These little yummies are sitting on the counter as I speak. The kids say they just taste like chocolate chip cookies, but their palates are unrefined, so you can't trust what they say. There is a distinct, yet not overpowering Oreo taste that sets these cookies apart from regular chocolate chip. It helps if you don't crush the Oreos to oblivion so there are plenty of big chunks. The only downside is they do require buying a bag of Oreo cookies. And you will have left over Oreos, which is not a good thing. Mostly because something I call Oreo gluttony. I'm fairly certain there is an addictive chemical in Oreos that make you crave them fortnightly.

I need to quit Pinterest. But how can justify quitting I when I'm clearly getting so many great ideas? Maybe they have pin on how to be more productive and stop wasting time on Pinterest?

I better go check.


Jeanne said...

LOVE the "So I Married An Axe Murder" reference.

"In fact, I think most Scottish cuisine is based on a dare."

Afton said...

We have a piper down. I repeat, a piper is down!

Senia said...

Was my mom the one who asked if the shoes were slippers? Please excuse her.

Betty Grace said...

Stephanie does the sock bun. So cute, but she already has long thick hair.

That popcorn looks delish!