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Eat | #PinMakeEat9 – Tested Pinterest Recipes

#pinmakeeat 9 | Squirrelly Minds - One Pot Creamy Pumpkin Pasta from Kitchen Treaty

One Pot Creamy Pumpkin Pasta from Kitchen Treaty

#pinmakeeat 9 | Squirrelly Minds - Portabello Gouda and Kale Pesto Grilled Cheese from Heather Christo

Portabello Gouda and Kale Pesto Grilled Cheese from Heather Christo

#pinmakeeat 9 | Squirrelly Minds - Spinach and Feta Crock Pot Lasagna from Diet Hood

Spinach and Feta Crock Pot Lasagna from Diet Hood

#pinmakeeat 9 | Squirrelly Minds - Skillet Lasagna from Boston Globe

Skillet Lasagna from Boston Globe

#pinmakeeat 9 | Squirrelly Minds - Baked Parmesan Spaghetti from How Sweet It Is

Baked Parmesan Spaghetti from How Sweet It Is

Yes, I am fully aware that the ninth installation of #pinmakeeat was disgustingly laden with pasta. We aren’t usually huge pasta fans around here, but I think the ease of it (and let’s face it, its cheapness) was particularly attractive to us this month. And you know what? We really enjoyed it. I now kind of see what all the hoopla is about pasta. It’s delicious!

One Pot Creamy Pumpkin Pasta: I was sold at ‘one pot’. The less dishes the better. I loved how easy this dish was to put together, but I think I must have grabbed a sugary can of pumpkin pie filler rather than just pumpkin pie mush as it was much sweeter than I would have liked. I definitely want to try it again because hello, it’s pumpkin pasta.

Portabello Gouda and Kale Pesto Grilled Cheese: I’m a fan of any grilled cheese. Aside from the horribly processed kind, you stick whatever cheese between two slices of bread and slap it on the grill and you can call me a happy girl. But guys, this grilled cheese was an explosion of flavours. I hate saying that because it’s so cliche, but it’s completely true. What really kicked this sandwich into high gear was the kale pesto – it was so damn good. I want to make a massive jar of it and slap it on every single meal.

Spinach and Feta Crock Pot Lasagna: Just like I’m drawn to the words ‘one pot’, I also love anything that has to do with a slow cooker. I didn’t really think of the possibility of making a lasagna in the slow cooker, but was it ever the best smell to come home to. It only requires a few hours in the slow cooker so it’s not one to start before you go to work, but it’s definitely the perfect (oh so cheesy) meal for those weekends when you’re running errands all day.

Skillet Lasagna: We tried this one out because it was different. The layers got a bit messy but my favourite thing about this lasagna was the fresh basil leaves. It really gave it a nice kick.

Baked Parmesan Spaghetti: We also tried this one because it was different – lasagna and spaghetti swapped cooking methods this month folks. I like the idea of throwing pasta in the oven and letting it bubble away. We didn’t add nearly enough tomato sauce to this one. I think it if we had we would have enjoyed it more. And it would have been incredible if we had that same butt load of cheese melted on top….mmmm cheese.

Here’s hoping for a healthier #pinmakeeat 10!

What pinterest recipe did you make this month?

10 Must-Read posts to make you a better blogger

10 must-read posts to make you a better blogger | Squirrelly MindsIf you didn’t catch me speaking at Alt Summit on “Growing a Small Blog”, you might have caught my recap. It was so great speaking on what I know about blogging, but my understanding/knowledge of it is only a tiny sliver in comparison. Thankfully so many other mastermind bloggers have put together their wealth of knowledge into incredible resources for us to use. Here are some of my favourite Blogging Advice Articles.

Bloggers Resources from The Blog Stylist
A massive resource for all your blogging needs. The Blog Stylist has put all blogging resources into one place. Find links to services for mailing lists, advertising agencies, interview tips, social media guides, courses and so much more.

Blogging tips from By Regina
By Regina has a crazy amount of ‘how to blog’ posts, many of them including free printable checklists like this one.

SEO Tips from All Things EAdmittedly I am completely clueless and hopeless when it comes to anything SEO related (huge faux pas I know). Thankfully people like Erika of All Things E can help us out.

Tax prep for Bloggers from Pretty ProvidenceAnother area I need all the help in that I can get, and the girls of Pretty Providence do a great job of outlining what you can deduct. Aside from my Squirrelly Experts interview with my accountant friend Marc, it’s hard for me to find Canadian references so I just base it on the American and go from there. It’s worked out so far!

Media Kit Example from The Busy Budgeting MamaThere’s a bunch of questions around creating a media kit for the first time. The Busy Budgeting Mama gives tips on what to include and even offers her own for readers to view.

