Easy Sauteed Mushrooms

Easy sautéed mushrooms go with just about any dinner you can think of, but they’re exceptionally good for Thanksgiving. Bonus that they’re dead easy!

Easy sautéed mushrooms go with just about any dinner you can think of, but they're exceptionally good for Thanksgiving. Bonus that they're dead easy!

Side dishes are hard. I always struggle to come up with side dish ideas. That is probably why I make so many one pot skillet meals, everything is all there for you, no side dish required. One of my favorite side dishes though is mushrooms. Especially when serving a cut of meat. Grilled steak with mushrooms… the best! Chicken with mushrooms… hello, chicken marsala is my favorite. Pork chops with mushrooms is better than pork chops with apples in my opinion!

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Garlicky Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes

Garlicky Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes – make your favorite mashed potatoes in the slow cooker!

Garlicky Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes - make your favorite mashed potatoes in the slow cooker!

I am sitting here typing this, and I think my house might blow away.  It is crazy windy, like 40+ mile an hour winds.  Stuff is just blowing by the windows in the back of my house, and it is just loud.  It is a perfectly sunny day too, not a cloud in the sky. Thankfully it wasn’t quite as windy yesterday with garbage day, or the neighborhood would be a real mess.  But it makes me want to just curl up inside and not go out at all today.  Too bad that isn’t an option.

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Loaded Twice Baked Potato Casserole

Loaded Twice Baked Potato Casserole – Turn twice baked potatoes into an easy cheesy potato casserole that will be sure to please.  Loaded with garlic, cheese, and bacon!

Loaded Twice Baked Potato Casserole - Turn twice baked potatoes into an easy cheesy potato casserole that will be sure to please. Loaded with garlic, cheese, and bacon!

I can’t believe that Thanksgiving is next week already.  There is so much to do!  I haven’t started grocery shopping yet, have you? My parents get here on Saturday, so my mom will help me get that part organized.  Which is good, because I can not manage to make a complete grocery list and then get everything on the list.  Ever!  I think it is complete, I cross stuff off with a pen, but something is always missed.  It is amazing that people still let me host get togethers.  It is a good thing I always have a well stocked pantry, so we can usually make do.  But you would think I could have this down by now.

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Roasted Butternut Squash with Sage and Walnuts

Roasted Butternut Squash with Sage and Walnuts – roasted butternut squash that is tossed with butter, sage and toasted walnuts.  Great side dish for fall. 

Roasted Butternut Squash with Sage and Walnuts - roasted butternut squash that is tossed with butter, sage and toasted walnuts. Great side dish for fall.

Well it is officially fall in Colorado.  We were close to 80 last week, and this week we had a couple days that barely hit 50.  And it was rainy and cloudy. So fall is here.  And that means time for comfort food, the crock pot, squash, pumpkin and anything else fall related.  As I type this I am cuddled up on the coach under a blanket wearing my new comfy flannel shirt, so I think I am fulling embracing the new season.  Time to break out the skinny jeans and the boots!  Now if I only liked coffee, I could complete the picture with a pumpkin spiced latte.  But I just can’t do it!

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Mushroom Rice Pilaf

Mushroom Rice Pilaf – an easy homemade rice pilaf with lots of fresh mushrooms!  Great side dish recipe for chicken, fish, pork, or beef.

Mushroom Rice Pilaf - an easy homemade rice pilaf with lots of fresh mushrooms! Great side dish recipe for chicken, fish, pork, or beef.

We had an absolutely gorgeous weekend in Colorado.  It was sunny, warm, perfectly clear skies and just perfect.  We headed up to the mountains on Saturday and the mountains were just breathtaking.  The mountains will never get old to visit, but sometimes they are just more majestic than others.  And when the colors are right, the sun is shining, not a cloud in the sky, and the sky is a vibrant blue, you just want to stay forever.  That is what it was like this weekend.  But today is back to work and back to real life.

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Corn and Radish Salad

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

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

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

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

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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