Easy Winter Dinners Part 2


Ok, Part 2 of Easy Winter Dinners includes a wonderful revelation I had at Trader Joe’s a couple of months back. I was shopping (getting pulled into buying way more than what I need…ahhhh but it all looks so good!) and in the spot where they hand out samples, they had paired some of their… 

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Easy Winter Dinners Part 1


I don’t know what happened…but I blinked and it is now mid-November.  Life with kiddos and our college students has been busy, busy, busy.  I’m ready for Thanksgiving and a few days of down time and of course, lots of great food:) Because of how busy life has been, meals around here have been kept… 

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Easy Crock Pot Taco Soup (Vegeterian)


It was Sunday afternoon and I wanted something SUPER easy that I could throw in the crock pot, take a LONG nap and wake up to a ready-to-go dinner!  This recipe hit all those requirements and was delicious.  You can also add some cooked ground turkey if you want the heartier, meat version:) Serves 6-8… 

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Turkey, Goat Cheese, Strawberry Preserve Panini


A couple of weeks ago my mother-in-law came in town and her being in town is always a wonderful excuse for us to explore new restaurants!  Our first adventure was the National Boulangerie & Patissserie.  If you haven’t been, you must go explore.  The interior has a modern peasantry decor and my husband and MIL… 

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Loaded Veggie Mini Pizzas


This past weekend one of my best friends from college was married.  I loaded my girls in the car and traveled nine hours to Raleigh, NC to celebrate.  It was a wonderful weekend full of North Carolina hospitality and long southern draws (if I could have any southern accent, it would be a North Carolina… 

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In a Pinch Thursdays: Lemon Chicken & Kale Rice Bowls w/ Toasted Pine Nuts

Lemon Chicken & Kale Rice w/ Toasted Pine Nuts

Tis the week for all things kale!  Kale stuffed peppers and now chicken and kale rice.  I love this veggie…it’s slowly rising about my love for spinach.  This dish is super easy to throw together.  Whenever I’m in a pinch for dinner ideas, nine times out of ten I think: do I  have rice, do… 

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In a Pinch Thursdays: One-Bowl M&M Cookie Bars (w/ Coconut Oil)

One-Bowl M&M Cookie Bar (w/ coconut oil)

Because my husband and I work with college students, I am always looking for dessert recipes that can feed a crowd and are SUPER easy to throw together on a whim!  I also cannot stand doing dishes so add to my wish list a one-bowl recipe – and I’m one happy gal.  I found this… 

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In a Pinch Thursdays: Chicken Noodle Soup w/ Rice Noodles (Gluten-Free)

Chicken Noodle Soup w/ Rice Noodles (Gluten-Free)

It’s 30 degrees here this morning.  It’s the type of weather that makes it SO HARD to get out of bed in the morning especially when you live in an old house and it’s drafty!  Nothing sounds better than a bowl of chicken noodle soup to warm the soul.  I have had rice noodles on… 

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In a Pinch Thursdays: Pear & Brie Panini w/ Maple Syrup Cinnamon Dressing

Pear & Brie Panini w/ Maple Syrup CInnamon Dressing

We already have leaves falling from the trees around our house.  This makes me happy minus the part where we have to rake them all up and bag them.  It starts out as a fun fallish task and turns into, “is this ever going to end?”  We have many giant oak trees both in front… 

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In a Pinch Thursdays: 4-Ingredient Crock Pot Roast

4-Ingredient Crock Pot Roast

So I realize that having to plan and put something in your crock pot 8 hours ahead of time negates the in-a-pinchness of this recipe.  But with about 2 ounces of grocery planning energy and 5 minutes of sticking ingrediants in the crock pot at the beginning of the day, you will have yourself a… 

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