And We’re Back… Greek Quinoa Salad w/ Honey Lemon Vinaigrette

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Hello there!  It’s been awhile…let’s see… Christmas, lots of traveling, New Years, school, lunches to pack, RUF, bible studies, hanging out with students, dinner parties with friends, birthdays… The weeks have flown by between November and now.  I feel like our house has been full and my crock pot and oven have not stopped cookin… 

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Farmers Market Quinoa Skillet

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Last week the hubs was away.  Let me just say…parenthood is not meant to be a one person job, people!  I want to hand it to those moms and dads out there who are at it by themselves or have spouses that have to work all the time.  Parenthood has made me more exhausted, joyful, tearful,… 

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Peach Flax Green Smoothie

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I’ve been stuck inside for 3 solid months…gray skies, ice, sleet and snow – you name it, we’ve had it this winter!  But today, oh today the heavens opened up and warmed this little town to a beautiful 73 degrees.  I wore opened toed shoes and the girls and I played in the back yard… 

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Quinoa Caprese Bake

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A couple of weeks back I made this wonderful Fiesta Quinoa Casserole by Cooking Quinoa.  Our family devoured it and thought wouldn’t it be great to make a caprese version with mozzarella, tomatoes and fresh basil.  I took the base of her recipe and made it my own.  For me, there are few combos better… 

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Loaded Veggie Mini Pizzas

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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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Southwest Egg Casserole

Southwest Spinach Egg Casserole

I’m starting to prepare for Thanksgiving which means cookbooks are strewn all over my kitchen table as I decide what I am going to make!  So many options…sweet potato casserole, rosemary and orange turkey, green bean casserole, and brussel sprout salad.  Lord knows we will have days worth of leftovers for lunch and dinner.  But… 

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In a Pinch Thursdays: Easy Schmeezy Stuffed Shells

Easy Schmeezy Stuffed Shells

This classic dish is one that is oh so simple and full of flavor.  It serves a crowd or you can eat off the leftovers for days (is it just me or does pasta always taste better second day?).  Enjoy:) Serves 4-5 1 12 oz box of jumbo pasta shells 2 c Italian blend shredded… 

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Spaghetti Squash & Spinach Cakes w/ Sriracha Dipping Sauce

Spaghetti Squash & Spinach Cakes w/ Sriracha Dipping Sauce

The whole family was in town this weekend for my 4 year old’s big princess birthday bash!  I can’t believe she is 4 already.  She has a mind of her own, is so bright and funny.  I love just sitting around talking with her.  You never quite know what her mind will come up with…. 

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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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Whole Wheat Spinach White Pizza

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I love making homemade pizzas, especially white pizza!  White pizza is a little off the beaten path and fancy enough to make when guests come over minus the hard work and expensive ingredients.  It’s gotta be the ricotta that makes it so yummy.  It’s rising on my favorite cheeses list b/c of its subtlety.  Ricotta… 

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