“ Want to know a secret?
Promise not to tell?
We are standing by a
Make a wish into the well-
that’s all you have to do…
And if you hear it echoing,
your wish will soon come
true!” ~Snow White
I LOVE Pinterest. The online “pin-board” is genius. It’s definitely the go-to site now for inspiration for ANYTHING… parties, recipes, decorating, excercising, and the list goes on…
I’ve had a couple of bad experiences with recipe-pins-gone-wrong, but for the most part, all the new things I’ve tried have been REALLY good!
The biggest flop of all was this Banana-Chocolate smoothie. The pictures looked like the color and texture of a Wendy’s frosty.
(photo via Pinterest)
ANd while I am not even a big banana fan, I thought that if it looked like a Frosty, I might be a fan afterall. I had a bad feeling when I saw how much cocoa this recipe called for, but I followed it anyway.
Here’s what the description/directions read:
“Frozen banana, plus 2 tbsp cocoa powder, and blend until smooth and creamy. Dairy-free, 110 calories!!”
Looked and sounded good. Especially when the person said it was “Delish”… I froze my banana, added my cocoa, blended and OH MY GOSH- YUCK. It looked like----well, I am not even going to say what it looked like. I will tell you it was dark brown and the texture was not creamy at all. It was more along the lines of runny. Against my better judgment, (and going totally against my normal character) I even TASTED it. Eck. It was TERRIBLE. Total flop.
So girls, I warn you, if you have pinned this one, DON’T try it. :)
I also heard that the Jalapeno Popper stuffed chicken is a flop, too. I had pinned that one, but had a friend post of Facebook that it wasn’t good, so glad I didn’t waste my time on that one, too.
Since I can always use new recipes and ideas for dinner, I thought maybe yall could, too. So I’m going to post some of my Pinterest successes this week.
The first is:
This Parmesan Tilapia recipe. I should pre-face this by saying while I am a seafood lover, I don’t really like FISH. Especially not fishy-fish. If it’s a flaky white fish, I can do it, otherwise, count me out. I hadn’t ever tried tilapia before, but knew it fit in the flaky-white category, so after seeing this recipe, I gave it a try. It was really pretty good and is a great option for when we’re trying to cook/eat a little healthier. :)
For all our married life, I have mainly cooked the same things, so DW gets excited when I make something new. This week we will be trying skillet roasted asparagus. We’ll see if he’s still excited to try something new after that one. Ha. :)
This past Friday, we headed to North Georgia to see the family.
Mom, Dad, DW, me and the girls were all packed up and ready for a quick, action packed weekend!
The girls couldn’t have been any better on the trip there or back. Maybree slept almost the entire trip. We stopped every couple of hours to feed and change her and let AB stretch her legs, too. Even stopping several times, we made great time, both ways.
We made it to my brother and sister-in-law’s around 7:00. We ate dinner and made our plan for the next day.
We stayed at my Aunt Kay’s Friday night and met up with Beau and his crew Saturday morning.
Hard to believe my nephew, Jackson, turns 7 years old in one week! His actual birthday is the 28th, but we went up to celebrate early.
The Fun Factory was paradise for the kids. Pop got them all “Fun cards” with two hours worth of unlimited games, go carts and $20.00 already loaded on them for spending. Jackson spent most of his time at the hunting game. He stuck close to Pop, who was his personal card holder and swiper. Caroline went for the ticket games!
Garrett & AB started off in kiddie land. She surprised us all by getting on the bounce house and slid down twice! Garrett wanted nothing to do with it. After the second time down, neither did she. It was HIGH and FAST.
If you can’t tell by their excitement, the girls beat the boys!
I didn’t think DW was going to get in and then out of that tiny car! He looked 10 feet tall folded up in that thing!
After a few hours at the Fun Factory, we were exhausted. I didn’t do a thing, but I was wiped out. I told my Dad I was pretty sure I’d already had three seizures while we were there from all the flashing lights, noise and kids running around. :)
The kids traded in their tickets for their prizes and all got a snow cone.
The birthday kids! Since Caroline’s birthday is in February, too, we celebrated both of them.
Jackson was so cute while we were singing, he sang, too, and said, “happy birthday to ME” :)
Krissy had all kinds of yummy tailgate type food and everything was UGA themed… even a very special guest. Aaron and his friends were so shocked and excited when a University of Georgia football player showed up! “TK”, who was from Habersham and now plays for UGA, came to the party. I didn’t get a picture of him, but he was there…My cousins thought AB & Maybree (who both have orange & blue in their DNA), needed a signed pennant. Of course they did this just for DW’s benefit. Ha…Too funny… They even had TK put a special message on the back for them. (He has good handwriting, too…unless his girlfriend wrote it for him…she was also at the party and is a soccer player on the UGA Women’s soccer team).
TK stayed at the party for a few hours and signed everything the kids could find for him to sign and even played football in the backyard with them. It was too sweet. He was a good sport, too, when we met him and of course gave him the chomp. :)
“Biscuit”, Becky’s new dog, and everyone’s baby!
The kids had the best time playing basketball, on the trampoline and in the tree house…the tree house even has a zip line! Krissy’s house is so fun…I took some pictures, I will have to post soon.
A big group picture, before Beau & his crew left, after a LONG day!
Sunday morning, we did get to see my Aunt Cindy. We missed seeing Uncle Ricky and my other cousins this trip. Seems like there's never enough time to squeeze it all in. We packed up that morning and headed home.
It was a good (and very quick) trip! :)
Every year, the holidays get more fun for AB. This year she was SO excited about “ValenStine’s” Day!
Allie Claire & AB - 2009
This year, we were invited to a little Valentine party at cousin Willie’s house. Annabelle asked me every day for a solid week if it was “party day” yet! Tuesday morning when she woke up and I told her it was FINALLY Valentine’s Day she started jumping up and down!
There were 23 kids at the party. It was a little loud, but lots of fun! Stephanie did a great job planning and hosting it. The kids had fun decorating their treat bags, passing out their valentines and playing outside.
AB & Cori decorating their bags
I found the scallop-edged round cards in the dollar bin at Michaels and used that as a backing for the crayons. I also found little note pads at the party shop that we put in each bag with the crayon. I printed off some labels and it was done! :)
We took cupcakes to the party and from the minute we arrived, AB kept asking for one. After she scarfed her pizza down at lunch, it finally hit me WHY she kept asking for a cupcake all morning long…I forgot to feed her breakfast! Yep, that’s me…Mother of the Year. The real kicker is that she hasn’t let me forget it either. For the past two mornings, when she wakes up, she says, “’member that time you forgot to feed me? You gotta ‘member to feed me, mommy.” As if my mommy-guilt isn’t enough. Ha.
AB having a cupcake on the way home (I guess since it’s February I could take down the Santa decal on her window.) :)
While Big Sister and I were partying it up, Mamie stayed with Nie-Nie for the first time! When I picked her up, my MIL warned me that Mamie’s back might be sore, because she didn’t put her down the whole three hours she had her. :)
We made stops at DW’s office and Grammy’s office. I made a couple of new recipes that I found on Pinterest. The first was Red Velvet Cookies…they were good, but the best thing I made was the homemade Snickers. They were really good, especially cold. We gave most of them away, and it didn’t take me long to polish off the ones we kept. :)
Helping Mamie open her surprises!
That night, the guys had their monthly men’s dinner and meeting at church, so Lauren and I had a date with the girls at the Chick-fil-A. :)