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Cooking with Pinterest.5

Here are my thoughts on the Pinterest recipes I tried last week:

Crunchy Black Bean Tacos via Six Sisters' Stuff

The flavors for this were great. Jack just wanted to eat the black beans and cheese and Daniel thought I should have added chicken (so that it would be more filling). I thought that they would have tasted better if I cooked the tortillas in butter instead of cooking spray. I saved some of the mixture and made myself lunch two days later using a flour tortilla shell and butter and I liked it a lot better. For my dipping sauce, I like to mix sour cream and salsa.

Parent Score 4/5 | Toddler Score 2.5/5

Cheeseburger Zucchini Boats via Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice

Daniel and I both loved, loved, loved this dish. I used sharp cheddar cheese instead of Gouda in the bechamel sauce and it was still incredibly flavorful. I think that the diced pickles in the hamburger mixture really make the dish. Daniel actually thought that I had stuffed pickles not zucchini! This…

Love Where You Live: Road Biking

Last night, after dinner at our local Mexican restaurant, we decided to on a quick bike ride from our house. As we hopped on our bikes, Daniel mentioned something about a flat ride. Then he said something like "never mind." I should have been listening more closely because I was expecting a flat ride through our neighborhood...

Instead we made our way over to Shoal Creek Road which parallels Hwy 127 as it comes up the final leg of the mountain. This road is often closed when icy as well as on Sundays as it also functions as a local park. I don't know that the park has an official name, but there are signs posted along the road that say, "Park Rules."

The ride down Shoal Creek Road was fast and fun. It was great to let go and just coast as the road winded down. I was thankful to not think about anything for 30 minutes. 

After the quick ride down, we had a slow haul back up. Being surrounded my nature, it really wasn't too bad though. I think I would have prefer…

Biking The Riverwalk

In Chattanooga there is a 9-mile paved trail (one way) that runs from downtown Chattanooga (at Ross's Landing) to the Chickamauga Dam in Hixson. This trail is a part of the Tennessee Riverpark (known as the Riverwalk to locals). 

Daniel had the day off on Monday, so we took advantage of the beautiful day by going downtown to bike part of the Riverwalk. We parked at Ross's Landing and then made our way across the Walnut Street Bridge to Coolidge Park in North Shore.

After Coolidge Park, we came back across the bridge and biked over the glass bridge to the Art Museum...

and then through the Bluff View Art District before proceeding down to Battery Park. We made our turn around before reaching the Rowing Center.

It was a lovely ride and Jack had a blast (he likes to go fast). Jack hung in through the first half of our ride, but passed out in his chair on the way back. Poor guy, his parents need to do a better job of not planning outings during nap time.

We look forward to biking the e…

Love Where You Live: Signal Point

After our Easter Egg hunt on the mountain last Saturday, we took Daniel's mom, Grandmother and sister to see Signal Point.

Signal Point offers an amazing view of the Tennessee River and surrounding valley. It is a fairly easy walk from the parking lot to the view, even for a toddler and his great grandmother. 

Signal Point also has access to 13+ miles of the Cumberland Trail in the Prentice Cooper State Forest. We haven't had a chance to do portions of this hike yet, but the view alone is worth the stop at Signal Point.

Signal Point is another one of the reasons we love where we live. If you are ever visiting our mountain, we would recommend that you make a stop to see this great view.

Jack's First Easter Egg Hunt

I have this theory that at the age of 2, Jack doesn't really care what we do or don't do. Mostly he just wants to play. Therefore I don't often make a big deal about events or visits with family until the day they happen. 

He ALWAYS gets excited when we share the news, and I don't have to worry about his disappointment if things don't work out the way we planned. We have plenty of years ahead to learn how to deal with disappointment.

The point is that we didn't talk about Easter or the accompanying egg hunt until the morning we went to hunt for eggs. About 20 minutes before we left the house, I briefed Jack on what we were going to do.

I told him he would have a basket and he would pick up eggs. He wanted to know if we would "crack" the eggs after we got them. So I explained that they were toy eggs.

Daniel's mom, grandmother and sister Amy, came up to join in the egg hunt festivities. They arrived at our house just in time to head to the Alexian Inn f…

Cooking with Pinterest.4

Here are my thoughts on the Pinterest recipes I tried last week:

3-Ingredient Nutella Brownies via Instructables

I have seen variations of this recipe on Pinterest and finally decided to give it a try. According to the original recipe, the writer states that since Nutella already has fat, milk and chocolate in it you don't need a ton of ingredients. Jack enjoyed helping me make this dessert (especially since I let him lick the spoon). 

The brownies turned out great. My only complaint is that they fell apart really easily.
Parent Score 4/5 | Toddler Score 5/5 

Pizza Nachos via Inspired Dreamer with Queso Blanco Dip via Seeded at the Table

The recipe at Inspired Dreamer is incomplete so I used it as a starting point. I found a queso recipe at Seeded at the Table and used some basic instructions in the comments section of the original post. I used Cotija cheese for the Queso Blanco dip and it never did get to be the right consistency that I was looking for. It tasted great, but ju…

First Rock Climb

According to Wikipedia, Bouldering is a form of rock climbing that is performed without the use of ropes or harnesses. While it can be done without any equipment whatsoever, most climbers use climbing shoes to help secure footholds, chalk to keep their hands dry, and bouldering mats to prevent injuries from falls. Unlike free solo climbing, which is also performed without ropes, bouldering problems (the path that a climber takes in order to complete the climb) are usually less than 20 feet tall.

Our new house has the distinction of sitting in front of a fairly large rock face that is perfect for bouldering. It even has a crevice that is easy for little ones to master . 

I thought that it would be several years before we let Jack try to climb the crevice, but this weekend he showed some interest and Daniel let him have a (supervised) try. He did great.
Video of Jack's first time bouldering at our house.
The rock face isn't rough, there are good hand and feet holds, and the rock…