Thursday, December 01, 2011

November PinterTesting!

Happy Merry December!

Linking up with Jessica for this month's PinterTest Kitchen...

In our house this month, we did a couple of PinterTests... we all use Pinterest (admit it, people think you've started a cult. No? just me then.) to pin five gagillion million things that we MUST have, buy, make, eat, or do. But do you actually go back and get, buy, make, eat, or do any of them? Fortunately, I do. Not many compared to all the pins I have, but several.

Here are the two I'm linking up with today.

GROUT REFRESH! Supposedly the best way to restore grout between tiles to pretty, newness. So Hubby and I tested it. And it works! Basically, you're using the stuff to 'paint' the grout, which is why it works. It was only about $10 and since it was our first time, it did take a while. We spent about four hours on the project total (including cleaning ahead of time, waiting, cleaning after). I will say I was ridiculously sore for about 4 or 5 days after being on my hands and knees for that many hours. Pretty painful. But totally worth it!

As you can see above, our grout was pretty grody (apartment living)-- a year and a half's worth of grime ground down into the grout. The second photo from the left is the process during, and the last two show the pretty and clean afters. Such a major improvement!

Then, this Monday was our last day off for Thanksgiving vacation. We decided to use our
nifty new super-cheap-accidental-Black-Friday-doorbuster-deal of a crockpot to make Hawaiian Barbeque Chicken. Three ingredients + Crockpot = Easy, right? Well actually, yes.

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts, crushed pineapple, and hawaiian-style bbq sauce from Target. Cook on low for 6 hours, eat the yumminess. Those are almost literally the directions.

Here's where our problem was. Our new crockpot is programmable- on high, for four or six hours. On low, for eight or ten hours. The directions said LOW for SIX hours. What to do? We put it on low for 8 hours. What would you have done? Well, I think it would've been yummy but ours turned out overcooked. Poor chicken.

Here's the final product!

This unappetizing photo brought to you by my hungry self...

We also had rice and broccoli so it was a healthier, more meatless meal than it looks in the moment. Hubby said it needed more salt to add flavor. I'm not sure I agree with that part, but the overdone chicken certainly didn't help. Not sure if we'd try it again or what. The idea of mixing chicken and a sauce and letting it cook all day is extremely appealing. Maybe we'll try a variation....

This weekend I'm sort of hosting a Pinterest party, so I'll keep you posted on how that goes...


{cuppakim} said...

now that is some gorgeous grout! :)

see, i love those fancy crockpots but they scare me too!

mine is easy. on or off.
but then i get confused on the whole low/high thing. ;)

Jan said...

What a HUGE difference in your grout! Amazing! I have to try your crockpot recipe. Sounds so easy! And I can't wait to hear about your Pinterest party. Do tell. :)

Jessica Johnson said...

i want that chicken. going to make it.

our new house has darker grout in the bathroom. and it's almost the only reason i bought it. BUT if i DID have white grout, i'd be all up in that business. it totally works!

thanks for linking up, susan! :)

Anonymous said...

Our crockpot isn't programmable, and I always have issues with this too! I am at work for at least 8 hours every day, by the time I get home to turn the thing off, everything is overcooked. Don't understand the whole idea of using a crockpot on a work day, but maybe that's just me!

twinkietotmom said...

I need to clean our grout, too. We had our house built a year & half ago and I never sealed the grout (ooops!)

I've made that recipe in the crock pot as well & we love it! One night we had it over rice & the next night we ate it in a sloppy sandwich. So good!