Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Chaco Canyon

During spring break we took a road trip to Chaco Canyon.  Just three hours from my house looks like this: 

It was a perfect time to go (read not too hot!)  We took our bikes with us and rode the nine mile loop to see the ruins in the canyon.

Dozens of structures, known as great houses, were built in Chaco Canyon between 800 - 1050 A.D.  They are aligned to solar, lunar, and cardinal directions.  The buildings were not lived in,  but were used only periodically when people came to the canyon for important ceremonies and trading.  This area was connected by roads to more than 150 great houses throughout the region.

Not much is left of the buildings except some walls, but they look very striking against the blue sky of the high desert and the red cliffs of the canyon.

Chaco Canyon was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1987 and it's one of only twenty World Heritage sites in the U.S.  It's also a sacred ancestral place of the Pueblo cultures of Arizona and New Mexico.  It's believed that the culture that made these structures also made the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde in Colorado.  A few years ago, I got to visit Mesa Verde which was also spectacular.  

Isn't it funny I have so many places pinned on my Pinterest boards that I'd like to travel to someday, and I haven't even seen the things that are in my own back yard?  Chaco Canyon was beautiful and I'm glad I finally got to see it! 

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Orange Julius

Orange Julius
Orange Julius

Have you ever tried an Orange Julius?  I first learned how to make this recipe in my middle school home economics class decades ago and was reminded about it by a pin on Pinterest.  The combination of milk and orange juice might sound like a really weird combination,  but it actually makes a great shake.  This is a really refreshing drink you can easily make at home with just a few ingredients you probably already have in the fridge.  Just mix it up in the blender and enjoy!

6 ice cubes
1/2 cup frozen orange juice, from concentrate
1 cup milk
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup sugar

1.  Crush ice in blender.
2.  Add remaining ingredients.  Blend until smooth.

Orange Julius

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Dollar Tree Summer Fun

I’m very happy to be partnering with Dollar Tree to share their new Summer Fun products with you!

I love shopping at Dollar Tree.  It's a great place to get household supplies, craft materials, and party essentials all on a budget.  Dollar Tree has a new line of products just for summer.  Dollar Tree Summer Fun is a new collection of colorful flip-flops, summer tableware, party supplies, toys, and more created to launch you into a fun-filled summer.

The summer fun event begins April 21 at 8:00 a.m.* in Dollar Tree stores and at with a Flip-Flop frenzy.  Flip-flops will be available in solid colors and colorful patterns which will vary by store.  Flip-flops will also be available in men’s, women’s, and children’s sizes.  *excludes mall stores

You'll want to stock up on summer flip-flops for the whole family, but be sure to get a few extras for crafting.  Make a craft with your flip-flops and enter the Summer Fun Flip-Flop Craft Contest!  The Summer Fun Flip-Flop Frenzy Craft Contest, which is going on now!  Just submit a photo of your original flip-flop craft at and be entered to win a $500 Dollar Tree gift card!

These products are only available while supplies last.  Once they’re gone, they’re gone, so hurry in!  Also check out colorful Summer Fun housewares, party supplies, and toys.  All Summer Fun products cost $1 each, and select items may vary by store. 

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Friday Link Party #63

Welcome to The Pin Junkie!  
 I'm on a mission to do the things I pin on Pinterest and try something new every day!
 I'm so glad you're here to party with us!

Here's what I've been up to this week:
pita bread pizza starbucks passion tea lemonade healthy chocolate peanut butter cookies

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There were so many great projects shared at last week's party!  Thanks to everyone for sharing your projects, recipes and tips.  I can't wait to see what you will share this week!  But first, take a look at some features from last week's party.

best snickerdoodle cookies
The Best Snickerdoodles Ever

peeps houses
Peeps Houses
by Joy at Yesterfood

No bake lemon cheesecake bars
No Bake Lemon Cheesecake Bars
by Paula Call Me PMC

white chocolate party mix
White Chocoalte Party Mix

peanut butter easter eggs
Peanut Butter Easter Eggs

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies 

I can't even begin to tell you how good these chocolate peanut butter cookies are!  I had to make two batches because we ate the first batch before I could take pictures.  The second batch didn't last long either.  It's hard to believe these cookies are healthy!  They don't have any flour, sugar, butter, or eggs!   They still taste good and you don't feel like you're missing anything and you don't feel like you're eating health food.  Even Mr. Pin Junkie and Pin Junkie Jr. who are not big health food fans liked them.  

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies are on my short list of favorite desserts.  I get a craving for them at least once a week.  These cookies take care of that craving.  They combine all the best of chocolate chip cookies with the flavors of peanut butter and chocolate, which is one of my other favorites!  I left out the coconut which is one of the very few foods I don't like.  After you bake them, don't store them in an airtight container.  They will get soft and taste more like banana bread and less like cookies.
Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Don't they look good?  I seriously could not get enough of these and enjoyed them even more because they were healthy!  You definitely want to get the recipe here.

Healthy chocolate peanut butter cookies

Healthy Chocolate Cookies

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