Monday, August 29, 2011

Don't Just Pin it, Do it {Jello Play dough, Microdermabrasion & Crock Pot Cooking}

I like Pinterest, more & more every time I go on.  
I am especially liking it as a place to gather schooling ideas.
Don't waste all the great ideas shared on the web. 
If you see a great idea, pin it.
Now it is easy for others to search for & find all that free goodness.
Idea sharing is what Pinterest is about.

But don't just let all the good ideas just sithere. 
Use all that inspiration!

My friend Sarah is hosting a Pinerest Challange link up party.
If you are a pinner, go over to Emerging Mummytake part!

We've done a few of the ideas this week I found for preschool.

Jello Playdough was a winner.
Fabulous colors &  the dough is scented!

We made a Very Blue Berry jello dough 
& a Green Lime jello dough;
and we made topographic maps of 
our Monterey Bay.

Also?  I gave myself a full body microdermabrasion treatment for pennies.
Yes!  Pennies!
Baking Soda was the magic ingredient.  
Back when I was single & more frivolous with my dollars, 
I had a real microdermabrasion facial.  
What do they cost?  Something like $100 I think?
Forget about it!  Baking Soda works just as well!

And, a pinned dinner from my crock pot...

Asian Pork over Soba Noodles
adapted from Real Simple
  • 1/2 cup Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 cup  Brown Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon toasted Sesame Oil
  • 1 1-inch piece fresh Ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 1⁄4 to 1⁄2 teaspoon crushed Red Pepper
  • 2 1/2 pounds Pork Shoulder, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • (buy pork stew meat to make this fast!)

  • 12 ounces soba noodles

  • 1 red bell peppers, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 pound snow peas, trimmed
  • 2 cups chopped Bok Choy
  • 1/4 cup Peanut Butter
  • chopped roasted peanuts, for serving 
  • chopped Cilantro, for serving

  • Directions
  1. In a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker, stir together the soy sauce, sugar, vinegar, oil, ginger, and crushed red pepper. Add the pork and toss to combine. Cover and cook until the pork is tender, on low for 7 to 8 hours or on high for 4 to 5 hours (this will shorten total cooking time).
  2. Fifteen minutes before serving, cook the soba noodles according to the package directions.
  3. Saute veggies in a pan over medium-high with approx 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil, cooking just until tender, about 5-8 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, transfer the pork to a medium bowl; set aside. Pour the cooking liquid into a large skillet, add Peanut Butter and cook until slightly thickened, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the pork and toss to combine. Serve the pork over the noodles and vegetables; sprinkle with the peanuts & cilantro.


Stef said...

WOW! I've been missing a lot over there. Although with no computer, I don't tend to visit sites like Pinterest, because its all too annoying on my cell phone :(

I had no idea they have actual directions for how to make/do things or full recipes! Very neat.

Vanessa said...

Oh you've pinned a lot of fun things! I'm now following you on Pinterest! Visiting from Emerging Mummy! :)

Krista said...

What a great idea to make playdough with jello!! Yay, I will have to try that. :)

Charlotte said...

You are so right....don't just pin it, do it. That's my problem right now, I am pinning but not doing. Although with school starting up I am thinking to do some of my kids idea stuff....

Sarah Bessey said...

I loved all THREE of yours (you over achiever - hee hee). I am pinning now...