I recently signed up for a Pinterest account and am in love! What a fantastic concept: Allow people to save ideas discovered as they surfed the web, by pinning pictures of them to a virtual bulletin board. And make it possible to sort those ideas by having multiple bulletin boards for different topics. Then sheer genius! Not only can the user save and categorize the ideas they find, they can see, evaluate AND save the ideas others have found! Plus you can “follow” people who have saved ideas you really like so you can see when they save other new ideas you might really like. Whoever dreamed this up and made it happen deserves a medal, a lifetime supply of chocolate and season tickets for their favorite team!
I repinned this picture on the right. It was originally from the blog Lunch in a Box . She says “When freezing chopped green onions, put them into an old water bottle that you’ve washed, . . . Freeze. To use, simply remove the cap, shake out just as much as you need, replace the cap and return to the freezer. The clear bottle allows you to quickly see what’s inside, and shaking things out of a bottle is faster than spooning them out of a freezer container.” I also used her idea of cutting the top off another water bottle to use as a funnel and noted that she says frozen green onions lose a bit of their crispness when frozen so she suggests using them in cooked dishes and within three weeks for best quality.
A simple idea from a site I probably would never have encountered in my usual cruise around the web, but that solves an ongoing problem. I buy fresh produce, use a bit, then it gets pushed to the back of the drawer where it languishes, unused. Green onions, being smallish, are easy to lose and I often tossed out half a bunch beyond their prime. Now, I use what I need from the purchase and chop the rest, easy since I already have the cutting board out. Bottle and freeze the chopped onion and have it ready to use in one or more other dishes without wasting anything. Saves time and helps the bottom line. A win-win that works for other fresh herbs, as well.
Click on the red button above to check out my Pinterest boards and pins. Click on the picture that catches your eye; it will have an identifying comment and a link to the place where it was originally found. If you have an account already, you can repin directly from my entry and it will post on the virtual bulletin board you choose in your collection. If you’d like to set up your own account, let me know in the comments and I will send you an invitation. (Edited to add: Invitation to join is no longer needed.)
When you open an account, you install a “pin it” button on your toolbar. You will create a few basic boards, that you can add to or delete whenever you want. When you see an idea pictured that you want to save, click the “pin it” button and follow the prompts to save it to one of the boards you created – or create a new board right then and there. Read the comment below the picture and change it if you want, click “save pin” and its that easy. Try it – you’ll fall in love, too! And maybe even solve a few problems along the way!