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{chocolate cupcakes with peanut buttercream frosting}

Bay Bakes! She’s back at it. I told her last week – she needs to get back on the blog. It’s been a while. In case you missed it….

Bay, my soon to be 13 year old, is the baker in the house. She’s got a major sweet tooth. So, she’s basically always digging through the cupboards for something chocolaty or sugary. You can find all her baking recipes here: {bay bakes}

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{chip-less chili cheese nachos}

Say that 5 times fast! Actually, I just said it out loud 5 times and it really wasn’t that hard.

Okay, I’m going to keep it short and sweet today. Cause mama’s got shit to do.

Every. Single. Time I’m trying to watch what I’m eating. Bay comes up with something she’s dying to try. The latest:

Wienerschnitzel chili cheese fries. Yes…like the worst thing on the planet. Ha. But kinda the best thing too.

Fun fact: I got kicked out of Faith Formation (aka CCD) for ditching to go to Wienerschnitzel. And I 100% got chili cheese fires. I mean, what else do you even order from there? Anyway, we thought we were being really sly. To make a long story short, we got caught. I think I was about the same age as Bay is now. I’ve already threatened her she’d loose Snap Chat if she ever tried to ditch CCD…lol. Trust me, she won’t even chance it. She lives for snap!

Anyway, we were driving home the other night and Bay mentioned that she saw a commercial for chili cheese fries and NEVER KNEW THEY HAD THEM AT WIENERSCHNITZEL.

All caps because I almost fell outta my seat. Say what? I kinda feel like a failed her. Everyone should experience chili cheese fries.

So, I took her to Wienerschnitzel and got her an order. Did you know you can now order them like 10 different ways? Shit has changed since 25 years ago when I was frequenting the establishment. Bay got her chili cheese fries fix.

I tucked my tail and went home. Raided the fridge and came up with my own damn chili cheese chip-less nachos. And let me tell you….

They did the trick.

Weight Watchers friendly AF too!

I made a the whole package of mini peppers and took them for lunch the next day.

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{egg roll bowls}

Happy Spring Break! We’re off to the beach for some vitamin Sea. Much needed sand between our toes + sunshine on our shoulders. The thought of not setting a 4:30 am alarm all damn week has be straight up giddy! Ha!

I did get some time last week to pre-blog some content. And this one was highly requested, so here ya go!

I have something to admit….

I didn’t make a real dinner in over 2 weeks. We’ve been so busy, that I just haven’t made the time. Nugget’s salad bar chicken has become a staple in my diet…lol. Bay’s been living on taquitos + corn dogs. And let me tell you, she hasn’t complained once. But, I feel so much better when I make a healthy dinner. And we sit around the table. Say our daily peeks + pits.

I missed it. So last week, I finally made time to cook. We had our first al fresco dinner.

The best part?

I made a zero weight watchers point meal. And we both LOVED it. Added rice to Bay’s because clearly she can use all the carbs.

It’s uber healthy. Uber easy. I’m talking like 10 minutes max. One pan.

Wham bam thank you ma’am!

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{how to make a grazing board}

Serving Platter | Bunny Bowl 

The grazing board. AKA Charcuterie Platter. Incase you haven’t noticed, they’re kinda my thang. Today I’m sharing my Easter candy board along with two other boards I created. A Char-Kid-Erie Board and an Adult cheese board. But this Easter board just might be one of my faves so far. All the things kids love….which keep their grubby little fingers of the fancy cheese (which we all know they don’t even like anyway) lol!

Scroll down and I’ve shared each item that I used on this Easter Board. You can add to your Target order and pick-up within 1 hour. All the goodies (minus the platter + bunny bowl) rang in under $10.

Serving Platter | Bunny Bowl

Steps for creating a picture perfect grazing board //

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{easter round-up}

Bunny Cookie Cutter | Floral Placemat | Milk Glass Dish

How adorable are these little bunny butt cookies? Bay helped me make them and I LOVE how they turned out. So simple too. We used a sugar cookie package to make these. Because, sometimes….we just don’t have time to whip out the mixer and make a hot mess. lol.

All you need is your fave sugar cookie recipe. Or a packaged mix. A bunny cookie cutter. I found this one on Amazon after searching all the stores in town (with NO luck) and Amzon delivered in 1 day. Well done Amazon, well done. And a cute dab of frosting for a cotton tail.

This is a great cookie to make with little ones. You can’t mess it up. And they take no time at all. Nothing gets you into the Holiday spirit like a cookie baking day anyway.

