Let’s Get it Pinning in Here

Let’s Get It Pinning in here…

And the base keep pinnin’ pinnin’, and pinnin’ pinnin’, and pinnin’ pinnin’, and pinnin’ pinnin’, and
pinnin’ pinnin’, and pinnin’ pinnin’, and pinnin’ pinnin’, and pinnin’ pinnin’, and…

Are you ready to get started with The Lean Green Bean’s next Pin It Party? Yah!!!!!

Are you now currently humming along to the Black Eyed Peas song? Yaaaahhhhh….. No.

Get your head out of the music and refocus, because right now it’s all about Pinterest. There’s no time for Fergie today.

Pin It Party

Everyone is welcome to participate and the rules are simple:

  • Round up 5 blog posts you’ve written that you would like to see on Pinterest.
  • Make sure there is a nice, pinnable image or photo included in each post.
  • Write a short post featuring the posts you chose- ie, put 5 nice images & links to the posts all in one place, along with a short description of each post.
  • On Thursday, publish your post, then visit The Bean and add your post to the linkup!

Below I have gathered my 5 posts that I would love to be pinned, and to further excite things, I have also included some more items of Pinterest “interest” (ha! 😉 ) towards the end that I think my fellow pinners may love as well.

Grain-Free Banana Scones

Grain-Free Banana Scones – This is my most recent recipe here on Eating 4 Balance. The scones are naturally sweetened with honey and bananas, and topped with a deliciously simple almond butter glaze (nut-free and vegan substitutions listed).

Basic Paleo Pancakes

Basic Paleo Pancakes– These are my fluffiest grain-free pancakes to date. Like most of my recipes, they are very allergy-friendly, and being made from neutral flours they would be wonderful with a variety of toppings.

Microwave Cinnamon Rolls (Paleo and Vegan)

Microwave Cinnamon Rolls– In case you are new to my blog, you should know that the only thing that rivals my passion for pancake recipes is my love for cinnamon rolls. This cinnamon roll recipe in particular is great because it can be made in just a few short minutes and has a serving size of two. It’s perfect for a quick morning breakfast.

Easy Apple Pancakes (Gluten-Free)

Easy Apple Cinnamon Pancakes – Like I said, I love pancakes. With a combination of apples, nut flour, yogurt and eggs these are a are a great hearty (and healthy) way to start your day.

Catching Fire: Recipe Round-Up

Catching Fire Recipe Round-Up – This may be one of my most time intensive posts ever (except for my 12 Days of Allergy-Friendly Christmases). In honor of the release of Catching Fire I went through the book, found all mentions of food, and then proceeded to match up a majority of them with recipes that I have found around the blog world. If you are a Hunger Games fan, you don’t want to miss this post. It would be a great resource for a party when Catching Fire is released on DVD!


Of course, a pinner is nothing without the amazing pinners that she/he follows. Below are just a couple of my favorite boards on Pinterest. They range from style to funnies to Disney stuff to gorgeous scenery… and then of course there are the food boards. Most recipe boards I follow are just for “pinspiration” but there are a few allergy-friendly ones in there as well.


I hope you’ve found some delicious recipes to pin and interesting new boards to follow! My pinterest account is here if you’d like an awesome daily slew of puppy chow recipes, obsessive Harry Potter memes, and a constant influx of allergy-friendly recipes.

If you have a Pinterest board that you think I’d like to follow (it can be yours of course!) let me know in the comments. I’m always looking for someone new. Pinterest is one addiction I’m not sure I will ever break 😉



Bust a Move Cause It’s Friday

I’m usually not one to name posts based on song titles (except for this one), however I guess Alex is rubbing off on me 🙂

This song has been playing on my computer for the last few minutes:

We had an impromptu music session in my Great Ideas class today. Instead of discussing Sherlock Holmes and pragmatic reasoning one of the girls pulled “Bust Your Windows” up on her laptop and I was introduced to Jazmine Sullivan. It’s no Cascadia, but I can see why my teacher got a little excited. It’s a pretty good beat to dance to. *Shakes hips*

*Or not?*

Friday is usually just a big jumble of everything, and today will be no different.

