Time for a Pintervention!

I have a new addiction.  It is called “Pinterest.com”.   They say the first step to healing from an addiction is admission.  Step one complete.  Why am I addicted to this website?  Below are some of the pros and cons for you to review.

PROS:

~It involves boards – much like a bulletin board – but it is a virtual bulletin board.

~It allows me to pin my areas of interest such as tutorials, recipes, decorating ideas,   fashion ideas, cute sayings, DIY projects, pictures of rooms, etc.  

~It keeps me from over-loading my favorites folder on my computer.

 ~It keeps me from watching TV (which is not a bad thing).  Besides, I have to have    something to do when the hubby is hogging the remote.

~It might motivate me to organize if I would quit pinning and start organizing.

 ~It provides wonderful recipes that are healthy (like Weight Watchers Italian Breakfast    Casserole or Weight Watchers Oven-Fried Green Tomatoes).

 ~It allows me to search for favorite subjects. 

~It allows me to repin  ideas pinned by other members.  Repinning another persons   pin is not even considered stealing…it is called sharing! (Credit your source)

 ~I can invite my friends to join.

~I meet new friends….from all over the world.

~It is an elite site.  I had to be invited.  But I got to invite myself!  

~I can get several hours of computer experience to use on a resume.  🙂

CONS:

~It sucks away time without your knowledge.  I start out checking my email and just one      quick peep at Pinterest and the next thing I know I have lost 2 hours.

~It keeps me from actually doing the things I have pinned because I am too busy     pinning new ideas.

~It causes hearing problems – I don’t hear anything when I am pinning.  (Ask my   husband.)

 ~It makes me want to go to Michael’s and Hobby Lobby every day. (Good thing I have to    drive out of town to find either store!) 

 ~It provides wonderful recipes that I don’t need to make like White Chocolate    Smores Gooey Cake Bars or Lordhavemercy Inside Out Carrot Cake Muffins.

~It allows me to be nosey. I can follow other peoples boards to see what they are pinning.

 ~Other people can also be nosey – and follow me.  

~I now spend more time on “pinterest.com” than I do Facebook…and I love Facebook.     Pinterest.com is a much better way to waste your time.

I think that sums it up pretty well – and the PROS win – 12 to 8.  I am ready for my pintervention.  I have my facts ready in defense! 

Some other interesting tidbits about Pinterest.com –the site has rules but they are reasonable, like….

             *Be Nice (we learned that early)

              *Credit your Sources (Don’t take ownership of someone elses work)

              *Avoid Self-promotion (This is not etsy.com)

              *Report Objectionable Content (I have seen only a few pins that would fall under                “objectionable content”.)

Working in workforce development for years, I couldn’t pass up the job opportunity page.  They have several job listings on their site – the only one I might qualify for would be head of recruiting given my work background.  I might be tempted but I don’t think I can relocate to Palo Alto, CA.  It would be too far from my grandkids!

Positions listed are:

     Product Designer

     Lead Engineer

     Search and Data Mining Engineer

     ios Engineer

     Head of Recruiting

If you are interested – send your resume to jobs@pinterest.com.

Tell them I sent you!  In the meantime, join the addiction of pinning!  Get on the website now and invite yourself!

 

8so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.”  1 Thessalonians 2:8   NIV

Making Muffins

Strawberry Lemon Muffins

My first week in the blogging world and it has been so hot that I haven’t done anything more than what I have had to do all week.  I can hardly remember a day as hot as Wednesday!   Temperatures nearing 100 degrees each day plus the wonderful addition of the Kentucky humidity, and has the energy for cooking, crafting, or sewing??   It isn’t a good time to turn on a hot oven!    (Or so my husband says!)  However, I did manage to bake up a batch of Strawberry Lemon Muffins early one morning.   I love muffins and I am always searching for a good muffin recipe.   I recently ran across a wonderful blog while searching for muffin recipes.  You must check out  http://jamiecooksitup.blogspot.com/.  Jamie describes her blog as a family friendly food blog housing scores of fabulous recipes.   Most of her recipes even include instructional pictures!  I can’t wait to try more of Jamie’s recipes.  Find the instructional pictures and recipe details for these yummy Strawberry Lemon Muffins at http://jamiecooksitup.blogspot.com/2011/06/strawberry-lemon-muffins.html.  Make sure you don’t take a shortcut and use bottled lemon juice over fresh squeezed lemon juice with fresh lemon zest. Trust me – the fresh lemon addition makes these muffins heavenly….and don’t forget the addition of fresh chopped strawberries.  Bake up a batch of these, and you will be humming the old song – “Have you seen the Muffin Man“.  By the way, the featured blog for “Jamie Cooks It Up”  today is Cookie Dough Brownies – Oh my!  Warning, “Jamie Cooks it Up”  is not a good site to visit if you are trying to restrict your diet!  Just sayin…..

