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{pumpkin donut holes}

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Fri-YAY! Hallelujah! It’s been a week. Sorry for the lack of posting here. I had the best intentions, but just couldn’t make it happen. No Friday 5 today. I couldn’t think of 5 things if you paid me. So let’s switch it up…..Since I did promise these pumpkin donut holes.

And tomorrow is Saturday, which would be the perfect time to whip up a batch of these bad boys.

Also, FYI – Anthropologie is having a good sale. So, I linked some fun + really pretty coffee mugs at the end of this post. Scroll down and check it out. I’ve also linked them in my Instagram bio for easy access.

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Crazy easy recipe. Baked, not fried. Pumpkiny….tis the season, right?

You do need a mini muffin pan. I picked one up at Walmart for $6.

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WARNING: they are so dangerous, so make sure you make them when your peeps are awake. I made the mistake of making a batch last weekend. When I was alone. BAD idea.

Remember you can pin it. Print it. Tag me. Message me. I love to hear what you think ❤️

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{monster tacos}

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Two things I really, really love.  Tacos + holiday themed food.  If you’ve been following for some time now, then you know I’ve got a thing for tacos.  If it’s Tuesday, I can almost guarantee we’re having tacos in some shape or form.  Homemade tacos.  Maria’s Taco Tuesday.  Taco salads.  Scroll down and bit and I linked up some of my favorite taco recipes from xoxostacyb.

Thing #2 you also know, I’m a complete sucker for Holiday themed dinners + treats.  My now 12-year-old has had her fill of spooky treats.  And I have to admit, I can’t get the reaction I used too…lol.  Maybe I need to have another kid?  Nahh!

Last year around this time I made {mini spider pizzas} and {monster treats}.  I LOVED seeing everyone recreating them for their kiddos at home.

 

This year, I wiped up Monster Tacos.  Just your average taco.  Any kind of meat will do.  Toppings, the more the merrier.

 

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Honestly, I’ve had to become the 30 minute meal mama the last couple of weeks.  We legit have maybe 30 minutes between Bay’s Volleyball games + Faith Formation class on Tuesdays.  So I’ll let you in on a little trick.  I went to the Nugget on my way home from the gym.  Bee lined it for the salad bar.  They have cooked chopped chicken for salad toppings.  I diced it up a little smaller.  Threw it in the skillet with some taco seasoning to warm it up.  Bam!  Done!  I used the leftover chicken over salads + quesadillas for lunches the next day.

 

In case you’re looking for some Taco Tuesday inspo, I got your back:

{halibut tacos + roast corn salad}

{baked chicken tacos}

{spinach pesto tacos}

{ranch chicken tacos}

{taco salad bowls}

{sheet pan shrimp fajitas}

{tomatillo salsa + crispy cheese taco shells}

{taco shells}

{taco tuesday….salad}

{slow cooker carnitas}

I even went as far as making a Taco Pizza once

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{friday 5}

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Hey, Hey, Hey…it’s Friday!  I hit the ground running ready to check everything off my to-do’s.  Because, guess what?  We have another kick back weekend.  You know, the weekends where they only things you have to do, you actually want to do?  Does that make sense?  I can get used to this!  What I’m looking forward to: dinner + probably a little too much wine with girlfriends tonight.  Hiking with my homegirl.  Making it to church #homework.  Picking up my parents Saturday evening.  That’s quite possibly the highlight!

Here’s a quick run-down of 5 things on my mind today……

Free People We The Free Molly Tee

ONE – Same, right? // Proof that everything I order does NOT work out…lol.  Lisa Allen fucking failed me on this one.  How does she have that perfect bunched up front tuck?  (Not to mention, she’s tiny and I could technically eat her as my afternoon snack!)  My top came really, really cropped.  Even Bay made the comment, “who’s that shirt for”  lol.  As much as I love this print, pretty sure I shouldn’t be rockin my 36 year old belly hanging out.  Return!!!  Or maybe exchange for this Daydream Textured Long Sleeve?

