Trying out Pinterest recipes

Prepping for the kitchen chaos

In September I wrote about my attempts at baking and crockpotting (yes, I’m sure that’s a word) recipes found on Pinterest with mixed success. In fact, I’ve got a whole Pinterest board called Eat It Up where I save recipes and food porn for my husband so he can cook them for me. My generosity abounds.

As I mentioned before (and I’m sure you know), Pinterest is fun. And addictive. And pretty, oh so pretty. But sometimes I feel the need to actually try out the cool tips, ideas, and recipes I find there instead of simply drooling over them. I also enjoy jetting off to the insanely beautiful tropical locales on my Travel board. Ahem. As if. But recipes? I can handle. Sort of. Well, maybe not. But I give ’em the old college try (whatever that is).

chocolate banana popsicles

The stickiest mess of deliciousness you’ll lick all year.

One dessert idea caught my eye a few weeks ago and I haven’t been able to get it out of my head since: Nutella Popsicles. Super simple ingredients (bananas and Nutella) plus ridiculously easy directions (Blend!) made it a recipe made in I-can’t-cook heaven, otherwise known as My Life. Although the recipe made it look easy (and gorgeous – nom nom nom) to whip up these popsicles, I hit a few bumps. Which? To be expected, I suppose (see “I can’t cook,” above).

chocolate popsicles

People, I took this yummy shot with my iPhone. I’m officially a food photographer. And, so are you btw.

I know. You’re chuckling to yourself and asking, “How difficult can it be to throw Nutella and bananas into a blender and push a button (moron)?” And I’m going to answer (indignantly) – it’s mildly difficult. We’re not talking “cut-up-raw-chicken-without-throwing-up” difficult. And it wasn’t even “go-through-80-tissues-and-a-tourniquet-in-an-attempt-to-chop-an-onion-without-dying-from-a-severed-artery” difficult. But making Nutella popsicles is sticky business. It’s messy. And it’s dangerous.* You’ve got to stir it all up every few seconds in between blending if you don’t want your banana/Nutella concrete mixture to burn out your blender’s motor. And I had no idea. Because the pretty picture of Nutella popsicles on Pinterest made it seem sooooo easy.

Everything on Pinterest looks so appealing, so gorgeous, so effortless. And somehow merely viewing these amazing things makes us feel that we can elevate ourselves and — heck — our lives to that level of sophistication, creativity, and beauty if only we could make/wear/cook/say/invent those things too. We can’t. Or, at least, we can’t always.

But sometimes, even when they’re messy, Pinterest tips and recipes are so very, very right. And these sticks of frozen chocolatey, banana-ey, chunkiness are exactly that.

* About six bananas were harmed in the making of this Pinterest recipe.

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