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Pintertest Kitchen 27: Sweet and Sour Chicken

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

This will be short and sweet.

And sour.


We love sweet and sour chicken.


I won’t lie.

Dave and I do.

My children have questionable eating habits.

Kayla will not touch chicken unless it is pink slime and breaded.

But eats her weight in raw oysters and vegetables.

And Ashlyn survives off apples and rice only burritos from Chipotle.

It’s just a long and complicated story.

And I don’t care enough to fight them about it.

All that being said.

When I saw this pinned I had to try.

And I’m glad I did.

Make this chicken.

Adults and normal children will love it.

Pinterest win.

Original recipe here.

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Our Perfect Baby. And Winner Announced.

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Sweet little miss has reversed her nocturnal tendencies.

So I am officially declaring her best baby ever.

Although I did say the same thing about her brother puppy.

And he promptly ditched his kibble for a steady diet of My Little Ponies, toilet paper and underwear.

So I’m not holding my breath.

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She is mellow.



Praise Jesus because she pretty much lives in the car.

She has started smiling.

And cooing.

And it’s the sweetest sound ever.

She’s living up to her middle name quite nicely.

She’s a joy.

And we really love her around here.

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She also likes give-a-ways.

And her Auntie Julie who is the big winner this month.

Jules, Starbucks and Pen and Paint happy mail are en route, my friend.

Thanks to everyone who linked up this month.

That was fun.

Pintertest Kitchen 26: The Best Frosted Pumpkin Bars Ever.

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

I get excited about things pretty easily.

Every song is my favorite.

Every baby is the cutest one I’ve ever seen.

Puppies, too.

Most desserts are the best I’ve ever tasted.

It doesn’t take much.

Dave calls me a “divide by.”

I call him a “multiply by.”

This is why we are a good pair.

But I really mean it this time.


These are a MUST try.

I mean.

Just LOOK at them.

I was pretty sure a Mique recipe wouldn’t let me down.

The testing was a mere formality.

They really are wonderful, you guys.

One more thing.

To all my friends that ask how I find time to blog?


I bake stuff I’d bake anyway.

Then basically shove toys and hardwood floor cleaner out of the way and take a picture.

In the playroom because it has the best light.

It really doesn’t take much.

But back to why we’re here.

The bars.

They truly are the best ever.

The texture is almost like pumpkin pie.

And the frosting is perfect.

And they are EASY to make.

A winning combination.

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She’s almost falling out of her Bumpo she’s so excited about them.

Original recipe here.

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What have you and Pinterest been up to lately?

Grab a button a link up below.

Don’t forget – there is a sweet giveaway this month.

A Pen and Paint mini-canvas and $20 Starbucks gift card.

Link up below for one chance to win.

Instagram your process and/or final result  - mention me (@keepupwithjj) and include the #pintertestkitchen hashtag for another chance to win.

Two entry max per person.

Link will close on Thursday, November 21.

Winner will be chosen randomly and announced on Friday, November 22.

Good luck!

Around Here.

Monday, November 4th, 2013

We had a fun and eventful Halloween.

Originally the older girls wanted to be Lego Chima characters.

But we soon realized Lego Chima costumes are a big huge racket.

Since our costume budget is not five thousand dollars,

I would have to make them.

And we all knew that wasn’t happening.

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So, please say hello to $12.99 Catwoman and $19.99 minion.

And $9.00 Costco mouse.

Money well spent if I do say so myself.

Ashlyn thoroughly enjoyed trick or treating.

“Hello!  Have a nice time!”

“Happy fun!”

She said a variation of these to every home owner in our neighborhood.

I’m eating their loot as I type.

Don’t tell Catwoman.

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She started the violin.

Lord, come back soon.

I spend most of my day being sure the dog doesn’t chew up the case.

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Baby girl is a brick house.

Letting it all hang out.

I love her.

And her changing table.

Which is always the least cluttered bed at the time in the house.

Third kid and all.


I’m guest posting HERE today.

About something I’ve never blogged about before.

Click on over and have a read.


This Thursday is Pintertest Kitchen.

There is a really fun giveaway involved.

This Pen and Paint mini canvas.

And a Starbucks gift card.

Blog your Pinterest adventures and link up here for one chance to win.

Post a picture of your process and/or end result on Instagram,

mention me (@keepupwithjj) and include #pintertestkitchen hashtag

for a second chance to win.

Two entry max per person.

I’m making pumpkin bars with cream cheese icing.

They seem quite promising.

Happy fun.

Come back Thursday.

The Kitchen is Closed.

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

At 7:35 this morning I realized it was the first Thursday of the month.

While getting two children ready and out the door for school drop-off.

And nursing and changing a stow-away.

And dropping off a dog who is currently at the vet losing his reproductive freedoms.

And delivering church insurance papers to the school district office.

On 47 minutes of sleep.

And fueled by a leftover birthday Cookie by Design and Sierra Mist for breakfast.


I’m throwing in the Pintertest Kitchen towel this month.

Until someone pins how to make a baby not be nocturnal.


Link up below if you want to.

Even though I didn’t.

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And be sure to come back next month.

There will be a fun giveaway in November.

If I remember.

Just kidding.

I’ll remember.




Pintertest Kitchen 24: Pina Colada Bars

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

I read last week that pineapple starts labor.

And I need help, people.

So I decided to sift through my pinned pineapple desserts.

And I found one.

I present to you Pina Colada Bars.

They are quite delicious.

And easy to make.

Even when you’re crazy pregnant.

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I made them on Tuesday.

