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Pistachio Cranberry Energy Bars

Pistachio Cranberry Energy Bars | Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Pistachio Cranberry Energy Bars | Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Yesterday was a busy day!  I found out that I get to travel to NYC as a winner of a contest.  I am super excited, as I have always wanted to go to NYC.  It is during the week, in just a couple weeks time.  So yesterday was spent trying to organize child care for my 8 year old.  I work from home, so I am always able to get him to and from school each day.  Luckily, I had a great friend who is willing to help out for the 3 days I am gone.  Then I am gone the next week for a conference, and my son doesn’t have school.  We found cheap flights, and my mom is going to fly here to help out.  So nice to be surrounded by such wonderful people!

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Pan Charred Asparagus with Toasted Walnuts

Pan Charred Asparagus with Toasted Walnuts | Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Pan Charred Asparagus with Lemon and Walnuts | Dinners, Dishes, & Desserts

I hope that everyone had a great Easter yesterday.  We had a good time with family, hunting for eggs, and enjoying some great food.  We went to our neighborhood egg hunt, and my 8 year old had lots of fun.  He got to hang out with a couple of his friends, and score more candy.  I tried to avoid putting tons of candy in his Easter basket this year, so he made up for it at the Easter egg hunt.  Now to get my butt in gear with birthday planning, because my 8 year old turns 9 on Friday.

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Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer Giveaway

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Mini Key Lime Cheesecakes

Mini Key Lime Cheesecakes | Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

Mini Key Lime Cheesecakes | Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

Are you ready for Easter?  It is only a couple days a way!  I hope you are doing better than I am with a plan.  I did manage to pick up a few things for an Easter basket today, but that is about it.  At least my 8 year old will be pleased!  Our neighborhood has a small Easter Egg hunt on Sunday.  My 8 year old is already working on his game plan, so he can get the most eggs.  Which in turn means the most candy, since they are filled plastic eggs.  Speaking of eggs.  Do you decorate eggs at your house?  We always have in the past, not sure my son is super into it this year, so we will have to see.

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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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