15 Can’t Miss Pinterest Recipes

Posted by Lisa on June 27th, 2013

If you’re anything like me, you have a huge Pinterest board loaded with mouth-watering recipes you have yet to try.  For the past few months I have been slowly making each recipe from my recipe board for a weeknight dinner. The result? Most were delicious and even one picky-eater approved (cough cough, John)!

Today I will share with you (in no particular order) 15 Pinterest dinner recipes we have tried and thought were delicious!  (P.S. follow us on Pinterest here!)

pinterest food collage

1. Easy Lemon Dijon Chicken – made this for dinner a few nights ago. It was a success. The lemon and dijon combo worked well together and we had leftovers to make chicken salad.  I even made chicken stock from scratch with the leftover chicken carcass afterwards.

2. One Pan Pasta – this recipe is delicious and super easy to make.  Added bonus: it’s vegetarian.

3. Salsa Verde Chicken Tostadas – I love cooking chicken in the crock pot. It is so easy and makes perfect shredded chicken.  I served this dish with soft tacos instead of hard tostadas and it turned out fantastic.

4. Irish Beef and Stout Stew – made this stew for St. Patrick’s Day this year. Yum!

5. Rigatoni with Broccoli and Sausage – this was an ideal one dish meal.  It has it all protein, starch, and vegetables rolled into one plate. It is super flavorful and freezes well (this was one freezer meal I made before the baby arrived!).

6. Chicken Curry – simple and flavorful chicken curry recipe in the crock pot. This one makes the house smell unbelievable!

7. Shrimp with Cous Cous – an easy one-dish meal that comes together very quickly (tip: use pre-cooked shrimp for an even faster meal prep).

8. Quinoa Chili – terrific recipe for vegetarian chili that is perfect for the cold winter months.

9. Better Than Take Out Chicken Fried Rice – the name doesn’t lie!

10. Lemon Angel Hair with Chicken and Spinach – follow the recipe for amazing chicken and you’ll have an impressive restaurant-style meal.

11. Freeze Ahead Lasagna Primavera – wonderful make-ahead meal that definitely qualifies as comfort food.. and it’s packed with veggies.

12. Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken – John loves this one.. lovely, flavorful chicken recipe.

13. Ham and Egg Crepe Squares – yes this is a breakfast/brunch recipe but we enjoy breakfast for dinner once in a while and this is a special treat. To make this meal even quicker and easier, buy store bought crepes.

14. Confetti Mac and Cheese – this is a favorite of our toddler and is an easy way to disguise vegetables.

15. Chicken and Biscuits Pot Pie – this yummy dish is filling and super delicious.

So there you have it – 15 Pinterest dinner recipes we’ve tried and given our stamp of approval.  While making this list, I noticed that most of my recipes are from Martha Stewart – this post was not sponsored by her, but I just love following her on Pinterest.  Enjoy!

What are some of your favorite Pinterest Recipes?

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Christmas Gifts for Guys

Posted by John on November 19th, 2012

Can you believe Thanksgiving is this week already?  Ridiculous!  What’s even worse is we’ve already started decorating for Christmas.  Yikes.  It feels like it was Labor day just a couple of weeks ago!  We have a lot of fun Christmas activities planned per our usual holiday traditions.  There’s a ton to look forward to.  There is, however, one thing I dread every year and that is Christmas shopping.  I’m not a fan.  I never know what to buy Lisa.  It’s easier if she just tells me.  I can only imagine at least some of you suffer from the same ineptitude when it comes to buying gifts for your loved ones.  To help you out, Lisa and I are going to do back to back posts on what gifts we recommend this holiday season.  Yay!  I’ve written a post picking a bunch of gifts for the men in your life and Lisa will recommend gifts for the ladies.  We’re just trying to make life easier for everyone.  Plus, it’s fun to write lists.

Christmas Gifts for Guys 2012

1.  Black Ops 2.  Of course!  It’s the most exciting violent video game release since Modern Warfare 3 and Black Ops 1.  I’m all-in on this game.  This is literally at the top of my personal Christmas 2012 wish list.  Last year I made the switch from the COD franchise to Battlefield 3.  This year, I’m looking forward to getting back to Black Ops.  Is this an annoying gift to give your boyfriend or husband?  Maybe.  Does it beat watching golf and college football all day.  Yep.

2.  A Cordless Drill.

If he doesn’t already have one of these, get him one.  These drills are a thing of beauty.  I use one on nearly every DIY project I attempt.  Porter Cable also has a great 2 for 1 deal.  You can get a cordless impact driver and cordless drill for a pretty reasonable price.  Once my cordless DeWalt dies (if that ever happens in my lifetime), I’m going to grab a cordless impact driver.

