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How to Get the Best Recommendations

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Try Recommended before your next project!

Remember being told, “Don’t talk to strangers”? But who ya gonna call when there’s a job to be done and you don’t know who to call? I found a way to get ‘er done and have peace of mind. It’s called Recommended. It’s a really cool website that you’re going to want to check out. You can win a $450 package in their sweepstakes, too. And while I’m recommending things, I have this new recipe for some incredible Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies you’re going to want—more on that in a moment. Thanks to Recommended for making life easier and for sponsoring this post!

How to Get the Best Recommendations

This week I was trying to find a dentist in our area. I’d heard of this new (to me) website where you can ask for recommendations as well as share your recommendations with friends. I joined and right away started looking through fields.

How to Use the Recommended App

I asked about a local dentist who is great with kids and I included I didn’t want to wait for months to get an appointment.

Recommended Screenshot

Normally I put things like that out on social media but I like the broader reach Recommendation gives plus there’s an option to have your request published on Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, LinkedIn, email and your own mailing lists, too.

How to Use Recommended

I found a dentist in the right vicinity and read comments from his patients. I was impressed with what I learned and comfortable enough to make a call to visit the office. So much better than choosing a random name and knowing nothing about that business!

After searching through the various fields, I also wrote recommendations for some of my favorite businesses.

Using Recommended

And then, I created a business page for my own portrait photography business! Sign up is free. People can see a portfolio, find out where I’m located and learn who has recommended me and why.


And right now through November 30, Recommended is hosting a Family Matters Sweepstakes. You recommend parent-friendly resources (doctors, baby-sitters, house cleaning services, etc.) you rely on and every recommendation is an entry to win a $450 Parents’ Care Package. It includes $100 to Massage Envy, $100 to Urban Sitter, $100 for a dinner out for two, and $150 to Handy for house cleaning.

Who wouldn’t like that?! It’s easy to do and it’s great to know your input can help others. Enter here!

Parents Sweeps Image

And here’s that awesome Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookie recipe I mentioned. You might want something to nosh on while you peruse the site.

Recommended App on Desktop

These cookies have a delectable chewy texture that is so satisfying! Chocolate chunks, coconut, and a hint of java do something special to those oats.

Oatmeal Cookies

And real butter and egg gives them a just-right crisp on the outside.

Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies

You know you’ve eaten a cookie with substance when you have one.

Oatmeal Cookie Dough

Recipe for Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Recipe for Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies

I highly recommend you try some! 😉

Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies

How to Use the Recommended App

Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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Prep Time: 1 hour 17 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 17 minutes
Servings: 18
Author: Layne Henderson


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup quick cook oats
  • 1 bag dark chocolate chunks
  • 2 cups shredded sweetened coconut


  • In mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth and creamy.
  • Add egg, vanilla, and instant coffee.  Mix until smooth.
  • Mix in flour, oats, baking soda, and salt.
  • Stir in chocolate chunks and coconut.
  • Scoop large 2-inch scoops onto a baking sheet.
  • Bake at 375 for 14-15 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and place on a baking rack to cool.
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Melodee Fiske

Melodee is a mom of two energetic and independent boys who fuel her need for coffee. She is a foodie who loves creating and photography so has combined her passions to share with the world. When she’s not behind the camera, she’s giving piggy back rides, building car tracks or running to Target…again.