Recipes We've Been Trying Lately

It has been over a year since I've shared some of the recipes we've been trying.  This is a series I started a few years ago and it helps me when I want to re-make a recipe we found online that we really enjoyed. It saves me from having to search through all my Pinterest pins again.



I swear we don't only eat desserts in our house; but it turns out that many of the new recipes I search for tend to be for sweets.  Here are a few we've been trying these past couple of months. 

1.  This blueberry banana bread-- though at the last minute I did add in just 1 cup of white chocolate chips!  I can't seem to find a photo of it but I know my husband and Ian gobbled it right up!

2. My family LOVED these s'mores bars we made for our cookout in August.  I didn't have mini marshmallows like the recipe called for so I just used my kitchen scissors to cut the large marshmallows I had on hand into 4 pieces and used those. 


3. We whipped up a batch of these cookie bars (though I did use 1/2 cup chocolate chips, 1/2 cup butterscotch chips, and 1/2 cup white chocolate chips and no nuts).  They were another bit hit at our cookout.




4. I made some 7 layer bars.  I hadn't had these in ages but they are a big favorite of mine! I swapped out the nuts for a layer of M&M's in the hopes that everyone else would eat them to and it worked.  I was surprised since my boys rarely eat anything with coconut.


5. We were given lots of leftover watermelon and that is one fruit that my boys really don't enjoy so we started looking for something to make with it and found this recipe for 2 ingredient watermelon sherbet though I did have to add some powdered sugar and white chocolate chips to sweeten it up a bit for my boys since it really just tasted like frozen watermelon otherwise and they wouldn't eat it. Once sweetened they gobbled it right up.  


6. We made this delicious Tomato Spinach Chicken & Pasta dish from Comfort Spring Station though I did sub out cooked broccoli for the spinach since none of my boys like cooked spinach and marsala cooking wine for the red wine since that's what I had on hand.  It was so delicious!! 


7. This easy baked chicken cacciatore was easy and delicious! The only thing I did differently from the instructions was to cook the veggies for the full 40-50 minutes as well since I don't like my onions and peppers crunchy. 


8. I've been looking up various recipes for cooking in the crock pot. We tried this mashed potato recipe and while I drained the broth before mashing and added chives, celery salt, etc. to the potatoes when mashing the basic cooking methods and amounts were the same. 

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Comments

  1. It all looks so good! I bet you miss baking those delicious treats! I hope your oven is fixed soon. I am really into whole wheat pasta dishes. I just made lasagna soup yesterday with cooked spinach (sorry to your kids!) and whole wheat rotini noodles. Yum!

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    1. I really do! We're getting a new oven this week.. we gave up on waiting for parts. LOL

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  2. I like the idea of posting links to recipes that you enjoy- it helps you in the future and others! I do the same thing periodically. Everything you made looks good. Like you, I enjoy trying a variety of new recipes from desserts to healthy dishes. Thanks for sharing the links and info about the recipes you tried.

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  3. Those desserts look over the top amazing!

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    1. Thank you! We definitely ate well this summer.

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  4. Seven layer bars are great, you can add just about anything you have on hand. This is a great idea to post your recipes here on your blog.

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    1. I hadn't had any 7 layer bars since my boys were tiny!

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  5. This all looks amazing! Thanks for sharing some inspiration for us all. I am always, always, ALWAYS in need of good things to try.

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  6. I post recipes I've tried too. People seem to really like that, it's good to hear someone else's experience before you try it yourself.

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    1. Yes, it seems to be a well- received series. It's just not easy to always remember to take photos. I try to keep a post going and link the recipe as soon as we try it.

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  7. Everything looks wonderful as always- I would love that blueberry bread and those s'mores bars look deadly! :)

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  8. You made my mouth water with all the goodies. Yum! #MMBC

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  9. I can't think of anything better than banana bread with my morning coffee, except maybe blueberry-banana bread!

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    1. I make it for my husband and older son; the only 2 in this house that will eat any sort of banana bread.

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  10. Thanks for all these fabulous ideas. Bernadette, https://newclassicrecipe.com

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  11. The Cookie bars look delicious... but how can anyone not love watermelon? #MMBC

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    1. I know?! I can only eat so much myself and can't believe that none of them really like the taste or texture.

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  12. Wow, they all look amazing. I don't know where I'd start. :) Pinning for later! Thank you for sharing this post at the Will Blog for Comments #13 linkup. Hope to see you there again next week!

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  13. Oh my goodness...so much mouth-watering deliciousness in one post! The s'mores bars have me drooling!

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    1. I don't eat those since I don't like marshmallow; it's my "go to" treat when I don't want to be tempted. LOL

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  14. Those s'mores bars look so good and I love the sound of the watermelon sherbet.

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  15. These all look absolutely deicious, Joanne! Definitely hope to make those cookie bars!

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  16. Well I just bookmarked this. Yummy. Thanks for showing us what you love. Inspiring for when I’m in a cooking rut.

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  17. I get stuck in a rut when it comes to cooking. Thanks for sharing all these yummy recipes.

    https://marshainthemiddle.com/

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    1. I do too! I feel like we cook a lot of the same things over and over again.

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  18. I've seen that watermelon recipe before and I want to try it.
    XOOX
    Jodie

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    1. It was delicious! The hardest part was getting the frozen chunks of watermelon to blend well (I recommend working in small batches).

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  19. Oh I am definitely going to have to try the Smores bars-we just love them here!

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  20. Joanne, that chicken and pasta dish looks especially good to me—must check it out! I hope you'll come check out my kitchen tools giveaway (and recipe, of course!) this week.

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  21. Visiting from the Senior Salon Pit Stop - Those cookie bars look delicious!!

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  22. Love all these! Those smores bars caught my eye for sure. Thanks for sharing on SSPS, hope to see you again next week.

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  23. Way to go Joanne. I like looking up new recipes too especially for the slow cooker. It seems like I have better luck with things turning out in it.
    Visiting today from SSPS 285 #50&180

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    1. Yes, I find slow cooker recipes are usually pretty "no fail" for us too.

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  24. There are so many delicious recipes I want to try! Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party.

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  25. The s'mores and cookie bars sound so good!

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  26. So much inspiration for my menu planning! Thank you! I especially love all the fun bar options for dessert... we are hosting an extended family gathering next week and these will definitely fit the bill! Thanks for the ideas!

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    1. You're welcome! We had a large family gathering at the time with aunts and uncles up from North Carolina and Florida and those bar cookies were the way to go. So easy to prep and combined fed a decent sized crowd!

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  27. Great pictures, my mouth is watering! Nice idea to add M&Ms to encourage your boys to eat coconut. Thanks for linking

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  28. Congratulations, your post will be featured at SSPS 286 as one of the top 5 most viewed posts on Monday. See you there.

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  29. Joanne, it all looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing with SSPS!

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  30. Those s'mores bars look INCREDIBLE. Oh my word, so delicious!

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