Creamy Sausage and Tomato Ravioli

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Creamy Sausage and Tomato Ravioli – A creamy one pot pasta with Italian sausage, tomatoes, and fresh spinach, done in 20 minutes!  

Creamy Sausage and Tomato Ravioli Recipe - A creamy one pot pasta with Italian sausage, tomatoes, and fresh spinach, done in 20 minutes! Even your pickiest eater will love it! Add to our dinner rotation now!

What a weekend!  We went skiing for the first time this season.  It was my husband’s first time in 21 years, and 2nd time ever. In high school and college I used to ski almost every week, so when we moved out here after a 10 year break, it came back to me instantly. I took my husband 1 time in high school, and he didn’t like it enough to go again.  But skiing in the mountains is SO much different then the ice of the mid west.  And I must say, I think this time was a success!  We already are talking about when we are going to go again.  Plus then the Super Bowl! Definitely an action packed weekend.

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Weekly Meal Plan Week 30

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Weekly Meal Plan Week 30 – 10 great bloggers bringing you a full week of recipes including dinner, sides dishes, and desserts!

Weekly Meal Plan Week 30 - 10 great bloggers bringing you a full week of recipes including dinner, sides dishes, and desserts!

 

Super Bowl weekend is here!!  Are you hosting a party, headed to a party, just eating snacks and watching the commercials, or skipping it all together?  We are headed to a friends house to watch the game.  And by watch, I mean I will hang out in the kitchen around the food, eat, and chat with friends.  It was requested I bring my Whiskey Sour Punch and something else tasty.  S o I am still trying to decide what I should make!  What is your favorite game day food?

Today we are headed up for our first trip skiing of the season.  My husband has not skied in 21 years.  And 21 years ago, he skied for 1 day in Wisconsin.  So this could be interesting.  I am excited, because by the end of last season my 10 year old was doing really well and ready to move up.  So hopefully after a couple runs this year he will be ready to go and tackling bigger runs.

So the meal plan.  My favorite Chicken Gnocchi Soup is on the menu this week.  I actually made this in real life last week, so good!  Plus fish tacos, baked chicken, and pork chops.  That sounds like a delicious meal plan for the week to me!  Hope you enjoy!

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Chicken Parmesan Calzones

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Chicken Parmesan Calzones – Just 5 ingredients until you have all the flavors of chicken Parmesan, but in a hand held calzone on a weeknight!

Chicken Parmesan Calzones - Just 5 ingredients until you have all the flavors of chicken parmesan, but in a hand held calzone on a weeknight!

Do you ever buy Rotisserie chickens?  They have them at all the grocery stores, and they always smell so darn good!  We don’t buy them often, but it is always a treat when we do.  For close to $5 we get 1 full meal, and usually lunch the next day.  Plus I then use the bones to make chicken stock.  Such a bargain!  Sometimes though, I want to do more than just eat the plain chicken.  So why not use it in a ton of recipes like these Chicken Parmesan Calzones!

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Copycat Panera Mac and Cheese

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Copycat Panera Mac and Cheese – homemade macaroni and cheese that tastes just like what you can buy at Panera.  Made on the stove top in just minutes!

Copycat Panera Mac and Cheese - homemade macaroni and cheese that tastes just like what you can buy at Panera. Made on the stove top in just minutes!

 

Well the snow came.  And it came in massive amounts.  I think we got around 14 inches.  School was cancelled yesterday, so it was a day at home playing with my 10 year old. Not that we would have gone anywhere, but my husband had to take my car into work to make sure he could actually get out of the neighborhood.  So we baked cookies, he played in the snow, and definitely made some hot chocolate.  I am kind of over winter, but an impromptu day off once in awhile is nice!

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Lemon Garlic Pork Chops

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Lemon Garlic Pork Chops – Thick pork chops marinated in lemon and garlic, and then seared to perfection.  Lots of flavor, and super juicy pork chops in minutes!

Lemon Garlic Pork Chops - Thick pork chops marinated in lemon and garlic, and then seared to perfection. Lots of flavor, and super juicy pork chops in minutes!

What a gorgeous weekend.  40’s and 50’s with tons of sun!  Tonight though, things are changing.  We are supposed to get 12-18 inches of snow over the next 24 hours.  I can’t imagine that my son will have school tomorrow, and unfortunately we are supposed to be cold for the foreseeable future, so it isn’t melting quickly.  Time to make a big pot of chicken gnocchi soup for dinner.  And I will be making rosemary focaccia today as well.  I stocked up at the store yesterday, so we should be good for a few days!

