The Pin Junkie: October 2014

Pin Junkie Pin Party #91

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!

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.

Apple Cream Pie with Cinnamon Roll Crust
by Crystal at Mrs. Happy Homemaker 

fluffernutter dip
Fluffernutter Dip 

Halloween Bundt Cake

Frankenstein Cupcakes

Halloween mason jars
 Heat Embossed Halloween Mason Jars
by Glenna at My Paper Craze

Fluent Forever by Gabriel Wyner

Fluent Forever by Gabriel Wyner
Fluent Forever by Gabriel Wyner

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

I've mentioned before that I'd like to learn another language.  To be honest, I've always been a bit envious of people who are bilingual.  I know a little bit of Spanish, but I would  really like to be fluent in it.  On a recent trip to Europe, I regretted not being able to communicate well with the people I met.  Most people spoke at least a little bit of English and I felt bad that I didn't speak any other language at all.  So I thought I'd read Fluent Forever by Gabriel Wyner to see if it would help me.  Gabriel speaks six languages and he learned them using the techniques he shares in his book.  If it worked for him, it could work for me, right?  

In Fluent Forever, Gabriel emphasizes that the process of becoming fluent in another language is more than learning a language, it's really about training your brain to think differently.  He teaches you how to learn, not necessarily what to learn.  He acknowledges the best way to learn a language is complete immersion, but certainly not everyone has that opportunity.  His specific strategies for remembering foreign words, learning accents, and using grammar can be customized and can be done a few minutes a day. 

This is not a technical book.  It's easy and enjoyable to read with plenty of personal anecdotes, which makes sense since the author believes that learning a language should be fun and enjoyable, otherwise you won't stay with it.  Though it's not a technical book, it does offer specific things to do to learn a language such as new ways to use flash cards, creating connections with words for better recall, and using word frequency lists. 

Regardless of which language you are learning, Fluent Forever is a great place to start.  Not only is it filled with valuable tips and information, but is also has many useful resources.  Gabriel also has a website, Fluent with even more information and resources.
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Pin Junkie Pin Party #90

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:

Monster Donuts Halloween Food skillet-sausage-and-peppers caramel-apple-nachos

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Thanks to everyone who helped me celebrate my blogiversay!  It was a whole lot of fun and set a new record with over 500 links!  Wow!  With more links, we've got more features.  Here are some of the most views from last week's party:

minimalist closet
A Look into My Minimalist Closet

organizing-paperwork tips
Tips For Organizing Paperwork
by Sarah at Sarah

Homemade Snickers Bars
by Roxana at Roxana's Home Baking

21 Ways To Keep Christmas Affordable
by Gretchen at Retired By 40

dresser-makeover nursery changing table diy
Dresser Makeover
by Jessica & Katie at Sweet Little Ones

chocolate-crumb-pie recipe
Chocolate Crumb Pie
by Phyllis Grandparents Plus

no peel applesauce recipe
No Peel Apple Sauce
by Kelly at So Much To Make

drawer organizer upcycle diy
Desk Drawer Organizer
by Anastasia at Anastasia Vintage

chicken-corn-potato-chowder with bacon
Chicken, Corn & Potato Chowder

Painted Dollar Store Tray
by Bonnie at Our Secondhand House

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

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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! 
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Here's what you need to know:

Party Rules
1. Follow The Pin Junkie.
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4.  Link directly to a specific post - not your main blog.
5.  Visit other links at the party.  It's always nice to leave some comments and pin from the original source.

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Caramel Apple Nachos

Caramel Apple Nachos
Caramel Apple Nachos

I love caramel apples, so I knew I would love these caramel apple nachos.  Originally I thought I would use this recipe for homemade caramel, but I got lazy and just melted some store bought caramels, which worked just fine.  I also thought caramel apple nachos might be a little easier and less messy to eat than traditional caramel apples.  Nope.  They were still pretty messy with all that ooey gooey caramel, but that's part of the fun of eating caramel apples, right?

Caramel apple nachos are delicious and a whole lot of fun to eat!  However, it's not a recipe you want to make ahead of time.  The apples will turn brown quickly and you really want to enjoy that caramel while its still warm and gooey!

The original recipe uses melted white chocolate and pieces of Heath candy, but add whatever you like on your caramel apples.  I used chopped peanuts which were yummy!  Other toppings could be crushed salty pretzels, your favorite nuts or candy.  (I'm thinking M&M's would be good.)  What would you put on your caramel apple nachos?

two green granny smith apples, cored and sliced
5 oz. caramel
1 teaspoon water
1/4 cup chopped peanuts
2 Tablespoons mini chocolate chips

1.  Unwrap caramels.  Place in a saucepan with one teaspoon of water over medium low heat.  Stir constantly until caramels are melted.
2.  Drizzle melted caramel over sliced apples.
3.  Sprinkle with chopped peanuts and mini chocolate chips.

Caramel Apple Nachos

Inspired by this pin for caramel apple nachos.

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Skillet Sausage and Peppers

Skillet Sausage and Peppers
Skillet Sausage and Peppers

I love recipes that can be made in just one pan or one pot, don't you?  They're super easy to make and fewer dishes to wash!  This recipe for skillet sausage and peppers cooks in one pan and is a meal all on it's own, though it would be just as good with some fresh bread or a salad.  I love the subtle differences in flavor of the red, green, and yellow peppers and all the color they add to this dish.  I've made this a couple of times and everybody likes it.  There's never any leftovers!  Just follow this pin for skillet sausage and peppers to the recipe.

Skillet Sausage and Peppers

Looking for more one skillet dishes?


Skillet Sausage and Peppers inspired by this pin.

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Halloween Monster Donuts

Halloween Monster Donuts
Halloween Monster Donuts

Monsters are supposed to be scary, but these monster donuts make me smile!  They're just so darn funny!  Monster donuts are the perfect thing to take to a Halloween party, especially if you don't have a lot of time.  Just buy a box of store bought donuts, stick some plastic vampire teeth in the center of each one, and add two chocolate chips for the eyes.  Done.

Seriously, who could resist these cute little guys?

Halloween Monster Donuts

Inspired by this pin for monster donuts.

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