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Spicy Sausage Spanish Rice Skillet


Spanish Rice Skillet 2_labeled

Spicy Sausage Spanish Rice Skillet – turn box rice mix into a full meal!  Just one pan, and a couple ingredients and you have a whole meal the family will love!

  Spicy Sausage Spanish Rice Skillet – turn box rice mix into a full meal!  Just one pan, and a couple ingredients and you have a whole meal the family will love!

Today my 9 year old is taking part in his school spelling bee.  They had a test for the 4th and 5th graders, and only those kids that scored high enough moved on.  He was 1 of the 2 students in 4th grade to make it.  He has been studying a little bit, but how do you really prepare for a spelling bee.  He is excited and ready for it.  I, on the other hand, am not!  I will be there to watch, but I would really rather just sit at home and hear about it later.  I am way more stressed about this than he is.  Standing up in front of a large group, spelling words….I am just so nervous for him.  I am glad that he is so relaxed, I wish I could be!

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Creamy Sun-dried Tomato Shrimp Pasta


Creamy Sun-dried Tomato Shrimp Pasta - a super easy pasta dish with shrimp, and a super creamy delicious sun-dried tomato sauce.

Creamy Sun-dried Tomato Shrimp Pasta – a super easy pasta dish with shrimp, and a super creamy delicious sun-dried tomato sauce.  

Creamy Sun-dried Tomato Shrimp Pasta - a super easy pasta dish with shrimp, and a super creamy delicious sun-dried tomato sauce.

 

Is anyone else over winter?  I kind of feel bad complaining, but I am really tired of it being so darn cold when I go to run errands.  And the snow!!  They do not plow our neighborhood streets, so after all the freezing and thawing it is just a mess of ruts and not easy to drive on.  We are supposed to get into the 40’s for the next few days, so I am really hoping the roads melt quickly.  And then if spring wants to arrive in January, I am good with that too.

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Cracker Crusted Cod


Cracker Crusted Cod {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Cracker Crusted Cod – mild white fish baked with a coating of buttery Ritz crackers.  Great on other white fish or even chicken!

Cracker Crusted Cod - mild white fish baked with a coating of buttery Ritz crackers.  Great on other white fish or even chicken!

Today my husband and I are going to start a 3 week diet of no added sugar.   We will still eat fruits and vegetables that have natural sugar in them, but if something has sugar as an ingredient, we are not going to eat it.  In preparing for this and looking at lots of labels, it is crazy how much sugar is in everything!  Even certain brands and varieties of canned tomatoes add sugar.  So we will see how it goes.  For someone who is addicted to chocolate, it is going to be a little tough!

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Chicken Chilaquiles


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


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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Creamy Sausage Spinach Pasta


Sausage spinach pasta is quick, easy, and sure to please the entire family. A creamy tomato sauce gives it tons of flavor!

Sausage spinach pasta is quick, easy, and sure to please the entire family. A creamy tomato sauce gives it tons of flavor!

Sausage spinach pasta is quick, easy, and sure to please the entire family. A creamy tomato sauce gives it tons of flavor!

I can’t believe a new year is here already! The holidays are over, and it’s back to real life. Back to school for the kiddos, and back to work for the rest of us. That means no more cookies for dinner, and time to actually cook real food again. Like pasta with sausage in a creamy tomato sauce. And it is ready in about 25 minutes! Don’t worry, baby steps back into the real world.
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Healthy Dinners for the New Year


Healthy Dinners for the New Year - 25 recipes to help keep you on track with your resolutions

Healthy Dinners for the New Year – 25 recipes to help keep you on track with your resolutions. 

Healthy Dinners for the New Year - 25 recipes to help keep you on track with your resolutions

With the start of a new year comes lots of resolutions.  Are you making any this year?  I don’t usually make them, but this year I am.  I am so tired of clutter and junk around my house.  I am committed to going through each room, each closet, and getting rid of stuff.  I even have my husband on board, so that will make it easier to accomplish.  The most popular resolution by far is getting in better shape.  So I am here to give you 25 recipes that will keep you on the right track with your dinners.  Real food, so you won’t feel deprived.  I did a very similar round up last year, so go check that out for 23 MORE Healthy Dinner recipes.  That is enough recipes to get you through almost 2 full months.  Can’t get much easier than that.

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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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