3.  A Miter Saw.  These saws rule.  We have a sliding compound miter saw and I can’t live without it.  This Hitachi is a pretty basic unit, it’s just a compound miter, but it’s a great entry model.  If you’re up for something with a little more versatility, a sliding compound miter saw gets the job done.

4.  Beer of the Month Club.  This is a great gift.  If the beer is delivered right to your door, you don’t even have to stop playing Black Ops 2 to go out and buy some.  It’s a perfect.  Plus, guys are usually parched after using their cordless drill and miter saw all day.  For real though, a relative gave me a beer of the month club membership for Christmas a couple years ago and it was sweet.  There are 3 month, 6 month and 9 month options depending upon your budget.

5.  North Face Etip Gloves.    What a clever idea.  You don’t need to take your gloves off to use your touch screen smart phone or iPad.  Ingenious!  This is a great idea for regular skiers or anybody who spends a lot of time outdoors.


6.  A Kreg Pocket Hole Jig Kit.  This is a DIY blog.  We’re going to recommend a lot of home improvement products.  This may be my favorite.  We’ve built a ton of stuff using pocket holes… our first home’s kitchen cabinets, our garage shoe organizer, the dining room, on and on.  This is such a smart and easy to use system.  Great buy for any guy, but really anyone at all interested in DIYing.

Honorable Mention
Neck ties.  Lots of neck ties.

I’m pretty sure the guys on your shopping list won’t complain about any of the items above.  Unless they hate DIYing, video games, outdoors and have a gluten allergy.  Then it’s pretty much a bust.

***Full disclosure:  Lisa and I are members of Amazon.com associates.  If you purchase any of the items above, we get a small kickback.  If you’re interested in joining Amazon Associates, go to Affiliate-Program.Amazon.com ***

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Our Favorite Fall TV Shows

Posted by John on August 29th, 2012

Hey everybody!  If you can’t tell, we’re pretty much on coast around here until the weekend.  We’re soaking up the calm before the storm since we knocked out some big projects.  Lisa and I are super excited about the return of some of our favorite television shows.  In reality, we’re watching all of these on Hulu+ and not actually on our TV.  Same thing though, right?

1.  30 Rock.  We started watching this show while Lisa was on her maternity leave.  About five years late to the party, we really took to this show.  Liz Lemon gets quoted a lot around here. What the what?  She’s also originally from the Philly area and has dropped some Flyers and Bobby Clarke references on the show before.  Really looking forward to this one.

2.  Community.   We started watching this show while waiting for 30 Rock to resume and I was shocked at how funny it is.  I personally think Community is actually funnier than 30 Rock.  The humor is a little less subtle, but very clever.   Every character on this show brings a unique comedic flavor that usually leaves Lisa and I in stitches.  The cast is brilliant.   This is another show we started watching late.  We picked it up on Hulu after season three and quickly blew through every episode.  The school dean is a riot and we pretty much quote him all day long.  “Sweet Deans.”

3.  The New Girl.  This was one of those shows that Lisa checked out.  She was hooked after the first episode.  Halfway through the first season I started watching it with her.  Very good show.  The cast has great chemistry and the episodes are always fun stories.  The characters are all in their mid to late twenties, are approaching the “you should be married by now” age and are dealing with their respective places in life.  After a couple episodes you’ll get attached to the cast and start rooting for them.  We recommend it.

4. The Mindy Project.  Not going to lie.  I’ve only seen one episode.  Lisa’s watched two so far.  It’s hugely funny.  Mindy Kaling has a sharp biting wit that’s refreshing and most definitely worth watching.  I think it’s brand new.  Check it out.

Honestly, we don’t watch a ton of TV.  We’ve mainly watching a show here and there before bed with an iPad.  These four shows will definitely be on our radar though this fall along with the occasional Modern Family and Happy Endings now and then.

Are you looking forward to any shows this fall??

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Favorite Things Friday #2

Posted by Lisa on August 3rd, 2012

Happy Friday!  The theme for this week’s fave post is ice cream! I cannot contain myself. I love ice cream but then again who doesn’t?  Over the past few days weeks I’ve been lucky enough to try some new flavors and some classics.  These are my favorites!

1. My favorite sundae is at Dairy Queen.  I order a small hot fudge sundae and add Spanish peanuts. It’s essentially a Peanut Buster Parfait, but half the size. Nom nom nom.


2. Blueberry crumble by Haagen Dazs. Have you ever had fresh blueberry ice cream?  If not, it’s a must.  But if it’s not in your immediate future may I suggest this frozen concoction?  It’s super creamy and the blueberries are soo good!

3. Trader Joe’s Mint Chocolate Chip.  I have just tried this flavor this year and it’s delicious! There are chunks of chocolate and a lot of them, too. The mint is very mint-y and creamy as well.


4. Snickers ice cream bars. Do you like snickers? Of course you do! Then run out to the store and buy an ice cream snickers now.  My suggestion is to buy a single bar at a time, because of you buy a multi-pack you may eat more than one.


5. Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked. What happens when you mix brownies and cookie dough and ice cream? This tasty treat from B&J!  If your watching your calories, they make a frozen yogurt version, too.

That’s it! What a better way to celebrate August than to go out and eat some ice cream with family or friends?

What’s your favorite flavor? 

Btw, in case you were wondering what’s the latest with our wainscoting project, John and I should be close to finishing it this weekend.  It looks pretty sharp and we’ll probably have something to show for you next week!  Hope everyone has a great weekend!

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Favorite Things Friday #1

Posted by Lisa on July 27th, 2012

Hey kids! So I am hoping to start a new tradition over here at Our Home From Scratch (dot com) and am planning on sharing some of my favorite things with all of you… on a weekly basis. Most of my inspiration will come from, of course, Pinterest, since it just has a plethora of good things.

This week’s theme is Martha Stewart. Martha is the ultimate inspiration for all good things. She bakes, she cooks, she cleans, she organizes, she decorates – she does it all. Best of all she shares all of her amazing ideas with us!!
So in her honor, I share (some) of my favorites, Martha Stewart style!

1. Baking Handbook – This is a great cookbook for cakes, pies, cookies, and cupcakes AND it also give us a lot of information regarding techniques and tools to use.martha_stewart_baking_handbook-737209

(via Amazon.com)

2. Cheesy Snowman – yes folks, it’s cheese shaped like a snowman, and yes I’ve made it and it is delicious!! This is a great idea for your holiday parties.Cheesy-snowman

(via MarthaStewart.com)

3. Cupcake Cake Pops – these are so adorable. I have already done the cupcake-themed party and made cake pops, but these would have been a great addition. The instructions seems pretty simple, but I just wasn’t up for the challenge.3153_040308_cupcake_pops_l

(via MarthaStewart.com)

4. Linen Closet Organization – I love all of Martha’s organization tips. I love her linen closets with the shelves marked with each item listed. She has some great videos on her site as well. Btw, how in the world do you fold the fitted mattress sheet? I can never get that to look good folded.2004_craft_linencloset_l

(via MarthaStewart.com)

5. Pom Poms – I am pretty sure Martha invented these. They are great and look perfect for weddings or parties. She has instructions for big and small pom poms. We actually had pink pom poms hanging from the ceiling fan at our daughter’s birthday party.msw_spring06_pompom_l

(via MarthaStewart.com)

Well there you have it! What are your favorite Martha Stewart recipes, ideas, or crafts? I would love to hear from you.

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Friday Podcast: Movies We Haven’t Seen

Posted by John on May 17th, 2012

Happy Friday everyone! We survived another work week. For today’s post we’re trying something different… an audio podcast. Lisa and I were too beat to work on any projects or type out a long post and we were a little delirious quite frankly. Consequently, this podcast may be a little disheveled, but that’s okay.

The topic of our conversation is principally about the movies we haven’t seen. I think it’s around 8 minutes or so. For the first half I have my chin resting on my hand and sound like a weirdo. So, enjoy!

If you don’t see the play button, click this link: Movies We Haven’t Seen

Thanks for tuning in! Enjoy your weekend!!



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Our Favorite Christmas Songs – Part One

Posted by Lisa on December 21st, 2011

Well kiddos it’s that time again… for John and I to share our my favorite Christmas songs with the world!  This list is going to be lengthy, so we are going to split this post into two posts.

Lisa’s Top Christmas Songs:

1. Neil Diamond – Joy to the World

Lisa: This is one of my favorite songs, I probably picked this as numero uno since it’s sung by one of my faves, Neil Diamond.  I really like the lyrics, and Neil’s spin on the tradition song, and the gospel singers in the background.  I mean if this song doesn’t make you smile by the end.. .then you are a scrooge. *smiling is my favorite*

John: I would like to add that you listen to this song all year long and by Thanksgiving I’m about done with it.  At least it’s not in your car anymore.

Lisa: Actually, it is in my car, I just put it in yesterday.  You can listen on the 2 plus hour car ride on Christmas!

2. Christmas Wrapping – The Waitresses

Lisa: Awesome song.  I like the beat and the clearly 80s feel to it!

John: You’re one of seven people in this country who actually know who sings this song.

Lisa: You’re an angry elf.

3. Up on the House Top

Lisa: This song is great! I really started liking this song in high school when we would sing this in choir and made all these really sweet dance moves to go along with the lyrics.

John: Number one, if you can do these dance moves on the couch, they aren’t sweet. Number two, the kids in this song get terrible toys.  One of the kids gets a whip.  In 2011 that’s called poor parenting.  How about a knife that shivs while we’re at it.

Lisa:  That’s what’s great about the song!!!  Finally we agree on a song!

