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{caramel snickerdoodle bars}

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A thick layer of caramel sandwiched between layers of white chocolate + crumbly oatmeal + cinnamon and sugar.

If you’re trying to fit into your skinny jeans.  Or on that new year, new me diet.  DON’T makes these.  I repeat….DO NOT MAKE these.  Just close this page right now and move on with your life…ha!

Bay made these right before Christmas.  And they are so bad.  In the VERY best way possible.

Crazy sweet.  Crazy good.  You can’t just have one.  You’ll go back and pick at it.  One of these kind of desserts.  Ya know what I mean?

Every time you walk past the dish, you’ll cut off a tiny little sliver.  Then next thing you know…..

They’re fucking GONE!

And no one know what happened or who ate them all.

Forreals though.

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{healthy-ish chicken salad}

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Hallelujah….kids are FINALLY back in school.  Insert happy dance!  Doesn’t if feel like they’ve been on break for an eternity?  Bay’s been sleeping till about 10 am each day, so to my surprise, I heard her alarm go off at 5:45 am.  And she actually got up…ha!  She set her alarm extra early so she could curl her hair.  Remember when she got the Conair Infiniti Pro Curl SecretBay can curl all her hair all on her own.  And I don’t have to worry about her burning herself or our house down.  Coolest curling tool for kids.

What I’m really here to talk about today is my Healthy-ish Chicken Salad recipe though.  Now that Bay’s back in school and we’re back to our regular routine, I’m ready to tackle the new year.  Even though it’s day #8 and not day #1.  Better late than never, right?

I meal prepped like a boss over the weekend.  Chicken Fajita Bowls.  Chili Lime Walnuts.  Washed + chopped all our veggies for the week.  Hard boiled eggs.  Made dressings + sauces.  And lastly, this Chicken Salad.

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My Mom tried it for lunch yesterday and gave it two thumbs up!  Whoop Whoop!

The walnuts give it the best texture and crunch.  I wouldn’t ever ruin a recipe by adding fruit, but I’m sure you fruit lovers out there would dig grapes in this?  Sounds disgusting to me though. HA!  I added a grainy Dijon mustard and some white vinegar.  I’m telling your, it’s really good.

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{new years eve cioppino}

If you want to impress your family or homies with a dinner they’ll be talking about….keep reading!!

2019 is officially right around the damn corner.  4 days and counting 🎊

Did you know that fish is believed to be a “lucky” food to eat on New Year’s Eve? Fish scales resemble coins. And fish swim in schools.  Which invoke the idea of abundance.

So, if you too, are banking on 2019 being your year of health + wealth…I suggest you eat a shit-ton of seafood on December 31st, like myself.

Cory whipped up a cioppino the other night (I was his trusty sous chef) and it knocked our socks off.  It’s a little hoity-toity for a weeknight dinner.  So save this one for a weekend where you’ve got a table full of your favorite peeps ❤️

Cioppino is a seafood stew originating from the good ol City by The Bay, San Francisco.  It’s an Italian-American dish using a sauce consisting of tomatoes + wine + loads of spices.

Served along side warm crusty bread for sopping up all the delicious broth.

Although cioppino is impressive in appearance, it’s a fairly simple recipe to execute.

Pour yourself a big glass of wine.  Pull out the biggest stock pot you own.  And get to making THE best pot of fisherman’s stew.

 

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{turkey + loaded veggie chili}

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Anyone else straight up craving all the greens + veggies?  After over indulging (in every way possible) last week, I’m so ready to get back on track.  I was a no limit solider.  All the desserts.  All the leftovers.  All the wine.  I even stole some cookie dough Bay was hiding in the fridge.  Shhhh!  I won’t even dare step on the scale for a while…lol.  But, I was living my best life #YOLO

Now I’m like, Bring on the soups + salads!  STAT!

This chili is healthy + hearty + comforting.  Loaded with veggies.

Oh and I didn’t mentions, this chili is ready in under 30 minutes!  Makes lots of leftovers.  I love to serve it over baked potatoes or sweet potatoes day two.  I’ve been known to make a pretty mean chili dog with this recipe too!

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The veggie chopping is the most time-consuming.  I typically do all my chopping the night before.  And I swear by this Vidalia Chop Wizard

I use this for everything.  I’m kinda of a freak and I really, really dig all my veggies to be uniform in soups.  Ha!  I can’t believe I just admitted that.  It’s super easy + dishwasher safe….whoop whoop!

