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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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Copycat Granite City Idaho Nachos #StandUpCheese

Idaho Nachos - loaded with lots of bacon and cheese

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of KRAFT Natural Shredded Cheese and Safeway for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Idaho Nachos - waffle fries, bacon, and cheese!

I am usually the one in the family that manages to hurt myself.  I run into the coffee table that has always been there, I trip over things, stumble down the steps etc.  I am known to be rather clumsy.  Well, for once I am not the one to hurt myself.  My husband went on a work outing the other day, where they went hiking up in the Poudre Canyon.  I think it was about  6 1/2 mile hike, and with about 3 miles to go, he rolled his ankle.  There was no choice, he was in the middle of no where on a trail, 3 miles from the road, he had to continue.  Needless to say, by the time he made it home (after the team went out to lunch and he went to work for an hour) his ankle was very swollen and painful.  After lots of ice and ibuprofen he is starting to get better.  But it will be a little while before he is back to hiking and biking like he wants to be.

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Cheesy Shrimp Nachos

Cheesy Shrimp Nachos {Dinners, Dishes, Desserts}

This post brought to you by KRAFT Natural Shredded Cheese and Safeway. All opinions are 100% mine.

Cheesy Shrimp Nachos {Dinners, Dishes, Desserts}

Summer break is here.  I am not sure where the lazy days of summer saying came from, because ours is the exact opposite.  Between play dates, trips to the pool, vacations, sports schedules, and trying to get work done there is not time for anything lazy.  Honestly, for the most part that is actually fine with me.  I am not good with relaxing and doing nothing, and my 9 year old is even worse.  So if our days were empty we would both probably go insane.  So just because the school year is over, doesn’t mean that quick dinners and busy weeknights aren’t still a thing.

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Chicken Caesar Salad

Chicken Caesar Salad - great summer dinner

Chicken Caesar Salad - lightened up by using yogurt in the dressing

I think that once summer comes, even the most meat eating man out there, is ok with a salad every once in awhile. Especially if it means they get to fire up the grill to cook the meat for the salad.  For my husband, the only reason he will eat a salad is because of the dressing.  If it were socially acceptable, he would probably just drink the salad dressing, or maybe he would use a spoon :)  But seeing as how that is frowned upon, he will suffer through some lettuce in order to get the dressing.  His favorite dressing ever…..Caesar.  Followed closely by Thousand Island.

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Pesto Chicken Burgers

Pesto Chicken Burgers - perfect summer grilling meal!

Pesto Chicken Burgers - perfect summer grilling meal!

I hope that everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend, and were able to get out and enjoy the weather.  We went up to the mountains on Sunday, and it was amazing to see how much snow there still was.  The rivers and waterfalls were so full of water, it was incredible.  On Monday we ventured out for a bike ride on the trails around town.  Our favorite trail was flooded, so we had to come up with a plan B.  We ended up on about a 20 mile ride in gorgeous weather.  I can’t wait to get out there more this summer.  I think our goal is to work up to a 50 mile ride one day.  We will see if we can get there by the end of the summer.  Last year our long was about 30 miles.

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Pesto and Walnut Pasta with Green Beans

Bowtie Pasta with Green Beans, Pesto, and Toasted Walnuts | Dinners, Dishes, & Desserts

Pesto and Walnut Pasta | Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

I can’t not believe that it is May, and the summer is almost here.  My son counted the days of school left the other day, and there were only 18 left!  As luck would have it, I signed him up for 2 day camps this summer, and they happen to be during the first two weeks of summer break.  So at least I have a little more time to get everything I wanted to accomplish done, before he is home full time.  But still, I am really not ready to have a 4th grader.  I just want to stop time, and keep him this age for a little longer!

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Healthy Stovetop Mac and Cheese

Healthy Mac and Cheese

Healthy Mac and Cheese

My son didn’t have school on Monday, so my week is completely thrown off.  I can not believe that today is Wednesday.  I am starting to freak out, knowing that Easter is only 5 days away, and I have nothing ready.  Aside from knowing we are having ham for dinner.  My in-laws arrive tomorrow, so I really better get my butt in gear.  Meals to plan for the rest of the weekend, Easter basket to stock, house to clean, and shopping to get done.  Going to be a busy day!

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