From Pinterest to Real Life: February 2012

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by Nicole

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.

It’s that time again… the last Friday of the month means our linky where you can showcase some of the fun things that you’ve taken from your pinboards to reality!

I don’t know about you but I found some great pins this past month. Here’s a few of things I was inspired to actually make and do.

Recipes I Tried

  • Hot Wing Dip :: I made this for our Super Bowl party and it was spicy and creamy and yummy. I pleasantly surprised when I bought the Frank’s hot sauce to find that it was made with simple, real ingredients. I also used my homemade ranch which made this dip a success in my book, and not really junk food at all.
  • Whole Wheat Banana Oatmeal Bread :: This was a treat for my book club. It was delicious, just like my friend Jess said it would be! It’s made with a lot less sugar than my usual banana bread.
  • Orange PushUp Smoothie :: I made a variation of this that turned out delicious. I used some honey instead of the goboons of sugar that the recipe called for. Ours wasn’t as sweet as the original but I like tart, and after all, we drink smoothies as a healthy afternoon snack, not a dessert. 😉
  • Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Parsnips :: Simply amazing. I ended up just throwing mine in the pan because the kids were impatient, but it still tasted great despite not being as pretty as Shaina’s. I’ll definitely be making this again, since I’m always wondering what to do with parsnips when they come in my CSA box.
  • Chicken & Swiss Chard Pasta Bake :: This was our dinner last night and it was great. I used chicken sausage and a mix of chard and spinach. I love that the recipe is so flexible.

Craftiness, Etc.

You already saw my valentine’s craft that I made with my daughter. That was a super fun and easy project. I also tried this simple, cute hairstyle on Gigi. It looked adorable… until she put a bike helmet on and messed it up. 😉

Repurposed Framed Earring Holder

My exciting project for the month was actually made by my handy hubby. I love it when a pin inspires something related, yet different.

I found this pin, which is a wire memo board, and it inspired me to create a new solution for my earrings. We had some small gauge chicken wire on hand because recently put some under our compost bin to keep rats out.

So I had my hubby trim me some and fit it in inside an ikea fram that I salvaged. It fell off the wall and the glass shattered but the frame itself was still in tact.

I simply glued some scrapbook paper to the frame backing and David fit the chicken wire into the frame. I love how it turned out.

Now it’s your turn! I can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to with your pins. And by all means, share any other parsnip recipes you have in the comments.


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  1. Love the earring holder…I think I’m definitely going to have to copy that. Would it work for small post earrings too?

    • Thanks! I don’t think so as mine is, but I bet if you left the back off it might work (unless they were super tiny). I keep mine in a little dish on my dresser.

  2. I shared the Red Beet Pancake recipe I found from weelicious on Pinterest. So fun for Valentine’s day but a great way to get some extra veggies in for all of us.

  3. Love the earring holder – and the earrings!

    • Thanks, Cynthia! I don’t wear the danglies much these days with a grabby nursing baby, but I do love to look at them all hung up like they are. :)

  4. I shared my post on writing down memories throughout the year to share on New Years Eve. I am using a piggy bank for the memory papers.

    Thanks for hosting!

  5. I have shared a post about how to do a healthy pantry and kitchen makeover from ideas I saw on Pinterest. Using my pantry and kitchen as an example, I put together an eBook that will guide you through a complete kitchen and pantry makeover, which can be downloaded for FREE on my website. It’s kinda like taking a personal tour of my kitchen and pantry!

    Enjoy!

  6. avatar
    Scarlett says:

    I still have to give Pinterest a try but this is a nice tip. Thanks :)

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