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I used to call this the Weight Watchers Chili 1 Point Chili.  Did I ever tell you guys I used to be a Weight Watcher?  I lost 20 lbs using the program when Bay was 6 months old.  Even became a lifetime member!

Anyway, they change the points program so often that I can’t keep up of this recipe still falls under the 1 point per serving range.

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Top it with some sour cream + shredded cheese and your kids will never know it’s basically a veggie soup.

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{thanksgiving kids table // graham cracker crust pumpkin pie}

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My dining room table isn’t large enough accommodate the whole fam-bam.  Someday when I grow up (I say this all the time..Ha) I’ll have a table that can seat an army!  Until then, we shall set up the kids table.

Not just a boring kids table though.  A fun + entertaining table is key.  They stay busy = you get to enjoy your wine + pie with a little peace…HA!  Love them to death, but let’s be real.

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I’m also sharing my graham cracker crust pumpkin pie.  Which I’m really sad to announce…I can’t take the credit for inventing.  Bobby Flay patented it about 8 fucking years ago.  What the hell.  As soon as you think you’re onto something BOMB.  Google it and it’s already been done!

Which isn’t always the worst thing.  I honestly had NO idea how long to bake.  So I followed Bobby’s baking directions, which gave me the perfectly set pies!

And how about this kids table.  The activity table-cloth is so perfect.  And the leaves.  My Mom collected each one of them at Casini Ranch while camping last weekend.  They have the most gorgeous trees that were dropping these giant leaves.  Thanks Mom!

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I kept it simple using everything I had on-hand.  Including the used to be white mini pumpkins that are now yellow-ish.  I did buy them in September, so I should stop bitching.  Coloring crayons…we’ve all got some lying around.  Poured some Trader Joe’s chocolate covered sunflower seeds…mainly for the color factor.  But, for snacking too!

This color on activity tablecloth is from the one, the only….Target.  There is a word search for the older kids.  A pumpkin + turkey maze.  Even a spot to write what they are Thankful for!  Love it so much.  It completed the kids table.

Color In Thanksgiving Tablecloth  $3.50 at Target

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Just bring on the turkey…we’re all set over here!

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Here are some of the recipes we will be enjoying for Turkey day tomorrow:

Cory has our Branigan’s Turkey in brine as I type.  He’s on turkey duty and will be cooking it in an air fryer.  I’ll be sure to snap some pictures tomorrow.

Pioneer Women Creamy Mashed Potatoes the main attraction, if you ask me!

I’ve been making these Stuffing Balls for years. I found the recipe in one of the old Kraft Magazines that used to come out monthly.  Do they still do that?  I sub the ground pork for good ol Jimmy Dean sausage.

My Mom will always be in charge of the gravy.  It’s the one thing that I just can’t get down with on the Thanksgiving menu.  Honestly I can’t even make it without wanting to gag.  Bay’s the same.

Her Pretzel Jello Salad (similar to this one) is probably our “weirdest” side.  Poop-A-Doop, my late Grandfather LOVED this salad.  Really, it’s not even a salad.  It’s a layer of pretzels + sugar + butter.  With a cream cheese center and strawberries + jello on top.  So random, so good!

Kissey will forever bring her favorite side, Campbell’s Classic Green Bean Casserole. She makes it the BEST!!!

Along with canned cranberry (the only way to serve it).  With lots of cans of whole olives to stick on our fingers.

Mom makes homemade rolls that are to die for too!

And for dessert, my Mom is trying a new recipe for mini pecan pies and I’ll be serving my, I mean Bobby Flay’s Graham Cracker Crust Pumpkin Pie (recipe below) with homemade whipped cream (made by Bay)

What’s on your menu?  I love hearing about families one random, kinda weird, side dish they can’t have Thanksgiving without.

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{friday 5}

Hi and Happy Friday!  Raise your hand if you’re as happy as I am for FRIDAY!  I have been so inspired lately, it’s the best feeling.  Only problem – not enough time in the day to make it all happen.  I went to TJ’s and grabbed all the goodies to work on a fun Thanksgiving DIY to share next week.  Although, my heart + mind are 100% on Christmas.  Since I’m hosting turkey day, I have to slow my roll….for a minute.  Would it be weird to eat turkey with a Christmas tree in the living room?  Ha!  Just kidding.  I’ll wait till the day after!  Weekend plans: sleep-in (if only till past 5am) watch my nephew play in his championship football game #gobenny!  Take our Christmas card picture (they’re normally already ordered by now…who am I) Check out the Pixie Traders Vintage Market…more on that below!  And dinner with friends.

