Have you ever made anything off of Pinterest? I have. The vast majority of the time the things I have made worked out great. Then you will come across something that just sounds amazing and comes out horrible. There is even a website for Pinterest failures. It is called Pinstrosity. This site is nearly as addicting as Pinterest. I post to Pinterest when I come up with something I love on this blog. In fact the last thing I uploaded was the sweet potato casserole from my spice sage.
I love spending way to much time searching Pinterest for new improved ways to do things. I have found some very amazing bloggers through Pinterest. I also love looking at the historical pictures and travel places the world over. The most time I spend is to find aides in living more frugally.
I also marvel at all the really difficult things that people create or make. Have you seen these things. This morning I found a pin for elf size pancakes. Who makes these things up and how much time do they have on their hands? I think they are adorable, but do you realize how long you will stand at a hot griddle dripping pancake mix onto the griddle? I mean by the time you get the first row done you have to flip the ones you poured already. Anyway…..
Ages ago I pinned to my saving money board on Pinterest a pin for instant refried beans. Sounds great right? The picture shows this mix with the beans and spices in a large container. It looked like such a great idea. It seemed easy enough. I decided that it was time to try it and share with you all. It was such a miserable failure.
The recipe called for you to put the beans into your food processor and grind into flour. My Kitchen aide is a small food processor so I started with 1 cup of beans. 15 minutes later there was still mostly bean and a little bean flour. I got out my handy dandy grain grinder and hand ground 3 cups of beans. I then added all the necessary spices and mixed with a whisk until the spices were spread though out the beans. I stored the mixture in a sealed airtight container. The next few days would be tacos, nachos, and ta-nachos (tacos and nachos). So I followed the instructions and added 3/4 cup of bean mix with 1 1/2 cup of boiling water. I stirred it with a fork and it thickened nicely. I was impressed until I tasted it. YUCK! It was lacking something so I went over the recipe. I followed all instructions and correctly added the ingredients. I added salt, more chili powder, and some ancho chili powder. I added to much salt so it has been thrown into the trash.
This has been the worst of any of the Pins I have tried that have failed. So now I am on the prowl for a good refried bean recipe and a taco seasoning recipe. Wish me luck as I try a few things to decorate my home for the holidays!