My Pinterest Life #5: A WIN!

Hey All –

I’m sitting here sweaty and gross after a nice, long yoga session trying to figure out what my Pintrest project of the day will be today. Which got me to thinking more about Pintrest and how people (women mostly) use it. Is it mostly aspirational? A catalog of possessions? A window into what you hope your life looks like to outsiders?

For me, it’s a place to catalog things I have, play around with outfit ideas, and log inspiration for my books. But I hear the phrase “Pinterest Perfect Life” more and more. What does that even mean? That you’re awesome because you and your family look good on the screen? I don’t really get it.

But of course I don’t. I’m smearing turmeric on my face and documenting it.

Anyway, back to My Pinterest Life. Yesterday, the Colonel and I made construction paper bats. Originally, we were going to hang them from the low ceiling separating the cathedral ceiling from the kitchen ceiling, but the Colonel deemed it too much work for one day because it involved a ladder, string, and patience.

But we did manage to cut out ten little bats using this template:

bat-2It was supposed to turn out like this:

Bats-and-Spiders-3 Here’s ours, minus the pumpkins:

IMG_5466Notice the Colonel peeking through the window? He said the bats were too creepy to come outside – LOL. But I’ll call this one a WIN. Easy to do with an 8-year-old and it didn’t take too long – unlike the time, pre-Pinterest, when I cut out dozens of construction paper mice to tape to our stairs and running boards. That was a Martha Stewart-induced moment of crazy.

Next up, dinner. Dinner at my house is interesting. My eldest son has been a vegetarian since age three. He’s fourteen now. Needless to say, it’s not a passing phase. Plus, I have Celiac’s and have to be extremely careful around gluten or I rash out and become very ill. My middle son hates vegetarian food, and the Colonel won’t eat rice (I live on rice). So Apricot chicken is a mainstay in our house. It’s fast, tasty, and I can make Pudge a veggie version using Gardein vegetarian chicken.

I decided to mix things up and try a new Apricot Chicken recipe. It could have gone very wrong, given that mine is a proven winner.

17d5d186747e3c2ff233071514a098fdAfter getting everything going, I realized I didn’t have any apricot jam – only peach. Guess what? My picky-eating crew didn’t even notice. Another Pinterest WIN.

Lastly, I worked on my knitted cowl on-and-off yesterday, tearing it out, redoing it, and tearing it out again. I didn’t like how it draped with a seed stitch. Finally, I decided to double strand the yarn and do a basic knit and purl pattern. About five rows in, I dropped on of the strands of yarn and continued knitting so that the collar part is stiffer, but the rest of it will drape. At least I hope.

Yeah, so that was My Pinterest Life yesterday. All WINS.

Until next time, kittens,


My Pinterest Life #1: Rice Crispy Nutella Roll-Ups

Hey all –

After a long absence, I’ve been sucked back down into the Pinterest rabbit hole. Back when I lived in San Francisco, I was a chicken-raising, organic homesteader who knit my boys clothes, sewed Halloween costumes, and spent way too much time crafting perfect holiday decor. Pinterest was like crack for me.

Somewhere between Flagstaff, AZ and Virginia, I lost every ounce of domesticity and crafting I possessed.

Until now!

But let me tell you, cooking those lovely Pinterest recipes is nothing like riding a bike. YOU DO FORGET HOW TO DO IT. Or maybe there are cooking fairies who are boycotting my home. Either way, it is now – after four failed cooking attempts – clear that I may never get my cooking skills back.

And yet I persevere. For your viewing pleasure, I present Rice Krispy Nutella Roll-ups. How could this go wrong, you may be asking yourself. Good question. I thought the same. After all, at the very least, I’d end up with a puddle of rice crispys coated in Nutella.

Problem number 1: I excitedly tell the Colonel that we’re going to make special rice crispy treats. He promptly bursts into tears and declares he wants braces. Why braces? Because then he wouldn’t have to eat the evil Rice Crispy treats. In my excitement to craft the hell out of these treats, I forget he hates rice treats. But he likes marshmallows, and I figure if I give him enough it will pacify him. Score: 1 – Mom.

We make up the marshmallows and butter and pour in the crispies. After covering a pan in wax paper, I dump half the mixture on to the pan and spread it out. I let it cool slightly, before spreading the Nutella all over the concoction.


Pretty nasty looking, no? And yet I keep on. Next, using the wax paper, I began rolling the whole mess length-wise. I should have known there was a problem when the marshmallows didn’t seem to be holding the crispies together. But nooo…I figured it wasn’t set yet and that it would work better once it was rolled and cooled.

Finally, I had a roll!

IMG_5431At this point, I noticed the Colonel munching on a bag of marshmallows – the second bag I thought we’d added to the mixture. No wonder it was falling apart! Score: Treats – 1; Me – 1.

Next I figured, what the hell, and decided to slice the roll into even pieces. BWAHAHAHAHA. Clearly, this treat was out to get me.


Looks good, right. Well hold on, kittens, this is what it ended up looking like:

IMG_5434A complete mess! Not one roll stuck together. As soon as we picked them up, they fell to pieces, leaving a mess of nutella and rice crispies everywhere. Score: Treats -2; Me – 1.

So the lesson here is that next time, I won’t rely on the rice crispie treat-hating Colonel to oversee the marshmallows. If we’d used two bags, I’m sure the whole mess would have stuck together.

And that, loves, is my pseudo pinterest fail #4.