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Sausage Pasta Skillet


Sausage Pasta Skillet is a quick and easy one pot meal the whole family will love. Creamy, cheesy, sausage pasta dinner.

Sausage Pasta Skillet is a quick and easy one pot meal the whole family will love.  Creamy, cheesy, sausage pasta dinner.

Sausage Pasta Skillet is a quick and easy one pot meal the whole family will love.  Creamy, cheesy, sausage pasta dinner.

The week of Christmas is here!  I am sure you are running around like crazy trying to get everything done.  I know I am.  My son is now off from school until January 6th.  So not only do I have him to entertain, I have to get ready for Christmas, get work done, and everything else I forgot about for the last month.  Hopefully you have a couple extra days off this week, and can get everything done before the big days arrives.  And because I know everyone is busy, I have a super quick and easy pasta dinner to get you through the week.  Seriously, 20 minutes and you are done!

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Carne Asada Fries


Carne Asada Fries - french fries topped with Carne Asada, melted cheese, and guacamole!

Carne Asada Fries – french fries topped with Carne Asada, melted cheese, and guacamole!  A dinner that will please even your pickiest eater!

Carne Asada Fries - french fries topped with Carne Asada, melted cheese, and guacamole!

Planning dinner can be tough.  Especially when you have to do it every night, over and over and over and over…..  Really, we never stop having to figure out what we are going to have for dinner.  Having a few go to recipes, a few side dishes you know everyone will eat, and having a well-stocked freezer and pantry make getting dinner on the table on busy nights so much easier!  And, if you can get it done in less than 30 minutes, make it fun, and give everyone what they love, you are sure to be the hero.  Today I have 5 nights worth of ideas to get you through the week.  Family friendly ideas, so you know your kids won’t complain, but you will be happy too!

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Leftover Turkey and Stuffing Meatballs


Leftover

Leftover Turkey and Stuffing Meatballs – Turn leftover stuffing into turkey and stuffing meatballs.  Quick, easy, and great the next day.  Dip in leftover gravy or cranberry sauce!

Leftover Turkey and Stuffing Meatballs - Turn leftover stuffing into turkey and stuffing meatballs.  Quick, easy, and great the next day.  Dip in leftover gravy or cranberry sauce!

We are just days away from Thanksgiving.  I trust that most people have their menus set at this point.  So I am switching gears and giving you a leftover idea.  These turkey and stuffing meatballs are the perfect thing to do with your leftover stuffing.  I can only take so many sandwiches before I am over leftovers, so I need to switch it up.  And these meatballs are just the thing to do that.  Meagan from A Zesty Bite did a version of these that got me thinking.  So I got to work and came up with my own idea.  And if you want a sweet thing to do with some leftovers, be sure to check out these Sweet Potato Cupcakes!

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Gnocchi with Fennel & Sausage


Gnocchi with Fennel & Sausage in a light tomato sauce - dinner is ready in 20 minutes!

 Gnocchi with Fennel & Sausage – a quick and easy dinner that is perfect for any weeknight.  Chicken sausage and fennel are tossed with gnocchi in a light and creamy tomato sauce.

Gnocchi with Fennel & Sausage in a light tomato sauce - dinner is ready in 20 minutes!

Thanksgiving is next week! Are you ready?  I am excited to be able to spend a few days with family and just relax!  Things have been so busy around here lately, it will be really nice to take a few days off.  My son even said that this last weekend felt like a 3 day weekend, because we were so busy and fit so much stuff in.  I have mentioned before that my son is part of Lego Robotics, and my husband and I are 2 of their coaches.  Well, they had their State Qualifier competition last Saturday.  This is their fist year with robotics, and they made it to state!  So in January we will go to Denver to compete at the state level.  We are very proud of how far they have come, and the kids are so excited!

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Flat Iron Steak with Chimichurri Sauce


Flat Iron Steak with Chimichurri Sauce - a great way to enjoy steak!

Flat Iron Steak with Chimichurri Sauce is a great meal to serve for the holidays, a special weekend, or even on a weeknight. Steak is marinaded in a latin inspired sauce, and then grilled and topped with Chimichurri Sauce.

Flat Iron Steak with Chimichurri Sauce - a great way to enjoy steak!

A few weeks ago I had the amazing opportunity to visit Certified Angus Beef® in Wooster Ohio.  They brought 10 bloggers in to see their culinary education center, meet with their chefs, and get cooking for the weekend.  It was such a wonderful experience.  I learned so much about beef; how to pick out the right cut, how to cook it, how to slice it and more.  The chefs prepared a few meals for us, so we pretty much ate like royalty.  Prime rib, lobster stuffed beef tenderloin, truffle fries, and so much more.  Seriously, I probably didn’t need to eat for a week after I got home!

