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Peanut Butter Cup Dump Cake


Peanut Butter Cup Dump Cake - Just 4 ingredients come together to make a rich, fudgy, chocolate-y cake studded with lots of peanut butter cups!

Peanut Butter Cup Dump Cake – Just 4 ingredients come together to make a rich, fudgy, chocolate-y cake studded with lots of peanut butter cups!

  Peanut Butter Cup Dump Cake - Just 4 ingredients come together to make a rich, fudgy, chocolate-y cake studded with lots of peanut butter cups!

Last time I needed an oil change, I called to make an appointment.  So this time when I needed one, I called again.  They told me that they do it on a 1st come, 1st serve basis.  So I asked when was a slow time, and I would have the least wait.  They said 7:30 am when they first open or between 2-3pm.  So I went at 1:45, hoping I would haven’t to wait too long.  90 minutes. They told me it would be 90 minutes.  I had to pick my son up from school, so that was not an option.  The next day, as soon as I dropped my son off at school I went straight there; arriving at 8:45 am.  I was told I was the next car.  Over 90 minutes later I was finally leaving.  Since when does it take so long to change the oil in a car?!?!?

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Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas Tacos


Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas Tacos - Pork that has been cooked in the crock pot in citrus and spices, and then used for tacos. So easy, and so much flavor!

Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas Tacos – Pork that has been cooked in the crock pot in citrus and spices, and then used for tacos.  So easy, and so much flavor!

Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas Tacos - Pork that has been cooked in the crock pot in citrus and spices, and then used for tacos.  So easy, and so much flavor!

I know a lot of you are parents out there, so I want to see what you think about something.  My son did Jump Rope for Heart at school.  Great cause, raising money for the American Heart Association.  I was getting the forms and money all ready to send to school, and my 9 year old tells me he wants to donate some of his money.  I tell him that is great, and ask how much he was thinking.  He tells me he wants to give $25.  Keep in mind, I think the kid has saved up for about a year and has $100, so this is a giant chunk of his money.  I try to tell him that is too much, and he needs to save more of his money.  I want to teach my son about giving to others and good causes, but I also have to teach him about being able to have the money to buy things you need for yourself.  After a very lengthy discussion we settled on $10 (note 2 days prior he donated $5 to a coin drive for the homeless).  Thoughts?

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Crispy Cauliflower Fritters


Crispy Cauliflower Fritters - Cauliflower and shredded potatoes come together to make super easy crispy fritters. You will never be able to tell the cauliflower is in there!

Crispy Cauliflower Fritters – Cauliflower and shredded potatoes come together to make super easy crispy fritters.  You will never be able to tell the cauliflower is in there!

Crispy Cauliflower Fritters - Cauliflower and shredded potatoes come together to make super easy crispy fritters.  You will never be able to tell the cauliflower is in there!

 I am pretty excited about this recipe today.  No only does it get some vegetables into my family, without them even being able to taste it.  But it also a new side dish.  I don’t know about you, but I always seem to struggle with what to make to go with the main dish of a meal.  A salad is good, but that gets old quickly.  And eating just plain vegetables each night can get boring.  So being able to switch it up is so nice!

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Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake


Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake - A light and fluffy coffee cake with a layer of chocolate chip streusel in the middle and on top!

Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake – A light and fluffy coffee cake with a layer of chocolate chip streusel in the middle and on top!

  Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake - A light and fluffy coffee cake with a layer of chocolate chip streusel in the middle and on top!

I hope that everyone had a wonderful and relaxing weekend.  We celebrated my husband’s birthday, and he got to do whatever he wanted.  After traveling for work, and being busy, he didn’t want to do much.  But to be able to sit around, guilt-free, is worth something!  We did get some stuff done around the house, so that was at least productive.  I still can not figure out why there is always so much do to around the house.  I mean, we pick up and clean up after ourselves daily, but at the end of the week the house is a mess and there is so much to do.  I think I just need to have a live in housekeeper!  If anyone wants to fund that, just let me know!

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Lemon Blueberry Yogurt Cake


Lemon Blueberry Yogurt Cake - a super moist lemon yogurt cake studded with fresh blueberries and topped with a lemon glaze.

Lemon Blueberry Yogurt Cake – a super moist lemon yogurt cake studded with fresh blueberries and topped with a lemon glaze.

Lemon Blueberry Yogurt Cake - a super moist lemon yogurt cake studded with fresh blueberries and topped with a lemon glaze.

Today is my husband’s birthday!  Do you do anything special for birthday’s at your house?  We are going out to dinner to a restaurant of my husband’s choice.  After that we will have his favorite dessert; Cookie Cake.  The rest of the weekend is pretty much whatever he wants to do.  I think we are headed up to the mountains to go snow shoeing on Saturday.  I have a little special outing planned on Sunday, we will see what he thinks.  We are headed to a new place in Denver, I hope he really likes!  I can’t say too much yet, because it is a surprise; and today is the day he will probably actually read my blog.

