Category: Pin 52 Challenge

Pin 52: Faster than take-out dinner, seriously delicious Chicken Pad Thai

I know I’m fortunate that my kids will eat anything: sushi, brussel sprouts, my daughter even learned how to make her grandma’s bread dumpling recipe long before me. So, when my son mentioned pad thai for dinner, it sounded delicious to all of us. On a rare activity-free night, though, the last thing I wanted... Read more »

Pin 52 Challenge: Homemade Lip Balm

After ripping out the old caulk, and re-caulking the tub this weekend, I’m feeling pretty invincible. Not sure I trust myself with power tools yet-that just screams never ending unfinished project. So, I’m trying crafty again. Since it’s the holiday time and I’m always looking for little gifts to make (that are relatively impossible to... Read more »

Pin 52 Challenge: Bang Bang Shrimp and Pasta

There are definitely times I’m better off not knowing what’s in a favorite dish. I don’t want to know that there’s three cups of sour cream in the dip I’ve been snacking on all night at a party; much like I don’t really want to know how my mom fries her catfish that makes it... Read more »
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Pin 52 Challenge: Brown Eggs and Jam Jars

Though I read incessantly, I don’t buy many books: I’m definitely a library junkie. So, when I actually buy a book – especially a cookbook- it has to be pretty special. Since I have a Pinterest category about books to read, I figure book reviews qualify for this challenge too. It’s time to dust off... Read more »

Pin 52 Challenge: Turmeric Chicken & Broccoli Stir Fry

After doing some research on cancer-fighting foods, I decided we need to incorporate more turmeric to our diet. So, tonight’s dinner focused on two things: 1- turmeric (shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, dementia, improve Alzheimer’s symptoms, and prevent cancer) and 2-use up leftover chicken. The result…Turmeric Chicken & Broccoli Stir... Read more »

Pin 52 Challenge: Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels

After crafty Pinterest disasters like this and this, I decided a recipe was a safer bet. This week’s project was an accidental find, but it might become a new go-to during football season. Last Friday was “girls night” at the Ravinia-esque Arranmore Arts Cabaret Night. Since I was indecisive and everyone else already picked my... Read more »
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Pin 52 Challenge: Shopper Tote Bag

In January, I began a weekly tradition of “Sewing with Sam.” Essentially, every Tuesday my mom and I would take over her kitchen and create cool upcycled hockey jersey drawstring bags. The Boston Bruins even contacted me to create bags with their player’s hockey socks (c’mon Rocky- we’re a Hawks family and want to make... Read more »

Pin 52 Challenge: Peach and Blueberry Greek Yogurt Cake

A few weeks ago I decided to clear some electronic clutter and tackle one project from my Pinterest boards weekly. If you haven’t seen the results from the crochet basket, bacon wrapped mini-meatloaf, or fudgy avocado brownies, you may want to start there. I really really really planned on completing another craft/project this week, but when... Read more »