Pinterest freaks me out and Orange Peel Shrimp.

Heck of a name for a blog post, no? Winking smile

OK before we get into my daily eats from Monday, can we talk about Pinterest?

I have never gone on Pinterest because honestly, I get overwhelmed at all of the social media sites these days.  Facebook and blogging is about all I can handle … I haven’t even attempted Twitter yet (which basically means I’m living in the dark ages, right?).

So imagine my surprise when I looked at my site stats the other day, and noticed that I was getting a lot of hits on my blog via Pinterest!

Unbeknownst to me, people have been “pinning” pictures from my site onto their “boards” (I still don’t get this whole concept, so forgive me if I’m using the wrong terms!)!  If you click here, you can see all of the pictures from the blog.

I don’t know whether I should be excited or freaked out!  I think it’s cool that people are sharing food pictures from my blog, but it also made me realize that they could take any pictures from my blog and post them wherever they want! Disappointed smile

So for those of you who are more tech-y than I am, tell me your thoughts.  If you have a blog, are you concerned at all regarding your privacy?  I realized a long time ago that I was putting myself out there for all to see, but I guess I didn’t realize to what extent until now!


Well let’s move on to happier topics, shall we? Smile



I changed things up today and went for oatmeal.  To my 1/2 cup oats, I added: 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 cup water, about 1/2 tbsp brown sugar, a sliced banana, and a dollop of peanut butter.  Warm and comforting!

Work Snacks:


I told you guys last week that I didn’t like the Chobani Cinnamon Apple yogurt.  But I took a commenter’s advice and tried another flavor, and I loved it!  Thumbs up  I guess I’m on the “Chobani bandwagon” now, huh? Smile with tongue out



Leftovers of our Sunday night dinner … Orange Peel Shrimp and white rice.  Unbelievably good.  More on this recipe below!

Pre-run Snack:


Whole-wheat tortilla pieces covered in peanut butter.  Multiply the picture above by 2, because I was still starving after one piece, so I went back for round 2! Winking smile



Homemade “pizza” (flatbread, tomato sauce, few pepperoni, and mozzarella cheese, baked for 8 minute at 425 degrees) and carrots.


Ice Cream Sandwich (not pictured … use your imagination!). Red heart


Let’s talk Chinese food.

Jenna at Eat, Live, Run posted this recipe for Orange Peel Shrimp recently, and I’m so glad she did!

One of Brandon’s favorite Chinese dishes is Orange Chicken, so I thought this recipe would be a slight change to an old favorite!

I made just a couple of changes to her ingredients, so I’m going to list what I did here:

Orange Peel Shrimp

(slightly adapted from this recipe)

Serves 4


  • 48-56 “large” shrimp (they call them large on the bag, but they’re still pretty small, in my opinion!)
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 8 scallions, finely chopped
  • 2 oranges, zested and juiced
  • 6 tbsp orange marmalade
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil, divided
  • 4 servings of cooked white rice

I followed Jenna’s directions almost exactly, so go to her recipe to check them out. 

But just a couple of notes you may find helpful:

- Prep all of your ingredients first.  Zest and juice the orange (into separate bowls), chop the scallion, peel the shrimp, put soy sauce and marmalade in a bowl, etc.  The cooking itself goes quickly, so it helps to have everything prepped.

- I added salt and pepper to the cornstarch when I covered the shrimp.

- My sauce took closer to 8 minutes or so to thicken, whereas Jenna’s only took 5 minutes.





This recipe turned out to be WAY easier than I expected, plus it was incredibly tasty.  The shrimp had just a slight crunch, and the sauce was super flavorful! Thumbs up


Question for ya …

Thoughts on Pinterest or social media sites in general?

Tell me something tasty you’ve eaten this week!

Favorite Chinese dish?

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30 Responses to Pinterest freaks me out and Orange Peel Shrimp.

  1. DeBlasio

    Love Love Pinterest (my addiction) and Petters blog :) and in not even into blog reading! I will have to follow you :P via pinterest. Ive pinned over thousands im a loser lol but my thoughts is like looking thru the toy magazine when back in the days and circling every toy that you loved :) sorry so long but had to explain :)

    • notsodomesticated

      Haha I just don’t think I get the concept yet!! But maybe I’ll get addicted too, one of these days! ;)

  2. Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean

    pinterest can bring a TON of traffic to your site. people are literally obsessed with it and SO many people use it for recipe ideas. it’s replacing the idea of bookmarking for a lot of people. i’d say embrace it! you can even learn to add a pin it button to your posts to encourage people to pin your pretty pictures!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Haha thanks for the idea, Lindsay! I guess I’m out of the loop!

