Weekly Recap for July 27th and Survey Results

Hi Everyone,

I’ll be honest with you, I am a little behind on blogging.  It seems lately I can’t catch up!  Every time I think I’m ahead, I just fall behind again.  So instead of a new recipe today, I thought I would share with you this weeks weekly recap.  This was something I used to do all of the time, but then I kind of stopped. I don’t know why?   So today’s it’s recap time.  I am also going to give you the survey results below.  But first lets start off with Sunday’s recipe. Strawberry Banana Smoothie Popsicles – These are an amazing little treat that I just love.  They didn’t last long in the house, probably because it was over 100 degrees this week and well they are also good and are only 31 calories each!  Score! Strawberry Banana Smoothie Popsicle Raspberry Lemonade – I guess you can see from the heat I was sticking to cold, easy to make items and this one is the perfect thirst quencher. It’s light, a nice hint of raspberry, low calories and the lemon gives you a nice pucker without being overwhelming. It would be the perfect hit for a summer BBQ or just sipping by the pool. Raspberry Lemonade Healthy Summertime Desserts Round-Up – I am all about desserts and these ones are easy to make and just scream summer. Healthy Summertime Desserts Caprese Chicken Panzanella Salad – I love this salad! This is the one I made at the DreamBank in Wisconsin. It was a hit with the clients. You make the bread and chicken on the grill so you don’t have to turn the oven on. I have to tell you this is one of my favorite salads.  How can it not be?  It contains bread and cheese.  lol Caprese Chicken Panzanella Salad #WeekdaySupper #ChooseDreams Zucchini and Sweet Corn Souffle by Kudos Kitchen by Renee – Renee is a guest blogger that decided to help me out. She made this fabulous souffle and I can’t wait to make it myself. You can’t go wrong with zucchini and corn. zucchini and sweet corn souffle Madison, WI Trip – This is all about my fun trip to the DreamBank. I had the best time and I hope you check it out. I also have also included all of my recipes that I made for American Family Insurance.  I have to admit, these recipes are probably my favorite summer recipes. #ChooseDreams Healthy Recipe Collection I want to thank you Guys for doing my survey for me. You were so sweet with your comments. Here is the basic end results.

  • Your favorite thing about my blog is my recipes – Thank you for that!
  • You like the nutritional stats
  • For what kind of recipes you want to see more of is a variety of recipes, with vegetarian coming in second and less gluten-free.
  • You want to keep the recipes healthy
  • I asked about a Fat Friday post and it was 50/50 split. Some of you said ok, as long as you have an alternative to make it healthy. Maybe I’ll do it a couple times a month. The reason being is I love to cook and I do try to make everything healthier, but it doesn’t always work. So I thought a Fat Friday post would be fun. Well see…
  • You said for a new recipe I can post 3 – 5 times a week

What you Like and Don’t like about Peanut Butter and Peppers

  • Like the healthy recipes. I’m trying to maintain my “new” weight and I also want to cook healthy for my husband.
  • I like that the posts aren’t too long. Also, I like how the blog doesn’t have an excessive amount of personal information. It annoys me when other bloggers spend a week’s worth of post on their vacations.
  • easy recipes, with normal ingredients.
  • Daily posts are great. Recipes are simple and doable. I’m not a fan of all the smoothie recipes. Love the product recommendations.
  • I love your openness and honesty in your posts. I can’t think of one thing I dislike. I’ve tried a couple of your recipes, and I’ve loved them all. I’ve struggled with weight all my life, so I’m always looking for tasty, healthier recipes. You deliver!! :o)
  • I like your blog but don’t see as many sugar-free recipes as before. I’d like more emphasis on low-calorie, low-fat recipes, too, rather than gluten-free
  • I love the volume of recipes you create! It does make me wonder how you have time for that thou. Please don’t feel pressured to produce everyday. I love seeing your recipes so I don’t want you to get burnt out!

For improvements on my blog, here are a few comments:

  • I think you could post less recipes that are sweets and snacks and more main dishes, even if it means not posting every day.
  • Would like to see more side dishes.
  • I’m from australia and unfortunately we don’t have lots of the products you specify in some of your recipes. It would be great for your non american readers if you could have alternative substitute ideas for the products/brands only available in america.
  • More lunch/dinner recipes
  • More recipes of actual meals. Like the side dish, main course, vegetable, ect. I run out of ideas and come to this blog to get ideas!
  • I might like a “Fat Friday” post IF it came with suggestions about how to make it healthier. Otherwise, I’m bombarded on FB and other recipe sites with non-healthy recipes. I like PB and P because it IS full of healthy!

After doing this survey, I have come to the conclusion that I do need to make more side dishes.  Like you, I run out of ideas, but I need start thinking experimenting with side dishes. I don’t think I am going to post a recipe everyday.  I am getting burnt out and I want to keep my recipes tasty for you!!  Plus I need to get back into exercising.  Between blogging and my day job I don’t have time for anything else.  I want to keep on blogging because I love it so much and I want to enjoy creating recipes for you.

Thank you so much for all of your comments.  It means the world to me that you took the time out of your day to do the survey for me.  You Guys are the best!  If it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t be here enjoying doing what I am doing.  Love you Guys!

Have a great weekend!  Stay tuned for a burger recipe that will blow your mind tomorrow.  It’s the best burger I Have ever made!



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