Totchos

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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TWO – Totchos // Totchos, like nachos.  But, with tater tots.  Piled high with all the toppings.  I’m not going to lie, these are straight up dangerous.  It’s impossible to not dig in once you pull them out of the oven.  I originally made these for Bay last Friday night, but couldn’t resist.  To die for!  And super easy.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • tater tots
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup green onions sliced
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup olives, sliced
  • cilantro
  • hot sauce
  • sour cream

Here’s what you’ll do:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Spread tater tots on baking sheet at bake for 20-25 minutes.  Give them a good shake about 1/2 way though.

Sprinkle cooked tots with shredded cheese and stick under the broiler till cheese is melted and bubbly.  About 3 minutes.

Pile on the toppings.  I had some leftover turkey taco meat that I added.  And I also added sliced radishes on “my side” because Bay said eww.  Ha!

Set baking sheet on the table and dig in!

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{magnolia table lemon bars}

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Yesterday was just one of them days.  Instantly as I typed that first line, a song popped into my head.  You know, the Monica song from the 90’s?  “Don’t take it personal!”  Now do you remember?  In case you have no flippin clue what song I’m talking about: Monica – Don’t Take It Personal (Just One Of Dem Days)

And now it’s going to be stuck in your head, like it is mine.

We had one of dem days (as Monica would say).  Sometimes I look at my calendar and thinks Dayuuuum Gina!  What exactly were you thinking Ha!

I went from work straight to a smog test.  The good ol Honda Pilote passed.  Flipped a bitch and almost ran into my homegirl, Andrea on West Street as I passed Bay’s school (on accident).  Grabbed her from volleyball practice early to make her 5:15 pm 12-year doc appointment.  Then to the 4-H officer meeting which is followed with a club meeting.  But she missed dinner, so I had to make a detour at good ol Taco Bell.  Then go back to the meeting…lol!  Too bad I don’t get paid by the mile.  We left the house at 7:20 am and got home around 8:15 pm.  These are the days of our lives…..

Since we’re on the subject, how about a Bay update?

At her doc appointment, we discovered she is currently…….

144 weeks old (sorry, I had too)

64 inches (5’4″)

92 lbs

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Bay grew 4 whole inches in 365 days.  What happened to my little girl?  She wears the same size shoe as I do.  And frequently tries to steal my shoes too.  Bay also rocked one of my plaid shirts to school.  Tried around her waist.  She looked so cute.  And so grown up.

Bay obviously still LOVES to bake.  She’s always up to try a new recipe or google ingredients we have on hand to create something for her sweet tooth.  Like these amazing lemon bars she scoped out in the Magnolia Table cookbook that lives on our coffee table.

Magnolia Table Cookbook

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Bay’s still riding horses once a week.  She’s competed in two English horse shows and loves every second of it.  So much, that she opted to spend her whole Saturday volunteering at this coming weekends show.

1st quarter report cards come out this week.  I never thought the sight of a 4.0 would stress me out.  Bay’s been kicking ass at school in all zero – 6th periods and has straight A’s.  She was sick one day last week and logged in and messaged all her teachers for the days assignments and completed them from her bed.  I’d like to say she’s just crazy excited for school.  Ha.  But, truth is, I made a promise that if she gets a 4.0 and maintains it – She get’s social media.  I know, I know.  I said I wouldn’t do it.  I’m crazy proud of her and this is the ONE and ONLY thing that she wants in exchange for acing the first quarter of middle school.  We shall see how this goes!

 

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{weekend notes}

Hi friends. Can you believe yesterday was my 3 year blog-versary? Time flies when you’re having fun!! I went back and looked at some of my first posts and wow. Things have changed. We’ll have to take a trip down memory lane sometime this week.

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend. Ours was equal parts relaxing and productive. Just how I like it. And I stayed in my pjs till around 9am both mornings. When’s the last time you scheduled a “chill” weekend? Honestly, I can’t remember. It was needed and enjoyed!

