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Going All Zen On Pinterest

What is worse than someone blowing up your phone with group text messages?

When someone blows up your Pinterest board.

Okay. Maybe not worse. Because my phone blows up with inane group text messages more than I’d like to count. But it’s a very, very, very close second.

And not the the Pinterest boards you’ve created. And not literally blown up, obviously. Because blowing things up is a crime. And I don’t follow criminals.

No, I’m talking about when someone you follow on Pinterest pins umpteen pins at once. And suddenly, your news feed is full of casserole recipes, wedding paraphernalia or kittens. I love Ellen, Paula Deen and others who shall remain nameless (because I’m sure you’re nice people but you live in the private sector and your lawyer may not have better things to do than sue me for slander.) But I do not want to scroll through 714 pictures of cute puppies or 349 recipes for casseroles or the 1,275 pictures of wedding venues, rings, dresses, flowers and cakes.

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Who has that kind of time? I pop onto Pinterest to learn interesting household tricks, find an inspired recipe or two, discover the latest bestseller recommendation or glean a clever fashion tip. Of the 50 or so pins I scan, I re-pin maybe three. For future reference. Or, as it pops up in your news feed, to share with all of you. And once in a great while, when researching a topic of interest to me, I’ll remember I even have a Pinterest account and I’ll pin it to a board I’ve already established to remember (or not) for later.

And that’s what I like to see in my Pinterest news feed. A smattering of pins, of various topics, for me to peruse at my leisure. Not muddle through 2,000 of your favorite pins. Really? 2000? When I see that, I realize you don’t really care about the kitten or the cookie. You just want to stay relevant.

And I’m not interested in your popularity.

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Click.

Un-following you.

I need to clean up my feed.

Simplify.

Going all zen on Pinterest today.

Peace out.

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Look Ma! Chocolate Cookies Are Healthy!

I love the psychology behind advertising. When I see an especially ridiculous ad on TV I’ll say to my husband, “Can you just imagine? A bunch of suits and shiny pumps, sitting around a huge oak table and they all thought THIS was a good idea?”

My husband loves it when an advertisement claims something is all natural. “So is arsenic,” he’ll mutter.

After spending an extra-ordinary amount of time on the computer this morning (darn you entertaining blog women out there!) I felt guilty about not spending enough face time with my boys. I suggested we make cookies! You can guess the response. So into the kitchen we go, discussing what kind of cookies we should make. Luckily, I have a chocoholic son and he suggested chocolate cookies with peanut butter chips. Perfect. I pull out all of the ingredients and lo and behold on the Hershey’s Cocoa Powder can is a cute little stamp of approval. “Natural Source of Flavanol Antioxidants” And on the back of the container is an informative little paragraph encouraging me to “enjoy in moderation as part of a healthy diet and active lifestyle.”

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Who knew? Chocolate cookies are healthy! We measure. We pour. We stir. We scoop. We lick the bowl. We bake. We eat. Mmmmmmmm….and healthy, too!

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Mmmm, Mmmm Memory: Chocolate No Bake Cookies

Feminists don’t cook. At least, that’s what I was taught. As a child, I viewed cooking as dreaded “woman’s work,” something that HAD to be done and the only fools that enjoyed it were the retro, weak females without a brain. Ok, so that’s a little strong but I was taking cues from my mother.

Then I took Home Economics at school. We had an awesome home ec room with about 10 mini-kitchen stations.

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No, it didn’t really look like that. I’m not THAT old. Just a cool picture from 1939.

This is closer to what it looked like:

home ec room

Each station had it’s own stove/oven, sink, cabinets, chopping block, etc. Because the rest of the world was catching up to my mother’s view, home ec was on its way out of the curriculum. There were only about 10 of us in the class. So we each got our own mini kitchen. And after our first cooking lesson – Chocolate No Bake Cookies – I was hooked! Secretly, very secretly, I was in HEAVEN!

I found this on Photobucket:

nobake recipe

This is exactly the recipe I use.

This is what they’ll look like once you make them:

nobake cookies

Oh, and you’re going to need this, too:

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Yum!

(The inspiration for this post comes from Country-Fried Mama at http://countryfriedmama.com/ . Please visit. And tell her Jane sent you!)

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