Have you spent hours browsing the social media site Pinterest completely in awe of what some people can create? I confess, I have – a lot. Generally, I prefer the cooking side of things and can browse and pin recipes for some time. It’s easy when I have the Pinterest app on my smartphone – I can cruise the app anytime, anywhere! It can be downright dangerous!
However, you may have noticed that some of the Pinterest creations are SO professionally done, you can’t help but wonder…could I do this? Will it turn out the same? If you are already a lover of Pinterest, you may have already been enlightened by the “Pinterest fail” posts that go viral from time to time. They’re quite funny!
Luckily, when it comes to recreating “pinned” recipes, I’ve had more successes than failures, so I thought I’d share some of these with. I’ve included the originator of each recipe so that you can look them up as well.
As I mentioned, cooking is my go-to so let’s use the word cooking for all things related to creations in the kitchen: baking, no-bake items and other sundry items.
In the success category, I have made the following numerous times:
**5-minute Overnight Focaccia, aka Focaccia in Five (Simply So Good)
**Man-Pleasing Chicken, aka Dijon Maple Chicken (Sweet Little Bird)
**Skillet Lasagna (No. 2 Pencil)
**Mug chocolate chip cookie (No. 2 Pencil)
And in the failure category…
Numerous recipes for Homemade Coffee Creamer. I just can’t get them to taste right. I’ve tried heating and not heating the liquids…something’s just not right. It takes a LOT to flavour my coffee. One recipe I’d like to attempt down the road is Oh She Glows Hazelnut Coffee Creamer – it’s vegan and uses a mixture of homemade almond and hazelnut milks. I need a nut milk bag just to make this, so obviously there’s quite a bit of extra work involved. Let me know if you’ve ever used a nut milk bag. As easy as it sounds? Is the hard part just locating the darn thing?
Pizza Rolls/Buns – What gives? I truly don’t know how I could screw these up, but I did. They were way to yeasty. Bah! I didn’t care for them and neither did my children. I suspect that using another dough recipe would help. Do you have a tried and true pizza dough?
From Scratch Hamburger Helper – to be fair, I’ve never eaten Hamburger Helper so I didn’t know what to expect. I liked the concept of this recipe, because aside from browning the ground beef/turkey, everything is made in one pot. It did taste package-like but in a good way because I knew there were no packaged ingredients in it. But, the colour was so bland! All beige – it needs an injection of colour, whether it’s a cup of peas or broccoli. We had some on the side, but added to the pot would be better. I just can’t eat so much beige.
This section would be so much longer if I attempted crafts of any kind. I am NOT crafty. But, this year there are a few little pinned ideas I want to try with my children. Now, that will be a project. Let’s hope I survive.
Are you on Pinterest and want to follow me? Feel free – I can be found at… http://www.pinterest.com/charlalotta
In the meantime, share your “tried and true” creations you discovered on Pinterest and add them to the comments below.