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{bunny bait}

Rumor has it, if you leave this sweet treat out, the Easter Bunny will come hoppin to your house. That is, if there’s any left!

Kinda like leaving milk + cookies for Santa, ya know?

Hopefully the Easter Bunny will fill your Easter Basket will all the best candy + goodies in exchange.

Question – Does the Easter Bunny fill your kiddos Easter baskets? Or just hide the eggs? I always gave the Easter Bunny all the credit. But this year, I’m taking it…Ha! I’ll let him hide the eggs.

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{chicken bacon ranch skewers}

Spring is natures way of saying ” Let’s Party”

Warmer. Lighter. Longer days.

Raise your hand if you’re ready to party too.

With the start of the new season comes new recipes. Anyone else ready to fire up the barbie? With a cocktail in hand!

ONLY 28 more days till I will have a glass of chardonnay permanently in my right hand.

I have so many recipe ideas and not enough time. lol. Next week I’m trying a new burger recipe. Fingers crossed it turns out as good as I picture it in my head. Oh, and I’m going to give a new cookie recipe a shot. It has a secret ingredient. Any guesses?

But today, let’s talk about these chicken skewers.

Bacon. Ranch. Chicken…..these are a few of my favorite things.

I mean, if you don’t love those three ingredients, then we basically can’t be friends. lol!

I posted my lunch yesterday, which was these leftovers and I got lots of messages wanted me to tell you all about it.

So, here ya go…..

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{new trader joe’s finds}

You could call me a “Trader Joe’s Junky!” Maybe a Target + J.Crew + Nordy’s junky too. Ha. Trader Joe’s shopping is one of my favorite pastimes. I guess I could refer to it as my hobby?

I’ve got a whole tab chuck full of Trader Joe’s blog post: xoxostacyb – Trader Joe’s

Taking long walks down each and every isle. Ahh, it’s one of my favorite things to do. Right when those automatic double doors open up, I beeline it for the floral section. I scope out the eucalyptus first. Always. Then walk about the the whole stem section once. Or twice to check out all the pretty blooms.

Next thing, I hit the coffee pot for a mini sample of coffee. I’m come back once or twice for a re-fill.

Every time I make a TJ’s run my DM’s fill up with questions on the New products. And what I got. So, I’m going to tell you ALL THE THINGS Trader Joe’s new arrivals. Everything I’ve picked up in 2019 that I loved. And a few that I legit hated too.

Things I’m Totally LOVING:

ABC Bars – 160 calories pocket sized delight. Soft chewy chocolaty dough with a creamy almond butter filling. They are gluten free + vegan! I’ve been really lazy with breakfast the last week. These have been my grab and go eat in the car on the way to work breakfast. They go incredibly well with coffee too.

Organic Buffalo Style Hummus – OMG!! So good! I dipped TJ’s plantain chips and fell in love with this hummus. I have buffalo chicken lettuce wraps on the menu. I’m planning to spread a layer of this hummus on the lettuce. Top with chicken. Sprinkle blue cheese. Doesn’t that sound so good? Stay tuned. I’ll tell you all about it.

Indian Fare Madras Lentils – I swore I didn’t love lentils for years. I was grabbing my mini coffee at TJ’s the other day and I wanted to droll of the Sample tray. It was this microwavable lentil packet with a piece of bread to dip. I rarely try the samples or buy them. There was NO way I could pass this one up. I haven’t made it at home yet, but plan to this weekend.

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{sheet pan meatloaf dinner}

Happy Hump Day Peeps! I was going to do a long ass blog post about Trader Joe’s. But then I scrolled through my phone and realized I never shared my sheet pan meatloaf dinner.

So, Trader Joe’s will have to wait. Maybe Friday?

I love a good sheet pan meal. Especially a healthy + easy weeknight dinner!

Some of my fave sheet pan meals to date….

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{weekend notes}

WOW, Monday sure did come fast! Hope you had a great weekend! We had equal parts kick it + all over the damn place. Typical.

Intentions for the Week:

  • catch up on paperwork/entry forms/permission slips
  • national random acts of kindness day
  • set a pretty Valentine’s Day table
  • figure out my fitbit issues…the app is no longer working?
  • make returns
  • start 3-day cleanse {on wednesdays we wear pink}
  • find the perfect black pair of shoes
  • heart dessert
  • show you guys a really cool new photo editing app
  • target finds

This week on the blog: Valentine’s Day table with a cute napkin fold. Galentines idea. Strawberry Tart.

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