The Pin Junkie: August 2015

Chocolate Crazy Cake

Chocolate Crazy Cake
Chocolate Crazy Cake

I think this recipe must be called “crazy cake” because it’s crazy that the recipe actually works.  There are no eggs, milk, or butter in the recipe and the ingredients are mixed in the same pan that the cake is cooked in.  It’s also crazy easy to make!

This cake is also known as “Depression cake,” because the limited ingredients required made this recipe something people could make on a tight budget.  Budget conscious cooks today can still appreciate and enjoy this cake.


Chocolate Crazy Cake

Personally, I like this cake recipe because it's fast and easy to make, doesn’t require a lot of clean up, and is great to make when you have a chocolate craving, but don’t have a lot of ingredients on hand in the kitchen.  I'm thinking that without the eggs, milk, and butter, this is a healthier version of chocolate cake too!


Chocolate Crazy Cake

I liked this cake recipe, even though it’s not a particularly rich or moist cake.  It’s not even very sweet, but I frosted it with a little bit of store bought chocolate frosting and it was a really nice dessert.  It got thumbs up from the rest of the family too!


Chocolate Crazy Cake

You might also like these quick and easy desserts!

no bake strawberry cream refrigerator cake caramel apple nachos


Inspired by this pin and this pin for chocolate crazy cake.


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Pin Junkie Pin Party #132


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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Pinterest Images That Increase Traffic crock pot lemon rosemary chicken


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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://www.loulougirls.com/2015/08/lemon-skillet-chicken.html
by Kimberly at Lou Lou Girls 


http://www.interiorfrugalista.com/2015/06/armchairs-get-fresh-new-look.html


http://shayrenovation.blogspot.com/2015/08/pallet-letter-sign.html
by Shayla at Shay Renovation


http://www.casawatkins.net/2015/08/diy-wall-art-hop-flip-flop-birch-tree.html
by Stephanie at Casa Watkins


http://feedingbig.com/2015/07/copy-cat-cheesecake-factory-cashew-chicken-sundaysupper.html
by Cynthia at Feeding Big 


Pinterest Images That Increase Blog Traffic

Pinterest Images That Drive Traffic to Your Site

Ten tips for creating effective images on Pinterest that get results and drive traffic to your blog. 

Pinterest Images That Drive Traffic to Your Site


You've heard the saying "A picture is worth a thousand words" but did you know it's actually true?  Our minds are able to process images faster than they process text.  Images can also convey emotional and sensory qualities.  That means images can be a powerful and effective way to convey a message.

Images are what drive Pinterest.  How do you make your images stand out and get noticed?  How can you make those images work for you?  Well, of course we all love repins and likes on our pins, but even more important is engagement.  Ultimately, you want pinners to see your image and click through in order to drive traffic back to your site.  Good images can make that happen.

These tips can help to ensure your images on Pinterest are conveying a clear message that encourages pinners to stop, look, and click.  Here are some elements and characteristics of pins that get results:

1.  Quality - images must be good quality.  Images that are visually appealing, well composed, and in focus are an absolute must.  Bright images with lots of natural light do better than images that are dark or have harsh shadows created from a flash.

2.  Image quality is certainly important, but don't be afraid to use a less than perfect image.  Images should be visually appealing, but they don’t have to be perfect.  Sometimes a ideal image of a recipe or craft project can be a little bit intimidating.  A novice cook or a non-crafter might be more inclined to pin and try an idea if it isn’t perfect and appears more accessible to the average, everyday person.

3.  Convey a clear message - visually the image should be clear, easy to see, and instantly recognizable.  Avoid blurry images, or images that are too far away from the subject.  Besides being visually clear, images should also be clear in their meaning.  Images should relate to the topic and convey a clear message.

4.  Be easily seen – long, vertical images take up more space in the Pinterest feed and are easier to see.

5.  Typography - Applying text to an image is an excellent way to add to the message or meaning of an image so it is important that the text be easy to read.  A very busy or elaborate font may be difficult to read.  Also, keep in mind that many Pinterest users are viewing images on mobile devices.  Therefore, the image may be seen on a small screen which makes having a good, clear image and easy to read text even more important.

6.  Provide valuable information - tips are popular on Pinterest.  Your image should convey in some way that it is linked to important or valuable information.    The image could also include several steps or process images on how to do something. Text could include a question to encourage pinners to click through for the answer or to find more information.

