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Pin Junkie Pin Party #113



Welcome to The Pin Junkie 
 I'm on a mission to do the things I pin on Pinterest and try something new every day! 
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The party is held every Thursday at 7:00 PM MST.
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 I'm so glad you're here to party with us!


Here's what I've been up to this week:

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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.

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anthro-knock-off-pomdelion-bouquet


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by Diana at Diana Rambles


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by Jessica at Live Randomly Simple


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Scroll to the bottom of the page to link up your projects, crafts, and recipes! 
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Here's what you need to know:


Party Rules
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Rejection Proof by Jia Jiang

Rejection Proof by Jia Jiang
Rejection Proof by Jia Jiang

I received this book from Blogging For Books for this review.

If you were not afraid of rejection, what would you be capable of?  That's the question Jia Jiang set out to answer with his 100 Days of Rejection Project.  Using desensitization theory, he set out to reduce the pain he felt from rejection by being told "no" every single day for 100 days.  Over time, he hoped the sting of rejection would lessen.  What he hadn't counted on was that he would learn a great deal about himself and about human interactions.

Born in China, Jia Jiang came to America with dreams of being an entrepreneur.  Brimming with ideas and ambition, he often felt held back by his insecurity and fear of being rejected.  He decided to face his fear by purposely being told "no."  He deliberately made odd, silly, and unusual requests with the hope of being turned down.  He even recorded his interactions and the responses.  From those video recordings, he was able to analyze his interactions and was able to learn from them.

He did get the nos he was hoping for, but he got far more yeses than he ever expected.  Jian also discovered that amazing things can happen simply by asking.  As he learned more about rejection, he felt that the world which had always been full of nos was suddenly filled with possibilities.  Not only did a whole new world of opportunities open up for him, but he actually did become less afraid of rejection and he gained a new found confidence.  He shares his experiences and the discoveries he made about rejection in his book Rejection Proof: How I Beat Fear and Became Invincible Through 100 Days of Rejection.

Written in a very conversational style,  Rejection Proof is a short book, but offers some valuable advice about rejection.  He provides insight and offers advice that's much more helpful that the traditional prescription for rejection: don't take it personally.  I admire Jiang for facing his fears and doing so in such a public way.  I also appreciate that he used it as a learning experience and shared what he learned.  I really enjoyed reading Rejection Proof and highly recommend it to anyone who might need a boost of confidence.



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Chicken with Mango Salsa

Chicken with Mango Salsa
Chicken with Mango Salsa

This chicken with mango salsa is my new favorite chicken recipe!  It's healthy, easy to make, and absolutely delicious!  It was a hit with the whole family.  As soon as the weather gets warmer, I start craving lighter meals with fresh ingredients and this recipe certainly fits the bill.  I love the combination of the sweet mango and the tart lime juice.  I would have added a bit more cilantro too, but I tried to go easy on it since not everyone in my family likes it.  If you don't like cilantro, you can easily leave it out of the recipe. 

Mango Salsa Chicken

This salsa made enough for four pieces of chicken with a just little bit extra left over.  I experimented to see what what else would be good with it and I found out it's really good with corn chips.  Next time I'm serving chips and salsa, I'm making this mango salsa!  I'm thinking it might be good on pork too.

Mango Salsa

Add a tropical twist to ordinary chicken with this versatile salsa recipe!
 
For the chicken
Ingredients:
3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 pound)
1/3 cup flour
two tablespoons olive oil
pepper to taste

Directions:
Heat one tablespoon of oil in a nonstick skillet.
Dredge the chicken in flour.  Place the chicken in the skillet.  Cook on medium heat until golden.
Turn the chicken over.  Add another tablespoon of oil and cook until golden.
Season with pepper to taste.  Reduce heat to low.  Cover skillet with a lid to cook chicken all the way through, about 5 to 10 minutes.

Salsa Recipe
Ingredients:
2 ripe mangoes
1/2 cup finely chopped red pepper (about 1/2 a pepper)
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
1 Tablespoon lime juice
1/2 teaspoon sugar
cilantro to taste (optional)

Directons:
Mix all ingredients in a bowl.  Serve over chicken.


Chicken with Mango Salsa




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Pin Junkie Pin Party #112



Welcome to The Pin Junkie 
 I'm on a mission to do the things I pin on Pinterest and try something new every day! 
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The party is held every Thursday at 7:00 PM MST.
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 I'm so glad you're here to party with us!


Here's what I've been up to this week:


spring-flower-pot-card no-bake-strawberry-cream-refrigerator cake pinterest-business-accounts

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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.

http://chocolatechocolateandmore.com/classic-cheesecake-bars/


blueberry-frozen-custard-pops
by Gloria at Simply Gloria


http://cupcakesandkalechips.com/2015/03/29/honey-nut-baked-brie-bloomin-apples/


http://livelaughrowe.com/spinach-and-bacon-quiche/
by Kelly at Live Laugh Rowe


http://anightowlblog.com/2015/03/strawberry-cheesecake-pinwheels.html/
by Kimberly at A Night Owl


Pinterest Business Accounts Part 2

Pinterest Business Accounts
Pinterest Business Accounts

Previously, I wrote about how you should have a business account if you are using Pinterest commercially.
If you are using Pinterest to promote a product or business that you make money from, such as a blog or an Etsy store, then Pinterest requires you to use a business account instead of a personal account.  Pinterest business accounts look the same as personal accounts, but they give you access to useful features such as rich pins and Pinterest analytics.

