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Cheesy Skillet Chili Mac


Cheesy Skillet Chili Mac - Two comfort foods come together in a one skillet dinner the whole family will love. Plus it is ready in only 20 minutes!

Cheesy Skillet Chili Mac – Two comfort foods come together in a one skillet dinner the whole family will love.  Plus it is ready in only 20 minutes!

Cheesy Skillet Chili Mac - Two comfort foods come together in a one skillet dinner the whole family will love.  Plus it is ready in only 20 minutes!

I can’t believe we have less than a week left in New Zealand.  I thought six weeks was going to seem like forever, but there is just so much to see and do, I want more time!  My son’s birthday is on Saturday when we fly home.  He is so excited, because he gets his birthday for 2 days.  We have almost a full day in Auckland, and then get on a plane and cross the International Date Line.  So he gets a 2nd day, granted most of it is on a plane or in airports.  But still, by the time we land in Denver it will be dinner time on the 2nd day of his birthday.  So confusing!!

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Whiskey Sour Punch


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Whiskey Sour Punch – orange juice, lemon juice and bourbon some triple sec together for a fizzy and fun punch.  Great for get togethers, and you can even make it ahead!

Whisky Sour Punch - orange juice, lemon juice and bourbon some together for a fizzy and fun punch.  Great for get togethers, and you can even make it ahead!

Are you a whiskey drinker?  I am guessing the answer is yes if you decided to read this post.  But if you aren’t a big fan, don’t worry – you still need to try this punch.  I am new to the world of bourbons and whiskey.  It is not something I will be drinking straight anytime soon, but if you mix it with something and sweetened it up a little, then I enjoy it.  I made Peach Bourbon Limeade and Bourbon Apple Cider over the last year, so I am slowly getting accustomed to it.  I hope you will give it a try too, because this whiskey sour punch is just so good!

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Chewy Coconut Chocolate Chip Granola Bars


Chewy Coconut Chocolate Chip Granola Bars - chewy granola bars with coconut and chocolate chips. Super easy to make, and great to have one hand for snacks, lunches or even breakfasts!

Chewy Coconut Chocolate Chip Granola Bars – chewy granola bars with coconut and chocolate chips.  Super easy to make, and great to have one hand for snacks, lunches or even breakfasts!

Chewy Coconut Chocolate Chip Granola Bars - chewy granola bars with coconut and chocolate chips.  Super easy to make, and great to have one hand for snacks, lunches or even breakfasts!

Do you do girls/guys night on a regular basis?  Everyone talks about how important it is to go out and make time for your spouse.  I completely agree with that, family is by far the most important thing in my life.  But going out with my girlfriends is sometimes almost as important.  A few nights ago a group of us went out to a local restaurant.  There were 16 of us total, and it was one of the best nights I have had in a long time.  So much laughing, yummy food, and such a great time.  I came home totally relaxed and ready to take on the world the next day.  Something that we really do need to make happen more often.

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Pizza Pasta Skillet


Pizza Pasta Skillets {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Pizza Pasta Skillet – turn pizza night into a 20 minute, super easy pasta dinner that everyone will go crazy for. 

Pizza Pasta Skillet - time to turn pizza night up a notch!  Dinner is ready in just 20 minutes in only one pan!

Pizza night is a regular occurrence in most families.  It seems that most of the time though, pizza night involves picking up the phone and having it delivered.  As easy as that is, pizza pasta skillet is ready even faster.  Seriously, start to finish is 20 minutes!  Unless you live next door to the pizza place, you aren’t getting delivery that fast.  And I don’t know about your pizza, but whenever I get delivery; it is never hot and fresh when it arrives.

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Honey Sriracha Chicken Bites


Sweet and just a little bit spicy, these Honey Sriracha Chicken Bites disappeared lightning fast. Tender, bite size chunks of chicken cook in just minutes and then are tossed with an irresistible sticky glaze.

Sweet and just a little bit spicy, these Honey Sriracha Chicken Bites disappeared lightning fast. Tender, bite size chunks of chicken cook in just minutes and then are tossed with an irresistible sticky glaze.

Sweet and just a little bit spicy, these Honey Sriracha Chicken Bites disappeared lightning fast. Tender, bite size chunks of chicken cook in just minutes and then are tossed with an irresistible sticky glaze.

