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Month: November 2016

The BEST Way to Cook Bacon

The BEST Way to Cook Bacon

I’m sure that title got your attention, because honestly, who doesn’t love bacon?  You can honestly add bacon to pretty much anything and it will taste good.  We are big fans of bacon around our house, and are known to have a few pounds of it in the freezer at any given time.  And I’m not talking about turkey bacon – I mean the full-fat stuff  One of my favorite recipes using bacon is BBQ shredded chicken served over baked…

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Hurts so good…

Hurts so good…

So I wasn’t going to post today, but after last night I just HAD to jump on real quick.  I have been sick for the past 2 weeks, and have done next to nothing physical during that time.  I attempted a 3-mile trail run when I “thought” I was healed (wrong) and I walked 2 miles for the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning.  Other than that, it’s been a whole lot of sleeping, reading, and “relaxing.”  For a type A…

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Quick and easy peanut butter bars

Quick and easy peanut butter bars

If you are like me, you’re constantly on-the-go (with little time to think about snacks).  You probably also have little ones who might lead you to believe they are going to starve to death if they don’t eat a snack RIGHT NOW.  No?  Just me?  Well anyway, I am constantly looking for good healthy snacks that are hearty enough to keep me and the kids full for hours.  Enter: these quick and easy peanut butter bars. When we were in…

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Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours

Sitting back reflecting on Thanksgiving this year, we really do have so much to be thankful for.  We were very fortunate to have the day yesterday all for family, and I truly believe that’s how it should be.  We had a really wonderful day, very low-key and laid back.  Just what I needed after 2 weeks of being sick!  We started our Thanksgiving day the way we always do (and a tradition that dates back to before Nathan and I…

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DIY Taco Seasoning Spice Packet

DIY Taco Seasoning Spice Packet

So during grad school I started dabbling in cooking.  By “cooking” I mean hamburger helper, buying a jar of Alfredo sauce and drenching cooked noodles, and these strange “boxed meals” that came with everything in a box (including the meat).  Kind of like the 2000 version of Hello Fresh and Blue Apron (that you could buy at your local Walmart).  I’m telling you, I was fancy!  I also had a real obsession with cherry coke, but didn’t stop at the…

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Weekend Recap

Weekend Recap

I hope everyone had a nice relaxing weekend – Thanksgiving is THIS Thursday!  I know once we get there the craziness will set in, and it won’t really let up until January.  It’s all good stuff, but I was definitely glad to have a nice laid-back weekend with my family.  Friday afternoon Graham had his second basketball session, and because they moved the time back Nathan was able to make it for the last half.  They focused on shooting, and…

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Random Thoughts on a Friday

Random Thoughts on a Friday

It’s Friday – wahoo!  Just keeping things light on here today, some things I have been thinking about lately.  So here we go! Winter is Coming I know, I know, it comes every year.  And Graham and Nathan insist this is their favorite time of year because of the *possibility* of huge snow accumulation. But honestly, I could do without winter.  I really hate being cold, and no matter how many jackets I put on I can never get warm…

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Some thoughts and reflections on my blog

Some thoughts and reflections on my blog

As many of you know, I started this blog about 2 months ago after years of talking about it.  I finally got the push I needed over the summer, and since then I have been going great guns reading, researching, and learning everything there is to know about blogging.  Let me tell you – it isn’t as easy as I originally thought!  I am not a programmer by trade, so building the layout of the blog took quite a bit…

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Easy Weeknight Meal

Easy Weeknight Meal

Everyone is busy.  And it seems life just keeps getting busier as our kids get older and we add activities into the mix.  Anyone else feel like a mom-taxi some days? I know we are all looking for dinner ideas that can be thrown together quickly but also provide our families with the wholesome food they need.  Now I know there are a gazillion crockpot recipes out there, and this time of year lends itself nicely to those comfort meals….

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Thoughts on Weighing and Measuring Food

Thoughts on Weighing and Measuring Food

Up until a few years ago I had never heard of people weighing their food, and had never heard of a food scale.  I simply thought people “eye-balled” how much food they thought they were hungry for.  At least that’s what I did.  Now I had heard about the trend of eating your food on dessert plates, using small silverware – all in the name of portion control.  But actually weighing or measuring it?  No. When Kyle first gave Nathan…

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