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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
  • Print

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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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{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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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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{trader joe’s haul}

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I asked.  You voted!  128 YES “show us your TJ’s haul” So let’s do it!

I first wrote about my LOVE for TJ’s back in March of 2016.  Many of the items I’m sharing today, you will also find on  {20 trader joe’s products i’m obsessed with}

I re-read the post and I think this is my favorite part, and still totally true:

Little does anyone know, I’m mainly there for the flowers, cheese and carbs….maybe something organic.  Sometimes.

Haha.  100% accurate!  I reward myself with a bottle of chard + the 99 cent bag of dark chocolate covered almonds after every successful trip too!

It’s clear that I have a THING for Trader Joe’s.  Other than Target, it’s my most frequented store that I don’t hate spending time in.

Another, more recent post {food finds} I added some newer TJ’s finds.

One time I even blogged about {$12 grocery store arrangement} I but fresh flowers weekly and TJ’s by far, has the best + most inexpensive selection!  I also made {floral + herb smudge stick diy} with TJ’s stems.  Probably my favorite TJ’s floral purchase – eucalyptus.  Remember when I made this for my shower? {a little of this + a little of that}

And if you scroll all the way to the bottom, I’ve linked up all my Trader Joe’s recipes for you too!

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SOME OF OUR FAVORITE TRADER JOE’S PRODUCTS 

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{slow cooker salsa chicken // and back to school hacks}

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The end of summer is almost here.  Can you believe it?  Me either.  We’ve created so many great memories over the last couple of months.  Everything from camping trips.  Long weekends + weeks at the cabin in Tahoe.  Catching crabs on the coast.  Weekend getaways to the city.  All the fun must come to an end.

With school about to start, it’s time to get back into the swing of things.  I thought it would be fun to do a little back to school series?  What do you think?  Highlighting everything from back to school shopping.  Organization.  Morning routines.  All the things to ease back into school mode.

This morning, Bay + I had planned to do a little practice run.  #fail  Ha!  We  were going to pretended it was the first day of school.  Get up early.  Do all the things.  But, I said F it and went to the gym, the grocery store and drank 2 cups of coffee.  I decided I deserved one last chaotic-free morning.

So, tomorrow will probably be an absolute shit-show.  You know what I mean?

But, one thing I got planned out is easy dinners for the week.  That also create lunch leftovers.  Can I get a hell yeah?

 

This one you’re gonna want to “pin” to your Pinterest page.  Screen shot.  Print it out.  Whatever you do.  I promise you and your family will love it.  It’s my go-to, no-fail, easy 2 ingredient dinner.  It’s crazy versatile too!  I’ll even show you 3 meals I made out of one slow cooker recipe.

 

Here’s what you need:

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{magnolia table chocolate chip cookies}

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Today we’re off to 7th grade orientation.  You guys, how did this happen?  We’re at Middle school…not Plainfield Elementary anymore.  It seems like just yesterday I was walking in to drop my girl off to her first day of Kindergarten.  Now 7th grade.  So may milestones got us here.  And so many milestones to go.

Okay, I’m done with all the sappy shit.  Let’s talk cookies!

Bay bakes!!  Again!  While I’m on a sugar cleanse to top it off!

Bay has used this Magnolia Table cookie recipe about 4 times now.  She made them for home…twice.  Baked 4 batches for dessert the night we served at Fourth + Hope.

This recipe calls for half the butter than any other cookies recipe I’ve made before.  So, I was intrigued.  And only brown sugar, which I’m totally down with.  This mother + daughter duo are big on brown sugar.

We checked out the Magnolia Table Cookbook from the library.    We dogeared all the pages as if it were our own book.  Remember, I’m cheap AF.  I’m not big on buying books.  Once I flip through them once, I shove them away and typically never look at them again.  But this one, this one I may have to purchase.  It’s good.

I even made a list of which recipes I want to try first:

Eggs Benedict Casserole

Flatbread Pizza (surprise, surprise)  TJ’s just came out with a new GF flatbread too!

Layered Arugula Salad

Brussels with crispy bacon, toasted pecans & balsamic reduction

Mina’s Lemon Bars (Bay’s making them this week and I get to be the taste tester)

So, if you’re in the market for a new coffee table book, grab this one.  You may even be inspired to open it up and make a recipe or two.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

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{taco salad bowls}

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Surround yourself with tacos not negativity!  WORD!!!

It’s Taco Tuesday friends.  If you know me, then you know we’re having tacos tonight.  Sometimes we have tacos on Wednesday’s.  Even Thursday’s some weeks.  But, Tuesday’s.  Tuesday’s were made for tacos!

Tacos salad bowls have been on the menu quit a but lately.  I’m all about that easy + healthy weeknight dinner.  Here’s why:

  1. Simple + healthy + fresh
  2. I always meal prep the meat over the weekend so it’s ready to go.
  3. Customizable – each person can top their salad with whatever toppings they love
  4. Great for leftovers
  5. EVERYONE loves tacos.  EVERYONE!

 

The taco salad bowl shell is Bay’s new thing.  She loves them with pinto beans spread over the bottom.  Yumm!  Have you ever made them at home before?  You’re going to die when you see how easy it really it.  You don’t need any fancy cooking gadgets or tools either.

 

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Don’t get intimidated by the list of ingredients.  I will sometimes read a recipe and immediately say NOPE.  Just by the amount of items listed.  I promise you, this recipe is so simple.

Here’s what you need:

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