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Weekly Meal Plan Week 7

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Weekly Meal Plan Week 7 - 10 top bloggers bringing you 6 dinner recipes, 2 side dishes and 2 desserts to make a quick, easy, and delicious week!

Weekly Meal Plan Week 7 – 10 top bloggers bringing you 6 dinner recipes, 2 side dishes and 2 desserts to make a quick, easy, and delicious week!

Weekly Meal Plan Week 7 - 10 top bloggers bringing you 6 dinner recipes, 2 side dishes and 2 desserts to make a quick, easy, and delicious week!

We made it through our first week of school.  And it was a full 5 day week too.  So, yeah, I think my son is exhausted and pretty thankful for the weekend.  He has a new to the school teacher this year, and so far he is really liking him.  I think it will be really great for him to have a male teacher.  Such a different dynamic, especially for a boy. We have also started Lego Robotics practice already.  I kind of forgot how much work it is, until I got on the phone with one of the other coaches this week and we started planning.  We only have 1 kid who did not return this year, so I hope things will just be “easier” because they have done it before.  But anything being easy with 10 year old boys isn’t realistic, is it?

Monday is our 14th wedding anniversary, so this weekend we are getting a babysitter, and going out!  I think the last babysitter we had was our last anniversary, so I am excited.  I am not sure what we are doing yet, but I did come up with a good present for my husband this year, so that is exciting!  And can I just say, it seems weird to say babysitter for a 10 year old.  He stays home by himself quite often during the day while I run to the store, so it isn’t like he really needs it.  But at night, over dinner, having some one else here will make us all feel better.  Plus it is one of our friends, and they have already been plotting about who is better at certain video games.  So I am sure they will all have fun.

Hope you have a great weekend!

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30 Minute Back-to-School Meals

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30 Minute Back-to-School Meals – Over 25 mouthwatering recipes that you can cook up in less than 30 minutes!

30 Minute Back-to-School Meals - Over 25 mouthwatering recipes that you can cook up in less than 30 minutes!

It is that time of year again. The kids are back in school.  Time when everything seems busier, and you just need to get dinner on the table fast.  So today I am here to help.  I have over 25 dinner recipes that are ready in 30 minutes or less.  So you can still feed your family a home cooked meal, and get everyone where they need to be.  My son started school on Monday, and all of us are already exhausted.  It is amazing what a full day of of work, school, and just being “on” can do to you.

Thankfully my son hasn’t started any of his sports or other activities yet, so we have a little more time before the real crazy starts.  Sunday we have our first Lego Robotics meeting, so it is only a matter of time before lots of our time is taken up with practices and meetings for that.  I know I will be trying quite a few of these 30 minute meals over the next few months!  I hope you find a few of these back to school dinner ideas that you want to try as well.
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Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cake

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Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cake – a tender and moist zucchini cake with lots of chocolate chips, and topped with a Nutella frosting.

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cake - a tender and moist zucchini cake with lots of chocolate chips, and topped with a Nutella frosting.

School started here this week.  We have made it a few days in, and so far so good.  I think my 10 year old is missing the freedom of summer, but he is also happy to see his friends every day again.  We had a great summer, with lots of fun activities.  I really tried not to work a ton, and spend lots of time doing things that he enjoyed. So it is actually really nice to have time during the day to get stuff done again!   I kind of forgot how much I can get done in a day without someone else around.

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Cafe Rio Dressing

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Cafe Rio dressing you can make at home! Get excited, because it is SO good!

Cafe Rio dressing you can make at home! Get excited, because it is SO good!

Are you a fan of Café Rio? If you have one in your town or have ever been, then you know exactly what this recipe is. And I bet you’re excited about it.

Café Rio has somewhat of a cult following, and there are copycat recipes all over the place for pretty much everything on their menu. Including these Café Rio chicken tostadas I made years ago!

But the Café Rio Dressing with tomatillos and cilantro is one of my favorite things there. It is pretty much the reason I order the salad every, single time.

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Weekly Meal Plan Week 6

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Weekly Meal Plan Week 6 - 9 top bloggers bringing you 6 dinner recipes, 1 side dish and 2 desserts to make a quick, easy, and delicious week!

Weekly Meal Plan Week 6 – 9 top bloggers bringing you 6 dinner recipes, 1 side dish and 2 desserts to make a quick, easy, and delicious week!

Weekly Meal Plan Week 6 - 9 top bloggers bringing you 6 dinner recipes, 1 side dish and 2 desserts to make a quick, easy, and delicious week!

