Category: Dinners and Sides

Favorite Classic Meatloaf Recipe

Classic Favorite Meatloaf Recipe

Each time we make this meatloaf recipe, I have to roll back a few years to the night we had baby 9 enter the world. I know we were just a crowd of hungry people, but it was the best meatloaf EVER. It’s been Joyous Home’s favorite classic meatloaf recipe since that fine day years

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Homemade Pizza Joyous Home

Best Kitchen Aid Mixer Pizza Dough

Do you need a great pizza dough recipe for your Kitchen Aid? Try our Best Kitchen Aid Mixer Pizza Dough Recipe! This is our favorite Friday night pizza dough recipe. I’m using a Kitchen Aid Professional 600. Best Kitchen Aid Mixer Pizza Dough The sauce for our pizza is included in a mini pizza recipe that can be

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Easy Homemade White Flour Tortillas

Easy Homemade White Flour Tortillas

There’s no question that you can make your own tortillas. I thought it would be too much of a task to handmake tortillas every time we wanted them, but it’s actually quite simple. Easy homemade white flour tortillas can be made with just a few ingredients in a minimal amount of time. Jessica has been

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The Best Hamburger Soup

Hamburger Soup

Here’s a winter comfort soup that’s easy to make, super delicious, and doesn’t require a lot of special techniques. This hamburger soup is rich and gets tastier when made early in the day to simmer, which is a great plus for our busy family. Hamburger Soup This recipe is for a large family, but it

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Make Better Vegetable Soup From Scratch

Make Better Vegetable Beef Soup From Scratch

Homemade soup is easy, repeat that phrase. I don’t think we’ve used canned soup just to eat as soup for years.  For many years I didn’t know how to make basic soup. Cookbooks helped some, but I still didn’t get the taste I longed for. All the secrets that seasoned soup makers possessed were a

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Instant Pot Split Pea Soup in 20 Minutes

Split Pea Soup in 20 Minute Instant Pot Recipe

This is our perfect comfort food! We especially like this when snowy weather blows in, like today. It’s soup season, here already so we’re whipping up our split pea soup in the Instant Pot in 20 minutes. This soup can be made pretty fast. We have a 25lb bucket of peas, we love split pea

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Chessy Pesto Bread - Basil Oil

Cheesy Sausage Pesto Pull-Apart Bread

Cheesy Sausage Pesto Pull-Apart Bread Her phone call will start with, “Mother, what do you think you’re doing?” I  love my cooking days with the co-founder of Joyous Home, my beautiful daughter, Jessica. We were looking through recipes and decided to combine ingredients from a few different recipes and make this delicious Chessy Sausage Pesto

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Easy Best Layered Enchilada Casserole

How to Make the Best Layered Enchilada Casserole

I got pretty busy recently and decided to keep on hand a few recipes that still have a made-from-scratch feel, but are faster to prepare.  This layered enchilada casserole recipe uses something we normally make ourselves – the cream of mushroom and cream of chicken soup. In this case, using the canned soup made the

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Potato Broccoli Cheese Soup

Creamy Broccoli Potato Cheddar Soup

I love a good, creamy hot soup on chillier days. I didn’t say winter days because an August day in Colorado can be chilly, like 50 degrees chilly. One of my favorite soups is our creamy Broccoli Potato Cheddar Soup. Creamy Broccoli Potato Cheddar Soup This is easy to make and I have a crowd to feed,

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Fresh Homemade Cornbread Stuffing

Fresh Homemade Cornbread Stuffing

Every Thanksgiving and Christmas we prepare our favorite dishes, with my husband having a big role in making the turkey and the fresh homemade cornbread stuffing. A few years back he had the task of making our Thanksgiving feast for a house full as I was two days out of the hospital with our 6th

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White Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili, The Best Recipe

October is my favorite month of the year. Chilis and soups go with October like peanut butter and jelly. I’ll pretend that we aren’t having a warm streak as I say that. I have made this white chicken chili twice in the last week and a half, it is so good! I love two things

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Our Favorite Focaccia Bread

Our Favorite Focaccia Bread This recipe is one our favorite focaccia breads! This just happened to be featured in Summer Season 1. Rolling this out on a paddle sprinkled with corn meal and sliding it onto a hot baking stone, makes it extra tasty! This recipe makes 2 15″ Focaccia Breads. You’ll need cornmeal for dusting.

