From Pinterest to Real Life: January 2012

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

I”m not sure if it”s due to a post-holiday detox or the fact that my craft area is currently still “under construction” after I started (but have yet to finish) my new year organization overhaul, but this month I didn”t do much crafting. So for January, the pins that saw the light of real life are mostly on the tasty side…


This smoothie was delicious! We”ve taken an idea from my friend Kara of Simple Kids to add a afternoon smoothie to our family”s daily rhythm and this one was a fun detour from our usual blend (which actually is very similar to Kara”s Purple Flurple).


This tasty salad was kid- and husband-approved in my house. David is still getting used to quinoa but he really liked it mixed up with all these goodies.

Source: via Nicole on Pinterest

Another husband-pleasing meal. It was a tad rich for the kiddos but the adults were stoked on this dinner.


A delicious way to enjoy make-ahead oatmeal. All five of us loved this breakfast.


Well, it”s been three glorious, healthy months since our last sickness around here but we”re starting to feel a cold creep in, so I finally made a batch of this elderberry syrup. It tastes delicious so it”s easy to get everyone to take their doses. I”ll keep you posted on whether it helps us fight it off!


Source: via Nicole on Pinterest


I loved this idea and thought I might have to start incorporating this idea into a blog post every so often. I”m think once a month or so I might include some of these current musings into a Weekend Links post… look for the first edition this Sunday!

I”ve added a couple of new boards and reorganized a bit, as you can see if you”d like to visit my profile on Pinterest. I can”t wait to see and hear what you”ve been up to… Here”s to more pinning and more doing!

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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. What a unique smoothie blend! I never would have thought to add a cucumber. Sounds delicious!

  2. I just joined Pinterest this week thanks to Kara’s tutorial over at Simple Kids and am having a great time looking around.

  3. What a great resource Pinterest is! Thanks for the linky Nicole:) I’ve shared a recipe for my homemade winter ketchup.

  4. I didn’t write a post about this, but I made this Pumpkin Pie Dip for a church function last week:

    It was AMAZING and turned out to be a huge hit! It is a great desert option for people who are watching what they eat. One serving is 1/2 cup of dip and that is only 100 calories!

  5. I love this idea and have finally blogged about one of the things I’ve made from Pinterest. It has become my go-to place for menu planning and seasonal recipes!

  6. Oh my gosh, I have so many this month! Sorry if it’s too much. I even could have done a fourth because my daughter’s first birthday party was pretty much completely inspired by Pinterest, but I spared you all that post. Thanks for setting up these link parties. It’s so fun to share!

  7. I couldn’t pick just one {or two} so I uploaded my three favorite projects from January. 🙂 I love looking through the links! Some awesome projects!!!

  8. Nicole, do you know if Elderberry syrup is OK to take while breastfeeding? I bought some organic syrup from a health food store, and the box says not to use while lactating. But I’m also giving a small dose to my 17 month old baby, and she’s the one I’m nursing. So it would seem that it would be fine for me to take if I’m giving it to her anyway!

    • Elderberry is safe when pregnant or nursing. It is a wonderful natural anti-viral, and our family takes it regularly throughout the winter to keep any sickness at bay. Elderberry juice concentrate and cod liver oil are my two winter wellness essentials. I have seen that combination do miracles! I just linked up a blog post about it if you want more details.

      It is sure helps that elderberry tastes so good too! I hope this helps answer your question.

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