Monthly Archives: August 2012

My First Pinterest Fail

Last night, I spent some too much time pinning interesting links on Pinterest before heading to bed.

My final pin was an intriguing (read: almost too simple) recipe for DIY whitening toothpaste. In fact, I never even clicked through to the original blog post because the recipe was replicated in the pin’s caption (which is actually one of the main complaints about Pinterest–doesn’t give proper credit to the original source).

The recipe is thus: 1tsp baking soda, 1tsp hydrogen peroxide, 1/2 tsp water, little bit of toothpaste. Easy enough. Except when I mixed those ratios together, it was all watery–not even close to the paste I saw captured in the pin’s image. So I added more baking soda. A lot more. And then it was too much, so I evened it out with more peroxide until I’d achieved something that could be called a paste, though it still didn’t look exactly like the picture.

I brushed my teeth with the paste (baking soda tastes gross, fyi), put a lid on the tiny tupperware container and went to bed.

In the middle of the night, I was awakened by a loud pop coming from elsewhere in the apartment. (Did I mention Jon was out of town?) Discovered that the peroxide/soda gases had expanded and apparently blew the lid off. The mixture did, however, look exactly like the paste I’d seen in the picture…I guess it just needed time to set.

This morning, I updated the pin’s caption to include the additional instructions: trust the original ratios, leave it uncovered overnight. Lesson learned. I suppose it could have been worse: see Pinterest Fail for more epic failures due to pins.


a summer, in pictures

Last Sunday evening, we both wore long sleeves to church, further increasing our awareness that summer is on its way out. And oh, what a summer it’s been! We only ever take pictures on our phones, so from my Blackberry archives, here’s a peek at our summer:

We’ve spent time in nature:

Hidden Falls Park, St. Paul, June

Jon & his dad, Boundary Waters, July

Jon in a tree, Haeg Park, July

We ate delicious summer foods:

TONS of watermelon


chicken, pasta salad, cantaloupe, corn on the cob

We celebrated my birthday:

circus roses are my favorite (26 weeks)

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention our current obsession, Lost Cities, the game Jon got me for my birthday. We basically play it from the moment he walks in the door after work until it’s time for bed. Which is great, because we needed something to fill the void left by the closing of the Summer Olympics, another summer highlight.

And, of course, we grew Jack (a team effort, really):

22 weeks

24 weeks

27 weeks: third trimester, here we come!

Of course, we’ve also spent time with friends and family, worked diligently, and worshiped alongside our community. We are so grateful for this summer to rest, relax, and enjoy before this new season of life (and autumn) begins.

Kellers Cook: Black Bean & Corn Salsa

Go figure: I’ve been craving spicy, salty, acidic food recently (in spite of the beastly heartburn it gives me). There’s a particular salad/dip I recalled from my growing-up years, served with corn chips at various Superbowl and summer pool parties. It’s the perfect combination of sweet (corn), spicy (chiles & cumin), salty (chips), and sour (vinaigrette). Needless to say, I’ve been thinking about this recipe for the past week!

After scouring Pinterest, Supercook, and AllRecipes, with no exact match (this is not the one with avocado), I gave up my search and called Mom. She relayed the recipe to me over the phone, and I was able to walk into my kitchen and whip it up – all ingredients already on hand! Without further ado, the only record of this recipe anywhere online (you’re welcome, Internet):

Black Bean & Corn Salsa

Substitute: 10oz can diced tomatoes (drained)

Mix together:

15oz can black beans, drained/rinsed

1 4oz can chopped jalapeƱos, drained

1 cup frozen sweet corn, thawed

4 stalks green onion, chopped

3 Roma tomatoes, diced

Whisk separately and add to above:

1/4c olive or vegetable oil

1/8c apple cider or red wine vinegar

Seasonings to taste: salt, pepper, cumin or taco seasoning, garlic powder

I mixed it all together and stored in a Tupperware dish. Of course, I taste-tested with tortilla chips immediately…it was delicious, but letting it marinate overnight will bring out even more of the flavors. Postscript: We finished it off for lunch the very next day.

yeah cell-phone quality food pics