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Bacon, Corn & Avocado Pasta

Bacon, Corn & Avocado Pasta - fresh corn and tomatoes with crispy bacon and avocado are perfect together!

Bacon, Corn & Avocado Pasta - fresh corn and tomatoes with crispy bacon and avocado are perfect together!

We are in the last few days of August.  Hard to believe how fast the summer flew by.  This weekend my husband and I celebrate 13 years of marriage.  We actually have a friend who is going to watch our 9 year old so we can go out!  Not sure what we are doing yet, but I am excited for a night out, it seems like it has been FOREVER!  This weekend we also have friends from Iowa that will be in town.  It has been over a year since we have seen them, so I am super excited for their visit.  Hopefully the weather stays nice, so we can enjoy lots of time outside.

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Cheeseburger Macaroni Skillet

Cheeseburger Macaroni Skillet - a dinner the whole family will love, ready in just 20 minutes

Cheeseburgery Macaroni Skillet - 20 minutes, one pan, and dinner is done!

The second week of school and I am already tired of packing my sons lunch.  This is not a good sign.  He has seen my Instagram feed with all the pictures of fun and creative lunches that kids are getting.  And now, he wants that.  For the last year, he wanted the same thing in his lunch every, single, day.  This year, not only does he want to change it up (which is perfectly fine with me), he wants it to be fun and different most days.  I was at the store the other day and saw one of those divided tupperwear containers on sale, so I picked it up.  Now it is time to figure out what to put in it.  I am just not that creative early in the morning!

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30+ Back to School Dinner Ideas

Back To School Dinner Ideas

Back to School Collage

If your kids haven’t started school yet, they are very soon.  One thing that all parents have in common, no matter what their job, background, area of the country etc; is struggling to come up with quick and easy dinner ideas the whole family will love.  I strongly believe in having dinner together as a family, most nights of the week.  I know people have crazy schedules and are running all over the place, but dinner doesn’t have to be hard.  It also, doesn’t have to be take out or fast food.  You can have a homemade meal on the table in just a matter of minutes.  Here is a round up of a few of my favorites to get you started this school year!

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Creamy Zucchini, Tomato & Ricotta Pasta

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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Cheesy Steak Sandwich #makethatsandwich

Cheesy Steak Sandwiches {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Cheesy Steak Sandwiches - and a chance to win $25,000 with  @mezzetta_foods

I can’t believe it is mid August already! Last week we were in Wisconsin visiting family. Every day was jam packed with activities and people to see. We had to get up at 4am on Saturday to make our flight home. Then on Sunday we went hiking up in the mountains with friends; 10 miles, 2 hail storms, 3 separate rain storms, a few scrapes and bruises, not reaching our final destination, and 2 moose sitings (one 20 feet in front of us on the trail). It was quite the adventure, and something I think we will always remember. We capped off the day with some much needed ice cream!

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Bacon Burger with Barbeque Sauce and Onion Straws

Bacon Burger with Barbeque Sauce and Onion Straws - never go out to a burger place again!

Bacon Burger with Barbeque Sauce and Onion Straws - never go out to a burger place again!

This summer I have shared quite a few different burger recipes and no-bake desserts.  Hopefully you are enjoying the completely seasonal and fun recipes I have shared.  If you missed some of the burgers there was a Chicken Pesto Burger, a Chicken Taco Burger, a Char Siu Pork Burger, and a Jalapeno Turkey Burger.  So after all of those chicken, turkey and pork burgers, I figured it was time to do a beef burger.  And an over the top one at that.  And on Friday I have another no bake dessert recipe for you!

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Chicken Taco Burgers #BurgerMonth

Chicken Taco Burgers - combine 2 favorites (tacos and burgers) into one summer time dinner!

Chicken Taco Burgers - combine 2 favorites (tacos and burgers) into one summer time dinner!

Do you have your kids do “school” work during the summer?  My son is really good at math and reading, and he likes both of them.  So we have him do some math each day, and he reads each day as well.  No matter what, he reads for awhile before bed each night, to help him calm down so he can go to sleep.  But the math, that is starting to prove to be a challenge.  He loves math, and during the school year he loves the website we have him working on.  But now… it is “boring”.  It is getting to be more of a struggle each day.  Who knew summer was supposed to be so entertaining :)

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Char Siu Pork Burgers

Char Siu Pork Burgers - an Asian favorite turned into a burger!

Char Siu Pork Burgers - an Asian favorite turned into a burger!

Last week I shared a Jalapeno Turkey Burger as part of burger month.  Today I am back with another burger.  I am loving playing with different flavors, and making different burgers this summer.  I also shared a Pesto Chicken Burger earlier this summer.  Hopefully you like these fun burgers, because I have another one coming next week!  Have you checked out all the other great recipes going on with Burger Month?  Kita from Pass the Sushi and Girl Carnivore did a great job gathering up some very talented bloggers to contribute all month long.

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BLT Bacon Wrapped Hot dogs

BLT Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs; time to up the hot dog game!

Crispy bacon wrapped hot dogs topped with lettuce, tomato, avocado, and a spicy Sriracha ranch.

BLT Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs; time to up the hot dog game!

Hot dogs are kind of a staple at most American barbeques in the summer.  Often times there are choices between hot dogs, hamburgers, and brats.  At least in Wisconsin brats are always on the menu.  I love a good hot dog in the summer, topped with ketchup and raw onions….perfection!  Especially if you are at a sporting event, then it is kind of a must!  That and a beer.  Well today, I am kind of upping the anti when it comes to hot dogs.  These aren’t your average backyard barbeque hot dog, but they definitely should make an appearance at your next event!

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Jalapeno Turkey Burgers #BurgerMonth

Jalapeno Turkey Burgers {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Jalapeno Turkey Burgers - got to love a burger with a little kick!

I am excited to be taking part in Burger Month today. Kita from Pass the Sushi and Girl Carnivore set up a whole month of different burger recipes from all around the web. There are over 30 bloggers participating, and we are all sharing recipes on different days. So be sure to follow along, there are bound to be some amazing recipes. I have a feeling my menu will pretty much be planned for the rest of the summer.  I know there are a few great giveaways as well.  Hamilton Beach has donated one of their new Indoor Searing Grills to giveaway during the month.  So stay tuned!

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