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Creamy Pasta with Ricotta, Mint and Garlic Sauce


Creamy Pasta with Ricotta, Mint and Garlic Sauce - a quick and easy creamy pasta dish, with garlic, mint and walnuts that is perfect any night of the week.

Creamy Pasta with Ricotta, Mint and Garlic Sauce – a quick and easy creamy pasta dish, with garlic, mint and walnuts that is perfect any night of the week.  

Creamy Pasta with Ricotta, Mint and Garlic Sauce - a quick and easy creamy pasta dish, with garlic, mint and walnuts that is perfect any night of the week.

You guys are in for another treat today!  Kate from Diethood is taking over for today.  She is absolutely amazing, and one of the sweetest people I have ever “met”.  Kate and I entered the blogging world around the same time, and have been supporting each other since.  This summer Kate and I will both be in Chicago and actually get to meet in person for the first time.  I am super excited for that!  So grab some paper towel, so you can wipe the drool off your key board, and check out this amazing pasta!

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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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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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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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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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Enchilada Pasta Skillet


Enchilada Pasta Skillet {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

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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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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Pasta Milano (Copycat Macaroni Grill)


Pasta Milano {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Pasta Milano - a copycat of a Macaroni Grill favorite

Have any of your kids ever done Lego Robotics?  Can we just talk for a second about how crazy it is!  My son’s school has always had quite a few teams in the past.  This year they did not get a teacher willing to take on all the work (I honestly don’t blame them).  My son had been looking forward to it for forever, and so had one of his good friends.  So we got talking, and after a few meetings we started a team with our son’s friends.  We have eight 4th grade boys on our team.  Fortunately, we have been able to meet at the school and use their supplies, or it wouldn’t have happened.  But holy cow, is it a lot of work!  My husband is the techy guy, so he is helping the kids with the technical and building side of things.  We are meeting 3 times a week, and there is so much more involved than just building a robot.  This will be an amazing experience for the kids, but I am a little over whelmed with how much we have to accomplish in just 2 months.

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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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