I'm sure it was largely un-inspired.
Actually, if I try hard enough I can remember when most of my inspiration came from magazines (I lamented the closing of Domino) and even that was limited.
I think Pinterest deserves the most credit for how my taste has evolved over the past few years. All of that exposure to out-of-the-box ideas that are actually attainable for people like me, meaning people on a lean budget. And daily exposure to all sorts of crafty blogs.
I can be found on pinterest much more than facebook. Is that true for you?
Pinterest is my go-to for:
-Craft & design inspiration
-Toddler activities (that actually hold my wiggly two-year olds attention)
-and on and on.
Here are a few things that I've tried & found much success with in the kitchen:
Mini Caprese Salad bites : My go-to appetizer. I just use use string cheese cut up into mini-circles, cheery tomatoes, fresh basil and drizzle olive oil & balsalmic vinegar all over the top. It is not the least bit heavy, so you're still hungry for dinner when the time comes.
Cooking bacon in the oven : Even though I have to clean the oven afterwards (because there are baby grease splatters on the front & sides of the oven), the bacon is near perfect.
Sopapilla Cheesecake : I take this to Mops when it's my turn to bring a breakfast casserole & I'm almost always asked for the recipe. I liken it to a cheese danish more than a cheesecake.
Roasted Broccoli : I never really liked broccoli before I cooked it this way. Sometimes this is all I want for dinner. Yum!