Intentions for the Week:

  • practice daily gratitude(writing this down creates a huge shift in your mood..try it) 
  • date night with my 2019 planner  – (switching is so much work)
  • watch my girl play volleyball(still undefeated #gowildcats)
  • finish my Portland post – (almost done, so much to pack into one post)
  • dinner + drinks with the girls(perfect way to end a crazy week)
  • 15,000 steps per day(didn’t even make it to the gym Thursday and still did it.  Shocked my damn self)
  • clean up the back patio(now if the wind will just go away)
  • find something cute to hang behind my stove – (still searching) 
  • drink 1/2 my body weight in oz of water every day #hellabathroombreaks(fact: you eat less when you’re so focused on water intake) 
  • write a post on my favorite + easiest salsa(coming soon…stay tuned) 
  • one random act of kindness each day (“cute top” “let me hold the door for you” smiling at randoms…in the most uncreepy way possible) 
  • make chili(so bomb and packed with veggies)
  • wait patiently for my parents to get home from Cabo lol – (failed) 

Highlights from the weekend…….

Friday night at the movies // I saw A Star Is Born.  Such a great movie.  I’ve had so many people ask me if it “that good” YES, it really it.  Bradley Cooper is beyond handsome, even when they try to make him look like he’s not.  Gaga was amazing.  I bawled my eyes out.  And when the movie was over, nobody even stood up.  Everyone just sat there.  That’s a sign of a good movie, my friends.

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Tochos // aka tater tot nachos.  I accidentally made these. Ha.  They were so killer.  Bay and I sat the pan straight from the oven to the coffee table and started digging in.  It’s pretty self-explanatory, but I’ll share exactly what I did on {friday 5} this week!

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45 Minutes a Day // It’s part of the #Last90Days Challenge.  Move your body every damn day.  I made it to the gym Saturday + Sunday.  Which is a really fucking BIG deal.  I’ve never, in my history, ever went to the gym twice in one weekend.   #shitsgettingreal

Coffee Table Vibes // In my {fall to-do’s} I listed that I want to do a coffee table series.  I LOVE changing up my coffee table.  Sometimes I do it multiple times a week.  It’s such a small space that makes such a big impact.  And I’m burning my fallen leaf Chloe & Co. candle.  You can now pick them up at Serendipity Boutique.  Go get one!

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Pretty Packaging // Love a pretty package.  Well done Free People.  I ordered the We The Free Molly Tee.  Hoping I can find a way to style it and keep it.  Stay tuned.

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Football // We watched my nephew Benny play football.  They are on a winning streak!

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I watched the game with Daniel in my lap, when Bay didn’t have him on her hip.

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This is how Bay watches football games…lol.

Target Basket // Julie from Salinas sent me a photo of her front door hanging basket from Target.  Straight up front door #goals  And the eucalyptus.  I’ve already warned her I’m going to steal clippings the next time I’m in town.

Target Basket $19

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Side Hustle // Worked on my side hustle.  Which I realized I don’t believe I’ve ever shared here on xoxo stacyb.  I’ve started doing social media for a couple of downtown shops.  I get to snap pictures and come up with catchy one liners.

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Front Porch // Which inspired me to get creative and complete my front porch.  Pumpkins + purple fountain grass for the win.  It’s killing me to not clip the fountain grass and stick it on my dining room table.

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Rib Cook-Off // The only photo I took, so not like me.  Cory’s team, Whiskey River BBQ Crew didn’t take the win this time.  But, it was still a good time.  And of course I’m wearing my J.Crew scoop neck Henley, AGAIN!

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The Fight // Cory taught my nephew how to place bets…lol.  For the record, he didn’t win.  But the fight was pretty entertaining.  Not the actual fight though…I’m talking the after show.  WOW!  What happens now?

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Pizza // Cory’s homeboy Rich made the BEST homemade pizza on this bbq insert.  And I officially added one to my wish-list.  Or better yet, maybe I should get Cory one for Christmas so he can make me pizzas?  Hmmm.

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Cousins Sleepover // My nephew Joe stayed the night with us.  I was nice to have an extra kid around.  The laughter make me crazy happy.

