Secrets from my Pinterest Account:

I LOVE Pinterest. It is my favorite addiction. I absolutely love the concept of it, the organization and the plethora of ideas! I have tricks and tips on how to utilize my Pinterest account and I wanted to share one of my secrets with you.

See this pinboard? Hardly any of these recipes were picked out by me.
So how did you get there do you wonder?

Every few nights I hand over the laptop to my husband and ask him to browse the Food and Recipes area on Pinterest. He picks out the recipes he likes and “hearts” them. When he’s finished I go through the recipes he’s pinned, check them out and if they are possible in our kitchen I repin them onto my board.

Here’s why I do it. My husband is a VERY picky eater. Anything I’d pick he probably wouldn’t eat, so I let HIM pick what he wants and then go from there. I love this idea for the two of us, because then we avoid dinner time dramas.

Also- I have yet to try a recipe that we both didn’t like and that didn’t turn out wonderful.

So, if you ever need guy friendly recipes that work- check my recipe Pinboard. And if you have your spouse or the men in your life do the same let me know, I want to see what your men have pinned for us ladies!

Finally Friday

Happy Friday y’all! Hope this week was as fantastic for you as it has been over here at our home! You ready for this weeks best-of-web post?

Things I Love Thursday

This weeks TILT is full of pretty food!

Finally Friday

Thanks to StumbleUpon and Twitter for helping me find lots of new blogs this week! This week’s Finally Friday will be the biggest one yet thanks to all of you! 

Things I Want to Learn To Do: Cook

This is a blog series that I wanted to begin that I found to be quite inspirational for myself. It is inspirational because I had to take the time to decide what I wanted to do, then research it. This made me want to do it even more, and I wanted to blog about it.

Believe it or not, I can barely cook. What I can make is good, but I am scared to death of cooking and want to learn how to do it.

When I was in my early teens I was given a kid friendly cookbook. The recipes were all easy, rice krispies, sugar cookies, pizza on a ritz cracker, etc. I made them all, except for one, with ease. That one, was a kid-friendly-super-easy fudge recipe. I followed the recipe, made my mom double check my work…and somehow… I made ice cream.

Not kidding. Wish I was.

I was never taught how to cook. It was just expected of me to learn how to cook. I was taught simple things, how to cook a potato in the microwave, how to boil pasta, and how to make stir-fry from a bag. My parents didn’t really pay any attention to the fact that I was clueless in that department, and until I moved in with my husband, I didn’t realize how clueless I was either.

When it comes to cooking I come from a family where the cooks don’t know HOW they cook, they just do. I asked my Oma how to make her roladen, her potato dumplings, her red cabbage. She couldn’t tell me. When I’ve snuck over to holiday parties early so I could watch her do it, she had it done before I got there. As far as I know, she has a fairy make it all for her. My mother in law is fairly similar, she doesn’t measure ANYTHING when she makes it, so getting a recipe from her is like pulling teeth.

I see cooking as a science, and frankly, aside from the clinical aspects of medicine, I suck at science. Chemistry, Pharmacology, all of that scares me to death, and so does baking a cookie from scratch.

Since I got married I’ve tried a few times to get the hang of it, to try to make foods from scratch, but I really struggle with it. Somehow my beef stroganoff turned into a mushroom soup and ground beef patty (seriously, it was nasty), my homemade sugar cookies were bricks when I pulled them from the oven and I double checked my recipe three times (and googled it to make sure it was correct!). My poor husband has to put up with this trail and error- and the worst part is. I am going to try to learn to cook again instead of giving up and doing the “easy” dishes we have been doing for the last few months.

This is something I want to learn how to do: COOK.

(Also, bake, make homemade treats such as breads, candies, etc.)

Things I Love Thursday- Thanksgiving Edition

There is always a family member like this.

Dr. Meredith Grey: “Gratitude. Appreciation Giving thanks. No matter what words you use, it all means the same thing: happy. We’re supposed to be happy. Grateful; for friends, family, happy to just be alive. Weather we like it or not. Maybe we’re not supposed to be happy. Maybe gratitude has nothing to do with joy. Maybe being grateful means recognizing what you have for what it is. Appreciating small victories. Admiring the struggle it takes simply to be human. Maybe we’re thankful for the familiar things we know. And maybe we’re thankful for the things we’ll never know. At the end of the day the fact that we have the courage to still be standing is reason enough to celebrate.”

  • This food art is adorable!
  • It’s not a parade without Snoopy. He’s my favorite.
  • Thankful to have a German family during the holidays. Oma’s Roladen (which she jars all her leftovers so we can enjoy whenever we’d like), Potato Dumplings, and Saurkraut. So much better than some of the traditional dishes!
  • Pajamas! We aren’t doing a traditional Thanksgiving this year, which means no need to dress up- we get to enjoy our jammies instead!

My Famous “German Delight” Recipe

We call this the “German Delight” because it was taught to me by a German exchange student. His mom made it every year for Christmas, and after tasting it, we fell in love with it! We’ve all seen the cheese balls with crackers, this is the desert version!

Here it is, to share with you!

GERMAN DELIGHT RECIPE

  • 1 pkg cream cheese
  • ½ cup real butter
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup chocolate pieces (mini chocolate chips work best)
  • 1 Box Vanilla Wafers

Mix everything except for the Chocolate pieces and the Vanilla wafers in a mixing bowl. It will create a sticky mess, that’s the point! Form it into a ball and sprinkle with the chocolate pieces. Place in the fridge and chill for about an hour or so. When you are ready to serve, add the wafers to the plate and enjoy!