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Coconut Crusted Chicken Tenders


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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Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas Tacos


Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas Tacos - Pork that has been cooked in the crock pot in citrus and spices, and then used for tacos. So easy, and so much flavor!

Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas Tacos – Pork that has been cooked in the crock pot in citrus and spices, and then used for tacos.  So easy, and so much flavor!

Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas Tacos - Pork that has been cooked in the crock pot in citrus and spices, and then used for tacos.  So easy, and so much flavor!

I know a lot of you are parents out there, so I want to see what you think about something.  My son did Jump Rope for Heart at school.  Great cause, raising money for the American Heart Association.  I was getting the forms and money all ready to send to school, and my 9 year old tells me he wants to donate some of his money.  I tell him that is great, and ask how much he was thinking.  He tells me he wants to give $25.  Keep in mind, I think the kid has saved up for about a year and has $100, so this is a giant chunk of his money.  I try to tell him that is too much, and he needs to save more of his money.  I want to teach my son about giving to others and good causes, but I also have to teach him about being able to have the money to buy things you need for yourself.  After a very lengthy discussion we settled on $10 (note 2 days prior he donated $5 to a coin drive for the homeless).  Thoughts?

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Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Gnocchi


Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Gnocchi - Turn the classic spinach and artichoke dip into a creamy and comforting pasta dinner, that is quick and easy any night of the week!

Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Gnocchi – Turn the classic spinach and artichoke dip into a creamy and comforting pasta dinner, that is quick and easy any night of the week!

Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Gnocchi - Turn the classic spinach and artichoke dip into a creamy and comforting pasta dinner, that is quick and easy any night of the week!

The holidays are over, 2015 has started, and the Super Bowl is over.  It seems like things should start slowing down a little. But it isn’t, life is just as busy as ever.  School, work, sports, practices, homework and more seem to keep us busy every day of the week.  The homework.  My son is in 4th grade.  He has a reasonable amount of homework each night, certain days he has a ton, other days not as much.  But what is it about kids and homework?  He can not seem to remember that yesterday he only had 5 minutes worth of work, and got to play pretty much all night.  So the fact that he has 45 minutes tonight isn’t that bad.  And if he would spend less time complaining about it, he would be done already!

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Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta


Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta - turn the famous bang bang shrimp appetizer into a main dish with this creamy pasta.

Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta – turn the famous bang bang shrimp appetizer into a main dish with this creamy pasta.

Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta - turn the famous bang bang shrimp appetizer into a main dish with this creamy pasta.

I hope that you had a great Valentine’s Day weekend!  We had a nice and relaxing weekend after my husband being gone last week.  We almost never exchange gifts, or I should say I almost never get my husband a gift.  I try to think of something, but he isn’t much into sentimental time things, so it isn’t always worth the effort.  Well, this year I came up with something.  It wasn’t anything special, but it was a book he mentioned a few months ago.  I actually remembered, and got it for him!  Not romantic in any way, shape or form.  But he was excited, so that was enough for me!  Now his birthday on Friday, so I have to think of even more things for him!  This is so not what I am good at :(

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Taco Pasta Skillet


Taco Pasta Skillet - All the flavors of taco night in a one pan meal, ready in 20 minutes! Homemade version of taco Hamburger Helper, with just a few staple ingredients.

Taco Pasta Skillet –  All the flavors of taco night in a one pan meal, ready in 20 minutes!  Homemade version of taco Hamburger Helper, with just a few staple ingredients.  

Taco Pasta Skillet -  All the flavors of taco night in a one pan meal, ready in 20 minutes!  Homemade version of taco Hamburger Helper, with just a few staple ingredients.

My son has had glasses since he was 5 years old.  He is 9 now (almost 10), so pretty close to 5 years.  He came home from school the other day with no glasses on.  I asked him where they were, and he said they broke.  Ok, first pair of broken glasses, we made it almost 5 years, seems like we are pretty lucky.  BUT…  So, I asked him what happened.  He said nothing, he was just eating a carrot at lunch, and they broke.  Really?  Pretty sure just sitting still doesn’t make the nose piece break off.  He is sticking to his story, so I guess I will never know what actually led them to breaking.  But beware, eating carrots are apparently dangerous to your glasses.

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Sweet Potato with Bacon & Sage


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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Quick and Easy Skillet Lasagna


Quick and Easy Skillet Lasagna - Make lasagna perfect for a weeknight meal. Ravioli makes this ready in less than 30 minutes, and pure comfort food everyone will love.

Quick and Easy Skillet Lasagna – Make lasagna perfect for a weeknight meal.  Ravioli makes this ready in less than 30 minutes, and pure comfort food everyone will love.

Quick and Easy Skillet Lasagna - Make lasagna perfect for a weeknight meal.  Ravioli makes this ready in less than 30 minutes, and pure comfort food everyone will love.

Did you watch the Super Bowl last night?  We watched it, had some snacks just the 3 of us, and relaxed for the night. My guys are obsessed with football, so pretty much no matter what they will watch the last game of the season.  As a house I “think” we were cheering for Seattle.  My husband was still mad the Packers lost, so I think in his ideal world, both teams would have lost.  But he does like Russell Wilson (because he played at Wisconsin), so I think he was secretly pulling for them to win.  So what did you eat?  Any great snacks or appetizers?

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Swedish Meatballs


Swedish Meatballs - Classic Swedish Meatballs seasoned with nutmeg and allspice, served in a rich beef gravy. Perfect over egg noodles or mashed potatoes.
Swedish Meatballs - Classic Swedish Meatballs seasoned with nutmeg and allspice, served in a rich beef gravy.  Perfect over egg noodles or mashed potatoes.

Swedish Meatballs – Classic Swedish Meatballs seasoned with nutmeg and allspice, served in a rich beef gravy.  Perfect over egg noodles or mashed potatoes.

Swedish Meatballs - Classic Swedish Meatballs seasoned with nutmeg and allspice, served in a rich beef gravy.  Perfect over egg noodles or mashed potatoes.

The weather has been gorgeous here the past couple of days.  It has been sunny and 70 degrees.  I feel really bad typing this as the Northeast is getting hit with feet of snow. But it is just so exciting!  Yesterday afternoon a friend and I went walking outside.  Jeans and a t-shirt were too much, I was sweating by the end.  So crazy for January.  Too bad it won’t stick around! Our average in the winter is in the 40’s, so if we could be there I would be fine.  We were bitterly cold at the beginning of January, so maybe it could just average out and be normal!

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Spicy Sausage Spanish Rice Skillet


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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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