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{asian turkey + green beans}

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It’s Thursday peeps.  I stayed up till the butt-crack of dawn prepping + cleaning + packing.  We leave for Portland today!  Anyone else do that?  The night before a trip, stay up all night cleaning + organizing + cooking + decorating…..absolutely anything to avoid packing?  I get this crazy urge to make sure my house is clean AF.  Just in case a robber breaks in, my shit looks nice and tight?  Ha!  No, really – I get a huge since of ease knowing everything is tidy and right where it belongs.  And it’s gonna be just like that when I return.  And I despise packing.  #tiredaf

So, as I was editing photos I thought – let’s keep it really real today.  Remember when I posted {things I’m afraid to tell you} and I admitted that “I don’t really have marble counter tops”  I get DM’s ALL THE TIME about my fake marble counters and it makes me laugh out loud.  I think out of all the 11 things, this is the one you guys liked the most!

 

Here’s what I see…..

Half drank glass of red wine, which is never more than an arm’s length away while I’m cooking.

Random spices.

Cutting boards + knives.

Props and dishes.

Marble slab my homegirl Sarah P gave me.  Sometimes I use a roll of marble wrapping paper too.

And lo and behold…my beautiful tile counter tops.

Would you even follow me or make my recipe if I posted that?  Ha!

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{weekend notes}

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The weeks are long and the weekends short.  Am I right?  Never enough time.  Although the weekend was gone in a hot one, it was a damn good one.  Bay’s first middle school dance.  She looked so pretty.  Double date with the Truitts…that ended in a girls against boys basketball game.  Apple picking.  Really good margaritas.  Little Mermaid in Carmel.  And prepping for the week ahead.  Thanks Hostert’s for showing us a good time!

 

Intentions for the Week:

  • Set a pretty fall table
  • Pack for Portland
  • Watch Bay play volleyball
  • Order Christmas cards before my promo codes expire
  • Master pumpkin pancakes
  • Library for new reads + returns
  • Shoot new #ootd’s
  • Mani’s + face masks with Bay
  • Figure out the Inxtax share printer
  • 15,000 steps per day
  • Stay focused!

 

Last weeks Intentions: {weekend notes}

 

Highlights from the weekend…….

And just like that, I dropped Bay off at her first middle school dance.  Is it just me or does she look 15 here?  OMG!!

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Some of the girls.

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While Bay did the Kiki, we went on a double date with the Truitt’s.  It was nice change to get out with no kids and catch up.

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We peeked in the window at the new Avila Winters.  Oh man, you guys need to go ASAP!

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Saturday morning treats at High Voltage Donuts.  We made a pit stop on our way to Salinas to try out the ever so famous baked donuts.

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1 dozen to go.

My fave: GF almond joy

Bay’s fave: chocolate with M&M’s

The bacon maple was a runner-up.  Along with the circus cookie.  Never trued the flaming hot…totally forgot.

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Bay is in sweet tooth heaven.

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Saturday was the official First Day of Fall!

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So we did the only logical thing…..

Apple picking.  The fallest fall thing to do 🙂  Gizdich Ranch in Watsonville is pretty bad ass.  We spent the afternoon walking though the apple orchards.

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J.Crew Scoopneck henley shirt // Jeans // Booties // Scarf 

My J.Crew package came just in the nick of time.  This scoopneck henley shirt it EVERYTHING.  I’ll share more this week, but get one before they sell out!  It comes in white, burgundy and black!

 

I’d steal this kid and take her home!

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Apple hunting

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Olallieberry Ice Cream was the highlight for the adults.  Apple slushies were the kids pick.

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Fun time at Gizdich Ranch with these chicks.  #girlsrule

hella kids & hella apples.

I’d say we were close to 115 lbs of apples between all these girls.  Haha!

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Luckily we stopped for margs at Jalisco first!  Cheers!

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{meal prep tips + greek salad}

Greek salad meal prep for a week!  4 days to be exact.  Because, even I, a creature of habit.  One that can eat the same thing over and over.  Can only do 4 solid days before I need something new up in the mix.  Ha!

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Before we get to the recipe, I’m going to answer a question I get ALL THE TIME.  Meal prep.  Who?  What?  How?

I know so many people who stop by the grocery store on their way home from work to grab that evenings dinner.  Personally that gives me the chills.  I despise going to the grocery store.  Well, other than Trader Joe’s.  So, I make it a once a week thing.  Which could give you the chills…lol.  With a little practice and some strategy, I promise you can do this too.  It’s such a life/time saver!

