1.17.2012

big bake fail + a blogger meet up.

this weekend i hosted a little chicago blogger get together. i was sooo excited to make my mom's cherry crunch dessert for the girls, its a easy recipe and impossible to mess up. (or so i thought). side note: when i called my mom to ask her what i needed for the recipe she started with "a stick of butter.. but make it two sticks if the batter looks dry." ehhhh, yikes. i said okay but knew i would alter the recipe to ease up on the butter content. 


1. melt butter (i only melted one stick...#FAIL no1)
2. drain your cherries pour into non-stick pan
3. pour in a box of yellow cake mix 
4. pour in melted butter 
5. top with chopped walnuts
6. bake at 375 til golden brown.... this is where things went really bad. i baked the dish, took it out and noticed it didn't look like my moms (because i didnt add that pesky second stick of butter). i asked h to try the dish so he took a HUGE piece and said he loved it. (note: i rarely hear him say he doesn't like something i make). SOO i thought eh, why not just STIR everything up again and re-bake. BIG MISTAKE (see photo #6) the dish turned brown because of the cherries and although h swore the dish was delicious, i was not feeling it.

so okay paula deen you win. next time i wont mess with the recipe. bring on the butter. and yes, i will never...ever STIR something after i bake it!



once i abandoned i quickly moved onto plan b: instant french onion dip with lipton mix + yogurt...even i couldn't mess that one up! the dip turned out to be a big hit with the girls- who brought some ammmmazing appetizers: 

i was so excited to host and meet some new chicago bloggers! trust me, you'll want to get to know these ladies too::
inspiration and rough drafts - style foodie - ashley nicole catherine - city girl chicago - the daily dish - simply irresistible - six twelve placefiscally chic - makeunder my life

xo,
jillian

35 comments:

  1. This looks so delicious!!! So so sad I missed it!!

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  2. All those dishes look so yummy! Especially the wontons. Might just have to go find that recipe.

    From Brooklyn with love,

    Jen

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  3. So sad I missed this! Looks like you had a DELICIOUS time!! xo

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  4. Totally jealous of your blogger meet up! Hoping to have one here in the south this year:)

    That recipe sounds amazing though! I have had worse baker situations...he he. Try no egg. not cool;)

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  5. Sounds like a fun get-together. All of those foods look so yummy! Did you girls take pics together? You should share them!

    XO,

    Sam
    www.ThePeakofTresChic.com

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  6. So fun! And these dishes look incredible!

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  7. Sorry your cherry crunch didn't work out! The food at the get together looks delish!

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  8. I think it's awesome that you shared a "fail" on your blog. We all need to do that more often, since hey, we're only human!

    Thanks again for hosting. Your dip was definitely a HIT :)

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  9. Thanks again for hosting! I posted the spinach ball recipe if you want to link to it.

    http://www.fiscallychic.com/2012/01/spinach-balls.html

    Have a great day!

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  10. I am SO bummed I don't live in Chicago. I feel like I know half of these lovely ladies!

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  11. You'd be surprised how often I mess up seemingly fail proof recipes! At least you had a plan B :)

    That 8 layer dip looks delish, and perfect for a party in those adorable shot glasses!

    xxx
    Jenna

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  12. These all look so yummy!

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  13. Hey Girlfriend, put me on the love list for Chicago bloggers! I'm a Wicker Park girl. :)
    -Carly @ Createlive

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  14. It looks like you had such a fun time! And that food looks amazing!

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  15. All of those snacks look so yummy! How did you get your layer dip to look so perfect? It looks like things turned out quite alright despite the baking fail :)

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  16. your dip was prob my fave app.. so good! so fun seeing you girls and thanks again for hosting us! can't wait to do it again soon! xo

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  17. TWO sticks of butter? Oh dear... Paula is killing me! I would have done the same. I mean... two sticks for one dessert does seem a little excessive.

    Looks like the meet-up was a success. I saw those 7 layer bean dip shots on Pinterest and basically fell in love. Looks good!

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  18. Looks and sounds like a fun night, even if there was a baking disaster! PS...did you hear that Paula Dean has been diagnosed with diabetes? Maybe it's ok to back off the butter after all! :(

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  19. Ahh, man! I hate when that happens!!! It's always when it is for a big get together, too!!! Good thing you had a plan b!!! And the event sounds like a success! XO brynn

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  20. All those fun snacky foods are making me starved at my desk! I'd love to have been able to partake in them this past weekend-- lucky Chicago bloggers! :)

    http://hrcktheherald.wordpress.com/

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  21. How fun! French onion dip is always my go to snack food in a pinch!:)

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  22. Everything looks delcious! I was just saying earlier how I love french onion dip!

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  23. uh. clearly this is why I need to live in Chicago.

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  24. Never mess with your mom's advice. I've learned that one.

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  25. Thanks agian Jill it was so much fun and I feel like we should try the cherry crunch again I really wanted to know how it taste!
    xx
    Z

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  26. Ahhhh everything looks amazing!!! And I've had my share of baking fails, too!

    How do I get an invite to the next one of these ? ;)

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  27. i too had a cooking failure this weekend. turns out even if you love the cook book usually, if it sounds weird, it's probably going to be really weird. sad!

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  28. I wanna be a chitown blogger...YUM that food looked amazing! :-) It's ok - we ALL have baking fails..they suck.

    xoxo from Trinidad

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  29. ooh this all looks so yummy!! sorry about your cake.

    i know i post a food recipe every week but sometimes the food goes terribly wrong. i really should start posting "bloopers."

    http://lachapstickfanatique.blogspot.com

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  30. What fabulous eats, even if the cherry crunch didn't turn out quite as you'd hoped!

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  31. Those little 8 layer dips look so fun! Who brought those! I'm sorry that your crunch didn't turn out well. I'm sure Tim would have eaten it too...but if it turned brown I probably wouldn't have served it either! :)

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  32. sorry it didnt turn out.

    but the rest of it looks good!!

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  33. zoe's browned butter cupcakes looked amazing! aw, you poor thing, haha! it takes disasters in the kitchen to really learn what we're doing there, i mess things up all the time!

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  34. ugh:( was so sad to miss this - again soon please!!!!! happy friday. xx

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mucho thanks for the blog love! xo

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