Have a good one friends!

5 things on my mind……

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FRIDAY sweatshirt

ONE – FRIDAY // When you find your second favorite F-word on a sweatshirt.  You buy that fucker.  I went to J.Crew Factory earlier this week and it fell in my shopping bag.  So, I had to take it home.  It’s $30 today with code: 2DAYSONLY!  Grab one and let’s be Friday twins Ha!  I also found a shit-ton of other really cute tops + sweaters + vests too.  I’ll be sharing once I get them all linked up for you!

 

 

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TWO – Egg White Frittata // It’s easy.  It’s clean.  It’s delicious.  This was my go-to breakfast this week on my sugar cleanse.  It re-heats so well too.  Top with some hot sauce + avocado.  BOMB!  Serve over roast sweet potatoes…even bomb-er.  Try it over the weekend, okay?!?!

Egg White Frittata

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3 mushrooms, sliced
  • handful fresh spinach
  • 1 cup egg beaters (or egg whites)
  • everything but the bagel seasoning
  • parmesan cheese
  • hot sauce

Here’s what you do:

Preheat oven to boil.

Spray your frying pan with non-stick spray.  Avocado oil is my jam right now, but any will do the trick.

Add mushrooms and cook for about 3 minutes, flip half way through.

Add spinach and cook till wilted.

Whisk egg beaters or whites till frothy and sprinkle with everything but the bagel seasoning.  Pour over veggies.  Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

Don’t touch the eggs.  Even though you want to.  Once they start to look set, gently run a spatula around the rim.

Transfer frying pan to oven and boil for 2-3 minutes.

Once eggs are puffed, they are DONE!

Remove and add more parmesan….you can NEVER have too much cheese 🙂

Cut frittata into 4 wedges.  Top with hot sauce.  Add some avocado if you’re feeling fancy.

Enjoy!

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{turkey + butternut squash enchiladas}

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It’s Tuesday.  And you know what that means….Taco time.  Today we’re staying with the theme, kinda.  Switching it up a little with enchiladas.

But, not just any ol enchiladas.  These are packed with ground turkey.  (Or leave out the turkey and make it a meatless meal) Butternut squash.  Black beans.  Diced tomatoes.  Slowly simmered with all the spices.  It’s like a big hug.  You know.  Comfort food.  Then filled with shredded cheddar cheese and rolled in the one, the only, Micaela’s California Fresh flour tortillas.

They are back friends!  And as of yesterday, back on the shelves at the grocery stores!  Hallelujah.  A BIG thanks to the Santoni Family for bringing back a recipe + brand we all grew up loving here in Woodland.

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Last week I came home to a package sitting on my front porch.  Let me tell you, it was a straight up day maker!

Better than a J.Crew package!  Ha!  It’s not everyday you get food delivered to your house.   My DM’s blew up asking for all the details.  And since they are available to everyone, today seemed fitting to share a recipe using your tortillas.

So we have a tradition with GG.  We go to church.  Normally 5 o’clock Saturday mass.  Then to our house for dinner.  I always try to make something a little different.  You know, not your average every night dinner.  GG digs trying my new creations.  And since my Micaela’s delivery came just in time.  I made enchiladas.  You gotta love + support your family!

 

This was my 93-year-old grandma’s response:

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And she’s not always easy to please.  So well done Brooke + Charley!  GG approves!

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{10 minute salsa}

I have a killer salsa recipe. And since it’s Tuesday, kinda seems like the perfect time to re-share this classic. It’s super easy. You’ll likely have most of the ingredients on hand already. And 10 minutes…that’s pushing it. I’d say, 5 minutes and you’re ready to top your Tuesday tacos.

This recipe was one of my first blog posts. Almost 3 years ago. Three fucking years. I can’t believe I’ve been sharing random shit since about this time of year, back in 2015. Check it out: hey good lookin whatcha got cooking}

I love looking back at old posts. Really, not much has changed. I mean, they have, but not a ton. My photos have for sure gotten better with practice. Still exclusively use my iPhone 8 Plus. Of course, there are now annoying ass adds. And the look has changed a bit. Other than that, still the same ol girl that’s likes to throw back some wine, cuss a little or a lot, and loves to cook and buy cute clothes.

Anyway, I’m sharing this gem again today, because it’s almost impossible to find on my site.

And it’s wayyy to good to keep it hidden.

It was also brought to my attention how hard it is to search recipes. So I promise I’ll be sharing some shortcuts this week too.

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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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