Monthly Archives: October 2014

How I organized my Pinterest

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Anyone else have way too many pins?

I know I cannot be the only person out there that has way more pins than I will ever utilize.

Pretty much anyone with a Pinterest account (most likely) has this “problem”.

 

Just like Pinterest, itself, I have evolved, in how I organize it.

I didn’t start using Pinterest right away when it first came out.  I didn’t know what it was.  I thought it was weird.  And then I got curious.  I caved.  I now…like many…have a Pinterest Problem.

Seeing as how I didn’t really know what I was doing when I first started, I just “liked” things that pinspired me.  Before I knew it, I had over 1000 “likes”.  Thus, making it nearly impossible to find anything later when I needed it.  So after a while longer,  many many many more “likes” later, and figuring out how pins actually worked, I started creating boards.  I went through my “likes” and actually pinned them to my boards.  I felt so accomplished.

But even this didn’t seem to be enough to keep me from scrolling…scrolling…scrolling through my board looking for a particular recipe.

For instance, I had a general “food” board.  I tried finding new breakfast recipes and they were getting lost in the “food” board so I created a “breakfasty food” board.  CLEVER!!!  Problem…I kept forgetting to use it and kept sticking stuff in the old “food” board.

While playing the scroll game to find a recipe for something I was making with a friend.  I said, “Pinterest needs to make sub-boards.”  A sub-folder idea.

Well, since the makers of Pinterest don’t consult me personally, I took matters into my own hands.  Well, just for my own account.

I thought I had a lot of boards before I did this last “project” but now I’ve created more.  And let me tell you…I LOVE IT!!!!!

 

Here’s the boring part…

My old list:

  • Arm/Back
  • Ayden’s 3rd birthday
  • Big Boy Room
  • Blogalicious
  • Breakfasty Food
  • Christmas
  • Cleaner eats
  • Core
  • Craft
  • DIY
  • Easter
  • Family Tree
  • Food
  • Food technique
  • Fun
  • Garage organization
  • Gardening
  • Gifts
  • Girly stuff
  • Good to know
  • Health
  • Home
  • Humor
  • I want (my very first board…still had no clue what I was doing)
  • June Workouts (during my 8 week challenge, set aside specific workouts to do during June)
  • Kids
  • Kid Food
  • Kid crafts/learning
  • Legs
  • Made2Order Memories (my home business)
  • Mom of the year
  • One day projects
  • Organizing
  • Party
  • Scrap (scrapbooking)
  • Style I wish I had
  • Tachnology
  • Tips & Tricks
  • The Veronica Blog
  • Washi

For a total of 40 boards.

My new list consists of 74 boards.

So, this is how it looks when I want to pin something.  Can you see how more organized it is???  I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!  All my food (with exception of “kid food”) are all together, but still separate.  Since they are all in one spot, I don’t forget about the subcategories.  I basically kept everything the same.

I still have most of my miscellaneous boards.  But I took three of my biggest boards (food, health, and home) and created the sub-folder idea.

What I did was I went through each and every pin in the boards I knew I needed to work on.

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To move a pin to another board, press and hold until the three circles appear, slide finger to the pencil clipart (the edit button).

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Choose the board by tapping on the second line and choosing the existing board you want.

 

Now, to easily create a new board from the pin itself, press and hold until the three circles appear, slide finger to pencil clipart.  Tap on   and then tap on the “+” symbol in the top right corner.  From here you can create the new board.  When you’re finished, it will create the new board and place that pin in that board all at once.

IMG_9396.PNGAlso, I also pinned the same pin to different boards.  That way if I am browsing, I am not missing anything.  For example, this chicken spaghetti recipe, I placed in: FOOD-chicken, FOOD-casseroles, and FOOD-pasta.

So, if you feel overwhelmed with some of your boards, maybe something like this will work for you.  Let me know how you’ve organized your Pinterest.  Or if you do this, let me know how you like it!

Have a fabulous Monday, everybody!

When all else fails…COOKIES!!!

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Oh my!  Could it be true?  Could my last post really be a month and a half ago???  I know I’m not the every-day-blogger, but that just seems like a long time.

A lot has happened in that month and a half, so I’m not surprised that the blog got left out.  I will spare you the details, and just pick up like where I left off.

I was “challenged” by a friend of mine to do a #write31days challenge.  Where I would publish a blog post every day for 31 days.  I accepted the challenge…over a week ago.  Who am I kidding?  There’s no way I would be able to post every day.  Even if I wrote a whole bunch in advance and just posted one per day.  There’s way too much housework, almost-three-year-old entertaining/teaching, and part-time job work for me to be able to keep up with that write-31-days thing.  Maybe one day.

Knowing that I needed and WANTED to post something, I just couldn’t decide what.  I do have a little notebook that I keep for my blog ideas.  I am sad that I missed some good posts (I’ll still do them, the timing just won’t be as good) because my MacBook was in California, getting more storage space!

Still trying to decide what to post about, it came to me…COOKIES!  Everyone likes cookies.  I had found a recipe for these apple oatmeal spice cookies at work (Publix) and thought they looked good.  Plus they looked like a healthier version of a regular oatmeal cookie.

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Especially my brother-in-law.

A few months ago, we invited my sister and her family over for dinner.  My BIL has been having some weird digestion (we think) issues and has been cutting out certain foods in the hope to find out what’s wrong.  Also, he’s been trying to not eat as many sweets.  So I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to try these cookies.  Little did I know, that he would become obsessed with them!

And by obsessed, I mean he-won’t-let-anyone-else-eat-them obsessed.  Like he-makes-someone-make-another-batch-before-he-finishes-the-current-batch kind of obsessed.  So, I guess they were a hit!  Another bonus, my nieces like them too!  SCORE!

Ok, so here’s the scoop:

(see what I did there…scoop? like scoop the cookie dough onto the cookie sheet! no? just me? ok… :/   )

Makes: about 3 dozen

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

 

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (I did halves with AP and whole wheat flour)

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)

2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) light butter, softened

3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce (or apple butter)

1 egg

2 tablespoons skim milk (or whatever milk you prefer)

2 teaspoons vanilla

3 cups uncooked oats (quick or old fashioned)

3/4 cup diced dried mixed fruit or raisins (I used mini chocolate chips… 🙂   )

 

Directions:

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly spray cookie sheets with cooking spray (I use parchment paper…always parchment).

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2. In large bowl, beat sugars and light butter with electric mixer until well blended.

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3. Add applesauce, egg, milk and vanilla; beat well.

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4. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg; mix well.

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5. Stir in oats and dried fruit (or mini morsels); mix well. (Dough will be moist).

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6. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto cookie sheets, press lightly to flatten.

7. Bake 12-14 minutes or until edges are light golden brown.

8. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack.  Cool completely.  Store tightly covered. (and hidden in a cupboard like my brother-in-law 😉   )

 

Ta-daaaaaaa.

Have you had any recipes that you’ve made that someone has gone gaga over?

 

 

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