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Cheesy Sausage Meatballs


Cheesy Sausage Meatballs - A classic comfort food appetizer with a healthy twist. Quinoa helps make these sausage balls healthier, without losing any great flavor.

Cheesy Sausage Meatballs – A classic comfort food appetizer with a healthy twist.  Quinoa helps make these sausage balls healthier, without losing any great flavor.

Cheesy Sausage Meatballs - A classic comfort food appetizer with a healthy twist.  Quinoa helps make these sausage balls healthier, without losing any great flavor.

Are you ready for the holidays?  Is your tree up?  Is your house decorated?  I can finally say ‘yes’ to some those questions.  But am I ready?  Not even close!  I have no idea what I am going to do for presents.  My husband is nearly impossible to shop for, and I haven’t even started.  And, my son doesn’t seem to want anything exciting for Christmas.  He is very into sports, so a few jerseys from his favorite players and a couple games make up most of his list.  Santa is going to have a tough job with him this year!  On Christmas Eve we always give him a couple small presents to open.  Usually a pair of pajamas and a Christmas ornament.  This year he told me I didn’t need to get him pajamas, because he doesn’t really wear the matching pajama sets anymore.  Seriously?!  When did my 9 year old get so old!

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Bacon Cheese Straws


Bacon Cheese Straws

Bacon Cheese Straws – A great appetizer for any get together.  Fill puff pastry with bacon and cheese, twist, and bake until you get crispy, cheesy, bacony goodness!

Bacon Cheese Straws - A great appetizer for any get together.  Fill puff pastry with bacon and cheese, twist, and bake until you get crispy, cheesy, bacony goodness!

I love trying out new cookbooks. I remember even as a kid always thumbing through my moms cooking magazines and books. She subscribed to quite a few different monthly magazines that would come, and each month I would go through and tell her which ones she should make. It isn’t that much of a surprise that I am writing this blog, all about trying new recipes. Recently I was sent Back Around the Table: An “In the Kitchen with David” Cookbook. David Venable is the host of QVC’s popular cooking and dining show “In the Kitchen with David®.   [Read more…]

Chorizo Queso Dip


Chorizo Queso Dip {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Chorizo Queso Dip -Lots of gooey, melty cheese with spicy chorizo mixed in is sure to make game time even better!

Chorizo Queso Dip -Lots of gooey, melty cheese with spicy chorizo mixed in

Living in Colorado, all you have heard about for the last week is Peyton Manning.  Leading up to the game on Sunday the talk was all about him beating the record that Brett Favre held.  Now, it is all about how he did break it, and how much farther can he go.  My husband and I were actually in Denver over the weekend, but did not go to the game.  Tickets were obscenely high priced, because everyone wanted to see him break the record.  Everywhere you turned there were Manning signs, and people in Manning jerseys.  On Monday, after he broke the record I was in my son’s school for something.  Every 3rd kid I saw had a Manning or Bronco shirt on.  It is kind of crazy!  Hoping that it dies down a little bit in the next couple weeks.

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Philly Cheesesteak Dip


Philly Cheesesteak Dip - the classic sandwich turned into a dip

Philly Cheesesteak Dip - the classic sandwich turned into a dip

We are knee deep in football season.  I don’t mind watching football, as long as it is one of a couple teams I care about.  As for the rest of the games, I have no interest.  My husband and son could watch every game all weekend long, and be happy.  They remember all the players, the stats, and could watch it all day.  For me, the only way to cope with that is to have some snacks.  And good snacks at that.  This is where Philly Cheesesteak Dip comes in.  All the taste of one of my favorite sandwiches, in a dip form.  Really, can you get any better than that?

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Roasted Garlic & Chive Dip


Roasted Garlic & Chive Dip - perfect for entertaining

Roasted Garlic & Chive Dip - perfect for entertaining

Summer time is the time of entertaining.  It seems that almost every weekend someone is having a get together, and you are bringing a dish to share.  I love getting to hang out with friends, relax, and enjoy good food.  But sometimes, I struggle with what to bring.  I don’t want to bring the same thing all of the time, so I try to mix it up.  Plus, I want it to be quick and easy!  I know, I am kind of picky aren’t I?

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Copycat Granite City Idaho Nachos #StandUpCheese


Idaho Nachos - loaded with lots of bacon and cheese

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of KRAFT Natural Shredded Cheese and Safeway for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Idaho Nachos - waffle fries, bacon, and cheese!

I am usually the one in the family that manages to hurt myself.  I run into the coffee table that has always been there, I trip over things, stumble down the steps etc.  I am known to be rather clumsy.  Well, for once I am not the one to hurt myself.  My husband went on a work outing the other day, where they went hiking up in the Poudre Canyon.  I think it was about  6 1/2 mile hike, and with about 3 miles to go, he rolled his ankle.  There was no choice, he was in the middle of no where on a trail, 3 miles from the road, he had to continue.  Needless to say, by the time he made it home (after the team went out to lunch and he went to work for an hour) his ankle was very swollen and painful.  After lots of ice and ibuprofen he is starting to get better.  But it will be a little while before he is back to hiking and biking like he wants to be.

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Brazilian Chicken Turnovers w/ Avocado Yogurt Dip


Brazilian Chicken Turnovers with a Cool Avocado Yogurt Dipping Sauce {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Brazilian Chicken Turnovers with a Cool Avocado Yogurt Dipping Sauce {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

As you may remember I was in New York last week to attend an event.  I got to visit the Pepperidge Farm headquarters, as the winner of a contest hosted on Recipe Girl.  I will share some of my trip tomorrow as part of Thursday Things, but I have to share this recipe with you first.  As part of the event, they had a small cooking competition.  Lori and I were the winners, and were crowned the Puff Pastry Queens for the day.  After sharing on Instagram, lots of people requested the recipe, so as soon as I got home, I recreated it.  Our dessert was amazing too, Lori posted the Raspberry Mango Dessert Bruschetta recipe here!

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Artichoke Jalapeno Dip


Artichoke Jalapeno Dip - homemade version of a store bought favorite {Dinners, Dishes & Desserts}

Artichoke Jalapeno Dip - a homemade version of a  store bought favorite {Dinners, Dishes & Desserts}

I trust that all the mom’s out there had a wonderful Mother’s Day.  We had a very relaxing day here.  After being gone for three days last week, it was nice to be able to just sit and spend time with my guys.  Not to mention we had a freak snow storm come through, so our options were limited.  Thankfully, none of the snow stuck to the roads, so it should be gone by Tuesday.  My husband planned a fun outing of riding our bikes to a French bakery in town, but guess we will have to do that another weekend.  Maybe I will just steal that idea for Father’s Day :)

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Pretzel Dogs


Pretzel Dogs

 

Pretzel Dogs

Hot dogs are kind of a classic sporting event staple.  Whether you go to a football game or a baseball game, there are always hot dogs.  Another thing that is always there?  Big soft pretzels.  So why not combine the two, and have them at your game day event.  Or even just a fun dinner on any Sunday.

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Game Day Food Ideas


Mexican Snack Mix

Super Bowl Round Up

Are you hosting a party for the big game this weekend? Are you going to a party and bringing a dish to share? Either way, I have got you covered today. Even if you aren’t even going to watch the game, I have some snacks you are going to want to make this weekend. It doesn’t take much for me to have an excuse to have snacks :)

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