Author: Allison

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 […]

Pinterest Tip of the Week: Be Responsible with Repins

Repinning others’ content is one of the best ways to meet new people and find cool pins on Pinterest. However, if you aren’t careful, repinning can bite you in the butt. Some people are pinning improperly or with less than pure intentions, and if you repinning these pins, you’re passing on bad links to your […]

PinterMess: Nasty Jello Cookies

Today’s recipe is not one I recommend. Not at all, actually. These Jello Cookies were downright nasty. Seriously, that doesn’t even sound good. I don’t know what I was thinking. Jello cookies? Blech. So why post it? Because I keep seeing people repinning this recipe on Pinterest! At least three or four times a week, […]

Pinterest Tip of the Week: How to Tag Friends in Pins

Did you know that you can tag your friends in the description of a pin, which will notify them that they’ve been tagged? It’s quite handy when you pin something they’ve created or you want to alert them about a pin that they should see. If your friend follows a lot of people, they might […]

Salmon Packets with Lemon Butter

I’m not a fan of salmon. It’s okay I guess. But I am a fan of really easy recipes that make almost no dishes dirty! So I just had to try these salmon pouch thingies, as pinned here. maybe this would be the recipe to change my mind about salmon! I originally saw them pinned […]

Crispy Apple Crisp with Extra Crisp

Y’all, I am not lying when I say this is one of the best desserts of all time. I know that my last recipe was so easy it made you want to kiss someone, but this apple crisp is so good that you will NOT want to kiss someone. Because if you’re kissing, you can […]

Pinterest Tip of the Week: Describing Your Pins

One of the ways other pinners will find your profile is through Pinterest’s search function. Other Doctor Who fans will find your Doctor Who pins when they search for TARDIS. Other people who like flowers will find your gardening pins when they search for daisies or roses. Other people who enjoy the beach will find […]

So-Easy-You-Want-to-Kiss-Someone Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins

I have a confession to make. The title of this post is a half-lie. These “muffins” are actually more like cupcakes without the frosting. But I’m going to call them muffins because 1) it makes them healthier and 2) it means I can eat them for breakfast. Also, the original pinner called them muffins so […]