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Corn and Radish Salad

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Corn and Radish Salad {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Corn and Radish Salad – An easy radish and corn salad topped with an avocado dressing.  Great use of summer produce!

Corn and Radish Salad - An easy radish and corn salad topped with an avocado dressing.  Great use of summer produce!

What a busy weekend!  It was our first weekend in forever that we didn’t have plans.  But it turned into a busy and exhausting weekend! We wen up to Rocky Mountain National Park and went on a beautiful hike.  It was almost 9 miles long. Then we met up with friends who were camping in the park.  We haven’t seen them in almost a year, so it was good to catch up.  At least we got to hang out at home on Sunday for most of the day (my son talked us into playing tennis).  So after a long hike on Saturday and hiking with my son on Thursday (pictures on Instagram) I was kind of tired!

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Mexican Coleslaw

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Mexican Coleslaw - A quick and easy side dish for just about any meal. Also great on burgers or tacos!

Mexican Coleslaw – Not just your average coleslaw this is a quick and easy side dish for just about any meal.  Also great on burgers or tacos!  

Mexican Coleslaw - A quick and easy side dish for just about any meal.  Also great on burgers or tacos!

I hope you had a great weekend!  I was traveling with Certified Angus Beef for the last part of last week, so it was good to get home and spend time with my family. We had a nice and relaxing Father’s Day filled with anything that my husband requested.  Which was basically meant he wanted snacks (guacamole and taco dip) for one meal, waffles for breakfast and brats for dinner.  We tried to spoil him as much as we could, so hopefully he appreciated it.  Now onto the week ahead!  My son and I are headed back to Wisconsin to see family this week, and I am headed to a conference in Chicago over the weekend.  Going to be busy times!

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Caprese Pasta Salad

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Caprese Pasta Salad - turn classic caprese salad into a quick pasta salad. Great for summer get togethers, quick lunches, or a light dinner!

Caprese Pasta Salad – turn classic caprese salad into a quick pasta salad. Great for summer get togethers, quick lunches, or a light dinner!

Caprese Pasta Salad - turn classic caprese salad into a quick pasta salad. Great for summer get togethers, quick lunches, or a light dinner!

Happy Memorial Day weekend!!  The unofficial kick off to summer. I hope you get to enjoy an extra day off, and spend the time with family and friends.  Break out the grill and invite friends over!  Kick back and just have fun! Make sure you take a little time out of your day on Monday to remember all of those who lost their lives while serving our country.  Without them, we would not live the lives we do today!  I have lots of family, friends, and friends children who are or have been in the military.  It is a selfless job, and I am beyond thankful they are interested in doing it.

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Jicama and Watermelon Salad

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Jicima and Watermelon Salad {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Jicama and Watermelon Salad – use juicy watermelon and slightly sweet jicama to make a great summer side dish.  Toss with a honey-lime vinaigrette.

Jicima and Watermelon Salad - use juicy watermelon and slightly sweet jicima to make a great summer side dish.  Toss with a honey-lime vinaigrette.

Happy Mother’s Day this weekend to all the Mom’s out there!  I don’t get to see my mom on Mother’s Day, but I do get to see her in a couple weeks, so that is good.  Do you have plans for this weekend?  Tomorrow my son and I are going to volunteer for the Homeless Gear Project in our city.  Any plans we might have had for Sunday are probably on hold at this point.  I just looked at the forecast and they are predicting snow.  Seriously?  It is May, almost the middle of May.  Snow should not be in the forecast.  75 and sunny is what should be in the forecast.  I am just crossing my fingers they are wrong.

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Ham & Cheese Biscuits #getyourbettyon

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Ham & Cheese Biscuits - Fluffy drop biscuits full of cheddar cheese and diced ham. A great side dish, or use of leftover ham.

Ham & Cheese Biscuits – Fluffy drop biscuits full of cheddar cheese and diced ham.  A great side dish, or use of leftover ham. 

Ham & Cheese Biscuits - Fluffy drop biscuits full of cheddar cheese and diced ham.  A great side dish, or use of leftover ham.

I can’t believe that Easter is almost here.  It seems really early this year.  This will be the first year that we are not at home, or celebrating with family.  Hopefully the Easter Bunny will be able to find us in New Zealand.  Who knows, maybe that means my son will get traditional New Zealand Easter treats 😉  Because you know that I had enough to pack, I wasn’t packing jelly beans as well.  I think I will miss a traditional ham dinner for Easter, but I think my guys will be perfectly content eating fish and chips instead this year.

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Crispy Cauliflower Fritters

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Crispy Cauliflower Fritters - Cauliflower and shredded potatoes come together to make super easy crispy fritters. You will never be able to tell the cauliflower is in there!

Crispy Cauliflower Fritters – Cauliflower and shredded potatoes come together to make super easy crispy fritters.  You will never be able to tell the cauliflower is in there!

Crispy Cauliflower Fritters - Cauliflower and shredded potatoes come together to make super easy crispy fritters.  You will never be able to tell the cauliflower is in there!

 I am pretty excited about this recipe today.  No only does it get some vegetables into my family, without them even being able to taste it.  But it also a new side dish.  I don’t know about you, but I always seem to struggle with what to make to go with the main dish of a meal.  A salad is good, but that gets old quickly.  And eating just plain vegetables each night can get boring.  So being able to switch it up is so nice!

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Carne Asada Fries

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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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Multigrain Pilaf with Sunflower Seeds

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Multigrain Pilaf with Sunflower Seeds is a great side to have for the holidays! Doesn't take up any oven space!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The International Housewares Association for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Multigrain Pilaf with Sunflower Seeds is a great side dish for your holiday table.  High fiber grains with leeks and sunflower seeds makes a great alternative to stuffing.

  Multigrain Pilaf with Sunflower Seeds is a great side to have for the holidays!  Doesn't take up any oven space!

I can not believe that Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  This weekend we had my son’s Lego Robotics competition.  They did great.  It was so fun to see all of their hard work pay off.  For 4th graders, who have never done this before, they came a really long way over the last two months.  It will be fun to see what happens next year.  So now that life is calming down a little bit, it is time to start thinking about the holidays.  Planning a menu, getting the decorations together, and making sure the day will be great.

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Bacon, Corn & Avocado Pasta

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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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Pasta Salad with Summer Sausage & Grilled Veggies

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Pasta Salad with Summer Sausage and Grilled Veggies - great for picnics or a summer side dish

Pasta Salad with Summer Sausage and Grilled Veggies - great for picnics or a summer side dish

I can’t believe that it is August already, and that school is right around the corner.  It seems like summer just started.  Between baseball multiple nights and week and traveling it has gone by so quickly.  Today my 9 year old and I are off again traveling.  We are headed to Minnesota today to see lots of my extended family.  Then we are driving back to Wisconsin to spend the week with my parents and my in-laws.  I am excited to see lots of my cousins, aunts, and uncles that I have seen in awhile.  Should be a great trip!

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