Friday, August 29, 2014

Peanut Butter Pork Tenderloin

Peanut Butter Pork Tenderloin

Peanut butter pork sounds kind of weird doesn't it?  But the peanut flavor along with the spicy jalapeno and hot sauce is a strange combination that really works well together.

Mr. Pin Junkie looked skeptical at first but said it was fantastic after the first bite.  Even Pin Junkie Jr. liked it and he usually doesn't like pork.  (He says my pork chops are always too dry.)  This pork tenderloin was moist and full of Asian inspired flavor.

Besides being delicious, this recipe is also easy to make.  Just mix the marinade and let the pork sit in a seal top plastic bag in the fridge until you're ready to cook it.  It doesn't take very long to cook.  (The recipe says to grill it but I cooked it in the broiler.)  Serve the pork with a salad made of bean sprouts, cilantro, and radishes.  That sounds like another weird combination, but it works! 

I'll leave the jalapeno out next time, or maybe just use half of one.   Having a little bit of heat was good, but it was pretty spicy and overpowered the other flavors.  Other than that, the only thing wrong with this recipe was that it didn't make enough!  I'll definitely be making this again and will certainly double the recipe!




Inspired by this pin for peanut butter pork tenderloin.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Pin Junkie Pin Party #82

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:

the-red-necklace-by-sally-gardner pink roses messy-garage

Check out these amazing back to school ideas
that were shared at last week's party!

back to school crafts


I've got TWO great giveways going on right now! 
Have you entered yet?

easy-canvas-prints-giveaway            Marriage Isn't For You by Seth Adam Smith


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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.


Peach Dumplings
Peach Dumplings


Vintage Table Makeover
Vintage Table Makeover


Soft Beer Pretzels
Soft Beer Pretzels


Make Your Own Paper Envelopes
Make Your Own Paper Envelopes


Vanilla Almond Granola
Vanilla Almond Granola
by Margaret Anne at Natural Chow





If you were featured this week, please grab a button and show it off!

The Pin Junkie


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Now it's your turn to share what you've been working on.
Scroll to the bottom of the page to link up your projects, crafts, and recipes! 
The rules for this link party are easy!
Here's what you need to know:

1.  Link back in some way.  You can get my blog button in the sidebar.
2.  Link up something YOU made - it can be a craft, recipe, or project as long as YOU did it. (No giveaways, contests, or link parties please).
3.  Follow The Pin Junkie on Pinterest, GFC, or Facebook.
4.  Link directly to a specific post - not your main blog (Keep it family friendly, please)
5.  Show some love by checking out some of the other links and HAVE FUN!

By linking up to The Pin Junkie, you are giving permission to share your post and images on my social media networks and feature them on The Pin Junkie.

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My Messy Garage

My Messy Garage I consider myself to be an organized person.  I don't like clutter and while most of my home is organized, I have a dark, ugly secret in my garage.  It looks like something right out of an episode of "Hoarders."  I'm almost too embarrassed to show this to the world, but here it is.

My Messy Garage

Sigh. I know, it's not pretty.  The first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem, so here goes.  Hello, my name is Bonnie and I have a messy, disorganized, cluttered garage.  So cluttered in fact, that I can't even park my car in there.  My garage is a black hole where junk gravitates.  It's a graveyard of unfinished projects.

How did it get to this?  Well to be honest, it's not all my stuff.  (Ok, I know that sounds like denial, but it's true!)  A good portion of that stuff is Mr. Pin Junkie's car parts and tools.  Some of that stuff is in fact mine and I've had a bad habit of putting things in the garage and telling myself I'll deal with it later.  It's so easy to throw something in there, close the door and forget about it.  Well, later has arrived and it's time to do something about it.  Especially when I see pictures on Pinterest like these of perfectly organized garages. 



I'm wistfully looking at these pictures and thinking:

I want to go to there Tina Fey Liz Lemon

Cleaning and organizing the garage is a big project.  I've always heard that to make a big project more manageable, do a little bit at a time to make it less overwhelming and eventually it will get done.  I've tried that approach and I just don't feel like I'm making any progress.  I've taken some things to Goodwill and I've had two yard sales in the last two years and the garage still looks like a hazardous waste site.

It's no fun going into that abyss to sort through stuff.  That garage is dark and it's dirty.  Everything is covered in a layer of dirt, dust, and spiderwebs.  Even though it's no fun, I'm motivated to get the garage cleaned up and de-cluttered because:
- I'm tired of seeing the garage this way and getting nagged reminded by Mr. Pin Junkie to do something about it.
-  We're paying a monthly fee for an extra storage unit so cleaning out the garage would save us money.
 - It will hopefully get Mr. Pin Junkie's car project moving faster toward completion.  If I could get my stuff organized in the garage, then I could nag remind HIM about getting HIS project car finished.

So here are my goals for the garage:
1.  Sort through my stuff in the garage and toss it, donate it, or find a home for it.
2.  Have a yard sale for the remaining stuff.
3.  Get the project car completed.
4.  Repaint the walls of the garage.
5.  Paint or apply some kind of finish to the floor of the garage.
6.  Revel joyously in my garage utopia that's no longer an idea on my Pinterest boards, but a real space in my own house!