7.  Capture attention through senses or emotion - this can be done in a variety of ways.  For example, images of food should convey the sensory aspects of taste and texture.  Or the image should convey an emotional response or make an emotional connection in some way.

8.  Images are certainly important.  However, Pinterest is flooded with images.  Instead of using an image, Try creating a pin with only text.  While browsing through so many images on Pinterest, when I see pins with text only, I notice that they really stand out.

9.  Follow basic elements of design such as the rule of thirds, balance, line, and color.

10.  Use free stock photos - don't worry if you're not a great photographer.  You can find plenty of royalty free images online.  You can edit them to fit your needs and add your text to the image.

If you're finding that your images aren't getting the engagement and click throughs that you want, don’t be afraid to create a new image for your post.

Need ideas of great images?  Look at magazines for ideas and examples.  Browse Pinterest to see which pins have a high number of comments, likes, and repins and look to see what they have in common.

So where do I go to create my images?  I use PicMonkey to help me edit pictures, make them pretty, and add text.  It’s so easy to use and I love it!

PicMonkey Photo editing made of win

Looking for more Pinterest Tips?  

Pinterest Tips



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Slow Cooker Lemon Rosemary Chicken

Slow Cooker Lemon Rosemary Chicken
Slow Cooker Lemon Rosemary Chicken

Did you know you can cook a whole chicken in your crock pot?  Crock pots and slow cookers are great for busy days when you don’t have time for making dinner.  With just a little bit of pre-planning, you can throw everything in the crock pot in the morning, turn it on, and come back to a hot cooked meal at the end of the day.  Crock pot meals are also nice in the summer since you can cook dinner without turning on the oven on an already hot day.  I also like being able to cook a chicken in the crock pot for dinner one night and then using the leftover chicken for another meal later in the week.

This recipe for lemon rosemary chicken doesn’t get any easier.  You just need a few simple ingredients:

Slow Cooker Lemon Rosemary Chicken

Ingredients:
2 – 3 lemons, sliced
6 cloves of garlic
Rosemary
Whole chicken
Salt and pepper

Directions:
Remove the innards from the chicken.  Thoroughly rinse and dry the chicken.  Place the lemon slices, garlic, and rosemary in the cavity of the chicken.  Place the chicken in the crock pot.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Add remaining lemon and rosemary to the top of the chicken.  Cover and cook on high about six hours.

Slow Cooker Lemon Rosemary Chicken


Another great benefit to cooking a chicken in a crock pot is that the chicken stays really moist and tender.  Not only is this chicken juicy and tender, but it's also exceptionally fragrant and the lemon flavor gets concentrated in the chicken.  This was a great recipe that I'll definitely be making again.

Slow Cooker Lemon Rosemary Chicken




slow cooker baked potatoes


Inspired by this pin for slow cooker lemon rosemary chicken.


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News from The Pin Junkie - I'm Back!

News from The Pin Junkie - I'm Back!

Well hello!

It’s been awhile hasn’t it? I have missed you guys!  I mentioned a few weeks ago that I started a new job. I was confident I’d be able to settle into a routine and find a way to balance working full time and blogging, but I’m finding that maintaining that balance is a BIG challenge. 

The new job hasn't been the only issue making blogging difficult. My ten year old laptop which was incredibly buggy and ridiculously slow finally gave up.  I had to buy a new computer to replace it and I've been spending some time getting familiar with it.  Mr. Pin Junkie even moved all my files from the old laptop to the new one.

Then our wireless router went out and we lost internet access. Mr. Pin Junkie again came to the rescue and got a new router up and running because he's awesome like that.

Then our water heater went out.

Then the roof started to leak.


When it rains it pours, and in this case it's true, both literally and figuratively.  As you can see, I've had a few setbacks, but I'm happy to say I'm back! I'm excited to be back to blogging and sharing all the fun things I find on Pinterest.

I've got lots of projects, recipes, Pinterest tips, and more to share and there are even a few surprises and big projects coming up too!  I can't wait and I am really looking forward to sharing all this fun stuff with you!

Thank you for continuing to visit and thank you so much for sharing your projects each week at The Pin Junkie party.  I enjoy seeing what everyone is working on and I really appreciate your support!



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Pin Junkie Pin Party #131


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!



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.


healthier peach crisp recipe


antique church pew


skinny mocha frappe recipe 
by Alexis at Chemistry Cachet


painted notebook


gardening clip board organizer
by Sarah at Sadie Seasongoods


Easy shrimp fried rice recipe
by Amanda at The Chunky Chef



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