Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Pioneer Woman is My Spirit Animal and Other Things I Actually Made from Pinterest

I feel like I always say it, but it really has been a long while since I did one of these posts... over 9 months, actually.  I did post about Pinterest a couple months ago, but not too many successes there.  As you can probably guess from the title, I've been loving me some Mrs. Drummond recently.  Her show is my favorite on weekend mornings, and you have to follow her on Pinterest and IG!  You can follow me on Pinterest, too :) and see all the recipes I've actually made here.

Soul Sweet Taters: Way back over Thanksgiving I made these beauties, and even though I didn't get to eat a whole bunch of them, they were AMAZING.  This time, we only added 1/2 cup sugar, and next time we might try taking the sugar completely out of the potatoes themselves - they really don't need it!

Aunt Trish's Salad Dressing: This recipe is so easy and delicious.  I've been all about salads since the new year and this is a nice way to switch it up from my normal olive oil/balsamic vinegar mixture.

Apple Peanut Butter Delights: On Friday night, after I made BBQ Chicken French Bread Pizza (more below), I decided to make these for dessert.  Yeah... don't broil them for 3 minutes.  They burned.  There was also too much peanut butter (gasp!) and it was all just a little too thick.

And my non-Pioneer Woman finds...

Salted Caramel Bark: Over Christmas vacation, we did a Make, Bake, and Buy Secret Santa with my college friends.  I used Pinterest to search for what to bake for my recipient.  Luckily, she has over 3,000 food pins, so I had a lot from which to choose.  Oh, and I also had to find a recipe that wouldn't crush on a plane since we were getting in at 12:30 am Saturday morning and the party was 2 hours away at 2:00 Saturday afternoon.  I found this bark that looked fairly portable and delicious.  I've now learned I'm not great at making caramel and it ended up tasting more like praline than caramel, and I added pecans instead of pretzels, just because, and it was really good!

BBQ Chicken French Bread Pizza: On Friday, Jillian posted a few recipes that she wants to add to her rotation, and I found myself buying French bread on my way home from work, and the finished product was on IG a few hours after that.  We love anything BBQ chicken: quesadillas, nachos, dip, even just pulled from the CrockPot (I need to post recipes for the rest, soon.).

Mike always sends me the best Buzzfeed articles!  To be honest, he's awesome at finding us great recipes to make, too.  This one was the perfect combination of the two.  Rachel lived completely according to Pinterest for a week.  We tried two of the recipes she suggested:

The Best Chewy Cafe-Style Chocolate Chip Cookies: They lived up to their name, for sure: AMAZING.

Easy Beef and Broccoli: Mike used flank steak, and the beef was a little tough, but we LOVED the sauce!  We actually used all the leftover sauce (there was a lot) to marinate chicken and it was delicious, too.
Like his recipe holder??
Linking up for Kate and Emily's Tuesday Recipe Swap!

Anyone else been cooking from Pinterest lately?  Any favorites?

17 comments:

Carly Blogs Here said...

This is such an awesome post- I read that Pinterest Buzzfeed article too- and it was so good! I definitely need to try out that french bread pizza- it still sounds so good :)

Jillian Manesh said...

omggg so many good recipes! i need to try the apple peanut butter delights and salted caramel bark! im glad you made that BBQ pizza -- it motivated me to follow through with my plans and make it on sunday! xo jillian - stop by! I'm hosting a giveaway on cornflake dreams

Gillian Ellis said...

That caramel bark looks sooo good! I made peppermint bark over Christmas and ate most of it before I could gift it!

Shelby / Recent Somethings said...

Oh, Ree. Love her so much. Great recipe round-up! I wish T. liked BBQ-flavored foods more because I'm totally craving the french bread pizza the most.

Kerry @ Till Then Smile Often said...

So many good ones here. The caramel bark sounds so good. The french bread pizza, needs to happen in my life! Yum!

Emily said...

I must must must make that BBQ french bread pizza----YUM!!

Lisa C said...

The bark looks so good! And it's funny, I own all of Ree's cookbooks, but I don't think I've made one of her recipes yet.

Jen said...

That bark looks amazing!!!!!! :) My baking and cooking schedule has been thrown off lately because of Kyle's work schedule and once I start working my crockpot will be my savior once again.

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

That salted caramel bark looks amazing! I've always made peppermint bark, but will definitely have to try this out too :-D

The Southern Thing said...

I've been wanting to make beef and broccoli for a while now. I'm glad to hear it came out good. That's one of my favorites!

Emily said...

The beef & broccoli looks awesome!

Rebecca Jo said...

I do great at pinning things... & not trying it. THAT should be my new years resolution.

Jen said...

I find the majority of my recipes from Pinterest. And I LOVE Pioneer Woman!! She has some great recipes and I watch her show every week. I just pinned a few of these, so can't wait to try them :)

Kristina said...

I seriously just found her on Netflix Sunday. I love her! I am shocked that it took me so long to find her!!!

Courtney B said...

Holy delish!! I'm pinning most of these recipes!! DYING to try the salted caramel bark and I am drooling over the beef and broccoli! I'm so curious about that sauce now. Can't wait to add it to my dinner menu!

Julie said...

Yummy yum yum!

Kelcie said...

Actually, I think his recipe holder is genius! I wish I would have thought of that when I had that set-up!

Pioneer Woman is a love of mine too... and we love that she is from Oklahoma {and a family of OSU fans!}. I use both of her books repeatedly - I love that you are making one of your favorite recipes as healthy as it tastes good. Keep me updated on how it works out!

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