Saturday, February 2, 2013

The Dangers of Pinterest and Other Random Distractions AKA “Squirrel”

I get distracted a lot. It’s not a case of undiagnosed Adult ADHD but your run of the mill “There’s so much cool stuff to make and do, I want to do it all NOW” syndrome (TSMCSMDS). Symptoms include, but not limited to, browsing Pinterest and immediately having to make that recipe for those mini casseroles cooked in muffin tins; starting a craft project inspired by something you saw on Pinterest(surprise, surprise!!) but having it be interrupted by having to start another craft project inspired by something you saw on Pinterest; and having to take pictures of all little neat things you do and see on a daily basis, including your own or other peoples presentation of food.

I believe there was a TSMCSMDS support group but they all eventually were distracted by something or another. 

But I digress, as many with TSMCSMDS do. My purpose for this post is to show my solidarity with others who suffer from it, through a picture tribute to my random distractions over the past two weeks.

Over the Holidays while visiting family back East the kiddo and I got on a mini paper boat making kick. We made a bunch of boats, took them down to the creek and set sail to the Armada. I am still on that kick and have been making itty-bitty, mini-winnie boats from origami paper to eventually string into a garland of paper boats. A couple of Sundays ago, we sat outside the Starbucks and made a bunch. 

I eventually strung a couple of the little boats and hung them in one of the Kumquat  trees in the courtyard.

Last Sunday I found a recipe on Pinterest (where else) for a bread that I couldn't resist making despite the fact that I haven't successfully made a loaf of yeast bread in many, many years. It was an Olive Oil and Rosemary bread from a hint of honey. I made two loaves. The first one I brushed with some bacon fat I had saved and the second one I brushed with the egg wash. The egg wash definitely added a nice crunch to the crust but the bacon fat added a nice flavor.

 And last but definitely not least, the kiddo wanted pancakes this morning but we do these so much all I could think was "BORING!" However, I knew Pinterest wouldn't fail me and sure enough I found Mini German Pancakes. Guess what, you make them in a muffin tin. I love muffin tin recipes! This one comes from Chef in Training

I didn't follow the recipe precisely. It has you make the pancake batter from scratch but I went for my old standby, Target's Market Pantry Pancake Mix. As I always do, I added some toasted oat bran to the mix. Not only does it make me feel better about using a pre-made pancake mix, the oat bran adds a little sweetness.

These were super easy and came out perfect! I have some left over, which will make a nice little sweet snack later in the day.

I think I'll make some Lasagna Roll-ups today.