I have personally used it to plan and design the Scrapbook Room in my home and more recently to help my husband and I organize ideas as we begin the process of creating an outdoor patio and fire pit
The problem I have run into, however, is that while it is great to create and pin to these boards, many times I forget what I have pinned and ultimately many potential great ideas fall by the wayside. This is particularly a problem with all the recipes that I have pinned over the years.
I have grand ideas of making the side dishes, sweet treats, and crockpot creations that I have pinned, but when it comes down to meal planning, many times I am at a loss and have come to rely on some simple weeknight staples.
I have no problem with quick weeknight meals BUT on the weekends, when I have more time, I would love to break out of this rut and experiment with new flavors and ultimately new recipes.
So two years ago I created my own Pinterest Challenge – the rules were simple – each week I would scour one of my many food boards and recreate one of those recipes. The great thing about it was that it did not have to be a component for a meal per se – I made several desserts and snacks. After creating the recipe I would re-pin it to my 2014 Pinterest Challenge Board adding notes consisting of changes I made to the recipe and more importantly would I ever make that recipe again.
The Challenge definitely got me out of my comfort zone and assisted in allowing me to add some more “go to” recipes to my repertoire.
I attempted this Challenge again last year but was not very consistent. Boo!
So for 2016 I am bringing the Challenge back!
The first recipe of the Challenge was Crockpot Chicken – a pretty easy set it and forget it meal. It actually turned out beautifully but word to the wise. Make sure you read the directions carefully – the Low and High settings are there for a reason.
Chicken seasoned and ready for the Crockpot!
Cover on – Now we wait for the Crockpot to do it’s magic!
I made the unfortunate mistake of cooking the chicken on 4 hours Low – and when I took it out to prepare to cut it – it was still raw. Womp! Womp! Back to the crockpot it went for another 2 hours on High while I scrambled to make a quick replacement dinner.
The chicken tasted great when we finally ate it on Monday – flavorful, juicy and great with a simple side of rice pilaf and corn. Cooking the chicken in the crockpot for several hours allowed the rosemary and lemon flavors to fully incorporate itself throughout the entire chicken.
I love crock pot meals because they make enough for the husband and I to have left overs for the rest of the week, which was the case with this meal.
A successful first recipe for the Challenge if I do say so myself – make sure to check back next week to see what other recipes I have up my sleeve!