You can read that article here:

pinterest business accounts why you need one

But, once you have a business account, what should it look like?  What kinds of boards should you have and what types of things should you pin?  It really depends on the product or business that you are promoting.

In general, your boards should relate to your business or product.  It makes no sense to have a fashion board or a board for cupcakes if you are selling or promoting real estate.  Yes, fashion and desserts are popular topics on Pinterest, but because they are not related to your product or business, they will not attract the specific and targeted group of pinners that will ultimately be interested in and buy your product.

Here's an example:  If you have an Etsy shop that sells crocheted items, you'll want your Pinterest boards to be all about crochet, not just the items you're selling.  Promoting only your items can be a real turn off to people.  You want your Pinterest boards to be an excellent resource for crochet enthusiasts.  You'll want to curate boards with every aspect of crochet: crochet patterns, crochet items for babies, crochet projects for kids, crocheted blankets, crocheted Christmas ornaments, crochet for beginners, etc. That way, when people go to Pinterest for crochet ideas, they're more likely to find your boards because you are the ultimate source for crochet on Pinterest!  As a result, people will find your Estsy store because it's linked to your Pinterest business account.

Here's another example: Let's say you have a food blog.  Recipe pins are really popular on Pinterest, so you'll definitely want to have a presence on Pinterest.  But you don't want to pin and promote only your recipes. You'll want your main Pinterest page to be a go-to resource for people who are on Pinterest looking for recipes.  If you have boards for every aspect of cooking like recipes for appetizers, crock pot recipes, main dishes, desserts, kitchen tips, healthy recipes, etc. people are more likely to find and follow your Pinterest account because it is an excellent resource for the topics they are interested in.

Of course, in both of these examples, you can add your crochet items or your recipes to those boards as well as create some boards just for your items, (you'd be silly not to!) but your whole Pinterest presence shouldn't be just about your product.  In short, your business Pinterest page should be an excellent resource of carefully curated content for potential customers who are interested in the topic or interest relating to your product or business.  Ultimately, this content this will lead people to your website with your product. And those people will already be interested in what you are selling!

So I've given some examples of how it's a good idea to create and maintain boards that only pertain to a particular theme or interest related to your product, but sometimes it's ok to have boards that aren't related.  Many people who are using Pinterest are small business owners or bloggers.  In those types of situations, it's important for readers or potential customers to get to the know the person behind the product or the author of the blog.  If you're a lifestyle blogger, for example, and your Pinterest page promotes your blog, then it might be a good idea to include more personal boards that show your interests.  You'll still want to include boards that are highly relevant and related to your product, but having some unrelated, more personal boards allows people to get to know you better as a person and see what kinds of things you're interested in.

So take a good look at your Pinterest boards and their content.  Do they relate to your business or product?  Are they an excellent resource with quality content relating to your product or business?  If not, it might be time to add, delete, or updates boards as needed.


Want to know more about Pinterest?

pinterest-tips-and-tricks


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No Bake Strawberry & Cream Refrigerator Cake

No-Bake Strawberry & Cream Refrigerator Cake
No-Bake Strawberry & Cream Refrigerator Cake

So this no bake strawberry and cream refrigerator cake is pretty amazing!  It has only four ingredients, there's no measuring, mixing, or cooking required, there's very little cleanup in the way of dirty dishes, and it's incredibly yummy!  This strawberry and cream cake is simply layers of whipped cream, graham crackers, and strawberries with chocolate on top.  I made it a day ahead of when I served it.  You would think the graham crackers would get soggy from the whipped cream and strawberries, but it made the graham crackers soft, not soggy and they tasted like very thin layers of cake.

No-Bake Strawberry & Cream Refrigerator Cake

The only thing that gave me problems was the chocolate.  I melted the chocolate over the stove and tried to use a spoon to drizzle it.  Even though the chocolate was melted, it must not have been hot enough because it cooled before I could get the spoon over the top of the desert to drizzle it.  I tried putted the chocolate in a piping bag, and the effect was pretty, but I felt like WAY too much good chocolate was left in the piping bag and not nearly enough got on the dessert.  Next time (and I'll certainly be making this again) I might just sprinkle mini chocolate chips on the top and call it done!

No-Bake Strawberry & Cream Refrigerator Cake

I'm even going to say this recipe is somewhat healthy, at least when compared to other deserts.  It's certainly low fat with the graham crackers and strawberries and I used low fat whipped cream.  This recipe is definitely a winner!

No-Bake Strawberry & Cream Refrigerator Cake


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