Author: Allison

Chocolate Coconut Oil Cookies

I’m having a bit of a love affair with cocoa lately… Back in October, Rodelle was a blog sponsor here on The PinterTest Kitchen for #Choctoberfest, and they sent us some high-quality Dutch processed baking cocoa to test out. Oh mama, was that stuff good! This post is not sponsored by Rodelle in any way… […]

Friday Frenzy #32: Crafty Edition

Winter is the best time for crafts, am I right? During the summer, I want to be outside on the beach or hiking or just hanging out with my friends with a few drinks, watching the sunset. (My life is so hard, right?) But during the winter… I’m usually in pajamas by 7 PM. Heck, […]

Apple Pie Bites

I’m always on the lookout for bite-sized recipes that are perfect for parties and potlucks. The other day, the mini Athens phyllo shells were on sale, so I decided to whip up some apple pie bites, based loosely on a recipe I saw on the Athens website. Oh mama, are they good! They’re just the […]

Friday Frenzy #30: Snowed In Edition

As you already know if you read my post yesterday, I’m snowed in! Here in Norfolk/Virginia Beach, we got 8+ inches of snow, which has drifted to 2+ feet in some places thanks to our crazy wind. Honestly, I actually don’t mind getting snowed in when I don’t have anywhere to go, but Jeffrey has […]

Snowed In! 12 Dinner Ideas You Can Make with What You Have in the Pantry/Fridge

We just got 8+ inches of snow here in Norfolk, Virginia. I don’t mind too much, since it only happens every few years and I didn’t have anywhere to go anyway. 🙂 We actually did go grocery shopping yesterday (we had planned to go because it was Jeffrey’s day off), and the lines were pretty […]

Easy, Creamy Cheeseburger Pasta Dinner

Although I’m calling this recipe “Cheeseburger Pasta,” the unofficial name in our house is “I don’t know.” As in… “What do you want for dinner?” “I don’t know.” It’s just an easy dish to whip up when you are out of ideas for dinner. You probably have all the ingredients in your house already – […]

Friday Frenzy #29: Best Of 2017 Edition

We’ve made it! It’s officially the last Friday of 2017. Can you believe it? Above all, I want to say THANK YOU for being a reader and supporter here over the past year. We are excited to continue sharing delicious family recipes in the new year. I feel like this year went especially fast with […]

Friday Frenzy #28: Way Too Busy Edition

Is anyone else feeling overwhelmed with everything left to do in the next few days? I’m excited to see friends and family, but man do I need a nap! Welcome to the Friday Frenzy, the Best Food and Craft Link Party on the Web. Why is it the best? When you link your favorite posts […]

Chocolate Orange Cookies with White Chocolate Drizzle

I love the flavors of chocolate and orange together, especially around the holidays. It always makes me think of Terry’s chocolate oranges (YUM). I always thought chocolate and orange was a weird combination, but my dad liked the chocolate oranges. One time, I tried a slice and OH MAMA I was hooked ever since! I […]

Friday Frenzy #27: Etsy Edition

Happy Friday, y’all! This week, I’m elbow deep in Christmas ornaments. I know I’ve mentioned it before, but Jeffrey and I volunteer for a local exotic animal shelter, and I am helping them make these really cool Christmas ornaments for their Etsy shop. Each ornament has a piece of REAL reptile shed inside of acrylic, […]

Friday Frenzy #26: Job Hunting Edition

I had a great college experience. Despite not loving it the first year, mostly due to a bad roommate experience, by sophomore year, I was making friends and really loving my classes. But do you know the one thing I do not miss at all about college? That frenzy of job-hunting senior my last semester. […]

Nutty Florentine Cookies (Gluten-Free) #FBLCookieExchange

I love this time of year. When I was a kid, I can remember being SO excited about Christmas break. I was a pretty nerdy kid and liked learning, so it wasn’t necessarily that I didn’t want to go to school. I just was always super excited for Christmas. I love seeing people’s faces when […]

Friday Frenzy #25: Chicken Yodeling Edition

I think this video sums up how my past month has been: It has been absolutely crazy. I’ve been cooking up a storm for the blog, and also volunteering an extreme number of hours, PLUS I took on some writing clients on top of that. I’ve also been helping Jeffrey study for finals and job […]

Crunchy Granola Cups with Yogurt and Fruit

Did you know you can make granola in an air fryer? Weird… but totally yummy! It might seem strange that I’m sharing this recipe today, given that it is Thanksgiving, but it is a quick and easy breakfast or snack you can make today without spending lots of extra time in the kitchen. Don’t skip […]

Friday Frenzy #24: Crazy Writer Edition

Every November, I do something super crazy. I join NaNoWriMo. NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month. Everyone who participates tries to write a 50,000-word novel during the month of November. It works out to a little over 1600 words per day, which is actually fairly manageable when you think about it. The point […]

Friday Frenzy #23: Family Favorites Edition

The best recipes are always the recipes that have been passed down through the generations. They’re the recipes that make an appearance at every family function, the recipes that say “a pinch of this” and “a few cups of that” instead of actual measurements, the recipes that people request when you are attending a potluck. […]