Since we are talking muffins, I have to share a couple more of my favorite muffin recipes.  I found the first one on a bed and breakfast website years ago and  I really can’t remember where I stumbled across the Banana Scotch Muffins – but they are both keepers! 

Pineapple Cream MuffinsThe Lamplighter Bed and Breakfast                                    Makes 15 muffins -Serve hot and refrigerate leftovers -even better cold!

2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3 1/2 ounces instant vanilla pudding
2/3 cups brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 cup sour cream (regular or low-fat)
1 8-ounce can crushed pineapple, with juice
1/2 cup oil

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray muffin cups with nonstick cooking spray.  In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, pudding mix, and stir in brown sugar.

In a separate bowl, combine the egg and sour cream. Fold in the pineapple and oil. Add the egg-pineapple mixture to the flour mixture, stirring until moistened. Batter will be thick.

Bake for 15 minutes.

Banana Scotch Muffins

 3 ripe bananas                     1/2 cup oil

2 eggs                                  1 cup all-purpose flour

½ cup sugar                         1/2 t. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder            1/2 cup butterscotch chips

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Line a standard muffin tin with paper liners.  Spray with non-stick cooking spray.

Mash bananas and set aside.  Wish eggs in a bowl and pour in the oil.  Place flour, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda in large bowl.   Stir in egg and oil mixture, followed by mashed bananas.  Fold butterscotch chips into the batter.  Spoon into the muffin liners.  Bake for 20 minutes.  You can susbstitue the butterscoth chips and use chocolate chips if you have a chocolate fanatic at your home!

“Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.”  Psalm 34:8

Planting a Seed

I have a confession to make.  Ever since high school and taking a creative writing class, I have had a desire to write.  It started with a note from my teacher telling me I should consider writing as a career.  At the time, I had no idea what I wanted in a career.  I had never even considered writing.  To be honest, I wanted to be a homemaker.  I grew up when “Father Knows Best”, “I Love Lucy”, and “Leave it to Beaver” portrayed that a women’s place was in the home.  You cooked, you kept the house clean, and you were a full-time mommy.  You also did this while wearing a cotton dress (starched and ironed), with heels and pearls. 

Needless to say, I have never been a stay-at-home homemaker.  I went to college and  have had a career for over 30 years, while raising 3 girls and doing well to have a meal on the table each night….much less keeping a house clean while wearing pearls.  I wasn’t prepared for the exhaustion of working full-time and trying to keep my house in order like June Cleaver’s. (Just in case you are wondering – my house has never been in order like June’s and I gave up trying years ago). I think those of us that grew up in the late 50’s and 60’s got cheated somehow because those television shows made us think we had to do it all…..but that is a blog in itself.

Needless to say, however, a seed was planted.  Through the years, the thought of writing has come to mind and I have laughed it off and thought to myself – I’ll do that in my spare time!  When I had that seed planted in the 70’s, we didn’t have the internet, computers and blogging was a word that wasn’t even in the dictionary.  So maybe starting a blog will fill my desire to write.  I certainly am not the next Danielle Steel – but if I can get beyond the technical challenge of creating a blog – maybe I can mark off one thing on my bucket list….writing!

Come along with me….I will be posting and sharing about life in a rural southern town, my love of cooking, sewing, reading, and other creative ideas.   I promise you – it won’t include cleaning – but maybe my need of organization.  And…it definitely will not be while I wear pearls, nylons and heels.