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Chewy Coconut Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

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Chewy Coconut Chocolate Chip Granola Bars - chewy granola bars with coconut and chocolate chips. Super easy to make, and great to have one hand for snacks, lunches or even breakfasts!

Chewy Coconut Chocolate Chip Granola Bars – chewy granola bars with coconut and chocolate chips.  Super easy to make, and great to have one hand for snacks, lunches or even breakfasts!

Chewy Coconut Chocolate Chip Granola Bars - chewy granola bars with coconut and chocolate chips.  Super easy to make, and great to have one hand for snacks, lunches or even breakfasts!

Do you do girls/guys night on a regular basis?  Everyone talks about how important it is to go out and make time for your spouse.  I completely agree with that, family is by far the most important thing in my life.  But going out with my girlfriends is sometimes almost as important.  A few nights ago a group of us went out to a local restaurant.  There were 16 of us total, and it was one of the best nights I have had in a long time.  So much laughing, yummy food, and such a great time.  I came home totally relaxed and ready to take on the world the next day.  Something that we really do need to make happen more often.

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Coconut Crusted Chicken Tenders

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Coconut Crusted Chicken Tenders - super crispy chicken tenders that are coated in shredded coconut!

Coconut Crusted Chicken Tenders – super crispy chicken tenders that are coated in shredded coconut!  Perfect for a quick dinner for the whole family!

Coconut Crusted Chicken Tenders - super crispy chicken tenders that are coated in shredded coconut!

My parents get here today!  This is the first time since we moved here, over 3 years ago, that they are driving.  And there is a good reason for it.  They are staying for the next 2 months.  My husband’s company has a sabbatical program.  So next week, the 3 of us are leaving for New Zealand for six weeks.  My parents are going to stay at our house while we are gone.  They have been talking about moving out there for the last couple of years, and this is the test to see if they really want to.  They are going to scope out neighborhoods, and really see what it would be like to live here.  We are more than happy to have them stay at our house, and not be empty while we are gone.

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Crispy Cauliflower Fritters

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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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Sweet Potato with Bacon & Sage

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Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Bacon and Sage - Dinner is ready in just 20 minutes! Crunchy smokey bacon, fresh sage, and Parmesan cheese with sweet potato gnocchi make a wonderful flavor combination.

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Bacon and Sage – Dinner is ready in just 20 minutes!  Crunchy smokey bacon, fresh sage, and Parmesan cheese with sweet potato gnocchi make a wonderful flavor combination.  

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Bacon and Sage - Dinner is ready in just 20 minutes!  Crunchy smokey bacon, fresh sage, and Parmesan cheese with sweet potato gnocchi make a wonderful flavor combination.

So apparently we are remodeling part of our kitchen.  We have been having problems with our freezer for over a year now. Usually we just thaw it out, and it is good for another 6 months.  But this time it started leaking again after just a few days. Our builder put in a built-in fridge, which is extra wide.  So we can’t just replace it.  Luckily it is on the shorter wall of our kitchen, so it doesn’t affect the entire kitchen.  But it still means way more work, time, and money than just getting a new fridge.  I am excited and annoyed all at the same time!

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Mushroom and Butternut Squash Risotto

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Mushroom and Butternut Squash Risotto - use a pressure cooker to speed things up! Roasted butternut squash and mushrooms make a perfect comforting meal.

Mushroom and Butternut Squash Risotto – use a pressure cooker to speed things up!  Roasted butternut squash and mushrooms make a perfect comforting meal.

Mushroom and Butternut Squash Risotto - use a pressure cooker to speed things up!  Roasted butternut squash and mushrooms make a perfect comforting meal.

 

I am so glad the weekend is finally here.  This was one of the slowest weeks ever!  Tomorrow is actually the state competition for my son’s Lego Robotics team.  So we will spend the day keeping 7 4th graders on track, and competing.  The boys are excited and as ready as they are going to get.  Only the top two teams move on, and given this is their first year, they know this is the last meeting of the season. Hopefully that means they won’t be nearly as nervous and will be more relaxed than the competition in November.

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Chicken Chilaquiles

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Chicken Chilaquiles -A Mexican casserole with tortilla chips, and chicken baked in a spicy tomato sauce, and topped cheese.

Chicken Chilaquiles -A Mexican casserole with tortilla chips, and chicken baked in a spicy tomato sauce, and topped cheese.

Chicken Chilaquiles -A Mexican casserole with tortilla chips, and chicken baked in a spicy tomato sauce, and topped cheese.

My son finally went back to school yesterday.  He loved having so much time off for the holidays, but I was ready for him to go back to school about a week ago.  Last week it was too cold to go outside and play in the snow, so he has been inside and bored.  Now that it is finally warming up again, he is back to school.  Which hopefully means they will get to go outside for recess.  Pretty sure after two weeks of the kids not being at school, they need outdoor recess or the teachers will go insane!

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Cheesy Skillet Gnocchi

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Cheesy Gnocchi Skillet is a one pan, quick and easy dinner. A healthified version of pure comfort food.

Cheesy Gnocchi Skillet is a one pan, quick and easy dinner.  A healthified version of pure comfort food.

Cheesy Gnocchi Skillet is a one pan, quick and easy dinner.  A healthified version of pure comfort food.

Looks like the holidays are over and it is back to work.  My son doesn’t actually have school today, but for the rest of the world, it is back into routine, schedules, work, and school.  I am so ready to be back.  I loved being home with my family for the last two weeks, but the lack of structure gets to me.  Over the last few days my husband and I, cleaned out closets in our house.  We have so much stuff it is incredible.  So much work to go through everything (I am talking days), but it feels so good to get rid of stuff and de-clutter.  Now to see how long we can keep it that way!

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Cheesy Sausage Meatballs

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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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Spooky Spider Brownies

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Spooky Spider Brownies - fun and a little creepy for Halloween!

Spooky Spider Brownies are a fun way to celebrate Halloween.  Spiders and spider webs are easy to make with melted chocolate.

Spooky Spider Brownies - fun and a little creepy for Halloween!

Halloween is right around the corner, are you ready?  Do you dress up and go to a party?  Are your kids set with their costumes?  I think we are almost ready here.  My son decided that he is going to be Poseidon for Halloween.  He loves all of the Percy Jackson books and Greek mythology, so it is very fitting.  My mom helped to make a toga for him, and he has a rope belt, a crown, and a wig/beard.  I still need to spray paint the devil’s pitch fork silver, so it can be his trident.  But I think that is all I have left to do.  He is very excited, and ready for Halloween to be here!

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Creamy Zucchini, Tomato & Ricotta Pasta

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Creamy Tomato, Zucchini & Ricotta Pasta - a quick and easy weeknight dinner

Creamy Tomato, Zucchini & Ricotta Pasta - a quick and easy weeknight dinner

I can not believe today is the last real day of summer break.  The summer has really just flown by.  Yesterday, I took my son to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.  He loves exploring there, and having fun with all of the hands-on exhibits.  We have also had some of friends over to play this week.  And this afternoon we are heading to the pool for our last day of fun.  It seems like there was so much else I planned on us doing, but we just ran out of time.  One of my husband’s college roommates is going to be in town this weekend.  And one of my best friends is going to be here next week, on her move across the country.  So just because school is starting, doesn’t mean things are slowing down around here.

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