One of my “2014 Things” is to cook from my cookbooks more. I planned to choose one cookbook a month and focus on using those recipes as nightly inspirations. In the past six months I have done this exactly zero times. Ok, I’ve pulled out the cookbooks a handful of times, but not really for new inspiration. Over the next six months of the year I’d like to get back to this goal of using my cookbooks. When I mentioned this at the beginning of the year and again during my halfway check-in, several people noted that they’d be interested in a cookbook challenge.
So here we are!
While thinking about the challenge, I was having a tough time coming up with guidelines. Do people want to focus on one cookbook a month? Or a certain number of recipes for any number of cookbooks? One month? Six months? A monthly write-up or blog as you go? Or no post at all? Finally I decided to leave it in your hands to decide how you want to participate. We all like easy, right?
Cook it Up – A Cookbook Challenge
What: Pull those cookbooks off the shelves–you know, the ones with pages you can turn–and use them! You can outline how you’d like to proceed–one cookbook a month? Or three recipes a month from any cookbook? Or even check out new cookbooks from the library. You make the rules!
When: I will put up a linky on the first Saturday of the month (I meant for this post to publish last Saturday…). Write your post whenever you’d like (and if you’d like), but don’t forget to come link up.
Where/How: Presumably your blogs but no worries if you’d rather just post on twitter or instagram (Tag me! @TriniCapini). Or just come back here at the beginning of the month and comment. I think you’ll have better luck if you blog but I also don’t want anyone to stress.
Why: Because if you’re like me, you have a giant stack of cookbooks that are collecting dust. I’m bad about searching the internet for a specific recipe rather than looking at my own cookbooks. Let’s put our cookbooks to use!
For the rest of July I’m going to focus on The Big Book of BBQ since Scott and I are also doing Operation Use My Grill (another post that meant to get published and didn’t).
What do you say? I hope you’ll join me! The first monthly link-up will be Saturday, August 2nd (2014).
It’s May! Don’t ask me how–that’s just what my calendar says. April went by way too quickly and I feel like I’ve fallen off the face of blogging a little bit the past two weeks or so. We went camping with my family last weekend, in part to celebrate Elle’s second birthday, and while it was wonderful to unplug for the weekend I’m still clawing my way out of email. I have high hopes for May, though! Any month that has 31 days is promising, right?
Along with May comes our next installment of Pin it and Do it. If you haven’t signed up yet, it’s not too late to join. You don’t need to formally sign up at this point unless you want to, but please read the introduction post for some guidelines and tips. The button on my sidebar will bring you back to this post in case you lose track.
To sum, the game is a simple one. Just pick some things that you’ve pinned to Pinterest and do them! They can be things you pinned a year ago, things you pinned yesterday, and I’ll never know if you do something and then pin it. It’s just about having fun while doing something new or different.
In the linky below, make sure you link to your permanent url so people can easily find your post–please also include your project. In your blog updates, please link to the pin or actual web address somewhere so that those interested can have access to what you’re doing (and give credit where credit is due). Here’s an example from a previous round and all the links from the others. If you need help with any of this, please let me know. Don’t forget to leave a comment to let us know how you’re doing!
Link up by June 3rd to be included in the wrap-up post.
Example: Trish @ Love, Laughter, Insanity (Cleaning with vinegar)
Did you guys miss Pin it and Do it as much as I did? It was a much needed break and I surprised myself by continuing to use my pinboards for inspiration. This marks the one year anniversary since Pin it and Do it started. If you’re new to the game, the premise is simple: Make or do the things you’ve pinned to Pinterest. You can pin things during the challenge (or even expressly for the challenge) or they can be things you’ve pinned a year ago!
Pin It and Do It: A Pinteresting Challenge
The Details: 1. To participate you will choose your level and then make (or do) that amount of pins during May 2013. Challenge ends May 31st. 2. Report back on your Pin It and Do It success. On May 1st I’ll post a linky for you to link up. Ideally this will come in the form of a blog or tumblr post. Or you can post about it on Facebook or Flickr if you don’t have a blog or tumblr. Or create a board on Pinterest for this challenge. If none of the above, report your success in the Wrap-Up Post comments. 3. Anyone is welcome to join. If you need an invite to Pinterest, let me know your email address and I’ll send an invite.
Some Pinterest Etiquette and Courtesies: –If you create a pin from a post, make sure you are pinning the true URL of the post and not the main website so folks can easily find the link again. –When you create a pin, try to include the website in the description of the pin. –Do not include the entire recipe or instructions in the pin description. –If you embed a pinned picture on your own blog, make it clear that it is not your original picture–a link back to the original blog post is always appreciated.
And other little tidbits…this does not have to be a food or crafting challenge. Saw an interesting photography lesson? Click! An outfit you’d love to put together? Yup! Organizing idea for around the house? Go for it! A workout Regiment? Kick butt! Really this challenge is endless–you just need to tell us what you pinned and what you did. Make sure to note the original pin wherever you complete your wrapup (or if you do progress reports) to give the originator credit and make the pin easy for others to find.
Sign up below and help spread the word! I’ll be using #PinitDoit on twitter:
The challenge officially starts May 1st, but feel free to get started early if you can’t wait.
I know, I know…February kinda sneaked up on us, huh? Snuck up? I had an English teacher who insisted it was sneaked up but it just doesn’t sound correct. Anyway. If you’re new to Pin it and Do it, visit the very first challenge post and read some of the details about Pinterest and the challenge. The basics are the same as they’ve always been. Why change up a good thing, right?
The Details: 1. To participate: choose your level and then make (or do) that amount of pins during February 2013. Challenge ends February 28th. Links must be submitted by March 3rd. 2. Report back on your Pin It and Do It success. Ideally this will come in the form of a blog or tumblr post. Or you can post about it on Facebook if you don’t have a blog or tumblr. Or create a board on Pinterest for this challenge. You can create multiple updates, a few updates, or one update. Whatever is best for you. 3. Anyone is welcome to join at any time. If you need an invite to Pinterest, let me know your email address and I’ll send an invite.
Important Tidbits: In the linky below, make sure you link to your permanent url so people can easily find your post–please also include your project. In your blog updates, please link to the pin or actual web address somewhere so that those interested can have access to what you’re doing (and give credit where credit is due). Here’s my example from last round and all the links from the others. If you need help with any of this, please let me know. Don’t forget to leave a comment to let us know how you’re doing!
Example: Trish @ Love, Laughter, Insanity (Super Yummy Valentines Cupcakes) [note…linky below is for final projects only…there isn’t a sign-up this time around]
If life goes according to plan (insert chuckle here), I’ll do a wrap-up post around March 4th.
Happy Pinning and Doing!! And if you’re on twitter, tag your tweets with #PinitDoit
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