10 ways to promote engagement from Bloggers BazaarEngagement is key, but how do you get it? Yes, this top 10 list features a top 10 list, all on how to promote engagement.

Blogging and The Law from The WellIck. Law stuff. But it’s crucial that we know it! These girls interviewed a lawyer/blogger, so you know it’s legit.

Blogging Success from Pretty FluffyWe all need tips on success. Especially if you’re starting out, this is a great list to get you on the right track.

How to earn money blogging from The Nectar CollectiveA fabulous compilation of links, all helping you earn money from your blog.

Monthly Income Reports from Pinch of YumYeah. That number blows my mind too. And that’s average. I love Pinch of Yum‘s candid income reports, posted every month. It gives you a good idea on how to diversify your blog income.

Want more tips? Check out my Blog Pinterest Board, full of more posts, downloads, and infographics.

Eat | #PinMakeEat 8 – Tested Pinterest Recipes

#pinmakeeat 8 | Squirrelly Minds - Lentil Tacos with Tomato Radish Salsa from Chez Us

Lentil Tacos with Tomato Radish Salsa from Chez Us

#pinmakeeat 8 | Squirrelly Minds Ratatouille with Creamy Polenta - from Half Baked Harvest

Ratatouille with Creamy Polenta from Half Baked Harvest

#pinmakeeat 8 | Squirrelly Minds - Chocolate Meringue Cake with Fresh Berries from Artful Desperado

Chocolate Meringue Cake with Fresh Berries from Artful Desperado

#pinmakeeat 8 | Squirrelly Minds - Quick Homemade Ramen from Pinch of Yum

Quick Homemade Ramen from Pinch of Yum

#pinmakeeat 8 | Squirrelly Minds - Olive Oil and Sea Salt Brownie Cookies from Butterlust

Olive Oil and Sea Salt Brownie Cookies from Butterlust

Unlike August, I had a very successful #pinmakeeat this month. It was so great to get back to exploring new Pinterest recipes. There’s a few I already can’t wait to make again.

Lentil Tacos with Tomato Radish Salsa: We are huge fans of rice and beans, and by default huge fans of tacos. We keep a massive store of black beans on hand, and tortillas don’t last long in our house. But as much as we enjoy and eat tacos, never had we thought to put radishes in them. This is the beginning of a beautiful thing.

Ratatouille with Creamy Polenta: Rich stew foods with tomato sauces are one of my favourite fall dishes, and this one goes right to the top of the list. The cheesy polenta is a nice touch and goes so well with the veggies and sausage. Plus, it’s an excuse to cook with zucchini and eggplant – two vegetables I love but the mister loathes.

Chocolate Meringue Cake with Fresh Berries: A birthday cake for my papa’s 69th – it wasn’t nearly as difficult as I expected. I did bake the cake a little longer than I should have, resulting in it being a bit too dry, so I’d love to try again. What I loved most was how little sugar was in the cake, and how the crunchy meringue and berries sweetened up the intense chocolately goodness. Despite what massive chocolate bar brands would tell you, chocolate shouldn’t be sickeningly sweet. It should be rich, aromatic, and full.

Quick Homemade Ramen: You know how your olfactory senses are strongly linked to your memory? Making this dish, particularly soaking the shiitake, transported me right back to Japan. Tasted like it too. Mind you, we used somen instead of ramen which I don’t recommend (unless you add it in at the very end) as it breaks down far quicker and gets a bit goopy. But my gosh was this ever still delicious. There will be a next time, and it will be with ramen.

Olive Oil and Sea Salt Brownie Cookies: Rich, gooey, chocolately – need I say more? I made these out of desperation – I was fresh out of butter but needed to have cookies NOW. I was skeptical at first as when I taste tested the batter (hey no judging) it tasted overwhelmingly of olive oil. But that strong flavour completely dissipated when baked, leaving instead a dangerously addictive treat.

Thanks for following along on this months #pinmakeeat!

What pinterest recipe have you made lately?

Eat | #Pinmakeeat 7 – Tested Pinterest Recipes

Pin Make Eat #7 | Squirrelly Minds
Oh no.
You know how I’ve been so good at my pinmakeeat challenge, testing recipes from my Eat board, making 1 or more a week? Well….I sincerely failed this month.
As I’m sure you’ve noticed, I haven’t been posting on my usual M-F schedule. This month has seen a few changes with my having to pick up an esl teaching job, taking me away from Squirrelly Minds and, sadly, painting, which also delays getting the print shop up and running. It’s also resulted in us making quick and easy recipes with whatever we have on hand, so no – we haven’t been the best of chefs.
My current job is only for another week and then I go back to the regular school year (that is if our strike is resolved by then….) so hopefully I’ll have more time to dedicate to the blog, the print shop, and pinterest recipe making!!!

I’d love to know what pinterest recipes you’ve been experimenting with!

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