Thursday, February 16, 2012


I've been hearing the hype for a while now about a certain website that acts as a bulletin board for everything and anything on the internet. This is probably not the first time you've heard of Pinterest.

The accolades often sounded like this: "I found this AMAZING recipe on Pinterest and now I'm being asked to audition for the next Top Chef!" Or this: "Got this FABULOUS craft idea from Pinterest and it kept my kids busy for 8 hours today!" Or this: "A new parenting tip I saw on Pinterest is practically raising my kids for me!"

Well, those might be slight exaggerations. But what kept me away from exploring this miracle-making site were comments more like this: "I wasted so much time in Pinterest today that we're having cold cereal for dinner." Or this: "I discovered Pinterest yesterday and so completely neglected every other responsibility in my life for the last 24 hours." Or this: "I spend so much time pinning things to do that I don't actually have time to DO any of it."

Or something to that effect.

So I joined. Or rather, I requested an invitation. And three days later they emailed to invite me to join their elite society of "pinners." (Do they do a background check or something?? So strange.)

One week later, it certainly has proved to be something on which I must deliberately limit my time. I could spend hours exploring possible recipes and birthday party ideas and decorating techniques and crafty how-to sites.

But I've also found some really practical stuff that I've already used, and I just had to share a few things from our weekend that all involved some fabulous ideas I found on Pinterest.

First, with Valentine's Day coming up, I showed Lucy a couple of fun ideas of things we could do for her classmates. We settled on one, went out for supplies, and spent a good part of Saturday lovingly making these gifts for her friends and teachers.

After 10 minutes in a 250-degree oven the crayon pieces looked like this:

And after cooling in the pan for a half hour, we flipped them onto parchment paper.

And the finished product, with Lucy's loving touch:

(We had to make sure they knew that, unlike most of their Valentines, it was not to be eaten.)

If I ever do this project again, I will use fewer of the dark colors, but Lucy was still delighted with how they turned out.

While the hearts were melting (oh, that's a pretty funny pun!), the kids stayed busy thanks to an idea involving a 77-cent roll of masking tape and our family's plethora of matchbox cars.

The kid-fun was great, but I can't neglect to mention the many drool-worthy recipes I have found on Pinterest. I tried a super easy recipe for Broccoli Cheddar Soup that did not involve an immersion blender or any bizzare ingredients. The kids even loved it, and hubby and I fought over the leftovers. It rivals Panera's soup of the same name, though I don't think I can beat their bread bowls. I'll be making a double batch next time.

I didn't get a photo of the soup. But I did take a picture of this:

Our Valentine treats at home were red velvet cupcakes from a box with homemade cream cheese frosting. And yes, I found the recipe for that on Pinterest, too. (Only 3 ingredients!: 8 ounces of softened cream cheese, 3 cups of powdered sugar, and 2 teaspoons of vanilla -- totally makes the boxed mix worth eating!)

So as I carefully bide my time on a site that is endless with ideas, I'm grateful for the practical inspiration I have found so far.

Just thought I'd share...

[NOTE: This is not a paid advertisement. No goods or services were promised in exchange for my expression of adoration for this new-to-me discovery.]


Anonymous said...

I LOVE the crayon idea! We have tons of broken crayons that I've saved for "something" I finally have a great, easy idea! Thank you!

Robin said...

Love it, Kelly! We've done the crayon project too - so fun! BTW, remind me to tell you about a bread recipe that totally rivals Panera's bread bowls for your soup and is fairly simple too :o)

Peggy Zeman said...

You're such an amazing mom! :-)

Bloom Where You Are Planted said...

SO well said!! :)

Blessing and time-sucker all rolled into one site!

I told a friend a few weeks ago that I have never met a website that held my attention very long...until now! Pinterest really DOES something for me. I

'm telling myself that it's time well spent -- IF I actually DO something with the things. So far I've been successful on that front, (but am ready to ask for friends to have an intervention if it gets out of hand!!)