Well, we’ve survived back to school!
I have had a little more time to try out some new recipes this week. So, I thought I would try some things I have pinned on my Pinterest board. However, I did not take any pictures. I wasn’t really planning on blogging about these, otherwise, I would have taken pictures.

I really like Pinterest. I like seeing and saving all the fabulous ideas out there. Unfortunately, a lot of the recipes that folks seem to rave about have been duds, in my book. But, I try more anyway.

The first one is a Chicken Tetrazzini recipe. I actually pulled this one out of a Southern Living while cleaning out some magazines. I did a quick search on the SL website, so I could add the recipe to my Pinterest board. Yes, I actually threw away the magazine page . It felt so good!

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I liked this. I thought it was a little bland though. I think next time I’ll add a little more salt and possibly some more white wine. Everyone else seemed to like it just like it was. The kids even asked for it in their lunches.

Critics’ Corner

Chip: The spaghetti tastes like chicken.

Megan: More please.

Katie: The chicken was great! It’s got to be one of my favorite dishes.

I pinned this recipe for Beef Negimaki because I really liked the idea of cooking everything together in a little packet on the grill.

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Well, I didn’t use the grill my first time out on this one. The recipe calls for instant brown rice. I already had slow?(what is the opposite of instant?) brown rice. I cooked the meat in the oven. One of the ingredients is hoisin sauce. I’ve never used hoisin sauce. Our little Walmart sure didn’t have any. I had to look up a recipe on-line. Basically, I mixed together soy sauce, honey, peanut butter, garlic, olive oil, rice wine vinegar, and sesame seeds. How much? I don’t know. Until it looked right. I guess I did okay  because it tasted yummy!

Critics’ Corner

Chip: Excellent! Meat is good food.

Megan: This is a highly acceptable addition to our Chinese Buffet.

Katie: Awesome, awesome, awesome! The meat roll was awesome! Did I say it was awesome?

I have to admit I have never thought to put ribs in the crock pot.

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They were so tender! The meat just fell off the bone. That was good and bad. Good because it was so tender. Bad because it was kinda’ hard to get out of the crock pot to put on a broiler pan. It was also a little hard to pick up to eat. Don’t get me wrong, we ate it just fine! I may have gotten the wrong kind of meat. I may have let them cook a little too long. Oh, well, they were delish! I’ll tell you what I really  liked about this recipe. You know how when you cook meat in the crock pot you almost always have to brown it first? This one called for the browning after the cooking! I really liked that. I mean, usually the whole reason you are using the crock pot to begin with is to save time on a busy night. Who wants a busy morning of browning meat?!

Critics’ Corner

Chip: The most tender BBQ I’ve ever eaten. So tender I couldn’t hold it without it falling apart. True story.

Megan: A tender meat candy.

Katie: The barbecue was phenomenal! What more can I say?

Well, that’s what new at the table this week!

I have a Pinterest board for Pork Chop Tuesday items. I call it My Own Stuff. I may rename it to Pork Chop Tuesday. Anyway, you can check it.

Have you Liked the PCTuesday Facebook page yet? Be sure you do that. There is more there than what is on the blog!

My friend, Joanna, invited me over for a craft day a couple of weeks ago. Birds of a feather flock together—she is even more addicted to Pinterest than I am. I know, this is the third post in a row that I mention my addiction. They say admiting you have a problem is the first step to recovery.

Anyway…I took a project that has been stashed away in a drawer for a while. I made considerable progress, which is to say, I got started. I thought I would work on my craft again later in the week. Instead, I shoved it all back in the drawer. Ugh!

So yesterday we had our second craft day. Lots of fun! One of the rules for our craft day has been to bring your own lunch. This takes the pressure off of anyone to be the hostess. Although, I like being the hostess. No big cleaning of the house is allowed either. Hallelujah! Big cleaning of the house, I do not like.

For the second attempt at crafting, I figured I should try to make something that I could actually finish. Rather than pour over my own craft books, like I need to do, I headed to my Pin Board.

Isn’t this cute?! This is from Little Miss Momma. You can see her very easy tutorial here. I love it! I really like her shirt, too.

I was out at garage sales the other day. I picked up a gray t-shirt for 50¢. I cut up the shirt for the flowers.

Later that day I found myself at Goodwill. I was about to leave and I saw a long-sleeved gray and white stripped Old Navy t-shirt! Now, it was not quite as cute as Ashley’s, but it was similar. For only $3.00 it would work!