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Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Gnocchi


Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Gnocchi - Turn the classic spinach and artichoke dip into a creamy and comforting pasta dinner, that is quick and easy any night of the week!

Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Gnocchi – Turn the classic spinach and artichoke dip into a creamy and comforting pasta dinner, that is quick and easy any night of the week!

Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Gnocchi - Turn the classic spinach and artichoke dip into a creamy and comforting pasta dinner, that is quick and easy any night of the week!

The holidays are over, 2015 has started, and the Super Bowl is over.  It seems like things should start slowing down a little. But it isn’t, life is just as busy as ever.  School, work, sports, practices, homework and more seem to keep us busy every day of the week.  The homework.  My son is in 4th grade.  He has a reasonable amount of homework each night, certain days he has a ton, other days not as much.  But what is it about kids and homework?  He can not seem to remember that yesterday he only had 5 minutes worth of work, and got to play pretty much all night.  So the fact that he has 45 minutes tonight isn’t that bad.  And if he would spend less time complaining about it, he would be done already!

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Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta


Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta - turn the famous bang bang shrimp appetizer into a main dish with this creamy pasta.

Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta – turn the famous bang bang shrimp appetizer into a main dish with this creamy pasta.

Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta - turn the famous bang bang shrimp appetizer into a main dish with this creamy pasta.

I hope that you had a great Valentine’s Day weekend!  We had a nice and relaxing weekend after my husband being gone last week.  We almost never exchange gifts, or I should say I almost never get my husband a gift.  I try to think of something, but he isn’t much into sentimental time things, so it isn’t always worth the effort.  Well, this year I came up with something.  It wasn’t anything special, but it was a book he mentioned a few months ago.  I actually remembered, and got it for him!  Not romantic in any way, shape or form.  But he was excited, so that was enough for me!  Now his birthday on Friday, so I have to think of even more things for him!  This is so not what I am good at :(

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Strawberry Parfaits with Chocolate Angel Food Cake


Light and airy chocolate angel food cake, fresh homemade whipped cream and juicy strawberries make for an easy but show stopping dessert.

Strawberry Parfaits with Chocolate Angel Food Cake – Light and airy chocolate angel food cake, fresh homemade whipped cream and juicy strawberries make for an easy but show stopping dessert.

Light and airy chocolate angel food cake, fresh homemade whipped cream and juicy strawberries make for an easy but show stopping dessert.

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow.  We don’t have much planned, but it will be nice to spend time as a family.  My husband almost never travels for work, but he has been out of town this week.  He comes home tonight, so it will be good to have him home again.  I work from home, so I am home by myself all day every day.  But to have my husband away for work, takes some getting used to.  I am not used to just cooking for 2 people, and spending the evening alone.  At least I was able to catch up on some trashy TV :)

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Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies


Valentine's Day is perfect for these Gooey Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The International Housewares Association for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Valentine's Deep Dish Cookies  - Make your Valentine feel special with these Deep Dish Cookies

 

Valentine’s Day is this weekend!  Time to make plans if you don’t have any already.  It doesn’t have to be anything special.  No need to get a babysitter and spend a ton of money.  Just plan a fun night in with the family.  Use what you have on hand to make it a special and fun night for everyone.

Today I am talking about Valentine’s Day over at Inspired Home, making a fun table setting, and treating everyone to Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies!  Please head over to Inspired Home to check out these deep dish cookies, and see how you can make Valentine’s Day fun and easy for everyone!

Valentine's Day is perfect for these Gooey Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

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Taco Pasta Skillet


Taco Pasta Skillet - All the flavors of taco night in a one pan meal, ready in 20 minutes! Homemade version of taco Hamburger Helper, with just a few staple ingredients.

Taco Pasta Skillet –  All the flavors of taco night in a one pan meal, ready in 20 minutes!  Homemade version of taco Hamburger Helper, with just a few staple ingredients.  

Taco Pasta Skillet -  All the flavors of taco night in a one pan meal, ready in 20 minutes!  Homemade version of taco Hamburger Helper, with just a few staple ingredients.

My son has had glasses since he was 5 years old.  He is 9 now (almost 10), so pretty close to 5 years.  He came home from school the other day with no glasses on.  I asked him where they were, and he said they broke.  Ok, first pair of broken glasses, we made it almost 5 years, seems like we are pretty lucky.  BUT…  So, I asked him what happened.  He said nothing, he was just eating a carrot at lunch, and they broke.  Really?  Pretty sure just sitting still doesn’t make the nose piece break off.  He is sticking to his story, so I guess I will never know what actually led them to breaking.  But beware, eating carrots are apparently dangerous to your glasses.

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