From Pinterest to real life: April 2012

This month”s Pinterest to Real Life post was postponed until today due to our fabulous Queen for a Day Giveaway.

I tried a lot of new recipes this month that I found via Pinterest. Hopefully the next couple of months will bring about some real-life craftiness but for April I spent most of my applied-inspiration-time in the kitchen.

Experimenting with Green Tea


Ever since I”ve started adding more green tea into my diet for its anti-inflammatory properties, I”ve wanted to find creative ways to use it. I like drinking it, but thanks to the wonders of matcha powder, there is so much more to do with it. Here”s what I tried.

  • Green tea ice cream ~ deliciously rich and creamy. Might I suggest pairing this with a chocolate sauce or chocolate ice cream? mmmm…..
  • Green tea lemon cupcakes ~ a little dense but loved the lemon flavor. As for the frosting, I used half the match and it was still strong- maybe I bought a particularly strong brand? All that to say, I probably won”t make these again, despite how pretty they came out (pictured above).
  • Green tea coconut drink ~ I made a modified version of this, and it was tasty, but again, a bit strong.
  • Next green tea experiment (hopefully tonight!): (Vegan) vanilla green tea tapioca pudding ~ I”ll be using non-vegan gelatin in mine but I am going to try the coconut milk.

More tastiness

Source: via Nicole on Pinterest

This spring salad was amazingly simple and delicious. We packed it up and took it to the beach for a picnic and I felt like I could have eaten all of it myself (maybe) because it was so good. In fact, I”m making it again tonight!

For our Easter potluck with friends, I made the Pioneer Woman”s crash hot potatoes— YUM. The leftovers went in to a loaded baked potato soup. Double YUM.

I”ve been on a serious Joy the Baker kick (again) ever since I got her cookbook. These kale quinoa cakes were on her blog recently and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked them. The whole family (aside from the picky toddler) really enjoyed them. I will definitely be making them again!

Also amazing: peanut butter muffins (no flour or sugar) with Nutella filling. You”re going to want to eat those right after they come out of the oven– trust me on this one.

What”s next?

I”m planning a strawberries “n” cream, Wimbledon-esque party for Hallee”s first birthday which is coming up in a month (!!). So I started a brand-new party planning board and I”m going to be on the lookout for cute ideas, like saving up Frappuccino jars to reuse as milk bottles. If you see any cute ideas, be sure to @-reply me (just type @Nicole Bennett in the comment of a pin)!

I can”t wait to see what you”ve been doing with your pins– your successes and fails are always welcome for linking up. 🙂

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Nicole lives near the beach in Southern California with her husband and three young kiddos. She writes a a lifestyle blog about creativity, family life, community, and all sorts of other fun stuff, and also keeps a homeschool journal called The Bennettar Academy. Her most recent (free!) ebook is about why and how to make more time for reading.

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  1. All those recipes look delicious. My 3 year old son saw the cookies and says he wants them for his birthday 🙂

  2. I just pinned the spring salad – thanks! Maybe by next month I’ll have actually made it. 🙂

    The only thing I made from Pinterest this month was Elmo cupcakes for a 2nd birthday party. I didn’t write a blog post about them though.

  3. The green tea ice cream sounds good!

  4. Aw – I was kind of hoping that this would include how each of the recipes look when they’re not Pinterest/professionally-styled (thanks for including the cupcakes, though! They’re cute, and homemade, and nicely photographed without looking photoshopped/shellacked, which is lovely.). I get why people use the most attractive/artsy photos available, but I think it’s really important for attempts at “homemade” to not be deemed unsuccessful whenever they’re not quite photogenic enough to look like they came from a magazine.

    But I do think it’s great that you’re taking Pinterest and doing things, not just making perpetually-deferred plans. 🙂 It’d just be fun to see more of the real-life results and know that the recipe tastes the same even when the ice cream is not in perfectly-manicured rounds or when the camera angle and lighting aren’t exactly perfect. 🙂

    • I’m with you KC! I totally forgot to take photos of the other stuff I made this month (besides the cupcakes)- but I will try to do that in May! 🙂

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