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Pin #25: Crock Pot Indian Curry

Pinterest Crock Pot Indian Curry

Pinterest In Real Life: Crock Pot Indian Curry

Indian food… how I’d been craving you so!

Four years ago that statement would’ve never come from me. Ever. After trying Indian food time and time again, I resigned myself to the fact that I just didn’t like the stuff. All the cool kids raved about it, but I just couldn’t get on board. To me it just tasted like mush. Then one day a co-worker dragged me to a new restaurant that opened by our office… and I my tastebuds finally discovered what all the hubbub was about. Thus began my Great Indian Food Love Affair.

Fast forward to present day.  I no longer work at that office and it’s been over 8 months since I had the tasty curry delight. 8 MONTHS! And I’ve go a craving. An intense craving.

In my infinite wisdom I think, “Eh, how hard can it be to whip up a good curry?” I scour my Yummies board and find this pin for Crock Pot Indian Curry. The blogger who posted it wrote, “This is just as good, if not better, than the take-out coconut curry we order.” Must be good, right?

The smell of curry and cumin filled the house for hours. Dinnertime finally rolled around – I could hardly wait to take my first bite. Oh, the delicious anticipation!

I eagerly brought the first spoonful to my mouth and took a bite. But instead of taste bud fireworks, my reaction was something more like this. Oh, the bitter disappointment!

It’s not that this recipe was bad, per se, but it certainly wasn’t outstanding. I added in some fresh Thai basil and that helped things out, but it was missing that something special to round out the rich flavor. Instead it just went kind of flat.

Oh, Pinterest. You saucy minx, you. You got my hopes so high. So much for thinking I could master Indian cuisine from one pin. Lesson learned. Next time I’ll be ordering take out.

What about you? Have you found any great Curry recipes on Pinterest? I’d love to give them a try — share them in the comments!

Attention Educators: New Teacher Boards on Pinterest

School’s back in session for just about everyone – heck, Metro Nashville schools have back since August 1st! Crazy early, right? Maybe that’s because they cancel school down here at even the hint of snow’ish weather. But I digress…

Since the early days of Pinterest (w-a-y back in ’11), teachers have been sharing all sorts of great ideas. The Pinterest powers-that-be have taken note and created a set of group boards targeted for educators of all sorts, “Teachers on Pinterest“. Boards include: individual PK-6th grade boards, arts, science, math, Montessori, home schooling, supplies and more.  In addition to these group boards, there are also fantastic resources like Edutopia’s Lesson Planning Board.

TeachersOnPinterest

Find individual board contributors to follow.

Pinterest teamed up withe Edutopia to create these boards and selected respected educators to help curate each of these group boards. To learn who’s heading up each board, check out this “Say Hello to Teachers” post on Pinterest’s blog. I also suggest clicking on the Board Contributors link to see who is contributing to the boards and follow them individually.

Right now the boards are somewhat limited, but if you scroll through the comments on Pinterest’s blog post about the boards, you’ll see quite a few requests to add technology, special education and other types of boards. Hopefully these will come online soon.

If you’re a teacher, what do you use Pinterest for? What other boards would you like to see?

Friday Originals: Southwestern Chipotle Stir Fry

southwestern stir fry ingredients

Some of the makin’s of our new stir fry tradition… plus chipotle peppers, too!

We love a good stir-fry – it’s yummy, healthy and makes plenty of leftovers. It’s fair to say that our wok may be one of the most used pans in our house. But lately I’d been getting bored with this Asian classic – how many ways can you do peppers, snow peas, chicken, baby corn and water chestnuts? We needed to mix things up. That’s when I thought of the other staple of our weekly meal repertoire: Tex-Mex.

I started with the Tex-Mex basics: chicken, bell peppers, beans, green chilis. Then I leaned on a few things I’ve learned through my Pinterest adventures, namely from The Pioneer Woman that Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce are the best thing since sliced bread.

I assembled a few more staples, got the wok out and got to cookin’. The chipotle peppers and adobo sauce give the stir fry a nice spiciness while the smoked paprika rounds things out with a subtle smokey flavor.

Southwestern Chipotle Stir Fry

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Southwestern Stir Fry’in.

