Friday, November 21, 2014

The Ultimate Pinterest Party

Welcome back to The Ultimate Pinterest Party!

Come link up two pins to The Ultimate Pinterest Party to get them repinned on Saturday morning!

The most clicked pins from last week's party were . . .

30 DIY Gifts that will actually get used
The 10 Best Christmas Desserts

Here is my pick for my favorite pin from last week's party:

Cutting Tiny Bites: Sweet Potato Cookies with Marshmallow Creme Frosting The Ultimate Pinterest Party, Week 26

Please read!!

  1. Link to a PIN, not a post!!  Make sure you only link up *2 pins.*  We will delete any pins after the first 2 pins.
  2. Before you link up the pin, click on the pin and make sure it takes you to your post, not your home page.
  3. PLEASE remember to go pin other people's pins FROM THE ULTIMATE PINTEREST BOARD on SATURDAY MORNING  (not tonight from the linky).  Do not link up if you do not have the time to re-pin.
  4. Please re-pin (not like) at least 3 pins for every pin that you link up.  Liking does not boost the pins.  If you want to like some after you re-pin 3 pins, that is fine.
  5. Please link up pins that are new to our party.  (Do not link up the same pin that you have already linked up a previous week.  They will not be repinned.)
  6. PLEASE SHARE!  I think this party could be awesome, but we need to have you get out the word!  That being said, we only want people to link up who will come back and pin on Saturday!  You can share on all the social medias (facebook, google+, etc.) but  here is a Twitter button to make it easy!

Now let's get to our party!

Here are the directions or rules:
  • Follow your host and co-hosts on Pinterest.  (Click "Follow All" and then go back and unfollow individual boards if you don't want to see some of our pins):
Tammy from Creative K Kids -- Click HERE to follow on Pinterest.
host of The Ultimate Pinterest Party
Amanda from Old House to New Home -- Click HERE to follow on Pinterest.
Kristina and Millie from 2 Crochet Hooks -- Click HERE to follow on Pinterest. This is 2 Crochet Hooks last time co-hosting this party.  They  have other plans for Saturday morning (imagine that!)  Thank  them for linking up for us the last few months!
  • Tammy will send out an email to everyone that has ever participated in this party on Friday afternoon when the linky is open.  She will also send an email on Saturday morning reminding everyone to re-pin some pins.   There will be a link to the party in case you haven't linked up and there will be a link to the Pinterest board. 
  • We will start pinning at 8:30 a.m. EST Saturday morning.  We will pin until they are all pinned.
  •  If you know that you do not have the time to re-pin pins on Saturday, then DO NOT LINK UP!
  • I can decide to not pin a pin if it goes against my beliefs or against the rules of this party.
  • Please grab the button to help bring awareness to this party.  Put on your party page, sidebar, or post!
Creative K Kids

The Ultimate Party on Google Plus!

hosts for The Ultimate Party

 Welcome to The Ultimate Party on G+!

Why do we do a G+ party at all, and why do we do it on Fridays?

  1. Posting on G+ helps with SEO optimization.
  2. Posting on G+ helps  your posts get ranked higher in Google's search engine.
  3. Friday is supposed to be the best time for interaction on G+, specifically between 11a.m. - 2 p.m. and 7 - 10 p.m
  4. To help you gain more followers on G+.  (We'll have a G+ circle that we share every week for those who link up.)
  5. To interact with and get to know other bloggers.
  6. BECAUSE IT'S FUN!!  Why do a party if it isn't going to be fun?
 Please tell your blogging friends about this party as the more people that participate means that your posts get boosted more!  Plus almost every week, we make a circle for only those who participated in that week's party.  It's an easy way to grow your circles and get your posts boosted and maybe pinned all at the same time

Now let's party!

Thank you for linking up and joining our party.  We will remind people to link up every single Friday as it helps us know who is participating in our party, and which people are being by spammers by just using the hashtag #theultimateparty.
Please follow all the co-hosts above and the hosts,  +Tammy Doiel from Creative K Kids, +Tammy A from My Life Abundant, +Kim P from KidPep, +Amanda Paxton from Old House to New House and +Paula Kumert from Paula-Buenos Aires on Google+ and any other social media that you would like to follow us on.    The hosts are the first 5 people linked up below, so it is easy to follow us on G+.

Here is a little extra information for this party:

  1. You can follow our G+ page (The Ultimate Party) if you want to see our updates!    Also, if you follow our page, we will invite you every week to our party "event" so that you will be reminded of the party!
  2. If you wish, you can follow our Pinterest board called The Ultimate Party where all of your hosts can pin your great posts.
  3. Optional:  You can include your pin URL that coincides with your post on G+ so that others can pin it if they want to do so.   If you repin the pin, please try to remember to include the hashtag #theultimateparty in the pin description.
  4. We would love it if you grabbed our button!
Creative K Kids
I also would love any tweets you could do to help spread the word about this party! The more people that come, the more your posts will be boosted!   

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Cherry Pie Shortbread Cookies

Cherry Pie Shortbread Cookies

Every once in a while, Ryan and I discover something about each other that we didn't already know and we call them little known facts. Well here is a little known fact about me, I love cherry pie filling. Homemade, from a can, I don't discriminate, I could seriously eat it plain on a spoon. My mom used to make this dessert when I was little called cherry delight, and I have no recollection of what was in it, but I know it involves cherry pie filling and it was the best. (Mom, I need some cherry delight, ASAP)
Cherry Pie Shortbread Cookies
So when I saw cherry pie cookies popping up around Pinterest, I knew that this was something I needed to make right away. After looking at a few recipes, I decided to take a different route from what I saw and make the base of the cookie a shortbread, which is my absolute favorite cookie. 

After baking up a batch of these, I knew I had a match made in heaven. The sweet tang of the cherry plus the buttery shortbread is the absolute perfect combination. When you top these with a vanilla glaze, you just put them over the top. I had planned to freeze these for Christmas, but I ate so many yesterday that they might not make it! 

These are the ultimate Christmas cookie. They look beautiful and taste even better!
Cherry Pie Shortbread Cookies
Shortbread recipe adapted from: Sally's Baking Addiction


For the cookies: 
2 cups, plus 3 tbsp. flour
1 cup butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup white sugar
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extra
1 can cherry pie filling

For the glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tbsp. milk
1 tsp. clear vanilla extract

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. With the mixer running on medium speed, add in the sugar and vanilla. Beat to combine, about 1 minute. Scrap down the sides of the bowl and then slowly add in the flour, with the mixer running on low. Beat until a soft dough is formed. Remove dough from the bowl and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 2 hours. (The longer you refrigerate the less your cookies will spread.)

Remove your cookies from the fridge (the dough will be very hard) and preheat your oven to 300 degrees. Split your dough ball into small tablespoon size pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and then use your thumb to make an indentation in the ball. Work quickly because you don't want your dough to get warm. Fill each indentation with a teaspoon of cherry pie filling. Bake cookies 18-20 minutes or until set, but not brown. Shortbread tastes best when still a little soft.

Remove cookies from the oven and let them cool completely. Wait at least half an hour to glaze.

To prepare the glaze, whisk together the sugar, milk, and vanilla until smooth. Use a spoon to drizzle glaze onto the cookies.

Cookies can be stored at room temperature or you can freeze them for later! Enjoy!