Pintastic

I LOVE Pinterest, really, really love it. There was a time when the site consumed way too much of my time; I’ve backed off quite a bit but still love it.

Those that may not know what Pinterest is all about may not get the best answer from me but here’s how I would describe it (for my uses with it anyway): It is an online corkboard. Instead of bookmarking a million different sites (which I’m still pretty guilty of) you can “pin” something to one of several “corkboards” on your own personal page. You can follow others whose “pins” you like and see what other things they pin to their own pages.

My corkboards revolve around three things mostly (some of the same things my life revolves around) — my munchkin, craftiness and food. I have boards for things to do with Miles, ideas for his birthday parties, holiday gifts for my friends and family, cupcake recipes, healthy food recipes, cleaning tips, crafts for Miles and I to do together, crafts for me to make for him, ideas for photos to take of Miles, etc. You get the picture.

What happens a lot is that something gets pinned and forgotten about only to be seen when I pin other things I will never make/do. But every once in a while I get “pinspired” and dig through all those pins and pull out a project or two.

My homemade laundry detergent recipe¬†is from a pin, a tip about helping Miles transition to a big boy bed came from the site (putting a pool noodle under the sheet to provide a ledge to keep him from falling out of it) and I’ve gotten several recipes for make ahead freezer meals.

Some of the activities Miles and I have tried out that I gleaned from Pinterest was a rice box (a box filled with rice — shocking I know — and toys and other things for a sensory activity), vinegar and baking soda explosions, some bath activities and some games for outside.

And nearly every Christmas gift I made last year was from Pinterest — homemade peppermint scented playdough for all my cousins’ and friends’ kids, homemade picture frames for my in-laws, personalized coasters for co-workers and friends, homemade baby blocks for my nephew and a few other things I can’t remember.

Last night I hit the Pinterest motherload — four recipes! I whipped up pesto chicken ranch in the crockpot for tonight’s dinner, made banana zucchini muffins, two-ingredient cookies and banana ice cream.

My co-workers benefited from the pinspiration I had last night with the muffins and cookies. The muffins were amazing — super moist and pretty healthy. And the cookies, right out of the oven, were super delicious and simple to make — two bananas and 1 cup of old fashioned oats. Mash them all together (and you can add “mix-ins” like nuts or chocolate chips), form cookies and bake on a greased cookie sheet for 15 minutes at 350. While they were awesome warm out of the oven, the next day (even though they were covered) they weren’t super delicious, still good, just not amazing.

The ice cream is even simpler and as healthy¬†— cut a couple bananas into slices, throw them into a bowl and cover and put in the freezer. Leave them there for a couple hours until frozen through and then blend until they are smooth and creamy. You can add cocoa powder, peanut butter or just eat it plan. You can eat it right after blending when it is more like soft serve or put it back in the freezer where you will be able to scoop it out like hard-packed ice cream. It’s delicious and there is little to no guilt as it is just bananas.

What’s been your favorite pin? Are you “pin it and forget it” gal?

Happy pinning!

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