Ziplist.com Oscar Party Contest

Hey – I mentioned ziplist in a previous post, well they are having an Oscar Party contest on Pinterest.  I entered and surprise, surprise, I am a finalist.  The thing I need though, repins or likes.  I have selected some recipes and games etc. that I would do, if I were having an Oscar Party.

Visit my board here and like or repin please.  If you don’t do anything else – go to ziplist and see what I was talking about in my previous post!

Organizing Life & Other Ideas…

One of my resolutions for 2012 was to try to be my organized.  I am sorry to admit that I am not very organized at all.  I try to be, but I usually fail miserably.  I think that Pinterest is going to help me with that.

Organizing ideas - using a pegboard

I have found so many great ideas on how to organize everything.  This weekend, I put a couple of those ideas to work.  Below I bought a pegboard from a nearby chain hardware store.  The whole piece cost $15.  What you see here is about 1/3 of it.  The rest will find a use in another room, or possibly the garage.  I was able to remove a lot of clutter from my desk.  This has made it easier to find things when I need them.  Yeah.  I also feel more productive when I can find the desktop.  Previously I (accidentally – still learning this blog stuff) posted a picture of my new folder organizer – a dish drainer.  It is such a great idea and I had one that I had bought, but was too small to hold the amount of dishes it needed to hold.  Yes I keep everything, just visit my basement sometime…

Another idea for re-purposing items, is to make a purse out of a place mat.  I got the idea from my sister in law.  You really do not need to have much sewing knowledge to to this.  It is so easy a beginner can do this without a problem.

Place mat Purses

Here is a picture of 2 that I made.  All you need is one place mat for each – I bought mine a Target and they were maybe $1/each.  Some coordinating ribbon and handles –  I bought mine at Joanne’s Fabrics but any craft store probably carries these.  Stitch on the ribbon, or fuse it, your choice.  Sew up the sides, add the handles and you have a purse.  You of course can get more fancy and add things, pockets, etc.  But for a beginner, this is an easy project as is…

Enjoy! – Michelle

Trying New Recipes

Last night I tried a recipe I found on Pinterest.  I changed it a little to work with what I had on hand.

On the note of recipes, if you are a collector like I am, you might be interested in Ziplist.  It is a service that allows you to save recipes you find online, to a recipe box.  From the recipe box you can select recipes you are interested in and create a shopping list from them.  I have folders and files of recipes I cut out from magazines.  The only problem with that, I can never find the one I want when I am looking for it.  I will admit, I am really unorganized when it comes to my recipe collection.  One day…

Anyway,  Ziplist keeps my recipes in one place and I can search for the one I want in multiple ways.  I can do this from any place that I can access the internet.  Sure beats carrying my recipe folders with me everywhere!  The one downside (if you want to call it that) is the website you are getting the recipe from, also needs to belong to Ziplist.  I think it is getting more popular as I am finding more blogs and sites that offer the ability to save the recipe to Ziplist.

Ziplist screenshotZiplist screenshot

Pictures from Ziplist 1st one is the grocery list section, the 2nd is the recipe section.  Check it out, you’ll like it.

OK now onto the recipe for Taco Salad that I made for dinner last night.

1 lb ground beef
1 can ranch style beans (I used Bush’s Grillin’ Beans – Black Bean Fiesta)
1 pkt Taco Seasoning

The key to this recipe is the dressing.

1 cup mayo
4 oz cream cheese (I used reduced fat)
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp onion powder (instead of the above seasonings I used 1 1/2 tsp of Paula Deen’s House Seasoning, it is a blend of the same seasonings)

For the dressing – put all the ingredients in a blender and pulse until combined.  Then let it sit in the fridge until ready to serve.

For the meat  – brown the ground beef in a skillet.  Drain.  Add the taco seasoning, stir to make sure it is well absorbed.  Add the canned beans and simmer for about 10 mins or until the beans are heated through.

To serve – I heated up 2 tortillas, in a 375 degree oven for about 5 mins,  in the shell pans (picture below).  I added lettuce, chopped tomatoes and the ground beef mix, sprinkled some cheese (I used a shredded Mexican cheese mix, found in most grocery stores) and topped with the dressing.  That is all there is to it.  Really easy and delicious.

I found the original recipe at the Becoming Betty Blog, above is my take on it.

Taco Shell PansFinished Taco Salad

I hope you enjoy!

So my first post was about my addiction to Pinterest – this post will be about why.  I love the boards and how I can find things that interest me.  But the really good thing is that I actually have tried some of what I pinned.

I found this on Pinterest and really liked it.  This is the original website that I got it from.  Mine is a little different.  I had a lot of fun doing this.

Family Schedule

 So I hope all you pinners out there do something with your pins…  I am trying!

Enjoy – stop back soon.  I am working on my peg board for my office.

New Blog

Ok – so I have become totally addicted to Pinterest and as a result need to have a place to share more of what I have found.  This place totally fascinates me.  I can and do spend way too much time there pinning things.  I love the concept though.  I can find websites with things that interest me and “pin” them to a board so I can find them later.  The better part of all this, I can follow people with similar interests and things they pin show up for me to look at.  There is so much out there.  I have discovered so many food and recipe blogs, home and gardening blogs and all kinds of other blogs and sites that I am not sure if I live to 100 I will get to visit them all.  But I am sure going to try.

 

If you haven’t tried Pinterest – I suggest you do it is great.