Saturday, March 30, 2013

Peace Out from Protein Bar Willow

I found this on a new blog I've working my way through and thought I'd share.
1. YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (first pet & current car):
Gumdrop Fiat
2.YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (fave ice cream flavor, favorite cookie):
Sweet Cream Peanut Butter
3. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal):
Blue Dog
4. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born):
Marie Trenton
5. SUPERHERO NAME: (”The” + 2nd favorite color, favorite drink):
The Blue Coke
6. NASCAR NAME: (the first names of your grandfathers):
Romee Bufford
7. WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother’s & father’s middle names ):
Marie Hoyt
8. TV WEATHER ANCHOR NAME: (Your 5th grade teacher’s last name, a major city that starts with the same letter):
Simon Singapore (don't remember teacher, so picked one I did)
9. SPY NAME: (your favorite season/holiday, flower):
Spring Daffodil
10. CARTOON NAME: (favorite fruit, article of clothing you’re wearing right now + “ie” or “y”):
Strawberry Shirty
11. HIPPY NAME: (What you ate for breakfast, your favorite tree):
Protein Bar Willow
12. YOUR ROCKSTAR TOUR NAME: (”The” + Your fave hobby/craft, fave weather element + “Tour”):
The Reading Breeze Tour

Odd, but fun. What are yours?

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Made That Pin

In the last post, I talked about Pinterest. If you're on the bandwagon, you're probably like most and have pinned and pinned and pinned and....well, you get the idea. Ummmm....oh yeah! You've probably pinned a lot of stuff, but that's it. I know I've pinned tons of stuff all over the net and it....well, it's pretty looking and organized, but that's mainly it.

Months back, one of the blogs I read instituted a Pinterest Challenge. The first such challenge can be found here. I found it interesting, but hadn't personally discovered pinterest (I was stubborn). I had refused, got curious, and then fell myself. I'm not on the site as much as some of my friends, but I do tend to pin a lot given that I downloaded that cool little "Pin It" button for my toolbar. Anywho.....I too pinned and pinned, but never really did anything.

Then, a few months ago hubby & I decided to do a meal plan each week. We got tired of eating junk or grabbing take-away because we couldn't decide what to have. Our meal plan solves that. One thing that we instituted after a couple weeks was a Try-a-New-Recipe night. The night itself varies, but given the stack of recipes we own and the thousands (millions?) on-line, we figured we would try a new dish and see how it went. We've learned that some are definite keepers while others are....well, the gravy is a keeper, but not the meat.

I found three new blogs that I'm still working my way from the beginning through. One day I came across a recipe that looked soooooo yummy. Soooo I did what any respecting follower would do and pinned it for future reference (lol right?). Guess what? I actually made it. And it. was. yummy!!!!!!!

Here's the pin. The blog I got it from (Goodlifeblog) is great too :-)

So, how did it come out? I'll let you judge from the pictures.

There's enough left in the pot for hubby's lunch tomorrow. I call that a winner :-)


A lot of folks that I know (mainly women) found and fell head-over-heals for a little site called Pintrest. For those that don't know what the obsession is (there are those out there), here's a Gen-version of what it is (that's my version....Gen being me :-) ).....

Old-school version is a cork board surrounded by a wooden frame. Thumb tacks or push pins were used to attach those ripped-out-of-magazines-pictures of clothes/food/hairstyles/rooms that we just had to have.
Then, crafty ladies attacked these ugly boards in order to make them prettier....or to "go with" the room they were to be in. And then came the fabric stapled ones wrapped in ribbon. You could still use pins, but most wouldn't since that would mar the fabric.

Fast forward to the digital age where everyone's on-line. Both of those are still around to be sold and used (and redecorated to your taste). However, what about when you find something on some random website and just love or have-to-have-it!!!? Fortunately, Firefox and Google Chrome (along with IE?) have a "favorites" or a "bookmark" to keep those. That was/is all well and good, but what happens if (oh no!) your computer crashes? Then what? ALL of those favorites/bookmarks are stuck on a hard drive that isn't going to cough up that precious data (trust me! I lost lots of pics that way *sob!).

Soooooo along came a nifty-digital age idea...Pinterest. It is a digital pinboard where everything is digital. The boards are digital, the "pins" are digital, and the users are all on-line. The pins on Pinterest are the web pages that you want to keep (similar to bookmarking) showing an image on that particular page. The sight is free and you can make as many boards as you want (from what I've found so far). So if there's recipes you want to try eventually or a room you want to redo and get ideas for, you can make boards for it and pin to your heart's content. Oh! A nice little trick I found was a Search bar. If you want to look for DIY totes, just type it in and Pinterest will show all of the pins from users that have anything remotely to do with DIY or totes or both.
Tip: I've tried and Pinterest won't "pin" a page unless there's a picture to go along with it....even if that pic is just the cover photo and has nothing to do with the mouth-watering recipe you found.

My goal for this post was actually going to be a "I pinned it and did it", but after the explanation above, I'll save that for the next post.

Disclaimer: This is a post of my own. I was not asked to or paid by anyone including pinterest for writing it.

Friday, March 22, 2013


Found this list on another blog and thought I'd share my thoughts :-)

4 Jobs You've Had in Your Life:
1. Babysitter (didn't most girls?)
2. Waitress
3. Cashier
4. Bookkeeper

4 Movies You Could Watch Over and Over:
This one is hard because I rarely watch them more than once....I know how they end.
1. Twister (no clue why, but if I'm watching TV (rarely these days) and it's on, I will watch it from wherever it is to the end).

2. Most of the Christmas movies
3. Some of the Disney movies
4. Most of the 80s movies

4 Things You Want to Do:
1. Re-learn how to sew so I can buy cheap clothes and alter them to fit me
2. Walk a 5K
3. Finish a Master's degree (almost done with my bachelor's)
4. Get us completely out of debt

4 Songs You Could Listen to Again and Again:
Can't narrow this down to just four, so here's all I listen to:
My iPod (which is nothing but Gospel and Christian music)
K-Love :-)

4 Website You Visit Daily:
1. Hotmail
2. Facebook
3. Google Reader
4. Random blogs that I can't finish reading in reader

4 Clothing Items You Could Not Live Without:
1. Trainers
2. Comfy pants (what hubby & I call the PJ pants you can get in a mix of designs and colors)
3. T-Shirts
4. Reebok shorts in the warmer months

4 Places You Want to Go:
1. Greece
2. Japan
3. Grand Canyon
4. Follow the old Route 66 from end to end

What are your Fours?