Pretty Pintastic #26

Welcome to Pretty Pintastic #26! We’re so glad you joined us. Our party is casual, so link up your latest posts and pin the features. That’s it. Every post gets pinned!

Of course, if you want to hang out a while and visit some of the other unique linkups, stay as long as you like! And thanks for stopping by!


 Welcome, Welcome!!  We are so glad you are joining us for our party!

We think it’s going to be pretty fantastic Pintastic!

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First, let’s meet the hosts:

Annie from Annie’s Noms Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Roberta from Mommy Like Whoa Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Deanna from Gloriously Made Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Alli from An Alli Event Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Sarah from Creative Ramblings Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Stephanie from The Tip Toe Fairy Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Madison from The Wetherills Say I Do Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Manda from Manda Blogs About Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Ruth from Captain America & His English Rose Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Jamie, Kerry, Lucy from Coffee With Us 3 Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter


Here’s what your hosts have been up to this week!

dotten-co-host Every week we will have one or two fabulous co-hosts!  This week they are Cindy from Seasonal and Holiday Recipe Exchange & Kathy from Daisy & June. Cindy shares great recipes to go along with daily holidays.  The cupcakes she shares forNational Chocolate Cupcake Day look amazing!    8977991_orig Show Cindy some love by following on Facebook, and/or Pinterest.     Our second co-host, Kathy, blogs recipes, fashion, crafts and family life.  Her DIY Anniversary Gift is fantastic!    072 Show Kathy show love by following on Facebook, Pinterest, and/or Google+.     

Now on to the Party!!

This is a super relaxed party! You show up with your fabulous posts and we pin every single one!
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This week’s Features:

FeaturesPPP19-Features DIY Gourd Soy Candles from Lisa Love John   Candy Corn Rice Krispies from Life is a Lullaby   Mastering Meal Planning from Women With Intention   RumChata Glazed Baked Pumpkin Donuts from Baking ChocolaTess   button 


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Cookie Dough Truffles

Toward the end of October I start planning all of my holiday parties and menus and that means it’s time for some cookie dough truffles.  I normally make Oreo Truffles, but I reached way back into my recipe archives and resurrected these cookie dough truffles and I know everyone will love them!

The inside of the truffle is soft and gooey,  filled with mini chocolate chips and chopped walnuts and tastes just like cookie dough, but it’s not harmful because there’s no raw eggs!  (Of course, I’ve eaten the real deal many times!)  The outer chocolate shell is crisp and full of chocolate goodness.

Cookie Dough Truffles

When you get all the ingredients mixed together, the dough will be a little soft.  Don’t be alarmed.  It hardens in the fridge.  I pretty much just plopped down the dough in approx. 1″ balls onto a waxed paper lined  baking sheet.  Once they have been refrigerated for 1-2 hours, they come out firm.  That’s when I shape them into a ball, right before dipping them into the chocolate.

Cookie Dough Truffles

Helpful Hint:  I have tried various ways to dip the balls into the chocolate and what works best (for me) is to use a fork placed under the cookie dough ball, dip into chocolate to cover, scrape bottom of fork against the edge of the chocolate container to remove excess chocolate and gently place on the waxed paper.

Cookie Dough Truffles

Another Helpful Hint:  You can make these cookie dough truffles a few days in advance and store them in the fridge.  That’s my kind of party food!  Once the truffles hardened, I drizzled a little chocolate onto the tops to make them pretty.  I’ve also drizzled white chocolate before for a little contrast.  It’s all good!

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Cookie Dough Truffles
Serves: Approx. 5-1/2 dozen
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • ½ lb. semisweet chocolate candy coating (I use Candiquik)
  1. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the flour, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla; mix well.
  3. Stir in the chocolate chips and walnuts. Shape into 1" balls and place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets.
  4. Loosely cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until firm.
  5. Follow the directions on the Candiquik package to melt chocolate.
  6. Dip balls in melted Candiquik and place back onto the wax paper-lined baking sheets.
  7. Refrigerate until firm, about 15 minutes.
  8. Store in a covered container in the fridge.


How to Set a Formal Dinner Table

As a southerner and a stickler for proper table manners and table settings, one of the first things I taught my kids was how to set a formal dinner table and I always added, “You never know when you’ll be invited to dine at the White House!”  I’m still holding my breath on that one, but I think all kids (and adults) should, at bare minimum, know where the napkin, forks, spoons and knives go and how to properly use them.

At my house, most of our meals are informal until it comes to Thanksgiving and Christmas.  These 2 meals are so special to my family and me, so I like to get fancy, complete with candles.  I’ve tuned out the cries of “I can’t see my food” from all the guys.  They are such boys!  But deep down they love it, too!

One of my pet peeves is to see a formal table not set properly on a movie or a TV program.  I mean, what is their problem?  I know rules have changed, proper etiquette has been thrown under the bus and repeatedly ran over, but come on, at one point in your life you’ll probably be invited to a formal dinner.  Will you know what to do?  You will now!

How to Set a Formal Dinner Table


It’s not that difficult to set a proper table.  You just have to remember two rules:

1.  Utensils are placed in the order of use.

When you sit down to a formal dinner party and you see a gazillion utensils, don’t panic.  Always start from the outside and work your way in.

2.  The forks go to the left of the plate and the knives and spoons go to the right.

The knives are always placed with the cutting edge facing the plate.

Flatware should align with the bottom rim of the charger or dinner plate.  (I’m a fanatic about everything lining up!)

The napkin is usually placed to the left of the forks or on the plate.

Stemware is placed above and to the right of the dinner plate:  The water glass stands above the dinner knife with the wine glass (or iced tea!) to it’s right.

Formal Table Setting

Napkin Etiquette

When do you place your napkin in your lap?

Usually, you place your napkin in your lap as soon as you sit down.  At a formal dinner, place your napkin in your lap after your hostess places hers in her lap!  When dinner is over, place your napkin to the left of your plate.


Have you ever been to a buffet dinner party and the food was not arranged on the buffet correctly?  The main dish is always placed after the plates and serving forks.

How to Set up A Buffet

Do you ever host formal dinner parties?