First up, a few posts that I’ve been loving this week:

Junk Your Bathroom Challenge by The Polivka Family- Do you know what the ingredients are in your everyday bathroom products?


10 Uses for Coconut Oil That You Haven’t Tried Yet by Empowered Sustenance- I’ve been using it as a makeup remover forever!


Milk Aspartame FDA Petition by NaturalNews.com- Ya, you read that right. The dairy industry wants the FDA to allow aspartame and sucralose (Splenda) to be included in regular dairy products without having to include it in the ingredients list.


The Allergy Buster by New York Times- Hope for those with severe food allergies.


A few food pins that look to die for:

Almond Butter Pancakes


Pumpkin Ice Cream


The Two Minute Paleo Blueberry Muffin


One lovely “I can still dream” food pin:

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream Pie


A few funny pins that I literally died laughing at:

Happy Belated Pi Day!


Britney Spears Humor-


Creepiest Cat Ever-


Pins That Make Me Feel Like I’m Not Alone in the World:

All of the time-


Sadly yes-


Haha. Maybe?-




And finally, a recipe that’s been a week in coming:

Paleo Tagalongs

Paleo Tagalongs

Paleo Girl Scout Tagalongs

Cookie Recipe adapted from L. Michelle and Chocolate Recipe adapted from Chocolate-Covered Katie

Servings: Approximately 9 cookies

Grain/Gluten/Wheat-Free, Vegetarian, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free Option, GAPS/Paleo Friendly

Paleo Tagalongs


  • 1 cup nut/seed flour (I used mostly almond flour)*
  • 1 egg*
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 9 tsp (or 3 tbsp) of nut/seed butter*
  • 1/4 cup cocoa 
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp honey


1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Combine well the first four ingredients- flour, egg, honey and salt.

Paleo Tagalongs
3. Measure out heaping tablespoons of the dough and roll into balls. Distribute evenly on parchment paper and flatten with fingertips.

Paleo Tagalongs

4. Bake the cookies for 10-14 minutes (I baked them for 14 minutes, but oven temps vary) until they are firm.

Paleo Tagalongs

Paleo Tagalongs

5. Put one teaspoon of nut/seed butter onto each cookie. Spread out to cover the entire top. Place in freezer to cool.

Paleo Tagalongs

6. Meanwhile, put the cocoa powder, coconut oil, and honey into a food processor and blend until smooth.

Paleo Tagalongs

Paleo Tagalongs

Paleo Tagalongs

7. Remove the cookies from the freezer after about 10 minutes.

Paleo Tagalongs

8. Using a spoon, drizzle the chocolate mixture onto the tops of the cookies. 

Paleo Tagalongs

9. Freeze until hardened and enjoy!

Paleo Tagalongs

Paleo Tagalongs

Notes: For a non-Paleo version, I would recommend peanut butter. For Paleo, I used cashew butter with much success, but any other nut butter like almond would work well too. For those with nut allergies, use sunflour in the cookies and sunbutter for the topping. For those with egg allergies, Chocolate-Covered Katie has an awesome vegan Tagalong recipe

Also to note, for a true authentic Tagalong cookie, I would double the ingredients for the chocolate mixture and coat both sides of the cookie. None of my family had ever had a Tagalong before, so I didn’t know that’s how they went 😉

Recipe shared at: Thank Goodness It’s MondayFat Tuesday, Wheat Free Wednesday


And now, I leave you to bust a move cause it’s Friday!


What are some posts or pins that you have been loving this week?

What are your plans for the weekend?

What song have you been “busting a move to” recently?

Nerdy Girl Survey

First off, I want to thank all of you for your awesome comments on Wednesday’s post. If you haven’t read them yet, go check it out now! There are some great thoughts there.

Second, next week I want to do a round-up of all the posts on this lovely blog world about not falling into that “trap.” So, if you wrote a post, or if you want to recommend someone else’s post, feel free to leave a link in the comments!


