Author: Allison

How to Make A Box Cake Mix Taste Better

My roommate, Leighann, has been super supportive of all the Pinter-Testing going on in our kitchen…even when the ultimate product is a complete mess! So, when her birthday rolled around a few weeks ago, I wanted to do something special for her. Of course, I headed to Pinterest to see what I could come up […]

Thumbs Up: Torchbearer Honey Garlic Wing Sauce

Let me start off this review of Torchbearer Honey Garlic Wing Sauce by saying that I wasn’t contacted by Torchbearer or paid for this review. Heck, I didn’t even get a free sample: I paid for it with my own hard-earned dollars. But it was totally worth it. This is by far one of the […]

Makes-You-Go-MMM Maple Mustard Chicken Thighs

I love easy “throw together” meals that take little prep time and are made with ingredients I usually have in my pantry/fridge. That’s exactly how I feel about this maple mustard chicken. The entire meal is inexpensive, quick to make, and best of all, really tasty. I originally pinned this this recipe from Shelley Roberts, […]

Happy Birthday, Julia!!

If you know me, you know how much I love Julia Child. She was a strong women when you had to be awfully brave to be a strong woman. She was fearless in the kitchen and in life. She was imperfect and loved every bit of her imperfect self. Julia Child died in 2004, but […]

Chewy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

We’re all about quick and easy recipes here on the PinterTest Kitchen, and this is one of my quickest/easiest. I made my first batch last Christmas and they were such a hit that they are now a go-to recipe in my arsenal. The credit actually goes to my mom (Sharon) for finding this recipe, but […]

Homemade Pad Thai

Y’all, I think have a new favorite recipe. This homemade Pad Thai recipe rocks. There’s an authentic Thai restaurant about three miles from my house, and I love going there to get Pad Thai. The only problem? It’s a little pricey. Other restaurants in my area may Pad Thai too, of course, but the vast […]

Pinterest Tip of the Week: How to Find People to Follow

Pinning is more fun when you’re following lots of other people. Once you’ve followed all of your friends in real life, though, how can you find other interesting people to follow? Here are a few quick tips: Follow your favorite bloggers. More and more bloggers are adding Pinterest buttons to their sites. Check the sidebar […]

Allison’s Lick-Your-Plate Potato Salad

I’ve been looking for a good potato salad recipe for years. I’m picky about my potato salad. It has to be white, not yellow. It has to be chunky, not mushy. It has to have a bite, but not to much vinegar. Yes, I am hard to please. What I’ve found is that there really […]

Pinterest Tip of the Week: How to Add Text to Your Images

Pinterest is all about having awesome images. If your blog is in a super visual niche, like food or travel, pictures really are worth 1,000 words. A mouth-watering cupcake or a breathtaking landscape will get tons of repins without and added text. But what if you don’t work in a visual niche? What if you’re […]

Shabby Chic Coffee Filter Wreath

Everyone seems to be on the “shabby chic” kick these days when it comes to home decorating. We had a blank spot in our living room that needed filling, so I headed to the store to find something shabby chic and fabulous. Holy. Crap. Pre-made wreaths at Michaels, even small ones, cost $20+. The larger, […]

Christmas in July: The Giant List of Cookie Recipes

My mother (Sharon) is known for her Christmas cookie platters. If you’re lucky enough to get one of these puppies for the holidays, you have days of scrumptious treats to look forward to. She starts baking weeks before Christmas to prepare, often baking all day to fill the freezer with cookies for Christmas. Here are […]

Pinterest Tip of the Week: How to Show Up in the Gifts Category

If you’re selling items via Etsy or another online store, you can really reap the benefits. Did you know that according to a Shopify study, Pinterest users are more likely to make a purchase based on what they see on this social network – and when they do, they spend, on average, twice as much […]

Two-Ingredient Frosting Fudge

A recipe that’s easy, fast, and chocolate? Count me in. I saw this pin originally from Jillee, who pinned it from You Pinspire Me. I have no willpower for something called “five minute fudge,” especially when I already have all of the ingredients in my pantry. And I don’t keep a super well-stocked pantry; there […]

Pinterest Tip of the Week: How to Get Your First 100 Followers

One of the questions I most commonly get asked about Pinterest is this: Allison, no one is repinning my stuff. No one even knows I exist. How do I get people to follow me when I’m starting from zero? For me, the tipping point seems to be 100. I’ve been working on my own Pinterest […]

Creamy Spicy Chicken Lasagna Rollups

I love chicken. I love pasta. I love cheese (oh how do I love cheese). So when I saw this recipe for Chicken and Cheese Lasagna Roll-Ups, originally from iVillage, I had to try it. Okay, I’ll admit it. I made a few changes to the original recipe. But I’m still hesitant to but this […]

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie – You Won’t Believe the Secret Ingredient!

Whenever someone puts the word “healthy” in front of a baked goods recipe, I’m always immediately skeptical. Chocolate isn’t supposed to be healthy. Cookies aren’t supposed to be healthy. And pie? Forget about it. So throw those things together to make a chocolate chip cookie pie and the result should be instant diabetes on a […]