Sherri over at Young House love has posted the latest edition of the “Pinterest Challenge,” and if you haven’t seen it yet, it’s a must-read. Sherri’s project, a pouf chair, is great, but what’s really amazing is the wealth of great ideas in the link-up. I haven’t even begun to read them all–there’s already more than 600 posted–but I am so impressed by all the talent and creativity.
My entry in the Pinterest Challenge is a project I completed some time ago, but never got around to posting on the blog. I was looking for a special meal to serve on Christmas morning, and I remembered this tasty-looking pin for overnight blueberry french toast from my recipes board on Pinterest.
The Daily City’s Orlando Food Truck Bazaar keeps growing and growing. This month’s gathering of gourmet food trucks was rumored to be the biggest one yet, and it did not disappoint. For every truck we had a chance to try, I probably added three more trucks to my “to-eat list.” Even the chilly weather–the coolest evening of the season so far–didn’t stop people from coming out and enjoying the feast on the go.
We visited the Dallas-Fort Worth area for the Thanksgiving holiday and had a great time reuniting and celebrating with family and friends. And, of course, like any time we get together with our loved ones, this trip involved lots of good food. Honestly, the best food we ate were all the home-cooked goodies we enjoyed at home with family, but we did have a few meals out worth noting, so here are some brief reviews.
Orlando’s Magical Dining Month is a great opportunity to try new restaurants or old favorites with a very affordable prix fixe menu, all while raising money for Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida. The event was held in September, and we had a chance to try two restaurants this year. We sampled one new location, K Wine Bar in Orlando’s College Park neighborhood, and one old favorite, Funky Monkey Wine Company at Pointe Orlando in the International Drive area.
I’m not much of a chef, but I love browsing for recipes on Pinterest. One of my favorite things about Pinterest is that, due to its visual nature, many of the recipes pinned are really beautiful or interesting to look at. Even better, there seems to be a wealth of recipes that are interesting to look at and easy to make, like my last Pinterest Challenge entry, Antipasto Skewers. Today’s recipe also fits the bill, and I am lovingly nicknaming it the Franken-Cookie.
**talking in spooky announcer voice** It’s an Oreo. It’s a chocolate chip cookie. It’s both. It’s the Franken-Cookie!!! **insert cheesy sound effects scream here … or the sound of everyone drooling!**
We got our first taste of Central Florida’s growing mobile food scene a few weeks ago at the Daily City’s Orlando Food Truck Bazaar. It turned out to be a great meal, and a great time, so we’ll definitely be back in the future.
We’ve been hearing the buzz about the food truck community for a while but hadn’t had a chance to track down most of the popular trucks for ourselves. That’s where the Bazaar comes in. It’s a convenient way to sample several trucks at once to get to know what’s out there and to choose your favorites. We ate at about half a dozen trucks at the event and still barely scratched the surface of what was there.
Below are photos and reviews of the foods we tried. Come along with us for a stroll through the bazaar.
Editor’s Note: This was supposed to be posted Friday, but I was having technical difficulties. My normal posting schedule will resume (hopefully!) next week.
My regularly scheduled Friday post has a new twist this week. Jenni from the Blog hosts a weekly challenge, called Your Three Words(Y3W) in which bloggers attempt to summarize their week in a three-word title. I’ve been enjoying reading people’s Y3W posts for a while, and I thought it would be a great fit for my “Friday Free-for-All” posts, so here we are.
My three word this week are “three day weekend!”
For all my readers who live in Central Florida (or visit here often), I’d like to alert you to two outstanding events going on here in September: Magical Dining Month and Miracle Miles.
My husband and I had a wonderful meal at Winter Park gastropub The Ravenous Pig, and it was too delicious not to share. Follow along with us while I give you a peek at the treats we enjoyed.
I blogged about Pinterest not too long after I first joined the site, and at that time, I could see a lot of potential but figured only time would tell if I actually would use it or not. I can say now, about two months later, that it is, indeed, a darn useful tool.
Case in point: I recently was invited to participate in an Italian-themed potluck at work. I’m not the world’s greatest cook, so choosing something potluck-friendly, matching the theme and easy enough for me to make myself is no small feat. Luckily, it was Pinterest to the rescue. All I had to do was type in “Italian Potluck” and in five minutes I had pinned almost half a dozen recipe options.
I’ve been really enamored with all the cute skewer recipes I’ve been seeing on Pinterest, so I ended up deciding to make these fun antipasto skewers. The recipe I found on Pinterest was from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs, and it was inspired by the Hungry Housewife. I decided to make a vegetarian version, so mine is even a little different, so I’ll include my version of the recipe below.