I can’t believe that my son starts school on Monday.  He is going to be a 5th grader.  Our last year in elementary school.  He is a little nervous to start the year, but pretty excited about the big dog on campus.  He has a teacher that is new to the school this year, so he knows nothing about him.  But it will be his first male teacher, so that is kind of exciting.  We are planning on going up to the mountains to go hiking on Sunday.  Nothing like a 14 mile hike the day before you start school.  At least he should get a good nights sleep, right?  What are you doing this weekend?

You will notice that this week we added a side dish to the round up!  Side dishes are the toughest thing for me to come up with, so hopefully it will help you get through the week.  Starting next week we will have 10 great bloggers contributing each week.  So that will be 6 dinner dishes, 2 desserts, and 2 side dish/appetizer ideas.  I can’t wait to get more more recipes to try in my kitchen!

Have a great weekend, and let us know if you try any of the recipes in our line up.

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Nutella No Bake Bars

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Nutella No Bake Bars – turn a classic no bake cookies into a quick and easy bar with lots of creamy Nutella.  

Nutella No Bake Bars - turn a classic no bake cookies into a quick and easy bar with lots of creamy Nutella.

You may recognize these Nutella no bake bars.  They have been on the blog for 4 years now.  I am just giving them a little face lift.  They are relatively popular despite the photos that were with them.  I am hoping now, you will want to make them even more!  They are even easier than regular no bake cookies, and they are perfect to have in your freezer for when a craving strikes!

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Back to School Tips #fuelforschool

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Jimmy Dean Pancake on a Stick - a quick and easy breakfast to give #fuelforschool

I can’t believe that it is back to school time already.  It seems like summer just started, but on Monday the kids will all be back in school.  With school comes crazy schedules, lots of activities, homework, busy mornings, and at the beginning of the year a decent amount of chaos.  It can take a little while for everyone to get back into the routine.  Today we are going to go through a few tips and tricks, so hopefully you can start the school year off right!

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Smoked Tri-Tip & A Weber Giveaway

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Smoked Tri-Tip – a perfectly smoked cut of meet is a gorgeous thing! This Tri-tip is coated in a quick and easy rub, and then smoked to perfection!

Smoked Tri-Tip - a perfectly smoked cut of meet is a gorgeous thing! This Tri-tip is coated in a quick and easy rub, and then smoked to perfection!

You may remember, especially if you follow along on Instagram, that back in June I had the amazing opportunity to go to Wooster Ohio, and meet with the people at Certified Angus Beef Brand.  Well today, I am going to show you an amazing recipe, and I learned it all from the chefs at Certified Angus Beef Brand.  I mean, I am usually the one that grills at our house, so I can make a burger, grill up chicken, pork, and I can even do a steak.  But….I use a gas grill.  I have never used charcoal in my life.  So this trip was an eye opening experience.

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Parm Style Chicken Burgers

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Parm-Style Chicken Burger – Turn the classic Chicken Parmesan into a delicious chicken burger!

Parm-Style Chicken Burger - Turn the classic Chicken Parmesan into a delicious chicken burger!

I am excited to be celebrating #BurgerMonth, hosted by Girl Carnivore, with lots of amazing bloggers again this year.  I shared 2 burgers last year as part of burger month; the Chicken Taco Burger and the  Jalapeno Turkey Burger.  I am trying to share lots of the burgers on my Facebook page, so make sure you are following along and checking them out! Plus there is kind of an awesome giveaway in store for you at the bottom of this post.

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Weekly Meal Plan Week 5

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Weekly Meal Plan Week 5 - 8 top bloggers bringing you 6 dinner recipes and 2 desserts to make a quick, easy, and delicious week!

Weekly Meal Plan Week 5 – 8 top bloggers bringing you 6 dinner recipes and 2 desserts to make a quick, easy, and delicious week!

Weekly Meal Plan Week 5 - 8 top bloggers bringing you 6 dinner recipes and 2 desserts to make a quick, easy, and delicious week!

 

I get to go help celebrate one of my best friends getting married tonight! They had a very small ceremony about a month ago with just a few family members, but tonight is the party!  It is just a low key open house at their home, but it should be so much fun, and I am super excited! I definitely got my workout in this morning, so I could enjoy all the yummy food and drinks without guilt tonight.

So what do you have happening this weekend?  Are your kids heading back to school on Monday, or have they already started?  We have 1 more week left, so I am taking full advantage.  I think we are going miniature golfing, headed to a movie, having a friend sleep over, a couple trips to the pool, and anything else I can think of over the next week.  Starting on the 24th I will have a 5th grader, and I am just not ready for that!  This is our last year at elementary school, and I think I might be the only one sad about that.  Time just goes by way too quickly!

Anyway….Here is the meal plan for this week.  It looks like a great one!  Those meatballs…..I am a sucker for meatballs!

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