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Garlic Olive Cheese Bread

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Garlic Olive Cheese Bread {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Garlic Olive Cheese Bread – take your garlic bread and turn it up a notch!  Top it with Garlic & Basil flavored olives and lots of cheese!

Garlic Olive Cheese Bread - take you garlic bread and turn it up a notch!  Top it with Basil & Garlic flavored olives and lots of cheese!

Second week of school and I already need a break!  What is it about school that totally wears a kid out!  We started off the school year with a slightly earlier bed time than normal, because we remembered the first month of school last year.  Lots of melt downs at night, and just long weeks.  But still….worn out kid!  Not that he will sleeps in (school doesn’t start until 9, so he could) or anything.  Apparently it is just all that mental stimulation is too much.  One of these years he will be old enough to make the transition from summer to school year easily, right?  Tonight, I am going out for dinner and drinks with a friend, so at least mom is getting a little break!

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Ham & Cheese Biscuits #getyourbettyon

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Ham & Cheese Biscuits - Fluffy drop biscuits full of cheddar cheese and diced ham. A great side dish, or use of leftover ham.

Ham & Cheese Biscuits – Fluffy drop biscuits full of cheddar cheese and diced ham.  A great side dish, or use of leftover ham. 

Ham & Cheese Biscuits - Fluffy drop biscuits full of cheddar cheese and diced ham.  A great side dish, or use of leftover ham.

I can’t believe that Easter is almost here.  It seems really early this year.  This will be the first year that we are not at home, or celebrating with family.  Hopefully the Easter Bunny will be able to find us in New Zealand.  Who knows, maybe that means my son will get traditional New Zealand Easter treats 😉  Because you know that I had enough to pack, I wasn’t packing jelly beans as well.  I think I will miss a traditional ham dinner for Easter, but I think my guys will be perfectly content eating fish and chips instead this year.

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Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Bread & Blendtec Giveaway

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Blendtec Giveaway

Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Bread is the perfect gift or treat this holiday season. A quick bread with tons of cinnamon flavor, chocolate chips and topped with a chocolate glaze.

Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Bread - a great treat this holiday season.  Make as gifts, or keep it for yourself!

Have I got a treat for you today!  You have the chance to win a Blendtec blender.  I have one and absolutely love it.  I actually wrote about it when I made White Chocolate Almond Butter.  A year later, and I still love it!

Today I am sharing a recipe for Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Bread over at Your Homebased Mom.  All November long Leigh Ann has been a co-host of Bake Craft Sew. Your Homebased Mom is the site for all kinds of edible gifts,  Mique from  Thirty Handmade Days, is about all things crafting, and Cindy of Skip to My Lou is doing a whole month of sewing ideas.

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Italian Herb Dipping Sauce

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Italian Herb Dipping Sauce - a great vinaigrette for salad or dipping bread

Italian Herb Dipping Sauce - a great vinaigrette for salad or dipping bread

I just realized that it is getting to be the end of September, and I have no idea what my son is going to be for Halloween.  It is just over a month away, and we haven’t even talked about it.  We don’t usually just go to the store and buy a costume, so I really need to get my act together and start working.  We have done Harry Potter before and last year he was a football player. So it is time to start brainstorming!  If anyone has any great ideas, I would love to hear them!

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Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Banana Snack Cake

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Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Banana Snack Cake - a cake you can feel good about!

Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Banana Snack Cake - a cake you can feel good about!

The second week of summer break is coming to a close, and it has been another busy one! My 9 year old had camp from 8-3 every day last week, plus baseball games 2 nights.  This week it was an outdoor survival camp every day, and 2 nights of baseball.  Thanks goodness next week we just have baseball.  I am ready for some more relaxing days.  I think my 9 year old might be too.  As much fun as he has had these last 2 weeks, I think he is ready to just play and be home a little bit.  [Read more…]

Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart Bread

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Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart Bread | Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart Bread | Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Today I leave for NYC.  Nothing like leaving the house at 6am for a full day of traveling and being a tourist to get you excited.  I had a hard time sleeping last night, I was so excited.  I have ALWAYS wanted to go to NYC.  When I was younger my parents always said that it was too dangerous, so they wouldn’t take me there.  Now as an adult, my husband isn’t a fan of big cities.  So this is my chance.  Unfortunately I don’t have much time.  I keep telling my husband when I turn 40, if he hasn’t taken me there, then I am going with a group of friends.  Now at least I will have a better idea of what I want to see when I come back :)

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Basil Garlic Bread

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Basil Garlic Bread

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gro-ables for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

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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Amish Country Bread

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Amish Country Bread

Amish Country Bread

It has been awhile since I have posted a bread recipe.  As a family of 3 we don’t go through a ton of bread in one sitting, so lots of my bread ends up in the freezer.  Then every so often I get in a “clean out the freezer” mode.  That is what has happened over the last month or so.  It is finally pretty empty, so I am back to making bread!

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Witch Hat Bread Sticks

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Happy Halloween!  Today is a busy day.  We have Halloween parades, parties, pumpkins to carve, and trick or treating to get to.  I am sure if you have kids, you are in the same boat.  So here is a super quick side dish to make before you send them out tonight.

The more I look at these the more I think they look like sail boats, not witches hats, but go with me.   Just don’t look too hard.  I used store bought crescent rolls for these, and just didn’t roll them up all the way.  Fold the tip over, and you have a hat!  Great with a bowl of chili, or just about anything before they run around the neighborhood collecting candy.

My son thought they were super cute.  He was very excited to have them with dinner.  After awhile he did turn on me, and jumped on the sail boat side.  Of course, I had to open my mouth and cast doubt, didn’t I?  Either way, they are cute and fun for the kids.

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Pretzel Rolls

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I hope everyone had a great weekend and a great St. Patrick’s Day.  It was a great long weekend for us.  My husband took a half day on Friday, so we spent the afternoon at a museum and exploring parts of Denver.  On Saturday morning we stumbled upon a St. Patrick’s Day parade, which made for a fun activity.  Then, yesterday we went hiking.  It was the perfect weather for our 5+ mile hike in the foothills near Fort Collins. Today is back to real life….spring break is over :(

Real life, means I have to have a meal plan ready for the week.  Last week it included these rolls, they might have to be made again soon.  This recipe has been floating around Pinterest for awhile.  When I made Beer Cheese Soup, I knew these would pair perfectly with it.  A big soft pretzel with a cheddar soup?  Kind of a no brainer!  The whole family loved them.  I was a little nervous for my husbands reaction, because they are a little outside the box.  But he loved them.  He kind of hoarded them and made sure there were enough for each bowl of soup he was having leftover.  Plus, they were surprisingly easy!

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