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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

PinterTest Kitchen 3: ThanksGiving PinterPalooza

I'll be honest.

This post is going to be short but sweet.


Lots of sweets.

I slept on my neck wrong.

And I can't move it.

We had Ashlyn's IEP with the school district this morning.

Which stands for Individualized Education Plan.

Or Interrogation Extravaganza for Parents.

Basically, I hate these meetings.

They stress me out.

And I am exhausted.

But life goes on, right?


My brother and sister-in-law hosted Thanksgiving this year.

It was fun.

And a bit crazy.

With a ridiculous amount of food.

And the boys spent much of the time upstairs watching football.

Requesting beverages via text.

In a ridiculous movie theater room that my brother had installed pre-Kennah.

She's worked wonders on his former bachelor pad.

But I don't think she's allowed in that room.


I was instructed to bring desserts.

I made three.

I also brought two appetizers.

5 pins = PinterPalooza

Pictures of 4.  You'll have to trust me on the 5th.





I'll start with the appetizers.

Because that's what you're supposed to do.

Kim's Baked Brie.

Which is really Co-worker Cary's.

But who cares where it came from.



Kim's Artichoke Dip.

Which is really Southern Living's.

But again.  Who cares?

And picture-less.  Sorry.


Both are tried and true.

Made a zillion times.

They will make you the life of the party.

And gain 5 pounds just by looking at them.

But we don't care about that either.


Now... on to the desserts.

Make this almond cake.  Now.

This picture does not do it justice but it's FABULOUS.

Do I dare say the best cake ever?

I almost want to say the best cake ever.

But I won't.

But I really, really want to.

Super easy.  SUPER delicious.

I also brought Salted Caramel Chocolate Pretzel Bark.

A standard favorite.

I've blogged about it before.




And lastly...

Blackberry Pie Bars.


Although next time I'm going to cook the crust for a shorter period of time.

Or use parchment paper as it stuck to the bottom of the pan.

We let dad have some after he put the spoons away.



I'm going to sleep now.

For a long time.


Your turn!

Link up and tell me what you've been up to...

I can't wait to see!


  1. i want to eat everything you just made. especially that salted pretzel stuff. make me some for christmas? i'm coming home for 7 days. get excited :)

  2. oh i need to make the pretzel bark. yum! and the almond cake.

    i hope your neck feels better friend.

  3. you are a nicer wife than me (note to self: don't let michael read this post where jessica outwifes you).

    your deserts look yummy.

    like i mentioned in my post yesterday (where i linked to you) my entire kitchen is a pinter-TEST!
    and for that reason i will have to wait to link up with you the next round.

    happy december 1st & pinterpalooza!

  4. oh my goodness.
    you are totally speaking my language here.
    in the sense that two of these recipes are mine (or those that i have stolen and call my own)

    and that i ate all three of your desserts.
    that freaking pretzel bark. it set my thanksgiving weekend off on the VERY right foot. salty chocolatey foot.

    and almond cake.
    i require that everytime i come over.
    and everytime i babysit.
    and everytime you text me.
    so basically, you should be making it 24/7.

    please and thank you.

  5. Must make that pretzel bark ASAP. Want it now.
    Just linked up!

  6. i feel like i want to make every single one of those recipes. yum yum yum!

  7. Love the idea of your Pinterest Test Kitchen link-up! I've seen it around & finally am joining in, thanks to a reminder from Mel @ Larson Lingo when I read her post today! Can't wait to check everyone's projects out!

  8. fancy! yummy!
    those texts are the best though:)