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Over 30 Valentine’s Day Desserts

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Over 30 Valentine’s Day Desserts to get you ready for Valentine’s Day.  Everything from cakes, to cookies, to frozen treats. Perfect way to your Valentine’s heart!

Over 30 Valentine's Day Desserts to get you ready for Valentine's Day.  Everything from cakes, to cookies, to frozen treats. Perfect way to your Valentine's heart!

 

Are you ready for Valentine’s Day?  We are just 2 weeks away!  We don’t usually do much to celebrate, but this year I have a few Valentine’s Day desserts I want to make now.  This is quite the round up.  Super simple, more involved, chocolate, vanilla, and everything in between.  I am pretty sure everyone in the house is going to find a few things they want to try!

We are supposed to get a ton of snow tomorrow, so I think my son and I might have to do a test run on a recipe or two.  He is eyeing the slow cooker lava cake.  I am eyeing the double peanut butter lava cake. I am pretty sure either one is going to be amazing. So what do you do for Valentine’s Day at your house?  Do you celebrate as a couple?  With the kids?  Do you have a special Valentine’s Day dessert?  Because I think that might be the most important part!

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Weekly Meal Plan Week 29

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Weekly Meal Plan Week 29 – 10 great bloggers bringing you a full week of recipes including dinner, sides dishes, and desserts!

Weekly Meal Plan Week 29 - 10 great bloggers bringing you a full week of recipes including dinner, sides dishes, and desserts!

Do you have any fun plans this weekend?  We were thinking of heading up to the mountains to go skiing, visit friends, and see ice sculptures in Breckenridge.  But the weather kind of had other plans.  It is supposed to snow up in the mountains all weekend, and we are supposed to get a bunch of snow down here starting on Sunday.  So driving didn’t seem like the smartest idea.  We haven’t seen our friends who live up there in far too long though, so hopefully we can just move our plans by a week or two.

I guess this means we can have a quiet weekend at home.  If we are going to get a bunch of snow on Sunday and Monday I will do my meal plan today and head to the store to get everything we need.  Good thing we have such a great week with the meal plan below, because I could use some new ideas!  My 10 year old loves tomato soup, so definitely going to make that this week.  And those chicken wings?  Time to start thinking ahead to the Super Bowl next weekend!

So check out the meal plan below and make your grocery list for the week!
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Crock Pot Chili

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Crock Pot Chili – thick and hearty chili made in the crock pot.  Easy, delicious, and super comforting for a cold day!

Crock Pot Chili - thick and hearty chili made in the crock pot.  Easy, delicious, and super comforting for a cold day!

Happy Friday!!  This winter has been very abnormal for Colorado.  We got snow in December, and it is still on the ground. Usually we get snow and the next week it is gone.  Not this year.  This week has been warm, and a lot of it is melting.  Our backyard is almost all clear.  But Sunday?  Yeah, more snow in the forecast for Sunday and Monday.  And not just flurries. Like 10 more inches.  To say I am over snow and winter would be an understatement.  Unfortunately is we still have a couple months to go.

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Chicken in Artichoke Pan Sauce

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Chicken in Artichoke Pan Sauce – sauteed chicken breasts in a creamy artichoke pan sauce.  Ready in minutes and perfect for weeknights!

Chicken in Artichoke Pan Sauce - sauteed chicken breasts in a creamy artichoke pan sauce.  Ready in minutes and perfect for weeknights!

Being a parent is hard!  This has been quite the week, and it is only Wednesday.  This whole pre-teen stage is tough, I am not sure what I am going to do once we reach the teen years.  They are so grown up, smart, mature, think they know everything. But they are still a kid.  My son is almost 11, but man, I think he thinks he is 20 and should be treated as such.  Sometimes, he totally warrants it.  Other times?  Not so much.  This week has been a test, that is for sure, and I am pretty sure I am not doing all the things I should be.  So I might go make a pan of brownies and eat my emotions.

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Beef Stroganoff Ravioli Skillet

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This beef stroganoff ravioli skillet is a quick and easy weeknight meal. All you need is one pan and 20 minutes!

This beef stroganoff ravioli skillet is a quick and easy weeknight meal. All you need is one pan and 20 minutes!

Beef Stroganoff was always a favorite of mine growing up. My mom always made it with strips of steak (I have no idea what cut she used) and tons of mushrooms. We served it over rice and that rich sauce was so delicious. I can’t figure out why, but it has never been one of my husband’s favorites. So I almost NEVER make it. I am talking, I think I have made it two or three times in the 14 years we have been married. So I decided to try to compromise with this beef stroganoff ravioli skillet, because he is a big fan of ravioli.

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