16. replicate [CREATE]: What were you inspired to create/make this year based on something else? (i.e. a pin from pinterest, recipe from a friend, etc.)
Well, I am a hardcore Pinterest ADDICT! I try to actually make a lot of the things I pin. The one craft idea I tried so far didn’t work out so well (a DIY cut-away workout shirt) but a lot of the recipes I’ve made have been great. I made this whole board called “It’s Good! Make it Again!” based on my Pinterest successes.
6. cook [LIVE]: What was your best recipe/dish of the year? Share it!
Man, this is HARD! I love cooking and baking and I try new recipes all the time. I don’t know if I can pick only one…
Ok, maybe I can. This Pesto-Topped Grilled Summer Squash was THE BOMB DOT COM and made several appearances in our menu this summer. It was my first time making homemade pesto and OH MY GOODNESS it was amazing. Like, I wanted to eat the whole bowl with a spoon. I think the smell of basil is my favorite smell in the world; I could just inhale it all day! The delicious, fresh, homemade pesto on top of some simple summer squash or zucchini sauteed in olive oil is TO. DIE. FOR. (Click the picture for the recipe.)
Guys, I am officially OBSESSED with Pinterest. And I only joined it about a month ago, because I gave into the idea that it is the new be-all and end-all of wedding inspiration. It didn’t take long for the obsession to develop, once I realized how many absolutely splendiferous-sounding recipes I could find EVERY SINGLE DAY!!! I am obsessed with food, trying new recipes, and looking at food porn. So now I find myself, here in El Salvador, when I should be out exploring and hiking, sitting on my laptop PINNING! I do think it’s a brilliant organizational tool. But I had over 100 “Recipes to Try” before I realized that a board with over 100 pins was not very organized! So now, on a Friday night in El Salvador, I am going through re-pinning all my recipe pins to new, sub-categorized boards. I AM PINNING MY PINS, AHHHH!!!!! WHEN DOES IT STOP???? Of course I realize that I will never actually try half these recipes, but I can’t pass up adding something that just looks so delicious!!!!
Zach just makes fun of me for it. “What are you doing, babe?” “Oh, I’m pinning shit.” This is a normal conversation between us nowadays. What was hilarious was a couple weeks ago in Panamá, when we saw a lady cutting out random magazine pictures of clothes and stuff and fixing them to an actual, real-life corkboard. Zach said, “Look, she’s pinning shit!!!!”
So maybe it’s a universal obsession for women in all walks of life nowadays. It’s an obsession I should probably get over but I’m not quite sure I want to. Is anyone else as addicted as I am? If so, add me on Pinterest!
Today is a much-needed day off after a couple weeks of being stressed out. I have not left the house or changed out of my PJs. It’s necessary sometimes, don’t judge me.
I did engage in a baking adventure, one of my favorite things to do in my free time. I found this Whoopie Pie recipe on Bakerella. As soon as I saw the chocolate and peanut butter combo I was sold! I also took the opportunity to practice my food photography, although I still have a long way to go. Our kitchen is not super cute and my creations never look that beautiful. (I’m not patient enough!) They taste delicious though!
1. Mix the batter. 2. Mix the filling. Make sure to enjoy the excess on those beaters!! Baker's privileges! 3. Bake. 4. Assemble the yummiest sandwiches ever!
Hopefully Zach will be happy to see these when he gets home from his first day at his new job today. It would happen that he finally got called with a job on my first day off in forever. To make up for all this butter and chocolate, I’m planning to try this Lemon-Scented Quinoa Salad for dinner. But for now, I think it’s time to curl up with a book. I can already feel this rest day rejuvenating me!