And had some for breakfast on Wednesday.

And lunch.

And dinner.

And will probably do the same thing tomorrow.

You know.

To get this party started.

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My pictures are not the best.

Because nothing I do at 40 weeks, 2 days pregnant is the best.

You should see our laundry.

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Original recipe here.

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Not So Labor Day

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

Due date is here.

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And she seems very cozy.

And not very concerned that I’m not.

So I’m assuming it will come and go.

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The girls started school and have settled into a nice routine.

They love their teachers and we’re looking forward to a smooth, fun year.

Ashlyn is adjusting to her mainstream first grade class effortlessly.

She loves having her own big desk and dry erase board.

She also ordered hot lunch for the whole year by mistake.


Kim hosted her 3rd Annual Mug Swap and it was quite the hit.

Over 800 ladies exchanged fun little surprise packages.

Natalie sent me this.

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I sent Jaime this.

And ran into Kim at the post office while doing so.

So that was fun.


And now have two new blog friends.

And a cute purple mug.

And cute straws.

And a pennant stamp.

And a cute hankie.

I love blog friends.

And purple mugs.

And fun extras.

Thank you, Natalie.

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Baby or no baby.

Pintertest Kitchen is THIS Thursday.

I made a no-bake pineapple dessert.

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Because it’s 5000 degrees and I read yesterday that pineapple promotes labor.

So I’ve been eating it like crazy.

But I don’t think it’s working.

Zero contractions and my tongue has acid burn.

So, anyway.

Consider this your friendly reminder to come back on Thursday and link up.

And Holland, consider this your friendly reminder to SHOW UP.  Period.

My tongue hurts.

Thank you.


Pintertest Kitchen 23: $10 Linen Closet Makeover

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

I saw this pinned a few weeks ago.

In all my pregnant, frantic, nesting splendor.

I had to make it happen.

Our sheets have bugged me since we moved into our house over 2 years ago.

They were all over the place.

In separate bedrooms.

In baskets under beds.

In drawers.

In the garage laundry area.

I get hives thinking about it.

We never had a true linen closet in our old house.

And though we had space for one in the new house, I never made it happen.

Until last week.

And I couldn’t be happier with the results.

It makes me want to change sheets more.

Or at all.

Until I remember my rapidly growing lop-sided alien belly which makes walking difficult.

Much less pulling that Cal King fitted beast over our pillow top.

So I mostly just stare at my closet.

It’s just so pretty.

And was very easy to put together.

About 45 minutes, start to finish.



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We’re going to have to talk about the Dollar Tree for a second.

I will confess I have issues that I can’t really explain.

It just all seems too good to be true.

I feel like $1 dish soap can’t possibly work the same way $3 dish soap can.

And it’s not worth the $2 to figure out why.

And I just don’t trust $1 flea medication.


And don’t get me started on shampoo.

But baskets?

I can handle baskets.

I bought ten.

And was out the door for $10.90.

I had the tags and ribbon at home.

So that’s all I spent.

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If you don’t have tags and ribbon on hand, you can pick them up at any arts and crafts store.

I got these at Michael’s a while ago.


It’s a small closet.


With lots of non-dollar store products.

That were easily moved up higher or relocated to our bathroom closet.

Hi Lincoln.

Isn’t he cute?

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I’m a firm believer that dotting your lettering makes everything right with the world.

And makes any handwriting glorious.

You can also print labels or use stamps.

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Simply tie your tag to your basket with coordinating ribbon.

Or be rebellious.

Whatever you want.

The original pinner used a combo of lime green and light blue baskets which I loved.

Our Dollar Tree only had lime green and a very Christmas-y red.

And $1 flea medication.

I’m all for celebrating Jesus’s birthday.

But I feel like it would have been a bit much.


End result?

A super organized and super functional linen closet.

Everything in one place.

All for $10.

Thank you, Dollar Tree.

I take back some of the things I say about you.

But you can keep your shampoo.

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This month is special.

My friend Katy is giving away this cute print to one lucky linker.

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Link-up closes at midnight on Friday, August 9.

Winner will be chosen at random and announced Saturday, the 10th.

Be sure to grab a button in the sidebar and link up below for your chance to win!

Pintertest Kitchen 22: Lemon Bar Puppy Chow

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Happy 4th!

Last year, I experimented with a plethora of patriotic desserts.

Last year, I was smaller.

And less tired.

And less sweltering.

We’re in the middle of a heat wave.

So I present to you a pin that has zero to do with America.

And zero to do with using an oven.

And I ask for grace.


Thank you.

God Bless America.

And air conditioning.


I tried this puppy chow recipe last week.

And I was happy I did.

It’s really good, you guys.

I used Ghiradelli white chocolate chips.

And Trader Joe’s Lemon Curd.

I strongly feel like these two ingredients greatly added to the success.

And I’ve been eating the left-over lemon curd by the spoonful.

So there’s that.

Original recipe HERE.

Hop on over and try it out.

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Pintertest Kitchen 21: Reese’s Poke Cake

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

I had my glucose test this morning.

I’m hoping it comes back all clear.

Because I plan on eating this throughout the week.

After last month’s flop, I’m happy to report a Pinterest success.


I made it yesterday and I feel like it’s 100 times better today.

So I HIGHLY recommend letting it chill overnight.

I feel like it makes the cake.

Well, that.

And the Reese’s.

And the peanut butter whip.

And the peanut butter chocolate fudge.

And the way the condensed milk makes the cake super moist.

It’s all almost too much.

But not.

Make it.

Thank you.


Original recipe here.

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