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Pinterest Recipe Wins

I think we’ve all seen at least one or two of the blogs that feature Pinterest fails.  Indiscernible frosting jobs and exploding cake cups seem to be the norm.  Well, instead of talking about those areas I’d like to tell you about some of the Pinterest wins I’ve experienced.

I have tried quite a few recipes from Pinterest.  For the most part I’d say the majority turned out.  Now, that doesn’t mean I’d suggest all of them.  Some were just so-so, while some were awesome.  Below are the ones that I will definitely be making again.

Let’s start off with a drink win.  I made this Strawberry Sangria last Spring when we had both sets of parents over for a Sunday dinner.  Let me just say wow!  I couldn’t find the strawberry schnapps that was called for so I used watermelon schnapps instead.  I’d suggest this if you’re looking for something to jazz up your usual drink offerings.  Just be careful, it’s so good you’ll want more than just one glass.

Strawberry SangriaSource

This next recipe was a surprising win.  I made this Taco Pasta Bake for dinner one night not expecting too much.  I was wrong.  It had such a great flavor.  Even my husband, who can be a tough one to impress, commented on how good it was.  It was really easy to make too.  If you’re looking for something quick, easy, and delicious for dinner then you should try this.

This chicken recipe is probably one of the best recipes I’ve made.  Ever.  Kaytucky Chicken is a chicken breast, filled with a cream cheese, bacon, spring onion, and herb mixture.  Then it’s wrapped in puff pastry dough and baked in the oven.  If you’re looking for that recipe to impress, then look no further.  It takes a little time to get everything put together, but it’s well worth it.  My step-daughter is still asking when we can have this again.  That’s a sure sign of a winner!

One of my more recent recipe wins was Baked Pumpkin Spice Donut Holes.  I’ve made these twice and both times they were gone within a couple of hours.  I think some people are a bit hesitant to make donuts.  I’m here to say, “It’s time to make the donuts!”.  Donuts, especially the baked ones, are as easy as making muffins.  I have a mini donut baking pan so that’s what I use to make these.  Try them, you’ll love them!

Pumpkin Spice Donut HolesSource

Finally, we’ll wrap it up with a dessert that was a big win, Strawberry Lemonade Layer Cake.  It tastes exactly like you hope it tastes; it has the sweet tang of lemonade in the frosting combined with the strawberry cake and sliced strawberries on top, yum!  I made this over the summer.  It’s a perfect Spring/Summer dessert.  I highly recommend it.

Strawberry Lemonade Layer CakeSource

There you have it.  A selection of some Pinterest recipes that were wins.  I have others that I’ll share later, but these were some of the best ones to date.

What about you?  Have you tried a Pinterest recipe that was all you had hoped it would be?  Let’s hear about it!

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Posted by on February 21, 2014 in Desserts, Meals


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A Sweet Valentine’s Day

It’s February 14th and that means it’s time for some sweet treats!  Actually it’s always time for sweet treats, but today we’ll focus on the pink ones.  I have a few ideas for a little special treat for tonight.  Let’s jump right in.

First up the Cherry Chocolate Chip Cheeseball.  I made this one last weekend so I know it’s a winner.  It’s super easy too.  I do want to call out that mine did not set up like the picture.  I mixed it as directed and let it set overnight in the fridge, but it was still very soft the next day.  I ended up sprinkling the mini chocolate chips on the top of the mix rather than trying to shape it into a ball.

Regardless it is delicious.  I served it with graham crackers, but I think vanilla wafers or chocolate graham crackers would also be good choices.  It’s sweetly addictive; consider yourself warned.

Next up are Cherry Krispie Treats with Dark Chocolate.  These look so good.  They’re a traditional Krispie treat with cherry gelatin added for flavor and color.  Plus, they have a dark chocolate coating.  I am a fan of the improvised Krispie treat so I think this would be another quick and easy sweet treat to have as a go-to item.

As a third option let’s consider Strawberry Chocolate Chip cupcakes.  I wish I had a picture to share with you, so maybe these are what I’ll make so I can have a photo.  Regardless, these would be pretty simple to make.  I’ve had the cake variation for my birthday many times.  You’ll need a strawberry cake mix (boxed or homemade, it’s up to you), mini chocolate chips, and chocolate frosting.  I suggest going with my homemade chocolate frosting that I shared here.  You can make it as thick as you want based on how much cocoa you add.

The big thing to remember here is to go with the mini chocolate chips.  They won’t sink to the bottom of your cupcake as easily as the regular size chips.  The regular size seems to sink regardless of whether you add a little flour to them first.

So, hopefully after this you’re feeling inspired to whip up a little sweet treat today.  Regardless if it’s just for you or you’re sharing with others, a sweet treat is always needed.

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Posted by on February 14, 2014 in Desserts, Holidays


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“Haunted” Cookie House

Happy Halloween!  We’ve had quite a bit of Halloween fun starting with a party and fall festival over the weekend.  For both of those I took Pumpkin Pie Spice Rice Krispie Treats.  So delicious (when you do the whole recipe).  I didn’t do the whole recipe.  I skipped out on the graham cracker crust.  Yes, it makes a difference.  They were still good, but I knew they could’ve been great.

The big star for Halloween though was the “haunted” cookie house.  It took some time, but the end result was worth it.  First things first, you need to build the house.

Just getting started on the "haunted" cookie house.

Just getting started.

I used melted sugar for the glue.  I got the idea from Pinterest and it was right on the money!  It held tight and was edible.  It’s a good thing too because it was going on top of a cake.

The house was made out of chocolate graham crackers; little marshmallow ghosts were added to the inside.  Scary!

Once that part was done I got the cake in the oven and then made the frosting.  I went with chocolate, mainly because it’s my favorite.  We don’t do much dairy here so I used almond milk instead of regular.  Just beat it all together until it’s at the consistency and sweetness that you want.

Homemade Chocolate Frosting

Yum, homemade chocolate frosting!

I took a cup or so of the frosting out before adding the cocoa so I’d have a white frosting to work with too.  I ended up adding in a bit more sugar, cocoa, and milk because of that.  So good!  This frosting has some sticking power so it was perfect for holding the decorations on.

I went with candy corns, candy pumpkins, pretzels, and a bit of assorted Halloween candy to jazz it up.  I didn’t go overboard as I didn’t want it to look too cutesy.  I tinted the white frosting orange and used it to add windows on the sides.  Let’s take a look at the end product.

Front view of the "haunted" cookie house.

Watch out for the ghost!

The cake was frosted with a coconut frosting (yes, I went with the canned version, I know…).  I also underestimated the size of the house.  I was thinking there would be room to add in more decor around the house.  It was fine though, the house was the star!

Side view of the "haunted" cookie house.

Look at the size of it!

Overall, it was a good learning project.  Using melted sugar for glue was perfect, and the graham crackers were a good choice for the walls.  I’ll go with a smaller house next time.  It would’ve been nice to add in a lot more details, but the house was just so big.  It was well received though, so no complaints here.

Alright, so Halloween is wrapping up.  I’m going to snack on a little cake and start thinking about the next holiday.  Here’s the frosting recipe I use.  Until next time!

Chocolate Frosting

1/2 C. Crisco

2 C. Powdered Sugar

1/4 C. Cocoa Powder

1 t. Vanilla

1/4 C. Almond Milk (or regular milk, whatever works for you)

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Posted by on November 1, 2013 in Desserts


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