Loaded Baked Potato Rounds

Loaded Baked Potato Rounds

One of the first things I do every morning is peek at the 5-day forecast on my phone. I got very excited when I saw 48 degrees as the projected high for Saturday. Beach weather! People will be strolling all around the Twin Cities wearing t-shirts and shorts. In the meantime, we are all still cooped up inside, watching the snow fall and wishing the ice on our driveways would magically melt as we continue with our "winter eating."

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Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwiches on Hawaiian Bread (Tailgate Sandwiches)

Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwiches on Hawaiian Bread (Tailgate Sandwiches)

My little boys and I arrived home at noon today from summer vacation #3. I am extremely excited about the idea of getting back into a routine. Even Elijah, who typically wants to be away from home socializing and playing and doing anything but being cooped up at home, excitedly said, "We're HOME! I love my home! I'm going to cuddle with my home!"

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Jalapeño Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Jalapeño Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Some days I picture myself in a Family Circus comic, where you can see the path of footprints through the house with all of the unnecessary turns and stops all the way through. If I tracked my steps around this house in a single day, it would be hilarious! Back, forth, around in circles, up, down, repeat. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE IT.

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Ham & Cheese Pretzel Bites

Ham & Cheese Pretzel Bites

We had some people over a while back, so it was the perfect opportunity to finally make these cute little bites! I had never made soft pretzels before, but I do have deliciously wonderful memories of them. Back in my poor, single years (as opposed to my current poor, married years, ha), I was a waitron at Timberwolves games.

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Veggie Cheese Stromboli

Veggie Cheese Stromboli

The first time I ate stromboli was a few years ago at 3:00 in the morning after a night out in Fort Myers, Florida. And oooohh my, did it taste delicious! Our friend's mother had made it for us, knowing we would likely be hungry when we got back to her house. My husband and I often reminisce about that late-night meal and immediately we are both salivating as badly as our 6-month-old drool machine, Sammy.

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