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Pretty Failures + Life Lately

OR: Why I Haven’t Been a Good Blogger

Homemade Root Beer Ingredients
Homemade Root Beer
Here’s a bit of an explanation for why I’ve been blogging so sporadically lately: I have had a run of bad luck with the recipes that I’ve been testing for Buttered Side Up. Take this Homemade Root Beer. I absolutely LOVED the pictures. But it tasted somewhat medicinal. I didn’t feel right sharing it with you guys.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream
Then there’s this Peanut Butter Chocolate Ice Cream. It didn’t taste bad, but the amount of peanut butter wasn’t right. I still want to share this recipe with you guys once I figure it out.
Gooey Cinnamon Biscuits
Gooey Cinnamon Biscuits
These Gooey Cinnamon Biscuits sounded so so good. I must have tampered with the recipe too much, because they were pretty bland. 
Fresh Tomato Pasta
Lastly we have this Fresh Tomato Pasta. I thought it would be full of flavor, but it too was fairly insipid. Once I added some pepperoni it was a bit better, but nothing special.
Another reason I haven’t been able to keep up with blogging as much as I like is that we have been pretty busy of late. Here are a few highlights from our summer:

Sparklers at our family Reunion.

Duluth Trip
We took a trip to Duluth, MN. You can read more about it on my personal blog HERE.

We made it to the family cabin a couple of times.

Lake Itasca Family Music Festival

We attended the Lake Itasca Family Music Festival. Well, attended isn’t quite the right word. We worked volunteered until we were dog tired, Reuben in the kitchen and I taking care of Helen and TRYING to take good photos. And Helen decided sleep was optional. I was worn out and very ready for home by the end of the weekend. 


Our little girlie is 18 months now! You can read more about it HERE.
So that’s my excuse for being a bad blogger. 
I’ll leave you with two questions:
1) What have you been up to this summer?
2) What would you like to see this fall on Buttered Side Up?

Heather @ My Overflowing Cup

Wednesday 27th of August 2014

Looks like you're having a wonderful summer! Welcome back.

Leslie aka the wayside wanderer

Tuesday 26th of August 2014

This is encouraging to me because recipes fail often for me and I appreciate your desire to share only quality. I can mess recipes enough, you know? :) Lovely summer pictures!

Lisa - The WagonMaster

Tuesday 26th of August 2014

It feels like as soon as summer is over, we switch into heavier meals and a lot more carbs. I'd love an option that still has those autumn flavors but isn't so unhealthy. Thanks for sharing the recipe misses too, it's nice to know it isn't just me!


Monday 25th of August 2014

I always enjoy soup and stew recipes for the fall....Helen is so cute!

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