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Carne Asada Fries


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


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


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


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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Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart Bread


Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart Bread | Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart Bread | Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Today I leave for NYC.  Nothing like leaving the house at 6am for a full day of traveling and being a tourist to get you excited.  I had a hard time sleeping last night, I was so excited.  I have ALWAYS wanted to go to NYC.  When I was younger my parents always said that it was too dangerous, so they wouldn’t take me there.  Now as an adult, my husband isn’t a fan of big cities.  So this is my chance.  Unfortunately I don’t have much time.  I keep telling my husband when I turn 40, if he hasn’t taken me there, then I am going with a group of friends.  Now at least I will have a better idea of what I want to see when I come back :)

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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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Pan Charred Asparagus with Toasted Walnuts


Pan Charred Asparagus with Toasted Walnuts | Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Pan Charred Asparagus with Lemon and Walnuts | Dinners, Dishes, & Desserts

I hope that everyone had a great Easter yesterday.  We had a good time with family, hunting for eggs, and enjoying some great food.  We went to our neighborhood egg hunt, and my 8 year old had lots of fun.  He got to hang out with a couple of his friends, and score more candy.  I tried to avoid putting tons of candy in his Easter basket this year, so he made up for it at the Easter egg hunt.  Now to get my butt in gear with birthday planning, because my 8 year old turns 9 on Friday.

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Basil Garlic Bread


Basil Garlic Bread

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gro-ables for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Basil Garlic Bread
I love having a garden with fresh herbs. It is so easy to grab just a little bit to add to whatever I am making. Currently I have 2 basil plants and 1 spinach plant that I have started with Gro-ables this spring. They have been really easy to grow. All I had to do was put a little dirt into a pot, and then push in the pod. I have them sitting next to the window, and they are sprouting and starting to grow. It has only been a couple weeks since they were planted, so I don’t have anything harvestable from them yet, but I can’t wait until I do!

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Brown Butter Seafood Risotto


Brown Butter Seafood Risotto

Brown Butter Seafood Risotto

Today I am sharing a recipe over at Cravings of a Lunatic.  Kim is having a full week dedicated to all things seafood.  She and her daughter are both allergic, so unfortunately she can not indulge.  I am excited to be able to share a recipe with her readers.  And in true Cravings of a Lunatic style, I took it over the top!

Brown Butter Seafood Risotto

Lobster, shrimp, brown butter, and risotto.  All of those pretty much define indulgent, which is exactly what Kim specializes in.  Hopefully I can fit in over there.  You don’t want to miss this recipe, so head over and check it out!

Brown Butter Seafood Risotto

 

 

 

Perfect Potatoes Au Gratin


Perfect Au Gratin Potatoes

Perfect Au Gratin Potatoes

Today is the first edition of Pass the Cook Book Club.  Kita from Pass the Sushi came up with the idea.  Basically each month we will select a cookbook, and have a choice of 3 recipes to cook from it.  At the bottom of the post you will see links to all the other participants.  If you are interested in learning more, go check it out here.  This month we are tackling The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier [Read more…]