When you pop over to Pinterest recipe surfing…
Hoping to find something to make for dinner, everything looks perfect. Like a huge magazine spread. It’s all gorgeous & my mouth begins to water.
Then I come to my senses.
It all looks too good. I know my capabilities in the kitchen. Although I have worked in the food industry for almost 35 years, the entrees I throw together don’t look like those I see on Pinterest.
It kinda makes me a bit insecure.
So what did I do? I avoided Pinterest. Who wants to feel insecure?
How do I know that the food tastes as good as it looks in the photos? It’s difficult to take a recommendation from someone I don’t know. I wouldn’t be so worried if it was Bobby Flay or Rachel Ray. But taking recipe advice from a nameless person on a Social Media site?
It took me months to come back to Pinterest & I must admit, I am now in love with it.
Knowing that I felt leery to take recipe advice from a social media site, I am certain there are others who feel the same way.
So the Pinterest Recipe Review was born.
I dove into Pinterest recipe boards. Making breakfasts, lunches, dinners & desserts. The Pinterest Recipe Review will be sharing the recipe & the site where it was published.
The focus will be on simple to make delicious food. Recipes that have recognizable ingredients & food that the whole family loves. I want to make it easier for you to figure out what to make for dinner. We are trying them out for you, giving them a test drive.
The first time we make the recipe we do it exactly the way that it was written. The second time we make it we tailor it to our family’s taste, making a change here & there, adding or subtracting ingredients.
Weekly we will feature a new recipe & the blog where it premiered. All of the recipes have been given the Hamilton family & View From In Here stamp of approval. Our friends & family, who enjoy coming over for a good meal, can vouch for our culinary taste.
So let’s jump in!
Since I am a rebel & like breaking all the rules, we’re gonna kick the series off with dessert!
The Pinterest Recipe Review of the week is…
Please click the link above for the recipe & instructions straight from Amanda. She is the creator of this scrumptious dessert. Check her out, thank her now for her incredible mad skills. After you have a bite of this incredible concoction you will be to unable to speak, your mouth will be too full. I was still in a state of bliss for hours after I enjoyed my first bite & dreamily planning a quick shopping trip to get more ingredients!
The first time that we made the dessert we made it exactly as the recipe states. We used Greek yogurt instead of sour cream. And let me assure you, it tastes as good as it looks. This dessert was heaven in a glass.
The Second time around…
Only a few alterations were made the second time, and third and fourth, that we whipped up the No Bake Snickers Cheesecake Parfait. We decided to use pre-made hot fudge & a salted caramel sauce. Amanda’s hot fudge & caramel sauces were delectable, but I did not have the time to make them myself this time around.
It was still
good unbelievably delish, in fact, if I had never tried the Bailey’s Hot Fudge Sauce from A Cookie Named Desire, I wouldn’t have known any better. Amanda’s fudge is incredible!
View From In Here Stamp of Approval…
I was searching for a special dessert for our family Christmas Dinner. The one time a year that I go all out. It is our tradition.
My husband, Bruce, children, Levi & Georgia & I spend Christmas morning together. Just the four of us. We love it & look forward to it all year round. We pour coffee & open our stockings from Santa. The kids pass out the presents as Bruce slides the cinnamon rolls into the oven. (I am over in the corner sucking down the caffeine, trying to wake up.)
We all sit together in the living room near the Christmas tree, with our hair a mess & sleep still lodged in the corners of our eyes. The best time of the year.
Normally, our baby Rosie, our Boxer-the child with the fur & the tail would sit between the kids on the couch & open her stocking too. She loved her treats & would have the squeaker ripped out of her new toy in seconds. Our three kids, together. Bruce & I would look over at them & know how lucky we were. All was right in the world.
Tradition, family & love. There is nothing like it.
But this year we had Christmas without Rosie, our child with the tail, she died this last August. And we were all dreading Christmas morning without her. We did not hang her stocking, or buy her toys, we felt her loss deeply. In fact, her birthday was December 27th. We were having a rough time without her.
So, I planned a great dinner, a wonderful day We all deserved it.
If anything could get us out of our misery, this dessert was it! I had to buy two bags of Snickers, the kids ( really, it was the kids! Honest!) kept finding the hidden bag! I put the desserts together on Christmas Eve. They were each tucked into their own brandy snifter. Gorgeous.
I did let the kids lick the mixer bowl. At least they got what I left behind! LOL
We opened our presents with tears in our eyes and moved from the cinnamon rolls straight to dessert. It worked.
This dessert gets a definite thumbs up! We have enjoyed it multiple times since Christmas. In fact there are a few times that my daughter & her friends have asked me to whip up the peanut butter cream cheese mixture, they eat it with apple slices, sometimes. But most often they eat it straight out of the bowl with a spoon!
To sum it up…Make this! It is incredible.
Huge thanks to Amanda at A Cookie Named Desire, The girl has some mad skills! Check out her recipe for Flourless Brownie Cake with Chocolate Malt Frosting & Caramel…while you’re there, that might be one of our next dessert ventures!
See you next week with another recipe featured on The Pinterest Recipe Review.