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Girls Day Out – with Desserts!

I’ve been blogging for two years now, and I’ve found that the online community is very supportive of each other, if you ask.  Because frankly – out of sight, out of mind.  We bloggers recognize that we are putting ourselves out there where we could easily be criticized, scrutinized, analyzed by others who sit behind the comfort of their computer screens and virtual anonymity.  But let’s be honest, virtual relationships are not real relationships.  So this past week, thanks to Amanda, I had the opportunity to meet some amazing women in the Huntsville area that are not only talented writers, photographers but also make some KILLER Desserts!   During what was going to be a 3 hour gathering turned into about 6 hours because we had such a great time, I can’t wait until the next get together!!!

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I had no idea there were this many talent bloggers living in the Huntsville area!  I guess we women have a lot to say and share :).  And here is the crew, from left to right,

Lynda from southernkissed.com: writes about family, food and life
Kim from modifiedbehavior.net: writes about dog obeince training
Amanda from kevinandamanda.com: writes about food, travel and life
Katie from dixielandsweets.com; writes about her love of cookies and food decorating.
Paula from akajanerandom.com: writes about her family, Auburn pride and food!
and me, food, family, crafts, etc.

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You can tell Amanda is in her element, cooking and hosting!

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As Amanda rushed around the kitchen we stood around, talked, and admired the food.

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Amanda whipped up a pesto based cheese ravioli dish, and a caprese salad.  While we all agreed we could definitely eat more, we knew what we were in store for – desserts!

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I can’t believe we even bothered with real food, this would have been just fine for my main course…look we had hot dogs, pretzels and ice cream cookies – I’d consider that a meal. :)

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I read a post from another blogger well over a year ago (so I don’t remember who said it), but essentially it went like…you know your a blogger when you say “wait, don’t eat that I need to take a picture of it”. :)…but this went to the extreme; yep we lined up to take pictures of the food. :)

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We gathered around the food to take pictures of it…it reminds me of the movie “Over the Hedge” when RJ said “food, food FOOD!”  All of these are real smiles because we realized how well trained we were; when Amanda would count “one, two, three” for her picture we all also clicked our picture. :)

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Kim from modifiedbehavior.net brought cupcake size Key lime pies.

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Katie from Dixielandsweets.com made these really well decorated cookies.

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Amanda from Kevinandamanda.com made these Billionaire bars.

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Lynda from Southernkissed.com made these Cinnamon raisin biscuits, I’m afraid we had a major food blogging faux pas- we ate the Hot Fudge Dulce de Leche Brownies, before we had pictures..but they were delectable!

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And Paula from akajanerandom.com made these little brownie bites.

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I brought my Praline Key-Lime Icebox Pie, by far my favorite pie – ever – sorry no one is going to beat it…fyi – I’ve modified the original recipe so that it isn’t quite so tart…instead of using 1 cup of key lime juice, you 3/4 of a cup – it’s perfect….OMI :)

Check out everyone’s posts and their recipes and try them all for your next get together.

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AKA Jane Random – Berry Brownie Bites
Dixieland Sweets – Decorated Cookies
Grinning Like an IdiotPraline Key Lime Pie
Kevin and Amanda – Chocolate Caramel Cookie Dough Bars
Southern Kissed – Hot Fudge Dulce de Leche Brownies and Cinnamon Biscuits
ModifiedBehavior – Key-Lime Pie compliments to the Pioneer Woman

  • Lynda Self

    Where’s your personal picture with your pie? :) Great post and your pie was FANTASTIC/PERFECT. Love your photos (almost as much as the pie).

  • Paula Claunch

    It was amazing!!! So so so sosososo good!

  • Katy

    I hate I missed this month’s get together which meant that I didn’t get to meet you in person but I hear that your Key Lime Pie was the BOMB! Hopefully I will get to meet you soon.

  • Amanda Green Bottoms

    LOVE your picture-in-picture photos!! :) Such a fun day. Still dreaming about your Praline Key Lime Pie!! :)

  • Stephanie

    Holy cow look at that spread!! Looks amazing and delicious. Love the picture of you all and your cameras. LOL.