Thursday, February 23, 2012

5 Keeper Recipes {Try New Adventures Thursday!}

Pinterest is my new google. In the past, I used google to search for recipes or tutorials by typing in "blog tutorial for _________." Because who doesn't want pictures and step-by-step instructions? But now I just skip that step and go straight to Pinterest.

(If you haven't gotten on the Pinterest bandwagon and need an invite, let me know! I'll send you one).

My favorite way to use Pinterest is to keep track of recipes that I want to try or already love. Here are 5 recent recipes that I've tried...5 recipes that are real keepers!

The "Best" Sugar Cookies

These sugar cookies are awesome for decorating. I tried them for the 1st time right before Christmas and then made them again on Valentine's Day. They hold their shape very well, so they are perfect for cookie cutters. Squishy loves to help me cut out shapes and put sprinkles on them. (So far, all of the recipes I've tried from have been fabulous. I just got their's so beautiful.)

Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings

I've mentioned this recipe to you before! Chicken and Dumplings are such a comfort food, and I appreciate the fact that I can make this recipe easily in the slow cooker. I recently whipped up 3 batches for the freezer. This requires an extra step (blanching the carrots and potatoes) when you are doing the freezer prep, but the finished product was AWESOME and so easy to just plop in the crockpot.

Crusty Baguettes in 30 Minutes

Fresh bread is lovely touch to any meal, but can be time consuming. These baguettes, however, are a cinch to whip up! I up the amount of flour to about 4 1/2-5 cups of flour to keep the dough from being too sticky (1/2 a cup of that flour was wheat add some depth of flavor!). 

Creamy Grilled Chicken Piccata

This is one of those meals that makes people fight for the leftovers. If there are any. I made it last week for the 1st time and WOW. It did not disappoint.

Creamy Shrimp and Mushroom Pasta

Apparently I'm drawn to recipes that start with the word "creamy." This one definitely fit the bill...please don't look at how much butter goes into it! It's restaurant-level fattening...but better-than-resaurant good. And very easy to put together. Just don't eat it every night. So soooooooooo good.

Next on my "to-try list?" This delicacy...

Have you tried any Pinterest projects lately?

Ok--your turn! Link up your adventurous blog post below, link back to Alicia's Homemaking, and then click around and leave some sweet comments on other participant's posts. It's a fun time. Our twitter hashtag is #TryNewAdventures.



  1. YES! Pinterest is my new Google as well :) We eat Pinterest recipes almost every night, and I've tried a few crafts as well. Love it!

  2. I too increased the amount of flour in the baguettes recipe, but it's so good and easy.

  3. I recently realized I wan't using pinterest to it's full potential regarding recipes. I need to go into your board and add! Those creamy pastas and sugar cookies look fantastic!

  4. Those are great pinterest recipe finds!! I'm sometimes overwhelmed with all that's on there, but we have found some great recipes and DIYs from there.

  5. That last one looks decadent. I want to try it for sure ;)


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