  3. Brianne

    Pinterest is amazing! Spend some time on it and you will be hooked!

  4. Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries

    pinterest really isn’t bad after you get used to it… it took me awhile to get into it, but now i enjoy it. i don’t allow myself to go on it every day otherwise i’d easily spend way too much time on it. i explained it to my husband like this: it’s basically like you have a bunch of bulletin boards each with a different theme, and you can pin different photos that you would cut out of magazines and such onto the boards based on what they’re about (i.e. fitness, fashion, home decor, etc.). obviously it’s online however… as for being worried about “putting yourself out there” more, my thought is that my blog is already out there for everyone to see so i need to be cautious either way. hope this helps! ;)
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thanks, Ashley!! I still don’t completely get all the hype, but maybe I need to explore it more to understand! :)

  5. natalie @ southern fit foodie

    Even though we know we are making our lives public to everyone, it’s still weird when you find out someone is posting your pictures somewhere haha. I always ask myself before posting a picture, “am I okay if EVERYONE sees this???” You should definitely take it as a compliment that so many people are posting pictures of your wonderful recipes!

    That chicken looks delicious!
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  6. Theresa

    i’ve browsed pinterest before but I’m still a little confused on how to use seems like a pretty cool concept though!

    Twitter is fun because its been a great way for me to reach out to other bloggers and companies :)

    we made a really good stir fry last night, i’m thinking I need to try this recipe too. i love our wok!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Yes, I’m a big fan of the wok, as well! ;)

  7. Janelle

    Pinterest can be super addicting! It’s good for creating a vision or developing an idea, you might like it once you start getting settled in your new home :)
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  8. Leslie Hardy

    First, the oatmeal you mentioned in this post is amazing! I’m always looking for different ways to prepare my favorite daily breakfast:).
    Second, I didn’t understand Pinterest at first, but as I continued to check it out, I realized how great it is! It’s replaced the time I used to waste on Facebook……and it’s benefitting me! I’ve found an made so many great new recipes. You can find so many things to better yourself: recipes, workout ideas, organizational ideas…….its endless! If you would like an email invite, I’d be happy to send you one!

    • notsodomesticated

      Hey, sure, why not?? I’m sure Brandon would LOVE the idea of me having another site to spend my time on haha! ;)

  9. Cinnamon @ eatpraytri

    I dig Pinterest a lot, but find I don’t have as much time to spend there as I would like. You really have to be careful b/c it is a MAJOR time suck. Two hours will go by before you even realize it. But regardless, it is a really neat idea and if you are all about being “organized” then you will love it!!
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  10. Becky @ Fit Chick on the FLy

    Pinterest is AMAZING and ADDICTING! ;)
    If you’re looking to pick up the traffic on your blog, Pinterest is definitely the way to do it!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Geez … sounds like I’m the nerd for not embracing this new concept!! ;)

  11. Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health

    I am kind of obsessed with pinterest haha. And I do actually like twitter now that I understand it! I think both are becoming great tools for blogging, but I also just enjoy them otherwise :D . I wouldn’t be freaked out by it…if it’s going to get people to see your blog, that’s a good thing! And your eats look so delicious. Wanna make me some dinner? ;)
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  12. Tessa @ Amazing Asset

    I loveee Pinterest but I can understand getting a bit irked and scared by it! If you don’t want to waste a whole lot of time or don’t have free time, I would suggest NOT going on it. It will suck you in!
    Great dish here too, thank you for the recipe :)
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  13. Katie

    I’m with you on the pinterest thing – don’t really get it, but I would like to try it out. You have to wait until they let you “in” though, if I’m correct. I had been all set up with it, and never did anything and now am waiting to be able to set up an account again until they email me. That’s kind of wierd to me! anyway, that dish looks awesome! I think I may have to try it out!
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  14. Lauren @ Chocolate, Cheese and Wine

    Some days I love Pinterest other days I’m over it. That orange peel shrimp looks delicious – I actually pinned an orange peel shrimp recipe recently :)
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  15. Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy

    I love Pinterest, but I don’t usually pin pictures from blogs. I didn’t even think about that- I guess people can take any pictures that they want!
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  16. Jessica

    If you haven’t tried the Pineapple flavored Chobani yet, you must! It is my favorite, hands down
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    • notsodomesticated

      Ooh I think I need to try that one! I love pineapple!

  17. Mattie @ Comfy and Confident

    I love Pinterest. I think it is a great place to compile all the recipes and workouts I want to try, but I do understand your hesitation. Although, if you want your blog to grow and gain more readers I think it is a great tool to use. You should try it out, but be careful, it sucks you in.
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thanks for your thoughts, Mattie!! :)

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