John: And who wants a whip before Indiana Jones made it cool?  This song is from like 1962 AND I can’t believe I have to tell you how to spell “Indiana” because you never saw those movies.

Lisa: One, this song is like from the 50s and two, I think we just figured out our next “favorites” list – movies you like that I haven’t seen!

4. Dominick the Donkey

Lisa: Awesome song because it’s about an ITALIAN Christmas donkey who speaks Italian and climbs the hills of Italy – what more could you want from a Christmas song?

John: I never heard this song until I started dating you and I agree it’s an awesome song.  It makes me want to grow a serious mustache.  That youtube video was directed by Scorsese… Joey Scorsese.

Lisa:  You can’t even grow a non-serious mustache if you tried.  Back to the song. La la la la la.

John: I’m going to write the Polish version and it will be called “Stanislaw Worcheski the Buttered Polish Pierogie”

5.The Hanukkah Song – Adam Sandler

Lisa: Adam Sandler is a genius! I don’t know who all the people mention in the original version of this song… but it’s awesome! Also, Neil Diamond did a version of this song as well and it’s great!!

John: I don’t have anything to say about this song.  Technically, this isn’t a Christmas song, but it’s still a great holiday song.

My honorable mentions (in no particular order):

6. Santa Claus is Coming to Town by Bruce Springstein

Lisa: I’m not a huge fan of the Boss, but I really enjoy his take on this song.

John: Neither am I, but legally that has to change since we moved to Jersey – it’s required by state law.

Lisa: That seems fair.

7. I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas

Lisa: I’m pretty sure I listened to this song about a million times one Christmas when I was little.  I couldn’t get enough of it!!!

John: I have never heard this song before. Ever. And I never hope to again.

Lisa: the song doesn’t like you either.


I have a lot more songs I want to share with you later in the week because the truth is I love ALL Christmas songs and it is so hard to pick my favorites! Plus, I think John wants to pick some too (BOO!).  So stop by later.

Obviously John and I don’t see eye to eye on Christmas music.  What are your thoughts? Are my picks really that weird? Is there a song (or album) you and your family have to listen to each year?

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Our Favorite Christmas Movies

Posted by John on December 8th, 2011

Buddy the Elf, what’s your favorite color?  ‘Tis the season for Christmas movies!  Every year about this time Lisa and I love to watch our favorite holiday films.  A lot of them we both enjoy, but some of them we don’t see eye to eye on… at all.  Here is a list of our favorite Christmas movies…

1.  Elf

John:  So this is one we both agree on, although Lisa likes this one a lot more than me.  I’m about sick of watching it by Labor Day.

Lisa:  I painted a picture of a butterfly.

John:  Whenever this movie gets mentioned, all you do is quote it.

Lisa:  He’s an angry elf.

John:  I’m 5’8″, I’m not an elf.

Lisa:  Does Santa know you left the workshop?

                                                           John: (eyeroll)

2.  A Christmas Story

John:  This is my favorite Christmas film.  They used to play this movie all day on TBS when I was in high school.  Classic movie.  I must’ve seen it 200 hundred times.

Lisa:  This movie stinks.

John:  I’d like to point out that you just saw this movie for the first time last year, I’m pretty sure you were living under a rock.

Lisa:  I don’t know, I never de-clawed kittens before.

John:  I think I see where this is going…

3.  National Lampoons Christmas Vacation

Lisa:  I am personally not a fan of this movie, although some regard this as a Christmas classic.

John:  How can you not enjoy Chevy Chase and Randy Quaid in their prime?

Lisa:  Candy, Candy Canes and Syrup.

John:  You surprised to see us, Clark?  Oh, Eddie… If I woke up tomorrow with my head sewn to the carpet, I wouldn’t be more surprised than I am now.

Lisa:  I’m sorry that I ruined your lives and crammed eleven cookies in the VCR.

4.  Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer

Lisa:  This is a Christmas classic.  Good news, I saw a dog today.

John:  We’re not doing a Christmas movie post ever again.

Lisa:  Does someone need a hug?

John:  I liked this movie for about five minutes when I was eight.

Lisa:  It’s really, really, cute and I have nothing bad to say about it because I really like it.


5.  Home Alone

John:  Funny movie, but I don’t think of this one as a Christmas movie, but I guess it is.

Lisa:  It’s really entertaining.  It has some great Christmas music.

John:  One day, I’m probably going to booby-trap the house like Kevin McAllister did… and you’re my Joe Pesci.

Lisa:  That means the dog is Daniel Stern.

John:  This is just like Santa’s workshop, only it smells like mushrooms and everyone looks like they want to kill me.

*All images courtesy of wikipedia.org

So that was painful.  Do you like the same Christmas movies as us?  Of course you do.  Do you have any of your own favorites you watch every Christmas?


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