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Healthy Stovetop Mac and Cheese

Healthy Mac and Cheese

Healthy Mac and Cheese

My son didn’t have school on Monday, so my week is completely thrown off.  I can not believe that today is Wednesday.  I am starting to freak out, knowing that Easter is only 5 days away, and I have nothing ready.  Aside from knowing we are having ham for dinner.  My in-laws arrive tomorrow, so I really better get my butt in gear.  Meals to plan for the rest of the weekend, Easter basket to stock, house to clean, and shopping to get done.  Going to be a busy day!

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Basil Garlic Bread

Basil Garlic Bread

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Basil Garlic Bread
I love having a garden with fresh herbs. It is so easy to grab just a little bit to add to whatever I am making. Currently I have 2 basil plants and 1 spinach plant that I have started with Gro-ables this spring. They have been really easy to grow. All I had to do was put a little dirt into a pot, and then push in the pod. I have them sitting next to the window, and they are sprouting and starting to grow. It has only been a couple weeks since they were planted, so I don’t have anything harvestable from them yet, but I can’t wait until I do!

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Lemony Greek Easter Cookies

Greek Easter Lemon Cookies

Lemony Greek Easter Cookies

With Easter coming up soon, it is time to start menu planning. Do you have a set menu each year, or do you change it up? We have ham each year, but the sides are pretty much up for grabs. And the dessert always changes.  Last year I made this French Silk Pie.  I am craving a chocolate cake recently, but that doesn’t really seem fitting for Easter.  My husband’s parents are going to be here this year, but I haven’t figured out anything but the ham yet.  Guess I better gone on that!

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Creamy Spring Gnocchi

Creamy Spring Gnocchi

Creamy Spring Gnocchi

I think that spring has finally sprung around the country!  We have had a week in the 70′s here in Colorado, and it is just gorgeous.  I am just crossing my fingers that it actually stays this way.  I think a lot of parts of the country still need to melt out, but I think there really is an end in sight!  Which I guess means we are getting close to swim suit season, which is a whole other problem!

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Italian Sausage Casserole

Italian Sausage Casserole

Italian Sausage Casserole

We are all busy these days.  Moms with young kids, parents juggling work, kids, practices, etc.  I don’t know how all the people who have to travel for their jobs all of the time, manage to keep up with things.  I am so thankful to be able to work from home, and be here before and after school for my son.  He is involved in plenty of activities, so our nights can get crazy!  So I always need a few tricks up my sleeve to get dinner on the table quickly.

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Peanut Butter Brownies w/ Peanut Butter Cup Frosting

Peanut Butter Brownies w/ Peanut Butter Cup Frosting

Peanut Butter Brownies w/ Peanut Butter Cup Frosting

Who watched the Wisconsin vs Kentucky basketball game on Saturday night?  Such a tough loss for the Badgers.  They played so well, and then lost by 1 point in the final seconds of the game.  Only the 3rd time in school history that they have made it this far,  so no matter what, it was a great season!  I just wish it could have ended differently.  My 8 year old had 2 more football games this weekend.  It was a tough 2 games as well!  The first game was a tie, and the 2nd game they lost by just 1 touchdown.  So much stress for a weekend!

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Chicken Sausage Sandwich on a Pretzel Roll

Chicken Sausage Sandwich on a Pretzel Roll

Chicken Sausage Sandwich on a Pretzel Roll

I think one of the best parts of vacation, in my opinion, is getting to try new restaurants and different foods.  We don’t go out to eat a lot at home, so it is a special treat when we are traveling.  Especially when you go to a new area, that is known for good food.  I hope to share a post on Thursday Things about the food we had on our trip to California, but in the meantime I made a homemade version of something that we had on our trip!

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Thursday Things – Legoland

Thursday Things - Legoland

Thursday Things - Legoland

Last week I shared with you our trip to Sea World.  This week I am going to share about another day of our trip.  The first day we were in California we went to Legoland.  My 8 year old loves his Legos, but my husband is slightly obsessed as well.  None of us had ever been to Legoland before, so it was such a fun and exciting day for all of us.

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Bacon, Ranch, Chicken Pizza #HiddenValleyIt

Bacon, Ranch, Chicken Pizza

Bacon, Ranch, Chicken Pizza

Are there certain ingredients that you always have in your house? No matter what, we always have Ranch Dressing in my fridge. Often times you can find a bottle or two in the pantry as well, just in case. Since my son was about 18 months, he has had a thing for ranch. He has always loved it with chicken nuggets, hamburgers, quesadillas, sometimes french fries, and many other things. I learned early on that he (and my husband) are also very picky about the type of ranch they like too. So much so, that my son will not always eat the ranch that is at restaurants, if it isn’t the “right” kind.

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Oreo Cookie Dough Blondies

Oreo Cookie Dough Blondies

Oreo Cookie Dough Blondies

What a weekend!  Gorgeous weather, Costco, Trader Joes, a trip to the Planetarium, and the Badgers won!  Did you watch any of the Elite 8 basketball games?  We don’t watch a lot of basketball, but come March Madness, that is about all that is on here.  We are from WI, and big Badger fans in this house.  So it was  a stressful Saturday night around here.  But we are now so excited for them to be going to the Final Four for only the 3rd time, ever!  My son also had his first two games of the spring flag football season.  So it was a sport filled weekend around here.  Almost looking forward to getting back to the work week, so things can settle down a little……Almost.

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