The Pinterest Cookoff

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Did you miss me?

I missed me. After a week of travelling to Michigan, visiting six different houses and staying at three of them, it is nice to be home. Although, it would have been even nicer to not return to a dirty house, a dead Christmas tree, more toys than storage space, dusty decorations, hours of unpacking, a filthy mini-van, and piles of laundry.

Ba Hum Bug.

Happy New Year!

Some research had to be conducted for this blog post. Well, calling it research is probably a little dramatic. It was more like pinning, grocery shopping, cooking, baking, and gluttony.

That is what the holidays are all about. An increased waste line, right?

Remember when I disowned you for not joining Pinterest? I said it once. I will say it again.

If you are reading this and you still haven’t jumped on the Pinterest bandwagon then I am afraid I can no longer call you my relative or friend.

If for nothing but the recipes…for God’s sake, just join already damn it!

Let me break it down for you. Pinterest is basically a richer, skinnier, more ambitious version of your current self. Once you open an account, you can create online bulletin “boards” that you can “pin” images to from the internet. Here is a listing of some of my bulletin boards and their contents:

My Weakness – Shoes

Party At My Place – Entertaining cues

She’s Crafty – ShopGirl tips

Bedazzled – Jewelry

Bucket List – Travel destinations

Cool Mom Picks – Educational ideas, Products, Clothes, Toys, Books

Design Inspiration – Decorative ideas

Get In My Belly – Recipes

Skinny Bitch – Clothes

Behind The Lens – Photography

Once you pin an image to a bulletin board, a link to the original source will also be saved. That means you never have to go very far to find out more information. Like where to buy it or how to make it. Not only can you create new pins from any image on the internet, you can also re-pin images that have already been pinned. By linking to your Facebook or Twitter account, Pinterest will automatically notify you of all your friend’s boards and pins.

Pin. Pinning. Pinned.

The pinning never stops. Especially if you suffer from OCPD.

DISCLAIMER: With the intention of preventing a Pinterest induced depression you must first understand the potential side effects. If you don’t love yourself, who will? Pinterest is not for the weak. Don’t come in here whining about your financial issues, your post-post baby pooch, or your son’s failed first birthday party. Pinterest will chew you up and spit you out. Let me be the first to tell you that you will not be able to afford any of the kitchens pinned by your friends, you will never fit into any of the clothes you claim as your style and your son’s birthday party sucked compared to the extravagance of his friend’s.

Exhibit A:

Images from my “Design Inspiration” bulletin board

Exhibit B:

Images from my “Skinny Bitch” bulletin board 

Exhibit C:

Images from my “Party At My Place” bulletin board

A girl can dream. Right?

Before Pinterest I was a sad excuse for a wife and mother. Sure, I have two children, work full time and make dinner every night. But, if you are anything like me you have a recipe rotation that needs updating. After seven years of marriage, I can only expect Matuna to enjoy Tamale Pie, Chicken Salad, Lasagna, Wet Burritos, Chicken A La King, Chili, Beef Stroganoff and Stuffed Shells for so long.

Let’s face it. Every night can’t be taco night.

Enter the Pinterest Cook-Off. Over the last week and a half the following meals were pinned, made and enjoyed.

I have proof in the form of pictures and a non-biased, double blind, independently funded rating system.


First, the Mommy rating. This rating is based on the preparation, presentation and taste of the dish. The faster, the better. The shorter the clean up time, the better. The less ingredients, the better. The prettier, the better (especially with a toddler around). And the more scrumptious, the better.

Second, the Daddy rating. This rating is based solely on taste. Because, we all know he sure as hell had nothing to do with the preparation. And, even if I served it to him buck naked, he still wouldn’t care about the presentation.

Orgasmic: ★★★★★

Slap Your Grandma Good : ★★★★

Worthy Of A Second Date: ★★★

He’s Just Not That Into You: ★★

Bad Kisser: ★

As an added bonus, if you want to be adventurous and try any of these recipes you can! Links to the original source have been provided.

1. Chicken and Spinach Rigatoni Bake


The ingredients


The result

Daddy Rating:  ★★

Mommy Rating: ★★

Lessons Learned: It was overcooked, which made it a little dry.

2. Christmas Rounds


My elf, hard at work


All done…yummy!

Daddy Rating: ★★★★★

Mommy Rating: ★★★★★

Lessons Learned: Add it to the list of Christmas traditions. This was a perfect treat to make on Christmas day. Choo Choo got involved and loved unwrapping the Hershey Kisses and “smashing” the chocolate with M&Ms.

3. Biscuits and Gravy


The ingredients


The result (quite sad looking, I know…this is Matuna’s second plate)

4. Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies


Daddy Rating: ★★

Mommy Rating: ★★

Lessons Learned: So, this recipe uses a cake mix. Instead of following the directions for the cookie recipe, I accidentally followed the recipe on the box. The mixture ended up extremely watery and not doughy enough. Then, I over corrected by adding flour to thicken the mixture, subsequently, the cookies didn’t turn out quite right.

5. Orange Cookies


Daddy Rating: ★★★

Mommy Rating: ★★★1/2

Lessons Learned: The first cookie that is good for you! They have to be…I mean, there is orange juice in them.

6. Pizza Casserole


The ingredients


The result

Daddy Rating: ★★★

Mommy Rating: ★★★1/2

Lessons Learned: When you think you have used enough pepperoni. Use more. A lot more.

7. Cheese Danish


The ingredients


The result

Daddy Rating: ★★★1/2

Mommy Rating: ★★★

Lessons Learned: At the time, using all of the cheese filling seemed excessive. In hindsight, after only using half, I will use all of it next time.

8. Crispy Southwest Chicken Wrap


The ingredients


The result

Daddy Rating: ★★★★

Mommy Rating: ★★★★

Lessons learned: Despite my serious disdain for leftovers, I actually considered eating another wrap the next night after seeing how good Matuna’s looked.

9. Crockpot Buffalo Chicken


The ingredients

Where is the result? I have failed you. Evidently, my fat ass was too hungry to take a picture before devouring this dish. I blame the human growing in my belly…so can you.

Daddy Rating: ★★

Mommy Rating: ★★1/2

Lessons Learned: This recipe is very similar to a Buffalo Chicken Dip that I make regularly. Before seeing this recipe on Pinterest it never occurred to me to make it into a meal. Toasting the bread prior to eating is crucial.

There you have it.

For more inspiration, JOIN PINTEREST! Or, check out my affectionately titled foodie bulletin board “Get In My Belly.”


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