Pinterest Hits

Like a lot of people, I tend to spend hours scrolling on Pinterest and pinning things. However, I spend more time scrolling than I do doing. Therefore, I have decided to change that this year.

Here is a little list of things I have done this year and any tweaks I made:

1. Quinoa Stuffed Peppers– My husband and I LOVED this. However, we did a few things different than the recipe: We didn’t have the green chiles, so we had to skip it. We used chile pepper in place of bell peppers (not for any specific reason, we just didn’t have it in the house) and we added salsa to the final product to add a little more flavor. We will definitely be doing this again. 

2. Spicy Kale Chips– I followed this recipe. It was great. A little spicy, but no complaints. I will do this again, but maybe a little less red pepper since I’m a wimp.

3. Banana Cookies– This again was great! However, I would say they’re more like “banana bites” than “cookies.” But, hey, I’m just being picky. I added almonds to mine to give a little crunch.

4. Roasted Green Beans– Yummy! Do yourself a favor and make these as a side.

5. Taco Casserole– This is the perfect recipe. It’s easy and delicious. I recommend it to all.

6. Cucumber Salad– I made this for super bowl Sunday. EVERYONE was asking for the recipe. The only thing I changed was I used a food processor for the onions, instead of the slices.

7. Veggie Soup– Ahhhh. This. Was. A-MAZ-ING. It makes enough to freeze, too, so I got to enjoy some a month after I made it. I tweaked the recipe a little: instead of ground beef I used ground chicken and we added some Italian seasoning and seasoning salt to give it a little more flavor.

7. Owl Bookmarks– For Valentine’s Day, I had these printed, laminated, and then cut them out for ALL 117 of my students. The students loved them. I was wanting to hole punch the top and add some ribbon, but ran out of time…maybe next year?

 

 

 

No Oven, No Problem.

John and I still haven’t decided on a place to live, but one place does stand out above the rest. We just want to make sure it’s the place for us before we start signing any contracts or paying anything. Although we aren’t sure where we’ll be living, I have come to the bitter conclusion we will not be having an oven. Now, to understand how devastating this is to me, you must first understand that I LOVE to bake. I am an awful cook, but I (try to)  make up for it through cookies, brownies, and cakes. How am I supposed to redeem myself now?

After throwing myself a little self pity party (which included some good cookies because I currently have an oven), I decided I would not let an oven define my kitchen status. I will find some redeeming factor; therefore, I used handy-dandy Google and God-sent Pinterest to help a girl out. Hello, no bake recipes.

Before you start heading to the kitchen to not bake, I just want to let you know I have not tried any of these recipes. I just figured it’d be good to have an archive of random no bake recipes near by. As I do try them out, I’ll let you guys know of my failures and (hopefully) successes. Let me know if any of y’all try them out–I’d love to know which ones to try first and which to avoid. Most of the following recipes require a crockpot, so if you don’t have an oven or a crockpot…well, I’m sorry. Bon appetit!

Cheesecakes 

Turtle Cheesecake
Blackberry Frozen Cheesecake
Green Tea Cheesecake
Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake

Cookies

Chocolate Oatmeal
Peanut Butter 
Double Espresso
Shortbread

Bars

Chocolate Peanut Butter
Raisin Breakfast Bars
^ (mentions oven, but not necessary) ^

Cakes

Snickers Cake
Twinkie Tiramisu 
Lemon Poppy Seed
Angel Cake
Rocky Road
Peanut Butter Cup
Carrot Cake
Applesauce Spice Cake
Autumn Cake

Other Desserts

Apple Nachos
Watermelon Pops
Blueberry Pie
Vanilla Bread Pudding
Triple Chocolate Brownies
Peach Cobbler
Peanut Candy
Baked Apples 

Breads

Artisan 
Sourdough
Rosemary Olive
Apple Butter 
Corn Bread
Herb Rolls
Biscuits 
Cinnamon Biscuits