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A change up from traditional Italian spaghetti and meat sauce, this Cowboy Spaghetti adds in bacon and cheddar cheese for an American twist on a classic.

A change up from traditional Italian spaghetti and meat sauce, this Cowboy Spaghetti adds in bacon and cheddar cheese for an American twist on a classic.

Cowboy Spaghetti

Originally posted April 20, 2009 – As much as I love traditional spaghetti, this Cowboy Spaghetti has become a family favorite since the first time we tried it many years ago. You get a little bit of smokiness from the bacon and the fire roasted tomatoes, plus a little bit of heat from the hot sauce which gives this spaghetti recipe many layers of flavor. Even though the flavors are bold, the kids still love this one and plates get cleaned. And just like regular spaghetti, the leftovers are my favorite part!
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Dinner in under 30 minutes! These Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps are your solution for an easy chicken dinner.

Dinner in under 30 minutes! These Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps are your solution for an easy chicken dinner.


Do you ever feel like your life is so crazy that you are losing your mind left and right? I honestly feel like the older I get, the more balls there are in the air, and it’s only a matter of time before I realize that I’ve forgotten to juggle 2 or 3 of them.

My husband and I were talking last week, and he asked me when fall break was for my daughter. I told him that I didn’t even know. I knew that she was out of school next Monday, but I didn’t recall seeing when fall break was on the calendar.

So, not even thinking about it, I left town earlier this week for work. And then I got a text on Monday morning from a neighbor, reminding me that Fall Break was this week.

Luckily, fall break didn’t start until after I got home, and even if it had started before I got home, I have a great babysitter that would have been able to roll with the punches. But I had to think to myself – how in the world did I miss this??
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Super soft blondies are filled with lots of warm spices and chocolate and caramel candies in these Caramel Spice Cake Blondies. Plus a review of Dessert Mash-Ups by Dorothy Kern.

Caramel Spice Cake Blondies


I’m sure it’s no surprise by now that I love cookbooks. (Hello – I just posted a review of another cookbook yesterday!) Even though we live in a digital world, to me, there is nothing like holding a physical cookbook in my hands.

And right now, it feels like Christmas. So. Many. Great. Cookbooks. It is the season of cookbook releases, and it makes me excited.
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This Skillet Turkey Pot Pie has cheesy buttermilk biscuits on top a flavorful turkey chili making a quick and easy dinner.

Skillet Turkey Pot Pie


As much as I love cooking, sometimes it’s all about just getting dinner on the table. Well, most of the time lately it’s just about getting dinner on the table. When you have a 5 year old, 3 year old and almost 2 year old, dinner time is definitely the most hectic time of day. That, and the 10 minutes before the bus comes in the morning.

So needless to say, I’m always on the lookout for recipes that are not only easy and family friendly, but ones that won’t make a total mess of my kitchen.
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HALF TIME™ lunches

I remember when I was young, and I’d take my lunch to school. My mom pretty much always made homemade lunches for us kids, but sometimes I’d get jealous when I’d see one of my friends with those prepackaged lunches. Luckily today, there is a way for parents to have the convenience of those prepackaged lunches without sacrificing quality thanks to HALF TIME™ lunches.

I know how crazy life can get. As a work at home mom, I often struggle with working a full time job and also trying to balance taking care of my kids and a home. There just aren’t enough hours in the day. But there are a few things that are very important to me, and lunch is one of those. But sometimes lunch can get a bit boring, especially when time is tight. Thank goodness for HALF TIME™ lunches. 3 trusted brands, Applegate, Stoneyfield and Annie’s come together to make a lunch that is every kid’s dream. Filled with natural and organic ingredients, the HALF TIME™ lunch kits take lunch to another level – instead of just lunching, your kids are lunching awesome!

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Game day will never be the same after you try these Jalapeño Stuffed Taco Soft Pretzel Sticks. Creamy, spicy and addictive!

Jalapeno Stuffed Taco Soft Pretzel Sticks


Are there any recipes or cooking techniques that you are scared of? Ones that you always say you want to try, but that you are holding back for one reason or another?

I was talking to a small group of food bloggers the other day, and one was saying that she wanted to try a Baked Alaska recipe, but was feeling a bit intimidated by it. I told her that I felt the same way before I had ever tried one, but once I made it, I realized just how easy it was.

And then I realized that is how most recipes are that I am scared to try at first. They are usually quite simple when you actually do make them, and you wonder why you put it off for so long.

One of those things on my list that has always intimidated me is homemade soft pretzels. But guess what?
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