I plan on posting monthly updates to show you my progress in the garage. (And I'm determined to make some progress!)

So what does your garage look like?  Is it cluttered or organized?  Do you have a different room in your home that needs some serious organizing?  Do you currently have a big unpleasant project that you're putting off?  I'd love to hear about it.


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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Happy Anniversary and a Giveaway!

Happy Anniversary Today marks 21 years that Mr. Pin Junkie and I have been married!  He makes me laugh, he's kind, generous, and patient and life just wouldn't be the same without him!  Every anniversary, Mr. Pin Junkie gives me flowers.  Aren't they pretty?

pink roses

To celebrate, I've got a really special book about love and marriage to give away.  It's called Marriage Isn't For You and it's written by Seth Adam Smith.  It's a beautifully illustrated book with a thoughtful and inspirational message.

Marriage Isn't For You by Seth Adam Smith


Just enter below and one winner will be chosen at random to receive a copy of this book.


a Rafflecopter giveaway
 
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Monday, August 25, 2014

The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner

The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner
The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner

"This is Paris; here the winds of change are blowing, whispering their discontent into the very hearts of her citizens.  A Paris waiting for the first slow turn of a wheel that will bring with it a revolution the like of which Europe has never known.  This is where the devil goes walking."

Though written for young adults, The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner is fiction that can be enjoyed by readers of all ages.  Yann Margoza, the hero of the story, possesses gypsy blood and a mysterious talent.  He works with Tetu and Topolain the magician in the theater.  During one particular cold night, he and his theater troop are called upon to perform their popular act at the chateau of the Marquis de Villeduval where they meet the cold and calculating Count Kalliovksi and the beautiful Sidonie de Villeduval.

Set during the turbulent French Revolution, the lives of each character change quickly and events rapidly lead them to surprising and intersecting paths.  After their first brief meeting, Yann and Sido knew their destinies were somehow inseparable, but circumstances keep them apart.  As a member of an aristocratic family, Sido finds herself in danger.  The evil Count Kalliovksi arrives to save her from the Bastille, but his intentions are far from honorable.

The Red Necklace contains many richly developed, memorable characters and Sally Gardener's narration is impeccable.  This is a love story filled with historical fiction, adventure, and a touch of magic.  I rarely read books more than once and this book is on the short list of books I would read again.



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Friday, August 22, 2014

Back to School Ideas

Back to School Ideas
Back to School Ideas

I have mixed feelings about back to school.  As a recovering teacher, I'm glad I'm not setting up a classroom and putting in a lot of hard work getting ready for another long school year.  At the same time, I do miss it just a tiny bit.  I also remember when my son started kindergarten.  I think that first day was harder on the adults than the kids.  Now he's going back to school as a college student.  Those 18 years sure went by fast! Has school started in your area?  School starts here mid August (earlier for teachers) and I always feel like that's too early.

Well, I know I've said this before but I just love looking through all the projects that get shared on Thursday's Pin Party.  Bloggers are such creative people aren't they?   Here are some of the cutest and most practical back to school projects that were shared last week.  If you're looking for teacher gifts, free printables, ways to get organized, or school lunch ideas, you've definitely come to the right place!  Have a look at these great back to school ideas:

 Easy Back to School Teacher Gift
 Back to School Teacher Gift
by Heather at Juggling Act Momma


Sharpie Teacher Gift Idea
Sharpie Teacher Gift Idea
by Emily at Nap Time Creations


Easy Back To School Printable Teacher Gift
Back To School Printable Teacher Gift
by Lisa at Wine & Glue


DIY Cardboard Desk Caddy
Cardboard Desk Caddy 
by Jennifer at Pink When


 Composition Notebook Pencils
 Composition Pencils
by Andrew & Dennis at The Crafty Lumberjacks


Apple Tote Bag
Apple Tote
by Katie at The Casual Craftlete


Back to school Time Capsule
Back to School Time Capsule
by Mariah at Giggles Galore


Printable Back To School Interview Questions
Printable Back To School Interview Questions
by Mariah at Giggles Galore
 
 
Printable After School Checklist
Printable After School Checklist
by Becky at My Paper Craze
 
 
First Day of School Printable Photo Prop
First Day of School Printable Photo Prop
by Becky at My Paper Craze
 
 
First Day of School Printables
First Day of School Printables
by Heather at Krafts & Kiddos
 
 
Printable Lunch Notes back to school
Printable Lunch Notes
by Mandee at Designs By Miss Mandee 
 
 
Printable Water Bottle Labels back to school
Printable Water Bottle Labels
by Carrie at  Carrie Elle
 
 
Easy Ideas for Packing School Lunches
70 Easy Ideas for Packing School Lunches
by Jen at Jenn's RAQ (Real & Quirky)
 
 
Fun School Lunch Ideas
Fun School Lunch Ideas
by  Holly at Happy Food Healthy Life
 
 
Chalkboard Cake Pops back to school
Chalkboard Cake Pops
 by Karyn at The Pint Sized Baker
 
 
Back to School Ideas
 
 
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