Alright, so if you all didn’t already think I was a nerd from my Excel reference the other day, this post will leave no doubt in your mind.

One of the blogs that I read, Will Study For Food, came up with this awesome survey post in the beginning of January that I just loved. Shoot, give me any survey and I will confess my undying love for it. And that’s the truth.

So, if you haven’t gotten tired of learning about me so far, here is another fun survey to take a look at!


1. What is your favorite protein?

Chicken. Or beef. Right now I guess I’d say beef pot roast. With some carrots and zucchini noodles. Yum.


2. Pencil or pen?


Most of the time pencil, especially for homework or notes. When I am writing a rough draft of something on paper though, I have to use pen. I’m not quite sure why, but my best reports start off in pen. Not pencil, and definitely not typewritten from the get-go.

Fun Fact: I have this permanent indentation on my right middle finger from gripping my writing utensils too hard. It used to be a lot bigger in elementary school, but it started to hurt so I have since practiced gripping not quite so hard.

3. Handwritten notes or laptop?

Handwritten all the way. I have a five-subject notebook and everything.


4. What has been your favorite class so far?

Ethnic Studies hands down.


5. If you could “re-do” any class from college, which one would you?

Probably my business class from last semester. It was really easy, and kind of fun, but in hindsight I didn’t learn very much. I probably should have looked more into what teacher I picked, but I was a freshman and didn’t have anyone to ask for recommendations.


6. Where is your most productive study spot?


My blue mushroom chair. It’s also my most procrastinator spot, but we don’t need to get into that now, you guys already know that I have a tendency to put things off (especially when it comes to walking to my car on Fridays…).

7. How do you organize your day?

Simple. I don’t.


I do make tons of lists and plan out my day, but I rarely follow them. Really I just like making lists.

8. What is your least favorite class?

Can I pick none? Seriously, I love all of my classes. If I had to pick my least favorite though, it would have to be Statistics. Our graduate student is from another country and there is definitely a language/social barrier.


9. What is the best time to study for you?

I do my best homework at night, but I do my best test studying for tests in the morning.


10. Do you have a dream student gadget?

This is a toughie. I wasn’t really sure, so I typed “dream student gadget” into Google and came up with this. Like I said before- I Love Lists!

This list in particular reminded of a gadget that I’d love to have: A new camera (so… if any of you out there happen to have an extra one lying around, or happen to work for a camera company… my arms are open graciously to thee).

Carrots N’ Cake mentioned awhile back (Jan. 24 I believe) that her favorite camera was one sale, so of course I had to check it out. Sounds pretty good if you ask me. A little “expensive” at $249.00 but I guess quality really does count people!

  • 12.1 effective megapixel, 1/1.73-inch high-sensitivity CMOS sensor
  • 3-inch TFT color LCD with wide viewing angle
  • DIGIC 5 image processor
  • Full 1080p HD video with stereo sound
  • 24mm wide-angle lens (5x optical zoom, 4x digital zoom and 20x combined zoom) with optical image stabilizer



Normally I would post some recipes that I’ve found throughout the week for a Friday Food Finds, but I’m just not feeling it today. Instead, I’m going to share some of the recent pins that I’ve pinned to my board on Pinterest. Can one ever say pin too much?

Source: someecards.com via Madison on Pinterest

I feel like this every time I go to the grocery store. Anybody else?

Source: donthatemiami.com via Madison on Pinterest

Haha. This pin is from a board I’ve created for all things Miami Heat. We’re finally upgrading my brother’s room from Power Rangers this summer 🙂

Source: 24.media.tumblr.com via Madison on Pinterest

Best awards speech ever.

Source: yankodesign.com via Madison on Pinterest

Hmmm… On second thought, maybe I should have used this for my nerdy girl gadget above? Genius.

Source: chef-in-training.com via Madison on Pinterest

Who says I can’t dream?


Tell me:

What is one “nerdy girl” thing about you?

What has been your favorite pin this week?