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Cheddar Jalapeno Pretzels

Cheddar Jalapeno Pretzels {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Cheddar Jalapeno Pretzels - cheddar flavored pretzels with a little kick

What a busy weekend!  Friday night we went to a local pumpkin patch with my husband’s company.  We did the corn maze, other activities they had, and ate dinner there.  Saturday we got up first thing, and drove up into the mountains.  We went to visit some friends who live up there, and take advantage of a free hotel stay we earned.  We spent the day at our friends house catching up, and watching the boys play like crazy.  They have 5 kids, so when we get together, it is a little chaotic.  Sunday we had to be back here by early afternoon for a Lego Robotics meeting.  So now that we are back to work for Monday, I kind of feel like I need a day to relax.  Isn’t that always the case after a good weekend though?

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Cinnamon Toast Crunch Granola Bars

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Granola Bars - a perfect snack!

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Granola Bars - a perfect snack!

So now that we are after Labor Day, I think all the kids are officially back to school.  We have been in school for 2 weeks now, and I can finally say I think we are getting back into a routine.  I love summer, and am not ready for cold temperatures or that white stuff, but I am happy to have our routine back.   My 9 year old is happy to be back in school too.  He may miss his free time, and getting to play all the time.  But he loves to go to school, and see his friends, and have structure.  So this time of year is great for everyone!

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Brownie Batter Dip #IDelight

Browni Batter Dip - great for snacks, parties, or dessert!

Browni Batter Dip - great for snacks, parties, or dessert!

We had the first day of school here yesterday.  For the most part things went well.  It was a little hectic getting out the door in the morning, but that was mainly because we have friends visiting right now.  Hopefully by the end of the week, we will be back into our routine, and not rushing so much :)  My 9 year old likes his teacher, and has a few friends in his class, so that is promising.  He is a little bummed that all of his really good friends are in other classes, but I am sure it will all work out OK in the end.   The biggest thing for me is to get back into the swing of making a lunch for him!  It might be time to get him involved, and have him help pack it each day :)

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Walnut Chocolate Chip Protein Bars

Walnut Chocolate Chip Protein Bars 5  Imperial-1

Walnut Chocolate Chip Protein Bars; great for snacks, breakfast, or even lunch box treats!

I hope that everyone had an great weekend.  We spent the weekend with some wonderful friends.  My husband’s college roommate and his wife was in town.  We hadn’t seen them in over 3 years, so it was great to spend 2 full days with them.  We ate way too much food, but it was worth it.  Today they leave, and another friend shows up for a visit.  It is a jam packed week!  This afternoon we also get to go meet the teacher day at school.  I can’t believe I am going to have a 4th grader tomorrow.  Time is just going by way too fast!

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Red, White & Blue Cake Batter Muddy Buddies

Cake Batter Muddy Buddies {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Cake Batter Muddy Buddies - so down right addicting!

Are you ready for the 4th of July?  Only a few days away!!  I am so ready for a couple days off from work, relaxing, grilling out, and fireworks.  One of my best friends is going to be in town for a couple days, so it will be great to be able to spend time with her as well.  If you need a few recipes ideas, be sure to check out my Summer Barrbeque Round Up!  Everything from burgers to dips to fun summer drinks all in one place for you.

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Pistachio Cranberry Energy Bars

Pistachio Cranberry Energy Bars | Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Pistachio Cranberry Energy Bars | Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Yesterday was a busy day!  I found out that I get to travel to NYC as a winner of a contest.  I am super excited, as I have always wanted to go to NYC.  It is during the week, in just a couple weeks time.  So yesterday was spent trying to organize child care for my 8 year old.  I work from home, so I am always able to get him to and from school each day.  Luckily, I had a great friend who is willing to help out for the 3 days I am gone.  Then I am gone the next week for a conference, and my son doesn’t have school.  We found cheap flights, and my mom is going to fly here to help out.  So nice to be surrounded by such wonderful people!

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Pretzel Dogs

Pretzel Dogs

 

Pretzel Dogs

Hot dogs are kind of a classic sporting event staple.  Whether you go to a football game or a baseball game, there are always hot dogs.  Another thing that is always there?  Big soft pretzels.  So why not combine the two, and have them at your game day event.  Or even just a fun dinner on any Sunday.

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Roasted Shallot & Garlic Dip

Roasted Shallot & Garlic Dip

Roasted Shallot & Garlic Dip

We are only a week away from the Super Bowl.  I know there are lots of people who don’t really care about the game itself.  But having good and yummy snacks while watching the commercials are necessary.  Even when it is just our family watching the game, we like to have a few fun snacks around.  If at anytime the rest of the year we decide to just do snacks for dinner, my 8 year old always calls it a “Super Bowl dinner”.  So at the very least we are making memories!  This year I think we are going to a friends house for the game, but my husband promised I would bring a few snacks.  We will have to see what I can come up with!

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Sugar Cookie Chex Mix

Sugar Cookie Chex Mix

Sugar Cookie Chex Mix

Christmas is only a few days away.  Are you ready?  Do you still have a couple people you need to finish getting gifts for?  Well, today I have exactly what you need.  Something sweet, pretty, and ready in 15 minutes.  You really can’t ask for anything else, can you?

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Roasted Garlic Guacamole (12 Days of Christmas)

Roasted Garlic Guacamole

Roasted Garlic Guacamole

Are you ready for another giveaway? Yeah, figured you would be.  I think I have made my love for Mexican food and avocados pretty clear on here.  If you are a new reader, be sure to search the recipe index.  Avocados make an appearance quite often.  And there is no shortage of Mexican inspired recipes.  So to say I was excited for The New Southwest from Meagan Micozzi from Scarletta Bakes is a little bit of an understatement.  If you are not familiar with her, be sure to check out her blog as well.

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