Tips for easy meal-prep

1 – Pull out your calendar.  Take a peek at the week ahead.  Realistically, how many days will you be home for dinner.  Meetings, sports, kids activities, happy hours all play into this.  My goal is to cook at least 3 of the weeknights.  And plan for leftovers the nights I wont have time.  Picking recipes that can double duty.  Like, cook extra chicken one night for dinner.  Make soup or chop up extra chicken for salads the next night.  I know that if I have a meeting on a Tuesday night, I need to:

A.) prep or cook the night before.

B.) plan something super simple.

C.) pick up dinner somewhere.

 

2 – Pick one day a week to decide on actual meals.  Every Wednesday I do my meal plan for the following week.  Now that you’ve figured out how many meals you need to plan for the upcoming week.  Flip thought magazines.  Scroll through pinterest.  Pull out all your fave cookbooks.  Just pick a day and make it happen.  I actually enjoy this part!  Then write it out in the notes on your phone.

Monday – chicken + rice + veggies

Tuesday – chicken tacos + green salad

etc…

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{weekend notes}

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It’s hard to believe we’re entering the very last week of summer. Crazy!  Remember when I told you I was going to keep things short + sweet?  Well, I’m going to do just that today.  We spent the weekend as low-key as possible.  Celebrated my Mom.  Showered a new mama and baby coming into our family.  Decorated with Mezger Zinnia’s.  Church and more kickin it.  Sometimes doing nothing, hung over or not, is just want the body and mind are in need of.  Woke up refreshed and ready to kick this weeks ass!  Rather than letting it kick mine again…lol!

 

Intentions for the Week:

  • watch Bay’s first Lee Middle School Volleyball game – (and they won…both games this week)
  • get blonde + catch up with my homegirl Allison – (thanks for dealing with my hungover ass Allison) 
  • go to Target….it’s been a long, long 30 day – (I was disappointed…hardly found anything I had to have)
  • hang out with the Hostert’s ♥ – (always a good time)
  • share my shopping freeze diary – {i gave up shopping for 30 days…kinda}
  • create a fall inspiration board – (still gathering…but it’s getting close) 
  • solidify Halloween costumes – (finalized…I’ll be a witch, again :))
  • complete our fall to-do’s – (coming next week) 
  • meal prep lunches for the entire week – {meal prep tips + greek salad}
  • old navy try-on – (so much good stuff)
  • hit 15,000 steps per day – (killed it) 
  • remember that everything is going to be okay – (#truth) 

 

Last weeks Intentions: {weekend notes}

 

Highlights from the weekend……

Friday night we celebrated these two turning the BIG 6-0!  My mom and her bestie, Ronda.  They’ve been thick as thieves since high school.  Their friendship makes me happy!

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The OG’s – The original 4!

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Tank (marked down to $29) // Denim (on sale for $79) // Earrings // Booties

I’m wearing the turtleneck tank that I shared the last week.  You 100% need this in your closet!

GG always smiling

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3 generations!

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I made {mom’s famous thai pasta salad} and Bay baked {magnolia table chocolate chip cookies}

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{sausage + potato + broccoli sheet pan meal}

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You guys, today is my first recipe post with my new blog format.  And I’m BEYOND excited to announce there is now an option to “print” the recipe.  Ahh!  I’m so frickin happy I could cry!  Ha!  This has been a long time coming and I’m crazy excited that everything is finally falling into place on this space of mine!

Pretty please drop me a line and let me know if it works properly for you.  And more than anything if you find this as helpful as I do!

Now let’s get to the recipe…..

So, you know I’m a big fan of easy weeknight dinners.  Let’s keep it real.  It’s such a busy time of the year.  Anyone else straight up dead at the end of the day?  But, still want to serve your family a healthy dinner and sit around the table?  Chat about the days peaks + pits?  Me too!

I made this super simple sheet pan recipe last night.  And it was such a hit at our house that I changed up todays original blog post to share it today!  I couldn’t wait.

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