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Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies For Two “Pizookies”


Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies for Two -An ooey, gooey, chocolate-y deep dish cookie that makes just enough for two people. A homemade version of the famous Pizookie.
Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies for Two -An ooey, gooey, chocolate-y deep dish cookie that makes just enough for two people.  A homemade version of the famous Pizookie.

Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies for Two -An ooey, gooey, chocolate-y deep dish cookie that makes just enough for two people.  A homemade version of the famous Pizookie.

Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies for Two -An ooey, gooey, chocolate-y deep dish cookie that makes just enough for two people.  A homemade version of the famous Pizookie.

Sunday is the day of the big game!  Are you having a get together?  My husband is too mad that the Packers lost, so we aren’t doing much of anything.  We will hang out the 3 of us, have a few snacks and watch the game.  But that is about it.  I thought about trying to convince him we needed to have a few friends over, but then I would have to clean my house, and be on the ball.   I am feeling kind of lazy lately, so that seemed like kind of a lot to ask.  A family night sounds good to me!

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Swedish Meatballs


Swedish Meatballs - Classic Swedish Meatballs seasoned with nutmeg and allspice, served in a rich beef gravy. Perfect over egg noodles or mashed potatoes.

Swedish Meatballs – Classic Swedish Meatballs seasoned with nutmeg and allspice, served in a rich beef gravy.  Perfect over egg noodles or mashed potatoes.

Swedish Meatballs - Classic Swedish Meatballs seasoned with nutmeg and allspice, served in a rich beef gravy.  Perfect over egg noodles or mashed potatoes.

The weather has been gorgeous here the past couple of days.  It has been sunny and 70 degrees.  I feel really bad typing this as the Northeast is getting hit with feet of snow. But it is just so exciting!  Yesterday afternoon a friend and I went walking outside.  Jeans and a t-shirt were too much, I was sweating by the end.  So crazy for January.  Too bad it won’t stick around! Our average in the winter is in the 40’s, so if we could be there I would be fine.  We were bitterly cold at the beginning of January, so maybe it could just average out and be normal!

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Hot Sausage Dip


Hot Sausage Dip - a creamy, cheesy, hot sausage dip that is perfect for any get together. Make ahead and heat in the crock pot for the big game!

Hot Sausage Dip – a creamy, cheesy, hot sausage dip that is perfect for any get together.  Make ahead and heat in the crock pot for the big game!

Hot Sausage Dip - a creamy, cheesy, hot sausage dip that is perfect for any get together.  Make ahead and heat in the crock pot for the big game!

Friday afternoon my 9 year old was in his school spelling bee.  He was one of two, 4th graders to be part of it.  He ended up placing 6th.  I was beyond nervous to watch him.  He didn’t look like he was nervous up there, but later told us he was really nervous.  We thought it was just going to be the parents that watched, but they ended up bringing in the entire 4th and 5th grade to watch.  So there was about 250 people they had to spell in front of!  Talk about a lot of pressure for a 9 year old!!

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Spicy Sausage Spanish Rice Skillet


Spanish Rice Skillet 2_labeled

Spicy Sausage Spanish Rice Skillet – turn box rice mix into a full meal!  Just one pan, and a couple ingredients and you have a whole meal the family will love!

  Spicy Sausage Spanish Rice Skillet – turn box rice mix into a full meal!  Just one pan, and a couple ingredients and you have a whole meal the family will love!

Today my 9 year old is taking part in his school spelling bee.  They had a test for the 4th and 5th graders, and only those kids that scored high enough moved on.  He was 1 of the 2 students in 4th grade to make it.  He has been studying a little bit, but how do you really prepare for a spelling bee.  He is excited and ready for it.  I, on the other hand, am not!  I will be there to watch, but I would really rather just sit at home and hear about it later.  I am way more stressed about this than he is.  Standing up in front of a large group, spelling words….I am just so nervous for him.  I am glad that he is so relaxed, I wish I could be!

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Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Dip


Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Dip - Bubbling hot gooey, cheesy enchilada dip. Turn your favorite green chile chicken enchiladas into a dip perfect for game day.

Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Dip – Bubbling hot gooey, cheesy enchilada dip.  Turn your favorite green chile chicken enchiladas into a dip perfect for game day.

Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Dip - Bubbling hot gooey, cheesy enchilada dip.  Turn your favorite green chile chicken enchiladas into a dip perfect for game day.