Prep Time: 20 min. | Cook Time: 10 min. | Yield: 6 – 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 Garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 lb Chicken breasts, diced
  • 1 White or Yellow Onion, diced
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, chopped
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper, chopped
  • 1. 5 cups Corn (frozen or canned), thawed, rinsed & drained
  • 1 can Black Beans (14.5 oz), rinsed & drained
  • 1 or 2 Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce, chopped (remove seeds if you don’t want it spicy)
  • 2 teaspoons Adobo Sauce (from the can of chipotle peppers)
  • 1 can Diced Green Chilis (4.5 oz)
  • 1 tablespoon Cumin
  • 1 tablespoon Smoked Paprika
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Prepared Mexican Rice (store bought or I love this recipe from The Pioneer Woman)
  • Shredded Cheese (optional)
  • Cilantro (optional)
  • Sour Cream (optional)
  • Salsa (optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat wok or large saute pan over medium heat. Add olive oil. Allow olive oil to heat up then add garlic and it to brown slightly, about one minute.
  2. Add diced chicken to pan. Stir occasionally until chicken is cooked thoroughly.
  3. Add diced onions. Allow to cook for 2 minutes then add bell peppers. Cook until onions begin to become translucent and peppers soften slightly, about 3 minutes.
  4. Stir in corn and black beans. Once mixed in, add chipotle peppers, adobo sauce, green chilis, cumin, paprika, salt & pepper. Mix thoroughly and allow to cook until for 3 – 5 minutes, until everything is heated.
  5. Serve immediately. Dish out over Mexican Rice and top with cheese, cilantro, sour cream, salsa and any of your other favorite Tex-Mex toppings!
Friday Originals: Southwestern Stir Fry

Friday Originals: Southwestern Stir Fry

Pin #24: How to Clean Your Top Loading Washer Tutorial

How to Clean Your Top Loading Washer

How to Clean Your Top Loading Washer from
One Good Thing By Jillie

Until the advent of Pinterest there were all sorts of things that I didn’t know that you could clean… that I didn’t even know needed to be cleaned. Pins like dishwasher cleaning and this clean your washing machine pin. But now I realize there’s some very gunky stuff going on in places that are supposed to be reserved for making things fresh again.

This includes our washing machine, which in 10+ operating years has never been cleaned. Adding insult to injury, it’s been taking a good beating the last 7 months since we started using cloth diapers. Peering in to the abyss of the washer, I realized that some pretty nasty buildup had accumulated on the agitator (the big spinny thing in the middle). Eek. So I decided to give Jillie’s How to Clean Your Top Loading Washer tutorial a try.

The tutorial is pretty easy – Round 1: fill you washer with hot water, add 1 quart bleach, let it agitate for 1 minute then allow it to soak for an hour before letting it complete the cycle. Round 2: do the same thing except this time with a quart of distilled white vinegar.

THE RESULTS

So how’d it work out? Well, the pics tell the tale pretty accurately. While the washer in Jillie’s tutorial came out nice and shiny, mine was still awfully grimy. Looking closely at the after pic, you can see that it’s about 20% cleaner than when we started but honestly I didn’t notice that difference until lining the pictures up side-by-side.

Pinterest In Real Life: How to Clean a Top Loading Washer Results

Pinterest In Real Life: How to Clean a Top Loading Washer Results… not much difference.

My results could be due to the fact that there was 10+ years of gunk to clean versus Jillie’s washing machine which was only 6 months old. Also, I did let about an hour lapse between when the bleach cycle finished up and when I started the vinegar process. However, I don’t feel like that could make too much of a difference. In fact, I ran the vinegar cycle twice in hopes that I’d see better results. No dice.

It wasn’t a total wasted effort, though. Since I had the cleaning supplies out already, I spent about 10 minutes scrubbing the agitator to clean off the remaining residue and the fabric softener container in the middle. NOW I feel like my washing machine finally clean!

Pinterest in Real Life: Washer clean after a final round of hand scrubbing.

Pinterest in Real Life: Washer clean after a final round of hand scrubbing.

Have you tried this tutorial? I’d love to hear how it worked out for others. Leave your responses in the comments below!

Because It’s Monday

As if Pinterest wasn’t addictive enough as is, now someone’s figured out how to make a drinking game out of it. Pretty sure I’d be schnockered within 3 minutes. Well played Pinterestland. Well played.

Pinterest Drinking Game Humor

Pinterest Drinking Game from WTFPinterest.com