Pinterest: Tried and True…and Failed!

| December 19, 2014 | 11 Comments

5-minute Overnight Focaccia

5-minute Overnight Focaccia

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…

In the meantime, share your “tried and true” creations you discovered on Pinterest and add them to the comments below.


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Category: Food, Friday Food Frenzy, Living, Social Media, Weekly Themes

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Charlene is a mom of three children, two boys and a girl, and recently returned to work following her third maternity leave. When at home she keeps busy meal planning, entertaining a 2.5 year old and 14 month old, meeting up with mommy friends, aka playdates, and attending school events for her 5 year old. When she has spare time, Charlene loves to cook, spend quality time with her husband, hang out on social media platforms and read a good book. In fact, when she’s not at home, Charlene is a professional Librarian. A graduate of McGill University, she’s worked the field as a Public Librarian, Children’s Librarian, and currently as a Health Information Specialist.

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  1. kathy downey says:

    I have ruined some good product trying recipes on pinterest….sticking with my cookbook lol

  2. KD says:

    I haven’t tried any recipes from pinterest, but have looked there for suggestions on presentation. I used mini-cookie cutters to cut my daughter’s bread into animal shapes, then put a puddle of hummus as a swimming pool, and broke her cheesestrings into strands to be the edges of the pool.

  3. Brenda A says:

    I dabbled in Pinterest(after I learned how to SAY it!) for a while but got rid of account not long after. I guess I did not have the patients to sift through the copious amounts of perfect photos for achievable feats (for me!)

  4. loriag says:

    I have seen some pinterest failures, and it is funny when they post pictures. I have spent a bit of time on pinterest, but I must confess I haven’t’ tried much.

  5. Cheryl says:

    I fail more often then succeed with pintrest!! lol This week it was the cornflake marshmellow wreaths I tried to make. They turned out more like blobs than wreaths!! lol But on the up side the kiddies enjoyed them 🙂

  6. Victoria Ess says:

    Skillet lasagna?! Must Google immediately!

  7. haha most of mine have been fails

  8. Stephanie LaPlante says:

    My mom does the same. Sometimes it doesn’t look as perfect when you see it on Pinterest but 99% of the time, it turns out amazing. We love social media recipe hunting. We also love blogs with recipes…like yours.

  9. Heidi C. says:

    I haven’t really used any ideas off Pinterest. I pin different posts then never seem to get around to using any of them.

  10. Bev Reid says:

    Tried some Pinterest recipes like the drinks and they were successful but not the cheese cakes…..bombs.

  11. kathy downey says:

    Think I will stick with the blog recipes never had a fail with those yet

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