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Make Better Freezer Meals || Cheddar Chicken and Broccoli

Hello, hello friends! Talking about how to make better freezer meals today and making our delicious cheddar chicken and broccoli. I have been away and busy with big things, well little big things. In January we were blessed with our second baby, little Norah Lynne. She’s almost 4 months old and such a happy, kissable little bundle.

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Spicy Cheese Straws with Puff Pastry

Puff pastry is such a fun thing to work with, and so easy. These are light and airy, filled with delicious spicy cheesy goodness! I made them to accompany our potato soup (topped with bacon, cheese, and green onion of course). If you are looking for a fun and easy breadstick, this is your recipe.

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Homemade Sweet Potato Souffle

Here’s a yummy side dish or dessert for your Thanksgiving meal! I love making mini souffles! They are fun and attractive, especially when you serve them individually in pretty ramekins. Homemade Sweet Potato Souffle Makes 6-8 Individual Medium Ramekins Ingredients: Sweet Potato Mixture: 16 oz. Sweet Potato Puree =  5 lbs fresh (give or take)

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Rosemary White Sauce for Chicken Pie

Chicken pie with our classic rosemary white sauce, yummy! I’ve been making meals for the freezer this week for after the baby’s birth (I’m getting close!) Homemade chicken pie with our special rosemary white sauce has always been a freezer meal for a baby’s birth in my family. Pineapple upside down cake is another special after-baby-comes food,

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Homemade Onion Straws

Homemade Onion Straws We don’t fry food very often, but when we do, it’s wonderful. Do you know those yummy little fried onions you can get at restaurants? You can make them, and they are so good! I made a bunch of these last night, more than we needed! I’ve written the recipe to serve

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Crispy Potatoes

This recipe has to be a blog recipe, we make these all the time, and they are so good! These potatoes are twenty times better and tastier than pre-made french fries from the store, or the those little boxes of Shake-n-Bake that I remember Mom buying once in some long time past. It’s the flour

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Crockpot Meals: Chicken and Dumplings

I wasn’t sure how often I was going to use my crockpot when I got it, but now I’m so glad I got that for Christmas! I love using it. Even though there is only two of us to cook for right now, I love being able to start dinner early and add things in

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White Chicken Enchiladas

Chicken enchiladas have been a staple dinner with my family for the past 12 years, and Josh likes it just as much now that I’m making it for him. I remember when we first started making chicken enchiladas… those were the cream of chicken soup days. We’ve upgraded to homemade white sauces since then! I

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Homemade Cranberry Sauce is EASY!

We had to share our recipe this Thanksgiving morning as Zoe says, “It’s delicious!” Have to love an 11-year-old take on cranberry sauce. Homemade cranberry sauce is easy! So here it is, in all it’s simpleness. 6 cups fresh cranberries 1 1/2 c water 1 1/2 c sugar 1/4 c brown sugar 1 tsp. cinnamon

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Homemade Ranch Dressing

If there is one thing our family eats a lot of, it’s salad. We eat salad up to four times a week with dinner, not counting what mom and I consume for lunches. That adds up to a lot of salad dressing consumed as well! There are only a few different dressings we like, ranch

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Delicious Whole Wheat French Bread Happened by Mistake

This morning my head wasn’t at all in the baking realm so I accidentally forgot very two important ingredients to our weekly bread. The oil and honey! My delicious whole wheat french bread happened by mistake! I added tofu powder which is sweet so that may have helped. The mistake made a bread that had

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Stuffed Bread

This is just about the best thing you can do with bread, stuff it! This recipe makes 3-4 large loaves. Cut the recipe in half for a smaller quantity. In the Bosch mixer with the dough hook combine: 5 1/2 cups warm water 4 Tbsp. sugar 2 Tbsp. sea salt 3 1/2 cups freshly ground

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