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Cheddar Bacon Chicken Tenders

Cheddar Bacon Chicken Tenders

Cheddar Bacon Chicken Tenders are perfect for a quick weeknight meal.  Homemade chicken tenders coasted in a cheddar and bacon breadcrumb mixture.  Sure to please the entire family!

Cheddar Bacon Chicken Tenders - homemade chicken tenders coasted in a cheddar and bacon breadcrumb mixture.  Sure to please the entire family!

I am actually in Ohio right now.  I am in Wooster visiting with Certified Angus Beef.  I get to spend today and tomorrow cooking beef with professional chefs.  You have no idea how excited I am about this.  I am hoping that I learn a ton (because honestly my beef knowledge is pretty limited), and that you will see more beef recipes here in the future.  Plus on Sunday, I get to hang out with one of my good friends Katrina.  You may know her from In Katrina’s Kitchen and her new Biscoff cookbook coming out soon.  Be ready, because as soon as I get my hands on her book I am sure I will go Biscoff crazy!

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Chorizo Queso Dip

Chorizo Queso Dip {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Chorizo Queso Dip -Lots of gooey, melty cheese with spicy chorizo mixed in is sure to make game time even better!

Chorizo Queso Dip -Lots of gooey, melty cheese with spicy chorizo mixed in

Living in Colorado, all you have heard about for the last week is Peyton Manning.  Leading up to the game on Sunday the talk was all about him beating the record that Brett Favre held.  Now, it is all about how he did break it, and how much farther can he go.  My husband and I were actually in Denver over the weekend, but did not go to the game.  Tickets were obscenely high priced, because everyone wanted to see him break the record.  Everywhere you turned there were Manning signs, and people in Manning jerseys.  On Monday, after he broke the record I was in my son’s school for something.  Every 3rd kid I saw had a Manning or Bronco shirt on.  It is kind of crazy!  Hoping that it dies down a little bit in the next couple weeks.

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Brownie Brittle Halloween Bark

Brownie Brittle Halloween Bark - a fun and easy Halloween treat

Brownie Brittle Halloween Bark is a fun and easy Halloween treat.  A layer of brownie brittle covered with melted white chocolate and decorated with Halloween candy.

Brownie Brittle Halloween Bark - a fun and easy Halloween treat

My husband and I spent the weekend in Denver by ourselves.  I am pretty sure the last time we spent the night away from our son was over a year ago.  We have gone out to dinner without him, or had a date night, but a full night away has been awhile.  That is one problem living over 1000 miles away from family!  He had a great time with his grandparents, and I am sure he got away with way more than we would have let him.  My husband and I relaxed and just had a low key weekend.  It was nice to relax in quiet, and not have to worry about being parents.  We went to 5280 Burger Bar for dinner on Saturday night, and it was so good.  If you are ever in Denver, you must go there!  Some of the best burgers I have ever had.

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Spooky Spider Brownies

Spooky Spider Brownies - fun and a little creepy for Halloween!

Spooky Spider Brownies are a fun way to celebrate Halloween.  Spiders and spider webs are easy to make with melted chocolate.

Spooky Spider Brownies - fun and a little creepy for Halloween!

Halloween is right around the corner, are you ready?  Do you dress up and go to a party?  Are your kids set with their costumes?  I think we are almost ready here.  My son decided that he is going to be Poseidon for Halloween.  He loves all of the Percy Jackson books and Greek mythology, so it is very fitting.  My mom helped to make a toga for him, and he has a rope belt, a crown, and a wig/beard.  I still need to spray paint the devil’s pitch fork silver, so it can be his trident.  But I think that is all I have left to do.  He is very excited, and ready for Halloween to be here!

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Thursday Things

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Thursday Things

Today is the start of a long weekend around here.  At least for some of us.  My son has two days off from school, and my in-laws are visiting.  My husband still has to work though, so I guess he misses out!  But I am definitely taking advantage, and taking some time to relax.  The weather is supposed to be in the 70′s and gorgeous around here too.  So we will even be able to get outside.  Something you definitely can’t take for granted this time of year.

