I really feel like I should be posting about all these crazy Pinterest projects I've been doing lately, but that would mean committing to blogging more than once a month! Seriously though, you could say that I've joined the masses in this online addiction. I'm not a crazy pinner per se, but I do LOVE to spend some time browsing. I try to pin things I think I'll actually do not just forever dream of doing. I've had this Valentine's pin for awhile now and finally got to take advantage of it this month for Rylin's Mother's Day Out class. He actually did quite well sitting and posing for me and I think it turned out pretty cute! I uploaded his picture into PSE and added the script, then printed on card stock, cut two slits, and wove a heart sucker in between.
Most of what I tend to pin is food (who doesn't), and we've already found more than a few of our new favorite recipes. There are tons of ideas for Paleo eating so it works out nicely that I don't have to buy a bunch of cookbooks for new ideas. I LOVE to cook, but only when it's new and creative things or really scrumptious favorites. This is on the menu for tonight. Except I like to tweak things a bit.
Salmon Chowder (Paleotized)
2 tablespoons butter
1 small onion, minced
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup thinly sliced carrots
3 cups HOMEMADE! chicken broth
1/2 teaspoons dried dill weed
salt & pepper to taste
1 cup whole milk
1 can (14-ounce) salmon
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese, for garnish
1.Melt butter in a soup pot over medium heat and cook onion, celery, and bell pepper, stirring. Add garlic after vegetables start to get soft, 3 to 5 minutes, and cook 1 minute. Add carrots, broth, dill, salt, and black pepper. Stir and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until carrots are fork tender, about 10 minutes.
2.Add milk, and salmon. Heat 5 more minutes. Ladle into bowls and serve with a little grated cheese on top.
My whole family loves this one...even the kiddos. A good savory meal for a cool night like tonight.
I'll be honest that I've seen a lot of pins for activities for kids and SAHM's and I really have felt a little overwhelmed. "Who has time for those things?"...I ponder and just skim over. I think I do a pretty good job entertaining my boys but I often find it's because we are out and about so much. When we're home, I tend to be a slacker when it comes to finding fun things to do besides the usual. And let's be real, Play Doh can only last so long and playing "restaurant" gets boring after a while too. So this week I set out to find some easy things I could put together to help entertain them. This was my first project and it turned out to be a huge success. I spent about ten minutes rummaging through our junk drawer, my craft closet, and bedside table to find tiny objects that were pretty recognizable to a three year old. Then I put them in a jar with some sand I had left over from another project and secured the lid with duct tape in case someone got the notion to free his finds when I wasn't looking. I used some blank 4x6 card stock to draw my best renditions of each item and write it's description underneath (even though he can't read I figured it would be some good word recognition or something). Then I punched a whole in the top of the cards and held them together with a metal ring. Rylin loved finding all the hidden treasures and he was occupied for a good fifteen minutes...a least!
So click on my Pinterest link on the right side of the page and follow me! I'll try to post more stuff soon.