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Dorito Taco Casserole

Dorito Taco Casserole - Turn taco night into a quick and easy casserole with layers of your favorite chips. It is time to redefine the casserole, and make it something people want to eat!

Dorito Taco Casserole – Turn taco night into a quick and easy casserole with layers of your favorite chips. It is time to redefine the casserole, and make it something people want to eat!

Dorito Taco Casserole - Turn taco night into a quick and easy casserole with layers of your favorite chips.  It is time to redefine the casserole, and make it something people want to eat!

Happy Halloween!  Are your kids all ready for trick or treating tonight?  My son has his holiday party this afternoon at school, and he is super excited for it.  They have a parade around the school first.  Lots of parents come, and all of the kids in the school parade around the halls of the school and through the gym.  It is fun to go see what all of the kids have come up with for costumes.  There are always a few over the top, super creative kids.  My son is Poseidon this year.  He is not wearing his full costume to school, because I am not sure it will hold up to a party and then trick or treating.  But it should be cute no matter what.

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Oreo Peanut Butter Dip

Oreo Peanut Butter Dip - a fun twist on homemade peanut butter

Oreo Peanut Butter Dip is a twist on your classic homemade peanut butter.  Just 2 ingredients, and you have a tasty and addicting treat!

Oreo Peanut Butter Dip - a fun twist on homemade peanut butter

This week is crazy!  So much to do to get ready for Halloween, and so little time to get it all done.  I thought I was in good shape, but then being gone for 4 days really throws things off.  I have no idea how people who travel all of the time for work do it.  I travel 2 or 3 times a year, and I can barely keep up.  Hopefully we can get pumpkins carved tomorrow night, and then I might feel like we are in better shape.  Have you all ready purchased your Halloween candy?  I try not to do it too far ahead of time, or I will eat it all.  So that is still on my list as well!  I am not sure it will ever end.  This is just the beginning of the crazy holiday season.

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Enchilada Pasta Skillet

Enchilada Pasta Skillet - a quick and easy dinner

Enchilada Pasta Skillet is a homemade version of Hamburger Helper with a Mexican twist!  Dinner is ready in 20 minutes, so it is perfect for any night of the week.

Enchilada Pasta Skillet - a quick and easy dinner

What a weekend!  I will have to fill you in on my trip to Ohio with Certified Angus Beef later in the week.  I learned so much, I got to cook with real chefs, and had such a great time.  I also got to hang out with some wonderful bloggers for a couple days.  Getting to meet the people you see online all the time is always a good time.  It is a strange job to have where you sit in your house all day, and talk to people on the internet.  So nice to actually put faces to names and see we are actually real people!

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Fun Halloween Treats

Fun Halloween Treats - a round up of great Halloween ideas

 
A great round up of some fun Halloween desserts, snacks, and other fun ideas!

Fun Halloween Treats - a round up of great Halloween ideas

Are you ready for Halloween?  It is less than a week away!!  We still need to carve our pumpkins, figure out who we are trick or treating with and where, and I still have to make a rope belt.  But we are close.  Darn all the last minute stuff!  I was really hoping to have our pumpkins carved by this weekend, but we have just been so busy.  I am actually in Ohio right now, last weekend my in-laws were here, and my parents were visiting before that.   Hopefully one night this week we can get it done.  We often do them on Halloween night.  But my husband’s company does a fun trick or treat thing for the kids right after school, and my son wants to go this year.  So time to get my butt in gear, and get some stuff done!

Today I am sharing with you a few of my favorite Halloween ideas.  Cute brownies, cookies, drinks, and snacks.  Great for a Halloween party at school, the day of, or just for fun this week!  Hope you find something that you enjoy!

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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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