Broccoli Cheese Soup (Panera Copycat)

Broccoli Cheese Soup (Panera Copycat)

I am currently being tortured, but not in the pulling-off-toenails sort of way. Sammy and I are waiting for Elijah to come back in after snowboarding and IT IS NICE OUT (er, 30 degrees)! And I WANT TO BE SKIING! Next week I plan to bring our snow gear so Sammy and I can get out ourselves despite him being adamant that he NEVER EVER EVER wants to step foot on a ski slope. 

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Spinach Avocado Hummus

Spinach Avocado Hummus

I'm going to dive right into the main topic of this post: green deliciousness. You know I love sweet and savory, naughty and healthy. I'm an all-encompassing food girl. There are weeks when I prefer one taste over the other and this week I have been CRAVING greens. On our sad ride home from our kid-free overnight date Sunday morning, Dan and I agreed that..

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Healthy No-Bake Granola Bars

Healthy No-Bake Granola Bars

I'm not sure what has gotten into me, but it is only 8:49am and I have accomplished more than I typically do by noon. I have baked a loaf of banana bread, finished a load of laundry, gotten the boys off to school, made a batch of hard-boiled eggs and Banana Blondies are in the oven. Whatever is going on, I like it! And my house smells AMAZING! Wanna come over?

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Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

How is 2016 starting out for you? My first week of the year has miraculously transformed into one overflowing with productivity and good habits. The gym saw my face, I have accomplished a ton of work and my cold is waning. Plus, my oldest cutie begins adaptive snowboarding lessons tomorrow and I am super excited for him! I am a skier at heart, but I'm proud that his adventurous little self is excited to get on the slopes in some way

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Baked Brie with Pecans and Roasted Pepper Jam

Baked Brie with Pecans and Roasted Pepper Jam

Tonight may have been a bust, but it was a blessing-in-disguise bust. The boys were supposed to spend the night with my sister while Dan and I attended a Christmas party. Sammy got sick, which was followed by Elijah asking for a nap (uhh..there couldn't be a bigger indicator of impending sickness) and then..

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Chocolate Rolo Thumbprint Cookies

Chocolate Rolo Thumbprint Cookies

While rinsing conditioner out of my hair in the shower yesterday, I realized that....CHRISTMAS IS NEXT WEEK! How the heck! There has been an unusual time warp this year due to the unseasonably warm weather we continue to experience here in Minnesota (and likely everywhere). In my tired little brain, it is approximately October 12th. Not December 15th.

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Gingerbread Poke Cake

Gingerbread Poke Cake

Ohhh goodness I am tired. 'Tis the season. SO much is going on this time of year, isn't it? Is anyone else feeling slightly crazy? Please leave me a comment if I'm not the only one. I'm trying so hard to squeeze in holiday baking. Thankfully my schedule has allowed for a bit of it. Last week was Dan's birthday, so I made him this delicious Gingerbread Poke Cake. It was YUMMY and festive!

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Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole

I'm suddenly finding myself BEHIND! But...only because I've been paying more attention to the important things. Those cute little important things are at their Auntie's house for a few hours, so here is my attempt at no longer being behind. And yes, I am posting somewhat unseasonably, but I promise that Christmas baking goodies are next on my list! 

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Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole

I love Cyber Monday! I just saved HUNDREDS of dollars and my holiday stress has just been lessened by 100 points. I totally scored today! You won't find discounts on this website today, sadly, but this recipe is a huge score. I can't believe I have lived without this casserole in my life until now. It is, of course, a holiday staple, but it could really go with just about anything and during any time of the year.

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Monster Cookies in honor of Cookie Monster (and Sesame Street's new partnership with HBO!)

Monster Cookies in honor of Cookie Monster (and Sesame Street's new partnership with HBO!)

I'm bursting with excitement about the things I have to share! A $100 Visa gift card is up for grabs (read on!), there is a fresh, exciting way to view my favorite childhood show (Sesame Street!) and in honor of the good ol' Cookie Monster, I will share a cookie recipe that is TOTALLY IRRESISTIBLE!

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