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Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins with Pumpkin Spiced Glaze

Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins with Pumpkin Spiced Glaze

Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins with Pumpkin Spiced Glaze are a great treat to have around for breakfast, lunch box treats, or after school snacks.

Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins with Pumpkin Spiced Glaze

My son has a 4 day weekend this weekend.  They have Thursday and Friday off for conferences.  My in-laws are coming to visit, so he is going to have lots of time with them. Often times when family comes to visit he has to go to school, and misses out on seeing them more than just the weekend.  Not this time!  And he is beyond excited.  Saturday my husband and I are headed to Denver for time to ourselves.  Not sure what we are going to do yet, but we haven’t had a night away in forever, so it will be a nice break.

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Creamy Sausage & Artichoke Pasta

Creamy sausage & artichoke pasta makes an easy after-practice dinner. A one-skillet meal the whole family will devour.

Creamy sausage & artichoke pasta makes an easy weeknight dinner. A one-skillet meal the whole family will devour.

Creamy sausage & artichoke pasta makes an easy after-practice dinner. A one-skillet meal the whole family will devour.

We spent the weekend visiting friends who live in the mountains.  They live in the highest incorporated municipality in the US, which means that winter has started up there.  The two hour drive up was gorgeous seeing all of the snow capped mountains.  On Sunday when we went to leave, part of the interstate was closed because of accidents and ice on the road.  We were fortunate enough for it to open up for 45 minutes, and we were able to get home without a long detour.  As gorgeous as the drive was, I am so NOT ready for winter.  Only 2 hours away at our house it is supposed to get up to near 80 this week, so I think we have awhile before it gets too cold, but this weekend was a reminder it is just around the corner.

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Cheddar Jalapeno Pretzels

Cheddar Jalapeno Pretzels {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Cheddar Jalapeno Pretzels - cheddar flavored pretzels with a little kick

What a busy weekend!  Friday night we went to a local pumpkin patch with my husband’s company.  We did the corn maze, other activities they had, and ate dinner there.  Saturday we got up first thing, and drove up into the mountains.  We went to visit some friends who live up there, and take advantage of a free hotel stay we earned.  We spent the day at our friends house catching up, and watching the boys play like crazy.  They have 5 kids, so when we get together, it is a little chaotic.  Sunday we had to be back here by early afternoon for a Lego Robotics meeting.  So now that we are back to work for Monday, I kind of feel like I need a day to relax.  Isn’t that always the case after a good weekend though?

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Beyond Breakfast #ShineAnytime

Jimmy Dean New Frozen Entrees

Jimmy Dean New Frozen Entrees

I struggle with lunch almost every day.  I work from home, so you would think that would make lunch easy.  But it almost makes it harder.  I save the leftovers from the night before for my husband to take to work with him.  So unless it was something he didn’t like very much, or there is something going on at work, I don’t get to eat the leftovers.  That means I have a whole kitchen full of food to pick from!  Sounds perfect, right?  Not for me.  I never want to stop working long enough to really make something good for me.  I never plan ahead to have meat thawed, or veggies prepped for salads.  And I always wait until I am hungry to start even thinking about it.

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POPtober Pantry Organization

OXO Pantry Organization

Pantry before Organization

My pantry is always a mess.  I have so much stuff, and I always just throw things in there.  It is beyond frustrating to open the door and not be able to find what you need.  Or find 3 boxes of the same thing, because you didn’t realize you already had one.  Normally I am pretty organized, I can not stand clutter, I had piles of junk places, and things just need to get put in their place.  But for some reason, my pantry is a different story.  Part of the problem is the size.  It isn’t huge, but it is plenty big for the average kitchen.  Just big enough to hold too much stuff, but too small to have everything in plane sight.  Well, this month I decided it was time to get organized, and turn things around! [Read more...]