While Joanna worked on her felt ornaments, I cut out little circles. (See the tutorial link above.)

I was not sure what to do about a chain. Believe it or not I almost used a chain from a toilet flapper!!! (A CLEAN/NEW toilet flapper!!) I ended up with a dog tag type chain. It’s what I had. Joanna didn’t like my chain. I think it turned out cute. The nice thing about the dog tag chain is I can add to it and make it longer if I want.

I added one step to Ashley’s tutorial. I added a slicky fabric to the back of the large felt piece. I was afraid the felt on the cotton shirt would not move like I wanted.

I mostly finished my project while Joanna was here. I had to finish up this evening.

Thanks,  Ashley, for the great project idea. I can’t wait to show it off to everyone!

I was wandering around Pinterest the other day. I can quit any time I want!!!!

Anyway, enough denial, I came across these wild looking fingernails. Aren’t they great?!

You can see more of Victoria’s artwork  here.

These are her Rainbow Water Marble nails. I had never seen anything like it in my life! Sooo cool!

Now let me just say, for those of you who don’t know me personally, I am not a fancy fingernail type of gal. Some friends convinced me to get acrylics once. Peer pressure!!! They looked great, but felt really weird.

I’m so bad about having my nails painted. If I get the slightest chip, I pick it all off.

My nails aren’t pretty either. Short and square and they split.

My teenage daughter, on the other hand—no pun intended—has beautiful nails. Long, strong, perfectly shaped. She is not a fancy fingernail type of gal either. She is, however, really in to tie dyed stuff. So, when I pinned the picture on my Pinterest board, I was thinking she might like it.

I was right!

She freaked out! As only a teenage daughter can do!

So, I did a little research to find out how to do this Water Marbling thing.

I came across this tutorial. I really should have scrolled down to the comments. Someone listed a youtube video. Yeah, we should have watched that first. Now I have watched it. We will use those techniques next time.

Here is what we did…

If you watch the video you will see right away that I did this wrong. Way too much polish. Aren’t the colors pretty though?

The swirling was fun, even if I did do it wrong.

I wrapped her finger tips with tape to try to not get as much polish on her fingers. THAT part I did right!

If you watch the video, you will see that she cleaned out the excess polish after each finger. I messed that up too. We learn from our mistakes!

I liked playing with the polish.

Well, here they are. Click the picture to see a closer image. You will see they are nothing like Victoria’s lovely Rainbow nails. Megan thought they looked tie-dyed!

It didn’t matter that mistakes were made. We had some good mom-daughter time. She seemed to like them anyway.

We will try again sometime—the right way. Victoria had lots of color combination ideas!

P.S. We wanted to use a non-pearl polish that was not $6. Megan had colors in mind that she wanted. I found lots of quick drying polish in bright colors. It was suggested to not use quick drying polish. I found our polish at Family Dollar of $1 a bottle.

P.S.S. Have you ever tried the Water Marbling technique? Leave me a comment, and let me know any other tips I need to know.

Well, I’ve done it. I let my friend, who will remain nameless, you know who you are, convince me to join Pinterest. (Clicking this link will take you directly to my page.)

What is Pinterest?

Pinterest, according to their website…

Pinterest is a Virtual Pinboard.

Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.

Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests.

What is Pinterest?

Pinterest is virtual crack!

Here is what my page looks like.

I’m just getting started. I’ve really tried to show some restraint, unlike SOME people I know-ahem.

There are just so many great ideas out there. I see some things and think-hey, I did that 15 years ago.

Then I see something else and think-hey, I tore that out of a magazine 15 years ago.

Mostly I think-Wow! there are a lot of really cool ideas floatin’ around out there. When will I have time to do them all?

Anyway, it is great fun!

It is like all those little things I rip out of magazines because I love them. The only difference is I can find them here!

I am a bit concerned that I will do the same thing with my pinned items that I have done for years with my magazine scraps. Admire them from time to time, think about how cool it would be to do the projects, then never do it.

Ugh! Thus the blog.

I’m working on getting a “pin it” button for Pork Chop Tuesday, in case you are interested. If you have a Pinterest page, you already know how to pin things. If you would like to join Pinterest, let me know. I’ll send you an invitation. However, consider yourself warned! It is addictive!

Are you a Pinterest addict? Leave me a comment, we’ll form a support group!