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Mexican Rice Skillet


This Mexican rice skillet is a one pot meal you'll make again and again. Especially because you can make it in under 30 minutes!

This Mexican rice skillet is a one pot meal you’ll make again and again. Especially because you can make it in under 30 minutes!

This Mexican rice skillet is a one pot meal you'll make again and again. Especially because you can make it in under 30 minutes!

I am kind of in love with skillet dinners lately.  They are so quick and easy to make, plus you can change them up in so many different ways.  Cheeseburger Macaroni Skillet was the start of it.  Mexican food is one of our favorites, so I switched it up and made an Enchilada Pasta Skillet that was a huge success.  So this Mexican rice skillet was the next progression.

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Dorito Taco Casserole


Dorito Taco Casserole - Turn taco night into a quick and easy casserole with layers of your favorite chips. It is time to redefine the casserole, and make it something people want to eat!

Dorito Taco Casserole – Turn taco night into a quick and easy casserole with layers of your favorite chips. It is time to redefine the casserole, and make it something people want to eat!

Dorito Taco Casserole - Turn taco night into a quick and easy casserole with layers of your favorite chips.  It is time to redefine the casserole, and make it something people want to eat!

Happy Halloween!  Are your kids all ready for trick or treating tonight?  My son has his holiday party this afternoon at school, and he is super excited for it.  They have a parade around the school first.  Lots of parents come, and all of the kids in the school parade around the halls of the school and through the gym.  It is fun to go see what all of the kids have come up with for costumes.  There are always a few over the top, super creative kids.  My son is Poseidon this year.  He is not wearing his full costume to school, because I am not sure it will hold up to a party and then trick or treating.  But it should be cute no matter what.

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Enchilada Pasta Skillet


Enchilada Pasta Skillet - a quick and easy dinner

Enchilada Pasta Skillet is a homemade version of Hamburger Helper with a Mexican twist!  Dinner is ready in 20 minutes, so it is perfect for any night of the week.

Enchilada Pasta Skillet - a quick and easy dinner

What a weekend!  I will have to fill you in on my trip to Ohio with Certified Angus Beef later in the week.  I learned so much, I got to cook with real chefs, and had such a great time.  I also got to hang out with some wonderful bloggers for a couple days.  Getting to meet the people you see online all the time is always a good time.  It is a strange job to have where you sit in your house all day, and talk to people on the internet.  So nice to actually put faces to names and see we are actually real people!

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Cheddar Bacon Chicken Tenders


Cheddar Bacon Chicken Tenders

Cheddar Bacon Chicken Tenders are perfect for a quick weeknight meal.  Homemade chicken tenders coasted in a cheddar and bacon breadcrumb mixture.  Sure to please the entire family!

Cheddar Bacon Chicken Tenders - homemade chicken tenders coasted in a cheddar and bacon breadcrumb mixture.  Sure to please the entire family!

I am actually in Ohio right now.  I am in Wooster visiting with Certified Angus Beef.  I get to spend today and tomorrow cooking beef with professional chefs.  You have no idea how excited I am about this.  I am hoping that I learn a ton (because honestly my beef knowledge is pretty limited), and that you will see more beef recipes here in the future.  Plus on Sunday, I get to hang out with one of my good friends Katrina.  You may know her from In Katrina’s Kitchen and her new Biscoff cookbook coming out soon.  Be ready, because as soon as I get my hands on her book I am sure I will go Biscoff crazy!

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Creamy Sausage & Artichoke Pasta


Creamy sausage & artichoke pasta makes an easy after-practice dinner. A one-skillet meal the whole family will devour.

Creamy sausage & artichoke pasta makes an easy weeknight dinner. A one-skillet meal the whole family will devour.

Creamy sausage & artichoke pasta makes an easy after-practice dinner. A one-skillet meal the whole family will devour.

We spent the weekend visiting friends who live in the mountains.  They live in the highest incorporated municipality in the US, which means that winter has started up there.  The two hour drive up was gorgeous seeing all of the snow capped mountains.  On Sunday when we went to leave, part of the interstate was closed because of accidents and ice on the road.  We were fortunate enough for it to open up for 45 minutes, and we were able to get home without a long detour.  As gorgeous as the drive was, I am so NOT ready for winter.  Only 2 hours away at our house it is supposed to get up to near 80 this week, so I think we have awhile before it gets too cold, but this weekend was a reminder it is just around the corner.

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