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It’s time to change up your lunch routine with this delicious meat-free recipe filled with a mashed chickpea and green chile filling. Perfect for lunch at home or at the office!

Mashed Chickpea and Green Chile Bowls



I may be crazy, but I feel like lunch is the hardest meal of the day. It’s not like you have the time or energy to make a full out recipe, but the same old sandwiches or leftovers get boring after awhile.

I used to be really good about making a lunch for my husband to take to work with him. I’d pack him up some leftovers, and he could take them with him and put them in the fridge at work and then heat them up there as well. But then he moved to a different office. And access to a fridge and microwave are not as easy.

So I stopped making lunches, and he started eating out. It doesn’t help that food trucks come to his office every day, making eating out easy. But let’s face it. Eating out every day loses it’s appeal after awhile, and it’s definitely not cheap.
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Scones aren’t just for a sweet treat – these Chipotle Cheddar Scones are cheesy and slightly spicy and make a perfect side for dinner.

Chipotle Cheddar Scones

Post Updated September 2014




Originally posted January 15, 2008 – This is another recipe that got lost in the the depths of the archives that needed to shine again. These savory scones are the perfect side for a big bowl of soup or chili and are warm and comforting – perfect as we go into colder weather! These Chipotle Cheddar Scones are will the star of your meal!

If you’ve been reading my blog, you will know that I have a hard time with side dishes. I have been trying to be better lately, mostly so that I can get some extra vegetables into our meals, but the hardest thing for me is pairing sides with the main dish. I’m fine with coming up with a main dish to serve, and I’m fine with coming up with a side dish, but whether or not these always go together is a whole new question!! I actually received an email the other day with a question regarding sides. She said – “your bell peppers look delicious. I have been wanting to make stuffed bell peppers for a guy I have been recently dating. He is a great cook and loves to cook, but it is my turn and I want it to be great. Do you have any suggestions for side dishes for these peppers….and maybe dessert?”
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Glazed doughnuts are lightly grilled then topped with cinnamon sugar coated grilled pears. Top the whole thing off with ice cream and caramel sauce for a decadent sundae recipe!

Grilled Doughnut and Pear Sundae Recipe



I am addicted to HGTV. I was actually reading a thing online the other day where people were complaining about the lack of actual home decorating/DIY shows on HGTV like they used to play, where now it is mostly real estate shows. Well, I can’t get enough of those real estate shows. Property Brothers, House Hunters, Fixer Upper, Flip or Flop – I think I’ve seen every episode of all of them.

The thing is, when it comes to things like homes and decorating and remodeling and staging – well, I’m no good at it. I want to watch other people do it. I just don’t want to do it myself. I’d rather pay someone to do it for me!! If you don’t believe me – well, we’ve lived in this house for almost a year now, and I still haven’t hung anything on the walls. It seriously looks like we just moved in. I’m just not good at the whole DIY thing. Which is why I think I prefer the “reality” shows over the DIY shows.
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These grilled chicken skewers are filled with lots of Indian flavors for a great meal filled with spice!

Grilled Indian Chicken Skewers

This post has been sponsored by Tyson® Fresh Chicken and I have been compensated. All opinions are my own.




This is probably my favorite time of year. We are in that spot where it still feels like summer but it’s technically fall. I love that I can bake up a batch of caramel apple cupcakes one day, and then hit the grill the next. I love this in between time, where it’s perfectly acceptable to act like it’s Summer and Fall at the same time.

In fact, I think I’d much rather grill this time of year than I would in the middle of the summer heat. Because standing over a hot grill when it’s 100º outside is no fun, in my opinion. But heading out to the backyard when the temps are in the 70s, and the kids can run in the grass while I grill up dinner? Now that’s more like it!!
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These doughnuts scream fall! Doughnuts made with a homemade apple sauce are dipped in an apple cider glaze and cinnamon sugar for a treat that is a must-have for fall.

Apple Cider Doughnuts



Happy fall!!

Now that it’s officially fall, I can freely break out the fall-themed recipes, right? Even though it *still* doesn’t feel like fall outside?

I guess technically I’ve been baking with apples for a few weeks now, and I’m back again today with another!
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Perfect for breakfast on the run, this Sausage and Cheese Biscuit Recipe has all the goodness of breakfast combined into one jumbo biscuit that is tender and filled with flavor.

Sausage and Cheese Biscuit Recipe



Months ago, when I went to register my daughter for kindergarten, we had the chance to request either morning or afternoon kindergarten. I already knew I wanted morning. I thought to myself that my kids are early risers anyway, and this way, we would have our afternoons open to do things if we needed/wanted to.

And then school started. And my daughter decided that she actually likes to sleep in. So for the first time in forever, I’m having to go in and wake her up, usually at least an hour after the boys get up. Then we rush through the morning routine.

Eat your breakfast, wash your face, brush your teeth, make your bed. Oh no, the bus will be here in 5 minutes and we can’t find your shoes! Did we put your homework in your backpack? The boys want to go out to the bus stop, too – hurry, let’s get their shoes on!!

And then we all rush out, with me usually still in my pajamas.
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