Top 10s Begin NOW

With 2012 wrapping up, I’m dedicating the next couple of days to top 10s to summarize my year.

Let’s start with my newest obsession: Pinterest. Here are some of my favs from the last few months. (I joined back in September or so and have 650 pins. Yikes!)

10) White Chocolate topped Gingerbread Cookies ended up being my most popular baked treat this year. Will definitely have to repeat these next year.

9) Apple Pie Cocktails: Mix 5 parts cold cider with 1 part vanilla vodka in a pitcher. Dash of cinnamon. Add more vodka if necessary. (We did.) Yum!

8) 8 Can Taco Soup (no coincidence): We got our canned goods at Trader Joe’s in order to avoid preservatives and whatnot. It tastes like Tortilla Soup and warms up nicely in a crock pot in 2 hours.

7) Reinbeers. A fun gift to give and receive. (I couldn’t find the original source, but they are pretty easy to make.)

6) Peacock Make Up: Part of the reason I joined Pinterest was to find make up ideas for my Halloween costume. If only I had known…

5) This cat.

4) This chicken dinner. The link didn’t work, but the instructions were posted. (Melt in Your Mouth Chicken Breast, 1/2 c parmesan cheese,1 c Greek yogurt, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 1/2 tsp seasoning salt 1/2 tsp pepper, spread mix over chicken breasts, bake at 375 45 min.)

3) This under-the-sink storage idea, which the hubs is apparently building for me this weekend. Woot!

2) A “clean” banana bread recipe that was modified to make even more diabetes friendly.

And my favorite for the year?

1) Something that must absolutely go in a future nursery some day. (If I can find it.)

It’s beginning to look a lot like Pinterest…

On Dasher, on Dancer, on Prancer, on Guinness... what?

On Dasher, on Dancer, on Prancer, on Guinness… what?

So I’ve really taken this Pinterest thing way too far today. My 6-packs of normal beer have been holiday’d to present as gifts. My mother in law told me that I’m in charge of desserts for Christmas Eve, so I started pinning stuff that I know I’ll never ever bring down to share. I even tried cleaning my bathroom with white vinegar and blue Dawn. (Which assaults your senses. My nose is very offended right now.)

I won’t knock it now that I’ve joined the masses of women who pin random ass remedies for sore throats, soap scum, and highly allergic children. But it’s seriously taken over my life. And I knew this would happen, which is why I avoided it and everyone’s Facebook overshares when it came out last year-ish. But too many people kept talking about how many fantastic things they were discovering in the deep crevasses of the interwebz. So I got curious. Because maybe I wanted to be more creative too.

Some things have been great: for example, this chicken recipe, this soup, these cookies, or whatever the heck this is.

Some… not so great. Like using vinegar (again!) to clean my make up brushes. Yeah – not so much. Or those flourless chocolate cookies that were really only made with powdered sugar and chocolate powder. (Chemistry 101 anyone?)

It’s also awkward when you start following your mom and she’s pinning holiday jello shot recipes. Ummmm…

I also use it to save stuff that I find on Etsy. In fact, I had my own Christmas List board because I was tired of answering the parents’ questions about lists and having them shop at stores they’ve never heard of. Here, I can just point them to a link online and have them click-add to an Amazon shopping cart. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

I also like having more people to follow. So feel free to add/follow me. I like finding other PWDs with fun modifications to their recipes. So the more, the merrier.
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Wordless Wednesday: Holiday Baking Edition

cookies

Many hours on Pinterest led me these! Of course, I had to make them slightly different and use much more fun sprinkles.

I suppose you could make them with Splenda, but why? The Candy Cane Kiss in the middle pretty much negates the effort. But – I did use whole wheat flour for 90% of my holiday baking this year.

The dough and cookies are a little “grainier” than normal, but everything tastes the same, really. I’m sure it all breaks down to about the same carb count in the end, but at least it’s a bit slower.

Enjoy!