 

I spent the day yesterday home with a sick little boy.  He seemed to have a short 12 hour stomach bug.  He has not had a real stomach bug since he was 2 years old.  He was up almost every 30 minutes most of the night.  At 7:30 in the morning he got up for the day, and said he felt better.  He was wondering if I was going to let him go to school.  He never had a fever, so he was thinking maybe I would let him go.  Needless to say, that did not happen.  He was fine most of the day, just got pretty tired from not getting much sleep the night before.  I am glad that he is back to school today, and so is he.  It was already a short week, and it just got even shorter!

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Slow Cooker Korean Beef Tacos


Slow Cooker Korean Beef Tacos - Let your crock pot do the work and get perfectly tender, sweet and spicy beef that is perfect piled on a tortilla topped with a little Korean coleslaw.

Slow Cooker Korean Beef Tacos – Let your crock pot do the work and get perfectly tender, sweet and spicy beef that is perfect piled on a tortilla topped with a little Korean coleslaw.

Slow Cooker Korean Beef Tacos - Let your crock pot do the work and get perfectly tender, sweet and spicy beef that is perfect piled on a tortilla topped with a little Korean coleslaw.

What a weekend!  We spent Saturday in Denver, attending the State Lego Robotics competition.  Our boys did really well, for their first year.  Some of the teams there are just incredible to watch.  If you don’t know what Lego Robotics is, or what the kids are capable of, just look it up on You Tube, and you will find tons of videos.  So much fun to think about where our kids can go in the future.  Sunday was spent relaxing and watching football.  My husband and son are big Packer fans, so it was a stressful afternoon!

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Mushroom and Butternut Squash Risotto


Mushroom and Butternut Squash Risotto - use a pressure cooker to speed things up! Roasted butternut squash and mushrooms make a perfect comforting meal.

Mushroom and Butternut Squash Risotto – use a pressure cooker to speed things up!  Roasted butternut squash and mushrooms make a perfect comforting meal.

Mushroom and Butternut Squash Risotto - use a pressure cooker to speed things up!  Roasted butternut squash and mushrooms make a perfect comforting meal.

 

I am so glad the weekend is finally here.  This was one of the slowest weeks ever!  Tomorrow is actually the state competition for my son’s Lego Robotics team.  So we will spend the day keeping 7 4th graders on track, and competing.  The boys are excited and as ready as they are going to get.  Only the top two teams move on, and given this is their first year, they know this is the last meeting of the season. Hopefully that means they won’t be nearly as nervous and will be more relaxed than the competition in November.

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Creamy Sun-dried Tomato Shrimp Pasta


Creamy Sun-dried Tomato Shrimp Pasta - a super easy pasta dish with shrimp, and a super creamy delicious sun-dried tomato sauce.

Creamy Sun-dried Tomato Shrimp Pasta – a super easy pasta dish with shrimp, and a super creamy delicious sun-dried tomato sauce.  

Creamy Sun-dried Tomato Shrimp Pasta - a super easy pasta dish with shrimp, and a super creamy delicious sun-dried tomato sauce.

 

Is anyone else over winter?  I kind of feel bad complaining, but I am really tired of it being so darn cold when I go to run errands.  And the snow!!  They do not plow our neighborhood streets, so after all the freezing and thawing it is just a mess of ruts and not easy to drive on.  We are supposed to get into the 40’s for the next few days, so I am really hoping the roads melt quickly.  And then if spring wants to arrive in January, I am good with that too.

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Cracker Crusted Cod


Cracker Crusted Cod {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Cracker Crusted Cod – mild white fish baked with a coating of buttery Ritz crackers.  Great on other white fish or even chicken!

Cracker Crusted Cod - mild white fish baked with a coating of buttery Ritz crackers.  Great on other white fish or even chicken!

Today my husband and I are going to start a 3 week diet of no added sugar.   We will still eat fruits and vegetables that have natural sugar in them, but if something has sugar as an ingredient, we are not going to eat it.  In preparing for this and looking at lots of labels, it is crazy how much sugar is in everything!  Even certain brands and varieties of canned tomatoes add sugar.  So we will see how it goes.  For someone who is addicted to chocolate, it is going to be a little tough!

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Cheddar Green Olive Dip


Cheddar & Green Olive Dip

Cheddar Green Olive Dip – A creamy, cheesy, salty green olive, dip that is great warm or cold. 

Cheddar Green Olive Dip - A creamy, cheesy, salty green olive, dip that is great warm or cold.

This weekend we are celebrating our last Christmas.  My parents got here the other day, and we are joining my brother up in the mountains to celebrate our family Christmas.  This has been the longest, most drawn out holiday season ever!  It started when we had Christmas with my husband’s family over Thanksgiving.  I am really looking forward to a weekend relaxing and enjoying time with my family.  Hopefully the weather will be nice, and we can enjoy some time outside.  We have yet to go snowshoeing this season, so this weekend might be our first time!

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