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Pinterest Pass/Fails

When you see me again and I look 20 pounds heavier, you can blame Pinterest.

If you’re not familiar with Pinterest, it’s a virtual pinboard where you save and share inspirational photos, recipes and quotes. And you shouldn’t go there unless you have many, many hours to waste and room in your life for a new addiction.

And room in your waistline for extra calories.

Because pinterest is a place where friends lure other friends away from their diets with photos and recipes for things like…

Nutella Caramel Hazelnut Brownies

From Bell’alimento, recipe and source here.

Irish Cupcakes

From Redhead Recipes, recipe and source here.

In a completely noble and giving spirit, wherein I make painful sacrifices in the collective best interest, I’ve been selflessly trying multiple decadent recipes and tracking which ones pass and which fail. (Though the failures can possibly sometimes probably be attributed to user error.) It’s a tough life, but who wants to fit into their clothes anyway? *Ahem.*

First, let’s move quickly through the “real” foods which are not sweet, and therefore must be quickly consumed so we can move to dessert.

Meatloaf Muffins

From I Can Teach my Child, recipe and source here.

The Review: My husband believes he alone makes the Best Meatloaf Known to Mankind, but also doesn’t feel he needs to PROVE it more often than once every five years or so. Even with his own sky-high meatloaf standards, he liked these, The Toddler approved, and I enjoyed the ease of reheating tiny meatloaf balls* for leftovers. *Footnote: Don’t let the unappetizing term “tiny meatloaf balls” distract you from the goodness in this recipe.

Autumn Chopped Salad

From Espresso and Cream, recipe and source here.

The Review: OMG. I LOVED it. I don’t know why pecans cost like $5 each and therefore make this salad unnecessarily expensive, but it is super tasty and sweet and because there’s lettuce included, you’re practically REQUIRED to quickly consume piles of desserts immediately afterward. I’ve also never tried poppy seed dressing until this recipe, but it’ll quickly become a regular around here.

Sopapilla Cheesecake

From My Yellow Umbrella and Real Mom Kitchen, recipe and source here and here.

The Review: I made these a day early to bring to a girls’ night. That was a bad call, because the minute they came out of the oven, I had to restrain myself from eating ALL of them. They were AH-MAZ-ING. But the next day, when I brought the few I’d managed not to eat to the party? They were kinda soggy and lame and everyone acted like they were delicious just to be nice, but I knew the truth. I don’t need sympathy “yums,” friends. I know what lame tastes like. Make these, but eat them all immediately after they leave the oven.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

From All Recipes, recipe and source here.

The Review: This is one of about eight pumpkin/chocolate recipes I’ve tried in about the last month, and it was hands-down my FAVE. I could eat seven. SEVEN. In one sitting. Cookie monster style. I added a little pumpkin pie spice and changed out the oil for applesauce, and the flour for whole wheat flour, making these a veritable health food. I thought these were EPIC, but that’s not unanimous.

Have you tried any pinterest recipes lately that have completely set your world on end? I’d love to hear them, then please follow up with recommendations on fall outfits that make you look 2 sizes smaller.

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  1. You had me at bacon cinnamon rolls. 😛

    Oh, Pinterest. Who doesn’t love another way to waste time.

    I’m still loving the cookie monster comment….mmm, cookies….

  2. Oh I’m pretty sure I have more pins on my food board than anything else. It is my goal in November to plan our entire month’s meals all from recipes I have pinned.

    I haven’t seen the bacon cinnamon rolls but HELLO anything with bacon is delicious in my book!!

    PS – Thanks for letting me know I wasn’t the only one who ruined the dried strawberries!!

  3. I LOVE poppyseed dressing on a salad with fruit. It is the best thing ever. And yes–being able to consume piles of dessert after is also a nice feature. 🙂

  4. Pinterest…oh sweet Pinterest. I’ve made sopapilla cheesecake for years…we actually prefer it after it’s chilled in the fridge. Soooo good. And why have I NOT seen those cinnamon rolls yet?! David would LOVE them.

  5. I was just noticing the other day, while drooling over the pins in my feed, how many recipes people are posting. I love it! I’ve found some great ones, and it’s so easy to go back and reference them.

  6. I hear you on the AMAZING foods on pinterest! We made the sopapilla cheesecake for our future sister-in-law’s bridal shower and they were sooooo good!!! I think every singe thing I’ve pinned for food is not healthy. Oh well! 🙂

  7. Oh Pinterest! I can sit there for hours and feel like I am physically incapable of removing myself. I also pin the heck out of all kinds of recipes (including the salad which I have yet to try). That’s it…I’m heading over right now:)

  8. Hahahahaha! Sorry friend!
    Note to self: Plant pecan trees at future home or have one transplanted to yard.

  9. That bacon cinnamon roll looks insane… and not in a good way! 🙂

    Delicious ricotta pancakes:

    Crazy good savory strawberry ice cream:

    I think I will try your sopapilla recipe and the pumpkin cookies! I better get back to my exercise routine FAST after baby is out!!
    Pumpkin pancakes: (yes I love pancakes!)

  10. My mouth is literally watering right now. I can’t get over how good these recipes look. I’ll be trying these as soon as our family room remodel is done and I have some time on my hands!

  11. This is great. I’ve never gone the recipe route on Pinterest. PS- you should get your pecans @ Costco for a deal

  12. SO glad you tried the salad! It’s my absolute favorite and so adaptable with many different ingredients. Great blog, by the way!

  13. YUM-o. These all look fantastic! Especially the pumpkin cookies. Katie and I tried a few pinned recipes and only one was awful…it was a crockpot style chocolate dessert. Warm chocolate, how can you go wrong? Well, it went wrong…really wrong…lucky for us we had Moose Tracks ice cream with extra chocolate chips to console us. 🙂
    Thanks for the great reviews!

  14. Thanks again for the shout out!! I just joined Pinterest (I have NO idea what took me so long!) and I can’t wait to start playing around on there!!!

  15. I’ve gained 6 pounds in the last 3 months! Not sure I can blame it solely on Pinterest. I love it though! 😀

  16. Well now I can blame you for my every increasing behind because when I get home I am baking those cinammon and bacon rolls and consuming ALL of them. I might make the salad too in the interest of counter-acting my guilt (of course).

  17. Thought I’d look over the links on Simple Organic over my lunch break, but I haven’t eaten yet. This was clearly a mistake. Those all look so great! My mouth is watering! And on that note, I’m off to eat….

  18. Coming over from Young House Love. I, too, love pinning the recipes and actually trying them (not just looking at the pics. ha!). I actually comment on my own pins just for my own recordkeeping. But the best ones:

    Inside out Almond Joys (HUGE HIT!)
    Avacado Corn Salad (loved it this summer!)
    Homemade chili-mac
    Freezable Egg McMuffins (my hubs LOVED these)
    Crockpot Chicken Taco Chili
    Peanut Butter Pretzels dipped in chocolate

    Dehydrated strawberries (BIG FLOP)
    Apple Muffins
    Lettuce in a jar to keep it fresh (not even close)

  19. Thanks for linking up at SO, those brownies look downright sinfully delicious!

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