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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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Spinach & Artichoke Stuffed Shells

Spinach & Artichoke Stuffed Shells

Spinach & Artichoke Stuffed Shells

It is so nice to be home!  We have spent the last 10 days traveling for spring break.  It was so nice to take a break for a while, but I am happy to be back in my own bed and in my house.  We had access to a kitchen a few nights on vacation, but for the most part I didn’t do much cooking.  So I am also happy to get back into the kitchen and have a few home cooked meals again.  I will be sharing more from our trip over the next couple weeks.  We had a great time, and I am excited to share some pictures with you!

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Pork Tenderloin Paprikash

Pork Tenderloin Paprikash

Pork Tenderloin Paprikash

So this last weekend we had a house full of people.  On Sunday after breakfast, while everyone was off getting ready for the day, I was cleaning up.  I was taking all the extra chairs back to the garage, doing the dishes, and that kind of thing.  Well, when I was taking the chairs out to the garage I managed to twist my ankle, and fall down the stairs.  I couldn’t get up, it was bad.  It was a good thing my 8 year old was near the door and heard something, so he could get my husband.  He helped me up and got me to the couch.  My ankle instantly swelled up, and I couldn’t really walk.  After lots of icing, wrapping, elevating, and staying off of it, I think I am finally on the mend.  I am supposed to go skiing on Sunday, so I am hoping that I am back to normal by then!

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Steak Pizzaiola Open Face Sandwiches

Steak Pizzaiola 3

Steak Pizzaiola Sandwich

I managed to catch my son’s cold.  Usually I am the one in the family who can fight off a cold, or get a mild version of it.  Not this time!  My 8 year old was sick for a day and a half.  I am on day 3, and still lacking energy.  Thankfully my husband has helped out with dinner the last couple nights, so I could just relax.  I am ready to start feeling better and have more energy though, because I have some baking and dinner ideas I want to try!

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Skinny Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake

Skinny Reese's PB Cup Cheesecake

Skinny Reese's PB Cup Cheesecake

Ok, the name for this probably sounds a little bit like an oxymoron.  But stay with me here, will you?  Cheesecake is normally super rich, creamy, heavy, and full of fat and calories, right?  Well this cheesecake is still creamy and rich, but not full of all the fat and calories.  And because we saved some calories with the cheesecake, we can afford to add in a few peanut butter cups.

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Tomato Balsamic Ravioli

Tomato Balsamic Ravioli

Tomato Balsamic Ravioli

Today I am teaming up with a great group of bloggers, Partnership for a Healthier America, and All-Clad to help raise awareness of childhood obesity. The theme for this event is back to school, which couldn’t come at a better time for me.  School starts for my 3rd grader tomorrow!

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Spiced Chicken Thighs with Garlicky Rice

Spiced Chicken Thighs with Garlicky Rice

Spiced Chicken Thighs with Garlicky Rice

I think sometimes we all struggle with quick and easy dinners during the week.  Most of us are working, and have kids schedules to deal with as well.  So finding time to actually make a meal, and sit down as a family can be hard.  These spiced chicken thighs are kind of a game changer though.  They are done so quickly, and have so much flavor.

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Lemon Chicken Skillet

Lemon Chicken Skillet

Lemon Chicken Skillet

Happy Monday!  Are you ready for another week?  I trust that everyone had a great weekend.  Our weekend was filled with family and lots of baseball.  My parents are here visiting, my son had the last 2 games of his baseball season, and we went to a minor league baseball game in town.  Today my parents are taking my 8 year old for a couple days to go to Colorado Springs.  They will have lots of fun together, and my husband and I get a couple nights at home alone!

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Open Face Chicken Sandwich w/ Artichoke Pesto

Open Face Chicken Sandwich w- Artichoke Pesto 3 square

Open Face Chicken Sandwich w- Artichoke Pesto #recipe

I am happy to report that jury duty yesterday lasted about two hours.  I got there to check in at 8:00, and I was home by 10:00.  The case that I was going to be considered for was going to be a 2 week fraud trial.  Thankfully, it was settled outside of court Sunday evening.  The man is now in jail, and will be there for quite a few years.  I am really glad I didn’t have to sit through a 2 week trial, but the thought of actually saying someone would have to go to jail is kind of scary.  That is a lot of responsibility!  I am just hoping it is going to be a long time before I get called again.

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Zucchini Muffins

Zucchini Muffins #recipe | Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Zucchini Muffins #recipe | Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Happy Memorial Day!! Do you have any fun plans for this unofficial kick off to summer? When I planned my calendar for May, I totally didn’t realize that I put muffins down for today. I should have been more on top of things! I did give you Frozen Key Lime Margarita Squares and Blue Vodka Lemonade last week though, both of those would be great additions to your get together today.

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