I am so excited for today’s recipe and guest blogger.  Mary from Barefeet in the Kitchen is taking over today.  I have had the pleasure of spending time with Mary in person, and she is one of my favorite people.  Hilarious and so much fun to be around!  If you are not familiar with her site, I suggest you head over there (as soon as you are done checking out this recipe), and browse through her site.  I mean, Vanilla Bean Salted Caramel Sauce and Crispy Oven Baked Ranch Chicken are just calling to be made!

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Peanut Butter Crunch Brownies


Peanut Butter Crunch Brownies - A fudgy brownie, topped with a layer of peanut butter cups, and then a layer of chocolate/peanut butter crispy fudge. Pure chocolate and peanut butter heaven!

Peanut Butter Crunch Brownies – A fudgy brownie, topped with a layer of peanut butter cups, and then a layer of chocolate/peanut butter crispy fudge.  Pure chocolate and peanut butter heaven!

Peanut Butter Crunch Brownies - A fudgy brownie, topped with a layer of peanut butter cups, and then a layer of chocolate/peanut butter crispy fudge.  Pure chocolate and peanut butter heaven!

What is your favorite dessert?  Mine has to be brownies.  I could eat brownies pretty much every day and not get tired.  A close second would be warm chocolate chip cookies.  But they have to be warm.  Room temperature cookies are usually nothing special.  My husband’s is crème brûlée, he does not like anything chocolate.  Needless to say, desserts around here are never agreed upon easily.

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BLT Pasta Salad


BLT Pasta Salad - Turn the classic BLT sandwich in a pasta salad with a creamy dressing. Great for lunch, dinner, parties, potlucks, or just about anytime.

BLT Pasta Salad – Turn the classic BLT sandwich in a pasta salad with a creamy dressing.  Great for lunch, dinner, parties, potlucks, or just about anytime.  

BLT Pasta Salad - Turn the classic BLT sandwich in a pasta salad with a creamy dressing.  Great for lunch, dinner, parties, potlucks, or just about anytime.

April is here.  I am always behind on food holidays.  I never know about them until I see recipes online mentioning whatever day it is.  Well, this time it is different.  April is National BLT Month.  I love a good BLT, so I am all over this one.  And I am sharing this recipe with you early in the month, so you have plenty of time to make this amazing BLT pasta salad and celebrate with me!

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Oatmeal Cake


Oatmeal Cake - a moist oatmeal cake topped with a coconut and pecan streusel.
Oatmeal Cake – a moist oatmeal cake topped with a coconut and pecan streusel.
Since I am traveling, I thought I would ask a couple of friends if they would be willing to take over for me for a day.  I was so excited when Amy from Very Culinary said yes.  If you do not know Amy, you need to head over there and get acquainted wit her.  Not only does she make some delicious food, like Cheater Korean Beef and No Churn Ice Cream with Toffee and Chocolate Bits but her and her husband make some of the best parody videos.  Like this “Happy Food” video.  So sit back, relax, and check out this mouth watering Oatmeal Cake recipe!

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No Knead Pizza Dough


No Knead Pizza Dough - Make homemade pizza at home with this super easy no knead pizza dough!

No Knead Pizza Dough – Make homemade pizza at home with this super easy no knead pizza dough!

No Knead Pizza Dough - Make homemade pizza at home with this super easy no knead pizza dough!

Today I am sharing one of my favorite recipes with you.  One I have been making for years, and that needs to become a staple at your house.  No need to rely on delivery anymore, this no knead pizza dough will have your pizza done in the same amount of time!  Time to make pizza night a weekly occurrence!

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Skinny Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins


Skinny Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins - a lightened up (but you would never know it) banana muffin with chocolate chips. They freeze well, so you can always have them on hand for quick breakfasts.

Skinny Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins – a lightened up (but you would never know it) banana muffin with chocolate chips. They freeze well, so you can always have them on hand for quick breakfasts.

Skinny Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins - a lightened up (but you would never know it) banana muffin with chocolate chips. They freeze well, so you can always have them on hand for quick breakfasts.

Spring is officially here!  Is the weather spring like where you are?  We had a really mild winter, aside from a few weeks, that I really can’t complain.  Most of January was in the 50’s.  When the weather did decide to return to close to normal, it was hard to deal with!  Snow, in February, how dare you!  Amazing how we get so used to, and spoiled by a good thing, we only complain and see the negative when things return to normal.  Well, now that April is only 2 days awhile, hopefully things will stay nice from now on!

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