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These Chicken Nacho Tacos make a fun weeknight dinner and are great for game day eats! The whole family loves these nacho style tacos.
Chicken Nacho Tacos

What is it about queso cheese that just makes everything better?  I can’t say enough about these fun nacho cheesy chicken tacos.  Not only does the whole family love them for a great weeknight dinner, but they make the perfect food for game day fun with friends.  It’s always a pleasure partnering with Old El Paso to bring you new recipes.

These could not be more simple to prepare.  I used precooked grilled chicken strips and a delicious homemade queso to drizzle over top along with lettuce and tomatoes.  All of this inside a fun nacho cheese flavored taco shell by Old El Paso.
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One Pot Mexican Style Chicken Noodle Soup

One Pot Mexican Style Chicken Noodle Soup

Oct 22, 2014 | Chicken, Cinco de Mayo, Soups and Stews | Tags: , , , , , , ,

My One Pot Mexican Style Chicken Noodle Soup is the perfect weeknight dinner for the whole family packed with lots of veggies.

How is it even possible that October is almost over?!  Eeek, Thanksgiving and Christmas are literally around the corner.  Has anyone started Christmas shopping yet?  Ok, I need to stop right there.  Not even going there yet!  Ha.

I really do love developing new simple weeknight dinner recipes.  It’s so easy to get in a rut making the same dinners week after week.  I hope that I can bring some new ideas into your kitchen.

I had this big pot of soup waiting for the boys after school this week and they devoured it…so did their friends :) You won’t have a sink full of dishes either, just the one pot.  Yippee!

Hope you enjoy friends, be sure to let me know how you liked it!
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Skillet Baked Mac and Cheese with Bacon Pretzel Topping

Kids Role in Family Mealtime

Oct 21, 2014 | Sponsored | Tags:

It has been so much fun making more time for family mealtime this year.   The kids role in family mealtime is so important and it has been a pleasure partnering with Barilla this year on their Share The Table initiative.

Those that know us know that we like to have fun together.  Having three boys makes for non-stop activity in our home.

I have witnessed a big change in our boys’ attitude towards sitting together at dinner.  We all look forward to gathering around the table to talk.  It’s been so much fun to see how much more my boys will open up to my husband and me.  They know that we are interested in even … Continue Reading »

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Oct 20, 2014 | Cookies | Tags: , , , ,


These Peanut Butter Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chunk Cookies are buttery crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside!

A couple weeks ago, my family took off to California for the boys’ Fall Break.  We visited Disneyland and I savored every bite of my favorite Peanut Butter Sandwich that you can find at Pooh Corner Bakery tucked in the corner of Critter Country behind Splash Mountain.  The inside peanut butter layer is thick and the outside chocolate layer is creamy and fabulous.  My cookie today was inspired by my favorite Disneyland treat, the Peanut Butter Sandwich.  In fact, I re-created the recipe of that Peanut Butter Sandwich HERE if you are interested.

Baking cookies must be therapy for me, because it seems like I bake a batch everyday….well, just about.  I had so much fun developing this festive peanut butter cookie with just a hint of pumpkin pie spices.  All of my favorite things.

Hope you enjoy!
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Turkey Bacon Chili Mac

Turkey Bacon Chili Mac

Oct 15, 2014 | Dinner, Soups and Stews | Tags: , , , , ,


This Turkey Bacon Chili Mac is a perfect weeknight dinner the whole family goes nuts for!

This time of year is so great to be in the kitchen.  I don’t know if it’s the cooler weather or what, but I love breaking out my big cast iron pots and whipping up a new hearty recipe.

We have chili on a very regular basis and I have been wanting to put a fun new twist on it for a while now.  I decided it would be fun to create a Turkey Bacon Chili Mac.   It was a huge hit with my boys.  We had it as leftovers for a few days too.  Comfort food in a pot.  Win!

Hope you enjoy!
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Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles

Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles

Oct 13, 2014 | Cookies, Holiday | Tags: , , , ,

These Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles are a new favorite in our house! Buttery Crisp and soft centers make for a perfect Fall inspired cookie.

Hope everyone had a great weekend!  Those of you that were on Fall Break, welcome back to reality.  We just got back from a week in CA.  I am still dreaming of waking up by the ocean.  Seriously a dream :)

I literally can’t wait for you to whip up a batch of these snickerdoodles.  Not even kidding they lasted maybe 5 minutes out of the oven before they mysteriously disappeared.  Ha!

The pumpkin pie spice sugary coating makes for a Fall fabulous cookie treat!

Hope you enjoy!
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Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cake Bars

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cake Bars

Oct 8, 2014 | Brownies and Bars, Desserts | Tags: , , , , ,


These Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cake Bars are so simple to prepare and are loved by everyone!

Ahhhh, simple desserts are my favorite.  When you need a dessert to bring to friends, a party or potluck these are your bars.  Fun festive pumpkin flavor with delicious cinnamon sugar topping!
Hope you enjoy this simple ultra tasty bar!
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Candy Corn Pumpkin Peanut Blondies

Candy Corn Pumpkin Peanut Blondies

Oct 6, 2014 | Brownies and Bars, Desserts, Halloween


Fun and festive Candy Corn Pumpkin Peanut Blondies make for a fun treat any day of the week!

Blondies are some of my favorite treats to create.  So many fun options to play around with!  I got a call from my father in law a couple weeks ago telling me I had to create something with candy corn and peanuts….he had been snacking on that combo and raved about it!  He didn’t have to twist my arm, sounded like a great combo.
Needless to say these turned out soooo good!  The candy corn melts and gets gooey and fabulous.  Can’t wait for you to try these out!  Enjoy :)
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